Memory Foam vs. Latex

When you are shopping for a new mattress and you are considering getting either a latex or a memory foam, it is inevitable that you will have to compare the two because their features are very similar with some minor, but very important, differences. They are also constructed very similarly, save for an all latex mattress, with both having a high density foam base and either a latex or memory foam comfort layer.

If you are torn on which type of mattress to get, here are some pros and cons of both materials. Just remember that both of these types of mattress can provide the needed comfort and support in order for you to sleep soundly. Choosing which one to get comes down to what features you would like to have and your budget.

Memory Foam

Pros

  • One of the biggest advantage of memory foam over latex is the price. Memory foam is cheaper because the materials used are easier to come by.
  • There are more options for you to choose from whether you will shop online or at retail stores. Memory foam is the most popular type of mattress, therefore, manufacturers are producing more of it. More options mean you can get a mattress that you truly want and you don’t need to compromise on some features that you may not like.
  • Memory foam will contour to your body better than any other type of mattress. If you like this feeling of sinking into your mattress as you sleep, this is the mattress type for you.
  • Very good in preventing motion transfer. This is especially helpful if you share your bed with someone who moves a lot while they sleep.
  • Pressure point relief is also great. This allows for better blood circulation as you sleep.

Cons

  • The most common problem with memory foams is that it tends to get too hot for some people as they sleep. If you are the type that sleeps hot, you might want to reconsider getting a memory foam because you might be disappointed. Fortunately, almost all online retailers, at least the trusted ones, offer some type of money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your bed. This way you can test the memory foam thoroughly and determine if you are fine with the temperature as you sleep.
  • If you are a “green” shopper, memory foam is not for you because it is made with synthetic instead of natural materials. However, don’t be alarmed because these are safe because manufacturers are given a set of standards that they need to follow to make sure that the mattress will not harm you in any way.
  • Since memory foam is made from synthetic materials, it will emit a strong chemical smell at first. This chemical smell is known as off gassing. It will go away in time but some people are very sensitive to it.

Latex

Pros

  • Latex is a natural substance that comes from the sap of a rubber tree so if you are a “green” buyer, this is the best choice for you. However, latex mattresses can also be comprised of synthetic or blended latex so if you want an all natural latex mattress, be sure to thoroughly research about the mattress that you are eyeing. This is explained further here.
  • It is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to dust mites.
  • The most durable of all the mattress types. With proper care, a latex mattress can last for well over 20 years.
  • If you want a more traditional feeling of sleeping on top of your mattress instead of sinking into it, latex is more suitable for you instead of memory foam.
  • Off gassing is rarely an issue with latex.
  • While rising temperature might still be a problem for some, it is not as bad as memory foam.

Cons

  • The biggest disadvantage of latex is that it is very expensive, especially an all-natural, all-latex mattress. A good latex mattress will cost upwards of $600, and that is just for the entry level models. Higher end models will cost you thousands of dollars.
  • It is not as readily available as other mattress types because the materials used are very expensive. This means that you may find it difficult to get one as soon as possible. If you are shopping at retail stores, expect that there is a limited number of latex mattresses available.
  • There are a lot of manufacturers that can be quite deceiving in stating how much of their product is natural or synthetic. For example, if a mattress is only using a small fraction of natural latex in their mattress, they will advertise it as a natural latex mattress even though the percentage of the natural material is very small. Technically, they are right because they are indeed using natural latex in their product but this makes it harder for consumers to know what exactly they are buying. There are, however, some very good latex manufacturers that are very honest with their advertising practices and all of the latex mattresses that we reviewed here at Mattress Reviews HQ are from them.

There they are, the pros and cons of memory foam and latex. Hopefully, this article has been helpful to you in choosing what type of mattress to get. Either one of them is great for you and we recommend them both, you just have to choose which features are more suited for you.