So you’re in the market for a new mattress, but have no idea where to start. Trust me, I get it—the seemingly infinite number of options is nothing short of dizzying! Not only are there choices to be found at brick-and-mortar establishments, but there are hundreds more swirling in the world of digital bed-in-a-box startups.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I can best use my expertise to help you find the mattress of your dreams, and I think I’ve come up with a solution. Below, I’m presenting my top picks in a wide range of categories. Not only that, but I’m going to describe why I selected the mattresses that I did, because I believe knowing what criteria I use to to make my choices will empower you with the knowledge you need to do even better research on your own!
Best Mattress Brands 2018
But enough talk, let’s answer that dogged question: What is the best mattress? As always, feel free to navigate to the sections that speak to you most using the table of contents below.
- Sleepopolis Staff Picks – Casper
- Pressure Relief – Purple
- Back Pain – Leesa
- Innerspring – WinkBeds
- Adjustable Firmness – Layla
- Hybrid – Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid
- Memory Foam – Amerisleep
- Latex – Zenhaven
- Budget – GhostBed
- Couples – Helix
- Side Sleepers – Tomorrow Sleep
- Cooling – Brooklyn Bedding Aurora
- + more categories below!
I’ve chosen to break down my selection of best mattresses to buy into these categories for the simple reason that the best mattress type for one kind of sleeper isn’t necessarily going to be the best for another. To learn more about how I made my picks, jump to the Best Mattress Criteria section of this guide.
BEST MATTRESSES DETAILED
SLEEPOPOLIS STAFF PICKS
These are some of the Sleepopolis team’s personal favorites below. Whether they’re beds some of we here at Sleepopolis sleep on, or ones we voted on as the very best of the best, these mattresses are true standouts in our book.
With beds to satisfy almost every need (from the budget-friendly Essential to the luxurious Wave), Casper mattresses really are worth all the hype.
While I think most people could benefit from a night’s rest on a Casper, I’d primarily recommend them for anyone who suffers from chronic back or side pain. This is for a few reasons, but mostly has to do with the fact that all the brand’s mattresses employ hybrid foam constructions, which combine different foams together for maximum pressure relief and support.
For more on the differences between the Casper beds, check out my comparison of the Essential, Casper and Wave.
The Amerisleep suite of mattresses is noteworthy for the sheer range of firmnesses present within it. As we discussed up top, the line includes five models, starting with the AS1 (super firm) and going all the way to the AS5 (pillowy soft).
The beds’ designs are pretty much the same, featuring a comfort section of memory foam, an affinity layer of responsive foam and a high-density base of poly foam. The number attached to each model corresponds to the amount of memory foam used in said bed, so the AS3 (the line’s medium firm option) has 3” of memory foam.
All in all, these beds are comfortable, pressure-relieving and provide ample support to the sleeper. Want to learn more? Check out my comparison of the AS2, AS3 and AS4 here.
NEST BEDDING ALEXANDER HYBRID
Built with copper-infused foam and an interior system of springy coils, the Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid aims to combine all the best aspects of your favorite mattresses for a truly stellar sleeping experience.
We like this bed because it epitomizes what a good hybrid should be in that it achieves a superb balance of pressure relief and support. This feel is going to do wonders for a wide variety of sleepers and is sure to keep you satisfied for years to come.
Sound like a winner? Check out my full thoughts on the Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid, here.
If you’re sleeping on a mattress you inherited from your Great Aunt Theresa or one that a former roommate left behind in your apartment, odds are you’ve surrendered yourself to the fact that it probably doesn’t satisfy your specific needs. But so what, it was free right?
Well, maybe. The area in which it probably lets you down the most is pressure relief, or its ability to soothe tension at problem areas such as the shoulders, hips and lower back. Of all the changes you’ll notice in a new bed purchase, the biggest is probably the difference that comes from going from this kind of mattress to one that provides ample comfort and relief. Hint: the latter is much, much better for you and your health.
You can find this pressure relief in a number of ways, but I’d say the easiest is to go with a mattress that features a durable base (of either pocketed coils or high-density poly foam) complimented by thick layers of contouring foam.
If you’re fairly certain that your sleeping issues stem from a lack of pressure relief, I’d suggest checking out the Purple mattress. The bed’s unique hyper-elastic polymer grid provides excellent comfort and relief to the lower back and shoulders as its walls collapse to fill in the spaces at these regions.
While this may not sound any different from the pressure relief you’d get from memory foam or latex, I’d argue that this grid stands a head above the rest because of how supportive it is—basically, you get to sink in without feeling stuck in the structure. This will spell good news for a wide variety of sleepers who want to feel as though they’re sleeping “on top” of their bed as opposed to “in” it.
For more, read my full Purple mattress review.
The Leesa is a standout in this category for me because of how good it is at providing uniform pressure relief across the body regardless of one’s sleeping position.
While most all-foam beds are pretty good at supplying relief to side and back sleepers, the Leesa is also able to satisfy stomach sleepers because of its top layer of Avena foam. This material is soft yet responds quickly to pressure, lifting the sleeper up and positioning them on top of the bed. This provides relief to the chest and hips, crucial problem areas for those who doze primarily on their stomachs.
Get all the specs in my full review of the Leesa.
If you’re after both pressure relief and temperature regulation, I’d recommend checking out the Ghostbed Luxe. Not only does this all-foam mattress provide targeted relief to sensitive areas, but it’s also outfitted with a lot of really innovative cooling tech.
On the pressure relief front, the use of memory foam and the brand’s proprietary Bounce Foam creates a stellar balance of sinkage and support. This means there’s both contouring to alleviate tension at the shoulders and lower back as well as plenty of lift to keep the spine in a healthy alignment.
Discover more at my full review, here.
BEST MATTRESSES FOR BACK PAIN
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a dull, throbbing pain at your lumbar region? Do you toss and turn in the night seeking out that magical position that might ease the discomfort along your spine? If so, you might just suffer from chronic back pain and could perhaps use a mattress upgrade to help with that back pain.
I should note that back pain can result from numerous lifestyle, genetic and physical factors, so I like to think of changing your mattress as just one of several steps that could be taken to address the issue. If you’re suffering from back pain, it’s best to consult with a medical professional to develop a plan that’ll address the underlying causes and symptoms. Remember, nothing on this page should be taken as medical advice.
That being said, a general rule of thumb is that you’ll want a supportive bed (note that firmness does NOT always equal support) with a soothing foam top layer to fill in the space at your lumbar area. You’ll also want something that keeps your shoulders in a nice alignment with your hips and is, of course, comfortable.
If your biggest woe comes from stress in your upper back, you’ll want to make sure that you snag a bed that provides as much pressure relief in the lumbar region as it does in the shoulders. The key here is a soft yet supportive foam top layer that’ll provide an even combo of support across the body. Enter the all-foam Leesa mattress.
I like this bed for back pain issues because of the order of its foam layers, with a section of buoyant avena foam overlaying one of memory foam. This placement may not seem like a big deal, but actually does a lot of good work to alleviate tension in the back. The sleeper gets to sink in for pressure relief, but is also buoyed on top of the structure, never having to sacrifice comfort for support.
For more on how the Leesa compares to leading brands, check out my full thoughts here.
For those athletic sleepers in the bunch who suffer back pain from long days spent in the gym or out on the field, the Bear mattress could be the perfect bed for you. Designed with performance in mind, the Bear is outfitted with graphite-infused memory foam for temperature regulation and comfort as well as a Celliant-blend cover, which some studies suggest can help with recovery.
The bed also sleeps firm, with my testers giving it an average firmness rating of 7, which you can compare to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness. This is a great level for most back sleepers as it translates to solid support across the body.
Read my full thoughts on the bear mattress.
A recent trend in mattress design is to include “zoned support” in the layers of the bed. What this means is that one or two sections within a mattress will be comprised of not just a single type of foam (say, memory foam) but a combination of materials of different firmnesses. Essentially, the goal is to target different parts of the body in different ways to achieve the ultimate in comfort.
In my opinion, one of the best examples of zoned support out there can be found in the Casper. The all-foam bed includes a transition layer built with two different types of poly foam: a softer one at the ends of the bed and a firmer one in the center. This placement provides pressure relief to the neck and feet while also bringing solid support to the lumbar region, a fantastic combination for anyone dealing with back pain.
Think you’d dig the Casper? Check out my full review here.
As far as mattresses are concerned, there’s perhaps nothing more classic than an old-fashioned innerspring. These lively beds reigned supreme long before the advent of all-foam models and though they’ve definitely waned in popularity over the years, they’re still a number of solid designs out there in the world.
But what makes a great innerspring bed? In my opinion, a quality innerspring has to sleep cool and have excellent bounce, as well as enough support to prevent you from ever feeling stuck in the structure.
Though innersprings are typically better for back and stomach sleepers, those who doze primarily on their sides can still find a lot to enjoy in one of these mattresses, as long as they incorporate a foam comfort layer for pressure relief.
One such bed that does this well is the WinkBeds mattress. Straightaway, the sleeper will encounter two inches of super soft gel memory foam, which provides immediate comfort and contouring to the shoulders and hips. Directly below this layer, you’ll find a coil-on-coil design, that evokes the buoyant support of traditional innersprings.
To learn more about the WinkBeds model, check out my WinkBeds review.
If you suffer from back pain, you’ll want a mattress that’s going to fill in the space at your lumbar region with some targeted pressure relief. There aren’t too many innersprings that can do this, but thankfully the Saatva’s got your back (see what I did there?).
Not only does the coil-on-coil design create a bouncy mattress that keeps the sleeper on top of the structure, but the bed also features a zoned lumbar area specifically designed to alleviate back pain. This greatly reduces the amount of pressure that’s going to form and creates amazing comfort.
Think you might like the Saatva? Check out my full review of the Saatva matttress.
BEST ADJUSTABLE FIRMNESS
As you’ve likely noticed, most of the info I’ve provided thus far is great for sleepers who know exactly what they want from their bed. But what about if you’re not so sure? Yes, you want pressure relief at your shoulders, but does that mean you have to sacrifice firmness? What about if your sleep habits change on a dime depending on what you do during the day?
If any of these thoughts ring true, you might want to invest in a bed with adjustable firmness. These models include layers that can be switched around or modified depending on your needs in the moment, oscillating between both firm and soft feels.
The Layla is an all-foam mattress unique in that it’s double-sided, so it can be oriented to feature a firm or soft feel depending on a sleeper’s preferences. I should note that while you might think this flippability would result in totally dramatic firmness differences, when my testers tried out the bed in both iterations, they gave the firmer side an average rating of 6.5/10 and the softer side a 5.5/10.
This duality makes the Layla a solid option for both single sleepers and couples, who can alter the feel of the mattress whenever they need to shake up things in the bedroom.
To learn more, check out my full review of the Layla.
As the name suggests, the Luxi 3-in-1 mattress is a pretty unique product in the sleeping sphere as it can be oriented to achieve the feels of three totally different beds.
What this basically means is that the mattress’ four layers can be flipped, switched and arranged to produce either a soft, medium firm or firm sleeping experience. This is great for sleepers who aren’t entirely sure about what kind of vibe they’re after or ones who simply like to change things up every once in a while.
Interested in Luxi’s flippable design? Learn more at my full review of this bed.
Another customizable option is this eco-friendly mattress from Naturepedic. This hybrid bed is built with an organic cotton cover, a thick layer of all-natural latex and a section of individually wrapped coils for pressure relief and support.
An added bonus of this bed is that it’s adjustable and comes in a few different firmness options, including: Firm, Cushion Firm, Plush and Ultra Plush. The layers you need to create these different feels will arrive in four separate boxes, which you’ll then assemble to your satisfaction. Plus, if you sleep with a partner and are ideally looking for a bed with different firmness levels, Naturepedic is more than happy to create a personalized split design for you and your bed mate.
Sound dreamy? Check out my full review here.
While some sleepers have specific feels they want from their mattresses (e.g. luxurious foam, springy coils), an even larger majority of us prefer a combo platter of sorts when it comes to our beds. We like memory foam, but don’t need five inches of the stuff to feel comfortable. We want sinkage, but not too much, a dollop of contouring, but only if it’s counteracted by the bouncy support of pocketed coils.
If any of this sounds familiar, you might be in the market for a hybrid mattress. These beds ditch the “all-X” constructions of other models in favor of ones that combine materials for a sleeping experience that truly does it all.
NEST BEDDING ALEXANDER HYBRID
With their ultra-supportive pocketed coil systems, many hybrids are great for sleepers who suffer from chronic pain. However, I’d say that my favorite in the bunch would have to be the Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid, which combines this support with a super soft foam-quilted cover for pressure relief.
This means that as soon as you lie on the bed, you’re going to experience immediate comfort as you sink through the cover and into the gel-infused memory foam directly below it. The materials are designed to fill in the space at your lumbar region and alleviate the formation of pressure points across your body.
Sound like the solution you’ve been waiting for? Read more on Nest Bedding.
If you’re an athlete, you’re going to want to find a bed tailored to your specific needs, and this goes for any hybrid you might pick out. And in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with the Bear Hybrid.
The combination of foam and coil layers in this puppy are designed to aid in recovery and pressure relief, resulting in a bed that’s got a luxuriously comfortable feel. Plus, the cover is knit with celliant, a material that some studies suggest can soothe muscles after a long day of working out.
Get the full scoop by reading my full review of the Bear Hybrid.
BROOKLYN BEDDING SIGNATURE
And last but certainly not least, no hybrid category would be complete without a nod to the Brooklyn Bedding Signature. This hybrid mattress is a revamped version of the brand’s flagship mattress and combines lush foam with pocketed coils for an impressive sleeping experience.
Here, the relief component comes from four inches of the brand’s proprietary TitanFlex foam, a soft material that also responds quickly to pressure. This bounce is doubled once you add in the bed’s pocketed coil system, which imbues the mattress with some excellent lift. The resulting structure allows you to sink in for lovely comfort while also keeping you positioned “on top” of the mattress, a win-win in my book.
If the Brooklyn Bedding Signature sounds right for you, check out my full review here.
BEST MEMORY FOAM
What would a best mattress guide be without a section devoted to memory foam? Nearly every bed-in-a-box retailer uses the material in some fashion, either quilted into a cover or as the main comfort layer of one of its mattresses.
As a bed material, memory foam is best known for its deep contouring and sinkage. At their best, these properties can provide the sleeper with tremendous pressure relief and comfort. However, the foam can also overheat and produce too intense of a “hug” that’ll leave you feeling stuck in the mattress. The key, then, is balance and finding a bed that knows how to do memory foam right.
If you’re interested in buying a memory foam mattress primarily for its pressure-relieving benefits, you might want to consider snagging one of the great beds from the Amerisleep suite of mattresses. The line boasts five distinct models, which range from AS1 (super firm) all the way to AS5 (pillowy soft).
While the firmness range here is quite extreme, what unifies these mattresses is their excellent use of memory foam. As employed in the Amerisleep line, the memory foam works in tandem with the other materials to soothe restlessness, provide fantastic comfort and dissipate motion disturbance across the structure.
Check out my breakdown of all the Amerisleep models, here.
LOOM AND LEAF
Another great memory foam option is the Loom & Leaf, which would be my top pick for couples. It features a super soft foam-quilted cover, a gel-infused comfort layer and a section of memory foam for compression support.
This combo of lush materials allows the bed to truly embody all the best aspects of the classic material, namely its deep body contouring and sinkage. If you and your partner are both fans of memory foam—or could simply benefit from the awesome pressure relief it’ll provide—you can’t go wrong with this mattress.
Check out my full review of the Loom & Leaf to see if it could be the bed of your dreams.
For the ultimate in memory foam construction, look no further than the Novosbed. This baby is built with four inches of the stuff up top, which means you’ll experience some pretty dramatic sinkage as soon as you lie on the bed.
Once you’ve made your way through the two layers of memory foam, you’ll hit a thick section of poly foam, which helps to support and stabilize the structure. This durable layer curbs the deep contouring of the memory foam sections, resulting in a surprisingly firm bed, which received an average firmness rating of 6.75 from my testers.
Sound interesting? Check out my full thoughts, here.
If memory foam’s not really your thing, perhaps you’ll be more in the market for a mattress built with latex. Unlike memory foam, this material is known for its bounce, cooling and responsiveness, creating beds that are both comfortable and buoyant.
For my money, the best latex mattresses use the foam to endow the structure with lift and breathability, either as a fun accent between softer layers or as a main star in its own right. Another great benefit of latex is that it’s relatively easy to produce organically, which makes it a fantastic pick for environmentally conscious sleepers.
If you need something with a lot of bounce, consider going for a firmer latex mattress like the Zenhaven. This puppy is entirely built of all-natural Talalay latex, making for a dense bed that’s both buoyant and pressure-relieving.
While you’re likely to sink in slightly through the top comfort layer, the latex does a fantastic job of lifting the sleeper up and out of the structure, helping to keep the spine in a great alignment. Not to mention that this bed is reversible, featuring both a plush orientation (avg. firmness rating of 5.4/10) and a gentle firm one (avg. firmness rating of 6.75/10), meaning you can always change things up to meet your needs.
Like what you hear? Read more about the Zenhaven, here.
For those eco-friendly dreamers eager to get their hands on an amazing latex mattress, the Cedar from Brentwood Home could be the ideal bed.
The mattress is built with a typical hybrid design of foam comfort layers and a tall section of individually wrapped coils, but what sets it apart are the green materials used throughout. An organic wool cover gives way to a series of all-natural latex layers, which make up the comfort section of the bed. And below the pocketed coils, you’ll find a coconut husk base, which provides the structure with some stability.
To find out more about these environmentally conscious materials, check out my full thoughts on the Cedar.
NEST BEDDING HYBRID LATEX
And lastly, the Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex, which is my top pick for anyone looking for a latex hybrid.
This mattress is built with layers of organic cotton, all-natural Talalay latex foam and pocketed coils, stacking up to an impressive 13” of comfort. The combination of materials creates a pleasant medium firm vibe (my testers gave it an average firmness rating of 6.4/10) that provides plenty of pressure relief without that stuck-in-the-bed feeling. And as with other latex mattresses, this Nest bed sleeps super cool.
Is this the mattress for you? Check out my full review to learn more.
Whether their materials warrant the expense or not, the unfortunate truth is that most beds are really expensive. While you should always think of a mattress purchase as an investment into your overall well-being, this doesn’t mean you need to shell out thousands of dollars to secure a good night’s rest.
In fact, there are a lot of marvelous beds out there that aren’t just insanely comfortable, but also affordable enough to leave both you and your wallet grinning from ear-to-ear. Read on for some best value mattress picks.
My favorite mattress for the money is GhostBed, which combines latex, gel-infused memory foam and durable poly foam together for a sleeping experience that’s cool, supportive and incredibly pressure-relieving.
Not only that, but the bed has great motion transfer and edge support, making for a well-rounded mattress that’s as good for a single sleeper as it is for a pair of bed mates with different sleep preferences. With all these great qualities, this bed must be super expensive… right? Wrong! A GhostBed Queen only costs $795, which is quite the steal in the digital mattress world.
Ready to get a GhostBed of your own? Read my full review, here.
TUFT AND NEEDLE
Tuft & Needle has long been a favorite among bed-in-a-box enthusiasts, as much for its no-fuss foam construction as for its astoundingly low price point.
When compared to other mattresses on the market, its Queen size cost of just $575 is super affordable and accessible to sleepers of all different budgets. And when you add in its excellent motion transfer, deep pressure relief and buoyant, medium firm feel, this is a bed that’s truly hard to pass up.
Eager to learn more? Check out my full review of the Tuft and Needle.
If you’re looking to snag a great deal on a more luxurious mattress, look no further than the Spindle. This bed is crafted with all-natural materials, including wool batting, organic cotton and three layers of Dunlop latex.
What’s unique about the Spindle is that it’s fully adjustable. After filling out a quick questionnaire (detailing your weight, age and sleep preferences), Spindle will send you a customized parcel of latex layers, which you’ll then assemble at home to their specifications. The result is a bouncy and cool mattress tailor-made to your comfort at a price that can’t be beat.
Check out my full review of the Spindle, here.
BEST MATTRESSES FOR COUPLES
When thinking about what makes a bed great for couples, I consider a few different factors. Namely, I’m interested in figuring out how much of the surface area of the mattress you’ll be able to use and whether or not you’re going to be disturbed by your partner’s movements in the middle of the night.
In layman’s terms, that means I’m going to be drawn to beds that feature great motion transfer and quality edge support. I’ll also be on the lookout for mattresses that exhibit feels that cater to sleepers with different preferences, since even the most harmonious partners can snooze in distinct ways.
Helix Sleep is a unique brand in the bed-in-a-box world as it offers users a fully customizable sleeping experience. Before purchasing the mattress, customers fill out a quick three minute quiz, which let’s the folks over at Helix know how they should order the foam and pocketed coil layers within the bed, creating a firmness level unique to said customer.
This feature is especially great for couples, as the layers can be arranged in a “split firmness,” which allows one side of the bed to be softer or firmer than the other.
Read my full review of the Helix mattress, here.
Whether you’re just moving in with a new partner or struggling to make ends meet after a splashy wedding, value can sometimes be the most important factor for couples to consider when making a big mattress purchase. So before you get intimidated by some of the flashier price tags in this roundup, rest easy: I got you!
Say hello to the Nectar mattress. Built with a thick layer of memory foam, this mattress gives off a luxurious vibe for a fraction of the cost of similar mattresses on the market—at $795 for a Queen, it’s practically a steal! This combined with the bed’s exceedingly good motion transfer results make it a wonderful option for couples on a budget.
To learn more, check out my full review of the Nectar.
As I mentioned up top, edge support is going to be one of the most important things for couples to consider as it’ll let them know whether or not they’ll be able to use the entire surface of the bed. While there are a lot of mattresses that offer great edge support, I’d say my favorite would have to be the Sapira.
This hybrid mattress is produced by Leesa and employs a combination of Aveena and memory foams for pressure relief as well as a pocketed coil system for support. The interplay of these different materials produces a solid sense of security that’s as strong at the center as it is at the sides, ensuring that you’ll never feel like you’re going to roll out of bed in the middle of the night.
Sound good? Check out my full review of the Sapira, here.
BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS
When buying a new mattress, side sleepers want to be extra careful about the kind of bed they buy. Too firm, and pressure points are likely to form at the shoulders and hips. Too soft, and the sinkage could throw the spine out of alignment.
Personally, I find the best mattress type for side sleepers is one that has gentle top layers for cushiony support as well as a solid base to keep these plush materials stabilized. The trick is to find a mattress that pushes back as much as you push in so you never feel totally engulfed by the structure.
When side sleepers hear about the inclusion of pocketed coils in a bed, their first thought might be something along the lines of This bed is going to be way too firm for me! Sometimes this is true, other times it’s not. Take the Tomorrow Sleep for example, which is designed with coils, yes, but also a ton of pressure-relieving foam.
The bed comes in two firmness options (soft & firm), both of which contain memory foam and poly foam edge support. I’d suggest that side sleepers check out the soft model as it includes three inches of memory foam up top for some pleasant contouring and relief.
For more, check out my full review of the Tomorrow Sleep.
Billed as Casper’s “most advanced” mattress, the Wave is a fantastic option for side sleepers as its five-foam-layer construction is designed specifically with pressure relief in mind.
This construction includes an interesting mix of bouncy latex, plush memory foam and durable poly foam, which produces both deep body contouring and a pleasant lift. So, while your shoulders and hips are likely to experience a lot of cushiony support, this sinkage isn’t likely to leave you feeling trapped in the materials.
Dreamy, right? To learn more, check out my full review of the Casper Wave.
You’ll notice the Helix mattress popping up a lot in this guide, and for good reason—the bed can truly be tailored to satisfy any sleeperly need. All you have to do is log onto the website, answer a few quick questions and the experts over at Helix will craft a personalized mattress all for you.
As far as side sleepers are concerned, this means you can tailor the bed’s interior to bring much needed relief to your shoulders and hips. Regardless of the orientation you choose, the brand’s proprietary Dynamic Foam is engineered to ease your pain while a thin layer of microcoils keeps you lifted on top of the bed.
Read my full Helix review, here.
BEST AT SLEEPING COOL
For some of you out there, comfort is going to be less about pressure relief and support and more about temperature regulation. If you’re a sleeper who runs hot, for example, your main focus is likely going to be on figuring out how to sleep as cool as possible.
As you begin your search, stay on the lookout for beds with individually wrapped coils, as the spaces between the packets encourage airflow throughout the structure. Latex is also great for cooling, as the material is excellent at absorbing and dispersing heat. Memory foam is traditionally not the best at keeping things cool, but oftentimes the material will be infused with gel to combat this attribute.
BROOKLYN BEDDING AURORA
The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is another fantastic mattress for those who need to sleep cool. Boasting a hybrid design, the bed is built with a super tall pocketed coil support system (8” of individually wrapped coils), which produces dynamic breathability.
The mattress also has a phase change cover, which is actually cool to the touch and helps to absorb the sleeper’s body heat. In addition to these great features, the Aurora also has amazing edge support and motion transfer, which would make it an awesome option for couples looking to keep things cool in the bedroom.
Think this might be the mattress of your dreams? Learn more, here.
While there are a lot of things for sleepers to love about a Purple (both its pressure-relieving support and excellent motion transfer results come to mind), the characteristic that might be most appealing is that it’s technically “temperature neutral.”
So… what exactly does this term mean? Great question! Basically, it means that the bed’s hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer (yes, that purple grid) is particularly good at dispersing heat because of its open structure. This creates a pleasant equilibrium throughout the mattress and ensures that one’s internal body temperature won’t be a preventative factor in getting a good night’s sleep.
Did that pique your interest? Check out my Purple review, here.
Marketed as the “coolest bed in the world,” the Ghostbed Luxe was crafted for people who sleep hot.
The mattress combats overheating with a phase change cover, which regulates body temperature, as well as a thick comfort layer of gel memory foam. As we discussed in the intro, gel infusions help to counteract the overheating properties of the material, allowing sleepers to enjoy all of the foam’s great benefits (sinkage, body contouring, pressure relief) without getting too hot.
Could the Ghostbed Luxe be right for you? Visit my full review to find out!
Additional Best Mattress Categories
We have plenty of best mattress picks across Sleepopolis, below are a few other popular categories, including best mattress for heavy sleepers (250lbs+), best for combo sleepers, and best for stomach sleepers. Plus, make sure to cruise around the Sleepopolis site for plenty more picks based on your preferences, positions, and body type!
BEST FOR HEAVIER SLEEPERS
When looking for a new bed, it can feel like there are a lot of complicating factors to consider: material make-up, design and cost to name just a few. While these are all important things to think about, one factor that should never make your mattress search more difficult is your weight.
If you’re a heavier sleeper, this might seem easier said than done, but there are actually a lot of fantastic beds out there built for sleepers of all different sizes, weights and body types. These mattresses take everything that works well in other models (satisfying pressure relief, great support, cozy materials) and amps them up for an even more optimal sleeping experience.
My favorite bed for heavier sleepers is hands down the Big Fig as it was specifically designed for individuals who weigh over 300 lbs.
A hybrid construction combines a top section of durable poly foams with bouncy pocketed coils for a firm and supportive feel. This blend of materials is finessed to keep sleepers lying “on top” of the bed as opposed to “in” it, which will be important for those of you who tend to sink straight through softer layers. Plus, every Big Fig comes with a specialized foundation, which adds even more durability and shape to the overall structure.
If the Big Fig sounds like it could be a good fit for you, make sure to check out my full thoughts.
For heavier couples, there is no better bed on the market than the WinkBeds Plus. This mattress is also outfitted with a hybrid design, which brings together bouncy latex with individually wrapped coils for a sleep that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive.
I should add that the pocketed coil system is zoned, providing the mattress with even more specialized support. This means you’ll able to use the entire surface area of the bed and aren’t likely to feel stuck in the structure, which can sometimes be a problem for heavier sleepers lounging on beds not designed for their needs.
Take a deeper dive into the specs by checking out my full review.
NEST BEDDING ALEXANDER SIGNATURE
Contrary to popular belief, memory foam is not the enemy of heavier sleepers. While some say the material’s classic contouring and sinkage properties don’t provide enough support to sleepers of different sizes, I’d argue that when combined with the right materials, memory foam can bring a lot to the party!
A fantastic example of how this works is in the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature. The sleeper immediately meets a thick slab of 4” memory foam, which yields incredible body contouring. However, after sinking through this layer, they’ll encounter a series of firmer foams, which help establish a healthy spine alignment and plenty of solid support.
Are you a memory foam fan? Check out my full review of the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature.
BEST FOR COMBO SLEEPERS
Having trouble deciding if you’re a stomach, back or side sleeper? Do you tend to fall asleep in one position and wake up in a totally different one? Perhaps you’re what I like to refer to as a combo sleeper, or someone who dozes in multiple positions.
What this means for your mattress search is that you’re basically going to be looking for a bed with an all-encompassing feel, and preferably one that strikes a satisfying balance between all its different materials. So if it’s a hybrid, for example, you’ll want to make sure that the pressure relief of the foam doesn’t cut into the support of the pocketed coils and vice versa.
Below, check out some of the beds that I think strike this balance particularly well.
For those who spend time slumbering in multiple positions, there really is no better pick than the flagship Leesa mattress. The balanced foam feel combines pressure relief and support for a sleep that’s sure to satisfy a wide range of sleepers.
I should note that the bed is on the firmer side—my testers gave it an average firmness rating of 7/10—and does a great job of lifting the hips up and out of the structure. Plus, the mattress’ top layer of avena foam imbues the bed with an additional oomph of supportive bounce to combat that stuck-in-the-bed feeling.
Learn more about the Leesa and Sapira.
Speaking of supportive bounce, one of the bounciest beds I’ve tried so far in 2018 is the New Purple. This hybrid revamp on the brand’s flagship model comes in three different firmness levels, all of which are designed to satisfy a wide range of sleepers.
In addition to the buoyant lift from the layer of pocketed coils, the mattress also features a ton of pressure relief thanks to its hyper-elastic polymer comfort grid. This section is great at evenly distributing weight across the bed, allowing it to specifically respond to different amounts of pressure from each part of the body. This means that no matter how you sleep, you’re bound to find some pretty incredible comfort.
Are you sold? Check out more info at my full review of the New Purple.
Designed with a combo of memory foam and high-density poly foam, the Nectar is a super comfortable mattress that provides awesome pressure relief in multiple positions.
While the nearly four inches of memory foam up top might make stomach and back sleepers run for the hills, the bed actually has a nice medium firmness to it, which means you’ll get a solid mix of sinkage and support. This feel will satisfy a lot of different sleepers, from those who need cushioning at the shoulders all the way to those in need of targeted relief at the lumbar region.
Think the Nectar might be for you? Read my full review, here.
BEST MATTRESSES FOR STOMACH SLEEPERS
If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll want to find a firm mattress that’ll position your shoulders and hips in an even line. Sound easy enough? Unfortunately, not always. A lot of beds that bill themselves as being firm sacrifice good support in the name of said firmness, resulting in mattresses that don’t do much of anything at all.
So the question remains: are there beds out there that can keep a stomach sleeper’s body flat enough for healthy spinal alignment while also being *gulp* comfortable? The answer is a resounding YES!
For some examples, check out my favorite mattresses for stomach sleepers below.
As we discussed in the previous sections, the Helix is a unique brand in the bed-in-a-box world because it specializes in crafting personalized mattresses for each customer. After you fill out a quick survey (in which you discuss your sleeping preferences, support needs and any pain you’re currently experiencing), Helix manufactures the perfect bed for you.
This is great news for stomach sleepers, who can sometimes struggle to find the perfect balance between firmness and support. All you have to do is answer the quiz questions as honestly as you can and let Helix do the rest! And if you sleep with a partner who may not benefit from the specialized design you receive, the company can create beds with split constructions.
Sound too good to be true? Learn more by reading my full review.
Featuring a coil-on-coil construction, the WinkBeds hybrid makes a wonderful mattress option for stomach sleepers. The combination of both micocoils and a pocketed coils creates an ultra-supportive sleeping experience that keeps the sleeper positioned on top of the bed.
An added bonus is that the mattress also includes a plush pillowtop for pressure relief and comes in three different firmness options, so you’ll definitely be able to find a model that matches your specific sleep needs.
Check out my full thoughts on the WinkBeds mattress, here.
For those stomach sleepers in search of an all-foam mattress, you can’t really go wrong with the Zenhaven, which derives a bounty of buoyant support from its all-latex construction.
While you’ll likely experience a bit of sinkage when you first lie down on the bed, you’ll find that the layers work together to buoy you on top of the mattress. This is great for stomach sleepers, who need to keep their shoulders and hips from sinking too far into the structure, which can throw their spinal alignment way out of whack. I should note that the Zenhaven comes in two firmness options: Plush or Firm.
Think the Zenhaven might be the bed for you? Check out my comparison of the Saatva, Loom & Leaf, and Zenhaven.
Choosing the best mattress brands for 2018 wasn’t an easy task. There are hundreds of companies in the world, and I personally tested out and reviewed dozens of different models in my quest to answer the seemingly innocuous question: What is the best mattress?
And even though I’ve landed on what I think are some really fabulous picks, I want to acknowledge that this list is always evolving and that my opinions are likely to change as newer beds emerge on the market.
That being said, all mattresses included on this list had to meet the following criteria:
My selections for the best mattresses to buy in 2018 all had to be available in 2017 for at least six months prior to this review, with a slight edge given to those models on the market for a year or longer.
Why is this important? For one thing, the longer a company’s been in business the more confidence I have in its ability to deliver on warranty promises, return rates and product availability. Secondly, it tells me that people are responding to its goods, which means the materials are durable and the designs are well-executed. And finally, it suggests that the company is going to be around for the long haul, making it a solid investment choice.
In my opinion, overall customer experience is just as important as an exceptional product. If a brand has an amazing bed but negligent customer service representatives or confusing policies, I can’t in good faith include it on this list.
So how do I ensure that a company has top-notch customer service? I’m constantly scouring the web for third party reviews, looking closely to see if users have been neglected or received lackluster service from a particular retailer. I also keep my eyes on social media for any brand red flags, which I then investigate on my own.
Additionally, I rely on all of you! If I notice that our great Sleepopolis readers are responding in a particularly good or bad way to a company, I’ll adjust my rankings accordingly, always giving precedence to brands that have a killer track record of positive customer service reviews.
As more and more bed-in-a-box companies surface in the digital ether, value has become an increasingly important factor for me to consider when selecting the best mattresses of any given year.
And when I refer to value, I’m not just talking about a low price point. A great value is achieved when the selling price is well below the average market cost for what you’d ordinarily need to pay for a mattress of that quality and performance. In this way, mattresses at all points on the pricing scale can be considered an exceptional value.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about company integrity. While different folks will think about integrity in different ways, for me it comes down to a few crucial questions:
- How does a company treat its customers, both those that are happy and those with complaints?
- How transparent is a brand about the kinds of materials it uses and from where it sources those materials?
- Has the company received any accolades voted on by users?
- What, if any, outreach did the company do in 2017? In 2018?
- What are some of the brand’s key values? How does it enact those values in its day-to-day operations?
It doesn’t take long to figure out the answers to these questions, and once I do, I use them to inform my rankings as much as comfort or price. In my experience, the best mattress brands are those that not only want to be the best, but truly want to do right by the sleepers who rest on their beds night after night.
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