Helpful Guides & Tips for Latex Mattresses
Known for their durability, eco-friendliness and posture support, latex mattresses are a great option if you’re looking for a long-lasting mattress that will help you to enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep without costing the planet too much.
Natural latex mattresses contour to your body and bounce back into shape as you move, so if you share your bed with someone who tends to toss and turn at night, this mattress could help you to get the undisturbed rest you need to feel good in the morning.
We offer a host of well known brands, including Sealy, Dunlopillo and Hyder Beds, so you can be assured of good quality no matter which latex mattress you choose. You can select from sizes single to superking too, so whether you’re upgrading a child’s bed, kitting out a spare room or creating the master bedroom of your dreams, you should be able to find a suitable option for you.
Our latex mattresses come with firmness ratings of medium to firm and firm, so if you’re a fan of a harder sleeping surface, this style is definitely worth considering. You can also filter this range by spring count and depth to find the perfect feel for you.
With options to suit most budgets and free delivery with a minimum spend of £150, you could be sleeping on the comfort of a latex mattress whether you have a little or a lot to spend.
To explore this range in detail, click on the products to find out more.
Why you should consider latex mattresses
What is a Latex Mattress?
Latex mattresses are made from natural latex sourced from rubber trees using methods like Dunlop or Talalay manufacturing process. A synthetic and latex hybrid mattress contains synthetic latex, poly-foams, and other materials.
Why should I consider latex mattresses?
There are several reasons why you should opt for latex mattresses. Latex is natural and feels comfortably soft at the first touch. As you make yourself comfortable in bed, it gives you full support due to the elasticity. It adapts to the body shape, providing proper alignment for your spine. Not only will you sleep comfortably, but you also wake up without back pain and the stress of dealing with discomfort throughout the day. Moreover, latex mattresses are naturally dust mite, bed bug, bacteria and mildew resistant. Perfect for someone with allergies to sleep peacefully. They are easy to maintain and can last you longer than a memory foam mattress. What more could you want?
Are latex mattresses safe?
Yes. There is no source of concern and they are actually considered safer than most because no harsh chemicals are used in the manufacturing process.
Can I get free delivery to my house?
Yes. We have a next day free delivery policy. We also go the extra mile to remove your old mattress for you.
What is the difference between latex and memory foam?
The difference is that latex is natural but memory foam is made from a synthetic material called polyurethane. Secondly, latex is elastic and naturally molds to the contours of your body to provide pressure relief, whereas memory foam uses heat from your body and provides less pressure relief. Latex has a higher bounce back rate, i.e it returns to its original shape much quicker than memory foam. This gives it a lighter feel and more bounce.
Do I need special sheets for a latex mattress?
No. Latex mattresses are made as per industry standards. They also allow for air circulation and are soft to the touch, so ordinary sheets can be used on them.
How durable is a latex mattress?
Organic and natural latex mattresses last approximately eight to ten years, and synthetic or latex hybrids last around six to eight years, while a traditional innerspring memory foam one lasts less than 6 years.
Are latex mattresses hard to maintain?
No. Dunlopillo, the pioneers of latex mattresses, created single-sided latex mattresses so you don't need to flip your mattress from time to time. Let’s not forget that it is resistant to mold and other extremities. This lifts the load of replacement and allows you to forget about sleeping on your couch.
Are latex mattresses Eco-friendly?
Yes. Since latex is sourced from mother nature herself, latex mattresses are much more Eco-friendly in comparison to memory foam mattresses or mattresses made from other synthetic fibers.
How long will it take to get used to my new latex mattress?
One second. Just rest your head, shut your eyes and enjoy the feeling of rest wash over you.
The Feel of Latex
Latex mattresses are providing a better night’s sleep to more people than ever before. Mattresses are an important investment - not just for your wallet, but your comfort, rest and as a safe space to sink into at the end of the day. To help you decide if this type of material or a hybrid form of this material makes the right bed for you, we’re going to look at what we’ve found makes these mattresses work for other people.
Latex or latex-hybrid mattresses will conform to your sleeping positions, helping align your spine and alleviating pressure throughout your body. These kinds are different than memory foam types, though – they naturally recover on the top surface, avoiding permanent indentations while providing superior comfort.
Memory foam responds to the sleeper’s weight, simply sinking under their weight. Latex works differently by responding to your curves, rather than simply your weight. This makes these mattresses popular amongst side and back sleepers, particularly those with chronic back or shoulder pain.
Point elasticity and motion isolation
This is a unique feature amongst this kind of material and its hybrid forms. When you lie on the surface, it’s capable of adapting to one area of your body without disrupting the other. What does that mean? If you are a front sleeper who shifts your weight particularly to the left, the mattress will conform to your position without forcing your right side up, keeping you better aligned for better sleep.
When you sink into this type of mattress, you’ll find it makes virtually no noise. This could make one the right choice for couples who go to bed at different times.
Impression Load Deflection (ILD)
The feel of these mattresses are calculated by ILD - the measure of how soft or firm they are. Specifically, this rating looks at how much pressure is considered to be required to indent the mattress by 25%. ILD is different to density, which measures the durability of other materials like polyfoam and memory foam.
ILD rating varies by the type of this material; for example, Talalay latex will often have a lower rating compared to Dunlop latex. We’ve put together a table below to explain how ILD ratings can help you make the right choice amongst these types of mattress available today. When we haven’t included some ILD ratings, that’s because they bridge the gap between categories. So a rating of 22 would be considered 'soft-medium'.
Categories, their ILD and their characteristics
Very soft: 16 and below- Very soft latex will sink very low, which may cause discomfort to some sleepers. These are best for back or side sleepers.
Soft: 19 - 21- A soft mattress made of this material will still sink considerably for the majority of sleepers. These are most suited to people who tend to sleep on their back or side.
Medium: 24 - 26- Medium latex is comfortable for the majority of people, providing both some softness and firmness. These will be most comfortable for people who sleep on their side.
Medium-firm: 29 - 31- Medium-firm forms provide more support, with very little sinking. These are considered most suitable for people who sleep on their back or stomach.
Firm: 34 - 36- A firm latex mattress provides even further support, with almost no sinking. These should be considered by back sleepers.
Very firm: 39 and up- Very firm latex materials provide the most support and no sinking whatsoever, but can cause discomfort to some sleepers. These are best for people who sleep on their back.
So after you’ve considered how this kind of surface will adjust and conform to your body, how much noise it will make and what ILD rating is right for you, what else should be considered?
A latex mattress’s support core is its most resilient and elastic part; it’s the layer inside your mattress, and it’s vital to the distinctive adjustments and conformations to your body that they provide without permanently indenting to your shape like other mattresses. The core of an all-natural latex mattress is entirely foam; the support cores of hybrid or synthetic latex models are often made using other materials including polyfoam or pocketed coils. The main difference between an all-latex form and others is the durability – they can last up to five times longer than polyfoam.
These mattresses may provide the coolest sleep available today. If you’re looking for one that really breathes for an exceptionally cool sleep, Talalay layers could provide the sleep you’re seeking. Celsion Talalay latex is amongst some of the most breathable materials.
The comfort layer is between the core and sleep surface of your mattress. Talalay is particularly popular because it provides a softer, almost pillow-like feel. But if durability is most important to you, Dunlop may be the right choice. There are blended, hybrid comfort layers that aim to balance softness and durability while maintaining a lower price.
For almost all of these kinds of mattresses, you’re looking at 6 – 12 inches in thickness; blended forms tend to be a little thicker on average, from 8 – 12 inches. Heavier sleepers should opt for a type of at least 10-inch thickness to provide the most support.
The mattress cover is an important consideration to the ecologically minded sleeper. Although their overall feel is similar, all-latex mattresses tend to feature natural materials such as cotton or wool, while blended or hybrid types are more likely to utilise synthetic materials.
For a mattress that's right for you, browse our selection today. Delivery is free and is done in 24 hours, so you won't have long to wait for the most peaceful night's sleep of your life!