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Does ILD for latex and Steel Gauge for innersprings affect durability? 18 Jan 2018 07:28 #1

OK - my wife and I are oversize - not morbidly obese, but over 200# each, and we tend to be active on our bed.

Durability is a concern - we have broken beds before (admittedly, just a cheap futon), so as I'm researching mattress vendors (with your Sedona Sleep included), we are asking questions about durability.

I've read the durability guidelines posted on this website, and I'm avoiding the materials that tend to be a weak link - researching mattresses that are mostly innerspring and latex, and considering a very high density polyurethane core. I'm trying to knock out weak links in construction.

I've had some vendors tell me the gauge of steel in an innerspring mattress doesn't matter. I don't actually believe that claim, but wanted an expert to validate it for me.

I understand that the density of memory foam and polyurethane foam greatly affects durability, but there doesn't seem to be an equivalent metric for Latex. Does the ILD rating for Latex affect durability in addition to firmness?

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Does ILD for latex and Steel Gauge for innersprings affect durability? 18 Jan 2018 08:21 #2

I understand your situation and you are not alone. The higher ILD's of any foam tend to hold up better over time just like the heavier a spring is the longer it will last. The gauge in a spring is not as important as the overall weight of the spring. Our Ultimate Hybrid for example uses lighter gauge coils but there are over 1400 of them in a King size so you have a lot of coils doing the work instead of much fewer heavier gauge coils. We have many customers who are over 400 lbs. on #36 or #40 ILD latex and the beds have held up very well for over 10 years. So the bottom line and general rule of thumb is weight equals durability. That being said I'm 168 lbs and sleep on #28 ILD latex with 3" of #19 on top and my own bed is over 17 years old and still going strong. IF that was poly foam it would have been dead a long time ago.

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