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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 25 Apr 2014 21:21 #1

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Hello, I've got a 10" latex mattress with a basic protector, and I'm looking to add a little more cushion for the wife. I've been looking at several wool mattress toppers:

Flobeds Wool Topper
Solus 1 inch
Sleep and Beyond

The flobeds one looks good - it's less expensive and specifically mentions it has wool batting which others don't. My concern is that it has 6 3/4 lbs of wool, which doesn't seem like much, especially compared to the Solus. I'm assuming that less wool means less cushion and more chance of it clumping together over time.

The Solus has 2 lbs/yd, and if my math is right a King bed would be 9 sq yds, so that equals 18 lbs. My only concern with this one is the buttons used, and whether I would feel them when laying on them.

The Sleep and Beyond one has 30 oz/yd, so a little under 2 lbs/yd. However some of the reviewers on Amazon said it flattened out pretty quickly.

I'm dealing with a bit of decision paralysis, especially since most places won't let you return these if it doesn't work out. Any recommendations, considerations, or other choices would certainly be very welcome!

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 05:54 #2

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Hello, I've got a 10" latex mattress with a basic protector, and I'm looking to add a little more cushion for the wife. I've been looking at several wool mattress toppers:

Flobeds Wool Topper
Solus 1 inch
Sleep and Beyond

The flobeds one looks good - it's less expensive and specifically mentions it has wool batting which others don't. My concern is that it has 6 3/4 lbs of wool, which doesn't seem like much, especially compared to the Solus. I'm assuming that less wool means less cushion and more chance of it clumping together over time.

The Solus has 2 lbs/yd, and if my math is right a King bed would be 9 sq yds, so that equals 18 lbs. My only concern with this one is the buttons used, and whether I would feel them when laying on them.

The Sleep and Beyond one has 30 oz/yd, so a little under 2 lbs/yd. However some of the reviewers on Amazon said it flattened out pretty quickly.

I'm dealing with a bit of decision paralysis, especially since most places won't let you return these if it doesn't work out. Any recommendations, considerations, or other choices would certainly be very welcome!


$439? OUCH!

Go with a 2-3" slab of talatech latex, 14 ILD under a stretchy mattress cover and regular fitted sheet.

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 07:52 #3

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When you are looking to add a wool topper to your bed, keep in mind that wool is not a pillow top layer. A soft piece of natural latex would be a pillowtop layer or "cloud like." Wool is topper that ends up being more like a medium or a firm piece of latex in firmness comparison.

For the Solus, I think their calculations must be off. There is no way a 1 inch topper could be 18 lbs. That is more the weight of the supporting wool layer in a wool mattress. To compare, our 3 inch topper has 12.75 lbs wool batting.

Wool toppers (to be distinguished from wool mattress bases) use wool batting. A batt is a smooth sheet of fiber. You would want a congruent piece of wool to sleep on, or it would be rather lumpy. Batts start out lofty and do compress. It takes between 2-6 months to compress and it also takes a little effort on your part on rotating the topper and sleeping in different spots for that first month or two so you don't create crevices and valleys in it. Once it has compressed, the surface is a little springy, yet firm.

I would think that the thinner you go, the less firm it would feel as you would have more chance to feel your mattress underneath it.

The wool will not clump. Toppers are tufted to hold the wool in place so it doesn't slide around in the sheet. The batt will not come apart inside the fabric.

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 08:09 #4

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Dremata has a 3" organic wool topper which, I was told, weighs 30lbs. I understand that this is 'compressed' wool, but it seems to weigh twice or even 3 or 4 times more compared to others, and the price does not reflect that difference. ???

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 11:35 #5

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Hi maddalyn,

There is some history that would make me VERY cautious about dealing with Dremata, Green Mattress Factory, or any of their other websites. I would make sure that you've done more research and read post #2 here and post #6 here and the information it links to before making any purchase from them. (NOTE ADDED: their website appears to be down and their phone number disconnected so they may have gone out of business once again ... see some of the recent complaints at the BBB here ).

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 12:01 #6

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Hi JimA,

I would add a "ditto" to diynaturalbedding's comments here ...

When you are looking to add a wool topper to your bed, keep in mind that wool is not a pillow top layer. A soft piece of natural latex would be a pillowtop layer or "cloud like." Wool is topper that ends up being more like a medium or a firm piece of latex in firmness comparison.


Wool is a great material that is a strong preference for some people and there are certainly some good benefits to sleeping on wool but I will echo diynaturalbedding's comments that it will be different and firmer than sleeping on a soft foam material (and it will also get a little firmer as it compresses over time).

The type of breed used for the raw wool and the thickness and resilience of the wool fibers, the compression of the wool batts, the tufting or quilting of the topper, and the overall construction and layering of the topper along with the amount of wool inside will all affect the feel and performance of the wool topper so I would suggest a conversation with any retailer or manufacturer you are considering to talk about a specific topper and your experience on your mattress if you aren't familiar with a specific wool topper or with wool toppers as a whole.

A queen size topper is about 3.7 yards.

The Flobeds wool topper would be 6.75 lbs / 3.7 = 1.82 lbs/yd of wool

The Solus wool topper is listed as about 2 lbs/yd which would be 3.7 x 2 = 7.4 lbs in a queen which is very similar.

The Sleep & Beyond is about 1.8 lbs/yd but uses Merino wool which is a breed that produces finer wool which is softer but would compress more (as you noted) and many manufacturers of wool toppers believe that a medium fine or thicker wool does a better job as a topper (vs a comforter).

There is also more about wool toppers in post #3 here .

There are also some topper guidelines in post #2 here and the posts it links to.

Phoenix

PS @ Mark in Texas ...

Go with a 2-3" slab of talatech latex, 14 ILD under a stretchy mattress cover and regular fitted sheet.


This could be a very risky choice for many people who already had softer latex in the comfort layers of their mattress or were in higher weight ranges. I would always keep in mind that what works for some may be completely unsuitable for others and the goal is always to make choices based on what is best for each individual person and their unique needs and preferences.
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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 12:10 #7

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PS @ Mark in Texas ...

Go with a 2-3" slab of talatech latex, 14 ILD under a stretchy mattress cover and regular fitted sheet.


This could be a very risky choice for many people who already had softer latex in the comfort layers of their mattress or were in higher weight ranges. I would always keep in mind that what works for some may be completely unsuitable for others and the goal is always to make choices based on what is best for each individual person and their unique needs and preferences.


Every bedding purchase is a "risky choice". Just giving my opinion Phoenix based on my experience..... if that's OK.

I'm 210 lbs., a back and side sleeper with rather broad shoulders. I am blown away by the support I get from the 3" of 19 ILD on top and the 3" 28ILD under that. It's like the 36 on the bottom doesn't even exist. You sleep on top of latex, not in it like gel memory foam.

Pay your money, take your chances.........

Mark

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 13:57 #8

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Hi Mark in Texas,

Every bedding purchase is a "risky choice". Just giving my opinion Phoenix based on my experience..... if that's OK.


Some choices are much more risky than others.

Go with a 2-3" slab of talatech latex, 14 ILD under a stretchy mattress cover and regular fitted sheet.


This wasn't an opinion ... it was specific advice and a specific recommendation that has very high odds of being an unsuitable choice for many people. If someone that read it believed that you were an "expert" because of the "certainty" of your tone and language they may take your advice to heart and could make a costly mistake.

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 18:58 #9

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Hi Mark in Texas,

Every bedding purchase is a "risky choice". Just giving my opinion Phoenix based on my experience..... if that's OK.


Some choices are much more risky than others.

Go with a 2-3" slab of talatech latex, 14 ILD under a stretchy mattress cover and regular fitted sheet.


This wasn't an opinion ... it was specific advice and a specific recommendation that has very high odds of being an unsuitable choice for many people. If someone that read it believed that you were an "expert" because of the "certainty" of your tone and language they may take your advice to heart and could make a costly mistake.

Phoenix


Phoenix, I'm not a nanny and I'm not out to force anyone's hand. No one takes anything as fact on this site or any other....it's the internet for crying out loud. You do your homework, pay your money and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

People make choices and your advice may only add to their confusion as you tend to really go overboard with this stuff without taking a stand, which is what folks seek when they come here.

My specific recommendation still stands regarding choices and vendor. You're the expert, I got it.

I'm happy.

Mark

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Wool Mattress Topper Choices 26 Apr 2014 19:05 #10

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Hi Mark in Texas,

My specific recommendation still stands regarding choices and vendor. You're the expert, I got it.


The "expert" members of the forum are the ones that are identified by their icons as an expert (diynaturalbedding who has been posting in this thread is an example).

I'm the one that designed and runs the site, set the goals and objectives I wanted it to achieve, is responsible for making sure the information here is as accurate, meaningful, and relevant as possible, and wrote the rules and moderates the forum :)

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