Here at New Living, customers are often curious about the latex component of our mattresses. One of the most common questions relates to the two different ways to process latex: Dunlop and Talalay.

These two types of latex are similar , but have different feels and manufacturing processes. One is not better than the other but they are different. Dunlop latex cores are the most basic. The rubber tree is tapped and the sap is poured into a centrifuge to mix the liquid latex to create consistency. The latex is then poured onto a mold containing evenly spaced cylinders and then steam baked. Naturally, denser sediments sink to the bottom of the mold. Therefore, one side of the latex core tends to be slightly firmer than the other.

Talalay is a more complex process than Dunlop by adding more steps. Once the liquid latex is mixed in a centrifuge and poured, a vacuum moves over top of the liquid latex to remove any air bubbles or imperfections. The cylinders within the mold are injected with CO2 to flash freeze the mold. This helps to keep consistency and prevent denser sediments from sinking to the bottom.

Due to the extra steps in production, the Talalay latex core is  often slightly more expensive than Dunlop latex core. Sleepers looking for a cushier feel may prefer the Talalay because of its core consistency. Nevertheless, one is not superior to the other, only production differs and customer preference concerning firmness. All PureBliss latex, Royal Pedic latex ,and OMI latex mattresses (with the exception of the OMI Cascade) use the Talalay process. New Living also sells several Dunlop mattresses.

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