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- Sleepers who prefer a very responsive feel from their mattress. Due to its latex hybrid construction, the Idle Latex has a very bouncy feel – especially when constructed with Talalay latex – and won’t conform to the body very closely. Many liken this feel to sleeping “on,” rather than “in,” the mattress.
- People who weigh at least 130 pounds. The mattress is available with a medium firm or firm feel, both of which are best suited to people in the average weight and heavyweight groups – particularly back and stomach sleepers.
- Hot sleepers. The Idle Latex sleeps quite cool thanks to its breathable wool batting, ventilated latex, and steady airflow through the coil layer.
- Shoppers looking for a durable mattress. The latex in this mattress offers great longevity and won’t develop body impressions too quickly while the coils provide long-lasting support for the sleep surface and the edges.
Not Recommended for…
- People who weigh less than 130 pounds. Due to its medium firm and firm feels, the mattress will likely feel too stiff and not conform closely enough for most people in the lightweight group.
- Couples. The latex is quite responsive, so co-sleepers may notice more transfer when their partner changes positions or gets in and out of bed. The coils may produce some disruptive squeaks from time to time, as well.
- Shoppers with a limited budget. Even compared to other latex hybrids – a fairly expensive mattress type on average – the Idle Latex is fairly pricey.
Our testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Idle Latex mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
As you can see, the Idle Sleep excels in some categories and has earned lower ratings in others. For more information about each rating, check out our full breakdown below.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Idle Latex across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
How Is the Idle Latex Constructed?
The Idle Latex has a cover made of 100 percent organic cotton. The material is double-tufted with yarn rosettes to hold the comfort layers in place. The exterior is equipped with handles for easier lifting and flipping when owners want to swap sleep surfaces.
Since the Idle Latex is a reversible mattress, its top and bottom sides are both constructed with comfort layers. Each side features the same materials, beginning with 1 inch of wool batting that acts as the bed’s fire barrier. Wool is also naturally breathable and wicks away moisture from the body, so this component enhances the temperature-neutral feel of the mattress.
Three inches of latex are located beneath the wool layers on each side. Idle Sleep offers Dunlop or Talalay latex for these layers; customers can choose one or the other for both sides, but one of each in the mattress is not permitted. The latex will also be ventilated with tiny holes to promote airflow near the surface and keep sleepers cool.
The Idle Latex’s support core features individually pocketed coils. There will be 756 to 1,414 coils in the mattress, depending on the selected size. This layer acts as a shared support core for both sides of the mattress. The coils provide very good stability and minimize sinkage along the edges. The opposite side’s comfort layers provide added reinforcement for the coil system.
The mattress measures 14 inches thick, making it a high-profile model. Its above-average height can be attributed to its flippable design, which requires space for two different comfort systems in addition to the support core, but the mattress doesn’t sacrifice coil strength. As a result, the Idle Latex feels quite robust and responsive.
|Product Name||Firmness Options||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Idle Latex||Side 1: Medium Firm (6)
Side 2: Firm (8)
(Mattress can also be customized with same feel on both sides)
|6″ Pocketed Coils (Shared)||Sides 1 and 2:
1″ Wool Batting
3″ Dunlop or Talalay Latex
|100% Organic Cotton|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The feel of an Idle Latex depends on which firmness and latex type are selected. The medium firm feel is optimal for sleepers who want some moderate body-contouring from their mattress, as well as strong support. These include many side, back, and stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The firm feel barely conforms at all, making it better suited to people who weigh more than 230 pounds.
The Dunlop latex has a dense feel, whereas the Talalay latex is bouncier and lighter. In either case, the latex won’t conform to the body quite like memory foam or polyfoam. Instead, sleepers feel a gentle yet even contour and won’t sink too much. The latex is also quite responsive and bouncy on the surface.
Next, let’s take a close look at each performance rating we’ve given the Idle Latex. These ratings are based on experiences and reviews from verified owners, as well as our own product research and analysis.
The Idle Latex is a fairly new mattress, so we have not had enough time to evaluate its long-term performance compared to the average mattress lifespan of six to eight years. Instead, our durability rating for this mattress is based on owner experiences, the quality of its materials and design, and Idle Sleep’s reputation as a mattress manufacturer.
Like other latex hybrids, the Idle Latex should perform quite well over time. Latex is less susceptible to sagging and deep body impressions than foam, and the bed’s pocketed coil layer offers great support and stability. We estimate the mattress will perform for at least seven and a half to eight years before a replacement is needed. This expected lifespan is longer than average.
While latex resists wear and tear, this mattress will eventually lose support over time due to softening and deterioration in the comfort layers. Owners can preserve their sleep surfaces to some extent by rotating the mattress head to foot every three to six months.
To evaluate the Idle Latex for motion isolation, we asked two sleep testers to lie side by side on the mattress. One person moved around on their side while the other felt for the motion transferring across the surface. During these tests, the mattress isolated motion to a noticeable extent but it did not eliminate transfer.
Latex is naturally responsive, so the material won’t absorb motion quite like foam. The Idle Latex is also fairly springy due to its coil system. While the mattress offers good motion isolation, couples and co-sleepers may experience sleep disturbances if they awaken easily from movement in bed.
Off-gassing refers to “new mattress smells” that owners often notice in the days after unboxing their bed. Our testers noticed a faint, rubber-like odor from the Idle Latex for about three to four days after removing the mattress from its shipping container. These smells are common for latex models.
The latex odors will eventually fade and the coil system circulates air to flush out bothersome smells. As a result, we don’t foresee any major odor-related issues with this mattress.
To evaluate the Idle Latex for pressure relief, our testers took turns lying on the mattress with pressure-mapping sensors on their shoulders, lower back, and hips. They also switched sleep positions to see if pressure increased or decreased on their sides, back, or stomach.
Since the Idle Latex is available with a medium firm or firm feel on either side, the mattress is best suited to sleepers who want less contouring and more support. It may not conform closely enough to alleviate pressure for lightweight individuals, especially those who sleep on their sides, but the latex and coils provide adequate reinforcement for anyone who weighs at least 130 pounds.
For optimal pressure relief, we recommend the medium firm feel for sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) and a firm feel for those in the heavyweight group (more than 230 pounds). Keep in mind that the latex won’t contour to the body quite like memory foam, but instead gently conform without sinking too much. This means back and stomach sleepers will likely feel less pressure than side sleepers.
The Idle Latex sleeps exceptionally cool, and this can be attributed to several factors. The latex is ventilated with small holes to keep air flowing near the surface to help sleepers remain comfortable, and the wool batting fire barrier has moisture-wicking properties to keep them warm and dry. The coils also promote steady air circulation throughout to help the mattress maintain a cool core temperature, as well. Lastly, the cover of this mattress is made from breathable organic cotton. We highly recommend the Idle Latex to anyone who identifies as a hot sleeper.
To evaluate the Idle Latex for edge support, we asked our testers to sit along the perimeter of the mattress as an owner might do when getting in and out of bed. They also took turns lying near the edges to check for feelings of “roll-off” akin to being ejected by the mattress.
The Idle Latex performed quite well during these tests. The 6-inch pocketed coils located in the support core provide strong reinforcement to the perimeter, so owners shouldn’t sink excessively regardless of their body weight. Models with firm feels and Dunlop latex offer the best stability, but any design for this mattress should deliver at least adequate edge support.
Pocketed coils tend to produce less noise than other coil types, and the other components of this mattress are completely silent when bearing weight. That said, owners may notice more squeaking and creaking from their mattress as it nears the end of its lifespan – but even then, sleep disturbances are unlikely except for people who awaken easily due to noise.
The Idle Latex is a good option for couples who prefer bouncy beds for romantic activities. The latex is quite responsive and does not sink too much, so uncomfortable sinkage during sex is unlikely. The coils also stabilize the edges, allowing couples to use the entire surface of the mattress (as opposed to just the middle).
The latex contours a bit, but it may not conform closely enough to provide good traction. This can make it difficult for couples to maintain one position for prolonged periods of time. Squeaks and creaks from the coils may also lead to loud noises that can be heard in other areas of the house. However, most couples should be satisfied with their Idle Latex in this regard.
The ideal firmness and thickness for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, our team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Our lightweight sleep testers were a bit divided about the Idle Latex. Given the latex layers and medium firm and/or firm feels, the bed does not conform very closely. As a result, our side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds found the mattress too firm regardless of latex choice. These individuals often need a softer mattress that conforms closely in order to cushion the shoulders and hips, align the spine, and alleviate pressure.
Back and stomach sleepers in the lightweight group awarded better ratings to the Idle Latex. Overall, they found the medium firm feel most comfortable. The firm feel was too stiff for their liking, though they noted strong support and virtually no sinking beneath the surface.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Our testers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds also awarded the Idle Latex different ratings based on their sleep position. The side sleepers in this weight group found the mattress more comfortable than their lighter counterparts, especially with a medium firm feel. Still, the cushioning for their shoulders and hips was minimal and some reported spinal alignment issues.
On the other hand, back and stomach sleepers in the average weight group gave the mattress excellent ratings; they found the medium firm and firm feels equally comfortable and supportive. The latex and coils work together to keep the body on an even plane, so back and stomach sleepers shouldn’t experience the excessive sinkage often associated with these positions.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Like the average weight testers, our heavyweight sleep testers were also quite fond of the Idle Latex. For side sleepers in this weight group, the medium firm feel was more comfortable than the firm feel. People who use this position often prefer mattresses on the softer side in order to provide sufficient padding for the shoulders and hips. Side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds did not enjoy the firm feel as much, but they still found it more comfortable than our lighter side sleepers.
Back and stomach sleepers in the heavyweight group found both feels comfortable. Those who prefer some light contouring gave higher ratings to the medium firm feel, while back and stomach sleepers who need more support favored the firm feel instead. Those who enjoy both feels of this mattress should consider the design with a different firmness level on each side, as this allows them to swap between more and less conforming as often as they wish.
Pricing and Discounts
Prices for the Idle Latex in each available size are listed below. Please note that the bed’s sticker price depends on whether Dunlop or Talalay latex is selected.
- Twin $1,212 (Dunlop) $1,677 (Talalay)
- Twin XL $1,284 (Dunlop) $1,820 (Talalay)
- Full $1,998 (Dunlop) $1,998 (Talalay)
- Queen $2,141 (Dunlop) $2,677 (Talalay)
- King $2,427 (Dunlop) $3,397 (Talalay)
- Split King $2,498 (Dunlop) $3,497 (Talalay)
- Cal King $2,427 (Dunlop) $3,397 (Talalay)
How Does the Idle Latex Compare to Other Beds?
When looking for a new mattress, we encourage shoppers to compare different brands and models to see how they stack up. In the next section, we’ll compare the Idle Latex with other mattresses from Idle Sleep and some similarly constructed models from competing brands.
Idle Latex vs. Idle Hybrid
Like the Idle Latex, the flagship Idle Sleep Hybrid is a reversible mattress. Customers can also choose between medium firm (6) and firm (8) feels for each side. The key difference between these two beds is layer construction, as the Idle Sleep Hybrid features polyfoam comfort and transitional layers on each side.
Since foam conforms more closely than latex, sleeps can expect a deeper body contour and some sinkage beneath the surface. As a result, side sleepers may find the Idle Sleep Hybrid more comfortable than the Idle Latex; for back and stomach sleepers, the opposite will probably be true. Both beds sleep cool thanks to steady airflow through their coil systems, but the Idle Latex has a slight edge because the latex won’t absorb as much body heat as foam.
The Idle Sleep Hybrid costs considerably less than the Idle Latex, so many customers will likely base their decision on pricing. If budget is not a concern, shoppers should decide which feel they prefer: the conforming of adaptive polyfoam or the responsiveness of latex.
Idle Latex vs. Idle Gel Foam
The Idle Gel Foam is constructed very differently from the Idle Latex. This model – also known as the Idle for short – features an adaptive polyfoam comfort layer over transitional and base layers of high-density foam. The mattress has a medium firm feel but sleepers should expect more contouring and sinkage with this model due to its all-foam design.
Both mattresses excel and struggle in different areas. The Idle Gel Foam provides very good motion isolation and does not produce any noise, making it a good option for couples, and the foam layers cushion and contour to alleviate pressure for side sleepers. However, the foam layers may trap body heat and sleep hot for some and edge support is somewhat lacking. For the Idle Latex, above-average temperature neutrality, good durability, and strong reinforcement along the edges are some of its biggest strengths.
The Idle Gel Foam has a price-point that is much lower than the Idle Latex’s, and is on par with many competing all-foam models in terms of cost. Side sleepers may want to consider the Idle Gel Foam due to its conforming ability, especially if they weigh 230 pounds or less, whereas back and stomach sleepers will probably find the Idle Latex more comfortable and supportive.
Idle Latex vs. Idle Gel Plush
Essentially a softer version of the Idle Gel Foam, the Idle Gel Plush is an all-foam mattress constructed with the same polyfoam layers, along with an additional memory foam layer for added padding and contouring. This mattress has a medium feel, meaning it conforms quite closely to the sleeper’s body and is best suited to people who weigh less than 130 pounds. Average weight side sleepers may also find the mattress comfortable, but it will likely sink too much for heavier back and stomach sleepers.
The Idle Gel Plush excels at motion isolation, as well. Couples should experience fewer – if any – sleep disturbances on this mattress compared to the responsive Idle Latex. That said, hot sleepers may feel excessively warm on the Idle Gel Plush, which traps a fair amount of body heat in its foam layers. Sinkage along the edges may also be an issue for this mattress, especially compared to the robust Idle Latex.
The Idle Gel Plush is a bit pricey for an all-foam mattress due to its extra cushioning layers, but this model still costs much less than the Idle Latex. Those seeking a mattress that contours very closely may want to choose the Idle Gel Plush, but anyone who prefers a more supportive mattress and/or sleeps hot should consider the Idle Latex instead.
Idle Latex vs. Avocado Green
The Avocado Green is a latex hybrid, but – unlike the Idle Latex – this model is one-sided. The mattress is constructed with a Dunlop latex comfort layer, along with transitional latex and a pocketed coil support core. A standard Avocado Green features one comfort layer and offers a firm (7) feel. Customers can add an additional latex layer, which softens the mattress to a medium firm (6) feel (and increases the price-point).
Given their similar designs, the Avocado Green and Idle Latex have earned comparable performance ratings across different categories. Both mattresses sleep quite cool due to their breathable latex layers and steady airflow in the coil systems. Other shared strengths include very good durability and strong edge support. At the same time, these mattresses struggle in other areas such as motion isolation and pressure relief for side sleepers.
Even with the additional latex layer, the Avocado Green still costs less than the Idle Latex. Additionally, both mattresses are backed with long sleep trials and lifetime warranties. For many shoppers, a decision between these two similar mattresses will come down to pricing.
Idle Latex vs. Awara Mattress
The Awara Mattress is a latex hybrid model similar to the Avocado Green. This mattress is constructed with 4 inches of Dunlop latex in the comfort layer, creating a very dense and responsive feel for the mattress. A zoned pocketed coil support core provides excellent reinforcement, especially along the edges.
The Awara Mattress has a medium firm feel. Like the Idle Latex, this model is best suited to people who weigh at least 130 pounds – especially back and stomach sleepers. Both of these mattresses also sleep exceptionally cool and offer long expected lifespans. Neither the Awara Mattress nor the Idle Latex isolates motion particularly well, and the coil systems of these beds may produce disruptive noises from time to time.
The Awara Mattress has a below-average price-point compared to other latex hybrids, whereas the Idle Latex’s sticker price is above-average. Customers may choose the former based on cost alone, but those seeking a very firm feel for their mattress should consider an Idle Latex with a firm feel on at least one side.
Idle Latex vs. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is an all-latex mattress. Customers can choose an initial medium (5.5) or medium firm (6.5) feel for their mattress. Thanks to a customizable design, the latex layers can be swapped around to make the surface feel softer or firmer. This gives the Botanical Bliss more night-to-night versatility than the Idle Latex. Three profile options – 9, 10, and 12 inches – are also available.
The absence of a coil system in the PlushBeds model gives this mattress a different feel compared to the Idle Latex. Sleepers will feel some responsiveness from the latex layers, but this bed does not feel as springy on the surface. Edge support may also be a concern, as the Botanical Bliss tends to sag more along the perimeter; the latex provides some push-back, but the Idle Latex is the clear frontrunner in this category due to its coils.
The Botanical Bliss costs less than the Idle Latex regardless of which profile is selected, so buyers may select the former if they have a tighter budget. On the other hand, the Idle Latex comes with a much longer sleep trial; those who wish to test out their mattress for longer may want to choose this model instead.
The Idle (Idle Gel Foam)
Idle Gel Plush
|SLEEP TRIAL||18 months||18 months||18 months||18 months||365 nights||365 nights||100 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||25 Year, Limited||Lifetime||25 Year, Limited|
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Sleep Trial 18 months
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Where Can I Buy the Idle Latex?
At this time, the Idle Latex is exclusively available for purchase on the Idle Sleep website. This model is not sold through any retailers or online marketplaces, including Amazon.com, and Idle Sleep does not operate any brick-and-mortar stores.
Where Do They Ship?
Idle Sleep ships mattresses to the contiguous U.S. only.
White Glove Delivery?
White Glove delivery is available for a flat fee of $149. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal upon request.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is included with White Glove delivery, which costs $149, but this service is not available with standard deliveries.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for Idle Sleep is as follows:
- All mattresses are shipped via UPS Ground. Most customers receive their mattress within four to 10 business days, but queen and king size Idle Latex models may require more transit time.
- Customers can monitor their mattress delivery using a tracking number that is issued after the package ships.
- Delivery is not available for customers in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, or countries outside the U.S.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period: Idle Sleep offers an 18-month sleep trial for the Idle Latex.
- This sleep trial requires a 30-night break-in period. Customers may not initiate a return until at least 30 nights have elapsed since the date of delivery.
- Customers may exchange their Idle Latex for another model. They can choose to pay $300 for the replacement model and receive a second sleep trial. Alternatively, they can waive the $300 fee, which will void the replacement model’s sleep trial.
- Shipping is free for all returns.
Warranty: Idle Sleep offers a lifetime warranty for the Idle Latex.
- This warranty is completely non-prorated. Idle Sleep will, at its sole option, repair or replace any defective mattress for as long as the original buyer retains ownership.
- Defects covered under this warranty include sagging or body impressions in the surface that measure half an inch or deeper. The warranty also covers manufacturing flaws related to the latex, coil, or cover components. Other defects, such as normal wear and tear or damage from physical abuse or improper foundational support, will not be covered.
- This warranty is non-transferable and exclusively available to original owners who buy their mattress from Idle Sleep or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or obtain the mattress from its original owner or a non-authorized retailer do not receive warranty coverage.
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