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The Best Mattress (and Ones to Avoid) 2019 Edition


We know buying a mattress can be confusing. There are a wide variety of mattress brands with endless models being manufactured. This can make it harder to find the best mattress to fit your needs.

Remember beds are not a one-size-fits-all product. While customer reviews and recommendations are important, a mattress that works for some people might not be the best choice for you. Reviews and ratings should only be part of your final decision. Make sure to note why a mattress is rated well, and what qualities it offers.

After all, years of bad sleep can have lasting negative effects on your health.

For easy navigation, follow the links below to the facts you need to know.

Here is a list of what you will find in this article:

Our 2019 Recommendation: The Amerisleep AS3

Above all the beds this year, Amerisleep’s AS3 is hands down the top mattress of 2019 based on consumer ratings and overall value. Amerisleep was one of the first online mattress retailers. They have since continued to refine the AS3 to provide sleepers with the most well-rounded and dependable mattress possible. This memory foam mattress is classified as a medium firmness level. That level of firmness is designed to work for the majority of sleepers in the world.

Celliant® Cover

All Amerisleep beds utilize Celliant® in their covers. Celliant® is a material designed, and FDA-determined, to increase local blood flow and promote more restful sleep. In a sleep study, Celliant® has been shown to help participants fall asleep an average of 15 minutes faster. That’s nearly two extra hours of sleep per week.

Bio-Pur® Layer

Bio-Pur® is an advanced open-cell structure memory foam, made from partially plant-based materials. This allows more air to pass through the foam, reducing any concern of sleeping hot. Bio-Pur® is ten times more responsive than traditional memory foam, so it is designed to cradle and support you, without creating a “sinking in” feeling.

HIVE® Technology

HIVE® (Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy) technology aims to provide targeted support and comfort, using hundreds of hexagon-shaped cutouts that are grouped into five zones. These zoned layers offer cushion where it is wanted and support where it is needed. Hexagonal-shaped cutouts also have the added benefit of helping airflow through the mattress, promoting a more breathable sleeping environment.

Customer Service and Support

Not only is the AS3 mattress outstanding in quality, but Amerisleep also treats their customers right. This includes a 100-night risk-free sleep trial. Amerisleep encourages their customers to try their new mattresses in their own home. This is the best way to confidently know if you’ve found your perfect mattress. Plus, they offer an industry-leading two-decade warranty to protect customers after their trial is over. While the Amerisleep mattress is considered within the mid-tiered price range, a mattress is still an expensive purchase. Amerisleep and their warranty protect your investment.

Overall, 99% of Amerisleep customers rate their bed three or more stars out of five. Read the Amerisleep AS3 reviews here.

Amerisleep has five mattress firmness levels that range from firm to soft. So, if the medium AS3 isn’t a match for your sleep style, then you should give one of their other memory foam mattresses a try. If you’re looking for a firmer mattress, check out the AS1 or AS2, and if you’re looking for a softer mattress, try the AS4 or AS5.

The Best Type of Mattress by the Numbers

“Best” is a subjective term, but there are methods we can use to help find the most suitable bed for you. A person’s sleep position, body type, and preferences are all critical factors in the final decision. There have also been several trends in customer satisfaction revealed over the years through the collected data. We use these trends to help us point you in the right direction when choosing which mattresses will help you sleep best.

As new technological advances are made, some of them make their way into our bedrooms. Innerspring mattresses were once considered cutting-edge technology. Memory foam has since become a major competitor, and now we are seeing strong interest in latex beds.

In the chart below, we compare the most popular mattress types, based on data from independent review sites. Remember, these reviews and ratings are the results of tests and polls. While these numbers represent the average experience, any given number does not mean that a specific mattress will necessarily be right for you.

Mattress TypeAll-LatexLatex-Over-FoamFoam-Over-Latex
Owner Satisfaction3.63.62.3
Price2.63.62.3
Durability3.632.3
Off-Gassing3.62.32
Pressure Relief3.644
Less Back Pain3.63.64
Heat Dissapation2.32.32
Totals3.33.22.5

Key=Excellent>Good>Fair>Poor

About 4 in 5 people report satisfaction with memory foam and latex, giving those technologies the highest approval rating. In comparison, about 3 in 5 people are satisfied with innersprings. Also, the overall satisfaction rating for each brand of spring bed is much lower, as we will discuss later on in this review.

The overall approval ratings of a mattress are comprised of many different aspects. One aspect is durability. The life expectancy of a latex mattress is up to ten years. A typical memory foam mattress can be expected to last between six and eight years, while higher-quality brands often come with 15- or even 20-year warranties. In comparison, a traditional spring mattress is expected to last between five and eight. The lower the life expectancy, the quicker your mattress may begin to feel less comfortable, providing you with a worse night’s sleep. The lower the durability, the sooner you will be spending money on a new mattress.

Another important aspect to consider is the initial cost of a mattress. Despite the fact, traditional spring mattresses have almost 20% worse customer satisfaction scores, the average cost of these mattresses is within $300 of the other two bed types. Evaluating the initial cost to the quality and durability of a mattress before you buy will pay off.

Our information is based on the testimonies of over 21,000 mattress consumers from almost 1,000 different sources collected by Sleep Like The Dead. However, everyone has their own preferences and needs. So, we’ll take a closer look at the good and the bad of each type of mattress. After reading through this comprehensive review, you’ll have all the information you need to pick your perfect mattress.

Don’t know which mattress type to choose? Make the right choice between memory foam and latex.

The following sections are ordered from highest customer satisfaction rating to lowest. We will list the top-rated brands of each specific mattress type along with the lowest rated of that same type. Then, we will provide you with several charts that give specifications on individual mattress brands. To recap, we will provide an overview of the best and worst beds of 2019.

Memory Foam Mattresses

BrandPrice (Queen)Latex TypeFirmnessCover MaterialReview ScoreWarranty
Dream Foam$399 - $699Dunlop or TalalaySoft to Firm and CustomBamboo Fabric84%10 Years
Select Luxury E.C.O.$460 - $610Blended DunlopMedium FirmPoly/Cotton Blend82%0-5 Years
Lucid$1,000 - $1,599Blended DunlopFirmPoly/Cotton Blend84%20 Years
Eco Bliss$1,099 - $1,599Natural TalalayMedium to Medium-FirmOrganic Cotton85%20 Years
Sealy Optimum$1,400 - $2,700Blended DunlopSoft to FirmPoly/Cotton Blend82%10 Years

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

Memory foam was originally developed under a NASA contract, to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for pilots and passengers in the 1970s. Since then, it has become commonplace in bedrooms and stores across the nation. About 20% of beds sold are within the memory foam category, a number that is only continuing to grow. Additionally, memory foam mattresses receive better customer satisfaction ratings than traditional spring beds. But, there is a large gap between first and second place customer satisfaction levels for memory foam. Amerisleep mattresses – whose AS3 model is our top pick for 2019 – boast an unheard of 98% customer-owner satisfaction rate. Tempur-Pedic takes second place with an 81% customer satisfaction rate.

To help you better understand the difference between different types of memory foam, we will go over their technical aspects below.

There are three basic types of memory foam mattresses:

  • Traditional memory foam
  • Gel memory foam
  • Plant-based memory foam

Traditional memory foam is a synthetic material derived from petroleum. It is the most common type of memory foam available. Synthetic foams tend to offgas, or emit odors, more than plant-based foams. The smell they produce is irritating and concerning to some people. Compared to gel or plant-based foams, synthetic foams receive more complaints regarding sleep temperature and the feeling of being “stuck”.

Comprised of either gel-infused memory foam or layers of synthetic foam and gel “pods” or “pads”, gel memory foam is designed to feel cooler than traditional memory foam. However, because the gel warms to body temperature after roughly 20 minutes, some customers still report issues with heat retention. Sources like Consumer Reports find little overall difference in breathability between these two types. Keep this in mind before paying a premium for a gel or gel-infused mattress.

Plant-based memory foam replaces some of the petroleum in memory with plant-based oils and extracts, making it, not only more eco-friendly, but more temperature-neutral and responsive. In fact, a Cargill study showed plant-based foams offer more breathability than gel foams.

Memory Foam Mattress Density and Firmness

Each individual foam layer in a memory foam mattress typically has its own density and firmness level. Generally, a firm poly foam base is used for the foundation of the mattress, providing durability and consistent support. Polyfoam has much less give than memory foams, and is generally too stiff to sleep on directly.

Some mattress brands include transition layers between the base layer and comfort layer, intended to provide additional cushion, bounce, and comfort.

  • Denser foams tend to be more durable and more expensive, but may have stronger odors and can feel constricting.
  • Less dense foams are less expensive and less odorous, but less durable and less effective at pressure relief.
  • Both densities and firmnesses in the middle ranges tend to receive higher consumer ratings in general, but people have different firmness preferences.

Don’t get stuck with hot memory foam: Read our guide on staying cool with memory foam

The Top Memory Foam Mattresses of 2019

Note that the top-rated memory foam mattresses of 2019 aren’t all from the most well-known brands. Amerisleep mattresses receive excellent reviews, in part because they provide plant-based foam in various firmness levels, designed to accommodate a wide variety of sleepers while offering a 100-Night Sleep Trial and an impressive 20-year warranty. However, the more expensive and well-known Tempur-Pedic line is also still earning some good reviews.

Worst Memory Foam Mattresses of 2019

The brands who received the lowest customer satisfaction ratings are some of the most well-known names in the industry. While Sealy and Serta spend a lot of time and money on marketing to become household brands, they perhaps sacrifice on their products’ materials and design. Because of this, they often have prices that leave buyers unimpressed.

  • Sealy Optimum
  • Serta iComfort

Latex Foam Mattresses

BrandPrice (Queen)Latex TypeFirmnessCover MaterialReview ScoreWarranty
SleepEZ
$1,135 - $2,185
Natural Talalay or Natural Dunlop
Soft, Medium, Firm, Ultra Firm
Organic Cotton/Wool
81%20 Years
Astrabeds$1,799 - $2,999Certified Organic DunlopSoft, Medium, Medium Firm, FirmOrganic Cotton/Wool
96%25 Years
Foam Sweet Foam$1,899 - $2,699Natural Dunlop and/or Natural TalalaySoft, Medium, Firm, X-Firm, XX-FirmOrganic Cotton/Wool
80%30 Years
Habitat Furnishings$2,049 - $2,299Natural Dunlop and Natural TalalayMedium to FirmAloe Vera81%20 Years
Savvy Rest$2,099 -
$4,249
Natural Dunlop and/or Natural TalalaySoft, Medium, FirmOrganic Cotton/Wool
78%20 Years

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

Latex mattresses are either composed of natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of both. Appreciating the health advantages, environmental benefits, and reports of less odor, natural latex tends to rate higher than synthetic latex. Synthetic latex and blends are made with petrochemicals, which are known to offgas, or produce odors. However, they tend to be less expensive.

Both synthetic and natural latex foams are typically made in one of two ways: the Dunlop method or the Talalay method. The Dunlop method is considered the most energy-efficient process for creating latex foams. Talalay latex is made in nearly the same way, but additional steps are used to increase the uniformity of bubbles in the foam. Both types of latex rate similarly in customer reviews. Because of this, premium costs for Talalay should be weighed carefully.

Some companies use a poly-foam base core and a layer or two of latex for the comfort layers. Often done to reduce prices, it can instead negate many of the health, durability, and comfort benefits of all-latex mattresses. Like everything else we have discussed so far, however, the final decision on what is best must be made by you.

The Top Latex Mattresses of 2019

The top latex mattress of 2019 uses both of these two styles and tends to do well with buyers. Sealy Optimum offers a latex-over-foam design. They have the highest-rated latex mattress line this year. Sleep EZ and Habitat Furnishings tied for second, and both offer natural latex options.

  • Sealy Optimum (latex over foam)

Worst Latex Mattresses of 2019

Overall, consumer ratings for latex mattresses have been relatively good in 2019. However, there are those that performed slightly worse than others. Foam Sweet Foam and SavvyRest latex foam mattress lines received the lowest scores of those we reviewed. Customers frequently mentioned customer service and return policy issues for both companies. Since latex is a rather unique material, being able to return or exchange your mattress is important.

  • Foam Sweet Foam
  • Savvy Rest

Innerspring Mattresses

Brand / ModelSpecsWarrantyRatingPriceRetailer
Ortho-Posture 5" Foam5" profile, firm
5" foam core
5 years2.4$129.99Sleepy's
Macybed Memory Foam Tight Top Plush6.5" profile, plush
1" 2.5 lb MF
1" foam
4.5" foam core
10 years3.0$199Macy's
Spa Sensations 8" Memory Foam8" profile, firm
2" 3.0 lb gel MF
2" foam
4" foam base
?2.8$219Walmart
Lane Contoura III 12” 12" profile, firm
3" 3.0 lb MF
9" foam base
20 years3.2$229Walmart
Macybed Memory Foam Tight Top Firm8" profile, firm
2" 2.5 lb MF
6" foam base
10 years3.0$299Macy's
Macybed Memory Foam Tight Top Luxury Plush9.5" profile, ultra plush
3.5" 2.5 lb MF
6" foam base
10 years3.5$399Macy's
Macybed Memory Foam Tight Top Luxury Firm9.5" profile, firm
3.5" 2.5 lb MF
6" foam base
10 years3.5$399Macy's
Serta Westdeen 8” Set8" profile,
1" ? lb MF
7" foam base
10 years3.7$499.99Mattress Firm
Slumber Solutions Gel 12” 12" profile, medium
3" 4.0 lb gel MF
2" foam
7" foam base
20 years3.7$469.99Overstock
Grande Hotel Posture Support 14”14" profile, medium
3" ? lb MF
3" 3.0 lb MF
3" foam
5" foam base
20 years4.0$565.99Overstock
Serta Kales 10” Queen Set10" profile, medium
3" ? lb MF
7" foam base
10 years3.8$899.99Mattress Firm
Amerisleep Liberty Bed12" profile, medium plush
3" 4.0 lb plant MF
2" foam
7" foam base
20 years4.6$1149Amerisleep
Serta iComfort Brilliant EFX Plush Set13.5" profile, plush
2" 4.0 lb MF
2" foam
3" 4.0 lb gel MF
6" foam base
10 years4.1$2,197Macy's

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

Coil mattresses, also known as innerspring mattresses, are available in most mattress stores. They’ve been around for centuries, and they’re still the most commonly sold type of mattress.

Innerspring mattresses contain a base of metal springs covered in upholstered padding, which can be made up various foams, fibers, or even more coils. While innerspring mattresses are the most common and most popular in terms of sales, they also have the lowest customer satisfaction rate of any mattress type. The highest average rating among the most popular innerspring mattresses is 75% and the lowest rating is 60%. This could be because the springs of a coil mattress are always attempting to regain their original shape, constantly creating pressure points as they push against your body. This is why foam mattress toppers have become so popular since they alleviate some of those pressure points. Traditional coil mattresses also have the largest range of cost. Some mattresses, like Zinus, only cost $300 on average. On the other hand, the Aireloom mattress can cost anywhere from $1,600 to a whopping $20,000.

Different types of coils give innerspring mattresses much of their defining characteristics. The arrangement of the coils also makes a big difference. There are essentially four different types of coil systems available:

  • Pocketed coil systems are comprised of many individually-wrapped coils, which reduces motion transfer and provides better overall support. Since the springs aren’t connected, they can react individually to heavier and lighter areas of the body.
  • Continuous coil systems are designed with many coils connected into a single piece allowing each spring to use support from adjacent springs which provide good durability, but compromises support and motion isolation.
  • Bonnell coil systems have many hour-glass shaped coils and are much less expensive to manufacture. They have average support, but durability is a significant drawback.
  • Double offset coil systems are like a cross between Bonnell and continuous coil systems, using many dual connected coils in tandem. They have good support and motion isolation, but average durability.

Spring mattresses come in a variety of firmness levels. The firmness level is based on features such as the coil gauge and the topper layers. The lower the gauge, the thicker the coil and firmer the mattress. Some spring mattresses are even covered in memory foam, regular foam, or other materials to add support and softness. However, low-quality padding foams can result in faster development of body impressions.

The Top Innerspring Mattresses of 2019

Three coil mattress brands received very similar ratings. However, keep in mind their large price disparities. Zinus has the highest customer rating largely due to their budget pricing and relatively good value. Also, they market their mattresses under different brands, including Spa Sensations, Night Therapy, Slumber 1, and other brands. Signature Sleep foam and coil mattresses rated slightly lower than Zinus. Mid to high-range Aireloom (also known as Kluft) followed closely behind Signature Sleep. They are lower value and not as highly rated. But, such cheaper options may be better suited for shorter-term use. You may want to consider them for an RV mattress or a small guest room bed.

  • Zinus
  • Signature Sleep
  • Aireloom / Kluft

Worst Innerspring Mattresses

There are several mattresses rated significantly lower than the best innerspring brands. The lowest rated beds are from middle to luxury priced Stearns and Foster mattress lines and the Simmons mattress lines. This is a great example of why it is important to do research before committing to a purchase. The inexpensive offerings from Denver Mattress weren’t too far ahead in the ratings. But, some of the company’s higher-end options rate fairly well.

  • Stearns and Foster
  • Simmons
  • Denver Mattress

Top Mattresses for 2019

We compiled all the highest-rated mattresses from each different category into a comprehensive list. The beds we chose provide a starting point for your research and comparisons. These beds received the highest customer approval rates. They also perform better than their competitors in their price ranges.

 

Highest-Rated Memory Foam Mattress

Highest-Rated Memory Foam Mattress | The Best beds (and Ones to Avoid) 2019 Edition

Amerisleep AS3 ($1,199, queen)

  • Made from eco-friendly plant-based memory foam
  • Medium-firm
  • Celliant-infused fabric cover, designated by the FDA to improve comfort and promote more restful sleep.
  • Transition layer with HIVE® technology to provide targeted pressure relief on key areas like the lower back and shoulders.
  • Low-VOC mattress
  • 100-night trial period
  • 20-year warranty
Shop Highest-Rated Memory Foam Mattress: Amerisleep AS3

Highest-Rated Innerspring Mattress

Highest-Rated Innerspring Mattress

Heavenly Bed Mattress ($1,196, queen)

  • Pillow top with pocketed coils
  • Plush
  • 10-year warranty

From springs to foam, the top mattress recommendations of 2019 highlight that top brands aren’t always your best bet. Several of the best-rated mattresses this year come from online brands that focus on quality and customer satisfaction. If you want to learn more about why the online mattress industry is great for the consumer, check out our post on finding the best online mattress.

Keep in mind, these ratings are mostly based on customer reviews. While we feel this is the best way to capture the performance of a group of products, we understand that not every person has the same idea of comfort. And so, we understand that you may not agree with all of our reviews. We suggest you get to know your own preferences before you buy a mattress. Also, it is very important to stay within your budget. There is no reason you can’t find a great mattress, no matter your price range.

Type and Material

We have already gone over much of this information throughout the sections above. So, this specific section focuses on making the points more digestible. To do this, we will provide you with a brief explanation of each mattress type, as well as a list of pros and cons.

Memory Foam

You may have already noted most of our top mattresses of the year are memory foam mattresses. Memory foam mattresses keep growing in popularity while becoming more affordable and more advanced each year. They are known best for contouring your body and providing a “hugging” sensation, allowing for higher levels of pain and pressure point relief. This helps eliminate tossing and turning and promotes a good night’s sleep.

However, the downside to these mattresses tends to be the sleeping temperature. Memory foam can lack the breathability other mattresses tend to have. Less breathability means a greater risk of heat retention. Because of this potential this downside, there have been newer, more advanced memory foam compositions that promote breathability, providing a cooler night’s sleep with gel and open-cell constructions.

Pros:

  • Great Pressure Point Relief
  • Amazing Pain Relief
  • Comfortable Hug and Contouring
  • Quality Motion Isolation

Cons:

  • Poor Heat Retention (this depends on the type of memory foam)

Because memory foam is highly adaptable, it works for most sleepers. It is especially comfortable for the “average” sleeper, that wants a mattress that works for multiple sleep positions.

In the market for a memory foam mattress? Take a look at this list of our top memory foam mattress picks for a great starting point: coming soon!

Latex

Latex excels at several things including cooler, more breathable sleep, comfort, and durability. All of these things have made latex mattresses increasingly desirable over the last few years. Additionally, latex mattresses are often made from the most environmentally friendly (“green”) materials in the industry. There are two types of latex used to create beds:

Natural Latex

  • Comes from the Hevea-Brasiliensis tree
  • Is more eco-friendly than synthetic latex
  • Is often more expensive

Synthetic Latex

  • Is created by mixing synthetic polymers with natural tree sap
  • Is often less expensive
  • Less eco-friendly than natural latex

Latex Composition

Pros:

  • High Durability
  • Low Heat Retention (Excellent Breathability)
  • Good Bounce
  • Very Environmentally Friendly

Cons:

  • Relatively Expensive (especially natural latex mattresses)

Latex mattresses are a solid choice for sleepers that prefer a durable, breathable, environmentally friendly bed. However, remember that this type of bed does tend to land at the higher price range. In addition, latex is known for its bounce or “push-back”. For side sleepers who are experiencing hip or shoulder pain, the latex may push up too much against their body.

In the market for a latex mattress? Take a look at this list of our top latex mattress picks for a great starting point: coming soon!

Innerspring (Coil)

Compared to most mattresses, coil mattresses tend to provide a very cool night’s sleep, and also provides a relatively high level of edge support. Additionally, most hybrid mattresses (see the next mattress type on this list) use coils along with other materials, like latex and foam, to offer bounce and support.

Coil Bed Composition

Pros:

  • High Level of Breathability (Very Cool Night’s Sleep)
  • Strong Edge Support
  • Durable
  • Good Bounce

Cons:

  • Does Not Contour To Body Very Well
  • No “Hug” Sensation
  • Poor Motion Isolation
  • Can lead to increased pressure points/tossing and turning

If you are looking for a “traditional” bed feel, with solid edge support and a lot of breathability, a coil mattress might be a decent choice.

In the market for an innerspring mattress? Take a look at this list of our innerspring mattress recommendations for a great starting point: coming soon!

Hybrid

A hybrid mattress combines two or more types of materials — often, a hybrid aims to capitalize on the pros of both materials while minimizing their negative effects at the same time. Because of this, hybrid mattresses tend to provide what many people believe to be a superior night’s sleep.

Hybrid Mattress Composition

A hybrid is often a combination of coil and either memory or latex foam. With this particular style, you are provided with an incredible amount of bounce, durability, and heat distribution. The coils allow for a large amount of breathability, while the foam provides the hug and contouring that is so desirable in memory foam mattresses.

Pros:

  • A Lot of Support
  • Premium Feel

Cons:

  • Generally More Expensive Than Single Material Beds
  • Usually a less competitive warranty
  • Foam layers on coils may lead to quicker decompressions or sags

If you are willing to spend some extra money and really want that innerspring feel, hybrid mattresses may provide you with the best of both worlds, offering excellent support, durability, and a cool night’s sleep.

In the market for a hybrid mattress? Take a look at this list of our top hybrid mattress picks for a great starting point: coming soon!

Organic

While we are putting this on our list, this is technically a subcategory, since there are many different types of mattresses that use “organic” materials within their design. However, eco-friendly materials are often a dealbreaker for many people, so let’s review what makes a mattress eco-friendly.

Beds are capable of being much more organic now than just a couple of decades ago, and so their popularity is dramatically increasing. A mattress is graded as organic on a scale of 0-100%. If you buy a mattress that is graded at 0%, there is nothing natural about it; if you buy a mattress that is 100%, it is completely natural. However, like most other environmentally friendly products, the higher the level of organic, the more expensive it is going to be. Here’s a small list of the most environmentally friendly mattress materials: plant-based memory foam, organic pillow top, and non-synthetic latex.

Pros:

  • Better for the Environment
  • Fewer Health Drawbacks Than More Unnatural Materials

Cons:

  • More Expensive

A great example of a plant-based memory foam bed is the Amerisleep mattress line. Additionally, this mattress is only in the medium tier price range while still providing an excellent quality product.

In the market for an organic and economically-friendly mattress? Take a look at this list of our top organic mattresses for a great starting point: coming soon!

Advanced and Custom Foam

These foams are the product of higher levels of testing and more advanced manufacturing. The aim is to improve breathability (the most common concern with standard memory foam mattresses), provide better durability (provide the customer with a mattress they can depend on for a much longer time), and strive for a balance between bounce and the trademark memory foam hug and contouring. It’s important to note that this is also a subcategory. Many of these foams are not used exclusively on their own, but are instead used as a layer within a foam mattress. Due to this, there is no pros and cons list for this section. Here are a few of the most common types of foam used in beds:

  • Polyurethane: This type of foam is found in most memory foam beds. It serves as the base of the mattress due to its high density.
  • Convoluted Foam: This foam is also commonly referred to as “egg crate foam.” It is used often to improve the air circulation within a mattress and target pressure points.
  • Latex Rubber: This type of foam is both durable and environmentally-friendly.

In the market for an advanced foam mattress? Take a look at this list of our top advanced foam mattresses for a great starting point: coming soon!

Waterbeds

These are often considered a novelty bed. Waterbeds may be more unconventional, but they still have their advantages and disadvantages. Forgoing both springs and foam, a waterbed simply consists of water. One property of water is to distribute weight evenly. Because of this, waterbeds are designed to provide relief to pressure points. They are also considered potentially beneficial to individuals that suffer from back pain. People that suffer from arthritis may also benefit from a waterbed.

Pros:

  • Great Pressure Relief
  • Even Weight Distribution
  • Often a More Inexpensive Purchase
  • Good for Allergies

Cons:

  • Not Very Durable
  • Must Be Filled With Water To Function
  • A Very Unique Feel That Can Be Off-Putting
  • Risk of Poor Motion Isolation

We highly recommend that you try out a waterbed before you purchase one. Although they are great for some things, they provide a very unique sensation when you lie down on them.

In the market for waterbed? Take a look at this list of our top waterbed picks for a great starting point: coming soon!

Airbeds

This type of bed is not recommended for everyday use. There is minimal support, pain relief, durability, or comfort involved. These mattresses use air for support and are easily transported and stowed away. Because of this, these mattresses are often a great alternative to having to sleep on the ground or on a couch.

Pros:

  • Easily Transported
  • Quick Inflation (Most Airbeds Come With Either a Hand or Electric Pump)
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Not Meant for Consistent Use
  • Little To No Support (Should Not Function As Primary Bed)

These mattresses are great for nights that you will be traveling, visiting others, or camping.

Bed in a Box

These beds cover a wide variety of mattresses (although most of them will be either latex, memory foam, or a hybrid), so this is, again, a subcategory. However, we feel that the increase in quality and popularity are good reasons to put this type of mattress on our list. These mattresses are often much cheaper than the beds you will find at a physical store and are shipped directly to your residence. There are several quality characteristics that make these beds especially enticing:

  • Generally made to order, these beds are not sitting around in a warehouse for long periods of time.
  • These mattresses are often less expensive because there is less overhead than at a brick-and-mortar mattress shop, where rent and commissions are often factored into a price.
  • The companies that produce these mattresses typically provide excellent, long-time warranties. They also allow trial periods, making them a very low-risk purchase.

In the market for a bed in a box? Take a look at this list of our top bed-in-a-box recommendations for a great starting point: coming soon!

Bunk Beds

As the name suggests, these beds are bunked on top of each other. This means that you have two beds taking up the space of one in the bedroom. It is important that you consider the thickness, the size, and the firmness of your ideal mattress. Most bunk bed frames require a thinner mattress, so it is best to try and find something that has a slimmer profile. At the same time, you want something that provides enough support to be comfortable. Additionally, because there will be two people using a bunk bed, make sure that each person is considered before you purchase a mattress.

Futon

Most commonly known for being an extra space that guests and friends can sleep on easily, these beds are multifunctional — they serve as both a bed and a couch. Because you will probably be using a futon for both of these purposes, it is definitely an important purchase. Like any other mattress, futon mattresses have many considerations: budget, firmness, size, etc. Make sure that you purchase something that will provide enough support and cushion so that you don’t wake up having slept uncomfortably, feeling the couch’s underlying frame.

Comfortable Sleeper Sofa

Similar to the futon, a sleeper sofa is considered mostly for its versatility and for its room efficiency. A sleeper sofa is a great way to make additional room for guests during overnight stays, while also not taking up any extra space in your home. There are many different styles of sleeper sofa, ranging from the type that folds and stores within a sturdy base under-cavity, to the type that very simply folds down. Depending on the quality and size, these beds can be a genuine boost to your furniture collection. However, remember that you are also buying a couch — it is important when picking a sleeper sofa to consider style as well since it will probably be located in a much more publicly view part of your home.

RV

While RV mattresses are not often known for their comfort, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through a night’s sleep every time you travel. There are plenty of options available for anyone who owns an RV and doesn’t want to give up a comfortable mattress. This is especially true for anyone who chooses to primarily live within an RV — if this is the case, make sure to consider all of the aspects of the other mattresses we have listed. If you make sure to do your research and find a mattress that has the firmness level, the size, and the material that works best for you, there is no reason you can’t have an amazing night’s sleep in your RV or camper.

Smart Mattress

With everything else in our lives somehow connected to digital technology, it makes sense that we can also integrate it into our mattresses. As technology becomes continually more streamlined, smart mattresses also continue growing in popularity, and there are many different types that you can choose from.

The advantages of a smart mattress are similar to those we find in wearable wellness trackers, like smartwatches. The most relevant tool you will find within these beds is the ability to monitor your sleep activity. By doing so, you are able to better understand how you interact with your mattress, and how your nightly sleep is affecting your body. A smart mattress can track how you breathe, how you regulate your body temperature, what positions you sleep in, and how often you wake up — by knowing these things, you are able to better understand what you need to attain your most comfortable and rewarding night’s sleep.

Additionally, there are some mattresses that will actually adjust the temperature based on your preferences or even connect to other smart devices in your home to create a more inclusive technological living experience.

In the market for a smart mattress? Take a look at this list of our best smart mattress options for a great starting point: coming soon!

Sleeping Position

One of the most important aspects determining the quality of sleep is whether you are a stomach, side, or back sleeper. Each type of sleeping position generally has a preferred firmness, and each has its own sets of issues when it comes to finding the perfect mattress. Take a look at your sleeping position below to better understand what you might need most in a mattress to attain your best sleep possible.

Back Sleepers

Many people often believe this to be the most common sleep position; however, despite the fact that sleeping on your back is considered one of the healthiest sleep positions, studies show only about 15% of the population are exclusively back sleepers.

Firmness

A firm to medium-firm mattress is generally considered the best option for back sleepers since something too soft can cause more sinking and hugging than recommended. If you sleep on your back and also sleep on a softer mattress, there is a greater chance for discomfort, especially if your spine is out of alignment in any capacity.

Material

Any material — foam, latex, and innerspring — should work well for a back sleeper. However, the key characteristic to keep in mind is breathability. Since a lot of your body will be in contact with the mattress itself, a mattress with high heat retention may cause more discomfort than it does to other types of sleepers. However, because everything does come down to personal preference, there is no correct material. Regardless of what the optimal mattress is for most sleepers, pick what is going to give you the best sleep possible.

Take a look at our list of best bed for back sleepers: coming soon!

Side Sleepers

Side sleeping is generally considered the most common out of the three main sleeping styles, and it is also considered a healthy position for both your back and your spine.

Firmness

Side sleepers generally don’t have issues with heat the way back sleepers do; however, side sleepers are more prone to shoulder and hip pain due to pressure points between those parts of your body and the mattress. Because of this, a medium or softer mattress is considered the most likely fit for a side sleeper — a softer mattress will provide you with the appropriate amount of contouring and hug your body needs to avoid building pressure points.

Material

Since side sleepers tend to sleep better on softer mattresses that contour to the body more, a memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress is probably best when trying to pick your perfect mattress. All three of these types of mattresses are known for having a fair amount of contouring qualities, which will give you the pain relief and support that you need. Again, remember that, regardless of what the optimal mattress is for most sleepers, choose what is going to give you the best sleep possible.

Take a look at our list of best beds for side sleepers: coming soon!

Stomach Sleepers

Despite the fact that this is a fairly common sleep position, stomach sleeping is considered generally harmful in most scenarios. Over time, sleeping on your stomach has the potential to provide higher levels of stress on your back and neck. However, if you do prefer this position over others, there are definitely choices you can make with your mattress to give you a more restful night’s sleep.

Firmness

With stomach sleepers, the biggest concern is support. Generally, a firmer mattress is going to provide you with the most comfortable and healthiest sleep. This is because a softer mattress will cause your spine to dip and curve. Over time, this may lead to higher levels of pain and discomfort, both in your sleep and during the day.

Material

Either foam beds with high firmness levels, innerspring beds, or some latex mattresses are probably the best bet for stomach sleepers. All these bed types will provide you with choices that are firmer, which means your spine will not curve too much as you sleep. Additionally, it is worth noting that a thin pillow goes a long way in making stomach sleeping easier, as it reduces tension in your neck. And again, remember that, regardless of what the optimal mattress is for most sleepers, pick what is going to give you the best sleep possible.

Take a look at our list of best beds for stomach sleepers: coming soon!

Combination Sleepers

While there are three main types of sleeping positions, most people tend to sleep in two or three different positions throughout the night. Whichever way it is you sleep, and in whatever combination you prefer, it is important that you purchase a mattress that will provide you with a comfortable sleep through all of it.

Combination sleepers are most likely to be comfortable on mattresses that market themselves as having a “universal” feel — something that is able to contour to your body during each stage of your sleeping cycle. This means you will probably be looking for a medium level of firmness, as it will both relieve pressure while providing the support needed for the positions that give your neck and back a harder time. Once more, remember that, regardless of what the optimal mattress is for most sleepers, pick what is going to give you the best sleep possible.

Take a look at our list of best beds for combination sleepers: coming soon!

Specific Needs

Throughout the entirety of this post, we have done our best to ensure that you understand how unique your sleep is — everyone has specific sleeping preferences and needs, which is why there are so many different types of mattresses available.

Here are some categories to help you narrow your search if you have a particular need that requires special consideration.

Heavy People

Larger individuals generally require a thicker and firmer mattress due to the larger amount of pressure caused by weight. A rule of thumb is to find a mattress that is at least 12 inches or thicker; however, some advanced foams can perform a high level of support for larger amounts of weight with about 9 to 10 inches. Either way, try to avoid cheaper, lower-end mattresses, as they will be less durable, and you will feel the support quality deteriorate quickly.

Additionally, you will likely want to consider a mattress that provides a more breathable experience, along with having more durable edge support. The larger the person, the more likely they are to store heat underneath them within the mattress, especially if the mattress has lower levels of breathability. Because of this, an innerspring and foam hybrid is often considered the optimal choice for heavier people, as it provides both a higher level of support for pressure relief and contours to the body, but it also allows for a cooler night’s sleep.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for heavy people: coming soon!

Cooling

As you may have noticed while reading the article up to this point, heat retention is one of the key determining factors in a mattress. Depending on the mattresses, you may be signing up for either a very cool and breathable nights sleep, or you may experience a very hot night’s sleep.

Up until memory foam became an option, heat retention of a bed was never much of a concern. The opposite end of the spectrum from basic memory foam is coil and latex, which is why most hybrids exist — to provide the support and feel of memory foam while promoting higher levels of breathability. In addition to hybrid beds, gel beds have made foam mattresses much more manageably cool. Because of this, remember cheaper memory foam mattresses are going to sleep the hottest, while foam that is either made of an advanced composition, infused with gel or made as a hybrid is going to provide you with a much more breathable experience.

Here’s a list of our top cooling mattresses: coming soon!

Couples

The sleep game changes when you are sharing a bed with someone else, especially if that someone has different sleep preferences than you. Here are some things to consider when trying to find the right mattress for you and your significant other:

Motion Transfer

A lot of people change positions and move around at night, and that can be difficult if your partner is waking you up because they are adjusting. To avoid this problem, consider staying away from coil mattresses and consider a memory foam mattress or latex.

Firmness

A lot of couples have differing firmness levels for their mattress; however, there are several ways to not get stuck with a firmness level that leaves you feeling uncomfortable and cheated. There are plenty of mattresses that are available at a medium level firmness, which might work if both partners are okay with a small amount of compromise; some mattresses have split firmness levels, where one side is a specific firmness, and the other side is a different firmness; there is also the option of buying two Twin XL beds and placing them in a King frame.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for couples: coming soon!

Adjustable

These beds allow you to adjust the position of the mattress, giving you the option to relieve stress and provide comfortability based on any given situation. These beds are especially nice for individuals who are looking for quality pain relief. For example, lifting the legs can take pressure off your back, raising your head can open your airways and prevent snoring and medical conditions such as Acid Reflux.

Here’s a list of our top adjustable mattresses: coming soon!

Firm Feel

If you already know what kind of sleeper you are, which positions you prefer, and which needs are most important to you, then you may already know that a mattress with higher levels of firmness is for you. Whether you are a back sleeper or stomach sleeper, a heavier person looking for more support, or if you have a sensitive spine and have alignment issues, there is a good chance you are going to be more comfortable with a firm mattress, not a softer one. Remember that, if you are looking for extra support, but at the same time want a plush sleeping experience, you can buy a mattress that either has a pillow top or a high-quality memory foam mattress.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for a firm feel: coming soon!

Soft Feel

If you are sleeping on too hard of a bed, you may quickly begin to feel stiff and sore from constant contact with not enough give. To remedy this, or if you are generally a side sleeper, consider a higher end soft bed — these mattresses can be supportive enough while also relieving pressure point and providing a cool, relaxed night’s sleep. For the ideal soft firmness level that also contributes to quality support levels, a memory foam mattress may be for you.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for a soft feel: coming soon!

Athletes

If you are a physically active, always on the go sort of person, one of your top priorities while picking a mattress is likely to be finding something that can boost your recovery. If you are active all day long, a quality night’s sleep is decisively important. One of the more popular options is Celliant™, a material known to redirect the body’s energy into infrared light, for a more complete recovery. Celliant™ has gone through countless clinical trials and has been FDA determined to promote an increase in local blood flow and promote a more restful night of sleep. In addition, consider a bed that provides pressure point and pain relief, along with enough support to make sure your body is maintaining optimum shape and alignment.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for athletes: coming soon!

Light Sleepers

If you are a light sleeper, you probably understand how uncomfortable a night of sleeping can be when you share a bed with a restless child or a partner that adjusts a lot. If someone else is in the bed with you, chances are you’ve been woken up unnecessarily from their sleep. A light sleeper’s ideal mattress would focus on motion isolation. Most foam mattresses and hybrids with pocketed coils reduce weight transfer and movement vibration, allowing you to share a bed with a restless sleeper and not have to worry about being jostled awake every time. Additionally, finding a mattress with strong edge support can go a long way in making sure you are able to utilize the entire bed and not get stuck sinking into the middle where you are more likely to be bumped and interrupted.

Here’s a list of our top mattresses for light sleepers: coming soon!

Medical Conditions

Any medical conditions you or your partner suffer from may have a larger impact on which mattresses are ideal. Here is a list of the most common conditions that affect a person’s sleep and the mattresses that are best for each one.

Back Pain

Often brought on by arthritis, scoliosis, or other medical conditions, back pain can be the cause of much discomfort, and a good night’s sleep is often one of the few remedies that can alleviate the pain you experience throughout the day. Support is critical if you suffer from back pain, but so too is immediate contact comfort. Therefore, it is vital you find a mattress that will contour to your pressure points while allowing for an immediate softness that gives you a calming, cooling sleep.

If you’re looking for the best beds for combating back pain, take a look at our list: coming soon!

Arthritis

Marked by stiffness and pain in your joints, arthritis has two specific causes, and can make it difficult to enjoy any restful sleep. Osteoarthritis is brought on by bone friction due to cartilage breaking down within your joints, and rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that results in the joints swelling with fluids. Depending largely on what type of sleeper you are, a softer or firmer bed is going to go a long way in providing relief. Back sleepers should consider high-end foam or coil hybrid mattresses for a medium to firm fit, while side sleepers should heavily consider a softer, plusher product that provides more hug and contour.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating arthritis, take a look at our list of top mattresses for arthritis: coming soon!

Neck Pain

Neck pain is nearly unavoidable — everyone occasionally wakes up having slept in the wrong position and is subsequently left with a sore, aching neck for the remainder of the day. However, if this is a persistent issue that you deal with on an ongoing basis, make sure to get your neck examined by medical professionals to assure that you are healthy, and also make sure you are sleeping on a mattress that does not perpetuate this condition. Often times, the amount or the quality of the pillows you use is the cause; however, an outdated, sagging mattress can also put unnecessary pressure on your neck. If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating neck pain, take a look at our list of top mattresses for neck pain: coming soon!

Hip Pain

Similar to back pain, hip pain is the cause of other medical conditions, so make sure to discuss your personal situation with a doctor before deciding on a new bed. However, the most common cause of hip pain due to the type of mattress you use is if you are a side sleeper using too firm of a mattress. Over time, contact without proper cushion and hug can leave your hips sore and bruised. Beds that provide poor pressure point relief, such as traditional innerspring coil mattresses, are generally not good for individuals suffering from hip pains, but foam and hybrid mattresses are commonly considered a great remedy.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating hip pain, take a look at our list of top mattresses for hip pain: coming soon!

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic autoimmune disease that is often the cause of insomnia and subsequent lethargy and fatigue, along with restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. While your bed is only part of the equation in minimizing the effects of fibromyalgia (proper exercise and medication also play a large role), choosing a mattress that excels at providing pressure point relief is crucial for a quality night’s sleep. Generally, you will want something with plenty of cushion and hug, while offering a strong underlying support.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating fibromyalgia, take a look at our list of top mattresses for fibromyalgia: coming soon!

Snoring

Snoring is a common condition that is often seen as simply annoying; however, it may also lead to more serious medical conditions if not treated. One of the main ways to decrease an individual’s tendency to snore is body positioning. An elevated head often goes a long way in reducing how much you snore, so adjustable beds are probably considered one of the most effective types of bed you can use.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for relieving snoring, take a look at our list of top mattresses for snoring: coming soon!

Sleep Apnea

An increasingly common condition, sleep apnea’s main symptoms include snoring and an intense level of fatigue throughout the day. Additionally, if not managed properly, sleep apnea may worsen, and you may develop more serious health concerns, such as an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure. While sleep apnea is a condition that you should address with your doctor, there are several mattress choices that may alleviate some of your discomfort. Like with snoring, consider an adjustable base, which provides you with access to a diverse range of sleeping positions; you may also want to find a mattress that contours to your body regardless of the position you’re in since airflow is of vital importance when combating sleep apnea.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating sleep apnea, take a look at our list of top mattresses for sleep apnea: coming soon!

Insomnia

If you have been experiencing insomnia — the inability to sleep — you should bring it up with your doctor. However, if you believe part of the reason you can’t sleep at night is due to the mattress you are using, it’s probably a safe bet to make a new purchase. Pressure relief is likely your primary concern when dealing with insomnia; you want a mattress that will allow you to fall to sleep quickly, and mattresses that allow for higher circulation will allow you to fall to sleep faster. Additionally, the temperature might also be a large reason you cannot sleep at night. Therefore, consider a gel infused, latex, or a hybrid mattress– these mattresses are more likely to give you a cool, breathable night’s sleep.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating insomnia, take a look at our list of top mattresses for insomnia: coming soon!

Allergies and Asthma

Allergies and asthma you experience while sleeping may be due to a collection of molds, mildews, and chemicals hidden within the mattress. Traditional innerspring mattresses are especially notorious for trapping dust and molds, while cheaper memory foams are considered undesirable for unnecessary chemical collection. To avoid such triggers, consider newer foams that are eco-friendly or latex mattresses, both of which can reduce your likelihood of suffering an asthma attack or having an allergic reaction. Fortunately, if either of these things is something you have been suffering from, new technology is making it both cheaper and easier to find environmentally friendly, less chemically harmful mattresses.

If you’re looking for a mattress that is best for combating allergies or asthma, take a look at our list of top mattresses for allergies and asthma: coming soon!

Pricing Considerations

No matter what mattress type you are looking for, be aware of your budget — bed prices range considerably, and as long as you do enough research, there is a good chance you can make a manageable purchase. We urge you to not jump at the first mattress that presents itself as a viable option whatever the cost; study and stay within your limits. Your mattress should be comfortable and fit to you, not necessarily be expensive. We have created the list below to help you better understand what options are available at each general price range.

Budget (Affordable)

Don’t worry — if you are looking for a mattress with limited funds, or if you simply don’t want to drop a lot of money on a mattress at present, there are plenty of quality options available. Many people fall into the trap that “budget” is synonymous with “low quality” and “cheap.” Instead, the truth is that there is no reason for you compromise quality for cost, especially when there are now so many bed-in-a-box options online that will be directly delivered to you (often with free shipping). Therefore, the list of mattresses we have compiled focuses on the best value for the best price.

Take a look at our top picks for best budget mattresses: coming soon!

Luxury

While “luxury” does not encompass a specific price range, it does demand the highest of quality. Therefore, the list of mattresses we have gathered focus solely on giving you the highest quality mattresses on the market, regardless of cost. Although there is no set price range, luxury mattresses do tend to be more expensive, and this is primarily due to the premium materials they use to produce the mattresses. Additionally, you should note that luxury mattresses span across almost all the various types of mattresses — latex, foam, hybrids, pillow top, innerspring — so it’s best to come to the table with an open mind about what is available and what you are looking for.

Take a look at our top picks for best luxury mattresses: coming soon!

Guest Room

We have selected this category because oftentimes there are situations where a quality mattress is wanted (i.e. for the guest room), but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that isn’t going to be used as much. Because mattresses in secondary rooms and for visitors do not go through as much use as your primary mattress does, your options for a comfortable mattress open up a little bit; you do not need to buy a long-lasting, durable, consistent sleeper. So, our list focuses on mattress models that are competitively affordable, closer to the entry-level for all brands, and yet provide a pleasant night’s sleep for the occasional sleeper.

Take a look at our top picks for best guest room mattresses: coming soon!

Best Beds by Sleeper’s Age

While you may have a decent idea about what you’re wanting out of your own mattress by now, what about those dependent on you? Adults differ from babies in their sleep needs, just as they differ from teenagers and seniors. Here is a list of considerations to keep in mind when deciding on a mattress for someone else in your life.

Babies

Just as it is important to pick the safest crib or cot for your child, it is also vitally important to decide on a mattress that is best for your child’s safety. A big concern for infants is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which can be caused by sleeping on softer surfaces. Here are some specific points to address when deciding:

  • Dimensions: The best choice is the standard size of 28” by 52”
  • Firmness: As mentioned above, a firmer mattress is best for your younger children
  • Type: Since the firmness is what’s important, any coil or foam mattress should work well as long as it is firm enough.
  • Organic: If the material your child is sleeping on is important to you, there are mattresses for children that have organic certification.

Read more for our recommended mattresses for babies: coming soon!

Toddlers and Kids

Once your child outgrows the crib, you will want to upgrade to a more spacious mattress that gives them the room their growing body needs. There are three choices for young children:

  • Twin: This is the smallest bed size, and while it is a great size for toddlers and smaller children, they might outgrow it within a year or two.
  • Twin XL: This bed has the same dimensions as a Twin, except that it has an additional five inches added to the base of the bed. This mattress is ideal for taller kids.
  • Full: This is the mattress to purchase if you don’t want to upgrade until your child develops into their teenage years.

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It is also important to note how critical back support is for children at this age. Because they are growing so much during these years, spine alignment is crucial to how they feel throughout their days and how they continue to grow. At this age, you can begin to talk with them about how each mattress feels — listen to what they say and make decisions based on their own preferences.

Read more for our recommended mattresses for toddlers and kids: coming soon!

Teenagers

The teenage years are some of the most physically formative years of an individual’s life. With that in mind, making sure spine development progresses correctly and physical disorders don’t arise from uncomfortable mattresses is of the utmost importance.

Similar to considering the differences in size for a toddler, remember that your child is going to need room to grow. A bed that fits them in their early teens may not provide enough space within even just a few years of growth. Additionally, if you’ve noticed your teenager has a tendency to struggle with allergies, you may want to consider purchasing a latex or hypoallergenic mattress.

Read more for our recommended mattresses for teenagers: coming soon!

Seniors (55 and Older)

Once a person reaches the age of 55, there is an increased chance of suffering from back and joint pains. While these pains are often caused by other medical conditions, often times they can be alleviated through a higher quality bed. Because of this, we suggest you focus on pressure point relief and gentle support — go with a mattress that has both breathability and a comfort layer that provides a soothing night’s sleep.

Read more for our recommended mattresses for seniors: coming soon!

Our Review System

We have used several different key characteristics of mattresses throughout this article to identify which mattresses are potentially the best for any given sleeper. Below is a breakdown of our rating system and what categories we put emphasis on and why.

Value

Value is not synonymous with price. An expensive mattress does not necessarily mean it will guarantee you a comfortable night’s sleep, nor will an inexpensive mattress necessarily provide you with an unpleasant night’s sleep. Therefore, the ideal value mattress can be compared to more expensive mattresses while costing less than its competition. The only thing we are concerned about is the quality of mattress you get for the money you spend. We do not consider the brand or the marketing that surrounds the mattress — our value system is based on the mattress alone.

Material Quality and Layers

Here is a quick rule of thumb when deciding how many layers a mattress has: the higher quality the mattress, the more layers it probably possesses. This is because more layers mean more diverse and exact support.

While memory foam mattresses are usually all grouped together, there are dozens of different choices you can make within that category. Additionally, a gel foam mattress is not technically a memory foam mattress, just as a latex mattress is a different type of mattress altogether. Consider the number of layers a mattress has, and research the exact type of material that a mattress uses. These two aspects play a much higher part in the overall quality of a mattress than most people think.

This same rule applies to organic beds. Just because a mattress claims to be organic does not mean it is much more environmentally-friendly than a non-organic bed. Make sure to research the actual qualities of the bed before making your purchase.

Comfort and Feel

These categories are difficult to review because these categories are subjective. Each person has a different idea of what comfortable is, and so some of the mattresses that do not score as well may actually fit your idea of comfort very well. However, it is generally true that better support leads to a better night’s rest. Because of this, a lot of our concepts of comfort derive from the mattress’ overall support level. Either way, you have the final decision on what is comfortable and what feels best. Thus, it is smart to try mattresses which come with a Sleep Trial.

Firmness

We used a scale of 1-10 when discussing firmness, with one being the softest and ten being the firmest. While firmness is also a subjective quality in a mattress, heavier sleepers tend to prefer firmer beds and lighter sleepers often choose softer beds.

Cooling

As you have probably noticed reading this article, the coolness and breathability of a mattress are one of the biggest factors of any review. Since a hot bed is considered such a negative, and because there are so many mattresses that strive to give you a breathable night’s sleep, we did not include any mattresses within our reviews that sleep hot. This means we generally stay away from traditional, low-quality memory foams.

Company Reputation

While we focus solely on the mattress itself, knowing the company behind the mattress is also very important. Customer service and available warranties go a long way in making a purchase worth the money.

  • Customer Reviews: These have a lot to say about the follow-through, customer service, and quality of any mattress company. Pay close attention to these, because user reviews are harder to manipulate compared to other reviews you may find.
  • Customer Support: It is very important to know that, if you buy a mattress, the company will continue to back their product. If there is poor customer service, the purchase might not be worth it.
  • Company’s Values: While this doesn’t play a direct role in your customer experience, giving your money to a company that donates time and resources to charitable and worthwhile causes might be something to consider.
  • Warranty and Returns: Since mattresses are generally such large purchases, it is a key selling point to know you can return the product if it is damaged or if it does not fit your specific needs. Additionally, it is good to know if a company will back their warranties — returns rates are a great way to know if a company stands behind their word.

Good luck with your search, we hope our guide was helpful. Let us know what you think about the best and worst beds of 2019 or how your shopping went in the comments below.

What qualities do you expect the “best” mattress should have? Share your views in the comments section below!

Up Next: Best Bed for Side Sleepers: Which is Best?

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 1, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

1 http://bedtimesmagazine.com/2017/01/triggers-replace-their-mattresses/
2 The FDA has determined that Celliant® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products. Celliant® is designated by the FDA to temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Hologenix, LLC, the maker of Celliant®, states that Celliant® safely converts body heat to infrared energy. This energy penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow and helps increase comfort and promotes restful sleep.

 

 

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  1. 3
    Nancy G.

    3.5 years ago I purchased a $1200 Simmons Beauty Rest mattress and even financed it, thinking I’d get a good quality mattress. The side of the mattress that I typically get in and out of bed on began to crush within the first few weeks of having it and the center began to sag. I’m an average sized woman who wears a size 10 and of average weight, which should be around the median of what the beds are designed for. I’ve had back issues since getting the bed and had to put a professional gymnastics mat that is rigid on top of it to sleep on it. When I followed the process to submit a warranty claim they responded (even though the sagging was evident with no weight on it) that it was within the manufacturer’s allowable limits. In other words, folks, they have very low standards for their beds and “buyer beware”! I will never ever buy another Beauty Rest mattress. The mattress still “looks” gorgeous, but it’s a piece of garbaget to sleep on.

    • 4
      J jones

      Simmons has been the worst mattress I ever slept on . Expesive also
      Tbough id made a good decision on it BUT after the second night it began to be obvious ….. restless sleep hot materials, I will soon be taking ithe beautysleep simmo s to the dump where it belongs in getting another Serta .

  2. 5
    Art M

    I will buy a King mattress for my guest room in the next 48 hours, Looks kike the “Zinus” or “Arctic” (Ultimate Dreams) “Memory/Gel” products are the leaders for (1) Price, (2) Comfort, and (3) warranty/customer service/warranty. If anyone want to change my find; have at it!

  3. 7
    Lorraine Young

    Still lost . Do I look for a higher core count and memory firm, I live in beauty rest ad Serra country. I wake up every morning , like some one beat me to death. The prices are ridiculous .

  4. 8
    Barbara

    I was wondering why there are no reviews on the Saatva mattress & foundation…
    This mattress is only sold on line and has wonderful reviews…I would like to read
    your report on it….

    • 9
      Pat

      I’m wondering the same thing! Have a lot of back and shoulder pain, and it seems the reviews for Saatva are very high. Think I’m going to call and get some “over the phone”.info. Really thinking I will order this one

      • 10
        Erick

        I think Saatva has such good reviews because they do reviews for themselves and they’ll take the mattress back. I had one and didn’t like it. Never got 1 good nights sleep with it. One good thing about Saatva is you can send it back and you only lose the delivery fee.

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      Nancy G.

      I can’t even find a place that sells them, and I was interested in a Saatva Mattress, too. The only others that I like are Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, but they are only made, sold and delivered on the East Coast, US, so for anyone out of the area, they’d have to take a road trip. For me, I’ll have to save my pennies, but they’re worth it.

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    Renier de Beer

    I bought a Forty Winks King size bed for R9000 3years and 6 months ago and the pocket springs collapsed and Sleepworld refused any waranties to fix my bed because of a straign of night swet on the top layer meterial of the bed. I think it is reduculious that to think you have bought a bed with a 15year warenty and to get this news that they are not even interest to have a look why their top product failed. It stinks!!!!!!!! I will make their product bad all my life by word of mouth!!!!!

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    ingrid

    I spoke with Habitat furnishings and was told the 6″ mattress is #1,999 with a $300 rebate. Yet I see it here for 1,399 as I did on another side. DId they raise the prices?
    Should have done my homework before buying a Broyhill at sleepy’s that I now asked to be returned. Too foam is too hard, hence get up tired and the smell gives me a headache still after three weeks.

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    Michael Hulett

    Thank you for your time here, I cannot find the – Sealy Brand Traditional Firm, can you be more specific as to which what model you are referring to?

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    R Bachmann

    Mattress and More have purchased a Restonic Allura Plush @ $1000 in store the mattress is foam study to me after my former inner spring bed but when received my new bed and sleep on it a few nights, it was a plush mattress and I had to climb out of. Went back to store and sat on floor piece again, not the same. The sales have been helpful but makes a difference if you say firm or soft, plush, water, and more research is what I should had done, even.though had some.

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