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Everything you need to know about latex mattresses

A latex mattress combines latex foam with springs or reflex foam to create a supportive and durable sleep surface. Latex originally comes from rubber trees, so you can understand why latex mattresses are extremely comfortable.

21st July, 2021
by Carl Walsh

As latex is a natural product, some latex mattresses are often combined without natural fillings to create a durable product.

Benefits of a latex mattress

Not many people think of a latex mattress when deciding which one would be best for them. But there are plenty of reasons why a latex mattress could be for you:

Pressure-relieving – Latex has elastic properties, so it can rapidly respond to weight and movement in the bed. This can help relieve pressure and support the heaviest parts of your body.

Durable – Latex is naturally strong and durable, and so it can last for many years if you look after it.

Easy to maintain – Even though mattresses last longer when you flip them regularly, latex mattresses shouldn’t need too much caring for.

Hypoallergenic – The structure of latex means it is naturally resistant to dust mites, and this means you have a clean and healthy sleeping environment.

Eco-friendly – Latex is an environmentally friendly material.

How is latex made into a mattress?

The two types of latex are named after the different manufacturing processes used to make them.

Dunlop – This process has been used in latex manufacturing since 1929, and it works by whipping the rubber plant sap into a thick froth, pouring it into a mould, covering it and steam baking it.

Talalay – This process adds two steps to the Dunlop process. After the latex is poured, the mould is sealed, and the process is continued in a vacuum chamber. The mould is then flash-frozen before its baked, making the latex have a more consistent cell structure.

Which kind of process is better?

Which mattress is better depending on what kind of firmness you like better? If you like firmer mattresses, then Dunlop might be the one for you. Dunlop is also heavier, so, if you these types of mattresses can be particularly good for children who use their bed as a trampoline!

Talalay has a wider range of firmness grades, so if you like a soft mattress, then Talalay would be the better option for you.

Latex vs memory foam mattresses

Memory foam and latex are produced very differently, and there are 3 ways in which they differ from each other:

Bounce Back Rate – Latex returns to its original shape much quicker than memory foam giving it a lighter feel and more bounce.

How they mould to your body – Both materials mould to the shape of your body, but they do this in different ways. Memory foam uses body heat to soften the material to your body shape, whereas a latex mattress responds to body weight and shape to provide pressure relief tailored to you.

Materials they are made from - Latex Is a natural product whereas memory foam is made from a synthetic material called polyurethane, which means latex is more eco-friendly.

Custom size latex mattresses

If you have a unique sized space or you are above average height, then you might need a custom-sized latex mattress. Bed Guru can create customised mattresses in bespoke sizes, be it wider or narrower, shorter, or longer, higher or lower than any other standard UK mattress size.

If you are in need of a comfortable latex mattress, but the size isn’t quite right for you, please get in touch with the Bed Guru team and they will be sure to help you with your project!


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