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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 30 Jun 2014 23:06 #1

Hello Phoenix

Really enjoy your site, helps take the mystery out of mattress shopping.

I recently spent time researching crib mattresses as I just welcomed my first child into the world about a week ago. Organic non toxic was a big concern of mine and I ultimately landed on a Naturepedic for her crib.

Now that my daughter is here I am realizing how much time we spend hanging out in our bed. Our mattress is a cheap costco memory foam mattress that I now would like to replace because of safety concerns as well as problems with heat retention.

The Naturepedic EOS seems like a good bet, as it addresses my safety concerns and I like the flexibility it provides in being able to change layers and customize for the preferences of my wife and myself. I went to my local mattress retailer Ergo Bedrooms to try out the EOS , they didn't have it at that showroom but they did show me their house line Silhouette that seems similar to the EOS. I am going to go to their other showroom to try both mattresses side by side. Do you have any thoughts on the two? Any other suggestions, I am in south Orange County California.

Thanks!

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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 01 Jul 2014 09:56 #2

Hi Dcg,

The Naturepedic EOS seems like a good bet, as it addresses my safety concerns and I like the flexibility it provides in being able to change layers and customize for the preferences of my wife and myself. I went to my local mattress retailer Ergo Bedrooms to try out the EOS , they didn't have it at that showroom but they did show me their house line Silhouette that seems similar to the EOS. I am going to go to their other showroom to try both mattresses side by side. Do you have any thoughts on the two? Any other suggestions, I am in south Orange County California.


The issues surrounding organic, natural, safe, and green mattresses are very complex (and confusing) and similar to dietary choices where each person may have very different opinions about "how safe is safe enough for me?" and there may be no clear answers to some very complex questions. A recent reply in post #2 here and the posts it links to may help you clarify what is important to you and some of the differences and "connections" between organic, natural, safe, and green materials and components.

The Silhouette is made by Berkeley Ergonomics and both the BE mattresses and Naturepedic mattresses use high quality and "safe" materials. They both have a component design that provides for good options to customize a mattress before and after a purchase and there are no "weak links" in any of their mattresses. From a quality/durability perspective both of them would make good choices. Post #13 here has more about how I would assess the relative "value" of a mattress purchase when you are making comparisons between mattresses. A forum search on Naturepedic and Berkeley Ergonomics (you can just click both links) will bring up more information and feedback about both of them as well.

The better options and possibilities I'm aware of in the Greater Los Angeles area are listed in post #2 here .

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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 01 Jul 2014 17:00 #3

Thanks Phoenix great to hear that silhouette is Berkeley Ergonomics as I have read good things about them here. One follow up question, it seems you view latex cores as superior to innerspring. Would an innerspring core with latex comfort layers be cooler than all latex?

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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 01 Jul 2014 17:12 #4

Hi Dcg,

One follow up question, it seems you view latex cores as superior to innerspring.


I would treat this as a preference choice not a "better worse" choice. While latex would tend to be more durable than an innerspring "in theory" ... in practical terms the weak link of a mattress is normally in the comfort layers not the support core of a mattress regardless of whether it's an innerspring, polyfoam, or latex. There is more detailed information about latex vs innerspring support cores in post #2 here but this may be more technical than you need to know and I would make a choice based on which one was a better match for you in terms of PPP or the other parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you (including the price and the options you have available exchange or return a mattress or individual layers after a purchase).

Would an innerspring core with latex comfort layers be cooler than all latex?


Again in theory yes because an innerspring allows for more airflow than any foam material (including latex) but the layers that are closer to your body will have more effect on the sleeping temperature of a mattress than the deeper layers in a mattress so in practical terms sleeping temperature will depend more on the comfort layers, the cover and quilting materials, your mattress protector, and the type of sheets and bedding you use than it will on the type of support core in the mattress. Post #2 here has more information about the many variables that can affect the sleeping temperature of a mattress.

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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 01 Jul 2014 17:20 #5

Great, thanks. And I lied, I have an additional follow up- what are your thoughts on a latex wool topper they are trying to sell with the Berkeley Ergonomics bed?

Thanks !

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Advice on safe natural / organic mattress 01 Jul 2014 18:03 #6

Hi Dcg,

This would be another preference choice. There is also more about wool toppers in post #8 here and posts #3 and #6 in this topic that may help you decide whether to add it.

I would personally make my choice based on whether your testing indicates that you prefer the mattress with or without the wool topper (keeping in mind that the wool will "firm up" somewhat over the course of the first few months).

For those that prefer the "feel" or temperature regulation of sleeping on thicker layers of wool nothing else will do and for those that prefer the "feel" of a softer foam material then it probably wouldn't be the best choice.

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