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Avocado Green Mattress Review

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My search for a natural mattress seems never ending.  I currently have a latex mattress that I love. But my husband prefers a more traditional bed with springs. Among the best natural mattress companies that I could find, Avocado Green Mattress stood out as one of the clear contenders. 

Avocado Green Mattress Natural Nontoxic bed

We bought one of their mattresses when we were living in a temporary rental home and all of our belongings were in storage in another state. It was a great time to try out a new mattress, because the ones that were supplied in the fully furnished apartment were HORRIBLE! (They were 4 inch thick “mattresses” from IKEA – never buy those if you value comfort!) So I decided to switch things up and try a different brand from what we already owned so that I could let you know an honest review.

P.S. I’m still looking for a couple new mattresses for our new home! I’m hoping to try some other brands to review and let you know what they are like.

Buying a Natural Mattress Online

Ordering a natural or organic mattress online without laying on it first is not for the faint of heart. It’s just not.

You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. So making the wrong decision can be scary.

The great thing is that many natural and organic mattress companies offer generous money back guarantees (see my list of the best money back guarantees from natural mattress companies) if you don’t like the mattress.

That’s one of the BIG reasons why I bought an Avocado Green Mattress. They offered a 100 night trial and money back guarantee.

Some natural and organic mattress companies DON’T offer money back guarantees, which makes me never want to order from them, honestly. I would if I could try out the bed in a showroom, but that isn’t always possible for most mattress buyers.

(FYI: My other top natural mattress options for a bed that doesn’t cost too much and wasn’t going to be a long-term investment were going to be HappsyPlushBeds (the Organic Latex) and Latex for Less Reversible Mattress with two different firmness levels. For a long-term investment great quality bed, I would have given way more thought to Essentia, Naturepedic and Savvy Rest.

Avocado Green Mattress Reviews

In researching Avocado Green Mattress before buying one, I found some reviews online. None of them seemed to be extremely helpful.

If you look at reviews on the major bed review websites, all they do is talk about specifications, costs, materials used, etc. They make it seem like they’re giving individual reviews, but I’ve found that usually it’s just a laundry list of information from a website, along with a review after laying on a bed for a few minutes or putting some dumbbells on a bed and calculating measurements.

None of the Avocado Green Mattress reviews that I found were from actual real people that actually slept on the bed and bought it.

Which I think is horribly unfair to anyone looking for nontoxic mattress reviews online in order to buy a natural bed.

So those online reviews were unhelpful.

What was helpful was really investigating Avocado’s transparent website.

I was really, really impressed with Avocado Green Mattress after studying their website and mission. And so I ordered a bed online and hoped for the best.

FYI: Here’s my personal mattress review video:

 

A Natural Mattress: The Nontoxic Bed from Avocado Green

I was comfortable ordering a natural mattress online after reading Avocado’s extensive listing of materials used and their mission as a company.

Here’s what’s in a nontoxic bed from Avocado Green Mattress:

  • eco-INSTITUT certified 100% natural dunlop latex rubber foam
  • OEKO-TEK standard 100 certified Joma New Zealand Wool
  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
  • Fabric encased inner springs (up to 1,414 of them in a bed)
  • Hydrated silica (a natural fire barrier)

Yep, that’s it. All natural materials with no worries.

Organic Cotton cover on Avocado Green Mattress bed with hand tufting

In fact, the natural mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified (a certification that I actually like and respect when it comes to buying products for my home).

Wait, are you vegan and don’t want to sleep on a bed with wool? Avocado Green’s new Vegan Mattress uses cotton instead of wool.

My Mattress Experience with Avocado Green Mattress

I easily ordered my mattress online with just a click or two. In fact, I had a discount code which gave me either $150 off or two free natural pillows. I wanted to see what the pillows were like, so I chose that sale option (my other beloved natural pillow had just become unbearable to use after four years.)

Delivery of a Bed in a Box

The mattress is made by hand in California, so it didn’t start being made until I ordered the bed. Which meant that for me (living in Florida and taking a week of shipping time from California) I didn’t receive the bed for another full 30 days.

I was hoping the bed would arrive sooner, but it didn’t. However, the two pillows that I got for free with my discount code were sent in a separate shipment early. I received them in a couple weeks.

As was expected, the delivery guy would not bring my 80-lb. bed up the stairs to my second floor condo. He literally looked at all 5 foot 3 inches of me and said “It’s too hard” to bring the mattress upstairs. Then he told me (I’m not even making this up…………) that it looked like it was going to rain soon and that I should figure out how to get the bed inside the house.

Bed in a box with woman standing beside

Me not looking so happy.

You might imagine what my response was.

Avocado Green Mattress has no control over the helpfulness of delivery people unless you pay extra for the White Glove delivery service, which means you can schedule the time for the mattress to arrive and it will be delivered and set up in your home. I know it’s an extra cost, but it’s worth it.

FYI: Wondering why I’m sleeping on a twin-size natural mattress? My husband and I totally embrace the concept of two Master Suites in our home because of sleep patterns and work schedules. In fact, I highly recommend two master bedrooms to get some decent sleep and personal space for better health.

Allergic to an Organic Mattress

Once the bed was dragged in my home (no small feat), we eagerly unrolled it since I had been sleeping on an absolutely horrible mattress in our furnished rental home for two months.

And then I noticed the smell.

It wasn’t a horrible smell. It just smelled earthy. I think I’d compare it to mushrooms or cardboard.

Since it was all natural materials, I didn’t think I’d have any problems with the odor.

Boy, was I wrong.

Now, to be fair, many people have never noticed a smell, according to Avocado Green Mattress reviews that I’ve read like crazy.

Other people do state that there is a distinct smell which disappears in under a week.

So, who’s to say if you are going to have a smell with your brand new natural mattress or not. It’s up to your specific body chemistry.

The problem was, even though it was natural materials off gassing, for some reason they really affected me. Like migraine within 30 minutes, throat swelling and itchy and eyes puffy and swollen.

The first night was absolutely miserable. But I thought I just had to get used to a new bed.

The second night was horrendous as well. I woke up feeling like I’d been through a battering ram.

The third night, I laid down for 30 minutes and when the pounding pain started in the base of my neck, I instantly knew that I had to get out of that bed and sleep somewhere else. (Which included sleeping upright on the couch for several hours.)

I contacted Customer Service asking what other materials could possibly be in the bed. Seriously, I wanted to know so that I never would have this allergic reaction again.

They were absolutely wonderful! Never questioning my reaction to the bed, giving me tons of specifications and materials information. Truly, they responded immediately and effectively to every request that I had.

Clearly I was having some sort of unique reaction to something. I still don’t know what. (I’ve slept for years on a mattress made with natural latex, organic wool and cotton, so I’m baffled as to why I had this reaction.) So the bed definitely had to be returned ASAP.

Firm Natural Bed

I ordered the Avocado Green Mattress with the additional pillow top, adding an extra 2 inches of natural latex on top of the bed. I personally like a little bit of cushion on the bed, so I thought this would be the ideal combination for my nontoxic mattress.

However, even with the additional pillow top, the mattress was just entirely too firm for me.

Natural pillow top on a nontoxic bed mattress Avocado Green

Me pushing my hand with force into the additional pillow top option of the bed.

If you like a firm bed, then maybe you’d have no problems. Mattress firmness is such a unique and personal thing that there is no way that I can say what I feel was too firm wouldn’t be just right for you.

My unique situation, though, is that I’ve had Fibromyalgia in the past, still have a lot of pressure point issues, and go to a chiropractor because of scoliosis.

This bed was just TOO firm for my specific medial needs. As a side sleeper, my shoulders and hips ached because there was no “give” when sleeping on my side. I read many reviews where other side sleepers have said the same thing.

Returning a Bed in a Box

While many companies claim that they offer no hassle money back guarantees, I always had a feeling that it wouldn’t be easy when it came time to actually returning the bed in a box. (I’m not the only one thinking returning a mattress can be too good to be true. This news station tried it with three different bed in a box mattress companies for an investigation.)

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Avocado Green Mattress customer service was amazing when it came to returning my bed. My mattress return experience was WAY more civilized than I thought it would be!

Because I had a pretty unique reason for returning a bed in a box, I thought I would need to argue my case about getting a mattress return.

But the amazing customer service reps at Avocado (I know them by name, now) responded to my email in an hour and said of course I could return my mattress for a full refund.

WOW!

Avocado Green Mattress said that because they were an eco-friendly company, they would prefer the mattress be donated to a charity or a low-income family instead of going to the landfill. If I could arrange for donation to either option (with appropriate paper work and receipts), then I’d be given the refund very quickly.

If you don’t know, donating a mattress can be more difficult than you might think. Not a lot of charities are willing to accept used mattresses. It’s very much a health and safety issue. However, some state mattress return laws allowed used mattresses to actually be RESOLD if they are sanitized and disinfected.

Avocado Green Mattress does NOT resell used or returned mattresses.

After posting on my Facebook page requesting any leads for mattress donations near where I live, I found a woman’s shelter that could pick up the mattress and use it for good. The wait for pick up was 3 weeks, though, which meant that I wouldn’t get my refund until the pick up was completed.

If I hadn’t been able to find a mattress donation site, Avocado did say they’d help arrange pick up and transportation for alternate disposal.

Modern natural bed with white sheets against wooden headboard minimalism

Pros and Cons of Avocado Green Mattress

So, to wrap up, here’s what the pros and cons of the natural mattress from Avocado Green were for me.

Pros

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE IS AWESOME!
  • All natural materials
  • Great transparency from the company
  • Affordable price point compared to other natural bed companies
  • Great quality craftsmanship

Cons

  • Length of time to receive mattress
  • Firmness even with a pillow top

Do you need a new bed? If cost is a concern, check out my helpful tips on how to get a nontoxic mattress on a budget (you might be surprised at some of the tips) and how to make a bed more comfortable for cheap.

 

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Kare

Saturday 27th of November 2021

I had exactly the same response! I don’t know what it was but my throat would start hurting and I had to leave the room. The return team was wonderful for me too.

Marina

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Kimberly, thanks so much for your detailed review. My friends love their avocado mattress but my daughter had the same experience as you did. Her green king sized mattress stinks like a pig farm. It is impossible to be in the same room with the mattress. She was told that is was natural but she could use baking soda sprinkled on tue bed to remove the smell. They even said that the smell was personal to her! Of course it cannot get any more personal. She asked to return it and was told that she has to keep tue mattress for one month. I understand that it took three weeks for you to find a donation place for the mattress. I wonder why they told us we have to keep it for one months. The whole house now stinks. Any suggestions what to do? Many thanks!

Kimberly Button

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi Marina. Wow! Many companies do want you to keep the mattress for a month before initiating a return. It is not just this company. That is because they feel like your body needs to adjust to the new mattress and get used to it. It took a while for me to donate mine because there were not a lot of places to donate and the one I used had a 3-week wait list to come to my house for a pickup.

Victoria

Monday 30th of August 2021

I has the same issue with the mattress top, it smell so bad that I cannot enter the room without my asthma get trigger. I have been airing the top (with a fan, and open window, no sheets) for a week and its not better, I soon as I enter the room the smell get me throat inflammation and I have to leave the room asap fearing an anaphylactic reaction. I got the mattress in firm and it was to hard (but did not smell) so I order the top and that's the smelly! I will return it today. I'm bless to live in a house and have an empty room to sleep, if I were living on an apartment probably I will be on a hospital bed right now. It's either an error on production or a serious issue with a company who say is low VOC and sent a smelly mattress.

Valerie

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I'm glad you made this post. I bought an Avocado latex topper and was so excited to support a green company and get an all new organic topper for my bed, but the smell was overwhelming. I had a terrible reaction to smelling and touching that topper and I tried letting it air out, but the smell never went away and ended up having to wrap it back up in plastic and now working on a return. Actually I don't understand what is going on with Avocado and their latex materials because visiting a local mattress shop downtown where I live, I sampled a Savvy Rest latex topper and mattress with no problem at all. I'd really like to try another latex topper for my bed but I wonder if talalay is the better option? What latex toppers don't smell and give a bad reaction? I am curious if anyone has feedback on Naturally Nestled, Latex for Less and Sleep EZ? Thank you for sharing your experience and for others here who have also shared.

Kimberly Button

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Thank you, Valerie. I'm sorry to hear about your reaction. I just tried Naturally Nestled and posted a review: https://www.getgreenbewell.com/naturally-nestled-review/ I noticed no smell at all from Naturally Nestled. I also have a Latex for Less review on the website if you search for it.

Cory Richards

Saturday 27th of March 2021

We have had our AVOCADO green mattress for 2 weeks now. I kept thinking the smell would go away, but it hasn’t. Anything or one who lays on it ends up smelling the same way. I just did a search to find out if I was alone and this thread came up. I’m discouraged. It appears the smell hasn’t gone away for people. I think I will mark my calendar for about 9 months from now (if I can stand the smell that long) and if it still smells return it before the one year mark.