Prestige Beds | Bed Shops

01254 681 082
Working hours
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm Sun 11am-4pm

What's the difference between Latex and Memory Foam?

Latex and Memory foam are two of the most popular fillings in modern day mattresses, but many people are unsure about both the differences and similarities between the two. Here we explain.....

Latex is the ultimate in luxurious natural materials (but can be synthetic in other markets).

Latex is actually found in more than 10% of flowering plants around the world, about 20,000 species from more than 40 families. The Latex used in the bedding industry is taken from sustainable sources.

Latex is perfect for mattresses because it is soft, hypoallergenic and natural, and moulds to the shape of the body.

Latex used in bedding also tends to be treated in such a way that it can be used by people who have Latex allergies! The technique used is to super heat the Latex unit, freeze it, super heat it and freeze it again. Once this process is complete, the harmful chemicals released can be chemically washed off, leaving it suitable for everyone.

Latex is the material Memory Foam has tried to copy. Memory foam requires heat to mould to the shape of your body and can therefore become too warm for some. Latex does not require heat and is soft at any temperature.

As a natural material which requires time and various processes to be extracted, Latex can be more expensive that its rival materials, but the comfort levels achieved are well worth it.

Memory Foam was invented by NASA in 1966. The idea was to improve the safety of aircraft cushions, but it was not long before the material was developed further and used in more and more products.

Memory Foam is an open cell construction, which reacts to body heat and weight. The more heat applied, the softer the material gets. This, in turn, allows the weight applied to sink deeper. Memory Foam can be made at various densities to result in different tensions/­firmnesses.

The crucial element of Memory Foam is that it softens and moulds to the body shape. This ability allows for very accurate contour support and weight distribution. This ability makes Memory Foam a desirable material for mattresses.

Some mattresses are completely Memory Foam, perhaps using different layers of various densities. Some mattresses use Memory Foam to compliment a Spring Unit.

As Memory Foam requires heat to achieve its desired state, the heat is stored. Some people are not keen on Memory Foam as this heat can gradually build, resulting in a warm bed. However, this stereotype can be seen as outdated, as many manufacturers have solved the issue by applying new techniques to compliment the Foam. Techniques such as Outlast and Coolmax.

Memory Foam is also Hypoallergenic and is therefore very popular with Asthma and Allergy sufferers.

At Prestige Beds we stock many Latex and Memory Foam beds and mattresses ready for next day delivery.