Zenhaven Mattress Review- What Are The Pros And Cons?

Zenhaven Mattress Review

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Zenhaven is a unique addition to the online-only mattress market. It is a mattress aiming to compete with the very top luxury brands and consists of all-natural latex.

It comes from The Saatva Company which also produces Saatva (innerspring) and Loom & Leaf (memory foam) mattresses.  The Saatva company is known for its great customer service and product development.

I was definitely interested to test it out given that is so unique compared to the other mattresses I have reviewed (see how Zenhaven compares HERE).

Zenhaven mattress review

You May Like Zenhaven If You…

  • Want A “Green” Mattress That’s Actually Natural– Many mattress companies make false claims about how green their products are (when they are in fact using synthetic latex, not natural latex).  Zenhaven stands out in that it uses 100% natural Talalay latex, meaning it is actually all-natural/organic. If you are worried about chemicals, allergies, dust mites, etc., then this could be a great option for you.
  • You Want A Luxury Mattress And Value – This mattress is taking aim at the very top luxury brands (in terms of specs) while using the online-only business model to cut out excess costs. A comparable mattress generally costs 2x this price in stores.
  • You Want A Balanced Feel – Zenhaven has the contouring ability of memory foam without the feeling of sinking in the mattress. If you want pressure-point relief without some of the drawbacks of memory foam, this may be a good option for you.
  • You Want A Durable Mattress (long lasting) – Though this mattress is relatively new to market, the latex used in this mattress is very durable. I suspect the mattress will hold up very well over time.
  • You Are Worried About Getting The Right Firmness Level – This mattress is flippable, meaning it has two firmness options in one.

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You May Not Want To Get A Zenhaven If:

  • You’re Shopping On A Budget – This is a true luxury mattress, so it may not fall in some people’s budget (try my best under 1k for a level down).
  • You Like The Memory Foam Sinking In Feel – Some people enjoy the feeling of sleeping “in” their mattress. This sinking in feel tends to be love it or hate it based on my experience. Zenhaven is more of a balanced feel where it contours well but you don’t have that sinking in feel. You feel like you are sleeping “on” the mattress.
  • You Don’t Plan On Having The Mattress For Very Long– This is a mattress built with very durable materials. This is best for people viewing their purchase as a long-term investment. If you don’t plan on having your mattress for very long then the value of getting this mattress specifically will be less.

Basic Construction

  • All-Natural Talalay Latex – The mattress uses all-natural talalay latex. This means the mattress will be highly durable, have a balanced feel, be resilient/bouncy, and be devoid of any toxic chemicals. The latex is derived from South America and is more consistent and durable than latex coming from Sri Lanka.
  • Flippable – The mattress is “flippable,” which means there are two comfort layers in one. If you are worried about getting the right firmness level, this is a great solution that can alleviate those fears.
  • Zoned Construction– The mattress is “zoned,” meaning it is constructed to provide more support where the heavier parts of your body are. From my experience, this means greater spinal alignment and it should be great for those looking to reduce back pain. It also means the mattress will be more durable.

Other Things To Note

  • Given the latex construction, the mattress will have great resilience/bounce
  • The natural latex used in this mattress has an open-celled structure that makes it very breathable.  The mattress slept very cool in my sleep trial.
  • The mattress will be hand delivered, not shipped in a box.
  • If you ever need to move the mattress, you should know that it’s very heavy (latex is a very heavy material).
  • This mattress comes from the same company that makes Saatva and Loom And Leaf. They have a reputation for great customer service.

Final Word

Personally I get really upset by all the false advertising around natural products in the mattress market, so I’m glad that Zenhaven has delivered a top quality product at a (relatively) affordable price.

I really enjoyed sleeping on the mattress.  I really like latex, so a mattress of this quality was a real treat.  If it is in your price range, I would recommend giving it a strong look.

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About the Author Joe Auer

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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Diane says August 26, 2016

I’ve slept very well on a mattress at Hampton Inn in Chicago…Wondering if the Zenhaven will be a comfy. I can no longer sleep on my old Tempurpedic… Wake several times a night in excruciating hip/leg pains.

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    Joe Auer says August 27, 2016

    It will be a pretty different feel than Tempurpedic, but generally I think it’s quite comfy.

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      Cameron Bradford says October 28, 2016

      Hi Diane,

      I recently was having hip/lower back pain. Turned out to be tight hip flexors. I was buying all types of mattresses thinking it was my bed. So please check out some videos/articles online about hip flexor exercises! I’ve tried purple, Alexander Hybrid, TempurPedic Contour Elite, and now I’m on the Zen Heaven. I’ve decided to return the tempurpedic and keep the Zen Heaven. Looking back I think I may have given the Spindle a go if I had known of them a few weeks ago.

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Bernardo says August 27, 2016

Hi, great reviews! A couple of questions about Zanhaven:

– do you recommend it for side sleepers?

– does Latex have any smell?

Thanks!

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    Joe Auer says August 27, 2016

    Hi Bernardo! I do think it’s a great option for side sleepers, I’m a side sleeper myself and think it does a good job with pressure relief. Latex does have a bit of smell (initially), but generally less than alternatives (think memory foam).

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CB says August 27, 2016

Hi Joe. I’m currently trying the Loom & Leaf memory foam relaxed firm mattress and I’m ambivalent about it. I had a Scott Jordan latex mattress for years and I really liked it, though I think the ZH is better constructed. I’m tempted to try the Zenhaven if I can’t adjust to the L&L. Would love your thoughts. I have scoliosis so spine support is crucial., and I’m a side sleeper (also over 60). Yikes. Any advice?

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    Joe Auer says August 28, 2016

    Hi CB! Zenhaven is a great mattress, similar quality to L&L I think but just a different feel (a lot more bounce). Hard to say if it will be better for you – one thing I’ll say with Loom & Leaf is that it takes a while to “break in”, I’d try it for 3-4 weeks before you decide to switch. If you don’t like it after that point, then Zenhaven could be a good choice, but it depends on what you want! What specifically do you not like about the feel?

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      CB says August 28, 2016

      Hi Joe! Funny, last night was the first night I slept really well on the L&L. It had been too firm (even though I got the relaxed firm model) but it has slowly softened. I do like the substantial feeling of the mattress. As long as my back is supported! They don’t tell you that there’s a breaking in period – I expected a ‘wow’ the first night. The latex appeals to me because I feel like I should buy the best I can and I really liked my previous latex/foam mattress. But the L&L was pretty good last night, and I have a good platform for it that I’d have to toss if I got the whole Zen system. Though I might really love the latex,. Any thoughts about making the decision?

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        Joe Auer says August 29, 2016

        If you like Loom & Leaf at this point, I’d stick with it! Latex is great, but an entirely different feel, so there’s a chance you may not like the change. But if L&L disappoints after a few weeks, Zenhaven might be a good option.

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T. Alexander says August 31, 2016

The World of Pure Latex Sleeping

I have owned Saatva products for years. My last purchase was a Saatva innerspring mattress from almost a year ago for my son but the original queen Saatva is almost 5 years old now. It serves me very well but as I grow older, I have developed some respiratory conditions. Although my Saatva is a relatively “green” product, and although I attribute none of my health issues to what just might be the best value for an innerspring mattress in my great state of Texas (which means if it is the best for Texas it is the best for any state!!), I am changing so much of my life.
Where is any toxicity in my life? Well, the husband is now gone! My air conditioning filters are regularly cleaned, All household cleaning products are strictly organic. My sheets are organic on my new…..ZENHAVEN BY SAATVA!! I ordered their new product 3 months ago and although there was no real need to switch from my Saatva innerspring, $1899 for a 100% pure latex mattress is thousands less that what is offered out there in JungleLand aka mattress stores. Saatva adds nothing to this mattress to compromise the integrity of their selling it. No block layer of poly foam. No chemical additives whatsoever…just pure Talalay latex and if you don’t know what Talalay latex is, learn what it is and I will teach you right now. Ready? it is the best latex money can buy. American. Pure. Bliss.
To everyone thinking of buying a mattress, you have two choices. First choice, waste your time and get spinned in mattress stores, then go to your pharmacy before going home for anti nausea pills or the second choice. Do what I did 5 years ago and go to Saatva online and buy one of their products. Factory hand made and FRESH, FRESH, FRESH. For me, I am so mattress educated and I have lived so long to buy their latex Zenhaven. You can’t go wrong. You will only go healthy.

T. Alexander
The Great State of Texas

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    CB says September 2, 2016

    T. Alexander. Could you talk more about how the Zenhaven feels? What firmness did you choose (I know it flips). Did you ever consider memory foam? Any further thoughts would be appreciated

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      Joe Auer says September 6, 2016

      Hi CB! Zenhaven has a classic latex feel – so a lot of spring to it. I ultimately chose the softer side since I’m a side sleeper. I’m reviewing a bunch of mattresses, many include memory foam options, which are great as well – just depends on what you are looking for.

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        CB says September 6, 2016

        Update – I’m still ambivalent about the feel of the Loom & Loaf. It has run a little hot lately (I’m in NYC) and that concerns me. I feel like I’m fighting it – a good night’s sleep one night, trouble falling asleep on it the next. So I’m thinking about latex again, and I just discovered Spindle. That might be more adjustable than Zenhaven, and it’s cheaper. Spoke to someone in the company (not Neal) and he suggested I try the L&L a while longer, so they’re not overselling, for sure. I think I’ll try some all latex mattresses here again. Also, I realized that I don’t like the tufting on the L&L particularly, lying on it. I just don’t want to settle for a mattress I don’t really love. It’s very well made, though, so it’s not them. It’s me! Thanks Joe. This process is harrowing. !!

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          Joe Auer says September 6, 2016

          Hi CB! Latex will (almost) always sleep cooler than memory foam, no matter the quality of the mattress. That being said – I’m in NYC as well, and we just wrapped up an INCREDIBLY hot month weather-wise! I’d give it a few more weeks. But if you decide L&L is not for you, I definitely recommend Spindle.

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          CB says November 23, 2016

          Final update! I returned the L&L without a problem and got a Spindle. Took a while to get used to it but now I love it. Best mattress I’ve ever had. I like the feel much better than memory foam- laying on the mattress and not in it, instantly responsive- everything you’ve described in your reviews. I love love love it!

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          Deb, Gainesville, Fla says November 18, 2016

          I’ve had a Loom and Leaf relaxed firm for about 2 months. A month ago, I thought I would keep it. I LOVE the feel and look,

          BUT I’m waking up warm (around my bottom but not around upper back). I thought the warmth thing would stop if I bought different mattress pad: I’ve tried 4, including an all-cotton one (cotton top, bottom, stuffing).

          I just can’t deal with the warmth and waking every night, so I think I’m going to try the Zen Haven. When I called tonight, the salesperson extended my trial period by 50 days so I could have more time to make the decision (it’s about $700 more for ZH).

          I looked at Plush Beds–and it might be great for natural latex–but I don’t know that. I do know that Saatva makes a quality mattress (Loom and Leaf), and the customer service seems really good, too.

          Whatever you do, beware of Sleep Number. My mother and I both suffered unjust losses from Sleep Numbers, totaling almost $3000. http://www.straightupblog.com/main/2016/10/sleepnum2.html

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Nancy says September 21, 2016

Hi Joe. My husband and I are looking at buying our first latex mattress and came across the Zenhaven beds. Have seen the Prana beds and loved the feel but the reviews are not very good over a period of time. We are in our late sixties and both have back issues. I had surgery for scoliosis and have 14 inch rods in my back. We are not heavy people. I like a softer mattress now. Our current Temperpedic is too hard and way too hot. Will the Zenhaven last a long time without sagging? What do you think of the Prana bed?

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    Joe Auer says September 21, 2016

    Hi Nancy – at this point, Zenhaven is a very new mattress, so I (or anyone else) can’t speak to the durability with certainty. However, I think the materials used in Zenhaven are very high quality, and it is made by Saatva, which has a pretty good track record with their other mattresses.

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Wesley says September 25, 2016

Hi Joe, thanks for the review. At Sleepy’s. my wife & I tested TEMPUR-CLOUD SUPREME MATTRESS, TEMPUR-CLOUD ELITE, as well as a Zuzu Latex bed. She liked the softness/hugging of the SUPREME, found the Zuzu to firm/hard. She thought the ELITE was too soft, or maybe the memory foam felt more dead compared to the SUPREME. Can’t explain it well, but she preferred the SUPREME, which is #3 on the scale vs #1 for the ELITE. Scales being what TEMPUR puts on the beds to allows customers to visually compare softness.

I will note when we tested me getting out of bed with the latex Zuzu, she was fine with the level of motion that transferred. She sleeps on an air mattress now for it’s softness, until we get a bed that has less partner disturbance. So I have concluded memory form or latex will be better than my current Serta Perfect Sleeper which is spring/pillowtop in terms of softness and motion transfer. I’m worried that dead material like memory foam might kill our love life.

I will also add my wife is curvy, so I think relieving pressure on her hips is important. She also gets minor neck pain.

Based on what I have read online, it seems the plusher side of the Zenhaven might work for us. However I’m concern that the Zenhaven won’t give to her curves enough. I think it’s clear the TEMPUR-CLOUD SUPREME would, but our love live would be affected. We could use the floor if we want a dead surface. 🙂

Advice?

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Dian says September 28, 2016

Thanks for your insights. Have you reviewed any of the Brentwood latex mattresses?

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    Joe Auer says September 28, 2016

    I will be releasing some mini-reviews on those this week, keep an eye out!

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Casey says October 1, 2016

Hi Joe, I have a Saatva Firm Innerspring, we loved it for the first 5-6 months but now it feels like its sagging too much, i sink in when I used to sleep feeling like I was floating on top, this zenhaven sounds like a better choice. But since I chose the 8 (firm) model and thought it would be suitable for my needs. But now I think it’s too soft. I am planning to replace the Saatva I bought less than 1 year ago, due to it sinking in. Not sure if I can trust the Zenhaven to be any more firm. Do you think the Zenhaven on the firm side will be firmer than my Saatva innerspring firm model?

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    Joe Auer says October 3, 2016

    Hi Casey – it will be a pretty different feel of course, but I think the firmness (in my subjective opinion) is about the same.

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Wesley says October 3, 2016

Do you have any reviews of the DreamFoam Bedding mattresses?

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Scott says October 5, 2016

I purchased the L&L queen mattress six months ago. From the moment I slept on it…I felt like I was burning up. Even sleeping with AC on in my bedroom and tencel sheets I woke up hot in middle of the night. I don’t understand how that’s possible given their claim of medical grade burn material beneath the cover. Oh well. Then there was the pain. I am a side sleeper. Never move side sleeper. Every day a pain in my shoulder and neck that I never had before. L&L extended return period so I could “break it in”. The bed began to feel saggy but still not adjusting to my hips or shoulder. So I just called and asked to swap with the Zen Haven. I slept on a Latex bed for 10 years before L&L one of those latex top – foam bottom to make the bed cheaper. I am going all in by paying more to find that bed I can finally sleep on. Hoping it will be the ZH and will report back after delivery. You have to love a company that lets you return a bed. I would never buy a bed without that option. Thanks for all the great info here.

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    Joe Auer says October 6, 2016

    Hi Scott – yes the return policy trend in this industry is great, so glad you’re not stuck with one you don’t like! Zenhaven will definitely sleep cooler than L&L, hopefully it will work well on the pressure points for you also.

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maxine thome says October 18, 2016

I recently purchased like coilversiin…but its forms ablump.in middle causing a small Hill the length of mstress…it is a mess will zenhaven work better…our size is calif king and we are small women…please help..thanks for your help…we definitely need a mattress that will allow us to sleep next Eads other…thanks again maxine

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Nancy Drobnis says November 3, 2016

Hi Joe:
I’ve had many different types of mattresses, Tempur Pedic, Traditional Box Spring, etc and have not found one that satisfies. I HATED the Tempur Pedic-Just too HOT. Although all of these matresses have a 10 Yr Warranty, within a few years, I get divets in the bed. My husband and I are average size and it is very frustrating to spend so much on a mattress that doesn’t last very long. Do you have any suggestions?

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Noel says November 4, 2016

We recently went from a pure nature bliss blended talalay latex ‘nature’ queen mattress, which we found to be a little too firm after a couple of years use, to a king winkbed and after two months find it’s also just a little too firm also. I’m looking for similar support but more comfort/plushness and considering going back to latex again. The Brentwood Mirador vs Zenhaven keep popping to the top of my list. The only other one being considered is the Brentwood Oceano, which is kind of similar to the Winkbed we already have, but maybe a little more plush/comfortable. I’m 220lbs and the boss is 125lbs, and we sleep in all positons….any recommendations, just roll the dice with the Zen?

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a.s. says December 11, 2016

we have had a zenhaven for about 2 weeks now, on the soft side. Pros, very soft and comfy, easier to get up and out of than a memory foam. However, we are side sleepers, and still find turning over onto our sides a challenge, something I’ve never experienced on our traditional mattress. Also finding our back/shoulders stiff. We just turned it over this morning to the gentle firm side, hoping this will make movement on the bed easier. If our backs don’t feel better in 2 weeks, will have to return. Really want to love this mattress…We are a 55 year old couple, one of us weighs about 145 lbs, the other 170, both around 5’11.

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a.s. says December 16, 2016

A week later, the firm side is slightly better, but we are both still having sore shoulders/backs. After no luck with a memory foam, and now a latex mattress, are thinking of going back to a traditional mattress — we never had issues with our old one- and would love a suggestion for the best innerspring mattresses out there…

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Jim says January 1, 2017

I’ve had the bed and mattress since 11/6/2016 and I like it very much. I’m retired and I hate to get up in the morning and usually roll over for an extra half hour. I had a disaster with a Queen Dual iLE Sleep Number bed and after using the settings from 20 psi to 55 psi. I gave up. The sleep IQ, I think, is a sham. You can reset the number of hours you want to sleep to get a better sleep IQ and who wants to be a slave to something that you can change at will. At the age nearing 79 in Feb, I think the Zenhaven will be my bed for ever. So Far So Good.

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Dan says January 13, 2017

Joe: could you do me a favor and elaborate on the “latex feel” that is often mentioned in latex mattress reviews? I know the basic differences (not stuck like foam/not on top like springs)…but I’ve never really read a description of the feeling of latex that helps me truly visualize the feeling. My wife and I had a Loom & Leaf (too hot), and now have a Saatva Lux Firm which we’re on the fence about. I think I’ve all but decided to return the Saatva for the Zenhaven but I’ve never had an opportunity to actually lay on a latex mattress. My only fear is not liking this “latex feel” that everyone speaks of. Could you descriptively explain the difference in feel in a way that might help someone like me envision it? Many of the words used (bouncy for example) sound good but bad at the same time, if you know what I mean. I prefer to not be bouncy when sleeping 🙂 When sleeping, how does the “feel” and comfort differ from other mattresses? Thanks!!

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    Joe Auer says January 15, 2017

    Hi Dan – if you’re not moving, it’s going to feel quite similar to a memory foam mattress. When moving around is when you’ll notice the big difference, that’s when you’ll notice the “bounce”.

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Steven Frank says January 13, 2017

I know you have reviewed the Plushbeds Botanical Bliss and this Zenhaven. They both seem similar being 100% natural latex. The BB is currently a bit cheaper and ships (not full service) for free so there is no risk to try. The ZH has the 5 zones in the top latex layer for different amounts of support in different areas and I love that you can flip it for different firmness levels. But haven’t tried both, can you give any comparison between the two? Thank you.

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Henry says January 14, 2017

We have been sleeping on a traditional mattress with a pillow top that is 10 years old. We need to buy a new Queen size mattress. My wife is 140 lbs 5’4″and i am 210 lbs and 5’9″. I bought a Brooklyn Bed twin for our guest room and we both have been trying it since neither one of us has slept on a Latex or foam mattress before. IMy wife likes it and I also feel comfortable in it but it only has been a few weeks. I am interested in L & L and also in Zenhaven. I think i would like the sink-in feeling of foam because i remember how I felt the first time i slept on our pillow-top mattress. It was so soft and hugging. So I think i would like L & L but i am not sure.

My question is this. Since both mattresses are made by SAATVA, should I buy the L & L first and try it? ($1,000 dollars cheaper) and if i don’t like it then exchange it for Zenhaven?

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    Joe Auer says January 15, 2017

    I’d go with the one you think you’ll like best first – note that they will reimburse you for the cost of the mattress if you return it, but they do not reimburse shipping (~$100 I believe).

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Stacy says March 19, 2017

I’ve narrowed my search down to Zenhaven and Plushbeds (Botanical Bliss). Which would you recommend?

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    Joe Auer says March 20, 2017

    Hi Stacy! Tough one, both great options and similar propositions – I don’t know if I have a good answer for you!

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Elizabey says March 24, 2017

Do u have a rating for the zen haven mattress ?
Any recommendations for a side sleeper who sleeps hot and would like a mattress made of natural materials? I would your recommendation be different if I said non toxic not necessarily “natural”

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    Joe Auer says March 26, 2017

    Hi Elizabey – the natural mattresses I’ve reviewed include Zenhaven, Plushbeds, and Spindle. I wouldn’t consider any mattress “toxic”, but the reality is that almost all include chemicals if they have foam in them (which is the reason for the appeal to some of natural latex).

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