Best organic mattress: 9 non-toxic picks that are good for you and the environment

We've researched and trialed the best organic mattresses so you can find the best eco-friendly option that fits your sleep needs and budget

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What's the best organic mattress on the market? A few years ago that might have been a simple question since there were only a handful of options to choose from. Today, though, it seems like a new organic mattress is cropping up every few weeks. This is music to our ears, of course, but it also means that narrowing down your top choice is harder. And the list sure to be larger than the available options? The reasons we're taking the greener route.  

For one, organic mattresses are non-toxic — meaning they're free of harmful chemicals like flame retardants, formaldehyde, and ozone depleters. By being organic, these mattresses are also produced in a more eco-friendly manner since organic farming and manufacturing standards are more sustainable. 

Finally, many organic mattress brands take things a step further to create products that are vegan, biodegradable, made without polyurethane, and even net-zero, which means they have a neutral carbon footprint.

As important as finding a safe, responsibly manufactured product is, when it comes to buying the best mattress for you, there's more to the story. Most people spend about a third of their life in bed, so whatever you're sleeping on must be comfortable.

Luckily, these days there are plenty of organic mattresses that fit the bill: they're clean, green, and oh-so-cozy, all at the same time. We did the research and rounded up organic mattresses that are tops for both comfort and manufacturing standards. 

Go ahead and meet your match by scrolling through our top best organic mattresses on the market below! 

Editor's Note: Most of these mattresses have a latex component. If you're allergic, jump to our number six or eight pick.

The best organic mattresses of 2021:

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1. Avocado Green Mattress

The best organic mattress: Organic and net zero

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness : Medium-firm
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Materials : Dunlop latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Certifications: GOTS, GOLS, Climate Neutral
Reasons to buy
+Climate-neutral+Pillow-top option+The mid-range price point for an organic mattress+Vegan (no-wool) option available
Reasons to avoid
-Can be too firm for side sleepers

Avocado has set the gold standard when it comes to organic mattresses. In addition to being certified organic, Avocado is the first mattress brand to achieve the new Climate Neutral certification. If you're looking for the most responsibly made mattress you can buy from both a health and environmental standpoint? This organic mattress is it. 

Why do we love it? 
Avocado takes complete control over its manufacturing process to ensure that every element of its mattress lives up to its high standard. Latex is sourced from Avocado's farm, wool for the mattress cover comes from a herding collective they're part of, and the mattress itself is handmade in the company's Los Angeles factory. Avocado also donates more than 90 percent of mattress returns and 100 percent of the pillow, mattress topper, and mattress protector returns. 

As for the mattress itself, it's a high-quality mattress made from Dunlop latex — a product that is entirely natural, energy-efficient to make, and can be counted on to last a long time. The latex layer sits atop a layer of up to 1,414 individually-tuned steel coils, and the outer edge of the mattress is reinforced with a steel perimeter for excellent edge support. It's also well-rated for temperature regulation (read: it won't give you night sweats).

And if you'd rather try out Avocado's Vegan Mattress, they're extremely similar except it it swaps wool for organic cotton, and it is PETA-approved.

How comfortable is it? 
This hybrid mattress is rated medium-firm, a comfort level that's ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Side sleepers, especially lighter-weight ones, may find the mattress to be too firm, and some reviewers note that the mattress feels more firm than the medium. If you do prefer a softer mattress, there's an option to add a 2" latex pillow top to make it plusher, but that comes at a cost of $300. 

Is there any warranty and sleep trials included? 
The Avocado Green mattress comes with a 25-year warranty and a 365-night sleep trial, with no mandatory break-in period. 

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2. Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Talalay Latex mattress: A comfortable, certified organic crowd-pleaser

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Cal King
Depth: 13"
Materials: Talalay latex, organic cotton, organic wool
Certifications: GOTS, OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, eco-INSTITUT®, Rainforest Alliance, and Cradle to Cradle
Reasons to buy
+Coils made from recycled materials+Cozy hybrid construction+Talalay latex is softer, more breathable, and offers more pressure relief than Dunlop latex+Wool is temperature regulating and acts as a natural flame retardant
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than Avocado-Heavy

The Saatva original hybrid mattress pulled in the top spot on our best mattress guide, so it wasn't surprising that the all-organic Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress scored high honors on our organic mattress guide. All of Saatva's mattresses are produced with some degree of sustainability and include recycled and organic elements, but the Saatva Latex Hybrid is the brand's entirely organic version.

Why do we love it? 
For one, it's a hybrid style, which has quickly become one of our favorite mattress types because it pairs the support of a foam-style mattress with the breathability of an innerspring. This mattress, however, isn't made with foam. Instead, the top layer is made from all-natural Talalay Latex, which is known to be softer and more breathable than the Dunlop latex used in several other mattresses on this list. It also offers 10x more pressure relief than Dunlop. The Talalay latex is OEKO-TEX Standard 100-certified, and naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. The cover is GOTS-certified organic cotton, and it includes a wool layer that adds natural flame resistance without the need for a chemical fire retardant. 

The mattress also gets bonus points because the innerspring coils are made from recycled steel. Plus, it doesn't come stuffed in a box. White Glove delivery is on the house.  

How comfortable is it? 
The Saatva Latex Hybrid is rated medium-firm. 

Is there any warranty or sleep trials included?
The mattress comes with a 180-night in-home trial and a 15-year warranty. 

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3. Sleep on Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress

Best organic Dunlop Latex mattress: A solid dunlop latex hybrid with spring and support

Specifications
Type: Latex
Firmness: Medium, Firm
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Material: Dunlop latex, wool, cotton
Depth: 9"
Certification: GOLS/GOTS Certified Organic, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified, UL Greenguard Gold Certified
Reasons to buy
+Value priced +Ready to sleep on immediately+Available in medium or firm options+Sleeps cool
Reasons to avoid
-Thinner than most mattresses-Heavy

Sleep on Latex is another mattress brand that takes its commitment to organic, all-natural, latex seriously because that's all they offer. Whether you want to try out their mattress or opt for their extremely popular latex topper, Sleep on Latex is a market favorite for all-things latex, sourcing their proprietary Pure Green Dunlop latex straight from Sri Lanka before assembling everything in their factory in Illinois.

Why do we love it? 
All in all, Sleep on Latex offers a simple mattress design that may just leave you with your best sleep yet. At the base of the mattress is a 6" layer of Pure Green 100% natural latex foam for support. Above it, is a softer, yet still very supportive 2" comfort layer of Pure Green 100% natural latex foam. The natural latex foam contains tiny air chambers that run throughout the foam and allow air to easily circulate throughout the mattress and help you stay cool. A 1-inch layer of wool batting is quilted into the cotton cover for added height and comfort, as well as added breathability. 

All the materials meet the strictest product certifications in their class including GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ecoInstitut for the Latex, GOTS-certified cotton, and GOTS-certified New Zealand wool, so you can sleep well knowing your bed is made of only the purest materials. 

Also, as far as mattress assembly, once you unfurl it from its vacuum sealed packaging in the box, it's ready to sleep on right away. No off-gassing time (or the smelly odors that come with it). 

How comfortable is it? 
Sleep on Latex offers both medium and firm options, with the differences being that the medium is the most versatile option and works works well for many different body types and sleeping styles. The firmer option is best suited for stomach and back sleepers. 

Is there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
Sleep on Latex comes with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial.

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4. Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Best organic pillowtop mattress: This hybrid has a 4" layer of latex at the top

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Depth: 13"
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Certification: Certi-PUR US, Rainforest Alliance certification
Reasons to buy
+Extra bounce from thicker latex layer+Plush Euro-top layer made with organic cotton and wool+Good temperature control+10 trees are donated for every mattress purchased+Forever Warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Not GOTS/GOLS certified-Quoted month-long delivery time frame ( as of 3/21)

If you're looking for an organic mattress that combines support and a cozy feel, the Awara mattress should sit at the top of your list. It's another latex hybrid but with the addition of a plush Euro Top covered in smooth organic cotton and soft 100% organic New Zealand wool to keep you cool and naturally wick away moisture. It also features 4 inches of thick Dunlop latex, double the thickness of most other mattresses on this list, and a coil support core of individually wrapped 9” coils. 

What do we love about it? 
This mattress is perfect for people who want a little more bounce. Or to put it another way, this mattress offers enough contouring to be comfortable, but not so much that you feel like you'll sink into the mattress and get stuck; it feels more like you're floating on top of the mattress, instead. We like its excellent temperature regulation, and the thick layer of Dunlop latex boosts its durability.

To help offset their environmental impact, Awara donates 10 trees for every mattress sold. Those donated trees go to Trees for the Future, which helps restore forests in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Guinea, and Tanzania. 

A few other pluses? The mattress has handles for easy turning, and shipping is fast and free. You should also note that the mattress does use a fire retardant, but it's made from all-natural silica.  

How comfortable is it? 
In addition to its thick top layer, the Awara mattress is made with a 9" layer of pocket coils that allow for excellent motion isolation — but the bouncy, double-thickness layer of latex increases motion transfer, so it's a bit of a trade-off. 

This is another medium-firm mattress that will suit most sleeping positions, especially if you're willing to give it a few minutes to conform to your body.  This particular design is recommended for stomach, back, and combo sleepers as side sleepers will prefer something softer. 

Are there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
The Awara mattress offers a 365-day sleep trial, one of the longest on our list, and a "forever" warranty (definitely the longest on our list).

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5. Birch Mattress by Helix

Best organic mattress for side sleepers: An extra cushion layer gives Birch more softness

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Depth: 11"
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Material: Talalay latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Certification: GOTS, Greenguard-GOLD, eco-INSTITUT Certified, OEKO-TEX
Reasons to buy
+Extra wool comfort layer+Retains shape well+Softer than other latex hybrids
Reasons to avoid
-No handles on sides for easy moving

Side sleepers typically require a softer sleeping surface than back sleepers, and the Birch mattress is the ultimate pick for those in need of a softer sleep surface it thanks to a wool comfort layer between the mattress cover and the latex layer.

Why do we love it? 
The Birch mattress has environmental standards and certifications comparable to other latex hybrid mattresses, including GOTS and Greenguard-GOLD certification, but it's nice to see a version that offers a slightly softer comfort option. 

In spite of that softness, it also has excellent edge support — thanks in part to the pocket coils at the bottom of the mattress, which are designed to be sturdier around the edge.

As a bonus, free shipping, carbon emission credits, and a donation to 1percent For Good are all included in your purchase.

How comfortable is it? 
As we mentioned, the Birch mattress is one of the softer latex hybrids on the market. Although it rates medium-firm like the other latex models in this buying guide and still has a bit of bounce — as any natural latex mattress will — many users agree that it's the better choice for side-sleepers who want a slightly softer surface. Plus, if you desire to go even softer, a plush pillowtop topper is available as an add-on. 

Are there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
A 25-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial are included.

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6. Naturepedic Chorus Mattress

Best organic innerspring mattress: A medium-firm innerspring with an all-natural fill

Specifications
Type: Innerspring
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Firmness: Medium-Firm
Depth: 10"
Materials: Organic cotton, organic wool batting, PLA
Certifications: GOTS, Made-Safe, UL/Greenguard
Reasons to buy
+Latex-free for those who may be allergic+Support coils made without any glue adhesives 
Reasons to avoid
-Most expensive on our list-More motion transfer

If you're looking for an organic mattress, but don't want a latex version or prefer the construction of a traditional innerspring mattress, the Naturepedic Chorus Mattress deserves a close look. 

Why do we love it? 
Naturepedic is another long-time player in the organic mattress industry. They're perhaps most well-known in terms of eco-friendly baby bedding, so if you trust Naturepedic with your kids, you'll love their products for adults.  They own their certified-organic factory, and they've pioneered several technologies that make their mattress among the best organic options on the market, including the ability to create mattresses that are made without adhesives or glues.

Also: this mattress is cozy. The top layer is made from organic wool, organic cotton, and PLA (a fiber made from non-GMO sugarcane), followed by a layer of micro-coils designed to help relieve pressure. The combination of natural fiberfill and inner coil construction also makes it very breathable — great news for hot sleepers. 

The only downside? This mattress is expensive.

How comfortable is it? 
This is a middle-of-the-road mattress when it comes to comfort, with a medium firmness rating. There's a pretty good range of variance in that term, so expect this mattress to be supportive, with a touch more of the "sink-in" or "cradled" feeling than the latex mattresses in this buying guide. 

Is there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
The mattress comes with a 90-night trial and a 10-year warranty. 

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7. Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Mattress

Best Vegan Mattress: One extremely innovative eco-hybrid mattress that's uses no wool

Specifications
Type: Dual-Sided Hybrid
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split King
Firmness: Medium and Firm
Depth: 13"
Materials: Dunlop latex, memory foam, coils
Certifications: Greenguard Gold, CERTI-PUR-US, eco-INSTITUT-certified
Reasons to buy
+No wool+Flippable design to choose preferred sleeping surface+Handles make it easier to flip+Charitable component
Reasons to avoid
-Uses memory foam-Mattress can be heavy for single person to flip

If you haven't already noticed in this list, wool is a common material found in eco-friendly and organic mattresses for its non-toxic, temperature regulating, and natural flame retardant properties. However, those who don't want any animals involved with the manufacturing of their mattress, will want to seek out a vegan mattress that avoids the use of common materials like feathers, wool, and down.  Brentwood Home's Crystal Cove hybrid mattress caught our attention for its dual-sided design and vegan-certified construction. 

Why do we love it? 
Beyond being vegan, some pretty cool sleep technology designed for those who lead active lifestyles is involved. The mattress is flippable, so you can find the right comfort for you, and side handles make it easier to maneuver.  For active recovery, sleep on the softer side with two inches of naturally cool activated charcoal-infused plush CERTI-PUR-US memory foam. For a more supportive experience and pressure relief, flip to the gentle-firm side with 2-inches of natural Dunlop latex. Between the two materials are hundreds of individually pocketed coils that provide zoned support and edge control in an eight-inch unit. 

In place of wool or any hazardous materials, the flame-retardant barrier is made from natural silica quartz — completely free from chemical flame retardants.

This particular mattress also has a built-in charitable componet too. For every For every Crystal Cove mattress purchased, Brentwood Home build's one complete Relief Bed for charity, which benefits the needs of the homeless, impoverished, shelter residents, and victims of natural disaster.

How comfortable is it? 
Crystal Cove gives you the best of both options, with the ability to switch between firmness ratings. The memory foam side is rated to be more medium-soft, while the Dunlop latex rates more medium-firm. 

Are there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
Brentwood Home offers a lengthy 1-year trial and a 25-year warranty.

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8. The Parachute Mattress

Best Wool Mattress: One of the most breathable and supportive mattresses you can buy

Specifications
Type: Innerspring
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Firmness: Firm
Depth: 13"
Materials: New Zealand wool, 100% organic cotton and tempered steel
Certifications: Wool Integrity NZ
Reasons to buy
+Features all non-toxic materials+Minimal motion transfer+Made with organic wool and cotton+5x more coils than a standard innerspring
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Heavy, requires two people to unbox-Must be rotated every 6 months-Wool can be known to sag faster that other materials

Parachute's expansion from bedding into mattress territory had to be marked with something great. Simply known as The Mattress, it's a wool-centric innerspring design that holds eco-friendly materials in high regard. Those looking for organic options that don't feature latex will enjoy this firm, yet supportive, and extremely breathable mattress.

Why do we love it? 
Lots of detail and care went into the creation of The Mattress. It's constructed to be firm in the middle for superior back support, and softer at the head and feet for pressure point relief and spinal alignment. It's made of layers of pure New Zealand wool pocketed steel coils, and an organic cotton cover. No latex or memory foam insight. The layers of wool are naturally hypoallergenic, flame resistant, and temperature regulating. Additionally, while innerspring designs are known for motion transfer, this particular design isolates motion. 

How comfortable is it? 
Wool mattresses typically fall on the firmer spectrum with Parachute rating it an 8 out 10 on the firmness spectrum.  The various zones of firmer in the middle and softer in the top and bottom, provides excellent comfort and support for your spine, making it an ideal choice no matter your preferred sleeping position. 

Care and upkeep
Wool mattresses are prone to sagging much quicker than those made with foam or latex. It's recommended to rotate the mattress every six months for even wear and tear, though flipping the mattress is not necessary. 

Are there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
The Mattress comes with a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. 

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9. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best soft(er) organic mattress: An adjustable mattress that lets you choose (and change) your ideal firmness

Specifications
Type: Modular multilayer latex
Firmness: Medium or medium-firm, somewhat adjustable
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, Cal King, Split Cal King
Depth: 9", 10" or 12"
Materials: Dunlop latex, organic cotton, organic New Zealand wool
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, GOTS, Greenguard, FSC, Control Union Certified, eco-INSTITUT Certified, OEXO-TEX
Reasons to buy
+More "cradled" feeling than the competition+Modular layers that can be adjusted to be made softer, or more firm+Breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy (12" King weighs over 200lb.)-Expensive

If you like the idea of an all-organic mattress with natural latex layers but want something on the softer side of the spectrum, try the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss. It's built of multiple layers of GOLS-certified Dunlop latex and GOTS-certified organic wool within a GOTS-certified organic cotton cover.

Why we love it? 
There are two ways you can customize this mattress's firmness to suit your ideal sleep environment. The first is choosing between medium and medium-firm firmness options when you order — an unusual option in and of itself. 

Now, the truly unusual thing about this mattress is that you can open the organic cotton cover and shift the layers around to adjust its firmness at home. Move firmer layers to the top for a springier sleep experience; move softer layers to the top to feel more cushioned and cradled. 

For further customization, the mattress is available in 9", 10" and 12" inch depths, with additional latex support increasing as you choose thicker options. 

How comfortable is it? 
Although this isn't the plushest mattress in existence, it is one of the plushest latex options you can find. Most people choose the medium option, which offers enough of a "cradled" feeling to make it particularly ideal for side sleepers. Back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those who prefer more support often choose the medium-firm option.

Are there any warranty or sleep trials included? 
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress comes with a 25-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial.

Why choose an organic mattress? 

There are a few big reasons to choose an organic mattress, including your health and the environment. 

Health reasons:

If you're researching an organic mattress, you're probably familiar with some of the hazardous chemicals that can be used in their manufacturing process; things like chemical flame retardants and PBDEs, formaldehyde, and benzene, and even common materials that can pose a hazard like polyurethane. 

Organic standards, especially GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), strictly prohibit the use of all of these ingredients. These certifications also come with strict guidelines about everything from how materials are grown, to how and where they're manufactured, and even the way they're packaged and shipped, so you can ensure that when you see a GOTS or GOLS seal, you're getting a healthy, safe product. 

Environmental reasons:

Globally, the mattress industry contributes 6.5M tons of carbon each year. But of course, we all still need a mattress to sleep. Choosing a mattress from an organic brand helps reduce the impact the mattress industry has on climate change.

As we mentioned in the reviews above, many organic mattress brands are not just committed to creating products that are pure and healthy, but ones that are manufactured sustainably. This includes efforts like: 

  • sourcing natural, renewable materials like latex and cotton
  • purchasing carbon credits to offset their carbon footprint
  • donating product returns to keep the product out of landfills
  • planting trees for every mattress sold, and 
  • using biodegradable materials

What does a latex hybrid mattress feel like?

Because nearly every mattress on this list is a latex hybrid, we wanted to speak to the typical qualities of this type of mattress, outside of the environmental benefits.

Generally speaking:

  • latex hybrids are generally much cooler than memory foam mattresses
  • latex hybrids offer more bounce than memory foam
  • these mattresses are typically rated medium-firm, or at about a 6-7 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most firm. 
  • because of their innerspring base, hybrid mattresses offer good edge support
  • these mattresses typically don't rate as high as memory foam for preventing motion transfer but rate better than a standard innerspring or coil.

What are the differences between Talalay and Dunlop Latex?

Before this guide, you might have thought that latex is well latex, and never considered the different types. Natural latex is harvested from rubber trees, and one of they perks is that because it’s natural, there’s minimal off-gassing and no harsh chemicals. However, not all latex is 100% natural. That's where synthetic latex might appear on your radar, but definitely not on this list. Synthetic latex uses a plastic called SBR, or Styrene Buradiene Rubber, which is commonly used as a substitute for natural rubber. 

Two common latex varietals used in eco-friendly mattresses are Dunlop and Talalay. They're both the same latex, but their names refer to the manufacturing process that set them apart. The Dunlop process is more straightforward, and essentially involves filling a  mold with liquid latex before a process called vulcanization takes place. Once the mold settles, it's typically denser on the bottom, and lighter at the top. The making of Talalay latex is slightly more complicated as the mold is only partially filled, followed by the additional step of expanding it with air with a vacuum, which creates a uniform density and fill throughout the entire mattress.

Here are the key differences that you may notice between the two. 

Dunlop is:

  • A relatively dense, firm foam that is ideal for support, but less for comfort
  • Springier
  • Usually cheaper
  • Less energy-intensive manufacturing process could make it more eco-friendly

Meanwhile, Talalay Latex offers these core features: 

  • Softer and less dense design
  • Bouncier
  • Considered to be more breathable
  • Typically more expensive

Latex is regarded for being supportive, more durable and cooler than memory foam, and eco-friendly. It is also naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, dust mite resistant and mold resistant.