As you begin shopping for a new mattress, you may wonder about the benefits of a latex mattress vs spring, also known as innerspring. More and more people consider a latex mattress for its health and environmental friendliness these days. But the spring mattress stands the test of time as it still represents over 80% of the mattress market.

Mattress Construction > Latex Mattress vs Spring

When considering a latex mattress vs spring, a latex mattress offers the most natural in sleep surfaces today, as it is constructed from the milk of a rubber plant. Natural latex is most organic, although even it requires minimal amounts of additives to process the rubber. Because it is less abundant, natural latex costs more. Most latex mattresses comprise synthetic latex or blended latex (a combination of natural and synthetic latex). Our Pure LatexBliss mattress represents a high-quality mattress constructed with blended latex.

Manufacturers use two different methods to process rubber – Talalay and Dunlop. As you will find in Pure LatexBliss’ article Talalay vs Dunlop, Talalay latex offers more comfort and greater durability.

Most latex mattresses contain 1 to 4 layers of materials. The thickest, bottom support layer, often called the “core”, typically provides 5 to 6 inches of dense (high quality) latex or polyurethane foam. The top layers contain softer latex or memory foam for comfort benefits.

When we look at latex mattress vs spring mattress shoppers, the spring mattress still dominates. The spring mattress comprises a configuration of steel coils, which are attached to a strong border wire to help retain shape and reduce sagging. The edge features specially shaped springs or foam to support the sleep surface right to the edge, eliminating “rollout” and edge breakdown. Then, upholstery layers on top of the spring unit provide insulation and cushioning for your sleep surface.

Spring mattresses may be constructed with one of several coil (or spring) systems. The original, Bonnell coil system, features an hourglass shaped spring with a knot at each end of the coils, and will usually cost less than other coil systems. The Offset coil system contains hourglass shaped springs with flattened edges at the top and bottom for a more efficient hinging action, and therefore greater body conformance. The Pocketed coil design individually wraps each coil within its own pocket, allowing independent coil movement and decreased motion disturbance.

Our finest in spring mattresses, Simmons Beautyrest Black, combines two different advanced coil spring technologies and the Recharge Sleep System so you will get fully rejuvenating sleep with optimal support and minimal motion disturbance.

Weighing the Pros and Cons > Latex Mattress vs Spring

Obviously, a latex mattress vs spring mattress offers more organic features. But how does this translate to your sleep experience?

LATEX MATTRESS

Mattress Types - Latex FoamPros:

  • Firmer surface minimizes body impressions while offering optimal support
  • Offers greatest durability and life span (often 20-yr warranty)
  • Rubber naturally minimizes body moisture, providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer
  • Rubber naturally resists bacteria, mold and dust
  • Natural composition requires little chemical use, making it more eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Firmer surface enables more motion disturbance
  • Latex typically emits odor while off gassing
  • Natural composition costs more

Mattress Types - Innerspring MattressSPRING MATTRESS

Pros:

  • Costs less while providing adequate support and comfort

Cons:

  • Coil system allows more motion disturbance

In a snapshot, on a scale of 1- 5 with 5 being the highest:

LATEX

SPRING

Affordability
2
5
Durability
5
3
Enables cooler sleep
5
3
Healthful (less chemicals)
5
3
Motion seperation
3
2
Pressure Relief
4
3

 

When shopping latex mattress vs spring, it really comes down to eco-friendliness and cost. Latex mattresses offer more natural and environmental benefits. But you can find spring mattresses that offer comparable support and comfort to a latex mattress if you buy a higher end one. Your amount of pressure relief and motion separation in a spring will depend on your choice of comfort and top too (plush, firm, pillowtop). Always rely on the 15-minute rest test in stores before deciding latex mattress vs spring.

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