Here I will be reviewing the EcoSleep Mattress by Brooklyn Bedding, great eco friendly latex mattress.
I’ll go over the feel of the mattress, what it’s made of, run some tests, and finally give my pros and cons at the end of the review.
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To start, I want to talk about what the EcoSleep feels like.
The first thing I want to point out when discussing the feel of the EcoSleep Mattress is that it is a flippable mattress.
What that means is that on one side you have a medium firmness mattress option and then when you flip it over, it’ll have a much firmer feel to it.
In my opinion, the firmness of the medium option is still a little bit to the firmer side of the medium firmness, like a 7 out of 10 on a firmness scale. The firm side of the EcoSleep comes in like an 8 out of 10. So that’s a really firm mattress.
When I’m lying on my back with my weight evenly distributed on either side of the EcoSleep, I definitely feel more on-top of the mattress than in it.
It is a latex hybrid mattress, I will go over the materials a little bit later on. That means it’s going to have a lot of bounce to the mattress and you’re going to have good spine alignment with good support and be able to change positions really easily. You’re not going to feel stuck in the EcoSleep regardless of the side of the mattress you’re on.
I like either side for back sleepers, so it’s really more of an opinion or a preference call if you are a back sleeper which side of the EcoSleep you might prefer.
Rolling on to my side, something that I’m always really conscious of when I’m testing out mattresses for side sleepers is what my shoulders and hips are doing.
If a mattress is too firm, you’re going to end up developing pressure points in those areas, feeling a little jammed up at the shoulders.
Regardless of the side of the mattress that you sleep on, I think the EcoSleep is going to be too firm for side sleepers.
I generally look for something in the six or below range for a side sleeper. Again, medium side coming out 7 out of 10, firm side coming out at 8 out of 10 for the EcoSleep, just going to be a little too firm for the side sleepers out there.
Rolling onto my stomach, what I’m looking for is a firmer feel that’s going help support my hips, keep my spine aligned in a good position while I’m on my stomach.
I think the EcoSleep is a great choice for the stomach sleepers out there. It did a really good job of keeping my spine aligned in a good position and my hips didn’t sink too far into the mattress, even when I was on the medium side of the mattress.
Again, at that point it just becomes more of a preference call. If you do like a really firm feel, you go to the firmer side of the mattress. Maybe you need more of a medium firmness, you roll between your back and your stomach, you go with the medium side.
If you are a stomach sleeper, I think the EcoSleep is a good choice. It’s really just a preference call on whether you should have the medium or firm side up.
To give you a better idea of what’s going on inside of the EcoSleep, let’s take a look at the materials used in the layers of the mattress.
I’m going to start with the cover, which is a mixture of cotton and wool.
It’s got a durable feel to it. It really lends to that natural organic materials being used in the making of the EcoSleep. Really lending towards that eco-part of the mattress.
The eco part continues with the layers of the mattress.
This is a flippable mattress. If the medium firmness side is up top, you get the comfort layer, which is a latex layer. It does give in pretty easy so you can expect to sink into this layer pretty quickly.
Because it is latex, it’s got quick response to pressure, so you shouldn’t worry about feeling stuck in the mattress. You won’t get that contouring feeling you might be used to out of memory foam. This is going to have a little bit more bounce to it, you’ll be able to change positions really easily.
Below that is a transition layer. It’s a bit firmer than the layer of foam on top of it. It is still a latex layer so, again, you’re getting that quick response, that bounce out of this layer.
The fact that it is two layers of latex is good for dissipating body heat. Latex sleeps a lot cooler than a lot of other foams out there.
If you are a really hot sleeper, you can expect that latex is probably a better material for you than memory foam.
Below that, we have the support center of the mattress, which is pocketed coils. Pocketed coils are individually wrapped so they tend to be a bit better at isolating motion transfer than traditional steel coils, but still giving a lot of bounce to the mattress.
You get a lot of bounce from pocketed coils, a lot of bounce from the latex and comfort transition layer on top for the medium firmness layer. You’re going to have a lot of mobility on the mattress, you’re going to be able to change positions really easily.
Like I said, this is a flippable mattress, so on the bottom we do have another layer of really firm latex.
If you put this layer on top, basically just flip over the mattress, it’s going to have a lot firmer feel to it, provide a little bit more support because there is a firmer layer of latex and there’s also no transition before you get to the pocketed coil layer.
Instead of just taking my word on what the EcoSleep feels like, I run a few tests to give you more objective view of what this mattress is all about.
The first one is a pressure map test and it is just like it sounds.
I put a pressure map down on the top of the mattress, lie down in a few positions to see the results next to me, ranging from blue for low pressure to red for high pressure.
The results are for the medium side of the EcoSleep.
Lying on my back with my weight evenly distributed, it’s blue across the board. That’s a good sign for the EcoSleep. Like I said before, I think the EcoSleep is a good choice for the back sleepers. It provides good support regardless of whether it’s the medium or firm side up.
Rolling onto my side, I usually look for softer mattresses because they are a bit better for pressure relief for the side sleepers out there.
Even with the medium side up, it is going into the yellow range at the shoulders. That’s going to be a bit of a problem for a lot of side sleepers out there.
I think regardless of the side you have up, the EcoSleep is just a little too firm for the side sleepers, but it is a much better choice for the stomach sleepers.
Rolling onto my stomach, it is blue across the board because my weight is evenly distributed, that’s pretty normal for the pressure map test.
I did feel that the EcoSleep did a good job of supporting my hips, keeping them from sinking into the mattress, so that’s a good sign for the stomach sleepers.
Another test that I’d like to run is the bounce test.
That’s going to check to see how much mobility you have on a mattress. If you’re going to feel stuck or sunken into a mattress when you’re trying to change positions.
The EcoSleep has a ton of bounce to it. It is a latex hybrid mattress. The latex has a really quick response to pressure. You are going to be able to change positions even if you sink in just a little bit. You’re not going to get that contouring feeling around your body. You’re not going to feel stuck in these latex layers.
It combines really nicely with the pocketed coil support layer. You’re going to be able to change positions. You’re going to be feel more on top of the EcoSleep than sunken into it.
The last test that I run goes hand in hand with the bounce test. It is a motion transfer test.
I took a 10-pound steel ball and dropped it at the heights of 4, 8, and 12 inches. That’s going to simulate someone getting into and out of bed, rolling around in the middle of the night.
On the other side of the mattress where you might be sleeping, I put a seismometer down and that’s going to check how much disturbance is transferred across the bed with each of those drops.
I got to say there is a lot of disturbance transfer across the mattress with each of these drops. That’s really what I expected because of the bounciness of the latex and the pocketed coils.
That’s pretty normal for a bouncy mattress such as this to transfer some motion across the bed. If you do share a bed with a restless sleeper that might be something you want to keep in mind.
Pros and Cons
Before I end the review, I want to give you some of my pros and cons for the EcoSleep.
First of all, reasons I have recommended it to you as a good choice is if you are a back or stomach sleeper, regardless of whether you’re going for the medium firmness or firm support level of this mattress.
I found that it did a good job of supporting my hips, keeping my spine aligned in a good position which is really important for both back and stomach sleepers.
I would also recommend it because it has really strong bounce to the mattress. Like I said, latex has a really quick response to pressure and combines nicely with the pocketed coils.
If you do roll around, change positions, I think this is going to give you the mobility you are looking for out of the mattress.
Finally, I’d recommend it to you if you are looking for a mattress with natural materials.
The cotton and wool cover combines with the latex comfort layers and the transition layer, so it’s giving you those natural materials without the polyurethane foams you might be trying to avoid when shopping for a mattress.
There is some cons or complaints I have with the EcoSleep.
First of all, if you are a side sleeper, as I said before, I think that both sides of the mattress are a little to firm for you. You might end up having some pressure points forming at your shoulders and your hips.
This is a mattress by Brooklyn Bedding and they definitely have some softer options that are really great ideas for the side sleepers so you might want to check out one of those.
Finally, I would say if you share your bed with a partner, I don’t think this is the best mattress for couples because of the high motion transfer and also I found that the edge support was a little bit lacking.
If you are interested in purchasing an EcoSleep, I do want to give you some basic information in that process.
First up, there is a 120-night trial period so you can have it in your home for about four months, deciding whether you want to keep it or send it back. Shipping is for free.
It will arrive compressed in a box, so I do recommend that you give it a few hours or leave it overnight after opening it up to let it decompress so you get the full support and feel of the mattress when you sleep on it for the first time.
Finally, there is a 10-year warranty on this mattress, which is the standard online bed-in-box warranty. Of course, you’ll want to check exactly what that covers on their website, but like I said that is the online standard.
In terms of price, if you’re paying full price, it will cost between $899 for twin size and $1,499 for the king-size version.
Brooklyn Bedding often offers discounts and at the time of writing this article, you can save $375.
So make sure to check the latest prices.
That’s it for my review of the EcoSleep eco friendly latex mattress.
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Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.