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Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress Review (2019)

Last updated on July 9, 2019

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The Cedar mattress is made of many natural materials, uses minimal chemicals and has many safety certifications. Are its features and characteristics right for you?

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Note: This review is for the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress, made of 100% natural latex and wool over pocketed coils, and is sold primarily through Amazon.com. We have also reviewed the Brentwood Home Oceano mattress, which substitutes memory foam and micro-coils instead of latex.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Brentwood Home Cedar mattress video review.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Brentwood Home Cedar a Good Mattress?

The Brentwood Home company has an interesting story as an American manufacturer that still makes its own products in its Los Angeles factory. (Many other mattress brands use other companies to make their bedding, then slap on their label.) Its Cedar mattress is one of its most popular models, with a high degree of natural materials, and we were excited to test it.

Note that the Cedar mattress we tested is sold primarily through Amazon.com by Brentwood Home. The company also sells a Cedar Luxe on its own website, which is more expensive and features a detachable pillowtop rather than the integrated Euro-top on the regular Cedar reviewed here.

While the company calls this a "medium" mattress in terms of softness, we found it to be more of a Firm on our scale. You get a feeling of floating on top of your bed rather than sinking in deeply, and this mattress is not very conforming, so you don't feel hugged or cradled by the bed.

The Cedar mattress is notable for its natural materials. The comfort layers are comprised of 100% natural latex made from the sap of rubber trees. Quilted into the organic cotton cover is pure New Zealand wool. The lowest level of the bed is a pad of coconut husk and latex, and instead of being held together by glues, the company employs functional tufting -- long yarns that travel through the entire width of the bed, anchored by fabric buttons. The main support core of the mattress is an 8" pocketed coil unit with zoned support (heavier coils in the central third of the bed), along with firmer coils around the perimeter of the mattress for edge support. While steel coils are not a natural material, they do not off-gas at all.

Another plus is Brentwood Home's 1-year trial period with full refund should you decide the Cedar isn't for you. That's much longer than the 100 or 120-night trial periods we have seen with other online mattress brands. Unfortunately, the generous return policy is balanced by a company warranty that in our view isn't as competitive. The 25-year warranty is pro-rated after 10 years, meaning that if your mattress required warranty service during year 11, you'll have to pay part of the replacement cost. During the entire warranty period, you are responsible for all shipping costs (which for 140-pound mattress could be significant). Lastly, the company's warranty against body impressions fall below the industry average; any permanent impressions would need to be greater than 2" deep for the warranty to apply.

In our performance testing, we judged the Cedar mattress to be a good choice for almost all back and stomach sleepers in a wide variety of weight ranges. We also felt the mattress would be okay for occasional side sleepers, but overall we felt the mattress did not offer enough pressure relief for those who sleep predominately on their sides. We did, however, see in user reviews that the company worked with customers who felt the mattress was too firm for them, sending them a complimentary mattress topper that seemed to alleviate the issues. The Cedar is definitely a firm mattress, and we were impressed with its potential for heavier individuals. In fact, it performed as well or better than mattresses expressly designed and marketed for plus-size people.

Other review highlights: Edge support was excellent overall, as was motion isolation (important if you are easily disturbed by  partner's movements). We also felt that sleeping hot or overheating would not be an issue on this bed.

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

Bottom Line: Who Is the Best Match for the Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress?

BEST if you:            

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper
  • Are heavier than average
  • Prefer a firm mattress
  • Sleep or sit right on the edge of the bed
  • Value natural materials

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a deeply cushioned bed
  • Are a lighter (<200 lbs.) side sleeper
  • Need the best pressure relief




Comfort & Feel

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)
4 Shallower than average cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Fast responding with some bounce

 

Back Support (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 5 10
Average 150 to 200 lb 10 6 10
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 10 7 10
Heavier >250 lb 10 7 10

 

Pressure Relief (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 5 5
Average 150 to 200 lb 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Other Features

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

 

Key Facts – Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress

Mattress Type

All-Natural Latex over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,949

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

1 year trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

25-years, pro-rated. Indentation coverage: 2"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

13 inches

Weight (Queen)

140 pounds

 

Materials & Construction

What's in a Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Cedar mattress as an "All Natural Latex over Pocketed Coil" construction type.

The Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is a 14″ thick mattress comprised of 5 total layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 100% New Zealand wool quilted into organic cotton cover
  • 2" 100% natural Dunlop latex, 4 lb. density
  • 2" 100% natural Dunlop latex, 4 lb. density, with carved channels
  • 8" zoned pocketed coil support layer
  • 1" pad of coconut husk and latex

The 8" support layer of the mattress is comprised of individually pocketed coils. The coils across the central third of the mattress are firmer to give greater support under the heaviest part of your body (hips and midsection). Firmer coils are also used around the perimeter of the bed as edge support.

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.

As you can see below, the mattress's second layer of latex has deep channels carved into it. The company says this gives the mattress some additional zoned support, and also promotes air flow through the mattress.

 

Cover

The layers of the Cedar mattress are wrapped in a cover made of certified organic cotton. Quilted into the cover is a layer of New Zealand wool; wool is a natural heat regulating material that can help keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer.

Also note the fabric buttons on the cover. These serve as anchors for the functional tufting, which holds the mattress together instead of glue.

 

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.

While Brentwood Home called the Cedar mattress a "medium" we found it to be more of a Firm on our scale, perhaps a bit to the softer side of firm.

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 Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is more to the "floating on top" side of this spectrum, though the quilted top gives it some surface softness.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average 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?

The Cedar bed has no memory foam, so does not have any of that slow, melting memory foam feel. Latex is quick responding, springing right back into shape.

We also took a look at bounce, which given the natural springy-ness of latex, and the bed's support core of coils, was significant. If you like a firm bed that has bounce, the Cedar has it.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Fast responding with good 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 Brentwood Home Cedar 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 have reviewed a number of beds that are marketed specifically to heavier sleepers, and we felt the Cedar was just as good or better than some of those, even though Brentwood Home does not specifically market the Cedar as a plus-size bed.

We questioned the Cedar mattress for certain side sleepers, however. Occasional side sleepers, especially those on the heavier end of the scale, might be fine from a spinal-alignment perspective, but we doubted whether lighter sleepers would simply not have enough softness on top.

 

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 Brentwood Home Cedar mattress:

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

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress to be exceptional while on his back, with excellent spinal alignment. And we felt that most people would have the same experience and excellent spinal alignment in this position, including those significantly heavier than our tester.

Side Sleepers:

We questioned this mattress for those who sleep predominately on their sides. From a spinal alignment perspective, heavier people may be able to get their shoulders and hips deep enough into the bed to create a straight spine, but lighter people might simply find this bed too firm to the that straight spine.

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 Cedar.

 

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 Brentwood Home Cedar mattress:

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

 

We did not find the Cedar mattress to be great from a pressure relief standpoint. Our tester didn't feel his shoulders were adequately cushioned to relieve hot spots. Lighter people may have an even harder time getting adequate pressure relief.
Although the company does not advertise this, we did see in user reviews that the company sent customers a free mattress topper if they weren't getting enough pressure relief. Overall, if you are a side sleeper, we thought the company's Oceano mattress would be a better choice than the Cedar.

Other Features

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 Cedar 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 wobbled but did not fall.

We thought the Cedar mattress would be a good 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 8 /10 Very good

 

Temperature what’s this )

For those who tend to sleep hot, or for those that experience hot flashes, temperature is a concern. The Brentwood Home Cedar 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.

The two layers of latex have pin-core holes, which help air travel through the bed, and the second layer has deeply carved channels that can also allow air to move more freely. Quilted into the cover of the bed is wool, a natural heat and moisture regulator than can help keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Taken altogether, we think that the Cedar 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 on the Cedar, even laying right on the very edge.

Edge Support Rating 10 /10 Exceptional


 

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

Another highlight in our testing was very good ease of movement on the Cedar mattress. Changing from position to position was not an issue for our tester at all.

Repositioning Rating 10 /10 Excellent

 

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. 

The Cedar mattress has a number of natural and eco-friendly features, along with some impressive safety certifications. The mattress cover, made of organic cotton and natural New Zealand wool, is certified to the OKEO-Tex standard, meaning it's been tested for hundreds of harmful chemicals. The bed's 100% natural latex has been certified by GOLS for low use of chemicals in manufacturing.

Steel coils, while not natural, do not off-gas, so should not be a concern for those with chemical sensitivities. And at least theoretically, steel is recyclable. Instead of chemical glues, Brentwood Home uses functional tufting to hold the mattress together. And the entire mattress has been certified to the Greenguard Gold standard, meaning it's been deemed safe for the more sensitive environments, such as hospitals and schools.

So while the Cedar is not an organic mattress (which would cost much more), it has a high degree of natural material and some impressive certifications.

Green Rating 9 /10 Mostly natural, with impressive certifications

 Below: Functional tufting

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the manufacturer says that the Cedar mattress should work perfectly well. We were unable to test it on our queen-size adjustable base, however, since our test mattresses were twin size.

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices for the Cedar mattress, which is sold primarily through Amazon.com. 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

 Box Foundation

GoodBed Discount?

Twin 38" x 74" x 13" $1,349 $225 Yes
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 13"  $1,449 $225 Yes
Full (Double) 54" x 74" x 13" $1,649 $250 Yes
Queen 60" x 80" x 13" $1,949 $275 Yes
King 76" x 80" x 13" $1,999 $350 Yes
California King 72" x 84" x 13" $1,999 $350 Yes

 

What Are You Getting?

The Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is a 13-inch mattress made with all-natural latex over pocketed steel coils. The mattress has uses many natural materials, and has impressive safety certifications for most of its components, as well as strict certifications for off-gassing, VOCs and odors from Greenguard.

The pocketed coil unit is of very high quality, with a zoned system of varying steel gauges to ensure firmer support for the heavier parts of your body, and heavier coils around the edge as well.

 

How Long Will the Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress Last?

We found nothing concerning at all about the Cedar 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.

 

Overall Value

On balance, we feel that the Brentwood Home Cedar mattress is a well made bed with some extensive safety certifications that set it apart from the competition. At $1,949 for the queen size bed, we think it compares well to similarly constructed mattresses you might find in a mattress or department store. Compared to its online competition, however, it costs more than some similarly constructed latex hybrid mattresses we've reviewed. Altogether, we think the Cedar is an okay value.

Value Rating 7 /10 Good value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

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

Brentwood Home includes free delivery to your door. 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. For an additional $75 on top of that, the company will remove your old bed as well.

 

Returns

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

Brentwood Home offers a full one-year trial period, with full refund should you return the mattress. See: Brentwood Home return policy.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 25 years; pro-rated after 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 2” 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”. Brentwood Home has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 2”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Brentwood Home 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. And for any warranty service, you're on the hook for shipping fees both ways.

In short, while we think the Brentwood Home Cedar is a well-made mattress that should last, the warranty falls short of the competition.


Bottom Line: Is the Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress Right for You?

Overall, the Cedar mattress is a high quality natural mattress that performs especially well for back and stomach sleepers who prefer a firm mattress. Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for an Cedar mattress:

BEST if you:            

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper
  • Are heavier than average
  • Prefer a firm mattress
  • Sleep or sit right on the edge of the bed
  • Value natural materials

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a deeply cushioned bed
  • Are a lighter (<200 lbs.) side sleeper
  • Need the best pressure relief

So, is the Brentwood Home Cedar 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 BrentwoodHome.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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