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Most Comfortable Mattress

Mattresses can be comfortable in many different ways. Some beds have conforming comfort layers that cradle your body and reduce pressure points. Others have strong support systems that maintain an even surface without sagging too much. A mattress might also feature breathable materials that resist heat build-up, allowing you to sleep cool, or a well-reinforced perimeter that won't sink too much when you get in and out of bed.

The most comfortable mattress will offer a balance of these various characteristics. Everyone has unique sleep preferences, so the trick is to determine which firmness, thickness, and overall feel you find most comfortable.

Below, you'll find our picks for the best comfortable mattress models sold today. We've made these selections based on owner reviews and our own product testing. Further down, we'll explain how to find the most comfortable mattress based on your own preferences.

Our Top Picks

Brooklyn Bedding Signature - Best Bang for Your Buck
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999

 

Nolah Signature 12 - Best Pressure Relief
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,569

 

Nectar - Best Memory Foam
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $799

 

Casper Wave Hybrid - Best Luxury
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $2,695

 

Layla - Best Dual Comfort
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Reversible: Medium Soft (4) or Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999

 

Purple Mattress - Most Popular
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,099

Brooklyn Bedding Signature - Best Bang for Your Buck

 

Price: $999

Height: 11.5"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7.5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft and Medium Firm); 3/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 3/5 (Medium Soft and Medium Firm); 4/5 (Firm)

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft); 4/5 (Medium Firm and Firm)

Sex: 3/5 (Medium Soft); 4/5 (Medium Firm and Firm)

Off-Gassing: 4/5 (Medium Soft and Firm); 3/5 (Medium Firm)

 

Highlights:

  • Two foam layers cushion the body and alleviate pressure
  • Coil layer promotes steady airflow to help the mattress sleep cool
  • Strong edge support with very little sinkage

Ideal For:

  • Lighter side sleepers and heavier back/stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers who prefer more responsive hybrid mattresses
  • People who experience pressure points

One of our top 10 most comfortable mattresses, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature is a hybrid model constructed with two foam layers. The top layer of latex-like TitanFlex polyfoam has a very responsive feel, and the material is infused with cooling gel to minimize heat build-up on the surface. The second layer of Energex polyfoam offers extra support and cushioning, and prevents you from sinking too deeply.

The mattress also features a support core with thick pocketed coils and a layer of high-density base foam. These materials help to maintain an even sleep surface, and also reinforce the perimeter to prevent sinkage along the edges. Additionally, the coils promote strong air circulation to keep the mattress cool.

You can choose from three firmness levels for your Signature mattress. The medium soft (4) feel conforms the closest, and is a good option if you sleep on your side or tend to experience pressure points between the shoulders and hips. The medium firm (6) feels more supportive by comparison, but you'll still notice some contouring. The last option is firm (7-8), which offers excellent support and conforms very little. The firm feel is a good choice for back and stomach sleepers, as well as heavier people. Regardless of your body type or sleep position, you should be able to find a comfortable firmness for the Signature.

Compared to other hybrid models, the Signature's price-point is very reasonable. Brooklyn Bedding also ships the mattress for free to all 50 states. You can test out the mattress for 120 nights before deciding whether to keep or return it, and owners also receive a 10-year warranty for the Signature.

Read Our Full Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress Review


Nolah Signature 12 - Best Pressure Relief

 

Price: $1,569

Height: 12"

Firmness: Side 1 is Medium Soft (4); Side 2 is Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Side 1); 2/5 (Side 2)

Sleeps Cool: 2/5 (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Side 1); 2/5 (Side 2)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Durability: 3/5 (both sides)

Ease of Movement: 2/5 (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Sex: (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Off-Gassing: 2/5 (both sides)

Nolah Signature 12 Mattress

Highlights:

  • Flippable design features a distinct firmness on each side
  • Premium comfort foams alleviate pressure and isolate motion
  • For each mattress sold, Nolah donates to wildlife conservation

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers who like medium soft or firm feels, or periodically like to change their bed's firmness
  • People who weigh up to 225 pounds
  • Couples

If you tend to prefer a softer feel one night and a firmer feel the next, then a flippable mattress might be your most comfortable option. These beds typically have different firmness levels on each side, and adjusting the bed's feel is as easy as flipping it over. The Nolah Signature 12 is one such mattress. This all-foam model is built with one medium soft (4) side that conforms very closely, along with a firm (7-8) side that contours less but feels more supportive.

Each side has specific strengths and weaknesses based on its surface feel. The medium soft side excels at pressure relief, particularly if you weigh 225 pounds or less and/or sleep on your side. This side also provides very good motion isolation to reduce nighttime disruptions for couples. However, the medium soft foam causes you to sink more deeply, so you'll notice less ease of movement on this side.

For the firm side of the Nolah Signature 12, you'll experience less contouring and cradling. This means less pressure relief, but also cooler sleeping since you won't sink as deeply beneath the surface. The firm side also provides above-average edge support.

The Nolah Signature 12 is somewhat pricey compared to other all-foam beds, but the company will make a donation to protect endangered species for every mattress sold. Nolah offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S., along with a 120-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty for the Signature 12.


Nectar - Best Memory Foam

 

Price: $799

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Three memory foam layers ensure close contouring and pressure relief
  • Excellent motion isolation and no noise
  • Affordable price and strong performance translates to high value for owners

Ideal For:

  • Side sleepers who weigh at least 100 pounds, and back/stomach sleepers of any weight
  • Couples
  • People who frequently experience pressure points

The Nectar offers excellent comfort if you enjoy the deep conforming and pressure-relieving cradle of memory foam. This material becomes softer when exposed to body heat, allowing it to hug you closely as you sink into the mattress. The Nectar features two memory foam comfort layers, along with a denser memory foam transitional layer to prevent you from sinking deeply beneath the surface.

The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel, so side sleepers who weigh at least 100 pounds should experience good pressure relief. Lighter side sleepers may find the mattress a bit too firm. We also recommend the Nectar to back and stomach sleepers across all body types. The bed's mid-level firmness provides a comfortable balance of support and contouring, so you'll feel less pressure without sagging too much.

Like other memory foam mattresses, the Nectar is well-suited to couples because the material absorbs motion and eliminates transfer almost completely. The bed is completely silent, as well, so you won't need to worry about sleep disruptions when your partner moves or switches positions. Edge support is also better than average, thanks to a sturdy and fairly thick polyfoam support core.

The Nectar has a very low price-point and costs much less than the average memory foam mattress. Given its high quality construction and materials, this makes the mattress a high-value option. The company also backs the bed with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are much longer than average.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Casper Wave Hybrid - Best Luxury

 

Price: $2,695

Height: 13"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Casper Wave Hybrid

Highlights:

  • Exceptional contouring thanks to a thick comfort system
  • Open-cell layers absorb minimal body heat for optimal cooling
  • Very good motion isolation

Ideal For:

  • Side and back sleepers up to 230 pounds
  • Couples
  • People who usually sleep hot on foam beds

The Casper Wave Hybrid offers a luxuriously comfortable feel thanks to comfort layers of open-cell polyfoam, open-cell latex, and memory foam. These components create a medium (5) feel and conform very closely to align the spine and alleviate pressure points in your most sensitive areas, including the shoulders and hips. The top two open-cell layers are also perforated, making them very breathable and preventing them from retaining too much body heat, allowing the surface to remain very cool.

The Casper Wave Hybrid's medium feel is best suited to side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. If you're a lighter stomach sleeper who enjoys a close body hug, then you may also find this mattress comfortable. However, you'll probably find the Wave Hybrid a bit too soft if you weigh more than 230 pounds.

Thanks to excellent motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight, we think couples will enjoy the Casper Wave Hybrid. The mattress is also very durable, which is primarily due to its resilient latex layer that will resist deep sagging and maintain an even, supportive surface for your body.

The mattress is fairly expensive, but Casper offers free White Glove delivery – a service that includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal – to customers in the contiguous U.S. The company also provides a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty for the mattress.

Read Our Full Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review


Layla - Best Dual Comfort

 

Price: $999

Height: 10"

Firmness: Side 1 is Medium Soft (4); Side 2 is Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Side 1): 3/5 (Side 2)

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Side 1); 3/5 (Side 2)

Edge Support: 2/5 (Side 1); 3/5 (Side 2)

Durability: 3/5 (both sides)

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Side 1); 4/5 (Side 2)

Sex: 2/5 (Side 1); 3/5 (Side 2)

Off-Gassing: 3/5 (both sides)

Highlights:

  • Flippable design features medium soft and firm feels
  • Each side is constructed with pressure-relieving memory foam
  • Copper-infused layers help regulate surface temperatures

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers who prefer a medium soft and/or firm feel
  • Couples
  • Those who usually sleep hot on all-foam beds

Like the Nolah Signature 12 listed above, the Layla is a reversible mattress. Both sides feature comfort layers of memory foam. One of these surfaces has a medium soft (4) feel and conforms closely, resulting in even spinal alignment for side sleepers and overall pressure relief. The other side has a firm (7-8) feel. You won't experience as much contouring on this side, but it is very supportive and won't sag too much if you weigh more than 230 pounds.

As is often the case with flippable mattresses, each side of the Layla has unique pros and cons. In addition to alleviating pressure very well, the medium soft side absorbs motion to eliminate most transfer across the surface. This ensures your sleep won't be disrupted if your partner moves around in bed, and vice versa.

The firm side will be more comfortable if you are a hot sleeper because your body won't sink as deeply, allowing for more surface airflow. This side also provides stronger perimeter support, so you'll sink less when sitting or lying near the edges.

Both memory foam layers are infused with copper, which is intended to make the foam more breathable. Copper has natural antimicrobial properties, as well, so you don't need to worry about bacterial build-up.

The Layla is very affordable compared to other memory foam beds, and the company backs their mattress with a 120-night sleep trial, as well as a lifetime warranty. Shipping is also free if you live in the contiguous U.S.

Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review


Purple Mattress - Most Popular

 

Price: $1,099

Height: 9.25"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 5/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Purple Original Mattress

Highlights:

  • Unique comfort layer offers responsiveness and pressure relief
  • Sleeps very cool for most
  • Excellent motion isolation and no noise

Ideal For:

  • Side and back sleepers up to 230 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Couples

The Purple Mattress offers many benefits to sleepers, but first and foremost: this bed offers one of the most temperature-neutral sleep surfaces available. This can be attributed to the Purple Grid, a proprietary comfort layer made from hyperelastic polymer material molded into an open grid shape. The surface promotes strong airflow, and the material will not absorb heat like foam. We highly recommend the Purple Mattress to anyone who identifies as a hot sleeper.

There are other advantages, as well, one of them being

consistent pressure relief. The Grid contours to the body, much like memory foam or latex, to create a deep cradle that improves spinal alignment for side sleepers while maintaining a supportive, sag-free surface for back sleepers. Heavier people – particularly stomach sleepers – may find the mattress too soft and sink too deeply, but its medium firm (6) feel is optimal if you weigh 230 pounds or less, or if you're heavier and prefer closer body-conforming.

Couples should also experience fewer sleep disruptions on the Purple Mattress because the Grid isolates motion very well, and the bed itself is completely silent. And while the comfort layer provides decent contouring, it is also somewhat responsive, making it good for sex.

Given the bed's innovative design and fairly low price-point, we consider the Purple Mattress to be a high-value pick. You'll also receive free shipping if you live in the contiguous U.S., along with a 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty for the mattress.

Read Our Full Purple Mattress Review


How to Buy a Comfortable Mattress

In order to find a comfortable mattress, you should first determine which qualities and features you find most – and least – comfortable. For example, if you would rather sleep on a soft mattress that hugs the body closely, then a very firm mattress probably won't work – but if an extra firm surface is your top preference, then this model may be ideal.

As you can see from our top picks, a lot of materials and construction features can contribute to a mattress feeling comfortable. Here are a few attributes to look for when comparing different models:

  • Firmness: Firmness is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Most beds sold today fall between 3 and 8. If you prefer more body-contouring, or if you sleep on your side and want to experience even spinal alignment, then a softer mattress will probably feel most comfortable. If you like a more supportive surface that won't contour much, then you should consider a firmer mattress instead. For a lot of sleepers, a balanced medium soft to medium firm feel is ideal.
  • Pressure Relief: Generally speaking, softer mattresses provide better pressure relief for lighter people while firmer mattresses offer more support, leading to less sagging and added pressure for heavier people. Additionally, some materials – including memory foam and latex – alleviate pressure better than standard polyfoam.
  • Temperature Neutrality: Some mattress components are more breathable than others, allowing them to help the bed sleep cooler. These include open-cell foams or latex layers near the surface, coil systems that promote strong airflow, and covers made with materials like wool or copper. Some people don't have an issue with sleeping hot, but if you tend to feel too warm in bed, then you should seek out a mattress with temperature-neutral features.
  • Edge Support and Ease of Movement: These two qualities often go hand-in-hand. Mattresses with strong edge support won't sink as much along the perimeter, making it easier to get in and out of bed. Most of these mattresses also offer easier movement across the surface, causing you to sink less. Although it varies by model, firmer beds – especially those with coils – offer the best edge support and easiest movement.
  • Thickness: Through it ultimately depends on the materials used,  a low-profile mattress (less than 10 inches) may not be thick or supportive enough if you weigh more than 230 pounds. As a result, you may notice uncomfortable sagging in some places. With high-profile mattresses (more than 12 inches), lighter/smaller people may experience difficulty when getting in and out of bed. Although this can also depend on the height of the bed frame or box spring. Many people consider medium-profile (10 to 12 inches) mattresses ideal.

How Do I Know an Online Mattress Will Be Comfortable?

Many people worry that there isn’t a way to try out an online mattress before completing a purchase, but there are two steps you can take to ensure a particular model will be comfortable: visit a brick-and-mortar store and take advantage of the brand's sleep trial.

Realistically, testing out a mattress at a physical store for a few minutes won't prepare you to sleep on the bed night after night. However, trying different firmnesses, thicknesses, and designs will help you narrow down your choices a bit. Be sure to check how the mattress feels with different sleep positions, and bring your sleep partner along to get their two cents.

The sleep trial should give you a better idea of whether or not a mattress will provide enough comfort over time. In fact, many brands require you to test out the bed for at least 30 nights, which allows you to "break in" the mattress. Sleep trials may last anywhere from 90 nights to more than a year. Regardless of the length, we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the sleep trial and test out the mattress for as long as possible.

The vast majority of brands offer full refunds on mattress returns, so you don't need to worry about losing money, and many of them also arrange for couriers to pick up the mattress from your house. Also keep an eye out for exchange opportunities, particularly if you like the mattress overall but wish it had a different firmness, thickness, or composition.

How Does Sleeping Position Impact the Best Bed for Me?

Sleep position can have a major impact on which mattresses feel comfortable to you. This is because different positions require different mattress compositions in order for your spine to stay aligned.

Side sleeping, for example, is the most common sleep position. However, you might experience spinal misalignment while sleeping on your side if the mattress feels too firm or too soft. This is because the shoulders and hips usually sink deeper than the rest of the body. A comfortable mattress should cradle the spine and support the shoulders and hips, creating even alignment and reducing pressure in the process.

Back sleeping is a bit different because the spine is already aligned. The biggest issue for this position is too much sagging around the midsection, where people tend to carry most of their weight. The shoulders, back, and hips sink beneath the surface while the head, neck, and legs remain elevated, and this can lead to aches and pains. A supportive mattress that keeps your entire body on an even plane will probably be most comfortable if you sleep on your back.

Stomach sleeping is a little trickier. People who use this position generally need more support because sleeping face-down can cause your whole body to sink excessively due to the disproportionate amount of weight we carry in the stomach. That said, stomach sleeping is associated with more day-to-day aches and pains than the other two positions.

Lastly, combination sleeping refers to people who use two or three positions, often in the same night. Finding the right mattress can be difficult for combination sleepers due to the unique demands of each position. Therefore, we recommend them beds with a medium firm feel, which is intended to be a universal firmness level that should work with multiple positions.

Again – and we can't stress this enough – our information about sleep positions is based on general feedback from sleepers. You should always rely on your personal mattress preferences in order to find the most comfortable bed.

How Much Does a Comfortable Mattress Cost?

The cost of a new mattress can range anywhere from less than $500 to several thousand dollars. However, each mattress type has a general price range, as illustrated in the table below.

Mattress Type Materials Average Price Range
Innerspring Polyfoam comfort layers

Steel coil support core

$900 to $1,100
Foam Polyfoam and/or memory foam comfort layers

High-density polyfoam support core

$900 to $1,200
Latex Latex comfort layers and support core $1,600 to $2,200
Hybrid Latex and/or memory foam comfort layers

Pocketed coil support core

$1,600 to $2,200
Airbed Polyfoam comfort layer (or no layer)

Adjustable air chamber support core

$2,000 to $2,400

As you can see, some mattress types are inherently more expensive than others, but this does not mean beds with higher price-points provide better comfort. In fact, there are many cheap, comfortable mattress models on the market. Whether a mattress is more or less comfortable depends on your personal preferences, not the price-tag.

Foam beds will probably be the most comfortable option if you want a bed that contours to your body. This is especially true of mattresses with memory foam, a material that molds to the body and creates a pressure-relieving cradle. Many people liken this sensation to sleeping "in" – not "on" – the mattress, and foam beds are a relatively affordable comfortable mattress option. Latex mattresses also offer some contouring, but not as much as memory foam. That said, latex resists sagging better than foam, and also tends to sleep cooler.

On the other hand, you should consider an innerspring or hybrid if you want a bed with a strong support system. Hybrids are constructed with memory foam and/or latex layers, so you'll receive more body-conforming from these models, whereas innersprings tend to conform much less.

Airbeds are unique because of their air chamber systems. You can add or release air from the chambers to adjust the firmness of the mattress, making airbeds ideal if you want a softer surface one night and a firmer surface the next. Airbeds often feature air chambers on each side of the bed, allowing couples with different preferences to customize their own surface accordingly. The downside to this helpful technology: as you can see, these mattresses tend to be quite expensive.

How to Make a Mattress More Comfortable

Let's say you've purchased a new mattress. You found the bed quite comfortable during the sleep trial, but now your firmness preferences have changed or the bed's feel has simply changed (which commonly occurs over time). The best way to make the mattress more comfortable will be to use a topper, an individual layer of cushioning that rests on the mattress surface.

A topper may make the mattress feel softer or firmer, depending on its specs. Materials used to make toppers include memory foam, convoluted (egg-crate) polyfoam, latex, wool, and down and feathers. Most toppers measure 2 to 5 inches thick, so you'll essentially be adding a new comfort layer to your mattress. This can alter the surface feel by a considerable degree, and a topper costs much less than a new mattress.

Optimizing your pillow loft, or thickness, can also help with mattress comfort. Regardless of your sleep position, a pillow should be thick enough to cushion the spaces between your head, neck, and shoulders, which in turn ensures good spinal support. Side sleepers often need higher-loft pillows because the gap is larger, while back and stomach sleepers have less space to fill and can usually get by with a lower-loft pillow.

One thing to note: after a sleep trial expires, you won't be able to return your mattress based on how comfortable you feel. Many mattress brands specifically outline this under defects not covered under warranty. By taking advantage of a brand's sleep trial and returning or exchanging the mattress within the trial's window period, you're much more likely to be satisfied with your mattress in the long run.