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Talalay Latex Mattress Beds

Updated on March 21, 2014

Enjoy the Pure Comfort of Talalay Latex Mattresses, Toppers, and Pillows

If you have not experienced the comfort of a Talalay Latex Mattress You are in for a Pleasant Surprise!

This is another review of a product that I actually own and use every day.  I love my mattress I bought it 6 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Talalay Latex is the better alternative than memory foam for people seeking a foam based mattress with no box springs. Only one company in the United States actually manufacturers Talalay Latex Mattresses. That company I Latex International based in Shelton, CT. The only other company that manufacturers Talalay Latex is Dunlopilo in England. It's a very expensive time consuming process.

Latex International calls their brand of Talatech® latex foam. They claim it’s the most resilient and consistent latex foam in the world.

The benefits of Talatech® latex foam are many:

Durability – a Talalay Latex Mattress will last easily 20 years or longer

Talalay Latex is breathable – 4x more than polyurethane, memory foam, or Dunlop process latex

Talalay is naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and antimicrobial inhibiting bacterial growth, mildew, and mold.

Sealy, Sterns & Foster, Simmons, Serta, King Koil and Prana all use Talatech® in their latex foam mattresses.

So what exactly is Talalay Latex?

Talalay Latex is a manufacturing process applied to Natural Latex to create a softer more durable product. Here is how Latex International describes their product:

Latex International (LI) certifies that the compound utilized to make its TalatechTM natural latex mattress cores and toppers includes natural latex rubber harvested from the “Hevea Brasiliensis” rubber tree, currently sourced from tropical plantations in western Africa, as well as soaps and curing agents. We do NOT use any man-made or synthetic latex in our Talatech™ natural latex formula.

The majority of 100% natural latex sleep products are produced via the Dunlop process, while our latex is produced via the Talalay process. LI's proprietary compound mix required by the complex Talalay process includes raw materials such as natural rubber latex, zinc oxide, fatty acid soaps, and sulfur, which are needed for the vulcanization, foaming, and curing process.

Our natural formula makes the highest quality, most durable, resilient, and consistent latex in the world. After curing, our latex is washed 5 times to remove any proteins and residuals. Latex International ILD or firmness tests all of our natural latex products in 9 locations to ensure uniform feel throughout the latex core. Durability tests prove our latex is the most consistent and durable natural latex product in the world, which means a longer comfort life for consumers.

Latex International performs very stringent durability testing to compare its latex to its competitors. · Compression Set Test: Samples are clamped to 50% of their original thickness for 22 hours at 158F, removed and % loss in thickness is measured. Higher values indicate a higher propensity for the product to take a set over time. This test is used to simulate the body impression effect on the foam after a person lies on the bed for extended periods of time.

% Loss of Latex Core Thickness:
LI TalatechTM Natural Latex: 4.2%
Asian Natural Latex: 12.5% (198% > than LI natural)

Anthony Mancini
Director, Foam Operations

510 River Road
Shelton, CT06484

Why Should You Buy a Talalay Latex Mattress or Foam Topper or Pillow?

Value – over time the Talalay Mattress will outlast your standard innerspring mattress by 10-15 years.

Durability – Talalay Mattresses will not form “weak spots”… because there are not springs to collapse. You don’t have to rotate or flip a Talalay mattress like a spring based mattress.

Dust Mite Prevention – Talalay is naturally resistant to dustmites, bacteria, and mold as previously mentioned.

No Out Gassing – No horrible smell to deal with. Memory Foam products can take months to get rid of their putrid smell. And they can out gas chemicals for years! Breathing those chemicals is unhealthy and makes it hard for you to sleep. I know because I purchased a Memory Foam Mattress Topper and had to return it the smell was so powerful. And it was not very comfortable, I got hot and sticky at night because the memory foam didn’t breathe. Companies like Tempurpedic don’t want you to know about how hot their mattresses can get. Here in Vegas it’s hot enough already!

Spine and Back Support – Talalay can be purchased in varying degrees of firmness depending on your own needs. And it does not create pressure points as your body’s weight is distributed more evenly. Some memory foam mattresses form craters as your body sinks into them, making it difficult to turn at night after you have been in one position for a long period of time. Talalay Mattresses will not.

What is a great nights sleep worth to your health? Everything! If you can not afford a full blown Latex Mattress – I’d suggest a Latex Topper, so you at least derive some of the benefits. Mattresses.Net is an online retailer in PhoenixArizona that offers the cheapest prices I’ve found on Latex Toppers. I have no affiliation with them, I know of them because I have purchased from them.

Like any bedding product one must try before they buy. You really have to lie down for awhile on a Latex Mattress or try out a Latex pillow to fully appreciate the way they feel. But even so it’s hard until you have spent a couple nights on one.

I own a full Latex Mattress and a Latex Topper I added for additional softness. Another Great thing about Foam is it’s easy to move. You do not need a Box Springs. Plus you and your partner can have a custom bed and still sleep together. Just purchase Twin Foam Mattresses, push both beds together, then put a Talalay Latex Mattress Topper across both and you both get the exact firmness you desire. When your partner moves the bed won’t move so it will not wake you up!

I can highly recommend Talalay Mattresses and Toppers to anyone except for those rare few individuals who have an allergy to Latex. Throw in 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets and you have the prefect recipe for improved sleep, health, and energy.

Note: The Talalay process uses natural rubber, but it’s not organic because there is not way to really make an organic mattress from natural rubber, the foam has to be processed.

Talalay Latex Mattress

Photo of a Latex Foam Topper on a conventional mattress. Doesn't it just look so airy, light and inviting... it is!  I love my Talalay Latex Mattress!
Photo of a Latex Foam Topper on a conventional mattress. Doesn't it just look so airy, light and inviting... it is! I love my Talalay Latex Mattress!


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  • profile image


    6 years ago

    I am also trying to find talalay in the uk - a mattress - anyone know who is the supplier to uk, if not the retailer?


  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Henderson, NV

    I don't know in the UK. How I found a dealer was to first find the manufacturer of the raw product then contacted them.

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    6 years ago


    I'm in the U.K. and finding it difficult to identify real Talalay Latex for a topper. I keep ending up on Memory Foam sites. Can you advise any manufactures to purchase from in the U.K. please?

    Many thanks.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Henderson, NV

    Talalay Latex does NOT out-gas. There is no sulfur smell. If there is any smell at all it is similar to a very faint vanilla. You either did not purchase a Talalay Latex mattress or it was blended with memory foam or other petrochemical foams. Mattress salespeople seldom know anything about what they are actually selling. There is no real training to sell mattresses.

    By law the Federal Government requires mattresses to be flame retardant. This means they are chemically treated. The law does not require the mattress companies to disclose the chemicals used in the treating of mattresses. The only way around this is to have a PRESCRIPTION from your Doctor stating allergic reactions and their recommendation you purchase a mattress without chemicals. You can thank an over aggressive attorney in the State of California for that one. Because there are approximately 300 deaths a year in the United States due to fires in bed (Idiots smoking in be primarily) the rest of us are stuck with this idiocy.

    There are actually very few places that sell TRUE TALALAY LATEX in the United States.

    You can purchase REAL TALALAY LATEX products here:

    They are in Phoenix AZ, and have very good prices for Talalay. In fact that's where I purchased my topper, and I was referred to them directly from the Manufacturer.

    Royal Pedic in Los Angles makes arguably the best Latex Mattress you can buy.

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    6 years ago

    I agree that these are very comfortable but please note, they CAN outgass. I picked one up today, got it home and within minutes my throat swelled due to the STRONG sulphur smell. It actually doesn't smell that badly, but my body is reacting strongly to it. I'm taking it back to see if the store will outgass it for me because I cannot take it.

  • BkCreative profile image


    9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Ah, no wonder this is a good mattress. It is the real thing!

    Here in the US a product can be named what it resembles and we have accepted it. For example we call bedding 'linen' - I wrote a hub about sheets - and there is not a drop of flax in what we call 'linen' sheets. Something bubbly can be called champagne - even though it doesn't come from that part of France - and the French are upset about it.

    Outgassing is a serious health issue.

    It was while I was in S. Korea that a friend introduced me to real latex - which is what she wanted.

    This is information we need. Thank you!


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