Contents of Article
- Why Is My Mattress So Gross?
- Can’t I Just Buy A Topper?
- What Should I Look For?
- What Else Is Important?
- A Word About “Natural”
- A Word About Firm Mattresses
- The List
- Final Thoughts
Your allergies are killing you. You’ve taken all the medicines and all the preventatives, but your most significant allergy source? Your mattress. Surprise!
Nipping your allergies may require an upgrade from your old mattress. As innerspring mattresses age, they become a repository of dust mite feces, old skin cells, and dust. Gross.
Newer mattresses are allergen resistant and won’t harbor microscopic organisms responsible for your allergy issues. It’s time you kicked your old bed to the curb.
If you aren’t sure where to start with your new mattress, we’ve got some suggestions for our top hypoallergenic mattress picks. Plus, we’ll answer a few questions you may have about what to look for. Let’s take a look.
|Quick Look : 2019 Best Hypoallergenic Mattresses|
|Overall Winner||Under $1,500|
|Best Latex||Under $2,000|
|Most Affordable||Around $600|
|Best for Heavy||Around $1,250|
|Best Vegan||Under $1,500|
Why Is My Mattress So Gross?
The materials in conventional mattresses are magnets for gross. As you sleep, your skin sheds and those old skin cells fall into the bed. Over time, those skin cells build up, attracting other organisms that like to eat them. Grossed out yet? We are.
Dust mites are some of the most common, but others can include bed bugs and other allergens. They gather in the mattress to munch on the old skin cells (and you) leaving behind a trail of waste and feces that causes your allergic reactions.
Add layers of built-in dust, possibly mold if you’ve ever had a spill on the mattress, and yeah. It’s a situation. You aren’t going to get any better with your face pressed against that.
Can’t I Just Buy A Topper?
If you just don’t have the budget for a new mattress yet, then yes, a topper or full encasement can hold you over until you can upgrade your mattress. However, if you’re serious about improving your sleep quality, you’ll want to chuck that old mattress entirely.
Toppers can’t protect you from organisms crawling out from underneath your bed. It only puts an initial barrier between you and the surface of the mattress. Encasements can prevent things from escaping, but that’s only if the encasement holds and only if you leave it on there for extended periods of time.
A hypoallergenic mattress gets rid of the causes of allergies and replaces it with a clean, allergy free surface to sleep on.
What Should I Look For?
Materials that are naturally hypoallergenic are best. Latex and memory foam resist dust mites and bed bugs really well. Materials infused with mold resistant fibers can reduce the amount of mold that builds up due to sweat or other bodily fluids.
You can also make sure that your bed is adequately supported off the ground, and get rid of your bed skirt. Bedskirts may look nice, but they help organisms crawl up to the bed. You can also make sure your bedroom is adequately ventilated and that fans and humidifiers are cleaned regularly.
What Else Is Important?
Mattresses now use layers of comfort materials to make sure that your body doesn’t rest on pressure points. These comfort materials can sometimes have allergens in the form of pesticides or VOC’s. Memory foam can be a big culprit of this, so find memory foam that’s certified as a low producer of VOC’s.
Other options would be organically certified cover materials such as cotton or wool. Without the certifications, you run the risk that high levels of pesticides are reaching your system. Look for certifications from the following companies:
- GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) – both of these companies are the USDA standard for materials considered organic. GOTS handles textiles, and GOLS handles latex.
- OEKO-TEX – certifies that materials are free of harmful substances
- UL Environmental certification – Tests for formaldehyde usage
- CertiPur-US – tests for Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s
- MadeSafe – certifies that products do not contain any materials or substances known to cause damage to human health and biology.
- GreenGuard Gold – certifies that products uphold air safety standards, indoor air quality, and don’t contain known harmful chemicals.
There are other certifications, but these are excellent starts. Looking for more than one gives you a better chance of finding a mattress that actually does what it says.
A Word About “Natural”
It’s tough to find organic products that are actually organic. Just because something says “natural” doesn’t mean it isn’t going to have some of the known allergens or potential others. Many companies greenwash their products for marketing, so having multiple certifications helps you be sure you’re getting a mattress that’s as hypoallergenic as possible.
A Word About Firm Mattresses
Firm mattresses aren’t necessarily the healthiest option. Go for a firm if that’s what you find most comfortable, but investing in a firm mattress because you think that it won’t have as many allergen options won’t actually help.
And now for our top picks. These mattresses have safety certifications, use clean materials, and reduce your exposure to common allergens.
|Overall Winner||Under $1,500|
|Best Latex||Under $2,000|
|Most Affordable||Around $600|
|Best for Heavy||Around $1,250|
|Best Vegan||Under $1,500|
DreamCloud – Our Top Pick
We love DreamCloud, and once again, it takes our top spot. DreamCloud uses eight different layers to strike a balance between support and contouring. It uses both memory foam and latex, both allergy resistant material, for the top layers, and pocketed coils for support.
The cover materials are a cashmere blend that’s highly breathable and prevents moisture from sticking around in the mattress to cause mold. The first two layers are dust mite and microbe resistant memory foam, one quilted and one gel infused. The quilted layer provides loft and more airflow while the gel layer helps wick heat away from your body.
Underneath, a latex layer adapts to your body each time you move, providing crucial rebound. It’s also dust mite resistant and naturally antimicrobial. Underneath, individually pocketed coils sandwiched between layers of memory foam provide the bulk of the support and structural integrity.
It’s certified by CertiPur-US and contains no formaldehyde, ozone depleters, and are low VOC. There are no PBDE flame retardants. Since the materials are naturally resistant to familiar allergy sources, you should find some relief.
DreamCloud gives you an insane full year to try the mattress out. If you decide it isn’t for you, just return it any time before the 365 days are over. Give the bed a full 30 nights to see if your allergies get any better and to allow the mattress to break in a little.
You’re covered by a lifetime warranty against mattress defects as long as your mattress is fully supported. DreamCloud offers both standard and white glove delivery. If you need help setting your bed up, just choose white glove delivery, and the company will set everything up and haul your old mattress away.
Zenhaven – Run-Up
Zenhaven’s 100% natural latex mattress is an excellent choice if you want an entirely allergen resistant mattress. It has two simple layers for excellent contouring and support. You can also choose your firmness level just by flipping the mattress.
The top layer is zoned support latex with different levels of contouring for your pressure points. It gives way underneath your shoulders but supports your waist and legs. Underneath is a dense foam that provides structural integrity and pushes back against your body so that your spine stays aligned.
The cover materials are organic cotton and wool. It’s antimicrobial and dust mite resistant. The Talalay foam’s five washing cycles prevent allergens from remaining within the materials. It’s free of VOC’s, so there’s no off-gassing. It’s certified by OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
Talalay is 100% natural latex and has more loft and spring than Dunlop. It’s highly supportive, but still allows for plenty of airflow and maintains responsiveness.
You have 120 nights to try Zenhaven’s mattress and still get a refund if it doesn’t work out for you. Give it a few weeks to see if it begins to help with your allergies. There’s a 20-year warranty to protect you from mattress defects as well. Make sure your bed is supported, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty.
Talalay foam cannot be compressed for delivery, so Zenhaven offers free white glove delivery service. The company will deliver your mattress to your house and get everything set up. Your old mattress is hauled away, and all packing materials are cleaned up.
If you fit into one of the more specific categories below, you may want to consider one of the following mattresses instead as well as one of our top picks.
Tuft And Needle – Best Budget Option
If your budget is tighter, Tuft And Needle’s original mattress is just $750 or under for all sizes. You don’t lose any of the hypoallergenic benefits, but your wallet stays a little more intact.
It also uses just two layers. The top is pressure-relieving adaptive foam. It’s highly breathable and prevents moisture build up (and thus, mold). It’s naturally resistant to bed bugs and dust mites while keeping you cooler.
Underneath, dense supportive foam gives the mattress structural integrity and edge support. It pushes back against your body to keep your spine aligned. It’s also breathable and resists common allergens. The cover materials are soft and breathable as well.
Tuft and Needle mattresses are certified by CertiPur-US as having ultra low VOC’s, and by OEKO-TEX as being safe for materials you use next to your skin. GreenGuard Gold certifications mean that mattress is low on emissions and won’t harm indoor air quality.
Tuft and Needle gives you 100 nights to try the mattress out before deciding if it’s the right one for you. Give it a few weeks, of course, so you can know for sure if it’s going to help your allergies. Otherwise, return it before the trial period is over for a full refund.
You’re covered by a ten-year warranty for mattress defects and abnormal wear and tear. Be sure your mattress is supported appropriately, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty.
White glove delivery isn’t available, so be sure you have someone who can help you set things up if you aren’t able to handle it on your own. Otherwise, just unpack the box and gently tear the plastic away to allow it to inflate. It should be ready in a few hours.
Ghostbed – Best For Heavy People
Heavy people have allergies, too. Ghostbed is rated for a combined weight of 750 pounds and uses layers of latex and memory foam, which are naturally dust mite and bed bug resistant.
The top layer is aerated latex, which is responsive and rebounds quickly. It supports your curves and keeps pressure points to a minimum. Underneath, gel-infused memory foam. Both layers work together to allow your curves to sink into the mattress and relieve pressure.
The high-density base pushes back against your body weight so that you don’t sink too far. It keeps your spine aligned and your back decompressed. It gives the mattress structural integrity. The entire thing is highly breathable, so it cuts down on mold from stored moisture. It’s resistant to common allergens.
CertiPur-US verifies that the foams are low emissions and low VOC. It uses no phthalates, formaldehyde, or PBDE flame retardants. They’ve reduced the carbon footprint of shipping.
Ghostbed allows you to try the mattress out for 101 nights before you decide if it’s the right one for you. Make sure to give it a full month or so before you choose because it can take some time to see a difference in your allergies.
You’re also covered by a 20-warranty against mattress defects. Make sure the mattress is adequately supported, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty.
The mattress comes to your door compressed in a box. Just unpack, and it should be ready to go in a few hours.
The mattress should be highly supportive even if it isn’t specifically made for someone of a more substantial weight. It’s a better option than some of the others on the list if you weigh more than 300 pounds. Otherwise, the materials may not be able to support your weight with some of the other beds.
Avocado – Best Vegan Option
If you’re vegan, it can be hard to find natural options for mattresses because wool is the most common natural alternative to chemical flame retardants. Avocado’s standard mattress does have wool, but the vegan option uses hydrated silica to create a flame barrier instead.
It has a standard option and a pillow top that adds another two inches of comfort materials. It uses 100% natural Dunlop latex foam on the top to create a medium firmness but allows you to get into a comfortable position. Your pressure points decompress, but your spine stays straight.
Underneath, recycled steel springs with fabric wraps provide buoyant support for your weight. It keeps your spine straight and prevents the mattress from sagging. Springs are breathable, as is latex, so moisture says at bay.
Latex is naturally antimicrobial and dust mite resistant. The mattress is certified by GreenGuard Gold so there are no VOC’s and it doesn’t affect indoor air quality. There are no phthalates or formaldehyde in the construction.
Eco-Institut certifies the integrity of the latex. The cover materials are cotton certified by GOTS as having no pesticides or chemicals. There are no PBDE flame retardants, only hydrated silica (a natural vegan alternative). There’s nothing to set off allergies or compromise your air quality.
Avocado comes with a 100-night sleep trial, so you have plenty of time to decide if your allergies are getting better. Be sure to allow it a few weeks before you decide officially if it’s the right one. If it isn’t going to work out, just initiate a return before the 100-night trial is over.
You’re covered by a 25-year warranty as well. Defects and abnormal wear and tear are taken care of as long as your mattress has been adequately supported and is used for its intended purpose.
Avocado offers both standard and white glove delivery. Both options are carbon neutral, but white glove delivery is an extra fee. If you need help setting up your mattress, the company can bring it and get everything squared away. They’ll even haul off your old bed. Otherwise, the mattress arrives compressed in a box right at your door.
A hypoallergenic mattress can be the difference between relieving your allergies and continuing to suffer. Based on the condition of your old bed, it might be too far gone for it to work even with a topper or encasement.
The mattresses on the list are pleasant alternatives to standard chemical-laced mattresses. Plus, they’re still significantly less than the standard showroom mattress. While we’d never discourage you from spending money on your health and wellbeing, the mattresses on the list shouldn’t set you back nearly as much as a standard showroom markup.
Hopefully, your mattress will transform the way you cope with your allergies and remove one of the biggest culprits.