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. Though today, it seems like a new organic mattress is debuting every few weeks. This is music to our ears (and the planet), of course, but it also means that narrowing down to find your top choice is harder.
"An organic mattress is one made with certified organic materials, like natural latex, wool, and cotton," explains Avocado's Product + Sleep Expert, Annie Graybill. "Certified organic mattresses are validated by an independent body to only include materials verified to always be ethically sourced and safe for consumers and the environment."
So, now, the only list 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. Organic mattresses are also produced in a more eco-friendly way since organic farming and manufacturing standards are more sustainable.
Many organic mattress brands take things a step further to create products that are vegan, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, free of polyurethane, and even net-zero, aka 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, non-toxic, all-natural, 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 the best organic mattresses below!
The best organic mattresses of 2022
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 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 manufacture, and durable. 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 (opens in new tab), they're extremely similar except it swaps wool for organic cotton, and it is PETA-approved.
What is the Avocado Green like to sleep on?
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.
Real Homes Rated: 5 out of 5 stars | Read on about our experience in our Avocado Green mattress review
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.
What is the Saatva Latex Hybrid like to sleep on?
The Saatva Latex Hybrid is rated medium-firm.
- Exclusive Saatva promo: Save $270 off a $1,000 purchase (opens in new tab)
My Green Mattress evolved out of a concerned father's search for a non-toxic mattress that would not flair up his daughter's allergies. Starting with a crib mattress, the nearly 15-year-old family-owned business is going strong, with fully organic-certified hybrid, spring-free, and latex-free mattresses for all ages.
Why we love it?
The mid-priced mattress uses soft, breathable organic cotton, organic wool as a natural flame retardant and temperature regulator, and three inches of organic Dunlop latex for cushion and support. The network of three different sizes of innerspring coils provide enhanced lumbar and edge support with heavier gauge wire across the center third of the mattress to provide additional firmness and proper alignment, while tighter coils along the edge will keep you from feeling like you're going to roll off the bed.
What is the My Green Mattress Natural Escape like to sleep on?
The mattress is rated as medium-firm. It also has good motion isolation and edge support and sleeps cooler, for additional comfort.
- My Green Mattress Promo: Save $100 with code GREEN100 (opens in new tab)
Avocado accomplished something groundbreaking with their newest mattress: it's the most affordable organic mattress on the market, starting at $699 for a twin-size, and rounding out at $1,299 for a King/Cal King. During a time of mass inflation, these cost-saving moves sound almost impossible, but because Avocado is vertically integrated —they own the sheep, latex farms, and processing centers in India and Guatemala, make the springs themselves, and put it all together in their own L.A. factories— they're able to keep prices low.
Why we love it
Beyond the price and sustainable features, all sleep types can find comfort on the Eco Organic Mattress, and The Eco Organic Mattress is made with up to 988 pocketed coils (made from double-tempered recycled steel) and a single two-inch seamless layer of Dunlop organic latex. It does have fewer coils than its Green counterpart and is considered to sleep softer, but it still excels in offering pressure relief, though motion isolation and edge support could be better.
What is the Avocado Eco Organic Mattress like to sleep on?
Avocado put's the Eco Organic Mattress right in the middle of the spectrum, at a 5, which is softer than the aforementioned Avocado Green. It was still very comfortable, however, to our tester, who typically goes for firmer mattresses. She described herself as feeling weightless and that it required no downtime for her body to acclimate. She summarizes her experience as comfortable, buoyant, and cozy.
Real Homes Rated: 4.8 out of 5 stars | Read our full Avocado Eco Organic Mattress review.
Deciding on the features you want in a mattress can be tough, but there are no compromises to be found when it comes to the Birch mattress by Helix: it sleeps cool, features a lengthy list of environmental certifications, and uses materials (from nature) specific densities to create the right amount of pressure relief for a night of comfortable sleep.
Why we love it
The Birch Natural 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.
It 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. And perhaps even better, top-tier motion isolation, so you won't be disturbed by the comings and goings of your sleeping partner.
The aforementioned wool comfort layer is also designed to retain its shape and is highly elastic for longer durability. Wool is known to be highly temperature regulating and acts as a natural flame retardant too.
What is the Birch Natural Mattress like to sleep on?
Our editor-in-chief slept on this bed when she was 8 months pregnant and determined that it is on the firmer spectrum of medium, making it ideal for stomach and back sleepers. If you desire to go even softer, a plush pillowtop topper is available as an add-on. It also sleeps cool and eliminated her husband's back pain, making for a winning combination. However, she did note that a wool smell that is not uncommon with organic mattresses lingered for a little while after unpackaging.
Real Homes Rated: 4.5 out 5 of stars | Read our full Birch Natural mattress review.
A relatively newcomer to the organic landscape, the first all-natural mattress from Nolah, the Nolah Natural 11" Mattress, is a hybrid design that gets it right when it comes to comfort, support, breathability, and its use of organic materials.
Why we love it
The Nolah Natural is both hypoallergenic, sleeps cool, and worked wonders at curbing back pain, providing great cushion to pressure points with the bouncy Talalay latex. It's made from all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, a first for Nolah, which predominantly uses memory foam, making it ideal for those with chemical sensitivities.
What is the Nolah Natural like to sleep on?
The Nolah Natural seems to be best suited toward a side or back sleeper, as the mattress is on the softer side of medium.
Real Homes Rated: 4.5 out 5 of stars | Read our full Nolah Natural 11 mattress review.
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.
What is the Premier Latex Hybrid mattress like to sleep on?
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.
Real Homes Rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Read our full Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress review
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 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 does the Naturepedic Chorus
This is a middle-of-the-road mattress when it comes to comfort, with a medium firmness rating. However, our mattress tester found that it leaned toward the firmer side of the comfort spectrum. 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.
Real Homes' rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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 component too. For every Crystal Cove mattress purchased, Brentwood Home builds one complete Relief Bed (opens in new tab) for charity, which benefits the needs of the homeless, impoverished, shelter residents, and victims of natural disasters.
What is the Brentwood Crystal Cove Mattress like to sleep on?
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.
- Brentwood Home: Take $150 off the Crystal Cove mattress with code EARTH, plus find more promotions on additional mattresses (opens in new tab)
If you like the idea of an all-organic mattress with natural latex layers and want the ability to adjust your mattress to find your perfect sleeping surface, try the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss. It's built of multiple layers of GOLS-certified Talalay and Dunlop latex and GOTS-certified organic wool within a GOTS-certified organic cotton cover for the ultimate in support, comfort relief, and breathability.
Why we love it
At purchase, there are multiple 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 unique 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 support, increasing as you choose thicker options.
It also sleeps unbelievably cool, from the soft, knit cotton cover which offers unrestricted airflow and moisture absorption to the layer of temperature-regulating wool that also provides support too, and of course, the organically produced latex, that doesn't trap heat like memory foam can.
How comfortable is it?
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. The ability to swap layers means it can be as plush or firm as you need it to be, giving you the opportunity to experiment with your desired comfort.
Parachute's expansion from bedding into mattress territory had to be marked with something great. The Eco-Comfort Mattress is 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 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 in sight. The layers of wool are naturally hypoallergenic, flame resistant, and temperature regulating. Additionally, while innerspring designs are known for some motion transfer, this particular design isolates motion.
What is the Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress like to sleep on?
Wool mattresses typically fall on the firmer spectrum with Parachute rating it an 8 out of 10 on the firmness spectrum. The various zones of firmer in the middle and softer in the top and bottom, provide 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.
What to know about organic mattresses
Why choose an organic mattress?
In a nutshell, Graybill explains that organic mattresses are safer, more durable, breathable, and supportive than mattresses made with synthetic materials such as some memory foam.
There are a few big reasons to choose an organic mattress, including your health and the environment.
If you're researching an organic mattress, you're probably familiar with some of the hazardous chemicals that are frequently part of the mattress manufacturing process; things like chemical flame retardants and PBDEs, formaldehyde, and benzene, and even common materials that can pose a hazard like polyurethane, which can release harmful odors in the air and cause respiratory issues when off-gassing.
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.
Organic mattresses are also naturally breathable (and comfortable), so you’ll sleep better, leading to better health, as well.
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
Top environmental certifications for mattresses and what they mean
Reading through our guide, we've mentioned a handful of environmental certifications that apply to mattresses, and it can really start to feel like a laundry list. Here's what they actually mean:
Global Organic Textile Standard (opens in new tab) (GOTS): A GOTS organic label is the gold standard when it comes to textiles like cotton and wool, and requires that 95 percent of materials be certified organic and that that the other 5 percent of materials do not contain certain chemicals. Mattresses can also be given the “made with organic materials” label, which means the product contains 70 percent organic natural fibers. For certifications, mattresses must meet various ecological and social criteria, use organic fibers, cover all processing stages, and meet a third-party certification.
Global Organic Latex Standard (opens in new tab) (GOLS): You'll only find this certification when dealing with latex products— and it means that the product contains at least 95 percent organic latex. To get this certification, companies also have to follow similar standards as above.
CertiPUR-US (opens in new tab): This standard applies to all-foam products, especially popular for foam mattresses, and states that the polyurethane foam was made without ozone depleters, flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and is Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality.
GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold (opens in new tab): Products with this standard are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards to reduce indoor air pollution from VOCs and the risk of chemical exposure. GREENGUARD Gold specifically includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to help ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments like schools and healthcare facilities.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (opens in new tab): This common certification means that the entirety of the product has been tested for harmful substances and that it has been found free of any toxic materials.
eco-INSTITUT: (opens in new tab) This standard applies to mattresses, bedding, furniture, and floor coverings and maintains that these items fulfill the strictest requirements on pollutants and emissions going far beyond legal standards. It's actually more stringent to qualify than GOTS, and ensures that products are low-pollutant and low-emission, making them safe for those with allergies and children
MADE SAFE: (opens in new tab) This certification is geared for everyday products and means that a product is made with ingredients not known or suspected to cause human health harm.
Rainforest Alliance: (opens in new tab) This seal typically refers to agricultural and forestry products that were produced using methods that support the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental.
Cradle to Cradle: (opens in new tab) Cradle to Cradle Certification emphasizes sustainability creating a positive impact. Products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness
USDA Organic: (opens in new tab) Commonly referring to food, but also to materials that could be found in mattresses like cotton or wool, the USDA Organic symbol can apply to agricultural products grown using organic standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A product that is certified organic contains 95 percent organic ingredients.
Are there any drawbacks to buying an organic mattress?
We've spent a lot of time discussing why you should buy an organic mattress, but are there any limitations to choosing green? Well, mainly, the biggest con that we can think of when considering an organic mattress is that they can be price-prohibitive, a sentiment that Graybill echos, " [they] may cost a little more upfront, but they last longer than those made with synthetic materials, which tend to sag and lose their shape after a few years." But as we see more natural options enter the market, we're also seeing prices grow more competitively, as exemplified by Avocado's newest mattress introduction, the Eco Organic, which takes the title for most affordable organic mattress.
Another consideration: misleading claims and information, where the mattress may include organic materials, such as a cotton cover, but not be fully certified organic. Checking that the product is certified by a legitimate independent body, such as any of the certifications above, is useful in ensuring your product is what it claims to be. Fortunately, we were adamant about only spotlighting fully organic mattresses in our guide to prevent any confusion.
Additionally, if you're keen to try a mattress in-store before you buy, a lot of the major mattress brands that carry organic products, might not have a brick-and-mortar availability to try before you buy. Luckily, they all offer generous trial periods, and most will offer free returns.
Otherwise, a mattress that is made with no harsh or harmful chemicals has a smaller negative impact on the environment than traditional designs, and hypoallergenic materials sound like a no-brainer.
What does a latex hybrid mattress feel like?
Because nearly every mattress on this list features latex, we wanted to speak to the typical qualities of this type of mattress, outside of the environmental benefits.
- latex generally sleeps much cooler than memory foam mattresses
- latex 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 the 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 Butadiene 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.
- A relatively dense, firm foam that is ideal for support, but less for comfort
- 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
- 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. However, those with latex allergies should still steer clear of mattresses constructed with latex.