Two things kept standing out to me when I read about them, actually three. They are made of natural materials (some more natural than others), NO springs (to break or bend) and they seem to last and have been around for a VERY long time. Longer than our normal 3-5 year life span that our others had lasted.
I had read about "layering" for awhile. Which is where you buy a firmer mattress than you are usually used to, but then use latex toppers (not memory foam). I could not decide between the firm and medium, that was the hardest part. While I LOVE the feel of a soft mattress (for usually the first 5 mins) I knew the lack of support was making my body (and hubby's) sore. It was basically agony for active people who are just 40 yrs old! But I was also afraid that the stiffness from a firm mattress wouldn't be much better. So I read some more...... lol! And from what I understood the latex mattress tend to be much "firmer" than regular mattresses anyway. So I thought the firm would be like sleeping on a cement slab!
We finally decided on a "medium" Nuform mattress from Overstock.com. They are not as thick as conventional mattresses either. So we bought this 3 inch latex topper and then also this 2 inch latex topper. And use this mattress pad, I read even THAT makes a difference, LOL! I have been PAIN free for a year. And no, I am not being paid by Overstock!
this is what it feels like!
courtesy of Google images
Do I feel like the princess and the pea? YES! But, FINALLY we found something that works! I am so happy we bought this combination. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone for the firm (for longevity) but this seems to be perfect for now, with no sagging or wearing (yet!). We turn it (not flip) every couple of months for maintenance. But we are HAPPY with it! YAY! So if you ever wondered about Latex mattresses, we love ours! Go for it!!