Memory Foam vs Latex? Which mattress type should you invest in when you’re looking for sounder, rejuvenating sleep? Both mattress types offer advantages. So when considering memory foam vs latex, which one will work best for you?

Memory Foam vs LatexMemory Foam vs Latex – Weighing Pros and Cons

Most shoppers associate a memory foam mattress with greater comfort and pressure relief due to its ability to conform to your body. But memory foam mattresses offer several pros:

  • Body conformance and optimal pressure point relief (good for back and side sleepers)
  • Resistance to bacteria, mold and dust
  • Minimized motion disturbance from your partner
  • Cooler sleeping with gel-infused foam mattresses
  • Typically lower prices than latex

Known most for its natural qualities and eco-friendliness, a latex mattress also offers various benefits:

  • Natural composition minimizes chemical use, making it more environment-friendly
  • Natural resistance to body moisture, providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer
  • Natural resistance to bacteria, mold and dust
  • Minimized body impressions with optimal support
  • Greater durability and life span (often 20-yr warranty)

As with all mattresses, your sleep experience will depend on individual preferences. Investing in a new mattress requires commitment of funds as well as years of sleep time. You can make sure you invest wisely by knowing your own sleep preferences and avoiding a choice that will conflict.

Be proactive and familiarize yourself with these cons, or complaints, associated with a memory foam mattress.

  • Synthetic composition involves chemicals that make it less eco-friendly than latex
  • Body conformance may make sleeping hotter (this can be countered with a gel-infused mattress like our Restonic Coolgel Memory Foam mattress.)
  • Potential formation of body impressions over time
  • Potential lack of back support in low-density foam mattresses
  • Foam surface is NEVER recommended for infants (due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome concerns)

Next, be educated about cons or complaints associated with a latex mattress.

  • Firmer surface may enable more motion disturbance
  • Latex may emit odor while off gassing
  • Typically higher-priced than memory foam

Obviously, in memory foam vs latex, both mattresses come with cons, or complaints, because of individual preferences. If you’re sensitive to latex, the odor may be noticeable, but otherwise it may not be. If you sweat easily, sleeping too hot may be a concern. And of course, chances of experiencing the cons will depend on the quality of mattress you choose.

Memory Foam vs Latex – Digging into Their Designs

A Memory foam mattress is typically made from a visco-elastic substance derived from polyurethane. While a few companies manufacture natural memory foam, most memory foam remains man-made.

Memory foam provides such noted pressure relief because as an open-cell foam that responds to the weight and heat of your body, it conforms upon body contact. Besides offering pressure point relief, this eliminates or minimizes motion disturbance from a partner, too. Once you exit your bed, a memory foam mattress cools and gets firmer again.

The softness or firmness of a memory foam mattress depends on the level of foam density used. Density levels in a memory foam mattress usually range from 2 to 6 lbs/ft3, with levels over 4 lbs/ft3 indicating a high-quality product. Denser mattresses will typically feel firmer and last longer but will also cost more.

A latex mattress is made from the milk of rubber trees. Manufacturers may use natural latex, synthetic latex, or both, which is called “blended latex”, to make a latex mattress. Natural latex feels softer and acts more resilient against bacteria, dust and mold but varies more in quality due to Mother Nature. Synthetic latex feels firmer than natural but offers greater durability because of the petroleum-based materials used to process it. Most latex mattresses, like our Pure LatexBliss mattress, contain blended latex.

Also, 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.

It’s worth noting that because minimal amounts of sulfur or other additives must be used to process the latex (rubber), no latex mattress can be 100% natural. If organic composition is a priority, ask what percentage of the mattress is synthetic versus natural latex. For more details about the processes used to manufacture latex, check out Pure LatexBliss’ article Talalay vs Dunlop.

Also, latex mattresses made with fillers (tiny particles of clay or other materials mixed into the foam) cost less but will feel stiffer and likely be less durable.

For a high-quality latex mattress without fillers or other foams, consider our Pure LatexBliss mattress.

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



Enables cooler sleep
Healthful (less chemicals)
Motion seperation
Pressure Relief


Generally speaking, a memory foam mattress will feel plusher than a latex mattress, which will feel more springy or…rubbery! By understanding the differences and construction of memory foam vs latex, you can determine which suits your sleep needs best, and then ask appropriate questions to make sure you’re getting what you expect.

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