THE BEST LATEX MATTRESS FOR YOUR SLEEPING POSITION
Choosing the right mattress can seem a little overwhelming at first. However, you can narrow down the options quite quickly with some guidance. First, we will break it into three main sections – your sleeping style, firmness preference, and organic latex mattress construction. We will then bring it all together with our curated mattress selections.
YOUR PRIMARY SLEEPING POSITION
There is some debate on what the best sleeping position is. However, we focus on fitting a mattress to you rather than some ideal that may never happen. Therefore, the first aspect to consider is your primary sleeping position. Typically, side sleepers should choose a softer option; back sleepers should go more in the mid-range, and stomach sleepers should choose something firmer. Still, people rarely stay in a static place throughout the night, so you may also consider your secondary sleeping positions.
YOUR FIRMNESS PREFERENCE
Some people just like a firmer or softer mattress regardless of sleeping position. Thankfully, organic latex rubber is supportive at all different firmness levels, allowing you to choose a bed based on your preferred comfort level.
LATEX MATTRESS CONSTRUCTION 101
The most common way of making latex rubber is in 6" moulds (Standard). Sometimes, it gets made in a thinner mould, but a solid moulded piece is never thicker than 6". Consequently, that became the basis of the traditional core and topper technique of building a latex mattress (Classic). The issue with old-school latex mattresses is that they had fewer comfort options and tended to be quite firm. However, there are a few things you can do a few things to make it more comfortable.
The first part is altering the density of the latex used as less dense is softer. But, simply using lower densities is often not enough to maximize pressure relief. There are two reasons for this. First, organic latex has a minimum density required for structural stability. In layman's terms, you can't make it too soft. Second, even the softer cores can be too firm to sink into them. Those thicker base layers reflect your body closer to the surface regardless of density or softness.
To take the next step in comfort, you must incorporate several thinner layers, as thinner latex layers are softer than thicker ones. They also help bridge the gap between layers. These comfort and transition layers allow for more pressure relief and a smoother overall feel. To effectively incorporate these thinner layers, you need to build thicker mattresses based on the 6" core (Unison) or make the bed entirely from thinner layers (Hevean). If all else is equal, thicker latex mattresses made from more layers are softer than thinner mattresses made from fewer layers.
BEST MATTRESSES SIDE SLEEPERS
HEVEAN: MEDIUM LAYERING
UNISON: MEDIUM-FIRM LAYERING
One of the primary benefits of organic Dunlop latex rubber is that it's soft to the touch while remaining incredibly supportive. This natural elasticity makes it an ideal mattress material for side sleepers as you can get pressure relief in your shoulders and hips while maintaining proper back support. However, although latex rubber is the perfect material for side sleepers, it doesn't mean any latex mattress will work. You need an expertly designed layering system to achieve the right balance of comfort and support, and you can only accomplish that by building thicker mattresses out of multiple layers.
Side & Back combo sleepers are the most common of any sleeping style. Typically you would want to fit the mattress to the predominant sleeping style while still ensuring it works for your secondary position when you inevitably shift in the middle of the night. The Hevean layering provides a smoother top-to-bottom feel with more nuance and adjustability. The Unison has a plusher top and a firmer base for those looking for that softer surface feel without sinking too deep into the mattress.
All other sleepers envy back sleepers as they can sleep on virtually any sleeping surface. They don't require high levels of pressure relief like side sleepers or the stout firmness stomach sleepers require. Any mattress can work. It's really about personal preference, and most back sleepers tend to reside in the mid-range - erring on the side of firm - of the mattress firmness spectrum. Firm mattresses are also the easiest to construct and come in various thicknesses and layering styles. Soft on top and firm below, soft-less multi-layer smoothness or cascading firmness levels provide different degrees of comfort, depending on your preferences.
All different sleeping styles can prefer a firmer mattress, but we would typically only recommend them for back or stomach sleepers as the vast majority of side sleepers would find these too firm. The thicker 6" cores are the key to achieving the firmer feels sought by Back and Stomach sleepers, and you also want to avoid going too thick as additional layers add softness regardless of density.
Most sleep experts wouldn't recommend that you sleep on your stomach, but if you do, you want as firm of a mattress as possible. We don't recommend any extra layering and advise using just our firmest latex core and nothing else.