PlushBeds was founded back in 2007 as an alternative to traditional mattress brands. The company’s main focus is providing beds that feel great, do not use toxic chemicals, and are made from environmentally friendly materials. Their products meet GreenGuard, GOLS, and USDA standards while being unusually cozy and comfortable.
This review will take a look at the Botanical Bliss mattress made by PlushBeds. The Botanical Bliss model is a latex mattress that stands out for having 100 percent natural latex. In addition to its natural latex construction, the mattress uses other organic and eco-friendly products to create a mattress that is safe for the environment and healthy for your home.
To see if Botanical Bliss mattresses live up to the PlushBed reputation, we will look at all the sizes and firmness levels available in the line of mattresses. This review will take into account construction methods, materials used, customer service, and more. We will find out whether the beds truly provide as much support, comfort, and coolness as the company suggests.
The Construction of the Botanical Bliss Mattress
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress is constructed from all-natural materials. Each mattress produced by PlushBeds is engineered to last and is subjected to a stringent quality-control process before making its way to the consumer. This includes multiple quality-control tests, ongoing computer monitoring, along with the use of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.
PlushBed has several different firmnesses and sizes for their Botanical Bliss mattresses. The main difference between all of these is simply the thickness of each foam layer. Every Botanical Bliss mattress will have these layers:
• Organic Cotton Cover: Many mattresses emit toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). PlushBeds’s organic cotton covers clear away any concerns about direct contact with toxic substances. Not only is cotton a natural and renewable resource, but also its organic label ensures that is was not grown with any chemicals.
What’s more, cotton fabric is known for its plush feel and breathability. The organic cotton used by PlushBeds features a proprietary circular knit. This increases the elasticity of the fabric, ensuring that it maintains its wrinkle-free and taunt appearance throughout the entire life of the mattress.
• New Zealand Wool: Underneath the plush organic cotton cover of a PlushBeds mattress, there is New Zealand wool filling. Individuals with allergies prefer this all-natural material to alternatives such as feathers and synthetic materials. What’s more, it helps the bed retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer. Wool is also a sustainably sourced material. Not to mention, the quality doesn’t get much better than that sourced from New Zealand-based farms.
• Natural Talalay Latex Layer: Directly beneath the cotton cover, there is a thick layer of sustainably harvested organic latex. This material is often used in high-quality mattresses because it is incredibly buoyant and cooling. What’s more, latex is dust mite, mold, and mildew resistant.
• Arpico’s Dense Cell Structure: The Aripcio brand of latex features a dense cell-based structure that allows your mattress to absorb pressure while remaining firm to the touch. This incredible phenomenon enables most users to rest without worrying about waking up with cramps.
If you get one of the thicker mattresses, each layer of foam will have some extra inches involved. The ratio of Dunlop to Talalay latex will also vary depending on which softness level you select. The softer items have more Talalay latex while the firmer mattresses put you closer to the stiffer latex core.
PlushBed does not glue the layers of their mattress together. They feel that this is not necessary because the natural latex tends to be abrasive enough for the layers to cling to each other instead of shifting. This allows them to avoid using unnatural glues and harsh chemicals to bind the layers together. Another advantage is that you can easily switch out layers if desired. If you decide in a few years that you need a firmer or softer mattress, you only need to order and switch out a single layer instead of buying a whole new mattress.
For many individuals, the key to a quality mattress lies in its firmness. In order to determine the exact firmness of the Botanical Bliss mattress, the company measures the Impression Load Index (ILD) of the latex. From here, they determined a healthy range of softness to firmness. They then used this information to develop a series of mattresses with three different thicknesses, hoping to please customers who wanted both plush and rigid beds.
The company’s 12” Botanical Bliss mattress is definitely the softest. It features 5 inches of Talalay latex sandwiched together beneath the organic cotton cover. This mattress is ideal for sleepers who want extreme comfort without having to sacrifice too much support. The 10-inch model features a slightly smaller comfort layer. Nevertheless, the three inches of latex are enough to provide a soft buffer. The most supportive model is the 9-inch mattress, with a 2-inch latex comfort layer. This mattress is incredibly comfortable but reduces the number of pressure points on the body.
Customers have the choice between two different types of mattress foundations, including an orthopedic foundation and an adjustable foundation. These foundations were specially designed to coordinate with the Botanical Bed mattress. As such, they provide tailored support to ensure the longevity of the mattress.
The orthopedic foundation is ideal for customers who are looking to avoid saggy or potentially toxic box spring mattresses. The Botanical Bliss orthopedic foundation is made from solid wood and covered in heavy-duty fabric. It is guaranteed to be 100-percent chemical-free. What’s more, it raises a mattress up 8-inches and is backed by European-style slats for ultimate support and breathability.
Alternatively, the Botanical Bliss adjustable foundation provides consistent support while enabling users to control the position and firmness of their Botanical Bliss mattress. It consists of a powder-coated frame, removable legs, and a programmable wireless remote. Customers have their choice of 8.5-inch legs or 6.5-inch legs with casters. Meanwhile, the foundation features heavy duty headboard brackets for easy installation.
Testing Plushbed’s Natural Latex to Find Its Benefits
Many latex beds use a combination of artificial and natural latex. However, PlushBed is known for being environmentally conscious, so they choose to use completely natural latex. Latex is made by harvesting the sap from latex trees, so it is renewable and does not use as many harmful byproducts as artificial latex. When you select a natural latex bed, you get many great benefits.
When it comes to support and comfort the Botanical Bliss mattress scores very highly. Thanks to the natural latex, there is plenty of comfortable support for the spine. You will not feel like your hips are sagging too deep and pulling your back into an awkward position. There are plenty of firmness levels, so you can pick a softer latex that cradles you or a firmer one that provides extra support. Most people laying on the mattress experience an inch or two of sinkage which is just enough to make you feel comfortable without leaving you feeling smothered.
Latex is generally known for being a bouncy material, but the Botanical Bliss mattress manages to feel springy while still having a very low motion transfer rating. This allows one part of the mattress to be jostled without having the entire bed wiggle around. If you are sleeping with a person, they can turn over in the bed without disturbing your side of the bed much. This is quite convenient for light sleepers with restless partners. PlushBed lets you get a split option in the queen and king sizes if desired, and if you go for this choice, you will not feel a partner moving around at all.
One of the most exciting advantages of going with a PlushBed mattress is the excellent temperature control. Memory foam and other mattress materials have a tendency to trap heat. Throughout the night, your body temperature soaks into a memory foam mattress, and you wake up feeling sweaty and sticky. With the Botanical Bliss mattress, this is no longer a concern. The latex quickly dissipates heat, and the open structure on the Talalay latex layer encourages airflow that keeps you cool all night long.
A great benefit of latex is that there is a pronounced lack of off-gassing. Unlike memory foam, there will not be a sort of chemical “new bed smell” for several days. None of the natural chemicals in latex break down into emissions that could be breathed in. This ensures that you do not have to worry about volatile emissions in your own bedroom. When you first get the mattress, you can enjoy it right away instead of having to give it several days to air out.
Choose From Many Different Comfort Levels and Sizes
PlushBeds has a huge range of mattresses to choose from in their Botanical Bliss line. The first difference is in the overall size. You can order twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. If desired, you can get a split design for the queen, king, or Cal king sizes. This ensures even less motion transfer on each side of the bed.
There are three thicknesses to decide between. You can get a 9 inch, 10 inch, or 12 inch thick mattress. These feel roughly the same if you are smaller, but larger customers will do better with the thicker height. For a different feel, you can choose between three firmness levels. PlushBeds offers a soft, medium, and medium-firm option. The softer options feel cushiony and let you sink into the bed, but they do not provide as much support. Firmer options ensure that the spine remains in a neutral position throughout the night instead of sagging.
If you want multiple firmness options on the same mattress, you can speak to customer support at PlushBeds. They are very willing to provide customized options of the Botanical Bliss mattress. You can get one side firmer than the other if desired.
Specifications for the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress
The height will vary depending on which option you select, but the overall length and width remain the same regardless of which option you get. Here are the dimensions for the standard 10 inch Botanical Bliss mattress.
- Twin – 38” x 75” x 10”
- Twin XL – 38” x 80” x 10”
- Full – 54” x 75” x 10”
- Queen – 60” x 80” x 10”
- King – 76” x 80” x 10”
- Cali King – 72” x 84” x 10”
Weight will change quite a bit depending on whether you get the 9 inch, 10 inch, or 12 inch mattress from Botanical Bliss. In general, the Botanical Bliss mattresses tend to be on the heavy side because natural latex is such a weighty material. The 9 inch mattress weighs about 15 pounds less while the 12 inch mattress weighs about 30 pounds more. Here are the weights for the 10 inch high Botanical Bliss.
- Twin – 75 pounds
- Twin XL – 80 pounds
- Full – 115 pounds
- Queen – 130 pounds
- King – 155 pounds
- Cali King – 155 pounds
How Does the Mattress Feel for Sleepers?
Those who have never slept on natural latex before will find that it is a unique but enjoyable experience. The Botanical Bliss mattress feels very light and bouncy when you sit or lay on it. Instead of feeling like you are sinking into the bed, you will feel more like you are laying on the mattress while it gently compresses around your body. PlushBed mattresses tend to have a very fast response time, which means you immediately feel the mattress conform to your body instead of having to slowly sink in.
Thanks to the many comfort levels, it is quite easy to find the right mattress for your sleeping style. Back sleepers will most likely prefer the medium-firm Botanical Bliss mattress. This level provides the right amount of support. For side sleepers, a softer mattress like the medium or soft option lets you sink in and relieve pressure. The medium-firm option tends to be ideal for stomach sleepers because it conforms to your body without being so soft that you sink in and feel unable to breathe.
People who have slept on a PlushBed Botanical Bliss mattress before have primarily positive reviews. Many happily report that they can sleep all night without feeling hot and sweaty. In addition to being a very cool sleeping experience, the mattress also seems to be a favorite of people with back or hip pain.
A Mattress with a Green Halo?
One of the most pivotal features of the Botanical Bliss mattress is its sustainably harvested, earth-friendly materials. From all-natural single-origin latex to high-quality New Zealand wool, the Botanical Bliss mattress features a stellar lineup of mother nature’s most remarkable building materials. PlushBeds has taken their environmental stewardship to the next level too.
The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss mattress is manufactured using a wide range of environmentally friendly practices, including:
- USDA-certified organics: The organic latex used by PlushBeds is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. This certification ensures that the latex was grown and harvested without the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides.
- ARPICO-certified organic latex: ARPICO is Sri Lanka’s largest latex exporter and producer of certified-organic latex foam. They boast a 5 million tree latex plantation that utilizes suitable energy resources and sustainable agricultural practices.
- GOTS-certified organic cotton cover: GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard. This certification is independently recognized. It ensures that the textile being produced was grown using organic practices, including chemical-free productions from the field to the factory.
- Chemical-free Pure New Zealand wool: As we mentioned before, the PlushBed Botanical Bliss mattress features a thick layer of New Zealand wool. New Zealand wool a sustainable fiber. What’s more, it is free from chemical flame-retardants.
- GreenGuard Gold Certified: GreenGuard Gold certification requires that a product meet strict credentials that ensure it is safe for use in school and healthcare facilities. It ensures that a product also meets low emitting standards, including the incredibly strict California state standards for chemical emissions.
A Healthy Alternative
While the Botanical Bliss’s environmentally friendly credentials are wonderful, many people look for more than a green halo when purchasing a mattress. In fact, for many, the main concern when purchasing a mattress is whether it is going to worsen their allergies. Since PlushBeds claims that the Botanical Bliss mattress is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and dust mite resistant, we delved a little deeper into the truth behind this claim.
In truth, wool is naturally hypoallergenic, meaning it is likely to reduce the amount of allergy flair ups users have. Of course, this depends greatly on the individual. Nevertheless, wool naturally prevents the accumulation of dust mites. This is because it is naturally absorbent and promotes a cool, dry environment that is resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew. In addition, latex is hypoallergenic, though definitely not ideal for individuals with latex sensitivities.
It is important to note that the word ‘hypoallergenic’ is not really recognized by the scientific community. What’s more, mold and mildew can definitely grow on cotton and probably even latex if there is enough food or moisture to support its germination.
With that in mind, we suspect, or at least hope, that anyone willing to spend more than $1,000 on a mattress is going to use discretion and care when caring for their bed. This includes washing sheets and mattress pads regularly and keeping your bedroom free from dust, moisture, and food. It’s also important to set your mattress on a flat, breathable surface. The foundations sold with the PlushBed Botanical Bliss mattress are a create option, but any level slatted surface will do.
Ordering and Using a Mattress from PlushBeds
PlushBeds is a manufacturer-direct company. This means that you order straight from the manufacturer’s website, and then they make the product once you order it. This cuts down on all the extra shipping and selling costs associated with buying a mattress through a middleman like a mattress store. PlushBeds mattresses might seem like they have a hefty price tag, but they are actually quite affordable compared to other latex mattresses.
When the mattress ships, it will be compressed, sealed, and rolled up to a smaller size. As it unrolls, it will spring up to its fully size without any damage. Keep in mind that the PlushBed mattresses tend to be a little heavier than the average latex mattress. You may need another person to help you move and flip the mattress if you have one of the bigger sizes.
PlushBeds has a very convenient policy called a 100 Night Comfort Guarantee, and they also have a 100 Night Return policy. If you mostly like the mattress but just feel like it is slightly too firm or too soft, PlushBeds will let you return the top layer and get a top layer with your preferred feel. Those who still are not happy with the mattress can return it for no additional cost during the first 100 nights. PlushBed will pick up and package the mattress themselves, and you will get a complete refund.
Once you have your Botanical Bliss mattress, you will find it quite easy to care for. The company recommends that you never put it on a bed with more than two inches between bed slats. However, there are plenty of platforms, mattress foundations, and closely slatted bed frames to choose from. Keep in mind that it is quite heavy, so you will need to use a sturdy frame. If you want to take all the guesswork out of picking a frame, you can just buy one of the stylish and sturdy foundation options from PlushBeds.
Addressing the Concerns
Many people are wary of purchasing a mattress online. PlushBed’s works to dispel any concerns by offering free shipping and returns. Meanwhile, customers can utilize their 100-day risk-free trial to test out their mattress. It is important to note that this trial is only available to customers who purchase the mattress directly from PlushBeds. There are some Botanical Bliss mattresses available on alternative online retail sites, but many customers have complained that they did not receive the manufacturer’s guarantee when purchasing from alternative sellers.
What’s more, there are mixed reviews about the PlushBeds customer service department. While some customers complained that BlushBeds was difficult to work with, others had no issue scheduling returns.
Benefits of Owning a PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress
- An environmentally friendly mattress that will last a long time (up to a maximum of 25 years when cared for properly)
- Decreases allergens
- Manufactured from ethically sourced materials
- A pricey put worthwhile investment
- 100-night risk-free trial period
- Free shipping and returns
- Quieter than spring mattresses when subject to pressure and/or movement
- Ideal for sharing with a partner
- Can choose between a variety of thicknesses
- Isolates motion
- Minimal to no off-gassing
- No chemical smells
- Does not attract mildew or mold
- Temperature control: the latex and wool provide a cool sleeping surface
- 25-year limited warranty
Who is this Mattress Ideal for?
This is a great mattress for eco-friendly consumers with deep pockets. If you are looking for a mattress that is free from potentially harmful chemical additives, this mattress is backed by several third-party certifications that ensure it is indeed chemical-free. What’s more, the Talalay latex used in the mattress is sourced from organic Sir Lankan rubber plantation. That’s pretty cool if you ask us!
This is also a great mattress for those who prefer structure and bounce. The company offers three different thicknesses, so consumers can opt between super soft, medium soft, and firm. The mattress certainly has a different feel than traditional springloaded mattresses. The reactionary motion does not travel across the entire surface of the mattress. Therefore, we consider this a great bed for sharing with a partner. If you’re wondering, it also minimizes noise and motion when doing the deed. So, trust us when we say that your roommates (if applicable) will appreciate the purchase too.
Beyond that, its a great mattress option for individuals with allergies. While we try not to feed into the hype word, hypoallergenic, this mattress does combat dust mites, mold, and mildew better than traditional mattresses. It is also a great choice for individuals who prefer to sleep on a cool surface. Believe it or not, both the wool and latex do a great job of staving off heat and maintaining your body temperature throughout the night. This can be amplified with the additional use of quality organic cotton or flax linens.
The Downside of Owning a PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress
- Expensive: This mattress costs well over $1,00. Each upgrade adds on an additional fee.
- Limited availability: The mattress is only available online and can not be tested before your initial purchase.
- It provides poor edge support.
- No free shipping outside of the contiguous United States
- Less support for stomach sleepers than there is for back sleepers
Who is this Mattress Not For?
This mattress is definitely not a good choice for individuals on a tight budget. There are a lot of lower priced latex mattresses on the market. While they may not offer the same quality of materials nor manufacturing warranties, they are a perfect choice for environmentally focused individuals who aren’t looking to spend their entire paycheck on a new mattress. Keep in mind that not all mattress manufacturers offer free shipping and handling.
After taking a long hard look at the PlushBed Botanical Bliss mattress, we are willing to give this latex mattress two thumbs up. Of course, we don’t recommend this mattress for everyone. For one, it is extremely expensive. A quick look at the competition tells you that a latex mattress can be purchased for nearly half the price of the Botanical Bliss mattress. It also fell short of perfection due to its poor edge support.
Of course, we ranked this mattress highly because of the company’s clear and consistent commitment to environmental stewardship. They claim to use organic, sustainably harvested, single-origin materials. In fact, many of these claims are backed by third-party certifications. This mattress fails to emit dangerous VOCs nor does it have a harsh chemical smell.
What’s more, PlushBeds has a pretty undeniable risk-free trial opportunity. We found it agreeable to discover a company that is so outwardly confident in their products. Better yet, the cost of delivery and return shipping is completely covered by the company.
Overall, this is a great investment for individuals looking for a bed that will last them several years. It’s a winner in terms of support and firmness. We also love that customers can choose between a few customizable features to ensure their bed is the best fit for them. Overall, it is definitely one of the pricier mattresses on the market, but a solid product, nonetheless. We also love that it is environmentally friendly and made from sustainable all-natural materials.