Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Price Range: $1,374 – $2,411
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
- Responsive Talalay latex blends pressure relief with bounce
- A versatile medium firm (6) feel
- Above-average edge support and durability
- Those who prefer a springy feel over a deep body-hug
- Hot sleepers
- All sleep positions: stomach, back, side, and combination
Birch Mattress: Our Verdict
The Birch Mattress is a responsive hybrid made with natural and organic materials. A stretchy cotton cover and soft wool layers add plushness, but springy Talalay latex offers the most pressure relief. Latex alleviates tension without overly conforming to sleepers. It has more push-back than memory foam, so the midsection is less prone to sinkage. This, along with a sturdy pocketed coil core, encourages good sleep posture.
The mattress’ medium firm (6) feel performs well for all sleep positions. It has a bouncier feel than foam models and even some hybrids, so it’s especially great for combination sleepers. Those who dislike memory foam’s deep body-hug won’t feel constrained on the Birch Mattress.
Naturally breathable materials make this model ideal for hot sleepers. Cotton and wool wick away heat and moisture, while ventilated Talalay latex promotes airflow. Pocketed coils circulate air throughout the core.
Along with solid performance, the mattress holds a number of third-party certifications indicating material safety and sustainability. Birch offers free shipping and backs the mattress with a generous 25-year warranty.
Birch Mattress: An Introduction
Birch was launched in 2019, as a subsidiary of Helix. Birch makes eco-friendly mattresses, pillows, bases, and other bedding accessories. The brand ships directly to customers for free.
The Birch Natural Mattress is a springy, durable hybrid mattress. Its comfort system blends heat-wicking wool with ventilated Talalay latex. The pocketed coil core has a reinforced perimeter to strengthen edge support. A versatile medium firm (6) feel and 11-inch height suits most sleep preferences. The model comes in all standard mattress sizes.
We breakdown the Birch Mattress’ materials, construction, and performance ratings based on in-house testing. We also discuss what the different product certifications actually mean, as well as shopping tips to find the best deal.
How We Review
Our dedicated sleep specialists have spent years researching and testing hundreds of mattresses. We assess important features like pressure relief and motion isolation using a five-point scale. Along with physical testing, we use thermometers, VOC detectors, and body-mapping tools to rate performance.
We consider all sleep positions and body types when evaluating each mattress. This helps us determine whether or not a model is compatible with your sleep style.
What’s It Like to Sleep on the Birch Mattress?
The Birch Natural Mattress has a bouncy yet supportive feel. Soft wool layers gently pad sleepers while drawing out excess heat. Natural Talalay latex offers moderate contouring with minimal sinkage. This type of latex is springy and relatively lightweight, so it’s more breathable than most types of foam. Its responsiveness also makes changing sleep positions less cumbersome.
A sturdy pocketed coil core minimizes sagging so the spine stays in alignment. The entire mattress feels stable since the sides are reinforced with sturdier coils. This means that couples shouldn’t feel restricted to the center of the bed.
The mattress’ medium firm (6) feel accommodates all sleep positions. Ventilated latex and heat-wicking cotton and wool help the mattress dissipate heat. This is a major asset if you live in a warm climate or tend to sleep hot.
Birch Mattress Pros and Cons
- A balance of cushioning and support
- Accommodates all sleep positions
- Naturally breathable materials for better temperature control
- Motion transfer could cause disruptions for co-sleepers
- Not as cradling as memory foam
- Cost-prohibitive for some shoppers
Sleeping Positions, Body Weight, and Firmness
While some mattresses are more versatile than others, a universally perfect model doesn’t exist. A mattress’ comfort and support depends on your body type, sleep position, and personal preferences.
Your body weight determines how much you sink into a mattress. Sleepers over 230 pounds therefore need a firmer design that minimizes compression. Conversely, people under 130 pounds benefit from a softer mattress with notable contouring. Those between 130 and 230 pounds sleep comfortably on a wider range of feels.
Each sleep position also has different firmness requirements. Stomach and back sleepers need a moderately firm to firm mattress to support the midsection. Side sleepers generally profit from a plusher surface that cushions the hips and shoulders.
Our Birch Mattress ratings factor in both body size and sleep style.
Birch Mattress Ratings
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Over 230 lbs.|
Our testers who favor side sleeping enjoyed the Birch Mattress’ responsive feel. The Talalay latex evenly conformed to the hips and shoulders, helping the spine stay level. The bouncy pocketed coil core made changing from one side to the other very easy.
While all of our side sleepers gained notable pressure relief, the mattress’ medium firm (6) feel was especially fitting for those over 130 pounds.
A moderately firm mattress is usually a sound choice for back sleepers, and the Birch Mattress is no exception. Unlike some types of memory foam, the Talalay latex comfort system doesn’t overly conform to the lower back. Its considerable push-back encourages a straighter spine while still cushioning the shoulders and legs. The pocketed coil core also reinforces the lumbar region.
Our back sleepers under 230 pounds all rated the mattress favorably, but those over 230 pounds would find more support from a firmer bed.
Close-contouring mattresses can be problematic for stomach sleepers if they do not support the hips enough to promote proper spinal alignment. The Birch Mattress is exceptionally responsive, so it resists deep sinkage below the midsection. A sturdy pocketed coil core also limits sagging so the hips and shoulders stay level.
Similar to back sleepers, stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may prefer a firmer sleep surface for better support.
Our Performance Ratings
There are many different factors that determine a mattress’ overall feel and quality. We rate each performance feature using a five-point scale: 1 is poor, while 5 is excellent.
Every mattress has its strengths and weaknesses. Knowing which features have the largest impact on your comfort can help you choose the best mattress for you.
The Birch Mattress encourages even weight distribution, reducing pressure buildup. Soft wool layers provide mild pressure relief, while responsive latex reinforces the midsection. The strong pocketed coil core supports spinal alignment.
Sleepers under 130 pounds might prefer a mattress with more cradling since they don’t sink as much. That said, most of our lightweight sleepers received significant pressure relief from the mattress.
The mattress is constructed using natural materials that resist heat buildup. The cotton cover and wool batting are breathable and moisture-wicking. Springy latex doesn’t trap heat against the body sleepers with a close contour. A ventilated coil core also helps air flow through the mattress, preventing heat buildup.
Greater motion transfer is typically a drawback of highly responsive mattresses. The Birch Mattress does a fairly good job at isolating movement compared to other hybrids. Wool and latex muffle surface vibrations, and the pocketed coils help isolate motion. These factors don’t always absorb excess movement, though, given how bouncy the latex in the mattress is. As such, if you share the bed, you may occasionally be disturbed by your partner or pet’s movements.
If you frequently sit up in bed or have a sleep partner, you’ll want a mattress with solid edge support. The Birch Mattress has robust edges, thanks to sturdier coils along the perimeter. Outer surface impressions are also less likely to develop since latex resists deep compression. The combination of bounce and strong edge support makes getting in and out of bed easier for people with mobility issues.
While a mattress’ longevity depends on usage factors, we found the Birch Mattress to be more durable than the typical hybrid. Natural latex typically resists wear better than synthetic foams. The steel coil core and medium firm feel holds up well to nightly weight and pressure. With minimal sinkage and sturdy materials, we think the mattress should perform well for at least eight and a half years.
Ease of Movement
Most hybrids rate reasonably well in this area because of their pocketed coil cores. With springy Talalay latex, the Birch Mattress outshines most mattresses when it comes to ease of movement. Its moderate contouring doesn’t confine sleepers, and the bouncy coil core aids movement. Combination sleepers or those who don’t like to feel stuck inside a mattress should seriously consider this model.
The mattress’ solid sex rating is largely attributable to its responsiveness. A bouncy surface makes movement easier, and minimal sinkage increases stability. The breathable construction is also a strength for couples who tend to overheat. Strong edge support enables couples to use the entire sleep surface.
The mattress doesn’t contain any synthetic foams, so off-gassing odors are very minimal. You might detect a faint earthy smell from the wool or rubbery latex smell when the mattress is new, but these odors won’t last long. Material certifications indicate that the mattress’ off-gassing isn’t harmful to your health.
What Is the Birch Mattress Made Of?
The Birch Natural Mattress is a five-layer hybrid with a soft organic cotton cover. Underneath is a natural fire barrier made from wool and rayon. A second wool batting layer gently cushions sleepers while wicking away heat and moisture.
Next, a layer of natural Talalay latex evenly contours sleepers without allowing deep sinkage. The latex is breathable and fairly lightweight, but tiny perforations are added to enhance airflow. Latex is known for its durability and bounce, so it resists premature softening.
The support core features sturdy pocketed steel coils. The sides are reinforced with thicker coils to strengthen edge support. Wool batting stabilizes the upper layers while acting as a second flame retardant.
The Birch Mattress has a number of certifications that vouch for its quality and sustainability. The cotton cover is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Eco-Institut and OEKO-TEX certifications indicate that the latex doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. A Rainforest Alliance badge shows the latex was sustainably produced. It also attests to fair labor practices. The entire mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, showing it meets a very high standard for low VOC emissions and material safety.
Birch Construction Layers
Mattress Construction Layers
|Cover Material||Organic Cotton, Wool-Rayon Fire Barrier|
|Comfort Layers||Organic Birch Wool Batting, Natural Ventilated Talalay Latex|
|Support Core||8” Pocketed Coils with a Reinforced Perimeter, Natural and Organic Wool Batting|
How Much Does the Birch Mattress Cost?
Latex and organic mattresses in general tend to be on the pricier side, but the Birch Natural Mattress maintains a competitive price-point. Value seekers and eco-conscious shoppers don’t have to negotiate quality with this model. Birch also offers free shipping to all 50 states.
Birch Natural Mattress
|Twin||$1,249||39” x 75”||11”||63 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$1,311||39” x 80”||11”||67 lbs.|
|Full||$1,561||54” x 75”||11”||87 lbs.|
|Queen||$1,811||60” x 80”||11”||105 lbs.|
|King||$2,186||76” x 80”||11”||131 lbs.|
|California King||$2,186||72” x 84”||11”||130 lbs.|
Should You Upgrade to the Birch Luxe Mattress?
Shoppers may want to consider Birch’s higher end model, the Birch Luxe Mattress. The slightly taller hybrid features a quilted Euro-top, plush organic cashmere, and zoned lumbar support. It has sturdier coils around the entire perimeter, which can be helpful if you have a pet.
Both models have great temperature control, but the Luxe is even better at staying cool. Otherwise, the two hybrids feel and perform similarly.
Birch Luxe Natural Mattress
This model is an upgraded version of the Birch Natural Mattress. It has extra comfort features like a quilted Euro-top and cashmere batting. The pocketed coil core is zoned to support spinal alignment, and all four sides are reinforced with stronger coils.
Sleepers who appreciate extra strong edge support and temperature control may want to pay a little more for the Luxe Natural Mattress.
Birch Kids Natural Mattress
This dual-sided hybrid is designed to support growing bodies. A firmer side is intended for kids ages 3 to 7 since they require more support. The reverse side has a plusher feel for children 8 through 12.
The kids model uses similar materials as the Birch adult mattresses, including an organic cotton cover and wool batting. A 6-inch pocketed coil core is lined with Talalay latex to support developing spines. The mattress is GOTS, GREENGUARD Gold and Eco-Institut certified, all showing that the materials meet strict safety guidelines.
The Birch Kids Mattress is pricier than the typical childrens mattress, but it’s also designed to be useful for a wide age range.
Discounts and Coupons
Birch offers discounts on a number of holidays during the year. The best deals usually occur on Black Friday, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The company occasionally throws in free pillow sets with a mattress purchase.
Where Can You Buy the Birch Mattress?
Shoppers can purchase the Avocado Mattress online via Avocado’s website. Avocado also operates retail stores in select states as well as virtual showrooms offering sales team expertise via Zoom.
|Buying Information and Customer Policies|
|Availability||Shoppers can buy the Birch Natural Mattress on the Birch website or from select third-party retailers in the U.S. Birch ships to all 50 states.|
|Shipping Options||Birch mattresses include free FedEx Ground shipping for all U.S. customers. Most orders ship within 5 to 10 business days. |
The Natural Mattress is vacuum-sealed in plastic and shipped in a box. A signature is not required upon delivery.
Once unboxed and unrolled, the mattress expands to its full size within 48 hours.
|Additional Services||Birch does not offer White Glove delivery or old mattress removal at this time.|
|Sleep Trial||The Birch Natural Mattress includes a 100-night sleep trial. After a 30-day break-in period, customers can return the mattress for a full refund. Birch allows two mattress returns per household.|
|Warranty||The mattress comes with a partially prorated 25-year warranty. Birch repairs or replaces defective mattresses for free during the first 10 years of ownership. From years 11 to 25, the company replaces defective mattresses at a prorated charge. Customers are responsible for shipping fees after the first 10 years. |
See Birch’s website for additional terms and conditions.
Birch Mattress FAQ
All Birch mattresses are handmade and assembled in Arizona.
Our combination sleepers really appreciated the Birch Mattress’ responsive feel. Unlike close-conforming models, the mattress’ springy surface makes changing positions easy.
Regardless of sleep position, testers between 130 and 230 pounds really liked the mattress’ balanced contouring. The medium firm feel also performed well for sleepers in other weight brackets.
Made from naturally breathable materials, the Birch Mattress is a great choice for those prone to overheating. Cotton and wool are heat and moisture-wicking. Ventilated latex and pocketed coils also dissipate heat.
The Birch Mattress is suitable for most people with allergies. Cotton, wool, and natural latex all resist common allergens like dust mites, mold, and mildew.
The mattress has upper and bottom wool layers for fire barriers. This is a non-toxic alternative to chemical flame retardants.