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Talalay vs Dunlop Latex

What’s The Difference Between Dunlop & Talalay?

Talalay and Dunlop use natural sap from the rubber tree to create their foam. Both begin by wiping the liquid latex extract into a froth. The froth is then injected into a mold to shape the foam. Here is where most of the similarities end.

The Dunlop process fills the mold to the top then bakes the mixture. After Baking, the foam is washed thoroughly to remove loose particles and other impurities. 

During the Talalay process, the mold is partially filled then vacuum-sealed. This causes expansion of the froth and fills the remainder of the mold. Latex is then flash frozen; pushing carbon dioxide through the latex. This solidifies the foam and and creates a more open, consistent cell structure. At this point, like Dunlop, the mold is put into an oven, baked and washed of impurities.

The Bottom Line

Talalay and Dunlop latex start out using similar processing methods. Both utilize a vulcanization process that transforms liquid latex into solid foam. However, talalay takes a few extra steps that are crucial to giving this foam it’s unique feel and characteristics. Pressurization and flash freezing are essential in creating an airier, fluffier foam. A great analogy often compares Dunlop to pound cake and Talalay to angel food cake. Talalay’s airier foam provides more body contouring comfort than Dunlop. That said, Dunlop is the denser of the two foams. Xtreme Mattress uses both Talalay & Dunlop to create unique comfort feels.  And because your purchasing from Xtreme Discount Mattress, you'll also pay 1/3 - 1/2 the price of our competitors. Shop our Latex line!