Table of Contents
- The best mattresses you can buy in 2020
- 1. Emma Original mattress
- 2. Otty Hybrid mattress
- 3. Simba Hybrid mattress
- 4. Sealy 1400 Nostromo
- 5. Eve Original mattress
- 6. Dormeo Memory Plus
- 7. REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress
- 8. Nectar Memory Foam mattress
- 9. Tweak Nrem mattress
- 10. The Casper Mattress
- 11. Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200
- 12. Leesa Mattress
- 13. IKEA Morgedal
- Which type of mattress is best?
- How to choose the best mattress for you
- What is the best mattress?
- Best Mattress For The Money Online
- Why You Should Trust The Slumber Yard Team
- The Best Mattress Brands For The Money
- Mattress Construction & Layers
- Feel Preference Is Subjective
- Mattress Firmness
- Consider Your Primary Sleeping Position
- Temperature Regulation – Does The Bed Sleep Cool?
- Mattress Responsiveness & Resistance
- Edge Support Analysis
- Explanation Of Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods And Warranties
- How To Care For Your Mattress
- Best mattress 2020: What to consider when buying memory foam, pocket-sprung or hybrid mattresses
- Emma original mattress: £649 for a double, Emma
- Eve the premium mattress: £849 for a double, Eve Sleep
- The Nectar memory foam mattress: £468 for a double, Nectar Sleep
- Casper the essential mattress: £400 for a double, Casper
- Dormeo S plus memory foam mattress: £399, Dormeo
- Casper hybrid mattress: £800 for a double, Casper
- Leesa mattress: £449 for a double, Leesa
- Otty hybrid mattress: £399.99 for a double, Otty
- Dormeo memory plus mattress: £249.99 for a double, Dormeo
- Simba hybrid mattress: £562 for a double, Simba
- Tweak Slumber nrem mattress: £895 for a double, Tweak Slumber
- Sealy hybrid fusion geltex 1400 pocket mattress: £749.95 for a double, Mattresses Online
- Swoon Lyndhurst 2000 mattress: £699 for a double, Swoon
- Tweak Slumber duo mattress: £795 for a double, Tweak Slumber
- Made the memory one mattress: £429 for a double, Made
- Herdy Sleep mattress: £849 for a double, Barker and Stonehouse
- Silentnight eco comfort breathe 2000: £599 for a double, Silentnight
- Ikea hidrasund mattress: £650 for a double, Ikea
- Hypnos pillow top stellar mattress: £1,241.10 for a double, Best Price Beds
- Woolroom Oxford 9000 wool mattress: £1,639.20 for a double, Woolroom
- The verdict: Mattresses
- How to buy the best mattress
- How to choose a comfortable mattress
- How firm should my mattress be?
- What type of mattress is best?
- What size mattress do I need?
- How to test a mattress instore
- How to get the best deal on a mattress
- Should I buy a mattress in store or online?
- Can I return a mattress?
- Find the best mattress in 2020: 11 top brands compared
- Online mattresses, compared
- Cocoon by Sealy
- Tuft & Needle
- Top 10 Best Mattress 2020
- What is the need for having a good mattress?
- How to choose the best mattresses?
- 9 Best Mattress 2020
- Nectar Mattress(Best under $1,000)
- The Idle Sleep Mattress(Best double sided luxury mattress)
- The Dreamcloud (Best affordable luxury hybrid choice)
- Layla (Best for side sleepers)
- Nolah(Best cooling mattress )
- Bear Mattress (Best for athletes)
- Casper (Famous brand)
- Aviya mattress(affordable inner spring choice)
- Avocado Gwen mattress(Best organic latex choice)
- Final verdict
- A Few Final Words
- Best Mattress for the Money Top Picks
- Top Value Mattress Picks Detailed
- Best Memory Foam Mattress
- Best for Side Sleepers
- Best Hybrid Mattress
- Best Mattress for Back Pain
- Best for Heavy Sleepers
- Best Innerspring
- Best Cooling Mattress
- Best Mattress for Pressure Relief
- Best Value Mattress
- Final Thoughts
- Best Mattresses for the Money – Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide
- Buying Guide – How to Shop for a High-Value Mattress
- Best Firm Mattress Reviews
- Rated By Us
- How We Selected Firm Mattresses
- Who Is A Firm Mattress Best For?
- How To Clean Your New Mattress
- More About Online Mattresses
- How Did The Slumber Yard Get These Mattresses?
- Returns and Trial Periods
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The best mattress in 2020
Which type of mattress is best?
How to choose the best mattress
The best mattress will give you a brilliant night’s sleep – and, if you’re quick, there’s still time to grab a huge discount in the January sales. Many of the biggest mattress sales are still running – just – which means you can grab one of the best mattresses below with up to 60% off.
In this guide, you’ll find our pick of the best mattresses you can buy at all budgets – and you’ll find the cheapest prices for each of our recommendations below, too. We’ve searched through hundreds of sales, digging out the biggest discounts so you can sleep easier knowing you’ve bagged a bargain.
Don’t forget: most of the brilliant mattresses below come with at least a 60-night trial. That means you can test different options properly, in the comfort of your own home, and be confident you’ve chosen the best mattress possible. If you don’t absolutely love your choice, it’ll be collected and you’ll get a full refund, no questions asked.
(Pro tip: to extend the life of your mattress, it’s a good idea to buy one of the best mattress protectors or mattress toppers while you’re at it.)
The best mattresses you can buy in 2020
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1. Emma Original mattress
The best mattress you can buy right now – and it’s almost half price
Best for: All sleepers Sizes: UK, 5 (single-super king); EU, 3 (single-king); US, 6 (twin-king) Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Memory foam Comfort: Medium-firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £429, Double: £649, King: £699, Super king: £799
Reasons to buy
+Exceptionally comfy and loads of awards+Handles for rotating+Removable and machine washable cover+Incredible value
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest at full price (but still beats the competition)
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The Emma Original mattress is exceptional. It’s comfortable, supportive in all the right places – and with a full five stars in our Emma mattress review, it’s the highest-scoring mattress we’ve ever tested.
Comprising three layers of foam (25mm of Airgocell foam on top to relieve pressure and aid ventilation; 20mm of memory foam for pressure relief and support; and a firm 195mm foam foundation), this medium-firm mattress has been designed to suit all types of sleeper. And it does. We love it – and so do thousands of users: it boasts an excellent 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 6,000 reviews on consumer review site Trust Pilot.
The Emma Original also comes with some nice extras, such as a removable, machine-washable cover, and handles for rotating (you don’t have to flip it). At full price, it sits comfortably at the cheaper end of the mid-range market. But there’s usually a decent discount to be found, helping the Emma Original mattress completely undercut the competition. It’s outrageous value for money.
Like many of the mattresses in this guide, the Emma Original is a bed-in-a-box mattress, so you buy it online and it arrives at your door, vacuum-packed in a conveniently sized box. It takes just two hours to expand into shape.
Add together the luxurious comfort, competitive price and its incredible review results, and there are some very compelling reasons to choose the Emma Original. We think it’s the best mattress you can buy. Plus, the 100-day, love-it-or-return-it trial and healthy 10-year guarantee help take the pain out of decision-making.
- Get 40% off everything at Emma
- Read more: Emma Original mattress review
2. Otty Hybrid mattress
The best-value hybrid mattress you can buy
Sizes: Single – emperor; EU sizes Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: springs, memory foam, reflex foam Comfort: medium-firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £374.99, Double: £549.99, King: £649.99, Super king: £749.99 +Feels like a luxury mattress+Brilliant price+Loads of awards+Minimal motion transfer -Might be too firm for some (we love it though)
The Otty mattress is an utterly fantastic hybrid mattress, combining 2,000 pocket springs with three layers of foam for maximum comfort and pressure relief. At 140mm, the Otty’s pocket springs are its headline feature – they’re much more generous in length than those in the Simba Hybrid (20mm) below.
The other headline feature is its price: at full price, the Otty is cheaper than most of the other best mattresses in this guide, with a double and king-sized Otty mattress coming in at £599.99 and £699.99 respectively, versus £749 and £849 for the Simba Hybrid. Add regular seasonal mattress deals into the equation, and the Otty is significantly cheaper than most other bed-in-a-box mattresses in the UK. (Otty price-matches its competitors too: if you do find a cheaper comparable mattress, they’ll match the price.)
We’ve been reviewing the OTTY Hybrid mattress for a few months now and we’re extremely impressed. It feels like a luxury mattress, with its body-moulding reflex and memory foam layers, and supportive springs. It isn’t just us who like it either. Among the Otty’s slew of awards is a coveted Which? Best Buy – plus it’s the only boxed mattress company so far to be awarded with a prestigious NBF (National Bed Federation) Award.
The Otty is slightly on the firmer side of medium thanks to those pocket springs, so if you’d prefer a softer, fully pocket-sprung mattress, we’d recommend the Sealy Nostromo at number four in our best mattress guide. But if medium to medium-firm is what you like – and you want a touch of luxury for a budget price – we think the Otty is the best-value hybrid mattress right now.
- Save up to £200 at Otty
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3. Simba Hybrid mattress
A very popular hybrid mattress – and there’s 40% off bundles now
Best for: Most sleepers Sizes: Small single – emperor Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: pocket springs, memory foam Comfort: all Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £549, Double: £749, King: £849, Super king: £949 +Very comfortable+Extremely supportive+100-day trial -No handles to rotate mattress
The Simba Hybrid claims to be the most advanced mattress in the world. It consists of five layers, including a unique layer of up to 2,500 conical pocket springs, foam, responsive memory foam, a “Simbatex” cooling layer to reduce overheating, and a hypoallergenic outer cover. It’s been designed to deliver a great night’s sleep, regardless of your body type or sleeping style, thanks to Simba’s patented conical pocket springs.
They pivot in their pockets to adapt to your body shape while you sleep, giving you full body support. It’s particularly good for side sleepers; but the springs also reduce motion transfer between sleepers, so you won’t notice your partner tossing and turning. Don’t expect the Simba Hybrid Original to feel like a typical pocket-sprung mattress, though. It may have thousands of springs, but at 25mm they’re much smaller than those you’d find in other pocket sprung or hybrid mattresses.
Unlike other mattresses, this bed-in-a-box isn’t labelled by firmness: the manufacturer calls it “perfect” and says it suits every kind of firmness fan. (We found it to be medium, for the record, when we tested it.) Thousands of online reviewers have testified that this is one of the best mattresses you can buy, with the only real quibble being the lack of handles for rotating the mattress.
As with the Emma Original, the makers are so confident you’ll love it, there’s a 100-day no-quibble trial: if you don’t like it, you can return it within that time for a full refund. If you’re looking for a hybrid mattress, the Simba mattress is an excellent choice for most people.
- Save up to 40% at Simba
4. Sealy 1400 Nostromo
The best pocket-sprung mattress – and it’s currently half price
Best for: Side and back sleepers; allergies Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 30cm Turn: No Filling: pocket spring/latex Comfort: medium Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: £920.40, Double: £1,216.80, King, £1,372.80, Super king: £1653.60 +Fantastic support and comfort+Great for allergy sufferers+Cool even in summer+Very durable -Not the best for heavier people
The Sealy Nostromo – also known as the Pocket Teramo 1400 – is an outstanding pocket sprung mattress. It has seven zones with 1,400 pocket springs, tencel fibres, a latex comfort layer and a luxurious 29cm depth. It’s also more durable than most, and it’s both hypoallergenic and pleasantly cool, even in hot weather.
Suitable for all sleepers – back and side sleepers in particular – this mattress works well with most body types, although if you’re a taller or heavier-than-average back sleeper you might prefer the Eve Original mattress below, which gives exceptional back support. Which? magazine made it a best buy, Allergy UK has given it their seal of approval and there’s a five-year warranty for peace of mind. Amazon tends to sell it with a decent discount on the RRP too (although right now Mattress Online has slashed the price in half) so it’s worth buying online rather than in a shop.
- Get 50% off the Sealy Nostromo at Mattress Online
5. Eve Original mattress
A great-value memory foam mattress with exceptional support
Best for: Most sleepers; back sleepers; light sleepers Sizes: Single – emperor Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: foam/memory foam Comfort: medium/firm Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £349, Double: £599, King: £699 +Particularly good for back and stomach sleepers+For any kind of bed or floor -A bit hard for some-Honks a bit at first
The Eve Original, like its fellow ‘named-after-a-person-and-arrives-in-a-box’ rivals, positions itself as Mattress 2.0: rather than make a whole bunch of different mattresses, its mission is to make a single one that’s ideal for everybody. The result is a superb all-round mattress that scores particularly highly when it comes to support, with outstanding spinal support for back sleepers especially.
Inside, the cove is polyester, with four centimetres of memory foam underneath, and a 3cm cooling layer below that. The final layer is made from poly foam that’s strong enough to do yoga on, and that means it’s suitable for slatted or sprung beds, divans or hard floors. While the mattress is marketed as for everybody, it’s on the firmer side of medium. We’ve read reviews of aches and pains disappearing though, and the company will collect it for free if you don’t like it after your 100-night trial.
- Get 20% off when you buy your mattress at Eve
- Read more: Eve mattress review
6. Dormeo Memory Plus
Another extremely comfortable no-flip mattress – and there’s 60% off at Dormeo
Best for: Allergies Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 17cm Turn: No Filling: foam/memory foam Comfort: medium Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 20 years RRP: Single: £479, Double: £629, King: £779.99 +Extremely cheap – great value+Supportive and durable -Quite thin-No handles to rotate
The Dormeo Memory Plus is an excellent memory foam mattress that’s consistently priced unbelievably cheaply. It’s medium-firm on the comfort levels, combining 3cm of memory foam with breathable Ecocell 3D foam to provide great support, and its anti-allergenic too, with extra anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-dust mite protection infused into the cover.
At 17cm, the Dormeo Memory Plus is thinner than many mattresses, so it might not be ideal for heavier people or slatted bases, but it consistently receives excellent user reviews (averaging 4.7/5 on the Dormeo website). Like all memory foam mattresses, it’s important to rotate this one frequently to avoid semi-permanent dips from appearing. But if you look after it properly there’s a decent warranty to really guarantee the peace of mind that leads to a good night’s sleep.
- Get 60% off at Dormeo
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7. REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress
The best mattress for back and joint pain – plus there’s 40% off now
Best for: back and joint pain; couples Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 25cm Flip: No Filling: pocket spring/foam Comfort: firm Guarantee: 15 years RRP: Single: £649, Double: £799, King, £849, Super king: £949 + Orthopaedic support + Comfortable cushioning + Good temperature regulation – May be too firm for some
The REM-Fit 500 Ortho Mattress is a premium orthopaedic mattress aimed at people who wake up with back and joint pain. It’s a hybrid mattress, combining 2,000 orthopaedic pocket springs with five layers of cushioning, supportive foam. And it’s firm: we rated it an 8 out of 10 for firmness (with 10 being the firmest). That makes it one of the firmer mattresses in this guide, and it did take us a few nights to get used to, but once we did, we were blown away by how comfortable it is.
The REM-Fit 500 Ortho is very, very supportive. A Mediflex foam layer moulds to the shape of your body and correctly aligns your spine, while the orthopedic springs provide provide upper and lower back support. There’s also just the right amount of luxury memory foam to cushion pressure points like your shoulders, hips and knees.
You won’t get too hot sleeping on the REM-Fit 500 Ortho, either. We found that the cool gel-infused memory foam layer worked well, even during a heatwave. It isn’t the cheapest, but if you suffer from aches and pains at night, we think the REM-Fit 500 Ortho is one of the best mattresses you can choose. It’s also a great option for couples thanks to its low motion transfer, and has great edge support (so you can snuggle right up to the edges without them buckling). If you’re not sure whether a firm mattress is right for you, give the 100-night trial a go.
- Save 25% on all mattresses at REM-Fit
- Read more: REM-Fit 500 Ortho mattress review
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8. Nectar Memory Foam mattress
Stupidly comfortable, currently 33% off AND two free Nectar pillows, and a lifetime guarantee
Best for: Most sleepers Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: foam/memory foam Comfort: medium/firm Trial: 365 nights Guarantee: Forever RRP: Single: £499, Double: £699, King: £799, Super king: £899 +365-day trial and a ‘forever’ warranty+Super supportive+Excellent pillows available -Too firm for some-Questionable cooling tech
A whopping 365-night trial and lifetime warranty differentiates the Nectar memory foam mattress from the numerous other bed-in-a-box brands. Its pricing and sizing are broadly in line with the more ‘established’ challenger mattress brands (Emma, Simba, Eve, Casper and so on), but Nectar gives you an entire year to decide whether it’s right for you – that’s impressive. The company is also climate neutral: all emissions are offset by various global schemes, including an Amazon forest protection programme.
Delivery works like a dream. Amazingly, even the enormous Nectar Super King model comes packaged in a very manageable box, and it’s light enough for one person to wrestle into position. Admittedly, it smells a bit at first – most of these memory foam mattresses do – but it soon settles down.
Comfortable from the minute Nectar comes out of its minimal packaging, it offers a medium-to-firm support level that suits any type of bed and all kinds of sleepers. There’s a bit of give in the top layer, which neatly moulds around the body, while a complicated supporting base layer adds the required firmness for a peaceful sleep. We’re not sure how well the adaptive cooling cover top layer works (it’s supposed to draw heat away from the body) but we can say the matching pillows – which use similar memory foam tech – are totally dreamy.
Nectar is a great mattress, and extremely comfortable at that, while the 365-day money-back trial proves just how confident this company is that it’s created one of the best mattresses you can buy. Most mattress-in-a-box brands offer only a mere 100 nights. We recommend buying straight from Nectar, which promises “the best available price” at all times.
- Get 33% off everything + two FREE pillows at Nectar
9. Tweak Nrem mattress
The best mattress for people with back and neck pain
Best for: Chronic pain Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Responsive foam, pocket springs Comfort: Customisable Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £595, Double: £895, King: £995 +You can tailor the firmness+Reactive foam is superb +Minimal movement transference -May have to experiment to find the right setup
The Tweak Nrem is a hybrid mattress with a unique USP: it’s customisable, letting you tailor the firmness in different areas to target specific pressure points. Designed primarily for people with chronic pain, it’s divided into five zones – each with an interchangeable foam insert ranging between soft, medium and firm – that you can rearrange whenever you like.
The best bit? For double sizes and larger, you don’t have to compromise with your partner on the firmness of your mattress: you get five inserts each. Disturbance from restless parters is also a thing of the past because movement transference is virtually zero. Oh, and speaking of foam, it isn’t any old foam: the Nrem inserts are made from reactive foam, which responds faster to movement than memory foam, remoulding immediately to provide exceptional comfort and support.
We thought it was fantastic when we tested it. If you suffer from back or neck pain, or have different comfort preferences to your partner, we think this is the best mattress you can buy.
- Save £150 on your Nrem mattress at Tweak
- Read more: Tweak Nrem mattress review
10. The Casper Mattress
Side sleepers particularly love this medium-to-soft memory foam mattress
Best for: Most sleepers Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 24cm Turn: No Filling: memory foam Comfort: medium/soft Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £400, Double: £600, King: £700, Super king: £800 +Many delighted customers+100-night trial -Larger sizes can be expensive-No handles to rotate mattress
With celebrity backers, nearly 1,000 delighted Amazon reviews and several shelves full of awards, the Casper mattress changed the world of mattresses when it burst onto the scene. The majority of customers are delighted with its coolness, comfort and delivery in an impossibly small box.
It’s billed as a medium-to-soft mattress that uses four distinct layers of support, and while there’s memory foam in there, it isn’t as simple as a sprung mattress with a thin layer of foam on top or an overly soft foam and latex combination. The end result is soft as well as supportive, and it’s proven popular with people who have dodgy backs. Larger sizes can be expensive, and again there are no handles, but when you consider how many hours you’ll spend in bed (not to mention the potential joy of having less back pain) this mattress is not a lot of money for what you get. As with other bed-in-a-box options, the no-quibble trial period should guarantee you won’t end up unhappy.
This is one of the softer mattresses you can buy. Whether that’s better or worse is subjective, but some literally ‘heavier’ sleepers may find they ‘sink through’ the soft top layer and are then supported almost entirely by the firmer lower layer. The good news is, you’ve got 100 days to decide if you prefer that sensation or not.
Want a Casper mattress but want to spend less? Try the Casper Essential mattress: it has a streamlined design making it around £200 cheaper – and it’s not bad. We’re testing one now.
- Save 20% on all mattresses at Casper with code SWEETERDREAMS
11. Silentnight Eco Comfort Pocket 1200
A cheaper pocket sprung mattress and an excellent all-rounder
Best for: Most sleepers Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 29cm Turn: Yes Filling: Pocket springs Comfort: medium/firm Trial: 60 nights Guarantee: 5 years RRP: Single: £369, Double: £489, King: £569 +Different comfort zones+Very supportive -Requires turning-On the firm side of medium
Silentnight’s Eco Comfort Pocket 1200 is a cheaper pocket sprung mattress than the Sealy 1400 Nostromo above, with a clever solution to the problem of firmness. Rather than deliver the same firmness across the whole mattress, it’s designed with different zones to ensure that the lumbar area of your back gets more support than your shoulders.
That makes it particularly good for anyone whose back needs something firm but who’d rather not wake up with pins and needles everywhere else, and it also means your partner’s movements won’t impact your side of the bed.
There are 1,200 pocket springs and a hypo-allergenic cover, and the 29cm depth is pretty luxurious for a mattress in this price range. There’s a five-year warranty but remember to turn it frequently: pocket sprung mattresses need regular turning to keep their shape.
12. Leesa Mattress
A luxury mattress for ethical shoppers – and currently up to £250 off
Best for: Ethical purchasing Sizes: Single – super king Depth: 25cm Turn: No Filling: Foam, memory Foam Comfort: medium Trial: 100 nights Guarantee: 10 years RRP: Single: £450, Double: £650, King: £750, Super king: £850 +Good value+Socially conscious company+Very supportive -Not great for heavy people-Lacking in frills
If you’re struggling to sleep at night both because of your social conscience and a lack of comfort, Leesa may be your dream mattress. That’s because for every ten mattresses sold, it donates one to homeless shelters and women’s refuges.
You won’t be sacrificing comfort for charity, though: the Leesa was designed to address the shortcomings of existing memory foam mattresses and uses three different kinds of foam to provide sufficient airflow and bounce. Consequently they’re very popular and have good customer reviews plus awards from Which? magazine and the Good Housekeeping Institute for its comfort and quality.
If you share with a partner their movements won’t bounce you out of bed, and the mattress does feel like something costing a lot more money. And yes, yet again there’s a 10-year warranty and a 100-night, no-quibble returns policy.
- Save up to £250 on all mattresses at Leesa
13. IKEA Morgedal
The best cheap mattress for budget-conscious buyers
Best for: Small budgets Sizes: Single – king Depth: 18cm Turn: Yes Filling: memory foam Comfort: medium Trial: 90 nights Guarantee: 25 years RRP: Single: £125, Double: £165, King: £195 +Cheap+Comfortable -It’s basic-Quite thin
Ikea is well known for its odd-sized beds, but in addition to European sizes, the Ikea Morgedal memory foam mattress comes in UK single, double and king size too. It’s a thick foam mattress in a polyester wrapping, and it’s best suited to a slatted bed base or mattress base. Don’t jump on it straight away: it’s delivered rolled up and needs three to four days to return to suitable flatness.
Don’t expect lots of high-tech layers or cutting edge tech: Ikea’s mattress is exactly what you’d expect from a big lump of foam, comfortable and fairly immune to the movements of your partner. The foam can get a little damp if you tend to sweat a lot; if you do, a thick mattress protector is a good idea.
There’s a 90-day trial period, and it’s won a gong from Which?, so it’s something of a bargain, despite its distinct lack of bells, whistles and ‘challenger brand’ credentials. If you’re on a tight budget, this is one of the best mattresses you can buy.
Which type of mattress is best?
Don’t put too much emphasis on mattress type: there’s less difference than ever between mattress materials. Personal factors like your height, weight, body shape, sleeping style and temperature are far more likely to affect how comfortable you find a specific mattress.
Plus, all the picks recommended in our best mattress guide above have been designed to deliver outstanding support and comfort for the majority of people – regardless of their material.
Here’s a quick overview of the main mattress types:
- Memory foam mattress: made from mouldable material that responds to your temperature and weight, and adapts to your body as you sleep. Great support and comfort. Can be more expensive.
- Pocket sprung: supports you with thousands of small springs inside their own fabric pockets. They adapt to your body shape, and isolate movement so you won’t feel your partner tossing and turning.
- Latex: breathable, springy material that’s exceptionally durable and resilient. Can be expensive.
- Hybrid: offers a combined support system, often with a pocket-sprung base and memory foam top layer. They’re responsive, supportive and popular with people who want the best of both worlds.
- Continuous and coil: made from a single looped wire, or from single springs fixed with one wire. These are cheaper and less likely to give a good night’s sleep.
- Bed in a box: this refers to a delivery method, in which mattresses are compressed, rolled or folded into a box for easy home delivery. They’re usually foam, or a memory foam and spring combination.
How to choose the best mattress for you
Before buying a mattress, make sure it’s the right size. Your mattress – like your bed – should be 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. It should also be wide enough for you and a partner to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching (or without touching the edge of the mattress if you’re not sharing).
Next, do the hand test: lying down on your back, push your hand under the small of your back. If you can’t, the mattress is too soft; if the gap is very large, it’s too hard. And if you have a partner, make sure they try it, too: what feels fine on your own may be like a bouncy castle with someone else on board.
Lastly, also check whether a mattress needs turning. Many don’t these days, but if you’re considering one that does, make sure it has handles.
What is the best mattress?
We think the Emma Original (pictured above) is the best mattress you can buy right now. It’s outrageously comfortable, extremely supportive and it’s highly durable too – so it’ll last. Plus, it’s cheaper than many of its competitors. Currently there’s an amazing 41% discount on everything at Emma if you use code: FUTURE41 at checkout, making the mattress exceptionally good value for money.
We also really like the excellent OTTY Hybrid mattress, second in our list, with its generous 140mm pocket springs and three layers of foam. However, the right mattress for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget.
We’ve got something for everyone below, so read on for our pick of the best mattresses you can buy right now.
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Why You Should Trust The Slumber Yard Team
We’ve reviewed a lot of mattresses! That’s all we do. We spend all night and the majority of our days testing beds, and consider how good/bad they are for the money. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but that’s our job. We love to sleep and we love to help people get a better night’s sleep by choosing the right mattress. By this point, we’ve slept on and tested pretty much all the popular beds on the market. We’ve seen all kinds of different mattress constructions and understand the primary materials used in beds. Furthermore, we regularly hold calls with industry experts and customers to stay up to date on industry trends and receive their feedback on new mattresses.
Unlike a lot of other sites, we do not accept money to say good or bad things about the mattresses we review. We do this so our opinions are not influenced by the brand whatsoever. Our goal is to provide honest, helpful, and concise content to help consumers make purchase decisions. So, when we say that this is the best value mattress for the money, we want you to believe us.
We also have a large testing team. It’s not just a one man show. We realize that choosing the right mattress is very subjective. There are many factors (weight, sleeper type, etc.) that should be considered. A particular mattress can feel quite different to a wide variety of people. That’s why it’s important to get input from all different types of sleepers. With that said, we’re proud to have a diverse testing team that consists of females that weigh under 100 lb all the way up to males that weigh over 225 lb.
The Best Mattress Brands For The Money
As you know, we have tested just about every mattress that’s worth considering. To date, we’ve had over 150 different beds pass through our testing center. As such, we have a great idea of what are the best mattress brands for the money. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Allswell Home
- Amore Beds
- Awara Sleep
- Bear Mattress
- Brooklyn Bedding
- Helix Sleep
- Layla Sleep
- Nest Bedding
We could go on and on. Of the 60 or so mattress brands we’re familiar with, there are about 15 that we’d consider to offer excellent mattresses for the money. That’s not to say that other brands make sub-par mattresses—nothing could be more true—but that a select few mattress brands make an incredibly nice bed that sells for a surprisingly low price.
Mattress Construction & Layers
We pay special attention as to how each mattress is built—that’s really important when determining the best value for the money. The construction of the mattress can tell you a lot about the quality of the materials and long term durability of the bed. To keep things simple, we try to bucket each mattress into one of two categories—innerspring and hybrid (i.e. includes coils) or all-foam. There are several different types of commonly used foams (memory foam, latex foam, polyurethane foam), all of which have different positives and negatives.
Feel Preference Is Subjective
This is a very subjective area (just like value), which is why it helps to have a diverse testing team. People like the feel of all kinds of different mattress materials and foams. There’s no one size fits all. We do our best to describe the feel of each mattress while leaving our own personal preferences aside because we realize not everybody likes the same thing. For example, one of our testing team members really loves the feel of MF and how it sort of slowly hugs their body. Another member of our testing team can’t stand MF; they prefer the more responsive, neutral-feel of latex foam.
This is another subjective area. How firm or how soft a mattress feels varies by person. It really depends on your weight and preferred sleeping position. Generally, heavier folks will think most mattresses are on the softer side, while more petite people will think most mattresses are on the firmer side. When we rate the firmness of a mattress, we take the point of view of an average sized person (170-180 lb). But again, that’s why it’s advantageous to have a diverse testing team. We get input as to how firm or soft a mattress feels from a variety of weight ranges.
Consider Your Primary Sleeping Position
The position in which you sleep (back, side, or stomach) is a huge consideration when choosing a mattress. Generally, back sleepers and stomach sleepers will want a mattress that is a little on the firmer side and provides a good amount of support. Side Sleepers will want a mattress that is on the softer side and provides more pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. Combination sleepers (people who rotate between all three positions) will want something in between.
Temperature Regulation – Does The Bed Sleep Cool?
No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night uncomfortably hot and drenched in sweat. That can lead to some restless nights of sleep. That’s why we pay special attention to how well each mattress deals with airflow and temperature regulation. You’ll want to find a bed that is at the very minimum considered temperature neutral. This is part of getting the best value mattress for the money. Generally, foams (especially MF) are known for retaining heat, but more and more companies have been trying to combat this by infusing special cooling properties like gel, graphite, phase change material, etc. See our list of the best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers.
Mattress Responsiveness & Resistance
This refers to how quickly the mattress pops back to its original form after pressure is removed. Generally, you’ll want a mattress that is more responsive. This will make it easier for you to switch between sleeping positions. With mattresses that aren’t so responsive, you’ll notice it requires extra effort to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa, possibly making you more restless throughout the night. How responsive a mattress is can also be an early indicator of long term durability.
Edge Support Analysis
This is an important subject for couples or families with small children who often crawl into bed with their parents—and it’s part of getting the most for your money. Let’s face it, we we’ve all been there before— your partner rolls over and starts hogging the middle of the bed, leaving you confined near the edge. In this situation, it’s very important the mattress have the proper structural support around the edges so you don’t feel like you’re going to roll right off the bed. If you don’t pay attention to edge support, the value (at least for couples) will not be as high.
Overall, all these factors play a role in how we rate mattresses and put together these kinds of lists. Some of these factors are pretty straight forward to test (e.g. does the bed have good edge support or not?). However, some factors are a little more subjective. We realize everybody is different in terms of weight, gender, and body type, and people also have different preferences when it comes to foams, feel, and sleeping positions. Our goal is to be as helpful as possible by interpreting all these different factors as best as we can so you can make a purchase decision based on your personal sleep preferences.
Explanation Of Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods And Warranties
As we mentioned above, pretty much all bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer free shipping. The mattress will either arrived compressed in a box, in a protective covering, or via white glove delivery (i.e. an actual person delivers the mattress and helps you set it up). From there, the majority of online mattress companies offer a risk-free trial period. The industry average is 100 nights, but we’ve seen a few companies go above and beyond that.
For example, Nectar offers a 365-night risk-free trial period, which is just an absurd value proposition. If you decide you don’t like the mattress you purchased at any point during the trial period, just give the company a call. Once you provide some feedback for them to chew on, they’ll schedule a third party company to come pick up the mattress from your house or apartment. Once that happens, just email the company a picture of your pickup receipt and they’ll issue you a full refund. It’s that simple. The whole return process shouldn’t take more than 2-3 weeks total. I’ll also just add that most online mattress companies back their products with a 10-year limited warranty. However, like with the trial period, there are few companies that take it a step further. For example, Layla offers a lifetime warranty on each mattress.
How To Care For Your Mattress
Most online mattresses come with a removable cover. However, to many people’s surprise, you actually clean it the same way as you would a bed with a non-removable cover. If the cover happens to get dirty or you spill something on it, you should spot clean it with a mild detergent and some water. We’ve only run across a couple removable covers that are actually machine washable. Beyond cleaning, you should consider rotating your mattress every six months or so. This will help protect against leaving permanent body impressions in any one place.
Best mattress 2020: What to consider when buying memory foam, pocket-sprung or hybrid mattresses
If you’re struggling to sleep at night, it may be time to invest in a new mattress.
According to the Sleep Council, you should change your mattress every seven years, or when you start waking up with stiffness or aches and pains.
Other tell-tale signs include not sleeping as well as you did a year ago, or noticing that you sleep better in other beds. It’s also worth checking your mattress for wear and tear, although do be aware that the signs of needing a new one aren’t always visible.
Traditionally, the most popular type of mattress was pocket-sprung, where the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets. But the new generation of bed-in-a-box, vacuum-packed mattresses, usually made of foam, latex or a mixture, are taking off big time – as are hybrids between the two.
As most are available online, you can’t try them out first as you can with pocket-sprung mattresses, but most manufacturers offer a trial period – usually of about 100 nights, but sometimes more – during which you can send the mattress back and ask for a refund.
If you’re a side sleeper, look for a soft or medium level of firmness in your mattress – this will give you the correct level of cushioning and mould to your body’s natural curve. If you sleep on your front, go for a firm mattress, while back sleepers should go for a firm or medium firm mattress.
Remember that your mattress and bed frame need to work in tandem, so you should also check which kinds of mattresses will work well with your bed base. The filling is also important as these offer different properties, comfort and warmth options – and don’t forget to look into the thickness and tensions, which can vary greatly.
According to the Sleep Council, a bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move around less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Here are our favourite mattresses that promise just that.
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Emma original mattress: £649 for a double, Emma
Despite the name, this is the second version of this popular German-made three-layer foam mattress, which uses a different kind of foam to the likes of Eve, Simba, Casper and Leesa that the manufacturer claims is longer-lasting. Also exclusive to Emma is the exceptionally breathable top layer. We found it more instantly comfortable than other bed-in-a-box mattresses we tried, it has significantly more bounce and is easier to turn over on – with no chance of disturbing your partner when you do.
There isn’t a body shape or type of sleeper that it wouldn’t suit, making it a great all-rounder, and it doesn’t need turning, although there are handles if you need to move it. There’s also a washable cover. The icing on the cake is that there’s no minimum time-frame to request a return, and if you do decide to send it back (we doubt you will), you don’t have to repackage it. This is as good as it gets.
Eve the premium mattress: £849 for a double, Eve Sleep
This has only just launched, joining the existing original, hybrid and light mattresses from Eve, and we love it. It feels like you’re floating, and while at first we worried it might be a bit too soft and spongy, it only takes one night’s sleep to appreciate how supportive it is, especially around the hips and shoulders. It’s all thanks to the unique top layer of foam that they call “floatfoam”, while the other three layers of foam provide the scaffolding. There’s no dipping in the centre and the material moulds to your shape as you move.
We also like the quilted washable top cover with anti-bacterial properties, and the fact that they deliver the box right to your room and take away the packaging. It’s cooler than most, though, so not for those who get chilly at night. Their well-made bed and silky-soft bed linen are worth checking out, too.
The Nectar memory foam mattress: £468 for a double, Nectar Sleep
The USP on this bed-in-a-box mattress is the 365-night trial, meaning you have an entire year to decide whether it’s right for you, and if you do keep it there’s a lifetime warranty. Nectar Sleep also stand out for being the first and only mattress company in the UK to be climate neutral – all emissions are offset by various global schemes, including an Amazon forest protection programme.
Comprising of three layers of foam, the mattress is slightly firmer than most and particularly good for front and back sleepers, as well as smaller and lighter people. The fourth layer, the soft quilted adaptive cooling cover, means you won’t feel hot, and we also like the seven zoned layer which attends to all your support needs.
Casper the essential mattress: £400 for a double, Casper
Casper is probably the best-known name in the world of bed-in-a-boxes. For a long time, you could only get their flagship mattress over here, while in the states they started offering newer versions. But we’re catching up, with both the hybrid (also reviewed here) and the essential model, which is a great option for those who want all the benefits of a stable, comfortable and long-lasting mattress, without the hefty price-tag.
We couldn’t fault this three-layer foam mattress when it comes to breathability, which stops you getting too hot, and you can move around without much effort or disturbing your partner. All this and yet it supports you in all the right places, even if you sleep on your back (which usually makes finding the right mattress extra tricky). But stick to the Casper original if you’re heavier and/or want a thicker mattress, and the hybrid if you want an ultra-squishy one. We like their bedding, too.
Dormeo S plus memory foam mattress: £399, Dormeo
If you and your sleeping partner have different ideas about whether a firm or softer mattress is preferable, then read on. This mattress – which arrives rolled and vacuumed – has two separate cores, which can be rotated and flipped independently so you get a firmer or softer feel, and not just overall but for different area of your body. In other words, it’s incredibly personalised – and you get no gap or slippage between the two cores. We also like the S shape of the core that mirrors the natural curve of the spine to support you in all the right places (head, shoulders, hips and legs) no matter what position you sleep in and even when you rotate it.
It’s surprisingly lightweight (handy for rotating and flipping – there are handles for this too) and it stays cool, thanks to a number of factors including the “climalite” cover being infused with silver to keep moisture from soaking into the mattress. For back pain on a budget or flexibility without forking out loads, this is a great buy although you’ll need to put some time aside to watch the video and figure out how it works and we think there was more scope for the firm to be firmer and soft to be softer.
Casper hybrid mattress: £800 for a double, Casper
Casper’s latest offering to the UK market – and its most expensive yet – has already proven a hit in America. Combining its now legendry foams with a base layer of springs, you get instant sumptuousness (from the moulding of the four foam layers around your body) coupled with added bounce and airflow (from the pocket coil springs). We were impressed before we even got it out of its vacuum pack – how can those springs be so compressible? (Nearly five years of research, is the answer from Casper.) But that was nothing compared to our excitement over the immediate comfort.
The fact that it’s noticeably softer than other Casper mattresses might not be for everyone, though, and made us surprised that Casper claims it’s the brand’s “most supportive mattress yet”. You should also be aware the extra bounce means your partner is more likely to feel it when you turn than with a pure foam mattress. But neither put us off this mattress that feels as indulgent as – if not more than – others two or more times its price.
Leesa mattress: £449 for a double, Leesa
This has a simpler construction than most mattresses that come rolled and vacuum packed, with a 15cm base layer of support foam, a 5cm pressure relieving memory foam layer and finally a 5cm temperature regulating foam layer. It moulds well to the shape of your body and has a unique sensation of softness, yet the spinal support is impressive, making it a good option for those with back pain. It also stands out for restless sleepers too, as it’s so stable that no other part of the bed moves when you do.
Leesa claim that you’ll get a good night’s kip regardless of how you sleep and how heavy you are, although we think it’s ever so slightly better for lighter people. Both the breathability and longevity are second-to-none and the company makes a donation to charity for each mattress sold. Plus they’ve donated over 30,0000 mattresses via their own charity programme since its launch in 2014. But it is awkward to move – we need handles please!
Otty hybrid mattress: £399.99 for a double, Otty
With this firmer mattress, you can literally feel it adapting to your body shape as you move, giving it a feel unlike any other bed-in-a-box mattress we tested. It’s particularly supportive for your spine and brilliant for those who sleep on their back. It’s got good temperature control too, thanks to a cool blue gel layer at the top, while the remaining four layers – including pocket springs and memory foam – have great longevity with no sagging or softening even years later.
You do have to rotate it once a month for the first six months – no mean feat with no handles – and it’s probably not the best for those who toss and turn, as your partner may feel some of that movement on the other side of the bed. Also be warned this mattress takes getting used to, but only a night or two and it’s well worth it.
Dormeo memory plus mattress: £249.99 for a double, Dormeo
This is a great price for a memory-foam mattress with such a floaty feel. We found it springy yet supportive, especially for anyone who is average weight or lighter, including children. It’s just a smidgen firmer than average, and the high breathability factor of the “ecocell” foam layer that sits on top of the other two layers of memory means it doesn’t get damp if you sweat. Your partner can roll over to their heart’s content without you feeling a thing and it’s treated with anti-bacterial, anti-dust mite and anti-fungal protection.
The box is smaller and lighter than others, making it easier to get up the stairs, but while delivery is free, be warned collection costs are chargeable if you find you don’t like it.
Simba hybrid mattress: £562 for a double, Simba
Another vacuum-packed mattress, this medium-firm hybrid is an upgrade from Simba’s original model. Comprising of a foam core (16cm), with an outer layer of memory foam (3cm), followed by a final layer of 2,500 micro-pocket springs (4cm), this mattress also boasts a 3D woven structure which stops creasing in the cover, as well as a new cloud-like sleep surface with a hidden zip, so you can take it out to wash it.
We found it squidgy yet responsive and very good at keeping sweat at bay. Best for side and back sleepers, it’s also as robust as they come, so you won’t need to replace it for years. This gets a big thumbs up from us for stability and the level of edge-to-edge support – meaning it’s just as comfy even if you lie right at the edge, where other mattresses often become harder or softer. For ultimate comfort, try their bedding and bed linen too. Again, our only bugbear with this was that it doesn’t come with handles.
Tweak Slumber nrem mattress: £895 for a double, Tweak Slumber
This is our top choice for people with back pain. Forget memory foam – this has reactive foam that responds to movement, so there is never a moment when the mattress isn’t completely moulded to your body. The second stand-out point is that it comes with multiple inserts, with different densities, that you can tailor to target specific pressure points. You can even buy extra ones if ever you need them.
Our tester had been at his wit’s end with back ache, despite having tried other expensive mattresses that promised to work wonders. With the Nrem, he reported that the support is phenomenal, with no need to compromise on comfort. And if your partner does have restless night, you won’t feel a thing. There’s initially a bit of a chemical pong, but it goes after a couple of weeks.
Sealy hybrid fusion geltex 1400 pocket mattress: £749.95 for a double, Mattresses Online
This hi-tech mattress – which is handmade in the UK from ordinary springs, pocket springs and Geltex (a more breathable type of foam than memory foam) – has been designed with spinal alignment in mind. There are seven zones of foam to relieve pressure points and 1400 springs, both of which combine to give impressive body support, although it’s not the best for bigger people or back sleepers.
The Purotex fibres included are endorsed from Allergy UK, making it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers, and the patented design means it won’t sag over time. But it’s not as easy to turn over on this mattress as some others, so restless sleepers may want to avoid it.
Swoon Lyndhurst 2000 mattress: £699 for a double, Swoon
Unusually for a pocket sprung mattress, this handcrafted one comes with a 100-night sleep trial. It’s two-sided, with a core on both sides of luxurious natural fillings including wool, cashmere, cotton and silk. We think it’s best for those who like a firm, supportive feel but with a soft padded top layer, making it a great all-rounder but especially comfy for back sleepers – not an easy group to please when it comes to mattresses.
There’s no sagging over time and it keeps you dry at night, even if you’re prone to waking up feeling sticky. They deliver it directly to your bedroom, but you’ll need to rotate and turn this mattress weekly for the first four months then once a month – a heavy job, but helped by the handles.
Tweak Slumber duo mattress: £795 for a double, Tweak Slumber
This customisable mattress is a great idea for couples who need different levels of support when sleeping. You simply select the bed size and the level of firmness needed on each side of the mattress (pick from soft, medium or firm) and you’ll be sent your unique design. Firmness is determined by three different inserts that can easily be removed and swapped if your requirements change.
Built with a mixture of pocket springs and foam, the inserts are extremely comfy and supportive. Our testers loved how little movement you could feel from your partner during the night, and during the 100-night trial, which is standard for most bed-in-a-box mattresses, you can swap inserts. Don’t be put off by the price in comparison to other mattresses reviewed here, where prices quoted are for a single – this one is only available in double and bigger.
Made the memory one mattress: £429 for a double, Made
Another supportive bed-in-a-box foam mattress that’s easy to turn on, breathable and long-lasting, this one stands out for providing good support all the way up the spine and feeling nice and warm when you lie on it – great for those who feel the cold at night. You’ll find as you go to sleep your body gradually sinks into the mattress, but never too far, so you get the ideal mix of comfort and support.
Made from three layers of foam, it’s on the softer side which is strange, as the manufacturer calls it firm. The downside with this is that you have to pay for delivery, but don’t be put off the lack of handles, as you don’t have to turn or rotate it. We wouldn’t recommend it for those on the larger side and prone to sleeping on their back, but otherwise this is well worth the dosh.
Herdy Sleep mattress: £849 for a double, Barker and Stonehouse
This is on the pricey side for bed-in-a-box mattresses, but it’s next level in terms of durability and number of layers that give an instant cloud-like feel. The two layers of foam, followed by three made from mini pocket springs, provide the scaffolding, while the key ingredients are the deluxe top layers of natural fillings including wool, cotton and cashmere that are sourced from farms in the Lake District.
It’s supportive for all types of sleepers and people of all different weights, which is unusual, and it’s one of the most breathable mattress we tried. You won’t struggle to turn over on this mattress, although your partner may feel it when you do, and we wouldn’t recommend it for people who like their sleeping area to remain cool, although that’s not to say you’ll overheat.
Silentnight eco comfort breathe 2000: £599 for a double, Silentnight
Eco warriors, rejoice. The fibres within this completely foam and chemical-free mattress are made from recycled plastic bottles. The mattress came about after Silentnight decided to try and offer a solution to foam mattresses that can make you feel too warm. So they brought in a company called Awake, who work with the likes of pilots and the Department of Transport, to explore how pressure, movement, heat and moisture each affect the performance of a mattress.
The result is this three-layered polyester mattress that proved a big hit in trials with menopausal women who are prone to poor sleep and overheating. The first layer wicks away moisture from the body and the second has vertically layered fibres that act like drainpipes, leading to the third one which pulls down moisture. Available in soft, medium and medium firm, we tested the medium and it’s restful and supportive right up to the edges.
Ikea hidrasund mattress: £650 for a double, Ikea
This is on the pricey side for an Ikea mattress, but you’ll notice a difference as soon as you lie on it and that goes for all body shapes and sizes. The pocket sprung mattress also has an extra layer of mini pocket springs, oodles of natural fillings including wool, latex and coconut fibre, plus a layer of natural latex. This combination is highly supportive, including on your key pressure points, but it’s also soft and snug, as well as breathable.
You don’t need to flip this mattress, although rotating it once in a while is a good idea, and unlike many pocket mattresses sagging over time is minimal. Maybe not the best for restless sleepers, though, as turning over a lot may disturb your partner more than with other mattresses we tested.
Hypnos pillow top stellar mattress: £1,241.10 for a double, Best Price Beds
If ever you’ve taken a sneaky peak at a mattress you’ve loved in a posh hotel, there’s a good chance you’ll have discovered it’s a Hypnos. This hand crafted, hand-stitched, hypo-allergenic pocket sprung mattress is their latest offering and is made entirely from sustainably resourced materials. It has a plush top layer of cotton, wool, natural latex and a material called Solotex, which gives it the ultra-soft feel.
Each pocket spring is designed to sense the shape of your body and flex accordingly, which makes for outstanding weight distribution, comfort and support. It’s good at regulating body temperature too. You can choose your own firmness – we went for medium, which was just the ticket for average weight and build.
Woolroom Oxford 9000 wool mattress: £1,639.20 for a double, Woolroom
Drifting off to sleep will be a breeze when you sink into Woolroom’s bestselling sumptuous pocket-sprung mattress, made purely from British wool. Whereas 99 per cent of mattresses in the UK contain chemicals, wool is naturally flame retardant, so there is no need for any at all. You’ll probably enjoy an uninterrupted night’s sleep with no morning aches and pains too, thanks to excellent support that results from the 9000 mini pocket springs (in kingsize), and there’s a British grown hemp core layer for extra support.
There are two tension options available and we’d recommend buying their mattress protector or topper too for ultimate comfort. It’s mighty heavy for turning, though.
The verdict: Mattresses
The Emma original mattress is our favourite of the new-generation bed-in-a-boxes, the options of which seem to be growing by the day. A three-layered sleep system, it’s very breathable, instantly comfy and has noticeably more bounce, taking you to the land of nod in record time. For a pocket sprung mattress, the Hypnos Stellar pillow top mattress is soft, sumptuous and yet supportive, albeit quite high. And if money is tight, our recommendation goes to Casper’s the essential mattress.
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How to buy the best mattress
Finding a mattress you find comfortable and suits your budget can be tricky.
Five minutes of feeling things out on a bustling show floor won’t help you figure out which brands and models are comfortable and long lasting.
We can help you work out what type and size of mattress is best for you, and even how to save 50% or more on your next purchase.
On this page:
- How to choose a comfortable mattress
- How firm should my mattress be?
- What type of mattress is best?
- What size mattress do I need?
- How to test a mattress instore
- How to get the best deal on a mattress
- Should I buy a mattress in store or online?
- Can I return a mattress?
How to choose a comfortable mattress
Comfort is subjective, but understanding mattress firmness and the differences in mattress type will help you narrow the field when it comes to testing a mattress instore.
How firm should my mattress be?
It all comes down to your preferred sleeping position:
- Firm: If you sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress will keep your spine aligned.
- Medium: If you sleep on your back, it’ll provide support for your spine, back and neck while keeping you comfortable.
- Soft: Great for sleeping on your side because it’ll support and contour your body’s curves.
But be warned: we’ve found that most retailers’ firmness claims don’t match the bed being sold. We do body support and stability tests when we test mattresses, so check out our mattress reviews to see what we found.
If you’re a side sleeper, a soft mattress will support your body’s curves.
What type of mattress is best?
It really depends on your personal preference. For example, you may find a spring mattress supports your spine while a foam finish feels a bit too solid.
We explain the pros and cons, and price range, for the different types of mattresses.
There are two types of coil mattresses:
- Continuous coil mattresses are made from a single piece of wire looped into springs.
- Open-coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by one wire.
- $400 to $10,000*
- They’re usually lighter than other options.
- Typically cheaper.
- Can wear out quickly.
- Because the springs move as one unit the mattress is less responsive to your body.
- Any tossing and turning is likely to disturb a partner.
- Springs can rust.
* Typical retail for a queen-sized mattress.
Memory foam mattress
Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material, aka memory foam.
- $1500 to $6500*
- Absorbs your weight as you sink in, taking pressure off your joints and increasing circulation.
- Can mould to the shape of your body.
- No risk of rust (if foam only).
- Can make you feel “encased”.
- Can feel too solid and dense (not springy). Not likely to please someone wanting a softer, more cushioned night’s sleep.
- Can get warm easily due to limited air circulation.
- Can be cumbersome to move due to their weight and heft.
* Typical retail for a queen-sized mattress.
Latex foam mattress
A blend of natural and synthetic latex that moulds to body shape.
- $1800 to $4900*
- Durable and breathable.
- Better for people with allergies.
- Doesn’t gather dust mites.
- Has a solid feel, so they’re not likely to please someone wanting a softer, more cushioned night’s sleep.
- Can be cumbersome to move due to their weight and heft.
- Cheaper versions can get lumpy after a time.
* Typical retail for a queen-sized mattress.
Pocket spring mattress
Has up to 3000 springs sewn into individual fabric pockets.
- $1200 to $6400*
- Good air circulation.
- Firmness can be set by tweaking spring tension (by manufacturer).
- Good support by distributing your body weight evenly.
- Can support two people of two different body weights well because the springs are separate.
- Can be heavy to turn, as they’re filled with natural materials, such as lambswool.
- Natural materials can exacerbate allergies.
- Springs can rust.
* Typical retail for a queen-sized mattress.
These combine elements of memory foam and spring mattresses. They have the same pros and cons.
What size mattress do I need?
Retailers and manufacturers recommend buying the largest bed your room can accommodate, and the length of the mattress should be at least 10–15 centimetres longer than the tallest person sleeping on it.
|Size||Measurements (W x L)|
|Single||92 x 187cm|
|Single extra long||92 x 203cm|
|King single||106 x 203cm|
|Double||137 x 187cm|
|Queen||153 x 203cm|
|King||183 x 203cm|
How to test a mattress instore
- Take your time: Most people need seven to nine hours sleep a night. A couple of minutes on your back won’t come close to replicating this experience. Lie down for as long as you need – though you probably shouldn’t spend the night.
- Move about: Roll over, sit up, get in and out of the bed. Ease of movement contributes to comfort. It will take more effort if the mattress is too soft, and will feel uncomfortable on your hips and shoulders if it’s too firm.
- Sleep on slats (or a base): Make sure the bed base in the shop is similar to the one you have at home. If you have fixed slats or a hard surface, a soft mattress will feel very different on top of that, rather than the ensemble base it’s resting on in the shop.
- Bring your partner: If you share a bed with someone regularly or every night, bring them along and ask them to lie in the bed and move around. Be aware of how the bed moves on your side when your partner moves.
- Don’t shop tired: All the mattresses will feel great if you’re already sleepy!
- Ask the salesperson to leave: While they may be friendly and helpful, few of us are able to really relax when someone is hovering around.
- Ask questions about the display model: The mattress you test in store could have been on display for two days, two weeks or even two months, with hundreds of customers potentially trying them out over that period. This will affect sag, firmness, support and so on.
- Ask if there’s a comfort guarantee: Most manufacturers don’t offer a guarantee on comfort, so you probably can’t return it if it doesn’t feel right. That said, there are a few brands that do, so it always pays to ask. Jump to Can I return a mattress? for more info.
Take your time when buying a mattress in store, and don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson to leave you to it.
How to get the best deal on a mattress
Retailers leave a significant amount of wiggle room in the price. In fact, you’re getting ripped off if you settle for RRP.
We shaved at least half and even two-thirds off the asking price while shopping for most of the mattresses in our recent tests by using the following tricks:
- Wait for a sale: They take place regularly and can bring the price down by as much as 50%.
- Head in store: Deals are generally better instore than online.
- Haggle: We rarely encountered a salesperson who wasn’t willing to shave a few hundred dollars off the asking price, even during a sale.
- Buy in bulk: Our discounts improved when we bought at least two beds at once, which may be handy if you’re refurnishing a house.
- Consider exclusive ranges: Retailers such as Snooze, Forty Winks and Fantastic stock exclusive brands. We found that salespeople are much more inclined to sell these over third-party brands. Snooze, for example, offered us a much better discount on their exclusive Madison range when we expressed interest in buying a Sealy.
Retailers leave a significant amount of wiggle room in the price. In fact, you’re getting ripped off if you settle for RRP.
How to haggle
Haggling can be tricky, particularly if you’re not overly confident. But you don’t need to be a smooth-talking, wheeling and dealing sort to take advantage of potential savings.
After a little back-and-forward with salespeople, we asked this question:
- “What’s the best you can do?”
That’s it – or some sort of variant.
Remember, you’re there to buy, they’re there to sell. You’re not establishing a lifelong friendship, and they’re not going to throw you out for asking.
Mattress mark-ups are so high, you don’t need to do much when it comes to saving money, which is why this question works.
Should I buy a mattress in store or online?
Bed in a box is an online only mattress industry. Manufacturers cut out the middleman by selling directly to the consumer, and they deliver compressed mattresses to your door in a box, hence the name. Once opened, the mattresses slowly expand into the full size (single, double, queen etc).
- As well as being a cheaper, and much more convenient, almost all brands let you assess the mattress after purchasing.
- If you don’t like it, you can return it for a refund, making the purchase more or less risk free.
However, this does not mean online shopping is always the best option.
Buying your mattress instore
- Can try before you buy.
- Opportunity to haggle.
- Lots of options from multiple brands in one place.
- Point of return if faulty.
- Many types available.
- Generally no trial period (some exceptions such as Forty Winks).
- Can’t change your mind once it’s used.
- Shady sales practices (e.g. tested firmness doesn’t match advertised firmness).
- Sales situations can be high pressure.
- Need to take it home or pay extra for delivery.
Buying your mattress online
- Delivered to your door.
- Trial period (e.g. Koala allows 120 days, no questions asked returns).
- Can change your mind.
- No pressure to buy.
- Sold at set price. No ability to haggle.
- You need to buy the mattress before trying it.
- Forced to trust manufacturer claims regarding firmness, comfort etc.
- Can be harder to return (than a traditional retailer).
- Mostly limited to foam mattresses (small number of spring mattresses available)
Bed in a box brands however, offer home trial periods that range from 30, to more than 100 nights. If you’re unhappy with your purchase, you can exchange the mattress for a different model (if available), or a full refund.
- It takes a few nights, minimum, to adjust to a new mattress.
- You aren’t forced to speculate and make a snap decision that you may later regret.
- You may come to like a bed that initially felt uncomfortable. This is another reason why our out of the box comfort results are not the defining scores in our test.
- It significantly reduces the financial risks involved.
See our mattress reviews to find out how long the different retailers give you to try the mattress at home and still return it.
Can I return a mattress?
Making a warranty claim on your mattress
This can be tricky, because arguments regarding comfort, faults and so on can be considered subjective, or part of ‘normal wear and tear’.
And while most mattresses have a 10-year warranty period, the small print is often overflowing with restrictions and conditions.
Take SleepMaker for example. While their warranty covers manufacturing faults, they won’t protect against:
- a reasonable level of dipping (25–35mm)
- comfort concern as a result of product selection
- heat issues.
These are just some of the terms, but they illustrate the grey areas consumers can find themselves in.
As our investigation into spring mattresses found, advertised and tested firmness rarely match up, and it’s likely that your purchase may not be as comfortable as you expect.
However, this wouldn’t fall under a warranty claim in SleepMaker’s case. These terms aren’t exclusive to SleepMaker. In fact, they’re one of the more upfront brands when it comes to outlining their claims procedure.
Most mattresses have a 10-year warranty period, but the small print is often overflowing with restrictions and conditions
Returning your mattress (traditional retailer)
The onus largely falls on you, the buyer, to make the right purchase if you’re buying from a retailer, even when the industry practices are questionable.
Because mattresses are used in the same manner as clothes, headphones etc., getting a refund under general consumer protections can be difficult.
These generally cover unfit for purpose, which is unlikely to include:
- size (mattress not fitting your base)
- reasonable sagging after extensive use
- damage due to misuse or mishandling
- smell and general wear and tear (i.e. stains).
If you truly feel that you’ve been sold a faulty product, be persistent. You can make a return.
In these instances, it’s worth citing the ACCC Repair, replace and refund consumer guarantees.
One of the mattresses we bought from our test arrived with rust around the frame. This is reasonable grounds for a return.
Returning your mattress (bed in a box)
Almost all bed in a box brands offer a free trial period. You can return the mattress for a refund within this time, if you don’t like it. Returned beds are typically donated to charity.
However, you must adhere to these general terms to be eligible:
- Duration: Make sure you apply for a refund/return within the allocated period.
- Minimum use period: Brands also specify a minimum usage period before you’re eligible for a return, so you can take time to properly assess the mattress.
- Damage: You won’t be able to return a mattress if it’s damaged, sunk, stained, torn etc. It’s worth treating your mattress like fine china, keeping it well away from food, drink and so on, and making sure you’re clean as a whistle when it’s time for bed.
- Protection: Almost all brands specify that you must use a mattress protector during the free trial period.
Check the “free trial” page on the company’s website to find the specific terms
The so-called free trial period may incur a return fee depending on where you live, and how the manufacturer handles returns.
Occasionally, you’ll encounter brands that charge an exchange fee, on top of the pickup costs.
Find the best mattress in 2020: 11 top brands compared
Finding the best mattress can be a confusing and anxiety-ridden process, thanks to a sea of choices and features to consider. And purchasing mattresses online isn’t quite the same as visiting mattress stores. But now, more than ever before is a good time to consider buying a mattress online.
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No longer do you have to go through the pain and hassle of dealing with a salesperson or lying on numerous floor models. You can simply shop from the comfort of your own home, pick out the best mattress to fit your needs and end up with the answer to a good night’s sleep. Starting about seven years ago, a number of online mattress retailers upended the mattress industry by simplifying the nightmare of the buying process. The movement was headlined by mattress brands such as Casper and Tuft & Needle, and it’s transformed how we buy our beds.
Online mattresses, compared
|Mattress||Buying info||Mattress Type||Price (Queen)||Trial period / Return policy||Warranty|
|The Casper||See at Casper||Foam||$995||100-day||10-year limited|
|Ikea Haugsvar||See at Ikea||Hybrid||$399||365-day; exchange, not refund||25-year limited|
|Leesa||See at Leesa||Foam||$995||100-day||10-year limited|
|Nectar||See at Nectar||Foam||$824||365-day (+30-day initial trial period), then you can donate or dispose of it||Forever|
|Purple Original||See at Purple||Foam*||$999||100-day||10-year|
|Saatva||See at Saatva||Coil||$1,199||120-day ($99 transportation cost)||15-year limited|
|Cocoon by Sealy Chill||See at Cocoon by Sealy||Foam||$930||100-day||10-year limited|
|Serta Blue 100||See at Mattress Firm||Foam||$1,099||120-day; 15% return and disposal fee + $200 S&H only for iComfort line||10- to 15-year limited|
|Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt||See at Tempur-Pedic||Foam||$2,099||90-day||10-year limited|
|Tuft & Needle||See at Amazon||Foam||$595||100-day||10-year limited|
|Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam 10″||See at Walmart||Foam||$256||100-day; must be in good condition||10-year limited|
*Proprietary “Purple Smart Comfort Grid”
But the revolution also drew a lot of attention to the $29 billion market. While the early disruptors maintain their hold, for the most part, a number of challengers have arrived, offering slightly different combinations of price, product, materials, and customer service.
After a series of parries and pivots by companies large and small, consumers now face a more nuanced mattress market. If you’re a low-maintenance shopper looking to avoid the pain of going to a showroom, you’re no longer locked into just grabbing a Casper — other viable options may suit your needs better.
To add to the intrigue, older retailers have entered the online direct-to-consumer fray. These traditional outfits offer a combination of ease and industry gravitas.
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If you want to find the best mattress you can buy online — and finally get a good night’s sleep — you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up which mattresses offer you the most bang for your buck, depending on price, firmness, coils, memory foam, pressure relief, and sleep comfort.
Below, we’ve laid out 11 of the best mattress brands you can buy online, sorted by price, market differentiators and process features (think return policy, warranty, and installation).
This guide is meant to give you a layout of the market as it stands today before you make your purchase. It’s a roundup of our online research from reviewers, aggregators and the manufacturers themselves (all linked where cited).
This guide isn’t meant to walk you through all the ins and outs of coils vs. memory foam or gel vs. adjustable air, or what’s best for support, firmness and spinal alignment vs. comfort. Though many mattress types are available online, almost everything that’s getting shipped to you in a box is probably going to be a foam mattress, and if you have specific sleeping requirements or needs (stomach sleepers, anyone?), regarding firmness, pocketed coils, innerspring, size, materials, or an eco-friendly mattress, check out our buying guide first, then come back to find the best mattress with the right combination of price, features, comfort level and user sentiment.
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While technically not the first to offer an easy online mattress shopping experience, Casper has come to represent the movement and very much awakened a sleeping giant for the mattress industry. When people are turned off by the old-school buying process, Casper is usually the first place they turn.
It started off with one model, The Casper mattress, but has expanded to offer a fancier version, The Wave, and a budget version, The Essential. Its standard hybrid foam mattress has four layers of zoned foam; each layer is meant to get you right in the sweet spot of support, sleep, firmness, breathability and comfort for all sorts of sleeping positions including shoulders and stomach sleepers. The company won’t install your mattress or haul away your old bed, but it has a paid service available for those who don’t want to bother.
Interestingly enough, Casper has started to flip the playbook and opened a number of brick-and-mortar stores across the country, in case you want to try a model out for comfort and feel in person. They’ve also been busy on the partnership front, and now thousands of Target locations carry Casper products.
As one of the older companies in the new guard, Casper’s impressive sales numbers make it a safe bet for anyone who doesn’t have super-specific mattress needs.
Cocoon by Sealy
Cocoon by Sealy
Sealy is another long-standing brand that entered the direct-to-consumer market with the Cocoon by Sealy brand, launched in March 2016. Cocoon has two mattresses, the classic along with a newer version, the “Chill Mattress,” with a spiffy comfort layer made out of its proprietary “Phase Change Material” which is basically fancy lingo saying you’ll stay cool in bed at night.
Each of its two models comes in either soft or firm, which is a nice option to have to suit your spine, and their price range is comfortably on the cheaper side of the industry leaders. They come with the standard 100-day trial and 10-year limited warranty, plus the added bonus of picking up your mattress if you want to return it.
It’s no surprise that for those seeking a no-frills, low-cost shopping experience, IKEA has you covered. IKEA plays the role it knows best in the direct-to-consumer mattress market: itself. With around 15 different comfortable mattress options available, you have the choice between ultra-cheap ($120) all the way up to a $900 natural latex Queen, and endless foundation and furniture configurations to play with.
We’ve chosen the Haugsvär memory foam mattress for our best mattress comparison, and it stacks up well against other discount brands. The Haugsvar comes in two firmness options and at less than half the price of the market standard, ringing in at $399. It offers individually wrapped pocketed coils and a generous layer of foam for pressure relief or stomach sleepers. IKEA doesn’t offer white-glove installation and haul-away, but they do have a 365-day trial period for their mattresses if you want to exchange it for something else (there is no risk-free refund period) and a 25-year limited warranty, which primarily covers manufacturing defects. Also, note that delivery costs around $50 depending on where you live. As with all IKEA furniture, you can try it out in the store and if you have a big enough car, pack it up yourself for free.
We didn’t find any of the mattress review issues that Zinus has, so you’re paying a little bit more for a better-known retailer with a proven track record. If you’re an IKEA fan and looking for a good deal, it looks like trusty IKEA comes through.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the Leesa mattress is how average it is in every respect. We don’t mean that as a criticism — it’s a compliment more than anything.
This type of mattress is designed to fit most body sizes and types, and the prices are right in line with the market. It offers two models, the classic and a newer luxury version, both with an average firmness, and a good balance of support and pressure relief comfort. Unlike the Purple mattress, which some users found difficult to move, the Leesa is easy to transport, so if you need a good mattress you can swap between rooms, this could be the best mattress for you. You can also test Leesa mattresses in selected Pottery Barn or West Elm stores, and it’s even opened up a few Leesa “Dream Galleries” in select cities.
Where Leesa does stand apart from the competition is its commitment to social impact. For every 10 mattresses sold, the company donates one to charity, and for every mattress sold it plants a tree. It’s even teamed up with Olympian Aly Raisman to fight homelessness.
During our research, we also found a number of good discounts on Leesa mattresses (e.g., a President’s Day sale on its site that lasted well past the three-day weekend), so if you can snag it for $150 less, Leesa jumps into the bargain category. If you want a no-frills mattress experience from a company that seems to genuinely care, Leesa is a good option.
Nectar is another relative newbie to the market. It launched in 2016 but has already established itself with more than 100,000 mattresses sold in two years. Its prices come in just under market averages, and we like that it’s stuck with just one model.
The mattress itself is rather typical fare: it has three layers of memory foam, a cooling comfort layer of memory foam, and a base layer of dense memory foam to provide support, firmness, comfort and breathability. Where Nectar stands apart is its trial period: 365 days after an initial 30-day trial period (most online companies require you to try out a mattress for at least 30 days before returning it so your body and spine have a chance to get used to it).
Also noteworthy: the warranty isn’t 10 years or 15 years, but forever. Seriously, the company calls it the “Forever Warranty.” Though we should note that it only covers indentations deeper than 1.5 inches compared to the 1 inch we found with most others. Regardless, forever is a long time.
If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option with really good guarantees, Nectar might be the best mattress for you.
Purple was founded by two brothers from Utah who stormed onto the mattress scene in 2016 with proprietary, high-quality cushioning technology. They had been using their patented grid-like material for wheelchairs, but saw an opportunity in the fast-growing online mattress market and pivoted.
The Purple material is the prime differentiator, and user reviews praise the combination of foam mattress support and breathability. Its prices are just above their main competitors, but it makes the buying process easy with free installation, haul-away of your old mattress, and the now-industry-standard 100-night trial period, so not to fear if you’re worried you won’t like it on your bed.
Purple offers two mattress options for your bed, the Original model and a newer luxury model, called “The All-New.” Like many of the simple online options today, the Original caters to most body sizes and sleeper-types, offering across-the-board comfort and sleep.
We did find more than one mattress review that called into question the mattress’s long-term durability, but fortunately, the 10-year warranty offsets that concern by covering any visible indentation greater than 1 inch (also an industry standard now). The other potential drawback is its short time in the mattress market, but the company has been working on comfortable cushioning since 1989 and is also totally self-funded, meaning it’s not reliant on the ebbs and flows of venture capital and will be around for a while.
Saatva is part of a growing list of mattress companies marketing inner coil mattresses, so it has a traditional feel and more edge support than its memory foam counterparts. Saatva coils are individually wrapped, which means less motion is transferred, making it easier to shift positions in bed at night with less chance you’ll disturb your partner, giving him or her a better night of sleep.
Saatva bills itself as a luxury mattress brand with affordable prices, so while it’s slightly more expensive than Casper or Leesa, you’re getting a very different product. Being an innerspring mattress, it won’t come in a box — they’ll give you a four-hour time window for the delivery, and even wait an extra 20 minutes if you’re running behind. Its single model comes in three different firmness options (in case you want a softer or firmer mattress), and it offers free installation and old mattress haul-away, so don’t worry about having to lug around the heavier bed.
It offers a 120-day trial and a 15-year limited warranty, but both come with fine print: You pay a $99 transportation fee if you want to return your Saatva mattress or if it needs to be repaired after two years due to a design defect. The company is also proud of using environmentally friendly materials like organic cotton, natural latex and a CertiPUR-US certified foam layer, and there is no “off gas” or latex mattress smell issue like you’ll get with a newer memory foam mattress.
Saatva is a different beast than the memory foam world, so if you’re looking to get a luxury inner coil mattress online with free shipping and solid customer service, this is the way to go.
Serta is another traditional manufacturer that has evolved specifically for those looking to buy their new mattress online. The well-known mattress retailer has been around since 1931 and has a huge range of prices and models, going from $500 for a Queen up to $2,800.
Serta’s biggest downside is not having a risk-free trial period (only its iComfort line offers a trial, and then you have to pay 15% of the original cost and a $200 shipping and handling fee to return it), but you can try out its models in a store if that turns you off. Serta mattresses are available to buy around the country at mattress retailers (e.g. Mattress Firm), department stores (Macy’s and JC Penney) and furniture stores like Raymour & Flanigan.
The iComfort Blue 100 is the closest foam mattress model they offer to other online retailers both in terms of price and material composition. It appears to be a relatively newer model, so if you like the specs, we recommend trying it out first before clicking the buy button. The other positive aspect of Serta is its wide range of options, so if you’re looking for something specific or on the cheaper side, but still don’t want to deal with a salesperson, it could be a good option for your bed.
Tempur-Pedic is the first traditional mattress company on our list, and this old-guard foam mattress company has many different model options depending on your price range. For our comparison, we’ve gone with the Tempur-Adapt model, one of the company’s newer models that’s also available for easy online buying. But the price ($2,099 for a Queen) puts it in the higher end of the market.
You have 90 days to try out the Adapt, just under the industry standard, and Tempur-Pedic throws in free installation and haul-away of your old mattress. The other pro is that you can try out many of its mattresses in a local retailer in case the 90-day trial period isn’t your cup of tea.
One drawback of going with Tempur-Pedic is that it’s not super-transparent about its material composition (and it doesn’t have the industry-standard eco-friendly foam certification, CertiPUR-US), so for eco-conscious or budget shoppers, it might not be the best mattress. But for those looking for a quality product you can purchase easily from a company with a long history, the Adapt is the way to go.
Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle flies a little under the radar compared to Casper’s marketing heft, but maybe not for long. It was founded in 2012, a few years before Casper and Leesa, and were arguably the first to start reimagining the mattress-buying experience.
It branched out in early 2018 with a second model, the luxury “Mint” mattress, but it’s still primarily known for the “Original,” an adaptive foam mattress with a medium-firm feel that promises to keep you cool. Its adaptive foam is a little bit different than memory foam, so you won’t sink in as much as with memory foam (perfect for stomach sleepers), you can move around a little easier in bed, and you’ll be less warm.
While their prices are well below competitors, we didn’t find any indication of a lower-quality product (over 7,300 overwhelmingly positive Amazon reviews and counting, with an “A” rating on Fakespot) and like most of the rest of the market, it offers a 100-day risk-free trial and 10-year limited warranty.
Tuft & Needle prides itself on being environmentally friendly, boasting not just a CertiPUR-US certification for its foam, but also a “Greenguard Gold” certification — often used for baby cribs and furniture used in educational settings to designate a product that has low chemical emissions and indoor air pollution –and several others for its materials. It’s also received consistently rave reviews for customer service, so don’t worry about getting caught in fine-print hell if you don’t like it.
Zinus has by far the largest selection for an online retailer, offering around different eight mattress models at any given time, including its Zinus Green Tea memory foam mattress (and yes, this memory foam mattress is actually infused with green tea), good for stomach sleepers, and its Cooling Gel memory mattress. It also takes the cake for the best mattress in terms of price, coming in at roughly half the industry average.
The folks at the Wirecutter determined that it doesn’t feel like a cheap mattress, and while it doesn’t have the cooling layer technology of other mattress brands, the edge support is pretty good.
Originally published earlier this year.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
Top 10 Best Mattress 2020
Last updated:January 26, 2020
Looking for a new mattress to help you sleep like a baby? We have you covered with this list for the top 10 mattresses for 2020.
A new mattress can really make a great difference in your sleep and overall performance. As we are familiar with this empirically proven fact, our goal was to research and find the top choices.
Our review process involves both personal testing and going through thousands verified customer reviews to decide which bed makes it on the top list for this year.
All brands presented in this list share some great quality features and benefits, with ratings that exceed other competing brands.
In addition, our top-rated mattresses, exclude water and air mattresses yet include all high-quality choices with much higher scores than average in unbiased consumers’ reviews.
To the extent of our knowledge, these are the best beds available – just make sure to pick one that suits your needs. Here’s what you need to know:
What is the need for having a good mattress?
More and more studies suggest that along with maintaining a balanced diet and active lifestyle, sleep is recognized as an important contributor to overall good health. Sleep deprivation or sleep disruptions, on the contrary, contribute to depression, poor concentration, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Research indicates that around 1 in 3 Americans suffer from poor quality sleep and one important factor that contributes to a good night’s sleep is the right mattress. Considering we spend around one-third of our life in bed it is worth doing some research into getting it right.
The right one needs to have just the right amount of comfort and support to help keep your spine aligned while feeling relaxed. Regarding its length, it should be at least 15cm longer than the tallest person using the bed. It is therefore important to take a look at the dimensions you choose before you commit to a buy. Of course, you can claim a full refund with most companies nowadays yet still you don’t want the hustle of having to return a product.
If you sleep with a partner, you should be careful to choose a mattress which provides comfort and support for both of you. This may be problematic for some couples who vary significantly in weight. Some models come with differing comfort layers on each side of the bed, and this may be a viable option for such couples.
Another important feature is to sleep cool. More and more brands have taken this element into consideration when designing their mattresses and incorporated innovative technologies or fabrics to retain heat and improve overall airflow and blood circulation.
How to choose the best mattresses?
Before we decide on which is the best mattresses available in the market, there are a number of critical factors which determine our decision. Some of them are objective and others are more subjective. Here’s a quick overview of what we take into consideration.
Value for money is key when we talk about mattresses. The price tag varies depending on overhead and marketing, which will result in costing more. Low-quality materials that are not durable, also mean it won’t last long and it won’t be a good value, therefore. Based on the company’s business model and price being charged, we can reach a good assessment of the overall value of the mattress.
The overall sleep experience and feel are rather subjective. If you are a fan of memory foam for example, then you are inclined towards particular mattresses. Other however can’t stand it. Our judgment is based on not what type of feel is better than the other, but rather on the feel and describing it in detail, showing it off, and make our suggestion. In the end, only you can tell which suits your preferences.
Firmness is a subjective measure as well since different people have different preferences of how firm or soft they prefer their mattress to be. One person might think one is firmer than average, while someone else might think the exact same one is softer than average. We try to be as objective as possible when it comes to discussing the firmness of a particular mattress, always keeping in mind the firmness scale (1-10, where 10 is the firmest).
The extent to which you can sense movement when sleeping is important especially when you sleep with a partner. In simple terms, the more motion isolation a mattress succeeds, the less you will feel your partner tossing and turn at night.
This is such an important issue for many people, as they are particularly sensitive to sleeping hot. Our personal testing and data research take extra care to assess this aspect of the mattress and credit the brands which make sure you sleep cool!
Quality of Materials/Durability
There are some objective things you can assess the quality of the materials used in each model. Durability, for example, relates to the density of the foams used in the bed. Our intention is to carefully evaluate each material used in each one.
We greatly value brands which take care to design based on environmentally -friendly standards in terms of their processes and materials used. Fortunately, more and more mattresses comply with such rules and become more sensitive to the environmental impact they leave as well as your own health.
Of the most important features to determine if a mattress is worth investing in, is how the company treats its customers. Things like the company’s trial period, return policy, and overall customer service is critical and a factor you have to beware of, before committing to a particular buy.
No company ever publicly discloses their return rate however, we urge the company to let us know this statistic in private so that you know there is a relatively low level of return rate for the product you purchase.
It is not a matter of stating if a mattress is great or sucks, but more of whether if you might like it depending on your sleeping preference and other characteristics you may fancy in a mattress. Ultimately, this is a subjective process however we try to point you towards the right direction rather than impose our views.
9 Best Mattress 2020
|Gel memory foam||
||Nectar Review||Surely best choice under $700(12″)|
| Idle Sleep
|More than one models||
||Read review||Double-side luxury mattress(14″)|
||Read review||6 layers hybrid mattress(15″)|
||Layla review||Best for side sleepers(11″)|
|Nolah Air foam||
||Nolah review||Best for back pain(10″)|
|Level sleep||3 Zone Foam||
||Read Review||Best for back/shoulder pain(10″)|
|Bear||Gel memory foam||
||Bear review||Best mattress for athletes(10″)|
|Casper||Latex + memory foam||
||Casper review||Famous brand(10″)|
|Aviya||Memory foam + coil||
||Aviya review||Best innerspring model(12″)|
|Avocado||Organic latex + coil||
||Avocado review||Best organic latex choice(11″)|
Nectar Mattress(Best under $1,000)
The Nectar 11’’ memory foam mattress is considered the best option if you are looking for a comfortable plush bed with great benefits at a great price tag.
- Feels really supportive and comfortable
- A great value for money product, the company sits firmly on top of its competitors
- Nectar comes with an extremely dense foam for added pressure comfort
- Designed to deliver improved breathability , Nectar succeeds to separate itself from other common memory foam choices and sleeps extremely cool during the evening with the gel memory foam and the quilted cover enhanced with Tencel.
If you are looking for supreme quality in the affordable price tag, the Nectar should be on top of your list. It definitely makes it at the top 10 mattresses for 2020!
Its multiple layers of high-quality foam and the handcrafted premium materials make it a luxury choice that ranks higher in satisfaction compared to more expensive similar online brands.
The creators of Nectar have designed a medium-firm mattress with a good feel and appropriate support to accommodate all sleeping styles. Being a bit more towards a firmer feel, it offers minimum motion transfer, sleeps cool and has good edge support.
It also offers a great choice if you are looking for the hug and contour of foam without that sinking feeling other foam mattresses do.
Among its highlights, is Nectar’s amazing extended trial period (365 nights) and an unbeatable lifetime warranty.
Overall, Nectar easily makes it at the top of this list and we highly recommend it.
- Cooling system with the combination of gel memory foam and Tencel infused cover
- Luxury materials for a great value product(You can’t get a better mattress at the same price level)
- Thicker than most online mattresses
- Cooler than most online models
- Almost none motion transfer
- Suitable for back/stomach sleepers or the one without fixed sleeping position( Know more about here)
- Forever warranty
- 365 nights sleep trial
- Maybe can’t ship in time due to high demand
- Lacks a bit of bounce compared with latex/innerspring foam
Don’t forget to use our premium coupon code: BMR125 when checking out (enjoy extra $125 OFF).
The Idle Sleep Mattress(Best double sided luxury mattress)
There are no other mattresses built like the Idle Sleep mattresses. They have exceptional built-in exclusives no other mattresses offer. The incredible support and comfort of the mattresses depend on the high-quality features installed.
- 2-sided design for versatility and durability
- Premium materials and approach offer excellent performance
- Cool support buoyancy foam provides pressure relief and support
- Fast response foam offers the proper alignment and less of a stuck feel
- Limited time $300 discount with code BMR300
- 120 nights of free trial period
- Free shipping and returns for all customers
- Idle Sleep mattresses come with a lifetime warranty
Idle Sleep has proven to be a dexterous manufacturer of mattresses. While most brands concentrate on the manufacturing of a single model, Idle Sleep experts have dedicated their time to provide customers with four different options.
Now you can get a hybrid, latex, dual feel or all foam mattresses depending on your preference and convenience. All the models feature the expertise and quality you would expect from the well-respected Idle Sleep brand name.
The hybrid model’s foam and spring design is best of both worlds. It is the best choice for sleepers upgrading from a coil mattress. This mattress offers the best feel of pocketed coil system and comfort foams. It’s more of an advanced traditional mattress.
The latex model is a more natural hybrid choice that combines pure Talalay latex with all natural organic materials and superior edge to edge pocketed coil system. This mattress is suitable for diverse sleeping positions; a good choice for those in need of luxury firmness.
The dual feel model offers two firmness feelings in a single mattress. All you have to do is flip the mattress for a luxury firm feel and flip again for a medium feel. This is a versatile choice for a sleeper who is open to both luxury firm and medium feelings.
The all foam model delivers the best of pressure relief and motion isolation. The medium option is a convenient choice for combinational sleepers; while the luxury firm is a suitable choice for heavy, stomach and back sleepers.
- Four mattress options for preference and convenience
- Two-sided design is versatile and durable
- IDLE foam does not trap heat or wear out faster
- Two firmness levels for preference and convenience
- 12″ to 14″ high, better than most online models
- Thermocool fabric technology works with the natural thermal abilities of the body
- Cooling buoyancy foam offers superior pressure relief
- 4 collections to choose from, not just hybrid
- No odor when first open
- Not for the one who likes cheaper models
- Young company
The Dreamcloud (Best affordable luxury hybrid choice)
The DreamCloud mattress is considered the best hybrid memory foam mattress that provides excellent design features and performs at a reasonable price. It is probably the only hybrid mattress that offers superior features at a discounted price.
- Premium and durable materials used
- 6-layer construction for superior performance
- Features 15-inch of dreamy memory foam and supportive coils
- Advanced cooling technology for sleeping cool
- Supportive base layers for all sizes and weight
- Everlong warranty, free shipping, and returns
- 365 days risk-free trial for all buyers who buy directly from the manufacturer
The beauty of DreamCloud is the features it packs. Unlike most traditional mattresses, DreamCloud comes with guaranteed qualities. As a buyer, you should know that this is true with the Everlong warranty and 365 days risk-free trial.
It offers a full year trial period. You have enough time to test the mattress in any setting and temperature. According to the brand, only a handful of buyers are known to have returned the DreamCloud.
The most impressive feature and one of the leading selling points of DreamCloud is the 6-layer hybrid construction. It combines high-density memory foams layers with a supportive pocket coil system. Each layer contributes to your dreamy sleep experience.
The prevalence of back pain is wide-ranging. Dreamcloud is one of the best solutions for any sleeper with back problems. A good number of the layers offer contouring support for superior alignment of the back. The logic of this hybrid mattress is that it conforms to your body instead of forcing your body to conform to the configuration of a hard, inflexible surface.
In general, DreamCloud is not your ordinary mattress. It gives you comfort. It provides you with the support your body needs to rest. Do you know why it is capable of all these? Simply put, the mattress lives up to its name.
DreamCloud takes all your needs into consideration with only a few exceptions. If it’s a back pain-free sleep you seek, this mattress will offer you exactly that. If it is superior contouring support you want, then you should look no further than the DreamCloud.
- Premium materials for high performance and durability
- 6-layer construction for superior cooling, cushioning, support and comfort
- Thicker than most conventional hybrid mattresses
- Cheaper than most high-end mattresses
- One year risk-free trial period
- Everlong warranty for all buyers
- Free shipping and returns
- Tall mattress that may not be suitable for every user
- Only one firmness scale to choose from
Layla (Best for side sleepers)
It promises and delivers an innovative design with its dual firmness in a single mattress, as well as a unique copper-infused and THERMOgel technology to keep you cool and enable pressure relief.
- Being the first company to add copper in the memory foam, it takes advantage of the unique features of this material
- Layla offers two firmness levels in one model, choose between soft and firm.
- The cover is made with THERMOgel technology; this enables the bed to reach to body sweat and maintain a cool temperature all night long.
Layla is the best choice if you are a side sleeper and suffer from back or neck pain.
Its exclusive features focus on how it is the first brand to introduce dual copper-infused memory foam mattress.
Copper has many distinct qualities which will make your sleep as comfortable and restful as it gets: it facilitates pressure relief, reduces joint inflammation and stiffness overall. It also promotes blood circulation and provides a cool and relaxing feeling while you sleep. Mixing this with memory foam makes for a mattress that sets itself apart from the rest.
- Sleeps really cool
- First choice if you are pure side sleepers at reasonable price
- Promotes blood circulation
- Offers great pain relief and sleeps really comfortable
- Great addition of copper with memory foam
- Dual firmness option in a single bed
- Some first-day smell which dissipates quickly
- Perhaps a bit of a hustle to flip them over
- Only 10 inches
Nolah(Best cooling mattress )
Nolah definitely is a worthy mention on this list as it offers a luxurious and soft experience which rank it as one of the world’s best brands.
- Nolah combines the bouncy latex foam and the responsive memory foam to offer unique comfort and bouncy support while it cradles the body.
- It sleeps extremely cool due to its unique cooling system with the premium materials used for extra air circulation all through the layers.
Despite being new, the company behind Nolah have established themselves in the marketplace as a respected company which provides high-quality products.
It is certain that sleeping on Nolah will ensure the sort of luxury and softness needed to exceed your expectations, made of premium materials that will serve for an experience which is well over the average.
There are several characteristics that set Nolah apart. Starting from the air flow technology due to
the Nolah Air Foam™ and the Avena® Foam, moving on to the High-Density Polyurethane Foam, these all make for a soft but still very supportive sleeping surface with substantial bounce.
In addition, they succeed to sleep cool and contouring to relieve sensitive points.
It is also good if you are somewhat overweight since although it is perhaps softer than usual. In any case, Nolah is a must if you are looking for a comfortable mattress that is also resilient and will last for many years.
- Sleeps cooler than expected(especially compared with memory foam bed)
- The copper-infused memory foam will last longer than Latex
- Good for heavy people
- Environmentally-friendly – you have the option to adopt a wild animal when you purchase a mattress
- Ideal for side and back sleepers
- Only 10″ high(industry standard)
Don’t forget to use code BMR to enjoy $125 OFF when checking out
Bear Mattress (Best for athletes)
This is a unique addition to the mattress industry, with its exclusive focus on athletes and other active people.
- Bear is a bed-in-a-box model, sold online only which aims to provide for better value than others sold in stores
- Only one firmness setting available
- Minimal motion transfer
- It is made of high-density memory foam and due to its unique Celliant technology
which sleeps cooler and facilitates fast recovery if you live an active or demanding lifestyle
It contributes significantly to the mattress industry as it is specifically designed to address athletes’ needs.
The bear mattress distinct feature is found in the Super Cool Graphite-Gel Memory Foam. Together with the Celliant technology used, it is the secret to sleeping so cool. It is also the reason why it performs really well in terms of preventing heat from being trapped in the mattress, while it enables improved air circulation and pressure relief.
The bear mattress is ranked as medium firm and is recommended for any type of sleeper, however, it might not be ideal if you sleep on your stomach. It is a good option as well for heavy people.
- Sleeps really cool
- Provides with substantial pressure relief and facilitates fast recovery
- Celliant technology prevents heat retention and promotes enhanced airflow and pressure relief
- You will meet substantial support from the company
- Price is not competitive
- Warranty and trial is just industry standard, not as good as Nectar and Layla
Casper (Famous brand)
Casper is perhaps the best known bed-in-a-box option with a latex over memory foam construction. Still, there are nowadays better options available delivering great value.
- Casper consists of three different layers of foam (premium latex, high-density memory foam and regular material)
- Casper performs really well at sleeping cool due to the latex foam on the top.
- It is no longer considered as the best mattress available since many other competitors set the bar much higher.
- Offers free express shipping.
Casper is a relatively new company launched in 2014 which has quickly become one of the most popular mattresses sold online.
Over the years it has been on the market, the creators of Casper have re-designed their mattress twice. Our review is based on the latest edition available in the market.
Casper is an all foam mattress designed to create a responsive, but contouring feels for sleepers by combining a response poly foam with memory foam.
- Positive consumer reviews
- Sleeps cool
- Comfort plush feel with the different foams used
- It’s a new brand with limited data
- Only one firmness model to choose from
- Lack of firm edge support
- You will experience some motion transfer
Aviya mattress(affordable inner spring choice)
Aviya is a premium hybrid innerspring mattress which will not disappoint even the most demanding with its quality luxurious features and benefits, all at an incredibly reasonable cost.
- Aviya features extra 2 inches compared to industry standards so it adds in terms of durability
- Offers enhanced edge support with the 3 inches of foam added in the edges
- 3 firmness choices including innerspring to make it very responsive
- Sleeps extremely cool due to its 1” Cooling Comfort Foam.
- The high-density polyurethane foam provides exceptional comfort and added support
Aviya succeeds to bring together premium materials to provide the optimum comfort with its high-density foam and the pocketed innerspring coil system engineered to offer the kind of edge support and appropriate lumbar alignment you need.
Choose between Firm, Luxury Firm, and Plush/Soft, with the supportive innerspring making it ideal for a variety of sleepers.
Fortunately, there is only a minimal smell in Aviya upon unpacking which quickly dissipates and is non-toxic. The environmentally friendly polyurethane foams as part of the manufacturing process ensure there are no harmful chemicals involved.
- Extra 2 inches enable for greater durability and comfort
- The hybrid construction is ideal
- Special five layers construction
- Choose between three firmness choices
- Offers substantial edge support
- Environmentally friendly materials, components and production processes – CertiPUR-US Certified
- Possibly slower delivery than usual
Avocado Gwen mattress(Best organic latex choice)
Avocado Gwen is the ultimate eco-friendly “green” option offering a set of unique features in one ecological mattress, combining the support and durability of springs with natural Dunlop latex.
- Avocado Gwen uses 100% natural materials from top to bottom
- It is expected that at 13 inches thick, it is highly durable compared to other brands
- The mattress provides 2 firmness options with the option of adding the pillow top
- Avocado Gwen sleeps very coolly, mainly due to the natural materials used throughout its layers
- It appears to be quite bouncy/resilient
Definitely an investment you will not lose out, the Avocado Gwen is ideal if you worry about health issues as well as the environmental footprint you leave.
This is made from 100% organic Dunlop latex. It consists of:
- 100% Pure Joma® New Zealand Wool
- 100% Recycled Steel Support Coils
- a GOTS certified organic cotton layer sheet with crafted button tufted
A highlight of Avocado Gwen is the 2” latex Euro-Style pillow. This is exactly what you need in terms of a balanced, soft yet supportive feeling sleeping surface which is sturdy and does not sink too much into the mattress. A highlight is how Gwen comes with heavy-duty handles so carrying it around should not be a concern.
This bed comes in medium firmness and includes the seal of approval as appropriate for back and spinal health.
- 100% organic Dunlop latex used
- Euro Pillow Top design for added comfort
- High-quality eco-friendly materials and sturdy build
- 100% pure Joma New Zealand Wool
- Can take away your old mattress without charge
- Little motion transfer
- More expensive compared to others on this list
Choosing the right mattress is to an extent a subjective process as it depends on varying factors which come down to individual preferences. There is no such thing as a brand that pleases everyone, all the time. Each kind of mattress has its pros and cons, and this makes some customers love them or hate them accordingly.
However, there are certain brands which distinguish themselves from other and tend to rate better than others, as they perform consistently better in factors like comfort, support, motion transfer, sleeping cool, durability, eco-friendly materials used, customer service, warranty, trial, and overall value for money. We hope our list of the top 10 best mattresses helps you find the perfect one for you.
Although usually, quality comes with a price, thankfully, you don’t have to pay tons of money to get a top-quality choice nowadays. There are plenty of options available at a reasonable cost which will provide you the much-needed sleep you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle and relieve pain.
In this list, we took the time to review among the many mattresses available which are the best for each situation. Although you shouldn’t take it for granted, it is more likely that if you choose among these top 10 best mattresses for 2020, you will end up with a choice that will last longer and offer extra support and added comfort, while accommodating for specific needs.
Hope you found this article of help and are now more informed to make the proper decision for you. Don’t forget to share our post if you liked it and take a look at individual reviews for each of the above to help you make up your mind.
The exotic materials and added features won’t add to the level of comfort – they’re just there for marketing purposes.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that exotic materials and fancy features aren’t more expensive.
It just means the regular sleeper doesn’t need them to sleep comfortably.
No Return Policy
This is a huge red flag and you should stop considering such a product immediately!
Every product should support at least a 30-days return period, but with mattresses, we think the 100-day trial is a great option.
This way, you have the possibility to test the bed in the comfort of your own home and learn if you feel truly comfortable in it.
No Perks Included
This is not exactly a must, but producers who offer them show respect for their customers and products.
Usually, perks mean free transport and returns, extended trial period, white gloves delivery (free or paid), charity donations or other type of social involvement.
So, if you find similar products from two different producers, we recommend going for the one who offers perks
A Few Final Words
Of course, you do always have to bear in mind that just because other people had great experiences with a particular mattress, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll feel the same way.
Every person needs something different from their mattress, and we’d be lying if we tried to tell you there was one perfect solution for everyone.
As you continue your search for the right mattress, always remember to consider things like your sleep habits, comfort preferences, and other factors that might play into your overall satisfaction with a bed.
If you want, you can learn more about things like this over on the mattress guides section of this very website.
In any case, we hope this guide has provided some helpful information for your mattress search.
Always remember that we couldn’t do any of this without your support.
So, if you have any personal tips and picks for ’s best and worst mattresses, we’d welcome your feedback in the comments below.
Buying a new mattress is a big decision. Not only are you going to be investing in something that you’ll (hopefully) have for years, but you’re also going to be dropping some pretty serious coin in the process. It can feel overwhelming, especially when faced with the soaring price tags of some of the splashier brands on the market.
But can I let you in on a little secret? You don’t have to break the bank to find a fantastic mattress. In fact, there are a plethora of affordable options available online that are just as luxurious, supportive, and sleep-changing as any of the pricier models you might come across in your search.
For me, the key is in asking the right questions and figuring out which models are going to give you the absolute most bang for your buck. Unsure of where to begin? No worries! I’ve compiled my favorite value mattresses by category below, so no matter the kind of bed you seek, you’re bound to see one that feels like the perfect fit.
Check out my picks below! And in case you’re wondering how in the world I selected these mattresses, I included a quick section detailing my methodology at the end of this write-up.
Best Mattress for the Money Top Picks
Naturally, these reflect my own preferences and biases (as of 2020), so just use this list as a starting point. Below are some of my best-valued mattresses on the market:
|Best Memory Foam|
|Layla Mattress|| Layla Mattress
A luxury memory foam mattress at a Layla price doesn’t come around often! The mattress is flippable (two firmness options) and is copper infused, giving you the memory foam feel without sleeping hot.
|Best for Side Sleepers|
|Nolah Mattress|| Nolah Mattress
The Nolah mattress is specifically designed for side sleepers, and delivers one heck of a sleeping experience for the price. The pressure relief per dollar on this mattress is off the charts.
|Best Hybrid Mattress|
|Helix Midnight Mattress|| Helix Midnight Mattress
The Helix Midnight comes in at the standard 10″ version or the 14″ LUXE version. Either way it uses a mix of quality foams and pocketed coils for a great mix of support and pressure relief. Enjoy $75 off the standard Helix mattress and $125 off the Helix Luxe mattress by using our exclusive discount codes!
|Best for Back Pain|
|Birch Mattress|| Birch Mattress
The Birch mattress uses natural materials like organic cotton and talalay latex to provide great comfort from an organic product! Use code SLEEPOPOLIS200 for $200 off the mattress.
|Best for Heavy Sleepers|
|WinkBeds Plus Mattress|| WinkBeds Plus Mattress
If you are a heavier sleeper (250 lbs or more) you should consider a mattress that takes that into consideration. If you’re also thinking about value, enter the Winkbeds Plus. A well crafted and durable mattress, you won’t find a mattress of this quality for heavier sleepers at a more reasonable price.
|Saatva Mattress|| Saatva Mattress
The Saatva is really a luxury innerspring at an affordable price. The components in this mattress rival mattresses that are several times more expensive, providing a wonderful traditional innerspring feel. Note though the Saatva is available only online, it does not come delivered compressed in a box.
|Tuft and Needle Mattress|| Tuft and Needle Mattress
The Tuft & Needle mattress comes in at an incredibly affordable price, with some great cooling features built into their proprietary foam design. Also check out the Tuft & Needle mint for a more luxury mattress at a great value.
|Best for Pressure Relief|
|Nectar Mattress|| Nectar Mattress
Nectar is one of the most popular mattresses online for a reason – it’s an incredible memory foam mattress at a very affordable price. It’s actually priced significantly below most of the other bed-in-a-box mattresses as well. Nectar is definitely worth a look if you’re shopping on a budget but still want a high quality sleep experience!
|Allswell Mattress|| Allswell Mattress
The Allswell is a quality mattress coming in at a shockingly low price – a great option for sleepers in all positions, including stomach sleepers. Use code SLEEPOPOLIS15 to save 15% until June 30!
Top Value Mattress Picks Detailed
Read on for more details on these top picks, or click here for more info on how to spot a great mattress value.
Best Memory Foam Mattress
Layla mattress with the soft side up
Looking for a value memory foam mattress? Check out Layla. This isn’t the cheapest memory foam mattress on the market, but it has a construction that makes it stand out as an affordable luxury memory foam option in my mind.
The mattress is flippable, giving you two firmness options, and the memory foam is infused with copper to help you sleep cool.
Learn more in my full Layla mattress review.
Two other best memory foam mattress options for the money are Bear mattress and Novosbed.
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Best for Side Sleepers
The Nolah Signature Mattress
Built with the brand’s gentle Air Foam, the Nolah mattress is a super soft bed designed with side sleepers in mind. As these lateral recumbent dreamers sink into the plush, three-foam structure, they’re likely to experience a ton of pressure relief and sinkage as the materials contour to their shoulders and hips.
Another big plus of Air Foam is that it features a lot of the same body-contouring principles of memory foam without the heat retention, ensuring that you’ll sleep cool throughout the night.
Price: $949 for a Queen.
Helpful Links: Read more about the Nolah mattress at my full review.
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A soft, supportive construction makes the Nolah mattress especially good for side sleepers. Enjoy $135 off your purchase now!
Best Hybrid Mattress
A queen size version of the Helix Midnight mattress on the bed frame from Article furniture
If you are unfamiliar with hybrid mattresses they use a mix of foam and pocketed coils to provide support and pressure relief. In the case of the Helix Midnight there is a thick layer of memory foam on top that allows sleepers to sink in for a great contouring feel that I really like for side sleepers. The pocketed coils below provide some nice support as well as great bounce so you won’t feel stuck while changing positions. So the Helix Midnight makes this list as because of its ability to provide great comfort with support thanks to its hybrid build.
Head over to my full Helix mattress review for more information.
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Best Mattress for Back Pain
Resting on the Birch mattress
The Birch is a latex hybrid that uses natural materials to provide comfort. The talalay latex comfort layer and organic cotton cover combine to make an organic mattress that has a ton of bounce, so combo sleepers won’t feel stuck when changing positions.
Another benefit of the durable latex and pocketed coil structure is the strong support the Birch provides for back and stomach sleepers. This bed does a great job of keeping your hips from sinking into the mattress, aligning your spine in a good position throughout the night so you don’t wake up with aches and pains in your lower back in the morning.
Learn more in my full review of the Birch mattress
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The Birch mattress uses natural materials like organic cotton and talalay latex to provide great comfort from an organic product, in fact all Birch products are Greenguard Gold certified! Use code SLEEPOPOLIS200 for $200 off the mattress.
Best for Heavy Sleepers
The WinkBed Mattress
Winkbeds Plus Mattress
Heavier sleepers on the prowl for a bargain should check out the WinkBeds Plus. Outfitted with high-density poly foam, bouncy latex, and pocketed coils, this mattress is built with optimized support in mind. While obviously anyone (regardless of size) can buy this bed, the brand did specifically design it for heavier folks who tend to sink straight through other mattresses.
To that end, the bed also features a layer of foam edge support, which wraps around the mattress to maximize its usable surface area. All these materials combined create an incredibly durable structure that should last for a long time.
Price: $1,799 for a Queen.
Helpful Links: Check out my full review of the WinkBeds Plus.
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The Saatva evokes the feel of a classic innerspring with its coil-on-coil construction. This means it’s bouncy, supportive, and firm, scoring about a 7.5/10 on the firmness scale. In my opinion, the coils used here are super solid, making for a durable structure that’s likely to last long after you purchase it.
Additional value comes with Saatva’s awesome 15-year warranty, which basically extends the life of your bed beyond what other brands can offer. It’s a fantastic deal and one you should definitely consider if you like the buoyant lift of a traditional innerspring mattress.
Price: $1,099 for a Queen.
Helpful Links: Learn more by reading my full Saatva review.
Save $75 Saatva Mattress Saatva Mattress
The Saatva mattress combines a luxurious pillow-top layer with two sections of coils for that classic innerspring feel. Save $75 with the Sleepopolis discount!
Best Cooling Mattress
Tuft & Needle
The Tuft & Needle is a no-frills option ideal for those on a budget. Featuring a straightforward, two-layer design, this mattress is surprisingly firm and bouncy, deriving most of its comfort from the brand’s buoyant proprietary foam.
I especially like the T&N for its cooling capabilities, which come from a breathable cover and airy top layer of foam. This combination of materials helps to safeguard against overheating and keep things nice and regulated throughout the night.
Price: $575 for a Queen.
Helpful Links: Scope out my full review of the Tuft & Needle Mattress and see my comparison between the Original T&N and the T&N Mint.
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The Tuft & Needle mattress comes in at an incredibly affordable price, with some great cooling features built into their proprietary foam design. Also check out the Tuft & Needle mint for a more luxury mattress at a great value.
Best Mattress for Pressure Relief
The Nectar Mattress
Built with a thick top section of memory foam, the Nectar mattress is a great value option for those in search of deep body contouring and pressure relief. Side sleepers in particular could find a lot to love in this mattress as it actively works to alleviate tension at the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
However, it’s Nectar’s trial period and warranty that landed it a spot on this list. Not only can you try out the Nectar mattress for a full year (a rarity in the bed-in-a-box market), but you can also rest easy knowing it’s comfort is guaranteed for life. Now if that doesn’t spell value, I’m not sure what does.
Price: $699 for a Queen.
Helpful links: Read my full review of the Nectar mattress. You can also check out my Nectar vs. Purple and Nectar vs Tuft & Needle comparisons.
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Nectar is one of the most popular mattresses online for a reason – it’s an incredible memory foam mattress at a very affordable price. It’s actually priced significantly below most of the other bed-in-a-box mattresses as well. Nectar is definitely worth a look if you’re shopping on a budget but still want a high quality sleep experience!
Best Value Mattress
If you’re on a budget but in desperate need of a new mattress then I think the Allswell should definitely be on your list. It uses a nice quilted cover to provide some cushiony pressure relief on top of the mattress and combines that with pocketed coils for surprising bounce and support.
Now all of that comfort is great, but what if you can’t afford it? No need to worry about that, the Allswell is one of the least expensive mattresses out there, coming in at a price range of $245 for the twin size version and going up to $420 for the king size mattress!
To get more on the Allswell mattress, take a peek at my full review
Allswell Mattress Allswell Mattress
Sleepers who want some serious bounce from their mattress will love the buoyant support of the Allswell Mattress!
Now that we’ve covered all the mattresses, I want to highlight a few things I look for when deciding if a bed is a true value buy:
- Warranty – Does the mattress have a solid warranty? If so, you’re likely to get more miles out of it, which extends your purchase far beyond checkout.
- Quality of Materials – Mattresses built with high-quality materials are going to last longer than those designed with cheaper ones. That’s why it’s crucial to consider whether investing in a slightly more expensive bed is actually going to be more cost-effective in the long run.
- Value by Category – It’s important to remember that “value” doesn’t always mean “inexpensive.” Sometimes a $2,500 luxury bed has great value when compared to other models in its category. Similarly, a $250 mattress may be a total dud when sized up to other “budget” brands. It’s all about assessing the materials used, the design elements at play, and the rest of the competitors in the space.
What Kind of Mattress Type is the Best Value?
While there isn’t a definitive answer to this, there are a few things that are good to know about each mattress type.
Coil/spring mattresses are the most traditional and feature layers of steel coils that help to provide support to the body. Sometimes, these coils can even be wrapped in foam for added comfort and pressure relief. While innerspring mattresses are typically the least expensive, they can also cause the most restless nights if the coil count is too low or the quality of steel used is poor. Additionally, you’ll need to replace your innerspring mattress every eight years.
Memory foam mattresses are another popular option, especially for those in need of deep pressure relief. These beds are comprised of layers of memory foam that adapt in real time to the curves of your body while you sleep. They’re typically more expensive than innerspring mattresses, though some folks find the added layers of pressure-relieving foam are well worth the price. A good memory foam mattress should last you about 10 years.
Latex foam mattresses are similar to memory foam mattresses in that they’re both made up of foam layers. Unlike memory foam, latex has a quick response to pressure, resulting in a bouncy material designed to keep the sleeper positioned on top of the bed. Latex also happens to sleep a little cooler than memory foam. With this added boots of temperature regulation and lift, you can expect to pay more for a latex bed than a memory foam one; however, it’s important to keep in mind that latex mattresses typically last for up to 12 years.
And finally, hybrid mattresses fall somewhere between memory foam, latex, and innerspring. These beds can make great value buys because they essentially combine all the great elements of the aforementioned mattress types (the pressure relief of memory foam, the bounce of latex, the support of innerspring) into one convenient package. A good hybrid mattress will last you about 10 years.
Pillow-top mattresses can come in many different styles. They are characterized by the plush pillow-top cushion sewn into the top of the mattress and can be applied to innerspring, memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattresses. When considering value, keep in mind that choosing a pillow-top mattress can mean a slightly lower than average life span. The pillow-top portion (especially traditional pillow-tops) tend to be the first to go in terms of long-range performance. The soft, plush top layer can be supportive and comfortable, but when shopping for the best mattress for your money, that shorter lifespan is definitely something to think about.
Do I Have to Buy a Box Spring?
“Do I even really need a box spring?” When trying to save money on a new mattress purchase, this question inevitably comes up. After all, the value of a bed greatly increases if you don’t have to immediately purchase a heavy box spring to go with it. In general, box springs are mostly used to provide some extra height and stability to your bed. To know for sure if you need one, make sure to check the warranty — if it’s not required, you may be able to save a few bucks by ditching the platform all together.
While you may not need a box spring, you will want some type of foundation. Box springs, wood foundations, minimal metal wire frames, platform beds, steel slat frames, wood slat frames, or adjustable bases can all get the job done equally well. If you do opt for a slat frame, make sure you find one with rigid slats that are no more than 3 to 4 inches apart. These will provide the best support.
How Can I Make My Mattress Last?
One quick way to add instant value to your mattress is to take care of it. From day one, use a high-quality mattress protector. Not only does this safeguard against spills and stains, it can also wards off bed bugs, dust mites, sweat, dirt, and other allergens that might try and make their way into your mattress. Make a point to wash your protector as often as you wash your sheets (at least every one to two weeks, ideally).
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure to spot clean your mattress regularly. Sprinkle it with baking soda and vacuum it for quick odor elimination. Consider bleach or enzymatic cleaners for the harder-to-clean areas. Proper maintenance of your mattress will ensure that you are getting the most for your money and it will last you for years to come.
That about does it for this round-up! At the end of the day, “value” is what you make of it, so figure out what’s most important to you in a mattress and go from there — price, like pressure relief, quality of materials, firmness, and support is just one of many factors to consider when making your purchase.
And remember, the longevity of your mattress is ultimately in your hands, so take care of your new bed and it’ll be sure to take care of you right back.
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Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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Buying Guide – How to Shop for a High-Value Mattress
Buying a new mattress represents a significant financial investment for most shoppers. Mattresses sold today are typically priced $800 and $1,500, but some models may cost up to $4,000 or more. However, many high-quality mattresses are available at much lower price-points.
This page will look at available mattresses that are a bang for your buck — high-quality materials and top-rated performance at a relatively low price-point. To compile our lists, we relied on product knowledge, brand reputation, and customer ratings generated from thousands of authentic mattress reviews. We’ve broken up our models into three price range categories:
- $500 or less
- $501 to $1,000
- $1,001 to $2,000
Furthermore, each price range is divided into mattresses that are primarily sold online, and those that are primarily sold in brick-and-mortar stores.
Below you will find detailed descriptions of all mattress models we have selected for these price ranges. But first, let’s discuss some considerations shoppers should make when searching for low-priced mattresses, as well as expected costs for different mattress types.
Important Factors for Choosing an Affordable Mattress
Finding a mattress that suits your sleep needs and preferences requires a great deal of product research, as there are many factors to consider in addition to price.
First, let’s look at mattress construction and performance factors that can help inform your mattress-buying decisions.
Firmness: Firmness refers to how soft or firm the materials in the topmost comfort layer feel beneath a sleeper’s body. There is no ‘correct’ firmness rating. Some sleepers prefer the more rigid surface of medium-firm or firm mattresses, while others feel most comfortable on a mattress rated as soft, medium-soft, or medium.
Knowing your preferred firmness level is key to finding the right mattress model, and we recommend testing out several different options. Some mattress models are available in multiple firmness ratings to accommodate shoppers with different options. Additionally, a handful of manufacturers offer ‘dual-firmness’ mattresses for couples with differing firmness preferences.
Support/Less Pain: Naturally, the supportiveness of a mattress is directly tied to its support core, or the components located beneath the comfort layer. The most supportive mattresses maintain a level surface that helps keep the sleeper’s spine straight. Mattresses that sag in the middle offer the least support, and can cause undue amounts of back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Conforming/Pressure Relief: Mattresses made of materials like memory foam and latex are designed to form cradle-shaped impressions around sleeper’s bodies. This contoured feel can alleviate pressure points along the spine, particularly in side-sleepers.
Other mattress types, such as innersprings, do not conform as closely, and may not provide the same level of pressure relief. If you tend to experience pressure, then a close-conforming mattress may your best option.
Durability: The average mattress will perform for up to seven years before it needs to be replaced. Some mattress types, such as innersprings and memory foam models, are associated with shorter lifespans, and tend to develop sagging and indentations in the sleep surface after a few years of use.
Other mattress types, like latex and airbed models, can perform for eight years or longer if properly maintained. Company history also plays a role in estimating the lifespan of a mattress; some models are touted for longevity, but since their manufacturer has only been in business for a couple of years, it’s impossible to know just how long they will actually perform.
Edge Support: Innersprings and hybrids are often reinforced with high-density polyfoam around the perimeter of the support core. This helps prevent sinkage at the edges of the mattress where people tend to sit or get out of/into bed. Mattresses made from foam or latex are rarely reinforced, and tend to offer little to no edge support.
Motion Isolation: Mattresses made of foam or latex often absorb movement and isolate it to confined areas of the sleep surface. This can cut down on nighttime disruptions whenever someone gets out of bed or shifts positions, and may be beneficial for couples who sleep together.
Innersprings and hybrids, by comparison, absorb and isolate motion to a much lesser extent.
Temperature Neutrality: Some mattress materials — most notable memory foam — can be ‘heat traps’, absorbing high levels of body heat from sleepers and causing them to feel uncomfortably warm during the night.
Other mattress types, such as innersprings, usually sleep much cooler. If you tend to sleep hot or warm, then temperature neutrality should be a key consideration.
Responsiveness/Sex: Mattresses with responsive surfaces, including innersprings and some hybrids, tend to be bouncier and, as a result, better for sex. Memory foam and latex mattresses respond much more slowly. This can cause a sinking sensation during sex that some couples liken to ‘fighting the mattress’.
Noise: Innersprings and hybrids tend to be fairly noisy due to their metal parts, and airbeds with electric components may produce noise as well. Memory foam and latex mattresses, on the other hand, are virtually silent when bearing weight.
Additionally, here are two individual body type and sleep preference factors that can help you determine which mattress is best for you:
Sleep Position:People who sleep on their back tend to be the most flexible when it comes to mattress selection. This position naturally aligns the spine and distributes weight equally. Other positions require more scrutiny. Side-sleeping, for instance, is not conducive to spinal alignment. As a result, side-sleepers require mattresses that offer enhanced support for the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Otherwise they tend to develop pressure points.
Stomach-sleepers, on the other hand, tend to sink more deeply into their mattress. These sleepers require a mattress that is firm enough to keep their spine aligned, but also soft enough to provide a comfortable cushion for their chest and stomach.
Body Weight:People who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds are considered to have an average weight. Those with average and below-average weights tend to feel most comfortable on mattresses rated between soft and medium. Anything firmer may not offer enough conforming and pressure relief.
People with above-average weights may feel more comfortable on mattresses rated medium-firm or higher. Soft sleep surfaces may not provide enough support for their heavier frames, and this can lead to added pain and pressure.
Mattress Types and Costs
The price-point of a mattress is usually — but not always — linked to the mattress type. Generally speaking, innersprings and foam/memory foam models tend to be much cheaper than latex, hybrid, or airbed options. This section features a breakdown of pricing factors for each of these different mattress types.
Innersprings are the most widely sold mattresses today, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all industry sales. They get their name from the steel springs used in their support cores.
Comfort layer: Most innersprings have one to two layers of polyfoam in the comfort layer. Some may also feature memory foam or latex, but any mattress with more than two inches of these materials is technically considered a hybrid.
Support core: The support core will be constructed with a layer of steel springs evenly spaced to distribute sleeper weight, and often a base polyfoam layer as well. These coils are measured using gauge, or thickness; the lower (or thicker) the gauge, the longer the overall lifespan. Four types of coils are used in today’s innersprings:
- Bonnell coils are hourglass-shaped. The gauge is variable; some are high, or thin, while others are low, or thick.
- Offset coils are also hourglass-shaped, but at least one end is hinged for enhanced weight support. Offset coils tend to be lower-gauge.
- Continuous wire coils are arranged in straight lines. They tend to be medium- or high-gauge.
- Pocketed coils are spiral-shaped and encased in fabric. These coils are typically found in hybrids, and tend to be high-gauge.
Price factors: Coil type tends to play a role in innerspring pricing; bonnell and continuous wire coils are usually found in cheaper models, while offset and pocketed coils tend to be found in pricier models. Coil gauge can also play a role, since lower-gauge coils often last longer than higher-gauge ones.
Coil count may also be used to justify higher prices, but there is little correlation between high coil counts and high customer satisfaction (or the inverse, low coil counts and low satisfaction ratings).
Average price: The average queen-size innerspring costs between $900 and $1,100.
Memory foam mattresses have become a popular mattress choice in recent years. Also known as viscoelastic polyfoam, memory foam conforms closely to sleeper’s bodies for enhanced spinal alignment and pressure relief. Over time sleeper’s form semi-permanent impressions in the sleep surface for a contoured fit, hence the name ‘memory’ foam.
Comfort layer: The comfort layer must include one layer of standard or specialty memory foam. Specialty memory foam includes gel memory foam, plant-based memory foam, and copper-infused memory foam. Polyfoam layers may be present in the comfort system, as well.
Support core:In most cases, the support core will be constructed from high-density polyfoam. This material is used to properly support the sleeper’s weight, as memory foam is not as supportive and would sink too deeply on its own.
Pricing factors: Foam density can be a cost factor. This refers to how much weight the mattress can support, and is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Memory foam density falls into three categories:
- Low-density memory foam measures 3.9 PCF or lower. It retains its original shape quickly, and does not offer as much motion isolation or pressure relief. As a result, it is normally found in less expensive mattresses.
- Medium-density memory foam measures 4 PCF to 5.9 PCF. It retains it shape somewhat slowly, and provides moderate motion isolation and pressure relief.
- High-density memory foam retains measures 6 PCF and higher. It retains its shape quite slowly, but conforms closely for targeted pressure relief and excellent motion isolation. High-density foam is often found in expensive mattress models.
Average price: The average queen-size memory foam mattress costs between $900 and $1,200.
Latex is a natural substance extracted from the rubber tree. Some mattresses primarily feature natural latex, while others feature high concentrations of synthetic latex, which is made from petrochemicals. The latex used in mattresses conforms closely for targeted pressure relief, making it comparable to memory foam. Latex mattresses are among the most durable mattresses sold today, with an average lifespan of eight years.
Comfort layer: A mattress must have at least two inches of latex to qualify as a true latex mattress. These models may also have polyfoam layers, but many only have latex in the comfort system. The latex used in mattresses is processed two different processes:
- The Dunlop process requires the latex to be stirred, molded, and stem-baked. The material tends to be heterogenous, with sediment gathering at the bottom and a lighter, frothier material rising to the top. As a result, it can be somewhat bottom-heavy.
- The Talalay process requires the latex to be vacuum-sealed, frozen, and baked. It is softer, lighter, and more homogenous than Dunlop latex.
Support core:The support core of a latex mattress may be made of latex, as well. In most cases it will be Dunlop latex, which tends to be more supportive than Talalay latex. If the support core is not made of latex, then it is usually made of high-density polyfoam.
Pricing factors: Generally speaking, Talalay latex is more expensive than Dunlop latex. In addition, latex mattresses fall into one of three types based on how much natural/synthetic latex is used:
- Natural latex features at least 95% natural latex, but chemicals are needed to create the latex foam.
- Blended latex features at least 30% natural latex.
- Synthetic latex features 100% manmade latex with no natural components.
Average price: The average latex mattress costs between $1,600 and $2,000.
The term ‘hybrid‘ refers to mattresses with at least two layers of latex and/or memory foam in the comfort system and a coil-based support core, usually pocketed coils. Many sleepers feel that hybrids represent the ‘best of both worlds’ between innersprings and foam or latex models.
Comfort layer:As stated above, the comfort system must have at least two inches of latex and/or memory foam. Polyfoam layers may also be present, as well as microcoils.
Support core:Nearly all true hybrids sold today have pocketed coil support cores. They may also feature base polyfoam layers.
Price factors:Hybrids with multiple memory foam and/or latex layers tend to be priced much higher than those that meet the bare minimum for the comfort layer requirement. Pillow top models have extra padding at the sleep surface, and this too can drive up the price-point. However, pillow tops are also associated with shorter lifespans and sleeping hot.
Average price: The average hybrid mattress costs between $1,600 and $2,000.
Airbeds are designed with individual air chambers in the support core. Most feature adjustable controls that owners can use to change the feel of their sleep surface; these controls may be manual, remote-controlled, and/or programmable using smart apps. Airbeds are fairly rare and tend to be expensive, but they can last for eight years or longer if properly maintained.
Comfort layer:The comfort layer of an airbed is usually constructed with at least one layer of polyfoam, although some high-end options feature memory foam or latex.
Support core: Airbeds sold today have at least two air chambers, but some may have up to six or more.
Pricing factors: A general rule-of-thumb: the better the technology, the more expensive the airbed. Models with remote or smart-app controls tend to be the priciest, whereas those with manual controls may be cheaper.
The number of air chambers can also affect the price, since a higher number of individual chambers usually means the comfort is more isolated to different areas of the sleeper’s body.
Average price: The average airbed costs between $2,000 and $2,400.
Best Firm Mattress Reviews
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Here at the Slumber Yard, we literally have a room piled full of queen mattresses that we test out on a daily basis. We have a complete spectrum of beds, ranging from college student prices to almost over-the-top luxurious—and some that are just fantastic mattresses for the money. We have tested poly foam beds, memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses, beds with coils, and more. We think about things like whether or not there’s enough edge support on the queen mattress for couples. Will this bed sleep hot, or cool? Is this too much for my child’s twin mattress? We take all the guesswork out of the equation for you, because we’re basically mattress nerds. So, if you’re searching for ultra firm or semi firm, we’ve got you covered.
How We Selected Firm Mattresses
We have a firmness scale here at the Slumber Yard to help categorize the firmness level of every mattress we test. It makes things easier for both us and you. Our scale ranges from soft, to medium soft, to medium, to medium firm, and finally, ultra firm. All of the beds on this list have been rated either a medium firm or extra firm. Please keep in mind that firmness is a term dependent on body weight, which we explain later in this post, but we have a wide range of Slumber Yard team members in all different body shapes and sizes, which helps us find a median place on the firmness scale for each bed. If you’re looking for the most supportive beds out there, check out our list of the Best Mattresses for Heavy & Obese People.
Who Is A Firm Mattress Best For?
There are usually some specific qualifications for people who tend to seek out a hard mattress. First is that you’re possibly a back or stomach sleeper. These sleepers need a firm surface that won’t let their head, hips, or shoulders sink into the mattress too much, which would cause the spine to curve or arch. You need to keep their spine in neutral alignment, which can prevent back pain and waking up with soreness. We notice that back sleepers typically like a firmer surface, perhaps even an extra firm one, and then belly sleepers might need a little bit more cushion such as a medium firm mattress.
Another reason you may want a firm bed is that you might be a heavier individual. Firmness is a relative term to weight, which can make things tricky if you’re either much heavier (250 lb+) or much lighter (100 lb-). Heavier individuals tend to sink into a mattress deeper, because they’re displacing more weight into it. This makes the bed feel softer for them. If you’re a heavier individual who sleeps main on their back or belly, or might just prefer an ultra firm bed in general, it can be more difficult for you to find what you’re looking for. Contrast that with someone that weighs under 150 lbs who will think even a semi firm mattress is extra firm.
The last reason for wanting a harder sleep surface is that you might have a medical condition that requires a firm mattress every night. Whether that has to do with spinal issues, breathing issues, or something else, always consult with your doctor before making a final decision and purchasing a new bed.
How To Clean Your New Mattress
Since the covers on the mattresses listed above aren’t machine washable, you’ll have to take a few extra steps to get them clean when you or your loved one makes an accidental spill. It’s pretty simple — all you need is a mild detergent, warm water, and a towel. Just make sure you don’t use too much water because it may cause damage to the foam in your mattress, which is obviously the last thing you want when you’re just trying to clean up some orange juice from breakfast-in-bed.
Many online mattresses have removable covers, but you need to be careful because that doesn’t mean it’s machine washable. If you do, you’re at risk of shrinking the cover to the point where it won’t fit over your mattress anymore. If your desire for a bed with a removable cover outweighs your yearning for one of our top rated firm mattresses, check out our review on a Helix Mattress and Yogabed.
More About Online Mattresses
Most of the mattresses on this list are considered a “boxed mattress,” and will show up outside your front door inside packaging that’s about 4 ft tall (or a bag, but it’s still the same concept). At first glance, you might wonder if you accidentally purchased a mattress topper. We assure you, whatever size mattress you ordered is going to be in there. If you’re still a little skeptical, you’ll warm up to the idea once you don’t have to struggle carrying a mattress as tall as you are through your front door all the way to your bedroom.
How do they compress a 6 ft long queen mattress to only ⅔ the size? The simple answer is they’re rolled up and compressed, so they take up a lot less space than they normally would inside your bedroom. Once you remove the packaging from your new mattress, you’ll want to lay it on a flat surface and wait about 24-48 hours so you can allow time for it to decompress and off-gas. The entire online mattress concept just offers a wonderful product for the money.
How Did The Slumber Yard Get These Mattresses?
Basically all of our mattresses are sent to us straight from the company so we can properly review, and compare the beds to other brands. Even though that’s the case, we’ll always keep our reviews unbiased and honest. Other than some other review sites out there, we aren’t owned by a company and we don’t accept bribes. If we say we like a mattress or product, you can rest assured that the members on our team with a range of body types and sleeper types gave it our stamp-of-approval.
Returns and Trial Periods
When you purchase from an online mattress company, you get to take advantage of their generous return and trial period policies. All of the brands listed above offer free shipping and will give you a risk-free trial period to make sure you’re happy with the firmness level you chose. Some brands give you an average of 100 days to test it out, while other companies like DreamCloud will give you an entire year. If you decide you don’t like your mattress within the trial period, you’ll be able to return your mattress for 100% of your money back. Most companies just urge you to wait at least 30 days before you make a final decision, so you can allow your body to become acclimated to your new mattress. This is another thing online mattress companies has over many Brick-and-mortar retailers. The brands who are strictly in-store usually require you to exchange your mattress, rather than get your money back with a return. We want to note there are a few states who charge a small mattress recycling fee to safely get rid of your mattress, so double check to see if your state is one of them.