Avocado Green Mattress Review

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The Avocado Green mattress aims to be as natural as possible in materials and construction. How does that affect support and other performance factors?

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Note: This review is for the Avocado Green mattress, which, as the name suggests, aims to be as natural and chemical free while still competing price-wise with other online mattresses. We'll discuss the bed's materials and construction, as well as subject it to our standard tests for support, motion isolation, and other performance and priority factors.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Avocado Green mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – Avocado Green Mattress

Mattress Type

100% Natural Latex over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,399

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

25-years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

97 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who Is the Best Match for the Avocado Mattress?

BEST if you:            

  • Want a chemical-free mattress
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Enjoy a buoyant feeling of floating on top of the mattress
  • Sleep or sit right on the edge of the bed
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Are primarily a side sleeper (consider pillowtop version)

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallow cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate recovery with significant bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Ratings (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 10 7 10
Average 150 to 200 lb 10 6 10
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 10 6 10
Heavier >250 lb 10 5 10

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Ratings (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 5
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 6 Okay, but not the best
Stays 'Cool' 9 Excellent
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 10 All natural, with many safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Very compatible
Overall Value 9 Excellent

 Avocado Green Mattress

In-Depth Review: Avocado Green Mattress

Last Updated: September 2018

If you are looking for a chemical-free, natural mattress, then the Avocado Green mattress may by on your shortlist. The Avocado bed is one of dozens of competing "bed in a box" models that are shipped directly to you sight-unseen. But not many of its competitors focus so heavily on the use of natural materials, and on the avoidance of chemicals.

The Avocado Green mattress is an 11-inch mattress available in two versions. We review the standard version here, but it can also be ordered with an attached pillowtop to give the mattress extra softness. The pillowtop adds an extra 2" of height to the mattress and is essentially an additional 2" layer of natural latex. Otherwise, construction of the two versions is identical.

The top comfort layer of the Avocado mattress is a 2" layer of 100% natural dunlop latex sustainably harvested from rubber trees. Note that companies are allowed to call their latex "natural" even if they are a blend of actual rubber and synthetic rubber made from petrochemicals. That is not the case with the Avocado Green mattress; its latex is 100% from rubber trees and has been independently certified as such. The support layer of the mattress is pocketed coils, and the steel coils themselves are made of recycled steel. Instead of glue, the layers of the mattress are held together by functional tufting--yarns that travel through the entire mattress, secured on either side by a fabric button. The cover is made of certified organic cotton and wool, and the entire mattress has been certified as Greenguard Gold, meaning it's safe for use in hospitals and for babies, with extremely low levels of off-gassing or VOCs.

We were impressed with the depth and detail of the information on the Avocado website regarding its eco-friendly materials, sourcing, and certifications. There's an extensive section on health and safety.

How did the Avocado Green mattress perform in our tests? We tested the standard version of the bed in our tests, and on our scale, found it to be a Firm mattress, so if you like a feeling of floating above your mattress rather than sinking deeply into it, we think you'll like the avocado mattress. Support for back and stomach sleeping was excellent, in our view, and we felt it would be for a very wide range of individuals. The mattress's coils are zoned, meaning the springs in the middle third of the bed, where your hips would be, are softer while coils at the head and foot, as well as around the sides, are firmer.

Edge support was excellent; one of the best mattresses we've tested in fact. Ease of movement--changing from one position to another--was also a major highlight, and again, one of the best mattresses we've tested in this respect.

We did have some concerns. For side sleepers, we felt that the mattress would be too firm for those who sleep predominantly in this position, as well as those who need good pressure relief. For those who just occasionally sleep on their sides, we felt the standard version of the Avocado Green mattress would be fine, but the pillowtop version is likely the better option for side sleepers.

If you are a person that's easily disturbed by a partner's movements, motion isolation will be a priority for you. This was not a highlight on the Avocado Green bed. If this is a critical priority factor for you, an all-foam bed in general will dampen movements more than one with springs.

Price-wise, the Avocado Green costs more than a basic all-foam bed-in-a-box, or even a hybrid mattress that combines a spring layer with foam or memory foam. But few competing mattresses offer this degree of natural materials, lack of harmful chemicals, and myriad safety certifications to back it up. Compared to natural mattresses you'd find in a bedding or department store, it is an excellent value. The Avocado Green bed comes with a 100-night trial period, with a full refund and pickup should you decide to return the mattress.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see the Avocado Green mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  100% Natural Latex over Pocketed Coils

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  11”

Mattress Weight:  97 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The Avocado Green mattress is an 11″ thick mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 2" 100% natural dunlop latex
  • 8" zoned pocketed coil support layer
  • 1" 100% natural dunlop latex base layer

The top comfort layer of the Avocado Green mattress, as well as the bottom 1" layer, are natural latex, made from real rubber trees. The latex is 'dunlop' latex ( what's this ), one of the two predominant manufacturing methods for latex. The dunlop method requires less processing than talalay latex ( what's this ), the other major type. Note that the latex used in the Avocado bed is not from organic rubber trees; you can find organic latex in mattresses, but it costs much more.

The 8" support layer of the mattress is comprised of individually pocketed coils. The coils across the central third of the mattress are softer and springier, designed to have more "give" under your hips. The upper and lower thirds of the Avocado mattress, as well as all along the sides, use a firmer steel to support the lighter parts of your body, as well as provide a sturdy edge to the bed.

Holding the layers of the mattress together is functional tufting ( what's this ); these are organic cotton yarns that travel through the mattress at intervals to hold the layers in place, and are secured on the top and bottom by soft fabric anchors.

 Avocado Mattress Functional Tufting

Cover

The layers of the Avocado Green mattress are wrapped in a soft knit cover made of organic cotton and wool. The cotton is GOTS-certified organic. The wool is there for its moisture-wicking properties. Note that you can order a vegan version of the Avocado mattress with an all-cotton cover; prices are the same.

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the Avocado Green mattress as a Firm on our scale. If you prefer a softer mattress, you can order the pillowtop version, which adds an extra 2" of latex to the top of the mattress. We did not test this version but based on feedback from our readers we estimate it to be a Medium-Firm (meaning softer than the standard version, but still to the firmer side of Medium) on our softness spectrum.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 Firm

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. The Avocado Green mattress is definitely to the "floating on top" side of this spectrum. We would call this shallower than average cushioning. If you prefer more of a "hugged" or "cradled" sensation, the pillow top version will provide more of this.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallower cushioning

 Avocado Green Mattress Cushioning

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

There is no memory foam in this mattress, so there is none of that slow-responding "melting" feeling of memory foam. The latex at the top of the Avocado Green bed springs back immediately.

We also took a look at bounce. This is where we noticed the pocketed coils responding from below. When our tester dropped his weight to the bed, he bounced several times before settling. If you like a mattress that has the traditional bounce of innersprings, the Avocado has that.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate recovery, and with significant bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

We found the Avocado Green mattress to be excellent in this respect when in back and stomach sleeping positions, and we felt that regardless of body weight, most people would have the same support and spinal alignment when back sleeping and stomach sleeping.

We questioned the Avocado mattress for side sleepers, however. The same firm support that's perfect for back and stomach sleeping may be too firm for those who sleep predominantly on their sides. Side sleepers may want to opt for the pillowtop version of the Avocado Green bed.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Avocado Green mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 10 7 10
Average 150 to 200 lb 10 6 10
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 10 6 10
Heavier >250 lb 10 5 10

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress to be exceptional while on his back, with almost ideal spinal alignment. And we felt that most people would have the same experience and excellent spinal alignment in this position. Our tester felt his hips sink just the right amount into the mattress, and felt excellent support in his lumbar area.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment or side sleepers was more challenging on the Avocado Green mattress. The same firm support that was so helpful for back and stomach sleeping was too firm in the side sleeping position. When your hips and shoulders can't sink into the mattress deeply enough, it can create a curved spinal position, and that can lead to back pain. If you are a predominant side sleeper, the pillowtop version, with an extra 2" of latex, will most likely serve you better in this position.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, but our tester felt very well supported in this position. Further, we felt that most stomach sleepers, regardless of body weight, would have a similar good experience on the Avocado Green mattress.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Avocado mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 5
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

 

Latex has a good reputation for pressure relief, but in the case of the Avocado Green bed, there's just two inches of soft latex foam, then you reach the firm support coils. That means side sleepers and those who need good pressure relief, could find this mattress to be too firm. The pillowtop version, with two additional inches of latex, should provide much better pressure relief for slide sleepers.

If you sleep only occasionally on your side, or don't have acute pressure relief needs, the standard Avocado Green mattress might be adequate.

Avocado Green Mattress Side Sleeping and Pressure Relief 

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Avocado Green bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both drop tests, the bowling pin wiggled but did not fall.

However, when our tester dropped his weight on to the bed, the pin fell right over. We noted earlier that the Avocado Green mattress is relatively bouncy, with its support layer of pocketed coils.

In practical terms, the Avocado Green bed isn't the best choice for those who might be easily disturbed by a partner's movements on the bed, or by pets or kids jumping in and out of bed.

Motion Isolation Rating 6 /10 Average

 

Temperature what’s this )

For those who tend to sleep hot, or for those that experience hot flashes, temperature is a concern. The Avocado Green mattress has a number of features that we think promote heat dissipation and air flow. First, this is a firm mattress, which means your body doesn't sink deeply into it. That means more of your body is exposed to the air. Second, the majority of this bed is springs, and air can travel freely around springs, allowing hot air to move away, and cool air to replace it. Nest, the Avocado bed's cover includes wool, which has heat-regulation and moisture-wicking properties.

Taken altogether, we think that the Avocado Green mattress will not feel hot to most people.

Stays “Cool” Rating 9 /10 Excellent

 

Edge Support what’s this )

If you tend to sleep right on the edge of your bed--or you tend to get pushed there by kids or pets, then edge support will be important. A mattress with good edge support means more usable area for sleeping and sitting.

Edge support was excellent with the Avocado Green mattress, and it was one of the best mattresses we've tested in this respect. The bed has a perimeter of firmer coils all around the sides, and when both sitting and laying on the edge, our tester felt perfectly comfortable, supported, and never felt he was slipping off.

Edge Support Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

Avocado Green Mattress Edge Support 

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

Another highlight in our testing was exceptional ease of movement on the Avocado mattress. Changing from position to position was virtually effortless.

Repositioning Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

We have already talked quite a bit about the exceptional environmentally friendly materials and safety certifications awarded to the Avocado mattress. To sum up, the latex is 100% natural latex made from rubber trees in the dunlop method, which involves a lesser amount of processing compared to talalay, the other predominant manufacturing method. Next, the steel used in the pocketed coils is recycled (and would be recyclable when you dispose of the mattress eventually). The cotton used in the cover is organic, and no glues or adhesives are used in the bed. Further, the mattress has certifications for almost all of its materials to ensure that no harmful off-gassing, odors, or other potential issues are present. And the entire mattress is certified Greenguard Gold, meaning it is rated as safe for the most vulnerable in hospitals and child care.

Note that the latex is not from organic rubber trees. You find mattresses that do use organic latex, but they cost thousands more.

Green Rating 10 /10 100% natural with many safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Avocado Green bed is a very good choice. Right out of the box, it conformed well to our adjustable base, and we noted no bulging, bunching or other issues.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 9 /10 Very compatible

 Avocado Green Mattress on Adjustable Base

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices for the Avocado Green mattress — as well as the cost to upgrade to its softer sibling, the Avocado Green Pillow Top. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress

 Pillow Top

GoodBed Discount
Twin 38" x 74" x 11" $959 +$240 $100 off
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 11"  $999 +$300 $100 off
Full (Double) 54" x 74" x 11" $1,199 +$300 $100 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 11" $1,399 +$400 $100 off
King 76" x 80" x 11" $1,699 +$500 $100 off
California King 72" x 84" x 11" $1,699 +$500 $100 off

 

What You’re Getting

The Avocado Green mattress is an 11-inch all-natural mattress that uses natural, organic, and eco-friendly materials. Its comfort layer is 2" of 100% natural latex from rubber trees, harvested sustainably. The steel used in its coils is recycled, and it's cotton cover and tufting are organic. The mattress has safety certifications for most of its components, as well as strict certifications for offgassing, VOCs and odors from Greenguard.

The pocketed coil unit is of very high quality, with a zoned system of varying steel gauges to ensure softer support in the center but firmer support on the edges, the foot and the head of the mattress. This is a lot of mattress for the money, in our opinion.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

We found nothing concerning at all about the Avocado Green mattress in terms of quality of materials, and throughout our testing were impressed with design and construction quality. We found no reason why this mattress would not last as long or longer than other mattresses, and could see it lasting 20 years with an appropriate foundation and good treatment.

 

Overall Value

On balance, we feel that the Avocado Green mattress is a unique product that’s exceptionally supportive for the majority of individuals who tend to sleep mainly on their backs and stomachs. Its construction and materials are of high quality, and you would be hard pressed to find a bed that uses more natural and eco-friendly materials in this price range. If that's a priority for you, we think the Avocado bed is an excellent value.

Value Rating 9 /10 Excellent value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door or curb
  • Optional $199 white-glove service

Avocado includes free delivery for most mattress sizes through UPS. However, the larger mattresses with the pillowtop option are too heavy for delivery by common carrier. In that case, the company will arrange free delivery to the curb through third-party services.

A white-glove option is available for $199; this includes delivery to the room of your choice, setup of the bed, removal of all packaging and removal of your old bedding if you choose.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Avocado offers buyers a 100-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress. See: Avocado return policy.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 25 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Avocado has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Avocado warranty policy.

Years 1-10 of the warranty are non-prorated, meaning you'll receive a full refund of the purchase price should your mattress qualify for coverage under the warranty. For years 11-25, the warranty is pro-rated, meaning you would receive a percentage of the purchase priced based on years of ownership beyond 11.


Summary: Is the Avocado Green Mattress Right for You?

Overall, the Avocado Green mattress is a high quality bed with an exceptionally eco-friendly pedigree.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for an Avocado mattress.

BEST if you:

  • Want a chemical-free mattress
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Enjoy a buoyant feeling of floating on top of the mattress
  • Sleep or sit right on the edge of the bed
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Are primarily a side sleeper (consider pillowtop version)

 

So, is the Avocado Green a good bed for you? If the criteria and characteristics we described in this review sound like a good match for you, then we certainly think it's one you should consider. Click here to visit their website at AvocadoGreenMattress.com.

If you're still not sure, you can use a version of our match quiz to get your personal match score for this mattress, along with an explanation of how we calculated it. Or, take the general mattress match quiz, which will search across all brands and stores (both online and offline) to show you mattresses that best meet your personal requirements. After taking any version of this quiz, you can even search for any mattress on GoodBed to see your personal match score for that product.

 

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