If you’re looking for a mattress that’s good for the environment and your back, then the Eco Terra just might be the bed for you. The Eco Terra is a hybrid mattress made with natural latex, organic cotton, and wrapped coils. It feels similar to a traditional innerspring bed, but has the added benefit of being chemical and toxin free.
In this review, I’m going to share my experience testing the Eco Terra mattress. I’ll share my personal thoughts on this bed, how it performed on our specialized sleep tests, the brand policies, and how it stacks up to some of its competitors.
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[N.B. The Eco Terra comes in two firmness options: Medium and Medium-Firm. I tested the Medium version of this bed and the review is based on this version.]
Is the Eco Terra a Good Mattress for You?
Before we go over the details about the Eco Terra, you’ll want to know some of the basics to help you decide if it’s going to suit your sleep needs. Each individual has a different body weight, preferred sleeping position, and firmness preference, which means that not every mattress is going to work for every sleeper! Take a look at who I think might like the Eco Terra, and who should opt for a different mattress.
Who I recommend Eco Terra mattress for
- If you’re looking for an eco-friendly bed that’s made with natural materials, then you’ll be happy with the Eco Terra. Impressive credentials include Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton and wool, as well as all-natural latex.
- Back and side combination sleepers will be pleased with this medium-soft mattress. It’s comfortable in a range of positions, and responsive enough to make switching positions a breeze.
- Hot sleepers will appreciate this beds breathable cotton cover, cooling latex comfort layer, and coils that provide lots of airflow.
Who I don’t recommend Eco Terra mattress for
- I think stomach sleepers will find the Eco Terra too soft for their needs. Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress to keep their hips from sinking too far into the bed, which throws their spine out of alignment. I’d steer these sleepers to one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- If you’re on a budget, the Eco Terra might not be the right choice for you. This bed is on the slightly pricier side (though you can usually find a deal through our coupon page). I typically recommend budget shoppers go with one of our best mattresses under $1,000.
What Does the Eco Terra Mattress Feel Like?
Now that you know a bit about the Eco Terra, let’s find out what it feels like. When I talk about feel, I like to start with firmness, since that’s the bread and butter of mattress feel. If you know what firmness level you prefer, it can make figuring out if you’ll like a mattress a whole lot easier.
However, I’d like to highlight that firmness is subjective, and definitely depends on your body weight. Light sleepers typically need a soft mattress that will allow them to sink in, while heavier sleepers should opt for something firmer that will offer them the support they need. To determine the Eco Terra’s firmness, I polled a range of folks in the office, and took the average of our scores.
After laying on the Eco Terra for quite some time, my colleagues and I decided to give it a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, the Eco Terra is a medium-soft mattress.
I think this firmness level is great for both side sleepers and back sleepers who like a slightly softer feel. Side sleepers will find themselves cradled by this beds softness, which offers some nice give at the hips and shoulders. Back sleepers should find a nice mix of support and pressure relief on this bed. I also think this Eco Terra is great for combination sleepers. It’s a fairly bouncy mattress, which makes switching positions easier. I typically recommend combination sleepers go with a medium-soft to medium-firm mattress, since these beds are comfortable in a range of positions. The one group I wouldn’t recommend the Eco Terra to is stomach sleepers. These sleepers need a firm mattress that will keep their hips in line with their shoulders.
Wondering what gives the Eco Terra it’s feel? I’m going to go over the mattress’s materials in detail later in this review, but just to give you a general idea, it’s made with a combination of natural latex, which has a pressure-relieving yet responsive feel, and pocketed coils, which offer springy support.
Testing the Eco Terra Mattress
Now that you know how I feel about the Eco Terra, I want to give you a more objective perspective by sharing how it performed on our specialized sleep tests: pressure relief, motion transfer, and edge support. Don’t know what those terms mean? Don’t worry, I’ll describe them all below.
Pressure relief refers to how well a mattress alleviates tension at sensitive pressure points at the hips, shoulders, and lower back. This is especially important if you suffer from any pain in these areas, as you’ll want a mattress that’s going to cushion painful areas.
To test the Eco Terra’s pressure-relieving abilities, I used a handy pressure map. I laid this map down on the mattress and hopped on top of it. I tested it in different positions, and the map showed how much pressure was exerted. The map turns blue for the lowest pressure, green for second lowest, then yellow, and finally red for high pressure.
Back – The Eco Terra felt really comfortable while lying on my back! I felt that my weight was evenly distributed, and as you can see by the all blue pressure map, it was.
Side – I also really liked lying on my side on this bed. Though there is a bit of green at my hip on the pressure map, I still think this is a good result.
Stomach – This is the one position I don’t think is comfortable on this mattress. There is a bit of green at my hips, but I am quite a light sleeper (about 110 lbs) and heavier sleepers would likely experience more pressure. I’d recommend stomach sleepers go with the Medium-Firm option or a firmer mattress altogether.
Note for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs) – As a reminder, I tested the Medium version of the Eco Terra, and I don’t think this version will feel supportive enough to heavier sleepers. I think they’ll sink down to the coil layer, which won’t be comfortable. If you’re on the heavier side, I’d recommend choosing the Medium-Firm option or checking out one of our best mattresses for heavy people.
A bed’s motion transfer is how much movement travels from one side of the bed to the other. A bed with good motion transfer can be especially important to couples, since they won’t want to feel their partner’s every movement.
To demonstrate motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from three different heights that are meant to mimic different movements you’re likely to experience in bed.
I was impressed with the Eco Terra’s motion transfer. Typically, you have to sacrifice bounce for motion isolation, but not with this bed! For a latex hybrid mattress, this bed has pretty low motion transfer. I’d readily recommend this bed to couples, since they’re unlikely to be disturbed by a restless partner on this bed.
Note on Motion Transfer and Sex – The ideal mattress for couples is going to combine the best of both worlds: responsiveness (better for sex) and motion transfer (better for sleeping through a partner’s tossing and turning). Luckily, I would say the Eco Terra has both! You’ll find it easy to move around on this bed, and you probably won’t be disturbed by your partner getting up for a midnight snack.
Edge support refers to how well a bed holds up on the sides as compared to the center. A bed with good edge support can feel larger, since you can sleep all the way on the side without feeling it collapse beneath you. It also adds to a bed’s durability, as good edge support tends to prevent sagging.
I think the Eco Terra has great edge support. While lying on the sides, I felt almost as supported as I did in the center. This is a testament to this bed’s high-quality construction.
What is the Eco Mattress Made Of?
Now that we’ve discussed how the Eco Terra performs, let’s dive beneath the covers to see what’s inside this eco-friendly mattress.
The Eco Terra has an 11-inch height, has two distinct layers, and is made from organic materials.
Cover – The Eco Terra has an organic cotton cover on the top of the mattress, and the side covers are made from organic wool. Both of these materials are GOTS certified, which means they’re ethically sourced and free from harmful chemicals. They have a soft and cozy feel, and are also super breathable.
Comfort Layer – Next up is a latex foam layer. It’s made from all-natural Talalay latex that is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means it’s free from harmful chemicals. This layer offers some nice responsiveness and pressure relief.
Support Layer – The Eco Terra get’s its support from a layer of quantum coils, which are made from upcycled steel. These steel coils are individually wrapped and provide some nice airflow through the mattress. This support layer helps promote a neutral spinal alignment and helps prevent back pain.
Before I finish up this review, I want to recap some of the most important things you’ll want to consider before purchasing this mattress.
My favorite things about the Eco Terra mattress
I really like how eco-friendly this organic mattress is. From its recycled encased coils to its natural latex comfort layer, you’re getting a high-quality bed that’s great for you and the environment. I also think this latex mattress is great for a range of sleepers. Back, side, and back and side combination sleepers should find this bed comfortable. Finally, I think this is a nice choice for hot sleepers — a breathable organic cotton cover, cooling latex comfort layer, and airflow-promoting coils make for a supremely cool sleeping experience.
My Eco Terra mattress complaints
I have to be honest, there wasn’t much to complain about for this mattress! I think the Medium version is too soft for stomach sleepers, but the Medium-Firm version could suit their needs. This bed is on the pricier side, so if you’re on a budget, you might want to look elsewhere.
How Much Does the Eco Terra Cost?
Before you go ahead and get rid of your old mattress, you’re going to want to take a look at how much the Eco Terra costs. Take a look at our pricing chart below and make sure to use one of our Eco Terra coupons before you purchase.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
Eco Terra Mattress Policies and FAQs
Does the Eco Terra mattress have a trial period?
Yes, Eco Terra offers a 90-night sleep trial.
Does the Eco Terra have a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Eco Terra has a 15-year warranty.
How does the Eco Terra ship?
The Eco Terra ships for free.
What if I don’t like the Eco Terra?
If you’re unsatisfied with the Eco Terra, you can return it after testing it for 30 days and before the end of the 90-night trial period for a full refund.
Where is the Eco Terra mattress made?
All Eco Terra mattresses are made in the USA in Los Angeles, California.
Eco Terra Mattress Vs
Before you go, check out how the Eco Terra compares to some of its top competitors from other online mattress brands.
Eco Terra vs Saatva
- Like the Eco Terra, the Saatva is a luxury mattress made from high-quality materials.
- The Saatva comes in three firmness options, while the Eco Terra comes in two firmness options.
- The Saatva is an innerspring mattress, while the Eco Terria is a hybrid latex mattress.
- The Saatva and Eco Terra come at a similar price point.
- Learn more in my full Saatva mattress review.
Eco Terra vs Avocado Green
- Both the Eco Terra and Avocado Green are hybrid natural latex mattresses.
- The Avocado Green comes in one firmness option, and it’s firmer than the Medium Eco Terra that I tested.
- The Avocado Green uses Dunlop latex, while the Eco Terra uses Talalay latex. Dunlop latex is denser than Talalay.
- Learn more in my full Avocado Green mattress review.
Take a look at our mattress performance ratings for the Eco Terra mattress below.
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