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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 16 Mar 2014 05:31 #11

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Well, we decided to go with a split king. For us the benefits outweigh the concerns.

We plan to get an adjustable foundation in the next year or so and we'll definitely want to adjust individually, so that pretty much made the decision for us. But since we wanted a fully finished mattress instead of a zippered mattress, there's also the benefit that if the comfort or support needs of one of us changes in the future then we'll only have to change or replace that person's twin XL (saving money versus replacing a king, and not affecting the other persons comfort and support).

We also were able to check out a split king in the showroom and the "split" was a very minor issue with both twin XLs the same thickness (which ours will be). After all it's not like there's a huge gap there. It's basically just a thin line down the middle. And, as I mentioned before, 99% of the time we're both fully on our side of the mattress anyway.

After we've slept on it for some time I'll try to remember to come back here and give my updated impressions.

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 16 Mar 2014 09:55 #12

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Hi JoelD,

You certainly asked some great questions along the way ... and congratulations on your new mattress(es) :)

What mattress did you end up buying?

I'm looking forward to your feedback when you've had the chance to sleep on it for a bit.

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 16 Mar 2014 18:21 #13

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Hi Phoenix,

Thanks! We can't wait to sleep on it (them). And lots of thanks to you and all the information and advice on this site that helped so much with the entire process!

I decided to post our experience, as well as the details of the mattress(es) we've ordered, in the Dallas/Ft Worth thread so that it might be helpful to others who are mattress researching/shopping in the D/FW area. So, you can see the information on the mattress(es) we selected in post #73 here .

Joel

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 16 Mar 2014 18:36 #14

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Hi JolD,

Thanks ... I've replied in your other thread :)

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 02 Jun 2014 06:58 #15

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Just to follow up...

The split is definitely obvious. It's just simply feels like two beds pushed right next to each other (of course, because that's what it is).

But, as I expected, since my wife and I each sleep on our own side it doesn't bother us as at all.

When we want to "cuddle" we can do so on one mattress, but even when one of us lays across the split it doesn't bother us since the mattresses are the same thickness.

So basically - yes, the split is noticeable/obvious, but... no, it doesn't bother us.

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 05 Jun 2014 10:29 #16

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Hi JoeID,

Mind if I ask a follow-up? Do you guys notice the beds bumping into each other or anything that causes the sensation of motion transfer? My wife and I have been looking at Kings vs. Split Kings (non-adjustable) and we have a theory (not fact) that my movements tend to wake her up (at which point she has trouble falling back asleep). Despite testing Kings that tend to not show much motion transfer (current favorite is the Nordic HDM from European Sleepworks in Berkeley) we're still concerned. I actually write this from a hotel where we're sleeping on an innerspring King and the motion transfer isn't too bad, but we've still been woken up a number of times (not that I think the bed is all that comfortable to begin with). A salesperson said that she thought the two separate mattresses next to each other could actually cause more of a sensation of motion transfer since they could bump together and/or rub if one person moves. Thoughts?

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 05 Jun 2014 12:46 #17

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Hi mchotin,

A salesperson said that she thought the two separate mattresses next to each other could actually cause more of a sensation of motion transfer since they could bump together and/or rub if one person moves. Thoughts?


Hopefully JoelD will see your post and share their experiences but your salesperson's comments don't "fit" most people's experiences with split king mattresses (or your own experience it seems either).

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 15 May 2016 20:39 #18

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I am curious about whether the "edge effect" is at all noticeable along the centre split - I am looking at purchasing two twin latex mattresses, which by all accounts are better at lining up than most, but I'm also worried that there inner edge might give way just like the outer edge. Has anyone noticed that, or is the edge effect not noticeable when lying down with weight distributed? And has anyone tried twin BrooklynBedding mattresses together? I really do want the option of independent adjustables, and I'm a terrible sleeper so my partner and I don't sleep closely, but I'm a little worried about awkward middle dips.

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 15 May 2016 21:09 #19

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Hi katroushka,

I am curious about whether the "edge effect" is at all noticeable along the centre split - I am looking at purchasing two twin latex mattresses, which by all accounts are better at lining up than most, but I'm also worried that there inner edge might give way just like the outer edge.


It would depend on the the type of mattress and the materials and components inside it (including whether it has any edge support), the firmness of the support core, the thickness/softness of the comfort layers, your body weight and sleeping positions, and on where you sleep on the mattress over the course of the night (for example it would be more noticeable on a softer mattress without specific edge support if you sleep in a spoon position in the very middle of the mattress).

There are also some comments in post #8 here and in this topic about the pros and cons of a split king mattress (two twin XL mattresses instead of an eastern king size mattress) that may be helpful as well.

Having said that ... the only way to know for certain whether a specific split king mattress would work for your specific body types and sleeping styles would be based on your own personal experience so the return policy would become a more important part of the value of any online purchase where you aren't confident that it would be a good "match" for you in terms of all your individual criteria (including center support) that are important parts of your personal value equation .

Hopefully some of the members here that own a split king BME in the firmness levels you are considering will see your post and share their comments but they may have different body types or sleeping styles than you do and their experience may be different from your own so when you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

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Opinions on the "split" in a split king? 15 May 2016 21:22 #20

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Great advice, I will contact Brooklyn Bedding - from what I've read on the thread about them, I can expect good and reliable feedback.

Phoenix, you are a wonder! Thank you for what you do!

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