Welcome to our big latex mattress test 2021. Here we present all the latex mattresses we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best latex mattress for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a latex mattress.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important facts
- 3 The Best Latex mattress: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a latex mattress
- 5 Decision: What types of latex mattresses are there and which one is right for you?
- 5.1 What distinguishes a synthetic latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 What are the characteristics of a natural latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.3 What are the characteristics of a mixed latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.4 What are the characteristics of a layered latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate latex mattresses based on these factors
- 7 Facts worth knowing about latex mattresses
The most important facts
- Latex mattresses offer you an exceptional sleeping experience that is suitable for all types of sleepers and especially those with back pain or allergies.
- Basically, a 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 of very high quality compared to pure synthetic latex mattresses.
The Best Latex mattress: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a latex mattress
What are the advantages of a latex mattress over a cold foam mattress?
|Point elasticity||Due to its good point elasticity, the latex mattress can be used by babies and toddlers, small and light persons and people with a high body weight.|
|Zone structure||Due to the zone structure of a latex mattress, the upper body and the hips sink in a little more and thus the intervertebral discs are optimally relieved. It is therefore also suitable for people with back problems.|
|Suitable for allergy sufferers||If you have a dust mite allergy, then a latex mattress is right for you. It is dust-free, hygienic and antibacterial and the cover can be washed.|
|Quiet||A latex mattress is particularly quiet. So if you sleep on a mattress with your partner, you won't wake up to the sound of it turning over.|
|Heat storage||If you get cold easily at night, then a latex mattress is very suitable for you. Due to its specific structure, it stores heat and you will feel less cold at night.|
|Weight and maintenance||The weight is one of the few disadvantages. A latex mattress weighs considerably more than a cold foam mattress. It is also less suitable for people who sweat a lot, as it is less breathable.|
Due to the different construction and materials used, each type of mattress offers its own unique characteristics, which can be more or less perceived by trying it out. 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 people with higher body weight
- Suitable for all sleep types
- Suitable for babies and toddlers
Similar to a cold foam mattress, the latex mattress has excellent point elasticity and adapts super to the body and the slatted frame. However, while the cold foam mattress is suitable for people of 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 structure in different zones results in an optimal adaptation to the body. For example, the shoulder and hip areas are structured in such a way that they sink in a little more than the legs, which provides holistic relief for the spine. This ensures that the intervertebral discs are kept in their natural shape and pain caused by incorrect loading 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 suitable for allergy sufferers with a dust mite allergy. The mattress is dust-free, hygienic and antibacterial and thus repels mites. The cover of the latex mattress can also be washed. With good care, a cold foam mattress is also suitable for allergy sufferers, but it does not come close to the level of a latex mattress.
Due to its structure, the latex mattress stores heat very well and if you tend to freeze during the night, the latex version is very suitable for you. Another advantage is that the latex mattress is noiseless. You can turn in bed as often as you like without waking anyone up because of the noise. The disadvantages of a latex mattress compared to a cold foam mattress are the costly maintenance 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 quite as suitable for people who sweat a lot. It is better to go for a cold foam mattress, as the ventilation is much better and the bedding does not get damp as quickly.
How much does a latex mattress cost?
|Synthetic latex mattress||from approx. 149 €|
|Natural latex mattress||from approx. 472 €|
|Mixed latex mattress||from approx. 220 €|
|Layered latex mattress||from approx. 349 €|
Mattresses made of synthetic latex are the cheapest option. You can get a mattress with a size of 90×200 cm from about €149, 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 can expect a price starting at 220 euros. The higher the proportion of natural rubber, the higher the price. A layered latex mattress is available from about 349 euros. If you opt for a product made of 100% natural rubber, you will pay a price starting at about 472 euros.
Who is a latex mattress suitable for?
- Allergy sufferers
- Side, back & stomach 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 little lazy about care and want a rather inexpensive mattress, you should choose a different type of mattress. If you sweat a lot during the night, the latex version is also not the best choice and because of its heavy weight it is not very suitable for older people.
What should I look for when buying a latex mattress?
- Hardness level
- Proportion of natural latex
- Different zones
- Core height
One important point you should look for when buying a mattress is the firmness level. There are 3 different degrees of hardness for latex mattresses (some manufacturers offer 4 or 5 degrees). Which one you choose depends on your body weight and can be found in the following table.
|Hardness level||body weight|
|H1||soft||up to 60 kg|
|H2||medium||60 to 80 kg|
|H3||hard||over 80 kg|
If you weigh more than 90 kg, you should also choose a mattress with a coconut insert, as this gives you more firmness. Another point you should pay attention to when buying a mattress is the proportion of natural latex. The higher the percentage, the higher the point elasticity and the better the support 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 centimetres. 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?
You can distinguish between the following four types of latex mattresses:
- Synthetic latex mattress
- Natural latex mattress
- Mixed latex mattress
- Layered latex mattress
The mattresses differ in the raw material used and their construction, which has various advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what is important to you and what properties 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, in the following we will introduce you to all the latex models mentioned above and clearly present the advantages and disadvantages of each.
What distinguishes a synthetic latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A synthetic latex mattress is made 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 somewhat lower than with a natural latex mattress, which in turn results in a higher firmness. Compared to a natural latex mattress, the synthetic latex mattress is more vulnerable and less durable. The elasticity also decreases more quickly.
People who are sensitive to odours may find the slight odour at the beginning annoying. With good airing, however, this soon dissipates. Environmentally conscious people may be bothered by the fact that pure crude oil is used in the production process.
What are the characteristics of a natural latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A natural latex mattress is made of 100% natural rubber, which is extracted from the milk of a rubber tree. Due to the special properties of this sap, the natural latex mattress is more point-elastic and permanently resilient than the synthetic version and adapts optimally to the body. Another plus point is that it does not contain any components made of metal, which would cause electromagnetic attraction and could impair the quality of sleep.
Therefore, the natural latex mattress is also super suitable for people with sleep disorders or headaches. The rubber tree used for the production of this mattress is sustainably grown 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 fully recyclable and very environmentally friendly.
However, the natural raw material also has disadvantages. For example, the production of natural latex is very cost-intensive and quality fluctuations can occur. The rubber from the sap of the tree also ensures that this model is the heaviest version of a latex mattress. If a mattress is labelled natural latex, this does not always mean that it is made of 100% natural rubber. It must be explicitly labelled as such, otherwise it is a mixed latex mattress.
What are the characteristics of 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 substances. The ratio between natural latex and synthetic latex is not standardised and therefore varies between manufacturers and models. A common mixing ratio is 40% natural latex and 60% synthetic latex. The proportion of natural latex is an important quality criterion and generally it can be said that the higher the proportion, the better the properties (but also the more expensive the mattress).
The point elasticity of the mixed latex mattress is better than with pure synthetic latex and quality fluctuations that can occur due to the natural raw material are compensated for by the synthetic content. Compared to a pure natural latex mattress, the mixed form is lighter and also cheaper.
Compared to a pure natural latex mattress, the mixed form has less support and point elasticity and has a slight odour at the beginning. As the name suggests, mixed latex mattresses consist of both natural and synthetic latex. They offer better point elasticity than pure synthetic latex mattresses.
What are the characteristics of a layered latex mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
As the name suggests, a layered latex mattress consists of several layers. These consist of several layers of latex, which alternate with foam elements and are firmly bonded together by means of adhesives. The ratio of the two materials also depends on the manufacturer and model. The foam layer is often made of coconut rubber, as this gives the mattress more hardness and is best suited for people with higher body weights. The aim of such a layered latex mattress is to optimise the positive properties of foam and latex.
Such a model has good point elasticity and optimal lying properties. Air circulation and breathability are significantly increased and the foam layers make the mattress well suited for people with a high body weight. Due to the raw materials used, this is a rather low-priced variant.
Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate latex mattresses based on these factors
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate latex mattresses. This should make it easier for you to decide whether a particular mattress is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are the following criteria:
- Core structure & moisture regulation
- Manufacturing process
- Core height & mattress height
- Reclining zones
- Reclining feeling & firmness
- Volume weight
- Cover material & suitability for allergy sufferers
- ÖKO-TEX certification
In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
Core structure & moisture regulation
The core can be made of synthetic latex, natural latex or a mixture of both. Another option is to make it in layers, using foam in addition. When buying, you should make sure that the proportion of natural rubber is at least 70%. The higher this percentage, the better the lying quality, as the point elasticity is also better.
A higher proportion of synthetic latex can lead to increased sweating, as they are less well ventilated and have insufficient moisture transport. In general, however, latex mattresses are better ventilated than other types of mattresses because of the many hollow spaces. These are made with the help of heating rods and ensure a good bed climate.
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 manufactured. There are three possible types of production, which are described in more detail in the following chapter Trivia. The processes 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: even structure, good moisture balance
The method used to manufacture a mattress depends on the manufacturer. Also, not all processes are equally complex, which influences the price in one direction or the other.
Mattresses are available in all possible sizes. When buying a mattress, however, you should make sure that it is 20 cm longer than your body size. The width depends on whether it is a single bed or a double bed for which you need a mattress. Your personal comfort level is also important when choosing the width, as is the space available in your bedroom. The sizes are given in width x length. The most common sizes are shown in the table below:
|Children's mattresses||70 x 140 cm 60 x 120 cm|
|Baby mattresses||70 x 140 cm 60 x 120 cm|
|Single mattresses||80 x 200 cm 90 x 200 cm 100 x 200 cm 120 x 200 cm 140 x 200 cm|
|Couple mattresses||140 x 200 cm 160 x 200 cm 180 x 200 cm 200 x 200 cm|
Many manufacturers also offer custom-made mattresses, but you have to reckon with a considerable surcharge.
Core height and mattress height
When sleeping, it is important to maintain an orthopaedically healthy posture, which is not guaranteed with mattresses that are too thin. If the overall height is too low, heavy parts of the body can sink down to the slatted frame, especially when lying on the side. 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.
Mattress height depends on your 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 environment. If you are heavier than average, you should choose a latex mattress that is higher than 16 cm. If you sleep on a lower mattress, you will sink in too deeply, which can lead to back pain.
Reclining zones divide mattresses into different areas in order to achieve an optimal sleeping experience. A latex mattress should have at least 3 lying zones to optimally support the shoulders, waist and pelvis and to 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. Mattresses are usually divided into 3, 5 or 7 zones. The more zones, the better the adaptation to different parts of the body.
Lying feeling & degree of firmness
The firmness level of a mattress indicates whether you lie softer or harder. Latex mattresses are available in different degrees of firmness. Which one you choose depends on your body weight. One possible classification of hardness levels is as follows:
- H1 (soft) - Up to 60 kg
- H2 (medium) - Up to 80 kg
- H3 (hard) - Over 80 kg
However, these are not standardised and, depending on the manufacturer, mattresses can be divided into up to 5 degrees of firmness. In addition to your weight, your height, build and your preference for a softer or harder surface play an important role in choosing the right degree of firmness.
The volume weight tells you how much material in kg was processed per volume (m3) during core production. A lower volume weight tells you that the latex mattress has more air voids and therefore will wear out more quickly. 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 volume weight of 70 to 90 kg/m3 (depending on the firmness level) and are significantly heavier than other types of mattresses, such as cold foam mattresses. This can play a role with older or petite people. Because the latex mattress should be turned every few months. People with a higher body weight should choose a model with 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 dander. It is also effective against bacteria and mites, which is an advantage for allergy sufferers. The material used is usually cotton, wool, breathable Tencel (= cellulose fibre) or a double cloth cover made of Microcare or Amicor.
The cover can be quickly removed and washed with a zipper all around. It depends on the manufacturer whether the mattress cover can be washed at 40 or 60°C. The breathable and hard-wearing material of the cover ensures an optimal bed climate and also has an anti-bacterial and anti-mite effect. This makes the latex mattresses ideal for allergy sufferers.
This is a worldwide standardised and independent testing and certification system for textile products at all stages of processing. The product is tested for certain substances such as chemicals, dyes, 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 seen in this test.
However, there are still certain substances such as antimony, which has a flame retardant effect in a fire, that are allowed to be used in the production process. Optical brighteners, which are not particularly good for the environment, may also still be used. Basically, an Oeko-Tex certified mattress means that a high and effective product safety is guaranteed. However, you should take a close look at which unfavourable substances are still permitted in this process.
Facts worth knowing 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?
A latex mattress is made from natural or synthetic rubber. This raw material is processed in a special procedure, which creates the latex mattress. Petroleum is used in the production of a synthetic latex mattress, while the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) is taken for a natural latex mattress. Different substances such as antioxidants and sulphur are added to the latex milk. The mixture is then foamed and poured into a mould. Rod-shaped heating elements liquefy and mix the material at just under 100°C (this process is also called vulcanisation) and dry it. This creates many air bubbles in the mattress, which serve to aerate the core and thus regulate moisture.
This manufacturing process is particularly gentle and no toxic substances
are produced in the process. 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 making latex mattresses, each with a different age. 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 processes use 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 several times and dried. The resulting cavities determine the lying properties of the latex core and its hardness.
Talalay process (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. This process is repeated several times. Due to the large temperature fluctuations, the bubbles in the latex core burst and an open-pored, air- and moisture-permeable material is created. This process consumes a lot of energy (about 5 times as much as the Dunlop process). It is therefore rarely used nowadays, as the prices are correspondingly high.
SonoCore process (2013): Dielectric heating
In this process, the latex foam is produced in a more energy-efficient process in which the structure of the foam becomes more uniform. It is a patented development of the principle of vulcanisation and drying and ensures good ventilation. This results in good moisture removal. In the SonoCore process, endogenous vulcanisation takes place. This means that the material hardens from the inside out and forms a homogeneous structure. With the Dunlop and Talalay processes, on the other hand, exogenous vulcanisation takes place. The material solidifies from the outside inwards and the irregular structure is formed.
How should I clean a latex mattress?
Latex mattresses require a lot of care in order 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, wipe the mattress with a damp cloth to remove dust and other residues. Then treat the surface with a special care product. This product is necessary to maintain the resilience and prevent porosity and brittleness of the mattress.
You can buy it directly from the manufacturer or on the internet. You should also make sure that you turn your mattress regularly (about every 2 months) so that it is equally stressed and you can use it for 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:
- Narrow slats
- Overarched slats
- Springy slats
- Rubber caps at ends
These aspects are important so that the mattress keeps its shape. In addition, adjustable slatted frames (including electrically adjustable ones) can be combined with a latex mattress without any problems.
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