Latex foam construction
- May 11, 2018 -

Latex foam can be constructed from three different material types; all natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of natural and synthetic. There are also a number of different ways to manufacture latex, however, the two most common types by far are the Dunlop and Talalay process.

Brooklyn Bedding mattress layers (top to bottom) - 2" Talalay latex, 2" Dunlop latex, 6" support foam

Brooklyn Bedding mattress layers (top to bottom) – 2″ Talalay latex, 2″ Dunlop latex, 6″ support foam

These foams can be classified by either name. For example, you can have a natural dunlop foam, a synthetic dunlop foam, a natural talalay foam, or a synthetic talalay foam. Some manufactures advertise the technique used to make the foam, while others choose to focus on the materials instead.

  • Natural latex (material) only uses the raw latex, which is harvested from rubber trees and naturally processed to create the foam layers. For sleepers wanting a “natural mattress,” natural latex can be a great option. A certified organic natural latex mattress uses the purest materials and construction, and there is minimal off-gassing.

  • Synthetic latex (material) can be made from a variety of different synthetic materials, however, it is usually constructed from SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber). This latex can have a similar feel when compared to an all-natural latex mattress, however, some describe synthetic latex as having less bounce when compared to an all natural latex. A synthetic latex is also not going to have quite the lifespan and durability of an all-natural latex.