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Ikea Latex Matresses 14 May 2013 22:20 #31

Based on the quality of the materials ... especially in the comfort layers ... the durability "should" be good but in your case I would be scared to say that anything would be durable based on your experiences


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Ikea Latex Matresses 16 May 2013 15:03 #32

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This forum has been so helpful! Thank you for the wealth of information. My husband and I are about to go ahead and order The Ultimate Dreams 10" mattress. So nervous, but so excited!!! Buying online is scary but I feel quite empowered after looking at this awesome site and hearing everyone's experiences. I'm also quite sure that anything will be so much better than our super old, caving in mattress that we have now.

Anyhow, I just wanted to weigh in on the Ikea latex Mattresses. We tried those out this weekend.

The Ikea Edsele

This is the one that I pretty much was the most interested in because it was the most "natural". I'm also in the same boat as the others who have weighed in thinking that it was pretty soft. I liked the way it felt laying on my side, but felt like while laying on my back I sunk in too much for my liking. I'm currently 7 months pregnant so maybe the extra weight had something to do with it. My husband also felt like there was not enough support while laying on his back as well.

The Ikea Elsfjord

Honestly I didn't spend much time on this one because right away I could tell it was way too firm for me. Sleeping on my side in this thing would cause me serious discomfort. My husband on the other hand preferred this one. But I think he mostly tried it out while he was laying on his back. Plus I really didn't like that it was completely synthetic and so thin.

I'm really interested to see what firmness level we end up getting with the Ultimate Dreams. From reading everyone's feedback I'm leaning towards a 3.5 or 4. I figure if it does end up too firm we can always add some more talaly latex on top to soften it up. Which may not be such a bad thing. ;)

I'll report back after we get it, so that there is a point of reference for those who have tried the Ikea mattresses that end up with the Ultimate Dreams as well.



Here's my update after having a good couple of months to get used to our new mattress. We did get The Ultimate Drams and in the level 4. Which is definitely a firm mattress. Personally, I would not go any firmer than this if you are a side sleeper. I kind of wish we had went up with at least a 5, but without trying it out, I am glad that we played it safe. We may add a topper to soften it up some but still haven't done so.

So, now to compare our mattress to the latex Ikea mattresses.

The Ikea Edselle

Definitely a good bit softer than our level 4 Ultimate Dreams. It has been a couple of months since I tried out this mattress in the store, but I remember sinking into the Edselle. There is no sinking in at all with then our new mattress.

The Ikea Elfsjord

This one in my book was SUPER firm. I would say that it was a good bit firmer than our level 4 Ultimate Dreams. But, as I said before, from the get-go I was not a huge fan of the Elfsjord.

I know this is all subjective, but I know that I would have loved some sort of a comparison when I was shopping!

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Ikea Latex Matresses 16 May 2013 17:18 #33

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Hi gapeachk,

Thanks for your update.

While i agree with you that comfort ratings can be subjective ... I would also say that "on average" there are a lot of people who would agree with your comfort "rankings" for these mattresses.

Thank you for the very helpful feedback :)

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Ikea Latex Matresses 12 Jul 2013 13:59 #34

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Hello everyone - I am new to this forum and so far have been enjoying and absorbing the wealth of information here and so wanted to start off by saying thank you to all the contributors.

We are in the market for a new mattress for our new king bed (which will be arriving later this month) and moved on from coil to either memory foam or latex mattress

We liked the Serta iComfort and the Serta Cool Elegance (which seems to have more layers and/or a central support layer than the iComfort) memory foam mattresses. We are both <140 lb but I have a weaker lower back so need good support. Would you recommend Cool Elegance for this purpose? In addition, how serious are the cons of memory foam regarding off-gassing issues/ sleeping warm/ hard to move or shift positions on the bed for the Cool Elegance?

In parallel reading pros of latex mattresses (and esp. natural latex) in their durability, superior resilience, no or not as much off-gassing, good balance between support and comfort that lasts longer etc. Main deterrent for latex mattresses however: cost and availability of options. So far the only latex mattresses we have checked are the Latex Foam from Original Mattress Factory (Latex Supreme was too soft) and Savvy Rest Natural Latex. Liked Savvy Rest better because it's natural and customizable but also quite expensive and we are not sure if we are ready for that. Got a lot of info on the Ikea ones which we may try this weekend but they are 2.5 hours in Charlotte (we are based in Raleigh- Durham). Would prefer to try more latex mattresses options available in other stores in the Raleigh Durham area. Any recommendations of stores/ brands?

Also how does latex compare to memory foam for a weaker back?

Thanks for the time in advance. Truly appreciate it!!

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Ikea Latex Matresses 12 Jul 2013 17:16 #35

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Hi hiddenspring,

We liked the Serta iComfort and the Serta Cool Elegance (which seems to have more layers and/or a central support layer than the iComfort) memory foam mattresses. We are both <140 lb but I have a weaker lower back so need good support. Would you recommend Cool Elegance for this purpose? In addition, how serious are the cons of memory foam regarding off-gassing issues/ sleeping warm/ hard to move or shift positions on the bed for the Cool Elegance?


The first place I would start your research is post #1 here which will give you all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that you will need to make the best possible choice ... and eliminate the worst ones (which would include Serta mattresses and other major brands along with any manufacturer or retailer that isn't able to provide you with the specifics of the materials in their mattresses). There is really no way to know the quality or value of a mattress unless you know the specifics of the quality of the materials inside it and without this you would be making a completely blind purchase that can't be meaningfully compared with other mattresses that may be much better in terms of quality, durability, and value.

As you can see in mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ... I'm happy to help you assess the quality of a mattress as long as you are able to find out the specifics of all the layers and materials (which Serta generally doesn't provide) but the suitability of a mattress in terms of comfort and support or what I call PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) can only be known for certain through your own personal testing or experience. A mattress that provides you with good PPP may be completely unsuitable for someone else and there is no "formula" that is more effective than your own personal testing or experience.

In addition, how serious are the cons of memory foam regarding off-gassing issues/ sleeping warm/ hard to move or shift positions on the bed for the Cool Elegance?


You can read about the many factors that are involved in the sleeping temperature of a mattress in post #2 here and you can read more about the pros and cons of memory foam in this article but in very general terms memory foam tends to be the least breathable of the different foam types (although there is a wide range inside the memory foam or gel memory foam category). You can also read a little more about the different methods that are used to cool down memory foam in post #6 here for those that tend to sleep warm on memory foam but still prefer its feel and performance.

Memory foam also has a slower response than other types of foam so it is not as resilient and movement friendly as other materials although there is a wide range of different responses between different types and densities of memory foam and the thickness of a memory foam layer or layers and what type of foam or material is underneath it will also play a big role in how the mattress feels and responds to movement and changing positions. Any material can provide good pressure relief and support/alignment in a combination or design that is suitable for you but the choice of material is a matter of personal preference more than being "better or worse" for specific types of people or circumstances.

For most people neither of these are a big issue and are worth the tradeoffs that are involved in all material choices but for some where these are more important parts of their criteria they certainly are. It depends again on your own preferences, tendencies, and sensitivity.

If you do choose memory foam then I would also make sure it meets the criteria in post #10 here so that the chances of being affected by any offgassing is minimized (some people can be more sensitive to this than others).

Also how does latex compare to memory foam for a weaker back?


The key for a weaker back (or any back) is not so much which material you use or prefer but the specific design of the mattress that the material is used in. All materials can provide you with good alignment as part of a design that works well for your specific body type or sleeping positions.

So overall and for some people the properties connected to memory foam would be enough to exclude them from consideration while for others there is nothing else they would rather sleep on. Your own sleeping experiences (whether you tend to sleep warmer than others for example) and knowing your own material preferences through personal testing and more detailed conversations with knowledgeable and experienced manufacturers or retailers about the specifics of their mattresses are the best way to decide which types of materials or mattress designs are best for you. I would tend to avoid thinking in "better/worse" terms and more in terms of which of the pros and cons of each material or mattress choice is most important to you.

Some of the better local options in the Raleigh/Durham area I'm aware of are listed in post #6 here .

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Ikea Latex Matresses 13 Jul 2013 08:58 #36

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Hi Phoenix

Thanks for the quick reply and the wealth of information you have provided. We will give preference to Latex Beds and see if we can find a decent one that we like without overspending too much. We will try to check out Restonic, Savvy Rest and the Healthy Back Pure Latex this weekend.

One thing I was not sure, the PureLatex Bliss and the Healthy Back Bliss Pure Latex sound so similar, and PureLatex Bliss lists Healthy Back as one of the retailers, so I wonder if they are all the same. Although Healthy Back website has Celsion listed as a temp regulating material used in their mattress, while PureLatex Bliss does not mention Celsion. Ha ha - as a newbie this is all a bit confusing all the similar names and most of them come from Latex International :-)

After we look through these shops I think it would be good education for me to look at posts/ articles on this site talking about the difference between Dunlop and Talalay, their densities - and the ILD ratings. Any suggestions? For eg. the OMF guy said their blended talatech talalay has a density of 34 lb/cubic feet and I have no idea if that's good or bad in terms of mattress design/layers. Based on the reading I have done, the only thing I know is Dunlop is easier to make, has more imperfections and is typically firmer and less expensive than talalay while talalay can be customized for firmness and the manufacturing process is more complicated hence more expensive.

Thanks again for all the help. Btw the article on PPP is very informative.

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Ikea Latex Matresses 13 Jul 2013 09:49 #37

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Post posting note: I read about some pros and cons for Latex and differences between Dunlop and Talalay and typical ILDs here:
www.themattressunderground.com/our-articles/latex-pros-and-cons.html
www.themattressunderground.com/mattresses/comfort-layers/latex-foam.html
www.themattressunderground.com/mattresses/support-cores/latex.html

Still looking for some info on how these ILDs compare to foam densities and for Talalay vs. Dunlop what are reasonably good densities to have in the construction of the mattress.

Thanks again!

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Ikea Latex Matresses 13 Jul 2013 15:22 #38

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Hi hiddenspring,

One thing I was not sure, the PureLatex Bliss and the Healthy Back Bliss Pure Latex sound so similar, and PureLatex Bliss lists Healthy Back as one of the retailers, so I wonder if they are all the same. Although Healthy Back website has Celsion listed as a temp regulating material used in their mattress, while PureLatex Bliss does not mention Celsion. Ha ha - as a newbie this is all a bit confusing all the similar names and most of them come from Latex International :-)


Celsion is the old name for what Latex international now calls Talalay GL fast response and Pure Latex Bliss calls Active Fusion (although Active Fusion also refers to their cover which also has phase change materials in it). The type of materials (blended Talalay and Talalay GL fast response) in the PLB lineup are the same in the Healthy Back but the design and layer thickness or firmness of the layers may be slightly different between them (see post #16 and #17 here )

With polyfoam ... density is unrelated or at best very loosely related to ILD because any density of polyfoam can be made in any firmness level. Density is a quality spec not a comfort spec and is one of the most important parts of the durability of a polyfoam layer but has little to do with firmness/softness.

With memory foam ... ILD is not very relevant at all because it changes in response to temperature, humidity and time and memory foam ILD's are not a reliable spec with memory foam. Based on ILD alone ... they are all "soft" although memory foam doesn't always feel as soft as the ILD would indicate. With memory foam as well ... density is the most important part of durability not softness or firmness. Any density of memory foam can have different response rates, temperature sensitivity, or tested softness levels and how a memory foam layer feels can also be highly affected by what is over or underneath it in the mattress.

With latex ... ILD is directly related to density and some manufacturers don't even test their latex for ILD and only provide density numbers to indicate firmness.


In addition to all of this ... ILD by itself is not a reliable indicator of how soft or firm a specific foam will feel because it is only measured at either 25% compression or 40% compression and different materials are tested for ILD on different layer thicknesses. Other specs including layer thickness and compression modulus (how quickly a foam get firmer as you compress it more deeply) and the compression curve of a material (they don't usually get firmer in a linear progression) are all just as important as the ILD of a material. All the layers in a mattress interact together and affect each other in other words. Post #2 here has more detail about some of the many specs that can affect the feel and performance of a mattress.

When you are testing a mattress locally ... then ILD information is mostly meaningless because good testing will tell you what you need to know about a mattress in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, pressure relief, and Personal preferences) more than any ILD information which is really not relevant unless you are trying to duplicate a mattress. The information that is most important when you are testing a mattress is the quality specs which for polyfoam and memory foam are density and for latex is the type and blend of the latex.

There is also more about ILD's and different types of testing and comparisons between different types of foam in post #6 here and in post #4 here . In most cases ... ILD comparisons are only relevant if they are accurate (which is not always the case), measured in the same way, and between the same type and/or blend of material, and they don't compare specifically across different materials or even variations of the same material (such as latex).

The density of latex (either Talalay or Dunlop) is not an indication of its quality (unlike polyfoam and memory foam) and is neither good or bad ... it's just a side effect of the firmness of the latex layer.

You can read more about the different types of latex in post #6 here and post # 6 here and while personal experience is really the only way to know whether you prefer Dunlop or Talalay (it's strictly a preference choice in other words) ... you can read a little more about how they compare in terms of "feel" in post #7 here but I would trust your own perceptions over anyone else's description because much of this is subjective and can vary from person to person.

Still looking for some info on how these ILDs compare to foam densities and for Talalay vs. Dunlop what are reasonably good densities to have in the construction of the mattress.


You can read in post #2 here why "theory at a distance" based on specs is not a reliable way to design or choose a mattress and it also has some links that can give you some insights into some of the many variables involved in mattress design but these can be much more complex than is necessary and in general terms I would keep things much more simple than trying to use complex combinations or specs or "theory" to design or choose a mattress. With latex the choices would be more about firmness than density (except in the case of some Dunlop layers where density may be the only spec available that indicates its firmness range).

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Ikea Latex Matresses 28 Jul 2013 16:11 #39

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Hi Phoenix

Thanks for the eye-opener here with the theory vs practice :-) I looked at the post you suggested and after being out of town for a couple of weekends , we are back mattress shopping. We tested a few latex mattresses locally and with our lower cost budget, I am looking at three options in the order of preference:
1) Online latex mattress.
Pros: from the little I have read so far, it seems like we might get the best value for money if we are able to find a reasonable online outlet. I have also heard some companies allow an exchange of the top layer of foam within 60-90 days with a softer or firmer foam type with just an additional shipping cost - so this offers a great deal of flexibility
Cons: Not sure who I am dealing with and have to make the best guess from the specs available.
Question: Would you have any good recommendations for checking out some online stores?

2) Original Mattress Factory (OMF) Latex Foam
Pros: It has a 34 ILD blended talalay core which seems soft enough for us (although slightly softer might be better). Cost is reasonable at $1400 for king mattress
Cons: No good exchange policy, if this does not work, we are pretty much stuck with it as their other latex mattress Latex Supreme was too soft for us. This mattress also has a 1" polyfoam on the top for comfort and I am not sure how durable this will be in the long run (5-8 years) since like you mention the comfort layer is typically the weak link and this poly layer at 2.9 lb/ft3 (I think) - I am sure is not the best and may lead to backaches etc.

3) Either Restonic or Health Back Latex.
Pros and Cons for HealthyBack: Healthy Back offers all natural Talalay latex with no polyfoam. The price tag is however ~$2500 - $2700 for the softness we liked and they didnt reveal any info about their latex.
Pros and Cons for Restonic: They are more reasonable in price ($1800-$2000) - still above our budget - and it's not all natural either. But they have a couple of poly/ latex mixes to choose from.

I think we would prefer an all natural (or part blended) but with only latex in the mattress support and comfort, hence the online is the first preference if we can get this in the price range.

Thanks!

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Hi hiddenspring,

It's good to see you are asking good questions and doing good research :)

1) Online latex mattress.
Pros: from the little I have read so far, it seems like we might get the best value for money if we are able to find a reasonable online outlet. I have also heard some companies allow an exchange of the top layer of foam within 60-90 days with a softer or firmer foam type with just an additional shipping cost - so this offers a great deal of flexibility
Cons: Not sure who I am dealing with and have to make the best guess from the specs available.
Question: Would you have any good recommendations for checking out some online stores?


The read first post I linked earlier has a link to a list of the members here that sell online and there is a wide range of latex mattresses available through them that have many different designs, features, and options. All of them are knowledgeable and provide good quality, value, and service and like all the members here (along with many other sources across the country) I wouldn't hesitate to purchase any of their mattresses depending on which of the many tradeoffs involved in any mattress purchase are among the many parts of your own personal value equation that may be most important to you. This thread and the links it includes also has more about the pros and cons of an online vs a local purchase.

2) Original Mattress Factory (OMF) Latex Foam
Pros: It has a 34 ILD blended talalay core which seems soft enough for us (although slightly softer might be better). Cost is reasonable at $1400 for king mattress
Cons: No good exchange policy, if this does not work, we are pretty much stuck with it as their other latex mattress Latex Supreme was too soft for us. This mattress also has a 1" polyfoam on the top for comfort and I am not sure how durable this will be in the long run (5-8 years) since like you mention the comfort layer is typically the weak link and this poly layer at 2.9 lb/ft3 (I think) - I am sure is not the best and may lead to backaches etc.


The OMF latex mattresses are also good quality and value and there are no obvious weak links in the mattress in terms of durability (the guideline I normally use for lower quality materials in the comfort layers is "around an inch or so" or less because it is already soft and any further softening would have little effect on the long term performance or durability of the mattress). If the polyfoam layer was 2.9 lbs it would be exceptionally high quality but I believe its density is much lower. Since these mattresses are two sided they would actually be more durable than an equivalent one sided mattress. The tradeoff for these are that they lack the ability to customize or fine tune the mattress design or layers and if for some reason you wish to make a comfort exchange there is only one other latex option available. I think their exchange policy (see post #4 here ) is actually quite reasonable and fair.

3) Either Restonic or Health Back Latex.
Pros and Cons for HealthyBack: Healthy Back offers all natural Talalay latex with no polyfoam. The price tag is however ~$2500 - $2700 for the softness we liked and they didnt reveal any info about their latex.
Pros and Cons for Restonic: They are more reasonable in price ($1800-$2000) - still above our budget - and it's not all natural either. But they have a couple of poly/ latex mixes to choose from.


The PLB mattresses at Healthy Back use Blended Talalay (not 100% natural) similar to OMF which is a high quality material. As you mentioned they are not in the best value range but they are certainly "better than average". Their mattresses are very similar to the Pure Latex Bliss mattresses in design and they use the same type of latex (blended Talalay and talalay GL fast response) made by Latex international. If you know the type and blend of latex in a mattress then that's really all you need to evaluate its quality.

I'm not sure of the specific design or layers of the Restonic mattress you are looking at so I can't really make any meaningful comments but they are typically also "better than average" value. Their "value" also depends on the retailer's selling price which can vary quite a bit. Once you know the specifics of the layering though then it's much easier to make quality and value comparisons with other mattresses you are considering.

You have certainly eliminated most of your worst choices in terms of brand but I would generally suggest that you narrow down your choice to one specific mattress at each retailer or manufacturer you are considering and then you are in a much better position to make final choices based on the specifics of each mattress along with how well each one matches your needs and preferences in terms of PPP and the benefits and options provided by each retailer or manufacturer more than the manufacturer that makes them.

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