The natural mattress buyer’s guide

Here at Ely, we believe that natural mattresses are the future for you and for the environment. To peel back the layers and really look at what you are buying with regards to a more healthier and environmentally friendly mattress, we’ve put together this natural mattress buyer’s guide. It’ll help you identify what to look out for.

When looking for a new mattress, we typically look for support and comfort, and rightly so. This guide aims to teach why we should not overlook the layers involved in the mattress build and their importance.

There are many things you might not know, like the fact that synthetic foam mattresses can trap heat, which will cause overheating, which can in turn lead to a restless night. This is just one example of something you might not notice on face value when you are making a purchase. It might be something you come to discover later down the line, or not find out at all. By then it’s too late, your sleep is already affected.

Understanding the importance of the layers involved in the build of your mattress is crucial.

Issues with conventional mattresses


There are tonnes of mattresses out there on the market, and many of them are made from synthetic materials that are, unbelievably, actually bad for you. Synthetic materials are often treated with toxic chemicals used as flame retardants, and some are covered in PVC vinyl. It goes without saying that most of us want the materials we breathe close to as natural as possible. We’re not built to inhale substances like formaldehyde, which is found in materials like synthetic foam. They can be detrimental to your health.

These fumes, also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), have been associated with many health disorders, including reproductive issues, thyroid problems, behavioural issues, and cancer.

We need to understand that these fumes that are released also known as VOCs have been associated with many health disorders including:

Natural life changing investment

It’s never been easier to buy a mattress. A quick search on Amazon or Google shows millions of different options for you to purchase. But with many conventional mattresses containing potential hazards, it is extremely difficult to find a mattress you can rest on without worrying.

Knowing your mattress contains toxic chemicals is not a good feeling, and we’d encourage you to switch towards a natural mattress as soon as you can. But do your research. Make sure your natural mattress is made from 100% natural materials, and doesn’t just contain some natural elements. Advertisers are savvy, and know that consumers are switching towards a more organic, natural way of living, so they might try to trick you.

What do you need to look for?

The mattress industry is crowded and very confusing. There is an overwhelming amount of variety out there.

We advise skipping over the clutter and hype involved with the sale and focusing on the elements the product includes. Take particular notice of the health and safety elements and the environmental factors associated with your mattress, and look out for:

  • No toxic chemicals
  • Certified natural and organic fibres, including cotton, wool and horsehair
  • Sleep trials
  • Natural materials that adapt to temperature
  • Hypoallergenic materials from natural sources
  • Natural springiness
  • Naturally durable materials
  • Ethical production methods
  • Who you are buying from (their ethos and commitment to health and the environment should be clearly displayed.

Evidence behind key criteria

You need to understand how the materials in your mattress contribute to sleep quality, and your health and wellbeing.

Ely mattresses are 100% natural, and you can find out how they are formed by reading more about our 13 layers.

Every material we use was chosen because it will help you get a healthy night of rest. You should look for words like breathable, naturally fire resistant, durable, comfortable, and supportive.

Remember, not all mattresses were created equal, and advertisers will lie, so check for certifications and spend some time browsing reviews.

Ely mattresses are 100% natural

At Ely, we’re committed to making sure our mattresses are comfortable, safe, and environmentally friendly, and the only way to do that is by making a mattress that is made of 100% natural materials, without compromise.

We’re so confident in our product that we offer 0% finance and a 30 day sleep trial. Our mattresses come with a ten year warranty, because we’re absolutely certain they’ll last you at least that long if you look after them properly.

Ely mattresses are made from horsehair, wool and cotton, which means they’re biodegradable and won’t damage the planet. That’s important, because millions of mattresses are tossed into landfill worldwide every year.

If you’re ready to buy, we’d love to count you amongst our customers. Browse our range of adult and baby sized mattresses today.


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