One of my favorite things about living by the beach is that friends and family love to come stay with us. Saturday morning waffle brunch is so much better with a house full of guests, so my husband and I are in the process of squeezing in as many extra sleeping spaces into our home as possible.
Of course, with so many mattresses to buy and a limited budget to work with, I’ve had to be very intentional about my selection process. I still sleep on (and love) my Organix Bed by IntelliBed, but this time around I made a list of highly rated and affordable non-toxic options, then watched for sales and picked them up one-by-one.
One of my selections was a Happsy mattress. Despite being handcrafted in the United States with certified organic materials, it’s one of the most budget-friendly options on the market.
Spoiler alert: It’s super comfy thanks to it’s hybrid design, and I’ll dive into the details later in this review. First, though, here’s why choosing a non-toxic option was a top priority for me:
The Problem With Most Mattresses
Conventional mattresses often release toxic VOCs like benzene, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which are all associated with increased cancer risk. (1) We’re not just talking about mattresses fresh from the factory, either. In this study, the amounts released were significant, even after the mattresses had been aired out for six months.
Oh, and the researchers also noted that body heat increased the amount of VOCs released, which means that exposure levels actually rise during sleep.
Product manufacturers will often claim that the VOCs released by their products are within “safe” levels, and that *might* be true if the rest of our environment was pristine. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, so we have to consider cumulative exposure and avoid chemical pollutants when possible.
Also, just FYI, the amount of VOCs released in the study above approached or exceeded the levels that are considered safe for babies and children. Yep, even when measured alone (vs cumulative exposure) the amounts found were that significant.
Oh, and we haven’t even talked about risks of dousing fabrics in chemical flame retardants yet. I’ll cover that soon along with Happsy’s completely non-toxic alternative. With that in mind, here’s why I think Happsy is one of the best non-toxic options out there.
3 Reasons To Choose Happsy
We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping on mattresses, so it makes sense to prioritize safe materials, pressure point relief, and a generous warranty. Here’s how Happsy stacks up:
1. Made With The Good Stuff
Happsy doesn’t just tell you that they use organic and non-toxic materials – they’ve taken the necessary steps to have their claims independently verified.
Each mattress meets the highly regarded standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which means that Happsy is regularly inspected to verify that its components are indeed organic (with a strict paper trail requirement) and non-toxic (for materials that are non-agricultural).
They also hold the following additional certifications:
- Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
- GREENGUARD GOLD
- GREENGUARD Formaldehyde Free
- MadeSafe Certified
There are actually more – click here for a complete list.
All this good stuff translates into a hybrid design that offers pressure point relief and structural support. Let’s take a closer look at what Happsy does – and doesn’t – use to create their comfy, breathable mattress.
Exposure to chemical flame retardants cost children 162 million IQ points between 2001 and 2016, according to a New York University Study. (2) The study found that PDBE flame retardant exposure had a more negative impact on IQ than lead, mercury, and organophosphates (pesticides) combined.
That’s not the only problem associated with flame retardants, either – they’ve been linked to an increased risk of reproductive problems and some types of cancer, thyroid dysfunction, fetal growth problems, and more.
Fortunately, it’s possible to meet federal mattress safety requirements without dousing beds in chemical flame retardants using wool, which is naturally flame resistant and non-toxic. Using certified organic wool batting, Happsy mattresses are able to easily pass the same legally required burn tests (open flame and “cigarette” test) as conventional mattresses do.
Wool is also hypoallergenic, dust mite, mold, and mildew-resistant, sustainable and moisture wicking for optimal temperature regulation.
Certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard, cotton is incorporated throughout each Happsy mattress for softness and breathability.
There are thick layers of cotton cushion around the pocketed springs, which are then topped with pressure-relieving latex and wool batting, then finally the whole thing is wrapped in a luxurious, stretch-knit cotton exterior.
Instead of memory foam, Happsy uses latex foam that is made from the sap of Hevea Brasiliensis trees. As I mentioned above, it’s placed above the pocketed coils to create a contouring comfort layer.
Unlike polyurethane foam, which tends to compress so that you “sink” into it, latex has a bit of bounce that makes it contouring yet resilient. Also, instead of trapping heat like memory foam, the latex used in Happsy mattresses contains airflow channels that allow excess heat to dissipate for a comfortable night’s sleep.
All Happsy latex is approved per the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard, which is considered the most stringent standard for textile production. Depending on the batch it’s also either certified by GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) or the Rainforest Alliance (FSC), which are both organizations that focus on supporting environmentally responsible practices (which of course benefits human health).
Latex is also naturally resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites.
2. Hybrid Design for Pressure Point Relief
Created with the help of engineers, chiropractors, and customers, the Happsy mattress uses a hybrid design that combines latex (for contouring and pressure point relief) with pocket springs (for proper alignment and lumbar support).
Here’s why I like it:
Medium firmness that works for just about everyone. Unlike some shops that stock an overwhelming number of options, Happsy offers one tried-and-true design that can be customized with two-inch pillow top for people who prefer extra cushion.
The mattress works well for a wide range of body types and sleeping styles (back, stomach and side sleepers).
No continuous coil innerspring. Some experts have raised concerns about the potential for continuous coil spring mattresses to act as “antennae” that amplify electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Happsy uses pocketed coils, which means that each coil is wrapped in fabric and sewn together without the use of glues and adhesives.
They function independently and are not interconnected in any way, and when I measured them with my EMF meter I was not able to detect any difference between the coils and the rest of my sleep environment.
Reduced motion transfer. Happsy manufactures its pocketed springs to be less bouncy than the “off-the-shelf” units, and as I mentioned above they also wrap each coil so that it functions independently. Together, these design elements reduce motion transfer for less partner disturbance.
3. Free Shipping, Free Returns & A 20 Year Warranty
Shipping and returns are COMPLETELY FREE for all Happsy products within the contiguous 48 states – that includes mattresses, toppers, pillows, foundations . . . literally everything. They also deliver internationally to Canada and non-contiguous states (Alaska and Hawaii) – shipping charges are calculated at checkout.
Delivery is pretty quick, too. Happsy says that most items are shipped within 5-7 business days and then take an 3-5 additional days to arrive, but mine arrived exactly a week after I bought it.
Once your mattress (or topper, foundation, etc.) arrives, Happsy offers a 120 night sleep trial. If you don’t love it, you can return it for a full refund. (Just FYI, Happsy doesn’t resell returned items – they’re usually donated or recycled.)
There’s also a generous warranty – For the first 10 years, any problems related to materials or workmanship will either be repaired or replaced. After the initial 10 years, your warranty will continue on a pro-rated basis for another 10 years for a total 20 years.
Our Experience With Happsy
Last year I bought a Happsy mattress on sale – the basic model without the pillow top. Although my main goal was to increase the number of guest beds available, I wanted to get a sense of how Happsy performed under consistent use (not just occasional use by friends and visiting family).
It’s a twin, so my 6’2” husband and I opted not to try to test it out together. I’m sure an attempt would have made a funny story eventually, but I decided to ask my oldest son to sleep on it instead of his IntelliBed for a few months.
Also, I very rarely take naps, but I made a point to crash on the Happsy a few times for . . . uh . . . quality assurance. 🙂
Bottom line: It’s comfy, breathable, and didn’t off-gas any odors at all. Big thumbs up from both of us.
How To Save On A Happsy Mattress
If you want to take advantage of Happsy’s generous 120 night free trial, click here and use code MP225 to get $225 off any size mattress.
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- Tanasorn Tunsaringkarn et. al. (2012) Cancer risk analysis of benzene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde on gasoline station workers
- Gaylord, Abigail et. al. (2020) Trends in neurodevelopmental disability burden due to early life chemical exposure in the USA from 2001 to 2016: A population-based disease burden and cost analysis