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THE GOOD. Latex mattresses mostly have above-average owner satisfaction. They often have many of the advantages of memory foam beds but without many of the disadvantages. Latex mattresses can be all-natural which appeals to some health conscious or "green" buyers. Most latex mattress manufacturers / retailers have good reputations.
THE BAD. Latex mattresses are the most difficult bed type to research and shop for.
This is because of the many factors to consider (category, processing method, natural vs blended, etc.) as well as the fact that they can be difficult to try before buying because of their limited availability in mattress showrooms.
Also, unlike most other bed types, latex mattresses overall have fairly limited (and sometimes contradictory) owner experience data available which makes accurately evaluating them challenging.
Latex Mattress Category Comparison
All-Latex Beds Comparison
Latex-Over-Foam Beds Comparison
Natural Latex vs Synthetic / Blended
Latex Processing Methods
Buying a Latex Mattress Online
Latex Mattress Firmness
Latex vs Other Mattress Types
Density and ILD
Latex Mattress Foundations
Latex vs Memory Foam
Our research is based on over 1,070 actual latex mattress owner experiences collected from diverse and credible sources. Learn more about our unbiased research methodology. About 25% of owners in our research did not mention or know the brand, retailer or manufacturer of their latex mattress; data collected from such owners is included only in findings below that are unrelated to specific brands, retailers or manufacturers.
There are three basic categories of latex mattresses:
1. All-latex mattresses consist of latex from top to bottom and side to side.
2. Latex-over-foam mattresses have a polyurethane foam base and a latex top.
3. Foam-over-latex mattresses have a latex base and a polyurethane foam top.
|All Latex||Latex Over Foam||Foam Over Latex||
|Price / affordability||c||b+||d|
|Durability / lifespan||B||C+||d|
|Less (back) pain||b||b||c-|
|No off gassing||b||c-||d+|
|Not a heat trap||c-||c||d+|
|Good for sex||b-||b-||c|
|No rotating / flipping||c+||c+||d|
|Exch / return policies||b||c||c|
For a more comprehensive comparison of the latex bed categories, see the comparison details at the bottom of this page.
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: non-organic / regular and organic. Organic uses 100% natural latex and cover material (usually organic cotton) grown without pesticides or herbicides; non-organic / regular often uses blended latex and non-organic cover material (usually non-organic cotton).
The following table compares many popular all-latex mattresses. Noteworthy retailers or mattresses not appearing below include Arizona Premium Mattress Co., Bed in a Box (The Purity), Dremata, Essentia, Foam Order, Foam Source, Ikea, Natural Bed Store, and Pure LatexBliss.
Additional sizes than what appear below are often available, namely twin XL and CA king.
Click the below where available for additional information.
|Flobeds||Foam Sweet Foam||Habitat Furnishings||Plush Beds||Savvy Rest||Sleep EZ|
|$1100 - $1800||$1000 - $1900
||$750 - $1250||$1000 - $2025
||$1600 - $3500||$750 - $1450|
|$1600 - $2800||$1500 - $3000
||$1000 - $1550||$1300 - $2700||$2250 - $4900||$1100 - $2200|
|$1780 - $2900||$1500 - $3000||$1100 - $2000||$1400 - $2925||$2350 - $5300||$1200 - $2300|
|$2000 - $3300||$1800 - $3600
||$1400 - $2350||$1600 - $3375||$3150 - $6500||$1450 - $2700|
|9, 12||6, 9, 12, 15||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 and or natural dunlop||natural talalay or natural dunlop or talalay blend|
|Latex Intl||Latex Intl, Latex Green||Latex Green||Arpico||Coco Latex, Radium||several|
|soft, med, firm, x-firm, xx-firm||soft, med, firm, x-firm||mostly med to firm||soft, med, med-firm, x-firm||soft, med, firm||soft, med, firm, ultra firm|
|yes, both sides||yes||no||yes||yes, both sides||yes, both sides|
|cotton or organic cotton||organic cotton||cotton or 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
|30 day exch for 1 layer; return shipping fee||365 day; $75 fee||100 day exch for 1 layer; no fee||90 day; shipping fees||90 day exch for 1 layer; $30 fee|
|100 day; shipping fee||60 day; 18% fee||365 day; $75 fee||100 day; fee if within 30 days||no refunds||90 day; shipping fee|
|Distinguishing Advantage / Trait|
|send nothing back in layer switch out||30-yr non pro rated warranty||generous return / exch. policy||no exch / return fee (terms apply)||each layer highly custom||--|
|A+, 0 complaints||A+, 0 complaints||A , 4 complaints||A , 2 complaints||A+, 0 complaints||A+, 1 complaint|
|In Business Since|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample|
|82% / 22||83% / 18||83% / 19||81% / 16||78% / 14||80% / 15|
|shipping not free - around $100||thick models available (15")||thickness not ideally suited for people 220 lbs+||--||Over 100 dealers in US||Scottsdale / Tempe AZ showroom|
1. Compression / body impression development. About 12% of all-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 every night. It should be noted, however, that body impression development does not necessarily cause the mattress to be generally unsupportive or uncomfortable.
2. Excessive firmness. In about 10% of owner experiences, all-latex mattresses are reported to be excessively firm, especially when they are new.
3. Sleeps hot. In about 10% of owner experiences, the beds are reported to sleep hot or act as a heat trap.
4. Heavy. About 9% of owners consider their all-latex bed to be excessively heavy and difficult to move and handle, especially for one person.
5. Lack of edge support. About 5% of owners complain that sleeping near the edge of the mattress can cause them to roll off the bed.
1. Comfort and pain reduction / prevention. At least one third of owners report that their all-latex mattress minimizes pressure points and provides at least some relief or prevention for bodily pain, including back pain.
2. Limited or no off gassing. All-natural, all-latex mattresses seldom have reports of off gassing which is the release of a chemical-like gas or odor that occurs when the mattress is new. All-latex mattresses that contain blended latex (natural latex mixed with synthetic latex ) are reported to off gas in less than 12% of owner experiences. Any mattress with latex may give off a rubbery smell especially when new, but this is not technically off gassing.
3. Different feel than memory foam. While latex has some similarities to memory foam, it also has noteworthy differences – differences that about 10% of owners appreciate. For example, unlike memory foam, latex responds instantaneously to a person's movement which allows for easier movement. Latex also has no squishy, pudding-like feel that memory foam can have, especially in higher temperatures. Learn more about latex vs memory foam.
4. Motion isolation. At least 8% of owners praise their all-latex mattress for its motion isolation, that is, the ability of the mattress to keep movement of one person from transferring across the bed to potentially disturb another person.
Latex-over-foam mattresses consist of 2-7 inches of latex over one or more layers of polyurethane foam. As a result, these beds are sometimes referred to as latex-foam hybrids. Due to the presence of the foam, the mattresses should not be considered full-latex or all-latex mattresses.
The following table includes popular latex-over-foam mattresses made by companies with established and or above-average reputations.
|Dream foam (Ultimate Dreams)||Eco Bliss||Night Therapy NuRest||Sealy Optimum||Select Luxury E.C.O.|
|$400||$750 - $1100||$283 - $420*||$1400 - $2800||$350 - $400|
|$500||$900 - $1400||$365 - $550*||$1500 - $2900||$470 - $550|
|$600||$1100 - $1600||$300 - $600*||$1700 - $3200||$550 - $650|
|$750||$1400 - $1800||$490 - $785*||$2200 - $3600||$700 - $770|
|10 inches||8, 10, 12 inches||8, 9, 10, 12 inches||10-13 inches||8, 10 inches|
|blended talalay||natural talalay||synthetic dunlop||blended dunlop**||blended talalay|
|soft to firm and custom||med to med-firm||mostly med||soft to firm||mostly med-firm|
|3 inches||2, 3, 4 inches||2-7 inches||3-6 inches||2 inches|
|bamboo fabric||organic cotton||poly / cotton blend**||poly / cotton blend**||poly / cotton blend**|
|10 year||20 year||10 year||10 year||0-5 year|
|30 day; shipping charges||100 day exch for 1 layer; no fee||90 days or more||may vary by retailer||no exch.|
|30 day; return shipping charge||100 day; fee if within 30 days||90 days or more||may vary by retailer||no refund|
|Where To Buy|
|several retailers||over stock
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample***|
|86% / 557||n/a||84% / 30||82% / 16||82% / 271|
* Price often includes box spring / frame.
*** A sample size of less than 50 owner experiences does not produce statistically valid satisfaction rates.
1. Excessive firmness. In about 10% of owner experiences, latex-over-foam mattresses are reported to be excessively firm, especially when they are new.
2. Off gassing. In about 10% of owner experiences, latex-over-foam mattresses are reported to significantly off gas, which means they release a chemical-like gas or odor when the mattress is new. The off gassing is likely largely due to the polyurethane foam core of the mattress which is made by mixing various petroleum-based chemicals. The presence of blended latex (which contains synthetic latex made from petrochemicals) may also contribute to off gassing.
3. Sagging. About 9% of owners report mattress sagging or body impression development occurring within three years of ownership. This rate is somewhat better than that of both all-latex mattresses and all mattresses overall.
4. Sleeps hot. In about 10% of owner experiences, the beds are reported to sleep hot or act as a heat trap.
5. Heavy. About 6% of owners find the mattresses to be excessively heavy and difficult to move and handle especially for one person.
6. Lack of edge support. About 4% of owners complain that sleeping near the edge of the mattress can cause the sleeper to roll off the bed.
1. Comfort and pain reduction / prevention. At least one third of owners report that their latex-over-foam mattress minimizes pressure points and provides at least some relief or prevention of back pain.
2. Price / Value. At least 20% of owners praise their latex-over-foam mattress for its price and or value. Latex-over-foam beds tend to provide similar owner satisfaction to all-latex beds, yet they are often less expensive by as much as 60%.
3. Motion isolation. At least 15% of owners praise their bed for its motion isolation, that is, the ability of the mattress to keep movement of one person from transferring across the bed to potentially disturb their partner. This rate is somewhat better than that of all-latex mattresses.
4. Different feel than memory foam. While latex has some similarities to memory foam, it also has noteworthy differences – differences that about 10% of owners appreciate. For example, unlike memory foam, latex responds instantaneously to a person's movement which allows for easier movement. Latex also has no squishy, pudding-like feel that memory foam can have. Learn more: latex vs memory foam.
Foam-over-latex mattresses have a latex core and an overlay / pillow top of polyurethane foam (usually high-density regular foam as opposed to memory foam). These beds are sometimes referred to as foam-latex hybrids.
Foam-over-latex mattresses tend to rate below average for the reasons described below, and consequently their availability and sales are relatively low.
1. Compression / body impression development. At least 25% of owners report that their mattress after some use compresses in the area where the person mostly sleeps resulting in a body impression. A body impression can cause the sleeper to lay in a "rut" which can limit natural movement. It should be noted that most complaints regarding compression / body impression development are for those mattresses with regular foam, as opposed to memory foam.
2. Off gassing. In about 10% of owner experiences, the mattresses are reported to significantly off / out gas, which means they release a chemical-like gas or odor when they are new. The off gassing is likely largely due to the polyurethane foam overlay or pillow top which is made by mixing various petrochemicals. The presence of synthetic latex (which is blended with natural latex) in the mattress core may also contribute to off gassing.
3. Heavy. In about 8% of owner experiences, the mattresses are considered excessively heavy and difficult to move and handle.
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, 100% natural latex mattresses rate about 15-20% higher in overall satisfaction than blended latex mattresses. 100% natural latex, however, is usually more expensive than the blended variety. In addition, 100% natural latex appears to perform somewhat better than the blended variety 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.
Note: The latex in most latex mattresses is either all-natural or blended; rarely is there a bed that uses entirely synthetic latex.
|Natural Latex||Blended Latex (Natural / Synthetic Combination)|
|Owner Satisfaction||Good||Good to Fair|
|Source||Rubber Tree||Rubber Tree and Styrene, Butadiene (Petrochemicals)|
|Off Gassing Potential||Little or None||Moderate|
|Elasticity / Responsiveness||Good||Fair|
|Won't Compress / Form Body Impressions||Good||Good to Fair|
|Quality Consistency||Good to Fair||Good|
|Allergic Reaction Potential||Some||Little|
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 tends to be true for dunlop-, talalay- and continuous-processed latex.
|Firmness||More Firm than Soft||Soft to Firm||soft to firm|
|Consistency of firmness throughout core||Fair||Good||good|
|Supportive||Good||Good to Fair||NA*|
|Conforming to body||Fair||Good||good to fair|
|Won't Compress / Form Body Impressions||Fair to Good||Good||NA*|
* Unavailable due to lack of owner experience data.
Latex mattresses, unlike most other mattress types, are fairly limited in their availability, and most are available only online. When buying online, returning a 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 which can be rearranged to adjust the firmness level. This feature minimizes the need to return / exchange the mattress.
Different latex mattress models often have different firmness levels. However, most latex beds are medium to firm, and a top owner complaint for latex beds in general is excessive firmness. Dunlop-processed and blended beds tend to be firmer than talalay-processed and natural beds.
In addition, the firmness levels of all-latex mattresses are often customizable due to the ability to remove and rearrange the latex layers that make up the mattress. And some all-latex beds have this customizable feature for both sides of the bed making it couple friendly.
The following comparison shows what tends to be true regarding latex bed firmness.
Latex mattresses overall have 80% owner satisfaction. ( ) See the mattress type comparison and the mattress brand comparison for more on how latex compares to innerspring / coil, memory foam, air, futon and water types based on actual owner experiences.
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.
Shoppers should generally not assume that a latex mattress, or any mattress for that matter, will last the length of its warranty. 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 supportiveness resulting in above average pain relief. The toppers can be used to soften or firm up a mattress.
See the Latex Topper Ratings for more information based on at least 740 actual 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.
Latex and memory foam have important similarities and differences, pros and cons. See memory foam vs latex mattresses for a detailed comparison based on thousands of actual consumer experiences.
The following comparisons elaborate on the Latex Mattress Category Comparison – Summary located near the top of this page. The comparisons below show the differences and similarities among all-latex, latex-over-foam, and foam-over-latex mattresses.
Owner satisfaction tends to be similar overall for both all-latex (80%) and latex-over-foam mattresses (81%). Foam-over-latex mattresses, however, tend to have low owner satisfaction (61%). For perspective, the average owner satisfaction for all mattresses overall (innerspring, memory foam, air, latex, water, futon) is 73%.
The average price of both an all-latex bed and a foam-over-latex bed is about $2,500. The average price of a latex-over-foam bed is about $1,100. The price of the average mattress (innerspring, memory foam, air, latex, water, futon) is about $1,700.
Based on limited owner experience data, the lifespan of all-latex mattresses is 8-12 years; latex over foam is 6-10 years; foam over latex is 4-7 years. The lifespan of the average mattress (innerspring, memory foam, latex, water, air, futon) is about 7.5 years.
All-latex and latex-over-foam beds tend to perform above average in regard to reducing and preventing pain, including back, hip and shoulder pain. Foam-over-latex beds tend to perform only about average.
Off gassing is a chemical-like gas or odor that a mattress containing petroleum-based materials can release when it is new. All-latex mattresses that are all-natural tend to have no off gassing, but may smell of rubber initially. The other two types have a significant off gassing / initial odor problem for about 10% of owners. All mattresses as a group (innerspring, memory foam, latex, air, water, futon) have an off gassing problem in about 5% of owner experiences.
All three types of latex mattresses tend to be couple friendly in that they isolate movement made by one person so as not to disturb another person on the bed.
Latex mattresses are made with pincore construction, meaning that the cores have hundreds of small holes in them. These holes help to circulate air within the core (and soften the core by making it less dense). Nevertheless, sleeping hot, which can result from a mattress acting as a heat trap, occurs somewhat more often with latex mattresses than the average mattress. About 8-10% of latex mattress owners report a significant heat trap / sleeping hot problem.
After waterbeds, all-latex mattresses, especially those that are dunlop processed, are likely the heaviest bed type. The weight of a queen all-latex mattress, for example, can range from 80-160 lbs. At this weight, moving the bed and changing linens can be difficult for one person. By contrast, the weight of the average mattress is around 75 lbs.
All-latex mattresses tend to have longer / better warranties than the other types. Latex mattresses in general tend to have better warranties than the average non-latex mattress (innerspring, memory foam, air, futon).
Retailers of all-latex mattresses often have more generous return policies than the other latex mattress types. All-latex mattresses also sometimes feature removable layers which can be exchanged thus eliminating the need to return the entire mattress. Refer to the mattress comparison tables above for details on return policies and layer removal ability.
All-latex mattresses have limited availability as they are often available only online as opposed to being widely available in physical showrooms. Latex-over-foam and foam-over-latex mattresses are fairly available in showrooms as well as online. Other mattress types (innerspring, memory foam, air) are more widely available, especially in showrooms.
Our ratings are based on over 1,070+ latex mattress owner reviews and experiences that were collected from diverse, credible sources. Learn more about our accurate research methodology.
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