On average, people spend about 1/3 of their lives asleep. Quality sleep ensures rest for your body and your mind, and has been shown to reduce stress and greatly improve health! If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, you’re more at risk of weight-gain, a weakened immune system, and general feelings of exhaustion.
Your mattress is the most important factor in your sleep experience! A good one should support your body while allowing you the right amount of “give”. It’ll absorb movement so that you aren’t disturbed by your partner’s movements. You should also be safe from allergens and dust mites living inside your bed.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re looking for a new one, so we’ve come up with some recommendations to narrow down your search, and made a list of factors to consider before you start shopping.
First, take a quick look at our current most popular recommendations:
- “Don’t Hesitate!”
Reviews: 3, 238
15 Year Warranty
Best Overall Value
- “This mattress is just right!”
20 Year Warranty
Best For The Money
- “This is wonderful!!”
25 Year Warranty
What to Consider
If you experience back pain while sleeping, memory foam may be the best option. Many consumers have found that they slept pain-free on memory foam, and got much better sleep as a result. That’s because it adapts to your individual body type, and relieves pressure points better than spring models.
If you’re a heavier person, make sure to check that it is rated for your weight. Even some memory foam models can cave in in places, just like a spring option. Latex models are sturdy, but some do include a base layer of foam. Latex materials are best for heavier people and side sleepers, since they’re less prone to develop soft spots and permanent indentations.
How do you like to sleep? Do you prefer a cool, airy environment or a warm, cozy nest? These are questions you’ll want to ask when deciding on which type to buy. Spring options tend to be the coolest, while memory foam has a reputation of absorbing and building up heat. That said, many new memory foam models have features built in to improve heat distribution. We like gel beads or blends, which help distribute heat better. You can also find foams with open cells, which help air circulate. Make sure to check for these features, though, since they’re not always standard. Are you a side sleeper? If so, you’ll want one with more flexibility in terms of weight distribution, which will allow your spine to remain straight as you sleep. Memory foam and latex tend to be the best side options.
While you’ll want to be a thrifty shopper, it’s worth considering that your purchase should be an investment. You want your sleeping setup to last, so paying a bit more up front isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you’ll be getting years of dependable service. It’s important to remember, you won’t find quality products for lower-than-internet prices at the bed store. Spring models will be the least expensive, and you’ll find quality options for ~250. Memory foam products on the internet are priced over $300 in most cases, edging towards $1000–they’ll cost more than spring models, but you won’t be breaking the bank for Postur-pedic prices. Latex models tend to be comparable to higher end memory foam. The more latex in a bed, the more you’ll pay. The cheapest latex options usually combine layers of latex with memory foam.
Spring options tend to wear out and develop sag. We’re all pretty used to that phenomenon. After all, that’s probably why you’re shopping for a new one! Memory foam options last quite a bit longer, but they will eventually develop some soft spots. Thankfully, memory foam models often come with warranties ranging from 20-30 years. That’s a lot longer than spring versions. If you’re making a big investment with your purchase, check to see that you’re well-insured in case of problems. Latex products have a reputation for being durable, since they’re a more solid construction. One tip for preserving any mattress is to change its alignment. Some can be flipped, which is ideal. If you can’t flip yours over, you can still switch ends, so you’re not constantly pressing down the same places.
Traditional spring products don’t usually have any big chemical off-gassing, though some people are sensitive to the mandatory flame retardants in any new bedding. The major allergen concern with spring beds is that they tend to be inhabited by dust mites and other allergens. While many modern models have cover systems to prevent this, it is a problem specific to spring options. Also, the natural materials used in their construction may be aggravating for some.
Synthetic memory foam doesn’t offer much of a home to microbes and dust mites. However, memory foam does off-gas chemical fumes when it’s being unpacked, and many continue to have a chemical odor for a few weeks or more. You’ll have to air your new bed out for a while, and make sure you’ve got plenty of fresh air. Super-sensitive people might want to stay away from memory foam. You’ll also find that the more expensive models have more ecologically sound foam, which reduces emissions. Latex options are more environmentally-friendly than memory foam, remain sturdy for just as long, and have little to no smell. They’re the safest bet for any allergy sufferer, since they prevent microbe growth and have almost no off-gassing (eliminating all the concerns).
Best Mattress Reviews
Signature Sleep Contour Mattress
Coil options might seem outdated, but new models are nothing like what you’re used to! This one uses coils that are independently encased. That means that motion is isolated, and doesn’t spread throughout the bed when you or your partner move–just like memory foam, but at a lower price and with less gassy smell. The Signature Sleep model’s springs are embedded in a flexible foam core, making it less-susceptible to dust mites and giving it solid, consistent support. Our favorite part of this is the price: at ~$250, you’re getting incredible value! One customer raved: “Cheap, but it won’t feel like it!”
This Sleep Innovations mattress is our best value pick for a reason! At less than a quarter of the price you’d pay for a Sealy Postur-pedic, it has many of the same features. SureTemp memory foam keeps the heat from building up, and the dual layers of memory foam provide your body with support and comfort. Reviews described this as a well-rounded, high-quality product. To quote a popular comment, “I believe the workmanship on this to be exceptional.” And it’s American-made with a 20-year warranty! It ticks all our boxes for the best memory foam without breaking the bank!
Brentwood 9″ Gel Infused HD Memory Foam Mattress
The Brentwood is a great choice for people who struggle with heat. This is half the price of most of the memory foam models we’ve chosen, and it’s dirt-cheap compared with major brands. Brentwood gives you American-made quality foam with a gel surface and airflow channels for the price of a coil version. With an all-natural wool sleep surface and a 25-year warranty buyers are loving this! “If you want a good quality product, shipped to your door, that is a joy to behold and supports domestic industry…Don’t bother going anywhere else: you’re looking at the right product.”
Best Memory Foam Mattresses
Dynasty Mattress New Cool Breeze
The New Cool Breeze offers everything you expect from a memory foam product without the common heat problems associated with foam models. It combines a gel bead comfort layer with a patented air-flow system in the core. The result is a firm, supportive product which distributes heat evenly. It’s perfect for people who struggle with heat problems or are used to traditional beds and want to switch to memory foam without too much of an adjustment. “I am very warm natured and have found this stays cool! I love this bed!!” Plus, it comes with a 120-day trial period, and it’s backed with a 30-year warranty!
Best Air Mattresses
Sound Asleep Dream Series Air Mattress
This one is designed to have the comfort and feel of a traditional bed, but with the convenience and storage flexibility of an air option! 40 internal air coils work much like a spring system, providing distinct support for the whole body. It’s also made of heavier material than the competition, and can support sleepers of up to 500 lbs! We particularly like that the built-in pump system is faster and quieter than its competitors. While Sound Asleep have pointed out that this product isn’t meant to be a permanent sleeping solution, they say that it’s reasonable to put it through constant use for up to two months. It’s great for people who move frequently, as well as being an ideal guest bed.
Previous buyers have also attested to the outstanding customer service provided by Sound Asleep. “This is a no brainer for someone looking for a quality product. There might be slightly cheaper options out there but I have bought those in the past and always been disappointed. The Soundasleep Dream Series with ComfortCoil technology is a keeper. I highly recommend it!”
Best Latex Mattresses
Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress
This model is one of our favorite hybrid options. It combines a latex surface layer with a foam support base. This means you’ll have much less of the chemical smell that comes from most memory foam and the durability of latex, without the price tag of an all-latex model. The enhanced breathability of latex means that this will stay cool all night. Plus, the adaptive surface provides many of the same therapeutic results as memory foam. Made in the USA, it comes in a variety of levels of firmness, so you can customize the density to your needs. It comes with a ten-year warranty, and customers report that it’s “Overall, great. If you are looking for a high quality, very reasonably priced latex one you can’t go wrong.”
Best Mattresses for Back Pain
DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Memory Foam Mattress
Luxurious and deep, with a full 13” of support, this DreamFoam model is our top recommendation for buyers with a history of back pain. It provides a flexible, surface with a thick, sturdy base layer of foam to ensure that your spine and neck remain properly aligned all night long! Buyers raved about the comfort factor, and were also thrilled at how well it absorbed motion. They found they could sleep undisturbed by the movements of their partner. “I’ve slept better this past week than I have in many months. As soon as you lay down, it conforms to your body. Then move or get up and within seconds it springs back to normal.” We love the depth of the mattress, and really appreciate that it balances deep cushion with a nice firm base that doesn’t let your spine sag in the middle.
Best Mattresses for Heavier People
Gramercy Cool Gel Memory Foam and Inner Spring Mattress
The Gramercy is our top pick for heavier people. It’s a hybrid product which combines 6 different layers of memory foams with a spring coil base. The spring coils are individually wrapped to isolate motion and provide even support. Gel foam layers provide breathability, and even customers who said they’ve experienced hot flashes found this bed to be cool and comfortable. In short, it combines the best parts of 3 different materials to make one massively comfortable bed! It’s durable, supportive, and provides plenty of cushion for heavier bodies. One previous buyer said, “This is the best money I have spent in a long time. I sleep so well at night. I have had back surgery and disc problems. I wake up refreshed and very little to no back pain. The memory gel foam conforms to your body and feels wonderful. But this!! You won’t regret it :)”
Best Mattresses for Cribs: Babies and Toddlers
Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress
Customers love this Amazon best-seller! It’s designed specifically for children, and it features a waterproof outer coating, hypo-allergenic materials, and the GreenGuard Gold certification. Lightweight and tear-resistant materials mean that it’ll last as long as your child sleeps in the crib. It also meets federal flammability standard 16 CFR 1633 without the use of potentially harmful chemicals! Buyers were “shocked that this is the real price for this. Don’t hesitate on this one. It feels and looks very high end.” Plus, it’s made in Canada. That’s a sure sign of quality control and stringent regulations on quality materials!
Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers
This one is unique in that it’s fully adjustable! It’s got three different layers of foam, all of different densities (firmness). You can rearrange the order to find your best fit! We love that, since everyone’s body is slightly different. Side sleepers especially tend to need slightly “softer” beds – something that allows it to contour to you and keep your spine straight. This type of customizable option is great for all sorts of different people and allows each person to sleep differently.The King sizes even come with panels that split down the middle so you and your partner can have different levels of firmness. How cool is that? We also like that this is made in the USA. Previous buyers are raving about the quality.
At the very least – after reading through these reviews, you should now have some idea of the type you’ll be looking for, if not the exact model. You can find more of our helpful lists of the best choices we’ve found in each category by clicking through to each of our guides! While it might seem strange to shop for a mattress online, pricing is much more competitive and you’ll find great quality options that you simply won’t find in stores. If you want to make sure you’ll be happy, do your research online, then find the model in a nearby store to test it out before you place your order. Even if you can’t find it near you, most online retailers are very accommodating and will offer a trial period.
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