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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.
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 Choice – Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress (9″)
Best Value – GhostBed
Best Luxury – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress
Best for Side Sleepers – Zenhaven Mattress
Best for Back Sleepers – Nest Bedding Latex Mattress
Best for Stomach Sleepers – Avocado Green Mattress
Our Editor’s Choice is the 9″ Pure Green Mattress from Sleep on Latex, which is eco-friendly and sold at price-points that are much lower than the industry average.
Buyers can choose from three firmness options, ranging from Soft (3.5) to Firm (7.5). In addition to natural Dunlop latex in the comfort layer and support core, the Pure Green mattress also has a top layer of organic New Zealand wool and a cool, breathable cover made from organic cotton.
The Pure Green mattress offers close conforming and great pressure relief. The bed also isolates motion to a significant extent and produces no noise when bearing weight. Additionally, the mattress is fairly cool, and the surface is responsive and bouncy enough for sex.
Although prices vary by selected firmness, all versions of the 9″ Pure Green mattress cost much less than the average latex model. Sleep on Latex also offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S.
The GhostBed, GhostBed’s flagship mattress model, is a supportive, pressure-relieving bed that is sold at a below-average price-point.
Comfort layers constructed from memory foam and Dunlop latex conform closely to the sleeper’s body. These help align the spine and alleviate aches and pains in sensitive areas, such as the neck, shoulders, and hips. Bottom layers of high-density polyfoam ensure an even, supportive base.
The GhostBed also isolates motion to a significant extent. The mattress is also virtually silent when bearing weight, and off-gassing odor potential is low compared to beds with similar construction. Both of these qualities make the mattress beneficial for couples, particularly if one or both sleepers awaken easily due to motion or noise.
GhostBed, a subsidiary of Nature’s Sleep, first launched in 2015. The GhostBed is considered Medium Firm, or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale, which is one of the most popular firmness options among all sleepers.
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 Joma New Zealand wool and one or two natural Dunlop latex layers depending on the thickness. The cover is organic cotton, and the support core features organic 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 three firmness options: Soft (3.5), Medium (5.5), and Medium Firm (6).
The Zenhaven by Saatva is a flippable latex mattress that has earned favorable ratings for all sleeping positions, particularly side and back sleepers.
One side of the mattress is Medium Soft (4) and the other side is Firm (7). Both sides are constructed from Talalay latex comfort layers with organic cotton covers. The shared support core is also made of Talalay latex. The result is a supportive sleep surface that conforms closely and cushions sensitive areas of the body.
Both sides of the Zenhaven offer above-average motion isolation and produce virtually no noise. The mattress also sleeps relatively cool. The firmer side is fairly bouncy, making it good for sex. Off-gassing odor potential is low, as well, with light smells that dissipate within a few days.
Because it is manufactured by Saatva, the Zenhaven qualifies for free White Glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal at no extra charge.
Formerly known as the Q3, the Nest Bedding Latex Mattress has earned favorable ratings from back sleepers of all weights and body types.
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.
The Avocado Green is a latex hybrid mattress that has earned above-average ratings from stomach sleepers, particularly those who are lighter than average.
The Avocado Green mattress features comfort layers made of organic wool and Dunlop latex, as well as an organic cotton cover. The support core is made with an additional layer of Dunlop latex, followed by a a base layer of pocketed coils. This hybrid design offers a balance of pressure-relieving comfort and sturdy, even support with well-reinforced edges.
Two firmness options – Medium (5.5) and Medium Firm (6.5) – are available. The former includes a soft latex pillow-top that increases the overall profile by two inches. The Avocado Green also isolates more motion and produces less noise than the average hybrid mattress.
Avocado ships this mattress anywhere in the U.S. for free, including Alaska and Hawaii. In-home assembly and old mattress removal are offered for an extra charge.
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: