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Latex Mattresses: Pros & Cons

Are you mattress shopping and wondering about latex mattress benefits? 

Natural latex mattresses have become increasingly popular, and with good reason. Those who wish to move away from synthetic materials found in traditional memory foam mattresses are gravitating towards latex.

But what exactly is natural latex? And what are the pros and cons to choosing a latex mattress? We dive into both these questions and more below.

What is a Latex Mattress?

A latex mattress is made with layers of natural latex. Sap from rubber trees is harvested and baked into cozy sheets that act as the core of the mattress.

There are two types of natural latex: Dunlop and Talalay. Most mattress brands only offer one but there are some brands that offer both.

Dunlop is the denser of the two. It is excellent for those who like a firmer mattress, or have nerve-related back pain. It is also an economical choice for guest bedrooms since it’s very easy to create a neutral feel at a lower price point than its counterpart, Talalay latex.

Talalay is known for its cradling feel and offers exceptional pressure point relief. It is a popular choice for side sleepers who want their hip and shoulder to gently sink into the mattress while still allowing for plenty of support. It is more expensive than Dunlop because it is flash frozen before it is baked. This allows for a more consistent feel and cell structure overall.

Learn more about these two types of latex here.

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Latex Mattress Pros and Cons

So, you are making your pro/con list and need some help. Here are the major points to consider when thinking of the pros and cons of a latex mattress.


Here are a few reasons why latex mattresses are popular.


Latex mattresses are incredibly comfortable. They’re supportive but also offer pressure point relief so you get the best of both worlds.

If you are used to memory foam and like that sinking feeling, we don’t advise immediately transitioning to a firm latex mattress configuration since that will most likely be too firm. Instead, choose a top layer such as Soft Talalay latex that will give you that cradling feel. You can also add a mattress topper which will have a similar effect. We recommend The Vitality.


Natural latex is a sustainable alternative to polyurethane and memory foam. It is not synthetic or treated with harmful chemicals.

Natural latex is proof that Earth’s natural resources can result in a quality, durable product. It is healthier for both the customer and the planet.

We recommend choosing a latex mattress that is completely GOTS-certified organic as a finished product. This is one of the most impressive certifications in the mattress industry.

Other certifications to consider: Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Cradle to Cradle GOLD, & Greenguard GOLD.Learn more about certifications here.


Some latex mattresses are customizable, meaning you can create the exact feel you want in your mattress by choosing specific layers of latex. Dunlop and Talalay latex come in Soft, Medium, and Firm densities.

Couples should look for a mattress that allows for customization on both sides–that way no one has to compromise their comfort.

Pressure Relief

As previously mentioned, latex mattresses are excellent for pressure point relief, particularly Talalay latex mattresses.

If you’re a side sleeper, Talalay latex will cradle the hips and offer gentle support.

Sleep Cool

Memory foam traps your body heat. It is this chemical reaction between the foam and your body heat that allows the mattress to conform to your body’s curves. This is comfortable at first but will eventually cause you to wake up in the middle of the night, overheated and uncomfortable.

Natural latex offers pressure point relief without trapping your body heat, so you can sleep cooler throughout the night.


Latex mattresses are designed to last. Besides the downside of overheating with memory foam, synthetic foams eventually have a difficult time bouncing back, leading to dips in the mattress.

While there are always exceptions to the rule, this is not as prevalent of an issue with latex mattresses, especially if you choose latex layers that support your weight and sleep position.

Latex mattresses also typically have longer warranties than polyurethane foam or memory foam mattresses. The longer the warranty, the more confidence you can have in the durability of the product.


There are certainly more pros than cons to latex mattresses but here are two cons to consider.


Latex is on the heavier side and cannot be supported by a traditional box spring. It requires a platform bed with slats about 2-3” apart or a slatted foundation that takes the place of a box spring. This not only gives the mattress the support it needs, but it also allows the latex to breathe.


Latex mattresses are more expensive than polyurethane and memory foam mattresses. This is because of the natural and organic materials, certifications, and level of customization.

If you can afford a latex mattress, it’s worth the investment for both your comfort and health.

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Savvy Rest all-latex mattresses are GOTS-certified organic, completely customizable, and available in both Dunlop and Talalay latex.

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Explore our best-selling layered mattress options

GOTS-certified organic mattress - Tranquility mattress on bed in outdoor setting with trees


The Tranquility is made just like the Serenity organic mattress, but with two 3″ layers of natural, organic latex.

The Unity Pillowtop has four 3″ layers: it is simply the 3-layer Serenity organic mattress with the Harmony latex topper on top.

Our flagship organic mattress. Customizable for any body type with personalized combinations of Soft, Medium and/or Firm.

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