Latex Foam Vs. Memory Foam

By | July 21, 2018

These days we have a lot of different type of mattresses on the market: innerspring, memory foam, latex foam, poly foam and etc. However, which one is the type of material? We will tighten our choice to two best and most popular options – latex and memory foams.

Latex mattresses are pretty old; they have been on market since 1950s.  They are made of latex foam. It is more elastic material than memory foam; therefore, it has faster response time and more bounce.

Memory foam was used in the mattress for the first time much later, in the 1990s. It is synthetic material made of polyurethane and some additional materials. It has tendency to hug and contour the body when you lay on it. It can have many different firmnesses; however, response time is much slower than most of other foams.

Sleeping on latex provides you with a more generalized contour and less hug, than memory foam. Many sleepers prefer them if they don’t like the feeling of being stuck or enveloped by memory foam.  Latex allows sinkage and more generalized compression around the body. Additional benefit is that they usually have less heat retention and better cooling. If you like mattresses that keep you cool, than latex foam should be your choice.

The comfort is the strongest side of the memory foam. It has deep pressure relief and hug. When they were designed, they were mostly used in the hospitals for patients who had to be inactive for a longer time. By using this foam, they have reduced the pain in joints and muscles. Therefore, if you suffer from pressure-point-related pain, than memory foam is the only option suitable for you. If you a looking for the mattresses that keep you cool, than it might be a wrong option. However, in past years they have progressed a lot.  By applying cooling gel on the top layer of mattresses, designer succeeded to lower the heat retention.

After all, which one is better for you? If you want more bounce, faster response time and more natural material, than the latex foam is option for you. However, if you want deep compression support and slower response time, memory foam is more suitable for you.