As our subscribers and avid fans know, we’re big on video here at The Slumber Yard. True to our roots, here is a quick video review covering what you need to know about the Awara latex mattress.
As always though, there are a lot more details you should consider before purchasing. Keep reading to learn more about this premium hybrid mattress.
If you’ve decided to go the online route in your mattress hunt, you’ll want to be sure you’ve done your research on each seller’s policies in regard to shipping, returns, trials, and warranties. You don’t want to order a bed you’ve never tried, unbox it only to realize it’s awful, and then be stuck with it because the company doesn’t offer refunds or returns (if you find one of those companies, best to just look elsewhere).
When you purchase a mattress from Awara, you’ll get free shipping. The mattress will be packaged in a bag about the size of a mini fridge. Just pull it out, unroll it onto your bed frame, and then remove the wrapping and allow the mattress to take shape. It may take a few hours, so be patient and don’t fret if your brand new bed is looking like a lumpy gym mat at first.
Awara also offers a risk-free trial period that allows you to try out the bed for a full year (365 nights) before the return window closes. Speaking of which, if you do decide that Awara is not for you, you can return the mattress for a full refund, so long as you’re still within that trial period.
If you do keep the mattress, though, it comes with a “forever warranty.” You can visit the Awara website to read up on the warranty terms.
One of the biggest considerations in buying a new mattress is the price. It’s more than likely that you went into your search with a budget in mind. Unless you’re very wealthy and a few thousand bucks is pocket change for you. In which case… we can’t relate. Anyway, here’s a pricing breakdown for the Awara mattress by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,399|
Awara’s MSRP is higher than that of the average bed-in-a-box sold online, but in this case, we’d remind you of the old adage—you get what you pay for. Using natural and organic materials in a mattress, along with latex foam in general, is almost always going to drive up the price. With all that in mind, Awara is actually one of the more affordable eco-friendly beds on the market.
As far as mattress deals and coupons go, check out the box on the right side of this page for current pricing and discount information. Typically, Awara offers something like $200 off, but that may change season to season.
A lot of mattresses are marketed on their specific materials (rather than just their overall feel), but this is especially true of beds that come from the eco-friendly corner of the industry. These companies make a concentrated effort to use sustainable and natural materials—and they want to be sure you know it.
Awara is a 13” mattress, which makes it a bit thicker than average. Its construction is composed of a 9” layer of zoned support coils, a 4” layer of 100% organic, natural Dunlop latex, and then an organic cotton and natural wool cover.
The zoned support design is something that we’ve been seeing more of in both all-foam and hybrid mattresses. We think it’s a smart design that seems to be pretty effective for a lot of sleepers (and if not noticeably effective, not uncomfortable or negative in any way) and we’re glad to see it catching on.
Now, let us just say upfront that mattresses made with non-natural and non-organic materials are not bad mattresses. They’re fine, and as long as they have the basic safety and quality certifications, they aren’t detrimental to your health at all.
That being said, there are certain perks that come with a natural and organic mattress. One you’ll notice most immediately is the smell—yes, the smell. With most bed-in-a-box mattresses, you’ll need to allow it a few days to off-gas. After being tightly compressed, packaged, and shipped for days, the new mattresses often have a pretty overwhelming “new” smell, which can sometimes be rather unpleasant and even cause headaches and nausea for sensitive folks. Natural mattresses, like Awara, tend to have far less of that new-mattress smell and their organic covers can often have a nice, almost earthy scent to them.
Natural latex is one of the best mattress materials for folks with allergies because it’s antimicrobial and is a natural insect repellent. These characteristics can help prevent dust mites and other allergens that cause allergic reactions.
Latex is also just a naturally cooler material than other foams. This is in part because it’s an aerated material, so it allows for better airflow than the denser poly and memory foams. Between the coils and latex foam, Awara sleeps on the cooler side. We wouldn’t say it’s decidedly a cooling mattress, but it certainly isn’t warm either.
And, of course, going the sustainable route is nice for the planet. We like it here, so we can only consider that a good thing.
At a high level, Awara is a latex mattress with support coils underneath, and that’s fairly evident in its overall feel. We’d describe it as an innerspring-feeling bed with a layer of foam on top. Although you do have a whole 4” of that latex foam, latex is a responsive, bouncy, almost spongy material, so it does play into that springy feel, while also adding some cushion.
On our firmness scale, we rate Awara in the medium-firm to firm range. We’ll get into what that means for sleepers in the next few sections.
The combination of Awara’s feel and firmness makes it a suitable bed for for back and stomach sleepers, a maybe for combo sleepers, but not the best option for strict side sleepers.
We say this because back and stomach sleepers need a mattress that provides good support for all their heavy spots in order to keep their spine properly aligned—Awara’s zoned coil system and responsive latex foam do just that. And being a firmer bed, Awara will prevent sleepers’ hips and trunk from sinking too far into the surface of the mattress.
Certain combo sleepers may be able to sleep comfortably on Awara, but that is dependent on a couple of factors. For one, said combo sleeper will need to spend most of the night on their back or stomach, rather than their side. For two, it would be best if they were also on the heavier side, which will allow them to experience the most possible pressure relief from the mattress. Whereas petite folks won’t sink in or feel that cushion from the top layer hardly at all. On a positive note regarding combo sleepers, they won’t have any trouble switching positions since Awara’s coils and responsive latex prevent any inkling of a “stuck” feeling.
Side sleepers, unfortunately, probably just won’t enjoy Awara enough to sleep on it every night for the next 10 years, give or take. The same things that make it a good bed for back and stomach sleepers, make it too resilient for side sleepers. In other words, a bed as firm and responsive as Awara is going to push against a side sleeper’s pressure points, rather than accommodate them. Make sure to check out our list of the Best Mattreses For Side Sleepers And Pressure Relief.
Yes! In fact, we think Awara is a great option for heavy folks. The coils, thickness, and firmness make it a really supportive and durable mattress. That means it’ll prevent heavy body types from making deep impressions and wearing down the mattress for a lot longer than your standard all-foam bed.
We usually define heavy body types to be 250+ lb, but the features we mentioned will also be nice for those on the heavier side of average, say 200+ lb.
For more mattresses that we think will work well for folks over 200 lb, check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.
We think Awara will be a perfectly good pick for anyone who’s average sized, and even some petite folks will like it. It’s definitely a no-go for petite folks who sleep on their side even a little bit, though. It’s just too firm for those types of sleepers.
But for everyone else, assuming you like the feel of the mattress and aren’t a strict side sleeper, Awara can stay on your list.
These are two features you’ll want to think about if you share your bed. Edge support is what keeps you from feeling like you’re about to roll right onto the floor when you and your partner try to spread out on your mattress. Awara has great edge support—no one’s going to be accidentally tumbling off the side in the middle of the night. Basically, if you want your partner to fall out of bed, you’re going to have to push them.
Motion isolation is particularly important if you or your partner is a light sleeper. It’s what prevents you from waking up every time your snuggle buddy turns over or gets up for a midnight snack. Awara has good motion isolation. We won’t call it great, but seeing as it’s a bed filled with coils and responsive, spongy latex foam, we have no complaints with “good” motion isolation.
Overall, we’re fans of the Awara mattress. It’s well made and uses quality, sustainable materials that come with their own natural benefits. If you’re looking for a bed with some bounce, you’re primarily a back and/or stomach sleeper, and you’re willing to spend a little extra for natural and organic materials, Awara is certainly a contender.
How did we get the Awara mattress?
|Awara sent us this mattress to test out. However, all opinions are our own and we have full control over our content. We aren’t obligated to say good or bad things about this mattress.|
Does Awara sell other products?
|Yes, they do. You can check out their foundation and bed frame on their website.|
Does the Awara mattress have any certifications?
|Yes, the Awara mattress is made with GOLS-certified Latex and COTS-certified organic cotton. Awara is also a ClimatePartner-certified company, which means a tree is planted for every mattress sold.|
Can You Sleep On Awara If You Have A Latex Allergy?
|Most likely, you can. Latex allergies are very rare, but even if you happen to be one of the unfortunate few with a very sensitive allergy, there’s a good chance that you can still sleep on a latex foam bed. This is because the material’s manufacturing process usually includes a wash that removes the soluble proteins in latex that cause allergic reactions. Also, your skin won’t be in direct contact with the latex, as the latex foam layer is under the quilted cover. Of course, we don’t know your situation, nor are we scientists or doctors, so take a test sleep on the mattress and send it back if you have any issues.|