Ultimate Dreams Total Latex Overview
The Ultimate Dreams Total Latex mattress is an all Talalay latex mattress made by a family owned manufacturer called Dreamfoam Bedding, sold exclusively online. This review is for their medium feel which they call a “Level 6.” The mattress is available in 7 different levels of firmness. On my usual scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very firm and 10 being very soft, I place this right smack dab in the middle at a 5.
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The Total Latex mattress is a 10” thick spring-free mattress with a removable zipper cover made from Bamboo. It’s wrapped with organic wool which acts as an insulator and allows it to meet the federal fire guidelines without all the harsh chemicals.
The mattress starts with a 6” Talalay latex core and it’s topped with an exchangeable 3” comfort layer of Talalay latex.
What is Latex?
So, not everyone is familiar with what latex even is. Europeans have used latex as spring-free mattresses for decades but it’s still a fairly new concept in America. Latex is a unique type of foam that’s made from the sap of the Havea Brasilienis tree, also known as the Rubber Tree. This is blended Talalay, which means it’s made from the natural sap and processed with natural, biodegradable ingredients to make the latex. It’s Oeko Tex 100 certified – a difficult certification to attain – and it means there’s nothing in the bed that is in any way harmful to humans or the environment.
It’s very green. If you’re making an effort to live a green lifestyle and you’ve been looking for a bed that’s made from materials that come from the earth, I think you’ll appreciate this. Bamboo is a renewable resource and it grows prolifically without the use of pesticides. It even improves soil quality where it grows. It’s actually softer than cotton and it’s extremely breathable.
The organic wool underneath helps keep you warmer when it’s cold, and cooler when it’s hot. I’m a big proponent of wool. It’s actually one of the most amazing natural fibers in existence.
The mattress is very durable and supportive. Back support is excellent. If you want to get a mattress that’s not going to sag for a really long time, this is the one to go with. An all-latex will outlast any other type of mattress in any category. Latex beds have been known to last for up to 30 years. (Mattress stores hate beds like this. They want you buying a new mattress every 8 years or less. I’ve heard several industry executives shamelessly brag about how their #1 goal is shortening the consumer buying cycle.)
It’s also THE best option for pressure relief. Pressure mapping tests have been able to prove that Latex provides 33% more pressure relief than memory foam. Pressure points along the body can cause you to toss and turn more and it can interrupt your sleep, so by reducing those pressure points you significantly improve your quality of sleep. It’s also more breathable than memory foam and it conforms to the body instantly. By the way, latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites.
One potential negative is that at $1899 for a queen, this mattress is slightly higher priced than the other mattresses that I recommend in other categories, and that’s because latex is expensive material. However, for something like this it’s best to think of it as a long term investment. Most other all Talalay latex mattresses sold in stores can range between $2500 to over $6,000, so it’s still significantly less expensive than most. I have yet to find a better all Talalay latex mattress for less than this one. They can offer it for so much less because they are factory direct. They’ve got a massive manufacturing facility in Arizona. No middleman here. No huge retail store markups.
Another problem some people might have is that it’s really heavy. Latex is really heavy material and it’s floppy. This isn’t really a problem until you decide to move, but at least you know this mattress is very substantial. But remember that you can remove the top layer to make it easier. Also, this is a “no-flip” mattress. No flipping needed, though you should rotate it head to toe every so often.
And while the majority of this mattress is made from natural materials, it’s not a certified organic mattress. If it were, it would be a lot more expensive and that’s because there’s a massive cost increase for the raw materials when they are certified organic. But as I mentioned earlier, the latex is certified to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard to be completely safe and contain no harmful chemicals or treatments.
So, in conclusion this is one of my top picks for a spring-free mattress. It meets my criteria for an excellent value and what I recommend looking for in a healthy and green spring-free mattress. It’s just awesome.
A huge plus is that it is customizable. Only a very small percentage of mattresses out there are made to your specifications, certainly not at this price, so what they’ve been able to put together with this bed is impressive.
Tip #1: Keep in mind that you shouldn’t feel pressured to decide right away, just add it to your cart and amazon will keep it there for up to 3 months until you finalize the order. However, it won’t reserve the mattress. More information here. You can also bookmark this page for reference.
Tip #2: Be sure to use a waterproof mattress protector with this mattress. Latex is pretty delicate and you really don’t want to expose it to moisture or sunlight because it can turn brittle. By protecting your mattress from the very beginning you’ll be preserving the comfort of the mattress for a very long time. I recommend something like the Luna premium mattress protector because it’s very thin.
|1||Extra Firm||Back or stomach sleepers who need to be on something very firm.|
|3||Firm||Back or stomach sleepers who prefer fairly firm surfaces.|
|5||Medium Firm||Back, stomach or side sleepers. Medium with a hint of firmness.|
|6||Medium||Back, stomach or side sleepers. Not too hard, not too soft. True medium. (Recommended)|
|7||Medium Plush||Back, stomach or side sleepers. Medium with a hint of softness.|
|8||Plush||Side or back sleepers who want to sink in slightly. (Recommended for those with Fibromyalgia.)|
|10||Ultra Plush||Side or back sleepers who enjoy a soft feel. (Recommended for those with Fibromyalgia.)|