Our in-depth review of the foam-free, natural and organic Joybed mattress.
Last Updated: July 1, 2020
Joybed is a no-foam bed in a box mattress made with natural materials. In this post, we’ll break down its pros and cons, discuss its feel, firmness, and other features in detail, and talk about who’s going to get a good night’s sleep on this mattress.
- Free Shipping & Returns
- 120 Nights Trial Period
- 10 Years Warranty
- Made in USA
People that want a natural/organic bed
If you want a firmer mattress
If you need a soft mattress
People that don’t like innerspring beds
Joybed Mattress: Video Review
Here at the Slumber Yard, we do our best to cater to all sorts of folks, so if you’re more of a watcher than a reader, you can take a look at this quick video review of the Joybed mattress and then come back here for any additional information you might be interested in.
Because we do try to keep our video reviews fairly brief, you’ll find more details and extra commentary in this written review.
Buying A Joybed Mattress Online
Joybed’s policies are fairly standard for the online bed-in-a-box industry, although they do give you a slightly longer trial period than what’s average. With Joybed, you get free shipping, a 120-night trial, free returns and full refunds, and a 10-year warranty.
The mattress will arrive compressed and rolled up inside a box, so all you have to do is bring it in, pull in out onto your frame, and then unwrap it and let the bed take its full shape. Because Joybed has coils and doesn’t have any foam, it won’t take quite as long to shape up as other bed-in-a-box mattresses, like Casper or even a Bear Hybrid, which has coils of its own.
How Much Does Joybed Cost?
Compared to other mattresses in the space, Joybed has a fairly average price tag and we count it as affordable in the eco-friendly space. Similar “green” mattresses like Avocado and the Nest Bedding Latex Mattress are a good deal more expensive than Joybed. Here’s a breakdown of the pricing by size for Joybed LX (the most affordable option):
|King / Cal King||$1,360|
We always do our best to provide discounts or promo codes for our readers, so if we have any deals on Joybed, you can find that information in the green box on the right side of the page. For discounts on other mattresses, take a look at our Mattress Deals/Coupons page.
Analysis Of Coils And Comfort Layers
Joybed LX has a five-layer construction that is predominantly composed of the individually-wrapped coils that serve as the foundation and support of the mattress. On top of the coils are four layers of comfort materials, all of which are natural. You get a cotton layer, then a layer of wool, then more cotton, and on top is a plant fiber blend.
These materials are certified, but not organic. However, the cotton cover on the Joybed mattress is GOTS organic material.
- Joybed LX – 11″ in total with coils topped with cotton/wool.
- Joybed LXC – 12″ by default, or 16″ if you get the “Medium-Plush” option with topper.
- Joybed LXP – Measures 13″ thick, or 17″ if you get the “Medium-Plush” version.
Joybed states that they chose non-organic natural materials for the bed’s internal layers to keep the price down. We can totally understand that, and we agree that there’s space in the marketplace for a budget-friendly “green” mattress.
Joybed Has An Organic Cotton Cover
Like we mentioned in the previous section, Joybed’s cover is made with a GOTS certified organic material. It’s not the softest material, but it does have a nice neutral smell, rather than any of that “new” smell that can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
Also, part of what sets the cover apart from others is that it does not have any polyester, which is why there’s very little stretch built in. As such, you’re getting more organic cotton than anything else.
If you happen to spill on the mattress, or someone has an accident, you won’t be able to remove and machine wash the cover. Instead, you’ll need to spot treat the area with some warm water and a mild detergent. Just use a rag to blot at the spill until it comes out. Try not to get the mattress overly wet, though, because you don’t want it getting soaked through the various layers under the cover. After you’ve done your spot cleaning, be sure to let the area dry out before putting your sheets and bedding back on.
As far as flipping and rotating go, you won’t need to do any flipping with Joybed. In fact, you shouldn’t. Because the Joybed mattress is constructed with the coil support structure under the top comfort layers, flipping the bed would have you sleeping on the base of the coils. You can, however, rotate the mattress every few months to prevent uneven wear.
Joybed Is Available In Several Firmness Models
The Joybed mattress is fairly similar in feel to a traditional innerspring mattress. Because there’s no foam, you don’t have any of the cushiony, foamy feel. Instead, you get those layers of cotton and wool for comfort. Overall, Joybed feels like an innerspring bed with a mattress topper on it.
The LX version is certainly a firm bed, landing right there at a firm on our scale. Joybed recently introduced new additional firmness levels. Take a look at our graphic below to see where they land on our firmness scale. You can see all three firmness models on Joybed’s website.
- Joybed LX – The firmest and most affordable option.
- Joybed LXC – Available in a “Medium-Firm” and a “Medium-Plush,” which has a 4″ topper.
- Joybed LXP – The most luxurious option that is also available in the two firmness options above.
The All-Cotton LXC is a nice option not only for folks who want something a bit softer than the flagship Joybed, but also for folks with sensitive wool allergies or lifestyle vegans looking for a natural mattress that doesn’t use any animal byproducts (like wool).
Because the construction of Joybed is primarily coils, it’s highly responsive. You definitely won’t be sinking into the bed or feeling stuck at all like you might with a memory foam mattress.
Good responsiveness is a feature you’ll appreciate if you tend to turn over frequently throughout the night or you have a hard time getting up from a sleeping position. There’s plenty of bounce back with the Joybed mattress.
Will Back And Stomach Sleepers Like Joybed?
Yes, Joybed is a good mattress for back and stomach sleepers. As mentioned above, the LX model is firmer and they have “Medium-Firm” LXC and LXP which is a tad softer, but still firm enough for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
We’d actually say that of the various sleeper types, back and stomach sleepers will be happiest on this mattress.
How About Side Sleepers? Combo Sleepers?
The “Medium-Soft” option for Joybed LXC and LXP model is made specifically for side sleepers. It might not be the softest mattress in the world, but it does have a lot more fluff than the other two models.
As for combo sleepers, we think the LXC and LXP will be just fine for them. You’ll be able to easily roll between positions without encountering resistance. Comfort will just come down to whether you prefer to sleep mostly on your side, stomach, or back. If you’re a primary side sleeper, look at the LXP model first. If you’re a primary back or stomach sleeper, the LXC model is likely the one you should research
Is Joybed Good For Heavier People?
Yes, Joybed is a viable option for folks with a heavier body type (250+ lb). The coils provide good bidirectional support, meaning the push up against the sleeper’s weight as. Coils are also more durable than foam materials, so a coil system will likely last longer, even with nightly use by someone who’s heavier than average. For more beds that we consider good picks for heavier folks, check out our list of best beds for heavy people.
What About Other Body Types?
Average sized people will be just fine on the Joybed mattress, assuming they like a bed with an innerspring feel.
Petite people, though, will want to keep to the “Medium-Soft” or “Medium-Firm” depending on their preferred sleeping position and firmness expectations. If you’re 150 lb or under, and want a softer bed, the LXP is the one. If you’re in that same weight range, but spend a significant amount of time on your stomach or back, the LXC is probably the one to go with. Remember that softness/firmness is relative, so this isn’t quite an exact science.
Does Joybed Sleep Hot?
Not at all. Because the construction is almost entirely coils, air flows really well through the mattress. Plus, the other materials used are quite a bit more breathable than synthetic foams that you’ll find in a lot of other beds. Ultimately, if you’re overheating on a Joybed, it’s not the mattress’s fault—that’s between you and your thermostat.
Last Two Factors For Couples
Joybed might be good for couples, as long as both individuals are pretty sound sleepers. While the bed has good edge support to ensure that everyone has enough room to spread out, its motion isolation isn’t fantastic, but that’s typical of a coil bed, so what can you do?
It’s certainly better than your 15-year-old innerspring, just don’t expect to sleep perfectly undisturbed while your partner thrashes through their recurring nightmare on the other side of the bed.
Synopsis: How Good Is Joybed?
In summary, we like the use of natural materials and we think the no-foam approach is unique within the bed-in-a-box space. If you are looking for a “green” mattress that ditches the foams, Joybed is one of very few options out there. We think the comfort layers work just fine and there’s plenty of support with this bed. We also don’t hate the price tag, especially considering it’s in the eco-friendly category.
How The Joybed Mattress Compares
Avocado — Joybed is a no-foam mattress that uses natural, non-organic materials within the bed, and an organic cotton cover. Avocado is a hybrid mattress made with natural latex foam, recycled steel coils, and various certified organic materials throughout. Avocado’s optional pillow top and latex foam layer give it perhaps a touch softer, more cushioned feel than Joybed’s cotton comfort layers.
Zenhaven — While Joybed has a no-foam construction, Zenhaven has an all-foam construction. Other than the cover, Zenhaven is entirely natural latex foam. Because of its construction, Zenhaven has an almost soft, spongy, responsive feel.
My Green Mattress (Natural Escape) — The Natural Escape model from My Green Mattress is a latex foam hybrid made with natural and organic materials. Like Joybed, it has an organic cotton cover. Both beds are reminiscent of traditional innerspring mattresses (they have some bounce), but Joybed has the cotton type feel to its comfort layers.
Joybed sent it to us to review. However, we’re never required to say good or bad things about a product. Our opinions are entirely our own.
Yes, for $150 Joybed will arrange for your new mattress to be delivered by a specialized carrier that will bring in and set up your bed, as well as remove your old mattress.
Yes and no. While Joybed uses natural materials, they decided not to go the certified organic route in order to keep production costs down and in turn keep their prices down.
Yes. All of the Joybed mattresses have coils for support.
Yes. Joybed is made in the US with materials sourced in the US.
Joybed is made with pocketed coils, cotton, and wool.