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A new mattress or a latex topper for the old one?

Dan writes:

Dear Pete,
We’ve never met, but after reading a number of posts I feel like you have already taught me a great deal about mattresses. Thank you! I was hoping you could answer a few questions below.
I am a mid-twenties male, 6’3”, and around 150 lbs. I usually sleep on my side. I have some lower back pain in the mornings, but it mostly goes away as I’m up and around during the day. I’ve gone back and forth between sleeping on two old twin mattresses, but both have lost support, and one is a pillow top. I like the idea of buying a latex topper and a firm mattress as you recommend – it gives me the option of keeping the latex topper even if the mattress wears out. But I also see you recommending the wolf hybrid mattresses. Are these options both pretty similar, or would you recommend one over the other?
If I do go with a latex topper, would you recommend the usual 2” soft Talalay, or something else for me. I seem to like the medium/plush mattresses at the local stores around here as long as they support me well. (If it helps any, I have lain on those beds with sensors at mattress stores, and they said I have some decently strong pressure points at my shoulders and hips.)
Finally, I’ve read that you sometimes recommend flipping one-sided latex mattresses over onto its underside and putting the latex topper on that. Does that work on one-sided innerspring mattresses, though?
Thanks for your time!
Hi Dan,
The two basic components needed for a good night's sleep are, support and comfort.
It sounds like what you have is no longer supplying support.
Adding a latex topper to either of those mattresses, will increase surface comfort, but won't affect the lack of support.
However, a latex topper may still be enough for you to sleep well, given your size and gender.
Many of my customers will opt for the topper first. And quite often, it's enough to delay the purchase of a new mattress for a few more years.
If you're going this route, go with the 2" Soft Talalay.
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