How Long Does a Latex Mattress Last?

By Marissa Merkt

Aug 3rd, 2022

Latex mattresses are some of the most natural types of beds on the market and often come with a high price tag. When deciding whether to buy this type of mattress, it’s important to understand its lifespan so you can determine if it’s worth the cost.

Read on to find out whether latex mattresses last longer than other types and what to avoid to help expand their lifespan.

How Long Does a Latex Mattress Last?

Latex mattresses are an excellent alternative to traditional innerspring, foam, or hybrid mattresses, particularly because of how long they last. Other types of mattresses typically last for about 5-10 years (depending on how well you take care of them), and manufacturers will normally offer warranties that will only apply for that long. Mattresses that are made of 100% natural latex, however, can last up to 15-25 years.

What Are the Different Types of Latex?

Natural latex comes in two forms: Dunlop and Talalay. Producing Dunlop latex is far more efficient than Talalay, and the former is much denser than the latter. As a result, Dunlop latex mattresses are known to be more durable and firm than Talalay mattresses, which are bouncier and more responsive. Both Dunlop and Talalay mattresses are more durable than synthetic latex mattresses, which will grow softer and begin to sag sooner than their natural counterparts.

Related: Dunlop vs Talaly Latex: What’s the Difference?

What Are Some Benefits of Latex Mattresses?

Well-made latex mattresses offer a number of benefits.

  • Responsiveness: Latex mattresses are highly responsive, making them an excellent choice for combination sleepers who move around a lot.
  • Motion Isolation: This makes them a great choice for couples, since you will wake up less often to your partner tossing and turning throughout the night.
  • Eco-Friendly: Since latex is harvested from the sap of a rubber tree, and the tree is not cut down, latex mattresses are made in an eco-friendly manner.

What Causes a Latex Mattress to Age Faster?

There are a few things that will lead a latex mattress to age faster than normal:

Jumping on Your Bed

Though it can be fun, this will lead to the inner materials, such as springs and coils, to damage sooner.

Non-Organic or Synthetic Materials

Latex mattresses made of synthetic or non-organic latex will break down and begin to sag and age faster than mattresses made of natural/organic latex. Additionally, a mattress that is made of cheap material will not last as long as one made of higher quality materials.

Not Practicing Proper Mattress Care

Taking good care of your mattress will help keep its materials and structure in top condition, ensuring they last as long as they are designed to. Read below to learn about how to look after your latex mattress to help it last as long as possible.

How Can I Extend the Life of My Latex Mattress?

Mattress maintenance is easily overlooked, but it is crucial in ensuring your bed lasts as long as it’s supposed to.

  • One easy way to make sure your latex mattress stays fresh is by rotating it every 6 months, turning the mattress around on the base 180 degrees. This ensures that there are no uneven spots or lumps in it.
  • Another way to aid your mattress’ lifespan is to invest in a quality mattress topper. This will allow you to sleep with a barrier between your body and your mattress, preventing any sweat or bacteria from seeping in and ruining the material.
  • Latex mattresses are very breathable, and you’ll want to use a breathable mattress foundation along with it. Instead of a flat base, opt for a slatted bed base or another non-obstructive base, which will allow for optimal breathability.

If you find yourself with new back or neck pain, constantly waking up in the middle of the night, or even just feeling uncomfortable on your latex mattress, it is probably time for you to find a replacement!