I see that in the Christeli Lux Estate mattress, they use latex as the base of the mattress instead of memory foam. Should I be concerned about that? Is that a better support?

asked Feb 19 '14
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By the way you ask your question, it appears that you are confusing the support of your body from the top layer (filling in all the gaps) vs the actual 'support' layers. Latex and memory foam mattresses can be an excellent choice if you are not concerned with going 100% natural. You get the excellent support of latex with the body contouring of memory foam. The latex will last much longer than the polyurethane base foams and give you the 'spring' of springs without the pressure points.

You will get the body contouring of memory foam (sleeping in the bed vs on the bed) with the memory foam as the top layer. You also get much less motion transfer when you are sleeping with another. The down side is that it's harder to move in memory foam vs latex and it is not a natural material. You can get almost the same feel if you have a softer latex on top with about a 2" layer of wool.

I would recommend you go to a dealer to try the mattress before you purchase it as it is not so easy to send a mattress back when you buy on-line.

I hope this helps.


answered Feb 20 '14
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Visco-elastic memory foam, by itself, is not a supportive material. It's primary characteristic is motion deadening. Latex, a vulcanized rubber, will offer greater support, and depending upon the ILD, varying levels of softness.

answered Feb 20 '14
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No mattress uses memory foam as a support foam. It is a contouring, pressure-relieving foam. However, it runs hotter than most foams so beware of that as the Lux Estate Mattress has memory foam as their top layer. I would recommend an all latex over this bed. Pure LatexBLISS carries many variations of feel and support and because of its natural make-up, it is runs cooler and there's no off-gassing!

answered Feb 20 '14
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Debi is correct. No one uses memory foam as the base support layer, its too pliable. Usually you see stiffer, firmer foams for the base beneath memory foam. Latex does make a good support layer as its breathable and very durable. In the beds I make, we used zoned latex, which is even more smartly designed as it allows the hips and shoulders to sink in alignment as opposed to a flat, consistent layer of latex.

answered Feb 20 '14
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Wow, you got some bad information here. Stearns & Foster does, in fact, use memory foam as a support layer. The latex they use is not vulcanized rubber, it's synthetic latex. If you're looking for quality that lasts, you're barking up the wrong tree...so to speak.

answered Feb 20 '14
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Hi Peter -- Just to clarify, the original poster here was asking about a model from a brand called Christeli, not to be confused with the "Lux Estate" collection from Stearns & Foster.

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Memory foam is not a support layer. Polyurethane foam is often used as a support layer but doesn't last as long as all natural latex rubber because of the density. It's all about how the mattress is made, super soft layers break down faster than firmer layers and coils.

answered Feb 20 '14
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edited Feb 20 '14


Memory foam is a piss poor support layer. But, that does not stop Sealy from using it as such in some of their Stearns & Foster models.

(Feb 20 '14) Peter Cancelli ♦ Peter Cancelli's gravatar image

You should just check the quality of latex. If it's blended or not a significant sized layer, then it won't do all that much to support you. Look for Talalay or Dunlop latex for the good stuff.

answered Feb 21 '14
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Our Lux Estate mattress uses natural latex for superior back / spine support and our exclusive Cool Breeze™ memory foam for comfort and pressure relief towards the top of the mattress. Memory Foam is not a choice support system and cannot provide the proper back and spinal alignment for a healthy night's sleep. All Christeli mattresses are made with care in Greenville, South Carolina at our 80+ years old family run factory. Please give us a call if you have any more questions. 1-800-613-4193



answered Mar 19 '14
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According to the website, the Lux Estate mattress has no latex. It has 2 inches of 8 lb memory foam on top and 5.2 lb memory foam underneath this - the latex is in only in the base. What if you do not use a regular base? Does the adjustable bed frame have latex in it?

answered Aug 25 '14
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