A Natural Latex Mattress… Better Than a Memory Foam Mattress?

One question we see and hear frequently is, “Which is better, a natural latex mattress or a memory foam mattress?”  Although it would nice to have a definitive answer for this question, it depends on your personal preference and what you want and need.  You wouldn’t want someone else to pick the car that is right for you, would you?  Sure, you want to make sure it is safe, reliable, and durable, but after that, what you want and need may be very different than what someone else wants or needs.

The article Latex Mattress Or Memory Foam Mattress – Which is Better? seems to seek to answer the memory foam versus latex mattress question but it really cannot.  Each are excellent mattresses and each have different benefits (besides outstanding comfort) to offer.  So what’s the best way to know which is the best mattress for you?

The best way to know if a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it for an extended period (at least 180 days) in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you want to be able to return it for a nominal fee and get your money back.  Don’t fall for a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is the same thing as a store credit. If you don’t like the mattress, you’d have to pick another one at the same store.  This mean you may be out lots of money and still not have a mattress that works for you.

Habitat Furnishings is the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We want you to be as informed about your mattress options as possible.  To learn more, check out our air bed and all natural latex mattress pages.

The Difference Between "Visco" Memory Foam And Natural Latex

This is a commonly asked question, suprisingly, and easy to answer, too. Viscoelastic memory foam is manufactured using petroleum based products, and is a urethane foam. The manufacturing process itself is what provides the “memory” characteristics, the slow response time, the settling or sinking in feeling, if you will. Natural latex, which is foam rubber to be exact, is a botanical product, derived from the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis.

The raw material used to make a latex bed is collected in vast quantities, and vulcanized after being mixed with air, to create the wonderfully elastic and flexible all natural material. You can watch a video about the “green” characteristics of our Natural Latex on our site, http://www.habitatfurnishings.com/latex_mattress.html, including lots of information about the unique qualities of this renewable and sustainable resource.

I guess one of the reasons why people want to know the difference between “visco” foam and natural latex might be issues regarding offgassing and fumes, which are often associated with petroleum derived products like the visco-elastic urethane foams. Natural Latex bedding produces no offgassing or noxious fumes, since it is an all natural material.