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Spindle Mattress Review

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

Nerd Score: 4.8/5

SPINDLE MATTRESS IN-DEPTH REVIEW

Trying to find an all-natural latex mattress in an actual store has never been an easy task. Not only that but, traditionally, they were fairly expensive and vendors don’t deliver everywhere.

Then along came Spindle to change that.

All-natural latex is basically natural rubber. It’s a liquid that comes out of a rubber tree that gets processed into something that can be shaped and molded into a pliable structure. If you’ve had a latex pillow for a number of years, you get what we’re saying.

Spindle Mattress was founded by a man who grew up around mattress makers hoping to become one himself one day. He knew the possibilities behind using latex.

He created Spindle as a direct-to-consumer company that sells all-natural latex mattresses in four different firmness levels at reasonable prices … for the notoriously difficult-to-find latex mattress.

It’s not cheap in the “Oh my, that mattress is a steal!” sense, but the price is reasonable for the quality in the “That computer is expensive but I won’t have to replace it in two years like this other one at half the price” kind of way.

Maybe after reading this review, you’ll feel better. It’s not sticker shock in the classic sense. Spindle comes in at far below the $3000-6000 you could be forking over for another brand of natural latex mattress.

There are other things consider—some that may convince you this is a great price for that quality latex mattress for which you’ve longed. But if you haven’t tried one before, you should consider several other things before buying this one.

SPINDLE HIGHLIGHTS AND COMPANY INFORMATION

You can look for these features with the Spindle mattress:

  • Natural, durable materials like latex from a tree, wool, and organic cotton
  • OKEO-Tex 100 certified that it is free of harmful substances
  • Latex gives easily until it firms up when it becomes compressed
  • Latex responds more quickly than memory foam or poly foam
  • Can act as both a comfort and a support base
  • 365-night trial
  • Modular design means you can swap out pieces to find the right fit
  • Smaller, family business

SPINDLE MATTRESS PERFORMANCE

Type

The spindle is an all-natural latex mattress that comes in four firmness levels: Extra Firm, Firm, Medium and Soft.

Cooling

The base is latex, which is rubber. Though the latex layers have depressions in them, this will sleep a bit hotter than other mattresses. That’s partly why Spindle recommends a slatted foundation. The space between the slats will allow air to flow up from the bottom. It isn’t necessarily enough to naturally cool down the whole mattress.

Spindle Mattress Firmness

Despite the name, the Extra Firm is not the hardest mattress ever conceived. 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. If you’re a stomach sleeper or a heavier back sleeper, this is probably the one you want.

The Firm version uses a layer of the “medium” firmness latex in the first 3″ layer, so it will give just a little more closest to your body. If you like a firm mattress, I’d recommend this one over the extra-firm in most cases. 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.

The Medium style probably covers the widest 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. Side sleepers and “fit” body types should try this version.

Despite the name, the Soft isn’t super soft. Due to how latex works (the more it 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. If you like a really fluffy mattress that you can just fall into, this is not the mattress for you, and you likely 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 might work for you.

Edge support

This isn’t the mattress on which to sleep on the edges. The Spindle doesn’t handle the pressure or weight on the sides of the mattress very well

Motion Transfer

Latex has a natural elasticity which absorbs movement. That, in turn, reduces the amount of motion transferred. That’s important if your sleeping partner has to get up early for work or late at night to use the restroom. Limiting motion transfer gives you a stronger shot at good sleep.

SPINDLE MATTRESS CONSTRUCTION

This is the part that gets a little technical, but we understand that the same person with a yen specifically for an all-natural mattress likes getting a little dirty with the details. It’s part of the allure.

The Spindle is a 10-inch mattress made of a 1-inch top and three layers of 3-inch, all-natural Dunlop latex.

There are two types of latex used in the mattress; one qualifies as medium and the other is firm. The company mixes those two types to get four different levels firmness.

The “Soft” version uses the medium latex in all three layers.

The “Extra Firm” version is firm latex in all three layers.

The “Firm” version uses one layer of medium on the top and the other two layers are firm.

The “Medium” version uses one layer of firm on the bottom and the other two layers are medium.

SPINDLE SIZING AND SPECS

Here is a breakdown of the Spindle mattress:

Dimensions

  • Twin: 38″ x 74.5″
  • Twin XL: 38” x 79.5”
  • Full: 54” x 74.5”
  • Queen: 53” x 74.5”
  • King: 60” x 79.5”
  • Cal King: 76” x 79.5”

Weight

150 pounds (queen)

Thickness

10 inches

BUYING EXPERIENCE

Spindle Mattress Trial

There is a 365-day trial with the Spindle mattress. Spindle gives you that much time because it wants to give itself that much time. It requires you to spend at least 60 nights sleeping in it. This is longer than most mattress companies and that’s because fewer people know what it’s like to sleep on a latex mattress.

Since the mattress is built of three individual layers that the buyer stacks themselves, working with other firmness layers Spindle thinks it can find the right match of layers for anyone who might struggle to sleep on their current mattress.

If the rearranging doesn’t work, donate the mattress to charity. Cut off the tags when you do and send them back to Spindle, who will refund your money. Spindle does have free returns, but would rather work to find the right fight for the customer.

Spindle Mattress 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.

Latex is a super durable material so the parts are meant to last.

You can also buy replacement pieces for the mattress, at a 30-percent discount, for the first 25 years. This is separate from the warranty. If your body or weight changes significantly, you can spruce up your mattress by changing one of the layers.

However, the warranty does cover indentations that are 3/4 of an inch or greater.

Unboxing a Spindle Mattress

The Spindle ships free to the contiguous U.S. and should arrive within 7-10 business days.

The Spindle, though technically a bed in a box, is delivered in three boxes that require assembly. There is a process to put it together and it will take some time. Make sure you bring a partner along to help.

WARNINGS FROM SPINDLE ABOUT SETUP:

  • Don’t pull on the latex when you lift it.
  • Don’t try to move the mattress by grabbing inside the holes of latex.
  • Don’t stretch the latex.
  • Shake it out like a rug to spread it out.
  • If you tear it, if less than two inches, it won’t affect mattress performance.

As you can see, setup will take awhile. It’s fairly involved, so the best approach is to go slowly and give yourself and your partner time to get it right.

Customer service

Here’s the Spindle promise, straight from its own website:

We listen to your stories, provide candid answers to your questions, and do our best to help you choose an appropriate mattress, even if that means you buy somewhere else.”

So we know the commitment and know-how is there. You can access that knowledge by calling or emailing Spindle directly. Spindle is also only open during the week.

But they have a workshop, showroom and offices in the Boston area if you’re in town and curious what an all-natural latex mattress feels like. You may call customer service to book an appointment.

SPINDLE MATTRESS PRICE

$$ to mid $$$ (See scale below).

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$$0-750
$$$750-1,250
$$$$1,250-2,000
$$$$$2,000 – $4,000
$$$$$$4,000+

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SPINDLE MATTRESS RATING AND CONCLUSION

Nerd Score: 4.8/5

Spindle is the cheapest path to an all-natural latex mattress. Cheap doesn’t mean cheaply made in this case.

The closest comparable mattress will cost more than double what a Spindle costs. Even a blended latex mattress (blended is natural latex plus artificial latex combined) will be more expensive with a few extra features or less expensive but thinner than the Spindle.

Latex is not a cheap material to manipulate in the context of building a comfortable, supportive mattress that won’t heat up too much to disturb the sleeper. It’s a great match to achieve a balance of contouring and support, just not a cheap one.

If you’ve tried and like latex mattresses elsewhere, you’re going to like this one. Finding one of this quality at a better price would be very difficult to do.

However, if you’ve never tried latex before, be warned. Not everyone likes the sensation of sleeping on a latex mattress. It’s more of a “love it” or “hate it proposition”. But don’t let that stop you from trying one in a store. If you’re intrigued, take the extra step to give it a try.

Remember Spindle has a free return policy and four different firmness levels to accommodate your specific tastes.

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Comments (30)

  1. Tom P. says:
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    I can’t seem to get your coupon of $200 to work. What is the code?

  2. Can you give an honest opinion on the nest latex Hybrid? Also do they use blended latex? They say they are about to release a more affordable latex hybrid as well. Unfortunately the spindle & hybrid are just barely out of my reach pricewise but are the only 2 ive actually considered.

    • I don’t have as much experience with the Hybrid Latex at Nest. I’ve tried them, and they were alright, but quite bouncy. I’d recommend asking them through their website whether it is natural or blended latex in the top layer.

  3. 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?

    • 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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

    • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.


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