Why buy online?
The current process of mattress shopping is not an enjoyable one! It seems the mattress companies actively set out to make the process as confusing and daunting as possible. Weird lingo abounds! Then you get into the actual mattress store and sales staff hover over you while you try to lie on a mattress for a good minute or two (if you’re lucky) while trying not to flash your underwear to the world. They then show you a corner square cut away of a mattress, goodness knows who can tell what a good mattress is from looking at this! You then repeat this process 10 times in ten different stores and walk away none the wiser, not remotely able to recall what the first mattress looked or felt like, let alone what store it was in. Yet it is on this basis you are meant to make a decision about a mattress that you are then going to spend one third of your life on for the next ten years.
We want to change this experience for you! We can’t think of any better way than allowing you to try the mattress in the comfort of your own home.
Why 100 nights?
Unfortunately, most of us are not currently sleeping on the best mattress for us from a comfort and postural support point of view. As a result, the muscles around our spine get used to being in an unusual position to try and compensate. When you get your Okooko mattress home it takes up to 30 days for the muscles to relax and adjust. During this period you may experience some discomfort and you should not judge the mattress on this. After this initial period your spine and body will have adjusted and then you have a chance to see if the mattress is the right one for you. 100 nights gives you plenty of time to experience the decrease in partner disturbance and the excellent postural support latex offers. Also, if you are an allergy sufferer it will allow you plenty of time to notice the difference in your allergies and breathing.
Does one mattress fit all?
You are unique, we are all different heights, shapes, and have different sleep habits. What you think is “soft” I might find “hard”. It is impossible for one mattress to fit all which is why we offer three different firmnesses.
We recommend you use the prescription tool [put in hyperlink] to see what firmness suits you and your partner. We do not recommend ever selecting a mattress less firm than the prescription tool recommends, but if you like a really firm sleeping surface you could go for a firmer option, but bear in mind this is not the “best” support option, but may fit your “comfort” preferences.
Which is the right mattress for me (and my partner)?
The most important factor in choosing the right mattress is getting one that offers enough support. Our spine is naturally in an S-curve. During the day our spine and muscles compress with the pressure we put on them through sitting, walking, and daily activities. The ideal mattress (and pillow) supports your spine in its neutral S-curve, allowing release of the days tension.
Having a mattress that is too firm means your spine will not be getting supported (usually in the lower back), putting undue pressure on your shoulders, upper back and hips. The pressure on your shoulders, upper back and hips means blood circulation is hindered and you will wake up feeling fatigued and sore. Inversely, a mattress that is too soft doesn’t allow the spine to align either. We recommend you use the Okooko Prescription Tool [hyperlink] as a starting point for support.
Natural latex mattresses are particularly favoured by people with back pain, as latex contours to the body shape and is excellent in pressure distribution, thereby allowing correct spinal alignment.
Next comes comfort. What is comfortable varies from person to person and depends on physical factors, sleep positions and what you are used to.
Don’t forget your mattress needs to allow you to move freely during the night, sleep is not a static process. It needs to be clean, dry and cool. Synthetic foams, while affordable, don’t breathe, creating a hot sleeping environment.
Is a firm mattress better for a person with back problems?
No. It is a widely held misconception that a mattress has to be firm to be good for you. Although some people may prefer a firmer feel, a mattress that provides correct support with low pressure points is a far better option. A mattress that is too firm will not support the body evenly, which results in pressure points, usually at the shoulders and hips, which can result in a disturbed sleep.
It is widely recommended you buy as big a mattress as you can physically accommodate and/or afford! The more space you have the better you will sleep. Don’t forget you may need room to accommodate the wee people in your life, the cat, the dog or whoever else joins you in bed.
Our standard mattress sizes are:
Single: 90cm wide x 190cm long x 15cm high
Single – Oeuf beds: 97cm wide x 190cm long x 17cm high
Double: 135cm wide x 190cm long x 21cm high (Heveya mattresses are 23cm high)
Queen: 150cm wide x 200cm long x 21cm high (Heveya mattresses are 23cm high)
King: 180cm wide x 200cm long x 21cm high (Heveya mattresses are 23cm high)
We are able to custom make sizes for certain countries, please contact us for information and pricing at email@example.com.
Please also note as our mattresses are finished by hand sizes may vary +/- 2cm.
The Okooko mattresses are quite thin compared to some other models on the market?
There is a trend in the market towards very thick mattresses, this is largely a marketing ploy to make it appear plusher and more luxurious, but most of the time you’re just paying for more air between springs and cheap fillings.
Our mattresses are thick enough that we can provide enough support and comfort but without making the price prohibitive. We also like the lower profile mattress as it can then be paired with more contemporary bed frames.
What next after the 100 night sleep trial?
We offer a 20-year warranty on our mattresses. We could offer longer as the quality of our mattresses is built to last far longer, but to be honest after 10 years most people’s weight, health, lifestyle and other relevant considerations have changed which means a different firmness mattress is more than likely warranted!
For more information on our warranty please visit our warranty page.
How often should your mattress be replaced? Why should I get a new mattress?
The Sleep Council1 recommends a mattress should be changed every 7-8 years. This is obviously dependent on the care, the mattress and usage. Latex mattresses are generally known to retain their resilience and bounce for much longer than foam and spring mattresses. It is estimated that 50% of the weight of an uncleaned ten-year-old mattress is from dust mites and their faeces, what more reason do you need to get a new mattress! Luckily our mattresses are hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant so even after 10 years it won’t be full of yucky things!
As we grow and age our bodies change and so do our sleep needs. The young and old generally require a softer sleeping surface, in the middle the appropriate sleep system depends on a number of environmental and physical factors. All reasons you should renew your sleep system every seven years or so to ensure that it is still fitted to you at any given stage in life.
But, if you’re having restless night’s sleep, or waking up feeling bruised and battered it might be a sign it’s time to change your mattress.
A new mattress should make you sleep better, and wake refreshed and full of energy.
What frame can I use my mattress on?
An Okooko mattress can be used on most bedframes, including a box spring or a slat base but there are a few considerations to bear in mind.
Slat Bases: If you are using a non Okooko slat base the warranty is only valid if the gaps between the slats is less than 5 centimetres. We tend to recommend a slat base to allow air to circulate around the mattress to aid in achieving a cleaner and drier sleeping environment.
Box Spring Base: Over time the springs inside will begin to poke through and may puncture your mattress. Your warranty does not cover this. One option is to place a moisture resistant piece of plywood over the box spring, we recommend drilling some holes through the plywood to aid circulation and moisture release.
Can I try the mattress or see the other products?
We have a showroom in Hong Kong and our sales staff would be more than happy to help you try a few of the mattresses and discuss our other products with you in person.
How can I pay?
We use Paypal to ensure the safety of your purchase. You can also contact us if you would prefer to do a bank transfer.
How long until I have my mattress?
We generally carry stock in Hong Kong and can usually get a mattress or other products to you within 5-7 working days if your delivery address is in Hong Kong or Macau. If it is being shipped elsewhere in the world delivery times vary depending on customs clearance etc but we will advise you when your products ship.
What does a latex mattress feel like?
If you have not slept on a latex mattress before it can feel very different to a spring or memory foam mattress. Latex is much denser than springs, so it does not bounce or roll like springs, which is great as it reduces partner disturbance and is much better for pressure distribution. It does rebound back to its original shape immediately, unlike memory foam, so you don’t get trapped in one position all night.
What’s in the mattresses?
Okooko Mattresses – The Okooko mattress has a 100% natural latex core produced in Belgium. The latex then has an organic cotton outer cover which is padded with cotton and silk for extra comfort. It has a reinforced, thicker tape edge border to give you a larger and more even sleeping surface.
Heveya Mattresses- The Heveya mattress is constructed with two layers of natural organic latex encased in a soft bamboo cover with cotton-silk padding. The combination of these natural materials ensures optimal breathability, further allowing your natural latex mattress to perform at its peak. The Heveya mattress also has a removable cover allowing you to clean the cover.
As both the Okooko and Heveya mattresses use 100% natural materials they are free from formaldehyde and meet all VOC standards so you can breathe and sleep easily.
What is latex?
Natural latex is the milky sap harvested from the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis). Rubber trees allegedly originated in Brazil, but were planted across the globe and now are mainly found in the tropics of South East Asia and Africa.
As the tree can be continually tapped it is a very sustainable resource. In addition to which a single Hevea tree absorbs about 1.8 tons of CO² in its life time, similar to a rainforest tree, making latex a super eco option.
I have heard that latex can smell?
As with any new product, there can be a mild scent upon unboxing. As no solvents are used in the manufacture of Okooko’s mattresses any smell is not toxic and should dissipate quickly in a well ventilated room.
Dunlop or Talalay?
There are two famous production processes for making latex foam for mattresses: Dunlop and Talalay. Both involve whipping the rubber sap into froth and steam baking it, a bit like baking a muffin, but the Talalay process also freezes the latex foam in a vacuum chamber. Both end up with very similar attributes with much debate over which is superior. The main advantage of the Talalay process is that it is more consistent in feel, but not significantly so. The Talalay freezing process consumes a lot of energy for little gain. As such we use latex from the Dunlop process.
What certifications does the mattress have?
Both the Okooko and Heveya latex mattress have the same certification so you can be sure your mattress is formaldehyde free, and doesn’t contain any heavy metals and meets low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).
Our products comply with a number of internationally recognized standards/certificates that guarantee safety, quality and environmentally friendly products:
- OekoTex Standard 100: Test for harmful substances which shows that our products pose no risk to human health and the environment. For all of our products we can offer the CLASS 1 certificate. This means it is classified as safe enough for babies and infants to use. Please have a look at the following link to understand what these classes mean and why they are important: Click here
- Eurolatex: another certificate that involves tests for harmful substances which we comply with.
- LGA certificate: high scores on the test results prove that the durability and elasticity of our products is excellent.
- Morton Thiokol: quality certificate which proves that our latex foam has Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal properties --> bacteria and fungi brought in the vicinity of our latex foam die off because it has no feeding ground.
In addition, the Heveya latex is from the world’s first organic certified latex plantation. To obtain this status, the plantation needed to be fertilized for 4 years with only 100% organic fertilizers. This time period allows the soil to become completely chemical free. The Heveya organic rubber plantation is audited by the Peterson Control Union Group, a European organization which does regular unannounced checks of the soil and the latex milk.
Even more impressive, the Heveya mattresses come with a certification from the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). GOLS is the gold standard of the industry and ensures that the latex in the mattress has come from trees which were grown to meet organic practices and the whole manufacturing process was sustainable and eco-friendly.
Isn’t latex a hot sleeping surface?
There is a widely held misconception that latex is hot, and if it is synthetic latex this is true. However, 100% natural latex mattresses are a much cooler sleeping surface than synthetic foam materials such as polyurethane foam, memory foam etc. Latex mattresses have an open-cell structure that encourages air to circulate. Circulation is further aided by pinholes throughout the latex core that were created during production.
Even though 100% natural latex is not a hot sleeping material make sure the other contents of any mattresses you’re looking at aren’t synthetic otherwise they will be hot. Okooko uses only natural, breathable materials in its mattresses.
Do I need to flip the mattress over?
No, none of our mattresses require flipping. However, we do recommend turning the mattress head to toe every 3-6 months.
My mattress feels uneven. What do I do?
This is most often due to the bedframe surface that the mattress is on. We recommend placing the mattress on the floor to see if it is due to the mattress or base.
Please note body impressions are a normal occurrence with any new mattress. It means the mattress is conforming and contouring to your individual body, it is not an indication of defect or structural failure. Regular rotation, end to end, of your mattress will minimize any impressions.
Okooko follows the European Eco-label Standard for latex mattresses, this means that a mattress core should not lose more than 20 mm.
What is the difference between natural and synthetic latex?
Latex is an expensive material and therefore to get some of the benefits of latex some manufacturers use synthetic latex. Some mattress companies will claim that they use “natural” latex, but be careful, this may only be a small layer of natural latex while the rest is made of synthetic latex, blended latex (natural latex mixed with synthetic latex) or foams. Synthetic latex is created from chemicals including petroleum products like styrene, and releases chemicals through a process known as off-gassing. It has some advantages in that it is cheaper and allows for more flexibility in firmness and comfort, but unfortunately you lose many of the benefits of natural latex. As soon as petrochemicals are introduced the latex begins to behave like other synthetic foams and disintegrates rapidly and obviously contains toxins. Unfortunately, even when blended with Natural latex these qualities still exist.
Where do we start! Natural Latex has numerous great attributes:
- It is super elastic (hence being used for balloons) which means it keeps bouncing back into shape. The resilience of the latex means the average life span of a latex mattress is 3-8 times the life span of a pocket spring mattress, so although initial price is more expensive over a lifespan it is considerably cheaper.
- It is naturally anti-bacterial, a reason it is used for surgical gloves (as well as elasticity).
- Naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite and mildew resistant making it a great choice for allergy and asthma sufferers.
- Reduces pressure points and prevents restricted capillary blood flow (which is the main cause of muscle aches and restless sleep).
- Breathable due to open cell structure of latex resulting in a drier, cooler sleeping environment.
- Chemical and toxin free.
- Latex mattresses consistently come out top in consumer reports on comfort due to latexes infinitely superior Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) properties.