Composition of latex mattresses
Latex mattresses may be manufactured using natural latex, synthetic latex, or both.
Several latex mattresses are also made up of multiple layers, such as a latex layer combined with an extra layer of cold foam, memory foam, or comfort foam.
The result is a completely different sensation while lying down.
Natural latex mattresses
Natural latex is obtained from rubber trees and is a material that has been in use for several centuries.
Latex mattresses using natural latex are environmentally friendly, although they are costly.
There are two common types of latex, Dunlop Latex and Talalay Latex.
They are very similar, and the difference is merely in the manufacturing process, though Dunlop is generally considered even more durable than Talalay.
Synthetic latex mattresses
Synthetic latex was first created in 1909.
Several mattresses today combine natural and synthetic latex.
The properties offered by synthetic latex mattresses are similar to pure natural latex mattresses, but they are much cheaper.
However, they often smell too much like rubber and are not environmentally friendly.
100% latex mattresses
Any latex mattress that a company tags as 100% latex does not indicate that 100% natural latex is used.
The guidelines have outlined that a 100% latex mattress merely has to contain 85% latex. But that latex must be 100% natural latex.
The rest of the mattress, barring the latex, is made up of filler material.