December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
photo credit: Pure Latex Bliss
Here’s a question we hear a lot….what is the difference between Talalay Latex & Dunlop Latex when purchasing a latex mattress? So we figured we would blog about it because there are actually some major differences.
The biggest difference is the process in which they are manufactured. Talalay Latex takes about 14 hours to process while Dunlop can be made in less than an hour. If you think about it, that is a huge difference? That is like taking an hour to write an essay vs. an entire day and into the night, or grabbing coffee with a friend for an hour or spending the entire day together. You know the quality you are creating will be a lot less in that hour vs. the entire day.
So then what does this mean for you?
1.) Breath-ability- Talalay Latex is about 4 times more breathable than Dunlop. Talalay latex has a large cell structure whereas Dunlop has a smaller and more dense cell structure. This also makes Dunlop latex much more firm.
2.) Pressure Relief – Talalay Latex provides about 33% more pressure relief than Dunlop. Why is this? That’s because the process in which the Talalay is poured makes it more flexible and therefore conform to your body to provide more pressure relief when you need it. The Dunlop latex is a lot less flexible.
3.) Durability – Talalay latex is about 3 times more resilient than Dunlop. Talaly latex has a round cell structure which does not break down whereas the snowflake cell structure of the Dunlop latex does break down.
4.) Consistency – What feel at the top of a Talalay Latex mattress is exactly what you will feel at the bottom of the mattress. This is not always the case when it comes to a Dunlop mattress. This is due to a flash freezing process that is done in the Talalay latex that is not done with Dunlop. This flash freezing prevents the particles from settling after the during.
5.) Cleaner – the Talalay Latex can wash out more proteins than Dunlop. This goes back to the 1 hour vs. 14, Talalay latex is rinsed 5 times where Dunlop is only rinsed once. The proteins in latex is the true cause of a latex allergy.
6.) Support – Talalay latex will offer support in addition to pressure relief whereas Dunlop primarily only offers pressure relief.
But one benefit for Dunlop would be that it is often more cost effective. We hope this helps in your research of which mattress is best for you.