What Is A Mattress Topper?

A mattress topper is an extra layer of foam that you place on top of your existing mattress to enhance its comfort.

A mattress topper is a latex foam layer that is 1 to 4 inches thick. Toppers are available in the Dunlop or Talalay natural foam. Mattress toppers are used to increase comfort and support and are simply laid out on top of an existing mattress. Mattress toppers are sold as a standalone layer or wrapped in a protective cover.

Benefits Of Using A 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

Toppers extend the life of your mattress

A natural latex topper can revive your old mattress. A topper will not remove sag, but it will make it less apparent. There are methods for fixing sagging mattresses that involve propping it up with pillows between the box-spring and the mattress.

Inexpensive

If your mattress is due to be replaced but a brand new mattress doesn’t fit your budget, you may want to opt for a topper instead. A natural latex mattress topper is less than half the price of a new mattress.

An additional support layer

If you experience back and shoulder pain, a mattress topper may be the solution you are looking for. You can select a soft, medium or firm topper so that your body can potentially recover from any muscle and joint pain you are experiencing.

Customize your current mattress

If you and your partner can’t seem to agree on the firmness of your mattress, you may be able to customize it. A king size mattress (76×80) can be fitted with two twin XL (38X80) toppers. Put two twin XL natural latex mattress toppers side by side on a king size mattress and you will have inexpensively customized it.

Eco responsible choice

Each one of us has the power to help the environment. By purchasing a non-toxic mattress topper, you are not only getting a biodegradable product that is free of toxic chemicals but you are encouraging the harvesting of rubber tree sap, a natural and renewable resource.

Increase airflow

Natural latex mattress toppers will ventilate better than polyurethane foam toppers. Because of the ventilation channels baked into the foam and its open cell structure, the natural latex can channel heat away from your body more effectively, thereby making you less prone to overheating.

Non-toxic Mattress Toppers

All-natural mattress toppers are available in a variety of sizes that will fit any standard mattress size. Non-toxic toppers are available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king.

Things to consider before getting a topper.

If you wish to use a mattress topper on your existing mattress you need to be sure that your sheets can accommodate the extra height that the mattress topper would give to your mattress.

Most mattresses range anywhere from 10 to 13 inches in height. Mattresses with a pillow top tend to be a little thicker than ordinary mattresses. Most sheet manufacturers specify the thickness range that the sheets can accommodate right on the package.

Why You May Need A Natural Latex Mattress Topper

You can use a mattress topper to:

  • Turn an ordinary mattress into a deluxe mattress.
  • Fix a sagging mattress: adding a topper to a sagging mattress has its limitations. I do not advise that you try to add a topper to a mattress that has more than 2” of indentation or sag depth.
  • Add softness to a hard mattress.
  • Add hardness to a soft mattress.
  • Alleviate muscle pain.
  • Alleviate joint pain.
  • Alleviate hip, back pain and lower back pain.
  • Additional support for recovery after shoulder or hip surgery
  • Overhaul a mattress: this involves cutting open the mattress cover, removing the damaged foam and replacing it with a 100% natural latex topper layer.

How To Choose The Thickness Of A Natural Latex Mattress Topper

If you are looking for a moderate improvement of your sleeping surface, and you are a back sleeper, then a 1 or 2 inch all natural mattress topper will be sufficient to improve your sleep.

However, if you are a side-sleeper, you will be better off with a thicker topper. Side sleeping will cause more concentrated pressure on the mattress. Therefore, you will need the added support of a 3 or 4 inch topper so that you are adequately supported while sleeping on your side. If you are a side sleeper and go with a 1 or 2 inch topper, then the topper will tend to “bottom out” and you will not get the full benefits of sleeping on natural latex foam.

Take your weight and sleeping position into consideration when choosing a topper. If you are heavier than average, you might want to consider getting a thicker topper.

Choose Your Firmness

Most reputable brands offer at least 3 topper firmnesses. For example, the Pure Green 100% natural latex mattress topper is available in soft, medium and firm. Most people use the medium topper with great results.

Just remember that you are not married to your mattress topper. If you are unsatisfied with the firmness, you can easily work out a return for a different firmness. If you order from Amazon.com, the process is fast and easy. Just submit a return request online and they will give you the information on when they can pick up the item.

Natural Latex Toppers Sleep Cooler Than Memory Foam

The open cellular structure of natural latex makes for a cooler sleep experience when compared to memory foam. Air can flow through the natural latex more freely than it can with synthetic materials like memory foam or polyurethane foam. Polyurethane and memory foams are very dense when compared to natural latex foam.

Another point to consider is the firmness of the natural latex foam. The softer foam will envelop more of your body as it supports it. In doing so, it will have more contact with your body and make you feel warmer.

The softer foam will also be more compressed when you lie on it. This restricts the airflow through the foam, making for a warmer sleep surface.

If overheating has never been a problem for you, regardless of the mattress you have slept on, choose a topper based on your comfort preference.

Additionally, the way the foam is manufactured adds built-in ventilation channels into the foam. In the manufacturing process, steam is injected into liquid rubber through metal rods that are part of the mold. When the foam has finished curing, workers carefully remove the foam from the mold. The rods that provide heat and steam to bake the liquid rubber into a solid foam leave behind channels for air to circulate. Through these ventilation channels, excess warmth and humidity are evacuated away from the body.

Note that many other factors will influence how warm or cool a mattress is to sleep on. Your pillow, bed sheets, mattress protector and comforter all play a role in regulating your temperature while you sleep.

The Benefits Of Natural Latex Toppers Over Synthetic Toppers

  • Durability: natural latex toppers last longer than memory foam or polyurethane foam. They will not sag or get deformed over time like polyurethane foams. A cover for the natural latex topper will extend its life.
  • Better for the environment: natural latex toppers are better for the environment because they are biodegradable and the materials used to make them are environmentally friendly. The cultivation and harvesting of the rubber tree and its sap also has positive social and economic benefits.
  • Better for your health: natural latex foam is hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold and dust mites.
  • No off-gassing: a 100% natural latex topper will not off-gass harmful chemicals into your sleeping environment. Some polyurethane foams release chemicals for years. These chemicals can cause all sorts of adverse health effects including cancer and auto-immune conditions.

If you’re more of a visual person, here’s a video of the same blog post. Enjoy!


Best 100% Natural Latex Toppers (not in use)

Vitality Latex Topper
by Savvy Rest
Wool Topper
by Plush Beds
Pure GreenTake TenVytexLatex Mattress FactoryUltimate SleepAvocado Green
(with zippered cover)
Cedar Natural Latex Topper with cover
By Brentwood Home
Natural Latex Topper
by Plush Beds
GOTS
New Zealand
Joma Wool
Eco Institut
Greenguard Gold
Oeko-Tex Class 1
Oeko-Tex
LGA
Euro-Latex
GOLS
Euro-Latex Standard
Oeko-Tex
Eco-Institut
No certificationsEco InstitutEco InstitutGreenguard Gold
3-inchN/A1-inch
2-inch
3-inch
1.5-inch1-inch
1.5-inch
2-inch
3-inch
1-inch
2-inch
3-inch
2-inch
3-inch
2-inch2-inch2-inch
3-inch
SoftN/ASoft
Medium
Medium-Firm
Tri-zoned
topper
MediumSoft
Medium
Firm
Soft
Med-Soft
Medium
Med-Firm
Firm
Plush
Firm
MediumSoft
Medium
Medium-Firm
Extra-Firm
TalalayWoolDunlop FoamDunlop FoamDunlop FoamDunlop FoamTalalay
Blended foam
Dunlop FoamDunlop latex
Cover:
Gots Organic Cotton,
Wool
Organic Cotton Cover (+$65)
120 night trial
Made in
USA
Made in
New Zealand/
USA
Made in
Sri-Lanka
Made in
USA
Made in
USA
Made in
Sri-Lanka
Made in
USA
Made in
USA
Made in
USA
Made in USA


100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper Reviews

The Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

  • Made from natural latex which provides pinpoint support to instantly improve your sleep.
  • No fillers or synthetic latex – made of 100% natural latex
  • Available in soft, medium or firm. The medium model has a firmness rating of 30 ILD
  • 5.0 lbs/cubic feet
  • Made from 100% natural latex foam that is antimicrobial, dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic and provides superior ventilation and heat regulation in comparison to polyurethane foam.

This mattress topper is made in Sri Lanka at the Pure Green latex foam factory. They have been producing natural latex at this facility since 2013.

You can use this mattress topper to rejuvenate a mattress with a worn out comfort layer, to enhance the comfort of an aging mattress or as a component of a DIY mattress project.

The Pure Green natural latex mattress topper is available in soft, medium and firm. All of the firmnesses of the topper react quickly to changing sleeping positions. The foam is responsive and you won’t feel like you’re sinking into the bed as with memory foam.

A new Pure Green natural latex topper has an inoffensive smell. It will not off-gas chemicals into your living environment as is the case with blended latex or straight polyurethane foam.

The Pure Green mattress topper is certified all-natural

Pure Green mattress toppers have been extensively tested by internationally recognized laboratories. This ensures that the latex is 100% pure and that it does not emit any volatile organic chemicals.

Pure Green natural latex toppers have the following certifications:

Pure Green mattress toppers are made in the Dunlop manufacturing process. This method produces larger air bubbles within the foam and is less bouncy than Talalay foam.

The Pure Green Topper Is Available in 3 thicknesses

1” mattress topper

This is a great choice for adding a layer of comfort to the mattress without changing the overall height of the mattress in any significant way. It is a great choice for people that want to slightly tweak the feel of their mattress.

2”mattress topper

The 2” model is the most popular topper in the Pure Green lineup. This layer will add a significant comfort layer to your existing mattress. However, you will retain the general support qualities of the mattress underneath.

3”mattress topper

Select this topper if you want a “mattress makeover”. This Dunlop natural latex topper will rejuvenate your aging mattress. If you’re looking to change the overall firmness of your mattress, the 3’’ topper is the way to go.


Take Ten Soft 1.5” 100% Pure Latex Mattress Topper

  • Made of 100% natural latex which is mold, mildew and dust mite resistant.
  • The holes left by the mold when the foam is steam baked allow for superior ventilation when compared to polyurethane foam.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Tri-zoned for ultimate comfort and support.

Users of this mattress topper describe it as “luxuriously buoyant”. The Dunlop foam will make you feel like you’re floating on your mattress. Through rigorous testing, the research and development team at Take Ten found that Dunlop foam was more resistant to tearing and overall wear and tear.

When sleeping on the Take Ten mattress topper, you won’t get a sinking feeling, like with many memory foams on the market. Occasional tossing and turning during the night will be easy thanks to the springy feel of the Dunlop latex. You won’t get the feeling of being “stuck” like with many foam toppers.

A tri-zoned 100 percent natural latex topper

The Take Ten natural latex mattress topper is one of the only tri-zoned latex mattress toppers on the market. The middle zone helps support your body where you need it most: in the hip area. Whether you are a side sleeper or a back sleeper, you will benefit from having extra support in the midsection of your body.

In essence, the Take Ten all-natural mattress topper is zoned to give you adequate support in all areas of your body.

The Take Ten Mattress Topper is certified all-natural

Take Ten natural latex toppers are US & internationally certified for health and safety testing. The OEKO-Tex, LGA and EURO LATEX certifications guarantee that this product doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals and does not release any harmful VOC’S (volatile organic compounds) into your bedroom.

Available in 1,5’’ thickness

After testing many natural latex toppers to determine the ultimate thickness, Take Ten decided on 1.5”. Through extensive rigorous testing, it was determined that a thinner topper does not provide the many benefits that natural latex can provide, while a thicker topper adds cost without providing additional comfort.


Vytex Hypoallergenic Mattress Topper

  • Made with a patented formula and manufacturing process that removes all allergens from the natural latex foam.
  • Made with natural latex, so the topper stays cool and well ventilated
  • Natural latex offers great support without getting a sinking feeling that is common with many conventional polyurethane foams.
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing process. Natural latex is not a hazard to the environment and is made from a renewable resource.

A Truly Unique Product On The Market

For people interested in getting a completely hypoallergenic product, the Vytex natural latex mattress topper is a superior choice. It has virtually no smell when new. The Vytex topper is least likely to trigger an allergic reaction for anyone that suffers from acute allergic sensitivity.

The manufacturing process removes the natural rubber smell from the product. The rubber smell is inoffensive and yet Vytex has gone a step beyond by removing it all together from the latex foam. Prior to baking, the liquid foam is put through two passes of a centrifuge to remove the proteins from the liquid latex sap. This process removes 99.9% of proteins from the liquid latex that is harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis tree.

The Vytex mattress topper is one of the only allergy free natural latex products on the market.

Vytex Foam Is Clean

Vytex natural latex foam is free of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), petroleum-based additives and harsh chemicals and filler agents.

This foam is the cleanest on the market when it comes to color, odor and allergens. Vytex natural latex foam is certified by GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and Euro Latex Eco Standard. These are two of the most globally recognized certification bodies in the international marketplace.

Vytex Gives You Many Ways To Customize Your Mattress

The Vytex natural latex mattress topper is available in a stunning variety of thicknesses for all sizes of mattresses. It’s available in 1”, 1.5”, 2” and 3” models. Check the latest price on Amazon.


Langria “natural” latex topper (not recommended)

*A blended foam topper.

This topper is included in my list of 100% natural mattress toppers in order to illustrate how easy it is to fall for a blended foam topper when your intention is to purchase a 100% natural latex foam topper.

Check out the Amazon page for the Langria topper, and you will see that it has all the markings of a 100% natural latex foam topper. However, the one thing that is missing from the product page is any mention of it being 100% natural latex. I emailed the company just to be sure and, just as I suspected, this topper is made of a blend of natural and synthetic latex.

Equally deceiving is the question and answers section of the same Amazon product page for the Langria topper. Someone asks whether Langria topper is natural latex or blended foam, and someone else replies that they think it’s 100% natural, at least that is what they thought when they bought it. It is unclear whether this person is a company representative or just someone who bought the product and is answering questions about it.

Rest assured that any product featured on NaturalMattressFinder.com is either organic or 100% natural. In other words, I don’t feature any products on the site that use toxic materials.

Some products that are labeled as 100% natural use synthetic materials like nylon thread. The term 100% natural refers to the core materials of the product, which in the case of mattresses and toppers is the natural latex foam derived from the rubber tree.

Here’s the rundown of the Langria topper. Note that I do not recommend this product. I’ve simply included it in my list to prove a point. So look for a mention of 100% natural latex if your goal is to get a latex foam product that is pure and not blended.

  • Made from high-quality latex derived from the Havea Braziliensis trees in Thailand.
  • Non-toxic, dust mite resistant, mildew resistant and hypoallergenic
  • Durable Dunlop foam will not sag
  • Medium firmness gives you the right amount of firm support and fluff. Get through the night with adequate support.
  • Comes with a removable and washable bamboo fabric cover that protects the topper and increases its durability.
  • “Pin Core” ventilation technology ensures that the mattress remains cool while you sleep.

The Langria mattress topper is the only topper in our lineup that comes with its own custom fitted cover. This not only protects your mattress but also saves you the time of finding a cover for a topper that doesn’t include a cover.

Please note that this is a blended foam product. The product description does not include any mention of 100% natural latex, which is a sign that it is made of natural latex blended with synthetic foam.

Langria also carries memory foam and gel foam on their website. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but it is congruent with the fact that their “latex” foam topper is made of blended foams.

One Thickness Fits All

The Langria topper is medium-firm and is only available in a 2” thickness. This thickness is fine for most applications. The latex topper is available in all standard mattress sizes including twin, twin xl, queen, king and California king.


Latex Mattress Factory 100% natural latex topper

  • 100 percent natural Dunlop Latex gives you the ultimate support layer to add to your mattress.
  • Dunlop natural latex foam is more durable than memory foam and is environmentally friendly
  • 100% natural latex foam is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, mold resistant and mildew resistant.
  • Renew your current mattress or completely overhaul it with a 3” natural latex topper.
  • Available in soft, medium or firm.

Improve your current sleeping surface with a 100% natural latex topper from the Latex Mattress Factory. This topper will instantly transform a compacted, sagging or aging bed into a lofty, supportive surface that will support your body during restorative sleep.

This topper is hypoallergenic, meaning that it is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction to the user. Additionally, the raw material is organic. It is made by frothing up the sap of the rubber tree and then steam baking it inside a mold. The mold has many metal spouts that inject hot steam into the liquid latex. In turn, these rods leave behind ventilation channels that aid in the prevention of overheating during the night. Because of its cell structure and air bubbles throughout its structure, Dunlop foam will naturally ventilate away excess heat that your body creates.

In some cases, Latex Mattress Factory’s toppers can be used to alleviate joint and muscle pain, lower backache, sciatica and shoulder pain without having to replace your entire mattress. It’s a great way to get the health benefits of latex foam without having to spend the money for a completely new mattress.

Latex Mattress Factory’s toppers are made in Sri Lanka and are certified by Oeko-Tex and Eco Institut. This certification ensures that the product does not contain any VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), synthetic ingredients, fillers or carcinogenic and toxic fire retardants.

Latex Mattress Factory’s toppers can also be used to build your own DIY mattress from the bottom up. It is available in 1”, 2” and 3” thicknesses. With this extraordinary variety of natural latex topper thicknesses, you can mix and match layers to give you the ideal mattress height. Each size is available in soft, medium or firm.

The Latex Mattress Factory topper is available in 2” twin, 2” twin XL, 2” full, 2” queen, 2” cal king, 2” king, and 3” twin, 3” twin XL, 3” queen, 3” cal king and 3” king.


Ultimate Sleep  Blended  Foam Latex Mattress Topper Pad

  • Not recommended if you’re looking for a 100% natural latex topper. The material is blended foam.
  • Blended latex foam available in all sizes and 2”, 3” and 4” thicknesses.
  • 4.75lb density – 16-18 ILD
  • Dunlop latex is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and sleeps cool.
  • Air ventilation channels help move excess heat away from your body while you sleep.
  • Natural latex foam provides superior support when compared to polyurethane foam, and it’s more durable.

The Ultimate Sleep topper is made of synthetic and natural latex. Dunlop latex is springy and resilient, so changing sleeping positions during the night will be effortless. This topper is at a density that is suitable for heavier body weights and will regain its original shape time and time again.

The sleeping surface is on the firmer side. This topper is suitable for heavy set people or for those who like a firmer sleeping surface.

The Ultimate Sleep topper provides zoned comfort

The Ultimate Sleep topper features variable hole sizing, which makes for targeted orthopedic support. The foam is more supportive in areas where you need it most and plusher in places where you can appreciate the softness.

The hip and midsection areas will have a more supportive feel than the extremities giving you the ultimate natural sleep experience.

Try It Risk-Free

The Ultimate Sleep 100 percent natural latex topper comes with a 30 day trial period. There are no restocking fees should you decide to return the topper.

Sleeps Cool

The superior ventilation that this topper achieves may help curb the intensity of hot flashes for women in menopause. Naturally breathable products are a must for women going through this stage in life.


Plush Beds 100% Natural Latex Topper

  • Crafted in the USA
  • Unique “Airflow” design provides better distribution of weight and reduces pressure points
  • Made of 100% pure natural latex
  • Odor free
  • Will not sag
  • Compressed and packaged for speedy delivery to your door in the lower 48 states
  • Ventilation holes enable you to sleep cooler and more comfortable than on synthetic foam

The Plush Beds mattress topper will give you the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of 100% natural latex foam without breaking the bank. This topper comes in a variety of sizes that will fit over any bed. Enjoy the comfort of natural latex without having to replace your entire mattress.

The Plush Beds natural mattress topper is certified by Greenguard Gold, which ensures that the foam does not emit any VOC’s. This certification makes this topper appropriate for use with elderly people and children.

This topper is available in all sizes and in a 2-inch and 3-inch thicknesses. You can also choose your firmness preference. Available firmnesses are soft, medium, medium-firm and extra firm.

The Plush Beds natural latex topper is the only topper in my lineup to feature an optional cover for all sizes of toppers.



Conclusion

If you are disappointed with the performance of memory foam, a 100% natural latex foam topper may be your saving grace. The resistance of memory foam is greatly diminished once it is compressed and heated. Thich happens when you lay down to sleep on it or when you shift to a new sleeping position. Natural latex foam will always retain it’s resistance when compressed and will regain its original shape regardless of how many times it has been compressed.

A topper can be used for added comfort and support to your current mattress. Simply lay the topper over your mattress and you’re good to go. Make sure you use a mattress cover that will protect your new 100% pure latex mattress topper. Measure the height of your mattress to make sure that the cover will fit over your mattress with the extra thickness.

If you are really industrious, you may want to completely overhaul your mattress. In order to do this, you must cut through the mattress cover, remove the synthetic foam layers that have developed indentations and replace them with the same thickness of natural latex foam.

Often, the spring layer of a non-flip mattress is still in pristine condition even if the mattress is sagging or has indentations. Some padding layers inside the mattress will also be good for further use. Why not save the good components from the landfill, save yourself money and build a premium mattress using 100% natural latex topper layers. Check out some mattress encasements on Amazon to plan your DIY mattress overhaul project.