Memory Foam and Latex both offer a great deal of pressure point relief. Both products will reduce the overall pressure placed on your joints by contouring to your body shape. They are also both excellent at eliminating motion transfer.
Memory foam is heat activated, which is what allows it to conform around your body shape. Memory foam is firmer in cold temperatures and softer when warm, as it works with body heat to mold around the body. The heat-reactive property in memory foam is oftentimes what causes people to elect not to purchase a memory foam mattress. Because of this we use a memory foam with an open cell structure that is designed to sleep eight times cooler than a traditional memory foam. The open cell structure allows the air to flow more freely through the material, which pills moisture and heat away from the sleeper. Latex is breathable and sleeps temperature neutral, a great solution for those who sleep a little warm during the night. Latex will help to keep you warm in cold conditions and cool in warmer conditions.
Memory foam is polyurethane foam with additional chemicals to enhance the elastic viscosity and density features allowing the foam to “mold” around your body. Latex is a naturally derived, biodegradable product that comes from the rubber tree. Naturally, latex has hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties, which is ideal for people that suffer from allergies. Bacteria, mold, and mildew simply cannot live in latex and it is three times more resistant to dust mites than any other material used in making a mattress. Latex mattresses are very durable as the latex (rubber) material doesn’t easily breakdown or age and therefore it holds its shape and resolve for years.
There are a variety of feels that you can get with a memory foam mattress and we use a range of memory foams from an 8lb, which is very soft, to a 3lb, quite firm, to achieve different feels and firmnesses. Latex is rated by an ILD, which is the indentation load deflection. The ILDs range from a 19, very soft, to a 32, which is on the firmer side. Latex mattresses have a different feel than memory foam mattresses in that you sleep on top of it as opposed to “in it.” Latex and memory foam are both exceptional products with many similarities, as well as their fair share of differences. Now it’s just deciding which one better fits your needs.