Talalay Latex Mattress

Talalay latex mattresses have surged in popularity over the last few years because of the sleep benefits that latex mattresses in general provide. Deep healing sleep is what most Americans will admit that they are in dire need of and latex mattressesĀ  support and cushion your shoulders, spine, and joints in a way that most other types of mattresses do not. Regular spring mattresses depend on spring coils to provide support and often these springs cause pressure points and sores along with poor circulation.

This type of uneven support leads to tossing and turning as you try to get into a position where shoulders, spine and hips are evenly supported and properly aligned so you can fall asleep. A latex foam mattress on the other hand contains only latex foam, no springs, coils, or filler material. This allows an even distribution of body weight across the mattress which reduces pressure points so your body isnt receiving pain signals to roll over in the middle of the night so you can slip into a deeper more healing sleep.

Talalay Latex Vs Dunlop Latex Mattresses

Latex is a natural material obtained from rubber trees. It's a milky white liquid comprised of rubber particles suspended in water. In the traditional Dunlop process this latex is whipped with air to form a foam which is then poured into a mold is covered and then baked.

Talalay refers to the other process that is a little more technically involved. In this process the latex foam is poured into a mold which is then sealed and a vacuum applied (to distribute the rubber more evenly over the mold) and then frozen to keep the cell structure in place. This allows a more even distribution of air throughout the latex rubber for a more even cell structure in the finished product. Latex mattresses manufactured with the Dunlop process on the other hand will have varying levels of density across the product which could lead to less consistent support over the entire mattress. Mattresses produced using the Talalay process are necessarily more expensive because of the extra steps.

A talalay mattress will have a wider range of firmness grades then a mattress made using the Dunlop process because of the inherent quality control in the talalay process that keeps tabs on density evenness. Talalay mattresses will generally prove to be more consistent in terms of firmness grades whereas Dunlop latex mattresses will be a bit denser and are ideal for the foundational or core part of a latex mattress. Talalay latex foam is better for the two or three inch toppers that provide the "comfort" or "buoyancy" of the mattress.

Blended Talalay Latex Mattresses

Blended Talalay latex is one method of reducing the costs of the extra processing in the Talalay method. A blend of 30% natural rubber and 70% synthetic rubber allows for a lower overall cost than using strictly 100% natural rubber latex from tress. The problem with blended latex is that it is no longer biodegradable and chemical free. However even a synthetic talalay foam mattress is hypo-allergenic, breathable, and will resist dust mites unlike other mattress types.

Latex Mattress Affordability

Latex mattress affordability is a rather large issue in the minds of consumers who can just as soon buy a conventional spring mattress for anywhere between $300 and $600 from places like Sleepy's, Macy's, Costco, Sam's Club, and other discount bedding retailers. Quality latex mattresses that use pure latex and no fillers will exceed the aforementioned price range and will run approximately double of a regular spring mattress setup whether you opt for mattress alone or mattress and foundation. A natural talalay latex mattress will cost even more because there is no sythetic latex added to bring down the cost

Foundations for latex mattresses are basically wooden frames with slats upon which the mattress will rest. Unlike box spring foundations for spring mattresses, latex mattresses provide all the support and resiliency without aid from a bouncy platform. In other words you can put the mattress on the floor and it will have the same level of comfort, support and durability.

Latex Mattress Prices

Latex foam mattresses are typically comprised of foundational, "core" layers of latex foam that are dense and provide firm support. This foundational layer can be one four to six inch latex foam layer or two sandwiched together. This core layer can run anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more. The latex topper which is usually one layer of one, two or three inch thick softer latex provides the "comfort" of the mattress and can run anywhere between $150 and $800. At many online bedding retailers that specialize in talalay latex beds, you can configure your own bed by combining latex foam layers of varying thicknesses and firmnesses to achieve the ideal compromise between comfort and support while keeping your budget in mind.

Latex Bedding Overall Value

Although your latex bed will cost more than other types, you must keep in mind that latex foam is more durable than spring mattresses, and much more durable than memory foam mattresses. Most owners of memory foam mattresses report and a "softening up" of their petroleum based memory foam within a year. Latex foam which is derived from natural and/or synthetic rubber retains it's resiliency well past five years. So, although latex bed pricing is typically higher, they tend to be far more durable.

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