Natural vs. Synthetic Latex Mattresses

June 08, 2018

Natural vs. Synthetic Latex Mattresses

Are you currently shopping for the best latex mattress? Great choice! Latex mattresses are one of the most popular types of mattresses sold today. While shopping, you will learn that there are different types of latex mattresses and each one has different qualities. It's important for you to look at the materials inside of each mattress, along with the certifications. Make a list of the mattresses that include the quality of materials and certifications that you desire and compare prices. 

Latex Mattress Benefits

Sleeping on a latex mattresses provides many benefits, which is why latex mattresses are one of the top selling mattresses today. Latex is a resilient material and it is often a recommended mattress choice for those who experience various types of pain. The reason? Because latex mattresses are the best mattress to provide sleepers with the perfect amount of cushioned support and spinal alignment. Proper support, while sleeping, can relieve, and even eliminate, pressure point pain, allowing for a comfortable night’s sleep.  

Types of Latex Mattresses

It's important to know that there are different types of latex mattresses: natural and synthetic or blended. The differences between each type, should be fully understood before buying a new latex mattress. 

Natural Latex Mattress

Here are the most commonly asked questions about natural latex mattresses:

  • Is natural latex safe? Yes, 100% natural latex is considered to be safe because natural mattress making methods and materials are used.
  • Is natural latex toxic? 100% natural latex is not toxic at all.
  • Natural latex mattress off gassing? 100% natural latex mattresses do not off gas, because they do not contain any chemicals. 

Synthetic or Blended Latex Mattress 

Here are the most commonly asked questions about synthetic or blended latex mattresses:

  • Is synthetic latex safe? A synthetic latex mattress might not be considered safe to sleep on. Why? Because there are a number of toxic chemicals used to create synthetic latex mattresses, making these types of mattresses unsafe to sleep on. Manufacturers will instruct you to let the mattress air out for a few days, in order to release all of the harmful chemicals, and then it will be safe to sleep on. However, the off gassing will still continue in undetectable amounts.
  • Is synthetic latex toxic? The fact that synthetic latex mattresses are made using toxic chemicals makes it toxic.
  • How is synthetic latex made? Synthetic latex is made using two petroleum based compounds – styrene and butadiene. While both of these compounds could be enough to cause someone serious harm, many synthetic latex mattress companies add even more toxic chemicals during the actual mattresses making process.
  • Do synthetic latex mattresses off gas? Yes, synthetic latex mattresses do off gas, due to the chemicals in the mattress and the volatile organic compounds which disburse into the air that you breathe.

    Top Latex Mattress Compliments

    Here are the top latex mattress compliments, expressing by sleepers, after sleeping on a latex mattress for anywhere from a few months to 12+ years.

    • The latex bed is super comfortableSleepers found the pressure point relief they needed when sleeping on a high-quality, 100% natural latex mattress. Their pain was either reduced or eliminated.
    • There are absolutely no smells or bad odors. Sleepers who choose a 100% natural latex mattress chose to sleep on a safe mattress, which means no toxic chemicals are used. Healthy mattress choices are becoming more popular with each day that passes.
    • The motion isolation feature offers a more peaceful sleeping experience. The best latex mattresses offer motion isolation, which means when one person moves it doesn’t disturb the other. This is a top mattress selling feature for sleepers.
    • My natural latex mattress is almost 12 years old! 100% natural latex mattresses are proven to last longer than other mattresses, including synthetic or blended latex mattresses.

      Latex Mattress Complaints

      Here are 3 common latex mattress complaints from sleepers. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to each complaint, since most latex mattresses are completely customizable. 

        • The latex mattress is too firm. Solution? Choose a medium or medium-firm latex mattress.
        • Latex mattresses sleep too hot. Solution? Make sure the mattress has a thin, breathable, certified organic cotton mattress cover or none at all (just the cover it comes with).
        • Latex mattresses are heavy. Solution? Choose a latex mattress with a premium encased coil core. It will allow you to experience the feel of natural latex, with a lighter core.

          Mattress Buying Guide?

          While you may think you need a mattress buying guide to find the best latex mattress, the only guide you really need is the Internet. Since you already know that you want to buy a latex mattress, simply make a shortlist of the natural latex mattresses that meet your needs and compare them to make your final decision.

          Eco Terra Luxury Latex Mattresses are made using all natural latex. They should be included on every latex mattress list!


          Patrick Gunther

          Patrick is an accomplished writer. He has been in the retail mattress space for the past 11 years, and more specifically in the natural mattress niche. He blogs on the subjects of natural mattresses, sleep, health, fitness, and green living.

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