I did a lot of research on beds and bed cost before settling on this one. I am very happy with my decision. We got this to be a base for a quality latex foam topper to simulate a $2000 bed I'd seen at a showroom. It worked. For under $500 I was able to have wonderful back support and excellent comfort. Because of Overstock.com's super fast shipping, we received this mattress before the topper. So we tried it out by itself. My husband has some serious lower back issues we were hoping we could alleviate with a more supportive bed. He loved it with and without the topper. Just to note, I'm not a very heavy person, so by itself I found this mattress to be almost TOO firm. It wasn't 'hard' - I sank into the foam as one would expect, but I felt like I was floating on a surface much like a padded floor - except that I was cradled more and my hips were fine. I imagine I could have gotten used to it, but my topper arrived within a few more days and that made all the difference. I now have a 'luxury' bed to be proud of. If you're planning on getting this by itself, just keep in mind that the lighter you are, the more firm the foam will feel. I imagine that for a heavier person, this would be an ideal medium-firm bed. However, If you are constructing a layered mattress with a memory or latex top a foam mattress base is recommended over a spring base - and for this purpose, this mattress is perfect.