Both types of latex are exceptionally durable, supportive, breathable, and uniquely healthy. Latex is ideal for allergy sufferers, naturally hypoallergenic, and dust mite resistant, for the non-disturbing healthy night's sleep. Latex is the only material in the industry that is 2 dimensional -offering uplifting support while providing pressure relieving comfort. The names "Talalay" and "Dunlop" refer to the manufacturing process used to make each particular typ of latex.
The more modern Talalay process goes a bit further than the Dunlop process to ensure a more consistent feeling foam. Before the latex is baked, it is sealed in a vacuum chamber and the mold is flash-frozen. These extra steps mean Talalay latex has a more consistent cell structure from top to bottom because of this process.
Dunlop was the first process used to make latex. The process whips sap from the rubber tree into a frothy mixture. This mixture is placed in a centrifuge, then poured into a mold, covered, and steam baked. As the latex is baked, natural sediments settle at the bottom, often creating a firmer feel at the bottom of the block of foam.
Which is better?
There is no concensus in the mattress industry about which type of latex is better. Those who prefer a firmer mattress feel may prefer Dunlop latex because it is generally firmer. One fact that most in the mattress industry agree on: Good quality latex (either Talalay or Dunlop) makes an excellent, long-lasting, and supportive sleep surface. For us, when we sell a latex mattress, we know that we will very likely never have a warranty complaint and that the mattress will hold up as promised.
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