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Saatva vs. Avocado Mattress: Which Is The Best Non-Toxic Brand?

Kelsea Samson
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June 07, 2024
Kelsea Samson
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By Kelsea Samson
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Kelsea Samson is a writer, content manager, certified yoga instructor and founder of The Mindfulness Program for Kids and Yoga for the Blind in Tampa, Florida.
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Improving the quality of your sleep starts with upgrading your sleeping environment, and a great place to begin is with your mattress. But not just any mattress will do.

Organic, nontoxic, and eco-friendly mattresses are much better for your health and the planet than their synthetic stepsiblings. We've tested all the top brands, and today, we're telling you everything you need to know about two popular natural mattress companies: Saatva vs. Avocado.

Both brands offer a range of highly certified, nontoxic luxury mattresses and bedding essentials for the whole family, from cribs to California kings.

To help you decide whether a new mattress from Saatva or Avocado is right for you, our product testers have evaluated each brand based on sleeping positions, a series of tests, and health priorities such as safety certifications.

So, which brand is better? Read on to learn the key differences between Saatva and Avocado, along with our top mattress recommendations from both brands.

What is Saatva?

Saatva is a luxury, nontoxic mattress company creating eco-friendly designs and boasting some of the best certifications you can get, such as GOLS-certified organic, GREENGUARD GOLD, and eco-INSTITUT. A member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Saatva skips chemical flame retardants. 

Rather than fiberglass—a common nontoxic option in cheaper mattresses—Saatva opts for plant-based thistle and wool. Plus, the company's manufacturing plants operate on solar power, and its distribution is set up specifically to minimize its carbon footprint (two big wins for Mother Earth). 

If you're not on board with boxed mattresses, you'll love Saatva's luxury delivery. Every mattress order includes free white glove delivery, so you can sit back and relax while your new mattress is set up in your bedroom.

Plus, the team the white-glove delivery even takes your old mattress away at no additional cost (depending on the brand and model).

Saatva Loom & Leaf

Best memory foam
Mattress type
All-foam
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Trial period
365 nights
Warranty
Lifetime

Pros & Cons

Pros

Balance of support & cushion

Certified non-toxic foams

Cons

Too firm for some

Spot-clean only cover

If you enjoy the feeling of being cradled by your mattress, Saatva’s Loom & Leaf could be the perfect pick. With five pounds of high-density memory foam designed for pressure relief, this mattress provides a cool and breathable sleeping surface and extra low back support.

It comes in two firmness options: relaxed firm and firm. If you are a side sleeper, the relaxed firm will be your best bet, while the firm is suitable for back and stomach sleepers.

Boasting a 4.9 out of five stars on the brand's website and over 600 reviews, plenty of reviewers rave that the five pounds of memory foam actually reduced their aches and pains. Some did feel that the firmness was too firm, but with Saatva’s 365-night trial, you can test it out for yourself worry-free.

Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best latex hybrid
Warranty
Lifetime
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Mattress type
Natural latex
Trial period
365 nights

Pros & Cons

Pros

Cooling and breathable

Great for side & back sleepers

Cons

Not available in Alaska or Hawaii

We brought this latex hybrid mattress into our testing studios and it did not disappoint. The latex material is naturally cooling and perfect for anyone who tends to sleep hot. What's more, the hybrid design offers pressure relief and support with a surface that still feels luxuriously soft.

Natural latex mattresses tend to be more comfortable, cooling, and eco-friendly than synthetic latex mattresses. This design from Saatva also offers excellent motion isolation.

So, if you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns throughout the night, this mattress will help you be undisturbed by their movement. Between the innerspring base, perforated latex foam, and moisture-wicking wool pillow top, this mattress is a great choice for back, stomach, and combination sleepers looking for a firmer hybrid mattress.

Saatva Classic

Best customizable
Mattress type
Innerspring
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Trial Period
365 nights
Warranty
Lifetime

Pros & Cons

Pros

Available in split sizes, two heights, and three comfort levels

Provides pressure relief and spinal alignment

Good for all sleeping positions

Cons

Expensive

Featured in our list of the best luxury mattresses as the best for side sleepers, Saatva’s Classic Mattress is one of the most customizable on the market. It’s available in split sizes, two heights, and three comfort levels (plush, luxury firm, and firm). In other words, it's a top-tier choice for all sleeping positions.

This mattress offers the responsiveness of an innerspring mattress with the luxury comfort of an all-foam mattress. The 3-inch Euro pillow top is what truly gives the bed its luxury feel. Plus, its organic cotton cover brings temperature control for all our hot sleepers out there.

Reviews indicate that the luxury firmness level is the most popular and that this firmness is a great choice for couples who need to compromise. Heavier sleepers, back and stomach sleepers, might prefer the firm level. Otherwise, this mattress has over 3,400 5-star reviews.

What is Avocado?

As one of the world's most sustainable brands, Avocado is on a mission to be the most respected source of organic mattresses and bedding. The brand sells mattresses at affordable prices while maintaining environmentally conscious, ethical, and Sustainable Business Practices.

Avocado truly cares about the health of the planet (and its people), which gets a big green thumbs-up from us. Avocado is a "Best for the World" Certified B Corporation, Climate Neutral and Fair Trade® certified, and the Pinnacle Award Winner from 1% for the Planet®. Fast Company® lists Avocado as a "Brand that Matters." It's also one of the world's few Zero Waste Certified manufacturers. Learn more about Avocado's certifications in the table below.

While Avocado's delivery service is not white glove like Saatva's, we give the brand extra points for shipping its mattresses in boxes made from fully recyclable materials. If you're someone who values knowing exactly where your materials come from and how, the transparency on Avocado's website is unparalleled.

You can learn all about the brand's "farm to mattress" philosophy (yes, Avocado has its own certified organic farms!) and exactly how the organic latex mattress cores are made.

Avocado Latex Mattress

Best firm mattress
Materials
GOLS-organic certified latex, GOTS-organic certified cotton
Trial period
365 nights
Warranty
25-year
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King

Pros & Cons

Pros

Natural and sustainable materials

Cooling properties

Standout motion control

Cons

Too firm for side sleepers

Back, stomach, and heavy sleepers, rejoice! Avocado’s Latex Mattress (the brand's firmest, most sustainable mattress yet) redefines eco-friendly firm. This bed gives you the feeling of laying on your mattress rather than sinking into it.

Propped up by 9 inches of 100% GOLS organic-certified Dunlop latex, the mattress has a springy, firm-yet-bouncy feel. This is an all-foam mattress, so you won’t find any springs in the design. Rated 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, this pick is ideal for couples seeking great motion isolation, back or stomach sleepers, and tall or large combination sleepers.

With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, Avocado’s latex mattress has plenty of happy customers. Back sleepers in particular say it feels supportive, comfortable, and like it will hold up well over time. There are even reviews from side sleepers who say this bed relieves pain and keeps their body aligned.

The few negative reviews on this mattress mainly comment on the mattress being too firm, but luckily Avocado offers a 365-night trial, so you can give it a spin before committing.

Avocado Vegan Mattress

Best for motion isolation
Materials
GOLS-organic certified latex, GOTS-organic certified cotton, Reclaimed steel springs
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period
365 nights
Warranty
25-year

Pros & Cons

Pros

Vegan, organic, natural materials

Standout motion isolation

Handmade in the U.S.

Cons

Heavy

If you share a bed with a partner, motion transfer is a huge factor in the quality of your sleep. When your partner is on a different schedule—or moves around throughout the night—it can easily disrupt your sleep.

A mattress with good motion isolation prevents this disturbance. Avocado’s vegan mattress was called out on our list of the best organic mattresses to have the best motion isolation (thanks to its 1,400 plus coils arranged throughout five different zones).

Rather than wool, Avocado’s vegan mattress is made from 100% organic cotton batting, ethically harvested from family farms in India.

As for comfort, this mattress has a gentle-firm feel and is a great choice for side sleepers who need extra support.

Reviewers love the luxury feel of this mattress, which seems to sit right in the middle of the firmness scale.

Many people mention relieved back pain and say this mattress helps them wake up ache-free.

Avocado Green Mattress

Best value
Materials
Wool, Latex, Cotton
Sizes available
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial
365 nights
Warranty
25-year

Pros & Cons

Pros

Organic & sustainably sourced materials

Minimal motion transfer

Great for stomach or back sleepers

Cons

Only one firmness option

We've featured Avocado's signature Green Mattress in a number of our on-site roundups, for good reason. 

The mattress’ unique wave design offers superior support that’s been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association as a great mattress for active people and back or stomach sleepers. However, this mattress is on the firmer side, so it won’t be the best choice for side sleepers.

With nearly 1,400 reviews, the Avocado Green Mattress boasts a 4.7 out of five-star rating overall. Reviewers are most impressed with the value of the cost and Avocado's eco-friendly materials. Many people mention relief from neck and back pain, too.

Comparing Saatva vs. Avocado

ProductPriceFirmnessCertificationsMaterialsDelivery
Saatva$995-$5050Plush soft; luxury firm; firm; relaxed firmCertiPUR-US®; GOLS; GREENGUARD GOLD; eco-INSTITUTcarbon steel coils; high-density eco-friendly memory foam; organic cotton; natural latexWhite glove
Avocado$777-$2799Standard; pillow-top; plushGREENGUARD Gold; eco-INSTITUT; OEKO-TEX; MADE SAFE100% organic certified latex; cotton; woolArrives in a box

How to choose a mattress

When deciding between Saatva and Avocado, we recommend keeping firmness, materials, and price in mind.

Firmness: Mattress firmness is objective, and the size and distribution of your body weight will determine how firm a mattress feels. Most experts recommend a medium-firm mattress to reduce back pain1, which sits around a 6 to 8 on a firmness scale of 10. Mattress firmness is objective. Your body size and sleep position will determine how firm a mattress feels and how supportive it can be to your spinal alignment. Saatva and Avocado both offer mattresses at a range of firmness levels. Some are even adjustable!

Materials: Nothing's quite as comforting as a mattress with a slew of highly regarded certifications for safety and sustainability. Thankfully, Saatva and Avocado have titles, recognitions, and certifications that you can feel good about. Saatva is certified organic and safe by GOLS, GREENGUARD GOLD, and eco-INSTITUT and uses biodegradable materials while Avocado is certified organic and safe by GOTS, GOLS, and MADE SAFE®. Avocado's mattress materials are entirely biodegradable and ethically harvested from their own farms. Saatva makes a vegan mattress, with no wool involved. Whatever your preference, you'll sleep soundly without breathing in toxins from synthetic materials.

Price: As far as nontoxic mattresses go, a higher price can indicate a higher quality. In Saatva's and Avocado's case, this seems to be true. The brands' prices are comparable, with queen-sized mattresses ringing in at around $2,500. Both offer a yearlong trial, which we (as sleep perfectionists) appreciate. Saatva has a lifetime warranty, while Avocado's warranty is 25 years.

How we picked

Testing

We've tested dozens of mattresses, including designs from Saatva and Avocado. For those that we haven't personally slept on, we relied on reviews to make sure the mattresses will live up to their claims.

Materials

We chose mattresses made from different materials, like natural latex, hybrid, and foam, to ensure there's a comfortable mattress option for everyone.

Sustainability

After we ticked all the boxes for mattress certifications that matter, we prioritized mattresses with additional efforts on safety and sustainability, like ethically harvested wool or reduced carbon footprint.

Firmness

We selected mattresses with various firmness levels, from very firm to plushy pillow top, to appeal to every sleep position and preference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Avocado mattresses good for your back?

The Avocado Green mattress has been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association as a great mattress for active people and back or stomach sleepers to promote proper spinal alignment.

Is Saatva made in China?

The Saatva website confirms that their mattresses are handmade in the USA to order.

What makes Avocado mattresses different?

There are a few differences between Avocado and Saatva, from the materials to the models to the way it arrives. Beyond feel, Avocado is a top choice if you're seeking ethically harvested and organic materials from their own farms.

The takeaway

Saatva and Avocado are luxury, nontoxic mattress brands bringing superior comfort and quality to your sleep space. So, how do you choose between the two?

While there are plenty of factors to consider, such as sleeping position, firmness, and material preference, you can sleep soundly knowing both of these mattresses have certified safe options for everyone.

To really amp up your sleep routine, check out our picks for the best cooling comforters.

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