Last Updated on November 7, 2022 by The Filtery

When you begin transitioning your household products to safer alternatives, making the switch to a non-toxic mattress is a big one. Conventional mattresses are filled with all types of chemicals, from toxic fire retardants to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can disrupt hormones and cause long-term health issues.

It can be overwhelming because buying a new mattress is an investment—both financially and in terms of your sleep quality. Most people replace their mattress every six to ten years, so if you’re currently in the market for a new one, we hope this guide will give you just about everything you need to make your shopping experience as straightforward as possible.

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Best Non-Toxic Mattresses at a Glance:

Best Overall: Avocado

Best Customizable Non-Toxic Mattress: Savvy Rest

Best Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress: Eco Terra

Best Non-Toxic Mattress for Babies & Children: Naturepedic

Best Non-Toxic Mattress in a Box: Happsy

Best Non-Toxic Memory Foam Mattress: Brentwood Home

Best for Side Sleepers & Those With Back Pain: My Green Mattress

Best Luxury Mattress: SAMINA Sleep System

Best Non-Toxic Air Mattress Alternative: White Lotus

Best Non-Toxic Sofa Bed Mattress: PlushBeds

Best Non-Toxic Futon Mattresses: Natural Home by The Futon Shop

How Important is a Non-Toxic Mattress, Really?

The answer to this question is, of course, subjective. There are so many factors that come into play when one is considering whether or not to get a new mattress, and which one to buy. The priority level will vary by person and by family.

One thing to consider is that a lot of our natural detoxification and recovery processes take place while we’re sleeping, so it’s worth doing what we can to create a non-toxic bedroom environment that doesn’t create unnecessary extra strain on our bodies.

Toxins of various kinds are ubiquitous in our air, water, and consumer products, and they can’t be avoided completely. But choosing a non-toxic mattress is one thing within our control that can help support and protect our bodies against these toxins and their potential long-term health effects.

While choosing a natural and organic mattress is a good choice for anyone and everyone, it may be even more important to those with chronic illness, children, and others who are more vulnerable to the potential consequences of breathing in harmful chemicals.

It’s also worth noting that the non-toxic mattresses have become more affordable in recent years. Many of the brands on this list carry options around the $1,000 mark (for a queen size), which is comparable (or even a little cheaper!) to popular conventional brands like Purple or Casper. If you can get a healthier mattress that provides the same amount of support for the same price—why wouldn’t you!?


We want to include as much helpful information in this guide as possible. If you’d like to read more about the types of toxins in conventional mattresses, what to look for in non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses, and other things to consider when shopping, click the drop-down toggles below for more info. Or if you’d like to get right to our recommended brands, just scroll down.

The average person spends 26 years in bed over the course of their lifetime! That’s a lot. Considering how much you might be absorbing from your mattress during all of that time might make you think twice about what kind of materials are involved in making your mattress.

Here are some of the problems with conventional mattresses:

1. Polyurethane (PU) Foams

Most conventional mattresses are made with polyurethane (PU) foam. (Memory foam is almost always made out of PU.)

First, this is a petroleum-derivative, which means it’s not natural or sustainable.

Second, PU foams emit toxins like 2,4-toluene diisocyanate (a carcinogen), hydrogen cyanide (which can cause various problems), methylene chloride (also a carcinogen), and hydrochloric acid (an irritant). The EPA has put limits on the amount of these chemicals that furniture foams are allowed to release in order to comply with the Clean Air Act.

There’s a common misconception that foams go through an initial “off-gassing” period when you first get them, and then essentially stop emitting these chemicals. However, the truth is that PU foam actually emits more of these toxins as time goes on and the material starts to break down.

Third, because of the fact that it’s made out of fossil fuels, PU foam is more flammable than other natural materials such as cotton. For this reason, flame retardants are were almost always added to it. Up until several years ago, flame retardants were actually required by law. The laws around flame retardants have changed in recent years (for the better!), and we’ll talk about this more in a minute.

2. Other Synthetics & Mystery Materials

In addition to PU foam, most mattress companies also use other synthetic materials for the various layers and fabric coverings. Although these materials may vary slightly in terms of their chemical makeup, they’re almost always petroleum-derivatives that come with the same or similar problems. These different layers are more often than not just different ways of structuring the same base materials.

There’s also an issue of transparency. When you start looking into the various materials used by conventional mattress brands, you’ll notice that a lot of them use catchy trademarked names like AirScape™ and GelFlex™ and RestoreFlow™. Sorry, but that provides zero information about what that material actually is. Most of the time (though not always) you’ll be able to find the answer if you dig into the brand’s FAQs (and you’ll probably always find that the answer is PU foam).

Oh, and one more thing on the topic of ‘mystery materials.’ Be very wary of any mattresses that are advertised as being “waterproof,” “stain-resistant,” or something similar. There’s a good chance these products have been treated with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals.” Even though it’s not as common as in other types of furniture like couches, it’s not unheard of either. Naturepedic (listed below) is a great brand that offers a waterproof mattress (for babies & kids) and mattress protector (for adult mattress sizes) that are completely non-toxic (they’re made from sugarcane).

3. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

We talked about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in PU foam above, but VOCs can also come from solvents, glues, and flame retardants, too. Common VOCs in conventional mattresses include things like formaldehyde, toluene, and other hard-to-pronounce chemicals like benzene, trichloroethane, and perfluorocarbon. (This is why you’ll find that most non-toxic mattress brands using hand-tufting instead of glue to hold their mattresses together.)

Exposure to VOCs can increase the risk of all sorts of health issues, from short-term problems like headaches and dizziness to more longterm concerns like cancer and nervous system damage. Vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, and those with health conditions like asthma or chronic illness are more susceptible to the potential negative effects of VOCs.

To make things worse, at least one study showed that sleeping on a mattress can actually make VOC off-gassing even worse because the heat of your body increases emissions.

You can read more about VOCs right here.

4. Greenwashing

Greenwashing (which is when something is marketed as “non-toxic” or “eco-friendly” when it’s really not) is a common problem in the mattress industry. For one, there is no regulation around these claims, so any brand can slap these words on their products without having to meet any sort of standards or provide any proof that they’re true.

Many brands claim their mattresses are “sustainable” or “non-toxic” simply because there is one aspect of the mattress that is less bad than another. But just because a certain product is less bad does not mean it’s truly safe.

Third-party certifications provide some help with this issue, and we’ll talk more about these in a minute.

I mentioned above that most PU foams are commonly treated with flame retardants due to the fact that polyurethane is more flammable than other more natural materials.

First of all, it’s important to note that these flame retardant chemicals don’t even work. For decades, consumers were sold a bill of fire safety and because of that, flame retardants were actually required by law in certain products like furniture and children’s pajamas. But it was all just lying and marketing.

Because of this, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has revised its flammability standards for furniture so that they now focus on inherently flame resistant fabric (such as wool) instead of chemical flame retardants. Chemical flame retardant additives are no longer required by law in the U.S.

Second, most of these flame retardants are extremely toxic. There are a lot of different kinds of synthetic flame retardants, which are associated with things like cancerthyroid diseasehormone disruptionfertility problems, decreased IQ, other developmental problems, altered neurodevelopment, and more. Toxic Free Future has a great resource if you want to dive deeper into each type.

Although we’re certainly not in the clear, there is some good progress that’s been made in this area. As mentioned above, flame retardants are no longer required by law in the States. Not only that, but a California law that went into effect in 2020 actually bans ALL flame retardants in kids’ products, mattresses, and upholstered furniture at levels above 1,000 parts per million.

Other states have implemented similar restrictions, but California’s is the only one that banned all types. Because of the fact that most brands sell to California residents, this law provides a certain level of safety to everyone else in the U.S. as well.

You can also read more about flame retardants in furniture in our guide to non-toxic sofas.

Where conventional mattresses are mostly made of polyurethane foam and other synthetics, non-toxic mattresses use more natural and organic materials like organic cotton, wool, and latex.

As mentioned above, third-party certifications can be one way to combat greenwashing and provide a level of accountability for ingredient quality and sourcing. Even though these certifications each come with their pros and cons, they do add up to create a level of consumer confidence.

It can be difficult to sort through all of those different labels and acronyms, so here’s a quick breakdown of what each one means:

GOTS: This stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. When it comes to mattresses, the GOTS certification is usually referencing the cotton and wool used, indicating that it’s been organically grown and processed without things like herbicides and pesticides.

GOLS: GOLS is like GOTS, but for latex (Global Organic Latex Standard). This is actually the first standard for latex and it means that the latex used in the mattress comes from certified organic rubber trees. This is better than synthetic latex, which is basically just plastic.

GREENGUARD: The GREENGUARD certification indicates that the product has been tested and confirmed to have no or low levels of over 360 VOCs (such as formaldehyde). Look for GREENGUARD Gold when possible, because it means the product has been tested for an additional set of chemicals.

MADE SAFE: This is another certification that looks at a wide variety of toxins, from flame retardants to VOCs, carcinogens to heavy metals, and more. This is a pretty strict and comprehensive certification, so you can trust that a product is made with safe ingredients! This is one of the few certifications that looks at the product as a whole rather than just certain parts of it.

OEKO-TEX: Just because a certain material, like cotton, is grown organically doesn’t mean there aren’t toxic chemicals added later on in the manufacturing process. This is where OEKO-TEX comes in. This certification indicates the finished product is free from a list of chemicals known to be harmful to humans. Although this list is not comprehensive (for example, it excludes some PFAS), it’s still a good thing to look for.

Rainforest Alliance: This one refers to material that comes from trees (like latex for example), and how it was sourced. Rainforest Alliance certified products mean the materials were sourced in an environmentally-responsible way that doesn’t lead to deforestation. This certification is helpful from any eco-conscious standpoint, but doesn’t really have anything to do with toxins.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): This one is similar to the Rainforest Alliance in that it ensures that various plant-based materials (like bamboo or latex) are sourced from responsibly-managed forests.

Still more (less common) certifications you’ll see on non-toxic and organic mattresses include things like:

  • Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which means the wool was sourced in an ethical and sustainable way.
  • PETA-Approved Vegan, which means the mattress is completely free from wool or any other animal products.
  • Formaldehyde-Free by UL (although formaldehyde is also covered by several of the other certifications above so this one could be redundant)
  • B Corp, which verifies that the company as a whole meets certain overarching social and environmental standards
  • 1% for the Planet, which means the company gives back 1% of profits to environmental non-profits

And of course, the most common certification you’ll see on mattresses is CertiPUR. Let’s talk about that one…

does the certipur certification mean anything in mattresses

CertiPUR (or CertiPUR-US) looks at the foam part of a mattress. These days, almost all mattresses are made with CertiPUR certified foam—even conventional mattresses. CertiPUR foams are free from:

  • Certain flame retardants like PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”)
  • Certain heavy metals like mercury and lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Certain phthalates
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone depleters
  • And it also means the foam is “low VOC” at less than 0.5 parts per million

We certainly don’t want any of those things in our bed, so on one hand, you could say that a Certi-PUR certified mattress is better than nothing…

But on the other hand, we recommend taking the CertiPUR certification with a grain of salt. The conventional mattress industry commonly uses this label to lead consumers to think their mattresses are completely non-toxic, which is not really the case.

Here are some things to keep in mind about CertiPUR:

  • It bans certain chemical flame retardants (but not all)
  • It only bans eight phthalates (the ones regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission), but not all
  • It does not indicate that the foam is made from natural or organic materials (it’s still made from polyurethane)
  • This certification only certifies the foam, nothing about the rest of the mattress. So just because a mattress is made with CertiPUR foam does not mean it’s non-toxic. For example, even though the foam itself may be free from formaldehyde, that says absolutely nothing about the formaldehyde in the glues and adhesives used to hold the mattress together.

In fact, CertiPUR’s Terms of Use document actually says that brands using CertiPUR foam are not allowed to make various claims about human or environmental safety:

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(During our research, we definitely found more than one mattress brand breaking this rule!)

Just remember that whenever you see a CertiPUR certification, it means the mattress is NOT natural and/or organic. If you do choose a mattress that uses CertiPUR foam, we recommend looking for additional certifications as well, and not relying solely on that one.

Of course, there are other things you’ll want to consider when mattress shopping, outside of the materials used, such as:

1. Type of Mattress

It’s helpful to be aware of the different types of mattresses available as you shop:

  • Innerspring: This mattress is one that uses coiled springs. They tend to be cheaper (and bouncier) compared to foam mattresses
  • Foam: These mattresses are made with all foam and zero coil springs. They’ve become much more popular in recent decades, as they tend to provide more support, motion isolation, and pressure relief for the body.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses combine both coil springs (in the bottom/middle) combined with foam on top. Hybrid mattresses are popular because they combine the best of both worlds: they’re generally a good choice for all sleeping positions (making them a great choice for couples), they balance bounce with contouring, and they don’t hold in as much heat as all-foam mattresses do.
  • Latex: You’ll see that many of the organic mattresses listed below use natural latex instead of memory foam. Natural latex foam provides a balance of bounce and contouring, making it another great choice for couples.
  • Air: Usually reserved for things like short-term guest stays and camping, air mattresses are typically made out of a single plastic outer covering and then filled with air using a pump. Although we haven’t included any conventional air mattresses in this article, we do have a recommendation for an organic air mattress alternative, listed below!

2. Firmness Level

The mattress firmness scale ranges all the way from “very soft” to “very firm.” Although it always comes down to preference in the end, it’s typically recommended that side sleepers and lighter-weight people lean toward the softer side, while back & stomach sleepers and heavier individuals go for a firmer mattress.

The mattresses recommended below range the firmness spectrum, and most natural mattress brands carry more than one variation (and a few can be completely customized!). We’ve indicated the firmness levels offered for each brand below.

3. Sleeping Position

Do you (and your partner) sleep on your back, stomach, or side? Many of the mattresses listed below are recommended for all sleeping positions, while others are specifically recommended for certain sleeping positions. Here’s what’s usually recommended—

  • For side sleepers: Contouring, hybrid or foam, medium-soft to medium-firm
  • For back and stomach sleepers: Hybrid, medium to medium-firm

4. Back or Hip Pain

Usually, medium-firm mattresses are recommended for body pain. You may consider choosing a natural latex (or foam) mattress that can more easily contour to your body while simultaneously providing the support you need.

5. Do You Sleep Hot?

Most people are at least somewhat aware that sleeping in a cool environment is best for sleep quality. Sleeping in an environment that’s too hot can disrupt circadian rhythms and decrease sleep efficiency, which can then lead to a whole host of things including fatigue, blood pressure, weight gain, and hormonal imbalances.

A recent study even looked at the impact of global warming on sleep quality and it found that “the average global citizen is already losing 44 hours of sleep a year, leading to 11 nights with less than seven hours’ sleep, a standard benchmark of sufficient sleep.” (Yet another reason to choose a sustainable mattress!)

There are a lot of things that can affect your sleep temperature, including the room temperature, your pre-sleep activities, medication, sleeping partner, and of course, the type of mattress and bedding you’re using. For now, we’ll just stick with those last two points…

If you or your sleeping partner are hot sleepers, you’ll want to stay away from a mattress that’s made from all memory foam; it’s is a dense, non-porous material which doesn’t allow for air flow. As the mattress absorbs your body heat throughout the night, the heat gets trapped and increases the temperature of your sleeping environment as the night goes on.

This is yet another reason why choosing a mattress made from natural and organic materials is a good choice. Things like organic cotton and wool allow for air flow throughout the night and help keep you cool. Therefore almost all of the brands below are great options for hot sleepers.

Some conventional mattress brands add extra materials to their foam mattresses like charcoal, copper, “cooling gel beads,” or even smart technology that adjusts to your body temperature throughout the night. But most of these materials still involve the use of synthetics.

Other than that, your bedding material can make a difference in your body temperature as well. Hot sleepers may want to try choosing TENCEL bedding, which is a non-toxic plant-based fabric that has a cooling effect. A few brands we love are Buffy, Eucalypso, and Bearaby (for a weighted blanket). Nest and PlushBeds are two mattress companies listed below that also carry TENCEL bedding.

You also may want to stay away from pillows made from foams and other petroleum products and go with natural and organic pillows as well.

7. Budget

Of course, everyone has a different price point in mind when it comes time to buy a new mattress. Conventional mattresses typically range anywhere from $500 all the way to $3,000+. The non-toxic mattress brands below usually range between $1,000 and $2,500. Of course, this depends on the size of the mattress, any extras you may add (like a mattress topper), and other customizations.

Although you can definitely find cheaper mattresses on the market, the general price ranges for natural and organic mattresses these days are very comparable to most of the popular conventional mattress brands, like Casper and Purple. And if you can get a safer, more high-quality mattress for the same price—why not!?

P.S. Here’s a separate article about the best affordable non-toxic mattresses.


These Are the Best Non-Toxic, Natural, & Organic Mattresses

There’s a lot of personal preference that goes into choosing a mattress. But here are the best high-quality organic, non-toxic, and eco-friendly mattresses we recommend.

Avocado (Best Overall)

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Highlights:

  • 100% Certified Organic (with lots of third-party certifications)
  • Range of options to choose from
  • Made by hand in Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • They offer a free 30-minute personal video retail experience (or you can visit one of their retail stores on the east or west coast)

Price Range: $699 – $1,799. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Depends on the mattress. See the firmness rating of their various mattresses here.

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 1-year trial, 10-25 year warranty (varies my mattress)
Types: The “original” Avocado Green Mattress, Eco Organic Mattress (which is more affordable), Organic Luxury Mattress, PETA-Approved Vegan Mattress, All-Latex, Crib Mattresses (Original, Affordable, & Luxury), Kids’ Mattresses (Original & Affordable)
Sizes: Crib, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King + crib mattresses and kiddie mattresses
Extras: Bed frames & other bedroom furniture, mattress toppers & protectors, pillows, sheets, loungewear, skincare, & more

You’ve likely heard about Avocado Green Mattress before; it’s probably the most well-known organic mattress brand on the market… And for good reason! Avocado is the real deal.

Avocado’s completely non-toxic and organic mattresses are handmade in the U.S. out of GOLS certified organic latex along with GOTS certified organic cotton and organic wool (they also have a vegan option that doesn’t include wool).

One of the most sustainable mattresses on the market, it’s also certified by GREENGUARD, OEKO-TEX, and MADE SAFE, Formaldehyde-Free by UL, Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and more. Not only will you NOT find any polyester, polyurethane foams, chemical flame retardants, or other toxins in their products, but they’ve got plenty of other sustainability initiatives in place as well (from carbon neutrality to give-back initiatives and more).

Avocado is super transparent as well. On their website, they gone incredibly in-depth about their ingredients, sourcing, and more. You can find the answer to just about any question you might have right on their website.

Although the original Avocado Green Mattress comes in at an average price point, they recently released a new Eco Organic Mattress, which is made from completely organic materials and is even cheaper (starting at $799 for a twin). It still comes with all of the non-toxic certifications and is now one of the most affordable fully certified organic mattress in America. This is a really great option for those who want the best but are on a budget.


Savvy Rest (Best Customizable Non-Toxic Mattress)

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Highlights:

  • Lots of choices and customization options
  • Plenty of third-party certifications
  • Made to order in the United States
  • You can use code THEFILTERY20 for 20% off your order

Price Range: $1,299 – $3,000. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: You choose! You can find more help on how to choose your level of firmness here, here, and here.

Risk-Free Features: 90-Day Latex Exchange, 3-20 Year Warranty (depending on the specific product)
Types: Various organic mattresses for adults and babies
Sizes: Crib, Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Organic pillows, mattress pads & protectors, bed frames, bed sheets, other home furniture (like sofas and coffee tables), dog beds, and more

Savvy Rest carries a selection of organic mattresses made with your choice of high-quality materials like GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex or Cradle to Cradle certified Talalay latex, combined with GOTS organic certified cotton, and GOLS certified organic wool. And of course, they’re all free from harmful chemicals like flame retardants, VOCs, PFAS, and more. Savvy Rest is also a B Corp company that’s employee-owned.

One of the best things about Savvy Rest’s mattresses is how customizable they are. They have nine different levels of firmness to choose from, plus you can choose the type of latex and the type of springs you want. Their Split Top Serenity mattress is a great choice for couples because when coupled with an adjustable bed frame, you can raise or lower half of the bed as needed. Each mattress is made to order just for you!

Savvy Rest is pretty middle of the road when it comes to price, but to make it more affordable, you can get 20% off when you use code THEFILTERY20.


Birch (Fully GOTS Certified Mattress)

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Highlights:

  • Entire mattress is GOTS certified (+ it has a handful of third-party certifications as well)
  • Handmade in the USA

Price Range: $1,049 – $1,799. Financing available through Klarna. Use promo code THEFILTERY400 for $400 off.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 100-night trial, 25-year warranty
Types: Natural Mattress & Luxe Natural Mattress
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, toppers, & bed frames

While most other brands carry organic certifications for the raw materials they use, Birch’s mattress is actually GOTS certified organic on a brand level, meaning the entire finished mattress is certified organic.

Made from natural Talaylay latex, cotton, and wool, the Birch Mattress carries a host of non-toxic certifications like GREENGUARD Gold, GOTS certified organic, OEKO-TEX, Fair Trade, and more. Their classic “Natural” and the “Luxe Natural” are made out of similar materials and are both recommended for all sleeping positions. The Luxe version has a few upgrades, though, including extra support and an organic cashmere layer!

It’s worth noting that Birch is owned by Helix, which is a conventional mattress brand. Although a lot of people use and like Helix for things comfort and back support, it’s definitely not a non-toxic brand. It uses conventional PU foam and other synthetics throughout its mattress line and doesn’t seem to have any sustainability initiatives at all.

You can use the code THEFILTERY400 for $400 off your order (plus 2 free pillows!)


Eco Terra (Best Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress)

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Highlights:

  • The firmness level is a good choice for side sleepers and those with back pain
  • Various third-party material certifications
  • Handcrafted in Los Angeles, USA

Price Range: $699 (on sale) – $1,349. Financing available through Klarna
Firmness: Medium or Medium-Firm

Risk-Free Features: 90-night sleep trial, 15-year warranty, Free Shipping and Returns
Types: Medium and Medium-Firm Hybrid Latex Mattress
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

If you’re looking for a more affordable non-toxic mattress, Eco Terra is a good option. They actually only carry one kind of mattress, which is available in medium to medium-firm. (You can also add a topper to make it softer if you’d like.)

Their Hybrid Latex Mattress is handcrafted in Los Angeles using 100% natural Talaylay latex and wool, then finished with a breathable organic cotton cover. Their materials carry OEKO-TEX, GOTS, and GOLS certifications. You’ll find absolutely no polyurethane, memory, or synthetic foams; no latex blends; no chemical adhesives; and no chemical flame retardants.

The other great option for an affordable organic mattress is Avocado’s Eco Organic Mattress, which (depending on when things are on sale) is generally in the same price range as Eco Terra.


Naturepedic (Best Non-Toxic Mattresses for Babies & Kids)

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Hightlights:

  • They have a long list of third party certifications
  • Waterproof (non-toxic liner is made from food grade sugarcane)
  • Follows CPSC and pediatrician recommendations for firm support and a snug fit
  • Handcrafted in the USA

Price: $249 – $9,999. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: You choose. Pre-made mattresses come in varying firmness levels, and adult mattresses can be customized.

Risk-Free Features: 30- to 90-day money-back guarantee, free shipping, warranties vary by mattress model
Types: 5 different crib mattress options for babies, 2 different options for kid beds, and 3 different options for adults (with optional toppers)
Sizes: Various shapes & sizes for cribs and kiddie beds, + Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, mattress toppers, organic bedding, bed foundations, changing table pads, and more

We know you only want the best for your little ones. Naturepedic’s organic mattresses (for the whole family!) are the real deal. Naturepedic’s entire organic mattress line is completely safe, with certifications including MADE SAFE, GOTS organic wool and cotton, GOLS organic latex, GREENGUARD, Vegan, and more. Not only that, but these mattresses are breathable AND waterproof—an essential for babies.

For non-toxic crib mattresses, they have 5 different shapes and sizes, from oval to mini crib, and three more different rectangular ones. The Breathable and the Breathable Ultra mattresses provide dual firmness so you can use the firmer side for infants and the medium-firm side for toddlers.

Of course, Naturepedic has great options for adults as well, from their more affordable Chorus mattress to their luxury Halcyon mattress to their EOS customizable mattress, which involves interchangable layers. In fact, Naturepedic may actually have the widest variety of options of all the green mattress brands included on this list!

P.S. For more info on kids mattresses, click here. And for more on crib mattresses, click here!


Happsy (Best Non-Toxic Mattress in a Box)

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Highlights:

  • Mattress-in-a-box makes for easier delivery and setup
  • Lots of third-party certifications
  • Handmade in the USA

Price Range: $899-$1,699. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-Firm (with optional topper to make it more plush)

Risk-Free Features: 120-Night Sleep Trial, free shipping & returns, 20-Year Warranty
Types: Just one: “The Mattress”!
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Extras: Pillows, mattress toppers and pads, bed foundation

Spoiler alert: Happsy is actually owned by Naturepedic, and they have all of the same certifications, sourcing practices, etc. The main difference is just that Happsy comes in at a more affordable price point compared to Naturepedic.

Happsy’s mattress is made out of materials like certified organic cotton, wool, and latex. It contains zero synthetic flame retardants and no toxic glues or adhesives. Certifications include GOTS Organic, MADE SAFE, GOLS, FSC, Rainforest Alliance, GREENGUARD Gold, Formaldehyde-Free from UL, and more.

The mattress is on the firm side, but you can add the topper to make it more plush. And of course, it gets delivered right to your door in a box and is ready to sleep on after only about 30 minutes.


Brentwood Home (Best Non-Toxic Memory Foam Mattress)

Highlights:

  • They offer a free 30-minute personal video retail experience to help make sure you’re making the best decision for you
  • Made in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Price Range: $499 – $1,799. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm (Other mattresses in their collection offer varying levels of firmness)

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 1-year trial, 25-year limited warranty
Types: Several different adult mattresses, including a memory foam one, a luxury hybrid one, a dual-sided hybrid mattress, and a hybrid latex mattress. Plus one for kids.
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Extras: Mattress toppers, bed frames, bedding, pillows & wedges, yoga cushions, dog beds, kids’ play couches

You might notice that most of the mattresses on this list are NOT memory foam. As discussed above, that’s because almost all memory foam is made from polyurethane, a petroleum-derivative that’s not natural or non-toxic.

But if you just know you want a memory foam mattress, you should check out Brentwood Home. Their Cypress Affordable Memory Foam Mattress is about as natural and non-toxic as it’s going to get. Although it’s not perfect (it still contains a certain amount of polyurethane foam), the BioFoam® is made out of up to 20% plant-based soy. But it is free of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs), PBDEs, ozone-depleters, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and more.

It’s also charcoal-infused to help hot sleepers with temperature control (since most PU foams trap heat through the night).

The whole mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, the foam is CertiPUR-US® certified, and parts of the mattress is OEKO-TEX certified as well. Brentwood’s mattresses are also certified Climate Neutral.

In addition to their memory foam mattress, they also have several other kinds of hybrid and latex mattresses that use materials like GOTS organic cotton and wool, GOLS latex, TENCEL, and silk. Some of their mattresses come with even more certifications, such as Fair Trade International, Cradle to Cradle, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Rainforest Alliance, and Vegan.

Brentwood Home has been around since 1987 and actually acquired Avocado several years ago. (Although they now both operate under the umbrella company, Avocado Green Brands.) A friend once told me she’s more skeptical of Avocado now that they’ve merged with Brentwood, a brand that still uses PU foam and is not 100% natural or organic. This is definitely a valid argument, since we’ve seen time and time again small conscious brands get acquired by larger ones and then start making changes for the worse—altering their formulations, de-prioritizing sustainable sourcing, decreasing transparency, etc.

But I’ve kept a close eye on both Avocado and Brentwood over the past several years and so far, I’ve seen absolutely nothing that’s led me to believe that Avocado’s rigorous sustainability and safety standards have been sacrificed at all. In fact, it seems like the opposite is true and that Brentwood has actually become more sustainable and transparent over the years.

Yes, Brentwood Home still uses PU foam, which is important for consumers to be aware of. But IF you definitely want a memory foam mattress, this seems to be the safest one to get!


My Green Mattress (Best for Side Sleepers & Back Pain)

best non toxic mattress for back pain my green mattress

Highlights:

  • Especially designed for lumbar support, proper spinal alignment, and pressure point relief
  • Handmade in Illinois, USA

Price Range: $949 – $2,074. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm to firm

Risk-Free Features: Free Shipping, 120 Night Risk-Free Trial, 20 year warranty
Types: For adults: Natural Escape Hybrid, Hope Latex Spring-Free, and Pure Eco Latex-Free. For Kids: Kiwi (Hybrid), Kiwi Bunk Bed Mattress, & Organic Crib Mattress.
Sizes: Crib, Kids, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Mattress topper & protector, bedding, pillows, platform bed

My Green Mattress uses many of the same materials the other mattresses on this list do, including GOLS certified latex and GOTS certified wool and cotton. But the thing that sets them apart is the way their mattresses are designed specially for lumbar support, proper spinal alignment, and pressure point relief for a wide variety of body types and sleeping positions. The placement and size of the inner coils combined with the thick layer of latex provides more support for those with back and/or hip pain.

Their flagship Natural Escape mattress and the Hope Latex mattress are generally recommended for all sleeping positions, while they recommend the Pure Eco latex-free mattress for back and stomach sleepers. (The Pure Eco is also one of the cheapest options on this list.)

My Green Mattress is a family-owned business which was started by a dad who had kids with eczema and allergies. They’re also a member of 1% of the Planet, which means they give back 1% of profits to environmental non-profit organizations.

Use the code THEFILTERY at checkout to get $150 off a twin mattress or larger or 10% off accessories and/or a crib mattress.


SAMINA (Best Luxury Mattress & Sleep System)

samina sleep non toxic organic mattress and bed frame

SAMINA is actually more than just an organic mattress… it’s a completely customized sleep system. It comes with a truly unique mattress that orthopedic, grounding, and climate-regulating properties, along with an adjustable, inclined bed frame for people with GERD (acid reflux), sleep apnea, and snoring. The materials come with a handful of non-toxic and organic certifications such as GOTS and GOLS and the frame is finished with organic oils. No metal, flame retardants, or other VOCs here.

If you really struggle with things like back pain, you might want to consider looking into this system. It might be worth the long-term investment if it solves your pain and sleep problems.

Important Note: You cannot order SAMINA bed frames or mattresses directly from their website. You must speak to someone on their team before purchasing to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need. Grab their e-guide “6 Tips for a Non Toxic Bedroom” and fill out the form to have someone contact you, click here.


White Lotus (Best Non-Toxic Air Mattress Alternative)

non toxic organic stow away mattress from white lotus

Highlights:

  • Many different varieties to choose from in terms of materials, thickness, and ease-of-storing
  • Made in the USA

Price Range: $479 (Crib) – $2,075.00
Firmness: Very soft to very firm

Risk-Free Features: 120-Night Guarantee, Free Shipping, 10+ Year Warranty
Types: Several different kinds of stow-away mattresses, natural latex mattress, hybrid mattress, and mattresses for kids
Sizes: Crib, Kids, Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, duvets, bedding, bean bags, and more

Most air mattresses are made out of PVC and other types of plastic materials. For a more natural alternative, White Lotus offers several different kinds of stow-away mattresses that are made using GOTS certified organic cotton and wool.

Their stow mattresses can be rolled up and put into a closet, or stored flat under a bed. You can get them in all of the basic mattress sizes, from mini all the way to king. Some of them are thicker and therefore will provide more support to your guest, while others are thinner and therefore easier to store. You can choose which materials you’d prefer; some are free from wool, others are free from foam, etc.

Their organic Dreamton mattress would make a great choice for a guest bed, or even your own everyday mattress (although it may not be likely to provide as much support that many people need, especially if you have any sort of chronic pain). You can choose your level of thickness, from 6 inches (for easier folding and storing away) to 8 inches, for more support.


PlushBeds (Best Natural Sofa Bed Mattress)

natural non toxic mattress for sofa bed from plushbeds

Highlights:

  • One of the only non-toxic mattress brands to offer an option for sleeper sofas
  • Made in the USA

Price Range: $569 – $1,074. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 100-night trial, 10-year warranty
Types: In addition to the Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress, PlushBeds also offers a selection of other mattresses (both organic and conventional) for adults and children
Sizes: Single, Twin, Twin Wide, Full, Full Wide, Queen, Queen Wide
Extras: Mattress toppers, pillows, bed frames, bedding, & more (some of it is organic/non-toxic and some of it is not)

If you’re searching for a natural mattress for your pull-out couch, PlushBeds has a great option for you. Their Natural Latex Sofa Bed Mattress is made out of natural latex and GOTS certified organic cotton fabric. (Be aware, however, that is also includes a CertiPUR plushfoam layer, so it’s not 100% natural.)

In addition to their sofa bed mattress, PlushBeds also offers several other mattresses for adults and kids. Although not all of them are completely natural/non-toxic, they do have several options for natural and organic mattresses. They come with a host of certifications, from GOTS certified organic cotton to GREENGUARD to OEKO-TEX and more. You can choose the height and firmness of your mattress, and they have charts and guides to help you figure out the best fit for you.


Natural Home by The Futon Shop (Best Non-Toxic Futon Mattresses)

non toxic organic futon mattress from the futon shop

Highlights:

  • Best used with futons and platform beds
  • Lots of different options
  • Made in California, USA

Price Range: $1,000-$3,500. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Soft to firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 30-day guarantee (some of their products are not returnable, so be sure to check), Limited 7 year warranty
Types: A lot of different kinds of mattresses, both conventional and for futons. They also have crib and kids’ mattresses.
Sizes: Twin Loveseat, Eastern King, Full Loveseat, Twin, Full, Queen, Queen Loveseat, CA King (+ all the normal bed sizes)
Extras: Futon frames, futon covers, platform beds, pillows, bed sheets, mattress toppers, other types of furniture, and more

The Futon Shop has a ton of different options for organic and chemical-free mattresses, both for futons (which are more bendable) and for regular beds. A lot of their regular mattresses are best used with platform beds.

They use materials like all natural, American-grown virgin wool, organic cotton, natural latex, hemp, coconut coir, and more. Depending on which specific product you choose, their materials come with certifications like GOTS, USDA Organic, GOLS, and OEKO-TEX.


Even More Non-Toxic Mattresses to Consider

Some mattresses didn’t make our “best of” list, but they would still be pretty good choices. If you haven’t made your choice yet, here are a few more natural mattresses to consider:

Awara

awara natural mattress

Highlights:

  • Forever warranty
  • You can get $300 worth of bedding included in your mattress purchase

Price Range: $799 – $2,598. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping & returns, 365-night trial, forever warranty
Types: Natural Hybrid & Premier Natural Hybrid
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, bed frames, bedding, mattress protectors

Awara’s mattresses are made with healthy materials like organic New Zealand wool, organic cotton, and natural latex. They come with several certifications, including OEKO-TEX and GREENGUARD Gold (although they’re missing a couple of third-party organic certifications like GOTS and GOLS). They do use adhesives, but they’re water-based instead of using harmful chemicals.

Like the other options on our list, the Awara mattress is free from things like synthetic foam, chemical adhesives, and flame retardants. They also plant ten trees with each mattress purchase!

Aware is owned by Resident, who also owns conventional bed brands like Nectar, DreamCloud, Siena, and Cloverlane.


EcoCloud by WinkBeds

natural ecoclound mattress from winkbeds

Highlights:

  • Made in the USA
  • Comes in a box
  • Comes with a lifetime (limited) warranty

Price Range: $1,399 – $2,399. Financing available through Bread Pay.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: 120-night trial, forever warranty, free shipping & returns
Types: The EcoCloud mattress is the only natural & organic mattress they carry
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: WinkBeds does carry other bedroom accessories like bed frames and bedding, but most of it is not non-toxic, so we don’t recommend their other products

Although most of WinkBeds’ mattresses are NOT non-toxic, the one exception to this is their EcoCloud model. It’s made with natural Talalay latex on the inside and then wrapped in New Zealand wool and an organic cotton cover.

It comes with several third-party certifications, including GOTS, OEKO-TEX, Rainforest Alliance, and Eco Initiative (for the recycled steel springs).


EcoSleep

natural ecosleep mattress

Highlights:

  • Flippable (medium firmness on one side and firm on the other)
  • Made in Arizona, USA

Price Range: $674 – $949. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium on one side and firm on the other

Risk-Free Features: 120-night trial, free shipping & returns, 10-year warranry
Types: Hybrid and Hybrid Luxe
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, bedding, bed foundations, blankets (although not all of their accessories are entirely natural/organic/non-toxic, so just make sure to check before buying)

EcoSleep is made from green mattress materials like sustainably sourced Joma™ wool, organic cotton, and natural latex. Although it comes with a couple of certifications such as Rainforest Alliance, it’s missing a lot of the other certifications that the other mattresses here come with (such as GOTS, GOLS, etc.)

EcoSleep is owned by Brooklyn Bedding, which is a conventional mattress brand.


GhostBed Natural

ghostbed natural mattress

Highlights:

  • Offers a split-king option
  • Comes in a box
  • Made in the USA

Price Range: $1,082 – $3,600. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 101-night trial, 25-year warranty
Types: The GhostBed Natural mattress is the only natural & organic mattress they carry
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King, Split King
Extras: GhostBed carries other bedroom accessories like pillows, but most of it is not made from natural materials, so we generally don’t recommend their other products

Although most of GhostBed’s mattresses are made from synthetics, they do have one mattress that is made out of natural materials like USDA & GOTS certified organic cotton, GOLS organic latex, and eco-friendly wool.

The GhostBed Natural is recommended for all sleeping types, and it’s a great option for couples because they offer a split king size!


Nest

organic mattress from nest

Highlights:

  • Lifetime (limited) warranty and lifetime renewal exchange
  • Family-owned
  • Made in the USA

Price Range: $1,529 – $4,699. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium to firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping & returns, 365-night trial, lifetime limited warranty, Lifetime Renewal Exchange
Types: Some of Nest’s mattresses are made of synthetic memory foam, so the ones we recommend are the Dove Certified Organic Hybrid Latex and the Piper Certified Organic All Latex.
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King
Extras: Pillows, mattress protectors, bedding, blankets, comforters, bed frames (some of it is natural/non-toxic and some of it is not)

Nest offers two organic mattresses: the Dove (which is a hybrid) and the Piper (which is all latex). These are made from GOLS organic latex, unbleached GOTS organic cotton, and GOTS certified New Zealand wool. They come with GREENGUARD certifications, too.

They do carry other mattresses that use conventional memory foam, but they are at least certified by OEKO-TEX and CertiPUR.

Their mattresses are on the pricier side, but one thing that really sets them apart is their Lifetime Renewal Exchange, which allows you to trade your mattress in years after you buy it to freshen things up. (Just make sure to read through the full terms before buying).


Nolah Natural

natural organic mattress from nolah

Highlights:

  • Offers split-king size
  • Comes in a box
  • Lifetime (limited) warranty
  • Made in the USA

Price Range: $999 – $3,198. Financing available through Affirm.
Firmness: Medium-firm

Risk-Free Features: Free shipping, 120-night trial, lifetime warranty
Types: The Nolah Natural mattress is the only natural & organic mattress they carry
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CA King, Split King
Extras: Pillows, mattress protectors, bedding, blankets, bed frames (some of it is organic/non-toxic and some of it is not)

Once again, Nolah is an example of a conventional mattress brand that offers a natural mattress in their collection. Their Nolah Natural is made out of sustainable materials like GOTS certified organic wool and cotton, natural Dunlop latex. It comes with several other third-party certifications, such as OEKO-TEX, eco-INSTITUT, Rainforest Alliance, and Cradle to Cradle.

This is another good option for those with back, hip, or joint pain.


Looking for a Non-Toxic Latex-Free Mattress?

For those who have a latex allergy, here are the natural mattress that offer latex-free options:

What About a Non-Toxic Vegan Mattress?

For those who’d prefer a mattress that is completely free from animal products, here are the mattress brands that offer non-toxic vegan options:

Mattresses That Didn’t Make the Cut

You may be wondering, “Well, what about _________ mattress?” We investigated the materials in a ton of mattresses… Here’s why they didn’t make the cut:

“Just Okay” Mattresses

These brands aren’t the worst, but they don’t come with our full recommendation either:

  • Bear: Definitely not a terrible choice; their mattresses are GREENGUARD Gold certified and they use a water-based bonding solution instead of toxic glues. But still, the whole mattress is made out of PU foam and other synthetics and they could afford to increase their sourcing transparency and other sustainability initiatives.
  • Leesa: Lisa’s mattresses do come with a GREENGUARD Gold certification. They’re also a B Corp company with a social impact mission. But they still lack transparency and use almost all synthetic materials like PU foam. You can get a great truly non-toxic and organic mattress at the same price point (or cheaper!).
  • OkiOki: These mattresses are made completely from PU foam, but they do come with an OEKO-TEX certification (in addition to the standard Certi-PUR). They are not made in the USA, but they do come in at a pretty affordable price point.
  • Saatva: Some of their mattresses are better than others. Their Latex Hybrid and Zenhaven are pretty good choices. But they are treated with something called Guardin and it’s unclear what that’s actually made of.
  • Tuft & Needle: They do have a GREENGUARD Gold certification and social mission as well, but again, you can a mattress that uses much more safe, sustainable, and transparent materials for the same price.

So, Which Mattresses Are the Most Toxic?

The following mattress brands are made out of PU foam and other synthetic material, do not provide transparency on sourcing, nor do they have other sustainability initiatives in place. (Most of them use Certi-PUR certified foams, but as we discussed above, that doesn’t really mean all that much when looking for a truly non-toxic mattress).

If there are any brands you’re wondering about that are missing from this list, just let us know in the comments and we’ll investigate!

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