Best Organic Mattresses
Organic, eco-friendly, renewable, sustainable.
Products with labels like these are increasing in popularity, and it’s not just due to smart marketing. As more consumers become more conservation-minded, they want to ensure that the products they’re purchasing won’t hurt the environment. Many people also prefer organic products for health reasons.
Organic products aren’t just for our waking hours. Considering you spent one third of your life asleep, an organic mattress can have a profound impact on your health. People are increasingly choosing organic mattresses because they’re friendly for the environment, friendly for their health, and simply a good return for the value.
However, not all marketing claims are created equal. The extent to which a mattress is “organic” depends on the construction of the mattress itself. We’ll review the different components commonly found in organic mattresses, the certifications to watch out for, and the top-rated organic mattresses on the market today.
Our Top Five Organic Mattress Picks
|Zenhaven||Latex||Medium Soft, Medium Firm||$1,899|
|Sleep On Latex||Latex||Soft, Medium, Firm||$899-$999|
|Avocado Green||Latex hybrid||Medium, Medium Firm||$1,399|
|Loom & Leaf||Memory foam||Medium, Firm||$1,099|
|Alexander Signature Hybrid||Hybrid||Soft, Medium, Firm||$1,199|
*All prices listed are for a Queen mattress.
What Components Make Up the Best Organic Mattress?
Before we dive in, it’s important to know that no mattress is truly 100% organic. The most organic mattress option available would likely be 95% organic, simply due to the manufacturing process.
Some mattress brands will use just one or two organic materials, and overemphasize that one “green” element of the mattress to persuade (or trick) consumers into mistakenly believing the whole mattress is organic. However, a truly organic mattress will contain organic materials in all aspects of the mattress, including the support core, the comfort layers, and the mattress cover.
The most common organic mattress materials include:
- Cotton and wool are often used in the mattress cover to promote breathability. Organic cotton is unbleached, non-GMO, and grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Cotton promotes breathability, while wool is favored for its moisture-wicking properties.
- Latex foams are used in the comfort layers of both hybrid and latex mattresses, and in the support layer for all-latex beds. Organic latex is sourced from the sap of rubber trees, and then poured using the Dunlop or Talalay process. Dunlop latex tends to be denser and heavier, while Talalay is softer and lighter, with a bouncier feel. (Note that latex mattresses can also be made from synthetic latex. To ensure yours is using all natural latex foam, double check the components and certifications of the mattress. You want to see labels like 100% organic latex, natural latex, pure latex, or all-latex.)
- Plant-based polyfoam and memory foams are used in the comfort and support layers of hybrid and memory foam mattresses. Polyurethane is what gives poly foam and memory foam their characteristic “hug.” Plant-based foams replace some of that polyurethane with plant-based oils, so they’re still contouring and conforming, but with a bit less impact to the environment. Essentially, plant-based foams are more eco-friendly, but they are not 100% organic.
To be considered an organic mattress, a mattress must be certified as such. You’ll often see one or more of these certifications accompanying a truly organic mattress.
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100 does not certify a mattress as organic or not, but it ensures that it does not exceed emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, PBDEs, allergy-inducing dyes, and other chemicals that are dangerous for humans. VOCs are most common with memory foam and polyfoam and are responsible for the initial off-gassing odor present with some foam mattresses. VOCs vaporize soon after entering the air when the mattress is unpackaged, but they can be irritating to people with skin disorders or sensitivity.
- CertiPUR-US is a certification given to mattyresses containing polyfoams which are free of harmful materials like mercury, lead, PBDEs, formaldehyde, ozone depleters and more. They also have low VOCs. Foams certified CertiPUR-US do not have to be organic, but they are certified for not containing materials shown to be harmful to humans.
- GreenGuard and GreenGuard Gold are additional certifications regarding safe VOC emission limits.
- Eco-Institut certifies latex mattresses that do not exceed emission limits for hazardous chemical substances.
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a certification given to mattresses that are made with at least 95% organic-certified materials.
- Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a certification given specifically to latex mattresses made with at least 95% organic latex.
- Cradle to Cradle is another certification for latex mattresses that evaluates latex for its environmental impact.
Without one of these certifications, a mattress may be labeled natural, eco-friendly, or green. In that case, it’s likely that at least one of the materials within the mattress is organic, but the mattress as a whole doesn’t fit the necessary standards to be considered “organic.”
There are also additional certifications that asses the organic qualities or environmental impact of materials. If a mattress you’re considering mentions another certification not included in the list above, research what it means.
Benefits of Organic Mattresses
There are many benefits to sleeping on an organic mattress, including:
Because they’re made from organic materials, organic mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic. They don’t contain the harsh chemicals included in flame retardants or mattresses made from synthetic materials.
As a result, they are easier on the skin, providing welcome relief for allergy sufferers, people with skin or respiratory issues, or young infants and children who are more susceptible to irritation.
Before 2007, it wasn’t necessarily uncommon for mattresses to catch on fire. Given that you’re asleep when this happens and it’s a fairly large item, it’s sadly not a surprise that these mattress fires caused many deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission responded by requiring mattresses to be both flame- and fire-resistant. Fortunately, mattress-caused fires are much less common now.
Unfortunately, the reason why is because many manufacturers met these flammability requirements by using chemical flame retardants like PBDEs. PBDEs in particular have been linked to liver, thyroid, and other health issues, but chemicals in general can be unsafe. Instead, organic mattresses will use fire socks made from silica or Kevlar, neither of which require chemical treatment but still protect against fires.
The same chemicals that make a non-organic mattress fire-retardant also give it a noxious smell upon opening. Because non-green mattresses contain foams and other materials made from man made or synthetic chemicals, they take a few days to “air out” and let the smell dissipate.
While the smell does eventually go away, it’s extremely unpleasant for sleepers with especially sensitive noses in the meantime, and disturbing for consumers of all kinds to imagine what kind of chemicals combine to produce that smell.
The materials within organic mattress are natural and more likely to be biodegradable, so they’ll leave less of an impact on the environment. What’s more, many organic mattress manufacturers use more sustainable production practices, sourcing their materials within the US and using multiple production or delivery facilities to reduce the environmental footprint associated with shipping.
Organic mattresses options can be more expensive, simply due to the sourcing of natural materials, but they often tend to have a longer lifespan than a typical mattress.
Typically, the more organic materials within a mattress (the closer it is to 95% organic or more), the more expensive it will be. However, it is also likelier to last longer.
Our Favorite Organic Mattresses
The majority of organic mattresses are latex beds. However, there are hybrid mattresses and other models that contain some organic elements, enough to be considered half-organic. We’ve included multiple options below to suit various sleep preferences.
In no particular order, here are our favorite organic mattresses. Read each review to understand why they’re considered one of the best organic mattresses.
Construction: The Zenhaven mattress is a 100% pure American Talalay latex mattress. The mattress is composed of three layers, one 6-inch latex support core and two 3-inch latex comfort layers, all wrapped in a 1-inch cover of organic New Zealand wool and cotton. The organic wool serves as a flame-retardant while also providing moisture-wicking, while the cotton enhances the breathability of the mattress, along with the perforated latex. The comfort layers are designed to provide two firmness levels (Medium Soft and Medium Firm), so the user can simply flip the mattress over to experience a different firmness.
Pros: The Zenhaven mattress is manufactured by Saatva, one of the oldest online mattress retailers. As such, its longevity claims have been backed by strong reviews and customer service. As an all-latex bed, the Zenhaven mattress may last up to 20 years.
Cons: The Zenhaven bed includes white glove delivery, which requires the user to be home and costs $99. Although the sleep trial is longer than most online mattress sellers, at 120 days, returns are not free, either.
Why Choose Zenhaven: The Talalay latex in the Zenhaven bed is made in America, as opposed to being imported like many latex mattresses. Talalay’s open cell structure is 50% larger than Dunlop latex, so the mattress sleeps cool while providing a bouncier feel.
Sleep On Latex
Construction: The name of this mattress gives it away: it is an all-latex bed. The Sleep on Latex bed is available in two heights and three firmness levels (Soft, Medium, Firm). Both heights feature a 6-inch Dunlop latex support core encased within a 1-inch wool layer and cotton cover. The 9-inch model includes an additional 2-inch layer of softer Dunlop latex foam. The cotton and wool are GOTS certified, while the 100% natural Pure Green ® latex foam is certified by Oeko-Tex and Eco-Institut. The mattress is assembled and shipped from Chicago.
Pros: Because the mattress is available in different heights, Sleep on Latex is able to provide an organic all-latex bed for one of the most affordable prices available. The bed comes with free shipping and returns, plus a 100-night sleep trial.
Cons: Dunlop latex is denser, so the mattress will be more difficult to move and have less of a bounce than latex beds made with Talalay latex. The warranty is also on the shorter side, at only 10 years.
Why Choose Sleep on Latex: The inclusion of Dunlop latex could make the Sleep on Latex mattress an excellent fit for heavier sleepers, although they’ll likely need to buy the thicker option. The thinner model could provide good support for sleepers of lighter and average weight.
Construction: The Avocado Green mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, including eco-Institut-certified Dunlop latex foam, OEKO-TEK Standard 100-certified New Zealand wool, and GOTS-certified organic cotton. The mattress includes a 1-inch Dunlop latex foam base layer, an 8-inch innerspring pocketed coil support layer, and a 2-inch Dunlop latex comfort layer, encased within a wool and cotton cover. An optional euro top layer adds 2 more inches of latex. With the pillowtop, the mattress is a medium firmness, but the standard model is noticeably firmer at around a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Pros: he inclusion of the coil support layer, although it keeps the Avocado Green mattress from being 100% organic, does allow for additional bounce and temperature regulation. The bed is handmade in the USA, and uses a natural fire retardant of silica and wool. The bed comes with an extensive 25-year warranty, a 100 night sleep trial, and free shipping and returns
Cons: Given the large 8-inch support layer of coils, the Avocado Green bed is not 100% organic.
Why Choose Avocado Green: The Avocado Green aims to use eco-friendly and natural materials wherever possible. For individuals who don’t like the feel of a latex bed, the Avocado Green offers a solid half-organic mattress option.
Loom & Leaf
Construction: Like the Zenhaven bed, Loom & Leaf is also manufactured by Saatva, a company backed by its longevity in the online mattress industry and a positive customer service reputation to support it. The Loom & Leaf is a memory foam mattress. While not 100% organic, the Loom & Leaf contains a support core of high-density polyfoam and transition polyfoam, an eco-friendly memory foam layer, and a top memory foam comfort layer infused with cooling gel, enclosed within a quilted organic cotton cover. The bed is available in two firmness options: a true Medium or a true Firm.
Pros: Given the high-density of the foams in the mattress, the Loom & Leaf should last a long time. All of the foams are sourced from the U.S. and Certi-PUR certified for low VOC emissions. The in-home delivery includes removal of your old mattress, and Saatva offers a generous 120-night sleep trial (although returns do cost $99).
Cons: By virtue of being a memory foam bed, the Loom & Leaf is not 100% organic. However, Saatva took pains to use eco-friendly options where possible to reduce the bed’s overall environmental impact. Due to its memory foam construction, the Loom & Leaf is not a good fit for hot sleepers who prefer the natural breathability of an all-organic bed.
Why Choose Loom & Leaf: The Loom & Leaf is a good option for eco-minded consumers who prefer the feel and affordability of a memory foam bed.
Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid
Construction: The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress from Nest Bedding is a hybrid mattress that includes an 8-inch pocketed coil support core, 1-inch support polyfoam layer, 1.5-inches of memory foam or copper-infused foam, and 1.5 inches of endurance foam, within a quilted mattress cover that includes gel-infused memory foam. The bed is available in three firmness options (soft Plush, medium Medium, and firm Luxury Firm) and the densities of the individual layers varies depending on the firmness level selected. The mattress is made in the USA with CertiPUR-US certified foams.
Pros: The copper and gel-infused foam layers, combined with the innerspring support core, work together to keep the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress cool, making it an appealing option for hot sleepers. The bed also comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, and a lifetime warranty.
Cons: This hybrid model is newer than other Nest Bedding mattresses so it has a limited track record. There will be initial off-gassing due to the memory foam construction, and it’s a heavier mattress that will be difficult to maneuver.
Why Choose the Alexander Signature Hybrid: While the Alexander Signature Hybrid is not 100% organic, it’s an attractive option for sleepers who want a bed containing the most organic materials possible, while still enjoying the cool sleep surface, bounce and contour of a hybrid mattress.