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Best Latex Mattresses – 2020 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Overview

Latex mattresses have a unique feel that makes them a fan favorite among a large range of sleepers. Latex mattresses conform closely to the body, aligning the spine and alleviating pressure points much like memory foam beds. And yet, they typically sleep much cooler, are far more responsive, and last much longer, than most all-foam models. The average latex mattress will perform for at least eight years before it needs to be replaced. Other benefits include no noise when bearing weight, above-average motion isolation, and minimal odor/off-gassing potential.

Best Latex Mattresses
  • Editor’s Pick – Awara Mattress
  • Runner-Up Pick – Birch Mattress
  • Best Luxury Latex Mattress – Zenhaven
  • Best Latex Mattress For Lightweight Sleepers – Brooklyn Bedding Bloom
  • Best Latex Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers – Avocado Green Mattress
  • Best Latex Mattress for Heavyweight Sleepers – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress

As a mattress category, “latex mattress” describes any mattress with at least one layer of latex in the comfort layer. Some models also feature latex in the support layers, while others feature high-density polyfoam support cores instead. There are also latex hybrids, which are made with latex comfort layers and pocketed coil support cores.

Read on to see our picks for the best latex mattresses available today. Our selections are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

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Latex Mattress Reviews – Tuck’s Top 6 Beds

  • ‘Medium Firm’ (6)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 4" thick Dunlop latex comfort layer
  • High-profile design (13")

  • ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Longer-than-average expected lifespan
  • Sleeps cool and comfortable for most

  • Flippable with dual firmness (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Great motion isolation and sleeps cool
  • Free white glove delivery & old mattress removal

  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Eco-friendly construction
  • Great sleeper and edge support

  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 6.5)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Durable, long-lasting design
  • Zoned coils provide strong edge support

  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 7.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation and conforming
  • Longer-than-average lifespan

The Best Latex Mattresses – Reviewed

Editor’s Pick – Awara Mattress

Highlights

  • ‘Medium Firm’ (6)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 4" thick Dunlop latex comfort layer
  • High-profile design (13")

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Editor’s Choice Overview

The Awara Natural and Organic Latex Hybrid mattress is well-designed and features materials that are eco-conscious and deliver standout performance. For almost any type of sleeper, this mattress has all the ingredients for a restful night’s sleep, making it a clear choice for our Editor’s Pick.

The construction of the Awara mattress isn’t complicated, but it reflects a commitment to quality. The top layer is 4 inches of Dunlop latex that has been certified to be organic according to the demanding standards of the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). This latex has moderate contouring and noticeable bounce.

The support core is 9 inches of individually-wrapped innerspring coils. These are zoned coils, which means that they are more robust in specific areas that call for reinforcements based on where most body weight is applied. All in, the Awara Mattress measures 13 inches tall, providing an impressive profile with just as impressive support – particularly for heavier individuals.

The cover is made with a blend of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton and natural wool. These materials offer superior breathability and comfort cooling, making this mattress appealing for hot sleepers.

The ‘Medium Firm’ feel is soft enough that lightweight sleepers can get just the right amount of conforming to reduce impact at pressure points, while being supportive enough for heavier sleepers. The combined resilience of the latex and coils easily facilitate sexual activity, and the mattress boasts above-average edge support as well.

Awara extends their sleep trial to 365 nights, which is far longer than the majority of sleep trials in the industry. A lifetime warranty, also much longer than the industry norm, provides peace of mind that you’ll be covered if any defects arise.

The Bottom Line.

The Awara mattress features a standout construction that appeals to a wide range of sleepers, including hot sleepers, couples, and nearly any sleep position and body type. Plus, this bed is built to sleep cool and comfortable for at least seven years, if not longer.

Recommended for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination).The hybrid construction of the Awara mattress readily adapts to the sleeper’s body weight in each sleep position, providing just enough contour for healthy spinal alignment.
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy).The ‘Medium Firm’ feel will be most comfortable for sleepers of average weight or more, although many lighter-weight sleepers enjoy the Awara just as much.
  • Eco-conscious shoppers.The Awara is a green mattress made of organic and natural materials that have a low environmental impact.
  • Value seekers.Despite featuring an all-natural construction, the Awara mattress has a lower price-point than other latex hybrids. The mattress is also backed by the longest sleep trial and warranty periods you’ll find on the market today.

Not Recommended for:

  • Those who prefer a soft mattress.Thanks to its ‘Medium Firm’ rating and Dunlop latex comfort layer, the Awara mattress has an overall firmer feel that not all sleepers may enjoy, especially those who prefer plusher surfaces.
  • Chronic pain sufferers.The Awara mattress only provides moderate pressure relief, so it may not be the best choice for these sleepers.

Runner-Up Pick – Birch Mattress

Highlights

  • ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Longer-than-average expected lifespan
  • Sleeps cool and comfortable for most

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Runner Up Pick Overview

Our Runner-Up Pick is the Birch by Helix, also known as the Birch Mattress. This eco-friendly hybrid is constructed with comfort layers of natural/organic wool and natural Talalay latex, which provide consistent body conforming.

These materials also allow the bed to sleep exceptionally cool, since they are highly breathable and can help regulate the sleeper’s body temperature. The pocketed coil support core is reinforced with a layer of organic wool batting, which also helps air circulate through the bed.

The Birch Mattress is ‘Medium Firm,’ making it ideal for side and back sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds; it may also be suitable for lighter or heavier individuals who prefer moderate firmness and conforming. The components are sustainably sourced, as well. And because it is built with pocketed coils, the Birch Mattress is less prone to squeaking than innersprings and hybrids made with other coil types.

The Birch Mattress has a below-average price-point compared to other latex hybrids constructed with natural and organic materials. Birch also offers free shipping to all 50 states. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty.

The Bottom Line.

The Birch Mattress has a lot to offer, just like our Editor’s Pick, the Awara. This one lost out to the Awara for our top spot due to having a slightly firmer construction (making it comfortable for a narrower range of sleepers). Also, at $999 (after your Tuck exclusive discount), the Awara offers an incredible value for a latex hybrid, while the Birch, at $1,299 (after your Tuck exclusive discount) is still a smart buy.

Recommended for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination).The Birch Mattress offers a good mix of contouring and support for most sleep positions.
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups.The Birch Mattress has a true ‘Medium Firm’ feel, which feels most comfortable for sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more.
  • Hot sleepers.Every layer of the Birch Mattress promotes a cooler, more breathable sleep surface. Pocketed coils enable airflow through the support core of the mattress, while natural wool and ventilated latex in the comfort layers resist body heat and wick away moisture.
  • Eco-conscious shoppers.The Birch Mattress is made from organic wool and natural latex, both sustainable materials that increase the mattress’s lifespan while minimizing its environmental impact.

Not Recommended for:

  • Lightweight sleepers.The ‘Medium Firm’ feel of the Birch Mattress rates around a 6.5 on a 1-10 scale, which may feel too firm for sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds.
  • Sleepers who wake easily from noise or movement.The Birch Mattress does not sleep as quiet as all-latex models, and there is some potential for nighttime disruptions among those who sleep with a partner or pet.

Best Luxury – Zenhaven Mattress

Highlights

  • Flippable with dual firmness (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Great motion isolation and sleeps cool
  • Free white glove delivery & old mattress removal

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Best Luxury Overview

The Zenhaven by Saatva is a luxurious mattress for shoppers with a higher budget. This flippable latex mattress is built with one side that is ‘Medium Soft’ (or a 4 on the 1-10 firmness scale) and another side that is ‘Firm’ (7). This design allows owners to easily switch between two distinct comfort levels, making the Zenhaven ideal for sleepers whose firmness preferences may vary due to physical injury or recovery, weight loss or gain, or simply a change in preferences.

Like most all-latex models, the Zenhaven is eco-friendly, as well. Both comfort layers and the shared support core are made from Talalay latex, which offers body-hugging pressure relief and exceptional support. The cover is made from breathable organic cotton, allowing the mattress to sleep fairly cool.

Other strengths of the Zenhaven include very good motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight. And because it is constructed entirely from latex – one of the most durable mattress materials used today – the Zenhaven has an expected lifespan of at least seven years.

The Zenhaven, like other Saatva mattresses, qualifies for free White Glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. The bed is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty, both of which are longer than average.

The Bottom Line.

The flippable design of the Zenhaven mattress stands out as an appealing feature, but it’s not the only reason this bed earned our Best Luxury pick. The Zenhaven is made entirely from natural latex, so it will sleep cooler, last longer, and be kinder on the environment than most mattresses. Saatva also throws in a bevy of customer perks, including free White Glove delivery and longer-than-average sleep trial and warranty periods.

Recommended for:

  • Side and back sleepers.Either side of the Zenhaven provides exceptional support for back sleepers, while side sleepers may enjoy the plush comfort of the ‘Medium Soft’ side.
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy).The Zenhaven features a durable construction that’s supportive for body types.
  • Couples.With the Zenhaven, Saatva has managed to design a bed that’s responsive enough for sex, yet sleeps quite still and silent, due to above-average motion isolation.
  • Eco-friendly shoppers.The Zenhaven is made entirely from natural materials, with an all-latex interior and cotton cover.

Not Recommended for:

  • Very overweight sleepers.The ‘Firm’ side of the Zenhaven provides good support for heavier back sleepers, but may be less supportive for those who weigh over 300 pounds or sleep on their side or stomach.
  • Those looking for strong edge support.Sleepers who sleep or sit on the sides of the bed may experience sinkage or “roll-off” at the edges.
  • Shoppers on a tight budgetThe Zenhaven is an all-latex mattress that comes at a higher price point due the materials used. That can make it too expensive for some mattress shoppers.

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid

Highlights

  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Eco-friendly construction
  • Great sleeper and edge support

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Best for Lightweight Sleepers Overview

Some sleepers may prefer latex hybrids over all-latex beds. Due to their pocketed coil support cores, hybrids typically offer stronger edge support and better airflow than non-coil latex beds. The Bloom Hybrid from Brooklyn Bedding exemplifies all of these traits very well.

The bed measures 12″ thick and is available in three firmness settings – ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers with differing comfort preferences. At a 3.5, the ‘Soft’ setting is one of the softest mattress options you’ll find today, making the Bloom Hybrid a perfect choice for lightweight sleepers who need a plusher feel.

The Bloom Hybrid is constructed with a top layer of organic cotton and Joma wool, which helps keep the mattress cool, followed by a 3-inch layer of natural Talalay latex for added cushioning and support. The 8-inch pocketed coil layer is reinforced with a high-density foam base that helps maintain an even surface for sleeping and minimizes sinkage around the edges where people tend to sit. The Bloom Hybrid also isolates motion transfer and noise to a noticeable degree, so the bed works well for couples and light sleepers, too.

Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. The Bloom Hybrid is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

The Bottom Line.

With the Bloom Hybrid, Brooklyn Bedding has created a mattress that serves a range of body types, sleep positions, and sleep preferences. We’ve chosen this bed as our favorite pick for lightweight sleepers because the ‘Soft’ model is exceptionally soft, and the 3-inch layer of Talalay latex provides additional cushioning and comfort that’s sometimes hard for these sleepers to come by.

Recommended for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination).The ‘Soft’ model is best for lightweight side sleepers, while stomach or back sleepers may prefer the firmer ‘Medium’ option.
  • Couples.The Bloom Hybrid absorbs motion much better than most hybrid mattresses, so the bed sleeps quieter as a result. However, it’s still bouncy enough to provide a great surface for sex.
  • Those who tend to sleep hot.The wool-blend cover wicks away moisture, while the latex comfort layer and pocketed coil core further neutralize the mattress temperature, resulting in a cool sleep experience.
  • Eco-friendly shoppers.The Bloom Hybrid is made from natural materials which give this mattress a longer lifespan and reduce its overall environmental impact.

Not Recommended for:

  • Those who want to be able to return their mattress quickly if they don’t love it.The 120-night sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period.
  • Shoppers on a budget.As a hybrid model, the Bloom Hybrid carries a higher price tag than the average mattress.

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – Avocado Mattress

Highlights

  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 6.5)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Durable, long-lasting design
  • Zoned coils provide strong edge support

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Best for Average Weight Sleepers Overview

The Avocado Green latex hybrid mattress has a zoned pocketed-coil design that uses lower-gauge (thicker) coils in the center and higher-gauge (thinner) coils around the perimeter. This allows the mattress to provide targeted support to heavier parts of the body, such as the shoulders, waist, or hips. It is also available in ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm’ designs.

As a result, the mattress is ideally supportive for nearly any sleeper of average weight (those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds), whether they prefer to sleep on their side, stomach, or back. Those who prefer a slightly softer feel can get it with the ‘Medium’ model, while those who need a bit more firmness can opt for the ‘Medium Firm’ version.

The Avocado Green is a standout for several other reasons too. It is constructed from aerated Dunlop latex and organic wool comfort layers, as well as an organic cotton cover; these materials are eco-friendly and they sleep exceptionally cool. The mattress also has a long lifespan, as is typically the case for hybrids with thick latex layers. Noise potential for the Avocado Green is lower than average, as well.

Avocado ships mattresses free of charge to customers in all 50 states; White Glove delivery and old mattress removal are available for additional fees. The Avocado Green Mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.

The Bottom Line.

The Avocado Green made their mattress available in the two most popular firmness ratings – a ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm.’ These also happen to be the most supportive firmness options for average weight sleepers. And because they are so close in feel (only separated by about 1 point on a 1-to-10 firmness scale), average-weight sleepers can truly hone in on the precise firmness level they need.

Recommended for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination).Side sleepers of average weight may find the ‘Medium’ model more comfortable, while stomach sleepers will likely prefer the ‘Medium Firm’ model. Back sleepers can choose their model based on whether they generally prefer softer or firmer mattresses.
  • Couples where either partner is of average weight or heavier.We’ve chosen the Avocado Green as our Best Latex Mattress for Average Weight sleepers, but it’s just as supportive for heavier individuals who weigh over 230 pounds, particularly with the ‘Medium Firm’ model.
  • Those who tend to sleep hot.The hybrid design of the Avocado Green allows for a cooler sleep experience, thanks to good airflow throughout the pocketed coil core, and breathable comfort layers of organic wool and latex.
  • Eco-friendly shoppers.The Avocado Green uses organic wool and latex in the comfort layers, and recycled steel coils in the support core. Avocado is also known as one of the most eco-conscious mattress brands.

Not Recommended for:

  • Couples where one partner is a lightweight side sleeper.Either firmness setting of the Avocado Green may feel too firm for those who weigh less than 130 pounds.
  • Chronic pain sufferers.While the Avocado Green offers some conforming, it only offers average pressure relief.

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress

Highlights

  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 7.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation and conforming
  • Longer-than-average lifespan

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Best for Heavyweight Sleepers Overview

The Botanical Bliss mattress from PlushBeds is a comfortable, eco-friendly option for heavyweight sleepers. This mattress is available in three thickness options – 9, 10, and 12 inches – to accommodate sleepers with different profile preferences and to provide more substantial support for heavier body types. The comfort layers are made of organic wool and three natural Dunlop latex layers. The cover is organic cotton, and the support core features organic Dunlop latex as well.

Two initial firmness options are available, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Firm’ (7.5). However, owners can adjust the firmness settings at any time by swapping the order of the three latex layers. Most heavier sleepers will enjoy optimal support from the ‘Firm’ model, although some side sleepers may enjoy the softer feel of the ‘Medium’ model.

In addition to the customizable design, the Botanical Bliss mattress has a longer-than-average lifespan. It also conforms closely and alleviates pressure points throughout the body. Additionally, the mattress isolates a good amount of motion transfer, produces no noise when bearing weight, and sleeps fairly cool compared to memory foam mattresses. This makes the mattress a good choice for couples and hot sleepers alike.

PlushBeds offers free delivery anywhere in the U.S. and a 100-night sleep trial. The Botanical Bliss mattress is backed by a 25-year warranty – one of the longest mattress warranties available.

The Bottom Line.

With the Botanical Bliss mattress, PlushBeds offers multiple options that cater to heavier sleepers. Either of the 10- or 12-inch profiles provide a thicker, more durable and supportive mattress for these sleepers, while the ‘Firm’ feel is ideal for anyone who weighs 230 pounds or more.

Recommended for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination).The ‘Firm’ feel and use of Dunlop latex ensures heavier sleepers get the support they need, while the above-average conforming ability of the mattress provides a pressure-relieving, ultra comfortable sleep experience.
  • Couples.The Botanical Bliss is virtually silent when bearing weight, minimizing disruptions from a sleep partner moving during the night.
  • Back pain sufferers.The Botanical Bliss mattress uses Dunlop latex in each layer. This type of latex has a denser feel that provides heavier sleepers with better support, while still offering significant pressure and pain relief.
  • Those who like the close conforming of memory foam.The Botanical Bliss is unique for providing a highly conforming feel similar to a memory foam mattress, but on a much cooler sleep surface.

Not Recommended for:

  • Those looking for strong edge support.Like many all-latex beds, edge support with the Botanical Bliss is fair at best.
  • Those who want to be able to return their mattress quickly if they don’t love it.The 100-night sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period.

Latex Mattress Buyer’s Guide

Below, we share everything sleepers need to consider when buying a latex mattress, along with our best tips for buying a new mattress.

Buyer’s Guide for Latex Mattresses

What You Need to Know about Sleeping on a Latex Mattress

Latex is considered one of the best materials for mattress construction due to its natural softness, breathability and resiliency. Latex is most commonly found in luxury mattresses with high price points, and may be used in both the comfort layer and support core. Natural latex may be rendered using either the Dunlop or Talalay manufacturing processes, although latex may also be made from synthetic latex foams.

Latex mattresses can be beneficial for a wide range of sleepers. Like memory foam, latex is a great choice for side sleepers because it will conform to your figure and support your body’s natural curves and contours. It also reduces motion transfer, which cuts down on nighttime disruptions for couples who share a bed. The uniformity of Talalay latex provides pain and pressure relief for sleepers with chronic back and shoulder pain, while the density and stability of Dunlop latex make it ideal for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds.

The Feel of Latex

The distinct feel of a latex mattress is one of the reasons why this material is so popular with consumers. Let’s look at a few key benefits of all-latex and latex-hybrid mattresses.

  • Conforming:Latex will conform to your figure to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points throughout the body. Although a latex mattress won’t conform to a sleeper’s figure as much as a memory foam mattress, the natural shape recovery of latex ensures that you won’t make permanent indentations in the top surface.
  • Adjusting:Latex adjusts to a sleeper’s curves, rather than sinking beneath their weight like memory foam. As a result, latex is considered a good option for side and back sleepers with chronic back and shoulder pain.
  • Point elasticity and motion isolation:A unique property of latex is its point elasticity, which means that the latex is very elastic and capable of isolating motion transfer without disrupting other areas of the mattress. The softer the mattress, the higher the point elasticity level.
  • No noise:Latex mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight. This makes for a quieter sleep surface suitable to those who are light sleepers, or share their bed with a partner or pet.
  • High durability and longer lifespans:Organic and natural latex mattresses typically last for eight years, which is two years longer than the average mattress lifespan. Blended and synthetic latex mattresses tend to last for up to six years.

Latex Mattresses vs Memory Foam Mattresses

Latex vs Memory Foam

What’s better, Latex or Memory Foam Mattresses?

What’s most important to you? Health? Comfort? Durability?

We decided to compare latex and memory foam mattresses and let you decide for yourself.

After all, who better to help you figure this one out? We do make some of the best latex mattresses in the world.

So let’s get started.

You probably already know that.

A) Memory foam mattresses are known for theirpressure reliefandcomfort. but are made with some pretty harsh chemicals.

B) Latex mattresses are known for beingdurable, naturalandhealthybut aren’t known for comfort.

COMPARISON CHART

Natural Memory Foam?

Natural, latex based memory foam is NEW and has been featured on Dr.OZ, Tiny House Nation, O Network, Rachael Ray and much more.

Because people demanded a more comfortable latex mattress, Essentia spent 3 years developing a unique and patented latex mattress.

Latex Mattress vs Memory Foam Mattress

Latex Mattress vs. Memory Foam Overview

Latex mattresses

However, their comfort leaves much to be desired since the more natural they are the firmer they tend to be.

Memory foam mattresses

BUT, most memory foam is made using harsh chemicals. Petroleum based memory foams are made using known carcinogens and have been linked to itchy eyes, respiratory issues, headaches etc.

Making the healthy choice (natural latex) or comfortable choice (memory foam) is a dilemma for consumers.

Keep in mind you could always get the benefits of both with our natural memory foam mattresses.

What is Latex Foam and Why isn’t it Widely Used?

Latex foam is a type of foam designed to outlast traditional spring mattresses. It can be made using natural or synthetic (manmade) ingredients.

There are 3 different types of Latex foam:

Natural latex foam is processed Hevea milk (rubber tree sap). It’s rare to find natural latex in brand name mattresses since it’s expensive and durable, lasting 15+ years. Big box companies will usually only include 1 – 2 inches of natural latex on top so they can promote the mattress as “natural”. In reality, the bed is made up of more synthetic materials than anything else. Be suspicious when companies don’t mention the percentage of natural content in their latex.

Keep in mind that it’s just not feasible for any mattress under $1500 to be made entirely of natural latex due to the costs.

2 Different Ways to Make Latex Mattress Foam:

Sap from the Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is collected and processed into latex; the finished product is used in mattresses and pillows.

Both Dunlop and Talalay latex can be made 100% synthetic.

Dunlop vs Talalay Latex – Clarifying the Misinformation

People often say that Talalay is the superior latex. This is false and here’s why.

Dunlop latex foam was put to market in the 1950’s. The goal wasnotto create natural foam, it was to create a longer-lasting, consistent feeling product than other foams on the market.

Talalay latex foam was then invented. It felt better than Dunlop foam since it was softer, more durable and had a more consistent feel. To do this, 50%+ of the natural ingredients were replaced with synthetic latex. Remember "natural" was of no concern back then, it was all about the properties of the foam.

As technology improved, Dunlop latex evolved and caught up in terms of performance, durability, and consistency.

Today, Talalay is still the softer latex foam but itremains highly synthetic. That’s why you can’t and will never find GOLS certified Talalay latex because it exceeds the synthetic ingredients tolerated by the GOLS or Global Organic Latex Standard certification.

How do Latex Mattresses Compare to Spring Mattresses?

A latex mattress roughly provides comfort equivalent to that of a spring mattress, but with extended durability (10-30 years).

The main difference between the 2 types of mattresses is component quality. Companies manufacturing natural latex mattresses tend to opt forenvironmentally friendly materials; natural and organic wool and cotton. Traditional spring mattress manufacturers tend to use synthetic foams and chemically treated synthetic fabrics etc.

Latex Resilience-How well does latex hold up?

We often get the question How well does latex hold up over time?? and Will the latex eventually leave an indentation over time?? Below I have posted the results of our 100% Natural Latex resilience test showing just how well it holds up over time. I will attempt to break down these numbers so you dont have to pull out your calculator.

Subject:6? 100% Natural Dunlop Latex Core
How the test was done:150lb impression weight. Similiar to an average human. The test was done in two stages at 30 and 60,000 strokes. An initial test of 200 strokes was done to compare the difference between a new latex core before and after the 60,000 impressions.

Findings:
Change in height: After 60,000 impressions. There was a 1.4mm loss in height. 60,000 Impressions is the equivilant of laying down and getting back up every day of the year for 134 years! Below is a milimeter chart just so you can see how small the loss is.

Change in hardness: After 30,000 impressesions there was a 2% change in hardness. This is the break in period. After another 30,000 impressions there was only a 1% change in hardness
Conclustion:Latex is one of the most resiliant materials used in mattress manafacturing today. You can rest assured (no phun intented) you will enjoy years of consistant sleep night after night.

Latex Mattress Reviews

For decades, latex was viewed as only a luxury mattress option, out of reach for most customers. In recent years, though, latex has become more affordable thanks to the increasing availability of online mattress retailers, and now, latex mattresses offer excellent performance and value while remaining within the budget of most mattress shoppers.

The majority of the latex used in today’s mattresses is high-quality, naturally sourced from rubber trees and produced using the Dunlop or Talalay manufacturing process. All-latex beds are made using only latex while latex hybrids employ other materials, such as foams or innerspring coils, as well.

Latex has a unique feel that blends contouring, resilience, and comfort. Latex mattresses are available in a compelling mix of designs and firmness options. Key selling points include their temperature regulation, natural bounciness, and conforming ability that offers relief from back and shoulder pain. They are also denser, heavier mattresses that can provide stability and above-average support for sleepers with a higher body weight.

As new latex beds have come on the market, customers have more choices than ever. In this guide, we’ll identify our top picks for the best latex mattresses. We’ll also review the essential background about latex beds to help you be a smart and savvy mattress shopper.

What Are the Best Latex Mattresses?

As the number of latex mattresses available has expanded, it has become easier for customers to become overwhelmed when trying to choose between them. Sorting through all the details and reviews can be a tedious process, so we’ve done the hard work for you and outlined our top 5 choices — which are not in a ranked order — in the table below.

ManufacturerModelLatex TypeFirmnessPrice (Queen)
AwaraLatex HybridMedium Firm (6)$1,199BirchTalalayMedium Firm (6.5)$1,499PlushBeds Botanical BlissDunlop2 Choices: Medium (5-6), Firm (7-8)$2,699Latex for Less7″: Dunlop only, 9″: Dunlop & TalalayTwo-Sided: Medium (5), Firm (7.5)$1,449Bloom HybridTalalayMedium Firm (6.5)$1,799ZenhavenTalalayReversible: Luxury Plush (4-5) / Gentle Firm (7-8)$1,899

Awara

Why we like it:

  • Extra-breathable and cozy natural wool in the comfort system
  • Talalay latex provides softness and bounce
  • Wool, cotton, and latex meet high standards for eco-conscious production
  • 1% of sales donated to an environmental cause

Beds made with organic latex are a sustainable option for eco-conscious shoppers, and many of these mattresses also offer exceptional durability. The Awara is an excellent example. Constructed with a 4-inch comfort layer of organic Dunlop latex, the hybrid mattress provides long-lasting support without sagging or sinkage along the edges.

The pocketed coils are also zoned to provide varying levels of support to different areas of the sleeper’s body, resulting in fewer aches and pains. The Awara has a medium-firm (6) feel, making it ideal for back and stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, as well as heavier side sleepers. A breathable cover made from organic cotton and natural wool helps keep the surface cool, while steady airflow through the coil layer ensures consistent temperature neutrality.

The Awara’s price-point is very reasonable compared to other latex hybrids and the company offers free shipping to all 50 states. Additionally, the mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are longer than average.

Birch

Why we like it:

  • Made from certified-organic latex
  • Breathable cover and good temperature neutrality
  • Reasonably priced
  • 365-night trial and lifetime warranty

The Birch mattress, a new offering from Helix, is a hybrid that employs Talalay latex in its comfort layer to create an ideal sleep surface for a restful night.

The comfort system in the Birch mattress is made up of two materials. The topmost is a layer of New Zealand wool that is produced according to the eco-conscious standards of the PGC Wrightson Wool Integrity Program. Underneath the wool is a layer of Talalay latex that is certified by the Rainforest Alliance for sustainable production.

The latex layer provides a moderate level of conforming for pressure relief, and the wool contributes additional softness and comfort. Moving on the mattress is easy with the significant bounce of the latex. A Medium Firm feel of around 6.5 on the firmness scale makes the Birch a good fit for most sleepers regardless of sleeping position.

The support core is a thick layer of individually-wrapped innerspring coils. This layer provides additional bounce as well as responsiveness to the weight of the body. A thin bottom layer of wool helps stabilize the mattress and reduce any noise from the movement of the coils.

This mattress stays cool thanks to the breathability of the organic cotton cover, the naturally-moisture wicking wool, latex’s resistance to heat buildup, and the air that moves easily through the innerspring coils.

The Birch mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial with a 30-day break-in period, and a 25-year limited warranty covers any mattress defects. As an added bonus for eco-friendly customers, Birch donates 1% of all sales to the National Forest Foundation, an organization working to plant 50 million trees in U.S. National Forests by 2030.

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Why we like it:

  • All organic and sustainable materials
  • Stable, supportive layers of Dunlop latex
  • Multiple choices for mattress height and firmness level
  • Notable conforming for relieving pressure points

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress sets a high bar when it comes to sustainable production and eco-conscious materials. All of the materials — cotton, wool, and latex — are certified organic according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). The mattress boasts a huge range of other certifications including USDA Organic, Greenguard Gold, eco-Institute Certified, and more.

But it’s not just the environmental aspect that make the Botanic Bliss a top pick for the best latex mattress. The design of the mattress itself is excellent, offering customers a high level of performance in all of the six available models. PlushBeds offers this mattress in a 9”, 10”, and 12” model, each of which can be Medium (5-6 on the firmness scale) or Firm (7-8).

All of these mattresses utilize multiple layers of Dunlop latex produced at the ARPICO organic rubber plantation in Sri Lanka. This latex has mild contouring and above-average bounce, giving it a perfect mix of resilience and responsiveness.

The number of layers and their thickness varies depending on the height selected. In each case, the layers, which have different firmness feels, can be rearranged within the mattress to modify the overall firmness feel. A cover of organic cotton and wool surrounds the interior latex layers.

The Botanical Bliss has a higher price tag than many other latex mattresses being sold today, but this reflects the company’s unwavering commitment to sourcing truly organic materials. A 100-night sleep trial allows you to return the mattress for a full refund — after a 30-night break-in period — if you are not satisfied.

Latex for Less

Why we like it:

  • Flippable design with two firmness options in every mattress
  • Natural, single-origin latex layers
  • Two options for mattress height
  • Extended 120-night sleep trial

Latex for Less offers an affordable, well-designed latex mattress that is flippable and features a different firmness on each side. One side is Medium Firm (5 on the firmness scale) while the other side is Firm (7.5). This mattress employs the pressure-relieving properties of latex that customers in virtually any sleeping position can appreciate.

Customers can choose from a 7” or 9” height mattress height. There are minor differences in the construction of these two models. The 7” model has a 6” support core of Dunlop latex with half an inch of wool on either side. The 9” model has the same 6” layer of Dunlop latex but adds a 2” layer of Talalay latex, and again, these are nestled between thin layers of wool.

Adding the Talalay latex gives the 9” model a slightly bouncier and lighter feel on one side than the 7”, but both models provide the reversible firmness option. Both also have an organic cotton cover that works with the wool to assure breathability and excellent temperature regulation.

The latex in these mattresses is all-natural and made according to exacting standards. It contributes significant bounce that makes it easy to move on the bed, but at the same time, it cushions pressure points and keeps motion transfer to a minimum.

Bloom by Brooklyn Bedding

Why we like it:

  • Flippable design with two firmness options in every mattress
  • Natural, single-origin latex layers
  • Two options for mattress height
  • Extended 120-night sleep trial

The Bloom latex hybrid from Brooklyn Bedding is a top pick due in part to its wide firmness selection. Customers can choose from soft (3.5), medium (5.5), or firm (7.5) settings. Most sleepers should find a setting that feels comfortable and supportive regardless of their body weight or preferred sleep position. All versions of the Bloom contain a thick pocketed coil support core reinforced with high-density foam for excellent surface and edge support.

The comfort layer is constructed from Talalay latex, which usually provides closer conforming than Dunlop latex. A cover made of organic cotton and natural Joma wool ensures a cool, comfortable surface. These materials also wick away moisture from the sleeper’s body for added temperature regulation. Compared to other hybrids, the Bloom isolates motion transfer very well and does not make much noise. These characteristics make the bed suitable for couples.

The Bloom is fairly affordable for a latex hybrid. Brooklyn Bedding also offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S., as well as affordable rates for customers in Alaska and Hawaii. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Zenhaven by Saatva

Why we like it:

  • Reversible design with different firmness levels on each side
  • High level of support and pressure relief
  • Top-quality Talalay latex
  • Free white-glove delivery and old mattress removal

The Zenhaven mattress easily makes our list of the best latex mattresses available online. It is an all-latex mattress made with thick layers of Talalay latex and attention-to-detail in the manufacturing process.

What makes this mattress unique, though, is its reversible design. On each side of a 6” thick latex support core (composed of two separate 3” layers) are comfort layers with different firmness feels. Each of these comfort layers is 1.5” thick. On one side, the feel is Luxury Plush (4-5 on the typical firmness scale), and the other side has a Gentle Firm feel (7-8). To change the comfort level of your mattress, all you have to do is flip the mattress over.

In addition to offering adjustable firmness, the Zenhaven scores well when it comes to support. The latex has enough responsiveness to contour to the body and relieve pressure points. At the same time, especially with the use of Talalay latex throughout, the Zenhaven has plenty of bounce to facilitate easy movement on the mattress and to prevent you from feeling stuck in the bed.

The Zenhaven is made by Saatva, which has a great reputation as a company. They offer free white-glove delivery that includes setup of the Zenhaven and haul-away of your old mattress. Though it costs nearly $2,000 for a Queen mattress, the Zenhaven’s strong track record of customer satisfaction demonstrates that its innovative design and quality materials are worth the investment.

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What Are the Types of Latex Mattresses?

The term latex mattress is used broadly to describe a whole category of mattresses. Not surprisingly, then, not all latex beds have the same materials or construction. This section introduces the most important differences among the types of latex mattresses.

All-Latex and Latex Hybrids

Some latex mattresses have an internal construction that is entirely latex. These may be called all-latex or true-latex mattresses. In these mattresses, the latex is usually arranged in layers, and those layers may utilize different types of latex or latex with varying properties of firmness. Even an all-latex mattress isn’t 100% latex, though, as other materials, like cotton or wool, are frequently used in the cover.

A latex hybrid features latex as a central part of the mattress, but it isn’t the only material used. In most cases, a thick latex layer forms the comfort system that goes on top of a support core of innerspring coils.

Of course, other types of mattresses can use latex, but that doesn’t mean they are latex mattresses. For example, a memory foam bed might have a thin latex layer nestled in among the foams. Because the latex is not the central element in that mattress, it would not be considered either an all-latex or latex hybrid mattress.

What Are the Types of Latex?

Within the category of latex mattresses, some types can be distinguished based on the type of latex that is used. Latex mattresses may contain natural latex, synthetic latex, or blended latex, which is a mix of the two.

Natural Latex

Also called NR latex or pure latex, this material is derived from the sap of rubber trees. Trees produce this sap naturally, and removing the sap for latex does not harm the tree. Once the sap is removed, it can be processed into different types of latex rubber products.

Even natural latex is not 100% composed of sap. The conversion of sap into usable products requires adding a very small amount of additives to permit proper curing of the rubber. These additives are generally regarded as safe and are used only in small quantities, composing less than 5% of the final product. This means that 95% or more of the latex rubber is directly from the tree sap.

Organic Latex

All organic latex is natural latex, meaning that it is derived from the sap of trees. But not all natural latex is organic. The organic label goes beyond just being made from sap; it indicates that the way that the trees are cared for and that the rubber is made reflect principles of organic production.

For example, organic standards frequently require that no pesticides be used, that systems be in place for managing waste streams, and that systems are in place for transparency and verification of the production processes. Some organic standards also require provisions for protecting the rights and well-being of workers.

An organic certification indicates that the latex has been made according to the standards required by that specific certifying agency. As a result, not all certifications are created equal. One certification for latex that is well-regarded is the Control Union’s Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). GOLS includes criteria for sustainability in the cultivation and processing of sap as well as for the proper treatment of workers in this production process.

Dunlop and Talalay Latex

Natural latex for a mattress can be formed in two ways: the Dunlop process and the Talalay process. For this reason, you will frequently see latex in mattresses labeled as either “Dunlop” or “Talalay.” Both processes can make a high-quality natural latex product, but there are some notable differences in the characteristics of these materials. In the Dunlop process, manufacturers whip the sap into a froth, pour it into a mold, and then steam-bake it so that it holds its shape. During this process, some natural sediment accumulates at the bottom of the mold, resulting in a slightly denser, heavier mattress, especially on one side. Dunlop latex is often firmer and is well-regarded for its durability.
In the Talalay process, the sap is still whipped and put in a mold, but then the mold is vacuum-sealed and frozen. This stabilizes the components of the mold and prevents sediment collection. After being frozen, the mold is baked to finalize the process. Talalay latex has a more homogenous feel that tends to be lighter and slightly softer.

While the difference between Dunlop and Talalay latex is important to be aware of, remember that both processes use naturally derived sap that gives the material its fundamental properties. As a result, you’ll find moderate contouring and considerable elasticity in both types of natural latex.

Synthetic Latex

Synthetic latex, also known as Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR) or SBR latex, is derived from petroleum-based chemicals. It has been chemically engineered to have a feel that is similar to natural latex, but its production does not require the harvesting of sap.

Historically, synthetic latex has been a cheaper product because of this ability to produce it without managing farms of sap-producing trees. However, because it is made with petrochemicals, its price can fluctuate significantly based on the global price of oil.

While synthetic latex is common in many types of consumer products, it is less frequently employed in mattresses. For bedding, there is a strong customer preference for natural latex, and as a result, most of the most popular latex brands are made without any synthetic latex. Very low-cost latex mattresses may use synthetic latex, but these tend to offer worse performance and durability relative to natural latex beds.

Blended Latex

As the name implies, blended latex is made with a mixture of natural latex and synthetic latex. The ratio of natural to synthetic can vary depending on the formulation needed for any specific product.

Understanding Latex Labels

To review, here’s a breakdown of what you might see on a latex label and what it means.

Type of latexPercentage of natural latexMattress components
Natural latex (all-latex, pure latex)95% or more natural latexNatural latex foam from rubber trees with small amount of additives for curing
Organic latex95% or more natural latexNatural latex that has been certified to meet standards of organic production, including in small percentage of additives
Blended latex (latex hybrid)VariesMostly synthetic latex mixed with some natural latex; exact ratio may or may not be listed
Synthetic latex (SBR latex)0% natural latexAll synthetic latex foams

What Are the Components of a Latex Bed?

Like most mattresses, a latex bed is composed of multiple layers, and those layers allow us to determine its type. Each layer serves as part of a specific element in the mattress construction.

The Support Core

The support core is the thickest part of a mattress. It provides a base level of stability and the bulk of the height of a mattress. Because it makes up a sizable percentage of the total mattress, it also plays a role in the performance of the mattress with regard to support and bounce.

In an all-latex mattress, the support core is made with one or more thick latex layers. Because of its density, Dunlop latex is used more frequently for a support core, but Talalay latex can function extremely well in this role as well. A latex support core is sturdy and durable, helping all-latex mattresses hold up well to nightly use over the long term. At the same time, the latex offers enough responsiveness to keep the mattress from feeling overly rigid.

The Comfort System

The comfort system is placed above the support core and is the part of the mattress designed to be most immediately felt by the sleeper. The contouring, bounce, and firmness of a mattress are directly influenced by the comfort system. In some beds, the comfort system is just one layer; in others, it is made up of multiple layers working together.

In both all-latex mattresses and latex hybrids, the comfort layer prominently features this material. Both Dunlop and Talalay latex can offer impressive performance in the comfort system with Talalay offering a slightly softer and bouncier feel in general.

Latex comfort layers provide multiple features that customers love. They have enough conforming to cushion pressure points, but their resilience means that there’s little risk of feeling stuck in the mattress. The bounce makes it easy to change sleeping positions or to engage in intimate activity on the bed. At the same time, the bounce isn’t so extensive as to cause problems with motion isolation. Latex does not retain significant heat, plus many latex comfort layers are aerated with small holes to let cooling airflow pass through.

The Transition Layer

Not all beds have a transition layer. Some mattresses, though, especially latex hybrids, may have a layer that sits between the support core and comfort system. Usually, this layer is denser than the comfort system but not as dense as the support core. It may be used to give a bit of extra cushioning and to make sure that sleepers don’t “bottom out” through the comfort system and put excess pressure on the support core.

The Cover

The last component of a latex mattress is the cover. A cover goes around the mattress, although it may be made of a different material on the top than on the sides and bottom. Cotton and polyester are both frequently used in mattress covers. Wool, which is soft and breathable, is often quilted with cotton to create a thicker cover with more cushioning built into it.

What Does It Feel Like to Sleep on a Latex Mattress?

Latex beds offer a unique feel that has made them a favorite among many sleepers. Thanks to their rubber content, they’re naturally elastic, so they’re excellent at accommodating pressure points while keeping a bouncy feel. The stability and moderate conforming make latex excellent at providing relief to people who struggle with back or hip pain.

In many ways, latex mattresses offer a perfect middle ground between innerspring and memory foam beds. They contour to the sleeper’s body like a memory foam mattress but without making them feel trapped or stuck. In addition, like an innerspring, they resist overheating and are bouncy enough to facilitate sex.

ILD and Density

Of course, not every latex mattress has the same feel. The latex can be produced and layered in order to provide a softer or firmer sleeping surface.

A term that you may come across that can affect the feel of a latex mattress is ILD, which stands for Indentation Load Deflection. ILD measures how much force must be applied to a material to cause it to compress a specific amount. ILD in latex materials usually ranges from 15 to 45, and the higher the ILD rating, the firmer the latex.

Keep in mind, though, that the ILD number alone doesn’t tell the whole story. ILD is affected by how thick the latex is, and it doesn’t communicate anything about the material’s responsiveness. In addition, the feel of a mattress is created by all of its layers, so looking at the ILD of just one layer can be misleading about the performance of the mattress as a whole.

Another term that is sometimes used to describe latex mattresses is density. In latex mattresses, this density usually ranges from 60 to 95 kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m3). Sometimes it is represented by the letter D followed by a number, like D75. A denser latex will usually be firmer and may be more durable as well.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Latex Mattresses?

Latex beds offer many advantages, but, like anything, they also come with their downsides. Review the list of pros and cons below to determine whether a latex mattress is right for you based on your sleep needs.

Top 10 problems with All Natural Latex Mattresses

This is a follow-up to our Top Ten Benefits of Latex post from a few weeks ago.

Latex Mattresses are Expensive.

If you look at it from an up front cost this is true however if you consider how much longer latex beds last compared to other mattress types especially mattress and boxsprings which typically only have 20-30 percent of the life, these quality mattresses will pay for themselves.

Natural Rubber Latex Mattresses Don’t Hold Up.

This statement could not be more false. Latex is a byproduct of the rubber tree. The natural sap is converted into a solid form and is extremely resilient. It may very well be one of the most durable mattresses on the market.

Latex Beds are too Firm.

Actually just like any other mattress on the market latex beds are offered in various firmness levels. Latex is measured by its ILD. If the number is higher then the mattress will be firmer and if the ILD is lower the rubber mattress will be softer.

Latex Mattresses Smell bad.

First off every mattress has a smell whether it be a conventional spring mattresses, memory foam, waterbeds or yes even latex. This is similar to a new car or anything else that is brand new. This has really has been blown out of proportion yes some latex mattresses have a stronger odor than others like any mattress can. We recommend asking for a sample of the latex and take a sniff. Be sure to smell the latex mattress you are testing. Every mattress will need a short period of time to air out when first removed from its plastic bag.

Latex Mattresses aren’ t Good for a Bad Back.

We really do not get this statement at all. Like any good quality mattress it is designed to support your back properly. It is flexible enough to support your back yet resilient enough to stand the test of time. Before you take the lead in statement as gospel, know this we would suggest learning the background of the person who made the statement and determine their level of knowledge about mattresses. Many doctors and chiropractors know little more about mattresses than you know about back surgery.

Latex Mattresses are Bad for the Environment.

Considering that the average coil spring mattress lasts only 6-8 years and a real all-natural latex mattress can last 20 years plus. We should see fewer latex mattresses in landfills. Dunlop latex is biodegradable.

Latex Mattresses are Responsible for the Depletion of Our Forest.

The Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), or the rubber tree is able to produce a sap that is harvested like maple syrup. The tree produces up to 25 years or so and is replenish able unlike other mattresses claiming to be all natural and are derived from our depleting natural oil reserves and takes less energy to produce just an addition thought in the going green movement.

Latex Rubber Beds are Just Another Fly by Might Mattress Fad.

In 1931 the first latex rubber mattress was built. In 1931Richard Pieris and Co. Ltd., started building the Dunlop process of latex foam in 1952. It simply gave way to the invention of a cheaper to produce material called polyurethane foam. Today people have asked for a more durable alternative to cheaper foams and chemical laden mattresses being produced today.

100% Natural Latex Mattresses Sleep Hot.

All forms of latex mattresses have a pinhole design that allows air to move around freely creating a cooler sleep environment. Something with can be a much more significant cause of heat is using mattress pads and sheets that have material that do not breathe properly.

Some People are Allergic to Latex so Why Buy a Mattress Made of it?

First less than 1 % of the public is allergic to latex and this includes all classes of individuals and allergy types. There is considerable literature on reactions between those who have been diagnosed as latex sensitive. Most of this is related to the medical industry not the mattress industry.

Author: Douglas Belleville

Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds – a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won’t find the brand names here – click here to find out why!

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These comments are consistent with the results of the research I have done. I discovered latex mattresses by accident during a mattress search. And, I had a preconceived prejudice against them. The first time my wife laid on one in a store to test it she was sold. Then we did our research talking to a lot of people in the business, a personal friend who had one (Sealy), and Internet data. We are convinced they are the best available foundation and have found the prices to be competitive with other quality mattress construction. Along the way we picked up a story about a major chain discontinuing the product line after a problem was noted about the material “drying out” and “crumbling”. So, I diligently chased the information. I found a furniture sales manager at a major chain (important, he has been in the buiness a long time) who said today that about 10 years ago they did have a problem with the product as I described above. He said they pulled it back (the manufacturer) reformulated the manufacturing process, and he has had no complaints/issues with their current product line.

Oh, and my friend? He has had his a while. He says it is heaven.

The genuine latex beds Sealy, Sterns & Foster, Simmons, Serta, Ikea produce are synthentic blended latex.

Unfortunatly the government allows mattress manufactures claim their mattresses are 100% genuine latex, natural latex if it has less than 20% synthentics added.

These beds manufactured by the big “S” brands still have a lot of other synthetic foams (by various made up names)in the comfort levels. They quilt to polyester batting, which also shows body impressions. The crumbling and drying out is probably due to they synthetic blend in the mattress.

They still have to pour flame retardant chemicals into it to pass the FR1633 federal flame retardant law. Because it is a synthetic blend with other synthetics in the mattress. It is a proven fact synthetic materials are highly flammable because they are synthetic materials.

The odor you might smell is the bonding agent used in all natural latex, is ammonia or sulfer. I doubt anyone would smell it with the ticking and sheets on it. I have 3 latex beds in my home and I don’t smell anything & I have severe lung sensitivites. At least they are not petro-chemicals and formaldehyde which is in all the other beds.

Really great post, I enjoyed it…Joyce

Joyce thanks for your great response and some very good points were made I might add. I would like to point out however that we ought to be very careful what we ask for, inviting the government regulate what is and is not organic. The last time they got involved in regulating mattresses, we ended up with the out of this world piece of legislation you mentioned in your post: (FR1633 federal flame retardant law). Without a doubt it advanced the mattress green movement moving it the front burner. The industry is still very young and of course by no means perfect. They are working diligently to develop some industry standards defining green, organic, all natural etc.
Here is a blog I wrote recently on the topic. Green Mattresses Standards Coming What Are They?

BASICS OF POLYURETHANE FOAM
AND THE USE OF COMBUSTION MODIFYING ADDITIVES
http://www.pfa.org/EFC9_Handout.html

While some all natural latex rubber like yours very well may have little to no have odor, others can be quite strong like car tires, rubber bands, or balloons. All natural latex with such odors, according to all the information I have learned about them thus far seem to incorporate more fillers and a higher chemical composition. Hopefully someone with a better knowledge than myself might comment and set the record straight.

Ticking and bed sheets definetly will not stop odor, after all the are designed to breathe. Just look at all the complaints on memory foam mattresses.

Can anyone tell me how long Indonesian top usa hotel grade latex/cotton topped (and maybe synthetic material as well) mattresses will take to lose their strong odour and is it possible to speed up the process?
Meg

do they smell of johnnies ?

That is an interesting way to ask the question, and since smell is a common question about latex mattresses I will assume you are serious and adding humor… LOL. No they do not smell like out houses, but they do have a natural rubber smell that is non chemical, non off gassing smell, and is not harmful or dangerous.

I bought an all latex bed from The Natural Bed Store, spent well over $2,000 and two years later I am overdue in looking for a new mattress because it has sunk. I have back and joint issues and because of the sinkage, my back and joints feel terrible when I get up in the morning. Back to the drawing board. I can’t do temperpedic b/c that bed will be too hot in the summer.

Have you contacted The Natural Bed Store? Speak with one of their Organic Sleep Specialist. The should be able to help you determine what is going on with the bed warranty or otherwise. You can reach them at 1.800.235.3433

Although I have enjoyed sleeping on the latex bed, it has not lasted. We purchased the Natura queen with a wool topper. 6 years later it has no support left in it and bottoms out on the frame. The Warrantee is to replace the mattress up to 10 years. The problem is that they want $250 BUCKS to ship from Ontario to BC. Unacceptable. I have found a $600 coil spring bed that is as firm and comfortable (restonic) and in the meantime I am very happy without the latex.

My parents purchased a latex bed on their return to the US in 1962. 47 years later, they are still sleeping comfortably on the same bed, no warps, holes. slumps .. just 100% cotton covered latex.

I purchased a latex blend (basically an 8″ latex sheeting over some other less expensive foam – mine has a lightly filled topper. I like it. No rolling, no slumping, no turning, turning, turning. And if I were to purchase again, I would get an all latex with organic cotton cover, no pad.

Go green, and let the Rubber tree reign.

HELP please – my 100% pure natural latex mattress (dunlop) smells.
I am really concerned about this.We have been having this mattress for more than 6weeks now. For the first month we had to leave it unzipped and uncovered from its outer cover in a separate bedroom with windows non-stop open for over a month. We even avoided going to the room much, as the smell quickly spread over the house.I have to say that the smell has decreased considerably (and we started sleeping on it in last 2 weeks), but the smell still lingers enough to bother us. Our 2.5 year old daughter sleeps in bed with us and even if she takes only an hour nap in the afternoon, I can smell the mattress on her pyjama and her body (through a good quality mattress protector and a bedsheet!)! I myself am pregnant and although I keep reading about the smell not gassing off and not being harmful in these mattresses, I am concerned more and more. I think I would rather return it (but our trial period has ended). we were told (and everywhere I am reading I can see) that mattress smell should go within 6 weeks. Does anyone have a similar experience?

I just upgrade my Tempurpedic to Rapsody but I still wake up with upper and lower back pain. I think the mattress is too soft and doesn’t give me enough support. I’m 5’6″, 103 lbs, and was told I should sleep on a softer mattress to reduce the pressure on my back. After doing a lot of reading, I’d like to try the latex mattress. There is no latex mattress store within 200 miles near my hometown and I don’t know which kind (natural, blended, Dunlop, Talalay, soft, medium or firm) of latex mattress I should order. Can any one give me some suggestion?

Does anyone know if there are any sofas that have natural latex as padding instead of the regular foam?

I’ve had my latex mattress for 5 years and it stills smells strongly of latex. It smells up the whole room. If anyone has a remedy for this, I’d be interested.

Interesting to see some others with smell problems. We bought a 100% Natural latex with Tencel/Wool Cover in 2005. After a few years it had severe body impressions but just a light chemical odor. We rotated it 180 degrees and after another year the body impressions came back. We then rotated it 90 degrees and no body impressions. But the chemical odor has been increasing and finally we can’t take it any more. The whole room smells like chemicals when the door is closed over night. I took off the cover and rolled back the top piece of foam. The odor was so strong my eyes burned. The mattress is manufactured by Latex International. The people we bought it from are contacting them to see what to do. If you zip back your cover and look all around the sides of the mattress you should see a tag with the manufacture’s name and phone number. Call them to report the problem. I’d be interested to know if the others reporting smell problems are from the same manufacturer. Probably these are sold under various brand names. Mine was advertised as The 8″ 100% Natural Nu-Lex Talalay Latex Mattress.

I am the same poster as the one in comment 15. The manufacturer of our 100% natural latex mattress, Latex International claims all is normal and that it can’t chemically break down and cause an odor. The top and sides of our mattress are darker yellow than original so it is breaking down in some fashion. We decided to buy a new mattress. But after looking and reading review realized that with my bad back I need to figure out how to make the Latex work. So we went out and got a bed bug encasement cover that seems to block air. It says it is breathable but when I put the mattress in it last night. No more odor! There is a slight plastic smell. I washed the cover first and aired it out for a day but probably should have aired it more. The night before putting the bed bug encasement on we took a 12 lb bag of baking soda and spread it all over the base layer of latex foam and the top layer. We have the 6 inch mattress with 2 inch topper. We then put the cover back on the latex foam. This helped with the smell considerably but did not eliminate it which is why I put the bed bug encasement on top. This seems to have done the trick. I also removed the wool tencel cover as it plus the bed bug cover made the mattress to hard. In my zeal to eliminate the smell I washed the wool tencel cover and I think the wool tightened up. So anyone doing this who hasn’t washed their cover may be ok leaving it on. I also bought a thick cotton mattress pad which is currently being washed that I will put on top of the bed bug cover so we don’t sleep to close to the plastic. Crossing my fingers that this works and that the bed bug cover isn’t putting out toxic fumes also.

For anyone contemplating a natural latex mattress purchase pay attention to the latex chemical smell you smell in the store. It will only get worse over time at home. However if you are like me and need the latex for a bad back consider adding a bed bug cover to keep the smell trapped. I bought the Allergy Luxe Premium Bed Bug Barrier from Bed Bath and Beyond. Amazon.com has ones at half the price but I wanted something that was easy to return if it didn’t work or if it had too strong of a chemical odor to the plastic.

The smell is back after two nights. So we are going to get a new mattress. Have to decide on an all natural with a small amount of latex buried in there from Natura or a traditional. The smell is coming through the Allergy Luxe Premium Bug Barrier so disregard my above recommendation. I think the baking soda managed to absorb it for the first night but not it is overcome.

I am about to return my second mattress, after trying to find a replacement for a 30 yr-old. My first try, a S&F, sagged 5″ in the middle. A manufacturing defect they said, meaning a quality control problem with that company. The second try , a Simmons, didnt sag but has an even worse problem, it doesnt breathe. It feels like sleeping in a rubber raincoat, making you hot and sweaty at contact points, and cold and clammy above. It is making me miserable.

So I am investigating latex. But from the above comments (thank you all), it seems that a latex mattress is unpredictable-it might be hot or not, it may smell terrible forever or not, it may sag or not sag. It seems to make no difference what you paid for it, no way to know if you will be happy or miserable. Well, I’ll forget about latex. I dont want to be a guinea pig.

From the perspective of a consumer, it’s the mattress industry itself that really stinks. It has no standards, no way to predict what you get. The warranties turn out to be useless. Add to that the obnoxious pricing and product labeling techniques which makes it impossible to know what a particular mattress should cost by comparing prices. I really wish I had just kept my old mattress. It wasn’t great, but far better than the new ones so far.

I have been studying the mattress subject for a while (need a mattress asap) and just get more and more confused. Memory foam (feels oh so good) lead to all sorts of health problems, including cancer. Latex is always mixture of natural and artificial materials which a health hazard too. so what to do? sleep on bamboo futon like japanese and have spinal problem? Really desperate here, please help if know the answer!

I just bought a latex mattress and love it. Can not find out if a heated matress pad can be used with a latex mattress. Help!

I have heard of 3 things that can cause issues with latex rubber. Direct sunlight, heat, and over oxygenated air. I have not spoked with a technical person on this but can confirm that direct sunlight on the rubber is a no no. Have left raw pieces out to test the issue. Make sure the rubber is enclosed in some kind of cover or casing. Perhaps you might consider a heating blanket and use it on a low setting. If you insist on a heated mattress pad I definetly would keep the tempurature on a lower setting. Maybe even use it to warm the mattress up before bedtime rather than running it all night long.

Hi
Is there anyway or anything that can reduce the heat as it is so hot all the time .

I too am very interested in a latex mattress. Also I don’t have a store witin 300 miles so I will probably need to order online. My spouse is very very skeptical about such an expensive pruchase online. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which is a really good reliable online (USA) company?? I am a side sleeper and don’t know which firmness to buy. Another confusing point is “Flipping”. Some say you don’t need to flip and others say always flip a mattress regardless of what it is made of. Need help here too.

Roger, We would be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Our toll free phone # is 1 888 785 2337. Thank you Doug Belleville

I have had a latex mattress for 6 years best thing I ever bought no smell no dents just very very compfortable

We bought a solid latex mattress made by Dunlop 8 years ago for over $2000 and have finally given up on it as it has sagged so badly. There are hollows on both sides of about 100mm deep before we even lie on it. We are both light (under 65kgs) and have been waking with sore backs & necks. We packed it up with books and boogie boards in desparation but have now gone back to the good old innersprung for under $1000. Will be chasing our warranty on the old mattress (10 years). ***Don’t go for solid latex***

Janice, perhaps you would share the brand name and model. Also it might be helpful if you were to explain what if anything you did to give the manufacturer/ retailer an opportunity to make it right under warranty. I as some of my readers may not understand what you mean by “chasing our warranty on the old mattress”. Thank you in advance

I just ordered a mattress that has natural latex in the middle, then a layer of wool, then a layer of natural cotton. It has innersprings. Will this cause any smell problems for me?

Jody,Your question was a little too general to be able to answer and was just not specific enough. What brand mattress you have would be helpful. Blended latex or 100 percent natural latex? Wool, organic wool, certified organic wool? Cotton, organic cotton, certified organic cotton? While yes all things have a smell it is the issue of whether or not those smells are harmful or irritating. Added chemicals like herbicides and pesticides can cause abnormal smell problems and for some a possible reaction due to chemical sensitivity creating complications for some people.

I have both a latex mattress and a memory form mattress. I am sorry to say the latex has formed body impressions. This really upset me a lot. It is in four layers and 3 are extra firm 1 is firm. I have a Sensus 12″ and it is wonderful (It is all Sensus not in layers. The Sensus is a queen and the latex a king. My hubby has Parkinson’s so we put the Sensus on a low profile frame and box foundation so it is at least 12″ lower as he was always falling out of the king bed. I just a week ago purchased two xl twin layers of memory foam for the king and took off two layers on my side of the latex and replaced with the memory foam. I am amazed at how much better my back feels. I honestly did not expect this as the only thing that bothered me about the latex was the impressions. I just wish the entire king bed was Sensus memory foam. But it would be an extravagance since we do not need that. I am happy with my side being Sensus…..

This is crazy! I was certain I wanted a latex mattress until I read these comments about off gassing and obnoxious smells. I am very sensitive to such things.

I was planning on buying from a company in Connecticut, but now I simply don’t know. I thought 100% pure Talalay Latex was void of such smells. I guess I was wrong. At this point, I would rather buy a used car.

Finding a store that sells 100% organic latex, even if it is just to call them and check on brands. Finding pure latex is the trick. The smell, that isn’t just a rubber smell, is likely coming from the binder used in making the latex. I have a 100% natural latex mattress that smells in the summer time, but natural doesn’t mean truly natural I’ve found out. I will trade it in for a 100% organic when I can, but not sure which manufacturer, not Natura though, didn’t find theirs comfortable. I have questions about the wool that can be put in the topper, as wool will compress over time. Most mattresses come in combinations of very firm, firm and medium and a soft can be added. I like the softer top as I get older. So you can always add a soft top if medium doesn’t work. I will certainly be questioning how long a mattress is holding up. I’ve seen some of the older latex mattresses, so I know they can hold up. I think with renewed interest there are a lot of manufacturers who are adding chemicals into the mix and touting them as natural and even organic, so it’s tricky for consumers to find a really good latex mattress, but the good ones are worth it. Finding a merchant who has done their research is your best bet.

Troy I think you need to do a little more research. There are good company’s that make good latex rubber, however in my opinion it all smells like rubber. Some less than others. Have the company send samples. Company’s like Savvyrest, OMI, Suite Sleep, Sleep Tek or Greensleep, in my opinion are some of the best. Vulcanizing rubber is a necessary process to making these mattresses and some are more pure than others. I listed some to the best. We chose Savvyrest in our store.

Trey, I have just bought an all latex mattress from a company in Branford that makes their own beds. It will be delivered in a few days and I am really looking forward to it. Let you know how I like it.

Thanks! Please let me know how you like it.

First night in the new bed – wow so comfortable. No aches in the morning. We bought the Ultra from Comfort Sleep Systems (they make their own mattresses and box springs). Seems too soft when you sit on it or first get in but it has surprising support. As to the smell. when it was delivered I stuck my nose right on the bed and there was a mild kinda-rubber smell. I let it air with no covering for a couple of hours. During the night I would periodically catch a whiff, but again not bad. The room does not smell at all this morning. I have one of those air permeable waterproof top mattress covers that are recommend.

I appreciate the feedback. In fact, that is the very same mattress and company that I have been considering. I live in NYC so I did not want to trek up there to try it out. Your feedback means a lot; I really appreciate it!

I like a softer/plush bed so I think that would work for me. I hope you enjoy and I assume the faint smell will subside soon.

I have had Talalay Laex for about 3 years. I am VERY disappointed that it has body impressions. I did not think that should happen to latex. I have another bed with Sensus Memory foam and it is older than the latex mattress and is also slept in every night by another member of the household and it does NOT have body impressions or any sign of them. I have to say we are happier with the Sensus memory foam

Trey,
I’m sure it will, thanks. I spoke with Joan at Comfort Sleep Systems when I went into the store. She was very helpful and told me that if she was only going to sell one bed that would be the one. Good Luck.

I just ordered a queen size ‘all natural’ latex mattress from Costco. I can’t find any more information as to who makes the beds for them. In the early 70’s we bought a latex mattress from Montgomery Wards, we really liked it and used it til we needed to buy a new bed. I don’t recall seeing latex available in the 80’s, my question is where does Costco get these beds? They state 6 inches of firmer latex and 3 inches of softer, I’m looking forward to trying it out, just wondering if anybody has any more information.. thanks

I have purchased several latex mattresses from the Arizona Premium Mattress Company. I was never aware of any objectionable odor at all. I have had several back surgeries and have chronic severe back pain. I had my full size mattress for 9 years in NJ and slept very well. No impressions, no sagging. I moved to North Carolina and changed to a queen sized bed and bought an innerspring matterss that felt good in the store. What a mistake. Agony. I got online and ordered another latex from Arizona Premium. I suffered for the 4 weeks it took for it to come. When It did, I pulled the innerspring off and put the latex down on the boxspring, and laid down to the first relief from pain in months. Every night, when I lie down, I thank Arizona Premium. I don’t know where you dissatisfied folks are getting your beds, but I think you need to try Arizona Premium Mattress. Their prices are good too!

Just a follow up to my previous post: I recently bought two Latex bunk bed mattresses for my grandkids and two twin latex mattresses for my guest room. I had a guest from Germany stay with me for a few days, and after the first two nights she asked me “What kind of mattress is on that bed? This is the first time my back does not hurt in the morning! It is soft, but hard at the same time! I want to get one at home in Germany!” And she was describing exactly what the latex does, it conforms softly to the body yet is extremely supportive. Another friend also slept on the latex mattress for the first time and went home to order one for herself. No dissatisfaction here!

We have had out 100% organic latex mattress for 8 months. It is king size, dunlap. the top layer is “soft” and it has an organic cotton/wool cover. we also have a wool pillow top. We are unfortunately very unhappy. first it is extremely firm. secondly the smell will not go away. it is both a latex smell and a lanolin smell. we have aired the bed out numerous times. Also there are two body impressions with a hump in the middle. I think the latex matress is a good idea. just didn’t work for us. We spent a ton of money on this bed but will probably have to purchase a new one. probably go back to conventional. We purchased from a local supplier in the metro detroit area. Interestingly I see the Arizona plug #41. We actually tried to buy from them. We were in AZ a few years ago over Thanksgiving. They opened up the show room for us since were were in town a limited time. We got some quotes. Went home to think about it. two days later made our decision. Sent several emails and left several phone messages – none were ever returned. Needless to say we didn’t but their mattress.

Could you please tell me how to store a latex mattress that is not being used. I would like to put it in a heavy vinyl zipper
cover and lay it flat on a bed frame. Would this be okay or does it have to breathe even though it is not being used?

I have had my new, organic, all natural, Dunlop latex mattress for 5 days. For all of those concerned about the smell, my bed smells wonderful! I am very sensitive to bad/chemical smells. Perhaps because my latex mattress is organic, it just smells natural? My body is still adapting to having this kind of support. One morning, I feel great, the next a bit stiff from spending too long in one position- either side or back. I will give it the full 30 days; as a massage therapist, I know that the body needs time to adapt, un-do old holding patterns, unwind, etc. and this is not always a painless process. My bed is the ‘naturally organic oyasumi natural latex’ and it feels great! I recommend doing your homework. I spent a lot of time reading the mattress underground and educating myself about mattresses. I knew nothing, other than I needed a new bed. Latex seemed to be the clear choice for me. After test driving some floor models, I knew I would not save myself $500-$1000 by purchasing my mattress on line. All latex mattresses are not the same and feeling is believing. I have never spent over $2000 for a mattress, but feel confident that I made a great, long lasting purchase. I hope this is helpful. Sleep well.

I slept on a latex mattress as a child back in the 50s-60s and kept it 30 years as a spare and it was incredibly comfortable. Now as a chemically sensitive adult in my early 60s I wanted a mattress sans flame retardant and decided to give latex a try again. I ordered online from SleepEZ due to their return policy and ability to choose the preferred IDLs. I was so excited to get it yesterday and once I laid on it I was in Heaven. However, there was a strong odor and I thought if I slept with the windows open that would somewhat compensate. I got up at midnight with my sinuses swollen and I was very hot. My mother-in-law had warned me that latex would sleep hot but I thought it would be a plus as I am freezing most of the time being hypothyroid.
So I moved to another bed and am now wondering if I will schlepp it to the basement to air out. I really want this to work but see I will definitely need a different mattress pad.
I was dissuaded from getting the all natural latex by the sales person as he said the ‘blended’ had a longer life span/durability. I do not know if the smell would be any different.
Does anyone have any experience with the odor from a Pure Bliss latex mattress or any other brand?

From my research all of the Talalay latex is part synthetic and will have a chemical smell. I call Latex International which makes most of the talalay latex in the USA and was told all their talalay latex was only 30-40% latex from the rubber tree and the rest was synthetic latex. The best is to get Dunlop that is 100% natural latex from the rubber trees. I am fortune to have a small mattress manufacturing plant in the town I live in.. I checked out their dunlop latex and it has a very slight smell, not a chemical smell, if I put my face right into it. I laid on a 4″ soft dunlop topper that had no cover for over 2 hours and could not smell anything. I have a very strong sensitivity to smell of any kind. I think the problem most of the time is we do not know what we are buying because of the way manufacturers can label their product. Even though I could get a mattress topper much cheaper on line I am going to buy from my local guy because I will know what I am getting and that is worth the extra money.

Hello I have been Paralyzed right around my Bellybutton for many years and never really could find for me good Foam to help me Sleep and move better on my Bed But I have been for 2 months Looking around the internet and Seen This Talalay Latex Foam is new and has become the best Foam around so far.. Could you please help me to get 3 Talalay Latex Foams Samples So I can Feel the Differences are please?
I would be on my Knees begging if I only could for SOFT, Medium, Firm 3 Piece samples Please. The Dunlop latex Foam I Don’t know much about but for with my Crippled Condition if you feel I should also Feel what the Dunlop latex Foam also is about I would appreciate it if its not hard for you to spare.. I am Around 220 Pounds and around 6.5 Feet Tall.. Well I guess I use to be but through the years I have had bad times with my Feet Turning Inwards.. Going on 22 years for me Since my Accident.

If you Ever Wish to Call me My Number is 717-939-7774 My name is Mick and I Always Wait to hear over my Answering Machine who is calling me before I pick up. I’m not a Rich man and its been Tuff to Look for Something better to Ease my Troubles through the years seeing everything can Cost a lot for a good Bed, Seems My insurance only helps me for a good electric bed Frame but never Help me for a good mattress or Bed Top Foam because they always try to get for me an Air mattress but I soo! hate them.

All latex beds aren’t created equal and it’s difficult to know what ILD mix is best for you. I did lots of research as well and finally settled on the Original Mattress Factory standard latex (approx 32-34 ILD) without the extra soft topping. The salesman reminded me that you can always make a bed softer, but you can’t make it harder. So I purchased a separate 4″ latex topper (24-26 ILD) and I haven’t looked back ( 2 years and counting). They now have different models so I can’t say how the new designs are, but at least you can try them out before you buy if you have a store near you. Shopping for latex was hard because there were very few models in stores, they use tricky sales tactics , and imported latex is usually much lower quality. While the part that is latex may be 100% natural, if the entire mattress is not be latex, you won’t get the same results. You can get comprehensive reviews at http://www.sleeplikethedead.com for latex, memory foam, and traditional mattresses,. For example, Foam over latex is generally rated lower because it’s essentially a foam mattress that is touching your body and foam breaks down much faster than latex. I was doing a comfort exchange so I had to go with OMF, but if not, I probably would have tried Habitat furnishings since they have a 365 day, money back trial (less a nominal return charge). I recommend you shop with a reputable dealer with a generous exchange / comfort policy so you can figure out what works best for you. My mattress, topper and new latex pillows don’t sleep hot and had a minimal cake batter smell that was completely gone after a week or two,

I am an owner of an OMI OrganicPedic latex organic talalay (this is questionable) adjustable (makes no real difference) mattress ( supposedly one of the very best ) and I can tell you that it has been my experience that almost all of the problems ( 1 thru 5 and also 9) are certainly a fact…I unfortunately bought into all the hype…have not had even one decent nights sleep in six months of sleeping on this overly priced concave slab of concrete. Health issues, neck problems, back problems, heat reflective, bed smell (still). Also it compresses during sleep after about 5 hours so that remaining on it is extremely uncomfortable (aches begin), I am only 125lbs, so that I most often have to go to my sofa to try to get some more rest.
I am having a difficult time with getting this issue resolved, just a lot of lip service from the retailer. BUYER BEWARE. I may now have to take legal action on several points concerning this product.
ps…it felt great at the store when testing it for a while before purchase.

I have been temporarily sleeping on a cheapy camp foam mattress which gets so overly warm that I sometimes roll off the mattress and sleep instead on the carpeted floor. The carpet is always cool and airy feeling. I have been wondering if it might work well to have a large rectangle of wall to wall style plush carpet as a topper for an otherwise warm mattress. Has anyone tried this out?

I bought a 100% latex bed from Custom Comfort Mattress in California back in 2000, I LOVE that mattress. I do notice that I have to flip it or rotate it about every 6 months or so, and that ALL the mattresses I have ever owned have greatly benefitted from having a board between the mattress and the box springs. I now sleep on a titanium inner spring mattress (King) and I dream of my latex constantly. The support was perfect. I will say that there is a big difference to sleeping one person in the bed to two people. I think that there will always be a “hump” in the middle of the bed as it is natural for any product to migrate away from the weight that is on it. What I find unacceptable is a constant divot in the bed where you lie. I did not have that with the laytex, but have pretty much had it constantly with any mattress made of any other material. Even just an inch or two of memory foam is enough to create a considerable divot. As soon as we can afford it I will go back to a firm, 100% all natural latex. I never had a problem with the odor, perhaps it is the manufacturing technique? Also, be very careful where you buy, the manufacturer will produce different beds for different stores so it is practically impossible to compare them to each other. The better the store, the better the quality of mattress is a good rule of thumb. I still love Custom Comfort even though they are $$$$ and it has to ship from California.

Latex international makes the best mattress I have slept on.

It’s unfortunate the North American bedding industry is under control of the drescher clan, mafia Chicago style, too convoluted to be sure of anything but treachery, deceit, anything but what’s right .

Time Changes all Things, increasing radiation render bedding materials with metal assemblies to be dangerous as a place to sleep. Even if the world class mafia try to keep this data out of news media sources they dominate, people are above their magnitudes of literacy, and will in time turn away from them, but the ruse of government who support the MOB will take longer to dispose of.

I just bought a new all natural latex mattress. Talalay. From Latex International. Purchased from Custom Comfort, who made it for us.

1st night had some smell, and the room smells a bit, but not as much as yesterday.

My comment is about the toppers, and/or mattress pads you put on it. Some people say they are hot, and others say there is or isn’t a smell. I don’t see the point in buying a 100% natural latex mattress, if you are going to put a plastic, synthetic cover or pad on it. THAT will make it sleep hot. If you are spending all that money, why not go the natural route, and make sure not only the ticking, but the mattress pad, and sheets are 100% cotton or wool? I paid extra for all cotton with wool quilted mattress covering, and a ALL cotton mattress pad I ordered online.
We shall see what transpires!

I bought a natural latex mattress by Englander almost 10 years ago and I could not be more happy. This is a no turn, no flip mattress. I have not seen any change in its shape or support. I feel so rested sleeping on this mattress and never want to sleep on another brand. I strongly recommend spending the extra money for a high quality all natural latex mattress. For me it’s the Englander.

I bought a king size sleep number bed but was not happy with the mattress. The bed itself was great but I did not like what I was laying on. I have severe chronic spine pain. I have tried so many beds, it cost a fortune over the years. I purchased a 4″ Plush Talalay latex soft natural topper and removed the existing pad from my sleep number bed. This is the best mattress I have ever laid on in my life.

I did research on the various types of latex. I did not like the Dunlop process. I thought 100% Talalay natural latex would be the best for me even thought its the most expensive.

I never knew how great latex felt until I put it on my existing bed. I called sleep number and asked why not give the customer this option of latex. Told them I bought a 4″ topper for my new sleep number bed.

To be honest, I did not try latex because it was so expensive. Looking back, I could have saved allot of time and money if I only bought latex to begin with. I am not a healthy person and I do end up in the hospital. I purchased a twin 2″ Talalay topper just for when I am admitted. I refuse to lay on anything that is not latex. The gentle support I receive from my latex topper is outstanding.

In my opinion, the sleep number bed and 4″ topper are heaven made. My sleep number is 35 and my soft Talalay are perfect together. I can finally lay on my back.

I have an all-latex mattress and have never ever noticed a dreadful smell. Also it is not to be turned over – states this and needs to be on a firm flat base, not a sprung base.

This has lasted for years and years and I have chronic back problems and so grateful for such a great comfortable bed.

It was originally bought for my son, recommended for children with asthma, and it was expensive but is amazing. he has grown up and left home and I have taken his bed for my own use. Bliss.

I think it is important to find a mattress that is all-latex through and through. Half measure of this and that and a few springs thrown in is a waste of money – that is not a true latex mattress.

I think all of the memory foam business and stuff has misled buyers as to what is the comfiest mattress.

I would love to buy a double or king-size bed with all-latex mattress but of course that is very expensive. The single mattress, my son’s, cost as much as you would have paid for a good typical make of a king-size mattress at that time. But he needed it, so we bought it.
and it is still brilliant for me now.

Hi Susan, Great input! Doug

I had a Talalay Latex mattress and was very disappointed that it got body impressions. Neither of us are heavy so I was very surprised that it would do that. I now have a Sensus Memory foam and love it and so far no impressions…..

Roberta, All latex is not the same, please feel free to share the brand name and model that failed you. Thnx for you comment. Doug

Have you heard anything about Botanical Bliss Latex mattress being sold by Plushbeds?

Jill, We run into them every now and again on line. We have chosen Savvy Rest as our brand for not only online sales but also in our St. Louis MO showroom. Doug

I would not buy another latex mattress. Our first one had to be replaced after a fortnight due to severe indentations. Luckily the company who manufactured it replaced straight away after my partner emailed them photographs of the issue. This was just aswell as when I contacted the store we bought it from the owner (Beds’R’Us, Thorndon, Wellington) was telling me to give the bed time before I had even finished telling her we were getting a new one sent direct from the manufacturer. The second one has been much better in terms of this issue but we get so hot, even in winter here in New Zealand, that I have to change the sheets (and yes they are 100% cotton) twice a week as we often wake up with the bed feeling damp from sweat. This issue has got progressively worse over time and I can only presume it has stored moisture and doesn’t breathe like the hype says it does. I am going to try a foam topper to see if this will improve our issue. We have had the bed for nearly three years and I really can’t emphasise enough how I wish we had just bought an ordinary type of mattress. I think it a bit on the nose that someone who is selling these beds has put up a page about latex mattress complaints being a “myth” when they’re clearly not a myth to many people around the world who regret purchasing what has become to them an expensive piece of rubbish that we have to sleep on every night and which most of us can’t just dump to buy something new.

Any ideas as to what’s going on with our mattress? It’s a latex mattress that’s a good ten years old or more now. My husband removed the cover for washing as baby had weed through onto it. The latex mattress was put in the sun to air during this, but now that it’s back on our bed there is a very strong (burn your eyes kind of strong) odor coming from it. Noticeable as you walk into the room. Any idea why and if it’s safe to sleep on? Been 2 weeks now and it’s just as strong.

Ingrid, You need to contact your manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions, care, and what might be going on with it. Doug

I got a latex mattress from a top seller and it was organic and healthy. I have found that it is the cause of my back pain now though as it is terrible saggy in the middle where I sleep. It does not bounce back and I end up sleeping in a hole. I replaced some of the sheets of latex and no change…in a matter of 6 mo to a year, sagging is back. I weigh 128 at the most and it is only me in the bed. The bed is adjustable. Help…I need to get a bed that helps with my lower back pain and does not sag…any ideas?

Jean, Please do not confuse organic and healthy with the correct support that an individual might need. My guess knowing nothing about you or your situation is that perhaps latex doesn’t offer the right support for you, perhaps you were unable to find the the right layer combination or they dealer was unable to help you choose the right combination before purchasing? Did you test rest it in a store before buying or purchase sight unseen? These are all possibilities of why latex is not working for you. With that said a top seller of latex does not necessarily equate to a quality mattress. No brand name was given so as readers we can only guess what is going on. My guess is that if there is a problem, a top seller would stand behind the problem and replace the bad latex under their guarantee as any reputable seller should do. I hope you work through your situation. Take care. Doug

I was in the market for a latex mattress but could not locate enough examples (even living in NYC) to test and make a confident decision. Finally, my new bed was delivered and I wanted a new mattress and got desperate and ended up buying one from Sleepys (Lord, have mercy). A few years back, I remember trying out a composite latex, foam coil type mattress at The Door Store that I liked but, of course, they went out of business.

The Sleepys mattress is actually not horrific, but I feel I could do much better. I think I am short-changing myself and don’t know what I’m missing and how good sleep could really be. I have a a solid maple wood platform bed (made in Vermont) that has a solid wood type slab as a base (no box spring), and I want something no taller than 10-11″ for aesthetic purposes. I want something plush yet supportive that would make one feel as though they are sleeping in the comfort and embrace of lush, secure and embracing cloud.

What will work me?

TreyByDay, I am ALWAYS concerned when I get questions like this. These are hard questions to answer and general descriptions you are asking for, not precise industry standard measurements and feels the customer is guaranteed to get when buying a bed. Feel, support, comfort, firmness are individually subjective. You may have to take a few road trips outside of your area. Perhaps if you are traveling on a big vacation someone where there is big diverse selection being offered in a store that you will find and be able to test rest. This should help you find exactly what it is you need to work for your bed specifics while still offering everything else you require. I would take my time and be patient. You will find it if you do. Good luck Doug.

I completely agree with the above statements. The most vital cause latex has become the recent wanted product due to its uniqueness, comfort and luxurious sleep surface. Latex mattresses have both a very opaque surface and elastic properties. It gives a different feelings with good sleep.

I’ll add my experience to the mix. I bought 2 latex mattresses and 2 additional latex toppers. They were marketed by PlushBeds as being 100% organic as well as 100% latex. I spent a TON of money. Both mattresses and the toppers developed sagging in the middle of 3 inches! I measured and sent photos. They replaced the toppers both of which sagged within 15 months. Buyer beware of this company. Also when I made my purchase they were having a “sale”. I was told the sale would end at noon the next day. That “sale” is still going on!

I too have a bad back. This mattress has exacerbated my back problems due to the sagging. I also wake up throughout the night with hip pain.

I’m not going to buy 100% latex again–it’s just too risky. I’m considering a hybrid now.

Hello.
I bought two natural hevea mattresses which, after 2 or 3 years, developed red/orange/brown crusty lumps and dust. There is an increasingly strong smell.
having now slept thousands of hours with my face in close proximity I am worried that there may be a cumulative health problem building up.
Do you know what could have caused this and do you know if it is a health problem?

In my last comment I omitted saying that the mattress was not bought from you. I am now looking to replace them.

If you are unable to answer the questions then I can send you photos to show you the degradation. If still unable to answer, then is there any association or controlling body to whom I can ask the question?

Richard, I have been in the business for 30 years. Discoloration can happen especially if exposed to uv light. It may also be a poor quality foam. I would reach out to the retailer that sold it to you and the manufacturer that built the mattress. Doug

Thank you Douglas for your information.
As natural latex mattresses can discolor with UV exposure, are there any suitable materials that block the passage of UV rays?
Can you explain what properties to seek (colour? density? type of material or weave?……..) and do you sell any mattress covers or sheets that prevent UV passing through to the latex?

Neat page. Far as the allergy thing goes, I will add if you are allergic to latex, don’t buy a latex mattress. If you are not feel free to.

Sure there are lemons out there but on average they create fewer problems than other mattresses.
Latex mattresses have:

-No air compressors and tubes
-The movement is faster and more what folks are used than gel memory foam (latex is a good compromise for a couple who can’t quite get together picking a gel memory foam)
-Typically a simple layered construction
-Few springs grinding their way into foam

Yes, I too found latex 100% organic to soft and likely from day 1 ILD of max38-42 is not “firm” . My bed is from Sleeptek in Canada and I use to sleep like a baby and initially didn’t believe my bed was the source of my lower back pain–superior product, lasts long, great support, etc. However, after having a sore back for 2 years upon waking in the morning and visiting my chiropractor, he kept asking me if it was my bed ? Then I had a friend look at my spine and yes it was dipping into the bed. I want to inform people that latex is too ambiguous, difficult to compare to coil bed firmness ie how do you compare rubber ILD ratings to number of coils? And, expensive doesn’t mean great support. My recommendation: DO NOT BUY DUNLOP MATTRESSES AND SAVE YOUR BACK!

Fay, I have NEVER heard of 100% organic being to0 soft in a firmness of 38-42. Especilly in a 6 or 9 inch layered bed. Perhaps a 12 inch I could see.
It is very important to note that like with most any mattress consumers have a choice of firmness. Latex buyers don’t just have a choice of soft, but also medium, and firm as well. ILD is generally posted as a range… like you mentioned 38-42. However, I believe that latex is less open to ones interpretation of firmness than any other mattress. In fact latex is one of the only products that share with the consumer an actual firmness measurement of the each latex layer. Simply open up your newspaper and you will see a brand name queen firm mattress set advertised for 399.00 That 399.00 bed is in no way shape or form as firm as the queen mattress set they have advertised for 999.00 in a queen size in the very same ad. This kind of misleading marketing infuriates me more than anything else my industry does. I would only add that there is no mention of a specific firmness measurement mentioned much lest a firm range (ILD) about those two mattress sets. While there may be a narrow parameter like 38-42 in latex consistency is a requirement with companies like Savvy Rest, The Bedding Group, and Pure Talalay Bliss. This consistency gives buyers a much more precise definition and explanation of firmness compared to other mattress types. (Especially coil springs) Coil springs are perhaps the most notorious for inconsistencies when it comes to firmness. They even go so far to imply that more coils equates to a stronger, firmer, longer lasting mattress. I say untrue. There are waaaaaayy to many factors to simply draw that conclusion. Coil design, amount of total steel, coil count, weight, etc. Lastly Europeans as a group tend to like firmer mattresses compared to Americans and also demand quality and value. Their preference as a group… firm to medium latex. Yes mattress purchases are based on personal preferences and yes they are very subjective to the consumer’s personal tastes. However a measurement of firmness is NOT AND this is why I personally stand behind dunlop latex rubber. You will rarely find any other mattress with stories that include 10,15, and 20 plus years of good solid comfort life. Fay your’s is one story and it is a very sad one that I really hate to to hear. I also do not doubt yours is a true one. On the whole though about latex and firm not being firm your assumptions are incorrect. I wish you the best in your quest to save your back. Take care and best wishes. Doug

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