Top Anti Allergy Mattress Recommendations (And Bedroom Advice)
If you suffer from allergies that affect your sleep, you are not alone. Allergies affect up to 30% of adults and 40% of children, so they’re a massive problem for many people. If you’re allergic to the allergens found in your bedroom, such as dust mites, mold or mildew, you’ll be familiar with enduring runny noses, itchy throats, and watery eyes in your quest for peaceful sleep. Anti allergy mattresses, or hypoallergenic mattresses as they are otherwise known, can form part of your defense against allergens to improve your health and your sleep. Find out more about what makes a good anti allergy mattress and what else you need to do to make your sleep space a hypoallergenic haven.
In this anti allergy mattress overview I’ll cover:
- Anti Allergy Mattress – Definition
- What Are The Best Materials For An Anti Allergy Mattress?
- Top Anti Allergy Mattress Choices
- Make Your Whole Bed Hypoallergenic
- Hypoallergenic Bedroom Guide
Anti Allergy Mattress – Definition
An Anti Allergy Mattress (or Hypoallergenic Mattress or Allergy Free Mattress) is one that is suitable for sufferers of common household allergies and/or asthma. They are made from materials that are are antimicrobial, antifungal, and have breathable covers.
An anti allergy mattress helps reduce your exposure to common allergens like dust mites, mold and mildew. As we sleep, our bodies generate moisture and heat, and we shed skin cells. These are usually the elements that dust mites and mold or mildew love, making a standard mattress the perfect place for them to thrive. The materials used in an anti allergy mattress mean those nasties can’t thrive inside them.
What Are The Best Materials For An Anti Allergy Mattress?
The two best mattress materials to keep allergens at bay are latex foam and memory foam. Both are inhospitable to dust mites, mold and mildew. They have different properties and feel quite different to lie on, so to help you get the most comfortable sleep as well as the healthiest, it helps to understand how these materials are made and what they feel like.
Latex is the most durable mattress material available. Natural or organic latex, made from sustainably sourced sap from the rubber tree, is the first choice for allergy sufferers looking for a natural bed.
Latex is a highly responsive and cushioning foam. It feels bouncy to lie on, while supporting your body and pressure points. Latex mattresses are available in a variety of firmness levels so there will be something out there to suit everyone.
Since natural and organic latex are such high quality materials that are extremely durable, latex mattresses can also be expensive. Below I outline two great options for different budgets (both of which are still cheaper than mattresses from stores)
Caution: if you have a latex allergy, consult with your doctor before purchasing a latex mattress. A latex mattress will have layers of other fabrics (such as a breathable cover and wool or some other material as the fire barrier) between the user and the latex. This means many latex allergy sufferers find there is no problem at all, and that the latex inside the mattresses do not create the same reactions as other latex items (because of the foaming process to make it). However, no internet recommendation is going to know you and your specific circumstances, only you and your doctor do.
Memory foam is an extremely popular mattress option and your choices are almost infinite. There are memory foam mattresses for every budget, sleeping style, and firmness requirement.
A good memory foam mattress for allergy sufferers is one that has cooling technologies in the upper foam layers, a quality cover, and certifications (Certi-PUR is the most common one) you can trust to know the foams are safe. Memory foam is an artificial product made from polyurethane and other chemicals so those certifications are important.
Particularly popular with people who get sore backs, memory foam is famous for its body contouring and supportive qualities. It is not as bouncy as latex, and cradles your body a bit more as you lie on it. Memory foams are easily engineered to come in a range of different feels: some allow you to sink into them slowly while others feel more like latex but without the bounce. I will show you two great options for allergy sufferers
Caution: when you take any memory foam mattress out of its box to let it expand, it will release some fumes. This is called off-gassing, and is a normal part of the foam expanding to its full height. These fumes are not harmful, but some people dislike them or find them off putting. I recommend if you choose a memory foam mattress, open it in a ventilated space and allow it to stand for around 24 hours (or whatever the manufacturer suggests – some say up to 72 hours) before you use it.
Note about other materials: many latex mattresses use wool as the fire barrier. This is in keeping with the use of natural materials inside a latex mattress. Wool is also antimicrobial and good for temperature regulation. It’s just something I wanted to make you aware of in case you are sensitive to it. Many brands offer vegan options for their latex mattresses, giving you an alternative to their standard model.
Top Anti Allergy Mattress Choices
These mattresses are my top recommendations for people with allergens. I have chosen two latex mattresses and two memory foam mattresses. They each have different features and have different prices, but they are all made in the USA. There is something here for everyone.
Note: online mattress companies are always running promotions. My links will always take you to their best discount available on any given day. If you visit a website and don’t see a discount, let me know before you click that buy button!
Top Choice: PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress
PlushBeds have been supplying high quality organic latex mattresses to America for many years. They are one of the very few companies to use organic latex (not just natural) in their mattresses, and they are the only one I’m aware of where you can customize the feel of your mattress by choosing the density of the latex foam layers inside.
PlushBeds is a more expensive option, with prices from $1300 (never pay full retail, there is always a discount available) but you know you are getting the best quality, durable, anti allergy mattress.
Great Budget Latex Mattress: Latex For Less
With prices starting from $1199 but reduced to from $799 with a discount, Latex For Less is a great option that’s a little easier on the pocket than PlushBeds. The latex inside their mattresses is not organic, but is still a high quality and all natural latex.
The other benefit of this mattress is that you can flip it over to try out different firmness levels. This is great if you’re not sure what firmness is right for you.
Best Memory Foam: Molecule Microban
Designed with athletes and sports recovery in mind (this is Tom Brady’s mattress), it’s also great for people with allergies. Designed with open cell foam for air flow, zoned support foams for comfort, and antimicrobial protection weaved into the cover (this is Microban), this is a mattress that will work hard to keep you comfortable.
Priced from $999 (again, you should get a discount).
Customizable Memory Foam: Snuggle Pedic
Sold on Amazon, I think this is the best mattress available on all of Amazon. It’s also one of the rare Amazon mattresses that offers you a decent sleep trial. Designed by chiropractors from high quality foam and with patented air flow technology, it has all the components you need for a great sleep. Even better, Snuggle Pedic offers free customization of your Snuggle Pedic mattress if you’re not happy with the feel of the mattress when you receive it.
Priced from around $379 (Amazon prices vary, my links will always take you to today’s best price) this is an excellent option that is also extremely budget friendly.
Make Your Whole Bed Hypoallergenic
To get the most from your anti allergy mattress, you’ll need to consider your entire bed set-up. After all, what’s the use of having a wonderful hypoallergenic mattress if you don’t use breathable sheets, or if you have dust mites partying in your pillow?! Here’s what else you need to do to make your bed healthier:
- Use dust-mite proof covers on your pillows and mattresses for an extra layer of protection
- Wash your bedding weekly, using a hot wash (130 F or 54 C) if you can. This kills any dust mites lingering in your sheets. If this isn’t possible, you can put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill the mites and then do a cold wash.
- Use latex or memory foam pillows, for the same reasons you use a memory foam or latex mattress (keep the allergens at bay). Here are some suggestions for good memory foam pillows and good latex pillows.
- Choose these fibers for your sheets, they are natural and breathable.
- Don’t make your bed! Honestly! Turn your sheets and blankets down to the foot of the bed instead. This allows your bedding and mattress to breathe while not in use.
- Keep your mattress clean and vacuum it with a powerful mattress vacuum designed specifically for this important job. Read my review of the best one you can get here.
Hypoallergenic Bedroom Guide
This will probably come as no surprise, but minimizing the allergens in your bed alone is not enough to protect you from allergens as you sleep, you will need to think about your whole room. If you only think about your bed but you’ve got a cluttered and dusty bedside table, you’ve still got allergen exposure and you will have wasted your time and money.
Here’s what else you can do to reduce allergens from your bedroom to ensure you can get all the benefits from your new hypoallergenic bed. Please keep in mind it’s pretty much impossible to eliminate them completely, but you can significantly reduce them.
- Filter the air if you can. If you can’t, cracking a window to allow air to circulate is a good idea. Some people recommend against this because you’re allowing pollen in, but if your main priority is eliminating dust mites and mildew fresh air is recommended.
- Watch the humidity levels of your room. Put a dehumidifier in there if you have to. Avoid drying clothes on heaters in your bedroom.
- Don’t allow pets in your bedroom. They shed fur everywhere, which can lead to an accumulation of allergens.
- Keep surfaces clean and uncluttered. Aim to dust once a week (use a wet cloth so it catches the dust particles, and wear a mask)
- Vacuum your floors once per week, vacuum any soft furniture like chairs, too.
- It’s up to you whether you have a plant or two in the room to help with air purity, but try to avoid flowers.
- If possible, avoid wall to wall carpet and opt for rugs on a hard surface instead.
Here’s a short video explaining indoor allergens more. It’s from the American Academy Of Allergy, Asthma, And Immunology (the authority on allergies in the USA).