A latex foam mattress (also known as Dunlop or Talalay foam mattress, according to the manufacturing procedure used) is a type of orthopedic mattress. Orthopedic mattresses are designed to protect your spine during sleep by keeping it in a healthy and natural position. They offer solid support, yet they are soft enough to be comfortable and assure a good night’s sleep.
Latex foam mattresses are made from latex harvested from the sap of rubber trees and they react to weight and heat, similar to memory foam mattresses. Unlike these latter counterparts, they are cooler to sit on because they ventilate heat better.
Since they are made out of natural rubber, they are more eco – friendly than other mattresses made from artificial chemical compounds. So if you care about your planet, with this product you will not feel guilty for the pleasure it gives you. Latex rubber is also an hypoallergenic material, so it safer is this respect too for allergy sufferers, although not suitable for people with an allergy to latex itself.
You cannot find another orthopedic mattress that will have a longer average lifespan than a latex mattress. A regular mattress can last for up to 10 years, while the memory foam models can last for up to 20 years. A latex foam mattress will typically last between 20 and 25 years. Of course, you will pay a premium for this quality, material and processing method too. But taking into account how many regular mattresses you would have to change in this time, you actually save some money with a latex mattress.
Another characteristic of the latex foam mattress is its breathability. Memory foam and some other materials by default do not allow air to pass through them easily, so you may find yourself sweating during the night, particularly in the Summer season. The pincore holes technology used in latex mattresses does not let that happen because it ensures an air flow that will keep the mattress cool. The size and the way these holes are arranged varies from manufacturer to manufacturer: some have more holes in the part at the base of the mattress, some are more consistent throughout the whole mattress.
Also the latex mattresses are very resistant to permanent molding or mildew formation. This allows you to sleep better for a longer period of time, and ensures that the mattress will last for a long time.
So whether you have just heard about it on TV or from some friend who cannot stop talking about it, now you know what a latex foam mattress is, and all you have to do if you want one is to go and shop for one for yourself.