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Whenever I make a sizable purchase (like a mattress, for instance), I do tons of research in advance and comb through customer reviews to make sure I’m getting exactly what I want. But with something so personal and specific (like, again, a mattress), what works for others may not work for you. I recently invested in a highly rated, firm luxury mattress to help my occasional lower back pain. My old, plush mattress just wasn’t cutting it, and I found myself sinking into the bed every night. I opted for what I thought would be a luxurious upgrade but soon realized that it was too firm and not at all cooling, as was promised. Dang! What to do next?
Lucky for me, I was offered the opportunity to test Awara Sleep’s Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress. Launched in 2018, Awara is one of the new kids on the block who seem to have mastered the art of medium-firm comfort (at half the price of my luxury firm mattress!). After my first week sleeping on the Organic Luxury Hybrid, I was blown away by its silky organic cotton construction and cozy feel. When I say this mattress is the real deal for side and back sleepers, I mean it!
The bed arrived in a box, which expanded quite quickly and fully once it was opened. Underneath the hood of the mattress is a very impressive makeup: There’s a nine-inch base of individually wrapped coils, which help reduce motion transfer if you’re sleeping with a partner. There’s also a two-inch layer of Dunlop latex, which shapes to the contours of your body to relieve pressure points. All of this is wrapped in a breathable cotton cover, which is smooth and (up until now) has not pilled.
Technology aside, this mattress is a winner for anyone who doesn’t want a brick-hard mattress or something too marshmallow-y plush. The latex layer gives this bed a slight springy feel, which I noticed the first night. The minimal “bounce” you get on the surface did subside eventually, and I found myself falling asleep way faster than usual. Best of all, the medium-firm feel was just right for my lower back, no matter which position I tossed into throughout the night.
As someone who sleeps hot, I think there’s so much to love about the cotton and wool cover of this mattress. Awara’s website says that these naturally sourced materials work in tandem to wick away moisture, reduce bacteria, and promote airflow. In real time, I experienced a smoother surface, and my sheets even felt better to lay on than with my previous mattress. Paired with my favorite Tempur-Pedic mattress topper, the Awara mattress turned my bedroom into my favorite place in the whole house.