The landscape of the mattress manufacturing industry has changed significantly over the last decade, with more and more options available. Many of them can be purchased exclusively online, with the bed in a box idea becoming more and more popular. Not having the overhead of a brick and mortar store allows manufacturers to save money, and they can pass that onto the consumer. With the Zenhaven mattress, however, this has been taken to another level.
Choosing a mattress so you get great sleep and live your best life requires knowledge, however, and with reviews like this one, taking a look at the Zenhaven latex mattress, we aim to give you accurate information so you can better understand what will suit you. I found that I was quite impressed with the Zenhaven mattress. Take a look and find out why.
The Zenhaven mattress is the brainchild of Saatva, which was founded in 2011 in Austin, Texas. The original Saatva mattress was a traditional spring mattress, delivered as a bed in a box, and it took over the market as one of the favorites and most respected manufacturers in the business. From there, they launched the Zenhaven mattress, which entered the scene as an all-natural memory foam mattress that took the industry by storm. However, it doesn’t come in a air tight package, but a standard wrapping.
On top of that success, the company has branched out again and created the Zenhaven mattress. This mattress continues with the theme of being natural and without chemicals, but this time, it’s a latex mattress, bringing the company full circle and covering every part of the market. The Zenhaven bed recently rated on the list of best all-natural mattresses.
After you place the initial order for your Zenhaven mattress, they’ll have it readied and boxed to ship as soon as possible. As a standard bed-in-a-box, the regular practice to ship these monsters includes strict compressing and vacuum sealing the mattress in heavy-duty plastic wrap to keep it flattened. Then, the mattress is slipped into a long rectangular box for shipping. If you’re still not ready to use your new bed when it arrives, no worries! You can store it somewhere and leave it in the box for up to three whole months.
When you first unbox the Zenhaven mattress, you’ll have to make sure it’s in place or close to the place you want to keep it because it expands fast. You’ll probably experience some off-gassing, but that’s totally normal and is often very minimal with newer models such as this one. With that being said, you should still open a window and let the bedroom experience decent airflow to assure that the off-gassing isn’t too noxious and finishes faster. You should be able to sleep on the Zenhaven mattress the same night if you unbox it early in the morning.
Zenhaven mattresses ship anywhere in the United States, and in the contiguous U.S. at no charge. Unfortunately, international shipping is not available at this time, but Zenhaven can ship to Alaska or Hawaii, also free. However, if you live in one of those two locations, and need to return it, Zenhaven will not cover the cost of shipping to send back. They will honor their warranty, though!
Because the Zenhaven mattress is dual-sided, there are two distinctly different firmness levels available. The sides, labeled as Luxury Plush and Gentle Firm, offer softness for those who like to feel as though they are hugged through the night or firmness for those who need additional lumbar support.
I tested both sides and found that, as expected from a latex mattress, there is quite a bit of bounce. Of course, this means it’s less adaptive for those who need to suppress motion transfer. However, if you like springy and bouncy, as often experienced with traditional mattresses, the Zenhaven hits the mark.
On the Plush side, I sank in a little more than I tend to like. I prefer a firmer mattress. However, if you enjoy just that little bit of sinkage that comes with any plush bed, you’ll enjoy it. I’d rate the plush side at a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 for firmness.
The Gentle Firm side was much more to my personal liking since I have some back pain. It was firm enough to support me while allowing for some contouring to relieve pressure on my back, shoulders, and hips. I slept comfortably through the night on my back and sides, and I determined this was more of a 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
The Zenhaven mattress had a great amount of support, and I found that the edges were firm enough that I could sit on them without feeling I would slide to the floor. I did experience a little discomfort, as though I might roll off when I got close to the edge of the mattress while sleeping.
The Zenhaven mattress is flappable, created to fulfill multiple consumers’ needs with a different loft (or firmness) on the two sides of the mattress. Aside from the cover, the entire mattress is made of 100% natural latex, keeping it free of harmful chemicals and making it environmentally friendly and great for you, avoiding breathing in those chemicals and potentially toxic fumes that come from such chemicals.
Normally, I start with the top comfort layer, but since this is a dual-sided mattress, we’ll start with the core. The Zenhaven mattress base is created from two thick, compressed layers of Talalay latex, which is completely natural. These two layers are dense and supportive, with a combined thickness of 6 inches. That is the structural support for the rest of the mattress, keeping both sides from allowing too much sinkage and creating greater responsiveness.
From there, the Zenhaven has one Luxury Plush layer on one side of the mattress. This layer includes 1.5 inches of softer, supportive Talalay latex. The reason for the use of Talalay over Dunlop is to create a smoother, more comfortable surface since it has a reputation of being smoother to the touch than Dunlop. While there is some sinking with this side, it is more like a comfortable hug, which some people find soothing.
On the other side, the Zenhaven mattress has a Gentle Firm layer. While this layer is also 1.5 inches thick, the Talalay latex on this side is created with a denser, firmer feel so that, while you get a level of comfort from the back support and additional contouring, it still offers the same bounce that is expected from a latex mattress.
Surrounding the entire Zenhaven mattress is the cover, which is formed out of cotton and wool. The organic New Zealand wool serves multiple purposes. The wool is soft and inviting, and it has moisture-wicking properties that keep the bed cool and dry through the night. It also acts as a flame retardant. The organic cotton is very breathable, keeping air flowing for a cooler sleep space, and hypoallergenic.
Features and Benefits
The first thing I noticed upon testing the Zenhaven mattress was how cool it remained throughout the night. I have a tendency to sleep hot and have used many cooling pads on top of my mattress in order to sleep through the night. While I was warmer on the plush side due to the additional sinkage into the mattress, it was still fairly cool, and on the firm side, I slept through the night without waking up hot or sweating.
I also enjoyed the fact that the entire mattress is organic, making it environmentally sound and hypoallergenic. This is great for anyone with bad allergies, as well as anyone who wants to cut back on carbon footprint and keep the pollution down.
One interesting thing is that, unlike so many other online mattress purchases, the Zenhaven is not a bed in a box. It is not compressed, rolled, and shipped in a small box. Instead, it is delivered in its full glory, which also means no off-gassing at all and no delay in being able to sleep on it. and the best part is, you don’t have to set it up yourself.
The fact that white glove delivery is included, with free shipping and removal of your old mattress, is quite a draw as well. I find that mattresses are often heavy, and the installation of a bed in a box requires at least two people. Zenhaven offers this to the contiguous United States, Canada, and with special arrangements for those in Alaska. This is the first company I’ve seen with such extensive coverage that includes the white glove delivery, which is especially helpful in not having to find a way to dump your old mattress yourself.
The Zenhaven mattress comes in 6 sizes, which means you can choose the right size for your space and get the same quality. The standard Twin, Full, Queen, and King sizes are available, as well as the extended Twin XL and California King. At a thickness of 10 inches, you don’t have to worry about specialized sheets with deep pockets, and you won’t have the sheets slipping around because the mattress is so thin. The Zenhaven mattress is easy to fit, which means you can obtain bedding from any resource. Of course, the Zenhaven mattress is only available through the Zenhaven website and not sold in brick and mortar stores or through major online retailers like Amazon.
|Twin||38" x 75"||140 lbs||Price|
|Twin XL||38" x 80"||147 lbs||Price|
|Full||54" x 75"||175 lbs||Price|
|Queen||60" x 80"||184 lbs||Price|
|King||76" x 80"||147 lbs per piece (if split)||Price|
|Cal King||72" x 84"||140 lbs per piece (if split)||Price|
Latex is naturally far more breathable than memory foam, so there is an initial advantage in the Zenhaven mattress. The material of the bedding itself is created to have extensive airflow, so space is cooler to start with. Add the wool in the cover, which is both breathable and moisture-wicking, and you have an environment to sleep in that won’t overheat or retain any moisture from night sweats. In addition, the cotton is thin and light with a cool feel, which allows you to feel that the heat you put off isn’t being retained.
As I stated, I’m an oven when I sleep, so the fact that I didn’t even wake up once due to being hot was incredible. Zenhaven has found a great marriage of materials to make for a nice, cool slumber.
The latex of the Zenhaven bed is a very durable material. Latex is durable and sturdy, again giving Zenhaven an advantage over other mattresses. The core material is dense and seems to assure the mattress retains its shape just fine. I tested the edge support and found that the mattress holds up both when I sit on the edge of the mattress and when I roll toward it to sleep on the edge. I don’t feel in danger of falling off, and that’s something you don’t find in compressed mattresses very often.
The craftsmanship of the mattress overall is incredible, and I personally felt that I could have used this mattress for the full 20 years it’s under warranty with no issues, if not longer. It gave me confidence in every area of construction.
Maintenance, Protection, Care and Warranty
The mattress cover on the Zenhaven mattress is removable, making it simple to care for. You can launder it in cold water on a gentle setting, and if you want, you can tumble dry it on low heat. It’s better, however, to hang dry in a well-ventilated space, since some dryers don’t retain their temperature control over time and could overheat.
The Zenhaven mattress can be spot cleaned, should there be any stains or other issues. You can use an additional mattress cover, if desired, to seal the mattress against spills, but the cotton and wool cover does an excellent job of protecting the mattress without any harmful chemicals or manmade materials.
The Zenhaven mattress has a 20-year warranty, which is one of the longest warranties in the industry, which can help give you peace of mind that you’ll be able to replace or repair it should something go wrong. In addition, you get a 120-night trial period to sleep on the Zenhaven and determine if either side is perfect for you. during this time, if you aren’t pleased with the mattress, you can return the mattress for a full refund.
Latex mattresses, especially those that use all-natural materials like Zenhaven, can be quite expensive, and the Zenhaven mattress is certainly not the most frugal of purchases when it comes to new mattresses. But it’s important to factor in the advantages you get with the mattress when judging the cost. The white-glove service is included, including the hauling away of your existing bedding. The materials are all organic and luxurious. The mattress is not compressed and shipped in a box, so that is a huge advantage. And it is a latex product. Therefore, the higher price is to be expected.
Reviews and Feedback
There are almost no complaints on the Zenhaven mattress. Reviews are extremely positive, and it seems that, among latex mattresses, this is considered the best of the best. Users rate the Zenhaven bed as comfortable, supportive, cool during sleep, and durable.
Those who don’t enjoy a bounce to their mattress – such as those who have spent years on memory foam – tend to complain about this aspect. And there are some questionable reviews regarding motion transfer, mostly based on this bounciness. However, this is a personal preference and, if you don’t like that characteristic in a mattress, you shouldn’t purchase the Zenhaven.
Otherwise, I couldn’t find a single bad review of this mattress.
Our Final Verdict
The Zenhaven mattress is incredibly pricey, when compared to a bed in a box. However, this isn’t a typical bed in a box situation. You get the white-glove service included, which is usually either not available or is offered at a hefty additional price. You also get a fully organic mattress, with the best-sourced materials that are all environmentally friendly and healthy for you in your home.
Aside from not having to set it up or haul off your old mattress yourself, the absolute high quality of the construction of the mattress speaks volumes. It’s got great breathability and moisture-wicking, and that makes for a cool, comfortable sleep. It’s reversible so caters to most sleepers, and it has great lumbar support, so you get pressure point relief and contouring for better posture and less pain.
Is a mattress cover needed?
The Zenhaven comes with a removable mattress cover, so you don’t need to purchase one separately.
How does the returns process work?
The Zenhaven mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial, and if you aren’t happy with your mattress after that time, you can return for a full refund.
Where can these mattresses be shipped?
Zenhaven mattresses can ship throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, and to Alaska with express arrangements through the company. Shipping to Hawaii or other countries is not available at this time.
Is the loft adjustable?
The Zenhaven mattress is dual-sided. One side is plush for those who like a soft sleep space, and the other side is medium-firm for those who prefer greater support.
What type of sleeper is this mattress best suited for?
Any hot sleeper or sleeper who deals with joint pain.
Best for what sleep position?
The Plush side of the Zenhaven mattress is great for most side sleepers, as well as some back sleepers. For other back sleepers, as well as stomach sleepers, the firm side will be preferable.
Cover – Cotton/wool (all 100% organic)
Fill – Natural Talalay latex
Base – Natural Talalay latex
- Durable and well-constructed
- Latex is highly breathable and cool to sleep on
- Flippable for dual lofts, offering more than one environment
- White glove delivery (and haul away) included
- Not compressed in a box
- Motion transfer may be an issue
- Some people don’t enjoy a bounce in their beds
- Can be costly