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Old 06-10-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Any thought on latex vs. memory foam? They both feel about the same when I test them at the store. Is there any specific type of memory foam to avoid?
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:59 AM
 
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I thought memory foam is supposed to be heavier, firmer, more supportive than latex mattresses.
My parents slept on a foam rubber mattress when I was a kid. It looked so simple. They didn't even put it up on a bed frame, just down on the floor. Not sure why...maybe it was a hippie thing or something. I always thought my parents were wierd.

I have a memory foam topper over a regular mattress, but I think I may be allergic to it after all. It's a shame, since it's so comfortable, but my nose just stuffs up when I'm on it. BTW, it's on the guest bed, not my own now. I threw that one away. So I'd say if you have allergies, it may be better and healthier to just go with the simple cheap hippie foam rubber mattress. Also, my memory foam toppers have developed a yucky odor that I just can't describe. And they are not washable.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I've had my latex mattresses a year now. Love 'em. I heard memory foam sleeps hot and breaks down eventually. But I think newer memory foam has better technology behind it so perhaps those issues have been resolved.

I hated my spring mattress. Too many pressure points. Plus I've been told that over time, the pillow top types wear down to where they are a detrement to sleeping comfortably mattress.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Any thought on latex vs. memory foam? They both feel about the same when I test them at the store. Is there any specific type of memory foam to avoid?
Natural latex foam (NOT a blend) is hypoallergenic, repels dust mites, will not hold excess body heat, all while over all being better for your health. With care and gentle handling will last 25>40 years.

Memory foam is a man made product that is made from petrolum, will not repel dust mites, holds body heat to the point of making the sleeper overheat, was not originally designed for long term exposure to humans as a mattress material. Will last no longer than an inner spring mattress.

People that sell memory foam do so to take advantage of the fact that most people don't understand the superiority of natural 100% latex foam so they sell them "foam". Natural 100% latex is expensive but when you consider all the positives of this mattress material from it's longevity to health benefits so 100% natural latex foam is really cheaper long term.

Note: the firmness of any foam is expressed in pounds per square foot. The heavier the foam the less air the firmer the foam.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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When I first tried the memory foam toppers, I liked the heat, because my bedroom always seemed really cold. Then again, I never had night sweats before sleeping on them. I thought it was just menopause, but I got checked out by a doctor for it and there were no odd reasons for it and no hormone imbalances, so it may have been due to overheating from the bed.
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