Latex Mattress Reviews
What Makes Latex Mattresses Great
When shopping for a new mattress, latex is a top material to consider. It’s a luxury component with high satisfaction ratings compared to other types of mattress materials. Latex mattresses can be natural, synthetic, or a blend.
Natural latex derives from rubber tree sap. It’s tapped from the tree and so is sustainably sourced. Synthetic latex is from a chemical process. A natural latex mattress has greater durability, but both are quality mattress materials.
Best attributes of latex mattresses
- Comfort and contour
- Support and stability
Types of latex
There are two different processes that create latex: Talalay and Dunlop. The type of latex affects mattress cost. Both processes start with “raw” latex that is processed into mattress material. Dunlop and Talalay methods can be used to produce synthetic, natural, or blended latex mattresses.
The Dunlop process froths wet latex material with dry ingredients called accelerators. It goes into a huge pan with pins that stick up and penetrate the wet material to ensure even cooking. A lid goes over the pan, it’s pressurized, then baked in a process called vulcanization. This process makes the material very durable, with high tensile strength and elasticity. Dunlop is denser, heavier, and firmer overall compared to Talalay.
Talalay starts out the same way as Dunlop with frothing and pouring into the mold. Then the liquid latex mix is expanded via a vacuum process, then it’s flash frozen. CO2 gas is forced through the latex so it “gels” up, then the latex is superheated and vulcanized. Talalay latex is less dense and bouncy rather than springy, as some describe Dunlop. Both foams can be firm or soft, depending on the processing specifications.
Latex is one of the costliest mattress materials, but has a two to three times longer lifespan than other beds, so you’ll pay more up-front, but then it will last significantly longer. Natural and organic latex costs more than synthetic or blended latex. In general, Talalay latex is costlier than Dunlop as it requires additional processing and more energy (and expense) to produce. Along the same lines, organic Talalay latex is usually costliest.
Our Top Latex Mattress Picks
|Category Winner||Mattress Company||Model||How Firm?||How Much? (Queen)|
|Best Overall||Zenhaven||4.5 (medium-soft), 7.5 (medium-firm)||$1,899|
|Best Value||Sleep On Latex Pure Green||3 (soft), 6 (medium-firm), 9 (extra-firm)||$775/$795|
|Best Luxury||PlushBeds Botanical Bliss||3.5 (soft), 5 (medium), 6.5 (medium-firm)||$1,699|
|Best Latex Hybrid||Nest Hybrid Latex||5 (medium), 7 (firm)||$1,599|
|Best All-Natural||Spindle||3 (soft), 5 (medium), 6.5 (medium-firm), 8 (firm)||$1,399|
|Editor's Choice||PangeaBed||6.5 (medium-firm)||$945|
Latex Mattress Reviews
The Best Overall – Zenhaven Mattress
Zenhaven is an all-natural Talalay latex mattress featuring organic New Zealand wool and organic cotton. It has four layers of latex with the comfort layer designed in five zones for firmer support where needed to keep your spine aligned. The mattress is a total of 10” in height.
The Zenhaven features two firmness options in the same mattress with its flippable design. One side is Luxury Plush, rated 4.5 on the 1-10 scale of firmness, and the other is Gentle Firm, rated 7.5. Most buyers prefer the plush. The firm side is about 20% firmer than the plush.
All latex has pinholes created in its manufacture, but Zenhaven uses a proprietary design to create five different density zones to optimize support down the length of your body. Zenhaven prides themselves on eco-purity, and its mattresses are toxin-free and all-natural.
Why We Chose It As Our Best Overall Latex Mattress
The Zenhaven Talalay latex mattress provides an excellent sleep experience. The materials are excellent quality, eco-friendly, and chemical-free. With the flippable firmness design, most people can find comfort. Plus, the company has excellent customer service and free white-glove delivery and set-up.
The Best Value – Sleep On Latex Pure Green Mattress
The Sleep On Latex mattress is all-natural Dunlop latex and comes as a one or two-layer bed with 1” quilted New Zealand wool batting layer and organic cotton cover. The bed has 7” and 9” options. The taller option has an extra 2” layer of soft latex. Both options have a 6” base of natural latex.
Sleep On Latex offers three firmness options: soft, medium, and firm. These rate at 3, 6, and 9 on the 1-10 firmness scale. The soft bed is recommended for side sleepers. The medium option is better for side and back sleepers. The firmest option may be preferable for stomach and back sleepers.
Sleep On Latex is all-natural and carries many certifications to ensure purity of their latex. These include Oeko-Tex, eco-Institut, and Greenguard for the Dunlop latex. The organic cotton and wool are GOTS certified, and the mattress is hand-sewn and assembled.
Why We Chose Sleep On Latex As Our Best Value Latex Mattress
What’s impressive about Sleep On Latex is that they’ve made an incredibly comfortable latex mattress and done so at a staggeringly low price. With a price point of less than $800 for a queen-size, this bed is an obvious choice for the best value latex mattress.
The Best Luxury – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattres
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is an organic latex mattress with Dunlop latex as the support core and Talalay as the comfort layer. It has a 1” organic New Zealand wool batting and organic cotton cover. There are three options: 9”, 10”, and 12” thickness.
The thinnest has a 6” Dunlop latex core and 2” Talalay comfort layer. The 10” bed has the same core with a 3” comfort layer. The tallest option has a 6” support core topped by two comfort layers, one 3” and one 2”. The thicker the mattress, the costlier.
Not only can you choose from three mattress thickness options, but also three firmness levels. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss comes in soft, medium, and medium-firm. The soft is rated about 3.5 on the firmness scale, the medium at 5, and the medium-firm at 6.5.
Botanical Bliss has a load of certifications. The organic latex is certified USDA and GOLS organic. The organic cotton cover is GOTS certified. The whole mattress is GreenGuard Gold certified, and it also carries an eco-Institut certification, plus, they are a Green America Certified business.
Why We Chose PlushBeds Botanical Bliss As Our Best Luxury Latex Mattress
There’s debate in the industry over Talalay vs. Dunlop latex. With the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss, you get the best of both. Dunlop runs a little firmer, so it’s used in the support core. Talalay is a bit softer, and is the comfort layer to give an overall luxury sleep experience.
The Best Latex Hybrid – Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex Mattress
The standard Nest Hybrid latex bed is a 12” loft in three layers starting with a 1” high-density base foam. There is 8” of pocket coils designed for excellent edge support. The comfort layer is 3” of all-natural Talalay latex and a 1” wool layer with an organic cotton cover.
The Nest hybrid comes in medium or firm, but their marketing is confusing because the industry uses a 1-10 standard of firmness (1 as softest and 10 firmest) yet Nest rates theirs the exact opposite (10 as softest). The medium bed feels more like a 6.5 (medium-firm) and the firm about a 7.5-8 firmness.
The standard hybrid latex from Nest bedding is high-quality Talalay latex that is all-natural. However, if you want an organic latex hybrid, they offer an upgrade for an extra $400 to an organic latex mattress with a Dunlop comfort layer with the rest of the bed being the same.
Why We Chose Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex As Our Best Latex Hybrid Mattress
Both versions of the Nest hybrid are CertiPUR-US certified, but it’s nice to have an organic option. The edge support is excellent with this hybrid and much better than you get with an all-latex mattress. Nest customer service is excellent, and customers love the bed.
The Best All-Natural – Spindle Mattress
The Spindle has three layers in its 10” thick all-natural Dunlop latex mattress. They use three 3” layers of latex that are rated medium or firm. These are arranged to achieve the firmness level you request. The bed has an upper batting later of eco-wool, and is wrapped in an organic cotton cover.
Spindle offers four firmness options rated soft (2.5), medium (4.5), firm (6.5), and extra firm (8.5) on the 1-10 industry scale. Side sleepers and lighter weight people will likely prefer the soft or medium. Back and stomach sleepers should consider the firm, and heavyweight sleepers the extra firm.
The materials are Oeko-Tex certified, and the latex is all-natural. Spindle recommends a firmness setting based on height, weight, and sleep position but encourage you to select based on preference, not solely their recommendations. They also will work with you to ensure comfort.
Why We Chose Spindle As Our Best All-Natural Latex Mattress
Spindle offers quality all-natural materials, and will work with you to customize the mattress if you get the bed home and it’s too soft or firm. They send replacement latex layers to make it firmer or softer for free during the 365-night comfort adjustment period.
The Editor's Choice – PangeaBed Mattress
The PangeaBed Copper is all-natural latex in a three-layer design with 10.5” height. The base of the bed is support foam, and then a layer of cooling gel topped with 100% pure Talalay latex. The quilted cover has more than ½” of CertiPUR-US certified foam in it.
There is only one firmness option rated at about 6.5 on the 1-10 industry firmness scale. Despite the lack of firmness options, side, back, and stomach sleepers may all find comfort and customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
PangeaBed makes a unique mattress because of the copper-infusion in its latex. The bed is Oeko-Tex certified, and all foams are CertiPUR-US certified. The copper is naturally anti-microbial and hypoallergenic. Plus, it diffuses heat for a cooler sleep than you get from other latexes.
Why We Chose PangeaBed Copper As Our Editor’s Choice Latex Mattress
The PangeaBed is an excellent choice for a Talalay latex mattress because it’s an excellent price point and features the copper-infused element. Although it’s not an all-latex bed, the cooling and health properties of the copper make this a top choice by our editors.
Benefits of a Latex Mattress
Latex mattresses have an extremely high approval rating among owners with good reason. Here’s a more detailed look at the benefits of these fantastic beds.
- Breathability: The manufacturing process of latex creates pinholes that allow air to circulate freely. This makes latex mattresses breathable and cool to sleep on compared to foam, memory foam, and other materials.
- Bounce: The feeling when you hop on a bed and get pushback, versus sinking in, is bounce. Latex has excellent bounce, is great for sexual activity, and overall performance. You won’t feel “stuck” in a latex mattress.
- Responsiveness: This sensation is closely related to bounce, but not the same. It is how quickly a mattress adjusts to pressure changes. Latex has a quick response and recovers rapidly as you shift position.
- Durability: How long a mattress lasts and performs consistently is an important consideration. Latex is one of the most durable mattress materials. A well-made latex mattress can last 15-20 years (or even more).
- Comfort and contour: Comfort is a subjective measure of how a bed feels to you and contour is how well a bed fits your shape. Latex contours and comforts without letting you sink-in too deeply which can cause back pain and hot sleep.
- Support: Support is how well a bed keeps your spine aligned, no matter your sleep position. Some sleepers prefer firmer beds with more support while others need less support. Latex comes in an array of firmness options.
Latex Mattress FAQs
When considering a mattress purchase, it’s important to educate yourself on attributes and performance of latex as a sleep surface. Once you understand latex, look at detailed latex mattress reviews of specific beds to refine your purchase decision and get the best latex mattress for you.
What types of latex foams are used in mattresses?
Latex foams can be synthetic, natural, organic, or blended. Synthetic latex is from styrene-butadiene rubber. Natural and organic latex are from the sap of the rubber tree plant. Blended foam is a mix of natural and synthetic materials processed together.
Natural latex is chemical-free and contains nothing synthetic. It’s more eco-friendly than synthetic latex but costlier. Natural and organic sound alike but are not. Natural latex is from materials found in nature while organic latex is a purer product.
Organic materials are never exposed to chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides - and grown using sustainable processing methods. Natural and organic latex are both made from rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) sap that’s harvested much like maple sap.
The tree is tapped without harming it and can enjoy a lifespan of more than 30 years. When a tree reaches the end of its lifespan, it is cut down and replaced. The rubberwood is often used to make natural furniture.
How are latex mattresses different from memory foam?
Memory foam is a chemical polyfoam. It was first developed by NASA in the 1970s for seat cushions and crash safety systems. Memory foam is a popular sleep surface, but has significant drawbacks to consider. Latex and memory foam perform very differently.
Memory foam lets you sink in deeply and cushions pressure points nicely. It conforms and hugs closely with a slow responsiveness. Traditional memory foam sleeps much hotter than latex. Next-gen memory foam infused with gel, copper, and other tech elements are preferable.
In contrast, latex doesn’t let you sink in very deeply but still contours and comforts. When you rise from a latex mattress, you’ll see it responds rapidly and quickly recovers. However, latex sleeps much cooler thanks to its natural breathability.
Who is suited to a latex mattress?
For those looking for a green sleep experience, natural and organic latex are a great choice. Those with lower back pain may also like latex. Extremely firm sleep surfaces aren’t good for back pain and medium-firm to firm latex is supportive without being overly rigid.
Side sleepers need pressure relief under shoulders and hips, and latex delivers with superior contour. Stomach and back sleepers need a firmer surface, so they don’t sink in and throw their spine out of alignment. Latex performs well for all sleep positions.
If you are a hot sleeper, latex is a top choice because it’s naturally cool thanks to pinhole manufacture and breathability. Finally, heavier sleepers will benefit from latex durability. The only people that might want to avoid latex are those with allergies to the material.
How durable are latex mattresses?
Latex has excellent durability with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. A high-quality latex bed can last 20 years. If you’re a heavy sleeper, the bed may not last as long. Latex is biodegradable and will eventually break down, so it will not last indefinitely, but endures better than most other mattress materials.
Are latex beds environmentally friendly?
Natural and organic latex beds are quite eco-friendly, organic ones in particular. Because the natural latex is from a sustainable source, there are no chemicals or harmful toxins. If you’re concerned with a green sleep experience, look for latex mattresses with organic cotton covers and New Zealand wool batting.
You can also check for certifications that assure an environmentally sound bed purchase including CertiPUR-US, OEKO-TEX, Greenguard, Greenguard Gold, eco-Institut, GOTS, and GOLS.
Do latex mattresses sleep cool?
Latex is made breathable by its manufacture. Latex bake pans have pins that poke into the latex to ensure even heating. These create pinholes for excellent airflow. Few people complain about hot sleeping on a latex mattress, and it’s a top choice of those that run hot at night.
What else to know about latex beds?
When evaluating a latex mattress, some primary considerations are firmness and comfort. Both are subjective, but reviews give you a good idea of how the mattress may feel to you. It’s also important to note that when you unwrap a latex bed for use at home, it will feel firmer at first.
Over a period of a few weeks, the latex will warm up, soften, and relax from the packing and shipping process. The first night won’t tell you how the bed will sleep in the long-run. Be prepared to break it in over a few weeks to get the full effect of the latex sleep experience.