Being vegan is hard when it comes to buying a new mattress. We want a high quality mattress using natural and non-toxic materials – but also a mattress which doesn’t use animal products – at an affordable price.
Well thankfully there are a growing number of natural and affordable vegan mattresses hitting the market. But before you buy there are a few things you should look out for –
Before You Buy A Vegan Mattress
Not all vegan mattresses are created equal – Here’s what you should know before buying a vegan mattresses so you can spot a genuine all natural vegan mattress alternative;
What to Avoid
There are plenty of cheap vegan mattresses out there which use materials made from petrochemicals. I assume if your looking at a vegan mattress you probably don’t want one containing materials derived from fossil fuels that pollute habitats the world over.
With this in mind the cheap petrochemical mattress materials you should avoid are:
- Polyurethane foams
- Polyester fills and fabrics
- Memory foams
- Toxic chemical adhesives
- Toxic chemical fire retardants
Fortunately there are several vegan mattresses made from all natural non-toxic materials – just don’t fall for the natural bio foam trap;
The Truth About Natural Bio Foams
Avoid mattresses using eco, green or bio foams – including soy foam mattresses if you’re wanting to make the most ethical choice. They’re still made mostly from fossil fuels because plant based chemicals can only replace a fraction of the petrochemicals in foams. (Learn more about bio foams and how polyurethane is made here)
100% natural materials tend to cost more to produce than cheap petrochemical ones. This means your vegan mattress isn’t going to be the cheapest mattresses on the market, but with that being said there are still vegan mattresses made from all natural materials which are affordable. Expect to pay anywhere between $1200 – $1600 for a good quality vegan mattress which is ethically made in America from premium all natural materials.
Natural Mattress Vs Vegan Mattress
There is really only one main difference between a genuine natural mattress and an all natural vegan mattress. The best natural and non-toxic mattresses typically have;
- Organic cotton for covers and fills
- Either a 100% natural latex support base or a pocket coil support base
- 100% natural latex top comfort layer
- 100% natural wool padding
Wool is naturally fire retardant – so natural mattresses use wool to meet fire proof regulations without the use of toxic fire retardant chemicals. But what about wool free vegan mattresses? How do they meet fire safety regulations?
Wool Free All Natural Vegan Mattress
To get around the fireproofing issue without the use of wool, many vegan mattresses simply aren’t fire resistant. To buy them you need a note from a doctor stating you’re allergic to wool and fire retardant chemicals. But actually this isn’t necessary. There are many other vegan mattresses available which use natural animal free materials like silica to reduce flammability – so you can buy them without a prescription.
With all this in mind, let’s breakdown some of the best and most popular all natural vegan mattresses available;
The Best 5 Vegan Mattress Options
1. Avocado Vegan Mattress
The Avocado Vegan Mattress is a new offering from the Avocado brand which recently came to market in 2018. It doesn’t use wool or animal products and is still a natural and non-toxic mattress. Whatsmore, you don’t need a prescription to buy it because it uses a natural silica based fire retardant.
The Avocado Vegan Mattress is basically the Avocado Green Mattress without the wool padding. Instead they replace wool with 100% organic cotton fill which they claim has a similar overall comfort to their wool mattresses.
What you’re getting with the Avocado Vegan Mattress is a hybrid mattress made with a;
- Support base of up to 1,414 pocket coils made from recycled steel
- 100% natural Talalay latex top layer for comfort and pressure relief
- Organic cotton cover and padding
I’m pretty impressed with the Avocado brand itself because of how transparent they are. Their website offers full material breakdowns of everything in their mattresses with nothing to hide. Take my word for it – this kind of transparency is extremely rare in the mattress industry!
They even publish independent test results on everything from durability to partner disturbance and pressure support.
As far as comfort and support goes, the 3 zoned pocket coil base conforms to the body to relieve pressure and keep the spine aligned in every position – so your really getting a mattress that ticks all boxes and covers all bases – its good for your back health, comfortable, safe and non-toxic, environmentally friendly AND vegan.
Are Pocket Spring Mattresses Safe from EMF Radiation?
Some people are concerned with coil based mattresses amid speculation that mattress springs amplify background electromagnetic radiation – a reaction to a controversial Japanese study.
However, this really shouldn’t be a concern, especially in the case of pocket spring mattresses. Pocket springs are small, encased in fabric, and not connected to each other. This is in contrast to a conventional spring mattress which use large and interconnected springs with a much higher potential of amplifying electromagnetic radiation if it even were an issue.
But don’t take my word for it (or anyone else’s for that matter) – Avocado has conducted their own EMF tests and put this idea to bed once and for all – take a look;
The Avocado Vegan Mattress also has added extras like being handmade in California, offers a 25 yr warranty and comes with free shipping and returns.
Is it affordable?
There’s no vegan price hike on this one – the Avocado Vegan Mattress costs the same as the Avocado Green Mattress – at $1,399 for a Queen size.
It’s priced as a middle of the range mattress but uses premium high quality materials – all whilst being handmade in the USA – so I think it’s great value. Although one downside is that you have to pay extra for the pillow top if you prefer a softer plush feel.
You can check it out and buy direct from the Avocado website here.
2. PlushBeds 100% Natural Latex Vegan Mattress
PlushBeds is an established American mattress maker with an affordable all natural vegan mattress.
It’s all latex mattress made without wool or other animal products, and like the Avocado, doesn’t require a prescription. It uses a patented plant fibre fire protection layer to comply with fire proofing standards whilst keeping the mattress wool and chemical free.
What I like about this vegan mattress is its simplicity. Aside from an organic cotton cover, it’s all latex.
Two separate layers of 100% natural latex are used; a firm 100% natural Dunlop latex layer on the bottom for support topped with a softer layer of 100% natural Talalay latex for comfort and body contouring pressure relief. 100% natural Dunlop and Talalay latex are the highest quality latex foams available. You can learn more about Dunlop and Talalay here.
The all latex construction is different to the Avocado which uses pocket springs for support. An all latex mattresses is a good option if your wanting to avoid pocket springs for whatever reason – but it’s really just a matter of preference, and both come with 25 year warranties.
With that being said, pocket spring mattresses tend to be lighter, because latex is a naturally heavy material.
Unique Adjustable Comfort
One thing that sets this mattress apart is its adjustable firmness. Its inner latex layers are not glued together so you can open the cotton cover and rearrange the layers for different comfort preferences. There are 4 firmness variations – a soft, medium, medium-firm and firm. Comfort wise, you can’t really go wrong, and like the Avocado, it’s also adjustable base friendly.
Just like the Avocado Vegan Mattress the Natural Bliss Vegan Mattress is handmade in California, offers a 25 yr warranty and comes with free shipping, and free returns.
Is it affordable?
This is a surprisingly affordable mattress considering its made from 100% natural latex. 100% natural latex is a premium and expensive material compared to foam and inferior latex blends which use petrochemical fillers.
For a 6” Queen size your going to pay $1,299. You can also choose from an 8” and a 10” which cost a bit more. If you get a 6” it’s on par with the Avocado – except with the avocado you’re going to have to pay extra for the plush pillow top option.
Buy the Natural Bliss Vegan Mattress direct from the manufacturer here
3. Affordable Vegan Mattress Alternative – 100% Natural Latex Topper
If your finding a quality all natural vegan mattress to be out of reach, or your just not ready to commit to a new mattress, you could go for a 100% natural latex topper to greatly improve your existing bed.
PlushBeds sell a 100% natural Talalay latex 3” topper at $429 for a Queen size. Its the best all natural vegan friendly topper I have come across, with the added benefit of being made in the USA and delivered for free.
100% natural Talalay latex is soft and breathable, yet supportive and conforms to your body to relieve pressure – kind of like nature’s memory foam. 100% natural Talalay is also naturally hypoallergenic, mildew resistant, antimicrobial and dust mite resistant – Heaps of positive and recent reviews on their website – check it out here.
You can buy this vegan latex mattress topper direct from the manufacturers website here
4. Organic Cotton Futon Mattresses For Vegans
If your after something a little more simple then a 100% organic cotton futon may be a good vegan mattress alternative.
A pure organic cotton futon is made from many layers of stacked cotton fibres inside a tufted cotton fabric cover. Just be sure to buy one which is chemical free – many have been treated with fire retardants – if you get the chemical free option just expect to have to provide a doctor’s prescription.
Comfort and Durability
Futon mattresses are initially soft but do compress with use so it’s going to become firmer the more its used. To avoid body impressions manufacturers suggest flipping and rotating the mattress on a regular basis, and sleeping on different areas for at least the first couple of months. Generally you can expect a cotton futon to last between 6-10 years.
It is Affordable?
You can expect to pay anything between $1000 – $2000 for a Queen. TheFutonShop.com has a chemical free pure organic cotton futon for $1069.95 – just remember you need a doctor’s note to purchase.
These mattresses seem to be expensive for how simple they are, but keep in mind all the organic cotton that goes into making them. Cheaper regular cotton just isn’t an ethical option – growing regular cotton generates a lot of pollution through the use of pesticides and herbicides which impact vulnerable bee populations and end up polluting water sources in the form of irrigation and rainwater runoff.
5. Luxury Vegan Mattress
If you have the cash to splash check out the Vegan EOS Trilux. It’s highly crafted with a high attention to detail – just as you’d expect from a vegan mattress made in Ohio by Amish craftsmen!
It’s an all organic 100% natural vegan mattress using;
- 3 x 3” layers of organic latex
- Removable organic cotton cover
- Organic cotton padding
- PLA comfort layer (PLA is a plant derived material)
You won’t need a prescription for this vegan mattress because it uses a top comfort layer made of PLA – a naturally fire resistant polyester derived from starch.
This mattress is priced at the high end, costing upwards of $4,000 for a Queen size. It’s for the fanciest of vegans.
Buy direct from Naturapedics website here