What’s the Best Latex Mattress?

Latex mattresses are known for their natural cooling effect and great durability. Therefore, they’re a great option if you’re considering replacing your current mattress. With a wide variety of latex mattresses on the market, it can be hard to find the best latex mattress.

That’s why the editors at Simply Rest had a look at the best full, and part, latex mattresses to suit specific individual needs. We’ve taken a look at what people look for most in a mattress, and chose mattresses that would check all of the boxes.

No matter what type of sleeper you are, here are the latex mattresses that will provide what you are looking for.

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Specialty Type  Firmness Price for queen Sleep Trial Warranty
Brentwood Home Cedar Side sleepers Dunlop Latex and pocketed coils Medium-Soft $1499 1 year 25 years
Avocado Green Back sleepers Dunlop Latex & Pocket coils Gentle Firm/Luxury Plush $1189 or $1799 365 nights 25 years
Avocado Vegan Stomach sleepers Dunlop Latex foam and pocketed coils Medium/Medium-Firm $1189 or $1799 1 year 25 years
Natures Novel by Sweet Zzz Best for couples Talalay Latex Firm/Medium-Soft £1399 100 nights Lifetime
Pure Green Mattress Heavy sleepers Dunlop Latex foam Soft/Medium/Firm $795 100 nights 10 years
The Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex Sleepers with back pain Dunlop Latex Plush/Medium/Firm $1599 100 nights Lifetime
Roma Latex Best budget mattress Dunlop Latex foam Medium Plush + Firm (flippable) $695 90 nights 10 years
Spindle Most Eco-Friendly Dunlop Latex foam Soft/Medium/Firm $2499 365 nights 10 years

Latex Mattress for Side Sleepers – Brentwood Home Cedar

Cedar Natural Luxe Mattress

Cedar is one of the three mattresses Brentwood Home offers. It’s the only latex hybrid mattress from the range and it comes with an optional organic mattress topper. The mattress is designed with three layers, all of which are natural and organic. The small details of the mattress, such as coconut husk buttons, hand-stitched handles, and hand-tufted wool, are also all-natural and eco-friendly.

Let’s have a look at the mattress’s layers:

  • The optional mattress topper is made from GOTS-certified organic wool and 100% natural latex. It provides the mattress with extra plushness and comfort, which is a great feature for side sleepers. 
  • The cover of the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton that is tufted with natural alpaca wool. The cotton and wool work together to wick away excess moisture and improve temperature control. 
  • Under the tufted cover, we find the first comfort layer made from organic latex. This layer is convoluted and has three support zones. This design ensures efficient pressure point relief.
  • Then, come the pocketed coils. The coil count within the layer is 1414, and they’re zoned to provide extra support to the hip and the shoulder area. There’s also a reinforced perimeter around the mattress to ensure good edge support.
  • The base layer of the Cedar mattress is unique yet very effective. Made from natural coconut husk it provides support and stability to the pocketed coils above. It also improves the longevity of the mattress.

Firmness

Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is rated as a medium-soft. This is an ideal level of firmness for side sleepers as it ensures the pressure is taken off the shoulders and the hips. And in case you’d still like a softer mattress, getting the optional mattress topper for an extra $399 would provide another level of plushness.

Pressure Point Relief

The convoluted latex layer within the mattress is split into three support zones to relieve the pressure effectively. That, added to the pocketed coils, makes this mattress great at pressure relief. You should not feel any discomfort whatsoever, especially if you opt-in for the mattress topper too. 

Temperature Control

The natural wool and organic cotton naturally wick away moisture and dissipate heat. This helps with temperature control and any sweating issues you may have. The pocketed coils improve the breathability, which further improves the management of body heat as you sleep. All in all, Simply Rest believes that the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is really good at temperature control.

Size

This bed-in-a-box in queen size comes at 11 inches in height and 120 lbs in weight. This size and the structure make it suitable for adjustable bed frames, box foundations, and slatted bed frames. In fact, Brentwood Home offers three different mattress foundations. Each one would go with this mattress perfectly.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Brentwood Home offers a 365-night long sleep trial, which is quite a bit more than the standard 100 nights. As for the warranty, this mattress comes with one that’s 25 years long. This covers any sagging greater than 2 inches, and any manufacturing defects. 

Price

A queen-sized Brentwood Home Cedar mattress costs $1499. And if you’d like the mattress topper too, that’ll be an extra $399.

If you’re not sure the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is for you, check out our other guide to find the best mattress for side sleepers.

Latex Mattress for Back Sleepers – the Avocado Green

Avocado green latex mattress

The Avocado mattress comes in three choices – the standard Avocado Green mattress, the Avocado Green mattress with an extra pillow top, and the Vegan Avocado Green mattress (same as the Avocado Green mattress but made without wool).

For back sleepers, the standard Avocado Green mattress would be your best choice. Here are its layers:

  • The Avocado Green cover is made from organic cotton and natural wool, designed to naturally wick away moisture.
  • The first layer is 2 inches of natural Dunlop latex. This layer has small ventilation holes to increase breathability. It also provides contouring to the sleeper, taking the pressure off the pain points.
  • The second layer of the Avocado Green mattress is 8-inch tall pocketed coils, providing the mattress with its bounce and support.

Firmness

On its official website, the standard Avocado Green mattress is described as gentle-firm—a great firmness for back sleepers. If you like to sleep on a softer surface, you can always order the pillow top attachment and add it to your mattress at any time. 

Pressure Point Relief

The Avocado Green mattress addresses pressure point concerns with a zoned support system.

Temperature Control

Natural latex added to an innerspring support system makes the Avocado a mattress with minimal heat retention risks.

Size

The standard height of the Avocado Green mattress is 11 inches and the pillow top mattress height is 13 inches.

The Avocado Green mattress weighs 97 pounds in a queen size.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Avocado offers a 100-night sleep trial to decide if their mattress is suitable for you. If you decide to keep it, it comes with a 25-year warranty.

Price

The Avocado Green mattress comes at the price of $1189.

To find the best mattress overall, check out our article on the best beds available now.

Latex Mattress for Stomach Sleepers – Avocado Vegan

avocado green mattress

Avocado is known as one of the most eco-friendly mattress brands on the market. They offer three different mattresses, as well as bedding, furniture, and other sleeping accessories. Avocado also co-owns the wool, cotton, and latex farms they source from. This ensures all manufacturing materials are of top-quality and fairly-sourced. 

Avocado Vegan is their most eco-friendly organic latex mattress that includes only plant-based materials. It comes in four layers with an optional Euro-top mattress topper.

Let’s have a better look inside:

  • The optional pillow-top mattress topper comes at an additional $400. It’s made from 100% GOLTS-certified soft latex foam and makes the mattress a lot more plush and cushy. 
  • The cover of the Avocado Vegan mattress is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. It’s hand-tufted to avoid the use of any adhesives and other chemicals. 
  • The first 2-inch thick comfort layer within this mattress is made from soft Dunlop latex foam. This layer is designed to relieve pressure and keep the spine aligned. 
  • Right under the soft latex foam, we find zoned pocketed coils. At the count of 1414 and containing three different coil gauges, this layer provides custom support to different parts of the body. The pocketed coils also feature a reinforced perimeter for better edge support.
  • Last, we see a 1-inch thick high-density latex layer. Just like base layers in other mattresses, it supports the coils and provides stability to the mattress.

Firmness

Without the optional pillow-top layer, the Avocado Vegan mattress rates as medium-firm, which is ideal for stomach sleepers. It ensures your hips don’t sink in too much during the night. This keeps your spine aligned and your body supported. 

The Avocado Vegan mattress with the pillow-top rates as a medium. This level of firmness is usually preferred by combination sleepers, back sleepers, and restless sleepers. But it can also work for stomach sleepers that are lightweight. 

Pressure Point Relief

As mentioned above, the pocketed coil system within the Avocado Vegan contains five distinct ergonomic support zones. This ensures that each area of the body receives tailored pressure point relief to prevent pain points. 

Temperature Control

When it comes to temperature control, this mattress doesn’t perform as well as other latex mattresses. The cotton is good at wicking away moisture and heat, but not as good as wool. 

Size

Without the pillow top, the Avocado Vegan stands at 11 inches tall and ranges from 59 lbs (twin size) to 122 lbs (Cali king size) in weight. With the optional pillow top layer, this mattress stands at 13 inches tall and ranges from 80lbs (twin size) to 166 lbs (Cali king) in weight.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Avocado Vegan comes with a 365-night sleep trial. It also comes with a 25-year warranty covering sags 1 inch or greater as well as any manufacturing defects.

Price

The standard Avocado Vegan mattress comes with a price tag of $1189. And if you choose to go for the additional pillow-top, you’ll have to pay $1799.

Additionally, be sure to check out our other guides to find the best mattress for stomach sleepers.

Latex Mattress for Couples – Natures Novel by Sweet Zzz

natures novel latex mattress

Natures Novel is the only mattress that Sweet Zzz offers. It is a great mattress for couples because it’s versatile enough to suit most sleepers. This means that even if you and your partner prefer different sleeping positions, Natures Novel mattress will accommodate you both.

This mattress is made from OEKO-Tex Class 1 certified natural materials and handcrafted right here in the USA. Let’s have a look at the layers:

 

  • The top of Natures Novel mattress is made from natural wool and organic cotton. This 1-inch thick combination keeps the temperature of the sleeper neutral by wicking away moisture and dissipating heat.
  • Under the topper comes the Talalay latex layer. The cells within this layer are 50% larger, further improving the mattress’s breathability.
  • Under the Talalay latex, we find 7 inches of Eco-Latex® foam. This is a latex-like poly-foam layer that provides the firm support to the sleeper. It also makes this mattress suitable for any kind of bed frame, even on the floor.

Firmness

Natures Novel mattress comes in two options:

  • Firm – rates at 8 out of 10.
  • Medium-Soft – rates at 6 out of 10. 

Our recommended choice for couples is Medium-Soft. This level of firmness will support side sleepers, back sleepers, and combination sleepers. It’ll also provide good motion isolation, which is crucial for couples who share the bed.

Pressure Point Relief

The Talalay latex conforms to the body and relieves the pressure off the pain points. However, the lack of specially designed zoned support system means the overall pressure point relief is not great.

This can especially be an issue for stomach sleepers and heavy sleepers. The lack of zoned support can mean sinking in too deep in the torso area, in turn misaligning the spine.

Temperature Control

The enlarged cells within the Talalay latex layer encourage proper airflow through the mattress. That, in addition to the natural wool topper, makes this mattress great at neutralizing the temperature.

Size

Natures Novel mattress is 12 inches tall. It’s a standard-sized mattress that is suitable for all types of bed frames.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Sweet Zzz offers a 100-night sleep trial with a 30 days break-in period. If you decide to keep the Natures Novel mattress after the trial, you’ll get a Lifetime Warranty. This covers any visible sagging of 0.75 inches or deeper, as well as any manufacturing defects and damage. 

Price

A queen-sized Natures Novel mattress costs $1189.

Latex Mattress for Heavy Sleepers – The Pure Green Mattress

the pure green mattress by sleeponlatex

The Pure Green is an all-latex mattress, made from 100% organic Sri Lankan latex rubber. It holds Oeko-Tex, Greenguard, and Eco-Institut certifications. Although the latex rubber is sourced from Sri Lanka, the mattress itself is manufactured here in the USA. It is hand-sewn, assembled, and packaged in Niles, Illinois.

Let’s have a look at its layers:

  • The cover of the Pure Green mattress is made from organic cotton and natural New Zealand wool. This layer also holds an organic cotton tricot fabric that keeps the cotton cover and the wool together. 
  • Under the plush cover, we find a 2-inch comfort layer of Dunlop latex foam. It conforms to the body of the sleeper and alleviates pressure points.
  • After the comfort layer comes a 6-inch thick Dunlop latex foam base. This layer supports the structure of the mattress and prolongs its life.
  • The third layer is 100% natural Talalay latex, promoting motion isolation, and support.
  • The fourth layer is natural Talalay latex with a 5-zone support design.
  • And the bottom, the same as the top, is a layer of 100% organic wool.

Firmness

The Pure Green mattress comes in three options:

  • Soft – rates at 4 out of 10.
  • Medium – rates at 6 out of 10.
  • Firm – rates at 8 out of 10.

For heavy sleepers, Simply Rest highly recommends the firm option. It’ll provide sufficient support and pressure point relief without letting you sink in too deep into the mattress.

Pressure Point Relief

Pressure point relief heavily depends on your sleeping preferences and the firmness of the mattress you pick. As long as you choose the mattress firmness that suits your sleeping style, you can enjoy a comfortable sleep. 

Temperature Control

Natural latex does not retain or trap heat. In addition to the wool and organic cotton cover, which also reduces motion transfer, the Pure Green mattress is very good at temperature control. 

Size

The Pure Green mattress comes in two options—standard and low-profile. The standard version is 8 inches tall in total, and the low-profile version is 6 inches tall. 

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

SleepOnLatex offers a standard 100-night sleep trial with the usual 30-day break-in period for their mattress. If you decide to keep it, you’ll be granted a 10-year warranty covering sags 1 inch or deeper, as well as any tears and rips in the latex foam (as long as the damage was not done by misuse of the mattress). 

Price

The Pure Green mattress by SleepOnLatex costs only $795 for a queen size. This makes it one of the most budget-friendly latex mattresses on the market.

Latex Mattress for Sleepers with Back Pain – The Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex Mattress

nest bedding hybrid latex mattress
Source: nestbedding.com

The Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress combines latex foam and pocketed coils. This provides the most optimal support and pressure point relief for sleepers with back pain. The latex molds around the body shape and fills in the gap in the lumbar region to ensure the spine’s natural position is maintained. Additionally, the coils provide zoned support to the latex above. Together, these layers create a very supportive and breathable mattress.

Let’s look at its layers:

  • The cover of the Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress is made from organic cotton and natural wool batting. This provides the mattress with better temperature control.
  • Then, lies a 1.5-inch layer of either Eco-Flex Quilting or Certified Wool batting for more comfort.
  • The second layer is 3-inch thick Dunlop latex foam.
  • The third layer is 7-inch tall pocketed coils. The coil system offers enhanced zone support and better airflow.
  • The base layer of the Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress is either durable foam or a latex—depending on the firmness of the bed.

Firmness

The Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress comes in three levels of firmness:

  • Plush – rates at 6.5-7 out of 10.
  • Medium – rates at 5-5.5 out of 10.
  • Firm – rates at 3.5-4 out of 10.

For sleepers with back pain, Simply Rest recommends going for Plush because it won’t be too firm on your back, and will still provide enough support for your spine.

Pressure Point Relief

The bouncy Dunlop latex and the pocketed coils work together to create great pressure point relief—a big advantage for people suffering from back pain, as the lumbar region is one of the most supported areas in the mattress.

Temperature Control

The Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress sleeps nice and cool. The latex’s natural cooling effect added to the breathability of the coils provides great temperature control.

Size

The Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress comes at 13 inches tall.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Nest Bedding offers a 100-night sleep trial to see if this mattress is a good fit for you. If you decide that is it, Nest Bedding will provide you with a limited lifetime warranty.

Price

The Nest Bedding hybrid latex mattress costs $1599 for a queen size.

If you’re still undecided, check out our other guide to find the best mattress for back pain.

The Best Budget-Friendly Latex Mattress – the Roma Latex

the roma latex mattress by sleep EZ
Source: sleepez.com

The Roma is a 2-in-1 design mattress because it can be flipped to provide a different level of firmness. One side of the Roma mattress is nice and firm, while the other side is a lot plusher. This allows the sleepers to test out both options without having to replace the mattress.

Let’s take a look at its layers:

  • The cover of the Roma latex mattress is made from organic cotton that is quilted with a 1.5-inch thick layer of foam, giving the mattress more comfort and is found on both sides.
  • The main layer is a 6-inch thick layer of Dunlop latex, which offers a great bounce rate and support.

Firmness

One side of the Roma Latex mattress rates Medium-Plush, and the other rates Firm.

The Medium-Plush side is excellent for side sleepers, stomach sleepers, or sleepers with lower back pain. While the Firm side works great for stomach sleepers and back sleepers.

Pressure Point Relief

The Roma flippable mattress naturally provides good support, allowing you to sleep in a very neutral position. The latex conforms to your body shape and provides a good foundation for your spine’s natural alignment.

Temperature Control

Seeing as organic cotton and natural latex are both naturally cooling materials, the Roma latex mattress does not sleep hot. In fact, most sleepers review it as a surprisingly cooling mattress.

Size

The Roma latex mattress comes at 9 inches tall—a little thinner than most mattresses on the market.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Sleep EZ offers 90 days to test their mattress out, and after the sleep trial ends, they provide a 10-year warranty.

Price

A queen-sized Roma latex mattress costs $750.

The Most Eco-Friendly Latex Mattress – Spindle

spindle latex mattress
Source: spindlemattress.com

The Spindle is a 100% natural latex mattress that comes in three layers. These layers come in three separate boxes and have three different levels of firmness. They need to be assembled before use and can be rearranged to get the most suitable level of firmness.

Here are the layers:

  • The cover of the Spindle mattress is made from organic cotton and natural wool batting. The cotton provides the mattress with better temperature control, and the wool wicks away the moisture.
  • Then come the three layers of natural Dunlop latex. Each one is 3 inches thick, and each one’s firmness depends on your preferences.

Firmness

The firmness of the mattress is determined after you complete a short quiz detailing your sleep habits and mattress preferences. Depending on your results, they send you three layers of natural latex in different levels of firmness. Once you receive the layers, you’re responsible for building the layers into a bed.

Pressure Point Relief

The Spindle mattress has great pressure point relief. The three layers of natural Dunlop latex foam can be rearranged many times until the perfect fit is found.

Temperature Control

The natural wool and natural Dunlop latex provide a great cooling effect. Although it may not be as breathable as many innerspring mattresses, the Spindle mattress is still relatively cooling.

Size

The Spindle mattress comes at 10 inches in height, which fits just about any bed frame. However, at 150 pounds, it is not a mattress you will be able to move and assemble alone.

Sleep Trial & Warranty Information

Spindle offers a 365-night sleep trial During this time, you can swap the layers as many times as you need to find your perfect firmness.

Once satisfied, your mattress comes with a 10-year warranty.

Price

A queen-sized Spindle mattress comes at the price of $2499.

What Makes the Best Latex Mattress?

To understand what makes a good latex mattress, we first have to understand the different types of latex in the market. There are three main types and each one holds its own pluses and minuses. But, they all serve only one purpose–to provide quality sleep.

Synthetic Latex

Synthetic latex is made from petroleum-based materials. It’s the cheapest type of latex, and it’s also the least durable and breathable. Synthetic latex can be a good option if you are looking for a very budget-friendly mattress, but our editors always recommend going for the natural latex alternatives instead. That is why we included only natural latex mattresses in this mattress review, some of which come at a truly great price.

Natural Latex

100% natural latex is an expensive material, explaining why there aren’t too many manufacturers offering natural latex mattresses at an affordable price.

The reason this material is so expensive is partly due to how it’s acquired and manufactured. Natural latex comes from the sap of rubber trees. It’s completely organic, hypoallergenic, and extremely durable. It’s also naturally cooling and produces no off-gassing whatsoever.

Blended Latex

Blended latex is a mixture of natural latex and synthetic latex. It’s not an ingredient you will often find in mattress descriptions. Mainly because many budget-friendly mattress companies will refer to it as “natural”, even if it’s only partly so.

Blended latex is more durable than synthetic but less durable than natural. It’s more cooling than synthetic, but less than natural. It’s eco-friendlier than synthetic but less eco-friendly than natural. You get the gist – it’s a mix of the two, and therefore its specifications are as well.

What Type of Latex is the Best?

Simply Rest recommends natural latex as the best material to have your latex mattress made from. It’s a lot more durable, cooling, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly. It’s also resistant to dust mites and mildew.

In second place is blended latex—although not nearly as good as natural, it is still better than synthetic.

The least favorite type of latex is synthetic. It is not as durable, it’s quite unhealthy for the environment and the user, and it sleeps pretty hot.

Different methods of producing latex foam

Now that we discussed the types of latex available on the market, let’s take a look at the two main methods of manufacturing—Dunlop and Talalay.

The Dunlop Method

The Dunlop method has been around since 1929. It’s the simpler method of the two, and it produces slightly firmer foam.

The Dunlop process works by taking the latex in its liquid form and slowly injecting it in layers into the mold. Once the latex sets, you are left with a latex foam that’s naturally denser on one side than the other. Using this method does not affect the overall quality of the mattress, it only makes it so it’s slightly firmer on one side.

The pros of using the Dunlop method are:

  • More cost-effective than the Talalay method
  • Firmer
  • Longer lasting
  • All-natural

The downfalls associated with the Dunlop method are:

  • Less breathable
  • Can be too firm
  • The firmness of the two sides is uneven

The Talalay Method

The Talalay method of manufacturing latex foam is a lot more complicated when compared to the Dunlop method. It was invented in the 1950s, and it is still widely used today.

The Talalay method works by taking the liquid latex and filtering out any particles. Then, it gets poured into large molds and emulsified with water and air bubbles. The next step is to flash freeze the latex and then to vulcanize it. This produces a softer and more breathable latex foam.

The pros of using the natural Talalay process are:

  • More breathable
  • Softer
  • Even on both sides

The cons associated with Talalay method are:

  • More expensive
  • Not as natural

Pros and Cons of a Latex Mattress

Let’s take a look at the advantages a natural latex mattress holds:

  • Eco-friendly manufacturing process and materials
  • Natural cooling properties
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Durable

The disadvantages of natural latex mattress are:

  • Very heavy
  • Sometimes too firm
  • Very expensive

Getting the best latex mattress involves considering a number of factors, from the construction of the foam to the cover, and everything in between. Of course, personal preferences and needs like back pain play a big role as well. While there are several aspects that shoppers should focus on, the process can be broken up into a simple list that is manageable and helpful. Here, we will discuss each thing that buyers should be conscious of as they are scouring the market for the most suitable latex bed.

Steps for Getting The Best Latex Mattress

Follow these simple steps to make purchasing a new latex mattress as simple and smooth as possible.

1) Create a Budget

As with most purchases, it is absolutely critical that consumers create a budget before they even start looking for the best latex mattress. This will not only help narrow down the search but will also make sure that the shopper is able to stay within the confines of affordability.

Consider mattress options that are affordable, but do not sacrifice comfort and support. If you think about it, you likely spend more time on your mattress than on any other piece of home furniture. So budgeting, in order to afford a high-quality bed, can be a worthwhile investment in health. Mattresses are big purchases. You want to make sure you’re satisfied with your choice.

2) Research Online

Statistics indicate that consumers are 20% more satisfied when they buy latex mattresses online compared to shopping in a store. Shoppers should use this to their advantage.

First, because latex is considered a specialty mattress, local showrooms often have limited selections that are often not even all latex. There are many more beds available online, without the hefty price mark-ups.

When you shop online there is no sales tax or sales pressure. Instead, you can take as much time as you need to find exactly what you are looking for. In a store, people often feel rushed or that they need to make a decision before leaving the store. That is what salespeople want you to feel. Rushed consumers are more likely to make a regretful purchase and spend more than necessary.

There are a number of mattresses sold only online and you should not be afraid to try these out. Most retailers offer really great return policies as well as warranties. Often, online mattresses come with much better backing than the ones sold in stores.

Beds and mattresses from retail stores are nearly always overpriced. Experts recommend negotiating with salespeople in brick-and-mortar stores. Mattress manufacturers have a minimum price for their products and generally, retail stores will set their prices much higher to cover commissions for salespeople and operating costs. Online retailers typically have much less overhead and can pass the savings on to their customers.

There are many different sites dedicated to reviewing all types of mattresses and bedding-related products. Take your time and read what experts and customers have said about the specific products you are considering. You will likely read something that will influence your decision and increase the probability of feeling satisfied with your purchase

3) Check Composition

The composition of a latex bed speaks volumes about how comfortable it will be. What appears to be most important is what the latex foam is made of: natural, synthetic, or a blend of both. 100% natural latex mattresses rate better in many aspects of satisfaction, comfort, and durability. They are also more environmentally friendly. Unglued layers further reduce chemicals in the sleeping environment and allow you to tailor the mattress to your needs.

The other aspect is how the foam is made. Talalay latex is often touted as better than Dunlop since the two added steps yield more control over manufacturing. Dunlop is more widely available, while Talalay is typically more expensive. How the latex is made appears to have less of an impact on owner satisfaction than what is made of. So if price differences are significant, Dunlop may indeed be the better value.

All layers should be accounted for within the mattress–meaning the manufacturer should be able to tell what each layer of the bed is made of, including the core, padding, and fabrics. You will be spending a lot of time lying on this mattress. Know what you’re getting into. Beds made with only latex foam (without poly foam or spring layers) rate significantly better among owners.

4) Examine the Fire Barrier

It is critical that the consumer understand what the flame retardant in the mattress is composed of. All mattresses are required by law to pass certain flammability standards, in an effort to protect sleepers from fire. However, fire retardants can be made with a number of harsh chemicals, from formaldehyde to other carcinogens. This tip goes back to making sure that the mattress is 100% natural. The best option is 100% natural wool with 100% natural latex.

One amazing aspect of latex is that it is naturally flame resistant. There is no need for heaps of chemical flame retardants, and several brands use natural wool. Many flame retardants have been associated with various health effects including adverse effects on fetal and child development, cancer, immunotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity. Experts in health and wellness fields typically advise avoiding these chemicals as much as possible.

5) Check Cover

The cover of the mattress essentially protects the bed and determines how comfortable the sleeper will be. An unbreathable cover could make the mattress hot. Look for a 100% cotton cover, preferably organic to avoid the pesticides and other chemicals on traditional cotton. Often, these types of covers will feature an integrated wool barrier. Non-woven fabrics are also superior for their greater durability.

6) Determine the Firmness Level

Everybody has different preferences when it comes to firm or soft mattresses. A good rule of thumb is your current mattress firmness level, though latex can feel a little different. There are beds in the market that do offer customizable firmness options and this is ideal for people who do not like the often firm feel of latex. If you are new to latex, look for a retailer who offers a variety of different firmnesses just in case you end up needing to exchange for a softer or firmer model.

7) Check for Certifications

Sometimes, beds can include misleading information about the makeup of the mattress.  If a manufacturer calls a product organic, make sure the organization that certified the product is named. Any item legally allowed to be called organic must be certified.

This will only apply to the covers and latex used to make the foam, as fabrics and agricultural goods are currently the only items certified as organic materials. Finished latex foams can be produced using organic latex to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). Oeko-Tex and Eco-Institut are other great certifications to see, as they test to ensure the materials used do not contain hazardous materials.

8) Check the Guarantees

Finally, you should check the warranty and trial periods. On an all-latex bed, the warranty should be no less than 10 years as this is one of the most durable materials on the market. Trial periods will vary but should be a minimum of 30 days, preferably longer, so you have time to adjust to the new bed. If a retailer doesn’t meet both of these guidelines, that means they may not be confident in their product. If they aren’t, there is no reason you should be. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on an unsatisfactory mattress and then not be able to return it or have it replaced.

All-Latex Matresses vs. Blended Latex Over Foam

 100% Natural LatexLatex Blend over Foam
Owner SatisfactionAC
Relieving Back PainAD
Sleeping CoolAC
Natural MaterialsAC
No Off-GassingAD
Life SpanAB
WarrantyAB
Return PoliciesAC
Avg. Queen Price$2,500 $1,500

Latex Mattress Shopping Made Easy

The tips and chart above will help you to find the best option and avoid getting stuck with a chemical-laden, unsatisfactory bed.

These tips go to show that choosing the best latex mattress does not have to be a difficult or impossible venture when you know what to look for. Review the various points we’ve highlighted here and compare the mattresses priced within your budget accordingly. The right mattress will make your bedroom a much more inviting space without breaking your budget.

Choosing the best latex mattress is no joke. With such a variety of materials and combinations, you really have to understand what your body needs. If you are still unsure if you found the right one, perhaps it’s worth having a look at other types of mattresses. After all, there are other materials used in mattresses that may be a more comfortable option for you.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

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