Memory foam mattresses may be more popular than latex mattresses, but this doesn’t mean that a latex mattress is any less comfortable or ergonomic. It has obvious differences from memory foam, but it is still a viable option as a quality, supportive mattress.
One of the most important things about latex is that it’s known for having a higher durability than memory foam. Latex mattresses typically run a little higher on the price scale as well, but you’re also getting a product that will retain its showroom feel for a longer period of time. These kinds of mattresses are also fairly easy to move on, since you don’t experience nearly as much of the sinking “quicksand” feeling that many people report with memory foam. There’s also less off-gassing, which is a large plus for anyone with a sensitive nose.
Latex mattresses can be made in two different ways — the Dunlop process and the Talalay process.
Dunlop Process: This process is the more economically and environmentally friendly of the two. It has fewer steps, so there are fewer variables to track during manufacture, and the result is a mattress with fewer seams than one made with the Talalay process. A gelling agent is added to the latex to help it gel. After it is poured into its mold, it is vulcanized, which how it gets its elastic yet solid shape.
Talalay Process: This process has more steps to it, but it also results in a more consistent feel across the entire mattress. It’s also easy to control the firmness or softness with this method. Once the liquid latex has been poured into its mold, it is expanded by a vacuum, which is what gives it such a clean consistency and particle distribution. Once it has been expanded, it is flash-frozen with carbon dioxide, preventing the latex particles from settling to the bottom as it gels.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose which kind of latex mattress you want, based on your budget and your desire for precision. US-Mattress has a variety of latex mattresses, the construction of which ranges from entirely latex to part latex, part memory foam. Whichever kind of mattress you choose, remember that latex is a great option if you’re looking for a long-lasting, supportive feel.