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|Puffy is a foam mattress with a soft, accomodating feel and a machine washable cover to help get rid of those pesky dust mites.|
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|Zenhaven is a premium and natural latex mattress with dual firmness levels and an organic cotton cover.|
|A supportive mattress that combines coils and latex foam, which is naturally antimicrobial. Could be a very nice mattress to ward off dust mites.|
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|Novosbed is a memory foam mattress that's available in three firmness levels and has a special, washable cover.|
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If you suffer from allergies the way I do, shoot me a tweet and I’ll send you a bottle of Allegra, some eye drops, and a case (yes, a case) of tissues, because allergies are no joke and I understand your struggle.
One of the worst things about having allergies is that just about anywhere and anything can harbor potential allergy triggers. You ever drive past a tree and then BAM your eyes are watering and you’re sneezing so much you’ve become a road hazard? Don’t worry. It’s not your fault. It happens to the best of us.
But the point is that while we can’t avoid allergy attacks out in the world at large, we can do something about those scratchy, sneezey, sleepless nights.
In this post, we’ve compiled a list of mattresses that can actually help us poor allergy-prone souls get a better night’s sleep. We’ll breakdown the benefits of each bed and also give you some tips and tools for finding the right mattress for you.
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Why Puffy is a nice option for allergy sufferers — Puffy was a no-brainer for this list because it’s a neutral, accomodating mattress that a lot of people will enjoy. But, the biggest selling point for allergy sufferers in particular is the washable cover. Unlike the vast majority of online mattresses, Puffy has a removable cover that is machine washable. This is great for anyone that needs to clean regularly and wants to do a thorough job on their mattress as well.
What Puffy Feels Like — Puffy is a lot like Casper, Leesa, and Lull in that it has more of a flat profile. You wouldn’t really call it a memory foam mattress nor would you call it a poly foam bed. It has elements of both, and we think the vast majority of people will like how it feels. It’s easy to switch positions on, it offers pressure relief, and it contours to the shape of your body.
Washable Cover — You can read more about the washable cover on Puffy’s website, but the gist of it is that the top portion of the bed is removable for easy cleaning. The company suggests that you use cold water and mild detergent. The washable cover can be helpful in keeping your room truly clean and negates the need in some cases for a mattress protector. We wish more beds had the washable cover.
Medium & Petite Sleepers — Most of the foam beds out there are best for individuals that weigh under 230-250 lb. Puffy is in that class, along with a heck of a lot of other beds.
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Why Zenhaven is a great bed for people with allergies — The main reason Zenhaven had to be on this list is that it’s a latex foam bed. It’s actually made entirely of latex, excluding the cover (which is organic cotton). Again, latex is a naturally hypoallergenic foam. Even more, Zenhaven is a luxury mattress that’s double sided, allowing you to choose from a medium-firm side and a firm side.
Firmness Profile — The “main” side of the bed is about a medium-firm on our soft/firm scale. It’s best for back and stomach sleepers, but we also think combo sleepers will be fine as well. The “bottom” side is pretty close to a true firm, and, as such, it’s most ideal for strict back or strict stomach sleepers.
Flipping The Bed — The neat thing about the firmness levels with this bed is that to try them out, all you have to do is flip the mattress. There’s no cover to remove, etc. If it’s too soft for you, flip it. If it’s too firm for you, flip it. It’s pretty simple, but we like that it has the two firmness profiles.
What Latex Foam Feels Like — Latex feels like a bouncy sponge. It’s responsive, but also compresses to allow for pressure relief. To be honest, the Zenhaven mattress is so responsive, it almost feels like a coil mattress. Regardless of whether you like the feel of the bed, however, you will definitely appreciate the workmanship with Zenhaven—it’s a very nice mattress.
Why the Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex made this list — We put this mattress on the list for a few major reasons. Firstly, it uses latex foam, which is a naturally hypoallergenic material. In general, latex beds tend to be a good option for individuals that suffer from seasonal allergies. Even more, it’s supportive, durable, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Firmness Levels — The bed is also available in several firmness levels, meaning you can select whichever is best for your specific needs. If you’re a side sleeper, they make a Plush and Medium option. If you’re a back/stomach sleeper, they make a Medium and Firm version. While we really like the Avocado mattress, Nest Bedding offers more in the way of firmness options and (realistically) has the more affordable bed.
Heavy People — Most of the time, we steer individuals weighing 250 lb (give or take) toward coil mattresses since they tend to offer better long-term support. The kicker here is that latex is typically more durable than poly foams, which bodes well for the longevity of this mattress. We’d say that this bed can handle petite, medium, and heavy individuals.
Price — You might be surprised to hear that a latex bed with a lifetime warranty retails for under $2,000. Well, the queen size Nest Hybrid Latex mattress is quite a bit under $2,000. In fact, as of this post, it’s under $1,500.
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Why Novosbed is worth your consideration — We had to include Novosbed for three main reasons. First off, it has a removable, machine-washable cover, which is rare to see. Further, the bed is offered in three firmness levels so we don’t need to guess what is right for you—they likely have the right firmness level for your situation. And lastly, Novosbed has a true memory foam feel for anyone that likes a sink-in feel with their bed.
Washable Cover — Similar to Puffy, Novosbed has a special cover that can be removed for cleaning. If you look at the image above, the bed is split on the side into a grey portion and white portion. The blue seam is the zipper. When you remove the cover for washing, you’re just removing the very top layer, which means it’s easy to get back on as well. You can read more about it on Novosbed.com.
Comfort+ Kit — Beyond the cover, one thing that we really appreciate about Novosbed is that there’s a way to make the bed feel firmer or softer. During the initial trial period, you can request a Comfort+ Kit, which is essentially a cover extender and an extra slab of foam. If you want a firmer bed, you can just request the firm Comfort+ kit. Same goes for the soft Comfort+ Kit. It really is a clever idea, and it only takes a few minutes to get all setup.
Memory Foam — We’ve tested a lot of mattresses, but Novosbed is among the few that have a prototypical memory foam feel. In other words, you lay on the bed and you slowly sink into it. It almost creates a little cocoon for your body to lay in. Some people are all about memory foam and others aren’t. It really just comes down to personal preference. If you like memory foam, you’ll probably like Novosbed.
The Slumber Yard team has posted dozens of mattress reviews, mattress comparisons, and best lists. We’re not newbies to this and we’re familiar with a lot of companies and mattress models in the bed-in-a-box and mattress industry at large.
We’re a bunch of normal people of varying body and sleeper types, so our reviews are practical and intended to reflect how you, the non-sleep scientist consumer, will experience the bed. We also make sure to include disclaimers about how some things, like feel and firmness, are subjective and may be different for you than they are for us.
Like we said, we’ve reviewed a lot of beds. For this post, we went back through our mattress stacks and picked out the ones with materials and constructions that we’ve found to be especially allergy- and health-friendly.
Hopefully, there’s a bed on this list for everyone, but if you don’t see anything that’s just right for you, we suggest jumping over to our post on Best Natural & Organic Beds because they tend to have hypoallergenic materials, as well.
When you start looking for a mattress, you’ll probably notice a lot of buzzwords and big claims about how healthy and great any given bed is, but it can be hard to know how true those claims are. Thankfully, there are certifications you can look for that will let you know what’s really going on with the materials in a mattress.
CertiPUR-US: This is a foam certification, that basically means the foam is healthy for you and for the environment. You can get all the specifics on the CertiPUR-US website.
GREENGUARD Gold: This certification means that the product is suitable for places like healthcare facilities and in schools. They certify a lot of things, not just mattresses, but in all cases, it means that the product has low VOC exposure and is made with low-emitting materials. That makes the bed safe for children, the elderly, and other sensitive individuals.
GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard): This one is (obviously) about latex materials. A GOLS certification guarantees that the product (latex) contains at least 95% certified organic raw materials. There are requirements for the filler materials, too, to ensure that those are safe and have low emissions as well.
All of these certifications have their own websites, so you can check those out for more information on the requirements, testing methods, and the like.
If your goal here is to stamp down those awful allergy symptoms, paying attention to the materials in your mattress can help you achieve that goal.
The first material that comes to mind is natural latex. Latex is a natural antimicrobial foam, as well as a natural insect repellent. Having natural latex in your bed’s construction can help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew and can also stop dust mites from moving in to your mattress, all of which can cause allergy attacks and reactions.
It’s also worth noting that even if you have a latex allergy, you should still look into mattresses made with latex materials. I say this because a lot of certified 100% natural latex has gone through a rinse process that removes the natural latex proteins (they’re water soluble), making it hypoallergenic.
We also suggest looking for materials that will have less off-gassing. Off-gassing is the release of chemicals that happens when a mattress that’s been sealed in plastic is opened. With some beds, it can be pretty pungent, causing headaches and sometimes nausea. There are a lot of reviews that can help you find a mattress that doesn’t have overwhelming off-gassing, but you can also check for those CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold certifications, which are generally an indication that the materials used aren’t going to make you sick during that first day or so after unpacking.
Making sure you’re comfortable enough to sleep through the night and to wake up without any aches or pains really comes down to choosing the right firmness and feel for your body and sleeper type. We’ll get into the specifics of sleeper types a little later in this post.
Basically, if you don’t have enough support from your mattress, you’ll likely end up with back pain. Similarly, if you don’t have enough pressure relief from your mattress, you’ll likely end up with back pain. Regardless of what position you sleep in, it’s ideal to keep your spine in alignment and the softness/firmness of your bed is a key player in doing so.
Insufficient pressure relief can also cause poor circulation, which is why you wake up with pins and needles all throughout your arm, for example. So if that’s a problem you tend to have, your bed is probably too firm for your body type and the way you sleep.
We talk all the time about the way your body type affects the way a mattress feels. It’s important to remember (though easy to forget) that feel and firmness are subjective, so the reviews and descriptions you read ought to be considered in the context of your body.
If you’re a heavier person, say 225lb+, you may find a mattress to be pretty soft, while a petite person will find that same mattress to be firmer. Choosing a mattress that’s suitable to your body will go a long way toward sleeping well.
The position you sleep in is also a factor to consider when choosing a bed. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers should look for something with ample support in order to keep their spine in line and prevent waking up with aches. Without proper support around the hips and trunk area, back pain is an unfortunate probability.
Side sleepers should look for a bed that has good pressure relief for the same reason—spine alignment is important no matter how you sleep. When you sleep on your side, you need the mattress to have a little bit of give around your hips and shoulders so that you don’t have a gap under your stomach. And like we mentioned earlier, that pressure relief is what prevents your limbs from succumbing to pins and needles.
If you’re a combination sleeper (you switch positions throughout the night), you’ll want something somewhere in the middle. Of course, just where on the spectrum is totally dependent on you—your body and your preferences.
Keeping your linens frequently washed and your carpets obsessively vacuumed is just a way of life for allergy sufferers. Your mattress should be no exception.
You have two ways of going about this: Either choose a mattress that has a removable, machine washable cover, or purchase a mattress protector that can serve the same purpose.
Just like your sheets and pillows, your mattress cover is made up of fibers that can trap dust, pollen, and other allergens. It doesn’t need to be dealt with as often as your bed sheets, but you shouldn’t forget about it either. There aren’t that many mattresses in the industry that have a cover you can take off and toss in the wash, but mattress protectors are really easy to find.