12 years ago, we couldn’t afford a luxurious mattress, but couldn’t afford to keep killing our backs on the crappy one we had. We made the mistake of buying a $500 mattress and returned it a week later. Then we found a Beautyrest pillow top at RCWilley that we loved, but it was $2,000. We drove down to the RCWilley Clearance Center and found the exact same mattress for $1,000. It was still very pricey for us at the time, but we enjoyed it for 12 years and never regretted the purchase.
12 years later my husband was sleeping on the edge of the bed where there was still padding and support and I was building a fortress of pillows around me, waking up with a dead arm and neck pain. In the photos it looks like a brand new bed, but upon close examination at eye level, I could see an indent in the middle. Even though the mattress was old, I posted it on Facebook Yardsale for my town and had 5 people instantly fighting for it. I was only asking $50 because that was the cost of delivery for my new mattress and I didn’t think anyone would want an old mattress. Was I ever surprised! It made me wonder if I was being too hasty to get rid of it, but the new mattress was bought, the old one sold and it was too late to go back. The couple who bought my used mattress had just invested in a new $500 mattress and hated it. They were excited to have our used pillow top BeautyRest. This is why I believe in investing in a good mattress. Anything under $1,000 is going to be a waste of money.
There are a ton of bloggers singing praises to IntelliBed and offering a 10% coupon code. They are affiliates and have something to gain by getting you to use their code so I was skeptical, until I went to the IntelliBed site and was impressed and intrigued. IntelliBed is also based in Utah, so I could go to an actual store and try one.
Warranty: 30 year limited warranty. I was pretty excited about the idea of not having to buy another mattress for 30 years. I hate mattress shopping.
Price: They were at the top of my price range with their cheapest King size mattress starting at $2,000.
Update: This is the mattress we bought and regret buying. Read the full review of our IntelliBed mattress here: An Honest Review of IntelliBed
I asked my Facebook MTHFR group about non-toxic mattress options and I had several people tell me they love their Savvy Rest. All of their mattresses are made of natural latex rubber, certified organic wool or cotton, and are nontoxic. I was tempted to buy a Savvy, but there were no stores near me and I was afraid to buy a mattress without testing it out. We are talking about a 10+ year investment and a lot of money.
Warranty: 20 year limited warranty
Price: The cheapest King size mattress I could find was $3,149 which was a little above my price range, especially after shipping.
Saatva uses a "natural thistle barrier" flame retardant with an organic cotton cover and Euro pillow top. The pillow top mattress was very tempting to me since I loved my last pillow top so much and they are very affordable.
Warranty: 15 year
Price: $1,299 for a King
A woman in my MTHFR Facebook group directed me to European Sleep Works and said that she has been very happy with hers. They use natural, non-toxic, high-performance materials like cotton, Merino wool and natural latex. I like that they offer a full refund if you are not happy.
Warranty: 10 years
Price: The starting price for a King mattress is $2,000.
They claim to sale eco-freindlty, all-natural and/or recyclable latex mattresses. If you live near SanFrancisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, or New York, you are lucky to live near a showroom and can test one out. Unfortunately, I do not live near any of their showrooms.
Warranty: 12 year limited warranty.
Price: They are reasonably priced at $440-$2,200
They use all natural materials like organic cotton, wool, pure latex and horsehair. No harmful chemicals, polyester, polyurethane foam, or other toxic products.
Again, no store near me to try before I buy.
Warranty: ? They do not show one on their site.
Price: A King mattress is $1,699.99
A lot of the people in my MTHFR Facebook group said that they love their organic latex and wool mattress toppers, which are a much cheaper alternative if you don’t need a new mattress, but want the surface you are sleeping on to be non-toxic and more comfortable. A few people also told me of bad experiences with memory foam and migraines from the chemicals in memory foam. I tried a memory foam topper a long time ago and hated it and got headaches from sleeping on it. I also like to be able to move around in my bed and memory foam does not allow that.
I bought one of these mattresses and will be reviewing it soon. I did not ask for any blogging discounts, so that I could give a truly honest review. I am annoyed at all of the fake blog reviews and Amazon reviews by people who have been given free products in exchange for good reviews. I will be writing a very honest review.
Update: I fell for all of the paid reviews for IntelliBed and bought one. Here is my review:
An Honest Review of IntelliBed
I was not paid for this post. If I have gotten any facts wrong, please comment or email me (thethriftyhome(at)gmail(dot)com. If you have a non-toxic mattress that you love, write a comment or email me a review and I will add it here. If you work for a non-toxic mattress company and would like to be included in this list of non-toxic mattress options, email me. I won't charge to link up your company as long as it is truly non-toxic and affordable. I had a hard time finding non-toxic mattresses and hope this list will be helpful.