Awara vs Loom and Leaf Mattress
Find out how the natural and organic Awara mattress stacks up against Loom & Leaf, the luxury memory foam bed. Which one is best for you?
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
You’re in the market for a high-quality bed that offers a bit more support than the standard mattress in a box, but aren’t sure if you’d like a bed made from natural latex or memory foam. In this post, we review all the major selling points of each mattress, and discuss the types of sleepers we think each bed suits best.
Before we get right into it, we want to give you a synopsis of what you’ll be learning in this comparison
- Price — You’ll usually save several hundred dollars if you purchase Awara over Loom & Leaf.
- Feel and Construction — Awara is a hybrid mattress with an innerspring/cushion feel, while Loom & Leaf is an all-foam bed with a memory foam feel.
- Body Type — Awara is a slightly more optimal mattress for heavy people, but Loom & Leaf admittedly isn’t a bad all-foam option.
- Company Policies — Awara offers a lengthy risk-free trial, warranty policy, and gives back to the environment. Loom & Leaf, on the other hand, provides free white glove delivery for their customers and free mattress removal.
- Firmness Options — Loom & Leaf offers two different firmness levels for more variety.
Now it’s time to dive into the details of Awara versus Loom & Leaf.
Why Buy Awara? — We think folks who’re looking to buy an eco-friendly bed from an environmentally-conscious brand will really be drawn to Awara. Awara is a mattress that utilizes natural and organic materials including natural latex, organic cotton, and New Zealand wool to provide sleepers with a safe, non-toxic, and comfortable sleeping surface.
As a brand, they strive to maintain sustainable practices during the entire mattress manufacturing process from start to end, plus they’ll plant 10 trees for every mattress they sell.
Awara Is More Budget-Friendly
Talking price with online mattresses can be a little tricky because we’ve seen the prices fluctuate around holidays, special promotions, or when they’re releasing a new product. With that being said, here’s a breakdown of Awara and Loom & Leaf’s general pricing.
Strictly analyzing MSRP, a queen size Awara mattress retails for about $1,500, and the same size Loom & Leaf sells for around $1,700. With that said, both companies typically offer $200-$300 off their beds.
Awara’s 2-Layer Hybrid Construction
Awara is a hybrid mattress that’s 13” thick, and starts off with a 9” layer of zoned support coils for extra support and durability. The coils provide an extra element of support and durability, so this is one reason why we say it’s probably a better fit for heavier individuals.
On top of the pocketed coils is a 4” slab of Dunlop latex foam sourced from Hevea brasiliensis trees (a.k.a. rubber trees) which can be found in regions like South East Asia and Brazil.
It’s 100% natural and it’s also hypoallergenic. That means it’s resistant to dust mites, mold, mildew, pet dander, and other pesky household allergens.
Awara’s Euro-top cover is made out of organic cotton and New Zealand wool, which gives the bed a luxurious look and soft-to-the-touch feel.
It’s not machine washable, however, so make sure you spot clean with a mild detergent and warm water if you end up making a spill or stain.
Awara’s Feel And Firmness
Since this bed is made only using two layers, and a bulk of it consists of pocketed coils, it definitely has an innerspring feel with a comfortable cushiony layer, due to the comfortable latex foam in the top layer of the mattress.
It’s got a whole lot of support, and a whole lot of bounce. Latex foam is already a responsive material alone. When it’s paired with an innerspring system, let’s just say you could have some serious bed-bouncing sessions.
It’s also slightly on the cooler end of the spectrum, because these two materials help regulate temperature better than your standard memory foam or poly foam bed. This is good news for the 25.3% of our readers who claimed they were very hot sleepers on our sleep survey.
As far as firmness goes, we rated it at about a medium-firm on our firmness scale.
That means it’s an ideal mattress for back, stomach, and some combo sleepers who don’t spend time on their side. Those who sleep more on their back or stomach need extra support to keep their spine from sagging into the bed, and we think Awara does a great job at this.
Heavy side sleepers who weigh ~230 and up will probably be okay on this mattress, but we think average to petite side sleepers will think it’s too firm.
If you identify with either of these body types or if you prefer a softer mattress, check out our Best Plush Mattress list. Neither Loom & Leaf nor Awara will be able to provide the soft feel you’re looking for.
Keep in mind, an individual’s weight has an effect on the feeling of a mattress. In general, the more you weigh, the softer a mattress is going to feel. For example, if we rated a mattress around a medium, petite individuals will say it actually feels firmer while heavier individuals would probably argue that it feels like a softer mattress.
Who Will Lean Towards Loom & Leaf? — Loom & Leaf will likely appeal to those looking for a top-of-the-line memory foam mattress at an affordable price. Some memory foam beds like TempurPedic can cost upwards of $2,000 or more, but Loom & Leaf is much more affordable (we’ll get into price a bit later). It also can tend to sleep cooler than your average memory foam bed, which is a big highlight for people who love the viscous feel of the material, but hate the heat retention aspect.
Loom & Leaf’s Five Layer Construction
Most all-foam beds you find online are 10” thick, but Loom & Leaf is 11-12” and one of the thicker, more supportive options on the market. So even though we usually recommend hybrid beds like Awara to heavier individuals, Loom & Leaf certainly isn’t the worst choice if you’re dying for an all-foam bed.
The first layer is 5.5” of dense polyurethane foam which acts as a solid foundation for the rest of the mattress.
The second slab of material is a 2” transition loft pad, which basically just acts as a transition layer in between the harsh foam below, and softer foams on top.
The third layer from the bottom is a 2.5” layer of five pound visco-elastic memory foam, meant for deep pressure relief and support.
Above the visco-elastic memory foam is another 2″ slab of memory foam called gel-swirl memory foam. It’s dense, but super comfortable and will help relieve pressure from your hips, shoulders, and other pressure points.
This top layer also includes a cooling gel spinal panel meant to help folks who heat up while they sleep.
It’s laminated into Loom & Leaf’s cover, and is the same material used in hospitals to treat burn victims. They cleverly designed it into the center third of the mattress where beds usually retain most of your body’s heat.
Finally, Loom & Leaf is encased in an organic cotton cover fitted with an extra ⅝” of soft foam, which as you might guess, adds a bit more extra cushion and comfort.
The cover is also soft-to-the-touch, and like Awara, gives the bed a premium look. Like Awara’s cover, however, it’s not machine washable. That means any spills or stains will have to be taken care of with mild detergent, and a little warm water.
Dense Memory Foam Feel
Memory foam lovers can rejoice because this bed has more of a traditional memory foam feel, without the usual hotness of traditional memory foam mattresses. It’s slow to respond to pressure, and you’ll feel the foam slowly start to contour to the curves of your body as you lay down.
If you have negative feelings towards memory foam, you’ll probably be better off with Awara which has a complete opposite feel than Loom & Leaf. We think you’d especially like Awara if you’re a combo sleeper who switches positions often during the night because it’s incredibly responsive.
Loom & Leaf Offers Firmness Options
Loom & Leaf offers two different firmness levels in order to accommodate a wider range of people; Relaxed Firm and Firm. We rated their Relaxed Firm model a medium-firm on our scale, and rated their Firm model a solid firm.
We usually recommend firmer models to back and stomach sleepers, but we think this bed offers an ample amount of pressure relief for most side sleepers too.
Folks who weigh around 230 lbs (back, stomach, or side sleepers) may want to consider the Firm model, while average sized sleepers will probably sleep most comfortably on the Relaxed Firm model.
We think petite back and or stomach sleepers will be happy with the Relaxed Firm model, but petite side sleepers will want to consider a plusher mattress.
The Slumber Yard’s Final Verdict
We aren’t in the business of telling shoppers which mattress is better and which is worse. That’s because more often than not, it all depends on personal preference and your own circumstances.
- Do you want a responsive feel? You can’t get any bouncier than a latex foam and innerspring combo.
- Are you a huge fan of memory foam or do you hate the stuff?
- Do you have money restrictions? Awara will save you money, with or without discounts.
- Are you a heavy individual? Or gut says to go with Awara because of the coils, but Loom & Leaf is one of the better all-foam bed choices.
These are key questions you should ask yourself before you pull the trigger on a mattress purchase. Thanks for visiting The Slumber Yard, we hope you found this comparison helpful and encourage you to check out our other reviews for some more informative mattress-related content.