Do you sleep vegan? I’m not talking about dreaming about the perfect vegan burger – I mean vegan mattresses! If you’re wondering what on earth a vegan mattress is, and why a mattress WOULDN’T be vegan, it’s usually because of wool. Read on to find out more.
Apparently, you used to have to get a wool-free mattress on prescription from a doctor (!), a fact I only learned while researching this article. Thankfully, it’s much easier these days.
Mattresses are usually made out of polyurethane foam or latex and many (but not all) mattresses contain wool as well. Thankfully, more and more mattress companies are eschewing wool and making vegan mattresses, but if you go into the nearest mattress store near you, you’ll find they haven’t (yet) put big vegan labels on their mattresses. So I’ve put together this list of vegan mattresses for you!
Some of the vegan mattresses I’ll be covering include:
- PlushBeds Natural Bliss 100% natural latex mattress
- Avocado hybrid vegan mattress & Avocado latex foam mattress
- Emma memory foam mattress
- The Futon Shop
- Flo Beds
Many on the list are eco friendly mattresses as well. Read on to see the best vegan mattress brands for your vegan bedroom.
PlushBeds’ mattresses are made in the US.
The Natural Bliss mattress is their vegan mattress option, made with 100% natural organic latex, and a GOTS certified 100% organic cotton cover. It’s hypoallergenic and wool-free.
The latex foam they use is GOLS certified organic and the cover is USDA certified organic cotton. The cover has their patented, fiberglass-free Eco Fire Barrier, made of plant-based fibers, and the cover is breathable and helps you maintain a cool body temperature.
The mattress is also GreenGuard Gold certified, meaning it isn’t emitting harmful chemicals into the air your breathe.
It doesn’t contain any mercury, lead, heavy metals, PBDE flame retardants or cyanide.
The layers of this organic vegan mattress are: the organic cotton cover, the Eco Fire Barrier, the 100% natural Talalay latex comfort layer and the organic Arpico latex support core.
You can choose between varying thicknesses (6″, 8″ or 10″) and medium or medium-firm, as well as the full range of bed sizes from twin to California King.
PlushBeds mattresses are handcrafted in California and come with a 25-year warranty. They also offer a 100 night sleep trial money back guarantee.
Shipping is free in the continental US (for other areas call them).
Vegan hybrid mattress
The hybrid mattress is a mix of GOLS certified latex, GOTS certified organic cotton and up to 1,414 support coils. The mattress is made in America, is vegan and is PETA approved. They don't use polyurethane foam, polyester or toxic fire retardants. It is also hand-tufted and GreenGuard Gold certified.
Choose between the standard mattress, which is medium-firm and suitable for back and stomach sleepers, or the pillowtop mattress (with an additional layer of latex rubber foam), suitable for all side and combination sleepers and is gentle firm.
Vegan latex mattress
The vegan latex mattress, on the other hand, is an all-foam latex mattress (it's not hybrid - no springs). This harmful chemical free mattress is 100% organic certified and biodegradable. It features 9 inches of natural latex plus organic cotton and bounce-dampening layers. These natural latex mattresses are made in Los Angeles, and are PETA vegan certified. They're also hand-tufted, GreenGuard Gold certified and GOTS organic certified.
The latex mattress is Avocado's firmest mattress, and is suitable for back and stomach sleepers and tall/large combination sleepers. It uses chemical-free vegan flame retardants. It's biodegradable and the factory that manufactures it uses renewable energy and is on its way to becoming a zero waste certified facility.
Avocado offsets shipping and is a carbon negative business (meaning they offset more than 100% of their business). The mattress comes with a 1 year trial and 25 year warranty. Every Avocado mattress comes with free shipping.
If you're looking for vegan memory foam mattresses, then look no further. Emma makes a memory foam mattress that's vegan too! (And is available in 26 countries around the world.)
The Emma Original mattress is made with German engineered memory foam and is suitable for ALL sleepers (back, stomach, side, combination) and body types. It also has zero motion transfer.
Trusted by 2 million sleepers across 26 countries, each Emma mattress offers climate regulation (keeps moisture and heat out), has an Airgocell foam layer for motion isolation, pressure relief from the memory foam layer and an HRX material layer for spinal alignment.
They offer free, no-contact delivery and a frontline worker discount. It has a 100-day free trial and a 10 year guarantee.
The Futon Shop has a selection of vegan mattresses, including the Organic Cotton Plus Latex mattress, the Vegan EcoSupport latex mattress, The Vegan Tranquility spring mattress and the Vegan Cocomax coconut mattress.
All the products on the page here are vegan, and the selection includes 8 different mattresses.
The Vegan Cocomax non toxic mattress utilises GOLS certified organic coconut coir, as well as chemical free latex, PLA fiber derived from potatoes and GOTS certified organic cotton. The mattress is anti-microbrial and dust mite resistant, has an expected 20-30 year lifespan and is made with sustainable materials.
The Organic Cotton Plus Latex mattress, on the other hand, is made with certified organic cotton, 100% natural dunlop latex cores, and PLA fiber derived from potatoes.
All their mattresses come with a 30 day comfort guarantee.
Flo Beds has three vegan mattress options: the Vegan Select Natural mattress, the Vegan Duluxe Natural mattress and the Vegan vZone natural mattress.
The Select is their original latex mattress and features 2 layers of Talalay latex and an egg crate topper covered with organic cotton. The Duluxe comes with an additional layer of latex for extra comfort and to accommodate a wider range of body types. Finally, the vZone is their best-selling mattress which has a custom zoned latex upper core for extra lumbar support and pressure relief.
Flo Beds is a family owned business that has been making mattresses since 1971. They have a 100 day money back guarantee and 20 year warranty.
This charcoal infused memory foam mattress is wool-free and vegan. It is a dual-sided hybrid mattress, with up to 975 pocketed coils. It also contains Dunlop 100% organic latex.
It's free from toxic flame retardants, heavy metals, phthalates and formaldehyde. It also has a GreenGuard Gold certification, meaning you can rest easy it's certified to not give off any VOCs.
It is made in Los Angeles and comes with a 25 year limited warranty. It's also 100% carbon offset.
Brentwood Home supports several charitable initiatives, including planting 10,000 trees, and for every bed sold they donate a ReliefBed for homeless residents and people needing shelter during a natural disaster.
More plant based mattress options:
Naturepedic vegan mattress on request - Naturepedic will make a vegan mattress, on request only (you need to contact them and ask for wool-free vegan options)
IKEA Hirasund mattress & Tistedal topper (according to this interview with Vegconomist, these two IKEA products are vegan)
Cozy Pure (on request) - Cozy Pure will make a wool-free vegan mattress on request
Vegan mattress UK options:
Cottonsafe vegan mattress (Vegan Society certified)
IKEA: Hirasund mattress
IKEA vegan mattress topper: Tistedal
Why aren't mattresses vegan?
Some mattresses are vegan! However, some aren't, usually due to wool being used as one of the layers or for the top covering -- because it's breathable and therefore good for temperature regulation. Thankfully, many mattress manufacturers now offer an alternative with cotton or organic cotton, which is a naturally breathable and vegan material!
Wool is also sometimes used in mattresses as a fire retardant in lieu of chemical fire retardants. Vegan-friendly mattress manufacturers have found a number of alternatives, thankfully, such as PlushBeds Eco Fire Barrier, using plant-based fibers as a fire retardant. Avocado mattresses use graphite instead of wool; graphite powder is naturally fire resistant.
Some mattresses also contain down or feathers in the mattress topper. As well as not being vegan, have you ever had the expeirence of a feather poking you from inside a pillow or duvet? Thankfully, as ever there are plenty of vegan alternatives. The mattresses on this list are free from animal products and instead use materials like organic latex, organic cotton, hemp, coconut and/or memory foam instead.
What makes a mattress vegan?
A vegan mattress is, simply, a mattress free from any animal products. Some mattresses on this list have even been certified vegan by PETA or the Vegan Society.
When buying a mattress, check if it contains any animal products (most commonly wool or down/feathers). While mattress shops haven't started labelling vegan mattresses (yet), you might be able to find an accidentally vegan mattress at a mattress shop near you. Or, choose from the list in this post and order your mattress online! Most come with a trial period so you can return them if you need to; so even if you don't get to try them out in-store you won't be stuck with one if it doesn't work for you.
Are Nectar mattresses vegan?
Nectar says their mattresses are eco-friendly and made with tencel and a vegetable-based polyurethane cover, cotton, wood-based cellulose, gel memory foam and base foam, but they don't use the word vegan, so it's best to ask about the model you're looking at to be sure.
Are Casper mattresses vegan?
Casper's UK website states they are vegan, so yes - in the UK!
Are Emma mattresses vegan?
Yes! They state here their mattresses are 100% vegan and free from animal products.
Is Avocado mattress vegan?
Some of Avocado's mattresses are vegan but not all! They have two vegan mattresses that are very clearly called vegan (kudos to them for this!): the Avocado vegan mattress and the Avocado vegan latex mattress. These are their wool-free vegan options. Be sure to select one of these vegan mattress options!
What should you look for in a mattress?
There are a few factors to consider when looking at a mattress and certain kinds of mattress (material/type and firmness) better suit back, side and stomach sleepers or combination sleepers, and also depending on the weight of the sleeper. First of all, mattress type:
- Innerspring - these were traditionally the most popular but other types have become more popular in recently years. They tend to be less expensive but don't always have the best motion isolation or pressure relief.
- Foam - memory foam mattresses have become very popular in recent years. They tend to mould to the body and thus offer good motion isolation as well as pressure relief; they're good for couples and side sleepers.
- Hybrid - these have a combination of springs and foam or latex. They are good for heat dissipation and also offer a bit of bounce. They're good for all positions of sleepers, depending on sleeper's build.
- Latex - natural and organic latex is a great option for eco-friendly mattresses. They have a good bounce, tend to last a long time and offer some contouring to the body.
- Airbed - the first thing that springs to my mind when I hear airbed is an inflatable mattress used for guests or camping, but airbed mattresses have air as their support core with other layers. They are good for couples because each can set the firmness on their own side.
Another factor to consider is firmness. Mattress firmness is measured on a scale of 1 to 10. Different levels of firmness suit different builds of sleeper as well as sleep positions. However, it's also down to individual preference and may vary depending on preference and other factors such as injuries or back pain.
Side sleepers generally do better with a softer mattress.
Back sleepers tend to prefer a medium firm mattress.
Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, benefit from a firm mattress, as do those who have back pack or weigh over 230 pounds.
Combination sleepers should choose based on the position they most frequently sleep in during the night, or go for medium to medium firm as a compromise.
For couples in which one partner tosses and turns a lot, a medium firm mattress tends to isolate motion better, as do memory foam, latex and innerspring mattresses. Airbeds with dual chambers allow you and your partner to choose the firmness of your preference on your side of the bed.
You may also want to consider allergies. Latex and foam are both antimicrobial and dust mite resistant, and be sure you use an allergen free cover (organic cotton is good for many people).
If you're looking for an eco-friendly option, natural organic latex and organic cotton are great picks, as is hemp, a very eco-friendly material. Look for certification such as GOLS organic latex and GOTS organic cotton.
If you're concerned about chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) look for certifications such as CERTI-PUR or GreenGuard Gold.
I also recommend (whether for eco reasons or budget reasons!) purchasing the best quality, longest-lasting mattress you can afford. Many come with long-term warranties which is a good sign. A good mattress should last you many years. To make your mattress last longer, rotate it head to toe (if suitable for the type of mattress you have), use a mattress protector, regularly wash bedding, use the proper support/base and clean your mattress with the vacuum (as well as cleaning up any spills as needed). While rotating the mattress head to toe is a good idea, flipping it over may not be. Many older mattresses needed to be flipped, many newer ones have a comfort layer that mean they shouldn't be (the comfort layer is meant to be on top), so check your mattress type.
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