One of the most complex and in-depth types to research in terms of understanding features and options is the latex mattress. These are very popular and satisfactory among owners when you find the right one; in fact recent research we undertook for our latex mattress reviews has shown them to be considered the second best rated mattress in terms of overall satisfaction.
Before you go ahead and start looking to part with your hard earned money you should clue yourself up with all the different types available in 2018, the processes used to make them, the durability, warranties and so on. Our guide to buying the best latex mattress for your needs aims to give you all the info you require to challenge any sales rep with your knowledge, or buy online with confidence in your decision. By the end of this buying guide we aim to give you the essentials without boggling your mind with useless info and jargon.
Top 10 Latex Mattresses Compared
|#||Brand & Model||Thickness||Category||Processing Type||Our Rating||Price|
|1||LUCID 16" Mattress||16"||Foam Over Latex||Dunlop|
|2||DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|4||LUCID 10" Mattress||10"||Latex Over Foam||Dunlop|
|5||GhostBed||11"||Latex Over Foam||Dunlop|
|6||DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Eurotop||12"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|7||PlushBeds Botanical Bliss||10"||All Latex||Dunlop|
|8||Latex for Less||9"||All Latex||Dunlop & Talalay|
|9||CushyBeds 4-Layer Mattress||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|10||Spindle Mattress||10"||All Latex||Dunlop|
|Brand & Model||Thickness||Category||Processing Type||Our Rating||Price|
|Lucid 16||16"||Foam Over Latex||Dunlop|
|DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams Total||10"||All Latex||Talalay|
|Brooklyn Bedding||10"||All Latex||Talalay + Dunlop|
|Ghostbed||11"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|Lucid 10||10"||Latex Over Foam||Dunlop|
|Classic Brands Natural Sleep||11"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
|Classic Brands Eden||11"||Latex Over Foam||TBC|
|GoodSleep Oasis||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay|
What Is a Latex Mattress?
In its simplest form, a latex foam mattress (and also latex pillows) is a product that has been manufactured using the collected and processed sap of a rubber tree as its internals, instead of using traditional bedding technology like air or springs. They are widely considered to be the best mattress for back pain, most durable, natural and healthy. They are also popular for those with allergies because the hypoallergenic organic material makes them the healthiest and most eco friendly mattress on the market.
The 3 Different Types Of Latex
There are three different types which are used to populate a mattresses inner core. On the outset each type has similar characteristics such as the springy feel and firmness, but differ greatly in price, overall quality and longevity:
1. Natural (Organic)
The organic latex mattress is basically made of processed tree sap, or serum, which is a sticky milky fluid found in the rubber tree. It is collected by a process called “tapping” which means incisions are made into the bark of the tree, the fluid then flows out and is collected ready to be refined using a chosen processing method. It is rare to find a 100% natural latex mattress for sale in retail outlets and showrooms because they are relatively expensive compared to other types due to the cost involved in extraction and manufacturing. If you’re after a natural latex mattress the ideal place to look is online as there will be much more choice and at much cheaper prices.
2. Synthetic (Man Made)
Synthetic means it’s a man made material, which is made by polymerizing a monomer such as styrene that has been emulsified with surfactants. The result is a material that behaves in a similar way to the organic material mentioned above. The synthetic option is widely available and much cheaper than the natural alternative but has a shorter durability and is not as firm.
3. Blended (Mixed)
Blended is literally a mixture of organic and synthetic; usually 80% synthetic and 20% organic, however the mixture could also be a 50% equal mix, but to cut costs, most commonly the synthetic part makes up the majority. Beware of some manufacturers who claim to be selling a blended latex foam mattress but don’t quote the percentage of natural content. The blended type is common, relatively cheap, and offers a good balance of the two aforementioned types in terms of build quality, durability and value for money.
Types Of Latex Mattresses
There are three main categories or types; each has its own unique design and structure and so performs differently to its peers. Below we identify and discuss each one:
– All Latex
This literally means the whole mattress from top to bottom and edge to edge is made of latex, whether it be 100% natural, blended or synthetic, dunlop or talalay; there could be one or more layers, but the trait is that there are no other layers (apart from the flame retardant cover). Unfortunately these are usually less common in the marketplace and more expensive. On the positive side they provide good motion isolation and have no off-gassing issues (unlike memory foam mattresses). They also provide exceptional orthopedic support which also makes them the undisputed best mattress for lower back pain relief.
– Latex Over Foam
As the name would suggest this type is a multiple layered design which has a thinner top layer of latex over a thicker foam base which is usually cooling gel or visco memory foam. These are slightly more available than the above but depending on the thickness of each layer would determine the overall price you pay. They are cheaper than an all latex mattress, but are still great for joint pain or reducing back problems, and provide good motion isolation.
– Foam Over Latex
Here you’ll find the opposite of the above, which is a thinner gel or visco memory foam top layer over a thicker latex base. In a multiple layered design it’s also commonly seen to be inserted in-between the foam top and a foam base platform, if so this layer could be as little as 2 inches thick.
You may have seen the words dunlop or talalay crop up recently. These aren’t types of latex (which is a common misconception). Dunlop and talalay are in fact named after the different manufacturing processes used to process the extracted latex which makes the inner core. We discuss each method below:
This is the traditional processing method which has been in use since the 1920’s. The extracted liquid sap from the rubber tree is poured into a mold and heated, or baked into its solid form. The gradually cooled lump which you’re left with is then removed from the mold which is what makes your dunlop latex mattress core. This method creates an often inconsistent core in that the sediments tend to accumulate at the bottom which creates a softer overall finish at the top and gradually becomes harder at the bottom.
The talalay process is similar to dunlop but adds two extra steps. After the liquid is poured into the mold, the mold is sealed closed and a vacuum is created (additional step 1) to disperse the liquid serum throughout the mold. The serum is then flash-frozen (additional step 2) before it’s baked into its solid form. The cooled lump is then removed from the mold and what you then have is your talalay latex mattress ready to be wrapped and refined into an end product.
– Talalay vs Dunlop
The two additional steps between the processing methods make all the difference in characteristics of the end product. The talalay process takes twice as long to manufacture than dunlop; this manufacturing cost reflects on the overall price of the finished goods, which essentially means that a talalay latex mattress will tend to be more expensive than a dunlop. Because dunlop is denser it is firmer and widely used as a base platform (like in the LUCID 16″ reviewed below), whereas talalay latex is good for a more soft or plush finish so makes a great top layer (like in the DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams 10″ reviewed below). Our advice is that neither is better than the other, it all boils down to personal preference and budget.
Latex Mattress Reviews
The whopping 16 incher is full to the brim of juicy layers which work together to bring you optimal spinal support and a refreshingly comfortable nights sleep. This unique four layered organic latex mattress (queen size on review) consists of a 1″ quilted bamboo charcoal foam top, 3″ plush visco foam layer, 2″ dunlop latex comfort layer and a 10″ high-density foam base. The combination of latex and traditional visco elastic memory foam provides excellent orthopedic support and pressure relief to help reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain. Now that’s a lot for your money!
Here’s an extremely popular choice from a household name in the US. Widely considered as the best latex mattress in terms of value for money, customer satisfaction and overall general quality, this highly recommended 10″ model offers the same pre and post sales customization as their other mattresses. However, the combination of foam and 3″ talalay latex comfort layer means this one is slightly cheaper than their all latex mattress, but is still suffice for even the fussiest people, and comes with a very appealing price tag too. The choice to place latex over foam means the sleeper is in closer contact to the hypoallergenic area but is still provided with optimal back support by the high density base on which the top layer resides. This combination is becoming increasing popular among consumers due to high value at low prices.
We rarely have two reviews from the same manufacturer but this is one of the top rated mattresses for sale which we couldn’t resist writing about. These guys are top players when it comes to combining materials and this is no exception; the 10 inch queen has a 3″ natural latex comfort layer and a 7″ high-density visco memory foam support base. Without fail, the surface responds instantly to your movements which offers immediate pressure point relief and can eliminate sleeping with pain, leaving you fresh and revitalized each morning. Available in all the common sizes and with a 25 year warranty, there’s not much else to weigh up. Our latex mattress reviews and owner satisfaction surveys always rate well with their products and this is a typical example of why.
This is a great value product from an established American family run business. The Ghostbed is 100% made in the USA and packed with innovation. Featuring 11″ of goodness, it has 1.5″ continuous aerated latex, 2″ 4lbs cooling gel memory foam and 7.5″ extra high density support foam, it is also rated one of our best cooling mattresses. There is a removable cover which is plush yet durable, and is zippered too for easy removal and care. You will be hard pushed to find a gel and latex mattress at such a low price from any other brand; this is a great entry level effort that deserves 5 stars for comfort, support, build quality and overall value. It comes in all the common mattress sizes and is provided with a 100 night sleep trial, free returns, and a 20 year warranty.
The Brooklyn based company have been in the industry for decades and are somewhat experts, not just in delivering top end products but especially when it comes to making their customers needs a number one priority. Their dust-mite resistant and naturally hypoallergenic 12″ talalay latex mattress is custom tailored to your desired firmness. Although this one isn’t the all latex option which is high ranking in their range, the Eurotop sits above a high-density foam base for superior support but more to do with customization. After purchase you will be contacted to customize the firmness level, and even then if it’s still not right you can contact customer services to swap out the comfort layer which is made possible by the zippered Eurotop cover. Combine an excellent customer service feature with guys who know how to make some of the best latex mattresses on the market, you simply cannot go wrong.
The natural latex in the Botanical Bliss feels soft and secure at the same time, and being natural ARPICO has absolutely zero maintenance; it also has less influx of dust mites, bacteria and other types of mold. It’s claimed that less than 1% of US latex mattress match the certifications of this GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and USDA organic Certified Botanical Bliss from PlushBeds. The mattress is 10” deep and consists of 3 interchangeable layers for utmost customization, simply rearrange the layers within the zippered cover to get the best feel, no gluing necessary either. The combination of latex layers ensures that the pressure points in your body are relieved. That means a more comfortable sound sleep for you and your partner. The beauty of this organic latex is that it is both rigid and conforming to the shape of your body. It therefore gives you the perfect balance between a soft platform and a firm support for the contours of your body. This particular model is available in a medium, or a medium-firm option too. The Botanical Bliss comes with a pure New Zealand wool liner, which has moisture removing and naturally antimicrobial properties. What you get as a result is a fresher and cooler sleep surface. Manufactured in the USA and known to be voted #1 best latex mattress value by consumers, this one is hard to surpass.
Of our latex mattress reviews, this is one of our favorites due to its 2 sided design. Yes it is flippable for longevity, but the premise here is for alternating comfort levels. By using solid natural latex on both sides, the dunlop and talalay processing methods really come into play; if you are a side sleeper who prefers a slightly softer surface, position the reversible mattress with the soft side up (24-26 ILD). If you’d prefer a more firm level of support, simply flip it over (29-31 ILD). No need for opening covers and swapping around layers like in other latex mattresses listed here. Whether you buy the 9, 10, or 13 inch thick version, each one has a 1″ thickness GOTS certified organic cotton cover. As expecetd with a mattress of this calibre, it is made in the USA, ships compressed and rolled up, is available in all the sizes you’d ever need, comes with a 20 year warranty, and a 120 night trial when purchased direct from Latex For Less.
This 10″ high 4-layer natural latex mattress is built with a cleverly infused graphite. Processed using the talalay method, as the manufacturer claims, gives you firm support while conforming to your body shape for a good night’s sound and restful sleep. What makes the graphite infused talalay latex such a wonderful sleeping solution? It has patented heat absorption technology, which absorbs heat and gives you a cooling sensation throughout the night. Underneath there are three more layers. The second layer is a 1” gel swirl memory foam that adds durability and extra cooling for hot sleepers. The third layer is a 1” 4.0 viscoelastic memory foam. This is what gives the capability to give consistent support and ensures longevity. The final layer is a high density support base. This is also designed to offer increased support to your body.
For those with musculoskeletal problems and allergies the American talalay Zenhaven is quite possibly the best latex mattress for sale in 2018. Aptly named, it’s organic, and simple. The initially soft and springy nature of the material conforms to your body structure, but then the rigidity kicks in supporting your body weight. Being a 100% natural latex mattress all the way through the 10″ height, it’s a very good sleep option, as it provides an excellent combination of soft touch, yet a firm support that is ideal for relieving pressure from the sensitive joints of the human body. It comes with a quilted organic cotton cover which all adds to the “greenness” of this product. Being hypoallergenic and containing zero synthetic foams means this is about as close to being at one with nature as can be during healthy slumber. It comes with a 20 year warranty and a 120 night in-home trial.
The Spindle Mattress is 100% natural latex mattress which is an ideal choice when it comes to choosing the best mattress for side sleepers due to its soft yet supportive capability. A total of 10″ in height, the base layer consists of 3″ pure organic latex. This is the layer that maintains the rigidity which adds support and the durability required for all body size and weights. Above this is a 3″ dunlop variety which has been used to add a plush and more cushioned feeling which gracefully accommodates hips and shoulders to provide the perfect spinal alignment. The final layer at the top is the 1” organic quilted cotton cover. Combined together this is a good construction, and considering there are no harmful chemicals or inorganic substances used for the manufacturing of this mattress, it certainly lives up to its name. It is Oeko Tex Certified which means there is no fire retardants, no polyfoam or no synthetic latex used. This is a relatively new product which is certainly worth considering, especially given that it’s hand made to the highest standards and comes with a 10 year warranty for added peace of mind. Unlike some others, the Spindle Mattress isn’t available as latex mattress topper if you fancied a cheaper and easier alternative, but it’s still cheap enough and offers luxury at affordable rates.
Although latex mattresses are generally made of a pure organic material, as you may have learnt throughout this guide there are various ways in which it can be used for sleeping on. For example, it could act as a base platform or a top level layer, usually in conjunction with viscoelastic or gel foam, which are man-made materials. This combination of the two materials to form an inner structure makes the product more of a hybrid mattress if anything. There is nothing wrong with hybrids, but to reap the benefits of a latex mattress, it’s better to have the latex layer closer to the top, as opposed to used at the base.
Many of the latex mattress reviews here are latex over foam designs, which is fine, and some are all-latex. Which one you purchase is most likely going to depend on your budget. If you can afford an all-latex mattress then great, but a hybrid offers great value too.
To conclude our mattress reviews, we opted in favor of the DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams as the best latex mattress of our top 10 reviewed. The company who manufacture and supply this product offer a great service which allows you to request the comfort level as soon as your order is placed. Once it’s in your home, if unhappy with your selection for any reason regarding comfort you simply contact customer services and they’ll happily exchange the comfort layer and tailor for you a different density which would make it either more soft or firm, whichever you request.
The excellent customer service and flexible pre / post sales options isn’t the only reason why we think this is the best latex mattress; the product itself has a high quality natural talalay core (not blended) which can be swapped for a dunlop if preferred when you place the order. It also uses organic wool which is great for countering allergies. This is a USA made product where checks and compliance are about as stringent as can be, so be assured you’ll be sleeping safe. All of this combined along with the verified high owner satisfaction surveys make this top of our latex mattress reviews for 2018.