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Origin Hybrid Mattress review 2023: is this firmer mattress the right fit for you?
12:00 pm | May 28, 2023

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Origin Hybrid Mattress: Two-minute review

The Origin Hybrid mattress is Origin’s only mattress, selling in eight countries around the world. It’s a hybrid mattress, made of a combination of foams, coils and the brand’s proprietary HexaGrid. This orthopaedic layer was developed alongside orthopaedic specialists, with zoned support that gives more support in the centre third of the mattress, where body weight is concentrated.

Like many of our best mattress choices, the Origin Hybrid is an excellent choice for back sleepers. My husband and I both sleep primarily on our backs and found the mattress supportive. Customers agree, with many saying how much the mattress helped with easing back pain. Although Origin say the mattress is a medium firm at 6.5 out of 10, I found it much firmer and nearer to an 8 out of 10. 

This extra firmness means that the Origin Hybrid is ideally suited to stomach sleepers, who need a firmer mattress to keep their hips in line with their shoulders and spines aligned. Heavier weight sleepers should also like this mattress, as there’s no danger of sinking down onto the coils. I didn’t feel that the Origin Hybrid was suited to side sleepers, as it’s a little too firm to provide adequate sinkage at the shoulders and hips, which could aggravate these pressure points.

The Origin Hybrid Mattress on a bed

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

Motion isolation on the Origin Hybrid is outstanding - I can be a light sleeper and wasn’t disturbed by either my husband moving about, or the foster cat jumping on the bed. Temperature regulation is also very good, with my hot-sleeping husband feeling cool and refreshed throughout the night. I actually found it a little too effective, feeling a bit chilly in the night, so I wouldn’t recommend this mattress to anyone of a similarly reptilian nature to myself.

I tested the Origin Hybrid mattress for three weeks, testing it on all major areas of performance, rating it on pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, cooling and ease of setup. I’ll expand on all these throughout this article.

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Price

  • An upper mid-range mattress
  • Extremely generous discounts, with over 50% off at times
  • Double is £769 at RRP

The Origin Hybrid is an upper mid-range mattress at full price, but the brand’s regular and generous offers mean you’ll pay the price of a lower mid-range mattress. In practical terms, this means you can pay a lot less for a high-quality mattress if you buy the Origin when it’s on offer.

Here’s the RRP for the Origin Hybrid Mattress, alongside the lowest prices we’ve seen the mattress on sale for:

  • Single: £699 RRP, £299 on offer
  • Small Double: £719 RRP, £319 on offer
  • Double: £769 RRP, £369 on offer
  • King: £899 RRP, £429 on offer
  • Super King: £1100 RRP, £489 on offer

Origin has a variety of offers, discounts and sales running throughout the year. We’ve seen regular discounts of 40% and sometimes over 50%. You’ll also get a small 5% discount on Origin’s Coolmax Latex Pillow if you buy it alongside the mattress. If you go to the Origin site and the mattress is full price, I’d recommend waiting for a sale or offer to come along, simply because you can save so much money by doing so. Make sure you bookmark our mattress sales page to keep up to date on all the latest offers.

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Specs

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Materials and design

  • Hybrid mattress with foam, springs and the brand’s HexaGrid
  • Various cooling elements infused into different layers of the mattress
  • Cover is not removable

The Origin Hybrid mattress has some innovative features and the brand is committed to using eco-friendly materials in its design. Origin has won a Sustainable Design award and the company is certified eco-friendly. Any returned mattresses are also donated to the British Heart Foundation.

The mattress’ first layer is the brand’s proprietary HexaGrid, which is infused with cooling particles to keep you cool. It’s also zoned, with more support in the centre third of the mattress where most of our bodyweight lies. Next up you’ll find premium Australian wool (another naturally cooling fabric) and graphite infused foam (graphite helps to draw heat away from the body).

A corner of the Origin Hybrid Mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

Natural bamboo foam sits above the individually pocketed antigravity springs, which are well-spaced to promote airflow and provide support across your entire body as needed. As you might expect, all the foams in the mattress are CertiPUR certified, meaning the mattress is lower in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The Origin Hybrid is wrapped up in an 100% bamboo Tencel cover, which also helps to keep sleepers cool. There are also handles on the side of the cover to make it easier to move the mattress around. The only downside is that the cover isn’t removable, which makes it harder to keep the mattress fresh and clean. Make sure you always leave a mattress protector on the mattress to keep it protected.

Score: 4 out of 5

Hybrid Mattress Review: Support and comfort

  • HexaGrid offers zoned support to the spine
  • Ideal for back and stomach sleepers
  • Too firm for side sleepers

Origin suggests that the Origin Hybrid is a medium firm mattress, with a firmness rating of 6.5 out of 10. But I found the mattress far firmer, rating it at an 8 out of 10. This was supported by our weight test – a 20kg weight only sank in by 2.8in when placed in the centre of the bed.

Although I’m of a lightweight build, I prefer a firmer mattress that doesn’t dip or mould too much around the lower back. The Origin Hybrid felt extremely comfortable to me as a back sleeper – the top layers of the HexaGrid and foams providing a soft pillow top feel, with the centre third of the HexaGrid and the coils keeping my spine aligned. My average weight husband also felt the mattress was very comfortable as a back sleeper. Some lighter weight back sleepers may, of course, find it a little firm.

A weight and a tape measure on the Origin Hybrid Mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

My stomach sleeper tester also rated the mattress highly as it does an excellent job of lifting the hips to align with the shoulders, whilst my heavier weight tester enjoyed the mattress in all sleeping positions, including side sleeping. They felt supported by the mattress without any danger of sinking onto the coils. Bear in mind that the single and small double will only support body weight of around 15 stone, the double a combined weight of 31 stone and the king and super kind a combined weight of 37 stone. Combination sleepers should also find it easy to change positions in this mattress.

My husband and I however found it too firm for side sleeping. There was some definite pressure build up at the shoulders and hips, as the mattress just isn’t soft enough to allow for adequate sinkage here. 

Score: 4 out of 5

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Temperature regulation

  • HexaGrid contains cooling particles for temperature regulation
  • Graphite infused foam, Tencel cover and well-spaced springs provide more airflow and body temperature regulation
  • Could even be a little too cool for colder sleepers

I slept on the Origin Hybrid for three weeks with a winter duvet (tog 10.5) in a bedroom at around 14C during early spring. My husband generally sleeps very hot and he found the mattress did an excellent job of keeping him cool. However, as someone who’s naturally quite reptilian, I actually found the mattress a little too cooling.

A hand pressing on the Origin Hybrid Mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

The Origin Hybrid is well designed to keep sleepers cool, from the cover down to its springs. Starting at the top, the Tencel cover helps to wick moisture away from the body and increase air circulation. The HexaGrid is infused with cooling particles to keep your body temperature close to 18.3C (the ideal temperature for deeper sleep). Next up is graphite infused bamboo foam – graphite is known for helping to draw heat away from the body. Finally, the coils are individually encased, which helps to promote airflow.

Score: 4.5 out of 5

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Motion isolation

  • Great choice for couples and restless sleepers
  • Scored highly in our motion transfer tests

I tested the Origin Hybrid with a simple drop test with a 6kg weight and an empty wine glass to see how well the mattress absorbed motion. I dropped the weight from around 5in above the mattress, starting at 25in from the wine glass. At this distance the wine glass didn’t move. It was also completely stable at 10in and only wobbled at 5in from the weight dropping.

A weight, a wine glass and a tape measure on the Origin Hybrid Mattress

(Image credit: Jo Plumridge)

These tests demonstrate how little motion transfer there is with the Origin Hybrid, meaning that you’re unlikely to be disturbed by your partner moving about during the night. It’s also a good choice if you’re a restless sleeper yourself. Considering how firm the Origin Hybrid is, it’s a surprise how good motion isolation is, but the plush layers of foam and the HexaGrid do an excellent job.

Score: 5 out of 5

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Edge support

  • Better support in the middle of the sides as opposed to the corners
  • Supportive to sit on, providing you stay in the middle

Edge support on the Origin Hybrid was a little mixed. Placing my heaviest weight of 20kg on the edge of the mattress, in the middle of one side, gave me a sinkage of 3.9in. But I did notice that the mattress was slightly firmer in the middle on each side as opposed to closer to the corners.

Edge support on a mattress is important as it helps us get in and out of bed, increases the sleeping area of the mattress, helps prevent premature sagging around the perimeters and allows you to sit on the edge of the bed. While I felt that the mattress was supportive enough to sit on comfortably in the middle of the sides, I couldn’t utilise the full width of the mattress without feeling some sinkage and unevenness in the corners. 

Score: 3.5 out of 5

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Setup

  • Low off-gassing
  • Free delivery in the UK
  • Delivered vacuum-packed, rolled and boxed

Origin’s mattress is delivered to the front door in a box, with delivery taking between two and eight days. You can select your preferred date and time slot on the checkout page.

My Origin Hybrid arrived vacuum-packed and rolled in a box. To open it up, place the mattress on the bed base (making sure it’s facing the right way to unroll) and then carefully slice the plastic packaging open with a knife.

Once free from its packaging, the mattress inflated quickly, so make sure you give it space. You can sleep on the mattress after four or five hours, but it can take between 48 and 72 hours to fully inflate. I did notice that the mattress puffed up a little more over the first couple of days we had it in the house.

Off-gassing, where organic chemicals and gases are released from the foam as a mattress expands, is normal and to be expected when buying a mattress in a box. The chemical-like odour that’s produced can last several days with some mattresses. I was impressed by how little the Origin Hybrid smelt and off-gassing dissipated completely within a few hours. 

Score: 4 out of 5

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: Customer reviews

  • Customers praise the mattress for easing aches and pains
  • The firmness of the mattress results in both positive and negative reviews

Although the Origin Hybrid mattress doesn’t have masses of reviews on UK sites, there are many more from other countries where it’s sold. The mattress is popular, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.

As with any review, customer reviews are subjective and what suits one sleeper may not suit another. But I was able to pick out common comments to get a broader picture of what customers thought.

A huge number of positive customer reviews praised the Origin Hybrid for its ability to ease aches and pains, with many people saying that their back pain had been significantly reduced or had disappeared altogether. Motion isolation was also praised, with customers able to sleep even with restless partners and wriggly children in the bed.

Customers liked the plush and soft feel of the mattress, with many commenting on the attractive finish of the Tencel cover and grey cotton sides. Nearly all the reviews mentioned the firmness of the mattress and it was here that customer opinion was split. Some customers loved the feel and others felt that they adjusted to it quickly. But others disliked the firmer feel, particularly side sleepers.

Should you buy the Origin Hybrid mattress?

The Origin Hybrid Mattress in a bedroom

(Image credit: Origin)

The Origin Hybrid mattress has a lot to recommend it. I think it’s particularly suited for stomach and back sleepers, along with those of a heavier weight. Some lighter weight back sleepers may find it a little firm, but this will obviously come down to personal preference. Side sleepers are likely to find the mattress a little too firm around pressure points at the shoulders and hips, although heavier weight side sleepers should sink far enough into the mattress to feel supported, without sinking onto the coils. If you are a side sleeper, read our guide to the best mattresses for side sleepers for more suitable options.

I was impressed by the HexaGrid, which is both soft and supportive with the zoned support adapting as needed. The HexaGrid is also infused with cooling particles and this, combined with the graphite infused bamboo foam, Tencel cover, Australian wool and well-spaced coils, means that the mattress does an excellent job of keeping sleepers cool at night. Those who share their bed with a restless sleeper will appreciate the excellent motion isolation on the Origin Hybrid, which ensures that you won’t be disturbed throughout the night. This is a well-made mattress that should appeal to a wide range of sleepers.

Origin Hybrid Mattress Review: also consider

How I tested the Origin Hybrid mattress

I slept on the Origin Hybrid for three weeks during early spring. My bedroom was around 14C overnight and I was using a 10.5 tog winter duvet. I shared the bed with my husband and he and I are of average and light builds respectively.

To gain a wider perspective and views on the mattress I asked friends of various builds and heights to either lie on the mattress in different positions or, in some cases, to sleep on the bed for a night or two. I also ran standardised tests to objectively assess softness, edge support and motion isolation.

Avocado Green Mattress review 2023
5:13 pm | January 22, 2023

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Avocado Green Mattress review in brief

  • 100% certified organic mattress
  • Ideal for back sleepers, heavier sleepers, and co-sleepers
  • May be uncomfortable for side sleepers or lightweight sleepers

The Avocado Green Mattress is among the most popular organic mattresses available today. The brand sets itself apart by prioritizing eco-friendliness and sustainability, putting in the time and effort to get many certifications to back up their claims. Avocado also takes pride in its high-quality materials and craftsmanship; each Green Mattress is needle-tufted by hand.

We tested a queen-sized Avocado Green Mattress for three weeks across all sleeping positions. We took care to test its performance in all major areas (pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, cooling, and ease of set up), which you can learn about in more detail in the following sections.

The Avocado Green mattress on a bed

(Image credit: Michele Ross)
Avocado Green Mattress at a glance

Best for: back sleepers, heavier sleepers, co-sleepers, sleepers who run hot
Type: mattress in a box
Firmness: medium-firm (7/10)
Materials: 100% organic Dunlop latex, wool, and cotton; coils
Depth: 11 inches
Weight: 76-158 lbs
Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king

By the end of our testing period, we believe that the Avocado Green Mattress—which clocks in at 7 out of 10 for firmness—is a quality option for organic mattresses, but specifically for back sleepers, heavier sleepers, and co-sleepers in these categories, as it will offer the support these types of sleepers require. We also appreciate that this mattress is very breathable, so sleepers who run hot will enjoy this feature. On the other hand, side sleepers and lightweight sleepers will likely want to look elsewhere; this mattress is unlikely to provide enough cushioning and support these sleepers need.

As far as the value for money goes, we believe that it’s a great mid-market organic option if you're shopping for the best mattress in a box. However, certain costs can run up quickly—namely if you add on the pillowtop option (for a firmness level of 6 out 10), factor in standard shipping (starting at $99), and/or if you opt for white glove delivery (for $249). Yet even with these extra costs, it’s still a good value for money when reviewed against its biggest organic and luxury competitors.

Be sure to read the TechRadar best mattress buying guide before you purchase this mattress, or any other. 

Avocado Green Mattress review: materials and design

  • Hybrid mattress with three layers of support
  • 100% organic cotton and wool

The Avocado Green Mattress is organic and hybrid. It comprises three layers: a cover, a comfort layer, and a base/support layer. The cover is soft and breathable, and boasts 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and wool. It doesn’t trap heat on account of its moisture-wicking properties, which is a terrific benefit for sleepers who run hot at night. In addition, the wool used is antimicrobial and won’t retain dust mites, so sleepers with allergies and/or those who worry about buildup can rest easier. The wool also acts as a natural fire barrier. (If you’re hoping to buy an organic hybrid mattress that avoids animal products entirely, consider buying the Avocado Vegan Mattress, which is PETA-certified. It boasts the same qualities and features as the Green Mattress, but skips the wool in favor of cotton only.)

Two inches of Dunlop latex are used in the comfort layer of the mattress, and one inch of it is used in the base/support layer. The latex is GOLS-certified organic and is used to fend off wear and tear over the years. The base/support layer also has 1,414 coils across five ergonomic zones, as well as a perimeter of steel. This construction helps to limit motion transfer and provide edge support.

After a few weeks of testing, the only signs of wear we noticed were some superficial wrinkles concentrated around the area of the bed where our hips rested. While we didn’t find this to be a major point of concern, some reviewers note that dips get more pronounced and permanent within a few years of use, and have led to discomfort.

If you’re considering different types of mattresses aside from organic and hybrid varieties, consult the TechRadar best memory foam mattress guide. 

Avocado Green Mattress review: comfort

  • 7 out of 10 for firmness
  • Offers wonderful support for back sleepers
  • Latex foam layer offers only a slight amount of give

Since we had recently switched from testing mattresses and toppers that were closer to a 6 out of 10 for firmness, it took a few nights to adjust to a firmer option—even though it was only one point up on the firmness scale. Moreover, our relatively lightweight reviewer is a combination sleeper most prone to side sleeping. They found that this position wasn’t ideal for this mattress since it didn’t comfortably contour the shoulders and hips. (Note: If you’re a side sleeper set on purchasing an Avocado Mattress, you may want to opt for the pillowtop upgrade. It brings the firmness level down to a 6 out of 10. However, we didn’t test this add-on for this specific review.)

A hand pressing down on the Avocado Green mattress

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

However, our reviewer had been interested in making the switch to back sleeping for personal reasons. Once they did so, the Avocado Green Mattress proved to be much more comfortable within a few nights’ time. (They had previously tested out back sleeping on softer but still medium-firm mattresses, which sank too much around the hips.) We also tested stomach sleeping on this mattress, which was more comfortable than side sleeping.

All things considered, we believe that the Avocado Green Mattress offers the most comfort for back sleepers in particular.

Avocado Green Mattress review: support and pressure relief

  • Great neck and back support
  • Comfortable enough for stomach sleeping
  • Pressure will likely build up while side sleeping

Again, the Avocado Green Mattress is a 7 out of 10 for firmness. This places it on the firmer end of the medium-firm scale. To test its support and pressure relief for ourselves, we put a 55-pound kettlebell in the middle of the mattress. This allowed us to simulate the weight of the densest part of a sleeper’s body (i.e., hips) to see how much it would sink. We measured the amount of sinkage to be two inches, which is relatively small and adequately reflected the brand’s 7 out of 10 firmness rating.

The Avocado Green mattress on a bed with a weight on it

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

The only time that we felt pressure build up was while side sleeping; our shoulders and hips got tense, as it didn’t offer contouring. However, back sleeping was a different story. We found that the mattress provides a perfect amount of support at the hips especially, and we didn’t struggle with any pressure around our neck and shoulders either. Stomach sleeping also proved to be comfortable as the mattress was firm enough for this position.

Want more options? We had recently reviewed the Helix Midnight, which offered great pressure relief for side sleeping. We recommend checking out the review if you’re a side sleeper open to non-organic hybrid mattresses. Otherwise, an organic competitor known for its benefits specific to pressure relief is the Nolah Natural 11 Mattress, which t uses Talalay latex. According to Nolah, this type of latex boasts 33% more pressure relief than other varieties, including Dunlop (which Avocado uses) and synthetics. 

Avocado Green Mattress review: temperature regulation

  • Breathable cotton and wool
  • Moisture-wicking properties promote a cool, dry night’s rest

It’s important to consider temperature regulation when buying a new mattress. Breathability should be a key factor in your final choice, especially if you run hot at night and tend to sweat in your sleep.

Our reviewer sleeps hot every so often, and was pleased to find that the Avocado Green Mattress performed very well in terms of temperature regulation and breathability. It didn’t trap body heat and we didn’t feel as though we overheated or woke up sweating at any point during the testing period. Moreover, the mattress feels cool to the touch. (We were impressed by Avocado’s prowess in this section, especially when compared to other bed-in-a-box options we’ve tested in the past.)

The use of breathable organic cotton and wool allow the Avocado Green Mattress to have these beneficial properties; they promote airflow and wick away moisture should it build up. It’s also worth noting that we used linen sheets throughout the testing period. Linen one of the more breathable fabrics available for bedding, so note that use of less airy materials can impact how hot you will run while sleeping.

Avocado Green Mattress review: motion transfer and edge support

  • Minimal motion transfer is great for co-sleepers
  • Terrific edge support

We performed a motion transfer test to gauge how much movement can be felt in different areas of the bed; this simulates how much a co-sleeper may be impacted if you change sleeping positions or they make any movements in bed. A mattress with minimal motion transfer is key, especially for co-sleepers who are fidgety and/or wake easily.

To assess motion transfer, we dropped a 10-pound kettlebell at different measurements away from a wine glass that stood upright at the center of the bed. This test helps to assess how much disruption a co-sleeper may experience when their sleeping partner moves at various distances away from them.

The Avocado Green mattress on a bed with a weight on it

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

The wine glass shook a few times, but didn’t fall over, when we dropped the 10-pound weight four inches away from it. The glass shook even less when we dropped the weight 10 inches away from it. Finally, the glass didn’t budge on the first bounce when we dropped the weight 25 inches away from it, though it shook on the next few bounces from the kettlebell. From this test, we concluded that the Avocado Green Mattress performs well in terms of motion transfer. Co-sleepers will appreciate this feature.

We then performed a different test to gauge edge support. Edge support indicates how firm and sturdy the mattress will be to support your weight when you sit on the side of the bed, move around the perimeter of your bed, and get out of bed. Strong edge support also reduces the risk of sagging.

In order to measure the edge support for the Avocado Green Mattress, we placed a 55-pound kettlebell on the side and bottom perimeters of the bed. The weight sank only two inches, which was equal to the measure of sink at the bed’s center. We also sat on the edge of the bed to tie our shoes, as well as rolled around on the mattress (all the way to the edges) to check if we felt in danger of rolling off. It performed well in these regards, too.

We weren’t surprised at the positive results from this test, as the Avocado Green Mattress boasts a layer of pocketed coils strategically spread out across ergonomic zones and a reinforced steel perimeter along its edges.

Avocado Green Mattress review: price and deals

  • Avocado Green is the brand’s mid-range mattress option
  • Sits in the middle price-wise in the wider organic mattress market
  • Best to wait for deals to save 10% or more

In terms of cost, the Avocado Green Mattress sits squarely in the middle of the company's range. It’s nearly twice the cost of its “super affordable” Eco Organic Mattress, but still around half the cost of its Luxury Organic Mattress. Note: Prices will increase by $400 to $600 if you opt for the pillowtop upgrade.

In the wider organic mattress market, it’s also approximately in the middle from a price standpoint, but trends a bit upwards of that compared to hybrid mattresses that use synthetic materials.

A queen-sized Avocado Green Mattress currently costs $1,999 without any sales or promotions. However, the brand offers discounts from time to time—usually at around 10%—which can mark down the price by a few hundred dollars. During our testing period (shortly after Black Friday mattress deals and Cyber Monday promos were live), Avocado featured slightly lower RRPs combined with a 10% off sitewide sale. During that time, a queen Avocado Green Mattress retailed for $1,900, then dropped to $1,710 after the discount.

Here are the prices for all sizes of the Avocado Green Mattress:

  • Twin size RRP – $1,399
  • Twin XL size RRP – $1,499
  • Full size RRP – $1,699
  • Queen size RRP – $1,999
  • King size RRP – $2,599
  • California king size RRP – $2,599

Similar to Avocado, many of its competitors also offer deals throughout the year. Ultimately, any savings you’ll get from one brand to the next will depend on when you buy it; the upcoming Presidents' Day mattress sales are likely to be your next opportunity for a solid discount, but be sure to consult the TechRadar mattress sales guide to keep tabs on deals.

If price is no object, you’re a fan of the Avocado brand, and you prefer medium mattresses, you may want to upgrade to their Luxury Organic Mattress (starting at $2,799 for a twin and $3,899 for a queen). It’s 5 out of 10 for firmness and comprises 17 premium layers of organic and natural latex, wool, silk, hemp, and cotton. It also has 3,136 individually pocketed coils for superior comfort. If you’re on a budget yet want an organic hybrid mattress, check out the Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress. Whether or not it’s on sale, it will still be at least a few hundred dollars less than the Avocado Green (starting at $799, up to $2,198 during promotional periods). 

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Back sleepers, heavier sleepers, sleepers who run hot, and co-sleepers in these camps are the key categories of people who will enjoy the Avocado Green Mattress the most. Avocado offers a 1-year trial period and a 25-year warranty (full coverage through year 10, limited coverage through year 25) for this mattress. View Deal

Avocado Green Mattress review: setup

  • Ideal to unbox with two people
  • Minimal odor upon unboxing, but low off-gassing risk

Standard shipping for boxed mattresses up to 150 pounds starts at $99. The brand calls this doorstep delivery, meaning they’ll place it at the doorstep of your house or at the bottom of the stairs if you live in a unit on an upper floor. (We tested the queen mattress, which is 114 pounds though the shipping label listed the package weight at 130 pounds.)

The Avocado Green Mattress product page notes that the mattress will be ready to ship within three to five business days. Once it’s ready, you can select your preferred date and time window for shipping.

The Avocado Green mattress rolled up in plastic

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

For review purposes, we were given the option of white glove delivery (aka in-home delivery, per Avocado), which we proceeded with. Customers can choose this option—with which deliverers will unbox the mattress, place it on your bed frame, and dispose of your old mattress and the shipping materials—for $249.

(Some mattress brands will offer free shipping, whether standard or white glove. For instance,  purchase of the luxury organic Saatva Zenhaven comes with complimentary white glove delivery, but the mattress is sold at a significantly higher price point.)

The delivery arrived within our pre-selected time frame on the date of our choice. The packaging included the recyclable outer box (made of 50% post-consumer content), a tight layer of opaque plastic, and one additional layer of thick plastic. The packaging was minimal, as was expected from an eco-friendly, Certified B Corporation brand. The two delivery people could push the box into our apartment unit with ease. However, the first layer of plastic was wrapped more tightly (and seemed to be stickier) than other bed-in-a-box wrappings we had recently reviewed.

The Avocado Green mattress in its plastic wrapping on a bed

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

Once they cut open the second/thick layer of plastic, the mattress fully expanded (and was ready to rest on) within a minute—making a loud hissing sound in the process. We could also perceive an odor from up to 2.5 feet away for about an hour after the mattress expanded. (We left our bedside window closed in order to fully notice and smells.) 

Since Avocado uses natural and organic materials, toxicity and off-gassing aren’t major concerns, especially compared to other mattresses that use synthetic materials. The smell dissipated fully by nighttime, which was less time compared to other mattresses we’ve reviewed.

Avocado Green Mattress review: customer reviews

  • Some customers love its medium-firm to firm support, while it’s too firm for others
  • Some customers complain that it loses durability within a few years

The Avocado Green Mattress boasts a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from over 16,000 reviews (at the time of writing). Avocado is the only online retailer for its mattresses, so we couldn’t pull user reviews from other sites.

Common points from positive reviews include that the Avocado Green Mattress offers a great level of firm support, provides pressure relief, and absorbs weight well (especially for heavier sleepers). Customers also like its temperature-regulating quality, and most of them were happy to upgrade to this mattress from their old ones. Others also believed that the mattress was a good value for the cost, and some prized the brand’s values and quality too.

Customers who left negative reviews often noted that the mattress was too firm for what they wanted or expected. (Remember, softness and firmness are subjective, must be considered based on your own body weight and sleeping position, and will ultimately vary from one person to the next.) Some experienced shipping issues and getting their needs met through customer service, even if they ended up liking the mattress. Perhaps the biggest concern worth noting is that some customers wrote that the mattress sags over time, which contributes to body aches and poor sleep quality.

Should you buy the Avocado Green Mattress?

The Avocado Green mattress on a bed

(Image credit: Michele Ross)

Given major points of consideration—ranging from firmness and comfort to price and the competition—we recommend buying the Avocado Green Mattress under certain conditions. It gets our seal of approval for back sleepers, heavier sleepers, sleepers who run hot, and co-sleepers in these categories above all. We also believe that it’s a good value for the cost of the mattress, especially given its organic and high-quality materials and when compared to competitors in the organic and hybrid spaces (even with shipping costs).

However, side sleepers and lightweight sleepers will be better served by looking for another organic/hybrid mattress. Yet if they’re set on purchasing an Avocado, they will likely benefit from paying $400 to $600 extra for a pillowtop add-on (additional cost varies by mattress size) to cradle their shoulders, hips, and knees. Anyone seeking a soft or medium-soft mattress should also look elsewhere.

As a reminder, another option similar to the Avocado Green Mattress is the Nolah Natural 11 Mattress noted above. It offers 6 out of 10 firmness (making it suitable for back and side sleepers alike), may provide greater pressure relief, and potentially save you a few hundred dollars, depending on whether you buy it during a promotional sales period.

Hands-on review: Sony NEX-6
4:33 pm | September 25, 2012

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Hands-on review: Sony NEX-6

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