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Latex foams in mattresses: everything you need to know

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

We're going to walk you through everything you need to know about latex foams, an essential when buying a new mattress. Perhaps you have heard of these materials before, but are unsure of their exact nature or their importance in the field of mattresses? Don't worry, we're here to provide you with all the information you need!

Bucket showing latex sap collected directly from the rubber tree brasiliensis. Natural latex used to produce mattresses.

Introduction to Latex Foams

First of all, what exactly are these latex foams? Well, these are foams made from latex, either natural, from the rubber tree, or synthetic. These foams are used in the manufacture of mattresses to provide optimal support and comfort. There are two main types of latex: natural latex and synthetic latex. Natural latex, obtained from the rubber tree, is recognized for its eco-friendliness and superior comfort, while synthetic latex, made from synthetic components, is generally more affordable.

Image depicting latex foam for mattresses.

Advantages of Latex Foams

Why opt for latex foams in the design of mattresses? There are several reasons for this! First of all, these foams are exceptionally durable and hard wearing, with a lifespan of up to 15 years or more! In addition, they offer firm support and exceptional resilience, which means that they quickly return to their original shape after being compressed. So you can always enjoy a comfortable and beneficial night's sleep.

There are also health benefits associated with using latex foams in mattresses. For example, these foams are hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, which makes them ideal for people with allergies or asthma. Plus, they're also breathable, which means they wick away moisture and heat to keep you cool and dry all night long.

Perforated latex mattress. Dunlop latex. Talalay latex.

Disadvantages of Latex Foams

However, there are also a few potential downsides to consider when using latex foams. First, they can be relatively expensive, which can be a problem if you're on a tight budget. Also, some people may find these foams a bit too firm for their liking. If you prefer a softer mattress, it may be better to consider another type of mattress.

Differences between Talalay Latex and Dunlop Latex

Note that there are different types of latex foam, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. There is natural latex, which is made from the rubber tree, and synthetic latex, which is made from chemicals. Natural latex is more expensive, but it is also more durable and more environmentally friendly. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, is less expensive, but it can be less durable and less environmentally friendly.

Dunlop latex foam vs Talalay latex

Then there is Talalay latex and Dunlop latex. The difference between the two is the manufacturing method used. Dunlop is the traditional method that we have been using for years. The raw latex is mixed, poured into a mold and heated to release the air. Afterwards, we cook to solidify everything. The result is a dense, firm latex foam that is generally heavier and firmer than Talalay.

The Talalay is a bit more modern. We mix the raw latex, we put it in a vacuum mold to evacuate the air. Then it is frozen to solidify the latex and cooked at low temperature. The result is a lighter, more resilient latex foam that is generally softer and more comfortable than Dunlop.

Basically, Dunlop is old and traditional, Talalay is modern and high-tech. Both have unique tricks that make them suitable for different types of bedding products.

The advantages of Dunlop over Talalay is that it is denser and firmer therefore more durable and resistant to wear. It also provides firmer back and muscle support, which can be beneficial for people with back pain or muscle aches. And in addition it is cheaper to manufacture so the prices are more affordable for consumers.

The advantages of Talalay compared to Dunlop is that it is lighter and more resilient, therefore more comfortable and more pleasant to sleep. It is also softer and plusher, ideal for people who prefer a softer mattress. And the manufacturing method uses a vacuum for a more even distribution of foam density, providing more even support.

It should be noted, however, that these advantages depend on the quality of the latex foam used and the manufacturing. It is better to check the specifications before buying a product. For example, in the MPILI 12 mattress, Dunlop latex is used with different levels of purity to vary comfort.

Interior description of the MPILI 12 mattress. Latex foam, gel-infused memory foam.

The Truth About "100% Natural" Latex Mattresses

And if not, have you ever heard of 100% natural latex mattresses? It's wrong! There are natural latex foams made from raw rubber from the rubber tree, but it's impossible to find 100% natural mattresses as they are usually made from blends of natural and synthetic latex to increase their durability and comfort and that it is not possible to foam the shaft fluid without a minimum of additive.

Ecological Considerations

Finally, we address the ecological aspects related to latex foams used in mattresses. Some latex mattresses are made from recycled rubber, which may be a more environmentally friendly option. However, note that these mattresses may have slightly different characteristics compared to those made from raw latex. We suggest that you learn about the different options before making an informed choice.

In short, latex foam mattresses are great because they're hypoallergenic, will kill dust mites, and let air through. But beware, they can be expensive and a little too firm for some. It is also important to consider the different types of latex and their impact on the environment before making a choice.