The quality of a mattress is less about brand name and more about material construction. Since comfort is largely subjective, most mattress makers offer a wide range of support levels, from ultra-firm to ultra-plush. The best way to choose the right mattress is, of course, to try them out! Customers should also consider a few practical benefits of different mattress types to get a general idea of what’s available before shopping around.
Mattress World Northwest has one of the largest selections of mattresses in Portland, Oregon. Here you’ll find everything from traditional economy innerspring and memory foam, to luxurious adjustable power foundation beds and the best latex mattresses the industry has to offer. Whether you know what you want or you’re just perusing, our trained Sleep Specialists will find the mattress that’s right for you!
To help you in your research, here are five of the most common reasons many of our customers end up going with latex:
A 100% natural foam latex mattress begins as a milky liquid extracted from the Hevea brasiliensis tree. The mattress core is created using one of two processes – either the Talalay process (for a softer mattress) or the Dunlop process (for a denser mattress). Most latex mattresses on the market are made from a combination of pure latex and synthetic materials.
As Living Green Magazine points out, 100% botanical latex is non-toxic and does not “off-gas” noxious chemicals. Many latex mattress manufacturers make their beds using natural, untreated wool to meet fire test requirements, without adding potentially carcinogenic chemicals.
Best of all, at the end of your bed’s lifespan, you can send your beloved latex mattress to the compost pile, where it’ll eventually biodegrade, rather than adding to our nation’s overflowing landfills.
Like the trees they come from, the best latex mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, antifungal and resistant to dust mites. The open-cell structure of latex mattress construction allows for better air flow that combats moisture buildup and creates an inhospitable environment for bed pests. For most allergy sufferers, a latex mattress provides a breath of fresh air!
“From an allergy standpoint, latex is superior,” says Dr. Morris Nejat of the New York Allergy & Sinus Centers, adding: “It’s what we recommend to our patients.”
When it’s not possible to buy latex, he tells people to at least wrap the mattress in a dust mite cover and wash the sheets weekly.
A small percentage of the population has a latex allergy, although individuals who normally get a skin rash or minor respiratory problems when exposed to latex surgical gloves or condoms aren’t likely to be bothered by the mattresses that are covered by bedsheets.
As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding” – and it’s true that most consumers fall in love with latex mattresses once they lay upon one for the first time. Like memory foam, latex responds to the natural curvature of your body and “hugs” it more than, say, a traditional innerspring mattress. You can still opt for softness levels ranging from firm to plush, but generally, you get top-caliber pressure relief and spinal support from a latex mattress.
“Pain reduction and pain prevention have been reported by over a third of the people who own all-latex beds,” reports Mattress Inquirer.
Being too physically hot or disturbed by a partner’s tossing and turning are two big reasons people wake up frequently in the night. Unlike innerspring mattresses, latex does not transfer motion or jiggle a whole lot, which is great if you’re sleeping with a restless partner. Also, compared to memory foam mattresses, latex “sleeps cooler,” keeping you nice and comfortable in the warm summer months.
“Hot sleepers” will be happy to know latex tends to retain its shape better than memory foam when exposed to warm body temperatures.
The average lifespan of a bed is about 10 years, and you’ll certainly get that from a latex mattress – if not more. Many of the 100% Latex mattresses made back in the 1950s retained their quality for a solid 30 years. We’ve even seen some claims that a top-of-the-line latex mattress can last up to 50 years.
Of course, lifespan aside, many customers find value in buying a mattress that aligns with their needs. As a writer at Apartment Therapy put it: “I wanted to know if it could be reused, or broken down at the end of its useful lifecycle. I wanted to know that I wasn’t going to be inhaling off-gassed toxins in my sleep, and I wanted to know that the money we spent on a new mattress wouldn’t be thrown out six or seven years down the road. All that research led to a latex mattress.”
If you’re considering a latex mattress, stop on by one of the 11 Mattress World Northwest locations to meet with our personable Sleep Specialists and try out the best latex mattresses in Portland, OR!