If you worry about sleeping hot or want a green, eco-friendly mattress, then a natural latex hybrid is always a good option. However, these mattresses are not one size fits all.
I’ve reviewed many latex hybrid mattresses, so I was very excited to try out the Awara mattress for myself. It features natural Dunlop latex as well as pocketed coils.
This review will go over everything consumers need to know about this mattress, including a full breakdown of the construction, pros and cons, firmness and feel, comfort, support, motion isolation, edge support, breathability, durability, and much more.
The Awara is a firmer latex hybrid mattress that could be a good pick for back and stomach sleepers.
You Might Want To Pick The Awara…
- Hot sleepers- If people often overheat while they sleep, the Awara could be a good pick. The coils promote airflow throughout the mattress, and the other layers are also quite breathable. All in all, the Awara addresses many of the causes of sleeping hot.
- Heavier people or people who need extra support- The Awara is a very firm mattress and offers a good amount of support. The coils and latex should be able to support even heavier weights. If someone is larger or needs more support for any other reason, the Awara could work for them.
- Those who are looking for a long-term investment- The Awara contains durable materials such as natural latex and high-grade coils. These should be able to stand up to years of use, so this should be a longer-lasting mattress.
- Stomach or back sleepers- The Awara is a firmer, more supportive mattress, so stomach sleepers shouldn’t have to worry about their hips sinking too far into the mattress. Also, back sleepers of many sizes should get the support they need.
Who Might Not Want To Pick The Awara…
- People who don’t want a firm mattress- If people prefer a medium-firm or softer mattress, the Awara might not be the best choice, because it is definitely firmer than average. If people want a mattress with some more give and pressure relief, they should look elsewhere.
- Lightweight sleepers- If someone is on the lighter side, the Awara might feel too firm for them. People might not be heavy enough to press into the top layers, so the Awara will feel firmer to them. Lightweight sleepers may need something softer for more pressure relief.
- Those who prefer a mattress without much bounce- The Awara contains natural latex, so there is some bounce to this mattress. People sleep more on top of the mattress (rather than “in” it), which makes it is easy to move around and switch positions. But if people prefer to sink into their mattress, the Awara might not work for them.
- Side sleepers- If someone sleeps primarily on their side, the Awara might be too firm for them. While lying on their side, sleepers could feel some pressure on their shoulders and hips. This is a firmer mattress, so side sleepers should probably look for something softer.
- The Awara is 13” tall and features a simple construction with a foam and coil layer.
- The cover is soft and tufted and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer is 4” of natural Dunlop latex, which is very bouncy, responsive, breathable, and durable.
- Then there are 9” of pocketed coils, which are highly supportive, durable, and breathable.
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- The latex is very bouncy and responds very quickly, which means it should be easy to move around on the mattress and switch positions.
- The latex is also very firm, which makes it difficult to push my hand into the mattress.
- The pocketed coils and latex help create a very supportive mattress, so the Awara should be able to support even heavier weights.
- The Awara should be a breathable mattress, because the coils allow for a good amount of airflow, and the latex is also very breathable.
- The latex makes this an organic mattress, which means it does not contain certain harmful chemicals as some mattresses do.
The Awara is a firmer latex hybrid mattress that could be a good pick for back and stomach sleepers.
What Sets The Awara Apart From Other Latex Hybrids?
If someone is in the market for a natural latex hybrid, they are probably wondering why they should choose the Awara over the other similar options on the market.
First, this is perhaps the firmest latex hybrid I have encountered. The high-grade coils and firmer Dunlop latex make it difficult to press into the mattress too far.
Second, this could be a good option for larger stomach and back sleepers or those who just need extra support. Because it’s so firm, the Awara is also a very supportive mattress. No matter your weight, the Awara should be able to support you.
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Awara felt close to an 8/10, or firmer than average. People who are lighter than me might find the mattress to feel even firmer, because they may not press into the top latex layer and could feel some more firmness.
This was how it felt on the Awara mattress:
- While lying on my back, the Awara is definitely supportive enough for me, as I feel the coils and latex holding me up. At the same time, the mattress does not allow my hips to sink in too far. I would say the Awara is a decent option for back sleepers.
- Moving to my side, the Awara is too firm for me. I am feeling some firmness on my shoulders and hips. Again, this is a firmer-than-average mattress, so side sleepers will want to look for something softer.
- Finally, when I am stomach sleeping, the Awara is a great match for me. Firmer mattresses are usually a great fit for stomach sleeping, and the Awara is no exception. I feel great support on my hips, and I don’t bow into the mattress whatsoever.
The Awara has a bouncy feel where the latex responds quickly, so it is very easy to move around on the mattress and switch positions. All in all, it feels more like I am sleeping on top of the mattress.
If you are looking for a mattress for you and your partner, you will want to know how well the mattress handles motion transfer. Will you be feeling your partner’s movements on your side of the bed?
I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pressed into the surrounding area. The water was clearly disturbed. Also, when Marten moved around on one side of the mattress, I felt his movements over on my side.
While I think the Awara could be a decent option for couples, the results of my tests are worth noting.
If you are looking for a mattress for couples, you also want to know how much of the mattress you can utilize. Can you sit or lie down near the edge of the mattress, or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
When I sit down near the edge of the Awara, the mattress does not collapse too much. I feel the coils and latex holding me up, and I feel very secure. Also, while lying down near the edge, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off the mattress.
The Awara has good edge support, which people can see in the photo below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress and how appropriate it is for heavier sleepers:
Joe said it was an 8/10 in terms of firmness and I agreed.
When I am on my back, I feel good overall support. However, it is a little bit too firm for me, and I wish my hips could sink in more.
When I move to my side, the Awara is definitely too firm for me, as I am feeling some serious firmness on my shoulders and hips.
When I move to my stomach, I feel very well supported, and my hips are not sinking in whatsoever. I feel like my spine is well aligned in this position.
In my experience, the Awara is a great match for stomach sleepers and an okay match for back sleepers, while side sleepers should probably look elsewhere.
Even as a larger person, Marten felt like the Awara was an 8/10. As I thought, the Awara was supportive enough for heavier weights. He has no support issues when he is back and stomach sleeping. Larger sleepers should definitely take a look at the Awara (unless you sleep primarily on your side).
How To Unbox This Mattress
The Awara is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to you.
You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Awara mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Awara will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes The Awara Stand Out?
- It is a firm, very supportive mattress, which means the Awara should be a great choice for heavier sleepers or those who just need some extra support.
- The Awara should be a good option for back and stomach sleepers, because the latex and coils offer a good amount of support.
- This could be a good mattress for hot sleepers, because the coils allow for airflow and the latex is naturally cooling.
- The latex and high-grade coils are both very durable, which means the Awara should be a good long-term investment.
- The Awara is a bouncy mattress that responds quickly to pressure, so it should be very easy to move around on the mattress and switch positions.
- This natural latex hybrid is a good choice for those who want to avoid potentially harmful chemicals in their mattress.
In the end, the Awara should work for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those who prefer a firmer mattress. However, side sleepers and some lightweight sleepers might think the mattress is too firm.
The Awara comes with a 365-day sleep trial and Forever Warranty, as well as free shipping and returns. Financing is also available. Consumers should take a look through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.