As American consumers become increasingly aware of the chemicals and other components to which their products are exposing them, more natural alternatives are entering the marketplace. In the world of mattresses, latex is becoming a popular option and for good reason. In addition to the reduced chemical output, latex mattress products are comfortable and supportive, offering a restful sleep. Depending on your situation, you may be best-served by a latex mattress or a latex mattress topper.
A latex mattress is made of natural rubber sap. It has many benefits including being mold-, mildew-, and dust mite-resistant, making it a good choice for people with allergies or who simply have a concern for what materials they are introducing to their household.
To get the latex foam that makes up a latex mattress, the rubber sap is mixed with other natural products and heated. The end product is a supportive but comfortable surface that conforms to the sleeper’s body in a way that relieves pressure and provides a restful experience.
Other benefits that owners of latex mattresses enjoy include:
Sometimes people ask us whether they can get all the benefits of a latex mattress in a latex mattress topper. A latex topper does offer some benefits but consumers should take a look at their long-term objectives before deciding.
The cost of a latex mattress is typically higher than that of a traditional coil mattress, but latex mattresses can have a lifespan of between 10 and 30 years, or 2-3 times as long as a traditional mattress. When consumers have already purchased a non-latex mattress, they are not always ready to upgrade to latex. A latex mattress topper can add some of the benefits to that already-made purchase.
When consumers choose a mattress topper, it is often to add some feature. If you recently bought a mattress and after a short time, decided the firmness is not right for you after all, a topper offers a way to customize the feel. It can also provide temperature control, with the breathable layer offering a cooler surface than the memory foam that tops many mattresses. A topper can also refresh an aging and worn mattress, providing the support and comfort that a broken down polyurethane mattress top no longer gives.
You will ideally spend about one third of every day on your mattress so it pays to get the selection right. No two people have identical needs and at Mattress World Northwest, we are committed to helping you find the solution for you. Our Oregon stores are conveniently located around the Portland area and offer the best prices around, complete with free delivery and attractive financing options. Visit one of our showrooms or call to speak with one our our sleep specialists and find out whether a latex mattress or topper is the right option for you.