A Guide to Latex Mattresses

Natural Latex is No-VOC; Eases Low-Back Pain

Copyright © Jessica Best All Rights Reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission. Posted July 3, 2012


Latex production by milking a rubber tree; photo courtesy Jan-Pieter Nap Those who are searching for a new bed or mattress may have noticed the number of latex varieties available and the many benefits that go with them, but is latex worth the hype?

Commonly used as toppers above traditional innerspring mattresses, prestigious manufacturers are now using natural latex in conjunction with, or as a replacement for, springs. This is great for consumers wanting an environmentally-friendly bed made from natural fibers and free from gassy chemicals.

By choosing a latex mattress there is no loss in comfort or life span, as the “green” options made from sustainable materials have the same buoyancy and elasticity that you would find in a regular mattress.

Natural latex mattresses are also hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and have anti-dust mite properties, which is great for a healthy sleep.

Latex mattresses are particularly helpful for those who suffer with pain related sleep issues. With a dense surface, latex mattresses provide support while also conforming to your body; this is a great option for anybody suffering with back or neck pain.

There is no sinking in the middle and you can rest assured that your latex mattress will remain just as comfortable for the entire duration of it’s life span.

Are all Latex Mattresses the Same?

Unfortunately no;, all latex mattresses are not the same. Synthetic latex came about during World War II to combat a shortage in natural latex. Constructed from a compound of petrochemicals, synthetic latex is made to mimic the feel of natural latex but takes away from the green appeal due to the chemical makeup.

Even though the two appear to look the same under a microscope, there is a difference. Remember, durability isn’t sacrificed, but you are exposing yourself to gassy chemicals which isn’t ideal for the health of your family, and there is a reduced comfort level.

Keep in mind, many manufacturers don’t openly disclose the composition of their mattresses, so be sure to query before purchase. Always do your independent homework before opening your wallet (or purse).

Natural latex is harvested from the sap of the rubber tree. Many consumers say they prefer the consistency and feel of natural rubber versus synthetic and as mentioned, natural latex has anti-bacterial and other hypo-allergenic qualities. Although more expensive, they are optimal for our sleep, health, and environment.

Another option to consider is a blended mattress; this variety combines a mixture of natural and synthetic latex. Typically a more affordable option, a blended mattress provides consumers with an option that allows them to have a semi-natural mattress at a great price.

Bottom Line

It all comes down to price vs quality, as it always does. There are bigger financial margins in synthetic latex for manufacturers and a cheaper price tag for consumers — but since there is a real difference in the comfort, hypo-allergenic and eco-friendly properties of the mattresses, I believe that all natural latex mattresses are by far the superior product and a better value.

Be sure to ask your retailer about the composition of your mattress before purchase, you may be surprised!

About the Author:

Jessica blogs for Dreamwool, a company specializing in natural latex mattresses and cot mattresses.

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