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Ikea Latex Mattress?

Asked by lidyah (52 points ) May 28th, 2008

We’re looking for a new mattress and are considering Ikea’s “Sultan Erfjord” latex mattress. Does anyone have it? Do you like it?

Also, what other recommendations do you have for a comfortable, eco-friendly mattress that won’t break the bank?

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Redfishvanish's avatar

When something like memory foam or latex is mentioned as a component of the mattress, it is often the case that the material mentioned is only part of the mattress. The industry does have all natural 100% latex mattresses, but those mattresses average more than $5,000 retail. Make sure you ask the salesperson whether the mattress is made with natural or synthetic latex, and what percentage of it there is. A word to look for is Talalay. This is the name of the process of turning natural latex into a foam. Avoid “dunlop” which is a way of making latex foam from a combination of natural latex and other materials, most of which are based on petroleum. If you are looking for a mattress that is specifically designed to be better for the environment, I recommend looking into the Nature’s Rest brand. The latex mattresses at IKEA should fall under the $1000 mark, and Nature’s Rest should be at least $2000. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must let you know that I have not worked with Nature’s Rest, but I have worked with the Spring Air brand, whose manufacturer also makes Nature’s Rest. Spring Air has been in the business since before our grandparents were born, and I was very impressed with their non-latex product when I worked with them. Ikea, on the other hand, is a furniture retailer at the end of the day. I am always wary of furniture retailer’s in-store mattress brand (that is all IKEA offers) as it seems to me that they would make aesthetic or economic choices, rather than choices that would actually benefit their customers.

ezraglenn's avatar

Don’t invite anyone with latex allergies to a sleepover!!!!

Redfishvanish's avatar

Three points on that.
1. Always test out a mattress before you buy it by lying and turning on it for at least 10 minutes. This will tell you if you will be allergic.

2. Latex is a contact allergy. Fabric and flame-proof materials cover the mattress. An allergic individual would get the same reaction to sleeping on a mattress as they would having a latex glove waved around 4 feet away.

3. It is my understanding that the process of turning latex into tensile materials (i.e. gloves, rubber bands, and condoms) is a different process of turning it into foam. I would guess that the proteins (the parts that humans can be allergic to) in the two different products are different because one has been “cooked” more, denaturing it.

javaman_jim's avatar

For historical record, the information regarding the Dunlop and Talalay methods posted by Redfish… are slightly skewed. There is an insane amount of misinformation regarding latex mattresses online and his post is a perfect example. Also, the idea that a salesman (showroom or otherwise) will know the composition of each product on the floor does not fit in reality.

There are a handful of latex mattress manufacturer’s on the planet. If one would like to know the facts, may I suggest further reading include a visit to the site of the largest US manufacturer, Latex International in the US http://www.latexfoam.com. They supply material for many manufacturers and retailers but do not sell to the public.

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