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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 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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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: