Latex is a great material for pillows as it’s extremely durable, offers superb support, feels soft to the touch yet is firm, and best of all provides a great night’s sleep. Latex is a natural material extracted from trees and plants, it’s hypoallergenic and one of the most eco-friendly options.
Latex offers a similar level of support as memory foam and also returns to its shape when not in use. It’s more durable and gives a firmer level of support however, and is likely a better option if you have any aches, pains, or injuries to look after.
The only real drawback and the reason latex pillows are not more popular is due to the cost in my opinion. They tend to be more expensive than other materials, but they are worth every penny as they give you a superior night’s sleep and health benefits.
Here are some of the benefits of latex pillows and what to look for when choosing one:
Latex Pillow Benefits
All types of latex are hypoallergenic. If you suffer from allergies and currently use a down or memory foam pillow you may be aggravating your allergies.
Try switching to a latex pillow and see if there is an improvement. Latex is mildew resistant and has antibacterial properties, they also repel dust mites.
If you are sensitive to chemical smells choose a natural latex pillow as they are odorless. Additionally, if you get hot in your sleep look for a pillow with airflow or a cool side.
Latex pillows hit the sweet spot between memory foam and a softer synthetic material. They bend with the weight of your head to support your contours, while being incredibly durable.
The bounce back into shape a lot faster than memory foam and most tend to be more supportive. They are typically a little firmer, but this is due to the added support which is a good thing.
They are long lasting which is a huge plus. Once you’re happy with your pillow it’s nice to keep it for a long time and not disrupt your sleeping position.
As I alluded to as being a comfortable pillow, latex also makes for very supportive pillows which can lead to improved sleep, better health, and fewer aches and pains.
They are firmer than memory foam pillows, but still mold with the shape of your head and neck and return to their original shape.
Ideal for both side and back sleepers, latex pillows are amongst the most supportive pillows on the market. The downside? They are typically more expensive than memory foam, but it’s worth the extra cost.
Even though support and comfort should come first, we all like good value. The life expectancy of latex pillow vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but you can expect 5+ years.
They don’t lose their shape or need ‘fluffing’ either over the years. They are heavier and more solid for this reason, but if it’s support you’re after this is what you get.
Easy to Keep Clean
Latex is a sterile material with natural antibacterial properties and is very easy to clean. There are a few simple steps to follow if you want to clean your pillow:
- Remember to remove the pillow case.
- Add some warm water to a bowl or in your sink.
- Add some mild cleaning detergent.
- Never soak or pour water directly onto a latex pillow, dab clean with a cloth.
- Remove as much moisture as possible when the stain has been removed or the pillow wiped down.
- Allow the pillow to dry naturally and fully before using.
Note – always check the warranty on your pillow to ensure you do not void it by cleaning it. Additionally always check the label for any cleaning or care instructions from the manufacturer.
Latex Plus by Yanis – Dunlop Latex Pillow
This latex pillow from Yanis is made with Dunlop latex.
As you can see it has a lot of holes for good air flow to help keep you cool, and it’s shaped to offer good support.
Latex can help with headaches, neck pain, muscle strain, and even snoring. If you’re having any sleeping issues switching to latex might be what you’re looking for.
Types of Latex Used in Pillows
There are different types of latex used in pillows. Each has a different feel, offer different types of support and are worth considering depending on what your needs are.
The main two types of latex are Dunlop and Talalay. Dunlop is the best value for money, this is due to the manufacturing process being less costly.
There are some issues with Dunlop having an uneven consistency however. But it’s still incredibly comfortable and offers the benefits covered above.
Talalay is the more expensive option and has a much smoother consistency. Most people who have tried both Dunlop and Talalay say Talalay has a superior feel, so it’s worth stretching to if your budget allows.
This is made from rubber tree sap. It should not contain any chemicals, pesticides, synthetics, and be organic as called.
Synthetic latex products have been mixed with petroleum-based plasticizers. This is done to reduce the cost of the product but also reduces the quality and feel.