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Avocado vs. Zenhaven – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Jackson Lindeke.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Avocado and Zenhaven are both latex mattresses offering various levels of firmness.
  • The Avocado is an advanced mattress made of all organic materials.
  • The Zenhaven is a flippable mattress with both sides offering a different level of firmness.

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Avocado vs. Zenhaven Mattress Overview

Avocado began in 2015 and now makes several mattresses, mattress protectors, and pillows. In this comparison we’ll look at their flagship mattress, the Avocado Green. The mattress is a latex hybrid constructed with 100 percent GOTS organic wool and natural Dunlop latex comfort layers. Latex and pocketed coil layers form the support core. The standard Avocado Green measures 11 inches  thick and is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ or a 6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Zenhaven launched in 2016. Its parent company, Saatva began manufacturing mattresses in 2010. The Zenhaven bed is a flippable latex mattress. Each side has a different firmness, making this a great choice for those who aren’t sure how firm they prefer a mattress to be. On one side of the Zenhaven the mattress has a medium soft (4) firmness rating, while the other has firm feel, or a 7 on the firmness scale.

The dual comfort layers of the Zenhaven are constructed from Talalay latex, which has a more consistent cell structure that makes for a softer, more pillow-like feel. The Talalay latex in the comfort areas of the bed offer great cushioning.

Please note Avocado makes other mattresses other than the models discussed above.

These include:

This comparison will cover the highlights of both the Avocado and Zenhaven. The mattresses are similar in some areas and differ in others like warranty, sleep trial, and price. We’ll compare these two mattresses in construction, sleeper rating, sizing, and who will benefit most from each mattress.

Ratings Comparison

Avocado Vegan Mattress

Zenhaven Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE HybridLatex
FIRMNESS 5, 6.54, 7
PRICE RANGE $1399-$1799$1,899
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 100 nights120 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 25 Year, Limited20 Year
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  • Avocado Green
  • Zenhaven Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Avocado Green
  • Zenhaven Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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Durability

Latex is highly durable. Because the Avocado Green substitutes polyfoam with latex in the comfort layer, the mattress has a longer-than-average projected lifespan especially coupled with very low gauge (firm) coils in the support core

Durability

Latex is highly durable. Because the Avocado Green substitutes polyfoam with latex in the comfort layer, the mattress has a longer-than-average projected lifespan especially coupled with very low gauge (firm) coils in the support core

Motion Isolation

Being a very firm hybrid (almost an innerspring), the Avocado will transfer motion more than all foam and other mattress builds.

Motion Isolation

Being a very firm hybrid (almost an innerspring), the Avocado will transfer motion more than all foam and other mattress builds.

Off-gassing

The Avocado Green does not emit any off-gassing smells. Some natural odors may be present, but they tend to dissipate within a few days.

Off-gassing

The Avocado Green does not emit any off-gassing smells. Some natural odors may be present, but they tend to dissipate within a few days.

Conforming

The low-ILD latex used in the comfort layer of the Avocado mattress offers fairly close conforming, which some owners say helps alleviate pain and pressure in sensitive areas of their bodies.

Conforming

The low-ILD latex used in the comfort layer of the Avocado mattress offers fairly close conforming, which some owners say helps alleviate pain and pressure in sensitive areas of their bodies.

Sex

The soft latex surface of an Avocado Green mattress may not be responsive or bouncy enough for some couples, despite the thick pocketed coil layer.

Sex

The soft latex surface of an Avocado Green mattress may not be responsive or bouncy enough for some couples, despite the thick pocketed coil layer.

Temperature Neutrality

The Avocado will sleep cooler than most given it's mostly innerspring construction coupled with latex which is great for tempurature regulation.

Temperature Neutrality

The Avocado will sleep cooler than most given it's mostly innerspring construction coupled with latex which is great for tempurature regulation.

Edge Support

Even by hybrid standards, Avocado mattresses offer above-average edge support, largely due to the thick pocketed coil layer and high-ILD latex layers in the support core.

Edge Support

Even by hybrid standards, Avocado mattresses offer above-average edge support, largely due to the thick pocketed coil layer and high-ILD latex layers in the support core.

Noise

Some Avocado owners report squeaking and creaking noises when the mattress is bearing weight.

Noise

Some Avocado owners report squeaking and creaking noises when the mattress is bearing weight.

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Durability

The expected lifespan of a Zenhaven mattress is at least seven years due to its latex components; however, due to a limited company history, the long-term performance of these models has not yet been assessed.

Durability

The expected lifespan of a Zenhaven mattress is at least seven years due to its latex components; however, due to a limited company history, the long-term performance of these models has not yet been assessed.

Motion Isolation

Zenhaven mattresses absorb and minimize motion to a significant extent, and many owners report a reduced number of nighttime sleep disturbances.

Motion Isolation

Zenhaven mattresses absorb and minimize motion to a significant extent, and many owners report a reduced number of nighttime sleep disturbances.

Off-gassing

Minor odors have been reported from Zenhaven owners, but these smells typically dissipate within a few days after the bed has been unpackaged.

Off-gassing

Minor odors have been reported from Zenhaven owners, but these smells typically dissipate within a few days after the bed has been unpackaged.

Conforming

Zenhaven’s Medium Soft side conforms closely for targeted pain and pressure relief, while the Firm side may be suitable for sleepers who don't want close conforming.

Conforming

Zenhaven’s Medium Soft side conforms closely for targeted pain and pressure relief, while the Firm side may be suitable for sleepers who don't want close conforming.

Sex

Most latex sleep surfaces are not responsive enough for sex, but the Firm side of the Zenhaven mattress may be more suitable for couples.

Sex

Most latex sleep surfaces are not responsive enough for sex, but the Firm side of the Zenhaven mattress may be more suitable for couples.

Temperature Neutrality

Some Zenhaven owners claim their mattress sleeps hot, but most report a cool and comfortable sleeping experience.

Temperature Neutrality

Some Zenhaven owners claim their mattress sleeps hot, but most report a cool and comfortable sleeping experience.

Edge Support

Like other latex models, the Zenhaven offers little to no edge support and many owners report sinkage at the edges.

Edge Support

Like other latex models, the Zenhaven offers little to no edge support and many owners report sinkage at the edges.

Noise

Zenhaven mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Noise

Zenhaven mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

The Avocado Mattress is Good for...
  • Eco-conscious shoppers looking to buy a mattress made from natural and organic materials.
  • Those who tend to sleep hot.
  • Those who sleep with a partner and one partner wakes easily due to movement or noise.
  • Those who prefer beds with thicker-than-average profiles.
The Zenhaven Mattress is Good for...
  • Those looking for an all-natural, hypoallergenic mattress.
  • Those who want a latex mattress, but are unsure how firmness changes with this material. The Zenhaven is a 2-in-1 flippable bed so it provides two comfort choices.
  • Those who sleep hot but like the feel of a foam mattress.

Sleep Position Ratings

Avocado Mattress Sleeper Ratings

The Avocado mattress ranks especially well for back and stomach sleepers. The hybrid mattress features a coil support structure which allows for sufficient airflow. The result is a cool, comfortable sleep for most. The pillow-top model conforms more closely, making it ideal for side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds, while the non-pillow-top version does not conform as much and is most suitable for heavier back and stomach sleepers.

Lightweight (under 130 pounds) stomach sleepers may find the mattress too firm on pressure points like shoulders and hips. However, lightweight sleepers do well on the pillowtop version.

Zenhaven Mattress Sleeper Ratings

The Zenhaven ranks well for all sleeping positions (back, stomach, side, and combination) of all weight classes. The dual firmness option means most sleepers will find one side more comfortable than the other. Lightweight sleepers may prefer the softer side since it gives a more conforming feeling on the body, comforting shoulders and hips. The firmer side is great for those who are looking for the feeling of sleeping on a mattress rather than in a mattress. Back sleepers found the Zenhaven to be especially comfortable with optimal spinal alignment.

  • Avocado Green
  • Zenhaven Mattress
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Avocado if...

  • You’re looking for an eco-friendly mattress made from natural and organic materials. Vegan mattresses made without wool are also available.
  • You share a mattress with a partner and one of you wakes easily from the other moving.
  • You’re looking for a mattress with above average durability.
  • You want a mattress with strong edge support.

Choose the Zenhaven Mattress if...

  • You like the idea of a flippable mattress with two levels of firmness.
  • You like the feel of a foam mattress but often sleep too hot on foam.
  • You want an all-natural and hypoallergenic mattress.
  • You want a mattress that is virtually silent.

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $959 Avocado $1,299 Zenhaven
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $999 Avocado $1,349 Zenhaven
  • twin-bed
    Full $1,199 Avocado $1,699 Zenhaven
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1,399 Avocado $1,899 Zenhaven
  • twin-bed
    King $1,699 Avocado $2,499 Zenhaven
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $1,699 Avocado $2,499 Zenhaven

Mattress Construction

Now let’s look at how the Avocado and Zenahven Mattress models are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both beds.

Specification Avocado Zenhaven
Firmness 6.5 (Medium Firm) 4 (Medium Soft)
7 (Firm)
Thickness 11″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 97 lbs. 125 lbs.
Support Core Components 1″ Natural Dunlop Latex (26-31 ILD)
8″ Pocketed Coils
6″ Talalay Latex
Comfort Layer Components 100% GOTS Wool
2″ Natural Dunlop Latex (20-25 ILD)
1 1/2″ Talalay Latex (N2)
1 1/2″ Talalay Latex (N1)
Cover Composition 100% GOTS Organic Cotton 100% Organic Cotton

How Is the Avocado Built?

The Avocado Green mattress is a hybrid latex mattress. On the top are 2 inches of Dunlop latex. The support core sits below that with one inch of Dunlop latex, all on 8 inches of pocketed coils.

A pillowtop version is available for an additional $240 and adds two inches of thickness. Given its hybrid construction, this mattress sleeps cool for latex. The coiled supportive bottom promotes airflow and allows any heat that enters the mattress from sleepers to easily escape.

The queen size weighs 97 pounds and is 11 inches high. The mattress has handles for easy move-in or flipping, although Avocado mattresses do not need to be flipped.

This mattress ranks a 6.5 in firmness on the 1-10 firmness scale, making it a firm mattress. The pillowtop version that adds 2 inches of Dunlop latex to the top makes this hybrid mattress a 5 on the firmness scale.

How Is the Zenhaven Mattress Built?

The Zenhaven mattress has three layers, all encased in a soft organic cotton cover. At the core of the mattress is 6 inches of Talalay latex. This makes the mattress slightly bouncy, but not as responsive as traditional innerspring mattresses. On either side of the core is 1 ½ inches of additional latex with each side having a different firmness. One side is considered firm, ranking a 7 on the firmness scale of 1 to 10. The other side is rated as a medium-soft mattress coming in at a 4 on the scale.

The latex used in the Zenhaven has a breathable open cell structure, meaning it resists body heat instead of trapping heat like most memory foam mattresses.

The queen size weighs 125 pounds and measures 11 inches thick.

Avocado Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 365 nights

  • Shipping Avocado ships to all 50 states for no charge.

  • Warranty 25-year limited

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Avocado offers a 365-night sleep trial for the Avocado Green mattress.

    The sleep trial period for the Avocado mattress is 365 nights beginning the day the mattress was delivered. Avocado doesn’t require a break in period for the mattress so customers are welcome to return the mattress anytime within the 365-night timeframe. If returned, Avocado will arrange for a service partner to deliver the mattress to a local charity or recycling center.

    The full amount paid for the mattress will be refunded after Avocado determines the mattress was returned in good condition with photos of the mattress and proof of purchase. This 365-night sleep trial is only available for two Avocado mattresses per household.

  • Warranty

    Avocado offers a 25-year limited warranty.

    Within the first 10 years of ownership, Avocado will replace or repair a defective mattress at no charge to the owner. This warranty is void if the mattress is not removed from the box and decompressed within two weeks of mattress delivery. Mattresses left compressed for longer than this period may suffer structural defects.

    During years 11 to 25, the warranty is prorated and the owner is responsible for shipping and transportation costs. The cost for replacement is calculated by a 5 percent increase each year of ownership. For example if the mattress becomes detective during the 11th year, the owner will pay 50 percent of the original price for a new mattress. During year 12, it increases to 55 percent.

    After year 21, the mattress owner will be charged 95 percent of the original mattress price. If the model is no longer available, Avocado will replace the mattress with the most comparable model in their current product line.

    The warranty covers the following defects:

    • Visible sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure at least 1 inch deep, and are not the direct result of owner misuse or improper foundational support.
    • Physical flaws in the latex that cause the material to split or crack.
    • Manufacturing flaws related to the mattress cover, including tears or unraveled stitches.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Avocado mattresses is as follows:

    1. After purchasing, the order will be fulfilled in two to three days. The mattress will arrive 1 to 8 days after fulfillment depending on location within the US.
    2. Avocado offers white-glove delivery for $199. The company recommends this option for ordering a king or California king mattress as those weigh over 150 pounds. White-glove delivery may not be available in all areas of Hawaii or Alaska.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and rolled in a triple-reinforced box.
    Where Do They Ship?: Avocado ships to all 50 states for no charge.
    Delivery Fee: No charge.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Old mattress removal is available if desired with white glove delivery for a fee of $199.

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Zenhaven Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120 nights

  • Shipping Anywhere in the contiguous U.S. and Canada.

  • Warranty 20 years

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Zenhaven offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Zenhaven mattress.

    Zenhaven accepts returns at any point in the 120-night sleep trial. The trial begins on the day the mattress is delivered. If returned, Zenhaven will refund the cost of the mattress minus $99 to cover transportation costs. Mattress exchanges are also possible within the 120-night trial window for a $99 transportation fee.

  • Warranty

    Zenhaven’s warranty covers 20 years of ownership. For the first two years, Zenhaven mattresses are fully covered under the warranty and eligible for replacement with a new mattress at no cost to the owner. After two years, Zenhaven will repair and recover a defective mattress at the cost of $99 shipping per way, a total of $198 to the owner. The mattress must have been used for the intended purposes and on a structural support. Zenhaven deems a mattress defective with body indentations ¾ inch or deeper.

    In addition to the warranty, Zenahven offers a Fairness Replacement Option. At any point during the 20-year warranty, a Zenahven mattress owner may choose this option. Under this plan, instead of sending the mattress away for repairs, the owner keeps it and Zenhaven will deliver and install a new mattress at a specified price.

    • Between years 3-5: Zenahven will ship a new mattress to the owner for 30 percent of the original purchase price.
    • Between years 6 -10: 50 percent of the original purchase price
    • Between years 11 – 20: 75 percent of the original purchase price.

    This option incurs no shipping fees and includes white-glove delivery service.

  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Zenhaven Mattresses is as follows:

    1. The mattress typically arrives 7-15 days after ordering. Once the mattress is ready for shipping, Zenhaven will contact the customer to arrange a convenient shipping date. On the agreed upon date, customers will be given a four-hour delivery window.
    2. Zenhaven does not ship to Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories.
    3. Shipping is free for all orders which includes white glove service.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Zenhaven mattresses are not compressed for shipping.
    Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the contiguous U.S. and Canada.
    Delivery Fee: Standard deliveries are free within the U.S. and Canada.

    Old Mattress Removal

    If selected at check-out, Zenhaven will remove the old mattress and foundation at no additional cost.

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