Naturepedic Mattress Reviews
Given the company’s history, we think it’s important you understand a little more about Naturepedic before we discuss their mattresses. Simply put, Naturepedic is not your typical bed-in-a-box company. Founded close to two decades ago by an environmental engineer, the company’s primary focus is to manufacture the healthiest, safest mattresses on the market. As experts on the removal and elimination of toxic chemicals, you can rest easy knowing Naturepedic beds are completely safe to sleep on.
As the realm of natural and organic mattress options expand, it can be intimidating to figure out what sets them apart from one another. In today’s review, we take a look at the Serenade, which is arguably the most popular bed from Naturepedic. Comprised of certified organic materials, the Serenade mattress is a great option if you want to ensure you’re sleeping on a safe, healthy bed.
Construction And Materials
As an organically made bed, the real selling point of the Naturepedic Serenade is what’s inside of it, not just in terms of comfort but in terms of health and environmental benefits too. The bed is a latex hybrid design, which is a pretty common style among natural and organic brands, but the certifications that come with every scrap of material within the mattress is really what Naturepedic stands for. Let’s take a look at the layers within the Serenade.
The support layer of the mattress is comprised of 8” pocketed steel coils which are individually wrapped in GOTS approved cotton. Each coil is sewn to the adjacent coils using Naturepedic’s own special equipment, which is something that’s pretty rare to see in the online mattress industry. This proprietary process eliminates the presence of any adhesives or harmful chemicals.
Above the coil system comes a 2” layer of GOLS certified Dunlop latex foam. Latex is a really common material used in natural mattresses—it is actually derived from the sap of rubber trees—and we have reviewed a lot of really awesome latex mattresses. Through a process of whipping and baking the sap (yup, just like making a cake) latex foam is imbued with its distinctive airy and bouncy texture.
Natural and organic latex, like the Dunlop latex used by Naturepedic is produced without any chemical additives and is naturally antimicrobial, keeping all of those annoying dust mites out of your mattress and out of your sinuses. In fact, Naturepedic’s mattresses, both those made with and without latex, are recommended by the AllergyKids Foundation.
Adding to the comfort layer, Naturepedic also uses a thin layer of PLA, or polylactide polymer, for added comfort. Though PLA may sound like a scary chemical based product, exactly the kind of thing that Naturepedic swears off using within their mattresses, it is actually a pretty cool plant-based alternative.
Naturepedic also uses GOTS certified organic wool batting in their comfort layer. Wool, in addition to being soft and comfortable, has a uniquely versatile structure that holds it shape well, and will help to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Wool is also a natural fire barrier, which allows Naturepedic to avoid using any chemical fire retardants while still passing federal flammability standards.
Organic Cotton Cover
The whole mattress is wrapped up in a soft and durable off-white cover made from GOTS organic cotton sourced from Texas. The cover helps keep the mattress breathable, comfortable and is a really supple and stretchy material that will move with your body just like the other layers of the mattress.
The cover is not removable like the one on a Puffy mattress, but it is easy to spot clean with a bit of warm water and a mild detergent. If you are particularly worried about keeping your mattress clean, Naturepedic does sell an Organic waterproof protector pad which should help mitigate the mess from potty training kiddos or wine Wednesday getting a little too crazy. If you do go the route of purchasing a mattress protector, keep in mind that they can change the feel of the mattress a bit and stifle airflow, so you might not get all the benefits of the mattress and its natural materials.
We talk a lot about organic cotton covers with natural and organic mattresses. They are really breathable, durable, and usually have a really pleasant and earthy smell that is a great change from the off-gassing smell when non-natural mattresses are first unpacked.
Certifications And Sustainability
A few other things that environmentally conscious shoppers may be interested in knowing about Naturepedic’s mattresses is that their advertising of the mattress as a natural and organic option is actually really strongly backed by several certifications.
On top of the certification mentioned earlier, the Serenade mattress is also Greenguard Gold certified by UL environment, this means that Naturepedic makes their mattress with very low exposure to chemicals and pollutants. It also means that their manufacturing process produces extremely low emissions.
All of the layers inside the bed are inspected and assembled in Naturepedic’s factory in Chagrin Falls, Ohio by their team of skilled Amish craftspeople. Naturepedic’s factory and products are MadeSafe certified, meaning that they are made without any exposure to harmful chemicals or practices, making them safe and healthy for producers and consumers. Additionally, Naturepedic is involved with the Green Business Network and observes business practices that focus on the needs of their employees, communities, consumers, and the environment.
Everything that can be certified as organic, chemical free, and non-GMO within the mattress has been. Naturepedic also makes efforts to promote sustainability efforts that give back to the environment. Through a partnership with 1% for the planet, Naturepedic donates 1% of their corporate profits to aid sustainability programs. The company is also a member of several organizations that promote natural and organic practices.
Feel And Firmness Of Naturepedic
Now that you know what is under the surface of the Naturepedic Serenade, let’s talk a bit about how it feels. It reminds us a lot of other latex hybrids in terms of overall firmness and responsiveness, but the cushion top is definitely a really nice feature. The coils give the mattress a lot of nice support and the latex layer provides responsive support that feels both sturdy and gentle.
We tested out the cushion firm version of the mattress, and rated it at around medium-firm on our firmness scale. We reckon that the firm model of the mattress would likely sit at around true firm on the scale and would be especially appealing to back and stomach sleepers who really like a firm and supportive mattress.
The cushion firm option is really nice because it provides a lot of support and definitely feels firm, so you aren’t going to feel sucked into this mattress like you’d expect from something like a memory foam mattress. The cushiony topper of the bed is quite soft and still provides a nice bit of cradling for pressure points and is easy to snuggle into.
Stomach And Back Sleepers
Naturepedic is an ideal mattress for stomach and back sleepers. We always recommend a firmer mattress for those who sleep on their back or stomach because it provides the right amount of support when you sleep flat. The Serenade won’t let your hips sag causing that uncomfortable lower back pain from a too-soft mattress.
We also really like that, although this mattress has a good amount of firmness, it still has a cushiony top, which is especially good for stomach sleepers who need support but also might want enough cushion to keep their more delicate body parts from feeling sore.
What About Side Sleepers?
It’s a little bit harder to make a call on this. Some side sleepers might be totally fine with the firmness of this mattress, (although if you are a side sleeper, I would definitely recommend that you go with the cushion firm over the firm profile). But if you’re a petite to medium sized side sleeper, you might think it’s too firm. Generally, side sleepers need a softer mattress that will cradle their pressure points when they are putting pressure on their side all night long.
Combination sleepers should be just fine on this mattress unless you spend the majority of your time on your side, in which case, again, it’s probably a good idea to look for a softer mattress.
If you are a combination sleeper and you move around quite a bit in your sleep, latex mattresses are a great option because they bounce back quickly and won’t disturb your sleep as they adjust to your body’s position.
Good For Heavier People?
Yes! We think that the support and durability offered by the latex hybrid design of the Serenade makes it a great option for heavier folks. Beds with springs or coils are good for individuals who need a bed that will support them a bit more than an all-foam mattress. Also, because this bed is relatively firm, it will not feel too soft for folks who weigh more than 250 lbs.
People of all shapes and sizes should be able to get cozy on this mattress. It provides enough support for all body types while still offering a soft surface. Again, people who are petite and predominately sleep on their side should be a little bit cautious though, because this mattress might feel a bit too firm.
Will Naturepedic Sleep Hot?
Cover-kickers rejoice, this mattress shouldn’t cause you to overheat at night. It sleeps at a neutral temperature which means it regulates hot and cool air really well. The construction allows for a lot of airflow because the coils allow for better air flow and the latex foam is porous. The organic cotton, wool and PLA used in the comfort layers are also capable of good temperature regulation and moisture-wicking, so you won’t feel too sweaty, even if you are hot at night.