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Best Organic Mattresses

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In recent years, a growing number of mattress brands have incorporated organic components to make their products more sustainable and environmentally friendly. While many beds feature natural materials, the term “organic” is reserved for components that have received certifications from reputable authorities such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some of the most common organic materials used in today’s mattresses include latex, cotton, and wool.

Organic mattresses hold a unique distinction within the mattress industry, but our testing team evaluates them with the same criteria we use for non-organic models. To come up with top picks, our crew tested dozens of organic mattresses and rated them for durability, pressure relief, temperature neutrality, and other performance categories. The mattress testers represent a range of body types and sleep positions, which also allowed us to determine which types of sleepers will feel most comfortable on a given bed.

The Best Organic Mattresses

These top picks earned the highest ratings from our testing team. Each one has at least one component that has received an organic certification. To learn more about these mattresses, scroll down to read our in-depth product profiles. This page also includes a detailed buyer’s guide that discusses some important considerations for mattress buyers, as well as an overview of what constitutes an “organic” material.

Product Details

Birch Mattress

Best Overall

Birch Mattress

Birch Mattress
Price Range: $1,249 - $1,999
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • People who weigh 230 pounds or less
  • Sleepers who prefer very responsive mattresses
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Supportive, durable hybrid design
  • Sleeps cool
  • Holds a variety of material quality, sustainability and safety certifications
Birch Mattress

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The Birch is a latex hybrid. In addition to a Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable forestry and agricultural practices, the latex has earned the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification to ensure no harmful chemicals are used in the mattress, as well as the eco-INSTITUT certification for healthy emission levels during production. Additionally, the mattress is GreenGuard Gold certified to indicate the Birch has low off-gassing emissions.

What It’s Made of

The mattress is built with comfort layers of Wool Integrity NZ-certified wool and ventilated natural latex over a support core of pocketed coils. With a medium firm feel, the Birch offers a balance of body-contouring from the latex and responsiveness from the coils.

How It Performed

Side sleepers receive a fair amount of padding from the wool layer, which can help align the spine and minimize pressure points. We also recommend the mattress to back and stomach sleepers, especially those who weigh 230 pounds or less and won’t sink too much into the wool batting.

Wool is one of the most breathable mattress materials available, so it’s no surprise the Birch’s wool batting layer regulates temperature very well. The ventilated latex and coil layers also promote airflow for an extra cool night’s rest. Wool, like latex, is also exceptionally durable.

In terms of latex hybrids, the Birch has a middle-of-the-road price-point. Free shipping is available to all 50 states and all customers receive a 100-night sleep trial. The mattress also comes with a 25-year warranty to cover the mattress throughout its long-expected lifespan.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Birch is among the most balanced latex hybrids we’ve evaluated. Our testers noted a mid-range firmness with moderate contouring and even support, as well as excellent edge support and consistent breathability.”

Eco Terra

Best Value

Eco Terra

Eco Terra
Price Range: $849 - $1349
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 90 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 90 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Hot sleepers
  • Value seekers
Highlights:
  • Balanced feel of cushioning and support
  • Latex material conforms to the hips and shoulders
  • Natural and Certified Organic materials
Eco Terra

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The Eco Terra latex hybrid is a good option for a wide range of sleepers across many weights and preferred sleep positions because it is available in medium (5) and medium firm (6) firmness levels that provide close conforming and targeted pressure relief, as well as improved spinal alignment for side sleepers.

What It’s Made of

The Eco Terra is constructed with a 3-inch comfort layer of natural Talalay latex and an organic cotton cover. The mattress also has a pocketed coil support core with a multi-gauge configuration that offers great support.

How It Performed

The Eco Terra’s breathable, eco-friendly materials help keep the bed feeling cool and comfortable throughout the year. We recommend the mattress to anyone who considers themselves a hot sleeper. Edge support is another strong point. Thicker coils line the perimeter to minimize sinkage along the edges, while thinner coils support the sleeper’s body without sagging excessively.

The Eco Terra has a price-point that is much lower than that of the average latex hybrid, making it a top-value pick. The company offers free standard delivery throughout the contiguous U.S., as well as White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly – for an additional charge. The mattress is backed by a 90-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Eco Terra performs as well as many of its competitors, but at this price-point it’s hard to deny the long-term value of this mattress. Both firmness levels are pretty distinct. If you find other latex hybrids too firm, the medium option should do the trick.”

WinkBeds EcoCloud

Most Comfortable

WinkBeds EcoCloud

WinkBeds EcoCloud
Price Range: $1,299 - $2,199
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium (5)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • People who weigh up to 230 pounds
  • Sleepers who prefer very responsive mattresses
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Contouring surface feel reduces pressure
  • Supportive core encourages spinal alignment
  • Certified by GOTS, Rainforest Alliance and OEKO-TEX
WinkBeds EcoCloud

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The EcoCloud is a latex hybrid from WinkBeds that provides excellent overall support. Sleepers who need extra reinforcement from their mattress should enjoy the combination of responsive Talalay latex and robust pocketed coils.

What It’s Made of

The 4-inch, ventilated Talalay latex comfort layer has earned an OEKO-TEX Class 1 certification, which indicates the material doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or substances, as well as a Rainforest Alliance certification from how the latex is grown and harvested. The cover also contains a blend of GOTS-certified organic cotton and sustainable New Zealand wool. The EcoCloud’s support core contains pocketed coils. Both the latex and coil layers are zoned, meaning they feel firmer around the midsection to support heavier areas of the body.

How It Performed

The EcoCloud has a medium feel, giving it a softer and more conforming surface than a lot of competing latex hybrids. This results in comfortable cushioning and even spinal alignment for side sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less, as well as even support and weight distribution for back and stomach sleepers in the same weight group. People who weigh more than 230 pounds may find the EcoCloud a bit too soft, and these sleepers may prefer one of the firmer latex hybrids on our list instead.

Despite the medium feel, the thick latex layer gives the bed some noticeable responsiveness. This makes the EcoCloud great for couples who prefer bouncy surfaces for sex. Like other latex hybrids, the EcoCloud sleeps very cool thanks to its breathable comfort and support layers. The cover made of organic cotton and moisture-wicking wool helps regulate your temperature, too.

The EcoCloud is a bit spendy, but not overpriced when you compare it to other high-quality latex hybrids. WinkBeds throws in free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S., along with White Glove delivery at an extra charge if you’d like someone else to set up the EcoCloud and haul your old mattress away. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“If you want a latex hybrid that conforms somewhat closely, the EcoCloud is a pretty safe bed. Its medium feel is softer and more adaptive compared to similarly constructed models. The coils are also zoned for midsection support and reinforced around the perimeter, so we noticed little to no sinkage during our ease of movement and edge support tests.”

Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Luxury

Saatva Latex Hybrid

Saatva Latex Hybrid
Price Range: $1,149 - $2,548
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 180 nights ($99 return fee)
Trial length: 180 nights ($99 return fee)
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Back and stomach sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Mattress buyers who need assembly and haul-away assistance
Highlights:
  • Zoned latex and coil layers provide targeted support and protect the edges from sinkage
  • Made from organic, natural, and recycled components
  • Free White Glove delivery for all U.S. orders
Saatva Latex Hybrid

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Many of Saatva’s mattresses contain sustainably sourced components, but the Saatva Latex Hybrid is made almost entirely of materials that are recycled, natural, or certified as organic. These components combine to create an exceptionally comfortable experience for sleepers.

What It’s Made of

The Latex Hybrid’s components include a top layer of GOTS-certified organic wool, a comfort layer of natural Talalay latex, and pocketed coils derived from recycled steel.

The latex is designed with five distinct firmness zones for gentle cradling around lighter areas of the body – such as the head and legs – and more reinforcement for the midsection. Within the coil system, thicker coils line the perimeter to ensure extra stability when you sleep near the edges or get on and off the mattress.

How It Performed

Thanks to its two zoned layers, the Latex Hybrid feels very supportive. The medium firm (6) feel and zoned feel are particularly well suited to back and stomach sleepers in the range of 130 to 230 pounds.

Temperature regulation is another key asset. The organic wool has moisture-wicking properties, the latex retains a minimal amount of body heat, and the coils circulate air throughout the interior. A breathable GOTS-certified organic cotton cover encases the mattress for additional cooling.

Saatva is one of the few online mattress brands to provide White Glove delivery free of charge to customers in the contiguous U.S. This service includes a scheduled delivery date, full assembly in a room of your choice, and complimentary haul-away of your old mattress and/or box spring. Your order also comes with a 6-month sleep trial, giving you ample time to test out the Latex Hybrid, and a manufacturer’s warranty that covers structural defects in the mattress for up to 15 years.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Saatva Latex Hybrid hits that sweet spot for sleepers who need both cushioning and support. The mattress is medium firm, so none of us found it too stiff, but the latex and coil layers are zoned to give extra stability where it’s needed.”

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best for Back Pain

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
Price Range: $1,049 - $2,549
Mattress Type: Latex
Firmness: Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Those who want a mattress with adjustable firmness
  • Sleepers who feel sharp pressure points but don’t enjoy the tight hug of memory foam
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
Highlights:
  • Constructed entirely from organic, natural, and sustainably sourced materials
  • Multiple firmness and thickness options
  • Sleeps cool thanks to breathable and moisture-wicking components
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

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Anyone who values sustainably made products and experiences frequent lower back pain is a great candidate for the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss. This all-latex mattress is available in profiles of 9, 10, and 12 inches to accommodate sleepers with different height preferences. The mattress is also customizable in terms of firmness. Buyers select an initial feel for their Botanical Bliss – either medium firm (6) or firm (7) – and the top two latex layers can be swapped at any time to make the mattress feel softer or firmer.

What It’s Made of

Each layer is composed of GOLS-certified latex. The topmost layer is Talalay latex for a responsive feel when you get into bed and gentle contouring around the shoulders, back, and hips. The other layers are Dunlop latex for dense, durable support and less sinkage across the surface of the mattress.

The cover is made of breathable, GOTS-certified organic cotton, while the fire barrier is GOTS-certified organic wool with natural moisture-wicking properties. The latex and cotton have also earned certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

How It Performed

The Botanical Bliss hits that sweet spot for sleepers who enjoy mattresses that cushion the body, but want more responsiveness and support than they’d typically get from an all-foam model. The latex layers also sleep relatively cool, and the customizable design is a good fit for people who want to periodically change how soft or firm their mattress feels.

The Botanical Bliss costs less than many competing models constructed using similar materials. PlushBeds also offers complimentary ground delivery across the contiguous U.S. The company’s sleep trial lasts 100 nights. Once the trial period ends, the mattress will be backed by a 25-year warranty against excessive sagging and other structural defects.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“We were pretty impressed by the Botanical Bliss and its adjustable comfort system. Swapping the comfort layers is not only effective at changing the firmness level but also a quick and painless process. A great all-latex option for people who want a bit more plushness than the typical latex hybrid has to offer.”

Amerisleep Organica

Best for Side Sleepers

Amerisleep Organica

Amerisleep Organica
Price Range: $1,499 - $2,998
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night try-out)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night try-out)
Warranty: 20 Year, Limited
Warranty: 20 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • People who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Consumers who would rather purchase sustainably made products
Highlights:
  • Eco-friendly cover and comfort materials
  • Ultra-responsive feel makes moving across the mattress easy for most people
  • Exceptional breathability and temperature control
Amerisleep Organica

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The Organica is one of Amerisleep’s newest mattresses, and the only model in this brand’s lineup constructed with natural and organic components. People who weigh at least 130 pounds should receive adequate support and feel less pressure regardless of their primary sleep position.

What It’s Made of

The mattress is constructed with a top layer of Joma wool that acts as the fire barrier, followed by a comfort layer of natural Talalay latex. This type of latex is characterized by responsiveness and gentle contouring, so the Organica is best suited to people who enjoy some conforming from their mattress but not a close body hug. The support core consists of pocketed coils over a base layer of natural Dunlop latex, which is denser and more supportive than Talalay.

How It Performed

The combination of latex layers and coils adds to the springy feel of the mattress, so you can expect quite a bit of bounciness when you get in and out of bed. This also makes moving across the Organica fairly easy and sinkage-free, and many couples prefer this level of responsiveness for sex.

Hot sleepers should find the mattress comfortable too. The cover is made of breathable, GOTS-certified organic cotton, and the Joma wool has moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool and dry – even during warmer or more humid times of the year. Additionally, the coils promote steady air circulation to help the Organica maintain a comfortable core temperature.

The Joma wool is ethically sourced, which will put animal lovers at ease. The latex in this mattress has also earned certifications from the Rainforest Alliance and Eco-Institut, so buyers can rest assured the rubber trees used to produce the latex are sustainably farmed and grown without harmful pesticides.

The Organica’s sticker price is in line with that of the average latex hybrid, though all customers in the lower 48 states qualify for free ground delivery. You’ll receive a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty with your purchase.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Amerisleep Organica feels like a quintessential latex hybrid. A feel that’s both gently contouring and responsive, excellent cooling, and great stability from edge to edge.”

Nolah Natural 11

Best Cooling

Nolah Natural 11

Nolah Natural 11
Price Range: $1,599 - $2,099
Mattress Type: Latex Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 120 nights
Trial length: 120 nights
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • People who tend to overheat or sweat in their sleep
  • Side and back sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds
  • Couples who enjoy springy surfaces for sex
Highlights:
  • Breathable cover materials, ventilated latex, and steady airflow through the coil layer
  • Zoned coils support the midsection to minimize sinkage
  • Sturdy perimeter support and easy movement across the surface
Nolah Natural 11

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Many mattresses with organic and natural components excel at temperature regulation, but the Nolah Natural 11 is still a standout in this regard. The mattress itself is medium firm and quite responsive, allowing most sleepers to lie on an even plane without sinking too deeply and losing their surface airflow.

What It’s Made of

The design includes a breathable cover made of GOTS-certified organic cotton, a moisture-wicking wool batting layer directly beneath the surface, a comfort layer of ventilated Talalay latex, and a pocketed coil system that promotes steady air circulation.

How It Performed

The latex conforms closely enough to cushion the spine and alleviate pressure for side sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds while also maintaining great overall support for back sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds.

The support core is zoned with lower-gauge coils reinforcing the midsection, so sinkage around the lower back and hips shouldn’t be a major issue. The edges feel secure and most people will have an easy time moving across the surface. Couples who prefer springy beds for sex should also enjoy the Natural 11, as well.

The price-point for this mattress is in line with the average latex hybrid and Nolah ships for free anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Each order includes a 120-night sleep trial, but buyers can opt out of this to lower the cost of their purchase – though this will make them ineligible for returns. The Natural 11 is also backed by a lifetime warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Nolah Natural checks a lot of boxes for organic mattress shoppers. It’s supportive, responsive, breathable, and the true medium firm feel will appeal to anyone looking for that middle ground between plush and firm.”

Awara Mattress

Best Pressure Relief

Awara Mattress

Awara Mattress
Price Range: $1,299 - $1,799
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 365 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Sleepers who like the feel of very responsive mattresses
  • Hot sleepers
  • Value seekers
Highlights:
  • Exceptional pressure relief
  • Versatile feel suits a wide variety of sleepers
  • Latex is certified organic and Rainforest Alliance certified
Awara Mattress

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The Awara is a hybrid model featuring a latex layer certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an NGO that promotes sustainable forestry and agricultural practices in vulnerable rainforest areas. The latex is also GOLS-certified as organic, while the cover is made from a blend of natural cotton and GOTS-certified New Zealand wool. Additionally, the mattress has a non-chemical flame retardant certified by the SGS.

What It’s Made of

In addition to its cover and latex comfort layer, the mattress contains a support core with 9-inch pocketed coils that are fairly thick compared to the coils found in other hybrids. This gives the Awara a very responsive and supportive feel, and you’ll notice very little sink when sitting or sleeping near the edges of the bed.

How It Performed

Coupled with the medium firm surface, the mattress provides good shoulder and hip cushioning for side sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds. The mattress also provides enough support for back, side, and stomach sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.

Temperature neutrality is another strength of the Awara. The latex is very breathable and won’t trap as much heat as memory foam. The coils also promote steady airflow to keep the mattress cool, while the wool/cotton cover will wick away moisture during the night. And while the surface may be too responsive to eliminate motion transfer for co-sleepers, many couples agree the mattress offers the perfect amount of bounce for sex.

Compared to other latex hybrids with organic components, the Awara is very inexpensive, and the company will ship the mattress for free anywhere in the lower 48. You can also test out the Awara for 365 nights before deciding whether to return or keep it, and the mattress is backed by a lifetime warranty for extra peace of mind.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“A thick comfort layer of dense Dunlop latex sets the Awara apart from competitors. This creates one of the most responsive surface feels for a latex hybrid that we’ve encountered, which – given how springy these mattresses tend to be – is really saying something.”

Spindle Organic Latex Mattress

Best All-Latex

Spindle Organic Latex Mattress

Spindle Organic Latex Mattress
Price Range: $1,600 - $3,000
Mattress Type: Latex
Firmness: Adjustable - Medium (5) to Firm (7)
Trial length: 365 nights
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King
Who it's best for:
  • People whose firmness preferences tend to fluctuate from night to night
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those who want to invest in a long-lasting mattress
Highlights:
  • All-latex design is both durable and naturally responsive
  • Owners can adjust the firmness level by swapping order of the layers
  • 365-night sleep trial and discounted layer replacements for owners
Spindle Organic Latex Mattress

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All-latex beds are generally more durable than average, but the Spindle Natural Latex Mattress raises the bar on longevity thanks to an innovative modular design.

What It’s Made of

The mattress is constructed with three layers of natural Dunlop latex, each measuring 3 inches thick. Depending on the firmness you select, the mattress may feature two medium-feel (5) latex layers over a firm (7) bottom layer, or one medium-feel top layer over two firm layers. You can swap the order of these layers at any time by simply unzipping the cover. This not only adjusts the firmness to a softer or firmer feel, but also preserves the layers against impressions and indentations over time.

How It Performed

The Natural Latex Mattress is also a good option for eco-friendly shoppers. All latex components have received certifications from the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council, indicating the rubber trees used to produce the material are sustainably grown and harvested. The cover is composed of organic cotton, while ethically sourced eco-wool batting forms the fire barrier directly beneath the surface.

In addition to being environmentally, these materials also help the mattress sleep cool. The organic cotton is highly breathable, the eco-wool has moisture-wicking properties, and the latex layers are ventilated to circulate air throughout the mattress interior.

As part of the 25-Year Comfort Life Program, Spindle allows you to trade old latex layers for brand new layers at 30% off the regular asking price. This program softens the steep sticker price of this mattress because you can potentially extend the bed’s lifespan by a significant margin.

Spindle also offers free ground shipping within the contiguous U.S., and each purchase includes a sleep trial that spans an entire year. You’ll also receive a standard warranty that covers structural defects in your mattress for up to 10 years.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“Spindle’s Organic Latex Mattress is another great mattress for people who like to change up their firmness level from time to time. This is also one of the most responsive mattresses we’ve tested out.”

GhostBed Natural Mattress

Best Edge Support

GhostBed Natural Mattress

GhostBed Natural Mattress
Price Range: $1,395 - $3,500
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 101 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 101 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Back sleepers
  • People who frequently sleep or sit close to the edge of the bed
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Cotton and latex have GOTS organic certification
  • Designed with ample support and moderate cushion
  • Excellent edge support
GhostBed Natural Mattress

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GhostBed produces an array of beds that vary in construction and performance features. The Natural is a hybrid model designed specifically for eco-conscious consumers who are in the market for a bed made with natural and organic materials. The bed is also a great choice for shoppers seeking strong edge support.

What It’s Made Of

The bed has a 12-inch profile and medium firm (6) feel. It begins with a cotton cover that is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), followed by a layer of natural wool that provides cushioning and also acts as a fire barrier. Next is a layer of natural Talalay latex, which has certification from the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). This layer offers a bouncy feeling that latex is known for, as well as moderate cradling. The support core features a pocketed coil system with additional coils around the bed’s perimeter, while the base is made of GOLS-certified Dunlop latex for added stability and durability.

How It Performed

The GhostBed Natural excels at edge support thanks to the coils that line the perimeter of the bed. It also earns high marks for temperature neutrality, thanks to the moisture-wicking wool, natural cooling properties of latex, and ample air circulation through the coil system. The bed has an even balance of support and contouring that makes it suitable for a wide range of sleepers and weight groups, but it’s especially a good fit for back sleepers. This sleep position fares best with beds that are supportive enough to keep the back straight during sleep, but with enough cushion to prevent pressure from pushing against the spine.

GhostBed mattresses come with a 101-night sleep trial and 25-year warranty. Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“As a back sleeper, I’m always looking for a bed that’s supportive but not overly firm. The GhostBed Natural hits these marks, with just enough firmness and cushion to sleep comfortably at night.”

My Green Mattress Natural Escape

Best for Back Sleepers

My Green Mattress Natural Escape

My Green Mattress Natural Escape
Price Range: $899 - $1699
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 20 Year, Limited
Warranty: 20 Year, Limited
Sizes: 
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • Side and back sleepers of any weight
  • Couples
Highlights:
  • Certified organic cotton, wool and latex
  • Breathable construction sleeps cool
  • Balanced, versatile performance
My Green Mattress Natural Escape

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With breathable Dunlop latex, moisture wicking wool, and a pocketed coil system the My Green Mattress Natural Escape is a quality latex hybrid that sleeps exceptionally cool.

What It’s Made of

Starting from the bottom, the Natural Escape latex hybrid features zoned pocketed coils, with higher-gauge coils at the head and foot of the bed, medium-gauge coils at the center, and lower-gauge coils around the perimeter. The top end of the mattress consists of an organic cotton cover and comfort layers made of natural wool and organic Dunlop latex.

How It Performed

The configuration of this mattress provides above-average support for most sleeper types, especially side and back sleepers. The mattress is also medium firm (6), which tends to suit sleepers of most positions and weights. These materials offer moderately close conforming and pressure relief. The mattress also isolates and minimizes a good amount of motion transfer and produces very little noise, which can be beneficial for couples.

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Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought
“The Natural Escape rated well across most of our tests. A medium firm feel makes the surface feel responsive without sacrificing cushioning or pressure relief, the coils are zoned to give you extra support around the middle, and the mattress is constructed top-to-bottom with components that promote cooling and breathability,”

Why You Should Trust Us

The word “organic” has become a common buzzword across a wide range of industries, and sleep products are no exception. To compile the list above, our testing team exclusively focused on mattresses that have earned organic certifications from the GOLS/GOTS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other reputable organizations. However, being considered organic was not the only criteria for our top picks. We also looked at performance areas such as durability, pressure relief, temperature control, motion isolation, and edge support.

Each of our testers brings years of experience to our evaluation process, and the team includes people with varying body types, sleep positions, and firmness preferences to ensure our selections have wide appeal. We’ve also thoroughly researched each pick to verify its organic credentials in order to set these mattresses apart from their “greenwashed” competitors. These measures allow us to choose mattresses that are both sustainably produced and popular with sleepers today.

What Makes a Mattress Organic?


Technically speaking, no mattress is 100 percent organic. Even the most eco-friendly beds often contain coils, adhesives, small hardware parts, and other components that are at least partially synthetic. However, truly organic materials may be used to construct the mattress, and some beds are primarily made of such materials.

Certifications are key for separating mattresses with sustainable materials from their imitators. The certification should come from an organization that is unbiased and is not affiliated with the brand. The most reputable brands will include links or downloadable files for these certifications that site visitors can easily access.

Our Advice:

Research not only the brands, but also the certifications and the organizations that award them. Pay close attention to the standards for certification, and reach out to the brand’s customer service department if you need further explanation. They should be able to point you in the right direction – “should” being the operative word.

What Types of Beds Are Organic?

Beds with certified-organic materials generally fall into one of two categories: latex or latex hybrid.

Latex is derived from the sap of rubber trees, and processed using one of two methods – Dunlop or Talalay – to create a responsive, foam-like material. How the latex is processed and which chemicals are used can be used to determine whether or not it can be certified as organic by organizations like the GOLS (more on the organic certification process in a bit).

Natural latex is a bit trickier because there’s no official certification akin to the GOLS standard for organic latex. If a brand offers a model with natural latex, you should inquire about the specific composition. Some “natural latex” layers contain a fair amount of synthetic fillers.

Latex may also be blended, which usually means it contains between 20 and 40 percent natural latex. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, may consist entirely of chemicals and other man-made components. These materials are often used in mattresses with lower price-points. Here’s the thing, though: blended and synthetic latex tend to be less durable than organic or mostly natural latex.

Some newer hybrid models substitute latex for cotton and/or wool batting, which may also be certified as organic. As for the coils found in hybrids, they will almost always be made of steel, which is rendered using chemical-based processes. However, if the other components are organic or natural, then the mattress could be considered reasonably eco-friendly.

Other mattress types contain few, if any, organic materials. Take all-foam beds or innersprings with foam layers. Some have organic cotton covers, but the polyfoam and memory foam used in these models is polyurethane-based and will never be certified as organic.

That said, some manufacturers make an effort to produce toxin-free mattress foams in fairly sustainable ways. Mattresses from these brands might be a more cost-effective option for eco-conscious shoppers who don’t like the feel of latex, or would rather not pay the high sticker price of a certified-organic mattress.

Why Consider an Organic Mattress?

Many shy away from organic mattresses because these models often come with steep price-tags. How much do organic mattresses cost? That depends on the specific materials, as well as the brand. The average all-latex or hybrid mattress costs between $1,600 and $2,000 in a queen size, and the use of organic materials can easily drive up the cost beyond the $2,500 mark.

However expensive they may be, organic mattresses are actually a pretty sound investment for some sleepers. Beds with these materials offer certain benefits and advantages over models with synthetic components.

Durability is a huge selling point for mattresses with organic components because their long lifespans somewhat make up for the expensive price-points. The average mattress will perform for about six to eight years before wear and tear, loss of support, and other issues will compel you to buy a new bed. Beds with organic materials typically exceed the eight-year mark.

Organic latex is a prime example. The organic latex used in mattresses has natural resilience that allows it to bounce back and resist deep body impressions very well. Blended and synthetic latex will usually wear out more quickly. The average lifespan of a mattress with organic latex layers is about eight and a half years. For models with blended or synthetic latex, the lifespan is closer to seven or seven and a half.

Another advantage of organic mattresses is lower odor potential. When you unbox a bed with foam layers, the material will release off-gassing particles known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Don’t be confused by the word “organic” in their name – VOCs only come from synthetic materials. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that exposure to VOCs – especially indoors – can trigger headaches, nausea, fatigue, and other adverse health effects. Furthermore, VOCs carry a distinct chemical odor many find unpleasant and some beds continue to smell long after they have been unpackaged.

Latex and latex hybrid mattresses may also produce a noticeable smell at first, but this is due to the material’s natural odor and not VOC off-gassing. Very few people who own these mattresses report bothersome smells once the bed has aired out for a few days. The same is true of organic wool, which has a distinct, temporary natural odor but does not emit any VOCs.

Organic mattresses have also been tested for other potentially harmful substances. The GOLS and GOTS test for hazardous substances in latex and textiles, respectively. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 also certifies that textile materials do not contain any harmful components. Rest assured: with the right certifications, you can buy a mattress knowing it does not contain any materials that pose a threat to your wellbeing.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, mattresses with organic and/or environmental certifications are simply better for the environment. Whether they’ve been certified for natural materials, sustainable farming practices, or ethical treatment of animals, the brands that make these mattresses are taking extra measures to conserve resources, reduce their footprint, and contribute to planetary health.

Are organic mattresses worth it? Absolutely, provided their price-point is within your budget.

Sustainable vs. Organic

“Organic” is an official term referring to agricultural products derived from specific, approved methods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains a full list of standards for organic products, including how plants are grown, which materials can be used in manufacturing, and how the products are labeled. The GOLS and GOTS have comparable criteria.

“Sustainable” is a less official term, even if its standards are similar. A widely accepted definition for sustainability comes from the United Nations Commission on Environment and Development: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Although sustainability has many different applications, the term is frequently assigned to environmentally friendly practices that won’t deplete non-renewable resources or compromise global health.

A sustainably manufactured mattress contains materials that have been produced in such a manner. This might refer to latex or cotton plants that are grown and harvested using conservation farming, mattress production facilities that take steps to minimize their carbon output, or brands that use green shipping methods to reduce their carbon footprint.

There are many certifications for sustainably produced materials. These include some we’ve already discussed, such as the Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable agriculture and forestry practices. A sustainable mattress material may not be certified as organic due to its composition or other factors. However, this does not mean the material is bad for the environment – in many cases, the opposite is true.

Certifications to Look For

As you browse different organic mattresses, you’ll notice dozens of certifications. Many of these are awards from unbiased, third-party organizations that certify materials based on rigid standards. Others may be less legitimate.

To help you navigate the potentially confusing process of finding a truly organic mattress, we’ve outlined three top certifications with a proven track record in the mattress industry. This list is far from exhaustive, and there are many worthwhile certifications to consider.

Gold: GOTS & GOLS

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) are widely considered the leading certifications for organic mattress materials.

According to GOTS standards, a textile must contain at least 70 percent organic fibers to be certified as organic. The textile’s synthetic components must also meet certain standards for environmental impact and toxicology. In most mattresses that carry this certification, the textile in question will be organic cotton and/or organic wool. These materials are usually found in covers, but – as we’ve seen with some of our top picks – can also be used in comfort, transitional, and support layers.

According to the GOLS, latex in mattresses must be at least 95 percent organic to receive the organic certification. The remaining 5 percent or less consists of chemical agents that form the latex foam, and these must meet certain GOLS criteria, as well. The standard also covers practices on rubber plantations where the latex is cultivated, as well as carbon emissions during production.

Silver: OEKO-TEX Standard 100

Short for the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology, OEKO-TEX tests textiles for the presence of harmful substances. The organization’s premier certification is the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

When submitted for the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, a textile undergoes a rigorous evaluation that includes roughly 100 parameters (hence the name). A full explanation is available and worth the read, but the process boils down to this: every individual component of the textile will be tested for banned substances – such as azo dyes, nickel, and formaldehyde – and materials that may cause adverse health effects, but have not been regulated yet.

The Standard 100 awards certification in four different classes based on how close, if at all, the textile comes into contact with a person’s skin.

  • Class I: Direct-contact products approved for babies and infants up to 36 months old.
  • Class II: Direct-contact products approved for children and adults over 36 months.
  • Class III: Textiles primarily used away from the skin, such as pillow fill.
  • Class IV: Textiles that do not come into direct contact with the skin.

Many inner mattress materials earn the Class IV rating because you’ll never see or touch them.

Bronze: CertiPUR-US

The CertiPUR-US certification does not recognize organic or natural mattress materials. Rather, this award is reserved for the foams used in mattresses and other products. According to CertiPUR-US, certified foams do not contain the following components that have been linked to human health problems:

The CertiPUR-US certification also tests for VOC off-gassing. Certified foams must exhibit low VOC emissions for indoor air quality, which equates to less than 0.5 parts per million.

As we’ve already discussed, an all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid with polyfoam or memory foam layers will never be certified as organic because polyurethane foam is usually 100 percent chemical-based. However, the CertiPUR-US certification ensures the foam does not contain anything that will make you or your loved ones sick.

What Else You Can Do

Purchasing a mattress with organic or otherwise environmentally certified materials might not seem like much, but little steps like this go a long way toward helping the planet. There are other measures you can take to make your bedroom more eco-friendly, as well.

Recycling or Donating Your Old Mattress

If you purchase a new mattress, what will happen to your old bed? Many people choose to dispose of their former mattress at a dump or landfill. Unfortunately, these establishments – while convenient – are not very eco-friendly. As garbage deteriorates, its chemical components release chemicals into the air, and high volumes of trash can negatively affect soil and water quality in surrounding areas.

Recycling is a much more sustainable way to dispose of a mattress. This process ensures most mattress components will be reused for other products. There are some downsides to recycling a mattress, though. For one, it will require you to transport the mattress to the nearest recycling facility. Most people in urban areas live in relative proximity to a recycling center, but if you’re a rural-dweller this can amount to an hours-long drive. The good news: recycling a mattress anywhere in the country is fairly inexpensive, and usually will not cost more than $20 per bed.

“Why do I pay an up-front recycling fee when I buy a new mattress?” That’s what you might wonder if you live in California, Connecticut, or Rhode Island. These three states have special laws intended to help reduce mattress-related waste. Mattress brands charge buyers a one-time fee at the time of purchase, and this money is used to fund statewide mattress recycling programs. Fortunately, these fees are fairly low. Californians pay $10.50, Connecticuters pay $9, and Rhode Islanders pay $16. In exchange for paying the fee up-front, these residents can recycle mattresses for free at any state facility. People in California even receive a $3 incentive for each mattress they recycle.

An equally sustainable alternative to recycling a mattress is to donate it for reuse. Some organizations will accept used mattresses directly, such as the Furniture Bank Association, which donates beds and other furnishings to needy families. Another option is DonationTown.org, which helps mattress owners find charities in their local area that take used beds. However, most places won’t accept damaged, soiled, or overused mattresses.

If you’d rather have someone else recycle your old mattress, consider White Glove delivery. This service from mattress brands includes scheduled delivery, in-home assembly of your new mattress, and removal of your old bed. The couriers will either donate or recycle the old mattress. However, not all brands offer White Glove delivery, it usually costs at least $150, and this service is rarely available outside the contiguous U.S.

Organic Pillows and Bedding

Pillows, sheets, and other bedding may also be certified as organic if they contain certain materials.

Latex pillows are widely available, and many of them contain the same GOLS-certified organic latex found in mattress layers. If the material is not certified as organic, it may also carry certifications for sustainable farming, eco-friendly production, or testing for harmful substances. Organic latex can also be used in mattress toppers, which are layers of padding placed on top of a mattress to change how firm it feels.

Sheets and pillowcases may also be made of GOTS-certified fibers. Organic cotton and organic wool sheet sets are widely available. Organic wool bedding products may also receive additional certifications for responsible and ethical treatment of sheep used to harvest the fibers.

Silk, a natural protein produced by silkworm larvae, is another fiber that can be used to make sheets and pillowcases. Another natural fiber used for bedding is linen, which comes from the flax plant and also has organic potential. Either of these materials may be GOTS-certified if they meet standard criteria. However, certified-organic silk and linen sheet sets are fairly rare, and both tend to be expensive.

Ethical Down

Down refers to the soft inner plumage found on ducks and geese. The material has an exceptionally fluffy and airy feel, making it a great choice for pillow fill. Down is also used as an insulating material in jackets and other garments.

Down production has recently come under fire for the way birds are housed, fed, and plucked. The Responsible Down Standard, or RDS, a new benchmark for manufacturers meant to curb these often inhumane practices. A major provision of the RDS is that live animals cannot be plucked for down, a practice that often results in open wounds and sores. Additionally, the birds cannot be force-fed and harvesters must demonstrate “holistic respect for animal welfare” up to and during slaughter.

A product must contain 100 percent ethical down to carry the RDS label. If you see a bedding product with this logo, you can purchase it knowing no ducks or geese came to harm.

Packaging and Return Policies

While you’re researching how mattress brands manufacture their products, you should also look into their shipping policies.

Some brands box their beds using recyclable cardboard and other green materials. Mattress-in-a-box companies go a step further by compressing their mattresses for shipping, which reduces their size and the need for larger boxes. Additionally, companies that offer White Glove delivery will deliver directly to the customer’s house. This can conserve fuel and other resources related to shipping.

Let’s say you haven’t finished your new mattress sleep trial but you’ve already decided to return the bed. Most online mattress brands offer free returns, and this often includes couriers who will come to your house and remove the mattress for recycling or donation. Other brands will require you to recycle the mattress yourself, but still issue a full refund on the mattress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the best organic mattresses?

    The best organic mattress is one that fits within your budget while offering you the right amount of support and comfort. Although this answer may seem like a cop-out, mattress suitability is highly individual and based on your body type, usual sleep position, and personal preferences. A mattress that is ideal for one person may be very uncomfortable for another, even if it is well made and performs well in many areas.

    With so many high-quality organic mattresses on the market, the only way to find the one that is best for you is by understanding what you need from a mattress and narrowing your choices based on those considerations. Independent reviews can help you in this process, particularly those who go into detail about how a mattress performs for different sleepers.

  • What makes a mattress organic versus natural?

    Both organic and natural mattresses use natural materials, but organic mattresses have had at least some of those materials certified as having been grown, harvested, and manufactured according to organic guidelines. However, both these terms can be considered marketing jargon. If purchasing a natural or organic mattress is important to you, it’s better to look closely at the mattress’s construction and consider any certifications it may have received.

    Responsible mattress manufacturers will often divulge their sourcing, as well as what elements of their mattress are natural and which, if any, are synthetic. Organic mattresses may use organic materials, but some unscrupulous manufacturers may not share what percentage of the material is organic. Certifications like those offered by the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) can help you determine what mattresses live up to your organic expectations.

  • Are organic mattresses eco-friendly?

    While organic mattresses are usually more eco-friendly than non-organic or purely synthetic mattresses, a genuinely eco-friendly mattress is also made using sustainable materials and an ecologically sound manufacturing process. Many organic mattress manufacturers are happy to share these details with their customers, ranging from the sourcing for their materials to some of the specifics of their manufacturing process.

  • How do you pick a non-toxic mattress?

    The best way to find a non-toxic mattress is to look for certifications that model has earned. Some of the most common certifications for mattresses include:

    • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS): These certifications indicate certain materials used in mattresses are mostly organic. The GOTS certification typically applies to natural fibers used in mattress covers, such as cotton, wool, or linen. GOLS exclusively applies to latex in the comfort layers and support cores of mattresses.
    • OEKO-TEX: OEKO-TEX issues several different certifications. For mattresses, the most common of these is the The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification. This indicates the mattress has been evaluated for emissions of toxic chemicals that pose risks to both human health and the environment.
    • Greenguard: Similar to the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Greenguard certifications test mattresses for emissions of toxic chemicals.
    • CertiPUR-US: This certification applies to the memory foam and polyfoam used to construct mattress layers. It tests for chemicals that have been deemed harmful to human health.

     

    Keep in mind that most mattresses emit some initial odor when you unbox them. This is especially true for mattresses with foam layers. These smells – known as off-gassing – are caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that carry a distinct chemical odor many liken to plastic.

    We recommend placing your new mattress in a well-ventilated room for 1 to 2 days after unboxing your new mattress. This will help air out the VOCs and rid the mattress of its initial off-gassing smells.

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About Our Editorial Team

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Austin Meadows

Sleep Product Tester

Austin is a professional writer and researcher who has covered sleep science and sleep products for over a decade.

About Our Editorial Team

author
Austin Meadows

Sleep Product Tester

Austin is a professional writer and researcher who has covered sleep science and sleep products for over a decade.