When it comes to good mattresses, people have always wondered which is best: memory foam or latex? On a personal level, I feel like this is similar to comparing apples and oranges. Latex and foam are quite different from one another, which means that each of them has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
To make it as short as possible: memory foam mattresses are excellent in providing pressure relief and adding comfort to a mattress, but most of them use some pretty harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process.
On the other hand, latex is more natural, a lot more durable and has a very pleasant bouncy feel to it, but it doesn’t provide the exact same level of comfort as memory foam. What you can do is understand which of the benefits provided by the two fabrics you are most interested in, and start narrowing down your choices from there.
Let’s Dive In
Today, we’re going to go over the Loom and Leaf vs. the ZenHaven mattress. The former is an all-foam mattress, with construction that combines layers of several densities, in an attempt to provide the sleeper with the best pressure relief and support possible. The latter is a latex mattress, focused on the many benefits brought to you by this particular fabric. It’s a dual-sided mattress that basically allows you to have two different firmness levels comprised of a single product.
Top Cover – Soft Organic Cotton
In our days, a lot of people switch to organic bedding items, mostly because they are comfortable without being imbued with all sorts of chemicals. Even more, when you buy something that’s made with organic cotton, you basically know everything about how the plant was grown and processed. The cover of the Loom and Leaf mattress combines organic cotton and their signature flame-retardant thistle, creating a product that feels soft and breathable. There’s also a thin layer of foam that helps the cover provide some initial pressure relief as you lay on top of the bed.
First Layer – Conforming Gel Foam
Moving on, we find the comfort layer of the mattress, which is two inches of conforming memory foam, featuring a gel infusion for higher breathability rating. The bottom side of this layer has an egg-crate shape, which is an additional measure to make the mattress cooler. This shape allows air to circulate better within the bed. On the upper side of the layer, there’s a sheet of gel laminated to the foam. This gel fulfills two simultaneous roles: it provides greater lumbar support, but also additional cooling for this specific area of your body.
Second Layer – High-Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam
Next, in line, we have a layer of visco elastic memory foam. Because of its high-density, this layer is very durable. Aside from that, it provides excellent pressure relief and body contouring, making sure to cradle the body’s heavier parts.
Third Layer – Support Memory Foam
Here is the transition layer of the Loom and Leaf mattress. First off, this slab of foam was added to give the sleeper additional support. Second, it acts as a bridge between the comfort and compression layer above, and the thick support base below.
Fourth Layer – High-Density Polyfoam Base
At the base of each mattress, we must find a layer that keeps the structure together. The Loom and Leaf mattress ends its construction with a foundation layer that measures 5.5 inches in thickness and is made with a high-density type of polyfoam. This layer works together with others to create a durable and reliable bed.
Before you purchase the Loom and Leaf mattress, you should pay close attention to the two firmness options the company has made available to its customers. Their flagship model is called the Relaxed Firm and was given a rating of about 5 to 7. The reasons why this rating is an interval rather than a single number is because the firmness of a mattress is a variable that depends on the sleeper’s individual characteristics.
If you are a lightweight person, you will most likely feel the mattress as being quite firm. In your case, the firmness rating is closed to 7. If you sport a lot of weight, you will feel like you’re sinking into the mattress. For you, this mattress will feel softer, in which case it feels closer to a 5. That’s why we always tell our readers to keep in mind that mattress firmness is quite subjective.
If you are a heavier person, you might want to consider the other firmness option, which Loom and Leaf have simply named ”Firm”. This version of the mattress has a rating that varies between 7 and 9, depending, of course, on the aforementioned factors.