Spindle mattress review

Disclosure: This site receives a payment from Spindle, Nest Bedding, or Amazon when you purchase a product using any links to that company in this article (or use my coupon code)

All natural latex mattresses are a little hard to find in stores. I’ve been looking for one to recommend on this website for two years, and before Spindle, they’ve all come up short. Most are too expensive. Some don’t deliver everywhere. I often get asked by my readers for a recommendation of a natural latex mattress, and I didn’t have a good suggestion. Until now.

If you don’t already know, latex is basically natural rubber. It’s a liquid that comes out of the rubber tree that gets processed into a foam (I use the term “foam” even though I’m not sure it’s technically correct in the scientific sense). Latex foam used in bedding tends to be extremely durable. I’ve had a latex pillow for almost 9 years, and it’s in almost the exact same shape as when I got it.

Latex tree

Latex is tapped from a tree. (Picture by AxelBoldt (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Spindle Mattress is a direct-to-consumer mattress company that sells all-natural latex mattresses in 4 different firmnesses for a very reasonable price. I need to preface what I mean by “reasonable price” though. When I first saw the price, I was amazed at how inexpensive it was. When I excitedly told my wife about the mattress, she was shocked at how expensive she thought it was.

Spoiler alert, it’s $1350 in a queen. I’ll cover that more later in the article.

If you’ve come to this review because you’ve been researching latex mattresses, you’ll have the same reaction I did. It’s very difficult to find an all-natural latex mattress that price. You’d be hard-pressed to find a “blended” latex mattress for that price.

If you didn’t know much about latex mattresses before reading this article, you’re not alone. So as you’re reading, keep in mind that a 10 inch natural latex mattress will usually run $3000 at a minimum, and can go as high as $6,000.

If you’re looking for an all-natural latex mattress, I believe this is the one you should go with, and I’ll explain why in this post. If you’ve never tried a latex mattress and aren’t sure about it, you should be careful about just buying this one, and I’ll explain that too.

(Note: This is a rather long article, so feel free to skip to the conclusion if you’d like. There’s even a 5% discount code waiting for you).

Construction

This is the part that gets a little technical, but I’ve found that most people looking for all-natural mattresses don’t mind getting into the weeds of things like specs.

The mattress is made of 3 layers of 3″ all-natural dunlop latex. The quilt layer on top is made of about an inch of organic cotton and natural wool. (The wool layer doubles as a comfort layer and the all-natural fire barrier). This brings the total height to 10 inches. This is a pretty straightforward mattress.

The latex is OEKO-Tex 100 certified, which is the strictest certification given by the organization (International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology), stating that there are no harmful substances.

There are two types of latex layers used in the mattress; medium and firm. You can mix and match those two layers to get 4 different firmnesses. The “Soft” version uses the medium latex in all 3 layers, the “Extra Firm” is firm latex in all 3 layers. The “Firm” uses 1 layer of medium on the top (and the rest firm), and the “Medium” uses one layer of firm on the bottom (and the rest medium).

If you’re interested in things like ILD (and a description of why it’s not necessarily a useful number), they have some detailed specs here. It’s nice that they don’t hide their specs, but I think for most people, it causes more confusion than it solves.

Inside the spindle mattress

Spindle is made up of three layers of latex. Here it is without the natural wool and cotton cover. Image from Spindle’s website.

How it feels

Latex mattresses have a very unique feel that’s a little hard to describe if you’ve never tried one. The foam gives pretty easily at first, but then rapidly firms up as it gets compressed, much faster than something like memory foam or most polyurethane foam. This is how latex acts as both the comfort layer and the support layer. Contrast this with memory foam, which will contour basically all the way through with little resistance, or high resiliency poly foam, which doesn’t contour much at all, and is more rigid.

Some people really love the way an all latex mattress feels, and some people don’t. I personally really like latex. However, it isn’t for everybody. So, if you’ve never tried a latex mattress before, you should be wary about buying this sight unseen. You may end up disliking the general feel of latex (not specific to this mattress), and unlike many direct-to-consumer mattress companies, Spindle does not offer free returns.

On the other hand, if you’ve tried latex mattresses and liked them, these will feel very similar to the other ones you’ve tried. I’ve found there is not a huge difference in how latex mattresses feel between brands. Each individual model will feel different due to the firmness, but natural latex is natural latex. There isn’t a huge amount of variation in processing it to make it feel different. (There are two common methods to process latex; Talalay and Dunlop. It takes a major foam geek to be able to tell the difference by lying on them). So, if you’ve tried and liked latex elsewhere, there’s a very good chance you’ll like this one.

That said, I had a chance to try out their 4 models in their store in Acton, MA (which is just a small showroom connected to their factory in which they actually cut the foam to size, package it, and send it out).

Extra Firm

Despite the name, the “Extra Firm” is not the hardest mattress I’ve ever tried. Due to the nature of latex, you can’t really find a completely rigid latex mattress. It’s still very firm and supportive, but it still gives a little. On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the hardest, this one is about a 2 (to me, anyway. Everyone’s body is different.)

If you’re a stomach sleeper or a heavier back sleeper, this is probably the one you want.

Firm

The Firm version uses a layer of the “medium” firmness latex in the first 3″ layer, so it will give just a little more. If you like a firm mattress, I’d recommend this one over the extra-firm in most cases. This is more like a 3.5 out of 10 on that firmness scale mentioned above.

This should be fine for most back sleepers and stomach sleepers. If you don’t have particularly wide shoulders or hips, it’s probably also fine if you sleep on your side, too.

Medium

This one probably encompasses the biggest cross-section of mattress shoppers. It has two layers of the medium firmness foam, so you can sink a little further into the mattress. This is important for side sleepers since you don’t want the mattress pushing up too hard against your shoulders or hips. When this happens, the mattress can pinch off nerves (which causes your arm to “fall asleep”) and can throw your back out of alignment. The Medium firmness is less likely to do this for a side sleeper.

On a scale from 1 to 10, this is right about in the middle at a 5 or so.

If you’re a side sleeper, or if you’re a back sleeper that’s somewhat on the “fit” side of body types, this is probably the best.

Soft

Despite the name, this one isn’t super soft. Due to how latex works (the more get gets compressed, the faster it firms up), it’s very difficult to get a super-squishy latex mattress. It’s just a little softer than the medium, maybe around a 6.5 or 7 out of 10 on that softness scale I’ve been using. If you like a really fluffy mattress that you can just fall into, this is not the mattress for you, and you probably won’t find that in any latex mattress.

But if you’re a side or back sleeper that’s on the skinny side, or if you have very broad shoulders or wide hips despite being on the lighter side, this one might be good for you.

Price

As I mentioned at the start, this mattress is very inexpensive for a latex mattress. Often, a mattress company will say “compare at $X,000” where “X” is some really high number. Well in this case, Spindle undersells themselves.

It is a $1349 in a queen for the mattress, and their website says to “compare at $2,349.” Well, I was unable to find one at that price. The cheapest comparable one I could find in a store is at Costco at $2399, and even that one is missing the inch of wool fiber and organic cotton cover. The most comparable one I could find is by a company called Savvy Rest.

Spindle vs Savvy Rest

Savvy Rest is a company I’ve had a few people email me about. They actually have a very similar model to Spindle. They sell directly to the consumer, and you get 3 layers of latex foam of varying firmness with an organic wool and cotton quilt layer.

There are a couple differences.

  1. Savvy Rest allows you to customize each layer of foam, and they have a lot more options. For example, if you wanted to put a soft layer of latex on the bottom, then a firm layer in the middle, and another soft layer on the top, you can order a mattress like that. (Note: This would be a bad way to make a mattress. You generally need the firmer layers underneath for better support.) So if you’re a mattress engineer for a living, you can design the mattress you want. However, if you’re a layperson, you’re just more likely to make a mistake
  2. Savvy Rest is more than double the price. For a queen size mattress with 3 layers of dunlop latex, Savvy Rest charges you $3100, whereas Spindle charges $1350. This is a dramatic difference for what amounts to the same mattress.

Spindle vs other latex brands

I singled out Savvy Rest because it is the most obviously similar option. There are several other latex mattresses out there, and I think Spindle beats each one.

Graphite Latex by Nest Bedding: I am a fan of Nest Bedding, and I am even an affiliate for them (just like I’m an affiliate for Spindle and would get paid if you bought one through a link to either company). But their natural latex mattress is about twice the price of Spindle. Nest has a better return policy, but it’s probably not worth twice the price.

Prana Sleep: This one is actually a little thicker than Spindle at 12″. If you’re in the Northeast, you may have seen this one at Jordan’s Furniture. For their Vinyasa model you’re looking at $4250, a solid $3,000 more expensive for something that’s maybe only slightly better.

Ikea Morgongava: Ikea sells a 7″ blended latex mattress for $999. You lose a couple inches of latex, the latex is not all natural, and you don’t get the wool quilt layer, and it’s only $350 less. It’s nowhere near the same quality, but it’s not too far off in price.

There are a few others out there, but none really come close in terms of both price and quality. In every case I’ve found, Spindle wins in either price or quality or in many cases both.

Spindle Boxes

The Spindle is delivered in three boxes. It’s fairly easy to put together, but it’s easier with two people.

Return policy

Here is my main hesitation with Spindle: They don’t offer free returns. That is one reason they are able to have the price so low. In most of the other direct-to-consumer mattresses that you can’t try in a store, if you don’t like the mattress you can send it back for free. That makes those mattresses very low-risk purchases.

With Spindle, if you don’t like the mattress, you can send it back and get your money back less $300. This obviously isn’t ideal, which is why I can’t just recommend this mattress to everyone. If they wanted to offer a free refund, they’d have to charge a lot more for the mattress. Like I said elsewhere in the review, if you’ve tried and liked latex mattresses elsewhere, you’re very likely to love this one too.

If you’ve never tried latex before, I’d recommend either going into a store that sells latex mattresses and try them out, or order a latex pillow (link goes to Amazon) to see if you like the feel. This is a low-risk way to experience latex bedding.

In addition to the return policy, they also have a “comfort adjustment” policy, in which for a small fee (between $75 and $200, depending on size and whether you want it inside the mattress or as a separate “topper”) you can get another layer of foam to swap out during the first year. You can even keep the old latex layer if you change your mind. Again, this isn’t free, but it’s better than just being stuck with a mattress you don’t like or having to buy a whole new one.

Warranty

Spindle has a 10 year warranty on their mattresses, which is about the industry standard. If the mattress starts sagging in those 10 years, they’ll replace it for free (or if one piece is defective, they replace that piece. The mattress is somewhat modular, which is another benefit of a latex mattress like this).

Latex is a super durable material. As I said earlier, I’ve had a latex pillow for almost 9 years now, and it is in nearly the same shape as it was when it was new. I’d expect this mattress to stay comfortable for at least that 10 year period.

They also have a policy in which you can buy replacement pieces for the mattress at a discount for the first 25 years. This is separate from the warranty, so if your body needs change (say, you gain or lose a lot of weight 10 or 20 years from now), you can “refresh” your mattress by replacing a layer rather than buying a whole new one.

Conclusion

This was a long article, so congrats if you read the whole thing. (If you just skipped to the end, I understand).

To sum up, if you’re looking for a latex mattress, Spindle is one of the best options out there (if not the best outright). If you’ve tried and liked latex mattresses elsewhere, you’re very likely to like this one, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better price for something of this quality.

If you’ve never tried latex before, be careful with this one. Not everybody likes the overall sensation of a latex mattress. It’s a very “love it or hate it” kind of thing. I’d strongly recommend trying one in a store first, or at the very least buying a latex pillow to see if you like it. If you want to take a chance, keep in mind that there is a $299 fee to return the mattress if you don’t like it. So, be prepared to risk that much for the opportunity to try it.

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MattressNerd Says

August 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

I believe the most similar would be the soft Spindle, but none of them are an exact match.

Linda Says

August 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I tried a Rest Savvy in Serinity that was firm Dunlop, medium Dunlop, soft talalay. Which matress in the Spindle would compare with this, and would it be a firmer feel with all Dunlop latex?

MattressNerd Says

July 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

I'd be surprised if the middle of the bed had any kind of "sinking problem," since it's made of latex, and latex is very resilient. I don't know what concerns you about the seam. I think that's something that would be covered under the warranty, though.

Tim Miller Says

July 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

I am concern about the seam. Does the middle of bed have a sinking problem thsnks tom

MattressNerd Says

June 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Glad it's working out for you. I can't imagine that 18 year old mattress was in good shape, so this is probably a huge upgrade.

Greg A Says

June 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm

It's been a week since my Spindle was delivered and it's great! Thanks to the review on this site I heard about Spindle and so glad I did. I'm coming from an 18 year old Sealy spring mattress. I went back and forth initially whether to get the medium or the firm and ultimately went with the firm. I'm glad I did. So far it's given me just the right amount of firmness and support. I used the coupon code from this site when I ordered.

Harry Says

June 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Thank you so much for being generous with your knowledge and experience. Not everything I wanted to hear, but I definitely needed to hear it. I'll go try some latex mattresses locally. Spindle support wrote me back and they were very helpful and echoed a lot of what you had to say. They told me it wasn't going to feel soft if that was what I was looking for. They they pointed me to that endless maze called TMU that can never be escaped LOL. I am having a dialog with Nest. Despite my concerns with VOCs, natural materials, sensitivity to chemicals, do you think a mattress like the Alexander Medium could provide pain relief for a person with chronic back issues? I don't want another 100 days of trial back pain. Is it different enough than the Love & Sleep to make a difference?

MattressNerd Says

June 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

If you felt the Love and Sleep Medium was too hard, most latex will also be too hard. I don't really pay attention to Spindle's calculation about what would be a good fit. I've slept on latex mattresses before that were great, but Spindle says they have nothing for me. I disagree, and feel their medium would be a good fit. But, that said, it's tough to find a really soft latex mattress, if that's what you're looking for. I have a Love & Sleep Medium in my living room right now, and not many latex mattresses would be softer than that. There may be a few around, but most latex has a limit to how soft it can go. Nest Bedding, where you got the Love & Sleep, carries an all-latex mattress you can try out. You might want to try that out if you're not sold on latex. As I mentioned in the review, Spindle is great if you know for sure that you like latex, because they don't have a free return. But if you're certain about latex, they offer great pricing.

Harry Says

June 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Howdy - Great review! Like you, I am slightly overweight. Spindle seems to be biased towards people who are skinny and when I put my height and weight in they told me I wouldn't be a good fit for their mattress (5'9" 195#). I am actually pretty solid with some padding. How did you navigate around that? Would you recommend the Spindle over the Love & Sleep Medium (tried it and it was too hard) or the Alexander Signature Medium? Where in San Francisco Bay Area can I find comparable latex offerings so I can feel how a latex mattress feels? Thanks! Harry

Warren Rogers Says

June 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Spindle will allow you to change layers as needed, though they only have medium and firm foams. I contacted them and their reply is that they charge $50 layer to cut in half so that each side can have a different feel, so the Spindle can be setup similar to Savvy. But, I was told you must call them for this custom order, they don't offer it on-line like Savvy does. Also, if you want another layer, they sell them at a discount. I don't yet own a Spindle, but have communicated with them via email. Their communication is excellent.

MattressNerd Says

March 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

They are fairly comparable, though the initial feel on the surface will be a bit different (again, because of the wool). I like the Nest Latex bed and I'm an affiliate for both companies, but I think the Spindle just offers better value for the money. Chances are you'd be happy with either mattress; it's just tough to argue against Spindle's price.

Laura B. Says

March 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Thanks for your awesome and thorough review! Because of your site, I just purchased my Spindle and my husband and I could not be more excited. One quick question for you: we actually fell in love with the Nest Graphite Latex bed in the store (their soft configuration with 1 firm layer topped by two medium layers), but the price was an issue. You mention that Nest bed as a comp in this article but don't dive in too deeply and really only discuss the price difference. In terms of *feel,* are these two mattresses really that similar? The Nest doesn't have the wool like Spindle. Hoping they are very comparable. Thank you!

MattressNerd Says

February 2, 2017 at 12:10 am

Memory foam is significantly different from latex. Memory foam has a much slower reaction to pressure and movement.

Nancy Says

January 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Thank you so much for the quick response. Am being challenged to find a latex bed to try before purchasing the Spindle, as you suggested. Did try laying on memory foam, is it similar? Not sure if I want to invest $100 on a pillow. This review has been extremely helpful.

MattressNerd Says

January 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm

1) Most materials can house dust mites, including your blanket/duvet, your carpet, your pillows, etc. 2) You should use a mattress protector anyway.

Nancy Says

January 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Is there a concern with wool as it can house dustmights?

MattressNerd Says

January 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

I feel that the risk is minimal as long as you're buying a US made, CertiPUR-US certified (or better, i.e. Spindle is Oeko-Tex 100 certified) mattress. Some cheap Chinese mattresses are a little sketchier.

Gina Light Says

January 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

I searched your site but couldn't find.... Maybe it's here somewhere?...... Do you comment on any health risks associated with fire-retardants or other chemicals? Should a customer care about pursuing all-natural or plant-based materials?

MattressNerd Says

October 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

The Wahe is 5 inches thicker, so there is just more foam. It would be similar to the Spindle with two layers of latex mattress toppers on top.

MattressNerd Says

October 17, 2016 at 9:22 am

Yes, it will work.

Ratfink Says

October 17, 2016 at 8:20 am

How does a Spindle firm compare to the Prana Wahe? I tried the Prana Wahe at a local retail store and was in bliss -- never thought I would like a latex mattress but it is amazingly comfortable. We could get the floor model at a big discount but it is still expensive. Our 16-year-old Shifman is starting to show its age toward its 20-year guarantee, and I am in research mode as our bodies are well into middle age. Thanks.

Suzan Says

October 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for the info. Will a king size Spindle fit on one of the Savvy Afton Platform king frames?

Kelly Says

July 5, 2016 at 2:27 am

How does the 10" Botanical Bliss by PlushBeds compare to the Spindle? It usually is much more expensive but they are having sales over the holiday weekend. Thanks!

MattressNerd Says

July 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

The Spindle is a better mattress than the Leesa, but it's also more expensive, so they're a similar value overall (especially once you factor in the return policies). If I wasn't already completely happy with the Leesa, I'd get a Spindle and make that my main mattress. The Spindle should be more durable than the Leesa as well. The main reason I can't just recommend Spindle to everybody is that not everybody likes latex, it's a bit more expensive, and it doesn't have a free return policy. With Leesa, I'm more comfortable making a more blanket recommendation because it's less expensive and they have a free return policy. But, if you already know you like latex and you have the budget to fit the Spindle, I'd recommend the Spindle over the Leesa.

MattressNerd Says

July 4, 2016 at 6:55 am

First of all, Talalay is NOT higher quality than Dunlop. It's just the process used. It changes the feel of the mattress slightly, but only a real connoisseur of latex can tell the difference immediately. Second, after delivery, the Zenhaven is $2,000. That isn't too terribly far from the $2350 they claim and the $2400+ that I've found elsewhere. The Zenhaven is a better deal that most latex mattresses, but the Spindle is an even better deal still.

Kelly Says

July 4, 2016 at 3:35 am

The Spindle mattress sounds like a great product and good fit for me. Other than price, how does it compare to your Leesa? I know you said the Leesa had a similar type of feel to latex.

BBJ Says

July 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

The "compare at $2349" claim is not accurate. A queen size zenhaven mattress sells for $1899, is made of talalay latex which is higher quality than the dunlop latex spindle uses, and has a 75 day return policy where you are only charged the$99 delivery fee if you return the mattress. It would be good to have a comparative review of both.

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