By: James Cusk

May 11, 2020

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Zenhaven Mattress Review (2023)

The Zenhaven is a flippable, latex mattress. The Zenhaven mattress offers eco-friendly materials, free shipping, a fair sleep trial, and a long warranty. But will the Zenhaven help you get better sleep?

That’s the question we’re going to explore in our Zenhaven mattress review.

In this post, we’ll look at how the Zenhaven mattress is made, what customers are saying about it, and whether or not the Zenhaven is a mattress worth buying.

Is Zenhaven a Good Mattress?

The Zenhaven is a reputable mattress that is made with quality materials and backed by a fair sleep trial and warranty.  By any definition, it’s a good mattress.

Whether or not the Zenhaven mattress is the best mattress for you. When you’re looking for a mattress you want to consider the mattress materials and how the mattress layers are organized while considering your own needs (such as your weight, height, and firmness preference).

Zenhaven Materials

The Zenhaven is a latex mattress with four layers. Latex is best described as a bouncy material that is highly-responsive and durable. Latex is a natural material that comes from the rubber tree. Zenhaven is a natural latex, which is why we like it so much. Natural latex is better and more durable than synthetic latex.

The first layer is 1-inch of 100% organic New Zealand wool. Wool fibers are naturally flame-retardant fibers that help control humidity and are adaptable enough to keep you cool when it’s warm and warm when you’re cold.  We’re impressed anytime we see wool near the top layer of a mattress.

The second layer is 1.5-inches of zoned Talalay latex. Zoned support is a big deal in mattresses because your body isn’t a straight line. It has different needs at the shoulder than it does at the hips. Zenhaven puts extra support in the hip and shoulders, which is great because that’s where you tend to weigh the most.

The third layer is 3 inches of plush Talalay latex. We should mention that all layers of latex in the Zenhaven are Talalay latex. We have a whole post on Talalay latex vs. Dunlop latex, but the main takeaway is Talalay latex is generally softer than Dunlop and bouncier, too.

The fourth layer is another 3 inches of Talalay latex. But these three inches are firmer. (The deeper you go in this mattress, the firmer the layers.)

The fifth and final layer is 1.5-inches of Talalay latex. Of course, this “final” layer becomes the first layer if you flip the mattress.

All of the latex layers are eco-friendly, breathable, and supportive – what changes is the firmness level.

Zenhaven Feel and Firmness

The Zenhaven mattress is available in two firmnesses: luxury plush and gentle firm. As we said in the intro, this is a flippable mattress. So one side is a luxury plush, the other is a gentle firm.

Dual-sided mattresses aren’t as popular as they used to be, but some companies are experimenting with them again (see our Layla mattress review).

We recommend the luxury plush side for side sleepers and combo sleepers (or people who just want that soft, cozy feel) and the gentle firm side for back and stomach sleepers (or people who need a firm feel to fall asleep).

Zenhaven Certifications

As we mentioned above, Zenhaven is a natural latex mattress.

But it also has other certifications worth talking about.

The Zenhaven uses both certified organic wool and certified organic cotton.

Plus, Zenhaven is Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This means the latex in Zenhaven has absolutely no formaldehyde, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, or phthalates.

Finally, the Saatva Company, which makes and sells the Zenhaven mattress, is a supporter of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC). The SFC works to reduce carbon emissions, as well as cut down on waste, unrecyclable content and using unsustainable materials in production.

Zenhaven Sleep Trial and Warranty Info

Zenhaven offers a sleep trial of 120 nights and a 20-year warranty, but let’s dig into the fine print so you don’t have to.

Sleep Trial Details

When you buy a Zenhaven mattress it gets delivered to you, set up in your room, and your old mattress is taken away. All of this is free. But it does mean that if you choose to return your mattress, there’s a $99 transportation fee. Given what you’re getting (free delivery, set up, haul away of your old mattress), we think this is one of the few times where a transportation fee is fair.

Here’s how the sleep trial works.

You buy the Zenhaven, they schedule delivery and come out and set up your mattress. Then the haul your old mattress away (if you want them to). From there, you have 120 nights to try your new mattress.

If you love it, great. If you don’t, they will come out and flip the mattress for you (so you can try the firmer or softer side) or flat-out pick up the mattress and refund you your money (minus the $99 fee we discussed above).

Warranty Details

The Zenhaven mattress comes with a warranty that is non-prorated for 20 years, but there are some caveats.

First, you’re only eligible for a new mattress within the first two years of ownership. After those two years, if a defect occurs, Zenhaven will “completely repair and re-cover your mattress.”

Second, Zenhaven offers something unique called the “Fairness Replacement Option.”

Here’s how the Fairness Replacement option works:

  • Years 3-5: You keep your defective mattress and buy a new Zenhaven mattress for 40% of the original price you paid.
  • Years 6-10: You keep your defective mattress and buy a new Zenhaven mattress for 60% of the original price you paid.
  • Years 11-15: You keep your defective mattress and buy a new Zenhaven mattress for 80% of the original price you paid.

It’s a unique option (and it is an option, you don’t have to choose it, you can have Zenhaven honor their original warranty) and whether or not it works for you will depend on how defective your defective mattress is and whether or not you can find a use for it.

Where are Zenhaven mattresses made?

All of Zenhaven mattresses are made in the U.S.A.

Zenhaven vs. Avocado

Since Zenhaven is a latex mattress, we get a lot of questions asking whether or not it’s as good (or better) than the Avocado latex mattress.

To answer this question, check out our comparison post on Zenhaven vs. Avocado.

Is latex better than memory foam?

Latex and memory foam mattresses are two of the most popular mattress materials in the industry. Latex is bouncy and responsive, while memory foam is conforming and pressure-relieving. There are also made in very different ways.

If you like a soft, contouring feel, look at memory foam mattresses. If you want something eco-friendly and that has the bounce of a traditional mattress, look at latex mattresses.


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