One thing I often get asked is about so-called “green” mattresses or “eco-friendly” mattresses. That has never been a huge focus of mine; I prefer to talk in terms of comfort and support, but I am aware that a mattress being environmentally-friendly is a big selling point for a lot of people. I also have had quite a few readers ask me specifically about Keetsa, which is one of the more popular online sellers of “green” mattresses and bedding, but I was unable to respond since I had not actually tried them out.
So, I took a trip to New York City to their showroom in Lower Manhattan to try out their models. I spent over an hour in the showroom testing out their 7 mattresses, so I can give you a good overview of what to expect when you buy. Unlike some other predominately online direct-to-consumer brands, Keetsa will charge you a return fee (10% of the price) if you don’t like the mattress, so it is my goal here to make this somewhat less of a “blind” purchase.
- 1 About Keetsa
- 2 The Mattresses
- 3 Keetsa all-foam mattresses
- 4 Keetsa innerspring mattresses
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 Related articles
Keetsa has been selling eco-friendly mattresses for a decade now, so they’re an experienced company in this field. They’re based out of California and have three showrooms there (San Francisco, Berkeley, and Los Angeles), and they also have a showroom in New York City (which is the one I visited), but they do a lot of business online. They ship anywhere in the mainland US and most of Canada. The mattresses come compressed in a box and expand quickly to regular size when opened.
They sell seven different models, and I’ll review each of them below. They also sell other accessories such as pillows and mattress toppers.
All of their mattresses have a 12 year warranty against manufacturer’s defects and sags 1.5 inches or greater. This is slightly better than the industry “standard” of 10 years. (read more about mattress warranties here).
Eco-friendly, but not totally organic
Keetsa puts a lot of effort into making sure their mattresses reduce their impact on the environment and are free from anything toxic in the mattresses. (Not that mattresses by the major manufacturers have been proven to be toxic. I don’t believe they are. However, if this is something you’re worried about, I’m unlikely to convince you to not worry, and Keetsa goes the extra mile to test for these things).
They use plant-based oils in their foams to offset some petroleum use, they use organic cotton and natural latex, and they do their best to minimize carbon emissions in their supply chain. They’ve been recognized as a “green business” by several California organizations.
That said, these mattresses are NOT totally organic. Completely organic mattresses are very pricey. Just down the road from the Keetsa showroom in NYC, you’ll find a totally organic mattress shop that will sell you a coconut fiber and natural latex mattress for $6,000. Keetsa hits that middle ground of being eco-friendly, but still affordable and attainable by most of the population. They use a car analogy. Getting a Keetsa is like getting a Prius, or other hybrid vehicle. It still uses gas, just less of it. There are cars that use no gas at all (like my dream car, the Tesla Model S), but they are MUCH more expensive.
It’s the same with the Keetsa. Like I said, it’s the middle ground of being eco-friendly while still affordable.
UPDATE: A lot of readers have emailed me that a lot of Keetsa’s advertising is “greenwashed,” making them seem more eco-friendly than they are. They’re probably right. But again, I don’t really pay much attention to that stuff. My focus is on things like comfort, support, durability, etc. That’s what this review is about. If you decide to buy a Keetsa after doing your due diligence on their “green” advertising, my job is to make it less of a blind purchase.
Keetsa has seven models of mattresses. Two of them are all foam, and the other five are a hybrid of foam and coils. The coil mattresses all use the exact same coil system. It’s an individually wrapped coil unit with a very thick gauge of steel (13 gauge, for any other mattress nerds out there). Individually wrapped is one of the better types of coil systems out there, since they’re designed to take the shape of your body and minimize motion transfer. In that way, they somewhat mimic the effect of an all-foam mattress. The foam mattresses are somewhat simpler in construction, but just as good as the coils.
They have two collections: The Tea Leaf collection (which are the more expensive ones) and the Keetsa collection (which are a bit less expensive.) I’m not going to review them grouped like that, though. I’m going to review the foam mattresses separately from the coil mattresses, because people are generally looking for one or the other.
All of the below mattresses have a 5% off coupon, but the code is specific to the mattress. The corresponding 5% off code is at the end of the review of each mattress.
Keetsa all-foam mattresses
Tea Leaf Supreme
The Tea Leaf Supreme is a medium-firmness foam mattresses. If you’ve ever had the chance to try a Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme, it’s in the same ballpark of firmness. It felt great when I was on my side; I didn’t feel any pressure in my shoulder. It uses 8 inches of a base support foam and 4 inches of memory foam on top of that (which is broken down into two layers: an inch of “quilted” memory foam in the top followed by 3 inches of memory foam underneath).
The Tea Leaf Supreme is the more expensive of the two all-foam mattresses, but you’re paying for a higher quality mattress. It ranges from $1164 for the twin size to $1889 for the king size mattress, and you’ll need your own platform foundation. (Note: according to their website, these are NOT adjustable base friendly. Using an adjustable base will void the warranty).
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFSUPREME
The other all-foam Keetsa bed is the Keetsa Cloud. Don’t let the name “cloud” fool you; this is an extra-firm mattress. It’s one of the firmer all-foam mattresses that I’ve tried. It uses an organic cotton cover, 1 inch of “quilted” memory foam, another 1.5 inches of memory foam, and then the high density support layer. That means you really only have 2.5 inches of the memory foam to sink into before you hit the support layer, but even those first couple of inches is very hard. It’s a 4 pound high density memory foam.
I would not recommend this for side sleepers, and if you have a pronounced curve in the lumbar section of your back, you might not be supported on your back either. This is a great option for people that like a very firm mattress similar to a Japanese futon. The price ranges from $839 in a twin to $1322 in a king. (And again, you’ll need your own foundation). If you get this mattress and it’s too firm, a mattress topper might help make it be a lot more comfortable.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFCLOUD
Keetsa innerspring mattresses
There are five models of Keetsa innerspring mattresses. The models are the Tea Leaf Dream, the Tea Leaf Classic, The Keetsa Latex, the Keetsa Pillow Plus, and the Keetsa Plus. All except the Tea Leaf Dream use exactly the same coil system, and that coil system is very firm. That means even the softest mattress is still very supportive underneath. The Tea Leaf Dream uses a “hybrid core” in which the coils are encased in foam.
Tea Leaf Dream
The Tea Leaf Dream was my favorite mattress out of the bunch. I like a mattress just a little on the firm side of medium, and this mattress hits that spot. However, it is the most expensive one, and it does not come in a twin size. (It ranges from $1784 in a full size to $2309 in a king).
On top of the firm coil system, it uses 3 inches of a firm latex, which gives the mattress a little “bounce” that the foam-only mattresses from Keetsa don’t have. Then, on top of that, there are 3 inches of memory foam, for a total of 6 inches of pressure-relieving material. I like the “gradual” firmness that this one has. It starts off quite soft, and then it gradually gets firmer as you go deeper into the mattress. This allows you to kind of “float” to your correct level of support based on your body’s needs. It’s a real “hybrid” mattress, between a foam and a coil mattress.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFDREAM
Tea Leaf Classic
The Tea Leaf Classic is another model that uses a lot of foam up top and coils underneath, but the foams in this model are a lot firmer. It’s not an “extra” firm like the Keetsa Cloud mentioned above, but it is pretty firm. If you have broad shoulders and sleep on your side, it might be too hard. Otherwise, for a back or a stomach sleeper, it’s nice. The foams up top are high density foams (and only the top layer is memory foam) so it’ll contour a little, but not that deeply.
The Tea Leaf Classic starts at $933 in a twin size and goes up from there, so it’s a little less expensive than the Dream or Supreme models in the Tea Leaf lineup, but it’s still a premium mattress.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFCLASSIC
The Keetsa Latex is not an all-latex mattress as the name might imply. It is a coil mattress with a layer of latex in the top. I generally like latex bedding. I’ve had a latex pillow for many years. It’s a very durable foam, and Keetsa uses natural latex. However, this mattress is hard. It is extremely stiff. I mentioned the thick gauge coils earlier, which makes all of the Keetsa coil mattresses pretty firm. On this model, there is just an inch and a half of a very firm latex separating you from that coil system.
I would recommend this mattress only if you get a mattress topper to put on top to soften it up a little. The mattress itself is built like a tank and should last quite a while. The warranty is 12 years, and I’d expect it to last at least that long. There’s just no weak spot that should start sagging any time soon. However, the mattress alone is just going to be too rigid for most people.
On the other hand, if you grew up in one of the Asian countries in which sleeping on a very hard mattress is common, you’ll feel right at home on this mattress. It starts at $891 in a twin and goes up from there.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFLATEX
Keetsa Pillow Plus
The Pillow Plus is one of the lower priced Keetsa mattresses, but it’s still reasonably comfortable. I’m told it’s popular for students, kids, etc. For me personally, it’s not the quality I’d like to sleep on every night (then again, my wife thinks this website should be called “The Mattress Snob” based on my tastes in mattresses), but for the price it’s a good value. It’s a medium firmness not too far off from the all-foam Tea Leaf Supreme, but it feels a bit springier (which is sensible, since this is a coil mattress). It uses one inch of memory foam and several layers of what they call “super soft foam.” I’m a little skeptical about the durability of the foam layers in this one in the very long term because of the types of foam on this, but like most things in life, you get what you pay for.
The Pillow Plus is only from $576 in a twin to $996 in a king. So, if you need something for temporary use, a dorm room, guest room, etc, this is a comfortable yet affordable option.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFPILLOWPLUS
The Keetsa Plus is their least expensive offering. It’s a more basic mattress and on the firmer side, but actually not quite as hard as the Keetsa Latex. It’s constructed somewhat similarly to the Pillow Plus, just without quite as much padding on the top. So, if you’re in the market for a temporary mattress or a guest room or something, and like a firmer mattress, this is a great option.
The price starts at $471 in a twin and goes to $891 in a king.
5% off coupon code: KEETSA5POFFPLUS
Accessories by Keetsa
Keetsa has their own collection of accessories as well. They have a selection of pillows, mattress toppers, and mattress protectors to choose from, so you can complete your sleep experience and get the whole eco-friendly package. (See reasons you need a mattress protector here.)
The Keetsa mattresses are fairly high quality, but you do pay for the “eco-friendly” aspect of the mattresses. The Keetsa models are more expensive than the alternatives that don’t put as heavy of a focus on the “green” story. However, if that is an important factor to you, you’ll be willing to pay the extra.
The Keetsa mattresses tend to skew towards the firmer side of the spectrum. Their firmest mattresses are extra firm, and their softest mattress is what I’d consider “medium.”
If value for your money is the only criteria you’re interested in, I think you can find a little better value and have less risk if you go with another direct-to-consumer mattress, like Leesa or the Alexander by Nest Bedding (the latter of which is both CertiPUR-US and Oeko-tex certified). These two also have a free return policy. However, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly mattress with a bigger focus on natural materials but won’t break the bank, Keetsa is a decent option.
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for Keetsa (as well as a bunch of other companies), so I will get paid a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase through one of my links. This is how I keep my site running (and how I can afford a trip to NYC to try the mattresses for you). So, if you buy anything through one of my links, I appreciate your support.
P.S. I’d like to give a special thanks to Kyle and Josh at the NYC Keetsa showroom for patiently answering all of my questions even though I wasn’t there to buy anything. If you live in NYC and can make it to the showroom, I’d encourage you to buy from them rather than from me online.