Latex Mattress Toppers – A comprehensive overview

Latex Mattress Toppers - A comprehensive overview 1

If you’ve been looking mattress toppers, you’ve most definitely heard about latex mattress toppers. It’s one of the most popular materials for mattress toppers, and for good reason. Latex mattress toppers are very affordable compared to other materials.

In this article, I’ll be explaining what latex mattress toppers are, going over the pros and cons of latex mattress toppers and providing some recommendations for different types of sleepers.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!



Pros and Cons of Latex Mattress Toppers

Why is latex a good choice?

Latex mattress toppers are a great choice if you’re going for something that will be durable and long-lasting. Latex is one of the most durable mattress topper materials. These factors are the main reasons for why latex toppers are so in demand. When you buy a mattress topper, you’re looking for something that will last, not something that will begin to show its age after a year.

Comfort is also a factor which plays a major part. As there are a large variety of latex toppers, there’s also a wide variety of comfort levels. If you’re going for the luxury plush feel, there are more than enough latex toppers which can work well for you. If you’re more into firm toppers, there are also options for you!

Latex toppers are also quite similar to memory foam, it can absorb your movements in bed and provide relief to your joints and muscles.

Another positive is that the majority of latex toppers are hypoallergenic, meaning they are very unlikely to cause allergic reactions. They also have some antimicrobial properties, and the likelihood of bedbugs is very low.

What about the cons?

Some people who own latex mattress toppers complain about it having a distinctive odour, something akin to vanilla. This smell is not unpleasant and isn’t due to any chemicals, it’s just the natural smell of the material.

Firmness is also something that people have complained about. Some people find that it is too firm for their liking. Fortunately there are now many options for latex mattress toppers and on some retailers you can choose the thickness of the topper.

Depending on the type of latex topper you can buy, it can sometimes feel like a ‘cheap, fake’ material. This is more commonly seen in budget latex toppers, as they have to sacrifice quality for price, but fear not, there are many great budget options who don’t sacrifice quality! You’ll be able to find these in the topic below 🙂


The best latex mattress toppers

In this section, I’ll be covering three latex toppers that I and lots of others recommend. I won’t be focusing on any specific retailers, so there will be a wide variety of options. I hope you find something that sparks your interest.

Plush Beds Natural Talalay Latex Mattress Topper

Plush Beds Natural Talalay Latex Mattress Topper
Image Courtesy of PlushBeds

The Plush Beds latex mattress topper has got to be one of the highest quality latex mattress toppers that I’ve had the pleasure to review.

This topper is perfect if you want to make an existing mattress even more comfortable.

It is made from 100% Natural Talalay Latex foam which is harvested from sustainable sources and is pure.

This mattress does not use any fillers or toxic additives and has a neutral odour, so it is a great choice if you’re looking for something that will last you a long time.

Specifications

This topper comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from Twin to California King.

The size chart can be found here

Thickness

This is one of the mattress toppers that has customisable thickness. You can choose between 2 inch thickness and 3 inch thickness.

The 3 inch thick topper is perfect for those who are looking for more cushion and support

The 2 inch thick topper is best for those who are looking for something to add a little plush into their sleeping experience, whilst still not overpowering their actual mattress.

Firmness

This mattress comes in 4 types of firmness, perfect for the different types of sleepers

ILD RATINGRECOMMENDED FOR:
SOFT19-21Back or side sleepers who enjoy sinking into a bed.
MEDIUM24-26Side sleepers. Perfect balance of comfort & support.
MEDIUM-FIRM29-31Back or stomach sleepers. Slightly firmer than medium.
EXTRA-FIRM34-36Over 250lbs or those who enjoy very firm surfaces.
Normally, a latex topper which has a lower ILD rating is very cushy on the body, but does not provide that much support. A latex mattress with a higher ILD rating provides amazing support but does affect the plushy feel on your shoulders, hips and knees.

Reviews

This product currently has 379 reviews, and an average rating of 4.9/5 stars. Reviews can be read at the bottom of the page here

Where can I buy it? How much does it cost?

The price varies from $200 to $650 depending on what size topper you get, and what thickness. Make sure to keep an eye out for discounts, as you never know when you can snag an amazing deal!

This mattress topper can be found at PlushBeds, a very reputable brand for mattresses, beds, toppers, and more.


Amore Beds Natural Organic Latex Topper

Amore Beds Natural Organic Latex Topper
Image Courtesy of Amore Beds

The Amore Beds Natural Organic Latex Topper is another great option for anyone looking for the highest quality natural latex toppers. These toppers are made in America and come with a 10-year warranty, showing that Amore Beds believe in their product.

This topper is free of chemical adhesives, flame retardants, petroleum-based foams or synthetic materials. It is made with 100% natural materials.

The latex is also GOLS certified, and so is the organic wool and cotton.

This product is made for those looking for the highest quality product which does not harm the environment.

Specifications

The topper comes in the following sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Thickness

Unlike the Plush Beds latex topper, this topper does not come in different thicknesses.

The Amore Beds topper is 2 inches thick, which is perfect for the average user. It boasts a open cell structure technology which allows the topper to be breathable whilst also evenly distributing your body weight for increased support.

Firmness

This topper comes in 2 types of firmness: Firm, and Plush.

As the names suggest, firm is made for people who enjoy a more firmer sleeping experience, whereas plush is made for those who enjoy a smooth cushioned sleep.

Reviews

Reviews for Amorebeds and this product can be found here

Where can I buy it?

This mattress topper can be found at the Amore Beds site. The price currently ranges from $300 to $500


Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

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Image Courtesy of Sleep on Latex

The Pure Green 100% natural latex topper is the highest reviewed and most affordable latex topper on this list. With an average rating of 4.5/5, you can really tell that people like this topper.

This topper is made in Sri Lanka using 100% natural latex, a theme shared with the previous toppers.

Another theme shared is the fact that there are no fillers used up, or any pollutants.

Unlike talalay latex foam, this foam is made through the dunlop process. Meaning that the foam is springy but not bouncy.

Specifications

This topper comes in these sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King

Thickness

You would think that as this is a lower-priced option, it would only have 1 thickness. But that’s where you would be wrong. This topper comes in three sizes. Yes, you read right, three!

You can choose between 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch thickness

Firmness

The firmness of this topper cannot be changed, it comes in 20 ILD, which is under the soft category. However, some reviewers have said that this topper is too firm, and does not change even over time.

Reviews

This product currently has 2450 ratings and has an average rating of 4.5/5 stars. Reviews can be read here

Where can I buy it?

This latex topper can be found at Amazon. The price varies but is usually under $300 for the largest size and thickness. However, this can change.


Choosing the right latex mattress topper

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing mattress toppers. Seeing as toppers are quite a costly investment, it would be wise to do your research before plunging in.

Stomach Sleepers

For stomach sleepers, there are a lot of variables that go into choosing a mattress topper. First, you should ask yourself, “is my current mattress too soft?”. If you find yourself saying yes, then you should really go for a firm topper. When choosing the thickness, you should generally avoid 3-inch toppers as these can feel a bit too firm and can lead to an uncomfortable sleeping experience.

1-2 Inch mattress toppers work perfectly for stomach sleepers, as it’s not too firm but at the same time is firm enough to support your sleeping style.

This rule generally applies to back sleepers too, but some back sleepers enjoy 3 inch thick toppers as they provide more support to the back.

Side Sleepers

For all the side sleepers out there, you have more specific needs to be taken care of than people sleeping on their bottoms. There is less area to which pressure is felt and most is forced upon your shoulders and joints, which over time could lead to diseases such as arthritis if the sleeper does not have a good sleeping experience.

For thickness, you should be looking at the higher side, 2-3 inches. This is because you need more support, and it leads to more comfy sleep.

When it comes to firmness, you should have a more softer topper to ensure correct pressure relief. To calculate firmness, check if you are sinking into your mattress, if you are, then you will need a firm topper.

Medium firmness is what you should be going for with these toppers.


Pairing with mattress protectors

Pairing a mattress topper with a mattress protector is a very good idea. You should make sure you are not getting a mattress protector which comes with padding or anything of the sort, as that can end up dampening the effect of the mattress topper.

If you’re looking for some mattress protector recommendations, check out: 5 mattress protectors I recommend. Whilst I wrote that article for memory foam, it still holds true to latex toppers.


Closing words

Latex toppers are one of the best choices you could go for when it comes to mattress toppers. The pros definitely outweigh the cons. Make sure before you buy any product you do a lot of research, reading through reviews and articles like this 🙂

I’ll be posting another article very soon on the best memory foam mattress protectors, which are another type of mattress protector that a lot of people enjoy.

Thanks for getting this far, I hope you enjoyed. See you soon.

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