All of us nowadays know that a full latex mattress is a good option to prevent health concerns and also to improve the quality of sleep. They are made from natural materials which also make them environment friendly. However, there are still certain questions in the minds of people regarding these mattresses which need to be clarified so that they can understand the benefits. 

1) Types of Latex Foam:

There are primarily 2 types of latex foams- the Dunlop and the Talalay latex. The Talalay process is quite a sophisticated way of manufacturing the best quality latex for mattresses. In fact, this process produces the most consistent quality of latex foam to be used in a full latex mattress. Next is the Dunlop process which is the most widely used method of producing latex for mattresses. Though it does not provide the best quality, still it produces the most popular variety of latex. This particular type of commercial latex is quite firm and is usually used as the base core component. 

The basic difference between these 2 processes can be understood by knowing the fate of mould just before the initial curing stage. In the former process, a small amount of latex compound is poured into the mould while in the later process a bigger amount is used. Air is extracted inside the mould so that the foamed liquid can be evenly distributed to render a round and open cell structure. The core of the mattress is flash-frozen to trap the cell structure in place while also preventing the particles from settling. In the Dunlop method, air extraction to freeze the foam is not present. This causes the cell structure to be less airy thus producing a heavier mattress. The particles settle down inside creating a denser product than the Talalay process. The Talayalay full latex mattress comes in a wider firmness range providing better comfort to the owners. 

2) Full Latex Mattress Buying Tips:

Both the latex varieties are great to use but it is easier to make a better choice if one follows the tips before buying. They are:

  • Talalay mattress suits all weather types while the Dunlop is a better choice for heavier people due to the rigidity provided by this latex. 
  • The pillow tops can be compromised a little while buying by adding lower quality materials to the latex. This is not done always but sometimes, and one must be careful while buying such items. 
  • The firmness of a full latex mattress is the most important factor to be considered while buying one. If the retailer is providing options, then there is no point in buying from them. In fact, the mattress does not need to be over 10 inches thick. If it weighs more, then it has been compromised and is not good to be bought. 
  • It is always wise to buy from a dealer who knows his product and is also capable of talking about the process of manufacturing latex. He/she will also be able to help the buyer in choosing the best one for good quality sleep. 


The process of turning natural liquid latex into foam that can then be used for mattresses surely is a wonderous process. Who would have thought it possible that by collecting the milky sap from a tree that grows in the tropics and then baking it would turn it into something as soft and durable as foam that you could sleep on? But how is a latex mattress made?

Rubber SAP Collection 

Latex mattresses that are made by rubber tapping the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree and collecting liquid natural latex sap, are made into individual layers of latex foam through two main ways. The process of baking latex is called the Dunlop process and is a lot like baking bread, and has been refined over many years. Alternatively, the Talalay method is a curing process that combines natural latex with a minimal amount of chemical curing agents. As such, the Talalay process cannot be referred to as an organic process, whereas Dunlop can be if it is certified as being produced organically and sustainably.

Latex Fabrication 

Liquid latex is poured into molds that have a distinctive pattern of thin rods that enable the latex to be baked or cured to consistent conformity. A robot arm spreads the foamy liquid latex in a mechanical production that enables each foam to be consistently manufactured. Latex slabs are then tested, measured, and made to exacting standards. When finished, the foam slabs are washed, dried, and then sliced to the desired thickness. The pinholes in latex slice help define the mattress comfort zones.

Since latex foam is a bit heavier than polyurethane synthetic latex or memory foam products, it is not used everywhere, but is desirable for mattresses and for many reasons, the least of which because it is considered by many to be more comfortable and more durable. Latex foam is produced into slabs of any desired thickness and to many but standard densities specifically for sleeping comfort. Each piece of latex foam can also be configured to provide a truly customized feel. The individual slices of latex foam are then completely encased in a high-quality material cover, usually made from organic material such as cotton or wool, that keeps the layers conformed into a thicker mattress, with zippered access so it can be removed and laundered.

Latex Certification 

Natural latex that is produced with 100% pure latex can receive designation as being certified organic. Specific natural latex certification ensures that the harvesting and manufacturing and even the packaging process conforms to the highest standards. Certification is one way to reassure consumers that their product has been made sustainably, and is truly organic, made, and without additional chemicals that may create adverse effects.

Foam mattresses are now getting quite popular and have come a long way from the days of the inexpensive dorm room or travel mattress. While there are many types of synthetic foam being used, only natural latex is made from organic sources. Latex items are everywhere – such as gloves, clothing, condoms – but it’s important to recognize that synthetic latex is not the same as natural latex and only just mimics it. Some people have developed sensitivities to synthetic latex, whereas natural latex is hypoallergenic.

Latex mattresses offer unparalleled comfort. They are also very durable and can last past a manufacturer’s warranty beyond 20+ years. Although latex foam is heavier than synthetic foam, it is highly malleable and individually customizable when the layers are made into mattresses. For those who care about the purity of their products, natural, organic latex offers one of the best alternatives to traditional mattresses and synthetic foam.

The process of turning natural liquid latex into foam that can then be used for mattresses surely is a wonderous process.