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Topic # 82785 5-May-2011 20:59
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I was all set to buy one, when I saw this article (more specifically the comments under it):

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Can-Your-Mattress-Kill-You-76887.shtml

A lot of those comments sound alarmist and absurd, but the sheer number of them concerns me. I've had a memory foam pillow for some time and never had any health issues.

So I've been looking at springless latex mattresses since.

Any ideas? 

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  Reply # 465955 5-May-2011 21:01
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Memory mattresses . Like sleeping on clay. IMHO.


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  Reply # 465961 5-May-2011 21:29
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That article aside...

I was planning for one until I heard that NASA actually rejected the material for use in orbit because of off-gassing concerns. But, you know they probably rejected a lot of conventional materials for the same reason. I didn't look into it further, but maybe there is a nasa material analysis report around somewhere.

NASA aside, like most things there are probably different companies manufacturing, different formulations, some excellent and some shocking.



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  Reply # 465985 5-May-2011 22:50
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gzt: I was planning for one until I heard that NASA actually rejected the material for use in orbit because of off-gassing concerns. But, you know they probably rejected a lot of conventional materials for the same reason.


Yeah, I read that. I doubt it's an issue unless you're confined within a space craft!

gzt: NASA aside, like most things there are probably different companies manufacturing, different formulations, some excellent and some shocking.


Most of the beds I've been looking at say 'Made in NZ', but does that mean the foam is actually manufactured here, or is it just cut and covered in NZ?

I can imagine that many of those folks complaining may be Americans who have just bought the cheapest Chinese examples they could find in walmart or wherever.

The Latex foam is an alternative - some were possibly more comfortable than the memory foam.  But while the latex it'self is natural, not all manufacturing processes are. So that makes it difficult to choose. Also, the different types confuse me; dunlop and talalay?

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  Reply # 466004 6-May-2011 00:36
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Interesting read.

But eh, just buy whatever's most comfortable.




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