Best Latex Mattresses in 2021
Aug 23rd, 2021 •
Latex mattresses have gained popularity in the mattress scene because of their hygienic and (in some cases) eco-friendly materials, as well as their pressure-relieving support.
We’ve tested and compared over 30 latex mattresses in our very own Mattress Lab to find the best of the best. In this guide, we’ll share our 10 top-rated latex mattress reviews, and in our comprehensive buyer’s guide for latex beds, we’ll teach you everything you should look for when shopping.
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Best Latex Mattresses
- Best Latex Mattress for Heavier People – GhostBed Original
- Best Latex Mattress for Couples – Saatva Latex Hybrid
- Best Latex Mattress for Sex – WinkBeds EcoCloud
- Best Latex Mattress for Back Pain – Bloom Hybrid
- Best Latex Organic Mattress – ZenHaven
- Best Budget Latex Mattress – Dreamfoam Elements Latex
- Best Latex Mattress for Side Sleepers – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
- Editor’s Pick for Latex Mattresses – Birch
- Best Latex Pillow Top Mattress – Avocado
- Best Latex Hybrid Mattress – Brentwood Home Cedar
Every mattress on this list has undergone our comprehensive mattress testing process in our in-house Mattress Lab. Click here to read more about our review process.
Next, we’ll take a closer look at each mattress and tell you about their performance in our testing, what we like about them, and any information you should know before purchasing.
- Heavier people
- Those who suffer from night sweats
- People who sleep on the edge of the bed
The Ghostbed Original will support heavier weights, making it a great choice for the sleeper weighing over 300 pounds, although we recommend the king-size GhostBed in that case. Provided it’s on a strong foundation, this mattress can support weight of up to 750 pounds.
We found this mattress to not stand up as well to the competition when it comes to pressure relief (we gave it a 6.5 out of 10) and for spine alignment (7.5 out of 10). That means that it’s not the top choice for those with back pain.
Read our full Ghostbed Original mattress review.
Saatva Latex Hybrid
- Hot sleepers
- Back sleepers
Medium firm: 6/10
We love the Saatva Latex Hybrid for couples and here’s why: With an 8.75 out of 10 score in motion transfer, you can count on slipping out of bed without disturbing your partner. And if your partners are your fur babies, never fear—we’ve found that the jumping in and out of bed by your puppy shouldn’t be too disruptive.
However, if you are on a budget, this may not be the best choice for you. Also, if you are all about all-foam mattresses, the Saatva Latex Hybrid is not going to serve your needs.
Read our full Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress review.
- Back sleepers
- Combination sleepers
- Eco-conscious shoppers
medium firm- 6.5/10
The WinkBeds EcoCloud offers bounce, something you’re looking for when it comes to sex on a bed. This mattress’s responsiveness and flexibility when moving about make it a great choice for the fun stuff.
This product is on the higher end for mattresses, making it not the best option for the shopper on a budget. Also, unless you are under 130 pounds, this is not ideal for the stomach sleeper.
Read our full WinkBeds EcoCloud mattress review.
- People with back or neck pain
- All body types
- Most sleeping positions
Available in plush, medium and firm
The Bloom Hybrid is our favorite for back and neck pain: It earned a 9 out of 10 for pressure relief, and we gave it an 8.5 for spine alignment. This is critical because you need adequate relief in your hips and shoulders, particularly if you are a side sleeper.
We found motion transfer to be just OK, with a 7.25 out of 10. This is an important feature for the sleeper who shares the bed with a partner, pets, or children. Also, we noticed some off-gassing when unpacking, which means there was an odor, but only for a few hours.
Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid mattress review.
- Combination Sleepers
- Hot Sleepers
- Those who prefer customizable firmness
Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7-8/10
And while it’s nearly impossible for a mattress to be 100% organic, ZenHaven is “as green as modern manufacturing will allow.” Each layer in this mattress is made with all-natural materials that are free of toxins and chemical odors typically found in synthetic bedding foams. There is, however, a small amount of non-toxic, inorganic material used to convert natural latex from its liquid, tree-tapped form to its solid form.
This is a luxury product, and as such, it has the price tag to match. Also, if you prefer the traditional innerspring mattress, this may not be the best choice for you.
Read our full Zenhaven mattress review.
- Stomach and back sleepers
- Back pain sufferers
- Combination sleepers, who toss and turn
Soft, Medium, Firm
The Dreamfoam Elements Latex is a top choice among budget mattresses—you can get a king-size mattress for under $1,000. Add to that, this product is good for all sleeping positions and sleepers who want a customized mattress. That’s because it comes in three firmness levels: soft, medium, and firm.
However, if you are looking for a mattress of a lifetime, this may not be your top choice. Although it’s well-constructed, we gave it a 7.5 out of 10 on durability. That said, this mattress comes with a 10-year warranty, which means you can count on it for a decade.
Read our full Dreamfoam Elements Latex mattress review.
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
- Back, side, and stomach sleepers
- Couples with different firmness preferences
- People with allergies
Customizable firmness anywhere from 5-9 out of 10
The Botanical Bliss offers superior spine alignment (an 8.75 out of 10), making it a fine choice for side sleepers, as well as back and stomach sleepers. It also did well with pressure relief, with an 8 out of 10.
Because this mattress did not perform well with motion transfer (6.4 out of 10), we’re not convinced that it is the best option for a couple or those sharing their bed with children or pets.
Read our full Botanical Bliss mattress review.
- Eco-conscious shoppers
- People who sleep with a partner
- Those with back pain
The Birch mattress by Helix is a latex hybrid mattress with sustainably sourced materials. The cover is made from organic cotton and wool. Their talalay latex is imported from Southeast Asia, and the high-quality steel used to make the individually wrapped coils is manufactured in the USA and made to last a lifetime.
Although this is a latex product, its cotton and wool insulation make it better suited for a person who sleeps cold. Also, this mattress is more of a luxury purchase, so if you’re on a budget, you might want to look elsewhere.
Read our full Birch mattress review.
- Eco-conscious shoppers
- Luxury shoppers
- Most sleeping positions
Medium-firm to firm: 7/10 (6/10 with European pillow-top option)
Avocado gives you the opportunity to add a pillow top layer to their mattress for extra contouring comfort. And with multiple mattress certifications, including Greenguard Gold, GOLS, GOTS, and OEKO-TEX, you can be sure you’re sleeping on a safe surface.
This mattress is made to order, so it can take up to three weeks for your product to arrive. Also, we scored the Avocado a 6.25 out of 10 for motion transfer, making it not the best choice for couples or people who sleep with pets or children.
Read our full Avocado mattress review.
- Heavy people
- Side sleepers
- Eco-conscious shoppers
Medium firm: 6/10
The Cedar mattress is made of 100% all-natural ventilated Dunlop latex and organic cotton, New Zealand wool, flax seeds, and organic coconut husk. Due to the moisture wicking properties of wool and the breathability of ventilated Dunlop, the Cedar mattress sleeps cooler than most.
We found that it can take up to 48 hours for your new Cedar mattress to fully expand. Also, this product only comes in three sized: queen, king and California king.
Read our full Cedar mattress review.
Buyer’s Guide for Latex Mattresses
We think there’s a lot to love about latex mattresses, but they’re not for everyone. We’re here to help you determine if latex beds are the best mattresses for you.
In this guide, we’ll cover the following:
Latex mattresses are made with either all latex materials or a hybrid of latex and other materials like polyurethane foam and pocketed coils. These mattresses have a unique feel and are designed to offer pressure relief, cooling, and a healthier night’s sleep.
Latex vs Memory Foam Mattresses
There are a lot of similarities between mattresses made with latex foam and those made with memory foam. They both are great at pressure relief, motion isolation, and spinal alignment. But, there are also a few things latex has that memory foam mattresses don’t—their ability to sleep cool and the ability to be naturally derived.
Latex is a naturally cooling material, making them a great mattress for hot sleepers. Depending on the manufacturing process, latex mattresses can create organic, eco-friendly mattresses.
Latex vs Hybrid Mattresses
Many hybrid mattresses incorporate latex into the comfort layers above the coils. Hybrids aim to combine the plush cradle of memory foam with the supportive and more responsive base of coils. Hybrids are known for pleasing couples, especially those with different sleeping styles and pressure points.
While the coils of hybrids make it easier to move around, latex also provides a responsive bounce. Natural latex mattresses are more eco-friendly, with natural cooling capabilities of latex. For hot sleepers and those with allergies, natural latex beds are hypoallergenic- resisting mold, dust mites and mildew.
Before you start shopping for latex, you should know how it’s made. While latex has the connotation of being all-natural and organic, that’s not always the case. The different types of latex mattresses are
- Natural latex: This is produced from the sap of a rubber tree with either Talalay or Dunlop processing and is theoretically 100% natural latex.
- Synthetic latex: This is derived from petrochemicals with either Talalay or Dunlop processing and is 0% natural latex.
- Blended latex: Consists of a blend of natural and synthetic latex and is typically at least 30% natural latex.
Natural vs Synthetic Latex
While latex is a naturally sourced material from rubber trees, not all latex mattresses contain 100 percent latex. Before the completed latex mixture is poured into the mold used to make the mattress, fillers can be added to cut down on costs.
In most cases, polyurethane foam is the filler added to create synthetic latex. But buyer beware! As long as there is a certain percentage of all-natural latex used in a mattress it can be marketed as “Natural Latex.”
To be sure you are buying a 100% natural latex mattress, make sure it is labeled as such. Although the cost will be higher, natural latex is more durable and has greater health benefits.
While we recommend selecting a natural latex mattress to derive all of the benefits of this material, we also know that it’s the most expensive option, and it may not be in everyone’s budget.
Synthetic and blend latex mattresses are considerably cheaper than an all-natural latex mattress. Synthetic latex mattresses are made almost exclusively with a mixture of chemicals, so you may deal more with the unpleasant odors from off-gassing when you first setup the mattress.
Talalay Latex vs Dunlop Latex
You may have also seen the words “Dunlop” and “Talalay” latex in your search. These are not different kinds of natural latex, but rather the process used to turn liquid latex into latex foam.
In general, the differences between the two processes are the end result:
- Mattresses that have undergone the Dunlop process slightly firmer and denser than latex mattresses formed through the Talalay process. This makes Dunlop latex a great option for plus-size sleepers, or other adults looking for premium support.
- On the other hand, Talalay latex mattresses are a great choice for side sleepers given its cushion.
In some cases, you will see Dunlop latex as the base layer of a mattress for its support and Talalay latex as the top layer for its cushion.
Keep reading: Dunlop vs. Talalay latex
Still on the fence? We’ll go over some advantages and disadvantages of buying a latex mattress.
A latex mattress can be a great investment for your sleep. There are many benefits to this type of bed.
- Less “Hug”: A latex mattress is a great option for people who like the support and pressure-relieving qualities of a foam mattress but don’t want to feel as engulfed in the mattress. In other words, they prefer to sleep “on” the mattress instead of “in” the mattress.
- Antibacterial: Latex is naturally antibacterial, meaning it’s resistant to dust mites, fleas, mold, and mildew, so you get a clean night’s sleep.
- Good for Couples: Latex mattresses tend to have great bounce, cooling properties, and motion transfer—meaning you won’t feel your partner or pets if they move around or get up in the middle of the night.
- Responsiveness: It will adjust to your body as you move throughout the night.
- Great Value: Think of it as a long-term investment: latex mattresses (when cared for properly), can last up to 15 years. This is the longest lifespan of any type of mattress.
- Better for the Environment: Latex mattresses are usually the most eco-friendly option as well. Latex is typically made from plant or petroleum-based synthetic rubber, which means it’s environmentally friendly to produce and can usually be recycled at the end of its lifetime.
On the flip side, there are a number of factors to be aware of when shopping for a latex mattress.
- Price: Because latex mattresses are made with more durable, longer-lasting materials, they’re also going to be more expensive. Prices for latex mattresses can range from $900 to $2,000+.
- Weight: Latex mattresses are also very dense, meaning they’re going to be on the heavier side. You’ll definitely want to partner up when it comes to transporting and setting up a latex mattress.
- Resistance: The more you push on latex, the more it pushes back. Meaning this type of mattress won’t contour or cushion your body as well as a memory foam mattress will. This quality really comes down to your personal preference, but it’s something to be aware of.
- Allergies: If you’re allergic to latex, you may be wary of buying a latex mattress. Our best advice is to contact your doctor to confirm before you do (you don’t want to take any chances). However, the latex allergy risk associated with latex mattresses is negligible. The latex used in mattresses is thoroughly washed and undergoes high temperatures and pressure before being assembled. The latex itself will also be covered, so your skin won’t have direct contact. But again, it’s a good idea to get the OK from your doctor before you put one in your shopping cart.
Finally, we’ll give you a checklist of all the factors you should consider when selecting the right latex mattress for you.
Your sleep position should greatly factor in to the mattress that you ultimately try to buy. Luckily, latex mattresses work for all positions; here’s how.
Side sleepers need a mattress that will keep their spine perfectly straight, but they also need a mattress that will keep pressure off of their shoulder and hips. Latex is a naturally pressure-relieving foam, that is ultra-responsive—good thing, because side sleepers also tend to be combination sleepers.
People who sleep on their front need a firm mattress that, like side sleepers, keeps pressure off of their hips and shoulders. Many latex beds come with the option to choose your firmness level, so stomach sleepers shouldn’t have a problem finding a firm bed to keep their spine aligned.
Back sleepers need a mattress that allows them to maintain the natural curve of the spine. Latex foam is just contouring enough to conform to the spine, but firm enough that you won’t sink into the mattress and ruin your alignment.
Latex mattresses are known to be some of the more expensive beds in the market, so you may be wary of choosing one if you have a tight budget. Even within the category of latex mattresses, though, there is a wide price range depending on mattress materials and size.
Read more: Best Cheap Mattress for Your Budget
The cheapest option will be synthetic or blend mattresses made with Talalay processing from online mattress brands. All-natural latex with Dunlop processing is more expensive for its high quality, and shopping online helps cut out the costs of the middleman.
A support core is an internal layer of a latex mattress that provides pressure relief and the bouncy feel of latex. In an all-natural latex mattress, the support core is made completely of foam. This is the most durable and long-lasting.
In synthetic and blended latex mattresses, the support core is made with other materials like pocketed coils or polyfoam. These will not be as durable, but will likely be cheaper.
Latex mattresses are usually between 6 to 12 inches, with blended latex mattresses sitting on the higher end of this range. Thicker mattresses will offer more support and durability, especially for heavier sleepers.
Impression Load Deflection (ILD)
The ILD rating for a latex mattress will let you know how soft or firm the mattress is. Talalay latex typically has a lower ILD rating and is softer than Dunlop latex. Synthetic and blended latex also have lower ILD ratings and are softer than all natural latex.
The softest mattresses will have an ILD rating below 16, medium mattresses will have a rating between 24-29, and the firmest will be above 39.
Recap: Our Top-Rated Latex Mattresses
|GhostBed||Best for Heavier People||8.6/10|
|Saatva Latex Hybrid||Best for Couples||8.9/10|
|WinkBeds EcoCloud||Best for Sex||8.5/10|
|Bloom Hybrid||Best for Back Pain||9.1/10|
|ZenHaven||Best Organic Mattress||8.6/10|
|Elements Latex||Best Budget Mattress||8.4/10|
|PlushBeds Botanical Bliss||Best for Side Sleepers||7.8/10|
|Avocado||Best Pillow Top Mattress||8.3/10|
|Brentwood Home Cedar||Best Latex Hybrid Mattress||7.9/10|
Now that you’ve reviewed our top picks and referenced our buyer’s guide, we hope you have a better idea of whether or not a latex mattress might be the best option for you. If you were already convinced, then we hope we’ve helped you narrow down your search.
If you still have questions about latex mattresses, or you have one that you particularly love, let us know in the comments below.
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