Best Latex Mattress Reviews – Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Latex mattresses are constructed with at least one layer of latex in the comfort layer. Some models also feature at least one latex layer in the support core, while others feature high-density polyfoam support cores instead.

Longevity is a major plus for latex mattresses. The average latex model will perform for at least eight years before it needs to be replaced.

Many sleepers also claim that latex mattresses conform closely to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points, much like memory foam models. Other benefits include no noise when bearing weight and minimal odor potential.

Read on to see our picks for the best latex mattresses available today. Our selections are based on verified customer and owner experiences and intensive product analysis.

Best Latex Mattresses

Editor’s Pick – Zenhaven

Best Value – Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress (9″)

Best Luxury – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress

Best Latex Mattress for Side Sleepers – Nest Bedding Latex Mattress

Best Latex Mattress for Back and Stomach Sleepers – Avocado Green Mattress

How We Decided

 

45 mattresses considered –– 76 hours of research –– 6 mattress executives interviewed –– 3 sleep experts consulted

Latex Mattress Reviews – Tuck's Top 5 Beds

Zenhaven – Editor's Pick

Highlights
  • Flippable with dual firmness (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Great motion isolation and conforming
  • Sleeps cool for most

Our Editor’s Pick is the Zenhaven by Saatva, a flippable latex mattress built with one side that is ‘Medium Soft’ (or a 4 on the 1-10 firmness scale) and another side that is ‘Firm’ (7). This design allows owners to easily switch between two distinct comfort levels, making the Zenhaven ideal for sleepers whose firmness preferences vary from night to night.

The Zenhaven is eco-friendly, as well. Both comfort layers and the shared support core are made from Talalay latex, which offers body-hugging pressure relief and exceptional support. The cover is made from breathable organic cotton, allowing the mattress to also sleep fairly cool. Other strengths of the Zenhaven include very good motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight. And because it is constructed entirely from latex – one of the most durable mattress materials used today – the Zenhaven has an expected lifespan of at least seven years.

The Zenhaven, like other Saatva mattresses, qualifies for free White Glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. The bed is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty, both of which are longer than average.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Couples with fluctuating firmness preferences
  • Eco-friendly couples

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Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress (9") – Best Value

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 7.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Close conforming and pressure relief
  • Great motion isolation

The Pure Green Mattress from Sleep on Latex is our Best Value pick because its price-point is significantly lower than that of the average all-latex mattress. However, the Pure Green offers the same durability, comfort, and exceptional support as many of its higher-priced competitors. The mattress is available in three firmness options – ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers with different weights and conforming preferences.

This bed is also an eco-friendly option, thanks to its natural Dunlop latex and organic New Zealand wool layers, along with an organic cotton cover. These materials sleep very cool, making the Pure Green a great choice for those who sleep hot, and also hug the body without sagging to provide excellent pain and pressure relief.

The Pure Green mattress qualifies for free shipping within the contiguous U.S. Sleep on Latex backs the mattress with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Eco-friendly sleepers
  • Value seekers

Check Price | Read Our Full Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress (9″) Mattress Review

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 6.5, 9)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation and conforming
  • Longer-than-average lifespan

The Botanical Bliss mattress from PlushBeds is a comfortable, eco-friendly option for buyers with a higher shopping budget.

This mattress is available in three thickness options – 9″, 10″, and 12″ – to accommodate sleepers with different profile preferences. The comfort layers are made of organic wool and one or two organic Dunlop latex layers depending on the thickness. The cover is organic cotton, and the support core features organic Dunlop latex.

This mattress has a longer-than-average lifespan. It also conforms closely and alleviates pressure points throughout the body. Additionally, Botanical Bliss mattresses isolate a good amount of motion transfer, produce no noise when bearing weight, and sleep fairly cool compared to memory foam mattresses.

Manufactured by PlushBeds, a company that has been in business since 2008, the Botanical Bliss is offered in four firmness options: Soft (3.5), Medium (5.5), Medium Firm (6.5), and Extra Firm (9).

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who like the close conforming of memory foam

Check Price   |   Read Our Full PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress Review

Nest Bedding Latex Mattress – Best for Side Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3, 5.5, 7.5)
  • Lifetime comfort guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Great motion isolation and conforming
  • Longer-than-average lifespan

Formerly known as the Q3, the Nest Bedding Latex Mattress has earned favorable ratings from back sleepers of all weights and body types – particularly side and back sleepers. This mattress is available in ‘Blended Latex’ and ‘Organic Latex’ designs. Both share the same general construction, but the latter are sold at higher price-points than the former. Additionally, three firmness options are offered. The Medium (5.5) and Firm (7.5) options feature comfort layers and support cores made of Dunlop latex. The Soft (3) option includes a three-inch latex topper in addition to the comfort layer.

The Nest Bedding Latex Mattress conforms closely to alleviate a significant amount of pain and pressure. Due to its above-average motion isolation and low noise potential, the mattress is also suitable for most couples.

Like other Nest Bedding mattresses, this model qualifies for a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee; customers may return their mattress at any point if they are dissatisfied, though they will only receive a full refund if the bed is returned within 100 nights. The mattress also comes with a nonprorated lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Couples
  • Back pain sufferers

Check Price   |   Read Our Full Nest Bedding Latex Mattress Review

Avocado Mattress – Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Durable, long-lasting design
  • Zoned coils provide strong edge support

Back sleepers generally prefer mattresses that provide more support to the shoulders, waist, and other areas of the body where high amounts of weight are concentrated. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, tend to feel most comfortable on firmer beds that don’t sag too much. The Avocado Green latex hybrid mattress has a zoned pocketed-coil design that uses lower-gauge (thicker) coils in the center and higher-gauge (thinner) coils around the perimeter; it is also available in ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm’ designs. As a result, the mattress is suitable for either back or stomach sleeping.

The Avocado Green is a standout for several other reasons too. It is constructed from aerated Dunlop latex and organic wool comfort layers, as well as an organic cotton cover; these materials are eco-friendly and they sleep exceptionally cool. The mattress also has a long lifespan, as is typically the case for hybrids with thick latex layers. Noise potential for the Avocado Green is lower than average, as well.

Avocado ships mattresses free of charge to customers in all 50 states; White Glove delivery and old mattress removal are available for additional fees. The Avocado Green Mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Eco-friendly mattress shoppers

Check Price | Read Our Full Avocado Green Mattress Review

Latex Mattress Buyer's Guide

Latex is considered one of the best materials for mattress construction due to its natural softness, breathability and resiliency. Latex is most commonly found in luxury mattresses with high price points, and may be used in both the comfort layer and support core. Natural latex may be rendered using either the Dunlop or Talalay manufacturing processes; latex mattresses may also contain plasticizers, petrochemicals and other synthetic materials.

Latex mattresses can be beneficial for a wide range of users. Like memory foam, latex is a great choice for side sleepers because it will conform to your figure and support your body’s natural curves and contours. It also reduces motion transfer, which cuts down on nighttime disruptions for couples who share a bed. The uniformity of Talalay latex provides pain and pressure relief for sleepers with chronic back and shoulder pain, while the density and stability Dunlop latex make it ideal for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Read on to learn more about latex mattresses.  Please visit our mattress reviews and comparison tool and learn about the latex mattresses with the highest customer satisfaction rates, or scroll down to check out our detailed consumer guide.

Types of Latex Mattresses

Latex is generally divided into the following groups.

  • Natural latex: Natural (or NR) latex is produced from the sap of the rubber tree. Two distinct processes are used to manufacture natural latex. Used since the 1930s, the Dunlop process involves stirring, molding and stem-baking the rubber tree sap; this causes natural sediment to accumulate at the bottom, leaving a denser, heavier foam at the top. Alternatively, the newer Talalay process requires the sap to be placed in a vacuum-sealed chamber. The sap is then deprived of oxygen, frozen and baked. Talalay latex is softer, lighter and more homogenous than Dunlop latex. There is no such thing as 100% organic or 100% natural latex in mattresses, despite claims made by sellers. Natural latex used in mattresses consists of up to 95% latex.
  • Synthetic latex: Synthetic(or SBR) latex is derived from various petrochemicals. The latex found in most mattresses today is a blend of NR and SBR latex types. SBR latex is produced using either Talalay or Dunlop processes as well. Typically,  natural latex mattresses are considerably more expensive than blended and synthetic latex mattresses.

The table below features a detailed breakdown of the three primary latex types.

Type of Latex Other Names Percentage of Natural Latex Components
Natural latex All-latex, pure latex, organic Up to 95% Natural latex with cure package (required to create latex foam) 
Blended latex Latex hybrid At least 30% Synthetic latex with some natural latex
Synthetic latex Latex polyfoam, man-made latex 0% All-synthetic latex

The Feel of Latex

The distinct feel of a latex mattress is one of the reasons why this material is so popular with consumers. Let’s look at a few key attributes of all-latex and latex-hybrid mattresses.

  • Conforming: Latex will conform to your figure to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points throughout the body. Although a latex mattress won’t conform to a sleeper’s figure as much as a memory foam mattress, the natural shape recovery of latex ensures that you won’t make permanent indentations in the top surface.
  • Adjusting: Latex adjusts to a sleeper’s curves, rather than sink beneath their weight like memory foam. As a result, latex is considered a good option for side- and back-sleepers with chronic back and shoulder pain.
  • Point elasticity and motion isolation: A unique property of latex is its point elasticity, which means that the latex is very elastic and capable of isolating motion transfer without disrupting other areas of the mattress. The softer the mattress, the higher the point elasticity level.
  • No noise: Latex mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

ILD (Impression Load Deflection)

Latex mattresses are tested for impression load deflection (or ILD), a rating that measures the softness or firmness of a mattress — or, more specifically, how much pressure is required to indent the mattress by 25%. To measure an ILD rating, simply place a metal disk with a 1-foot diameter onto a section of latex that is roughly four inches thick. ILD is not the same as density, which measures durability and support, and is used to evaluate mattresses made from other materials (such as polyfoam and memory foam).

The ILD rating of a latex mattress will vary by latex type. Talalay latex, for instance, usually has a lower ILD rating than Dunlop latex; additionally, natural and organic latex will almost always carry a lower ILD rating than blended and synthetic latex. The table below looks at the characteristics of ILD ranges found in most latex mattresses sold today.

Category ILD Latex Characteristics Best for…
Very Soft 16 and below Mattress will sink extremely low, causing discomfort for some sleepers Back or side sleepers
Soft 19-21 Mattress sinks considerably beneath most sleepers Back or side sleepers
Medium 24-26 Balances softness and firmness, and will be comfortable for most sleepers Side sleepers
Medium-Firm 29-31 Firm support with minimal sinking Back or stomach sleepers
Firm 34-36 Very firm with little to no sinking Back sleepers
Very Firm 39 and up Extremely firm with no sinking whatsoever, causing discomfort for some sleepers Back sleepers

Some ILD numbers are not listed on the table because they bridge the gap between categories. A rating of 22, for example, should be considered ‘Medium-Soft’.

Other Important Considerations

In addition to the mattress type and ILD rating, here are a few more considerations to make when selecting a latex mattress:

  • Support core: The support core is the most resilient and elastic part of a latex mattress. This internal layer is designed to maintain bounciness and provide bodily pressure relief without permanently indenting to the curvature of a sleeper’s body. An all-natural latex mattress features a support core made entirely of foam, while the support cores found in hybrid and synthetic latex models are often constructed from other materials, such as polyfoam or pocketed coils. All-latex is considered the most durable support core option, and lasts up to five times longer than polyfoam.
  • Cooling elements: Latex is considered the most breathable material used in mattress construction, meaning that these mattresses tend to sleep cooler than other models. Talalay latex layers — particularly Celsion Talalay latex — are considered especially cool and breathable.
  • Comfort layer: Due to its softer and more pillowy feel, Talalay latex is more popular than Dunlop as a comfort layer. However, Dunlop — as well as blended latex — is considered more durable. If price is a primary concern, blended Talalay hybrid comfort layers tend to be a cheaper option that is also fairly resilient.
  • Overall thickness: Most all-latex mattresses range between six and 12 inches in thickness, while blended latex mattresses are usually eight to 12 inches thick. For optimal support, heavier adults should seek out an all-latex mattress that is at least 10 inches thick.
  • Mattress cover: Natural and organic latex mattresses feature covers constructed from materials like cotton or wool. Blended and synthetic latex mattresses, on the other hand, feature covers rendered from manmade materials like synthetic cotton. The overall feel between these two types is comparable — but eco-conscious consumers may prefer a mattress that only includes natural components, while cost-minded shoppers will usually find that mattresses with manmade covers are the cheaper option.

Pros and Cons of Latex Mattresses

  • Latex contours to the sleeper’s body for good spinal support and above-average pain and pressure relief
  • Latex absorbs and isolates motion transfer, which can cut down on nighttime disruptions for couples
  • Mattresses made of latex produce little to no noise
  • The material is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust, mold and mildew
  • Off-gassing smells are common with both organic/natural and synthetic/blended latex mattresses.
  • Latex is more responsive than foam, but many couples say their latex mattress isn’t bouncy enough for sex
  • Most all-latex mattresses offer little to no edge support, and many owners report sinkage in places where they tend to sit
  • Latex mattresses are among the most expensive beds available, and availability is moderate at best

Latex Lifespan and Mattress Warranties

The lifespan of a latex mattress will largely depend on its material composition. Organic and natural latex mattresses typically last for eight years, which is two years longer than the average mattress lifespan. Blended and synthetic latex mattresses tend to last for up to six years. You can increase the longevity of your latex mattress by replacing individual layers, but this may be a difficult process for some mattress models (such as those with covers sewn to the top). Alternatively, some mattresses require home assembly and can be taken apart more easily.

The warranty should be a major consideration for any mattress buyer. Warranty length is key; although latex mattresses typically last six to eight years, warranties for these models may run as high as 20 to 25 years in length. However, warranties are generally divided into two periods: non-prorated and prorated coverage. The owner is often required to pay more out-of-pocket costs during the prorated phase, which also tends to be the longest. You should also understand what is covered under the warranty; pay close attention to details like the manufacturer’s process for handling warranty claims, turnaround time for repairs, additional shipping costs and mattress replacement.

For more information about warranties, please visit our guide to Understanding Mattress Warranties.

Average Lifespan of a Latex Mattress

Cost of a Latex Mattress

Material composition is the biggest factor affecting the cost of a latex mattress. Organic and natural latex mattresses tend to be the most expensive options. These models may be priced between $1,000 and $1,200 on the low end, but luxury options may cost thousands of dollars. For synthetic and blended latex, the minimum mattress price usually falls within $700 to $800; some high-end models will cost $2,000 or more.

According to our findings, the average Queen-size latex mattress costs $1,971.

Average Mattress Cost by Material Type (Queen Size)

Important Questions for Consumers

Here are a few inquiries we encourage you to make when shopping for a new latex mattress online or in a store:

  • Is the mattress organic, natural, blended or all-synthetic?
  • If natural latex, was the material derived using the Dunlop or Talalay process?
  • What is the ILD rating of the mattress?
  • What are the compositions of the support core, comfort layer and mattress cover?
  • How thick is the mattress?
  • How long should I expect this mattress to perform before a replacement is needed?
  • Will this mattress provide adequate support and comfort, given my preferred sleep position?
  • How strong and/or persistent are the bed’s off-gassing smells?
  • Is there a trial period for testing out the mattress? If yes, then what is the return policy?
  • How long is the mattress covered under warranty, and what are the specific coverage terms?

Although organic/natural, blended and synthetic latex are very popular mattress choices, this material may not be the best option for you. Be sure to check out the following guides on Tuck.com:

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