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The Birch mattress is an all-natural mattress by Helix. Recently many online brands have come up with a natural mattress offering as it is a growing category. Mattress shoppers are waking up to the fact that mattresses made with quality latex and springs provide durability and comfort that is hard to get in an all-foam mattress. While the prices on average are higher, there is a lot of value to be had with these types of mattresses and the Birch mattress is no exception.
The Birch comes with a standard 100-night trial where you can try it out in your own home for 100 nights and if you don’t like it for whatever reason, it is a free return. It also has a 25-year warranty against manufacturer defects. Typically mattresses that use latex as the comfort layer skew firmer. The Birch has a pillow top option for an extra $400 to make it more suitable for people that want a plush feel.
Overview of the Birch Mattress
I have slept on dozens of mattresses with similar construction to the Birch but each still has a distinct feel. I found the Birch to be a medium feel among the spring latex mattresses I have tried. Here’s a quick video overview of my thoughts on the Birch.
Construction of the Birch Mattress
Below are the construction details of the Birch according to their website.
How Much Does the Birch Mattress Cost?
My Birch Mattress Findings
Your Birch mattress will arrive compressed in a box about a week after you place your order. No need to schedule a delivery. Birch will automatically donate 1% of the purchase price to the National Forest Foundation. Some companies will actually add this as an optional cost but Birch will pay the 1% which is a nice touch. They also purchase carbon offsets!
For an extra $99 you can buy accidental damage coverage through a company called Mulberry. This covers the folllowing:
Accidental stains such as:
● Wine, Pizza sauce, and any other food and beverage stains
● Make-up, Nail Polish, Cosmetics
● Pen, Crayons, Pencils
● Human and Pet bodily fluids
Accidental damages such as:
● Rips, Burns, and Punctures
● Common accidents from children or pets
● Breakage that causes structural breakdown
● Chipping, cracking, and breakage from normal wear and tear
While this is a great option, I think a good mattress protector will address most of these problems and will also keep the mattress hygienic.
This mattress is 11 inches deep and is heavier than a typical foam mattress because latex and steel are heavy so you may need some help getting this setup.
This mattress is ready to sleep on right away. I didn’t have any concern with off-gassing or waiting for the mattress to take shape because the latex will instantly spring to live along with the coil system underneath.
As you can see below, it has great edge support and I attribute that to the quality coil system.
Here’s how the mattress looks just a few minutes after opening.
You will get some motion transfer due to the spring system but it is a pocket coil system so the coils work independently to keep it to a minimum. As you can see below there is some sinkage in this mattress and the top layer as a horizontal quilted pattern to give it a slightly more plush feel. I like that it wasn’t stitched too tight either, this allows for maximum contouring with the Talalay layer underneath.
My Birch Mattress Recommendation
I think the Birch is best suited for back and stomach sleepers. Side sleepers that are seeking a firmer mattress will like it but I think they should consider adding the pillow top. Here’s a photo of me on my side to illustrate contouring.
My Birch Mattress Recommendation
Birch has made a strong showing with this mattress and it is great to see more choices in the natural mattress category. It is slightly on the pricier side as it comes in $100 more in a queen size than the Avocado but when you add in their standard discounts it is only a $75 difference. The Birch is a great choice if you want a mattress that is temperature neutral, does not contain any foam and made with renewable materials. Back and Stomach sleepers are best suited for this mattress and side sleepers will probably want to add the pillow top. However, I found the Birch to be just slightly softer than the Avocado and Awara.