Remember my oh so negative post regarding my lack of sleep here, or my too. tired. to post. post here. Well, I am crossing my fingers that those days are almost behind me.
I don't know if you've checked out the mattress market lately, it's crazy. And crazier still is the eco-friendly mattress market. There really is no definition for eco-friendly or green so it's seems like it's all up to the consumer to figure it out. And like many other things, you just have to ask yourself- how green is green enough??
Let's go through our journey of eco-mattresses.
It really started two years ago at the Natural Mattress Store. A family-owned San Francisco Bay Area based business that really does supply an all-organic and eco-friendly mattress. Yet, the price stopped us in our tracks. I don't remember what the pricing was, but it was well out of our bud-light budget.
Fortunately, they carried another brand Keetsa. We loved the brand two years ago, and after visiting the store in Berkeley on Sunday, we thought we found two great contenders:
The $1099* Tea Leaf Classic, which boasts a layer of eco-friendly layer of memory foam, and then 5" coils.
OR the $1499* Tea Leaf Supreme, which I think is straight up 10-inches of memory foam. The Supreme Keetsa was our favorite- but the price left us tossing and turning (haha).
Next, we checked out Form Order in the City. They sell Latex mattresses that are 100% natural latex, rubber. I am not really sure what that means in the eco-friendly world, but I guess it's better than other traditional mattresses that use chemicals.
This is where our search went down hill. The store was hot, we were exhausted from not sleeping, I was PMSing, and it was the end of a long work day. I didn't even think the mattresses were comfortable; I started to melt down. To add insult to injury, a 9-inch Queen mattress with the organic mattress cover was going to be at least $1,600, which was well over what we wanted to spend. Uggg.
After that disaster, I was ready to give up on eco-mattresses and skip the 'eco-friendly' mattress route. So we decided to go the All-American Route and check out Ikea. You are wondering how Ikea fits in, well, they boast a 7-inch latex mattress and a 8.5-inch foam mattress, and with a gazzillion people shopping their stores world-wide, they have to be doing something right??
Right? Well, everyone must have it wrong. Sure their mattresses can be super duper cheap, but in my honest opinion, they SUCKED.
Moving on, we walked into our local mattress store. We spent five-minutes checking out the show room floor, the guy seemed really nice, and they have a great yelp rating, but everything seemed to be at least $1000 and we weren't sold on anything. We thought about going back, but we never made it.
Why did we never make it? Well, we found Ergo Sleep Systems in Berkeley.
Let me tell you, Leonard is the man. They have three or different 'eco-friendly' mattress lines. Including the Natura that the YoungHouseLove Kids sleep on. They know what makes a mattress eco-friendly, and why it's worth it- to save yourself from polyurethane chemicals. They are also well aware that not all mattresses are 100% eco-friendly, and he knows the impacts of the 'eco-not-so-friendly' bambooo. Here's a statement from their web-site:
We have a wide array of eco-friendly products that contain no harmful chemicals and are made from certified organic cotton, natural latex, and natural wool. Imagine having a mattress that's good for you and the environment.
That's when we were introduced to the Magniflex. An Italian Mattress Company that uses memory foam and no chemicals. We became those people at the store. Hanging out between two mattresses for over an hour. You know you found the right mattress when you look over and your husband is laying down, eyes closed, smiling!
We were deciding between the more practical ($900) and super comfy 9-inch, Riposo.
Or the super duper comfy, $1300, 10-inch Buongiorno with aloe vera in the mattress pad**
Honestly, both were out of our budget. Or should I say Mr. Spice's budget-- to get the mattress we wanted, he'd have to sacrifice his iPad birthday money. Talk about responsibility- iPad or mattress?
Of course, we slept on the matter. I was ok with saving our pennies to get get the mattress we want in the future or getting the 'cheaper' mattress for now.
Well, Mr. Spice is keeping our marriage spicy- because he bought the Buongiorno this afternoon.
Holy, sweetness! I don't know if you can tell, but I am BEYOND excited to actually sleep on our new purchase. And with a 15-year full warranty and a 50% warranty from then on- it's like they are giving us a 15-year guarantee to a good nights sleep!
And you better bet that I'll keep that receipt and show up in 14-years demanding a refund if I need one!! So folks, in about 8-10 business days, I'll be wishing you a happy Buongiorno!
So tell me, do you find mattress shopping as tiring as I do?
*prices in the store.
**whatever that really means?