Latex vs. Memory Foam: Which Mattress is Right for You?

Latex vs. Memory Foam: Which Mattress is Right for You?

It’s time to buy a new mattress. It’s been a few years (or more) since you’ve purchased your last mattress, and you’re not exactly sure what you like or dislike. All you know is that you want a good night’s sleep for an affordable price.

As you browse through a mattress store or their online site, it seems as though mattresses made of latex and mattresses made of memory foam are the two most popular options. But without really understanding the difference between the two, it’s hard to determine which type of mattress is right for you.

If the above feels like something you’ve experienced before, we get it. Most of us aren’t mattress experts, but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to make an informed purchase.

That’s why we’re getting you up to speed with the key pros and cons of each type to make sure you pick out the perfect mattress for you.

Latex vs. Memory Foam: What Are They Made Of?

Let’s start with the material difference between latex and memory foam.

There are two types of latex: latex that’s made from synthetic components (petroleum-based oils and chemical additives) and latex that’s made from natural components (rubber tree sap that’s converted into liquid foam) which is what we use at Shovlin Mattress Factory. A downside of synthetic latex is that it can release some of its chemicals into your home. This which can be especially harmful to young children. Because of this issue, many people prefer natural latex as an alternative. You can also find blended latex mattresses, which combine both synthetic and natural components.

Memory foam, on the other hand, is made from polyurethane and added chemicals. When these components are exposed to heat (body heat specifically), they change their shape. That’s why memory foam has such a reputation for its ability to contour to the body. Unlike latex, however, there is no such as thing as “natural” memory foam. It’s always synthetically produced. For this reason memory foam typically carries a stronger chemical smell when first unwrapped.

Fun fact about memory foam – it was made for NASA’s aircraft seats!

Latex vs. Memory Foam: Firmness and Density

If you’re looking for pressure relief, memory foam does a great job of offering just that. However, because the pressure relief comes from heat-based contouring, when you move around on the mattress, it can take some time for the mattress to heat back up and provide that same contoured shape.

For those that need support for the spine and neck while sleeping, the firmness and density of latex will probably fit them best. Latex doesn’t form to the body, so it can provide a constant surface that still has a lot of bounce. If you’re an active sleeper and change positions often throughout the night, you might appreciate latex more, because its “response time” is much faster than memory foam.

Latex vs. Memory Foam: Temperature

Because latex doesn’t absorb as much heat, it can be a better choice for sleepers who like maintaining a cool surface. Note though that memory foam mattresses can be found with gel layers and gel infused foam, among other tactics, to help keep its temperature low and avoid overheating sleepers.

In all, mattress preference is completely determined by your own personal preference. When it comes to durability, bounce, and temperature, latex typically takes the cake.

To learn more about which type of mattress could be best for you, reach out to Shovlin Mattress Factory today. We offer mattress of all varieties to suit the expansive needs of our customers.

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