Birch Mattress Review
Birch, a subsidiary of Helix Sleep, is an online “bed-in-a-box” mattress brand that has been in business since 2019. The company is best known for products containing organic, natural, and sustainably sourced components. In this review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the brand’s flagship bed, known simply as the Birch Mattress.
Standing 11 inches thick, the Birch Mattress is considered a latex hybrid. It begins with a top layer of organic and natural wool batting, which is quite breathable and has moisture-wicking properties. The mattress also contains a layer of natural Talalay latex over a pocketed coil support core and wool batting base layer. The bed’s cover is composed of organic cotton. In terms of firmness, the Birch Mattress is considered medium firm, or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. This model is currently Birch’s only mattress.
Does the Birch Mattress sound like a good option for you? We’ll break down everything you need to know about the bed in terms of prices and sizing options, construction and material composition, and performance ratings based on owner experiences and our own product testing.
Birch Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Birch Natural Mattress||Zenhaven||Saatva|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Soft (4)||N/A|
Birch Mattress Review: Our Verdict
Choose The Birch if…
- You tend to sleep hot. The Birch Mattress offers very good temperature control thanks to its breathable wool batting and organic cotton cover, ventilated natural latex layer to help the surface stay cool, and a coil system that promotes steady airflow throughout the bed’s core.
- You’re in the market for a durable mattress. Due to the natural longevity of latex, the Birch Mattress should perform for much longer than average.
- You’d like a mattress with strong edge support. Thick pocketed coils reinforce the bed very well and protect the perimeter from deep sinkage.
- You’re an eco-conscious shopper. The mattress is constructed with responsibly and sustainably sourced components. This model has earned certifications from the GOTS, eco-INSTITUT, and Rainforest Alliance.
Keep Shopping if…
- You prefer a mattress that conforms closely. Latex does not provide the same body contour as memory foam, and the Birch Mattress feels fairly responsive on the surface.
- You’d rather sleep on a softer mattress. With a medium firm feel, the Birch Mattress may feel too stiff and firm for those who enjoy a deep body hug from their bed.
- You want a mattress that will minimize sleep disruptions. The latex layer provides moderate motion isolation and the coils are likely to become louder over time.
How Much Is the Birch Mattress?
The Birch Mattress has a price-point that is slightly lower than that of the average hybrid mattress. Birch does not offer any customizations for this mattress that affect pricing, though you can bundle your mattress purchase with a Birch mattress topper, pillow, and/or bed frame. The price of these add-ons depends on which mattress size you select.
The mattress comes with a 25-year warranty that covers certain defects, such as deep surface impressions and physical flaws with the bed’s design. For an additional fee, you can purchase 10-year accidental damage coverage. This protection plan covers issues that aren’t considered warrantable defects, such as pet damage or stains. The accidental damage coverage costs $79 to $139, depending on the mattress size. Ground shipping is free to all 50 states, so you don’t need to plan for any delivery charges. Returns are also free during the 100-night sleep trial.
Birch Natural Mattress
|Twin||39" x 75"||63lbs.||$1,049|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||67 lbs.||$1,099|
|Full||54" x 75"||87 lbs.||$1,299|
|Queen||60" x 80"||105 lbs.||$1,499|
|King||76" x 80"||131 lbs.||$1,799|
|California King||72" x 84"||130 lbs.||$1,799|
How Does the Birch Mattress Feel?
The Birch Mattress offers a traditional latex hybrid feel. The latex provides a gentle, moderate body contour and responds quickly to the body, creating a noticeable bounce on the surface. This feel differs from that of a memory foam hybrid, which will respond more slowly and conform closely to the body. Many liken the feel of a latex hybrid to sleeping “on” – not “in” – the mattress. Your body shouldn’t sink too much, regardless of how much you weigh.
The mattress also feels very cool and breathable thanks in part to the wool batting layer and organic cotton cover. The surface won’t trap much body heat and should maintain a comfortable temperature. The ventilated latex and pocketed coil layers also promote extra air circulation. All in all, this mattress is ideal for hot sleepers, especially if they feel too warm on foam layers.
What Is the Birch Made Of?
The Birch Mattress cover is derived from organic cotton. The fabric has received certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), one of the world’s leading authorities on organic materials.
The cover is lined with a blend of natural wool and rayon. This material is not only breathable but also flame-resistant, and serves as the bed’s fire barrier.
The Birch Mattress has a top layer of organic and natural wool batting. While the wool feels soft and provides cushioning for the surface, it does not conform to the body like foam or latex. This creates plushness without sinkage, which can particularly benefit people who weigh more than 230 pounds.
The second layer consists of 2 inches of natural Talalay latex. Compared to Dunlop latex (the other common type found in mattresses), Talalay tends to feel softer and less dense, making it ideal for people who want more conforming from a latex mattress. The layer is ventilated with small holes to create added airflow near the surface. The latex has earned certifications from eco-INSTITUT and the Rainforest Alliance.
The Birch Mattress has a support core of individually pocketed coils, which are found in the majority of today’s hybrid models. Pocketed coils tend to be quieter than other coil types. They also offer decent support without feeling too stiff. A base layer of natural and organic wool batting reinforces the coils.
Altogether, the Birch Mattress measures 11 inches thick and is considered a medium-profile model.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Birch Mattress Best for?
The Birch Mattress offers a gentle body contour and a responsive, springy surface. This makes the mattress best suited to certain sleep positions, and less so for others.
After testing the mattress and reviewing owner experiences, we’ve found the mattress is a good match for back sleepers – especially those who weigh 230 pounds or less. The latex and coil layers, along with its medium firm feel, ensure even support from head to toe with minimal sagging around the shoulders, lower back, or hips.
Side sleepers are a bit different from those who sleep in the back and stomach positions. When you sleep on your side, extra cushioning is needed around the shoulders and hips to align the spine and alleviate pressure points. The Birch Mattress does not conform very closely, so side sleepers with certain body types may not receive enough padding to feel completely comfortable.
Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds note excellent support from the Birch Mattress. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds may find the mattress a little too firm, whereas side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds might sink a bit too much, especially around the hips.
Since the Birch Mattress conforms very little and feels very supportive, it is best suited to combo sleepers who rotate between the back and stomach positions. Those who sometimes sleep on their sides may also find the mattress comfortable, depending on how much they weigh.
Back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds should feel adequately supported on the Birch Mattress. Those who weigh more may experience some sinkage between the shoulders and waist, but probably not to an excessive degree.
Stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds should also receive adequate support from the Birch Mattress and feel less pressure in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips. Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers typically need mattresses that reinforce the body and prevent excessive sinkage. Those who weigh 130 pounds or more should also find the mattress comfortable, but the potential for sagging and added pressure is a bit higher.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Birch Mattress’ Performance?
After testing the Birch Mattress, we’ve found this model is often best suited to people who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The bed has a medium firm feel that offers a balance of cushioning and support. Sleepers in this weight range should experience some body conforming from the latex layer without sinking too much beneath the midsection, waist, and other areas where they carry a larger amount of weight.
Some sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may also feel comfortable on the Birch Mattress, though some may find it does not provide enough firmness or support. This can lead to certain issues such as excessive sinkage, added aches and pains, and difficulty getting on and off the mattress. A firm or extra firm mattress will be more suitable for these individuals.
For some people who weigh less than 130 pounds – particularly side sleepers – the mattress may feel too firm instead. A softer mattress topper can adjust the bed’s surface feel to some extent, but insufficient conforming can negatively affect spinal alignment and cause added pressure points to occur. These sleepers may want to consider a softer mattress instead.
Is it Good for Couples?
The Birch Mattress offers some benefits for couples, as well as a few drawbacks. One major advantage of the mattress is strong edge support. By reinforcing the perimeter with strong pocketed coils, the mattress allows you and your partner to rest comfortably across the entire surface. Mattresses with weaker support feel less stable around the edges and often confine co-sleepers to the middle of the bed. Consistent temperature neutrality is another strong point. The mattress has breathable components that won’t trap too much body heat or make you feel excessively warm. Strong responsiveness can be a plus if you and your partner prefer a bouncier bed for sex, too.
The mattress isolates movement somewhat, but you should still expect a noticeable amount of motion transfer when your partner moves around or gets in and out of bed (and vice versa). This may cause sleep disturbances, depending on how sensitive you are to movement in bed. The coils may become louder over time, as well, increasing the potential for noise-related disruptions.
Birch’s Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
You can purchase the Birch Mattress directly from Birch, but at this time, it is not sold through any third-party retailers or online marketplaces (including Amazon.com). Birch operates one brick-and-mortar showroom in New York City.
irch offers free ground shipping to all 50 states. Most mattresses ship within 10 or fewer business days of the original order. Keep in mind that the topper, pillow, and bed frame will ship separately if you bundle any of these products with your mattress purchase.
The mattress will be compressed, vacuum-sealed, and wrapped in plastic for shipping – a process known as “roll-packing.” It is shipped in a compact box that will be delivered directly to your doorstep. You won’t need to be at home or sign for the package when it arrives, but you’ll be responsible for setup. Carry the mattress to the room where you plan to use it, and then remove the box and plastic wrapping. The mattress will immediately begin to expand, but full shape recovery can take up to 48 hours.
- Additional Services
Birch does not offer expedited shipping, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal.
- Sleep Trial
The Birch sleep trial spans 100 nights in length. The company requires you to test out the mattress for at least 30 nights. This break-in period ensures you won’t initiate a return until the mattress has fully adapted to your body.
Birch will issue full product refunds on all returns and arrange for couriers to pick up the mattress from your residence. All returned mattresses are either donated to charity or recycled.
The Birch Mattress comes with a 25-year warranty, which is partially prorated. During the first 10 years of ownership, Birch agrees to cover all shipping fees and repair or replacement costs if your mattress develops a defect. This is known as the non-prorated phase of the warranty.
Starting in year 11, you’ll pay 50 percent of the original mattress price if your bed becomes defective and needs to be replaced. This percentage increases by 5 percent increments until year 20, at which time you’ll pay 95 percent of the original sticker price until the warranty expires.
Defects covered under this warranty include sagging or body impressions in the surface that measure 1 inch or deeper, and physical flaws that cause mattress components to deteriorate prematurely. Other issues are not covered under this warranty. Birch’s 10-year accidental damage protection plan covers additional problems, including stains and liquid damage, burns, rips and tears, and pet damage. This plan costs $79 to $139, depending on the mattress size.