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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 Jack Mitcham

Whether you prefer to buy products that are eco-friendly or your concern is that the mattress you buy is made with natural materials that are not toxic for you and your family, an organic, non-toxic mattress will achieve that goal. Luckily, manufacturers are recognizing the plea of consumers who want their beds to be easy on the environment, and safe to sleep in at night. 

There are a plethora of mattresses on the market made with organic materials that have a low environmental impact. If you are interested in purchasing one of these mattresses, it is first important to understand what exactly an organic mattress is. What makes it organic? What standard are they using to measure themselves as organic, “green,” or eco-friendly? 

We will answer all your questions about organic mattresses; what kinds of mattresses are organic, how to know if a mattress is truly 100% organic or just marketed as organic, why you should care about the materials in your mattress, and finally share eight mattresses that meet those criteria, are durable and comfortable and would make an excellent choice for your next bed! 

By the end of this article, you’ll be well-informed on organic mattresses and ready to purchase the perfect mattress for you! 

What Makes A Mattress Organic?

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. In most cases, since they are made with high-quality organic materials, they are typically naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and protects against dust mites. In this guide 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 Mattress of 2020

Awara

Editor's Pick
Who Awara is Good For
  • All Sleep Positions
  • Hot Sleepers
Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

Available in firm and medium-firm options

Trial period

365 Days

Reason to buy

Temperature Neutral

The Awara is a hybrid mattress made with natural and organic materials. It is built with a comfort latex layer of GOLS(Global Organic Latex Standard)-certified organic latex, a GOTS(Global Organic Textile Standards)-certified cotton mattress cover, and a strong multi-gauge pocketed coil support core. It is polyurethane and toxic chemical-free, including silica-based fire retardant. 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.

Read our full Awara Mattress Review for more details!


 

Zenhaven

Best Dual-Sided Mattress
Who ZenHaven is Good For
  • Side and back sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Back pain sufferers
  • People whose firmness needs to change frequently
Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

Dual-Sided: Plush and Firm

Trial period

120 days

Reason to buy

Dual-sided firmness

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’, making it customizable for a wide variety of sleepers. 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.

Read our full ZenHaven Mattress Review for more details!


 

Avocado

Best for Back Pain Sufferers
Who Avocado is Good For
  • All Sleep Positions
  • Hot Sleepers
  • Back Pain Sufferers
  • Couples
Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

7

Trial period

100 nights

Reason to buy

Good price point for an all-natural mattress

The Avocado mattress is a latex hybrid handmade in the USA. It’s comfort layers are made with 100% GOTS organic wool and natural Dunlop latex comfort layers. Avocado has met the excellence standards of being green guard gold certified, meaning it meets very strict emission and chemical standards. 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.

Read our full Avocado Green Mattress Review to learn more!


 

Birch

Best for Side Sleepers
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 natural mattress made of organic materials that are especially good at wicking away moisture and heat. It is built with a top layer of organic wool and the 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.


 

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best Latex
Who PlushBeds is Good For
  • Side and Back Sleepers
  • Hot Sleepers
  • Back Pain Sufferers
Score
4.9 / 5.0
Firmness

Available in firm and medium-firm options

Trial period

100 nights

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 and is also usda certified organic.

Read our full PlushBeds Mattress Review to learn more! 


 

Naturepedic

Best for Couples
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.

Read our full Naturepedic Mattress Review for all the details.


 

JoyBed

Best Hybrid
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.

Read our entire JoyBed Mattress Review for full details!


 

What Kinds of Mattresses Are Organic?

The materials used in organic mattresses are similar to that of non-organic mattresses; think memory foam mattress, latex, and pocketed coil (innerspring). The difference is in how the materials themselves are formulated. Is the mattress 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?

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 warned, any mattress brands can say that they are organic, “green,” or eco-friendly. So we are going to break down how you can tell if a mattress is truly 100% organic or just marketed as such.

To verify whether or not a mattress is organic, environmental and regulatory bodies provide unbiased third-party testing to verify that a mattress is in fact organic, and made of natural materials. This includes testing the mattress, as well as visiting 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?” For starters, a pile of chemicals isn’t where I want to sleep. Additionally, 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 chemical 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. Often when you open a new mattress, there is a slight chemical smell. This is called off-gassing. 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. An organic, eco-friendly mattress will have significantly less chemical smell when first opened. 

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 take a foam mattress out of a box. 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 should have a good understanding of what an organic mattress is, the types of materials used, and some excellent organic options available on the market. Also remember, as a consumer, you should never take the manufacturers word for it with organic products. Check for certifications and third-party testing from reputable sources. 

No matter what your reasons for wanting an organic mattress may be, you now know what is important when choosing a mattress based on its materials. Choosing responsibly sourced products can be a responsible choice for ourselves and the environment. 

If you’re interested in more mattress recommendations, check out our top picks for the best mattresses of 2020.


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