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Searching For An Organic Mattress in NYC

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While Sandy and I have no home to outfit for a bed, after reading about potentially harmful chemicals lying in the mattresses that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping and breathing on, I am hardstruck to ever consider buying a non-organic bed for us. Even our beloved memory foam beds are huge culprits of hosting these poisons. Fortunately there are a number of organic options one can try in NYC, and below I feature the best ones you can try out in a showroom before purchasing.

They are not cheap, but I’m not suggesting you buy the $150,000 Hastens or Vispiring mattresses. All of the mattresses on the list below are $6K or less, and well worth the investment considering that many people keep their mattress for 20-30 years. And believe it or not, we have slept on Hastens mattresses before and while it was comfortable, it wasn’t the best night’s sleep we had. However, I suggest that for your health, and the health of your children, please consider switching to an organic mattress.

And please do not just toss your mattress on the street. Please give it away on craigslist, so that someone in need can use it. I don’t wish chemicals on anyone, but as someone that grew up living on furniture recovered from the street, it will likely still be a better option than the recipient’s current sleeping option.

Organic Mattress Shopping Guide for NYC

With all the various terms floating about about “organic” or “natural” mattresses, I put together the following quick read to hopefully guide your search:

Organic Mattress Labels You Can Trust from Consumer Reports

From Wellness Mama

From Dr. Axe

What to Look For

The most popular options for non-toxic materials in organic mattresses are wool and cotton. Organic wool is a sustainable and environmentally friendly resource because sheep are not killed to gather the wool. Organic wool, specifically, is produced without the use of any hormones, chemicals or pesticides. Wool is also great at regulating your body temperature, which makes sense since it serves the same role for sheep! Since wool is a natural fiber, it actually absorbs sweat during the night, allowing you to stay cooler in the summer, but at the same time it helps keep you warm during the winter.

Natural Ingredients Organic Mattress

  • Organic, chemical free wool- Wool is naturally flame retardant and also resistant to mold and bacteria. It is often used as a cloth diaper cover because of its ability to repel water.
  • Organic, chemical free cotton
  • Organic, chemical free latex- I react to commercial latex in latex gloves but have no problem with the organic latex in our mattresses. Organic latex gives firmness and support to the mattress without the need for springs or metal. Natural latex is also resistant to mold and dust mites and great for temperature regulation.

What to Watch Out For

While there are true certified organic mattress options that contain only these materials, they come with their own potential problems. Wool, latex and cotton are natural materials but they aren’t the best for support and can lose their comfort over time.

Additionally, certain types of wool are still treated with chemicals to increase their ability to withstand heat and flame. Wool is considered waterproof (and even used in some cloth diaper covers for this reason) but is not 100% waterproof. This can mean that sweat, urine or moisture can seep into the mattress and cause microbial growth over time.

Natural latex rubber, though natural, does undergo chemical processing to get to its mattress-ready form. Some people can react to the proteins in natural latex, especially if they have a latex allergy. (I personally do react to most forms of latex like latex gloves and the rubber bands that were used when I had braces but did not react to the latex in natural mattresses).

Courtesy of sickinsight-online.com

Hastens

Chelsea Location

  • 232 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
  • Hours: 10-7p daily, except 12-6p Sunday

Most economical option

Continental King – Luxuria mattress

  • $7840
  • 7.5-8” – would be firm w/o the top mattress

Recommended top mattress

  • $2000
  • 2-3” inches

Hastens checkered mattress

All the mattresses are made from similar materials, but the price varies according to how much is built inside of it, as well as labor costs, as they are handmade in Sweden. They are naturally antimicrobial because of the horsehair, and the wool is a natural flame retardant. No chemicals are used in treating the material. There is a 25 year warranty, and to keep the bed in good shape they recommend flipping it over 4 times in the first years, and once a year after this. They have a service that will do this for you if you’d like.

From my own experience sleeping on a Hastens mattress over the course at petsits, I can attest that they are quite comfortable, but I wasn’t amazed by the comfort either.

Mattresses vary in firmness – heavy, medium, or light, as well as color – beige, blue, or gray.

The delivery, installation, and removal of old mattress costs $450.

Cocomat

Soho Location

  • 49 Mercer St, New York, NY 10013
  • Hours: 11-7p daily, except 12-6p Sunday

Midtown East Location

  • 195 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 (59th Street)
  • Hours: 11-7p daily, except 12-6p Sunday

Athens-based bedding brand known as an original market leader in the “green” sector after getting their start in the late 1980s. COCO-MAT has expanded to 4 stores in New York City in a partnership with Arianna Huffington and have fans ranging from John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to Danny DeVito

Mattresses are made with no metal springs and no glue.

  • Natural Rubber sourced from rubber trees, is found in all COCO-MAT mattresses.
  • Other materials include cotton, wool, cactus fiber, eucalyptus, seaweed, horse hair, coconut husk, wood, linen, down and lavender.
  • Ergo-Base System (or 4 Bed Layer System) – the natural alternative to springs & memory foam- to absorb all pressure, shock and friction to redistribute weight equally across the bed for a ‘bottomless’ experience.

    Courtesy of sickinsight-online.com – Cocomat mattress

Honest Mattress Review

MAT-PROTEAS – $5946.41

Gracefully handcrafted, Proteas is our most exclusive and elaborately constructed mattress, made entirely from natural materials. Designed to embrace the body and provide maximum support.

Natural Materials: Natural Latex, Coconut , Horsehair, Cactus and Seaweed.

Elasticity: Softer elasticity

Height: +/- 25cm (9.8 inches)

Cover: Washable, 100% organic cotton.

MAT-ATLAS – $3653.10

Gracefully handcrafted, made entirely from natural materials. Atlas perfectly matches with any personal sleep preference enabling you to choose between soft and firm elasticity.

Materials: Natural Latex, Coconut and Seaweed.

Elasticity: Different on each side – Soft and firm.

Height: +/- 18cm (7 inches).

Cover: Washable, 100% organic cotton.

MAT-NEFELI – $3154.14

Gracefully handcrafted, metal-free, made entirely from natural materials. Nefeli provides perfect balance between elasticity and comfort.

Materials: Natural Latex, Coconut and Horsehair.

Elasticity: Firm on both sides.

Height: +/- 18cm (7 inches).

Cover: Washable, 100% organic cotton.

 

Essentia

NYC Location

  • 36 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001 (across from Macy’s on 34th and above Aerosoles shoe store)
  • Hours: 10-6p M, T, F, Sa, 10-7p W, Th, 11-6p Su

“Only natural memory foam mattresses in the world”, Essentia’s patented natural memory foam starts with Hevea milk that is mixed with other essential natural and organic ingredients that once combined help to achieve the distinctive feel and properties found only in Essentia.

Courtesy of galtbaby.com – Essentia mattress layers

  • Ranges $2-8K
  • Made in Canada
  • Free USA shipping
  • Energie Opus is a soft-medium mattress that for side sleepers that like to feel cradled by their bed, yet want support for their spine.
  • The Classic 8 is a medium mattress that is optimized for back sleepers that want to have definite spinal support. There is enough give in the memory cell foam so it will contour to the curvature of the spine, yet it will not push on any points.
  • The Energie Opus and Classic 8 are designed to for complete motion isolation. The first layer of the mattress is made of a tight open memory cell foam that nearly eliminates motion transfer, such as when you move around throughout the night or get in or out of bed or off of it.

Current Promotion:

Promotion Essentia

The Clean Bedroom

NYC Location

  • New York MarketCenter™: 230 Fifth Avenue, Lobby 10 (@ 27th St)
  • Hours: 10-6p M, T, F, Sa, 10-7p W, Th, 11-6p Su. However, with an appt. They can arrange for showings sooner or later.

“We are the fastest-growing natural mattress retailer in America, with several showrooms spread out along the east coast to serve your sleep needs.”

They carry Obasan, Savvy Rest, and Royal Pedic mattresses, and 3 mattresses are under $5K and they are on display:

 

ABC Carpet

  • Hours: 10-7p daily, except Th 10-8p & Su 12-6p

On their site they feature 2 main brands of organic mattresses: Naturepedic and Vispiring

Naturepedic – Options around $5K or lower

Vispiring – Options around $5K or lower

Courtesy of snug-interiors.com

They feature other organic mattresses on their site, including ABC Carpet exclusive mattresses.

Schedule an appointment with a mattress specialist by clicking above and shop the collection in-store at abcDream, on 3.