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Mattress Ratings > Latex Bed Reviews
Based on 1,263 Owner Experiences Gathered From 289 Sources
THE GOOD. Latex mattresses mostly have above-average owner satisfaction. A variety of models and firmness levels are available to suit personal preference. Latex often has many of the advantages of memory foam but without many of the disadvantages. The mattresses can be all-natural which appeals to some health conscious and green buyers.
THE BAD. Latex beds can be difficult to research / shop for because 1) there are many factors to consider – category, processing method, natural vs blended – and 2) they can be difficult to try before buying due to limited availability in stores.
Also, unlike most other bed types, latex mattresses overall have limited owner experience data available which makes accurately evaluating them challenging.
THE BEDS: Latex mattresses consist entirely or partially of all-natural or blended (natural / synthetic) latex.
THE COMPETITION: See how latex compares to other mattress types.
Latex Mattress Category Comparison
All-Latex Mattress Ratings & Comparison
Latex-Hybrid Mattress Ratings & Comparison
Latex Mattress Longevity / Lifespan
Natural Latex vs Synthetic / Blended
Dunlop vs Talalay Comparison
Buying a Latex Mattress Online
Latex Mattress Owner Satisfaction
Density and ILD
Latex Mattress Foundations
Latex vs Memory Foam
Latex Mattress Company / Retailer Ratings
Findings are based on 1,250+ actual latex mattress owner experiences collected from diverse and credible sources. Learn more about our unbiased research methodology. At least 25% of owners in our research did not mention or know the brand, retailer or manufacturer of their latex bed; data collected from such owners is included only in aggregate form below.
There are two basic categories of latex mattresses:
1. All-latex mattresses consist of latex and no other material.
2. Latex-hybrid mattresses usually consist of latex for the top layer and polyurethane foam or springs for base support.
The following ratings show how the two categories compare against the average mattress.
|Owner satisfaction||b||b-||Get the details.|
|Price||c-||b+||The average price of an all-latex mattress is about $2,400, while a hybrid runs about $850. By comparison, the average mattress price overall is $1,620.|
|Longevity / lifespan||B||C||The average lifespan of an all-latex mattress is about 8 years; hybrid about 6 years. Learn more.|
|General support||B||C+||All-latex mattresses tend to perform above average especially over the long term.|
|Edge support||C||D+||Support for sleeping or sitting near the far edge of the bed can be lacking, especially for latex hybrids.|
|Conforming potential||B+||B-||Models with talalay latex, especially in the comfort layer, tend to offer better than average distributed support and pressure-point relief.|
|Less (back) pain||b||b-||The mattresses tend to perform above average in regard to reducing and preventing pain, including back pain. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Firmness options||A-||C+||All-latex mattresses tend to be available in soft, medium and firm; hybrids mostly medium and firm.|
|Suitable for all sleep positions||A-||C+||All-latex mattresses tend to be suitable for all sleep positions given their many firmness choices. Side sleepers (who often prefer medium to soft firmness) may be dissatisfied with hybrids given that most are medium to firm.|
|No initial odor||b||c-||All-natural all-latex beds may smell of rubber initially. For hybrids, off gassing (the release of a chemical-like odor) is a problem for 10% of owners due to the beds' petroleum- based material. (General analysis: mattress off gassing.)|
|Motion isolation||b-||b+||Beds with good motion isolation absorb movement made by one person so as to not disturb another person. Dunlop latex tends to perform better than talalay on this issue.|
|No noise||A||A||Latex mattresses do not squeak, creak or clunk.|
|No sleeping hot||c-||c||About 7% of owners report a significant heat trap / sleeping hot problem vs about 5% for the average mattress. (General analysis: mattress heat retention.)|
|Good for sex||b||b-||Latex mattresses, particularly those using talalay latex, generally rate somewhat above average on this issue. (Talalay often has a bouncy quality.) Learn more.|
|Heavy person friendly||A-||C-||All-latex mattresses are often available in thick models (10"+) which are better suited for people 230+ lbs.|
|Easy to handle, lift, move||d-||c-||All-latex mattresses are one of the heaviest bed types as they often weigh 65-190+ pounds depending on size / model (not including a foundation) with the average queen weighing about 140 pounds.|
|Easy to maintain||c-||C+||Turning the mattress head to foot and adjusting the latex layers on certain models may be necessary to maintain comfort and appearance. Most models are no flip.|
|Warranties||a-||C+||Most warranties are for 10-20 years.|
|Return / exchange policies||b+||C+||Can vary significantly by brand. All-latex mattresses sometimes feature removable layers which can be exchanged thus eliminating need to return entire mattress.|
|Availability in stores||d||D+||Both types are often available mostly or only online.|
All-latex mattresses have a latex core(s) and a latex comfort layer(s); in other words, they consist of latex from bottom to top. They are often available in two varieties: organic and non-organic / regular.
The organic variety uses 100% natural latex and cover material (usually organic cotton) grown without pesticides or herbicides. This variety also often uses a wool cover which allows the mattress to meet flame retardant standards without the use of PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). The non-organic / regular variety often uses blended latex and non-organic cover material (usually non-organic cotton).
The following table includes all-latex mattresses that have significant owner experience data available and or are made by companies with established reputations. Noteworthy retailers or beds not appearing include Arizona Premium Mattress, Bed in a Box (Purity), Dremata, Essentia, Foam Order, Foam Source, Ikea, Natural Bed Store, and Pure LatexBliss.
Additional mattress sizes than what appear below are often available.
|Flobeds||Foam Sweet Foam||Habitat Furnishings||Plush Beds||Savvy Rest||Sleep EZ|
|$1100 - $1800||$1250 - $2000
||$600 - $1100||$800 - $1925
||$1700 - $3600||$750 - $1250|
|$1600 - $2800||$1800 - $2975
||$850 - $1400||$1200 - $2600||$2400 - $5100||$1100 - $2000|
|$1780 - $3060||$1800 - $2975||$950 - $1850||$1300 - $2625||$2500 - $5500||$1200 - $2100|
|$2000 - $3460||$2200 - $3700
||$1250 - $2200||$1500 - $2875||$3300 - $6700||$1450 - $2495|
|9, 12||10, 13, 16||6, 8, 9||6, 8, 9, 10, 12||7, 10, 13||7, 9, 10, 13|
|natural talalay or blended talalay||natural talalay or natural dunlop or combo||natural dunlop and natural talalay||natural dunlop, natural talalay||natural talalay or natural dunlop or combo||natural talalay or natural dunlop or talalay blend|
|soft, med, firm, x-firm, xx-firm||soft, med, firm, x-firm, xx-firm||med (9"), med-firm (8"), firm (6")
||soft, med, med-firm, x-firm||soft, med, firm||soft, med, firm, x-firm|
|yes, both sides||yes||no||yes||yes, both sides||yes, both sides|
|cotton or organic cotton||organic cotton||organic cotton||organic cotton||organic cotton||cotton or organic cotton|
|20 yr / 5 yr||30 yr / 30 yr||20 yr / 10 yr||25 yr / 10 yr||20 yr / 10 yr||20 yr / 10 yr|
|yrs 1-5 $75-
$150 for new layer, higher fee yrs 6-20
|60 day exch for 1 layer; return ship fee||365 day; $75 fee||100 day exch for 1 layer; no fee||90 day exch for 1 layer; ship fee||90 day exch for 1 layer; $30 fee|
|100 day; ship fee||90 day; 18% fee||365 day; $75 fee||100 day; $99 fee if within 30 days||no refunds||90 day; $99 fee|
|In Business Since|
|Distin- guishing Advantage / Trait|
|send nothing back in layer switch out||30-yr non pro rated warranty||layers integrated / laminated, not separate||no exch / return fee (terms apply)||over 100 dealers in US||value potential|
|A+, 0 complaints||A+, 1 complaint||A+, 3 complaints||A+, 8 complaints||A+, 1 complaint||A+, 1 complaint|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample*|
|84% / 24||83% / 25||78% / 32||80% / 23||81% / 17||82% / 39|
|shipping not free - around $100||also known as Urban Green Mattress||thickness not ideally suited for people 230+ lbs||--||each layer highly custom||one of the oldest ind. mattress makers in US|
* Sample sizes are not large enough to provide statistically valid satisfaction rates.
Latex hybrids – unlike all-latex mattresses – consist partially of latex. They usually have latex for the top comfort layer and polyurethane foam (or innersprings) for base support. Less commonly, they have latex for base support and polyurethane foam for the top comfort layer.
The following table includes latex-hybrid mattresses that have significant owner experience data available and or are made by companies with established reputations. Noteworthy latex-hybrid beds not appearing below include various Sealy Optimum, Stearns & Foster and Aireloom models, Plushbeds Eco Bliss, Habitat Furnishings Hybrid, and Christeli Palais Grand Royale.
Additional mattress sizes than what appear below are often available.
|Casper||Dream foam||Lucid||Roma by Sleep Ez||Select Luxury E.C.O.|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample|
|80% / 95||78% / 411||75% / 127||78% / 41||71% / 277|
|$500||$400-$409||$256||$495||$330 - $370|
|$750||$455 - $511||$368||$695||$462 - $470|
|$850||$577 - $612||$440||$795||$477 - $530|
|$950||$724 - $766||$580||--||$560 - $675|
|Where To Buy|
|9.5 inches||10 inches||10 inches||9 inches||8, 10 inches|
|synthetic dunlop||blended talalay||blended dunlop*||natural dunlop||natural dunlop|
|med to med-firm||soft, med or firm and custom||firm||2 sided: med or firm||firm to extra firm|
|1.5 inches latex||3 inches latex||3 inches latex||1.5 inches foam||1 or 2 inches latex|
|1.5 inches memory foam, 6.5 inches foam||7 inches foam||7 inches foam||6 inches latex, 1.5 inches foam||7 or 8 inches foam|
|polyester||bamboo||polyester / cotton*||organic cotton||polyester / cotton*|
|10 year||10 year||25 year||20 year||none|
|100 day; no fee||30 day; ship fee||30 day; ship fee||90 day; ship fee||no returns|
|In Business Since|
|Distin- guishing Advantage / Trait|
|convenient returns||firmness options||low price||two sided||established product|
|% of Owners Adding Topper To Improve Comfort**|
|A||A-||no rating||A+||no rating|
* Estimate to partial estimate.
** A mattress topper can cost $35 to $500. See mattress topper ratings.
*** Mattress has been recently modified and topper need may be reduced somewhat.
Latex mattresses overall have 80% satisfaction based on 1,250+ owner experiences.
See mattress type comparison for more on how latex compares to other mattress types.
All-latex mattresses tend to perform above average in regard to lifespan, while latex hybrids perform about average.
About 10% of latex mattress owners report within the first three years of ownership that their mattress has significantly compressed in the area where they mostly sleep resulting in a body impression(s).
A body impression can cause the mattress to have an uneven sleep surface which can limit natural movement of the sleeper. Body impression development is most common on a mattress shared by two people as they are more likely to sleep in the same area of the bed regularly. Body impression development, however, does not necessarily cause the mattress to be generally unsupportive or uncomfortable, just more restrictive.
The latex in latex mattresses can be natural, synthetic or blended. (Blended is a combination of natural and synthetic latex.) Natural latex comes from the sap-like extract of rubber trees. Synthetic latex is made by polymerizing a monomer that has been emulsified with surfactants. Synthetic latex has, however, the same basic properties of natural latex.
Based on our collected owner experience data, natural latex mattresses rate about 15-20% higher in overall satisfaction than blended latex or synthetic latex mattresses. 100% natural latex, however, is usually more expensive than the blended or synthetic varieties. In addition, natural latex appears to perform somewhat better than the blended and synthetic varieties in regard to longevity and resistance to compression / development of body impressions.
Beware that some manufacturers / retailers say their mattresses are natural latex even if in fact the product has only, say, 30% natural latex with the rest being synthetic.
|Natural Latex||Blended Latex (Natural / Synthetic Combo)||Synthetic Latex*|
|Owner satisfaction||Good||Good to Fair||Good to Fair|
|Source||Rubber Tree||Rubber Tree and Styrene, Butadiene (Petro- chemicals)||Styrene, Butadiene (Petro- chemicals)|
|Off gassing potential||Little or None||little to Moderate||Moderate to high|
|Elasticity / respon- siveness||Good||good to Fair||fair|
|Won't compress / form body impressions||Good||Good to Fair||Fair|
|Quality consistency||Fair||Good to fair||good|
|Allergic reaction potential||highest||moderate||Little or none|
|Availability||fair||good||fair to poor|
* Ratings are based on a partial estimate.
Dunlop and talalay are the predominant types of latex processing. The dunlop process has existed for many decades, while talalay is newer. 100% natural latex and blended latex can be made using either process.
Based on our collected owner experience data, talalay and dunlop latex mattresses overall rate virtually the same in owner satisfaction. Dunlop is often better suited for those seeking a more firm and supportive mattress, while talalay is often better suited for those seeking a softer and more conforming mattress.
Another difference is that the dunlop method produces one piece of latex while the talalay method (for sizes other than twin) produces latex in sections which then must be glued together. Some owners complain that lying on the glued seams is uncomfortable.
How they are made: For the talalay process, a tiny amount of latex is poured into the mold. Air is extracted to evenly distribute the foam liquid inside the mold which creates a consistent round, open cell structure. The mattress core is flash frozen to lock the cell structure in place and to prevent the particles from settling. For the dunlop process, the molds are fully filled, air is not extracted, and there is no flash freezing.
The continuous latex processing method uses a continuous moving conveyor to shape the latex before vulcanizing it as opposed to using a traditional mold. This process produces latex with consistency similar to talalay but without the glued seams. Latex produced by this method is currently limited in availability.
The below comparison shows what is often true for dunlop-, talalay- and continuous-processed latex.
|Availability||good||good to fair||limited|
|Firmness||More Firm than Soft||More soft than firm||soft to firm*|
|Supportive||Good||Fair||good to fair*|
|Motion Isolation||good to fair||fair||fair*|
|Bouncy||low to moderate||moderate to high||moderate to high*|
|Conforming to body||Fair||Good||good to fair*|
|Sleeper sinks in||low to moderate||moderate||moderate*|
|Won't Compress / Form Body Impressions||Fair to Good||Good||good*|
|Consistency of firmness throughout core||Fair||Good||good|
* partial estimate.
Latex mattresses are not widely available in stores, and most are available only online. When buying online, returning the mattress can be a hassle because you must prepare the mattress for shipping. Learn more about the pros and cons of buying a mattress online.
It should be noted that some all-latex mattresses come in removable layers (see comparison above) which can be rearranged to adjust the firmness level. This feature minimizes the need to return / exchange the entire mattress.
Most latex mattress warranties are for 20 years, while some less expensive models may have 10- or 5-year warranties. The warranties are generally prorated which means that for half of their warranty length, usually 10 years, the mattress owner pays a percentage of repair / replacement costs. Non-prorated means there is no cost to the owner to repair / replace the mattress for the length of the warranty assuming certain conditions are met.
The most common latex mattress durability complaint is that the beds compress or develop body impressions. As a result, "compression depth" is an important term which refers to how much (in inches) the mattress must compress / sag before warranty coverage begins; the smaller the number, the better the coverage. Most latex beds require 1" to 1.5" of compression to occur before coverage begins which is average or better than average compared to the typical mattress warranty.
The warranty length of a mattress is often not an accurate indicator of how long the mattress will last. See mattress warranties: what you should know for complete analysis.
Two terms you may come across in your latex mattress shopping are density and ILD.
Density refers to how much a piece of latex weighs. It is calculated by taking a cubic foot of foam (12″ x 12″ x 12″) and weighing it. If it weighs four pounds, then the density is four lbs / ft. If it weighs three pounds, then the density is three lbs / ft. High density often translates into good durability and lifespan.
ILD stands for Indentation Load Deflection and refers to latex firmness. ILDs of 14-22 are often considered soft; 23-29 medium; 30-37 firm; and 38 and higher extra firm. Most people prefer an ILD of 25-35.
The consensus (or near-consensus) among latex mattress retailers regarding latex mattress foundations is as follows:
1. A foundation is not needed but can be used if an increased mattress height is desired.
2. A slat foundation is acceptable if the slats are no more than eight inches apart.
3. Placing the mattress on plywood, such as a platform bed, is acceptable.
4. Whatever is used as a foundation must not sag, be unsupportive or have irregularities.
There is not a consensus on whether a box spring foundation (coiled springs contained in a box-like frame) is acceptable. Some latex mattress retailers say a box spring can lack the needed firmness, while others say it is acceptable.
You should discuss the foundation requirements of the latex mattress you purchase with the retailer / manufacturer because an improper foundation can void the mattress warranty.
Latex mattress toppers can provide at least some of the benefits of a latex mattress at a fraction of the cost.
Like latex mattresses, latex toppers tend to offer an effective combination of softness and support resulting in above average pain- and pressure-point relief. The toppers can be used to soften or firm up a mattress.
See Latex Topper Ratings for more information based on 1,000+ consumer experiences.
The following information is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your health professional if you believe you may have a latex allergy.
True latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural latex. Symptoms can include itching, hives, sneezing, breathing difficulty, and nausea among others. True latex allergy can be caused by latex mattresses (dunlop or talalay) containing natural or blended latex. However, reactions to natural latex are reportedly rare, affecting no more than 3% of the population.
It is also possible to have a reaction to latex, such as a skin rash, which is not related to the latex itself, but rather to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers claim that such chemicals are washed away and pose no health or allergy threat.
Finally, keep in mind that latex mattress retailers may not accept returns due to latex allergy.
While latex has some similarities to memory foam, it also has noteworthy differences. For example, unlike memory foam, latex responds instantaneously to movement making it easier to change positions and get up off the bed. Latex also has little if any of the squishy, pudding-like feel that some memory foam can have. Learn more about latex vs memory foam.
Below are company ratings for evaluated companies.
|Flobeds||Foam Sweet Foam||Habitat Furn.||Plush Beds||Savvy Rest||Sleep Ez|
|Time in business||A-||B+||B||C+||C+||A-|
|Number of BBB Complaints / Business Size Ratio||B+||B||c+||d||B||B|
TOTAL: 12=A+, 11=A, 10=A-, 9=B+, 8=B, 7=B-, 6=C+, 5=C, 4=C-, 3=D+, 2=D, 1=D-, 0=F
* MARKETING ACCURACY
The companies that rate no better than average on this issue are discussed below.
Habitat Furnishings. The company says that it sells the "World's Best Pure Latex Beds" – a claim that is not well substantiated objectively. The company also says its latex mattresses rate highest by citing outdated Sleep Like The Dead research. Our current research shows that their latex mattresses indeed do rate high but not highest. Claims made that are often true generally but not true for all owners include: 1) the beds will "eliminate tossing and turning"; 2) the latex will "lasts for a lifetime"; 3) the bed "isn't hot to sleep on"; 4) the bed "will not develop ruts, depressions, gullies."
Plush Beds. A central claim by the company is that their latex beds are "often recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors" for their supportive ability. But aside from two customer reviews mentioning such a recommendation, this claim is not well substantiated. The company also makes the questionable claim that they provide "quality, luxury, and eco-friendly comfort that no other mattress company can."
** SLTD RATING
SLTD Rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a company. It is determined by averaging the above company ratings.
|Casper||Dream Foam||Lucid||Roma by Sleep Ez||Select Luxury E..C.O.|
|Time in business||D||B+||D||A-||na|
|Number of BBB Complaints / Business Size Ratio||B+||C||na||B||na|
|SLTD RATING*||B-||C+||C-||B+||no rating|
* SLTD RATING is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a company. It is determined by averaging the above company ratings. "No Rating" indicates a lack of company information.
Ratings are based on over 1,260+ latex mattress owner reviews and experiences collected from diverse, credible sources. Learn more about our accurate research methodology.
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