How to Choose the Best Mattress Without Sleeping on it First

Everything you need to know about buying a new mattress without ever stepping foot into a mattress store

Young couple who just found the best mattress for their sleep style

Finding the best mattress to sleep on can be hard. You want a great quality mattress, without breaking the bank. You want a mattress that’s perfect for you, but you’re not willing to go on a mattress store crawl while some old dude in a tie watches you lie down to find “the one.” Sleep is important. You already know that. But who wants to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress? Well, the good news is you don’t have to.

“But there are so many options. What if I pick the wrong one? And then I need to return it…ughh.”

We hear you. We feel you. And we’re going to help you find the best mattress without having to compromise. So take a deep breath and close all those other browser tabs that are taking your mattress-buying-anxiety to the next level.

Where are you on the mattress buying spectrum?

Here’s the “choose your own adventure” part of finding the best mattress. (See…buying a new mattress is fun!) We want to save you some time, so the best way for you to navigate this article is to select the statement that best represents where you’re at. We won’t judge. Promise.

  1. Help. I literally have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to buying a mattress and don’t know where to start.
  2. I generally know the type of mattress I want but I’m having a hard time choosing the brand.
  3. I’m a special (read: high-maintenance) sleeper and need something that’s going to fit my special needs. (hint: back pain, hot sleeper, etc.…you know who you are.)

Let’s start from the top: how to begin your search for the perfect mattress

We know the mattress buying process can be overwhelming. This might be your first time buying your own mattress. (Adulting is hard.) Or maybe you’re taking the plunge and moving in with your S/O so it’s time for an upgrade. Whatever the case may be, there are tons of choices out there, so before you pull the trigger on a brand just because your co-worker’s BFF got it and loves it, it’s important to consider a few essential factors to help you narrow down the kind of mattress that’s going to be best for you.

If you’re still on the fence about buying from an online-only mattress company where you won’t have a chance to “test out” your mattress before buying it, this part should help you visualize what kind of mattress you might like without lying on it first. Remember: if you buy your mattress from an online retailer, you’ll still have a trial period where you can send back the mattress (usually at no cost) if you’re not satisfied, but we’ll get to that part later. 


Do I need a new mattress?

If you’ve had your mattress for more than 5 years, it’s probably a good idea to start paying closer attention to its overall condition, taking note of how well you’re sleeping, if you’re waking up groggy or achy or if you feel like you’re sinking in too much (indicating that your mattress might be losing its shape).

Unfortunately, there’s not an alarm that goes off letting you know it’s time to change your mattress. While it’s not an exact science, the general rule is that you should change your mattress every 7-10 years. Of course, if you’re not sleeping well and haven’t hit that limit, it’s still time to start shopping.

Here’s a quick guide that might help you decide if it’s time to switch things up AND help you determine what type of mattress you might go with next. (Double whammy.)

Average lifespan of mattresses by type

  • Innerspring: 7-8 years
    Even if you’ve flipped and rotated your innerspring mattress on the regular, the core is still made of metal wire, which tends to sag and lose its form over time.
  • Foam/memory foam: Up to 10 years
    While this material is generally better at holding its shape, it still doesn’t last forever. It can last up to 10 years if you’re diligent about rotating it and keeping it clean.
  • Latex: Up to 15 years
    Latex mattresses tend to have the most longevity. A good quality latex mattress will last you because of its durable makeup.

Once again, this part isn’t an exact science. The average lifespan of a mattress depends on factors beyond the type of mattress you have – like how often you use it, the kind of sleeper you are, if you have jumping kids or pets that share your mattress – so use this as a guide.

And we hate to break it to you but if you’ve had your mattress for a while (more than 5 years), there are most likely dust mites, bacteria, and other nasties that have crept their way into your mattress layers – no matter how clean you think you are. (Fun fact: the average person sweats out half a pint of perspiration every night. Gross, we know.)

It may also be time to change your mattress if…

  • You’re in pain when you wake up
  • You regularly wake up tired or achy
  • You tend to sleep better in a hotel room than in your own bed
  • Your mattress is feeling a little saggy or lumpy
  • You feel like you’re sinking too deeply into your mattress (aka it’s tougher to get up and at ‘em than it should be)

What type of mattress should I buy?

Now that you’ve decided it’s time for a new / upgraded / less lumpy / better smelling mattress, the next step is figuring out what type of mattress you should get. There’s endless research out there to help you decide, but we’ve boiled down the essentials for you here. (You’re welcome.)

You’re also probably seeing a lot of words like “responsiveness” and “motion transfer” thrown around. In the next section, we’ll go into more detail on these terms and other important factors you should consider when comparing different mattresses.  

Foam/memory foam

  • Overall customer satisfaction: 80%
  • Price range: $675 – $1,000
Foam mattress
Foam mattress

Foam and memory foam mattresses make up the majority of online-only mattresses available. These are typically a medium on the firmness scale and tend to be better for people with back pain as it helps with lumbar support, pressure relief and body contouring. It’s also great for motion transfer (if your partner moves around a lot, you won’t feel it).

Memory foam mattresses have been put down in the past for retaining heat, being too restrictive (feeling trapped or sinking in) and giving off chemically odors. However, many mattress companies have developed new and improved foam layers and materials to prevent these from happening. (Science is cool.)

Memory foam will be more contouring, meaning it will hug your body more than other mattresses will and won’t provide as much bounce. It’s also worth noting that many of “foam” mattresses you see today are not purely memory foam but a foam blend made with other materials.

Check out our favorite foam/memory foam mattresses

Latex

  • Overall customer satisfaction: 75%
  • Price range: $900-$2,000
Latex mattress
Latex mattress

Latex mattresses are great for people who want many of the benefits of a foam mattress but don’t want to feel as engulfed or “contoured.” These mattresses tend to have great cooling properties, bounce and are still responsive – meaning it will adjust to your body as you move around. As we mentioned earlier, latex mattresses also tend to have the longest lifespan of all mattress types.

The downsides? Latex mattresses tend to be more expensive. They are also very dense, meaning they’re going to be on the heavier side. Depending on the type of latex you get, you may notice some of that synthetic, chemically smell for the first few days. It’s also not as good as memory foam when it comes to motion transfer or pressure relief – the more you push on it, the more it pushes back.

Check out our favorite latex mattresses

Note: You’ll also find latex mattresses in our hybrid section, meaning it’s made with latex and something else.

Hybrid

  • Overall customer satisfaction: 81%
  • Price range: $1,000-$1,400
Hybrid mattress
Hybrid mattress

Hybrid mattresses usually refer to a combination of memory foam and innerspring mattresses, but can include other materials and combinations as well (like latex and memory foam). Hybrids tend to offer a good balance of support and pressure relief, while offering a cooler sleeping surface. Motion transfer will also be better on a hybrid than innerspring alone with the help of more motion-absorbing layers.

Hybrids tend to be a good option to “please the masses.” If you and your significant other want different things in a mattress, then a hybrid might be the best option for you. However, getting the best of both worlds can sometimes mean a higher price point. Hybrid mattresses can also be extremely heavy, making transporting and handling challenging in some cases.

Check out our favorite hybrid mattresses

Innerspring

  • Overall customer satisfaction: 64%
  • Price range: $2,000-$5,000

When you think of the “traditional” type of mattress, innerspring (or coil) is probably what comes to mind. This is one of the most widely used types of mattresses and is made with at least one layer of spring metal coils. As you can probably visualize, innerspring mattresses have great bounce, strong edge support, and are usually pretty good about keeping you cool.

Innerspring mattress
Innerspring mattress

Because of the metal coils inside, innerspring beds are pretty heavy and will typically ship full size (if that’s a factor that will impact your decision). They are also most popular among brick and mortar companies, meaning you are likely going to be paying top dollar for this kind of mattress.

If you’re looking for something that can contour your body well, then an innerspring mattress is probably not for you. Since there’s a decent amount of empty space in an innerspring mattress, you won’t get as much support. They’re also not as durable as other kinds of mattresses, meaning you’ll have to switch it out for a new one sooner.

While we aren’t reviewing any pure innerspring mattresses in this article, you can take a look at some of our favorite hybrids that are built with a layer of innerspring coils here.


What factors should I consider when buying a mattress?

If you’ve done any research on mattresses already, you’ve probably noticed that the mattress industry has its very own lingo. While they might seem like “fluff” words, they’re actually important factors to consider when choosing a mattress that’s going to best meet your needs.

Here’s a breakdown – in plain old English – to help you understand what these terms really mean, along with other important factors to consider.

Support

This one is fairly self-explanatory, but when comparing mattresses, you want to look for something that cradles your body to provide healthy spine alignment while you sleep. A healthy spine position allows your muscles to rest and therefore wake up more refreshed in the morning. You also want your weight to be evenly supported so the heavier parts of your body don’t sink in too deeply. Relief for pressure points is important too, particularly if you suffer from a bad back or joint pain.

Responsiveness

Responsiveness essentially means how well a mattress reacts and adjusts to your body movements while you sleep. We all move while we sleep, but this is especially important for people who are restless sleepers or tend to change positions often throughout the night.

Motion transfer

Motion transfer refers to how well a mattress absorbs movement. For example, if your sleeping partner is tossing, turning or getting up throughout the night and you’d rather not be bothered by it, you’ll want to look for a mattress that isolates motion well. This also helps if your pets share a bed with you.

Firmness

Firmness is just that – how firm or soft a mattress feels. While all humans are different, the type of sleeper you are usually helps dictate the level of firmness you should look for. Firmness is measured on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the firmest. (But honestly, unless you find comfort in sleeping on a pile of cotton balls or wood floor, we wouldn’t recommend a 1 or 10 – that’s extreme).

  • Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses (3-6) that contour their body well. Typically foam mattresses are better for side sleepers although adding a pillow top to your mattress can also help make this position more comfortable.
  • Stomach sleepers usually prefer a slightly firmer mattress (4-7) for better support since they tend to put more stress on the spine when sleeping in this position. Medium firmness foam mattresses are usually a preferred choice for stomach sleepers but you can also find middle-ground firmness on innerspring and hybrid.
  • Back sleepers need good support on their lower back especially and tend to prefer firmer mattresses (6-8). Most types of mattresses (even memory foam) offer some degree of higher firmness, but you probably want to stay away from mattresses that are on the softer side.

Temperature control / heat transfer

While you’re sleeping, you want to make sure your mattress is helping to transfer heat away from your body, not keep it trapped within its layers. (No one wants to wake up in a pile of sweat.) Things to look for in a mattress that promotes a cool sleeping surface include: breathable layers that promote airflow, materials that help carry heat away, air channels, cooling technology, moisture wicking. (All another way to say: it will keep you chill throughout the night.)

Durability

When looking for your perfect mattress, you want quality, premium material that will last (preferably without tons of nasty chemicals). The strength of the material is important – you don’t want sagging or lumping and want your mattress to maintain its elasticity and support for years to come.

Edge support

Edge support helps to keep you from rolling off the mattress. Innerspring mattresses usually have a separate support layer around the edges that help keep you on it, while foam mattresses typically don’t have a separate edge layer. However, it’s also harder to “roll off” of a foam mattress. This factor is important if you’re a particularly restless sleeper (or have a history of falling off beds…) but most mattresses should be pretty decent in this department.

Trial, warranty and return policy

Even if a thousand people love a mattress, it doesn’t mean you will too. Everyone’s body is different therefore you’re going to respond to your mattress differently. Before you buy your mattress, make sure you pay attention to the trial period you have, what’s covered under your warranty, and return policy (most of our favorites have a very generous trial period, warranty policy and hassle-free returns). You should also try to give your mattress at least 30 days to “break it in” and see if it’s right for you before you kick it to the curb. (Although we don’t recommend actually kicking it to the curb if you want a refund.)

Even if a thousand people love a mattress, it doesn’t mean you will too.

Shipping

Most of our favorite mattresses ship free and fast, but you should also pay attention to how it ships. If you live in a small or walk-up only apartment, then mattresses that ship condensed in a box might be more convenient than mattresses that ship full size. (If you can’t visualize lugging a full-size mattress up a flight of stairs going smoothly, it probably won’t.) There are also some companies who will come take your old mattress for a small fee (~$40) and set up your new mattress for you.

Price

While we’re focusing on high-quality mattresses in this article (that are also affordable) we feel like we need to warn you about prices that are too low and too high. If you find a mattress under $500 (for a queen), it typically means they’re cutting corners or using cheaper materials. Which means you’ll likely end up getting low quality sleep.

Many of the online-only brands that cut out the middleman fees can offer a great quality mattress for under $1,000 for a queen size mattress. Certainly, there are mattresses that are more expensive than that, but you’re likely paying for bells and whistles, or hidden markups at that point.

You can also think about price this way: if you buy a $1,000 mattress, only sleep on it for 300 days out of the year, and own it for 7 years, you’re essentially paying $0.48 a day to get a great night’s sleep. (Your latte costs 10x more than that.)


Where should I buy my mattress?

Online vs. in-store

One question you might be asking yourself is: “Can I really buy a mattress online without trying it out first?” Fair question. But then consider this: You can’t really tell if a mattress is right for you without testing it out for a while. We’re talking like 30 days. So while you can feel a mattress and wiggle around on it for a few minutes in a mattress store, you’re not really getting the full experience anyway.

Here are some other reasons why buying a mattress online might benefit you:

  1. Lower cost: Buying from online-only mattress companies cuts out most of those “middleman” fees that retail stores rack on, so you can get a great quality mattress for a fraction of the cost. A premium mattress in a store can cost anywhere from $3,000 – $5,000 – which includes retail markups, wholesale markups, showroom fees, commission-based sales representatives, multiple delivery patterns, and somewhere in there, the mattress itself. The price is inflated at every step so all the players can make cash money off the deal. Online retailers ship direct to their customers so they’re cutting all the “extra” stuff out and therefore can offer a quality mattress for under $1,000.
  2. Easy delivery and setup: Typically, buying a mattress online means it will be shipped in a box or package that’s much smaller than the actual mattress. This means the entire delivery and setup process is easier. It can be left right at your doorstep or mailroom and carrying it to your bedroom is way less of a hassle – especially if you live on a 5th-floor walkup. Most online mattress companies will ship your mattress at no cost and some will even remove of your old mattress for a small fee of around $40 or so.
  3. Generous trial period: As you’ll see later on in this article, online mattress companies offer a generous trial period (usually 100+ days) for you to determine if this mattress is a keeper or if your search for the perfect mattress will go on. These are typically risk-free trials so you should take advantage of them and be sure not to settle if it doesn’t end up working for you. Most online companies also offer free returns where they’ll pick up the mattress right from your home at no extra charge. Many of them will donate your unwanted mattress to local charities. So you don’t need to feel guilty for returning your mattress.
  4. Time savings: There’s also the obvious fact that buying online saves you a trip to the mattress store. You can do your research in the comfort of your own home and with the click of a button, it’s on its way to your doorstep. You can avoid the awkward interaction with salespeople in the mattress store who are working on commission and might make you feel pressured to buy.

If this hasn’t convinced you, then you should also consider the fact that some of the best-rated mattresses today are online only. It might sound a little silly to unwrap your mattress from a box, but it’s revolutionizing the way we buy mattresses.

That being said, if you’re old school and feel like you need to see/feel/touch your mattress before you buy it, there are certainly great mattress options available at retail stores, you should just be prepared to pay top dollar (and not necessarily because you’re getting a better mattress). Some online mattress brands like Casper and Leesa also have their mattresses available at select retail locations.


What IS THE BEST MATTRESS SIZE FOR ME?

When it comes to size, the best mattress for you can be determined by considering two important factors: who will be sleeping on it and where will it go?

Who will be sleeping on it?

While this certainly has to do with the size of the people who will be sleeping on it, it also has to do with personal preference.

If you’re single or shopping for children/teens then a twin or full size mattress will probably be suitable. The most common size for couples is a queen size mattress because it fits well into most bedrooms and is large enough to give both people the space they need to sleep without disturbing each other. Sheets and other accessories are also cheaper and more available for queen beds than larger sizes.

King size mattresses have crept up in the popularity polls recently because they essentially offer couples as much space in bed with their partner as if they were alone in a twin. If you’re a restless sleeper who needs lots of room, then a king mattress is the way to go. It’s also a popular choice among couples with pets or children who sneak into bed every now and then.

For taller or larger folks, California king might seem attractive. Buyers of both king sizes should be aware of increased costs for the bed itself and accessories, and more challenging set-up due to the size and weight of the mattress.

Here are the dimensions* for standard bed sizes so you know what to expect: 

  • Twin: 38” x 75”
  • Twin XL: 38” x 80”
  • Full: 54” x 75”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • California King: 72” x 84”

*Note: mattresses differ in their height, which is why we are only providing width and length as standard dimensions.

Where will it go?

If you’re moving into a new space or looking to change the size of your mattress, be sure to plan ahead by measuring how your new mattress will fit into your sleeping area. Knowing that your new mattress will fit in your room (along with any other furniture) ahead of time can save you a major headache later on. One member of our team had to cut a custom-made “extra long” double bed back down to standard size so that the bedroom door of his tiny 400 square foot Boston apartment would actually open and close.

If you are planning to change things up, there are a number of free room planning tools available that will allow you to see what your new setup might look like before you pull the trigger. We like Roomstyler 3D Home Planner which allows you to customize your room layout and already has different bed sizes and standard furniture pieces pre-loaded.

Hopefully, by now you feel a little more cultured in the mattress department. If you still have questions that are unanswered, just leave us a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you feel confident in your mattress buying journey.

In this next section, we’ll help you compare different mattress brands and give you a sneak peek at our favorite things about them.


Yay for you! You (generally) know what kind of mattress you want. Let us help you compare the best mattress brands out there and get you on your way to splendid slumber.

Here we’ve highlighted some of the factors that might help you determine which mattress brand will be best for you. The honest truth is that many of the mattresses within a particular category generally have the same ingredients. Some are infused, thicker, denser, etc. so if a mattress has a special feature or something that we think makes it stand out, we’ve noted it.

Below these high-level comparison charts, you can take a closer look at what’s inside each mattress and read more about why it might be (or not be) the right one for you.

BEST FOAM / MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES

BRAND NOTES TRIAL/ WARRANTY/ RETURN POLICY CUSTOMER RATINGS PRICE
Price listed is for a queen size mattress
Tuft & Needle -Specialty foam blend

-Supportive / slightly firm feel (6-6.5/10)

-10” thick

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

5/5 $575
Nectar – Memory foam mattress with cooling properties

-Medium firmness (5.5-6/10)

-11” thick

-365-night risk free trial

-Free returns

-Limited warranty for as long as you own the mattress

4.8/5 $795

Financing options available

Cocoon

(by Sealy)

-Memory foam available in soft or firm for both models: Classic and Chill

– Soft: 6/10 firmness / Firm: 8/10 firmness

-10” thick

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

 

4.6/5 $799 (Classic)

$949 (Chill)

Financing options available

Nolah -Air foam mattress

-Great option for side sleepers and people with back pain

– Medium firmness (5.5/10)

-10”

-120-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-15-year limited warranty

4.8/5 $849

Financing options available

Lull – Gel memory foam

– Ideal for the average sleeper

-Medium-firm (6-6.5/10)

-10” thick

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

4.8/5 $850

Financing options available

Bear -Ideal for active lifestyles/muscle recovery

-Medium-firm (6/10)

-10” thick

-100-night risk free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

4.8/5 $850

Financing options available

Layla – Copper-infused memory foam and thermo-gel cover to help you stay cool

-Mattress is flippable for more or less firmness

-10” thick

-120-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

– Lifetime warranty

Read reviews here $899

Financing options available

Leesa

 

 

-Foam combo (Cooling Avena foam and memory foam)

-Supports all types of sleepers

-Medium-firm (6/10)

-10” thick

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

4.8/5 $940

Financing options available

Casper – Foam blend

– Ideal for the average sleeper

Medium-firm (6/10)

– 10” thick

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

4.4/5

 

$995

Financing options available

 

Loom & Leaf (by Saatva) -Luxury memory foam with cooling gel

-Available in relaxed firm or firm

-12” thick

-120-night risk-free trial

-If you return the mattress, there is a $99 handling fee

-15-year limited warranty

4.8/5 $1,099

Financing options available

 


Tuft & Needle logo

A few words from us:

  • Tuft & Needle is a great universal mattress for the “average” sleeper, offering one mattress design at a medium firmness level.
  • While it is more affordable than most other foam mattresses, there are only two layers, which just means your body is closer to the sturdier foundation layer of the mattress.

Word on the street:

  • “After spending more than 10 years in pain every minute of every day I have found a mattress that give me some relief. When I get up to start my day I am pain free for the first hour or so. And that is all due to my tuft and needle mattress. The support I get is unmatched by anything I’ve found. And the fact that they are only ~$600 for a queen size is nothing to sneeze at either.” – Google Review
  • Good, but not the best…great for my nomad lifestyle since I kept ruining high priced mattress by moving them too often! Sleeps good! Almost firm enough, but gives a little too much…getting used to it and liking it ;)” – Google Review
  • “Customer service, delivery, packaging, and price were all excellent. Most of all though, every night spent on this mattress has left me without any aches or pains in the morning, as well as feeling like I actually slept during the night. Tuft and needle has been a good choice.” – Jesse

The 411:

  • Sizes available:
    • Queen: $575
    • King: $700
    • Cal King: $700
    • Twin: $325
    • Twin XL: $375
    • Full: $475
  • What’s inside:
    • Tuft & Needle’s proprietary foam works to draw heat from your body and disperse it out of the mattress. It’s ideal for sleepers of any size or weight because the more pressure you put on it, the more it reacts to support you.
      • Top layer – Adaptive® foam designed to carry heat away from your body and adapt to your movements while you sleep
      • Cover – light and airy fabric promotes heat transfer through the mattress
      • Bottom layer – foundation foam, provides support and structure
Inside the Tuft & Needle - best foam mattress
Inside the Tuft & Needle mattress
  • Delivery: Most customers in the lower 48 states can expect their new Tuft & Needle mattress to arrive in 2–5 business days from the day they order with free shipping.
  • Setup: The Tuft & Needle mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. You can also watch this brief video tutorial on how to unbox your mattress.
  • Foundation: This mattress is compatible with most bed frames (box springs, slatted frames, adjustable frames), you’ll just want it to be a sturdy foundation.
  • Return policy: If you decide to return your Tuft & Needle mattress within the 100-night trial period, they will work with you to find a local charity to donate your mattress to (you won’t need to re-box it). Once your mattress is donated, you’ll send them a scanned or photographed copy of your donation receipt via email and they’ll process your refund in full. *T&N is unable to refund the shipping fees for the original delivery in Alaska or Hawaii.

Other products:

Visit Tuft & Needle 


 

Nectar logo

A few words from us:

  • The Nectar mattress sleeps cool, has great pressure relief and distributes weight evenly for good spine support.
  • Its proprietary cover is specifically designed to keep out dust mites – which is good because this mattress should last you a while.
  • The Nectar mattress has a pretty happy (and well-rested) fan base – they have overwhelmingly positive reviews and fewer than 3 percent of customers end up returning their Nectar mattress.

Word on the street:

  • “After months of research into a new mattress an intro to nectar popped up. I took several weeks comparing my choices to nectar and with help from their customer service (2 thumbs up for them) I chose nectar. I have no regrets. My husband and I have the best night’s sleep, the mattress is plush and extremely comfortable and stays cool throughout the night.” -S.J.
  • “I was very hesitant to buy a mattress without trying it out first, but I did a lot of research and decided to take the risk. I tried several different styles of memory foam mattresses in stores and I’d say this falls right in the middle. It’s not too hard, and not too soft. I sink in just enough to feel supported, but not so much that it’s difficult to move. It took me about two weeks to adjust to it. I was stiff in different places, but after a month, I sleep much more soundly, I wake up less in the middle of the night, and I’m not sore in the morning. I am very pleased with our purchase.” – W.R.
  • “I’ve owned the Nectar Mattress for about 8 months now and it’s the best purchase I’ve made for my back‚ The last few mattresses I’ve used sleep well for about 5.5-6hrs and then the backache would kick in and I knew it was time to get up. With Nectar, I simply don’t want to get up!! I sleep the whole night. I’ve actually changed my sleeping habits, go to bed earlier to get more rest and wake up rejuvenated. To some this all may sound cliche and I think it does to me also, but I honestly have to say that this mattress has made a difference in the way I sleep and wake each morning. Best of all, they have a 365 day guarantee, if you don’t like it, return it.” – Paul H.

The 411:

  • Nectar sizes available:
    • Queen: $795
    • King: $900
    • Cal King: $900
    • Twin: $500
    • Twin XL: $550
    • Full: $700
  • What’s inside: The Nectar has five layers of premium foam that promote air circulation and offer support and appropriate weight distribution.
    • 1 – cooling cover, promotes air circulation and is bed bug resistant
    • 2 – quilted gel memory foam, provide air flow and contours your body
    • 3 – gel memory foam, delivers weight distribution and pressure relief
    • 4 – adaptive hi core memory foam, supports the body
    • 5 – breathing base layer, serves as stable foundation
Illustration of layers inside the Nectar mattress - best foam mattress
Inside the Nectar mattress
  • Delivery: The Nectar ships free in the lower 48 states and arrives within 3-5 business days. Nectar also offers a white glove service where someone will come to remove your old mattress and set up your new one (~$170 but the price may vary).
  • Setup: The Nectar arrives compressed and rolled in a cylinder shaped case. You will simply unwrap the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. You can watch this video to see how it’s done.
  • Foundation: The Nectar works with all bed types: suitable on a basic frame, box spring or flat floor.
  • Return policy: You will receive a full refund within the first year of getting your Nectar if you decide it’s not for you. (Yes, you read that right – a whole year.) Nectar will come pick up the mattress at no cost.

Other Nectar products:

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Cocoon

A few words from us:

  • While the Cocoon isn’t custom built for your needs, it still offers lots of options. You can choose between Firm and Soft (which differs in the central foam layer) or between Classic and Chill (which differs in the mattress cover).
  • Like other memory foam mattresses, the Cocoon is going to perform well when it comes to isolating motion (the soft model even more so).
  • If you tend to sleep hot, or are worried about the heat trapping that tends to come along with a memory foam mattress, you may want to shell out the extra $150 for the “Chill” mattress cover.

Word on the street:

  • “I love my new mattress. I can sleep much better at night and wake-up refreshed and most important of all- pain free. I used to have lower back pain and because of it I could not sleep on my back so I slept on either of my sides but by morning both of my sides would hurt so much that I could not lay on them anymore. Now I enjoy sleeping and waking up pain free. Thanks to Cocoon!” – Tanya (Firm)
  • “I had a Tempurpedic mattress which I loved. When it came time to get a new mattress, I decided to try the Cocoon with its much lower price. I was doubtful that, at that price, it would be able to compete. I’m happy to say I was wrong and I absolutely love this mattress. It’s extremely comfortable and I’d recommend it to anyone (and have!). The Chill seems to work very well, also. Even with more layers on than I used to have on my Tempurpedic, I don’t ever get overheated.” – Tiffany
  • “This mattress has been terrific! We replaced our 10-year-old Tempurpedic King memory foam mattress with two Twin XLs and a new adjustable frame and have loved it so far after about a month. We tried a couple of other mail order mattresses but they were too soft for our liking. The Chill Firm has been perfect. It feels just like our old, $3,400 mattress when it was new. Also, the edges on the Cocoon aren’t so soft you feel like you’re sliding off at the edges (which was an issue with the other mattresses we tried). There was about a day of off-gassing, but that was no problem at all; we just made sure to not cover it up with blankets/sheets until that was done. No regrets at all!” – Brian

The 411:

  • Cocoon sizes available: (Priced listed are for the “Classic” model)
    • Queen: $799
    • King: $999
    • Cal King: $999
    • Twin: $399
    • Twin XL: $449
    • Full: $649
  • What’s inside: The Cocoon is made up of three premium foam layers, one of which you can pick a soft or firmer option for.
    • Top – perfect fit memory foam adapts to your body and sleep position
    • Middle – personalized comfort layer
      • Choose soft for cozier, “in the bed” feel
      • Choose firm for sturdier, “on the bed” feel
    • Bottom – support foam designed to be durable and resilient
    • Cover – premium stretch-knit fabric cover that’s breathable and soft
      • If you go with the Chill version (an extra $150), the cover is infused with material that absorbs and dissipates heat for a cool to the touch surface. Be aware that this layer won’t be directly near your body if you decide to use a mattress protector, topper or thick sheets.
Cross-section illustration showing the different foam layers inside the Cocoon mattress
Inside the Cocoon mattress
  • Delivery: The Cocoon ships free and usually arrives within 5-7 business days.
  • Setup: The Cocoon mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. You can also watch Cocoon’s unboxing video to see how it’s done.
  • Foundation: The Cocoon will work best on a flat, sturdy surface.
  • Return policy: If you’re not completely satisfied with your Cocoon within the first 100 days after purchase, they’ll arrange to have it picked up and donated for you at no cost and deliver a full refund of your purchase price.

Other Cocoon products:

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Nolah

A few words from us:

  • The air foam used in the Nolah mattress is a responsive and temperature neutral type of foam, which should help relieve pressure and keep you cool.
  • Nolah’s shock-absorbing air pockets make it a great option for side sleepers or people with back and joint pain.

Word on the street:

  • “I have a queen Nolah mattress and have been sleeping on it for a few weeks now, and it’s been a really wonderful mattress. You barely feel any of that “sinking” that people so often associate with memory foam mattresses. There is quite a lot of bounce and support to the mattress. It also sleeps extremely cool…When my girlfriend stays over, we wake up and go to bed at slightly different times, but we don’t disturb each other because there is little motion transfer. Very satisfied!” – David F.
  • “I have slept on a foam mattress before, but it wasn’t as comfortable as my new Nolan mattress. It’s soft, but firm enough to where I don’t sink in too much making it hard to get out of bed. I don’t wake up with my sides hurting anymore since the mattress contours really well to my body.” – Bikramjeet V.
  • “This side-sleeper was suffering with back pain and the Nolah mattress has helped a lot. We had previously tried a memory foam mattress but it was too hot and felt weird (and it reeked of chemicals). Highly recommended.” – Emlyn A.

The 411:

  • Nolah sizes available:
    • Queen: $849
    • King: $949
    • Cal King: $949
    • Twin: $519
    • Twin XL: $599
    • Full: $749
  • What’s inside: Nolah is made with three layers of premium foam with cooling properties and pressure relief:
    • Top – cooling air foam
    • Middle – support layer that offers a healthy and responsive bounce
    • Bottom – high-density, durable base foam
    • Cover – natural viscose that wicks away moisture and keeps you cool
Illustration showing the three different foam layers and cover that make up the Nolah mattress with a fox sleeping on top
Inside the Nolah mattress
  • Delivery: The Nolah ships free and arrives at your doorstep within 5-8 business days.
  • Setup: The Nolah mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation (if you’re using one), remove the plastic wrapping and watch it grow.
  • Foundation: You can use the Nolah mattress on any flat surface. If you have a box spring or foundation already, you can use them for the Nolah mattress as well. If not, you can place the Nolah mattress directly on the floor or another flat, supportive surface. Slats work as well, but just be sure they are no more than 3″ apart.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Nolah mattress isn’t right for you after sleeping on it for a minimum of 30 nights and up to 120 nights, give them a call or write them an email requesting a return and they will send somebody to pick up the mattress. Once you send it the scanned pickup slip, they will refund you in full.

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Lull

A few words from us:

  • Lull is known as a universal firmness mattress – there is one model that claims to be “not too soft, or too firm.”
  • Because this is a memory foam mattress, it will provide great motion isolation and body contouring, but not-so-great edge support.
  • The Lull is a great value option if you’re not interested in a custom mattress with all the bells and whistles.

Word on the street:

  • “The best night’s sleep I have had in five years. Woke up the first morning full of energy and no pain. Previously, I would wake up during the night with pain from my hip and shoulders due to pressure points and would have to drag myself out of bed in the mornings. Not anymore. The best value and the best construction out there. I have been singing Lull’s raves to everyone. Can’t say enough!!! It will Lull you to sleep!!!”
  • “Quick and easy ordering, set up was as easy as the video, 5-6 hours good enough to sleep on after the full 48 great sleep. Took a couple days to adjust to the memory foam and now so glad I made the purchase.”
  • “I thought I would take a chance on this mattress. I’ve needed a new one. But was quite skeptical. I took a chance and best investment I’ve made in years! Everything they’ve said about the mattress is true. I love it and having the best sleep in years! True story. And great, GREAT, customer service. Highly recommended.”

The 411:

  • Lull sizes available: 
    • Queen: $850
    • King: $950
    • Cal King: $950
    • Twin: $550
    • Twin XL: $500
    • Full: $750
  • What’s inside: Lull is made up of three layers of premium memory foam.
    • Top layer – pressure relief, cooling comfort
    • Middle layer – therapeutic support
    • Bottom layer – durability, motion isolation
    • Cover – made from polyester and rayon and is removable for cleaning
Inside the Lull mattress
Inside the Lull mattress
  • Delivery: Lull mattresses ship free and typically arrive at your doorstep within 2-7 business days following your order.
  • Setup: The Lull mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand.
    You can also watch these unboxing videos from real customers to see how it’s done. If you send in your own video, you’ll be entered to win a prize. (They claim it’s pretty awesome.)
  • Foundation: You can use your Lull on any slatted bed frame, box spring or even the floor. The flatter the surface, the better.
  • Return policy: If you are not completely satisfied with your Lull mattress within the first 100 nights, they will arrange for a free pickup and removal of your mattress in its expanded form. Lull makes every effort possible to donate returned trial mattress to charities and organizations in need of beds.

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Bear Mattress Logo - Color

A few words from us:

  • Bear claims to be a great mattress for athletes or people with active lifestyles because of its pressure relieving properties, cooling effects and muscle recovery technology…but really anyone can benefit from these features.
  • Bear is newer to the mattress scene, so you may not have hear a lot about them yet, but it’s competitive in both price and performance.

Word on the street:

  • “We were looking for a new mattress for a while to replace an old memory foam mattress. After some research, we settled on the Bear. It arrived quickly, setup was super easy, and my bad back has been thanking me ever since. I’d recommend this to pretty much anyone who likes semi-firm to firm mattresses.” – Jason B.
  • “I liked my Bear Mattress after the first night, but now I can say that I love it after one month. It has helped my lower back aches and pains and my back is much less tight in the morning. I have recommended the Bear Mattress to all my family, friends and colleagues.” – Jill R.
  • “I’m not one to write reviews but I just have to write this one. My wife and I have been sleeping on our Bear mattress for about a month now. I have been sleeping better than I have in years. My wife and I are Novice Powerlifters and this mattress has definitely accelerated our recovery time. We don’t wake up as stiff and sore has before with our old mattress. It took a couple of weeks for my wife to adjust to this mattress for some it might be stiff at first. For me I loved it the very first night. We are extremely happy with our decision to purchase a Bear mattress. We bought the foundation as well, love that the foundation is very light. We are also a military family and move often.” – Rodney L.

The 411:

  • Bear sizes available: 
    • Queen: $850
    • King: $950
    • Cal King: $950
    • Twin: $500
    • Twin XL: $650
    • Full: $750
  • What’s inside: The Bear mattress has three different foam layers that provide cooling comfort, contouring pressure relief and core support.
    • Cover – absorbs body heat and reflects infrared light, helping your body recover faster
    • Top layer – graphite gel foam with cooling technology and body support
    • Middle layer – response foam that provides bounce and pressure relief (great for spine alignment)
    • Bottom layer – high-density support foam provides strength and durability
Cross-section illustration showing the foam layers inside the Bear mattress
Inside the Bear mattress
  • Delivery: The Bear mattress ships free to the lower 48 states and will be at your door in 4-7 business.
  • Setup: The Bear mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. It is recommended that you have at least two people setting this up. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. You can watch a quick video of how it’s done here.
  • Foundation: The Bear mattress is ideally paired with the Bear foundation but will also work just fine with any flat or slatted frame/foundation since it is memory foam. You can also use it right on the floor.
  • Return policy: If you’re not completely satisfied within the first 100 days, Bear will arrange for someone to come pick up the mattress and refund your money in full. They do ask that you sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights, as your body may need some time to adjust to the feel and support.

Other Bear products:

  • Bear also sells a cooling pillow with recovery technology ($95), a waterproof mattress protector ($110 for queen), and an adjustable bed foundation ($1,640 for queen).
    • You can also save 5% when you buy the mattress, mattress protector, and two pillows together.

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Layla

A few words from us:

  • The Layla is unique because you can actually sleep on both sides of the mattress depending on the level of firmness you prefer (kind of like a reversible bathing suit). If you’re not sure whether you prefer firm or soft, then the Layla might be a good option for you.
  • They are also one of the only mattress brands of their kind to infuse copper in their foam. Copper is known to help reduce joint inflammation and ease joint pain/stiffness, which is especially helpful for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • While Layla isn’t the cheapest option, it’s still comparable (and you also have to consider the fact that you’re kind of getting two mattresses in one). A lifetime warranty isn’t bad either.

Word on the street:

  • “The best mattress I’ve ever slept on. My partner and I were close to getting a Tempurpedic mattress, but decided to give Layla a try first and I’m so glad we did! My partner is more of a firm mattress guy and I’m all over the place. My preference tends to vary from soft/medium to medium/firm. However, we haven’t even flipped the Layla yet, as we’ve both been enjoying sleeping on the “soft” side. It’s beyond comfortable, sleeps cool and we couldn’t be happier.” – Danny G.
  • “The Layla has amazing support. We use the firm side. Can’t even feel my husband tossing and turning.” – Sheri M.
  • “I have owned 2 memory foam beds from Bragada and Amerisleep–both slept warm. This Layla mattress is my 3rd and it does not sleep warm. I sleep on my back and left side and it is very comfortable. I am recovering from a herniated disc in my neck and have been able to sleep 6-7 hours a night after only 4 nights of interrupted sleep from pain. I will only own memory foam mattresses, because they move with your body and I have little to no issues with my arms falling asleep and causing numbness. I will only own a memory foam mattress and so far Layla has been the best. Customer service was helpful when I called with one question too. Thank’s Layla!!” – Brenda W.

The 411:

  • Layla sizes available: 
    • Queen: $899
    • King: $999
    • Cal King: $999
    • Twin: $499
    • Twin XL: $599
    • Full: $799
  • What’s inside: Knowing that you can flip the mattress, we’ll describe the four layers inside the Layla mattress like a sandwich:
    • Soft side – copper-infused memory foam provides comfort and cooling
    • Convoluted air flow layer – softer density foam provides air flow and heat dissipation
    • Base support foam – firm density foam that provides the overall support
    • Firm side – copper-infused memory foam provides firmer feel and cooling

    All layers are surrounded by a thermo-gel cooling cover. (Note: the more you cover the mattress with a mattress protector, topper and/or sheets, the less likely you are to reap the benefits of the cooling cover.)

Cross-section view of the layers inside the Layla mattress
Inside the Layla mattress
  • Delivery: Most customers in the lower 48 states can expect their new Layla mattress to arrive within 4-7 business days from the day they order with free shipping. *There is a $100 shipping fee for Alaska and Hawaii customers.
  • Setup: The Layla mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. If you decide to change the firmness, you should unzip and remove the cover, flip the mattress over, then zip the cover back on.
  • Foundation: Layla recommends these options: put it on the floor, use a traditional bed that requires a box spring, get a platform bed, or try an adjustable bed frame.
  • Return policy: After at least two weeks, and before four months of the purchase date; If you decide that you don’t love your Layla mattress, they’ll pick it up from you and issue you a full refund. They will donate all returned mattresses to charity so there are no restocking fees.

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Leesa

A few words from us:

  • We think Leesa has mastered the perfect mattress for the “average sleeper” – it offers a great balance between soft and firm, has cooling technology and built-in airflow, and won’t leave you sinking into the foam like quicksand.
  • Leesa’s perforated top layer (Avena® foam) promotes airflow and breathability, ensuring that your body heat won’t get trapped.
  • When you buy a Leesa mattress, you can rest easy in more ways than one: for every 10 mattresses sold, a bed is donated to those in need, and for every purchase made, a new tree is planted.

Word on the street:

  • “My only regret is not buying this bed earlier. It’s the perfect blend of supportive but soft. Sleeping on the stomach, side or back are all very comfortable. We love it!” – Erin S.
  • “I’m not gifted with the right words to write this review. It’s soft yet firm? Inviting but not overwhelming? Cool yet comforting? All I know is it’s perfect, and I love it.” – Phoebe S.
  • “I certainly like the change in sleeping since purchase of the Leesa mattress. I use a fit bit tracker most of the time and that device monitors both resting heartrate and sleep patterns. Since using the leesa mattress, my resting HR now averages ~ 55 BPM vs 62 BPM before. My HR monitor also records sleep disturbances and times awake during the night. Sleep disturbances and “awakes” have also been significantly reduced, all thanks to leesa.” – Robert B.

The 411:

  • Leesa sizes available: 
    • Queen: $940
    • King: $1,070
    • Cal King: $1,070
    • Twin: $525
    • Twin XL: $625
    • Full: $790
  • What’s inside: Three layers of high-quality foam delivering airflow, contouring pressure relief and core support
    • Top layer – air-flow cooling and freedom of movement
    • Middle layer – pressure relieving memory foam
    • Bottom layer – dense core support, adds durability and structure without feeling too firm on top
Cross-section view of the inner layers of the Leesa mattress
Inside the Leesa mattress
  • Delivery: Leesa ships free and will arrive at your door in 3-6 business days. (Shipping is also free to Alaska and Hawaii, but there is a $100 fee for returns.)
  • Setup: The Leesa mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. You can also refer to this how-to guide from Leesa.
  • Foundation: Leesa recommends a more stable, rigid base that will sufficiently support this foam mattress. You could also try adding a bunkie board instead of a new foundation as a suitable and wallet-friendly option. A bunkie board is basically a 2-3″ board that creates a flat, rigid surface to support your foam mattress and pairs nicely with traditional metal frames, platform beds, and slatted beds.
  • Return policy: If you decide to return your Leesa within the 100-night trial period, there are zero return fees and you do not have to worry about fitting your Leesa back in the box. They’ll arrange to have your mattress picked up from your home with no additional effort or cost on your part. Leesa will try to locate a charity in your community to donate the mattress.

Other Leesa products:

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Casper

A few words from us:

  • Casper is one of the early market leaders in the foam mattress space and offers a good universal mattress for the average sleeper.
  • The Casper team is continually refining its design based on customer feedback and sleep tests; so buying a Casper today doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the same one from a couple years ago.
  • Casper has crafted a memory foam mattress that is breathable and promotes airflow, so you won’t get that hot, sinking feeling that you would with traditional memory foams.

Word on the street:

  • “My wife and I both love the bed. I usually prefer a much firmer mattress and my wife prefers a soft mattress, yet we’re both satisfied. The bed was easy to unpack and within minutes was ready for sleeping. Definitely the best value in mattresses!” – Sam K.
  • “We love our new Casper mattress. We had a top of the line memory foam mattress that my wife loved because of its cocooning effect and I hated it because it made me too warm and I sunk into it too far so I couldn’t roll over. We are both happy with the firmer Casper mattress. It is a great compromise for us.” – Mike W.
  • “I’ve owned quite a few different mattresses but the Casper has easily become my favorite. It’s a perfect nights sleep, a great balance of firm and soft. And while the mattress is all I could hope for, the customer service team really took it to over the top. Communication throughout the delivery was prompt, thoughtful and helpful. When my mattress was delayed I was overnighted an air mattress to hold me over.” – Nikki G.

The 411:

  • Casper sizes available: 
    • Queen: $995
    • King: $1,195
    • Cal King: $1,195
    • Twin: $595
    • Twin XL: $645
    • Full: $895
  • What’s inside: Casper is made up of four foam blend layers to offer breathability, pressure relief, and a springy yet contouring surface.
Inside the Casper Mattress
Inside the Casper mattress
  • Delivery: The Casper ships free and should arrive at your doorstep within 2-7 business days of ordering. Same-day white glove delivery service is also available in select cities.
  • Setup: The Casper mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand.
  • Foundation: The Casper mattress can work with all standard foundations. As with all foam beds, you want as much direct support under the mattress as possible. A wooden slatted or platform bed offers the most support.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Casper is not for you within the 100-day trial period, Casper will remove the mattress from your home and donate it to a local charity at no cost.

Other Casper products:

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Loom & Leaf

A few words from us:

  • While the Loom & Leaf is on the pricier side for online memory foam mattresses, it has been compared to the iComfort and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, which can cost upwards of $4,000-$5,000.
  • You can choose between two different levels of firmness for this mattress: relaxed firm and firm.
  • Loom & Leaf is not 100% natural, but it is made with eco-friendly, CertiPUR-US certified foams. Additionally, they use natural thistle as a flame retardant, and the mattress is wrapped in an organic cotton cover.
  • Loom & Leaf comes with free white-glove delivery and setup as well as free removal of your old mattress.

Word on the street:

  • Initially I wanted a tempurpedic but after much research, we decided to try loom and leaf–the price point and organic materials were the two main reasons. Wow, after two weeks I am sleeping the best I have slept in years. My husband gets up a lot at night, and this used to wake me every time it seemed. Now, I do not wake and cannot even feel when he gets up out of bed! I love waking feeling refreshed, and I absolutely love this mattress.” – Meridith K.
  • “We are so happy to have discovered this mattress! I had been suffering from lower back pain for the last several months, and simply couldn’t get comfortable during the night. I would toss and turn every 30 minutes or so, leaving both me and my poor husband exhausted by morning. I wanted a TempurPedic but the price tag was not an option for me. When I learned about the Loom and Leaf mattress, I had to give it a shot! And I’m so glad I did! You can truly feel your back being supported, and the mattress just cradles you right in the position you want to lay in. Perfect balance of soft foam and firm support. Sleeps cool, as far as I can tell. And I loved that there was NO odor when it arrived, unlike another brand we had tried previously.” – Jennifer C.
  • “Hank & I have been together for just over 6 months, and it really has been #loveatfirstsleep. He is firm, but at the same time soft. I miss him whenever I am away. I am basically Goldilocks, and Hank is just right. (By the way, Hank is my Queen, relaxed Firm bed. Yes, I love my mattress so much, that I named him.) I see a chiropractor regularly, and the bed has helped wonders!” – Charlotte T.

The 411:

  • Loom & Leaf sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,099
    • King: $1,499
    • Cal King: $1,499
    • Twin: $699
    • Twin XL: $799
    • Full: $949
  • What’s inside: The Loom & Leaf is available in two different levels of firmness: relaxed firm (6/10 on the firmness scale) and firm (8/10). Relaxed firm is the most popular choice among customers. Here’s how the Loom & Leaf is constructed:
    • 1 – Organic cotton covering
    • 2 – Cooling spinal gel
    • 3 – Eco-friendly premium foam
    • 4 – Dual layer breathable support base
Inside the Loom + Leaf mattress
Inside the Loom + Leaf mattress
  • Delivery and setup: Delivery of the Loom & Leaf mattress can take up to 15 days, but it comes with free white-glove delivery and set-up. They will also remove your old mattress at no cost if you have one to get rid of.
  • Foundation: You’ll want a flat surface to place your Loom & Leaf mattress on. If your box spring/foundation is in very good condition, meaning it’s sturdy and isn’t sagging, it should work fine.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Loom & Leaf isn’t for you during your 120-day trial period, it can be returned for a full and prompt refund of the purchase price, less a $99 handling fee.

Other Loom & Leaf / Saatva products:

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BEST LATEX MATTRESSES

BRAND NOTES TRIAL/ WARRANTY/  RETURN POLICY CUSTOMER RATINGS PRICE
Price listed is for queen mattress
GhostBed (by Nature’s Sleep) -Latex mattress with gel memory foam

-6.5/10 firmness

-101-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-20-year limited warranty

4.7/5


92% positive

$795

Financing options available

PangeaBed -Copper infused Talalay latex with gel-infused memory foam

– 6/10 firmness

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

Read reviews $895

Financing options available

Pure Green Latex Mattress

(by Sleep On Latex)

-100% natural latex mattress

-Choose from soft, medium, firm and thickness (7” or 9”)

-100-night risk-free trial

-Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

 

Read reviews $969 (Medium, 7”)

Prices vary based on firmness and height

Financing options available

Spindle -Natural latex mattress

-Choose from medium, firm, soft, extra firm

-10/25-year limited warranty

-Returns are accepted within 1 year of purchase but you won’t get a completely full refund

Read reviews $1,350

 

ZenHaven

(a Saatva brand)

-100% natural latex mattress

-Flippable for soft (4-5/10) or firm (7-8/10)

-120-night risk-free trial

– If you return the mattress, there is a $99 handling fee

-10-year limited warranty

Read reviews here $1,899

Financing options available

 

Ghostbed logo - black A few words from us:

  • GhostBed offers the responsiveness and cooling benefits of latex, but also the contouring and pressure relief benefits of memory foam (its second layer).
  • If you’re in the market for a latex mattress because you’re trying to go green, be aware that the GhostBed isn’t as natural as some of its category competitors. (But it’s also less expensive.)
  • Fun fact: the owner of GhostBed used to be afraid of ghosts hiding under his bed as a kid, which is how the name “GhostBed” was created.

Word on the street:

  • “Ghost Bed was super simple to set up and it instantly grew to form. It’s super soft to touch and extremely comfortable. My sleep has improved and I wake up relaxed and pain-free. Love this bed! It’s boo-tastic!” – Audra W.
  • “Could not be happier with the GhostBed mattress. My wife and I were skeptical about all the hype, but decided to take a shot based on the apparent value offered by GhostBed both in price point and the extent to which they stand behind their product. We bought the king size mattress, foundation, and 2 GhostPillows. This bed actually delivered. We both sleep more soundly, and sleeping on this bed has even helped alleviate some of the problems I have with my neck and back. One thing I can say is that the pillows are absolutely worth it. The bed was incredibly comfortable before the pillows arrived, but once we slept on it with the GhostPillows, it took on a whole new level of comfort. They just compliment each other perfectly. The foundation is very sturdy. You don’t see products very often anymore that are overbuilt like this is. Assembly was pretty simple and quick. We love our GhostBed and we can’t stop talking about it with out family and friends.”- Michael L.
  • “We knew we needed a new mattress, did the homework, listened to our chiropractor and bought this one. Both of us are waking up without the aches and pains and sleeping more soundly. Quality and materials are first rate AND watching it come to life out of the box–very cool!” – Rebecca Z

The 411:

  • GhostBed sizes available: 
    • Queen: $795
    • King: $975
    • Cal King: $995
    • Twin: $495
    • Twin XL: $650
    • Full: $775
  • What’s inside: The GhostBed is made with quality latex and foam materials designed for optimum support, responsiveness and cooling. All of the foams are 100% CertiPUR-US certified. Its layers include:
    • Cover – soft, breathable fabric; wicks away heat and moisture
    • Top layer – aerated synthetic rubber latex; absorbs pressure, keeps you cool
    • Middle layer – cooling gel memory foam; pressure-relief, comfort and cooling
    • Bottom layer – high-density foam; support and durability
Close up of the materials inside the GhostBed mattress
Inside the GhostBed Mattress
  • Delivery: The GhostBed ships free to the lower 48 states and should arrive at your door in 3-5 days.
  • Setup: The GhostBed mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation (if you’re using one), and it will spring to life. Once you open your GhostBed mattress from the sealed vac-pac packaging, it may take a few hours to a full day for it to fully expand, breathe and adjust to your room’s temperature.
  • Foundation: GhostBed recommends laying the mattress on a flat surface or good condition box spring/foundation that will maintain the mattress lifespan. The mattress can be placed on a box spring/foundation with slats no longer than 4″ apart, platform bed or the floor for good results.
  • Return policy: If you decide the GhostBed is not for you after 30 days and before the 101-day trial period, you can contact them to have your mattress picked up for free and receive a full refund. Note: this only applies to orders placed directly through GhostBed.

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A few words from us:

  • PangeaBed is a unique copper infused, natural latex mattress that is durable and provides great health benefits, like promoting good circulation and alleviating joint pain. If you suffer from a bad back or injury, these features could be especially helpful.
  • PangeaBed is made with antibacterial, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic layers designed to help fight off germs and bacteria.
  • The open-cell structure of Talalay latex is said to be 4 times more breathable than polyurethane, memory foam or synthetic Dunlop process latex.

Word on the street:

  • “I bought my queen copper mattress in November, and I am beyond satisfied (and borderline obsessed) with my purchase. Unpacking the mattress was easy (I was able to do it by myself), and my mattress was fully expanded within a few hours. I knew upon laying down for the first time that this mattress was heavenly. It is the perfect combination of comfort and support. As a lover of firm mattresses, I was nervous that it was going to be a little too soft for my liking but it was perfect. I let my family members (who are more medium firmness mattress lovers) lay down and try it and they were just as in love with it as I was, so it seems to be for everyone. The ONLY downfall is it makes getting out of bed in the mornings difficult because it is so comfortable!” – Ali
  • “I must admit, I don’t often respond to requests for reviews of items I purchase. I feel compelled to write a review for the Pangeabed Mattress my husband and I got 6 months ago because of its quality and comfort! I have Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis along with Fibromyalgia and a bad back. It is not always easy to get comfortable in bed but since we have had this mattress I am consistently getting a good, comfortable nights sleep. It is pretty amazing to get such a great product for a moderate price! It is well worth every penny to me! Thank you Pangeabed!” – Karen M.
  • “After months of research, I narrowed my choices down to spindle. Helix and Pangeabed. Loved the idea of the antibacterial, hypoallergenic copper infused Pangeabed. only drawback is that is does not come in a soft version. Talked at length with Martin a co-founder in this company and he told me about the topper to soften up the bed for me if needed. I called back day after my delivery to let him know the delivery was as promised, set up was easy and no smell at all. I wanted to know how long the trial period was before I could get the topper. To my surprise he ordered one immediately and its on the way. Cant get any better service than that!” – Maureen K.

The 411:

  • PangeaBed sizes available:
    • Queen: $895
    • King: $1,045
    • Cal King: $1,045
    • Twin: $645
    • Twin XL: $745
    • Full: $825
  • What’s inside:
    1. Cover: soft foam quilted cover; hypoallergenic
    2. Top Layer:copper infused 100% pure Talalay latex; breathable anti-bacterial, pressure-relief
    3. Transition Layer: gel infused phase change memory foam; cooling, pressure relief
    4. Base Layer: support foam; body weight support, durability
Illustration showing layers inside the PangeaBed mattress
Inside the PangeaBed Mattress
  • Delivery: The PangeaBed ships free and typically arrives within 6-12 business days.
  • Setup: The PangeaBed mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation and it will come to life. Full expansion of the mattress should take about 20-30 minutes.
  • Foundation: You’ll get the most out of your PangeaBed when it’s supported by a proper base; either a firm, solid and level flooring surface, foundation, or box spring. The PangeaBed can also work with adjustable base foundations.
  • Return policy: If you decide the PangeaBed is not for you before the 100-night trial is up, you can return your mattress at no cost and get a full refund. PangeaBed will pick up your unwanted mattress from your house and arrange a donation to a local charity.

Other PangeaBed products:

  • PangeaBed also sells a copper pillow for $125.

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PURE GREEN NATURAL LATEX MATTRESS

A few words from us:

  • The Pure Green mattress by Sleep On Latex is a natural, hypoallergenic mattress that allows you to customize both the thickness and firmness level of the mattress: you can choose between Soft, Medium or Firm; and between 7” or 9” thick.
  • If you’re set on latex, this is a good quality option that sleeps cool, offers good weight balance and is super easy to set up.

Word on the street:

  • “My husband and I both love our new Sleep on Latex bed! He is a side, stomach and sometimes back sleeper. I am a side and back sleeper. We ordered the “soft” and we both are very happy with it. We were planning to buy a different much higher priced “healthy” mattress in the future and were so thankful to hear about Sleep on Latex. It’s a great price for a great bed!” – Catherine G.
  • “I did a lot of research before purchasing this mattress. I’m very happy I settled on this one. Our first night, I was worried we might have made a mistake, but I think it was getting used to sleeping on latex. We have had noticeably better sleep since. Highly recommend.” – Daniela P.
  • “King mattress. Arrived on time, opened it, thought there would be some chemical off-gassing, but none detected. It’s surprising dead-weight (~140#s), and tricky to move around, but once encased and on the box spring it has been very restful sleep. The snug conforming to body shape tends to retain a bit of heat, but nothing major. All good and, as noted, just what we expected from the positive reviews.” – Charles O.

The 411:

  • Pure Green sizes available: Prices vary depending on firmness level and height
    • Queen: $899 – $1,199
    • King: $1,149 – $1,699
    • Cal King: $1,149 – $1,699
    • Twin: $649 – $849
    • Twin XL: $649 – $849
    • Full: $899 – $1,099
    • Full XL: $899 – $1,199
  • What’s inside: The SleepOnLatex mattress is made up of natural latex foam layers, organic cotton and organic wool. You can choose from either the 9” mattress or the 7” mattress and customize the level of firmness (soft, medium or firm).
    • Top – quilted wool: adds thin layer of softness, keeps you cool
    • Top base – 2” natural latex foam adds softness (only in 9” option)
    • Bottom – 6” natural latex foam provides strength and support
    • Cover – organic cotton: soft, durable, flexible
Illustration describing layers inside the Pure Green Mattress
Inside the Pure Green Mattress
  • Delivery: The Pure Green mattress ships free to the lower 48 states and typically arrives within 10 business days.
  • Setup: The Pure Green mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation (if you’re using one), and it will spring to life.
Animation showing the Pure Green mattress being unboxed
Unboxing the Pure Green mattress
  • Foundation: Pure Green will work best on a platform base or slatted foundation with spacing that is 3″ apart or less. If you decide to use a box spring, it would be a good idea to add a bunky board or plywood board for extra support. These are also compatible with adjustable bed frames.
  • Return policy: The Pure Green mattress can be returned for a full refund within 100 days of receipt. Sleep On Latex will arrange to have the mattress picked up for free. The refund or exchange will be processed once the item has been picked up.

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A few words from us:

  • Spindle is a smaller, family business which is why you may not have heard a lot about them. However, we do think they offer a great quality mattress that’s natural, durable and customizable to your needs.
  • Spindle offers 4 different firmness options, but also allows you to make adjustments to the firmness or purchase new layers to ensure you’re completely satisfied with your mattress.
  • The Spindle requires some at-home assembly. Customers claim it’s not that difficult, but it’s something to be prepared for.

Word on the street:

  • “Had the mattress for more than a month now and overall really like this mattress. It is 100% all natural latex and does well in supporting your body when you sleep. The latex had a bit of smell when it first arrived since it was made using natural material but it quickly went away. The mattress is made in the USA so it came very fast. The only complaint is that the latex does make this mattress hotter than most other material especially since it is 10 inches layer. Still, nothing the fan or air conditioner couldn’t solve. Buy this if you are looking for an affordable, natural mattress all while supporting a family owned business here in the United States!” – Shiawtian C.
  • “Love It! The very first morning after sleeping on this mattress was the first time, in a long time, that I woke up without lower back pain! The frame and bed assembly was simple as can be. I am 6′ 2″, 225 lbs. and the queen size medium firm seems to be just right for me. Thanks Spindle!” – Paul B.
  • We love our mattress. We had a well loved decades old spring mattress. Never having tried a latex mattress before I was hesitant but I’m so glad we made the switch. It is just the right “in-between” of sinking in and laying on top of your mattress. We live in a high humidity climate in Texas and never have I felt that it slept warm. High quality mattress! – Rachel T.

The 411:

  • Spindle sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,350
    • King: $1,700
    • Twin: $900
    • Twin XL: $950
    • Full: $1,150
  • What’s inside: The Spindle is made with three, 3” layers of natural latex (which they claim to be 3x as durable and 4x as breathable as conventional foams). The cover is made with natural organic cotton lined with natural wool batting to help wick moisture away.
    • You can choose from four different levels of firmness depending on your preference. Spindle has a firmness calculator to help you decide.
Close up of the latex layers inside the Spindle mattress
Inside the Spindle Mattress
  • Delivery: The Spindle ships free to your door anywhere in lower 48 states and should arrive within 7-10 business days.
  • Setup: The Spindle is shipped in three separate cartons, each with a 3” layer of latex. One of those cartons will also contain your zippered case. You will actually assemble the mattress yourself by inserting the latex layers into the cotton cover. It might seem like a hassle, and while it does take more time than just unrolling your mattress, it’s actually not that You can watch this video on how to assemble the Spindle for reference.
  • Foundation: Spindle recommends using a support structure with slats that are spaced no more than 3″ apart for proper support and ventilation. The slats should be made of solid wood (not a composite or plywood like material) for lasting durability.
  • Return policy: Spindle is one of the few newer mattress companies that does not offer a full refund – they’ll refund you the total cost minus $200. However, you do have up to one year from taking delivery on the mattress to make your final decision and the customer support team will do everything they can to remedy your issue.

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A few words from us:

  • You might have a bit of sticker shock when you see the price of the ZenHaven but it’s actually still a good deal considering what you’re getting: a luxury, natural mattress that can be flipped for either soft or firm preference.
  • The ZenHaven naturally resists mold and microbes and is built to last 20 years with normal usage. While this depends on a number of factors, including the people sleeping on it, latex does tend to have the longest lifespan.
  • It’s nearly impossible for a mattress to be 100% organic, but the ZenHaven is “as green as modern manufacturing will allow.” All the latex layers in the mattress are made from 100% natural latex, the flame-retardant is made from natural 100% organic New Zealand wool, and the cover from organic cotton.

Word on the street:

  • “We have had our mattress for over a month now are extremely happy with our purchase. Not only are we sleeping better, there’s no aches and pains in the morning. These mattresses are great for adjustable frames too.” – Carrie B.
  • “I researched so much on a mattress and am so happy I ended up with this one. I am a chiropractor and my patients are always asking me what is best for them. I advise them to all look to Zenhaven now. My sister has also bought one and loves it just as much. Thank you so much! VERY pleased!” – Katie U.
  • “I have had my Zenhaven mattress for two months and could not be more pleased. It is everything that the other reviews state. Be sure to give it a few weeks to loosen up and you will be sleeping better than you have ever slept in your life. I highly recommend!” – Dick D.

The 411:

  • ZenHaven sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,899
    • King: $2,499
    • Cal King: $2,499
    • Twin: $1,299
    • Twin XL: $1,349
    • Full: $1,699
  • What’s inside: ZenHaven is made up of all natural latex layers and is also flippable for softer (Luxury Plush) or firmer (Gentle Firm) preference. The layers below are listed as a sandwich.
    • Top/bottom layer (firm) – 5-zone comfort layer that provides firmer support where you need it to help with spinal alignment
    • Middle layers – latex support cores (x2) for more resilient support
    • Bottom/top layer (soft) – same 5-zone comfort layer, but softer to contour your body more
    • Cover – organic cotton cover with wool lining to help with breathability and moisture wicking

    Animation showing how ZenHaven mattress is flippable and constructed with different layers
    Inside ZenHaven: Flippable Mattress
  • Delivery/Setup: ZenHaven will deliver the mattress anywhere in the continental U.S. for free and dispatch two delivery team members to set up your mattress for you. (This can take around 2 weeks or so since they’re made to order.) Due to the heavy weight of the mattress, they will also send representatives to your house to flip the mattress for you at no cost. You can choose to have the delivery team remove your old mattress at no cost to you as well.
  • Foundation: You’ll want a flat surface to place your ZenHaven mattress on. If your box spring/foundation is in very good condition, meaning it’s sturdy and isn’t sagging, it should work fine.
  • Return policy: If you decide the ZenHaven isn’t for you during your 120-day home trial, it can be returned for a full and prompt refund of the purchase price, less a $99 handling fee.

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BEST HYBRID MATTRESSES

BRAND NOTES TRIAL/ WARRANTY/ RETURN POLICY CUSTOMER RATINGS PRICE
Price listed is for queen mattress
Helix – Foam combo with microcoils

– You can customize the entire bed or each side to best fit your needs and preferences

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 10-year limited warranty

4.6/5

 

 

$995*

Financing options available

*Pricing for customized mattresses may vary

Purple – Hyper-Elastic Polymer and foam blend

– 6.5/10 firmness

– Sleeps cool

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 10-year limited warranty

Read reviews here $999

Financing options available

Saatva – Innerspring hybrid (coil on coil with memory foam and organic euro pillow top)

– Available in Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm

– 120-night risk free trial

– If you return the mattress, there is a $99 handling fee

– 15-year limited warranty

4.8/5

 

$999

Financing options available

Alexander Signature Hybrid

(by Nest Bedding)

– Memory foam and pocket coil hybrid

– Available in Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 20-year limited warranty

4.8/5

 

$1,199

Financing options available

Voila – Memory foam, latex, pocket coil hybrid

– Available in Plush, Medium and Firm

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 10-year limited warranty

4.7/5 $1,199
Avocado

 

 

– Natural latex with innerspring technology

– 7/10 firmness (6/10 with pillow top option)

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 25-year limited warranty

Read reviews here $1,399

Financing options available

Sapira

(by Leesa)

– Pocket springs and high performance foam

– 7/10 firmness

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

– 10-year limited warranty

Read reviews here $1,475

Financing options available

 

Helix

 A few words from us:

  • We like the Helix mattress because it truly is a bed that’s made for you – factoring in your size and preferences. If you and your sleeping partner have different needs, then we recommend giving the Helix mattress a try.
  • We also like how simple the “customize your own mattress” quiz is – they don’t use any fancy mattress lingo – just straightforward terms that you’ll understand to help build the best mattress for you.
  • If you’re sharing the Helix with a sleeping partner, you will have the option to build a blended mattress (which combines both test results across the entire mattress) or dual comfort (which personalizes each side of the bed based on test results). If you opt for the dual comfort option, be aware that this will add $150 to your total, along with an extra 2-3 days in shipping time.

Word on the street:

  • “We LOVE our Helix mattress! My husband prefers for his to be more firm and I like it a bit softer and that was always tricky for us. Now, no problem at all! We sleep like babies.” – Viktoriya K.
  • “Their product is the best I’ve ever experienced and I have previously bought a number of very expensive and unsuccessful products in trying to solve my mattress and sleep problems. Their mattress solved a very painful hip contact problem on a top-rated memory foam mattress, that caused me to constantly awaken and rotate from side to side all night, because of the severe hip pain. Problem now solved.”
  • “I got the Helix after trying out a competitor’s mattress. This is the best mattress that I have slept on. Great support, cool sleeping temp, and very comfortable. I would recommend this mattress to anyone looking for the complete package.” – Bill B.

The 411:

  • Helix sizes available: 
    • Queen: $995
    • King: $1,195
    • Cal King: $1,195
    • Twin: $600
    • Twin XL: $700
    • Full: $850
  • What’s inside: While the Helix is customizable to meet your personal preference, there are three consistent materials used to craft this mattress:
    1. Helix dynamic foam – hybrid of memory foam and latex which offers great body contouring and cooling properties
    2. Pocketed microcoils – hundreds of miniature coils to help with weight distribution and pressure relief (These are packaged differently than innerspring coils so motion transfer is still reduced)
    3. Dense polyfoam – strong and durable base layer
Close up shots of the materials inside the Helix mattress
Inside the Helix mattress
  • Delivery: The Helix mattress ships free in the U.S. and usually takes 6-10 business days. If you choose the dual comfort option, this will add another 2-3 days to the shipping timeline.
  • Setup: Once your Helix arrives, simply remove the mattress from the box and set it on your foundation while it’s still encased in plastic. Then, remove the mattress from its plastic wrapping, give it 45 minutes to an hour to regain its shape.
  • Foundation: Works with most foundations and frames but is most compatible with flat surfaces because it is still a foam mattress.
  • Return policy: If you are unhappy with your Helix mattress within the first 100 days, you can return it for a full refund. Helix will make every effort to donate lightly used mattresses to charities and housing facilities.

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Purple

A few words form us:

  • The Purple is a mattress with a big personality, but it does have a lot to boast about: it sleeps super cool, is great for spinal alignment and does a good job with reducing any movement you’ll feel from other people (or animals).
  • Customers who own the Purple have claimed it’s helped them relieve back and neck pains.
  • The Purple is topped with a unique pressure-releasing material that is especially great for back and side sleepers – when you lie on your back, it will help your spine maintain its natural curve and when you lie on your side, it will help keep your spine straight.

Word on the street:

  • “As a previous tempurpedic mattress owner, I can tell you that the Purple mattress is far superior. My husband and I cannot get over how comfortable and cool we are at night. There was zero adjustment time and the support is fantastic. I look forward to trying the Purple pillow next!” – Cynthia
  • “It’s the best mattress I’ve ever used. I thought it was pricey at first, but it is worth every coin and every dollar! I broke my back around 2 years ago and still have some pretty bad pain where I broke it, but Purple has actually decreased the pain which is amazing! My mother has the mattress and actually was the one who recommended it to me after I got out of the hospital.” – Rachel C.
  • “I’ll admit I was leery about buying a mattress off the internet, sight unseen, but I went for it anyway because of the 100 day return policy. Well, they are never getting it back. I know it sounds crazy but after the first night of my first uninterrupted sleep in I don’t know how long, I awoke with NO BACK PAIN! I was seriously going to make an appointment with a chiropractor, but that is no longer necessary. I also want to add that my wife’s arm has always been numb when she wakes up in the morning, but that is no longer an issue either. If you’re on the fence about getting this mattress, GO FOR IT! You won’t be disappointed!!!” – Dan

The 411:

  • Purple sizes available:
    • Queen: $999
    • King: $1,299
    • Cal King: $1,299
    • Twin XL: $699
  • What’s inside: The Purple mattress is made with a layer of hyper-elastic polymer (designed to keep you cool and provide great pressure relief) on top of two layers of high-density polyurethane foam (designed for durability, support and motion isolation).The cover is made with a blend of viscose, polyester, and polyester-lycra (designed for maximum breathability and a soft, stretchy surface).
Cross-section of the Purple mattress layers
Inside the Purple mattress
  • Delivery: The Purple ships free within the lower 48 states and typically arrives within 4-7 business days.
  • Setup: The Purple mattress comes rolled and in a cylinder case. You will simply open the casing, unroll it on your foundation (if you’re using one), and it will be ready to use right away. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
  • Foundation: The Purple just needs a sturdy surface to sit on, whether that’s a platform, slats (3″ apart or less), box foundation, an adjustable bed frame, or even the floor.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Purple is not for you within the 100-day trial period, you can return it for a full refund. They will come pick up your mattress and donate it to a local charity at no cost. Purple does ask that you try your mattress for at least 30 days.

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Saatva

A few words from us:

  • Saatva is one of those mattresses that has all the bells and whistles: it’s customizable, made with quality materials and it’s eco-friendly (although not 100% green).
  • This mattress is known for having great edge support, lumbar support and pressure relief.
  • Saatva offers free white glove delivery, setup and mattress removal with your purchase. If you decide to return your Saatva mattress, there is a $99 handling fee that you won’t get back.

Word on the street:

  • “Most comfortable mattress we’ve ever slept on, even ones that were much more expensive! Just firm enough without being too hard, and the extra support mid-back is a little bit of heaven. Ordering was easy, follow up was appropriate, and delivery was on time. They actually did wear gloves when delivering. We would definitely recommend this product to anyone.”
  • Considering that Merlin’s -my wife- shoulders suddenly ceased numbing the very first night she slept on it and my lower back -L5 fusion- discontinued aching every single morning since it arrived, one cannot give Saatva any less than the full star general line up of five. It just would not be fair.”
  • “We got our mattress a few days ago. My wife has been suffering from lumbar back issues for over a year. We have tried IComfort, Stearns and Foster, and Beauty Rest mattresses. We even slept on an inflatable Coleman Mattress with a futon pad. Nothing worked. The Saatva Luxury Firm mattress has made a remarkable difference in my wife’s back pain. I sleep like a rock on it too! Wonderful company, speedy delivery, and great price. Have already recommended it to multiple friends. Thanks for producing a quality product, in America for a great price point. Thanks for the peace you have given to us.”

The 411:

  • Saatva sizes available: 
    • Queen: $999
    • King: $1,399
    • Cal King: $1,399
    • Twin: $599
    • Twin XL: $699
    • Full: $849
  • What’s inside: The Saatva has a lot going on inside: there are 5 different premium material layers that make up the mattress including a coil on coil construction, memory foam and a euro pillow-top. You also have the option of choosing plush soft, luxury firm or firm.
    • Plush soft: preferred by side sleepers and occasional back sleepers, great if you like feeling enveloped in your mattress
    • Luxury firm: *most popular* preferred by all types of sleepers, great if you tend to switch positions in the night
    • Firm: preferred by back and stomach sleepers, great if you like the feeling of floating on your mattress (instead of sinking into it)
An illustration showing the layers inside the Saatva mattress
Inside the Saatva mattress
  • Delivery and setup: Delivery of the Saatva mattress can take up to 15 days, but it comes with free white-glove delivery and set-up. Saatva will also remove your old mattress at no cost if you have one to get rid of.
  • Foundation: If your box spring/foundation is in very good condition, meaning it’s sturdy and has absolutely no sagging, it should work fine with the Saatva mattress. Your mattress warranty remains in place even when using your own foundation/ box spring, although Saatva does sell one themselves.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Saatva is not right for you within your 120-day home trial period, it can be returned for a full and prompt refund of the purchase price, less a $99 handling fee.

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Alexander Signature Hybrid

A few words from us:

  • The Alexander Signature Hybrid made of four premium layers, including foam and pocket coils – which offer great cooling properties, comfort and edge support.
  • You do have a choice between Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm with this mattress. Another factor to consider is that Nest Bedding offers six different types of mattresses, so if the Alexander Signature Hybrid doesn’t end up working for you, they’ll help you easily exchange it for one of their other mattresses.

Word on the street:

  • The Nest Hybrid is built using premium construction comparable to Luxury brand mattresses that are significantly more expensive and with great ratings. When I found the Alexander Nest Hybrid and read the specifications I knew it would turn out great, it’s a prefect mattress with real engineered comfort a great price. Sleeps cool, great support, foam comfort on the top, with great Spring technology that still keeps that BOUNCE. I haven’t regretted the purchase, and time will tell if it holds up to at least 7 years but there’s no reason to believe it won’t. Conclusion: JUST buy this one, you won’t regret it.” – LL
  • “Originally ordered a medium firmness, but found it to be a bit too soft after a few months. Nest couldn’t possibly have been better about making sure we were happy. It is evident that they will do whatever it takes to earn and keep your business. A couple emails, and a few days later, and we have the luxury firm in our bedroom. Amazing mattress. Supportive, yet feels soft and cozy, while still keeping us cool. Thanks to Nest for a great mattress and second-to-none customer service! Oh, and p.s., we ordered a couple Easy Breather pillows too. Best pillow on the market, without a doubt.”– Ryan
  • “We debated a long time if we should spend this kind of money on something we have not laid eyes on but took the plunge due to the great reviews. I am so happy we did. My wife and I wear a Fitbit that tracks our sleep. What a difference a mattress makes. We used to wake several times through the night but not anymore. I recommend this mattress to everyone.” – Michael L.

The 411:

  • Alexander Signature Hybrid sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,199
    • King: $1,499
    • Cal King: $1,499
    • Twin: $799
    • Twin XL: $899
    • Full: $1,099
    • Split King (both sides): $1,799
    • Split King (one side): $899
    • Split CalKing (both sides): $1,799
    • Split CalKing (one side): $899
  • What’s inside: The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is made up of four layers of foam and pocketed coils. Its layers include:
    1. Gel infused memory foam and soft quilted thermic phase change fabric; cooling comfort
    2. Copper-infused Energex foam; ergonomic support
    3. SmartFlow support foam; perforated to promote airflow
    4. Five-zoned pocketed support coils; edge support and responsiveness
Illustration showing the layers of foam and coil that make up the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress
Inside the Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress (Medium Option)
  • Delivery: The Alexander Signature Hybrid ships free to the lower 48 states and usually arrives within 3-9 business days.
  • Setup: This mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, remove the plastic wrapping and watch it grow.
  • Foundation: The Alexander Signature Hybrid should be used on a non-flexible base. If using slats, you’ll want to make sure they do not bend at all and have good center support. You should not use this mattress on the floor, older style flexible box springs, slats that are flexible or bowed, or slats that are more than 4″ apart.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is not for you after at least 30 nights and within the 100-night trial period, you can either exchange the mattress for another model/feel or return it all together. You can donate your unwanted bed to a local charity and have your original purchase price refunded in full.

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A few words from us:

  • The Voila mattress has 12 layers of memory foam, latex and coils. And while more layers aren’t always better, you’re still reaping lots of benefits from this hybrid mattress.
  • This mattress is the epitome of a hybrid at a reasonable price-point, offering pressure relief, even body weight distribution, limited motion transfer and cooling properties.
  • It also has a triple-layer edge support system, so you couldn’t roll off this bed if you tried.

Word on the street:

  • This mattress offers both firm support and the perfect amount of cushioning on top. We got the plush mattress and we love it. I was worried that it might not be firm enough but it offers great support! I love having a little extra memory foam on top, it makes it easier on aching joints. The mattress is also really pretty with a quilted white top. We are super happy with our Voila mattress!” – Lisa L.
  • Anyone that knows me understands how difficult it is for me to spend money on virtually anything. I pinch pennies wherever I can and was skeptical of investing in a quality mattress. However, my wife and I purchased a queen sized mattress with medium firmness several months ago from Voila and every penny spent was worth it. I have experienced some of the best sleep I have ever had on this mattress. My wife was experiencing a sore back, which disappeared as soon as we started sleeping on our new queen. The product came quickly and set-up was just as painless as it looks on the advertisements.” Jordan
  • “My wife and I have couldn’t be happier with our Voila mattress purchase! Delivery was timely and easy to track. The mattress was a lot of fun to open, we couldn’t get the six year old to stop giggling at the insta-inflate! The mattress has a great look, with the patterned top and the wavy sides. But most importantly, it’s super comfortable! We are both on the larger side, and the medium is perfect. I also love that it has great edge support for sitting, unlike many other box brand mattresses. Soft but firm, cool but cozy, Voila! Our new favorite mattress!” – John

The 411:

  • Voila sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,199
    • King: $1,499
    • Cal King: $1,499
    • Twin: $699
    • Twin XL: $799
    • Full: $999
  • What’s inside: The Voila has 12 (yes, 12) layers of premium gel-infused memory foam, latex, and 768-count five-zone pocket coils. All sizes are available in three different levels of firmness: Plush, Medium and Firm. You can read more about each firmness and which might be best for you here.
Illustration showing the materials inside the Voila mattress
Inside the Voila Mattress
  • Delivery: The Voila mattress typically arrives within 3-7 business days. Standard shipping is free but you do have the option to pay for expedited shipping.
  • Setup: This mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, remove the plastic wrapping and watch it grow. See how it comes to life here.
  • Foundation: The Voila works with virtually any bed frame or base.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Voila mattress is not right for you after at least 30 nights and within your 100-night trial window, just let them know and they’ll arrange a free pickup from your home. They’ll also refund your purchase in full.

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AvocadoA few words from us:

  • While the Avocado mattress is on the pricier side, you are investing in all-natural materials and a latex/hybrid mattress which is known to have great durability and one of the longest lifespans.
  • Because of the inner coils and latex top support, this mattress is going to provide great edge support, however it is not going to contour your body the same way a foam mattress will. You do have the option of adding on a European-style pillow-top for added “fluff.” (It’s an extra $400 to add this to a queen size mattress.)
  • The Avocado is one of the greenest mattresses out there – nearly all of the materials in the mattress can be recycled.

Word on the street:

  • “It’s been almost a month and we are extremely happy with our Avocado so far! We purchased the standard mattress without the pillow top and it’s the perfect level of firmness for my hubby and I which has proven to be a tough task until now. We tried out two other mattresses from a similar green online mattress company and unfortunately both of them had to be returned due to sagging after less than 6 weeks.” – Kristi K.
  • “Recently, bought a Queen with plush topper. I found the mattress a bit too firm for me after sleeping on it for a few nights. I got in touch with Jay (Avocado’s customer service person) and, without any hesitation, he proposed that he sent me another (softer) topper. I received the topper within a few days. I am now very happy with my mattress; I am a back- and side-side sleeper and this mattress gives me great neck and back support. Bottom line: Customer Service was exceptional. If ever I need another mattress, I feel I can order from Avocado, knowing that I will be taken care of.” – Michael L.
  • “We have been sleeping on our new mattress with pillow top for a few weeks now. It is firmer than the old (spring) mattress we previously had and it took me about a week or so to get used to that but now we love it. (My husband liked it immediately.) I especially love it that I do not get woken up anymore every time my husband turns around as the movements on his side of the mattress are hardly noticeable on my side.” – Nicolette H.

The 411:

  • Avocado sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,399 | $1,799 with pillow-top
    • King: $1,599 | $2,099 with pillow-top
    • Cal King: $1,599 | $2,099 with pillow-top
    • Twin: $959 | $1,199 with pillow-top
    • Twin XL: $999 | $1,299 with pillow-top
    • Full: $1,199 | $1,499 with pillow-top
  • What’s inside: The Avocado is made with all natural and organic materials and offers a standard or pillow-top option for all sizes. Side sleepers typically prefer the pillow-top option, while back and stomach sleepers (and those with back pain) tend to find more comfort on the standard mattress.
    • Natural latex rubber offers durability and temperature control
    • Natural wool helps wick moisture away, control temperature and is resistant to dust mites
    • Recycled steel support coils help with spinal alignment and balance
    • Organic cotton cover is soft and breathable
Illustration showing layers inside the Avocado mattress
Layers inside the Avocado (standard)
  • Delivery: The Avocado ships free and is made to order, which takes about 5-7 business days, plus up to 2 weeks to ship your mattress.
  • Setup: The Avocado mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation (if you’re using one), remove the plastic wrapping and watch it grow. Avocado will also deliver your new mattress, set it up, and remove your old one for a $99 fee. (Note: the King with pillow-top option requires in-home delivery due to its weight.) You can read more about set-up instructions here.
  • Foundation: A foundation is not required, but if you choose to use one, a box spring or slatted foundation will work fine. Avocado recommends S. Box Spring which makes a natural wood foundation ($215 for queen).
  • Return policy: If you decide the Avocado mattress isn’t right for you within the 100-night trial period, you can arrange a return where they will either recycle the mattress or donate it to a local charity at no cost. You will also get a full refund on your purchase.

Other Avocado products:

  • Avocado also offers a green pillow made with natural latex ($89 for queen).

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Sapira by Leesa

A few words from us:

  • The Sapira mattress is a luxury hybrid option offered by Leesa.
  • This mattress is known for having a very responsive sleep surface that reacts to your body as you move and change positions.
  • Since the Sapira is topped with a layer of foam, you’ll get better motion isolation than an innerspring mattress alone. The coils inside also help provide great edge support.

Word on the street:

  • “This mattress is amazing. I was having hip pain and after settling in the first night pain wasn’t as intense. Second night pain was gone. I do recommend getting a hard surface solid base for it. I had put the mattress on my old box spring and the mattress sagged in the middle. My husband put a large board between the mattress and the box spring and this fixed the sagging, so I do recommend the solid base for it.” – Jenny H.
  • “The springs give it firmness for heavier bodies unlike Casper and others that just provide strong memory foam layers. We are both overweight (220’s) so we need a bed that won’t lose its firmness when only memory foam sinks down. Yet, it is very comfortable for side-sleepers-maintains vertebra in straight position without compromising good posture. We were comfortable from day one and feel that the bed will last. I have had acute lower back pain and the bed combined with a long side-sleeping pillow has cured my insomnia and pain overnight. Thank you for your innovation, Sapira!” – Emily R.
  • “This is our third mattress in 3 years, and finally we have a mattress that doesn’t cave in the middle and doesn’t jiggle when one of us gets out of bed in the morning. We also feel it gives us more support for our backs. Couldn’t be happier!” – Jules B.

The 411:

  • Sapira sizes available: 
    • Queen: $1,475
    • King: $1,775
    • Cal King: $1,775
    • Twin: $975
    • Twin XL: $1,075
    • Full: $1,275
  • What’s inside: The Sapira mattress is made with pocket springs and high performing foams. You can see how it’s made here. Its layers include:
    • Top layer: Cooling performance layer made with high-density foam; responsive, promotes airflow
    • Middle layer: Pressure relieving memory foam; provides body contouring and pressure relief to relax your body
    • Bottom layers: Pocket springs and stabilizing foam layers; made up of a thousand premium grade steel springs for core support sandwiched between two, 1-inch layers of high resiliency stabilizing foam
    • Cover: Single cut of polyester-blend fabric with 100% Egyptian cotton stitching
Cross-section illustration of the layers inside the Sapira mattress
Inside the Sapira Mattress
  • Delivery: The Sapira mattress ships free throughout the entire US and usually arrives at your door in 3-10 business days.
  • Setup: The Sapira mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, remove the plastic wrapping and watch it grow.
  • Foundation: Sapira recommends a firm, flat, and sturdy surface to place your mattress on. Traditional box springs or flexible slats can make it feel too soft. Solid or slatted bases are best.
  • Return policy: If you decide the Sapira is not right for you after at least 30 nights and within your 100-night trial window, just let them know and they’ll arrange a free pickup from your home. They’ll also refund your purchase in full. (Note: Alaska and Hawaii customers will incur a $100 fee for returns.)

Other Leesa Products:

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It’s OK to be special. Your bed is your sanctuary so it should meet your needs.

If you suffer from back pain, get particularly sweaty at night, are a restless sleeper, or you’re just looking for something that will help reduce your carbon footprint, we’ve broken down some of our favorite mattresses in each of these categories.

Hint: All of these mattresses are also reviewed in the section above, so if you need more details, take a look up there ­. Here, we’re going to tell you why we think these are some of the best mattresses in these particular categories.

Best mattresses for back pain

Nobody likes waking up cranky and sore. Check out our top picks for the best back support.   

  • Nolah: $849 for queen
    • Nolah’s top layer is made of a proprietary air foam which aids in pressure relief and even body weight distribution.
    • This layer was designed to specifically support common high-pressure areas – including low back and hips, head and shoulders. You can check out the science behind it and what customers with bad backs have to say about it here.
  • Purple: $999 for queen   
    • The Purple mattress is topped with a unique layer of hyper-elastic polymer. This pressure-releasing material is especially great for back and side sleepers – when you lie on your back, it will help your spine maintain its natural curve and when you lie on your side, it will help keep your spine straight (in case it’s not clear – you want both of these things to happen while you sleep).
    • The Purple is also great for equalizing pressure, meaning the heavier parts of your body won’t sink in more than others. 
  • Layla: $899 for queen
    • The Layla mattress is made with copper-infused memory foam. Copper has been proven to help reduce joint inflammation and ease joint pain and stiffness. Copper also emits antioxidants and had anti-inflammatory properties – so it helps with blood circulation too.
    • The Layla can also be used on both sides (just give it a flip), but if you suffer from back pain, you’ll likely prefer the firmer side for better support and weight distribution.

You can also take a look at our full guide on the best mattresses for back pain:

Best Mattresses for Back Pain Guide

Best cooling mattresses

Stay chill even while you’re sleeping with these top picks.

  • Bear: $850 for queen
    • The Bear mattress is constructed with a clinically-proven Celliant® cover that helps absorb your body’s natural heat. Its top layer is also made of a graphite gel foam that helps with airflow and cooling (Bear claims this specialized foam helps with temperature conductivity 7x more than traditional foam mattresses.)
  • Leesa: $840 for queen
    • The Leesa mattress has a two-inch top layer of Avena® Foam – which is a more durable, high performance alternative to latex foam. Avena® foam is perforated to allow for maximum airflow and breathability, keeping you cool throughout the night. It’s also hypo-allergenic and CertiPUR-US®-certified.
  • Nectar: $795 for queen
    • While the Nectar mattress does belong in the memory foam category, its top layer is crafted to stimulate airflow beneath the body. It’s also woven with an aloe-based cooling layer to help with air wicking (which basically means it draws heat away from your body).

*Side note: We also like the Cocoon Chill for hot sleepers, but be prepared to pay a little extra for that option as it’s not the standard model ($949 for queen).

You can also take a look at our full guide on the best mattresses for hot sleepers:

Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

Best natural/organic mattresses

These mattresses are not only good for you, but for planet Earth too. Rock on.

  • Avocado: $1,399 for queen
    • The Avocado Green Mattress is made with only natural, organic materials, including 100% natural Dunlop latex from tree-tapped and sustainable sources, pure wool, recycled steel coils, and certified organic cotton – nearly all of which can be recycled. There are no polyurethane foams, solvent-based adhesives or chemical flame retardants.
    • The Avocado mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment, which means it’s scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates.
    • You can read more about the natural materials in the Avocado mattress here.
  • ZenHaven: $1,899 for queen (plus +$99 delivery and set-up fee)
    • The ZenHaven mattress is crafted with 100% natural American latex, certified organic wool and organic cotton. It’s also toxin free, certified pure and supports the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) – which means it’s good for you and the environment.
    • You can read more about ZenHaven’s natural materials and sustainable manufacturing here.
  • SleepOnLatex: $899 for queen
    • The SleepOnLatex mattress contains 100% natural latex (harvested from rubber trees in Sri Lanka), certified organic cotton and certified organic wool.
    • This mattress is free of any synthetic latex or fillers, and is certified by both Oeko-Tex and eco-Institute, the world’s leading independent textile emissions testing bodies.
    • You can read more about the natural materials used in SleepOnLatex here.

You can also take a look at our full guide on the best organic mattresses:

Best Organic Mattresses Guide

Best mattressES for restless sleepers

If you or your partner tend to move around a lot while you sleep, you probably don’t want to be bothered by each other. These mattresses have got you covered.

  • Lull: $850 for queen
    • The Lull mattress is constructed with multiple layers of responsive foam that absorb movement so you don’t feel your partner (and pets) when they move around or get up in the middle of the night or move. Lull also has a 7″ core support layer which helps with edge support (you know…so you don’t roll off).
    • Lull even claims that if there’s someone more than six inches away from you, you won’t feel or hear a thing. (We have to question the hearing part though – there are some aggressive snorers out there.)
  • Cocoon: $799 for queen
    • Cocoon uses a layer of memory foam on top which helps reduce the amount of movement you feel from your sleep partner. The Soft model reduces motion transfer even more than the Firm The memory foam is also adaptive – meaning it will adjust to your body size, shape and sleep position, therefore reducing any “bounce” you might feel while your partner is moving around.
  • Helix: $995 for queen (prices may vary slightly depending on customization)
    • Even though this is a hybrid mattress, the pocketed microcoils inside the Helix are individually wrapped, which significantly reduces the transfer of motion. On top of these coils is the Helix dynamic foam, which is a reactive material that also helps with absorbing motion.
    • You can also customize your Helix for your one-of-a-kind needs – so if motion transfer is important to you, just make note of that and they’ll hook you up.

You can also take a look at our full guide on the best mattresses for couples:

Best Mattresses for Couples Guide


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 mattress that’s going to be best 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. 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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