In your search for the perfect mattress, you\u2019ll find yourself faced with many decisions along the way. Families today have lofty expectations for their mattresses and they should! You spend up to eight hours per night on your mattress. That\u2019s more time than you spend in your car, on your sofa, or even at your desk in the office (especially once you factor all the moving around you do during the day). Your mattress is an investment in your health, but what kind of mattress is the best investment for your needs?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChances are good that you\u2019ve done your homework and decided that latex mattresses offer the perfect combination of comfort and support to meet your needs. Now that you\u2019ve made this key decision, there are a few more that must be made.\r\n\r\nOne of those is whether you wish to purchase a 100% natural latex mattress or a blended or synthetic latex mattress. Learning a little more about your options can help you make an informed decision about which one is the right choice for your needs, your home and your family.\r\nWhat does it mean when a mattress is made with 100% Natural Latex?\r\nLatex is harvested from the sap of rubber trees. When you find a mattress that is truly 100% natural latex, it will be made with botanical latex (that is sustainably harvested), air and heat.\u00a0The result is a 100% natural mattress that\u2019s not only comfortable, but healthy to sleep on.\r\n\r\n100% Natural Latex provides the healthiest sleeping surface and its quality and comfort is unmatched when compared to blended or synthetic latex.\u00a0A 100% natural latex mattress is typically made with a combination of talalay and dunlop latex, which range in firmness and thickness, and offer a wide range of comfort levels and customization.\r\n\r\n100% natural latex also sleeps cool. Air is infused into the latex compound to create latex foam's open cell structure which provides a cooler sleep surface.\r\n\r\n100% natural latex is also the most durable sleeping surface and most come with a 20 to 25 year warranty.\r\nWhat does it mean when a mattress is made with Blended or Synthetic Latex?\r\nBlended and Synthetic Latex are more budget-friendly versions of the latex mattress. You get some of the same sleep properties without the hefty price tag that is commonly associated with natural latex mattresses but blended and synthetic latex have more of a couch foam feel since a higher firmness level is typically used to compensate for the lack of resilience or "springiness" that 100% natural latex provides and they do not have the same pressure relieving qualities.\r\n\r\nAlso, Blended and Synthetic Latex typically use chemical additives to assist with the manufacturing process. Most contain a mixture of 30% natural latex and 70% synthetic latex.\u00a0They are typically made by using unhealthy petrochemicals that are frequently linked to health problems, headaches, and even developmental delays in children and infants. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs that are commonly found in flame retardants used in making mattresses), and other harmful materials like adhesives and petrochemicals are typically found in these mattresses.\r\n\r\nNot only have these types of materials been linked to serious illnesses, but they also contribute to off-gassing in your home, which can produce unpleasant and toxic odors when first unpackaged and later as the mattress begins to break down.\u00a0You want the air inside your home to be free of chemicals and other pollutants. Buying a 100% natural latex mattresses from PlushBeds is one way to ensure you clear the air in your home \u2013 at least as far as your mattress is concerned.\r\nComparing Your Options:\r\nThere are benefits to consider for both the natural latex and the blended or synthetic latex mattress options. The first benefit, cost, goes to blended or synthetic latex. You can enjoy a much lower price point on these mattresses than you will find with 100% natural latex.\r\n\r\nThose who are interested in natural latex for its healthier properties are likely to prefer natural over blended or synthetic latex. In general, you are more likely to experience off-gassing from blended or synthetic latex than you are with 100% natural latex.\r\n\r\nFor the planet, it\u2019s hard to beat the benefits that 100% natural latex mattresses represent. When you buy through PlushBeds you can enjoy the fact that you\u2019re making a decision that is good for the planet from the very start. Not only are the materials used to create the mattresses ethically sourced and grown, but the manufacturing process used to create them doesn\u2019t leave behind a broken chain of pollution, conflict, and chemicals in its wake. Once you\u2019ve enjoyed many years of comfortable sleep you will appreciate that a 100% natural latex mattress from PlushBeds is also 100% recyclable.\r\nIf you want a healthy mattress but a more affordable option, consider these options:\r\nIf you want a healthy mattress but a more affordable option, you might want to consider the 12" Luxury Bliss Natural Latex Mattress from PlushBeds.\u00a0It also offers affordability with the superior comfort and support along with the health benefits of 100% natural latex. It contains a 100% natural latex comfort layer and a premium, fabric-encased, pocketed coil core. This mattress also contains NO formaldehyde, chloroform, PBDEs, prohibited phthalates, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or heavy metals \u2013 including mercury and lead.\r\n\r\nThe Eco Bliss hybrid latex mattress\u00a0from PlushBeds is another great option from PlushBeds. It offers the powerful combination of affordability with the superior comfort and support \u2013 not to mention health benefits \u2013 of 100% natural latex. It contains a 100% natural latex comfort layer and a CertiPUR certified Plushfoam core. This mattress contains NO formaldehyde, chloroform, PBDEs, prohibited phthalates, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or heavy metals \u2013 including mercury and lead.\r\n\r\nThese mattresses are great choices for someone on a budget who still wants to enjoy the pressure-relieving benefits and feel of 100% natural latex. This means you can sleep easy knowing you\u2019re getting a healthy, natural and comfortable mattress, within your budget.\r\n\r\nIt really doesn\u2019t matter which PlushBeds mattress you choose if all you\u2019re looking for is a great night\u2019s sleep. The key is in finding the mattress that lets you sleep best at night without waking up worried about your health, the planet or your budget. PlushBeds is here to help you answer that question and to help you choose the mattress that is the best option to meet your needs and wishes in a mattress.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/mattress\/how-does-a-100-natural-latex-mattress-compare-to-a-blended-latex-mattress\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.