Update – see our updated mattress firmness guide here
9 Most Popular Online Mattresses
Below is a little more information about each specific mattress covered in the above infographic. If you’d like to see the full analysis and review, check out our complete list of mattress reviews.
Read full Leesa mattress review
Loom and Leaf – tiered firmness, available in a 5.5 out of 10 (Relaxed Firm) or 8.5 out of 10 (Firm) , quilted cover, built from memory foam
Read full Loom & Leaf mattress review
Saatva – tiered firmness, available in 3.5 out of 10 (Plush Soft), 6 out of 10 (Luxury Firm), or 8.5 out of 10 (Firm), quilted cover (Euro-style pillow topper), built from pocketed coil-on-coils + pillow topper
Read full Saatva mattress review
Helix – custom firmness, available in any firmness level from 3-9 (you personalize your firmness), thin cover, built from performance poly foam + microcoils
Read full Helix mattress review
Brooklyn Bedding – tiered firmness, available in 4 out of 10 (soft), 6 out of 10 (medium), or 8 (firm), quilted cover, built from a latex-like foam, TitanFlex foam.
Read full Brooklyn Bedding mattress review
Ghostbed – universal comfort feel, 6 out of 10 firmness, thin cover, built from latex + memory foam
Read full Ghostbed mattress review
Nest Bedding – tiered firmness, available in 3.5 out of 10 (soft), 6 out of 10 (medium), and 8.5 out of 10 (firm), quilted cover, built from memory foam (Alexander, all foam version)
Read full Nest Bedding mattress review
Casper – universal comfort feel, 6-7 out of 10, thin cover, built from latex + memory foam
Read full Casper mattress review
Tuft & Needle – universal comfort feel, 7 out of 10, thin cover, built from polyfoam
Read full Tuft & Needle mattress review
Universal Comfort Mattresses
These mattresses are designed to fit the needs of the vast majority of sleepers. They have a balanced comfort, feel, and consistent support for sleepers of varying body types, weights, and sizes. Additionally, in many cases the foam layers within these mattresses are designed to offer adaptive support and comfort. These types of mattresses are generally in the 5-7 out of 10 (where 10 is the most firm) firmness range.
Firmness Tiered Mattresses
These mattresses are offered in multiple firmness levels, usually a soft, medium, and firm. These are great for sleepers who don’t necessarily fall into the medium firmness range or for sleepers who want to get a very specific firmness level.
Mattresses with Thin Covers
The cover of the mattress can dramatically change how the mattress feels. A mattress with a thin cover allows sleepers to have more direct contact with the layers (usually foam). Having closer contact to the foams creates a more pronounced contour and hug for sleepers. It also means that the softness (or firmness) of the mattress comes directly from the foams layers, and not a cushioned plush cover.
Mattresses with Quilted Covers
Mattresses that have quilted covers offer a more traditional feel. This type of mattress cover is quilted with extra padding in the cover. The padding is usually super soft foam or other soft fill material. This extra cushion creates a more immediate softness that you’ll feel when you first lie down. Most traditional mattresses use quilted padded covers.
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole.