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How Thick Should a Latex Mattress Have To Be?

March 10, 2009
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6, 9, or 12 Inch Thick Latex Mattress?

There are many thoughts about latex thickness and organic mattress thickness. Many people want to know if it is it true, that if a mattress uses more layers or thicker layers of latex rubber, will that translate into a better mattress? Before we answer that question we must ask another, by a better mattress, do we mean better in quality or better in comfort? Today we will address comfort.

While more is better in most cases the quality of the rubber does not necessarily improve by adding more rubber. For example if you were to lie down on a medium firmness 6-inch latex rubber mattress  like Land and Sky’s Meadow and then compare it to their 9-inch medium firmness Rainforest the most notable differences would be in the mattresses feel and the mattresses cost, not in the quality because both beds are using the same quality rubber. Mattress feel is often enhanced with and therefore associated with additional layers of all natural latex, which increases the beds overall thickness. A good example of how mattress thickness affects feel would be the traditional mattress and boxspring. Manufacturers like Sealy Posturepedic, Serta Perfect Sleeper, and Simmons Beautyrest have been making their coil spring mattresses very thick for years now, sometimes 15-20 inches thick.  Why, to enhance comfort and feel of the bed.

Do Latex Mattress Companies Do This?

The truth is latex mattresses seem to be doing the same thing. The downside to all natural latex mattresses is that the initial cost is higher especially in cases where the mattresses are thicker and use more all-natural latex rubber. However when you take into account that these durable mattresses last an average of 15, 20 years and sometimes 30 plus their value becomes quite obvious. All natural latex mattresses repeatedly show their worth in averaged cost savings, both in your pocket book and their light impact on the environment.

Most people feel that 12 inch or 9 inch all natural latex beds feel better than thinner models that cost less, but the fact is it’s very hard to mimic the feel of thicker mattresses using only 6 inches or less of natural rubber. Everyone experiences and describes firmness differently so don’t take our word for it, go into a showroom and test rest latex rubber mattresses side by side. Trying one before you buy one is the only good way to really know for sure what mattress thickness might work best for you. Ultimately your body and your budget will help you decide if more or less latex rubber layers are the answer for you.

Can the Bed’s Feel be Customized?

Yes, an important factor not often associated with mattresses is the newer technologies of customizable comfort. Organic mattress manufacturers like Land and Sky, OMI and Natura World and Green Sleep offer certain degrees of customization to their beds which allows you to change the feel of your mattress by swapping out anywhere from 1 layer or every layer to achieve just the right feel for each sleeper if you wanted to do so.

Manufacturers are giving you all the tools to build the perfect bed. A bed that is not only sound environmentally, but durable and long lasting. These beds come in a wide variety of thicknesses and firmnesses made up of 100% all natural latex rubber offering you a bed that not only feels great and can change with your body’s changing needs. So which one will you choose and how thick will yours be?

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