Common Latex Mattress Complaints
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Latex is a material that has been increasingly used in mattress-making for the last decade and more. Most of the leading manufacturers use it in their ranges now. It’s a naturally occurring rubber that is well known for the support qualities it provides in mattresses and it has become popular because of this and its benefits of durability, allowing the mattress to breathe and the cushioning it provides. Like with everything it is not without its down sides and here we take a look at some of the more common latex mattress complaints.
We should preface this by saying that latex mattresses generally receive praise and good ratings from previous users in terms of its balance between softness and support, its excellent containment of motion, its assistance for those suffering back pain and allergies, as well as its durability. The complaints we list are not typical for everyone. This should not be surprising as there is a price premium you pay for choosing a latex composition, which suggests that it is both a sought after item and effective in what it does. This has been the case in our findings, as a general rule.
Premature sagging has been a complaint of these mattresses, but perhaps more commonly in lower-end models. Also a related complaint from some users is that impressions of the body are left on the mattress. Both of these problems can be addressed by regular turning and flipping of the mattress, which redistributes the areas receiving the weight and ensures that all of the mattress gets used.
Odors are reported by some users too. This is only usually an initial odor that disperses with use. A little bit of preparation is necessary to address this problem – making sure that the mattress is aired in a well-ventilated room before usage (maybe for up to a week, if possible) is the best solution.
The online latex mattress reviews also point to them being very heavy. Latex is a dense substance so that a high usage will make the model considerably heavier than a foam or innerspring mattress. This means that it will be a “2-man job” to regularly flip and turn a Queen or King size latex model.
A couple of other things to watch out for if you are considering one of these items:
Firstly the seams, these occur because the latex sheets inside the mattress are glued together. This won’t be a problem in the better ranges but can be a problem in cheaper mattresses as the seams can be uncomfortable to lie on.
Secondly latex mattresses are expensive. They generally start from $1000 upwards, which means that you have to be completely “sold” on the benefits of latex before you are willing to pay the premium for using it. At the moment it is still perceived as being an exclusive and high-end material. This may change as time goes on, but users are sometimes harsh on latex mattresses because they have paid 20% more for them than other similar quality mattresses.