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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 13:12 #1

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Our new Green Sleep Niu queen mattress and foundation will soon be in our hands, along with a Naturally Organic 1.5" wool topper. The topper, though, is only spot cleanable, which gets us to thinking that we might want to get a pad.

We'd like to get a fully washable and dryable wool one. Thus far, we have noted the Suite Sleep wool pad. It's covered in organic cotton, less than 1/2" thick, and has a cotton stretch material which covers the side like a bedskirt, fitting under the mattress (and topper). The pad is machine washable and dryable (Many are machine wash only and AIR dry). The cost on this is $270 shipped.

www.thecleanbedroom.com/Organic_Mattresses/Mattress_Pads/Suite-Sleep-Washable-Wool-Fitted-Mattress-Pad.htm#

Then there's another company, which is new to me, called 45th Street Bedding. They're out of Seattle. They offer what looks like a similar one, but does not use organic cotton in the cover. It's also machine washable and dryable, with a stretch cotton bedskirt that fits under the mattress and topper. They say that they oversize the thing to allow for shrinkage (insert Seinfeld reference here_____). Three washings generally gets it down to proper size. The cost is $150 shipped.

www.bedroomsandmore.com/images/products/sheets_mattpads/washable-wool-mattress-pad.htm

Does anyone know anything about these products, others like it, 45th Street Bedding company (around since 2009), etc.? It's hard to tell from the websites how different they are in build quality. The 45th Street bedding one has piping around the top edge, whereas the edge of the Suite Sleep has extra stitching/quilting.

Thanks for your help!

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 16:50 #2

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Hi AnalogJ,

There is more informaton about the pros and cons of different types of mattress protectors in post #89 here .

Both of the wool/cotton protectors you are mentioning would be good choices along with some of the others that are mentioned in the protector post as well and the main difference between them would be in the amount and type of wool (thicker wool layers will have more of an effect on the "feel" of your mattress).

Some of the non organic wool can be just as high quality and "safe" as wool that has been certified as organic and they can also use organic farming methods even though they didn't go to the extra expense of having the wool certified organic. There is more about organic certifications in post #2 here .

I would have no concerns with the wool used in any of these protectors.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 18:36 #3

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Do you know anything about the build quality? Looking at the two of them, do you see any reason to spend the extra dough on the Suite Sleep?

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 19:04 #4

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Hi AnalogJ,

I don't have any personal experience with any of them (although I do use the NaturaProtect Deluxe which is similar except it has a semi breathable waterproof membrane ... and you can see my comments here ). Some of the differences between them would be more subjective based on how they would "feel" but these types of products are much more difficult to compare on a more objective or "commodity" basis. The obvious differences would be in the oz/yd of wool (which would have a significant effect on the cost), the thickness and quality of the cover, any organic certifications, the cost and quality or breed of the raw wool, the finer details of the construction (such as finished edges or quilting patterns), and the time and labor involved in making each one (and the labor costs in the country of origin) along with the normal differences between the pricing policies of different businesses.

In most cases I would make these types of comparisons based on a conversation with each retailer or manufacturer and asking them to compare their product and price to the others you are considering so they can describe any significant differences in the materials, quality, or "feel" of their product compared to the others and you can make a choice based on the information they provide you.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 20:08 #5

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Well, when it comes to toppers and pads, I don't know if stores know their competition that well. Heck, The Clean Bedroom didn't know certain obvious questions such as amount of wool in one in question they sold, and the retailer at the HQ for 45th Street Bedding didn't know whether the cotton covering used was knit or woven.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 05 Jul 2014 21:45 #6

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Hi AnalogJ,

Heck, The Clean Bedroom didn't know certain obvious questions such as amount of wool in one in question they sold, and the retailer at the HQ for 45th Street Bedding didn't know whether the cotton covering used was knit or woven.


That's unfortunate and I would think that more premium or specialty sleep shops would have this type of information available ... especially about the amount of wool and the type of fabric.

Hopefully some of the forum members that own one of the mattress pads/protectors you are looking at will see you post and share their experience.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 09 Jul 2014 16:49 #7

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The 45th St Bedding topper is also on my list for possible purchase, they offer the same product on Amazon and ebay ( $169 for a queen size). They've replied to questions on Amazon if you need more info, limited amount of reviews as I think they just started selling on Amazon.

They do have a website with more specs
45thstreetbedding.com/natural-bedding/washable-wool-mattress-pad.php
"This item features a Belgian lambswool fill of 300 grams per square meter (~10 oz/sq. yd) and is encased top and bottom in a 100% cotton cover."

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 09 Jul 2014 17:49 #8

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I have the St Dormeir by St. Genève and love it. All our beds have one.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 09 Jul 2014 19:56 #9

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It looks like a good product, too. Not quite as much fill as the 45th Street Bedding one (7.5oz vs. 10oz/sq.yd). The quilting looks a bit more sophisticated, though.

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Wool Mattress Pad Question/Advice 09 Jul 2014 20:04 #10

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Hi AnalogJ,

Just for reference ... the St Dormeir protector has 4.5 oz/yd of wool. At one time they listed it as 7.5 oz but they corrected the listing (see this topic ) and there are some sites that still list the incorrect specs.

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