The Avocado Eco Organic mattress brings all the quality and certifications expected of an Avocado product at a price that’s hard to beat. Here’s a review from a LeafScore team member after sleeping on this eco-friendly mattress at home.
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Our Rating: 5 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- The Eco Organic is an affordable entry point into the world of sustainable sleep, with similar certifications and quality materials as higher-price options
- Climate neutral and made entirely from certified organic materials, with recycled steel coils
- Generous warranty and trial options that see rejected mattresses donated as opposed to being wastefully destroyed
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Materials:||Organic cotton, recycled steel coils, organic latex, organic wool|
|Certifications:||GOTS (latex, wool, cotton) GOLS, Greenguard Gold, Formaldehyde Free, Climate Neutral, OEKO (latex, cotton, wool), FSC, Rainforest Alliance (latex), ecoINSTITUT (latex)|
Who is Avocado?
If you’re familiar with LeafScore, you’re probably familiar with Avocado, the company we love so much that they’ve been included in round-ups on dog beds, organic mattresses, crib mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, and more. When it comes to sustainable sleep, Avocado is checking all the boxes.
Avocado’s founders started the company after trying and failing to find a mattress that was free from toxic flame retardants, pesticides, polyurethane, and other questionable chemicals. Like many of our readers, they ran into constant greenwashing along the way.
Their solution? Make it themselves.
All Avocado mattresses are made to order by hand in California by workers that are paid a fair living wage. You won’t see a product listing on Avocado’s site that doesn’t include quality certifications like GOTS, GOLS, Made Safe, or Greenguard Gold. They’re members of 1% for the Planet and give back 1% of profits to environmental initiatives. Their track record of supporting and donating to social and environmental initiatives is hard to compete with.
These are just a few of the ways that Avocado as a company – a young and flourishing one at that – is doing all the right things, and exactly why they’re a cornerstone here on LeafScore. If you’re not sold by that, take a look at their detailed 2021 Impact Report to see the level of care and attention that goes into making sure the company is operating in a way that’s beneficial to the planet and everyone that inhabits it.
What is the Eco Organic made of?
There’s a certain level of quality expected from Avocado mattresses, and despite being the “budget” pick of their new lineup, the Eco Organic doesn’t fail to deliver on this expectation. While different sizes may include slightly different amounts of each item, the queen mattress (the one I tested) is made of:
- Recycled steel coils: Made by Avocado in Los Angeles using recycled steel. The Eco Organic queen size features 789 coils, each 8″ tall.
- GOTS Organic Certified cotton: You can find the GOTS-Certified cotton in the quilted cover of the mattress, as well as its canvas bottom. No polyester mixtures, unlike some competing brands.
- GOTS Organic Certified wool: Sourced from Avocado’s GOTS and Responsible Wool Standard farms in the Himalayas.
- GOLS Organic Certified Dunlop latex: Within the mattress itself is a 2″ layer of latex.
Just as important as what’s inside the mattress is what’s not inside the mattress. You won’t find any polyurethane here, which is welcomed considering the numerous implications associated with it. Likewise, Avocado doesn’t use any glue to bind the coils or layers together – this can help with indoor air quality.
Chemical flame retardants and fiberglass fire socks are also notably absent from the mattress. Instead, you’ll find naturally flame resistant organic wool. The Eco Organic is Made Safe certified, meaning it is free from more than 6,500 toxic chemicals known or suspected to cause human or ecological harm.
How much does the Eco Organic cost?
Avocado often has sales or discounts, so keep an eye on our deals page for the latest. Without any sales or discounts, the pricing breakdown is as follows:
- Twin: $699
- Twin XL: $799
- Full: $899
- Queen: $999
- King: $1,299
- California King: $1,299
Comparable mattresses made with polyurethane foam ring in at similar prices. Polyurethane is the most common filling material used to make mattresses and is bad for workers and the environment. Given the comparable cost of an Eco Organic mattress, it’s a no-brainer to ditch the polyurethane and its implications for health, sustainability, and social responsibility.
How does the eco organic compare to other Avocado mattresses?
|Eco Organic||Green Organic||Luxury Plush Organic|
|Cost (Queen)||$999||$1,599 – $2,099||$3,499 – $6,199|
|Firmness (1 soft, 10 firm)||Medium (5)||Medium-firm (7), Gentle-firm (6)||Medium soft (4), Soft (3)|
|Height||10″||11 – 13″||15 – 18″|
|Pocketed Coils (Queen)||809||1,130||3,136|
|Zones||1 interior, 2 edges||3 interior, 2 edges||3 interior, 2 edges|
|GOTS Certified Organic||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|GOLS Certified Organic Latex Volume||2″||3 – 5″||5″|
|Needle-Tufted by Hand||No||Yes||Yes|
You won’t go wrong with an Avocado mattress, but as the “budget” option of the product offerings, expect to see some features missing that you might otherwise expect from Avocado’s other mattresses. Costs weren’t cut on the materials themselves – you’re still getting GOTS, GOLS, and more – but the quantity of each varies between models.
The Eco Organic is notably missing the pillow-top option offered by the more premium alternatives (more on this below), and it isn’t needle-tufted by hand. Where other options also give you a bit more wiggle room in terms of firmness, the Eco Organic model settles right in the middle at a medium firmness.
Otherwise, the differences are pretty much what you’d expect: more money will get you more mattress, whether that’s additional height, more coils, or more layers.
Where some organic mattress companies require a bit of assembly, the Avocado Eco Organic setup is a pretty straightforward affair. If you’re not familiar with the mattress-in-a-box concept, mattresses are compressed and shipped in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag. The box that it comes in definitely has some weight to it; I’d highly recommend having another person ready to help you get it to its final destination.
Once you’ve pulled the mattress out of the box, which can be a bit tricky considering its weight and awkward shape, you’ll want to start removing the plastic and unrolling. This is another step where a second person may come in handy.
As the mattress is fully unrolled, you may start to hear some hissing coming from the bag; this is totally normal, if not a bit disconcerting if you’re not expecting it.
Arguably the most satisfying step comes next: tearing the plastic off the mattress itself. As you pull apart the plastic, the mattress will begin to expand to its full shape in a matter of a handful of seconds. You may want to work quickly here to get the rest of the plastic off, as it can get a bit unwieldy when one part of your mattress is trying to inflate itself and the rest can’t.
While most mattress companies roll their mattresses in additional plastic, Avocado is the first in the country to wrap theirs with paper instead. This is certainly a step in the right direction for the industry as a whole as the vacuum bag itself still results in quite a bit of plastic. This is what I was left with after fully unwrapping my mattress:
Avocado has reported that they’re on the lookout for alternative sealing options that aren’t quite as wasteful, which we’d certainly welcome. All that said, they’re still leaps and bounds ahead of the competition insofar as shipping materials are concerned.
There are no VOCs, off-gassing, or funky smells to be concerned about as the mattress makes its way to its full size, so there’s likewise no need to let it rest in a room by itself before use. Avocado’s included instruction pamphlet notes that you can let it sit for 24 hours before using if you’d like, but ultimately that’s not necessary as with other mattress brands.
We elected to let it sit for the duration of the workday and then use it that same night, which worked well for us.
What we love
Organic materials. Regular LeafScore readers will know that we try our best to keep budget in mind when putting together our product recommendations. The truth of the matter, though, is that certifications and eco-credentials often come at a cost. The opportunity to get a mattress with truly top-quality materials at a price that rivals many of its unsustainable competitors can’t be ignored.
Dunlop latex. I’ve never personally owned a latex mattress before, but I can’t see myself going back at this point. The layer of organic Dunlop latex provides a nice level of support and firmness that my last mattress was significantly lacking. It’s got just a bit of bounce to it, and ultimately makes for a comfortable sleeping experience.
Stitched handles. It’s an incredibly minor feature to point out, but one that’s equally nice to have; this mattress has a total of 4 stitched handles sewed into its sides. These aren’t single-string handles that are bound to snap or pop off after a few uses, but instead reinforced handles that truly seem to bear the task of supporting the mattress weight for lifting and turning it.
Lack of heat. If you’re a hot sleeper like me, there’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night needing to kick off all of the covers because you’re suddenly too warm – I haven’t yet run into that with this mattress, and it’s an absolute blessing.
100-night sleep trial. While I’ll certainly be keeping my mattress and singing its praises, Avocado’s generous 100-night sleep trial offers a great opportunity to truly get a feel for the mattress. If you decide after 30 nights that you’d like to request a return, Avocado will make it happen for you.
If you’ve somehow made it your 30 nights and decide that the Eco Organic isn’t for you, as part of the returns process Avocado will help you find a place to donate the mattress instead of shipping it back to their factory. This not only helps to cut back on wasteful emissions that come from shipping, but can also give back to someone in need.
What could be better
Overall, my complaints about the Eco Organic mattress are far and few between, but for the sake of being open and transparent, here are some things we think could be better.
You’ll want to buy a mattress cover. As the “budget” pick of Avocado’s offerings, it’s not unexpected that you may be missing some bells and whistles that come with other models or brands. One such thing is a mattress cover; the Eco Organic mattress does not come with one itself. If you want to extend the life of your mattress, or simply like the ability to be able to clean as much of your mattress as possible, you’ll want to invest in a cover for it.
Loose threads: Across the surface of the mattress are approximately 24 stitched circles that appear to help bind the top of the mattress to the layer beneath it; on our particular mattress, 12 out of these 24 had loose threads in varying degrees of severity. It may not be much of an issue, but I could certainly see a situation in the future where everyday use of the bed results in these becoming unfastened and leaving us with a top that slides around more than intended.
It still ships with a lot of plastic: Yes, this is nitpicky, but as you can see in the photo above, there’s still a lot of plastic inherently involved in the mattress shipping business. We wouldn’t be doing our due diligence if we didn’t highlight an opportunity for an eco-friendlier choice! With that said, Avocado is still leaps and bounds ahead of the competition in this area, so it’s likely the best we’ll see until someone, or Avocado themselves, designs a better way.
Lack of pillow-top option: Most other Avocado mattresses ship with a plush pillow-top, but the Eco Organic doesn’t offer that option either as an add-on, or a slightly more expensive model. To get that, you’ll have to shell out a few hundred dollars more to upgrade to the Avocado Green mattress. If you’re budget-conscious like I am, you may be best served grabbing an organic mattress topper to help make up for what this one’s missing.
Our experience after 10 days of sleeping on the Eco Organic mattress
If this is what sustainable sleep feels like, I’m not ever going back.
Whether I’m sleeping on my stomach or on my side, I’m comfortable, which certainly wasn’t the case with my last mattress. My husband, someone who sleeps on his side or back usually, hasn’t complained about back pain after waking up once since replacing our old mattress.
The motion transfer properties are also fantastic, thanks to the combination of latex and the pocketed support system. Gone are the days of waking up early to the jostling when my husband gets out of bed to get ready for work before I do – those precious extra minutes of sleep add up.
Seemingly predicting all of this, our puppy immediately tried to shamelessly usurp the new mattress only seconds after making the bed:
I touched on it earlier, but by and large one of my favorite things about this mattress is just how cool it is. When I say that we’re hot sleepers, I don’t say that lightly; we’ve typically got our bedroom windows open in the winter (even when it snows!) to keep things cooler. If somehow through the course of the night I managed on my old mattress to get myself tucked completely into my blankets without a leg sticking out to vent the heat, I’d inevitably wake up a few hours later entirely too warm and ready to throw all of them off.
That hasn’t been the case once since getting this mattress.
Avocado mentions this is due to wool helping to keep you cool and dry while latex stops you from sinking in and trapping heat. They say that their body-contouring coils being individually-pocketed allows for more airflow. All I know is that it seems near-magical.
All in all, I’m sleeping longer, more comfortably, and cooler – all while dodging iffy materials and companies along the way. While I truly hope that this mattress lasts for years to come, it’s hard to envision a future where this one isn’t replaced with another of the same model when that time comes.