Best Mattresses in 2020 (September Update)

These are the top rated mattresses for every type of sleeper and budget

By Alesandra Woolley

What is the best mattress of 2020? The short answer is: it depends on your sleeping style, body type and spending budget. The expert review team at Mattress Advisor tested over 120 different beds including memory foam, latex, hybrid, innerspring and pillow top mattresses to create comprehensive mattress reviews and bring you the most comfortable mattresses for every body and price point.

Our team is always working to give you the most up-to-date information, that’s why we’ve updated the best mattresses for September 2020! Take a look at our top picks in each category to find the best mattress for you, or if you don’t know how to even begin shopping for a mattress see our mattress buying guide.

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Best Mattresses of 2020

As you read through the details below, consider factors like materials, firmness, support, and price to determine which mattress will be best for you to help you get a good night’s sleep.


Saatva – Best Innerspring Mattress

Saatva

Best Innerspring

Best for:

  • Those who prefer the feel of a traditional innerspring
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Seniors

I have had my mattress for a little over 60 days and I am in love.”

Aaron
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10

Trial Period

180 days

Why We Love the Saatva Mattress

The Saatva mattress will make you feel like you’re sleeping in a 5-star hotel. It’s made with comfort layers of coil-on-coil construction that sit below memory foam and a plush euro pillow-top. The Saatva is handcrafted in independent, American factories using high-quality materials like organic cotton, eco-friendly foams and recycled steel rod coil units.

Saatva’s superior customer service will also make you feel like royalty. The company offers free in-home set-up for your new mattress and free removal of your old mattress to help make the transition to your new mattress easier. Saatva is rated one of the best mattresses for seniors because of this seamless, hands-off customer experience (plus, it appeals to the various sleeping needs of aging seniors to get a good night’s rest).

In addition to the luxury feel, Saatva also offers exceptional spine alignment to promote healthy and restorative sleep. If you tend to move around throughout the night, Saatva will support your movements no matter what position you sleep in. The best part is that a Saatva mattress is built to last. It’s one of the most durable mattresses on the market, meaning you’ll reap these benefits for years to come.

Who is it Good For?

Luxury Mattress Shoppers

If you’re looking for a top of the line mattress, you will find that with the Saatva. When people ask us how to find a bed that feels like sleeping in a luxury hotel, this is where we lead them. In terms of quality construction, the Saatva is handcrafted with high-quality organic and eco-friendly materials to give you a healthy and happy night’s sleep. 

But where they really stand out is in their customer service. Saatva offers free white glove delivery with every mattress purchase AND free removal of your old mattress. You won’t have to lift a finger and you’ll sleep like royalty. Now that’s what we call a luxury experience.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9.5
  • Trial Period: 10
  • Return Policy: 8
  • Warranty: 10
  • Setup: 10 
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 7

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 7.5
  • Edge Support: 8.5
  • Pressure Relief: 6.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9.5
  • Responsiveness: 7.5
  • Cooling: 8.5
  • Durability: 10

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.4/10

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Nectar – Best Value Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar

Best Value

Best for:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Those who need good edge support
  • People who sleep hot

This was my first time purchasing a quality mattress and I'm glad I finally made the investment.”

Michelle
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 5.5-6/10

Trial Period

365 days

Why We Love the Nectar Mattress

There are a few things that immediately set Nectar apart from other mattresses:

  • It has one of the longest trial periods in the industry (a full year!)
  • Its warranty is valid for as long as you own the mattress
  • It’s a high-quality option for a low-price budget mattress

Nectar’s gel memory foam surface along with the other three other foam layers provide great pressure relief and motion isolation. It will give you more of a “hugging” feel, which is ideal for people who don’t move around a lot throughout the night. As an added bonus, Nectar’s proprietary cover is specifically designed to keep out dust mites.

Who is it Good For?

People on a Budget

As far as bed-in-a-box memory foam mattresses go, the Nectar is one of the most budget-friendly beds on the market. Just because Nectar cuts costs doesn’t mean you need to worry about cutting quality. The combination of gel memory foam and adaptive hi-core memory foam create a mattress that provides both the “hugging” comfort and responsive support that you need in a bed. Plus, people on a budget are usually tight with their cash and worry about making big purchases. With Nectar, you get a lifetime warranty and a 365-day sleep trial so you can rest easy about your purchase.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9
  • Trial Period: 10
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10
  • Setup: 8 
  • Customer Service: 8.5
  • Social Impact: 5

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 8.5
  • Edge Support: 9
  • Pressure Relief: 8
  • Spine Alignment: 7.5
  • Responsiveness: 8.5
  • Cooling: 8.5
  • Durability: 8.5

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.7/10

Read our full Nectar mattress review.


Helix Midnight Luxe – Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers

Helix Midnight LUXE

Best for Combination Sleepers

Best for

  • Those prone to night sweats
  • People who toss and turn at night
  • Side sleepers

No more neck, back, or hip pain. The BEST sleep!!!"

Julie C.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Why We Love the Helix Midnight Luxe

The Helix Midnight Luxe is a luxury hybrid mattress made using premium memory foam layers and over 1000 pocketed spring coils for peak comfort, bounce, and responsiveness.

The breathable foam combined with the open and airy system of innersprings, Helix Midnight keeps you cool and free from night sweats. On top of that, the top layer is made of pillow top that features a phase change material, so Helix is cool-to-the-touch.

Both the high-density foam and the coil springs provide premium zoned support. This means that you get a softer feel underneath your shoulders and feet, but firmness support in areas where you need it most, such as the hips.

Who is it Good For?

Restless Sleepers

Combination sleepers are known to toss and turn and changes positions all night long. Luckily the Helix Midnight Luxe offers great responsiveness to keep up with these movements. As you change positions, the mattress moves with you, so you stay comfortable and don’t jolt yourself awake.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10
  • Trial Period: 9
  • Return Policy: 10
  • Warranty: 10
  • Setup: 7.75 
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 5

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 7.75
  • Edge Support: 8
  • Pressure Relief: 8.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9
  • Responsiveness: 8.75
  • Cooling: 9.5
  • Durability: 9

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.9/10

Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe mattress review.


DreamCloud Premier – Best Hybrid Mattress

DreamCloud Premier

Best Hybrid

Best for:

  • People with back pain
  • Those who need edge support
  • Sleepers who need a durable mattress

Much more comfortable than the memory foam mattress I had before.”

Sandra M.
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
9.0 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 days

Why We Love the DreamCloud Premier

The DreamCloud Premier is a luxury hybrid mattress with all the bells and whistles. In its 8-layer construction, the DreamCloud Premier contains gel-infused memory foam, natural latex, and a coil compression system. Combined, these create a bed that is cooling, comfortable, bouncy, contouring, and supportive. It’s everything you could want in a bed!

The DreamCloud Premier scored particularly well in our spine alignment test, receiving a 9.5 for its exceptional ability at supporting the body in all the right places. It also scored well for responsiveness, meaning you won’t sink in to the bed more than you want to and moving around during the night is seamless.

Who is it Good For?

Hybrid Mattress Lovers

The DreamCloud Premier has a complex hybrid construction that makes it one of the best hybrid mattresses we’ve seen. It’s eight layers deep, mixing different types of memory foam, latex, and a coil construction to bring out all the best qualities you look for in a mattress. The DreamCloud Premier is comfortably contouring, supportive, and breathable for a cool night’s sleep. 

See the best hybrid mattresses.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10 
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 7.5
  • Customer Service: 8 
  • Social Impact: 5

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 7.5
  • Edge Support: 9
  • Pressure Relief: 7.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9.5
  • Responsiveness: 9 
  • Cooling: 8.5
  • Durability: 9 

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.7/10

Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review.


Layla – Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Layla

Best for Stomach Sleepers

Best for:

  • People unsure of their prefered firmness
  • Those with joint pain
  • Sleepers who toss and turn

Perfect amount of softness & support for my husband (stomach/side sleeper).”

Amanda W.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7/10

Trial Period

120 days

Why We Love the Layla Mattress

The Layla mattress is one of the most unique mattresses on the market! It’s flippable, so you can use both sides of the mattress depending on your firmness preference, and it’s built with memory foam infused with copper. Copper is known to help reduce joint inflammation and ease aches and pains, so you’ll get a good night’s sleep on the Layla! 

In our testing, the Layla performed very well in terms of responsiveness, edge support, and pressure relief. Both sides of this all-foam mattress, soft or firm, offer a nice balance of cushion and support. So you won’t sink in to the Layla (especially on the more firm side) but you’ll still get the contouring comfort you need.

Who is it Good For?

People Who Sleep on Their Stomach

Stomach sleeping is the rarest sleeping position, so if you fall in this category you may have a more difficult time finding a bed that offers everything you need for your unique position. Stomach sleepers need extra support in their mattress to help keep your spine aligned instead of sinking into an arched position. 

The Layla is our number one pick for stomach sleepers because of its two unique features. For one thing, it’s flippable, so you can choose which firmness level works best for you (we recommend the more firm side for stomach sleepers). Secondly, the Layla is infused with copper which helps reduce joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Many stomach sleepers end up experiencing lower back or neck pain from this position, so the Layla is perfect for addressing these needs and leading you to a restorative night’s sleep.

See the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10 
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 9 
  • Customer Service: 9 
  • Social Impact: 3

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 8.5
  • Edge Support: 9 
  • Pressure Relief: 9 
  • Spine Alignment: 8 
  • Responsiveness: 9.5
  • Cooling: 7.5
  • Durability: 8 

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.8/10

Read our full Layla mattress review.


Leesa Hybrid – Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

Leesa Hybrid

Best for Back Sleepers

Best for:

  • Back sleepers
  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples

The BEST night’s sleep I have had in years!"

Karen S.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.4 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm - firm: 7/10

Trial Period

100 days

Leesa Hybrid Highlights 

The Leesa Hybrid mattress is one of the highest rated beds on our site for a reason! This luxury hybrid model takes all the best things about the original Leesa mattress and enhances it to make it an even more comfortable and supportive mattress. 

The Leesa Hybrid is designed to appeal to all sleeper types, so now matter if you sleep on your stomach, back, side, or some combination of these positions, you’ll be fully supported. Plus, the top layer of perforated Avena foam paired with the supportive coil construction allows for excellent airflow for a cooling night’s sleep. 

With a 100-night sleep trial and 10-year limited warranty, you can’t go wrong with the Leesa Hybrid. 

Who is it Good For? 

People who sleep on their back

The Leesa Hybrid is well-suited for all sleeper types, but it especially appeals to back sleepers. Topped with a layer of soft foam and supported with a coil layer, the Leesa Hybrid meets back sleepers right in the middle with a plush, contouring surface that also pushes back. On this mattress, back sleepers will be fully supported to keep their spine aligned all night long for a restorative night’s sleep. 

See the best mattresses for back sleepers.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10 
  • Trial Period: 9 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 9 
  • Setup: 8
  • Customer Service: 9 
  • Social Impact: 10 
Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9 
  • Edge Support: 8 
  • Pressure Relief: 9
  • Spine Alignment: 10
  • Responsiveness: 9 
  • Cooling: 8
  • Durability: 9
Total Mattress Advisor Score: 9.4/10

Read our full Leesa Hybrid mattress review.


Casper Wave Hybrid – Best Mattress for Back Pain

Casper Wave Hybrid

Best for Back Pain

Best for:

  • Seniors
  • Side sleepers with back pain
  • People who sleep on the edge of the mattress

Aches and pains you had on your existing bed will be a thing of the past.”

Marilyn B.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.3 / 10
Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Trial Period

100 days

Why We Love the Casper Wave Hybrid

The Wave Hybrid is Casper’s most advanced mattress. Designed using more than three years worth of customer data, the Casper Wave was built to provide custom support in key areas like the shoulders, hips, and knees. This unique design with targeted support makes this Casper mattress a great fit for side sleepers who need this level of support and those with back and joint pain. 

This high-end hybrid mattress includes premium layers with an ergonomic support system targeting 33 specific body points. The Wave Hybrid is designed to mirror your body’s natural shape and offer the support you need in the night. It’s great for relieving pressure at the pain points, keeping your spine aligned, and helping you wake up feeling well-rested.

Who is it Good For?

People with Back Pain

The Wave Hybrid has an advanced design targeting 33 specific body points to match the comfort and support you need in all the right places. This addresses the need to evenly distribute your body weight across the mattress and keep your spine in a neutral alignment during the night so you can avoid back pain. The Casper Wave Hybrid is even endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)!

See the best mattresses for back pain

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10 
  • Trial Period: 9 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 9 
  • Setup: 9
  • Customer Service: 9 
  • Social Impact: 9 

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9 
  • Edge Support: 8.75 
  • Pressure Relief: 8.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9
  • Responsiveness: 9.25 
  • Cooling: 9
  • Durability: 9.5

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 9.3/10

Read our full Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review.


Cocoon Chill – Best Cooling Mattress for Hot Sleepers

Cocoon

Best for Hot Sleepers

Best for:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Memory foam lovers
  • People who want an extra soft or extra firm bed

“Great night(s) sleep, comfortable, reduced my arthritis pains."

Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Medium-Soft: 6/10; Extra Firm: 8/10

Trial Period

100 days

Cocoon Highlights

The Cocoon Chill by Sealy is a memory foam mattress designed with hot sleepers in mind. If you’re tired of sweating through your sheets and having to throw the covers off in the middle of the night, the Cocoon Chill mattress could be the one for you. 

Many hot sleepers may have to sacrifice the soft comfort of a memory foam mattress since memory foam tends to trap body heat, but the Cocoon was intentionally designed to allow hot sleepers to choose a soft foam bed that still keeps you cool at night.

Topped with a cooling cover and breathable, pressure-relieving foam, the Cocoon not only suits hot sleepers, but also makes a great mattress for anyone looking for a soft hug from their bed. With two firmness options (medium soft or extra firm), you can choose which level of firmness is best for you.  Plus, it comes with a 100-night trial period with free returns so you can feel confident in your purchase!

Who is it Good For?

People who sleep hot

All of the materials in the Cocoon are designed with hot sleepers in mind. Topped with a breathable, stretch-knit fabric cover that absorbs and dissipates body heat, the Cocoon is sure to keep you cool. Keep in mind, the sheets and bedding items you add can have an effect on the cooling capabilities so be intentional when shopping for cooling sheets, toppers, and protectors as well.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 8 
  • Trial Period: 9 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 9
  • Setup: 8
  • Customer Service: 9 
  • Social Impact: 4
Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9
  • Edge Support: 9
  • Pressure Relief: 8.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9
  • Responsiveness: 9 
  • Cooling: 7.5
  • Durability: 8
Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.7/10

Read our full Cocoon Chill mattress review.


Puffy Lux – Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Puffy Lux

Best for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Couples who sleep hot
  • Side sleepers who like their mattress to hug them
  • Athletes

We both love our new Puffy mattress it helps my lower back and helps her sciatica.”

Jerome J.
Customer Rating
5 / 5
MA Score
9.3 / 10
Firmness

Medium-soft to medium: 5.5 - 7

Trial Period

101 nights

Why We Love the Puffy Lux Mattress

The Puffy Lux mattress is a plush, yet supportive luxury foam mattress that is medium soft on the top, but with firm support that provides spinal alignment and supportive comfort at the pressure points. What sets the Lux mattress apart is an adaptive Dual Cloud layer that contours your body while you’re sleeping, something side sleepers need.

The Puffy Lux does its job so well that when we brought it into our lab, our tester said, “It feels like sleeping on a cloud!” without even knowing the brand he was testing.

Puffy’s gel-infused memory foam uses convection and conduction technology to disperse heat away from your body, increasing airflow 8x more than standard foam mattresses.

Who is it Good For?

Side Sleepers Who Need Pressure Relief

Optimal pressure relief in a mattress is key to reducing those morning aches and pains. This could be important to you if you’re an athlete/active person, a side sleeper, a senior, someone with disabilities, or just generally a person who doesn’t want to wake up sore in the morning. (Who does?!) 

The Puffy Lux does a superior job providing pressure relief for side sleepers. It received nearly a perfect score in our pressure relief test!

Read More: Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9 
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 10 
  • Customer Service: 9 
  • Social Impact: 7

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 8.25
  • Edge Support: 8.5
  • Pressure Relief: 9.5
  • Spine Alignment: 9 
  • Responsiveness: 9.25
  • Cooling: 8.75
  • Durability: 8.75

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 9.3/10

Read our full Puffy Lux mattress review.


Awara – Best Eco-Friendly Mattress

Awara

Best Eco-Friendly

Best for:

  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples
  • People who prefer a firmer mattress

I feel like my bedroom has been transformed into a spa.”

Sarah M.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Why We Love the Awara Mattress

The Awara mattress is newer to the market but is quickly becoming a fan favorite with its eco-friendly features and a competitive price point. It’s constructed with premium 100% organic Dunlop latex foam that is GOLS certified and 5-zoned pocket-coils to create the perfect blend of support and contour. The interior of the mattress has two core layers topped with an all-natural cotton and wool cover.

With a 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty, the Awara can rest assured that you’re sleeping on quality materials that will last you years to come.

Who is it Good For?

♻️Eco-Friendly Shoppers

Buying a mattress that’s good for the environment, affordable, and high-quality? What a dream! Made with natural materials, Awara is built with 100% organic Dunlop latex and all-natural cotton and wool, making it an organic latex mattress. These materials are naturally breathable, so you’ll get a cool night’s sleep. Plus, with the hybrid construction, nearly anyone can find this bed comfortable.

See the best organic mattresses.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9 
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 8.5
  • Customer Service: 8 
  • Social Impact: 5 

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9 
  • Edge Support: 9 
  • Pressure Relief: 7.5
  • Spine Alignment: 8.5
  • Responsiveness: 8.25
  • Cooling: 8.5
  • Durability: 9 

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.8/10

Read our full Awara mattress review.


Big Fig – Best Mattress for Heavy People

Big Fig

Best for Heavy People

Best for:

  • Couples who sleep hot
  • Those who need a durable mattress
  • Heavy people with back pain

I think I made a mistake buying this bed because now I never want to get out of it.”

Jessica H.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial Period

120 days

Why We Love the Big Fig Mattress

The Big Fig was carefully designed to support people with bigger figures. It does a great job of providing pressure relief and supporting heavier parts of the body where it’s needed most.

Heavier sleepers claim that they don’t sink into this mattress like they do with others. The hybrid construction, durable materials and sturdy foundation help with this. The top layer of the Big Fig will also promote a cooler night’s sleep.

Who is it Good For?

➕Plus-Size or Heavy People

Just like most things in life, mattresses are not designed with a  one-size-fits-all approach. Heavier people (200+ lbs.) need more support from a mattress simply due to the forces of gravity. An ultra-soft memory foam mattress cannot offer the support your figure needs. The Big Fig is designed with heavier people in mind to provide the proper amount of support layers, pressure relief, and comfort.

See the best mattresses for heavy people.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 6 
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 7.5
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 4

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9.5
  • Edge Support: 8.1
  • Pressure Relief: 7.75
  • Spine Alignment: 8 
  • Responsiveness: 9.5
  • Cooling: 9 
  • Durability: 9.5

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.8/10

Read our full Big Fig mattress review.

Nolah – Best Soft Mattress

Nolah

Best Soft Mattress

Best for:

  • People who want a plush mattress with a hug
  • People who sleep hot
  • People with pain points

Very satisfied!"

David F
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 5 - 6 /10

Trial Period

120 days

Nolah Highlights 

If you want a super soft mattress that offers a comfortable hug at night, look no further than the Nolah. This foam mattress is a soft 5-6/10 on the firmness scale and is made with proprietary AirFoam designed to keep you cool.

Sometimes, super soft mattresses aren’t supportive enough, so you sink in and your body heat gets trapped in the mattress. But the Nolah is designed to avoid this. Built with supportive high-resilience foam and a high-density foam base layer, the Nolah perfectly matches plush comfort with support.

Who is it Good For? 

Hot sleepers who want a foam mattress

Foam mattresses aren’t always designed with hot sleepers in mind, but the Nolah perfects the cooling foam design to allow hot sleepers to have the best of both worlds. 

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 10
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 9
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 6
Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9
  • Edge Support: 8.5
  • Pressure Relief: 7.25
  • Spine Alignment: 9.5
  • Responsiveness: 9.25
  • Cooling: 8
  • Durability: 7
Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.9/10

Read our full Nolah mattress review.


Bear – Best Firm Mattress

Bear

Best Firm Mattress

Best for:

  • Athletes
  • Active people
  • People with pain
  • Hot sleepers

Very happy with my new mattress."

Lisa B
Customer Rating
4.7 / 5
MA Score
8.6 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 7.1/10

Trial Period

100 days

Bear Highlights

Conversely, some sleepers are longing for a firm mattress that offers a lot of pushback. The Bear is a great choice for anyone looking for a firmer foam mattress. 

The Bear mattress is specially designed with athletes in mind, who need a firmer surface that aids in muscle recovery. This bed is built with memory foam with graphite gel to give you a cooling night’s sleep. 

The Bear is a great choice for athletes, people with an active lifestyle, hot sleepers, or people with joint pain. Your body will stay fully aligned and supported on the Bear’s sleep surface. 

Who is it Good For? 

Athletes or active people 

The Bear is designed with athletes in mind to deliver a restorative night’s sleep. Known as a “recovery mattress,” the Bear offers a cooling and comfortable sleep surface that helps your body heal overnight. 

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 10 
  • Trial Period: 9 
  • Return Policy: 10
  • Warranty: 9 
  • Setup: 7
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 6
Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 7.75
  • Edge Support: 8.5
  • Pressure Relief: 7
  • Spine Alignment: 8.5
  • Responsiveness: 9
  • Cooling: 9
  • Durability: 8
Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.6/10

Read our full Bear mattress review.


Saatva Solaire – Best Mattress for Seniors

Saatva Solaire

Best for Seniors

Best for:

  • Older couples
  • Indecisive sleepers unsure of their firmness preferences
  • People who sleep hot

Best air bed on the market.”

James M.
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Custom

Trial Period

180 days

Why We Love the Saatva Solaire

The Saatva Solaire is an inflatable airbed that you can customize to meet your exact preferences. We know there’s no bed that’s one-size-fits-all since everyone has different desires in a mattress, but with the customization capabilities of the Solaire, truly anyone can make this bed what they want!

The Solaire comes with an adjustable base so you can elevate your upper or lower body to your desired height. Even cooler is the Solaire’s upper flex capabilities. The Solaire is only split halfway down the middle, so sleepers can select their preferred elevation without disturbing your partner. Plus, there’s a full body massage function! The Solaire will give you a custom and luxurious sleeping experience.

Who is it Good For?

Seniors

The Saatva Solaire is a great choice for seniors who have specific needs in a mattress. For one thing, it’s adjustable. An adjustable mattress allows seniors to move easily climb in and out of bed. Plus, sleeping in a slightly elevated position may be beneficial to some of the medical conditions seniors experience as they age.

The customizable comfort is also important to seniors whose bodies are aging. As preferences change, you can adjust the bed to meet your desired comfort level.

See the best mattresses for seniors.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9.5
  • Trial Period: 10 
  • Return Policy: 8 
  • Warranty: 10 
  • Setup: 9.5
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 5

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 9
  • Edge Support: 8.5
  • Pressure Relief: 8 
  • Spine Alignment: 8 
  • Responsiveness: 8
  • Cooling: 8.75
  • Durability: 9 

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.7/10

Read our full Saatva Solaire mattress review.


Casper Element – Best Mattress for Kids

Casper Element

Best for Kids

Best for:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Children who need good edge support
  • Guest bedrooms

It is the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever owned.”

Elizabeth
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
8.4 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Why We Love the Casper Element

The Casper Element is Casper’s most affordable and streamlined mattress model. Even though it classifies as a budget mattress, it doesn’t compromise on quality. Typically we would warn you that a queen mattress at the low price of $595 is likely a bust, but we’ve taken the time to lay on the Casper Element ourselves and test it out. If no one told you the price, you would easily expect it to cost $1,000!

This three-layer mattress borrows elements from Casper’s original model providing pressure relief, breathability, and responsiveness from its first two layers of foam. The bottom layer provides support and durability for the Element.

Who is it Good For?

Kids

The Casper Element is a truly great option for a kid’s mattress. As your child grows, you don’t want to spend too much on a mattress that they’ll outgrow, but you also don’t want to slack on a poor quality bed. Your child’s sleep is critical to their growth and development, so we know parents care about finding a good mattress for their child.

But we also know you’re looking for something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The Casper Element is the perfect answer to this. It’s affordable and a good quality bed. Plus, if you choose a big enough size (like a full) your child can grow into it and you can take advantage of its full 7-10 year lifespan.

See the best mattresses for kids.

MA Score Breakdown

Customer Experience

  • Shipping: 9 
  • Trial Period: 9 
  • Return Policy: 10
  • Warranty: 9 
  • Setup: 8.5
  • Customer Service: 9
  • Social Impact: 9

Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: 7.9
  • Edge Support: 9.25
  • Pressure Relief: 7.75
  • Spine Alignment: 8
  • Responsiveness: 7.5
  • Cooling: 7
  • Durability: 6.5

Total Mattress Advisor Score: 8.4/10

Read our full Casper Element mattress review.


How We Chose the Best Mattresses

At Mattress Advisor, we personally test every mattress that’s reviewed in our Mattress Lab using a 14-point testing procedure. Our proprietary scoring system takes into account both scientific and human elements to provide you with the information you need to navigate the murky waters of mattress shopping.

Here’s a look at the work that went into selecting the top 13 mattresses that you see in this guide.

120+

Mattresses tested and compared

1,200+

Hours spent testing products

12

Experts and specialists consulted

2,500+

Customer reviews analyzed

So, how can you actually tell whether a mattress is one of the best or not, especially when you can’t physically see it and touch it while online shopping. Well, one option is to trust third-party review sites like ourselves. The other option is to spruce up your own mattress knowledge.

Read More: Best Online Mattresses

To be fair, you don’t buy a mattress too many times in your life, so it isn’t something we expect you to have an expertise on. We’ll help you figure out what positive signs to look for in a mattress and what to note as a red flag.

What Makes a Mattress Good?

Our review process can provide helpful guidelines for what factors make a good mattress. A good mattress will be able to offer you the contouring comfort your body needs to rest in its neutral position, while providing a proper balance of support for the sake of durability and maintaining a comfortable sleeping position.

So, we test for these factors in our mattress lab: motion transfer/isolation, responsiveness, edge support, pressure relief, spine alignment, cooling, and durability, and we give each feature a weighted score out of 10.

To the average person, some of these terms may sound like mumbo jumbo, so we’ll explain it in layman’s terms:

  • Motion Transfer/Isolation: Motion transfer is more important for those who share the bed with a sleeping partner, so we test this by having one person lie on one side of the bed while the other moves and shifts. Then, we do the same thing, but with a glass of wine to see how much movement jostles the bed.
  • Responsiveness: While responsiveness is something everyone should want in a mattress, it’s more important for combination sleepers who move around frequently during the night and need their mattress to be able to respond. We test this by simply tossing and turning on the mattress.
  • Edge Support: Edge support is important for those who sleep on the edge of the bed or sit there to tie their shoes. We test a mattress’s edge support by sitting on the edge of the bed and seeing how far down the edge dips.
  • Pressure Relief: You don’t want your shoulders, hips, or knees, to become too sore because your mattress doesn’t balance comfort and support. We use a heat map to score pressure relief in a mattress, looking at the shoulders, lower back, and hips specifically.
  • Spine Alignment: If spine alignment looks poor on a mattress, you’ll wake up with aches and pains, and the undue stress on your joints can lead to long-term issues. To test a mattress’s spinal alignment, one person lies on their side, and we see how straight their spine is by drawing a line from the base of the spine to the neck.
  • Cooling: If you sleep hot, having a cooling mattress is key to not waking up covered in sweat. We see if a mattress is cool to the touch and measure how many cooling layers are added in the construction.
  • Durability: When you buy a mattress, you want it to last. That’s why we test for durability based on the quality of materials used to make the mattress.

Overall, a good mattress shouldn’t be too extreme. Avoid anything extremely firm or extremely soft. The same is true for price points. Anything that’s unbelievably cheap is most likely cutting corners.

What Makes a Mattress Bad?

We’ve walked you through the important things that you want to see in a mattress, but keep in mind that there are a number of things you should avoid when mattress shopping. Take a look at some of the warning signs we’ve outlined below.

Too soft or too firm

We rate firmness on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Even if you know you prefer something very soft or very firm, it’s a good idea to stay away from the extremes on the firmness scale (1s or 10s). 

The best firm mattresses tend to have firmness levels around a 7; the best soft ones are around a 3 or 4. There’s less of a chance you’ll find comfort on an extremely soft or extremely firm mattress over time.

Very cheap or very expensive 

Mattresses under $500 (for a queen size) usually mean that you’re getting a lower quality mattress. That could be fine for a guest bedroom or temporary sleeping space, but be aware that cheaper mattresses won’t last you as long. And while you can certainly buy a quality mattress around $1,000, there are always going to be options that cost more and promise more. 

We’ve actually seen mattresses that cost upwards of $20,000—and while, yes, it’s likely a great mattress, it’s definitely not worth that much.

No trial period or return policy

Just because you tested a mattress in a store doesn’t mean it’s going to feel the same when you sleep on it for a while. Your body needs different amounts of support in your wake state vs. your sleeping state—so it’s almost impossible to know if a mattress is going to work for you until you sleep on it for a few weeks. This is why having a sleep trial is so important.

If you buy a mattress online that doesn’t offer a trial period or return policy, you’re essentially stuck with that mattress or will lose some or all of your money if you decide it’s not the right fit for you.

No warranty

When investing in a product as significant as a mattress, it’s important to make sure your purchase is protected. There’s always a chance for a manufacturing flaw or error with the way the mattress was made. 

Warranties allow you the opportunity to send back your mattress and get a new one within a certain time period (usually 10-20 years). A warranty is also a good sign that a mattress company can stand by their quality, and in the off-chance that your mattress wasn’t properly made, they’ll promise to fix it.

Bad customer reviews

While it’s usually a good idea to disregard the most extreme reviews, if you come across a mattress that has a significant number of poor reviews (or an overall lower customer satisfaction score) it’s usually a good idea to stay away from those. This is especially true if you’re looking for a particular feature in a mattress (i.e. cooling), and you find that a decent amount of customers are complaining about sleeping too hot, then it’s probably time to move on.

Too thin

Typically mattresses will range from 9-12” depending on the brand and model. Mattresses thinner than this likely won’t provide the level of cushion and support that you need for quality sleep.


What is the Best Mattress

If you’re here reading this, it’s because you’re wondering what the best mattress out there is. With over 175 mattress brands all competing for your attention, you probably wish we would tell you which is actually best. Unfortunately, like all things in life, it’s not that simple. 

The best mattress varies for everyone depending on preferences, body type, lifestyle, and more. There are tons of different factors that come into play when finding the right mattress for you, so we’ve broken them down by category.

Best Mattress Based on Mattress Type

Memory Foam Mattress

As the name would imply, memory foam mattresses are beds that are entirely constructed from layers of foam. Memory foam is known to be pressure relieving and motion isolating, making it a good option for couples and people with back pain. With the exception of higher end foam mattresses that are infused with gel or copper, memory foam does sleep hot.

Innerspring Mattress

Traditional innerspring mattresses are the type of mattress that most of us are used to sleeping on. They are made of a base layer of coils cushioned by memory foam or polyfoam on either side, making them flippable. Innerspring beds are great for combination sleepers because of their responsiveness, and they tend to be the right price for budget shoppers. Innersprings aren’t great for people with back pain or couples who need motion isolation.

Latex Mattress

Any mattress that features latex foam as a core layer is considered a latex mattress. Latex foam is pressure relieving, naturally cooling, and can be organic depending on whether it’s derived from natural or synthetic latex. Latex beds are a good choice for eco-conscious shoppers, hot sleepers, and people with aches and pains. The only con is that latex mattresses can be quite pricey.

Hybrid Mattress

Hybrid beds can be made with memory foam, pocketed coils, and latex foam, or any combination of the three. The aim of hybrids is to pull strength from each material to make the perfect mattress that tackles a specific sleep problem. Hybrids work for pretty much anyone, but because of the premium materials, they can be expensive.

Other Mattress Types

Mattress type goes beyond the main materials. Eco-friendly shoppers would enjoy an organic mattress. People who like to travel may need an air mattress or an RV mattress. People with mobility issues should look for a smart bed. And people who don’t know what they want should check out customizable mattresses or maybe even a waterbed. There truly is something for everyone.

Based on Budget

Sometimes the best mattress for you is restricted by your wallet. Check out these mattress guides based on price range.

Based on Sleep Position

Side Sleepers

People who sleep on their side need a mattress that can hug their hips and shoulders while keeping their spine perfectly straight from their neck to the base of their spine. A mattress with medium firmness and a plush top layer works well; so do memory foam and latex mattresses.

Back Sleepers

The best sleeping position for overall health, back sleepers need a mattress that can contour to the natural curve of the spine. Most types of mattresses work for this position, but the best options are memory foam and medium-firm hybrids.

Stomach Sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach is considered the worst position for your alignment. However, this type of sleeper needs a firm mattress for alignment with a plush top layer for the hips and shoulders.

Combination Sleepers

People who toss and turn or go to sleep in one position and wake up in another are considered combination sleepers. Combo sleepers need a mattress that is responsive, so they can easily change positions throughout the night: innerspring, hybrid, and latex mattresses do this best.

Based on Age

What you need in a mattress changes as you age.

  • Newborns: Newborns need a crib mattress that is flat, firm, and made with safe materials. 
  • Kids: Kids need a mattress that is durable, so it can last not only their entire childhood, but as they jump and play on it as well.
  • Teenagers: The best mattress for teenagers is one that give them room to stretch out, but pressure relieving enough for their active lifestyle.
  • College Students: College students tend to sleep on twin XL beds if they live on campus, but those in apartments should look for something big enough to stretch out in.
  • Seniors: Seniors should look for a bed that is easy to get in and out of as well as a mattress with pressure relieving properties.

Based on Aches and Pains

Unfortunately waking up with pain is common for many Americans. The best mattresses for back, hip, or shoulder pain have pressure relief as their main feature. When it comes to back pain specifically, spinal alignment in a mattress is equally as important.

  • Back Pain: People with back pain need a mattress with both pressure relief and good spinal alignment.
  • Neck Pain: Like back pain, the best mattress for neck pain keeps your spine aligned and relieves pressure points.
  • Hip Pain: A good mattress for hip pain contours to your body and eases hip pressure.
  • Shoulder Pain: Like hip pain, a mattress for people with shoulder pain contours to your shoulders and relieves pressure.
  • FibromyalgiaThe best mattress for fibromyalgia is made of memory foam or latex because they are gentle and cushioning on the joints.

Based on Body Type

Tall people should choose a mattress size that favors length over width. This includes twin XL, queen, king, and Cal king. In fact, California king mattresses are narrower than king beds; but 4 inches longer.

Plus-sized people need a mattress that focuses on cooling, edge support, and durability. Because the average mattress tends to wear down more quickly, a thicker mattress with supportive coils is the best option.

Other Factors

FAQs

How much does a new mattress usually cost?

The average price of a bed-in-a-box mattress that you can buy online is around $1,000 for a queen-size bed. The mattress size and materials used will influence cost; for example, a king-sized mattress will always be more expensive than a twin. You can find budget mattresses in the $600-$700 range. Luxury hybrid mattresses may cost a bit more and typically sell for $1,500-$2,000.

If you shop in a traditional mattress store, expect to pay upwards of 40% more on your mattress. You’ll be paying for things like commission and overhead, as opposed to online retailers who sell directly to the consumer.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

Getting the best price possible on your mattress all depends on timing. Holidays such as President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Black Friday are a great way to get that mattress you’ve been eyeing thanks to big sales. Get any size mattress or any mattress type for a big discount during these times of year.

If I buy a mattress online and don't like it, can I return it?

Before purchasing an online mattress, we recommend thoroughly reading many mattress reviews, although if you buy a mattress and decide it isn’t right for you, you typically can return it. Almost all online mattresses come with a trial period that typically lasts a few months. During this time, you have the luxury of sleeping on your new mattress in your own home to decide if it’s right for you. If not, you can return it for a refund or exchange it for a different mattress. The company you purchased from with usually come pick up the mattress from your home and arrange for a donation to a local charity. If your mattress came in a box, you don’t have to worry about trying to get it back in.

How long should my mattress last?

Mattresses can last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on the quality and materials, as well as how much use the mattress gets. After 10 years (or your 10-year warranty), your mattress has accumulated dust mites and bacteria after regular use and it is good for your health to invest in a new one.

What if my partner and I want different things in a mattress?

It’s common for couples to have different sleeping styles and preferences when it comes to choosing a mattress. If your preferences vary greatly, look for something in the middle in terms of firmness, support and “hug.” Other important factors to consider when sharing a bed are motion transfer and cooling.

If I buy a new mattress, will I need a new box spring or bed frame too?

If your existing box spring or bed frame is in good condition, you may still be able to use it with your new mattress. The important thing to consider is whether your mattress foundation is compatible with the type of mattress you have. For example, memory foam mattresses will need more supportive foundations than innerspring mattresses. Using the appropriate foundation can have a big impact on how your mattress feels.


Summary

We get that choosing your mattress is a big deal—it’s where you dream, love, recharge, binge watch your favorite Netflix shows and nurse yourself back to sleep during flu season. By this point, we hope we’ve helped you select the best mattress for you. At the very least, we hope you have a better understanding of what’s out there and what to look for in a mattress.

To recap, here are our top picks for the best mattresses of 2020:

Mattress Award Our Rating (out of 10)
Saatva Best Innerspring Mattress 8.4
Nectar Best Value Memory Foam Mattress 8.7
Helix Midnight Luxe Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers 8.9
DreamCloud Premier Best Hybrid Mattress 8.7
Layla Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers 8.8
Leesa Hybrid Best Mattress for Back Sleepers 8.8
Casper Wave Hybrid Best Mattress for Back Pain 8.7
Cocoon Chill Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers 8.7
Puffy Lux Best Mattress for Side Sleepers 9.3
Awara Best Eco-Friendly Mattress 8.8
Big Fig Best Mattress for Heavy People 8.8
Nolah Best Soft Mattress 8.9
Bear Best Firm Mattress 8.6
Casper Element  Best Mattress for Kids 8.4
Saatva Solaire Best Mattress for Seniors 8.7

If you still have unanswered questions, leave us a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Sweet dreams!


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