Written by KC Ennis
Latex mattresses have seen a huge increase in popularity, as a result of their purity and superior sleeping surface. As with most mattresses, latex mattresses can vary greatly in price. While the height of the mattress and the quality of the cover are important details in the purchase of a latex mattress, the most important consideration is the source of the latex. Latex can be provided as a blend of synthetic and natural latex, or as all natural latex.
Latex is produced by two different methods, the Dunlop process and the Talalay process, and either process can produce natural latex or blended latex. Adding to the confusion is the prevalence of some mattress and latex suppliers to use the term natural latex for any latex that contains some percentage of natural latex.
Equally confusing is the term 100% natural latex, as all latex includes some residual proteins, soap and zinc, and at most can be about 97% natural latex. 100% natural latex, all natural latex and botanical latex are terms often used to assure the customer that no synthetic latex has been added in the process.
The single most important consideration is the actual source of the latex utilized for your mattress, and then the determination of natural or blended latex. All natural latex mattresses have become very popular for consumers who are trying to create a bedroom free of synthetics and chemicals. However blended latex certainly offers most of the benefits that natural latex provides for a premium sleep surface.
Considering the durability and extended warranties offered for latex mattresses, it’s worth the cost to purchase latex that you are certain comes from well established latex manufacturers such as Latex International, Latexco (Latex Green), and others. Avoid latex of indeterminate origins as it’s very difficult to ascertain the quality of latex from manufacturers that don’t handle latex in the high volumes of more established companies.
A latex mattress is an investment in the quality of life for you and your family and it is not unusual for a quality latex mattress to outlast even two or three conventional innerspring mattresses. The value of the sleep comfort associated with latex mattresses extends into all your waking hours in the form of revitalized energy for work, play and relationships. The quality of the latex utilized in your mattress, whether it is a latex blend or all natural latex, determines the quality of your investment.
When you begin the process of purchasing a latex mattress, begin by first determining the origins of the latex and its composition. You will probably already have decided if you are looking for an all natural latex mattress, usually with an organic cover, or a mattress using blended latex. Both offer the excellent weight distribution and relief of pressure points that have made latex such a popular sleeping surface. If you are making your purchase online, make certain that you have the opportunity to discuss the details of the latex with a knowledgeable salesperson.
While it can seem some bargains might be available in latex, assure yourself that that you have confidence in the manufacturer of the latex that you are purchasing. There are no shortcuts in the manufacturing of latex, Talalay is a more expensive process than Dunlop, as two additional steps are added in the processing, and all natural latex is more expensive to produce than blended latex. Consistency in the manufacturing of latex will assure you that the ILD numbers for the latex will be accurate and that the latex will be uniform in its ILD. Uniformity is particularly true for the Talalay process as the extra steps involved in its manufacturing are designed specifically to more evenly distribute the latex.