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100% Natural Latex Foam Mattress Reviews

Welcome to the page dedicated to 100% natural latex mattress reviews, foam bed topper ratings, several pillow evaluations and consumer reports on the industry brands. This page aims to give bed ratings and analysis on top organic latex brands from Simmons, IKEA, Sealy, Essentia, Latex Intl and more. Before reading reviews about the best natural latex mattresses be sure to find out more about 100% natural organic beds, mattress toppers and pillows as well as the benefits of them.

This page is a consumer focused resource for reviews and ratings of 100% natural latex beds, mattress toppers and pillows. This website was developed by Mattress Portland Oregon, a discount wholesale mattress store located in Portland, Oregon.

Don't live in Portland? No problem! Unlike traditional spring mattresses natural latex beds can be shipped for much less. In many cases Mattress Portland Oregon can save you more than your local furniture store. By limiting costly marketing and high commission sales people they are able to provide closeout prices directly to the end customer.

Learn about pros of natural latex mattresses and toppers - (See Below)

Even though it may seem Latex has only recently exploded on the mattress bedding scene, the many benefits of natural Latex use has been around for over 50 years!

history of latex mattress NATURAL LATEX MATTRESS HISTORY:

For a brief background on natural latex including its emergence in the 1950s and shortages of supply during WWII and during the 1970s along with other info; be sure to check out our Natural Latex History details below.

types of latex

Types of Latex

Natural Latex: More expensive as it is harder to harvest. But it is Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable. Natural Latex will not "settle" or "pack down", greatly reducing the body impressions of one's mattress.
• Blended Latex: Chemicals Added
• Synthetic Latex: Synthetic Material.

How Latex is Made

The two main ways Latex mattresses are made are the Dunlop process and Talalay process. (See History for how this processes were developed)

Talalay Process

Talalay is made using a complex process and is generally considered to be of higher quality First, the raw liquid latex is whipped with curing agents and additives into a froth. Next, the appropriate amount of latex froth is injected into the mold.

All of the air is then vacuumed out causing the latex to expand and perfectly distribute itself throughout the mold. The latex is then flash frozen to -20F to prevent any settling that may occur. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then introduced to cause the mixture to gel. Finally, the latex is vulcanized at a temperature of 220F until it has cured through.

Dunlop Process

The Dunlop process is similar to the Talalay process except that the mold is filled to the brim and there is no vacuum or freezing stage. The Dunlop process creates a firmer, denser, less consistent product that is used as a latex mattress core. Talalay is considered the premium process used for the latex mattress today. For the most part, Talalay mattresses have a wider availability of firmness, but also tend to be a bit heavier of the two types.

Between the two, the Dunlop process is the most common. Generally it is a much cheaper way of making latex. When shopping for your new latex mattress, make sure to specify which process is used.

Memory Foam

Latex vs. Memory Foam

Many people ask what the difference is between memory foam and natural latex mattresses. There is a detailed explanation on Latex vs. Memory Foam, however for most consumers it is really only important to understand the core benefits of each.

• Memory Foam (Pressure Relief & Comfort)
• Natural Latex (Durability & Health Aspects)

Many people can't discern the difference between memory foam and latex. Memory foam is typically a very poor supportive foam. It's effective for contouring, but gives little to no "push back" into the contours of one's body. Latex, on the other hand, is not only a great contouring foam, but will also give you ample support by pushing back and supporting all the main pressure points, especially the lower lumbar.

Probably the biggest complaint we get about memory foam is how hot it sleeps. Memory foam is temperature sensitive, while latex it PRESSURE sensitive. Because of this property, the user will sleep on top of the mattress instead of in the mattress. Due to latex's open cell structure, it is able to dissipate the heat much quicker and more efficiently. Many memory foam users complain of having to climb out of their "pocket" once the memory foam has contoured to their body. This will not happen with latex. Latex will rebound at a much faster rate than memory foam will.

If you are interested in learning more about Memory Foam mattresses including how they are made, benefits and the different types, be sure to check out our page dedicated to Memory Foam Bed Reviews.

History of Natural Latex Mattresses


Natural Latex History

Brief History of Natural Latex

It was the French explorers who initially stumbled upon "Caoutchouc", which is what we know today as natural rubber or latex. Everyone that has had the pleasure of sleeping on a natural latex bed can give them a nice pat on the back for their brilliant discovery.

During the 1950's Latex mattresses started becoming HUGE hits here in the United States. The extremely dense and supportive properties made it an easy choice for relieving back and joint pains. Naturally this "new" trend was not a cheap alternative to the traditional mattresses at that time. Not much has changed regarding this over time.

The majority of rubber plantations were located in East Asia. During World War II, Japan had captured most of the plantations. This was the first time the latex industry had hit a major speed bump. Naturally, this impacted the latex markets severely in the United States. As we so often do when faced with adversity, synthetic latex manufacturing plants started popping up immediately here in the States.

Latex Mattress Health

The latex industry rebounded almost immediately following the ending of WW II. In come the Talalay brothers. These two had come up with a ground breaking manufacturing process that would change the latex bedding industry forever. The Talalay process! This is still used today, and still considered far superior to any other latex manufacturing process out there.

Fast forward to the 1970's, the Vietnam War yet another speed bump in the latex road. Rubber production was once again severely disrupted during this time, forcing U.S. consumers to rely heavily on synthetic latex alternatives.

Once again, with the end of the War, life was pumped back into natural latex manufacturing. The turn of the century has opened new doors for natural latex. With the growing popularity of all natural products combined with the new eco-friendly technology, latex is at its most popular stage ever.

Benefits and Overview Of Latex


Natural Latex Benefits

The natural latex mattress provides support where it is needed most by contouring to the body's natural curves. It relieves pressure points, particularly at the shoulders and hips allowing for better circulation, and as a result, less tossing and turning for a deeper more restful sleep. The independent cell construction of latex foam is not prone to transfer movement, allowing two people to comfortably share the same bed without disrupting each other with every motion.

Latex mattresses are perfect for allergy-sufferers. Latex mattresses are naturally dust mite, bed bug, bacteria, mildew and mold resistant. Dust mites and bed bugs simply cannot use latex to inhabit, or feed on. Standard innerspring mattresses can be covered using a mattress protector or mattress cover, but regular mattresses are the perfect habitat for dust mites. Latex, however, is not.

The fact that all natural latex is completely biodegradable and eco-friendly is a major selling point for this type of mattress to some. With the growing trash problems mounting around the world, this small step can equate to huge positive impacts in the near future.

Latex is one of the most resilient foams out there. A high quality latex mattress is typically the front runner as far as longevity goes in a mattress. Rubber takes a long time to break down, especially when compared to a traditional innerspring mattress or memory foam mattress. A high quality latex mattress should provide 20 years of consistent good night's rest.