The Awara hybrid 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 the concept of going green actually affect the way you slumber? 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.
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Awara is building a reputation based on an impressive array of certifications from green organizations. If the Eco-Institut, Global Organic Textile (GOTS) Standard, the Global Organic Latex (GOLS) Standard, et al. are to be believed, 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.
Since the brand is built on the quality of its materials first and foremost, let’s take a closer look at those materials.
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. 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 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. This system is tall, to be sure, so looks like this is going to be a firm bed well-suited for combo and stomach sleepers.
Thoughts: The initial description of the Awara mattress may lead one to believe it’ll be quite bouncy. It is. Don’t worry, it’s not a trampoline, but it provides more than a small amount of push and give depending on the actions of the user.
How Firm is the Awara Mattress?
So now we know our way around the inside of the Awara, let’s find out what happens when we test it for firmness.
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.
The number you see below is the average of what everyone thought during testing.
We actually 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.
Overall, I gave the Awara a 7.5 out of 10. If you sleep on your stomach or back, you’ll probably like the support at the hips and spine alignment the Awara provides. If you sleep on your side and tend to build up more pressure at the shoulders and hips, Awara isn’t necessarily bad for you — you just may find a more perfect fit with a softer mattress.
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. The color blue represents low pressure on my body. Red represents high pressure areas. Got it? Let’s get started!
Back – 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.
Side – I checked my side next and found just a bit of give from the coils as I pressed into the structure. It was just enough to help me make the move, so I welcomed it. 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. Combo sleepers who use the side position less than others will likely have the best experience here.
Stomach – Here is where you can really feel the contrast between the gentle cover and the firm pocketed coils. 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 would have liked a bit more support for my hips here, but I think most stomach sleepers would actually really enjoy the Awara mattress.
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.
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 between $999 – $1699 for a Nest mattress. which represents a slightly higher range than the $849 – $1549 spread of the Awara brand.
- We have the full Nest Hybrid review here. Check it out!
- Avocado is not to be outdone in the use of natural materials. It features Dunlop latex and organic cotton just like Nest and Awara.
- Avocado runs 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.
- You can expect to pay between $959 – $1699 for an Avocado mattress.
Here’s the full Avocado mattress review, and I’ll throw in the Avocado pillow review for fun.
- You can expect to pay between $959 – $1699 for an Avocado mattress.
We’ve gone over the unique selling points of the Awara brand, compared it to similar products, and given you the lowdown on company selling points, so now let’s bring it all together: Who is the Awara really for?
Awara Mattress Pros
- 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 stomach sleepers.
- In general, if you’re after a bouncy mattress, you could find a lot to love in the Awara.
Awara Mattress Cons
- I felt pressure at my shoulders and hips when sleeping on the Awara, so 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.
Awara Purchasing Information
The hybrid mattress space is gradually becoming more competitive. Awara seems to be positioning itself ahead of the curve here – it is quite willing to give a little up front in order to introduce itself to you.
- Full Year Trial -The industry standard for an initial trial is 100 days. Awara offers 365, so you get an automatic benefit here. The company promises a full refund for non-satisfaction during this period. Another noteworthy point is that the 365 days does not begin until 30 days after delivery. The mattress needs to rise at least a few hours after the initial opening before you sleep on it. 30 days is overly generous here, but it speaks to the stability of the company behind the offer.
- Lifetime Warranty – Awara backs its mattress with a lifetime warranty that far outpaces the industry standard of 10 years. Everyone is encouraged to read the fine print here, however. Depending on your sleeping situation, certain aspects of the Awara warranty may not bring you as much of a comparative advantage.
- Free Shipping & Returns – The heavy weight of the Awara is something to consider once the mattress hits your front door, but the company does take responsibility for it during the shipping process. Awara shoulders what could be a very expensive transportation process, and it also pays for returns during the 365 day trial period.Free shipping is the standard for the bedding industry, but Awara does keep up with its competition here. To me, this signals a stable company that can back up its trial period and warranty claims.
How Much Does The Awara Cost?
|Twin||39" x 75" x 13"||$699|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 13"||$799|
|Full||54" x 75" x 13"||$899|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 13"||$999|
|King||76" x 80" x 13"||$1,199|
|California King||72" x 84" x 13"||$1,199|