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Firmness 04 Apr 2016 19:43 #1

Hi
I have read lots of info here regarding mattress firmness but still cant figure it out..
I am about to order a Dunlop latex mattress, not sure if the very firm(44ILD) or med-firm(34ILD) would be best. It is for myself and husband. I am around 150lbs and he is around 260 lbs. I sleep in every position, back,side,stomach, mostly because i cant get comfortable on current mattress!
He sleeps on side and back. We both have back pain and I have an old neck injury that acts up often. Im worried the extra firm may be to firm but that the other may be to soft and not hold up well. I don't want to sink into the mattress but also want it to contour body some.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
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Firmness 04 Apr 2016 19:57 #2

Hi alasearwax,

I am about to order a Dunlop latex mattress, not sure if the very firm(44ILD) or med-firm(34ILD) would be best. It is for myself and husband. I am around 150lbs and he is around 260 lbs. I sleep in every position, back,side,stomach, mostly because i cant get comfortable on current mattress!
He sleeps on side and back. We both have back pain and I have an old neck injury that acts up often. Im worried the extra firm may be to firm but that the other may be to soft and not hold up well. I don't want to sink into the mattress but also want it to contour body some.
Any suggestions?


There are basically only two ways to decide on the firmness of each layer that will work best for you.

The first is your own careful testing on different combinations of layers (hopefully using the testing guidelines in the tutorial).

If 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.

Since you are also in very different weight ranges and may have different needs and preferences in a mattress ... it may also be worth considering a split firmness mattress that has a different combination of layers on each side of the mattress (see post #2 here ).

Phoenix
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