Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow Review

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The Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned pillow is supportive, easy to care for and comes with a super soft cover you and wash and dry from home. Who is it going to be a good fit for? Read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • Pin-core design configured to cradle your head while providing your neck and shoulders with needed support
  • Firm density is optimal for back and side sleepers
  • 100% pure natural Talalay Latex – No synthetic additives
  • Unique foam consistency and zoned technology provides zoned support and superior pressure relief
  • Naturally mildew proof, dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic
  • Soft, removable velour cover made from a rayon from bamboo blend (75% polyester, 25% rayon from bamboo)
  • Comes in Standard, Queen and King sizes
  • Options: high and low profiles; and firm and plush densities

Who Makes It?

The Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow is made by Malouf, a bedding company, under their Z by Malouf pillow series.

Malouf makes pillows, linens, mattress protectors, bed frames and mattress toppers.

You can check out my review of the Malouf Sleep Tite Pr1me mattress protector, here or my review of the Woven by Malouf bamboo sheets here.

Pillow Construction

There are several sizes, profile and density options with this pillow. I am reviewing a king-size pillow with a high profile and plush density.

The filling is 100% Natural Talalay Latex and “zoned” by different sized ventilated holes in the foam.

The high loft pillow is 6-7” and the low loft is 4-5”. I choose a plush density as well but it can also be made with a firm density.

Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow Review

The outside cover is removable and washable. It is a super soft white patterned velour made from a combination of rayon from bamboo and polyester (75% polyester, 25% rayon from bamboo).


Available in a variety of sizes, lofts, and densities
Naturally mildew proof, dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic
Super soft, removable and washable cover
Supportive but not overly firm (high loft, plush density)
Easy to care for


Significant off-gassing
Ideal only for side and back sleepers

Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow Review

My Experience

After opening the container the pillow comes in, I smelled some significant off-gassing. This is not atypical for foam pillows. To help alleviate the smell, I removed the cover to be washed and dried and let the uncovered pillow off-gas on my back porch for several days.

It is made with 100% natural latex foam with no synthetic additives so I wasn’t worried about breathing in the off-gassing – but it wasn’t an odor I wanted to inhale all night.

It did take me nearly a week to feel comfortable sleeping on the pillow, but I really enjoyed it once I did.

The cover was easy to remove and simple to wash and dry. I added it to some other delicates in my wash and it held up really well. I like the soft feeling from the addition of rayon from bamboo and could totally use it as the only cover on the pillow.

As a natural side and back sleeper – who sometimes flips onto her stomach – I was interested in how a pillow with high loft but a plush density would feel.

I enjoyed resting my head on the pillow. The latex foam is different from memory foam – you do not slowly sink into it – the latex foam has more of a spring to it as compared to memory foam.

My head and neck felt cradled and supported but it was easy to lift my head off thanks to the spring in the latex. Overall, the pillow is really lightweight and still maintains the plush feeling thanks to the zoned ventilated holes

I think a latex pillow is a great fit for people who like support and firmness but don’t necessarily love the slower responsiveness and denser feel of memory foam.

This particular pillow from Malouf comes in many lofts and density combinations. I think that those who are primarily back and side sleepers will like the higher loft option and will probably benefit from either the plush or the firm densities.

Stomach sleepers could try a low loft/plush density option but might still find the 4-5” of loft too high, even with the plush density. I would recommend this pillow for those who want a decent amount of neck support.


I really liked the high loft and plush density combination of my Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned pillow.

My head and neck felt supported and comfortable and I enjoyed the lightweight and springy feel of the ventilated latex foam filling.

While it is a little pricey, it is easy to care for, has a soft outer cover and since it comes in a few combinations that let you choose your preferred loft and firmness.

I feel like it could be a good fit for most back and side sleepers who are interested in trying something other than a memory foam pillow.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.