Dunlop vs Talalay Latex Pillows

If you have been looking into buying a latex pillow you will have noticed there are two main forms of latex used in mattresses and pillows;

Dunlop and Talalay.

Both go through a similar manufacturing process, and both are excellent materials for comfortable, durable, and supportive pillows.

Talalay goes through a longer process and is the more expensive of the two. As you can probably guess, it is therefore better quality generally speaking and worth looking at if your budget allows.

What Does Dunlop Latex Feel Like?

The texture of Dunlop latex is very dense. It’s responsive to weight and the contours of your body, kind of like a firm memory foam. But it’s not bouncy like a rubber as some people think, being dense it’s more of a heavy sponge.

An interesting feature to Dunlop latex is that the underside tends to be firmer than the top, typically speaking. This is because during the manufacturing process the heaviest materials in the mixture sinks to the bottom.

What Does Talalay Latex Feel Like?

Talalay latex has a softer feel than Dunlop. Obviously, you can choose different firmness pillows, so soft, medium, and firm, but each will be softer than their Dunlop equivalents.

There are a couple of extra steps in the manufacturing process compared to Dunlop. This gives the latex a much smoother and consistent feel, it’s reflected in a slightly higher price point, but worth every penny for the superior feel.

Dunlop vs Talalay Comparison

Here are some aspects of each type of latex and how they stack up against each other.

 DunlopTalalay
FirmnessFirmSoft to Firm
Overall ConsistencyAverageGood
SupportGoodAverage
ConformingAverageVery Good
PriceLess ExpensiveMore Expensive

Which Latex Pillow Is Best for You?

This is the million dollar question, and it’s not really one I can answer for you. I always lean towards Talalay as it’s a better quality form of latex, but it’s not suitable for everyone and won’t be the most comfortable for everyone.

If you can test out both types of latex in a pillow to give it the feel test this is the best way to tell. Otherwise, if you’re buying online you can go by reviews and feedback. I usually buy online, if you do your research it’s usually just fine.