Nowhere is the perverse use of (often confusing) marketing lingo more ubiquitous than in the mattress industry.
Here—in a bid to sell you on any one particular brand, manufacturers, marketers, and bloggers will overwhelm you with a barrage of (familiar, yet confounding) jargons that are a pain to understand and rarely convey the actual properties of the product.
One such overused and often abused term that marketers will often throw at you is the “organic mattress” tag.
Yes, you will find an abundance of eco-friendly mattresses anywhere you look. Still, with the amount of greenwashing that goes on in the industry, it can be challenging to figure out if you are getting a product true to the label.
In this article, we aim to simplify things.
With this report, we filter out all of the noisemakers to leave you with only brands that adhere to the strictest measures of eco-friendliness. Furthermore, we are placing a spotlight on the best of the bunch to help simplify your purchase decisions and get you the best pick for your home in the shortest time possible.
Our criteria for mattresses on this list includes products that incorporate healthy, non-toxic materials like organic cotton, natural latex, bamboo, and wool, and options that are free from flame retardants, allergens, and other potentially toxic chemicals.
Also key to our selection process is a preference for mattresses with organic material certifications like GOLS and GOTS, as well as eco-friendliness certifications like GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US.
Note: Material certifications OEKO-TEX, GOLS, and GOTS, set the industry standard for organic materials like latex, cotton, and wool and checks the use of sustainable manufacturing practices during production.
5 Best Organic, Eco Friendly, and Natural Mattresses
1. Editor Pick: Birch Mattress
Since its launch in 2019, the Birch mattress (a sub-brand of Helix) has set a new standard for mattresses that aim to position themselves are premier, eco-friendly options.
- Back sleepers
- Stomach sleepers
- Lightweight side sleepers, especially those under 220 pounds
- People who enjoy the responsive feel of latex
- 100-night sleep trial
- 25-year warranty coverage
- Free shipping to all U.S. states
- Competitive pricing
With the Birch Bed, you get a sturdy, high-supporting hybrid that ranks at the top of the category in terms of sleeping performance yet stays true to an ethos of complying with the strictest standards of eco-friendliness.
If you are looking for a superstar organic bed that checks all of your boxes, you can’t go wrong with the Birch mattress.
Material and Design
Since the Birch mattress is a hybrid, it is no surprise that its core support layer deviates from the organic theme and features individually pocketed Bonnel coils. This support layer also sports reinforcement along the perimeter with even larger rings to maximize edge support.
However, elsewhere, the Birch bed stays true to form, packing two organic comfort layers. You get a 2-inch slab of perforated natural Talalay latex and a plush organic cotton cover with wool batting that creates an even softer feel and a rayon lining that acts as a fire barrier.
You also get an extra layer of wool battling under the steel support layer that acts as a base layer, offering more added support and protecting your floors from the brunt of the steel coils.
The Birch bed adds up to an 11-inch medium profile mattress that brings a medium-firm feel.
Save for the steel core layer; the Birch bed is on par with any organic mattress as you will find anywhere else.
This bed packs:
- An OEKO-TEX certification that attests that it does not contain any potentially toxic chemicals
- A Rainforest Alliance Certification as a testament to the use of sustainable agricultural and forestry practices during material sourcing
- An eco-INSTITUT certification for an eco-friendly manufacturing process with healthy emission levels throughout the operation
- GREENGUARD Gold certification for posting minimal off-gassing emissions
- A GOTS certification that verifies the authenticity and eco-friendliness of its cotton layer, and
- A Wool Integrity New Zealand certification for the wool component of the mattress
With a mattress that combines a coil core and a latex comfort layer, you can expect a highly responsive surface that provides ample support, minimal sink, a considerable amount of bounce, and excellent pressure relief.
However, thanks to the wool insert in the mattress cover, despite the sturdy, bouncy bulk of the bed, you get a soft, plush top that is gentle against the skin, provides some sink, helps improve spinal alignment, and does wonders for breathability.
The coil and the ventilated latex layers also provide additional leeway that further promotes airflow, creating a top-to-bottom air vent system that ensures the bed stays cool through the night.
You also get a reinforced section of pocketed coils surrounding the perimeter of the support layer, creating some of the best edge support of any entry on this list.
Combining a sturdy core, comfy comfort layers, superior aeration, and a gentle medium-firm feel makes the Birch Mattress a top contender on any comparison list and arguably the best organic mattress money can buy.
2. Best Budget Option: Cypress Mattress
Whether you are buying groceries or are in the supermarket for a more general shopping trip, the “organic” tag is rarely one you would associate with affordability. In reality, many eco-friendly offerings across industries often come at a significant premium.
- Folks who want an affordable organic mattress
- People who sleep hot
- Sleepers who like that traditional memory foam feel
- Back and side sleepers
- Competitive pricing
- Gentle firmness
- One-year sleep trial with free returns
- Brentwood Home sponsors the planting of three trees by the National Forest Foundation for each mattress sold
- Made in the USA.
The Cypress memory foam mattress from Brentwood Home aims to break that mold.
Brentwood Home is a Los Angeles-based company specializing in handcrafting luxury mattresses that meet the strictest standards for organic manufacturing and environmentally responsible production processes.
Since its launch in 1987, the company has stayed true to its policy of sourcing only organic and non-toxic materials, while enforcing an eco-friendly manufacturing process, yet offering some of the most competitive prices in the industry.
Note: The Cypress Mattress represents the pinnacle of the ethos of this company. You get a fully organic bed with zero toxic chemicals, and no off-gassing or chemical smells with this bed.
While this bed is available in multiple variants, including memory foam-only and hybrid options (as well as two height profiles—11″ classic and 13″ luxe, and several different dimensions,) the classic queen version takes the cake in terms of bang for your buck.
The classic queen Cypress Mattress offers you all the perks of using a roomy eco-friendly bed for only $599—significantly lower than most organic, and even regular, mattresses of this caliber.
Material and Design
If you are looking for an organic mattress that packs that traditional memory foam feel, you can’t go wrong with the Cypress Mattress.
The classic memory foam version of the Cypress bed sports a conventional memory foam design with three slabs of foams—two comfort layers and a thick support layer.
The top layer is a 1-inch block of charcoal-infused open-celled memory foam. Next, you get a 2-inch slab of denser 1.5/33 foam that acts as the transition layer, while the base layer is an 8-inch bulk of contour-cut foam.
You get an eye-catching white and gray cover made from polyester, spandex, and wool on the outside too. The cover also has a flame retardant insert that is chemical-free and made from natural silica quartz.
All three foam layers of the Cypress mattress are CertiPUR-US® Certified, indicating that it is free of formaldehyde, mercury, lead, and other harmful chemicals. This certification also shows that it produces minimal indoor emissions during use and was manufactured in an eco-friendly environment.
This mattress also has a Greenguard Gold Certification.
Minus the organic tag, the Cypress mattress is a regular memory foam mattress, and you can expect similar performance to all of the premier options in the category. With this bed, you’ll get in-depth, frame-hugging conformability, intense pressure relief, and soft, gentle-firm feel.
However, one area where the Cypress mattress deviates from your typical memory foam offering is in the use of charcoal-infused foam for its top layer.
The charcoal infusion brings extra benefits over regular memory foam like improved moisture and temperature control, making for a more enjoyable sleeping experience.
Charcoal is a 100% natural material.
3. Best Luxury Option: PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
PlushBeds are one of the few brands that have a consistent image of providing high-end luxury products across all their offerings in the mattress industry. With their premier bed, the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss, they offer a deluxe organic mattress that takes the cake in the category when it comes to build quality.
- Sleepers who enjoy the firmer feel of latex
- People who sleep hot
- Those that want maximum pressure relief
- Lightweight sleepers
- Product Details
- 25-year warranty
- 100-night sleep trial
- Customizable firmness level
Another consistent theme across all PlushBeds products is their dedication to producing some of the most eco-friendly products in terms of their material sourcing, manufacturing process, and freedom from harmful chemicals and allergens.
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress stays true to this ethos.
Material and Design
At its core, the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is an orthodox latex mattress. All of its main layers, including the support and comfort layers, feature a 100% natural Dunlop latex construction.
In addition to its excellence in luxuriousness and eco-friendliness, the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is also one of the more customizable mattresses in the category. You can pick this bed up in three different height profiles (9″, 10″, and 12″) by adjusting the size of the comfort layers. You can also change the firmness of the bed by choosing different firmness levels for each comfort layer.
The base support layer for the 9-inch and 10-inch bed is a 3-inch slab of H.D. latex. For the 12-inch bed, you dual 3-inch layer for extra support. You can add several comfort layers with varying thickness and firmness levels to adjust the bed to your tastes on top of this core layer.
The Botanical Bliss Bed also packs a 1-inch layer of organic wool up top to ease the natural bounce firmness of latex to create a more forgiving surface.
You also get a gorgeous gold cover to match the deluxe construction of the mattress interior on the outside.
PlushBeds prides itself on adhering to the strictest guidelines to create some of the most eco-friendly mattresses on the market, and the Botanical Bliss delivers.
The Plushbeds Botanical Bliss features a 100% organic construction free from fire retardants, heavy metals, CFCs, and other harmful substances. The materials and manufacturing process for this bed also meets the regulations of most organic certification organizations, earning certifications from:
Latex beds market themselves to a specific audience—people who prefer bouncy, highly responsive beds. If you fall into this category, the Plushbeds Botanical Bliss will be a match made in heaven.
While the wool layer up top does a little to soften the feel of the bed, if you want a bed that offers any conforming, you should steer clear of this one. However, if you want a responsive yet comfy mattress, you can’t go wrong with this one.
The wool topper also adds to latex’s natural temperature efficiency, creating a cooling, moisture-wicking bed that few can rival.
4. Best Cooling: EcoCloud Mattress
The EcoCloud Mattress is one of the top offerings of WinkBeds, a mattress company based in Wisconsin, and one of America’s premier mattress manufacturers.
- People who sleep hot
- Sleepers who want the responsiveness of latex but prefer a softer surface than regular latex beds
- People making the jump from memory foam to latex
- Lightweight sleepers
- 120-night trial period
- Lifetime warranty
- 5-zone innerspring support system
With the EcoCloud, WinkBeds aims to create a unicorn. This latex mattress packs that Talalay latex’s signature support, provides excellent temperature regulation like most latex hybrids, yet brings enough plushness to rival many memory foam competitors.
While they may not have made the perfect mattress, with the EcoCloud Mattress, they reach closer to that ideal unicorn than most options on the market today.
Material and Design
The defining feature of this mattress’s construction is a 4-inch comfort layer composed of two slabs of Talalay latex. This layer brings all the spring and bounce you can expect with a latex bed.
However, a critical design that influences the mattress’s final feel is that the comfort layer is made up of open-cell latex, with pin core holes running across all its surfaces to improve air flow through the latex.
Underneath the comfort layer, the EcoCloud has a base of 8-inch zoned coils (14.5-gauge coils, with 12-gauge reinforcements in problem areas like the hips and lower back) as the support layer of the bed. This core also features reinforcements along the edges with thicker 16-gauge coils that line the perimeter.
Under the core, a thin layer of cotton acts as a base for the steel coils and protects your bedroom floors, while an organic wool and cotton bed cover completes the 12.5-inch profile of the EcoCloud Mattress.
Note: At 12.5 inches, the EcoCloud Mattress sports an uncommon height profile. You may have to make do with deep-pocket sheets made for 12-inch mattresses, as 12.5-inch beddings may be harder to find.
EcoCloud is made from all-natural materials. The bed’s latex components have an OEKO-TEX Class 1 certification, certifying its freedom from harmful chemicals. With the blend fabric that is the bed cover, you have sustainably sourced New Zealand wool and organic cotton with a GOTS certification.
The steel coils that form the support layer of this mattress also feature recycled steel.
With EcoCloud Mattress, latex bed fans should expect a familiar feel. You get the natural springy, responsive character of Talalay latex that provides firm support, ensures proper body weight distribution, and prevents the build-up of pressure around problem areas.
However, where the EcoCloud outperforms most other latex beds (and most mattresses generally) is in its airflow control. Latex hybrids provide typically superior temperature control to most beds, but the EcoCloud Mattress takes things a step further.
The latex used here is open-cell and contains pin core holes that maximize air movement through the bed.
When you add the extra aeration from the steel coil support layer and the moisture-wicking property of the cotton and wool blend cover, what you get is a structure that provides more airflow than most and guarantees you stay cool through the night.
5. Best Support: Awara Mattress
Buyers often seek out latex beds for their responsiveness and often intense support. Unlike memory foam, with a latex mattress, you barely experience any sink as the bed holds you up—a setup that improves support, temperature control, and makes it significantly more comfortable for you to get in and out of bed.
- People who enjoy the bounciness of latex
- Folks who could use the extra support
- Hot sleepers
- Couples seeking the perfect mattress for sex
- Heavy side sleepers
- Back sleepers
- A 30-night initial period during which you can’t return the mattress
- 365-night trial period with free returns and option of a full refund
- Lifetime warranty with free returns and exchanges in the first ten years
- White glove delivery available for a fee
If you are looking for a new latex mattress that delivers on these famed benefits of latex, look no further. In the Awara Mattress, you have the quintessential latex hybrid bed.
The Awara Mattress packs everything you are looking for — bouncy responsiveness, reinforced support, and excellent temperature regulation — in a package that is eco-friendly and adhered to the strictest guidelines for sustainable manufacturing.
Material and Design
The Awara Mattress uses a basic latex hybrid formula that guarantees efficiency and superior performance. The bed’s bulk is made up of a simple dual-component interior—a 4-inch block of natural Dunlop latex and rows of 9-inch innerspring coils.
The pocketed innerspring coils form this mattress’s support system, giving it its distinctive quality of superior bracing ability. With rows of extra thick 9-inch tall coils, you can expect this bed to handle your weight with ease.
You also have a 2-inch quilted euro-style pillow-top covering that features both cotton and wool components for the bed cover. This cover adds an eye-catching look to the bed while offering a softer surface compared to the harsher Dunlop latex.
You also get four handles sewn into the sides of a cotton/polyester blend base that facilitate the mattress’s easy movement if you have to change its position.
The Awara Mattress adds up to a 13-inch height profile and has medium firmness.
The Awara mattress features natural, sustainably sourced latex, cotton, and New Zealand wool, natural, water-based adhesives, and silica-based fire retardant.
The mattress has also received a certification from the Rainforest Alliance for adhering to the best sustainability practices and another from CertiPUR-US for matching their strict standards for product durability and safety.
With a latex bed, you expect all the bounce you can get, and that’s what the Awara Mattress gives you. The high responsiveness of this bed makes changing positions and getting in and out of bed a breeze.
Another area where the Awara Mattress crushes is in edge support. The massive 9-inch coils in the support layer do an excellent job of holding up your frame, even around the edges of the mattress.
The bed also does a great job with airflow control. The coil core provides enough airflow to ensure the mattress stays adequately ventilated at all times, while the cotton and wool blend cover draws from the natural moisture-wicking properties of both materials to create a sleeping surface that stays cool.
The Catch: However, one major drawback with this bed is its abysmal performance with motion isolation, a potential deal-breaker for couples where one partner is extremely sensitive to movement.
Organic, Eco Friendly, and Natural Mattresses: More FAQs
What does “natural mattress” mean?
A natural or organic mattress complies with organic standards that measure the sustainability of its material sourcing and manufacturing process.
In the U.S., to get the label “organic,” a mattress must contain at least 95% natural material to meet USDA standards.
However, some other organic standards from other third-party certifying organizations exist that check for other measures of eco-friendliness. Some of these certifications indicate that the end product is free of or contains only minimal synthetic materials, while others still check market offerings for the presence of potentially toxic chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons.
Is my mattress 100% Organic?
If you analyze mattresses from a technical standpoint, no option on the market today will pass the “100% organic” test.
Mattresses typically contain specific components like coils, other hardware, or adhesives that are difficult to substitute with naturally-occurring replacements. Hence, even the most organic beds are only partially eco-friendly.
However, the best mattresses in the category work to maximize the natural materials’ ratio to inorganic ones. These beds often also feature green and sustainably sourced inorganic components like recycled steel coils.
Are natural mattresses better than the rest?
The defining feature of organic mattresses is that they contain natural, eco-friendly materials that are a cleaner choice for the environment. They can also be a better choice for you.
Organic mattresses typically feature higher quality materials that are easier on your frame and improve your sleep quality. The materials also used in these beds also cut out loads of potentially harmful chemicals (like heavy metals, CFC, and toxic fire retardants) commonplace in many regular mattresses.
Natural beds are also less likely to off-gas or trigger allergic episodes.
What does an organic mattress certification mean?
These certifications help identify mattresses that use sustainable materials, sourcing methods and adhere to the strictest guidelines for an eco-friendly, clean manufacturing process.
Many product pages will contain links to the certifications and the certify bodies, giving you an avenue to research the certificate, what it is all about, and the standards and requirements for earning one.
Are Organic Mattresses Safer?
In general, yes.
The 100% natural versions of mattress manufacturing materials like wool and latex are often safer than their blend counterparts that contain processed compounds like petroleum-based polyurethane, plastics, and chemical fire retardants.
Mattresses containing these inorganic compounds can often release potentially harmful compounds during use. These compounds may be heavy metals like mercury, CFCs, or volatile organic compounds that are remnants of the manufacturing process.
Other Mattresses We Reviewed
In our research to find the best eco-friendly mattresses, we reviewed hundreds of options from across the industry. A few of these beds did not make the cut but are fantastic enough to warrant a second look.
Here are some of the other top organic mattresses you should consider while making your purchase decision:
6. Leesa Legend Mattress
When it comes to mattress manufacturing, the terms “eco-friendly” and “foam” rarely go in the same sentence, and for a good reason.
- Excellent for Eco-conscious shoppers who are not comfortable with the jump to latex
- An excellent choice for people who do not enjoy the excessive sink you get with memory foam beds
- Perfect for hot sleepers
- Suitable for back sleeping
- With recycled or partially recycled materials on every layer
- 100-night trial period
- 10-year limited warranty coverage
Foam is, by definition, a more refined end product. Hence, with foam beds, you are likely to encounter more inorganic chemicals and compounds that are remnants of the manufacturing process.
Consequently, if you seek an organic bed, the options available to you will be filled up mostly by latex mattresses and latex hybrids, as latex is a naturally occurring material, and the only genuine worry with it is whether it is sustainably sourced.
With the Leesa Legend, Leesa seeks to break that mold and create a green foam mattress. If you are in the market for an organic bed, but you can’t deal with the extreme bouncy responsiveness of natural latex, Lessa is here to offer you some recourse.
However, Leesa’s way to make their mattress green is quite different from most other offerings in the space. Instead of seeking natural materials (a near impossibility with foam), the manufacturer opts for recycled materials.
The comfort layer on the Leesa Legend is the company’s patented Avena foam. Avena foam is a 2.5 density foam, lighter than regular memory foam, and composed entirely of recycled polyfoam and plastics.
At the core of the bed, you get 6-inch pocketed coils made from recycled steel, and even the multi-blend cover features materials that are all partially recycled.
However, being an “organic foam hybrid” is not the Leesa Legend’s only selling point.
Thanks to its use of 2.5D foam, this mattress sports a slightly springy feel that is the perfect midway between memory foam and latex. Hence, it is an excellent choice for users who are too scared to make the full transition to latex to get a more eco-friendly bed.
Furthermore, the Leesa Legend excels at another characteristic that many latex beds lack: edge support. The Legend’s core layer has reinforcement rows around the edges that feature thicker coils to give you some of the best edge-to-edge support you will find anywhere.
If you require an organic bed, but you are not willing to go latex, you can’t go wrong with the Leesa Legend.
7. Avocado Green Mattress
If you want a green mattress that is good for the environment, the Avocado Green Mattress is as green as they come—hence its naming scheme.
Since its launch in 2016, Avocado has stayed true to its policy of only producing eco-friendly beds made from selecting the best, organic and sustainably sourced materials. Their flagship offering, the Avocado Green Mattress, perfectly champions this company character.
- Superior airflow thanks to the steel coils, ventilated Dunlop latex layers, and the breathable pillow top cover
- Zoned coil support layer for localized support and intense pressure relief
- Medium-firm feel, with the option to add more latex and get a less firm feel
- With vegan-friendly option
- Suitable for heavy-set sleepers
- Excellent in all sleeping positions
- 1-year sleep trial period
- 25 years warranty coverage
The bed comes in two variants. One is the Green version that ships with a 2-inch Dunlop Latex comfort layer, a zoned support core layer that features 8-inch coils, another 1-inch latex layer that acts as the base, and a comfy, breathable organic cotton/wool blend pillow-top cover.
Alternatively, you can pick up a Vegan option that ditches the pillow-top cover’s wool component and sticks to a cotton-only construction. Furthermore, at purchase, you can also opt for two extra inches of latex in the comfort layer at a premium for increased pressure relief, more bounce, and a softer feel.
Both mattress options earn the top marks for eco-friendliness, featuring 100% organic cotton, wool, and latex. The bed also has certifications from relevant agencies like GOLS, GOTS, MADE-SAFE, and GreenGuard Gold.
8. Natural Escape Mattress by My Green Mattress
Sometimes, the only way to guarantee that your mattress is as green as possible is to take matters into your own hands. That is what the manufacturers of the Natural Escape Mattress did.
My Green Mattress is a family-run business with a mission to make the most eco-friendly beds they can, manufactured using a sustainable process and free of potentially toxic chemicals.
- Zoned coil support layer for localized support
- With wool and cotton topper for some contouring and intense pressure relief
- Medium-firm feel,
- Suitable for hot sleepers
- 100-night sleep trial period
- Ten-year non-prorated warranty coverage
Their premier offering, the Natural Escape, is an 11-inch hybrid that combines a zoned innerspring support core system, a thick slab of latex for comfort, and added layers of organic cotton and wool to create an organic sleeping solution that is hard to ignore.
This bed’s organic layers are all sustainably sourced and have received certification from standard organizations like GOTS, GOLS, and GreenGuard Gold. The Dunlop layer, too, is all-natural.
If you pit the Natural Escape against the competition, this bed checks a lot of boxes.
The latex brings all the bounce and responsiveness you will expect from a latex hybrid. On the other hand, the wool and cotton layer adds some contouring, intensifies pressure relief, and makes for a softer sleeping surface, while the zoned steel core packs more support than you will ever need.Also Read: