Latex: Dunlop vs Talalay

Latex: Dunlop vs Talalay

Both Dunlop and Talalay are latex and can be synthetic or natural; they are simply different manufacturing processes. Traditionally, Dunlop fell out of favor due to its inability to reach the softest feels that Talalay has accomplished since its introduction. However, today Dunlop is manufactured even in the softer ILDs and match Talalay feels at lower price points. The consumer’s personal preference should dictate which foam you prefer.

At Spinal Care Bedding, we are happy to offer you both Talalay and Dunlop in either engineered synthetic blends or 100% natural. The pros and cons of each are in the table below:

Blended Talalay:
Pros: Cons:
*14 to 44 ILD for optimal feel customization *More expensive than equivalent Dunlop
*Longest lasting foam available; 10 years or more *No zoning throughout the mattress
*Superior support and comfort to traditional foams *Only produced in Twin extra-long and queen sizes. Must be cut and glued to create different sizes
*Hypo-allergenic
*Dust-mite resistant
*Mold and mildew proof
*Sleeps cooler than regular foams by being 2-3 times more breathable than other foams
*Minimizes motion transfer
*No trace of the protein that results in common latex allergies
Engineered Dunlop:
Pros: Cons:
*Available in 6 firmness options from a super soft (19 ILD) to a super firm (44 ILD) *While available in a very soft ILD, Talalay has an even softer option
*Longest lasting foam available; 10 years or more
*Superior support and comfort to traditional foams
*Hypo-allergenic
*Sleeps cooler than regular foams by being 2-3 times more breathable than other foams
*Minimizes motion transfer
* 7-zoned pressure relief design
*Produced in a continuous pour that is cut to size, which means no seams for any size.
*No trace of the protein that results in common latex allergies
*Available in a gel-infused variation for added coolness and comfort
Natural Talalay:
Pros: Cons:
*Made with all natural ingredients for the conscientious consumer *Still a very long lasting foam of 10 years or more; however, it is expected to have a shorter lifespan than engineered or blended latex
*Same benefits as blended Talalay *Blend consists of 65% all natural rubber, 5% natural mixing aid, 35% natural fillers
*note: protein responsible for latex allergies (which is water-soluble, not airborne, and only causes a reaction in allergic persons on direct contact) are washed out in the manufacturing process. *Costlier than it’s Natural Dunlop counterpart
*No zoning throughout the mattress
*Only produced in Twin extra-long and queen sizes. Must be cut and glued to create different sizes
Natural Dunlop:
Pros: Cons:
*Made with all natural ingredients for the conscientious consumer (95% natural rubber and 5% natural mixing aid) *Still a very long lasting foam of 10 years or more; however, it is expected to have a shorter lifespan than engineered or blended latex
*Same benefits as engineered Dunlop
*Dust-mite resistant
*Mold and mildew proof
*note: protein responsible for latex allergies (which is water-soluble, not airborne, and only causes a reaction in allergic persons on direct contact) are washed out in the manufacturing process.

More information on Talalay latex

More information on Dunlop latex

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