Our Rating: 5/5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Made with GOLS certified natural Dunlop latex, organic wool from New Zealand, and organic US-grown cotton
- The extra firm latex will safely support your baby
- Great option for cribs where thicker mattresses cause problems on the lowest setting
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USDA Certified Organic
OTCO Certified Organic
Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Organic
Made in Seattle
Handmade in Seattle, the Soaring Heart Organic Crib Mattress (View Price on Soaring Heart) is an excellent choice for an eco-friendly, non-toxic crib mattress. This mattress is made with GOLS certified natural Dunlop latex, organic wool from New Zealand, and organic US-grown cotton. Soaring Heart crib mattresses are 285/8” x 523/8” x 31/2“, making it slightly larger but thinner than the other crib mattresses. It should still fit all standard cribs, but will be a bit snug. This one would be a great option for cribs where thicker mattresses cause problems on the lowest setting.
The Soaring Heart crib mattress is 100% organic and chemical-free and is made with extra firm latex that safely supports your baby. The crib mattress is designed for a slatted crib and passes federal fire safety standards thanks to its proprietary needle punched wool cover design.
The Soaring Heart Organic Crib Mattress costs around $450, making it quite a bit more expensive than the Emily mattress from My Green Mattress, but a less pricey than the OMI crib mattress. Soaring Heart don’t use chemical-based foam or synthetic fire retardants in any of their products.
Soaring Heart have been making mattresses for more than 35 years and really know what they’re doing. Even so, they offer a 20-year warranty on manufacturing defects and a 30-day comfort guarantee, as well as free shipping in the US. Their logistics and delivery team is constantly on the lookout for new ways to recycle old mattresses and package new products in an environmentally friendly way, and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint in other ways.
Soaring Heart partner with Spring Back Recycling, for instance. This non-profit organization creates employment opportunities for disenfranchised men and is a sustainable business redefining recycling. The non-profit has been in operation since 2010, incorporated in 2012, and has expanded to other communities in the US as the first and only social enterprise to fully recycle mattresses.
Their USDA certified organic cotton batting comes from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Coop (TOCMC) and is grown by a select group of farmers who are committed to growing cotton without synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides or harmful bleaching. Their GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified Dunlop processed latex comes from Sri Lanka, with Sleep Comp West/Latexco their US supplier and certifier. Soaring Heart are also a member of the Organic Trade Association in the US, and their wool is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO).
The company is also socially engaged, with quarterly Charity Pillow Builds on behalf of Children’s Hospital, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and homeless shelters, such as Seattle’s Plymouth Housing Group. Pillow Builds are where volunteers and Soaring Heart employees build pillows for those in need or those who are themselves engaged in work building stronger communities, such as nurses at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital. Their goal is to direct 1% of annual gross sales to charitable causes.
Soaring Heart also created a Scholarship at Seattle’s Pride Foundation to fund students working in the area of mental health and compassionate care. At Bastyr University they fund a student in their naturopathic program who has an interest in studying sleep, and they have a long relationship with Seattle Central Community College where they support students studying sewing/apparel design as well as small business management.
Soaring Heart vs. OMI, My Green Mattress, Savvy Rest, and Naturepedic
Soaring Heart make a slightly larger crib mattress than other brands, so if you have a slightly larger crib, this would be a great option for an eco-friendly, non-toxic crib mattress with excellent certifications from a company that gives back to the community.
Non-toxic and eco-friendly credentials
Soaring Heart mattresses are a little less expensive than OMI but are more expensive than My Green Mattress, who carry a wealth of certifications. Both companies are transparent about the materials and processes they use, which is nice, while Soaring Heart have been around for just as long as OMI and have a great reputation.
If you are concerned about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or simply want a high-quality crib mattress free from toxic chemicals and made with care from sustainably and humanely sourced materials, OMI are the top choice. OMI crib mattresses carry more certifications than Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, and every other mattress on the market. Their adult mattresses have been rigorously tested and found to be durable and high-performance, but they are quite a bit more expensive than most other crib mattresses.
Soaring Heart mattresses cost around $450, with OMI the most expensive of my Leaf Score recommended crib mattresses at $599 for both their latex and innerspring models. Savvy Rest’s crib mattress is priced at $399 with similar certifications and specifications to Soaring Heart as a latex, wool, and cotton mattress. Sleep Lily’s latex crib mattress costs $438, with slightly better certifications than Soaring Heart and Savvy Rest, but not quite so certified as OMI.
NaturalMat’s Quilted Latex Mat is priced at a whopping $574.00, but I’m not convinced as to just how non-toxic and eco-friendly these NaturalMat mattresses are. The company isn’t all that transparent over the materials and treatments used to make these mattresses and they’re also imported and therefore likely to be subjected to fumigation upon arrival in the US. Soaring Heart mattresses are proudly made in Seattle.
In the mid-range for price, My Green Mattress offer an excellent mattress and my top pick overall, for $289, with a heap of certifications. This mattress is also going to be lighter than a fully latex mattress, so if you’re worried about having to pick up and flip the mattress for nighttime sheet changes, you may want to go for the Emily mattress instead of Soaring Heart.
Wool and fire resistance
If you’d rather not have wool in your crib mattress, you’re out of luck with Soaring Heart, OMI, Sleep Lily, My Green Mattress, and Savvy Rest. Lullaby Earth offer a decent wool-free crib mattress (View Price on Amazon) made with recycled polyester and polyethylene, but it’s not entirely clear how Lullaby Earth meet fire safety standards. Naturepedic offer some of the best wool-free options and are transparent about using a mixture of baking soda, silica, and eucalyptus as a natural flame retardant instead of wool.
If you’re looking for a mattress with an in-built waterproof cover, you won’t find that with Soaring Heart. Naturepedic’s mattresses are your best bet (with the exception of the non-waterproof single-sided quilted mattress), followed by Lullaby Earth, and Nook’s Pebble Pure (which has a removable washable cover). For all the other mattresses I recommend at LeafScore, you’ll need to use wool puddle pads and/or a waterproof crib mattress cover or pad.
There are some size differences between crib mattresses that are worth bearing in mind if you have already bought a crib. The Soaring Heart mattress, for instance, is a little bigger than Naturepedic’s mattresses and at the top end of the standard size measurements for a crib mattress (although it’s also thinner at just 3.5 inches compared to most crib mattresses measuring 5 or 6 inches. Savvy Rests crib mattress (View Price on Savvy Rest) is also slightly longer and wider than Naturepedic’s crib mattresses, while OMI’s mattresses are as long but a little wider. For comparison, here are the mattresses listed from largest to smallest in terms of width and length:
- Nook Pebble Pure – 28” x 53” x 4”
- Soaring Heart – 28 5/8” x 52 3/8” x 3 1/2 “
- Sleep Lily – 28” x 52” x 6”
- OMI – 28” x 52” x 6”
- NaturalMat – 28” x 52” x 6”
- Savvy Baby – 27 ½” x 52” x 6
- My Green Mattress – 27 1/4″ x 52″ x 6″
- Naturepedic – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
- Lullaby Earth – 27 ¼” x 51 5/8” x 6”
In terms of charitable giving and corporate social responsibility, Savvy Rest can boast a robust charitable giving program and B Corp status (none of the other mattress companies have this currently).
Soaring Heart are also socially engaged, with quarterly Charity Pillow Builds and a goal is to direct 1% of annual gross sales to charitable causes. Soaring Heart also created a Scholarship at Seattle’s Pride Foundation to fund students working in the area of mental health and compassionate care.
OMI don’t appear to have any charitable arm to their businesses. Naturepedic are members of 1% for the Planet, at least, although they don’t seem to do much else. My Green Mattress offers a discount to members of the U.S. military, but there’s no indication that the company has a charitable arm other a donation/refund program if you return your mattress after your 100 night comfort trial.
Sleep Lily, Nook, and NaturalMat don’t mention any charitable side to their business and seem focused purely on their products.
Warranty and refunds
OMI offer a 90-day sleep trial and a 20-year limited warranty on all mattresses. Savvy Rest are rather miserly in terms of their return policy. Unlike most other companies, they just don’t do returns, claiming that to do so would necessitate them spraying their products with toxic chemicals.
My Green Mattress has a 100-night sleep trial and if you don’t want to keep the mattress after your 100 nights, My Green Mattress will work with you to donate it to a local charity and then refund your money. All Naturepedic crib mattresses come with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee provided the product was purchased directly from Naturepedic. You have to pay all shipping costs (including outbound costs associated with any promotions), however. Naturepedic have a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects, with full coverage in the first 5 years and pro-rated coverage thereafter.
Overall, OMI is pretty much unbeatable for a non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality, latex or innerspring crib mattress, but my top pick is My Green Mattress because they make a fantastic eco-friendly and non-toxic crib mattress with great certifications for less than half the price of OMI’s mattresses.