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If you tend to overheat when you sleep, hate chemicals in your mattress, and want a bed that will last you many years, you’ve probably looked into latex mattresses. Latex is known for being durable and sleeping cool, and it’s appealing to a wide array of sleepers.
Latex mattresses have a luxurious look and feel, but they do tend to be expensive. The Zenhaven Latex Mattress, which is manufactured by Saatva, isn’t cheap, but it’s meant to be an affordable option for customers who like to sleep on latex.
So who, exactly, is the Zenhaven mattress made for, and is it worth your time to try it? We’ll tell you what you need to know if you’re curious about the Zenhaven mattress.
For a luxury latex mattress, Zenhaven is mid-level on the price spectrum. The Zenhaven mattress starts at $1,399 for a twin and goes up to $2,999 for a California king.
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- Mattress type: latex foam
- Mattress height: 10 inches
- Good for: couples and all sleeping positions
The Zenhaven mattress is made of latex sourced from Talalay rubber.
The mattress is also manufactured in the United States, so Saatva has a lot of direct oversight in the manufacturing process and quality control for the mattress.
What’s the Zenhaven like to sleep on?
Reviewers love the feeling of sleeping on — as opposed to sinking into — the Zenhaven mattress. According to many users, the mattress contours to the body without promoting sinking. This helps if you’re a hot sleeper or a stomach sleeper.
If you’re a back sleeper, you may find that the medium side of the mattress is a little too soft for you. Most back sleepers do better with a firmer mattress, as these mattresses support better spinal alignment.
If you’re a side sleeper, the mattress’s medium side works well to relieve pressure points, especially in people who weigh under 130 pounds. However, side sleepers with more weight might find that their hips sink in a little too far.
The main complaints people have about Zenhaven mattresses seem to be about pricing and edge support.
Talalay latex is naturally breathable, and the pin core holes provide an opportunity for heat to escape. The breathable cotton cover and moisture-wicking wool layer also help draw heat away from the body.
The mattress might be a good option for people who have previously avoided memory foam because it’s too hot.
Talalay latex generally has high point elasticity, so it conforms to pressure locally in a similar way to memory foam. Therefore, you should notice minimal motion transfer from one side to another, especially on the medium side.
Zenhaven customers also comment on how easy it is to switch sleeping positions without waking up and how well it works for couples, even when one is a restless sleeper. Latex foam doesn’t redistribute movement or make a lot of noise, partly because the materials are so dense and heavy.
Zenhaven beds don’t have reinforced edge support. That means that if you tend to sleep on the very edge of your bed, you may feel gravity taking over a bit more than you like. You probably won’t roll off a Zenhaven, even at the very edge, but it’s worth being aware of.
The Zenhaven mattress has four layers:
- The base support latex is the thickest layer and provides stability.
- The next latex layer is designed to have more give and to cradle your body without being so soft you sink into it.
- Above this is a certified-organic wool layer. This layer is what gives the mattress its cozy, luxurious feeling.
- The mattress is topped with an organic cotton cover. It’s designed to be cooling and super soft to the touch. It also has a plant-based antimicrobial treatment.
Yes. Third-party certification of latex foam is typically Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), which the Zenhaven’s latex has.
Keep in mind that latex foam has different certifications than polyurethane memory foam.
The other organic textiles used to make the mattress (wool and cotton) are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
These certifications mean that Zenhaven mattresses are produced without the use of dyes or bleach and don’t use certain harmful chemicals in their production.
All Zenhaven mattress orders include complimentary white-glove delivery service.
The Zenhaven mattress can’t be compressed into a box and unrolled, so it makes sense for Saatva to offer this service.
In addition to setting up your mattress in the room of your choice, the Saatva delivery team will also dispose of your old mattress for no additional charge.
The Zenhaven mattress doesn’t contain volatile organic compounds or polyurethane, so you probably won’t smell powerful chemicals in the days after your delivery. If you do smell anything, it’s likely a faint smell of natural rubber.
Saatva offers a 20-year limited warranty on the Zenhaven mattress, which is a long time compared with their competitors.
Why does Saatva believe the mattress will last you that long? To start, latex materials are naturally repellent to dust mites, which adds to their durability and hypoallergenic qualities.
And although Saatva treats their mattresses with a plant-based antimicrobial treatment, latex foam is naturally antimicrobial — far more so than petroleum-based memory foam.
Saatva sells and distributes Zenhaven mattresses. Saatva is Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited and has an A+ BBB rating: 4.7 out 5 stars.
Saatva, which has been in business since 2010, doesn’t currently have any lawsuits relating to their business practices. They have no product recalls.
Saatva has a reputation for manufacturing high end, uniquely luxe sleep products and for their emphasis on customer service. Amenities like the 20-year warranty and complimentary white-glove delivery reflect this commitment.
Mattress experts and review sites give the Zenhaven overwhelmingly positive marks for comfort and durability.
Positive reviews from customers compliment Zenhaven’s materials and construction, saying it feels luxurious compared with memory foam and hybrid mattresses, and that it helps with chronic pain.
Negative reviews pointed out that the mattress is heavy, difficult to flip, and has poor edge support. Couples who buy the mattress as a way to compromise between soft and firm may not be thrilled about the logistics of actually flipping the mattress to experience both sides.
Zenhaven mattresses are only available to purchase online through Saatva’s website. That gives Saatva a lot of control over the reviews that you read.
It also means that many reviews you’ll find focus on customer service interactions and returns rather than the actual sleep experience and feel of the Zenhaven. That said, many reviewers do absolutely love this mattress. Saatva is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot.
How does sleeping on a latex mattress feel?
Sleeping on a latex mattress can feel like you’re supported at all times. Latex mattresses are notable for contouring to your body and giving you support that is responsive to you. They also typically hold their shape throughout the night and across the mattress’s life span.
Getting up from the mattress will likely feel easy, and changing positions throughout will also be easier.
Can I try the mattress in a store?
If you happen to be in New York City, the Saatva Viewing Room is located at 969 Third Ave. This self-guided space allows you to check out the mattresses and bedding products before starting your 180-night home trial.
Otherwise, Saatva’s generous 180-night home trial allows you to sleep on it — literally — before you commit to your purchase.
Will the Zenhaven mattress work with my foundation?
The Zenhaven mattress is compatible with most foundations, box springs, platform beds, and adjustable bases. But if you’re not sure, Saatva also sells a few options that are guaranteed to work well with the Zenhaven mattress.
The Zenhaven mattress isn’t the most expensive latex mattress on the market, but it does cost more than mattress-in-a-box brands.
If you order a Zenhaven, keep in mind that it might take some time to get used to the bed, and take advantage of the 180-day trial to make sure that you really like it.
Kathryn Watson is a freelance writer covering everything from sleep hygiene to moral philosophy. Her recent bylines include Healthline, Christianity Today, LitHub, and Curbed. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and her website is kathrynswatson.com.