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Mattress Ratings > Latex Bed Reviews
Based on 1,348 Owner Experiences Gathered From 261 Sources
THE GOOD. Latex mattresses overall have above-average owner satisfaction. A variety of models and firmness levels as well as customization are available. 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 of the many factors to consider – category, processing type, natural vs blended, etc. – and because 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, blended, or 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 1,340+ actual latex mattress owner experiences collected from diverse and credible sources. Learn more about our unbiased research methodology. At least 15% 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 $1,900, while a hybrid runs about $900.|
|Durability / longevity||B+||C||The average lifespan of an all-latex mattress is about 8 years; a hybrid about 6 years. Learn more.|
|General support||B||C||All-latex mattresses tend to perform above average on this issue, including 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.|
|Thickness options||A-||C+||Thickness ranges from 6 to 12+ inches for all-latex beds, and 8 to 10 inches for most hybrids.|
|No initial odor||C||c+||All-natural all-latex beds may smell of rubber initially. For hybrids, off gassing (a chemical-like odor) is a problem for 8% of owners on average 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||Both types are silent.|
|No sleeping hot||c-||c+||About 9% of all-latex mattress owners report a significant heat trap / sleeping hot problem vs about 6% for hybrid owners. (General analysis: mattress heat retention.)|
|No topper needed||A-||C-||Customization, several firmness options, and convenient layer exchanges result in all-latex bed owners seldom needing to add a topper to improve mattress comfort.|
|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 well suited for people 230+ lbs. They also tend to have superior support.|
|Easy to handle, lift, move||d-||C+||All-latex mattresses weigh 65-190+ pounds depending on size / model with the average queen weighing about 140 pounds. Latex-hybrids often weigh 55-120 pounds with the average queen weighing about 86 pounds.|
|No assembly||D+||A||All-latex beds with customizable layers must be assembled by correctly stacking the various layers inside the cover and zipping closed. Those beds without customizable layers require no assembly and neither do hybrids.|
|Easy to maintain||c-||C+||Rotating the mattress head to foot and or rotating / flipping layers may be needed to maintain comfort and appearance.|
|Warranties||a-||C+||Most warranties are for 10-20 years.|
|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).
|Flobeds||Foam Sweet Foam||Habitat Furnishings||Plush Beds||Savvy Rest||Sleep EZ||Zen Haven|
|$1100 - $1800||$1000 - $2150
||$650 - $1050||$900 - $2025
||$1700 - $3300||$625 - $1250||$1300|
|$1600 - $2800||$1400 - $2900
||$800 - $1350||$1300 - $2700||$2400 - $4800||$995 - $2000||$1700|
|$1780 - $3060||$1400 - $2900||$900 - $1800||$1400 - $2725||$2500 - $5200||$1095 - $2100||$1900|
|$2000 - $3460||$1700 - $3700
||$1200 - $2150||$1600 - $3075||$3300 - $6150||$1350 - $2495||$2500|
|9, 12||7, 10, 13, 16||6, 8, 9||6, 8, 9, 10, 12||7, 10, 13||7, 9, 10, 13||10|
|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||natural talalay|
|soft, med, firm, x-firm, xx-firm||soft, med, firm, x-firm, xx-firm||med-soft (9"), med (8"), med-firm (6")
||soft, med, med-firm, x-firm||soft, med, firm||soft, med, firm, x-firm||one side med, flip mattress for med-firm|
|yes, both halves||yes||no||yes||yes, both halves||yes, both halves||no|
|cotton or organic cotton||organic cotton||cotton||organic cotton||organic cotton||cotton or organic cotton||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||20 yr / 20 yr|
|yrs 1-5 $75-
$150 for new layer, higher fee yrs 6-20
|90 days exch for 1 layer; ship fee||365 days; $99 fee||100 days exch for 1 layer; no fee||90 days exch for 1 layer; ship fee||90 days exch for 1 layer; $30 fee||75 days for mattress flip; no fee|
|100 days; ship fee||120 days, must keep 30 days; ship fee||365 days; $99 fee||100 days; $99 fee if within 30 days||no refunds||90 days; $99 fee||75 days; ship fee|
|In Business Since|
|Distin- guishing Advantage / Trait|
|send nothing back in layer switch out||30-yr non pro rated warranty||longest trial period in mattress industry||no exch / return fee (terms apply)||over 100 dealers in US||value potential||two sided – different firmness on each side|
|A+, 0 complaints||A+, 1 complaint||A+, 2 complaints||A+, 0 complaints||A+, 1 complaint||A+, 1 complaint||A+, 4 complaints|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample*|
|82% / 25||82% / 27||80% / 32||80% / 23||81% / 17||82% / 38||80% / 10|
|shipping not free - around $100||--||prices valid with coupon code provided at website||--||each layer highly custom||one of the oldest ind. mattress makers in US||shipping not free - around $100|
* 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.
|Brooklyn Bedding||Ghostbed||Lucid||Nuform||Roma||Select Luxury E.C.O.|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample|
|82% / 67||80% / 87||76% / 105||75% / 122||80% / 56||71% / 119|
|$450||$495||$200||$360||$495||$339 - $365|
|$650||$725||$250||$520||$695||$404 - $475|
|$750||$795||$281||$600||$795||$547 - $560|
|$900||$895||$403||$720||--||$560 - $750|
|10 inches||11 inches||10 inches||11 inches||9 inches||8, 10 inches|
|med, med-firm and firm||med-firm||med-firm||med, med-firm and firm||med-firm (one side) and firm (other side)||med or firm to extra firm|
|blended talalay and synthetic dunlop||synthetic continuous||synthetic dunlop||blended talalay||natural dunlop||natural dunlop|
|4 inches latex||1.5 inches latex
2 inches memory foam
|3 inches latex||3 inches latex||1.5 inches regular foam (both sides)||1 or 2 inches latex|
|6 inches foam (2 lbs/ft density)||7.5 inches foam (2 lbs/ft density)||7 inches foam (1.5 lbs/ft density)||8 inches foam (1.6 lbs/ft density*)||6 inches latex||7 or 8 inches foam (1.6 lbs/ft density*)|
|cotton / rayon||polyester||polyester*||bamboo / rayon||organic cotton||polyester*|
|10 year||20 year||25 year||10 years||20 years||none|
|120 days, no fee, must keep 30 days||101 days, no fee, must keep 30 days||30 days, ship fee||no returns if opened||90 days; $99 fee||no returns if opened|
|Ease of Returning|
|good to fair||good||fair to poor||--||fair||--|
|In Business Since|
|Distin- guishing Advantage / Trait|
|generous amount of latex||contains memory foam||low price||good cover for price||reversible||established product|
|% of Owners Adding Topper To Improve Comfort**|
|B-||A||no rating||no rating||A+||no rating|
|SLTD Company Rating|
|C||B||C||no rating||B+||no rating|
|Where To Buy|
|brooklyn bedding .com||ghostbed .com||amazon||overstock
|sleepez .com and amazon||overstock
* Estimate to partial estimate.
** A mattress topper can cost $35 to $500. See mattress topper ratings.
Latex mattresses overall have 80% satisfaction based on 1,340+ 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 tend to perform about average.
The longevity of an all-latex mattress with customizable layers is helped by the fact that any of the various layers that make up the mattress can often be replaced by the owner with a new layer sent by the manufacturer / retailer. In other words, if the mattress loses support or sags, it may be possible to correct or at least lessen the problem by merely replacing a layer. Without this ability, the entire mattress would have to be replaced or repaired. Longevity is also helped by the fact that the various layers can often be rotated and or flipped individually thereby allowing for more even wear.
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 or synthetic. 100% natural latex, however, is usually more expensive than blended or synthetic. 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)||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|
|Elasticity / responsiveness||Good||good to Fair||good to fair|
|Won't compress / form body impressions||Good||Good to Fair||good to Fair|
|Quality consistency||Fair||Good to fair||good|
|Allergic reaction potential||highest||moderate||Little or none|
* Ratings based on 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 is less common than the above two. This 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.
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*|
|Springy||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. Return hassle can range from low to high depending on the seller and whether the mattress comes in customizable layers. Customizable layers can often be rearranged at home to adjust the firmness level thereby minimizing the need to return any or all of the mattress. Learn more about the pros and cons of buying a mattress online.
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.
At any rate, using a box spring foundation will likely result in a springier mattress thereby reducing motion isolation – the ability of the mattress to absorb movement made by one person so as to not disturb another person.
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 1,200+ 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. Reactions to natural latex are rare, affecting no more than 3% of the population. 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.
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 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.
|Brooklyn Bedding||Ghostbed||Lucid||Nuform||Select Luxury E..C.O.||Sleep Ez|
|Time in business||B||C||C-||NA||na||A|
|SLTD RATING*||C||B-||C||no rating||no rating||B+|
* 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.
|Flobeds||Foam Sweet Foam||Habitat Furn.||Plush Beds||Savvy Rest||Sleep Ez||Zen Haven|
|Time in business||A||A||B||B-||B||A||C|
* MARKETING ACCURACY
The companies that rate no better than average on this issue are discussed below.
Habitat Furnishings. The company says that it is recommended by a particular mattress review website which it claims to be independent. The website, however, is in fact sponsored by Habitat Furnishings. Claims made that may often be true for owners but not true for all include: 1) the beds will "eliminate tossing and turning"; 2) the bed "isn't hot to sleep on"; 3) 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.
Zenhaven. Several claims are made that are not well substantiated including "ultimate sleep experience" and "world's most luxurious all-natural latex mattress." Also, the claim that the mattress will last 20 years is not likely true for the clear majority of owners. Finally, the claims regarding the coolness and supportive ability of the mattress may be somewhat overstated.
** SLTD RATING
SLTD Rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a company. It is determined by averaging the above company ratings.
Ratings are based on over 1,340+ latex mattress owner reviews and experiences collected from diverse, credible sources. Learn more about our accurate research methodology.
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