These days we have a huge amount of choice when it comes to our mattresses. We can choose the materials, the density, the support, the height, the softness, and even the temperature. However, there has been one thing that consumers have traditionally had very little choice in…
The environmental impact.
But that’s all changed ever since Brentwood have come on the scene. The idea of all natural, eco-friendly mattresses isn’t a particularly new one. Brands have been designing and manufacturing eco-friendly products for quite some time now. But they have traditionally been uncomfortable and many people found them unsatisfactory.
However, Brentwood may just well be the first brand that has managed to make an all natural product that’s as comfortable (or more comfortable) than a less eco-friendly alternative.
Today we’re going to look at Brentwood and the mattresses they make. We’re going to see if they are as eco-friendly as they claim, if they’re comfortable to sleep on, and we’re going to answer some frequently asked questions.
Let’s get started.
Key Components Of Brentwood Mattresses
This section is going to be a little more complicated than usual because Brentwood makes 3 different mattresses that are very different from one another. We’ll look at each one individually.
The Cedar Mattress
The Cedar mattress is the only all natural product that Brentwood makes. They’ve combined a variety of natural materials to try and recreate the properties that traditional mattresses have from synthetic alternatives. It’s quite ingenious in our opinion.
Organic Cotton Cover – The cover of the mattress is made from organic cotton that is free from pesticides, chemical additives, and other nasty stuff. It’s soft, durable, and breathable too.
Organic Cotton Fibre Quilting – Traditionally some kind of comfort foam is used as quilting in a normal mattress, it’s a cost-effective way to provide a little plushness. However, in the Cedar mattress Brentwood have replaced this with fluffy balls of the same organic cotton that is used for the cover.
New Zealand Wool – The next layer down is a healthy wedge of New Zealand wool. It’s reasonably loosely packed which allows for excellent ventilation to keep the sleeping surface cool throughout the night. It’s also quite lofty giving a luxurious feel to the mattress.
2-Inch All Natural Latex Layer – The next layer is a 2” thick slab of latex foam. Latex has long been the go-to choice for all natural mattresses, but used on its own it encounters support issues. To make a latex mattress great it needs other layers. These layers are usually made from non-natural materials (but Brentwood have found alternatives for this product).
2-inch Grooved All Natural Latex – The next layer down is another layer of the same latex we described above. The main difference in this layer is that it’s been grooved slightly to allow for airflow and heat dissipation. It’s a crude yet effective design.
All Natural Flaxseed Fibre Pad – This section is mainly used to separate the upper layers of latex from the coiled section below (to ensure there’s no chance of you feeling the coils through the mattress). This is traditionally done with a layer of high-density foam, but as this mattress is all natural, Brentwood has done it differently.
They’ve gone to great expense to use a thick layer of flack seed fibers that arguably do a better job than the foam it is replacing.
8-inch Individually Wrapped Coils – The base of the mattress uses a coil system to provide additional comfort and support. Like all good coiled mattresses, these coils are individually wrapped. This essentially means that they are not connected to one another in any way. When pressure is applied to one coil, the coil adjacent to it won’t move at all (unless it has direct pressure applied to it too).
The benefit of this is that it provides a contouring effect in the base layer similar to memory foam (kind of). It means the coils will form a rough outline of your body shape instead of creating a general dip which slopes upwards. It’s incredibly supportive.
1-inch Coconut Husk Support Layer – The final layer of this mattress is made from recycled coconut husk. It’s a strong durable material that provides a stable base. It’s a surprisingly effective alternative to the high-density foam it replaces.
We’re going to skim over this section as it’s using many of the materials we have mentioned above. However, you should know that compared to the Cedar, this mattress is nowhere near as eco-friendly.
The cover of the mattress is made from Tencel, which is a high-quality organic plant-based fiber that has excellent breathability and provides exceptional ventilation. Underneath this layer is a layer of the same New Zealand wool we mentioned above.
The next layer is memory foam. And regardless of how well Brentwood’s marketing team try and sugar coat it – making memory foam is extremely chemically intensive.The foam they use is treated with cooling gel which removes many of the overheating issues that the material is known for.
Underneath that there is a layer of individually wrapped micro coils. These coils are much smaller than the ones we mentioned above and they are also more numerous. This means the contouring effects are more pronounced.
On the penultimate layer, you’ll find a layer of Airlux foam which replaces the high-density foam that is traditionally found here in mattresses. It’s again not a natural product, but it is slightly better for the environment than high-density foam.
At the base of this mattress, you’ll find a near identical layer of springs similar to those we talked about in the mattress above.
Overall there are some significant eco-friendly improvements in this product compared to a normal mattress that pays no attention to the environment. However, just because it’s an improvement doesn’t mean it’s good. There are still many chemically intensive processes that are used in their manufacture – but at least they’re nontoxic.
The Ojai is the least eco-friendly product that Brentwood sells. If we’re honest we feel it’s a little bit disingenuous of them to market it this way. It’s got 2 layers of artificial foam and a layer of memory foam inside of it, all of which require chemical processes.
The only natural things in this product are a layer of latex, the Tencel covering, and some wool padding. These are all things that you would be able to find from a manufacturer that doesn’t care about the environment all that much. They make claims about low VOC and Centi-PUR-US foam, but again – that’s nothing special.
That being said, The Ojai is a superb mattress. It’s supportive, comfortable, and its lofty medium plush feel is something we think many people will enjoy.
We just want to make sure you consider it for the right reasons. Please don’t buy one thinking it’s good for the environment.
Because in reality, it’s no better than any other product on the market.
Brentwood Mattress Coupons
Brentwood doesn’t just try and help you save the planet, they try and help you save money too (sometimes). They’re known to release coupon codes from time to time, especially around the holidays.
As usual, we don’t recommend you hold out and wait for one, they’re not usually massive discounts, and there is no way of knowing when they’ll be released.
How Much Do Brentwood Mattresses Cost?
As you can imagine, all of this natural material and non-standard production methods means that Brentwood’s products are quite pricey. But, if you don’t mind paying to save the planet, they’re worth every cent.
The all natural Cedar mattress costs $1,295 for a twin and $2,195 for a California King.
The Oceana mattress costs $995 for a twin and $1,749 for a California King.
The Ojai mattress costs $795 for a twin and $1,395 for a California King.
As you can see above, the more natural you want your mattress to be, the more you’re going to need to pay for it.
Brentwood Mattress Review
Let’s take a look at the 4 main things we like to judge a mattress on in our review section – support, comfort, heat retention, and price.
The memory foam products that Brentwood produce are exceptionally supportive. The combination of latex and memory foam with individually wrapped coils is a winner in our book. You’ll have no problems with them whatsoever.
The all natural Cedar mattress is also incredibly supportive. It’s perhaps a little less supportive than their other products, but we highly doubt anyone will be disappointed.
All three of these mattresses are exceptionally comfortable thanks to the plush top layer of cotton. It’s an amazing natural alternative to the comfort foam that is traditionally used here. We honestly think that cotton should be the padding material of choice for premium brands, it’s far superior.
All three of the mattresses will stay exceptionally cool throughout the night. The memory foam products will be a little warmer than the all natural Cedar mattress due to the inherent heat retention issues the material faces. However, because it’s cooling gel infused (and well ventilated) the sleeping surface stays very cool.
There’s no denying that these products are exceptionally comfortable and are very well made, but they’re very expensive.
If you can afford it (and if you value the eco-friendly design pattern), then these products are fairly priced. Making products like this using non-normal manufacturing methods and materials is expensive.
Brentwood is not being greedy, it’s just how much they cost to make.
Pros And Cons
- Pro – Natural materials
- Pro – Very plush soft feel
- Pro – Extremely comfortable
- Pro – 25-Year warranty
- Pro – Cooling gel memory foam
- Con – Very expensive
- Con – Only the Cedar is all natural
Commonly Asked Questions
Do Brentwood Mattresses Come With A Warranty?
Brentwood is extremely confident in the quality of their products, and they know that consumers paying over $2,000 for a mattress will want to be confident too. That’s why they include a comprehensive 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects with all of their mattresses.
Are Brentwood Mattresses Firm Or Soft?
The Cedar and the Ojai are both medium firmness mattresses. The Oceano is also a medium firmness, but it’s slightly on the softer side.
Do Brentwood Mattresses Sleep Cool Or Hot?
Both the mattresses that include memory foam provide cool sleeping surfaces. The gel infusion combined with the natural thermal regulation properties of latex are a winning combination.
The all natural Cedar mattress is exceptionally cool. Most of the natural materials that are used have excellent heat dissipation capabilities and provide decent ventilation. It’s very impressive that this can be done without chemicals (to us mattress geeks).
How Long Do Brentwood Mattress Last?
All of Brentwood’s products are built to stand the test of time (as you would expect for a product that can cost over $2,000). You’ll easily get 20 to 25 years of use out of them before you need to consider a replacement.
Are Brentwood Mattresses Good For Side, Back Or Stomach Sleepers?
Because all of their mattresses are medium firmness (one is slightly softer) they should be suitable for all sleepers, regardless of your position. If you have very specific tastes for extra firm or extra soft mattresses, then this isn’t the brand for you.
We Recommend Brentwood Mattresses for People That:
Care About The Environment – There’s no doubt that the main thing that is going to attract people to these products is the fact that they are eco-friendly. It’s a very commendable goal, and they’ve made a supportive comfortable product from all natural materials with their Cedar mattress.
Sleep Hot During The Night – The thermal regulation properties of Brentwood’s memory foam mattresses are only beaten by their all natural Cedar mattress. All of their products are exceptionally good at heat dissipation and will provide even the hottest sleepers with a cool sleeping surface throughout the night.
So there you have it, an overview of what we like (and don’t like) about Brentwood and their mattresses.
Our overall recommendation here is split into two parts really.
If you’re buying a Brentwood product due to their environmentally friendly materials, then the only product you should really consider is the all natural Cedar mattress.
It’s truly an impressive product.
The Oceano (and especially the Ojai) are much less eco-friendly. There’s a lot of clever marketing going on that’s making them seem far better for the environment than they actually are.
Admittedly, they are less harmful than some other products – but not by much.