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Mattress Topper Reviews > Latex Topper Reviews
Based on 1,154 Actual Consumer Experiences
THE GOOD: Latex toppers can significantly alter the comfort level of a mattress by making it softer or firmer. They come in many thicknesses and varieties to suit individual preference, including all-natural types.
THE BAD: They are the most expensive type of mattress topper, and their availability is limited. Some initial odor is possible. New latex toppers can appear aged with minor rips, discoloration and flaking. Returns can be both a hassle and expensive.
The ratings below show how latex topper-pads overall as a group compare to other topper types as evaluated by owners. For ratings on specific brands, see the following section.
|Price||d-||Prices often range $130-$650 ($260 average price paid) which makes latex toppers more expensive than other topper types. The wide price range is due mainly to differences in thickness.|
|Value||C-||While latex toppers provide some unique benefits, toppers with similar owner satisfaction and general benefits – namely memory foam – are available for significantly less money.|
|Conforming ability||B+||A highly conforming topper is one that molds and contours to the sleeper's body resulting in a cradling, cloud-like, pressure-point-free sensation. Latex toppers are second only to memory foam toppers in their conforming ability.|
|Less pain||b||At least 35% of owners with back or joint pain report their topper helps to significantly reduce it.|
|Support||b+||Latex, especially firmer varieties, often provides good support.|
|Durability / longevity||b+||Latex tends to have somewhat better longevity / durability than other topper types. Excessive softening, body impression development and loss of support over time are the main durability complaints.|
|Motion isolation||c||A topper that provides effective motion isolation helps to keep movement of one person from disturbing another person. Motion isolation is neither a clear strength nor weakness of latex toppers. Owner experience data suggests that dunlop-processed latex performs at least slightly better than talalay-processed latex on this issue.|
|Easy to move on / get up off||b-||They are generally easy to move around on and get up off. They tend to not conform to the body quite as strongly as memory foam, and they tend to spring back quickly from being compressed / lied on.|
|Easy to move, lift, handle||d||They tend to weigh 25-50 lbs depending mostly on thickness and size – making them at least as heavy as other toppers. About 6% of owners say weight is a disadvantage.|
|No initial odor||B-||About 7% of owners, especially owners of synthetic and blended latex toppers, report a chemical- or rubber-like smell. Latex overall has far fewer complaints than memory foam on the issue of initial odor.|
|No sleeping hot||C||Heat problems are reported by about 4% of owners, which is less than memory foam toppers. The greater the thickness and density the greater the likelihood of heat retention.|
|Mold resistant||A-||There are few reports of mold problems with latex toppers. Natural latex is resistant to mold and mildew.|
|Sex friendly||b||Latex provides pressure-point relief but is not as bounce absorbing or restrictive of movement as memory foam.|
|Proper fit / secure||c||Like many mattress topper types, latex toppers may not fit properly to the dimensions of the mattress. And they may not stay entirely secure or in place especially without a mattress pad covering them.|
|Appearance||D+||They have a higher-than-average number of complaints regarding appearance or condition when new. A significant number of owners report discoloration, tearing and flaking. When the bed is made, however, the topper usually has a non-lumpy, clean, even appearance.|
|Easy to clean||C||When needed, they can be spot cleaned by hand or steam cleaned. A cover can help keep them clean and preserved.|
|Easy to maintain||A||The only maintenance required is the occasional turn / flip which may aid longevity.|
|Availability||D||Unlike most other types, latex toppers are usually available only online.|
|Ease / cost of returning||d-||Due to the fact that latex toppers are sold mainly online, returns can be a hassle and expensive. The topper will need to be prepared for shipping, and a return ship fee is likely. A restock fee is also possible.|
The following includes only those toppers with 88% or higher owner satisfaction based on at least 50 consumer experiences.
|Ultimate Dreams||Ergo soft||Pure Green||Select Luxury ECO Topper||eLuxury|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)|
|93% (184)||91% (143)
||91% (110)||90% (406)||88% (51)|
|Price / per inch|
|$294- $404 free shipping / $118||$156- $640 plus $30- $55 shipping / $135
||$100- $450 free shipping / $113||$130- $190 free shipping / $95||$145- $221 / $73|
|3"||2", 3", 4"
||1", 2", 3"||2"||2.5"|
|blended talalay||natural dunlop
||natural dunlop||80% synthetic dunlop or natural dunlop||natural continuous|
|soft, med, firm
|soft, med, firm
|soft, med, firm
|mostly med||two-sided: soft and med
(14 and 25 ILD)
|Distinctive Advantage or Trait|
|comes with bamboo cover||established product||very few odor complaints||--||value potential|
|twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen||twin, full, queen, king, CA king|
1 Thickness. 1" is best for those seeking to merely fine tune mattress comfort. 2" and 3" are most popular due to their ability to significantly change and improve mattress comfort. 4" is likely best for large people (260+ lbs) or anyone seeking to completely alter their mattress.
2 Type. Latex is usually either a natural / synthetic blend of varying percentages or 100% natural. Based on collected owner experience data for latex toppers and latex mattresses, all-natural latex rates about 15% higher in overall satisfaction than blended (natural / synthetic combination) latex. All-natural latex, however, is usually more expensive.
Dunlop, talalay and continuous are types of latex processing. They tend to rate virtually the same in owner satisfaction. Natural latex and blended latex can be made using any of the processes. Talalay is more airy, less dense / firm and lighter than dunlop, although still heavy in general. Another difference is that the dunlop method produces one piece of latex while the talalay method produces latex in sections which then must be glued together. The continuous process produces latex with consistency similar to talalay but without the glued seams.
3 Firmness. ILD is short for Indentation Load Deflection and refers to firmness. ILDs of 14-22 are often considered soft; 23-29 medium; 30-40 firm; 41 and higher extra firm. Most consumers seem to prefer an ILD of 22-30. Our research suggests that most consumers buy a latex topper-pad to soften a firm mattress, while about 20% buy one to firm up a soft mattress. In addition, back sleepers tend to be pleased with medium to firm ILD; stomach sleepers with medium ILD; side sleepers with soft to medium ILD.
Latex toppers can often be added to just one side of a mattress. This can provide a different firmness and feel to each side, making the mattress more couple friendly. Read more on how to have a topper on one side of a bed.
Ratings are based on over 1,100 latex mattress topper-pad owner reviews that were gathered from diverse, credible sources including online message boards and review sections on retailer web sites.
– Prices for latex toppers usually start at over $120 which makes them pricier than other topper types.
– The wide price range among latex toppers is due mainly to differences in thickness, the amount of natural latex used and the processing type employed.
– Owner experience data shows that paying a premium for a latex mattress topper does not tend to result in noticeably higher satisfaction.
– Latex toppers tend to be heavier than other mattress topper types, and the thicker the topper is the heavier it will be.
– Latex toppers (along with memory foam toppers) offer significant potential for pain prevention and relief, including back pain relief.
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