What is Talalay and Dunlop Latex?

Here at Well Living Shop, we’ve done extensive research on the best organic, all natural products for our customer to have a comfortable night’s sleep.

Our research boils down to organic and natural latex.

It’s breathable, hypoallergenic, and provides ample support for the spine. More importantly, it is much more chemically safe than any other products with polyurethane or memory foam on the market.

Latex is a milky liquid that comes naturally from a rubber tree. It turns into latex by two main methods: Talalay and Dunlop.

Which is better depends on individual preferences—there are pros and cons to both depending on needs.

Dunlop Talalay
How was it founded?
In 1929 (UK), A research scientist working at Dunlop Tyre and Rubber Company accidently discovered that mixing together and heating soap, gelling agents, and liquid latex would create a latex foam. Consequently, this method is time-tested for reliability. In 2935 (Russia), Ansil, Leon, and Joseph Talalay reinvented the latex rubber products.This new engineering method has created a more consistent texture through improvement and evolution of the older method.
After the liquid from the rubber tree has been extracted, it is whipped and frothed, placed into a mold, and baked steam.

This is a simpler and less expensive method to manufacture.

Talalay uses a similar formula for Dunlop, except it also includes a vacuum and deep freeze immediate after results in a more consistent cell structure after baked.

This method uses fewer raw materials for manufacturing.

Dunlop can feel more “dense” due to the firmer bottom layer.

During the baking process, sediments in the mixture “settle” towards the bottom, making it more firm towards the bottom.

Talalay has a more consistent texture of latex and may feel plushy when compressed.

Talalay latex can also elongate more due to a better tensile strength.

Air Circulation
Dense foam tends to have less air circulation within latex—however the conveniently larger pinholes balance air circulation. Talalay tends to be breathable, making it an excellent choice for those who sleeps “hot” in combination with the smaller pinholes.
Bouncy or Springy
Customers have reported Dunlop is more bouncy and buoyant since it doesn’t feel like they are “sinking.”

They reported it feels like they are “floating” on air.

Customers reported Talalay is springy, easily bounces back when folded or compressed.They also reported Talalay latex to be lighter and softer to sink into.
The lower firmer portion of Dunlop latex creates a higher support factor. Comparing Talalay with the same density and size of the Dunlop, Talalay does tend to be much softer and springier. However, our firmer Talalay can also provide the support when needed.
Sleeping Positions
Customers have said they prefer Dunlop latex as it provides more higher support on pressure points.

Some of our customers state that they prefer this pillow and mattress especially if they are a side sleeper. As it’s easier to switch positions without “sinking” in throughout the night. Again, this all depends on preference.

This tends to be the most preferred comfort layer of a pillow.

It’s consistently soft texture will feel plushy and completely conform to the head and neck, making it perfect for back sleepers.

The firmness variations can offer different support levels for the ideal comfort.