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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. Additionally, latex hybrids are made with latex comfort layers and pocketed coil support cores.
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, above-average motion isolation 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, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
The Awara Natural and Organic Latex Hybrid mattress is well-designed and features materials that are eco-conscious and deliver standout performance. For almost all type of sleepers, especially those who sleep on their back or stomach, this mattress has all the ingredients for a restful night’s sleep, making it an clear choice for our Editor’s Pick.
The construction of the Awara mattress isn’t complicated, but it reflects a commitment to quality. The top layer is 4” of Dunlop latex that has been certified to be organic according to the demanding standards of the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). This latex has moderate contouring and noticeable bounce. The support core is 9” of individually-wrapped innerspring coils. These are zoned coils, which means that they are more robust in specific areas that call for reinforcements based on where most body weight is applied.
The cover is made with a blend of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton and natural wool. These materials offer superior breathability and comfort cooling, making this mattress appealing for hot sleepers.
The medium firmness is soft enough that lightweight sleepers can get just the right amount of conforming to reduce impact at pressure points. The combined resilience of the latex and coils easily facilitate sexual activity, and the mattress boasts above-average edge support as well.
Awara extends their sleep trial to 365 nights, which is far longer than the majority of sleep trials in the industry. A lifetime warranty, also much longer than the industry norm, provides peace of mind that you’ll be covered if any defects arise
Our Runner-Up Pick is the Birch by Helix, also known as the Birch Mattress. This eco-friendly hybrid is constructed with comfort layers of natural/organic wool and natural Talalay latex, which provide consistent body conforming. These materials also allow the bed to sleep exceptionally cool, since they are highly breathable and can help regulate the sleeper’s body temperature. The pocketed coil support core is reinforced with a layer of organic wool batting, which also helps air circulate through the bed.
The Birch Mattress is ‘Medium Firm,’ meaning it is ideal for side and back sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds; it may also be suitable for lighter or heavier individuals who prefer moderate firmness and conforming. The components are sustainably sourced, as well. And because it is built with pocketed coils, the Birch Mattress is less prone to squeaking than innersprings and hybrids made with other coil types.
The Birch Mattress has a below-average price-point compared to other latex hybrids constructed with natural and organic materials. Birch also offers free shipping to all 50 states. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty.
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 three natural Dunlop latex layers. The cover is organic cotton, and the support core features organic Dunlop latex.
Two initial firmness options are available, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Firm’ (7.5). However, owners can adjust the firmness settings at any time by swapping the order of the three latex layers. In addition to the customizable design, the 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.
PlushBeds offers free delivery anywhere in the U.S. The Botanical Bliss mattress is backed by a 25-year warranty – one of the longest mattress warranties available.
Our latex recommendation for lightweight sleepers is the Zenhaven by Saatva. The Zenhaven is 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.
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 365-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.
Some sleepers may prefer latex hybrids over all-latex beds. Due to their pocketed coil support cores, hybrids typically offer stronger edge support and better airflow than non-coil latex beds. Most hybrids also have thicker profiles, making them more suitable for heavier/larger people. The Bloom Hybrid from Brooklyn Bedding exemplifies all of these traits very well. The bed measures 12″ thick and is available in three firmness settings – ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers with differing comfort preferences.
The Bloom Hybrid is constructed with a top layer of organic cotton and Joma wool, which helps keep the mattress cool, followed by a 3″ layer of natural Talalay latex for added cushioning and support. The 8″ pocketed coil layer is reinforced with a high-density foam base that helps maintain an even surface for sleeping and minimizes sinkage around the edges where people tend to sit. The Bloom Hybrid also isolates motion transfer to a noticeable degree, and noise potential is minimal compared to other hybrids.
Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. The Bloom Hybrid is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
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.
Latex is generally divided into the following groups.
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 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.
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’.
In addition to the mattress type and ILD rating, here are a few more considerations to make when selecting a latex mattress:
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.
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.
Here are a few inquiries we encourage you to make when shopping for a new latex mattress online or in a store:
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: