5 Common Latex Mattress Complaints You Should Know

Latex is becoming a very popular category in the mattress industry.  It is a great sleeping surface that is really starting to catch onto the mainstream.  There are a ton of benefits to latex mattresses, but as more models come out, people are wondering what the top latex mattress complaints are.  I’ll go over the main ones in this article.

Quick Note: Not All Latex Is Created Equal

You should know that there are different types of latex mattresses.  There are natural latex mattresses, where the latex actually comes naturally from a rubber tree.  Synthetic latex is human made.  Blended latex is a mix of natural and synthetic latex.  Also, some mattresses contain all-latex, while others have just one layer of latex and then the rest is another material.

If you are looking at certain models, make sure you know exactly what type of latex mattress you are getting.

Related: What are some of the best latex mattresses out there?


If you were to push your hand into the mattress and then lift your hand away quickly, a “bouncy” mattress would snap right back to its original shape immediately.  With memory foam, the opposite happens and the mattress very slowly returns to its original shape.

This video shows what a bouncy/responsive mattress is like.  This mattress comes from Plushbeds.

Some people want bounce in their mattress.  It really comes down to personal preference.  Latex mattresses can be very bouncy, with all-natural, all-latex mattresses being very bouncy.  You need to know if you like bounce before you buy a latex mattress.

They Are Heavy

Whenever I receive a latex mattress, especially a natural latex mattress, I am a little scared to lift them because the mattresses are incredibly heavy.  The mattresses are very dense, which on a positive note means they are also very durable.  If you will ever have to move your mattress around, then this is definitely something to note.

In this video, I assemble an all-natural latex mattress.  You can kind of tell how heavy each individual layer is.  I definitely could not lift the mattress anywhere by myself if it’s all in one piece. This mattress is a Spindle.


The process to get natural latex is very time-intensive and costly.  As a result, natural latex mattresses are expensive.  There is no way around it.  There are a lot of benefits in getting a natural latex mattress, but those benefits come with the tradeoff of a higher price tag.

Synthetic latex mattresses are much more affordable, and they are so prevalent because of how difficult the process of getting natural latex is.

Off-Gassing Of Synthetic Latex

If you get a natural latex mattress, there should be no off-gassing or chemical smell when you get your mattress for the first time.  If you get a synthetic latex mattress, however, there is the chance that there will be some off-gassing.  This typically isn’t a big deal and the smell will go away within a couple of days, but it is something that happens with some synthetic latex mattresses.

Some Motion Transfer

Motion transfer is basically when you are able to feel the movement of your partner on the other side of the bed.  Memory foam mattresses are really good at isolating motion, and thus they are a great choice for those who sleep with a partner.  Latex mattresses do fairly well in this category, but for most models there will be some motion transfer.  Latex generally doesn’t perform as well as memory foam in this category.

This video shows an example of motion transfer for an all-natural latex mattress.


Many of the common complaints about latex mattresses are either minor or just a matter of personal preference.  It is still a great sleeping surface that you should definitely be taking a look at.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

9 thoughts on “5 Common Latex Mattress Complaints You Should Know”

  1. A few weeks from now I have to move a king latex mattress temporarily from my bedroom so workers can replace the flooring of the room. And when they’re finished, of course, I have to move the mattress back into the bedroom. The mattress has layers adhered to one another, so I won’t have the advantage of moving it layer by layer. The entire thing has to be moved as one unit. It’s very heavy and floppy. What’s the best way to move this mattress? Thank you!

  2. I have an old latex mattress in my spare room and over the last few months it has a strong rubber smell …wondering what could cause this ?..have had a lot of guests staying….
    I have always slept on latex matresses and love them and there has never been a problem with smell until now

  3. Hello, I invested in a Savvy Rest latex mattress, after much research and the guarantee of at least 10 years of excellent use of mattress without problems; regrettably after only 1.5 years of use the top soft layer has sagged, no longer providing the same support or comfort, and Savvy refused to replace it or refund my investment, this after having me jump through hoops for months! Try another latex mattress company, hopefully with better long lasting results and customer follow through.

  4. Hey Joe,

    I’m a hot sleeper but want a mattress that will work with and adjustable frame. I like firm surfaces. Can you recommend types of mattresses I should look at and which to stay away from? Not brands but types. Thanks so much!


    • Latex mattresses should fit you well I think based on what you’ve described. Most will work with an adjustable base and they are breathable mattresses.

  5. Hi Joe…I’m so apprehensive on the latex due to these reasons:
    I have a bad back from T12 all the way to the L1. Anything soft is torture for me. Most of my weight is my hips, abd. & my jaylo butt!
    I have a pillowtop memory foam now that I can’t sleep in. I’m currently sleeping on firm couch pillows on the floor & there are days it’s torture from T12 area all the way down. It’s been a challenge in all aspects. I tried the Saavty firm but my issues with that are ; they come in section & I have to put it together…I’m not even able to lift a gallon of milk without a challenge some days so putting a bed together isn’t an option.
    I’m concerned about not enough support & the foam becoming like my current bed…lumpy & non supportive. Should I go back to a traditional spring mattress or would the Zen haven firm work? They also deliver & set up.

  6. I love my latex mattress and so does my husband. We’ve had it for about 5 years now. The only thing is – I think it’s shrinking a bit. My husband says it’s not and I’m imagining it but I think the gap at the top of the bed is getting marginally bigger. I don’t think it’s a problem but I’d love to know if it’s really happening or if it’s just my imagination! Thanks, Jean

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