When two new products pick up steam in a marketplace that has been dominated by the old guard for a while, it can be easy to pair them together and assume they’re more similar than they are different. In the case of memory foam and latex foam, this is exactly what has happened.
The one main trait they share, and the one that causes people to assume they are more similar than they really are, is their status as open-cell foam. Aside from that, these are two very unique materials.
Memory foam’s claim to fame is its temperature-sensitivity. This unique trait means the material is warmed by the body and softens around the areas of greatest pressure, resulting in a customized, contoured surface. Memory foam is the only product on the market that conforms to the body in this fashion.
Advantages of memory foam mattresses
Among the main advantages of memory foam mattresses are:
- Perfect adaptability of the mattress.
- Greater convenience.
- Incorporation of different types of collection.
- Greater elasticity than other mattresses.
- Most economical price.
- But above all it is a very hygienic and anti-mite mattress.
Disadvantages of memory foam
All materials have their advantages and disadvantages. In the case of memory foam mattresses, we should highlight the following drawbacks:
- Although it is an athermic material, sometimes you can feel a sensation of heat. This is due to the fact that the contact surface is greater as it is a material that adapts so well to the body.
Latex, meanwhile, is often made from exclusively natural ingredients and formed with pin-core perforations that aerate the material while it is in use.
It is simultaneously spongy and springy, almost like gelatin. This allows it to be supportive but instantaneously contouring. It is also a “cooler” material in comparison, due to memory foam needing to absorb body heat to soften.
Advantages of latex foam
Among its advantages we can highlight:
- Durability (on synthetic latex mattresses).
- Reduces pressure points when sleeping.
- Medium/high hardness, ideal for people who like hard mattresses.
- Mites do not usually appear in this type of mattress.
Disadvantages of latex foam
The main drawback presented latex mattresses is the price and needs constant maintenance of ventilation, aeration and turned to avoid the appearance of damp and mildew. But there are other important points that must be taken into account when choosing a latex or memory foam mattress.
Why is the use of latex mattresses not recommended?
- Latex is a poorly breathable material.
- This type of mattress requires a lot of ventilation.
- Without proper maintenance, moisture can build up and mold can develop.
- Its use is not recommended in very cold, humid climates and houses with little ventilation.
- Latex mattresses cannot be placed on just any base, as they need perspiration.
- Latex itself is a material that causes allergies. There are many people who are allergic to latex, so they cannot use this type of mattress.
- It weighs a lot due to the density of the mattress.
- It must be rotated frequently to avoid losing its properties.
- The more natural the latex mattress, the more care it requires to avoid the appearance of moisture.
- The bedding must be cotton and a mattress cover must be placed.
Memory foam and latex foam both bring a special set of characteristics to the table, and recognizing these differences, and the fact they are two completely different materials, can only help you find products that work the best for you.