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There are plenty of benefits that come with opting for a quality organic mattress. Not only will it help you get more restful sleep at night, but it will also give you peace of mind by knowing you made the sustainable and environmentally friendly choice. Just like the produce you see at your local grocery store, organic beds are made from responsibly sourced materials, and they're manufactured without using the harmful chemicals sometimes found in other mattress. Nothing helps you rest easier than the confidence of knowing that the mattress you're seeping on is totally nontoxic, chemical-free and made of often-certified organic material.
Organic latex foam mattresses come from the sap of tropical rubber trees. The organic latex is then baked into a unique foam, and the result feels like a wonderfully supportive, springy and soft sponge. This process creates an eco-friendly, natural mattress that differs from traditional memory foam or convoluted foam mattresses. These entirely natural latex mattress models are also much different from the feel of an innerspring or hybrid mattress.
At the risk of sounding like a bad infomercial, there's more! One of the best things about organic and natural latex beds is that they're breathable (because of their perforations), antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Furthermore, unlike the innerspring or memory foam mattress you grew up on, these mattress models shouldn't cause your allergies (or asthma) to flare up. You're safe from the sniffles and watery eyes, because this is the best mattress type for those with sensitive skin or noses. Why? Household allergens like bacteria, mold and mildew can't grow in the natural latex foam. The best organic mattress for your needs will keep you healthier than the competitors you've tried before. Not every manufacturer with a conventional mattress inventory is able to make the kind of claim that a natural mattress maker can.
I've personally tested over 100 different beds in my years as a mattress expert, solely for the purpose of providing entirely unbiased reviews for people who have no idea where to start when it comes to buying a new mattress. I know that nowadays it can feel like you can't throw a rock without hitting a new mattress company. That's why I'm here. Knowing what you're looking for is key to finding the best mattress to suit your needs, and I'm here to help. I've brushed up on lying down to assist you in the hunt for a good night's sleep.
Below, I discuss the best organic mattress for every type of sleeper, the best low-cost organic bed and even more natural mattress options. I've listed below the original prices for a queen-size model, though mattress deals are pretty common so there's a good chance you'll be able to find them for less.
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7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)
25-year limited warranty
Decorated with several organic certifications and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association, the Avocado mattress is a comfy and eco-friendly bed suited for firm-bed lovers. It is hand-crafted in Los Angeles, and includes details like a button-tufted organic cotton cover and green trim detail around the edges. Upon first glance, Avocado definitely looks like a premium mattress. It also doesn't have an off-gassing smell like popular bed-in-a-box mattresses because it's made without harmful chemicals. Instead, it gives off a nature-like earthy smell that reminds me of the woods.
The Avocado mattress is 11 inches thick and is made from certified organic Dunlop latex foam, organic wool and certified organic cotton. The base is even eco-friendly, made with heavy-duty recycled pocketed steel coils. It'll support any body type from lightweight to larger bodies, but it is a bit on the firm side.
If you're a strict side sleeper, the Avocado Green bed might not be the best organic cotton mattress for you. It doesn't provide much give when you lay on top of it, and doesn't contour to the sides of your body like most side sleepers prefer. It's best suited for back and stomach sleepers who suffer from back pain, and really does a good job at keeping your back supported throughout the night.
With the optional pillow topper, which I highly recommend, makes this bed around a medium-firm or a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This seems to be the sweet spot for back pain sufferers because it offers great support to keep your spine in proper alignment, but there's still pressure relief that allows the foam to cradle your curves. Read more in our full Avocado mattress review.
For the Avocado Green mattress without the organic cotton topper, it'll cost around $1,199 for a twin and $2,299 for a California king.
Organic latex foam hybrid mattress
Medium-firm or 7
Birch is brought to you by Helix, a brand who specializes in being inclusive and values giving the consumer choices. The Birch mattress is its eco-friendly natural and organic model. It has two more layers than the Avocado mattress and incorporates natural OEKO-TEX certified Talalay latex foam, responsibly sourced New Zealand wool and organic cotton.
Birch, like many latex foam beds, is very bouncy and feels really supportive. It's a durable son of a gun thanks to the pocketed coil and latex foam combo. You won't sink into the foam here, but the organic wool batting on top gives it more of a fluffy, airy feel on the top.
I like it a lot because it's a little softer than the Avocado mattress. I don't want to jump the gun though, because it's not soft by any means. I'd rate it around a medium-firm on the scale or around a seven out of 10. It's not quite pressure-relieving enough for most lightweight to moderately sized side sleepers, but larger body types who favor their side will probably enjoy this bed.
Prices for a Birch mattress start at $1,349 and max out at $2,099 for a California king.
Two firmness levels | Medium (5) | Medium-firm (7)
25-year limited warranty
As you can see by this list, soft natural and organic latex mattresses are a little hard to come by. Latex foam is naturally a firmer material, especially when you tie it in with the support of pocketed coils. PlushBeds, however, is an all latex foam bed and is organic from top to bottom with a customizable firmness profile that will suit most side sleepers.
For starters, the Plushbeds Botanical Bliss is available in two firmness levels: Medium and Medium-firm. Side and combination sleepers can opt for the Medium natural latex model which is my favorite. It's bouncy and supportive, but at the same time, gives in more along the curves of my side and allows my spine to be in proper alignment. Either latex mattress model will work for back and stomach sleepers!
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is made with three different layers of foam, and each latex slab has its own firmness level. If you end up thinking your mattress is too soft, you can switch the layers around and adjust the firmness level to your liking. This is a feature I haven't seen in any bed. The setup process is more of a hassle because you have to stack the layers yourself and fit them inside the organic cotton cover, but I can look past this feature because of the versatility it offers.
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is definitely more expensive than your typical bed-in-a-box mattress, but keep in mind it regularly offers substantial discounts. Prices start at $2,799 for a twin, and go up to $3,599 for a California king.
Medium-firm or 7 out of 10
The bar is set high for mattress companies who seek to brand their product as organic or natural, and their price tags often reflect that. From start to finish, there are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to guarantee that materials are organic and sustainably sourced. My Green Mattress, on the other hand, offers natural and organic environmentally safe materials at a lower cost because it manufactures all of its beds in its own family-owned factory.
My Green Mattress Natural Escape is 11 inches thick, and is made with three different layers. The first is a supportive pocketed coil layer, and on top is natural Dunlop latex foam with natural wool for an extra comfort layer. Imagine a supple, bouncy surface with a light and airy cushion on top. It's not as firm as Avocado, I'd rate it around a medium-firm or a seven out of 10 on the firmness scale.
I'd mostly recommend this mattress to individuals who weigh under 230 pounds because it's not going to be as supportive as the hybrid beds mentioned on this list. As for its most suitable sleeper position matches, I think it's best for back, stomach and combination sleepers.
Prices start at $999 for a twin size mattress and go up to $2,074 for a California king bed.
Latex foam hybrid mattress
Medium or 5
WinkBeds is a luxury mattress brand who prides themselves on making extremely durable and long-lasting mattresses. It puts its beds through a simulation that forces 20 years worth of pressure onto them to ensure it's selling high-quality beds that will last you a decade or longer. The EcoCloud is the company's organic offering, and it's one of the most pressure-relieving latex hybrid mattresses on the market.
Many latex hybrid mattresses like Birch or Avocado come in a firmness level around medium-firm or even firm, which is great for people who want support. However, if you're a side sleeper or suffer from joint pain, you want a bed with a more balanced feel -- there's where EcoCloud comes in.
This bed is made with recycled steel coils with a zoned design to provide targeted pressure relief to the shoulders and hips. The top layers include natural Talalay latex, organic cotton and premium New Zealand wool to give you an all-natural and organic sleeping experience.
I'd rate the firmness around a medium or a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. It teeters between soft and firm, making it supportive, but amply pressure-relieving for folks who suffer from hip and shoulder pain, or like to sleep on their side. It also comes with strong reinforcements along the edges, a plus for couples who share a mattress and get forced to the sides.
Prices for this bed range from $1,399 for a twin size mattress to $2,399 for a California king.
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Organic mattress FAQs
What is the best organic mattress?
Some of the best organic mattresses include:
- Avocado Green Mattress
- Birch Mattress
- My Green Mattress Natural Escape
- PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress
- EcoCloud mattress by WinkBeds
What is an organic mattress?
A mattress must contain at least 95% organic materials to qualify for an organic certification from the US Department of Agriculture. The company that made the mattress must also follow tight sustainability regulations during the farming and manufacturing processes. Otherwise, you cannot market your Talalay or Dunlop latex mattress as "organic," only "natural."
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
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