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Awara vs Zenhaven Mattress

Which natural latex foam mattress would you rather sleep on, Awara or Zenhaven? Check out our comparison to find out which bed is best for you.

Last Updated: August 12, 2020

You know you want a natural and organic mattress, but you aren’t exactly sure which one you should spend your money on. Awara Sleep and Zenhaven are two quality mattresses that have similar characteristics, but appeal to different kinds of people. In this post, we discuss their constructions, prices, firmness levels, and more so you get a better idea on which bed you see yourself sleeping on.

AT A GLANCEPRICINGHEADLINE
Awara Latex Foam $300 Off Discount In CartOne of the most affordable natural mattresses online is Awara. It has 9″ pocketed coils and 4″ of latex foam. It also comes with a full-year trial period and free returns.
Zenhaven Latex Foam $200 Off Discount In CartZenhaven is a two-sided, flippable mattress that is made entirely of Talalay latex foam and organic wool. Each side features a different firmness profile, both of which skew more towards back and stomach sleepers.

Here is a general overview of the topics we’ll be discussing in this post:

  • Price — Awara is more affordable than Zenhaven by several hundred dollars.
  • Construction — Awara’s hybrid latex construction vs Zenhaven’s all-foam latex construction.
  • Body type — Awara accommodates all body types while Zenahven is best for petite to average-size individuals.
  • Firmness — Zenhaven is flippable and is available in two different firmness levels, and Awara comes in a medium-firm.
  • Company Policies — Awara’s trial period and warranty policy is hard to beat, but Zenhaven offers free white glove delivery.

Check out our YouTube video for a quick version of this comparison from Jeff. Otherwise, continue reading to find out more about Awara and Zenhaven.

Intro: Awara vs Zenhaven

At first glance, Awara and Zenhaven might seem like two very similar mattresses, and they do share a few of the same traits. They’re both natural and organic latex mattresses, and they’ll each accommodate back, stomach, and some combo sleepers the best. But there are major differences between these beds, and by the end of this post, we hope you’ll discover which one better suits your needs.

Before we get into the fine details, we want to give you a little background on both beds. In the left corner we have Awara, owned by the same guys (Resident Home) who gave us the Nectar mattress and DreamCloud mattress, and is known for making a quality mattress for an affordable cost, since natural latex beds can get a little pricey.

On the right is Zenhaven, the premium latex foam mattress made by the luxury bedding brand Saatva, and a good example of a latex bed that might be out of some people’s price range. We hold both mattresses in high regard here at The Slumber Yard, but your preferred mattress will likely depend on your specific needs and what you’re looking for in your next bed.

The Layers Inside Awara

The construction of the Awara mattress is quite simple, but effective at making sleepers feel comfortable and supported. The first layer is made from 9” pocketed coils, individually wrapped to provide localized support and suppress motion across the mattress.

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A breakdown of Awara’s construction

The second slab of material is a part of the comfort layer, and contains 4” of 100% natural Dunlop latex certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Natural latex foam is a really responsive material, plus it’s antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, making it impervious to household allergens like dust mites and dander. In other words, it’s a good mattress to faceplant in for the next 8 years of your life because it’ll stay nice and clean (unless you have pets or a 2-year-old, then even latex foam won’t help).

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The Awara mattress and it’s soft organic cotton cover

Woven into the mattress’ Euro top cover is 100% organic wool from beautiful New Zealand, and soft-to-the-touch organic cotton which we think gives the mattress a premium look and feel. It also helps you sleep more temperature neutral, as the combination of the two with latex foam makes the bed more breathable than say a memory foam mattress.

Awara Is Made For Stomach And Back Sleepers

When you’re on the hunt for a new mattress, you want to make sure you take your sleeper type into consideration so you don’t wind up spending $1,000 or more on a mattress that’s too firm or too soft. Keep in mind, side sleepers usually want a softer mattress because the top comfort layers contour the curves of their body and provide pressure relief to their side.

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Awara is a great mattress for back and stomach sleepers.

Alternatively, back and stomach sleepers should generally consider a mattress on the firm side of the firmness scale so they can feel properly supported, and their spines stay in neutral alignment.

Combo sleepers should either choose a firmness level that caters to their dominant side, or go with something in the middle so they get the best of both worlds — supportive, yet pressure relieving. They’ll also like a responsive mattress because it’s easy to move around on and switch from their right side to their back. Latex foam is certainly a responsive material, and a good option for combo sleepers.

Since we rated the Awara mattress a medium-firm on our scale, we’d recommend this mattress to back and stomach sleepers, or heavier combo sleepers who sleep predominantly on their back/stomach. If you’re a strict side sleeper, however, especially a petite side sleeper, we think this mattress might feel a little too firm. You want your mattress to cradle your pressure points — not irritate them.

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We also want to make note that these firmness ratings are based on the perspective of someone with an average weight, so it’ll feel different for you if you’re petite or heavy. In general, the heavier you are the softer a mattress will feel.

Awara Is Best For All Bodies

Mattresses who utilize both foam and innerspring systems tend to be more supportive than all-foam mattresses, thus, are best for all body types. Petite to average sized folks can usually get away with just about any bed, but individuals who weigh about 250 lbs + should probably consider Awara over Zenhaven. You can also take a look at our top favorite hybrid mattresses to see a few more perfectly viable options.

Awara comes with particularly large pocketed coils, totaling out to 9” thick — which makes it a great mattress for people of all shapes and sizes, especially heavy people looking for extra support.

Zenhaven Is More Expensive

Hybrid mattresses usually have a more expensive price tag than all-foam beds, but in this case, Zenhaven pans out to be the pricier option. It’s more supportive than your average all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress (we’ll get into those details in a moment), and it’s considered a luxury option among the mattress industry. Without considering coupons, Awara retails for about $1,500 and Zenhaven sells for $2,400 (queen sizes).

You can get Awara for even less when you catch it on sale, as it can drop another $200-300. You can check the Awara Sleep website for their offers today.

Saatva, on the other hand, isn’t as keen on giving discounts so you’ll unfortunately have to pay full price for it. Is Zenhaven worth it for some folks? Absolutely — it’s a quality mattress made with quality materials. Will others run to the Awara mattress now that they’ve realized the prices? Probably. It might be worth it to check Zenhaven’s website for any possible promotions.

The Foam Materials Inside Zenhaven

We’re big fans of the flippable mattress here at The Slumber Yard, and the fact that it’s also natural and organic is just a big cherry on top.

In Awara, you can find the most supportive materials on the bottom of the bed. Things are a little different in the flippable Zenhaven mattress, though, and the supportive base layer can be found in the middle of the bed. It’s made out of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified Talalay latex foam, meaning it’s guaranteed all-natural. Latex foam is supportive, responsive, but comfortable — so it works pretty great as the bed’s “base” layer.

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An overhead look at Saatva’s Zenhaven mattress

Surrounding the base layer is even more Talalay latex foam, one side is “Gentle Firm latex foam” and the other is “Luxury Plush latex foam,” allowing you two switch sides when you’re looking for a different firmness level.

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All of the foam inside Zenhaven is manufactured with “pinholes,” which are basically just tiny little holes that give the bed nice airflow.

The firm layer of the mattress is then topped with a thin layer of New Zealand wool so you can feel a little more comfort, and a little less of the firm latex foam. Finally, the entire mattress is wrapped in a luxurious organic cotton cover.

Zenhaven Gives You Two Firmness Levels In One Bed

Zenhaven has an uncommon construction because it’s like a two-in-one bed, since you can flip the mattress around and get two different sleeping experiences. We rated their Gentle Firm side as a true firm on our scale, and the Luxury Plush side of the bed as medium-firm.

zenhaven mattress firmness

Like we discussed earlier, firm beds are better for back and stomach sleepers because side sleepers need something soft and pressure relieving. So with that being said, Zenhaven is best for back, stomach, and heavy combo sleepers.

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The Zenhaven mattress works wonders for back sleepers like Dillon

Combo sleepers will like it if they spend most of their time on their back, but it’s incredibly responsive, making it easy for combo sleepers to switch positions during the night. This rings true for both Awara and Zenhaven.

Our Final Thoughts

Now you probably see how different these two beds are, and hopefully you’ve been able to narrow your choice down to one of these two options. If not, consider these key points:

  • Do you weigh more than 250 lbs? Zenhaven is supportive, but that hybrid construction on Awara with its 9” coils are hard to beat.
  • Do you want a flippable mattress? Zenhaven is one of the more luxury flippable beds on the market.
  • Are you on a budget? You’ll save a good deal if you purchase Awara.
  • Would you like to take advantage of white glove delivery? Zenhaven has you covered.

If you have your mind on a few other beds, we’ve likely written a mattress review about it and encourage you to check it out. Also, make sure to drop by our mattress deals page to see if you can save any extra mulah on your next purchase.

Review team

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper