Best Natural Organic Mattresses in 2020

By Alesandra Woolley

Finding true organic products that are made with natural materials, avoid hazardous chemicals, and are environmentally friendly can be difficult, especially for mattresses. In this guide, we’ll share our top 5 best organic mattress reviews, and then we’ll go over the benefits of an organic mattress, how to know if a mattress is truly organic, and how you can find out which one is right for you.

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Best Organic Mattresses

In the next section, we’ll take a closer look at each individual mattress and how it performed in our testing. We have tested over 150 mattresses in our lab, spending over 750 hours testing, reviewing, synthesizing, and publishing our findings. Each mattress listed has been through our lab and earned a score out of 10 based on our comprehensive criteria.

Additionally, all of the beds on our list are bed-ina-box mattresses available online. Buying organic can be pricey, buying a bed online directly from the retailer cuts costs and makes going green a wallet-friendly decision.


Birch

Birch Mattress

Best Value

Best for:

  • All sleep styles
  • Side sleepers who need a durable mattress
  • Couples who toss and turn

Perfect combination of firm support deep down with softness to allow a snuggled in flexibility.”

Liz E.
Customer Rating
4.7 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Medium-Firm: 7/10

Trial Period

100 days

The Birch mattress is a high-quality natural and organic mattress made by Helix. Thanks to the individually wrapped coils in the support layer, the Birch mattress provides fantastic motion isolation, so you and your sleep partner are safe to rest without disturbing one another.

All of the materials in the Birch are thoughtfully sourced and carefully constructed for long-lasting durability. The organic cotton and high-quality steel come from right here in the USA. The natural talalay latex is tapped from rubber trees in Southeast Asia. The Birch wool hales all the way from New Zealand. Together, these materials make a universal mattress, great for all sleep positions.

Because of Helix’s trust in their sustainable materials and careful mattress construction, they offer both a 100-night trial and a 25-year warranty with purchase.

Read our full Birch mattress review.


Zenhaven Mattress

ZenHaven

Best for Back Pain

Best for:

  • Sleepers who need various firmness options
  • Hot sleepers who want cooling layers
  • Combination sleepers with back pain

I no longer have problems with my back.”

Kam
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
8.6 / 10
Firmness

Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7-8/10

Trial Period

120 days

Saatva offers an eco-friendly line that is great for those looking to reduce waste. They offer an organic euro pillow-top on mattresses, but the base is an innerspring hybrid (not 100% organic). ZenHaven is Saatva’s organic line, with all products made up of all natural latex layers, which offers great pain relief.

Read More: Best Mattress for Back Pain

The ZenHaven mattress is crafted with sustainably harvested 100% natural American latex, certified organic wool and organic cotton. The mattress boasts a natural 100% organic New Zealand wool layer, which creates a flame-retardant barrier without the use of harmful chemicals. In addition, there are no chemical sprays used on a ZenHaven mattress. Even the organic cotton cover is made with natural wool lining to help with breathability and moisture wicking.

You get a ton of bang for your buck with the ZenHaven; it’s toxin free, certified pure, and supports the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC)—which means it’s good for you, and the environment. On top of that, this mattress naturally resists mold and microbes and comes with a 120-night trial and a 20-year warranty.

Read our full ZenHaven mattress review.


Awara Mattress

Awara

Best for Couples

Best for:

  • Couples with allergies
  • Combination sleepers
  • Hot sleepers who needs a breathable mattress

It was honestly worth every penny."

Chelsea L.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

365 nights

The Awara mattress is a fan favorite with its eco-friendly features and a competitive price point. It falls at medium-firm on the firmness scale, making it a mattress that works for all types of sleepers.

Read More: Best Mattresses for Couples

This hybrid mattress is constructed with premium 100% organic Dunlop latex that is GOLS certified and 5-zoned pocket-coils to create the perfect blend of support and contour. The interior of the mattress has two chemical-free core layers topped with an all-natural cotton and wool cover.

Plus, with the Awara, you can rest assured that you’re sleeping on quality materials that will last you years to come.

Read our full Awara mattress review.


Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado

Best for Combination Sleepers

Best for:

  • Those who prefer the feel of a traditional mattress
  • Sleepers with poor alignment
  • People who sleep hot

Easy to move on without sinking.”

Jennifer C.
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
8.5 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm to firm: 7/10 (6/10 with European pillow-top option)

Trial Period

1 Year

The Avocado Green Mattress is made with only natural, organic materials, including 100% natural Dunlop latex from tree-tapped and sustainable sources, pure wool, recycled steel coils, and certified organic cotton—nearly all materials can be recycled and others are biodegradable

There are no polyurethane foams, solvent-based adhesives, or chemical flame retardants. The Avocado mattress is definitely on the pricier side, but you’re also investing in all-natural materials and a latex hybrid mattress which is known to have great durability and one of the longest lifespans.

The Avocado mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment, which means it’s scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and phthalates.

Because of the inner coils and latex top support, this mattress is also going to provide great edge support; however, it is not going to contour your body the same way a foam mattress will. You do have the option of adding on a pillow-top for an added comfort layer.

Read our full Avocado Green mattress review.


PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best Latex Mattress

Best for:

  • People who want adjustable mattress options
  • Cooling hot sleepers
  • Relieving your back pain through alignment

Everyday I wake up and feel refreshed, no soreness and I feel completely supported.”

Katrina K.
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
8.1 / 10
Firmness

Customizable firmness anywhere from 5-9 out of 10

Trial Period

100 days

The Botanical Bliss mattress is made with 100% Pure New Zealand Wool, GOTS certified organic cotton, and three layers of premium APRICO organic dunlop latex. ARPICO’s organic latex’s dense cell structure is uniquely resilient—allowing your mattress to absorb pressure while simultaneously being supportive. These benefits ensure the mattress supports the body and spine correctly, with natural buoyancy and elasticity—without being too soft or too firm.

Side note: ARPICO is one of the world’s oldest organic latex manufacturers with a plantation of 5.5 million rubber trees. PlushBeds is America’s largest distributor (and importer) of APRICO latex.

The main difference between organic dunlop and natural talalay latex is how the sap is processed. As a result, the product that results from organic dunlop comfortably supports your body, while providing resistance to sagging or body impressions. 

The Botanical Bliss® is often recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors because of the unmatched support it provides and for its incredible health benefits, which reduces pressure on your muscles and circulation. The Botanical Bliss is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment.

Read our full PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress review.


Pure Echo by My Green Mattress

Pure Echo

Best for Kids

Best for:

  • Children who sleep in a bunk bed
  • Those who need edge support
  • Parents looking for a durable mattress for their kids

I bought a twin pure echo for my son and a king for my husband and me. They are so comfortable.”

Gian P.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.3 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 7.5 out of 10

Trial Period

100 days

The Pure Echo mattress is all-natural and hypo-allergenic mattress. The quilted organic mattress cover is filled with wool, which is a natural fire retardant barrier. Plus, it won our best organic mattress for kids accolade.

You get a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty with this mattress, so you don’t have to commit right away. My Green Mattress is also known for having exceptional customer service—so if you have a question or run into an issue, you’ll be in good hands with this company.

Read our full Pure Echo mattress review.


Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress

Nest Natural Hybrid

Best for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Side sleepers with allergies
  • People who want different firmness options
  • Sleepers who wake up with aches and pains

The perfect amount of support and the latex makes it sleep cooler than previous memory foam mattresses.”

Richard P.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush, medium and firm

Trial Period

100 days

Rated as our top pick for the best natural mattress for side sleepers, the Nest Hybrid Latex offers superior pressure relief and spinal alignment—two of the most important mattress features for side sleepers. The latex foam is OEKO-TEX certified and made in the USA

The Nest Hybrid Latex mattress comes in three firmness levels: plush, medium, and firm. For side sleepers, we recommend plush or medium, depending on the sensitivity in your pressure point areas. Medium firmness allows for your body to stay in proper alignment while the plush top hugs your hips and shoulders.

This natural latex mattress will have a long lifespan thanks to the cover zipper that allows you to adjust your top layer. During your 100-night trial, you can adjust this layer for another firmness feel. After that, you are free to purchase one after years of wear, so you can triple the life of your mattress!

Read our full Nest Hybrid Latex mattress review.


Buying Guide: Best Organic Mattress

The move toward organic goods has made its way into the bedroom, and concerned sleepers searching for the best mattress now have a wealth of information when it comes to choosing their new nest. 

It can be a bit overwhelming to find a mattress made of 100% certified organic materials at an affordable price. But, we took the guesswork out of the process and will help you find an organic mattress that’s best for you. 

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll address the following:

What is an Organic Mattress?

An organic mattress is made of a mix of natural and certified materials that are used to create a bed as free of harsh, chemically altered textiles and elements as possible. Much like other organic products, there are rigorous standards that must be met by certifying organizations in order for a mattress to bare the title of organic. This could mean the mattress is free of any synthetic fillers, or does not contain flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). 

An organic mattress can be layered with certified organic wool and cotton combined with latex or hybrid materials made from natural sources. This eco-friendly mix reduces the amount of chemicals that can be found in other mattresses, without sacrificing quality.

Read More: What Makes a Mattress Organic?

Many sellers can claim natural materials, slapping the buzzword on beds and calling it a day. The truth is that unless a mattress passes a 95% organic materials standard, any mattress can be called natural and not be organic. (Keep that equation in mind. Natural does not equal organic.

And 95%? While technically U.S. regulations allow a mattress to claim it’s organic if it’s made of 95% organic materials (even if the other 5% is processed with or contains potentially dangerous chemicals), we think you deserve the best. We reviewed the top mattress brands that boast 100% organic materials, and list the certifying standards that they meet.

Here is some more terminology when it comes to the natural and organic mattress world.

Eco-friendly Mattress

Eco-friendly mattresses are made with what is considered environmentally friendly materials, but they are not 100% organic. Eco-friendly mattresses usually have organic or all-natural covers, and the foams inside are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are free from harmful chemicals and air pollutants.

Non-Toxic Mattress

Non-toxic mattresses are free from chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. A lot of these toxins are found in the chemicals that flame retard your mattress, so non-toxic mattresses will usually have a natural alternative for fire retardation. An OEKO-TEX certification is a great way to check and see if your mattress is non-toxic.

But of course, just because a mattress is non-toxic, it doesn’t make it organic.

Green Mattress

A green mattress is made with either natural materials, organic materials, or both in most layers. A lot of mattresses will use this tag to refer to the cover or one layer, but a true green mattress should be at least 95% natural. And, as you may know by now, just because a mattress is green doesn’t make it organic.

Benefits of an Organic Mattress

One of the biggest draws to an organic diet is the lack of harmful pesticides in your food. Eating an organic apple without a side of bug spray is very appealing. The same goes for your mattress. You spend a third of your life in bed sleeping, snuggling, and whatever else it is you do in there; so, what exactly are you doing all those activities on?

All new mattresses are required to meet federal standards to prevent fire hazards. (Not a bad thing!) But the chemicals used to make mattresses flame retardant can be questionable. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) is the main culprit. While an excellent flame retardant, the long-term effects of PBDE exposure are uncertain. Some believe that the chemical can possibly be linked to health problems.

Read more: Do Mattresses Contain Flame Retardants?

Other chemicals found in mattress materials include boric acid, a common ingredient in pesticides, and decabromodiphenyl oxide, a chemical that can be potentially dangerous for health issues linked to liver, thyroid, and (yikes) neurological effects—scary stuff. 

Not to worry though. Mattresses can be made with organic, non-toxic flame retardants that pass federal standards while still providing an excellent place to sleep and dream.

NON-ORGANIC MATTRESSES CAN INCLUDE:

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Decabromodiphenyl Oxide
  • Boric Acid
  • Antimony Trioxide
  • Melamine
  • Silicone
  • Polyvinylidene Chloride
  • Phthalates
  • Lead

ORGANIC MATTRESSES CAN INCLUDE:

  • Certified Organic Wool (naturally fire-resistant)
  • Organic Cotton (often wrapped in wool)
  • Natural Latex (made from rubber trees)
ZenHaven mattress in a bedroom

Organic Certifications for Your Mattress

How do you know for sure a mattress is natural or organic? Mattress companies seek out different certifications to prove that their mattresses are natural, organic, non-toxic, or without human risk. Here are a few mattress certifications to look out for when it comes to your health.

CertiPUR-US

You’ve probably seen this certification around before because it is a common certification for most foam mattresses. CertiPUR-US certification focuses on testing foam-based products for their content, emissions, and durability. If a mattress gets the certification, it is made without or has very low levels of

  • VOC emissions
  • Heavy metals
  • Ozone depleters
  • PBDEs, TDCPPs, or TCEPs
  • Certain phthalates
  • Formaldehyde

It’s important to note that mattresses with this certification are most likely not organic; this is the base-level certification for an eco-friendly mattress.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Because many of the materials used in mattresses are made and sourced from all over the world, it becomes hard to monitor the toxicity and safety of them all. That is what the OEKO-TEX Standard attempts to do. They evaluate every step of the manufacturing process when it comes to making mattresses.

OEKO-TEX doesn’t monitor mattress materials for being organic; instead, they test against harmful chemicals and emissions, assuring that beds emit low VOC levels that can cause toxic off-gassing effects.

USDA Organic Certification

USDA Organic certifications are technically for food and plants; so, when mattresses have them, they are often testing the cotton, wool, or latex materials. There are three different USDA Organic certifications a mattress can have:

  1. 100% organic certification
  2. 95% organic certification
  3. Made with organic materials

Eco-Institut

The Eco-Institut is a German organization that certifies textiles and tests for emissions. If you’re worried about off-gassing or VOC levels, this is the badge you want to look for. They rigorously test against flame retardant chemicals, heavy metals, pollutants, and other harmful emissions.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The GOTS evaluates organic fibers in every step of the process to make sure it maintains its organic status. In order to get this certification, the textiles only have to be certified 70% organic; the other 30% of the material cannot contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde.

Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)

Similar to GOTS, the GOLS certification tests latex on whether or not it is made of organic materials. In order to get this certification, the latex must be found at least 95% organic. 

GreenGuard and GreenGuard Gold

The GreenGuard certifications test finished mattresses on emission levels. GreenGuard Gold simply has stricter standards and minimal off-gassing effects and odors. GreenGuard certification is good; GreenGuard Gold is great.

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle has some of the most rigorous standards for testing organic fibers and sustainable raw materials. They look at 5 categories:

  1. Material health
  2. Material reutilization
  3. Renewable energy and carbon management
  4. Water stewardship
  5. Social fairness

Every category is awarded a rating of either basic, bronze, silver, gold, or platinum (from worst to best), and the lowest rating will be awarded to the mattress.

Fitting nicely with their name, the Cradle to Cradle certification is a great one to look for in crib mattresses for your baby and when shopping for beds for kids.

What Kind of Mattresses are Organic?

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam beds are comfortable, contouring, pressure relieving, and great for couples. The thick foam layers keep motions transfer at bay and hug your pressure points in just the right places.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to have a completely 100% organic memory foam mattress, but there are natural foam hybrids that offer the same comfort. Memory foam can, however, be eco-friendly; make sure to check the foam bed you’ve been eying for a CertiPUR-US or an OEKO-TEX certification.

Latex Mattress

Natural latex is the preference for organic; this material is made from rubber trees, and brands passing eco-friendly standards will source their latex using the sap of approved trees.

The best organic latex mattresses are great for people who want many of the benefits of a foam mattress, without the chemicals, but don’t want to feel as engulfed or “contoured.” These mattresses tend to have great cooling properties and are still responsive—meaning it will adjust to your body as you move around. Bonus: latex mattresses also tend to have the longest lifespan of all mattress types.

Hybrid Mattress

Hybrid mattresses usually refer to a combination of latex, memory foam, or innerspring mattresses but can include other materials and combinations as well. Hybrids tend to offer a good balance of support and pressure relief, while having responsiveness and cooling features. Motion transfer will also be better on a hybrid than an innerspring with the help of more motion-absorbing layers.

Hybrids tend to be a good option to “please the masses.” If you and your significant other want different things in a mattress, then a hybrid might be the best option for you. However, getting the best of both worlds can sometimes mean a higher price point. Hybrid mattresses can also be extremely heavy, making transporting and handling challenging in some cases.

Innerspring Mattress

Innerspring mattresses are iffy when passing the organic test—while there may be organic materials used, the inner springs or coils are commonly made with steel. Luckily, there are options for sustainable practices and recycled steel coils, creating a cozy hybrid mattress that gains high marks for organic shoppers.

Organic Mattress Accessories

Mattresses aren’t the only bedroom items that can be natural or organic. If you want a green bed all around, check out some of these organic mattress accessories:

  • Organic Mattress Topper: Typically made of latex foam, organic mattress toppers cushion your body and provide cooling pain relief.
  • Organic Mattress Pad: Organic mattress pads are usually made of organic wool or cotton.
  • Organic Mattress Protector: Also made from cotton or wool, organic mattress protectors guard from dust mites, bacteria, and humidity, but unfortunately, not spills.

Summary

Knowing that you are sleeping on a mattress free of harsh chemicals and toxins can be a relief. Knowing that you found your mattress within your price range is even sweeter.

Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating healthy, and there’s no reason that you should settle for a low-quality product when there are safe, environmentally friendly options for your home and health.

As a reminder, here are our top-rated organic mattress picks:

Going organic is a big step—for you and planet Earth. If you have any additional questions or concerns, let us know. Any tips or raves about your new organic bed? Share your story in the comments.

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Comments (3)

  1. Sleep Organic brand?? Heard of them? Gots/Gols certified? Is the Hybride Dunlop inner spring (from Avocado) better than a 3 layer 3 inches each of variations of Dunlop density better?


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