Dunlop vs. Talalay Latex Mattresses

Manufacturing Processes

“Dunlop” and “Talalay” are the names for two different manufacturing
processes for latex foam mattresses. Because the two processes are very
similar with a few differences, the product of each process is likewise
similar with a few differences.

Dunlop Manufacturing Process

The process for manufacturing Dunlop mattresses begins with foaming
up latex, pouring it into a mold, curing it at high heat, and washing it
of all additives used earlier in the process. The washing produces a
product that is entirely latex foam. Dunlop foam has smaller holes, is
denser, and is of a less consistent quality than Talalay mattresses.
Because of the smaller holes, Dunlop has a firmer feel than Talalay

Talalay Manufacturing Process

The process for manufacturing Talalay mattresses is similar to Dunlop
mattresses except that Talalay mattresses have been vacuumed sealed and
frozen before being heated and cured. The vacuuming and freezing
produce a foam that is more consistent than Dunlop foam and has larger
holes. Because of the larger holes in Talalay foam, it has a softer feel
than Dunlop foam and is springier.

Which is Better?

At Sleep EZ we sell both Dunlop and Talalay. Why? Both Dunlop and
Talalay have unique properties that make them useful for different
reasons. Whether a mattress buyer should choose a Dunlop or Talalay
mattress depends on their specific needs.

Dunlop Mattress

We recommend Dunlop latex for 2 or more layers if a buyer is prone to
lower back aches, they do not prefer the “bouncy” feel that accompanies
Talalay latex, or they want organic latex.

Talalay Mattress

We recommend Talalay latex for 2 or more layers if a buyer has
chronic pain in their hips, their shoulders, or if they are sensitive to
pressure. For example, people with fibromyalgia or shingles may prefer a
Talalay mattress.

Combination Mattress

We encourage buyers to mix layers of Dunlop and Talalay latex to take
advantage of the unique properties of both materials. For example, if a
customer prefers a bed with a comfortable top layer and as well as
support beneath it, then they may want to have a firm layer of Dunlop on
the bottom, a medium layer of Dunlop above it, and a soft layer of
Talalay on the top. While soft Dunlop is available, we do not recommend
it, because it is prone to wearing out more quickly. By comparison,
Talalay is more suited to being used as a soft layer.

The ability to combine layers is integral to allowing our buyers to
customize their mattress to suit their specific personal needs.
Customers should use our website as a resource to determine which
combination is best for them.