The Eco Terra Latex Mattress is one of the most affordable all-natural latex mattresses around. This mattress comprises 100 percent natural Talalay latex and fabric-encased coils with organic cotton and wool, and while Eco Terra wasn’t totally transparent about materials a few years ago, it’s back in our good books for 2023.
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Eco Terra Latex Mattress
Highlights: One of the most affordable all-natural latex and coil mattresses around. The latex is GOLS certified organic, and the mattress is GOTS certified for the organic cotton and wool components. The wool is also Oeko-Tex certified and the mattress is free of chemical flame retardants and polyurethane.
Eco Terra Latex Mattress at a glance:
|Organic latex, organic cotton, upcycled steel coils, and organic wool.
|Country of Origin:
|GOLS certified organic latex, GOTS certified organic cotton, and GOTS certified organic wool, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 wool
- Natural latex
- Excellent price point
- GOTS and GOLS certifications
- Upcycled steel coils individually wrapped to reduce motion transfer
- Improved transparency and communication from the company
- Several bad online reviews
- Possible premature mattress deterioration (reported by some customers)
Prices range from $549-$1,099 with all standard sizes available and choice between medium and medium-firm.
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The Eco Terra Mattress has a 3-inch layer of GOLS certified organic latex to provide pressure relief and supportive comfort. This hybrid mattress pairs latex with individually wrapped (with food-grade polypropylene) upcycled steel coils to reduce motion transfer and improve air flow. The coils are made with a narrower 16 gauge for edge support and a 15 gauge for center support.
Eco Terra wraps the mattress in GOTS certified organic wool as a natural flame barrier, and the cover comprises GOTS organic cotton. The mattress comes in two firmness levels, both of which are made with a seamless layer of latex with no chemical adhesives.
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Out of the Box
The Eco Terra arrives fully assembled and is roll-packed for easy transportation. As there is no off-gassing, you can use the mattress right away upon delivery and unrolling. This mattress works on a platform bed or box spring, and can work with an adjustable bed, but it is not recommended for a slatted bed base.
This mattress weighs in at around 127 pounds for the King size, but doesn’t feature any side handles, so you’ll need some strength, flexibility, and ingenuity to maneuver it.
Warranty, shipping, and trial period
All Eco Terra mattresses are made in Los Angeles, CA, and are shipped for free in the U.S., with free returns. The mattresses carry a 15-year limited warranty. The company also offers a 90-day sleep trial. If you’re not happy with the mattress during that time, you can contact them to arrange for it to be picked up and they’ll give you a full refund.
Note that if you order through Amazon, however, the return policy is with Amazon. This means a 30-night sleep trial applies instead of the full 90 days.
Bad press for Eco Terra
There are, unfortunately, a small number of rather disgruntled folks out there who have had a bad experience with Eco Terra. In some cases this seems to be due to customer confusion when ordering the right size mattress (so, double check you have the right size before ordering!).
There were also several occasions where customers complained about receiving an Eco Terra mattress with a law label stating the mattress contains 10% polyurethane. I also had my doubts about Eco Terra as the company wasn’t very forthcoming, initially, with its material certifications.
Eco Terra have addressed these complaints publicly and contacted us to provide greater transparency around certifications. The company notes that those taking issue with supposed polyurethane content are not ‘verified buyers’ and don’t, in fact, have the law label that applies to the Eco Terra mattress. If they did, they’d see that it does not list polyurethane because they do not use polyurethane in their mattresses.
In an email exchange with an Eco Terra representative, they provided me with a law label showing that their mattresses are made with 100 percent natural latex, cotton, innersprings, and wool. It’s good that Eco Terra have addressed the issue, and they do seem fairly responsive to complaints.
I’m impressed that Eco Terra has significantly improved its transparency, even offering the law label on its website.
There remain, however, some questions over the comfort of this mattress. Several customers have reported deterioration in the mattress condition after just a few months.
Final thoughts on Eco Terra latex mattresses
All in all, Eco Terra offers one of the most affordable options for an eco-friendly mattress. Initially, we gave this mattress just two leaves out of five. This was because it wasn’t clear what was in the mattress and we didn’t like the lack of transparency from Eco Terra.
We’re happy to be able to bump up the Eco Terra mattress to a full five leaves for 2023, though. The company is now much more transparent about its materials and certifications, which helps demonstrate that this mattress uses quality organic materials and is free of chemical flame retardants and polyurethane.
This puts Eco Terra mattresses on a par with Avocado, Savvy Rest, and PlushBeds for materials and price (though Eco Terra is still typically a bit more affordable). Overall, we’re still big fans of OMI (Lifekind), Soaring Heart, Naturepedic and Holy Lamb, however, and also favor Swiss Dream Beds.