Mari Holzer. Mattress. March 19th , 2017.
Latex Toppers are quite a bit more expensive. This is due to the fact that they are made of a material which is a bit more expensive - rubber. While a premium memory foam topper costs about $120 you will be expected to pay upwards of $220 for even a basic latex model. The latex design again moulds to your shape however it doesn't 'sink' like the memory foam. Imagine a very soft rubber and sticking your hand into it - that's what a latex mattress topper does. The advantages are that latex is very natural - it comes from the rubber tree so if you don't like synthetic things in your house the rubber topper is the better option. It's also hypo-allergenic and breathes easily, being a natural material.
I really have to disagree on this. In Europe, boxsprings are almost unheard of and we don't seem to hear them complaining. Also, with a mattress like a Stearns and Foster, that is sometimes more than 12" thick and needs two people to carry it, it really ought to be good enough to support the sleeper. Other companies, selling latex and memory foam mattresses, don't recommend a boxspring, so why Stearns and Foster recommends one for its innerspring and latex versions is debatable. I sometimes wonder if it's just a ploy on making more money by making customers believe they need this 'extra' support.
When you go to a mattress store don't be shy about testing out the mattress. A good idea is to go wearing clothes that you feel extremely comfortable in. Then, lie down on the mattress to see how it feels. Spend at least ten minutes lying on top of it. A good tip to check if the bed you are lying on is too soft, too hard, or just right is to lie on your back, placing your hand in the small of your back and then trying to move it about. If it moves too easily, the bed may be too hard for you; if it's a struggle to move your hand, then the bed is too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you.
According to The International Sleep Products Association, 10.8 years is the average life of a mattress and box spring. There are 312 million people in the U.S. today. Together, these numbers mean that around 48 million mattresses and/or box springs are sent to landfills every year. These estimates do not include units from hotels or dormitories, which are replaced more frequently.
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