Memory Foam Mattress vs Latex Mattress

Latex mattress

All mattresses eventually need replacing. When you want to replace a mattress in your boat or truck, your RV or your sleeper sofa, you may benefit in knowing the differences between latex and memory foam mattresses. Many people find latex or memory foam mattresses to surpass traditional coil spring mattresses for comfort and durability. Knowing the differences between memory foam and latex can make selecting your replacement much easier.

The Latex Mattress

If support is your priority, you may prefer the comfort of a latex mattress. Those who select a latex mattress typically like the faster response time. That’s the amount of time it takes for the mattress to return to its original form. While latex does allow for body contours, it does not mold to an exact shape of the body. This makes changing positions easier on a latex mattress because you are not sunk into your own body impression. A latex mattress does not retain body heat like memory foam, so many people find latex more comfortable. All these benefits come with a cost; mattresses made with 100% natural latex (no synthetic additions) come with a hefty price tag.

The Memory Foam Mattress

A memory foam mattresses may be ideal if you are a side sleeper, or are prone to pressure related pain. A typical memory foam mattress is not made entirely of memory foam. A memory foam mattress starts with a base of firmly supportive foam topped with a minimum of 2 inches of memory foam (anything less won’t make a difference).

A memory foam mattress can feel more plush than a latex mattress. Some prefer the cradling effect that sinking into a memory foam mattress creates. It does take longer for a memory foam mattress to spring back to its original shape, which can make memory foam less than ideal for changing positions during sleep. A memory foam mattress will need to air out for 24 hours before use. The odor of a new memory foam mattress can be unpleasant, but is not dangerous.

Motion Transfer

Both memory foam and latex mattresses provide less motion transfer than a traditional innerspring mattress. If your sleep is interrupted by the movements of your bed partner, you will be pleased to learn that both memory foam and latex do not transfer motion as readily as a coiled mattress. There is even less motion transfer detectable on a memory foam mattress than latex.

For Those With Allergies

Both memory foam and latex mattresses are a good option for those with allergies. Coil mattresses are known to double their weight with accumulated dust and allergens trapped inside.

Your Custom Mattress

It is easy to custom create either mattress to the unique specifications of your semi truck, RV, boat or sleeper sofa. Either memory foam or latex will provide excellent results in your boat, RV and truck. However, if you are replacing your sleeper sofa mattress, you should avoid memory foam mattresses.

To fold properly into your sofa frame, there is a limit to how thick your new hide a bed mattress can be. As mentioned before, you would need at least a 2-inch thick memory foam layer, meaning that to fit the available space, the foam support layer needs to be thinner. Having a thinner core support means that the mattress support bars will be felt through the mattress. This is why we at don’t manufacture memory foam sofa bed mattresses.

Now that you know the differences between latex and memory foam, it will be much easier to select your perfect mattress replacement. A replacement mattress is typically more comfortable than the original mattress your RV, boat or truck came with.