What is the difference between memory foam and latex mattresses?

July 19, 2016

Memory foam and latex are the two cutting edge comfort materials in the mattress industry today. You may hear the terms “memory foam mattress” and “latex mattress” thrown around a lot in the same context, which can make it hard to decipher any meaningful differences between the two. In the video above, our mattress expert Jed explains and demonstrates the main differences between memory foam and latex. To reiterate, memory foam allows you to sink in for excellent body contouring that cradles the body and relieves pressure points. Some people dislike the sinking feeling of memory foam, likening it to quicksand, while others love the full-body contouring. Latex provides similar pressure relief and body contouring, but responds much faster with gentle push-back that avoids the sinking feeling of memory foam. Some other minor differences between these two materials are memory foam tends to be cheaper, latex tends to sleep cooler, and some types of latex use natural ingredients while memory foam is always artificial foam.

Whether you prefer memory foam, latex, or even the metal springs of a traditional innerspring mattress, US-Mattress has the best deals on name brand mattresses like Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic.

Latex Mattress Manufacture

April 2, 2015

Latex Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses may be more popular than latex mattresses, but this doesn’t mean that a latex mattress is any less comfortable or ergonomic. It has obvious differences from memory foam, but it is still a viable option as a quality, supportive mattress.

One of the most important things about latex is that it’s known for having a higher durability than memory foam. Latex mattresses typically run a little higher on the price scale as well, but you’re also getting a product that will retain its showroom feel for a longer period of time. These kinds of mattresses are also fairly easy to move on, since you don’t experience nearly as much of the sinking “quicksand” feeling that many people report with memory foam. There’s also less off-gassing, which is a large plus for anyone with a sensitive nose.

Latex mattresses can be made in two different ways — the Dunlop process and the Talalay process.

Dunlop Process: This process is the more economically and environmentally friendly of the two. It has fewer steps, so there are fewer variables to track during manufacture, and the result is a mattress with fewer seams than one made with the Talalay process. A gelling agent is added to the latex to help it gel. After it is poured into its mold, it is vulcanized, which how it gets its elastic yet solid shape.

Talalay Process: This process has more steps to it, but it also results in a more consistent feel across the entire mattress. It’s also easy to control the firmness or softness with this method. Once the liquid latex has been poured into its mold, it is expanded by a vacuum, which is what gives it such a clean consistency and particle distribution. Once it has been expanded, it is flash-frozen with carbon dioxide, preventing the latex particles from settling to the bottom as it gels.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose which kind of latex mattress you want, based on your budget and your desire for precision. US-Mattress has a variety of latex mattresses, the construction of which ranges from entirely latex to part latex, part memory foam. Whichever kind of mattress you choose, remember that latex is a great option if you’re looking for a long-lasting, supportive feel.

What Does ILD Mean?

August 26, 2014


Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m shopping for a new mattress, and I’ve been looking mostly at all foam models. When I look at the features and specs, I always see the letters “ILD” and then a number. Can you tell me what this means?

-Jan from Pineville, LA

Dear Jan,

Thank you for your question. ILD is an acronym that stands for Indentation Load Deflection, and it’s a measurement of a foam’s softness. The lower the ILD number, the softer the foam feels. Take a look at the following video from Jed to learn more about how a foam’s ILD number affects the way your mattress feels.

Whether you decide to purchase a memory foam, latex, or gel memory foam mattress, head to US-Mattress and enjoy the lowest prices and the best guarantees in the business!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Latex Pillows

April 24, 2014


Dear Snooze Guru,

I was recently house sitting for some friends of mine, and I was really impressed by the pillows they had for me to use. I was lying on a memory foam pillow while I was reading in bed one night, and I felt like I was sinking into the pillow a little too much and I was straining my neck to read. I grabbed the pillow next to me, and it felt a lot more supportive and was more comfortable to lie on while reading in bed. The next morning, I took both pillows out of their cases and found that the one I enjoyed the most was made from latex. I was under the impression that latex felt similar to memory foam, but the latex pillow I lied on felt much more supportive. Is that the case with all latex pillows? Why the different feel?

-Steve from Liverpool, OH

Dear Steve,

Thank you for writing. It’s true that latex pillows feel different from memory foam pillows, and in your case, the resilience of latex is what made you choose that pillow over the memory foam one. While both memory foam and latex are known for providing exceptional pressure relief, latex has a resiliency that memory foam does not. This resiliency is best demonstrated by pressing down on the pillow. When you press down on memory foam, you will notice that it takes some time for your handprint to disappear and the pillow to return to its original shape. When you press down on latex, the pillow immediately returns to its original position. This resilience creates the “push back” sensation you experienced while reading in bed.

Also, since latex is naturally anti-microbial and anti-dust mite, many individuals prefer latex pillows for their ability to foster a healthier sleep environment. If you would like to experience the benefits of a latex pillow on your own bed, then head to US-Mattress and enjoy the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of today’s best latex pillows. Shop today, and enjoy the comfort of latex for years to come!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Contour Pillows

November 12, 2013


Dear Snooze Guru,

I know they’ve been around for a while now, but what’s the deal with contour pillows? I see them all the time in bedding stores, but I don’t think I know anybody who sleeps with one. They actually look kind of uncomfortable to me. Can you provide me with some information? I don’t usually spend too much time thinking about contour pillows, but lately I’ve been struggling with some neck pain, and I got to thinking that my pillow might be to blame. Are contour pillows good for people who have neck pain?

-Dale from Bisbee, AZ

Dear Dale,

Thank you for writing. To tell you the truth, I went a long time before investigating contour pillows for myself. They do look a little strange, and I think that’s why I was initially turned off. But eventually I knew that I would have to acquaint myself. I am a guru, after all. It wouldn’t look too good if someone like yourself asked me about contour pillows and I said, “I don’t know, why don’t you just Google it?” Anyway, there are a handful of benefits that come from sleeping with a contour pillow, and since you’re suffering from neck pain, a contour pillow might be especially ideal for you.

Head and Neck Support

Contour pillows curve with the shape of your head, keeping it fully supported throughout the night. Proper head support allows for an enhanced level of neck support as well. Contour pillows keep your neck in a healthy position while you sleep, alleviating pressure points and delivering proper support.

Spinal Alignment

When your spine isn’t properly aligned while you sleep, your weight isn’t distributed evenly, which can result in back pain or more serious spinal ailments. Contour pillows enable you to sleep in the healthiest spinal position and help to promote long term spinal health.

Enhanced Comfort

Contour pillows help to create a more comfortable sleep experience. With your spine, neck, and head properly aligned for maximum comfort and support, you won’t have to change positions throughout the night. Without tossing and turning, you can enjoy the deep, undisturbed sleep that your body needs to achieve peak performance.

US-Mattress.com is the place to go for the best prices on contour pillows. Latex, memory foam and gel memory foam contour pillows are especially popular right now, as they alleviate more pressure points and provide enhanced conforming comfort. Shop through our selection, and find the contour pillow that will give you deep, restful sleep and allow you to enjoy ache-free mornings.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

The Great Foam Debate

May 10, 2013


Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m looking for a new mattress, and I think I want to make the switch from innerspring to foam. I’m seeing some great selections on US-Mattress.com, but I’m torn between latex and memory foam. Both seem to have some great benefits, so I’m not sure which one to choose. Can you give me some more information that might help me make up my mind?

-Leighton from Auburn, IN

Dear Leighton,

Thank you for your letter. Oh, the great foam debate. Which is better? Which is more comfortable? Which will last longer? These are common questions people have when they consider which type of foam mattress to purchase. Both latex and memory foam are excellent comfort materials that do a great job of relieving those pesky pressure points that can cause you to toss and turn at night. Both memory foam and latex will aid in reducing motion transfer between couples, and both do a good job of adding durability to a mattress. For more information on the differences between the two, and to determine which one is right for you, I suggest that you watch this video from Jed, our buyer and resident mattress expert.

As you can see, both have characteristics that will help you get great sleep, but they do so in different ways. Hopefully Jed’s information about the ways in which they differ will help you decide which one is the right choice for you. Best of luck!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Innerspring or Foam?

February 28, 2013

When you’re shopping for a mattress, you see a lot of information about foam mattresses, and if you’ve never owned one, you may be considering making the switch from an innerspring mattress. You may be familiar with the benefits of the different foams, but still not know if an all foam mattress is right for you. If you’re not sure that it’s worth spending the extra money, then take a look at this video from our mattress buyer, Jed. He has some great information that may help to clear up some of your questions.

No matter what kind of mattress you’re looking for, you can count on getting a great deal when you shop with US-Mattress. Shop today, and start getting the restful sleep that you deserve!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru