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A topper is defined as a cushioning layer that can be placed on top of a mattress for extra softness and comfort. Some toppers fit beneath top sheets, while others rest freely on the mattress surface. Toppers are generally available for all mattress sizes; the topper is always slightly smaller than the mattress itself, which allows the topper to fit beneath the sheet more easily.
Some toppers are made from latex, a natural substance derived from the sap of rubber trees. Latex can be produced using either the Dunlop or Talalay process. The table below breaks down the differences between these two processes.
|Steps||1. Sap is whipped into a frothy texture.|
2. Sap is poured into a mold and covered.
3. Sap is steam-baked.
|1. Sap is whipped into a frothy texture.|
2. Sap is poured into a mold and sealed.
3. Air is removed.
4. The mold is frozen, and then baked.
|Finished Product||One piece of latex.|
No gluing required.
|Separate pieces of latex.|
Gluing is required.
|Consistency||Dense, firm, and heterogenous.||Light, airy, and homogenous.|
Additionally, latex used in toppers may be natural, blended, or synthetic. Natural latex contains primarily natural ingredients — though latex is never 100% natural. Blended latex combines natural and synthetic components, while synthetic latex refers to latex that is primarily or entirely made of synthetic components.
Latex toppers sold today may also vary in terms of the following performance factors:
Based on feedback and reviews, latex mattress toppers have earned a customer satisfaction rating of 88%.
Benefits of using a latex mattress topper include the following:
Drawbacks of using a latex mattress topper are as follows:
A latex mattress topper is considered suitable for the following groups:
On the other hand, a latex topper may not be suitable for the following groups:
The average latex topper costs between $100 and $400, making them significantly more expensive than average. Thicker latex toppers tend to be more expensive than thinner models. The graph below compares average price-points for six of the most common topper types.
|Criteria||Latex Topper Rating||Explanation|
|Thickness Selection||Good to Very Good||Latex toppers are commonly available in any thickness between one and three inches; models measuring more than three inches are somewhat rare.|
|Durability||Very Good to Excellent||Latex is one of the most durable topper materials available, and these models tend to perform for at least three to four years.|
|Support||Very Good to Excellent||Latex is highly supportive, and using a latex topper can significantly enhance the support of any sleep surface.|
|Conforming||Good to Very Good||Latex does not conform as closely as memory foam, but many owners claim that it offers sufficient conforming.|
|Pain/Pressure Relief||Good to Very Good||A large number of latex topper owners claim that the surface relieves bone and joint pain, as well as pressure points.|
|Motion Isolation||Fair to Good||Latex absorbs and minimizes motion to some extent, which can be helpful for couples and people who awaken easily due to movement on the bed.|
|Noise||Very Good to Excellent||Latex toppers produce little to no noise.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Fair to Good||Latex has a tendency to sleep somewhat hot, particularly models that are relatively thick and soft.|
|Odor||Fair to Good||Latex toppers may emit an unpleasant, rubber-like smell when they are removed from their packaging. Toppers made from blended or synthetic latex carry a higher odor potential.|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Despite its conforming abilities, latex is typically bouncy and responsive enough for sex.|
|Ease of Moving||Poor to Fair||Most latex toppers weigh between 20 and 40 pounds, which makes them fairly difficult to move compared to other topper types.|
|Ease of Cleaning||Poor to Fair||Latex toppers need to be spot cleaned by hand or dry cleaned, and should not be washed in machines.|
|Maintenance||Very Good to Excellent||Latex toppers never need to be shaken or fluffed to maintain a full shape.|
|Availability||Poor to Fair||Latex toppers are somewhat hard to find compared to other topper types.|
|Average Price||$100 to $400||Latex toppers are significantly more expensive than the average topper. Some models may cost up to $500 or more.|
|Customer Satisfaction Rating||88% (1,321 Customer Reviews)||Latex toppers have above-average customer satisfaction ratings compared to the average rating for all topper types (83.5%).|
The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five of the leading latex topper brands.
|Brand||Latex Mattress Factory||PlushBeds||Sleep on Latex Pure Green||Select Luxury E.C.O.||Ultimate Dreams|
|Latex Type||Natural Dunlop||Natural Talalay||Natural Dunlop||Natural Dunlop||Blended Talalay|
|Price Range||$139 to $249 (2″)|
$189 to $349 (3″)
|$219 to $389 (2″)|
$279 to $519 (3″)
|$89 to $149 (1″)|
$149 to $249 (2″)
$199 to $359 (3″)
|$209.99 to $359.99 (Overstock)||$354.99|
|Density||5 PCF||Not Disclosed||4 PCF||4 PCF||4 PCF|
|ILD Range||19 (Soft)|
38 (Very Firm)
|19 to 21 (Soft)|
24 to 26 (Medium)
29 to 31 (Medium Firm)
34 to 36 (Very Firm)
44 (Very Firm)
|20 to 25 (Soft to Medium)||19 (Soft)|
38 (Very Firm)
|Average Topper Weight||42 lbs||43 lbs||25 lbs||20 lbs||44 1/2 lbs|
|Owner Satisfaction Rating||87% (139 Customer Reviews)||91% (89 Customer Reviews)||87% (385 Customer Reviews)||92% (121 Customer Reviews)||91% (204 Customer Reviews)|
For more information about toppers, please check out our Best Mattress Toppers page. You can also learn more about different toppers by visiting our our pages for convoluted polyfoam, feather, fiber, memory foam, and wool mattress toppers.
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