If you are in the market for a new mattress and have begun doing some research, you will probably notice that choosing a good mattress that is right for you is not easy.  There are so many available options--air, spring, memory foam, gel foam and latex. They are all different and each has its pros and cons, but latex has increasingly become the top choice in the industry.   


Why Choose A Latex Mattress?

 Latex Mattresses have become one of the most sought after choices in the market.  One of the main reasons is that they are considered a healthier option.  Besides being naturally hypoallergenic, they are also resistant to mold and dust mites, which can be problematic in other types of mattresses.  Additionally, because latex mattresses contour to your body naturally, they are suitable to any body type and are conducive to a good night’s sleep, regardless of sleep position.  Lastly, since they are “breathable” they remain cool throughout the night unlike other types of mattresses that tend to give off heat.


Dunlop vs. Talalay Latex

 In searching for a latex mattress, you will see reference made to Dunlop and Talalay latex, which are the two types of latex used in making latex mattresses.  While both have similarities, there are some notable differences.  First, the latex is processed differently.  Dunlop uses the oldest method for processing natural latex. The liquid latex is poured onto a mold. It is then transferred to a different recipient where it is heated so it can be transformed into a gel. This allows latex to become solid. The latex is then washed to eliminate residue, cooled and removed from the mold.  Talalay uses a more recent process. The liquid latex is poured onto a mold, sealed and closed. A vacuum is then created to disperse the liquid latex through the mold in a consistent manner.  Once this process is complete, the latex is frozen. It is then heated to convert it into a gel. Finally, the latex is cooled so it can be removed from the mold. The end result is that Dunlop mattresses tend to be a little more “bouncy” and less firm than the Talalay brand.


Dunlop Vs. Talalay- Which is Better?

 Your choice will depend on your ultimate needs and preferences.  Customers who are prone to lower backaches tend to prefer Dunlop.  Those who are sensitive to pressure in the shoulders and hip areas, tend to opt for Talalay.  The bottom line is not every mattress is for every person and it is best to do your research, but as far as quality and health benefits, Dunlop and Talalay are top-notch in the industry.