There are so many types of mattress on the market that it can get quite daunting at times when choosing the right one before you start parting with your money. In short, the main types which exist are latex, memory foam, spring, and air. Each one has its characteristics and price, so it’s worthwhile knowing the difference between them.
Like with anything there will always be benefits and disadvantages, some unique selling points and some things to watch out for. It’s important to know the pluses and minuses before you conclude your decision as to whether you want a latex mattress or foam; therefore we have listed some pointers for you below and compared the two including where possible the similarities and differences.
The Two Compared
Warranty – Like with memory foam, most latex mattresses come with lengthy warranties, usually, 20 years is the most common for the former and 25 years for the latter.
Transportation – Both types are usually vacuum sealed, rolled up and compacted, so easily transportable. If purchasing from a retail outlet, it may fit in the trunk of your car so is very convenient.
Allergies – Latex is non-toxic and naturally resistant to allergens and dust mites which means it’s safe for you and your environment. Traditional viscoelastic foam is full of chemicals whereas latex mattresses aren’t, making them a better option for the health conscious or those with allergies.
Body Heat – Latex is temperature neutral, so your mattress won’t trap body heat while you sleep and make you hot (which is common in some memory foam mattresses). Instead, latex mattresses will maintain your body temperature at whatever your body naturally sets itself to without the mattress having any influence.
Durability – Latex is quite soft and springy, so it tends to spring or push back towards the sleeper. This is great because instead of creating indentations in the surface it pushes back thus increasing the life and longevity. Memory foam is similarly resistant but less durable in the long run.
Back Pain – As like above, because it pushes back rather than give in slowly, many of the latex models are commonly regarded as the best mattress for a bad back. Ones that contain high percentages of natural latex tend to be firm but maintain that springy feel, so when it pushes back towards you, your body is almost lifted and gives a supportive yet plush sensation, which in turn relieves pressure points and reduces joint pains. Memory foam mattresses provide back pain relief too by way of pressure point relief but are less supportive due to the lack of springing sensation.
Side Sleepers – Unlike latex which is ideal for treating back pain, the best mattress for side sleeping is memory foam due to the way foam molds to the body sides contours. A latex mattress can be comfortable too but will provide more of a firm surface which may not be the best mattress for overweight people sleeping on their side.
Sagging – Due to the rubbery material they are made of, a latex mattress compared to any other types is less likely to sag (if at all), are more durable, and longer lasting overall. Other mattresses will sag after a shorter number of years especially spring.
Cost – Unfortunately, due to high manufacturing costs the high price is relayed back to the consumer. In general latex mattresses are the most expensive compared to others which follow closely behind.
Availability – Again, possibly due to high costs and lower profit margins, latex mattresses are not as widely available in retail outlets and showrooms, whereas various spring and memory foam mattresses are available in abundance.
Heavy – Latex mattresses tend to be very heavy compared to others such as air and innerspring. Some can weigh in excess of 100 pounds, especially the all natural latex models.
There you have it. Now you know the main differences between the two best selling mattress types. Hopefully, this will help you decide one which is best for you.