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Natural and organic mattresses are quickly gaining favor in the online marketplace as consumers have become more health-conscious.
These mattresses use hypoallergenic materials, have antimicrobial properties, help combat dust mites, and have little to no off-gassing (odors), among other benefits. They’re known to emit lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can contribute to
As luck would have it, Avocado is the most well-known mattress brand in the organic space. Simply put, the Avocado Green mattress has almost every certification in the book.
We tested the Avocado Green mattress, considering factors like materials, feel, firmness, and which sleepers the bed is best for. In this review, we share our sleep team’s findings.
We tested the Avocado Green Mattress
The Healthline Reviews team tested the Avocado Green Mattress by assessing edge support, overall plushness, and motion transfer, among other things.
Our tester, Jamey Powell, says that while dozens of brands use natural and organic materials, the Avocado Green Mattress is one of the few 100% organic mattresses certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard. And ultimately, it’s “Healthline-approved.” Here’s what else she has to say:
- It “has a responsive and supportive latex foam feel.”
- “The Sleep Team likes to describe the feel as cushioned support, and ranks it as firm on the firmness scale without the added topper and medium-firm with the topper.”
- “Latex foam, wool, and cotton are breathable materials, so they’re likely to feel a lot cooler than memory foam.”
- “[It’s] pretty supportive around the edges, so if you share the bed with another person or a pet, you can spread out comfortably.”
- “Overall, the bed passed our sleep team’s motion test.”
Our tester also adds that the hybrid structure of the Avocado Green Mattress makes it a good pick for a wide range of people who like a more supportive mattress. Generally, it works best for back or stomach sleepers, while side sleepers might want a little more relief under the hips and shoulders. Combo sleepers will like the responsiveness of this bed.
Who is this best for?
- anyone that wants a natural/organic mattress
- stomach and back sleepers
- people who want a firm, responsive mattress
Who won’t love it?
- those searching for a plush mattress
- people who don’t like bouncy/responsive beds
- those who need a bed under $1,000
Standard shipping is free with your Avocado Green Mattress. This shipping includes doorstep delivery, which means a third-party delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, will drop the mattress off at your door. You can opt for signature service or waive the signature requirement at checkout. “It’s going to be heavy,” says Powell, “so it’s always smart to have someone help you unbox and unroll the mattress once it’s in your home.”
You can also upgrade to in-home delivery and setup for $249. This will be scheduled after your order and the delivery team will bring the mattress to the room of your choice and remove the old one. If you choose to return your mattress, this fee is nonrefundable.
The Avocado Green Mattress comes with one of the most generous sleep trials and warranties in the industry. After receiving the mattress, you get 365 nights to decide whether you like it and want to keep it. If you want to return it in that first year, contact Avocado and they’ll come and pick it up. The mattress must be suitable for donation, though, and can’t have any stains or damage. Avocado recommends a mattress topper.
There are no restocking or return fees as long as you wait at least 30 days (this the average time it takes to get used to a new mattress). If you want to return your mattress before the 30 days have passed, you’ll have to pay a 15% early return fee.
The mattress is also backed by a 25-year limited warranty that covers abnormal damage and defects, such as a visible indentation equal to or greater than 1.5 inches, a physical flaw like a split or crack, and cosmetic damages not caused by regular wear and tear. The warranty doesn’t cover usual wear and tear, damage due to misuse, or typical changes in softness.
“The Avocado Green Mattress is definitely on the premium side when it comes to price,” says Powell, which makes sense given the bed is 100% organic certified.
Avocado is not targeting the average consumer looking for a cheap, comfortable mattress. Rather, the company is targeting health-conscious consumers who are willing to pay a little more to ensure they’re sleeping on a safe, eco-friendly bed.
With that in mind, here is how MSRP breaks down by size for the base Avocado mattress:
Prices valid as of November 8, 2022
If you want to upgrade to the pillow top version, which we discuss in more detail below, it will cost you an additional $400 to $600. Before you get too worked up over the price tag, it’s important to understand the prices displayed above are not what you’ll likely pay come checkout.
That’s because Avocado runs sales and promotions regularly to make their beds more affordable. In most cases, you can expect to save at least $150 on your mattress purchase. [Check current Avocado promotions.]
“There are dozens of brands today that use natural and organic materials, but the Avocado mattress is one of the few that is 100% organic and GOTS certified,” says Powell.
The bed is filled with sustainably sourced, organic materials from top to bottom. The standard Avocado mattress is 11 inches thick and uses four distinct layers. Here’s a look at each layer, starting from the bottom:
- Organic Dunlop latex: This thin layer serves as the foundation for the bed.
- 8-inch recycled steel coils: Together, these individually wrapped coils form the primary support framework for the mattress.
- Organic Dunlop latex: This layer serves dual purposes. “It acts as a transition from the sturdy coils below, while providing a responsive comfort,” says Powell.
- Organic wool: This material gives the bed an airy yet soft feel near the surface of the mattress.
Wrapping the four layers is an organic cotton, button-tufted cover. It’s soft and breathable and gives the mattress a premium look and feel. Please note the cover is not removable and, therefore, not machine washable. If the cover happens to get dirty, Avocado recommends you spot clean the stained area with mild, safe detergent and cold water.
There’s a lot more to discuss as far as construction and materials. In the following sections, we’ll cover the different options the Avocado mattress is available in and the various certifications the bed has and what they mean.
When considering the Avocado mattress, consumers can upgrade the bed by adding a pillow top. As we mentioned earlier, this upgrade costs around $400 to $600, depending on the size.
Essentially, by opting for the pillow top, Avocado includes an additional 2 inches of organic Dunlop latex foam. As a result, the pillow top version totals 13 inches thick. It’s also softer than the standard model, which we discuss in more detail later in the review. For now, we wanted to alert you that option exists.
Consumers can also opt for a vegan version of the Avocado mattress. It’s the same price as the standard model. The only difference is that the company swaps the wool from the standard Avocado for 100% USDA organic certified cotton batting in the vegan option.
For clarity purposes, no wool or animal-based products are used within the Avocado Vegan mattress. The bed is PETA approved.
Given Avocado’s entire brand centers around the mission to be the most respected source for organic mattresses, we thought it was only fitting to include a section that covers all the different certifications the bed has as well as how and where their mattresses are made.
First, we’d like to point out that Avocado’s parent company owns and operates its facility in Los Angeles, California. This means that Avocado mattresses are made in the United States.
Further, the company’s factory is GOTS and GOLS organic certified. In short, these certifications mean the company meets the rigorous standards set forth by independent third parties to manufacture organic products.
According to the company’s website, there are only five mattress factories in the United States that have both of these certifications, and Avocado is one of them.
Now that we’ve discussed the company’s factory, let’s get into the materials used within the Avocado mattress. Let’s start with the latex foam in the bed, which again is 100% GOLS organic certified.
The company sources the pure rubber sap, which is the foundation of Dunlop latex foam, from Hevea brasiliensis trees in India. Organic latex is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria. It also helps combat dust mites.
The bed’s 100% GOTS organic certified wool is sourced from a collective in India that Avocado jointly owns. Like organic latex, organic wool is antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites. It also acts as a natural fire barrier.
Lastly, wool is praised for its temperature regulation benefits. The structure of wool fibers naturally allows for ample airflow and absorb moisture.
The cotton used for the mattress cover is also 100% GOTS organic certified. It’s soft, durable, and provides similar antimicrobial benefits as the other materials.
The company’s latex, wool, and cotton are also Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified, meaning they do not contain any harmful chemicals or toxins. Further, the Avocado mattress does not use any petroleum-based polyurethane foams or chemical adhesives to attach the various layers.
Finally, the Avocado mattress is Greenguard Gold and Made Safe certified. These certifications prohibit the use of harmful substances anywhere in the mattress.
For more information about Avocado’s certifications or sustainable practices, check out the company’s website.
Whether you opt for the standard or pillow top version, the Avocado mattress has a responsive and supportive latex foam feel. If you’re not familiar with how latex foam feels, allow us to give you a quick rundown.
Latex foam doesn’t quite adapt or mold to your body’s shape like memory foam. You don’t sink into the material like you do with memory foam, either. Rather, latex foam is a much more responsive material.
It’s spongy, bouncy, and buoyant. We like to describe it as “cushioned support” and rank it as firm on the firmness scale without the added topper. With the topper, it comes down to a medium-firm, which is “definitely the way to go if you’re looking to relieve back pain,” says Powell.
The wool layer in the mattress does balance out the feel of the latex foam to a certain degree, but we’d still categorize the mattress as having a latex foam feel.
The height, weight, and number of people on the bed largely determine how a bed feels. In other words, mattresses feel different to various-sized individuals. As such, we felt it was prudent to split the sections, so people of all shapes and sizes know what to expect with the Avocado mattress.
To be clear, the Avocado mattress could be an ideal choice for people of all sizes. The bed contains 8-inch tempered steel coils arranged in five distinct ergonomic zones. As a result, the bed provides the necessary support under the torso region of sleepers, regardless of size.
We only bring this up because not all beds are recommended for people who weigh more than 240 pounds. Individuals with higher body weight generally want to avoid beds made entirely of foam. That’s not the case with Avocado, so there’s nothing to worry about.
People in smaller bodies: Firmness rating and ideal sleeping positions
For folks under 150 pounds, the standard Avocado mattress will feel extremely firm. We give it a firmness rating of 9 to 10 on the scale. As such, we feel it’s best for smaller people who either prefer extra firm beds or require substantial lumbar support.
Otherwise, we recommend getting the pillow top so it feels a little softer. With the added cushion, we put it at an 8 to 9 on the firmness scale.
Bottom line: Given the firmness profile of both models, we think Avocado is best for lighter individuals who primarily sleep on their back or stomach. If you’re a side sleeper, you may want to think about going in a different direction.
In our opinion, the Avocado mattress does not provide enough pressure relief for side sleepers under 150 pounds.
People in average-sized bodies: Sleeper type analysis
For folks around 150 to 240 pounds, the standard Avocado mattress will feel like it belongs in the 8 to 9 range on the firmness scale. As weight increases, you sink into the top comfort layers more, making beds feel softer to people with more weight.
Still, given the firmness profile of the bed, we’d only recommend the mattress to moderate-weight individuals who are dominant back or stomach sleepers. The bed provides ample support under your lower back and core.
For side sleepers with moderate weight, it’s the same story as lighter folks. We don’t think the pressure relief is there for your hips and shoulders.
Additionally, although the pillow top model is slightly softer (~7 on scale), we’d still say it’s best for back and stomach sleepers. Individuals with moderate builds who are combination sleepers (i.e., people who rotate between their back, stomach, and side throughout the night) will likely be fine on the pillow top version, though, as long you don’t spend more than ~40 percent of the night sleeping on your side.
While we’re on the subject of combination sleepers, we’d like to add that it’s extremely easy to switch between positions on the Avocado mattress. There’s no resistance. That’s one of the nice things latex beds offer compared to memory foam ones.
With memory foam beds, sleepers often feel quite a bit of resistance when attempting to switch positions since the memory foam sort of wraps their body. Luckily, that’s not the case with the Avocado mattress.
People in larger bodies: Firmness estimate and suitable positions
The Avocado mattress will feel slightly softer to folks around 240 pounds or more since they’ll sink into the top layers a little more than others.
These folks will likely feel the standard Avocado mattress belongs in the 7 to 8 range on the firmness scale. Accordingly, the bed will still be best for folks over 240 pounds who tend to favor their back or stomach.
If you sleep on your side, we’d strongly urge you to consider upgrading to the pillow top Avocado mattress. We think people with more weight will find the pillow top model lands around a 5 to 6 on the firmness scale, making it a viable option for side sleepers.
With this model, individuals over 240 pounds will find the wool and latex foam combination may form a forgiving surface for their hips and shoulders.
“The Avocado mattress doesn’t contain any technologies or textiles that actively cool you down, but latex foam, cotton, and wool are breathable materials so they’re likely to feel a lot cooler than materials like memory foam,” says Powell.
The firmness profile of the mattress also plays a role in temperature regulation. Since the bed is quite firm, people will sleep more on top of the surface, which limits friction.
With that said, your mattress isn’t the only element you need to consider when it comes to sleeping temperature. In reality, many factors affect how warm or cool you sleep. We’re referring to the climate you live in, what type of comforter you use, and whether or not you like to cuddle with your significant other.
This topic is especially noteworthy for couples or singles who share their bed with a pet. Motion suppression relates to how sufficient a mattress is at deadening movement.
Couples will want to select a bed that muffles motion well so that one person is not disturbed or affected anytime the other person switches sleeping positions or gets up to use the restroom.
Latex foam is more responsive than memory foam and it doesn’t adapt or mold to your body shape in the same way, so it has more bounce. However, “The wool layer in the mattress does balance out the feel of latex foam to a certain degree,” says Powell.
With Avocado, couples will notice a little movement due to the coils in the mattress and the responsive nature of latex foam, but overall, we don’t think it’s a major issue. The bed easily passed our motion tests.
Perimeter or edge support refers to how solid mattresses are around the edges. Couples will want to avoid beds that significantly compress around the sides so they don’t have to hug the center of the mattress.
Luckily, the Avocado mattress is quite supportive around the edges. “If you share a bed with another person or a pet, you can spread out comfortably and utilize the entire surface area of the bed,” says Powell.
For health-conscious consumers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a company that manufactures safe, eco-friendly beds more seriously than Avocado. It’s one of the few 100% organic certified beds on the market.
Besides its high quality construction, the bed is ultra-supportive and quite comfortable, especially for back and stomach sleepers.
With that said, the Avocado mattress is not going to be right for everyone. First, let’s face it, if you’re not overly concerned with the materials inside your mattress, then Avocado is probably not worth it considering that’s why it’s priced at a premium.
Next, if you spend most of the night on your side, the bed may be too firm for your liking.
If you’ve never purchased a bed online, you’re probably wondering how the whole process works. How do I try the bed before buying it? Do I pick up the mattress or does it get delivered? How do returns work? These are common questions that we will answer shortly.
First, though, let us say that buying a mattress online isn’t that scary, and Avocado offers some of the most generous policies in the industry. Allow us to explain.
The Avocado mattress comes with free shipping. You don’t have to worry about paying some high fee to have the bed delivered. The mattress will arrive roll-packed in a cardboard box.
Once the box is delivered, move it to your room, remove the bed from the box, cut the plastic, and unroll it onto your frame or foundation. You’ll immediately notice the mattress will inflate and take its natural shape.
Please note, it’s recommended you give roll-packed beds at least 24 hours to fully inflate before sleeping on them. If you don’t feel like setting up the mattress yourself, you can always opt for white glove delivery for an additional fee. This means that a local logistics company will deliver the bed and set it up for you.
What’s also nice about the Avocado mattress is that doesn’t off-gas or give off odors like beds made with petroleum-based polyurethane or chemical adhesives.
The VOCs that these beds emit during the unboxing process are potentially detrimental to your health so it’s nice to know you’ll be safe with Avocado.
Once your new bed has been delivered, Avocado allows you test the mattress for a full year before officially deciding whether you want to keep it. If you determine Avocado is not right for your particular sleeping preferences during the first year, you can return it for free.
The return/refund process is fairly straightforward and painless. You’ll have to contact the company and ask them to schedule a time for the bed to be removed from your home.
It may take up to 3 weeks for the bed to be picked up, but once it’s removed, the company will issue you a full refund. Just for the record, most bed-in-a-box companies only offer a 100-night trial period so Avocado is in rare company with its 365-night sleep trial.
Lastly, the Avocado mattress is backed by a 25-year warranty. This is 15 years longer than the standard mattress-in-a-box warranty.
Healthline editors have also tried other Avocado products and are big fans of the lineup. Here are our thoughts on the Eco Organic Mattress, Avocado Green Pillow, and Organic Hemp Sheets.
The Eco Organic Mattress is the most budget-friendly of Avocado beds. It’s a hybrid model with a layer of pocketed coils and 100% certified organic latex and organic cotton. It also has a wool layer to help with temperature regulation. On the firmness scale, it’s rated a 5 out of 10, or medium firmness.
Healthline editor Christy Snyder tested the Eco Organic Mattress and has been sleeping comfortably on it. As someone who sleeps hot, she likes that it stays cool and says it’s the right firmness for her: not too firm, but not too soft.
“It’s been so lovely. I haven’t needed a mattress topper. My boyfriend loves it too, and he is a lot taller than me (6’0″ to my 5’2″). It fits him well and his feet don’t hang off. It’s great,” she says.
The Avocado Green Pillow is made from GOLS certified organic latex and organic kapok. It has an adjustable fill that’s stuffed inside an organic jersey liner. It has a medium-plush feel and comes in standard, queen, and king sizes.
Senior Healthline editor Chelsea Logan tested the Avocado Green Pillow to get rid of chronic neck pain made worse by her old pillows.
“The pillow hasn’t necessarily taken my neck pain away, but it hasn’t caused it to get worse like my old pillow was,” she says. “I love that it’s adjustable — it comes with an extra bag of fill so you can plump it up to your liking.”
She also gives it points for its eco-friendly construction and says it works great for side and back sleeping.
Avocado’s organic hemp sheets are made from GOTS certified organic hemp with GOTS approved dyes. They’re made to feel like linen — they get softer with every wash — and they have thermoregulating properties that make them suitable for year-round use.
Snyder also tested these sheets and says they’re the best set she’s ever had.
“They’re soft and not scratchy, keep me warm when I need to be and cool when I need to be,” she says. She recommends them to anyone looking for comfortable organic sheets, hemp products, and can afford the higher price tag.
Is Avocado Green Mattress worth the money?
If you value a nontoxic mattress made with organic materials, then an Avocado Green Mattress is worth the money. For peace of mind, your purchase is backed by a 1-year trial and a 25-year warranty.
Do Avocado mattresses sag?
Avocado mattresses are all hybrid models that have a coil support structure. This keeps the middle of the mattress from sagging and the edges from buckling. When paired with the right base (Avocado recommends a platform bed, bed slats, foundation, or adjustable bed without box springs), it shouldn’t sag.
Is Avocado mattress too firm for side sleepers?
As is, the Avocado Green Mattress is rated a 7 out of 10, or medium-firm. While this can work for side sleepers in bigger bodies, it may be too firm for lighter or average-weight side sleepers. You can add a pillow top that brings the firmness down to a 6 out of 10. This provides enough give to alleviate pressure in the shoulders and hips but adequate support to keep the spine aligned.