The hassle of brick-and-mortar mattress stores is over. In the modern age, it is easier than ever to buy mattresses online, and generous trial periods allow customers to buy and try until they find the best fit.
Once they’ve found it, the question of disposal comes up. Traditional mattress types have a lifespan of about 5-7 years, but the latex mattress is rated for 25 years. You’ll never be happier that you made the switch and rid yourself of the hassle of mattress disposal. The caveat is weight.
Latex mattresses are more durable and long-lasting, which means they’re denser and heavier than traditional mattress types, thus making set up a more intensive chore. Fortunately, the mattress material, which also contributes to durability and other aspects, provides excellent airflow and cooling.
In this list, we’ve compiled the 10 best latex mattresses that can be bought online.
Each of these materials has benefits and drawback, but ultimately all three provide the same basic function you’re looking for in a latex mattress.
GhostBed makes a number of furniture products, but their mattress is their primary selling point. The GhostBed mattress is a hybrid mattress that combines memory foam and two densities of latex and advertises superiority at the best price. As far as pricing goes, it is cheaper than all-latex mattresses but more expensive when compared to other hybrids.
GhostBed advertises itself as the cheapest, highest quality gel and latex mattress available. It’s multi-layer approach really proves to be the best generalist mattress, providing a solid dense foam base, a thick foam core, a little latex, and a little gel cooled foam. It has a 20-year warranty, 100-night sleep trial, and free returns.
Multiple customers have complained that the bed is made from cheap materials that deform within a year, and that GhostBed has done everything it can to keep them from being able to get a refund on their mattress.
The bed also suffers from a specialization problem, not being really bad or really good in any area. Several customers have complained about soreness after prolonged use, as well.
Spindle is the result of 4 generations of mattress makers taking their business online.
The Spindle all natural latex mattress is a Dunlop-processed 3-layer nine-inch latex mattress. For an all natural latex mattress, it's a modest price, in comparison to other models online and on this list.
The Spindle has three 3 inch layers of Dunlop natural latex, putting it on the firmer side as far as mattresses go. It also has an organic wool mattress case filling, produced and harvested under Eco-Wool guidelines. The case itself is made from organic cotton to give you great bounce and flexibility all while being sustainable and washable too.
PlushBeds prides themselves and their mattresses on being the purest, most sustainable mattresses on the market and happily display their many certifications on their website.
The PlushBeds all natural Dunlop latex mattress is, by many comparisons, very functionally similar to the Spindle. The PlushBeds mattress is also approximately the same price at the same height.
This mattress has a very large number of certifications regarding the sustainable sourcing and use of its materials. It comes in 3 layers like the Spindle, with a very similar construction. It comes in both medium and firm densities and can be set to 9, 10, or 12 inches available at any size, making it very customizable at the cost of a significantly increased price. It also has a 25-year warranty and a 100 night trial period.
Customers have complained about the excessive weight and the bulky construction making it difficult to transport, although this is typical of all latex mattresses. Some customers have reported that the mattress is a fair bit softer than they expected, and needed to be altered to their specific firmness needs. Also, some customers have received covers made of a cheap polyester that has been reported to be rough and wear out quickly.
Lucid makes it a point to specifically craft multiple mattresses that have specific qualities such as firmness, cooling, back sleeping, and more. The Lucid 10-inch latex foam mattress, in that context, is made specifically to be on the firmer side while still conferring the qualities of latex like open cell pinhole cooling. As far as hybrids go, the Lucid is on the cheap side.
The Lucid latex foam mattress is 10 inches total in height, and the top 3 inches are natural latex. This is beneficial in the context of a firm mattress because you get the contouring and coolness of the latex with the firmness of the dense foam. The shorter height makes this bed good for use in a wide variety of contexts including guest and dorm rooms.
Customers have complained that the bed has a sinking problem, although this has been a mixed response as other customers have commented that this bed is actually firmer than they expected. Customers have also complained about the customer service at Lucid, specifically that the company looks for any reason to void the warranty.
The Ultimate Dream latex mattress is manufactured and distributed by DreamFoam, a company that advertises itself as having the most customizable mattresses on the market. They promise that after every mattress purchase an expert will get in touch with the customer to hash out the finer details and truly personalize the mattress. The UltimateDream is their 10-inch latex-foam hybrid which, as hybrids generally do, tries to be a good generalist. It is an average price for a hybrid.
Talalay latex is used to create a plush top layer, while the dense foam underneath offers great support. As far as hybrid generalist mattresses go, this one seems to be the most simple and effective for what it is meant for, which is a medium firmness. By selecting the ‘Ask Chuck’ option, you can work out the exact details about the mattress and get one that is fully personalized. It also has a 120-night trial.
This mattress lacks some of the springiness expected from latex, but it is advertised as plush so if you want a softer mattress that may not be a big deal. Many customers have complained that the mattress breaks down after a year or so and then needs to be replaced. Because it is a heavy mattress, and DreamFoam is not keen to replace sold mattresses, this can be a hassle.
Pure Green is the brand of natural latex mattress material sold by the Sleep On Latex company, who began in 2013 and are now one of America’s largest retail latex mattress manufacturers. The Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress is their premier natural latex mattress. In comparison to other all natural latex mattresses on this list, it is a bit cheaper.
The Pure Green is one of the better mattresses on this list for motion isolation and overall softness. The Pure Green is also in just one to two layers and is unrolled and allowed to inflate in order to assemble, making it much easier than other models to get up and running. Many customers have complimented Sleep On Latex for their fast shipping, as well.
With these types of mattresses, there isn’t much of a check-and-balance system for determining what is ‘soft’ and firm’ so there is some inconsistency. Some customers have been impressed by the reality of the truly organic wool case, and have commented that it had a bit of a ‘barn’ smell. As per usual with all natural latex, it is very heavy.
Avocado Green makes sustainable, all natural Dunlop latex hybrid mattresses that are hybridized with coiled springs. The Avocado Green Mattress is their prime mattress, decidedly firm, that can be upgraded for significantly more plushness at a higher price. As far as all natural Dunlop latex mattresses go, this one is about average.
This mattress doesn't try to be a generalist. It does have 1400 steel coils that provide support on the base layer, but it is made mostly of natural Dunlop latex and advertises as a somewhat firm mattress best for back and stomach sleepers. It can be upgraded for a third more in price to include about 2 extra inches of plush natural latex to appeal to side sleepers. They also come with a 25 year warranty.
Many customer have complained that, even with the pillow top, the mattress is still too firm to sleep on ones side. There has also been an issue with mattresses being taken to landfills, so if you're eco-minded and you wanted them to donate the mattress like it says on their website, you may be disappointed. The weight is even higher than the average natural Dunlop latex mattress, as well.
Zenhaven makes some of the most technologically advanced mattresses on the market. Their all natural latex mattress is Talalay-produced, making it more plush overall, and each section is specifically designed. The intensive manufacturing process that has gone into the mattress makes it somewhat more expensive than other options.
This mattress has a number of unique features to it. Firstly, it has five distinct ‘zones’ where the pinhole size is different, lengthwise along the mattress, which offers unique support to various areas of the body. It has a dense Talalay natural latex core to provide support, and has options for firmness or a much more plush feel. Because of its design, even after you chose the plush or firm option, you can flip the mattress and get a more plush or more firm side, relative to your choice. It also has a 20 year warranty and a 120 night trial.
This mattress is far more plush that any other mattress on this list, and if you're looking for a firmer mattress this one probably won't work for you. It’s also a fair bit more expensive than any other mattress on this list, owing to its complex construction. As usual, it's quite heavy and will be difficult to move.
Linenspa advertises ‘less for more’, creating decently priced hybrids with ‘more’ support and comfort. Their 10 Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress combines a coil base with a foam core and a plush latex top. As far as hybrids go price-wise it's on the lower end.
Unlike most latex hybrids, Linenspa actually advertises that their latex is synthetic, so you know what you're getting. The addition of coils to this hybrid provides superior support over the latex-foam only hybrids. The coils also provide superior motion isolation over other hybrids. The foam-coil dynamic contributes to better edge stability, as well.
The bed is mostly coils and is therefore quite firm for a latex hybrid. It’s synthetic latex, which means there is a possibility for off-gassing to occur. There have been several complaints about the middle sinking in, as well. Some customers have received mattresses that were far softer than they expected and some farm firmer, highlighting the problem with vague labeling plaguing latex mattresses and hybrids.
Sunrising Bedding prides itself on transparency about every aspect of its mattresses. Where their made, China, how much they cost to make, how they’re made. Everything you want to know about their mattresses, you can easily find out, barring some discreet manufacturing techniques that make their mattresses unique. Their Talalay all natural latex is mixed with settle coils to provide plush and comfort. As far as hybrids go, they’re average price.
This mattress is a latex-coil hybrid, like the Avocado Green, and benefits from the same support. However, Sunrising uses Talalay latex, making it more plush on top than Avocado Green while still offering the support of the coils. The coil-latex hybridization allows the mattress to be significantly cheaper than other mattresses that use Talalay-produced latex. It comes with a 20-year warranty and offers a 20 day free trial so you can try it before you pay anything.
When buying a mattress online, research is necessary. Know what you need based on your weight and sleep position, and refer to this list and your own research about what you need in a mattress. What kind of latex do you want? Do you want a hybrid? Are you willing to pay more for natural vs synthetic latex? These are all important questions that I hope we were able to answer, so that on your next sojourn into the mattress market, you’re more prepared and more satisfied by the outcome.