Best Reviewed Latex Mattresses 2017- Who's Best For You?

Best Reviewed Latex Mattresses 2017

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Latex is a great sleeping surface because it offers a lot of the benefits of memory foam mattresses without some of the drawbacks.  You can get great comfort and support, but latex generally doesn’t sleep hot and has more spring to it, which some people really appreciate.  Latex is very durable as well.

The other potential benefit of latex is that it can be all-natural.  Most companies opt to make their latex mattresses at least part synthetic due to cost, but there are some 100% natural latex mattresses available – which can never be the case for memory foam.  As people start to move towards more natural products, I think latex will become more popular.

I’ve slept on a lot of latex mattresses at this point (with more on the way), so I’ll highlight a few of my favorites by category.

Best Natural Latex Mattresses

Best Natural Latex Mattress

A lot of companies claim that their mattress is “natural” or “organic,” but oftentimes you will find out that isn’t the case.  The only way for a mattress to be considered natural is for it to use natural latex.

Natural latex mattresses are breathable, durable, and resilient.  They are also free from chemicals that some people worry about.  I’ve reviewed several natural latex mattresses and have a few favorites.

WHY ZENHAVEN?

Aside from just personal preference, Zenhaven has a few extra features that make it stand out.  It is flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one mattress (see more details HERE).  This maximizes the chances that you will like the firmness of your mattress.  It also has “zoned” comfort layers, which means it gives you extra support where you need it the most on your body.  Those are two features I haven’t seen elsewhere.  It’s also very reasonably priced for a natural latex mattress.

Read our Zenhaven review

WHY PLUSHBEDS?

Plushbeds is a really great company to look at if you want options.  My favorite is the 9″ Botanical Bliss, but you should definitely look at all their offerings.  You can get mattresses with different thickness and different support layers.  Because of their manufacturing process they are able to bring the cost down significantly, so in addition to having lots of great options, you can also get a great value.

Read our review of Plushbeds

WHY SPINDLE?

Spindle spends very little money on marketing and overhead, so it is able to price its product at a very affordable price.  They have different firmness level options and actually have a quiz which you can see HERE that will help you get the perfect firmness for you.  If you want to save some extra cash on your mattress purchase, the Spindle could be a great choice.

Read our Spindle review

Top Latex Hybrids

Latex hybrids are a popular type of mattress right now because they incorporate the benefits of latex with the benefits of other types of mattresses.  If you are interested in latex but think other types of mattress might be good too, then a hybrid could be a great choice.  Here are two top picks:

  • Tuck– Good if you want a mattress customized to your preferences
  • Ghostbed – One of the better values you will find

These are overall high quality mattresses, rating well in my general mattress reviews page.

WHY TUCK?

Tuck is a really cool concept because they customize a mattress to you based on your characteristics (age weight, etc.) and preferences.  If you want a softer mattress, you will get a softer mattress.  If you want a mattress that sleeps cool, you will get one.  You can check out their customization quiz HERE.  They use really good materials (including latex) that are as good or better than just about any other mattress you will find in this price range.

Read our full Tuck review

WHY GHOSTBED?

Ghostbed uses a latex over memory foam construction.  This means you get the cooling and bounce of latex while also getting the pressure relief of memory foam.  It’s a great combination (see more details HERE), and they also use durable materials.  At $795 for a Queen, it’s also a great value.  Check out our full Ghostbed review.

Best Mattresses Overall

Top All Latex Mattress

Though the hybrids are popular, some people will prefer an all-latex mattress (by all-latex we mean all comfort layers, though some of these options will still use core foam as the base layer).  These tend to have a lot of bounce (for a foam mattress) and can potentially be all-natural/organic as well (my favorites are all natural by chance).  My top latex mattresses are:

WHY ZENHAVEN?

As mentioned above as well, Zenhaven is great for a few reasons.  It uses natural latex, so it is free of chemicals that some people worry about.  It is also flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one (see more HERE).  That maximizes the chances you will like the firmness of your mattress.  It also has a smart zoned construction where it gives you extra support where you need it the most.  It’s also very affordable for a natural latex mattress.

Read our Zenhaven review

WHY SPINDLE?

Spindle spends almost no money on overhead, so it is able to price it products at a very affordable level.  For a natural latex mattress, the price is about as low as it could possibly get.  It’s a great company with tons of experience in the industry.  They also guide you to get the proper firmness level with a quiz that you can see HERE.

Read our Spindle mattress review

Best Latex-Like Mattresses

There are some mattresses that have the feel and many of the same qualities as latex but don’t actually contain latex in them.  The companies who make them claim that their foams have even better qualities than latex.  I will list out three top picks here.

  • Helix (good if you want a mattress customized to your preferences)
  • Brooklyn Bedding (they use TitanFlex foam, which is said to be more durable and sleep cooler than latex)
WHY HELIX?

If you don’t believe there is one best mattress for everyone, Helix might be the choice for you.  They customize the mattress to you based on your characteristics (age, weight, etc.) and preferences.  You can see more on their customization process HERE.  They use microcoils and a proprietary foam called Dynamic Foam, which will remind people of latex with its performance/qualities.

Read our Helix mattress review

WHY BROOKLYN BEDDING?

Brooklyn Bedding used to be a latex mattress.  However, the company created a new foam that they believe is better than latex.  You can read more about their new foam HERE.  It is supposed to have a lot of the same qualities but be more durable and will sleep cooler.  If those are important qualities to you, then it’s definitely a mattress worth checking out.

Read our Brooklyn Bedding review

What to look for in a latex mattress

When you look at a latex mattress, you will be exposed to an entirely new terminology compared to other types of mattresses.  Key decisions will be natural vs synthetic/blend, Dunlop vs Talalay processing, unique warranty considerations, and density/ILD.

Natural vs Synthetic/Blend

The latex in a mattress can be all natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of natural and synthetic.  Natural latex (from rubber trees) and synthetic latex (made through chemical process) actually feel quite similar, though in general natural latex mattresses are preferred.

Generally the decision here comes down to price.  People prefer the feel and eco-friendliness of natural latex, but even the most reasonably priced all-natural mattresses (think PlushBeds) start at around $2000.  If you can afford it, go natural, but otherwise synthetic/blend will offer a pretty similar sleeping experience.

Dunlop vs Talalay

Dunlop and Talalay are two different types of latex processing.  In general the two types of processing result in different feels, with Dunlop leading to a firmer feel and Talalay leading to a softer feel.

I don’t think that one type of processing is better than another, although it is true that talalay produces a more consistent latex.  I recommend that you think about the feel of the mattress, rather than the processing method, to make your final decision.

Related: see common latex mattress complaints

Latex mattress warranty

You’ll want to look at the warranty carefully (as with any mattress), but the thing to be concerned about with latex is compression/body impressions.  This is the most likely issue that will come up with a latex mattress, so just be aware of the terms and how you expect your mattress to behave over time.

Latex Density/ILD

With latex you will commonly hear two measures of the foam, density and ILD.

The density will be communicated in lbs, and is a measure of weight per square foot.  To generalize, the higher the density the higher the durability of the foam.

The ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) is a measure of firmness, ranging generally from 14-38.  The higher the number, the firmer the mattress.

Final Recommendation

Latex mattresses are definitely a great option if you’re looking for some of the benefits of memory foam without some of the drawbacks.  As a result, many of the mattresses mentioned on this page do well in my general mattress reviews.

This post was last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 10:50 am

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Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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DORI BAILEY says April 8, 2016

if you had a choice, which one of these beds would you pick?

Hampton and Rhodes Aruba Gel Memory Foam $599-$699

Iverness 8 inch cool gel mattress $599

Beauty Rest Recharge 800 Plush $725

Lux Living memory Latex and foam $699

Hampton and Rhodes Trinidad Hybrid memory foam cushion firm $299

Sealey hybrid 10.5 inch extra firm mattress

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    Joe Auer says April 22, 2016

    Hi Dori – I actually haven’t tested any of these personally yet. What made these choices interesting enough to put on your list?

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roy says May 21, 2016

How does the boyd 908 compare to these? Thanks

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Kevin says June 6, 2016

Brooklyn and Love Bed are ALSO hybrids, NOT all latex. In fact, the Love Bed 2.0 has ZERO latex.

Two all latex mattress companies very much worth mentioning are SleepEZ and SleepOnLatex. Both companies make quality 100% latex mattresses, have great customer service, and are very affordable. They will also teach you everything you could possibly know about latex (there is a lot to learn).

SleepEZ will 100% customize a mattress for you. 3 layers, 4 layers, split layers, natural talalay, dunlop, blended, choose your latex source (Talalay Global, Radium, etc), special order ILDs, etc. They are impressive, and will not break the bank. They’ve also been around for decades.

(They also sell very nice wood box frame/foundation (slat separation 2.75″) at a very reasonable price! Important for latex beds!)

SleepOnLatex is not configurable, but they do have some good options, and their products are good quality at a great price. They are an evolving company, so I expect more from them in the future.

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    Joe Auer says June 7, 2016

    Hi Kevin – I have heard good things about SleepEZ and SleepOnLatex, hoping to try them out soon!

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Abi says July 11, 2016

Have you had an opportunity to try the Zenhaven latex mattress? They haven’t been out for very long, however it is made by the same company that does the Saatva and Loom&Leaf mattresses. I’m curious to see how the Zenhaven might rack up to the Plush.

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Abi says July 20, 2016

You might want to add that to your sitemap and even to the contents for this page. Thanks for the review.

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Joanne Hinsperger-Scott says August 15, 2016

Are latex mattresses safe for hospital beds? Or will the motion / bent angles for different positions of the bed damage the latex mattress?

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    Joe Auer says August 15, 2016

    Generally latex will be fine for an adjustable base, but it may vary by the brand/model.

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Chris says August 21, 2016

Hi, Joe. I had an innerspring/latex mattress many years ago and loved it. Unfortunately during a move I was forced to get rid of it and am now going back to latex as my current mattress is a nightmare (Kluft). I’ve narrowed my search to Zenhaven or Habitat Furnishings. Would you recommend one over the other?

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    Joe Auer says August 21, 2016

    Hi Chris! I haven’t reviewed Habitat Furnishings yet, so unfortunately can’t compare directly! Only good things to say about Zenhaven though.

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Sandra Cassoni says August 22, 2016

We just purchased a Brooklyn bedding, medium, king size, which should be delivered by the end of the week, I read the article but do you think we made the best decision?

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Jim says August 27, 2016

I’m considering the ghost bed and the loom and leaf. I want to stay under 2000 for a split King.

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    Joe Auer says August 27, 2016

    Both good options, very different feels! Comes down to latex vs memory foam in my mind.

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Brendan says August 29, 2016

I bought a ghostbed and Im completely satisfied. I dont wake up sore and I get a full night sleep now. I wanted a latex mattress but all the ones I tried cost $2-3k in the stores. This was only $750 for a queen.

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Jessica says August 31, 2016

Hi Joe-
We have a Nature’s Legacy latex mattress. The top is organic cotton, not sure about the rest. Purchased eight years ago from a bricks and mortar mattress shop that has since closed. Is this a brand you’re familiar with? I have not been able to find it online. I am just curious what other beds might have a similar feel. Not sure if it’s all latex or a hybrid.

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    Joe Auer says September 1, 2016

    Hi Jessica – unfortunately I’m not familiar, sorry I can’t be of more help!

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Pete Cruise says September 9, 2016

Hi Joe. I have a 10″ Botanical Bliss from Plushbeds. 100% natural latex and I love it! It’s a very good quality mattress and organic with all certifications: gols; gots; oeko-tex; greenguard gold. Very comfortable. Great company too. Here is my question, I am now looking for another mattress for my guest room. I want to stick with Plushbeds since they are a great company, great reputation, 25 year warranty and free returns and comfort exchange within 100 days. The guest room is only used one month out of the year when my parents stay for the holidays. So I don’t want to spend a lot of money – but I do want my parents to be comfortable when they visit. I am looking at their 12″ Luxury Bliss mattress for the guest room – it is Plushbeds pocketed coil mattress with a 100% natural latex top. My parents are in their 80s and both weigh around 150 lbs. Will this work for my needs? Thank you.

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    Joe Auer says September 12, 2016

    Hi Pete – so glad you like the Botanical Bliss, I’m a huge fan! So I actually haven’t tried any other mattress from PlushBeds, so I can’t comment on the Luxury Bliss. Knowing this company, I’d think that would be great for a guest room – but can’t comment more than that. If you end up going with it, let me know how you like it!

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Kayla Stamp says September 24, 2016

Hello, Thank you for this website, its so helpful! We are looking to get a latex mattress. (we have a cheap spring and it makes my legs and hips go numb side sleeping). We tried out a pranasleep in a store and loved the feel however they are very expensive and I haven’t been able to find good/any online reviews. I like the price of Brooklyn Bedding and Helix. However I don’t to compromise quality over price this time, but we want to stay under 1500. The coils and the small amount of latex in the helix concern me. I think I want all latex. I also was curious if plushbeds or spindle would be worth the price for the 100% natural latex. How do they compare to Brooklyn Bedding? Will natural latex last longer then BB beacuse plushbeds warranty is double? Is it really worth the extra money to go non synthetic or would BB be a really great mattress? We are both side sleepers and both under 140lbs and short. So Im thinking soft with any mattress. I just want to stop hurting all night! But not sure which would be the best mattress for us.

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    Joe Auer says September 25, 2016

    Hi Kayla – Helix does have a bit of “bounce”, but I don’t think it has that latex mattress feel that it sounds like you’re looking for. Brooklyn Bedding definitely does, so that could be a great option for you!

    When it comes to natural vs synthetic latex, there is definitely a difference in feel (generally). I wouldn’t necessarily say one is better than the other, but it does come down to your preference. The big thing I usually think of for natural latex is the lack of chemicals, in my opinion a great idea for a sleeping surface. But if that doesn’t matter for you (or isn’t worth paying for), I think BB would be the way to go for you.

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      Kayla Stamp says October 19, 2016

      So we ordered a Brooklyn bedding soft mattress and I cannot believe how firm it is. My ribs and shoulders are sore every morning. Is there a more plush mattress you have reviewed that is softer than BB soft? Even if it’s not latex

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        Adam says November 14, 2016

        I also have a BB soft, but am having the opposite problem as you. I wonder if you got a defective one… I personally think it’s actually too soft, and doesn’t have enough support, as I wake up with lower back pain most days, and that started after about a month into the trial period. I’ve read a couple good things about Drooma, which has a medium soft (they say around 3-4 out of 10) latex-over-foam and it’s 12 inches. Highly reviewed, but a newer company. Just a little more $ than the BB. Hope you get your issue resolved!

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          Kayla Stamp says November 23, 2016

          Interesting, maybe my thought of a soft bed is skewed by my old pillow top. Were at the 30 day mark and I am less sore, but my arms do go numb at night and my shoulders sore so I have to turn alot, sleeping on my side. But I dont wake with any pain. Im afraid to try another mattress and not like it again. Buying a mattress is stressful.

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Shane Benson says September 24, 2016

Joe, In your opinion what is the benefit of the 12″ Plushbeds Botanical Bliss vs the 10″?

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    Joe Auer says September 25, 2016

    Hi Shane – I personally tried the 9″, but think that a thicker one will suit most people better. Not sure I have a good opinion on 10″ vs 12″, sorry!

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Debi says October 4, 2016

Hi Joe.
Great website and your reviews are very helpful and much appreciated.
Do you have any thoughts on the Prana line? I tried a couple, liked them, but the many negative reviews left me hesitant . Thanks!

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    Joe Auer says October 5, 2016

    Hi Debi – unfortunately I haven’t tried Prana yet! Let me know if you buy and it’s worth a review.

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Mike says November 3, 2016

Looking at the Zen Haven and the Plush bed. Help me decide

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Dan says December 2, 2016

Have you reviewed Legend Sleep? I have heard great things.

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Elyse says December 6, 2016

Hi,
Would you be able to explain to me how latex feels when compared to memory foam? We checked out Temperpedic at a big retailer. I’ve had 2 back surgeries (cage in lumbar section of back). and currently wake up in agony. We almost pulled the trigger but I feel like your being uncharged big time for the name. Also, the sleep hot and my husband is cold. Even though they now offer the Breeze models; I was still skeptical. I found your website and thought you might be a good source for unbiàsed advice.
Thanks in advance,
Elyse

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    Joe Auer says December 6, 2016

    Hi Elyse! Generally latex has more “bounce” to it compared to memory foam, which means the foam comes back quicker. Generally latex mattresses also sleep cooler than memory foam.

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Jess Gentry says January 9, 2017

Great information Joe. We bought the Botanical Bliss Mattress from Plushbeds and it’s truly the most comfortable mattress we have ever slept on. I cannot thank you enough for your reviews and information. Your website was very informative. We did a lot of additional research as well and we decided on the Botanical Bliss because 1.) Plushbeds has the best reputation; 2.) We wanted a very good quality organic latex mattress which will last a long time; 3.) The certifications: GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, Greenguard Gold, etc. 4.) 25 year warranty 5.) Free returns and Free comfort exchange within 100 days and 5.) Plushbeds is the manufacturer. It’s the best decision we ever made. We have never slept better!

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Peter Stevensen says January 11, 2017

hi!that was a great article! have you tried the natural latex mattress by Coco-Mat? it s a european brand that uses only natural materials and all of its mattresses are metal free. I bought a natural latex mattress a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it!!!great body support, made my sleep so comfortable that i ve never experienced before!and i also love the fact that there are zippers in the mattress and so all the cotton covers can be removed and washed, no more bedbugs anymore!! check them out i really would like to hear your opinion about it.

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Ian Stevens says January 13, 2017

I thought the Zenhaven was a 100% natural latex and it is similar in price to the Plushbeds model. Do you have any opinions or have tried this mattress?

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fred roberts says January 16, 2017

thanks for your work! Any guidance for us 300-lb. side-sleeping short guys?

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lynn says January 23, 2017

Been researching like mad for fully organic mattress but love a luxury pillow top that is soft but with a nice support not too hard underneath. I definately have the princess and the pea syndrome so i am worried the latex will be too firm. Have you heard of My Green Mattress? Great price hybrid but has all the good 3rd party certifications. Cal King only 1499. no tax or delivery charge. have you reviewed their mattresses?

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    Joe Auer says January 25, 2017

    Hey Lynn! I have heard good things, hoping to review quite soon, but no review as of today.

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Sharon says January 31, 2017

I cannot find reviews for mattresses.net. Do you know about them?

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Shane Benac says February 27, 2017

What about lull?? Any reviews have u tried it??

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Marishka says February 27, 2017

Have you heard of the FCO hybrid mattress, if so, what are your thoughts on that mattress? I know you said that the Talalay latex is softer but does that mean it’s a soft mattress in terms of firmness? 1 being soft and 10 being firm.

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    Joe Auer says February 28, 2017

    Hi Marishka – I have not tried it myself, sorry I can’t be more useful!

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Brooke says March 6, 2017

Overwhelmed and unimpressed with my online mattress shopping. Thx for all your info! Tried saatva but the motion transfer was too much. Tried loom and leaf but it was too hard. I’m 5’3 120. Currently trying nest alexander medium and my lower back hurts. I’ve laid in the Berkeley latex and love the feel but not the price. I’m wondering should I:

Try the nest hybrid
Try Brooklyn bedding
Helix
Plush beds
I laid in Casper and found it comfie. But I like a cushion top. I suppose I could add a wool topper. I need soft with support and little motion 🤦🏼‍♀️transfer.

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Jill says March 13, 2017

Do latex mattresses hold body heat the same as memory foam?
Memory foam sleeps to warm for me.

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    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Generally latex will not hold as much heat as memory foam (one of its advantages).

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Ray says March 15, 2017

We’re shopping for an all-latex mattress and I was excited to find your list of the best three. BB are not all latex, as someone else noted but Spindle’s We Make It Comfortable calculator recommends against their product if you weigh more than 203 pounds. I’ve been sleeping on a three-layer (F-M-F) all latex mattress from Land and Sky for 8 years and only upgrading now to get a king size adjustable. I wonder why Spindle seems to think I’m too fat. LOL. It’s also weird since every adjustable bed I’ve found supports at least 400 pounds, many up to twice that. Oh well, I guess I’ll look at PlushBeds’ Botanical Bliss. Thanks for a very informative article, though.

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    Joe Auer says March 15, 2017

    Hi Ray – Spindle has their reasons I’m sure, I’m actually impressed by that, most mattress companies will say their mattress is great for EVERYONE, even though it’s not. Props to Spindle for transparency on this one!

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PP says March 23, 2017

Why is the Zen Haven listed here?

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JENNIFER CHURCH says April 27, 2017

I was curious about the Botanical adjustable queen. Do you know much about it?? Is Botanical part of Botanical Bliss?

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    Joe Auer says April 30, 2017

    Hi Jennifer – I haven’t reviewed that one myself, my apologies!

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Mike M says May 18, 2017

How do you feel about a Sleeping Organic matresses? Also, it a coir mat or rug is necessary between a all latex matress and a rize contemporary adjustable base?

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andrea says June 6, 2017

Have you tried the PlushBed yet??? I know as of a couple of months ago you had not. I am concerned with the shifting of the different layers because they aren’t glued (which I like from a zero VOC perspective). Also wonder if the shipping in the compressed box is a wise idea…love the organic certification etc etc…

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andrea says June 6, 2017

It would be wonderful if you could comment on the PlushBeds SOON 🙂 I am loving the organic and all latex, but am worried about the 3 pieces shifting over time as they are glued together (which I like from the zero VOC perspective!!) Trying to decide between ZenHaven and PlushBeds Botanical ;/

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Andrew says June 17, 2017

I would like to point out that Brooklyn Bedding no longer uses Latex in the construction of their mattress.

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