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Birch Mattress Review

Birch Mattress Review

Everything you need to know about the organic and all natural latex foam hybrid mattress from Helix.

Last Updated: October 4, 2020

Matt Ross

Have you ever thought about going organic with your mattress? The Birch mattress is manufactured using all-natural materials and is completely free of synthetics and harsh chemicals. In this post, we discuss what you need to know about the mattress, including Birch's efforts to be environmentally friendly.

Who Is This Best For?

People that want a firmer bed with natural materials

If you want a responsive mattress

Who Won’t Love It?

If you want an especially soft bed

People that do not like the feel or latex foam (it’s bouncy)

Birch Natural Mattress Overview

Jump-To Links For This Review:

Below is our detailed Birch bed reviews video that outlines what you need to know about the Birch mattress from Helix.

Keep reading to learn more about the Birch mattress.

Birch Mattress Pricing

The retail price of a Birch mattress is slightly more expensive than your average bed-in-a-box, but that shouldn’t come as a huge shock considering the bed uses all natural materials. There are folks willing to pay good money for a non-toxic, organic mattress, and fortunately Birch is priced reasonably enough to where you won’t break the bank. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size:

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin$1,049
Twin XL$1,099
Full$1,299
Queen$1,499
King / Cal King$1,799

Birch is backed by the popular online mattress company Helix Sleep, so it’s not new to how the industry works in terms of coupon codes and promo codes.

Birch regularly offers discounts to make the mattress even more affordable. The company typically offers $200 off, which would bring a queen-size below the $1,300 mark. Check the Birch Living website for current prices and offers.

Birch Organic Materials And Design

All of the materials used to make a Birch mattress are sourced from nature, and each Birch product is assembled in the United States. According to the website, your mattress won’t travel more than 100 miles from one of the manufacturing facilities to get to your home.

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A peek at the Birch mattress by Helix    

Now let’s discuss the materials that go into making Birch such an environmentally friendly bed:

  • Birch Wool: Birch’s farms are up to the PGC Wrightson Wool Integrity Program’s standards so you can ensure the wool in your mattress is high quality and ethically sourced.
  • Talalay Latex: Talalay Latex is all-natural, derived from the tropical rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis found in Brazil, Southeast Asia and Africa. All Talalay Latex was taken from trees in controlled plantations and are OEKO-TEX certified.
  • Steel: All steel used in Birch mattresses is manufactured in the United States.

It’s also worth noting that the Birch mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning the bed is safe for sensitive individuals like children and has been tested for volatile organic compounds, harmful chemicals, pollutants, phthalates and formaldehyde.

The Four Layers Of A Birch Mattress

The Birch mattress is a hybrid bed meaning it contains both foam and coils. There are four layers of material inside the mattress, which adds up to be about 11” tall:

  • Base: The first layer from the bottom is a slim 0.5” thick, and made out of 100% natural wool to provide a sturdy base for the rest of the mattress.
  • Coils: Next comes a layer containing hundreds of 8” individually wrapped steel coils.
  • Foam layer: The third layer is a 2” thick layer of Talalay Foam.
  • Wool layer: Finally at the top is another 0.5” slab of Birch Wool to soften the feel of the bed a little, and act as the mattress’ comfort layer.
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A look at the layers within the Birch mattress

Birch also has an organic cotton cover that absorbs moisture and adds air flow to help regulate the bed’s temperature.

Birch Bed Feel And Firmness

After testing out the Birch mattress, we think it has a slightly neutralized latex foam feel. It’s bouncy like traditional latex foam, but it’s slightly softer and lighter due to the top wool layer. Latex foam is responsive, but the coils also give the Birch bed an extra bounce factor.

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Light, latex foam feel with the Birch mattress

On our scale from soft to firm, we rated the Birch mattress around a medium-firm. It might feel firmer to petite individuals and softer to those who are more heavy set.

birch mattress firmness

Overall, we think the Birch mattress provides a good amount of support for your trunk and spine. The bed doesn’t provide as much pressure relief as a memory foam mattress, for example, but when compared to a lot of other latex foam beds on the market, it’s accommodating and pressure relieving.

Birch Mattress Sleeper Types

When you’re looking for a new mattress, consider your sleeper type to make sure you don’t wake up with pins and needles in your arm or an aching back.

Back and Stomach Sleepers

This mattress is most ideal for back and stomach sleepers because of how firm it is. If you sleep predominantly on your stomach or back, you’ll need something firm to keep your spine from sinking into the mattress, and we think Birch does the trick.

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Owen likes to sleep on his stomach on the Birch mattress

Combo Sleepers

We also think combo sleepers will like this mattress because it’s quick to respond so it’ll be easy to switch positions, and it’s both supportive and pressure relieving.

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Side Sleepers

When it comes to side sleepers, it will largely depend on your weight. If you’re over 250 lbs, you’ll be fine. But if you’re a petite side sleeper, you might want to consider the Birch Mattress Topper. It costs an extra $400 for a queen-size, but it’ll make the bed feel softer for somebody who doesn’t exert a ton of pressure into the mattress.

If you’re petite and spending an extra $400 is out of the question, take a look at our post regarding the Best Soft & Plush Mattresses.

Birch Bed Body Type Analysis

Aside from your sleeper type, the other important factor you must consider when you purchase a mattress is your weight.

Petite to Average Body Types

Average to petite sized individuals are in the clear for most mattresses, including Birch, because they don’t exert as much pressure on mattresses as heavy body types.

Heavy Body Types

Birch mattress accommodates all body types since it contains both foam and coils. It also helps that the mattress is on the firmer side because heavy sleepers will lay more on top the bed rather than in it.

Does Birch Sleep Hot?

Birch’s latex foam is a cooler sleeping material than other foams like memory foam. Plus, the organic cotton cover helps ensure your mattress doesn’t get too hot, so we’d say overall Birch sleeps temperature neutral. If you get warm during the night and you might be interested in a mattress that actively cools, take a look at our post on the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.

We also recommend you check out how we grade the temperature characteristics of mattresses.

Is Birch A Good Mattress For Couples?

We recommend couples look for a mattress that has good edge support and limits motion transfer.

Edge Support

The Birch mattress is built to be firmer around the sides of the mattress to prevent you from feeling like you’re plummeting off the side. You can learn more about how we judge edge support on this page.

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JD testing out edge support on Birch

Motion Isolation

Next, to test how well Birch does with limiting motion transfer, we set a glass of water on the top of the mattress and had one of our team members roll back and forth on the bed next to it. The glass of water stayed steady only with a few minimal swishes, so it’s safe to say it passed.

Birch Mattress Review Verdict

There are all-natural and organic mattresses out there pushing $2,000 like Zenhaven or Idle Sleep, and it’s not surprising to see even higher prices elsewhere — especially for latex foam mattresses.

With that being said, we think the Birch mattress is a great value for what you’re getting. Not only do we think it’s cozy and comfy to sleep on, but all the materials inside are sustainably sourced from nature and 100% non-toxic. If you’re interested in a slightly firmer organic bed, and you have the means to spend over $1,000, we recommend you give it a shot. Remember you’ll have a risk-free trial to fall back on, and you’ll be making a difference for the reforestation efforts if you decide to keep it.

Birch Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A-
  • Amazon Reviews: The Birch mattress is not for sale on Amazon.

Other Birch Living Products

  • Birch Pillow
  • Birch Plush Organic Mattress Topper
  • Birch Foundation
  • Birch Natural Wood Frame
  • Birch White Wood Frame

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

Birch Vs Other Mattress Brands

Birch vs Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress

When comparing the Birch mattress with Tuft & Needle Mint the first place we’ll start is the price, and there is a big difference between the two in this regard as the Birch mattress is nearly twice as expensive. Birch uses all organic materials, and the more expensive Talalay latex, while Tuft & Needle is constructed entirely from polyurethane foam. This construction also makes the Tuft & Needle mattress fall on the softer side, while the Birch mattress is a firmer mattress. As a result the Tuft & Needle is better for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers will prefer the Birch mattress.

Birch vs Layla Mattress

Layla is nearly half the price of the Birch. Layla is an interesting mattress because it features a soft side and a firm side by using varying thicknesses of memory foam on either side. That gives you the best of both worlds and makes the Layla good for all types of sleepers. The Birch remains a fairly firm mattress due to the Talalay latex foam construction, but the addition of an organic wool mattress topper helps the mattress remain a good choice for most types of sleepers.

Birch vs Nest Alexander Mattress

The Birch and Nest Alexander mattresses are priced nearly the same. The similarity ends there however as these two beds are constructed quite differently. As we know the Birch mattress is a hybrid mattress that uses a combination of innerspring coils, a layer of Talalay latex foam, and a wool topper to create a fairly firm mattress that remains soft on top. The Nest Alexander is a flippable mattress with four types of foams layered to make a soft side and a firm side, making the mattress ideal for all types of sleepers.

Birch Company Policies

When you purchase a Birch mattress, you’re not just getting a mattress. You’re also getting some excellent standard company policies that protect your purchase. Birch isn’t just another bed-in-a-box mattress company. So, you can expect the following policies:

  • Trial period length: Birch offers a 100-day free trial to test the mattress and make sure it’s to your liking. 
  • Warranty policy: Birch has a most generous warranty policy, covering mattresses for 25 years. That’s more than double the warranty period for most mattresses.
  • Shipping info: Free shipping and free returns are standard at Birch. Birch ships to all 50 U.S. states.

Birch By Helix Company Info

Birch Mattress Physical Store Locations

  • Flatiron, NY

Birch Living Contact Information

  • Email: help@birchliving.com
  • Phone number: 1-888-330-0781 OR (646) 854-5860
  • Website

Find Birch Bed On Social Media

FAQs

How did The Slumber Yard get this bed?

Birch sent us this mattress at no cost so we could review it. We retain full editorial control over the reviews and opinions we publish.

Can I purchase the Birch Mattress in store?

Currently, the Birch mattress is only available for purchase online through the company’s official website.

Do I need a foundation for my Birch mattress?

It’s not required that you get one, but it is recommended. The company’s website suggests a bunkie board with a box spring or any support system with thick supportive flats.

Is the cover machine washable?

No, unfortunately not. It is easy to spot clean though. Just use a mild detergent and warm water to scrub away spills or stains.

Do I need to rotate this bed?

Technically you do not need to rotate the Birch mattress, however, it’s typically a good idea to do so every six months or so to help protect against sagging and body impressions.

Does Birch offer any other products?

Along with the Birch mattress and topper, the company also sells a pillow.

Does it have natural/organic materials?

Yes. Birch has natural Talalay latex foam and wool. The entire bed is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by the UL Environment.

How firm is the Birch mattress?

There are technically two options for firmness levels with this mattress. If you get it without the topper, it’s about a “medium-firm,” but if you end up purchasing the topper it’s a bit softer.

Where is Birch made?

It’s made in the United States.

Does it have coils?

Yes. Birch has pocketed coils as its main support system.

Is the Birch mattress hypoallergenic?

Not completely, but the Talalay latex foam used in its construction blocks dust mites and molds. In addition, the Birch mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning the bed is safe for sensitive individuals like children and has been tested for volatile organic compounds, harmful chemicals, pollutants, phthalates, and formaldehyde.

Does the Birch mattress sleep cooler than other mattresses?

Even though latex foam doesn’t retain heat like memory foam it isn’t actively cooling. We would say the Birch is temperature neutral.