While searching for latex mattresses, you’re sure to come across quite an arrangement of mattress options from which to choose. There are synthetic and natural latex mattresses, and two primary methods of construction: Talalay and Dunlop. It can seem like a real guessing game to determine which mattresses are best suited to meet your needs. You should also know that the best latex mattress for you might not be the best mattress for your neighbor, friend, or spouse.
These are a few of the things you should know while searching for the best latex mattress.
Consider the Composition
The composition of the mattress makes a world of difference in how comfortable it may be for your night’s sleep. The best latex mattresses are 100 percent natural latex and not synthetic latex or latex blends. Not only do these “green mattresses” have a more favorable environmental impact than blends and synthetics, but they also pose fewer risks to health than other mattresses – even those within the latex family of mattresses. Always look for mattresses that have no glue. Not only does this allow you to interchange layers easily, in order to suit your needs, but glue is also known to produce terrible off gassing odors.
Some retailers will try to convince you that gluing is necessary to keep latex mattresses from shifting. This is not the case. Latex is a naturally abrasive material, and the layers of the mattresses do not shift, despite claims to the contrary. Most retailers who claim gluing is necessary do so because it’s the only option their retail store offers. Not gluing the layers together allows consumers to make changes, such as switching out the top layer of the mattress if it is too firm or too soft for the customer’s preferences. While some mattresses have many layers, this isn’t necessary with latex mattresses. Most of the time, the mattress core and a top or comfort layer are all that’s necessary. Anything more is superfluous.
Look for Guarantees
You should always be aware of warranties and trial periods before buying a mattress. Read the fine print and make sure you know what your rights are. A 100 percent natural latex mattress should have a warranty of 20 years or more due to the durability of the materials used to make the bed. Trial periods will vary, but should be at least thirty days (though longer is preferable so that you can become adjusted to the bed before making that twenty-year commitment).
There are a myriad of benefits of sleeping on a natural latex mattress, and the best latex mattress is one that allows you to sleep soundly, night after night, for at least the next twenty years. If you make the right mattress choice now, you should have plenty of time to enjoy the rewards of that good decision.
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