This list includes several of the top rated organic and all natural mattresses on the market, as well as a few non-toxic beds that use poly foam. In this post, we’ll discuss materials, certifications, and the benefits of opting for an eco-friendly mattress.
What is more natural than sleep? I ask you, good mattress consumers of the Slumber Yard audience, what is more inherently human than crash landing into snooze city? Nothing. Not. One. Thing.
And seeing as sleep is such a natural thing, it’s understandable that you might want to do that sleeping on an equally all natural mattress. Here’s our list of the best natural and organic mattresses on the market today.
For this post, we’ve pulled together a list of mattresses made with natural and/or organic materials, as well as given you some tips and tools to help you figure out which one is right for you. We’ll go over materials and certifications and talk about what kind of benefits you’ll get from going green.
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Memory Foam Hybrid
|Brentwood Oceano is one of the most comfortable hybrid mattresses money can buy. While It’s not fully natural or organic, but it is made using eco-friendly materials. This is flat-out one of our favorite memory foam mattresses for side sleepers.|
|Avocado is perhaps the most highly sought after natural and organic mattress online. It's comfortable, well-constructed, and contains high quality materials. They even make a fully vegan mattress.|
|While Birch is a newer hybrid mattress, it's made by industry veteran Helix Sleep. It reminds us an awful lot of Avocado in terms of construction, but it's a bit softer in general.|
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|Awara combines pocketed coils, natural foam, and a certified organic cotton cover to make a firm, extra-supportive mattress. It also sells for under $1,000 for the queen size!|
|Natural Escape by My Green Mattress is an affordable eco-friendly mattress that looks great, smells great, and is very comfortable. It's just a hair more expensive than Awara, but is a softer overall mattress, making it more ideal for side sleepers.|
Certified Organic Options
|Available in an all natural version and a certified organic version, the Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex is simply one of the best organic and natural mattresses that money can buy.|
|Check Price||Zenhaven is a luxurious, all natural foam mattress with an organic cotton cover (that we just love). It’s flippable and has a firm and a medium-firm side. The IDLE Sleep Latex Hybrid is also another great option if you want a flippable bed.|
|EcoCloud is the natural and organic bed from WinkBeds. It has coils, latex foam, and wool, but the big differentiator is that the bed is close to a "medium" on the soft/firm scale, making it softer than many of the other beds on this list.|
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To put together this list, we went back to all the beds we’ve tested in the past and sorted out the ones that are particularly eco-friendly. From there, we picked out our favorites. We’ve tried to include a decent variety in terms of sleeper type accommodation and other features. We want there to be a good option for everyone.
Also, from time-to-time we will update this list, so don’t be shocked if things shuffle around the next time you visit this page. Our goal is to keep it as current as possible and update it whenever necessary, especially when we test out new mattresses that are worthy of being on the list.
Brentwood’s Oceano mattress is an eco-friendly hybrid bed that will accommodate all types of sleepers. The mattress is a whopping 14.5” thick and is made with individually wrapped coils on the bottom, Airlux foam and microcoils in the middle, and gel memory foam on top. The construction and materials offer both pressure relief and ample support.
The Oceano also has a soft, non-removable cover made of plant-based Tencel fibers and New Zealand wool. This bed isn’t cheap, but you’re paying for high-end, non-toxic materials.
Technically, it’s not a fully natural or organic mattress, but it’s not a bad option if you don’t mind having a poly foam based bed. The materials used in the Brentwood Oceano are CertiPUR-US certified, so you can rest easy knowing they’re all safe. We like the Oceano so much that we put it on our list of the most comfortable mattresses.
The Avocado is a hybrid mattress made with organic and natural materials. It’s constructed with fabric-encased, recycle-steel coils and 100% GOLS certified organic latex.
For some extra cushion, you can purchase an additional topper to add two more inches of that latex foam, which not only gives you a softer feel, but also some extra thickness for anyone that’s heavier. It’s a pricier mattress, but it’s made with premium natural materials and has a really nice, earthy aesthetic. You can see prices and check for deals using the green discount box above.
Plus, you won’t have to deal with any of that foul off-gassing and the cover is made with soft organic cotton and wool imported from India. It actually smells really great, almost like a burlap sack or a famers’ market.
Overall, Avocado is a firmer bed that’s going to be particularly good for back and stomach sleepers. It also is available in a vegan option for anyone that wants a bed without the cool layers.
If you’re interested in Avocado, but don’t want to spend up for the topper to get the medium-firm comfort level, allow me to introduce to you Birch, the newest mattress from Helix Sleep. It’s made with pocketed coils, Talalay latex foam, wool, and organic cotton, but the best part is that it’s not overly firm.
From the outset, Birch is about a medium-firm (similar to Avocado with the topper), but you can also purchase a topper soften it up even more. If you’re a petite side sleeper, that’s the way to go.
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Awara is one of our favorite latex mattresses given that it’s supportive, durable, comfortable, well-made, and has plenty of certifications. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s backed by a “forever” warranty and comes with a 365-night trial window.
If you’re a strict side sleeper, Awara wouldn’t be our first recommendation, but we do think it’s a wonderful pickup for stomach and/or back sleepers. And if you’re heavy, it’s a nice option too since Awara is 13″ thick with 9″ pocketed coils.
Awara also happens to be one of the most affordable natural and organic beds on the market. So long as you know you’re getting a firmer bed with plenty of bounce, you should be happy with Awara—it’s clearly not your standard online foam bed.
The Natural Escape mattress from MyGreenMattress.com is an eco-friendly bed that incorporates natural latex, 100% organic cotton, and New Zealand wool. It’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, making it a good option for allergy sufferers and any other sensitive individuals. We like that it doesn’t have an overwhelming new mattress smell and that it offers ample support given that it has coils and latex foam.
One of our favorite things about the Natural Escape mattress is that it’s really affordable, especially when you compare it to other natural and organic mattresses. To give you an idea of prices, Natural Escape sells for about $1,300 before any discounts for the queen size. If you have a coupon code, the price comes down to about $1,200 typically.
Like the Nest Bedding Latex Mattress, the Hybrid Latex Mattress is offered in two versions: (1) certified organic and (2) all-natural. It also comes in multiple firmness levels per version. They make a Plush, Soft, Medium, and Firm model, which means all sleeper types should be just fine with this bed.
It also happens to be a highly durable mattress (backed by a lifetime warranty). The combination of pocketed coils and latex foam make for a resilient, supportive, responsive mattress.
Zenhaven is a flippable foam mattress that has a Soft and Firm side, although we’d actually rate them as medium-firm and firm, respectively. It’s made by Saatva, which is a brand recognized for its eco-friendly practices and use of quality materials.
The bed is bouncy and responsive and sleeps cooler than its memory foam or poly foam counterparts. The natural latex makes this mattress antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Plus, the organic cotton cover is soft and has a nice, earthy smell.
Zenhaven is slightly expensive for the online mattress realm, but it’s actually fairly affordable by typical latex foam bed standards.
If you’re interested in a flippable mattress, but want one with coils, meet the IDLE Sleep Latex Hybrid. It is hard to find many downsides with the IDLE Sleep Latex Hybrid. It’s a flippable mattress that’s supportive, durable, and responsive—oh, and it does a good job of regulating temperature as well.
And since this is a double-sided mattress, IDLE Sleep allows you to select your firmness preference for each side. You can create a mattress with two “Firm” sides, two “Soft” sides, or one with a “Firm” side and a “Soft” side. We have not seen many brands offer this level of flexibility and we think it’s part of what makes this a standout mattress.
But why would you want to flip your mattress? Great question. It’s all about longevity. Typically, with a new mattress, you want to break it in and then rotate the bed two to four times per year, so that it wears evenly.
With the IDLE Latex Hybrid, you not only can rotate the bed, but you can flip it, which in theory should lengthen the useful life of the mattress. This is particularly helpful for couples and heavier individuals that tend to put more stress on a mattress.
This mattress makes a lot of sense for anyone that really cares about durability, support, and having options (“Soft” vs “Firm” and lifetime warranty). It doesn’t hurt that it also uses naturally cooler materials (coils and latex) and has an organic cotton cover that smells like a burlap sack (in a good way, it’s very earthy). The only real downside that we could note for someone with back pain is that the bed doesn’t come with free white glove delivery or setup, which means you should have a friend, family member, or neighbor help you get it all setup—don’t want to aggravate that back any further.
Like many other hybrid latex mattresses, EcoCloud it incorporates pocketed coils and natural latex foam. The overall feel of the bed is bouncy and responsive, yet still very comfortable.
In fact, while the majority of latex beds are in the medium-firm area, EcoCloud is closer to a true medium, meaning it will accomodate all sleeping styles. To be clear, it’s not a “soft” mattress, but it is softer than a lot of the other options you might have considered previously.
This is a newer mattress from a big name brand—that being WinkBeds—so, while you might not recognize the name “EcoCloud,” the brand behind EcoCloud has a fantastic reputation (the bed is also backed by a lifetime warranty). And we think the direction they went with this mattress makes a lot of sense. Rather than make another extra firm bed, WinkBeds created EcoCloud to appeal to all people, including side sleepers.
This might not be something you put a lot of thought into. You may be here in this post because you were actively searching out information, but you also might be here because you were just perusing and thought Hey, that’s not something I know about. If you’re the former, you probably already have a good idea of the benefits that come with a natural mattress, but if you’re the latter, here’s a few reasons you might want to consider an eco-friendly bed.
For one, if a bed is marketed on the fact that it’s made with natural and/or organic materials, it’s probably hypoallergenic. There are a lot of allergy sufferers out there, and they (we) all sleep. And I’d be willing to bet we’re all kept awake by sneezes and itchy throats and watery eyes. So a mattress that can help cut back on those reactions is a plus, if you ask me.
It’s also common for natural and/or organic mattresses to have antimicrobial properties. That means the materials prevent the growth of microorganisms. Things like mold, mildew, and bacteria in general. Now, mold is bad news for allergy sufferers, but it’s also just gross. So we like that a natural mattress often means a mold-resistant mattress. Obviously, no one wants mold growing in their bed, but a lot of people are particularly allergic. Not only do you get the long list of general seasonal allergy symptoms (sneezing, coughing, itchiness, etc.), but you can also end up with pretty awful headaches. It’s safe to say this is something we’d all like to avoid and a natural mattress can help us do that.
The materials used in these natural mattresses can also help prevent little buggies (like dust mites) creeping into your sleep space. Dust mites are known to take up in mattresses and, honestly, I think it’s rude—They’re never invited, they just show up. The idea of dust mites literally makes my skin crawl, but more practically, they do cause problems and allergic reactions. If you find that you’re having flare ups of asthma or eczema, there’s an unfortunately high chance you’re dealing with dust mites. But getting a natural bed can be a big step towards a mite-free mattress. We’ll talk about specific materials to look for later in this post.
One of the mattress-related things that makes me scrunch up my nose is that overwhelming fresh-out-of-the-box mattress smell. And there’s actually a real name and reason for that smell. It’s called off-gassing and it’s the release of chemicals in a gas form. It happens with a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses because they’re made with various chemicals and then vacuum-packed into air-tight plastic. That packing seals in all the chemical fumes, so when you unwrap your new bed, they’re all let out and it’s not subtle. Off-gassing can be particularly pungent if the mattress has been sitting in its plastic wrapping in a warm staging area, such as a warehouse or manufacturing facility. If you happen to be sensitive to off-gassing, it can actually make you nauseous and cause headaches. Off-gassing doesn’t last forever—just a few days—but it’s still inconvenient and can be off-putting. With a natural bed (and often with non-natural, but still eco-friendly beds), though, you don’t have to deal with off-gassing. There’s still a new mattress smell, but it’s more akin to taking a big whiff of a new book. The bed should smell good, almost earthy. We much prefer that to a chemical smell.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m an entry level eco-nerd. I don’t use straws at restaurants, I’ll always opt for glass over plastic, and I bring my own containers and bags to the grocery store. Beds that are marketed on their natural and organic qualities are attractive to me because companies that focus on natural materials also focus on eco-friendly manufacturing. You can generally find information on a company’s eco-conscious practices by visiting their website. Zenhaven, for example, has a great page that talks about their materials and manufacturing methods.
When you’re shopping for an eco-friendly mattress, you’ll be pretty much accosted with the companies’ advertising tactics. There are a lot of buzzwords and phrases that get thrown around in the industry, but it can be hard to know just how well a company backs up their claims. Thankfully, there are organizations who look into that sort of thing. You can think of these certifications as stamps of eco-approval.
CertiPUR-US: Look for this certification on petrochemical foam materials. So, poly and memory foam. It basically means the foam is healthy for you and for the environment. According to the CertiPUR-US website, a certified foam is made without ozone depleters, without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants, without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, without formaldehyde, without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).
GREENGUARD Gold: This certification assures 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, according to the certification website.
GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard): This one guarantees that the product contains at least 95% certified organic raw materials. Keep in mind that the product, in this case, is the latex itself, not the whole mattress. There are requirements for the filler materials, too, to ensure that those are safe and have low emissions, as well. A GOLS certification also means that the manufacturers follow eco-friendly guidelines in their production.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): GOTS is similar to GOLS, but it refers to textiles instead of foams. For a mattress, that means the cover material and usually the flame-retardant layer. A GOTS certification means the fabric is primarily made up of certified organic fibers and that—like GOLS—the manufacturers are an environmentally-conscious bunch.
If you’d like more information on any of these certifications, they all have websites you can check out. You can get the lowdown on their testing processes, the specifics of their requirements, and the details of their organizations.
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Just like there are certifications to look for when shopping for a natural mattress, there are also specific materials that are often used in eco-friendly beds.
CertiPUR-US foam is super common (poly and memory foams, remember). Bed-in-a-box mattresses are either all-foam beds or hybrid beds (includes both foam and coils). Either way, though, there’s foam involved and an eco-friendly mattress made with those types of foams should be CertiPUR-US certified. I would also note that sometimes companies will toss around the words “natural” and “organic,” but it will only refer to the mattress cover as opposed to the internal materials, because poly and memory foams are not natural.
If a whole bed, not just the cover, is advertised as natural and/or organic, the foam layers are probably latex. Again, it should be GOLS certified. Latex is a natural insect repellent and is antimicrobial, so a latex layer is going to discourage those pesky dust mites and also help prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Plus, it makes for a nice spongy-soft feeling bed and breathes well.
Covers on these eco-friendly mattresses are usually made with either 100% organic New Zealand wool, 100% organic cotton, or a combination of the two. This is where you keep an eye out for those organic and textile certifications. The New Zealand wool is also frequently used as part of a flame-retardant layer. By law, every mattress has to have one, and a lot of them are done with potentially harmful chemicals. The wool is a much nicer, natural option. This is not to say that the chemical flame-retardants are terrible and should absolutely be avoided, just that if there’s a natural alternative available, we tend to prefer it.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, less than 1% of people in the United States are allergic to latex. So, yes, it is true that you could be allergic to latex and you should definitely consult your doctor if you experience any adverse reactions due to a latex bed, but chances are you will be completely fine.
Even if you’re part of that unfortunate 1%, you can still look into mattresses made with latex materials that have been GOLS certified 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.
Also keep in mind that your skin won’t be in direct contact with the latex—there’s at least a cover between you and the foam.
If you want a natural and/or organic mattress, chances are that you will be paying a moderate premium for the bed. My hunch is that you won’t be up in arms with this since all these certifications and extra requirements rightly cost more money. Generally, companies will do their best to be competitive with prices, but selling an eco-friendly mattress does typically allot them more leeway in terms of charging higher prices. They know most people will be fine with it and, therefore, they squeeze in a little extra profit. Who can blame them? All this is to say that you should brace yourself a bit before you peek at the price tag.