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Latex is considered as one of the best materials for mattress construction, due to its natural softness, breathability and resiliency. It is 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.
However, not all latex mattresses are created equal. To make sure you’ll be pleased with the feel, comfort, and characteristics of your new premium mattress, know the lingo. For a little help, listed below are the five best Latex mattresses in 2018.
If you’re looking for a product that will ensure that you sleep cool and provide you with superior comfort all at fair and just price, then the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress may be just the product you’ve been looking for.
The Ultimate Dreams Mattress is a great value and offers a variety of firmness levels for the ultimate customized mattress. It’s constructed of levels of polyfoam and latex and is designed to give you the perfect night’s rest. It is a ten foot long, queen size mattress that can fit one person or a couple with ease.
The Talalay latex and high density constructed base foam make this an extremely comfortable buy at a great, affordable price. You could easily spend far more money for a mattress that does a lot less. If you want a mattress that is just as firm or soft as you want it without spending far too much, the Ultimate Dreams mattress will likely be a good fit for you.
This is a memory foam bed that is compressed, roll-packed in a box, and delivered to your door.
It is designed with a solid base for support. This includes a platform, wood foundation, or slatted bed with 3-4 inches between each slat. Dreamfoam also offers metal foundations that are designed to work well with their products.
The terms of the foundation are important when testing out the 120-night trial period or utilizing the warranty. This model has an updated look from its previous version. The two-toned cover is made from four-way stretch cotton knit.
There are three layers that make up its 12-inch height.
After unpacking, there should be minimal off-gassing, meaning that the model probably will not have much of an odor after expanding.
Its true, medium-level firmness provides versatility to cater to nearly every sleep position. The durable cotton cover is soft to the touch. When pushing into the mattress and releasing, there is contouring and slow responsiveness. It has minimal bounce when compared to hybrid and innerspring mattresses.
Because it has a true medium feel, it should work well for a variety of sleep styles. Whether you’re a combination, side, stomach, or back sleeper, you will likely find yourself contoured without sinking too deep into the bed or falling out of alignment.
Back sleepers will likely find that the medium-level of firmness provides a balance of comfort and support.
Side sleepers should feel the immediate benefits of the memory layers, which will help to relieve their concentrated pressure points at the hips and their shoulders.
Stomach sleepers should have enough support so their hips stay in alignment and they maintain a neutral spine.
Heavier sleepers may experience further contouring, which is something to consider when thinking about temperature regulation. This is because the further down you sleep in a bed, the harder it may be to stay cool. Luckily, the cooling gel was put in the top comfort layer with this in mind.
The brand offers a wide selection of other products if you need even more pressure relief, support, or durability.
Memory beds are often viewed as the best in the industry when it comes to motion isolation, which includes this model. If you are a light sleeper that does not sleep alone, you may want to look into memory beds such as this one.
Light sleepers should not be disturbed by typical nighttime interruptions, including a partner getting in or out of bed or repositioning, as well as pets milling about. When shopping for a mattress, you might want to consider two types of edge support and how they can enhance your experience. There are two types of support to pay attention to – sitting on the edge and lying on the edge.
It is widely known that memory beds do not typically perform well in this area as hybrids and innersprings do. However, this particular quality is not often a deciding factor in purchasing. There are a few inches of noticeable compression when sitting on the edge of the bed. While lying down on the edge, there is additional compression, but the base layer helps to keep sleepers in one place.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (dollars)|
|Twin||38” x 74” x 12”||449|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 12”||469|
|Full||54” x 74” x 12”||539|
|Full XL||54” x 80” x 12”||599|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||549|
|Short Queen||60” x 74” x 12”||599|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||749|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 12”||749|
What if you could buy a mattress and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time? And go to bed each night with the assurance of a chemical-free, all-natural night sleep?
Avocado launched their bed-in-a-box into the eco-friendly mattress space in 2016, and they are aiming for an environmentally conscious sleeping experience at an affordable price compared to other all-natural brands.
Avocado is a hybrid that blends a traditional innerspring feel with the elevated comfort features of foam. Each layer was engineered with durability and sustainability in mind and can be purchased with or without a Euro-style pillow-top, depending on your sleep preferences.
Are on a tight budget. Built with premium, natural, and certified organic materials, Avocado has a slightly higher price points than some bed-in-a-box brands that use inorganic materials. However, we feel that this brand is competitively priced as a hybrid design for the quality of materials used in each of its layers.
The Avocado is a hybrid that is compressed, shipped, and delivered in a box, and the mattress includes two heavy-duty handles on each side for ease of installation and positioning. It works on a variety of frames and bases, including adjustable, and the company recommends a sturdy foundation due to the mattress’ weight. Professional installation, also called White Glove Delivery, is also available for an additional fee for most sizes, but it is included free-of-charge with the delivery of King and California King sizes.
The cover is an organic cotton that is soft and breathable. Under the cotton is natural Joma Wool® that is sourced from New Zealand. This material wicks away moisture and helps with temperature control. In addition, wool is naturally antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.
Button-tufting using wool yarn rosettes goes all the way through the mattress from top to bottom, effectively sewing all the layers of the bed together. Many bed-in-a-box brands bind their layers together using an adhesive, which can add harmful chemicals and break down over time. Using tufting increases the mattress’ durability because it reduces the chances that the layers will come loose or begin to bunch up over time.
This product measures at 11 inches high, but it can be purchased with an optional fully-attached pillow-top – sometimes called a Euro-style top – that incorporates an additional 2 inches of comfortable Dunlop latex underneath the bed’s cover, bringing the height to 13 inches.
The first layer is made from 2 inches of 100% Dunlop latex, which is sourced from natural, sustainable Hevea Brasiliensis trees in Asia and is processed with no additional chemicals. This all-natural material is more heat resistant than other traditional foams and aerated to increase airflow, which ultimately helps with cooling.
The second layer is made from individually pocketed 8-inch upcycled steel coils. These coils are arranged in zones that use three different gauge wires of varying diameters, which are tailored to the pressure points and support requirements of the shoulders, hips, spine, and knees.
The base layer is 1 inch of the Dunlop latex that is a higher density than the latex used in the second layer, which makes it slightly firmer. The perimeter is reinforced with stronger coils to provide additional edge support.
With the pillow-top, Avocado scores between a six and a 6.5 out of 10, with 10 being the firmest. Please note that without the pillow-top, this mattress will feel a bit firmer, probably around a 7 out of 10.
When you push down on the bed, you will notice an almost immediate response time and good bounce that comes from the latex foam and innerspring layers. Sleepers should not have trouble moving around on this mattress throughout the night.
Because the coils are zoned, sinkage varies depending on where pressure is applied. Coils in the center are stronger to accommodate the heaviest parts of the body, usually centered around the sleepers’ middle. The latex foam offers good contouring, but you won’t experience the same deep hug you feel with layers of traditional memory foam, even with the enhanced pillow-top version that includes an additional layer of latex.
Overall, this bed can accommodate most sleeping positions, but it is exceptionally suited for back and stomach sleepers. Back sleepers will experience the tailored support of the zoned innersprings while receiving pressure relief in their lower spine from the contouring of latex foam.
Stomach sleepers also will feel supported by the strong steel coils and higher-density foam layers in this bed, which can help maintain healthy spine alignment even for heavier individuals.
The combination of steel coils and medium-firm support latex make for a very supportive bed overall, but side sleepers may opt for the pillow-top in order to get the pressure relief they need in their knees, shoulders, and hips, especially if they are significantly lighter than average.
The Avocado with pillow-top performs well with motion transfer. This is owed to the thick layers of latex and individually pocketed coil system. Unlike some traditional innerspring brands where coils are interconnected, pocketed coils compress individually, ensuring that motion transfer is minimal from one coil to another.
Overall, most sleepers, except those who sleep very light, should not have a problem sleeping with partners in this bed, with or without the pillow-top. The coils in the Avocado provide edge-to-edge support that includes specially reinforced coils along the perimeter of the bed. The extra reinforcement on the sides gives it exceptional performance in this category.
Sitting on the side of the bed, your weight will be almost immediately supported by the reinforced steel innersprings that give this bed a very sturdy feel. There is some normal compression in the top comfort layers. If you sleep close to the edge of this bed, your weight will be well supported without any of the instability that can occur with some all-foam designs.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Standard Price (dollars)||Pillow-top Price (dollars)|
|Twin||38” x 74” x 11”||959||1,199|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 11”||999||1,299|
|Full||54” x 74” x 11”||1,199||1,499|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11”||1,399||1,799|
|King||76” x 80” x 11”||1,599||2,099|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 11”||1,599||2,099|
Nest Bedding’s Alexander Signature Hybrid offers an ultra-luxurious, sleek design, and fantastic performance. The brand claims to have “the most innovative copper infused foam on the planet,” as well as a Lifetime Warranty and a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. There are also Plush and Luxury Firm options available through the company’s website.
This Nest Bedding model is a hybrid mattress designed to be used with non-flexible bases, such as closely slatted frames, platforms, and adjustable bases. The brand offers their own products on their website. The mattress is compressed and shipped in a box, although you would never be able to tell after the packaging is removed and it fully expands.
It is 13 inches thick with durable layers. There are handles on the side panels, which is an amazing feature that we rarely see on mattresses – and they make repositioning their product so much more convenient.
The non-removable cover has a natural feel since it is made out of a cotton and polyester blend. It has 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam and uses Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric. It is quilted and specifically designed to enhance the airflow for all the foams and to relieve pressure between the bed and the body.
The first layer beneath the cover is designed for cooling and comfort. It is 1.5 inches thick, made out of Titanium EverCool foam. The second layer consists of 1.5 inches of copper-infused Energex foam. Since copper is a heat conductor, it pulls heat away from the body and helps keep the surface cooled off.
The third layer is 1 inch of SmartFlow foam. It acts as a transitional layer that helps with support and cooling. The fourth layer is made out of 8 inches of Quantum® Edge pocketed coils. They ensure deep compression support. The fifth layer is a 1.8 pound per cubic foot dense foam to support the levels above.
The mattress has three firmness levels. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest), you can choose between their Plush at 2.5 to 3, the Medium at 4 to 4.5, or their Luxury Firm at 8.5 to 9.
The medium version reviewed here offers a balanced amount of support, sinkage, and contouring. When compared to other products, there is a shallower sinkage in this model, but it still provides a comfortable contour. To the touch, the top has a premium, soft feel. The quality of the materials is evident.
The brand has done a lot to ensure a cool night’s sleep. Not only does the bed have coils (which are very well-known for airflow), but all of the comfort levels have elements that work together to provide cooling. This is something to consider if you typically sleep hot but like memory materials. In addition, coils provide much better bounce than all-foam mattresses, and this model has a plenty of bounce to it.
While the memory layer has slower responsiveness, there is a quick responsiveness when the other levels are engaged. By not sinking as far into the mattress, having a relatively quick response time, and high levels of bounce, repositioning can be navigated with ease.
We think this bed is especially good for back and stomach sleepers due to the springs that are very supportive and help with spinal alignment. Because there is less sinkage, these positions feel more supported. There should not be any neck/back pain or uncomfortable bowing of the spine.
Side sleepers will massively benefit from the top comfort layers, which will relieve classic pressure points in their shoulders and hips. In addition, the springs add proper alignment.
If this were an all-foam mattress, we might recommend the Luxury Firm version for significantly heavier sleepers. However, the coils are strong and we feel that this option is very versatile for all weights and sleeping positions. Likewise, significantly heavier side sleepers may consider the Plush option, as it has increasingly effective comfort layers
If you toss and turn in bed during the night and have a partner, motion transfer is an important factor to consider. For sleepers who are not easily disturbed, it is not such a big issue.
Memory foam beds are the best when it comes to motion isolation. Due to this model’s construction, there is slightly more motion transfer. However, motion transfer is extremely limited and the individually wrapped coils help to isolate it. In combination with the comfort layers, there is relatively low motion transfer, especially for a bed with bounce and coils in it.
The Quantum® Edge coils provide solid edge support while sitting and lying on the side of the mattress. While not everyone uses these positions, good edge support is a selling point for those who do. Although, there is a little bit of compression in top layers while sitting and lying down, the coil layer is very sturdy. You should feel well-supported along the edge and not roll out (like you can with some foam mattresses).
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (dollars)|
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13”||799|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13”||899|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||1,099|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”||1,199|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||1,499|
|Split King – 1 side only||38” x 80” x 13”||899|
|Split King – Both sides||76” x 80” x 13”||1,799|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 13”||1,499|
Have you been looking for a more bouncy alternative to memory foam? Do you want your next bed to be more organic?
PlushBeds believes they can offer the healthiest and most comfortable mattresses on the planet because of their dedication to sourcing only the highest-quality organic materials and they are constantly innovating to provide the best fit for individual sleep needs.
This model is available in three different firmness levels: Soft, Medium, and Medium-Firm. You may also choose your preferred thickness: 9 inches, 10 inches, or 12 inches. This review is focused on the Medium 10-inch mattress, which should be the most versatile and accommodative.
Botanical Bliss is a latex bed-in-a-box that is built to order and delivered to your door from the company’s factory in California. The King and California King sizes may arrive in two separate boxes due to weight restrictions and require some assemblage.
Because of the mattress’ weight, the company strongly recommends only stable, flat surfaces, like platforms or slatted frames, with no more than 2 inches between the slats. This bed’s elasticity is suitable for adjustable frames, and you can order sizes Queen and above split so that each side may adjust independently or be customized to different firmness levels.
The cover is made from GOTS certified organic cotton that is circular knit for an added elasticity and breathability that stretches with you and wicks away moisture. It is also fully-removable, which makes it easier to spot clean. This review is for the 10-inch Medium mattress, but there are different comfort levels and thicknesses available that will change up the dimensions and specifications slightly.
The first layer is a 1-inch thick layer of 100% New Zealand Wool that provides moisture wicking (it can absorb 30% of its weight in water without feeling wet) and breathable temperature regulation while being naturally resistant to dust mites and mildew. Wool is also an all-natural flame retardant.
The second layer is a 3-inch 100% Natural Talalay Latex Comfort Layer that is an aerated latex that was processed to have a lighter consistency, which works well for contouring and pressure relief. Its immediate response time and bounce ease repositioning, and the material is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites.
The third layer is a 6-inch ARPICO Organic Latex Core that is also aerated but poured using the Dunlop process, which produces a denser foam that is elastic enough to relieve pressure while still providing solid and more durable support. ARPICO is one of the world’s leading providers of all-natural latex, known to produce quality product straight from rubber trees and free harmful additives, such as carcinogens, dyes, and pesticides.
On the firmness scale that scores mattresses between 1 and 10, with 10 being the firmest, the 10-inch Medium Botanical Bliss scored right in the center at a 5. A mid-range firmness tends to be the most popular because of its versatility and ability to accommodate different sleep styles. If you prefer something softer or firmer, this model is available in two other comfort levels: Soft and Medium-Firm.
The cotton knit cover is soft to the touch and just pressing on mattress’ surface, you immediately feel the Talalay’s springiness beneath the wool layer. Climbing into the bed, you will notice how plush and quick-responding the comfort layer is and how it conforms to your curves without hugging you tight like traditional memory materials can.
With latex, softness often correlates with sinkage, and latex layers that are softer will cradle you deeper than latex layers that are more firm. With the Medium firmness of this model, you can expect a gently cradled feeling that will relieve your pressure points but should not make you feel stuck.
Because you sleep closer to the surface, more of your body is exposed to the air, which helps keep you cool. The naturally breathable foams have also been aerated and topped with breathable cotton and wool to wick away moisture and promote temperature-regulating airflow.
Moving around on the surface should not be difficult because of latex’s natural bounce and the denser support layer. Combination sleepers, who like to alternate between sleep positions, will enjoy the versatility of the Medium. Back sleepers will feel the comfort layer conform to and support their lumbar region while the supportive base layer holds their spine straight. Why is that important for them? Find out here.
Most side sleepers, who commonly develop the most pressure points because they sleep with their weight concentrated on a smaller surface area, will enjoy how the comfort layer conforms to their curves and relieves pressure (find out how the mattress type affect them here).
Stomach sleepers need a bed with good support to keep their hips from sinking too low and holding their spine at an awkward angle. Most should be comfortably supported by the Medium, but those needing extra support, especially those with heavier midsections, may find the Medium-Firm is a better fit (or you can browse through our top picks here).
Everyone’s body is unique and experiences firmness differently. If, after you have received your new mattress, you feel like you have chosen the wrong comfort level, the company will work with you for 100-days to swap out layers until you find the perfect fit.
In general, foam beds perform better in this category than innerspring mattresses, and memory beds typically score the highest. Though not as adept as traditional memory foam, the all-latex Botanical Bliss does an excellent job isolating motion. Light sleepers who share their sleep space with a partner who changes positions a lot should sleep undisturbed in this bed.
Bed-in-a-box brands do not typically excel in this category, but the Botanical Bliss performs slightly better than industry expectations for all-foam mattresses. When you sit on the edge with all your weight in one spot, you can expect to compress through the comfort layer to the support foam beneath. Lying on the side, you should not experience any difference in support compared to lying in the middle.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (dollars)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 10”||1,399|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||1,399|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||1,799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||1,899|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||2,199|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 10””||2,199|
Have you ever wanted to try two mattresses for the price and convenience of one? Zenhaven has two firmness levels in one handcrafted mattress – meaning your perfect fit may be one flip away. It is manufactured is by Saatva, a well-known online-only luxury brand. Since the brand offers a 120-day trial period, there is plenty of time to decide which side is right for you, and this product is much less expensive than comparable showroom mattresses.
Want a memory feel. This natural latex bed has more responsiveness than memory foam. However, it also has stronger edge support and stays cooler than traditional memory foam.
Zenhaven is a 10-inch latex mattress designed to be used with a solid platform (not slatted bases). Unlike many other online brands, it is not compressed in a box. A quilted organic cotton cover surrounds the bed. There is a natural look to the cotton as Saatva decided to avoid harmful bleaching agents that would have unified the cover’s color. It shows no sign of weakness when tugging or pulling at the top and sides, the stitching is strong. As there are two distinct sides with different firmness levels – Luxury Plush and Gentle Firm – we will break down the layers on the Luxury Plush side, as this is the side used most by owners. The first layer under the cover is 1 inch of 100% organic New Zealand wool. The wool naturally creates a flame-retardant barrier and absorbs and wicks away moisture. In addition, it helps air circulation and temperature regulation.
The second layer is 1.5-inches of Talalay latex that serves as the proprietary “5-Zone Comfort Layer.” This means that there are separate sections with pinhole designs of different densities that work together to promote spinal alignment and comfort. There is added support in the hip and shoulder regions.
The third layer is 3 inches of Talalay latex that provides enhanced support. It is softer than the next level. The fourth layer is 3 inches of Talalay latex that is firmer than the previous level. After flipping the mattress, this firmer layer provides immediate support for those who need it. The fifth layer is 1.5-inches of Talalay latex that makes up the Gentle Firm side of the bed, which is surrounded by wool. It is firmer than the comfort layer on the Luxury Plush side.
It is important to note that the brand is made with American Talalay latex, which denotes the extensive process the latex undergoes as it transforms from a liquid to solid state. The process creates larger cells and airflow than a less-rigorous Dunlop process, thereby helping with increased temperature regulation and mattress breathability. Since the Talalay process is refined, it produces extremely consistent material that is slightly more expensive. All-natural latex, natural wool, and organic cotton come together to form a luxurious experience for the sleeper. The brand boldly claims that their all-natural latex will outlast all other latex based on durability tests, which the length of their warranty stands behind.
Most people prefer a medium-level of firmness because it accommodates sleepers of nearly every position. This level typically provides a balance of pressure relief and support. As mentioned, there are two different firmness experiences for buyers of this mattress. The brand says the Gentle Firm is 18% firmer than the Luxury Plush. We have rated the Luxury Plush a 4.5 and the Gentle Firm a 7 level of firmness on a 10-point scale with 10 being the firmest. The cotton cover is soft and pleasing to the touch. There is a quick response time after pressing in and releasing. You will lay on top of the bed instead of in it. While lying down, repositioning is easy and there is a slight bounce to each side. Most back sleepers will be comfortable on either side of the mattress due to the proprietary zoning structure. However, they will experience a little more support from the Gentle Firm side, which they may prefer. Side sleepers need to be mindful of having enough pressure relief in the hips and shoulders. Because of this, they will want to try the Luxury Plush side first. The zoning in the second layer adds support to these areas, and there should be adequate pressure relief. Stomach sleepers find added benefit from the Gentle Firm side. It provides more support to the hips and keeps them from sinking into the bed and disrupting spinal alignment. However, most will be comfortable on the Luxury Plush side as well. Significantly heavier back and stomach sleepers may need to try the Gentle Firm side first for additional support so they do not sink too far into the mattress and out of alignment. Significantly heavier side sleepers will want to try Luxury Plush to get the benefits of pressure relief. A huge value in choosing this mattress is the ability to find the firmness level that works best for you. If you decide to try the other side of the bed after delivery, the Zenhaven team will come back to your home and flip the mattress for no additional cost.
Although not quite as advanced as memory foam when it comes to motion transfer, latex beds tend to perform well. While this is not as important for deep or solo sleepers, it is important light sleepers or those easily disturbed by a partner getting up or repositioning during the night. Zenhaven performs exceptionally well as a latex bed in regards to motion isolation. Even though there is a bit of bounce, the effects are minimally transferred throughout the bed. Unlike many other online-only brands, Zenhaven is not compressed and shipped to your door in a box. While these brands can offer an enhanced level of convenience, oftentimes they miss the mark when it comes to edge support. There are two types to consider when buying – sitting on the edge and lying on the edge. When sitting on the edge, the Zenhaven performs better than foam mattresses and slightly better than other latex beds we have reviewed (see all of our bed reviews). While lying on the bed, the edge support remains satisfactory. There is minimal compression and you should stay in one place instead of feeling forced out of the bed.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (dollars)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 10”||1,299|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||1,349|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||1,699|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||1,899|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||2,499|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 10”||2,499|
Sleep is important to your overall health and well-being. And top of the line latex mattresses are a big investment to achieve a good sleeping routine. Different products mentioned above offers amazing features along with their few cons. Consider your options carefully and never be afraid to ask questions. It is important to consider all the factors when choosing a new mattress for yourself or a family member.