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What Is A Mattress With CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam?

What Is A Mattress With CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam?

Consumers are more health-conscious than ever. Just about everything in the home now has a non-toxic or natural alternative.

So you’ve got your organic shampoo and bamboo toothbrush. Maybe you’ve even ditched store-bought cleaner and have started using baking soda.

But what about your mattress? Is it safe to sleep on? If you’re sleeping on anything other than a mattress with CertiPUR-US® certified foams, you may be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals and VOCs that can disrupt your sleep cycle.

You spend a lot of time in bed, but most people are not in the habit of understanding the importance of sleeping on a sade and clean surface. Even if you have the most comfortable mattress, if it’s not free of harmful chemicals, each night, you expose your lungs to volatile organic compounds or VOCs that can lead to irritation and broader health issues.

Buying a new mattress isn’t always the most straightforward purchase, but it’s one of the most important. Sleep is a primary pillar of perfect health, and a quality mattress that is also safe to sleep on will deliver an array of benefits to your well-being.

We’ll tell you why you should make your next bed with a mattress with CertiPUR-US® certified foam, where to find one, and how you’ll benefit.

What does CertiPUR-US® stand for?

CertiPUR-US® certified is an internationally recognized testing standard that inspects the material content, emissions, and durability of flexible polyurethane foams. Polyurethane foams that have the CertiPUR-US® certified label have been independently tested in an accredited laboratory and come with a guarantee that they do not contain harmful chemicals.

Established in 2008, CertiPUR-US® is an organization that aims to combat substandard foam production and to eradicate manufacturing processes that use substances that are banned in the US. 

The CertiPUR-US® program and testing methodology were developed collaboratively with input from the foam manufacturing industry, environmentalists, chemists, accredited laboratory research scientists, and even representing members from the furniture industry.

CertiPUR-US® is administered by a not-for-profit organization that aims to keep consumers safe and empower lives with secure sleep solutions.

What Is A Mattress With CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam?

CertiPur US Certified mattress

A mattress with CertiPUR-US® certified foam is a type of mattress that is constructed using foams that have been independently certified by the CertiPUR-US® program. These foams were tested to ensure they are:

  1. Made without ozone depleters
  2. Made without PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
  3. Made without mercury, lead, and heavy metals
  4. Made without formaldehyde
  5. Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  6. Have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

Most mattresses are constructed with one of several layers of flexible polyurethane foam. Memory foam is a polyurethane foam that is widely used in many modern mattress designs. Memory foam mattresses are exceedingly popular because they have an incredible ability to conform to the body. Viscoelastic properties create a cradling effect around muscles and joints, helping to alleviate pain from pressure points.

Check out Puffy mattress reviews from real customers and see how we compare with other brands.

How To Identify A Mattress With CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam

When you are buying best mattress online or in-store, keep a lookout for a CertiPUR-US® certified label on the mattress packaging or label.

Most certified brands make the certification stamp visible, but it is not mandatory to have it. For extra peace of mind, you can find all participating companies on the CertiPUR-US® website.

Even if a brand showcases the CertiPUR-US® certified label, the CertiPUR-US® program always recommends that consumers crosscheck this information so they can be extra sure the mattress is safe and sound to sleep on.

Are CertiPUR-US® mattresses safe?

The popularity of foam mattresses has skyrocketed in recent years. When NASA invented memory foam in the 1970s, mattress manufacturing processes revolutionized.

The highly adaptive nature of memory foam and its ability to compress is why we can now buy luxury mattresses online from the comfort of our home. Not to mention, at a fraction of the price we once had to pay. Despite this, some people question how safe a foam mattress is, and if they contain chemicals and toxins that can cause harm.

We can’t speak for all foam mattresses, but we can speak for ours. All Puffy mattress foams are CertiPUR-US® certified. Each Puffy mattress foam layer is independently tested in a lab to the highest possible global foam safety and quality standards.

Rest assured, if you are sleeping on a Puffy mattress, it’s been tested thoroughly to ensure it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

One of the central questions most people have about a compressed foam mattress is: Does it have an off-gassing smell? Off-gassing is a reaction that occurs when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) break down in the air and release a slight odor.

That new car smell most people love is an example of off-gassing. As is the scent that emits from a fresh coat of paint. Off-gassing is a common natural reaction found in many manufactured products. When you buy a quality product, any slight sensation of off-gassing isn’t harmful.

However, the best products will have minimal to no off-gassing due to advanced manufacturing processes that eliminate harmful VOCs during production. Memory foam mattresses like the Puffy Mattress, Puffy Lux, and Puffy Royal, are all made using CertiPUR-US® certified foam, which guarantees low VOC emissions.

CertiPUR-US® Certified Foams In Kids Mattresses

Are CertiPUR mattresses safe?

You can find CertiPUR-US® certified foams in all standard mattress sizes, including crib mattresses. Children can be very sensitive to odors and VOCs, which is why it’s imperative to ensure your kids are sleeping on a bed that is made with CertiPUR-US® certified foam.

Over 6.1 million children in America have asthma and respiratory conditions. It’s the leading factor of hospitalization for young people under the age of 18. More than ever, parents are paying closer attention to the bedroom products they buy for children.

Proper sleep is critical for the mental and physical development of children. After all, sleep empowers learning, memory, cognition, immunity, and growth. It also contributes to mood and behavior. It’s best to avoid any mattress and bedding materials that are not independently certified so you can protect the health and well-being of your family.

Other CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam Products

Mattress and bedding manufacturing has come a very long way. Customers have endless choices when it’s time for a mattress upgrade or a new pillow.

As well as award-winning mattresses, you can also buy a wide range of other products made with CertiPUR-US® certified foam that are incredibly comfy.

CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam In Pillows

Pillows with CertiPUR-US® certified foam can help you wake up feeling refreshed and reduce strain on the neck and shoulders. If you find yourself waking up stiff in the morning, switching to a memory foam pillow might provide the respite you need to sleep better and wake up pain-free.

Ideally, you should change your pillow every two years or so, especially if you have never washed it. Pillows are notorious for trapping dust, dead skin, and other nasty debris that can impact your health and sleep cycle. When it is time for an upgrade, choose a pillow that has a CertiPUR-US® certified foam fill, so you feel super-cozy, as well as safe.

CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam In Body Pillows

If you love to cuddle when you sleep, a body pillow is for you. When placed between the knee, body pillows take the pressure off the lower back and ease tension from hips and knees. The best body pillows are made from memory foam - they feel plush without compromising body-adaptive properties that help align sleeping posture. The best memory foam body pillows are made with CertiPUR-US® certified foams so that you can feel good about your comfort.

Puffy Products With CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam

Puffy is one of the best-known companies for manufacturing quality mattresses and pillows using CertiPUR-US® certified foams. The CertiPUR-US® program has tested the foam used in every mattress and pillow in our collection.

Better sleep should be simple, and feeling safe and secure in the comfort of your home is essential.


We get it - there are a lot of mattress options available. But next time you are shopping, you can make buying a new mattress a whole lot easier by keeping an eye out for a CertiPUR-US® certified label. Comfort and support will always be must-haves for a goodnight's sleep, but safety and peace of mind will ensure you have even sweeter dreams.

Ready to explore your options now? Try any Puffy mattress, all of which are made with CertiPUR-US® certified foam, for a risk-free 101-night sleep trial. If it doesn’t work for you, you can return it for free, and we’ll give you a full refund. That’s how much we care about the quality of your sleep. 

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