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Posted on January 31, 2015

Please call before heading out on Sunday, February 1st.  If the snow fall is like they predict, we will not be open.

Enjoy the Super Bowl!


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What’s The Difference Between Talalay vs Dunlop Latex?

Posted on November 26, 2014

What’s The Difference Between Talalay vs Dunlop Latex?


Published in Mattress 101 by Sean Fry


Latex is a naturally derived material that makes a great component for mattresses.  It’s been used for decades in Europe, but it’s recently become slightly more popular in America over the past 10 years.

Latex is actually made from the sap of the tropical “rubber tree,” also called rubber serum.  When converted into a layering material, it creates a very nice eco-friendly environment for sleep.

Here again, you’ll find that industry jargon creates some confusion about latex.  You’ll hear the words Dunlop and Talalay when talking about latex, and depending on what process a manufacturer uses, you’ll hear all kinds of “negatives” about one process vs. the other, and why “their process” is “better” than the other kind.

So what exactly is the difference between Talalay latex and Dunlop latex?

And this is in some ways the wrong question to ask.  Both are different methods for preparing latex – not different “types” of latex.  In other words, you can take the same source of latex and produce either Dunlop or Talalay from that source, depending on the method.

A much better question to ask is “Is the latex you use in your mattresses 100% natural?”  A common misconception is that Dunlop is the ‘natural’ latex, and ‘talalay’ is synthetic latex. Not entirely true. Because both methods can either be 100% naturally derived, a blend of natural and synthetic materials, or all synthetic (a man-made copy of natural latex.)

Rows of the tropical rubber tree.

Rows of the tropical rubber tree.

Dunlop Latex

But getting back to the question, dunlop refers to the traditional method of latex manufacturing which has been used since 1929.

Here’s how it works:  The latex sap is whipped into a froth, poured into a mold, covered and steam baked.  The natural sediments in the mixture tend to settle on the bottom of the mold, which makes dunlop slightly firmer on the bottom side.

Talalay Latex

Talalay is a newer method of preparing latex, which adds 2 additional steps to the process.  The latex is whipped into a froth, injected into an aluminum pin-core mold, and is then vacuum sealed.  The latex mold is then flash-frozen, which prevents the particles from settling and results in a more consistent cell structure.  The latex foam is then baked to cure the foam.

It is a more expensive production method, but generally results in a softer feel than Dunlop.

So which is better?  So-and-so manufacturer says “Talalay is better.”

You’ll hear all kinds of claims being made about why big name mattress manufacturers talalay latex is ‘superior’ to another brands more ‘inferior’ dunlop latex if you spend any time shopping for one.

You’ll hear analogies like, “if you were to compare the Dunlop and Talalay cores to watches, Dunlop would be a Timex and Talalay a Rolex.”  You’ll hear people say that Talalay is “3 times more durable than Dunlop” or that it’s more breathable, etc.

You’ll hear all kinds of ridiculous claims.  Take them with a grain of salt.

The reality is that neither is superior to the other.  They’re just different methods.

Dunlop tends to be denser, which makes it slightly firmer than Talalay.  Talalay creates a more pillowy-soft feel.  Both are great and work very well, and tend to work very well together, such as when using a Dunlop bottom layer and a Talalay top layer.

Rubber serum being collected from rubber trees in Thailand.

Rubber serum being collected from rubber trees in Thailand.

The important thing to remember is that latex is a great natural material, and harvesting the sap does not harm the tree.  After the serum is collected, the trees bark heals very quickly, and the trees can yield latex for up to 30 years.

Latex is also naturally biodegradable, and considering that, a latex bed will still last longer than virtually any conventional mattress without losing their shape and resilience.

So, hopefully this clears up that question for you.

If you have any other questions about latex, go ahead and post your question below!

– Sean


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8 Sleeping Positions and their Effects on Health

Posted on February 08, 2014

  Hope these positions can help everyone sleeping better and contribute to improving health. We will keep sharing amazing information about health.  Sleep apnea, back and neck pain, skin aging due to gravity, facial wrinkles are some topics covered such as the impact of the positions in your life and other interesting facts about the sleeping positions. Also learn which is the best position to sleep.

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