August 09, 2018

When made responsibly, latex mattresses are healthy, environmentally friendly, socially conscious, durable, and comfortable.

In this article we’ll look at our five favorite things about latex mattresses.

#1: Latex mattresses are healthy and free of chemicals

100% natural latex mattresses are free of the chemicals, additives and adhesives that cause other mattresses to smell terrible when opened.

The smell that other mattresses give off is off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which you breathe into your body. To learn more about the dangers of off-gassing in mattresses, see our post Mattress Off-Gassing.

Latex is a naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial material, so it requires no additives. Latex for Less Mattresses also have a 100% natural wool fire barrier that exceeds fire standards, without the use of chemicals. 

Latex for Less has done the work of meeting and exceeding strict standards to receive GOTS, Eco-INSTITUT, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifications. You can find out more about our certifications in our post A Certified Mattress: Why it Matters.

Here is a summary:

  • Our 100% organic cotton covers are certified by GOTS.
  • Our 100% natural talalay latex is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
  • Our 100% natural dunlop latex is certified by Eco-INSTITUT.

Our Dunlop and Talalay latex is 100% natural latex sourced naturally, from rubber tree farms - no blends or synthetics and no chemicals. Our wool is also sourced naturally, from California. All of our mattresses are made in the USA.

#2: Latex mattresses are environmentally friendly

When sourced responsibly, natural latex is a sustainable, renewable resource. As discussed above, Latex for Less holds three certifications for our mattress materials. In addition to purity and safety standards, these certifications require responsible environmental practices.

The latex, cotton and wool in our Latex For Less Mattress is harvested responsibly and sustainably. We’re proud to meet a higher standard for the health of our customers and for the health of the environment.

#3: Social Consciousness

In addition to their health and environmental requirements, our certifications require responsible employment in the harvesting of the latex, cotton and wool.

For example, our cotton is GOTS certified. Our mattress manufacturing process involves no forced employment or child labor. Harsh and inhumane treatment of workers is banned under GOTS. Discrimination in hiring or employment is also not permitted. Workplaces must be kept safe and clean. Finally, workers must have the right to organize and reasonably bargain with their employers.

#4: Latex Mattresses are Comfortable

All the health, environmental, and social concerns mentioned above are great, but our job remains to make you a comfortable mattress. Latex is a very comfortable sleep surface.

Latex for Less Mattresses have both layers of firm Dunlop latex and softer Talalay latex. These two layers mean that Latex for Less’s mattresses can be flipped over for different firmness levels: one side is medium, and the other side is medium-firm.

If you’d like to learn more about the differences between Dunlop and Talalay latex, see our post Talalay vs. Dunlop Latex.

Latex has pressure point relief properties, which feels good for anyone but is especially important for those suffering from lower back pain and other maladies.

Latex doesn’t transfer motion, so if your pets like to jump on and off the bed all night, or one partner tosses and turns, a good night’s rest is still possible.

Latex mattresses sleep cooler than memory foam mattresses. Latex mattresses are vented for good airflow and softness and they do not retain body heat like memory foam mattresses.

One seemingly small thing that helps make our mattresses so comfortable is the quilted organic cotton cover. It’s super soft and stretched, not woven, because stretched cotton is more responsive.

If you want to further customize your mattress with extra support or softness, we also make latex mattress toppers for you to consider.

In addition to physical comfort there’s also the relief of knowing that your mattress was made with healthy, responsibly sourced, socially conscious practices. We take great care in selecting and certifying our materials, processes, and labor. Thoughtful and conscientious buyers can rest, knowing that their mattress is truly the best choice for comfort and health.

For more on how it feels to sleep on a natural latex mattress, see our blog post How Does a Latex Mattress Feel?

#5: Latex mattresses last a very, very long time

A mattress made with 100% natural latex lasts longer than the average mattress. All Latex for Less Mattresses come with a 20-year warranty. You can see that 20-year warranty here.

Natural latex lasts longer than mattresses made with “blended” or synthetic latex, both of which contain added chemicals. We don’t use any chemicals, additives or synthetics – not only are they unnecessary, but they’re also harmful. Blended and synthetic materials break down faster, and end up costing the consumer. That’s yet another reason why we only use 100% natural latex in Latex for Less Mattresses.

Ready to try a latex mattress?

If you’re not quite ready for a new mattress, you could start by trying a latex mattress topper on your existing mattress to see how the material feels.

When you’re ready, we invite you to browse the  latex mattress in our online store. Our mattresses come with a 120 night  free trial, free returns and free shipping.