The Best Eco-Friendly Mattresses for a Restful Night's Sleep

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The key to a good night’s sleep starts with a great mattress. But not all are created equally. With so many different types available, it’s hard to know which one will meet your needs, lifestyle, and budget the best.  Whether you prefer a memory foam mattress, hybrid or traditional coils, here are the best eco-friendly mattresses to consider.

Best Overall: Allswell Luxe Hybrid

Luxe Hybrid

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A combination of springs and memory foam, this mattress is the best of both worlds. Getting into bed every night feels glorious.

While it’s by no means a cheap mattress, it’s an excellent value for the money. With individually wrapped coils, it helps reduce motion transfer, making it an ideal bed for couples, especially if one tends to toss and turn, and for sleeping with large pets (I have this mattress and an English bulldog, so trust me on this).

The Luxe Hybrid has three layers of memory foam—one inch of high-density foam and two inches of copper gel-infused foam, which helps relieve muscle and joint pain while destroying microbes. The top layer features quilted, cooling swirl foam.

While Allswell offers white glove delivery service, the mattress, even in king size, is easy enough to remove from the box yourself.

Best Budget: Wayfair Sleep 10" Medium Memory Foam Mattress

Wayfair Sleep 10" Medium Memory Foam Mattress

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Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t easy on a budget, but Wayfair Sleep’s 10-inch Medium Memory Foam Mattress proves otherwise. It’s made in all sizes from twin to California king, including twin XL, which is great for college students who want to replace those used dorm mattresses. The price point is also ideal for guest rooms, where there isn’t a reason to overspend.

But while this mattress is low in price, it isn’t low in quality. Made from several types of body contouring memory foam, it’s designed to relieve pressure points and reduce motion transfer. The bottom layer even features five inches of high-density base foam. With an additional two inches of pressure relief foam and three inches of memory foam on top of that, you’ll sleep very comfortably.

Better yet, all of these materials are certified clean and safe by CertiPUR-US, an independent organization that certifies foam mattresses for eco-friendly manufacturing practices.

Best Organic: Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

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If eco-friendliness is your top priority, Avocado’s Green mattress checks that box and more. Made with GOLS organic certified latex, GOTS and OKEO-TEX certified wool, and GOTS certified cotton, it’s as clean as it gets. There is absolutely no polyester, polyurethane foams, or toxic fire retardants used to make this mattress. It’s also entirely Greenguard Gold certified. 

Handmade in America, it has up to 1414 individually tuned coils made of tempered steel in three different gages, arranged in five specific ergonomic zones. Above that is a layer of certified organic latex rubber foam, which is made from sustainably harvested sources. These materials support the body firmly, but gently. 

However, there is one minor drawback, which is that the pillow top comes at an additional cost. Should you choose the pillow-top option, Avocado will permanently affix it to the mattress for twin, twin XL, full and queen sizes, but the king and California king toppers are shipped separately. Still, a quality fitted sheet should keep it firmly in place.

Best Splurge: Boll & Branch

Boll & Branch

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If you like Boll & Branch’s luxury bedding, then you’ll love the brand’s signature mattress. This multi-layered hybrid is worth the price. It has two different kinds of coils: individually wrapped foundational coils give the body precise support, while an additional layer of more than 2000 micro coils prevents motion transfer.

This mattress doesn’t have memory foam, but rather natural latex harvested from trees. This durable material not only supports the body, but it’s also biodegradable, making it incredibly eco-friendly. 

Do you sleep hot? Then you will appreciate the layer of graphite-infused latex. Graphite is a naturally occurring material that draws heat away from the body, perfect for anyone who sleeps hot. The wool and polyester blend topper is also beneficial to anyone who feels hot at night. Wool is breathable, while polyester helps the topper retain its shape, which is essential at this price point.

Best All Latex: Nest Bedding

Nest Bedding

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Unlike traditional spring mattresses sold at retail stores, buying a boxed mattress usually means limited options. But Nest Bedding’s mattress is practically custom with a variety of materials, levels of firmness, and even unique sizes to choose from.

Available in both Natural Latex and Certified Organic Latex, you can sleep safely knowing that the mattresses are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex) certified, which means they meet the standards of independent organizations for eco-friendliness and social responsibility.

You can also choose from three levels of firmness—medium, firm, or a combination of both with an internal split. The internal split is a game-changing option for couples that have different sleep preferences.

In addition to twin, full, queen, king and California king sizes, extra long twin and extra long full are available. These sizes are convenient for taller people who need just a little bit of extra room. Just keep in mind that the bedding selection for these sizes (especially extra long full) is generally limited.

Best For Side Sleepers: Layla

Layla Memory foam

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Made in America with multiple layers of memory foam, Layla is one of the most unique and highly rated mattresses available. One side is entirely firm, while the other is soft. All you need to do is flip it over. This solves a major problem with boxed mattresses—mainly, that consumers don’t often get to try before they buy. If for any reason you don’t like either side, you can still sleep soundly knowing Layla offers a 120-night money-back guarantee. 

The soft side of this bed is better for side sleepers because it has a plush, hug-like feel which has reactive support to relieve your body’s pressure points. Stomach and back sleepers should choose the firm side because it’s more supportive, designed so your body won't sink into the mattress.

And unlike some memory foam mattresses, the Layla can be used on a slatted base, as long as the slats are no more than four inches apart.

Best For Back Sleepers: Dream Cloud

Dream Cloud

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Made from a hybrid of innerspring coils and memory foam, the Dream Cloud mattress has the firmness that back sleepers need combined with a soft, comfortable pillow top. 

This mattress has a total of six layers to give you all the features you could ever want. The porous foam base provides increased airflow and re‑distributes vibrations in the coil system. The next layer has individually encased coils. Above that is a layer of foam to prevent motion transfer. The next layer is made from high-density gel foam, which is covered by a cloud-like Eurotop. The top layer of the mattress is made from cashmere, which is cooling and moisture-wicking.

In terms of pricing, Layla comes out somewhere in the middle, but the brand’s lifetime warranty and 365 night trial period offer superior value compared to the competition. 

All the standard sizes are available from twin to California king including twin extra long.

Best Innerspring: Naturepedic Organic Two-Sided 7'' Firm Innerspring Mattress

Naturepedic Organic Two-Sided 7'' Firm Innerspring Mattress

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While many of the newer eco-friendly and organic mattresses are made of memory foam or latex, some people still prefer the support and feel of a standard innerspring mattress.

Available in twin and full sizes only, Naturepedic’s Organic Two-Sided Firm Innerspring Mattress is ideal for children who may still be potty training, or even sleeping with pets, because one side of the mattress is waterproof. The conventional side of the mattress features quilted layers of premium organic cotton. There are no dangerous or toxic materials at all, including flame-retardants or adhesives.

With several certifications including Greenguard Gold and GOTS as well as a ten-year warranty and a 100-night trial, this mattress is an excellent value.

Best Hybrid: Floyd

Floyd

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Floyd isn’t a mattress company. Rather, they’re known for their stylish furniture and chic platform beds, but judging from the quality of this mattress, you wouldn’t know it. A hybrid of coils and memory foam, it has a ten-year warranty and 30-night trial.

It’s important to note this mattress is designed for use on platform beds, but it can be used on any type of base, including box springs and slats.

An ideal hybrid, it features more than 1000 individual pocketed coils made from 14.5 gauge steel and a layer of open-cell CertiPUR-US memory foam, for maximum comfort. The memory foam layer is even infused with copper and graphite to naturally dissipate heat and relieve pressure points.

Unlike other mattresses on this list, Floyd’s is topped with Tencel, which is an eco-friendly material that’s breathable, cooler than linen, and softer than silk.

This mattress is made in most standard sizes, including twin XL, but unfortunately, it is not available in California king.

Best Memory Foam: Live And Sleep Luxury Mattress

Live And Sleep Luxury Mattress

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If you want a medium support mattress that’s made entirely of memory foam, then opt for the Live and Sleep Luxury Mattress. With a 100-night guarantee and 20-year warranty, it’s clear the brand stands behind their product. Thanks to two-day free shipping, a good night’s sleep can happen pretty quickly.

This mattress has a total of four layers, including a support base made with 8.5 inches of high-density foam. An inch of gel-infused cool memory foam provides added pressure relief while cooling the body. Above that is a layer of responsive memory foam, which not only feels like a hug, but also limits motion transfer. The top layer of the mattress features a soft, breathable contour to conform to the body’s shape. 

Live and Sleep manufactures this mattress in sizes twin to California king, including twin XL. It’s even available in a short queen size, which is designed to fit in RVs. Why get a bad night’s sleep if you’re on the road?

Best Temperature Regulating: Birch Living

Birch Living

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Sleeping hot isn’t easy, but Birch Living mattresses are designed to help the body regulate temperature. This hybrid mattress features body-contouring springs over a layer of latex and topped with wool. Wool naturally helps regulate temperature because it’s breathable and draws moisture and heat away from the body. 

Greenguard Gold, GOTS, OKEO-TEX, eco-INSTITUT, and Rainforest Alliance certified, the Birch Living mattress is handmade in America of natural and organic materials. There’s even a 100-night free trial, free shipping, and a nearly unheard-of 25-year warranty. 

With a base layer made of wool, it's topped with hundreds of individual steel coils, which are not only supportive but also limit motion transfer. A layer of Natural Talalay latex cushions the body’s pressure points while providing additional support. Finally, a layer of wool and rayon create a naturally fire-retardant barrier. All of this is topped with an organic cotton cover. 

It’s worth noting that while this mattress is on the more expensive side, it doesn’t come with a topper, which must be purchased at an additional cost.

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