Birch mattress

Birch Latex Mattress Review

Birch Latex Mattress Review
4.7

Summary

Birch is an eco-friendly latex and pocket coil mattress made with natural and organic materials.

Great choice for: Anyone looking for an affordable and eco-friendly latex hybrid mattress. It’s also ideal for heavier sleepers looking for a supportive mattress and hot sleepers looking for a cooling mattress.

Avoid if: You prefer the feel of a memory foam mattress.


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LINENSPA
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Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
MOLECULE AIRTEC
MOLECULE AIRTEC
Best Comfort3"Memory foamMedium-firm5 years
MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
Best pressure point relief3"FoamMedium-firm10 years
LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
Best for back pain2"Gel memory foamMedium10 years
Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Best temperature regulation-Forced Air-1 year
TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
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BedJet V3
BedJet V3
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ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
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Ooler Sleep System
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bFan Cooling System
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Brookstone bed fan
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Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
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perennial, proven Amazon Choice with over 16,000 reviews
MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
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full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
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thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
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designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
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clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
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best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
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added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
Nursal Contour
NURSAL Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Wedge Contour Support Pillow for Leg, Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Relief, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Pregnancy, Hip and Joint Pain
great reviews, washable cover - and half the price
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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If you prefer buying eco-friendly bedding, the Birch mattress is one of the most affordable natural mattresses you can buy.

It’s made with natural or organic materials – including natural latex, natural wool, and organic cotton – and has various certifications to prove its eco-friendliness.

Birch’s medium-firm feel makes it a comfortable choice for most types of sleepers, including overweight individuals.

Read on for our full Birch natural latex mattress review.

If you are looking for an even higher-quality latex bed, we recommend the organic latex PlushBeds mattress. Just know that it’ll cost you more.

You can also read our reviews of the best latex mattresses for other top recommendations.


What’s in this Mattress Review?

In this 10-minute review, we breakdown the Birch mattress and find out what it’s made from. Most importantly, we explain how it feels to help you decide whether it’s the best choice for you.

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About Birch

Birch by Helix

Birch is a Helix Brand. Helix makes one of the most customizable online mattresses, offering up to nine configurations to suit different sleeping needs.

Birch is their eco-friendly offering. From the sourcing of raw materials to manufacturing, Birch is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible.

The best part is that its eco-friendliness doesn’t come at a premium. It costs just about the same as other hybrid mattresses.

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Social Impact

eco-friendly furnishings

Helix contributes positively to environmental preservation by manufacturing the Birch mattress in an environmentally friendly way.

Every single material in the mattress is sourced sustainably and can be traced to the source.

The wool is sourced from farms in New Zealand. Latex is harvested from controlled plantations in various countries. Organic cotton is gotten from the US. The steel used in the coils is also sourced locally.

You can see all the certifications here, including OEKO-TEX and GREENGUARD.

Also, 1% of all Birch mattress sales go to the National Forest Foundation to support their tree planting efforts.

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Purchase Process

Birch purchase process

Visit the Birch Living official website to order the Birch mattress. Currently, that’s the only place you’ll find the mattress. It is not available on Amazon or any other retailer.

The Birch mattress is available in just one comfort option, so you don’t need to choose whether you want a firm, soft, or medium firm.

You only need to pick the size. All standard sizes between twin and California King are available.

If you are concerned that the latex might feel a bit too firm for you, you can add a plush pillow top to your purchase for $400. The topper is 2” thick and made from natural wool and latex.

Birch also offers a shredded latex and wool pillow for $99.

The Birch mattress comes with a standard warranty, but for $119, you can add 10-year accidental damage coverage.

It covers what the standard warranty doesn’t, namely, accidental spills, stains, and other forms of damage. Birch will send you a repair kit, provide at-home repair or send you a replacement mattress.

You probably don’t need the extra coverage. A spill or stain on the mattress won’t affect the mattress’s comfort, and you can easily deal with it.

But if you want full peace of mind, go ahead and add it to your order.

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Price

Birch latex pricing

Here’s the latest Birch mattress price list. Visit their website for the latest prices and discounts.

Twin $1,049
Twin XL $1,099
Full $1,299
Queen $1,499
King $1,799
CA King $1,799

If you don’t want to pay the full amount at once, Birch offers two financing options.

If your credit is good, use Klarna. You don’t pay any interest if you complete your purchases within 12 months.

If you have low credit, use Zibby. They offer a comfortable lease-to-own payment plan.

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100-Night Sleep Trial

birch latex mattress

Birch comes with a 100-night trial, which is standard for online mattresses. You’ll have to sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights before you can initiate a return.

All returns are free. The returned mattress is either donated to charity or recycled.

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25-Year Warranty

birch mattress

The 25-year warranty is one of the longest among online mattresses.

During the first ten years, Birch will repair or replace the mattress at no cost to you. Between years 11 and 25, coverage is prorated.

Birch will replace the mattress at a prorated cost, depending on how long you’ve had it. You can read the full warranty here.

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Shipping

Free shipping

Birch ships their mattress to all fifty states at no cost. That’s right, you can order the mattress from Hawaii or Alaska, and you don’t have to pay any shipping costs.

Shipping takes, on average, 4-6 business days.

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Delivery and Setup

Birch setup

The Birch mattress is delivered compressed and rolled into a small box.

Birch does not provide any special delivery services, such as white glove delivery. The mattress will be delivered curbside via FedEx Ground. It’s up to you to carry it inside and set it up.

You should have no trouble getting the narrow box through the doorway, though you might need some help to lift it.

Lay the box on the bed and pull the box out to reveal the mattress. Open the plastic packaging around the mattress to unroll it on the foundation.

Give the mattress about an hour to expand fully.

Unlike memory foam mattresses, the Birch natural mattress has no off-gassing. So it’s ready to sleep on immediately after setup.

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Foundation and Frame

Birch Foundation and Frame

What type of bed frame/support does Birch Mattress require?

Any sturdy support will do. It can be a box spring or a slatted foundation. Make sure the slats are no more than 5” apart to prevent damage to the mattress.

Does Birch work on an adjustable bed?

Yes, it does.

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Care and Cleaning

Birch cleaning

Is a mattress protector needed for Birch?

The cover is not removable, so we highly recommend using a mattress protector to prevent spills and stains on the mattress.

A good quality mattress protector will also keep allergens like dust mites from settling in the mattress.

Do you need to rotate the Birch mattress?

No, you don’t need to rotate the mattress.

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Aesthetics and Styling

Birch Styling

The Birch mattress doesn’t stand out in terms of appearance. It looks like your average mattress with a white top and a brown pattern on the sides.

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Construction

Birch construction

Birch is a hybrid mattress consisting of latex and pocket coils. It has four layers and an 11” height. Here’s the full construction breakdown.

0.5” Natural wool: The wool is sourced from New Zealand. It provides a soft sleeping surface and regulates your body temperature, ensuring you don’t get too cold or too warm. It also wicks away body sweat.

2” Natural Talalay latex: Talalay latex is plusher than Dunlop latex. This layer easily contours around your body, relieving pressure points and ensuring proper spinal alignment. The latex is OEKO-TEX certified.

8” pocket coils: This is the support layer. It holds up your weight, ensuring you don’t bottom out. A reinforced perimeter support system ensures you don’t fall off the bed if you sleep near the edge. The individually wrapped coils also help absorb motion, which prevents disturbances when your partner turns or gets out of bed.

0.5” Wool batting: A thin layer of wool at the base provides overall stability and maintains good airflow from the bottom of the mattress.

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Mattress Cover

Birch mattress cover

The cover is organic cotton. It feels soft to the touch and has a nice stretchy feel to it. It’s very breathable, which helps keep you cool and sweat-free as you sleep.

Just below the cover is a fire barrier consisting of natural wool fibers combined with rayon.

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Smell/Off-gassing

Birch latex Mattress

The Birch mattress doesn’t contain polyurethane foam, which is often associated with an initial chemical smell.

There is a slight rubber-like smell from the natural latex, but it’s very mild, and you likely won’t find it irritating.

If you don’t like it, it’ll go away in a few hours. The mattress’s excellent airflow sees to that.

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Sleeping Experience

birch latex mattress

The Birch mattress passes all the key tests that make for a good sleeping experience.

It provides excellent support edge to edge, it relieves pressure on your shoulders, lower back and other pressure points, it sleeps cool and has a pleasant bounce to it thanks to the latex foam and pocket springs.

Being a latex mattress, it doesn’t have quite the same deep hug as a memory foam mattress. But you can get a memory foam-like experience by adding the optional plush topper.

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Firmness

Birch mattress review

Birch is a medium-firm mattress. We rate it at a 6/10 on a firmness scale.

It’s designed to feel comfortable with most types of sleepers, including the back, stomach, and overweight sleepers.

However, some side sleepers and people who weigh less than average may find the latex surface to be a bit too firm. You can easily remedy that with the optional 2” plush pillow top.

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Sinkage

Sinkage

Sinkage is less than in memory foam mattresses. That’s why you don’t get the deep hug associated with memory foam.

But the Talalay latex has enough given to ensure your shoulders, hips, or lower back are not pressing uncomfortably into the mattress.

Sinkage remains consistent from the middle towards the edges. This is because of the reinforced perimeter that enhances edge support.

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Motion Transfer

birch mattress motion transfer

The Birch mattress does not show significant motion transfer. The pocket coils do a great job isolating motion, which allows couples to sleep without waking each other up.

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Hot/Cold Issues

Birch mattress review

The Birch mattress does exceptionally well when it comes to maintaining temperature neutrality.

It’s not just that it doesn’t get hot; it also doesn’t get uncomfortably chilly. The latex – which, naturally, doesn’t retain heat – and the ventilation-boosting coils help a lot with temperature control.

The wool also plays a significant role. It cools you down when it’s hot and holds onto some warmth when it’s cold.

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Pros and Cons

Birch latex mattress

Pros

  • Great support and pressure relief.
  • Temperature-neutral.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Safe and eco-friendly.

Cons

  • Not ideal for those who prefer the feel of a memory foam mattress.
  • Without the pillow top (which you have to buy separately), the mattress can feel a bit too firm for side sleepers.

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This Mattress is Perfect for You If…

birch latex mattress

You are looking for an eco-friendly mattress that sleeps cool and offers good support and pressure relief.

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Conclusion

Birch Latex

Birch outshines most mattresses when it comes to being eco-friendly. But that’s not the only good thing about it: it’s also comfortable, supportive and seems like it will last for a long time.

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