My Green Mattress Review – My Top 3 Picks

So you are interested in My Green Mattress? You want a healthier mattress, made with organic and natural materials that won't trigger any allergies or chemical sensitivities and disrupt your sleep. You also want something comfortable and supportive. And you don't want to pay $3000 - the price tag for some organic mattresses! Let's see if my top 3 My Green Mattress recommendations live up to your expectations.

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I am going to explore 3 My Green Mattresses sold on Amazon.com. Will they provide relief, comfort and a safer/healthier night's sleep so that you don't have to breath in harmful chemicals, toxins and allergens from your mattress, night after night? Have a look at the Quick Features below. If these features interest you, we'll move on to explore them in more detail.

Quick Features

Mattress

The important stuff

Pure Echo

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

BBS* Safe

Mattress Rating

Allergy Alert**

High

​Wool

Medium-High

Latex​, wool

High

Latex, wool​

Sleeper

Preference

Side/Back

sleepers

Side/Back

sleepers 

Side/back

sleepers

Firmness level***

7

8.5

6

Affordability

Amazon.com Customer

Rating​

   Under

$1000

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   Under 

$1000

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   Under

$1000

Check price discount​

*BBS - That's me, Better Bed Solutions!

**Allergic to the materials listed here? Then please do not buy this mattress.

***Where 1 is softest and 10 is firmest. Source: My Green Mattress

Table 1 Quick Features

Images provided with the courtesy of My Green Mattress.

Biggest like and dislike

  • Made with natural and organic materials.
  • It's not 100% organic but then that would make it very expensive. There's a trade-off.

Table 2 My biggest like and dislike across all 3 My Green Mattresses reviewed here

If you're in a hurry, click on the items below that most interest you. Otherwise, take as long as you need to read my in-depth examination of the 3 My Green Mattresses.

Detailed Features

Feature/Mattress ModelPure Echo

Simple Sleep Natural Escape
Suitable forAdults, Teenagers, Children, Toddlers. 8 inch bunk bed mattress available.Children and some adults. Suit most bunk beds. Great for guest bedroom.Adults, Teenagers, Children.
Sizes available• Twin
• Twin XL
• Queen
• Full
• King
• California King
• Twin
• Twin XL
• Queen
• Full
• Full XL
• King
• California King


• Twin
• Twin XL
• Queen
• Full
• King
Main material in mattressCertified organic cotton 100% natural Dunlop latex.Certified organic cotton and 100% natural Dunlop latex.
Firmness level7/108.5/106/10
Support Coil spring + cottonLatexCoil spring + latex
Total height8 inches7 inches11 inches
100 night comfort trialYesYesYes
One/Two-sidedYes/YesYes/NoYes/No
Made in the USYesYesYes
10 year WarrantyYesYesYes
Free shipping to 48 continental States via FedEx through AmazonYesYesYes

Table 3 Detailed features for the three My Green Mattresses reviewed in this post

Who Makes The Mattress?

Suffering with eczema and allergies, Tim Master's little girl struggled to sleep at night. She coughed. She sneezed. She scratched. A loving husband and father as well as owner of My Green Mattress, Tim found it difficult to buy a low allergen mattress that he could afford. Is this the situation that you face now? If you want a hypoallergenic mattress, Tim created these his mattresses with your needs in mind.

My Green Mattress is a family affair. Pictured is Tim and his family. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress

About the company

Fast Facts

Headquarters

Illinois

Number of employees

11

Where are mattresses made?

United States

Materials locally sourced,

supporting U.S. businesses?

Yes

In business for how many years?

25 

Table 4 What you should know about the company 

Safer To Sleep On

How did I come up with the Better Bed Solutions Safe Mattress Rating for each mattress in Table 1? Here are all the factors I took into consideration.

Mattress/ 

Safety Factor​

Pure Echo

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

Pass Open Flame Test

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chemical fire retardants

No

No

No

Chemical off-gassing

Chemical emissions​ affecting

air quality​ when asleep

Certification 

Made with formaldehyde

Made with polyurethane foam​

No

Low

Greenguard Gold

No

No

No

Low​

not applicable

No

No

No

Low

Greenguard Gold

No

No

Certified organic cotton - 

free of pesticides and bleach:

Certification​

Cotton sourced from the U.S.

Latex sourced from the U.S.

Yes

GOTS​

​Indiana

not applicable

Yes

GOTS

Indiana

California

Yes

GOTS

Indiana

California

Natural wool cleaned with

organic certified cleaner

Yes

Yes

Yes

Latex certified as made with

no harmful or illegal chemicals:

Certification​

not applicable

Yes

Oeko-Tex

Yes

Oeko-Tex​

Latex left as close to its

natural state as possible

not applicable

Yes

Dunlop latex

Yes

Dunlop latex

BBS Safety Mattress Rating

High

Medium-High

High

Table 5 Explanation of the Better Bed Solutions Safety Mattress Rating 

1. Open Flame Test

​Every mattress sold in the United States must pass the Open Flame Test or the national mattress standard (16 CFR Part 1633). To pass the test, each mattress must burn slow and generate less heat than non-compliant mattresses on fire. This hs very important implications should a mattress catch alight in a fire whilst you are sleeping.

To watch how mattresses are tested to be fire resistant to some level, take a look at the video below from Govmark.

2. No chemical fire retardants inside 

To be resistant to fire many companies add chemical flame retardantsYour everyday mattress contains toxic chemicals like boric acid that act as a fire retardant. That is the SAME boric acid you use at home to get rid of cockroaches and ants! How comfortable does a boric acid-based fire retardant inside your mattress make you feel?

Are these flame retardants safe? Savvy Rest make a great analogy. 

Information sourced from well-known mattress manuafacturer Savvy Rest

These chemical fire retardants can bring on allergies and breathing difficulties for adults and children. You can read more about the flame retardant chemicals, as well as other toxins lurking in your mattress, by reading my post "7 Health Hazards Inside Your Mattress And How To Avoid Them".

Although​ mattresses by law need to pass the Open Flame test, they DO NOT need to contain chemical-based fire retardants to pass this test, despite what mattress salespeople will tell you.

The wool in the quilted cover for the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and the Natural Escape mattresses becomes a natural fire barrier. These mattresses still pass the flame test required by U.S. law but it uses the natural fibers of wool vs. a toxic chemical like boric acid, making the My Green Mattresses reviewed in this post safer to sleep on. Fun fact - wool was used for many years to line the coats of fireman as a protective barrier.

3. No chemical off-gassing

Memory foam mattresses 100% synthetic. They are made from petroleum. One of the biggest criticisms of memory foam or polyurethane foam mattress is that when you unpack them,  the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) inside "off-gas" or give off a chemical odor. 

People can be allergic to this smell or just find it very offensive. Being exposed to those dangerous off-gassing chemicals isn't good for your health either. 

The 3 mattresses covered here in My Green Mattress review are made with no memory foam, only natural wool, 100% natural rubber latex and organic cotton.​

No memory foam inside. Source

4. Low chemical emissions impacting air quality in the bedroom

Manufactured products can contain chemicals that emit toxins. As mattresses and bedding sit so close to our mouth and nose when we are sleeping, the quality of the air we breathe can be greatly impacted.

If you are buying mattresses for babies, children or teenagers, air quality is an important consideration when buying a mattresses because their lungs are still developing. Air quality is also important when buying mattresses for the elderly with respiratory issues. If you want to know how you can improve the air quality in your bedroom, read my blog post "10 Ways To Improve the Air Quality In Your Bedroom".

Greenguard certification mark. Source

One of the most stringest third party certifications as a mattress manufacturer to obtain is Greenguard Gold. This certification means that the mattress has been scientfically proven to low chemical emissions such as formaldehyde, phthalates and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). You may recognize as that smell in new cars or in a freshly painted room.

Do you have multiple chemical sensitivities?


It is true that Volatile Organic Compounds are used in producing natural Dunlop latex. How can this be healthy? This deserves an explanation.

You take the sap from a rubber tree and you mix it with VOCs. According to the Natural Bedding company in Australia, the split is 98% sap and just 2% VOCs. Then you add a gelling agent so that the rubber latex sets in a mould. It's then removed from the mould and then washed and washed and washed several times in water which REMOVES the VOCs. Then the rubber latex is ready to be cut into pieces for a mattress, topper or pillow.

VOCs are more problematic in synthetic latex. Over the lifetime of the mattress, mattress topper or pillow made with a synthetic latex (polymer), it will emit harmful VOCs. So if you have chemical sensitivities or allergies, be wary of sleeping on SYNTHETIC latex and breathing in the VOCs in the long term.

Ha​ving a mattress Greenguard certified, goes a long way to ensuring that chemical emissions we breath in are low and air quality is improved.

5. Certified organic cotton

Cotton is considered the world's "dirtiest" crop. Why? Because cotton crops use alot of pestcides. In fact, The cotton 25% of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton. So the production of cotton used in your everyday T-shirt, underwear and even your mattress, is not environmentally friendly.

Not only does cotton use huge volumes of pesticides but some of the most hazardous pesticides are used on cotton crops. To give you an idea how hazardous these pesticides can be, some of them were originally developed as toxic nerve gas during the Second World War (Source: Pesticide Action Network North America). These pesticides poison farm workers, kill wildlife and damage the environment.

When making a normal cotton is put into mattresses and other bedding, that same cotton treated with pesticides is then bleached when it is ready for processing.

When you sleep with mattresses, sheets and pillow cases containing non-organic cotton, you are breathing in the residue of those pesticides and bleach! Knowing that makes me feel very uncomfortable in buying a conventional non-organic cotton bedding!!! How does it make you feel?

The cotton inside a My Green Mattress is certified as organic by GOTS - the Global Organic Textile Standard. This means...

SSource: GOTS website

Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress

The 70% requirement refers to both the products themselves and the manufacturing processes.

This organic certification for the cotton inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape, should give you confidence that these mattresses are less toxic than a normal mattress and safer to sleep on.

Amount of certified organic cotton

Pure Echo

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

Quilted top cover (in inches)

Batting (in inches)

Pad​s (in inches)

Total inches (maximum)

% of mattress layers​ (maximum)

 1 

1.5​

2​

4.5​

​39%

not applicable

not applicable

1

14%

3

not applicable

4​

29%​

Table 6 The amount of certified organic cotton inside the 3 mattresses reviewed 

Another part of your buying decision should be knowing where My Green Mattress sources their cotton from. Thankfully, the cotton is harvested in the US, supporting a local business out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.​

6. Natural wool cleaned with GOTS certified cleaner

You probably want to know how is the wool treated before it gets stuffed into the quilted cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattress? To clean the wool, it's washed in an alcohol based detergent. That detergent is GOTS certified organic.

Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress

The natural wool is only be found in the quilted top cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses and it's combined with the certified organic cotton. The maximum amount of wool is therefore only 1 inch for all 3 mattresses in this My Green Mattress review.

7. Latex certified as made with no harmful or illegal chemicals inside the Natural Escape and Simple Sleep mattress

The My Green Mattress Simple Sleep and Natural Escape contains natural Dunlop latex

Natural latex​

Latex foam can be called "natural" or "botanical" by virtue of the latex originating from the sap of a rubber tree.

Latex comes from a rubber tree

Sap from a rubber tree. Source

You can also find latex products on the market that are 100% synthetic or blend of natural and latex. Beware savvy shopper...mattress manufacturers can label their latex as “natural” even if it contains up to 30% or more of synthetic latex. My Green Mattress used latex made from 100% natural rubber. So if having a natural mattress is important to you or you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, I would recommend you buy 100% rubber/natural latex products. If you can afford to upgrade to certified organic latex, even better.

The natural botanical latex inside the Simple Sleep and Natural Escape is Oeko-Tex certified.​ This means that there were no harmful or illegal chemicals used in the production of this mattress. If anyone in your family has chemical sensitivities or allergies, this is GREAT news!

oeko tex

Oeko-tex certification for latex

The best latex for your health would be 100% certified organic but with that comes a higher price tag. 

8. Latex as close to its natural state as possible

When manufacturing natural latex, a mattress company can choose one of two processes: Dunlop or Talalay. The latex is left closer to its natural state during the Dunlop process. My Green Mattress uses the Dunlop process in the production of their Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattress. And the latex is 100% natural rubber. It is does not contain any synthetic foam rubber. 

Amount of latex

Pure Echo

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

100% certified natural Dunlop

(comfort layer)

% of mattress layers​ (maximum)

 not applicable

0%

6 inches

86%​

3 inches

21%​

Table 7 The amount of natural latex inside the 3 mattresses reviewed 

Awarded Best Natural Mattress 2016

In 2016, the Sleep Sherpa, Ben Trapskin (well-respected mattress reviewer, named the My Green Mattress Natural Escape his Best Natural Mattress. Here is Ben unboxing the My Green Mattress Natural Escape he bought for his son:

Unboxing the Natural Escape Mattress. Video sourced from www.sleepsherpa.com

my green mattress escape

The Natural Escape mattress named 2016 Best Natural Mattress by Sleep Sherpa, . Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

**Be careful when buying organic and organic mattresses**


Did you know that there are no industry-wide standards for what defines the word “organic” or "natural"? That means ANY company can include some organic components in a mattress and then label the WHOLE mattress as "organic". As a savvy shopper, you need to be aware of this when buying "organic" and "natural" mattresses.

If you want genuine organic or natural materials inside your mattresse, be sure to ask for the certification made by independent third parties through a series of rigorous tests. 

Factors Influencing Mattress Comfort

Assessing the comfort and firmness of a mattress is a very individual thing.

As a result, I find it hard to provide you with an overall comfort rating for the 3 My Green Mattresses in this review. Instead, I will present you with the factors in each mattress which influence your comfort and depending on your own needs, you can make up your mind whether those factors are important to you or not.

How important are the layers of different materials inside the mattress?

The layering of materials in a mattress delivers the comfort you are looking for.

Mattress manufacturers deliver that comfort by varying the​ thickness of the layers and including different materials within those layers.

How does each layer of material contribute to comfort when sleeping?

Here is the breakdown of the layers inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape.

Mattress/Description

Pure Echo*

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

Certified organic cotton &

natural wool cover

Layer 1

1 inch​

Layer 1

1 inch​

Layer 1

1 inch​

Certified organic cotton 

batting

Layer 2

1 inch

Layer 2

1 inch

100% natural Dunlop

certified latex

Layer 2

7 inches​

Layer 3

3 inches​

Pocketed coil springs

Layer 4

7 3/4 inches

Layer 4

6 inches​

TOTAL THICKNESS

9 3/4 inches

11 inches

11 inches

*One sided Pure Echo is 9 3/4 inches thick in total and the two-sided Pure Echo is 11 inches thick. The Natural Escape and Simple Sleep are only available as a one-sided mattress.

Table 8 The layers inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses 

Pure echo

Detailed layer view of the Pure Echo. Imge courtesy of My Green Mattress.

  • COVER
  • BATTING
  • LATEX
  • COIL SPRINGS

The Pure Echo has a 1 inch layer of certified organic cotton batting. Batting is a filler material, providing a soft padding that covers the coil springs inside the mattress so they don't poke into you whilst you are sleeping.

Table 9 Detailed description of the layers inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses 

Mattress/ 

Comfort Factor​

Pure Echo

Simple Sleep

Natural Escape

Ability to keep clean

(washable top cover)

Good

Good

Good

Ability to keep fresh/limit odor

Good

Good

Good

Sleep hot

Durability

Hypoallergenic

Anti-microbial

Dust mite resistant

No

Very good

Yes

No

​No

No

Good

​Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Good

Yes​

Yes

Yes

Smell

Good for sex

Motion transfer

Padding around the coil springs

Minimal

Not sure

Good

Yes

Minimal

​Best

Better

not applicable

Minimal

Better​

Best

Yes

Support

Sleeper preference

Good

Side/back​

Great

Side/back​

Great

Side/back​

Table 10 Summary of comfort factors inside each My Green Mattress

Mattress freshness

The organic cotton and natural wool top cover provides breathability for the rest of the mattress. This will keep your mattress fresh and odor free. This feature will also keep you cool in hot months and warm in cool months of the year.

The cell structure of latex provides the best option in terms of breathability.​​

To keep latex mattresses like the Simple Sleep fresh and odorless, it should be topped with natural fibers like cotton and wool rather than treated or synthetic fabrics.

Try and wash your bed linen every week.​

​Does not sleep hot

The natural wool inside the top cover regulates body temperature. This especially helps people who sleep hot.

Since these mattresses contain no synthetic memory foam, this also removes the likelihood you will sleep hot at night.​

​Durability

Your average mattress should be replaced every 10 years.

Here are some factors that will help keep your mattress in shape for the long term:

  • Designed for bounce and resiliency, the 100% natural Dunlop rubber latex inside the Simple Sleep (6 inches) and Natural Escape (3 inches) will minimize sagging compared to other mattresses;
  • The two-sided Pure Echo offers the good option if you want to optimise the shape and life of your mattress. To extend the life of your one-sided mattress, simply spin the mattress from head to toe every month;
  • The natural wool in the cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape , will help keep​ the mattress in shape for the long term.

Since natural and organic mattresses can be a significant investment, I recommend you purchase a mattress protector. This will also make your mattress last longer.

Anti-microbial

Made from natural rubber, the latex inside the Simple Sleep and Natural Escape prevents the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria inside your mattress.

Do these mattresses smell?

Most buyers have described the smell as natural. Up until the end of 2016, you will read customer reviews on Amazon.com that describe the smell as "barn-like" or "bitter almond".

In late 2016, My Green Mattress made 2 enhancements to the natural wool to minimize this natural smell:

  • They changed suppliers. Instead of importing the wool from New Zealand, they now source the wool within the United States;
  • They wash the wool in a GOTS-certified cleaner.

If you do live in a climate like Florida, you may find the humidity can bring out a natural wool odor. Unlike foam mattresses, the smell will take far less than 48 hours to disappear. If you live in a dry climate find this natural odor unpleasant, My Green Mattress recommends you air the mattress in the sun for a day before you sleep on it.

The bounce factor and sex

With more latex than that Natural Escape, the Simple Sleep has more bounce. And bounce helps when manoeuvring during sex and makes it more comfortable.

If you are tossing up between the Simple Sleep/Natural Escape or a memory foam mattress, consider this...​when sleeping on latex, it bounces back immediately. We are talking bounce like a rubber call! It's the same raw material (rubber). This contrasts to memory foam, which takes more time to regain its shape and it has very little bounce factor.

More bounce with a latex mattresses vs. memory foam mattress. Image sourced from pixabay.com.

Memory foam also holds onto your body temperature. That's why you may have heard that memory foam "sleeps hot". As your body temperature heats up the mattress, it's support can melt away as well.

The bounce factor and motion transfer

The impact of the latex

Here’s Ben from Sleep Sherpa demonstrating how much bounce you will get with the My Green Mattress Natural Escape with 3 inches of 100% natural Dunlop latex and the Simple Sleep with 6 inches of 100% natural Dunlop latex. When look at the video, look at how little of that bounce motion gets transferred across to the stationary bowling ball.

The action starts 13 seconds into the video. Video sourced from sleepsherpa.com

The impact of the pocketed coil springs

Some of you may have experience with an innerspring coil mattress.

Compared to a pocketed coil system, the innerspring will transfer motion across the mattress as someone gets in/out of bed or rolls around. There's a chance this could disturb your sleep.

The reason this motion transfer doesn't happen with pocketed coils is because each coil spring is separate and not joined together. As the name suggests, the coil springs are wrapped individually in a fabric pocket or sock.

Innerspring coil system

Each innerpring coil is tied together with a wire. When your weight compresses one section of the mattress, it impacts other sections of the mattress as well.

Pocketed coil system

Each pocketed coil is individually wrapped and seperate from each other. When your weight compresses a few springs, it doesn't transfer that motion to other parts of the mattress.

Invidually creating and wrapping each spring coil does mean that mattresses made with pocketed coil springs are more expensive than innerspring mattresses. However, if you are after a really comfortable mattress with minimum motion transfer, you would be willing to pay extra for the positive impact this would have on your sleeping experience.

A selection of conical coil springs. Source: Wikimedia
How does the number of pocketed coil springs in the mattress make a difference to your comfort?

​The coil springs in the Pure Echo and Natural Escape mattresses all offer support. But the number of coil springs in each mattress differs. 

PURE ECHO


768 individually wrapped spring coils​

NATURAL ESCAPE


968 individually wrapped spring coils

Table 11 The size of the pocketed coil springs inside the Pure Echo and Natural Escape mattresses 

The more pocketed coil springs in a My Green Mattress, the more tightly packed in those springs are inside the mattress. And the more tightly packed they are means that when your partner moves, they only apply pressure in the sections of the mattress directly underneath them. This motion does not transfer to where you are sleeping.

Padding around the springs

The coil springs inside the Pure Echo are covered with a certified soft organic cotton padding called batting. The batting stops the springs from sticking into your body and making you feel uncomfortable.

Great support where you need it

How do the pocketed spring coils in the Pure Echo and Natural Escape provide you with support?
  • All those coils contour well to your body providing support where you need it.
  • The pocket springs minimize pressure points whilst you sleep.
  • The coil springs mean you won’t sink into the mattress like you do with a regular memory foam mattress. It is easier to rollover and change your sleep positions during the night without that "stuck" feeling of memory foam.
How does the thickness of the pocketed coil springs make a difference to your comfort?

Imagine the Pure Echo and Natural Escape were divided into 4 zones:

  • Top of the mattress (Zone 1);
  • Middle (Zone 2);
  • End of the mattress (Zone 3); and
  • All around the ends of the perimeter (Zone 4).

There are 3 different sizes of coil springs, each designed to provide support to the specific Zones 1-4. Coil spring thickness is measured in guages and the higher the number, the thinner the guage. The thinner the guage, the more gentle (less firm) the support.

  • ZONE 1-TOP
  • ZONE 2-MIDDLE
  • ZONE 3-END
  • ZOne 4-edge

Around the entire perimeter of the mattress:

The coil springs around the outside of the Pure Echo and Natural Escape mattress are the heaviest (13.5 guage). This provides a firm surface to sit on, allowing you to get in and out of the mattress to minimize disturbance to your bed partner. 

13.5 guage

Most firm

Table 12 The Support Zones inside the Pure Echo and Natural Escape mattress for extra lumbar support

Is the hybrid latex Natural Escape mattress more supportive than an ordinary latex mattress?

Maybe you have tried a regular latex in the past and didn't find it supportive enough? The Natural Escape has 2 features that make it more supportive than a latex mattress:

  1. It's construction combines of latex and coil springs rather than just latex;
  2. Dunlop latex is firmer than Talalay latex. The Talalay is more aerated with a higher proportion of air to foam so it will be softer.
How does the amount of latex in the mattress affect the level of support?​

Made with 6 inches of 100% natural Dunlop rubber latex, the Simple Sleep is soft enough to conform to your body but hard enough to support pressure points and provide orthopedic support.

The latex inside Simple Sleep. Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress.

What Firmness Suits You?

As I have mentioned before in this My Green Mattress review, firmness is such a subjective thing. What is "firm" to me may be completely different to what you describe as "firm". I thought the best way to help you decide if any of the 3 mattresses covered in this review would suit your preferred level of firmness was to go with the consensus of opinion.

I went through all the customer reviews - the people who actually purchased each mattress on Amazon.com - and compared them to what is officially provided by Amazon.com in the product description. 

PURE ECHO

SIMPLE SLEEP

ESCAPE

Amazon.com

product description

Medium firm

Plush

Medium firm

What buyers/reviewers

say on Amazon.com

Firm

Not mentioned in the reviews

What My Green Mattress

says on their website

7/10*

8.5/10*

6/10*

* Where 1 is softest and 10 is firmest

Table 13 Firmness comparison for the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses 

​For people with back pain issues it is always best to opt for medium firm mattress. However, please consult your health professional if you do have specific back issues to see if they can recommend the best option for you.

Latex mattresses have another measure of firmness. This is called - mattress geek-out warning - ILD for "Indentation Load Deflection":

  • ILD 35 to 45 is firm
  • ILD 23 to 35 is medium
  • ILD 18 to 22 is plush.

The 3 inch comfort layer of 100% natural Dunlop rubber used in the Natural Escape is considered plush with an ILD of 18-22. One customer who purchased an Natural Escape mattress from Amazon.com said he had a 200 lb frame and found the mattress "firm and supportive." He fell asleep within 10 minutes every night!

The 6 inch comfort layer of 100% natural Dunlop rubber used in the Simple Sleep is considered firm with an ILD of 32-36. "It's firm not hard like a rock" was one customer's review of the Simple Sleep. 

The Pure Echo experienced the most inconsistency with opinion but again, I went with the majority which said "firm".

firmness variety

Source: Amazon.com

You may be hesistating right now thinking, "It's a big investment. I'm not sure whether I want to buy I want a <insert firmness preference here>. How can I be sure that's what i will experience​?" And I totally understand your position. If this is you, why don't you take up My Green Mattress the 100 Night Comfort Trial?

Suits Side and Back Sleepers best

So after all the information I have provided about support and firmness, which mattress suits your sleeping preference?

Mattresses with springs usually suit a side sleeper or back sleeper better.

If you are a petite back sleeper, a thinner mattress like the Pure Echo would likely provide you with adequate comfort. If you are a side sleeper and a heavier person, a thicker mattress, like the 11.5 inch thick Natural Escape (with lumbar support zones), would be a better fit for support and comfort.​ 

100 Night Comfort Trial

You know how Goldilocks tried 3 beds before she found the one she called "just right"?

You can buy your My Green Mattress online, without leaving your home and try it for 100 nights.

If you don't find the mattress "just right" for you, return it to My Green Mattress and only pay a flat $99 shipping fee. For me, that brings peace of mind that I won't waste my money and be stuck with a mattress I don't like.

Better For The Environment

Another great reason to consider this type of mattress is its lower impact on the environment. 

Most mattresses last about 10 years, so what happens to all those materials after you’re done with it? A mattress made with more organic and natural materials is designed to break down more and harm the environment less.

In choosing the Dunlop process to make their natural latex, My Green Mattress uses less energy during the manufacture of the Escape mattress. And this is better for the environment.

Your mattress arrives rolled up inside shrink-wrap. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

Is My Green Mattress Handcrafted?

Something that is very unique to My Green Mattress: they use a multi-needle quilter to quilt all the fabrics by hand. That's right, by hand! That's old-world craftsmanship. The cotton and wool layers are added to the coils, covered and then closed.

CEO Tim Masters closing a mattress by hand in his Illinois factory. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

The Quality Sleep Shop started in 1968. Tim Masters joined as an apprentice and that's where he learned the art of mattress making.

With his youngest daughter suffering from allergies and eczema, he crafted an all natural mattress and rushed home to to place it in her crib. Seeing the difference it made to his daughter's life, he started to offer natural mattresses at the Quality Sleep Shop. Later he bought the business and expanded it with the My Green Mattress division.

Tim is pretty hands-on for a CEO.

He can still close a mattress.

He comments on reviews posted on Amazon.com. In those reviews, he responds quick-smart if there is a service or warranty issue.

He answers my emails directly​!

Tim is passionate about delivering a mattress and an experience that is very positive for the mattress buyer. 

The McMasters children Rylee, Kyle, Cindy, Madelyn, Megan. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

10 Year Warranty

My Green Mattress offers a 10-year warranty on all their mattresses. This is more or less considered the life of a mattress since most companies recommend you change mattresses at least every 10 years.

​This warranty will cover any product related defects due to either materials or manufacturing. You should know that some sagging is to be expected in all mattresses. So, this warranty only covers sagging greater than 1.5 inches (that’s fairly standard industry-wide).

Tips on how not to void your warranty​

For best and lasting support and performance, all the My Green Mattresses are designed to lie on a flat and firm surface. Consider a platform bed, foundation bed with no coils or a bed with slats no more than 3 inches between each slat. My Green Mattress warns buyers that putting their mattress on the wrong surface could void their generous 10 years warranty.

How to Keep Your Mattress Refreshed

Consumer Reports have done a video which shows a natural way to keep your mattresses refreshed.

For something simpler, take a look at these non toxic, biodegradable and naturally-derived ingredients:

These fabric fresheners have not been tested on animals.

Where Is the Best Place to Purchase My Green Mattress?

Amazon is an e-commerce platform that is safe and well-known.

If you order your My Green Mattress through Amazon, shipping is free within the United States.

Ordering your My Green Mattress through Amazon means you also benefit from a 30-day easy return policy. Should there be any disputes between you and My Green Mattress, Amazon can act as an intermediary to return your mattress.

You can use your no annual fee Amazon store card. Amazon is currently offering finance on the higher priced Echo Luxe. No interest will be charged if you pay the selling price in full within 12 months.

Amazon.com run specials on the My Green Mattress suite of mattresses.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?

You might think that shipping an entire mattress is a real hassle. But to ship these products, My Green Mattress rolls and compresses your mattress so that it is easy to ship. That means whether you live in a house or an apartment, your My Green Mattress will always fit through your front door.

Watch Tim demonstrate their new roll packing machine: the fun really starts at 00:49 into the video.

Shipping is usually handled through UPS or FedEx.

Unpacking My Green Mattress - Tips and Tricks

​My Green Mattress recommends the following 5 steps to opening your new My Green Mattress.

Source: www.mygreenmattress.com

​My Green Mattress recommends the following 5 steps to opening your new My Green Mattress.

instructions

One tip I will provide from a customer who bought their Pure Echo mattress from Amazon is: you should open your My Green Mattress in the room where you plan on sleeping. 

The mattress will expand quickly so make sure you have enough room for it to expand (and personally getout out of the way)!!!

Watch the video on how to unroll a small mattress.

All you have to do is open the mattress and let it naturally return to its proper form.

One of the nice bonuses from My Green Mattress is that they use a pocketed spring system for support. That means that you do not have to wait up to 48 hours for your mattress to return to form like you do with many other memory foam mattresses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Box Spring?

By Green Mattress does not require you use a box spring. All you need to ensure that you get the best out of your mattress is that you place it on a flat, level surface. If you do have a box spring, you should consider placing a single sheet of plywood between the box spring and mattress for full support.

If you do not have a platform bed and wish to use a slotted frame, your slats should be less than 3 inches apart. This will ensure you get an even, consistent support to the entire mattress.

Want To Buy A Mattress Protector As Well?

My Green Mattress recommends a fitted mattress protector for all their mattresses.

Who Is The Quality Sleep Shop on Amazon.com?

The Quality Sleep Shop is the Amazon store name of My Green Mattress, with Tim Masters, CEO, at the helm. The rating that The Quality Sleep Shop has received from buyers during the past 12 months is 90% positive, based on 54 ratings.  

Does The Quality Sleep Shop Collect Your Old Mattress?

You should note that My Green Mattress will not haul away your old mattress. So, if you have an old mattress that you need to get rid of, you will have to make other arrangements. To find a mattress recycling program in your area, just search the term "mattress recycling program" on Google in your state or city.

My Verdict

There are 5 main reasons the My Green Mattresses I’ve reviewed in this post would be "just right" for you.

Reason #1

You are concerned about the toxins and chemicals you and your family could be exposed to by sleeping on an everyday mattress. The My Green Mattresses reviewed here offers a low toxic alternative.

You and your family will sleep easy, knowing that you are breathing in less harmful toxins and chemicals whilst you sleep. You realize that purchasing a My Green Mattress is a long-term investment in your health.

Reason #2

You or someone in your family suffers from allergies, breathing issues or chemical sensitivities that affect their sleep. If you are looking for a hypoallergenic mattress, consider the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Pure Escape. They are made with more natural materials than your everyday mattress like:

  • GOTS certified organic cotton (sourced from the USA);
  • Oeko-Tex Certified 100% natural Dunlop latex (Simple Sleep and Natural Escape).

Reason #3

You are looking for a mattress that is not only healthy but provides comfort and support regardless of whether you are an individual, couple or family. The layers of pocketed spring coils provide support and minimize the transfer of motion:

The more coils, the better the support.

The three different support zones in the My Green Mattress Natural Escape provides the best lumbar support of the three mattresses.

Reason #4

You are looking for a mattress that is better for your health and priced affordably. My Green Mattress crafts their mattresses by hand. They use high-quality organic and natural materials that are put through rigorous scrutiny to obtain recognized, credible and independent certifications. Combine all these source materials in a way that provides the comfort and level of support you need. 

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