Looking for an eco-friendly latex bed? You’ve come to the right place. In PlushBeds Botanical Bliss vs. Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe, we are taking a look at two heavy-hitters in the boxed mattress world. Both brands seek to provide the ultimate sleeping experience while remaining environmentally conscious by constructing their beds from latex, wool, and cotton.
So what makes these mattresses different? Read on to find out. If you would like to do some preliminary research, glance over our individual reviews at the links below:
Quick Comparison: Plushbeds Botanical Bliss vs. Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe
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Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)
Botanical Bliss Construction
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is an all-latex bed that comes rolled in a cardboard box. It is covered in organic knitted cotton with a thin layer of New Zealand wool that helps regulate temperature and give it a nice initial cushion.
This mattress comes in three heights and two firmness variations—9, 10, and 12 inches and Medium and Medium-Firm. We will focus on the 10-inch Medium, a fairly versatile option. (Other models may vary in construction.)
All three layers are made of 3-inch Arpico Dunlop latex.
- The first layer is the softest of the three layers at a medium feel. It is built to relieve pressure and give some comfortable bounce.
- The second layer is medium-firm, denser than the top layer but not as dense as the base. For a firmer feel, this layer can be swapped with the top.
- The last layer is the firmest layer of the three and serves as the foundation in the mattress. This should help keep your spine aligned and supported.
Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe Construction
Like its competitor, this brand is delivered compressed and boxed, but unlike Botanical Bliss, it is a hybrid, made with both latex and a spring system.
Cedar comes with a removable 3-inch topper that fastens to the bed with buttons. It is covered with hand-tufted organic cotton, and the inside is filled with a small layer of New Zealand Joma wool, organic cotton batting, and 2 inches of medium plush Dunlop latex. The topper can be removed for a firmer feel.
The mattress itself is covered with the same organic cotton as the topper and is filled with cotton batting and an inch of Alpaca wool that is hypoallergenic and keeps you cool. In total, this product has five layers and is 15 inches in height with the topper and 12 without.
- The top layer is a 1.5-inch Articulated and Zoned organic latex designed to help with heat retention and for comfort. When looking at the mattress from the side, this layer looks similar to a mountain range with peaks and valleys.
- The second layer, an 8-inch spring system, is the main support of the bed. It is individually pocketed and gives the bed a little bounce but also dissipates heat.
- The base layer is a half-inch coconut husk, recycled and repurposed for support. It also has natural cooling and antimicrobial properties, which protect the mattress from bacteria and mold.
Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)
Here at Sleep Advisor, we score each mattress using a firmness scale of 1 to 10, where 1 would feel like sleeping on a puffy cloud, and 10 would be like sleeping on a rock. Botanical Bliss comes in at a 5, exactly at Medium, whereas Cedar is a 3 with the topper and a 5 without it.
Both should have similar feels when Cedar is topperless—you should feel a quick response because of the latex with a comfortable amount of contouring. Rather than feeling in the bed, you should feel more on top of it. The covers of both are made with the same materials, so you should initially come into contact with the soft cotton and cooling wool.
Cedar without its top and Botanical Bliss should both suit the widest sleeping audience, as most people tend to prefer a medium firmness.
On the other hand, Cedar with its topper should be much softer due to its extra plushy 3-inch latex. Side sleepers will most likely prefer the softness of the topper because it should relieve pressure from the hips and shoulders to allow easier spine alignment. Exclusive stomach sleepers may benefit from the Medium-Firm PlushBeds models.
Comparing Sinkage and Bounce
Latex, compared to most memory foam, is much bouncier and responsive. Botanical Bliss should give you a gentle cradle; while the latex is soft and malleable, you should not feel a sinking sensation. Repositioning should be a breeze.
Without the topper, Cedar feels similar to Bliss, but with the topper, it should be more of a deeper hug, and you should feel more contouring around your body’s curves. Cedar may be slightly more difficult to move around on because of this—mostly if you are extremely lightweight—but the coiled system and bouncy latex should counteract this enough for the average sleeper.
Comparing Motion Transfer
As mentioned above, latex is much bouncier than your average memory foam, so there will be some motion transfer. While the bounciness may be ideal for repositioning, it could cause problems if you are a light sleeper. Both beds provide a medium amount of motion transfer, although PlushBeds may perform better because of Cedar’s spring system.
Comparing Edge Support
For those who want to maximize the surface of their mattress, having great edge support is the way to do it. Botanical Bliss scores above average in this area, but if edge support is a key factor in choosing your bed, Cedar is the way to go. Its perimeter retention coils should make you feel secure even when sleeping close to the edge, meaning your mattress will feel bigger than ever.
PlushBeds vs. Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe Compared Side-by-Side
|Features||PlushBeds||Brentwood Cedar Natural Luxe|
|Height||9”, 10”, 12”||15” with topper, 13” without|
|Cover||New Zealand wool, organic knit cotton||Organic cotton, New Zealand wool|
|Materials||Organic Arpico latex||Dunlop latex, wrapped coils, coconut husk|
|Cooling||Wool, breathable cover||Wool, pocketed coils, coconut husk|
|Firmness||5/10, 7.5-8/10||5/10 without topper, 3/10 with topper|
|Sinkage||Gentle Cradle||Gentle Cradle without topper, Deep Hug with topper|
|Warranty||25 years||25 years|
|Trial Period||100 nights||1 year|
|Certifications||GreenGuard Gold, OEKO-TEX®, eco-INSTITUT, GOTS, GOLS, Control Union, Forest Stewardship Council||OEKO-TEX®, eco-INSTITUT®, GOTS®|
|Adjustable Base Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping||Free in the contiguous U.S.||Ships free to continental U.S.|
|Made in the USA||Yes||Yes|
|Size||PlushBeds Price (w/o discount)||Brentwood Cedar Price (w/o discount)|
Should I Buy PlushBeds or Brentwood Cedar?
Hybrid or all-foam? Topper or no topper? Let’s look over some of the highlights of each brand to help you find the perfect bed for you.
We Would Recommend Buying PlushBeds if You are Looking for:
- Variable firmness. Something unique to this brand is the ability to swap layers of latex for a different feel. The three layers can change positions depending on the desired firmness.
- More size options. This brand sells Twin, Twin XL, Full, and Split sizes, giving you more options when it comes to the dimensions of your bed. Plus, the bed comes in 9, 10, and 12-inch heights, which should easily fit the average bed frame.
- A more affordable latex bed. Let’s face it; latex is expensive. PlushBeds offers an all-latex mattress at a cheaper cost than its competitor.
We Would Recommend Buying Brentwood Cedar Luxe if You are Looking for:
- A more luxurious bed. Brentwood has pulled out all the stops on this luxurious hybrid, aiming to give you the look and feel of luxury, with its removable pillowtop.
- A hybrid construction. Both latex and springs are found in this bed, which can help give the mattress a bit more bounce. Plus, those who are used to a more traditional bed will find familiarity.
- Extra edge support. Feel secure sleeping even on the very edge of the bed; the reinforced, coiled perimeter maximizes the amount of space you have to lay on.
To be honest, there is no clear winner here—both brands offer high-quality, eco-friendly sleeping experiences. PlushBeds is constructed with three distinct latex layers, while Brentwood utilizes springs in its design. When it comes down to it, either bed should provide a cool, comfortable place to rest your head.
Need to do some more research before pulling the trigger? Read over our in-depths for more information.