Comparison of Latex Foam and Memory Foam Pillows
A good night’s sleep is something we often take for granted until we start to have trouble sleeping. One crucial factor that can influence the quality and depth of your sleep is your choice of pillow. Some cheap pillows don’t offer the neck and upper back support your body needs for a superior night’s sleep. Two questions about pillows TLC constantly receives enquiries about are latex foam and memory foam pillows – specifically the differences between the two. Keep on reading to find out more about the health and comfort factors of the two and discover why we believe latex foam pillows to have the edge over memory foam.
What's the difference between latex and memory foam?
Both latex and memory foam pillows have their passionate advocates, with arguments ultimately coming down to comfort, feel and a personal preference for whichever best gets you through the night. Some people like the firmer ‘sink- in’ feel that characterises memory foam, while others prefer the softer ‘float on top’ feeling of latex.
You will find that intensive Googling of all the comparison sites and forums tend to come out in favour of latex foam produced via the Talalay process – and here is a quick summary why.
|Visco PU Memory Foam||Natural Talalay Latex|
|NATURAL||NO – chemical oil derivative||YES – sap from rubber tree|
|CHARACTERISTIC||Sinks in – weight absorbing||Pushes out – supportive|
|BREATHABILITY||NO – closed cells, sleeps hot||YES – open cells, cool|
|HYPOALLERGENIC||NO – can irritate asthma||YES – great for asthma|
|DUST MITE RESISTANT||YES||YES|
|DURABILITY||5 – 10 years||10 – 15 YEARS|
|DENSITY||More dense – heavier||Less dense – lighter|
|CHEMICAL ODOUR||YES||NO (possible slight latex)|
|COMFORT||GREAT – preferred by some||GREAT – preferred by most|
|PRICE RANGE – top quality||$120 - $220||$80 - $180|
This summary compares top-quality memory foam brands such as Tempur and Theropillo with latex brands such as TLC, Dunlopillo and Dentons.
Does Memory Foam Contain Latex?
The materials that make up memory foam are vastly different from those used to create latex foam. The former is made of polyurethane and includes additional chemicals to enhance the foam’s viscosity and density (the characteristics that allow it to form and retain its shape). It is for all intents and purposes a synthetic product. On the other hand, latex is naturally produced from the sap of the hevea-brasilienis rubber tree. The latex gets its springy, bouncy texture through the process of ‘foaming’ the sap. In short, memory foam does not contain latex.
Are Memory Foam Pillows Hot?
A hot pillow can be one of the more uncomfortable factors that result in a poor sleep. Unfortunately, due to their high density and lack of ventilation, memory foam pillows can retain body heat that escapes from the head, leaving you feeling uncomfortably hot to the point of sweating. Latex produced via the Talalay process creates an open cell structure meaning the pillow can breathe and air can travel right through it. This makes it really effective at dissipating heat and water, helping to provide a more comfortable sleep during the warmer months of the year.
Which is Safer – Latex or Memory Foam?
Given that both types of foam pillow provide excellent comfort and support, making the choice between the two often comes down to the additional health benefits that come with natural latex foam (hypoallergenic). However, care needs to be taken to ensure the latex pillow you choose is 100% natural latex (not synthetic rubber, or a blend) and it is produced via the Talalay process, that allows the pillow to breathe and sleep cool.
The chemicals that form polyurethane, as well as those that are added to it for the manufacture of the memory foam, are believed to possess mildly toxic properties that can result in health problems. This makes latex pillows the safer option.
Is Memory Foam or Latex Better?
Thank you for making it to the end of this blog post. Clearly, both memory foam and latex pillows have their fans as well as their detractors due to their varying strengths and weaknesses. But the most important factors when it comes to choosing the right pillow for a good night’s sleep are comfort and safety. With the latex pillow’s non-toxic and hypoallergenic properties, plus its lightness relative to the heavier memory-foam pillow, it makes sense that the latex pillow is a superior choice. Discover for yourself when you buy online or in-store from TLC Latex Pillows.