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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 31 Mar 2021 13:59 #1

short and sweet

been on a dunlop 2" soft (20ILD) for about a week now, enjoying it

however i can't help but wonder if i'd love a talalay or even synthetic talalay better

looking to see if anyone has any real world experience where they felt going for the talalay was a significant improvement over the dunlop topper

as well as any potential cost savings going for synthetic over natural (which i understand to have some level of additives required for the process)

210lb side sleeper

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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 01 Apr 2021 06:17 #2

Both Dunlop and Talalay are great materials but they also have very different characteristics even though they are both essentially latex foam. Dunlop is very soft initially (making it great for a comfort layer on kids beds) but then firms up more quickly than Talalay so it works better as support layers (2nd or lower layer) for adults or in cases where people like a firmer surface to sleep on. If you are more athletic or curvy then you are more likely to benefit from Talalay's larger amount of travel (often people describe this as being more "springy"). Most people usually benefit from at least the top comfort layer being Talalay so replacing your 2" Dunlop with a 2" Talalay in the same ILD would likely feel even more conforming. Beyond this it's going to be up to you to decide what works best.

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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 01 Apr 2021 08:37 #3

thanks, yeah, being 210, i've been told that talalay may not offer the support for heavier builds

have degenerative disk disease, so a battle for me is side sleeping with enough support. the 3" dunlop in 20ILD produced plenty of comfort, but the support was lacking (hips sank further than upper body)

i have a firm and supportive mattress (bett1), so the 2" softened the top a bit, and still got down to the supportive layer below

so i suppose that begs the question, even with talalay being less supportive, will i just squish through that thing so quick at my weight that it will be useless

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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 01 Apr 2021 09:04 #4

At about your weight or higher many latex sellers recommend medium (~28-30ILD) instead of soft for comfort layers. It will prevent you from sinking right through a softer layer, give you better support along with comfort, and have better durability. If you decide to go with Talalay over Dunlop for the comfort layer, a blended Talalay (blend of natural and synthetic) while being cheaper than all natural is believed to actually be more durable. Best of luck with your project!

- Bill

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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 01 Apr 2021 16:39 #5

thanks bill

do the synthetic talalays 'feel' the same?

i wish there was a better way to evaluate

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Analysis Paralysis - Dunlop v Talalay v Synthetic Talalay 01 Apr 2021 17:58 #6

Some find that all natural Talalay is a little softer than the blended variety. Natural Talalay cannot be made to meet an exact ILD so it's usually specified to be within an ILD range, where the blended type can be made more precisely to a specific ILD.

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