Avocado Mattress Review
Our Rating: (8.5 / Out Of 10)
I recently got my hands on the Avocado mattress, and I think this could be a great product for many mattress consumers. I encourage you to read our review further to discover if you may be one of them as I walk you through some important pros and cons of this mattress.
- A Word on Durability
- Firmness and Comfort
- The Three Zones in Action
- Edge Support
- Motion Isolation
- Temperature Regulation Features
- Smell and Offgassing
- Slight Setback
- How Avocado Gives Back
Skip to our review summary here.
|Offgassing||Firmness Level||Trial Period||Warranty|
|I experienced none||8||100 days||10 Year Limited, Pro-rated|
|Joma® New Zealand Wool||½ inch||n/a|
|Natural Dunlop Latex, eco-INSTITUT certified||2 inches||24-28 lbs.|
|Natural Dunlop Latex, eco-INSTITUT certified||2 inches||36-40 lbs.|
|Twin||74 x 38 x 13 inches||80 lbs.
|Twin XL||780 x 38 x 13 inches||87 lbs.|
|Full||46.8 x 19 x 19 inches||not available
|Queen||80 x 60 x 13 inches||not available
|King||80 x 76 x 13 inches||not available|
|California King||84 x 72 x 13 inches||166 lbs|
I’ve had the chance to review several mattress-in-a-box products, and I know it’s important to have an idea as to when it will be shipped. None have arrived late or damaged, but there have been times when I’ve stepped out of the house to find a mattress in my driveway when I get home. When you work with Avocado, however, they are very particular about the arrangement of a time you’ll be home. About a week before its arrival, a representative of the shipping company Avocado uses gave me a call, and we worked to arrange a time that worked best for my schedule.
When you order, you have the chance to select an option for the shipper to come in your home and set the product up on your behalf. I decided to try this option to see just how it worked. While I unboxed the product myself to show you how it works, I did enjoy not having to bring the mattress from my driveway into my house as they are typically at least 70 pounds. You’ll also notice here that they come in a box the size of the mattress, so this isn’t your typical bed in a box. You’ll be required to sign a Proof of Pickup ticket, so this ensures it won’t be dropped off when you aren’t home.
The Avocado mattress was designed in 2015 in Hoboken, NJ and is handmade in California. It’s the goal of the company to provide non-toxic, natural and organic materials at a price the average consumer can afford. Their products are handcrafted in the USA without petroleum-based polyurethane foam, toxic flame retardants, or dangerous pesticides.
A lot of time and effort went into the development of this product, and Avocado shows confidence in the end result. They offer a 100 night sleep trial. This means you get more than three months to really test out the product to see if it’s going to prove to be a viable, long-term sleep solution. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, and, if you aren’t happy within the first 100 nights, Avocado will pick it up or pay to have it shipped back as well as provide you with a full refund.
As soon as you lay on the product for the first time, you can tell that there’s just something different about it than your typical mattress. For starters, the hand-tufted buttons serve a bigger purpose than meets the eye. The durable cover textile secures the mattress layers firmly in place using wool yarn rosettes to secure the cotton ticking without the use of chemical adhesives. This is because they act as anchors by pulling yarn through each layer of the mattress. If you flip the mattress upside down, you’ll see the anchors where the end of the yarn is secured. It even improves durability as it prevents lumps and bumps from appearing over time. The Avocado cover features a poly-blend, four way stitch knit.
You can also see that the cover isn’t your typical pure-white product which can be difficult to keep clean. Instead, you’ll find a pleasant combination of a darker and lighter green hue. I think this properly reflects the eco-goals of the company. Although the product isn’t white, I’d still recommend you purchase a mattress protector as this can extend the life of your mattress. This product is produced using a breathable, organic cotton. Since it’s internationally recognized as GOTS-certified, you can count on the fact that its natural qualities have been inspected from production and processing to manufacturing, packaging, labeling, exportation and importation.
In-home setup isn’t the only option you have when you order. You’ll also have the opportunity to add a pillow-top for just $300. If you have the money, I’d certainly recommend this, and I also selected this option myself. The additional 2-inches of 100% natural latex aides in point elasticity, and this can be particularly helpful if you require additional pressure relief. So, let’s delve into the various layers you’ll find within the cover of the Avocado mattress.
Taking it from the top, we start with a half an inch of 100% natural Joma® New Zealand Wool. This natural fiber is breathable and helps transfer heat to regulate a proper sleeping temperature. It also prevents moisture, keeps your mattress smelling fresh, and acts as an all-natural fire barrier.
This is followed by four inches of eco-INSTITUT certified, 100% natural Dunlop Latex. Talalay latex has chemicals added during processing and is therefore not considered natural or organic. However, Avocado uses only tree-tapped and sustainable sources in their latex layers. Dunlop offers consistent, stable support which is valuable for anyone suffering from nerve-related back pain.
The four inches of Dunlop latex are split in two 2-inch sections, and they feature different firmness level. While you may feel as though firmness can’t be gauged without laying on the product, you can get an idea by checking out the indentation load deflection. An ILD of 12 is typically on the very soft end while 50 is on the very hard end.
Using this as a gauge, the first two inches feature an indentation load deflection of between 24 and 28 pounds, and this is on the medium end. The second two inches are more on the frimer level with an ILD of between 36 and 40 pounds.
The 8 inch innerspring unit comprises the bulk of this product, and here you’ll find stress-relieved, 16-gauge wire made of recycled steel. Depending on the size, you’ll find varying numbers of coils as follows:
- Twin: 681 support coils
- Twin XL: 692 support coils
- Full: 947 support coils
- Queen: 1,068 support coils
- King: 1,362 support coils
- California King: 1,303 support coils
Their support coil systems is among the most advanced available, and, since the coils float independently, you can benefit from improved airflow, motion transfer reduction, support and spinal alignment.
As a unit, there are three firmness comfort zones, and they are set in three strategically-positioned areas that provide superior support to the hips, back and shoulders. The reason for zoning is to accommodate the three areas of the body which can prove the most difficult to accommodate. This would include the pelvic area where we typically carry the most weight; the lumbar area which is typically thinner; and the shoulder area which is narrower and will sink in more easily due to the smaller surface area. The zoning of the Avocado mattress can make it an ideal product for anyone with extreme body weights or profiles. Therefore, the mattress is firmer in the middle to support the pelvis and lumbar and softer at the top and bottom for your hips and shoulders. This is a feature that definitely makes the Avocado stand out from other mattresses.
You’ll want to know how responsive your mattress is. Those which are slow to respond can prove to make it difficult when you move around at night. I’m pleased to report that this product bounces back quickly. When I pressed down on all of the layers as a combined unit, I found that it immediately resumes its original form when pressure was released. It is easy to move around if you need to change positions, and getting out of bed is simple.
I chose the pillowtop option. However, depending on your needs and budget, you may very well decide this isn’t the best choice for you. I want to help you ensure you don’t compromise in the quality you’ll experience as you may regret not spending the extra $300. So, here are the layers you’ll receive if you do decide to opt out of the pillowtop option:
- GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Cover
- .5 inch 100% natural Joma® New Zealand Wool
- 2 inches of 100% Natural Dunlop Latex, eco-INSTITUT certified, soft
- 8 inches innerspring unit, individually pocketed, 3 zones, 681-1303 coils
- 1 inch of 100% Natural Dunlop Latex, eco-INSTITUT certified, firm
A Word on Durability
We typically use the density of a product to help us get an idea of the overall durability to expect. However, Avocado does not use petroleum-based polyurethane foams. Since theirs is a natural mattress made with 100% natural latex, 100% natural Joma® New Zealand Wool, and certified organic cotton, the density level doesn’t provide us with comparable results.
The good news is that, as you assess the expected durability, natural products are well-known for their superior ability to stand the test of time. I have high expectations that I’ll be able to take advantage of this product for many years to come.
Firmness and Comfort
A firm mattress can be an excellent quality, especially if you prefer this type of product and/or carry a lot of weight. Personally, I prefer my mattresses on the plusher end, so this was a little firmer than what I’m used to. Initially, I found it to feel really hard. However, after spending a few nights on it, I discovered that my body began to adjust, and I even found that I had a reduction in pressure points that can lead to aches and pains. The point here is that the 100 night sleep trial is something you definitely want to take advantage of. If you purchase this product and don’t initially fall in love with the firmness or any other feature, it usually takes around 30 days to get used to a new mattress, so I would encourage you to keep this in mind and use the free trial. That’s what it’s there for!
Good Option for Heavier Consumers
If you carry a lot of weight, there is a high likelihood that you’ve experienced limitations in the past when it comes to finding the best mattress. However, I feel that the firmness level of this product can prove to be different than what you may be used to. It’s combination of firm Dunlop foam layers and innersprings offers a great solution. Furthermore, its strategic zoning can help relieve pressure points while keeping you equally comfortable throughout the different areas of your body.
We can actually get a look at the three comfort zones using our sinkage test. Using my kitchen broom, I applied my 130 pounds to an area of around nine by seven inches. When I stood at the bottom third of the mattress, I sunk in about six inches. However, in the middle, where your lumbar region is located, I experience a depression of five inches. We can easily see that the product is slightly firmer to accommodate your lumbar area. Finally, on the top third of the product, the sinkage was six inches.
I have had the chance to review quite a few mattresses, and the Avocado is my top contender when it comes to edge support. Since there is such a substantial layer of ergonomic support coils, this mattress has a high degree of edge support. Whether I sit in the middle or on the edge, where support is often compromised, I didn’t sink in very much. Furthermore, I didn’t feel as though I may all out of the bed when I laid on the edge. This can make it a good option if you have small children who may use the product.
If you’ve ever had a sleeping partner, then you’re likely aware of how difficult it can be when you have a bed with limited motion isolation. Whether your sleeping partner moves around a lot or tends to get out of bed in the middle of the night, it can be highly disruptive as your sleep is interrupted.
When we think of innersprings, we typically think of a bouncy bed that will cause a lot of movement whenever someone changes positions. However, since the coils are wrapped individually, you may be surprised with the Avocado mattress.
Using two 20 pound medicine balls, I tested this product to see just how well it performs. I placed one ball on one third of the mattress and dropped the other on the opposite third. To my surprise, there was minimal movement of the resting ball when the other all made contact with the mattress surface. Furthermore, the ball I dropped only bounced a few times before coming to rest.
Temperature Regulation Features
Many don’t realize it, but thermoregulation, or the body’s ability to distribute heat, is linked strongly to our sleep cycles. In most cases, a temperature of more than 75 and less than 54 degrees Fahrenheit can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. That’s why, here at The Sleep Judge, we test all of our products using thermal imaging technology.
I laid on the product in a temperature-controlled environment of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Upon rising, I started recording the mattress using my thermal imaging camera to see how long it took to return to room temperature. The Avocado mattress took 11 minutes. Of all the mattresses I have tried to date, the average time has been 11 minutes. Therefore, I would say that this product features average heat transfer capabilities.
In my experience, I was able to sleep cool on the Avocado mattress. Now, I tend to sleep cool anyway, so you may have different results given your unique physical characteristics. However, I feel, due to its breathable, organic cotton and innerspring layer, this product should offer you the qualities you need when it comes to sleeping cool and comfortable unless you sleep far hotter than the average person.
Smell and Offgassing
When you buy a new product that requires the use of chemicals in manufacturing, you typically experience the olfactory detection of volatile organic compounds. Put simply, you can smell the product.
The great news when it comes to the Avocado mattress is that the 100% Pure New Zealand Joma® Wool keeps your mattress smelling fresh. Upon opening the product, I didn’t notice a smell at all. I slept on it just a few hours after opening, and I found it to be fresh and accommodating. Now, there is no evidence to suggest that VOC’s cause any kind of health problems, but it can be a nuisance to some. If this describes you, you can rest assured that offgassing was not a problem for me.
One slight downside that may be a nuisance can be found in the handcrafted buttons on the cover. While detection was minimal, I did notice them as I slept on certain pressure points. There was one night that I had to change positions when I could feel a button pressing into my shoulder. Now, the discomfort was minimal, but I thought it was worth noting just in case you believe that may be something that’s considerably bothersome for you.
How Avocado Gives Back
When you receive your product, you’ll notice that it’s in a plain brown box that features no branding. While this does save the company money, they don’t keep the money for themselves. Instead, they do their part in contributing to featured charities such as the International Justice Mission, a non-profit global organization that protects the poor from violence and oppression in the developing world. You can feel good in knowing that your investment in a new mattress will have a positive impact on the lives of people all over the globe.
Overall, I have found my Avocado mattress to be comfortable and capable of reducing pressure points. While it is a little firmer than what I am used to, this can be a great quality for anyone who suffers with aches and pains or who may carry more weight than average.
Although I did experience mild discomfort when certain pressure points made contact with the handcrafted buttons, this is something that can be easily overcome if you decide to invest in a mattress topper. If you think this sounds like a product that will meet your needs, you definitely want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re able to make the most of this quality product.
Is a Foundation Needed?
Is a Mattress pad or protector needed?
A mattress pad or protector is not required, but I’d recommend you invest in one, especially if children or pets will be using the product.
Does it work on adjustable beds?
Are Returns Hassle Free?
What’s the Warranty?
Avocado mattresses feature a 10 year, non-prorated limited warranty which covers issues such as:
- Physical flaws in the foam material that causes it to split or crack under conditions of normal use and proper handling
- Manufacturing defects
- Certain visible indentations
Is There A Trial Available?
Does It Need To Be Rotated
It’s important to note that there’s typically an added investment required when you opt for natural products. These types of mattresses can run you several thousand dollars. However, because of their reduction in overhead achieved through selling to consumers factory-direct, Avocado is able to keep costs low and pass on these savings on to you. The following price chart walks you through what you can expect to pay depending on the size. I would like to point out that these prices do not include the additional charges involved with the pillowtop and in-home setup options.
- Twin- $959
- Twin XL- $999
- Full- $1,199
- Queen- $1,399
- King- $1,599
- California King- $1,599
Financing as Low As 0%
The economy is rough, and I understand that the purchase of a quality mattress isn’t always something we’re prepared to do when the time comes. While you can choose to purchase an inexpensive temporary solution, the durability of these products is typically low, and you’ll soon find yourself once again in the market for a sleep product.
The great news is that you don’t have to have $1,000 on hand right now if you qualify. Avocado is partnered with Affirm®, so you can pay over a period of three, six or 12 months with rates from 0-30% APR. At checkout, just select Affirm and enter some basic information for an instant loan decision.
If you’re seriously considering the purchase of the Avocado mattress, I commend you for taking the time to fully research before making an investment. If you’ve read this far, you obviously understand the value in making an informed decision. I have the advantage to have already tried the product myself, and I am therefore able to pass on valuable information to you. However, we are all different, and there are things that I may find comfortable that others may not like and vice-versa. That’s why I took a little bit of time to look around and see what other consumers had to say about this product.
It’s the goal of everyone here at The Sleep Judge to help you find the product best suited to meet your specific needs, and we don’t want to you rely on the opinions of a single person. Following are a few pros and cons of the Avocado mattress from the reviews of other consumers:
- Quality cover is aesthetically-pleasing and durable
- Side handles are very convenient
- Reduction in aches and pains
- Pressure point relief
- Product offers great combination of bounce and motion transfer reduction
- Can be a little firm for lightweight sleepers
If you are concerned about the growing strains we are putting on our environment, you can rest assured that you do your part in decreasing your carbon footprint when you invest in the Avocado green mattress. This handmade hybrid product is an affordable, green, and natural option that features eco-luxury materials like natural latex, wool and organic cotton. It is completely non-toxic and safe and will not offgas.
If you want the feel of foam without having to worry about feeling stuck, I would highly recommend this product. It is also a great solution for those who carry a lot of weight and/or suffer with pressure points that make it hard to fall and stay asleep. However, if you don’t carry a lot of weight, you may find that the product is a bit on the firm side. Keep in mind, though, that this shouldn’t be a determining factor if there are other features you find attractive. Since the company offers a 100 night sleep trial, it’s definitely worth exploring to see if your body adapts to its features.
Our Final Verdict
I have tested quite a few sleep products, and I have to say that this is the first that offered so much protection during delivery. I have also found this to be the only one that offers the convenient side handles to help you move it around. I was particularly impressed with the zoning featured to help accommodate the pelvic, lumbar, and shoulder areas, and this has proven to help me wake up without annoying aches and pains that sometimes develop when you sleep wrong.
I feel this is a great product for those who carry a lot of weight and have had trouble in the past finding a product that offers them the level of comfort and support they need. Furthermore, it’s a great investment for anyone who wants to decrease the time span in between mattress purchases as natural products typically feature high durability. I hope this information helps you make an informed decision. However, if there’s anything I left out, I strongly encourage you to leave your questions or comments below. We strive to leave no stones unturned when it comes to your quest for the best mattress, and we’ll get back with you promptly with an answer you can count on.
- Quality cover is aesthetically-pleasing and durable
- Side handles are very convenient
- Organic through and through
- Product offers great combination of bounce and motion transfer reduction
- Zoning for proper support
- Can be a little firm for lightweight sleepers