How can I afford a natural mattress? Why do non-toxic mattresses cost SO MUCH?!?
These are two questions that everyone trying to clean up their health and their home has asked at some point in their life. No matter how much you know that getting the chemicals out of your life is important, the sticker shock of all natural bedding gets to you. It makes you question the need to change your mattress and whether it’s really worth it.
Trust me, I know. I’ve talked with some of the biggest personalities in the green lifestyle world over the years and we’ve all sheepishly admitted that an all natural mattress is the last thing that we have changed (or would, in the future) only because of the cost. Even though we know of the risks.
So what should you do? Check out the affordable options at Sleep On Latex (their mattresses and toppers are on Amazon, too) right now. (You know, after you’ve seen my story and pictures of my real life experience below!)
If you’re looking for a natural or organic latex mattress topper, I’ve found that this company I just discovered beats the price of Sleep on Latex.
Sleep on Latex has prices that made me do a double take. I read the listings and thought, is this really real? Which then made me delve even more into their story and what materials they use to make their bedding. I was determined to find the hidden reason why their all natural mattresses cost so much less. It even resulted in me emailing the young founder of the company, Karl Shevick.
After all of that, I felt that I could truly recommend Sleep on Latex as a natural mattress solution. Here’s why.
All Natural Latex Mattress
The Chicago-based company uses 100% natural latex to manufacture their mattresses, mattress toppers, mattress cores and pillows.
Here’s the thing. You WILL find many other companies that say they manufacture mattresses with natural latex. Manufacturing WITH an all natural ingredient and manufacturing a product ONLY from an all natural ingredient is completely different! Always read the wording!
The natural mattresses from Sleep On Latex are made ONLY from natural latex that’s sourced from Sri Lanka. How does latex even exist in nature, you might ask? The sap of rubber trees is used to create natural latex. Pretty cool, huh?
So here’s the next question. Sure, the latex might be all natural, but is anything added to it? I had the same doubts, too. After emails with Karl, I was assured that no chemical fire retardants are added to the natural latex, nor are there any synthetic latex or fillers. There’s also some pretty impressive certifications from the green living industry attesting to the quality. They’ve even passed the most stringent test from Oeko-Tex to be safe for babies and children.
Now I wanted a Sleep on Latex bed. Good thing that Karl offered to send me one for review. I needed a new mattress and I was only going to switch to a natural one. This came at the perfect time 🙂
Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress
We ordered the Sleep on Latex Pure Green mattress from descriptions online.
Do you know how nerve wracking that is?!? It’s really hard to get your head around ordering a mattress from online rather than test driving it in a store. It’s a leap of faith, for sure, but the rewards are great.
What really helps is that Sleep on Latex offers you 100 nights to try out the Pure Green Mattress. If you don’t end up liking it, you can get your money back. So that really reduces the stress of trying to decide.
We ordered the Sleep on Latex Pure Green Mattress King Size, 9″ in Medium firmness.
To say that I’m impressed by the Sleep On Latex mattress would be an understatement. This mattress is so comfortable that I literally marvel every morning at the fact that I can turn on my side in my sleep and not feel a spring poking me in my hip. I can move and change positions without getting “stuck” in the foam. It’s very supportive in the ways that I need it to be, and yet really soft and flexible in the ways that I want a mattress to feel.
I have never, ever considered a latex mattress before (since most of the ones in stores are synthetic and full of chemicals) and I was questioning the decision to go from an innerspring mattress to a latex mattress. Now I’m so glad we did!
The 9” mattresses is made of a 6” base layer of Pure Green foam and a 2” top layer of softer Pure Green foam. The two layers are bonded together with a natural latex adhesive. There is 1″ of New Zealand wool quilted into the mattress cover. This is important because wool is a natural dust mite repellent and a surprisingly effective temperature regulator – both hot and cold.
The mattresses comes with a removable cover that has the zipper located underneath so that you’re not sleeping on it or hitting it in the middle of the night. Should you need to clean the mattress cover, it can be removed. Dry cleaning is recommended.
We put our new Sleep On Latex mattress on our existing box springs. We kept the old mattress in our bedroom against the wall for a month, making darn sure that we liked the new bed and weren’t going to need to resort to going back to the original mattress.
The only thing that did not make us happy was our freight delivery service which overpromised us on what they’d do. This has nothing to do with Sleep on Latex, but there are some helpful hints that we found out that you need to be aware of for when you buy your Sleep on Latex all natural mattress (and I DO suggest that you look at the online store!).
The King size mattress comes residential freight (most other orders come via FedEx). The mattress comes rolled up in a roll inside a cardboard box and weighs a whopping 160 pounds because of its density. For this reason, you MUST have someone who is physically able or has the appropriate dollies or other equipment to move the box.
This isn’t a White Glove delivery service, like most other mattress deliveries (that’s why the costs can be so low so that you can afford it!). Freight delivery services and FedEx aren’t going to come into your house, remove your old bedding, unbox the new mattress and set it up. If you need someone to do that for you, you need to set that up in advance!
We live in a two-story home with the bedroom on the second floor, so trying to get a long 160 pound box up the stairs with just one person is almost impossible. Have friends, family or neighbors on hand to help you, if you order the King size mattress.
Not sure if you want to order a mattress online? Why not try out Sleep on Latex’s mattress toppers (Available on Amazon!) first to make your existing bed more comfortable or to see if you really like natural latex bedding? Got specific needs (such as RV compatible mattresses, day bed mattresses, mattress for a tiny home, boat mattresses, cribs, child mattresses or more…)? You can build your own mattress, too, with a combination of cores, covers, mattress toppers and other 100% natural latex bedding items.
P.S. I just found another company that offers natural or organic latex mattress toppers for less than Sleep on Latex’s price. Check out Naturally Nestled.
It used to be that healthy sleeping was only for the rich (or those really in debt). Today with Sleep on Latex products, healthy sleep is now more affordable than ever before!
Wednesday 27th of May 2020
Hello: I am looking for a new mattress and have hip and lower back issues so appreciate all the time you put into your review. I was wondering if you are still using your mattress and if it has started to develop the "ditches" - -- I had those too in my bed which is now going on 11 years old. Also, if ordering through your link on Amazon if the warranties and ability to return are still the same as going directly through the store. Also we have a box spring that has the wires across at about 6 inch gaps and it looks like you need something more solid with this mattress. Someone suggested a bed bunkie board. Do you have any comments or suggestions on those? Thank you!
Thursday 28th of May 2020
Hi Joanne! Thank you so much for your kind words! I still sleep on my Sleep on Latex bed. I haven't noticed any dips or lumps in the bed at all! I'm so thankful! For the Amazon order, I appreciate your willingness to order through Amazon! I am not sure on their policies, so I would be sure to contact Sleep on Latex via email just to be sure. And for the bed frame, yes, I know what you are talking about! Have you seen my blog post on the bed frame we recently bought? It's sturdy and non-toxic. Wish we bought it before! Here's the one we chose and photos. That one can be bought on Amazon, too. We were thrilled with the price for what we got! https://www.getgreenbewell.com/non-toxic-bed-frame/
Saturday 10th of June 2017
I was looking online today or healthy mattresses for my soon to be 7 and 3 yr old kiddos. I have spent just about the whole day on Google, I shouldn't complain, after all it's easier to do that than drive across the country to see all the options. I came across these and I knew it was going to be my final stop. I trust that what they say is true that is real no synthetic latex, and I enjoyed reading the review by Kimberly. I ordered a twin in firm and one in medium, that way if I have to return, its only one I have to return, unless one of the kids likes the firm, and the other likes the medium... I'll just have to wait until they arrive to find out... but these look very nice and are actually affordable compared to the others online. I might have to save up and get a king for me and hubby...
Monday 12th of June 2017
Ana, I'm so glad to hear this! I hope your kiddos love the beds, too. I STILL absolutely love my Sleep On Latex mattresses (I have 2 now - one in my RV, as well)! Let me know how you like them! And I think you just might be getting a new bed for you and your hubby, too ;) Sleep Well!
Saturday 11th of March 2017
i dont mean to be a sore, but I believe your definition of affordable is way different then most of the families that need an affordable alternative. Their twin mattress is $649??? As a single low income mother working hard and trying to provide the best for my son this article really excited me and then dashed my hopes when i looked at the prices on Amazon and their direct website. i guess you have to well off to deserve a healthy mattress in this country.
Monday 9th of April 2018
Try the Futon Shop. They have some chemical-free twin mattresses for less than $500. But yes, healthy mattresses are expensive. You get what you pay for.
Monday 13th of March 2017
Yes, everyone's definition is different. Affordable meaning compared to other non-toxic mattresses available for sale. I'm in no way saying they are as cheap as conventional mattresses. Definitely not.
Sunday 23rd of October 2016
Do you have a coupon code for this? Also, do you know anyone else (even blogs or YouTube videos) that purchased the 7" for 2 people and what they thought about that one?) Thanks!
Sunday 23rd of October 2016
Hi Sumiyah! I don't know of anyone with a 7" review. My friend Lori over at Groovy Green Livin also received a bed to review and her blog is here: http://groovygreenlivin.com/search-for-a-safe-mattress-sleep-on-latex-review/
Hope that helps? If it matters, I've been sleeping on the bed for nearly a year and still love it! I can't say enough great things about this bed! :) Let me know if you have any other questions,
Saturday 17th of September 2016
Any new thoughts on your mattress? I'm considering getting the same one.
Saturday 17th of September 2016
Yes, Nichole! I really, really love my mattress still! If I had it to do all over again, I'd still get this one! It's not too soft, not too hard and really is so comfy. Be sure to watch my video for more info. I am a big fan of this mattress and how accessible it is for everyone. No pressure points when you're sleeping, either, which is fabulous! And no allergies when I wake up!!!! And if you're really going to buy one, I sure would love if you used the link from my site via Amazon. It helps us out so much at no cost to you!