Top 10 Eco-Friendly Mattresses and Mattress Companies
Are you looking for the most eco-friendly mattress around? With all the claims made by retailers it can be a difficult task. Comparing the variety of materials and sorting fact from fiction is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
To help you in your search making buying a new bed a little easier, we went through the claims and owner ratings of many top green brands. Read on to learn about the top 10 most eco-friendly mattresses and see what to avoid when looking for healthier sleep.
Top Green Mattresses
There are many different types of green mattresses available nowadays, owing largely to the booming demand for healthy, chemical free products. Memory foam, latex and innerspring models can all be made in ways that don’t harm the environment.
We considered the makeup, manufacturing process and life cycle of the major brands in our assessment. Below are our top 10 green mattresses and a short snippet on each of the brands. Our number one pick is first, followed by the runners up.
Owner satisfaction rates provided from SleepLikeTheDead.com and verified customer reviews are listed with the beds.Other factors were considered in our overall ratings as well, like cleanness of materials, third-party certifications for organic or low-chemical materials, and overall value. Here are the brands we found to offer the best options for eco-conscious shoppers.
#1. Astrabeds 92%
Astrabeds Harmony Bed is made from 100% certified organic materials.
Our pick for the company with the most eco-friendly mattresses available, Astrabeds only sells certified organic beds. The Harmony is their most popular model. It has three layers of organic dunlop latex and an organic wool fire barrier on the inside with an organic cotton cover on the outside. All Astrabeds mattresses are certified organic and VOC free.
Each bed is compressed before shipping, which lowers emissions caused by transportation. This is an all around green product, since it uses only organically-grown materials and even reduces impact on it’s way to you . You can find the Harmony at Astrabeds.com.
#2. Amerisleep 95%
The Liberty Bed from Amerisleep is made from plant-based memory foam.
Amerisleep uses an innovative process to create plant-based memory foam mattresses. Unlike traditional petroleum-based memory foam, these are derived from more sustainable soy oils. Drilling for less oil and using bio-based technologies are both good for the environment. Also, the foam is made without ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, mercury, formaldehyde, lead or hazardous phthalates. Owner reviews also mention little to no odor when setting up their beds.
Amerisleep mattresses are all covered in a Celliant-infused fabric. This innovative thermoreactive material converts excess body heat into healing infrared light and has been clinically proven to reduce pain and improve blood circulation. Amerisleep mattresses are compressed before shipping saving on fuel costs. Visit Amerisleep.com to shop.
3. Savvy Rest 80%
Savvy Rest mattresses are made with either organic dunlop or natural talalay latex. Customers can choose which type they prefer. Each option comes with an organic cotton cover and an organic wool fire barrier. They generally receive good reviews, but some buyers find them a bit pricy. You can find Savvy Rest at SavvyRest.com.
4. Essentia 83%
One of the biggest names in eco-friendly beds, Essentia uses latex foam. This Canadian company uses a proprietary blend in their “natural memory foam” comfort layer, which rests atop a latex core. Information on the materials in their natural memory foam layer proves somewhat vague, however. The mattress has an organic cotton cover and is available at MyEssentia.com.
5. Saatva 82%
One of the highest rated innersprings, Saatva mattresses all feature a pillow top and an organic cotton cover. They are one of the few reputable spring bed companies who sell directly to their customers, which helps to reduce costs. As with all innersprings, longevity may be an issue. Beds that last longer don’t have to be replaced as often, which uses less materials overall, though they do use recycled steel for coils. Shop for Saatva at SaatvaMattress.com.
6. Tuft & Needle 77%
A recently formed startup, Tuft and Needle has made a splash. They claim to have the top rated mattress on Amazon, though reviews elsewhere around the web hover around average. They only have one model and firmness available, which can be too firm for many people, especially side sleepers. The cover is a rayon and polyester blend. Tuft and Needle compresses the mattress prior to shipping to help reduce emissions, and does use Certipur foams. Tuft and Needle mattresses are available at TuftAndNeedle.com.
7. Casper 84%
Casper is another new company on the scene who only offers one model and firmness. The Casper mattress has a synthetic latex comfort layer over a foam base. Instead of harmful chemical flame retardants, the mattress has a mechanical fire sock composed of silica threads. The Casper mattress is available at Casper.com.
8. Flobeds 83%
You will see the word “organic” quite a bit in the advertising for Flobeds, but the beds are not 100% certified organic. Flobeds uses blended or natural latex topped with an organic wool fire barrier, covered in organic cotton. If you order a box spring, there will be some assembly required. This makes the foundation more easily shipped through UPS. Shop for Flobeds at Flobeds.com.
9. Foam Sweet Foam (AKA Urban Green Mattress) 82%
Perhaps in an effort to appeal to Earth-conscious shoppers, Foam Sweet Home is now named Urban Green Mattress. Their latex mattresses are the same as they used to be, however. You have three different thicknesses to choose from, each with natural latex layers you can configure yourself. A wool fire barrier and cotton cover wrap the mattresses. You can find these beds at UrbanGreenMattress.com.
Consumer Report’s Best Memory Foam Mattresses of 2015
Data from SleepLikeTheDead and verified customer reviews.
Buying Guide: Shopping for Eco-Friendly Mattresses
Mattress companies know many people consider the environment and harmful chemicals when they shop. Many will try to exploit this concern for their own profit. That’s why you see so many claims about a product’s greenness. Some are genuine and others may be misleading. To help you navigate these claims, we made a short list of things to keep in mind.
Real natural latex beds are highly sought after, with good reason. Here is what SleepLikeTheDead.com found:
Based on our collected owner experience data, natural latex mattresses rate about 15-20% higher in overall satisfaction than blended latex or synthetic latex mattresses. 100% natural latex, however, is usually more expensive than the blended or synthetic varieties. In addition, natural latex appears to perform somewhat better than the blended and synthetic varieties in regard to longevity and resistance to compression / development of body impressions.
Unfortunately, some companies take advantage of this. Be mindful that there are no regulations regarding a “natural” label. Anyone can claim to have a natural mattress. The word “natural” conjures images of serene meadows and trees, but a bed with this label may contain many types of synthetic materials, from the flame retardants to the covers to the foam and more. Look at all the components of your bed. See which certifications, if any, it has and make your judgement based on the facts.
Secretive Mattress Companies
If the company you are considering won’t let you know what materials are in your bed, you shouldn’t give them your business. Often retailers get away with vague wording and omissions of key information. Ask specific questions about what the materials are made of and what processes were used. A green company will be happy to share the wonderful news about their products.
Useless or Harmful Gimmicks
Less is sometimes more. Eco-friendly mattresses are made from natural materials because those are the types of materials our ecosystems are familiar with. Remember everything that goes into your bed will eventually end up being absorbed by the environment, or worse, your body. If you don’t want to ingest it or breathe it in all night, don’t buy it.
Ask yourself if you need a layer of synthetic gel or green-tea-infused foam. What are the benefits versus the costs? Are the benefits worth the costs? Are the benefits backed with clinical data? If you want a green mattress, you have to consider these things very carefully.
Volatile Organic Compounds
One of the most worrisome things about many of our products are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These harmful chemicals have a low evaporation point making them gasses at room temperature. Some VOCs have been proven to be harmful to humans and the environment. Eco-friendly mattresses are often low-VOC beds, but you should look for certifications like Certi-PUR, Oekotex, or Eco Institut certification to make sure.
Overly Expensive Beds
While this may go without saying, don’t go over-budget when trying to find a green mattress. There are many great, even certified organic choices for around $2,000 or less. You don’t have to spend five figures to get an Earth-friendly bed. Create a budget and stick to your limits. If the bed you want is out of your reach, save or wait for a sale. Mattress companies usually have big sales near the holidays if you can wait.
All products sold in the United States have to adhere to governmental fire safety standards. When you are asking about the makeup of your bed, this is an important component. Many companies use toxic chemicals to make their beds flame retardant. Often, these chemicals are toxic to humans and the environment. Greener options include silica/rayon fiber covers and wool. Find out what type of fire barrier is in your mattress.
Your Eco-Friendly Mattress Hunt
Mattress companies have heard the calls of the environmentally friendly shoppers. There are many more green beds to choose from than ever before, especially with breadth of online shopping. You don’t have to feel bad for getting a good night’s sleep or worry about toxic chemicals in your bed with a little research.
As you go shopping for a bed, keep our tips in mind and use your head. If you are concerned about the chemicals and makeup of your bed, you are likely a fairly savvy shopper anyway. Trust your gut. An eco-friendly mattress is one of the best ways to reduce your footprint and get guilt-free sleep.
Share in the comments: What’s most important to you when it comes to buying green? What makes a bed eco-friendly in your opinion?