The blog Latex mattress review posted by sleepawake points out the advantages and disadvantages of buying a latex mattress. Sleepawake is one of the few bloggers I have found who correctly points out that a natural latex mattress is much better than a synthetic one.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages (along with my comments) as outlined by sleepawake. (If you want to read the full article and sleepawake’s comments you can click on the above link.)
Latex mattress advantage #1 – A latex mattress is very durable. It is cost effective because it lasts so long.
Latex mattress advantage #2 – The little holes in the latex mattress make it very pliable and comfortable. Are the holes an advantage? This is how natural latex is made into a comfortable mattress. I think it is a “fact” rather than an “advantage.”
Latex mattress advantage #3 – Natural latex has a great “bouncy” feel to it. I’m not sure what sleepawake means by this, but natural latex is comfortable and therefore, more relaxing than a traditional mattress.
Latex mattress advantage #4 – Natural latex is hypoallergenic. Mold, mildew, and bacteria cannot thrive in it. It is also dust mite free and a breathable material.
Latex mattress advantage #5 – Natural latex is good for those who have pain in their back and joints.
Latex mattress advantage #6 – Natural organic latex will not hold odors.
Latex mattress advantage #7 – Latex retains its shape and won’t become malformed as you use it.
Now here are what sleepawake has as disadvantages –
Latex mattress disadvantage #1 – A natural latex mattress requires a rigid foundation. This isn’t really a disadvantage. If you do not have a rigid foundation or platform for your latex mattress, it is relatively inexpensive to buy one. Since most people replace their foundation when they buy a new mattress, this isn’t really an added or unexpected expense.
Latex mattress disadvantage #2 – A natural latex mattress is more expensive than a synthetically made latex mattress. Sleepawake agrees with me that natural latex is worth the added expense. Latex that is made synthetically with petrochemicals is not a natural latex mattress and therefore, doesn’t have all the benefits of a true 100% natural latex mattress. A natural latex mattress is also more durable than a synthetic one and thus, more cost effective.
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