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The 5 Best Natural, Organic Mattresses

Shopping for a mattress is an important investment in your quality of life. You spend a third of your life in bed, so you want to know the materials are healthy. Consumers increasingly seek not only a comfortable mattress, but one free of harmful chemicals, made with organic and natural components, and sustainably sourced.

This guide shows you some of the best organic mattresses on the market, the benefits of sleeping on a natural mattress, certifications to check to ensure your new bed is non-toxic, and what to expect when buying an eco-friendly mattress. We’ve also provided reviews of our top natural and organic mattresses to help choose your next bed.

Our Top Organic Mattress Picks

Category Winner Mattress Company Model What Type of Mattress? How Firm? How Much? (Queen)
Best Luxury Brentwood Home Cedar Latex Hybrid 5 (medium) $1,949
Best Firm Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic Foam Hybrid 7 (medium-firm) $1,465
Most Plush PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Latex 3.5 (soft), 5 (medium), 6.5 (medium-firm) $1,699
Best Budget Sleep On Latex Pure Green Latex 3 (soft), 6 (medium-firm), 9 (extra-firm) $775/$795
Best Overall Zenhaven Latex 4.5 (medium-soft), 7.5 (medium-firm) $1,899

Organic Mattress Reviews

The Best Luxury – Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress

Brentwood Home Cedar
Construction:

Cedar by Brentwood Home is a 13” five-layer latex hybrid. The support core is 8” pocket coils over a 1” natural coconut husk base. Next are a flaxseed fiber pad and dual comfort layers. There’s 2” of latex designed with three custom comfort zones under 2” of Dunlop latex. On top is thick New Zealand organic wool and an organic hand-tufted cotton cover.

Pros and cons:

The Cedar features tech in the latex layer with a computer-sculpted edge with grooves for premium pressure relief. The latex pinholes and natural materials ensure it sleeps cool. Rated at medium-firm, it’s good for an array of sleepers. The downside is the nearly $2k price, but for a luxury sleep experience, it’s worth the investment.

The Brentwood Home Cedar is good for:

  • Back or side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Heavy sleepers
  • More pressure relief
  • Bounce
Why Brentwood Home Cedar is our best luxury choice:

The Cedar carries three impressive certifications – eco-INSTITUT, OEKO-TEX, and GOTS. The materials are eco-friendly and sustainably-sourced, free of pesticides and toxins. The coils and latex both have zones for enhanced support and comfort providing a relaxing and healthy sleep experience.

The Best Firm – Keetsa Teaf Leaf Classic Mattress

Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic
Construction:

The Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic is a 13” six-layer hybrid. The support core is 7.5” pocket coils under .5” high-density support foam. The four comfort layers include 2” high-density comfort foam and 1” soft foam, then .5” soft foam and 1” proprietary BioFoam™ memory foam. There’s a layer of wool fiber padding under the natural hemp blend cover.

Pros and cons:

The Tea Leaf Classic features many natural components. It contours, and you’ll feel “on” rather than “in” the bed. It’s rated 8-9 on the industry 1-10 firmness scale and if you’re light, may feel firmer. Cons are it’s too firm for many side sleepers, and there’s no sleep night guarantee, but they’ll work with you to adjust the bed for comfort. Returns are charged a 10% processing fee.

The Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic is good for:

  • Back or stomach sleepers
  • Heavy sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Very firm sleep experience
Why Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic is our best firm choice:

The Tea Leaf Classic is thoughtfully designed firm for those that want the sensation of sleeping without plush upper layers and want a really firm mattress. The foams are all CertiPUR-US certified, and the hemp-blend fabric cover is non-toxic, free of chemicals and certified by OEKO-TEX.

The Best Plush – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss 1
Construction:

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is all-natural and organic latex with two or three-layers depending on the loft (9, 10, or 12”). The support core for all models is 7” Dunlop latex. The 9 and 10” beds have 2” or 3” Talalay latex comfort layers. The tallest has dual comfort layers of 2” plus 3” Talalay latex. The batting is Joma wool, and the cover is circular knit organic cotton.

Pros and cons:

The bed comes in three firmness options, rated 3.5, 5, and 6.5 on the industry scale. All these options mean most sleepers can find comfort. The bed is all-natural, so you sleep confident there are no toxins in the bed. The main downside is the $1,700-2,300 price point, but you get the best in natural and organic materials and excellent sleep experience for the money.

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is good for:

  • Side sleepers (consider taller and softer version)
  • Back sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers (consider lower and firmer option)
  • Heavy sleepers (consider firmer)
  • Hot sleepers
Why PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is our best plush choice:

The bed has five impressive certifications (GOLS, GOTS, USDA Organic, eco-INSTITUT, Greenguard Gold). Plus, they have a stellar A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, are generous with sleep nights and warranty, and an exceptional reputation among its happy customers.

The Best Value – Sleep On Latex Mattress

SleepOnLatex-Pure-Green-Mattress
Construction:

The Sleep On Latex mattress comes in a 7” or 9” height and three firmness options. It has a one or two-layer design depending on the loft. The thinner model has a support core of 6” Dunlop latex and a 1” organic New Zealand quilted wool batting. The taller model features the same core and batting plus 2” soft Dunlop latex comfort layer. The cover is certified organic cotton.

Pros and cons:

The price point is impressive at less than $800 for all-natural high-quality latex. The variety of options means there’s a Sleep On Latex bed for most every sleeper, despite a modest budget. The two cons are that the 100-night sleep trial has a 30-day break-in before you can initiate a return and if you like a taller mattress, you won’t find it here.

The Sleep On Latex is good for:

  • Side sleepers (consider taller and softer options)
  • Back or stomach sleepers (consider medium or firm)
  • Heavy sleepers (go for taller and firmer)
  • Hot sleepers
Why Sleep On Latex is our best budget choice:

It’s a challenge to find quality latex at less than $1k much less eco-friendly and sustainably sourced. The bed is OEKO-TEX and eco-INSTITUT certified and great for modest budgets. The customer service is incredible. Their buyers appreciate the bed and the brand has a high satisfaction rating. It’s healthy sleep at a reasonable cost.

The Best Overall – Zenhaven Mattress

Eight Sleep Mattress
Construction:

The Zenhaven is 100% natural latex with four-layers and a 10” loft. The bed can be flipped for two sleep experiences. There’s a dual support core with a comfort layer on each side. All are Talalay latex. The cores are 3”, one firmer, one softer. The comfort layers are 1.5” each. There’s a thick New Zealand wool batting on each side under an organic cotton cover.

Pros and cons:

The Zenhaven is all-natural and great for those unsure of firmness they need. The mattress has one side rated 4-5 (medium-soft) and the other 7-8 (firm). You can change the feel when you like. The cons are the cost at almost $1,900, and you must be home for the white glove delivery (but it’s free, as is old mattress removal).

The Zenhaven mattress is good for:

  • Side sleepers (softer side)
  • Back sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers (firmer side)
  • Heavy sleepers (firmer side)
  • Hot sleepers
Why Zenhaven is our best overall choice:

The Zenhaven is OEKO-TEX certified, all-natural, and stands out because it’s not a bed-in-the-box and is never compressed. That means no off-gassing or waiting for it to plump. The white glove team sets the bed at the firmness side you want, but you can flip it for a different eco-friendly sleep experience.

Why Choose an Organic Mattress?

We’re all concerned about what we put in our bodies and search for sustainably sourced foods, farm to table eateries, and organic clothing. With the rise of food allergies and health issues, monitoring what we put in and on our bodies is wise. But since you spend eight hours (give or take) a night sleeping, what about your bed?

Standard mattresses have fire-proofing chemicals and may be treated with potentially toxic substances and irritants. Some beds contain suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde, boric acid, acetone, methylbenzene, and elements that can impact air quality and sleep health. Look for beds with low VOCs, natural components, and certified materials.

One downside to organic mattresses is the potential for durability issues. All-natural and organic materials may break down faster than those treated with chemical preservatives specifically designed to prolong useful life. You can combat this by checking organic mattress reviews for good durability experience and look for high-density, good quality materials.

Shop carefully since finding a bed that’s natural or organic should be just one criteria and not the deciding factor. You’ll want to do your homework and compare natural brands, reputation, and materials, as well as ensure the bed will perform as you want. Firmness, support, and comfort determine your sleep experience along.

Benefits of a Natural Organic Mattress

  • HypoallergenicIf asthma, allergies, or other sensitivities are concerns, an all-natural bed might have you resting easier. Just be careful if you have a latex allergy.
  • Fewer chemicals – Natural and organic beds minimize chemicals and use natural options for fire-proofing. Also, check that cotton and fabrics were sourced from pesticide-free materials.
  • Low VOCs – Many natural beds are certified low VOC (volatile organic compound) which means they won’t give off chemicals that can lessen indoor air quality.
  • Sustainably sourced – In addition to your health, you may want a bed that is eco-friendly and sustainably sourced so that materials can be replenished and don’t harm the environment.
  • Carbon footprint – Beds made in the US offer a lower carbon footprint requiring less fossil fuel consumption for international shipping from foreign factories.
  • Biodegradable – A quality organic mattress will be durable but should also eventually be biodegradable so it won’t clog a landfill after its useful life has expired.
  • Temperature regulation – Natural and organic materials sleep cooler in hot weather and insulate better in cold weather.
  • Healthier – Many natural materials are inherently dust-mite repellent, mold-resistant, and anti-bacterial without relying on chemicals to make it happen.
  • Breathability – Natural materials absorb and wick moisture, dissipate body heat, and don’t reflect heat like synthetics.

Organic Mattress Certifications and Spectrum

It’s important to understand the difference between organic and natural mattresses as they’re not the same. A bed can be natural and not organic. A cotton cover is natural because it is plant-derived, but it may be exposed to pesticides so it’s not organic. An organic cotton cover, though, is certified to have never been exposed to pesticides and chemicals.

Many brands offer beds that are healthier options but are not 100% natural or organic. There’s a spectrum between a bed that’s loaded with chemicals and synthetic materials (0% organic/natural) and one that’s 100%. There are great beds out there that are 30-70% natural or organic and are still healthier choices than traditional mattresses.

Organic and natural mattresses are among the costliest, so that’s a concern. Typically, the further along the spectrum towards 100% natural/100% organic, the higher the price. Research can help you find the cross-section of support, comfort, price, and materials that work for you along the natural/organic spectrum of products.

Certifications are assurance

Any brand can say they are natural or claim their production and materials are sustainable and eco-friendly. However, that might be marketing speak and doesn’t reflect the reality of their materials and operations. Certifications by reputable third-party sources are an assurance of the accuracy of the claims of a mattress maker.

Here’s a look at the major certifications and what they mean:

  • GOLS – The Global Organic Latex Standard applies only to latex components. GOLS beds must have 95% certified organic raw materials.
  • GOTS – The Global Organic Textile Standard certifies the entire supply chain of materials and ensures 70% or greater organic natural fibers.
  • eco-INSTITUT – This certification means the bed is free from any hazardous chemicals and won’t off-gas or leach chemicals into your indoor air.
  • CertiPUR-US – This certification shows that foams were made with no harmful chemicals, are low VOC, have no heavy metals, and no chemical flame retardants.
  • USDA Organic – To get this rigorous certification, a mattress must contain 95% certified organic materials and be free from chemical processing.
  • OEKO-TEX – When you see this label, it means it was tested for harmful chemicals and found to be safe. OKEO-TEX 100 means it’s safe to be in contact with the body.
  • Greenguard Gold – Mattresses are tested for stringent emissions limits on VOCs with this certification. Greenguard (without the “gold”) is less stringent.

What Mattresses Can Be Organic?

It’s important to know which components and types of mattresses can and cannot be natural or organic. There are four types of mattresses most people buy: latex, memory foam, innerspring, and hybrid. Some can be natural or organic while others simply can never be 100% organic by the nature of the materials required to make the bed.  

Latex

If the latex in a bed is made 100% from rubber tree sap, it can be totally natural. If that natural latex is processed without any chemicals, it may be organic as well. However, latex can also be synthetic and made with petrochemicals. Some latex beds blend synthetic and natural latex, so it’s important to do your homework and read mattress specifications.

Memory Foam
Innerspring
Hybrid