Latex mattresses are durable but expensive
Overview Latex foam mattresses, like memory foam, offer excellent support for sleepers and are resistant to dust mites. Unlike memory foam, though, latex foam breathes, which some consumers say makes them more comfortable in warm weather. Though not as bouncy as innerspring mattresses, latex foam is somewhat springy, which can make it easier to roll over on. Latex foam may also appeal to eco-minded consumers, because latex is derived from rubber, a renewable resource, and many models are recyclable or biodegradable. However, people with latex allergies should avoid these kinds of mattresses. The big downside is cost; a queen-size latex mattress can easily cost more than $2,000.
Latex mattresses are a relative newcomer to the American market and have not received as much publicity as flashier technologies like memory foam. As a result, there are fewer sources of information on latex mattresses than there are for other types. We did find advice applicable to buying a latex mattress in buyer's guides from ConsumerReports.org and Choice magazines. A few mattress-specific websites such as SleepLikeTheDead.com and WhatsTheBest-Mattress.com offer information specific to latex mattresses.
Composition: Natural or synthetic latex
Repels dust mites
Latex is a natural resource
More durable than innerspring mattresses
Springier feel than memory foam
New mattresses release odors
Not for persons with latex allergies
Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: San Francisco
Date: March 15, 2010