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Awara - Really Natural Or Not?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Dec 2019

Summary

  • Awara’s firm feel is best for back and stomach sleepers. The mattress sleeps cool and keeps all body weights afloat on the bed. The 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty are longer than competitors.
  • Better value natural mattresses exist with stronger industry certifications. Avocado Green is certified organic and non-toxic. Awara lacks any recognized organic, non-toxic, or safety accreditations.
  • Awara uses water-based adhesives and hydrated silica in its construction. But shoppers prefer the manufacturing methods of 100% organic competitors. Examples of fully organic mattresses are Avocado Green and PlushBeds Luxury Bliss.

How natural is Awara mattress?

  • Awara is made from a mixture of organic and natural materials. But not all the materials have strong certifications to certify them as organic. There is confusion over whether these are simply natural or certified 100% organic.
  • Competitors like Avocado Green and PlushBeds Botanical Bliss have stronger certifications. These include GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). Both are internationally recognized.
  • The water-based adhesives and hydrated silica used in Awara have GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status. But most natural mattress shoppers prefer to avoid these materials. 100% organic mattresses guarantee no toxicity or allergens.
  • The company claims there are no heavy metals, chemical fire retardants, or formaldehyde present. But certified natural mattresses like Avocado Green and Eco Terra are available for a similar price.

Who is the mattress best for?

  • People Who Like Firm – Awara is a firm, durable mattress (7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale). This provides great support for heavy people. A quilted cover provides just enough cushioning for the joints.
  • Back & Stomach Sleepers – Most back and stomach sleepers will like Awara. It keeps the hips and lumbar region supported to prevent back pain. Heavy back and stomach sleepers will also get great support on the mattress.
  • Combination Sleepers – Combo sleepers like how Awara is responsive and easy to switch positions on. People stay afloat and never sink too far down. There is no “stuck in the mud” feel like on soft memory foam mattresses.
  • Couples – The mattress provides great support for couples. There is plenty of response and bounce for sex. Pocket coils give good motion isolation for couples who toss and turn.
  • Hot Sleepers – Sleepers will enjoy good temperature regulation due to Awara’s hybrid design. Pocket coils allow air to circulate freely throughout the mattress. The natural latex material is temperature neutral and never overheats.

Who should avoid this mattress?

  • Budget Shoppers – Awara is one of the most affordable latex mattresses on the market. But at $1,199 for queen-size, it is not cheap. People on a budget should consider other options like Nectar.
  • Joint Pain Sufferers – The mattress is firm and not suitable for joint pain relief. There is some cushioning but better pressure relief can be found on memory foam mattresses.
  • Side Sleepers – Strict side sleepers should avoid Awara. The mattress is too firm and lacks the necessary pressure relief. Combination sleepers who occasionally sleep sideways should be okay.
  • People Who Move Homes/Rooms – Awara is a heavy mattress that is difficult to move once unboxed. There are plenty of handles on the bed. But moving or lifting it can be challenging.

Value And Durability

  • Awara is a good quality, durable latex mattress. Shoppers can buy the mattress from around $999 with a sale or coupon code. The price is more affordable than most natural competitor brands.
  • Most people will get at least 5 to 8 years of use. This is about average for a latex hybrid mattress. The materials are robust and last longer than budget brands.
  • Better mattresses with fully organic certifications are available for a similar price. These use GOLS-certified latex to guarantee 100% natural materials. Good quality, affordable alternatives are Avocado Green and Eco Terra.

Couples

  • Awara is a good choice for couples. Especially couples who like a firm feel. The hybrid design gives great support for most sleeping positions.
  • The mattress will not sink or sag with regular use. Pocket coils and natural latex keep sleepers afloat. But couples who sleep on their sides need better pressure relief.
  • There is plenty of bounce and response for sex. The strong edge support allows couples to spread out and remain supported. This makes the bed feel bigger.
  • Sleepers with a restless partner will enjoy the good motion isolation. There is little vibration from tossing and turning. Pocket coils work well to dampen any motion transfer.

Cooling

  • Awara is a good mattress for people who sleep hot. Natural latex provides great temperature regulation and airflow. People who overheat will enjoy Awara’s excellent cooling.
  • Natural latex is a temperature neutral material. It does not react to or store heat like memory foam. It is one of the best mattress materials for cooling.
  • The individually-wrapped pocket coils increase airflow. Air can flow into and out of the mattress. This also helps to keep sleepers cool on warm nights.
  • The firm feel prevents sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress. This improves cooling and reduces trapped heat (especially for heavy people). The mattress is much better at cooling than soft memory foam mattresses.

Heavy People

  • Awara’s firm feel and great support is perfect for heavy sleepers. Heavy people will stay afloat and not sink too far down. This is important to minimize back pain.
  • Couples get good support in the middle and around the edge of the bed. The firmness and hybrid design prevent sagging. Solid edge support gives heavy people support even near the edge of the mattress.
  • The durability is excellent for a mattress-in-a-box. Awara is hand-made from quality materials. It will last at least 5 to 8 years with regular use.
  • Awara’s lifetime warranty reflects the durability and strength of the mattress. It protects against manufacturing and material defects. The warranty is superior to most similar competitors.

Comparisons

Avocado Green and Awara are similar in feel and design. But Avocado Green has stronger certifications and USA construction. 

Stronger Certifications – Avocado Green has stronger certifications than Awara. This includes the GOLS and GOTS certification. The mattress is also GreenGuard Gold certified for non-toxic off-gassing (less than 1% of mattresses gain this standard).

Better For Side Sleepers – Avocado’s optional pillow top gives good pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. Side sleepers who want a comfortable natural mattress should choose this option. Awara is too firm for side sleepers.

Thickness/Height – Awara has a 13-inch height as standard. Avocado Green is 11 inches thick (or 13 inches with the optional pillow top). Both mattresses are durable and provide great support for different body weights.

Better Reputation – Avocado Green is a well-established USA mattress brand. It has a positive reputation for being honest. Awara struggles to compete with Avocado’s certifications and transparency.

Safe Needle-Tufted Cover – Avocado Green has a hand-made, needle-tufted cover. No water-based or chemical adhesives are used to bond the materials together. Awara is known to use water-based adhesives in its construction. 

More Difficult To Move – Awara has a greater amount of handles than Avocado Green. This makes it easier to lift or move after unboxing. But both mattresses are very heavy once unboxed.

Trial & Warranty – Awara’s 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty is the best deal available. But Avocado Green comes close. It has a 365-night risk-free trial and a 25-year warranty.

Avocado Green Review: See Review

Luxury Bliss has more firmness options and stronger certifications. Awara is more affordable and has a long trial and warranty. 

Stronger Certifications – Luxury Bliss has better materials and stronger certifications than Awara. Including GreenGuard Gold, GOTS, GOLS, and OEKO-TEX. Awara appears to have none of these industry-leading certifications.

More Firmness Options – Shoppers can choose a medium or medium-firm feel with the Luxury Bliss. This appeals to a wider range of body weights and sleeping styles, including side sleepers. Awara is slightly firmer (about 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale).

Height/Thickness – Luxury Bliss has a 12-inch thickness compared to Awara’s 13 inches. Heavy weight sleepers may prefer the thicker Awara.

More Expensive – Awara retails at $1,199 for a queen-size. Luxury Bliss is more expensive at $1,399. But Luxury Bliss has 100% organic materials and industry-leading certifications.

Trial & Warranty – Luxury Bliss comes with a 100-night risk-free trial and 25-year warranty. Awara’s year-long trial and lifetime warranty are the best in the industry. But 100 nights is still plenty of time to test out the bed.

PlushBeds Luxury Bliss Review: See Review

Eco Terra is a great value but lacks the height and long trial of Awara. However, Eco Terra does have more firmness options and stronger industry certifications.

Great Value Price – Eco Terra is a great value for USA construction. The mattress is one of the most competitively priced latex hybrids on the market. And with a coupon code, it is sometimes cheaper than Awara.

Strong Certifications – Eco Terra has stronger, more recognized certifications than Awara. This includes GOTS certified organic cotton and wool. The mattress is also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.

Height/Thickness – Awara has a 13-inch thickness. Eco Terra is thinner with 11-inch height. Heavy people or couples who prefer tall mattresses will prefer Awara. Both work well for heavy people.

More Firmness Options – Customers can choose from medium or medium-firm options with Eco Terra. Awara mattress only has one firmness option (firm). This makes Eco Terra better for more types of sleepers.

Trial & Warranty – Eco Terra has a 90-night risk-free trial and a 15-year warranty. Awara has a longer 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty. But both mattresses give plenty of time for customers to see if the bed is right for them.

Eco Terra Review: See Review

FAQs

Awara is good for back pain. It has a firm, supportive feel that keeps the spine in alignment. The mattress works best for back and stomach sleepers

Most side sleepers find Awara too firm. There is some cushioning on the top layer. But the pressure relief is limited for most people.

The firmness of Awara is around 7.5 out of 10. Most people class this as a medium-firm or firm. The actual feel depends on body weight.

Awara is 13 inches thick. This is above average for a hybrid latex mattress. Similar competitors have a thinner height.

Hot sleepers will find Awara great for cooling. The mattress has good airflow due to the hybrid design. Natural latex maintains a neutral temperature, even on warm nights.

Summary

Overall rating
3.3 out of 5
Rated & Review by
Andy David

Shoppers who want an affordable, natural mattress should consider Awara. The firm feel works well for individuals, couples, and heavy people. But the mattress lacks the strong certifications of competitors.

Key reasons to buy and not buy:

Great Value Natural Mattress – Awara is a great value, durable natural mattress. It is one of the most affordable latex hybrids on the market.

Lacks Key Industry Certifications – The mattress lacks key industry certifications, such as GOLS and GreenGuard Gold. Similar competitors have these certifications.

Long Trial & Warranty – Customers can take advantage of a best-in-class trial and warranty. Awara comes with a 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty.

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