Popular among consumers, latex mattresses are widely available and can be found at most every serious mattress retailer nationwide. Tier 4 Mattresses offers a wide array of styles and types of latex mattresses, and we take pride in helping our customers choose an option that is best suited to how they sleep. Before investing in a new mattress and mindset, it is essential to determine if a latex mattress option is the best choice to fit your needs.
What Latex Mattresses are Made Of
Latex foam is created using processed rubber tree products, primarily the sap and tree innards. The use of natural organic materials allows latex foam mattresses to be hypoallergenic and perfect for those with allergies or who are sensitive to heavy chemicals or certain compositions. The natural rubber tree material makes latex foam durable and more eco-friendly than other mattress types.
Types of Latex Foam
here are several different latex foam mattress options available to consumers today, each offering their own characteristics and benefits. However, all offer the responsiveness and firmness latex foam mattresses are known for. Listed below are the possible types you should consider when looking to purchase a new latex foam mattress.
A 100% natural or organic latex foam mattress is a rare commodity. Organic latex foam is made from a labor intensive process which involves collecting sap from the rubber tree. Sap is collected, much like maple syrup, from a tap placed into an incision made in the tree’s bark. Once the sap is collected, it is then refined using an industrial process to form the latex material the mattress is made from. These organic latex compositions, though hard to find, offer the superior comfort and quality associated with other forms of manufactured latex mattresses, while simultaneously offering, exemplary durability, firmness, and the highest level of eco-friendliness.
More common on the market than completely natural latex foam options, the synthetic latex mattress is created using a complex chemical process through which a man-made material similar to organic latex is created. Although not as durable, and certainly not as environmentally friendly as all organic compositions, synthetic latex foam mattress still offer the firmness associated with organic latex, however with increased affordability and decreased durability.
Increasingly common, blended or mixed material latex foam compositions offer a healthy compromise between the eco-friendliness and durability of organic latex, and the affordability of synthetic latex foam mattresses. The composition of these mattresses generally ranges anywhere between 50/50 synthetic and organic components, to 80/20 synthetic/organic.
Latex Mattress Compositions
Several different constructions are common in the latex foam mattress world. Each construction differs in price, durability, and the amount of latex materials used in the mattress. Below are the most common compositions of latex mattresses found on the market today.
A complete latex foam mattress is one which is made, top to bottom, of latex foam, whether one or multiple layers. All latex foam mattresses are somewhat rare and are often more expensive than other options. Apart from the flame-retardant cover, the mattress may be composed of a single layer, or multiple layers of either organic, synthetic, or blended latex foam. Although hard to find, an all latex foam mattress offers the highest standard of firmness, and orthopedic comfort associated with latex, and are long-lasting.
Foam Over Latex
Foam over latex mattress constructions are typified by a thin layer of memory foam over a thick latex base layer. In order to cut costs, while still claiming to be a latex foam mattress, some manufacturers will simply insert a layer of latex foam several inches thick between two layers of memory foam. This is why it is important to discuss the exact construction and composition with a professional when considering purchasing a foam over latex mattress.
Latex Over Foam
With wide availability, latex over foam mattress compositions contain a top layer of latex, ranging from 2 to several inches thick, resting on a bottom layer of, most often, viscoelastic memory foam. The price of a latex over foam mattress can depend on a variety of factors, however higher end models typically have a thicker layer of latex. Regardless, latex over foam mattress still offer unrivaled support, and are solid against unwanted motion transfers.
Contact Tier 4 Mattresses Today
When looking to purchase a latex foam mattress there is obviously a lot to consider. Buying online may present you with more questions than answers when comparing latex mattress compositions, synthetic vs. organic constructions, or overall quality and cost. Only by contacting an experienced mattress professional can you guarantee the quality of your investment. Contact Tier 4 Mattresses today to find out how we can help match you with the mattress of your dreams.