Latex is technically defined as any of several natural or synthetic colloidal polymers suspended in an aqueous solutions. Simply, it is rubber particles suspended in water. Latex is harvested from the Havea brasiliensis tree as sap, similar to how maple sap is collected. Latex is a breathable foam and its cell structure is much different than memory foams. Talalay latex foam's cells resist collapsing which allows for further air circulation and springiness.
There are two different methods of manufacturing latex rubber for sleep products: Talalay and Dunlop.
- Liquid latex formulation is poured into a mold and sealed closed
- Vacuum is created to disperse liquid latex throughout mold
- Liquid latex is flash frozen
- Frozen latex is flash heated to “gel” into permanent solid form
- Cooled solid latex is removed from mold
- Liquid latex formulation is poured onto a long conveyor belt
- Liquid latex is slowly heated to “gel” into permanent solid form
- Cooled solid latex is removed from conveyor belt
The Talalay process takes four times longer and is more expensive than Dunlop because of the additional steps. These steps help ensure consistency, quality, and feel of the finished latex. Lastly, Talalaly latex's cell structure allows for more airflow resulting in a more breathable mattress that sleeps cooler and drier. We, therefore, chose to use Talalay latex because it is more resilient and consistent latex, which aligns with our quest to provide the highest quality, luxury, and superior products.
We are also using the best Talalay latex in the world, produced right in the United States. This Talalay latex considerably outperformed both European Talalay and Dunlop latex in durability testing.