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Best Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses are increasing in popularity online due to their bouncy feel and natural properties. Learn about all the benefits of a latex mattress, what types of latex exists, and if investing in a latex bed is right for you.

By Natalie Yerger

Latex mattresses are among the most popular in the market, known for their durability, comfort, and extended lifespan. Made from the sap extracted from the rubber tree, these healthy, comfortable mattresses have great appeal, especially for eco-conscious consumers.

If you’re interested in purchasing a latex mattress, there are thousands of options to choose from. To make your search less overwhelming, we’re sharing our top picks of the best latex mattresses out there. We will also share the pros and cons of the material, different types of latex, and who these mattresses are best for.

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The Best Latex Mattresses of 2021

Editor’s Pick – Birch

Birch

Editor's Pick

The Birch Mattress, made by Helix Sleep, is a latex hybrid mattress made with a temperature-regulating wool and cotton cover, pressure-relieving Talalay latex, supportive pocketed steel coils, and a base layer of wool batting.

birch mattress
Score
4.9 / 5.0
Firmness

6.5

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

25 year warranty

We think this mattress is an excellent mattress for back sleepers of all weights because it’s among the most supportive of all latex mattress options. It has a medium firmness and an 11” thickness profile, making it ideal for back sleepers.

While buyers can choose to add a pillow-top, the standard version may work best for back sleepers, since it provides a flatter, denser surface. Overall, the mattress is slightly firmer than average.

On the Birch, back sleepers will experience their hips sinking into the softer wool and latex layers without going too far. The latex foam should also provide lower back support. Both of these spine-supporting elements are why we recommend it for back sleepers.

Read our full Birch mattress review to learn more.

Best Latex Mattress for Couples – Saatva Latex Hybrid

Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Mattress for Couples

The Saatva Latex is made with latex comfort layers, , a wool layer, a pocketed coil layer, and a quilted cotton cover, which provide support, comfort and spinal alignment, breathability, and soft protection, respectively.

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Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

6.5

Trial period

180 days

Warranty

15 years

This mattress checks every option, which is why we think it’s one of the best latex options out there. We love that Saatva Latex Hybrid has gone out of its way to use 100% Talalay latex. While more expensive, Saatva latex delivers what the customer pays for. It is more supple, buoyant, and resilient.

Related: Best Luxury Mattress

You’ll have a challenging time finding anything that’s not to love about this mattress. Not to mention, Saatva Latex Hybrid is a part of the Saatva mattress family, which is well known for making high-quality products and offers a 15-year warranty.

Read our full Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more!

Best Flippable Latex Mattress – Brooklyn EcoSleep Hybrid

Brooklyn EcoSleep Hybrid

Best Flippable Mattress
The EcoSleep Hybrid is a natural, sustainable, flippable mattress. You get two firmness levels: medium on one side and firm on the other, so you can flip the mattress to find your perfect firmness level.
Brooklyn Bedding EcoSleep Hybrid Mattress
Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

Medium and Firm

Trial period

120 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Not only is the EcoSleep Hybrid eco-friendly with many green certifications but it’s flippable. We recommend this mattress for back and stomach sleepers since it offers a medium side and a firm side.

Related: Best Firm Mattresses

The main concern for stomach sleepers is that their hips sink too far into the mattress. The firm side of the EcoSleep is firmer than average, meaning that even heavier and taller stomach sleepers can receive support from its construction. While firm, the latex layer is bouncy and responsive, so it’s still easy to move around the mattress.

Best Luxury Mattress for Side Sleepers – PlushBeds Luxury Bliss

PlushBeds Luxury Bliss

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

This latex foam hybrid mattress from PlushBeds combines structure, support, and comfort to create an ideal sleeping experience for latex lovers who prefer side sleeping.

Score
4.9 / 5.0
Firmness

5.5

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

25 year warranty

Daniel, one of our editors here at Mattress Nerd and a dedicated side sleeper, has requested to take the reins on this entry: “As a side sleeper myself, I know how important it is to find a mattress that keeps my hips and shoulders nice and cushioned. There’s nothing worse than a bed that doesn’t allow these sensitive areas to sink in—not only because it causes aches, but also because it allows the spine to sink out of alignment.

Thankfully, the PlushBeds Luxury Bliss is constructed with side sleepers in mind. The latex foam permits your weightier pressure points (shoulders and hips) to sink comfortably below the surface, while the coil base provides the structure that keeps them from sinking in too far. If you’re a side sleeper who’s on the hunt for a latex mattress, the PlushBeds Luxury Bliss is a great choice.”

Read our full PlushBeds Luxury Bliss Review to learn more!

Best Latex Mattress for Plus-Sized Sleepers – Big Fig

Big Fig

Best Mattress for Plus-Sized Sleepers

Like most hybrid beds, the Big Fig offers added support thanks to its pocketed coil core. It’s constructed with latex foam, gel foam, and a soft, cotton cover.

big fig mattress
Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

6.5

Trial period

101 nights

Warranty

20 year limited warranty

If you need a mattress with a more supportive core but also want the comfort of latex, we think the Big Fig should be on your list.

The company made this mattress to meet its customers’ demand for a more durable mattress for plus-sized sleepers without sacrificing sleep quality. The latex layer in this mattress gives a medium-firm feel with enough bounce to prevent you from feeling stuck.

At its base is individually pocketed coils, providing solid support while limiting motion transfer. We think this mattress works well for a variety of sleeping positions.

Read our full Big Fig mattress Review to learn more!

Best Latex Mattress Under $1,000 – GhostBed

GhostBed

Best Mattress Under $1,000

This hybrid mattress stands out because of its affordable price. It has thick latex layers, giving it a longer lifespan than similar options in the market.

ghostbed original mattress
Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

6.5

Trial period

101 nights

Warranty

20 year limited

The GhostBed mattress is our pick for the best latex mattress under $1,000. It uses a hybrid of memory foam and latex foam: meaning you get the bounce and cooling of latex but the pressure-relief and cushioning from the memory foam. GhostBed gets you a 101-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.

Read our full GhostBed mattress review to learn more!

Best Dunlop Latex Mattress – Brentwood Home Cedar

Brentwood Home Cedar

Best Dunlop Latex Mattress

The Cedar by Brentwood is a hybrid featuring Dunlop latex and natural materials such as coconut, cotton, wool, and flaxseed. While offering a generally soft feel, it also has a zoned pocketed coil system that provides pressure relief to the spine and lower back. 

brentwood home cedar
Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

6

Trial period

1 year

Warranty

25 year limited warranty

The Brentwood Home Cedar mattress’s construction sets it apart. Bentwood Home adds a second layer of Dunlop latex which has grooved, sculpted edges and zoned support for sleeper’s shoulders, back, and legs, which makes the mattress feel much plusher than most Latex beds.

These same grooves have a second benefit in that they allow for added airflow and breathability throughout the night. The 8-inch coils also aid in the mattress’ cooling properties. If you find most latex mattresses a little too firm or if you sleep hot, we think this would be the option for you. 

Read our full Brentwood Home mattress review to learn more! 

Best Organic Latex Mattress – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best Organic Mattress

The Botanical Bliss is a 100% natural, organic latex mattress in the luxury category. Its layers include a cotton cover, New Zealand wool, and three layers of natural Dunlop latex.

Plushbeds Botanical Bliss
Score
4.9 / 5.0
Firmness

Available in firm and medium-firm options

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

25 year warranty

The PlushBed Botanical Bliss is one of the best organic mattresses out there. If your budget allows you to choose a luxury option and you want to go the all-natural route, the Botanical Bliss is the perfect choice. PlushBed is best for those who want the absolute best-in-class materials, comfort, adjustability, and buying experience. 

The quality of this mattress’ materials has earned it more than 15 certifications, including GreenGuard Gold, a rigorous chemical emissions standard earned by less than 1% of mattresses. It’s the company’s most popular mattress for this reason and comes highly recommended by chiropractors and orthopedic specialists.

As with most luxury options, this bed is completely customizable in firmness and thickness. It also comes with a 25-year warranty and free shipping, making it our recommendation for the luxury buyer.

See our full Plushbeds Mattress Review to learn more! 

Best Hybrid Latex Mattress – WinkBeds EcoCloud

WinkBeds EcoCloud

Best Hybrid Latex Mattress
WinkBed’s offering for eco-conscious shoppers, this zoned, hybrid mattress is built with all-natural materials including an organic cotton cover and Talalay latex. The latex will provide a cool mattress for hot sleepers with breathability and enhanced airflow. The 5-zoned support coils provide support for heavier areas of the body and work to reduce back pain.
Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

5

Trial period

120 nights

Warranty

Lifetime

We love that the WinkBeds EcoCloud mattress provides an option for those who want a hybrid latex with all of the bells and whistles. The natural materials (like Talalay latex, organic cotton, and wool) give you a cooling luxurious sleep. Plus the reinforced edges means super supportive edges.

Check out our WinkBeds mattress reviews page for exclusive deals!

Best Adjustable Latex Mattress – Saatva Solaire

Saatva Solaire

Best Adjustable Mattress
The Solaire is Saatva's most luxurious mattress yet. It's made for sleepers who want customizable firmness to suit their specific sleeping preferences. With 50 unique firmness settings, an organic cotton cover, and pressure absorbing memory foam, you'd be hard pressed to not get a great sleep on this bed.
saatva solaire
Score
4.9 / 5.0
Firmness

50 Firmness Options

Trial period

180 nights

Warranty

25 year warranty

The Saatva Solaire mattress is an adjustable airbed, perfect for people who are unsure of which firmness level they need. Like Sleep Number, the Solaire offers 50 different remote-controlled firmness options, so you can find your perfect fit. Saatva also offers free white glove delivery, so you don’t have to lift a finger while setting up this bed on its base. On top of that, you get a 180-night sleep trial period and a 25-year warranty.

Check out our Saatva Solaire mattress review page for exclusive deals!

Pros and Cons of Latex Mattresses

PROS

  • DurableLatex is very durable. It is excellent at resisting body impressions and tends to always spring back to its original state.
  • Supportive- Latex contours to the shape of your body while remaining very “buoyant,” keeping you floating on top of it rather than sinking too far into it.
  • Temperature neutral- Latex does not easily change its temperature (in scientific terms, it has a high specific heat; it takes a lot of energy to increase the temperature each degree). This means it does not sleep hot or cold, and the firmness is not affected by room or body temperature. This leads to less tossing and turning to try to find a cooler spot on the bed since the mattresses are naturally very breathable.
  • Hypoallergenic- While we recommend every mattress use a mattress protector, latex is naturally hypoallergenic, resistant against dust mites, and moisture-wicking, which adds another layer of protection against allergens.
  • Less Off-Gassing- If you buy a mattress in a box, once you unbox it you will likely have some off-gassing, chemical scent if it is a hybrid, hybrid innerspring or memory foam. Latex mattresses tend to have significantly less smell, but if they do they are a more “natural” scent. Some say it smells similar to tea bags or leaves. 

CONS

  • Price- Latex is one of the more expensive materials to put in a mattress, and therefore latex mattresses tend to be the most expensive ones out there. If you find an inexpensive latex mattress, be very wary. They either mixed the latex with more “binder” to dilute the actual latex, or they just use a thin layer of latex on top of polyurethane foam. Real latex will cost you
  • Pressure- While latex can be decent at relieving pressure, it is not as pressure-relieving as some other alternatives, like memory foam. This depends in part on the type of latex being used (Dunlop tends to be harder, Talalay can be soft or firm). When trying a latex mattress, be mindful of the pressure on your shoulders and hips. When trying a latex pillow, make sure you don’t feel too much pressure on your head.
  • Motion transferOnce again, latex is decent at motion isolation from one side of the bed to the other, but it is not as good as memory foam in this regard. Latex has a “bouncy” feel and some of that bounce can disturb your partner if you’re not careful.
  • More Bounce Than Memory FoamThis isn’t necessarily a con of latex, but more of a preference. Latex generally has more elasticity than memory foam mattresses because of the open-cell structure. If you were to press your hand into a latex mattress, it would snap back almost immediately, whereas memory foam would slowly return to its original shape. If you’re interested in a latex mattress, but sure you’re comfortable with the bounce.

Who is a Latex Mattress Best For?

Latex adds longevity, support, and temperature neutrality to any mattress. But, as we’ve mentioned, latex mattresses are expensive. If you fall into the following categories, it may be a worthwhile long-term investment for you.

Hot Sleepers

We highly recommend that hot sleepers consider a mattress with, at minimum, a layer of latex. As mentioned, the material’s structure allows for breathability, meaning your body heat won’t become trapped in the mattress, so you’ll have a cool night’s sleep or, at worst, a temperature neutral mattress. Keep in mind that blended and synthetic latex may be warmer than 100% natural latex. Our list of best cooling mattresses has more information on temperature regulation if you’re interested.

People with Lower Back Pain

If you have acute or chronic low back pain, latex tends to have the body-cradling, contouring properties of memory foam while also providing cushioned support without the harmful chemicals. Be sure to purchase your latex mattress from a company that’s designed the bed with layers that provide support in areas you need them most.

Related: Best Mattresses for Back Pain

Certain Sleep Positions

Stomach sleepers, who also tend to be people with low back pain, will enjoy the firmness levels and hip support that a latex mattress can offer. However, there are also latex options on the market for back and side sleepers, as well as people who don’t subscribe to a single sleeping position. We recommend taking a look through our recommendations above to find the best latex mattress for your sleeping habits. If you don’t see anything that speaks to you, we have articles on the best mattresses for side sleepers, best mattresses for stomach sleepers, best mattresses for back sleepers, and best mattresses for combination sleepers.

Who is a Latex Mattress Not Best For?

Couples

If you sleep with a partner who happens to move around a lot in their sleep, you’ll probably want a mattress that has exceptional motion isolation. As we mentioned, latex is pretty solid in this category, but memory foam is generally the safest bet when it comes to keeping your partner’s tossing and turning from disturbing you. You can also take a look at our best mattresses for couples article for more info on what makes for a great two-person mattress.

Side Sleepers with Shoulder Pain

Much like with couples, if you are a side sleep who suffers from shoulder pain, you may want to consider a soft, memory foam mattress as opposed to a latex mattress. Latex often does a good job of supporting pressure points, but the natural softness of memory foam may do an even better job for you. If you have your heart set on a latex, however, you could always add a memory foam mattress topper to make things more cushioned.

Related: Sleeping with Shoulder Pain

Shoppers on a Budget

It can be challenging to find a great latex mattress for a reasonable price. The materials and construction process make for a superior quality, but a substantial cost. If you are looking to spend a bit less than the products on this list call for, take a look at our best mattresses under $1,000, or even best mattresses under $500 article. There are some wonderful beds out there that won’t break the bank.

Latex vs. Other Mattress Types

Latex vs. Memory Foam

Perhaps the biggest leg up that latex has on memory foam is breathability. Because memory foam beds are made up of such dense material, heat can easily become trapped within the layers. Latex foam, on the other hand, tends to be more open-celled, and so heat can flow right on out of the mattress. 

For couples who aren’t concerned with overheating, memory foam might be worth consideration. The same thick layers of foam that can sometimes trap heat also make memory foam better than latex when it comes to motion isolation. This means that you’re less likely to be disturbed by your restless partner’s movements.

Related: Latex vs. Memory Foam

Latex vs. Innerspring

Latex and innerspring mattresses have some things in common, namely breathability. They also both provide some good bounce and responsiveness, meaning you shouldn’t have much trouble changing positions as you sleep. 

As for the differences, latex will most likely do a better job relieving pressure, and it probably won’t creak and groan as much as an innerspring mattress will. Be prepared to pay quite a bit more for latex, though—innersprings are the most affordable mattresses out there.

Related: Best Affordable Mattresses

Latex vs. Hybrid

Our last matchup of the day is latex and hybrid. This is a bit of a tricky one, since many latex mattresses are hybrids themselves. When shopping for a hybrid mattress, you will notice that some contain layers of memory foam, while others contain latex foam. Both are great, but you will probably find that the latex option is slightly more responsive and sleeps cooler, while the memory foam option offers better contouring. 

Related: Best Hybrid Mattress

Different Types of Latex

Natural vs. Synthetic Latex 

Latex in mattresses can be 100% natural, synthetic, or a blend of the two. 

One-hundred percent of natural latex is harvested from rubber trees. This is the most expensive type and is rated marginally higher in overall satisfaction by consumers. Consumers who want to live an organic lifestyle and be sure they’ve removed synthetic materials from their homes gravitate toward this option.

Synthetic latex is made when latex that is not 100% organic is combined with a petroleum-based plasticizer. Many companies choose to blend natural latex with synthetic latex, such as 85% natural and 15% synthetic because it provides extended stability and reduces cost. But buyer beware! As long as there is a certain percentage of all-natural latex used in a mattress it can be marketed as “Natural Latex.” To be sure you are buying a 100% natural latex mattress, make sure it is labeled as such. Although the cost will be higher, natural latex is more durable and has greater health benefits. 

See: Guide to Natural, Non-Toxic Bedroom Products 

Dunlop vs. Talalay Latex 

Dunlop and Talalay refer to the two most common types of latex processing. Both blended and 100 percent natural latex mattresses can be made using either of these processes.

Dunlop latex is typically more suitable for those seeking a firmer, more supportive mattress. The Dunlop process fills the mattress mold completely, resulting in a heavier, denser bottom that makes it ideal as a base core component.

The Talalay process is newer and slightly different. To make natural Talalay latex, the mattress mold is partially filled and the remainder is filled with air, creating a uniform density throughout the mattress. It is softer and more pillow-like, making it preferable as a top cushion layer.

Latex Density & ILD

Indention load density (ILD) is the measurement used to explain how difficult it is to compress or cause an indentation in the foam. A higher ILD means it will take more force to indent the foam, meaning it is more firm. The scale of ILD foam used in mattresses ranges from 15-40, with 15-25 being very soft, 25-35 is medium-firm and above 35 ILD is very firm. The ILD is not the only thing you should take into consideration when thinking about the firmness of the mattress. They can be different firmness levels depending on how the different foam layers are stacked. 

The density of the latex will refer to the weight of the foam. The denser the latex, the firmer it will feel and some say, the longer it will last. Density is usually denoted as “D60-D90.”

Environmentally Friendly Mattresses

Latex is often associated with organic materials that make eco-friendly, natural mattresses. While it is true that there are latex mattresses that are created using processes and components that are less harmful to the environment than other mattress types, that is not necessarily true of all of them. Below are some certifications that indicate compliance with some form of environment preservation guidelines. If you find a mattress that has any of these approvals, you’re off to a good start. 

OEKO-TEX Standard 100: The primary purpose of Oeko-Tex is to ensure that a minimal amount of harmful chemicals are emitted during the production and use of a product. They do not focus exclusively on latex, so you may see this certification on memory foam or hybrid mattresses as well. See our article on toxic mattress chemicals for more information on the subject.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): If a mattress is GOTS certified, it means that at least 95% of the materials used are certified organic. GOTS is one of the best certifications to look out for, as their guidelines are a good deal more stringent than other organizations. For example, they require that materials used in the manufacturing process are harvested in not just an environmentally responsible way, but a socially responsible way as well. 

Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS): GOLS is a more focused version of the GOTS standard. Simply put, it is the first globally recognized standard for responsible production of latex mattresses using raw organic materials.

Even with some of this information at your disposal, determining whether or not a mattress is truly organic can be difficult. Companies may use terms like “organic” and “all-natural” but without the proper certifications these claims are meaningless. If buying an environmentally-friendly mattress is the most important thing for you, then we suggest you look at our best organic mattresses page. Latex is a great place to start, so you’re already on the right track.

Can You Sleep On a Latex Mattress If You’re Allergic to Latex?

If you’re one of the less than one percent of individuals in the United States who are allergic to latex, you may be wondering whether or not you should be considering a latex mattress at all. You may be surprised to learn that, depending on the severity of your allergy, a latex mattress may be perfectly fine for you to sleep on. 

The latex used in mattress manufacturing goes through an intense washing process that results in most of the reaction-inducing proteins being stripped away. On top of that, most of the latex used in these mattresses is found in the core, so direct contact is fairly unlikely. 

If your allergy is mild, then you could be fine with a latex mattress. If you have a severe allergy, or are concerned in any way, then it would be best to either avoid latex altogether or consult a medical professional before making your purchase. 

Conclusion

Now you should have a better idea of whether or not latex might be the best option for your new mattress. If you were already convinced, then we hope we’ve helped you narrow down your search. When you factor in how long a latex mattress will last you, it’s important to choose a mattress that you’re really going to love. If you do happen to fall in love with your latex mattress, consider adding one of our best latex pillows to the equation.

If you still have questions about latex mattresses, or you have one that you particularly love, let us know in the comments below. Or, if you feel like a latex mattress might not be for you, check out our best mattresses of 2021 guide.

Recap of the Best Rated Latex Mattresses

Mattress Award  Nerd Score
Birch Editor’s Pick 4.6 /5
Saatva Latex Hybrid Best Latex Mattress for Couples 4.2 / 5
Brooklyn EcoSleep Hybrid Best Flippable Latex Mattress 4.7 / 5
PlushBeds Luxury Bliss Best Latex Mattress for Side Sleepers 4.7 / 5
Big Fig Best Latex Mattress for Plus-Sized Sleepers 4.8 / 5
GhostBed Best Latex Mattress Under $1,000 4.7 / 5
Cedar Natural Luxe by Brentwood Home Best Dunlop Latex Mattress 4.7 / 5
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Best Organic Latex Mattress 4.9 / 5
WinkBeds EcoCloud Best Hybrid Latex Mattress 4.7 / 5
Saatva Solaire Best Adjustable Latex Mattress 4.5 / 5

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