Awara mattress brings an eco-friendly perspective to the world of bedding. Its idea is that organic materials in the sleeping quarters lead to better sleep overall. I’m game; truthfully, I’m always down to give green bedding a try.
But does an all-natural mattress help you achieve sleep more, well… naturally? I’m no ecologist, but I am a sleepologist, and I’m on the case for you. I put the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid mattress through a variety of tests to get to the bottom of it. From firmness level to motion control, breathability to bounce, here’s all you need to know about the Awara mattress.
Ready to dig deep into the organic Awara mattress? Read on for my detailed review! If you’re short on time, head here for a quick and handy summary.
Is the Awara a Good Mattress for You?
Let’s hit the ground running with some of the basics about the Awara to help you decide if it’s a good mattress for you. Depending on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, the Awara may or may not work for you. While I can’t make that decision for you, take a look at some of my recommendations below to help you get there on your own.
Who I recommend the Awara mattress for
- Eco-friendly sleepers should definitely check out this bed. The Awara mattress comes to you completely free of lead, polyfoams, synthetic wool, and formaldehydes.
- The sturdy build gives the classic supportive feel that may make it a great mattress for seniors.
- I recommend this bed to stomach and back sleepers, which will benefit from the support at the hips and spine alignment the Awara provides.
- The Awara is a nice option for hot sleepers, since its natural latex does not retain heat like memory foam might.
Who I don’t recommend the Awara mattress for
- I don’t recommend this bed for side sleepers. This firm mattress will build up pressure at the shoulders and hips rather than relieve it. These sleepers should look for a soft, more plush mattress.
- I don’t think this mattress is a great option for couples. The Awara has pretty high motion transfer, which means you may feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
How Firm is the Awara Mattress?
One of the most important factors that goes into buying a new mattress is firmness level; however firmness is quite subjunctive. No two people will tell the same tale when talking about the firmness of a bed, so my assessment is based on the opinions of myself and four of my fellow sleepologists. That’s right! We treated ourselves to a few naps just for you.
We each gave a firmness level score between 1 and 10: 10 being the most firm and 1 being the softest. We averaged our scores together to come up with the final number which you can see below.
Overall, the Awara falls at 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale — we found the Awara mattress to be pretty firm. The flexibility in its pocketed coils allows for pressure relief on joints, but the mattress tends to quickly reshape itself after movement and hold its constitution quite well. Compared to the standard medium-firm mattress being a 6.5 out of 10, this mattress is on the firmer side.
Awara Mattress Performance
Firmness is one of the most important characteristics to consider when searching for a new mattress, but there are definitely more things to look at. To really determine whether a bed is a good match for you, it’s also important to consider how it performed in different sleeping positions, how it relieved pain and pressure, and how it might feel for couples sharing the bed. So let’s do just that!
Testing the Awara Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Different sleeping positions and weights require different amounts of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t require the same amount of support as heavy sleepers. Read on below to see how the Awara mattress performs for sleepers of different weights.
Is the Awara a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Lighter sleepers tend to feel mattresses a bit firmer than advertised, so the Awara might feel too firm to these back sleepers. I would recommend a medium-firm option for these sleepers.
- Light Side Sleepers – This mattress is entirely too firm for light side sleepers and lacks the ability to provide contouring at their shoulders and hips. I would steer these folks towards a more plush bed.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – I think this mattress is a great option for light stomach sleepers. The firm build seen here will definitely be sturdy enough to keep light sleeper’s hips up and promote healthy spinal alignment.
Is the Awara a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think average weight back sleepers will really benefit from this bed. It is firm enough to prevent sagging, while offering some give at the lumbar region to provide back pain relief.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – Average weight side sleepers should look for a softer bed. This mattress does not offer the hugging sensation that side sleepers desire for deep sinkage and pain/pressure relief.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – This bed is a good option for average weight stomach sleepers providing the right amount of support and comfort.
Is the Awara a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – This mattress has strong support and a nice, “on top” of the bed feel that heavy back sleepers should enjoy.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – Heavy side sleepers might also like this mattress. Due to their heavier weight, they’ll likely experience a bit more sinkage into the bed, which will relieve pressure and give a cradling feel.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – Heavy stomach sleepers need a firmer bed to prevent excess sinkage at the hips. I recommend these sleepers take a look at our best mattresses for heavy people.
Awara Pain Relief Performance
So, how exactly did the Awara mattress feel across the most sensitive parts of my body? I can show you better than I can tell you!
To that point, I’ll be using a pressure map to help you visualize how well the Awara handles tension at spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back. Areas of blue and green represent low pressure on my body, while yellow and red represent high pressure areas. Let’s get started!
Back Pain – Lying on my back, I could feel the top layer of latex foam filling in the space at my lumbar region, a welcome feature for anyone with back pain. That being said, I didn’t sink into the mattress, so found changing positions easy — no need to start an aerobic push up/sit up routine to switch around on this bed. I think this could be a good mattress for back sleepers needing only moderate pressure relief. The same goes for light and average weight stomach sleepers, whereas heavier stomach sleepers will need a firmer bed to support their body weight and ease back pain.
Shoulder Pain – I found just a little bit of give from the coils as I pressed my shoulders into the structure. I stayed in this position long enough to determine that the mattress contoured much more easily to my back than to my side, where my hips and shoulders would have liked a bit more give. Sleepers with shoulder pain are going to benefit more from a softer mattress.
Hip Pain – Here is where you can really feel the contrast between the gentle cover and the firm pocketed coils. While lying on my stomach, my hips sank through the organic cotton and caused my spine to align itself in a way that put some pressure on my lumbar region. If you suffer from anterior pelvic tilt, you understand what I mean. I’d also steer side sleepers with hip pain away from this bed — they should go for a much softer mattress. However, back sleepers with hip pain might be able to stop their search for a new mattress here — this mattress is great for back sleepers with hip pain.
Awara Performance for Couples
When sharing the bed with a partner, you’ll want to keep a few more things in mind while shopping for a new mattress. Features you’ll want to consider include motion transfer, performance during sex, cooling, and edge support.
Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement detectable from one side of the mattress to the other. If you sleep with a restless partner, or have an active pet, you’ll want a mattress that isolates motion.
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.
The Awara did not do a good job to muffle motion at any of the three drops. This is not surprising — the latex and pocketed coil combination makes this mattress super bouncy. This means you’ll feel your bedmate moving around. Couples, and especially those who are easily woken up, should opt for a bed that absorbs motion better.
For the same reason this mattress has poor motion transfer, it is a great mattress for sex. At least a con is evened out with a pro, right? This bed has a lot of bounce and responsiveness, the perfect recipe to be a good mattress for sex. I would highly recommend this bed for people looking to be more active in the bedroom.
The Awara has cooling down pat — it gets a gold star for temperature regulation. From the organic cotton and wool in the top layers, to the natural latex, and the pocketed coils, everything about this mattress seems to help control temperature. I would recommend this mattress to even the hottest of sleepers.
With such a sturdy, firm structure it is not surprising that it has good edge support. The perimeter of the mattress is not going to be as bouncy as the middle, but still feel nice and sturdy. This level of edge support means that practically every inch of the mattress can be utilized — something couples and heavier folks can both benefit from!
What is the Awara Mattress Made of?
No matter where you look on the Awara mattress, you’ll find some sort of certification. The cotton in the quilt is certified by GOTS. The latex in the mattress is certified by GOLS. Everything is sourced from sustainable suppliers who make it a point to reduce their footprint during the manufacturing and delivery process.
Certifications aside, let’s dig into this construction to see how these eco-friendly materials work together!
Cover (Organic Cotton) – The Awara cover is made of GOTS-certified organic cotton and 100% organic New Zealand wool. Cotton often comes paired with latex mattresses, another natural material that doesn’t use the chemicals of traditional bedding foams. Natural cotton looks great and feels soft to the touch.
Transition Layer (4” Dunlop Latex) – Latex is a fairly common material in the modern mattress, but GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex certainly isn’t. By going the extra mile, Awara gives you the proven characteristics of Rainforest Alliance certified latex: durability, bounciness, and heat dissipation with the added benefit of being completely green.
Support (9” Pocketed Coils) – The pocketed coil is another natural fit to latex, doubling down on its bounce without limiting its durability. The coils here are individually wrapped, giving each spring a more flexible spectrum of movement.
Awara Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Awara is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will arrive compressed and will have to be unboxed at home. As with all bed-in-a-box mattresses, you’ll need to wait at least 24 hours for this bed to fully decompress.
Although none of the materials in this bed are known for off-gassing, a common smell that comes with a new mattress, the Awara’s latex may have a bit of an odor when first unboxed. If you do detect an odor, I suggest unzipping the mattress cover and leaving the bed in a well-ventilated room for a few hours while the smell completely dissipates.
Now that we’ve learned quite a bit about the Awara mattress, I want to recap some of my favorite things about it and my complaints. Though I can’t tell you if the Awara is the right mattress for you, I hope these key points will help you decide.
My favorite things about the Awara mattress
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly mattress that only utilizes organic materials, the Awara could be a great fit for you! The mix of bouncy latex with firm pocketed coils could also be a winning combo for combination sleepers. In general, if you’re after a bouncy mattress, you could find a lot to love in the Awara. Hot sleepers should also find just as much to love about the Awara as I did — this mattress will do a great job of keeping heavier folks and couples cool throughout the whole night!
My Awara mattress complaints
I felt pressure at my shoulders and hips when lying on the Awara, so I’m not sure I’d recommend this bed for side sleepers. Given its bouncy nature, the Awara tends to transfer motion more readily than other mattresses might. This will not bode well for people who sleep with a restless partner.
How Much Does The Awara Cost?
Of course, before you purchase a new mattress you’ll want to look at how much it costs. Take a look at our up-to-date pricing chart below, and make sure to click on one of the coupons in this article for our Awara promo code!
|Twin||39" x 75" x 13"||$1,798|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 13"||$1,898|
|Full||54" x 75" x 13"||$1,998|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 13"||$2,098|
|King||76" x 80" x 13"||$2,298|
|California King||72" x 84" x 13"||$2,298|
Awara Mattress Policies and FAQs
Does the Awara have a mattress warranty?
Yes! The Awara comes with a Forever Warranty- the brand’s version of a lifetime warranty.
Does the Awara mattress come with a sleep trial?
Yes, the Awara comes with a year-long trial! The company promises a full refund for non-satisfaction during this period.
How does the Awara ship?
The Awara mattress will be delivered as a bed-in-a-box for free within the contiguous US, excluding Hawaii and Alaska. Shipping fees apply for HI, AK, and Guam — orders are non-refundable to these destinations.
What makes the Awara mattress eco-friendly?
Awara mattresses come to you completely free of lead, polyfoams, synthetic wool, and formaldehydes. Instead, you get water-based adhesives and chemical-free fire retardant in a fully handmade, 100% natural wool product.
Awara Mattress Vs
To get a better understanding of Awara’s strengths and weaknesses, let’s compare it to some of its biggest competitors in the space: the Nest Hybrid Latex and Avocado mattresses.
Awara vs Nest Hybrid Latex
- Like Awara, the Nest Hybrid utilizes organic cotton, pocketed coils, and Dunlop latex.
- However, the Nest Hybrid features a transition layer of poly foam, which helps to gradually ease the sleeper into its pocketed coil system.
- Given their bounce, both mattresses could make great picks for combo sleepers!
- You can expect to pay a bit more for a Nest mattress.
- We have a full Nest Hybrid review here. Check it out!
Awara vs Avocado
- Avocado is not to be outdone in the use of natural materials. It features Dunlop latex and organic cotton just like Nest and Awara.
- The Avocado is slightly firmer than Awara, though not uncomfortably so. In my opinion, it has a durable construction, which is good news for stomach sleepers in need of spinal support.
- The Avocado mattress is slightly less expensive than the Awara bed, but be on the lookout for sales!
- Here’s the full Avocado mattress review, and I’ll throw in the Avocado pillow review for fun.
Take a look at how the Awara performed on our star rating chart below!
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