Latex is a natural polymer derived from plants and trees although it can also be synthesised. When latex is used as a pillow filling, it is foamed to create a matrix of tiny inter-connected bubbles which give it bounce and spring. This latex sponge is very reactive to pressure, but unlike memory foam it has instant bounce-back. It is generally sold as a memory foam competitor though in reality it offers different properties and a different experience to memory foam. Generally latex pillows don’t give that ‘sinking in feeling’ you ca n get with memory foam, it also has better moisture and heat dissapation properties than memory foam, they are also good for allergy sufferers as they prohibit dust mites. The downside is that you can’t shape them to fit, you’re stuck with the fixed height.
- Pros: Very long lasting natural material, cooler and more airy than memory foam, shapes itself to the head and neck. Soft and supportive offering effective pressure relief, holds its shape well, quiet
- Cons: Can be expensive, heavy, fixed shape and height so if a pillow is not right you can’t adjust it, can smell strange to begin with.
Pillow advisor summary: Latex pillows have some of the highest satisfaction ratings of all pillows and can offer you a very comfortable pain-free night, but make sure you buy one of the right height for you. We have reviewed some of the best latex pillows available in the UK.