What information is important to know when shopping for a latex mattress?
There certainly is a cornucopia of information available to the shopping public on latex mattresses. There are national, regional and local brands. There are national, regional and local brick and mortar retailers selling latex mattresses. Lastly there are many online retailers selling latex. In addition there are many informational sites with consumers, retailers and manufacturers spewing out endless information on latex mattresses. How do you sort through all the information available coming from these sources? I will attempt to guide you through the daunting maze. Of course manufacturers and retailers provide a wealth of data. The challenge is sorting real information from marketing hype. Taking a somewhat skeptical view of these sources will help you in this sorting process. Terms such as “active support system” or “total body conformability” may sound good, but what do they really mean? The basics are there: single core constructions, dual layer construction (top comfort layer with support core on the base) and triple layer or multi-layer constructions, in all latex mattresses. What is best for you? If you are looking to buy the most economical mattress, perhaps a single core design is your best choice. Even single cores come in many forms i.e. very firm core, medium firm core or soft core construction. What you are looking at is finding a single core that gives the correct combination of comfort and support. For some, this can be achieved in single core product that is usually a thin 6-7” finished mattress.
Dual core designs offer more customization with separate support layers and comfort layers. Usually these designs will finish out at 8-10”. Multi-layer latex mattresses can offer 3, 4 or 5 layers of latex of varying firmness and support. These product will provide a profile height on the finished mattress of 8-13”. More layers means the potential for even more specific customization. One thing to remember is that all latex mattresses above 10” will be extremely heavy and more difficult to move. This can be a problem for folks who are elderly or infirm, or anyone who may need help changing bed linen or rotating the mattress. The sweet spot as far as height of the finished mattress seems to be in the 8” to 10” range. Many of us in the industry consider any latex mattress over 10” to be overkill.
One other source of information to consider is the unbiased testimonials and feedback from consumers who post online to websites that allow testimonials to be unfiltered. Some testimonials coming from company websites may not be as anonymous or honest as you think. If someone tells you they had a great experience with a product, it may be an indicator that you should at least take look at that product. However it is not an absolute that you will have the same experience.
In conclusion, do your homework. Look for a credible retailer who is interested in helping you find the right latex mattress for you. An experienced sales person who is really there to help without constantly checking his commission can be a useful source of info. Ultimately it is your dollar you are spending. Buy what looks and feels the way you want it to. If it doesn’t feel or look right but is being sold as the deal of the century, don’t buy it.