Latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses both have many health and comfort benefits. There are a lot of different manufactures to choose from theses days that carry latex and foam mattresses. To figure out which is best for you, you need to know what your personal mattress comfort preference is.
Latex mattresses are naturally or synthetically made with processes called Talalay and Dunlop. The latex is initially derived from a rubber tree where a milky white substance is extracted somewhat like we extract sap from sugar maple trees for syrup. The milky substance is then whipped to produce a foam and then heated to form the mold. The Talalay process is highly controlled during manufacturing to produce the latex mattress. A small amount of the substance is poured into a mold where the air is extracted to distribute the latex material evenly before hyperfast freezing to prevent the particles from settling. In the Dunlop process the mold is filled to the top and air is not extracted. There also isnt a freeze stage in the Dunlop process, all this tends to make a more dense and firmer latex mattress.
Latex mattresses are like any other mattress when it comes to the kind of support you desire and the quality of the product. If your looking for a conforming mattress the Talalay process latex mattress would work best. The Talalay process provides more of an open cell structure which is the most important factor when searching for conforming support. If you prefer a firmer denser mattress the Dunlop processed mattress has less of an open cell structure and is less conforming.
All in all a good quality latex mattress will provide support to the body and spine where needed and relieve any pressure point pain. Latex mattresses are also naturally resistant to dust mites and other household allergens.
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam mattresses have been making spring mattresses look like the dark ages. Everybody whos anybody seems to have a memory foam mattress. Of course Tempurpedic mattresses seem to come to mind when talking about memory foam, but Tempurpedic is unique. They have their own proprietary formula called TEMPUR material. Memory foam is now carried by almost all of the big name mattress manufactures. If they dont have a specific all memory foam mattress it is very likely that some of their mattresses have memory foam in them. Memory foam is a conforming temperature sensitive material that provides support for the body and spine. Each manufacture carrying memory foam seems to have their own formula of how their foam is created. Memory foam mattresses are basically made from polyurethane and other man made chemicals.
A good quality memory foam mattress has high density memory foam and a lot of mattress manufactures say their memory foam is made up high density material and its not. Its actually not that hard to figure out who has high density or low density. The high density memory foam will conform to the body providing the correct support and is a little firm initially but with your body temperature will conform to the exact contour of the body. Low density memory foam will conform quickly and not support the body the in a way that is healthy and will have a bottoming out feeling. Low density memory foams may feel better at first in the store but the mattress will breakdown very fast and will need replacing much sooner than with a high density mattress.
Memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic and will reduce molds, mildews and dust mites. Memory foams can not claim totally that their products are completely dust mite and allergen free but it is true that high density memory foams make it difficult for dust mites to nest and feed. Besides ourselves, natural fibers such as cotton are also a food source for dust mites. If you are using cotton and fiber filled pillows it is a good idea to get pillow encasings to reduce dust mites.