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. Combining dunlop latex with all-natural wool, organic cotton and recycled steel coils, the brand’s flagship hybrid mattress aims to be as comfortable as it is easy on the environment.
But a bed can’t rest on green laurels alone, so I’ll be putting it through my series of rigorous tests to figure out how it feels, how it sleeps and whether or not it might just be the mattress of your dreams!
Continue reading below for my full review of the Avocado mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Avocado’s Standard Green Mattress features a simple two-layer design of latex and pocketed coils, measuring up to an 12” profile. The combination of materials is intended to create a sleeping experience that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive all while providing the sleeper with plenty of bounce.
Now let’s jump on into this bed to further investigate its hybrid construction!
I should note that the Green Mattress also comes in a Pillow-Top version, which includes an extra 2” layer of latex up top for added comfort.
Cover – Built with organic cotton and quilted with New Zealand wool, the cover of the Green Mattress is super soft and gentle, providing the sleeper with immediate comfort.
Comfort Layer – Under the cover, you’ll find 2” of all-natural dunlop latex. This material has some great bounce to it and works to keep the sleeper positioned on top of the bed. Another fantastic benefit of latex is that it’s naturally cooling, so will help to regulate temperature throughout the mattress. You’ll also notice that this layer is perforated with small holes, which help with breathability and airflow.
Support Layer – Making up the bulk of the bed is an 8” section of pocketed support coils. These springs double down on the bounce in the comfort layer, imbuing the structure with a buoyant lift. This layer is also broken down into three separate zones, intended to bring targeted relief to different parts of the body.
Since I’ll be throwing around the terms “all-natural” and “organic” a lot in this review, I thought I’d give you all a quick break down of some of the pros and cons associated with beds made up of natural materials.
Pros: One of the biggest pros of an organic bed is that you’ll usually know exactly from where all its various materials have been sourced. This can provide a lot of clarity and reassurance to the consumer, especially if it’s important for you to know the practice behind the process. The overall production also generally results in a smaller carbon footprint, which can be a big selling point for eco-friendly sleepers.
Cons: Given all these great benefits, one of the most significant detractors is cost. Locally sourcing materials and ensuring the best in organic product can be expensive, so “green beds” often come with a hefty price-tag. Thankfully, the Avocado is pretty reasonably priced with a Queen size coming in at $1,399.
After taking a look at the construction of the Avocado, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and found that I was immediately interacting with the gentle wool and cotton blended into the cover. As I pushed in further, I encountered the bounce of both the latex foam and the pocketed coil system.
Since folks of different sizes and weights are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to help me figure out how firm the Avocado is. To do this, we each took a turn lying on the mattress, gave it a personal firmness rating and then compiled them on the graph below.
While feel is always going to be an individual thing, our responses should give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
My testers were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Avocado, giving it an average rating of 6.6, which syncs up nicely with the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness.
I personally gave the bed a 7 as I found it to be just a touch firmer than medium firm. While you’ll likely experience some nice comfort from the quilted cover and top latex layer, the tall section of pocketed coils creates a ton of firm support that’ll keep you lifted on top of the bed.
Though this could be great for those of you who doze primarily on your backs or stomachs, it may not be the best fit for side sleepers, to whom I’d recommend checking out the softer pillow-top version of this mattress.
I should also note that your weight will likely determine how you’ll feel the bed, with heavier sleepers sinking through to the coils faster than lighter sleepers, thereby experiencing it as an overall firmer structure.
Another important component of a bed’s feel is pressure, or more specifically where pressure points are likely to form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tension spots might crop up on the Avocado, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, I felt as though my weight was pretty evenly distributed across the surface. Though I definitely experienced the Avocado as a firm bed, I thought its quilted cover and latex comfort layer did a good job of filling in the space at my lower back for some nice relief. The bounce also made it very easy to move around and change positions.
Edge Support – Scooting closer to the edge of the bed, I felt a lot of great support! The coils help to maximize the usable space of the mattress, allowing you to sleep all the way to the side.
Side – As you can clearly see in the graphic above, once I turned onto my side, I experienced the formation of pressure points at my shoulders and hips, typical problem areas for side sleepers. Considering how firm the bed is, I’m not super surprised by this as strict side sleepers tend to prefer softer beds that bring more cushiony relief to these sensitive spots.
Stomach – And finally, my stomach. I felt a lot of great relief in this position, thanks to the bed’s buoyant lift, which kept my spine in a nice alignment. Unlike side sleepers, stomach sleepers tend to dig firmer beds that keep the shoulders in a nice, even line with the hips.
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Next up, let’s chat motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance you’re likely to experience from one side of the bed to the other. This test will be especially important for those of you planning to share your bed with a partner, as it’ll let you know just how bothered you’ll be by their movements in the middle of the night.
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.
FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4”) to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to full on jumping (12”).
These are really high motion transfer results, which tells me you’re likely to feel your partner moving around at night. While these may not be the most ideal readings, they’re at least consistent with the bed’s hybrid design, which combines bouncy latex with even bouncier coils for—you guessed it!—a whole lot of bouncy disturbance.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’re going to be sinking “into” the mattress or lying “on top” of it, so our last test is going to be all about sinkage!
To visualize this variable, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
If you assumed that the Avocado wouldn’t have a lot of sinkage because of its tremendous bounce… you were right on the money! As you can see, while you’ll be able to sink into the quilted cover and latex comfort layer a bit, by the time you get to the supportive coils, you’re likely to be squarely positioned on top of the bed.
- Sleep Trial: 100 days.
- Warranty: 25 years.
- Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.
SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Standard Green is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Please note that these prices reflect standard pricing, but you can use the code SLEEPOPOLIS100 to save $100 on your mattress purchase!
|Twin||38" x 74" x 12"||59 lbs||$959|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 12"||63 lbs||$999|
|Full||54" x 74" x 12"||82 lbs||$1,199|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12"||97 lbs||$1,399|
|King||76" x 80" x 12"||123 lbs||$1,699|
|California King||72" x 84" x 12"||122 lbs||$1,699|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Standard Green mattress, I want to highlight some of its biggest pros and cons:
- One of my favorite things about the Avocado is that its entirely built with all-natural materials. From the organic cotton in the cover to the recycled steel coils in the support section, this bed is a fantastic green option.
- These materials also create an incredibly durable structure that’s sure to last for years to come.
- And of course, this mattress would also be a great pick for anyone who wants some serious bounce as the combination of latex and pocketed coils makes for a very springy bed.
- As I mentioned up top, the Avocado doesn’t have the best motion transfer results, which could be a dealbreaker for those of you who get easily disturbed by tossing and turning in the night.
- This bed also doesn’t have a ton of sinkage, which may not work for those of you in need of some deep body contouring.
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