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This mattress has three, 3" layers of Natural Talalay or Dunlop Latex. Each layer can be configured as soft, medium or firm and in Queen and King sizes, each side of the bed can be configured independently. So if one person likes their mattress a little firmer than the other person, both sleepers preferences can be satisfied without either person compromising.
This mattress has a 1", 100% Certified Organic Wool and Cotton Cover, The cover has a solid brass zipper so it can be removed for cleaning, The zipper also allows you full access for the rearrangement or replacement of Latex layers. Because of the Organic construction of this cover, the mattress passes Federal Fireproof Standards Testing WITHOUT the use of flame-proofing materials.
Some sellers of Latex Mattresses will require that you get a prescription from your doctor before they can sell you their mattress. This simply means that they're not willing to spend the extra money for an Organic Cover. It also means that should your mattress ever suffer a fire "event", they can't be held liable.
There are a TREMENDOUS amount of websites out there with erroneous and misleading information about latex mattresses. If you are considering a latex mattress and have the time, we highly recommend reading all the information below.
BENEFITS OF LATEX
Here are the top six advantages of Latex mattresses.
1. DURABILITY AND LONGEVITY - A Natural Latex mattress will last MUCH longer than ANY polyurethane foam or Memory Foam mattress. This has been proven over the years and if you “Google” around a little bit you’ll find plenty of references backing up this statement.
2. LACK OF DANGEROUS CHEMICALS - Quite a few consumers are becoming aware of all the chemicals used in the manufacturing of polyurethane foam and memory foam (which is polyurethane foam with MORE chemicals). There are even some fear mongers who think the mattress manufacturers are killing us all. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but a fair amount of consumers wish to minimize their exposure to these questionable chemicals and a Natural Latex mattress makes a great choice.
3. DOESN’T SLEEP HOT - We’ve all heard someone complain about their mattress sleeping “hot”. In fact, sleeping hot is the #1 complaint consumers have with Tempur-Pedic. Why does Natural Latex not sleep hot? Because it’s a natural material. In hot weather you want to wear cotton or light wool instead of polyester or rayon. Why? Because the natural fibers don’t trap heat the way the synthetic fibers will. Same thing with a natural mattress vs a synthetic mattress.
4. NO “QUICKSAND” OR “PUDDING” FEEL - If you’ve gone to a Tempur-Pedic store or slept on a Memory Foam mattress you know what we’re talking about. Memory Foam is temperature sensitive. As your body warms an area you tend to sink into that area. Then when you try to move you feel as though you’re stuck in a rut. This is what’s known as “slow recovery” foam. We’ve all seen the picture of a handmark left in the mattress after the hand has been pulled away. Latex is fast recovery foam not slow recovery foam. When you move around it “backfills” immediately. Why? Because it’s rubber!
5. PRESSURE POINT RELIEF - In multiple lab tests, Natural Latex has been proven to be a better surface than Memory Foam in eliminating pressure points. Although pressure point relief is one of Memory Foam’s biggest selling points, against Natural Latex it falls short.
6. NATURALLY HYPOALLERGENIC - Natural Latex dust is dust mite resistant, and antimicrobial to prevent growth of allergens, bacteria, mold and mildew.
ABOUT NATURAL LATEX
Natural latex is a milky white liquid which is extracted from the Hevea-Brasilienis tree, better known as the rubber tree. Rubber trees are native to South America and were spread around the world in the 19th century because of their great value. Rubber trees are tapped through a method that is very similar to maple trees being tapped for their maple syrup! A small piece of the bark is carved away, and latex quickly begins flowing from that cut and into containers below. Rubber trees must be grown for several years before they will yield latex. Each tree can be used for up to twenty years. The cuts in the tree are periodically changed to maximize yield. After the latex is collected from the rubber trees, it is thickened (by removing excess water) either processed onsite into Dunlop Latex or shipped to factories for Talalay Latex production. 100% natural latex foam has a supportive and springy feel. High quality natural latex foam is extremely durable and will last longer than any other type of mattress component. Small air pockets and aesthetic inconsistencies can be present on the finished foam. These inconsistencies usually do not impact the performance of the foam in any way,
ABOUT SYNTHETIC LATEX
Synthetic Latex is a laboratory process producing a compound that mimics the properties of natural latex. Rather than being harvested from rubber trees it is produced from petrochemicals. Several types of synthetic latex exist but SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) is the most common type of synthetic latex used in the production of synthetic latex foam. Synthetic latex foam usually has a more dull, less springy feel than natural latex foam. It is less durable than natural latex foam and will tear easier. Synthetic latex foam also generally has a stronger and more abrasive odor than natural latex. It uncommon to find synthetic latex foam that meets textile and furniture emissions standards.
ABOUT BLENDED LATEX
Blended latex foam is produced with a blend of natural and synthetic latex. While blended latex is sometimes described by retailers as bringing together the best qualities of each type of latex, it is mainly used because it is a cheaper way to produce latex foam that still contains natural latex. Many latex mattress retailers and manufacturers vaguely market blended latex as natural latex. Usually, blended latex contains mostly synthetic latex with only a small amount of natural latex. Often retailers selling blended latex foams market it as “made with 100% natural latex”, “contains natural latex” or “100% latex, natural origin”. Others simply falsely claim it to be “100% natural latex”.
NATURAL, SYNTHETIC OR BLENDED?
We prefer to sell our customers 100% natural latex foam because we know it's a much better product. We find that occasionally customers were simply buying blended latex because they did not fully understand the difference and wanted to save a little bit of money. While we believe that synthetic latex or blended latex has some merit, we have a stronger belief in the merits of 100% natural latex foam. We don't want to sell our customers short by selling them a product, that while a little cheaper, is inferior. We want to make it completely clear to our customers how strongly we believed in 100% natural latex foam. We also want our customers to be completely confident that when they are buying Savvy Rest products, they are buying only 100% natural latex foam products.
NATURAL VS ORGANIC LATEX
In order for a Latex foam layer to be certified organic, tests are run on the soil and trees where the latex is harvested. There can be no trace of any harmful pesticides, herbicides or other potentially harmful chemicals. There can be NO evidence that any of these chemicals have been used in the last five years. The facility that produces the foam is also inspected to see that the processes and equipment aren't introducing unnecessary chemicals into the latex foam. Only after everything is inspected can a foam manufacturer be Certified "Organic". All Dunlop layers in this mattress are Certified Organic,
CERTIFIED ORGANIC TALALAY
To be blunt, there is no such thing as Certified Organic Talalay Latex. Anyone telling you otherwise is either misinformed or dishonest. Producing Dunlop Latex doesn't require the huge financial investment involved in producing Talalay Latex. Since Dunlop facilities are much cheaper to build, they can and do exist at the same location where the trees and soil are inspected for Organic Certification.
The multi-million dollar facilities that produce Talalay are not at the plantation. They are owned by a handful of MAJOR players across the globe. These Talalay producers buy their latex milk on "exchanges" as a commodity. Because there is no verifiable chain-of-custody from the cradle to the cradle, Talalay cannot be Certified Organic. This is important to know since a lot of websites claim to sell Organic Talalay mattresses.
TALALAY VS DUNLOP
The Dunlop process and the Talalay process are the two main processes used to create latex foam. There is a lot of information (and misinformation) online about the differences between these two types of foam. This information can be a bit overwhelming and is often misleading. Retailers selling Talalay foam tend to exaggerate the benefits of Talalay foam and the deficiencies of Dunlop foam, while retailers selling Dunlop foam tend to do the opposite. Both the Dunlop and Talalay process rely on vulcanization to produce latex foam. Vulcanization is a process through which liquid latex is hardened into a solid substance. Hardening is achieved by cross-linking latex particles with Sulfur. This reaction occurs through the application of heat and accelerators such as Zinc Oxide.
However, with Talalay latex there is another step. When the Latex Foam is poured into the mold, the mold is not 100% filled, than a vacuum is applied. This causes the foam to expand to fill the mold. Air bubbles in the foam are more evenly distributed so the foam doesn't have "heavy" areas where there are fewer bubbles or "light" areas where there are more bubbles. Also the vacuum minimizes the effect of gravity which forces the heavier latex to the bottom of the mold and pushes the bubbles to the top. This gravitational effect (if not addressed), will result in one side of the latex layer being denser (firmer) than the other side. While the foam is under a vacuum it's "flash frozen" with carbon dioxide. This fast cooling "locks" the bubbles in place before the heat curing process.
The Talalay process is universally recognized as producing the most luxurious feel possible with Natural Latex. I'm asked all the time which is better, Talalay or Dunlop. I recommend Dunlop for all the support layers where durability and support are more important than feel. In the top layer I recommend Talalay for the luxury "feel". For years I've been asking the folks saying Dunlop is better than Talalay the following question: Since factories are all about production and efficiency, why would ANY manufacturer spend extra time and effort vacuuming and freezing the latex foam if there was NO benefit? So far NO ONE has been able to answer that question.
PROCESS IS NO GUARANTEE
Just because a latex mattress is advertised as being Talalay or Dunlop, doesn't mean you're getting NATURAL Latex. Dunlop and Talalay are PROCESSES, not ingredients. There are both synthetic and blended Talalay and Dunlop mattresses.
Neither Talalay nor Dunlop are "soft" or "hard" by nature. The firmness is determined by the ratio of liquid to air in the foam. More air, more bubbles, softer foam. You can get either Talalay or Dunlop with a soft, medium or firm comfort rating.
This mattress is approved for use on adjustable bases.
25-Year Warranty / 10 Years at 100% Coverage / 15 Years Pro-Rated