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The Best Latex Mattresses: 2020 Reviews

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When buying a new bed, you probably don’t immediately think of getting a mattress made out of latex. But maybe you should. Latex mattresses are typically more sustainable than traditional mattresses and they provide a unique bounce while also keeping you cool.

Latex can be either synthetic or natural, and it comes in a variety of cushioning. These mattresses are known for being durable and cooling — plus they’re a great hypoallergenic choice if you have dust and mold allergies or if you’re sensitive to chemicals. However, these beds can, of course, trigger individuals with a latex allergy.

Whether you are looking for a natural latex mattress, a budget-friendly latex mattress, or just want to learn about the best latex mattresses available, this guide is here to help.

The top 8 latex mattresses

Methodology: This list is based on user reviews and company descriptions. Besides focusing on mattresses that are at least half latex, we considered cost, key features, uniqueness in the mattress design, along with customer reviews and JD power ratings when applicable.

Best Overall: Avocado

Avocado isn’t just a topping for toast; it’s also the name of a highly-rated mattress brand. Having ranked as the number one hybrid mattress for 2020 (by U.S. News & World Report), Avocado is certainly earning its stripes.

Avocado offers three mattress models: Their flagship mattress, a vegan-friendly mattress, and two crib-sized mattresses. The twin-size for their flagship model starts at $899 and goes up to $1,799 for a king-sized model. The standard crib mattress is $299, while the luxury crib model costs an additional $1,000. Avocado offers a few payment options through Affirm.

Interested in an Avocado mattress, but don’t know where to start? Read the company’s buying guide to decide which model is right for you.

Reviews

Avocado products boast outstanding reviews. Here is what Heather L. had to say: “Recently I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck. I’m a stomach sleeper and in order to not make things worse, I needed to learn to sleep on my side. I have to say from the first night I slept in this bed I’ve had some of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years! I can’t recommend it enough.

Some reviewers, though, say that the Avocado mattress is a bit firm, even with the added pillow top. Luckily, you can try out the mattress for a risk-free 100 days, to see if it suits your sleep needs.​​

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • Bed-in-a-box purchasing or in-person store purchases available
  • The 100-night trial is shorter than some of the other online mattress brands
  • Some low-star reviews say the mattress is too firm, even with the pillow top

Best Eco-Friendly Mattress: Awara

What makes Awara the best eco-friendly latex mattress? It is 100% natural and ethically sourced. And as a philanthropic bonus, the company plants 100 trees for every mattress purchased.

In terms of material makeup, the Awara starts with a cotton-poly base layer, topped by a 9″ contouring core of individually-wrapped coils. Those layers are followed by 4 inches of cooling latex foam (sourced straight from rubber trees) and topped with a plush, breathable cover. The mattress is a little bit firmer than the average mattress, making it good for side, back, and stomach sleepers.

Like many mattress companies, Awara offers a 365-day trial period. And since these mattresses tend to be on the pricier side — a twin-sized mattress will set you back $1100, and a king mattress is $1699 — their “forever warranty” is especially valuable.

Reviews

Reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Daniel F., who is featured on the site’s mattress reviews, stated, “ I don’t have many of the issues I used to have with sleeping. Less soreness waking up, less waking up in the middle of the night, less tossing and turning.”

Reviewers who gave the mattress a lower rating commented that the mattress, with its latex and springs, “had too much going on.” Those reviewers said that even though they didn’t love the mattress’ unique feel, they appreciated the easy return process.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Made with natural and organic materials
  • Forever warranty
  • Among the more expensive options

Best Inexpensive Natural Mattress: Pure Green Natural Latex

It’s not unusual for “all-natural” products to come with a premium price tag. But the Pure Green Natural Latex mattress is made of all-natural materials (100% natural latex foam, organic cotton, and organic New Zealand wool) with a reasonable price point. A twin starts at $595 and a California King costs about $1,395. Plus, the mattress has plenty of good reviews to boot!

This Pure Green Natural Latex mattress is on the firmer side and ships quickly. There’s no assembly required — just unbox it once it arrives and watch it expand. The company believes this mattress is better for stomach sleepers and those who need a firmer mattress.

Reviews

On Amazon, this mattress has a 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 74% of users giving the bed a 5/5 star review. Here’s what Marlene had to say about this mattress: “I have lower back problems, so I thought a firm mattress would help, after doing some research on a 100% latex mattress this one was the affordable version, I have it now for almost a month and yes! … At the beginning, it was weird to have a firm mattress but now I’m so happy with it, now I can’t feel when my husband leaves (I’m a light sleeper).”

Some of the lower-star reviews say that the mattress might be too firm for some sleepers. Customers say this might not be the best mattress for sleepers who deal with pressure paint points and achy joints.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • More affordable
  • Made with natural and organic materials
  • No assembly required
  • Dry-clean only
  • The mattress will be heavy

Best For Your Money: LUCID Hybrid Latex

The LUCID Hybrid Latex mattress is a highly-rated alternative to other latex mattresses in its price range. Their standard 12-inch hybrid ranges from $318 for a twin to $643 for a California king mattress, or if you opt for their slightly smaller 10-inch mattress, you’ll pay $223 for a twin and $543 for a California king.

While this is a hybrid memory foam mattress, its base of latex gives more pushback, so it provides support rather than sinking in and conforming to the body.  (Note: This also makes it a great mattress for any size sleeper.) According to LUCID’s customer service, this bed has a medium-firm feel, which is beneficial for back and stomach sleepers.

Reviews

This mattress has over 1,000 customer ratings on Amazon with a 4.4/5-star rating. One customer, Raine, who is a top 1000 reviewer, had this to say about this mattress: “I spent over 30 hours … researching all kinds of mattresses. … Based on everything that is out there, I decided we needed a latex and pocketed spring hybrid. … The funny and sad thing is that this was the first mattress that I saw in my research journey. I could have spared myself the 30+ hours of research.”

But a few lower-star reviews wrote that the mattress lost some of its firmness after a few months of use.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Inexpensive option
  • Available via Amazon Prime
  • 10-year warranty is available at an additional fee
  • Some reviewers complain about degradation

Best For Variety: The Botanical Bliss® Organic Latex Mattress

If you’re looking for a more customizable mattress, Botanical Bliss Latex has you covered. It’s highly reviewed, although it’s also on the more expensive side (a twin starts at $2,199). This mattress line has the largest variety of options for height, firmness, and sizes, making it easier for any kind of sleeper to get the mattress they need. Bliss offers free shipping, however, it only offers a 100-night trial period — which is shorter than other trial offerings.

Reviews

Reviews of the mattress are overwhelmingly positive, with on-site reviewers giving the product four and five stars. The Botanical Bliss is made of 100% natural latex, and their website states that it is often recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors. That claim is corroborated by Leah J, a Botanical Bliss buyer with back issues who found relief from this latex mattress. She gave it a 5-star review on the company’s website: “With several back surgeries, it became impossible for me to turn over and move around on [my current mattress]. The medium firm 9″ latex mattress provides more support, is very comfortable, and much easier to change positions.”

Some of the negative reviews aren’t about the mattress itself, but about free pillows that come with it. Some customers wish those pillows were thicker.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Customizable for users
  • Organic latex and fibers
  • Expensive
  • Only a 100-night trial period

Best For Indecisive Buyers: Sleep by Design Dual Firmness Mattress

If you’re an indecisive sleeper who vacillates between soft and firm, we’ve got good news: With Sleep by Design Dual Firmness, you don’t have to choose. One side is a plush latex, and the other is firm memory foam. There are very few mattresses like this one on the market, but its biggest downfall is that there are only three size options (full, queen, or king). This Sleep by Design mattress starts at $1,995 for a full-size. It’s a little pricier than others, but technically you’re getting two beds in one!

Reviews

Sunde found this bed to be very comfortable. She gave it a 5-star review and said, “This bed is the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on. I don’t experience any discomfort from lying in one position all night. My husband has back issues and this bed has helped alleviate his discomfort. We are waking up feeling very rested and ready for the day.”

There are only three reviews of the bed on Amazon, and all of them are 5 stars.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Dual design offers flexible sleep options
  • Organic latex and fibers
  • Expensive
  • Only three size options

Best For On-The-Go Buyers: PranaSleep

PranaSleep is currently the only company on the market that offers custom-made latex beds. Whether you have a boat, an RV, or just an oddly-shaped bed base in need of a new latex mattress, PranaSleep has you covered. In addition to custom orders, the company offers a few different flagship models in traditional shapes, and they pride themselves on two factors: maintaining spine alignment, and their use of NASA-developed Outlast® Smart Fabric, which “seamlessly absorbs excess body heat and releases it back as needed.”

​But note: even the non-customized beds can cost upward of $4,000 dollars—which makes this the most expensive one on the list.

Reviews

The company’s website lists numerous 5-star reviews. A brief glance at comments show that plenty of people think this mattress is well worth the money. Barry shared why he gave the bed a 5-star review: “I didn’t realize how much I needed this mattress until I got it. It’s extra firm as advertised and the foundation provides additional support.”

All of the 183 reviews listed on the website are five-star.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Customizable shapes and sizes
  • Proprietary latex foam rubber has triple the natural rubber as ordinary Talalay
  • Among the most expensive of the mattresses we reviewed

Best For Futons: Dark Brown Disalvo Latex Futon Mattress

Futons are many people’s choice for ensuring guests have a place to sleep when they come over. While there are only a handful of latex futon mattresses on the market, they are still consistently more highly ranked than traditional futon mattresses — and the Disalvo Latex Futon Mattress rises to the top.

Made with antimicrobial latex (which is resistant to mildew and mold), and a tufted design that doesn’t require upholstery or a cover, this mattress easily elevates your futon while also providing a comfortable night’s sleep. And at $471, it’s an affordable option — especially if you’re working with limited space.

Just note: it doesn’t come with the futon frame.

Reviews

One reviewer named Jennifer says this product is a “nice comfortable futon mattress. Very thick and comfortable. Overall very pleased.”

There are only three reviews listed on Wayfair, that average to 4.3 (out of 5) stars.

Pros and cons

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight
  • Plush, latex core
  • Affordable
  • Tufted style means no upholstery or cover needed
  • Does not come with a futon frame

Things to keep in mind when shopping for latex mattresses

Like with any mattress, what works for each person is different. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for a latex mattress:

1. Not all latex mattresses are natural or completely latex.

There are two different types of latex: natural and synthetic.

  • Natural latex beds are typically 95% natural materials at a minimum.
  • Synthetic latex can be made with a variety of materials.

2. Besides having natural and synthetic options, there are two different ways to craft latex mattresses: Talalay or Dunlap.

  • The Talalay method uses a mold to flash freeze and then bake the latex into the right shape. This method is typically used to make a comfort system (like a bed topper) or to give a softer feel to a bed.
  • Dunlap latex is only baked, with no flash-freezing beforehand. This creates a denser foam making the bed firmer.

3. Latex beds are notoriously heavy.

If you want to be able to easily move the bed, you may need to put the bed on wheels.

The bottom line

There are plenty of options in the world of latex mattresses. Finding the right one depends on what you are looking for, what kind of sleeper you are, and how much you’re willing to spend for a good night’s rest. Most mattresses are accommodating for a variety of sleeping types, but some people with back and joint issues may need a more customized experience.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of a latex mattress?

Typically, latex mattresses are supportive without being too stiff. They also can be made naturally, so you can avoid various chemicals.

Are latex mattresses good?

As with any product, it depends on the company making it. There is quite a bit of variety when it comes to making latex mattresses. We suggest you review our selections above to learn more about some of the top latex mattresses in the industry.

How much does a latex mattress cost?

Latex mattress prices wholly depend on the brand, quality, and size. But very generally speaking, prices can range from the mid-$400s to over $3,000.


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