Last Updated on April 6, 2023 by The Filtery
If you’ve done any shopping for non-toxic and organic mattresses, you’ve surely come across Avocado. It’s probably one of the most recognizable organic mattress brands on the market, and there’s no shortage of positive reviews about the brand.
In early 2022, Avocado launched their Eco Organic Mattress, which is one of the most affordable organic mattresses on the market. Starting at just $699 for a twin, it’s a much more affordable option compared to the other mattresses in their collection.
We wanted to find out for ourselves if the Avocado Eco Organic Mattress is worth it, not only in terms of material safety and price range but also comfort and quality. So, after over one year of use, here’s what we think!
This honest review is not sponsored. We were gifted the mattress to test out. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Editor’s note: The first half of this review consists of a Q&A between myself and my friend & colleague, Lauren, who has been sleeping on the Avocado Eco Organic Mattress for the past year. The second half of this article contains more specific info about the mattress materials and other things you might want to know about Avocado.
What is important to you in a mattress?
Ever since I had my first child, I have become very committed to decreasing the toxic chemicals in my family’s environment. I started filtering my water, I swapped out all my cleaning products, and I began buying more organic food. I even became a Senior Director at Beautycounter in an effort to help others transition to safer skincare and cosmetics.
But getting a new mattress was one of those things that I just kept putting off. We really needed a new one (our old mattress was over ten years old!), but whenever I would start researching, I would get overwhelmed with the options and had a hard time deciding. It seemed like a really big decision, both in terms of budget and of course the sheer amount of time you spend on your mattress and how important sleep is for your wellbeing!
I was looking for a mattress that met that sweet spot of comfort, affordability, and truly safe materials. I wanted something that was free from things like synthetic foams, glues, and toxic chemical flame retardants, but it also had to be comfortable for everyone. Ideally, I wanted as many certified organic materials as possible.
We also just needed a bigger mattress because we now have three kids who end up sleeping in our bed all the time!
What made Avocado appealing to you?
Avocado is probably one of the most well-known organic mattress brands, so I’ve had my eye on it for a long time.
First and foremost, as I mentioned, I wanted a mattress that was made of natural and non-toxic materials. There is a lot of greenwashing in the mattress industry (as with a lot of industries!), and I’ve seen a lot of mattresses out there marketed as “non-toxic” or “good for the planet,” when they were really filled with petroleum-based mystery materials.
So it was appealing that the Avocado Eco Organic Mattress comes with SO many different third-party certifications: GOTS, GOLS, MADE SAFE, GREENGUARD Gold, and Formaldehyde Free by UL. (Plus, as a bonus, the Avocado company as a whole is certified by B Corp, Climate Neutral, and 1% For the Planet.)
I know these certifications on their own are not perfect, but it does give me more peace of mind when I see that many third-party labels. It gives me more confidence that the products have been vetted to be free from various toxic materials.
Also, I actually didn’t notice this at first, but I’ve since seen that Avocado says their materials are blockchain verified, which means the chain of custody is more transparent. I really like this idea, both from a consumer point of view (to ensure the materials are actually as organic as they say they are) and for the sake of an ethical supply chain for the farmers and other workers.
Another thing that made Avocado appealing to me was the sheer number of reviews from other users. Sure, no mattress is going to be a good fit for everyone, but it seems like all-in-all, people are generally happy with their Avocado mattresses.
On a similar note, the risk-free factors are helpful too—like the 100-night sleep trial, 1-year warranty, and free shipping. Since choosing a mattress is such a big decision and you can’t really do a thorough test before buying, I think these perks lower the risk of buying.
Give us the TL;DR: How do you like the Avocado Green mattress after sleeping in it for a year?!
Honestly, we love it! It’s super comfy and we have no complaints. I liked it pretty much right away, but it took my husband a little bit longer to get used to it. It may have been the latex layer on top that was a transition for him; it just felt different than the mattress we had before.
But after a month or so, he got used to it and now he is a big fan. The fact that he travels a lot for work (and sleeps on a lot of not-so-great mattresses at hotels) reminds him of how much he loves the Avocado. He says he sleeps a lot better when he’s at home—even with a bed full of kids! (Oh, and all three of our kids think it’s super comfy, too.)
Also, this may be a smaller thing, but I appreciate the handles on the side. Our last mattress didn’t have those and they make moving the mattress a lot easier. I can even turn it completely on my own, despite the fact that it’s a king size!
How was the delivery and setup process?
It was pretty easy. We had to have an adult home at the time of delivery in order to sign for the mattress. It came in a box, which was moderately heavy.
My husband and I unboxed it together, but it was extremely simple. We slid it out of the box, cut the plastic, and the mattress expanded right away. We slept on the mattress the same day that we unboxed it. Avocado says you can lie on the mattress after 30 minutes of unwrapping it and that it should be fully expanded within a few hours.
As I noted before, I am able to drag it around myself, so I could have easily set it up without a partner.
(Avocado does offer an in-home delivery and white glove setup service, but there’s an extra fee that ranges from $249 to $899 depending on the weight of the items, so we didn’t opt for that.)
Here are the full directions for unboxing your mattress.
Did the mattress smell at all when you got it?
No, we didn’t experience any noticeable smells or noticeable “off-gassing” when we unboxed it.
How’s the firmness?
It’s great! Avocado says their Eco Organic Mattress is medium firm (5/10), and I would say that’s accurate. It makes for a good “whole-family” bed—not too soft and not too firm!
(The firmness on the Eco Organic Mattress is not customizable; however, you can add a removable Alpaca Wool Mattress Topper for a more plush layer on top. Alternatively, the Avocado Green Mattress, which is their mid-level option, and the Luxury Organic Mattress both have the option of adding an attached plush topper to lower the firmness level.)
Do you or your partner have any back/body pain? And if so, has the Eco Organic mattress been helpful for that?
Actually, my husband and I definitely both had back and body pain before switching to the new mattress. Both of our pain is 1,000% better now. That could in part be just from getting a bigger bed and not being smashed between kids as much (the mattress we had before was a queen). But I suspect it also is due to the fact that the mattress itself is higher quality and more supportive for our bodies as a whole.
What about sleeping positions?
My husband and I are both side sleepers, generally. I think the medium-firmness of the mattress is good for side sleepers because it provides enough support while still contouring to your body.
(Avocado recommends any/all of their mattresses for side sleepers. For stomach or back sleepers, they recommend either the standard Avocado Green Mattress or the Vegan Latex Mattress.)
How about temperature regulation?
We haven’t had any issues with temperature regulation. I know that mattresses made from natural and organic materials tend to be better for hot sleepers because they have more airflow (whereas petroleum-based foams can trap heat and make you sweat).
Does the mattress sag at all?
No, it doesn’t sag. The edges of the mattress are not perfectly straight at the end of the bed, as you may be able to see in the images. It’s been like that since day one and I haven’t noticed a change since we first took it out of the box. I wouldn’t say it doesn’t have edge support, though. I’ve never felt like I’m going to fall off the bed even when I’m right on the edge. So no real issues here.
What about sound? Does it squeak or make noise when you move around?
No, we haven’t noticed any squeaking from the springs or anything like that. It’s a very quiet mattress!
How about motion transfer?
The mattress we had before was a traditional spring mattress, so it was very bouncy. The Avocado Eco Organic mattress definitely has less bounce than our last one, so there’s less motion transfer than we were used to, which is nice (especially when there are a bunch of kids in the bed!).
That being said, there’s still a mild amount of bounce and motion transfer, especially compared to a mattress that’s all memory foam.
Is there anything you or your husband do NOT like about the mattress?
There’s honestly nothing I don’t like about the mattress. Like I said, it did take my husband a few weeks to adjust, but now he loves it.
I do think it’s important for people to know that Avocado is owned by the same brand as Brentwood Home, which is not a totally natural/organic company. When the two companies merged, it did give me pause. I wondered if it would lead to compromises in their materials or a decrease in transparency. So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Avocado Green Brands (the parent company) is still a privately-held company and they don’t appear to have “sold out” or declined in quality. That being said, I get it if someone would rather go with a company that only makes natural and organic products!
Is there anyone you think the Avocado Eco Organic Mattress would NOT be a good fit for?
If someone wants a super customized mattress, Avocado probably wouldn’t be a great fit. There are some other organic mattress brands that offer a lot more customizable options. For example, Savvy Rest, Naturepedic, and Obasan all offer options where you can customize and interchange the different mattress layers, even allowing for different configurations and firmness levels for each side of the bed.
So Avocado might not be the best option for people who have very specific needs, want to be able to change their mattress firmness as they age, or for couples who have different sleeping positions or preferences.
Also, people who are dead set on having a memory foam mattress probably won’t want an Eco Organic Mattress. Actually, since true memory foam is made from polyurethane, there aren’t any true memory foam mattresses that are made out of natural and organic materials. You could potentially try the Avocado Latex Mattress, which will come closer to the feel of a memory foam mattress.
What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about buying an Avocado mattress?
If you live near one of their stores or showrooms, go check out a mattress in person. But if you don’t, you can actually schedule a private Zoom call with one of their sales associates so that you can ask them whatever you want, talk through any hesitations you have, and see a mattress over video. A 30-minute call is free, so it can’t hurt!
Of course, checking out other non-toxic mattress options is a good idea as well so you can make sure you get one that matches your needs, sleeping preferences, budget, etc. Make sure to check on each company’s shipping and return policy, as well as the sleep trial length, to make sure you’re protected in case it’s not a good fit for you.
How much does the Eco Organic Mattress cost?
The Eco Organic Mattress is available in the following sizes and prices:
- Twin: $699
- Twin XL: $899
- Full: $1,199
- Queen: $1,299
- King: $1,599
- California King: $1,599
To make these prices even more accessible, Avocado offers financing through Affirm and they also have sales and promotions on a regular basis as well.
(These prices were correct at the time of publication, but be sure to check Avocado’s website for current pricing.)
Where to Buy an Avocado Mattress
Most consumers will want to buy an Avocado mattress directly from their website.
But if you live in Southern California; the NYC or DC area; Scottsdale, Arizona; or Seattle, Washington, you can actually go to one of Avocado’s retail locations instead.
Pros & Cons in a Nutshell:
- All natural and organic materials with a handful of third-party certifications (MADE SAFE, GOTS, GOLS, and more).
- One of the most affordable organic mattresses on the market.
- Good for hot sleepers.
- Medium firmness provides pressure relief for a variety of sleeping positions and body types.
- Four handles on the side for easier moving.
- Risk-free factors like a 100-night sleep trial, 1-year warranty, and free shipping.
- Not customizable.
- Not flippable.
- May not be a good choice for someone who really wants a memory foam mattress.
- Some consumers may want to be aware that Avocado is owned by the same company that owns Brentwood Home, another mattress brand that does not use entirely natural/organic materials.
A Closer Look at the Specs & Other Details
Avocado’s Eco Organic Mattress consists of a few different layers:
- For the outer quilted cover, they use GOTS certified organic cotton.
- For the top “comfort layer,” they use FSC and GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex.
- Then they add a layer of GOTS certified organic wool, which helps with temperature regulation and meets flame retardant standards (without toxic synthetic chemicals, of course).
- Then they use recycled steel for the pocketed coils inside.
- Instead of using toxic glues to hold it all together, they use simple metal rings made from recycled steel to keep our mattress layers firmly in place.
Comparing Avocado’s Different Mattresses
The mattress we’ve reviewed here is the Eco Organic Mattress, which is Avocado’s most affordable option. The three other adult mattresses Avocado offers are the Avocado Green Mattress (which is their flagship offering), the Luxury Organic Mattress, the Avocado Vegan Mattress (which does not have wool), and the Avocado Latex Mattress (which doesn’t have springs).
Here are the main differences between them:
They also have several other options for the little ones in the family, too: the Organic Crib Mattress, the Eco Organic Crib Mattress (which is more affordable), a Luxury Organic Crib Mattress, and an Eco Organic Kids Mattress (which is good for kiddie beds, trundles, and bunk beds).
More Questions About Avocado Mattresses
Is there a weight limit on Avocado mattresses?
Avocado says that although they don’t have strict weight limits for their mattresses, they recommend no more than 350 pounds per person, or 700 pounds total. Heavier folks will also want to consider proper bed frames and bed support as well.
Is the Eco Organic Mattress flippable?
No, the Avocado Eco Organic mattress is not designed to be flipped.
How often should you rotate your Avocado mattress?
Avocado recommends rotating your mattress once a month for the first six months to ensure that the top wool layers compress evenly. This is important because if you don’t rotate it, it could void your sleep trial terms. They say that after the first six months, you can rotate it every other month to make sure the mattress lasts as long as possible.
Where are Avocado mattresses made?
All of Avocado’s mattresses are made by hand in their factory in Los Angeles, California, USA.
How long does an Avocado Mattress last?
Avocado mattress says their mattresses are designed to last 25 years and that they have been “independently tested by Leggett Labs® to be one of the most durable mattresses in the industry, experiencing approximately only a 1% reduction in height after 10 years of hard simulated usage.”
How do you clean your Avocado mattress?
Keeping a mattress protector of some kind on your bed can go a long way in keeping your mattress clean. But if you need to clean your mattress, here are a few tips:
For light deodorizing and refreshing, you can use Force of Nature spray or even diluted vodka. Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Try to get to tougher stains quickly, soaking them up before they have a chance to fully absorb into the mattress. Depending on the severity of the stain, you can use a non-toxic laundry detergent, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach alternative powder. An enzymatic cleaner like Dirty Labs is going to be more powerful for getting out bodily fluids. Whatever detergent you use, be sure to do a spot test first.
Avocado offers full directions and more tips here.
Why do they call it Avocado Mattress?
They say the brand is called Avocado because avocados are green and everyone loves them! 🥑
Other Avocado Products
Although they’re most well-known for their mattresses, Avocado actually sells a lot of other products as well, including bed frames and other furniture, pretty much all of the bedding accessories you could need (pillows, sheets, toppers, duvets, etc.), and even loungewear and bath & body accessories.
They have a lot of kid-specific products too, including crib and bunk bed mattresses, protectors, and sheets.
They even have other yoga accessories like organic bolsters and meditation pillows.
All that to say, if you’re in need of a bedroom overhaul and want to be able to get everything in one place, Avocado is definitely a good place to do that.
Do You Really Need a Non-Toxic/Organic Mattress?
Considering that we spend a lot of our life in bed, and that our bodies do a lot of repair and detoxification during sleep, fostering a healthy sleep environment can be very beneficial to one’s overall health. To learn more about why organic mattresses are important (and to learn about other great brands) check out our full guide to non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses.
About the Author
Lauren Albrecht is a homeschooling mama of three little ones. As a Senior Director of Beautycounter, she is a strong advocate for safer cosmetics and personal care products.
Image Credits: Lauren Albrecht