Latex Mattress: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big latex mattress test 2020, where we present you all the latex mattresses we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best latex mattress for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a latex mattress.

The most important facts in brief

  • Latex mattresses offer you an extraordinary sleeping experience, which is suitable for all types of sleep and especially for back pain or allergy sufferers.
  • A basic distinction is made between synthetic latex mattresses, natural latex mattresses, mixed latex mattresses and layered latex mattresses.
  • Latex mattresses with a high natural latex content offer a particularly comfortable sleeping experience and make the mattress very high quality compared to pure synthetic latex mattresses.

Latex mattress test: Favourite of the editors

  • The best latex mattress for every sleep type
  • The best latex mattress with memory foam
  • The best latex mattress with an attractive price

The best latex mattress for every sleep type

Latex mattress from Bruno
Thanks to the BrunoX® special foam and the natural latex layer, the mattress fits snugly.

from375,00 EUR

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The Bruno mattress is divided into seven zones and has a layer of 100% natural latex on the mattress core. This layer provides optimal relief for your muscles and weight distribution. It also ensures particularly good ventilation. The cover is filled with cotton and polyester and can be removed with a zipper and is washable at 60°C.

The height of the mattress is 20 cm, which makes it suitable for 50 kg to 110 kg. The high density of the BrunoX® cold foam core guarantees a very long life of the mattress. The special feature: the mattress does not have a certain degree of hardness, but adapts to your needs and sleeping position – so it is suitable for everyone.

The best latex mattress with memory foam

Latex mattress from Casper
The latex mattress by Casper combines a memory foam with a 5-zone base foam. Casper offers a 10-year guarantee on the products.

from400,00 EUR

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The Casper mattress is made of memory foam, which means it adapts perfectly to your body and relieves pressure. The top layer is a layer of latex foam which is breathable. The two lower layers provide targeted support and a high level of comfort. Due to the high quality of the individual materials, the mattress is hard-wearing.

This special combination of different materials was developed in the USA. The mattress is manufactured in Germany. You can buy the mattress in eleven different sizes. Especially the high quality and the price-performance ratio convinced the customers. They would always recommend the Casper mattress.

The best latex mattress with an attractive price

Latex mattress Madita von Hilding
The latex mattress from Madita is known from TV and offers an attractive price-performance ratio.

from329,99 EUR

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The latex mattress Madita from the Swedish manufacturer Hilding is already well known from TV and scores especially with high elasticity and excellent ergonomic properties.

It is available in different sizes and can be loaded up to a weight of 140 kg. The height of the mattress is 21 cm.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a latex mattress

What are the advantages of a latex mattress over a cold foam mattress?

Mattresses may look similar from the outside, but if you look at their inner workings, they can be fundamentally different.

Due to the different construction and the materials used, each type of mattress offers its own unique characteristics, which can be more or less perceived by test lying.

In summary, a latex mattress offers you the following advantages over a cold foam mattress:

  • Point elasticity & adaptability
  • Zone structure
  • Suitable for allergy & back problems
  • Suitable for persons with higher body weight
  • Suitable for all types of sleep
  • Suitable for babies and toddlers

Similar to a cold foam mattress, the latex mattress has excellent point elasticity and adapts perfectly to the body and the slatted frame. However, while the cold foam mattress is suitable for people with an average body weight (40 to 90 kg), latex mattresses can also be used by heavier people, but the mattress is also very suitable for babies and small children.

The construction in different zones results in an optimal adaptation to the body. For example, the shoulder and hip areas are constructed in such a way that they sink in a little more than the legs, which results in a holistic relief of the spinal column

This ensures that the intervertebral discs are kept in their natural shape and pain due to incorrect strain is prevented. This zone structure is not present in a cold foam mattress, but this does not mean that the spine is not also relieved.

Latex mattresses are very good for allergy sufferers with a dust mite allergy. […]

Did you know that latex is actually a natural product?
The raw material for natural latex comes from tropical rubber trees in South East Asia. Natural latex is produced from the sap of the rubber trees in a special technical foaming process

The latex mattress stores heat very well due to its structure and if you tend to freeze at night, the latex version is very suitable for you. Another advantage is that the latex mattress is noiseless. So you can turn in bed as often as you want without waking anyone up because of the noise.

Disadvantages of a latex mattress compared to a cold foam mattress are the costly care and the weight of the latex mattress. If a cold foam mattress weighs between 11 and 18 kg, the latex version is considerably heavier at 14 to 30 kg.

It is also not so well suited for people who sweat a lot, so it is better to use a cold foam mattress, as the ventilation is much better and the bedding does not get damp so quickly.

How much does a latex mattress cost?

Latex mattresses are available in all different price ranges. The proportion of natural rubber plays an important role – the higher this proportion, the higher the price. Mattresses are everyday objects and you will find a suitable mattress for every need and in every price range.

Mattresses made of synthetic latex are the cheapest option. You can get a mattress with a size of 90×200 cm already from about 149 Euro, because the production is easier and cheaper than with natural latex.

If you choose a model of the same size, made of mixed latex, you have to calculate with a price starting from 220 Euro. The higher the proportion of natural rubber, the higher the price. A layered latex mattress is available from around 349 euros. If you choose a product made of 100% natural rubber, the price starts at around 472 euros.

For whom is a latex mattress suitable?

Latex mattresses are suitable for different people due to their special characteristics. These include allergy sufferers, because of the anti-allergenic effect of the mattress.
Due to the good temperature regulation it is also suitable for people who freeze at night and the point elastic properties are suitable for all types of sleepers and for people who have back problems.
Below is an overview for whom a latex mattress is best suited:

Allergy sufferers
side, back & belly sleepers
People with back problems
People who freeze at night
babies and toddlers

However, latex mattresses require a lot of care and are rather expensive. So if you are a bit lazy and want a mattress that is cheaper, you should choose another type of mattress. If you sweat a lot during the night, the latex type is not the best choice either and because of the high weight it is not very suitable for older people.

Where can I buy a latex mattress?

Latex mattresses can be bought online or directly in specialist shops. The advantage of a specialist shop is that you can try out the mattress directly and get individual advice from the seller. Online you certainly have a better overview of models from different suppliers and a clear price comparison.
According to our research, the best known distributors of latex mattresses are the following:

Dunlopillo
Primo Line
Prolana
Ravensberger
Allnatura
Casper

What should I pay attention to when buying a latex mattress?

Quality characteristics of a latex mattress are as follows:

Hardness grade
Proportion of natural latex
Different zones
Core height

An important point you should pay attention to when buying a mattress is the degree of firmness. There are 3 different degrees of hardness for a latex mattress (some manufacturers offer 4 or 5 degrees of hardness). Which one you choose depends on your body weight and can be found in the table below.

If you weigh over 90 kg you should also choose a mattress with a coconut inlay, as this gives more firmness.

Another point you should pay attention to when buying is the proportion of natural latex. The higher this proportion, the higher the point elasticity and the better the supporting function. This means that the mattress adapts better to your body and the slatted frame. However, this also leads to a higher price, as you can read in the corresponding chapter.

The natural latex content should be at least 70%. If the manufacturer does not explicitly state whether natural rubber is used, you can assume that it is a synthetic latex mattress.

Different lying zones are another quality feature of a latex mattress. Normally latex mattresses are divided into 3, 5 or 7 lying zones and thus ensure your optimal sleeping experience.

Another point you should pay attention to is that the core height of the mattress is 12 to 16 centimeters. The higher your body weight, the higher the mattress should be.

Decision: What types of latex mattresses are there and which one is right for you?

One can distinguish between the following four types of latex mattresses:

  • Synthetic latex mattress
  • Natural latex mattress
  • mixed latex mattress
  • Laminated latex mattress

The mattresses differ in the raw material used and their structure, which has various advantages and disadvantages.

Depending on what is important to you and which characteristics you prefer, a different type of mattress is suitable. In the following section we would like to help you find out which type of latex mattress is best for you. Therefore we will introduce you to all the above mentioned latex models and clearly explain their advantages and disadvantages.

What distinguishes a synthetic latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A synthetic latex mattress consists of synthetically produced latex, which is obtained from crude oil and is very inexpensive.

A special process is used to produce an inexpensive mattress with good point elasticity from the crude oil. However, this is slightly less than that of a natural latex mattress, which in turn results in greater firmness. Compared to a natural latex mattress, the synthetic latex mattress is more vulnerable and less durable. The elasticity also decreases more quickly.

Advantages

Good point elasticity (but lower than natural latex mattress)
Low cost
Higher strength than natural latex mattress

Disadvantages

Elasticity decreases faster
Reduced durability as natural latex mattress
Made from crude oil
Light inherent odour at the beginning

Odor-sensitive people can find the slight inherent odor that is predominant at the beginning disturbing. With good ventilation, however, this soon disappears.

Environmentally conscious people may be bothered by the fact that pure crude oil is used for production.

What distinguishes a natural latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A natural latex mattress consists of 100% natural rubber, which is obtained from the milk of a rubber tree.

Due to the special properties of this juice, the natural latex mattress is more point-elastic and permanently elastic than the synthetic version and adapts optimally to the body.

Another advantage is that there are no metal components, which would result in electromagnetic attraction and could impair sleep quality. Therefore, the natural latex mattress is also very suitable for people with sleep disorders or headaches.

The rubber tree used for the production of this mattress is cultivated sustainably on plantations and requires about 1/10 of the energy used in the production of synthetic latex mattresses. Due to its natural origin, the mattress is completely recyclable and very environmentally friendly.

Advantages

Good point elasticity &amp
Permanent elasticity
Longevity
Sustainable
No metal components

Disadvantages

Most expensive variant
Heaviest model
Light inherent odour at the beginning
Quality Variations

However, the natural raw material also has disadvantages. The production of natural latex is very cost-intensive and quality fluctuations can occur. The rubber made from the sap of the tree also ensures that this design is the heaviest version of a latex mattress.

If a mattress is labelled with natural latex, this does not always mean that it also consists of 100% natural rubber. It must be explicitly written so, otherwise it is a mixed latex mattress.

What distinguishes a mixed latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A mixed latex mattress consists of synthetic and natural rubber and combines the properties of these two materials.

The ratio between natural latex and synthetic latex is not standardized and therefore varies between manufacturer and model. A frequent mixing ratio is 40% natural latex and 60% synthetic latex. The proportion of natural latex is an important quality criterion and in general it can be said that the higher this proportion, the better the properties (but the more expensive the mattress).

The point elasticity of the mixed latex mattress is better than that of pure synthetic latex and quality fluctuations that can occur due to the natural raw material are compensated by the synthetic component. Compared to a pure natural latex mattress, the mixed form is lighter and also cheaper.

Advantages

Point elasticity better than with synthetic latex
Synthetic latex content compensates for quality fluctuations
Lighter than natural latex mattress
Less expensive than natural latex mattress

Disadvantages

Lower support force and point elasticity than natural latex mattress
Light inherent odour at the beginning

Compared to a pure natural latex mattress, the mixed form has a lower supporting force and point elasticity and has a slight inherent odour at the beginning.

Mixed latex mattresses consist of both natural and synthetic latex, as the name suggests. They offer better point elasticity than pure synthetic latex mattresses.

What distinguishes a layered latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A layered latex mattress, as the name suggests, consists of several layers. These consist of several layers of latex, alternating with foam elements and firmly connected to each other by means of adhesives.

The ratio of the two substances also depends on the manufacturer and model. The foam layer is often made of coconut rubber, as this gives the mattress more firmness and is best suited for people with a higher body weight. The aim of such a layered latex mattress is to optimise the positive properties of foam and latex.

Advantages

Less expensive than natural latex
Good point elasticity
Good air circulation &amp
Breathability
Suitable for persons with higher body weight

Disadvantages

Light inherent odour

Such a model has a good point elasticity and optimal lying characteristics. The air circulation and breathability is significantly increased and the foam layers make the mattress suitable for people with a high weight. Due to the raw materials used, this is a rather inexpensive model.

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and rate latex mattresses

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate latex mattresses. This should help you decide whether a particular mattress is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these criteria are as follows:

  • Structure core & moisture regulation
  • Manufacturing process
  • Dimensions
  • Core height & mattress height
  • Liegezonen
  • Feeling & Hardness
  • Volume weight
  • Cover material & allergy sufferers Suitability
  • ÖKO-TEX certification

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Structure core & moisture regulation

The core can consist of synthetic latex, natural latex or a mixture of both. Another possibility is the production in layers, whereby additional foam is used.

When buying, you should make sure that the proportion of natural rubber is at least 70%. The higher this proportion is, the better the quality of the bed, as the point elasticity is also better. A higher proportion of synthetic latex can lead to increased sweating, as they are poorly ventilated and have insufficient moisture transport.

In general, however, latex mattresses are better ventilated than other types of mattresses because of the many cavities. These are manufactured with the help of heating rods and ensure a good bed climate.

Manufacturing process

Conventional mattresses are cut out of a large block. This is not the case with latex mattresses, but this has the disadvantage of a higher price.

For each size and zone there is a separate mould in which the latex core is produced. There are three possible ways of manufacturing the latex core, which are described in more detail in the following chapter Trivia.

The procedures and the respective characteristics of the mattresses are listed below:

  • Talalay process: open-pored material, permeable to air & moisture
  • Dunlop process: typical pores (= pin latex)
  • SonoCore process: uniform structure, good moisture balance

The type of mattress used depends on the manufacturer. Also, not all processes are equally complex, which influences the price in one direction or the other.

Dimensions

Mattresses are available in all possible sizes. However, when you buy one, you should make sure that it is 20 cm longer than your height.

The width depends on whether it is a single bed or a double bed for which you need a mattress. Your personal comfort is also important when choosing the width, as is the space available in your bedroom.

The sizes are indicated in width x length. The most common sizes can be found in the following table:

Many manufacturers also offer custom-made products, but you have to expect a considerable extra charge.

Core height and mattress height

When sleeping, an orthopaedically healthy posture is important, which cannot be guaranteed if the mattresses are too thin. A too low overall height can lead to heavy body parts sinking down to the slatted frame, especially in the side position. This leads to a curvature of the spine and back pain.

High mattresses are important not only for the back but also for sleeping comfort and make it easier for older people to lie down and get up from bed.

The mattress height depends on the weight. The more you weigh, the higher the mattress should be.

If your body weight is within the normal range, a height of 12 to 16 cm is sufficient for a good sleeping climate. If you are a little heavier than average, you should choose a latex mattress that is higher than 16 cm. Because on lower mattresses you sink too deeply, which can lead to back pain.

Liegezonen

Lying zones divide mattresses into different areas in order to achieve an optimal sleep feeling.

A latex mattress should have at least 3 lying zones in order to optimally support the shoulders, waist and pelvis and keep the spine in its natural shape. Depending on the weight of the body part, the mattress has a different hole thickness and thus promotes the adaptation of the material to the body.

Usually mattresses are divided into 3, 5 or 7 zones. The more zones, the better the adjustment to different parts of the body.

Feeling & Hardness

The hardness of a mattress indicates whether you lie softer or harder. The latex mattress is available in different degrees of hardness. Which one you choose depends on your body weight.

A possible classification of hardness grades is as follows:

  • H1 (soft) – Up to 60 kg
  • H2 (medium) – Up to 80 kg
  • H3 (hard) – Over 80 kg

However, these are not standardized and, depending on the manufacturer, the mattresses can be divided into up to 5 degrees of hardness.

In addition to your weight, your height, physique and your preference for sleeping on a softer or harder surface play an important role in choosing the right degree of hardness.

Volume weight

The density indicates how much material in kg was processed per volume (m3) during core production. A lower density tells you that the latex mattress has more air pores and therefore has a faster penetration.

Mattresses with a higher volume weight can generally be described as higher quality and more durable than those with a lower volume weight.

Natural latex mattresses have a density of 70 to 90 kg/m3 (depending on the degree of hardness) and are considerably heavier than other types of mattresses, such as the cold foam mattress. This can play a role in the case of older or petite people. Because the latex mattress should be turned over every few months.

People who have a higher body weight should use a model that has a higher density to reduce sagging.

Cover material & suitability for allergy sufferers

The cover absorbs the sleeper’s sweat at night and protects the latex core from moisture, hair and skin flakes. It is also effective against bacteria and mites, which is an advantage for allergy sufferers.

Mostly cotton, wool, breathable Tencel (= cellulose fibre) or a double cloth cover made of Microcare or Amicor is used as material. The cover can be quickly removed and washed with a zipper all around. It depends on the manufacturer whether you can wash the mattress cover at 40 or 60°C.

The breathable and hard-wearing material of the cover ensures an optimal bed climate and is also anti-bacterial and anti-mite. This makes the latex mattresses ideal for allergy sufferers.

ÖKO-TEX certification

This is a globally uniform and independent testing and certification system for textile products of all processing stages. The product is tested for certain substances such as chemicals, colorants, etc., which are regulated by law.

Strict scientific test procedures check the product, in our case the latex mattress, for harmful substances. Substances that are against bacteria such as Triclosan and insecticides or softeners such as phthalates are not to be seen in this test.

TanjaBlogger

As the term natural latex is neither standardised nor protected, she advises that you should pay close attention to the statement “100% natural latex content”. Only then does the mattress have a latex core made of 100% natural and purely vegetable rubber. “Natural latex made of 100% natural rubber is therefore the only alternative for organic retailers.”
(source: allnatura.de)

However, there are still certain substances such as antimony, which inhibits flames in the event of a fire, which can be used in the production process […]

Basically, an ÖKO-TEX certified mattress means that a high and effective product safety is guaranteed. However, you should take a close look at which unfavourable materials are still permitted in this process.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about latex mattresses

Finally, we would like to answer a few important questions about latex mattresses and their use. You will learn how latex mattresses are made, how you should clean them and which slatted frame you should choose.

How is a latex mattress made?

Natural or synthetic rubber is used to make a latex mattress. This raw material is processed in a special procedure, which results in the latex mattress.

In the production of a synthetic latex mattress petroleum is used, in a natural latex mattress the juice of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) is taken.

Various substances such as antioxidants and sulphur are added to latex milk. The mixture is then foamed and poured into a mould.

By means of rod-shaped heating elements, the material is liquefied and mixed at almost 100°C (this process is also called vulcanization) and dried. This creates many air bubbles in the mattress, which serve to ventilate the core and thus regulate the moisture.

This manufacturing process is particularly gentle and no toxic substances are produced.

Next, a cover, usually made of cotton, is attached to the mattress core to protect the skin from allergies.

There are three different processes for the production of latex mattresses, which are of different ages. In all of them, rubber is the starting material, to which various additives such as gelling agents, vulcanising agents, antioxidants, accelerators, water softeners, soaps and stabilisers are then added.

The main difference is the use of the gelling agent. The Talalay process uses CO2, the Dunlop and SonoCore process uses NSF (SodiumSilicoFluoride).

Dunlop process (1929): steam

Various additives are added to the latex and the mixture is whipped with air.

The resulting foam is poured into a mould and heated with heating pins, creating the characteristic holes of the latex mattress (= pin latex). Finally, the whole thing is washed out and dried several times.

The resulting cavities determine the lying properties of the latex core and the hardness.

Talalay method (1956): freezing

In the Talalay process, the latex core is foamed at 120°C and then shock frozen at -34°C. This process is repeated several times. The large temperature fluctuations cause the bubbles in the latex core to burst open and an open-pored, air and moisture permeable material is created.

This process consumes a lot of energy (about 5 times more than the Dunlop process). It is therefore only rarely used, as the prices are also correspondingly high.

SonoCore process (2013): Dielectric heating

In this process, the latex foam is produced in a more energy-efficient process that makes the structure of the foam more uniform. It is a patented further development of the principle of vulcanisation and drying and provides good ventilation. As a result, moisture can be easily removed.

With the SonoCore process, endogenous vulcanization takes place. This means that the material solidifies from the inside out and forms a homogeneous structure. With the Dunlop and Talalay process, on the other hand, exogenous vulcanisation takes place. The material solidifies from the outside to the inside and an irregular structure is formed.

How should I clean a latex mattress?

Latex mattresses need a lot of care to be able to use them for as long as possible. You should therefore clean your latex mattress every few weeks with a special agent and turn it over from time to time.

First of all, wipe the mattress with a damp cloth to remove dust and other residues. Then you treat the surface with a special care product. This is necessary to maintain the resilience and to avoid porosity and brittleness of the mattress. You can buy it directly from the manufacturers or on the Internet.

You should also make sure that you turn your mattress over regularly (about every 2 months) so that it is equally stressed and you can use it as long as possible. The cleaning process also includes washing the mattress cover regularly in the washing machine.

Which slatted frame should I choose for a latex mattress?

You should consider the following things when choosing a slatted frame for your latex mattress:

  • Enge Latten
  • Arched laths
  • Springy ledges
  • Rubber caps at ends

These aspects are important for the mattress to retain its shape. Furthermore, easily adjustable (also electrically adjustable) slatted frames can be combined with a latex mattress.

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