Memory Foam vs. Latex
In terms of comfort, memory foam and latex both provide pressure relief and comfort, but offer two distinct feels and ways of reducing pressure. Neither is necessarily better than the other and when choosing it will come down to a personal preference.
Memory foam tends to be a less expensive product, but has a wide range of qualities.
Memory foam relieves pressure by absorbing pressure and molding to your body. It adjusts to your weight, shape, and body temperature so your heavier areas can sink in further and evenly reduce pressure across your entire body.
Memory foam was originally developed in 1966 under contract for NASA to provide relief for astronauts undergoing the extreme physical stress of “G-Forces.” The material that was invented, visco-elastic polyurethane foam, responds to your body’s heat and molds around you, relieving pressure points and improving circulation.
Over the years, memory foam has been improved to provide exceptional therapeutic cushioning and support, significantly reduces pressure points, improves circulation, and optimize sleep temperatures. This is why a memory foam mattress or pillow is superior to a traditional fiber pillow and inner-spring mattress. It is also allergen resistant, antimicrobial, and dust mite resistant.
Latex is a more expensive product and designed to outlast traditional spring mattresses.
It can be made using natural or synthetic (manmade) ingredients. It is a breathable, resilient material that conforms to your unique body shape and weight. Latex gives you the feeling of sleeping “on” your mattress, not “in” it.
Latex absorbs pressure and instantly contours to your body by both absorbing pressure in your heavier areas and reaching up to gently relieve pressure, absorbing and distributing your weight across the surface of the mattress.
It provides 2-directional support and instantly adjusts to your body.
This combination of contoured comfort and top layer support makes latex a popular choice. Latex also features an open cell structure, allowing more room temperature air to flow through it, removing the heat away from your body. Latex can be natural, synthetic, or a blend of both. All of them are durable, allergen resistant, antimicrobial, and dust mite resistant.