5 Things to Know about a Latex Mattress

By Chad Taylor on July 5, 2017

More and more sleepers are sleeping on latex mattresses. These mattresses can be all latex or latex over a base foam. You’ll find them in all price ranges – and, better yet, you’ll find them from some mattress manufacturers in a choice of soft, medium for firm. If you’re shopping for a new mattress here are 5 things you should know about latex mattresses.

1. It’s Got Bounce! Foam mattresses have become so popular because they give conforming support that reduces pressure points – and that reduces morning aches and pain. However, latex goes one better. You get the conforming support, but latex mattresses also have push back – or bounce. That means it is easier to move in bed and you avoid that sinking feeling. Conforming support and bounce – a great combination!

2. Natural or Not! You can get latex mattresses that are 100% natural, made from the sap of the rubber tree – a renewal, green source. Or, you can get synthetic latex which has the same properties at a lower price. There are even mattresses that blend both. Some mattresses are built with a thick layer of latex on top of a foam base. The sleeper benefits from the durable, firm base while getting the comfortable feel and support of a natural latex bed.

3. Latex is Hypoallergenic and Antimicrobial. Rest easy – latex is naturally antimicrobial. It’s also hypoallergenic. That makes it a great choice for any allergy sufferer and an especially good choice for those who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems that can be aggravated by allergies.

4. Talalay or Dunlop, Which One? Dunlop is the way latex has been processed since the 1920s. The liquid rubber tree sap is put in a mold and then heated or baked until it becomes a solid. It’s cooled and the Dunlop mattress is removed from the mold. Talalay latex is made the same way but with an added two steps. First, the mold is sealed and vacuum technology expands and pulls the latex throughout the mold. Once this is accomplished, the latex is flash frozen before being baked. The difference? Dunlop is a firmer and Talalay is softer. You’ll find some mattresses that use Dunlop as a base and Talalay as the sleeping surface.

5. Soft, Medium or Firm? Some latex mattress manufacturers offer latex mattresses in a choice of comfort levels – soft, medium or firm. This gives shoppers the ability to choose the sleeping surface that they enjoy the most and still have all the benefits of a latex mattress.

Latex has gained the reputation as being the best mattress for back pain. But, if it’s new to you, give yourself the time to know you’ve made the right decision. Buying a latex mattress online means you will be able to get a trial period of as long as 120 days. Sleep experts say it takes as long as 30 days for your body to adjust to a new mattress – so you can try it for the first 30 days, the second 30 days, the third 30 days and, even, the fourth 30 days. If you’re not completely satisfied at the end of trial, the online mattress dealer will pick up the mattress and give you a full refund. While this type of trial is available, make sure to read the fine print so you know the particular mattress you’re looking at includes free to-your-door delivery, plus pickup and a full refund if you are not satisfied within the trial period. Those long trial periods should tell you one thing – the manufacturer believes that his mattress is going to be a mattress you love, built with quality you can count on. It’s a great idea to think latex with the ease of buying online!