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The benefits of going with a quality organic mattress are easy to understand. You’ll experience restful nights of sleep that a natural mattress can provide with additional peace of mind. An organic mattress can help you rest easy because you know that you chose an environmentally friendly, sustainable pick. 

Similar to the organic fruits and veggies you see at the grocery store, organic beds are made of responsibly sourced materials, and they’re put together without the harsh and harmful chemicals sometimes used in other mattresses. Enjoy the confidence of knowing that the best mattress you’ll ever snooze on is made of often-certified organic material that makes for a nontoxic, chemical-free sleeping surface.

Organic latex foam mattresses come from the sap of tropical rubber trees. The organic latex is then baked into a unique foam, and the result feels like a wonderfully supportive, springy and soft sponge. This process creates an eco-friendly, natural mattress that differs from traditional memory foam or convoluted foam mattresses. These entirely natural latex mattress models are also much different from the feel of an innerspring or hybrid mattress.

At the risk of sounding like a bad infomercial, there’s more! One of the best things about organic and natural latex beds is that they’re breathable (because of their perforations), antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Furthermore, unlike the innerspring or memory foam mattress you grew up on, these mattress models shouldn’t cause your allergies (or asthma) to flare up. You’re safe from the sniffles and watery eyes, because this is the best mattress type for those with sensitive skin or noses. Why? Household allergens like bacteria, mold and mildew can’t grow in the natural latex foam. The best organic mattress for your needs will keep you healthier than the competitors you’ve tried before. Not every manufacturer with a conventional mattress inventory is able to make the kind of claim that a natural mattress maker can.

I’ve personally tested over 100 different beds in my years as a mattress expert, solely for the purpose of providing entirely unbiased reviews for people who have no idea where to start when it comes to buying a new mattress. I know that nowadays it can feel like you can’t throw a rock without hitting a new mattress company. That’s why I’m here. Knowing what you’re looking for is key to finding the best mattress to suit your needs, and I’m here to help. I’ve brushed up on lying down to assist you in the hunt for a good night’s sleep.

Below, I discuss the best organic mattress for every type of sleeper, the best low-cost organic bed and even more natural mattress options. I’ve listed below the prices for queen-size mattress models to give you a jumping-off point. Prices are subject to change, but I’ll update this best organic mattress list periodically as time goes on.

Avocado Green/Melissa Kruse

Type: Latex Hybrid
Firmness: 7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)
Trial: 365 nights 
Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
Price (queen): $2,099 (with the pillow top) $1,599 without

Decorated with several organic certifications and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association, the Avocado mattress is a comfy and eco-friendly bed suited for firm-bed lovers. It is hand-crafted in Los Angeles, and includes details like a button-tufted organic cotton cover and green trim detail around the edges. Upon first glance, Avocado definitely looks like a premium mattress. It also doesn’t have an off-gassing smell like popular bed-in-a-box mattresses because it’s made without harmful chemicals. Instead, it gives off a nature-like earthy smell that reminds me of the woods. 

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The Avocado mattress is 11 inches thick and is made from certified organic Dunlop latex foam, organic wool and certified organic cotton. The base is even eco-friendly, made with heavy-duty recycled pocketed steel coils. It’ll support any body type from lightweight to larger bodies, but it is a bit on the firm side.

If you’re a strict side sleeper, the Avocado Green bed might not be the best organic cotton mattress for you. It doesn’t provide much give when you lay on top of it, and doesn’t contour to the sides of your body like most side sleepers prefer. It’s best suited for back and stomach sleepers who suffer from back pain, and really does a good job at keeping your back supported throughout the night. 

With the optional pillow topper, which I highly recommend, makes this bed around a medium-firm or a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This seems to be the sweet spot for back pain sufferers because it offers great support to keep your spine in proper alignment, but there’s still pressure relief that allows the foam to cradle your curves. Read more in our full Avocado mattress review. 

For the Avocado Green mattress without the organic cotton topper, it’ll cost around $1,099 for a twin and $2,099 for a California king. 

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Type: Latex Hybrid
Firmness: 7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)
Trial: 365 nights 
Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
Price (queen): $1,799 

Birch is brought to you by Helix, a brand who specializes in being inclusive and values giving the consumer choices. The Birch mattress is its eco-friendly natural and organic model. It has two more layers than the Avocado mattress and incorporates natural OEKO-TEX certified Talalay latex foam, responsibly sourced New Zealand wool and organic cotton. 

Birch, like many latex foam beds, is very bouncy and feels really supportive. It’s a durable son of a gun thanks to the pocketed coil and latex foam combo. You won’t sink into the foam here, but the organic wool batting on top gives it more of a fluffy, airy feel on the top. 

I like it a lot because it’s a little softer than the Avocado mattress. I don’t want to jump the gun though, because it’s not soft by any means. I’d rate it around a medium-firm on the scale or around a seven out of 10. It’s not quite pressure-relieving enough for most lightweight to moderately sized side sleepers, but larger body types who favor their side will probably enjoy this bed. 

Prices for a Birch mattress start at $1,349 and max out at $2,099 for a California king. 

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PlushBeds

Type: Latex foam
Firmness: Two firmness levels | Medium (5) | Medium-firm (7)
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
Price (queen): $3,099

As you can see by this list, soft natural and organic latex mattresses are a little hard to come by. Latex foam is naturally a firmer material, especially when you tie it in with the support of pocketed coils. PlushBeds, however, is an all latex foam bed and is organic from top to bottom with a customizable firmness profile that will suit most side sleepers. 

For starters, the Plushbeds Botanical Bliss is available in two firmness levels: Medium and Medium-firm. Side and combination sleepers can opt for the Medium natural latex model which is my favorite. It’s bouncy and supportive, but at the same time, gives in more along the curves of my side and allows my spine to be in proper alignment. Either latex mattress model will work for back and stomach sleepers!

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is made with three different layers of foam, and each latex slab has its own firmness level. If you end up thinking your mattress is too soft, you can switch the layers around and adjust the firmness level to your liking. This is a feature I haven’t seen in any bed. The setup process is more of a hassle because you have to stack the layers yourself and fit them inside the organic cotton cover, but I can look past this feature because of the versatility it offers.

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is definitely more expensive than your typical bed-in-a-box mattress, but keep in mind it regularly offers substantial discounts. Prices start at $2,599 for a twin, and go up to $3,399 for a California king.

My Green Mattress

Type: Latex foam
Firmness: 7 or medium-firm 
Trial: 120 nights 
Warranty: 20-year limited warranty
Price (queen): $1,499

The bar is set high for mattress companies who seek to brand their product as organic or natural, and their price tags often reflect that. From start to finish, there are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to guarantee that materials are organic and sustainably sourced. My Green Mattress, on the other hand, offers natural and organic environmentally safe materials at a lower cost because it manufactures all of its beds in its own family-owned factory.

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My Green Mattress Natural Escape is 11 inches thick, and is made with three different layers. The first is a supportive pocketed coil layer, and on top is natural Dunlop latex foam with natural wool for an extra comfort layer. Imagine a supple, bouncy surface with a light and airy cushion on top. It’s not as firm as Avocado, I’d rate it around a medium-firm or a seven out of 10 on the firmness scale. 

I’d mostly recommend this mattress to individuals who weigh under 230 pounds because it’s not going to be as supportive as the hybrid beds mentioned on this list. As for its most suitable sleeper position matches, I think it’s best for back, stomach and combination sleepers. 

Prices start at $999 for a twin size mattress and go up to $2,074 for a California king bed. 

WinkBeds

Type: Latex hybrid mattress
Firmness: Medium or 5
Trial: 120 nights
Warranty: Lifetime durability warranty
Price (queen): $1,999

WinkBeds is a luxury mattress brand who prides themselves on making extremely durable and long-lasting mattresses. It puts its beds through a simulation that forces 20 years worth of pressure onto them to ensure it’s selling high-quality beds that will last you a decade or longer. The EcoCloud is the company’s organic offering, and it’s one of the most pressure-relieving latex hybrid mattresses on the market.

Many latex hybrid mattresses like Birch or Avocado come in a firmness level around medium-firm or even firm, which is great for people who want support. However, if you’re a side sleeper or suffer from joint pain, you want a bed with a more balanced feel — there’s where EcoCloud comes in. 

This bed is made with recycled steel coils with a zoned design to provide targeted pressure relief to the shoulders and hips. The top layers include natural Talalay latex, organic cotton and premium New Zealand wool to give you an all-natural and organic sleeping experience. 

I’d rate the firmness around a medium or a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. It teeters between soft and firm, making it supportive, but amply pressure-relieving for folks who suffer from hip and shoulder pain, or like to sleep on their side. It also comes with strong reinforcements along the edges, a plus for couples who share a mattress and get forced to the sides. 

Prices for this bed range from $1,399 for a twin size mattress to $2,399 for a California king.

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CNET editors pick the products and services we write about based on editorial merit. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Read more on how we test mattresses.

Organic mattress FAQs

What is the best organic mattress?

Some of the best organic mattresses include:

  • Avocado Green Mattress
  • Birch Mattress
  • My Green Mattress Natural Escape
  • PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress
  • EcoCloud mattress by WinkBeds 

What is an organic mattress?

A mattress must contain at least 95% organic materials to qualify for an organic certification from the US Department of Agriculture. The company that made the mattress must also follow tight sustainability regulations during the farming and manufacturing processes. Otherwise, you cannot market your Talalay or Dunlop latex mattress as “organic,” only “natural.”

More sleep recommendations 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in a bid to protect its US assets from creditors in the country, as reported earlier by Bloomberg and CNBC. Representatives for the Singapore-based company made the filing in a Southern District New York court on Friday, which legally protects the US assets of insolvent foreign debtors from creditors in the US.

Founded in 2012 by Kyle Davis and Su Zhu, 3AC managed about $10 billion in assets as recently as March, later sinking to $3 billion in April. Like several other crypto firms, including the lending giants Celcius and Babel Finance, 3AC’s turn in fortunes is part of the so-called crypto “winter” that’s brought down stablecoins and sent Bitcoin’s value plunging.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that 3AC failed to pay a $670 million loan provided by crypto broker Voyager Digital, which has since halted all trades, deposits, and withdrawals as a result. Sky News later reported that a court in the British Virgin Islands has ordered 3AC’s liquidation and that the firm is reportedly working with business consulting company Teneo to oversee the process.

In May, Davies and Zhu admitted in an interview with the WSJ that the company lost out on a $200 million investment following the crash of Luna and its sister coin TerraUSD. At the time, the two remained optimistic about the prospects of crypto, telling the WSJ that they’ve “always been crypto believers” and “still are.”

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which became available to stream on Disney Plus last month after landing in theaters in May, sends the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s charmingly grumpy sorcerer on an adventure that spans multiple realities. The 28th MCU movie brings director Sam Raimi back to Marvel for the first time since 2007’s Spider-Man 3 and leans hard into his signature horror style, with one of the two post-credits scenes riffing on a moment from early in his career.

The movie takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Strange offering Peter Parker some magical help as the teen dealt with the entire world knowing his secret identity.

Let’s step into a portal and explore a universe full of SPOILERS. We also have a separate ending explainer, a deep dive into the Illuminati and a list of WTF questions the movie left us with.

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Another sorcerer

In a mid-credits scene, Strange is happily strolling through Manhattan’s streets, having seemingly accepted the corruption caused by his use of the Darkhold. He’s intercepted by a blonde sorcerer in a purple and pink costume (Charlize Theron). She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension, the hellish reality ruled by 2016 Doctor Strange big bad Dormammu.

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Charlize Theron makes her MCU debut as Clea.


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“You created an incursion and we’re gonna fix it… unless you’re afraid?” she says.

“Not in the least,” he responds, his Darkhold-induced third eye opening.

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Clea has been among Doctor Strange’s most reliable allies in the comics.


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What does it mean?

She isn’t named until the credits start rolling after this scene, but Theron’s character is Clea — a Dark Dimension magic wielder who’s been in the comics since the ’60s.

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She’s the daughter of Dormammu’s sister Umar and Dark Dimension Prince Orini, and became fascinated by Strange during one of his early adventures in that reality. Their paths have crossed many times in the years since, with Clea becoming Strange’s student and later his wife.

Following the events of 2021’s Death of Doctor Strange miniseries (you can imagine the premise), Clea replaced Strange as Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Stephen will undoubtedly be resurrected and return to the role soon though, since status quo shifts like this seldom last long in the comics.

You might have been too busy reeling or screaming with joy when Reed Richards (John Krasinski) explained what incursions were earlier in the movie, but they’re catastrophic events that occur when a multiversal reality crashes into another. In the comics, this happened in 2015 event Secret Wars.

It’s unclear how Strange caused an incursion — he jumped through a whole bunch of realities in Multiverse of Madness — or what this means for the MCU, but it could see elements from a different cinematic universe crossing into this one.

Such a crossover already created a dangerous scenario (filled with delightful cameos) in No Way Home, so it’s possible we’ll see characters from Fox’s X-Men reality next. The presence of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) may have been foreshadowing this.

Or maybe that’s just more wishful thinking.

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In an alternate reality’s Manhattan, rude street vendor Pizza Poppa (Bruce Campbell) earlier accused America Chavez of stealing his precious dough balls. Strange hit the poor guy with a spell to get him off their backs, and they left him to be attacked by his own hand.

The post-credits scene brings us back to Pizza Poppa just as his meat hook’s campaign of violence ends.

“It’s over!” he says joyously.

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What does it mean?

This scene is unlikely to have any MCU-scattering implications, since it’s more of an homage to Campbell and Raimi’s relationship. The pair have been friends since high school, and the actor played hero Ash Williams in Raimi’s 1981 breakout feature The Evil Dead. In that movie’s 1987 sequel, Ash’s hand is bitten by one of the undead, becomes possessed and tries to kill him.

Unlike Pizza Poppa, he tries to solve the problem by severing his hand and replacing it with a chainsaw (which is extremely metal). His former hand stalks him for the rest of the movie.

Campbell also shows up in Raimi’s non-MCU Spider-Man trilogy, seemingly playing three different characters. He was a wrestling announcer in the first movie, a snooty usher in the sequel and a French maître d’ in the third. If the scrapped Spider-Man 4 had come to fruition, the actor could have played Mysterio, Raimi confirmed to Rolling Stone.


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In a nutshell: Intel’s accelerated computing group has started shipping its second-gen Blockscale ASIC for SHA-256 cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The launch is months ahead of schedule, but still too late to capitalize on the most recent cryptocurrency craze.

Intel announced that it was developing Blockscale ASICs in January when Bitcoin was worth twice as much as it is now and hardware was desperately in demand. Its second-gen is arriving after the market has satiated its need, which is usually when Intel starts shipping its hardware (I’m looking at you, Arc GPUs).

Despite that, the Blockscale ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) is a great chip. It measures 7 mm by 7.5 mm and consumes just 4.8-22.7W but hashes Bitcoin at up to 580 GH/s (gigahash per second). It’s only capable of SHA-256 proof-of-work calculations, though.

Raja Koduri, executive VP and general manager of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group for Intel, tweeted the news at the end of last week…

Koduri seems to have forgotten about the first-gen Blockscale ASIC that was announced in February. Intel did say at the time that a second-gen model was in-development and then it announced it just two months later, so perhaps the first version doesn’t qualify as a fully-fledged product in Koduri’s eyes.

In any case, the second-gen model is much better than the first. It consumes just 26 J/TH (Jules per terahash) while its predecessor consumed 90 J/TH. It’s also more competitive with offerings from other companies. Intel’s system with 256 ASICs can hash at a rate of 148 TH/s with the consumption of 3,850 W, about on par with Bitmain’s S19 Pro at 110 TH/s and 3,250 W. Both systems cost between $5,000 and $6,000.

Koduri tagged GRIID Infrastructure, Hive Blockchain Technologies, and Argo Blockchain in his tweet, three companies that mine cryptocurrencies using renewable power sources. Intel markets the Blockscale ASIC as an environmentally-friendly product and it’s good to see it standing by those principles by partnering with like-minded companies.

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