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|Awara is a latex hybrid made with various natural and organic materials, but it’s available at a really approachable price point. In fact, in the eco-friendly space, it's one of the only mattresses under $1,000 (after discount for the queen).|
|Of all natural latex hybrid mattresses, Avocado is one with a good deal of name recognition because of their quality products and the company’s environmental activism.|
The market for natural choices has expanded immensely in the past few years, everything from cleaning products to shoes have been designed to appeal to green-minded shoppers. The mail-order mattress industry is no exception to this change—there are a lot of options to choose from, and Awara and Avocado are both a great pick. In this list, we will look at the similarities and differences between these two beds based on categories such as:
Alright, now that we’ve gotten that covered, read on for more information.
On average, people spend about a third of their life in bed, so it is no surprise that folks are starting to push for beds that provide the peace of mind of natural and organic materials. To be clear, just because a mattress does not fall into the natural and organic category does not mean that it is a bad or unhealthy product. There are rigorous health and safety standards that all beds must meet in order to be marketable.
Still, there are a lot of people who are very passionate about the impact—both on the environment and on their bodies—of products that they use. Going for a mattress like Avocado or Awara comes with several assurances that you will know exactly what is inside of your bed and where it came from.
This kind of transparency is an important feature of the marketing for these two beds and one of the main reasons that they are so popular. If you have decided to seek out a natural mattress and Avocado and Awara have made it on to your shortlist, it might seem impossible to narrow things down to just one bed. They are both great contenders within their category, but there are some differences that we will offer to hopefully assist you in your decision.
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Perhaps the most notable similarity between Awara and Avocado is their construction. They are both comprised of supportive pocketed coils and a bouncy layer of latex foam. The layers have a few differences in terms of thickness and material specifications though.
Awara uses 9” of pocketed coils to provide a springy and supportive base to the bed. Pocketed coils are very durable and the individually siloed nature of the steel springs makes the bed a little bit better at limiting motion transfer over all.
Adorning the coils is a 4” layer of Dunlop latex foam, which carries a Rainforest Alliance certification. Latex foam is a sponge-like material that is produced with natural goods. The porousness of the foam layer allows for a good deal of air flow and does not trap heat as much as other foams, such as memory foams, might.
Awara is then topped with a natural wool and cotton Euro top cover which softens up the bed a little bit. Cotton is a really versatile material that is stretchy without sagging and soft without being slippery. It is also breathable and durable, just like the rest of the materials in this mattress. Beds like Awara are typically successful at temperature regulation and will be a pretty good mattress for hot sleepers.
Here at the Slumber Yard, we have a team of people who help us determine the feel and firmness rating of every bed that we get in. We typically try to describe what somebody with an average build would likely experience when laying on this bed. With this in mind, we rated Awara somewhere around a medium-firm—several of the people on our team consider a “medium-firm+” meaning it’s just a hair firmer than Avocado with the pillow top.
Those with a heavier build might find that Awara feels slightly softer, and those with a more petite frame might think that Awara is properly firm. It’s all a matter of personal preference and the size and shape, as well as the sleeper type, of each individual really plays into a what a bed feels like.
Based on our firmness rating above, we think Awara would be an awesome option for back and stomach sleepers—people who need a bit more spinal support from their mattress.
Side sleepers typically need a mattress that is a bit softer and more accommodating to pressure relief as their sleeping position puts some extra strain on shoulders and hips, so Awara might not be the best choice for them unless they’re on the heavier side. We prefer Avocado with the pillow top to Awara for side sleepers.
When two beds are pretty similar, the comparison might come down to the different perks offered by the company and how the price tags stack up. As previously mentioned, Awara is the more affordable option when placed head-to-head against Avocado.
When you purchase the Awara mattress, you should expect to spend around $1,200 for a Queen sized bed. Clearly, there are a lot of beds on the market that are much cheaper than Awara, but when compared to other beds in the natural and organic tier, Awara is fairly affordable.
Natural latex foam is a pretty expensive material to manufacture, and all of the certifications and quality assurances that accompany natural beds do not come cheap either, so they tend to be a bit more of an investment. These beds are really well-made and, we think, they are worth the extra cash if a “green” bed is what you are after.
Avocado is about $200 more than Awara, give or take. A Queen sized Avocado mattress without the addition of the optional topper costs about $1,400. The topper will add another $400 to that price tag, bringing it relatively close to $2,000.
Both companies, however, will often run deals and discounts, and we will always keep track of those for you and offer our own coupon codes on our mattress deals page. Make sure to check that out before you buy!
Just like Awara, Avocado is a hybrid mattress. The bed starts with an 8” layer of pocketed coils with zoned support. Each coil is placed specifically to provide support and spring in the right spot for sleepers.
The latex foam that Avocado uses is manufactured using the Dunlop process and comes in at 3”. If you’re keeping track, Awara was 13” tall while Avocado is only 11”. This makes a difference in how supportive the bed feels, and overweight and heavy people should look for a thick and supportive bed that won’t sag too much under their body weight.
Fortunately, Avocado offers an optional latex pillow topper that can be added to their beds for a few hundred dollars. This topper will add 2” to the overall height of the bed, while also softening the feel of the bed a bit, and we would honestly recommend it for practically anyone.
The organic cotton cover of the Avocado mattress is a soft off-white color and is button tufted by hand in their Los Angeles factory, leaving behind a distinctive yarn button on the top of the mattress. Don’t worry, you can’t really feel the button tufting when laying on the mattress, it is just Avocado’s way of stitching all of the layers of their bed together without having to use any chemical glues or adhesives.
If you want to know more about Avocado’s many certifications and how they compete with Awara’s (there’s a ton of good info), check out the bottom of this post here, or go to AvocadoGreenMattress.com and AwaraSleep.com.
Having such a highly-certified mattress is all fine and good, but if it isn’t comfortable to sleep on, it isn’t really doing its most basic job, right? We found that Avocado was pretty dang comfortable. We tested out the queen sized mattress with the additional pillow-topper and found that the bed felt, on average, medium-firm. Without the topper, we think the bed would lie closer to firm on the scale.
In terms of firmness, Avocado was pretty similar to Awara, mostly because latex is generally perceived to be a firmer material. The fact that Avocado has the option of changing the firmness level by opting for the topper is something that sets it apart from Awara, however.
There is enough support throughout the mattress for most sleepers, especially folks who are on the heavier side. It is also a responsive and bouncy mattress that will move with your body as you are sleeping on it.
Despite the firmness, the wool and cotton cover provides the bed with a plushy and soft sleeping surface that should be accommodating to stomach and back sleepers.
Not all sleepers are created equal though, and side sleepers and combination sleepers who spend the majority of the night on their side might not get all of the pressure relief that their body craves from a mattress. If you are still interested in Avocado but you sleep on your side, we cannot recommend the topper enough! If you’re a petite side sleeper, however, you probably won’t like the mattress even with the added topper.
Ultimately, only you know your body type, sleeping style, budget, and production preferences, so we cannot make this decision for you. Hopefully though, we have given you a bit more clarity on what makes both of these beds special. If you need a bit more guidance, maybe consider the following:
Thanks for coming by The Slumber Yard, we hope we were able to help you with all your mattress needs. If you’re curious about any other beds, take a look at our other mattress reviews, we’ve done a ton of them!
No matter which mattress you purchase, it will be compressed in a box and shipped to your home for free. From there, with both Awara and Avocado, you will have one full year to test out the mattress and return it for free if you’re not satisfied. This is a really generous policy that is actually kind of rare in the mattress industry.
Trial windows are important when you buy a mattress online because they are really the only opportunity you’ll have to test out a bed. Generally, companies will offer a 100 night trial, so the fact that both Avocado and Awara more than triple the amount of time you can test your bed is a major perk.
Once the trial is up, if you decide to keep your bed, it will be covered by a warranty. Avocado offers a 25 year warranty, which is also more than double the average industry warranty. This speaks to Avocado’s faith in the quality of the materials and construction of their product. With all warranties, it is important to check the details and make sure you know what your warranty will and will not cover.
Awara offers a “forever warranty” which covers the bed for as long as you own it. While we recommend replacing your mattress every ten or so years, you could, in theory, sleep on your mattress for fifty years and still be covered by Awara’s warranty (that is, of course, if the robots haven’t taken over… we’re not sure what Awara’s policy is in the event of robotic domination.)
An important selling feature of the Avocado mattress is the sheer volume of certifications that accompany their product. It can be a little bit confusing to figure out what each certification means and whether or not they should be trusted, so we are going to dive a bit deeper into how Avocado and Awara work to use materials that consumers can have confidence in.
Avocado’s pocketed spring chassis system is made in the United States with recycled steel and includes 1,414 individual coils of varying thicknesses to provide zoned support.
Their latex foam is certified by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). Avocado is so involved in every step of the production process for their beds that they actually own the certified organic and FSC designated farm and processing facility in India where they grow and manufacture their latex.
Latex comes from the sap of rubber trees, which grow in equatorial regions like South America and South East Asia. The sap is whipped and baked into a spongy foam that is durable and responsive, as well as naturally antimicrobial and non-toxic.
Awara’s latex is also made with natural rubber sap and carries a certification from the Rainforest Alliance. They are not as intimately involved in the production of their materials as Avocado is, but nevertheless, this certification means that Awara strives to source latex that meets standards for environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
Awara and Avocado both use Dunlop latex, which is different from Talalay latex, but it’s not really something consumers need to worry about.
The Dunlop process is also more energy efficient, which is important to both Avocado and Awara as they strive to limit or eliminate their climate emissions. Both companies work with Climate Partners to offset their emissions and fund projects that help them get closer to carbon neutral in their manufacturing and shipping practices.
Avocado also uses textiles that are certified organic by GOTS. Their cotton, which is sourced in America, and their wool, which is sourced at their farm in India, are grown and manufactured in accordance with rigorous specifications to ensure they are free of any harmful substances.
Avocado also offers a fully Vegan mattress option which omits the wool in the comfort layer and opts, instead, for a hydrated silica (the mineral found in quartz and opals) which acts as a fire retardant, an important international requirement for mattresses.
Additionally, Avocado is incredibly transparent about their production methods and labor practices. Both of their facilities are GOLS and GOTS certified and also carry certifications from the International Labor Organization, Made Safe, the Organic Trade Association, and Green America, to name a few. These certifications ensure that Avocado is true to their claims of strong standards to protect farmers and factory workers, minimize waste and discharge, and uphold sustainability and social responsibility.
The entire Avocado mattress is GreenGuard Gold certified, which is a difficult and rigorous standard to meet. All of this goes to show that Avocado is a high-quality product from a company that has put their money where their mouth is in order to ensure that consumers know what they are getting.