California-based Brentwood Home specializes in organic products for the eco-friendly sleeper and boasts an expansive line of mattresses, bedding, yoga gear, and more! From their line comes the Cedar Natural Luxe mattress. Built with organic cotton, all-natural latex, and coconut husk, this is a bouncy bed with an eco-friendly vibe.
While this mattress has remained a popular option for several years now, I was curious to know… is it actually any good? To find out, I put it through the ringer, examining its construction, testing out its feel, and comparing it to some of its biggest competition on the market.
Curious to see what all I discovered? Well then keep on reading for my full review of the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress or click here for the review summary!
Is the Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe a Good Mattress for You?
Let’s hit the ground running with some of the basics about the Cedar Natural to help you decide if it’s a good mattress for you. Depending on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, the Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe may or may not work for you. While I can’t make that decision for you, you can take a look at some of my recommendations to help you get there on your own.
Who I recommend the Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe mattress for
- Eco-friendly shoppers might really like this mattress. It’s an organic certified mattress, so these sleepers can rest assured they are getting a great night’s rest without damaging the environment.
- Combination sleepers who switch positions throughout the night should take a look at this bed. It’s very bouncy and allows for ease of movement.
- The latex hybrid build makes the bed quite supportive, marking it as a solid, firm option for sleepers who desire to stay on top of the mattress as opposed to sinking in.
Who I don’t recommend the Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe mattress for
- Couples should take this bed’s high motion transfer into consideration. This mattress is made of buoyant latex and bouncy pocketed coils, so if you share the bed with a restless sleeper you’re likely to be woken by their movements from across the mattress.
- This mattress may be a tad too firm for sleepers under 130 lbs, who tend to experience mattresses as firmer than advertised. Folks in this category can purchase the optional topper to add to this mattress in order to make it suitable for their needs, but that will add an extra cost.
How Firm is the Brentwood Cedar Mattress?
As with any feel factor, firmness is subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. So, my read of this bed’s firmness could differ from your own. For reference, I’m about 5’10”, 190 lbs. and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
After resting on this bed for a while, I decided to give it a firmness rating of 7.5 out of 10, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the most firm. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this mattress is quite firm.
Honestly, I’m not surprised with this rating. Though latex is a soft and pressure-relieving material, it’s got a lot of bounce to it with very little contouring and sinkage. Therefore, it works to position the sleeper on top of the structure with a lot of support at the hips and lower back. And when you couple this vibe with the section of pocketed coils, you end up with a mattress that’s solid, bouncy, and firm.
ProTip: If you want something softer, you could always add a pillow top to this mattress. I tested out the Standard version, but I would definitely recommend adding in the pillow top if you’re looking for targeted pressure relief at the shoulders.
Brentwood Home Cedar 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 truly determine whether a bed is a good match for you, it’s also important to consider how it performs in different sleeping positions, how it relieves pain and pressure, and how it might feel for couples sharing the bed. So let’s do just that!
Testing the Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Different sleeping positions and weights require different amounts of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t need the same amount of support as heavy sleepers. Read on below to see how this Brentwood Home mattress performs for sleepers of different weights.
Is the Brentwood Cedar a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Light back sleepers tend to feel mattresses are a bit firmer than advertised, so I think this bed would be a good option for these folks — if they prefer a firm touch. This mattress definitely falls on the firm end of the firmness scale, and some back sleepers may want a bit more comfort under their body. Adding a mattress topper to this bed would make it an excellent choice for light back sleepers looking to add a bit of plushness to the same structure.
- Light Side Sleepers – This mattress is entirely too firm for light side sleepers. These sleepers should dive into the world of memory foam mattresses.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – Light stomach sleepers may find this mattress a bit firmer than what they are used to, but it would actually be a good choice for these sleepers. These sleepers would definitely remain on top of the mattress and maintain a healthy spinal alignment.
Is the Brentwood Cedar a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think average weight back sleepers will really enjoy this mattress. The firmer foundation of latex foam and pocketed coils provides support and comfort — making you feel evenly balanced and supported all night long.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I think the Brentwood Cedar is going to be too firm to provide relief for these sleepers’ tender joints. Average weight side sleepers should steer towards a memory foam mattress, or consider adding the Cedar Luxe mattress topper if they are otherwise set on this bed.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – Average weight stomach sleepers are in the right place. This mattress’s zoned support will do a great job keeping their hips lifted up in line with their shoulders.
Is the Brentwood Cedar a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – I think this mattress could support back sleepers who have a heavier body weight. The latex and coils kept me (190 lbs) quite lifted on top of the bed, so I believe that it would do so for people just a little heavier, up to 300 lbs.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – Heavy side sleepers should consider adding the pillow-top to this mattress to make it suitable for their needs. Side sleepers in general may find this mattress to be a touch too firm.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – Heavy stomach sleepers may still find their hips to sink a bit too far into this bed’s latex foam. These sleepers should opt for a firmer bed designed to support their weight, which they can find in our best mattresses for heavy people roundup.
Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe Mattress Performance
When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to a bed’s capacity for alleviating tension. A mattress with good pressure relief can help alleviate pain at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To help you visualize how well (or not well) the Brentwood Cedar relieves pressure, I’m going to test it out with a pressure map.
Basically, it works like this: I roll out the device, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest. As I roll around, the map records how much force I’m exerting on the mattress, creating a colored “map” of the pressure. For reference, blue and green indicate areas of low pressure, while yellow and red indicate areas of high pressure.
Back Pain – This bed is an especially good choice for back sleepers with back pain. As I pressed into the top layers of latex foam, I could feel the natural materials filling in the space at my lumbar region for some pleasant back pain relief. The bed is firm, so my hips were lifted and it was easy to move around and change positions. The same can be said for stomach sleepers with back pain — this bed is a good choice for these folks. The latex hybrid build provides a buoyant cradle, perfect for both these sleeper types.
Shoulder Pain – Most folks with shoulder pain are side sleepers. Turning onto my side on this bed felt okay, but not great. In my opinion, this mattress is probably too firm for strict side sleepers. These folks typically prefer softer structures that provide ample contouring and sinkage at the shoulders. Keep in mind that I was testing the Standard version of this mattress, so adding a mattress topper could help make things more plush. Without a topper, I would not recommend this bed to sleepers needing relief from shoulder pain, but with it I definitely do! If you’re a side sleeper I recommend checking out our best mattresses for side sleepers roundup.
Hip Pain – I think stomach sleepers, as well as back sleepers, with hip pain can really benefit from this mattress thanks to its ability to keep their hips lifted in line with their shoulders. For side sleepers with hip pain, I would recommend adding a topper to get a more plush feel. Brentwood Home offers a 3” Cedar Natural Luxe Mattress Topper that would go great, or check out our best mattress topper roundup to find one for you!
Brentwood Home 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, sex capabilities, cooling, and edge support.
Let’s have a look at this mattress’s motion transfer, which refers to the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. All sleepers will want to pay attention to this feel factor, though it will probably be most relevant for those who share their bed 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, which tells me you are likely to be disturbed by your bedmate’s movements in the night. When you consider the materials at play (i.e. buoyant latex and bouncy pocketed coils), it’s not shocking to see that this bed doesn’t isolate motion that well. Long story short — couples, beware!
The latex build of this mattress offers plenty of bounce and responsiveness, which makes the Brentwood Cedar a desirable mattress for sex. In the same way that it offers combination sleepers ease of movement, this bed facilitates changing of positions for couples rather than absorbing their body weight. All in all, this mattress is great for sex — a pro to the con of poor motion transfer.
Generally, latex hybrid mattresses are quite cooling, but oddly I felt that I got hot quickly on this bed. As with firmness, my results for how cooling a mattress may differ from yours, so I recommend not crossing this one off the list just because of the negative cooling experience I had. Technically, the coils and latex should naturally allow air to flow throughout the mattress, so maybe I was just extra hot when testing this bed! Try it out for yourself with the great trial period Brentwood Home offers.
Strong edge support can really make a mattress feel larger, since you’ll be able to extend to all inches of the mattress.
Winner, winner, winner! The Brentwood Cedar has some of the best edge support that I have seen. The coils extend all the way to the perimeter of the mattress ensuring that all sides and corners are just as sturdy as the middle. Couples and heavy folks should really take into consideration that they will be able to use the entire surface of this mattress, without feeling any sagging or feeling of rolling off the bed — what an added bonus!
What is the Brentwood Cedar Mattress Made Of?
The Brentwood Cedar utilizes organic materials to create a bouncy, supportive, and firm feel. From the organic cotton cover to the layers of all-natural latex and coconut husk, this bed could be a real winner for eco-friendly sleepers after a buoyant vibe.
To get more specific about what’s going on in this mattress, let’s dive underneath the cover.
Cover – The Cedar’s cover is made from organic cotton, so is breathable and super soft to the touch. It’s also quilted with a bit of Alpaca wool for extra comfort!
Comfort Layer – Beneath the cover, you’ll land on a layer of zoned organic latex, which has a quick response to pressure for bounce and lift. While latex is a fairly typical mattress material, it’s rare to see latex that’s been zoned for support. What this means is that the layer has actually been divided into three different sections with three different firmnesses in order to provide targeted relief across the body. There’s softer latex at the shoulders for a bit of sink and firm latex at the hips for a bit of lift.
Support Layer – The bulk of the Cedar mattress is comprised of a tall section of pocketed coils. These springs bring a ton of firmness, bounce, and support to the bed, establishing an overall solid vibe. Like the latex layer above it, this section is zoned for support, which helps to establish a strong, neutral line across the spine.
Base Layer – And finally, the base of the bed, which is made up of coconut husk. This section works to absorb some of the bounce of the top two layers.
Brentwood Home Cedar Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe 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.
As with many new mattresses, the Brentwood Cedar will likely emit a smell when it is first unboxed — this is known as off-gassing. If you do detect an odor, I suggest unzipping the mattress cover and leaving it in a well-ventilated room for a few days while the smell completely dissipates.
Well folks, you’ve finally arrived at the end of this review. After poking around this bed, it’s time to answer the question you came here asking: Should you buy the Brentwood Cedar mattress? While I can’t make that decision for you, I can leave you with a few of my favorite things and my complaints, to help you get there on your own.
My favorite things about the Brentwood Cedar mattress
My overall favorite thing about this bed is its eco-friendly construction. From its organic cotton cover to its all-natural latex and coconut husk interior, this mattress could be a real winner for environmentally conscious buyers. It’s also super bouncy, so could be a nice fit for folks who like to move around and change positions in the night. The latex layers make this bed highly supportive, marking it as a solid option for sleepers in need of a little extra lift at the hips and lower back.
My Brentwood Cedar mattress complaints
Unfortunately, this bed does sleep kind of hot, so folks after a cool sleeping experience may need to look elsewhere. The bounce also produces some really high motion transfer, indicating that couples may be disturbed by one another’s movements in the night.
How Much Does the Brentwood Home Cedar 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 visit our Brentwood Home coupon page for a nice discount.
Prices listed below will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Queen||80" X 60" X 11"||120 lb||$1,499|
|King||80"L 76" X 11"||140 lb||$1,799|
|California King||84" X 72" X 11"||149 lb||$1,799|
Brentwood Home Policies and FAQs
Does Brentwood Home offer a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe mattress comes with a 25-year warranty.
Does the Brentwood Cedar come with a sleep trial period?
Yes! You can try out this mattress in your own space for 1 year.
How does the Brentwood Cedar ship?
The Brentwood Home Cedar Natural Luxe is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it ships compressed in a box right to your door. Brentwood Home offers free shipping.
Is this Brentwood Home mattress USA made?
Yes! The Cedar Natural Luxe mattress is made in Los Angeles, California.
Brentwood Home Cedar Vs
Now that we’ve got a pretty good understanding of what’s going on in the Brentwood Cedar, let’s compare it to two other mattresses: the Avocado and the Saatva Latex Hybrid.
Brentwood vs Avocado
- Like the Brentwood Cedar, the Avocado is a latex hybrid model that is eco-friendly, bouncy, and supportive.
- The bed comes in either a Standard or Pillowtop version. The Standard is great for back and stomach sleepers while the Pillowtop works best for side sleepers.
- If you’re looking for an all-natural mattress, the Avocado could be a fantastic option!
- For more, check out my full Avocado mattress review.
Brentwood vs Saatva Latex Hybrid
- Both mattresses fall at 7.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale.
- The Saatva provides a cool sleeping experience — couples keep this in mind!
- Saatva has a negative reputation regarding delayed delivery times. If you need a mattress in just a few days, this might pose an issue.
- Interested? Check out my full Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress review.
Other Models from Brentwood Home
Wondering what else Brentwood Home has to offer? Below, I’ll share the two other mattresses from the brand. Let’s see how the Brentwood Cedar compares to the Brentwood Oceano and the Brentwood Crystal Cove!
Brentwood Cedar vs Brentwood Oceano
- The Brentwood Oceano is a pillow top mattress that’s softer and more plush than its Cedar sibling.
- That being said, I still consider the Oceano to be a solid and supportive bed, marking it as a nice pick for back sleepers.
- I was also super impressed with the Oceano’s edge support and motion transfer, which makes it a great option for couples.
- For more, check out my full Brentwood Oceano mattress review.
Brentwood Cedar vs Brentwood Crystal Cove
- The Brentwood Home Crystal Cove is a flippable, dual-sided hybrid mattress. One side is medium-soft while the other is medium-firm.
- The Crystal Cove incorporates charcoal-infused memory foam with pocketed coils and Dunlop latex.
- For every Crystal Cove mattress bought, one ReliefBed, a mattress designed to meet critical needs of homeless and victims of natural disasters, is built for charity needs.
- The Crystal Cove mattress is slightly less expensive and is available in more sizes than the Cedar bed.
Take a look at how the Brentwood Cedar performed on our star rating chart below!
Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress
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