If you’re looking to snag an eco-friendly mattress for your bedroom, you might want to consider the Botanical Bliss mattress from PlushBeds. Built with organic latex, this bed aims to be as good for your sleep hygiene as it is for the environment.
But just how well does it live up to this mission? That’s what I’m here to find out, by putting it through a series of rigorous tests to figure out its feel, how it sleeps and whether or not it could be the mattress of your dreams.
Continue reading below for my full review of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
The Botanical Bliss is built with three 3” layers of organic Dunlop Latex. Unlike Talalay Latex, which often has a light and airy feel, Dunlop is dense and makes for a firmer structure. Here, each of the three Dunlop sections is categorized as either Soft, Medium or Firm, and can be arranged in whatever order best suits the sleeper.
According to PlushBeds, there are a total of six different firmnesses for each mattress, with a split firmness option available for King and Cal King sizes. Worried you won’t be able to figure out how to configure the layers to your liking? No sweat! The brand offers a series of graphics on its website detailing all the various ways to orient the latex sections. Plus, if you’re still not satisfied with the feel, PlushBeds is happy to throw in an additional Firm layer of latex for more support.
For the purpose of my review, I’ll be looking at the Botanical Bliss in the “Soft” orientation, which has the Soft layer on top, the Medium layer in the middle and the Firm section as the base.
But enough talk! Let’s dive into this plush latex mattress and see what’s going on inside.
Cover – Made with organic cotton and wool, the cover is soft and provides the sleeper with some satisfying comfort.
Latex Layers – As I mentioned up top, the next three sections are comprised of 100% all-natural Dunlop Latex. This material is dense and has a quick response to pressure, creating a bed that’s incredibly bouncy. Compared to memory foam, latex doesn’t feature much if any contouring, so you’re not likely to feel stuck in the mattress. Another thing you’re likely to notice with latex is that it sleeps cool, so could be a fantastic option for those of you who tend to sleep hot at night.
As far as the feel in this specific configuration is concerned, placing the Soft layer up top allows for some initial deep sinkage into the bed, which is buffered slightly by the Medium latex section as the sleeper transitions into the Firm base below.
The Botanical Bliss’ construction is also noteworthy because it’s a 100% certified organic mattress, which means all of its materials have been accredited by the Global Organic Latex Standard and the Global Organic Textile Standard. Plus, the bed is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified, ensuring that the mattress has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air.
After taking a look at the construction of the Botanical Bliss, 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 soft wool cover. Pressing in further, I encountered the buoyant lift of the latex layers, which propelled me up and out of the structure.
Since folks of different sizes, shapes and weights are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to help me figure out how firm the Botanical Bliss is. We each took a turn lying on the plush organic 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, this will hopefully give you a good sense of the firmness range you can expect from this bed.
Aside from one outlier, we were mostly in agreement about the firmness of the Botanical Bliss, landing on an average rating of 5.4. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it appears as though this bed is pretty soft.
I personally gave the mattress a 5. While the bounce of the latex is likely to keep you positioned on top of the bed, the material is surprisingly gentle, allowing for some pretty deep sinkage through the mattress. Keep in mind that we’re only looking at the bed in its “Medium” orientation and that shifting around the layers could make it either firmer or softer.
To get more specific, the Botanical Bliss Medium provides a firmness range from 5-7 using soft, medium and firm layers of latex. The Botanical Bliss Firm runs from 7-9 and only uses medium, firm and extra firm latex. These various sections can be moved around to create 6 unique configurations, representing a subtle gradient within the prescribed range. So if we swapped around the layers in our bed to have a firm layer up top, a medium transition section and a soft foundation, we’d wind up with a bed that had a firmness of about 7.
As I mentioned up top, instructions on how to orient the layers in your respective Botanical Bliss are available on the brand’s website.
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Another important component of feel is pressure, or more specifically where pressure points might form while lying on top of a new bed.
Instead of merely describing where these tension spots might crop up, I thought I’d give you a visual representation instead. To do this, 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 could really feel myself sinking into the bed, with the soft layer of latex foam working to fill in the space at my lumbar region. Even for all this sinkage, the responsiveness of the latex made it easy for me to roll around and change positions.
Edge Support – Scooting as close to the side as I could, I noticed some deep compression through the top layers. While I didn’t feel as though I’d roll out of bed, I wouldn’t say this mattress had particularly solid edge support.
Side – Since side sleepers tend to like softer mattresses, I wasn’t surprised to find that I felt a lot of great pressure relief in this position. As you can see in the graphic above, I didn’t notice any tension at my shoulders or hips, typical problem areas for those who doze primarily on their sides.
Stomach – And finally, once I rolled onto my stomach, I began to feel a bit of discomfort as the soft nature of the bed caused my hips to sink out of alignment with my shoulders. Stomach sleepers tend to prefer firm beds as they help to keep the spine in a nice, even line, so those who sleep solely on their stomachs may want to opt for a firmer configuration of the Botanical Bliss.
Plan on sharing your bed with a partner? Well then, you’ll want to keep a tight eye trained on its motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance likely to be felt from one side of the bed to the other. Basically, this test will let you know just how bothered you’ll be by your bed mate’s movements in the night.
To illustrate this, 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”).
As you can see in the graphic above, these aren’t fantastic motion transfer results. You’ll notice that each drop triggered a pretty intense reaction from my reader, which implies that you’re likely to feel your partner’s every toss and turn. For those who aren’t fans of latex, this interfering bounce is one of the most common complaints associated with the material and can be seen in other all-latex beds, such as the Zenhaven.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or lying “on top” of it. To illustrate this sinkage, 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: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
These results are really interesting because while the bounce of the latex certainly helps to combat any sort of stuck-in-the-bed feeling, the mattress itself features an incredible amount of sinkage. While not the same as contouring, which refers to the sort of cushiony pressure relief you might get at the shoulders and hips from a memory foam bed like the Tempurpedic, the sinkage nonetheless contributes to the Botanical Bliss’ overall soft feel.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Botanical Bliss 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 SLEEPOP5 to save $50 on your PlushBeds purchase.
|Twin||38" x 75" x 10"||75 lbs||$1,299|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 10"||80 lbs||$1,299|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||115 lbs||$1,699|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||130 lbs||$1,799|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||155 lbs||$2,099|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||155 lbs||$2,099|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Botanical Bliss mattress, I want to highlight some of its biggest pros and cons:
- One of my favorite things about this mattress is how bouncy it is, which could be an attractive feature for those of you looking for buoyant support.
- Another major pro is that the Botanical Bliss sleeps cool. The all-natural latex is fantastic at temperature regulation, ensuring that you won’t overheat at night.
- And finally, a big selling point is the organic construction. From the natural wool in the cover to the Dunlop Latex layers, this bad boy is totally green.
- As we discussed above, this mattress didn’t have amazing motion transfer results, meaning you’re likely to be disturbed by movements in the night.
- Another thing to keep in mind is that you’re not going to experience a lot of contour here, one of the most common complaints about latex that could be a dealbreaker for those of you in need of deep pressure relief.
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