Zen Haven Mattress Review: A Talalay Mattress
The Zen Haven mattress is the latest offering from the company that also created the Saatva and Loom & Leaf. The Zen Haven is my favorite of the 3 lines of mattresses. It is made using talalay latex with an organic cotton cover. The Talalay latex is softer than traditional, dunlop latex so conforms to your body better, almost as closely as memory foam but without all the off gassing issues.
Ordering the Zen Haven mattress is a bit different than the typical mattress in a box model. That’s because this mattress does not come compressed. Once you place your order you will receive a call from their customer service department to confirm the order is correct and to schedule a delivery. Once the mattress arrives to your local delivery company you will get a call to schedule a delivery within a 4 hour time frame. You can even choose to have your old mattress taken away. This is a $39 charge you can opt into by selecting it at checkout. If you know you have an extra tight space, there is an option to order a split queen which will function the same as a regular queen just in two pieces for easier maneuverability.
This mattress arrives in a box to fit the full expanded size of the mattress. Below is a picture of a queen size Zen Haven mattress in the box. There is no out gassing with this mattress. That’s because it is all natural. There’s no foam to out gas and it’s ready to sleep on immediately.
Below is a video that gives an overview of the mattress. Note that you can flip the mattress to have a slightly firmer side if the other side is too soft.
Each side has a tag to show its firmness level:
Here’s the other side:
According to Zen Haven, 80% of customers will prefer the luxury plush. It’s the one I prefer as well. A problem with some latex mattresses is that it is hard to get the firmness right. However Zen Haven has done a really good job of balancing softness and support. They accomplish this in part due to choosing talalay latex but they have also created a 5 zone support system that helps keep your spine in alignment.
The Zen Haven is an all natural latex mattress. What makes this mattress unique is that it uses all Talalay latex. This latex is made in the USA and can be made to be softer than traditional Dunlop latex. The mattress is constructed by placing the firmer layers at the bottom and the softer layers at the top however if you flip it then you have a firmer mattress. A simple concept but a great way to get two mattresses in one.
There is also a layer of natural wool that helps with cushioning and temperature regulation. The cover is organic cotton. This makes the Zen Haven one of the most natural mattresses out there under $2,000.
The two sides of firmness aren’t drastically different. Below is a picture illustrating sinkage on the soft side of the mattress. Because this is a latex mattress, it will have instant response and some bounce.
Here’s a video illustrating bounce and motion transfer on this mattress. It will have significantly less motion transfer than a typical inner spring but more motion transfer than an all memory foam mattress:
Here’s the video again in slow motion:
This mattress is going to be fairly temperature neutral. The latex is poured into a grid so that it has holes, these holes help with breathability. I find latex mattresses to sleep a bit hotter than inner spring but cooler than most memory foam.
The Zen Haven mattress is a very competitively priced mattress given the materials inside. It’s hard to find a latex mattress with wool and organic cotton at this price point. It’s even harder to find a Talalay latex mattress at this price point. The additional value add is that you can flip it for different levels of firmness.
Zen Haven has also set a new precedent for all latex mattresses by offering a very generous 75 day trial period. If you don’t like it you can return it minus the delivery fee. Saatva, the parent company of Zen Haven is known for their stellar customer service and this is alone is a great reason to give the Zen Haven a try if you’re in the market for an all natural latex mattress.