If you were to make a list of the most popular organic mattresses, the Awara would be among the first models at the top. Although this mattress is relatively new in the market, its eco-friendly approach to how people sleep is giving it a really good press out there.
The Awara is a 13-inch medium-firm hybrid bed with a euro pillow top consisting of organic cotton and New Zealand wool. It also features 4” of GOLS-certified organic Dunlop latex and 9” of individually pocketed coil system.
As we always do at SleepSharp, this Awara mattress review will be about who we think will be a perfect match for this bed. We’ll also cover its construction layer after layer and how it performs in areas, such as temperature regulation, motion isolation, edge support, and durability, among others.
Awara brand at a glance
Awara is a relatively new name in the industry having launched in 2018, but its parent company isn’t. This brand comes from Resident- the same company that makes the iconic Nectar mattress.
The Awara brand currently owns only one mattress that goes by the same name, but it also has platform beds, adjustable frames, and headboards.
This brand seems to focus mainly on sustainability and the use of all-natural, eco-friendly mattress construction materials. Going by its certifications from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS), and Eco-Institut, this is a 100% natural product with no traces of lead, formaldehyde, and chemical fire retardants.
Who do we recommend it for?
- Eco-conscious folks looking for a mattress made with sustainable materials- the comfort system of this mattress features GOTS-certified organic cotton cover and GOLS-certified natural latex. Awara also says that for every purchase, they plant ten fruit plants for farming communities in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and Guinea.
- 130 lbs to 230+ lbs individuals who like innerspring mattress but would prefer reduced motion transfer- the 4 inches of Dunlop latex mattress used for this mattress help in isolating motion on one side of the bed. This could help in reducing partner disturbance.
- Active couples looking to add a little bounce to their bed- this mattress’s individually pocketed coil system brings the much-needed bounce of innerspring technology. On the other hand, the latex foam at the top facilitates repositioning.
- Folks who sleep hot- pretty much all the construction materials used for this mattress helps in boosting air circulation and prevent heat buildup from quilted wool cover to latex and innerspring base.
Awara Mattress Awards
🏆 Best Hybrid Mattress
🏆 Best Innerspring Latex Hybrid Mattress
🏆 Best Organic Mattress
🏆 Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
🏆 Best Mattress for Back Pain
Awara Mattress Construction- Know why it’s different
Plush Euro Pillow Top Cover
The Amara is a euro pillow top mattress although the manufacturer does not market it as one. This pillow top consists of a layer of New Zealand wool quilted in GOTS-certified organic cotton cover.
This euro top overall gives the mattress a cleaner look besides helping to adjust the firmness level of the innerspring base. Firmness level adjustment is vital in giving different sleepers a customized feel regardless of their body profile and sleeping positions.
By combining organic cotton fabric and wool, the manufacturer gives this mattress excellent air circulation that hot sleepers could be looking for.
The comfort section of this mattress is a 4-inch layer of Dunlop latex. As an eco-conscious consumer, you will appreciate that the liquid latex used for this mattress comes from a natural source (rubber trees). This latex also has certification from the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and the Rainforest Alliance.
The GOLS certification means that this layer is at least 95% natural latex and adheres to strict rules regarding the use of harmful chemicals. On the other hand, Rainforest Alliance certification offers you peace of mind that this layer is made with economical, social, and environmental sustainability in mind.
Overall, Dunlop feels slightly denser than Talalay. It has a unique springy feel that makes moving across the bed easier. This somewhat higher density means that your mattress will hold up well for long before sagging.
The Awara mattress uses individually pocketed coils for its support system. Pocketed coil technology is now ubiquitous with most high-end beds for a couple of reasons.
First, unlike the hourglass-shaped coils of traditional mattresses, pocketed coils use a uniform width from top to bottom. This shape eliminates the weak points that cause breakages in traditional springs. That’s why pocketed springs last much longer than hourglass-shaped springs.
The second advantage, and perhaps the most important, is that pocketed springs offer localized support in response to your movements when sleeping. This helps in relieving stress on pressure points, especially on the shoulders, hips, and joints.
Speaking of pressure relief, our mattress review experts appreciate that this bed’s support system is zoned. This means that it uses thicker-gauge coils to support heavier parts of the body, and thinner coils to create contour around sharp sections such as the shoulders and hip region.
What is the height of the Awara mattress?
This mattress features a 9-inch pocketed coil system and a 4-inch latex comfort layer. In total, these two create a height of 13 inches. In our opinion, this height offers a sweet spot for individuals who want their bed to look luxurious without appearing overly tall. It’s a good height, too, for folks who have problems getting ON and OFF a low-lying bed.
Awara Mattress Specifications
|Firmness level||Medium-Firm (6.5/10)|
|Euro Pillow Top Cover||GOTS certified organic cotton and New Zealand wool|
|Comfort System||4-inch GOLS- and Rainforest certified Dunlop latex|
|Base Support||9” Recycled Steel Individually Pocketed coils|
How Firm does the Awara mattress feel?
The Awara mattress is pretty firm due to the pocketed coils that it uses for its base system. However, by zoning this innerspring base and pocketing the springs individually, this mattress doesn’t feel as stiff as you’d expect from a traditional innerspring mattress.
In addition to that, the pillow top cover and the 4-inch latex layer help in mitigating the stiffness of the coils further to create a medium-firm feel.
On a firmness scale of 1-10, our review team places this mattress at 6.5. This is, in our opinion, an ideal firmness feel for most average weight individuals weighing 230+ pounds. The zoned coil system and the dense Dunlop latex that this bed uses make it favorable for heavyweight folks across all sleeping positions. Most lightweight side sleepers may still find it comfortable, especially back and stomach sleepers, but we think you’ll find a slightly softer mattress much better.
Performance Ratings- Awara Mattress in Action
For the next minute or two of this review, we’ll dig deeper into exactly how this mattress performs in real life. We’ll base this section on our experience with how different mattress construction materials work, as well as reviews from users.
Most reviews and feedback from current users report that this mattress sleeps cool. This is not surprising considering that it mostly uses organic and natural construction materials.
Starting from the top, this mattress employs organic cotton and wool, both of which get a lot of marks for their excellent breathability.
Beneath the euro top pillow, the natural Dunlop latex layer has airways through which air circulates in and out of the mattress.
The pocketed coil base is another critical component in this mattress’s temperature management. It permits airflow through the space between the coils and also resists heat retention.
The biggest problems that plague traditional innerspring mattresses are motion transfer and excessive bounce. These are the reasons why most modern mattress manufacturers are now opting to go with individually pocketed coils.
Unlike in traditional innerspring settings where the springs are interconnected, the modern technology separates each coil. This enables each of the springs to respond to pressure independently of each other. The result is a mattress with localized movements and minimal motion transfer.
The natural Dunlop latex segment and euro pillow top also help in deadening and absorbing most of the motion. This effectively makes it a better option for couples who would prefer an innerspring bed that minimizes partner disturbance.
Although squeaking and creaking noises come standard in pretty much all spring-based mattresses, the Awara mattress isn’t as loud. This relatively quiet performance is yet another of its crucial highlights in most online reviews from current users.
We attributed this, first, to the shape of the coils. You see, unlike traditional springs that have joints around the middle, new model coils are usually in one piece. This eliminates thousands of joints that would, otherwise be creaking and scratching as you move across the bed.
Also, the euro pillow top and 4-inch latex layer help in suppressing most of the sound. This makes it much quieter than you’d expect from an innerspring bed.
You may not realize it, but you spend quite some time sitting on the side of your mattress every day. Some people prefer to sit on the edge of the bed while watching TV, to fold laundry, to read, and even when putting shoes on. Most of us also favor strong edge support for fear of rolling off the mattress at night. .
Whatever your reasons, the Awara is going to impress you here. This mattress creates impressively strong edge support by using higher gauge coils for the perimeter. Again, by combining dense natural latex with pocketed springs, this perimeter offers more resistance than you’d find in most memory foam plus innerspring hybrids.
When buying the best mattress for sex, a firmer bed is better. It also needs to not only have some bounce to it, but also stay cool as things get hotter and hotter. We think Awara hits all of these buttons plus a few more to make the best mattress for couples.
First, the innerspring base creates enough bounce, but the dense latex layer eliminates the possibility of anyone getting tossed off the bed. Second, this mattress has excellent heat management, which is paramount when making love. Its strong edge support also comes in handy if you like trying out some new stuff behind closed doors.
We wouldn’t exactly call this the best mattress for pressure relief, especially for individuals weighing less than 130 pounds. This is because the dense Dunlop layer coupled with the coil system denies this mattress the contouring effect that helps in pressure relief. However, individuals above 230 pounds may have enough weight to induce conforming while getting a good deal of support.
Off-gassing, or the new mattress smell, is a big issue with most chemical-laden mattresses. Luckily, this is usually not the case with organic beds like the Awara mattress. Since this mattress is made of materials that consist of either very few or zero harmful chemicals, you won’t have to worry about dealing with ill-smelling VOC odors.
However, when you unbox your mattress, you may experience a sort of sweet smell that won’t linger for long. This is due to the washing and curing processes and isn’t harmful at all.
Awara mattress is very new in the market, so it’s hard to get specific on its longevity. All in all, durability is one of the chief reasons why the manufacturer of this mattress uses natural and organic latex, cotton, and wool.
Pocketed coils also hold up for long when compared to traditional Bonnell springs. Therefore, we expect this base to take some time before showing signs of sagging and excessive sinkage.
Judging from this combination of materials, we expect the Awara mattress to last at least eight years. Rotating the bed (not flipping) will also help in reducing sagging.
Awara Mattress Performance Rating Score Table
|Performance||Our rating (out of 5)|
Awara Mattress vs. Your Weight and Sleeping Position
Lightweight sleepers- less than 130 lbs
Judging by its firmness level, this mattress may not be the best pick for lightweight sleepers who strictly sleep on their side. This group does not have enough weight to push through the medium-firm feel of the comfort zone. If anything, this firmness level may cause discomforts on their shoulder joint and hips.
However, some back sleepers and stomach snorers from this category may find it comfortable thanks to its even support.
Average weight sleepers- 130-230 lbs
In our opinion, individuals weighing between 130 lbs and 230 lbs are going to like this mattress much better than petite users. Importantly, although it tends to accommodate folks across all sleeping positions, back and stomach sleepers tend to enjoy it the most.
Heavyweight sleepers- above 230 lbs
Our review team believes that this is the best mattress for heavyweight people. This mattress’s firmness level, which is more on the firm end of the spectrum is just what heavy individuals look for. Whether you are a strict side, back, or stomach sleeper or you rotate between all of these positions, this mattress has the right balance of support, sinkage, and contouring for your needs.
The zoned innerspring base especially comes in handy for stomach and side sleepers since it offers localized support on the upper body and midsection. Back sleepers will also enjoy the even support that the latex layer and coil base combo offers.
How much does Awara Mattress Cost?
|Size||Mattress Dimensions||Mattress Price|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 13”||$899|
|Twin xl||38” x 80” x 13”||$999|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||$1099|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”||$1,199|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||$1399|
|Cal King||72” x 84” 13”||$1,399|
Refund and Return Policy
When you buy the Awara mattress, you get it with free shipping, but the best bit is its 365-day trial period. This allows you to try the bed for a whole year before actually deciding whether to keep it or not. We think this is a hard-to-beat deal, especially for a coil-based mattress.
Should you find the Awara mattress not quite as you expected, the manufacturer allows you to return it for free and you’ll get a full refund. For a comprehensive guide on how to return the Awara mattress, check out this guide.
Awara Mattress Review: Warranty Analysis
If you choose to keep the mattress (which we bet you will), Awara goes ahead to back it up with not a 15 or 25 warranty that most brands offer, but a LIFETIME warranty. Awara says that should your mattress develop manufacturer-related issues, they will either replace it or repair it for free. Here is a comprehensive guide on what the Awara Mattress Forever Warranty covers and what it does not cover..
Regular Complaints about Awara Mattress that we’ve come across:
- Price – This mattress’s price point may be a little bit higher than most people, may be willing to cough up. However, this cost is reflected in the overall support, comfort, and durability that you get with the bed.
- Overly firm mattress – The Awara mattress is pretty much on the firmer side. We’d only recommend it to average weight (130-230 lbs) and heavyweight (above 230 lbs) individuals. Lightweight stomach and back sleepers may also enjoy it, but it’s a big NO for side snoozers in this category.
- Motion transfer – Considering the innerspring base, this mattress may have a notable degree of motion transfer compared to an all-foam bed. As such, it may not bode well if you’ll be sharing your bed with a restless partner.
- The mattress is so heavy – This mattress is going to be cumbersome due to the individually pocketed coils. While it’s possible to set it up alone, most people will need some help. You could also opt to go with Awara’s white-glove service, which goes for $149. This price includes mattress setup fee and haul-away of your old mattress.
That marks the end of this Awara mattress review. Overall, we are great fans of this mattress. We believe that most people who value organic beds will like it too. It’s well made and has tons of comfort and support for average to heavyweight folks.
While this brand is relatively new in the market, we like that it comes from the iconic company that makes the Nectar mattress. The 365-day trial period and forever warranty deals again cement our love for this bed.