People who are shopping for beds and mattresses sometimes find themselves left with many questions and concerns during the shopping process, which makes the endeavor much more intimidating than it should be. The easiest solution for mattress shopping phobia is to arm yourself with information and statistics before you begin your hunt for the perfect bed or mattress. Here we’ll be covering the differences, similarities, benefits and disadvantages between organic, recycled and latex mattresses that you should know before shopping for beds, so you can get the most out of your mattress shopping online research, and then in your local mattress store.

Organic Mattresses

Organic mattresses can be made from a variety of materials or a single natural material. The most common materials used are cotton, wool, and latex. They can come in a variety of shapes and forms, including inner spring beds, memory foam, and even adjustable air beds. When purchasing an organic mattress, keep in mind that completely organic cotton mattresses will compress over time and may have to be replaced sooner than some other varieties. Of course, an excellent mattress may combine all materials in a way that ensure the mattress’ durability over time while still holding true to the completely organic name tag.

Recycled Mattresses

When referring to a recycled mattress, there are usually two different ways of recycling a mattress. The first entails taking a used mattress and cleaning it, or in some cases replacing certain parts of it, and then reselling it. The second comprises of tearing the mattress completely apart and using the spare materials to make a completely new mattress. Currently in the United States, about 20 million mattresses are thrown into landfills every year, and with increasing concerns about overfull landfills, mattress recycling has become a real concern for several states. Parklane Mattresses has been using a mattress recycling program to do our part for the environment. Although the market for recycled mattresses isn’t huge, there is a rising trend for ‘green’ mattresses in mattress shopping online.

Latex Mattresses

Latex model mattresses are usually made with a large percentage of natural latex rubber, with a combination of other materials. So in a sense a latex mattress can be considered an organic mattress if made with 100% natural latex, although, as discussed earlier, an organic mattress can also be made from other materials beside latex. Latex is on the rise in the mattress industry, largely due to its popularity as a ‘green’ material.  In some cases, the core may also feature a memory foam insertion to help the latex breath. Latex mattresses are known for their durability, especially if they use a Latex Core. These mattresses serve best for couples or those sharing a bed who do not want to be disturbed by the tossing and turning of their partner.

Latex mattresses are also great for people who suffer from allergy symptoms and back pain. Latex mattresses tend to be hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and anti-dust mite. Keep in mind that there is a difference between natural latex and synthetic latex. Natural latex is more likely to give you the best benefits and results than a synthetic latex mattress, so don’t be afraid to ask if the mattress is made completely from plant-derived latex when shopping for beds. Other advantages of owning a latex mattress include the fact that latex does not pick up body heat easily, it resists compression over time, and will conform to your body over time, making your mattress even more comfortable the more you sleep on it.