These days it feels like Casper is the only mattress in the world.
We see their ads online, on social media and TV, in cabs and on the subway.
I’m not hating on the brand, though. I only want people to understand that Casper isn’t necessarily the best fit for everyone. There are other great modern mattress companies that have been overlooked.
Long before the Casper craze, I was looking for a new mattress. For years I had been sleeping on a foldable futon topped with a layer of memory foam. It was actually really comfortable, but it was time to have a real bed and mattress. It was time to stop living like I was still in college.
Sleep has always been important to me, though. I have severe insomnia, a symptom of a long list of health issues I won’t get into in this review. Because I need to spend more time in bed than most people to actually get the deep sleep my mind and body require, a quality mattress is one of the only luxuries I am willing to splurge on.
A quick Google search for local mattress stores revealed the New York City showroom for Keetsa, a brand I hadn’t heard of. The store was walking distance from my apartment, so I thought, “Why not?”
The elements that immediately struck me were the friendly staff and environmental themes: clouds and tea leaves. Keetsa has six mattress options, seven if you include the adorable pet bed and frame. There are two coil/spring options, two memory foam choices and two hybrid mattresses that combine the best of both structures. They also have frames, pillows and bedding, but I already had all of that and saw no reason to try it.
After about an hour of consideration and “testing” — me rolling and jumping around blissfully on their showroom mattresses — I settled on the Tea Leaf Supreme, one of their purely memory foam products that was around $1,300 at the time (I lost the receipt). Today, at least five years later, my wife and I sleep on it every night. If possible, we plan on keeping it forever.
Their cheapest mattress, the Keetsa Plus, is $495 for the twin size and increases in price as you go for something bigger. Mattresses can cost anywhere from $250 to more than $5,000, so Keetsa’s price points are not bad.
If you want to be an eco-friendly consumer, going with Keetsa will do less damage to the environment than many popular mattress brands.
Recently I learned more about what makes Keetsa products so great. If you want to be an eco-friendly consumer, going with Keetsa will do less damage to the environment than many popular mattress brands.
Unlike most memory foam mattresses that are manufactured with 100% petroleum oil, Keetsa replaces 12% with plant-based oil. Their team also uses hemp-blend fabric and recycled fiber.
I remember opening my Keetsa box and thinking about how small it was for a mattress. Everything was rolled up, yet the foam regained its shape the moment I removed it from the packaging. Apparently this packaging approach benefits the environment because the saved space means trucks can move more units. Less trips means less gas that contributes to climate change.
Keetsa is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, which is not something most mattress companies can say. Even Casper isn’t a member (or at least it didn’t show up when I searched the member database). The Keetsa team makes annual donations of $30,000 to Operation Smile, so every purchase helps underprivileged children live better lives.
Thanks to Keetsa, I have been sleeping well, at least for an insomniac. Now I know I can sleep somewhat sustainably, too.
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