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The 13 Best Mattresses for a Better Sleep

Photo credit: Staff, Courtesy of Casper
Photo credit: Staff, Courtesy of Casper

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You’ve seen the stats or know them intuitively: You spend close to a third of your life in bed. And the quality of your mattress directly affects your sleep. How well you rest plays an important role in your mental and physical health, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; conversely, sleep deficiency can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes, not to mention how well you feel and function throughout the day.

You need a comfortable, supportive mattress that helps you fall asleep easily and aids your body and brain as it recovers and recharges throughout the night. Finding the perfect model for you has in some ways become easier, thanks to the huge number of brands that sell online.

Best Mattresses

How to Buy a Mattress Online

For this review, we tested mattresses you can primarily buy online—though some options from companies like Tempur-Pedic are available in stores at mattress retailers. Many of the direct-to-consumer brands are best known for their memory-foam mattresses, which often get delivered to your door compressed in a box about the size of a dishwasher. That makes them incredibly easy to order, have shipped, and even carry up stairs and around tight corners into the bedroom.

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Photo credit: Amy Wolff
Photo credit: Amy Wolff

Even brands that sell through stores offer online ordering and often use freight services to deliver their products. These are typically higher-priced mattresses and some of the brands, like Tempur-Pedic and Saatva, will carry away your old mattress (free or for a charge). When comparing mattress prices, check to see if there’s a delivery or disposal fee.

Many brands can have mattresses at your door in a few days or less. Some like Saatva and Avocado manufacture your mattress only after you order it; delivery of those can take two to three weeks. That’s something to consider if you need your new bed in a hurry.

Types of Mattresses

You have basically three choices when it comes to your next mattress: foam, innerspring, or a hybrid.

Foam: Usually made with multiple layers of forgiving foam, these mattresses promise high-levels of even support. They might feel harder than other types, and the dense foam can limit air circulation, making them feel hotter. Many of the latest options, however, incorporate tech to aid cooling.

Innerspring: This classic style uses metal springs to support your weight. The metal coils typically are wrapped with some foam and often a softer cushioning on top. These mattresses can feel very plush and offer good air movement so they don’t retain heat like some foam mattresses. But they can feel bouncy and might not distribute pressure as well as foam.

Hybrid: Just like it sounds, these models, which are gaining some popularity, combine springs with a larger slab of foam on top, offering the support of a foam, with the cushioning and cooling of a traditional spring mattress.

No matter which type you go with, you’ll likely be able to choose your firmness level. Which is right for you depends on personal preference and how you sleep. Most experts we spoke with agree that side and back sleepers should go with a firmer mattress. Stomach sleepers are usually better off with a softer option.

Photo credit: Amy Wolff
Photo credit: Amy Wolff

How We Tested

We began by consulting mattress experts to identify the best options available right now. We considered the technology, current trends, consumer reviews, and our past experience testing similar mattresses. We looked closely at how easy it is to order from each brand, the delivery process (and times), as well as their return policy and warranty. Then we tested eleven of the top options, sleeping on them from 60 to 90 days (one that arrived late had a shorter test period). We evaluated the condition in which they arrived, set up, whether there were any smells, and whether there was a break-in period. We scored them on their construction, support, comfort, and value. We’re confident one of the mattresses here will meet your needs.


Tempur-Pedic LuxeBreeze Queen

Construction Type: Foam | Weight: 110 lb | Trial Period: 90 days | Warranty: 10 years

With incredible cooling tech and support, the latest Tempur-Pedic feels almost icy to the touch, purportedly 8 degrees cooler than the brand’s other foam options. The ventilated foam feels firm at first but compresses to provide support that lends you the sensation of weightlessness—not surprising, given that the Tempur material was first developed by the anti-gravity geniuses at NASA. The LuxeBreeze impressed with its incredible support and high-quality construction. Tempur-Pedic also makes it exceptionally easy to order, and the delivery service was excellent. You pay a premium for this, but the gains are real. Our tester reported falling asleep faster and having more restful slumbers throughout the test.


Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 100 lb | Trial Period: 120 days | Warranty: 10 years

Bloom is a newer mattress line from Brooklyn Bedding. The Essential hybrid has a foundation of coils and layers of foam cushioning on top, including an upper slab of latex rubber that adds some buoyancy and breathes better than standard foam. Unlike a lot of hybrid mattresses, this one comes in a smallish box, making it relatively easy to bring into your room. Plus, the handles on the side make it easy to move and rotate. It’s also a decent value compared to similar hybrid options, especially if you consider the quality materials used. The wool and organic cotton top provides a plush yet breathable surface. For the price, it’s a great option for people looking for a balance of luxury-level support and softness made from natural materials.


Casper Wave Hybrid Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 111 lb | Trial Period: 100 days | Warranty: 10 years

One of several newer models from Casper, this hybrid features multiple layers of the company’s new foam tech called Airscape. The brand says it’s cooler and allows better airflow, though we didn’t perceive a huge cooling effect here. (If you need a cooler mattress, it’s worth the $500 upgrade for the Wave Hybrid Snow. The heat-dispersing bands and QuickCool Cover kept our tester cool.) The Wave Hybrid also features Casper’s new Zoned Support system. The design increases support in areas you need it most (under the shoulders and hips, for example) and relaxes it in others. It boosts that support with gel pods in key areas. Our test editor said she felt real benefits. “It is definitely noticeable. The zone at the head of the mattress is firmer, while the middle zone compresses further to cradle your midsection while aiding in spinal alignment.” Compared to Casper’s standard foam mattress, the Wave Hybrid offers a little more support—ideal for people who need extra relief or who are very active and want a mattress to aid in muscle recovery. It’s firm yet supportive and delivers a good night’s sleep after a short break-in period.


Allswell Luxe Hybrid Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 95 lb | Trial Period: 90 days | Warranty: 10 years

Allswell offers some of the most affordable hybrid mattresses, especially when compared to most bed-in-a-box brands. The Luxe Hybrid comes in well under $1,000, with some sizes even sub-$500. Thanks to its balanced construction with coils, high-density foam, and memory-foam layers, we found it to be not too soft or too firm but just right. Our tester said it was more supportive than an old pillow-top mattress that had sunken in over time but still soft and plush enough to minimize motion transfer. She said that, as a stomach sleeper, “The Allswell helped me feel like I was sleeping with my back more in line, straight and supported.” However, the SwirlFoam cooling construction within the quilted top panel might not be quite enough for people who run hot at night.


Tuft and Needle Mint Queen

Construction Type: Foam | Weight: 80 lb | Trial Period: 100 days | Warranty: 10 years

Another excellent value, the Mint is the latest model from popular online brand Tuft & Needle. Upgraded materials make this one softer than the original, yet it retains a firmer, supportive feel (if you want something even softer, check out the brand’s Hybrid model). This mattress looks and feels like a luxury product. The outer fabric is very soft and durable, and the soft cushioning of the memory foam doesn’t feel as spongy as some cheaper mattresses. The Mint has gel pads and graphite fibers to help regulate temperature. Like the Casper, it does a fair job of this, but not to the level as more expensive models. Still, the plush feel, high-quality construction, and ease of ordering make this a great foam mattress.


Tuft and Needle Original Queen

Construction Type: Foam | Weight: 72 lb | Trial Period: 100 days | Warranty: 10 years

If you’re looking for a classic mattress that will hold up for years, you can’t go wrong with the Tuft and Needle Original. This model is one of the best options for under $1,000, yet the company’s customer care and 100-day trial period are on par with many higher-end bed-in-a-box companies like Casper and Saatva. The mattress’s dual-layer foam construction ensures it feels sturdy and supportive. The top three inches are made of the company’s foam blend that provides additional comfort to traditional pressure areas, like the hips or back. We found this supple top layer makes this mattress comfortable for all sleeping positions.


Nectar Premier Copper Queen

Construction Type: Foam | Weight: 80 lb | Trial Period: 1 year | Warranty: Lifetime

Nectar builds its Premier Copper mattress with a sturdy 9-inch foam base, upon which sit several more inches of pressure-relieving gel memory foam. The quilted cover, made with copper fibers, is cool to the touch, which our tester confirmed kept their temperature down during the night. Despite being a memory-foam model, this Nectar is relatively firm with excellent edge support, whether you’re sleeping near the edge of the mattress or sitting on the end of the bed. In addition to the cooling cover, the firmness of this mattress also helps prevent the heat that can typically build up when you sink into memory foam, making it a good option for athletes or hot sleepers who want the comfort of gel memory foam without the added warmth.


Room and Board Essential Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 57 lb | Trial Period: 120 days | Warranty: None

For a mattress on the firmer side, consider the Room and Board Essential Mattress. We tested the standard foam and coil version, which the company recommends for back and stomach sleeping. Despite that, our tester found it wasn’t too firm to be comfortable for side sleeping, too. For a plusher sleeping surface, consider the Soft foam and coil version instead. Both models have encased coils that are individually wrapped and work to maintain the mattress’s overall support. Our tester also found this mattress was durable and maintained its structure over time. Although you have to pay for delivery, Room and Board will dispose of your old mattress and box spring when delivering the Essential.


Purple Hybrid Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 122 lb | Trial Period: 100 days | Warranty: 10 years

One of the more interesting mattresses we tested, the Purple uses a polymer grid under your body that’s both soft and supportive. That makes this the softest feeling mattress of the bunch. For sleepers who like a firm mattress, however, it might be too soft. Yet there’s still plenty of support. And the grid leaves plenty of room for air to move, making this one feel cooler than some memory-foam options. “There’s a definite softness to the grid, which you feel when you press down or first lie down to sleep,” our tester said. “But it doesn’t sleep super soft; I felt like my body was supported head to toe.” The mattress also impressed with its high-quality construction. It’s heavy and thick, with sturdy seams. Overall, it’s a great option for anyone who wants a softer-feeling foam mattress.


Saatva Classic Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 110 lb | Trial Period: 180 days | Warranty: 15 years

A true hybrid with coils, the Saatva Classic actually has five parts: an organic cotton Euro pillow top with antimicrobial fabric treatment, a memory foam layer to reduce stress on your lower back, steel coils with targeted levels of firmness for optimal support, another layer of steel coils to prevent sagging over time and promote air breathability, and a foam edge support system to keep the edges from drooping. That quality allows Saatva to offer one of the longer warranties of any mattress here: 15 years. The pillow top gives a plush feel, but the coils and memory foam prevent you from sinking too far. Even the mid-level Luxury Firm model we tested offers lots of support. Our tester reported a reduction in back and neck pain after just a few nights of sleep. “You hop on and think you’re going to sink in farther than you do,” she said. “It’s soft at first, but that’s where it ends. It seems to almost adjust to your weight and stay just firm enough.”


Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Queen

Construction Type: Foam | Weight: 57 lb | Trial Period: 90 days | Warranty: 10 years

Although the Tempur-Pedic LuxeBreeze earned our best overall mattress recommendation, the company’s Tempur-Cloud is an excellent and more affordable alternative. Four different layers, including a thick base layer of foam and a moisture-wicking top cover, make the Tempur-Cloud Medium supportive without being too firm. The foam helps isolate movement and reduce the impact of tossing and turning. If you prefer a hybrid mattress, there’s the Medium Hybrid version, which comes with an additional layer of over 1,000 spring coils.


Avocado Green Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 97 lb | Trial Period: 1 year | Warranty: 25 years

This is an impressive mattress that looks great and incorporates natural and sustainably-sourced materials, making it a great choice for anyone who wants an eco-friendlier option. It’s tufted with buttons on all the sides with a nice dark green trim. The mattress is made from latex, wool, and cotton (all certified organic) in combination with pocketed support coils. No polyester, polyurethane foams, or fire retardants here. The pillow top is made from organic latex. Although you can also get a vegan version of the mattress without the wool, the wool helps make the mattress naturally fire-resistant, regulate temperature, wick moisture, and prevent dust mites. It definitely is on the firm side—something to consider for petite side sleepers like our tester or anyone who wants a squishy marshmallow feel. But you can add a two-inch foam pillow top, which makes it feel more plush and luxurious. Although Avocado doesn’t include any specific cooling tech, the wool fibers do allow decent air movement, and the mattress doesn’t feel as hot as some traditional memory-foam options.


Layla Hybrid Queen

Construction Type: Hybrid | Weight: 69 lb | Trial Period: 120 days | Warranty: Lifetime

You might know that you’re supposed to rotate your mattress regularly to prevent sagging over time, but you can also completely flip your mattress if you get this Layla. Available in both memory foam and hybrid constructions, the Layla has a soft and a firm side for you to choose between. We tested the Hybrid version with six inches of coils in the center: The firm side has 2.5 inches of more supportive foam, whereas the softer side has 4.5 inches of memory foam for a more plush feel. The whole mattress is encased in a soft, breathable fabric cover with a zipper and handles to make it easier to flip. Our test editor commented on how impressed he was with both sides of the mattress and how it was able to accommodate the needs of him and his wife as well as their guests. “We’ve tried other mattresses but keep going back to this really thick and heavy futon mattress that I’ve had for 20-plus years. It’s stuffed with wool and exceptionally firm,” he said. “So we started with the firm side, expecting to be disappointed. But we found that we sank just a tiny bit into the top layer, and it firmed up to be really supportive. We dreaded flipping to the soft side, though, because of other mattresses we’ve tried and gotten rid of, but the soft side proved to be a winner. We sink just a little farther, but it’s still exceptionally comfortable no matter in what position we sleep.”

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