Re: 19' Bed- Memory Foam Topper
Thanks for all the excellent replies. After research into memory foam I decided on the following: Serta 3" memory foam mattress pad/topper in Queen Size at a 4lb weight from overstock.com. What does all this mean?
Here was my rationale. In my plans I wanted only a topper, read Escape Artist's issue above and you have one reason. In my research it appears that 3" is the recommended when you have some other cushioning under the topper. I have a four inch firm foam pad. Options are Queen Size or one can opt for a California King at the same price. The Queen is 1+" short on each side, probably not significant. Its actual dimensions are 58x77. The California King could be cut down with an electric knife to an exact size if you choose. Finally the weight, this is not how much the product weights but rather the density, it is how much a cubic foot of memory foam will weigh. This is a tricky part: your ideal foam weight depends on 1) your body weight, 2) what is under the foam, 3) side sleeper or back sleeper 4) quality of the foam. So what is right for you - depends! The majority of memory foams stops at 4lb, the Tempur-Pedic® are the only product I saw at 5.3lb.
I did not struggle with this as much as the thickness. More depth will be harder to move, carry and make up, but it will compress less. I really wanted 4" but was concerned about portability and frankly cost. The price went from $139 to $189 for the extra inch. Finally, I choose Serta because of the brand and a feeling that I could depend on quality. The web site overstock.com must have had over 1,000 customer reviews of the Serta products; I just did not see that with some of the "off" brands
Well, I got my memory foam today, three day delivery from the order date. It was just as expected. It has been open now about three hours, it has risen to the advertised 3" thickness, it still has a mild smell of the foam (they say 48 hours to two weeks to air out), fits with the expected short edge all around a queen bed and in my 10 minute trial feels wonderful. The true test will be an upcoming two week trip.
As a side note it weighs close to 40 pounds, will fold into thirds and really requires two people to move the Queen Size. It is subject to tears and if mishandled can be ripped.
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'