Zenhaven and Avocado are two mattresses that use natural latex to provide a green mattress. They have a lot of similarities but a few key differences. I’ll try to go through these in detail in this article to help people if they are deciding between the two mattresses.
- Both are very durable mattresses
- Both use natural latex in the comfort layers
- Both feature a zoned construction that gives people more support in the middle of the mattress, where they need it the most
- Both are breathable mattresses that sleep cool
- Both are bouncy/resilient
- Both use natural wool under the cover
- Avocado uses a pocketed coil system in the support layer; Zenhaven uses talalay latex
- Zenhaven is flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one; Avocado gives people the option to add a pillowtop if they want a softer mattress
- Avocado uses dunlop latex, while Zenhaven uses talalay latex
- Avocado is 11 or 13 inches thick (depending on whether people get the pillowtop), while Zenhaven is 10 inches thick
- The comfort layer is thicker in the Avocado, even without the pillowtop
Construction Differences Takeaways
- The Avocado is thicker. If someone is heavier, they can get the pillow top and have a much thicker comfort layer. For that reason, I think the Avocado is better for heavier people who sleep on their side.
- Avocado uses dunlop latex, while Zenhaven uses talalay latex. I’ve read many arguments as to why one type is better than the other. Some say talalay has is more consistent and durable, while others say dunlop is better because it can be 100% natural and less springy than talalay. To me, from the mattresses I’ve tried, the difference in feel really isn’t big at all, so I don’t know if I would get too wrapped up in the debate about which type of latex is better.
- The two mattresses have different ways of giving people firmness options. The Avocado gives people the option of adding a pillow top. Zenhave is flippable, with two firmness levels in one.
- Avocado uses pocketed coils in the support layer, while Zenhaven uses latex. Both are good materials that should be very durable over time. They give the mattresses a very slightly different feel.
You Might Want To Pick Zenhaven If:
- You Are Unsure Which Firmness Level You Want– The fact that Zenhaven is flippable means people have two chances in one mattress to get the right firmness level for them. With Avocado, people have to know ahead of time when they decide whether they want to add the pillowtop or not.
- You Believe Talalay Latex Is Better Than Dunlop Latex– In my experience, the differences between a mattress with dunlop latex vs one with talalay latex are very subtle. I’ve also seen good arguments made on both sides why one is better than the other. I would simply encourage people to do a lot of independent research on this issue if they are really having trouble deciding.
You Might Want To Pick Avocado If:
- You Are Heavier In Weight– The Avocado is 1 or 3 inches thicker than the Zenhaven (depending on whether you get the pillowtop). The pillowtop also allows people to have a thicker comfort layer, which is more ideal for heavier sleepers. The coil base layer is also extra supportive for heavier people.
- You Want 100% Organic Latex– Because Avocado uses dunlop processing, its latex is technically 100% natural. Zenhaven isn’t quite 100% organic because it uses talalay processing.
The videos below show off the general feel and firmness levels of the mattresses. Note that I reviewed the pillow top version of the Avocado. People can see just how similar the feel is in these videos.
The table below shows the prices of each mattress for the different available sizes. Please note that people will have to pay a small shipping charge for the Zenhaven (in addition to the price below) and not for the Avocado.
|Size||Zenhaven||Avocado No Pillowtop||Avocado With Pillowtop|
Which Should You Get?
These are two very similar mattresses, so it’s hard to say that one is better than the other for all people. To me, it comes down to the price differences, the different ways they give people firmness options, dunlop vs talalay, springs vs latex support layer, and maybe a few small other differences. Either way, they are both good mattresses, so people will definitely be in good hands.
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.
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