Are you in the market for a new mattress? While you have many factors to consider when you choose a mattress, these seven tips may help guide you in the selection process. Your mattress will affect your nights—and days—for years to come, and it deserves careful thought.
Internationally Recognized Standard
One of the key considerations when you choose a mattress may be simpler than you think: being sure that the flexible polyurethane foam it contains meets CertiPUR-US® standards for content, emissions and durability. This internationally recognized foam certification program was established in 2008 to combat imported substandard foams—some of which contained substances that had been banned in the U.S. or were listed by environmental and regulatory groups as containing chemicals that may cause cancer, may cause genetic defects, or may damage fertility or the unborn child. Our Technical Guidelines are a living document, updated frequently taking into consideration evidence-based, good science.
What CertiPUR-US Certification Means
When you buy products containing CertiPUR-US®-certified foam, you can be confident that the flexible polyurethane foam inside has been analyzed by independent, accredited laboratories and is:
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead and heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
Although CertiPUR-US®-certified products might sport a special hangtag or logo with the CertiPUR-US® logo, companies are not required to label their products or packaging. Visit our website for the current company list, which is updated weekly. Occasionally, a company is legitimately using certified foam but hasn’t taken the necessary steps to complete registration. If you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details, we can research that for you, and notify the company about the registration process. Remember, if the company or brand is not listed on our website, we cannot know if the foam is certified.
If You’re Not Sure the Foam Is Certified
If you feel a company is misrepresenting the CertiPUR-US® certification, please send specific information to email@example.com (or click here) and we will investigate. The integrity of our program is enhanced through vigilant protection. CertiPUR-US certified foams are tested and analyzed twice during the first year in our program and annually thereafter. In addition, we conduct random on-site foam production plant checks of participating foam producers to ensure compliance.