Dunlop Latex Mattress Selections: 100% Natural Latex
Dunlop 100% Natural latex mattresses have been the gold standard of bedding for decades. Naturally anti-microbial, pest-free, and healthy, this type of latex is also known as the most eco-friendly, longest-lasting, and most resilient of bedding materials made totally from the sap of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. It feels great to sleep on and will literally last you decades.
The Dunlop Latex Process — Producing 100% Natural Latex
"Dunlop" is a process rather than a product – developed in the late 1800s for producing latex rubber from liquid latex. The process involves preparing a latex batter with specific processing agents and then vulcanizing (curing) it in a mold with heat. Within the bedding industry, Dunlop latex mattresses are normally made of 100% Natural Latex and are often a little more dense and firm than Talalay.
The other process used for producing latex rubber is the Talalay Process – developed initially in the early part of the 20th century. Talalay is also a process rather than a product, and involves preparing a latex batter with specific processing agents, some of which are petrochemical-based, injecting carbon dioxide as a gelling agent, quick-freezing the batter inside the mold, and then vulcanizing (curing) it with heat. Talalay latex is more open celled and porous, and is normally used to cure batters containing part synthetic rubber and part natural rubber. Because talalay latex is more porous it is also less firm (softer) than Dunlop latex.
The debate over 100% Natural Latex versus a blend of synthetic and natural latex is as longstanding as the debate over the superiority of one method of producing latex over the other. If you are looking for 100% natural latex, however, Dunlop is going to be your best choice since it does not involve the use of added petrochemicals and does not weaken the cell walls by artificial inflation or freezing. Unfortunately, many manufacturers now advertise “100% Natural Talalay” or some other verbiage that utilizes “Natural” in a misleading way in order to lead potential customers to draw the conclusion that their product is, indeed, totally natural.
Promoters of blended latex talalay tell us that the addition of a small amount of butadiene-styrene rubber produces a product that is loftier, can be more carefully engineered for density and feel, and is easier to manufacture and handle. Also the talalay highly processed foam allows for more uniformity or consistency of the latex foam. As with all truly natural products, Dunlop latex may occasionally have some slight imperfections here and there. The more natural Dunlop process is expensive and therefore the Dunlop latex products will tend to cost slightly more than their Talalay counterparts. This is the reason so many manufacturers and sales outlets do not offer Dunlop Latex options.
Dunlop Latex Mattresses, Toppers and Pillows
At Absolute Comfort on Sale, all of our 100% Natural Latex is produced using the Dunlop Process. We also carry blended latex produced by the Talalay method in certain mattresses and pillows elsewhere on our website. We clearly state which product is which: All Dunlop Latex is marked as "Natural Latex" or "100% Natural Latex". The talalay products are marked as "talalay latex" or simply as "latex". We offer Free Shipping within the Continental USA on all our products and a 30-Day Trial Period on most products.
Delivery: Absolute Comfort on Sale will expedite all Latex orders. Pillows and Topper orders placed by noon EST normally ship by FedEx Ground the next business day. Mattresses are custom made and will take 2 – 3 weeks to ship to you by common carrier. When your Dunlop Latex Mattresses, Toppers, or Pillows are shipped you will receive email notification of the shipping date, tracking number, and estimated date of arrival at your home. We can offer this service whether you order by telephone, fax or email; all we need is a correct email address.
We offer Free Shipping on all Dunlop Latex orders shipped to destinations within the Continental USA. We will gladly ship to any worldwide destination. Please ask for a shipping quote.
30 Day Trial: All of our Latex Products come with our 30 Night Trial. If you find that your pillow, topper, or mattress isn't exactly what you expected, please call 800-508-1008 for Return Authorization. We recommend that you first try the product for a couple of weeks, as 100% Natural Latex has a different feel from other sleep products – and most people are very happy with that. Return Shipping charges to our warehouse are the customer's responsibility.