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What is Talalay Latex?

Talalay latex is one of the most luxurious mattress materials you can find on the market. Not only is it pressure-relieving and supremely comfortable, but it’s a natural product that’s truly worth every penny.

Keep reading to learn about all the benefits of Talalay latex and how it compares to Dunlop latex and memory foam.

What is Talalay Latex?

Talalay latex is a type of natural latex. It is known for gently cradling the hips and shoulders as you sleep on your side, though any type of sleeper can benefit from Talalay.

Talalay latex is also very breathable due to its open cell structure and is a great choice for those who tend to sleep hot.

Since Talalay is a natural latex, it does not offgas harsh chemicals. If health and material purity is important to you, we strongly suggest opting for a non-toxic, natural latex mattress or topper.

To learn more about Talalay, click here.

Talalay vs Dunlop

Talalay and Dunlop are two types of natural latex but they are different in terms of feel and the overall manufacturing process.

Talalay is more responsive and best for those who sleep on their side while Dunlop is the denser of the two types of latex and offers incredible support.

If you’d like, your mattress can include the best of both worlds. A side sleeper, for example, may choose to have Talalay as their top comfort layer and Dunlop as their remaining support layers to give the mattress an overall firmer feel.

Talalay also has extra steps in the manufacturing process. After the latex is poured into molds, it’s vacuum-sealed and flash frozen before being baked. This gives the latex that open cell structure and an overall more consistent feel than Dunlop. It also makes Talalay a more expensive latex.

However, a perk of Dunlop latex which should be noted is that if you simply flip over the layer of latex, you will get a firmer feel to your mattress. Meanwhile, Talalay’s density is consistent throughout the entire layer so there isn’t as much flexibility.

To learn more about Dunlop latex, click here.

Talalay vs Memory Foam 

While both Talalay latex and memory foam offer pressure point relief, there are some major differences between these two types of mattress cores.

Talalay latex is a natural material that is derived from sap harvested from rubber trees while memory foam is a chemically manufactured, man-made product. Talalay is a healthy, eco-friendly mattress material that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.

Which brings us to the second major difference between Talalay and memory foam: comfort.

Memory foam is comfortable at first but it is the chemical reaction between your body heat and the foam that allows it to conform to your body’s curves. Not only is there the potential of feeling overheated while you try to sleep but eventually, memory foam may have a difficult time bouncing back, leading to dips and sags in the mattress instead of long-lasting pressure point relief.

Is Talalay Natural?

Yes, Talalay latex is a natural product. We recommend avoiding polyurethane foam and memory foam mattresses if you wish to have a natural mattress.

What is the Best Talalay Mattress?

The best Talalay mattress is made with the highest quality natural latex that is both comfortable and safe.

Savvy Rest uses Vita Talalay from Radium Foam, which is known for its material purity and durability. It is Cradle to Cradle GOLD certified and made using sustainable forestry practices.

Savvy Rest is currently the only mattress manufacturer to offer GOTS-certified organic mattresses with Talalay latex.

Explore our best-selling layered mattress options

GOTS-certified organic Tranquility mattress.


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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