The other potential benefit of latex is that it can be all-natural. Most companies opt to make their latex mattresses at least part synthetic due to cost, but there are some 100% natural latex mattresses available – which can never be the case for memory foam. As people start to move towards more natural products, I think latex will become more popular.
I’ve slept on a lot of latex mattresses at this point (with more on the way), so I’ll highlight a few of my favorites by category.
A lot of companies claim that their mattress is “natural” or “organic,” but oftentimes you will find out that isn’t the case. The only way for a mattress to be considered natural is for it to use natural latex.
Natural latex mattresses are breathable, durable, and resilient. They are also free from chemicals that some people worry about. I’ve reviewed several natural latex mattresses and have a few favorites.
Aside from just personal preference, Zenhaven has a few extra features that make it stand out. It is flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one mattress (see more details HERE). This maximizes the chances that you will like the firmness of your mattress. It also has “zoned” comfort layers, which means it gives you extra support where you need it the most on your body. Those are two features I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s also very reasonably priced for a natural latex mattress.
The second layer of latex in the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is computer designed with upward facing grooves. The targeted indentations give extra comfort to your shoulders, back, and legs. The result? A natural latex mattress that has the best pressure relief (see more details HERE). Our writer Katie had zero pressure points sleeping on the mattress. Overall, this is a very comfortable mattress.
Plushbeds is a really great company to look at if you want options. My favorite is the 9″ Botanical Bliss, but you should definitely look at all their offerings. You can get mattresses with different thickness and different support layers. Because of their manufacturing process they are able to bring the cost down significantly, so in addition to having lots of great options, you can also get a great value.
Spindle spends very little money on marketing and overhead, so it is able to price its product at a very affordable price. They have different firmness level options and actually have a quiz which you can see HERE that will help you get the perfect firmness for you. If you want to save some extra cash on your mattress purchase, the Spindle could be a great choice.
Latex hybrids are a popular type of mattress right now because they incorporate the benefits of latex with the benefits of other types of mattresses. If you are interested in latex but think other types of mattress might be good too, then a hybrid could be a great choice. Here are two top picks:
These are overall high quality mattresses, rating well in my general mattress reviews page.
Ghostbed uses a latex over memory foam construction. This means you get the cooling and bounce of latex while also getting the pressure relief of memory foam. It’s a great combination (see more details HERE), and they also use durable materials. At $795 for a Queen, it’s also a great value. Check out our full Ghostbed review.
Though the hybrids are popular, some people will prefer an all-latex mattress (by all-latex we mean all comfort layers, though some of these options will still use core foam as the base layer). These tend to have a lot of bounce (for a foam mattress) and can potentially be all-natural/organic as well (my favorites are all natural by chance). My top latex mattresses are:
As mentioned above as well, Zenhaven is great for a few reasons. It uses natural latex, so it is free of chemicals that some people worry about. It is also flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one (see more HERE). That maximizes the chances you will like the firmness of your mattress. It also has a smart zoned construction where it gives you extra support where you need it the most. It’s also very affordable for a natural latex mattress.
Spindle spends almost no money on overhead, so it is able to price it products at a very affordable level. For a natural latex mattress, the price is about as low as it could possibly get. It’s a great company with tons of experience in the industry. They also guide you to get the proper firmness level with a quiz that you can see HERE.
There are some mattresses that have the feel and many of the same qualities as latex but don’t actually contain latex in them. The companies who make them claim that their foams have even better qualities than latex. I will list out three top picks here.
If you don’t believe there is one best mattress for everyone, Helix might be the choice for you. They customize the mattress to you based on your characteristics (age, weight, etc.) and preferences. You can see more on their customization process HERE. They use microcoils and a proprietary foam called Dynamic Foam, which will remind people of latex with its performance/qualities.
Brooklyn Bedding used to be a latex mattress. However, the company created a new foam that they believe is better than latex. You can read more about their new foam HERE. It is supposed to have a lot of the same qualities but be more durable and will sleep cooler. If those are important qualities to you, then it’s definitely a mattress worth checking out.
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.
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 (think PlushBeds) start at around $2000. If you can afford it, go natural, but otherwise synthetic/blend will offer a pretty similar sleeping experience.
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.
Related: see common latex mattress complaints
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.
Latex mattresses are definitely a great option if you’re looking for some of the benefits of memory foam without some of the drawbacks. As a result, many of the mattresses mentioned on this page do well in my general mattress reviews.
This post was last updated on March 8th, 2018 at 9:50 am
Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.