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Best Organic Mattresses

Learn about the materials and chemicals in your mattress and see Mattress Nerd's top picks for the best organic mattresses available online.

By Katie Terrell Hanna

Whether you prefer to buy products that are eco-friendly or your concern is that the mattress is made with natural materials that are non-toxic for you and your family, an organic product will achieve that goal. 

There are a number of options on the market made with organic materials that have a low environmental impact. But first, it’s important to understand what an organic mattress is. What makes it organic? What standard are they using to measure themselves as organic, “green,” or eco-friendly? 

That’s what we’ll cover first in this article. Then, we’ll share eight mattresses that strive to meet those criteria. Next, we’ll discuss what kinds of mattresses are organic and how to know if a mattress is truly 100% organic or just marketed as organic. Finally, we’ll cover why you should care about the materials in your mattress. 

By the end, you’ll be well-informed on organic mattresses and ready to purchase one should you decide to do so.

What’s an Organic Mattress?

An organic mattress is one that makes a low environmental impact during the manufacturing process and is constructed of natural, raw materials that are eco-friendly and are chemical-free. 

We’ll review some examples of organic materials and how to know for sure whether a mattress is organic, in just a bit. But first, let’s review some of our favorite organic mattresses on the market that have our seal of approval.

The Best Organic Mattresses

MATTRESS NERD’S TOP 9 PICKS

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Who PlushBeds is Good For
  • Side and Back Sleepers
  • Hot Sleepers
  • Back Pain Sufferers
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
Firmness

Available in firm and medium-firm options

Trial

120 sleeps

Reason to Buy

Organic, Naturally Sourced Materials

The Botanical Bliss by Plushbeds is a 100% natural latex mattress. It is composed of a breathable organic cotton cover, a top layer of organic New Zealand wool that helps to regulate temperature, and a layer of organic latex that provides pressure relief. It has received numerous certifications to back up its claims.

It comes in a wide variety of sizes and is available in 9, 10 or 12-inch height. It is offered in ‘Medium’ or ‘Medium-Firm’ firmness levels. Plushbeds offers free shipping and free returns, a 100-night trial, and a 25 year warranty


 

Awara

Who Awara is Good For
  • All Sleep Positions
  • Hot Sleepers
Customer Rating
4.7 / 5
Firmness

Medium-Firm

Trial

365 nights

Reason to Buy

Temperature Neutral

The Awara is a hybrid mattress made with natural and organic materials. It is built with a comfort layer of GOLS-certified organic latex, a GOTS-certified cotton cover, and a strong multi-gauge pocketed coil support core. It is polyurethane and toxic chemical-free. Not only is the Awara eco-friendly with many green certifications but it’s very affordable. We recommend this mattress for stomach sleepers since it tends to be more firm in feel. It is available in several sizes and is 13-inches deep. Awara offers free shipping and free returns, a 365-night trial, and a forever warranty.


 

Avocado Green

Who Avocado is Good For
  • All Sleep Positions
  • Hot Sleepers
  • Back Pain Sufferers
  • Couples
Customer Rating
5 / 5
Firmness

Medium-Firm

Trial

100 nights

Reason to Buy

Meets most rigorous standards for sustainable certifications

The Avocado mattress is a latex hybrid. It’s comfort layers are made with 100% GOTS organic wool and natural Dunlop latex comfort layers. While it’s support core is constructed with more than 1,000 pocketed support coils. No polyester, polyurethane or toxic flame retardants are used in its construction.

It comes in multiple sizes, is 11-13 inches thick depending on whether you add their luxury top pillow top. It also comes in two firmness options, ‘Medium’ and ‘ Medium Firm.”  The Avocado Mattresses come with free shipping and free returns as well as a one-year sleep trial and a 25-year warranty.


 

Birch

Who Birch  is Good For
  • Side and Back Sleepers
  • Hot Sleepers
Customer Rating
4.2 / 5
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial

100 nights

Reason to Buy

Non-Toxic

The Birch is a hybrid mattress made of natural, organic materials that are especially good at wicking away moisture and heat. It is built with a top layer of organic wool and a second layer of natural Talalay latex. Finally, it is completed with a support core of pocketed coils reinforced by a layer of natural wool batting. It comes in multiple sizes, is 11-inches thick, and is medium level in firmness. The Birch mattress comes with free shipping, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 25-year warranty.


 

ZenHaven

Who ZenHaven is Good For
  • Side and back sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Back pain sufferers
  • People whose firmness needs change frequently
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
Firmness

Dual-Sided: Plush and Firm

Trial

120 nights

Reason to Buy

Dual-sided; two firmness options

The ZenHaven is a 100% pure Talalay latex mattress. It is constructed with two comfort layers that share a latex support core and an organic cotton cover. The eco-friendly Talalay latex improves spinal alignment and relieves pressure points. It’s also a cooler material than many other types of foam.

This mattress is dual-sided with one side being ‘Luxury Plush’ and the other side ‘Firm’. It comes in multiple sizes and is 11 inches deep. The ZenHaven comes with a 120-night trial period, free in-home set up and a 20-year warranty.


 

JoyBed

Who Joybed is Good For
  • All Sleep Positions
  • Back Pain Sufferers
  • Hot Sleepers
Customer Rating
4.4 / 5
Firmness

Medium

Trial Period

365 nights

Reason to Buy

All-natural materials

The Joybed mattresses are hybrid models constructed with organic, eco-friendly materials. It’s comfort layers are made of plant fiber, organic cotton, and wool, as well as a and support core of pocketed coils, that provide active edge support. It has received numerous certifications to verify its organic materials. It comes in multiple sizes as well as an option for each firmness preference: plush, medium, and firm. The Joybed is 11 to 13 inches deep depending on which option you choose and comes with free delivery and free returns as well as a 120-night sleep trial.


 

Naturepedic

Naturpedic is good for
  • Options for every sleep position
  • Families
Customer Rating
4.4 / 5
Firmness

Medium: 6/10

Trial

90-day comfort guarantee

Reason to Buy

Variety of models

Naturepedic mattresses are made with organic materials and come in certified latex and hybrid versions. All of their options are GOTS and GOLS certified and made with non-GMO materials. They have received a number of other notable certifications to validate their claims. The Naturepedic comes in an extensive selection of mattresses to suit every need, body type, and sleeping preferences. These mattresses come in multiple sizes and multiple firmness options. 


 

Spindle

Who Spindle is Good For
  • Side and Back Sleepers
  • Couples
  • Back Pain Sufferers
Customer Rating
5 / 5
Firmness

Adjustable

Trial

365 night comfort guarantee

Reason to Buy

Adjustable layers

The Spindle is a natural latex mattress hand-crafted with organic materials. The cover is made with GOTS-certified organic cotton and an eco-wool batting certified by Okeo-Tex. The comfort layers of the mattress are constructed with 100% natural Dunlop latex with is Okeo-Tex certified as well as Rainforest Alliance Certified. It comes in a number of sizes and four firmness options: ‘Soft,’ ‘Medium,’ ‘Firm,’ and ‘Extra Firm.’ It is 9 inches deep. Additionally, the Spindle comes with free shipping, a 365-night trial and a 10-year warranty.


What Kinds of Mattresses Are Organic?

The materials used in organic mattresses are similar to that of non-organic mattresses; think memory foam, latex, and pocketed coil. The difference is in how the materials themselves are formulated. Are they created with raw materials in their natural form? Or are they made from compounds that include chemicals and additives that may be harmful to users and the environment? This is the question we have to answer.

Some examples of materials you might find in an organic mattress include:
  • 100% organic cotton and wool  
  • 100% natural latex or organic latex
  • Certified organic cotton cover 
  • Certified memory foam vs. traditional polyurethane foam
  • Plant-based materials

Certifications to Watch Out For When Shopping for an Organic Mattress

Be forewarned, anyone can say that they are organic, “green,” or eco-friendly. So how do you know if a mattress is truly 100% organic or just marketed as organic?

To verify whether or not a mattress is organic, environmental and regulatory bodies provide unbiased third-party testing to verify that a mattress is organic and made of natural materials. They test the mattress as well as visit the facilities where they are produced to make sure environmental safety standards are met. 

Here is an overview of many of the common certifications and designations you will want to keep an eye out for when shopping for an organic bed:

CertiPUR US

The CertiPUR US certification is administered by a not-for-profit organization. To meet their standards, mattresses must be:

  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants
  • Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

OEKO-TEX Standard 100

The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. It takes account of:

  • Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc.
  • Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
  • Requirements of the European Chemicals.
  • Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead. 
  • Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard is the worldwide standard for organic fibers backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. Organic certification of fibers is decided on the basis of recognized international or national standards.

A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.

Global Organic Latex Standard

Control Union Certifications established the first global standard for organic latex: the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). GOLS outlines requirements for latex products made from organic raw materials, as well as non-organic material. 

To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages.

The eco-INSTITUTE

The eco-INSTITUTE examines mattresses for toxic substances, odors, and emissions. While there is no legal requirement for mattresses in terms of these items, manufacturers can volunteer their product for testing of pollutants to prove they are environmentally friendly.

The eco-INSTITUT is an approved testing lab for a large number of national and international quality labels. Each certifier is responsible for awarding the quality labels after testing at the eco-INSTITUT.

In addition, the eco-INSTITUT offers its own quality label, which marks indoor products as being non-hazardous to health and the environment.

Why You Should Care About the Materials in Your Mattress

Now you might be thinking, “Why does any of this matter? Why should I care?” You should care because there is new research that suggests that our body heat could be triggering the release of potentially harmful chemicals from the material in our mattresses. 

We already know that mattresses are known to release small amounts of a chemical gas called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This occurs mostly with polyurethane foam mattresses but can also occur from the chemicals used in flame retardants that are applied to mattresses. It appears as though our body heat is fueling the further emission of these VOCs from our mattresses. 

While it is estimated that the doses still remain well below levels that can cause health effects in adults, there may be a concern for infants and young children that are exposed.

To reduce VOC emissions, you can make sure your home is well-ventilated, by opening your windows and turning on the fan. Similar to what you would do if you were painting an interior room. This is particularly important when you first unbox a foam mattress.

Also, keep in mind that mattresses containing cotton, wool, and natural latex produce less of these emissions than a 100% polyurethane foam mattress.


Conclusion

At this point, you have a good understanding of what an organic mattress is, the types of materials used, and some excellent organic options available on the market. 

As a consumer, you also know that you should never just take the manufacturers word for it with organic products. Check for certifications and third-party testing from the sources we discussed today. 

Finally, you now know why it’s important to take care when choosing a mattress based on its materials. We only have this one life and this one planet; It’s up to all of us to be responsible and make wise choices for ourselves and our families. 


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