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Mattress Reviews

So, you want a new mattress, but have no idea where to start. I get it — it can be really confusing! Afterall, it’s not just about *buying* a bed, but about figuring out how you sleep and honing in on the model that’s going to best support your needs.

On this page, I’ve assembled some resources to help, including: a special quiz to determine your sleeper profile (complete with product recs), tips for finding the perfect mattress, an overview of the top online brands, deals, and unbiased mattress reviews, and a guide to all the different sleeping positions and the beds that suit them best.

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Do you know what type of sleeper you are but not what type of mattress will help you get the best sleep? Take our mattress selector quiz to narrow down your search before reading our mattress reviews and making your purchase!

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How to Find Your Mattress

There are a number of things to think of when picking a new mattress. First, what position do you normally sleep in? The needs of back sleepers differ from those of side sleepers and belly sleepers and that can mean differences in the right mattress for you. You may also prefer the feel of different materials such as memory foam or natural materials such as latex. Also, you may sleep hot or cold, share your bed with a partner or have more specific needs. 

That might seem like a lot but that is where unbiased mattress review sites like Sleepopolis come in!

Top Brands

Maybe you’ve seen Casper ads on reddit or watched YouTube commercials from popular brands like Purple, Saatva, and Nectar. While reputation may proceed some of the more successful mattress companies in the game, we never let brands rest on their laurels alone.

See how some of your favorites fared on our rigorous, unbiased mattress reviews!

Top Mattress Deals

Buying a new bed can be expensive enough, be sure to take advantage of our exclusive Sleepopolis discounts or seasonal sales so you never have to pay full price on a comfortable new mattress!

Sleeping Position

One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new mattress is the position in which you primarily sleep. Though a truly fantastic bed should satisfy a wide range of sleepers, most mattresses in 2019 are designed to work best for certain positions.

Side Sleepers

If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’ll likely want a softer bed that will provide pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. Keep an eye out for memory foam, a material known for its body-contouring properties. 

Firmer mattresses are probably not going to be the best fit for you as the lack of sinkage could cause pressure points to form as your body digs into the structure.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers will want a medium-firm to firm mattress that has a little lift to keep the spine in a neutral alignment and little give to provide relief at the lumbar region. Hybrid beds with a top layer of gentle foam (memory foam or latex!) often work wonders for supine sleepers. 

In general, spinal alignment is going to be key across positions, not just to those who sleep primarily on their backs.

Back Sleepers​

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach Sleepers​

For those of you who stick with prone, firmness is the name of the game. Why? Because you need a bed that’ll position your hips on top of the structure so they’re in line with your shoulders. That way, your spine is in a healthy, neutral alignment. 

Anything with a thin section of foam overtop a supportive core of either pocketed coils or high-density poly foam is likely going to be great for you!

Mattress Type

Another way to categorize beds is by their constructions. This can be a useful strategy for those of you who already know what kinds of materials you like, be it pressure-relieving memory foam, cooling latex, firm poly foam, bouncy innerspring, or some hybrid combination of the aforementioned. And then there are also mattresses composed entirely of organic materials, perfect for those eco-friendly sleepers in the bunch.

Budget

Mattresses are expensive, full stop. While an initial search online may leave you wondering how you’ll ever be able to afford a high-quality bed, I’m here to tell you one thing: it can be done. There are a lot of mattress companies out there, and many of them make good value a top priority.

Follow the links below to see how you can make a fantastic mattress investment without breaking the bank.

Sleeping Preferences

So maybe you’re not one of those people who’s set on one particular position. That’s totally okay! But in all likelihood, you probably do have a preference for certain types of feels. Maybe you like the cushiony hug you get from a body contouring memory foam or relish in the bounce of a springy hybrid.

Regardless, there’s a lot of narrowing down that can be done by simply following what feels good to you.

Our Mattress Review and Rating Process

We want to be as honest and transparent with you as possible, so we thought it might be helpful to provide you with some insight into our mattress review process. While we definitely do our fair share of lounging around on these beds, a mattress review entails a lot more than simply stretching out on a new model.

Over the course of testing hundreds of different mattresses, we’ve developed a system that allows us to understand a bed from the inside out so that you, by proxy, can too. Below are some of the things we look for.

Materials

First and foremost, we’re concerned with the materials used. A good mattress will have a thick enough comfort layer to remain comfortable for sleepers of most sizes. In our opinion, great design and great material selection go hand-in-hand.

Materials 101

  • Most common types: Memory foam, Latex Foam, Innerspring, and Poly Foam.
  • Feels: Range from contouring pressure relief (memory foam) to cooling bounce (latex foam), buoyant lift (innersproing), and firm support (poly foam).
  • Will affect: Sinkage, firmness, and pressure relief.
Materials 101​

Comfort

Speaking of comfort, we want to make sure a bed feels pleasant from the moment you lie on it, so we need to know: Does it relieve pressure? Does it reduce pain? Will a sleeper feel stuck in the layers?

We use a number of different tools to answer these questions, my favorite of which measures the pressure exerted by a sleeper while lying on a mattress.

Comfort Tips​

Comfort Tips

  • Pay attention to how a mattress feels at your Shoulder and Hips, two of the most sensitive parts of the body.
  • Sleep with a partner? Consider a best with “Split firmness,” which features two different feels side-by-side.

Support

Wanting a bed to be comfortable doesn’t mean we don’t also want it to have fantastic support. It’s important to not confuse support with firmness as a mattress can be incredibly soft and still be super supportive. After all, support really just means that a bed is keeping a sleeper’s spine in alignment while in a normal sleeping position as demonstrated in the photo below.

Support Pointers

  • Most common types: Memory foam, Latex Foam, Innerspring, and Poly Foam.
  • Feels: Range from contouring pressure relief (memory foam) to cooling bounce (latex foam), buoyant lift (innersproing), and firm support (poly foam).
  • Will affect: Sinkage, firmness, and pressure relief.
Support Pointers​

Cooling

We also want to know how cool the bed sleeps. Though many companies tout their mattresses as “sleeping cool,” what they really mean is that they don’t get hotter than room temperature. That’s why we inspect for gel infusions in heat-absorbing memory foam (pictured below), phase change fibers in covers, and the inclusion of naturally cooling materials such as latex foam or innerspring.

Cooling Insights​​

Cooling Insights​

  • Most common types: Memory foam, Latex Foam, Innerspring, and Poly Foam.
  • Feels: Range from contouring pressure relief (memory foam) to cooling bounce (latex foam), buoyant lift (innersproing), and firm support (poly foam).
  • Will affect: Sinkage, firmness, and pressure relief.

Brands

These nitty gritty design details aside, we’re also committed to learning as much as we can about each company we include on our site. What kinds of trial periods do they offer? Are their warranties legit or merely smoke and mirrors? Do they give back to charitable causes? How easy is it to return a mattress you no longer want? Getting to the truth behind the claims enables us to put the power back in your hands.

Brand Facts

  • Most common types: Memory foam, Latex Foam, Innerspring, and Poly Foam.
  • Feels: Range from contouring pressure relief (memory foam) to cooling bounce (latex foam), buoyant lift (innersproing), and firm support (poly foam).
  • Will affect: Sinkage, firmness, and pressure relief.
Brands

After all, your mattress shopping experience should (and must) be all about you.

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