Talalay Latex Mattress – Difficult to Say; Easy to Sleep On
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If you are searching through online reviews for organic or latex-based mattresses you may come across the term “talalay” and wonder what it’s referring to. Here we take a look at talalay latex mattress sets and find out that they are much easier to sleep on than they are to pronounce!
Basically the production of latex for mattresses broadly falls into two different categories: talalay and Dunlop styles. The Dunlop process has been used for many decades in the production of latex and involves the rich rubber sap being worked into froth, poured into a mold and baked. Using gravity, the thicker rubber particles sink to the foot of the mould meaning Dunlop rubber moulds are slightly firmer towards their bases.
The talalay process is newer and modifies the Dunlop process by adding a couple of steps. Firstly after the rubber is poured into the mold it is sealed and it continues in a vacuum chamber. It is then flash-frozen before being beaked, so that we are left with rubber with a more consistent density to it throughout. The added steps make it more expensive and the end product needs to be held together with glue inside a mattress, as the pieces have a maximum width of 40 inches.
The natural talalay latex mattresses are generally softer and provide a pillow-top type of comfort to the model. The overall comfort and support will always depend on the other materials used in the model though, so it’s important to test a few out to find the right balance. Make a note of the ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) which suits you best – this is a measure of the surface feel and firmness of a mattress.
Talalay latex mattresses usually provide a more luxurious feel than the denser Dunlop ones. The one you opt for will depend on the situation – Talalay may be better for the master bedroom but if your children are lucky enough to be sleeping on a latex mattress then the Dunlop style ones may be a bit more robust for them.
The advantages of using latex, apart from the ones we have mentioned above, include its natural springiness and elasticity, its temperature–regulating qualities and its reduction of motion transfer between two sleepers. Latex is receiving a lot of attention because it is a naturally occurring substance too, though artificial and chemically-modified substances are also on the market, aimed at reducing production costs and providing cheaper mattresses. Be sure to read the fine print!
Another popular option is just to use a talalay latex mattress topper instead of going to the expense of a full mattress set. These can add an effective and pleasing comfort level to the upper surfaces of an existing innerspring mattress that has retained a decent shape and is not too old. They can usually be found in the same stores that sell the full sets.