Benefits of Latex and Memory Foam

What Do You Know About Latex and Memory Foam Mattresses

Not so long ago, the fashion was for a feather mattress, until various people and health companies took a very dim view of this and rightly so too. Feather mattresses were so soft, the spine had no way of being kept straight, and the feathers caused allergies, among other problems. Now, we can have the pick of the best mattresses for our backs and bodies, so there is no reason for your mattress to not give you a good sleep. In some countries, feather mattresses still exist, but this is usually for certain themes at hotels.

But what is the most important to you? Your comfort? Health? Longevity for your money? These are just 3 of the reasons people choose different mattresses. You wouldn’t go to a chemist to buy your weekly meat, so why buy your mattress anywhere else but a mattress place? Because there are so many types of mattress around these days, we decided to select 2 of the most popular and see what the differences are between them. We chose Latex and Memory Foam.


Most of us know that total latex is natural and will last a long time. It is also a healthy option, but it is not exactly noted for its comfort. Even when it was first used back in the 50s, comfort was not one of its specialties. There was very little give at all, so those who did not enjoy a very firm mattress usually tossed and turned all night.

Latex, however, is catching up with memory foam and you can buy a latex-based memory foam nowadays. Latex is not cheap. If you can buy a latex mattress under around $1,500, you need to ask some questions about whether it really is latex. But then again, if you value your health, $1,500 is cheap.

Memory Foam

Memory foam first came to being in 1966. The reason? To improve the safety of aircraft seats. Memory foam is made of polyurethane, enhanced with many chemicals to make it more adaptable to body heat and pressure. Over time, the amount of chemicals used has been increased to make the mattress more malleable to the body. Bamboo fibres have also been used to try to open up the material so as to let sweat or related fluids drain more easily and allow some air circulation.

Manufacturers have experimented with memory foam so as to make it more easy to handle. This material is usually heavier than the usual mattress weight. Memory foam is measured on its recovery rate from where a body has lain on it for several hours. Indentation force reflection (IFD) is usually 10 (very soft) to 120 (almost rigid). These mattresses have been found to be very useful in hospitals.

Memory foam is also more expensive than ordinary mattresses, but not as much as a latex mattress.So there you have it. You can choose between a completely natural, hypoallergenic mattress and one that is heavily laden with chemicals, although some think that this is a small price to pay if they are healthy to start with.

What is best to do is discuss your needs with your choice of mattress supplier. He or she will know exactly what you need and will suggest what is in your budget range, delivery and return policy, if any.

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