The 5 Best Eco-Friendly Memory Foam Mattresses
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Over a third of our lives is spent sleeping—that’s a lot of time in bed! Yet we easily forget how important a durable, supportive mattress is for our bodies to fully rest and recover until it’s too late (cue us waking up with sore backs).
While most memory foam mattresses are made with foam, latex, and fibers that emit odors and VOCs, more eco-friendly memory foam mattress options do exist—which is great news! Sometimes memory foam is best for pain relief and we’re just glad to know there are sustainable brands helping us with options.
These memory foam mattresses offer full-body contouring that supports the spine, allowing the muscles to fully relax and release tension. And many are eco-friendly, too as well as CertiPur-US certified, free of harmful chemicals, VOCs, or heavy metals. Best yet, these mattress brands offer payment plans, give back to their communities, and are American-made.
Best For | Hybrid foam mattresses
Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified, GREENGUARD Gold Certified
Mattress Type | Premium Hybrid Memory Foam
Features | Made in America, 120-night trial, lifetime warranty, free shipping & returns
Product Range | Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King
Price | Queen starting at $998
For those of us with chronic aches and pains when waking up, mattresses from Bear make the list for offering the most comfort and support. Their five layers weave together breathable Celliant technology, a proprietary graphite-gel memory foam to keep you cool, and three other layers of foam to relax your spine, back, and muscle pain in just a few nights. With more than 4,000 positive reviews praising its healing abilities, and the option to pay with monthly payments, we can see why it’s universally loved. If you’re not sure, test it out for up to 120 nights, and if you’re not a fan, they’ll refund you and arrange a timely pick-up. What’s even better: Bear offers exclusive pillows, bedding, mattress protectors, and foundations all made in the USA between South Carolina and Georgia, so it can be your one-stop shop for restful sleep.
Bear Mattress Review | “I chose the ‘Bear’ because of the Celliant technology, improved certified materials and the competitive price. It came within 2 days, unrolled it easily onto my old box spring and it expanded immediately with no odor. I have had a history of back pain and surgery, so was apprehensive about the just foam bed. I sleep in all positions, so [I] have found that it has just the right amount of give with med-firm support. I sleep better, and find I’m not nearly as restless throughout the night and my back feels better in the mornings. I have been recommending this to everyone who will listen.” – Patricia M.
Best For | Non-traditional sizes
Certifications | GOLS and GOTS certified, GREENGUARD Gold certified
Mattress Type | Gel Memory Foam
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, 25-year warranty, free shipping, gives back
Product Range | Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King
Price | Queen $3,153
PlushBeds rank our top pick for both sustainability and luxury, with their nontoxic and eco-friendly Cool Bliss mattress. Combining gel memory foam, 100% natural latex, and several other layers, their 12” mattress will leave you feeling well-rested every morning, without the chemicals or off-gassing other mattresses have. They’re so dedicated to natural and eco-friendly living that their mattresses are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, a certification given to less than 1% of mattresses in the US. Made in the USA, it’ll arrive quickly to your door for no additional cost, too. The number one reason we’re big fans? Their special gel memory foam fights any nighttime sweating and leaves us cool and refreshed in the morning, no matter the season.
PlushBeds Mattress Review | “We recently purchased a queen size [Cool Bliss] mattress, and have moved our queen Sleep Number to the spare bedroom. The PlushBeds mattress is consistently superior and much more comfortable, especially for pressure points that cause pain. Excellent product and we’d purchase it again.” – Gregory C.
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Best For | Affordable memory foam mattresses
Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified
Mattress Type | Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Features | 365-night trial, lifetime warranty, free shipping & returns
Product Range | Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King
Price | Queen $699
Nectar’s Memory Foam Mattress might be the last mattress you ever buy—especially since it comes with a lifetime warranty. Plus, they know that testing out a bed for 5 minutes in a store won’t help us make a decision that will affect us for decades to come, so that’s why they offer a 365-night trial. Don’t like it? They’ll refund you and remove the mattress free of charge, though we don’t think you’ll feel that way. They’ve developed a 5-layer mattress that comes with temperature-controlled Tencel fabric, gel memory foam for comfort, and specially-designed materials that fight dust mites. And while it’s one of the more cost-effective mattresses on our list, they know hundreds of dollars can be a lot to swing at once, which is why they offer payment plans starting at $117 a month. Nectar’s thought of it all when it comes to a positive experience finding your space to rest for a lifetime.
Nectar Mattress Review | “I was skeptical about ordering a mattress through the mail and not trying it out first, but from our very first night sleeping in it, we have been so happy. I don’t wake up stiff and sore like I used to. I thought that’s just how it is as you get older, but now I wake up refreshed and pain-free!” – Caroline B.
Best For | Back and stomach sleepers
Certifications | GREENGUARD Gold Certified, CertiPur-US Certified
Mattress Type | T&N Adaptive® Foam
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, 10-year warranty
Product Range | Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Price | Queen $995
Tuft & Needle sells one of the most popular mattresses worldwide—and it’s no surprise why. Its GREENDGUARD Gold and CertiPur-US certifications make it one of the most eco-friendly mainstream mattress around. And it packs a punch, too: in addition to being sustainable, long-lasting, and supportive, they are on the more affordable side, with a queen mattress starting at just $995. Their proprietary T&N Adaptive® Foam was developed from customer feedback and is paired with a support layer, for a good night’s sleep you won’t remember. No matter if you’re using box springs, slats, or an adjustable frame, the Tuft & Needle T&N Mattress will do wonders for your body and soul.
Tuft & Needle Mattress Review | “After a year and a half of waking up with back pain, we switched to Tuft & Needle. One night’s sleep on the T & N, and my back pain is now completely gone. We love the feel of the foam mattress. It is incredibly cozy, but firm and durable. We have already recommended it to several of our friends!” – Colleen
Best For | Back support
Certifications | CertiPUR-US certified memory foam, Congress of Chiropractic State Assoc. Seal of Approval
Mattress Type | Memory foam mattress
Features | Made in the USA, free in-room delivery & setup, 365-night trial, lifetime warranty, 24/7 customer service
Product Range | Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Price | Queen $2,395
A bed-in-a-box that helps your back? It’s possible! Saatva is all about “pure comfort without the markups,” and its mattresses are well-known for alleviating back pain. How? With organic and memory foam mattresses, there are soft to firm options for everyone, including the Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress, which offers targeted support to back pressure points! Plus, it’s made with patented quilting and natural latex lumbar crown to keep your spine aligned overnight. Saatva offers free delivery and setup, including taking your old mattress away. The easiest sustainable solution for back pain, once and for all.
Saatva Mattress Review | “Saatva is the best mattress company in the entire universe! Not only is my new Saatva bed the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on, it was delivered to me a few days earlier than originally scheduled! The Saatva customer service is OUTSTANDING! They are there 24/7 and every single person I spoke with was extremely friendly, professional and caring. I cannot say enough good things about the Saatva Mattress Company.” – Nancy E.