Why You Need to Buy an American-Made Mattress
Desired comfort level, sleeping position, mattress type—there are a lot of things to consider when shopping for a new mattress. For many shoppers, it's also important to consider where your mattress is made.
The United States has some of the highest standards when it comes to health, safety, and quality control. Buying a USA-made mattress will help you find some of the best mattresses on the market and get a good night's sleep every single night.
Why choose a mattress made in the USA?
There's nothing inherently superior about American manufacturing, just as there's nothing inherently inferior about Chinese manufacturing. After all, some of the most popular products in the world are made in China, including the iPhone.
However, manufacturing products in the United States gives American companies a better chance of managing their production. Producing products in America has a lot of benefits for mattress manufacturers. Some of our biggest reasons for manufacturing in America are:
- Quality control standards
- Positive environmental impact
- Ease of delivery
- High safety standards
- Contribution to our local economy
High-quality control standards
Because we're an American company, it's easier for us to monitor the quality of our products if they're made in American factories. If there's something wrong at any point in the production cycle, we can go straight to the source and figure it out.
We don't have to account for time zones or excessive travel distances. With 19 factories in the US, we're able to work closely with our partners to continuously refine our manufacturing process. (Take a closer look at how Saatva mattresses get made.)
Making our mattresses in America allows us to keep costs low, but it also helps us fulfill our commitment to a cleaner world by reducing our carbon footprint.
Cutting the distance between factory and home also cuts emissions, and it gives us time to allow our mattresses to stabilize after production, so they don't off-gas in a customer's home.
Finally, local manufacturing means it's easy to achieve and verify our eco-friendly and organic certifications.
Because our mattresses are shipped whole, without being compressed into boxes, they require a lot of space, and a competent delivery team to handle them. It would be expensive and risky to ship our products internationally, across great distances.
Instead, we have over 145 fulfillment centers in America, meaning our American-made mattresses travel on average less than 100 miles from the factory to a customer's bedroom. This means we can provide accurate delivery estimates, with full control over the shipping process.
Supporting the local economy
At Saatva, we're big fans of the “buy local" philosophy. That's why we work with dozens of local partners around the country to help bring our mattresses home to customers. We believe strongly in the quality of American craftsmanship, and the integrity of our factory workers and delivery teams.
We work to ensure all our partners adhere to the strictest safety standards when producing our mattresses, and we believe the results speak for themselves.
High safety standards
Having our mattresses made in the US means we're subject to strict safety regulations. We're forbidden from using harmful or toxic chemicals in the production process, and our mattresses include natural flame retardant ingredients.
We don't use mercury, lead or heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, or ozone depleters. We believe all companies should be held to these standards.
How to find the best domestically-made mattress for you
Once you’ve set your eyes on an American-made mattress, your search has just begun. There are a lot of American-made mattress brands on the market, so finding the perfect fit for you can be difficult. American mattress brands today each offer an array of mattress types in varying sizes, materials, and firmness levels.
You should get familiar with all of these before making a final decision. In addition, mattress brands differ in what type of sleep trials or warranties they offer with their mattresses, which should also be taken into consideration.
Consider your sleeping position
Taking your typical sleeping position into account is essential when deciding which type of American-made mattress is right for you. Back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and side sleepers each need a different type of mattress.
If you sleep on your back, you'll benefit from a mattress that keeps your back evenly elevated. A great mattress for back sleepers would be an innerspring mattress with a thick comfort layer, or a hybrid mattress, like this latex hybrid mattress from Saatva.
Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position. However, because of the uneven weight distribution, this position can cause long-term lower back problems if you sleep on the wrong type of mattress. Side sleepers who sleep on a mattress that doesn't provide enough contouring around the pressure points will be prone to soreness, numbness, and back pain. A good memory foam mattress or gel memory foam mattress can both provide excellent pressure relief for side sleepers.
Finally, if you sleep on your stomach, you should opt for a mattress that’s not too soft so as not to hyperextend the lumbar area. Stomach sleepers can benefit from a firm high-quality innerspring mattress that keeps their midsection from sinking into the mattress and causing back pain and long-term lower back issues.
Mattress firmness levels range between soft and super-firm and are usually rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Anywhere from a 5 to 7 on this scale is typically considered to be the industry standard for medium firmness.
Medium-firm mattresses are the most common type of mattress and often work as a middle ground for couples with different sleeping preferences or combination sleepers. A medium-firm mattress is also the best choice for back sleepers as it will keep them aligned throughout the night while providing sufficient pressure relief for their back.
Side sleepers should generally opt for a soft mattress such as a good memory foam mattress that offers proper contouring for their shoulders and hips. This will also help prevent the back pain that can be caused when these pressure points aren't sufficiently supported.
Stomach sleepers, meanwhile, should opt for a firm mattress to relieve the pressure from their back and reduce the chances of back pain.
Sleep trials and warranties
The best way to know whether a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it for several nights. The good news is that most American mattress brands offer some sort of sleep trial.
A sleep trial is when a mattress company gives you a certain number of days to sleep on the mattress before you ultimately decide to keep it. The length of the sleep trial varies greatly among brands, from a few weeks to several months, with some companies offering sleep trials up to one year long.
Another thing to pay attention to is the type of warranty offered by the mattress brand of your choice. Many brands offer a 10-year warranty, and some will even offer a 20-year warranty on their mattresses.
It's also a good idea to pay attention to the terms and conditions of the warranty. Read the fine print to see what's covered by the warranty and what could potentially void it (i.e., using the mattress on an improper foundation).
How to tell if a mattress is American-made
Once you have decided to get a locally made mattress, how do you find out whether or not the mattress is made in America?
If your mattress is made of foam, the first step is to ensure that the foam is CertiPUR-US certified. This means the foam is produced with eco-friendly methods and emits low carbon emissions. However, keep in mind that CertiPUR-US also certifies mattresses made in Italy, China, Canada, and Mexico.
The only way to know for sure if a mattress is made in the US is by researching the individual company. Most companies will be transparent about their production methods if their mattresses are made in America. If you don’t see it stated unambiguously on their website, it's likely that the mattress is not made in the US.
Below we provide answers to some common questions to help you choose the best American-made mattress for you.
What are the different types of mattresses?
Virtually any type of mattress can be found among American-made mattresses, including memory foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses, hybrid mattresses, and latex mattresses.
- Memory foam mattresses are made from viscoelastic foam, a type of high-density polyurethane foam. High-quality memory foam mattresses are made from high-density memory foam and also sometimes feature an added top layer of foam for comfort. There are also bed in a box foam mattresses, which tend to be made with lower-density foam and therefore not as durable.
- Innerspring mattresses are the most common types of mattresses on the market. They take their name from the metal support coils that form the core of the bed. Most innerspring mattresses today also contain layers made of other materials, like memory foam and latex, for added comfort.
- Hybrid mattresses are typically innerspring mattresses with a top layer of foam for comfort. The base layer will usually have pocket coils, a spring system that allows the coils to act independently from one another and is therefore great at preventing motion transfer. The top layer of foam in combination with the firmer base gives this bed a medium-firm feel. These mattresses are great for most body types, including heavier bodies.
- Latex mattresses offer the best of both worlds: They generally have the same contouring ability as memory foam and the responsiveness of an innerspring mattress. Latex mattresses can be made of natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of the two, with natural latex being superior in many ways to the other two types.
Which mattresses are best for hot sleepers?
Sleeping too hot is one of the biggest obstacles to getting good quality sleep. Hot sleepers should avoid mattresses that tend to absorb body heat (such as memory foam) and should instead opt for a mattress that provides great airflow. Because of their structure, innerspring mattresses are usually the best choice for hot sleepers. Latex mattresses are also quite breathable and therefore a good option for hot sleepers as well.
Which mattresses are the most kid-friendly?
A kid-friendly mattress should be durable, comfortable, and safe. Innerspring mattresses are usually the most kid-friendly mattresses because of their great motion isolation and edge support (i.e., your child is less likely to roll out of bed at night than they would with a softer memory foam mattress).
Getting a high-quality mattress made in the USA
If you're in the market for a new mattress made in the USA, Saatva could be the right fit for you. We have a large selection of high-quality, USA-made mattresses that we hand-deliver to your bedroom. Being made in the USA means we can offer white-glove delivery and setup for all of our mattresses. It also means we can produce our mattresses in an eco-friendly way and have control over the quality and safety of our products.
Learn more about Saatva's made in America mattresses, and take a look at our large selection of high-quality mattresses as well as bedding accessories like mattress covers and mattress toppers. All of our mattresses come with a generous 180-night home trial so you can see if one of them is right for you before making a decision.