The Top 10 Memory Foam Mattresses and Why You Should Be Sleeping on One

Check out these quality foam and memory foam mattresses you can buy right from your own home

Young romantic couple hugging in bed

If you’re in the market for a memory foam mattress (or still need some convincing that memory foam is the way to go), then you’re in the right place. There’s a reason why memory foam mattresses have taken the spotlight in the mattress scene: they’re affordable, convenient, and most importantly, comfortable.

We’ll help you determine if a memory foam mattress is the best option for you and tell you about our top 10 picks for foam mattresses available today.


If you’re already convinced that foam or memory foam mattresses are right for you, then you can jump over here and check out our top 10 picks. If not, then stick around and we’ll give you some more information to sleep on.   

Why memory foam?

Couple under down comforter

We feel like we need to clear a few things up. You might have heard rumors about memory foam, like: “it sleeps hot,” or “it smells like chemicals,” or “it makes you feel like you’re stuck when you sleep in it,” or “it’s too expensive.”

Well lucky for you, this is not the case for most memory foam mattresses today. It is the 21st century – and while your office printer still jams once a day and your paper subway ticket still won’t swipe correctly – we have indeed mastered the art of the memory foam mattress.

In fact, many of the mattress brands you hear about in this category are not always pure memory foam – they typically have a foam blend or proprietary foam material inside that helps address the factors that gave it a bad rap in the past.

What else?

Memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 years

Ten years is on the high-end of a typical mattress lifespan (7-10 years). A memory foam mattress tends to hold its shape better over time – meaning you won’t see as much sagging or drooping as you might with an innerspring or coil mattress. They’re also constructed with a more durable base layer of foam that adds support and strength.

Memory foam mattresses are good for you

A memory foam mattress offers great lumbar support (good for people who suffer from back pain), pressure relief, and body contouring. It also significantly reduces motion transfer: so if your partner moves around a lot or gets up during the night, you won’t feel it.

Memory foam will hug your body more than other mattresses will and won’t provide as much bounce as other mattresses. You’ll feel more like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress, as opposed to “on” it, but there are varying firmness options to choose from if that’s an issue for you. This also means that your body weight will be distributed more evenly, which helps reduce soreness when you wake up.

It’s worth noting that an overwhelming majority of people who own a memory foam mattress are very pleased with their purchase. The overall customer satisfaction rating for memory foam mattresses is 80%.

The overall customer satisfaction rating for memory foam mattresses is 80%.

Memory foam mattresses are affordable

Many memory foam mattresses are under $1,000. This doesn’t mean you’re cutting corners. Rather, the mattress brands are cutting out unnecessary fees by selling directly to you, the consumer. By eliminating a fancy showroom, commission-based salesmen, additional marketing and wholesale markups, they’re able to sell you a quality mattress for a fraction of in-store prices.

In our top 10 list, you’ll see a range of prices and special features. As with most things, you can always upgrade. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: even the most expensive mattress we’ve reviewed (Loom & Leaf: $1,099) is still going to be significantly cheaper than buying from a mattress store.

While buying a mattress online, sight unseen might sound risky, you can’t really tell if a mattress is right for you until you sleep on it for about 30 nights. So “testing it out” in a showroom won’t do you much good. The mattress brands we’ve included in our top 10 list all come with generous trial periods (100+ nights) so you can decide if you like your mattress or not in the comfort of your own home. And if it doesn’t work out, you can return it for your money back. 

Many memory foam mattresses cost under $1,000.

Top 10 foam / memory foam mattresses

Here we’ve highlighted some of the factors that might help you determine which foam mattress brand will be best for you. We consider these the top-rated mattresses based on quality, overall value and convenience. You’ll see them listed from least to most expensive.

Pay attention to factors that might be important to you – like support, firmness, cooling properties, trial period and price.

If you want to know more about any of these brands, you can read more about why we like them, what customers have to say, and all the important details in the section right below this chart.

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
4.5/5 $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 your mattress, there is a $99 return 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 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:

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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
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 in 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.

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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.

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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 service and free mattress 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/Setup: Delivery of the Loom & Leaf mattress can take up to 15 days, but it comes with free white-glove delivery and set-up. Loom & Leaf 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.

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If getting a more restful night’s sleep and waking up with less aches and pains sounds like a good idea, then a memory foam mattress might be right for you.

Anything that’s hyped up naturally comes with some level of skepticism, but there are lots of great options to choose from in this mattress category, and you have nothing to lose when risk-free trials are involved.

If you still have questions about foam or memory foam mattresses, or you have one that you particularly love, let us know in the comments below.


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