One of the first big purchases we made for our apartment was our Avocado Mattress. I remember being in Steve’s parent’s basement, combing through the site excitedly, giddy at the thought of finally having one. Best of all, it would be our first mattress together! Call me sentimental, but there’s something special about choosing the bed you’ll be sleeping on in your first apartment. And I’ve had my eye on Avocado Mattress for a long time now. So, naturally, it felt like the right choice to make. I can confidently say we’ve been using ours for 9 months now, and I’ve got a lot to say. So without further ado, here’s my honest Avocado Mattress review!
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Avocado Mattress Review: My Thoughts On Their Sustainable Bed + Frame
What’s the problem with conventional mattresses?
Mattresses can be filled with harmful chemicals. Most modern mattresses are made with polyurethane foam, synthetic latex, conventional cotton, glue, flame retardants, and other chemicals. These materials can harm both the environment, and us sleepers.
Polyurethane foam mattresses:
- Are made from a non-renewable, polluting fossil fuel
- Require multiple toxic chemical inputs during manufacture
- Off-gasses hazardous VOCs
- Break down very quickly
- Cannot be easily recycled and is not biodegradable
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These chemical compounds are commonly found in polyurethane foam mattresses which, when released, come together to create that “new mattress smell.”
FYI, VOCs have been linked to a variety of health concerns, including:
- Nasal irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Neurological problems
- Liver and kidney damage
- Fertility problems
Additionally, some VOC’s are also greenhouse gases, which means they contribute to climate change.
VOCs also impact indoor air quality, and people with asthma, respiratory illness, and chemical sensitivities are most at risk from indoor VOC pollutants.
If you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, help the environment, or both, getting a sustainable bed is certainly a step in the right direction.
How does Avocado Mattress stand out?
Avocado Mattress doesn’t make their mattresses out of polyurethane foam. Instead, they’re made using GOTS & GOLS-certified organic materials, such as organic cotton, wool and latex. You can learn all about their materials here.
Their organic materials are sourced from the best domestic and international sources, including our GOTS-certified Organic farms in India and Guatemala.
Being GOTS & GOLS certified means a lot. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading processing standard for organic textiles and fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
Also, to label latex as GOLS certified, it must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic raw material of the total weight.
Plus, Avocado mattresses are certified to Made Safe standards, which screens for 6,500+ substances that are known or suspected to harm human health or the environment.
Here are some of their additional sustainability initiatives:
- They use 100% clean energy to power their facilities.
- Donate 90% of returned mattresses + 100% of returned pillows to shelters
- Use sustainably harvested and reclaimed timber for their wood furniture and bed frames.
- They have a 78% waste diversion rate, with a zero waste furniture collection made from upcycled materials
- B Corporation certified
- Climate neutral certified
- Fair trade certified
- 1% For The Planet member
Avocado mattress review: My honest thoughts
Okay, so now that you know why Avocado Mattress is a sustainable brand, you probably want to know my exact thoughts on it. Good news! I love it.
What did you try?
Also, we bought these items with our own money (they weren’t gifted to us), and I actually hesitated on buying the bed frame for a while. We ordered the mattress first and wanted to see if we could get a bed frame elsewhere for cheaper, but all the ones we found were equal to or more money (and I didn’t even like their design).
So, we wound up going with a full Avocado bed set! I also added on the book nook to our bed frame which was just too cute to refuse (I have a lot of books, so it made sense to).
What did you think?
Now here’s the part you’re most curious about: My thoughts. I’ve divided this section based on both the individual products I tried! Feel free to skip to which ever product most interests you.
I’ll be fully honest: This is something I’ve coveted for a LONG time. Back when I was living with my parents, I had a very old mattress and it wasn’t very comfortable, so I was looking forward to an upgrade.
The mattress lived up to the hype. Let me explain why…
First, lets talk packaging. The mattress came to our door in a big cardboard box. Inside it was wrapped in what appeared to be plastic film. But there is good news: Avocado Mattress is working to cut back on plastic in their packaging even more.
But packaging aside – now the actual mattress. I LOVE it. It’s not too firm, not too soft. In my opinion, it doesn’t need a topper, but you can always get one, as these are also sold on the Avocado Mattress store.
I get a very good night’s sleep on this bed (a full 8 hours). It’s comfortable and I’m out in just a few minutes time. Steve loves it too.
It did take a bit of time to get used to it, but not that long. Our Eco Organic Mattress is a medium firmness 5/10, so it’s that nice sweet spot that’s not too soft or firm. Just right.
It also feels nice to sleep on something I know is made using organic, non-toxic, natural materials. No mattress off-gassing here!
The price is fairly reasonable, as this is their most affordable mattress option yet. Plus, this is the kind of item you buy once and it lasts you years.
I love how simple and elegant their bed frames are. Seriously, I’m a sucker for natural wood tones. I feel like EVERY furniture store we went to had only black, white, and dark brown tones available, which isn’t my style at all. I love that warm, earthy look. And Avocado satisfies that beautifully.
All their wooden furniture features reclaimed wood, upcycled wood, and responsibly-harvested wood from FSC-certified forests.
Plus, according to my husband Steve, this was “the easiest bed to assemble”. He did it with his father and said there were no power tools needed.
I’m not the best when it comes to being handy, but they are. And the main takeaway for Steve was that it didn’t require any drilling, power tools, or glue. They honestly assembled it in about 30 minutes to an hour’s time.
This bed frame is very sturdy and holds up great. I’ve stood on the bed a few times to water my plant hanging on the ceiling and its held up perfectly.
It was also relatively affordable, compared to the other options we looked at, both organic and conventional. And without the headboard it was even more economical. I really love the sleek, earthy design!
I also love the little book nook I bought with it, but poor Steve has slammed his foot in it more times than I can count in the dark. So if I had to purchase this again, I probably wouldn’t get that again.
Conclusion: Is Avocado Mattress Worth It?
Yes! I’d certainly say our Avocado Mattress was worth it. We’ve been sleeping on it for several months now and have literally no complaints. I’m so happy to have it.
All the other mattresses and bed frames I looked at just didn’t live up to my expectations. Plus, I didn’t find them nearly as attractive, nor fitting for the space we had. Avocado Mattress fits in perfectly.
If you’re curious, I’ve dressed my Avocado Mattress with Bed Threads’ linen sheets. I’ll be doing a full review on these at some point, so be sure to watch this space. But they truly compliment the bed so well, and there’s nothing like sleeping in freshly washed linen sheets. I recommend building your own bedding bundle (I went with sage and oatmeal colors).
Between the linen bed sheets and the gentle warmth of alder and maple wood from the bed frame, they really capture the whole warm, earthy vibes nicely.
FYI, the artwork above my bed was made by me in college using colored pencils! I kept it all this time and I’m so glad I did. It really pulls the space together. And the linen curtains are from April Notes (another place I’ll be reviewing soon).
All in all, I am truly happy with how this space looks and couldn’t recommend Avocado Mattress more. Altogether, 10/10!
What did you think of my Avocado mattress review? Let me know in the comments.
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