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Best organic mattress: 6 non-toxic picks for a clean night's sleep

These organic mattresses are safe, green, and oh-so cozy, too.

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Thinking about switching to an organic mattress? There are lots of reasons to go this greener route. 

For one, organic mattresses are nontoxic, meaning they're free of harmful chemicals like flame retardants, formaldehyde and ozone depleters. By simply being organic, these mattresses are also produced in a more eco-friendly manner, too, 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, though, when it comes to buying the best mattress for you, there's more to the story. It has to be comfortable, too.

Luckily, these days there are plenty of organic mattresses that fit the bill, meaning they're clean, green, and oh-so-cozy. We did the research and rounded up six organic mattresses that are tops for both comfort and manufacturing standards. Note: Most of these mattresses have a latex component. If you're allergic, jump to our no. six pick.

Meet your new mattress, below. 

The best organic mattresses 2020

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1. Avocado Green Mattress

The best organic mattress: Organic and net zero

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firnness: Medium-firm
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Materials : Dunlop latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Certifications: GOTS, GOLS, Climate Neutral
Reasons to buy
+Climate neutral+Pillow-top option+Mid-range price point for an organic mattress
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 is it. 

Why we like 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 pillow, mattress topper, and mattress protector returns. 

As for the mattress itself, it's a high quality mattress made from Dunlop latex, which is a heavy, long-lasting natural latex. The latex layer sits atop a layer of 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).

Comfort level

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 medium. If you do prefer a softer mattress, there's an option to add a 2" latex pillow top to make it more plush, but it comes at a cost of $300. 

Warranty and sleep trial

It comes with a 25-years warranty and a 365-night sleep trial with no mandatory break-in period. 

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2. Saatva Latex Hybrid

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

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Sizes: Twin - Cal. king
Materials: Talaylay latex, organic cotton
Certifications: GOTS, OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
Reasons to buy
+Coils made from recycled material+Cozy hybrid construction
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than Avocado-Heavy

The Saatva original mattress pulled in the top spot on our Best Mattress 2020 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 we like it

For one, it's a hybrid style, which has quickly become on 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 Talaylay Latex, which is known to have a little more bounce than the Dunlop latex used in a number of other mattresses on this list. The Talaylay 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 also made from recycled steel. Plus, it doesn't come stuffed in a box. 

Comfort level

The Saatva Latex Hybrid is rated medium-firm. 

Warranty and sleep trial

The mattress comes with a 120-night in-home trial, and a 15-year warranty. 

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3. My Green Mattress Natural Escape

Best organic mattress, Dunlop Latex: A dunlop latex hybrid with bounce and support

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium-firm
Sizes: Twin - Cal. king
Material: Dunlop latex,
Certification: GOTS, GOLS
Reasons to buy
+GOTS/GOLS certified+Mid-range price (Same price as Avocado mattress)+Reviewers report no off-gassing smells
Reasons to avoid
-No pillow-top option

My Green Mattress is another mattress brand that takes its commitment to organic, all-natural, earth-friendly mattresses seriously. The Natural Escape mattress is a latex hybrid mattress made from Dunlop latex. 

Why we like it

My Green Mattress was started by a father who wanted to create a safer mattress for his children. The company has high standards for quality, and sources GOLS-certified organic dunlop latex, and wool from sheep who openly graze in organic pastures. 

The mattress is also biodegradable, and uses only organic wool as a flame retardant.

Comfort level

The mattress is rated medium-firm, and just-right for all types of sleepers. Unlike Avocado mattress, you can't order an integrated pillow-top version for added softness, but you can order a separate mattress topper if you like cozier feel. 

Warranty and sleep trial

There's a 20 year warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

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4. Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

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

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Sizes: Twin - Cal. king
Certification: Certi-PUR US, Rainforest Alliance certification
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Reasons to buy
+The donate 10 trees for every mattress purchase+Thicker latex layer
Reasons to avoid
-Higher priced than Avocado and My Green Mattress-Not GOTS/GOLS certified

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 the top latex layer is 4 inches thick, double the thickness of most other mattresses on this list, for added cushion.

What we like about it

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

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

Comfort level

In addition to it's thick top layer, the Awara mattress is made with a 9" layer of pocket coils that allow for excellent motion transfer. The firmness rating comes in at a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most firm, so it's a comfortable medium-firm that will suit most sleepers. 

Warranty and sleep trial

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

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

Specifications
Type: Latex hybrid
Firmness: Medium
Sizes: Twin - Cal. king
Material: Talayla latex, organic wool, organic cotton
Certification: GOTS, Greenguard-GOLD, eco-INSTITUT Certified
Reasons to buy
+Extra wool comfort layer+Retains shape well+Softer than other latex hybrids
Reasons to avoid
-No white-glove delivery option

Side sleepers typically need a softer sleeping surface than back sleepers, and the Birch mattress offers it thanks to a wool comfort layer between the mattress cover and the latex layer.

Why we like it

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

Plus, free shipping, carbon emission credits are a donation to 1% For Good are included in your purchase.

Comfort level

As we mentioned, the Birch mattress is one of the softer latex hybrids on the market. It's not plush, but it rates closer to a 6 on the firmness scale. 

Warranty and sleep trial

A 25-year warranty and 100-night sleep trial are included.

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6. Naturepedic Chorus Mattress

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

Specifications
Type: Innerspring
Sizes: Twin - Cal. king
Firmness: Medium
Materials: Organic cotton, PLA
Certifications: GOTS, Made-Safe, UL/Greenguard
Reasons to buy
+Latex-free for those who may be allergic+Softest mattress on the list
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 a softer mattress, the Naturepedic Chorus deserves a closer look. 

Why we like it

Naturepedic is another long-time player in the organic mattress industry. They own their own certified-organic factory, and they've pioneered a number of 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 microcoils designed to help relieve pressure. The combination of a natural fiber fill and inner coil construction also make it very breathable, great news for hot sleepers. 

The only downside: They're expensive.

Comfort level

This is a middle-of-the-road mattress when it comes to comfort, with a medium firmness rating. If you prefer a slightly softer, sink-in feel when you sleep, you'll likely be happy with this mattress.

Warranty and sleep trial

The mattress comes with a 90-night trial, and 10-year warranty.

Why choose an organic mattress? 

There are a few big reasons to choose an organic mattress, and they include: 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 in a sustainable way. 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 product out of landfills
  • planting trees for every mattress sold, and 
  • using biodegradable materials

What's a latex hybrid mattress 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 mattress
  • latex hybrids offer more bounce than memory foam
  • overall, 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, they offer good edge support
  • these mattresses typically don't rate as high as memory foam for motion transfer, but rate better than a standard innerspring or coil.

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