Latex mattresses explained

Here is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about latex mattresses. Latex is a natural milk taken from the rubber tree which when converted into a foam provides superior comfort and durability. The premier latex foam mattress material also commands a premium price. The marketing jargon that surrounds latex mattresses can also make it a very tricky area. We now hope to shine some light on the truth with this article on latex.

Latex core 18cm

What is latex?

Latex is a premium solid core mattress material. Latex offers superior comfort and durability when compared to memory Foam and other mattress foams. Furthermore, it is incredibly durable with some examples of Latex beds being 40 years + in age and still offering support and comfort! Latex is a derivative of the rubber tree and, in its true form, is the premium natural foam alternative. This, in turn, makes it a more expensive material. Latex is not heat retentive like some other foams and has a rapid response rate; this means it returns to its original shape very quickly. It is often classed as the top end mattress foam material.


Latex is by nature hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant. With the exception of Latex allergies, it is a prime choice for those who have sensitive skin or non-Latex allergies.

The key to quality Latex lies in its construction method which will usually be anything from completely synthetic, chemically reproduced Latex equivalent, to 100% Natural solid Latex. The latter being the premium material.

What is latex made of?

Natural Latex is produced by the para rubber tree, Latin name Hevea brasiliensis for botanists, which originally was found native in Brazil. Seeds were collected Brazil and stored at Kew gardens in the 1870s and reared here in the UK. They were then distributed to areas such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia which are now the largest latex producers.

rubber tree plantation in Thialand

Latex is produced as a milky substance from within the rubber tree, not to be confused with the sap. These days there are a number of plantations around the world notably Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Cameroon. In its natural untreated form, latex is often referred to as ‘the white gold’ due to its appearance, durability as a rubber and high-quality applications. The natural milky substance is also referred to as N.R or natural rubber.

The rubber trees themselves take 7 years to mature until they can be tapped and harvested for their Latex.

Which is better latex or memory foam in a mattress?

This a common question asked by many customers and there is the matter of personal choice, which clearly we can’t provide a definitive answer on. What we can do is compare the two objective measures. Providing you with the hard facts to decide for yourselves.

We have put together a short video to explain the main comfort differences.

Material differences between latex and memory foam

Natural latex is a far superior material to memory foam as it does not have the associated heat issues and is a naturally breathable material. Latex has been tested side by side against other foam mattresses and has consistently scored higher in terms of durability and comfort. Sleep like the dead is an excellent resource which has tested hundreds if not thousands of beds on this score!

Memory foam suffers from a slower rebound rate, the rate at which it returns to its natural state whereas latex is almost immediate. This means for those who dislike the moulding and sinking feeling in memory foam, latex can offer an alternative.

Memory foam is temperature sensitive so when it’s colder, ie winter, it will be firmer than when it is hotter, in the summer months.

Latex has a consistent firmness compared to memory foam

Since we like cakes, memory foam could be compared to a simple Victoria sponge cake and latex a bespoke handmade rich fruit cake. Some like one over the other but the latex, or rich fruit cake, is made of a much higher quality ingredient list which provides a more rich result.

Cost differences between latex and memory foam

In terms of budget memory foam is considerably cheaper and we have some excellent foams and hybrid foams that provide a quality product at the entry-level pricing. If money was no object in your decision making then a latex bed would win overall. Most customers are balancing budget, requirements, quality and durability off against each other.

Is latex the same as Tempur and or memory foam?

These are questions that are frequently searched for online. Let me start by clarifying, Tempur foam/memory foam is a completely different synthetic material compared to natural latex. They are certainly not the same thing! Whilst they have a similar pressure relieving property, they react and feel different to each other. Tempur/memory foam is heat sensitive and reacts to heat. Latex, on the other hand, reacts to pressure and moulds based on body weight primarily.  Trying to compare them is unfair to both materials, like comparing beer and wine! Latex is a more advanced and natural product, if its natural latex more on that here, than a synthetic memory foam. Solid core latex mattresses can also be fully turned, unlike memory and Tempur foam mattresses.


Tricks of the trade; when is latex not latex?

One key fact to bear in mind is the depth of Latex and construction method used. As Latex becomes more and more popular bed retailers are including it in their ranges, but not always for your advantage. Due to the high price tag adding a Latex component can allow retailers to increase their prices without necessarily increasing the benefits to you over other foams.

For example, a retailer may have a ‘latex’ bed in their catalogue. You may believe that this brings you the full benefits of latex. Upon further investigation, you find it is a 2cm top layer of completely Synthetic Latex, sitting on top of Memory Foam or a pocket spring unit. Our previous posts on memory foam have established that any layer of foams less than 5cm have no practical use as the accepted compression amount is 2cm on most mattresses.

This means that when the mattress compresses, which all foams will and this is natural, your latex 2cm layer would become completely unusable. Therefore, you would have been better buying a memory foam mattress or cheaper equivalent with 5cm or more of foam! Although the mattress contains a premium material the application of it completely removes the benefit. Though you’re still left paying the price tag for it. Confusing isn’t it?

Latex toppers

Oeko-tex standard

Oeko-tex is a safety standard applied to the Latex manufacturing industry. Quality latex should always be Oeko-tex tested and certified. All our Latex is fully certified with the Oeko-tex standard. All of our latex products are routinely tested for harmful substances according to the Oeko-Tex Standard. Our products not only meet the requirements, but they were evaluated as class I, which is for baby articles. This is a worldwide standard.

What is a solid latex core?

Another example is where a manufacturer claims their bed is latex when in reality it only contains partial latex, especially in mattresses that have perimeter support, where cheaper foams are used around the edges to firm up the bed. So although it contains latex again it is not a consistent application of latex. Other sales tactics will claim latex filled toppers, again which are 2cm or use 100% synthetic latex rather than natural latex. Some even contain only latex byproduct materials, which could be shredded or mixed with other fibres! The one lesson here is not all latex is the same and you need to apply the same rules of depth, density, quality to your list of must-know questions!

Manufacturers may claim 100% latex, implying its 100% natural but this is false. The ‘100% latex’ label usually is 100% Synthetic so make sure you ask the right questions. Again the retailer’s version of ‘natural’ latex is usually 60% natural and 40% synthetic, at best! We have also found natural latex mattresses that are only 20% natural latex and 80% synthetic!!

What latex does John Ryan By Design use?

All of our solid latex beds, however, are solid core latex, so the confusion can end here. We only offer 100% natural latex variety in our solid core latex mattresses. They can be turned rotated and flipped like a traditional mattress. We only recommend solid core as its consistent and so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money, no hidden surprises!

Latex Certification:  Our latex has been tested and passed under Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 which is classed as being suitable for babies and above, ie a really sensitive class of latex testing

What is latex used for?

Latex is incredibly versatile, pliable and resilient and is frequently found in medical gloves, contraceptives, high-quality paints, moulds and cushioning materials such as beds.

As we’ve already hinted there are many types and qualities of latex. Many tricks are used to stretch the latex claim, sorry for the pun, and to cash in on this market.

There is also chemically synthetic latex made from a chemical called SBR (styrene-butadiene). Natural latex, however, has the edge as its a far more complex material with better breathability, durability, resilience and hypo-allergenic qualities that Synthetic Latex can’t fully match. Synthetic ‘SBR’ latex, however, has the edge on price as it is much cheaper than natural latex.  You need to be fully aware of what type of latex you are looking at when comparing products. Manufacturers will claim 100% latex but this can mean 100% Synthetic Latex, so you need to ensure you are comparing like for like!

Perforations and perimeter support in latex

When you unzip a latex mattress you will no doubt see lots of tiny holes or perforations. This is not because your manufacturer is ripping you off, but because these perforations are the only way the manufacturing process can get consistent heat flow through the latex when baking it.

These holes are caused by pins which allow the latex to be cured consistently, like baking a cake and making sure the middle isn’t all goopy inside. It also ended up having the natural benefit of increasing airflow hence making a latex mattress far cooler than memory foam or equivalent!

It is important to note that the perforations don’t necessarily go all the way through the latex, especially with our deep cores. This is no cause for concern as the perforations are there as part of the manufacturing process and not intended to always perforate the entire depth of the mattress. With a topper, ie a shallower depth of latex, you may see the perforations all the way through but with a deep core say 18cm they may only go partially through. Here is an example of the process with Talalay latex where rods are used which lead to perforations. In the manufacture of Dunlop latex, this would be a larger conveyor belt with rods that cure and bake the latex.

latex curing
Some brands will brand a latex mattress as having perimeter support as a benefit. With quality natural latex, like the models we offer, you shouldn’t need perimeter support. All this means is that another type of material, usually a dense cheaper foam, is used around the edge, reducing the amount of latex and firming up the edges. A quality latex mattress should never need this.


As you can see there’s plenty to be on the lookout for when buying a latex mattress. You need to ensure what the blend of latex is. Is it 100% synthetic or 100% natural? Chances are it’s a blend in between. Also, the density of the latex will dictate its tension which is important to note. Lastly don’t forget to check if it is solid core latex, the best construction method, if not you may be buying a mix of latex and cheaper foam.

Still confused?  Then give us a call on 0161 437 4419 for more help or email [email protected].


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  • Bev Smith says:

    Hi Guys,

    I am wondering if you can help. I am planning on buying a new mattress but I have a limited budget. There’s so much bumf on the internet and I am totally exhausted just trying to compare the two to make a decision!

    How does the durability of both materials compare ?

    Is it really worth me spending more money and If I do decide to spend a little more what will I get for the extra money ?

    Please help as I am coming to my wits end on this.

    Hi Bev,
    I can understand your frustration, I’m guessing from the page you are on you’re comparing Memory Foam to Latex. As our post describes they are too very different foams. They both offer good progressive comfort, support and pressure relieving.

    The difference is the quality and durability of the two different foams. Memory Foam is a completely synthetic material, that has been developed over years to provide a slow sink like feel, allowing it to mould to heat. So when you get on it and it warms up it start to conform to the shape of your body. Memory Foam is very good at this, but is limited in its ability to keep reacting in a consistent fashion, that is after years of usage the reaction rate of it will slow down. This is common in all foams. Therefore if you are choosing Memory Foam you need to ensure its a high quality ‘Vasco foam’ to ensure its durable.

    Latex on the other hand is a much more durable and resilient material. At its highest quality 100% Natural it can’t be beaten in terms of progressive comfort and longevity Bev. With it being a natural form of rubber its incredibly responsive and resilient, far more than memory foam. Yes Latex is more expensive but will far outlast Memory Foam and has been shown to be more durable in comparable tests. Just google for some studies if you want to see more.

    Latex doesn’t react to heat and moulds based on weight not temperature. It will however feel softer in warmer rooms than colder ones but isn’t reliant on heat like Memory Foam. Its breathable by nature so is a cooler foam. There are many different blends of latex, please see here for more detail.

    If your decision is based solely on budget and it doesn’t stretch to our Latex, I would recommend Bev that you buy a high quality Memory Foam bed at the top end of your budget rather than a cheaper synthetic latex bed.
    I hope that helps.

  • Helen says:


    I’ve been searching for a new mattress but am on a really limited budget, around £350 for a double size mattress. Personally I thought this would be more than enough but as I’ve looked around I’ve realised I’ve underestimated the world of beds and prices. I must be out of touch!

    I’ve read all about latex, great site by the way, and so have decided that if possible I want to go for latex.

    Ive seen this bed the sealy Jubilee and want to know what you think of it. Its far cheaper than your range but am wondering what the difference is.–/sealy-jubilee-latex-mattress

    I’ve also seen some mattresses on groupon with a ‘latex layer’ and pocket springs for about £400 which would be a push, it doesn’t have a model number but has a ‘deep layer of latex’. Can you advise please?

    Thanks! Helen

    Hi Helen, Don’t worry you’re not out of touch, its just that there’s so much hype and confusion around beds, a bit like sofas, that you get caught up in the price war without realising what you’re actually buying!

    What I will say Helen is that £350 for a decent double bed is going to be pushing it, its not impossible but you will need to make some wise choices as to the material. By this I mean its far better to buy a high quality lower price point foam, ie a decent memory foam, than a low quality high price point latex foam ie synthetic latex. It maybe a better simili to say you would be better buying a higher quality balpoint pen than a cheap fountain pen for the same price.

    High quality Latex is an expensive material. Low quality synthetic latex is cheaper but nearly all the original benefits of high quality Natural latex are lost. Please see here for a more in depth discussion over latex blends and qualities. The Sealy Jubille you have seen doesn’t give any specifics about the latex is contains it simply states ‘a thick layer of innergetic latex’. Unless you know the exact depth a thick layer could be 1 or 2cms. Also the term innergetic latex is sealys own blend of latex and they don’t divulge what exactly is in it making it hard to compare. There is also no mention of the type of spring unit used, I’m guessing fro the 620 that it refers to the amount of springs.

    The groupon mattress you mention is harder to assess given there are no details. What I would say is that I wouldn’t purchase any latex mattress that’s under say £650. This is because I don’t know how, given the price of latex, any manufacture can create a quality offering for under this price point. Even then it would probably be a highly synthetic blend of latex. What will happen with cheaper mattresses is that the layers of foam are usually thinner and usually of lower quality. This means they will compress quicker and degrade quicker than say a deep 100% natural latex layer. So whilst you maybe getting a steal now, in short amount of time you’ll either be uncomfortable as the foams have compressed or out mattress shopping again. Now who on earth would choose to go out mattress shopping, apart from maybe John Ryan Staff!!

    My advice Helen would be to more wisely spend your £350-£400 on a higher quality memory foam bed such as the Genesis 2 or to save up for a higher quality pocket sprung offering such as John Ryan By Design, such as maybe the origins pocket 1500. If you have your heart set on Latex then I would advise you look for solid core latex mattresses such as our fusion range. Anything else that’s latex and fully synthetic will fall far short of the true benefits of Latex.

    As always, if you have any further questions please get in touch Helen directly on 0161 282 2425 – Lee

  • Jack says:

    Hi How can I tell if a latex mattress is either natural or synthetic When I’ve looked online at latex mattresses its hard to find out what kind of latex they are! Jack

    Hi Jack, Quite simply the only way to find out is to ask! If the mattress description or specification doesn’t give these details I’d advise caution. If there are no details I’d ask the sales person, seller or retailer what type of latex the mattress is. ie is it dunlop or talalay? Then I would ask what the blend is, is it 100% natural latex or synthetic? If you can’t find out or they say they are not sure then I would advise you either buy with caution or find a manufacturer that can answer these questions for you on your potential latex mattress choice! Lee

  • Comment via Email says:

    What are the differences between the 80/20 latex and the 100% latex as they appear to be very similar?

    The differences are usually slight to most people. Such as 100% natural is slightly softer, slightly more breathable and slightly more natural! I always use the comparison of a decent wine vs a fine wine. To some the difference is noticeable, but to most palates they are very similar. There is an argument 100% natural latex is more durable in the long term, but by the time you get to 80% and above you’re already in the serious high quality zone! In a nutshell 100% natural is the best quality you can get and as soon as you introduce synthetic you start to water down and dilute that quality. Lee

  • Comment Submitted Via Email says:

    I am looking to possibly purchase a new mattress for my king sized bed. I am 5’9″ and weight around 12 stone. I have some lower back problems and often wake up with stiff lower back and hips. My current mattress is pocket sprung with a latex topping and classed as medium. I find this too firm and would like a bed I can sink into but that would support me properly. Perhaps you could advise which of your mattresses you feel may accommodate me? Many thanks.

    You’re not alone in suddenly finding a mattress tension is either too firm or too soft! The tensions of mattresses is a subject of great debate and subjectivity! What is one persons soft is another persons medium.

    What we can do is provide some advice on what should suit you given your weight. Your are of slightly build given your height and weight. Due to this I’d probably recommend a softer comfort layer with a quality support unit. The latex pocket sprung unit maybe excellent at support but its sounds like the comfort factor is missing. The support and comfort are two separate and essential components of a mattress.

    In keeping with the style of mattress you have I’d probably recommend our Hybrid 7. I know this isn’t latex and I’ll help address why I’d recommend it. Latex is fantastic, responsive and durable but when its used with pockets springs as a comfort layer it tends to feel firm. Why is this? It’s due to the fact that latex works best as a consistent block rather than a layer here and there. We have a full solid core latex Fusion range which demonstrates this but given the fact you already have a pocket sprung I’m going to assume thats you’re preferred mattress style.

    The Hybrid 7 is a hybrid cool blue foam, a more advanced version of memory foam. It has slow sink feel giving it that softer feel. It’s combined with a medium gauge pocket sprung unit giving a soft top layer followed by medium support which is probably more what you’re looking for. We do an even softer one but I think that the Hybrid 7 would be the best choice. There are some draw backs, it will be warmer than latex so if you’re a warmer sleeper then it might be best to choose a more traditional mattress. The benefit is it’s cheaper than latex and has a much softer over all feel whilst still being supportive.

    If you’re looking for a softer ‘traditional’ mattress our John Ryan By Design Origins 1500 is an excellent medium mattress but with that softer comfort layer. It’s probably what you expected the latex to feel like! It won’t have as much sink as the Hybrid 7 or be as mouldable but will be supportive whilst soft.

    If you want to discuss these further please call us for more advice. Many Thanks – Lee

  • Paula says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve really enjoyed browsing your websites and am v interested to lean that you now sell latex mattresses. Having trawled all the big shops lots of times, my favourite mattresses are the Tempur sensation deluxe and those at the top end of the John Lewis naturals collection (cashmere 14000, silk 12000, angora 10000, wool 7000). As we can’t easily afford any of these products, buying a mattress is something that has now been a work in progress for us for well over a year! I think it is entirely possible that one of your mattresses could be the solution to our problem, as it seems from what I have read that some of your models are comparable to those high street models I have mentioned.

    My husband has no hard feelings about whether we go for a pocket sprung product or a Tempur, but he is not as impressed with Tempur as I am. He also perspires a lot in bed and I’ve read that Tempur products can make people very hot, which would make me wary.

    We need a superking mattress and currently have a zip and link. I am not sure we’d get a superking mattress up the stairs, so will probably stick to a zip and link option.

    My initial question is this – would it be possible to buy mixed zip and link products from you – i.e. a latex mattress linked to a pocket sprung? I believe this would suit us down to the ground. However, if the answer to this is no, then we obviously need to figure out exactly which of the two types of product we want and take it from there. Obviously the height of the mattresses would need to be equal, for example, and this might not be possible.

    Also, could you confirm whether your latex products are akin to Tempur please? If not, could you recommend something we are likely to be able to try in a high street store to get an idea of the feel of your latex mattresses please?

    I’ll look forward to your response and any advice you may be able to offer.

    Kind regards,


    Hi Paula, You certainly have been busy doing your research which means you’re in a better position than most to finding a suitable mattress!

    Firstly if your husband is a warm sleeper I’d advise against tempur or any memory foam mattresses as these are heat retentive. It’s how they work, they use heat to mould so will retain heat from your body. This is the drawback of such foams. Latex isn’t heat retentive so it cooler but due to its density will still be warmer than say a traditional pocket sprung mattress, but again latex has a more progressive comfort to it. As you can see you’re trading off all sorts of benefits and draw backs when choosing a mattress material!

    I’m going to exclude the temper sensation for this heat issue from my advice.

    You’ve preempted my reply in that it would’t be possible to do a zip and link solid core latex like the fusion range and a pocket sprung mattress like the artisan naturals range. This is firstly because of the height difference. Also the two different materials will compress and bed down at different rates so we wouldn’t advise trying to match up the two. You could be left with an uneven overall bed surface if one compresses quicker than the other. Further to this the overall mattress could behave quite strangely as latex has a slow progressive soft sink and a pocket sprung bed may have a more robust comfort feel to it. I know this may sound confusing, its not that ones more robust in terms of durability Paula, but the materials have different sensations to them.

    Latex and Tempur mattresses are completely different fish Paula. 100% Natural Latex is a premium mattress material that has pressure relieving qualities like Tempur and memory foam buts its much more responsive. i.e. it comes back to its original shape far quicker than a heat retentive foam such as memory foam. Trying to compare them is very difficult but I have written about latex vs memory foam on the site. If you want to compare I’d go an have a look at the dunlopillo range of latex mattresses we provide comparisons on each fusions range in the shop to see which exact models they compare to.

    Lastly I’d advise you give us a call directly 0161 437 4419 to discuss the zip and link options John Ryan By Design offer. This can get you the best mix of mattress tensions to suit you and your husband. – Many thanks Paula – Lee

  • Jennifer says:


    As promised, here are photos of my existing mattress, the Dunlopillo Firmrest. I am seeking an identical (in feel, firmness, construction, materials) if you can supply it.

    The mattress came with instructions that it did not need turning, and the reverse is different than the top. Thus it must have a comfort layer, but you can confirm this, please.


    P.S. Thank you for your help yesterday and once again, your website is very informative.

    Hi Jennifer, Glad you found our chat helpful.

    Looking at the firmest latex and foam mattress in more detail yesterday in our archive I’ve uncovered its a foam and latex mattress, not solid core latex. So none of our models will feel identical as they are a far superior construction method.

    For example the firmest has a firm foam base and sides to give perimeter support. We don’t construct our mattresses with perimeter support as we find that this is a shortfall on these kinds of mattresses. Introducing synthetic foam and natural latex is counter productive to the natural materials of latex. This does mean that the edges are quite soft on a solid core latex mattress and this is something you must bare in mind Jennifer.

    We do a firm Fusion 2 or 4 is a firm 80kg solid core latex mattress. I can’t guarantee its identical to the firmest given they have different construction methods. If it helps please give us a call to discuss. Lee

    If you can for now tell me which of the two mattresses you have mentioned have the firmest support, the least softness at the edges, and the greatest breathability, that would be great.

    I am stuck having to put the new mattress on slatted wooden boards with a a 1.5 inch gap, and don’t know how this will affect those soft edges….

    Glad you found our chat helpful.

    Looking at the firmest in more detail yesterday in our archive I’ve uncovered its a foam and latex mattress, not solid core latex. So none of our models will feel identical as they are a far superior construction method.

    For example the firmest has a firm foam base and sides to give perimeter support. We don’t construct our mattresses with perimeter support as we find that this is a shortfall on these kinds of mattresses. Introducing synthetic foam and natural latex is counter productive to the natural materials of latex. This does mean that the edges are quite soft on a solid core latex mattress and this is something you must bare in mind Jennifer.

    We do a firm Fusion 2 or 4 is a firm 80kg solid core latex mattress I can’t guarantee its identical to the firmest given they have different construction methods.


    I have now read your email and revisited your website, and am still pondering what your suggested mattresses will feel like. So I took myself off to Bentalls department store in Kingston and John Lewis.

    I found two mattresses that almost work for me, as the seem quite firm:

    1. Hypnos Special 1400 Ortho Mattress
    2. Relyon Orthopocket Extreme 1500.

    Following are the materials for each one. My questions are:

    A. Which of the mattresses that you have mentioned to me are as firm or firmer than these two (above)?
    B. Which of the materials (including your own) are most breathable?

    I will be placing the mattress on a solid slatted wood surface. The slats run top to bottom of the bed, and are less than 6cm apart.
    Again, I need a very firm feel for two people — one who weighs 10 stone and one who weighs 12 stone.

    The Hypnos (above):

    — Reactive Pocket Spring
    — 1404 spring count in a kingsize
    — Dual density polyester and Airstream polyester fillings.
    — Features: Tufted to keep fillings even and maintain comfort. Reinforced side stitched borders. Silver Plus fabric technology to
    inhibit dust mites.

    The Relyon: (not very helpful info I’m afraid)

    — Resilient Foam 1500 pocket spring (1500 in a 150 200 cm)
    — Cotton blend
    — Soft white fibre
    — Resilient foam
    — 3 rows of side stitching

    Thank you ever so much for your help again. I want to make sure I get a nice firm and breathable mattress that will hold up.

    Hi Jennifer, The research you’ve done is really helpful!

    If you liked those two mattresses I would advise our Origins 1500 Latex mattress which is a firm mattress with a latex top layer, 6cm of tally latex to be exact. For your weight this would be firm but breathable and has a firm edge.

    Based on what you’ve tried I wouldn’t recommend my contemporary range as they simply won’t be firm enough, especially at the edges.

    The origins latex outperforms the mattresses you have seen in terms of components and the comfort layers.

    If you want to discuss this any further please give us a call in the office. Many thanks Lee

  • Martin says:


    My partner weighs about 55kg, sleeps on her side and the current mattress mis-aligns her spine causing back pain. She needs a fairly soft mattress.

    With past experience I’m reluctant to go for a memory foam or PU foam mattress. Are any of your latex mattresses soft enough?

    Also – do you do zip-link mattresses in latex?

    Hi Martin,

    The softest latex we do is a medium density 70kg, that said latex is incredibly progressive so tends to be soft at first before the support kicks in. We also match our core mattresses with a matching toper which does help provide a softer top layer. If you wanted a hybrid foam mattress we do a very soft laygel mattress, a synthetic latex equivalent, but if you’re wanting to avoid synthetics then latex would be the option. Its a tricky one because it depends on exactly how soft you need the mattress to be. Latex is excellent at accommodating a variety of weights and giving enough sink before support.

    We don’t do zip and links in the contemporary range due to the weight and flexibility of the beds. You would need really thick covers to enable the zip and link to be firmly held together which conversely would reduce the feel of the foam mattress.

    If you want to discuss further please call us on 0161 437 4419. Thanks – Lee

  • David says:

    Hi, I have been looking over your site and offers, I have picked out 3 mattresses which I think would suit me! I am male, 69 years old; I am around 5′ 10″ tall, weight, 11 stone ! I suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis, also respiratory problems! Advise me please on which of the 3; ie: Fusion 1 Latex medium single, or, Hybrid 6 or Hybrid 7 single ?? I don’t like too firm or too soft !!
    Cheers, David.

    Hi David, The models you are looking at all have medium support so you’re probably on the right track given your weight. The best of the three is the fusion 1 model in terms of material, the fact its two sided and is made of latex trumps the rest is terms of material. That said it is also the most expensive. The hybrid 6 and 7 are a high quality feps based mattress meaning you get the traditional robust support followed by progressive comfort of the top layers. These are both one sided mattresses. Id say the Hybrid 7 is the firmest out of the 3.

    My advice would be that latex is the most responsive, is naturally hypoallergenic and is the coolest of the materials so if these are benefits that you are looking for then maybe the fusion 1 is the best choice. – Lee

  • Lisa says:

    We are looking for a new king size mattress and like both spring and latex. Don’t like memory foam. We like your natural latex 80/20 mix bed at £900 but we are very different weights – Husband 15st, I’m 9.5st. Need support as hips painful at times. We have a wooden slatted bed with slats bowed upwards in the middle.
    Other question is if you do finance to spread the costs over a time period.
    Any advice welcome as research has proved a minefield. Hubby feels the heat so natural is better?
    Hi Lisa, Its going to be difficult given your weight difference, it could turn out to be too firm for you or too soft for your husband. It depends on how different your preferred tensions are. Ideally you are a medium latex tension for your weight but your husband is nearing the firm tension. Latex is good at managing different weights but with nearly a 6 stone difference it maybe too great a variance Ideally a split tension traditional model from our John Ryan By Design division maybe better but we can’t do this with latex. My advice would be to work out what tension you both want and then we can help further.

    For the slats we don’t recommend sprung slats for a latex mattress as it tends to conform to the gaps in-between the slats over time and can look to dip. We recommend you board over the slats to prevent this.

    We don’t offer finance or instalments as a method of payment I’m afraid. – Lee

  • Neil says:

    Hi there
    I’ve been recommended latex mattresses for my new bed, but have never had an opportunity to try this type of mattress out. Do you have any in stock for a UK double bed? And is there anywhere in the Manchester area you know of where I could try one out?
    All the best

    Hi Neil, We don’t have any showrooms I’m afraid as we are an online retailer. We do however have comparators to our solid core latex range which we reference on the shop under the product details. This means you can go try out these similar mattresses in retailers such as furniture outlet village or john lewis. I’d need to know your weight and height to fully advise but if you look at our fusion range of mattresses all these are natural latex mattresses. We only use the highest quality natural latex and never use 100% synthetic latex in our products.

  • Paul says:

    I am in the process of purchasing a new kingsize mattress and came across the La-Z-Boy system 3000 pocket sprung mattress with latex in my local Furniture Village store, which I tried out and liked. However I am aware that La-Z-Boy is relatively new in the U.K. and just wondered if you have any knowledge or views on this mattress. I would be interested to know if you have any comparable mattresses in your outlet. The retail price is approximately £750.

    I’ve seen that Lay-Z-Boy have a range of sleepers, which are sofa beds but I’ve not seen much on stand alone mattresses by them. I’d need to know some more detail such as the listed tension and the blend / density of the latex to do any real comparison. I would bare in mind that there are hundreds of types and blends of latex with natural being the best of the best and fully synthetic being the lowest quality in latex terms. Have you looked at our Fusion zero latex and pocket sprung mattress as a basis for comparison? – Lee

  • Jen says:

    I am very impressed by the information on your website. I suffer with back pain and have come to the conclusion that i would like to try a latex mattress. I am impressed with the fusion 1 and 2 as i like the fact that they are fully flippable, because my current mattress is worn and sagging after 4 years, and being able to flip it would have prolonged the comfort and life of it. I weigh just under 14 stone and usually prefer a medium/firm mattress. I am unsure whether to go for the fusion 1, which may be edging towards medium soft for someone of my weight or the fusion 2 which i am concerned may be too firm. Which would you recommend? Hope you can help.

    My guidance would be that our firm latex mattress is probably better for you given the progressive sink of latex. The firm range is topped with medium feel toppers so hopefully this will give you the best of both worlds, medium top layer comfort but with a firmer support layer. I hope that helps. It’s hard to say exactly because everyones firmness is subjective!

  • Paul says:


    We currently have a Dunlopillo Diamond (discontinued) mattress, and are looking to replace with a similar but larger mattress. Would the Fusion 3 latex mattress feel any different to the Fusion 1 mattress?


    Hi Paul,

    Many thanks for getting in touch about the fusion mattresses. Apologies for the delay your email comment ended up in Spam so please forgive my delay in replying.

    The diamond is a medium density latex so either the fusion 1 or 3 latex mattress would be suitable. The fusions range are entirely turnable meaning you can use both sides and they come with a removable turnable topper.

    The difference between the 80% latex blend and the 100% blend is that the 100% is slightly more elastic and has longer longevity than the 80%. We offer both in case budget constrains people from the 100% variety.

    Any further questions please give us a call. – Lee

  • Stuart says:

    I am interested in your latex range of beds and have a few questions I would be grateful if you could answer.
    Is the Fusion3 the same as the Fusion5 with latex topper, if yes can I add the topper later if required?
    Are your double divan bases with 4 draws 135cm wide with no draw handles etc sticking out (137-138cm is the maximum gap I have between two cabinets either side of the existing double bed)?
    Does the mattress have handles (to aid turning)?
    Do you deliver to an upstairs bedroom and will the components be unpacked/assembled?

    Hi Stuart You are quite correct in thinking the Fusion 5 is the fusion 3 without the

    You can buy a topper at a later date. Please note that toppers bought on
    their own are not covered by our 30 day love it or return it guarantee.

    The contemporary mattresses do not have handles as they have stretch covers.

    The double bases are 137- 138 cm wide so they could be slightly too wide
    for the gap that you have.

    The drawers don’t have handles.

    The beds are delivered to the room of choice and assembled. Hope that helps – Gary

  • Trisha says:

    I would like to purchase one of your latex mattresses but I am confused between the fusion 1 and fusion 3 latex mattresses. I am 5’6 and weight is 12.5 stone, I suffer a lot of back and hip pain, I do not sleep well at night, my husband is 5’10 and weighs 11stone. Which would you recommend please.

    Hi Trisha, Both the fusion 1 and 3 are a medium support core, ideal for your weight. They will offer a soft feel in the topper layer before the support allowing you to sink before being held. they respond really quickly unlike memory and other foams meaning you don’t get that stuck feeling. They are highly responsive.

    The difference between the fusion 1 and 3 is the topper depth. If you want a really deep top layer which is slightly softer then the fusion 1 is the best option. If you want a slight sink the fusion 3 is the option. Both are medium support just a deeper topper gives a plusher sink to the mattress. – Lee

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