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FloBeds User Reviews

FloBeds Natural Talalay Latex Green

Awesome mattress, fantastic customer service

Jul 19, 2010 6:51 pm

Joined: Jan 18, 2010
Points: 143
After spending thousands on beds in the last two years that didn't work for me including Simmons, Englander and Tempurpedic, I was lucky to find FloBeds.

I love my FloBeds. It is customizable to suit my individual needs. Each side can be customized for that side's sleeper. I needed a softer bed, yet with a firmer lumbar area and that is where the vZone excels. (Go to their web site for more information on vZones. They also have memory foam and latex. Though I started with all latex, I ended up with a foam over latex combination due to severe fibromyalgia. It's soft enough for pressure points yet still supports my lower back.

The cotton/wool cover is thick yet stretchy and helps regulate temperature. The natural talalay layers are supportive and cushy at the same time.The memory foam is 5 lbs density and odor free!

The bed was assembled by my Hubby and myself, both in our 60's. I slept on it as soon as we finished stacking the layers inside the cover and zipping it up.

It looks like a traditional mattress, but feels like it was made just for me... because it was! Unlike a traditional mattress, if I need to make change in the future, all I have to do is unzip my cover and switch the layer firmness' around.

The absolute best part of FloBeds is the customer service. They have an A+ BBB rating. You have a full 90 days to try it with a100% money back guarantee. During those 90 days if you need to exchange a layer for a different firmness, you can. And not just once, but as many times as you need. I called about exchanging layers and my new layers were on the way with a return shipping label for the ones I was sending back. I paid a refundable core deposit which was .... refunded!

Customer service doesn't end there. If you have a problem configuring your bed to your needs, Flobeds' owners themselves will work to find what suits you. Dave and Dewey Turner are experts and have been around since 1971. They stand behind their products and pledge to give you the best night's sleep or your money back. They actually care about you and will think outside the box to make you comfortable.

Wonderful bed, fantastic, honest customer service. I will always recommend FloBeds!

Date Purchased: 02/17/2010
Price Paid: $2550
Recommend: Yes
Customizable layers to find the best comfort and support.
Best customer service I've ever experienced.
90 day refund policy.


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FloBeds Natural Deluxe

New FloBed

Apr 17, 2010 10:29 am

Joined: Feb 25, 2010
Points: 67
My new FloBed just showed up! Assembly was a breeze, even easier than putting the 2 Celsion topper into the Terrycloth cover.
The new bed is a Natural Deluxe eastern king. It's currently configured XF/XF/F both sides (although Dewey picked out XF's at higher end ILD for my side and marked the shipping bags as mine). My wife helped assemble it so first we zipped everything up with the FloBed convoluted topper as the top layer, laid on it for a few minutes then unzipped and replaced the convoluted with the 2" Celsion topper. We both liked this "feel" better and decided this is the configuration we will test drive. We plan on using the convoluted topper on the twin beds (cut in half) in the spare bedroom for the grandkids use.
Sheets fit on a whole lot easier than they did on the old diveted Serta Perfect Night (~15" deep non-pillowtop) and my wife says it's lighter lifting the corners too.
My wife likes the FloBed Sheep decor on the cover and that it looks like any other bed when zipped shut.

Date Purchased: 4/16/2010
Price Paid: $2892
Recommend: Yes
Build it like you want it

None so far

FloBeds Natural Talalay Latex Green

FloBeds makes a great mattress.

Jan 7, 2010 1:59 pm

Joined: Aug 17, 2009
Points: 542
Yes FlowBeds makes a great mattress.

But this is not what makes FlowBeds great. In my opinion the best thing about FlowBeds is the man who owns it and runs it with his son Dewey.

David Turner has been in the mattress business for over 30 years. His approach to business is a throwback to the way small businesses use to be run. Good Customer service is not just some phraseology that he uses to sell mattresses. He really means it, and proves it by the way he treats his customers.

This latex mattress is probably no better than any other latex mattress made by the small niche companies that operate on the Internet, IF they purchasing their Talalay from Latex International, like FlowBeds does. FloBeds cover will be different, the way he packages the product and ships it to you, maybe different. But that's about all the difference there is in the actual mattress. The difference comes in in the way he backs up what he says about his product on his website.

It is truly a delight to call an 800 number and get a live person who actually owns the company. Dave will do everything he can to make sure that you are happy with your purchase. He has, from everything I have been able to learn from searching the Internet, the best combination of exchange and return policy of any of the companies. You have 90 days for unlimited exchanges, only paying shipping of the layer back to FlowBeds. And the charge is much less than some others require. if you decide that the mattress is not for you within the 90 day, you can return it for a complete refund, only paying the shipping charges to return the mattress to FloBeds.

I could go on and on about this but I think you get my meaning. I have just concluded my 90 days and there's no way that I would return the mattress for a refund. It has slept quite well for me. I exchanged 4 pieces of latex to get the proper feel that I wanted during my 90 day "Sleep Test".

I can best say it this way regarding how I feel about the mattress. "I look forward to going to bed, and I do not want to get out of bed in the morning. When I do finally get up, I feel quite good, no stiffness, no aches or pain,I just feel refreshed."

Dave charges more for his mattress than some other companies. But I felt it was worth it to have this kind of treatment and exchange plus return policy guaranteed. When you're buying something off of the Internet that is this expensive, then you want the assurance that if you don't like it you can return it and you can get your money back. Think of it as an insurance policy.

If you want to read my total experience, I have a lengthy in-depth thread in the forum. Cut and paste this link into the URL location of your browser if you want to read it. Just remember, since it is so long, if you want to read all of it, you'll have to go to the bottom of the page and click on the word "ALL" to see the whole thing.

Please understand that this review is in no way a "put down" of other latex mattress companies and the way they conduct their business. Many people have been happy with other companies. And I accept their claims about their purchases as sincere and genuine.

Date Purchased: 9/09
Price Paid: $2647
Recommend: Yes
I like the way that natural Talalay feels. Like most people I thought I wanted a softer surface. But I have found, to get the proper support, I need a firmer surface. But that is alright as natural Talalay tends to conform to the body somewhat as it warms up from your body heat.

I tried a piece of blended Talalay and I prefer the all natural due to its greater density.

Nothing. I liked everything about the product and the service I received. That is why I gave it five stars.

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FloBeds Natural Talalay Latex

FloBeds 100% Natural Talalay Latex Mattress

Oct 31, 2009 7:48 am

Joined: Oct 31, 2009
Points: 15
Sleeping for 3 weeks now on Flobeds Natural Latex Mattress, We love it! It has Perfect firmness on each side of mattress with luxurious pillowtop softness on the top surface. Very impressed, and still excited about this purchase after 3 weeks.
How and Why we chose this mattress? We wanted a mattress similar to Westin Heavenly bed that had the soft pillow-top surface, but was medium-firm underneath. Then, we started reading and reading. Natural Latex appeared to be the winner; but then there are two major choices (types) of Natural Latex [Dunlop or Talalay]. The biggest reason we went with all Natural Talalay was a video found on Flobeds website showing 5 year compression test of the two types Maybe somehow they rigged the results of their demonstration, but it sure is convincing to me. PS- they should make this video more prevalent on their website (you have to search deep for it). Our final choices came down to two other Latex mattress online stores [one is futon related]; but both sold Dunlop type of latex and going back to the video, we got cold feet toward Dunlop. Also Habitat Futon only offered one density (firmness) mattress, theirs was 26 ILD which is bordering on the "soft" side. I needed "firm" because I sleep on my back, my wife wanted "medium" because she sleeps on her side; we definitely did not want "soft" [20-24= soft; 26-30= medium, 30-34= firm; 34-38= extra firm]. We purchases 3-layer system with 2" convoluted pillow-top. Now 3 layers is absolutely not necessary for latex mattress, you can put two layers onto the ground and be perfectly happy. But we were forced into 3-layer + pillowtop thickness due to our existing wood bed frame [headboard, footer, 9" side rails]. We needed a mattress system that was 16" to 19" high in order for the bed to come out of the side rails at the correct height, come up to the level of the footer... this is something to consider that most people do not think about. So we purchased from Flobeds 5-1/2" wood foundation plus 12" mattress system (3 layers at 3" and pillowtop at 2".. I know does not add up). Personally, Habitat had 8-1/2" foundation that would had allowed us to purchase only a two layer system (save money) but you cannot buy just the foundation from them. One great thing about Flobeds system is you can "mix and match" not only both sides of the bed; but mix and match within your side of the bed too. So, because I wanted firm, for my side of the bed I purchased 3 layers; one medium, one x-firm, and one firm. Really only the top layer dictates the "feel", so I have it set up with "firm" on top layer (but under soft pillowtop layer); then medium in middle, then X-firm at bottom. I have total hedge, if I want it more firm, I can change out the top "firm" layer with the bottom "x-firm" layer; or if I want it softer I can change out top "firm" layer with middle "medium" layer. Ditto for my wife's side; she has medium on top; firm in the middle; and soft on bottom. Again the very bottom layer does not matter, and the middle layer matters very little.
How does our bed feel? When I get in at night, I love; it has very soft layer just on the surface, but it is a firm bed (my half). Best of two Worlds, a superficial top layer for comfortability (the pillowtop) with all the firmness of a firm mattress. My wife's side is just a bit softer (because she has medium firmness as her top layer vs. firm layer). I love, and feels like the Westin Heavenly that we were chasing. I cautiously say this, I suspect if the two were next to each other in side by side testing, there is big differences; but coming from an old style coiled box-spring mattress.. this system is great.
One small difference, and I emphasize "small" notation is that there is no "edge" to this bed. With traditional coil spring mattress, they build up the edge with supplemental materials so you can sit on the edge of the bed. With this latex system, when I get up in the morning and sit on the edge of the bed to put on my slippers or sweatpants, You really sink down. But this is only for 8 seconds of my life each day, I can live with this difference! I am just telling you that this is an observation, one difference. The soft edge in no way effects you when you are "laying down", it is not soft near the edge when you are laying down.... this is only when you sit on the edge. So, I'll take 8 hours a night of perfect firmness and give up 8 seconds in the morning of falling off the edge when sitting to put on my slippers.
Receiving and setting up the mattress... They really have the system down; the wood foundation came in six pieces [for Eastern King Size] all in UPS sized boxes, and 6 layers of latex [2 sides of bed x 3 layers] and the pillowtop latex are all compressed into sealed vacuum bags and into UPS sized corrugated boxes; really kind of cool how they engineered the packing efficiencies. It took two people a bit over an hour to set up... could be one person, but always helpful to have 2nd person to manipulate bulky mattress/foundation into place. 70% of this one hour time was just "unpacking" the boxes, cutting up the boxes, humping/bringing the latex foam mattress and wood foundations upstairs, removing old mattress' from bedroom. The 6 pieces of wood foundation bolted together with finger/wingnuts, very easy. Then layout the cotton bed-liner down, lay in your latex foam layers, and zip the top of the bed liner onto the bottom half. It is easy system... but you do have to do some work (versus two men delivery traditional coiled mattress from furniture store, removing old mattress). But this one hour is worth it, you will be excited to test out your new mattress, there is a reward at the end.

Date Purchased: 10/2009
Price Paid: $3700
Recommend: Yes
Soft top thin layer of softness (pillowtop) that does not affect overall firmness. Can mix and match layers to achieve perfect firmness. Very comfortable.

There is no "edge" to the bed, when you sit on the side of the bed you drastically sink down (but only for 8 seconds in morning when you put your slippers on).

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FloBeds Natural Talalay Latex

Decided to Go with the Flo

Jan 13, 2006 3:39 pm
I haunted the "What's the Best Mattress" forum for a few months before making my decision on a new bed - great research site - I finally decided to go with the Flobeds, mainly because it was easy to understand and order the kit. We wanted latex because we have allergies - had innerspring before, lots of sagging, discomfort, sneezing. Ordered from Flobeds on 12/12, rec'd email notice that order would ship in 8 days and it did, on 12/21. It arrived on 12/22. We set it up on Christmas Eve and it has been my favorite Christmas present! So husband's side is firm over medium, I am medium over firm, and we both have the zone on top with a convoluted (is that what it's called?) topper (Cal King). Bought the foundation and the glide legs too, the whole nine yards, all worth it, it's a good product and we are both happy with our purchase. We bought a Sterling Sleep System with latex/memory foam from Sleep Train several months earlier for $4k but returned it because we didn't feel it was worth the bucks. Must say that Sleep Train honored their guarantee without squabbling. The Flobeds system was 25% less and 100% better than the Sterling. We love it.

Date Purchased: 12/2005
Price Paid: $3000
Recommend: Yes
Easy to order
Shipped as promised
Easy to assemble
Quality materials
Soooo comfortable

None so far!

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