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PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress Review

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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.


CONSTRUCTION

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.

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Arrange

Different layer arrangements for adjustable firmness of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

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.

PlushBeds Cover

Close up of the cover of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

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.

PlushBed Construction

Showing the layers of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Certified Organic

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.

FIRMNESS

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.

PlushBeds Hand Press Layers

Pressing into the layers of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

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.

PlushBeds Firmness 2

Showing the firmness ratings for the soft and firm configurations of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss from four testers

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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PRESSURE MAP

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).

PlushBeds Pressure Map

Showing the pressure map results from lying on the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss in multiple positions

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.

PlushBeds Back

Lying on my back on the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

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.

PlushBeds Side

Lying on my side on the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

MOTION TRANSFER

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”).

PlushBeds Motion Transfer

Showing the disturbance transferred across the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss when a 10 lb ball is dropped from height of 4, 8 and 12 inches

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.

SINKAGE TEST

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.

PlushBeds Sinkage

Measuring how far balls weighing 6 lbs, 10 lbs, 50 lbs and 100 lbs sink into the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

  • 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.

BASIC INFORMATION

PlushBeds Corner

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

  • Sleep Trial: 100 days.
  • Warranty: 25 years.
  • Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.

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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.

SizeDimensionsWeightPrice
Twin38" x 75" x 10"75 lbs$1,299
Twin XL38" x 80" x 10"80 lbs$1,299
Full54" x 75" x 10"115 lbs$1,699
Queen60" x 80" x 10"130 lbs$1,799
King76" x 80" x 10"155 lbs$2,099
California King72" x 84" x 10"155 lbs$2,099

IS THE PLUSH BEDS MATTRESS RIGHT FOR YOU?

PlushBeds Queen

Queen size version of the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Botanical Bliss mattress, I want to highlight some of its biggest pros and cons:

PROS

  • 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.

CONS

  • 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.

For more information on the Botanical Bliss, visit its website here!

100% Latex = Great Cooling, Bounce, & Comfort
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Summary

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress is a good mattress overall. With very good comfort, support, bounce, and cooling, it is hard to look past this 100% latex mattress. An organic cotton cover improves airflow and rounds out a healthy outer covering. Additionally, there is a 1″ layer of 100% Joma wool underneath the cover that does a great job of improving breathablity of the mattress as well as absorbing moisture. This helps sleepers maintain a cool body temperature during sleep. All in all, the PlushBeds mattress is a nice latex mattress that provides an quality level of support in all sleeping positions along with great cooling and a rounded hug / body contour.

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Logan Block

Logan Block

Logan is the Director of Content at Sleepopolis and the main mattress man around these parts. A Buffalo native, Logan spent several years working in project management in both Boston and New York City. In his free time Logan likes walking his dog, lifting weights, and searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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