- by Daniel
The Zenhaven Mattress Review - Beat Back Pain The Natural Way
The Zenhaven mattress by Saatva is made from 100% pure Talalay latex that is not only kind on the environment but can work wonders for your back too.
Now you've probably slept on a memory foam mattress before.
And depending on your experience that may have put you off sleeping on foam mattresses for good.
Because sinking too far into the memory foam as you lie down can make some people's back pain (including my own) much worse.
So if this rings true for you maybe it's time to consider trying a latex mattress instead.
Because sleeping on latex offers a completely different experience to sleeping on memory foam.
As it has the bounce to push back against your body weight rather than allowing your body to sink in and 'get stuck'.
Which is great for keeping your spine in alignment, helping you to maintain a healthy sleeping posture, and relieving pressure on your body.
And latex mattresses are also much cooler to sleep on than memory foam mattresses.
Meaning you get a cool, comfortable, and supportive night's sleep that will keep your back happy and healthy.
So if you are curious to try a latex mattress why not give the Zenhaven mattress by Saatva a go?
As not only does the pure Talalay latex give you superior support and pressure relief.
The natural materials used in it's construction mean you get a really safe and healthy night's sleep too.
Which is a great combo.
So read on to find out exactly why I think the Zenhaven mattress is a good bet for those of us with back pain.
The Zenhaven Mattress At A Glance
How Is The Zenhaven Mattress Made Up?
The Zenhaven mattress is organically made and as such is one of the most eco-friendly mattresses on the market.
It consists of four layers of 100% pure Talalay latex encased in a quilted organic cotton cover filled with organic New Zealand wool.
And both the latex and the cover have a breathable design to allow air and moisture to pass through them, which keeps you cool as you sleep.
Also the way the Zenhaven is made up means it's like you get two mattresses in one.
Because it's designed so that you get a different sleeping experience depending on which side of the mattress you sleep on.
So one side has a more supportive medium-firm feel which is great for people with back pain.
But if you prefer something softer you can flip it over as the other side has a more comfortable medium feel.
Which is great as you can choose the level of firmness that suits your body the best.
This is achieved by making a mattress that has a symmetrical design where identical top and bottom layers sit on supporting middle layers of differing densities.
Top & Bottom Comfort Layers
Both the top and bottom layers of latex are 1.5" thick and contain 5 zones with different densities.
This is great as it keeps the mattress firm where you need it to be but softer where you don't.
So you can be assured of a comfortable and supportive night's sleep whichever side you choose to sleep on.
Middle Support Layers
The two middle layers of latex sit on top of each other and underneath the top and bottom layer.
These are both 3" thick and are what gives the mattress it's support and level of firmness.
However, they both have different ILD (indentation load deflection) densities.
One has an ILD of 25-29 which means if you sleep on the mattress side where this is the middle layer directly below the comfort layer then it will have a softer medium feel.
However, the other middle layer has an ILD of 30-34 and if you sleep on the mattress side where this is directly under the comfort layer then you will get a medium-firm feel instead.
And it's easy to know which side is which as they have labels attached telling you.
But the good thing about having two different levels of firmness in one mattress is you can experiment and choose which side makes your back feel happier during the night.
Why It's Good For Your Back
I think latex mattresses are a great choice for people with back pain as they have more bounce and spring to them than memory foam mattresses.
This makes them more supportive as they push back against your body as you lie down rather than allowing you to sink in.
Which helps you to keep your spine aligned, relieves pressure, and makes maintaining a healthy sleeping posture throughout the night much easier.
And the good news is the Zenhaven mattress does an especially good job of this.
As the natural Talalay latex used throughout provides great support, responding to each and every movement that your body makes.
The comfort layer at the top of the mattress has 5 zones containing varying levels of density.
This means you get the perfect amount of support exactly where you need it, especially in your hips, shoulders, and lower back.
While the middle layers of latex provide the strength and stability which will support you and stop you from sinking in to the mattress.
This will give you an elevated feeling as you sleep which will relieve pressure on your muscles and joints and keep your posture healthy.
And this is especially good for people that like to sleep on their backs or their stomachs as it will keep them in a proper alignment and not allow their hips to sink in.
These middle layers have different densities, so both sides of the mattress offer different levels of support for your back.
But if you want a mattress that will do a great job of supporting your back as you sleep then I'd recommend using the medium-firm side.
As medium-firm mattresses have been shown to be the best bet for people that suffer from back pain.
And the extra level of support this will provide over the medium side (it's 18% firmer) will make a big difference for your back.
However, everyone is different and if you find you get enough support using the softer side then go with that.
All in all though I'd say the Zenhaven mattress does a really good job of providing support, relieving pressure, and keeping your spine aligned throughout the night.
Which makes it a great option that will keep your back a lot healthier in the long run.
Is It Comfortable Too?
So you've got support covered with the Zenhaven mattress but is it nice to sleep on as well?
The answer to that is a resounding yes and here are a few reasons why.
Sleeping on a latex mattress such as the Zenhaven gives you an elevated sensation that feels as if you are sleeping on top of the mattress rather than in it.
And this weightless and luxurious feel will give you are really comfortable night's sleep.
This is also great for relieving pressure on your body throughout the night.
Which will allow you to get into a deeper and more restorative sleep, which is where your body is able to heal and repair itself.
And there are a few other features of this mattress that also add to the comfort.
Firstly having the two different levels of firmness is a real plus.
Because while the medium-firm side gives you great support, some people with back pain will prefer a softer and more cushioning mattress to feel comfortable.
So if this applies to you then you can simply flip the mattress over and sleep on the medium side instead which is a lot softer.
Also the 5 different density zones within the top layers of latex means the mattress will be softer and more comfortable in areas where you don't need such firm support.
And the springiness of the latex makes changing positions during the night effortless.
Which all bodes well for a great kip!
Another thing to mention is how much cooler latex mattresses are compared to memory foam ones.
And this is especially true of the Zenhaven mattress, as it has an open cell structure with strategically placed pinholes that keeps the air flowing through it.
This will help to regulate your temperature and keep you cool and comfortable as you sleep.
And the quilted cover is also breathable with a filling of organic wool that wicks away heat and moisture from your body.
So if you're looking for a mattress that is as comfortable as it is supportive then you won't go far wrong with this one from Zenhaven.
Some Other Nice Features
The great thing about the Zenhaven mattress is it's about as organic and naturally made as any mattress you're likely to find anywhere.
As it's made from pure and natural latex throughout.
Which is not just good news for your health but is also great for the environment too.
And Zenhaven use a manufacturing process that is kind to the environment as:
So if being environmentally conscious is important to you the Zenhaven mattress is a superb choice.
It's Healthy To Sleep On
Another benefit of buying such an organic and naturally made mattress is that it makes it an extremely healthy and safe one to sleep on.
And the Zenhaven is one of the healthiest mattresses you'll find because it's:
These things will all help to keep the indoor air quality of your bedroom healthy and give you a great night's sleep without any side effects.
The Talalay Latex Is Durable
Being made from rubber tree sap makes latex an extremely durable material.
And when it's used in a mattress it's great.
Because the spring and bounce it provides means it will push back against your body weight rather than allowing you to sink in.
So this mattress will be able to retain it's shape and won't sag over time.
And we've all experienced saggy mattresses before right?
So latex mattresses are a much better bet in the long-term than memory foam ones.
And the pure Talalay latex used in the Zenhaven mattress is at the top of the tree when it comes to high quality latex materials.
So this mattress will last you for many years to come.
You Can Cut Out The Middleman
The Zenhaven mattress is one of the new breed of mattresses that you can buy directly online.
Which is great as by cutting out the middleman you can save yourself a packet.
Because there are no costly commissions or department store overheads being added to the price.
In this way Zenhaven can offer a luxurious mattress that targets the higher end of the market at a fraction of the price of it's competitors.
However unfortunately there is still a $99 delivery charge to be paid unlike some other online mattress companies that offer free delivery.
It Has A 120-Night Free Trial
Buying a new mattress is such a big and important purchase that you have to make sure you get it right.
For the sake of your health and your wallet!
So the 120-night home trial you get with the Zenhaven mattress is fantastic.
As you get 4 months to sleep on it before having to decide whether it's the right one for you.
Which takes all the pressure off.
And if you do decide to return it within this period Zenhaven will collect it and refund you (minus the $99 original delivery charge).
20-Year Conditional Warranty
The Zenhaven mattress comes with a 20-year warranty that means you are protected for years to come which is what you need when making such a big purchase.
However it does come with a few caveats.
So this warranty is far from perfect.
In the cases where you need to get the mattress replaced Zenhaven will deliver you a new one and you can still keep your original one too.
However, as latex is such a durable material and these mattresses are made to such high standards the chances of running into problems are very low.
Is The Zenhaven Mattress Worth The Money?
So is it a yay or nay for the Zenhaven mattress as far as being good value for people with back pain?
For me it's a definite yay.
Because it provides a fantastic mix of comfort and support.
As the Talalay latex used throughout is great for relieving pressure, keeping your spine aligned, and providing your back with great support all night long.
While having the choice between two different levels of firmness means that most people will find a side to sleep on that keeps them comfortable too.
So you'll get a great night's sleep on the Zenhaven mattress that will help your back heal, recover and stay healthier in the future.
And the added bonus is that because it's made of natural products it's a really safe and healthy mattress to sleep on too.
So if you want to treat yourself and your back give the Zenhaven mattress a try.
As while it's a bit of an investment, it's still significantly cheaper than other high end mattresses and gives you the same quality.
And with the 120-night free trial you can always return it if you decide it's not for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I've think I've covered most of it there but just in case I'll answer a few more commonly asked questions about the Zenhaven mattress below.
How Much Does A Zenhaven Mattress Cost?
The standard pricing on the Zenhaven Mattress as of July 2020 is as follows:
Does The Zenhaven Mattress Ever Go On Sale?
Saatva do run money off sales on the Zenhaven mattress from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.
And they also offer discounts of $225 for active military people, veterans, first responders, and teachers.
So if you fall into one of these categories then happy days!
How Long Does The Zenhaven Mattress Last?
When you spend this much money on a mattress you want to know that it's going to last you for a good few years.
And the good news is that the Zenhaven mattress is super long lasting as it's made from natural latex which is a very durable material.
Which is why Saatva offer you a 20-year warranty, as it should serve you well for the next two decades.
Where Can I Buy The Zenhaven Mattress?
At the present time Saatva only sell the Zenhaven mattress online.
However, there is a newly opened Saatva viewing room in New York where you can try the Zenhaven mattress before buying if you live close by.