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Latex mattresses have a unique feel that makes them a fan favorite among a large range of sleepers. Latex mattresses conform closely to the body, aligning the spine and alleviating pressure points much like memory foam beds. And yet, they typically sleep much cooler, and last much longer, than most all-foam models. The average latex mattress will perform for at least eight years before it needs to be replaced. Other benefits include no noise when bearing weight, above-average motion isolation, and minimal odor potential.
As a mattress category, “latex mattress” describes any mattress with at least one layer of latex in the comfort layer. Some models also feature latex in the support layers, while others feature high-density polyfoam support cores instead. There are also latex hybrids, which are made with latex comfort layers and pocketed coil support cores.
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.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best latex mattress.
The Awara Natural and Organic Latex Hybrid mattress is well-designed and features materials that are eco-conscious and deliver standout performance. For almost any type of sleeper, this mattress has all the ingredients for a restful night’s sleep, making it a 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 inches 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 inches 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. All in, the Awara Mattress measures 13 inches tall, providing an impressive profile with just as impressive support – particularly for heavier individuals.
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 Firm’ feel is soft enough that lightweight sleepers can get just the right amount of conforming to reduce impact at pressure points, while being supportive enough for heavier sleepers. 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.
The Awara mattress features a standout construction that appeals to a wide range of sleepers, including hot sleepers, couples, and nearly any sleep position and body type. Plus, this bed is built to sleep cool and comfortable for at least seven years, if not longer.
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,’ making it 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 Birch Mattress has a lot to offer, just like our Editor’s Pick, the Awara. This one lost out to the Awara for our top spot due to having a slightly firmer construction (making it comfortable for a narrower range of sleepers). Also, at $999 (after your Tuck exclusive discount), the Awara offers an incredible value for a latex hybrid, while the Birch, at $1,299 (after your Tuck exclusive discount) is still a smart buy.
The Zenhaven by Saatva is a luxurious mattress for shoppers with a higher budget. This flippable latex mattress is 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 may vary due to physical injury or recovery, weight loss or gain, or simply a change in preferences.
Like most all-latex models, 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 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.
The flippable design of the Zenhaven mattress stands out as an appealing feature, but it’s not the only reason this bed earned our Best Luxury pick. The Zenhaven is made entirely from natural latex, so it will sleep cooler, last longer, and be kinder on the environment than most mattresses. Saatva also throws in a bevy of customer perks, including free White Glove delivery and longer-than-average sleep trial and warranty periods.
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. 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. At a 3.5, the ‘Soft’ setting is one of the softest mattress options you’ll find today, making the Bloom Hybrid a perfect choice for lightweight sleepers who need a plusher feel.
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-inch layer of natural Talalay latex for added cushioning and support. The 8-inch 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 and noise to a noticeable degree, so the bed works well for couples and light sleepers, too.
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.
With the Bloom Hybrid, Brooklyn Bedding has created a mattress that serves a range of body types, sleep positions, and sleep preferences. We’ve chosen this bed as our favorite pick for lightweight sleepers because the ‘Soft’ model is exceptionally soft, and the 3-inch layer of Talalay latex provides additional cushioning and comfort that’s sometimes hard for these sleepers to come by.
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. This allows the mattress to provide targeted support to heavier parts of the body, such as the shoulders, waist, or hips. It is also available in ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm’ designs.
As a result, the mattress is ideally supportive for nearly any sleeper of average weight (those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds), whether they prefer to sleep on their side, stomach, or back. Those who prefer a slightly softer feel can get it with the ‘Medium’ model, while those who need a bit more firmness can opt for the ‘Medium Firm’ version.
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.
The Avocado Green made their mattress available in the two most popular firmness ratings – a ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm.’ These also happen to be the most supportive firmness options for average weight sleepers. And because they are so close in feel (only separated by about 1 point on a 1-to-10 firmness scale), average-weight sleepers can truly hone in on the precise firmness level they need.
The Botanical Bliss mattress from PlushBeds is a comfortable, eco-friendly option for heavyweight sleepers. This mattress is available in three thickness options – 9, 10, and 12 inches – to accommodate sleepers with different profile preferences and to provide more substantial support for heavier body types. 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 as well.
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. Most heavier sleepers will enjoy optimal support from the ‘Firm’ model, although some side sleepers may enjoy the softer feel of the ‘Medium’ model.
In addition to the customizable design, the Botanical Bliss mattress has a longer-than-average lifespan. It also conforms closely and alleviates pressure points throughout the body. Additionally, the mattress isolates a good amount of motion transfer, produces no noise when bearing weight, and sleeps fairly cool compared to memory foam mattresses. This makes the mattress a good choice for couples and hot sleepers alike.
PlushBeds offers free delivery anywhere in the U.S. and a 100-night sleep trial. The Botanical Bliss mattress is backed by a 25-year warranty – one of the longest mattress warranties available.
With the Botanical Bliss mattress, PlushBeds offers multiple options that cater to heavier sleepers. Either of the 10- or 12-inch profiles provide a thicker, more durable and supportive mattress for these sleepers, while the ‘Firm’ feel is ideal for anyone who weighs 230 pounds or more.
Below, we share everything sleepers need to consider when buying a latex mattress, along with our best tips for buying a new mattress.
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, although latex may also be made from synthetic latex foams.
Latex mattresses can be beneficial for a wide range of sleepers. 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 of Dunlop latex make it ideal for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds.
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 benefits of all-latex and latex-hybrid mattresses.
If you think a latex mattress might be a good fit for you, read on. We share everything you need to consider when evaluating different latex mattress models, including the type of latex, ILD rating, and other factors that speak to the overall quality and longevity of a mattress.
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|
As you can see, even natural latex mattresses that carry an “all-latex” or “pure latex” label do not contain 100% natural latex. There is no such thing as 100% organic or 100% natural latex in mattresses, despite claims made by sellers, as a small amount of additives are required to form the latex foams. At most, the natural latex used in mattresses consists of up to 95% latex.
Latex mattresses are tested for impression load deflection (or ILD). This rating 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, manufacturers simply place a metal disk with a 1-foot diameter onto a section of latex that is roughly four inches thick.
Note: 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 ILD ratings of the individual foam layers, the mattress itself will have an overall firmness rating. Typically, this ranges from ‘Very Soft’ to ‘Very Firm,’ or from a 2 to an 8 on a 1-to-10 scale.
As you saw in the chart above, the best firmness rating for you depends on your sleep position. Side sleepers generally prefer softer mattresses, as these allow their hips and shoulders to sink deeper into the mattress, ensuring healthy spinal alignment. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, prefer firmer mattresses, precisely because these prevent them from sinking too deeply. The experience for back sleepers may vary, but they often find mattresses with firmness ratings that lie somewhere in the middle to be the most comfortable.
Your ideal mattress firmness also depends on your body weight:
In addition to the mattress type and ILD rating, here are a few more questions to ask when evaluating the overall quality of a latex mattress:
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, like the Zenhaven, 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.
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. Of the latex mattresses on our list, the Birch Mattress, Zenhaven, and Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid all use Talalay latex in their comfort layers, and sleep exceptionally cool as a result.
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. This can make it a better choice for heavier sleepers. The Botanical Bliss Mattress, our Best Latex Mattress for Heavyweight Sleepers, uses Dunlop in every layer of the mattress.
If price is a primary concern, blended Talalay hybrid comfort layers tend to be a cheaper option that is also fairly resilient.
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. Our Editor’s Pick, the Awara Mattress, measures 13 inches thick. The Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid and PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress follow close behind, with their 12-inch profiles.
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 an organic mattress that only includes natural components, while cost-minded shoppers will usually find that mattresses with manmade covers are the cheaper option.
There’s no way to know if a mattress really works for you until you start sleeping on it, which is why most mattresses today come with a free sleep trial. These allow you to test out the mattress at home, risk-free, for specific amount of time (usually 90 nights or more). All of the latex mattresses we reviewed above has sleep trials lasting at least 100 nights, although the Awara and Avocado Green mattresses offer the longest trials, at a full year each.
It’s a good idea to read the terms of the sleep trial before purchasing a mattress, as some brands may require you to pay the cost of return shipping if you choose not to keep the mattress. Others may have a mandatory “break-in” period, where you can’t return the mattress until a set number of days (usually 30 or 60 nights) have passed. Both the Botanical Bliss Mattress and Bloom Hybrid have this requirement.
The mattress warranty is another 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.
In summary, here is a checklist you can use 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: