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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 19 May 2015 20:16 #1

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So, I've been sleeping on this mattress for over a week now and so far, no allergic reactions or any type of side effects.

-- Brief History --
After dumping my 10+ year old mattress, I purchased 3 mattress that all had to go back to the merchant due to a strange / weird reaction from the Poly Foam. (foggy brain, headache, eczema on legs and thighs, and numbness on the side of my head after the 3rd night)

First bed was a cheap one. Cause I didn't know any better. A Beautyrest from US-Mattress. I lost 75% of what I paid for it returning this mattress. Supposedly shipping cost $250.00. The Pillow-top Beautyrest was very comfortable. Felt like sleeping on clouds. Would have kept it, if it wasn't for the side-effects.

2nd bed was an Organic Cotton mattress by Cannon Sleep / Pleasant Mattress Co. with a (soy based) foam. Same smell, same negative reactions. The smell was so bad, that even after 2 months sitting in the garage, it was still off-gassing. This mattress wasn't comfortable at all. I basically sank into the mattress and the mattress slept hot. This was their Platinum series.

3rd mattress was a Saatva (Also manufactured by Cannon Sleep). ( my review here ) A "certiPUR-US" mattress with an Organic cotton cover and a "soy based foam". Was just like the 2nd mattress, was a marketing gimmick. It was 20% soy and 80% toxic poly foam with the same off gassing.

Getting sick and tired of sleeping on the floor and not wanting to go through it all over, I went with a 100% cotton innerspring mattress by Royal Pedics. Supposedly organic cotton, chemical free mattress. Picked up a matching box-spring to go with it too.

After a week of sleeping on it, I am happy to report that I no longer have any strange reactions / side effects. Eczema Rash is also clearing up.

Comfort: The mattress is a super stiff, but not as stiff as sleeping on the floor so I am use to it now. So for anyone looking for an Natural alternative with no chemical off-gassing, the Organic Cotton Mattress is a good alternative.

Aesthetic wise, the mattress isn't as pretty as the previous 3. No "organic cotton marking", simple beige color and a tag". That's it. Nothing fancy in this "fancy price tag" mattress. But hey, we didn't buy a mattress to just look at it.

Smell: There is virtually no smell to it. Early on, there was a hint of something from the box spring. Can't really explain it. Doesn't smell like cotton. Maybe some type of sweat smell? But it went away after 1 night.

Negative: There is some type of hard plastic top on the depression. That I could feel with my hands when sleeping on it. Also, the mattress I got doesn't look as "fluffy" as the pictures from Royal Pedics. So the hard plastic cap can be felt since the mattress is so flat. (pic below)


They also have a few with wool, and pillowtops version. And they also sell Latex toppers. But price can get out of hand.

The mattress / boxspring I got was their prescription all Cotton innerspring mattress. (no wool, no latex). Which I purchased separately and ended up spending a lot more than buying it as a package.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 20 May 2015 01:10 #2

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Hi incognito,

Thanks fort taking the time to share your comments and feedback about your Royal-Pedic mattress ... I appreciate it :)

After your previous experiences it's good to hear that it's working out well for you.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 05 Jan 2016 17:24 #3

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Hi, I want to purchase one of these beds. What kind of doctor did you go to in order to get the prescription? What did the doctor write on the prescription? Something to the effect that you absolutely needed this type of mattress with no chemicals or wool in it? I see the mattress with the wool in it is over $1200 more. I called into my GP's office to see if he will do it. Please let me know. Thank you.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 05 Jan 2016 23:54 #4

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Hi bbunney13,

I would keep in mind that most mattresses don't use chemical fire barriers and some even use natural materials such as wool to pass the fire regulations. There is more about "safe" fire barriers in this article and post #2 here and the posts it links to at the end.

If you wish to purchase a mattress that has no fire barrier at all (which means it hasn't passed the fire regulations) ... then any licensed health professional can write a prescription that will allow you to purchase one. In most states it can also save you the state taxes (see post #6 here ). Many manufacturers can also make their "regular" mattresses without the fire barrier.

Most manufacturers that are willing to make a non compliant mattress without a fire barrier will provide you with a form that includes the wording that you just need to have signed by your doctor or licensed health professional but in most cases it's as simple as a prescription that says something like "this patient requires a mattress without fire retardants".

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 25 Jan 2016 10:54 #5

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Thank you Phoenix for the response and the links. I'm having a difficult time finding a doctor that will write a prescription for a bed that doesn't meet fire retardant guidelines. I realize that most organic beds use wool to act as a fire retardant so I need to find a Dr to test me if I'm allergic to wool or not and it so to write me a prescription to bypass the fire retardant requirement. I know I'm not allergic to latex or cotton.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 25 Jan 2016 11:35 #6

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Hi bbunney13,

I'm having a difficult time finding a doctor that will write a prescription for a bed that doesn't meet fire retardant guidelines.


Any licensed health professional such as a chiropractor or naturopathic doctor can write you a prescription if you need it.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 12 Feb 2016 02:20 #7

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I went to an allergist and got tested for latex and wool allergies and don't have them so I'm good there. However, the Royal Pedic mattress I'm interested is an innerspring mattress and the foundation is as well. So I have seen it mentioned that all this metal in the mattress and box spring can act as a giant antenna and emit a lot of EMFs. I understand that other devices such as cell phones and wifi routers emit a lot of EMFs as well. Do I need to be concerned about the EMFs a bed like this could be emitting? Royal Pedic claims they have more coil that other mattresses. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/18/your-box-spring-mattress-could-be-acting-as-a-gigantic-cancercausing-radiation-antenna.aspx

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 12 Feb 2016 09:37 #8

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Hi bbunney,


I'm certainly not a health professional or an expert in electromagnetic fields but EMF fields from mattress innersprings are a very controversial subject and there are certainly some people that believe they are harmful although I'm not one of them. I have seen and read the article you linked and others that include many of these types of comments about innersprings being a "health" issue because of electromagnetic fields ... but I have never seen any specific evidence that is compelling to me and most of these types of articles use some very non specific anecdotal stories or what I would consider to be some questionable correlations that don't provide any clear evidence that would directly relate to innersprings or metal frames. I would personally be more cautious with "active" electromagnetic fields (such as living close to high tension wires, holding a cell phone too close to your head, or sleeping near active electrical fields or wiring as examples) ... but I personally wouldn't have any issues with sleeping on an innerspring in terms of health or safety (although I recognize that there are certainly others that have a different opinion).

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 12 Feb 2016 12:00 #9

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Even if an EMF (electromagnetic field) is amplified there is really not an substantial evidence to show the harms of this caused to people. Definitely a little bit exaggerated as an issue. The whole planet exists within an enormous EMF, without this field we would be getting destroyed by deadly radiation from space. Would not worry about this at all.

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Royal Pedics (prescription) Organic Cotton Mattress Review 13 Feb 2016 23:40 #10

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Hi Phoenix,

Thank you for the information. Choosing a mattress has proven to be a very difficult decision due to all of the variables that go into it. I have been trying to select a new mattress over the past two years. In the last year, I have been real interested in the Royal-Pedic Organic Cotton Mattress. But due to it being extra firm only and being an innerspring bed, I'm shying away from it now. I just got tested for latex and wool allergies and I'm not allergic to either one. So now I'm concentrating on an organic all natural latex mattress (not synthetic or blended). So what I'm looking for is a latex mattress that is certified and doesn't smell. The problem is that there are different certifications like GOTS and FCS.

I live in Las Vegas and I only know of one store there that sells organic mattresses and that's Las Vegas Luxury Beds. I tried out a Savvy Rest and a couple of other mattresses and liked the Savvy Rest. I was going to go to their Berkeley CA store and try them out until I found out that the latex manufacturer puts fragrances on the latex. I have been to Foam Sweet Foam and liked their mattresses but not the smell and didn't care for their foundation. I purchased a 3" Latex topper from Arizona Premium Mattress at it really smells even after 1 1/2 years and the cotton cover didn't even fit right. I spend a lot of time in the Sacramento CA area and there are two highly rated organic mattress stores in Folsom I could go to (The Healthy Bed Store and European Sleep design). The problem is they only deliver locally.

So I have been looking at a couple of online sites in PlushBeds and FloBeds. I have seen your back and forth with FloBed's Daniel which was very interesting. Now Flobeds is about a 4 hour drive from Sacramento so I could go visit their showroom. However, I'm not real sure I need 6 zones and 13+ firmness variations to play with and I don't need a split queen mattress either since I'm the only one that will be sleeping on it. Seems like a lot of pieces of latex to me. I would rather have the layers go completely across the mattress. I don't want to have to re-align the layers either although I did read your post on that subject so it doesn't sound as bad as I have read about but still, I really don't want to be bothered with mattress maintenance of that kind. I will talk to either Daniel or Dave and see if they can give me some warm fuzzies about their mattresses. So enter in PlushBeds. The similar mattress that they have (without all the zones and firmness settings is about $1000 less. They claim to use certified pure organic latex and cotton plus they have a natural fire barrier option other than wool. The 6" core is sewn together (no glue) so that just leaves the comfort layer which can be changed out. Customer satisfaction and reviews are a little higher for FloBeds over PlushBeds and I'm a little concerned that PlushBeds has 5 BBB complaints against them which seems higher than their competition and they claim to have a BBB A+ rating.. FloBeds has none. I'm leaning towards PlushBeds because it is cheaper and simpler to me but I guess I can't tweak their bed as much if I have with pressure point issues.

I miss the good old days when I would go down to Sears, pick out a mattress and was done with it. Now I have to worry about certifications, ILD and delivery/setup.

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