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You may have always slept on an innerspring mattresses, so you might naturally think that you should simply buy another one when it’s time to replace your current mattress. There’s something to be said about familiarity. But today, you have another choice of mattress type, one that you may not have investigated or know much about: it’s a natural latex mattress.
Now, upon first glance, many people take one look at the price difference between latex and traditional innerspring mattresses, and make a decision based on that alone. However, that’s only one of the differences between the two. The higher price of a latex mattress compared to some traditional innerspring mattresses might have you second guessing.
Below are key differences — including longevity, durability, and many others, that might have you taking a closer look at what a latex mattress has to offer.
Firmness and Support
Children love to jump on innerspring mattresses. Why? Because they are bouncy. There are dozens of springs inside the mattress, beneath layers of foam and other padding, that give these beds that bounce.
These are also the areas that break down over time causing sagging and a distinct lack of support. This is not the case with well-supported latex mattresses that lack the inner coils and springiness of innerspring mattresses. This allows latex mattresses to remain firmer, maintaining their shapes and supportive natures over time.
Natural latex mattresses are often recommended by orthopedic specialists, too, because of the unsurpassed support they provide.
Latex mattresses also provide zero motion transfer. This means that when your partner rolls over, you don’t feel it — or wake up! That can’t be said for most innerspring mattresses. Is sleeping through the entire night important to you?
One of the best things about latex mattresses is that you can customize the firmness and support that you desire and need. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss 100 percent natural organic latex mattress is available in four firmness levels: soft, medium, medium-firm, and extra-firm.
Durable Nature and Longevity
Another area where the latex mattress excels is in the area of durability and longevity. Compared to innerspring mattresses that typically last between six and seven years, latex mattresses last up to 20+ years. The difference in cost is not nearly as significant when you compare the life span of latex vs. innerspring mattresses.
The truth of the matter is that latex mattresses are much heavier than innerspring coil mattresses. It has a lot to do with the density of the latex core of these mattresses compared to the light airiness of innerspring mattresses.
That being said, over the years, you will find that a great amount of dust, debris, and other unattractive things settle inside the core of innerspring mattresses causing them to get heavier and heavier over time. On the other hand, your natural latex mattress will maintain a fairly consistent weight and shape for a decade or longer.
Your bedding decision can have an impact on the planet 10, 15, 20 or more years down the road when you purchase a mattress. Most innerspring mattresses are made with non-recyclable materials, which end up in landfills when the consumer disposes of them. Mattresses take up a large amount of landfill space. Some estimates indicate that one mattress alone takes up an estimated 23 cubic feet in a landfill.
This is simply not the case with latex mattresses. One hundred percent natural latex mattresses are made completely of recyclable materials. Innerspring mattresses also have a long list of questionable chemicals that are used in their manufacturing.
What’s more, for eco-friendly consumers, having green, allergy-free bedding that is kind to the environment is a no-brainer. Choose a GreenGuard Gold certified latex mattress to know that it has passed the most stringent of tests for low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Check to see if the mattress you are considering buying is certified against:
- Mercury, Lead & Heavy Metals
- PBDE Flame Retardants
- Prohibited Phthalates
- Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
- Methylene Chloride
- And other harmful chemicals!
Would you want to be sleeping with any of these chemicals (let alone all of them) night after night?
Which is Better?
Of course, this comes down to your preferences and budget. Mattress preferences vary from person to person and from time to time. Different mattress types have pros and cons, and it’s up to each individual to decide what is most important to them.
Is it how long your mattress will last before you need to replace it?
Is it how safe it is for your health and the environment?
Is it the ability to customize the mattress firmness?
Is there motion transfer from your partner?
You might find an innerspring mattress that is less expensive than a latex mattress, but you’ll also end up replacing that traditional innerspring mattress several times over that of needing to replace a latex mattress, because of lack of support and sagging. On the other hand, if you want a high-quality mattress that offers durability, comfort, and eco-friendliness, a latex mattress is the hands-down best choice.
PlushBeds offers a wide-selection of high-quality latex mattresses. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, but have always slept on a traditional innerspring mattress, you owe it to yourself to investigate the possibility of trying a latex mattress.
We offer a 100 night trial and a 25 year warranty here at PlushBeds to make it easy for you to fall in love with a latex mattress. And, as we are a latex mattress manufacturer, we also allow you to exchange the comfort layer of your latex mattress so that you get the firmness level that you like.
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