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- Has the ability to be customized to a high degree
- GOTS-certified organic and manufactured in a GOTS-certified facility
- Mattress is encased in a sturdy organic cotton cover
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Certifications:||B Corporation, Greenguard Gold, GOLS and Oeko Tex certified Dunlop latex, Cradle to Cradle Gold, FSC, and Oeko Tex certified Talalay latex, Oeko Tex and GOTS, certified organic wool, GOTS certified organic cotton|
Savvy Rest’s layered organic mattresses are GOTS-certified organic and are manufactured in a GOTS-certified facility. They offer both GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex and Vita Talalay latex, which is certified as Cradle to Cradle GOLD, a measure of its health impact, level of material re-use, water stewardship, and social fairness. The latex is sourced from rubber tree plantations that adhere to sustainable forestry practices.
Savvy Rest’s natural Dunlop latex is certified organic in two ways. First, the rubber tree plantations are certified organic according to USDA standards. Second, the processing stage is certified organic to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). In addition, Savvy Rest use GOTS certified wool and unbleached, GOTS certified organic cotton.
The Serenity mattress is Savvy Rest’s flagship natural mattress (View Price on Savvy Rest). It can be customized to an impressive degree, allowing you to choose between Talalay latex or Dunlop latex for each of three layers, with a wide choice in firmness for each layer, across both sides, making this a great choice for couples with wildly different sleep needs.
Savvy Rest recommend a layering of Soft Dunlop, Medium Dunlop, and Firm Dunlop from top to bottom if you’re interested in a mattress with pressure-relieving softness but stable support for the spine. You can switch the layers for a firmer feel and this also offers an adaptable configuration for guest beds if you have guests with different needs.
Another good combination is a Soft Talalay top layer, with a split layer of one side Soft Dunlop and one side Medium Dunlop, with the base as a Medium Dunlop and Firm Dunlop split. This is ideal for one partner who likes a soft bed you can ‘climb into’, and another sleeper who tends to get muscle-related backpain and wants a firmer mattress.
To ease shoulder or hip stiffness, a Soft Talalay top layer and second layer, with a Firm Dunlop base is recommended for anyone who is petite to average. Anyone over 160 pounds needs a firmer mattress, so would be advised to switch out the mid layer for Medium Talalay.
Thanks to those three 3” layers of latex, the mattress has a profile of 10” when encased in its sturdy organic cotton cover with a layer of organic wool batting inside. The wool layer makes the mattress naturally fire-resistant and helps to promote a cooler, drier environment and more comfortable sleep. The Savvy Rest organic casing closes with a strong brass zipper.
Serenity ranges in price from $1,999 for a Dunlop Twin to $4,799 for a Talalay Cali King. This mattress is available in Twin, Twin Xl, Full, Queen, King, and Cali King as standard and is also available in any dimension or shape, in case, for instance, you live in a lighthouse. Each mattress takes around 7 days to ship after ordering. And each mattress comes with a 20 year warranty.
Savvy Rest also offer the Unity Pillowtop which has four layers (View Price on Savvy Rest), three of which are the same as the Serenity model. On top of those layers sits the Harmony latex topper which is also customizable, allowing you to choose between three densities of Talalay or Dunlop. This mattress topper offers a little extra pressure relief for side sleepers and has a total height of 13”. The pillowtop has its own separate organic cotton encasement, meaning that you can add this at a later date if you purchase the Serenity or already have a mattress but feel like you need a little more support.
The Tranquility mattress is a two layer design with two 3” layers of either Talalay or Dunlop latex customizable to your needs (View Price on Savvy Rest). It is ideal for a child’s bed, bunk beds, or for a small adult under 160 pounds who likes a firmer mattress. Prices range from $1,699 to $3,999 for this model, with the Talalay latex the most expensive option.
Unfortunately, because of Savvy Rest’s stubborn return policy, you can’t return their mattresses unless there’s a manufacturing defect. They say this is because ‘allowing returns would require us to spray our products with chemicals in order to “clean” and resell them, harming the purity of our natural materials’. Plenty of other, much smaller, mattress companies do allow such returns however, and simply donate the mattresses to charities.
Happily, Savvy Rest make a bit of an exception for the Serenity mattresses, which are eligible for their 90-day Latex Exchange. Savvy Rest mattresses are on the expensive side, but that’s because they’re custom made for your body and sleep preferences. And, if you find that your mattress isn’t quite working for you, they’ll work with you to figure out which layer to switch out and to what.
In terms of corporate social responsibility, Savvy Rest have a Safe Sleep Pillows Program, which works to donate new pillows for women and children who arrive at domestic violence shelters across the US. When the new arrivals at these emergency shelters move on to find more permanent housing, they can take their new Savvy Rest pillow with them.
Savvy Rest are also employee owned (as of 2012), meaning that staff are more invested in the company’s growth and in customer satisfaction. Employee owned companies tend to create a better experience for employees and for customers.
Savvy Rest are also a certified B Corporation, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and good working conditions, and they donate a portion of profits to American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the US, which helps help restore and maintain threatened forest ecosystems across the country and around the globe. Savvy Rest is also a member of the Carbon Fund, through which they support reforestation along the Mississippi River, a vital habitat for migratory birds. Reforestation is a key part of efforts to mitigate climate change.
Savvy Rest vs. OMI vs. PlushBeds
If you’re looking for a combination of quality, cost, customization, reputation, CSR, and eco-friendly credentials, Savvy Rest are a great option for a mattress. Savvy Rest’s Serenity ranges in price from $1,999 for a Dunlop Twin to $4,799 for a Talalay Cali King. And, if you’re under 160 lbs or buying a mattress for a child, their Tranquility mattress is ideal and ranges from $1,699 to $3,999. They also offer excellent customization, so you can choose firmness across three layers and for both sides of the bed.
Savvy Rest can boast B Corp status (none of the other mattress companies have this currently) and they have a robust charitable giving program. Savvy Rest are also your best option if you’re looking for a particularly oddly shaped mattress, such as a circular mattress, for instance.
That said, Obasan and OMI are even more customizable, with an ability to tailor both the sides, layers, and sections of each layer to your needs. These layers can also be switched out as desired, meaning that your mattress can work with you as your needs change, such as through pregnancy, injury, or simply for a rotating cast of guests in a guestroom.
PlushBeds also offer an impressive combination of reputation, quality, customization, and eco-credentials, and are more affordable than Savvy Rest. Their Botanical Bliss mattress boasts the rare Eco-Institut certification making it a top choice for a latex mattress. The Botanical Bliss starts at $1,099 and rises to $2,898, and the Natural Bliss (vegan) mattress starts at $999 and rises to $2,498 (View Price on PlushBeds). Their Natural Bliss mattress is a fantastic choice if you’re vegan or otherwise looking for a wool-free option (View Price on PlushBeds). Other good choices for a vegan mattress include Naturepedic’s all-latex EOS Trilux model (View Price on Naturepedic) or Rawganique’s vegan mattress – you’ll need a doctor’s note for this (View Price on Rawganique). Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, My Green Mattress, Swiss Dream Beds, and Obasan don’t offer wool-free options as far as I can tell.
Savvy Rest and PlushBeds are very similar for latex mattresses, but PlushBeds are more affordable. Savvy Rest’s Serenity ranges in price from $1,999 for a Dunlop Twin to $4,799 for a Talalay Cali King. If you’re under 160 lbs or buying a mattress for a child, their Tranquility mattress is one way to save money as it ranges from $1,699 to $3,999. Both companies also offer similar excellent customization, so you can choose firmness across three layers and for both sides of the bed.
For more eco-credentials, OMI are your best bet, however, especially if you have multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or simply want a high-quality mattress free from toxic chemicals and made with care from sustainably and humanely sourced materials. OMI mattresses carry more certifications than Savvy Rest, Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, and every other mattress on the market. They have been rigorously tested and found to be durable and high-performance, and their latex mattresses are comparable in price to most other eco-friendly latex mattresses with fewer certifications.
If you’d rather not have wool in your mattress, you’re out of luck with Savvy Rest, and with Soaring Heart. Instead, your best bet is Naturepedic’s all-latex EOS Trilux model, PlushBeds Natural Bliss, or Rawganique’s vegan mattress (but you’ll need a doctor’s note for this last one).
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. Other companies have a policy of arranging donations of returned mattresses to local shelters and such, so it seems odd that Savvy Rest won’t do the same. They do, however, have a pillow donation program, which is nice.
In contrast, PlushBeds offer a 100-night money back guarantee if you buy direct from the company (30 days if purchased through other retailers). You can only do this once, however. My Green Mattress also has a 100-night sleep trial and offer a 25-year limited warranty (full 10 year, then prorated), 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. Most Naturepedic mattresses (EOS Series, Serenade, Halcyon, and Vegan) come with a limited 20-year warranty. This includes full repair and replacement within the first 10 years and a pro-rated warranty for the remaining ten. OMI offer a 90-day sleep trial and a 20-year limited warranty on all mattresses.
In terms of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and charitable giving, Savvy Rest are better than most. Soaring Heart, Rawganique, and Obasan are like OMI and 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, while Swiss Dream Beds (a much smaller company) have a 10% charitable giving program and PlushBeds offer an eco scholarship and support a variety of charitable causes.
All in all, OMI is your best bet for a non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality, latex mattress at a great price point. If you’re looking for a budget option, choose My Green Mattress or see how you fare with Obasan’s algorithms. They also offer impressive customizability. Be sure to check your mattress needs against the configurations available from all of these companies as your particular requirements (and potential requirements in years to come) may be better served by one than the others.