When it comes to mattresses, chances are you're looking for many benefits, including durability, comfort, affordability, and health. Here, you'll learn about both latex and memory foam, and the differences between each, so you can make a decision which is best for you.
Latex mattresses have been around for a long time, much longer than memory foam was even recognized for being a viable product for making beds comfortable. Latex foam was invented by John Boyd Dunlop in the 1920s, and the first latex mattress was introduced in 1931, with the help of E.A. Murphy.
When it comes to latex mattresses, there are different types to consider.
You have synthetic latex options and natural latex options.
Pure, natural latex lasts longer, and is more durable than synthetic latex.
Along with that there are a couple ways latex mattresses can be made. These are through the Dunlop process, and the Talalay process.
Memory foam is constructed with polyurethane and extra materials that generate viscoelastic properties. It's a man-made foam. Memory foam has origination ties to NASA, and has been around for 50 years.
When this foam has pressure applied to it, the mattress hugs and contours to those pressures. There are varying response times (the speed at which the mattress changes to pressure), based on the certain memory foam type, but generally, memory foam will respond slower than a lot of other foams.
Memory foam can take on various feels and firmness levels. Keep in mind, all memory foams are a polyurethane foam, however, not all polyurethane foam is memory foam.
There are various difference between memory foam and latex foam, including:
The biggest difference between latex and memory foam mattresses is the way they will conform to your body. Memory foam conforms to the exact shape of your body. Latex, on the other hand, compresses and bounces, and only conforms to the impressions your body makes. Both your sleep requirements and personal preference will determine which of these options you prefer.
Memory foam mattresses that are petroleum-based can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is a byproduct of the creation process. VOCs produce off-gassing (unpleasant chemical smell).
Some common VOCs are:
Off-gassing doesn't occur with all mattress foams. Foams carrying the Certi-PUR label, for instance, are verified for being low-VOC, which means they meet the requirements for being low-emission for indoor air pollution. Not only do they lack off-gassing, but they're also guaranteed to be free of flame retardants and harmful chemicals.
As a plant-based material, natural latex doesn't produce off-gassing (although some individuals do report new mattresses have a slight vanilla smell). Latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites and mold, and hypoallergenic; therefore, it's a great choice for people suffering from chemical sensitivity or allergies.
Another difference between a latex and memory foam mattress are their abilities to isolate motion. Memory foam doesn't allow for motion transfer. This means if your partner sleeps on the other side of the mattress, and moves often in the nighttime, it's likely you will barely feel it, if you do at all. This is why many couples prefer it.
Latex isolates motion as well. So, if your partner tosses and turns in a bed with a latex mattress, it’s unlikely you'll feel it.
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Latex For Less's mattress is customizable and versatile, bringing you a more affordable, and better latex sleeping experience. We also offer an 120-night sleep trial. Our emphasis on natural, organic, and chemical-free products will make this an ideal choice for the environmentally-minded shopper.