Avocado Green Mattress & Pillows: One Month Review
Good morning! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day so far! I have had many requests to do a review on our new Avocado Green Mattress, and for those who have been waiting, today is your lucky day! I’ve been waiting to write this review until we had some time to get used to the mattress and try it out. Now that we’ve had it for over a month, I thought now would be an appropriate time to share my feelings! Maybe I’ll post another review after I’ve had it for a year and see how it’s aging. Anyway, I hope this is helpful for those of you considering purchasing a mattress.
I want to say that Avocado was SO NICE to send Yale and I our new king mattress and two king pillows for free back in June. I had been looking around at organic mattresses, and had heard great things about Avocado, so I was thrilled they wanted to send us one! Also, I broke down this review into different sections. I hope you find it helpful, I know this post is a long one! Enjoy!!
Why Choose Organic?
You may be wondering, why bother and purchase an organic mattress? Good question! Did you know the average person spends 1/3 of their life asleep? If you are sleeping on a traditional, chemically treated mattress, that is a lot of time exposing your body to those harmful chemicals. Honestly, up until maybe 10ish months ago I hadn’t considered switching our mattress from traditional to organic. That was until I did research on organic cotton and chemically treated clothes and fabrics that I considered swapping our mattress for the greener alternative. Avocado's website has a great deal of info on this.
The Mattress Details
Avocado mattresses are made with natural New Zealand wool, organic cotton, natural latex and are eco-friendly. Something that really appeals to me about the natural latex in the mattress is that it is inherently anti-microbial. This means, it is resistant to mold, mildew and other bacteria, and is a barrier against dust mites. I have developed allergies and sensitivities over the years, which I always felt flared up around bedtime, now I wonder if that was because my old mattress was a place for those allergens to collect. Not ideal.
Since getting the Avocado mattress and pillows, I have registered for organic sheets as well. I want to make as much of our bed organic as possible now that we’ve invested in the mattress!
So let’s get into what you came here for: the honest review. As I mentioned above, Yale and I opted for the King Standard Mattress, which means it does not include a pillow top. I am a back sleeper so I find pillow top mattresses to be too soft. I read so many reviews on the Avocado standard mattress and all of them said the same thing: it is firm, but not hard. We definitely found this to be true. In fact, initially I worried we made a mistake and the mattress was too firm. But now that we’ve had it for a little while, it has softened up a bit and we are more used to the feeling. Now it is totally comfortable, but we could’ve always gotten a soft mattress topper.
Something we really like about the Avocado pillows is that you can control how firm or soft they are. They’re stuffed with this loose material made from Kapok fiber that is a softer, vegan alternative to down. They are definitely soft, but arrive slightly overstuffed. If you prefer a firmer pillow, you may choose to leave the stuffing in as it arrived. If you enjoy a softer pillow, I’d recommend removing some of the stuffing. We kept the pillows as is because they are more of a prop behind our heads, and don’t currently act as our main pillows. I like a lot of pillows.
With the Avocado mattress, we love the fact that it stays cool and distributes heat well. I tend to get pretty hot when I am sleeping, which has lead to me waking up in our old mattress surrounded by a pool of sweat. Gross. So far, that has not happened with our new mattress, and I think it is because they focus so highly on keeping their mattresses cool. Unlike traditional foam mattresses, the natural materials in the Avocado mattress don’t leave me in a sweaty mess.
Panel Bed with Box Spring vs. Platform Bed
I wanted to briefly discuss the box spring/panel bed vs. platform bed topic. I personally am not a fan of platform beds. I like a bed that has a high base and find I’ve found you only really get that look with a panel bed including a box spring. The Avocado website does not recommend putting the Avocado mattress on a box spring due to the fact that it can feel “too bouncy”. We thought we would risk the bounciness for comfort and looks and went ahead and purchased a panel bed that requires a box spring. I haven’t sat on the mattress without a box spring, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but we haven’t noticed the mattress is bouncy at all. Maybe our bed is sturdier than others, but bounciness has not been an issue. I just wanted to throw that in here in case you were swapping out your current mattress, and didn’t want to also invest in a new bed frame!
When shopping for a new mattress, especially one online that I couldn’t test in store first, the fact that Avocado has a 100-night trial was really nice. While I don’t plan on returning our mattress, if you were unsure and afraid to commit, you could return it after 100 nights if it doesn’t suit you. Similarly, they have a 25-year warranty! Talk about assurance. They also frequently run promotions that allow you to get two free pillows with the purchase of your mattress, so I’d definitely take advantage of those deals when they arise if you’re in the market for a new mattress.
Mattress Weight & Wait
One last thing I want to note is when your mattress or pillows arrive, you’ll immediately notice their weight. Our king-size mattress weights about 120 lbs. Keep this in mind for delivery. If you plan on having it delivered and not set up by a professional, just know it is heavy and requires two people to fully unroll the mattress and remove it from the plastic covering (I still do not know how they fit a king mattress into a TINY box). Also, since we’re discussing the weight of the mattress, I wanted to mention you’ll have to WAIT to receive your mattress. They are all made to order, and due to their success and popularity, can take a few weeks to get to you. We waited around 3 weeks for our mattress to arrive in Baltimore. Definitely worth the wait, but know that before placing your order.
All in all, we absolutely love our Avocado mattress and pillows. The mattress is comfortable and should hopefully last us a very long time. If you are in the market for a new mattress and are considering organic, absolutely look at Avocado! Sweet dreams!
Photos by Sarah Miller Photography