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Latex Vs Memory Foam Topper - Battle Of The Toppers
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Latex Vs Memory Foam Topper - Battle Of the Toppers

A topper can be a very easy way to improve the quality of your sleep and the quality of your bed. If it's too firm or too soft a topper can be a cheap and easy way to get 'a new mattress'... without getting a new mattress. The choice that you have though... latex or memory foam? There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Let's take a look and let the battle commence!

Memory Foam is something developed by NASA which has since spread into the consumer markets. One of the most popular uses of memory foam is in bedding. If you push a hand into memory foam it will leave an impression of the hand which will then stay for a bit and slowly return to the flat, normal state. If you sleep on a pad of memory foam then it will leave an impression of your body in the surface. The advantages of memory foam are that it provides excellent support to the parts that need it most. In good quality toppers you will even find that the density rating (how long it takes for something to 'sink' into it) changes in the middle, giving more support to the torso which is heavier then the legs.

The foam supports the parts of the body that need it most and do have quite a noticeable effect when you first lie in it. The disadvantages of memory foam is that sometimes it can get quite hot. It's naturally a very dense material which means that sometime air circulation can be difficult. However most manufacturers create toppers with an 'open cell' technology which leads to better breathability and less heat. Heat isn't as big of an issue as some people make it out to be, however if it does affect you then there are more toppers you can add, like some made of fiber fill which add an extra layer of breathability to the memory topper. There are even memory foam toppers that come with a fibre fill topping for that extra breathability.

Latex Toppers are quite a bit more expensive. This is due to the fact that they are made of a material which is a bit more expensive - rubber. While a premium memory foam topper costs about $120 you will be expected to pay upwards of $220 for even a basic latex model. The latex design again moulds to your shape however it doesn't 'sink' like the memory foam. Imagine a very soft rubber and sticking your hand into it - that's what a latex mattress topper does. The advantages are that latex is very natural - it comes from the rubber tree so if you don't like synthetic things in your house the rubber topper is the better option. It's also hypo-allergenic and breathes easily, being a natural material.

The disadvantages are that you don't quite get the complete support that memory foam can provide. While they can bend to the shape that you lie in it, it's more 'general' rather then the specific support that memory foam can do. As mentioned above, latex toppers are also quite expensive.

Overall, the argument of latex vs memory foam topper is little pointless. There are many similarities to the products. Both for example provide your back and body with good support. The memory foam isn't completely natural whereas the latex topper is. People who have memory foam love them - and people who have latex love them too. I think the best thing to do is look at your budget and see what it most affordable - memory foam is the cheaper option.


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