2023 Best Organic Mattresses Guide
You have decided you want to buy the best organic mattress. Now what?
As more people have become focused on their health, they have realized the importance of getting high-quality sleep each night and how critical sleep is to achieve optimal health. We all attempt to muddle through the good and bad information about what kind of natural mattress we should buy. Many of us have decided we want to purchase an organic mattress. In particular, we would like a mattress free of harmful chemicals and toxins found in most "traditional" and "bed in a box" brands. Our mattress guide is here to help.
What is the best organic mattress?
It’s a question we hear all of the time. The honest answer is that there is no clear winner. Trying to weed through all the companies claiming to have the best organic mattress can be frustrating. The truth is that only a few are actually selling completely organic mattresses. The internet is awash in all sorts of entities trying to jump in the ring and get a piece of this ever-growing section of the mattress industry. Unfortunately, some are involved in some form of greenwashing.
What is greenwashing?
Simply put, it is the attempt to incorporate minor organic elements in their product and then use them to justify calling the whole product organic. For instance, they might say that their mattress has an organic cotton cover, which makes it healthier for you. However, they conveniently fail to mention the polyurethane foams and the chemical flame retardants that are not organic or natural and unhealthy for you. Therefore, you want to consider a few important factors when shopping for an organic bed.
First and foremost, you must verify that you are dealing with a reputable brand. There are gold-standard certifications such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) that all reputable organic mattress brands should have to verify the authenticity of their components. (Beware of other certifications that might look legitimate but are not what they appear to be on the surface.) Second, finding a mattress that meets your and your sleep partner’s needs is paramount. In other words: comfort, support, and customization are important to ensure many years of healthy, deep sleep.
Our recommendations for the best organic mattresses
Based on our many years in the business of manufacturing and designing mattresses, working directly with consumers who express a variety of wants and needs, and hearing feedback from customers across the board, we feel that there are a few brands that stand head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to truly organic mattresses.
Mattress Guide for Organic and Natural Mattresses
Our Choices for the Best Organic Mattresses are:
- Best Organic Latex Mattress – Obasan Grand
- Best Organic Innerspring Mattress – Royal Pedic Cotton & Wool Wrap
- Best Natural Luxury Mattress – Vispring Sublime Superb
- Best Organic Hybrid Mattress – Naturepedic EOS Pillowtop
- Best Affordable Organic Mattress – The Naturally Organic Hudson Mattress
- Best Children’s Mattress – Obasan Organic Mattress for Kids
- Best Organic Crib Mattresses – Naturepedic
Best Organic Latex Mattress – Obasan Grand
At the top of the list for organic latex mattresses is Obasan. Obasan is a family-owned business based in Ottawa, Canada, that’s been running for over 35 years. Obasan constructs their mattresses from the finest certified organic materials: GOTS-certified cotton and wool and GOLS-certified latex. They offer several different models to choose from in various price ranges. What separates Obasan from everybody else is the impeccable quality of the materials they use and their ability to customize each side of the mattress independently. This allows each person to meet all their comfort and support needs, even if both partners totally disagree on how they want their ideal organic mattress to feel.
Layers of an Obasan Organic Mattress
An Obasan mattress is broken down into three very distinct layers:
- The top layer is a contouring and pressure-relieving layer designed for better blood flow and less tossing and turning. This allows you to get a deeper, more restful sleep.
- The center layer is genuinely unique. On either side of a queen or king mattress, there are 3 individual "squares" of latex, each a different firmness. They can also be put in any order you choose at the mattress’s shoulders, lumbar, and foot sections.
- The base layer is rectangular in shape and is available in medium and firm options that allow you to control the mattress’s overall firmness on either side.
- The bottom layer is always firm.
Obasan encases these four distinct layers in a beautiful organic cotton cover, filled with organic wool. This cover unzips to allow for easy rearrangement of the layers to suit each individual sleeper’s needs. Finally, Obasan provides a mattress topper with each adult Obasan mattress for additional comfort and pressure point relief.
Organic cotton and wool are very breathable. In particular, the wool allows for the free circulation of air, is effective at wicking moisture away from your body, and serves as a natural flame retardant. This eliminates the need for any harmful chemical flame retardants.
For the best Obasan mattress overall, we chose the Obasan Grand. This model offers a luxurious and supportive feel that allows you to determine the overall feel you think is best for you and your sleep needs. Obasan also offers another version called the Obasan Deluxe, if you prefer a slightly firmer feel overall. You can read more about the Obasan story here
Best Premium Innerspring Mattress (Latex-Free) – Royal Pedic Organic Cotton Wool Wrapped
One of the best mattress brands (that many people are unfamiliar with) is Royal Pedic. Royal Pedic is a California-based company that has been family-owned and operated since 1943. They manufacture some of the highest quality completely organic innerspring mattresses in the world, which have been the premier choice for many Los Angeles interior design firms, and, in turn, for many of Hollywood’s most recognizable film actors and actresses – and six United States presidents! You can read more of the Royal Pedic story HERE.
The Royal Pedic Cotton and Wool Wrapped mattress is an excellent choice for anyone who prefers an innerspring mattress’s feel and wants a clean and healthy version. This model features a traditional Bonnell coil system wrapped with all-natural wool and long-staple cotton. The mattress’s cover is a premium cotton canvas filled with all-natural wool from France. Royal Pedic hand-tufts their mattresses for durability and quality. If you prefer a slightly firmer feeling mattress, this is a fantastic choice.
We recommend upgrading to the Premier Cotton and Wool Wrap if you prefer a slightly more contouring feel. This model features a higher coil count unit with a more forgiving feel but offers great support. The cover is made from beautifully upgraded premium cotton filled with a generous amount of all-natural wool. Either of these Royal Pedic models is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-quality and comfortable innerspring mattress.
Best Natural Luxury Mattress – Vispring Sublime Superb
When it comes to an all-natural luxury mattress, there is one brand that stands at the top; Vispring. Founded in London in 1901, Vispring is known for its impeccable quality, craftsmanship, and comfort. The Vispring factory is located in the beautiful seaside town of Plymouth, England. Every mattress is made to order by true artisans who have been trained for years in crafting the finest mattresses on the market.
Vispring’s founder, James Marshall, invented the individually wrapped pocketed coil. This was invented to limit side-to-side motion transfer in the mattress. Today, Vispring manufactures these coils in their plant and utilizes virgin Vanadium steel, known to be the world’s strongest and most durable steel. Vispring wraps the coils with an array of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, horsetail, and even silk and cashmere in their top-of-the-line models.
Each mattress is hand sewn, stitched, and tufted by highly trained craftsmen and is made to order individually. It was difficult to choose, but our favorite Vispring mattress is the Sublime Superb. The Sublime Superb features two rows of calico cotton-wrapped pocketed Vanadium steel coils wrapped with hand-teased South American horsetail and blended with real Shetland fleece wool, silk, mohair, and organic cotton. We choose a medium tension coil as we prefer a slightly more enveloping feel, but Vispring does offer their coils in four different levels of firmness, Soft, Medium, Firm, and Extra Firm. They also offer the ability to do split tensions on any of their King size models.
We highly recommend purchasing the matching divan (boxspring) made to specifically accompany each mattress. Each divan features the same Vanadium steel coils wrapped with wool and cotton. Vispring builds these divans like a high-quality piece of furniture and can make them with storage drawers if needed. Vispring offers a wide range of custom fabrics for their divans and a full line of headboards. Each Vispring mattress comes with a full 30-year non-prorated guarantee. This is by far the best mattress warranty in the industry. If you are looking for the cream of the crop in an all-natural, luxury mattress, Vispring has no peer, in our opinion.
Best Organic Hybrid Mattress – Naturepedic EOS
For those who want the comfort of latex and the support of coils, a hybrid mattress is the answer! The Naturepedic EOS pillowtop mattress is a completely organic hybrid customizable mattress that supports Ergonomic Organic Sleep. Three customizable layers ensure that your mattress is tailored to your needs. Its multi-layered zippered construction lets you customize the organic latex layers in the mattress. Naturepedic fills an additional pillowtop layer an additional latex comfort layer in its own zippered compartment. The 3″ comfort layer determines how the surface or top of your bed will feel. This layer is primarily responsible for pressure point relief and surface comfort. The 8″ bottom/support layer determines how deep you will sink into the bed and is primarily responsible for postural alignment and balance.
This bed has a 15″ profile with two zippered compartments. The EOS Pillow Top Organic Mattress was selected as the “Best Sustainable Mattress” in the Good Housekeeping 2021 Bedding Awards.
This mattress is as beautiful as it is functional. Made of premium organic fabrics with a European-inspired design, the EOS will offer a luxurious night’s sleep for years. All Naturepedic mattresses meet the organic and non-toxic standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and/or the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). Naturepedic makes their mattresses non-GMO materials and they are formaldehyde-free.
Best Affordable Organic Mattress – The Naturally Organic Hudson Mattress
Available exclusively through The Clean Bedroom, the Naturally Organic Hudson Organic mattress has been designed to offer a comfortable, healthy, organic bed at a price to fit most budgets. This mattress is completely organic for a pure and healthy night of sleep with no worries! The core is five inches of firm organic GOLS Dunlop latex, offering ideal support. Then, the top 3-inch layer of medium organic Dunlop latex offers a pressure-relieving surface that helps reduce tossing and turning. The mattress is wrapped in GOTS-certified organic cotton and quilted with GOTS-certified organic wool. The wool is an extra layer of comfort and a natural flame retardant. Our optional Canadian hardwood foundation is a nice complement for the mattress should you need a support surface for your mattress. This mattress is truly a great choice for anyone in the family.
Best Children’s Mattress – Obasan Organic Mattress for Kids
If you are looking for a great organic mattress for your children, the Obasan Organic Mattress for Kids is an excellent choice. Made with the same organic materials as the adult mattresses, the Obasan Kids mattress offers two 3" layers of organic latex – the first is medium, and the second is firm. They are contained in the same high-quality organic cotton cover filled with organic wool. This model zips open for easy access to the layers. In addition, simply flip the mattress to change the firmness whenever you need to.
Best Organic Crib Mattress – Naturepedic
When it comes to organic crib mattresses, it’s important that parents can trust the materials used in the mattresses are safe and non-toxic. Synthetic fibers and cotton grown with pesticides can be stuffy, not to mention hazardous to your health and environmentally damaging. An organic option is better for your child, the environment, and those who manufacture mattresses. It’s also important that the mattress is practical and worth the price for years to come. That’s why Naturepedic Crib Mattresses are such a great choice. Naturepedic has several models with varying weights with a lightweight option to make changing bedding easy. You can also find a Naturepedic crib mattress with a firm side for your infant and a more plush side for your toddler.
Naturepedic makes all its mattresses from 100% organic cotton with no toxic flame retardants. Naturepedic mattresses are always a safe and healthy choice for your child. The cotton is grown organically without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or defoliants. Made of GOTS-certified organic cotton, Naturepedic crib mattresses are breathable, comfortable, and naturally fire retardant. They accomplish this all without the use of toxic chemicals. This makes them the perfect choice for parents.
Since you spend at least ⅓ of your life on your mattress, it only makes sense to be sure it is of the highest quality. We honestly feel that your mattress is the most important furniture you buy for your home. We only offer high-quality natural and organic mattresses – made from materials like organic latex, cotton, and wool. These natural materials are more breathable and promote better airflow. This helps you have a cooler night of sleep. Research shows that sleeping cooler (between 60 and 67 degrees) promotes a deeper, more restful sleep. You can tie your sleep quality directly to your sense of health and well-being, so a deeper sleep is a healthier sleep, too.
When selecting your organic mattress, consider the following:
- How much support do you (and your partner) need in your mattress?
- Do you have any allergies to wool or latex?
- Are you a side, stomach, or back sleeper?
- Do you prefer a firm or a softer mattress?
- Would you prefer a mattress made in the USA?
- What is your price range?
At The Clean Bedroom, we have mattresses made with a variety of materials and price ranges. We work hard to have something for everyone! Feel free to visit us at one of our showrooms. We’ll help you find the best organic bed for you. Our experienced sleep coaches are also happy to talk with you via phone at 212-764-3232 or via website chat.
Updated on 03/04/2023