Not only are organic beds made from responsibly sourced materials and manufactured without using harmful chemicals, but they’re antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Household allergens like bacteria, mold and mildew can’t grow in the natural latex foam.
In my years as a mattress expert, I’ve personally tested more than 100 different beds, solely for the purpose of providing entirely unbiased reviews for people who have no idea where to start when it comes to buying a new mattress. Knowing what you’re looking for is key to finding the best mattress to suit your needs, and I’m here to offer guidance. I’ve brushed up on lying down to assist you in the hunt for a good night’s sleep.
Below, I discuss the best organic mattress for every type of sleeper, the best low-cost organic bed and even more natural mattress options.
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What’s the best organic mattress?
During our testing process, we found that the best organic bed is the Avocado Green mattress. You just can’t beat the reputation and the certifications of Avocado. It has an organic cotton cover, organic Dunlop latex foam, organic wool and heavy-duty recycled pocketed steel coils.
Decorated with several organic certifications and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association, the Avocado mattress is a comfy, eco-friendly bed suited for firm-bed lovers. It’s one of the best organic mattresses for back pain that you can get.
Avocado also recently released a soft firmness to its lineup, which means more people can sleep comfortably on it than ever.
Best Organic Mattresses for 2023
Mattress price scale:
These reflect MSRP or list prices. Sales might make a mattress less expensive, but are always changing.
Other Organic mattresses we’ve tested
Plank Natural: Featuring a flippable design, the Plank Natural mattress has 8-inch pocketed coils, layers of organic wool and latex foam. You can choose between a medium-firm and firm side. It’s probably not the best organic mattress option for side sleepers.
Zenhaven: Zenhaven, from Saatva, is an organic mattress made from 100% natural materials, including latex foam, organic cotton and wool. It also has a flippable design with a Luxury Plush and Gentle Firm side.
How we tested the best organic mattresses
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Our team of experts have years of experience testing mattresses from many brands, with over 210 mattresses under their belts. They tested the best organic mattresses and assessed them on the following factors:
Firmness and feel
When we lay on each mattress, the first thing we assess is how firm a mattress is. You can think of it as how hard or soft a mattress is.
How a mattress feels is where we get handsy with the beds. In addition to lying on it, we press down, touch the bed and note how the material responds. Is it slow-moving like traditional memory foam? Or is it quick to respond like latex foam?
How durable a mattress is comes down to what it’s made of. Based on its construction, we estimate how long you’ll get out of your bed. For example, pocketed coils help mattresses last longer.
Motion isolation is how well a bed dampens the movement across the surface. This is important if you sleep with someone who moves around a lot at night. Two team members jump and bounce on the bed when testing motion isolation. We also have a test involving putting a glass of water at the edge of the bed and bouncing around to see if it tips over.
Edge support refers to the strength of the perimeter of the mattress. To test edge support, we sit and lay on the edge of each mattress. If we feel like we’ll fall off, the bed doesn’t have strong edge support.
Factors to consider when picking the best organic mattress
Mattresses are subjective. What works for someone else might not be best for you. This means you’ve got to think strategically when searching for your next bed. Keeping these key factors in mind will help you bypass some and hone in on the best organic mattresses.
All materials in organic mattresses are sustainably sourced, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. So you don’t have to worry about them triggering your allergies or asthma. Mold and mildew can’t grow on the natural latex foam in organic mattresses.
Organic mattresses include several materials like Dunlop latex, recycled steel coils and organic cotton or wool. Each material will impact the mattress’s performance, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting before you buy. Not to mention, some materials may increase the price, like Talalay latex.
Your body type also matters when shopping for an organic mattress. Some materials are better suited for heavier body types because they offer the support and durability they need.
Your body type also will influence how the mattress feels to you. A petite person will put less pressure on the mattress, which means it will feel firmer to them. Someone over 230 pounds will sink further into the mattress, making it feel softer. It’s important to keep your body type in mind to choose a firmness level that best suits your needs and preferences.
- Side sleepers need a softer mattress that relieves pressure points at the shoulders, hips and knees.
- Back and stomach sleepers should seek a firmer mattress that will keep their spine in neutral alignment throughout the night.
- Combination sleepers have the most flexibility, but you should choose firmness based on the position you spend the most time in.
When shopping for an organic mattress, third-party certifications ensure that you’re getting a bed that contains organic, sustainably sourced materials.
Important certifications to look for when comparing organic mattresses:
- CertiPUR-US: This certification ensures that the mattress foams are free of toxic flame retardants, heavy metals and other harmful substances. It also means the bed has low volatile organic compound emissions.
- GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): GOTS is a third-party organization with established criteria for organic fibers. A mattress with a GOTS seal has at least 95% organic fibers.
- GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard): GOLS certifications mean that the mattress contains at least 95% raw and organic latex.
- GREENGUARD Gold: This certification means that the mattress meets chemical emission standards.
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100: This certification is specific to the textile of mattresses. Seeing a mattress with an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification means textiles have been tested for harmful substances.