I recently had the opportunity to try out the My Green Mattress that the company sent me, and I am excited to tell you more about it. Since this product uses all-natural materials, I expect My Green Mattress to last quite awhile. If you’re considering the purchase of this product, I encourage you to read further. We’ve got valuable information sure to help guide you in the right direction.
Don’t want to read the full review? Watch our video review instead.
The Birth of My Green Mattress
The founder of the company, Tim Masters, had owned his own mattress company since 1995. When Tim had a daughter who suffered with eczema and allergies, Tim and his wife sought the help of the best pediatric dermatologists out there. However, they also did their research, and they discovered that all-natural products could help alleviate their daughter’s symptoms. It was then that Tim decided to incorporate these qualities into the mattresses he provides his customers. I think that shows this is a product that really came from the heart.
My Green Mattress recently updated their packaging to the more standard rectangular box.
Previously, this product was packaged a little bit differently – rolled up into a cylindrical box. Either way, just lay it on the bed, cut open the top, and it will easily unroll.
A Look At the Cover
The color of this mattress cover is beige, and you’ll notice a subtle design on top that is pleasant to the eye. It’s soft to the touch and very comfortable to lay on. The cover is comprised of organic cotton and all-natural wool which is produced in the West Coast regions of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Best of all, it’s now button-tufted. This means the layers are secured together without the use of adhesives, thus improving durability expectations. Materials used are Greenguard Gold Certified.
You’ll notice that the product is certified organically processed. However, it can’t be considered “certified organic.” This is because this certification requires that the sheep are restricted to a strict, organic diet that prevents them from open grazing. The staff at My Green Mattresses believes this decreases their quality of life. However, it is still stringently tested at the UC Davis Animal Toxicology Lab where they check it thoroughly for herbicides, pesticides, and naturally occurring heavy metals such as lead and arsenic.
Natural Escape Construction and Quality of Materials
Next, we’ll take a look at what’s under the quality cover. The comfort layer of this product is comprised of three inches of 100% Natural Dunlop Latex with an indentation load deflection of 18-22. This is in the medium firmness level and often proves the most versatile option to accommodate the majority of shoppers. I found it very comfortable to lay on even though I typically prefer a product on the plusher side.
Since we’re dealing with latex, you can rest assured that durability is typically good on these products, and the materials have met or exceeded GreenGuard’s standards for low volatile organic compound emissions. In other words, you can expect minimal offgassing. When I opened my My Green Mattress, I didn’t notice any smell at all and slept on it that night. It is also OEKO Tex certified, and this means it’s been stringently tested for harmful chemicals.
The remaining eight inches of the mattress contains the pocketed coil innerspring unit. Since pocketed coils are wrapped individually, they are able to operate separately from one another. This is unlike continuous coil construction where pressure placed on one section of the mattress will impact the entire unit. With pocketed coils, you only impact the area in which you apply your body weight. This can prove to be a great feature if you have a sleeping partner as you can each get in and out of bed with minimal impact on the other person’s side of the bed.
Motion Transfer Test
To help you see for yourself how the pocketed coils work, I performed a motion transfer test in my video review that you can see above. I dropped a 20 pound medicine ball from eye level. The ball does bounce a few times before coming to rest, so we can see that it has good spring. However, when I rested one medicine ball on a side of the bed and dropped another from eye level on the other side of the bed, there was little impact to the resting ball. This really shows the effectiveness of the pocketed coils and how they help isolate motion.
Firmness and Comfort
The comfort you’re going to find in the Natural Escape is found in the three inch layer of natural Dunlop latex. This layer was supportive with medium firmness rating, and this can prove to be beneficial for those who carry a lot of weight. I personally prefer mattresses slightly on the plusher end. The product was very comfortable, but it may not be the best product for your if you do like plusher products.
Strategic Zoning for Increased Comfort
The My Green Mattress, as a unit, contains three firmness comfort zones, and they are set in strategically-positioned areas that provide superior support to the hips, back and shoulders. The zones are located in the lower third, middle, and upper third of the product, and they help accommodate the three areas of the body which often cause discomfort.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.
I have found the zoning of the My Green Mattress to help the product conform well to my body, and I don’t feel as though my lumbar area is unsupported as can often be the case with firmer products. This can also help if you have an extreme body weight or profile. The zones are created through a slightly different coil gauge in the middle area. The top and bottom zones feature a gauge of 15.5 while the middle is 14.5. The lower the gauge, the firmer the product is.
Update: Keep reading to see how all-new perimeter coils improve edge support.
Sinkage in the Three Zones
To give you a visual, I applied my 130 pounds of body weight to an area of nine by seven inches. You can see in the pictures here that, on the top and bottom of the product, I sunk around six inches while, in the middle, the sinkage was only five inches. This allows the bed to more readily conform to your thinner lumbar area and therefore offer more efficient.
Dunlop and Innerspring as a Combined Unit
With innerspring products, you can typically expect them to bounce back quickly, and My Green Mattress is no exception. When you push down on the combined unit and then quickly release, the product immediately resumed its original form. If you have trouble getting in and out of bed or moving around, this can prove helpful. I also noticed as I tried out the product that I was able to easily move into different sleeping positions.
Understanding Latex and Durability
With foam products, we would take a moment to look at densities as this can give you an idea of how durable you can expect a product to be. However, with latex in general, you can usually expect a it to be very durable. Since this product uses natural latex and isn’t blended, you can rest assured in knowing that durability is even higher.
When analyzing durability, the comfort layer is where you really want to focus. That’s because this is the area that’s going to receive the most direct impact of your body weight. Since this product features three inches of some of the most durable material on the market and button-tufting in the cover, I am pretty confident it’ll hold up for at least six years under normal wear and tear.
Good Option for Heavy People
If you have had trouble in the past finding a good product due to your weight, I think this is definitely a mattress worth exploring further. Not only does it offer zoning that can provide relief of painful pressure points, but it also offers the level of firmness and bounce that will increase your overall comfort. I feel that this is a good option to pursue if you do carry a lot of weight.
You may not think much about it, but you probably use the edge of your mattress more than you realize. Whether you sit on the side while you braid your daughter’s hair before school or are active with your sleeping partner, good edge support is a quality that can prove accommodating. My Green Mattress offers a high degree of edge support. Whether you lay or sit on the side, you don’t get the feeling that you’re going to slide off the side. Furthermore, when you push down on the corner, an area where edge support is often lacking, the Natural Escape holds up very well.
Update May 6, 2019: My Green Mattress has added 13.5 gauge perimeter coils. This makes it a great option for people who rely more heavily on edge support such as those who have mobility problems.
Excellent Product for Hot Sleepers
If you sleep hot and are looking for a viable solution, I’ve got great news for you. The My Green Mattress performed very well when it comes to heat transfer. Using my thermal imaging camera, I was able to watch the mattress cool down after I laid on it for a period of 30 minutes in a room temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, the average of all the mattresses I’ve tried out is right around 11 minutes to cool back down under these conditions. However, it only took My Green Mattress 5.5 minutes to return to room temperature.
Thermoregulation is a critical aspect of sleeping. What many don’t realize is that, before your body is able to fully drift into the deeper stages of sleep, the body temperature needs to drop just slightly. This can be difficult to achieve in a bed that sleeps hot. In fact, a temperature of more than 75 and less than 54 Fahrenheit can negatively impact your sleep quality. I found My Green Mattress to help me maintain the right temperature for deeper sleep.
Smell and Offgassing
Offgassing is something that is experienced when you buy certain new products, and you likely have many around your home right now. From dryer sheets and particle board to non-stick pans, cleaners and more, what happens is that volatile organic compounds are released due to certain chemical processes that take place during manufacturing.
If this is something you’re very sensitive to, I have good news for you. I didn’t notice much of a smell at all when I initially unboxed this product. I was able to use it the same night I opened it without being bothered. When it comes to natural products, you can typically expect offgassing to be low, and this was true of My Green Mattress.
Maintenance, Protection, Care and Warranty
As far as my experience went, I don’t have any red flags to report when it comes to the performance and quality of the Natural Escape. If you really favor a very soft or very firm product, you may not be a fan of the medium firmness. However, I found it to be very comfortable. Aside from being a superior product when it comes to heat transfer, its strategic coil zoning offers you the type of support necessary to facilitate proper alignment.
A Few Words on Returns
If this is your first My Green Mattress purchase, you do get a 100 night sleep trial. Returned mattresses must be clean. This is because you’ll be working with the returns department to donate the mattress to a local charity. Therefore, I would strongly recommend you make the investment in a mattress protector.
Returns are limited to one return or exchange per household. However, if you’re in the market for a high quality and eco-friendly product, I think you’ll be impressed with what you receive with My Green Mattress. You can rest assured this product has been stringently tested since it’s GREENGUARD Gold, eco-INSTITUT, GOTS Organic*, Oeko-Tex, AND GOLS certified. Overall, this is a mattress with a genuine origin backed by credentials you can count on.
In most cases, you get what you pay for, and this is certainly true in the mattress industry. You can often expect to invest more in a natural product, but the increased durability and reduced carbon footprint can make it well worth it.
When you take advantage of ordering direct from the manufacturer, you can help eliminate a number of overhead expenses, and this makes it much easier to acquire a quality product at a price you can afford. Check out the following price chart to see which size would work best on your budget.
- Twin- $829
- Twin XL- $889
- Full- $1,099
- Full XL- 1,099
- Queen- $1,299
- King- $1,519
- California King- $1,594
My Green Mattress Reviews and Feedback
Here at The Sleep Judge, we make it our goal to provide you with honest reviews that reflect both the pros and cons of products on the market so you can make a well-informed buying decision. While I have done my best to let you know how my overall experience with the My Green Mattress went, there are certain aspects that are simply a matter of preference.
To ensure you know what you’re getting yourself into, I took a moment to see what other people had to say about their experiences with My Green Mattress. This gives you a better overview considering the preferences of other sleepers and how their needs were accommodated by this product.
- Little offgassing
- Easy to get in and out of bed without disturbing your sleep partner
- Reasonable pricing
- Offers good support for those who carry more weight
- Some reports of mattress being too firm
Who We Recommend This Product For
With the growing strains we are putting on the environment, it’s important to do what you can to reduce your carbon footprint. If this is a critical aspect of mattress shopping for you, the My Green Mattress Natural Escape can offer what you’re looking for. I think you’ll be impressed with the stringent testing the company puts their product through as the My Green Mattress is certified by:
- GREENGUARD Gold
- GOTS Organic
My Green Mattress has proven to be a good product for people who carry a lot of weight, and, with the strategic comfort zones, you can take advantage of the right amount of support in various areas of your body. It can also prove to be a highly beneficial product if you’re looking for something that offers good temperature regulation. Following is my list of pros and cons:
- Innerspring unit provides adequate support for heavier people
- Little offgassing
- Sleeps very cool
- Stringent testing performed on materials
- Pricing is excellent for an organic mattress
- Trial has some limitations
- Can be a bit firm if you prefer a plusher product
Our Final Verdict
Overall, I was very happy with my experience with the My Green Mattress. I feel like the owner has a personal interest in the experience of his customers since the product was originally designed with the medical condition of his daughter in mind. The mattress is able to quickly disperse heat, allowing you to sleep comfortably throughout the night.
It can often prove difficult for heavier individuals to find a product that will offer them the combination of comfort and support that meets their needs. However, My Green Mattress put in the extra work and attention to detail to ensure they help accommodate the majority of their customers. The coil gauge placement to efficiently support various areas of the body makes it easy to achieve the right contour for proper sleeping. Best of all, since the product is made of natural Dunlop latex in the comfort layer, you can expect good durability. This is all at a very affordable cost for an organic mattress.