Over the past decade, a wide variety of mattresses have become available both in store and online. With hundreds of different mattress brands all claiming to be the best, it’s important to have a source you can trust. Sleep.org evaluates mattresses and other sleep products using a complex, comprehensive rating system. Our goal is to test mattress models from every major brand on the market and help consumers make informed decisions that will lead to a better night’s sleep.
Our mattress reviews include personalized recommendations, performance ratings, in-depth construction details, warranty information and more. Unlike many review websites, we’ve tested all of these mattresses firsthand. Each sleep expert on our team brings years of experience to our evaluations and ratings.
One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new mattress is the sleep position you primarily use. While some brands claim their mattresses are universally comfortable, most mattresses in 2021 are best suited for certain sleep positions.
If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’ll probably want a softer bed that cushions the shoulders and hips. Uneven spinal alignment – a common problem associated with side sleeping – can cause pressure points to build up in these areas. Keep an eye out for memory foam, a material known for its even body-contouring.
Back sleeping promotes alignment better than side sleeping, so many people who primarily sleep on their backs don’t need as much cushioning for the shoulders and hips. The ideal mattress for back sleepers should provide an even sleep surface for the entire body, especially around the midsection where people tend to carry a disproportionate amount of weight. Medium firm to firm mattresses are generally the best options for back sleepers.
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Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers usually need a firmer mattress to keep their body on an even plane. When people sleep face down, the weight they carry in their stomach can cause them to sink excessively. This can lead to pain or soreness in the neck, shoulders, lower back, or hips. Many stomach sleepers benefit from mattresses with zoned layers that reinforce the midsection and cushion lighter areas of the body.
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For many shoppers, the mattress they choose comes down to the sticker price. Cost isn’t always a defining factor, but it still plays a role in most mattress-buying decisions. Whether you have the funds to purchase a high-end luxury mattress or have a limited budget, the guides below can point you toward our top mattress picks in different pricing categories.
Each type of mattress has a distinct feel, as well as a unique set of pros and cons. Some people enjoy the contouring of memory foam, while others prefer the bounce of an innerspring or hybrid with coils. Check out these guides below to see our picks for the best memory foam, hybrid, latex, and innerspring mattresses.
Preference and Needs
Our bodies and sleep needs change as we enter new stages of life. It’s important to choose a mattress that accommodates back or hip pain, weight gain or loss, temperature shifts that occur due to menopause, and other age-related changes. Visit the following guides to learn more about choosing a mattress based on age and lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you test your mattresses?
Our team of sleep experts personally tests each mattress we review. In order to create accurate ratings, we evaluate each mattress for different performance areas such as temperature control, pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, and off-gassing. We also use these tests to determine how each mattress performs for side, back, stomach, and combination sleepers in different weight groups.
How do I know which mattress is best for me?
The three most important factors that determine which mattress is right for you are your sleeping position, your body type, and whether you tend to sleep hot or cool at night.
Side sleepers need a somewhat softer mattress that conforms to the body and aligns the spine, since this position can interfere with even alignment. Back sleepers need an even surface that won’t let the midsection sink too low but also conforms enough to ease pressure points. Stomach sleepers generally need a firm, flat surface to keep their hips from sinking.
While lighter sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses that reduce pressure, heavier sleepers need a firmer, supportive surface. If you tend to sleep hot throughout the night, it’s important that you avoid all-foam mattresses that trap a lot of body heat and opt for a bed that allows for more airflow.
What are the most common types of mattresses?
The most common mattress types are all-foam, innerspring, hybrid, and latex.
All-foam mattresses generally contain memory foam or polyfoam on top of a supportive, high-density polyfoam core. Latex models share a similar design with softer latex layers near the surface and denser base layers to stabilize the mattress.
Innersprings are traditional mattresses with thin foam comfort layers and metal springs in their support cores. Hybrids combine the thick comfort layers of all-foam and latex mattresses and the metal coils of innersprings.
High-end shoppers can also opt for airbeds, which feature air chambers that can be adjusted to make the mattress feel softer or firmer. However, airbeds are somewhat uncommon – and quite expensive – compared to these other mattress types.
How much does a mattress cost?
The price of a mattress depends on a few factors, such as material composition, thickness, size, and whether you buy online or in a store. Generally speaking, all-foam and innerspring mattresses are the cheapest options, hybrids and all-latex models carry mid-range price-points, and airbeds are most expensive.
Buying a Mattress
As with any product, you should carefully consider which mattress you want before making a purchase. If you’re new to the mattress-buying process, there are a few other factors to take into account.
Most online mattress brands offer free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S., and some extend this to Alaska, Hawaii, and/or Canadian provinces. The mattress is compressed, vacuum-sealed, and delivered to your doorstep in a box. If you’d rather not assemble the mattress yourself, some brands also offer White Glove delivery. Couriers set up the mattress in a room of your choice, and may also remove your old mattress, but this service typically costs at least $150 and may not be available in some locations.
The sleep trial is another important consideration. Since online shoppers can’t test out their mattress before placing an order, these brands allow you to try it out for a certain length of time before the sale is considered final. Most sleep trials last 90 nights or longer, and some span an entire year. You’ll be able to return the mattress during the trial period, though some brands charge return fees.
Lastly, be sure to look into the warranty of any mattress you’d like to buy. A standard mattress warranty covers structural defects for up to 10 years, but some provide 15, 20, or even 25 years of coverage. Keep in mind some issues with the mattress, such as physical damage that occurs after delivery or your dissatisfaction with how the mattress feels, won’t be covered under warranty. You may also need to pay hefty fees to have the mattress replaced if you’ve owned it for more than 10 years – this is known as a prorated warranty.
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