About Mattress Advisor

Why we're obsessed with sleep

By Mattress Advisor

Here at Mattress Advisor, our mission is to help you find your best sleep possible.

We’re not sleep experts, and we don’t have PhDs in sleep disorders. We’re parents, schedule jugglers, recovering victims of all-nighters, procrastinators and overachievers…so we know a practical thing or two about the importance of a good night’s sleep. And we know first-hand how critical a good mattress is to getting quality sleep.

That’s why we’re relentless in our pursuit of providing the most comprehensive, to-the-point, and unbiased reviews of the best mattresses and bedding accessories on the market.

What you can expect to find on our site

On our site, you’ll find:

  • Mattress basicslike cleaning your mattress and when it’s time for a new one
  • Guides to help you choose the right mattress for your needs and personal preference
  • Product reviews on popular mattresses to help you choose the best bed for your sleeping needs
  • In Real Life mattress reviews – interviews with real people who have owned their mattress for at least a month
  • Verified Consumer Reviews – real, unbiased reviews from verified buyers sourced by us
  • Guides and reviews on popular bedding accessories, like sheets, mattress toppers, and pillows

We take the guesswork out o­­f the buying process by thoroughly researching and testing hundreds of different mattress and bedding products so you don’t have to. We know that this process can be overwhelming, and we thought it was about time someone made it simple, and maybe even a little fun.

How we review the products we feature

We use a combination of customer reviews, in-depth customer interviews, and a proprietary testing methodology to conduct our reviews.

Each mattress we get in hand will go through a thorough 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation in our Mattress Lab. The same precise methodology is applied to all mattresses we test.

After we conclude our testing for each mattress (which we’ll film and publish), we will generate our Mattress Advisor Score. This is a weighted score that takes into account 14 different factors related to performance, function, convenience and the brand’s mission including:

What we test What it means
1. Pressure relief How well the mattress relieves pressure, (particularly on the hips, shoulders and thighs) and provides even body weight distribution.
2. Spinal alignment How well the mattress keeps your spine in its natural alignment.
3. Edge support  How much edge support the mattress provides, accounting for functional use of the end of the mattress and how comfortable it is to sleep on the edge of the bed.
4. Responsiveness/ ease of movement  How well the mattress responds to your movement and adjusts to your body position.
5. Motion transfer How well the mattress performs in isolating the feeling of movement and absorbing motion (if your sleeping partner is moving, how little disturbance you feel).
6. Durability/ lifespan Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.
7. Cooling properties How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, factoring in heat retention and any substantive cooling properties/features.
8. Ease of setup How easy the set-up process is, including factors like weight, mobility, the time it takes to unbox and set up, and how many people are needed.
9. Trial period  Length of time offered to decide whether or not you like the mattress.
10. Return policy Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.
11. Warranty   Length of warranty and what is covered.
12. Shipping  Time and cost (if any) for shipping the mattress to your home.
13. Customer service Response time, level of detail provided to answer questions, how helpful the support team is.
14. Social impact  Social missions, charitable causes, sustainability efforts.

Each of these factors is rated on a scale from 1-10 and then weighted based on importance to generate the Mattress Advisor Score. The score will be a quick and easy way for you to compare different mattresses that have been through our rigorous testing, and take a closer look at how it performs on the factors that are most important to you.

If you have questions about our content or would like to suggest a mattress brand for our team to test, please email questions@mattressadvisor.com.

Meet our Advisory Panel

At Mattress Advisor, we believe in putting our own stamp of approval on products based on thorough testing and customer feedback. But we also have a panel of expert contributors - like doctors, chiropractors, sleep specialists and mattress industry veterans - who provide advice and information to help make our content as authoritative and trustworthy as possible for our readers.
We are grateful for their time and contributions and would like to recognize them here.

Dr. Elma Baron, MD

Dr. Elma Baron, M.D. received her doctorate in Dermatology from the University of the Philippines, College of Medicine. She joined University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in 2003 and is now Director of Photomedicine and the Core and Skin Study Center at the school. She is also a Professor of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 2013, she led a research project commissioned by Estée Lauder on the connection between sleep deprivation and skin aging.

Dr. Scott Bautch, D.C., DACBOH, CCST, CCSP (American Chiropractic Association)

Dr. Scott Bautch is past chairman of the Board and past CEO for Allied Health Chiropractic Centers, a Wisconsin-based chiropractic corporation comprised of more than 50 individual clinics. Dr. Bautch is president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Occupational Health. He has also served as a board member for the International Academy of Chiropractic Occupational Health Consultants and is a past chairman of the Wisconsin Council on Occupational Health. Dr. Bautch completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1980 and graduated from the Logan College of Chiropractic in 1983. He is certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Occupational Health, maintains certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma, and is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.

Dr. Jon Dominique, D.C., DACO

Dr. Jon Dominique, DC, DACO received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences in 2007. He now owns his own practice, Alpine Chiropractic, and Acupuncture in Hickory, NC. Other achievements include a Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics (DACO), which is a specialized field of chiropractic medicine that provides non-operative alternatives to surgical orthopedic healthcare relative to the treatment of disorders of the human spine and extremities.

Dr. Jennifer Le, DMD, D-ABDSM, CPCC, ACC

Dr. Jennifer Le, DMD, D- ABDSM, CPCC, ACC received her dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. She now practices at Wake Dental Sleep in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Le is the Director of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), an independent board of examiners that was established in 2004 for duly licensed dentists who treat sleep-related breathing disorders with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to commonly used CPAP machines. Additionally, Dr. Le is Officer of ABDSM, adjunct faculty at UNC dental school and Chair of Accreditation for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). We chose to speak to Dr. Le for this campaign given her prestige in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Laurie Mintz, MD

Dr. Laurie Mintz, author, sex therapist, professor, and speaker has committed her life’s work to helping people live more authentic, meaningful, and joyful lives through the art and science of psychology. As a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year. She is the author of two sexual self-help books, both based in research findings. Her latest book, “Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters – and How to Get It,” is aimed at empowering women to reach orgasm. More pertinent to the connection between sleep and sex, is her first book, “A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex,” was written to help the countless women who say they are too exhausted to be interested in sex.

Tracy Owens, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

Tracy Owens MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, founder of Triangle Nutrition Therapy, is a Registered Dietitian that received her Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is one of approximately 750 Board Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Tracy is passionate about providing personalized nutrition strategies that help prevent, improve and sometimes reverse many common medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart disease and many more. She also loves working with athletes to provide accurate and beneficial sports nutrition strategies so they can compete at their very best.

Dr. Robert Oexman, D.C.

Dr. Robert Oexman is Director of the Sleep to Live Institute. He oversees the Institute’s research studies, particularly the impact of the sleep environment on quality of sleep. He received his Chiropractic degree and was in private practice for four years before joining Leggett & Platt, Inc. While there, Dr. Oexman developed and managed an ergonomic research center focused on bedding, furniture, and automotive seating. Dr. Oexman has worked on research projects at major universities across the U.S. He also lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of sleep and how the environment impacts sleep. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, and his Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. Dr. Oexman is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Missouri State Chiropractic Association. He received his postgraduate training at the Sleep Medicine Center in Stanford, California.

Dr. Kinjal Parikh, D.O.

Dr. Kinjal Parikh, DO, received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Parikh practices at OrthoCarolina in spine and physiatry. OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading practices of orthopedic care located in Charlotte, NC. They specialize in the areas of foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and pediatrics.

Dr. Jill Pickens, D.C.

Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Oak Brook, Dr. Jill Pickens, D.C., sought a career in chiropractic care after years of low-back pain from competitive gymnastics. She received her bachelor’s degree in movement science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to complete her doctorate of chiropractic from Parker University.

Dr. Travis Russell. D.C.

Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Naperville, Dr. Travis Russell, D.C., holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois, as well as a bachelor’s degree in life science and a doctorate of chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Russell firmly believes all people deserve to lead healthier lives and the key to being successful is chiropractic care.

Industry Experts

In addition to medical professionals, we work closely with the leaders in the mattress industry.

Joe Alexander, Founder of Nest Bedding
Carly Griffin, Co-Founder of Zonkd
JT Marino, Co-Founder of Tuft & Needle
John Merwin, Founder of Brooklyn Bedding
Terry Peace, Co-Founder of Purple
Martin Rawls-Meehan, CEO of Reverie
Ron Rudzin, CEO of Saatva
Adam Tishman, Co-Founder of Helix
Russell Whatcott, Director of Innovation at Purple

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