“Dunlop” and “Talalay” are the names for two different manufacturing processes for latex foam mattresses. Because the two processes are very similar with a few differences, the product of each process is likewise similar with a few differences.
Dunlop Manufacturing Process
The process for manufacturing Dunlop mattresses begins with foaming up latex, pouring it into a mold, curing it at high heat, and washing it of all additives used earlier in the process. The washing produces a product that is entirely latex foam. Dunlop foam has smaller holes, is denser, and is of a less consistent quality than Talalay mattresses. Because of the smaller holes, Dunlop has a firmer feel than Talalay foam.
Talalay Manufacturing Process
The process for manufacturing Talalay mattresses is similar to Dunlop mattresses except that Talalay mattresses have been vacuumed sealed and frozen before being heated and cured. The vacuuming and freezing produce a foam that is more consistent than Dunlop foam and has larger holes. Because of the larger holes in Talalay foam, it has a softer feel than Dunlop foam and is springier.
Which is Better?
At Sleep EZ we sell both Dunlop and Talalay. Why? Both Dunlop and Talalay have unique properties that make them useful for different reasons. Whether a mattress buyer should choose a Dunlop or Talalay mattress depends on their specific needs.
We recommend Dunlop latex for 2 or more layers if a buyer is prone to lower back aches, they do not prefer the “bouncy” feel that accompanies Talalay latex, or they want organic latex.
We recommend Talalay latex for 2 or more layers if a buyer has chronic pain in their hips, their shoulders, or if they are sensitive to pressure. For example, people with fibromyalgia or shingles may prefer a Talalay mattress.
We encourage buyers to mix layers of Dunlop and Talalay latex to take advantage of the unique properties of both materials. For example, if a customer prefers a bed with a comfortable top layer and as well as support beneath it, then they may want to have a firm layer of Dunlop on the bottom, a medium layer of Dunlop above it, and a soft layer of Talalay on the top. While soft Dunlop is available, we do not recommend it, because it is prone to wearing out more quickly. By comparison, Talalay is more suited to being used as a soft layer.
The ability to combine layers is integral to allowing our buyers to customize their mattress to suit their specific personal needs. Customers should use our website as a resource to determine which combination is best for them.