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Good, Better, Best: Green Mattresses

While green home products are often more expensive than regular products, they're also better for you. There's a lot of offgassing that happens with regular mattresses, which can cause respiratory problems and illness. Considering that your face is breathing in those fumes for seven or eight hours a night, you might want to pony up a few more benjamins for a greener variety in your next mattress purchase.

Good: My sister's been sleeping on an Ikea Sultan Erfjord ($999, queen) for the past few months, and says the bed is "resiliant, but conforms to my body. It didn't have that new mattress smell, either, so I knew it wasn't offgassing much." This green mattress can be found in an easily accessible box store, and it's constructed from natural and synthetic latex, silk, eco-cotton and wool wadding.

Two even nicer green mattresses follow, so

Better : Even though the Keetsa Green Tea Supreme ($999.99, queen) is less than a dollar more than the Ikea mattress, it packs a ton of quality into that tiny price differential. The core and top of th Green Tea Supreme are made of recyclable high density memory foam, which cradles you in pressure-free sleep, and even if you have a sleeping partner who tosses and turns, you won't be jostled. The foam itself is embedded with—yeah, that's right—green tea, which helps the mattress smell super sweet, and flecks of silver embedded in the fibers keep the whole thing germ-free.

When I went to Keetsa's showroom in downtown San Francisco, I was surprised by the small size of the store. But because Keetsa keeps its business small and efficient, it's able to keep prices super-low as well. Keetsa also offers free shipping on all of the mattresses.

Best: Made in Sonoma County in Northern California, the EcoChoices Organic Cotton & Wool European Tufted Mattress ($1,138, queen)
blends organic cotton with natural wool to create what the company claims to be "the best mattress for a good night's rest." The natural fibers, which are from Sonoma County wool and organic cotton, allow air circulation and breathability for a healthier sleeping environment.

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