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Shopping for a new mattress can be a painful experience. With so many options, pricing that ranges from a few hundred dollars to the price of a new car, and salesman bearing down on you like a wolf stalking its prey, it’s no wonder mattress buying is so hard.
That’s why I created Sleepopolis. I want to help my readers discover and understand all of the options…what makes them good, what makes them bad, and find the mattress that’s the perfect choice for you! The following mattress reviews represent the list of mattresses that I’ve researched, analyzed, and reviewed. I’m constantly updating this list with new mattress reviews as they become available. If there’s a mattress review you’d like to see that’s not listed below please send me an email via my contact form!
Want to see how I test, review, and score mattresses? Click here to jump down to the Sleepopolis review process. Also, if you’re ready to dive into some serious comparisons, head over the Sleepopolis mattress comparison tool or jump down to our mattress reviews broken down by category.
|Foam - avena + memory||Medium||$815|
|Foam - gel + memory||Medium or Firm||$999|
|Hybrid - polymer + polyfoam||Medium||$999|
|Hybrid - pocketed coils + copper memory||Medium||$999|
|Innerspring - coil-on-coil + pillow top||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$899|
|Hybrid - foam + coils||Slightly Firm||$1,475|
|Hybrid - coil-on-coil + foam blend||Medium||$1,099|
|Foam - latex + microcoils + polyfoam||Custom||$849|
|Foam - latex||Soft, Medium, Firm||$712|
|Foam - memory||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$849-$2,099|
|Foam - latex + gel memory||Slightly Firm||$700|
|Foam - memory + gel||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$1,099|
|Foam - latex + memory||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$974|
|Foam - memory||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$999|
|Foam - latex||Soft & Medium||$1,899|
|Various - memory, latex, and coils||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$749-$1899|
|Foam - polyfoam||Medium||$750|
|Foam - memory||Slightly Firm||$800|
|Foam - latex||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$2,149|
|Hybrid - pocketed coils + foam||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$899|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$800|
|Various - latex, memory, & coils||Soft, Medium, or Firm||$425-$1,649|
|Foam - Energex||Medium||$290|
|Foam - memory + polyfoam||Firm||$700|
|Foam - polyfoam||Medium||$600|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$463|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$3,199|
|Foam - memory + polyfoam||Medium||$849|
|Foam - latex + memory||Medium||$800|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$874|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$1,120|
|Foam - memory||Medium||$682|
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Looking for mattresses broken down by category? We’ve got you covered! Check out our complete list of mattress reviews split into categories and segments based on performance, needs, sleeping positions, feels, types, and other specifications.
I personally test and review every mattress you find on Sleepopolis. And I mean personally, I sleep on each mattress with my wife. We sleep on each mattress we test for a minimum of one week before passing judgment. This ensures that our bodies have enough time to adjust to the new feel and allows us to test the mattress’ feel, cooling, hug, support, performance in various sleeping positions, and of course how the mattress performs for sex as well.
I have had the opportunity to personally test over 80 different mattresses. During the course of my testing, research, and analysis of these mattresses I have formulated the following scoring system. This rating system is a combination of my testing experience, industry expert opinions that I trust, material research, and feedback I have received from my readers. Additionally, it’s important to note that my scoring system and individual mattress reviews are periodically updated. As I test new mattresses I often find that the comparative performance, support, firmness, material quality, build quality, etc. needs to be changed based on my broader understanding the mattress market or new / updated information that changes my views.
As you read through my reviews you may notice you don’t see many bad reviews. In fact, there are virtually no one or two star reviews. This is intentional. Quite frankly, I do not want to test, review, and give exposure to products that I don’t truly believe in (even if it’s negative exposure). I test lots of mattresses, but they don’t all make cut. I only bring the very best mattresses to Sleepopolis, which is why you won’t see many low reviews.
Every mattress I review is rated on 12 different criteria including: materials, comfort, support, value, cooling, edge support, sex, smell, company, refunds, trial, and warranty. Continue below to see the specifics on each rating factor.
It’s my hope that this testing and mattress review process will provide you with the information and knowledge you need to select the perfect mattress for you!
The specific materials used in the mattress are critically important. A good mattress will have a thick enough comfort layer to remain comfortable for sleepers of most sizes. Great design and great material selection go hand-in-hand. Usage of special materials / textiles, healthy, eco-friendly, etc. are a plus also.
- 5 stars – this mattress uses exceptional materials to deliver a great balance of comfort and cooling. Most mattresses in this category will have a comfort layer of at least 4″ thick. Foam poundage is a consideration, but it is not a black and white factor for quality. They likely also include one or more of the following: advanced material construction (air flow channels, convoluted layers, etc.), organic materials, healthy / hygienic materials, special textiles, advanced comfort / support layers, or other superior materials that dramatically and positively impact the performance of the mattress.
- 4 stars – this mattress uses great materials to deliver a very good balanced comfort and cooling. Most mattresses in this category will have a comfort layer of at least 3.5″ thick (some 3.0″ comfort layer mattresses will make the cut depending on their broader performance and firmness level). Foam poundage is a consideration, but it is not a black and white factor for quality. They likely include one or more of the advanced materials that are also included within the 5 star rating. The advanced material may not have as significant of an impact on the performance compared to the 5 star rating.
- 3 stars – this mattress uses very good materials to deliver good comfort and cooling. Most mattresses in this category will have a comfort layer of at least 3.0″ thick. Foam poundage is a consideration, but it is not a black and white factor for quality. 3 star mattresses most likely do not include any of the special materials that 4 and 5 star mattresses have or those materials do not have a significant impact on performance. Despite the fact that these mattresses don’t have the advanced materials, they can still be considered very good mattresses.
Is the mattress generally comfortable? Does it relieve pressure? Does it reduce pain? Do you feel stuck or trapped by the foams? A quality mattress will have an immediate comfortable feeling when you first lie on the mattress.
- 5 stars – This mattress has a beautifully balanced comfort dynamic. It reduces pressure and relieves common pain points for sleepers. The comfort also does not create a situation where support or cooling is negatively impacted.
- 4 stars – This mattress has a great balance of comfort. It reduces pressure and relieves pain. Some sleepers with specific needs may find that it doesn’t relieve all pressure points. The comfort dynamic also may slightly negatively impact support or cooling.
- 3 stars – This mattress has an average level of comfort. It’s not bad, but it’s not a stand out leader either. This mattress likely helps to relieve pressure and pain, but may sleep warm as a result or support may be negatively impacted. If cooling and support scores are good, it indicates that the pain and pressure relief alone is the primary negative aspect of the mattress.
It’s important to not confuse support with firmness. A mattress can be very soft and still provide great support. Support is simply how well the mattress keeps your spine in alignment when in a normal sleeping position. A mattress with great support must also have a certain level of comfort and pain relief. If the degree of support creates pressure points you create a situation where you fix one problem while creating a new one.
- 5 stars – the mattress does an exceptional job of keeping your spine in alignment without creating any significant pressure points. The mattress can easily support sleepers who weigh up to 250 pounds. This mattress offers exceptional support to all sleeping positions.
- 4 stars – the mattress does a very good job of keeping your spine in alignment. However, sleepers with specific support needs may find it isn’t perfect. If you’re very heavy you may find deep compression support a little lacking. In general, this mattress is still well above average.
- 3 stars – this mattress provides average support. Your spine is in alignment, but it may create pressure points. Deep compression support may be lacking for heavier sleepers and some sleeping styles may find it less than ideal.
There is more to selecting a mattress than simply making a judgment call on price alone. Value is a more accurate reflection of the quality and performance. A mattress can be very cheap, but have a very low value because it’s not durable, healthy, or has other major issues. Likewise, a mattress can be very expensive and also not be a very good value. If the price is more than the mattress is worth, there are likely better options available. A high value mattress is one that offers a material and performance quality that far exceeds the price you have to pay for it.
- 5 stars – this mattress provides exceptional value for sleepers at this price point. The quality of the materials, build quality, service, and overall performance exceed what you would expect at the respective price point.
- 4 stars – this mattress provides great value for sleepers at this price point. The quality of the materials, build quality, service, and overall performance exceed what you would expect at the respective price point. However, it’s not quite as dramatic of a difference as the 5 star rating is.
- 3 stars – this mattress provides average value for sleepers at this price point. For less expensive mattresses, this indicates that the mattress is pretty good, but doesn’t quite have the right balance of price vs. performance. For expensive mattresses, this indicates that the price is simply too high for the quality / material level offered in the mattress. Heavily based on other comparable mattresses. If there’s a similar mattress build at a lower price you can expect that mattress to be in the 3-3.5 star range.
A cool sleeping surface is important to most sleepers. However, it should be noted that when a mattress company says their mattress “sleeps cool”, most of the time this simply means that it does not retain heat and stays very near a normal room temperature level. Many lower grade foams will retain a significant amount of heat, causing them to become uncomfortable during the night. Most coil mattresses don’t have heat retention issues because they don’t contain as much (or any) heat retaining foam.
- 5 stars – this mattress has an exceptional design and great material construction that allows it to breathe and not retain heat. The sleeping surface remains cool during the night and it does not become uncomfortable at any time.
- 4 stars – this mattress has a very good design and very good material construction that allows it to breathe and not retain heat. Sleepers who sleep extremely hot and / or for heavy sleepers who sink deeper within the mattress may find it uncomfortable due to the increased pressure and level of performance required in order to remain breathable.
- 3 stars – this mattress has an average design and average material construction that allows it to breathe, however it may retain a noticeable level of heat. If you sleep warm in any capacity, you will likely find the mattress to be a little too warm for you.
Edge support is important for both lying, sitting, and sex. A mattress with good edge support will properly support sleepers in all of these situations.
- 5 stars – edges hold up well for sleeping. Sleepers can lie directly on the edge of the mattress without feeling like they are going to be ejected from the mattress. For sitting positions the mattress does have a degree of sinkage, but it is not a full collapse. A five star mattress will compress by about 30% (or less) in a sitting position.
- 4 stars – edges hold up well for sleeping. There might be a slightly increased degree of sinkage on the edge while sleeping, but the mattress still fully supports sleepers who want to sleep near the edge. For sitting positions the mattress does have a degree of sinkage, but it is not a full collapse. A typical four star mattress will sink by 35-40%. Mattresses do not have to posses every single one of these factors, but most will have several. A four star edge support rating would still be considered very good.
- 3 stars – edges do a pretty good job of sleeping, but there is a higher degree of sinkage and heavier sleepers may feel that they are going to be ejected from the mattress. Sitting edge support is less than ideal. A typical three star mattress will sink by 40-50%. Mattresses do not have to posses every single one of these factors, but most will have several. A four star edge support rating would be considered average at best.
Let’s face it, sleep isn’t the only thing we use our mattresses for. Great sex is just as important for your mattress. A good mattress should make sex enjoyable and shouldn’t create extra work for you and your partner.
- 5 stars – this mattress allows for highly enjoyable sex. It doesn’t cause you and your partner to have to work excessively hard. The comfort and support of the mattress doesn’t negatively impact couples across a variety of basic positions. This mattress has great bounce and helps couples maintain rhythm. The edges are supportive and can be used for amorous activities in addition to the primary surface of the mattress.
- 4 stars – this mattress is very good for sex performance. It works with sleepers to improve amorous activities. In general, it’s a good mattress for sex. There may be a few minor areas that aren’t ideal, which could include mediocre edge support, hug / sinkage that inhibits movement, or sub-par bounce.
- 3 stars – this mattress is enjoyable for sex, but does have a few draw backs. The motion isolation may create a situation where couples have to work harder to make love. The level of sinkage, hug, support, bounce, and edge support may also negatively impact general love making and various sex positions.
Mattress smell, especially foam mattresses. This has been a major issue since foam began to grow in popularity. The initial smell can be quite offensive to some sleepers.
- 5 stars – these mattresses have virtually no smell. What little smell there is gone within 48 hours.
- 4 stars – these mattresses have a noticeable smell for the first 2-7 days, but then it rapidly dissipates and there are no further odors.
- 3 stars – these mattresses have a strong smell that persists for 8-14 days. It will begin to dissipate after about a week, but it may take 1-2 weeks to fully be gone.
The company that designs, produces, and services the mattress is just as important as the mattress itself. It’s important to select a company that has a proven record of great customer service, manufacturing excellence, integrity, honesty, and community involvement. All companies start at a four star and then either through positive or negative actions will move up or down the rating system based on their performance.
- 5 stars – this company has proven itself over a period of months or years that they have a customer focus. Their customer service is excellent. They are available for questions via chat, email, or phone support during the week. They have gone out of their way to maintain a strong level of integrity and honesty in how they market their mattress and communicate with customers. The company has a substantial number of verified reviews and there is no reason to suspect the validity of those reviews. Additionally, they may also be involved with their local, regional, or national communities giving back and trying to have a positive impact on the world.
- 4 stars – this company has a customer focus with very good customer service. They make a strong effort to be transparent and honestly communicate with their customers. Four star companies may be newer who have not yet had a chance to fully prove themselves. They may have giving back programs, but they are likely not quite as important as you would find with a five star company.
- 3 stars – this company has pretty good customer service, but does not have the same level of transparency, honesty, and openness with their company. They may use marketing tactics that are questionable. This company has notable customer service issues that have been publicly discussed or brought to my attention via feedback from Sleepopolis’ readers. They have a sizable number of reviews, but the validity of those reviews may be questionable.
Can you return the mattress for a full refund without incurring many fees? A good mattress company will offer fair refund and return terms.
- 5 stars – this is among the best refund policies. The company will offer an extended trial period and allow sleepers to return the mattress for a 100% money back refund. There are no fees to return the mattress and the company will cover return shipping or send a courier (usually a donation or recycling center) to come pick up the mattress.
- 4 stars – this is a very good refund policy. The company offers an extended trial period and will allow sleepers to return for a 100% money back refund. There may be minor costs and / or inconveniences to return the mattress.
- 3 star – this is an average refund policy. The company will offer a period where they will accept refunds and returns, but they may charge you a re-stocking, other fees, or it simply may be inconvenient. They may also make you pay for shipping the mattress back.
Trial periods (not the same as a “comfort guarantee”) used to be quite rare, but with the explosion of the online mattress industry they are virtually standard now (at least online). The best companies will offer extended trial periods with 100% money back guarantees.
- 5 stars – the company offers a trial period of 75 nights or longer. The terms of the trial period are customer focused.
- 4 stars – the company offers a trial period of at least 30 nights. The terms of the trial period are pretty good for customers, but there may be some inconveniences or minor fees in the event a customer needs to make a return.
- 3 stars – the company offers a trial period of at least 30 nights. There may be other less than ideal terms as part of the trial period that result in fees or inconveniences for the customer in the event they need to return the mattress.
A good warranty will be long enough to cover the expected life of the mattress and will cover all standard material and craftsmanship flaws for both the comfort layers, support layers, and cover. However, it also should have a fair and reasonable indentation level. Over time, most foams are going to indent to some degree. The best warranties will cover even minor sags and indents in the foam. Lastly, a good warranty will offer full replacement within the first several years and a reasonable prorate period for the latter half of the warranty.
- 5 stars – this is among the best warranties. It will be at least 10 years long, cover sags / indentations of 1″ of more, and cover full replacement for at least the first 5 years. If there is a prorated period for replacement value it must be considered reasonable and fair for both sleepers and the company. The warranty should be easy to understand.
- 4 stars – this is a very good warranty. It will be at least 10 years, cover sags / indentations of 1.5″ or more, and cover full replacement for the first 5 years. The prorated period must be considered reasonable and fair for both the company and sleepers. The warranty should be easy to understand.
- 3 stars – this is a pretty average warranty. It still should be at least 10 years long, cover sags / indentations greater than 2″, and offer full replacement within the first 3 years. The prorate period may not be quite as lucrative as a 4 or 5 star warranty. Additionally, other intentionally confusing verbiage in the warranty, excessive arbitration systems, or other less than helpful addendums are likely present in this type of a warranty.
All mattress reviews are scored using a 1-5 star rating system. This star scoring system is converted to a percentage. Lastly, these final score percentages are used to determine a standard A, B, C grading scale. The grading scale is as follows:
- A+ – 97-100 – the very best of the best
- A – 93-96 – exceptional
- A- 90-92 – great
- B+ – 87-89 – very good
- B – 83-86 – good
- B- – 80-82 – above average
- C+ – 77-79 – slightly above average
- C – 73-76 – average
- C- – 70-72 – mediocre
Any mattresses that do not score at least a 70% are will not be listed.
Page last updated October 13, 2016 by Derek Hales.