It’s no secret a good night’s sleep is critical to your wellbeing. Studies continually corroborate why this is true, but beyond the science is how we achieve restful sleep.
A bed is one of the most important purchases you can make, and there’s a dynamic between affordability and quality the industry is reckoning with. As we all learn more about why sleep is important, we also reckon with what makes a mattress great, and why it’s worth buying.
The Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress is an attempt to sit squarely at the intersection of affordability, quality, and value. After testing it for a month, I can comfortably say it’s worth heavy consideration for anyone, particularly those in the market for deep sleep wo don’t want to dig deep in their wallet to get there.
Pros and cons
- Coils are lighter weight; easier to get the box up stairs
- Unfurls quickly, and is ready for use quickly
- Pillow top is soft and breathable
- Sturdy build
- Responsive to all sleeping positions
- 365-day trial period
- Lifetime warranty
- Free shipping and returns
- Uses organic materials and natural latex
- A bit bouncy
- Snaps open from plastic when unboxing
- Very tall box
Delivery and unboxing
The mattress comes curled up in a box, like so many other delivered mattresses do. The upside here is you don’t need to arrange for delivery drivers to come to your home and teeter a mattress around corners and up a flight or two of stairs. A delivery service like UPS or FedEx can deliver it to your doorstep.
The obvious downside here is once the mattress is at your doorstep, it’s your job to get it inside and at its final resting spot (pun intended).
Awara’s Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress quickly shines in this arena. Constructed primarily of pocketed coils, the mattress is naturally lighter than dense memory foam counterparts. I found it easy to get the box inside and up the stairs – or at least easier than other mattresses I’ve sampled over the years.
Once in the bedroom, sliding the mattress from the box and onto a frame nearly completes the process. The mattress is sheathed in plastic, which you can unwrap or cut away. Whichever method you choose, be aware the coiled mattress will quickly bounce into a more familiar rectangular shape once all plastic is removed. Where memory foam is compressed, coils lie in wait until they can bounce into form.
Though you may want to be careful while the mattress unravels, the upside is its coil construction makes it almost immediately usable. Memory foam needs time to breathe – and often has an odor that wears off over time.
As mentioned, there’s no true setup process with the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress. Once it’s unfurled from its plastic shipping sheath, it’s ready to sleep on.
I’d still give it a few hours to let the coils decompress, but it’s not mandatory. Push comes to shove, you could drag the box indoors, remove the plastic, slap some sheets on it, and sleep.
What others say
Sleepopolis gave the Awara a 4.5/5 star rating, noting its coil construction made it a bit too bouncy for their reviewer’s liking. Real Homes gave it a similar score, and for similar reasons: it’s comfortable, but a touch springy.
All told, we were unable to find a downright negative view of the mattress from a reputable source.
What users say
Of the 528 reviews on Awara’s site at the time of publication, this was the full breakdown:
- 405 five-star reviews (77 percent)
- 87 four-star reviews (16.4 percent)
- 22 three-star reviews (4.1 percent)
- 9 two-star reviews (1.7 percent)
- 5 one-star reviews (0.9 percent)
Once up a flight of stairs and unboxed onto its frame, the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress was put to the test. I laid on it for a few hours in various positions to get a sense of who it was right for.
The mattress is comprised of individually wrapped (“pocketed”) nine-inch coils under four inches of Dunlop latex, all beneath an organic cotton covering. The foam allows you to settle into the mattress, but it’s not a melt-into-bed experience.
Those who enjoy firm, responsive mattresses will love this one. I happen to enjoy firmer mattresses, so I found favor here. It’s a sensational bed for back or stomach sleepers. Those who are side sleepers may not like how responsive coils can be.
After a month of use
Coil mattresses do have some memory to them, but it’s almost always a ‘long’ memory. That’s to say when you have a routine sleeping position, the coils will learn how to respond to your body shape over time. This mattress is no exception; I’m a side sleeper, and over time the coils at my hip became less troublesome than in the first week or so.
This is normal for any mattress, so consider what type of break-in experience you want to have. If you like the responsiveness of coils, the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress is a solid recommendation. It’s extremely comfortable, and balances coils with foam exceptionally well.
I can’t consider the mattress to be “firm” so much as responsive, which is an affectation of any coil mattress. As I found my favorite sleep position, the coils allowed my body to settle more readily – but the mattress never became sunken or dull.
One thing I will note is in addition to being comfortable, the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress did allow me to get up and out of bed with greater ease than a memory foam mattress. Because I didn’t melt into the mattress, getting up was easier. The mattress also has great side support for those times you’re sitting on the bed.
As a ‘hot’ sleeper, this mattress is far cooler than any memory foam I’ve tried, which was welcome – even during the colder months in which I tested it.
If you prefer a coil-based mattress, the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress is an easy recommendation.
We love that the mattress is made with organic materials and natural latex. Comfort is subjective; while I respect others refer to this one as “firm,” I prefer “responsive” – especially as I tested it over time.
Keep in mind you have a full 365 days to test it out, and Awara notes its break-in period is typically about 30 days. Best of all, your year-long trial period starts after the 30-day break-in period!
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