I'm in the market for a new mattress. I've been researching them for quite a while. I live in an area where there aren't many mattress stores and the ones that I've contacted do not have much in the way of "natural latex" mattresses. They often advertise a mattress as latex and then you find out that it is viscose latex (man-made stuff that breaks down quicker and may have an odor). I had hoped to be able to lay on one to see if I like the feel of them but I like the idea of a natural Talalay and/or Dunlop combination latex mattress for many reasons. I've tried out a memory foam mattress and they are not for me. The main reasons for thinking a natural latex foam bed might be right for me is that: l) they sleep 'cool'; 2) they are dustmite free and antimicrobial; 3) they provide support by kind of pushing back at you. I need firm support - my ten year old bed is too soft now and seems to be affecting my neck and back badly. When I sleep on my daughter's bed (which is very firm) I wake up with a lot less pain. Lately I have a wicked neck ache and headache every day which is very debilitating for at least half of the day. I did read in older posts that someone was not happy with the latex mattress because it was too soft and continued to soften. That wouldn't be good for me. I have found online that the best price (even includes two latex pillows and a nice zippered cover) for a 6" Dunlop latex mattress with a 2" Talalay melded to the top for softness is priced at $2,099, mattress only. They give you a 180 day trial period. If you don't like it, you send it back. Heaven knows, how you roll it back up though!! I dislike going into debt for a new mattress and am trying to assure myself that this might be the best choice. I've wondered if maybe I should get an inexpensive mattress and put a 2" latex topper on it to achieve firmness with a softer, yet supportive feel on top. I've got to do something soon. I go to bed feeling ok and wake up feeling awful. I'm pretty sure it is a combination of fall allergies and the mattress. If anyone has tried out a latex mattress and would post about their experience, I would sure appreciate it. I find it very confusing to go into a mattress store and try out the various beds. There is one that has a 4" latex topper built into it for $1,500 that might be a possibility. The latex is supposed to be very durable. They gurantee them for 20 years and some are guaranteed for 30 years. Decisions, decisions, enough to dry you crazy when it is so important for one's health and pain level! Thanks in advance for any advice.