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Talalay vs. Dunlop

Once you’ve decided that a natural latex mattress is the right choice for you, the next decision involves the Talalay vs. Dunlop method of latex mattress construction. There are noteworthy differences in the two styles of mattresses that may make a difference in which of the mattresses you prefer to purchase.

Dunlop Mattress Construction

Mattresses that are made of Dunlop latex go through a completely natural “manufacturing” process. The liquid latex serum is layered into a mold where it’s allowed to set. It takes quite a while for the solid latex to form. However, when the mattress is complete, it is firmer than the Talalay mattress and retains its original shape longer. People interested in a firmer mattress or additional support while they sleep often appreciate the Dunlop mattress as a first choice, as do people who want a longer-term investment in their mattresses.

Benefits of Dunlop mattresses

include the following:

  • All-natural construction
  • Firm support
  • Long lifespan
  • Cost effective
  • Can be produced organically

Dunlop mattresses provide an impressive amount of support, making them a great choice for those who like a firm bed or want the best mattress for back pain.  In addition, the fact that there are fewer steps in the manufacturing process of Dunlop mattresses helps to keep the costs of making these mattresses lower and is another important consideration to keep in mind as you compare mattresses.

Talalay Mattress Construction

Talalay mattresses are made with latex that is less dense, and require ammonia to be added into the mixture so that it doesn’t congeal prior to entering into production. The Talalay mattress also has quite a few distinctive benefits to consider as well. Keep in mind that these mattresses are constructed in a manner that allows a little more air to flow through them than the Dunlop variety.

The extreme breathability of the Talalay mattresses makes them an excellent choice for people who tend to sleep “hot.” The softer support and top level comfort is a great choice for people who have issues with pressure point pain when sleeping on firmer mattresses – primarily side sleepers.

It’s the price of Talalay mattresses, however, that often hold people back from making the purchase. Some people feel that the ammonia used in the construction does not fit with their preferences for all natural constructions as well, even though the ammonia is baked out during the process. Those are judgment calls that individuals must make according to their own preferences.

When Talalay and Dunlop Come Together

Many people believe that they get the best of both worlds when merging the two manufacturing processes – Talalay and Dunlop – to get the best possible mattress that combines the support of the “Pound Cake” consistency of Dunlop latex with the comfort of “Angel Food Cake” consistency of Talalay latex. The combined densities (a solid Dunlop core with a top Talalay comfort layer) make for a mattress that can last in excess of 25 years, while offering a truly blissful sleep night after night.

In the great debate: Talalay vs. Dunlop, the one that really wins is the person who chooses the mattress that meets their needs for a good night’s sleep. Sometimes that’s a clear conscience, sometimes it’s a promising financial outlook, and other times, it’s simply knowing you have a mattress that’s built to last.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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