With so many brands that claim to have the “best mattress,” it can feel impossible to know where to start your search for a new bed. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide to help you find the perfect mattress without having to compromise. So take a deep breath and close all those other browser tabs that are taking your mattress-buying anxiety to the next level.
In this guide, you’ll learn about all the things you should consider when shopping for a new mattress. Then we’ll reveal the top 10 best-rated mattresses for every type of sleeper based on extensive testing and consumer research. This guide will save you time, money and frustration, but most importantly, it will help you get your best sleep ever. We keep this guide up-to-date with the best mattress deals to save you even more money.
If you want to skip ahead to see all of the top-rated mattresses, simply click on the link below.
Best Mattresses of 2019 Preview
Before we dive in, take a look at a few of the top-rated mattresses of 2019
Type: Hybrid: pocket springs and foam
Firmness: Medium-firm – firm: 7/10
Trial Period: 100 days
Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
Summary: Luxury hybrid mattress by Leesa offering great edge support and motion isolation
SCORE 9.4 / 10
Type: Gel memory foam
Firmness: Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
Trial Period: 365 days
Warranty: Lifetime warranty as long as you own the mattress
Summary: Affordable quality mattress with excellent trial period
Score : 8.6 / 10
Type: Hybrid: coil on coil and memory foam with euro pillow-top
Firmness: Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10
Trial Period: 120 days
Warranty: 15-year limited warranty
Summary: Customizable luxury hybrid mattress
Score 8.7 / 10
Why do you need a new mattress?
The general rule is that you should change your mattress every 7-10 years. Unfortunately, there’s not an alarm that goes off letting you know it’s time for an upgrade, but if you’re not sleeping well and haven’t hit that limit, it’s time to start shopping.
If you’ve had your mattress for more than 5 years, it’s a good idea to pay closer attention to its overall condition. Take note of how well you’re sleeping, if you’re waking up feeling groggy or achy or if you feel like you’re sinking into the mattress too much. These could be indications that your mattress is losing its shape.
Here’s some information to help you decide if it’s time for a new mattress depending on the type of mattress you have.
The Average Lifespan of a Mattress by Type
|Mattress Type||Average Lifespan||Notes|
|Innerspring||7-8 years||Even if you’ve flipped and rotated your innerspring mattress regularly, the core is still made of metal wire, which tends to sag and lose its form over time.|
|Foam / Memory Foam||Up to 10 years||While this material is generally better at holding its shape, it still doesn’t last forever. It can last up to 10 years if you’re diligent about rotating it and keeping it clean.|
|Latex||Up to 15 years||Latex mattresses tend to have the most longevity. A good quality latex mattress can last up to 15 years because of its durable makeup.|
Of course, the average lifespan of a mattress depends on factors beyond just the type of mattress you have – like how often you use it, the kind of sleeper you are, your body weight, if you have children jumping around on it often and if you share your bed with your pets.
And we hate to break it to you, but if you’ve had your mattress for more than 5 years, there are most definitely dust mites, bacteria, and other microorganisms that have crept their way into your mattress layers – no matter how clean you think you are. (Fun fact: the average person sweats out half a pint of perspiration every night. Gross, we know.)
Here are some other signs that it might be time for a new mattress:
- You’re in pain when you wake up
- You regularly wake up feeling groggy or achy
- You tend to sleep better in a hotel room or somewhere other than your own bed
- Your mattress is feeling a little saggy or lumpy
- You feel like you’re sinking too deeply into your mattress
- You wake up with numbness in your limbs
- You find yourself tossing and turning in the middle of the night
- You can feel when your sleeping partner makes even the slightest movement on the other side of the bed
Even though a new mattress might seem like a significant investment, getting quality, restorative sleep is critical to your health. And in some cases, you’ve simply outgrown your bed. David Brummett, VP of Merchandising for Mattress Firm puts it like this:
“Over the course of 8 years, a lot of life moments can happen. Just because your bed was perfect at the start of college does not mean it will still be the right bed for you 8 years later. While a mattress can be a lofty investment, your sleep and health are definitely worth the spend in the long run.”
What are the different types of mattresses available?
Now that you’ve decided it’s time for a new, upgraded, less lumpy, better smelling mattress, the next step is figuring out what type of mattress you should get.
There’s endless research out there to help you decide, but we’ve simplified what you really need to know about the most popular types of mattresses available.
Foam / Memory Foam
- Overall customer satisfaction: 80%
- Average price range: $675 – $1,000
Foam and memory foam mattresses make up the majority of online mattresses available. These are typically a medium on the firmness scale and tend to be better for people with back pain as it helps with lumbar support, pressure relief and body contouring. It’s also great for motion transfer (if your partner moves around a lot, you won’t feel it).
Memory foam will be more contouring, meaning it will hug your body more than other mattresses will and won’t provide as much bounce or freedom of movement. So if don’t typically move around a lot throughout the night, memory foam might be a good option for you. It’s also worth noting that many of “foam” mattresses you see today are not purely memory foam but a foam blend made with other materials.
Because of the “hug” that memory foam provides, this type of mattress has been known to sleep hot. However, Helen Sullivan, spokesperson for CertiPUR-US, advises that this issue has largely been alleviated with new foam technology:
“When these foams first became popular, some said they were warmer to sleep on. However, technological advances in foam production have largely eliminated these problems by using different foam formulations, and in some cases, special cool foams, cooling gel foam, etc.”
If you’re shopping for a foam mattress, you’ll want to pay close attention to what the foams are made of. Look for mattresses that use CertiPUR-US® certified foams. This means that the foam is made without formaldehyde, PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris’) flame retardants, ozone depleters, and other harmful chemicals. It also means there is low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emission for indoor air quality. Essentially, CertiPUR-US® certified foams are better for you and the environment.
You can find brands that offer CertiPUR-US® certified foams here.
Pros and cons of memory foam
|AffordableGood at keeping motion transfer at a minimum (you won’t feel your sleeping partner moving)Good for alleviating back painGood for pressure reliefContours and conforms to your body||Won’t provide as much freedom of movementCertain models can trap body heat causing you to sleep hotTend to be thinner than traditional innerspring mattressesIf foams are not labeled as CertiPUR-US certified, they could be harmful to the environment and air quality in your bedroomNot always ideal for stomach sleepers, as this can cause misalignment in the spine which can lead to back pain|
- Overall customer satisfaction: 64%
- Average price range: $2,000-$5,000
When you think of the “traditional” type of mattress, innerspring (or coil) is probably what comes to mind. This is one of the most widely used types of mattresses and is made with at least one layer of spring metal coils. Innerspring mattresses have great bounce, strong edge support, and are usually pretty good about keeping you cool.
Because of the metal coils inside, innerspring beds are pretty heavy and may ship full size (if that’s a factor that will impact your decision). If you’re looking for something that can contour your body well, then an innerspring mattress is probably not for you. Since there’s a decent amount of empty space in an innerspring mattress, you won’t get as much pressure relief as you would with other types of mattresses, but you will have more freedom of movement, which is beneficial if you tend to move around a lot at night.
Russell Whatcott, Director of Innovation at Purple explains it like this:
“The standard springs [in an innerspring mattress] have what is called a spring constant. This means that the harder you push against a spring the harder it pushes back against you. The difficulty with a spring constant is that it can be difficult to get the pressure relief that many people crave while also getting the support (like in the lower back) that most of us need. Usually, you have to make a bit of a compromise in order to get the rest you need.”
Pros and cons of innerspring
|Responsive (good if you tend to change positions throughout the night)Strong edge supportGood airflow (helps keep you cool)||Can be expensiveHeavy/difficult to maneuverWill not contour your body or provide as much pressure relief|
- Overall customer satisfaction: 75%
- Average price range: $900-$2,000
The downsides? Latex mattresses tend to be more expensive. They are also very dense, meaning they’re going to be on the heavier side. Depending on the type of latex you get, you may notice some of that synthetic, chemically smell for the first few days. But if you opt for a natural latex mattress, you won’t need to worry about that. Natural latex mattresses will come at a higher price tag, but you really are getting the best of the best when it comes to mattresses.
Pros and cons of latex
|Provides pressure relief + freedom of movementDurable and will last a long time (up to 15 years)Sleeps cool||ExpensiveVery heavy/difficult to maneuverCan contain harmful chemicals if not organic|
- Overall customer satisfaction: 81%
- Average price range: $1,000-$1,800
A hybrid mattress usually refers to a mattress that’s made with a combination of memory foam and springs, but it can include other materials and combinations as well (like latex and memory foam). Hybrids tend to offer a good balance of support and pressure relief while providing a cooler sleeping surface that pure memory foam. Motion transfer will also be better on a hybrid than innerspring alone with the help of more motion-absorbing layers.
If you and your significant other want different things in a mattress, then a hybrid might be the best option for you. However, getting the best of both worlds can sometimes mean a higher price point. Hybrid mattresses can also be extremely heavy, making transporting and handling challenging in some cases.
Benefits of a hybrid mattress
Adam Tishman, co-founder of Helix Sleep, specializes in custom hybrid mattresses. He says:
“A hybrid mattress offers the best of both worlds. You get the bounce and cradling effect of springs balanced with the contouring and cushioning of foam. Traditional all innerspring beds can feel stiff and don’t isolate motion well, while all memory foam beds sleep extremely hot and can feel too dense. It’s all about the right balance!”
In a recent Mattress Advisor study, we found that 45% of respondents are currently sleeping on an innerspring mattress, but only 12.6% prefer this type of mattress. Memory foam was the most preferred choice at 34.5%.
PREFERRED MATTRESS TYPES (Survey of 2,000 people)
What are the most important things to look for in a new mattress?
If you’ve done any research on mattresses already, you’ve probably noticed that the mattress industry has its very own lingo – with words like “responsiveness” and “motion transfer.” While they might seem like “fluff” words, they’re actually important factors to consider when choosing a mattress that’s going to best meet your needs.
Here’s a breakdown of these key mattress features – in plain old English – to help you understand why these are so critical when finding the best mattress. It’s important to note that sometimes you won’t be able to realize how well a mattress performs on these factors until you try it out for a few nights. So if you’re not sure what mattress is best for you, make sure to invest in a mattress with a risk-free trial period.
When comparing mattresses, you want to look for something that will support your body so that your spine can remain in its natural position. A healthy spine position allows your muscles to rest, meaning you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning.
If you’re a side sleeper, the line from your tailbone to your neck should be straight. If you’re a back sleeper, your spine should retain its natural curve when you’re lying down on a mattress that provides good support. Stomach sleepers will have a bit more trouble maintaining the natural curve just by nature of the position.
As a rule of thumb, you’ll want a mattress that takes the shape of your spine (providing pressure relief), while simultaneously supporting your weight so your back is aligned properly, according to Vik Singh, founder of Spine & Vigor.
Chiropractor Dr. Michael McGovern, D.C. of Chiro One Wellness Centers explains:
“The impact your bed has on spinal alignment is dependent on the individual’s anatomy. Does a pear-shaped side sleeper need a softer mattress to accommodate the curviness of their anatomy? Does a back sleeper with a hyper- or hypo-lordotic lumbar curve also require a softer mattress to support their lumbar region?
The answer is not straightforward and as always the best advice I can recommend is to spend hours on the bed you’re considering buying before making your final decision. We all have different sizes and shapes and will respond better to certain mattress types.”
Mattress Advisor spine alignment test
Your body will be best supported by a mattress that evenly distributes your body weight so the heavier parts of your body, like your hips and shoulders, don’t sink in too deeply. If they do, your mattress could be causing strain on your pressure points.
You’ll want to look for a mattress that pushes back when you apply pressure (but not too much). Different mattresses will offer better pressure relief for different body types – so if you’re smaller, you won’t need as much pushback, but if you’re larger, you’ll want to make sure the mattress is proving proper support and you’re not sinking in too much.
Mattress Advisor pressure relief test
Responsiveness just means how well a mattress reacts and adjusts to your body movements while you sleep. We all move while we sleep, but this is especially important for people who are restless sleepers or tend to change positions often throughout the night.
Motion transfer refers to how well a mattress absorbs movement. For example, if your sleeping partner is tossing, turning or getting up throughout the night and you’d rather not be bothered by it, you’ll want to look for a mattress that isolates motion well. This also helps if your pets share a bed with you. Memory foam and foam blend mattresses tend to be best for motion transfer.
Firmness just means how firm or soft a mattress feels. While all humans are different, the type of sleeper you are usually helps dictate the level of firmness you should look for. Firmness is measured on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the firmest. (But honestly, unless you find comfort in sleeping on a pile of cotton balls or wood floor, we wouldn’t recommend a 1 or 10 – that’s extreme).
- Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses (3-6) that contour their body well and provides pressure relief around the hips and shoulders. Typically foam mattresses are better for side sleepers although adding a pillow top to your mattress can also help make this position more comfortable.
- Stomach sleepers usually prefer a slightly firmer mattress (4-7) for better support since they tend to put more stress on the spine when sleeping in this position. Medium firmness foam mattresses are usually a preferred choice for stomach sleepers but you can also find middle-ground firmness on innerspring and hybrid.
- Back sleepers need good support on their lower back especially and tend to prefer firmer mattresses (6-8). Most types of mattresses (even memory foam) offer some degree of higher firmness, but you probably want to stay away from mattresses that are on the softer side.
Dr. McGovern, D.C., will usually recommend a mattress on the firmer side to his patients as mattresses tend to get softer over time.
Contrary to popular belief, firmness and support are two different things. Vik from Spine & Vigor explains it like this: “Firmness is the pushback you feel from your mattress at certain pressure points. Support [on the other hand], is the weight your mattress foundation can hold to support your body properly.”
36% of people who sleep with a partner claim that they prefer a different firmness level than their partner does.
Temperature control / heat transfer
While you’re sleeping, you want to make sure your mattress is helping to transfer heat away from your body, not keep it trapped within its layers. (No one wants to wake up in a pile of sweat.)
Mattresses that offer a cool sleeping surface include: breathable, or aerated, layers that promote airflow, materials that help wick heat away (like wool covers), air channels, or materials designed specifically to react to your body’s temperature, like Celliant.
“The reason temperature impacts sleep so much is that we have to have a decrease in our core body temperature in order to fall asleep. If you have ever had a fever, you know what that feels like – you don’t sleep very well! We have very fragmented sleep when we have a fever and that’s because our core body temp can’t decrease. The ideal temp for sleeping is 65 – 68 degrees. If that’s too cold for you, just pile on more blankets. As long as your head is exposed to that cold air, you will decrease your core body temp.”
– Dr. Robert Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute
When looking for your perfect mattress, you want quality, premium material that will last (preferably without tons of nasty chemicals). The strength of the material is important – you don’t want sagging or lumps and want your mattress to maintain its elasticity and support for years to come.
Edge support is what prevents you from rolling off the mattress in the middle of the night. Innerspring mattresses usually have a separate support layer around the edges that help keep you on it, while foam mattresses typically don’t have a separate edge layer. However, it’s also harder to “roll off” of a foam mattress.
This factor is important if you’re a particularly restless sleeper (or have a history of falling off beds…), or if you use the end of your bed to put your socks and shoes on in the morning.
Trial, warranty and return policy
Even if a thousand people love a mattress, it doesn’t mean you will too. Everyone’s body is different therefore you’re going to respond to your mattress differently. Before you buy your mattress, make sure you pay attention to the trial period you have, what’s covered under your warranty, and return policy (most of our favorites have a very generous trial period, warranty policy and hassle-free returns).
You should also try to give your mattress at least 30 days to “break it in” and see if it’s right for you before you kick it to the curb. (Although we don’t recommend actually kicking it to the curb if you want a refund.)
“You have to give your body time to adjust. Maybe you have a “wow” moment the first time you try out a new mattress, but your body is in a different state when you’re sleeping. You have got to give yourself time. That’s why we say 30 days. You have to give your body a chance to adjust and adapt. It doesn’t matter whose product it is, you can’t make a judgment really quickly.”
– Jamie Diamonstein, Co-founder of Leesa
For reference, most online mattress companies offer a trial period of 100 nights or more.
Most of our favorite mattresses ship free and fast, but you should also pay attention to how it ships. If you live in a small or walk-up apartment, then mattresses that ship condensed in a box might be more convenient than mattresses that ship full size.
We know it can be hard to picture something as big as a mattress being shipped in a box that’s a fraction of the size, but it really is possible. Here’s proof!
If you can’t visualize lugging a full-size mattress up a flight of stairs going smoothly, it probably won’t go smoothly. There are also some companies who will come take your old mattress for a small fee (~$40) and set up your new mattress for you.
When it comes to size, the best mattress for you can be determined by considering two important factors: who will be sleeping on it and where will it go?
Who will be sleeping on it?
While this certainly has to do with the size of the people who will be sleeping on it, it also has to do with personal preference.
If you’re single or shopping for children/teens then a twin or full size mattress will probably be suitable. The most common size for couples is a queen size mattress because it fits well into most bedrooms and is large enough to give both people the space they need to sleep without disturbing each other. Sheets and other accessories are also cheaper and more available for queen beds than larger sizes.
King size mattresses have crept up in the popularity polls recently because they essentially offer couples as much space in bed with their partner as if they were alone in a twin. If you’re a restless sleeper who needs lots of room, then a king mattress is the way to go. It’s also a popular choice among couples with pets or children who sneak into bed every now and then.
For taller or larger folks, California king might seem attractive. Buyers of both king sizes should be aware of increased costs for the bed itself and accessories, and more challenging set-up due to the size and weight of the mattress.
In a recent Mattress Advisor study among couples who share a bed, 46% sleep on a queen, 44% sleep on a king and 9% sleep on a California king.
Here are the dimensions* for standard bed sizes so you know what to expect:
|Twin||38” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”|
*Note: mattresses differ in their height, which is why we are only providing width and length as standard dimensions.
Where will it go?
If you’re moving into a new space or looking to change the size of your mattress, be sure to plan ahead by measuring how your new mattress will fit into your sleeping area. Knowing that your new mattress will fit in your room (along with any other furniture) ahead of time can save you a major headache later on. One member of our team had to cut a custom-made “extra long” double bed back down to standard size so that the bedroom door of his tiny 400 square foot Boston apartment would actually open and close.
If you are planning to change things up, there are a number of free room planning tools available that will allow you to see what your new setup might look like before you pull the trigger. We like Roomstyler 3D Home Planner which allows you to customize your room layout and already has different bed sizes and standard furniture pieces pre-loaded.
While we’re focusing on high-quality mattresses in this article (that are also affordable) we feel like we need to warn you about prices that are too low and too high. If you find a mattress under $500 (for a queen), it typically means they’re cutting corners or using cheaper materials. Which means you’ll likely end up getting low quality sleep.
Many of the online-only brands that cut out the middleman fees can offer a great quality mattress for under $1,000 for a queen size mattress. Certainly, there are mattresses that are more expensive than that, but you’re likely paying for bells and whistles, or hidden markups at that point.
A mattress can feel like a big investment, but you can also think about price this way: If you buy a $1,000 mattress, only sleep on it for 300 days out of the year, and own it for 7 years, you’re essentially paying $0.48 a day to get a great night’s sleep. (Your latte costs 10x more than that.)
Mattress Advisor surveyed 2,000 people to see which factors were most important to them when shopping for a mattress. The factors they considered “very important” were comfort (91.41%), support (81.37%), durability (77.06%) and price (76.58%).
|Factor||Very important||Not at all important||Moderately important|
The Best Mattresses of 2019
At Mattress Advisor, we’ve tested and compared hundreds of different mattresses and gathered thousands of consumer reviews to determine the best mattresses for every type of sleeper. Here you’ll see the top product in each category.
Best mattresses overview:
|1. Best Overall||Sapira|
|2. Best Budget Mattress||Nectar|
|3. Best Luxury Mattress||Saatva|
|4. Best for Side Sleepers||Leesa|
|5. Best for Back Pain||Level Sleep|
|6. Best for Stomach Sleepers||Puffy Lux|
|7. Best for Couples||Helix|
|8. Best for Hot Sleepers||Brooklyn Aurora|
|9. Best for Heavy People||Big Fig|
|10. Best Organic Mattress||ZenHaven|
For more information on our top-rated mattress and why we think they’re great, keep reading.
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1. Best Mattress Overall
- Luxury hybrid mattress made with pocket springs and foam
- Responsive sleep surface that reacts to your body as you move and change positions
- Superior motion isolation and edge support
4.5 / 5
9.4 / 10
Medium-firm – firm: 7/10
Why we love it
It’s hard to fit the Sapira into any one particular category because it’s good at a lot of things. As one of our highest-rated mattress, we find ourselves recommending the Sapira to all types of sleepers. The main reason is because of its impeccable responsiveness and pressure relief. So no matter what position you sleep in, Sapira will adjust your body’s position and provide the right amount of support and pressure relief in the areas you need it most. This is the perfect recipe for deep, restorative sleep that many people only dream about.
Inside the Sapira
Sapira’s surface is hard to explain, but Goldilocks was onto something when she said, “not to firm, not too soft, just right.” The top layer of the Sapira is a cooling, high-density foam that contours your body, but doesn’t cause you to sink or feel stuck. Then you have memory foam, which helps with pressure relief. Think of it as a cushion that pushes back on areas of high pressure, like your hips and shoulders.
What really sets Sapira apart is the way that the top foam layers and the bottom pocket springs work together. The individual pocket springs inside the Sapira provide additional support, freedom of movement, and durability. But with the spring and foam combination, you’re really getting the best of both worlds – a comfortable and supportive sleep surface, with the bounce and resiliency that many foam-only mattresses are lacking.
The Sapira also provides exceptional motion isolation – so if you share your bed with a partner or pets, you won’t be disturbed by them moving around in the middle of the night. Different from many other foam-only mattresses, the Sapira also has great edge support – so no matter where you find yourself sleeping on the mattress, you’ll have sufficient support all around.
When you buy a Sapira mattress, you can also sleep better knowing you’re supporting a company that is making the world a better place. Leesa (the company that makes Sapira) donates one mattress for every 10 sold to non-profit organizations that serve homeless and at-risk individuals. They plant one tree for every purchase made and donate a portion of their profits for sheets to 42nd Street, an organization that supports mental and emotional well-being in young people.
Who it’s good for
While Sapira wins the award for “best overall” mattress, it’s particularly good for:
- Couples: Sapira does a good job of keeping motion transfer at a minimum so you won’t be disturbed by your partner.
- People with back pain: Sapira’s high performance in pressure relief and spine alignment make it ideal for relieving back and joint pain while you sleep.
- People who sleep hot: Sapira is designed to promote airflow so your body heat doesn’t get trapped inside its layers.
You’re getting a whole lot of mattress for the price of the Sapira. The standard price for a queen mattress is $1,595, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
2. Best Budget Mattress
BEST BUDGET MATTRESS
- The Nectar mattress sleeps cool, provides great pressure relief and won’t put a dent in your wallet
- For the price, you’re still getting a good quality mattress that’s designed to last
- Nectar also offers one of the industry’s best return policy and “Forever Warranty”
This mattress has made a difference in the way I sleep.”Paul H.
4.8 / 5
8.6 / 10
Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
Why we love it
On the surface, there are a few immediate things that set Nectar apart from other mattresses: It has one of the longest trial periods in the industry (a full year!), its warranty is valid for as long as you own the mattress, and it won’t put a dent in your budget either.
Nectar’s gel memory foam surface provides great pressure relief and motion isolation. It will give you more of a “hugging” feel, which is ideal for people who don’t tend to move around a ton throughout the night. As an added bonus, Nectar’s proprietary cover is specifically designed to keep out dust mites!
The standard price for a queen Nectar mattress is $699, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Budget Mattresses Runners-Up
Tuft & Needle
3. Best Luxury Mattress
BEST LUXURY MATTRESS
- Customizable mattress made with quality materials and eco-friendly
- Provides great edge support, lumbar support and pressure relief
- Exceptional customer service and free white-glove delivery
Believe me, this mattress is as good or better than they advertise it to be.”N Malenke
4.8 / 5
8.7 / 10
Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10
Why we love it
The Saatva mattress will make you feel like you’re sleeping in a 5-star hotel. It’s made with layers of coil-on-coil construction that sit below memory foam and a plush euro pillow-top. The Saatva mattress is handcrafted in independent, American factories using high-quality materials like organic cotton, eco-friendly foams and recycled steel rod coil units.
Saatva’s superior customer service will also make you feel like royalty. The company offers free in-home set-up for your new mattress and free removal of your old mattress to help make the transition to your new mattress easier. You also won’t have to lift a finger!
In addition to the luxury feel, Saatva also offers exceptional spine alignment to promote healthy and restorative sleep. If you tend to move around throughout the night, Saatva will support your movements no matter what position you sleep in. The best part is that a Saatva mattress is built to last. It’s one of the most durable mattresses on the market, meaning you’ll reap these benefits for years to come.
Click the link below to see the best price on a Saatva mattress.
Best Luxury Mattress Runners-Up
Alexander Signature Hybrid
Allswell Luxe Hybrid
4. Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS
- An excellent choice for side sleepers due to its pressure relieving properties and spine support
- Responsive mattress that adjusts to your body movements throughout the night
- Contours your body in the areas that need it most, without trapping heat
My only regret is not buying this bed earlier.”Erin S.
4.8 / 5
9.3 / 10
Medium firm: 6/10
Why we love it
If you’re a side sleeper, it’s important to look for a mattress that will evenly distribute your body weight and support your pressure points – particularly in areas of high pressure like your hips, shoulders and knees. The Leesa mattress is our top pick for side sleepers because of its excellent contouring properties that help relieve this type of pressure.
The Leesa also scored very well in our spine alignment test – meaning this mattress will help keep your spine in a straight line while sleeping on your side.
Another area that Leesa scored highly in during our testing is responsiveness. This means that no matter what position you sleep in, Leesa will provide the support you need. Since side sleepers tend to change positions throughout the night more than other positions, this is a favorable trait when looking for the best mattress for side sleepers.
The standard price for a queen Leesa mattress is $995, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers Runners-Up
5. Best Mattress for Back Pain
BEST FOR BACK PAIN
- Recommended by doctors and chiropractors for people who suffer from back pain.
- Participants in Level Sleep’s clinical trial reported a 54% reduction in morning stiffness.
- Its patented TriSupport™ technology offers optimal lumbar support and pressure relief on shoulder and hip zones.
The varied support in the mattress lends itself to a pain-free, relaxed sleep.”Barbara G.
4.5 / 5
8.4 / 10
Why we love it
The Level Sleep TriSupport mattress is our top pick for mattresses that help with back pain. This foam mattress was designed to provide different levels of support in the places that need it most. For example, your shoulders and hips require a different level of pressure relief than your torso does, and Level Sleep’s foam system supports that. This level of customized support helps to keep your body weight evenly distributed and your spine appropriately aligned. These factors play a big role in helping to alleviate back pain while you sleep.
We also appreciate and admire Level Sleep’s dedication to offering restorative, healthy sleep. The company has been active in sleep research for more than 15 years and has even conducted its own Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved sleep study which found that subjects who slept on the Level Sleep mattress experienced a 54% reduction in morning stiffness and a 56% reduction of pain. It’s also been recommended by doctors and chiropractors.
The standard price for a queen Level Sleep mattress is $1,599. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.
Best Mattress for Back Pain Runners-Up
Tuft & Needle Mint
6. Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
BEST FOR STOMACH SLEEPERS
- Puffy Lux is Puffy’s premier mattress model made with patent-pending Cooling Cloud Foam and the Puffy Cloud Cover.
- The Puffy Lux’s Cooling Cloud & Plush Cloud Foam work in tandem to melt the stress and strain from your body’s pressure points.
- It’s the ideal firmness for stomach sleepers.
Waking up in the morning is an overall soothing experience.Courtney
5 / 5
8.8 / 10
Medium-soft to medium: 5.5 – 7
Why we love it
If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll want to find a mattress that’s slightly soft on the top, but firm enough to provide spine alignment and pressure relief. The Puffy Lux offers exactly what stomach sleepers will want in a mattress.
Puffy’s gel-infused memory foam uses convection and conduction technology to disperse heat away from your body, increasing airflow 8x more than standard foam mattresses.
The standard price for a queen Puffy Lux mattress is $1,795, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers Runners-Up
7. Best Mattress for Couples
BEST FOR COUPLES
- The Helix mattress is a bed that’s made just for you…literally. With the Helix Color-MATCH system, you’ll be paired with one of nine new mattress models based on your personal sleeping preferences.
- Helix is ideal for couples who have different sleeping preferences – you can actually customize each side of the bed.
The support is perfect for both of us.Ian
4.6 / 5
8.9 / 10
Customizable: Varies based on selection
Why we love it
The thing that makes Helix the best mattress for couples is that no matter how different your sleeping styles are, you can both find comfort on the Helix.
Simply complete the Helix Sleeping Quiz, answer questions about your individual sleep style and comfort preferences, and get matched with your perfect mattress. You’ll have the option to blend the mattress based on both of your answers or customize each side of the bed. There’s literally no compromise needed when it comes to the Helix.
The standard price for a queen Helix mattress is $995, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Mattress for Couples Runners-Up
Alexander Signature Series
8. Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
BEST COOLING MATTRESS
- Brooklyn Bedding’s patented Energex™ foam marries the bounce of latex with the pressure relief of memory foam – all in an open cell construction foam that promotes superior breathability and contouring properties.
- The top layer is also made with TitanCool™, a water-based surface infusion that draws excess heat away from your body.
The surface is cool to the touch.”Brian N.
4.4 / 5
8.9 / 10
Available in soft (3/10), medium (5/10) or firm (7/10)
Why we love it
The Brooklyn Aurora mattress is one of the coolest mattresses we have ever had in the Mattress Lab – temperature wise, and otherwise. Even weeks after unboxing this mattress, it was still cool to the touch.
Its hybrid construction of cooling foams and coil allows for superior airflow and breathability. The top layer even works to actively draw heat away from your body while you sleep.
The standard price for a queen Brooklyn Aurora mattress is $1,699, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers Runners-Up
Tuft & Needle Mint
Brentwood Home Oceano
9. Best Mattress for Heavy People
BEST FOR HEAVY PEOPLE
- Big Fig is designed to meet the needs of sleepers with a bigger figure. It can support up to 1000 lbs. of weight for couples or up to 500 lbs. for a single sleeper.
- You will receive a custom-made foundation with the purchase of any Big Fig mattress that is designed to support larger amounts of weight.
- The top layer of the Big Fig is treated with an innovative ThermoGel which converts moisture from perspiration into a refrigerant, immediately cooling the surface.
This is truly the best mattress I’ve come across.”Rain
4.5 / 5
8.8 / 10
Why we love it
The Big Fig was carefully designed to support people with bigger figures. It does a great job of providing pressure relief and supporting heavier parts of the body where it’s needed most.
Heavier sleepers claim that they don’t sink into this mattress like they do with others. The hybrid construction, durable materials and sturdy foundation help with this. The top layer of the Big Fig will also promote a cooler night’s sleep.
The standard price for a queen Big Fig mattress is $1,699, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.
Best Mattress for Heavy People Runners-Up
Loom & Leaf
10. Best Organic Mattress
- The ZenHaven mattress is “as green as modern manufacturing will allow.”
- All the latex layers in the mattress are made from 100% natural latex, the flame-retardant is made from natural 100% organic New Zealand wool, and the cover from organic cotton.
- ZenHaven naturally resists mold and microbes and is built to last 20 years with normal usage.
Zenhaven is the most comfortable and aesthetically beautiful mattress I’ve ever experienced.”Ben T.
4.9 / 5
8.6 / 10
Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7-8/10
Why we love it
The ZenHaven mattress is just about as green as they come. The natural materials used to make the mattress meet some of the most rigorous health and environmental standards in the world. Natural latex is also great for motion isolation, pressure relief and responsiveness.
ZenHaven is flippable so you can actually sleep on either side of the mattress: softer (Luxury Plush) or firmer (Gentle Firm).
Best Organic Mattress Runners-Up
Nest Natural Hybrid
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
Why Trust Mattress Advisor?
- Our team conducted over 1,000 hours of product testing on hundreds of different mattress brands to select the best brands for our readers
- We used the same 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation in our Mattress Lab for every single mattress
- Our scores incorporate human performance tests, material evaluation, ease of purchase/return, customer service and brand integrity, making it the most comprehensive scoring system in the industry
Where should you buy your mattress?
Pros and cons of buying a new mattress online vs. in-store
One question you might be asking yourself is: “Can I really buy a mattress online without trying it out first?” Fair question. But then consider this: You can’t really tell if a mattress is right for you without testing it out for a while. We’re talking like 30 days. So while you can feel a mattress and wiggle around on it for a few minutes in a mattress store, you’re not really getting the full experience anyway.
Here are some other reasons why buying a mattress online might benefit you:
Buying from online-only mattress companies cuts out most of those “middleman” fees that retail stores rack on, so you can get a great quality mattress for a fraction of the cost. A premium mattress in a store can cost anywhere from $3,000 – $5,000 – which includes retail markups, wholesale markups, showroom fees, commission-based sales representatives, multiple delivery patterns, and somewhere in there, the mattress itself. The price is inflated at every step so all the players can make cash money off the deal. Online retailers ship directly to their customers so they’re cutting all the “extra” stuff out and therefore can offer a quality mattress for under $1,000.
Easy delivery and setup
Typically, buying a mattress online means it will be shipped in a box or package that’s much smaller than the actual mattress. This means the entire delivery and setup process is easier. It can be left right at your doorstep or mailroom and carrying it to your bedroom is way less of a hassle – especially if you live on a 5th-floor walkup. Most online mattress companies will ship your mattress at no cost and some will even remove of your old mattress for a small fee of around $40 or so.
Generous trial period
Online mattress companies offer a generous trial period (usually 100+ days) for you to determine if this mattress is a keeper or if your search for the perfect mattress will go on. These are typically risk-free trials so you should take advantage of them and be sure not to settle if it doesn’t end up working for you. Most online companies also offer free returns where they’ll pick up the mattress right from your home at no extra charge. Many of them will donate your unwanted mattress to local charities. So you don’t need to feel guilty for returning your mattress.
“People buy a mattress based on comfort. No one buys a mattress that sucks. But there is something that happens at home after a period of time that causes customers to call and say I can’t sleep on this thing. So it’s not a comfort thing. It’s a support thing.”
– Dr. Robert Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute