Zenhaven is considered a luxury mattress in the online bedding industry. In fact, it’s actually made by the quintessential online luxury mattress brand: Saatva. After purchasing your Zenhaven mattress, it will ship to you completely free. Because this is a heavy and kind of slinky, difficult-to-move mattress, by default, Saatva offers free white glove delivery. This means the company will bring the mattress to your home, come inside and set it up exactly how and where you want it, and then take away your old mattress, all for free.
They even ask you during the order process which side you’d like to sleep on first, because it is flippable with different firmness levels on either side. Then, they’ll even come back if you decide you want to flip your mattress again, and flip it for you. Pretty fancy treatment, right?
Unfortunately there is a trade off with Zenhaven—it doesn’t come with free returns. If during your 120-night trial period you decide you don’t love your Zenhaven mattress, they will refund you of your purchase of course, but they charge a $99 fee for picking it up and removing it from your home again.
If you do decide you love your Zenhaven and you want to keep it, it will be covered by a 20-year warranty, which is double of what other online mattress companies typically offer.
We should preface this by acknowledging that latex is an expensive material. There’s just a more involved, lengthy process by which it’s made compared to a poly foam. Trust us, we got some sticker shock, too, but if you want a really high quality and durable bed, then it’s worth the price. Here’s a breakdown of pricing by size:
|King / Cal King||$2,499|
Unlike many other online mattress brands, Saatva is 100% opposed to offering coupon codes. They basically say that their beds are already priced affordably and there’s no need to play the discount game. As such, we probably won’t ever find a coupon code for Zenhaven, Loom & Leaf, or Saatva, but on the off chance that we do, it will be listed on our Mattress Deals page. You can also check Zenhaven.com to see current pricing and peruse around a little.
The Zenhaven mattress has a couple of really great features. First, it’s flippable, with two different firmness levels on either side. Second, it’s made with Talalay latex, which is a high-quality, natural foam made from the sap of rubber trees, and offers a number of benefits.
These benefits include being antimicrobial, which makes this mattress resistant to mold and bacteria; dust mite resistant, because the reason rubber trees produce latex in the first place is to defend against insects; and hypoallergenic, because natural latex is a product of the earth and free of any chemicals. I know, pretty cool, right? But let’s break this mattress down by its construction, as well.
The base layer of Zenhaven is the middle layer, because the bed is flippable. This layer is made of 100% Talalay latex foam and is very supportive. Sandwiching the base layer are latex “5-zone” layers, for comfort and firmness. On one side is a firmer option, on the other side is a less firm option. We’ll talk more about these layers in the Feel, Firmness, and Responsiveness category below.
Moving on, all of these layers of latex are also aerated with tiny holes for better airflow, which Zenhaven has termed “pinholes.” Encompassing this 10” mattress is a layer of organic New Zealand wool, which is a natural flame-retardant barrier. To wrap that all up is a final organic cotton cover.
All of Zenhaven’s latex is certified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which is the internationally accepted standard for certifying textiles. This certifies that the Zenhaven mattress does not contain formaldehyde, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, or heavy metals.
Zenhaven and their parent company, Saatva, are also a members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), which means they are “committed to healthy, pro-planet furnishings.” They also claim to use sustainable practices for the construction of all their beds.
As we’ve already stated, the Zenhaven mattress cover is made of organic cotton. It’s soft and thick, and also a little aerated for better airflow. It’s not removable, so if you have any accidents, just use some mild detergent and warm water to spot clean it.
Also, remember you can flip this bed. This is a nice feature because it helps to prevent any permanent sagging or impressions. Zenhaven will even come flip your mattress for you after your initial setup. But we doubt sagging or impressions would be a concern anyway because the latex makes this bed very bouncy and responsive—and latex foam tends to be far more resilient and durable than poly foam, for example.
On one side of the Zenhaven mattress, is a firmer profile, which Zenhaven calls “Gentle Firm.” We’ve categorized this as medium-firm to firm on our scale. The other side is a little bit softer, and is called “Luxury Plush.” This side is still a little firmer, and we categorized it as a solid medium-firm option.
Because of the latex, you can expect a good amount of bounce with this bed—almost as if it had coils, but it doesn’t. It’s super responsive, so you don’t really sink into this mattress like memory foam, but lay more on top of it.
As with any mattress, a lot of your decision has to do with just personal preference. You might really like the fact that Zenhaven is responsive and makes switching positions easy at night, or you might just prefer the feel of a memory foam mattress; there are pros and cons associated with both.
Yes, the Zenhaven mattress is most optimal for back and stomach sleepers. This is because it’s plenty firm enough to keep your spine in neutral alignment.
Back and stomach sleepers should make sure their heads, shoulders, and hips are all supported while they sleep, as to avoid back issues and discomfort. Zenhaven does a great job of this on both sides of the mattress.
Regarding sleeping on your side, it would maybe work if you’re using the “Luxury Plush” side, and you’re a little bit heavier (200-250 lb). This is because side sleepers need more pressure relief from their mattress for their hips and shoulders. Usually, softer mattresses do a better job of this.
If you have a larger body type, you’ll be putting more weight on the bed, and will sink into it more, therefore making the bed feel softer. That being said, be sure to read on to the question below if you’re a heavier body type.
We think combo sleepers will also love this bed. Because it’s so bouncy, it’s easy to switch positions while sleeping on a Zenhaven. But still, if you’re a combo sleeper, you ideally want to be spending most of your time on your back or stomach.
This bed is fairly durable because it’s made completely of latex, it’s flippable, and it’s a little firmer. It’s definitely a better option for heavier people than a 10” memory foam bed, but it’s still a 10” all-foam bed. We’d say the cutoff is around 250 lb.
If you weigh more than that, look into a thick bed that has coils for durability and support. If you’re really interested in a latex bed, we recommend to check out the IDLE Latex Hybrid or Nest Hybrid Latex since both of those incorporate coils (in addition to latex foam and an organic cotton cover). You can also check out our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers.
Latex foam is widely regarded as being a naturally cooler material than, say, memory foam. The bed won’t sleep cold, but it also doesn’t heat up excessively. Latex foam allows for better airflow and usually requires that you sleep more on top of the mattress versus in the mattress. In other words, latex mattresses tend to be slightly firmer, in general, and firmer beds tend to sleep cooler than softer beds since less of the mattress is in contact with your body.
Like we talked about in the construction section above, latex foam is aerated, which means it has tiny little holes throughout the foam. These pinholes play a roll not only in dictating how firm or soft the mattress will be, but also in how hot or cold the mattress will sleep. For the record, these pinholes are necessary in the manufacturing process, but they have the added benefit of contributing to regulating the temperature of the mattress.
The one trade off you’re going to experience with latex is that it’s not the best material for deadening movement. As you can see in the video below, there is some motion that reverberates through the mattress. Now, to be fair, this is a modern bed and it is leaps and bounds better than you’re grandma’s 45-year-old innerspring bed in terms of isolating movement, but it’s just not the best mattress for light sleepers who care about motion isolation above everything else.
If you’re a sensitive sleeper who shares their bed with a restless sleeper, this might not be the best option for you. If both partners, however, sleep pretty smoothly through the night, Zenhaven should be just fine.
Regarding edge support, usually it’s pretty black and white—either good or bad. With Zenhaven, though, it’s a little more complicated. If you lay along the perimeter of the bed, it holds its shape fairly well. Not the best ever, but not bad. If, however, you’re rolling around on the bed, it’s so bouncy and responsive that we’re a little afraid that you might just roll off the edge. This is a little hyperbolic since your sheets and comforter will slow you down, but it just means that Zenhaven doesn’t get a giant thumbs up in terms of edge support.
Just so you know, edge support is only truly important if you’re sharing a smaller size mattress. If you’re on a king, you should be good to go.
Overall, the Zenhaven mattress is a really nice latex bed. It is most ideal for eco-conscious people who tend to sleep on their back or stomach and that want a bed that’s great in terms of regulating temperature. While we realize the price tag is pretty heavy, you get tons of benefits from latex, we love the organic cotton cover, and it’s kind of like having two beds in one because it’s flippable.
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What is so special about Talalay latex?
|There are two different ways to make latex: the Dunlop method and the Talalay method. Zenhaven specifically uses Talalay, which we argue is a better form, and it’s also a newer method. So let’s explain how it’s made. The process starts by taking the liquid latex from a rubber tree, much like how maple syrup is taken from maple trees. Then you take that liquid and you whip it into an airy batter with some other special non-toxic ingredients. After that, you pour it into the mold (with tiny pinholes for aeration) which will form the bed. The rest of this process is where Talalay differs from Dunlop. A sort of vacuum is created to help fill the mold more evenly and completely. This is also how you can control the firmness level of the product. The latex is then flash frozen at -20℉. This helps keep the particles in even distribution. After that, the pH is neutralized and the latex begins to set. They then cure the latex by heating it to 230℉, which bakes it into completely solid form. Finally, the latex is removed from its mold and washed five times in pure water, which rinses away any potential impurities or allergens, and then set to dry for three hours. That’s how a Talalay latex mattress is made. But what's so special about this material is that it’s more breathable because of its pinholes, and it’s more resilient than Dunlop. This is because Talalay latex is more elastic. Zenhaven describes it as a “springier material with a more buoyant, elevating sensation.” It’s also more consistent in its results because of the flash-freeze step. But overall, it’s a more expensive and lengthy process.|
Does the Zenhaven mattress off-gas?
|While most beds need some time to air out to get rid of any new mattress chemical-y smells, the Zenhaven does not. This is because it’s made with natural latex, and natural latex doesn’t give off any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like other petroleum-based foams do. So your mattress should always smell nice.|
Can I sleep on this bed if I have a latex allergy?
|Yes. It shouldn’t be an issue—when the latex goes through the final wash, the proteins that cause allergic reactions are washed out because they’re soluble. Unless you have a very severe, very sensitive allergy, you should be fine.|