As a mattress manufacturer, we chose natural latex as the core of our product and we’re so happy we did. However, as a customer, you probably want to know: Why?
This blog post will answer some major questions customers ask when considering latex mattresses. How is latex different from memory foam? Why is it more expensive? How long will a latex mattress last?
Keep reading to find out.
Is latex the best mattress?
Latex is breathable, durable, and supportive—all the qualities you want in a mattress. Latex is also available in various densities so you can have a soft, medium, or firm feel, depending on your preference.
Latex vs Memory Foam vs Innersprings
Latex, memory foam, and innerspring mattresses are all options you’ll see when shopping for a mattress.
Latex is available in both certified organic and natural options. Since latex is very breathable, a latex mattress won’t trap your body heat. No need for synthetic “cooling gel” or any other additives—you can just trust the latex to do its job.
You can learn more about natural latex mattresses here.
Memory foam typically retains your body heat. It is the chemical reaction between your body heat and the foam that causes it to contour to the body and offer pressure point relief.
While memory foam is initially excellent for pressure point relief, it can have difficulty bouncing back over time. This can cause dips and sags in the mattress that are uncomfortable to sleep on. You can get the same benefits of pressure point relief from latex if you desire.
You can learn more about memory foam mattresses here.
Innerspring mattresses are economical since they are usually at a lower price point. They typically include a comfort layer (latex or memory foam) and springs. While they don’t offer as much customization as an all-latex mattress, they are still a solid option if you’re on a budget.
You can learn more about innerspring mattresses here.
Why is latex so expensive?
Natural mattresses typically have a higher price tag.
Rubber tree sap is harvested and baked into cozy layers of latex. Talalay latex in particular is more expensive than Dunlop latex since there are extra steps in the manufacturing process, such as flash-freezing the latex, which gives it a more open-cell structure and consistent feel.
Whether you choose a Dunlop or Talalay latex mattress, these mattresses are high-end and therefore, more expensive. Besides the latex, the organic mattress casing adds to the price, as do certifications for materials, manufacturing facilities, and the finished product.
How long will a latex mattress last?
A latex mattress will last for years. They are considered a durable product and typically have a 10 or even 20-year warranty.
Are latex mattresses worth it?
Yes. It’s best to invest in a mattress that will last for years rather than buying a cheap mattress that is uncomfortable, toxic, and will have to be replaced much more frequently.
Finding your Latex Mattress
When mattress shopping, here are some things you should keep in mind:
- The type of latex you want: Dunlop, Talalay, or a combination of both
- The thickness of the mattress
- Certifications (GOTS, GOLS, Greenguard, etc.)
- Warranty, Return Policy, and/or Latex Exchange Policy
- What type of platform bed or foundation you will need with your mattress.