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Tempur-Pedic vs. Memory Foam vs. Latex: Which Is Best?

The number of mattress types, sizes and construction materials available today can make replacing that old, sagging mattress a time-consuming and frustrating experience. We’ll try to eliminate the confusion by comparing three of the most popular mattress types.

Memory Foam Mattresses. Originally called “temper foam,” memory foam was developed by NASA in the 1970s. It was initially used to pad space vehicle seats to help offset the negative effects of gravity on astronauts during launches and landings. NASA made memory foam available to the public in the 1980s, and new uses were created for the synthetic material, one of which was mattress construction. This new type of mattress was well received by the public, and foam mattresses became an immediate success. Although innerspring mattresses still lead all other types in terms of total sales, memory foam mattresses continue to steadily gain in popularity.

Being a viscoelastic polyurethane substance, memory foam softens from heat given off by the sleeper’s body, gently molding it to his or her natural contours. Because of its elastic properties, memory foam returns to its original shape when the sleeper shifts positions or leaves the bed. Memory foam mattresses are resistant to mites, mold and many allergens, making them a great choice for allergy sufferers and asthmatics.

All Sit ’n Sleep’s Southern California locations carry major brand memory foam mattresses in sizes ranging from twin to California King and comfort levels from firm to ultra-plush.

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are memory foam mattresses that contain an exclusive, patented formula foam that responds to the body’s temperature, weight and contours to provide personalized comfort and support. Here are a few reasons why Tempur-Pedic mattresses are now the first choice among foam mattress purchasers:

  • Pain Relief. Tempur-Pedic mattresses reduce pressure on the back, shoulder and neck, which helps alleviate stiffness, pain and numbness. The result is consistently pain-free, uninterrupted sleep.
  • Body Conforming Support. Softened by body heat, the Tempur-Pedic foam molds to the body’s natural contours while evenly distributing the sleeper’s weight. Blood flow and circulation are improved, spinal pressure is reduced and the neck, shoulder, back and knees receive additional support, all of which combine to provide sound, peaceful sleep.
  • Reduced Motion Transfer. Being a low-resilience material, Tempur-Pedic’s memory foam absorbs motion far better than conventional coil spring or hybrid mattresses. They’re a great choice for couples, since nocturnal tossing and turning won’t disturb or awaken a sleeping partner.
  • Long-Lasting. Tempur-Pedic mattresses and foundations are built to last. Tempur-Pedics purchased from an authorized retailer such as Sit ’n Sleep come with a full 10-year limited warranty. Covered defects in materials or workmanship discovered within 10 years from the date of purchase will be repaired or replaced at no cost.

Tempur-Pedic has been making quality mattresses for more than 25 years, and in 2017 received J.D. Powers’ highest rating for overall customer satisfaction in terms of comfort, support and price. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available at all Sit ’n Sleep mattress stores in a full range of sizes and comfort levels.

Latex Mattresses. Dating back to the 1930s, latex mattresses are among the most eco-friendly and healthiest mattresses available.

Latex mattresses are also durable. Made from either natural or synthetic rubber, latex mattresses will typically outlast innerspring mattresses. With proper care, a quality latex mattress will have a useful life of 15 or more years. Because of their unique core system, latex mattresses will consistently provide the level of support needed by people who suffer from severe back pain. As with other mattress types carried by Sit ’n Sleep, latex mattresses are available in a full range of comfort levels and sizes.

Still undecided? Our sleep consultants will be pleased to help you choose from among memory foam, Tempur-Pedic or latex mattresses. Call us toll-free at 800-908-0354 or better yet, stop by one of Sit ’n Sleep’s Sleep Centers and test them for yourself.

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