Let’s take a quick look at what we are going to cover in this review so that you have a bit of a framework for what to expect:
- Price — both beds are in the $1,200-$1,500 price range, which is fairly reasonable for a natural and organic mattress.
- Feel and construction — latex hybrids typically have a supportive and responsive feel due to the high-quality materials inside of them.
- Certifications — if you are shopping for a natural and organic mattress, certifications help you know exactly what materials are in your bed.
If you are in a hurry, check out the video that we made comparing Awara and My Green Mattress. Then, if you have any other questions, read on for the full review.
Awara vs My Green Mattress
Right off the bat, we want you to know that these two beds are very similar. Everything from their construction to their price tag seems to match up pretty closely, so either way you decide to go, you are going to be getting a quality latex hybrid mattress at an approachable price point. That being said, there are a few small details about the companies and the construction of these beds that set them a little bit apart from one another.
Latex Hybrid Feel And Construction
Awara is a 13” thick latex hybrid mattress, which is slightly thicker than average for a mail order mattress. The construction is fairly simple, it starts with a 9” layer of pocketed coils, which give the bed a lot of support and durability. Because the coils are all individually siloed in fabric sleeves, this kind of bed is less squeaky and less prone to motion transfer across the bed than traditional inner-spring mattresses are.
On top of the coils, Awara uses a 4” thick layer of organic Dunlop latex foam, which is responsive and spongy, giving the bed a soft and springy feel. Organic latex is also naturally antimicrobial, so if you have allergies to dust mites, this kind of bed is a great option.
The whole mattress is then wrapped up in a high quality tufted cover made from natural cotton and wool. This gives the bed a little bit more of a cushiony feel and acts as a natural fire retardant.
Wool and cotton are both moisture wicking materials and allow for more airflow to move through the mattress than certain synthetic materials would, so they also help to keep your Awara mattress from trapping heat and causing you to sweat at night. It isn’t actively cooling, but we’d definitely consider this bed, as well as the My Green Mattress Natural Escapes bed, as temperature neutral mattresses.
Both pocketed coils and latex foam give the mattress a fair amount of firmness and support, so we’d consider the Awara mattress as a medium-firm bed. It is responsive and supportive, but still has a little bit of softness from the spongy latex foam and natural wool.
Who Is Awara Best For?
Because Awara is on the firmer side, we’d say that it is especially good for back and stomach sleepers who require a good bit of support to keep their spine aligned at night.
Petite side sleepers, on the other hand, might find that the mattress is too firm. When you sleep on your side, you put all of your weight on your shoulder and hip, so these spots need a mattress that offers a lot of pressure relief to prevent any pain in the morning. Awara, being a medium-firm mattress, offers more support than it does pressure relief, so petite side sleepers might want to look at a soft mattress.
Combination sleepers can probably sleep soundly on an Awara mattress, but there are a few things that they should keep in mind. If you are a combination sleeper who spends the majority of the night on your back or stomach but rolls on to your side occasionally, a latex hybrid should work totally fine for you. It is also really nice for combination sleepers to sleep on a latex mattress, which is really responsive and will adjust to their shifting positions really easily. If you are a combination sleeper who sleeps predominantly on your side, though, especially one who is on the more petite side, you might not want a mattress that is this firm.
We’d also point out that Awara is a really good mattress for heavy and obese people who need a supportive and resilient bed for their heavier frame. It should be perfectly fine for all other body types as well, but petite people, who exert less weight on a mattress than the average sleeper, might prefer something softer. This, though, is really a matter of personal preference.
Thoughts For Couples
If you share your bed, it is important to consider the sleep needs of both people. In addition to thinking about your individual body types and sleep styles, you should also make sure that the mattress you are planning to buy will accommodate two sleepers well, usually we determine this by considering edge support and motion isolation.
We find that hybrid beds tend to have really good edge support because of the layer of coils underneath the foam comfort layer. Awara and My Green Mattress are no different. They both actually use zoned coils, which provide different gauges and support strengths in different areas of the bed, meaning that the edges of the bed are equipped with extra supportive coils. Even if you and your partner share a smaller bed, like a full size mattress, you can hug the side of the bed without feeling like you are going to roll off of it.
Both beds are also pretty decent in the category of motion isolation. In general, hybrids, especially latex hybrids, do not deaden motion as well as memory foam or other neutral foam beds do, but these two beds aren’t too terrible in this category either. We find that, unless somebody is a really active roller in their sleep, or gets up to use the bathroom every half hour, there shouldn’t be too much of a motion transfer issue with Awara or My Green Mattress.
How Is My Green Mattress Made?
Just like Awara, My Green Mattress is a latex hybrid mattress that uses natural and organic materials to make a supportive and responsive bed. There are a few minor differences between these two beds in terms of construction though.
First and foremost, My Green Mattress is a thinner mattress than Awara. At 11” thick, My Green Mattress is more on the average side in terms of thickness. It is comprised of an 8” layer of zoned pocketed coils and a 3” layer of organic Dunlop latex foam.
The bed is hand-tufted and topped with a fluffy layer of organic wool and a quilted organic cotton cover.
Due to a slightly thicker layer of wool, we’d say that My Green Mattress feels moderately softer than Awara. It still has the distinctive bouncy and responsive latex hybrid feel though, and we’d rate the firmness at right around a medium-firm.
When it comes to construction and feel, both Awara and My Green Mattress are pretty typical latex hybrids and certainly remind us of other latex beds like the Avocado Green Mattress or the Birch mattress.
For Eco-Conscious Shoppers
Nearly every sleeper should be able to get comfortable on My Green Mattress, except for those who sleep strictly on their side or are particularly petite.
You might be able to sleep a little bit more easily and keep your mind at ease, too, on My Green Mattress or Awara, if you are somebody who is concerned about sustainability.
Latex is actually a naturally occurring material that is sustainably grown and harvested to make latex foam. Dunlop latex, which is used in both of these beds, is produced without any added chemicals or synthetic processes. It is actually made by whipping latex sap in a centrifuge and exposing it to heat in order to set it into the foam that eventually makes it way into your mattress. Awara promises a lot about the natural and chemical-free materials in their mattress, but My Green Mattress takes it a step further and has secured several really prestigious certifications that prove the stuff inside is just as good as they say it is.
The My Green Mattress Natural Escape bed is GREENGUARD GOLD certified and holds GOTS and OEKO-TEX certifications for their wool and cotton, as well as GOLS certification for their latex. These certifications verify that every product used in the mattress is organic and sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured.
My Green Mattress is a family owned company based in La Grange, IL and they make all of their mattresses, which, in addition to the Natural Escape mattress, include several other latex beds and crib mattresses.
Both Awara and My Green Mattress make high-quality latex hybrid beds, but the certifications and story behind My Green Mattress might be the extra dose of certainty that you need that when you buy a natural mattress, you will actually get what you pay for.
Pricing For Natural & Organic Mattresses
Speaking of what you pay for, how much will you pay for one of these natural & organic mattresses? We have found that it is pretty typical for “green” mattresses to be a little bit higher on the price scale and probably won’t make our list of best cheap mattresses any time soon, but the natural materials, as well as the labor practices espoused by these companies, mean that the product is going to be a bit more expensive to make.
It’s not surprising to us, then, that these mattresses are usually closer to $1,200. We have certainly seen beds that are even more expensive, so when a natural mattress is still able to stay within an approachable price point, we consider it a win.
Both Awara and My Green Mattress’ Natural Escape bed are right within this price range. For a queen sized Awara mattress, before discounts, you’ll see a price tag of around $1,500. Natural Escape, on the other hand, has a price tag of around $1,300 for a queen size mattress.
Interestingly though, Awara’s twin size mattress is actually more expensive, at about $1,200 than the My Green Mattress bed of the same size, which sits around $830 before discounts.
These two beds, depending on which size you opt for, are both just about the same price, so keep an eye out for discounts and sales to determine which mattress will ultimately end up being cheaper. Both My Green Mattress and Awara typically offer a few hundred dollars off and will also often participate in special sales around major holidays.
Awara vs My Green Mattress Verdict
So, that’s all folks. Both of these beds are great choices for environmentally savvy shoppers, and ultimately the decision is up to you, but hopefully we’ve helped you sort out the pros and cons of each bed. If you’re still not certain about these beds, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you a petite person or a side sleeper? Honestly neither of these beds are the best option for side sleepers, who need a bed that is slightly more on the soft side.
- What is your budget? Both these are affordable natural/organic mattresses.
- Do certifications matter to you? Both Awara and My Green Mattress are natural beds, but My Green Mattress holds the crown in terms of certifications and organic materials.
- Does buying a bed before testing it scare you? Fortunately, both beds give shoppers a risk-free trial window to test out the bed in their home, but Awara’s trial in three times as long as that of My Green Mattress.
What Is It Like To Buy A Natural & Organic Mattress?
When it comes to bed-in-a-box mattresses, there are a few policies that we see as standard across the mattress industry.
First of all, nearly every company will offer free shipping when you buy a bed from them. This is such a standard policy that it is surprising when we come across a company that doesn’t provide free shipping and, fortunately, both Awara and My Green Mattress go with the crowd on this one, meaning the price that you see on their website is the price you’ll pay at checkout (unless, of course, you score a mattress coupon code or catch them during a sale!)
Both Awara and My Green Mattress will arrive at your door rolled up inside of a box that is not much taller than a fifth grader. Setting up the bed is simple, just pull the mattress out of the box and place it on the edge of the bed frame (even an adjustable bed frame) that you plan on using. From there, it should easily unroll and then slowly regain its natural shape after having a few hours to lay flat.
With both of these beds, you should be able to sleep on them the same day that you receive them, but don’t worry if they seem a little flatter than expected when you first unroll them, being rolled up like a burrito for a few weeks can do that to a bed.
Additionally, if you don’t want to lift a finger, My Green Mattress provides a white glove delivery service for $199 where they will send professionals to deliver, unbox, and set up our mattress for you. Awara also offers white glove delivery for a fee of $149.
From there, you will have a trial period to test out the bed and make sure it is comfortable enough for you. This trial usually ranges anywhere from 100 nights to a full year. My Green Mattress gives customers about four months, or 120 nights, to test out their bed before making the final call on whether or not to keep it.
Awara, on the other hand, is really generous and gives sleepers a full year—that’s 365 nights—to try out their bed.
In either case, if you decide that the mattress is not right for you, you can return it and the company will refund your purchase price and help you coordinate a time for them to pick up the bed and, more often than not, they will donate it to a charity in your area.
Those who keep their mattress will have the coverage of a lengthy warranty with both Awara and My Green Mattress. Awara offers something called a “forever warranty” which grants coverage to you for the life of your mattress while My Green Mattress offers a 25 year warranty. Both of these are really impressive warranties because the average warranty length that we’ve seen is 10 years, so either way, your bed will be covered for a long time. Do make sure to register your purchase and read up on your warranty’s stipulations though, so that you know what you are and aren’t covered for.