Please note: upgrades to Ecosa’s mattress design have meant it now doesn’t include latex foam. Instead, Ecosa have replaced this layer with their ECO-Tex memory foam, which they say is bouncy like latex, only breathable with greater bounce.
Latex mattresses have become increasingly popular over the years, as sleepers search for alternatives to spring and memory foam. Naturally bouncy, responsive, cooling, and breathable, latex mattresses are relatively easy to produce. They are also considered more environmentally-friendly, as natural latex is readily available. Authentic latex foam is made by reducing liquid latex from a rubber tree to a condensed state. Then, the latex is mixed with air to create a responsive foam with spring and support.
A quality latex mattress uses this type of foam. Although manufactured and blended latex exists, the authentic product is known to be healthier. Synthetic latex often releases an off-gassing smell, although it does disappear after a few days. Both materials provide a similar feel, but 100% latex can be much more expensive. Mattresses made from all-natural latex often cost several thousand dollars, while latex blends are priced around $1,000. No matter the material, all latex mattress should also provide contour, support, and deep pressure relief. While latex is best as a top or middle mattress layer, it cannot support sleepers by itself. This is why memory foam, high-density foam, and springs are also included in latex designs.
Sleepers who need more bounce than a traditional memory foam design should consider latex. It’s also a good choice for people who worry about a product’s environmental impact, although these sleepers should opt for natural latex materials. If you want to move away from an innerspring design, but find memory foam too firm, a latex mattress may be right for you.
Why the Ecosa Mattress?
Weighing the above factors, we believe the best latex mattress is the Ecosa. Featuring natural latex and a customisable design, it lets you adjust the firmness level for the perfect feel. You can choose from a medium, medium-firm, or firm setting simply by switching the layers. This is a common feature in hybrid mattresses, but it’s rare in an all-foam design. Ecosa also uses memory and high-density foam for pressure relief and support.
Another factor that sets the Ecosa apart is the innovative mattress cover. It has a micro-filament inner cover that prevents 99% of dust mites and allergens from entering the foam layer. Also, this fabric is 100% waterproof and breathable. Surrounding this fabric a removable, soft double-knitted polyester cover. Plus, there is a fire-resistant woven silica sock between the outer and inner covers. This contributes to the Ecosa’s overall quality and thoughtful latex design.
See our Ecosa mattress review for more details.
Also worth considering
While researching, we also found the Onebed is another suitable latex mattress. Also recommended in our firm mattress category, it’s made of Dunlop latex, memory foam, and high-density support foam. Although the firmness cannot be adjusted, it’s highly-rated by many back and side sleepers. Onebed ships free across Australia and has a generous 125-day trial period.
See our Onebed mattress review for more details.