If you’re in the market for an environmentally friendly mattress made with natural materials, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Zenhaven and the Plushbeds Botanical Bliss.
The Zenhaven by Saatva is an all-latex mattress made from Talalay latex, which has a reputation for providing buoyant pressure relief. The mattress is flippable, featuring a different firmness level on each side. As with all Saatva-made mattresses, the Zenhaven comes with free White Glove delivery and old mattress removal.
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is also an all-latex mattress, but it’s made with Dunlop latex instead of Talalay latex. Dunlop latex tends to be denser and more durable than Talalay latex. The Botanical Bliss is available in three different profiles and two different firmness levels. The top two layers can also be exchanged with each other to alter the feel of the mattress.
Zenhaven and Plushbeds are both solid choices for shoppers who value sustainably made products at affordable prices. We’ll go more in detail about the design of each mattress, comparing common metrics like temperature regulation, motion isolation, and pressure relief. We’ll also examine practical details on pricing, shipping, and other policies to help you decide between the two.
Price Range (Queen)
Price Range (Queen)
Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)
Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
Sleep Trial & Warranty
180-night sleep trial
Sleep Trial & Warranty
180-night sleep trial
The Zenhaven has an average profile and comes in all the standard mattress sizes as well as split king size. Since the mattress is flippable, both iterations have the same size, height, and weight. Saatva offers free White Glove delivery for the Zenhaven. However, as with most latex mattresses, the Zenhaven is quite heavy. This may make it more difficult to flip if your firmness preferences change down the road.
PlushBeds offers significantly more options with the Botanical Bliss, which comes in a choice of three profiles. The 9-inch model will be easier to maneuver, while the 12-inch model may offer more support for individuals over 230 pounds. Those who order the 12-inch model should note that it is quite a bit heavier than the average mattress, which may make it difficult to set up and transport.
PlushBeds also offers more sizes than Zenhaven, with all the standard mattress sizes plus split queen, split king, and split California king. This makes it feasible for couples to personalize their firmness levels, even with a queen size mattress.
Practical considerations to take into account when mattress shopping include size, height, and weight.
Most mattresses come in six standard sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. Some manufacturers also offer split king sizes, which allow shoppers to choose a different firmness level for each side of the bed. If you’re planning on keeping your existing foundation or bed frame, it’s a good idea to double-check the measurements to make sure they match up with your new mattress.
The height of a mattress should be appropriate for the space you’re working with, whether a gigantic bedroom or a cramped RV. Additionally, choosing a mattress and foundation that sit at a comfortable height can help make it easier to get in and out of bed. Mattresses that are much taller than average may need deep-pocket fitted sheets.
A heavy mattress can be inconvenient for those who have trouble lifting heavy objects, or who plan on moving the mattress after it is set up. Mattress weight takes on special relevance with flippable mattresses, as it determines how easy it is to flip the mattress. Flippable latex mattresses often have thin-to-average profiles in order to reduce their overall weight.
The durability and comfort of a mattress are determined by its design, as well as the quality and type of materials used to construct it.
Common materials used in the top layers of a mattress include polyfoam, memory foam, latex, micro-coils, and padding materials such as cotton or wool. Since these are the layers that come into direct contact with the sleeper, they must be able to relieve pressure points and provide a comfortable sleeping surface.
The bottom layers of a mattress form the support core, and usually include materials like firm latex, high-density polyfoam, or pocketed coils. These materials lend robust stability to the bed and help keep the spine on an even plane.
Most mattresses fall into one of the following five broad categories depending on their basic design: innerspring, hybrid, all-foam, airbed, and latex. The Zenhaven and the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss are both latex mattresses, meaning they feature latex in the support cores as well as the comfort layers. Latex is a durable material known for providing above-average responsiveness and temperature regulation.
The flippable Zenhaven mattress is made with four layers of latex in total. Both sides have a quilted organic cotton cover. This is followed by a 1-inch fire barrier made with organic New Zealand wool. Together, these materials provide a breathable, moisture-wicking sleep surface that helps keep a neutral temperature throughout the night.
All four layers are made of natural Talalay latex, which feels lighter and more buoyant than Dunlop latex. The layers have varying firmnesses on each side.
Most popular with side sleepers, the medium soft side has 1.5 inches of soft Talalay latex. This layer features different-sized pincore holes that enhance airflow and divide the surface of the mattress into five zones for targeted pressure relief and lumbar support. Beneath this layer is a 3-inch transitional layer of slightly firmer Talalay latex.
More popular with back and stomach sleepers, the firm side has a top layer made with 1.5 inches of zoned, slightly firmer Talalay latex. This is followed by a 3-inch transitional layer of firm Talalay latex. Combined, the two transitional layers form a sturdy support core for both sides of the mattress.
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss comes in three different profiles: 9-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. All Botanical Bliss mattresses have a breathable 1-inch organic cotton cover padded with up to 10 pounds of organic New Zealand wool.
The rest of the mattress is made with Dunlop latex, which generally has a reputation for being denser than Talalay latex. Due to the way it’s manufactured, it’s possible to make organic-certified Dunlop latex, something that is impossible with Talalay latex. The Botanical Bliss mattress holds certifications from the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), and the cotton and wool are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
PlushBeds customers can choose from two firmness levels, Medium or Medium Firm. The Medium 9-inch and 12-inch models have 2 inches of soft Dunlop latex over 3 inches of medium soft Dunlop latex, while the Medium Firm 9-inch and 12-inch models have 2 inches of medium Dunlop latex over 3 inches of medium firm Dunlop latex. The top layer of the 10-inch mattresses is 3 inches thick.
The Medium models allow closer contouring that is best-suited to the majority of sleepers, especially those who primarily sleep on their side. The Medium Firm models are more popular with those who sleep on their stomach or who weigh more than 230 pounds. For all of the Botanical Bliss models, sleepers can manually create a slightly firmer surface by swapping the top two layers.
The 9-inch and 10-inch mattresses have a support core made with 3 inches of Dunlop latex. This layer has a medium firmness in the Medium models, and is extra firm in the Medium Firm models. The 12-inch mattress has a dual-layer support core. It’s composed of 3 inches of medium latex and 3 inches of medium firm latex in the Medium models, and 3 inches of medium firm latex and 3 inches of extra firm latex in the Medium Firm models.
Mattress prices vary widely, and the reason for this may not be clear at first glance. Apart from the obvious variables such as the type of mattress and the brand, some of the factors that influence the price of a mattress include the quality of the materials and the certifications they carry, such as organic; the country of manufacture; and the number of layers and the total height of the mattress. Additionally, special features such as proprietary foams and shipping and sleep trial policies may also influence the cost.
Higher-quality mattresses are usually more durable, and many people rightly assume that it’s worth paying a little more for a mattress that will last longer. That said, a high price doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good product, so it also pays to do your research before buying.
Mattress companies are known to run such frequent promotions that it’s become a rarity to pay full price for a mattress. Moreover, the invention of bed-in-a-box shipping has drastically cut down overhead costs for mattress manufacturers. These savings have been passed along to consumers. The result is that the mattress industry today is able to offer excellent value for money no matter what your budget.
Natural latex mattresses are among the most expensive models due to their complex manufacturing process and the host of certifications they tend to carry. In addition to natural latex, the Zenhaven and the Botanical Bliss also contain organic cotton and wool, which further drive up the price. Despite their use of durable and sustainable materials, the Zenhaven and the Botanical Bliss have fairly reasonable price-points compared to other natural latex mattresses.
The Zenhaven and the Botanical Bliss are similarly priced, with the Botanical Bliss varying in price depending on the height. The 10-inch Zenhaven costs slightly more than the equivalent 10-inch Botanical Bliss, which is partly due to the fact that Talalay latex costs more to produce than Dunlop latex. White Glove delivery is also built into the price of the Zenhaven.
Sleep Trial & Returns
Sleep Trial & Returns
|25 Year, Limited||Free to Contiguous USA|
The majority of mattresses sold online are shipped shrink-wrapped and compressed as a “bed-in-a-box,” a relatively cheap shipping method that has allowed companies to dramatically cut overhead costs. Bed-in-a-box shipping is usually offered free in the contiguous U.S. Customers in Hawaii, Alaska, or international locations may have to pay shipping fees.
Mattresses ship via FedEx Ground or UPS Ground, and usually arrive at the customer’s home within a matter of days. Mattresses that are made to order may take longer to ship.
Some companies offer the option of White Glove delivery, which includes setup of the mattress in the room of choice and sometimes old mattress removal as well. This service usually incurs an extra fee, and may not be available in all locations.
Zenhaven Shipping Policy
The Zenhaven mattress comes with free White Glove delivery and old mattress removal in the contiguous U.S. Customers in Hawaii and Alaska should contact Saatva for delivery options.
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Shipping Policy
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss ships for free as a bed-in-a-box in the contiguous U.S. Customers can work with PlushBeds to organize setup or old mattress removal through a third-party provider for an extra fee. Customers outside the contiguous U.S. should contact the company for a shipping quote.
Buying a mattress sight unseen can be nerve-wracking. To reduce the risk to customers, most companies offer a sleep trial. Lasting a few months to as much as a year, a sleep trial gives the customer ample time to try out the mattress in their own home before committing to the purchase.
Customers who decide they don’t like the mattress can contact the company, who will arrange for pickup and provide a full refund. Returned mattresses are usually donated to charity or recycled. Some companies may charge a handling fee for returns.
Zenhaven Sleep Trial
Saatva offers customers 120 nights to try the Zenhaven mattress. During this time, those who don’t like the mattress can return it for a full refund minus a $99 handling fee.
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Sleep Trial
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial for customers in the contiguous U.S. PlushBeds asks that customers sleep on the mattress for a full 30 nights before initiating a return. Those who return the mattress before 30 nights are up, or customers who wish to keep free accessories included with the mattress purchase, will pay a $99 fee. During the sleep trial, customers can opt to receive a comfort exchange instead of returning the mattress. In this case, customers send in the top latex layer to PlushBeds, who will send out a softer or firmer latex layer that can be inserted into the mattress.
Once the sleep trial is over, customers are still protected by a warranty. Should a mattress display defects during the warranty period, the company will repair or replace the mattress. In the case of a prorated warranty, customers may be responsible for a portion of the return or repair costs after a set period of time has elapsed. Some companies also charge a handling fee for warranty claims.
Warranties are designed to cover the consumer against unexpected manufacturing and workmanship defects, and usually extend to permanent body indentations, splitting or cracking of the foam, or flaws in the cover. They are usually void for mattresses that have been misused, abused, or used without a proper foundation.
The Zenhaven is protected by a 20-year non-prorated warranty against defects including body impressions of at least 0.75 inch. During the first two years, customers will receive a new mattress free of charge to replace a defective one. After the first two years, mattresses will be repaired and re-covered for a $99 handling fee each way. Starting in the third year, in lieu of a repair, customers can also choose to keep the defective mattress and purchase a new one for a prorated discount plus a handling fee.
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Warranty
PlushBeds provides a 25-year pro-rated warranty against defects including body impressions of at least 1.5 inches. Defective mattresses will be repaired or replaced at PlushBeds’ discretion during the first ten years. After this period, the company will either repair the mattress for a handling cost, or replace it at a prorated charge. Customers may be responsible for return shipping and handling costs.