What are the different types latex?

Technically speaking, there are three types of latex used in mattresses:

100% natural latex – made with 100% natural rubber latex

Natural latex – made with 85% natural rubber latex and 15% synthetic latex

Pure latex – made with 20% natural rubber latex and 80% synthetic latex

The most expensive type of latex mattress is made from 100% natural latex. Although it does cost more, it feels incredible and represents a great long-term investment, as we have already discussed.Consumers who live an organic lifestyle and have made many changes in order to remove most synthetic materials from their household tend to purchase 100% natural latex mattresses. These products offer unsurpassed healthiness and elasticity, conform to your body and reduce the pressure on your muscles and circulation like no other mattress. The luxurious comfort and gentle support simply cannot be matched by synthetic latex.

One thing people don’t know is that because it is a ‘natural’ product, there are inconsistencies at the molecular level which cause natural latex to wear more quickly than synthetic latex. Of course, this does not mean that a 100% natural latex mattress will break down or deteriorate easily.

The industry norm is latex mattresses containing more than 80% natural latex to be classed as natural latex mattresses. When consumers are looking to buy natural and environmentally friendly product that will help them sleep better and is good value for money they can choose this type of latex mattress. It combines the benefits of the natural latex – elasticity, flexibility, luxurious feel and healthiness with the extended stability and durability of the synthetic latex. From our experience we can tell you there is little difference in the feel of 100% natural latex mattress and mattresses made with 80% or more natural latex.

Pure latex is the most commonly used latex blend, it contains only 20% natural latex and is therefore cheaper. It is also easier to manufacture because it is extremely uniform at the molecular level. Pure latex still offers excellent support and comfort but it is not as ‘lively’ as natural latex. What you gain in cost and durability, you lose in sleep benefits and feel compared to natural latex.




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