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What is a latex mattress?

About latex

Latex. To many, it’s not something associated with bedding. To us, it’s the world of sleep’s best-kept secret. The benefits of naturally-made latex mattress are unrivalled and swapping your regular mattress for one can provide an incredible sleep experience.

What is latex made of?

Latex is a naturally derived material gathered from Hevea Brasiliensis, better known as rubber trees. Due to its fluid, milky appearance and its wealth of uses, latex is often referred to as ‘white gold’ and is made up of a complex mix of molecules including:

  • Proteins
  • Alkaloids
  • Starches
  • Sugars
  • Resins
  • Oils
  • Tannins
  • Gums

Because of its resin and gum content, latex coagulates when exposed to air and is useful in making sturdy but flexible products. While the latex we used is natural and gathered from rubber trees around the world, synthetic latex does exist and is usually used for fashion pieces and protective wear.

What is a latex mattress?

Here at Dunlopillo, we discovered the wonders of latex in the 1900s, and have been creating high-performance latex mattresses ever since. The production of latex mattresses varies, but most combine either springs or reflex foam with a specially crafted latex foam, resulting in a light and breathable finish.

How is latex made into a mattress?

Creating our latex mattresses is a lengthy process. We begin at our sustainably-managed plantations, where the natural latex is gathered in the form of sap from our rubber trees. Each tree produces just 27ml of latex a day, and one tree takes over 500 days to make a single mattress’s worth of latex.

This latex is then crafted into latex foam using one of two methods:

The Dunlop Method.

To create this latex foam, the latex is poured into a mould in one pour. This results in a foam that’s firmer at the bottom and softer at the top.

The Talalay Method.

This latex foam is made by partially pouring latex into a mould. A vacuum is then used to expand the latex into a complete foam. This results in a foam that has a consistent feel at the top and bottom and is less dense than the Dunlop method foam.

flowers on a bedside table next to latex bed

What are the advantages of a latex mattress?

Naturally-derived latex has a wealth of benefits that make it ideal for mattresses.

Hypoallergenic 

Latex’s anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties mean it’s naturally resistant to dust mites is ideal for clean sleeping, especially if you suffer from allergies.

Pressure-relieving

Latex has elastic properties, meaning it can adjust immediately to different weights, shapes and movements. If you’re someone who constantly shifts around in their sleep, a latex mattress will ensure you’re always adequately supported and comfortable.

Durable

Latex mattresses are naturally resistant and maintain their shape throughout the years. If well-cared for, the average life of a latex mattress is 15 years, making it longer lasting than other high-end mattresses.

Easy to maintain

Dunlopillo mattresses are made with a pure latex foam core. This means you don’t need to flip your mattress in order to maintain a comfortable sleep.

Eco-friendly

Comfort can be eco-friendly. In fact, every year, latex rubber trees convert over 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into oxygen. We also ensure that all of our rubber trees are grown in sustainably managed plantations.

Temperature regulated

Unlike memory foam mattresses, which respond to heat, latex mattress respond only to pressure. This means they maintain a consistent temperature, making you less likely to overheat.

Are latex mattresses cost-effective?

Latex mattress vary in price, beginning from around £500 and going up to around £1,500, depending on the make and features. Compared to standard mattresses, which usually start at around £70, this can seem an expensive investment. However, most latex mattresses last up to 10-15 years, working out at around £100 a year for a high-priced model. Along with this, the beneficial properties of latex mattresses can be worth the extra money.

Allergy sufferers can lose hours of sleep at night, with standard mattresses more likely to gather dust-mites and bacteria. As latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, these problems are literally solved overnight, leading to a better, cleaner night’s sleep.

Lower back pain affects one-third of the adult population and can often be worsened by sleeping on a mattress not suited to your body. Latex mattresses gently support the body and provide pressure relief, helping to both relieve back pain and decrease the risk of it getting worse. This can mean fewer trips to the GP, better sleep, and, in turn, a better overall quality of life.

What’s the difference between latex and memory foam mattresses?

Memory foam is a visco-elastic foam, designed in the mid-1960s by NASA. It was developed to help neutralise the intense pressure astronauts faced when exiting and entering the Earth’s atmosphere. This innovative foam was eventually used to create the memory foam mattress, which aimed to offer superior support by contouring to the shape of your body. While there are some similarities between latex and memory foam mattresses, they have a few key differences.

Memory foam gets its name from one feature - its ability to slowly mould to the shape of your body and therefore ‘remember’ your optimal sleeping position. This moulding works through heat, so memory foam will often be softer and slower to bounce back in the summer, and firmer during the winter. This differs from latex mattresses, which will lightly mould to the shape of your body through pressure rather than heat, and return to their original form more quickly.

How to choose between latex and memory foam mattresses?

No one sleeps the same way, and choosing between a memory foam mattress and latex one comes down to both budget and simple preference.

The visco-elastic structure of a memory foam mattress is helpful at keeping out dust mites, which is useful if you suffer from mild allergies. If your allergies are stronger, the hypoallergenic nature of latex mattresses is a better option, providing a clean, allergy-free sleep.

Sleep preferences are personal, with some people enjoying a secure sleep with minimal movement, and others preferring to adjust their sleeping position throughout the night. Memory foam mattresses let the body ‘sink’ into the foam, keeping them in an optimal sleeping position and making it less likely to roll into your partner if you share a bed. Latex mattresses support the body while still allowing for the transfer of movement.

Unlike memory foam, latex has an open-cell structure which promotes air circulation, keeping the mattress at an even temperature. If you’re a restless sleeper who finds themselves getting too warm, a latex mattress can help keep you cool and comfortable during the night.

What are the different latex mattresses in the Dunlopillo range?

At Dunlopillo, we have a huge range of latex mattresses to suit sleep preferences and budgets. Whether you’re looking for firm pressure, soft pressure, or cooling technology, there’s something to help you transform your sleep.

Dunlopillo Celeste Plus Mattress

Celeste Plus

Inside:

  • Soft comfort layer
  • 160mm 100% Dunlopillo latex core
  • Additional comfort layer

Features:

  • Premium mattress cover with Innovative Cooling Technology
  • Deep core made of breathable, responsive latex
  • 7 comfort zones
  • Pressure-relieving
  • Reduced effort needed for movement throughout the night, resulting in improved REM sleep
  • Naturally anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Completely noise-free
  • Actipro™ Technology probiotic treatment: the natural solution to allergens, bacteria and odours
  • Maintenance-free: no need to turn, flip or rotate

Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress

Orchid

Inside:

  • Superior comfort layer
  • 160mm 100% pure Dunlopillo latex core
  • Additional support layer

Features:

  • Our deepest core made of breathable, responsive latex
  • Open-cell, ventilating design
  • 7 comfort zones
  • Pressure-relieving
  • Reduced effort needed for movement throughout the night, resulting in improved REM sleep
  • Naturally anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Completely noise-free
  • Actipro™ Technology probiotic treatment: the natural solution to allergens, bacteria and odours
  • Maintenance-free: no need to turn, flip or rotate

Dunlopillo Go Energise Mattress

Go_Energise

Inside:

  • 50mm 100% pure Dunlopillo latex layer
  • Additional comfort layer
  • Contouring pocket springs with Smart Edge Support System for edge-to-edge support

Features:

  • Breathable, pressure-relieving latex layer
  • Smart Edge Support System for edge-to-edge support
  • Advanced Pocket Spring foundation
  • Naturally anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Maintenance-free: no need to turn, flip or rotate
  • Reduced effort needed for movement throughout the night, resulting in improved REM sleep

Dunlopillo Go Excel Mattress

Go_Excel

Inside:

  • 100mm 100% pure Dunlopillo latex layer
  • Additional comfort layer
  • Contouring pocket springs with Smart Edge Support System for edge-to-edge support

Features:

  • Breathable, pressure-relieving latex layer
  • Smart Edge Support System for edge-to-edge support
  • Advanced Pocket Spring foundation
  • Naturally anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Maintenance-free: no need to turn, flip or rotate
  • Reduced effort needed to move throughout the night, resulting in improved REM sleep

Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Mattress

Royal_Sovereign

Inside:

  • Premium comfort layer
  • 160mm 100% pure Dunlopillo latex core
  • Additional support layer

Features:

  • Deep core made of breathable, responsive latex
  • 7 comfort zones
  • Pressure-relieving
  • Reduced effort needed for movement throughout the night, resulting in improved REM sleep
  • Naturally anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Completely noise-free
  • Actipro™ Technology probiotic treatment: the natural solution to allergens, bacteria and odours
  • Maintenance-free: no need to turn, flip or rotate

Conclusion

We believe that the ultimate sleep experience requires a quality mattress, and a quality mattress requires quality materials. Using the best, sustainably sourced latex we make mattresses that offer unparalleled support and comfort, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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