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Innerspring vs Memory foam vs Latex mattresses - Which is best?

When it's time to upgrade your mattress, you're doing yourself a favor by comparing the different types available so that you can make an informed investment.




We all know that being well rested is tremendously important to health and well being. Not getting your forty winks at night can lead to more than a few mishaps the next day.

If it's time to upgrade your mattress, you're doing yourself a favor by comparing the different types available so that you can make an informed investment. Read on as we explore the differences between latex, innerspring and memory foam mattresses.


How To Compare Mattresses

What makes a great mattress? Is it the price tag? The way it feels? How about the company's reputation? While all of these variables are important, the following criteria is the gold standard when it comes to testing and comparing mattresses.

• Edge Support

This is important to consider because you want to know that you'll be supported when sitting or laying on the edge of the bed. Also, if you're sleeping on the bed with your significant other, you want to be confident knowing that you can maximize the sleeping surface of your mattress.

Memory foam doesn't offer the best edge support and it can sometimes feel like you're rolling off the bed when you find yourself on the edge. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses (combination of memory foam or latex and springs) and offer great edge support.

• Responsiveness

If you're an active sleeper that tosses and turns on the bed, you want a responsive mattress that allows you to move freely at night.

Latex is a responsive material that works with your body and makes it easy to move from one side to another without waking you up. On the other hand, memory foam doesn't do a good job of helping you to move around the bed when you're sleeping and while innerspring mattresses are responsive, they do get noisy over time.

• Breathability

Sleeping hot is one of the biggest disruptors of sleep. That's why breathability is important.

With memory foam, your body heat is unable to escape from the mattress and instead radiates back to you which can be a problem for someone that sleeps hot.

Latex and innerspring mattresses on the other hand, allow for body heat to escape so the bed feels a lot cooler overall.

• Eco Friendliness

There's growing concern about the harmful compounds that are found in most memory foam mattresses, such as toxic flame retardants and formaldehyde, which can alter hormones and increase risk of obesity, infertility and cancer, not to mention its piercing chemical odor.

Latex is a naturally derived material and it's non-allergenic. It deters mites and mold and is ideal for allergy sufferers. Not only that, but natural latex mattresses are fully biodegradable.

While innerspring mattresses aren't particularly toxic, disposing of them is not as easy.



Innerspring vs Memory foam vs Latex Mattresses- A Comparison

Having taken into consideration our testing criteria, here's a breakdown of how each mattress fairs in comparison to the other.

• Latex

One of the most popular options, latex mattresses are known and trusted for their natural construction, durability and comfort. If you want a more traditional feel and the ability to flip and turn your mattress, then latex is the answer.


    • Latex is a naturally porous and breathable material, which means that it sleeps cool.
    • Natural latex (what latex mattresses are made of) is made from rubber tree sap which means it's an all natural product.
    • Because it's more responsive, latex is better for alignment.
    • Latex is naturally resilient and offers more support.
    • With latex, you can sleep on the edge of your mattress comfortably if you want, thanks to its excellent edge support.
    • Natural latex doesn't have any chemical smells or odors.
    • Latex mattresses alleviate pressure while providing support to relax the muscles while allowing for optimal blood circulation.


    • Latex Mattresses are notoriously expensive, but well worth the investment.
    • Latex Mattresses can sometimes be too responsive for ultra-light sleepers.

• Memory Foam

Memory foam is a hybrid polyurethane foam that responds to your body temperature and pressure. It was developed in the 1960s by NASA and it's made from petrochemical inputs.

Memory foam takes an imprint of your body shape to isolate movement and vibration. This means that even if your partner is moving around in the bed you won't feel a thing.


    • Memory foam mattresses offer excellent pressure relief.
    • They're accessible and convenient, with most brands offering to deliver them straight to your door ready to use right away.
    • They're better with pressure relief compared to innerspring, especially for side sleepers.
    • Because memory foam takes the shape of your body, it's a comfortable option for back sleepers.
    • Memory foam mattresses help with pain better than latex because of their ability to help the body maintain stability and form.
    • You can't flip and turn memory foam so it's great for anyone that prefers a stationary mattress.


    • Memory foam mattresses give off an initial chemically smell when you first get them.
    • It's not comfortable to move around on a memory foam mattress.
    • The cellular structure of memory foam mattresses collapses after a few minutes, causing a sinking sensation.
    • Memory foam is not breathable and can be uncomfortable for those that sleep hot.

• Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses have been around since the 1800s and are made up of a cool system that makes them bouncy and responsive, making it easy to switch positions at night.


    • Innerspring mattresses have an internal spring system that provides optimal support. This means that foam isn't doing all the work (as with memory foam) so you get to enjoy support throughout the mattress.
    • They have more natural materials incorporated into them.
    • Allows you to sleep cool due to optimal airflow design and they don't trap heat at all.



• Innerspring mattresses are often heavier and costlier thank their latex and memory foam counterparts.
• They don't offer as much pressure relief as a memory foam mattress.
• The older they get, the noisier they become.
• Not ideal for anyone that sleeps with an active sleeper because you'll be able to feel their movements.


Which Is Best?

It's really a question of what makes you feel better. Innerspring mattresses are very supportive, responsive, and cooling.

Memory foam mattresses cause a sinking feeling that contours to the shape of your body. But, they're perfect for side sleepers thanks to their fantastic pressure relief and they handle motion transfer well.

Lastly, the latex mattresses are breathable all rounders that cater to different types of sleepers and they're made from a natural material.




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