Latex vs. Polyurethane
I get the question every day. “What is latex mattress? I’ve never heard of it!”
The top layer of foam on 99% of mattresses is polyurethane. That’s an oil based mixture that is in pillows and couch cushions.
1% of mattresses are latex. That’s because latex is very expensive to produce compared to polyurethane.
Here is detailed information if you are interested: Click here for Wikipedia
Unlike polyurethane, latex is a natural rubber product product which comes from the rubber tree. They have been making latex mattresses in the U.S.A. for about 50 years.
Here is a 3 minute video showing a 50 year old latex mattress: Video on latex mattress
Polyurethane has the characteristic of trapping body heat. The denser, the more heat it traps. Tempurpedic mattresses are very dense and as a result you sleep hot. Yes they have recently added a “gel” to their mix however they still sleep much hotter than latex.
Gel foam mattresses are also polyurethane. They add a gel to the mix which helps dissipate the heat however they still sleep much hotter than latex.
Latex is more durable than poly. Therefore it’s last much longer.
There are two kinds of latex. (Dunlop and Talalay) Dunlop is firmer than talalay.
The more you know about mattress construction, the more you want latex.
Latex: (Sleeps cooler / lasts longer / offers better support / is a natural product / is biodegradable
Is is more expensive to manufacture a latex mattress than polyurethane. Latex weighs more, therefore it is more expensive to ship latex.
We specialize in Latex and at the same time keep our prices low. Why would anyone spend $5,000 on a Tempurpedic mattress when they could own a latex for $1,000?
Come check our mattresses before you pay more for less!