When looking for a new mattress, many consumers find themselves face to face with a tough question:
The decision is really one of personal preference, as high-quality mattresses are available in both materials. To help take away some of the mystery surrounding the debate, though, here is a side-by-side comparison of natural latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses on several key points.
Support & Design
Memory foam is temperature sensitive, and conforms to your unique shape as the foam reacts to your body temperature. With high quality memory foams like those available from Rocky Mountain Mattress, this leads to a supportive, conforming experience. With quality memory foam mattresses, expect little to no motion transfer.
Natural latex also offers quality support, although the material is not conforming and heat sensitive. Natural latex mattresses are often a bit more firm than memory foam, and while motion transfer is still minimal, you may experience slightly more movement on a natural latex mattress.
Memory foam mattresses are designed to weather numerous compressions and years of use without losing their original shape. As long as consumers stay with high-quality, American made memory foam mattresses, you can expect 10-15 years of quality use out of a memory foam mattress set.
Natural latex mattresses are similarly designed to offer years and years of use. In fact, in many cases a high quality latex mattress can offer support and quality sleeping experiences for two decades or more.
While memory foam itself is not inherently hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial, many owners choose to purchase a mattress cover that does bring these features to the memory foam sleep system.
Natural latex, though, is safe for allergy suffers and prevents the growth of fungus and mold through its naturally occurring features.
Memory foam sleep systems are among the most customizable options for individuals to use. Memory foam can be cut to virtually any size and shape, and layers of support foam, foundation foam, and toppers – all in varying densities and heights to meet the consumer’s desire – can be designed to order.
Because latex is also a “foam” it too can be customized in terms of layering – and size and shape can also be determined by the customer.