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Latex Mattresses Buying Guide

Latex is the substance used to make foam. So when you are looking for a latex mattress, you are essentially looking for a foam mattress. Whether naturally or artificially derived, latex starts as a liquid, is poured into a mold, and then has air bubbles forced into it. These air bubbles give the latex foam its bounce and cushion. The resulting mattress is dense and supportive.

Types of Latex Mattresses

Types of Latex Mattresses

There are two distinct kinds of latex mattresses: natural and synthetic. Memory foam mattresses are made from a slightly different material, and they are discussed in a separate buying guide.

Synthetic

Synthetic foam mattresses feature a core material made from liquid polyurethane that is poured into a mold. Air bubbles are then forced into the liquid. When it dries, the air bubbles trapped inside are what give the foam slab its bounce.

Natural

Natural foam mattresses are made using virtually the same process, except the liquid poured into the mold is a natural derivative of rubber tree sap.

Blend

Some manufacturers meld the lower-cost synthetic product with the all-natural latex to create a blend.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Don't be confused by the interchangeable terms "foam mattress" and "latex mattress" when you shop. They mean the same thing. The points of difference are whether the mattresses are all natural; whether they include any other materials, such as an innerspring core or wool outer layer; and whether they are memory foam, which has a different feel when you lay on it.

All Natural

If the latex mattress is billed as "all natural," that means the original liquid was derived from the rubber tree plant. It is a "green" substance that comes from a renewable resource. A latex blend includes some portion of artificial latex product that is derived from petroleum. All the materials feel the same and constitute a firm, supportive, and buoyant mattress.

Other Materials

Some manufacturers offer mattresses that combine the various properties of different components. A latex mattress may have an innerspring core, which is a familiar mattress feel for most people. Because latex can be warm to sleep on, some beds have cotton or wool layers, which provide a breathable, cooling cushion on top of the mattress.

Memory Foam

The popular memory foam material used in mattresses and mattress accessories is a variation of foam that, when warmed with body heat, expands to fill the nooks and contours of your body. Regular latex mattresses do not expand in this way.

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PlushBeds
$329.00 $429.00
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Our natural latex sofa bed mattress provides enough support for a 250lb adult to sleep comfortably without feeling any metal bars ...because it is made with a generous serving of 100% natural Sri Lankan botanical latex with no fillers or blends,... read more

Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress - Single
PlushBeds
$349.00 $449.00
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Our natural latex sofa bed mattress provides enough support for a 250lb adult to sleep comfortably without feeling any metal bars ...because it is made with a generous serving of 100% natural Sri Lankan botanical latex with no fillers or blends,... read more

Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress - Twin
PlushBeds
$349.00 $449.00
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Our natural latex sofa bed mattress provides enough support for a 250lb adult to sleep comfortably without feeling any metal bars ...because it is made with a generous serving of 100% natural Sri Lankan botanical latex with no fillers or blends,... read more

Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress - Twin Wide
PlushBeds
$399.00 $499.00
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Our natural latex sofa bed mattress provides enough support for a 250lb adult to sleep comfortably without feeling any metal bars ...because it is made with a generous serving of 100% natural Sri Lankan botanical latex with no fillers or blends,... read more

Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress - Full
PlushBeds
$749.00 $1,249.00
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Designed specifically for RVs with a 100% natural latex comfort layer and a lighter core of CertiPUR certified Plushfoam; all prot...ected in our luxurious organic cotton cover, our latex RV mattress allows you to bring a bit of eco luxury with you... read more

8" Natural Latex RV Mattress - RV Special
PlushBeds
$999.00 $1,999.00
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In our Natural Bliss solid latex mattress collection, no other mattress puts you closer to latex naturally. Made in the USA with s...tretch certified organic cotton and is 100% animal and wool free with our revolutionary Eco Fire Barrier, you can enjoy... read more

6" Natural Bliss Latex Mattress - Twin
PlushBeds
$949.00 $1,949.00
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In our Eco Bliss hybrid latex mattress collection, you can enjoy the pressure releiving benefits of sleeping on 100% natural latex... with a CertiPUR certified plushfoam core. Made in the USA and protected in our proprietary Eco Fire Barrier with stretch... read more

10" Eco Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress - Twin
PlushBeds
$649.00 $1,149.00
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Designed specifically for RVs with a 100% natural latex comfort layer and a lighter core of CertiPUR certified Plushfoam; all prot...ected in our luxurious organic cotton cover, our latex RV mattress allows you to bring a bit of eco luxury with you... read more

8" Natural Latex RV Mattress - Twin
PlushBeds
$999.00 $1,999.00
at PlushBeds.com

In our Eco Bliss hybrid latex mattress collection, you can enjoy the pressure releiving benefits of sleeping on 100% natural latex... with a CertiPUR certified plushfoam core. Made in the USA and protected in our proprietary Eco Fire Barrier with stretch... read more

10" Eco Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress - Twin XL
PlushBeds
$999.00 $1,999.00
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In our Eco Bliss hybrid latex mattress collection, you can enjoy the pressure releiving benefits of sleeping on 100% natural latex... with a CertiPUR certified plushfoam core. Made in the USA and protected in our proprietary Eco Fire Barrier with stretch... read more

8" Eco Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress - Full

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