The Difference Between Dunlop & Talalay Latex
What’s the difference between Dunlop and Talalay latex? Although both Talalay and Dunlop latex are made from the same material they are very different in how they feel. The main difference is in the way the two are manufactured.
The process for making Dunlop latex is very basic and has been the same since 1929. The liquid latex is poured onto a belt and then baked. As the liquid is poured onto a belt, the natural sediments sink to the bottom of the mixture making the bottom of the mixture slightly denser than the top.
The process for making Talalay Latex adds a couple of steps to the manufacturing process. After it is poured into a mold, it is then sealed in a vacuum environment and flash frozen. After being flash frozen it is baked just like Dunlop Latex. These extra two steps create a more uniform latex because the natural sediments, which are rubber particles suspended in water, are spread evenly throughout the entire mixture.
The different manufacturing processes create different feels to the latex. Dunlop is denser and has different consistencies from top to bottom as mentioned above whereas the Talalay process creates a softer springier feel that is more pressure relieving. The Talalay process also allows for the ability to have a wider range of firmness levels which means that a wider range of beds and other latex products can be produced to a larger number of consumers.
So the Talalay process creates a product that is more uniform than the Dunlop process. The tradeoff is that Talalay Latex takes 4 times as much time to produce, but the 2 extra steps causes the finished product to have a better consistency, quality and feel. The difference between the two can be likened to the difference between a chocolate soufflé and a tray of brownies. Talalay Latex is like the soufflé in that it takes a long time to make, but it has an end product that is airy and delicious. Dunlop Latex is like a tray of brownies; its tasty, but it is dense and flat when compared with the other.