Awara vs. Zenhaven
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For most people, mattresses take time to buy. And for good reason. It takes time and research in order to consciously choose a mattress that fits the style that you’re looking for and checks all of the boxes on your list of ‘must-haves’.
When you decide on a mattress, it’s likely because you’ve really done your homework and discovered the pros and cons and compared it to similar mattresses on the market. When you are ready to purchase a mattress you have decided that this is the best choice for you at the best price. We completely understand this line of thought, which is why we’ve done the work for you.
This article outlines key comparisons between Awara and one of its competitors, Zenhaven. You’re already curious to know the details of the design, materials, trial period, warranty, shipping and return process for each mattress, and now you can see them all in one place, on one webpage. Say goodbye to the guesswork and enjoy being one step closer to night after night of blissful, dreamy sleep.
A hybrid design offers the best of both worlds in terms of comfort because hybrids use a combination of traditional springy coils and a top comfort layer of soft, latex material. Awara uses a premium individually-wrapped pocketed coil system and natural, GOLS-Certified organic latex in order to give you the perfect mixture of plush comfort and lifted support. Enjoy the classic feel of a spring mattress with the added benefit of cushioning latex. Nothing feels better than finding a mattress that cradles your body and helps relieve points of pressure for a soft, luxurious night of sleep.
Zenhaven uses a 5-zone system of latex, and latex only. Zenhaven is not a hybrid mattress. With a mattress made solely of latex, you do not receive the same cozy contouring and solid support that hybrids, like Awara, can offer.
Awara uses GOLS-Certified organic latex that is also VOC-free, certified by the eco-INSTITUT. It’s important to us that you’re sleeping on the most natural and harmful-chemical-free mattress possible, so you can sleep better knowing it is better for your wellbeing - and the planet!
We use natural and organic Dunlop latex because it is a durable surface that contours like a dream and also stays cool while you sleep. Not only is Awara’s Dunlop latex extremely comfortable and cushioning to help relieve stress from aching bones, but we also took eco-conscious matters into our own hands with sustainable sourcing practices. Both body and mind will feel great atop this comforting latex material that is minimally-invasive to our Earth.
In comparison, Zenhaven uses Talalay latex, which takes more steps and resources to produce, and may not be the most eco-friendly option in terms of latex production. In addition, Zenhaven’s Talalay latex is not VOC-free certified by the eco-INSTITUT and not GOLS-Certified.
Awara mattresses come with a 4” layer of organic latex that contours perfectly to support any sleeping position while simultaneously providing a responsive cushioning bounce and proper spinal support. You’ll find relief from your body’s pressure points and wake up feeling refreshed atop the thick, 4” comfort layer of natural latex.
Zenhaven has a 1.5” layer of latex on the top and bottom and both have different levels of firmness. One side has a ‘gentle firm’ latex layer and the other side has a ‘luxury plush’ latex layer, and the idea is that you’re able to have two firmness levels in one mattress. Between these layers is two 3” layers of supporting latex. Two levels of firmness in one mattress may sound like a good idea, but may cause early sinkage in the layer that is at the bottom because of the continual weight put on it from the upper layers and from months or years of use.
Awara is topped with a lush, silky, GOTS-Certified organic cotton and wool material Euro top designed to help improve air flow, giving you an enhanced sleep experience and comfortability. Awara’s luxurious Euro top design is what sets it apart from its competitors. Adding that extra softness without taking away from the supportive bottom layers, Awara’s Euro top is perfect for back, side, and stomach sleepers. Never sacrifice quality of materials and comfort for eco-friendliness. Awara guarantees both.
The Zenhaven mattress does not have the same plush Euro top as Awara, and instead has only a 1” layer of wool underneath its cotton cover before hitting the latex layers. Choose econscious luxury with Awara’s Euro top instead.
Awara’s latex layer is made of 100% GOLS certified organic latex and is topped with an organic knit cover to bring you better sleep, naturally. These breathable materials are better for the environment. The 100% natural organic latex that is used to construct Awara, means that it isn’t made with the same chemicals used in many other mattress brands and that can cause unpleasant smells. Awara is better for the Earth.
Though Zenhaven boasts organic cotton and organic wool materials used in parts of its construction, the latex is not 100% organic and is not GOLS certified. Though creating a mattress made with 100% organic latex and meets the GOLS certification standards is generally pricier and more difficult, Awara understands the importance of offering a product with organic materials.
On average, companies in the mattress industry only offer a trial period of 90-100 nights. Awara takes their trial period even further and more than triples that 3 month average trial to 1 full year, 365 full days. No, that is not a typo. With a full year trial, you’re able to take Awara into your home and really get a feel for what it’d be like to sleep on this mattress long term.
Zenhaven, in comparison, only offers a 120 night trial, which is 245 days (or 8 months!) less than Awara. Take your time and feel comfortable knowing you can ease into this large investment with a lengthy, year long trial.
Free Shipping: The good news is, both Awara and Zenhaven offer free shipping. No need to worry about any hidden fees that crop up at check out. The price you see is the price you pay.
Free Returns: Awara makes returns extremely simple for you. If at any point during the 365 night trial you decide that Awara is not the right fit for you, you’re able to return it at no additional cost. We’ll even work with you to have it donated or disposed of locally, making the effort it takes to return next to nothing. Simply contact our Customer Support team via phone call and we will be happy to help.
The Zenhaven return is a bit of a different story. Though Zenhaven boasts an easy return, they are not technically free. If you decide to return your Zenhaven mattress within the 120 night trial period, you are able to get a refund, but they subtract a $99 transportation cost, meaning that the return is not technically “free”. Technically you’re paying that $99 as the price to return your item.
Mattress Setup/Removal: Both Zenhaven and Awara offer mattress setup delivery services as well as mattress removal services. Zenaven offers free mattress setup and removal of up to two pieces of mattress furniture (i.e. mattress and mattress foundation). Awara offers a White Glove Delivery Service and mattress removal for an additional $149 fee at checkout
Speaking of large investments, when you are purchasing a mattress, it’s one of if not the most important pieces of furniture in your home. Mattresses tend to cost more than any other piece of furniture for your home, which means that it’s important to find a mattress company that offers an excellent warranty, so you can feel safe with this investment.
At Awara, we understand the industry standard. A 10 year warranty meant to last just as long as it takes the mattress to sag and the quality to greatly decrease, and it’s time to purchase another one. Awara aims to break this mold and win your trust by offering a Forever Warranty that is just as incredible as the name suggests. For as long as you own the Awara mattress, we’ve got you covered. If, at any point, you find a defect in materials, craftsmanship, or durability, we work with you to either replace the mattress or to fix the issue, depending on how long you’ve owned your Awara mattress. This is a guarantee that lasts forever.
On the other hand, Zenhaven offers only a 20 year warranty, which is better than the 10 year industry standard, but doesn’t quite reach the level of Awara’s Forever warranty. It’s hard to compete with a quality guarantee that lasts forever.
We Never Compromise
Going natural and organic is not a matter we take lightly, which is why we’ve ensured our materials are certified. Feel secure knowing that our latex is certified by the eco-INSTITUT to be free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), persistent organic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, formaldehyde, and phthalates. As mentioned above, our latex is also certified to meet the Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS) for organic materials, and uses Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton and wool, as well as no petroleum-based polyurethane foams, chemical adhesives, chemical fire retardants, or memory foams. Feel good about purchasing Awara for yourself or for those you care about.
Similarly, Zenhaven does not use poly foams, does not use toxic chemicals, and uses a non-chemical fire retardant certified by the SGS. That was the good news. The bad news is that they do not use natural and GOLS-Certified organic latex, they do not use GOTS-Certified organic cotton, they are not using VOwnC-free latex certified by the eco-INSTITUT, they do not use non-chemical adhesives, and they do not use water-based adhesives.
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The Zenhaven mattress offers only 10” of latex material. It is not supported with foam-encased coils because it is not a hybrid, which is part of the reason why it is only about 10” in thickness.
In comparison, Awara offers 13” of plush, cushioning support that lovingly hugs your body’s unique curves with a combination of organic latex and coils. The 13” is broken down into 4” of supportive latex, and 9” of premium coils. 13” is the perfect height to keep you lifted atop the individually wrapped foam-encased coils and cushioned with the comfort layers of latex for an excellent bounce-back and cozy contouring feel.
One of the best parts about the Awara mattress is that the price for a Queen size is only $1,299. On average, hybrid mattresses that match the quality of Awara’s premium natural materials, incredible customer service, and Forever warranty, cost nearly $2,000. Zenhaven is one example of this, with a Queen size mattress costing $1,899. With Zenhaven you’re spending more with a shorter warranty and sleep trial.
Premium quality sleep starts with a company that cares about you. Make an investment in your wellbeing and get your best rest by purchasing an Awara mattress today. Find better sleep, naturally.