Choosing the Best Sleep of Your Life: A Comparison of Common Mattress Materials

Choosing a mattress may seem like no snooze – new models are constantly appearing on the market, hyping up their durability, their comfort or perhaps their coolness both figurative and literal. However, the truth is a lot simpler than it seems: all mattresses currently available are made from one or a combination of several core materials, based on designs focused on a few key points such as support, comfort, lack of noise, softness or firmness, and sustainability and environmental impact. While there are a few outliers such as the waterbed or the futon, the majority of modern mattresses are made from a combination of inner springs or coils, foam, particularly memory foam, and either natural or synthetic latex.

 

Here at Zonkd, we believe in getting back to the basics. Choosing a mattress is about one thing: getting the best sleep possible for you. You should choose the mattress which best meets your needs – whether that be soft or firm, supportive or bouncy, or anything else which you might require. That’s why we’ve broken down the most common materials as listed above and highlighted what they contribute to – and take away from – a good night’s sleep. In addition, we’ve included an explanation of just what about the Zonkd mattress makes it the perfect combination of materials to highlight their benefits while eliminating any potential drawbacks.

 

Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the squeaky of the modern mattress world, and how Zonkd brings good night’s sleep back out of the realm of dreams and into reality with our high-quality, one of a kind mattress design.

 

The Innerspring or Coil Mattress

Any in-depth examination of mattress materials inevitably begins with the innerspring, a mattress which dominated the market for decades – if not nearly a century – and remains surprisingly popular despite its well-catalogued drawbacks and defects including lack of comfort and limited durability.

 

Innerspring mattresses, which initially gained popularity because of and choose to survive on their affordability, are unfortunately everywhere, from homes to hotels to even the sleeper cars of some long-distance trains. An innerspring mattress, also called a coil mattress, is defined as any mattress which contains metal springs or coils, typically topped with a “comfort layer” of cotton or possibly foam.

 

Understanding the Makeup of an Innerspring Mattress

The central selling point of any innerspring mattress is, of course, the springs which it contains inside itself. Both the gauge, or thickness, of the coils and the number of coils within an individual mattress can be manipulated to slightly alter the firmness, softness or “bounciness” of the particular model. Mattresses featuring thin coils, advertised as “14 gauge” or “15 gauge,” are typically somewhat firmer than those which utilize thick ones, which are called “13 gauge” or at their very thickest “12 gauge”. In addition, a mattress with a higher coil count (typically between 725 and 900 individual coils) will be bouncier than one with a lower count (usually around 550 individual coils, but in some causes as low as 450).

 

In addition to gauge and coil count, another important factor is the design of the springs themselves. A number of competing spring designs have emerged, each focused either on emphasizing a particular quality or eliminating a commonly experienced drawback. The most common coil varieties and their properties are briefly discussed below.

 

  • The Bonnell coil was the first coil ever designed for use in innerspring mattresses, and retains popularity to this day. Its hourglass shape is highly durable; however, it is considered noisier than alternate coil designs and is also known to “telegraph motion,” meaning that one sleeper will feel the movements made by those with whom they are sharing the bed.

 

  • Offset coils retain something of the original Bonnell hourglass design, but are flatter and more compact for the purpose of noise control. While their flatter shape also provides better support, offset coils are typically not as long-lasting as Bonnell coils and in many cases fail to solve the problem of telegraphing motion.

 

  • Continuous coils are long rows of connected wire within the mattress rather than separate, individual springs. Unlike the above two designs, they do not feature a particular, distinguishing shape. Continuous coils are noted to be particularly noisy, producing a “squeaking” sound after only a short period of use, and particularly susceptible to motion telegraphing. However, they are significantly cheaper to manufacture than Bonnell or offset coils and thus mattresses featuring continuous coil designs tend to be much lower in price.

 

  • Pocket coils, sometimes called Marshall coils, represent yet another attempt to address the issues of squeaking, creaking and other noises produced by the springs. Each individual coil is wrapped in its own “pocket,” usually made from cotton or another fabric but in some cases made from stiff foam. These pockets prevent the springs from rubbing against each other, making this the quietest of the available innerspring mattress designs. However, the extra materials required to manufacture the pockets result in these mattresses being extremely expensive, with many homeowners finding them to be significantly above their available bedding budget. In addition, pocket coils are less customizable than other designs, and pocket coil mattresses tend to exist primarily in firmer or harder varieties, meaning fans of softer, “bouncier” mattresses often find themselves out of luck.

 

The last important element of any innerspring mattress is the topper, also occasionally referred to as the comfort layer. This is the layer of soft material between the springs themselves and the person who will be sleeping on the mattress, as very few people wish to sleep directly on top of cold, uncomfortable metal coils.

 

Most innerspring mattresses come with a built-in topper or comfort layer, usually made from cotton or another type of fabric. In recent years, a few alternative toppers have begun to emerge which utilize standard polyurethane foam or even higher end materials such as memory foam or latex. However, because most manufacturers of innerspring mattresses focus on affordability as a major selling point, cotton and other cheaper materials continue to be used more frequently than the pricier latex or foam.

 

Comfort layers composed from cotton, fabric or even foam are often insufficient and result in complaints of discomfort from users of innerspring mattresses. Therefore, many innerspring sellers also offer additional toppers or pads which can be purchased separately and then applied to the top of the mattress. While these do usually increase the comfort of sleeping on an innerspring mattress, especially over extended periods of time, they require spending additional money simply for the same kind of comfort which other types of mattresses naturally provide. In addition, these toppers are often not particularly durable, do not possess a lifespan nearly as long as that of the mattress itself, and must frequently be re-purchased and replaced. While they can often be cleaned in a standard washer and dryer, this can be a difficult, time-consuming process due to their large size and various shapes.

 

The Properties of an Innerspring Mattress – Outpaced in Every Way

Any small advantages which innerspring mattresses once claimed to offer, except perhaps that of price, now pale in comparison to the wide variety of alternatives currently available on the market. Latex is more durable, memory foam better for those suffering from chronic pain, hip or spinal injuries, and both are more customizable in terms of variant softness and firmness than the minimal effects which can be achieved from springs of different gauges. Other materials are also significantly quieter and lack the “motion telegraphing” problem described in the above section.

 

Innerspring models do provide an affordable experience for those who prefer a firmer feel to their mattress. In some cases, people experiencing frequent pain in their back or hip areas may report positive experiences sleeping on an innerspring mattress, as they provide stiffness and support to the affected areas. However, these few small advantages are significantly outweighed by the numerous disadvantages which unfortunately come with innerspring mattresses.

 

While this type of mattress is often touted as durable, just because it may last several years and continue to function in its intended manner does not mean that it remains just as comfortable throughout that supposedly long lifetime. In particular, the areas of the mattress in between the individual springs are not well-supported; this can cause indentations and sagging which make it nearly impossible to find a comfortable sleeping position. Innerspring mattresses which have experienced a certain amount of wear may even descend to a new level of discomfort – one in which sleepers begin to feel the metal of the springs themselves through the thin, ever-deteriorating comfort layer. While purchasing separate toppers, pads or knitted coverings can temporarily alleviate this issue, users are still highly likely to experience a lower quality of sleep than they would with any other type of mattress.

 

One of the suggested methods of preventing this wear and tear to which innerspring mattresses are so vulnerable is by rotating or sometimes flipping them every few weeks to every few months. This, sellers argue, causes all areas of the mattress to see equal use and prevents one part from sagging or collapsing due to overuse. However, flipping or rotating a mattress is no easy task – they are often heavy and bulky, and maneuvering them within the confines of a bedroom is often difficult. Larger mattress sizes, such as queens or kings, can often require multiple people exerting large amounts of effort to successfully rotate or flip.

 

As many other mattress types, including memory foam and natural latex, require only infrequent rotation and no flipping at all, it is easy to see the task as an unnecessary headache which only slightly delays the inevitable decline in quality which every innerspring mattress experiences. In addition, some of the lower cost models of inner spring mattresses are “one-sided,” meaning that only one side can be comfortably slept on; this means that deterioration occurs more quickly than ever as the mattress cannot be flipped.

 

Innerspring mattresses also do not possess any natural resistances to fire, water, mold, bacteria or dust mites. This means that the majority of innerspring mattresses must be treated with harsh chemical substances – especially flame retardants, which are currently legally required as a safety precaution. These chemical treatments can break down and release harmful particles into the air; when inhaled, they can cause significant damage to the internal organs and respiratory system. To learn more about the dangers of chemical flame retardants, see our article regarding toxic substances here.

 

Lastly, in recent years a new concern has arisen with some scientists postulating that innerspring mattresses may in fact pose long term health risks due to something known as the antenna risk. The antenna risk refers to a situation in which the metal coils of an innerspring mattress may serve as “antennas” for ambient electromagnetic radiation, drawing the radiation closer to them and exposing the sleeper to its potential negative health effects up to and including cancer. To this day, studies are continuing to be performed in order to better understand this dangerous concern.

 

A long time ago, innerspring mattresses may have been the best option on the market with waterbeds or straw- or fabric-filled alternatives as their only competitors. Today, however, there is little reason to select an innerspring mattress when they have been outclassed in every area by more modern, health- and environment-conscious materials.

 

Foam and Memory Foam Mattresses

The second and third of the common mattress materials available on today’s market are foam and its variant memory foam. While these two substances have extremely similar names, it is important to note that memory foam possesses specific properties which set it apart from its more standard counterpart – while all memory foams are a type of foam, not all foam is memory foam. Make sure to read the name and description of your mattress carefully before purchasing it to understand which type or types of foam it uses.

 

Foam refers to the substance created when a liquid polymer, traditionally polyurethane, is treated with a chemical foaming agent during the molding process. This results in a final product which is filled with small air bubble and is lightweight and soft or “fluffy” in texture. Memory foam is a specific type of polyurethane foam which responds to temperature and/or pressure by molding to the body of the sleeper. It is denser and more viscous than standard polyurethane foam and is therefore sometimes referred to as viscoelastic foam.

 

Both standard polyurethane foam and its memory variant are regularly used in the manufacture of mattresses. However, both have distinct and unique properties including different advantages and disadvantages when compared to one another. Both types of foam, including their properties and method of manufacture, are discussed below.

 

Understanding the Manufacture of Polyurethane Foam and Memory Foam

 Both memory foam and standard polyurethane foam are manufactured via a process called molding. The two components of the polyurethane, polyol and isocyanate, are stored as liquids in separate containers. They are combined at high speeds in a mixer; for standard polyurethane, a chemical reacting agent or blowing agent is added to produce the traditional aerated texture of foam. In the case of memory foam, additional chemicals besides the blowing agent are added to increase the density and viscosity of the resulting product, creating the responsive properties from which the substance’s name is derived.

 

The foamed liquid is placed into a mold which has been formed to the desired shape of the mattress. It is important that the liquid does not fill the mold entirely, as the added gases cause foam to expand every time. This expansion occurs due to a series of carefully timed and monitored periods of alternate heating and cooling, which continue until the mattress-shaped mold is completely filled with a now solid, but still light and airy, polyurethane foam or memory foam.

 

Upon completion of the molding process, the foam is set aside to cure for a period of between 8 and 24 hours, depending on the desired thickness of the mattress. The last step in the manufacturing cycle is a thorough washing, which removes any lingering bits of liquid which failed to cure properly as well as any remaining traces of the chemicals used as blowing or reacting agents.

 

In recent years, it has also become possible to integrate other materials into foam, usually memory foam, during the molding process. The most common example is gel, which is added to the mold in the form of small beads or pellets. Various mattress sellers boast their own unique gel compositions involving blends of chemicals or minerals such as copper. During the molding process, the gel beads take on a slightly liquid form; the result is a semi-solid semi-liquid substance which cools the mattress and prevents it from trapping body or atmospheric heat. Gel-infused foam or memory foam mattresses are typically advertised as “cooling” in nature.

 

While these gel beads are the most common addition to a foam mattress, some sellers have also been known to add substances aimed at providing a pleasing, comforting aroma, such as aloe vera, green tea extract or activated charcoal. These aromatic additions are also advertised as removing or mitigating potentially unpleasant smells such as sweat which can affect mattresses which see frequent use by multiple sleepers or are located in hot, humid climates. Another common addition are graphite crystals, which are also believed to have cooling properties and prevent heat retention within the mattress.

 

Measuring Foam: Softness, Firmness, Density and Response Time

Whereas the compression of coils, indicated by the gauge, is used to indicate the softness or firmness of an innerspring mattress, the same property in foam or memory foam mattresses is calculated using a measurement known as either indentation load deflection (ILD) or indentation force deflection (IFD). A much wider range of ILD/IFD measurements exist when compared to coil gauges, as foam is much more versatile than the relatively consistent metal springs.

 

ILD or IFD is the measurement of how much weight, usually in pounds, is required to compress the mattress by 25% of its original thickness. The most accurate way of calculating ILD is to compress the mattress by 25% of its thickness, then press down even further to 65% before returning to 25% in order to take the final measurement. This method accounts for the fact that some foam can become more responsive after being compressed multiple times, so the first measurement may not be accurate.

 

The ILD or IFD of a mattress is a numerical value representing the needed weight as discussed above. For example, a foam mattress with an ILD of 10 requires 10 pounds to compress to 25% of its initial thickness, while an ILD of 20 indicates that 20 pounds will be required to achieve the same amount of compression. Therefore, a lower ILD indicates a softer mattress while a mattress with a higher ILD will be firmer. The average memory foam mattress will be slightly softer than the average polyurethane foam mattress due to the responsive nature of the memory foam.

 

In today’s market, foam or memory foam mattresses with a startlingly wide range of ILDs are available for purchase. The chart below explains the relatively categorization of softness or firmness according to the ILD value:

 

  • Less than 14 – VERY SOFT. Sleeping on one of these mattresses will produce a feeling of sinking or being “cradled” by the foam.

 

  • 14-22 – SOFT. The “sinking” or “cradling” feeling will still occur, but to a lesser extent. Key pressure points will be comforted, potentially decreasing pain from illness or injuries.

 

  • 23-29 – MEDIUM. Not too soft, but not too firm. If you are purchasing your first mattress or are not quite sure about your personal preferences, it is often recommended to start with a medium ILD.

 

 

  • 30-37 – FIRM. The most popular and best-selling type of mattress. When you press down on the mattress, there will be very little “give”. Firm mattresses provide support to the hips and lower back and reduce pressure on the circulation system.

 

  • 38+ - VERY FIRM. Recommended for people with very straight sleeping positions who primarily sleep on their back, or anyone who finds lower ILDs too soft or too “enveloping”.

 

Another measurement which potential buyers of foam or memory foam mattresses will frequently see advertised is density, typically measured in pounds per cubic foot. Foam typically has a very low density, often around 1.5 lb/ft3. This results in a mattress which is extremely lightweight and easy to move, rotate, flip, or otherwise adjust without presenting any risk of injury. Memory foam is typically slightly denser than standard polyurethane foam, with most mattresses possessing a density of between 5 and 8 lb/ft3. Even the denser memory foam mattresses are usually more lightweight than their innerspring counterparts.

 

The last measurement which can be good to know, particularly when purchasing a memory foam mattress, is response time. Response time refers to the length of time it takes for a memory foam mattress to return to its original shape after pressure has been applied. Typically, it ranges from a few seconds at the shortest to a few minutes at the very longest.

 

Memory foam with a slower response time is typically less likely to telegraph motion, meaning that each sleeper will not feel the motion of others sharing a bed with you. Therefore, a memory foam mattress with a long response time is an excellent choice for a bed which will be regularly used by multiple people at the same time. A bed which will be used by multiple people at different times, such as one shared by children with varied sleeping schedules, might instead benefit from a memory foam mattress with a shorter response time, so that it will always return to its original formation in between uses.

 

Properties of Foam: A Focus on Firmness

Standard polyurethane foam typically produces an extremely firm mattress, with higher ILD values and less variation than memory foam makes possible. Those who prefer to sleep on a firm mattress, including those who may be experiencing hip or lower back pain or blood circulation issues, may find the support they need from a polyurethane foam mattress. However, many sleepers will find this type of mattress to be too hard for their liking; in these cases, a softer material such as memory foam or latex is recommended.

 

Polyurethane foam is also considered to be an extremely affordable mattress material, competitive even with innerspring which is typically lauded for its cheapness. In addition, it does not suffer from the issues of noise or motion telegraphing, allowing users to experience a quiet, still sleep even if they are sharing a bed with someone who is constantly tossing and turning throughout the night. The aerated, lightweight nature of polyurethane foam also means that it is unlikely to retain heat, keeping sleepers cool even in hotter, damper climates.

 

However, the major drawback of polyurethane foam mattresses, as discussed above, is their extreme firmness and lack of variety. Many users will find polyurethane foam to be too thin or too hard, resulting in a decrease in the overall quality of their sleep. As discussed with innerspring mattresses above, this problem can often force sleepers to purchase an additional mattress topper, pad or cover in order to achieve the desired level of comfort. Toppers can be expensive, are often difficult to clean, move or adjust, and have a significantly shorter lifespan when compared to the mattresses themselves.

 

There are certainly some people who will be satisfied with a polyurethane foam mattress, especially those who enjoy firmness and dislike softer, “bouncier” alternatives. However, it is far too hard for many sleepers. As a result, many modern sellers of mattresses have moved away from mattresses which use polyurethane foam entirely and have instead utilized it as a bottom layer, where it provides support, sturdiness and stability, while upper layers of alternative materials counteract its too-firm nature and allow for softness and comfort. When used as a lower layer alongside other materials, polyurethane form is often referred to as “support foam” in advertising.

 

Properties of Memory Foam: Cooling Additive Recommended

Due to its greater density and viscoelastic properties, memory foam is significantly less limited than its more traditional counterpart. Memory foam mattresses are available in ILDs ranging from extremely soft to extremely firm, allowing customers to carefully select their ideal sleep experience. Some mattress sellers have chosen to combine an upper layer of memory foam with a base of sturdy polyurethane foam, resulting in a mattress which offers an excellent balance between support and comfort.

 

As mentioned above, the key advantage of memory foam is its viscoelasticity. When exposed to pressure or the natural warmth of a human body, memory foam softens slightly, allowing it to conform to the shape of the sleeper’s form. This creates a pleasant feeling of being “cradled” by the mattress and provides support for the spine, hips, and several key pressure points throughout the body. As a result, memory foam is strongly recommended as a mattress material for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, spinal injuries, or chronic pain. For all sleepers, memory foam also decreases the risk of waking up with soreness or cramps caused from sleeping in uncomfortable, “twisted” positions.

 

The “cradling” of the body by the memory foam mattress is not permanent; it returns to its original shape within a few seconds to a few minutes after the user has gotten up. This means that there is no risk of accidentally creating long term “body-shaped” impressions which can make it difficult or impossible to find a comfortable place to sleep. Memory foam mattresses have an extremely long lifespan, able to be used for years and years without deteriorating in quality. In addition, memory foam mattresses can be used for a long period of time without needing flipped or rotated, and their “aerated” nature makes them far easier to adjust than their innerspring counterparts.

 

However, there is one important potential drawback of memory foam which bears consideration: the risk of heat retention, also referred to as the “sleep hot” phenomenon. When humans sleep, our body temperature lowers and we “shed” the excess heat into our surrounding environment. The dense nature of memory foam means that there is a risk that it can trap this heat, as well as ambient heat from the atmosphere, and cause the sleeper to become extremely hot and sweaty during the night. This can quickly and drastically decrease the quality of sleep, as well as leading to lingering unpleasant odors and even the necessity of devoting time to washing sheets and pillows more frequently.

 

Luckily, mattress manufacturers such as Zonkd have developed solutions which limit or completely eliminate the “sleep hot” issue. Memory foam can be infused with beads of gel made from materials such as copper during the molding process; these substances provide a natural cooling effect and successfully regulate temperatures throughout the night. Another solution is to pair thinner layers of memory foam with materials such as latex, which offers its own natural cooling effect. If you feel that memory foam might just be the right mattress material for you, it is highly recommended that you select a model which either contains thinner layers, is infused with a cooling gel of some sort, or employs both solutions at once as Zonkd’s one of a kind mattress does.

 

Latex Mattresses

The last of the commonly used mattress materials, and the one which has gained popularity the most recently, is latex. Latex is a naturally occurring sap-like substance derived from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and molded into mattresses in a somewhat similar but still noticeably distinct process from that which produces polyurethane or memory foam.

 

Although it was introduced to the mattress market later than innerspring or foam, latex quickly saw wide use and received positive reviews due to its large number of benefits paired with nearly nonexistent drawbacks. Latex is as durable as polyurethane foam, as customizable as memory foam, and eliminates the shortcomings of each of its competitors – it does not retain heat, it does not make noise or telegraph motion, and it even offers natural resistances against fire, water damage, dust mites, mold, mildew and bacteria. As a bonus, latex is harvested in a sustainable, harm-free manner which prioritizes the health of the trees as discussed below.

 

Understanding the Manufacture of Latex

The thick white substance known as latex is produced by the rubber tree as a natural defense against bugs, mold and rot. It is exuded from beneath the bark in a manner similar to maple syrup, resulting in the ability to employ a similar harvesting tactic. Small incisions are made in the bark and the latex is allowed to flow out naturally; it is collected in buckets attached to the tree, which are periodically emptied and replaced.

 

The latex harvesting process focuses heavily on sustainability and keeps a careful eye on the overall health of the rubber trees. New incisions are regularly made to prevent permanent damage occurring, and trees are “retired” after a number of years (typically 30) so that they are not forced to produce latex beyond their natural lifetime. To learn more about latex tapping and the rubber tree, see our article here.

 

Once the latex has been successfully harvested, it can be foamed using a chemical agent in a similar manner to polyurethane as well as vulcanized – set into a solid form via the addition of sulfur. Latex is able to be molded into the proper mattress shape via one of two processes: the Dunlop or the Talalay. The different molding techniques used in each process results in a final product with noticeably unique properties when compared to one another.

 

  • In the Dunlop process, liquid latex is poured into an open mold after being foamed. The mold is closed and the latex is steam baked until it achieves a solid form. This causes the denser parts of the substance, referred to as “sediments,” to settle on the bottom of the mold. The resulting product is a denser, firmer, heavier latex. While Dunlop mattresses are typically washed upon completion of the baking of the mold, they are usually washed only one time.

 

  • The Talalay process also foams the latex, but it is then poured so that the mold is only partly filled. Air is removed from the mold via a vacuum so that the liquid latex can properly expand. The mold is first flash-frozen and then baked in order to solidify the latex. It undergoes an extensive five-step washing process to remove any potential leftover chemicals as well as the proteins known to trigger latex allergies, resulting in Talalay latex being fully hypoallergenic. In addition, it is softer, lighter and more aerated in nature than the heavier Dunlop. At Zonkd, we use Talalay latex in all of our mattresses.

 

See here for a more in-depth comparison of the Dunlop and Talalay processes as well as the resulting products.

 

Important Factors to Consider when Choosing Latex

Like polyurethane and memory foam, the firmness or softness of latex is measured via indentation load deflection (ILD). Latex mattresses typically have an ILD of between 18 (soft) and 32 (foam). Latex is extremely lightweight with a low density comparable to that of foam.

 

There are actually three types of latex currently used in the manufacture of mattresses: natural, synthetic and blended. Natural latex is sustainably harvested from the rubber tree as discussed above. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and naturally resistant to fire, dust mites, and mold or mildew.

 

Synthetic latex is manmade and usually produced from chemicals derived from petroleum. It is typically cheaper but less customizable than its natural counterpart as well as lacking fire and other resistances. Synthetic latex also comes with a high risk of off-gassing, in which its component chemicals release harmful particles into the air which can cause organ or respiratory damage in humans.

 

Lastly, blended latex features a combination of synthetic and natural latex. To keep the price down, most sellers of mattresses utilize a blended latex which contains 70% synthetic to 30% natural, although it is frequently advertised as being a more equal combination. Blended latex does not fully mitigate the drawbacks which come with synthetic latex as discussed above.

 

At Zonkd, we believe in using only natural latex to provide the greatest benefit to our customers and eliminate the health risks which come with choosing chemicals. To read more about the benefits of natural latex when compared with synthetic, see here.

 

Certain proteins present within the sap of the rubber tree can cause an allergic reaction in humans, usually in the form of itchy or red skin, hives, or swelling. This is referred to as a latex allergy and is experienced by a percentage of the population around the world. However, the Talalay process used to mold the latex for the Zonkd mattress removes these proteins within the mold via the application of hot and cold temperatures. It also involves an intensive five-part washing cycle which successfully removes any remaining proteins clinging to the surface of the mattress. As a result, Zonkd’s natural latex mattresses are fully hypoallergenic and safe for use by all sleepers.

 

Properties of Latex: Significant Benefits

Out of the four common mattress materials used today, natural Talalay latex provides the greatest number of benefits as well as the fewest drawbacks. As discussed above, latex is just as customizable as memory foam, and can be soft or firm depending on the customer’s preference. Latex is also extremely strong and durable – a latex mattress can last for upwards of 20 to 30 years without experiencing any deterioration, wear or tear. It also does not sag or form “body-shaped” impressions as innerspring mattresses are wont to do.

 

In addition to the hypoallergenic properties discussed in the previous section, latex also comes with a number of resistances to a wide variety of potential hazards or annoyances. It is naturally fireproof and waterproof as well as antimicrobial, capable of repelling dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, insects and any number of environmental factors. As a result, natural latex mattresses do not have to be treated with any harmful chemical fire or insect/mold retardants which can pose health risks to sleepers when regularly inhaled. Go here to learn more about the nontoxic nature of latex and the risks associated with fire retardants and other chemical finishers.

 

Natural latex also fully eliminates the drawbacks associated with innerspring, polyurethane and memory foam mattresses. It makes no noise whatsoever and isolates motion, making it a perfect choice for beds which will be shared by multiple users. It is thick and comfortable, meaning that there is often no need to purchase additional mattress toppers or pads. Latex is aerated and breathable as well as possessing natural cooling properties, and thus does not retain heat as memory foam can sometimes do. In addition, as few to no chemicals are used, there is little to no risk of off-gassing harmful particles into the air.

 

The only drawback which latex is considered to have is cost. For many years, latex mattresses were prohibitively expensive and unobtainable by the average customer due to their high quality nature. However, sellers such as Zonkd have committed to producing mattresses which feature latex but don’t break the bank, allowing everyone to choose the best night’s sleep possible. This is typically achieved by layering latex with other materials, creating a hybrid mattress which offers the best of all worlds at a truly affordable price.

 

The Zonkd Mattress: The Best of ALL Worlds

Today, mattresses made from only one single material are becoming increasingly rarer. Manufacturers instead create hybrid mattresses, layering different materials in order to harness their benefits while working around their drawbacks. Some companies, such as Casper or Tuft and Needle, prefer to work with a combination of polyurethane and memory foams, while others, such as Helix, attempt to find a use for coils. However, only one mattress successfully blends the most high quality materials in such a way as to perfectly harness their unique traits – and that is the one manufactured by Zonkd.

 

Support foam finds its home in our aptly named Foundation Layer, which stabilizes the mattress and contributes sturdiness, resilience and durability. All-natural Talalay latex forms the central Response Layer, which can be customized utilizing a wide range of ILDs to provide the perfect sleep experience for each and every customer. Soft, cradling memory foam rests on top in our Conductive Contour Layer, allowing it to mold to the sleeper’s body without creating a feeling of being “stuck” or sinking in too far. Our Conductive Contour Layer is also infused with copper gel visco to create a refreshing cooling experience and completely eliminate any risk of “sleep hot”.

 

A thorough examination of the most common mattress materials as provided in this article clearly indicates that support foam, memory foam and latex each have a specific role to play in the construction of the ideal mattress, while innerspring is hopelessly out of date and should be avoided at all costs. At Zonkd, we have found the perfect place for each layer to create an ideal, high quality night’s sleep for all of our customers. Choose your snooze with Zonkd and get ready for the best sleep of your life!

 

Contact us today to learn more about purchasing our one of a kind, ultra comfortable Zonkd mattress.