Zenhaven Vs Avocado- Which Should You Choose?

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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 you if you are deciding between the two mattresses.

Key Similarities

  • Both are very durable mattresses
  • Both use natural latex in the comfort layers
  • Both feature a zoned construction that gives you more support in the middle of the mattress, where you need it the most
  • Both are breathable mattresses that sleep cool
  • Both are bouncy/resilient
  • Both use natural wool under the cover

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Key Differences

  • 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 you the option to add a pillowtop if you want a softer mattress
  • Avocado uses dunlop latex, while Zenhaven uses talalay latex
  • Avocado is 11 or 13 inches thick (depending on whether you get the pillowtop), while Zenhaven is 10 inches thick
  • The comfort layer is thicker in the Avocado, even without the pillowtop

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Construction Differences Takeaways

  • The Avocado is thicker.  If you are heavier, you 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 you firmness options. The Avocado gives you 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.

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You Might Want To Pick Zenhaven If:

  • You Are Unsure Which Firmness Level You Want– The fact that Zenhaven is flippable means you have two chances in one mattress to get the right firmness level for you.  With Avocado, you have to know ahead of time when you decide whether you 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 you to do a lot of independent research on this issue if you are really having trouble deciding.

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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 you 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.

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Firmness/Feel Differences

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.  You 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 you will have to pay a small shipping charge for the Zenhaven (in addition to the price below) and not for the Avocado.

SizeZenhavenAvocado No PillowtopAvocado With Pillowtop
Twin XL$1,349$999$1,299
Cal King$2,499$1,599$2,099

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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 you 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 you will definitely be in good hands.

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4 thoughts on “Zenhaven Vs Avocado- Which Should You Choose?”

  1. U have been reviewing the Avocado vs. Zenhaven. I am female, 5’1/2 ” and weigh bout 136 lbs. I have multiple sclerosis and need a bed that I can freely move in since my movement is restricted. I also get muscle spasms in my legs and often lower back. I have trained myself to sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees, and I have grown to love the position. Still, I do switch to my side, at times during the night. My husband is short – 5’6″ and weights 210 pounds, so his weight is concentrated in the middle of mattress where his stomach is. He is a combo sleeper- tummy and side. How do I pick a mattress given that we are combination sleepers, with me favoring my back? Wil;l the Zenhaven give enough SUPPORT. With the Avocado, would standard or pillowtop version be better? Avocado says the pillow top best for side sleep, the standard for back and tummy. which version would you recommend? I’m nervous that I might pick the
    wrong firmness. Thank you..

    I also have a question about adjustable bases. I would love to get in to the zero gravity position as well as to be able to read in bed, etc. I’m worried that adjustable bases will keep breaking and the return/warranty is absent or awful. In your experience, do you think adjustable bases are too unreliable and do you have any recommendations for an adjustable frame? Avocado does not sell adjustable;e bases. Thanks!

    • I don’t have a ton of experience with adjustable bases, but don’t think they will keep breaking frequently. I would go with the Avocado pillow top. I think it would be a good fit for both of you.

  2. Thanks so much for this comparison information. I am currently trialing an Avocado with pillowtop. I am a side sleeper most of the time. Problem for me is that I had a Right mastectomy several years ago with lymph nodes removed d/t breast cancer. With the Avocado, I wake up in the morning with numbness and heaviness from my R shoulder to waist area. It’s the feeling I am familiar with d/t lymphoma, and am concerned that the Avocado mattress does not offer enough pressure relief for good circulation for me. Do you have any thoughts about this? So….if Zenhaven Luxury Plush is comparable to Avocado with pillowtop, it doesn’t seem like my circulation problem/inadequate pressure relief would be improved getting a Zenhaven. Only thing I can think of would be to get a thicker topper for the Avocado (3″ rather than their 2″), and/or use a topper with the Zenhaven Luxury Plush. Any feedback you could give me re: improved pressure relief would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • I don’t think the Zenhaven Luxury Plush would be significantly better at pressure relief than the Avocado with pillow top. A topper may be the way to go.

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