Best Online Mattresses of 2022

By Nicole Gleichmann

May 6th, 2022

Online mattress shopping has a lot of advantages, including lower prices and longer trial periods than you’ll find with many store-bought mattresses. It’s also much easier to compare mattresses by price, material, and sleep position—and you can shop without pressure from over-eager salespeople.

To simplify the process even further, our Mattress Advisor experts have chosen the 10 best online mattresses of 2022. You can also check out the advice in our online mattress buying guide to help you find the best online mattress deals and choose the right mattress for your best night’s sleep.


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Our Top Picks for Best Online Mattress

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The expert review team at Mattress Advisor has tested over 150 different beds including memory foam, latex, hybrid, innerspring, and pillow top mattresses. We look at 14 criteria covering everything from pressure relief and responsiveness to ease of set-up and customer service.


Saatva

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Saatva Classic

Best Innerspring Mattress

Best for

  • Back and stomach sleepers who like a firm surface
  • Seniors with back pain
  • Eco-conscious consumers
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

The Saatva is more than an innerspring mattress. The combination of supportive coils, pressure-relieving memory foam, and a cushy Euro pillow top achieves comfort and support ideal for all sleepers.

Unlike most mattresses, the Saatva is customizable with multiple firmness options. The plush soft option truly cradles pressure points, which is essential for side sleepers to enjoy a good night’s sleep. The luxury firm is a medium-firm that fits the average sleeper, with back sleepers particularly well-suited. Lastly, their firm mattress is sturdy enough for stomach sleepers and heavyweight sleepers alike.

In our in-house testing facility, the Saatva mattress received an almost perfect score (9.5/10) for spine alignment. This exceptional lumbar support helps to relieve aches and pains, making it a solid choice for those with back pain. And with eco-friendly materials, you can feel good about your new mattress.

When you order a Saatva mattress, white glove delivery and setup comes at no additional cost. Your new Saatva mattress and bed frame are set up where you want them, and your old mattress is removed. And thanks to a 365-night sleep trial period, you can test out the mattress for a year with zero financial risk.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Nectar

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Nectar

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for

  • Couples who share a bed
  • Budget-conscious consumers
  • First-time online mattress shoppers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

The original Nectar is one of the best memory foam mattresses we’ve reviewed. With consistently competitive pricing, it’s also a good pick for an affordable mattress.

The upper comfort layer is made of quilted gel memory foam, hugging curves and distributing weight away from problem areas. Both the upper and middle foam layers contain cooling gel that absorbs excess body heat without feeding it back to you overnight. For this reason, Nectar sleeps cool for an all-foam bed.

When we tested the Nectar mattress, it received high scores for both motion transfer and edge support. These attributes make the Nectar an excellent option for couples as it isolates movement and allows you to comfortably sleep along the entire surface of the mattress.

If this is the first time that you’ve considered buying a mattress online, Nectar is a good company to go through—they go above and beyond to ensure that their customers feel comfortable buying a new mattress. Every Nectar mattress comes with a full-year trial period, eliminating the need to go into a store and test-drive your new bed first. If you find that the Nectar isn’t right for you, return it in the first year for a full refund.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.


Casper

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Casper

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for

  • Those with back pain
  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples who share a bed
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

9.1/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The original Casper has long been one of the best bed-in-a-box mattresses you can buy. This all-foam bed boasts a medium-firm feel that’s a great fit for most back, side, and stomach sleepers. It’s a good choice for value shoppers thanks to its quality materials at a competitive price.

Casper won our spot for the best bed for back pain thanks to its layer of zoned support foam. Zoned support layers deliver greater support or extra give at places that need it the most. The different zones do a superb job of keeping the spine properly aligned, relieving (or avoiding) back pain.

Casper is one of very few mattresses that has earned a perfect score for responsiveness during our in-house testing. What this means is that the Casper mattress quickly adjusts when you move. Combination sleepers sleep best on mattresses that are highly responsive.

Another group of people who can benefit from Casper are couples who like memory foam. Thanks to Casper’s open-cell foam, it’s much bouncier than most memory foam mattresses. Plus, it scored a 9.5/10 for edge support, so you and your partner can spread out.

Read our full Casper mattress review.


Helix Midnight

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Helix Midnight

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

Best for

  • Hot sleepers
  • People who want a personalized mattress
  • All sleep positions
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

Helix hybrid mattresses are some of the coolest mattresses for hot sleepers that we’ve tested, and the popular Helix Midnight is no exception. Air freely flows through the innerspring coils and the memory foam has an open-cell structure that releases trapped body heat. And if you sleep particularly toasty, opt for their Ultra-Cool knit cover for an even cooler night’s sleep.

If you’re a side sleeper, or someone who has back pain, you’ll find some of the Midnight’s Mattress Advisor scores particularly encouraging. It earns a 9/10 score for spine alignment and an 8.5/10 score for pressure relief. Also, the Helix Midnight’s medium firmness makes it a good match for most sleeping positions.

With 9/10 scores for both motion transfer and edge support, this mattress also has the capability to help couples sleep more comfortably. Isolating motion reduces the effect of movement rippling across the mattress surface, and edge support helps ensure you can spread out without feeling the edge sag beneath you.

Helix offers a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year limited warranty. While our 7.5/10 customer service score for Helix isn’t great, the company does boast a 4.6/5 customer rating.

Read our full Helix Midnight mattress review.


Layla

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Layla

Best Firm Mattress

Best for

  • Growing children and teenagers
  • Lightweight sleepers
  • Those with aches and pains who like firm beds
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

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

trial period

120 days

Dual-sided mattresses used to be the norm, but today you’re hard-pressed to find a mattress with more than one sleeping surface. The Layla memory foam mattress is one of the rare exceptions, and it’s also one of the best flippable mattresses on the market. With one soft side and one firm side, it boasts a feel that fits the needs of most sleepers.

One of the perks of the dual-sided Layla mattress is that it accommodates changing needs. It’s an excellent choice for someone who normally likes a firm mattress but may need something softer (if they suffer an injury or become pregnant, for instance). Additionally, children’s needs change as they grow older. Children can use the softer side when younger and upgrade to the firmer side once they need more support.

Because the Layla mattress is 100% foam without any supportive base, it’s best for average to lightweight sleepers. For those who weigh less than 230 pounds, the hugging contouring combined with reliable support relieves pressure and keeps the spine properly aligned.

Another benefit of a dual-sided mattress is enhanced longevity. Because there is twice the sleeping surface, it takes longer before indentations form or sagging occurs (so long as you sleep on both sides, that is). And with a limited lifetime warranty, Layla shows that they believe their mattress will provide many years of comfortable use.

Read our full Layla mattress review.


Brooklyn Signature

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Brooklyn Signature

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for

  • Side sleepers and combination sleepers
  • Those with back pain
  • Lightweight sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Choose your preference: Available in soft, medium or firm

trial period

120 days

Brooklyn Signature by Brooklyn Bedding is a top hybrid mattress that comes in three firmness levels. The plush option is one of the softest hybrid mattresses on the market, delivering a hugging, sinking feeling. The medium is their most popular mattress, achieving a contouring yet supportive feel. Their firmer model provides a surface that you sleep on, rather than in.

With the three firmness options, the Brooklyn Signature can accommodate sleepers of all sizes and sleep preferences. It’s even versatile enough to make our lists of best twin mattresses and best twin XL mattresses. However, it’s the plush option that we want to highlight for its unique benefits. Few mattresses are soft enough for lightweight individuals to sink into, which is why lightweight side sleepers have trouble finding a comfortable mattress. The Brooklyn Signature plush mattress contours and cushions those side sleepers who find most mattresses too firm, so this bed is definitely one of our top mattresses for side sleepers.

Thanks to its responsive coil layer, the Brooklyn Signature quickly adjusts to your movements. If you’re someone who repositions a lot, the combination of coils and foam will help support an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Finally, we recommend the Brooklyn Signature for those with back pain. In our in-house testing facility, this mattress scored incredibly high in spinal alignment and pressure relief. This means that your body’s natural curves will be maintained, relieving aches and pains come morning.

Read our full Brooklyn Signature mattress review.


Tuft & Needle

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Tuft & Needle

Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers

Best for

  • Combination sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Couples with different sleep positions
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The Tuft & Needle mattress is an all-foam mattress with a feel that falls between a sinking hug and sleeping on top of comfy foam. Its medium-firm feel and cushioning ability are well-suited for most sleepers, and it’s also one of the best budget mattresses available.

Combination sleepers need a mattress that excels for sleepers in every sleep position, and with the reliable support and plush surface, the Tuft & Needle is an excellent fit. Another characteristic of this mattress that suits combination sleepers is that it quickly adjusts to your movements, unlike some memory foam beds that make you feel stuck.

Couples who sleep in different sleep positions can find a middle ground with the Tuft & Needle. Its contouring, supportive feel is ideal for back sleepers, firm enough for stomach sleepers, and cushy enough for side sleepers.

Finally, for those who sleep hot, the Tuft & Needle sleeps cooler than the average memory foam bed. With an open-cell foam, cooling gel, and graphite, your body heat won’t be circulated back to you over the night.

Read our full Tuft & Needle mattress review.


WinkBed

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WinkBeds Luxury Firm

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Best for

  • Stomach sleepers of any size
  • People with back pain
  • People who sleep on the edge of the bed
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

120 days

In order to get the right amount of support, stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress than most other types of sleepers. Thankfully, the WinkBed comes in four different firmness options, three of which work very well for stomach sleepers. The Luxury Firm version is great for lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers, while the Firmer and Plus models make great options for heavier stomach sleepers.

Because of its perfect durability score (10/10), it’s no surprise that the WinkBed also has fantastic edge support (9.75/10). High marks in these fields indicate a mattress that has incredible structure and longevity, two factors that help make the WinkBed Luxury Firm one of the best mattresses that won’t sag. You can roll to the very edges of the bed and experience next to no sagging, and you aren’t likely to experience much sagging at all for a long time.

In fact, WinkBeds is so confident in the quality of their mattress’ construction that they provide a lifetime warranty with every mattress purchase—much more generous than the online mattress industry standard of ten years.

Read our full WinkBed mattress review.


Allswell

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The Allswell

Best Mattress Under $500

Best for

  • Budget shoppers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Heavyweight sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.2/10

firmness

Medium - 5/10

trial period

100 days

Are you in the market for an affordable memory foam hybrid? The Allswell mattress is one of very few memory foam hybrid mattresses that costs less than $500 for a queen-size. Included in this price tag is free shipping and a 100-night trial.

The Allswell achieves this competitive price point by using thick, low gauge coils and a thin memory foam layer. These thick coils create a firm and supportive feel, with exceptional edge support. Thanks to the firm, reliable coil support, the Allswell is a good fit for heavier sleepers.

While the upper memory foam layer does an exceptional job at lightly cushioning the body, it does not conform or sink in the way that some memory foam does. The combination of the thin memory foam layer and thick coils is best for those who like a medium-firm mattress with minimal contouring.

For a hybrid mattress, the Allswell sleeps exceptionally cool. Air circulates freely through the layer of coils, with heat readily dissipating through the thin foam layer. If you find yourself waking up with night sweats or kicking the blankets off in the middle of the night, the Allswell can help.

Read our full Allswell mattress review.


Purple

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Purple

Best Mattress for Heavy People

Best for

  • Plus size sleepers
  • Those with back pain
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

8.4/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

100 days

The Purple is a very good mattress for heavy people, especially those who like the feel of foam beds but find them to not be supportive enough. Purple’s proprietary grid system combined with foam layers gives a feeling of floating on top of the mattress, equally distributing weight along the entire body’s surface. Weight is properly supported, the spine is kept in a neutral alignment, and pressure is removed from problem areas.

Purple doesn’t specify a weight capacity for its mattresses, but the company suggests they can comfortably accommodate a total of 600 pounds (or with two people sharing a mattress, 300 pounds for each side).

In our in-house testing facility, the Purple mattress scored a 9.5/10 for spine alignment and an 8.5/10 for pressure relief. By distributing weight and achieving a weightless yet supportive feel, those with back pain often find relief after just a few nights on the Purple mattress.

The Purple mattress is an ideal fit for those who are prone to overheating. The upper grid layer facilitates air flow, dispersing body heat before it can build up in the lower foam layers. The Purple sleeps just as cool as the average coil mattress, while delivering a unique pressure relieving feel.

Read our full Purple mattress review.


How to Buy a Mattress Online

Buying a mattress online for the first time can be a daunting experience. How do you know what you’ll prefer without trying it out first? We’ve got the answers you need in our guide to buying an online mattress.

In this guide, we’ll cover:

Where to Buy a Mattress Online

The internet landscape has no shortage of options, but you’ll have an easier time if you focus on the most relevant places. The best places to buy an online mattress include:

  • Brand websites operated by mattress companies
  • Online marketplaces affiliated with multiple brands
  • Retail websites like Amazon.com or Walmart.com

Each one has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Although direct-to-consumer websites provide a more-or-less straight line between buyer and seller, many online marketplaces offer something valuable in their own right: independent reviews written by experts who have personally tested the products.

How the Purchasing Process Works

If you’ve ever ordered a T-shirt from Amazon or even used a “build your own pizza” menu, the process of actually buying a mattress online won’t seem that complicated.

When you’re on the page that features the mattress you’re interested in, you’ll typically see a menu that lets you begin by choosing which size you want. You’ll see the price for each size and in some cases have options for adding pillows, sheets, or a foundation (a “bundle”), and so on. Once you’re done shopping, you can add your purchase to your online “cart” and proceed to the billing and shipping information.

Many online mattress brands make it easy to get help by letting you open a “chat” window with a customer service representative.

Pros and Cons of Online Mattress Buying

Buying a mattress online has its benefits, but some people just prefer the in-person shopping experience. Here’s a look at how online shopping compares with shopping at a brick-and-mortar store:

Pros

  • Buying directly from the manufacturer is usually less expensive, since it doesn’t involve retailer markups, salesperson commissions, showroom fees, and other costs.
  • Online mattress purchases typically offer longer trial periods and free returns.
  • You won’t have to deal with the two extremes of salespeople (either you can’t find one or the one who is present uses pressure tactics).

Cons

  • You won’t get to physically test out a mattress before buying, although longer sleep trials provide some leeway on this point.
  • Online shopping doesn’t offer the same personal touch of asking questions to a salesperson face-to-face.
  • If the mattress you want is in stock at a brick-and-mortar store, you could be able to take it home or have it delivered the same day.

What to Consider When Buying an Online Mattress

When shopping for a new mattress online, the first step is understanding the right type of mattress for you. Price could be your main concern, or you might want a mattress that matches up with your sleeping position. Maybe you need a mattress designed for a medical condition such as back pain or sleep apnea.

In any case, online mattress sellers have products to fit a wide range of needs and preferences. Here’s a list of things to consider before you start shopping:

Materials and Design

Most mattresses you can buy online are made from foam, innersprings, latex, or a combination of these materials (known as a hybrid design). The materials that make up a mattress, and how they’re put together, often affect which type of sleepers they’re compatible with.

  • Foam—Most foam mattresses use memory foam or polyfoam, or sometimes layers of both. Memory foam is a material that hugs the body’s curves and is exceptional at relieving pain at pressure points like the hips and shoulders. Some foam mattresses use polyfoam, which is less supportive than memory foam but doesn’t retain body heat as much.
  • Innerspring—The traditional innerspring mattress has been around for a long time and is still the most popular type of bed. It contains a core layer of coils that provide firm, springy support. Around this layer of coils are a variety of foams and soft materials designed to enhance comfort and longevity.
  • LatexLatex mattresses are made using natural or synthetic latex. These beds range from medium to medium-firm and have a slightly springy and supportive feel. Just like foam beds, latex mattresses are quiet and great at isolating movement.
  • HybridHybrid mattresses are made using a combination of mattress materials, usually including innerspring coils and layers of memory foam or latex. By using various combinations of materials, mattress companies can create mattresses that work for most everyone. However, hybrid mattresses are usually costlier and heavier than their memory foam or innerspring counterparts.

Firmness

Most online mattresses mention their firmness levels prominently. The firmness scale runs from 1 (ultra-plush) to 10 (ultra-firm), with most mattresses falling in the 5-6 range.

Mattress firmness matters a great deal, especially for people with back pain, people who are heavier than average, and others who need a firmer mattress. Certain firmness ranges are also considered ideal for different sleeping positions:

  • Soft to medium-firm for side sleepers (4-6)
  • Firmer for back sleepers and combination sleepers (6-7)
  • Very firm for stomach sleepers (7-9)

On the most basic level, however, firmness is about comfort: How firm or soft does your ideal mattress feel?

Your Sleeping Position

  • Side sleepers—When you sleep on your side, your hips and shoulders need a soft, plush surface to sink into that also relieves pressure and keeps the spine in a neutral alignment. Medium-firm mattresses that offer good pressure relief for their hips and shoulders are good for most side sleepers.
  • Back sleepers—Sleeping on your back is the best position for spine alignment and pain relief. Most back sleepers will feel the best on a medium-firm mattress, which is the most common type of mattress on the market. Although all types of mattresses will work for back sleepers, go with latex or innerspring beds if you prefer a firmer feel and memory foam or hybrids if you like more cushion.
  • Stomach sleepers—In most cases, stomach sleepers need to sleep on a firm mattress. The trouble with sleeping on your stomach is that your hips sink into the bed, throwing your spine out of alignment. While there’s no way to completely avoid poor alignment when you sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress is your best bet.
  • Combination sleepers—If you change sleeping positions during the night, a medium-firm, highly responsive mattress can make your movements easier and more comfortable. You’ll also need substantial pressure relief from your mattress, since a combination of sleeping positions will put a strain on multiple pressure points.

Cooling

One of the most common reasons that people wake up in the middle of the night is due to overheating. Sometimes, keeping your bedroom at an ideal temperature for sleep just isn’t enough and you need an assist from your mattress.

If you’re someone who struggles with sleeping hot, you want to be sure to find a mattress for hot sleepers that’s designed to sleep cool. Innerspring, latex, and hybrid mattresses all do a good job at keeping the sleeping surface cool. Some memory foam mattresses are designed to sleep cool, but they still tend to run hotter than your average innerspring mattress.

Budget

Buying a mattress online is a great way to save money. Because mattress retailers cut out the middlemen and sell the mattress directly to you, the consumer, these mattresses are less expensive than similar mattresses at a showroom.

For budget shoppers, memory foam and innerspring mattresses are typically the least expensive options. You can find fairly high-quality beds in these categories for as little as $800 for a queen size. Latex and hybrid mattresses are often more expensive, with high-quality queen mattresses generally costing $1,500 or more.

Sleep Trials

Although virtual shopping doesn’t involve giving a mattress the physical lie-down test, online mattresses typically come with lengthy trial periods. The industry standard is about 100 days, but a growing number of mattress brands have expanded their sleep trials to a full year. In most cases, the company will ask that you allow a minimum of 30 days to break in your new mattress.

Delivery and Returns

Free delivery is a common perk for online mattress buyers, which means the seller handles the cost of shipping. Most mattress brands also pay for shipping charges if you return the mattress. Just to be on the safe side, read the terms and conditions on the seller’s website to look for any exceptions.

Some online mattress companies also offer white glove service, included free or at an extra cost. With white glove service, the people who deliver your mattress will also set it up in your bedroom.

How to Tell if an Online Mattress Brand is Trustworthy

Smart shoppers looking for great deals on mattresses have several ways to judge the trustworthiness of online retailers. Things to look for include:

  • No-risk sleep trials, comprehensive multi-year warranties, and customer-friendly return policies
  • A large number of positive customer reviews (Casper, for example, has more than 20,000 customer reviews with an average 4.4/5 rating)
  • Secure transactions, typically spelled out and accompanied by a padlock icon, that guarantee safe handling of payments and personal information
  • Transparency (how clearly the company states its prices, policies, and contact information for customer service)

Every item on this list is a good indicator that you’re dealing with a reputable business. If you encounter an online mattress seller that seems to be long on smoke and mirrors but short on integrity, trust your judgment and look elsewhere.


Recap: Our Top Picks for the Best Online Mattress

Mattress Award MA Score
Saatva Best Innerspring Mattress 9/10
Nectar Best Memory Foam Mattress 8.7/10
Casper Best for Back Pain 9.1/10
Helix Midnight Best for Hot Sleepers 8.7/10
Layla Best Firm Mattress 8.8/10
Brooklyn Signature Best for Side Sleepers 8.8/10
Tuft & Needle Best for Combination Sleepers 8.7/10
WinkBed Best for Stomach Sleepers 8.6/10
Allswell Best Mattress Under $500 8.2/10
Purple Best for Heavy People 8.4/10

Summary

Shopping for a mattress online is a great way to save money and enjoy perks like a lengthy trial period. The right mattress depends on your personal needs, so be sure to consider your sleeping position, budget, and personal preference when buying an online mattress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although no single product will be ideal for everyone, there’s a strong case to be made for Casper as the best brand of online mattress. We looked at Mattress Advisor scores for each Casper model reviewed on our site and the average score came to 9.1/10—a figure that strongly indicates all-around quality. Other top brands include:

Most online mattress companies have solid reputations. What type of mattress you want, how much you’re willing to spend, and what perks are important to you will dictate which brand best fits your needs.

You can find good deals on online mattresses during holidays like Black Friday, Labor Day, Memorial Day…the list goes on. But with Mattress Advisor’s exclusive discounts, every day of the year is a good day to buy a mattress online.

Check out our mattress reviews for the beds you’re interested in and click on the “Check Price” button to see current prices and specials.

Most online mattresses are bed-in-a-box products, where the mattress is compressed and rolled so it fits in a cylinder-shaped box for shipping. One of the exceptions is Saatva, which offers free white-glove delivery service that includes unpacking and set-up. The bed-in-a-box concept has its critics, who hold the opinion that the compression process degrades the quality of the materials.

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