Frequently Answered Questions
What's the difference between your All-Latex mattresses, Model 1 and Model 2?
The Model 1 is based on the classic European latex mattress that has been in production since the 1960’s. Tried and true, this model is one of our simplest and most effective mattresses. Model 1 is made from a 6″ thick core of 100% Natural Talalay Latex. This “mono-core” construction makes it a fully-reversible mattress, and it’s available in four different firmnesses. The Model 2 builds on the comfort and ingenuity of the Model 1 by adding a softer, independent pillow top layer that sits on the firmer Model 1 style lower. This component-based mattress is one of our most luxurious models, and offers plenty of support while providing a softer, more forgiving surface to sleep on.
Why are the Model 2 and Model 9 constructed with seperate toppers? Why not one piece?
Our two most premium models are constructed this way for a few different reasons:
Ability to flip and rotate. We’ve opted to make these mattresses as flippable as possible to help you extend the life of our already long-lasting mattresses. As latex is a fairly heavy material, we decided that, in this case, two pieces are better than one. Flip the upper, flip the lower, rotate, repeat! We recommend that you flip your mattress once every three to six months for optimum lifespan.
Body Contouring. When the topper is free-floating it is not restricted in its movement. This allows it to move more freely and conform to the curves of the user. Think shoulders, hips, and the small of your back. With the independent topper, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, while still being more than adequately supported by the firmer lower half of the construction of your mattress.
Modular Longevity. Our mattresses last for a long time, but even the longest lasting mattress will eventually need to be replaced. Modular construction of the Model 2 and the Model 9 allows you to replace the topper independently of the lower, increasing the life of the mattress. By replacing the topper, and reusing the denser, less compression-prone lower, our clients can save both money, and help the environment by replacing only the necessary components!
What happens if my partner and I can't agree on a firmness level?
Here at Fawcett, as a result of our direct-to-consumer business model, we are able to manufacture your mattress just the way you and your partner prefers. If you can’t agree on one firmness, we can individualize each side of the mattress by using different firmnesses of latex on either side! This generally works best with a King mattress, as it has enough real estate to make this a viable option. In keeping with our all-natural methodology, the latex is joined together with a water-based adhesive, for a comfortable, seamless construction!
I tend to sleep hot. Does Natural Talalay Latex regulate temperature well?
If you sleep hot, you’re in luck! Natural Talalay Latex is an inherently temperature-neutral material. It has a corral like open cell structure that doesn’t retain heat. In addition, pin holes throughout the latex rubber core facilitate an increased ariflow in a simple but effective and natural manner. We also add a layer of Joma wool to all of our mattresses. We place this wool directly on top of the latex to further increase the temperature regulation, and to improve upon moisture wicking properties of the latex. Wrap all of that in a luxurious organic ticking, and you’ve got a mattress that keeps you at just the right temperature, all night, every night.
What’s the difference between Natural Talalay latex and synthetic memory foam?
There are several differences between Natural Talalay Latex and memory foam. Some might even say they are like “night and day” different.
Memory foam is a heat sensitive, pressure reducing material. Many customers find their memory foam matresses restricting, somewhat like quicksand, limiting their ability to move around freely while in bed. Once fully depressed memory foam no longer provides any feedback or support and relies on the layers below for comfort. Our 100% natural botanical latex is incredibly supportive and resilient. It will not restrict your movement, providing you with adequate support and body contouring.
Memory foam can feel very hot to sleep on. This is primarily attributed to its limited breathability. Although many manufacturers offer “breathable,” or “gel cooled” memory foam, they still sleep, in general, much hotter than latex. Talalay latex has an open, “coral-like” cell structure that breathes and temperature regulates very well. In addition to that, the latex core contains pin holes from top to bottom that further increase airflow. This air circulation will make sweaty nights a thing of the past. With natural latex you will feel just right on a cold winter and a hot summer nights alike.
From a health perspective, memory foam is one of the worst emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals have been known to cause both short and long-term adverse effects in humans. Memory foam mattresses off-gas for months, polluting your home and your body. Conversely our natural latex is made from the sap of the Hevea Brasiliensis tree. It is a natural and earth-based product. 100% Natural Latex does not off-gas and will not release any harmful chemicals into your environment.
Memory foam is a petroleum based product. Unfortunately, purchasing a memory foam mattress indirectly supports the petrochemical industry. Natural Latex is a renewable and sustainable material. It is a carbon neutral product. This means that the rubber trees which natural latex comes from capture carbon from the atmosphere. The carbon being captured offsets all of the carbon footprint required for the manufacturing and shipping of the latex products.
What kind of support do I need for my mattress? Can I use my current box spring?
Our mattresses are designed to work on any firm, flat surface provided there is adequate support and ventilation. This includes box springs, slatted bed frames and pedestal bases. If you are using a slatted sleep surface we recommend the slats be no more than 3” apart. Any compromise in your base surface will transfer to your mattress, it’s imperative that your mattress be adequately supported – if your support sags, your mattress will too. We’ve got some options for quality bases. Just ask us.
Will my fitted sheets fit on your mattresses? I’m worried the sheet pockets won’t be deep enough
Which one is better, your "all latex" mattresses or the Hybrid models with inner springs?
Both options have considerable lifespans, and will provide a comfortable sleep surface for many years to come. In this case, it all comes down to personal preference!