I’m obsessed with home renovation and home buying shows on HGTV.
But every episode always has a happy ending, and there have been plenty of times when I’ve wondered how the people on those shows feel one year later, or how they’ve changed things up once the cameras left the premises.
How did they decorate after all the props were taken away? Did they keep the paint colors the same? Do they still love the flooring/furniture/windows that they chose/bought/installed?
I wish every show had a “One Year Later” follow-up season so we can really see what happened after those first impressions, because even if I’m intrigued by something I’ve seen, I’m more convinced after I hear how it’s been working out.
My other obsession (reading online reviews) means I don’t make a lot of decisions on the fly, as I want to be assured I won’t go wrong. I imagine there are probably more than a few people out there like me, because ever since I posted my original review for the Avocado Green Mattress, I’ve had many readers ask if I would still recommend it.
And without hesitation, I say yes!
Here’s my experience one year later, after many nights of sharing a bed with my husband and toddler in all four seasons.
(And, the original discount that Avocado gave to Garden Betty readers is still valid! Click here to get $150 off any mattress, or keep reading to the end where you’ll find the link with your special code to use at checkout.)
If you missed my initial Avocado Green Mattress review, you can read that first to learn how and why I chose them.
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One year ago, with the hope of replacing my old conventional innerspring mattress with a more eco-friendly organic option, I landed on Avocado Green Mattress and loved the company’s mission statement, design and manufacturing standards, and corporate social responsibility.
None of that has changed, and I continue to be impressed with the nonprofits that Avocado supports each month because many of them are causes I support as well.
Over the course of 12 months, I’ve slept on an Avocado pillowtop mattress, bounced on it with a wild toddler, and rotated it once. (In fact, it’s about time to rotate it again.)
The mattress is still as good as new, and every morning we wake up rested and pain-free. I’d mentioned in my previous review that it took a little getting used to the firmness of the Avocado mattress, as we were switching from an ultra soft pillowtop.
But, we haven’t had any back pain or joint issues since upgrading from our old mattress. I still rate the Avocado pillowtop mattress as a 7 out of 10 (with 10 being stiffest).
My husband is a side sleeper and I’m a back sleeper. We’re both of average weight, though he’s on the taller side at 6 feet 3 inches. Neither of us have chronic pain or other conditions that affect our sleep, but we’re both very active and often come home from hikes, bike rides, or days on the mountain with some type of muscle soreness.
These activities (combined with age, I suppose) make it uncomfortable to sleep on a soft mattress for any considerable amount of time, even if it feels good at first to sink in to a cloud-like bed.
We’ve learned that we need a little more support from a mattress, and find that the Avocado strikes the right balance for us. We placed it on a platform bed with wooden slats (this is the bed frame we have and love), which gives it the perfect amount of flex.
The natural latex pillowtop hasn’t lost its shape or firmness, and the side handles have proven themselves to be surprisingly sturdy. (It’s no small feat to turn a king-size mattress around!)
We also don’t feel the tufted button rosettes in our backs, though we do use a thin mattress protector under our linen sheets.
Even with three bodies in bed (two of whom are their own space heaters), we don’t feel hot, nor do we feel cold when our toddler decides to sleep in her own bed.
In fact, I think the greatest testament to how much we love our mattress is that we ordered a twin-size Avocado pillowtop mattress for her soon after! (Disclosure: Avocado Green Mattress provided a discount for our second mattress, but no review was expected and this follow-up post was not sponsored by them.)
The twin mattress arrived about three weeks after we placed an order, and since it was smaller, we opted for standard delivery (without setup). It came compressed in a cardboard box and required two people to carry upstairs, but was easy to handle and unpackage from that point on.
Like our first mattress, the new one came with no smell (something we’ve started to care more about since bringing a child into our home). The high level of craftsmanship was on par with what we expected. Even without sheets, the mattress feels luxurious because of its thick, heavy cover.
We let our toddler jump and sleep on it right away, and found no sagging or other issues. Knowing that she spends at least half a day on a product that’s free of toxic materials and fumes gives us so much peace of mind. (As parents, we already have enough to worry about!)
The Avocado is a heavy, substantial mattress, no matter which size you get, and I feel like that speaks to the quality of materials used.
Unlike many bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Avocado is not made from memory foam or polyurethane foam. It’s a hybrid design composed of latex, wool, cotton, and innersprings. (I actually just found out they now offer a “vegan” mattress that uses no wool in its construction.)
The only drawback I can think of is that you have to wait for it because every mattress is made to order in California. When you need a mattress sooner than later, the manufacturing process can feel very slow, especially if you’re used to walking in to a store and bringing home a bed the same week.
However, it’s hard to find a handmade American product that stands behind solid values, so hopefully the company is working through and learning from its growing pains.
One year in, we’re still very happy with our choice. In an overwhelming sea of online mattresses where every company seems to sell the same product (just repackaged differently), we would definitely buy another natural mattress from Avocado when the time comes.
You can check out my original review here.
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