Not All Latex Is The Same

Not All Latex Is The Same

October 24, 2011
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Not all Latex Is The Same. Take Natural Latex Mattress vs. Blended Latex Mattress for example.

This is part 1 in our series of What You Need to Know Before Buying a Latex Mattress

Would you know the difference between a Natural Latex Mattress and a Blended Latex Mattress? The reason you need to is that the latex used inside of latex mattresses is not the same and is not created equally.   “100% natural latex that’s what we use in our latex mattresses” this is the claim made by both brick and mortar stores and retailers on the web and it can make things really confusing. The confusion comes when salespeople make the claim that synthetic latex or man-made blended latex is one and the same is referred to as “100% latex”. While of course there is a difference between the two different kinds of foam rubber one being blended “100% latex” and the other being pure 100% natural latex. The fact is all too often way too much liberty is being done during sales presentations when synthetic latex is referred to as “100% latex”. Some salespeople have gone even further to imply a history of long mattress life. The history that these salespeople are referring to is that of Dunlop 100% natural rubber. A raw component that has been used since the late 1930s and early 1940’s in mattress and furniture production. This history of latex has been well documented and it is a history that includes typically very high quality and longevity. A history that is included in the production of things like mattresses and sofa cushions.

Not All Latex Is The Same Not All Latex Is The Same

Most people in the mattress industry including salespeople, retail stores, and mattress manufacturers agree that 100% natural latex is more resilient, offers better elasticity, and conforms to the various weight, pressures, and body shapes applied to the real world daily mattress usage. In the case of synthetic man-made/blended latex, there is a collective agreement that it has a different feel. A feel that is often described as less lively, less responsive to body weight and pressure, and just kind of absorbs it passively.  Synthetic blended latex rubber is commonly thought of by industry professionals is also thought to be less resilient, less durable, and more likely to break down over a shorter period of time than its more natural counterpart. If a latex mattress is what you desire and budget is a concern a synthetic blend may be a great durable alternative to the typical cookie-cutter mattress and boxspring offered by the big brand name mattress builders.

When asked most manufacturers of blended latex say that their layers of latex rubber contain a percentage of natural latex. Those parameters are usually about 30-40% natural latex. I do not believe that 30, 35 or 40 percent is a guaranteed percentage only a guaranteed parameter.  The remaining percentages of 60-70% are made up of synthetic latex and/or fillers. While this is not a bad thing you very well may be content with purchasing a mattress that contains synthetic blended latex. Just know that when shopping for a new mattress that you compare apples to apples.

It is important to know Latex Mattress Questions You Should Be Asking?  So is the latex 100% natural or is it a blend is an important one to ask when buying a new mattress because they are not all the same. If you are expecting 100% natural you can expect to pay more. However, you would be paying for a product that has proven itself for approximately 70 years a fact that is just hard to debate.