Published on February 6th, 2013 | by Best Mattress Brand0
An In-Depth Look at Consumer Latex Mattress Reviews
The latex mattress continues to grow in popularity as consumers seek natural, healthy sleep solutions that offer both comfort and value. But, latex can be one of the most difficult mattress types to research because many people are unfamiliar with what to look for, and finding quality options in local showrooms often proves difficult.
Curious about what truly makes a better latex bed, we collected reviews from over 650 people comparing features of all-latex beds to those with latex over other foams. We then took a look at top online retailers and developed an easy-to-read chart for handy comparison. Take a look at what we found to see what features are most likely to yield a satisfactory purchase.
Owner Satisfaction: Natural Latex vs Latex Blend Over Foam
|100% Natural Latex||Latex Blend Over Foam|
|Back Pain Relief||A||D|
|No Off Gassing||A||D|
|Doesn’t Hold Heat||A||C|
|Avg. Queen Price||$2,500||$1,500|
The information in the above chart is based on reviews from over 650 actual latex mattress owners, collected from diverse and credible sources including third party verified reviews, product review sites, and consumer forums. We graded the mattresses on an A-D scale, with A meaning almost all were satisfied, B meaning some minor complaints, C meaning a significant number of complaints, and D indicating over half voiced complaints. Here’s the breakdown of results by category:
Owner satisfaction is a measure of how happy the buyer is with their mattress overall. For all-latex mattresses, nearly every review we found reported satisfaction within the standard range (85%+). However for mattresses with latex over foam, consumers reported lower satisfaction, typically falling in the 60-70% range depending on configuration (about the same satisfaction rating innerspring mattresses have).
The lifespan and durability of the two types show marked difference. Owners of all-natural latex mattresses have reported life spans that typically range between 12-20 years, though some have even held up as long as 40 years or more. Blended mattresses typically have lifespans of about 6-10 years, slightly longer than the overall mattress average of 5-7 years.
Back Pain Relief
Pain relief is an important factor in the popularity of latex beds. Mattresses made of all latex offer pain relief and prevention that is above average for mattresses in general. Beds that have latex layered over a base foam offered average to below average pain relief, negating a key benefit of the mattress type.
Many people look at latex mattresses for their natural or eco-friendly properties. However, only 100% natural latex mattresses offer these benefits. Beds that have latex over poly foam or synthetic latex may contain a percentage of natural latex somewhat reducing the chemical footprint, but are not all natural.
Off-gassing refers to the chemical odors that new mattresses and furniture produce, typically due to petroleum-based additives. An all-natural latex mattress should have no chemical offgassing, though they may give off a latex rubber smell. Owners of models that combine latex and other foams report significant chemical offgassing, which causes serious disturbance or discomfort to about 15% of people, though many more complain of minor annoyance with odors.
Doesn’t Hold Heat
Latex material tends to hold heat less than other foams due to its composition and the pincore construction of most mattresses which helps circulate air. In all-latex mattresses, reports of sleeping hot are rare. However in latex over foam beds, complaints of trapping heat are more common, with about 10% of people complaining.
Because all-natural latex proves highly durable, these types of mattresses tend to have longer warranties, usually around 20 years. Blended models or those that have poly foam layers tend to wear quicker and thus have shorter warranties.
Typically, higher-quality beds tend to have more generous return policies as retailers realize a lower risk and return rate. All-latex mattresses tend offer longer trial periods and more favorable return policies than blends. Those with separate, unglued layers can also offer the alternative of swapping layers rather than returning the whole bed.
Though the two types show clear differences in their features, and customers report paying prices reflective of this difference. The average price for all-latex was $2500, while blended was $1500, meaning that the higher quality often came with a higher price tag.
All natural latex beds can be difficult to find in local stores, and are often only available online. Blended beds and those with latex over foam can be easier to find in showrooms, which may equate for the price difference. Next, we’ll look at retailers.
Comparison of Latex Mattress Retailers
|Latex Mattress Company||Type of Latex||Adjustable Layers||Flame Retardant||Cover||Organic Certifications||Glue||Warranty||Return Policy||Website Usability||Verified Reviews||Starting Price|
|Astrabeds||Organic Dunlop||Yes||Wool (no chemicals)||Organic Cotton||Latex, Cotton, Wool||No||25 Years||90 days||A||Yes||1,799|
|Flobeds||Blended or Natural Talalay||Yes||Wool (no chemicals)||Organic Cotton||Cotton||No||20 Years||100 days||C||No||1,779|
|Habitat Furnishings||Blended Talalay/Dunlop||No||Wool (no chemicals)||Knit or Organic Cotton||Cotton||Yes||20 Years||365 days||D||Yes||1,399|
|Life Kind||Organic Dunlop or Natural Talalay||Yes||Wool (no chemicals)||Organic Cotton||Latex, Cotton, Wool||No||20 Years||NA||B||No||2,495|
|Plush Beds||Natural Talalay/Natural or Organic Dunlop||No||Wool (no chemicals)||Organic Cotton||Cotton, Wool, Some Latex||No||20 Years||100 days||B||Yes||1,399|
|Sleep EZ||Blended or Natural Talalay/Dunlop||Yes||FR Barrier/Rayon||Regular or Organic Cotton||Cotton||No||20 Years||120 days||D||No||1,195|
The above chart compares six online latex mattress retailers: Astrabeds, Life Kind, Habitat Furnishings, Plush Beds, Sleep EZ, and Flow Beds. We considered the retailers based on key factors including latex type, cover, flame retardants, warranty, and more. Based on our comparison, we recommend Astrabeds.com for all natural latex mattresses. This is based on several factors, including the use of all-natural, certified organic latex, all-latex mattress constructions, a variety of comfort options, organic cotton covers, natural wool barrier, and the relatively affordable price. Astrabeds also features 3rd party verified reviews (from PowerReviews) which means all reviews are from real customers. With average reviews around 4.7 stars out of 5, each of their latex mattress options receives high marks from owners.