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All About Latex Mattresses

Does “uplifting” and “floating on a cloud” sound good to you when you dream of the perfect night’s sleep? Well, that’s exactly how our satisfied customers describe their latex mattresses. From blissful personal experience, we can report that a full latex bed gives you more durability, more pressure relief, better blood flow, and sleeps cooler than memory foam … the benefits go on and on.

What is a latex mattress?

There are several types of latex mattresses, all of which offer distinct benefits when it comes to relieving back and joint pain, allergies, arthritis-related discomfort, and other sleep disturbances. In broad terms, there are natural latex beds and mattresses made with synthetic latex rubber, or petroleum derivatives. Latex may either be used as a comfort layer on top of an inner spring coil base, or as a solid foundational slab. Since latex mattress marketing jargon can be a tad confusing, here’s a brief explanation of the various types available.

Natural latex mattress

Natural latex is harvested from the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, originally native to Brazil. Latex is the milky liquid, not to be confused with sap, which is produced by the tree as a defense against plant-eating insects. Beds that are billed as “natural latex” have been manufactured with fewer chemical additives, and must contain at least 80 percent natural botanical latex. Some suppliers offer 100% natural latex beds that feature a solid latex core – these models are highly recommended for individuals who need a hypo-allergenic bed.

Organic latex mattress

Eco-conscious shoppers may also want to consider an organic latex mattress. Just like natural latex, organic mattresses are made with the milky substance from the rubber tree. The difference is the oversight in the harvest and manufacturing processes, as all “organic” mattresses come with an official seal of approval that guarantees the bed is free of hazardous chemicals and man-made products. Some of the best organic mattresses available today are certified by Oeko-Tex and the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).

Talalay latex mattress

If you prefer a sleep surface that is resilient but body-conforming, you might enjoy a Talalay latex mattress. Talalay is one of two production processes for making latex mattresses. It’s a slightly newer process that creates latex material of a slightly lower density and weight, preferable for those who desire a softer, more pillow-like sleeping surface. Alternatively, the Dunlop process creates a denser and more elastic latex ideal for maximum support and firmness.

Latex foam mattress

Latex foam is a catch-all term that may refer to natural or synthetic rubber, or a blend of the two. Synthetic latex foam is manufactured in such a way as to create a wide array of firmness options, enabling you to customize your sleep experience. A latex foam mattress, unlike traditional memory foam, has instant rebound properties and does not retain body heat.





No mattress on the market today gets such consistently high marks from buyers for reducing back pain, eliminating allergy attacks, holding shape over time, and combining a firm surface with a soft feel as latex rubber.

But don’t just take our word for it–swing by one of our convenient Mattress World Northwest Oregon locations in downtown Portland, Canby, Salem, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beaverton, Gresham, Happy Valley and more to test out the best latex mattress brands for yourself, such as Latex USA or, coming soon, OMI’s line of fully organic latex mattresses.

Latex benefits: shape retention & hypoallergenic

Latex rubber is an uplifting support system. Both synthetic and natural latex help promote proper spinal alignment while dramatically reducing pressure points, no matter what position you sleep in.

Latex rubber is arguably the most durable material found in the mattress market. With natural latex below the body, the lumbar region and cervical spine are properly supported throughout the night. At the same time, latex recovers its shape the moment you move to a new area of the mattress, and doesn’t hold indents as long as memory foam.

Latex outperforms traditional mattresses when it comes to overall health benefits. Latex can promote the healing process for many injuries, such as bulging or herniated discs in the back or neck. Many doctors recommend latex for people who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, insomnia, allergies, and other medical conditions.

Latex mattress reviews

Over the years we have collected dozens of latex mattress reviews, all of which praise the support, comfort and durability of these sleep systems. Customers are particularly encouraged by the following latex advantages:

  • Naturally antibacterial, antifungal and dust mite resistant
  • Breathable and doesn’t trap body heat
  • 100 percent hypoallergenic
  • Organic latex uses eco-friendly production processes
  • Great value for the money
  • Better quality of sleep

Latex mattress topper

Traditional coil mattresses or beds that have sagging centers can truly benefit from a natural latex mattress topper. Besides offering a whole new level of luxurious comfort, these toppers are also anti-microbial and great for people with sensitive skin. A latex foam mattress topper is reversible, helps distribute weight evenly and is available in 2, 2.5 and 3-inch thicknesses.

Latex pillow

Many neck pain sufferers find relief with a latex foam pillow. Unlike traditional poly-filled pillows, latex foam is self-ventilating, and helps put the cervical vertebrae into neutral alignment. The result of this uplifting support is hours of comfortable, blissful sleep. Latex pillows never need to be fluffed up, last for 5 years or longer and are recommended for people who want medium-firm support.

Shop the best latex mattress models

Latex gives you the sensation that you are floating, but still getting the support that your body needs to relax and get a rejuvenating night’s sleep. As Oregon’s first choice in mattress retailers, Mattress World Northwest offers our customers the world’s best latex mattresses at unbeatable prices in Portland, Canby, Salem, Glisan, Jantzen Beach, Washington Square, and elsewhere. Latex products at Mattress World Northwest include:

Please call your nearest location to learn more about our wide selection of latex mattresses, or drop in for a comfort test.

More latex mattress resources

  1. Why Everyone’s in Love with Latex Mattresses
  2. Is a latex mattress better than an inner-spring mattress?
  3. 5 Reasons to Choose a Latex Mattress

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