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What is the difference between latex and memory foam?

Memory Foam vs. Latex

We get calls from customers each day who want to know the differences between memory foam vs. latex. So, we decided to put together this handy info-graphic highlighting the key characteristics of each product. From motion transfer to pressure reduction, this graphic provides all of the information you will need to make a choice between memory foam or latex

Memory Foam

Many manufacturers claim Swedish memory foam was first used by the NASA Space Program to boost sales for their foam matresses. NASA never did use that basic material in the 1960s. A memory foam mattress, by nature, is softer and more pliable than a latex mattress. Cheaper memory foam is made up of a lot of air and can break down in a matter of a 3 to 5 years. (or even sooner) Memory foam is temperature reactive. In other words, it will become softer, when you lay on it, and your body temperature starts to warm it up. There is very little motion transfer - your moves don't affect your sleeping partner. Memory foam beds are substantially less expensive than latex beds. This difference in cost can affect your night’s sleep. You may sleep more soundly knowing that you paid less than you would have by buying a latex mattress. Memory foam bed owners may have issues with the temperature and weight sensitivity of their bed and how this affects love making. “Off Gassing” refers to what could be described as a strange smell when you first purchase your mattress.


Many people like latex because they view it as a natural product and, therefore, they reason that it is healthier to sleep on. Some processes use petroleum or chemicals in manufacturing. This would produce a mattress that is not natural. Natural latex is biodegradable. Latex is very supportive but also pretty firm. It will transfer a little bit more motion than memory foam. Natural latex is breathable, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also tends to sleep “cooler” meaning that you will typically remain cool as you sleep. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. Dust mites, mold and fungus will have a hard time surviving on a latex mattress, so your allergies won't be irritated. The reason some people find latex a bit more comfortable has to do with the fact that latex is not weight and temperature sensitive like memory foam is. Latex bed owners do not have the feeling of "melting" into their mattress. Latex is a better choice for those that weigh over 250 lbs. The few complaints about sex on a latex mattress usually have to do with a lack of bounce.