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Too many people are losing sleep from mattress myths. From scare tactics to blanket statements, you can find a lot of mattress myths in both showrooms and online. Some of the myths are based on outdated information. Others are on purpose for promoting specific brands. You've likely heard different myths from friends, from salespeople, even on Facebook, or other social media sites — information meant to entice you, persuade you, or otherwise get you to purchase their mattress right away.

Not only are mattress myths inaccurate, but they could also cause you to make a poor decision. Good mattresses are something most individuals don't know a whole lot about, in terms of things like:

  • The construction quality
  • The quality of the materials
  • The type of materials
  • The manufacturing process
  • What the final product should look like

There is so much information out there, it can be difficult to know who to trust, or which information is accurate, and which isn't. Below are some common mattress myths debunked to help you uncover what's fact from fable.

Common Mattress Myths

Myth #1: A One-Size-Fits-All Mattress Is Perfect for Everyone

Totally inaccurate. Think about it, why would all mattresses feel the same, have the same lifespan, provide identical support, and be ideal for every single person? They wouldn’t.

Some people prefer sleeping on a soft to medium-firm mattress, while others like firm mattresses. Further, some people like to sleep on a low-profile mattress (think 7 inches), while others like more height in their mattress (think 9 inches or greater).

Many newer mattress companies seem to be trying to cut the complex distinctions between a whole range of different mattress models, and make it appear as though all mattresses are basically the same. They offer just one “bed-in-the-box” option, with no ability to customize the mattress whatsoever.

 But, when buying a new mattress, it's crucial to factor in things like your:

  • Sleeping preferences
  • General preferences
  • Sleeping disorders or difficulties
  • Age and weight

Myth #2: Every Latex Mattress Sleeps Hot

All types of latex mattresses come with pinhole designs and open-cell technology, which allows and encourages air to move freely around. This creates a cooler sleeping atmosphere, particularly when compared to a memory foam mattress..

One thing to note: Most individuals who have issues with overheating should look at their sheets and mattress pads, which might contain materials that don't properly breathe.

Myth #3: All Latex Mattresses Are All-Natural

While latex mattresses are frequently classified as a healthier and eco-friendly alternatives to standard beds, all latex isn't made equally. Styrene-butadiene rubber, or synthetic latex, is crafted from chemicals, like petroleum-based ingredients, that don't provide the same benefits linked with natural latex. Most of the latex mattresses on the market are a blend of natural latex and synthetic latex, and latex mattresses could still have unnatural materials like chemical flame retardants.

Some new mattress companies could classify their latex as "natural", even if it only contains 30% natural materials.

If you're concerned about the environmental or natural benefits, ensure the mattress you buy is made with 100% natural latex, and the other materials in the mattress are also natural, like with a Latex For Less Natural Latex Mattress.

Myth #4: You Can't Set Up a Bed Properly Without a Box Spring

You don't require a box spring, unless your bed frame uses slats for support. Box springs were originally invented for helping absorb shock because mattresses by themselves were too thin back in the day. In some cases, all box springs really do is raise your bed profile. They're really an unnecessary, extra cost in many cases.

All you really require is a solid platform underneath for supporting your mattress. You could try a Latex For Less foundation.

Myth #5: You Can't Clean Mattresses

Many people believe they can't clean their mattresses. This might have been true a long time ago, but it isn't true these days. You can definitely clean mattresses, and how you clean them will depend on the type of mattress you own. You can vacuum any mattress to remove dust and loose dirt (typically dust mites and skin cells), and to keep your mattress healthy to sleep on.

You can also reduce your need for cleaning your mattress by using a mattress cover and a mattress topper. You'll find mattress toppers in various heights and hardness levels from soft to quite firm. Mattress toppers also absorb spills, and are less costly than it would be to replace your whole mattress. You can machine wash most of them, too.

Myth #6: You Can't Sleep on a Latex Mattress if You Have Latex Allergies

Latex allergies are a big concern for millions of individuals. Because the latex foam usually stays covered by fabric, however, most individuals won't be in direct contact with the latex foam. Also, the washing process usually means that almost all allergy-causing proteins are washed away. You can also add in extra protection by using a waterproof mattress cover, or order foam samples to test with your allergist before you purchase a latex mattress.

Myth #7: Higher Prices Mean a Higher-Quality Bed

You'd think the more costly a mattress is, the higher quality it will be. This is a myth. Certain brands are purposely costly, and charge top dollar, but still use cheaper materials.

And, on the other side of things, a top-of-the-line mattress might not even be an ideal fit for you. When you're shopping for mattresses, take comfort into consideration before prestige.

Myth #8: Shopping Online for a Mattress is Hard

This is not true. Actually, there are many benefits of shopping online for your mattress, including:

  • Less sales pressure
  • Convenience and flexibility
  • Better selection
  • Be a more informed shopper
  • Comparison shopping
  • Better prices
  • Better return policies
  • Better likelihood of comfort satisfaction

Plus, if you purchase a latex mattress from Latex for Less, you have multiple forms of customer service options, including email, phone, and chat online.

Myth #9: Latex Mattresses Are Expensive

While latex mattresses might be considered on the higher price end of all mattresses, it's essential you consider their life span, in order to gain the true cost. You should see your new latex mattress as an investment with a long lifespan, which can save you money in the long run. Not to mention, they offer unquestionable durability, and you'll find it difficult to match their longevity. By purchasing a latex mattress, you won't have to budget for a new mattress for many years.

When you buy from Latex for Less, there is no middleman, which makes these latex mattresses affordable.

Myth #10: Mattresses Only Last Eight Years

A myth out there is that you should replace your mattress every eight years. This might be the case when you're buying a traditional innerspring mattress, but it's not the case with a latex mattress, which lasts an average of upwards to 20 years — in some cases even 25 years!

Shopping for your new latex mattress at Latex for Less will also get you a full 20-year warranty against defects. You can learn more about Latex for Less's warranty here.

Myth #11: Latex Mattresses Will Aggravate My Allergies

On the contrary — latex resists dust mites and mold naturally. These are some of the leading causes of allergies from mattresses. What's more, natural latex mattresses don't contain any harmful artificial flame-retardants, or any other chemicals factories often put in beds to ward off mold and dust mites. You may find relief from dust mites, mold, or chemical allergies if you sleep on a natural latex mattress.

It’s a good idea to check the mattress certifications that certify that the mattress is made of 100% natural latex.

Myth #12: You Have to Try the Mattress Out at a Brick and Mortar Store Before Buying

When buying a new mattress, common recommendations suggest you spend a minimum of 20 minutes lying on any mattress you're thinking about buying. Even if you narrow your choice down to firm mattresses and price range, you could still face a large selection you'll need to personally test. For instance, one store provides five models, and another provides six. If you're lying on each mattress for 20 minutes, you'll be spending four hours simply testing out mattresses. Plus, you'll have to fend off the pushy salespeople.

Ideally, you would want to try out your mattress at home for a few weeks. Not all showrooms allow this. Most online mattress dealers do, however, including Latex for Less.

Latex for Less offers you a 120-night sleep trial where you can try out a latex mattress for 120 nights. If the mattress isn't what you want, no big deal. Latex for Less will arrange to have it picked up, and they'll even cover the return shipping.

Myth #13: Latex Isn't Eco-Friendly

Not true. Some individuals believe latex is unnatural or an artificial chemical. Actually, it's totally the opposite of that. It's a natural material, constructed out of the rubber sap harvested from trees. The sap is then combined with other organic ingredients, making the natural latex mattress.

Myth #14: Latex Mattresses Are Uncomfortable

Actually, latex has natural cushioning and comfort properties that support your body, and help with adequate spine alignment. Natural latex mattresses, like memory foam mattresses, "hug" your shape from your head down to your toes. Your denser body parts, such as your hips, will sink right into it, and the rest of your body is naturally supported through even pressure distribution.

Myth #15: Latex Mattresses Don't Hold Up

Some individuals think latex mattresses are susceptible to breaking down as time goes on. However, this is very far from the truth. Since they're constructed of rubber-like balls, they're flexible, elastic, and durable. The rubber tree's milky extract forms the latex bed's solid sheets. These materials are one of the most durable you'll find on the market, and is the reason why latex mattress last on average about 20 years.

Don’t Fall for Mattress Myths

As you can see, when it comes to mattresses, there are some strange myths flying around. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, and you’re trying to sort out the facts from the fables, we hope this list of mattress myths debunked can help. And, if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to us here at Latex for Less.

Elizabeth Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional freelance writer and editor who holds an MBA. Liz specializes in writing about health news, medical conditions, healthy living, small business, career and work, personal finance, and green-living, including news and trending topics in these specialties. Her clients include Healthline, The Motley Fool, GoBanking Rates, LIVESTRONG.com, Big Interview, HealthNews, Intuit Small Business Blog, Intuit Health, American News Report, Travels.com, IFX Medical, and many others. She’s also a published eBook author and ghost writer for various clients in the health, medical, career, small business, and personal finance niches.