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Latex mattress or pocket spring mattress - everything you need to know!

If you have to choose between a latex mattress and a pocket spring mattress, keep in mind that these are two very different types of mattresses with different characteristics. Many people are used to a pocket spring mattress. However, if you have the option to buy a latex mattress, you should take this opportunity. A latex mattress is superior to the pocket spring mattress in many ways.

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Are there different varieties of latex?

Yes, there are! Ultimately, one has to differentiate between two production processes. There are Dunlop and Talalay latex, the latter being clearly superior to Dunlop. You can compare the processes with baking. Dunlop is similar to a regular cake, while Talalay latex is more like a soufflé.

However, in this article we do not want to clarify the difference between the two. If you are interested, feel free to read our article on the difference between Dunlop and Talalay latex. We have already clarified everything in detail there.

In addition, it is important to understand that there are both all-natural latex and synthetic latex. In addition, there is also the mixed version, which usually consists of about 70% natural latex.

Pure, natural latex is significantly healthier as it contains no harmful chemicals. In comparison, synthetic latex is made of petrochemicals. There is basically one question to ask yourself. Would you rather sleep on oil or milk?

In this article, we only speak of Talalay latex mattresses. The reason for this is that we want to introduce you to the best of the best, if you do not already know it.

What is a latex mattress?

A latex mattress has no springs or coils inside. Unlike a pocket spring mattress, a natural latex mattress is made from a single material: latex. You may be wondering what exactly latex is. It is a natural product made from the juice of rubber tree. This milky sap is made into mattress blocks that have a natural bounce and offer excellent support for the spine.

A latex mattress therefore feels soft and yet supportive, with a certain natural elasticity. And all without springs or coils required. Due to its natural open cell structure, Talalay latex is very breathable and ideal for all climates. The breathability ensures that you can sleep cool in summer and cuddly warm in winter.

In addition, latex is naturally mold-resistant and dust-mite-resistant. There is no need to add chemicals or other additives in contrast to a pocket spring mattress. Pocket spring mattresses usually contain chemicals for these purposes.

In addition, pocket spring mattresses contain flame retardants. You have to do it by law too. However, this does not mean that it is healthy for humans and the environment. Natural Latex has inherently flame-retardant properties.

Latex mattresses are widely known as the most comfortable type of mattress in the market today. In fact, latex mattresses enjoy a very high level of customer satisfaction. They are also one of the most durable comfort materials on the market. They are able to maintain softness and comfort for a long time without sagging.

Latex mattresses are on average more expensive than pocket spring mattresses. With a latex mattress, however, you will find that the benefits to you are more than worth the extra money.


What does a latex mattress feel like?

If you lie down on a latex mattress, you will initially feel a pleasant, soft feeling. At the same time you feel an optimally firm and comfortable support. For this reason, latex mattresses are so popular all over the world.

The comfort of a latex mattress clearly helps to relieve back pain. More and more medical professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, etc. recommend latex mattresses nowadays. Especially because of the ability to align both body and spine properly and comfortably.

What is a pocket spring mattress?

A pocket spring or spring mattress consists of many metal coils, which are surrounded by a soft support foam. The idea behind these coils is to give the mattress some bounce while the foam provides comfort. This is why some refer to such a mattress as a coil mattress. The coils are not present in a pure foam mattress.

The mattress coil count can vary from one mattress to another. Although this may affect comfort, there are many other factors that determine how comfortable a pocket spring or coil mattress is. Some of these factors apart from the mattress coil count may include the size of the coils, the size of the metal from which the coils are made, the thickness of the foam padding and so on.

What does a pocket spring mattress feel like?

When you lie down on a pocket spring mattress, it feels like you are just lying on the surface of the mattress. But you will not feel the soft, sinking, yet supportive feeling of a latex mattress.

When lying down, you should not be able to feel the feathers on a well-made pocket spring mattress. But after some time, the upper foam layers break and you can feel the spring coils. Believe us - that is very unpleasant. Above all, it is not healthy for your body. This often occurs in the cheaper versions of a pocket spring mattress.

Advantages and disadvantages of a latex mattress


Excellent comfort - a latex mattress is much more comfortable than other types of mattresses. The soft comfort and supportive effect of latex can also relieve pain.

A latex mattress does not transmit the movement easily. When someone rolls on one side of the bed, it does not affect the other person.

No harmful chemicals - latex is a natural product.

Latex is inherently resistant to dust mites and mold. Latex mattresses do not require additional chemicals to protect you from these problems.

Talalay latex is very breathable - Latex is inherently breathable due to its open cell structure. The breathability ensures that you can sleep cool in summer and warm in winter.

A Talalay latex mattress has a longer lifespan than other types of mattresses. Although Talalay latex mattresses can theoretically last forever, we recommend replacing the mattress every 8 years. Sweat and dander are collected inside the mattress over the years. It has less to do with durability. It's more about hygiene!

Excellent body pressure support - the spine is correctly aligned during sleep. A Talalay latex mattress even solves a paradox - it's soft and supportive at the same time!

Mattresses need to be turned regularly. You do not have to turn a Talalay latex mattress if you do not want that. The unique round, open cell structure ensures that the material always springs back into the right shape. You will never find dents or grooves - no matter how long you have the Talalay latex mattress!


Higher costs - a Talalay latex mattress can be more expensive compared to other mattresses. However, if you include durability, Talalay latex mattresses are not much more expensive than other inferior products.

Heavier - a Talalay latex mattress weighs significantly more than most pocket spring mattresses.

Advantages and disadvantages of a pocket spring mattress


Pocket spring mattresses start in the low price segment. Although high-end pocket spring mattresses can be expensive, the basic models remain very cheap.

Easy to find - pocket spring mattresses are one of the most popular types of mattresses, so you will not have any problems shopping.

Often quite light - the weight varies a lot from one mattress to another, but pocket spring mattresses tend to be very light. That's why they are very easy to lift and turn.

There is a very wide range of density levels available.


Comparatively short lifespan - the top comfort layer can wear out quickly, so you can feel the springs in your sleep. Another reason for the shorter life of a pocket spring mattress is the gradual sagging. Over time, dents and grooves form, which can eventually lead to sleep problems.

Metal coils can pose an "antenna hazard" - those who are concerned about electromagnetic radiation should stay away from pocket spring mattresses. The metal of the coils is said to be capable of acting like an antenna and amplifying ambient electromagnetic radiation. If you want to do a quick search on Google, you will find many articles about it.

Many pocket coil mattresses make noises - a pocket spring mattress can even cause noise. These are the coils that react to your movement. This sound is almost always from the springs and can lead to annoying squeaks.


So what is better? A Talalay latex mattress or pocket spring mattress

Latex is much better than pocket spring when it comes to buying a good mattress. That's a fact that reflects in the price. You get what you pay for!

The basic model of a pocket spring mattress is very affordable. Many have such a mattress, but they are not nearly as healthy for your body as a Talalay latex mattress. The price for a Talalay latex mattress is higher, but the durability is also significantly longer compared to all other comfort mattresses. Buying a Talalay latex mattress means you do not have to change them immediately.

As already mentioned, a Talalay latex mattress will never sag. Dents and grooves will never be found. In addition, an expensive pocket spring mattress can cost even more than a Talalay latex mattress.

You will find that a Talalay latex mattress is much more comfortable. In contrast, a high-end pocket spring mattress can be geared toward a luxurious look - without actually offering the customer much more comfort than a basic model.

A pocket coil mattress is still a good mattress - but not as good as latex in general - but not at all comparable to Talalay latex. Talalay latex clearly offers more comfort, which should be the primary goal of any mattress. Latex also offers additional benefits that a pocket spring core does not have. For example, Talalay latex has a natural mildew resistance and excellent airflow. In contrast, a pocketed coil mattress is not inherently mold resistant. Overall, a Talalay latex mattress has many advantages. Therefore, it is not surprising that Talalay latex mattresses have a very high level of customer satisfaction.

Have you already experienced a pocketed coil mattress, but not a Talalay latex mattress just yet? If this is the case, please make the comparison. You will soon realize that they are two very different worlds.

The combination of pocket spring core and Talalay

Of course, you can also opt for a combination of both materials. Then you have the opportunity to make use of all advantages.

For optimal comfort, we recommend a pocket spring core as a base. As a result, the mattress is ultimately much lighter. If you choose a premium product, both comfort materials can work together to be even more breathable. Although this will not be the case in the lower price segment, you will be able to save your wallet instead.

On top of the pocket spring core, it is best to take a comfort layer of Talalay latex. This ensures optimal comfort. In addition, you will also profit from all the health benefits of Talalay latex.

Ultimately, comfort is subjective to a certain degree. That's why we recommend you stop by one of our many retailers. There you will be given professional advice, and you can also try all the products yourself.

Since the opportunity to buy a new mattress is not that frequent, this is a good time to make the most of it! Grab the moment and experience first-hand what a Talalay latex mattress feels like. Here, Vita Talalay latex plays an essential role.

Vita Talalay latex

Vita Talalay latex is the healthy choice when it comes to comfort materials. That's because it's made from a pure natural raw material. Natural latex. In addition, the unique round and open cells ensure that your body gets the night's sleep it deserves.

Apart from the various health benefits for the back, hips, neck, and shoulders, Vita Talalay latex offers much more than other comfort materials.

Safe for humans

All Vita Talalay products have been tested to be safe for humans. It is clear that they are completely safe. This applies to both the natural latex itself and all other materials needed to make Talalay latex mattresses.

The test was carried out by EPEA, a German environmental research institute. Then our Vita Talalay latex was awarded the Cradle to Cradle certification. This internationally recognized certification ensures that there are no toxins throughout the production process and in the final product. There are several levels of certification, and Vita Talalay Latex has the highest possible level: Cradle-to-Cradle Gold.

If you would like to know more about how safe Vita Talalay latex is for humans, you can find our article here!

Safe for the environment

It starts with the fact that Vita Talalay products are made from all-natural raw materials. End products based on petroleum are in return very bad for the environment. These provide e.g. for a high CO2 emission in the air. Vita Talalay latex, on the other hand, is "climate-positive". This means that we absorb more Co2 than we produce.

Our cradle-to-cradle gold status also ensures that all compounds are safe for the environment. Every single part of our healthy product has already been verified by the certification. This is a necessary step to get the gold status.

If you want, you can read more about this topic here!


If you're looking for a new mattress and need to choose between a pocket spring and Talalay latex mattress, you can now make an informed purchase decision. We definitely recommend trying out a Vita Talalay product in-store. Comfort can be felt much better than we could ever put in words.

If you wish, you can search for one of our retailers near you. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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