What To Choose Among Polyurethane Foam, Memory Foam and Latex Foam

What To Choose Among Polyurethane Foam, Memory Foam and Latex Foam

Polyurethane foam, memory foam and latex foam are the three of the most popular foam used in mattresses.  While latex foam is not known to many since it has witnessed an acknowledgement in recent years, most mattresses you come across in the market are either made of memory foam or polyurethane foam.  But if you look into history, latex foam was very commonly used in mattresses prior to the introduction of polyurethane foam in the 1950’s.

How to choose among the three:

Latex Foam

Latex foam is procured from natural latex, which is harvested from the sap of rubber trees or synthetic latex, which is produced from petrochemicals.  All of the latex products which you get from Morning Owl contains only natural latex and never contains any synthetic latex.  

Latex foam provides the exact support to each body part and reacts instantly to every move you make.  Latex foam does not “sink in” and “bottom out” while you enjoy your deep slumber.  It maintains constant support and does not get softer when warmer.  This makes it really feasible to move throughout the night without any sleep interruption. 

Latex foam is considered to be the most durable types of foam available. Latex mattresses and mattress toppers last much longer than those made with memory foam and polyurethane foam.  Latex foam scores highly on all foam durability tests which accounts to long period of use.

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane Foam (also known as poly-foam) is the cheapest and lowest quality foam used in mattresses and mattress toppers.  People are quite familiar with polyurethane foam as the type of foam used in sofa cushions or cheap mattress toppers.  Polyurethane foam is made up mainly of compounds derived from petrochemicals.   

Many mattress manufacturers utilize polyurethane foam as the top layer of spring mattresses. Even high density polyurethane foam is less dense than latex foam or memory foam.  All polyurethane foam, no matter whatever thickness you buy, will degrade faster than any latex foam of decent quality.  

Memory Foam

Memory foam (viscoelastic polyurethane foam or tempurpedic foam) is a type of polyurethane foam which contains additional compounds which change the way it feels.  This imparts the “slow moving” properties that memory foam is known for.  For example, it will hold your handprint for a few seconds when pressed, which suggests that it’s recovery rate is slower than latex.  As with polyurethane foam, memory foam is made up primarily of compounds derived from petrochemicals. Memory foam heat reactive as well, which means it traps heat and softens as it gets warmer.  This adds to the “sinking” issues which we talked about earlier.

Densities of memory foam varies hugely. In general, higher density memory foam is more durable and is of much better quality. There are a lot of very inexpensive, low density memory foam toppers which you can get online.  Many mattresses also contain this low density, inexpensive memory foam. Low density memory foam may seem fine in the initial months after purchase, but it will begin degrading soon. 

Our Pick Is Natural Latex Mattress

We strongly put our faith in latex foam as, by far, the best type of foam to use in mattresses.  Latex foam offers major advantages over Polyurethane foam and Memory foam.  Because of the environment friendly benefits our products never contain any foam other than 100% natural latex foam.  It is highest priority to sell only high quality products at fair prices as you will find that our products do not actually cost a bomb when compared with others made with much lower quality materials such as memory foam and polyurethane foam. 

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