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What are the Biggest Complaints with Latex Mattresses? - PlushBeds

Since its discovery in the late 1920s, latex has been used in many applications. Today, latex is among the most popular options for mattresses because of its durability and comfort. And, more people are discovering that the natural elasticity of the material provides pressure relief.

Nevertheless, people’s preferences vary. So, as more people try latex mattresses, there are a few common complaints about them. In this article, we’ll discuss these complaints to help you decide if a latex mattress is right for you.

Different Types of Latex Mattresses

If you’re in the market for a latex mattress, the first thing you should know is that there are different types of latex mattresses. But before getting into that, you should know that latex is an organic, natural product. It’s sap from the rubber tree tropical to South America, although most plants are now cultivated in Southeast Asia and Western Africa.

So, when shopping, you’ll most likely encounter the following:

Natural Latex Mattresses

As the name suggests, natural latex mattresses are made with 100% natural latex foam, and don’t contain petrochemicals. This type of mattress is mainly associated with a luxury lifestyle because of the comfort and support it offers. In addition, the all-latex material provides contouring to support certain problem areas, like the neck and back. The latex layers and firmness options also relieve pressure points on the shoulders and hips.

Natural latex mattresses are also durable, 100% recyclable, and manufactured in a way that causes little pollution. And, they can last up to 20 years or longer without losing the firm support they’re known for. So, you don’t need to replace them too often, and you get more value for your money.

At PlushBeds, our latex mattress collection is as close to single-ingredient, single-origin as you can get. So, if you’re looking for the highest-quality organic materials for a luxurious night’s sleep, our Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress, Luxury Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress, or our Natural Bliss Vegan Mattress could be the right option for you. Our mattresses have received certifications for GOLS, GOTS, Oeko-Tex, and GreenGuard Gold, as well as recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors alike.

Synthetic Latex Mattresses

Synthetic latex mattresses are similar to natural latex in look and feel only. The foam for this type of latex mattress is made from petrochemicals to copy the properties of organic latex. Since organic latex is derived from plants, it could be expensive.

So, synthetic latex offers a cheaper alternative for consumers looking for the consistency and feel of an organic mattress. However, synthetic latex mattresses may not have the same durability as ones made from natural latex. In addition, synthetic foam latex is also susceptible to tears, and off-gassing. We’ll discuss off-gassing as one of the most common complaints about latex mattresses below.

Blended Latex Mattresses

Blended latex mattresses are made from a mix of natural and synthetic latex. It’s the ideal option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly bed with the beneficial components of a natural latex mattress. It’s also the most commonly sold type of latex mattress in North America.

Manufacturers mix natural and synthetic latex in its liquid form to make blended latex before the molding process begins. And, the mixture is typically made up of 30% natural latex and 70% synthetic latex. The result is a firmer, less bouncy latex hybrid mattress.

Some manufacturers will label blended latex as “all-natural” because it includes some organic latex materials. So, read the label before you buy.

Common Complaints about Latex Mattresses

Read on for common complaints about latex mattresses to see if they’re also a consideration for you.

Motion Transfer

Motion transfer means you can feel the movement of the other person on the bed. Generally, latex beds are better for motion isolation than traditional innerspring mattresses. However, since latex is bouncier and springy, its responsiveness can cause some models made from blended latex to not perform well in this issue.

But motion transfer is mostly a common complaint of light sleepers. So, they’ll probably benefit more from using a memory foam mattress. Memory foam creates a sinking effect that isolates motion, and prevents it from traveling through the bed.


Off-gassing refers to when the chemicals used to make a product are released into the air. For instance, it could happen when you first unpack a product, or when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) leak out of the mattress materials.

Some synthetic latex mattresses and blended latex mattresses may emit a chemical smell, but the smell should dissipate within a couple of days. However, if you buy a natural latex mattress, you should expect no off-gassing or chemical smells. Instead, what you’ll get is an initial smell similar to a vanilla scent.


Latex is essentially rubber, which is why it’s durable, because it’s a dense material. But it’s true that latex mattresses are extremely heavy, and can be challenging to move. For example, a queen-sized bed can weigh between 120 and 170 pounds, and a king-sized mattress can weigh in at a whopping 150 to 220 pounds.

Remember that firmness level also affects the weight of a latex mattress. The firmer the mattress, the heavier it is because it contains more latex and less air. So, you might need to make plans when getting a new latex mattress. However, once it’s installed, weight shouldn’t be an issue, until the next time you need to get a new mattress.

Compression of the Mattress

A latex mattress conforms to a person’s body, and provides comfort similar to a memory foam mattress, but the sleeper should not feel constricted. Latex has a natural bounce that allows for easy movement during sleep.

And latex is breathable, which helps with airflow throughout the mattress. A premium quality latex mattress like those offered by PlushBeds will take an exceptionally long time to reach the point of having a body indentation or compressed feel.


Making natural, organic latex is time-consuming and costly, so it follows that natural latex mattresses might cost a bit more than other types of mattresses. But, there are a lot of benefits in getting a good night’s sleep that can make it worth it to pay for a quality natural latex mattress. Latex mattresses are comfortable, and can help with pain relief.

In fact, they’re often recommended by osteopaths, therapists, and chiropractors because they support the natural alignment of the spine, which helps in improving blood circulation. So, even if it costs more than other beds you can buy in the market, you know you’re getting a product made from high-quality, natural materials that won't cause sagging.

This means it’s a safer sleep surface. And, since it lasts longer than other mattresses, you’re getting your money’s worth.

Discover Top-of-the-Line Natural Latex Mattresses from PlushBeds

Many of the common complaints about latex mattresses are valid. However, as always, it’s a matter of personal preference. And, latex has a lot to offer. You should definitely give it a try if you’re looking for a durable, comfortable mattress made with natural, biodegradable materials.

If you suffer from joint or back pain, switching to a latex mattress might also help. Latex conforms to the body, and promotes neutral spinal alignment. This means the heavier parts of your body will sink into the material, while lighter parts are held in alignment with the rest of your body. Natural mattresses are also hypoallergenic and naturally antibacterial, which discourages the growth of bacteria or dust mites.

PlushBeds only deals in natural and organic latex mattresses. We believe these are more resilient, longer-lasting, eco-friendly, and biodegradable. And, we’re one of the few mattress companies that offers a 25-year warranty.

PlushBeds’ latex mattress offerings are award-winning, and a great value for your money. You can choose from multiple models that can be narrowed down by your lifestyle, personal preferences, and budget. Browse our collection today, and pick out the best mattress for you to experience the most luxurious sleep.

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