For some time, there has been a lagging controversy between the Dunlop and Talalay latex processing method.
What do Talalay and Dunlop refer to?
Although some uninformed “professionals” might list the two as being different types of latex, in reality Talalay and Dunlop refer to the process used to make the latex – not the latex itself. Both methods originate from the same rubber compound.
In the Dunlop method, liquid latex is whipped into a froth then poured into a mold and heated to create the foam.
In the Talalay process, the latex is also whipped and poured into a mold. The difference is that the mold is filled partially then sealed with vacuum pressure to cause the mold to fill out. The latex is then flash frozen and heated.
So which is better?
In terms of owner satisfaction, both methods rate fairly similar. Both can produce comfortable, durable mattresses. Both can come in a wide range of firmness options from soft to firm.
Dunlop is typically seen as more supportive and durable since it’s a denser product, while Talalay as more contouring.
The process of creating Talalay latex is more expensive, so it typically costs more than Dunlop.
The other point of difference is that Talalay latex layers are glued together to create mattress-sized sheets, while dunlop is not. Some may find the glue uncomfortable, or may wish to limit potential chemicals in the mattress.
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