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The Birch Mattress is considered a hybrid model. Hybrids are designed with thick comfort layers and pocketed coil support cores that promote a balance of cushioning, contouring, support, and responsiveness. This general design sets them apart from traditional innersprings, most of which conform to a minimal extent and feel exceptionally bouncy.
The mattress begins with a layer of organic and natural wool batting. Batting does not contour to the body like foam or latex, so you’ll notice some plushness without the body-cradling. Wool is also a very breathable material with moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool during the night.
Beneath the top batting layer rests a layer of natural Talalay latex. This component provides some noticeable contouring as your body sinks into the batting layer. The latex is also ventilated with small holes to promote airflow near the surface of the mattress for added cooling. The latex has earned certifications from numerous institutions. These include OEKO-TEX, which certifies the mattress does not contain any hazardous chemicals or toxins; the Eco-Institut, which certifies the mattress does not contain any volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and the Rainforest Alliance, which certifies the materials in the mattress have been sustainably harvested.
The Birch Mattress also includes a robust support core of individually pocketed coils. For added reinforcement, thicker coils are placed along the perimeter to minimize sinkage when you sit or sleep near the edges of the mattress. The coils also promote air circulation to help the mattress maintain a cool temperature. An extra layer of organic/natural wool batting serves as the base layer for added support.
The bed’s cover is composed of organic cotton and lined with a wool and rayon fire barrier. The cotton fabric has received certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard, which is considered one of the leading authorities for certifying organic materials. The Birch Mattress measures 11 inches thick, making it a medium-profile mattress. Its feel is considered medium firm (6).
The Birch mattress is made from largely natural materials, with layers of wool and latex and a bed of pocketed coils wrapped in an organic cotton cover.
GOTS-certified organic cotton
Wool and rayon fire barrier
Natural and organic wool batting
Ventilated Talalay latex
Natural and organic wool batting
The Birch Mattress has a fairly affordable price-point compared to the average hybrid model. Additionally, you won’t pay anything for delivery, even if you reside in Alaska or Hawaii.
This model is available in the six standard mattress sizes. However, Birch does not offer any split queen, king, or California king sizes, so you may want to consider another model if you and your partner share an adjustable bed base.
There are no add-ons for this mattress, but Birch allows customers to purchase accidental damage insurance. This protection plan covers the mattress against damages that are not considered defects under the standard warranty. Accidental damage insurance costs vary depending on which mattress size you select.
Dimensions and prices for all Birch Mattress sizes are listed below.
|Twin||39" x 75"||11"||63lbs.||$1,049|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||11"||67 lbs.||$1,099|
|Full||54" x 75"||11"||87 lbs.||$1,299|
|Queen||60" x 80"||11"||105 lbs.||$1,499|
|King||76" x 80"||11"||131 lbs.||$1,799|
|California King||72" x 84"||11"||130 lbs.||$1,799|
Side Sleepers: Our testers evaluated the Birch Mattress using different sleep positions to see if pressure increased or decreased. During this process, side sleepers weighing more than 130 pounds noted an excellent balance of conforming and support. The wool batting and latex provided enough cushioning around the shoulders and hips to support the lower back, align the spine, and alleviate pressure throughout the body. This can partially be attributed to the bed’s medium firm feel, since sleepers in this weight group tend to feel more comfortable on mattresses with mid-level firmness.
Side sleepers in lighter groups felt differently about the Birch Mattress. Those weighing less than 130 pounds found the mattress a bit too firm – not to an excessive extent, but enough to notice stiffness in some areas.
Back Sleepers: In many ways, the Birch Mattress is particularly well suited to back sleepers. The bed’s strong coil system and responsive feel deliver support throughout the body, especially between the shoulders and waist where many people carry extra weight. All of our back sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds agreed the mattress offers excellent reinforcement for the body and barely sinks at all, reducing pressure in the process.
Back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds did not concur with this assessment. While the mattress felt supportive, some of these testers noticed more sinking around the lower back and hips. This caused their midsections to sag while the rest of the body remained closer to the surface. Over time, a lack of support in these areas may cause aches and pains to occur. Conversely, sleepers below 130 pounds found the bed a bit too firm.
Stomach Sleepers: Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers often need extra reinforcement to keep their bodies on an even plane. Many of us carry a disproportionate amount of weight near our stomachs, and sleeping face down can pull the entire body into the mattress. This often leads to neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. For the Birch Mattress, our stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds felt most comfortable. The mattress conformed closely enough to reduce pressure but sank very little.
Stomach sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more ran into the same issue as back and side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds: the Birch Mattress felt excessively soft and sank too much in certain places. Ratings were still good from stomach sleepers in this weight range, but more than a few agreed that a firmer mattress would probably be more comfortable.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Above 230 lbs.|
The Birch Mattress is exclusively available for purchase on the Birch website. This mattress is not available through any third-party retailers or online marketplaces. Birch operates a viewing-only showroom in New York City where you can test out the mattress.
Birch offers free ground shipping to customers in all 50 states. The mattress should ship within five to 10 business days of your order and reach your residence a few days later. If you order additional products with the mattress, they will ship separately.
The mattress is compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed for shipping. This process – known as “roll packing” – allows the mattress to fit inside a rectangular box. This box will be left on your doorstep, and a signature is not required.
After the mattress arrives, carry the box to the room where you plan to use the mattress. You may need assistance, as the box – while compact – can be quite heavy. Unbox the mattress and cut away the plastic wrapping. The mattress will immediately begin to expand, but full shape recovery may take up to 48 hours.
At this time, Birch does not offer expedited shipping, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal with any orders.
The Birch Mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial. This trial includes a mandatory break-in period; you won’t be eligible for a free return until you’ve slept on the mattress for at least 30 nights.
In the event of a return, Birch will arrange for couriers to pick up the mattress from your residence and transport it for donation or recycling. You can also donate the mattress yourself if you have a charity in mind, but first, let Birch know so they can process the return.
The Birch Mattress is backed by a 25-year warranty. This warranty is partially prorated. During the first 10 years, Birch will cover all repair and replacement costs if your mattress develops a defect, including shipping and transportation fees.
Beginning in year 11, you’ll pay 50 percent of the original mattress price if a defect develops and a replacement bed is warranted. This percentage will increase by 5-percent increments until year 21, after which you’ll pay 95 percent of the original mattress price for a replacement until the warranty expires.
Under the warranty, defects include sagging and surface impressions that measure 1 inch or deeper, physical flaws that cause mattress materials to deteriorate prematurely, and manufacturing defects associated with the cover. Other issues will not be covered under warranty.
In addition to the warranty, Birch offers the Mulberry accidental damage protection. This 10-year plan covers issues that fall outside the standard warranty, such as stains, rips, tears, burns, and damage from pets. This plan costs between $79 and $139, depending on the mattress size you select.
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