Latex Mattress Pros and Cons
In this article, we'll look at pros and cons of latex mattresses to help you choose the best mattress for your needs. You usually have three choices when picking a latex mattress. Latex mattresses can be made synthetically, naturally, or with a combination of natural and synthetic components.
The blend of synthetic and natural latex is the most popular type of latex mattress, but you do have the option of great all natural latex, or all-latex mattresses too. It’s something you usually have to read the fine print about to make sure it’s truly a 100% natural latex mattress, because even saying “natural latex” can include up to 30% synthetic materials as well.
One way to make sure you do get a truly safe, all-latex mattress is to check for certifications ensuring high standards are kept. You can look for certifications such as GOLS, Eco-Intistitut, and GOTS. You can read more about what those mean later on at the end of the article.
Latex mattresses can be worth the search and effort of finding a good one. They can be a wonderful mattress to meet your sleeping needs. If you’re trying to choose the right type of mattress, consider a latex mattress with these pros and cons in mind.
Cons of Latex Mattresses
Let’s start with the negatives. These depend on the buyer because some latex mattress owners have complaints that others do not. Sometimes, a point on this list is a problem for one person and not for another. This is part of choosing and buying a mattress - you have to consider if these downsides are a deal breaker for you.
Pros of Latex Mattresses
We’ve saved the best for last. Here’s a few reasons to consider choosing a latex mattress for your bedroom:
Latex Mattress Certificates
If you’re convinced that you want a latex mattress, you can begin the search for the right one. But, be careful and take your time to read the fine print if you’re looking for an all-latex option. There are many companies selling latex mattresses; there are even many companies claiming to sell “all natural” latex mattresses.
To ensure the true eco-friendliness and health and safety of your mattress, you need to check that the mattress is certified. Don't just trust the company’s claims. There are a few different certifications a mattress can have, but it’s important to identify and understand what they mean to make sure you purchase the mattress you want. Here’s a quick guide to some of the certifications you may see:
Much like the eco-INSTITUT certification, this checks for low emission levels and little to no volatile organic compounds being off gassed in the end product. Greenguard Gold is also concerned with protecting vulnerable populations, so they try to keep people like the elderly and children safe.
Global Organic Textile Standard
As you can guess from the name, this certification has more to do with the production of the materials for textiles. It monitors the naturally-grown textile production through all stages of manufacturing from the farm to the factory and then eventually to the shelf where you will buy it.
This is important for your latex mattress too because it will certify that the natural wool or cotton cover on your mattress was indeed organic. The GOTS certification also has two types of labels - made with organic, meaning it contains at least 70% organic materials and organic, meaning it contains at least 95% or more organic materials.
Global Organic Latex Standard
This important certification is certainly one to look out for when you search for an all-natural latex bed. The GOLS guarantees that the latex your mattress is made of is 95% organic and free from all sorts of toxic chemicals like chlorine bleach, harmful dyes, and GMO’s. This certification goes hand in hand with the GOTS and eco-Institut certification.
If your latex bed is GOLS certified it means the brand followed stringent requirements from the harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of their product. The company also had to follow fair labor practices and maintain sustainability.
This certification uses over 100 tests to verify the product contains no harsh chemicals. It tests textile products on almost every point, checking for things like heavy metals, harmful dyes, GMO’s and more. The OEKO-Tex 100 Standard certification takes their checks one step further by looking for substances that are not only harmful by law, but harmful for your health in general.
They certify that products are tested for volatile organic compounds. They ensure that a product is certified to have little to no emission levels of things like formaldehyde, heavy metals, fire retardants and other chemicals. This protects your home’s indoor air quality.
If you have seen some deal-breakers in the “cons” list, then the latex bed might not be the best choice for you. But, otherwise, there are plenty of reasons to get an organic latex mattress for your bedroom. A big reason for choosing a mattress is comfort. It allows good sleep and may even relieve pain.
However, it’s important not to risk your health for the sake of comfort. A latex mattress can offer a safe, toxin-free option for comfort, support, pressure and pain relief. Plus, it’s a responsible, sustainable choice for the planet. Check our review of the best latex-free mattresses if you think that a latex mattress is not the best option for you.