Due to its softness, breathability, and durability, latex makes a luxurious mattress. A popular choice in today’s market, latex mattresses provide both comfort and support. Currently, two processes are used to make them: Dunlop and Talalay. Both use synthetic latex or natural latex derived from the sap of rubber trees, which is placed in a centrifuge to create a froth, similar to whipping egg whites to produce a fluffy meringue. However, the Talalay process involves a few additional steps. While both provide exceptional results, there are slight differences in the feel of the finished products.
The Dunlop Process
At almost a century old, the Dunlop process is the original method for producing latex mattresses. Created in 1929, it begins with the foundational step of creating latex froth in a centrifuge. Then, it’s poured into a mold in layers and steam-baked, followed by a second heating process to evaporate all remaining moisture. Natural sediment collects in the bottom of the mattress, making it firmer on the underside than on the top.
The Talalay Process
Similar to the Dunlop process in that the first few steps are the same, the Talalay process is a bit more extensive. The latex froth is poured into the mold, but it’s only partially filled. Then it’s sealed and the air is removed, allowing the latex to expand. The filled mold is flash frozen so that carbon dioxide creates airways in the mattress, making it breathable. It is then baked, washed, and dried, and the production of a Talalay latex mattress is complete.
Is Dunlop or Talalay Better?
While the answer to this question truly depends on the preferences of the consumer, the short answer is that Talalay is often considered the better option of the two. It typically has a higher price point than a Dunlop mattress, as it takes more energy to produce. In addition, Talalay mattresses have more of a plush, bouncy feeling than Dunlop mattresses.
That said, Dunlop certainly has advantages of its own. Dunlop mattress foam is denser than Talalay, so they’re an ideal option for those who prefer a firm mattress. The Dunlop process is also less energy-intensive and, therefore, more ecologically friendly.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious new Talalay mattress or prefer the solid, firm dependability of a Dunlop mattress, Buis Mattress is happy to help you choose the best for your rest. We only use blended or natural latex in our mattresses, never poly foam base material, free from any filler materials. Contact us at 616-396-6257 if you have any questions about our unique, bench-made products.