Best Non-Toxic Mattress Shopping Guide

Written by:

Maia James

06/03/2023

Written by Maia & John

Finding the best non-toxic mattress is super-important because it’s a big financial investment. It can also be very confusing to sort through all of the information available about the dozens of “natural” mattresses now on the market!

If your head hurts just looking at the length of this page, please feel free to email our Home Health Director, John, for individualized help. You can also call him at 717-413-8182.

The bottom line is that the three brands in this graphic are our top recommendations (all equally toxin-free and earth-friendly). Read on for more about each of them, plus the 40 (!) other brands you’ve asked about.

best non-toxic mattress brands

1. Soaring Heart / 2. Happsy / 3. Naturepedic

This video is several years old (from the last time we updated this guide!), but everything in it still holds true. The only change is that Happsy mattress is also the very Best Stuff!

Best Stuff Versus Good Stuff

Thanks to the demands of customers like you, more mattress manufacturers have taken the steps to make truly non-toxic mattresses with top-level certifications. This means that consumers have more choices – and our Best Stuff and Good Stuff categories have grown to include more brands than ever before.

We still believe that a fully-certified mattress is of the utmost importance. In this guide, we decided to give special attention to the brands that manufacture only toxin-free mattresses. Several mattress companies now have the proper certifications, but they are owned by other entities that make conventional (toxic) mattresses.

Our updated Best Stuff category includes only the brands that, a) have the top certifications that guarantee the mattresses they sell are free of all toxins, and, b) aren’t owned by parent companies that pollute the environment by manufacturing toxic mattresses. In other words…we choose to promote manufacturers who demonstrate an understanding and commitment to nontoxic living.

My Own Non-Toxic Mattress Choices

When I was pregnant for the first time, we decided to upgrade to a king-sized bed in anticipation of co-sleeping with our newborn.

Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t agonize and research before making any purchase… and there was plenty to agonize over when it came to finding a non-toxic mattress!

At the time of writing this updated post, I have an 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, one of whom still spends a lot of time in our bed. I’m so glad I feel comfortable with (and comfortable on!) the non-toxic mattresses we chose, which is the Soaring Heart Zoned.

  • Soaring Heart Organic Zoned Latex Support Mattress from Gimme the Good Stuff
    Soaring Heart Organic Zoned Latex Support Mattress
    $3,250.00$3,817.00

Why a Non-Toxic Mattress Matters

I often tell my private consulting clients that their mattress is the very first thing they should upgrade when detoxing their homes. This is particularly true when it comes to a crib mattress.

The reason I feel so strongly about sleeping on a non-toxic mattress? Well, for one thing, babies and kids spend a lot of time sleeping, and even busy, night-owl grownups spend about 1/3rd of their lives in bed.

Moreover, studies show that your immune system works hardest at night, and the body generally repairs itself at night…so it seems reasonable to make your sleep environment as toxin-free as possible.

Toxins in Mattresses

Unfortunately, mattresses can be loaded with noxious chemicals, including:

  • Various petrochemicals. Indeed, MOST of what a conventional mattress is made of is petroleum-based.
  • Polyurethane foam is the main ingredient in most mattresses. It’s composed of polyol and diisocyanate, both of which are derived from petroleum. Polyurethane is not environmentally-friendly and is dangerous for workers who work in its manufacturing.
  • Flame-retardant chemicals are needed in part because polyurethane is so flammable. There is some good news on the flame-retardant front – more on that in a minute!
  • Soybean foam is a Sneaky ingredient that sounds non-toxic. Unfortunately, the majority of this type of foam is still polyurethane.
  • Synthetic latex, which usually made from styrene, a human carcinogen.
  • Adhesives that may contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Some organic manufacturers skip the glues all together–mattresses can be bound with thread, clips, or heat.

This chemical cocktail releases VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are linked to a host of health problems, from respiratory irritation to cancer.

A Myth About Off-Gassing

Many of my clients think that their mattresses are okay if they are old because they have “already off-gassed.” Unfortunately, this is not true in the case of foam mattresses. In fact, as the foam degrades, more PBDEs (hormone-disrupting flame retardants) may be released.

Felix and Wolfie sleeping on the best non-toxic mattress.

Fire “Safety” in Mattresses

Mattresses are required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to meet flammability laws, which previously meant that they were almost always treated with bromated or chlorinated flame-retardant chemicals, typically one of the first three on this list:

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers. PBDEs are associated with hormone-disruption, and neurodevelopmental delays, including lowered IQ. The European Union has banned the use of PBDEs in electronic devices. Studies show that children in the United States have higher levels of PBDEs than adults do. Oh, and here’s the kicker: they don’t even work very well at stopping fires!
  • Firemaster 550. This nasty chemical cocktail is made with bis (2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH). Yes, you saw that word in there: phthalate. TBPH is nearly identical to to DEHP, the phthalate banned in children’s products (including mattresses!!) due to evidence of carcinogenicity and developmental toxicity.
  • Chlorinated tris. This is the notorious chemical that was removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s because it was shown to cause cancer.
  • Halogen-free flame retardants. This newer class of chemicals (such as ammonium polyphosphate, aluminium diethyl phosphinate, and melamine polyphosphate) is believed to be much less likely to bioaccumulate than bromated flame retardants. I still prefer my mattresses to be free of even these.

In addition to these notoriously toxic flame retardants, companies may use some of the following ingredients to pass flammability tests: boric acid, silica, melamine, vinylidene chloride, and fiberglass.

Are Coils Bad Stuff?

There has been a lot of online chatter in recent years regarding metal coils in beds. We paid close attention to this and did some research, and we arrived at the conclusion that steel springs present no known danger.

The bottom line is that there is no reason for concern. We simply cannot find any credible evidence showing that metal coils can act like an antenna and concentrate EMFs into our sleeping bodies.

What to Look for in the Best Non-Toxic Mattress

Now that you know what can make a mattress toxic, let me tell you about the materials and certifications that make up a non-toxic mattress. They include:

  • Organic wool (untreated) is naturally flame- and mildew/dust mite-resistant.
  • 100% natural latex (made from rubber trees) is safer than latex blends, which may contain petroleum-based polyurethane. You’ll probably read a lot about Talalay versus Dunlop latex in your search for an organic mattress. In terms of comfort, Dunlop is firmer and Talalay is lighter and softer. If you’re looking for a GOLS-certified mattress (more on this below), you’ll need to choose a mattress made of Dunlop latex. It’s important to note that no latex foam mattress can be 100% natural or organic. Turning latex rubber to foam necessitates the use of chemicals, period. Certified latex mattresses simply have less chemical content. Again, more on this below.
  • Organic cotton (grown in untreated soil, without pesticides) can be used for batting or mattress wrapping. There is a robust debate about whether or not the herbicides and pesticides used on cotton crops will wash/bleach out as the cotton is processed. Most studies show that it does, but some folks believe that a residue remains. We believe that the risk of sleeping on a mattress or sheets made from conventionally grown cotton are tiny. Still, for the good of the planet, we should all choose organically-grown cotton whenever possible. (Sadly, certified organic cotton is costly… about two times the cost of conventional.)
  • Trusted certifications from third-party certifying bodies mean that some ingredients in the mattress have been vetted by organizations committed to improving air quality. This also means a safer sleeping surface for you. However, all certifications are not created equally!
Wolfie asleep on the best non-toxic mattress.

Don’t Be Fooled By

  • Natural latex. Petroleum comes from the earth, so petroleum-based mattresses can be “natural.” A “natural latex mattress” may only contain only 50% natural latex and may be blended with polyurethane foam and treated with VOCs. Look for mattresses that specify that they are made from 100%-natural latex.
  • All-natural woolor “pure wool” or “eco-wool.” Unless wool is certified organic, it is likely processed conventionally with a variety of chemicals. You may or may not be okay with this (I feel that the flame-retardants are more concerning). In some cases, a wool producer may not bother with organic certification, despite organic practices.
  • Biofoam. Soy- or plant-foam is still made of mostly polyurethane; Biofoam mattresses typically contain less than 20% plant material.
  • Certifications. Oftentimes, these certifications apply only to certain parts of the mattress, not necessarily the mattress as a whole. In some cases the mattress company creates its own certification. You will read more about these certifications in a moment.
  • Most of all, remember that there is a lot of deceptive marketing in the mattress world and it is not illegal to throw around terms like “natural,” “green,” and even “organic” without actually having to prove it

The Best Non-Toxic Mattress Certifications

Sorting through mattress certifications is maddening. Here’s just some of why that is:

  1. First of all, not all certifications are created equal – some offer great assurance that your new mattress will be non-toxic, while others are essentially meaningless.
  2. What’s more, just because a company shows a certification doesn’t mean all of the material in that mattress is certified. One of our readers wrote to us about a mattress that contained Oeko-Tex 100 certified wool, but the company wouldn’t confirm that they solely purchase the wool from this source. Thus, in this case it would be impossible to know if the mattress you’re purchasing contains the certified wool or not (to say nothing of the other materials in this mattress).
  3. Sometimes, a mattress will claim to have a certification that they don’t really have. One of the most common deceptive practices is when a manufacturer claims to have GOLS-certification for their latex mattress, and they even display the GOLS logo on their website. They might even show an actual copy of it on their website, complete with date and signatures. If, however, the certificate is not written to the same name as the manufacturer, it is not particularly meaningful. They are commonly written to a latex supplier out of Sri Lanka or India or South America. A certification written to an entity or person in Sri Lanka shows only that the latex was certified up to that point on its journey to becoming someone’s bed. Between Sri Lanka and your bedroom, all sorts of things can (and do) happen to the latex to cause it to be more toxic than the certification implies.

Best Non-Toxic Mattress Certifications

The two certifications to look for in your mattress are GOLS (for latex) and GOTS (for textiles). It’s worth repeating: the best non-toxic mattress brands have these certifications written directly to the mattress manufacturer.

To obtain a GOTS certification, at least 95% of the mattress must be made of certified-organic materials, and certain chemistries are prohibited entirely, even for that other 5%.

Prohibited materials and contaminants in a GOTS-certified mattress include:

  • polyurethane foam
  • heavy metals
  • formaldehyde
  • the fire-retardants listed above

A GOTS certification on a mattress means that the entire manufacturing and distribution process is environmentally-safe and socially responsible.

One thing we love about GOTS certification is that in order to obtain it, a mattress must be produced in a facility that is also certified. In fact, GOTS certifiers visit production facilities as part of the certification process. (If you are curious about a brand that we don’t review in this guide, you can check for GOTS certification in the GOTS database.)

Similar to GOTS, a GOLS certification means that the mattress is made of at least 95% organic latex. This means that 5% of the latex can be made of synthetic materials (although these are still restricted in some important ways). A GOLS certification requires third-party testing and inspections by certifiers.

Good Non-Toxic Mattress Certifications

While OEKO-TEX Standard 100 doesn’t require any organic materials to be used in a mattress, it does set limits for VOC emissions (such as formaldehyde). It also prohibits the use of dangerous flame-retardants and dyes. When looking at mattresses, the highest level of OEKO-TEX is Class 1.

Greenguard-certified mattresses have been tested for, and are within limits of, several hundred VOCS, including formaldehyde. Greenguard Gold has stricter standards than plain old Greenguard, but they are not testing for flame retardants or PFAS.

Okay Non-Toxic Mattress Certifications

Organic Content Standard 100 just means that some of the ingredients are organic, but doesn’t ban flame-retardants or other harmful chemicals.

CertiPUR was developed “by members of the global foam industry,” although it does ban the use of some chemicals, such as PBDE flame-retardants and formaldehyde. It’s important to know that CertiPUR does not certify an entire mattress, only the foam portion.

A Sneaky Mattress Certification

NAOMI (National Association of Organic Mattress Industry) was created by Pure Rest Organics, which is a mattress company, so, it is in no way independent or third-party, obviously!

The Bottom Line on Non-Toxic Mattress Certifications

Most certifications are of SOME value, but they can be used sneakily by mattress manufacturers. Manufacturers may claim to have a certification that they don’t actually have. So you really need to ask to see the actual signed certification, keeping in mind that if it’s out of date, it’s worthless. You also want to make sure that the entire factory that produces your mattress is certified free of toxins (particularly flame retardants), to guarantee that you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

If You Can’t Afford a Non-Toxic Mattress

Austin Air Filter if you can't afford the best non-toxic mattress

Maybe you’ve looked all the way down to our Okay Stuff category, and checked out the coupons (top of this page), and you simply don’t have it in your budget to upgrade to a safe mattress right now.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to wrap a mattress to protect yourself from VOCs. However, running a robust air filter will go a long way towards purifying your indoor air. This is the one I have in my bedroom, because while I do have a toxin-free mattress, I also have other furniture and rugs that aren’t as clean. I love knowing that the air filter is mitigating the damage!

Best Stuff: The 3 Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands

The following three brands are the best non-toxic mattresses. They have the top certifications that guarantee that their mattresses are free of all toxins. They also aren’t owned by parent companies that pollute the environment by manufacturing toxic mattresses.

Happsy

Happsy is the best non-toxic mattress-in-a-box option on the market, and comes with a 120-day trial period. Happsy is manufactured by Naturepedic, but is a more affordable option, while still getting high marks for comfort. When it’s time to replace my kids’ mattresses, this is the brand I plan to purchase.

Happsy is certified by GOTS, GOLS, and GreenGuard. Queens go for $1,399.

Use code GIMME225 for $225 off mattresses. (With this discount, Happsy is the most affordable Best Stuff mattress.)

Naturepedic

Naturepedic was founded by a grandfather named Barry when he could not find a non-toxic mattress for his grandson. These mattresses are now used by over 150 hospitals in the United States.

Naturepedic non-toxic mattresses are made of certified-organic cotton and a steel innerspring. They don’t use any flame-retardant chemicals or barrier ingredients. Naturepedic includes a layer of polylactide, which is derived from sugarcane, in all of their mattresses to ensure they pass flammability tests. Since all Naturepedic mattresses are GOTS-certified, you can rest assured that the polylactide they use also passes GOTS standards. Polylactide is also Greenguard Gold certified.

The waterproof, crib mattress options use food-grade polyethylene for their outer layer (it acts as a moisture and vapor barrier).Naturepedic mattresses are available on their website. Adult mattresses mostly run in the $3,000-range, and crib mattresses from $259 to $399. Use code gimme15 for 15% off everything on Naturepedic’s site. (The top of the line mattress is the EOS.)

We offer Naturepedic crib mattresses and children’s mattresses in our online store, and always appreciate your support!

Soaring Heart

Based out of Seattle and in operation for almost 30 years, Soaring Heart hand-crafts most of their mattresses on-site and is one of the most transparent brands we’ve ever investigated.

Soaring Heart’s latex mattresses are made of 100% organic latex. They have both GOLS and GOTS certification, written to Soaring Heart itself.

Soaring Heart mattresses contain no chemical fire retardants. Their latex passes flammability tests by using a combination of a tightly-woven, organic-cotton fabric-encasement, and is then wrapped in organic, felted-wool.

Soaring Heart offers organic crib mattresses and dog beds, too.

We loved Soaring Heart so much that we asked them if we could sell their mattresses! You can now buy Soaring Heart mattresses through our online store, and they ship free anywhere in the United States. I sleep on a Soaring Heart Zoned Mattress, my parents on a Soaring Heart Organic Latex Shikibuton, and we both have toppers. We are basically obsessed with these mattresses, and happy to talk you through their options. Just email John for help choosing.

Good Stuff

The mattresses that we are calling, “The Good Stuff,” make all the claims of safety and non-toxic materials and processes, but don’t have all of the top-level certifications. Of course, this doesn’t mean they actually have questionable materials in them, but simply that we can’t be completely assured of their non-toxicity in the same way that we can for the stuff we have deemed The Best Stuff. 

Bella Sera

This tiny company has some good certifications, namely GOLS, but unfortunately it’s not written directly to the company (but rather the foam manufacturer; you can see why this may be problematic by reading the Certifications section above). They use wool as a flame retardant, which makes them Good Stuff rather than Okay Stuff.

CozyPure

CozyPure’s mattresses skip all the flame retardants in favor of wool, which is significant. Unfortunately though, their GOLS certification isn’t written directly to them, so I can’t call this brand the Best Stuff.

Eco Terra

Eco Terra has OEKO-TEX certifications for their wool and Talalay latex. They don’t use scary flame-retardants, just hydrated-silica, about which we have only minor concerns. Eco Terra now has an up-to-date GOTS certificate, and we consider this a safe mattress choice.

Holy Lamb Organics

While Holy Lamb only qualifies as Good Stuff based on our criteria, we do consider this brand one of the best non-toxic mattresses out there. Because Holy Lamb is such a small business, they do not yet have GOLS certification, but they do have GOTS – and we will move them to Best Stuff as soon as the GOLS comes through.

Plush Beds

PlushBeds recently became fully-certified with top-level certifications, including GOTS, GOLS, GreenGuard Gold, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

PlushBed’s Botanical Bliss and Luxury Bliss mattresses have all of the above certifications. Their Natural Bliss and Eco Bliss don’t have GOLS certification, but are more affordable.


The only reason Plush is in our Good Stuff rather than Best Stuff category is because they make more conventional mattresses in addition to their fully-certified latex models. Nevertheless, Plush Beds’ memory foam is the first to be certified by GreenGuard Gold, so if you must have a memory foam mattress (and we know a lot of you must!), then this is the way to go. Overall, everything Plush makes is reasonably toxin-free.

Use code GIMME100 to receive $100 off every order, in addition to whatever other deals are running.

Savvy Rest

Savvy Rest is the non-toxic mattress we bought when I was pregnant, and we slept on it for six, comfortable years.

The latex used by Savvy Rest is 100% natural, and other materials used include certified-organic wool (which serves as flame-retardant) and cotton. Note that the Dunlop latex is organic, while the Talalay is not.

Savvy Rest mattresses have Oeko-Tex certification. (It’s important to note that these certifications are for specific materials within the mattress, rather than the mattress itself; you can read more about this above.) Savvy Rest’s GOTS certification is written in their name, and their GOLs certifications are written to their latex supplier.

Visit Savvy Rest’s website to see their wide-array of mattresses and learn more about all the materials they use. Our king-sized mattress cost around $3,500, but prices depend on which model you choose, in addition to the size you want.

White Lotus

White Lotus sent along a big box of samples of all of their sumptuous, natural materials when I first reviewed them. They are one of our favorite brands to work with, and they have demonstrated a clear commitment to producing non-toxic mattresses.

White Lotus has a GOTS certification for their mattress materials, and they use some cool ingredients in their products, including:

  • Kapok to stuff their mattresses. The “harvesting of the kapok pods provides jobs to indigenous people and helps maintain this vanishing ecosystem,” according to the White Lotus website.
  • Wholesale green cotton, which is totally unprocessed once harvested from the bolls – no bleaches, dyes, or fungicides.
  • Wool, which is 100%-virgin, lamb’s wool.
  • Organic buckwheat hulls (for pillows).
  • 100% natural latex (from rubber trees).

When I decided to get toddler Felix a new twin-sized, non-toxic mattress, I went with this White Lotus futon.
I do recommend that you avoid the Evergreen Foam used by White Lotus, which is a blend of “natural, oil-based foam” and conventional polyol, an alcohol used in the production of polyurethane. While off-gassing is heavily reduced and the environmental impact better than conventional foam, I don’t consider this truly natural, toxin-free foam.

We have gotten to know the folks at White Lotus quite well, and we really trust the owner. Because White Lotus does not have GOLS certification written in its name, we classify it as Good Stuff rather than Best Stuff.

We now carry White Lotus mattresses and futons in our online store! If you don’t see the model or size that you want, contact us and we will get it for you. Prices range from $1,100 to $2,490. Crib mattresses run from $470 to $825. Please note that we do not carry any White Lotus products with any of the questionable ingredients listed above – if you see it in our store, you know it’s free of borate, toxic foam, and other synthetics.

A Note About Avocado

When Avocado obtained both GOTS and GOLS certification, both written to Avocado itself, we moved them to our Good Stuff cateogry. We did not list Avocado as Best Stuff because it is a subsidiary of Brentwood Home, which manufactures conventional mattresses.

In the spring of 2023, you may have heard buzz about a lawsuit against Avocado. The company advertises its latex as “natural 100% GOLS organic certified,” but lab tests showed that Avocado latex contains a variety of chemicals.

The crux of the lawsuit hinges on the fact that Avocado owns the entirety of their production chain. Thus, they cannot claim ignorance about the chemicals used in the process of turning their latex into foam.

This lawsuit certainly highlights the reason that we never called Avocado the Best Stuff, but it may turn out to be that the lawsuit is more about their false claims than about an actual toxicity issue. As we explained above, ALL latex foam contains some percentage of chemicals (you cannot make pure rubber into foam without them). And Avocado has been persistently claiming that their mattress is 100% organic, with no synthetic materials.

We will keep you updated as more comes to light, and don’t panic if you have an Avocado mattress!

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Okay Stuff

The brands we call “Okay Stuff” may have CertiPUR or other lesser certifications, and/or Talalay latex. Due to new laws, these mattresses probably do not have flame-retardant chemicals.

Awara

While Awara does not have GOLS or GOTS certifications, they do have CertiPUR, Greenguard Gold, and OEKO-TEX. Note that this is the same parent company as Nectar mattresses.

Brooklyn Bedding

This company claims to have OEKO-TEX certification, but failed to present proof to us of this. They do have CertiPUR certification (meaning at least the very worst flame-retardants won’t be present in these mattresses).

Coco-Mat

This brand uses all the right buzzwords to describe their mattresses (“non-toxic,” “sustainable,” etc.). Unfortunately, they are lacking somewhat in the certification department – although with digging we discovered they do carry the Oeko-Tex 100 certification. The big question mark for us is the “natural rubber” they use, which doesn’t have any certification. Still, that Oeko-Tex 100 certification means something, and they don’t use PBDE flame retardants.

Essentia

We field a ton of questions about Essentia from people who love memory foam and want a safer option. Standard memory foam (made of petroleum derivatives) is decidedly toxic, and I’ve long suspected Essentia of being Sneaky Stuff.

After researching Essentia thoroughly for a client, I came away (still reluctantly!) calling them Okay Stuff, although I do still have a few reservations. Essentia use sa proprietary flame retardant in their foam, which involves Kevlar – a material that is not remotely natural, but which appears to be non-toxic. Kevlar is a type of plastic, however, and you probably know, I don’t love plastic, period!

I spoke to the people at Essentia, and they sent me the independent-testing results for their mattresses — I saw no red flags and everything checked out as non-toxic. They also have a number of certifications, some of which are more legit than others. There is always a chance that sneaky manufacturers might hide things under the “trade secret” laws, but I didn’t learn anything from Essentia that suggests that they are doing so.

Hastens

These super-expensive mattresses are very comfortable and contain no foam; they also carry the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. The price puts them out of range for most people: starting at $10,000. Hastens mattresses go up to a whopping $99,000! Hastens does use steel springs in their mattresses, which some folks would prefer to avoid for the reasons listed above.

Natural Mat

This brand appears to be made of all the Good Stuff and none of the bad, but doesn’t come with any certifications proving this. They do use wool for flame protection, which is a plus. This looks like a privately labeled Coco Mat.

Obasan

2023 update: Pending a final review, it looks like Obasan will be moved to Best Stuff! We will move them accordingly once we receive confirmation.

SleepOnLatex

This brand does not have GOLS certification, but does have Oeko-Tex, and doesn’t use the most dangerous flame retardants.

Tuft & Needle

The certifications for these mattresses fall short of Good Stuff – they have GreenGuard Gold, OEKO-TEX, and CertiPUR.

Bad Stuff

It’s safe to assume that all conventional mattresses contain petrochemicals and that many are treated with toxic flame retardants of one kind or another. 

IKEA mattresses are tempting because they are cheap. But they have no certifications of any kind, and had this to say about the use of fire-retardant chemicals: “In our adult mattresses, mattress pads, and mattress sets a fiber fire-barrier made of rayon/polyester-batting is used that has an inherently fire-resistant property. Flame-retardant chemicals (phosphorous-based inorganic salts) are only used for some stitch-bond and zippers. IKEA children’s mattresses sold in the U.S. have a fiber-mix barrier as described above. The fiber-batting is quilted into the mattress cover and is not treated with any flame-retardant chemicals.” (So the crib mattresses are at least free of all fire-retardants!).

Joybed is a brand that a lot of you have asked about. Unfortunately, it has no certifications of any kind and therefore can’t be considered for our recommendation.

Newton Wovenair. The polymer this mattress is made from appears to be fine, but the cover is made of polyester (this doesn’t pose a real health risk, but is not environmentally-friendly and a form of plastic). Newton uses phosphate flame-retardants. This is better than bromated or chlorinated, but still should be avoided if possible.

Sealy mattresses contain vinyl, undisclosed fire retardants (“trade secret”), polyurethane, polyethylene, and nanoparticles. This includes the mattresses they make for children.

Simmons is the same as Sealy. They use the same problematic materials and hide behind trade secrets.

Tempurpedic mattresses are wildly popular… and wildly toxic. “Memory foam” is made of inexpensive polyurethane, and you’ll notice that a brand-new Tempurpedic is smellier than most other mattresses – this is because it’s off-gassing more. The fire retardant used on Tempurpedics is NOT PBDE, but they do not disclose what it is. The Environmental Protection Agency has also raised concerns about emissions formed during the production of polyurethane foam products, which include methylene chloride and other hazardous chemicals.

Sneaky Stuff

Casper. These popular, inexpensive mattresses contain a top latex layer that is Oeko-Tex certified, but I’m not crazy about the memory foam component (which is not certified and contains polyurethane). The flame retardants seem pretty safe: “A fire-retardant, knit-sock covers the foam before the outer-cover is placed on the mattress. The knit sock is made from a proprietary-yarn with a silica core and a polyester/acrylic/nylon/rayon outer-wrap. The knit-sock is made without any toxic chemicals and each component is OEKO-TEX® certified.” However, the latex in the lower layers is not 100%-natural, but rather a blend, and synthetic latex can be very toxic when made from carcinogenic styrene. Readers who have purchased a Casper mattress have complained of the smell and sore throats.

Colgate’s “eco” crib mattresses claim to be made of “the finest non-toxic materials in the marketplace.” In reality, Colgate mattresses contain vinyl and polyurethane.

Eco Dream mattresses are basically just memory foam mattresses that don’t even make claims of non-toxicity!

IntelliBED claims to be non-toxic, and is heavily-promoted by natural parenting bloggers. The only certification they have received is the dubious CertiPUR. They claim that they use a soy-based foam, but companies can make this claim when the mattress contains only a small percentage of soy foam (the rest being petroleum-derived polyurethane). And IntelliBED gives no specifics about their foam. IntelliBED makes mattresses from a number of materials that immediately disqualify them from our list of Good Stuff. They use memory foam, various “gels” and foams, and unknown materials with names like “Titanium Infused Energex” (whatever that is). IntelliBED also seems to carry zero independent certifications regarding the safety of the materials they use

Keetsa mattresses (which are manufactured in China), are described by many retailers as “natural” or “green.” The company is, in fact, pretty transparent, and clearly states that, “Keetsa’s mission is to deliver a comfortable, affordable, and durable mattress in an eco-friendly manner. We are not producing organic or natural mattresses. By replacing some of the petroleum product with cedar oil and introducing green tea extract into the mixture, we have created a foam that is less toxic, and has a less-offensive odor than traditional foam. We also utilize sustainable materials, such as bamboo, in our cover materials.”

Layla, like so many others, is a memory foam mattress with only a CertiPUR certification.

Moonlight Slumber set off an alarm for me right away with their bogus certification: “Green Safety Shield” is their own certification, and is not third (or even second!) party. They do have testing that shows no VOCs from their mattresses, but that’s only one issue of concern. I’m more worried about their “Visco foam,” whatever that is! They do have a CertiPUR certification, but this is from a polyurethane industry group. Finally, their flame retardant is proprietary, although they claim it’s natural and free of chemicals.

Natura mattresses may contain (depending on the model you select) boric acid and fiberglass flame-retardants, petroleum-derived latex (as in, not the kind from rubber trees), and nanoparticles.

Nectar has CertiPUR certification and is free of PBDEs. In other words, nothing about this mattress is particularly non-toxic, but it’s better than a standard mattress.

Nest Bedding says that they are a “Organic, Natural, and Certified Bedding and Mattress Company,” but they, too, rely on only CertiPUR certification.

Nook crib mattresses fail to show independent certification. I also don’t love that their mattresses contain plastic (PETE, which is among the safer types of plastic, but plastic nonetheless!). They claim to use wool as a flame retardant, but one of our readers had the foam tested in her Pebble Lite model and it tested positive for flame retardants! In March of 2023, Nook was sued for false advertising when their crib mattresses were found to contain PFAS.

Purple mattresses don’t have any of the certifications we look for even for our Okay Stuff category. Purple has CertiPUR, but nothing more.

Saatva and their sister company Loom & Leaf are memory foam mattresses with only CertiPUR certifications. They use only about 30% “plant-based foams.” The rest is petroleum-based.

The Sealy Naturalis mattress has an organic-cotton layer; unfortunately, it is surrounded by a vinyl cover.

Swiss Dreams mattresses appear to have exactly zero certifications, making it impossible to back up any of their claims of non-toxicity.

YogaBed doesn’t even really make any claims of non-toxicity, but I’m calling it Sneaky Stuff. Anything with “yoga” in the name is trying to project a green image, don’t you think?

ZenHaven is just another mattress company jumping on the greenwashing bandwagon, and they have no certifications. This is not a non-toxic mattress.

Less Expensive Ways to Sleep Safely

Do you want to co-sleep with your baby, but don’t want to buy a new mattress? Consider a futon as an alternative to an expensive, non-toxic mattress. They are much more comfortable than they were in your childhood, and I love the ones by Soaring Heart in particular. (Conventional or Sneaky futons will be loaded with all the same scary chemicals as mattresses.)

Here’s where I explain the difference between a mattress and a futon:

Whew! We appreciate that this is a ton of information–if you have questions about other mattresses, please comment below.

Stay sane,

Maia, Founder & CEO

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889 responses to “Best Non-Toxic Mattress Shopping Guide”

  1. Maia James Avatar
    Maia James

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  2. Leah Avatar
    Leah

    I also purchased from my green mattress brand in the past after seeing then on the good stuff and it was most affordable. But I don’t see it here anymore, but on the green mattress website they still have all the important certifications. So I’m wondering why? Does gimmethegoodstuff only recommend products if they get commission or is there a problem with the green mattress?

    1. Anna Avatar
      Anna

      I’m wondering this also.

  3. evangeline Avatar
    evangeline

    What about Birch living mattresses? My head spins with which company to go with!

  4. Nina Avatar
    Nina

    This guide was useful for outlining potential non-toxic mattress brands to try out and further investigate—thank you!. However, not all are able to be tried out/tested in a show room setting (sadly), but the ones we were able to try out since we live near a major city were Naturepedic, Avocado, and Obasan.

    Avocado seemed too expensive for the somewhat sloppy craftsmanship, but were OK (~4k). Great pillows, though.

    Naturepedic is awesome, but the bed we felt was most comfortable was wildly expensive (~10k). More affordable was their all latex bed, Trilux (~4k), (I would take it over Avocado offerings any day) but alas it was too firm for me coming off an Essentia (memory foam) mattress, even with wool topper and soft layers.

    Obasan (~6k) proved to be the most comfortable (easy to move and customize) and still a bit cheaper than the best Naturepedic bed. However, Obasan is not well loved in this guide. Their website clearly displays their GOTS and GOLS certifications, made out to OBASAN. Unless I am misreading something, Obasan should at least be on Avocado level? Please take a look at these certifications and either explain why they are insufficient in greater detail (because to me it looks identical to Avocado GOLS certificate…), or re-evaluate assessment.

  5. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    When you refresh this list, check out Ivy Organics – they’ve been around for years but seem to be really changing the game of organic mattresses! I just ordered a King size all latex and am very impressed with commitment to organic. They even sent me the GOTS and GOLS certificates for their factory in LA where they make them. Would love to see what you uncover.

  6. Lyle Avatar

    What does the mattress topper do?

    A Mattress Topper is used to noticeably change a mattress’ feel and provide extra pressure relief. Toppers can also revitalize an old mattress or lengthen the life of a new one. A mattress pad can make a bed feel slightly more plush, but it won’t alter a mattress’ firmness level.

  7. Margaret Avatar
    Margaret

    Hi–Thank you for your time and amazing research! SO helpful.

    What are your thoughts on the Bear Mattress? Looking at the Pro. OH! It’s memory foam, not latex…so this won’t make your list.. even with all its certifications. Am I correct?

    And the Tuft & Needle (Mint) says it uses foam…so.. does this disqualify the mattress from your list?

  8. Mama bear Avatar
    Mama bear

    Love the info. I can’t afford any of these!!!!

  9. Lana Avatar
    Lana

    Any thoughts on saatva’s hybrid late?

  10. Anastasia Avatar

    I’m curious about Bear Mattresses. I’ve seen a couple comments asking about them but I didn’t find any responses… We’re looking for a firm king size mattress and they have come up a couple times in our search within our price point and would love to take advantage of the current Memorial Day sale going on. Thank you for these guides and the information!

  11. Anne Towry Avatar

    Happsy and them right now. I am looking for the best option that is not over 2000. All of the

  12. Bk eri Avatar

    The by far BEST BED system I have come across so far is this from Swiss Dream Beds (http://www.bdidea24.xyz ). It an all natural bed system that is designed to relieve and prevent lower back pain. They don’t use synthetics or chemicals in their beds. Also the nice thing about them is that their beds come as a whole set. So all the wood, the flexible slat system, the organic talalay latex mattress and the sheep wool topper come included at a price that is really good. Check it out. I have been sleeping on this for almost 7 years, my bed is like new still and I have never woken up with back pain since.

  13. Stephanie L Avatar
    Stephanie L

    What are your thoughts on mattresses made by Latex for less? I would like to know since we recently purchased a mattress from there.

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  15. Rebecca Avatar
    Rebecca

    This list is very informative, but would be so much more useful with pricing information so I don’t have to click on every single link to figure out what I can afford. Or a “best bet under $100” or something like that.

  16. May Avatar
    May

    Sleep On Latex says it is GOTS and GOLS certified but your website says they aren’t. I was thinking of buying one but now I am wondering if their certification is actually valid or if you just made a mistake?

    1. Amber Avatar
      Amber

      Hi May, I believe the certification is new as of last year. I talked to the company and I did find a copy of all certifications somewhere. I just purchased a mattress for my daughter. I will keep you updated.

      Amber

    2. Dan Avatar
      Dan

      Hello,
      Thank you for this amazing guide. I saw Sleep on Latex mentioned several times in the comments. Did you ever decide if they qualify for good or best stuff? I know you were still determining your rating for them, and I see they are still listed under “okay stuff.”
      Thanks.

      1. Dani Avatar
        Dani

        I have a sleep on latex and other of my children do as well. They had no smell upon arrival. I’m also confused by the claim they don’t have GOTS and GOLS. I think the list just needs to be updated.

  17. Aly Avatar
    Aly

    Id love to know your thoughts on the Endy mattress? Thanks!!

  18. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    Thoughts on My Green Mattress, specifically Kiwi? Thank you in advance!

    1. Jill Avatar
      Jill

      Years ago it was under good stuff but I don’t see it anymore. I am
      Curious too as I want to buy another one for my other child.

      1. Virginia Suazo Avatar
        Virginia Suazo

        Same here, wondering why My Green Mattress fell off the list?

      2. Liudmila Avatar
        Liudmila

        I actually purchased one for my son 3 years ago after reading this guide. I was surprised to find out it’s not on the list anymore , would be great to know the reason since I was about to purchase another one.

      3. Annie Avatar
        Annie

        It is apparently still good stuff, but Maia had a weird/bad interaction with the owner and did not feel comfortable listing their brand. This was mentioned in one of her emails if you are on her email list and receive them.

    2. Emma Avatar
      Emma

      Hi! I’m also curious about the “my green mattress” brand, and wondering if anyone has received a response to their inquiry here? I have two for my kids that I purchased in the past according to the lash guide and I’m looking to purchase another but don’t see it on the updated list.

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      2. Leah Avatar
        Leah

        I also purchased from my green mattress brand in the past after seeing then on the good stuff and it was most affordable. But I don’t see it here anymore, but on the green mattress website they still have all the important certifications. So I’m wondering why? Does gimmethegoodstuff only recommend products if they get commission or is there a problem with the green mattress?

  19. neobest mattres Avatar

    Thank u for ur beautiful information about the mattress.

  20. Greg Avatar
    Greg

    It appears Obasan does carry current GOTS and GOLS in their name… Maybe your page should now be updated for this?

    Honesty – Obasan US
    LINK:
    obasan.com/pages/honesty

    1. Simon Avatar
      Simon

      Came here to also say this. Obasan has certificates in their name. So I wanted to know if you could recommend them?

  21. Eli Avatar

    I am wondering about Naturally Nestled. I haven’t seen them mentioned by they seem to have all the required certifications based on the criteria above and price points are reasonable. Any thoughts, Maia?
    https://naturallynestled.com/product/nestled-organic-latex-mattress-topper/?gclid=CjwKCAiAhreNBhAYEiwAFGGKPG_uL_WvQY7DdE2j8G6bLRZaz6AJ6wv8eTipIG6s22soipSwJNgjqhoC11MQAvD_BwE

    1. Autumn Avatar
      Autumn

      I’m wondering the same thing …after months of research , I feel I’m no closer to a safe topper than I was before (outside of paying $800.00 or more for one). Thought I’d finally found a reputable topper and disappointed that it’s not on any of the lists here.

  22. Citrus Sleep Avatar

    This is a very informative list. I learned a lot about Non-Toxic Mattress.

  23. RJ WIlliams Avatar
    RJ WIlliams

    Hello, I really appreciate your mission to help us all sleep in a better healthier way! I currently have a 3 inch Organic 100% Dunlop Latex topper from Brooklyn Bedding but due to some arthritis I have started to get hip and shoulder pain at night and would like to try something other than latex for a Topper. I am consdering the wool/alpaca topper from Avocado but I am also considering Dormeo’s Octaspring foam Topper which claims to relieve pressure points. They only have US-CertiPur certification and they say this about their materials:

    “Foam Top Layer: The top layer of the Topper is our signature Recovery Foam™. This is a high quality, high-density, US-Certipur certified viscoelastic foam that is free from harmful chemicals, no off gassing or strong odors and perfect for gently cradling even the most sensitive areas of your body without that “sinking, stuck” feeling.

    Octaspring Technology Layer: We use US-Certipur certified polyurethane foam in two distinct densities to create a zoned layer of all-foam springs for proper spinal alignment, comfortable cradling and maximum breathability so that the topper does not retain heat and sleep hot. There is no latex in any of our foams.”

    I am wondering if you know any more about Dormeo and how safe their materials are? I would appreciate anything you can share with me.
    Thank you very much for your help.

  24. Meghan Iacino Avatar
    Meghan Iacino

    I’m looking for a full size mattress for my 5 year old to use and grow with. Does anyone have information on this brand. 5 Little Monkeys?
    https://5littlemonkeysbed.com/products/the-sleep-system?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnoqLBhD4ARIsAL5JedIRoJbQzRbNW7hqWtFdF4BYc-7hO6XKitiYO3Nsb7CCHUKIKDLF7mcaApyzEALw_wcB

    1. Lindsey Avatar
      Lindsey

      I am looking at this mattress as well. I’m wonder if this or Nod by Tuft and Needle (sold through Amazon) would be a better option.

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  27. Amy Ulloa Avatar
    Amy Ulloa

    What is the status of My Green Mattress? It used to be on the list but is no longer mentioned at all on any of the lists above. are they still good stuff?

    1. Rachel Avatar
      Rachel

      Interested to hear as well. I ordered one after reading this list. Now I’m shopping for another mattress. Thank you!

  28. Nel Avatar
    Nel

    Hello, thank you for this information!
    does anyone know if this matress is non toxic? thank you!
    https://europe.shopmarriott.com/en/the-marriott-bed/marriott-mattress

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Marriott mattresses most definitely would not make our Best Stuff, Good Stuff, or even our OK Stuff list. From what I can gather, toxins are simply not on their radar. Their website does not address the issue. They are priced the same or well above fully certified nontoxic mattresses. Are considering buying one?

  29. Briana Avatar
    Briana

    Thank you very much for this super helpful guide! I need two 30″ NARROW TWIN mattresses for my sons’ bunk bed, and I was wondering if you could suggest the best brand(s) that offers that size? I’m having a hard time finding non-toxic options. Thank you so much!

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Several of the certified manufacturers can custom fabricate whatever size you need. I’ll be happy to help.

  30. Daphna Avatar
    Daphna

    What are your thoughts on Harvest Green Mattress? It’s GOTS, GOLS, Oeko-tex certified, and green guard certified?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Harvest Green is ok but certainly does not carry the top-shelf certifications we look for. For about the same price you can get a very similar mattress that has all the best certifications. I’ll be happy to help.

      1. Carlin Avatar
        Carlin

        I think harvest green is certified organic for all ingredients. What certification are they lacking that you look for? I have been looking at this mattress also because their basic model is a good price point.

  31. Valerie Avatar
    Valerie

    Thank you for creating a list of healthy mattress companies that have received 3rd party testing and qualifies as being a healthy mattress. I do notice that some of the certifications you mention to look for such as: oeko-tex, certi-PUR and green-guard gold are still not meeting the standards for certain mattress companies listed above. I feel this is a contradiction to what your telling consumers to look for. An example would be Brentwood home. On some of their products they list all 3 of these certifications yet you still classify them as not even okay stuff. Why is that? Tuft and Needle is certi-PUR, green-guard gold and
    intertek’s clean air certification. Please look over some of these companies you have listed and look over their certifications again, because some are meeting certifications you mention to look for in buying. Lastly, you mention that memory foam is not to be considered but then above its recommended under Plushbeds category for having similar certifications that the two brands I mentioned above have, yet they aren’t considered acceptable…..I don’t see a difference between them. If there is a difference please share what that is. I cannot use latex and am interested in purchasing a safe memory foam topper. I already have a wool topper but it’s not enough. Thanks again!!!

    1. Valerie Avatar
      Valerie

      I wanted to update this as I purchased the Brentwood Home memory foam topper and despite its certifications, it smelled very strongly of chemicals. I could not keep it or even fully unwrap it from the plastic, due to the chemical smell. Also I believe Tuft and Needle is owned by Serta Simmon and Bedding and unfortunately they plan on applying a chemical to their mattresses. https://sleepretailer.com/mattress/serta-simmons-bedding-to-develop-u-s-first-antiviral-mattress/

      So it makes sense now why you wouldn’t recommend these brands, it’s just soo hard to find a mattress without chemicals, flame retardants or other poor quality materials.

  32. Mira Avatar
    Mira

    I would also like to hear your take on the various mattresses sold by The Futon Shop. Thanks much!!

  33. J Avatar
    J

    Could you please elaborate? The Brentwood Cedar Natural seems to have been updated quite a bit. It does look like all they have all the certifications that you mention here and more. You can even verify it with GOLS etc:
    Their sister company Avocado’s Green mattress is also similar in terms of certification and materials. Their coil systems are different.

    Could you please describe why they are not in the Best category?
    You have updated Avocado info with the news that they have GOTS and GOLS, so is it still not in the BEST category?
    Both these companies have been very responsive and forthcoming with any questions that you may have. Brentwood was not on my list until I started looking into them. I’d appreciate any further insights . Thank you.

  34. Erin Stebbins Avatar
    Erin Stebbins

    Thanks for all the great research! Based on an earlier version of this guide I purchased a Metta Bed for my daughter. Was going to buy another of the same for my son who now is out of his crib but I don’t see it on here anymore, are they no longer good stuff?

  35. christina Brooks Avatar
    christina Brooks

    Just want to give a disclaimer to those looking at the EcoTerra brand… I purchased their mattress topper. The product photos display the topper has a cover. FIVE out of seven photos show a cover on the topper. The mattress topper DOES NOT come with a cover once you open the package. There is no option to add a cover or buy one anywhere on the site. It’s false advertising and even the language of the listing suggests how to care for the cover and the materials used on the cover.

    I emailed “customer service” only to be told they don’t sell the cover with the topper anymore and was directed to a separate company to purchase the cover (“latex for less”). Weird but thought maybe is was a sister company. When I went to it, ALL the photos of the separate company are identical, same listings, same site practically. It’s so sketchy. So my friend who was looking for purchase FIVE mattresses for her new beach house called the company to ask a few questions. They were rude, aggressive and ended up hanging up on her, pretended they had never even heard of “latex for ess” even though “Ken” from their customer service directed us to them in the first place. She went to another company to buy her mattresses (Saatva). It seems like the company outsources their “customer service” to another country, but the service is horrendous and I would return this topper if I could. Super sketched out and don’t even know that I received what i was TOLD the product is. I know there’s TONS of comments but hopefully it saves someone from getting duped. Be super careful with this brand, something sketchy is going on for sure.

  36. Aprile Avatar
    Aprile

    I am extremely sensitive to chemicals and wanted to share my experience with the OMI wave topper. The store where I purchased it ran it through an “air chamber”- a plastic bag with air forced over it, to remove the rubber smell. This did not work. It has been sitting in a room in my house with open windows and fans for 7 months and the rubber smell is still very strong. I told OMI about this and their response was the smell wasn’t toxic, many people say it is reminiscent of a light rose smell. When I repeated for me it was a rubber smell, they said to rub baking soda into it and vacuum it off to remove the smell. This did not work. I set the topper on a bed to complete the vacuuming process and the smell of rubber seeped into comforter on the bed. After I told them this, I haven’t heard anything else. They are in denial that their topper can smell very bad to some people. As a result, I am recycling a mattress topper that cost $800 because I cannot stand have the smell of the rubber in my home, much less sleep on it. If you have chemical sensitivities, I would recommend not buying OMI latex of any kind. I would also recommend buying from a place where you can return it if it is causing health issues for you.

  37. Jennifer Brodhead Avatar
    Jennifer Brodhead

    Hi, do you know anything about Zinus Green Tea mattresses? Would the activcharcoal do anything or is that just a gimmick?

  38. Eliza Avatar
    Eliza

    My head is spinning! Does anyone know if a Reviere mattress “sleep system” is toxic?
    Also my 5 month old is using a new brand named Bubble Bear that came from China.
    They both claim to be non toxic but I am now having serious doubts!

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Revere would not make our Best Stuff or Good Stuff list.

  39. Mark Abrials Avatar

    This is a wonderful resource, and does a great job explaining what to look for in a mattress and what the certifications mean. I just wanted to note that you should consider adding MADE SAFE® to your list of non-toxic certifications, which we believe is the most stringent standard, screening against more than 6,500 known and even suspected toxins. And it applies to the whole product, rather than just a material, so it is less confusing for customers. As the CMO and a co-founder at Avocado, we have earned GOTS, GOLS, Greenguard and numerous other certification for organic, health and sustainability, all in our brand name, but MADE SAFE® is what we rely on most to validate non-toxic claims related to human and ecological health. I should note that Naturepedic and Happsy also have MADE SAFE®. When you update this article, it would be great to include it for your readers. Keep up the good work.
    https://www.madesafe.org/find-products/bedding/

  40. Laura Griffith Avatar
    Laura Griffith

    Do you have an opinion on Flexus Comfort mattresses? I am also considering Happsy, but I am worried that the Happsy mattress may be too firm, and I can’t afford the topper. Flexus has two types of latex mattresses: one is GOLS certified %100 organic latex (more expensive) and the other is Oeko-Tex certified %100 natural latex mattresses. I like the fact that you can choose what firmness level you want. My very tight budget needs to keep it under $1800 for a king, so I am feeling a bit torn as to what to order. I have family that love the mattresses that they gotten from Flexus. Thanks for weighing in on how safe they might be. https://www.flexuscomfort.com/mattresses/latex-mattresses/organic-latex-mattress.html

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Hi Laura,
      Flexus does not have the independent 3rd party certifications we look for in a mattress that would make our “Best Stuff” list.
      Take a look at the “Best Stuff” category in our Safe Mattress Guide to see options. I think that 1 or 2 of those options should have a King for $1800
      https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/safe-product-guides/mattresses/

  41. Emily Watson Avatar

    Is there any type of Water Cooler Type Mattresses? I want a guide & Reviews Thanks

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      I am unfamiliar with a “water cooler type mattress”. Can you post a link?

      Thanks,

  42. Hanry Joj Avatar

    What about Safe & Rouged Mattresses?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Is that a brand of mattress?

  43. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    I just noticed the same thing about mygreenmattress. I rely on your site for both reviews and product purchases. I bought a mattress from them recently, and would hate to think I made a mistake. I’m glad to know I didn’t make it up that it was here. Please help.

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      My Green does have the proper certifications so don’t worry about your purchase. They are going to be recategorized on our site because we are going to improve a couple aspects of our categories. Your mattress is fine, Do not worry! : )

      1. Danielle Soler Avatar
        Danielle Soler

        Oh no, recategorized as bad stuff? My mattress arrived smelling like a barn and had to air it out for a month. They told me it was from the wool…should I be concerned?

  44. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    When visiting your website before you mentioned MyGreenMattress as being good stuff but when I came back the information was gone. Is MyGreenMattress not good stuff anymore?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      see below

  45. Mika Avatar
    Mika

    What about mygreenmatress?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      see below

  46. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    Hi Maia,

    I’m a huge fan of your website and spend so much time reading your posts. My husband and I finally decided to switch out our old mattress and go non-toxic. After reading your reviews and assessing our budget, we went with a king size and two twin size mattresses from my green mattress. We used your code and got a great discount, thank you so much! I was curious as to why they were removed from your product guide. I would hate to find out that they’ve lost certifications or something of that nature after I invested in them. Thank you in advance!

    – Stephanie

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      No, Stephanie, they didn’t lose any certifications. Unfortunately, we’d had an upsetting business interaction with them that’s made me question their integrity. But, we have no reason to believe their mattresses are toxic.

  47. Elise Cunningham Avatar
    Elise Cunningham

    what about Brentwood home?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Brentwood Home does not have the proper certifications to be included on our “Best Stuff” or “Good Stuff” categories.

      1. N Avatar
        N

        Could you please mention which certifications are missing? Brentwood Cedar Natural has both GOLS and GOTS made out to them. This Brentwood mattress seems to have the exact same certifications that Avocado has (sister companies). They have been making many updates including removing hydrated silica and relying on wool for natural fire retardant properties.

        Could you please describe why Avocado is not in the Best category?
        You have updated Avocado info with the news that they have GOTS and GOLS, so is it still not in the BEST category?

  48. helloworld Avatar
    helloworld

    i thought this guide used to include LifeKind. Weird that it’s not on here – i thought their safety and certs were straightforward!

  49. Kiett Avatar
    Kiett

    *looks horrified at her $gazillion dollar Sleep Number bed!*

  50. Shan C Avatar
    Shan C

    Thank you! This is so helpful! Especially the update. Are you familiar with organix bed (https://organixbed.com)? What are your thoughts about it? I’m not finding much information outside of that site. Thanks!

  51. Natalie Schrunk Avatar
    Natalie Schrunk

    Hello! I’m currently looking at the Awara mattress by Avacado. It looks pretty clean to me. Have you seen anything about this one that concerns you? I didn’t see it mentioned above….

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      I don’t think Awara and Avocado are the same manufacturer???

      1. Mark Abrials Avatar

        Awara is made by Resident, the brand that makes Nectar and Dreamcloud. Avocado is an entirely different company, made in Los Angeles.

  52. Tara Krenek Avatar
    Tara Krenek

    Do you know if there is a better mattress that would fit the Lotus Guava bassinet?

  53. Kristina Avatar
    Kristina

    Hello! I was interested in hearing more about the Saatva mattress. We bought it a few months ago and I just saw that it’s under the sneaky stuff on your site. Does it have toxic materials? We have a 180 day trial so I think I can still return it. Any help is appreciated!
    Thanks so much!
    Kristina

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Saatva does not have the independent 3rd party certifications we need to see in order to classify them as “Best Stuff”.

  54. Valerie Walker Avatar
    Valerie Walker

    Have you dealt with Awara Sleep at all? Their mattress looks like it wouldn’t qualify for ‘The Best Stuff’ without the GOLS/GOTS certifications, but has a lot of other good advertised. Wondering if you happened to have any additional info? Thanks!

  55. Alyssa Pagels Avatar
    Alyssa Pagels

    Hello!
    I know you are probably swamped constantly with questions, especially with a subject as confusing as mattresses, however…

    Whenever you get around to it, I would love to know where you would place Harvest Green Mattress. I guess it’s a newer company (2018). It states it has a number of certifications but they are written to the overseas product supplier – which I know you said is worrisome.
    Would love to know if it you’d still consider it good stuff, okay? Better than conventional – which we have now.

    Thanks so much for the work that you all do!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Will add to our list to do a full review, but yes almost certainly better than conventional:) .But like you said, the oversees certifications are not as good as one that’s written directly to the manufacturer itself.

  56. timothy m deese Avatar
    timothy m deese

    Good Day … after seemingly days of mattress research – and despite yours and others’ skepticisms -we are considering buying Saatvas’ Classic mattress ( or maybe their healthier Latex Hybrid ?) … What do you think of these regarding toxicity issues ?? Thank You … Tim Deese

  57. Brooke Avatar
    Brooke

    I’m confused by the info on the Tuft & Needle mattresses. I am looking at the Mint, and the website says it is Greenguard Gold certified (under “certifications” here: https://www.tuftandneedle.com/mattress/mint/?bvstate=pg:3/ct:r)
    This obviously contradicts the info you have above, so how do I verify if their claimed certifications are true?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, they’ve updated their certifications. We are in the process of updating this page to reflect all the recent changes!

  58. Jenna Avatar
    Jenna

    Hi Maia! What do you suggest for a bassinet mattress? I’m not finding anything safe!

  59. Holly Avatar
    Holly

    Hi!
    Love your site – you are my go to for non toxic info!
    We are looking at a tuft & needle mattress & I was surprised by the updated review in here saying they only have Certi-PUR as they have a few certifications – including GreenGuard Gold on their site. Just wondering if it’s a sneaky certification or if they have updated their certs. Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      They’ve updated their certifications and we are updating this page accordingly:).

  60. Olivia Avatar
    Olivia

    Tuft and needle now has GREENGUARD gold, would that change its rating?
    Also, curious if you have researched joybeds.com chemical free mattresses?

  61. Greg Blank Avatar
    Greg Blank

    To save you trouble, I called Awara, and they are not certified with GOTS or GOLS, and instead use Certipure and Rain Forest Alliance certifications.

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Correct. Awara does not have the certifications we look for.

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Thank you!!

  62. John Snow Avatar

    Very good info, however I think you should update it to include more info about fiberglass. I had to buy a mattresses for my kid when she outgrew her crib and I was surprised to learn that many memory foam mattresses have fiberglass in them! The fiberglass is in loose strands and only contained by the manufacturer’s slipcover and after it gets released it goes into hvac systems and people have had to get rid of their homes or have them gutted to get rid of all the fibers! What a nightmare… So to help people I put my research about it on my computer/electronics blog if you want to check out the post at https://www.jsnowcreations.com/?p=1995 and the site where I first learned about the dangers of fiberglass in mattresses is this one https://fiberglassawareness.com/fiberglass/mattresses.htm

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      We totally agree. Fiberglass in your mattress should definitely be avoided…as should any memory foam mattress.

  63. Greg Avatar
    Greg

    Hi, thanks so much for this site! In rushing to move into a new place, I just made the mistake of buying an off-gasing mattress at MattressFirm… I didn’t think it was, but it wound up have an inch or 2 layer of foam etc. Now I may be stuck paying a huge restocking fee unless I perhaps exchange for their ONLY organic mattress they sell which is by Awara. But I don’t see Awara here in your list at all. How do they stack up?

  64. Evonne Avatar
    Evonne

    can you give me advice on a mattress company called https://www.eightsleep.com?

    Thanks.

  65. Amanda Avatar
    Amanda

    Do you know anything about the bentwood home cedar luxe mattress?? It says it’s 100% organic gots. Would love any info you might have on it!

  66. Kathleen Avatar
    Kathleen

    Debating between the My green mattress and white lotus for my toddler. I’ve read that steel core/springs make the mattress last 4x longer, but leaning towards the white lotus since they offer 6-8in height versus 9.25-9.5in from My green which I think will be too tall for my toddler’s montessori low bed. Would love your thoughts! Love your guide.

    1. Lightcap Avatar
      Lightcap

      My green mattress also offers the Kiwi Bunk Bed Mattress in twin size which is 8 inches high.

  67. Amanda Avatar
    Amanda

    Hi! I went through the reviews and want to get an organic mattress but it seems like all of the best mattresses as far as materials go are firm. I am looking for a softer bed but they all seem to be firm. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

    1. Greg Blank Avatar
      Greg Blank

      Yes I would like to know this as well!

      1. Briana Foster Avatar
        Briana Foster

        Me too! Would love to know what the softest options are. We bought the Naturepedic EOS Classic with soft coils and soft latex, but it’s not as soft as our old (toxic) mattress that we threw away. Only have a few days to return the Naturepedic, and struggling to find a mattress that will be softer for side sleepers.

  68. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Is there any research on 5 little monkeys?

  69. meg Avatar
    meg

    Wow. THANK YOU FOR THIS INFO! I’ve been searching high and low and you’ve made it clear.

  70. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
    Suzanne Weaver-Goss

    Hi Naala,

    Thank you for letting us know. We will reach out to them and make sure that we update our site. Sorry that you had this experience with them.

  71. Brittany Avatar
    Brittany

    Hi , would love to hear your opinion on Brentwood Homes mattresses’. They have a new hybrid latex mattress I’ve been doing tons of research on.

    & I see Plush Beds on the best stuff, does this go for all of plus beds mattresses’? Some of them are not certified “organic”.

    Thank you!

    1. Amanda Avatar
      Amanda

      Interested in these as well!

  72. N Avatar
    N

    I also noticed that In 2018, Avocado Mattress completed a merger with Brentwood Home.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, this is part of the reason we are no longer recommending them.

  73. N Avatar
    N

    Hi,

    Thank you for all your help and the work that you do.
    Have you looked into the Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe Mattress?

    Thanks!

  74. Teresa Avatar
    Teresa

    Have you researched anything about purple mattress? And if so where do they fall in the line of best to bad on your list of mattress options.

  75. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    Silk & Snow – Cdn company shipping for free to Canada and the continental USA! They offer an organic mattress for extremely reasonable price. Can you look into this?

  76. Meghan Blake Avatar

    Any feedback on a box spring? I cannot find any that state they are toxin free or certified? Thank you!

  77. Angie Avatar
    Angie

    Do you have recommendations for mattress protectors to protect these non-toxic mattresses?

  78. Tom S. Avatar
    Tom S.

    You mentioned that Simmons uses vinyl. Can you explain where and how much. i was considering a Beauty Rest but, vinyl concerns me.

  79. Debbie Avatar
    Debbie

    SleepOnLatex was listed on your OK list because you stated that they did not have GOLS certification. I checked today and they list their GOLS certification. If they check out, would they qualify as a safe option?

    https://sleeponlatex.com/products/natural-latex-mattress

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, it looks like their certifications have been updated. We are reaching out to them now and will update our guide accordingly.

  80. R Avatar
    R

    Hi, I was wondering if you had any input on the Juniper mattress (Brentwood homes)? We have mygreen mattresses for our kids but need to get a mattress for a trundle in their room which will be used very infrequently. Hence we’d like to spend less… Are there concerns with having a less than “best” mattress in their room even though they are not sleeping on it? Thank you!

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Good question… Brentwood Homes has no mattresses that qualify as “Good Stuff”. They do not have the certifications we look for. Trundle mattresses are usually smaller and thinner than standard sizes. This often requires a custom build. Custom builds usually cost a bit more rather than less.
      Having said that, we work with a company that has good certifications that makes very nice wool toppers that make great trundle mattresses. We own two and I’ve always maintained that because they are so comfy they would suffice as a mattress! They might be the perfect thing and they will cost far less than a mattress. If you send me your dimensions I can get a price for you. Send to [email protected]

  81. FH Avatar
    FH

    Your thoughts on Zinus brand mattresses.

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Zinus makes memory foam mattresses…therefore there is no way they would make our “Best Stuff” or “Good Stuff” lists.

  82. Jess Avatar
    Jess

    Hello I was hoping to get some input on Joybed mattresses
    Where on this list would you put them?
    Thank you 🙂

  83. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    Does anyone have recommendations for a natural mattress for a lightweight side sleeper? It looks like most of them are on the firmer side without a topper.

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Hi Rachael, Generally speaking, most mattresses are relatively firm. This is certainly true of nontoxic latex mattresses. A topper is recommended for those who want a softer experience.

  84. Kimberly Avatar
    Kimberly

    Love the updates and this whole article (from when I found it 3 years ago and was pleasantly surprised that many of the brands upgraded) – Thank you so much for this! I was surprised that the OMI brands – OrganicPedic, Lifekind, and Metta – weren’t on here – any opinions on those?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      These were Good Stuff last time we checked, but we’ve had communications issues with this brand.

  85. Liz Avatar
    Liz

    Unfortunately none of the mattresses in the Best and Good stuff categories will work for me and my husband. Brooklyn Mattress meets all my needs but I am wondering if there have been any updates since this was posted? Would you consider this company to be better than some of the other mainstream mattresses out there?

    Also, what are the thoughts on Sleep Number and what category they would fall into, particularly as compared to Brooklyn Mattress?

    Thank you in advance!

  86. Abigail Avatar
    Abigail

    What are your thoughts on Zinus mattresses? Thank you!

  87. Jessica Avatar

    Any thoughts on the Live and Sleep eco-friendly memory foam mattress? I haven’t heard much about this company but came across the site after trying to find a super affordable mattress for my sons college apartment. Any suggestions?

  88. Amber Avatar
    Amber

    Forgive me if you’ve already answered this question, but do you have any thoughts about The Futon Shop? Specifically, I am looking at this product: https://www.thefutonshop.com/organic-latex-wool-mattress-topper-celestia-organic-topper/
    And thanks for everything you do! I appreciate the care and effort you all have put into procuring this information and making it available to the rest of us.

  89. Michael Fradelizio Avatar
    Michael Fradelizio

    Hi
    My wife and I use a split king adjustable bed. We are in the market for new mattresses. Does anyone know of a healthy option?
    Thanks
    Michael

  90. Eggy Avatar
    Eggy

    Can you give an evaluation of the puffy lux mattress?

  91. Peggy Avatar
    Peggy

    How do you feel about the Uffy Lux matters
    Can you review it?

  92. Sabine Avatar
    Sabine

    Any opinion on Lifekind and OMI? I have a Lifekind “The Duet” mattress and it is very comfortable. I think it would fall under “the best stuff” but curious on your thoughts. Thanks!

  93. CuriousintheNW Avatar
    CuriousintheNW

    Hi there-I am curious about the SleeponLatex brand. I see you have it rated and reference that they do not use “the most dangerous flame retardants.” From what I can tell from their website they are using wool and nothing else as a flame retardant (their wool is supposed to be GOTS certified) Also, their latex foam is purportedly made without any fillers or synthetic latex and is certified by Oeko-Tex and ecoInstitut. This company appears to meet all of your standards but you still have them rated as “OK” I am curious if you could share with me some more information that I can use to delineate why this product is not on the good stuff list because their certifications are all in their name and their product appears to meet your standards. Thanks!

    1. Karl Shevick Avatar

      John,

      We have gone back and forth over your statements about our company several times in the past. I remain confused and disappointed by the misinformation that you continually put out about our company. Time and time again, commenters on this page have pointed out that your statements about us are either false or contridictory.

      The fact is that we have every single certification that you currently recommend (and more). Below is a list of our certifications (all of these certifications cover our complete mattresses):

      GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) – License #OT-034423 – Issued Directly to Sleep On Latex

      GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) – Certification #C868773GOLS-02.2020 – Issued Directly to Sleep On Latex

      Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 – Certification #15.HUS.60646 – Issued Directly to Sleep On Latex

      Greenguard Gold by UL – Certification #80101-410 – Issued Directly to Sleep On Latex

      Karl Shevick
      Founder & CEO
      Sleep On Latex

      1. johnlockegoss Avatar
        johnlockegoss

        I will take a look and make any appropriate changes.

      2. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Wanted to update you here Karl–We are seeing that your mattress now indeed has all the certifications written directly in your name. This is great–we will update our guide:)

      3. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Karl-I am going to remove the prior comments where we say that Sleep on Latex does not have the proper certifications in order to avoid confusing our readers.

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      They appear to have updated their certifications and are now at least Good Stuff, possibly even Best Stuff (we are reaching out to them now to sort out where they belong in our updated guide!).

  94. steve Avatar
    steve

    I am drawn to Saatva because of the organic cotton cover and the fact they are known to give off no odors and I have MCS. They have very little foam in them.
    I am leery of latex due to the smell

    1. John Avatar

      Saatva does not have the independent 3rd party certifications we look for. Not all latex has an odor.

      1. Tara Avatar
        Tara

        John, could you please let me know *which* safe latex DOESN’T have the typical natural latex odor? As someone who is sensitive, I dislike the natural latex smell of pillows and mattresses, even if they are certified, etc. If there does in fact exist a natural latex product that has no odor, please let me know. I would be very interested to look into it. Thank you so much.

  95. Emily Avatar
    Emily

    How do you feel about the awara mattress? I am thinking about getting it.

    1. John Avatar

      Unfortunately Awara does not have the 3rd party certifications we look for.

  96. April Ciervo Avatar
    April Ciervo

    Has anyone found a good thin mattress? I need one that’s only 6″-7″ inches for the top bunks in our room (for safety). Most of these certified ones are more than 8. I’d love some help! If I have to resort to the Modway Avenline one from Amazon with CertiPUR-US Certified Foam, would you get an organic topper to create a layer between mattress and the kids?

    1. John Avatar

      Take a look at these. There are 2 versions. Only 4 inches thick. We sleep on the latex one!
      https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/?s=shikibuton

  97. Cassy Avatar
    Cassy

    How do you feel about Latex for Less? They seem to have some good certifications.

  98. Brittny Avatar

    Have you reviewed the Montana futon company called Small Wonders? Would they make it on your Best Stuff list?

    Thanks for your time and all you do

  99. Cinthya Avatar
    Cinthya

    You used to have Lifekind mattresses on here (I bought one after reading about it here), but it’s no longer on the list. How come?

  100. Vanessa Avatar
    Vanessa

    We’ve been being more health and eco conscious with our purchases. So when it was time to buy a new mattress, we referred to your mattress guide since the choices can be overwhelming. We first bought from EcoTerra. Before buying, I reached out to customer service to make sure we were getting a good fit for our needs. I ordered what was recommended thinking a medium mattress would be somewhere in between soft and firm. It was not. The mattress was thin, super soft, and we rolled off the edge of we got to close. We spent 3 nights on that mattress before bringing our old one back into our room. Each night I slept on it I was in more physical pain: headaches, back ache, neck pain. Any part of my body that touched the mattress was in pain. When I called customer service to discuss my experience, they were rude and said “what did you expect, you ordered a medium mattress and you got soft.” The return policy is 90 days from purchase, but if you return it before 30 days there is a charge. I tried reaching out to a manager thinking that perhaps I just got someone on a bad day, everyone was rude. The manager I spoke to didn’t answer any of my questions, just kept repeating the policy and said there is an adjustment period for any Mattress. When I asked if pain was part of the adjustment, she said yes. When our 30 days was up, I called again and got the same manager. When I said I wanted to return the mattress she kept offering me everything but the opportunity to return it and got short when I kept repeating that I wanted to return the mattress. The mattress was picked up by a 3rd party company. They said they’ve been collecting lots of these mattresses and that everyone has the same complaints about it being an awful mattress that causes pain. Unfortunately there is no place to file a complaint and the website only posts positive reviews.
    I hope you consider removing them from the list
    We went back to the list and went with a plush bed. The customer service is great, the bed is so comfortable and well made and mattress purchases comes with free stuff. We were super happy with our overall experience and purchase from plush beds

  101. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    What about Birch mattresses? I don’t see this listed. Thanks so much!

  102. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi! I have a Brentwood Home mattress right now, I do not see this company anywhere on your list. I’m sure it’s “sneaky” which is upsetting because I tried so hard trying to find a nontoxic mattress since my room is right next to my son’s. I’m about to get rid of it after only a year and a half. I emailed them about the strong odor after it arrived. They assured me it was nontoxic and gave a list. I should have listened to my gut I’m sure. Out of your top/best list, which is the most comfortable? I have back issues and the one I have now is making them worse. I laid on my friends nectar and almost thought about getting one (suuuuper comfy), but I was sad to see it isn’t a good one toxic wise. I read where you guys use a topper.. is that because it’s not very comfortable? I don’t want to spend 3k+ on a mattress and it not be comfortable.

    Thanks!!

  103. Yvette Melton Avatar
    Yvette Melton

    Thank you for the post. Although I cannot prove it I believe I started having issues with my mattress purchase 2 years ago. I have been sleeping on the couch and am ready to find a healthy sleeping environment. I would have pulled the plug on PlushBeds but I did not like the terms of their trial period. It doesn’t make sense to gift a mattress protector that you can’t use because if you use the required 30 days and want to return it has to returned new in package. Also, if returned which I doubt would happen I would have to find a way to box it. I will take a serious look at your other much appreciated suggestions. Thank you again.

  104. Bea Avatar
    Bea

    Anyone have info on the Ecocloud mattress by Winkbeds?

  105. Sarah Duke Avatar
    Sarah Duke

    Oh, I was going to buy Layla because of this review https://wisepick.org/best-mattress-under-1000/ Thank God I found your site. Going to order Plush Beds one. I will write feedback after I got it!

  106. Mel Avatar
    Mel

    What do you think about the Zinus Green Tea 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress? A relative just gave us one they’re not using anymore, it’s about 3 years old, barely used. It looks like the mattress is polyurethane foam, which I’m a little nervous about. It has the CertiPur certificate, which I see means little. I’m a little concerned about the glass fiber in the mattress cover (I think this acts as a fire sock). I didn’t think to look into what the mattress was made of until we accepted it and already gave away our old one. We have a baby and preschooler and they both end up in our bed a lot of the time. I have a naturepedic crib mattress for the baby. I’m wondering if it would be okay for us to sleep on this Zinus mattress for a few years or if this is something I really need to look at replacing much sooner.

    1. Bea Avatar
      Bea

      Google fiberglass coming out of these beds, that is what turned me off from buying one.

  107. GracieGra Avatar
    GracieGra

    Have you done any research on 5 little monkeys sleep system? I’m SAHM with 3.5 and 5.5 year old about to purchase twin/full mattresses for their new bunk bed. HELP! I’m going nuts.

  108. Hansani Avatar
    Hansani

    Tuft & Needle’s website mentions that they are GREENGUARD Gold certified. What are your thoughts?

  109. Clau Avatar
    Clau

    Hi,

    I have a question about boric acid. When a mattress is treated with boric acid and you cover it with a non toxic mattress protector, will you protect yourself from inhaling this boric acid? I look forward to your response as I was not able to find any information on the net about it. Thanks for putting together this information, and thanks for your sharing your research!

  110. Wanda Avatar
    Wanda

    Hello Maia-
    I so appreciated all your “research” & info re the good & bad in mattresses. Thank you! Following close to 2 weeks of my researching any info I could find online, including yours, I was very close to placing an order. I actually had a Queen sized mattress in the “Shopping Cart” on Plushbeds site. At that point, I was quite exhausted & something kept “nagging” at me, keeping me from hitting the “checkout” key. Then, off of their site, I googled “reviews” on them. Up came Consumer Affairs site, with many astounding reviews, sharing what so many customers had gone through over the past few years. Very stressful, almost “horror” stories! I’m not well, but struggle with chronic pain and need to keep my stress at a minimum. After reading all those “honest” reviews, I quickly deleted my selection and got off the PlushBeds site. Before that, when I kept going back over their various Certifications, I noticed they seemed to be under different names, but had PushBeds stamped across them. I was so excited that this company was offering a “SALE” but quickly learned (just checked it again myself on their site), the use a ton of false advertising. It’s not really a sale; all they do is keep changing the date! Also, so many reviewers revealed that the “Free” sheets, pillows & cover came without legitimate tags on them. These customers went through so much stress & turmoil with this company! They found the same pillows, etc., for sale on Amazon (made in China) for a much lesser price. PLUS, you cannot even open the “Free” items because then you cannot return them. You HAVE to keep the Mattress for at least 30 days, return fees are involved, etc., etc.
    Please tell me, would YOU want to take the chance of going through all this by placing an order with this company?
    I just want & need a truly “healthy” mattress (cannot afford thousands of dollars), now I’m starting over with all the research, etc. I’m just not sure where to turn at this point.
    Thank you very much for reading this long message. I was so impressed with your writing and wanted to get your thoughts on all this.
    Thank you again, and please stay safe during this very difficult time in our Country!

  111. Grace Avatar
    Grace

    Curious your thoughts on Brentwood homes juniper mattress?

  112. tony Avatar

    what do you think about “Brentwood” They have a mattress called “Cedar” that seems to be fairly certified. GOLS GOTS greenguard gold, etc.

  113. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Hello- I’ve been looking at PranaSleep – which has an organic line using 100% natural latex and organic cotton. I have asked for their certifications and cannot find any on their website. Do you have certification info for this company? Thank you!!

  114. Michelle Davidson Avatar
    Michelle Davidson

    I am looking at a Joybed right now as we are searching for a new bed. The price is similar to My Green Mattress, but it is coil spring with wool and cotton. Have you seen this brand?

  115. Gwen Avatar
    Gwen

    Hi,

    I live in Canada, so it’s nearly impossible to get these mattresses. Either I have to pay exorbitant duty and don’t get the option to test it. Or I have to pay the duty, test it and the lose the 100’s I spent on the duty.

    SO… I’m trying to find a mattress that ships from WITHIN Canada. Do you know anything about Silk & Snow, or Haven mattresses? I see they don’t have all the certifications, but I’m not sure why. I know Essentia is on the list (and they ship within), but they charge you to return it if you don’t like it. Which is just poor service in my opinion.

    Thanks for making this list!

    1. Tamara Avatar
      Tamara

      Hi Gwen,

      Have you looked at Obasan? Their organic mattresses are made in Canada. I have one and couldn’t be happier with it.

  116. mary Avatar
    mary

    Just looking, 3/2020. Anything new since this article? TYSM

  117. Kate Avatar
    Kate

    But which is most comfortable?

  118. Caitlin Avatar
    Caitlin

    Thanks for the post. I wanted to share that I have an Avocado pillow. While it is a great texture (both the inside and the material of the cover), it gets really hot to sleep with. I’m so glad I didn’t purchase a mattress. I’d love to know more on these safe materials that are also not overheating. I realize that’s not the focus of the site but I think it’s worth mentioning.

  119. Monica Avatar
    Monica

    Have you hear of the sleep EZ mattresses?

    1. Marmaduke Avatar
      Marmaduke

      I would like to see a comment on this from the Maia as well, since I am considering SleepEz and would like her take.

      I am a little skeptical of SleepEz at this point–their sales associates really seem as if they don’t understand the products. For example: Three weeks ago, I called the company to ask from where they sourced their latex. I mentioned that I currently have a Savvy Rest, and have been happy with it, but am looking for a new mattress for my bedroom, and the SavvyRest will go into the guest room. The gentleman on the line immediately said, “We source our latex from the exact same company that Savvy Rest does, so if you like your Savvy Rest, you’ll like our mattress.”

      I called Savvy Rest, and discovered that they source their latex from Radium Foam from the Netherlands. The Savvy Rest rep told me they used to get their latex from Latex International ,but that company had horrible distribution issues and filed for bankruptcy.

      I then returned to SleepEz’s website and read: “We source our latex from the top 4 global latex suppliers who we have worked with for decades. Our close relationships mean we get the best latex at the best price, and pass along the savings to you.”

      Huh? Four suppliers? Why four? Who are they? I thought SleepEx sources from the same folks as SavvyRest–which only uses ONE supplier.

      I emailed the company to find out.

      This time, the gentleman who responded told me they source their latex from both Radium and Talalay Global. When I asked how I would know which source my latex came from, should I order a bed, he said, “Well, right now we’re out of Radium, so you would get a Latex International mattress.” I asked about Latex International going bankrupt, and he quoted a website called the “Mattress Underground” that indicates Latex International is now Talalay Global. (Why would he need to quote an external website? Shouldn’t HE know that info?)

      A few days later I had other questions, so I emailed SleepEz to ask about the composition of the their talalay. (Talalay isn’t organic, and in their process, they need to add some other element such as clay.) I asked, “What is the percentage breakdown of your blended talalay? In other words, what percentage is natural latex and what percentage is fillers? His response: “Their (Talalay Global’s) ration of man-made rubber to natural rubber is 30% natural rubber and 70% man-made rubber. The finished product ends up consisting of 98% rubber, with the remaining 2% of ingredients being things like natural fatty acids, natural soaps, and natural reinforcing agents needed for manufacturing.”

      Their products have multiple certifications, which you can read here: https://sleepez.com/pages/sleep-ez-latex-mattress-certifications/

      Although their customer service seems to be exceptional, I am still just a little uneasy about the company. Maybe it’s nothing, but the whole confusion over their suppliers left me hesitant. No one ever did tell me who all four suppliers are–only two.

  120. Nancy Avatar
    Nancy

    Do you know anything about the Prana organic mattresses?

  121. Jill Avatar
    Jill

    There are so few companies that make “mini crib” mattresses. Naturepedic discontinued their “portable crib pad” version. I’ve seen Bundleof Dreams pop up in my search, but can’t tell whether they are just another “sneaky stuff” brand. Any insights?

  122. Rebeka Avatar

    Hi! Wondering if you ever heard of the Chiromatic mattress. https://www.shop.chiromatic.com.

  123. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Excellent post

    May I add for those that live in the Southern Hemisphere, there are stores like
    Organature
    Blessed Earth

    Which make chemical-free mattress that essentially use only two materials- cotton and steel. You need to care differently for these matress as they need to breathe more, and even avoid contact with a bedbasr that has such wood as treated pine, but it is well worth the investment , it’s trasnformed my life.

  124. Barry A. Cik Avatar

    Naturepedic makes several certified organic mattress options with no latex (and, of course, no foam). These meet the most stringent standards for being free of toxins, VOCs, flame retardants, etc.

  125. Patricia M DiRenzo Avatar
    Patricia M DiRenzo

    I am looking for a foam/latex free no voc mattress. So far the only one I have found is Joybed. Does anyone have any experience with this mattress? Comments about it’s toxicity level? Other alternative brands? Thanks!

  126. Marina Avatar
    Marina

    What do you think of Shepherd’s Dream wool mattresses/futons https://shepherdsdream.com/?

  127. Karina Avatar
    Karina

    Hi! What are your thoughts on Brentwood home mattresses? My husband bought the mattress about a month ago and we can still smell the “off-gassing.” I haven’t been able to sleep on the mattress and feel the smell has taken over the bedroom. We’ve tried everything from baking soda to leaving the fan and widow opened. Because I’m pregnant, I’m scared of the off gassing and chemicals. According to reviews etc…Brentwood home is non toxic. The smell however is intolerable. It’s been over a month and the smell is still there. Please help! Thank you!

  128. Monica Franget Avatar
    Monica Franget

    Hi. I bought a adjustable bed and I was going to get a Casper memory foam mattress but reading your reviews I am not sure what to buy anymore…I know it cannot be a regular mattress it has to be able to move flexible with the different bed positions please what ca I buy the it would be safe and will work with my adjustable bed? Thank you so much.

  129. Natasha Avatar
    Natasha

    Hello- what are your thoughts on the Purple mattress?

  130. Susan Avatar

    Hello, appreciate all of your research here! Wondering about Bear mattresses?

    Thank you!

    1. olga Avatar
      olga

      Hi, Thank you so much for a great research! I’m struggling to find the plushest option possible as my mattress is super firm. I really like the feel of memory foam and wondering if any of the “green” companies stating there is no offgasing or VOCs are actually true?
      Specifically, https://www.saatva.com/bedding/mattress-topper
      or https://www.keetsa.com/collections/mattress-toppers/products/keetsa-3-luxurious-topper

      Also, what are your thoughts about featherbeds ( https://www.scandiahome.com/down-pillowtop-featherbed?quantity=1&color=68) in terms of toxicity?

      which option would you recommend?

  131. KB Avatar
    KB

    Very important and concerning information. Saatca materials is listed under “sneaky” does the matters have PBDEs? Its our matters where we let the kids sleep with us on weekends.

    1. KB Avatar
      KB

      typo above should read Saatva

      1. Jennifer Larson Avatar
        Jennifer Larson

        What’s your view on waterproof covers for mattresses? We have a new soaring heart bed with a flannel cover and our dog peed in our bed yesterday. It leaked thru the flannel protector and onto our wool topper… not sure what to do here. Thanks for all of your helpful insight!

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      No this mattress does not have PBDEs.

  132. Kait Avatar
    Kait

    Hi!
    You are my go to for all natural and organics in my house! I was wondering if you are doing a mattress PROTECTOR guide or in your own person experience have you found a good option?
    Thanks so much!

  133. Alexandra Avatar
    Alexandra

    I have to disagree with you on Tuft+Needle. It says on their site: Our Mint and Original T&N mattress fire barriers are made of a woven fabric blend that passes burn tests WITHOUT adding chemical flame retardants.

    Also–you failed to mention they hold GreenGuard as well. We’ve had this mattress for 2 years, and it’s been great. It’s a great option for families on a budget.

  134. Marcia Avatar

    We have 2 Lifekind mattress and several more pillows and bedding. We love their products. Their owner wrote a book about Toxic Bedrooms called “Sleep Safe in a Toxic World” Book by Walter Bader, President/CEO of Lifekind. I love their products and believe they are the tops of organic natural pure bedding products. Mattresses can be different amounts of hardness or softness. We have toppers from them as well as comforters. Thank you for your great assessment and guide to safe mattresses. Namasté.

    1. Bee Avatar
      Bee

      Hi! I was wondering if you knew anything about Happsy mattresses? Thanks!

      1. Barry A. Cik Avatar

        Happsy makes the most certified organic mattresses. Certifications include GOTS, GOLS, MADE SAFE, Zero Toxics Product Registry, GREENGUARD GOLD, UL Formaldehyde Free, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Rainforest Alliance. Happsy is recommended and advocates along with 1% For The Planet, Green America, Women’s Voices For The Earth, American Sustainable Business Council, and Sustainable Furnishings Council (Gold), Happsy Certified Organic Mattresses use certified organic cotton fabric, certified organic cotton batting, certified organic wool, certified organic latex, and encased coils. Happsy products do not contain polyurethane foam, flame retardants, formaldehyde, pesticides, GMOs, glues/adhesives, etc.

      2. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Best STuff:) See above for coupon codes.

  135. Brian Avatar
    Brian

    What about Purple? They say right on their website:

    “How can you know which mattresses are really organic and eco-friendly? Look for these organic and low-environmental impact certifications: the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), CertiPUR US, GreenGuard, and the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.”

    But then they only state that they use Certipur foam. The do say their flame barrier is GreenGuard Gold certified.
    https://purple.com/blog/mattress-materials-safest-sleepers

  136. Yogitha Avatar
    Yogitha

    Just wanted to drop a note to say that John was amazing in helping me sort through my mattress dilemma. I appreciate the time you put in to educate and help others. He asked me to write him an email about the choice I made but I dont have an email so please tell him that Yogi from San Diego ended up purchasing the ‘Pure Echo” GOTS certified cotton and coil from my green mattress since it was their ‘firmest’. Once we receive it, I can will see if a 1 inch dunlop topper is needed. Thank you once again!!!

  137. Alyssa Avatar
    Alyssa

    Hi! what are your thoughts on the Happsy brand organic mattresses?

  138. Kate Avatar
    Kate

    It did for me just now (11.30.2019). It is for the standard size only.

  139. Jenna Avatar
    Jenna

    I’m confused about your recommendation of My Green Mattress in your best list. When I look at the certifications on their website, IF they even appear, they are outdated and/or for Sri Lanka. None of the certifications are for My Green Mattress themselves. I’d love to take advantage of holiday savings, but am so confused by this recommendation and hesitant to proceed. Could you please elaborate or explain why? I see your note about them recently being certified in their own name – so is this article outdated or possibly incorrect or is the manufacturer website incorrect? Thank you!

    1. Nicole Sawyers Avatar
      Nicole Sawyers

      Exactly… but I see no answers here to ANY questions.

  140. Karla Avatar
    Karla

    Do you have any reviews on the Saatva mattress classic line

  141. Maria Avatar
    Maria

    What about Serta matresses? I am assuming they are under “the bad”? I am buying a new mattress now and am getting stressed out because I have the awareness level yet not the funds to get one of “the best” ones ?

  142. Talia Laird Avatar
    Talia Laird

    Any thoughts on the Awara mattress?

    1. Lotem Avatar
      Lotem

      I would also like to know

  143. Janice Huey Avatar
    Janice Huey

    I really appreciate your work on doing this research. I have been looking at mattresses and toppers and have run across OMI and Royal Pedic – but don’t see them mentioned in your writings. I really like the Soaring Heart company, and they connected me to a dealer for OMI for a topper.

    I would appreciate if you have any feedback.
    Thanks,
    Janice

  144. Isabella Avatar
    Isabella

    Have you researched the Happsi mattress company?

  145. Micah McLellan Avatar
    Micah McLellan

    Thanks for this awesome review! I know you can’t write about every single brand/company but I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on the Purple mattress? I see a LOT of marketing these days on it! I know their certification comes from CertiPUR-US­® (which is one of the sneaky ones) but still wondered if you had additional thoughts?

    Thanks!

  146. Sarah Crawley Avatar
    Sarah Crawley

    Any reviews on the Obasan mattresses?

  147. Sanj Avatar
    Sanj

    AVACADO publicly claims to have GOTS and GOLS certification – they have responded with that assertion in emails when I inquired about their websites ,on their websites and in instagram posts.

    After reading your post, I am wondering if we need to call the organization that provides GOLS certification.

  148. Brian Avatar
    Brian

    Also curious about Brentwood Home mattresses, in large part because of their affordable price points.

  149. Cindy Avatar

    Flormeldahyde I ment to say

  150. Cindy Avatar

    I’m allergic to rubber which I believe is latex and I’m also allergic to lower Mills at Hyde so which mattress would you suggest?

    1. Cindy Avatar

      Oops flormeldahyde

  151. Toni Avatar
    Toni

    What about the Endy mattress?

  152. Lina Avatar
    Lina

    What are your thoughts on Brentwood Home mattresses?

    I bought their Juniper twin mattress a few years ago. Now I need to buy another twin, and wondering if I should purchase from there again. It was much less expensive than a lot of other “green” brands.

  153. SW Avatar
    SW

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the wonderful guide, it’s really been useful in shopping for a number of new mattresses, for our whole family.

    Perhaps at the time of writing, it was different, but isn’t the Metta Bed mattress GOLS certified via their parent company OMI?

    I’m looking at the GOLS and GOT certifications area at the bottom of the page at:
    https://www.mettabed.com/products/the-metta-bed-mattress?variant=6256504471591
    GOLS Registration No.: 82430

    If so, would that move it from The Good Stuff to The Best Stuff category?

  154. John Snow Avatar

    I was recently shopping for a memory foam mattress and got concerned when I saw reviews on Amazon about fiberglass all over peoples’ homes.

    So I did what any normal person does and I contacted 24 memory foam and latex mattress providers on Amazon and asked them these questions: Do any of your memory foam mattresses contain fiberglass, modacrylic, or silica in the covers or any other part of the mattress? What countries are your memory foam mattresses made in? ?

    Then I compiled the answers into an Excel spreedsheet to help me make a decision. After it was all said and done I decided to share my findings so I published the Excel spreedsheet in table form on my non-mattress/fiberglass related website just in case it could help others. I also included snippets of the replies I received. Here’s the link if anyone is interested: https://www.jsnowcreations.com/reviews/which-memory-foam-mattresses-do-not-contain-fiberglass/

  155. Gerry Fuller Avatar
    Gerry Fuller

    with multiple sensitivities and arthritis and fibro, a soft mattress with yielding support is necessary for me to get any sleep. I have spent too much on various mattresses with terrible results. I am sending a new Saatva plush mattress back, as it is hard and already showing sinking where I sleep. No smell, but the lift that I also bought and cannot return smelled awful for weeks.
    I have used a thick organic cotton futon on top of mattresses as a solution, but the benefits of softness and yielding to pressure points is lost, Suggestions needed, as I am sleeping on an older guest room mattress that is soft and comfortable, but the latex in it turns my skin red.

  156. Debbie Reinders Hall Avatar

    Thank you Maia and John for so much interesting information in one place!

    We live and work in South Africa. Our business is importing mattresses from Switzerland that are European Ecolabel certified.
    There is so much educating that needs to be done about what lies beneath the covering of mattresses. We will share this with our clients and friends.

  157. Alan Deepth Avatar

    I have checked this article, based on my research it’s something missing on this list , which I found in some websites like this one. https://mrsleepingmaster.com/get-rid-bed-bugs-mattress/ as well as https://mattresssafe.com/are-mattress-safe-products-made-in-the-usa/. You should add this missing products. Also, Thank you for making good article…

  158. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    Anyone use PlushBeds? I hate it and the only thing making me ok with it, was that it is non toxic…or so I thought. I saw their certifications, but could you elaborate on your thoughts on the “foam manufacturer in Sri Lanka, not to PlusBeds directly.” Do you think this means the product they send out isn’t certified?

    1. Joy Avatar
      Joy

      We’ve had a Botanical Bliss Plush bed for a month and are very unhappy with it. It still smells like a tire shop and sleeps extremely hot. Nothing like advertised. We’re going to return if we can get their customer service to respond.

      1. johnlockegoss Avatar
        johnlockegoss

        Hi Joy, John here… The world of “natural” mattresses can be a scary place. Many manufacturers rely on consumer ignorance and confusion. I will be happy to help you find a truly nontoxic mattress. [email protected]

        1. Joy Avatar
          Joy

          Haven’t heard back from you after sending an email. We are trying to find a replacement bed so that we can return the Botanical Bliss Plush Bed which is still off gassing and sleeps like a furnace.
          Can you recommend something else we can try? We had a Tempurpedic prior to the BB which was comfortable, but did off gas a lot originally and had developed dips. I don’t like the uncomfortable edge where the BB zips as it leaves a depression on my knee when sleeping on the edge. Also, we like a smooth surface without any depressions and a bed where you sleep on top and not in a rut. Any ideas for us? We are sleep deprived and desperately want to find another bed.
          Thank you for your help.

  159. Debbie Avatar

    Thank you for all the great information.

    It’s so fantastic that you for all your information and educating customers. Dishonest marketing and misinformation makes it really difficult for the average consumer.

    I represent Elite Beds and Sleepwell which are both Swiss brands and certified chemical free with European Eco label and other certifications.

  160. Parkes Avatar
    Parkes

    Thanks for this post. There seems to be updates on Zenhaven’s website as well — certified organic cotton, 100% natural latex and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Another review (https://www.sleepadvisor.org/zenhaven-mattress-review/) says the organic cotton is GOTS certified. I’m surprised by this list, but doing research to confirm.

    https://www.zenhaven.com/eco-purity

  161. Beatriz Avatar
    Beatriz

    I was looking at the avocado website and I see they have the global organic standard logos in their page. Did they get certified after this publication?

    1. Lina Avatar
      Lina

      What are your thoughts on Brentwood Home mattresses?

      I bought their Juniper twin mattress a few years ago. Now I need to buy another twin, and wondering if I should purchase from there again. It was much less expensive than a lot of other “green” brands.

  162. Danielle Avatar
    Danielle

    Tuft and Needle claims to “hold the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification on the entire T&N mattress, including the fire barrier.” Not just the CertiPUR.

  163. Leanne Avatar
    Leanne

    Hi there,

    Great post. I appreciate your overview and in-depth research. Have you hear of Obasan? It is a Canadian Compant, based out of Ottawa. I was just curious if you had any thoughts on their mattresses?

    Thanks,

    1. Regina Avatar
      Regina

      I’m also curious about Obasan mattresses, specifically the crib mattress. Please let us know if there are any concerns or if it would be considered “good stuff,” thank you!

  164. Kristen Linscott Avatar
    Kristen Linscott

    Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome breakdown! I am currently looking into buying an Avocado Green Mattress and it looks like as of 2019, they do now have the GOTS Certification written for their US based production facility? Does this mean that maybe it should belong in the “Best” category now? I want to make sure I’m understanding the certification right. https://www.avocadogreenmattress.com/gots-gols-certified-factory/

    1. Lauren Avatar
      Lauren

      Hi Kristen- did you end up buying a mattress from Avocado? I am interested in their Green Mattress, but am unsure because of Maia’s review above. Thanks!

      1. Lulu Avatar
        Lulu

        I bought an Avocado mattress as well as the pillows and am very happy with them. Very minor smell when I took the plastic wrap off but that went away quickly, especially since I keep green plants in my bedroom which absorb VOC’s. No smell and quite comfortable.

        1. Beatriz Avatar
          Beatriz

          I was looking at the avocado website and I see they have the global organic standard logos in their page. Maybe the got the certification after this publication…

  165. Alicia Almaguer Avatar
    Alicia Almaguer

    Do you have any info on the new AWARA mattress? I’d really like to know as I was consider purchasing one of these for the price point and what it claims to offer?

  166. mzwart821 Avatar
    mzwart821

    Was also wondering your thoughts on the Purple mattress. They advertise as being non-toxic and safest mattress. Wondering if that’s true. Thanks!

  167. Jade Avatar
    Jade

    Hey! Have you looked into the purple mattress at all? If so, what is your opinion on their products?

  168. mell Avatar
    mell

    Hi there…thanks for this guide. I found it a bit late… I ordered and received a couple weeks ago the brooklyn aurora. I’m surprised it’s on your okay list because it STINKS!!!!

    I aired it out for about 2 weeks and while it’s no longer offensive when I enter the room it still smells. Maybe the remaining smell isn’t off gassing and is just mattress smell but it scares me! What are your thoughts on this? Anything different than what you have written here (since it was written last March)?

    Thank you!!!

  169. mell Avatar
    mell

    Hi! I searched what crib mattress I have from my order history and it’s the lullaby earth. I could have sworn it was organic but now I don’t see the word organic in my online receipt. Are you familiar with this brand?

  170. Melonie Avatar
    Melonie

    Hello! I’m transitioning my two year old into her own bed – I would purchase the futon you suggested but I am concerned it is not firm enough. At what age did you put your children on this futon? She has been bed sharing with me up to this point on a firm mattress. Thanks!

    1. Rebecca Smith Avatar
      Rebecca Smith

      I’ve been researching non toxic mattresses after 2 weeks of sleeping on a new Casper mattress that seems to be causing recurrent headaches 🙁 what do you think about the Joybed mattress? Is the glue they use in the spring wrapping (less than .01 of the mattress materials) super toxic? Because I love that it is foam free and budget friendly!

  171. Kelly Taliaferro Avatar
    Kelly Taliaferro

    Hi, I was wondering if box springs being non toxic are just as important as the mattress? Will it negate my healthy mattress benefits if I have a toxic box spring? Thanks!

  172. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    Do you have any suggestions when it comes to buying a waterproof mattress protector? Are used to buy a organic cotton top waterproof mattress protector for a bed but then they stop making it. The only things that I have found that are not full of chemicals are very plasticky feeling and lead to a very hot and sweaty night sleep! Any suggestions that are safe and chemical free? Thank you

  173. Morning Owl Avatar
    Morning Owl

    Latex mattresses are widely known for their luxurious comfort, cushioned support, soothing pressure point relief, resilience and healthy nature. Latex mattresses are also made with customizable layers, so you can adjust the comfort, thickness and firmness, based upon your needs.

  174. tracey Avatar
    tracey

    Any recs for twin trundle for my child’s bed? I have naturepedic for him – but don’t want to break the bank on one for guests that will be used only occasionally. Also don’t want off-gassing to reach my son if it’s beneath him nightly!

  175. Lily Avatar
    Lily

    What do you think about Sleeping Organic mattresses? They seem to have all the certifications and all natural latex. https://sleepingorganic.com/

  176. Lindsy Avatar
    Lindsy

    Hello! I just looked into Avocado Mattress, and they hold a GOTS certification in their name. Do you know if this is enough to move them up on your list?

    Thanks!

  177. Joann Partin Avatar
    Joann Partin

    Thank you for this article. I purchased a Casper memory foam mattress approx 2 yrs ago & though I love the comfort of it I suffer with more allergies than ever. I’ve had numerous sinus infections since this purchase & recently have developed vertigo with nausea, brain fog & just a general feeling of not feeling well. I think I just made the connection with not feeling well & memory foam. I’m sleeping on my couch as of now & feeling better. This was not a cheap mattress & very disappointed. Not sure where to go from here.

  178. morningowl Avatar

    The Best all natural latex mattress from Morningowl is a comfortable, eco-friendly option for buyers with a higher shopping budget.This mattress is available in three thickness options – 9″, 10″, and 12″ – to accommodate sleepers with different profile preferences.

  179. Kayla Avatar
    Kayla

    Hi, just wondering what you think of Joybed. I know they are not completely organic but look fairly safe. I need something that is latex free. I tried my green mattress echo and found it too firm for me as I’m a side sleeper. I’m trying the joy beds plush model and am waiting for it to arrive.

  180. Elisa Avatar
    Elisa

    Are The Futon Shop mattresses6s safe?

  181. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    Thank you so much for the information! Have you heard of birch living mattresses? Here is a link to their website:

    https://birchliving.com

    I’m considering buying a mattress, and theses seem to be pretty affordable.

    Thanks!

  182. Dave Orobosa Avatar

    Excellent informative article. Now-a-days I am using Bio Sleep Concept organic mattress. They are providing no-toxic healthy mattress. The mattress is pretty good in quality. I have purchased this one https://biosleepconcept.com/amboise-latex-mattress.html

  183. Serch Avatar
    Serch

    Hi, do you know what awara sleep mattresses fall into?, they say they have GOTS and GOLS materials, the price is pretty affordable so makes me wonder if what they claim is true?, what is your opinion?, thanks!. Here is the link: https://www.awarasleep.com/mattress?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=cm&utm_campaign=mattress&fbclid=IwAR1FSJzAlLZo61b5LgGiVQKACqkxzs27RSg5jpMIUTQfPqmmJkwqpY2SxbQ

  184. julia Avatar
    julia

    Hi! I am in Canada and don’t have access to the majority of what you post (but I love your website). Do you know anything about Endy? Is this safe? I am looking for two twin mattresses so trying to find a safe but affordable option. thank you! ps. I am a scientist so I appreciate very much that you stick to the facts, rather than project non-scientific or non-evidence based information!

    Thanks!

    1. Anne Avatar
      Anne

      All of this information for latex and wool mattresses is all well and good, for those who do not have an allergy to either of these materials. Unfortunately for me, sleeping on latex makes me feel even sicker than on foam, and I am allergic to wool. I came to this conclusion after purchasing the most expensive BioSleep mattress (Amboise), in King size and trying it repeatedly over the span of two years. Every time I slept on it, I would feel ill, with a multitude of symptoms. I finally gave up and sold it. I have also struggled to sleep on most traditional mattresses in the past few years, when visiting hotels and family, they too have made me ill. So I am at a loss. I remain on a 7 year old foam mattress, that has been the lesser of all other evils. The only exception to my mattress experiences has been in one hotel chain, with a Simmon’s Beautyrest, where my body breathes (does not overheat), and I feel well rested and energized in the morning, which I never do at home. But several attempts to purchase such beds for home use, have all had to be returned or donated, as the chemicals in the mattresses made me sick. I thought I would add my commentary, because for some of us, these natural products are not the solution either. And latex bed manufactures will try to tell you that as long as there is no direct contact with the skin, you SHOULD be fine with it. That is misleading information, because I am proof, and I have read stories of others like me, that they too were sick from simply sleeping or being in a room with latex products. I also want to mention that I never had any issues sleeping on any mattress, at home or away, until around 7-8 years ago, and believe that the chemical tampering and flame retardants that are now added to all mattresses, have been the factor that changed this for me and others like me. I am presently considering buying a Magniflex mattress, made in Italy, with Oeko Tex 100 certification on the entire mattress, in hopes that this may finally be my solution. If any one has had similar experiences to mine and found a solution, I welcome hearing about it.

      1. Kayla Avatar
        Kayla

        I was looking for a mattress without latex as well. I’ve decided to give Joybed a try. Even though I ordered the plush one that contains wool, they offer one that is completely cotton and springs(no wool) for a decent price. And I know they are not completely organic but I still feel they are a safe choice with natural materials and no flame retardants.

  185. Bess Avatar
    Bess

    Do you have any recommendations for organic mini crib mattresses?

    1. Bess Avatar
      Bess

      I actually found one- are you familiar w the organic brand nook? Looks like they have an organic mini crib with multiple certifications backing the product. I’d love to hear your input on this California brand.

  186. Debbie Cundiff Avatar
    Debbie Cundiff

    I found this website while looking at mattresses for my daughter. Toxicity is something I didn’t think of before. However, the best mattresses you list are above her price range.
    I found Latex for Less mattresses. Do you know anything about them?

  187. Vonnie Avatar
    Vonnie

    I purchased a mattress with memory foam. From the very day I brought that thing into my home, I started having more problems with my epilepsy. I had it in a separate room with the door closed, window open, airing out for a month and it still smelled. Luckily I was able to return it. And yes, once it was out of my house, my depression and problems with my epilepsy lessened. Just saying. I wonder how many more health problems come from this and many other products out there. We stopped using scented products of any kind. My husband’s cough went away. My eyes and throat stopped burning. My mom had cancer spots all over her body and wasn’t given much time to live. I finally got her to stop using scented detergent and softener. Guess what? All of her spots went away! She got another 5 years of life! Again, just saying. When 1 out of 2 have cancer in this country, you’ve got to wonder. Just my opinion.

  188. Ambika Avatar
    Ambika

    Thank you so much for this great guide. I’ve been looking for a non-toxic mattress for my soon-to-be three-year-old daughter for months. It’s just overwhelming. Among the other things to keep in mind, I have a latex allergy. My mother does too and I worry it might be genetic and my daughter could develop one too. Since it manifests due to exposure, I’d like to limit the amount of latex my daughter has around her. Are there mattresses you would recommend that don’t include latex or are super covered so there’s no way the latex would contact her skin (or my skin)? Thanks in advance!

    1. Kayla Avatar
      Kayla

      I know my green mattress makes one without latex. Also all of Joybed’s mattresses are latex free.

  189. Shane Avatar

    I think that you have downplayed the CertiPUR-US certification which is in fact a very good certification, and it is not sneaky. CertiPUR-US claims that they do not certify entire mattresses, instead the foam in the mattresses (which is actually the top offender for toxic materials).

    CertiPUR-US certification, while perhaps abused in marketing, is actually very difficult to achieve for a foam supplier. You can read our article for some insight into the CertiPUR-US certification rationale.

    https://directbed.ca/certipur-us-foam-can-foam-really-be-toxic/

  190. Shawn Waterman Avatar
    Shawn Waterman

    Hi,

    Thank you for this fantastic post. I was set to purchase a tuft and needle for my family, and then came across this post.

    You claim that tuft and needle only has certiPUR-US, but their site claims to have greenguard gold and standard 100-oeko TEX. Wondering if that claim is false, or if it’s more recent than your research?

    Thanks again!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      They indeed got additional certifications and we are updating our guide!

  191. Carrie Dale Avatar
    Carrie Dale

    Thank you for the thorough and informative post. What do you think about Happsy? They seem to have all the best certifications made out to Happsy itself, not to the suppliers. Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, Best Stuff:)

  192. Catherine Avatar
    Catherine

    Hi! Have you all looked into the new Parachute mattress?

    Thanks so much!!

  193. james flynn Avatar
    james flynn

    hey guys do you know anything about sleep essentials. he has serval video on youtube but he is not in my area. was interested in soaring heart but have a hard time spending that much on mattress seeing I can’t lay on one near Nashville.

  194. Irene Avatar
    Irene

    From the Brentwood Homes website:
    The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) ensures that products contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material based on total weight. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages. Our factory in Los Angeles is a GOLS certified facility.

  195. Irene Avatar
    Irene

    Also curious about Brentwood home and Purple mattresses. Will you be updating this article soon, since it’s been a year?

  196. Katrina Avatar
    Katrina

    Very interesting and eye opening information! Thank you! I’m curious of your thoughts and findings on Brentwood home mattresses? I’d love something from the Best Stuff category but that’s just not in the budget at this time. Going through your lists trying to find the best yet affordable option.

  197. brooke Avatar
    brooke

    any thoughts on silica as a flame barrier?

  198. brooke Avatar
    brooke

    are the “sneaky” mattress companies bad or is there not enough info on some of them to determine where they stand? I bought a nest bedding love and sleep mattress for my 3 year old and was going to purchase another one for my 8 year old when I came across your article. They have the Eco excellence award, green guard Gold, and 2018 national parenting products award. I would love to purchase the “Best mattresses” but they are too expensive for me at this time.

  199. Doug Avatar
    Doug

    I contacted Avocado and they emailed me these links to their certifications. I was pleasantly surprised to see the certification is to “Avocado” and not some unknown enity in Sri Lanka or India. Since the GOTS certification is on the actual GOTS website, it seems legit.

    https://www.global-standard.org/public-database/search/database/search_result/27268.html

    http://help.avocadogreenmattress.com/mattress-health-safety-and-sustainability/sustainability/can-i-see-your-current-greenguard-gold-certification-from-ul-environment

    Do you think Avocado should now be on the “Best” list?

    1. Doug Avatar
      Doug

      I inquired about GOLS and Avocado answered that, “Currently, our factories are GOLS certified but our products aren’t. We are planning on getting out products GOLS certified hopefully by mid-2019.
      At present, our Dunlop latex is eco-INSTITUT certified.
      http://help.avocadogreenmattress.com/mattress-health-safety-and-sustainability/sustainability/can-you-show-me-your-eco-institut-certification

      I clicked on that link and looked at the certificate and became skeptical. I asked the following questions:
      1) So since your factory are GOTS certified, are your entire mattresses GOTS certified or just specific components of the mattress GOTS certified?

      2) The Eco-Institut certification is not to Avocado but to Lien A. company in Vietnam. Why is that?

      3) Why is the name of the seller whited out for the GOTS certification?

      Avocado decided not to answer these questions after asking them multiple times. Guess Avocado might not be that trustworthy after all.

  200. Christina Marroquin Avatar
    Christina Marroquin

    Do your kiddos still sleep on a White Lotus Futon? Wondering if they are sleeping on something else because they are older or if the futon is still right for them.

  201. nancy Avatar
    nancy

    What about the new Molecule mattress topper? https://www.onmolecule.com/products/mattress-topper

  202. JenD Avatar
    JenD

    Hi There,

    This post is amazing, I am from the UK and only familiar with Casper, do you do a list like you have for UK mattresses or know of someone who has? Or should I import one?
    We are looking for new mattress and this is the only impressive comprehensive one we found

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for the kind words about our work. Unfortunately Casper does not get anywhere near our standard. They are a very successful (profitable) company but toxins do not seem to be their major concern.
      The mattresses you see on our website could be shipped internationally but I fear that the costs may be prohibitive.

  203. MJ Avatar
    MJ

    Hi,

    I was just wondering why Nest in is the “Sneaky” section and not the “Okay” section? Aren’t there some companies in the “okay” section which also rely on Certipur?

    Thanks!

  204. Katherine Avatar
    Katherine

    hi!!! you didnt rank Obasan? i tried a few floor models at The Clean Bedroom in NYC and they were pretty amazing. thoughts?

    1. johnlockegoss Avatar
      johnlockegoss

      Hi Katherine,
      Obasan does what many manufacturers do. They have ok products but they do not have the top independent 3rd party certifications for their latex mattress cores. Because the latex is such a high percentage of what a mattress is made of, we prefer to better certifications.

  205. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    Hello, thank you so much for such a informative article. You gave so many great options, but unfortunately as much as Id like to go with the healthiest or “best” options, I am a mom on a budget that doesn’t allow so. I am looking into the less expensive flood stuff option but it has metal coils and I’m concerned so I just wanted to see if you had a little more concrete answer on metal coil/springs? In the article it seems that you aren’t that concerned about them because their isn’t major evidence that they amplify EMFs but in the comments you seem more concerned about them as if you are advising not to go with any coil options. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Sarah Avatar
      Sarah

      Hi Jackie,
      I found this blog that might give some clarity on the EMF issue with innersprings.
      https://www.healthychild.com/emf-mattress/

  206. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    Hello,

    I have used your site for formula (Holle) and bum cream just for when we have extreme bad diaper rash (we normally use fair-trade, organic coconut oil I buy from a local health food store). I could not be happier and I have shared your site with EVERY mom I know. THANK YOU!

    I am so upset. I could cry. I have done extensive research on everything. Formula, bum creams, clothing (we mostly use used/thrift/handmedowns), everything! When it came time to buy my mattress for my first (now 3), I went to my local “eco” baby store that sells great products (even some you do recommend). There was a made in Canada mattress claiming NO VOCs, non-toxic, sheeps’ wool fill, organic cotton top, with NO waterproofing, which is what I wanted. I couldn’t find anything to show me any concern when I did my research, but it appears to be made by Jupiter, FOR Simmons. You have them on the bad list. I am so worried now as my daughter slept on it for 2.5 years and now my 1-year old is sleeping on it. I do also have Polyurethane-backed, organic cotton topped, mattress protectors on them which I got based on this knowledge: https://www.healthychild.com/waterproof-mattress-protectors/ Now I am scared I have screwed them up!

    I came down your site again looking for a big girl mattress for my daughter and that’s how I came across the scare of Simmons. This seems to be the only site I can find the mattress that is the closest to what I bought: https://www.amazon.ca/Jupiter-Simmons-Wholesome-Dreams-Mattress/dp/B06ZZ3QXKY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1546264873&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=jupiter+crib+mattress+organic+cotton+wool

    I would love your thoughts.

    And I am buying one of your recommended mattresses for my daughter, regardless. And I am SO GRATEFUL!

    1. Jessica Avatar
      Jessica

      I found a little more on it: it is water and stain resistant, not waterproof; fire retardant without chemicals (which I assume is the wool) and a recycled core made of used water bottles. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I did appreciate the environmental impact. Also… I was able to find the model number. As mentioned, I bought it from an independently run store that was recently bought out (so sad) by Well.ca. Here it is: https://well.ca/products/simmons-health-assure-platinum-30_66219.html. Another, more comprehensive description of it on this site: http://www.betterbabyhealth.ca/simmons-health-assure-platinum-edition-organic-cotton-crib-mattress.html

    2. Jessica Eusebio Avatar
      Jessica Eusebio

      And I found one more thing to make me feel (reasonably) rest assured (until your reply): Yes, Naturepedic owns Lullaby Earth and that’s a reasonably safe brand. Naturepedic is offering Lullaby Earth as an option for people who cannot afford the Naturepedic brand. Lullaby Earth mattresses are a better alternative to mattresses with PU foam. There is no polyurethane foam or flame retardants in Lullaby Earth mattresses. Are Lullaby Earth mattresses as good as Naturepedic mattresses? No they are not. Naturepedic uses organic cotton and Lullaby Earth uses PET, made from recycled pop bottles. In addition, the polyethylene waterproof surface of the Naturepedic mattresses is now plant-based, made from non-GMO sugar cane. But if you can’t afford a Naturepedic mattress, the best option for safety is Lullaby Earth.

  207. Vanessa Avatar
    Vanessa

    What are your thoughts on a mattress that has a top layer with 2” of 100% GOLS certified natural organic latex and a bottom layer with 6” of CertiPUR foam? I know CertiPUR isn’t considered “good stuff” but I am trying to find a decent twin bed within my price range in Canada.
    Thanks

    1. Vanessa Avatar
      Vanessa

      Might have found something better in Naturelle mattresses! Thoughts on them?
      Thanks!

  208. Renee Avatar
    Renee

    Hi! I was wondering about bedding. As long as it is GOTS certified is it safe? Also I use a silk pillowcase is there any that would have a GOTS certification? I couldn’t find any.

    On a totally different note I can’t find organic wool dryer balls that are GOTS certified. Is there such a thing?

  209. Bea Avatar
    Bea

    I just came across a mattress being sold for kids, 5Little Monkeys. Do you have any thoughts on this brand? The price seemed reasonable for a twin and since a lot of parents may be interested in this option figured I would ask 🙂

  210. Jay Avatar
    Jay

    Thanks so much for all the info! After months of research, I think I’m going to get the Metta Bed mattress, with the Naturepedic latex topper. This seems like a good option for those who want a three-layer latex mattress that ends up being about $2,000. Personally, I felt like the Metta Bed plush would still be too firm, so I’m hoping the topper will help! I’m 5’8″, 150 lbs. Any thoughts? I think I’m going to roll with it. Thanks again!

  211. Alivia Cora Avatar

    You have to be very careful while choosing a mattress for your good night sleep because you are spending 1/3 part of your life on sleep. here you mention useful and important information about safe mattress thankyou. keep sharing informative guide like this

  212. Jennifer Schreiner Avatar
    Jennifer Schreiner

    Hello, there is no mention of “Coyuchi” on this guide. Is there any input on this company’s mattresses and their bedding products?

  213. Joslin Lynch Avatar
    Joslin Lynch

    Any recommendations on toddler bed number or rails? we went with your list and bought the better mattress but now we can’t seem to find bed toddler bumpers that are non toxic latex. Please help!

  214. Jaclyn Avatar
    Jaclyn

    Can you explain how the certifications differ versus being written to the company itself? It seems reasonable that each component is certified by its source material (i.e. the new Zealand wool was certified to JohnMarshall & Company in New Zealand…)

    Here was response from PlushBeds:
    “Please find attached the certifications for the different components for the Botanical Bliss mattress. The certifications are issued to the manufacturer of the individual material. For example for the Dunlop latex. We don’t tap the trees and pour the liquid latex ourselves that is done by Richard Pieris. We use the Dunlop latex to build the mattresses. We are inspected quarterly for our processes and materials used in order to keep our Green Guard status.”

  215. Rosemary Avatar
    Rosemary

    Intellibed shared their toxicity report with Magdalena Wszelaki at http://www.hormonesbalance.com. It shows zero off-gassing. https://hormonesbalance.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mattress-toxicity.png Still trying to decide what route we will go, but I wanted to put that out there.

    1. John Goss Avatar
      John Goss

      Hi Rosemary, Thanks for the questions. There is a lot about this report that we don’t know. It is critical to know who conducted the tests, when were they conducted etc. It is also critical that a mattress have the correct truly independent 3rd party certifications. From what I can tell, they do not.
      Beyond that, these sorts of tests are conducted with fairly narrow parameters. I am forwarding the results to our friendly helpful inlaw scientist (runs a major stem cell lab in NYC). I will be interested to hear his views on whether or not this test is rigorous enough to tell us much. I’ll report back once I hear his opinion.

  216. Jaclyn Avatar
    Jaclyn

    Have you looked into the Botanical Bliss mattress by PlushBeds- I read through all the prior posts and it was never really addressed. I have reached out to the company to get copies of their certifications to see who they are written directly to. I am debating between Naturepedic EOS trilux, Lifekind trio and PlushBeds Botanical Bliss. They all seem to have great certifications for a similar structured mattress, at varying price points. I’d love your input. Thank you in advance.

  217. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    Can you offer any insight on the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress?

  218. Jennifer C Pendergast Avatar
    Jennifer C Pendergast

    Just read your updated article on mattresses – I am looking to buy a twin mattress for my 3.5 year old daughter, Kaliana. After extensive mind-boggling research I had narrowed in on the Obasan Fundy 1.0.
    https://obasan.ca/us/shop/fundy-1-0/

    I searched your article and all the comments and found 7 different people asked about the Obasan, but none of them got responses from your team. And you don’t mention the brand anywhere on your list, not even in the sneaky stuff. I’m wondering why that is? I hope you can take the time to help me!!

    So Obasan’s twin mattress is 100% natural latex and they have the GOTS and GOLS certifications, but now I’m a bit concerned because I looked at the certifications and they aren’t actually made to Obasan themselves, but to companies in other countries. I gather from your article that this can be problematic.

    I’d really appreciate if you could help me figure this out and know how you would rate this company.

    I’m a single mom and don’t get child support, so price is definitely a factor, and I know you said in the article that coils in the bed doesn’t pose an issue related to EMFs, but our apartment complex has smart meters right downstairs, and I just would feel better if she didn’t have metal in her bed. Some people say it’s a problem, some say it’s not, so I’d rather not take chances. Otherwise I’d go with the Naturepedic in a heartbeat.

    I’m now considering the Lifekind, as it’s in the same price point as the Obasan, but I can get a free wool mattress protector with the Obasan, so… that would help. But if Lifekind is truly more pure, then I’ll bite the bullet… In any case, I’d really like to get your input on the Obasan because it seems strange that it’s not on your list when so many people mentioned it.

    Thank you so so much!! I hope to hear back from you soon!!

    1. John Goss Avatar
      John Goss

      Hi Jennifer,
      Obasan makes claims that might lead a consumer to conclude that their products are as nontoxic as possible. They lead us to believe that they have GOLS certification for their latex products.
      Here’s what they, and most others, are NOT telling you…
      There are two very different versions of GOLS certification. One version is vastly superior to the other. If you go to Obasan’s website you can see the actual GOLS certificate. You might note that it is written to: Lalan Eco-Latex in Sri Lanka. It is NOT written to Obasan. This is a critical distinction for several very important reasons.

      Obasan is not alone in using this sort of marketing. Most manufacturers who are courting consumers who desire nontoxic products are using this exact same marketing scheme. Many of them are not even aware that there is a distinction…(certainly their sales people don’t), so I will not say they are intentionally deceiving us. Their “intentions” are beyond my ability to know…but the bottom line is that unless the GOLS certificate is written to the actual manufacturer (rather than a supplier), it is not worth nearly as much as they’d like us to believe.

  219. John Goss Avatar

    Hi Kelly,
    For a variety of good reasons we would not list Babyletto crib mattresses as Good Stuff.
    Reasons include: Polyester, lack of certifications for latex and coir, non-disclosure of what they use to achieve mandatory flame retardant status.

    Have you considered any of these?
    https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/?s=+crib+mattress

    If sizing is a problem we have manufacturers that can make any size.

    Thanks

    1. Kelly Avatar
      Kelly

      Thank you so much John! That makes sense!

      The basic naturepedic is the only option in your store that is within my budget but I have seen reviews online about them being too small for many cribs (safety concern) and lots of complaints about sagging after only a few months of use, so I am hesitant.

      Also, is polyester a huge concern? I see it is used in the Snuggle Me Organic that you sell.

      Thanks again for all the great info! I am learning so much!

      1. Kelly Avatar
        Kelly

        Hi there, Just wondering if you could provide any more info on polyester in general and if it considered non toxic. It seems like it is everywhere – in the snuggle me organic, all kinds of kids clothes, bedding, etc. but I do not see it in your glossary or elsewhere mentioned in your site so I am curious! Any advice would be much appreciated!

        1. John Goss Avatar
          John Goss

          Hi Kelly,
          John here…
          We are not fans of polyester and avoid it whenever it is reasonable to do so. This is why we only offer the cotton/wool versions. Snuggle Me also makes a polyester version but we do not offer those on Gimme the Good Stuff.

  220. Kelly Avatar
    Kelly

    Hi, can you please tell me if you have reviewed the Babyletto crib mattresses and if you consider them best, good, sneaky, or bad stuff?

  221. Britanee Avatar
    Britanee

    After reviewing this list I wonder if I have made mistakes regarding my kids mattresses. After a ridiculous amount of reading I purchased our oldest’s mattress on the positive opinion of an eco mommy blooger and got a Tranquility2 futon from The Futon Shop. Unable to afford this a second time, we got the Juniper Kids Mattress from Costco for our second as the claims were good and it was in our budget. I’m now looking for a crib mattress (and crib) without much luck finding affordable options. The Futon Shop again boasts health and safety in their crib mattresses. Have I been duped or should I go this route again? Thanks!

    https://www.thefutonshop.com/wool-mattress-futon-chemical-free-tranquility2/
    https://www.costco.com/Juniper-Kids-Mattress—Twin.product.100365853.html

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      While this futon/mattress would not qualify to be on our list of Best Stuff, from a toxins perspective, it is better than some. I seems that there are no toxic flame retardants. On the downside, their wool and latex both lack the credentials that we look for. They also use polyester in their cover, and elsewhere.

  222. Ashley Prisco Avatar
    Ashley Prisco

    Hi there! Love this article and so grateful for the work that you do. I noticed that this is from about a year ago and wanted to see if you’d still classify all the mattresses reviewed under the same categories? I just connected with someone at Zenhaven Customer Support and asked about their certifications and they replied with the following:

    Zenhaven is Oeko-Tex Standard 100, an international textile standard for purity and safety.

    Our latex contains no formaldehyde, heavy metals or any toxic chemical. We’re also a member of Sustainable Furnishing Council!

    Would very much love to hear your thoughts! A nontoxic mattress is so important to me, but I also need to stick to a budget.

  223. Cheryl Avatar
    Cheryl

    Happsy seems to have good reviews, and most people are saying the mattress is comfortable. It appears to check all the boxes as far as being non-toxic. Is it? How is the quality different than My Green Mattress and other mattresses at approximately the same price point?

  224. lisa Avatar
    lisa

    Have you looked at Happsy?

    1. John Goss Avatar
      John Goss

      Happsy is a marketing company that has Naturepedic “private-label” mattresses for them. They are NOT simply Naturepedic mattresses with a different label. They are not the same quality.

  225. Jay Avatar
    Jay

    What do you think would be the safer choice overall, Tuft & Needle or Keetsa?

  226. shakti Avatar

    do you know anything about the ikea mattresses? I wanted to get a twin one for my son.

    1. John Goss Avatar
      John Goss

      The last time I checked Ikea mattresses did not fit our criteria fro “Good Stuff”.

      You can contact me directly at [email protected] for help finding a mattress.

  227. Kathryn H Avatar
    Kathryn H

    To all that are interested in Happsy mattresses, today I received copies of Happsy’s GOTS and GOLS certificates. I forwarded the copies I received to [email protected] so he can look them over. Hopefully their certificates look good!

    There price point is really good considering that they have put the effort into obtaining these certifications. I suppose that makes me nervous, however, it really shouldn’t. I guess I should explain why, but it’s a long story.

    I worked for a major American automobile manufacturer in the late 80’s , which was when Toyota began to shake up and ultimately dominate the automobile manufacturing market . Toyota’s cars had better safety profiles, were more reliable and back in the day, had a better price point as well. Here is the most interesting part. I went to work for Toyota after leaving my employment at one of the “Big Three” automobile manufacturers.

    Toyota treated their average employees to higher wages and better benefits. We also had a shorter work week of only 37 hours versus 40 hours! All this was done will making a better product at a better price point. Much was said and written about the Japanese automobile success story during that time and of course, a confluence of factors contributed to that.

    I suspect one of the factors that helped them turn a profit while making good cars and treating employees well was due to their pay difference between those at the the very top and those at the very bottom. The difference was much less pronounced than as it was for the “Big Three’” automobile manufacturer that I had previously worked for.

    My takeaway from this life experience is that on occasion , you have to discern whether or not the old adage, “you get what you pay for”, is always true. It’s just too simplistic sometimes. I’m truly hoping that’s the case for the good price point on Happsy’s mattresses!

    1. Catherine Avatar
      Catherine

      What were you able to determine about Happsy?

    2. Tara Weglarz Avatar
      Tara Weglarz

      Did you ever hear back or buy a Happsy?

  228. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    I’ve been battling recurring sudden/severe asthma for 10 months, I’m blaming my hybrid with memory foam BeautyRest mattress. I found Happsy, which appears to be a new, bed-in-a-box, organic choice. I see someone else just asked, too! I was so happy, I purchased right away & im hoping by the time it gets here I’ll know for sure if it’s safe!! Thanks!

    1. Kathryn H Avatar
      Kathryn H

      I spoke to some at Happsy today and they are going to email me copies of all their certificates! I was very pleased they were so willing to do that for me. They are very reasonably priced as well, so I hope they aren’t too good to be true. I hope your Happsy mattress works out well for you. ?

      1. Christina Marroquin Avatar
        Christina Marroquin

        Soooo, what’s the verdict with Happsy? Love your blog. about to replace all mattress’ in my home as well as sofas.

        1. John Goss Avatar
          John Goss

          Hi Kathryn,
          You can contact me directly at