Natural Latex Mattress: The Dunlop and Talalay Methods Combo

Many people are looking at 100% natural latex mattresses for the comfort they provide, as well as their completely natural, completely botanical qualities. The fact that a 100% natural latex mattress provides a completely botanical, green experience is also a top reason why more and more people are buying latex mattresses. An all-natural latex mattress is dust mite-free, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic. This makes it a great choice for those with allergies or those who just want a cleaner sleeping alternative.

So what is the best type of all-natural latex mattress to buy?  All natural latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree.  There are two methods used to make a latex mattress – the Dunlop method and the Talalay method.  The Dunlop method is the oldest method and it is used to make 100% natural latex.  The Talalay method is used primarily to make synthetic (man-made) latex, but can also be used to make natural latex.  So what is the best?

My preference is 100% all-natural latex.  This means either natural latex made with the Dunlop method or natural latex made with the Talalay method, which is more costly.  Natural latex made with the Dunlop method is firmer than latex made with the Talalay method.  Latex made with the Talalay method is softer and also more more costly.  You can buy an all-natural latex mattress that is 100% made with the Dunlop method.  You can also find all-natural latex made with the Talalay method, but it is important to understand that much of the Talalay latex is synthetic.  If you want to ensure that your latex mattress is going to be 100% all-natural latex, you need to ask if there is any synthetic latex in it.  Many companies call their latex mattress “natural” latex, when there is just some natural latex in it and the rest is synthetic.  Bottom line:  Ask if there is any synthetic latex in any “natural” latex mattress.

So how do you get the best of every type of all-natural latex?  It is very simple.  Use a combination of both methods of making natural latex.  A base of 5 – 6 inches of natural Dunlop latex topped with 2 – 3 inches of all natural (not synthetic) Talalay latex gives you the firm base you need for support and a softer more luxurious layer closest to your body.  To learn more about natural latex, including mattresses made with a combination of Dunlop and Talalay latex, check out our Latex Mattress Buying Guide.

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