The decision to buy a latex mattress is one of the best decisions financially, environmentally, and comfort-wise you can make. However, buying the right natural latex mattress for your sleep needs is critical. Learning about the various options ahead of time can help you make a wiser, more informed decision. These are the types of latex mattresses from which you can choose.
The Dunlop tradition for constructing mattresses has been around since 1929. This method whips the rubber sap into a rich froth and then pours it into a mold, covers it, and heats it. During the process, natural sediment sinks to the bottom where it settles, creating a firmer bottom for the mattress. This creates an extremely supportive and somewhat firm mattress.
The Talalay process for creating latex foam mattresses is newer than the Dunlop process and in this method the foam is flash frozen before heating. The structure from top to bottom is more consistent since there is no settling. This means it’s not as firm as a Dunlop mattress. That doesn’t mean that it lacks support however — only that it’s more forgiving of curves and pressure points than the Dunlop mattresses.
A natural latex mattress is made of 100 percent natural ingredients. There are no petrochemicals used in its construction and the comfort of sleeping on this mattress is unsurpassed. These mattresses have a tendency to last upwards of 20 years and resist dust mites, mold, and mildew. The one downside is the price. They are more expensive than other varieties and other types of mattresses — at least as far as the “up front” costs are concerned. When you consider the fact that they are built to last more than 20 years, you’ll see how much of a bargain you’re getting.
Because the costs of natural latex mattresses is so high, hybrid latex mattresses have been created. Hybrid simply means that it contains latex and another material (typically memory foam). These mattresses are made using chemical formulations and built to last — though they do not last nearly as long as all-natural latex mattresses. The major benefit of purchasing a hybrid latex mattress is the price. It’s much more affordable for people on a budget. Keep in mind, however, that it is not the same quality investment that a natural latex mattress is.
Blended latex is a compromise of sorts between natural and hybrid latex mattresses. Most blended latex mattresses on the market today are made of 70 percent natural latex with 30 percent synthetic latex. Blended latex is not a completely natural mattress option, and is almost exclusively made of Talalay construction, but it does retain many of the qualities and features people appreciate about natural latex with a lower price tag.
Latex mattresses are an investment, but they are a long-term investment that bring better back health, better sleeping conditions, and a reasonable lifetime cost. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, these facts about latex mattress types should help you make your final decision.
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