If you are looking into purchasing a latex mattress, then you are at the right place. There are a number of advantages to latex mattresses, such as providing superior comfort, excellent air flow and they are mold resistant. That said, just like other types of mattresses there are several different manufactures and even different types of latex mattresses and you want to be at least educated before you consider investing in a mattress that chances are you will have for over 10 years.
By the time you are done reading this, you will have a much better sense in what to look for when considering buying a latex mattress, the different processing types and which is better for you and our top 10 latex mattress picks for 2017. While you may pay a bit more for a latex mattress than a conventional innerspring mattress, the benefits generally will outweigh the small price difference.
Top 10 Latex Mattresses For 2017
|#||Brand & Model||Thickness||Latex Type||Processing Method||Our Rating||Price|
|1||LUCID 16" Mattress||16"||Foam Over Latex||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$|
|2||DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$|
|3||LUCID 10" Mattress||10"||Latex Over Foam||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$|
|11"||Latex Over Foam||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$|
|5||DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams||12"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$|
|6||PlushBeds Botanical Bliss||10"||100% Latex||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$$|
|7||Latex for Less Reversible Mattress||9"||100% Latex||Dunlop & Talalay||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$|
|8||CushyBeds 4-Layer Mattress||10"||Latex Over Foam||Talalay||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$|
|9||My Green Mattress Simple Sleep 7" Mattress||7"||100% Latex||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$$|
|10||Sleep On Latex Pure Green||11"||100% Latex||Dunlop||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$$$|
What Makes Up A Latex Mattress?
You maybe wondering what exactly is a latex mattress and why you may want to purchase one. Unlike a innerspring mattress that uses springs to support you, a latex mattress is made up of natural or synthetic latex rubber. The great thing about latex is the fact that it’s hypoallergenic and can resist odors and even mold. For years back pain suffers have sworn by latex mattresses, since they offer great support and contour to your overall body’s shape, yet still are firm.
The Three Different Types Of Latex Mattresses
Before going off and purchasing a latex mattress, you want to at least be aware of the different types of latex mattresses, since there are some that are 100% latex and some that are a combination of latex and other materials.
1. Natural Latex Mattress:
Natural latex mattresses are mattresses that are entirely made up of latex, meaning they come directly from a rubber tree and then are formed into the latex mattress you sleep on. Natural latex mattresses are going to be more expensive than the other two types of latex mattresses, since the cost of obtaining the latex rubber and manufacturing is more expensive. However, you are getting an all natural product, that is fantastic to sleep on and safe for the environment.
2. Synthetic Latex Mattress
Synthetic latex is exactly what it sounds like, it is latex that is made from polymerization of polystyrene butadiene or styrene butadiene. These types of latex mattresses are much more common as they are less costly to produce, yet still provide the same benefits that you would get from a natural latex mattress.
3. Blended Latex Mattress
Blended latex mattresses are a combination of natural or synthetic rubber that goes into making up the mattress. Typically it will be 80% synthetic and 20% natural rubber. But there are manufactures that also offer a 50/50 blend of natural and synthetic latex rubber mattresses. The benefit of blended latex mattresses are they generally hold up better over time compared to entirely synthetic mattresses and they are more affordable than 100% all natural latex mattresses. Though when shopping for a latex mattress you want to make sure that the blend is clearly marked so that you know what you are buying.
Types Of Latex Mattresses
Just like there are many different blends of latex mattresses that you should be aware of, there are also many different types of latex mattresses. In this section we are briefly going to cover the major types of latex mattress construction that you will commonly run across.
– 100% Latex Mattresses
One hundred percent latex mattresses are entirely made out of latex foam, they can be natural latex or a blend of latex. Of course they will also have some type of cover or topper, but the main construction of the mattress is entirely made out of latex. In most cases 100% latex mattresses are considered one of the best latex mattress you can purchase, especially 100% natural latex mattresses.
– Latex Over Foam
Latex over foam are some of the most common types of latex mattresses, since they provide a solid foam construction and still give you most of the qualities that a 100% latex mattress would provide. If you are looking for a quality mattress and cannot afford a 100% latex mattress, then this would in most cases be your second best choice.
– Foam Over Latex
Last but certainly not least, there are foam over latex mattresses, where you will have a thinner memory foam layer over a latex mattress base. The benefit of foam over latex mattresses, is they provide a little more comfort and allow your body to sink slightly into the mattress, while still providing the firmness of a traditional latex mattress. Since the vast majority of consumers who are looking for a latex mattress have some sort of back problem, we don’t recommend these types of mattresses to most individuals. While we have reviewed one foam over latex mattress, since some consumers do like the softness and comfort of a memory foam top, we typically would recommend that you purchase either a 100% latex or latex over foam mattress individually. Then if you find out you need just a bit more comfort, you can always purchase a memory foam topper to add to your mattress.
There are two main different types of manufacturing processes that go into making latex mattresses. Dunlop and Talalay and while they are slightly similar there are some key differences throughout the manufacturing process that you should be aware of prior to purchasing a latex mattress. Dunlop is the oldest manufacturing process of the two, while Talalay is a slightly newer type of manufacturing process which ads two extra steps and thus typically Talalay mattresses are going to be more expensive.
The dunlop process has been around since 1929, so quite some time in bedding years. The process begins by rubber sap being whipped into a froth in a giant centrifuge. From there the sap is poured into a mold and heated, and molded into it’s desired form. As the latex cures natural sediments found in the rubber sap settle to the bottom of the mold, making the latex harder on the bottom and softer toward the top of the mattress. Compared to the Talalay process, the dunlop latex is going to be denser and generally last a bit longer.
The talalay molding process is pretty similar, thick rubber sap is whipped into a froth in a giant centrifuge and the sap is then poured into a mold. The difference is the next two steps of the talalay process, where the rubber mold is put into a vacuum chamber where the air is extracted from the material. The mold then is flash-frozen using chemicals to stabilize the materials and then finally baked. The result is a generally more soft latex mattress and a more uniform consistency throughout the entire material.
Dunlop vs Talalay Which Is Better And Does It Matter?
Now that you have a better understanding of the two types of manufacturing processes that go into making latex mattresses, you maybe wondering which one is better? And while they can both make great latex mattresses, typically talalay latex is considered a bit better, since it produces a bit softer bed and the mattress itself is more bouncy vs the springy feeling that you get from dunlop latex. Now if you are looking for an especially firm mattress, then you should certainly go with Dunlop, however if you are looking for a more springy mattress that conforms to your body, then Talalay is the way to go.
What About Latex Allergies
If you suffer from latex allergies, you maybe wondering if you can even sleep on a latex mattress. The way latex allergies work is there are proteins in the latex, that when individuals are exposed to direct contact with the material they get an allergic reaction. Since different people will have varying degree’s of allergic reactions to latex, it is important to be mindful of how your body responds to latex. That said, people rarely suffer allergic reactions to latex mattresses, since there are mattress covers, sheets and pillowcases that act as a barrier between the latex and the individual. That said, if you are severely allergic to latex, you should probably consider an innerspring mattress or memory foam mattress that are free of latex. Again, most people that are allergic to latex will have no problems sleeping on latex mattresses, nor will exhibit any allergic signs, due to the number of barriers between the latex and the individual.
Latex Mattress Reviews For 2017
This Lucid latex mattress is a full 16 inches thick, composed of four different layers that combined provide you a restful nights sleep. The first layer is a full 1 inch thick bamboo charcoal memory foam layer that resists odors and offers a really comfortable nights sleep. Beneath the top layer, is yet another layer of memory foam and beneath that is an additional comfort layer of 2 inch dunlop latex. Along with a full 10 inch high-density foam base, the entire bed is made of CertiPUR-USÂ certified materials so you know that it’s safe for you to sleep on and safe for the environment. If you are looking for a soft, but firm mattress with the addition of a latex inner core, then the LUCID 16″ is a great option.
The DreamFoam bedding latex mattress, is a full 10 inches thick, and uses a combination of foam and 3 inch talalay latex. The benefit of a blended mattress is you can get all the same benefits as a traditional natural latex bed, but without the sticker shock of a 100% latex bed. All of their beds are made in the USA, so you know you are getting a quality product and not some cheap Chinese foam mattress. The mattress itself has 5.5 inches of high density convoluted base foam for increased air flow. And they use the latest talalay latex manufacturing process to produce the latex mattress. It even has a quilted bamboo cover made from 100% biodegradable bamboo fibers, with 1.5 inches of super soft reflex foam. And you can choose from four different firmness levels, which is quite unique and special about this particular mattress.
The lucid 10 inch latex foam is another blended latex mattress, it incorporates a 3 inch natural latex comfort layer and a 7 inch high-density foam support base. Not only is latex resistant to allergens and dust mites, but it also inhibits mold and is one of the best mattresses you can buy for people with back problems. Even more impressive is the fact that this mattress is made in the United States of CertiPUR-US certified materials and comes with a pretty remarkable 25 year warranty. And with a ventilated pinhole latex layer, the bed stays cool throughout the night.
The Ghostbed is another blended latex mattress, the difference is the quality of materials that goes into producing each Ghostbed. It starts with 1.5 inches of continuous aerated latex, allowing heat to easily transfer between the layers of the mattress, a full 2 inches of 4 pound cooling gel memory foam and a full 7.5 inches of extra high density support foam. Another nice feature is the fact that it has a removable cover that you can easily wash. The Ghostbest not only is built in the United States, but comes with an equally impressive 20 year warranty. The mattress comes vacuum sealed in a box, so all you have to do is open up the box an unroll the mattress and you are ready for a comfortable nights sleep. While the Ghostbed does cost a bit more than other latex mattresses we have reviewed, when you compare the difference in quality, there is truly a reason for the price.
The Dreamfoam bedding ultimate dreams latex mattress incorporates 3 inches of talalay latex foam inside the mattress, along with a quilted bamboo cover that contains 1.5 inches of super soft reflex foam. Not only that but there is a full 8 inches of convoluted base foam, for additional breath-ability and conformity. Not only that but you get to choose your desired firmness from four different choices, to custom tailor your bed to your unique needs. They will even allow you to change out the latex inner core for a different firmness for a small fee, if you find that the overall firmness is not to your standards. If you are looking for the latest in blended latex mattress technology at a price that comes in under $1000 for a queen sized mattress, then this maybe the mattress you are looking for.
If you are looking for a 100% latex mattress and aren’t scared by a price tag of around $2000, then the Plushbeds botanical bliss offers a really remarkable nights sleep. The mattress is made up of organic latex that is tapped from the Hevea brasiliensis tree, to provide each of the three layers of natural latex foam that goes into each mattress. Each mattress is handcrafted in California, and uses the best products like Joma wool, that offers an excellent fire barrier and is naturally resistant to dust, mold and mildew. The bed is a full 10 inches thick and consists of three interchangeable layers that interlock together, allowing you to get just the right amount of firmness and comfort. And because the latex core has tiny pinholes to allow air transfer, heat is naturally dissipated away from your body and doesn’t heat up the mattress like some of the other latex or memory foam mattresses we have reviewed. The mattress comes in two different options either a medium or medium-firm option, with the individual layers being able to be arranged, to adjust the firmness even more.
The latex for less mattress comes in three different thicknesses a 9 inch thick mattress, 10 inch or 13 inch mattress. The mattress itself is 100% natural latex, harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis tree. While it’s fantastic that the mattress is 100% latex and still priced around the same price as some of the blended latex mattresses we have reviewed, what really sets this mattress apart is it’s unique two sides reversible design. The mattress has a medium and medium firm mattress on both sides, so depending on your desired firmness level all you have to do is flip the mattress over. If you are fine with either firmness, you can reverse the mattress to give you an even longer lifespan. Regardless each side has a full 1 inch thick organic cotton cover that encapsulates the mattress, so whichever side you have the mattress on it looks fantastic. It comes with a 20 year warranty on the mattress and the latex, does have tiny pinholes in them to promote even airflow. All in all we rate this a top pick for people that are looking for an affordable all natural latex mattress.
The CushyBed 4 layer latex mattress is a full 10 inches tall and is proudly made in the United States of America. The bed itself has four layers, the top layer being a 1 inch graphite infused talalay latex layer, that helps to provide a cooling sensation and absorb body heat. The second layer of the mattress is a 1 inch gel swirl memory foam, followed by a 1 inch 4lb visco memory foam that provides additional support. The fourth and final layer of the cushybeds mattress is a 7 inch high density support base. The bed even has a removable machine washable cover for when accidents happen on your bed that you need to clean up. If you are looking for a blended latex mattress which uses the latest technology, then this should be one of your top choices.
The My Green Mattress is a full 7 inches tall made from 100% natural organic Dunlop latex. It has a organic top quilted cover and is proudly made in the USA. If you are looking for a firm mattress, especially if you have back problems then this natural latex mattress is an excellent choice. It is priced right, considering that it’s 100% natural latex, and like all natural latex beds is hypoallergenic and resists mildew and mold. It comes in all sizes from Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King and California King, allowing you to purchase this fantastic all natural latex, regardless of the size of your bed. Not to mention the mattress itself is backed by a full 10 year warranty and a company that truly cares about it’s customers and their restful nights sleep.
The Sleep on Latex is a 100% natural latex mattress, that is specifically designed for individuals who have back problems and are looking for a medium firmness mattress. The mattress itself is a full 9 inches thick, it includes an impressive 6″ base layer of Pure Green 100% latex foam, followed by another 2 inches of slightly softer comfort natural latex foam. The mattress is then covered in a 1 inch thick quilted wool cover, providing exceptional comfort and further protecting you from coming into contact with the latex, if you have latex allergies. The mattress itself is GREENGUARD gold certified by underwriters laboratories, and comes with a 10 year warranty. If you are looking for a good quality latex mattress that you can have for years, then the sleep on latex brand of mattress is a great buy. One thing that many consumers also will appreciate, is the fact that their mattresses are sewn and assembled in Chicago, Illinois. So not only are you getting a quality mattress, made of some of the finest materials, but it’s also proudly manufactured in the USA.
Hopefully you have a much better sense of the different types of latex mattresses and why they are superior to innerspring mattresses and memory foam mattresses if you suffer from back problems. When it comes to choosing the best latex mattress, it isn’t an easy decision and we have to not only consider quality, price and construction as well as the warranty offered by the various manufactures.
For our reviewers we decided on the DreamFoam Bedding Ulitimate Dreams mattress for 2017 as our top pick. Not only are you getting a high quality latex mattress, but it’s priced exceptionally well. The company has been around for some time, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of business or having issues should your mattress wear out prematurely. And the fact that the folks over at DreamFoam allow you to customize the firmness of your mattress, is just one more way that they really cater to their unique customers requirements.
That said, there also was one latex mattress that really stood out and our reviewers have labeled it one of the most innovative mattress for 2017. The winner of the most innovative latex mattress is the Latex For Less Natural Latex Mattress, the unique ability to be able to flip over the mattress and have different firmness of foams is really quite unique and frankly brilliant. Not only are you getting a 100% latex mattress, but the ability to flip the mattress over if the firmness isn’t exactly right for you. The Latex For Less mattress is perfect for holiday gift giving or birthdays, since you don’t have to worry about the individuals firmness preferences, since they can literally flip over the mattress and get a firmer or softer mattress. And if you are looking to give your guests a fantastic nights sleep, this particular mattress is great for guest rooms, since you can allow your guests the opportunity to choose their firmness.