Latex Mattress Buying Guide

The origins of latex

Latex is a naturally occurring form of rubber. It's used in many different products like gloves, balloons and mattresses. When used in a mattress it has a buoyant feeling while still providing necessary support. Traditional innerspring or memory foam mattresses can't match this feeling while still being supportive.

How latex is harvested.

Surprisingly, latex isn't a foam. It's created from the sap of the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. Organic latex is farmed from trees that aren't treated with any pesticides or herbicides while being grown. The Hevea Brasiliensis tree is able to produce sap for twenty years using sustainable methods. That means that these trees will still be creating oxygen for years to come while still providing latex.

How it's made.

Pour

Once the latex is farmed from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree, it's taken to a facility for processing. Its first stop is a centrifuge where the latex is whipped into a froth. This removes impurities and concentrates the latex so that it is the perfect consistency to turn it into foam.

Mold

The now frothy latex is taken to the molding area. It is poured into aluminum pin molds for baking. These pins are designed to distribute the heat evenly throughout the latex for even cooking.

Bake

The latex is baked at over 200° to vulcanize the latex. This solidifies the mixture and turns it into the mattress material that we use.

Rinse

Once the mattress core is baked to perfection, it is cleaned of all impurities in a wash cycle. This ensures that your mattress will be pure once it reaches you.

Test

After the mattress is cleaned, it is checked for outstanding quality. Astrabeds prides itself on making sure that only the finest mattresses reach our customers.

Pour
Mold
Bake
Rinse
Test

The different types of latex

At Astrabeds, we use 100% organic latex. However, there are other types of latex that companies can use. We've created a handy chart to show the differences.

Organic

Organic latex is the rarest form of latex. It is only composed of sap from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. During the farming process, no pesticides or herbicides are used. This allows the latex to be a clean, chemical free sleeping experience.

Natural

This is the closest product to organic latex. It is completely derived from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. However, it is not organic. This latex is treated with chemical herbicides and pesticides that contaminate the mattress and can cause health issues down the line.

Blended

This is the closest product to organic latex. It is completely derived from the Hevea Brasiliensis Tree. However, it is not organic. During farming, natural latex is treated with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to promote growing. These chemicals are harsh on the soil and are harmful to the environment.

Synthetic

Completely synthetic latex is not usually found in mattresses. Synthetic latex is a compound that mimics latex, but can’t replicate all of organic latex’s natural benefits. It is stiff so it will not provide proper support that will contour to your body. It is also toxic unlike organic latex and can cause respiratory distress or allergic reactions.

Natural
Blended
Synthetic
Natural
Blended
Synthetic
Chemical Free
No
No
No
No
No
No
VOC Free
Durability
Great
Fair
Fair
Great
Fair
Fair
Hypo-Allergenic
A
F
F
A
F
F
Biodegradable
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
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Dunlop & Talalay Manufacturing Processes

There are two different types of processes for making latex mattresses. The tried and true Dunlop process is how 95% of latex is made in the world. The other process is Talalay which adds to the Dunlop process.

Dunlop latex chunk

Dunlop process

This method is used to produce nearly all the latex products in the world. It's durable and energy efficient. When tested against Talalay latex, consumers couldn't tell a difference between the two. Astrabeds uses this process for creating our organic latex mattresses.

Talalay latex chunk

Talalay process

This process adds a few steps to the traditional Dunlop process. When placed into the mold, the latex is vacuum sealed. It's immediately flash frozen to ensure the cell structure is in place before being cured. Both steps are designed to help the consistency of latex, but don't add a significant value to the mattress. These additional steps also add a significant amount of energy usage to process.

How to choose the right firmness

When purchasing a mattress, you want to make sure that you're going to be comfortable. The main difference between most mattresses is their level of firmness. Sleeping styles usually dictate how you like your mattress to feel.

Indention Load Deflection (ILD)

The ILD number is what determines the firmness of latex. A low ILD number is more plush while a high ILD number is firmer. This chart illustrates the scale of mattress firmnesses.

  • 18ILD
    Soft

    Back or side sleepers who enjoy sinking into a bed.

  • 24ILD
    Medium

    Side sleepers who enjoy the perfect balance of comfort & support.

  • 29ILD
    Medium-Firm

    Back or stomach sleepers who enjoy a slightly firmer feel than medium.

  • 42ILD
    Firm

    Back sleepers who enjoy an extremely firm sleep surface.

Sleep style

Sleep style plays a major role in how firm you might like your mattress. If you sleep on your side, you’ll find that a mattress with a more plush feel contours to you easier and supports your side as you sleep. If instead you sleep on your back or stomach a firmer mattress will suit you better. You don’t want to have your lower back or legs sink in as you sleep. This can lead to feeling immobilized when you wake up.

Profile height

Another major factor to consider when buying a new organic latex mattress is the profile height. Having a higher profile height will mean that the latex can distribute weight through more material. This is vital when sharing a mattress with someone else as the latex can offer the ideal support to those sleeping on the mattress.

Fine tuning your sleep experience

With an Astrabeds’ mattress, we want you to be able to have control over your own comfort. That’s why we designed our mattresses with the ability to rearrange the layers of latex within the mattress. This allows you to dial in the exact comfort you’re seeking. We also offer a layer exchange at no charge to you. Call one of our sleep experts and we’ll help you through this process.

The other key ingredients of our mattresses

At Astrabeds, our latex isn’t the only thing that’s organic. We also use organic wool and cotton. We make sure that when you drift off to dreamland, you are going to rest peacefully and achieve a night’s sleep like never before.

Organic cotton cover

An organic cotton cover encapsulates the entire mattress. This allows for maximum airflow so you won’t become hot while you sleep.

Astrabeds organic cotton cover

Organic wool fire barrier

Sewn into the cotton cover of the mattress is an organic wool fire barrier. Other mattresses use harsh chemicals to prevent them from catching on fire. Wool is a natural flame retardant and will also help reduce your heart rate as you sleep. This promotes a more restful sleep. The organic wool also hasn’t been treated with any herbicides or pesticides. You’ll sleep without worrying about inhaling any harmful chemicals.

Astrabeds wool fire barrier

The best way to support a latex mattress.

Astrabeds flat foundation

Solid, flat foundation

Having optimal support while you’re sleeping is important. Not only does the mattress help with this, but what you place your mattress on can have an impact on support as well. The Astrabeds’ foundation is designed to maintain the support that our mattresses provide.

Astrabeds adjustable base

Adjustable Bed (Base)

Finding the perfect position to drift off to sleep is always a challenge. The addition of an adjustable will help you attain perfect sleep comfort. By allowing you to adjust both your head and foot height, you can relieve pressure points, chronic health ailments, or snoring. Find out more about adjustable bases from Astrabeds here.

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Profile Height
7-inch
8-inch
10-inch
13-inch
7-inch
8-inch
10-inch
13-inch
Firmness
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Firm
Sleep Style
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
  • Side
  • Stomach
  • Back
  • Combo
Cover Fabric
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Certified organic knitted cotton cover
Fire Barrier
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Certified organic wool
Latex Layer Construction
  • 3-inch layer (22-25 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 2-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 2-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (26-30 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (26-30 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (22-25 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 2-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 2-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (26-30 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (18-21 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (26-30 ILD)
  • 3-inch layer (36-42 ILD)
Starting Price
Mattress only
1299.0000
1399.0000
1649.0000
1999.0000
1299.0000
1399.0000
1649.0000
1999.0000

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