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Latex Mattresses

By now you may have heard how fabulous it feels to sleep on a good natural latex mattress. But here are some things you may not yet know.

Latex is the product of the rubber tree. Rubber trees grow within about 15 degrees of the equator in some of the best-managed forest systems in the world. Therefore, natural latex is very eco-friendly. From the sap of these trees, we make our chemical-free, natural botanical latex mattress cores. Latex foam rubber mattresses aren’t subject to the body impression issues that you find in polyurethane foam, memory foam (which is also polyurethane), or synthetic versions of latex.

Natural botanical latex cores are the most durable mattress materials available — more durable and more temperature-regulating than Memory Foam. The process is renewable, sustainable and nontoxic, creating a product that is hypoallergenic and terrific for pressure point relief. The Dunlop process for curing latex, the process most technically similar to our own, has been around for over 80 years. It’s extremely durable and creates the most consistent-feeling, longest lasting latex foam mattress cores.

Where's The Best Place to Shop for a Latex Foam Rubber Mattress in Seattle?

We have an opinion about that! Visit us at Bedrooms & More, where we confidently offer you the BEST selection of natural, eco, and chemical-free mattresses. Here's what we mean by that:
  1. We carry all-botanical latex foam rubber mattresses (Botanicore™) made in the Pacific Northwest, containing support cores that will never off-gas and are non-toxic. These are chemical-free mattresses.
  2. We have the largest selection of the best and best-priced latex foam mattresses in the Seattle/Puget Sound region, leading the market in providing chemically-free sleep environments.
  3. We're staffed with friendly mattress experts and have been for the last 28 years. Our team knows their stuff!
Botanically natural latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree. Rubber trees grow best in regions that are within 10 degrees of the equator. Most of today's botanical latex production comes out of Southeast Asia from some of the best managed forest systems in the world. Rubber tree sap is processed into latex via one of three processes: Dunlop, Talalay, and Continous Pour. At Bedrooms & More, we select cores made by the tried and true Dunlop process, which has been around for 80 years, for all of our botanical latex mattresses. The Dunlop process is very eco-friendly and produces cores that may last 20 years or longer if the mattresses are properly maintained. This is in sharp contrast to the body impression issues you find in mattresses with a high content of polyurethane foam, Memory Foam, synthetic latex foam, or Talalay-processed latex. Synthetic latex is an attempt to recreate the benefits of natural foam by combining four laboratory chemicals. This is a lower cost alternative to botanically natural latex, but isn't as durable as real latex. Synthetic latex develops impressions, much like polyurethane foam, and is NOT produced from a renewable source. Another type of latex combines both synthetic and natural latex and is, aptly, called blended latex or, in some stores, "natural" latex. Blended latex is less expensive than botanical latex, but as you would expect, is more expensive than synthetic rubber. It also happens to be less durable than all-botanical latex foam, but more durable than all synthetic latex. Blended latex comes in many different ratios ranging from 3% synthetic and 97% botanical to nearly 100% synthetic. It's our feeling that any latex core with more than 70% synthetic latex content should be considered to be in a category closer to polyurethane foam with regards to deterioration and body impressions than it is to the botanical latex category. It is hard to find a mattress these days that does not include off-gassing materials. Fortunately, mattresses with botanical latex rubber cores are a great option, and really the only option, if you are looking for a mattress of this type. However, you need to be careful because not all mattresses referred to as "latex mattresses" include only latex. Mattresses that use latex foam will often be combined with polyurethane foam layers, or even chemical-containing Memory Foam layers. For example, what's commonly referred to as an 8" latex mattress may not necessarily be 8" of all latex. Those 8" "latex mattresses" may have only 2" of latex laminated to a polyurethane foam core. Obviously, this practice is highly disingenuous, but nonetheless is the route most manufacturers and retailers have chosen to go down. This means that when you are shopping, it's a good idea to verify the components of a mattress you're considering. It is perfectly permissible to ask to see the manufacturer's spec sheet or check the law label. After all, it's YOUR money and you have a right to make sure that you'll get what you expect to get. If you're looking for an eco-friendly, transparently-manufactured foam mattress in Seattle, come and see us!