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What is a Latex Mattress?

A latex mattress combines latex foam with either springs or reflex foam to create a supportive and durable sleep surface. Latex in its natural form comes from the sap of a rubber tree and its potential was discovered by Dunlopillo in the early 1900s. Dunlopillo pioneered the revolution of latex by creating a range of mattresses and pillows made purely of latex foam to offer incredible comfort and pressure relief.

Because latex is a natural product, some latex mattresses are often combined with other natural fillings to create the perfect natural mattress. From benefits to best sellers, this guide has all the answers you're looking for when it comes to a latex mattress.

Hand presses on a latex foam mattress
A latex mattress provides a natural, hypoallergenic and pressure-relieving sleep surface

Benefits of a latex mattress

Latex mattresses are sure to provide a soothing night's sleep - and there are plenty of reasons why! Read on to find out how a latex mattress could help you sleep better.

  • Pressure-relieving
    Latex has elastic properties, so it can rapidly respond to your weight, shape and movements. This elasticity helps support the heaviest parts of your body for great pressure relief.
  • Durable
    Naturally resilient, latex mattresses maintain their shape and performance for many years.
  • Easy to maintain
    Dunlopillo, the pioneers of latex mattresses, create single-sided latex mattresses so you don't need to flip your latex mattress.
  • Hypoallergenic
    The structure of latex means it is naturally resistant to dust mites. This helps maintain a fresh and healthy sleep environment.
  • Eco-friendly
    The rubber trees used to collect latex convert over 90 million tons of carbon dioxide into oxygen every year. This makes latex one of the most eco-friendly mattress fillings available.

Want to discover more benefits of latex mattresses? Find out more in this video from Dunlopillo:

How is latex made into a mattress?

Latex foam is produced by using one of two methods:

  1. Dunlop
    Latex is poured into a mould, in one complete pour. As a result, Dunlop latex is firmer along the bottom and softer towards the top of the mattress. This blend of firmness provides sublime comfort and wonderful pressure relief.
    The Dunlopillo Diamond and Dunlopillo Millennium mattresses are two highly popular mattresses that have been created using the Dunlop method.
  2. Talalay
    The Talalay method involves a few extra steps and ingredients. Latex is partially poured into a mould and expands into complete foam using a vacuum. This method creates a less dense foam that has a more consistent feel from top to bottom.
Bowls attached to rubber trees collecting latex in its natural form
Latex from rubber trees goes through a Dunlop or Talalay process to create latex mattresses

Latex vs memory foam mattresses: what's the difference?

Memory foam and latex are produced in different ways. There are three key ways in which they differ from each other.

  1. Bounce back rate
    Latex returns to its original shape much quicker than memory foam giving it a lighter feel and more bounce.
  2. How they mould to your body
    Memory foam uses your body heat to soften and mould to your body shape. However, latex mattresses don't require heat to contour to your body. Instead, latex responds to your weight and shape to provide pressure relief tailored to you.
  3. Materials they're made from
    Latex is a natural product whereas memory foam is made from a synthetic material called polyurethane. Because of this, latex is more eco-friendly than memory foam.

Want to know more about memory foam? Head over to our page, what is a memory foam mattress? to find all the answers you're looking for! Or to find out more about the cooling properties of latex, check out our handy guide.

Latex vs memory foam: which should I choose?

Still not sure whether to choose a memory foam or a latex mattress? Check out our quick guide below.

What's most important to you? Latex Memory foam
Support yes yes
Comfort yes yes
Pressure relief yes yes
Durability yes yes
Faster bounce back rate yes -
Less transfer of movement - yes
Ease of movement yes -
Natural temperature regulation yes -
Good for allergy sufferers yes yes
Eco-friendly yes -
Price - yes

Latex mattresses: best sellers

We have a wide range of latex mattresses available from well-known brands such as Dunlopillo, Sealy and Rest Assured.

We are sure you'll find everything you're looking for in our latex mattress range. To help you get started, we've handpicked our most popular mattresses for you.

The Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Mattress
1. Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Mattress

  • Mattress type: 100% latex
  • Firmness: medium
  • 7 zones for perfect comfort
  • From only £799.95

The Sealy Posturepedic Nostromo Latex 1400 Pocket Pillow Top Mattress
2. Sealy Posturepedic Nostromo Latex 1400 Pocket Pillow Top Mattress

  • Mattress type: latex pillow top and 1400 pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium
  • A Which? Best Buy in June 2020
  • From only £489.95

The Rest Assured Knowlton 2000 Pocket Latex Pillow Top Mattress
4. Rest Assured Knowlton 2000 Pocket Latex Pillow Top Mattress

  • Mattress type: latex pillow top and 2000 pocket springs
  • Firmness: medium
  • Approved by Good Housekeeping Institute in 2018
  • From only £374.95

Incredible comfort, pressure relief and durability - just three reasons why latex mattresses are well worth the investment. Still not sure if a latex mattress is right for you? Get in touch and let us help find your perfect mattress!

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