For eco-conscious shoppers who want the greenest mattress available, it's hard to beat Organic Mattresses Inc. (OMI). Its mattresses are made from all-natural, sustainably sourced materials, such as the company's own "cruelty free" Ecowool, organic cotton (used in both threads and fabrics), and 100 percent natural rubber latex. Although difficult to find in stores, these mattresses come in a range of styles, including innerspring options. While reviews are scarce, those we found are extremely positive.
Lots of options. Most of Organic Mattresses Inc.'s models are made of natural latex, and a few can be customized to the buyer's firmness preference. This is one feature New York Magazine's Sarah Bernard likes most about the OMI mattress she tests. Although that model is now discontinued, the current "Duo" model enables buyers to customize individual zones within the mattress for greater comfort and support. Editors at SleepLikeTheDead.com say latex mattresses minimize pressure points and reduce pain, although they can be uncomfortably warm. Nevertheless, a Yelp.com user credits his OMI mattress with relieving numbness in his fingers, and says it feels "like sleeping on a cloud."
"Green" costs serious green. Organic Mattresses Inc.'s models cost between $2,900 and $10,100 for a queen set. All are backed with what the company calls an "industry-leading 20-year limited warranty," but no details are provided. Yet for the kind of buyer who wants a "green" mattress, value includes how natural and sustainable the product is -- and using those criteria, OMI mattresses are unbeatable. All are handmade in the U.S. in a "smoke-free, fragrance-free and cruelty-free environment," according to the company, and they contain only natural materials. Furthermore, the mattresses aren't treated with chemicals like flame retardants (but they still meet fire safety standards).
Latex will last. All-latex models, like those in the Organic Mattresses Inc. line last an average of eight to 12 years, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com; in comparison, the average life span for mattresses in general is about seven years, the website reports. The most common durability problem with latex models is that the foam compresses over time. This can reduce comfort. Nevertheless, the OMI Terra model boasts an extra feature: The upper pillow top is removable, so if it begins to sag, you can replace it rather than discarding the entire mattress. OMI's product line includes free-standing pillow tops, which you can buy to place on your mattress.
1. New York Magazine
Bernard tests 100 mattresses, and her favorite is the expensive David model from Organic Mattresses Inc. It has layers of natural latex foam that can be customized to the user's firmness preference. Although the David model is now discontinued, some existing OMI mattresses have similar features.
Review: I Slept on 100 Mattresses, Sarah Bernard, Feb. 8, 2009
2. O, The Oprah Magazine
Writer Laura Fraser searches for eco-friendly mattresses and finds many manufacturer claims misleading. Nevertheless, she calls the Organic Mattresses Inc. (OMI) mattress line "rigorously green," with sustainable materials like organic cotton and all-natural latex. She says that if she could afford it, she would buy an OMI mattress "in a heartbeat."
Review: Count Sheep, Not Harmful Synthetics: How to Find an Eco-Friendly Mattress, Laura Fraser, November 2011
This site compiles information about latex-mattress satisfaction from more than 1,060 owner reviews. Organic Mattresses Inc. (OMI) is not among the brands rated here, but we use this site to compare what we read about OMI's comfort, durability, price and warranty with the same features for latex mattresses in general.
Review: Latex Mattress Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, May 3, 2014
This is the only owner review we found for a mattress by Organic Mattresses Inc. It's actually a critique of the store that sold the mattress, but "Yorkey N." highly praises the mattress's comfort and credits it with relieving both the morning numbness in his fingers and his partner's migraines.
Review: Lifekind Products, "Yorkey N.", Feb. 13, 2008