The Talalay Advantage
Even though they’re both latex, there are significant differences between Talalay latex and Dunlop latex (latex Light). They’re manufactured using different processes. It’s worth noting that it takes 14 hours to make a Talalay latex mattress core. To make a Dunlop latex mattress core, it takes less than one hour.
But the most important differences come in the benefits to you. Here’s a list of the key variations between Talalay and Dunlop and why they exist.
Talalay latex is FOUR TIMES more breathable than Dunlop process latex. Why? Talalay latex is aerated and has a large cell structure. Dunlop latex is denser latex and has a small cell structure.
Talalay latex is 33% more pressure relieving than Dunlop latex. Why? The Vacuum process used in making Talalay latex allows for the latex to stretch like the rubber in a rubber band so it allows your body to sink in. Dunlop latex is a poured process that creates latex which is less flexible. The rubber is more like the rubber in an eraser.
Talalay latex is THREE TIMES more resilient than Dunlop latex. Why? The Talalay latex process creates a round cell structure. As the latex is compressed, a round cell structure does not break itself down. The Dunlop process creates a snowflake cell structure. As you might imagine, as you compress a snowflake cell structure, the material breaks down.
Talalay latex is the same feel at the top of the latex as the bottom. Dunlop process latex is softer on top and firmer on the bottom. Why? The Talalay Process uses Flash Freezing that prevents the particles from settling after curing. Because there is no freezing in the Dunlop process, particles setting in the latex during curing creating firmness on the bottom.
Talalay latex can wash out more proteins (which is a primary cause of latex allergies) than Dunlop latex. Why? The Talalay latex process uses a five-stage rinse process. The Dunlop process uses one rinse.
Talalay latex provides not only pressure relief, but also support. Why? Talalay latex is a two dimensional material. It offers support and pressure relief. Dunlop Process latex is a one-dimensional material. It primarily offers pressure relief similar to foam.