Categories: Mattress

Is a Latex Mattress Comfortable?

Comfort is a big question mark for many people who are interested in latex mattresses — largely if they haven’t tried one for themselves. Michael Breus, PhD and WebMD sleep expert says that latex is one of the best mattress materials because it is firm and supportive, but also comfortable. It’s very similar to memory foam, but offers more support, which is ideal for relieving back pain. These are just a few of the reasons why you might come to share Breus’ opinion about latex mattresses.


The only other mattress on the market today to come close to the degree of customizability of a latex mattress is an adjustable air mattress, which has its own set of cons to deal with. Not only can you choose your own latex mattress firmness level between soft, medium, medium-firm, and firm, but some manufacturers such as PlushBeds allow you the opportunity to choose two different firmness levels for different sides of the mattress.

Here’s where it gets really interesting, though. If you purchase a latex mattress and decide it’s a little too firm or not quite firm enough to suit your needs, you can exchange the comfort layer of your latex mattress to make it more suitable for your needs — after the sale.

This means that you can have the mattress in your home and use it night after night to test it out. If you find, once you’ve slept on it for a while, that it’s not quite the right amount of support, or perhaps a little too firm, you can exchange a comfort layer for a flat $45 fee within 100 nights and change the entire way your mattress feels.

Motion Isolation

How many times do you wake up in the middle of the night because your partner is awake? Whether it’s the result of frequent late night bathroom visits, your partner is a midnight snacker, or you have a tiny infant at home your spouse is caring for, you probably wish it didn’t feel like a minor tsunami every time the other person got into or out of your bed.

With a latex mattress, you don’t feel the movements of the other person. It’s called the zero motion transfer benefit of a latex mattress because it doesn’t transfer to the other side of the mattress. Flying elbows the mattress can’t control, but tossing and turning on the other side of the bed now gets a “does not disturb” sign.

Coolness Factor

This coolness factor isn’t about the hipness of purchasing a latex mattress that’s good for the planet and for the family. It’s about not waking up because you’re too hot to sleep because of your mattress. Unlike memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses allow air to flow freely through the mattress keeping you coolly comfortably throughout the night.

Whether you’re looking for mattresses that can prevent or reduce aches and pains, like hip pain and shoulder pain, or one that allows you to not feel like you’ve been beat up by tidal waves all night as your partner gets in and out of bed, latex mattresses are a great solution for a comfortable night’s sleep — 9,000 or so of them.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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