I received the Abscond latex mattress from Spindle Mattress for free for this review. It is an amazingly affordable all natural latex mattress sold online. Spindle Mattress is based out of Boston and was born out of the same frustration that many other online companies had with high markups and low quality.
Currently, Spindle mattress has only one mattress, the 10″ Abscond. It’s an all natural latex mattress that comes with 3 layers of latex that allow for multiple levels of firmness:
All layers are made of dunlop latex. Some companies include talalay latex as a top layer as it is softer but that also adds to cost.
I received the soft level of firmness and found it to be a bit firmer than my Savvy Rest latex mattress which is also a soft level firmness. This is most likely because of the talalay layer on top. Had I gone with the extra soft I would get two layers of soft dunlop which may have made it closer in firmness to the Savvy Rest I own.
Below is a video of me unboxing the mattress. I explain that the mattress comes in parts. Each layer of latex needs to be laid inside the cotton casing sort of like a sandwich and then zipped together. Because it can be broken down later it makes for easy transport if you need to up and move down the road.
The mattress comes in 3 separate boxes one box for each layer with the largest box being the firmest layer along with the mattress encasement. It’s a good thing it comes in 3 boxes as the largest box weighs about 50 lbs. on its own.
You can expect to pay an extra $1,000 for this mattress if you bought a comparable one in a brick and mortar store. At $1,349.00 for a Queen, Spindle Mattress is very competitive with their pricing.
Here’s a screenshot of the pricing I get with a comparable level of firmness and all dunlop latex with Savvy Rest
When shopping for a natural latex mattress you should at least know what they feel like in a general sense before purchasing. Many natural bedding stores carry latex mattresses in their showrooms. They often have different levels of firmness for you to try out as well. It would be wise to go there and lay on one to see if latex is right for you. They are a completely different feel than memory foam or innerspring mattresses.
Latex mattresses, although bouncy, don’t have nearly as much motion transfer as an innerspring mattress. Unlike memory foam, you don’t really sink into the mattress either. The soft latex will adequately contour your body and the firm latex underneath will give you good support.
Many of the mattress in a box companies will use a layer of latex in their mattresses to achieve some level of bounce however latex is not cheap which is why it is usually found on the top layer.
Notice how much bounce the Spindle mattress has while still limiting motion transfer.
The case is made of cotton and wool. The wool acts as a natural fire barrier which eliminates the need for chemical fire retardants in the mattress. The other benefit of the wool is that it actually is great for temperature regulation and is good at wicking away moisture. If you ever wore smart wool socks, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Warranty and Refund
What I like most about latex mattresses in general is that they are a very durable material. It’s not uncommon to have one for 30 years or longer. With the Spindle Mattress, the organic cotton cover is completely removable. That means it can be replaces without having to buy a brand new mattress. Unlike most of the mattress in a box companies, Spindle Mattress does not have a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with the feel. They will however work with you to make adjustments to the firmness of the bed to get it to your liking. This is one of the best features of a latex bed. Since it has multiple layers, you can swap them out to make it firmer or softer without having to buy a whole new bed.
Spindle mattress is a relatively small company so they want to ensure that you will be happy with your purchase. I have been sleeping on my latex bed for a little over 6 months now and really enjoy it. I think memory foam is better for cradling your body and reducing motion transfer but the trade off with memory foam is that inevitably you will be dealing with off gassing and it is not a natural material. For people concerned about VOCs this is a deal breaker. With latex you can sleep with the peace of mind knowing you aren’t breathing anything toxic.
If you are in the market for an all natural latex mattress, Spindle mattress should definitely be under consideration. Since I have lots of experience with latex mattresses, please email me at [email protected] if you have questions regarding firmness. Firmness for a latex mattress is much different than firmness for a memory foam bed.