Talalay latex is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular mattresses but the truth is that the original Talalay method has been around since 1929. The method of creating Talalay latex is a derivative of the Dunlop latex process plus two more processing stages meant to help increase the support and elasticity of the mattress over a long period of usage.
Even though most people view Talalay latex as being synonymous with synthetic mattresses, the truth is that there are manufacturers who process Talalay latex made from organic materials as well. As long as your latex mattress has undergone closed vacuuming and flash freezing, it is considered as a Talalay latex mattress.
There is a third type of Talalay latex known as the blended Talalay latex, which is basically a combination of both the natural and synthetic latex combined. Blended Talalay mattresses usually have a ratio of 30% natural rubber to 70% Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR). Among all three types, the most ideal mattress would be the natural Talalay latex as it is reportedly the most comfortable.
However, since the natural mattress is also the most expensive, the second best option would be to invest in a blended Talalay mattress that also contains beneficial properties of the organic mattress minus the hefty price tag. The synthetic Talalay latex is also pretty value for money when you compare it against other types of mattresses such as those made from fibre and foam.
Natural, blended or synthetic, one thing all types of Talalay latex mattresses have in common is the fact that it is remarkably comfortable to sleep in, thanks to its ability to evenly distribute the weight of the user. If you tend to wake up with a stiff back or cramped body parts, then the Talalay latex is a good sleeping alternative as it promotes continuous blood circulation and will allow you to rest in deeper sleep mode as well.
The Talalay latex mattress is considered as an upgrade to its predecessor as when compared to the original Dunlop mattress, the Talalay latex is much more breathable and durable as well. Specifically, a mattress made using the Talalay method is found to be three times more durable than a mattress made from the Dunlop method. Hence, while the Dunlop may seem like a cheaper option at first glance, the Talalay latex mattress will be much more economical in the long run.
The ingredients used to create the Talalay latex are also very beneficial to sleepers with allergic tendencies as the material is dust mite resistant, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Your Talalay latex mattress will also deter bacteria, mildew and mould growth as well. This is because mattresses made with the Talalay method is self-ventilating thanks to its micro-sized air cell structures. This also means that one can lie on a Talalay latex mattress at anytime of the day and still enjoy a dry, cool sensation as you fall asleep.
If you happen to suffer from poor back ache but would still like to fall asleep under a soft, cushioned mattress, then one good option would be to purchase a Dunlop mattress and layer it on top with a mattress topper made from Talalay latex.