Latex vs cold foam mattresses: which is better for you?


If you're in the market for a new mattress, you've probably already heard of natural latex and cold foam. Both materials have their own characteristics and can contribute differently to your sleep comfort. Below, we explore the properties of latex and cold foam mattresses. This way, you can make the best choice for your sleep needs.

What is latex?

Natural latex is a natural product, derived from the sap of the rubber tree. It is known for its elasticity and resilience, and offers comfortable yet ergonomic support. This makes it an environmentally friendly mattress.


Advantages of latex mattresses:

  • Natural material: Many latex mattresses are made from natural and high-quality materials, making for a durable mattress.
  • Comfort: The elasticity of latex ensures good pressure distribution and support. This means you will experience fewer complaints during or after sleeping.
  • Sustainability: Latex is very durable and has a long lifespan.
  • Ventilation: Due to the production process of the natural latex mattress, this mattress ensures good ventilation. As a result, you will sweat less during the night.

Disadvantages of latex mattresses:

    Price: Latex mattresses are often more expensive than cold foam mattresses. This is, of course, due to the materials used. Additionally, a natural latex mattress will also last longer. As a result, you enjoy a better night's sleep for a longer period, and this without harmful materials.
  • Weight: They are heavy and can be difficult to move. That's why we offer the extra service at Tuur® to have the mattresses installed for you. This way, you don't have to struggle with moving a latex mattress.
  • Allergies: If you're allergic to natural latex, you might react to it. However, remember that latex itself is hypoallergenic. Therefore, for other allergies such as dust mites, this is the perfect choice.


What is cold foam?

Cold foam is a synthetic material known for its good air circulation and comfort. A cold foam mattress is also known as an HR mattress. This is the same material, but just another name.

Advantages of cold foam mattresses:

  • Air circulation: They provide excellent ventilation and moisture regulation.
  • Price: Generally, they are cheaper than latex mattresses.
  • Resilience: Cold foam has high resilience and offers good support.

Disadvantages of cold foam mattresses:

  • Support: They may offer less contouring than latex, which can be less comfortable for some people.
  • Odor: New cold foam mattresses may emit a chemical odor, which usually disappears quickly.
  • Durability: In the long term, they may lose their shape faster than latex mattresses.


The choice between a latex or cold foam mattress depends on your personal preferences and sleep needs. If you value natural materials, comfort, and durability, and are willing to invest more, a latex mattress might be the right choice for you. However, if you prefer a more friendly price tag and good resilience, then a cold foam mattress might be a better fit for you. 
The best mattress for sleep comfort is very personal. Take your time to consider the different options. A comfortable mattress is naturally always the best option. Whether that is a latex or cold foam mattress for you, does not matter. Both materials have their unique advantages.