mattressunderground logo
Welcome to The Mattress Underground FORUM! :cheer:
The first place to start your research is the Mattress Shopping Tutorial linked in the top right corner.
Select the Search Forum tab above to gain access to answers to many mattress related questions.
Select the Ask An Expert tab above to reach out to any of our Expert Members for guidance and advice.


12 May 2019 14:48 - 12 May 2019 14:53 #11 by amir
Hi. I am looking for the best organic (if possible), vegan (no wool), non-latex (or at least not completely latex) mattress options. I am a vegan, and I am on a budget. I have done a bunch of googling, and I don't know what to do. My zip code is 95073, Soquel, California. I would prefer to go to a place to look/try the mattress out, if possible. That is important to me. I also want it to not be made of soy. I am looking for something that breaths and is lively (at least a bit bouncy) that doesn't emit strong odors. I would also like there to be a return policy in case I try it but don't like it. These are not all deal breakers, but I am curious to find out what is available. I would appreciate your help. Thank you. Amir
Last edit: 12 May 2019 14:53 by amir.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

13 May 2019 20:28 #12 by Phoenix
Hi amir,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! :) and thank you for your post

If you are only looking at organic materials (regardless of whether non organic materials may be just as "safe") and have ruled out wool or other "safe" fire barriers and you have also ruled out latex then your criteria would be very restrictive and you would basically be limited to organic cotton (such as an organic cotton futon) which may not be the most comfortable choice or perhaps an innerspring mattress that uses organic cotton or other organic fibers as a comfort layer (and these will be somewhat difficult to find).

There is a list of some futon options in post #2 here and there is also a list of some of the better innerspring/natural fiber options I'm aware of in post #4 here . You would need to check if any of them have a retailer that is near you (or that they sell online if you are comfortable with buying a mattress or futon that you can't test in person before a purchase) and if an organic certification is important to you then you would also need to check with them to make sure that their natural fibers are also vegan and whether they have an organic certification and/or that they can make a prescription mattress that doesn't pass the fire regulations. I have alerted one of our new members that may be able to give you a little more direction with other options you may have.

Unfortunately, In early 2018 we decided to discontinue the provision of listings of potential retailers in various geographic regions (unless they are already approved site members), because of the difficulty in maintaining such lists in a retail landscape that is constantly changing, and most importantly the confusion it was created with the consumer members who incorrectly assumed that these businesses had indeed gone through the strict qualification process and were approved as members of The Mattress Underground. Such an assumption is unfair to both the consumers seeking assistance, as well as the very businesses and manufacturers who meet the criteria to become Trusted Members of The Mattress Underground.

Good luck, this is a tough search and I hope you can find something that meets your needs.

Thank you again for your post.

Researching for a mattress?... Be sure to read The Mattress Shopping Tutorial.
Click here for TMU Discount Codes if purchasing from Our Trusted Members.
For any mattress questions Ask An Expert on our forum

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

14 May 2019 04:46 #13 by diynaturalbedding
I agree with Phoenix, your criteria are very limiting, but they are workable. However, to find a completely vegan option without latex foam that has bounce and is in a budget is probably asking too much.

GOTS cotton batting (which we stock) can be used to make a mattress or as mentioned above, you can buy premade organic cotton futons. They will be quite firm, last no more than 10 years and will become more firm as they age.

Millet hulls or buckwheat hulls, such as carries can be used to make a firm mattress. It will have more contour ability than cotton but will still be firm.

Sand mattresses are available in CA only, as far as I know, and while vegan, again would be quite firm.

I have talked with people who have also used straw (not hay), seaweed (grown from his pond), loofahs (perhaps the most bouncy but not cheap; they are acutally the inside of a gourd and if you can get them grown US side, then they aren't crispy yet). If you are into foraging, cattail fluff inside a barrier cloth (because it breaks down extensively and quickly) would also work as well as young asp leaves. These sort of plant fibers usually are renewed yearly.

You may want to consider a topper of a different or at least lesser material than your mattress. That way you can have a little pressure relief on top of great support. If you don't mind some latex, you can always wrap it in a cotton batting or to combine the firmness of the batting with the bounce of the latex. Our Arpico latex is vegan.

Best of luck researching.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

16 May 2019 20:35 - 16 May 2019 20:36 #14 by amir
Thank you all for your help. I appreciate it. It would be alright if the mattress was natural but not organic.
Last edit: 16 May 2019 20:36 by amir.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

18 May 2019 12:28 - 18 May 2019 12:29 #15 by Phoenix
Hi amir,

Since you are open to "natural but not organic" products, but still wanted to find a store near , you could visit one of our Trusted Members, Nest Bedding , to try one of their natural options in the showroom as they have a store in Costa Mesa, CA. I am not very sure of the natural options that Dan at Bay Bed & Mattress but you can give them a brief call to explore what they have.

I look forward to hearing about your choices.


Researching for a mattress?... Be sure to read The Mattress Shopping Tutorial.
Click here for TMU Discount Codes if purchasing from Our Trusted Members.
For any mattress questions Ask An Expert on our forum
Last edit: 18 May 2019 12:29 by Phoenix.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • FREE Consumer Membership & Price Discounts

    Offered to consumers who Create an Account to register on OUR FORUM to ask questions or share mattress related experiences. Additionally, Consumer Members of TMU will receive discounts/bonuses from some of the best quality/value Mattress Manufacturers in North America.


  • CONNECTING Consumers with Trusted Manufacturers & Retailers

    The Mattress Underground (TMU) website connects consumers with the most Trusted Manufacturers & Retailers throughout North America. All TMU Members have agreed to provide TMU consumer members price discounts/bonus higher or equal to all other discounts offered throughout the Internet.

      • For eCommerce purchases, please check here for the unique discount code(s) offered by each of the TMU Trusted members.
      • When purchasing locally simply present the referral certificate provided by the TMU Trusted Member linked above or mention “The Mattress Underground” when visiting their store.


  • QUALITY Manufacturers & KNOWLEDGEABLE Retailers

    The Business membership of this site is by invitation only and is only offered when we are satisfied that what you offer places you in the upper tier of mattress manufacturers & retailers across North America in terms of quality, knowledge & transparency, and service. If you believe that your company meets the quality/value criteria please complete and submit the PMAF form here to start the review process.

    Membership Requirements

  • Membership Disclosure

    The Mattress Underground offers free consumer membership & paid membership for select mattress manufacturers or retailers. Member dues/fees are our source of income as The Mattress Underground is expensive to operate and employs people. For those manufacturers or retailers that have been invited to become members, and for any consumer that wishes to find their "best fit" mattress, we hope you choose to take advantage of what TMU offers as we believe the value of our services and information, our willingness and ability to work on behalf of and connect educated consumers with the better retailers and manufacturers across the US and Canada, are second to none on the internet. Mattress manufacturer and retailer memberships are available for companies that sell directly to consumers, but are by invitation only.

    In order to ensure full transparency with our readers, we’d like to disclose the following about our member relationships:

    • Consumer have free membership but can voluntarily donate to helping TMU operate.
    • Mattress retailers that qualify to be a Trusted Member pay monthly dues/fees.
    • Mattress manufacturers that qualify to be a Trusted Member pay monthly dues/fees
    More information about the benefits and services that TMU members receive can be found on the Our Services page of this website