The Pure Talalay Bliss Advantage
Even though they’re both latex, there are significant differences between our Talalay Latex and Dunlop Latex (Latex Light). They’re manufactured using different processes; it takes 14 hours to make a Talalay Latex mattress core, but less than one hour to make a Dunlop mattress core.
But the most important differences are benefits to you. Here are six ways Talalay Latex better serves you:
Talalay Latex is FOUR TIMES more breathable than Dunlop Process Latex. Why? Talalay Latex is aerated and has a large cell structure. Dunlop Latex is denser latex and has a small cell structure.
- Pressure Relief
Talalay Latex is 33% more pressure relieving than Dunlop Latex. Why? The vacuum process used in making Talalay Latex allows for the latex to stretch like the rubber in a rubber band so it allows your body to sink in. Dunlop Latex is a poured process that creates latex which is less flexible. The rubber is more like the rubber in an eraser.
Talalay Latex is 3 TIMES more resilient than Dunlop Latex. Why? The Talalay Latex process creates a round cell structure. As the latex is compressed, a round cell structure does not break itself down. The Dunlop Process creates a snowflake cell structure. As you might imagine, as you compress a snowflake cell structure, the material breaks down.
Talalay Latex is the same feel at the top of the Latex as the bottom. Dunlop process latex is softer on top and firmer on the bottom. Why? The Talalay process uses flash freezing that prevents the particles from settling after curing. Because there is no freezing in the Dunlop process, particles setting in the latex during curing creating firmness on the bottom.
Talalay Latex can wash out more proteins (which is a primary cause of latex allergies) than Dunlop Latex. Why? The Talalay Latex process uses a five-stage fresh water rinse process.
Talalay Latex provides not only pressure relief, but also support. Why? Talalay Latex is a two dimensional material. It offers support and pressure relief. Dunlop Process Latex is a one-dimensional material. It primarily offers pressure relief similar to foam.
It’s important to be able to discern a “latex mattress” from a “mattress with latex in it.” A lot of mattresses categorized as “latex mattresses” are not. Many contain very little latex (less than 25%) and the design of the mattress either waters down the benefits of latex or dilutes them all together. The law label is a great guide to understand the latex content in any brand mattress. The more latex in a mattress, the more support, pressure relief, durability, and resilience it offers.
Both Talalay Latex and Memory Foam are marketed as the premium mattress materials, but they are very different.
- Talalay Latex is a rubber. Memory Foam is a foam, which doesn't provide both support and pressure relief.
- Talalay Latex rubber is a natural material derived from the rubber tree. Memory foam is a synthetic material and is a petroleum-based product.
- Talalay Latex rubber has a breathable design and cell structure that provides a temperature neutral environment. Memory foam is a dense material, which needs heat to activate its pressure relieving quality. It usually sleeps warmer.
- You “sleep on” Talalay Latex rubber and it has an uplifting effect. You “sleep in” memory foam which provides a “sinking” effect.
- Talalay Latex rubber is a two dimensional material. It is both supportive by being uplifting and is also pressure relieving. Most memory foam mattresses use memory foam in the pressure relief layer and traditional poly foam in the support layer.
- Talalay Latex rubber is “bottomless.” Even when you lay on your side, your body does not “bottom out” into a hard layer in the mattress or on the foundation. Memory foam allows you to bottom out onto what is underneath it.
- Talalay Latex rubber is a fast response material. When you move, it immediately responds to your new position. Memory foam is a slow response material.
- Talalay Latex rubber is hypoallergenic and does not off-gas. Memory foam is a petroleum-based product.
- Talalay Latex rubber is extremely durable. Because it is vulcanized, it is the most resilient material available in a mattress.
- Talalay Latex rubber is inherently antibacterial and antifungal.
Health Benefits of Talalay Latex
The difference is in the chemicals. Many mattress adhesives contain a variety of toxic chemicals. Solvent-based adhesives have 48 toxic chemicals in them and only one non-toxic chemical and one natural material (water). You spend about 1/3 of your year in bed, so it's important to know what you're sleeping on.
Solvent-based mattress adhesives are filled with 48 toxic chemicals and foam has an additional 7. A Pure Talalay Bliss mattress is just that, pure. Our Talalay Latex beds are made with water-based adhesives and contain 6 non-toxic chemicals (acrylate resins, diphenyl diisocyanate, Phenol-melamine resins, Phenol-urea, Polyvinyl acetate and waxes styrene- butadiene copolymer) and 3 natural materials (fats, hevea brasiliensis milk, and water.)
Our experience is that the majority of people who have a diagnosed latex allergy are able to sleep on a Talalay Latex bed because their allergy is topical, meaning there is only a reaction when their skin comes into direct contact with the latex. A person sleeping on a Pure Talalay Bliss mattress won't come into direct contact with the latex because it is covered by four layers:
- A sheet
- A mattress protector
- A 400+ gram weight mattress cover, which consists of three layers of fabric under that on every Pure Talalay Bliss bed
- A fire retardant layer
Many people are allergic to the proteins in latex. Since Talalay Latex Rubber is rinsed five times in the manufacturing process, the proteins get washed away. Dunlop Latex is only rinsed one time, so it leaves more proteins behind.
Pure Talalay Bliss uses Oeko-Tex certified Talalay Latex and fabrics in all of our mattresses. All of our Talalay Latex is manufactured by Talalay Global in Shelton, CT, USA. Our fabrics are manufactured by Bekaert Fabrics in NC.
Oeko-Tex Association is an independent, third-party certifier. Oeko-Tex certification is widely recognized in most of Europe. It’s awareness in the United States is rising.
The Oeko-Tex 100 standard is concerned primarily with health and safety of textile products.
Textiles considered for this standard are classified into four categories listed below. Our Talalay Latex is certified for Class I.
- Product Class I: Products for Babies – all textile products and materials used to manufacture such textile products for children up to the age of 36 months (leather clothing is excepted)
- Product Class II: Products with Direct Contact to Skin – worn articles of which a large surface touches the skin (i.e. underwear, shirts, pants)
- Product Class III: Products without Direct Contact to Skin – articles of which only a small part of their surface touches the skin (i.e. linings, stuffings)
- Product Class IV: Decoration Material – this may also be thought of as housewares, as this category includes table cloths, wall coverings, furnishing fabrics, curtains, upholstery fabrics, floor coverings, and mattresses.
Textile products bearing the Oeko-Tex 100 certification mark are:
- Textiles that do not contain allergenic dye-stuffs and dye stuffs that form carcinogenic arylamines of the MAK-groups III A1 and III A2 (see the Oeko-Tex website for a list of chemicals included in these groups).
- Textiles that had been tested for pesticides and chlorinated phenoles.
- Textiles that have been tested for the release of heavy metals under artificial perspiration conditions.
- Textiles free from formaldehyde or containing trace amounts significantly lower than the required legal limits.
- Textiles with a skin friendly pH.
- Textiles free from chloro-organic carriers.
- Textiles for garments free from biologically active finishes.
Sleeping on a Pure Talalay Bliss mattress is a life-changing experience. Unlike other mattresses, Pure Talalay Bliss mattresses allow your muscles to relax by providing uplifting support and a pressure-less feel. Many describe it as being the same sense of floating, being suspended. It is a difference you can feel.
Relaxing your muscles helps relieve stress, manage anxiety, ease stiffness, control blood pressure and boost immunity. Chronic muscle tension uses up energy, which can make you fatigue easier during the day and even lead to insomnia.
Environmental Benefits of Talalay Latex
Talalay Latex Rubber is produced by Talalay Global and is manufactured in CT. The manufacturing process does not use solvents and does not damage the ozone layer. Talalay Global’s Talalay Latex is certified by Oeko-Tex (Europe’s highest environmental consumer product standard) to be free of harmful substances or chemicals.
- Talalay Latex Rubber is made using an eco-friendly production method.
The Talalay process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw materials: natural latex, air and water. Latex is a rubber-based material that comes from the tropical hevea brasiliensis tree. These trees have a 25 year productive life and they have a strong effect on the environment as they quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help reduce greenhouse emissions.
- Talalay Latex Rubber is made with energy and water conservation in mind.
- Energy: Talalay Global’s manufacturing automation optimizes energy usage for the molding stage (freezing and vulcanization portion) of the Talalay process. The state of the art factory in Shelton, CT, USA also features energy efficient lighting.
- Water: Talalay Global has engineered its multi-stage washer to minimize the amount of water consumed.
How to Shop for a Talalay Latex Mattress
- Find a mattress with the proper level of spinal alignment support for your body. When you lie on your back, there should not be space between your lower back and your mattress.
- Find a mattress with the proper level of pressure relief for your body. When you lie on your side, you should not feel any pressure to your shoulder or hip.
- Look for a mattress that isolates motion from one side of the mattress to the other. Take your partner shopping with you. Lie on the mattress together and have your partner toss and turn. The more you feel the mattress jiggle, the more fragmented your sleep is likely to be.
- The pillow matters. Shop with your own pillow or a pillow you can purchase from the store. Most display pillows on mattress store floors are inadequate to properly test a mattress.
- Take your time. Once you have narrowed your choice to a few mattresses, spend some time on the mattresses. Be sure they are a match for you.
The Important Questions
Shopping for Talalay Latex beds can sometimes be confusing. Not all latex mattresses are the same – in fact, some aren’t even really latex! It’s important to compare the various models to make sure you’re getting the one you want. Here are five key questions to ask that will make shopping simple.
- Is this a Talalay Latex mattress?
- How many inches of Talalay Latex rubber is in the mattress?
There are 11” mattresses with 3 inches of latex in them (and the remainder foam or other things) and there are 11” mattresses with 11” of latex in the mattress, like a Pure Talalay Bliss mattress. There is a huge difference between the two, both from a construction and a benefit standpoint.
- What kind of latex is used: Talalay or Dunlop?
Talalay Latex Rubber is made in a vacuum mold that both freezes and vulcanizes the material and requires over 14 hours to manufacture. The Talalay process produces a circular cell structure. Dunlop latex is latex that is manufactured like foam on a line and takes less than one hour to make and produces a snowflake cell structure.
- Where is the Talalay Latex made?
Talalay Latex made in the United States is superior to other processes around the world. There is only one other Talalay manufacturer in the world; they are located in Europe. Talalay Global, based in Shelton, CT, is the largest manufacturer. If another company claims they manufacture Talalay, make sure you research further because it may very well NOT be Talalay at all.
- Where is the Talalay Latex in the mattress?
The closer the Talalay Latex is to the surface of the mattress, the healthier the mattress. If there is anything on top of the Talalay Latex in the construction, the bed will not be as breathable.
- It offers “bottomless” pressure relief for your body. Whether you are on your back or side, you will have less pressure on more inches of Talalay Latex. Did you know when you lay on your side, your shoulders and hips have 7 times more pressure on them than when you lay on your back? Pressure relief is important to your muscles and it keeps the blood flowing to your extremities so you don’t have numb fingers, hands and arms. But more importantly, your body responds to pressure by moving during the night which will likely lessen the quality of your sleep.
- It offers “uplifting” support for your body. Your body needs support. It needs it for ideal body alignment and ideal spinal alignment. The benefit of good support is good posture. We love the phrase, better posture at night equals better posture during the day. Talalay Latex Support Cores offer an effect that is not found with coil beds, poly core beds or memory foam beds. Talalay Latex is uplifting and it is also pressure relieving. All other materials in a mattress are either one or the other, but not both. Most people think they need a firm bed, but that is only partially true. They need a bed with strong support, but they also need a bed that offers pressure relief on top of that. Firm on the bottom and soft on top is probably a more ideal formula. All of our beds are designed with that in mind.
- It offers a “resilient” natural rubber construction. Most people want a mattress to last a long time. It is a big investment. Simply put, you can buy an $1,000 mattress three times over the years or you can buy one $3,000 mattress and have it last 15 years. Talalay Latex is incredibly resilient. The easiest way to understand that Talalay Latex lasts longer is to understand that Talalay Latex is a rubber not a poly foam. Rubber is more resilient. It’s the nature of the material.
- It is Healthy By Design
- It is naturally breathable so it dissipates body heat
- It is naturally mold and mildew resistant so it may help your sneezing and wheezing
- It is naturally dust mite resistant if you have asthma
- It is inherently antibacterial and antifungal
- It is naturally hypoallergenic so it doesn’t off-gas
- It is naturally motion isolating so you will feel less of your partners movement
- It is a Pure Design. Because we don’t quilt the top of the mattress, don’t use fiber in the top of the mattress, and don’t use foam in the top of the mattress, consumers get all the healthy benefits of Talalay Latex.
Like a new car, a new Pure Talalay Bliss mattress will come with a “new bed” smell. That is completely normal. The smell from natural Latex Rubber is completely non-toxic. We use latex-glue between the layers in your mattress, which is also non-toxic. The quicker your new mattress airs out, the sooner the “new bed” smell goes away.
Be assured a new mattress does not smell like rubber tires for your car, is not as intense and will definitely go away quicker. Most people will smell the rubber in their new mattress for about two weeks. More sensitive noses may smell it up to four to six weeks. The quickest way to have the “new bed” smell go away is to let the mattress air out. That means leaving your bed linens off the top of the mattress during the day. The smell from natural rubber is completely non-toxic and the water-based glue used between the layers of the mattress is also non-toxic.
The easiest way to know whether it is time to replace your mattress is to ask yourself how you slept last night. Although the Better Sleep Council recommends you replace your mattress every five to seven years, many people sleep on a mattress that doesn't fit them correctly. In this instance, you should replace your mattress even if it's not worn. If a mattress doesn't provide proper support for your body's spinal alignment, you will wake up in the morning with painful kinks and discomfort. You may also find yourself tossing and turning in the night due to pressure points caused by an incorrect number of relief layers on top of the mattress' support layer. Your mattress may also be too small!
No. A mattress is very much like shoes in this regard. A slight amount of indentation is normal just like where the heel of your foot sits in your shoes. Mattresses are supposed to be pressure relieving, which means that your mattress will naturally follow the shape of your body over time. You do not want your body conforming to your mattress; that would create pressure causing you to toss and turn and fragmenting your sleep.
Talalay Mattress Construction & Quality
The top layer of a mattress is the pressure relief layer. Relieving pressure points on the body is one of the most important roles of a mattress. With proper pressure relief and support, you are less likely to toss and turn, which allows you to stay in REM and deep sleep longer.
The top layer in all of our mattresses is Talalay Latex, not foam. Talalay Latex is up to 33% more pressure-relieving than conventional poly foam and fiber cushioning materials because it is more supportive and does not fully compress.
The center layer of a mattress is the support layer. This is the layer important to your bodyʼs spinal alignment. Without proper support, your back, hips and shoulders can work their way out of alignment during the night and you may wake feeling stiff, achy and tired.
The bottom layer of the mattress is the stabilization layer.
The reason why we call our brand “Pure” is because we don’t dilute the benefits of the Talalay Latex by topping it with fibers, quilting and foam like most mattresses do. By doing so, most, if not all, of the benefits of Talalay Latex Rubber are lost. We do not quilt the top of the mattress, use fiber, or use foams. Our design maximizes the benefits of Natural Talalay Latex Rubber:
- Naturally breathable which dissipates body heat
- Mold and mildew resistant which can provide an allergen free environment
- Dust mite resistant which can prevent runny noses, nasal congestion or asthma attacks caused by dust mite manifestation
- Inherently antibacterial and antifungal which may reduce the spread of bacteria
- Naturally hypoallergenic because it does not produce toxic off-gases
- Extremely resilient and durable
- Provides support and pressure relief
Yes. When we designed Pure Talalay Bliss, we loved the feel of a Talalay Latex Rubber Pillow Top and wanted to introduce it to the marketplace.
Our Pure Talalay Bliss Toppers are made entirely of Talalay Latex Rubber and guaranteed for 15 years with no more than a 1" impression. With our toppers you can have the pressure relief and comfort of a pillow top without the fear of it breaking down over time.
There are added benefits of buying a topper:
- It's a healthier sleep surface than traditional mattress brands
- It dissipates heat
- It is hypoallergenic
- It doesn't off-gas
- It is dust mite resistant
- It is mold and mildew resistant
- It is inherently antibacterial and antifungal
- It’s transportable
Pure Talalay Bliss uses 450-480 Gram Weight fabric on their beds. It is the heaviest gram weight, highest quality and most expensive fabric used across an entire line in the industry.
The fabric is made from the following:
- 20-45% Viscose (depending on the mattress model) which is 50% Natural. Viscose is made from viscous organic liquid. It is manufactured by dissolving pulp from wood, hemp or cotton fibers. Most would say that the cover is 21-23% Natural if you were comparing it to other fabrics. The Viscose is what makes the fabric so incredibly soft to the touch.
- 1-2% Spandex or Elastan (depending on mattress model.) The Spandex is what gives the fabric the ability to stretch so amazingly.
- 52-56% Rayon (A man made fiber generated from natural cellulose derived from wood pulp)
Pure Talalay Bliss uses Milliken’s Paladin product as an FR Barrier. The FR cover (the cover under the finished cover) is simply a woven polyester material that creates a fire retardant shell, that when burned, meet the US fire retardant requirements.
It consists of these two ingredients:
- Rayon (a man made fiber generated from natural cellulose derived from wood pulp)
- Silica (sand)
No topical or post treatments of chemicals are used on this product. Antimony Trioxide class 2B, which is a suspect carcinogen is not used.
Pure Talalay Bliss mattresses work well and are ideally suited to a variety of foundations including adjustable bed foundations, solid surface foundations, platform beds, and slat foundations with a solid top surface.
In fact, Talalay Latex mattresses work on the greatest variety of foundations of any mattress construction. Here is the reason why— the mattresses are made from Talalay Latex Rubber. Rubber is very resilient and durable because of its elongation properties.
Important Foundation Information; Pure Talalay Bliss mattresses are substantial in weight, and are designed to work on a solid, firm surface, not spring foundations or bases that are structurally not capable of supporting the weight of purchaser’s pure Talalay Bliss mattress. Pure Talalay Bliss may require purchaser to provide proof of the quality of the foundation, adjustable bed base, or bed frame used in conjunction with the mattress if purchaser makes a claim under this Limited Warranty. Therefore, if purchaser uses inappropriate foundations, box springs, adjustable bed bases, or inferior bed frames with the mattress, such use will void this limited warranty without limitation. **An appropriate bed frame must completely support the foundation as well.
Our recommended foundation partner is Ironwood Bedframes. Please contact them to discuss your needs.
The Do's and Do not's
Do give your mattress set time to “air out” upon removal from its plastic packaging, and dispose of all plastic packaging as soon as possible.
Do carry your mattress flat on its side. It’s easier to handle and you’ll be less likely to damage the mattress. If you must bend to get through a very tight spot for delivery, NEVER fold the mattress from side to side, only bend from head to foot if absolutely necessary and a very short period.
Do keep your mattress flat, Do Not store it in compressed or rolled state for shipping.
Do keep your bedding clean. We suggest using a mattress pad or mattress protector, especially if children will be using the bed.
Do replace the old foundation when purchasing a new mattress. An old foundation may not provide sufficient support. It may appear that your new mattress is sagging when it is really the foundation that supports the entire mattress.
Do use appropriate frame and center support for queen and king size sets. Using the right support frame will ensure that your warranty remains in effect.
Do spot clean as needed, and remember that the top cover panels on Pure Talalay Bliss mattresses and toppers are removable for washing if it’s absolutely necessary. We recommend using cold temperature setting for machine washing and air drying.
Do not place your mattress over a heating vent.
Do not PLACE YOUR MATTRESS NEAR OPEN FLAME OR EXPOSE TO FIRE. THIS MATTRESS IS NOT FLAME OR FIREPROOF, AND CAN IGNITE AND/OR BURN IF EXPOSED TO OPEN FLAME OR FIRE. WHEN IGNITED, SOME BEDDING MATERIAL CAN BURN RAPIDLY AND SMOKE AND HAZARDOUS GASES.
Do not smoke in bed. This mattress in manufactured as required by federal law to resist, but not necessarily eliminate, ignition by smoldering cigarettes.
Do not remove the FR barrier on your mattress, which is there due to federal laws, doing so WILL negate your warranty.
Do not leave heating pads on your mattress unattended.
Do not allow your mattress to get wet because some of the upholstery materials may compress. Protect it from water or other liquids.
Do not remove the law label or tag at the end on your mattress. This label serves as a means of identification to establish your right to the Limited Warranty.
Do not use dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress. These chemicals will damage some of the construction materials and will void the Limited Warranty.
All of our mattresses and toppers have washable zippered covers. You should always sleep on a clean sleep surface and use a mattress protector. Waterproof mattress protectors are best.
Wash only the top part (the fabric you sleep on) of the mattress and topper cover. It is likely only the top part needs to be laundered and the cover will clean better if it is the only thing in the load. Additionally, do not remove the fire retardant layer that is attached to the rubber.
Wash in cold water (handwash or delicate setting). Use regular detergent. Be careful not to use harsh stain removers or bleach. Regular laundry detergent will remove most stains if treated according to stain type (proteins, etc) Air-drying the cover is ideal, but you can use your dryer on its lowest heat setting. Do not over-dry the cover.
Contact us to purchase replacement covers.
No. Pure Talalay Bliss mattresses are built with the finest materials available and are truly maintenance free. They do not need to be flipped or rotated.