Latex is technically defined as any of several natural or synthetic colloidal polymers suspended in an aqueous solutions. Simply put, latex is rubber particles suspended in water. It’s harvested from the Havea brasiliensis, the rubber tree, as sap, similar to how maple sap is collected. Latex foam is very breathable, resists collapsing, and has a buoyant springy feeling. In contrast, memory foam is a petroleum-based product. Memory foam traps heat, doesn't have much—if any—bounce, and has a quicksand like feeling.
There are two different methods of manufacturing latex foam for sleep products: Talalay and Dunlop. Both start with the pouring of liquid latex into a mold, but then the Talalay process adds additional key steps to enhance the foam’s quality. With the Talalay process, a vacuum is created in the mold to fill it evenly and completely. Then, the latex is flash frozen to lock particles into an even distribution. Next, the latex is heated into a solid form and removed from the mold.
The Talalay process takes four times longer and is more expensive than Dunlop because of the additional steps. These steps help ensure consistency, quality, and feel of the finished latex. Additionally, talalay latex's cell structure allows for increased airflow, resulting in a more breathable mattress that sleeps cooler and drier. We chose to use talalay latex because it’s more resilient and consistent latex, which aligns with our quest to provide the highest quality, luxury, and superior sleep products.
We use the best talalay latex in the world, produced right in the United States. This not only helps us reduce our carbon footprint but also allows us to maintain top quality. Additionally, our American talalay latex considerably outperforms both European talalay and Dunlop latex in durability testing.