Though latex mattresses are generally less popular in terms of number of bed sold, people are starting to realize the benefits of latex with a lot of new bed-in-a-box models making their mattresses at least part latex (think Casper or GhostBed). As time progresses, I fully expect latex to become more and more popular.
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: all latex, latex hybrids, and all-natural latex options.
That being said, my absolute #1 in the all-natural category is PlushBeds. They make a very comfortable mattress (classic latex feel), and because of their manufacturing process they are able to bring the cost down significantly. They have a number of options, but my favorite is the 10″ Botanical Bliss.
Other mattress brands of note in this category are SavvyRest and Habitat Furnishings, though they end up being significantly more expensive.
These are overall high quality mattresses, rating well in my general mattress reviews page. These three happen to be similarly priced as well, making it easy for you to choose the mattress just based on the brand and slightly different feels.
GhostBed is a relatively new brand, but is made by long time mattress veterans Nature’s Sleep. As I said this latex-over-memory-foam construction is very popular right now, but GhostBed used their mattress experience to do it better than most.
Compared to similar models, GhostBed rates #1 for two reasons: durability and price. The mattress foam specs are better than nearly all of the similarly constructed competitors, which gives me confidence that the mattress will retain its feel for much longer (note: most of these brands are relatively new, so this is my assessment based on the specs, not personal experience).
The price is also incredibly competitive, and only possible because it is manufactured by a company that is already doing such large scale mattress manufacturing. The company clearly leveraged their industry connections to get a very competitively priced product to market (use a coupon for even more savings). Learn more in my full GhostBed review.
Casper claims that it has the “one perfect mattress,” which I don’t believe to be true (there is no mattress that suits everyone). However if you have average sleep preferences, particularly in terms of firmness, I think that Casper is a really good option.
Helix is a latex hybrid, though the construction of the mattress changes based on your personalized preferences. The company actually makes you take a quiz and then changes the mattress construction based on your responses.
I’m a pretty average person when it comes to sleeping preferences, but I thought that Helix did a great job of using the quiz information to suit my preferences. The comfort is definitely there, and they use quality materials as well (no matter the construction details of your custom mattress).
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 top 3 latex mattresses are:
The mattress has a lot of spring to it as well, making it very easy to move around or get out of the bed. A big perk with the Brooklyn Bedding mattress as well is that it comes from a very well-known mattress manufacturer, so I actually trust in the quality and durability of this mattress as much as any I have reviewed.
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is one of my top overall picks. The mattress is one of the few all-natural mattress (yes, 100% organic) mattresses available on the market. On top of that, I think it’s very comfortable and offers great support.
The mattress is definitely not cheap, and is by far the most expensive on this best latex mattress page, but compared to other 100% natural latex mattresses, this is actually priced incredibly low. The company is fully vertically integrated (they even import their own latex from Sri Lanka), so they pass on a lot of value to the consumer.
Learn more about this company in my PlushBeds review.
Spindle is a really unique mattress, providing natural latex at an incredibly affordable price. You do need to assemble the mattress yourself, but once assembled, I daresay you have one of the best mattress values on the market.
An advantage to the mattress is that the layers can be re-organized as well to give you different firmness options. This mattress company is less-known, but after learning more about their manufacturing and methodology, they are one I really like to recommend because they are really the only natural latex mattress available at an affordable price point.
Learn more about this mattress in my Spindle Mattress Review.
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.
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.
Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.