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Everybody needs a good night’s sleep. No, really. We need to sleep well! According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep deprivation can lead to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, mental illness, stroke, and even obesity. Woah… Getting a good night’s rest is serious business!
That’s why it’s so important to ensure our bed is as comfortable as it can possibly be. Whether it’s an old mattress we’re not quite ready to replace, a support issue, or simply making an existing sleeping surface more comfortable, buying a natural latex mattress topper is a choice you won’t soon regret.
There are many mattress topper options available in today’s flooded consumer market, so how do we know which one is the right choice? When it comes to value, durability, sustainability, and comfort— A Dunlop latex mattress topper is the way to go.
Whether you’re a health and environmentally conscious consumer or simply someone looking for the best bang-for-your-buck, a Dunlop latex mattress topper is a safe bet. Here, we’ll break down exactly what natural Dunlop latex is, the benefits and possible disadvantages of latex mattress toppers, and what to look for when purchasing one. Looking to make an informed decision on your latex mattress topper purchase? Look no further than this Ultimate Buying Guide For Dunlop Latex Mattress Toppers.
Available mattress toppers on the market today are made of several different materials, so why is latex the best option? While there are many benefits to choosing a latex mattress topper (which we’ll get to a little bit later), the simplest all-encompassing answer is this:
Many mattress toppers are made from synthetic materials (including some “latex” products), but authentic latex is naturally occurring underneath the outer layer of bark on some types of trees. Since synthetic materials often come with a large carbon footprint, are treated with a slew of toxic chemicals (no thanks!), and aren’t biodegradable, an organic material such as all-natural latex is a favorable alternative.
Though there are two “classifications” of natural latex, Dunlop latex is the best choice (we’ll explain why below), so let’s hone in on this incredible material and it’s revolutionary advantages.
The “Rubber-Tapping” Process: latex spigot tapped into rubber tree draining into a collection bowl
As mentioned above, latex is a natural material derived from certain kinds of tree species. For commercial production, the most common species found on rubber plantations is called “Hevea brasiliensis.” The trees naturally produce latex as a healing agent to repair punctures in the tree. The white, milky substance beneath the outer surface of what’s more commonly known as a “rubber tree” is sustainably collected (as shown in the image above) before being processed into a solid foam-rubber material.
According to the Rainforest Alliance, latex harvesting can begin once a rubber tree is 6 years old. After “rubber-tapping” the latex liquid from the rubber tree, it’s time to process the latex into a solid foam-like form. Excitingly, when done with proper technique, rubber-tapping doesn’t actually harm the tree. Rubber trees can be continuously tapped for almost 30 years, and the trees grow at surprisingly rapid rates. Causing no harm to Mother Nature, latex is a great eco-friendly material.
The Dunlop process is aptly named after it’s inventor John Boyd Dunlop who actually specialized in making tires. In the Dunlop latex method, the filtered liquid latex is poured into a large waffle iron-like mold and heated to a high temperature to achieve what’s called “vulcanization.” Then, the latex is washed and dried to finish the simple process. Fast and energy-efficient, the Dunlop latex process is a breeze.
All-natural latex is non-toxic and as far as scientists can tell, humans have been using it as far back as the Mayan and Aztec times. As long as a product doesn’t have any harsh chemical additives and isn’t treated after processing, a natural Dunlop latex product is one of the safest materials on the market. One hundred percent natural latex products offer peace of mind in terms of our own health and that of our planet.
Okay, now we’re getting to the good stuff! We’ve covered that latex is a natural material, is better for our health, and is far more eco-friendly than the alternative options on the mattress pad market, but what are the true benefits of buying a Dunlop latex mattress pad?
When cared for correctly, a latex topper is a trusty companion that doesn’t often disappoint. Sustainable, durable, toxin-free, and comfortable, what’s not to love about Dunlop latex toppers?
Though latex toppers can sometimes be more expensive than other mattress topper options on the market, they’re still the best value given their superior durability. A longer topper life means you won’t have to replace your mattress topper nearly as often, saving you money in the long run.
At Turmerry, we believe that everyone should be able to afford the best products, so we offer the highest quality Dunlop latex mattress toppers at affordable prices. Real people with real products, we’re here for you.
There are two different methods of solidifying latex: the “Talalay” process, and the “Dunlop” process. Both options can serve their purpose and are more eco-friendly than traditional mattress topper options, but at Turmerry, we believe that Dunlop latex is the superior option for a few different reasons.
As a rule, Dunlop latex is more durable than Talalay latex because it results in a less refined product. There’s more natural latex used in the Dunlop method, and a shorter, less-intensive manufacturing process results in a denser final product. (Hence, more durability!) Dunlop latex toppers are generally more affordable than Talalay toppers, and comfort isn’t an issue since both Talalay latex and Dunlop latex are manufactured in varying degrees of firmness.
The Talalay latex process isn’t so different from the Dunlop latex process, but it does come with a few energy-intensive additions. As we discussed earlier, Dunlop latex is a straightforward process of pouring the liquid latex into a mold, vulcanizing it at high temperatures to allow for solidification, and a final wash and dry.
On the other hand, Talalay latex only fills the mold half full before using a high-powered vacuum machine to expand the liquid, freezes the product to release carbon dioxide, then vulcanizes before washing and drying to finish the process. The additional vacuuming and freezing are extremely energy-intensive and don’t offer much benefit in the long run.
Likewise, the additions to the process result in Talalay mattress toppers pricing higher than their Dunlop counterparts while resulting in a less durable product. Hmmm… So Talalay latex is more energy-intensive and will need replacing sooner? A better bang-for-your-buck all around, the more resistant Dunlop latex will prove better for your wallet and for the environment too.
Okay, so it’s pretty clear at this point that natural latex toppers are the bee’s knees, and you’re ready to commit and make a purchase. Great choice! You’ll be sleeping like a baby for years to come. Before pulling the trigger though, consider these few important points:
This seems obvious at this point, right? While we’ve covered the fact that traditional mattresses and memory foam style mattresses are loaded with toxicity and terrible for the earth, what about the natural latex imposters?
*Sigh* Sorry to say friends, but not all latex mattress toppers are good for our health and the planet.
There’s no governing force regulating what companies can claim about their mattresses, so be wary of high-end claims like “organic” and “natural” without proof to back them up. Sometimes, products labeled “100% natural latex” contain fillers, additives, or are even blended with chemical-heavy synthetic latex (which is basically plastic.) Yikes!
Here at Turmerry, we value transparency and are committed to healthy people and a healthy planet. That’s why our 100% Natural Dunlop Latex Mattress Topper is sustainably sourced and produced, contains no harmful ingredients, and is certified as Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex to back it up. Even our Wool Mattress Pad Protectors are Oeko-Tex certified, and our Organic Cotton Mattress Protector Cover is GOTS-certified, ensuring the highest quality products you can trust.
Okay, whew! Now that the serious stuff is out of the way, let’s find you a mattress topper! The desired thickness and firmness of a mattress topper really varies from person to person. When selecting a mattress topper thickness, there are a few things to consider:
At Turmerry, we carry options of two or three-inch mattress toppers because we’ve found that when these factors are considered at purchase, these are perfect for any sleeper. It is worth nothing that if you’re just wanting to soften a firm mattress, our two inch topper will suit you fine, but a three inch topper is recommended for firming up a mattress that’s too soft.
Everybody has their preferences but as a rule of thumb, soft toppers are best for softening an existing mattress and people who sleep on their side. Medium mattress toppers are ideal for back sleepers and a perfectly balanced sleep experience. Firm mattress toppers are ideal for stomach sleepers and those with a too-soft existing mattress.
Fortunately, latex mattress toppers are pretty low maintenance. Once they’re in place, they don’t need much tending to and will last for years to come, but it’s good to keep these things in mind:
Though it’s ideal to “get a feel for” items like a mattress topper before buying, latex mattresses and mattress toppers in box stores have giant markups and a hefty price tag. Buying a Dunlop latex mattress topper online means you can buy directly from a distributor or manufacturer, which saves big money! Choose a Dunlop latex mattress topper that has a satisfaction guarantee, a trial period, and a decent warranty.
Here at Turmerry, we offer all three with our Natural Dunlop Latex Mattress Topper. With a sixty-night trial period, a five-year warranty, and free returns, you can rest assured (literally, ha! ;-) ) that you’ll never regret your Dunlop latex topper purchase.
We hope this comprehensive buying guide has helped you feel more comfortable in your decision to purchase a Dunlop latex mattress topper. We can’t wait to hear how you’re sleeping after a few nights’ use! Have you used a Dunlop Latex mattress topper before? Leave a comment below and let us know how you like it!