Fact #1: you spend about a third of your life in bed. Fact #2: Crummy mattresses can sap your energy and make you a sore, sluggish zombie the next day. It’s just good sense to get the best quality mattress you can afford—and quality isn’t just about how a mattress feels.
Most conventional mattresses are made with materials that emit strong gasses known as VOCs that can make you and your loved ones sick. Linked to asthma, allergies, neurological disorders, reproductive problems, thyroid issues, and even cancer, those VOCs aren’t going to give you the good night’s sleep you’re hoping for.
At Aunt Fannie’s, we’re big believers in taking charge of your environment to make your life happier, healthier, and more worry-free—from swapping out the cleaning products in your broom closet to boosting the air quality in your bedroom. That’s why we’re loving the new generation of green mattresses, made with sustainable materials and without all those toxic ingredients.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when comparison shopping.
- Third-party certifications matter. Mattress companies can use the words eco-friendly and green without much regulation—just like other industries, including “natural” cleaning. When you’re shopping for a non-toxic mattress, be sure to look for third-party certifications like GREENGUARD Gold and OEKO-TEX, organic cotton, and latex that’s eco-INSTITUT® and/or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certified.
- Find out what “free” trials actually mean. Many companies offer free periods for you to sleep on your mattress “risk-free”—but most charge a return shipping fee. If you really want to try a new mattress at home with the peace of mind of easy returns, look for a totally free trial. They do exist!
- Chat with customer service agents to get a feel for their responsiveness ahead of time. We love the rise of 24/7 chat boxes that let us reach customer service agents instantly. Have questions about mattress choices, delivery, what would void a warranty, or whether the mattress will fit up your tiny townhouse stairwell? Ask ahead of time, and don’t be shy about asking even more.
Ready to start shopping? Here are a few of our favorites.
Made to order in California since 2015, these GREENGUARD Gold-certified mattresses were named the #1 best innerspring mattress of 2018 by Consumer Reports—and not just in the green category! Each mattress is handmade with eco-INSTITUT® certified latex, OEKO-TEX® certified Joma New Zealand wool or certified organic cotton, and recycled steel support coils. Queens start at $1,399 with multiple firmness options, and Avocado offers a 100-night trial, 25 year warranty, and totally free carbon-neutral shipping and returns.
These GREENGUARD Gold-certified mattresses are made with some pretty crunchy ingredients—natural latex, organic coconut husk, flaxseed fiber certified organic cotton, New Zealand wool, and steel coils—but feel super luxe, and come with a seriously cool 365 day sleep trial complete with no return shipping or restocking fees. A queen will set you back $1,949, and come with a 25 year limited warranty.
A great value option (with a queen going for just $795), Sleep on Latex’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified, mattress is available in soft, medium, and firm, so you can find the right fit for your sleep style. Designed and manufactured in Chicago, and comes with a 10 year warranty, and 100-night guarantee complete with a free pickup.