Dunlop vs. Talalay

What’s the Difference Between Dunlop and Talalay?


The Dunlop manufacturing process is one that has been around since 1929. The thick rubber sap, or serum, is whipped into a froth in a centrifuge, poured into a mold, covered, and steam baked. Natural sediments in the mixture settle to the bottom of the mold and are baked in, so each layer is subtly denser, making every Dunlop layer slightly firmer on its bottom side. We often compare the density of Dunlop to pound cake. It has a denser feel than Talalay does. Dunlop is resilient and responsive to your body, but not bouncy.


Talalay latex, is softer than Dunlop. The Talalay process adds two steps that are not used in the making of Dunlop. After the mold is poured, it’s sealed, and the process is completed in a vacuum environment. And the Talalay molds are flash-frozen before they’re baked. The vacuum and freezing steps create a very even consistency. Talalay is akin to the texture of angel food cake. You won’t sink lying on Talalay, but it does yield more around your body than Dunlop latex does. Another characteristic of Talalay is a “springier” feel. Talalay latex has a more consistent cell structure from top to bottom and edge to edge. It is also slightly more expensive than Dunlop.

To Each His Own…

Which is better? Dunlop or Talalay? There is no one “right” type. What matters most is which type, or which combination, will create the right comfort and support for your needs. We invite you to share your your individual sleeping preferences so that we can guide you to the customization that is right for you. Both are a great quality and are extremely pure. The best way to find out which one best suits your needs is to try! We can customize a mattress to the density you prefer and we can even combine Dunlop and Talalay in your mattress. Many of the configurations and combinations can be tried in our Amherst showroom.