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Choosing the perfect neck pillow: memory foam or latex?

Choosing the perfect neck pillow: memory foam or latex?

Memory foam and latex are two materials commonly used in the production of neck pillows. Here are the main differences between the two:

  1. Material: Memory foam is a synthetic material developed by NASA, known for its ability to adapt to the shape of the body and slowly return to its original shape. Latex, on the other hand, is a natural material derived from the sap of the rubber tree.
  2. Feel and support: Memory foam offers a suspension and cushioning feel, conforms to the shape of your neck and head and reduces pressure points. Excellent for the treatment of neck pain. On the other hand, latex offers uniform support and a slightly resilient feel.
  1. Responsiveness and Movement: Memory foam is known for its slow responsiveness, which creates a suspended sensation and reduced motion transfer. Latex, on the other hand, is more responsive and quickly returns to its original shape, allowing for greater movement and a faster response to resting positions.
  2. Breathability and temperature: Latex is generally considered more breathable than memory foam, thanks to its porous structure that allows for better airflow. To overcome this problem, the memory is drilled over the entire surface.
  3. Durability: Both materials can have good durability over time.
  4. Allergies and hygiene: Both materials are in contact with a coating therefore it must be kept clean by washing as indicated on the manufacturer's maintenance labels.

When it comes to ensuring optimal rest and taking care of the health of your neck and cervical vertebrae, choosing the right pillow is essential. We have seen the main differences between the two materials. We will now continue to analyze these differences, in order to help you make an informed decision on how to choose a cervical pillow that is best suited to you.

Memory foam is a material developed by NASA in the 1960s that revolutionized the mattress and pillow industry. It conforms to the body in response to heat and pressure, creating personalized support and a feeling of suspension. This means the memory foam pillow conforms to the shape of your neck and head, reducing pressure points and aligning your spine. Definitely the best features for a neck pillow.

The fact that NASA still uses memory foam and not latex for its astronauts should already guide your choice.

Over the years, memory foams have been improved in many aspects in terms of breathability, by applying holes on the entire surface, the speed of response, modifying its composition. In fact, today on the market there are anatomical cervical pillows with slow and fast response based on to its density.

So first choose the material that best suits us:

  • Memory foam or latex

Then the shape of the pillow:

  • Double wave or bar of soap

Then its dimensions:

13cm tall or 11cm tall (at the tallest part)

So why is memory foam preferred to latex?

For two main reasons, its ability to best adapt to the body part, giving comfort and support by minimizing pressure points and the possibility of inserting substances into the memory that are also useful for other purposes such as chamomile, lavender or aloe vera essences. gel forever.

Many argue that the latex pillow is more sustainable, we at Cipoxpat have created a super organic cervical pillow all made in Italy and with double covering to increase the level of hygiene.

The last covering is in Tencel, a material deriving from the processing of eucalyptus plant fibers with the recovery of 99% of the products used in the production phase.

In conclusion, when choosing an orthopedic neck pillow, always remember to take into consideration your sleeping style, any allergies and other specific needs.

Finally, before purchasing a neck pillow, it is always useful to read product reviews, consult authoritative sites and, if possible, in the case of particular pathologies, seek advice from professionals in the sector, such as physical therapists.

For further information on the topic you can also consult these sites:


- Sleep Foundation