What's the best latex mattress? If you're in the market for a new mattress, this may be a question that comes to mind – but before you can answer you need to consider what your priorities are when it comes to a good mattress. There's no single best mattress that will suit everyone, so you need to look at the benefits of latex and think about how various properties of latex mattresses relate to what you want.
Latex mattresses have become popular recently for a few reasons. For one thing, it's popular with couples because it isolates movement. In other words, when you're lying with your partner on a typical innerspring mattress and you move, the whole bed moves – so your partner can feel it. With latex mattresses though, your movements are not felt by your partner and you can't feel his or her movement, because the material absorbs it. On top of that latex doesn't make a lot of noise the way innerspring mattresses do, contributing to a better night's sleep for those with sensitive ears.
Most experts on latex mattresses recommend natural latex over synthetic latex. The main reason for this is the comfort difference – most people find natural latex far more comfortable. But there are also health concerns about some of the chemicals used to create synthetic latex. It's better to be on the safe side and stick with a natural latex brand, even though some synthetic models can be quite a lot cheaper. However, compromises have been made by blending natural and synthetic latex, to create cheaper mattresses that still maintain a lot of the durability and comfort of a fully natural latex mattress.
The main problem you'll run into on your search for the best latex mattress is trying to balance cost with quality. Latex mattresses in general are pretty expensive – while there are cheap ones on the market, these lower cost options tend to grow moldy or accumulate lumps over time. That said, price is not necessarily the best indicator of quality. Let's delve into some of the most popular brands on the market and why they're leading the industry for latex mattresses.
Original Mattress Factory – These mattresses are 40% natural and 60% synthetic. Many customers rave about how effective their Original Mattress Factory latex mattress has been for easing back and joint pain. They offer two different “comfort choices,” namely Latex Foam and Latex Supreme. Supreme is thicker, but apart from that both choices are similar in design. When you buy these mattresses new you can get the latex mattress layer in combination with a box spring base. Original Mattress Factory is an affordable brand with mattresses generally ranging from $689 for a twin to $2,169 for a California King (mattress only prices).
Sleep EZ – This brand is particular notable for providing quality latex mattresses at very low prices. Their pricing starts from $595. They're specialists in latex mattresses (although they now also provide memory foam). They have a much wider range than Original Mattress Factory, offering a variety of synthetic, mixed and 100% natural latex mattress choices. Depending on how many layers or latex you want (between one and four) you could pay anywhere from $600 through to around $1300 for a Sleep EZ mattress.
E.C.O. – This is another brand which does well on price while still managing to provide a level of comfort and support that many customers are very happy with. You can easily find a lower end E.C.O. mattress for around $575. Often recommended by customers for their ability to take pressure off problematic joints as well as relieving back pain and stress.
This is not a complete list, but these are brand names you'll come across again and again when you talk to latex mattress owners as being amongst the best latex mattress manufacturers out there.
*Prices in this article for comparative purposes only and are subject to change without notice.