Zen Haven Mattress Review: A Talalay Mattress 4
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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

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.

Unboxing 

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.

zen haven box

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:

luxury plush

Here’s the other side:

Zen Haven Gentle Firm

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.

Specifications

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.

Findings

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.

zen haven

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.

Conclusion

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.

Shop Zen Haven

Zen Haven

Zen Haven
9

Motion Transfer

9/10

    Affordability

    9/10

      Softness

      10/10

        Off Gassing

        10/10

          Trial Period

          9/10

            Pros

              Cons

                Ben • July 17, 2016


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                1. Gary August 7, 2016 - 8:21 am Reply

                  Affordability

                  8

                  Off Gassing

                  10

                  Trial Period

                  10

                  I ordered the Zenhaven. It is clearly well made, we noticed no off-gassing, and i suspect many people will love this bed. Sadly i have some issues and the mattress has not worked out as i hoped. As a side-sleeper, the plush side was too soft for my arthritic hips, and the firm side not comfortable for my arthritic shoulders. For test purposes, i added a Tempurpedic 3″ topper to the firm side of the Zenhaven and that made everything comfortable. (But the Tempurpedic’s off-gassing is horrible! Now my sinuses are suffering.) I am having a tough time justifying the expense of both the mattress and topper. Might there be one mattress, preferably natural and without or only minimal off-gassing, that might work for me? Any suggestions while we’re still in the trial period? Any help is much appreciated.

                2. Ivy August 9, 2016 - 9:09 am Reply

                  Great reviews all around, thank you! How would you say this mattress compares overall to the My Green Mattress Natural Escape or Alexander Hybrid Latex? My husband and I are moving from a FloBeds latex/memory foam King and were leaning to trying a latex/coil hybrid. We like a firm support with some cradling in the top comfort layer, but would like to maintain reasonable motion isolation. Most mattresses we have tried and liked tend to be termed “Luxury Firm.” We are also open to the adjustability of the Luxi, if we cannot find a natural bed that seems a good fit for us. Any thoughts?

                3. Anastasia August 9, 2016 - 9:31 pm Reply

                4. Kathleen September 25, 2016 - 3:59 pm Reply

                  Motion Transfer

                  8.5

                  Affordability

                  8.5

                  Softness

                  8

                  Off Gassing

                  10

                  Trial Period

                  10

                  Gary, I have the Zenhaven also and just contacted them as the soft plush side is great but still not like a memory foam for me. So, i’m near the end of my trial and it’s a difficult decision, I like all of the organic features as well. They did offer me a 4″ latex topper for an additional 90 days in home trial for both the original bed and the topper. I am taking a day to consider it or just going to go with their Loom & Leaf bed. What I love about the Zenhaven is the organic qualities, no chemicals etc and that I do not wake up in pain. At age 48 with a few car accidents and being tall with slight scoliosis this is huge and the reason I gave my old bed away to someone in need. I’m working with the company for the best solution. Give them a call, they are very helpful.

                  • Brad January 28, 2017 - 10:13 pm Reply

                    Kathleen: Did you try the 4″ topper and how did it work for you? How much did they charge for the topper if you wanted to keep it? What was the softness of the topper? Was the topper also Talay Latex? Thanks – Brad

                    • Ben January 29, 2017 - 9:11 am Reply

                      I didn’t try the topper. I wasn’t aware they sent one. My assumption is that it would also be latex since the whole point of the mattress is to be fully natural latex. I would contact them direct to see what their return policy is if you take the topper. Thanks for the info!

                5. Julie October 22, 2016 - 5:43 pm Reply

                  Motion Transfer

                  9.9

                  Affordability

                  9.8

                  Softness

                  9.9

                  Off Gassing

                  9.8

                  Trial Period

                  9.9

                  Just received my Zenhaven mattress, box and metal frame. I love it!! Delivered on Thursday, today is Saturday and I love the difference this mattress has made in my life. Granted our old typical spring mattress was very old (15plus years). Due to illness I spend way too much time in bed. I researched, priced, laid down and researched more to find a new mattress that both my husband and I would like. I just crossed my fingers and jumped – when I decided on the latex Zenhaven mattress. I was drawn to the price, the healthy aspects and the reviews. My husband hated sinking in on the memory foam type. I also sleep very hot, but I have not sweated once yet. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the feel, soft but firm, very little bounce (my husband is a flip flopped sleeper), I feel fully supported and my hips haven’t felt this good in months (years?). I was having painful hip problems and swollen leg all the way to my foot. I didn’t know what it was. Doctor tested everything with no results. I don’t know if it was the bed after all, all I know is I have had ZERO leg swelling since we got this new bed. My hips feel so good, finally. My husband really liked the bed too. He has a bad back and he said he didn’t feel as stiff when he got up. There was almost ZERO smell when in was un-boxed, unlike some complaints of the memory foam type. The drivers were so professional. They even waited for me (I thought the bed was coming the next week, so I was caught off guard when they knocked on my door – my fault). I love the soft but firm feel. No smell, I can sit on the edge of the bed with no problems, I bough the box (8″) and metal frame. Perfect height for me, and I’m only 5’3″. I also love the price!! I would absolutely choose this company for our next bed purchase – which may be soon for our college age son. (I hope I got the ratings correct. Everything is great so a rating of 10 is perfect!)

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