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- Organic Latex Mattress is soft and contouring, and supportive with a standard firmness
- Latex mattresses are made with 100 percent natural organic latex, and they carry GOLS and GOTS certification
- Company is highly transparent, disclosing all materials used in their mattresses
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Materials:||GOTS cotton and wool, GOLS latex|
|Certifications:||USDA Certified Organic Cotton, Wool, & Latex|
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) Certified Organic Latex – See certificate
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified Workshop – See certificate
Oregon Tilth Organic Certified Wool – See certificate
Consumer Product Safety Commission – See burn test certificate
Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Organic Cotton
Founding member of Seattle Made
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) member
Soaring Heart Natural Bedding Company is based in Seattle and have been in business for almost 30 years. They manufacture most of their mattresses on site and offer two main types of organic mattress: an innerspring (View Prices on Soaring Heart) and a latex model (View Prices on Soaring Heart). The innersprings are made of 95 percent recycled steel and wool and have an organic cotton encasement. The latex mattresses are made with 100 percent natural organic latex, and they carry GOLS and GOTS certification, with certificates held by Soaring Heart themselves, not just the materials’ suppliers.
The company is highly transparent, disclosing all materials used in their mattresses. For example, they even outline the process for making their organic latex, with the tapped rubber sap comprising 90-95% of the finished latex, and the rest made up of:
- Zinc Oxide 2-3%
- Fatty Acid Soaps 1-2%
- Sulfur 1-2%
- Sodium 1-2%
The Dunlop latex used in Soaring Heart mattresses has been tested and certified to be safe by an independent testing laboratory, The eco-INSTITUT. The latex is produced in accordance to the Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS) and is certified by the Control Union.
The company avoids synthetics and makes sure all their materials are natural, organic, and grown responsibly, “no synthetics, no chemicals”. As such, Soaring Heart mattresses are free from chemical fire retardants. This is possible thanks to the construction of the mattresses using natural latex in a tightly woven organic cotton encasement and a wool wrapping.
The wool and cotton in these mattresses is sourced from small farms and ranches, with Soaring Heart claiming to vet each supplier personally so they can be sure the materials are “grown by people who are passionate about the industry, their craft, and providing a quality product”.
Soaring Heart Natural Beds only use premium New Zealand organic wool from sheep raised on small farms (most under 100 animals) that have excellent animal welfare practices. Wool of different thicknesses is blended to produce stronger, more durable materials that have a natural springiness and bounce back.
If you want to get into the nitty gritty of cotton, Soaring Heart have you covered. Suffice it to say, they pick only the best U.S. grown organic cotton and their organic cotton blend successfully passes all federal flame testing without any need for added chemicals. Soaring Heart offers an organic cotton futon and shikibuton, made with organic cotton batting. These mattresses can feel fluffier at first, thanks to the organic cotton, but the batting settles down in short order and becomes pleasantly firm.
Adult mattresses range from $1,500 to $3,822, with a zoned option for customizable comfort (View Prices on Soaring Heart). The company also offers organic mattress toppers, organic crib mattresses, and organic dog beds. And they offer shikibutons (View Prices on Soaring Heart), which are basically thin cotton, wool and/or latex mattresses that can be used by themselves, combined for added comfort and support, or topped with a pillow top for cozy comfort. They offer free shipping to your door and all mattresses have a 20 year warranty.
Their signature Organic Latex Mattress is available in Twin, Extra Long Twin, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King sizes and ranges in price from $1,678.95 to $2,865.45. Each mattress is handmade in Seattle from a single 6″ deep piece of 100 percent organic Dunlop latex. It is surrounded by a thin layer of soft organic wool and is soft and contouring, and supportive with a standard firmness. For a soft or extra firm mattress, you can contact the company directly. You can also combine this mattress with a softer mattress topper or pad.
Alternatively, you might want to choose from Soaring Heart’s Tamarack or Linden collections. The Tamarack (View Prices on Soaring Heart) combines the 6” Latex Mattress with a 2” Organic Wool Mattress Topper and an Organic Cotton Mattress Protector (which can be removed and washed).
The Linden (View Prices on Soaring Heart) is made up of the 6” Latex Mattress with a Deluxe Organic Wool Mattress Topper, encased in an Organic Cotton Mattress Protector (which can be removed and washed). The topper features multiple layers of premium organic wool batting, making for a fluffy, supportive sleep surface.
Soaring Heart also offer a Zoned Organic Latex Mattress (View Prices on Soaring Heart) designed with five firmness zones, each offering specific support for a different part of your body to keep your back in alignment. The Zoned Organic Latex Mattress is ideal if you want extra firmness in your lower back area and enough overall firmness to support your spine, but with a soft firm region at the top and bottom of the mattress for comfort at your head and feet. This mattress comprises five latex cores surrounding by organic wool and cotton. It is available in Queen and King sizes only, which cost $3,255 and $3,822 respectively.
One thing I really like about Soaring Heart is their ‘Revitalization’ program. Acknowledging that natural fibers can, over many years, pack down and lose a little bounce, the company offers the option of adding a few new layers of cotton or wool, rather than replacing an entire mattress, futon, shikibuton, or mattress topper. They’ll even do this for you for the cost of raw materials and labor only, which usually amounts to around a fifth of what a whole new sleep system would cost, and which keeps more mattresses out of landfill. Oh, and they offer free shipping anywhere in the U.S. and can remove your old mattress for a fee of $100 if you live in the Seattle area.
One downside of Soaring Heart is their limited 30-day ‘Comfort Guarantee’. This is not a return program and instead extends only to exchanging your chosen mattress for one with a different comfort level. For actual returns due to defects, there appears to be a 30 percent restocking fee and the customer has to pay shipping, which seems rather miserly.
Soaring Heart vs. OMI, Obasan, Plush Beds, and Savvy Rest
If you’re looking for customized comfort and support from an all-latex high-quality mattress, Soaring Heart’s Zoned Organic Latex mattress might be just the ticket. That said, 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 are the top choice. OMI mattresses carry more certifications than Soaring Heart, Naturepedic, Plush Beds, Savvy Rest, and every other mattress on the market. They have been rigorously tested and found to be durable and high-performance, but their latex mattresses are a little higher in price than Soaring Heart. OMI mattresses match Soaring Heart and Obasan for customizability across zones, though, while other mattress companies only offer customization across layers.
The OMI zoned mattress design means you can rejig the layers and zones to accommodate life changes such as pregnancy, injury, and ageing, or simply switch the mattress around to accommodate another person. So, although they are more expensive than some other eco-friendly mattresses, they could easily see you through several decades of life (and more than one partner!), making them cost effective long-term.
As noted, Soaring Heart mattresses are a little less expensive than OMI and Obasan and the company has a revitalization program, where you can add back bounce to the wool and cotton layers in later years should you need it (thereby helping to avoid replacing the whole mattress). Soaring Heart are also heavily certified and highly transparent about the materials and processes they use, which is nice, and they’ve been around for just as long as OMI and have a great reputation.
In terms of performance, Soaring Heart mattresses have a great reputation for being comfortable and durable, with customers quickly becoming super-fans of the company. Soaring Heart don’t seem to have been tested at the Consumer Reports lab, however, unlike the OMI OrganicPedic Flora Nouveau which has an excellent score encompassing comfort and durability.
If you’d rather not have wool in your all-latex mattress, Soaring Heart is not the company for you. Naturepedic’s EOS Trilux (all-latex and vegan) or Plush Beds Natural Bliss (all-latex and vegan) are your best options as all Soaring Heart, Obasan, Savvy Rest, Swiss Dream Beds, and OMI mattresses contain some amount of wool as a natural fire barrier. Rawganique also offer a vegan mattress (View Prices on Rawganique), but you’ll need a doctor’s prescription for this one as it doesn’t meet fire safety regulations without the wool component.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to Soaring Heart but you still want to buy from a company with a good reputation, Savvy Rest and Plush Beds are very similar for latex mattresses, with Plush Beds the more affordable option. Plush Beds offer an impressive combination of reputation, quality, affordability, customization, and eco-credentials, with Botanical Bliss (View Prices on Plush Beds) boasting the rare Eco-Institut certification making it a top choice for a latex mattress after OMI’s collection. 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. In comparison, 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 and a solo sleeper, or are 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.
Savvy Rest also boast a robust charitable giving program and B Corp status (none of the other mattress companies have this currently). In terms of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and charitable giving, OMI are like Soaring Heart, Rawganique, and Obasan in that they 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. Plush Beds have an eco scholarship and donate to various charitable initiatives.
Savvy Rest are your best option if you’re looking for a particularly oddly shaped mattress, such as a circular mattress, for instance. But, 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. In contrast, Plush Beds 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.
Soaring Heart are also rather miserly in terms of a sleep trial and return policy. They only offer a 30-day comfort trial, which is not a return program and instead extends only to exchanging your chosen mattress for one with a different comfort level. For actual returns due to defects, there appears to be a 30 percent restocking fee and the customer has to pay shipping. They do offer a 20-year limited warranty, however.
OMI offer a 90-day sleep trial and a 20-year limited warranty on all mattresses, as do Obasan. However, Obasan also offer a much longer ‘layer exchange’ period; After their 30-night free trial (during which they recommend you don’t move any layers around), they ask that you contact them about any persistent discomfort and offer an exchange of layers within the first 180 days.
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. My Green Mattress also offer a 25-year limited warranty (full 10 year, then prorated). Most Naturepedic mattresses come with a limited 20-year warranty including full repair and replacement within the first 10 years and a pro-rated warranty for the remaining ten. Naturepedic have a 90-day sleep trial and ‘comfort exchange’ program for most mattress models but be sure to check details for your particular model before buying and be aware that if you go through another retailer, that retailer’s policy applies instead.
Overall, OMI is your best bet for a non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality, latex mattress and is quite affordable. Soaring Heart Zoned mattresses offer a comparable product and may be easier on your budget depending on your particular needs, so check them out too. Plush Beds are an excellent mid-range choice for a fully latex mattress, with the Botanical Bliss offering the best quality and the Natural Bliss offering one of the best options for vegans or those wanting a wool-free mattress without need for a prescription.
If you’re looking for a budget option, consider Savvy Rest’s Tranquility mattress if you’re a smaller, solo sleeper or buying for a child, or go for My Green Mattress’s Hope mattress. You can also put your info into Obasan’s site and see how you fare with their algorithms. Depending on your needs, they may have a budget-friendly option that is highly customized.
As always, 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.