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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Aug 2013 16:58 #21

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Hi lagreca,

I was wondering if you thought this was a quality mattress, at a reasonable price? Thanks!


Yes ... all the materials in this mattress are high quality and there are no obvious weak links in the mattress.

Your own personal testing will tell you if it's a suitable choice in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences).

I would call it "fair" value for an 8" blended talalay latex mattress but value also depends on what other mattresses are available to you that you are comparing it to and on which parts of your own " personal value equation " are most important to you.

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Re: Latex mattress in San Diego area 28 Sep 2013 16:52 #22

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I have now been to five of the stores listed in post #2 of this thread and thought I would provide a few impressions.

Ikea

See post #9 here .

Healthy Back

See post #18 here .

A Bedder Bed


Lots of innerspring options, many with memory foam on top, from Boyd and Spinal Comfort, many in the lower-budget range. The only bed currently on display containing any latex is the Lavendar Latex Hybrid
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The pillowtop on this looks even thicker in person, maybe 4", and felt soft to me.

Escondido Mattress Factory


I was privileged to speak with Escondido About page who has been making mattresses for 60 years. You can see the giant sewing equipment in the back room. Randy can make you a two-sided innerspring mattress and box spring "like they used to." His says his latex is all-natural talalay from Sri Lanka. He will sell you a latex topper but he does not layer latex in mattresses: you get a solid 6" slab. I asked him about ILD and he quoted something like 85-90, so obviously a different scale. I asked what he thought of memory foam; he said that it was made for the space program and they should have just left it in space. :P

Euro-Flex



This unassuming storefront down the street from Costco opens onto a good-sized showroom with LOTS of latex options. They have all-latex beds (solid and layered), latex over innerspring, latex over an air bed, and latex over a Röwa adjustable bed with a stretched canvas (?) "trampoline" platform. It's all either blended or natural talalay by Latex International. This is the first store I've found where the staff was conversant in ILD numbers and could unzip the side of the mattress and tell you the densities of each layer. Probably because they assemble and customize their own mattresses. Higher-end stuff but not opposed to discussing economic options.
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Re: Latex mattress in San Diego area 28 Sep 2013 20:32 #23

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Hi sdmark,

Thanks for sharing your feedback from your San Diego testing. I think it will be very helpful for others that are following in your path.

I asked him about ILD and he quoted something like 85-90, so obviously a different scale.


85 - 90 is the density of the latex (in kg / cu meter) and is often used by Dunlop latex manufacturers as a way to specify the softness/firmness range of the layer (Dunlop has an ILD range rather than a specific ILD). You can see some rough comparisons with ILD in post #2 here .

I appreciate your contributions to the forum :)

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 17 Jan 2014 17:03 #24

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Wanted to chime in here and thank you all for this invaluable resource. I have been lurking for the last couple of months and you all have really opened my eyes to the mattress scene.

I am in the San Diego area and our Banner Mattress "no flip" spring mattress is awful. I am heavier than my wife and there is a noticeable indentation where I sleep and slight indentation on her side..resulting in a comically large mound in the middle. If our toddler ever manages to get in our bed, he is going to have to snuggle extra close to one of us since sleeping on the mound is impossible.

Surprise Surprise, we need a new bed! Looking at all the intro articles and trying to determine our PPP, I had mentally settled on a pure latex mattress. We visited Escondido Mattress Factory and REALLY liked it...but I was NOT ready for the price. $2400 for the king mattress, springs, and delivery. Super nice guy, really desperately want to support him, but that was WAY more than we budgeted. Our last king bed was closer to $1000, so I put the number closer to $1500 for this purchase.

So I have scoured this site to see what kind of compromises I could make and really can't seem to find much lower than around $2000 for a latex mattress and something to put it on (we would get rid of our current boxes and we don't have a frame).

Then I came across your last link Tuft and Needle (www.tuftandneedle.com/bed) which seems VERY different than what I was looking for...but I am astonished by the positive reviews and their philosophy. I would be fine paying $500 for a new bed every 5 years...but it seems almost too good to be true. I also know they are releasing a 10" thickness mattress "soon" and I am tempted to wait for that.

Anyways, now I am even more torn, we liked the latex we laid on at Escondido mattress, we DID NOT like the latex we laid on at Ikea (felt the slats, immediately uncomfortable)

Anything I am missing here? I really don't like memory foam mattresses (I sink in to them) and after my latest spring mattress, I am done with those. Sorry if this is a rambling mess, but hey, it is a first post :)

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 17 Jan 2014 19:28 #25

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Hi Timmdogg,

Surprise Surprise, we need a new bed! Looking at all the intro articles and trying to determine our PPP, I had mentally settled on a pure latex mattress.


I would keep in mind that the only way to know whether a mattress is a good match in terms of PPP is based on your own testing or personal experience. While reading about different materials or types of mattresses can certainly be helpful and some types of materials appear to be more desirable than others based on their "specs" or durability ... I would make sure that you keep all your options open until your testing has confirmed what your reading indicated.

Then I came across your last link Tuft and Needle (www.tuftandneedle.com/bed) which seems VERY different than what I was looking for...but I am astonished by the positive reviews and their philosophy. I would be fine paying $500 for a new bed every 5 years...but it seems almost too good to be true. I also know they are releasing a 10" thickness mattress "soon" and I am tempted to wait for that.


If a lower cost mattress or a "futon type" polyfoam mattress is a good match for you in terms of PPP then it can certainly make a good "value" choice and in the case of Tuft and Needle they use good quality materials. They also have a good return policy so if your conversations with them indicate that it would be a good match for you then the risk of trying it is certainly lower. Of course one of the benefits of polyfoam is that it's a much lower cost material than latex.

Anything I am missing here? I really don't like memory foam mattresses (I sink in to them) and after my latest spring mattress, I am done with those. Sorry if this is a rambling mess, but hey, it is a first post :)


I would keep in mind that there are many different types of innersprings and an innerspring is not likely to be the weak link of a mattress. It's usually the comfort layers which are the first to soften and break down so depending on the quality of the materials, an innerspring can make a good choice for people who prefer it as long as the layers above the springs are good quality and durable materials.

You certainly have other options available with different combinations of materials you may want to test in both the San Diego area and online that would be in your budget range so it would really depend on how much time you have available to research or test other mattresses either locally or on the phone and on how you feel about continuing your research or whether you are comfortable with what you have already tested or considered.

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Apr 2014 10:04 #26

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Hi, I live in San Diego and am shopping for a king sized latex mattress. I'm interested in 100% natural latex, organic materials, high quality product which will last at least 10 years, green manufacturing processes if possible, made in the USA, and better yet made in California, a showroom where I can test try out the mattress options, delivery to my bedroom, and a store that will haul away my old mattress and boxspring. I intend to put the mattress on a platform bed.

I like what I've read about Escondido Mattress Factory .

How about Mattress Makers? Anybody on this forum have experience with them?

Are there any other San Diego area mattress maker that I should consider?

Any advice for buying a quality latex mattress in San Diego would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Apr 2014 10:17 #27

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Euro-Flex on Morena Blvd., mentioned in my post above, might fill most of those requirements but is not for the budget-conscious.

Healthy Back in Hillcrest...I think they have an all-natural option.

I came across www.purerest.com this past week, I think from some post on this forum. Haven't visited their showroom, but they seem big on organic/natural options.

Ikea has one all-natural latex mattress, the Morgongava. As best I can tell, the latex is continuous-pour Dunlop, made in the U.S. by Mountain Top Foam. Not sure if the cover is natural, or if it is imported. The mattress is on display in at the Mission Valley store.

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Apr 2014 10:27 #28

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Thanks, Mark.

I was interested in PureRest until I read the negative reviews of their sister brand EcoBaby on Yelp:
www.yelp.com/biz/ecobaby-san-diego

I suppose I should go visit these places in person.

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Apr 2014 12:26 #29

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Hi CthulhuDreams,

Are there any other San Diego area mattress maker that I should consider?

Any advice for buying a quality latex mattress in San Diego would be appreciated.


Just in case you haven't read it yet ... I would make sure you've read the tutorial post here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choices (including how to test a mattress to make sure that it's a suitable choice for you in terms of PPP).

The better options and possibilities I'm aware of in the San Diego area and some comments about them are listed in post #2 here of this topic.

I was interested in PureRest until I read the negative reviews of their sister brand EcoBaby on Yelp:
www.yelp.com/biz/ecobaby-san-diego


There are some comments about the FTC action in post #6 here . They use good quality materials but they had their own so called "testing certification" called NAOMI that was making some claims that weren't supported (see post #4 here ) and they were the only member so this was somewhat deceptive.

They certainly use good quality materials (100% natural Dunlop latex) in their mattresses but so do many other manufacturers or retailers so it's always important to make sure you make good comparisons based on the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

I suppose I should go visit these places in person.


That would be a good idea :)

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Latex mattress in San Diego area 26 Apr 2014 14:34 #30

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Hi Cthulu

I couldn't believe this thread popped up today. I was literally buying our mattress when this thread alert came through. We are up in Covina, CA and just purchased our mattress at FlexusComfort (flexuscomfort.com/Natural-Comfort.html).

I believe it meets all your requirements. We drove up here this morning from San Diego to try it out. The biggest difference they offered at Flexus is the His/Hers firmness layers and it was 10" versus the Escondido mattress that only offered a single 6" one firmness. It was a fantastic price as well.

Also, for those budget minded folks, they offer Bill Me Later so we are spreading the payments over 6 months.

10" NATURAL COMFORT MATTRESS - EKING-HIS 3" 22-24 ILD 3" 31 ILD 3" ILD HERS 22-24 ILD 3" 45 ILD 3" 45 ILD $1,745.00

You can try the Latex mattress out in their showroom and they also sell shredded latex pillows, which my wife was a huge fan of. They are going to make the mattress on Monday and then deliver it next week. I worked with the owner Henry (who gave me his personal cell to help coordinate) he was amazing.

Hope this helps, good options in Southern CA.

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