Latex Mattresses

Best Latex Mattresses 2020: Reviews & Buying Guide


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Of the 60+ beds I've reviewed, these are my current favorites:
My Top PickType of MattressPrice
1. Saatva ClassicInnerspring$799 - $1,599
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2. Puffy LUX
Luxury Foam$1,145 – $1,695
Save $300!
3. Leesa Original
Budget Foam$624-$1,049
Save Up to $150!
4. Nest Alexander HybridLuxury Hybrid$949-$1,699
Save 20%!
5. PlushBeds Botanical BlissLuxury Organic Latex$999 – $1,998
Save $1,200+!
6. EcoterraBudget Latex$749 - $1,249
Save $175!
7. DreamcloudLuxury PillowTop$599-$1,099
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8. LaylaFlippable/2-Sided$499 - $999
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9. Big FigFor Plus-Sized People$1,299 - $1,999
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10. HelixCustom-Fit$500 - $1,149
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Mattress toppers & pads are a great way to cool your bed and extend its life.
Topper SizeMaterialFirmnessWarr.
LINENSPA
LINENSPA 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin
Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
MOLECULE AIRTEC
MOLECULE AIRTEC
Best Comfort3"Memory foamMedium-firm5 years
MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
Best pressure point relief3"FoamMedium-firm10 years
LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
Best for back pain2"Gel memory foamMedium10 years
Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Best temperature regulation-Forced Air-1 year
TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
Bed cooling/heating systems have come a long way – especially the BedJet, my favorite.
SystemTypeBest For...Temp. RangeControl
BedJet V3
BedJet V3
Air cooledBest Overall (esp. for night sweats)66°F-104°FWireless remote control/smartphone app
ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
Water cooledBest water cooling system55°F-115°FWireless remote control
Ooler Sleep System
Ooler Sleep System
Water cooledBest temperature control55°F-115°FSmartphone app via Bluetooth
The Pod by Eight Sleep
The Pod by Eight Sleep
Water cooledBest smart cooling system55°F-115°FSmartphone app/smart voice assistant
Mattress Cooler "Classic"
2020 Mattress Cooler "Classic" Chilled Water Sleep Cooling System (Now with a Spare "27x63" Cooling Pad)
Water cooledBest budget cooling systemN/AWireless remote control
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
Air cooledN/ARemote control
bFan Cooling System
bFan Cooling System
FanBest bed fanN/AWired remote control
Brookstone bed fan
Brookstone Bed Fan with Wireless Remote
FanN/AWireless remote control
These pillows excel at relieving neck and shoulder pain:
PillowWhy I Like It
PlushBeds Shredded Natural Latex Pillow
Best Cooling Mattress Pads

best shredded latex pillow for side sleepers
Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
Coop Home Goods - Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Memory Foam Fill - Lulltra Washable Cover from Bamboo Derived Rayon - CertiPUR-US/GREENGUARD Gold Certified - Queen
perennial, proven Amazon Choice with over 16,000 reviews
MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
SleepRight Splintek Side Sleeping Pillow Memory Foam Pillow – Best Pillow for Sleeping On Your Side – 24" x 5" Standard Size
full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Thickness, Kool-Flow Micro Vented Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow for Sleeping, Back, Stomach & Side Sleepers, Queen Size, Made in USA
thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
UTTU Sandwich Pillow, Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, Bamboo Pillow for Sleeping, Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain, Neck Support for Back, Stomach, Side Sleepers, Orthopedic Contour Pillow, CertiPUR-US
designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
Mediflow Fiber: The First & Original Water Pillow, clinically Proven to Reduce Neck Pain & Improve Sleep. Therapeutic, Ideal for People Looking for Proper Neck Support
clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow - Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow for Back and Side Sleepers with Neck and Spine Support - Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain
best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow - 2020 Version - British Invention of The Year Winner - Supports Your Head, Neck & Chin (Blue)
added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
Nursal Contour
NURSAL Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Wedge Contour Support Pillow for Leg, Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Relief, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Pregnancy, Hip and Joint Pain
great reviews, washable cover - and half the price
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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Thinking about buying a latex mattress – but don’t know which one to get?

You’ve come to the right place.

In this 5-minute mattress comparison, we will compare the best latex mattresses sold online: Zenhaven, PlushBeds Botanical BlissNest Hybrid Latex, and Brooklyn Signature.


What’s In This Latex Mattress Buying Guide

My aim here is to help you find the best latex mattress for your needs and budget.

To do this, I will review the following features one at a time, pointing out the differences between these four mattresses:

  • Mattress Construction
  • Comfort and Firmness
  • Sleeping Experience
  • Warranty and Returns
  • Shipping and Delivery Options
  • Price

If you want to dive deeper into the details of each mattress, then read my 10-minute mattress reviews.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of latex vs. other types of foam, check out my latex vs. foam FAQ.


Best Latex Mattresses

Short on time? Here’s a quick summary of our favorite from the best latex mattresses.


Construction Differences

Zenhaven and PlushBeds Botanical Bliss are all-foam mattresses. They contain latex foam in both the comfort and support layers.

The Nest Hybrid Latex and Brooklyn Signature Hybrid combine latex foam and pocket coils to boost support and responsiveness.

Zenhaven Construction

Zenhaven mattress construction

Zenhaven is a new mattress from Saatva that uses 100% natural latex.

The most interesting feature of Zenhaven is that you can change comfort levels by flipping the mattress over. One side provides Luxury Plush comfort while the other provides Gentle Firm comfort.

Both sides of the mattress are covered with an organic cotton cover that’s quilted with organic wool.

The wool does three things: it regulates temperature, it wicks away moisture, and it acts as a natural fire retardant.

Below the cover, the Zenhaven mattress has just two layers: a comfort layer and a support core.

The comfort layer consists of Talalay latex with a 5-zone design. The zoned latex foam provides targeted support and pressure relief to different sections of your body.

The other side of the mattress also features a zoned layer to ensure proper spinal alignment whichever side you sleep on.

The 6” core is shared by both sides of the Zenhaven mattress. It consists of high-density natural Talalay latex.

Learn more about Zenhaven mattress construction.


PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Construction

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Construction

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress is available in three size options: 9”, 10” and 12”.

Each profile has a slightly different construction.

The 9” Botanical Bliss mattress has three layers of organic latex measuring 2”, 3” and 3” thick.

The 10” Botanical Bliss mattress has three layers of organic latex, each measuring 3” thick.

The 12” Botanical Bliss mattress has four layers of organic latex. The top one is 2” thick while the rest are each 3” thick.

Each of the latex layers in the Botanical Bliss mattress has a different firmness level. You can switch the layers around to adjust firmness.

For couples with different firmness preferences, we recommend the split Queen, King, or Cal King Botanical Bliss mattress. You can then adjust the firmness on each side of the mattress.

In addition to the latex layers, each Botanical Bliss mattress also comes with an organic cotton cover and up to 10lbs of natural New Zealand wool to regulate temperature, wick sweat, and act as a fire barrier.

Learn more about PlushBeds mattress construction.


Brooklyn Signature Hybrid Construction

Best Latex Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding uses a different kind of latex-like foam called TitanFlex in its Brooklyn Signature mattress. It’s very similar to organic latex foam and has most of the same characteristics, which is why we've included this mattress in our ‘Best Latex' comparison.

The Signature Hybrid mattress starts with a quilted cover that provides a plush sleeping surface.

Beneath the cover is a 2” layer of TitanFlex foam that’s infused with cooling gel.

The 2” transition layer is made from Energex foam, a type of polyurethane foam that’s cooler, more supportive, and more responsive than normal polyfoam.

The 6” core of the Signature Hybrid mattress consists of encased coils. It is complemented by a 1” high-density base layer.

Learn more about the Brooklyn Signature's mattress construction.


Nest Hybrid Latex Construction

Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress - construction

The Nest Hybrid Latex is a hybrid mattress consisting of a foam and pocketed coil layers.

Like the other three mattresses, it has an organic cotton cover at the top and incorporates wool to help with breathability and fire protection.

There are five layers, as follows:

The topmost comfort layer is 1.5″ of Eco-Flex Quilted foam topped with an organic stretch knit cotton and Joma wool cover.

The second comfort layer underneath is made of 3 inches of Oeko-tex Certified Dunlop latex. It is medium-firm, which provides a perfect balance between plush comfort and firm support.

The support layer consists of 1″ of Eco-Friendly Comfort foam on top of 6 inches of pocketed coils. The pocketed coils provide excellent body contouring while also supporting your weight. This layer prevents too much sinkage (compression support) for those with heavier bodies. And prevents sagging, ensuring the mattress remains comfortable and supportive for years.

Finally, there is a thin slice of 1-inch high-density foam at the bottom of the mattress. It enhances the support provided by the second layer.

Because of the pocketed coil layer, the Nest Hybrid Latex is the best mattress of these four for heavier sleepers.

This mattress comes in Medium, Firm, and Plush comfort layers.

Learn more about Nest Hybrid Latex mattress construction.


Firmness Differences

All four mattresses offer a choice of firmness levels, but the Zenhaven and PlushBeds Botanical Bliss are unique in how they do it.

Zenhaven Firmness

Zenhaven firmness

Instead of selling a separate product for each firmness level, Zenhaven sells a single mattress that you can flip over to switch from Luxury Plush to Gentle Firm.

In this way, the Zenhaven is both a medium-firm mattress and a firm mattress.

The Luxury Plush side provides a medium-firm comfort level that rates about 4-5 on our 10-point scale, with ten being the firmest. It has more pronounced sinkage and feels quite plush. It’s the right choice of the two for side-sleepers and those who love to feel their mattress hugging them.

The Gentle Firm side of the Zenhaven offers a pretty firm feel that's about 7-8 on our firmness scale. It has much less sinkage and is best for back- and stomach sleepers.


PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Firmness

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss comes in two firmness options: medium and med-firm.

Most people choose the medium option. It adapts well to different types of sleepers and sleeping positions.

The med-firm option is ideal for those who prefer an ‘on the mattress’ feel. It’s also great for heavier sleepers weighing 275lbs and over as well as stomach sleepers and some back sleepers.

Once you receive your new mattress, you can adjust the firmness by changing the arrangement of the layers.

For the medium mattress (arrangement: soft, med-soft, medium), swap the top soft layer with the middle med-soft layer to make the mattress slightly firmer.

For the med-firm mattress (arrangement: medium, med-firm, extra-firm), bring the med-firm layer on top to make the mattress slightly firmer.


Brooklyn Signature Firmness

Best Latex Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding also offers three firmness levels for their Signature latex mattress: soft, medium, and firm.

The soft option has a more pronounced hug, making it extra-plush compared to the medium and firm comfort options. It’s ideal for side sleepers and those who prefer a deep plush feel when they sleep.

The medium option is the most popular.  It’s great for most people since it offers the best balance between soft and firm. It doesn’t feel too soft, nor does it feel uncomfortably firm. It’s good for all types of sleepers, including the back, stomach, and side sleepers. It is also the recommended option for those with back problems.

The firm option is still comfortable but has very little sinkage. It’s perfect if you love floating on your mattress or like to move around a lot at night. It’s also great for back and stomach sleepers and those with a larger body type.


Nest Hybrid Latex Firmness

The Nest Hybrid Latex offers three firmness options: medium, plush, and firm.

The plush option is quite soft, rating only 3 – 3.5 out of ten on our firmness scale, where 10 = rock hard.

The medium option is slightly on the soft side, rating around 5 – 5.5. It’s the best choice for most people.

The firm option rates around 6 – 6.5.

Split firmness options are also available. They include:

  • Medium & firm
  • Plush & firm
  • Plush & medium

How Does the Sleeping Experience Differ?

All four of these four beds are luxury mattresses, and they feel like that.

And all four do a great job with temperature control, a benefit that latex foam is well known for.

Zenhaven Sleeping Experience

Best Latex Mattress

You don’t have to worry about choosing the right firmness level if you buy the Zenhaven mattress – just flip the mattress to change it from firm to soft.

Whichever side you sleep on, the Zenhaven feels comfortable and supportive. The soft side feels plush with a deeper hug. The firm side doesn’t hug your body as much.

The mattress sleeps cool through the night, too. But that shouldn't be a surprise since Latex foam is naturally good at dissipating heat.

There is minimal motion transfer, so couples needn’t worry about waking each other in the middle of the night.

The Zenhaven mattress is also quite bouncy, a much welcome feature for your amorous nights.

If you are looking for a great all-latex foam mattress, we like the new Zenhaven from Saatva.

Read more Zenhaven customer reviews to see what they think.


PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Sleeping Experience

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PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is the best organic latex mattress we've tested. If you want the full luxury hotel bed experience, buy the 12-inch size.

The sleeping experience is, according to many other customers and me, very close to a luxury hotel experience.

The medium option has just the right amount of plushness to cradle you and enough support to keep your spine in good alignment.

The med-firm option provides extra deep support for heavier sleepers.

One thing we love about the Botanical Bliss mattress is the ability to adjust firmness. If it feels a bit too soft, switch the first two layers to make the mattress more supportive.

Read more PlushBeds customer reviews to see what they think.


Brooklyn Signature Sleeping Experience

The Brooklyn Signature mattress is the least expensive mattress of this lot. Perhaps that’s because it’s the only one that does not use natural or organic latex.

That aside, most customers claim that this mattress is just as luxurious as an organic latex mattress. Many also say it provides the best luxury for the money.

The medium firm Signature is the most popular comfort option, and it does feel plush without being too soft. You get firm support for your back and a nice hug for your hips and shoulders.

The mattress stays cool and fresh, has minimal motion transfer, and offers a good level of responsiveness (bounce).

Read more Brooklyn Signature customer reviews to see what they think.


Nest Hybrid Latex Sleeping Experience

Best Latex Mattress

The Nest Latex Hybrid mattress is a luxury hybrid mattress.

It is also arguably the best latex hybrid mattress you can buy for less than $2,000.

You get the best features of latex foam and coil springs, which in the real world means more bounce than the others and less motion transfer.

The pocketed coils add to the bounce of the latex layer above. They also improve airflow, which enhances breathability and keeps the mattress cool. Because the coils are individually pocketed, they don’t transfer disturbance across the mattress.

Your sleeping experience will vary depending on which firmness level you choose.

The medium option is plush yet supportively firm.

The firm option feels a bit more rigid, with less of a body hug.  But it's not a Japanese firm.

Read more Nest Hybrid Latex customer reviews to see what they think.


Differences in Warranty and Returns

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All four companies offer very generous return policies and warranty coverage.

Nest Bedding stands out from the pack with its exceptional lifetime warranty and lifetime comfort guarantee on its Hybrid Latex mattress.

NOTE: Please be careful to buy from the company's official website. Third-party retailers like Amazon may only give you 30 days to test your mattress and return it.

Zenhaven Warranty and Return Policies

Zenhaven gives you 120 days – almost four months – to test their mattress and decide if you like it. You can return it at any time during this period for a full refund less the $99 delivery charge. You can also request an exchange though you’ll be charged $99 for handling.

As for the warranty, you can choose from two warranties, as follows:

  1. The standard warranty is for 20 years. Zenhaven handles all costs, including handling, during the first two years. For the rest of the warranty period, you’ll only pay for handling if you make a claim. Zenhaven still handles all replacement or repair costs.
  2. Saatva also offers a Fairness Replacement Option that runs for 20 years. It’s essentially a prorated warranty. They’ll replace the mattress at no cost to you during the first two years. After that, you pay a percentage of what you originally paid for your mattress. For years 3-5, it is 30%; for years 6-10, you pay 50%, and for years 11-20, you pay 75% of the original price.

Read the Zenhaven Warranty and Return policies.


PlushBeds Warranty and Return Policies

PlushBeds return policy

PlushBeds offers a standard trial period of 100 days, which is plenty long enough to test the comfort of your mattress. If it doesn’t feel right, you can return it or request a comfort exchange at no cost to you.

The warranty is longer than most, at 25 years. The warranty has two phases. During the first ten years, PlushBeds will replace or repair the mattress at no cost to you. During the final 15 years, they will repair the mattress and charge you for the handling cost. If a full replacement is necessary, you’ll have to pay a percentage of the original price – which is 50% in the first year of the 15 years and increases by 3% for every subsequent year.

Read PlushBeds's Warranty and Return policies.


 Brooklyn Signature Warranty and Return Policies

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Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-day return period. They ask that you at least sleep on the mattress for 30 days before initiating a return. Returns are completely free.

Brooklyn's warranty is an industry-standard ten years, which in this case, is the shortest of the bunch.

But it’s long enough considering that this is a budget-priced mattress. This warranty is non-prorated, meaning the company will cover all costs for repair or replacement, whether you claim the 1st or 10th year of coverage.

Read Brooklyn Bedding's Warranty and Return policies.


Nest Hybrid Latex Warranty and Return Policies

Nest Bedding offers the best policies of this group, by far.

Nest offers a lifetime comfort guarantee. During the first 100 days, Nest offers a normal return policy. You can exchange the mattress for another comfort level at no fee or return it for a full refund. After the first 100 days, and for as long as you own your mattress, you can exchange your mattress for a firmer or softer one after paying 50% of the then-current mattress price.

Nest's also provides a lifetime warranty. As long as you own the mattress, Nest Bedding will cover any replacement or repair costs for approved claims.

Read more about the lifetime comfort guarantee and warranty on Nest Bedding’s official website.

Read the Nest Hybrid Latex Warranty and Return policies.


Shipping and Delivery Differences

Zenhaven Shipping and Delivery

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Zenhaven charges a flat $99 fee for shipping and delivery. This fee includes an in-home setup. So you don’t have to worry about carrying the mattress inside and setting it up in your bedroom.

PlushBeds Shipping and Delivery

PlushBeds offers free 7-9 day shipping within the contiguous United States. In other regions such as Hawaii and Alaska, they’ll send you a shipping quote.

You can also pay an extra $99 to get the new mattress set up for you and the old one taken away.

Brooklyn Bedding Shipping and Delivery

Brooklyn Bedding also offers free 5-8 day shipping within the contiguous United States. For Alaska and Hawaii, shipping is around $125 per mattress. For Canadian buyers, it’s $250 per mattress.

You can request expedited shipping at an additional cost. But they don’t offer any setup services.

Nest Bedding Shipping and Delivery

Nest Bedding shipping

The Nest Latex Hybrid mattress is shipped free within the contiguous United States. Alaska and Hawaii, as well as international orders, cost extra in shipping.

You can also request White Glove delivery for an additional fee.


Price Differences

Except for Brooklyn Signature, all of these mattresses are fairly pricey, in line with their organic latex construction.

Only Brooklyn Signature costs less than $1,000 for a queen size.

But remember that these are luxury latex mattresses. They’d cost twice as much. If not more. In a traditional Brick and Mortar store.

Note: prices below reflect the latest discounts.

Size Zenhaven by Saatva PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Brooklyn Signature Hybrid Nest Latex Hybrid
Twin $1,199 $1,099 $479.20 $999
Twin XL $1,399 $1,099 $559.20 $1,099
Full $1,799 $1,499 $679.20 $1,299
Queen $2,199 $1,599 $799.20 $1,499
King $2,799 $1,899 $999.20 $1,699
CA King $2,799 $1,899 $999.20 $1,699

Financing Options

Subject to Approval; For US Customers Only.

Zenhaven: Klarna financing at 0% APR if paid in full within six months.

PlushBeds: Klarna financing at 0% up to 12 months.

Brooklyn Bedding: Affirm offers rates between 0-30% APR. Payment periods are 3, 6, and 12 months.

Nest Bedding: Affirm offers rates of 10-30% APR. Zibby is also available for those with a low credit score.


Coupons

We currently offer a coupon for the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress.

For the other three mattresses, check the Nest Bedding, Zenhaven, and Brooklyn Bedding websites for discounts.


Our Bottom Line

Buy The Zenhaven Latex Mattress If:

You want a Talalay latex mattress that is supportive and luxurious.

It’s also great if you are not sure which comfort level you want because Zenhaven packages both firm and soft into one.


Buy the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress If:

You want a 100% organic latex mattress that sleeps like a luxury hotel mattress, is very supportive, and will last a long time.


Buy the Brooklyn Signature Latex Mattress If:

You want a budget latex-like foam mattress that supports your back is comfortable and sleeps cool.

But don't get this one if you want a truly organic/green latex sleeper.


But The Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress If:

You want a luxurious hybrid innerspring and latex foam mattress that provides excellent pressure relief and stays cool.

It’s also the best choice for big-bodied and overweight persons since the innersprings provide added compression (anti-sagging) support.


How To Buy a Latex Mattress:  The Features That Matter

These are the features that matter most when you are shopping for the best latex mattress online.

100% Latex or Latex Hybrid?

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There are generally two types of latex mattresses: all-latex and latex hybrids.

An all-latex mattress contains latex foam only, usually a combination of Talalay and Dunlop latex. There is no memory foam, polyfoam, or innerspring.

Latex hybrids contain a combination of latex foam (usually in the primary comfort layer) and other types of materials such as memory foam and polyfoam. Some latex hybrid mattresses may also contain pocketed coils.

Latex-only mattresses are more expensive, with an average starting price for a Queen size being around $1,800.

Latex hybrid mattresses, on the other hand, can cost as low as $800 for the same size.

So if you are on a budget but still want a latex mattress, I recommend a latex hybrid.

Regarding sleeping experience, all latex mattresses tend to be noticeably firmer than memory foam.

They also tend to be more responsive (bouncy). Latex hybrid mattresses contain other foams that reduce the responsiveness of the latex foam.

Other benefits of all-latex mattresses include better cooling, more support, and increased longevity.

You can see why they are more expensive.

But latex hybrid mattresses have their benefits too:

  • Latex hybrids are ideal if you are looking for a softer mattress with more contouring. A latex hybrid mattress with a memory foam pressure relief layer is great for sleepers with back problems.
  • Latex hybrids have less motion transfer. Unlike memory foam, latex doesn’t absorb and transform the energy that goes into it. It reflects it and distributes it across the mattress. On the one hand, this is a good thing because it makes the mattress more bouncy (better for sex); on the other hand, it increases motion transfer. Combining latex foam with other foams reduces motion transfer while still maintaining a good level of responsiveness.

Dunlop vs. Talalay Latex Foam

Latex foam can be manufactured in two different ways: the Dunlop process or the Talalay process. The two processes create latex foams that are distinct from each other in terms of ‘feel,’ texture, and overall sleeping experience.

Dunlop latex

Dunlop latex

This is the most common type of latex foam. It’s manufactured using the Dunlop process, which goes as far back as 1929.

The manufacturing process is simpler compared to Talalay. Liquid rubber is injected into molds and then baked. It is then washed and heated again to get rid of moisture.

The final result is latex foam that is dense and incredibly resilient.

Dunlop latex feels firmer than Talalay and tends to last longer. That’s why it is used as foundational foam in most mattresses. It can support your weight for years without sagging.

If you are plus size and are looking for a latex mattress, get one with a Dunlop latex base.

On the downside, it can make the mattress too firm. If you are looking for a softer latex mattress, look for one with Talalay latex at the top rather than Dunlop latex.

Talalay latex

Talalay latex

The Talalay process is very similar to Dunlop with a few additional steps designed to create less-dense foam.

The process came about in 1935 and has been since used to manufacture rubber products with precise densities.

First, liquid rubber is added to molds. But the molds are not filled. Air is then completely removed from the mold to create a vacuum. This causes the latex to expand and fill the mold, thus resulting in a lighter and less-dense texture.

The latex is then frozen, and carbon dioxide is forced through it.

This creates airways that give the latex an even lighter feel and texture. The airways greatly improve the cooling performance of the latex foam.

Because there is more airflow, the foam dissipates heat more efficiently.

The final steps – baking, washing, and drying – allow the foam to set with uniform consistency.

The main advantage of Talalay latex is that it feels softer, plusher, and generally more comfortable. That’s why it’s often used in the comfort layer.

It’s also better at cooling.

On the downside, it doesn’t last as long as Dunlop latex and is also more expensive.

Which One Is The Best?

If you are buying an all-latex mattress, look for one that uses both types of foam: Talalay latex in the top layer and Dunlop latex in the base.

This ensures you get the best of both foams: the comforting pressure relief and cooling of Talalay and the support and longevity of Dunlop.

Organic or Blended Latex?

Yet another decision you need to make is whether you want a 100% organic or blended latex mattress.

The terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ can be confusing these days as every company tries to promote their product as healthy and environmentally friendly.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If a latex mattress is labeled ‘natural,’ it does not mean it is 100% natural. There are no legal standards for using that term. Most ‘natural’ latex foam mattresses contain a mixture of natural and synthetic materials.
  • If a latex mattress is labeled ‘organic,’ check whether it has the USDA certified organic label. This guarantees that it is 100% organic. Otherwise, the ‘organic’ label doesn’t mean much.

A certified organic latex mattress can easily cost over $2,000 in a store. But you can be sure it is hypoallergenic, chemical-free, and better for the environment.   

If you don’t have the budget for a fully natural or organic mattress, there are plenty of blended (synthetic + natural materials) alternatives that are much more affordable (around $800-$1,500 for a Queen size).

Latex Foam Density

The density of a mattress affects how soft or firm it feels. It also determines other factors like support, pressure relief, and durability.

The density of a mattress is expressed in terms of pounds per cubic foot (PCF). This is the weight of one cubic foot section of the foam.

There are generally three levels of density: low density, medium density, and high-density mattresses.

For latex mattresses, density ranges between 3.75 PCF for low-density mattresses to 5.93 PCF for high-density mattresses.

Higher-density latex mattresses are firmer and longer-lasting. They are ideal if you want a mattress with more support or if you are plus size.

Medium-density mattresses are the best for most people. They are softer but still provide plenty of support and last long as well.

Density vs. ILD

You may also see manufacturers using another term called indentation load deflection or ILD.

This is a more precise measurement of how firm or soft a latex mattress is. It’s determined by measuring how much pressure is needed to depress a portion of the mattress by 25%.

High-density mattresses (usually those containing Dunlop latex) have higher ILD measurements while low and medium density mattresses will have a lower ILD.

Generally, these density and ILD figures all refer to the ‘feel’ of the mattress. Most manufacturers will not indicate them, instead preferring to use general terms like soft, medium-firm, and firm.

Other Features

In addition to the above features, also consider these additional factors when choosing a latex foam mattress.

  • Home trial – does the manufacturer provide a home trial? How long is it? Most trial periods are 100 nights long though some companies give you up to a year to test the mattress.
  • Free returns– almost all online mattresses these days come with free returns. So you can test the mattress without any pressure or worries that you’ll be charged if you don’t like it.
  • Shipping & delivery– latex mattresses tend to be heavy and can be pricey to ship. So make sure the seller offers free shipping. If you want help setting up the mattress, look for those that offer white glove delivery (often for an extra fee).
  • Warranty – latex mattresses generally last longer, and the warranty should reflect that. A non-prorated warranty of at least 15 years is ideal. For premium organic latex mattresses, the warranty should cover your mattress for at least 20 years.

What is a Latex Foam Rubber Mattress?

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Foam rubber refers to any rubber material that has been manufactured into a foam. The rubber material can be natural (latex) or synthetic (polyurethane).

Latex mattresses are made from natural rubber, also called latex.

Two styles of manufacturing result in the two types of latex foam used in mattresses: Dunlop latex and Talalay latex.


Natural vs. Synthetic vs. Blended Latex

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Most of the latex mattresses you’ll come across when shopping are all-natural or organic mattresses. This means they are made from natural rubber.

Natural latex is chemical-free, more comfortable, and longer-lasting. But it is pricey.

Synthetic and blended latex mattresses are cheaper alternatives.

Synthetic latex is made using petrochemicals and contains no natural rubber. Though it is significantly cheaper than natural latex, it doesn’t last as long and has a noticeably less springy feel. You’ll also notice a chemical smell when the mattress is new.

Blended latex is a blend of synthetic latex and natural latex. A blended latex mattress is cheaper than one made with natural latex.

Often, however, a blended latex mattress mostly contains synthetic latex. Many manufacturers add only a little natural rubber just so that they can claim their mattress is ‘natural.’

That’s why you should never trust a latex mattress labeled as being natural or 100% natural. If you want to be sure you are buying a natural latex mattress, look for an organic one that’s USDA certified.


Latex vs. Memory Foam

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For many people, mattress shopping comes down to whether to get a latex mattress or a memory foam mattress.

On the one hand, latex mattresses are more durable and sleep cooler. Memory foam mattresses, on the other hand, are cheaper and very popular.

The best choice depends on your comfort needs and sleeping preferences.

Memory foam offers a plusher feel and a deeper hug. It provides excellent pressure relief and body alignment.

But it lacks responsiveness (bounce), which makes it less than ideal for sex and for sleepers who toss and turn a lot when asleep.

Latex foam has a firmer, more solid feel. Latex foam is known for its bouncy feel. It also provides good body contouring and pressure relief.

One of the best features of latex foam is its temperature neutrality. It does not retain heat like memory foam, making it a great choice for hot sleepers.

Remember that memory foam is available only in synthetic foam. You won’t find natural or organic memory foam.

With latex foam, you can easily find an organic latex mattress.


Buying Online vs. Brick & Mortar

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Buying online is the best choice for most people.

You’ll find a wider variety online (including some surprisingly cheap natural latex mattresses), the prices are lower online, and you can shop from your couch (or bed).

The main advantage you’ll hear about shopping in a brick & mortar store is the opportunity to test the mattress before you buy it.

But in this aspect, you are better off shopping online.

A 15-minute test in a traditional store cannot rival a 100-night free trial at home that most online sellers provide.

Most online sellers don’t even charge for returns. Brick and mortar stores are notorious for their hefty restocking fees.

Save yourself the hassle and money, and buy your new latex mattress online.


Latex Mattresses Pros and Cons

Latex Mattresses

Pros

  • Long-lasting – most latex mattresses last well over ten years.
  • Responsive.
  • Excellent body contouring.
  • Latex mattresses sleep cool.
  • Organic latex mattresses have no chemical smell.
  • Organic latex mattresses are resistant to allergens such as dust mites and mold, making them great for people with allergies.

Cons

  • More expensive than synthetic foam mattresses.
  • Not ideal for those who prefer the plush soft feel of memory foam.

Best Latex Mattresses: Comparison

If you don’t have time to go through this blow-by-blow comparison, then here is my quick take on each mattress:

MattressRating Price Our Take
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
4.8$999–$1,998
The best-sleeping / highest-quality 100% latex mattress sold online. All-natural materials, lots of options and a super-long warranty.
Nest Latex Hybrid
4.8 $1,049 - $1,799
This is a true luxury hybrid mattress. It has more bounce than the other latex mattresses, is better at cooling and has zero motion transfer.
Zenhaven
4.7$1,199-$2,799
A unique mattress with a soft side and a firm side. Whichever you sleep on, it feels really comfortable and supportive. The soft side feels plush with a deeper hug.
Brooklyn Signature Hybrid
4.5$479.20-$999.20
The Brooklyn Signature mattress is one of the best deals we've ever seen for a latex-feel foam bed.

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