There are benefits to choosing a latex mattress. They are often more durable, breathable, bouncy, and cooling than other types of mattresses.
If you are in the market for a latex mattress, you might be at a loss. There are so many quality latex mattresses out there, it could be difficult to decide.
Out of all the latex mattresses I have tried, seven really stand out among the rest. These seven mattresses are all high-quality but are a good match for different types of sleepers.
Which latex mattress is right for you? Read on for my full latex mattress guide.
Best All-Latex Mattress
The Zenhaven is an all-latex, flippable mattress with two firmnesses in one. It should be a great match for back sleepers and side sleepers.
Best For Side Sleepers
When you add the pillow top option, the Avocado features great pressure relief and should be a good fit for side sleepers.
Best For Combo Sleepers
Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid
The Bloom Hybrid is a comfortable and supportive latex hybrid that should be a great match for combination sleepers.
Best For Back Sleepers
Brentwood Home Cedar
The Cedar is a latex hybrid mattress with a good balance of comfort and support. Back sleepers should find what they need on this mattress.
The Spindle is a customizable mattress that allows you to find just the right firmness for you. It should be a great match for all three sleeping positions.
The GhostBed is a very affordable mattress that features synthetic latex and memory foam. It is a great match for back and stomach sleepers.
Best For Stomach Sleepers
The Awara is a very firm mattress that should be supportive enough for stomach sleepers of all sizes.
Top Picks Explained
If you are looking for a fantastic latex mattress, one of these should be right for you. I have tried numerous latex mattresses, and these are the best.
Best All-Latex Mattress
The Zenhaven is my favorite all-latex mattress. Four of these mattresses all feature coils in their construction. The Zenhaven, on the other hand, has four layers of all-natural Talalay latex.
In addition, the Zenhaven is the only flippable mattress on this list. It has a firm side and a soft side. This design makes it a great match for those who don’t quite know what firmness they are looking for.
The firm side is a great match for stomach sleepers. You shouldn’t feel your hips sinking in when you are in this position. The soft side is a great fit for back sleepers and some side sleepers.
If you want an all-latex mattress with some firmness options, the Zenhaven could really work for you.
What Makes The Zenhaven Stand Out?
- It features all-natural Talalay latex which is organic and free of harmful chemicals.
- The Zenhaven is the one mattress on this list that is all-latex.
- The mattress is flippable so you get two firmnesses in one.
- It should be a great match for both back and stomach sleepers.
Read the full Zenhaven mattress review
Best For Side Sleepers
The Avocado is a latex hybrid mattress with thick layers of Dunlop latex and pocketed support coils. You can also opt for a pillow top which adds a fluffy comfortable feel to the top of the mattress.
With the pillow top, the Avocado is my favorite latex mattress for side sleeping. Latex is not always the best with pressure relief. However, the pillow top does an excellent job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips.
Out of these seven mattresses, it is probably the most pressure relieving. In addition, the pocketed coils are very supportive. They should be able to support even much heavier weights.
The comfortable top and support coils also make this a good option for combination sleepers. The pillow top provides pressure relief when you are on your side while the coils provide support while you are on your back and stomach.
What Makes The Avocado Stand Out?
- It features all-natural Dunlop latex that is responsibly sourced and free of harmful chemicals.
- The coils and latex are very supportive. The Avocado should be supportive enough for heavier people.
- You can opt to add a pillow top. This adds some more pressure relief for side sleepers.
- The mattress has a nice balance of comfort and support and should be a good fit for all three sleeping positions.
Check out the full Avocado mattress review
Best For Combo Sleepers
Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid
The Bloom Hybrid is also a hybrid mattress. It has a cover quilted with soft wool, then a 3″ layer of Talalay latex, followed by 8″ of individually-encased coils. You can also choose from three firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm.
This Medium model features the best balance of comfort and support out of all these mattresses. This means it is also my favorite mattress for combination sleepers.
If you lie on your back, your hips should sink in while you also feel the support of coils. Moving to your side, the comfort layer should relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips. Finally, on your stomach, the mattress should keep your hips from sinking in too far.
For those of you who change positions at night, the Bloom Hybrid is a great option.
What Makes The Bloom Hybrid Stand Out?
- It contains Talalay latex which is responsibly and sustainably sourced.
- The Bloom Hybrid comes in three firmness options.
- The Bloom Hybrid has the best balance of comfort and support out of these seven mattresses.
- The mattress is a great option for combination sleepers.
Read the full Bloom Hybrid review
Best For Back Sleepers
Brentwood Home Cedar
The Cedar is also a hybrid mattress. It features 4″ of Dunlop latex as well as individually-wrapped support coils. There is also a very comfortable quilted cover on top.
This is my top pick for back sleeping out of this list. It has an average firmness and is right in that sweet spot for back sleepers. The quilted cover and comfort layer allow the hips to sink in just the right amount while the coils offer support beneath that.
This is also a very supportive mattress overall. The coils should be able to handle even much heavier weights. If you are a heavier back sleeper, the Cedar could be a good option.
What Makes The Cedar Stand Out?
- It contains all-natural Dunlop latex which is free of harmful chemicals.
- The Cedar is just the right firmness for back sleepers.
- It is very comfortable and could be a good fit for lighter side sleepers.
- The Cedar is very supportive and should be able to handle heavier weights.
Check out the full Cedar mattress review
The Spindle is a very interesting all-latex mattress. When you purchase your mattress, you choose what firmness level you want. Then the company sends you three 3″ layers of Dunlop latex. You then flip and arrange those layers to get the exact firmness you want.
This makes the Spindle the best option for customization. If you really don’t know what firmness you want, the Spindle allows you to hone in on exactly what you are looking for. In addition, if you find that you want something even firmer or softer, Spindle will replace a layer for free.
Whether you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper, you should be able to find the right match for you on the Spindle. You can make it softer for side sleeper or firmer for back an stomach sleeping.
Finally, when you consider the durability and high-quality nature of the Spindle, it really is a great value.
What Makes The Spindle Stand Out?
- It is a very high-quality, all-natural mattress.
- The design allows you to customize the mattress to meet your needs.
- Back, side, and stomach sleepers should find what they need on the Spindle.
- The mattress is durable and should be a good, long-term investment.
Read the full Spindle mattress review
The GhostBed is the one mattress on this list that does not contain all-natural latex. It is actually a synthetic latex that has only a little bit of that latex, bouncy feel.
The mattress features the synthetic latex foam over memory foam, over a base support foam. The mattress is a bit firmer-than-average and is a good match for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
Because the mattress does not use real latex, it is also much more affordable than the other mattresses on this list. If you want just some of that latex bounce, and you don’t want to pay so much money, the GhostBed should be a great option for you.
What Makes The GhostBed Stand Out?
- The GhostBed is a great, affordable mattress.
- It is a firmer-than-average mattress that should work for back and stomach sleeping.
- The mattress has just a bit of the latex feel, and you shouldn’t have difficulty moving around.
Take a look at the full GhostBed mattress review
Best For Stomach Sleepers
The Awara is also a hybrid mattress. It has a simple construction with a tufted cover, 4″ of Dunlop latex, and 9″ of pocketed coils.
This is the firmest out of these seven mattresses. This makes it the best latex mattress for stomach sleepers. They should feel the proper amount of support on their hips and their spine should be neutrally aligned.
The Awara is also a very supportive mattress. The latex and coils should be able to support much heavier weights. Larger back sleepers and stomach sleepers should definitely take a look at the Awara.
If you need a supportive, all-natural mattress, the Awara should work for you.
What Makes The Awara Stand Out?
- The mattress features all-natural Dunlop latex which doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
- The Awara is the firmest mattress on this list.
- It is very supportive and should be a great option for stomach sleepers.
- The Awara should also be a good match for heavier back and stomach sleepers.
Read the full Awara mattress review
Best For Back Pain
I am not a doctor, so please take everything I say here with a grain of salt. You should consult a physician if you have any serious pain issues. Having said that, if you have back pain you will want a mattress that doesn’t make things worse and potentially can help alleviate any pain/stress. Studies show that a mattress that is firmer than average is best for people with back pain. You will also want a mattress that is not going to sag over time. A lot of times people develop back pain after their mattress starts to sag and break down.
We like the Avocado mattress for those with back pain. The pocketed coil support system is a highly supportive and durable material that should be good for people of all weights. The natural latex is very durable as well. If you get the option without the pillow top, the mattress will be firmer than average, which is ideal in this case. It’s also just a great value overall, so I would strongly recommend giving the Avocado mattress some consideration.
Best For The Money
If you want to get an all natural latex mattress, you have to understand that you will pay a higher price for it. Natural latex is very difficult and costly to source. Most of it comes from the rubber trees in Sri Lanka. So not only is it a costly process, but also the raw materials are sourced from places far away from the United States. When we talk about getting the best mattress for the money, the price tag is still going to be much higher than with other types of mattresses. You should also note that natural latex is very durable, so the mattresses you can get will be a good value because they last so long.
We think that the Spindle mattress is the best for the money in this category. You can get a Queen Spindle for $1,349.99. Again, while that may seem like a high price tag, so a mattress that uses natural latex that is quite a good deal and is better priced than just about any of its competitors. The company has very little overhead and doesn’t spend much money at all on advertising. For that reason, it is able to price its mattress the point it does. If you want the best value possible, Spindle is a great place to look.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
Out of this list, there are five that I think are best for heavier people.
First, we have the Spindle. This is a great option if you want to be able to configure your mattress. By flipping and rearranging the layers, you can find the right firmness for you. I was able to find the right configuration for me in pretty much any position.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, I would lean toward the Avocado or Cedar. These are both hybrid mattresses so they allow my hips to sink into the comfort just the right amount. I then feel the support of coils beneath that.
If you are a heavier side sleeper, I would lean toward the Bloom Hybrid. Out of these mattresses, I felt the best pressure relief on the Bloom Hybrid.
Finally, if you are a stomach sleeper, I would take a look at the Awara. It is the firmest of these mattresses, and my hips don’t bow in when I am lying on my stomach.
It seems that Marten and I agree on most of these points. However, he did prefer the Bloom Hybrid for side sleeping. If you are a heavier person, it is worth taking Marten’s experience into account.
What Are The Benefits Of Latex Mattresses?
There are plenty of reasons why latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular. We’ve seen numerous new brands come out into the market recently. This type of mattress can offer a lot of different benefits:
- Durability– Natural latex mattresses will typically last longer than memory foam or poly foam. Latex mattresses shouldn’t sag the way many foam mattresses are wont to do. If you are viewing your purchase as a long-term investment, then this could be a huge benefit.
- Bounce – This is more of a personal preference type of thing, but latex mattresses are known for having great bounce. This makes the mattresses potentially good for sex and they make it easier to move around in the bed and/or switch sleeping positions.
- You shouldn’t feel stuck – Memory foam owners often complain about the feeling of getting stuck in their mattress. That is not the case with latex. The surface is very responsive and you don’t slowly sink into it. You can get good pressure relief with latex without the extra sinking in feeling.
- Natural – Natural latex is really the only way for a mattress to be considered “Green.” Some companies may claim that their mattress is eco-friendly, but unless they use natural latex that is not actually going to be the case. If you want a real green mattress, latex is the way to go.
- Good for hot sleepers. If you overheat at night, a latex mattress could be a good option. Latex is naturally breathable and also helps dissipate heat. While materials like memory foam are known to trap heat, this shouldn’t be an issue with a latex mattress.
What Are The Drawbacks Of Latex Mattresses?
On the other hand, latex isn’t for everyone. There are a few drawbacks to consider when it comes to latex mattresses:
- Weight – Natural latex mattresses are very dense and thus very heavy. You will need at least two people to move the mattresses around successfully. This isn’t that big of a deal once you get your mattress set up, but if you think you’ll ever have to move your mattress very much, then this could be something to consider.
- Higher cost – Natural latex is very difficult and costly to source. As a result, these mattresses tend to cost quite a bit. You have to be willing to pay a lot of money to get these mattresses. These mattresses will last a long time, so the value is really there, but they may not be in everyone’s budget.
- The feel isn’t for everyone. Some people may not like the bouncy nature of latex. This is a personal preference thing, so make sure you understand the type of feel that you like before jumping in and making a purchase.
How Do Latex And Memory Foam Mattresses Compare?
- Latex mattresses will be more breathable. The foam is more open-celled and not as prone to trapping heat as memory foam does.
- Latex mattresses, on the whole, should be more durable than most memory foam mattresses.
- Latex will have more bounce, while memory foam will have a slow, sinking-in feeling. This is a personal preference type of thing, so one is not necessarily better than the other in this regard.
- Memory foam will have better motion isolation, potentially making it better for couples.
- Memory foam will have a bit better pressure relief.
- Latex will be a more green option than memory foam.
How Do Latex And Spring Mattresses Compare?
- Both mattress types will be breathable and should sleep cool throughout the night (no advantage of one type over the other)
- Both mattresses will have some good bounce.
- Latex mattresses will offer a more “green” option, as spring mattresses usually come with a poly foam pillow top (made from petrochemicals)
- Latex mattress typically should be more durable than the average spring mattress
What If I Have A Latex Allergy?
A lot of readers have asked me if there is any truth that latex mattresses will be a problem for people with a latex allergy. There is no truth to that rumor. All credible studies show that you will not have a reaction to latex in your bedding. That is because the latex goes through a washing process that removes any proteins from the material that would potentially cause a reaction. For this and other reasons, you shouldn’t worry about having a reaction on latex bedding.
What To Look For In A Latex Mattress
When you look at a latex mattress, you will be exposed to an entirely new terminology compared to other types of mattresses. Key decisions will be natural vs synthetic/blend, Dunlop vs Talalay processing, unique warranty considerations, and density/ILD.
Natural vs Synthetic/Blend
The latex in a mattress can be all natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of natural and synthetic. Natural latex (from rubber trees) and synthetic latex (made through chemical process) actually feel quite similar, though in general natural latex mattresses are preferred.
Generally, the decision here comes down to price. People prefer the feel and eco-friendliness of natural latex, but even the most reasonably priced all-natural mattresses start at around $2000. If you can afford it, go natural but, otherwise, synthetic/blend will offer a pretty similar sleeping experience.
Dunlop vs Talalay
Dunlop and Talalay are two different types of latex processing. In general, the two types of processing result in different feels, with Dunlop leading to a firmer feel and Talalay leading to a softer feel.
I don’t think that one type of processing is better than another, although it is true that Talalay produces a more consistent latex. I recommend that you think about the feel of the mattress, rather than the processing method, to make your final decision.
Latex mattress warranty
You’ll want to look at the warranty carefully (as with any mattress), but the thing to be concerned about with latex is compression/body impressions. This is the most likely issue that will come up with a latex mattress, so just be aware of the terms and how you expect your mattress to behave over time.
With latex, you will commonly hear two measures of the foam, density and ILD.
The density will be communicated in lbs and is a measure of weight per square foot. To generalize, the higher the density, the higher the durability of the foam.
The ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) is a measure of firmness, ranging generally from 14-38. The higher the number, the firmer the mattress.
If you think a latex mattress is right for you, one of these seven mattresses should be a great option. No matter what position you sleep in, you should be able to find the perfect fit. Definitely check out the individual reviews for these mattresses.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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