Best Mattresses in 2021 (August Update)

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

By Alesandra Woolley

Aug 23rd, 2021

Here, we’ve identified a few best mattresses, with the Saatva Classic at the top of the list. (We also love the Casper Wave Hybrid for couples and GhostBed Luxe for seniors.) In all, we’ve selected 13 mattresses that each offer something unique to your type of sleeping. Take a look at our lineup below and read our deep dives of these products.

Our Methodology

The expert review team at Mattress Advisor has tested over 150 different beds including memory foam, latex, hybrid, innerspring, and pillow top mattresses.

We look at 14 criteria, with special attention to ease of set-up, ability to move around, ease of getting out of bed, and everything in between. We also study whether a mattress is best for which type of position and whether it is a good choice for those with aches and pains.


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Best Mattresses of 2021

Saatva

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Saatva

Best Overall

Best for:

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

4.8

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5

MA SCORE

9.3

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10

FIRMNESS

Customizable

TRIAL PERIOD

180 days

Best Mattress Overall

The Saatva Classic’s 13 inches of plush Euro-pillow top, memory foam and supportive hybrid coils help make it the best mattress overall in our opinion. But there’s more. Besides high-quality materials and strong customer service results, the Saatva offers exceptional spinal alignment for back sleepers, those looking for a durable mattress, or anyone looking for a little more restorative sleep. To top it off, this luxury-feeling mattress doesn’t come with a luxury price.

Pros

With your Saatva mattress, you’ll receive free white glove delivery of the new mattress right to your bedframe and removal of the old one. The dual coil design keeps the mattress breathable and durable, helping hot sleepers get their best rest in a long time. For those sleepers who want to customize their sleeping experience, the Saatva comes in three firmness levels. (Tip: The firm model is good for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.)

Cons

During our testing process, we found the Saatva’s comfort layers lacked enough pressure relief for strict side sleepers. While it’s easy to move around and change positions, we felt pressure along our shoulders and hips. Also, you may feel some motion transfer from a sleeping partner.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.

Helix Midnight Luxe

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Helix Midnight LUXE

Best for Restless Sleepers

Best for:

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

4.5

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5

MA SCORE

8.9

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10

FIRMNESS

Medium firm: 6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Mattress for Restless Sleepers

For those of you who end up on the other side of the bed and with the comforter on the floor, the Helix Midnight Luxe is the right mattress for restless sleepers. The Helix Midnight Luxe is a medium-firm hybrid that provides the right support for all sleeping positions. The foam and coil construction provides balanced support while keeping the spine aligned. 

Pros

Helix is all about letting you customize your sleep experience. Each model is designed to support a different sleeper, while all Luxe models are priced the same. Of the Luxe models, the Helix Midnight boasts exceptional spinal alignment from the zoned-lumbar support and a cooling pillow top. 

Cons

While we think the Helix Midnight Luxe can work for most, it may not be the best mattress for strict stomach sleepers. Helix offers other models that are firmer than the Midnight Luxe, if you want to feel like you are sleeping “on” the mattress.

Read our full Helix Midnight mattress review. 

The WinkBed

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WinkBeds Luxury Firm

Best for Plus-Size Sleepers

Best for

  • Stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers who want to customize their mattress
  • Innerspring fans
CUSTOMER RATING

4.5

/

5

MA SCORE

8.6

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10

FIRMNESS

Medium firm: 6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

120 days

Best Mattress for Plus-Size Sleepers

The WinkBeds mattress comes in three different firmness levels, with a fourth option called the WinkBed Plus, specifically for plus-size sleepers. Besides having enough support for heavy sleepers, the WinkBeds is recommended for seniors as well. This luxury hybrid mattress scores high for durability and long-term support. 

Pros

WinkBeds’ 5-Zone EliteEdge coil system is designed to maximize back support. Additionally, the lumbar layer and Triple Layer Heat Disperse technology prevents heavyweight sleepers from sinking into the mattress or sleeping hot. The triple layers incorporate a Tencel cover, a euro-pillow top made from gel-infused foam, and micro-coils for breathability. 

Cons

The WinkBeds Plus will feel different depending on the sleeper’s body size. Lightweight sleepers will find the mattress to have a very firm, innerspring feel, while heavier individuals will more likely enjoy the pressure relief from the comfort layers and the support of the innerspring coils. We think the WinkBeds Plus may not work for all lighter sleepers, but the WinkBeds Soft may be a great fit.

Read our full WinkBeds mattress review.

GhostBed Luxe

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GhostBed Luxe

Best Mattress for Seniors

Best for:

  • Seniors
  • Hot sleepers
  • People with back pain

 

CUSTOMER RATING

4.7

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5.5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

101 days

Best Mattress for Seniors

The GhostBed Luxe provides easy setup and a responsive surface, making it a great mattress for seniors. Unlike other memory foam mattresses, the GhostBed Luxe responded quickly to movements on the mattress and made it easy to change positions. 

Pros

Four layers of the GhostBed Luxe help seniors stay cool as they sleep. The cool-to-the-touch cover and memory foam layers provide pressure relief for sleepers who want to sink into the mattress. We found good spinal alignment when testing the GhostBed Luxe, important for seniors who might struggle with lower back pain. 

Cons

The GhostBed Luxe is a medium-plush memory foam mattress—great for those sleepers looking for pressure relief but not the right fit for larger sleepers or strict stomach sleepers. Another common issue with all-foam mattresses is an odor when unboxing the mattress. We noticed an off-gassing smell when first removing the mattress, but it dissipated after a day. 

Read our full GhostBed Luxe mattress review.


Casper Wave Hybrid

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Casper Wave Hybrid

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best For

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

4.5

/

5

MA SCORE

9.3

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Mattress for Couples

The best mattress for couples supports most sleeping positions and stays quiet while your partner moves; look to the Casper Wave Hybrid for these features. The combination of contouring memory foam, bouncy latex and responsive coils provides the right level of comfort for the pickiest pair of sleepers. The Wave Hybrid is also designed based on five years of customer feedback to the company.

Pros

We put the Casper Wave Hybrid through a round of tests to see how well it isolated motion, and it excelled! The five different foam layers absorb all motion and deliver pressure relief. We also appreciate the latex-foam layer and six inches of coils, ensuring sleepers stay cool and don’t sink into the middle of the mattress. For couples that may be different sizes, the Zoned Support is likely to lift the hips and protect the lower back for lighter and heavier sleepers alike. 

Cons

This luxury hybrid comes with a price tag to match. The Casper Wave Hybrid is considered to be an upgrade from  the Casper Original, we recommend checking out this model if you are looking for a more affordable mattress from Casper.

Read our full Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review.

Nectar

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Nectar

Best Mattress for Budget-Conscious Shoppers

Best For

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

4.8

/

5

MA SCORE

8.7

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

365 days

Best Mattress for Budget-Conscious Shoppers

The Nectar is made for budget-conscious shoppers who want the sinking feel of classic memory foam and a mattress to last a lifetime. With Nectar’s Lifetime warranty (the longest in the industry) and a yearlong trial period, the Nectar boasts affordability and dedication to the customer. 

Pros

A layer of gel-memory foam prevents this mattress from overheating, like similar memory foam mattresses. You will sink into the mattress and experience contouring around the body but shouldn’t feel so stuck that you can’t move out of the Nectar. We found no pressure around the hips and shoulders, making it one of the best mattresses for side sleepers. 

Cons

The Nectar’s foam is great for pressure relief but may not provide the right amount of support for stomach sleepers or larger combination sleepers. For those who want a mattress made entirely in the United States, this may not be the best choice, because the Nectar is sourced and constructed overseas.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.

Puffy

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Puffy Mattress

Best for Side Sleepers

Best For

  • Back sleepers
  • Side sleepers
  • Couples
CUSTOMER RATING

4.6

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 7/10

TRIAL PERIOD

101 nights

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

The Puffy classic is a mattress that side sleepers will find to be friendly to their choice in sleep. We found this product to be a good choice for pressure relief, something that side sleepers need to pay attention to.

Pros

The motion transfer on this mattress is excellent, which is great for the couple or family with kids and pets jumping in the bed at night. Also, the edge support tested well, which is helpful if you like to sleep on the edge.

Cons

As a memory foam mattress, the Puffy classic may not sleep as cool as you would hope, but it is competitive for its genre, with a score of 8 out of 10 in our mattress lab for cooling.

Read our full Puffy Lux mattress review.

DreamCloud Premier

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DreamCloud Premier

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best For

  • Couples
  • All sleep positions
  • Seniors
CUSTOMER RATING

4.6

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

365 days

Best Hybrid Mattress

At 14 inches and 6 layers of foam and coils, the DreamCloud Premier is our pick for the best hybrid mattress. Pocketed coils protect the spine and create a good mattress for edge support and breathability, while the low-motion transfer foam makes for an undisturbed sleep.

Pros

DreamCloud also offers a lifetime warranty and a yearlong trial period. This large mattress ships as a bed in a box, with a simple unboxing process. Features like the plush Eurotop and contouring gel memory foam takes the DreamCloud Premier from a standard hybrid, to a luxury hybrid mattress. 

Cons

We found that some sleepers felt warm in the oam layers. Hot sleepers may want to search for an innerspring mattress or a hybrid with more dedicated cooling features. 

Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review.

Brooklyn Bedding Spartan

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Brooklyn Spartan

Best Mattress for Athletes

Best For

  • Athletes
  • Luxury shoppers
  • Those who want multiple firmness options
CUSTOMER RATING

5

/

5

MA SCORE

9.2

/

10

FIRMNESS

Available in plush, medium, and firm

TRIAL PERIOD

120 days

Best Mattress for Athletes

Athletes can get the rest and recovery they need when sleeping on the Brooklyn Bedding Spartan. Incorporating nanobionic technology, the cover allows your body heat to be absorbed by molecules in the fabric, which is then transformed into far-infrared rays that are reflected back to your body as energy. This means faster muscle recovery and improved blood flow. 

Pros

For athletes looking to customize their mattress, the Spartan is available in three different firmness options. The construction of the mattress allows for optimal pressure relief for back sleepers, without feeling stuck in the mattress. For combination sleepers, we found the Spartan to be pretty responsive to our movement. The hyper-elastic comfort does a great job of bouncing back as you change positions. 

Cons

The Spartan is Brooklyn Bedding’s most expensive mattress model. While there are many benefits for athletes and combination sleepers, you may be able to find another hybrid mattress for a more affordable price.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Spartan mattress review. 

Cocoon Chill

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Cocoon Chill Hybrid

Best Mattress with a Memory Foam Feel

Best For

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

4.5

/

5

MA SCORE

8.6

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Mattress with a Memory Foam Feel

For those sleepers who love the feel of memory foam but are tired of sleeping hot, the Cocoon Chill Hybrid is the cool solution. Plush memory foam layers are placed on top of supportive coils, helping the sleeper sink into deep pressure relief without the common side effect of overheating. 

Pros

The cool to the touch cover and phase change technology absorb and remove excess body heat. As a medium mattress in firmness, the Cocoon Chill Hybrid is able to support most sleeping positions. Especially side sleepers who want extra cushioning around their hips and shoulders, we found the Cocoon’s pressure relief to be exceptional. 

Cons

We found the switching of positions on this mattress to be a bit of a challenge, which means it may not be the best choice for the restless sleeper.

Read our Cocoon Chill Hybrid mattress review.

Leesa Legend

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Leesa Legend

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

Best for:

  • Restless sleepers
  • People with back pain
  • Hot sleepers
CUSTOMER RATING

5

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

The Leesa Legend is the brand’s luxury hybrid mattress, made in part for hot sleepers. Open-cell foam sleeps cooler and stays breathable, while the spring layers promote airflow. It’s one of our top picks for side sleepers, and the hybrid coils provide just enough bounce so sleepers don’t feel stuck in the comfort layers. 

Pros

The hypoallergenic cover is eco-friendly and made from recycled water bottles. Leesa’s social impact extends to the company’s large number of mattress donations; it’s a certified B Corporation, which means it is committed to verified standards of social and environmental change for good. Also, the zoned construction of the Leesa Legend makes it a great mattress for shoulder pain by contouring around the pressure points. 

Cons

We found this mattress to experience off-gassing, which means there was a mild odor when unboxing, but this dissipated within a few hours. Also, we gave this mattress a 7.5 out of 10 for motion transfer, meaning there are better beds for couples. 

Read our full Leesa Legend mattress review.

Birch Natural Mattress

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Birch

Best Natural Mattress

Best For

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • All sleeping positions
  • Couples

 

CUSTOMER RATING

4.7

/

5

MA SCORE

8.7

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 7/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Natural Mattress

If you’re looking for a mattress that feels great and is made from materials like organic cotton and natural latex, the Birch Natural Mattress is the best natural mattress. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate the multiple environmental certifications found in Birch’s construction. 

Pros

The organic cotton cover is breathable and soft to the touch, with organic wool layers underneath for additional temperature regulation. The Birch also boasts quality edge support with reinforced perimeter coils, great for couples looking to spread out or those who sleep near the edge. 

Cons

Those sleepers who truly want to sink into their mattress layers may want to look for different matierals. If you are looking for a mattress that gives you a hug, see the best memory foam mattresses.

Read our Birch mattress review.

Bear

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Bear

Best Medium-Firm Mattress Athletes

Best For

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

4.7

/

5

MA SCORE

8.6

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium firm: 7.1/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Best Medium-Firm Mattress

The Bear mattress is a medium-firm mattress designed to help athletes recover through Celliant technology, which may harness the body’s natural energy to promote recovery and well-being. The mattress is also responsive enough that you can easily change positions. 

Pros

For hot sleepers, the Bear features graphite-gel memory foam and open cell foam to wick away body heat. A medium-firm mattress like the Bear prevents sleepers from sinking into the mattress layers, and it evenly distributes the body weight across the mattress. As one of the best mattresses for back sleepers, the Bear scored high for spinal alignment. 

Cons

This mattress may be too firm for side sleepers, because we noticed pressure relief in the shoulders and hips was not what we hoped for.. We also found the Bear to have some motion transfer, meaning it may not be the best mattress for couples who are easily disturbed by their partner.

Read our full our Bear mattress review.

How We Choose the Best Mattress

At Mattress Advisor, we personally test every mattress that’s reviewed in our Mattress Lab using a 14-point testing procedure. Our proprietary scoring system takes into account both scientific and human elements to provide you with the information you need to navigate the murky waters of mattress shopping. Here’s a look at the work that went into selecting the top 13 mattresses that you see in this guide.

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120+
mattresses tested and compared
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1200+
Hours spent testing products
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Experts and specialists consulted
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customer reviews analyzed

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

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

What Makes a Mattress Good?

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

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

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

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

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

What Makes a Mattress Bad?

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

Too soft or too firm

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

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

Very cheap or very expensive

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

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

No trial period or return policy

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

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

No warranty

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

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

Bad customer reviews

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

Too thin

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


What is the Best Mattress?

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

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

Best Mattress Based on Mattress Type

Memory Foam Mattress

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

Innerspring Mattress

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

Latex Mattress

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

Hybrid Mattress

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

Other Mattress Types

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

Based on Budget

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

Based on Sleep Position

Side Sleepers

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

Back Sleepers

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

Stomach Sleepers

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

Combination Sleepers

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

Based on Age

What you need in a mattress changes as you age.

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

Based on Aches and Pains

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

Based on Body Type

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

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

Other Factors

  • Cooling: Who wants to sleep hot? If you’re prone to night sweats, look for cooling materials like some of the ones we mentioned above.
  • Firmness: We’ve talked about firmness a lot already, just consider firmness as it relates to your sleeping position.
  • Other health conditions: If you have a condition like sleep apnea, you’ll want to factor that into your mattress choice.
  • Mattress size: Make sure your new mattress is going to fit on your frame too!

FAQs

Q.

How much does a new mattress usually cost?

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

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

Q.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

A.

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

Q.

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

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

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How long should my mattress last?

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

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

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

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

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


Summary

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

To recap, here are our top picks for the best mattresses of 2021:

Mattress Award Our Rating (out of 10)
Saatva Best Overall 8.4
Helix Midnight Luxe Best for Restless Sleepers 8.9
The WinkBed Best for Plus-Size Sleepers 8.6
GhostBed Luxe Best Mattress for Seniors 9
Casper Wave Hybrid Best Mattress for Back Pain 8.7
Nectar Best Value Memory Foam Mattress 8.7
Puffy Lux Best for Back & Side Sleepers 9.3
DreamCloud Premier Best Hybrid Mattress 8.7
Brooklyn Bedding Spartan Best Mattress for Athletes 8.8
Cocoon Chill Best Mattress with a Memory Foam Feel 8.7
Leesa Legend Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers 9
Birch Natural Best Natural Mattress
Bear Best Firm Mattress 8.6

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

Sweet dreams!