The Best Latex Mattresses: 2019 Reviews and Buyer's Guide

By Alesandra Woolley

Latex mattresses have gained popularity in the mattress scene because of their hygienic and (in some cases) eco-friendly materials, as well as their pressure-relieving support. 

We’ve tested and compared over 30 latex mattresses in our very own Mattress Lab to find the best of the best. In this guide, we’ll share our 9 top-rated latex mattress reviews and in our comprehensive buyer’s guide for latex mattresses we’ll teach you everything you should look for when shopping.

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Best Latex Mattresses

Below you can see a listing of all our favorite latex mattress reviews. In the next section, we’ll go over each of these mattresses in more depth.

ZenHaven

  • Dual-sided, Talalay mattress that offers to levels of comfort: luxury plush or gentle firm.
  • Organic wool cover that naturally wicks away moisture

I am a chiropractor and my patients are always asking me what is best for them. I advise them to all look to Zenhaven."

Katie
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
8.6 / 10
Firmness

Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7-8/10

Trial Period

120 days

Awara

  • Premium hybrid mattress made with sustainably sourced latex, wool, and cotton.
  • One-year trial run

I’d recommend this mattress to anyone looking for something that is soft yet perfectly supportive without being stiff or lumpy."

David
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Bloom Hybrid

  • Cushioning Talalay latex mattress available at three firmness levels.
  • 100 percent organic Joma wool cover

Great mattress with natural materials. We are loving it after a couple weeks!”

Amber
Customer Rating
5 / 5
MA Score
9.1 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush, medium and firm

Trial Period

120 days

Avocado

  • 100 percent Dunlop latex mattress with 1,400 pocket-coil spring system made of recycled steel.
  • Available in regular or with a pillow top.
  • GOLS, GOTS, and GREENGUARD certified.

I've had some of the best nights sleep I've had in years"

Heather
Customer Rating
5 / 5
MA Score
8.3 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm to firm: 7/10 (6/10 with European pillow-top option)

Trial Period

100 days

Nest Natural Hybrid

  • Available in natural or certified organic Dunlop latex.
  • Offered at three firmness levels.

The bed is soft, supportive, and sleeps cool."

Dan
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush, medium and firm

Trial Period

100 days

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

  • Made of 100% organic Dunlop latex and wrapped in an organic knit cover.
  • Customizable firmness
  • GOTS, GOLS, and GREENGUARD certified. Translation: this mattress is great for you and the environment.

I’m amazed at how wonderful this bed makes me feel."

Deborah
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
7.8 / 10
Firmness

Customizable firmness anywhere from 5-9 out of 10

Trial Period

100 days

Cedar

  • 100% all-natural Dunlop latex mattress made with organic cotton and wool.
  • Sculpted for precision pressure point relief and motion isolation.

It cradles all my pressure points without causing me to sink in and get hot."

Anthony
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
7.9 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

120 days

Pure Green Latex

  • 100% all-natural Dunlop latex mattress
  • Offered at three different firmness (soft, medium, or firm) and two thickness levels for personalized comfort

We have had noticeably better sleep since. Highly recommend.”

Daniela
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.1 / 10
Firmness

Choose between Soft, Medium or Firm

Trial Period

100 days

Spindle

  • 100% natural Dunlop latex
  • One-year trial period
  • Offered in 4 different firmness options that can be customized post-purchase if necessary.

Fantastic mattress. Just as comfy as the other high-end latex mattress we previously owned."

Brian
Customer Rating
4.4 / 5
MA Score
7.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in Soft, Medium, Firm and Extra Firm

Trial Period

365 days

These mattresses are the best latex mattresses we’ve seen on the market. If you want to learn more about any of these beds, you can find more information in our next section. 

We’ll take a closer look at each mattress and tell you about their performance in our testing, what we like about them, and any information you should know before purchasing. 

To learn even more and get an inside look at our testing process for any of the mattresses, you can click through to our complete in-depth reviews.


ZenHaven

ZenHaven mattress with green tree line in the backdrop

ZenHaven Highlights

The ZenHaven mattress by Saatva is a luxury, latex mattress wrapped in an organic wool cover. In addition to all the health benefits latex provides, the ZenHaven is unique in that it’s dual-sided so you can choose the comfort level that suits you best.

You will pay more for a mattress of this quality but Saatva will take away your old bed and set your new ZenHaven up for free (which is good news because the ZenHavan is on the heavier side).

It’s nearly impossible for a mattress to be 100% organic, but the ZenHaven is “as green as modern manufacturing will allow.” Each layer in this mattress is made with all-natural materials that are free of toxins and chemical odors typically found in synthetic bedding foams. There is, however, a small amount of non-toxic, inorganic material used to convert natural latex from its liquid, tree-tapped form to its solid form.

Given the hygienic nature of latex, the ZenHaven mattress is naturally resistant to mold, microbes, and dust mites making this mattress not only safe to sleep on but also hypoallergenic.

Read our full Zenhaven mattress review.


Awara

Shot of bare Awara mattress with some sheets on top in a bedroom

Awara Highlights

The Awara mattress is made of 100 percent organic Dunlop latex and wrapped in a cover made from naturally sourced cotton and wool. Given the natural cooling and antimicrobial properties of the materials in the Awara mattress, you’ll sleep cool and clean.

The core of the Awara mattress is made of nine inches of individually wrapped pocket coils that help ensure full body support and spinal alignment while you sleep. Unlike other mattresses that usually offer only 2 or 3 zone support, the Awara mattress is built using a unique 5-zone pocket coil system. These added zones provide targeted, multi-zone support to evenly distribute weight and reduce motion transfer.

Read our full Awara mattress review.


Bloom Hybrid by Brooklyn Bedding

Bloom Hybrid Lifestyle Shot

Bloom Hybrid Highlights

Made of breathable, hypoallergenic Talalay latex, the Bloom Hybrid mattress by Brooklyn Bedding is an eco-friendly bed that also happens to be very comfy. The top layer of the Bloom mattress is made of Joma Wool which amazingly keeps you cool in the summer yet warm in the winter.

The core of the Bloom Hybrid mattress is made of two latex layers. The first is a comfort layer that cradles pressure points adapts to changes in sleep position. The following latex layer provides deep compression to keep your body weight supported while you sleep. Together the latex core breathes up to seven times better than other latex foams to keep you cool while you sleep.

Read our full Bloom Hybrid mattress review.


Avocado

Avocado mattress in bedroom

Avocado Highlights

The Avocado Green mattress is about as “green” as they come. Made of 100 percent organic materials, it doesn’t get much more eco-friendly than this. The Avocado is a hybrid mattress made of 100 percent natural Dunlop latex and innerspring core, wrapped in an organic cotton and wool cover that’s breathable and cool.

Due to the sturdy materials used to make the bulk of the Avocado mattress, you will sleep well supported. No to mention the five-zone ergonomic support system that offers individualized pressure relief and spine alignment. If you are looking for an even more sustainable mattress, check out the Avocado Vegan mattress.

Read our full Avocado mattress review.


Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex

Nest Bedding's natural hybrid latex mattress in a room with mother and son reading

Nest Hybrid Latex Highlights

Available at three firmness levels, Nest Bedding’s Hybrid Latex mattress is a combination of Dunlop latex and a six-inch pocket coil core. Thick and plush, this mattress sleeps very comfortably while also supporting its sleeper.

The Hybrid Latex by Nest did particularly well in our spine alignment and pressure relief tests making this a great bed for anyone with back and joint pain.

Read our full Nest Hybrid Latex mattress review.


PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Botanical Bliss mattress in a bedroom

Botanical Bliss Highlights

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress is made of 100% APRICO, organic Dunlop latex and wrapped in an organic knit cover made of naturally sourced cotton and wool.

Offered at two thickness levels, 10 inches or 13 inches, the Botanical Bliss offers varying levels of support. Another pro of the Botanical Bliss is completely customizable firmness. Unzip the cover of the mattress and rearrange the three latex layers to your liking.

Speaking of the cover, it’s made of 100% Pure New Zealand Wool. When used in the right proportions, organic wool creates a micro-climate, which assists in regulating body temperature and humidity. This means you will sleep cool atop of the Botanical Bliss.

Read our full Botanical Bliss mattress review.


Cedar by Brentwood Home

Cedar Highlights

The Cedar Mattress is made of 100% all-natural ventilated Dunlop latex and organic cotton, New Zealand wool, flax seeds, and organic coconut husk. Due to the moisture wicking properties of wool and the breathability of ventilated Dunlop, the Cedar mattress sleeps cooler than most.

With sculpted edges for motion isolation and targeted pressure relief, the Cedar will provide comfort to your shoulders, back, and legs all night.

Read our full Cedar mattress review.


Sleep on Latex

Pure Green Mattress by Sleep On Latex

Pure Green by Sleep On Latex Highlights

This hypoallergenic latex mattress is offered at two thickness levels and three different levels of firmness which allows you to customize your bed to suit your comfort preferences.

It’s one of the few brands made of 100% all-natural latex, plus its cotton and wool are GOTS certified. The cover of the Pure Green mattress can be completely zipped off and dry cleaned in necessary.

Read our full Pure Green mattress review.


Spindle

Spindle mattress in a bedroom with light blue blanket across the top

Spindle Highlights

The Spindle mattress is made of three all-natural layers of Dunlop latex that are three times more durable and four times more breathable than conventional foams.

Topped with an organic cotton cover that’s lined with natural wool, the Spindle sleeps cool by naturally wicking moisture away from the body.

Read our full Spindle mattress review.


Latex Mattress Buyer’s Guide

We think there’s a lot to love about latex mattresses, but they’re also not for everyone. We’re here to help you determine if a latex mattress is the best mattress for you. 

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll go over: 

What is a Latex Mattress? 

Latex mattresses are made with either all latex materials or a hybrid of latex and other materials like polyfoam and pocketed coils. These mattresses have a unique feel and are designed to offer pressure relief, cooling, and a healthier night’s sleep.

latex up close

Types of Latex Mattresses

Before you start shopping for latex, you should know how it’s made. While latex has the connotation of being all-natural and organic, that’s not always the case. The different types of latex mattresses are: 

  • Natural latex: This is produced from the sap of a rubber tree with either Talalay or Dunlop processing and is theoretically 100% natural latex. 
  • Synthetic latex: This is derived from petrochemicals with either Talalay or Dunlop processing and is 0% natural latex.
  • Blended latex: Consists of a blend of natural and synthetic latex and is typically at least 30% natural latex. 

Natural vs. Synthetic Latex

While latex is a naturally sourced material from rubber trees, not all latex mattresses contain 100 percent latex. Before the completed latex mixture is poured into the mold used to make the mattress, fillers can be added to cut down on costs. 

In most cases, polyurethane is the filler added to create synthetic latex. 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.

Talalay vs. Dunlop Latex

You may have also seen the words “Dunlop” and “Talalay” latex in your search. These are not different kinds of natural latex, but rather the process used to turn liquid latex into latex foam

In general, the differences between the two processes are the end result. 

  • Dunlop latex mattresses are slightly firmer and denser than latex mattresses formed through the Talalay process. This makes Dunlop latex a great option for plus-size sleepers, or other adults looking for premium support. 
  • On the other hand, Talalay latex mattresses are a great choice for side sleepers given its cushion. 

In some cases, you will see Dunlop latex as the base layer of a mattress for its support and Talalay latex as the top layer for its cushion.

The Pros of Latex Mattresses

A latex mattress can be a great investment for your sleep. There are many benefits to this type of bed.

  • Less “Hug”: A latex mattress is a great option for people who like the support and pressure-relieving qualities of a foam mattress but don’t want to feel as engulfed in the mattress. In other words, they prefer to sleep “on” the mattress instead of “in” the mattress.
  • Antibacterial: Latex is naturally antibacterial, meaning it’s resistant to dust mites, fleas, mold, and mildew so you get a clean night’s sleep. 
  • Good for Couples: Latex mattresses tend to have great bounce, cooling properties, and motion transfer – meaning you won’t feel your partner or pets if they move around or get up in the middle of the night.
  • Responsiveness: It will adjust to your body as you move throughout the night.
  • Great Value: Think of it as a long-term investment: latex mattresses (when cared for properly), can last up to 15 years. This is the longest lifespan of any type of mattress.
  • Better for the Environment: Latex mattresses are usually the most eco-friendly option as well. Latex is typically made from plant- or petroleum-based synthetic rubber, which means it’s environmentally friendly to produce and can usually be recycled at the end of its lifetime.

The Cons of Latex Mattresses

On the flip side, there are a number of factors to be aware of when shopping for a latex mattress. 

  • Price: Because latex mattresses are made with more durable, longer-lasting materials, they’re also going to be more expensive. Prices for latex mattresses can range from $900 to $2,000+.
  • Weight: Latex mattresses are also very dense, meaning they’re going to be on the heavier side. You’ll definitely want to partner up when it comes to transporting and setting up a latex mattress. 
  • Resistance: The more you push on latex, the more it pushes back. Meaning this type of mattress won’t contour or cushion your body as well as a memory foam mattress will. This quality really comes down to your personal preference, but it’s something to be aware of.
  • Allergies: If you’re allergic to latex, you may be wary of buying a latex mattress. Our best advice is to contact your doctor to confirm before you do (you don’t want to take any chances). However, the latex allergy risk associated with latex mattresses is negligible. The latex used in mattresses is thoroughly washed and undergoes high temperatures and pressure before being assembled. The latex itself will also be covered, so your skin won’t have direct contact. But again, it’s a good idea to get the OK from your doctor before you put one in your shopping cart. 

Shopping Considerations

Finally, we’ll give you a checklist of all the factors you should consider when selecting the best latex mattress for you. 

Type of Latex Mattress

As we previously mentioned, there are three different types of latex: natural, synthetic, and blended. While we recommend selecting a natural latex mattress to derive all of the benefits of this material, we also know that it’s the most expensive option and it may not be in everyone’s budget. 

Synthetic and blend latex mattresses are considerably cheaper than an all-natural latex mattress. Synthetic latex mattresses are made almost exclusively with a mixture of chemicals, so you may deal more with the unpleasant odors from off-gassing when you first setup the mattress. A blend will be a mixture of natural and synthetic latex, usually with at least 30% natural latex. 

Type of Processing

Latex is derived by one of two processes: Dunlop or Talalay. The Dunlop process is more energy-efficient and has been around for over 50 years. The only difference between the two is the freezing process after vulcanization which results in different firmness levels.

Dunlop mattresses are typically firmer, more durable, and are good for young children and plus-size sleepers. Talalay mattresses are typically softer, less durable, and make a great bed for side sleepers.

Budget

Latex mattresses are known to be some of the more expensive beds in the market, so you may be wary of choosing one if you have a tight budget. Even within the category of latex mattresses, though, there is a wide price range depending on mattress materials and size.

The cheapest option will be synthetic or blend mattresses made with Talalay processing from online mattress brands. All-natural latex with Dunlop processing is more expensive for its high quality, and shopping online helps cut out the costs of the middleman. 

Support Core

A support core is an internal layer of a latex mattress that provides pressure relief and the bouncy feel of latex. In an all-natural latex mattress, the support core is made completely of foam. This the most durable and long-lasting. 

In synthetic and blended latex mattresses, the support core is made with other materials like pocketed coils or polyfoam. These will not be as durable, but will likely be cheaper.

Thickness

Latex mattresses are usually between six to 12 inches, with blended latex mattresses sitting on the higher end of this range. Thicker mattresses will offer more support and durability, especially for heavier sleepers. 

Impression Load Deflection (ILD)

The ILD rating for a latex mattress will let you know how soft or firm the mattress is. Talalay latex typically has a lower ILD rating and is softer than Dunlop latex. Synthetic and blended latex also have lower ILD ratings and are softer than all natural latex. 

The softest mattresses will have an ILD rating below 16, medium mattresses will have a rating between 24-29, and the firmest will be above 39. 

Summary

Now that you’ve reviewed our top picks and referenced our buyer’s guide, we hope you have a better idea of whether or not a latex mattress might be the best option for you. 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 still have questions about latex mattresses, or you have one that you particularly love, let us know in the comments below.


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