Built with organic cotton, GOLS organic certified latex, and pocketed coils, the Avocado mattress is an eco-friendly option for those who don’t want to sacrifice their green ambitions for sound support. But is the bed, you know… actually comfortable?
To find out, I put it to the test, examining everything from its construction it its feel to figure out if it might just be the bed of your dreams!
Curious to know my thoughts? Then dive on in to my full Avocado mattress review. Short on time? Check out my review summary.
Founded in 2015 as an eco-friendly answer to the bed-in-a-box boom, Avocado has since grown into one of the premier green companies in the sleep space. In addition to the brand’s flagship mattress (which we’re taking a look at today), the company also sells green pillows, mattress pad protectors, toppers, natural wood bedroom furniture, a recently launched foundation and even an all-vegan mattress.
We won’t get into any of these other products in this review, but we will take a moment later on to size up the Avocado against some of its fiercest competition in the game, namely the Saatva and Zenhaven mattresses. But before we do any of that, we’ve gotta figure out what’s cooking underneath this totally organic cover!
What is the Avocado Mattress Made of?
The Avocado Green Mattress features a straightforward, two-layer design of latex and pocketed coils. While there’s not a lot to the bed’s 11” profile, the simplicity is meant to create a structure that’s bouncy, taut, and ultra-supportive.
Need more deets? I gotchu! Let’s take a look at this bed, layer by layer.
I should note that the Green Mattress comes in both Standard and Pillowtop version, which includes an extra 2” layer of latex up top for added comfort. For this review I tested the Pillowtop
Cover – Crafted with organic cotton and hand-tufted with GOTS organic certified wool from their co-owned wool collective. The cover is soft, breathable, and designed to wick moisture away from the body.
Pillow Top – What I’m calling the pillow top layer is made up of GOLS organic certified latex. This material has some fantastic bounce to it, so works to keep the sleeper positioned more on top of the structure than in it. Buoyancy aside, latex is also known for its cooling properties, which will help to regulate temperatures throughout the night.
Support – The bulk of the mattress is comprised of this tall pocketed coil system. The individually wrapped coils here double down on the bounce of the mattress, bringing a pleasant lift to the structure. Though pocketed coil system are nothing new, what’s unique about Avocado’s is that it’s broken down into “five strategic zones,” which, according to the brand, help to support the shoulders, hips, and lower back in different ways. We’ll explore firmness and pressure relief in a second, but for now I’ll just say that this targeted support is very subtle, and likely won’t leap out to you too much as you stretch out on the bed.
Thoughts: With only a single layer of latex standing between you and the thick section of pocketed coils, you’re likely to experience this bed as quite bouncy and firm. Already, I can tell this mattress is going to be best for combo sleepers with eco-friendly sensibilities.
How Does the Avocado Mattress Feel?
After examining the Avocado’s material make-up, it’s time to see how these materials affect its overall feel, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is a subjective measure that can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. Therefore, it would be a bit misleading to only report my firmness thoughts here, as my body is bound to differ from yours. To mitigate this bias, I invited a few of my coworkers into the studio to test this bad boy out with me.
The score you see below is the average of all our personal firmness ratings!
Though we landed on an average rating of 6.6, our responses were kind of all over the place with this one, ranging as they did from a soft 6 to an ultra-firm 7.5. Considering the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed straddles that line in a pretty compelling way.
I personally gave the bed a 6 as I found its cover and latex comfort layer helped to soften up the firmness of the pocketed coil system. For some of my coworkers, however, they were really only able to experience the coils as they quickly pressed through the gentle comfort layer. Regardless of firmness, we were all in agreement that the structure is supremely bouncy, which tells me this could be a good pick for combo sleepers, particularly those who flip between their backs and sides in the night.
I should also note that if you love the eco-friendly profile and bounce of the mattress, but definitely need something a little more plush, you can always opt to have an extra Avocado pillow top added onto the bed for $400.
Testing out the Avocado Mattress
While I could keep describing my experience on the Avocado in words, I’d much rather show you what I’m talking about than just keep telling you about it. So, to that end, I’m going to walk you through a couple of my favorite tests for assessing Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When I think about pressure relief, I’m mostly concerned with how well (or not well) the mattress in question is able to alleviate tension at sensitive spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To figure all that out, I like to use a handy dandy pressure map. I roll this baby out, hop aboard, and let the gadget do the rest! As I move around, the device tracks how my body’s interacting with the bed in real time, and creates a colored “map” to demonstrate the pressure it experiences. Areas of low pressure are demarcated in blue, and areas of high pressure are in red.
Back – Stretching out on my back, I felt some nice pressure relief as the top layer of latex foam filled in the space at my lumbar region. Additionally, I found it incredibly easy to move around and change positions, which could be great for those restless sleepers in the bunch.
Side – Though I felt some initial comfort on my side, the longer I stayed in this position, the more pressure I experienced. That’s not too surprising, as strict side sleepers tend to exert a lot of force on their shoulders and hips. However, it does tell me that this bed might be a bit too firm for those who only sleep in the lateral position. But, back/side combo sleepers should be just fine!
Stomach – Turning onto my stomach, I felt okay, not great. I thought the pocketed coils would do more to lift my hips in line with my shoulders, but I was kind of disappointed to find that they instead sank out of alignment. This caused some tension at my lower back, so if you are a strict stomach sleeper looking at the Avocado I would go with the standard version.
Like to sleep in prone? Check out my guide to the Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers!
For my next test, I’m going to examine the Avocado’s motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. An important section for all sleepers, but especially so for those who share their beds with a partner.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
These are incredibly high motion transfer results, so you’re likely to feel your bed mate’s every toss and turn. This isn’t too surprising considering how bouncy this bed is, but could be something for you to consider if you have a particularly restless partner.
Now that we’ve got the Avocado pretty much well and sorted, let’s take a second to compare it to some of its biggest competition: the Saatva and Zenhaven mattresses.
- The Saatva is built with a classic innerspring feel, so is quite a bit firmer than the Avocado.
- Its coil-on-coil construction is also supremely supportive and works to promote a healthy spinal alignment no matter the position.
- All of this makes it a great mattress for back sleepers in search of firm support and mobility.
- It’s also less expensive than the Avocado, starting at $599.
- Check out my full Saatva mattress review and see why it landed on my guide to the Best Mattresses for Back Pain.
- The Zenhaven is an all-latex mattress made by Saatva (not a bed-in-a-box).
- It’s also flippable, with two different firmnesses folks can switch between by simply turning over the bed.
- Since it’s built entirely of all-natural latex, the bed is both super bouncy and super cooling, which could be a nice combo for anyone who overheats.
- In terms of cost, it’s the most expensive of the three, starting at $1,299.
- Read my full Zenhaven mattress review.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of the Yellow Brick Road and it’s time to answer the question you came here asking: Is the Avocado mattress right for you? Unfortunately, I can’t make that decision for you, but I can leave you with some final thoughts to help you get there on your own.
- First and foremost, I love that the materials here are all-natural and eco-friendly. This could be a real win for all you green sleepers out there!
- Secondly, I like this mattress for back/side combo sleepers. The bounce of the springs coupled with the lift of the latex makes for some excellent mobility.
- And finally, this is a really durable bed, so should last you for a good long while.
- As I mentioned above, the Avocado scored high marks on my motion transfer test, which tells me you’re likely to feel your partner’s every toss and turn.
- Additionally, there’s no body contouring here, so if you need deep sinkage and pressure relief, you may want to snag a softer mattress.
- Trial – One Year
- Warranty – 25 Years
- Shipping – Free and compressed (it’s heavy though, ask for help)
How Much Does the Avocado Mattress Cost?
|Twin||38" x 75" x 11"||59 lbs||$959|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 11"||63 lbs||$999|
|Full||54" x 75" x 11"||82 lbs||$1,199|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 11"||97 lbs||$1,399|
|King||76" x 80" x 11"||123 lbs||$1,699|
|California King||72" x 84" x 11"||122 lbs||$1,699|
Does the Avocado mattress need box spring?
While a box spring can technically work with the Avocado mattress, it works best with firmer, non-yielding surfaces such as platform beds, mattress foundations or bed slats.
Can you flip an Avocado mattress?
The Avocado mattress does not need to be flipped. This is because the support layer is at the bottom, so flipping the bed would compromise the comfort of the bed. The manufacturer does recommend you rotate the mattress once per month, for the first six months, then once every three months.
Does the Avocado mattress offer a sleep trial?
The Avocado comes with one of the best sleep trials in the bed-in-a-box market giving consumers one full year to try out the bed.
- Edge Support
Avocado is made from natural and organic materials including 100% natural dunlop latex and a pocketed coil system. Avocado’s cover is a noticeably breathable combination of organic cotton and organic wool from the wool collective they co-own in India. This is a bouncier mattress that trends to the firmer side for most sleepers.