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One of the better materials being used in mattresses (and pillows and mattress toppers) is latex. Latex started to be come a big part of mattresses about a decade ago and many higher-end mattresses will use at least a layer of latex. Other mattresses will have latex as its primary ingredient. Here we will take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of latex to help you decide whether a latex mattress is right for you.
As always, the two most important features of a mattress are comfort and support. For an in-depth look at how to check for comfort and support, check out my mattress buying guide, particularly part one. With that out of the way, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of latex.
Latex mattresses are becoming less common in retail stores, but you can still find some online.
My favorite option is from Spindle Mattress. This all-natural latex mattress is about half the price natural latex mattresses elsewhere, and they have a 365-day comfort guarantee where they’ll replace layers in the mattress for free if you’re not comfortable. (And if they can’t make you comfortable, they will even refund your money). Here is my Spindle review.
Another good option is considered the Zenhaven. It’s more expensive than the Spindle, but there are a few extra “bells and whistles” that go along with it.
If you’d prefer an all-organic latex mattress, with all of the certifications to prove it, the Naturepedic Trilux is for you. It’s even more expensive still, but it’s 100% organic, and not merely “natural.” That’s an important distinction to some. (Here is my Naturepedic review)
If you’re interested in latex bedding, but don’t want a new mattress right now, here are some accessories to consider.
If your mattress causes a little too much pressure, or is a little too hard, or sleeps too hot on the surface, you can add a latex topper to the mattress. Here is a two inch latex topper on Amazon that gets great reviews (though I haven’t tried it personally).
If you’re tired of flipping your pillow over to the “cool” side several times during the night, or if you’re tired of buying new cheap Walmart pillows every 6 months, or if you have a dust mite allergy, consider getting a latex pillow. They tend to be fairly “springy,” but they keep a neutral temperature all night and are extremely durable. I’ve had a latex pillow since 2008, and it’s in nearly the exact same condition it was when I first purchased it. If you want to try a latex pillow, here is one on Amazon. It gets great reviews, but make sure you buy the correct version. Under “color,” you can choose high loft, low loft, firm, or plush. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re a side sleeper, get the high loft; back or stomach sleepers should get the low loft. If you have a soft mattress or like soft pillows, get the soft version. If you have a hard mattress or like firm pillows, get the firm version.
Latex is a great material in mattresses. It adds longevity, support, and temperature neutrality to any mattress it’s in. A lot of latex’s drawbacks can be mitigated by using other materials in the mattress, such as memory foam. But, the key is still to try out the mattress, check for proper support, and check for comfort.
Just because a mattress has a lot of latex in it, or a blend of latex and memory foam, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right mattress for you. To see if you like latex, it might be worthwhile to get a latex pillow and see how that works out for you, and if you like it, you can be more confident in getting a latex mattress.
Thank you for reading.
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