Many conventional innerspring mattress users have become dissatisfied with their bed’s performance. Problems like motion transfer, squeaking, lack of contour, and premature sagging have led many to consider foam mattresses as an alternative.
Today, a range of foam mattresses are available, including latex foam, polyurethane foam, memory foam, gel foam, and bio foam. While each style has its own unique construction and character profile, foam mattresses are often associated with the following pros and cons:
- Greater contour and pressure relief
- Reduced motion transfer
- Eliminates the need for a box spring (mattress requires a platform surface)
- Diminished breathability—potential to sleep hot
- Synthetic/petroleum-based construction
- Chemical off-gassing—strong smells, particularly when new
Natural Latex Foam
Made from natural rubber derived from rubber trees, latex is known for its superior elasticity, stability, and durability. This natural, renewable material is free of chemical off-gassing associated with petroleum-based foams. Available in a range of firmness options, it provides excellent contour and pressure reduction.
The most common foam, polyurethane is a synthetic, petroleum-based material. It is used as cushioning for most conventional innerspring mattresses, foam futons, and upholstered furniture. High-quality, high-density polyurethane foams perform well over time and provide excellent motion dampening while lower-quality polyfoams show premature wear. Due to its material composition, chemical off-gassing occurs with use.
Also known as visco-elastic foam, memory foam is polyurethane foam with a chemically-lowered melting point, which allows the foam to mold around a form and retain its impression. Known for its excellent contour, pressure relief and stability, it is also associated with chemical off-gassing, strong smells, difficulty changing positions, and sleeping hot.
Designed to be a cooler-feeling memory foam, gel foam is memory foam with the addition of polyurethane beads. Like memory foam, it provides contour and stability, but lacks material breathability and is associated with chemical off-gassing.
Bio Foam is a traditional polyurethane foam in which approximately 5-20% of the petroleum-based ingredients are replaced by renewable polyols such as soybean oil. Bio foams perform comparably to polyurethane foams of similar quality.
The European Sleep Works Solution
Because of its superlative performance and natural composition, we use 100% natural latex foam in our mattresses, including our 8” All Latex model.
- Combination of Talalay and Dunlop latex
- Oeko-Tex certified
- May be used on platform base or flexible slat base
- Available in standard sizes and 4 firmness options