If you have decided to look for a new latex foam orthopedic mattress, you may have noticed that there are two main types: a Talalay latex mattress and Dunlop latex mattress. This can be quite confusing to discover if you were aware of latex mattresses, but unaware that there are two different types of latex mattress. So now instead of worrying about what brand of mattress to buy, you find out that there are also two significantly different types of that same mattress that you need to consider before paying any attention to the brand. So the question then becomes, what is the difference, or which is the best, or which should I choose? So let us examine the differences.
First, let us see what they have in common. Latex mattresses are designed to be orthopedic, which means that they are made to support and protect your spine by keeping it in a healthy position during sleep – it is the nature of the foam that provides this benefit. They are also soft enough to be very comfortable, so they encourage a deep and restful sleep. Along with memory foam, latex is the most common material used for orthopedic mattresses. Both materials use an open cell structure which means that the air is not trapped inside the cell, so when you apply pressure by sitting on the bed, the air is pushed out, allowing the material to mold around the contours of your body. But latex foam mattresses have better ventilation, so it is cooler to sleep on them.
Compared to a memory foam mattress, a latex foam mattress is more expensive. It is created from natural resources and can last a bit longer than a memory foam mattress. Like memory foam, it is resistant to dust mites, mildew and permanent molding. Unlike the memory foam, latex being naturally sourced is more eco – friendly.
Now that we have explained what latex foam mattresses are, let’s look at the differences between the two types. The difference is due to the manufacturing technique used. The Dunlop procedure has been used since the late 1920s and uses a simpler process than Talalay. With Dunlop, the way that it is processed involves sediments in the Latex sap falling to the bottom of the setting foam. The end result is that the base of the mattress is harder than the top. While this means that the firmness of the mattress is therefore uneven, there is a slight advantage for the person that may require extra firmness from time to time. The mattress simply needs to be flipped over.
The Talalay manufacturing process, which soon followed after Dunlop adds an extra couple of steps whereby the sap gets sealed, vacuumed and frozen to lock the sap in place evenly throughout the mattress, thus removing the main shortcoming of the Dunlop procedure of a lack of consistency in the firmness of the mattress. As you might expect from a more complicated manufacturing process, these mattresses tend to be expensive than their Dunlop counterparts.
Whether to get a Dunlop of a Talalay is a matter of preference. You may like to try them out for yourself if you unsure whether you would prefer a more consistent mattress (Talalay) or not.
So now that you understand the difference between a latex and memory foam mattress, and the differences between a Talalay latex mattress and a Dunlop latex mattress, you can get the latex mattress that is right for you.