Understanding the Latex Mattress Market

There are many different styles of latex mattresses on the market. Differentiating one from the other can be really confusing, and oftentimes labels are misleading. But don’t get frustrated; we’re here to help!

Here at Bedrooms & More, we believe that you deserve to get everything you’re looking for when it comes to purchasing a latex mattress. Unfortunately, the way many companies market their mattresses makes it difficult for consumers to know what they’re really buying.

Industry Breakdown

One of the most important things you need to know is that not all latex is made equal. Latex foams can either be made of rubber from a tree, or from petroleum-based plastic.

Types of Latex used in Mattresses

When in the market for a latex mattress, you will most likely encounter three types of latex:

  • Natural Latex refers to latex derived from the sap of a rubber tree. Latex made from 100% tree rubber, will compress around 2% over a 30-year span.
  • Synthetic Latex is derived from petroleum. Petroleum-derived latex will compress as much as 20% over the course of only five years.
  • Blended Latex is a combination of the two, in varying percentages. Blended Latex compresses proportionately depending on the percentage of each type of rubber used.

Manufacturing Process

There are three processes for manufacturing latex mattresses:

  • Dunlop – This process consists of latex poured into a mold and cooked horizontally. To learn more about our unique Botanicore™ botanical latex cooked using the Dunlop method.
  • Talalay – This process produces the least durable latex of the three. It uses less raw latex to get the same initial feel, making it lighter. As a result, the cell walls of the foam are narrower, meaning that the foams softens more quickly, losing support.
  • Continuous Pour – The least known of the three types of latex production, continuous pour latex is extruded in layers up to 2 inches thick. It is very durable and is frequently used in the quilt layer of mattresses. A thin layer is also often used in mattresses that are primarily comprised of poly foam or coils.

Finding the Right Latex Mattress for You

Value is equal to comfort over time; comfort relates directly to the durability of the materials in the mattress.

The Truth about the Organic Label

One thing to keep in mind: an organic certification is not what is important when you are interested in purchasing a latex mattress. You want a certificate showing you that the mattress was made with tree rubber. If the product you’re interested in is really tree rubber latex, then the retailer will have a certification that confirms this. If they cannot provide you with one, then the odds are it isn’t really made from natural latex sourced exclusively from the rubber tree.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Synthetic latex is made of petrochemicals and is not renewable, while natural latex is made from a rubber tree and is biodegradable.
  • Synthetic latex will off-gas, meaning it emits a strong odor for days, weeks, even months after purchase.
  • If buying a clean, chemical-free mattress is high on your priority list, it’s best to ask for a certification on the rubber that was used to make it.
  • The durability of your mattress depends on two things: the materials it is composed of and the manufacturing process used.
    • With synthetic or blended latex, we know the material starts to sag early on. One-sided mattresses with synthetic or blended latex last about 4 to 6 years, while two-sided mattresses last around 7 to 10 years.
    • With a two-sided latex mattress made of 100% botanical latex, the lifespan is much longer. With proper flipping, rotation, and overall care, this mattress will last.

You’re now equipped with a firm knowledge of the Latex Mattress Market and several key terms you’ll encounter when shopping. You’re now ready to find the right latex mattress that fits your individual needs.

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