7313 Washington Ave S, Edina MN 55439

Birch Mattress

BIRCH MATTRESS REVIEW

This review will concentrate on the Birch mattress giving you a good insight into the mattress performance and quality levels. It is very important to understand the mattress features and how well it performs in all the different segments to get a good idea about its suitability to your sleep requirements. You will be able to effectively judge the Birch mattress comfort level, pressure relief feature, lumbar support, motion isolation amongst other things to make an informed decision on its purchase.

Brand Overview

Birch brand is an off shoot of the highly popular Helix mattress brand. The company was founded in 2019 by the parent company for producing eco-friendly mattresses. Since its commencement, the Birch company has focused on providing ideal bedding and sleep solutions that have a low carbon footprint and are made with organically sourced and eco-friendly materials. The flagship offering of the Birch brand is its namesake the Birch mattress. This review will focus on this original mattress.

Apart from the Birch Natural mattress the company also offers an upgraded Birch Natural Luxe mattress which is simply the original Birch Natural mattress with a plush cover and added lumbar support. Just like the parent company Helix, the brand is focused on delivering quality and performance at a fair price. Birch gives you the whole bedding solution with a product catalog that includes eco-friendly pillows, mattress protectors, duvets, covers, mattress pads, etc. You can also shop for bed frames and bases to compliment your Birch mattress.

  • Highly responsive mattress with good cradling comfort

  • Optimal air circulation promoted good body temperature regulation

  • Budget-friendly mattress with a highly competitive price point

Helix Birch Mattress Review Criteria

  • Mattress Construction
  • Firmness / Support Level
  • Cooling / Motion Transfer
  • Trial Period / Price

Mattress Overview

The Birch Natural Mattress is the flagship offering of the Birch brand. It is a hybrid mattress model featuring latex and pocketed coils. Together these two materials give the mattress a nice springiness while keeping it plush. Each of the Birch Natural mattresses uses natural rayon fibers along with organically certified wool to act as flame retardants that afford maximum protection against any inflammable accidents. Further, Birch wool is a 100% organic material that retains high elasticity to give the mattress much-required flexibility. The mattress has very low chemical emissions making it perfect for sensitive and allergy-prone sleepers. The all-natural and organic content also makes it a highly natural and eco-friendly product.

All in all, the Birch Natural mattress is an excellent green mattress to buy. It does not give you the comfort cocooning of memory foam but the latex used in the construction comes quite close to affording you a nice sink-in feel. You will not feel like the mattress does not yield to your body pressure or that it does not conform to your curves like other natural mattresses that can be quite unyielding. Also, if comfort is your concern, then you can easily opt for the upgraded more luxurious Birch Natural Luxe model that features a better cradling comfort.

Construction

The construction of the mattress defines its quality. A good construction involves a well-designed layer structure that will enable the mattress to deliver a high-performance level. The Birch Natural mattress has an excellent design with numerous layers that are made with 100% organic material to give you the best sleep solution. The mattress is 11 inches in thickness making it a good average mattress for most sleepers.

  • Cover– The cover of the Birch Natural mattress is a plush top made with organic cotton. This cotton is Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS certified for its organic authenticity. The cover sports an appealing quilted design with horizontal lines that gives a soft touch to the mattress. The organic cotton used makes the cover highly breathable with the natural cooling property.
    The wool used in the quilting is also organic with natural rayon fibers. It is flame retardant giving the mattress a protective layer against fire damage.
  • Comfort Layer– Right below the cover is the comfort layer that is made with the Birch wool and Talalay latex material. This Birch wool is also 100% organic and excellent at giving comfort and wicks away at moisture buildup keeping the mattress cool and dry.
    The latex is Eco-INSTITUT certified for low emissions making it suitable for all sleepers. It is also highly ventilated and designed for superior flexibility. Even though the latex is not as pliable as the regular memory foam, it still does a good job of body contouring. Latex also has natural cooling properties that further aid the mattresses in remaining cool.
  • Support Layer– The support layer of the mattress is the coil layer. This is an individually pocketed coil layer that gives the mattress its bounce. It also makes the mattress more resilient and prevents the latex layer from sinking too much into the mattress.
  • Base– The base of the mattress is another thin layer of organic FR wool. This second layer of flame retardant wool further adds to the fire protection of the mattress.

Motion Isolation

The Birch Natural mattress does manage to stand its ground on this feature. The latex layer works well to absorb motion and isolate it while the coils are individually packed and pocketed to ensure that the motion is segregated in one section of the mattress without affecting the other sections.

Body Temperature Regulation

The Birch Natural mattress has a good hybrid construction and comes with a cool outer cover that wicks away all the sweat and keeps the mattress cool. The individually encased coils promote air circulation and do not trap any heat in the mattress. Further, the latex layer and the outer covering have a well-ventilated design that also promotes air circulation and desists from trapping body heat thereby maintaining a cool surface.

Edge Support

Each Birch Natural mattress and the Natural Luxe mattress comes with renewed perimeter surfacing. The reinforced edging helps keep the mattress in shape and allows the sleeper to sleep comfortably on an even surface.

The medium firmness level of the Birch Natural mattress prevents the body from sinking too low on the mattress which in turn takes the pressure off the edges and keeps them safe from sagging. Further, the coil layer of the Birch mattress is strengthened along the perimeter to ensure that the mattress does not sag at the sides with added pressure. The stitching at the sides is also strong with a double stitch seam to prevent it from coming apart at the corners giving the mattress a thumbs up for durability.

Pressure Relief

The Birch mattress gives you good pressure relief. The latex under the wool and the coil layers are great at adapting to your body contours. Every type of sleeper will find this mattress great at pressure relief.

 

Firmness Level

2 - Soft 3.5 - Medium Plush 5 - Medium 6.5 - Luxury Firm 8 - Firm

The wool and the latex layer of the Birch Natural mattress give it a medium firmness level. It ranks an average 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This means that the mattress is a hard surface that still offers ample pliability to give you a nice comfortable surface without digging into your joints and bones. The medium level of firmness helps in keeping your body in perfect alignment while offering good pressure relief function.

Movement Flexibility

The Birch Natural mattress comes with a solid construction layer that prevents the body from sinking too far into the mattress. The medium firmness level of the mattress gives you good comfort without having to strain unnecessarily to get in and out of bed. The coils in the mattress help in maintaining a good level of bounce and springiness to the mattress keeping it resilient.

Weight and Sleeping Style Interaction

The sleeping position and the weight of the sleeper play an important part in the performance level of the mattress. A stomach sleeper will feel a different comfort level than a side sleeper from the same mattress. Similarly, a lightweight sleeper will feel the mattress offers a different pressure relief level than a heavy-weight sleeper.

Ratings Based on Sleeping Preference
Sleeping Cool
4.75
Back Sleeper
4.5
Stomach Sleeper
4
  • Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need more support around their shoulders and hip region since this is the area where the entire body weight is concentrated while they sleep. The Birch Natural mattress with its latex and wool provides good cushioning to elevate the pressure around the hips and shoulders. It also gives enough push back to keep the spine well aligned while in this sleeping style making it a good choice for the side sleepers.

  • Stomach Sleepers

The Birch Natural mattress provides a good firmness to its sleepers. This allows the mattress to keep the sleeper on an even surface and prevents the hips from jutting into the mattress. With an even distribution of the body weight, the mattress helps keep the spine well aligned for the stomach sleepers.

  • Back Sleepers

Back sleepers have it easy with most mattresses. This type of sleeping puts the least amount of pressure on the different body regions. You just need to take care of supporting the natural spinal curve of the body. While you lay on your back, the mattress should conform to your lower back curve and cushion the space to get your lower back proper support. For heavier sleepers, the Birch Natural mattress gives the optimal support with perfect cushioning.

Off-Gassing

The Birch Natural mattress comes certified for its organic materials. This means that the mattress has extremely low emissions and won’t give you the odd odor generally associated with new mattresses. Also, the faint new mattress smell of the Birch Natural mattress dissipates within a couple of hours thanks to the well-ventilated structure of the mattress that promotes active air circulation.

Sizing and Price

Just like its parent company Helix mattress offering the Birch mattress is very competitively priced and aims at a reasonable budget frame. It is available in all the standard sizes making it very attractive by ensuring that you do not face any size issues.

Size

Dimensions

Weight

Price

Twin

39 x 75 inches

63 lbs.

$1,349

Twin XL

39 x 80 inches

67 lbs.

$1,399

Full

54 x 75 inches

87 lbs.

$1,599

Queen

60x 80 inches

105 lbs.

$1,799

King

76x 80 inches

131 lbs.

$2,099

Cal. King

72x 84 inches

130 lbs.

$2,099

Benefits of Buying Helix Birch

  • Suitable for all types of sleepers over 130 lbs.
  • 100% certified and organic material construction
  • Superior design for optimal airflow and ventilation
  • Good buoyancy and spring
  • Highly durable and resilient
  • Minimal motion isolation makes it good for light sleepers
  • A cool mattress that prevents nighttime sweating
  • Fabulous warranty period
  • Easy return and exchange policies

Who Should Buy?

  • All types of sleepers weigh more than 130 lbs.
  • If you are looking for good pressure relief properties
  • Light sleepers wanting low motion transfer
  • Individuals looking for a good organic mattress option
  • People on a budget wanting high value for money
  • Persons wanting an extended warranty period than most other mattress brands

Company Policies

Sleep Trial Period

In line with the parent company Helix’s sleep trial period, Birch also offers a 100-night sleeper trial period. There is a lock-in of 30 nights from the day the mattress is delivered to your doorstep. You can initiate the return process anytime post this 30-night mandatory trial period by calling the customer care service of the company. Each customer and household is allowed a maximum of two returns during this period. The shipping costs associated with this return are borne by the company itself.

Warranty

The Birch Natural mattress comes with a 20-year warranty period. This is a great warranty time and exceeded the general warranty extended by most mattress companies. The warranty is partially prorated and covers all manufacturing defects and damages for the first 10 years. This includes all the shipping and transportation costs associated with the process.

Apart from the normal warranty, Birch also offers an accidental warranty that covers stains, tears, rips, and other damage incurred in the normal use of the mattress. This includes damage done by pets as well. This additional warranty comes under the range of $79 to $139 depending on the size of your mattress.

Shipping and Delivery

The company offers free shipping in all 50 US states. The Birch mattress is shipped through FedEx ground shipping. It is dispatched within 5 to 7 working days post a successful order placement and payment and reaches the destination within the week post the dispatch. The mattress is shipped individually and any other bedding product that you buy from the company comes in a separate package.

Packaging

The Birch mattress is securely packed in a compressed state. The mattress is rolled and vacuum-sealed in a plastic bag before being put in a rectangular cardboard box. This box is then delivered to your doorstep.

Final Take

An organic mattress is a great choice for sensitive and allergy-prone sleepers. The Birch Natural mattress is an excellent choice in this regard. The mattress guarantees good pressure relief and maintains a high comfort level. This mattress is suitable for all kinds of sleepers including the problematic stomach sleepers that require extra support in their hip and stomach region. The latex in the mattress helps it to conform well to your body curves while the coils lend the mattress the requisite bounce. If you are in the market for a green mattress then this is the perfect choice for you.

4.5/5

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