Buy the Best Foam Rubber Mattress
Latex is the comfort material used for building and personalizing a Natural Latex Foam Rubber Mattress. Made from 100% Talalay latex foam, our rubber mattresses are supportive, comfortable, highly breathable, and ensure you sleep aligned so your body is relieved from any pressure points.
What are Foam Rubber Mattresses?
Latex is the world’s best material for mattresses. Talalay is the best natural latex foam rubber in the world. FloBeds has sourced out natural Talalay latex foam rubber from two suppliers. Talalay Global out of Connecticut and Radium Foam/Vita Talalay in the Netherlands. Both sources follow the Talalay process invented by Joseph Talalay and create only the best foam rubber mattresses.
A natural latex foam rubber mattress is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, i.e. resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. Dust mites do not thrive in natural latex. A latex foam mattress is three times more resistant to dust mites than a traditional standard mattress. This creates the perfect sleeping environment for folks who suffer from allergies. You can breathe clean, fresh-air every night with a foam rubber mattress.
Talalay latex foam is the most hygienic choice for rubber mattresses. Because of excellent breathability and insulation, Talalay foam is cool in summer and warm in winter. When you sleep on a Talalay natural latex bed, it is easy for you to turn in your sleep while avoiding constant tossing and turning. In short, a Talalay latex foam rubber mattress helps you to sleep deeper and wake up more refreshed.
Produced using no fillers, petrochemicals or shortcuts, our 100% natural latex foam rubber mattress components are biodegradable and Oeko-tex Certified, Europe’s highest environmental consumer product standard.
What is Latex and How is it Made?
Latex is a milky white liquid composed of rubber particles dispersed in water. This material is whipped with air to form a foam, which is heated to produce foam rubber or latex. The soft, supple products of real foam rubber are what make our latex foam rubber mattresses superior. Latex foam rubber is inherently hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and dust-mite resistant. Latex is not a plastic foam, like polyurethane (polyfoam) or furniture foam. It is a denser product made of rubber to last a lifetime. Unlike urethane, latex foam rubber will feel as good years from now as it does the day it is produced.
How Talalay Latex Foam Is Made
The Talalay foam process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from a number of renewable resources and water-based raw materials like natural latex (milk from the rubber tree), air and water.
Talalay Process Steps
- Liquid rubber whipped into a foam and poured into a mold.
- When closed the mold has rods that go through the foamed rubber.
- A vacuum is placed on the mold which removes air bubbles and distributes the liquid rubber evenly through the mold.
- CO2 is run through the rods, freezing the foamed rubber and locking in the consistency.
- Heat is sent through the rods providing even temperature and yielding a consistent latex core without air pockets or uneven firmnesses.
The Benefits of Talalay Latex Foam & Mattresses
The Talalay process is more expensive and takes five times as long to make than the Dunlop process. The process of making Talalay foam requires more time, but it produces a vastly superior product.
Unlike some competing products, our Talalay latex foam contains no fillers or extenders. The only components needed to convert the material from a liquid to a solid are soap, ammonia, zinc oxide and sulfur. The ammonia evaporates while the soap and zinc oxide are washed out. The sulfur is needed to cure the Talalay foam so that it bounces back after you sleep on it.
Check out the most recent Latex International (Talalay Global) test data on our standard and 100% natural latex foam rubber mattress products:
To test Softening over time a machine is used that conducts what we call our Impact test: 24,000 cycles over a twenty-four hour period with a 30 lb weight being dropped onto a 17″x17″x6″ block of foam. The test is similar to the first 24,000 cycles of the Cornell test where the vast majority of product softening occurs. We believe that our Impact test is more stringent.
To test Height Loss we conduct an ASTM latex foam compression set test of 50% compression at 158 F for 22 hours with height loss measured on a 6″ thick block of foam. We tested both blended and 100% natural latex.
How Talalay Latex Is Made
Talalay Latex Foam vs Dunlop Latex
Every Talalay foam core takes almost 5 hours to make, compared to only 1 hour for a Dunlop processed core. However, Talalay latex foam is so much better, well worth the wait! Why settle for second best?
See more on what we found when we opened some latex that had been compressed for years.
A simple test of Talalay Latex and Dunlop Latex.
Natural vs. Blended
FloBeds offers 100% Natural Latex Foam Mattresses. We used to also offer Blended 30% Natural + 70% Synthetic Latex. Both processed using the Talalay method and will last 10 years with only 5% to 6% softening.
As more and more of our customers decided on the all-natural latex foam mattresses, we found we were buying a volume that made the price difference between Natural and Blended less than 10% and at that price Natural out-sold Blended by an ever-increasing margin.
The appearance, touch, feel and performance are virtually the same which is why FloBeds always offered a 20 Year Warranty whether a Blended or Natural Latex foam rubber mattress.
The most recent Latex International testing demonstrates a modest 2.6% increase in natural latex softening, and a less than 1% increase in height loss of natural latex versus blended over 10 years.
A Natural Latex foam rubber mattress is the best choice for those looking for a chemical-free bed.
Dave inspects Talalay latex core in production
Firmness Spectrum of Natural Latex Foam Rubber Mattresses
|Firmness||(ILD= Indentation Load Deflection)||Natural Foam Density|
|Plush Natural||18 ILD||3.75 (Lb/ft3)|
|Soft Natural||22 ILD||4.05 (Lb/ft3)|
|Medium (Natural)||28 ILD||4.59 (Lb/ft3)|
|Firm (Natural)||32 ILD||4.86 (Lb/ft3)|
|Extra Firm (Natural)||36 ILD||5.49 (Lb/ft3)|
|Super Firm (Natural)||44 ILD||6.40 (Lb/ft3)|
|Convolute (Natural)||28 ILD convoluted to feel more like 16 ILD||n/a|
Hardness range measurements based on ASTM D-1055. (ILDs are production specification and may vary ± 2 ILD)
ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) is a firmness measurement and is a standard for measuring foam firmness. It is also called IFD (Indentation Force Deflection). It is a measure of load-bearing capacity or firmness. IFD is measured on the surface as 25% IFD. To determine 25% IFD, for example, a four-inch-thick latex sample is compressed to three-inch thickness. The number of pounds required to achieve compression is the 25% IFD value. The higher the IFD, the firmer the surface will feel.
|Product||Nominal Dimensions||FloBeds Finished Dimensions||Width Min/Max||Length Min/Max|
|Twin||39 X 75||38 X 75||37½ to 38½||74¼ to 75 ¾|
|Twin XL||39 X 80||38 X 80||37½ to 38½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Full||54 X 75||54 X 75||53½ to 54½||74¼ to 75 ¾|
|Full XL||54 X 80||54 X 80||53½ to 54½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Queen Size||60 X 80||60 X 80||59½ to 60½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|King||76 X 80||76 to 80||75½ to 76½||79¼ to 80 ¾|
|Cal King||72 X 84||72 X 84||71½ to 72½||83¼ to 84 ¾|
All dimensions based on nominal dimensions and tolerances given in ANSI Standard Z357.1 – 1981