Best Organic & Non-toxic Mattresses in Australia
You spend a significant chunk of your day (or rather, night) on your mattress. It only makes sense that you’d want one that’s chemical-free and made using eco-friendly production methods. After all, you don’t want to be spending eight hours laying on a harsh, chemically-soaked mattress! The solution, naturally, would be to invest in a non-toxic, organic Australian mattress. Sadly, that’s easier said than done. With so many companies falsely claiming environmental friendliness or healthy, naturally-sourced materials, it can be difficult to discern which companies are trustworthy in their organic claims.
That’s why we’ve set out to highlight some of the best organic and non-toxic mattresses available in Australia. Each of these products has been officially certified and given our seal of approval. You can buy any of these stress-free, safe in the knowledge that they are free of any concerning chemicals and made using only eco-friendly methods.
Organic & Non-toxic Mattress: Brief Factors to Consider
1) Company Values
Before exploring the fine details of any company’s mattress offering, it’s worth checking out their values regarding the environment, consumer health and sustainability. Some companies, on top of offering superb organic mattresses, pledge dedicated support to environmental charities and causes. This may go some way to informing your purchase, and it might tip the scales in favour of one company over another.
Allergies are a major reason you, or anyone else, might be hunting for a trustworthy organic mattress. Whether it’s dust, harsh chemicals—like isocyanate found in foam mattresses—or even the internal filling (1% of the population is allergic to latex, for example), you’ll want to make sure any organic mattress you buy does not trigger any allergies. For the sake of cautiousness, you may want to opt for a hypoallergenic mattress despite not being aware of any allergies: they can develop any time, after all.
When shopping for a mattress, certifications are your go-to marker for authenticity regarding any chemical free or eco-friendly promises. Organisations like eco-INSTITUT, CertiPUR-US, GECA, OEKO-TEX and more devote themselves to testing the claims of furniture companies in Australia and beyond. They put manufacturers’ claims to the test, and if their products are as eco-friendly, safe or sustainable as they claim, they put a bold “seal of approval” onto the product.
If you see a mattress claiming to be organic, non-toxic or eco-friendly without any certification, be incredibly suspicious.
4) Source of Origin
Environmental impact, or lack of it, is another reason someone may opt for an eco-friendly mattress. A mattress produced entirely in Australia will require far less shipping and logistical shuffling than one produced in another country with materials from all over the globe. This, in turn, will minimise the impact the product has on the environment.
Non-Toxic Mattresses Recommendations (2021)
Now that you’re a little wiser as to why you’d want a chemical free, organic, eco-friendly mattress and how you can spot one, it’s time to march onwards to the individual product reviews!
1. Peacelily Latex Mattress – Best Organic
Available in six sizes starting from $849, the Peacelily Latex Mattress is our all-round top pick for the discerning organic buyer in Australia. Made with 100% natural three-layered Dunlop latex and natural, chemical-free latex glue, this mattress’ core material is enough to turn the head of any safety-conscious buyer, and not just because the flippable design gives the product variable levels of firmness! It also boasts a 100% organic (hand-stitched) cotton cover and wadding, which ensures superlative comfort and longevity, all without the use of chemical treatments.
Aside from any environmental benefits, sustainable sourcing and the added safety which comes from zero blended or synthetic materials, Dunlop latex is a great mattress filling in its own right. It’s incredibly sturdy, cooling and provides strong antimicrobial properties, making it a great material for any Australian who values comfort, health and the environment in equal measure.
Lending credence to its bold chemical free and eco-friendly claims are a slew of certifications. The latex is eco-INSTITUT and OEKO-TEX Class 1 certified, meaning that it is safe even for babies and small infants. Furthermore, it’s free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, phthalates, flame retardants and other harmful chemicals. The certifications also speak to the product’s minimal impact on the environment. When it comes to the cotton cover and wadding, the Peacelily mattress has earned itself a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, denoting sustainably sourced fabrics and eco-friendly production processes.
[DISCLAIMER: It’s important to note that 1% of the population is allergic to latex. Any latex mattress will not be suitable for these people, regardless of any safety certifications.]
Final Verdict: A slew of certifications are the icing on the cake of this mattress which, even without its eco-friendly and chemical free features, would be a no-brainer of a recommendation. With its double-sided Dunlop latex design and sturdy cotton cover, it’s a top pick from whichever angle you look at it.
2. Emma Mattress – Best Value (Non-Toxic)
Like any other foam mattress, Emma mattress is made from chemical compounds – so it’s neither completely natural nor eco-friendly. But the Emma mattress is as non-toxic and vegan as it gets, thanks to the clever construction and high-quality materials used in the construction.
The Emma mattress, winner of the CHOICE awards’ “Best Mattress 2020”, is an outstanding pick for those who want to get the most chemical free ‘bang’ for their buck. Starting at just $699, this mattress is made from three foam layers which work together to create a cooling, comfortable and supportive sleeping surface.
The top foam layer, which you’ll have closest contact with, is cool and breathable as well as being exceptionally eco-friendly. Made from all-natural materials, the layer wicks away moisture while minimising motion transfer and remaining enjoyably bouncy. How did Emma fit all those features into one layer? We simply don’t know.
Of course, none of this is to discount the other two foam layers! The pressure-relieving 7-zoned foam and supportive point-elastic foam both work to adapt to each body part, distributing weight while contouring around your body. While the top layer, with its all-natural materials, may stand out from the rest, all three foam layers (and the removable polyether cover) receive a wholehearted OEKO-TEX Standard 100 – Class 1 certification, meaning that they are chemical-free and entirely harmless for people of any age.
OEKO-TEX runs rigorous tests on products, seeking to detect a vast range of potentially harmful substances—both legal and illegal. The company’s standards are reviewed on an annual basis and often exceed a nation’s legal requirements for safety. All of this, if you couldn’t already tell, means that the Emma mattress is as safe as a bubble-wrapped crash helmet, even for babies and toddlers.
Final Verdict: The Emma Mattress is a fierce contender when it comes to the all-important price-to-quality-to-safety ratio. Its three high-performing layers create an all-encompassing sleeping experience which is as cool, comfortable and supportive as it is safe and non-toxic. With OEKO-TEX Standard 100 – Class 1 certification, there’s genuinely nothing to fear with this mattress, whether for you or your little one.
3. Pure Comfort Latex Mattress – Best Luxury (All Organic)
Got money? A lot of money? You’ll want to check out the Pure Comfort Latex Mattress for the ultimate in high-end, made-in-Australia organic mattresses. Starting at $5,995.00, everything in this product’s design screams luxury, from its Eucalyptus pulp fibre Tencel cover to the fully reversible three-layered latex filling, which, of course, is 100% natural, grown in sustainable plantations free from any harmful substances.
All three latex layers are zoned specifically to cater for each body part (head and neck; shoulder and upper back; lumbar; pelvis; knees; lower legs; foot and ankle), on top of being hypoallergenic and asthma-friendly. The Tencel cover is a marvel too: it’s biodegradable, breathable, antimicrobial and naturally moisture-wicking. All of these features come alongside a chemical free guarantee, and the entire mattress is made using sustainably-sourced materials.
In terms of certification, the Pure Comfort Latex Mattress doesn’t let us down. It bears Eco-INSTITUT certification, which means that it is chemical free with zero VOCs. Its fabrics are also OEKO TEX certified, meaning that the Tencel cover offers the same chemical free guarantee as this mattress’ latex. Plus, while it’s not directly related to safety or environmental consciousness, this product’s latex has earned the LGA Quality Certificate, highlighting its durability and ability to stay effective, even after rigorous testing.
Final Verdict: The Pure Comfort Latex Mattress is everything you could want from a safe, eco-friendly mattress. It’s comfortable, supportive, durable, chemical free and good to the environment too. What’s not to like? Other than the price… but that’s why this is our “Best Luxury” pick!
4. Koala Mattress – Best Balanced Comfort
Australian company and registered “B Corp” Koala, with its firm devotion to environmentally beneficial practices, is a smart pick for any Aussie looking to make eco-friendly moves on their quest for the perfect mattress. Its mattress—made from a unique, open-cell Kloudcell foam layer and supportive ecofoam—serves as a natural extension of the company’s environmental focus while still being supremely comfortable and affordable, with prices starting at $650. It uses sustainable, natural sources of fibre and, according to Koala itself, is chemical free, containing “no heavy metals, formaldehyde, VOCS, or hazardous materials that are potentially allergenic, carcinogenic or disruptive to hormone systems”.
The company produces its products in Sydney, where it can ship throughout Australia with minimal environmental impact. Koala has also partnered with several eco-friendly charities, including the WWF, and donates at least 1% of its annual sales to them. There are no two ways about it, Koala cares about the environment like few other companies out there.
In order to make those claims with confidence, Koala has put this mattress through its paces, with the help of a handful of certifying organisations including CETEC and GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia). As one of Australia’s leading independent certifying bodies, GECA’s findings are incredibly important. Luckily for Koala, its mattress more than meets the company’s high standards for environmental, human health and positive social impact. From sustainably sourced materials (wherever possible) to locally produced products and natural materials, Koala has ticked every one of GECA’s boxes.
That’d be impressive enough by itself, but when you consider how straight-up comfortable the Koala mattress is, balancing bounce and support perfectly, it becomes a downright wonder!
Final Verdict: Koala’s two top priorities, customer comfort and positive environmental impact, make this mattress an ideal choice for any Aussie looking for a home-grown, eco-friendly mattress which doesn’t skimp on comfort nor support.
5. Ecosa Mattress – Adjustable Firmness
Mattresses with adjustable firmness options are growing more and more common in Australia, but if you want one that’s also easy on the environment and your own health, you won’t have such an easy time. Enter Ecosa, the Australian company offering a chemical free, eco-friendly mattress solution with three firmness options!
The mattress’ three foam layers (two memory foam, one support foam) are made using processes which minimise the company’s carbon footprint. They work together to create a cool sleeping experience which alleviates pressure points, distributes weight and keeps your spine aligned while remaining bouncy and latex-like in feel. Covering these three layers is a 100% natural, removable Tencel fabric made from sustainably sourced wood pulp. Now, wood pulp may sound uncomfortable, but trust us, this is anything but. Tencel is renowned for its softness, breathability and—most relevant to your needs—safety.
You don’t have to take our word for it. The Ecosa mattress’ cover is OEKO-TEX 100 certified, which proves they are gentle on skin and made using eco-friendly methods. As for the foams, they are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning that they meet the organisation’s high standards for using zero ozone depleters or other environmental nasties. They are also chemical free, made with no VOCs, metals, formaldehyde, flame retardants or anything else likely to cause concern.
Final Verdict: The Ecosa Mattress is proof that you can make a mattress with adjustable firmness which doesn’t pose a risk to the environment or human health. Tencel fabrics and chemical free foams mean that you don’t have to worry about this mattress wreaking havoc with your skin, lungs or long-term wellbeing.
6. Naptime Mattress – Best Hybrid (Supportive & Cooling)
Combining a Tencel cover and a memory foam layer with latex, transition foam, perimeter foam and individually-wrapped 5 zone pocket coils, the Australian-made Naptime Mattress is a serious and feature-packed contender in the hybrid mattress market. It’s no wonder that the smallest size, Queen, comes in at $1,175. Oh, and did we mention? It’s also 100% safe for human use, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.
All of this mattress’ (many) foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which indicates they are made without ozone depleting chemicals or harmful levels of VOCs for indoor environments. In addition, all of its components are OEKO-TEX: Class II certified as well, meaning that the entire product, from the external Tencel cover all the way to the 5 zone pocketed coils within, has been tested for safety in contact with skin.
It’s a good thing this mattress is safe too, because if you lay down on it, you won’t soon want to leave! Between the coils, providing spinal alignment and lumbar support; the perimeter foam, providing outstanding edge support; the memory foam, contouring to your body and distributing weight; and the latex, providing a much-needed element of bounce, this is a veritable mattress ‘box of tricks’. Of course, this is all without mentioning the breathable, open-cell transition foam and the gel-infused nature of the memory foam. Both of these work in conjunction to provide serious levels of cooling, ideal for those who struggle with the scorching Australian summer.
Final Verdict: There are more layers to the chemical free Naptime Mattress than a royal wedding cake, and every single one of them serves a valuable function. We’re particularly impressed by the mattress’ top and bottom layers—the open cell transition foam and the individually pocketed coils—and their complementary purposes of cushioning and supporting while both remaining cool and oh-so breathable.
7. Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress – Best Non-Toxic Memory Foam
Memory foam, in general, is a great option for those suffering from back or shoulder pain. But so many potentially superb memory foam mattresses are hampered by harsh chemicals which can trigger unpleasant allergies or all manner of adverse reactions. That’s no reason to shy away from memory foam altogether: if you shop wisely, you can find yourself a memory foam mattress which is safer than a tricycle with training wheels.
Take the Ergoflex Memory Foam Mattress, for example, which starts at $949 for the Single.
Not only is it chemical free, but with its Tencel woven cover, this Olympian-endorsed mattress also boasts natural anti-allergenic features and microbial resistance. In fact, the Ergoflex mattress is reportedly recommended by doctors, boasting inherent resilience to bacteria, moulds, mildew and fungi, making it perfect for asthma sufferers, allergy sufferers or those with weakened immune systems.
Its foams, of which there are three distinct layers, are CertiPUR-US certified. This is a guarantee that they are made without harmful chemicals like VOCs, formaldehyde or chemical flame retardants, nor are they made using ozone depleters or heavy metals. The Ergoflex Mattress also carries the OEKO-TEX 100 label, ensuring that every single one of its components meets the organisation’s high standards for the (lack of) presence of harmful chemicals.
Even without diving into its various safety features and certifications, it’s worth highlighting how Ergoflex, which has been in the bedding industry since 2006, has perfected its art with this mattress. Its soft and breathable Tencel layer may be the first thing you see, but it’s soon overshadowed by the triple-threat of foam: a visco-elastic memory foam layer, a cool-sleep airflow layer and a high-resilience foam base. Every iteration of Ergoflex’s mattress has led up to this, a three-part sleeping experience which is able to respond dynamically to your body and its position, distributing weight and relieving pressure wherever needed while remaining cool and letting air flow freely. With the high-resilience foam base, it’s also incredibly durable, a fact which the company’s tried-and-tested 10-year warranty stands as a testament too.
Final Verdict: There’s nothing to be afraid of in this high-performing, non-toxic mattress. Olympians and doctors alike are impressed by its simultaneous ability to perform and promote a natural, chemical free style of wellbeing. If you’re after a mattress which will treat your body right without exposing you to all manner of invisible chemical menaces, this could well be the one you’re looking for.
With increasing awareness, more and more Aussies are inching towards organic, eco-friendly and non-toxic mattresses and at the same time, manufacturers are coming with options to address the gap. That said, compared to traditional mattresses, organic mattresses are costlier but definitely worth the premium. After all, we spend one-third of our life sleeping and breathing on a mattress – Right?
We reviewed what we think are the best organic and non-toxic mattresses currently available in Australia, but there are plenty more out there. If we missed out on any mattress or if there is any particular mattress you want us to review, please contact us.