Organic Mattress Review

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Last updated on April 22nd, 2017 at 05:10 pm

Organic Mattress Review Naturepedic

 

It has been over a year since we bought our mattress and I can tell you, “We love it!” When we were shopping for a mattress, I wanted something not only organic but also affordable and super comfortable.   I did lots and lots of research. And, in the end, Naturepedic mattress won my heart. A year later, it is the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on.

 

Naturepedic is a truly organic mattress

 

Many mattress makers claim that their mattresses are organic but what does it truly mean? It might mean that some of the materials that go into making their mattresses are certified organic. It might also mean that the mattress is made of natural materials such as wool and cotton, not petroleum foam.

 

What it should mean that the whole mattress is certified to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), as Naturepedic mattresses are. In fact, Naturepedic mattresses are the only mattresses that carry every possible certification in the organic mattress industry and provide up to date certification documentation right on their website.

 

GOTS certifies that the entire supply chain (processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution) is environmentally and socially responsible. Among other things, all heavy metals, aromatic solvents, formaldehyde, GMOs, and nanoparticles are prohibited in the sourcing, manufacture and distribution of GOTS-certified products.

 

What are Naturepedic organic mattresses made of?

 

Unfortunately, most conventional mattresses are made with polyurethane foam (petrochemical foam), which is toxic to manufacture, use, and dispose. Among other things, polyurethane foam emits potentially harmful gasses called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) (to learn more about polyurethane foam, visit here). In fact, polyurethane foam is one of the top pollutants.

 

Naturepedic organic mattresses are made with safe materials such as

 

  • stainless steel coils,

 

  • organic cotton,

 

  • organic wool,

 

  • organic latex foam (you request a mattress without latex if you’d like),

 

  • PLA (polylactide). PLA is derived from non-GMO potatoes using the process of fermentation. At first, I struggled to get comfortable with the fact that PLA, a synthetic fabric with little known about it, is used in Naturepedic organic mattresses. But then I learned that PLA is approved by GOTS for use in organic mattresses. Also, PLA meets the Greenguard Gold standard. (Greenguard is a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories)). Naturepedic also provided me with the actual test reports that showed “below quantifiable levels” for gas emissions and other substances.

 

This is really admirable. More often than not, manufacturers withhold information from me, but Naturepedic went out of its way to provide me with all of the information I sought. I even sat down with Barry Cik, Naturepedic’s Founder, CEO and Technical Director. I had a lot of questions for him, and he answered each one of them to my satisfaction. I was impressed with his integrity and vision to provide affordable, safe and comfortable mattresses for everybody.

 

How do Naturepedic mattresses pass Federal government flammability testing?

 

All mattresses have to pass two types of Federal flammability testing: open fire and smolder. Often mattress manufacturers add toxic flame retardant chemicals to mattresses to pass these tests. Some manufacturers claim that they do not use flame retardant chemicals and instead they use non-toxic flame barriers. However, when asked what those barriers are made of, they do not seem to want to answer.

 

There are two simple reasons why Naturepedic mattresses do not have any flame retardant chemicals or barriers. First of all, Naturepedic mattresses do not have any petroleum foam, which does not make them highly flammable in the first place. Petroleum foam is very flammable; it is petroleum after all.

 

And secondly, Naturepedic organic mattresses contain wool and PLA. As you might know, wool does not catch on fire easily; instead, it smolders. That’s why Naturepedic uses PLA to pass the smolder testing.

 

How comfortable are Naturepedic mattresses?

 

Super comfortable! In fact, here is a funny story. The first morning we slept on the Naturepedic mattress, my husband and I woke up feeling tired and achy. If that happens to you, do not panic. But from the next night on, we have slept like we were in heaven. Yes, they are that comfortable. Both my husband and I love our Naturepedic organic mattress.

 

My husband says: “I travel a lot for work and know that some mattresses are comfortable and others are a recipe for a restless night and stiffness the next day. Our old mattress was pretty comfortable, although it was starting to show its age. I was pretty resistant to giving it up for something that might or might not ultimately work out. As it turns out, I’m thrilled about this organic mattress, and we’ll never buy one from anyone else.”

 

Naturepedic organic mattresses come in different degrees of firmness and you can choose what works for you. And you can even select dual firmness as we did. My husband uses a firmer side, and since I weigh less, I need a much softer surface.

 

Where to buy and cost

 

We bought it at a local store. You can search on Naturepedic’s website for the location closest to you where Naturepedic mattresses are sold. My understanding is that some salespeople are not very knowledgeable about Naturepedic organic mattresses. My recommendation is to read the website and play with the functionality on the website first (they have a feature allowing you to select the right mattress for you. ) And then call the customer service number with any questions you might have.

 

After that, you can decide if you want to buy your mattress in a store or through the website. To reduce the anxiety of buying a mattress without trying it out, Naturepedic has made it as easy as possible.  The shipping is only $99.  If you are not satisfied with the level of firmness you chose, you can swap layers for free to adjust the firmness.  If you change your mind about the mattress and want a different one, you can return it for a 50% credit toward a different mattress.

 

Certainly, Naturepedic mattresses are more expensive than petroleum mattresses. However, to my knowledge they are among the most affordable (if not the most) in the organic mattress sector. We bought an EOS standard mattress, which is the least expensive line of Naturepedic mattresses and we do not feel that we are missing out on anything.

 

Conclusion about Naturepedic organic mattress

 

We are thrilled we bought Naturepedic mattress and I hope you will, too. And as always, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what mattress you like in the comments.

 

For more information on mattresses, visit here:

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27 Responses

  1. Savannah

    My husband and I have had a LifeKind organic mattress for ourselves, and also one of their crib mattresses for several years now. They are both wonderfully comfortable, and are completely organic, with no questionable materials. Even the workers in the factory they are manufactured in are required to not wear perfume, to avoid and chemicals from contaminating the products. Nothing is hidden, they are completely open about all their products and materials. Just another option.

  2. Good afternoon Irina,

    The timing of your post could not have been better as I was just this morning regarding an article for which I have provided the link regarding best organic mattresses. This guy recommends a company called Essentia which I haven’t research yet myself or viewed the pricing. However, it sounds like a great product.

    I would love to know your opinion on this mattress and if you have ever heard of it before.

    We did purchase the Naturepedic mattress and changing pad when our son was a baby. (He’s probably very close to your son’s age). And have purchased another now that we’ve converted his crib to a full sized bed. However, my husband and I find the mattress to be very hard and uncomfortable if we lay with him for any length of time. But we’re currently sleeping on a 7-year-old Tempurpedic that is in need of replacement.

    • Hi Misti: thank you for your question. Latex foam is not absolutely harmless. While it is derived from the sap of rubber tree, there are volcalizing substances used to convert sap into foam. Naturepedic latex foam is certified organic and their mattresses are certified to the Greenguard Gold standard for VOCs. I do not see the same level of quality with Essentia. I might be wrong. Ask them if they carry these certifications. As for EMF being amplified by mattress innerspring, I have seen enough evidence to convince me that it is not true. Here is one of the tests: https://youtu.be/Tl_Ticwzvi0. And again, the Naturepedic mattress we own is super comfortable. ~Irina

  3. What would you recommend for someone who can’t afford the best brand? There’s a lot between a $200 BigLots mattress and this $1600 one.

  4. I would love to know which other brands you have considered, decided against and why.

    Also, I would be concerned about the EMF being intensified with an innerspring mattress. The video above, (it seems to me) the guy is measuring a magnetic EMF, not electric EMF. I think if he measured electric EMF, the result would be much different. And proximity of that mattress spring to an electrical outlet or wiring inside the wall/floor/ceiling would also have an effect from my very limited understanding of the subject. But then again, I could be wrong.

    • Hi, Elena! Yes, you are right that in the video, they are measuring a magnetic field, not a radio electric field. Thank you for pointing that out. And yes, the measurement of a radio electric field would probably fluctuate depending on the distance from the surface of the coils and locations of sources of electric fields.

      In 2009, Swedish researchers published an article that concluded that left-sided breast cancer and melanomas of arms and feet are linked with standing radio electric waves created above innerspring beds. The researchers concluded that standing radio electric waves are produced by coils in mattresses as they reflect signals sent by FM radio and TV broadcasting transmitters. As people normally sleep on their right sides (the researchers found), these parts of the body are further removed from mattresses, where the standing waves are strongest. In fact, if you sleep on your tummy or back, you are better off on the innerspring mattress than on a non-metal bed, because your body is below the harmful part of the wave.

      This study was published in 2009 and the Swedish researchers called for studies of a possible association between melanoma incidence and sleep duration on mattresses with coils as well as detailed measurements of electrical fields around a human body resting on a metal spring mattress. It would also be helpful if there were a long-term study comparing the frequencies of these maladies between people who sleep on inner spring mattresses with those who don’t. It does not appear that this work has been done yet.

      If you search the Internet, it might seem that there have been numerous studies done. In fact, all mentions of this phenomena lead to the original study, leading one to conclude that while there may be something to this, that further study is needed before we understand this fully.

      For our part, we bought a metal spring mattress because we concluded that with our active and busy modern lives, we need to be well-rested every day, and that is crucial for our health and vitality. At first, I was thinking of buying a natural latex mattress such as those made by Pure Rest and The Foam Store but I was told by several people who bought natural latex foam mattresses that they were not comfortable, which made sense to me, since there is very little flexibility in the mattresses. If anybody owns a natural latex foam mattress please share with us how you like it.

      The other mattresses I looked at were OMI (way too expensive), Lifekind (no chance to try them and their return policy not sufficient), McRoskey Mattress Store (materials were not up to my standards), The Natural Mattress Store (certifications were not up to date and more expensive than Naturepedic) and others I am having a hard time recalling now as it was over a year ago.

      With that said, I am definitely concerned about EMFs and we do not keep TV, computers, or cell phones in our bedroom. The only thing we have is an old fashioned alarm clock with no radio, which we keep 3 feet from the bed.

      We have also scheduled an EMF inspection of our home, specifically to learn from the EMF professionals about ways to reduce exposure to EMF in the bedroom and the house in general. I am also curious to learn about the locations of FM radio and TV towers and how they may interact with my mattress.

      So thank you for your tough question, which motivated me to resume looking into EMF concerns.

      To read the hypothesis by the Swedish researchers, visit here and here.

      Warmly, Irina

  5. Christen

    Thank you for the research! Have you looked into Colgate mattresses at all? Specifically the Eco Classica?

    • Yes! Unfortunately, Colgate Eco Classica mattress are made with Certi-Pur foam, which is polyurethane foam. And Certi-Pur is an industry certification, not independent. ~Irina

  6. Irina, Thank you for this post. It is well timed as I am starting to think about replacing our mattress and wantng to go chem free. I am curious as to your process whenyou pose your questions directly to the company? Do you have them formed ahead of time?

    Also curious if you heard of Lifekind from Savannah’s post?

    Lastly, what do you think was the cause of the first night on the Naturepedic? Sounds like both of you were uncomfortable. Were you warned ahead of time?

    Not being difficult but mattress comfort is a huge issue for me.

    • Hi Maria: great to hear from you again. It is always better to do your homework before talking to vested interests. 🙂 Please read my How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress guide for questions to ask. Yes, I have looked into Lifekind but found them more expensive and did not like the fact that there were no showrooms around to feel their mattresses before buying. Sleeping on a comfortable mattress is something absolutely crucial to our health and vitality. I have no idea what happened that first night. But I think what matters is that from night 2 and on we have been loving our mattress. ~Irina

  7. Hi Irina, thanks for the post! I just want to caution your readers when purchasing these types of mattresses to ask about what type of bedframe is appropriate. We bought a mattress from the Natural Mattress Store in San Rafael a few years ago (I forget the brand but the materials sound similar to yours). I had also just purchased a new bedframe that had a solid wood (?) base to support the mattress. After a couple of years, I noticed some mold growth on the underside of the mattress (yes, totally gross). When I called the store, they told me that I was using the wrong type of base for this mattress – as the materials need to ‘breathe’ and have circulating air. There is a special type of base for the mattress allows for this air circulation (that they also sell). I wish I had known this when I bought the mattress. I was able to get it cleaned, replace the base, and salvage the mattress, but it was a huge hassle and unneeded expense.

  8. Hi Irina,

    I’m needing a new mattress and have a 17 month old baby who we share a bed with, so our mattress needs to be as non-toxic as possible. I see in the comments above that you were scheduling an EMF inspector to visit your home. What was found in regards to the metal innerspring mattress in terms of EMF’s? I’d appreciate you sharing so much!

    • Hi, Sandra:

      Thank you so much for asking! The EMF inspectors who came to our house did NOT find that our innerspring mattresses amplify signals sent by FM radio or TV towers. In fact, they said that they had not seen any innerspring mattresses act as antennas for external signals. On the other hand, the EMF said that metal in mattresses as well as other metals (e.g. metal in our nightstands) can amplify AC (alternating current) electric fields commonly produced by in-wall wiring, extension cords, power lines, clock radios, lamps, TVs, computers, refrigerators, ovens, electric beds and electric heating pads. And our innerspring mattresses amplify the AC electric field; however, even if we were to remove our innerspring mattresses the problem of AC electric fields would be still present in our house. Anyway, we are glad that had the inspection because now we turn off circuit breakers before we go to sleep, and we are not exposed to AC electric fields at all. I became so confident that Naturepedic mattresses are the best in the terms of price, safety, and confort that I got my son a twin-sized mattress. Let me know what you think. ~Irina

  9. I think you mean “circuit breakers.”

  10. Hi, I was just wondering if you had looked into the intellibed? Thanks

  11. Hi, I was about to buy several new mattresses from the Natural Mattress Store when I remembered to check your site first and I’m so glad I did. I am now considering Naturepedic based on your recommendation. However I noticed they use polyester to wrap the microcoils (in some of the higher end models, when the customer doesn’t want latex). How do you feel about the use of polyester? Seems odd when the rest of the mattress is organic. Thanks!

  12. Is what they are calling “polyester” and “polypropelene” to wrap the coils made from PLA? They describe PLA as being used in the “comfort layer” and when I click on the PLA link, it says “PLA Batting.” When I asked one of their reps, they said PLA is woven with cotten and wool in the mattress cover but had no idea about what is used to wrap the coils. I’ll try to find out more…

    • Hi, to my knowledge there is no polyester in Naturepedic mattresses. I sent an email to them to help you get better answers. ~Irina

    • Hi, KM: Sorry for not providing you with this information earlier. I confirmed with Naturpedic that their coils are wrapped in polypropylene, which I deem the safest types of synthetic materials. GOTS approves of polypropylene to be used as linings. This material is neither organic and nor “natural”. It is synthetic. But remember that while there are synthetic materials that are toxic, there are also synthetic materials that are not toxic – in other words, they may be synthetic but they are not made with harmful chemicals. GOTS approves of non-toxic synthetic materials for certain uses in GOTS certified products. Does it help? ~Irina

  13. Hi Irina, Do you have an opinion on Smith & Oliver Mattresses? They say organic, foam complies… Here is their web site
    http://oliverfurniture.com/en/produktbeskrivelser/mattresses/
    They are also on Amazon. I am looking for a mattress for my young adult son. Safe and reasonably priced. (Better than he would buy for himself.) Also how important is it to buy an organic box spring? Could it be covered in something organic? Thank you very much.

    • Hi, Sandy:
      It depends on what you looking for. From looking at the mattress description on the website, it does not look like this mattress is organic and the foam is made of organic or even natural rubber. The foam is Oeko Tex certified but not clear to which standard. Also, it would be good to know if use any flame retardant chemicals to pass flammability tests. Let me know if you need more help on shopping for mattresses and we can go over your options within your budget on a phone. I know it is a big decision and you want to get it right. Good luck! ~Irina

  14. Hi Irina,

    You are amazing! Thanks for all your hard work.

    I’m considering the Avocado as a more affordable option than the Naturepedic. Similar design and setup. Any thoughts?

    Thanks so much!

  15. PS- main difference is that the latex isn’t GOLs certified.

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Amy: since the latex is not certified, we have to rely on their word that it is truly natural without any synthetic additives. ~Irina

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