Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, but if you are constantly tossing and turning, exhausted in the mornings, and having to endure aching muscles for the rest of the day, it may be time to change your mattress. Deciding on whether you should tolerate another sleepless night or throw out your existing mattress for a new one can be overwhelming. Nonetheless, you should consider that an inferior quality mattress may severely impact your sleep and, possibly, even your health.
Which brings us to the question: What are the best mattresses and which features make them winners? There are a multitude of options available; however, keep in mind that an expensive mattress doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a higher quality and that it’ll meet your sleep requirements. There are a number of factors to consider before you purchase the perfect mattress for you, and once you’ve chosen the right one, it will be as if the constellations have aligned. You will never want to leave your bed again!
Suitable for side, back + stomach sleepers. Contouring memory foam. Relieves pressure points.
Good bounce + support.
12 inches Green Tea infused Memory Foam. Body contouring. Good value for money. Good choice for back and side sleepers
Hybrid. 12 inches high.
Talalay latex. Breathable + cooling. Good comfort + support. Available in 8 sizes
Soft, Medium & Firm
Independently encased coils. Great comfort + support for spinal alignment. Available in 4 sizes.
Soft top. Body contouring. Breathable. Cooling. Good choice for back & stomach sleepers.
Medium-firm to Firm
Gel Memory foam. Good cooling capability. Great for back and stomach sleepers. Available in 6 sizes.
Uses proprietary Avena. Minimal motion transfer. Pressure point relief. Good bounce. Cooling ability.
Latex + Gel-infused Memory Foam. Body contouring comfort + support. Relieves pressure points. Cooling temperature.
Firm; softens after break-in period
12 Layers comprising of Gel-infused Memory Foam, Talalay Latex + Pocket Coils. Textured polyester cover with breathable mesh around mattress circumference. High-quality materials. Reasonably priced.
Available in Soft (Plush), Medium + Firm
Vegan (no wool or
Medium + Medium-firm
Ultra-dense Memory Foam. Minimal motion transfer. Provides Comfort+ for firmness customization
High density gel memory foam. Edge support base foam. Cooling. Relieves pressure points.
Luxury firm + Medium
Proprietary Gel-infused Memory Foam. Body contouring + spinal support. Cooling. Good for all weights + sleeping positions. Great value
Balanced combination of Soft + Firm
Proprietary Hyphen Memory Foam. Good body contouring + support. Breathable. Good bounce.
Medium to medium-firm
Organic choice. Natural Latex Foam (made from rubber tree sap). Body contouring. Relieves pressure points.
Celliant-infused cover. 4 layers proprietary Memory Foam. Cooling. Comfort + support.
Balanced combination of Soft + Firm
Energex + Thermaphase Gel Memory Foam.
Gel Memory Foam + Polyurethane foam core. Great edge support + motion isolation. Relieves pressure points.
Medium-firm to Firm
Responsive Memory Foam. Comfortable push back. Breathable + cooling.
Instant Response Foam + YogaGel. Breathable + cooling. Zip-and-wash Thermocool cover.
Hybrid. Great edge support. Breathable + cooling gel foam. Minimal motion transfer.
Energex foam layer provides adequate push back. Good balance of bounce + support.
Available in Luxury-firm (firmer) + Medium (softer)
Cooling Gel-Max Memory Foam. Body contouring.
Combines soft latex + firm memory foam. Cooling ability. Available in 6 sizes.
Eco-friendly. Offers a variety of mattresses to suit every individual.
Plush, Medium + Firm
10.25 inches high. Poly foam, Memory foam + Latex. Customizable. Great edge support. Minimal motion transfer.
3-in-1 adjustability: Soft, Medium + Firm
12 inches high. Premium Gel Memory Foam. Body contouring. Pressure point relief. No flip, no rotate. CertiPUR certified. Hypo-allergenic. Eco-friendly.
Handcrafted in USA.
Relaxed firm + Firm
Customized to your individual sleep needs.
Your personalized firmness level is based on a sleep quiz on the Helix site
14.5 inches high (Luxury). 11.5 inches high (Custom slim). Euro pillow top. Handcrafted in USA. Firmness levels for
Available in Plush Soft, Luxury Firm + Firm
Before you head out the door or go online to purchase a mattress, let’s first look at the different types and sizes of mattresses available as well as an informative buying guide to steer you in the right direction.
By definition, the term hybrid refers to combining two different elements: innerspring mattresses and specialty foam mattresses. Hybrid mattresses are typically a combination of a memory foam surface installed with a classic innerspring system. It’s the ideal choice for anyone who isn’t ready to commit to the firmness of a coil system for their mattress or the soft embrace of a memory foam mattress. It’s popular for its versatile combination of firm support with the contouring benefits of the memory foam.
It is also important to note that some hybrid mattresses use latex instead of memory foam; however, both types are reported by users to relieve pressure points. A hybrid would be the better option if you are interested in purchasing a more durable mattress. You get the best of both worlds delivered by the perfect blend of this revolutionary technology.
Memory foam mattresses have grown to become a trend in the industry and one of the more popular choices for people with chronic body pains. Because it’s usually denser than other types of mattresses, a good quality memory foam mattress distributes body weight evenly by adjusting to the contours of your body, and softening around appropriate points that are affected by your body, easily relieving certain pressure points in the process. Users report that a memory foam mattress relieves pressure better than any other type of mattress.
The memory foam reverts back to its original shape
once the weight on the mattress is lifted.
However, choosing a memory foam mattress may take more time than you expect because its special properties – firmness, density, and thickness – are all based on personal preference. Once you choose the right one, you could possibly say goodbye to body aches and sleepless nights.
The firmness of latex mattresses is a great alternative for those people who aren’t ready to commit to the softness of memory foam. Latex derives from the sap of a rubber tree, making it a premium solid core material for mattresses. It possesses a certain elasticity that allows conformity to your body shape, while retaining a mattress’ soft feature.
Users of latex mattresses report feeling a unique balance of soft and firm, meaning it is soft to the touch, but firms up once their bodies have settled onto it. For this reason, medical professionals frequently recommend latex mattresses to people who experience spinal problems and chronic muscle pains.
Health benefits aside, latex mattresses have also grown popular because of their durability – lasting longer than any other type of mattress – and their natural resistance to dust mites, mold, and bacteria without the use of added chemicals.
New mattress technology tends to overshadow the classic coil system of the innerspring mattress. Innersprings used to be one of the only few available options before companies came out with revolutionary takes on the classic mattress. However, due to modern technology, the innerspring mattress has been refined, while still retaining its traditional features.
The most distinct feature of an innerspring is its network of coils and springs. The stronger the coils in the mattress, the firmer it will be, and the more coils you have within the mattress, the better support it provides for your body. Additionally, due to the spaces between the springs, innersprings offer easy ventilation of body heat.
Compared to newer types of mattresses, innersprings are still relatively more affordable despite its developed technology. Based on your personal preferences, there are a wide variety of innerspring mattresses from which you can choose.
Airbeds are the ones you probably see the most on television, repeatedly advertised on shopping channels. You may have given it only a single glance and thought it more of a marketing ploy than anything worth considering. But here’s where you’re wrong. Also known as an air mattress or inflatable mattress, airbeds have been reported to obtain relatively high owner satisfaction compared to some of the other mattresses.
The main reason is that airbeds aren’t permanently fixed in place, and therefore, have multiple uses; for example, as an actual bed, a temporary guest bed, or a comfortable surface to lie down on during camping trips. The latter is just proof of its durability.
You can even increase or decrease air as you please, thus allowing for custom firmness. Because the firmness is adjustable, it holds great benefit for people with back or joint problems.
The right size mattress completes the overall comfort of the bed. Purchasing a mattress that is too small is a more common mistake than you may think, and can result in many uncomfortable, sleepless nights. Some factors to consider before purchasing a mattress are:
Please take note that the sizes are in inches, and may vary by product and manufacturer.
The smallest available mattress, the twin mattress is generally made to accommodate a single child or a small adult.
A taller adult might want to consider purchasing a Twin XL. This size mattress will give you an additional 5-inches in length at 39” x 80” in dimension. A Twin XL is a great choice if you have limited space within a bedroom. College students, especially, will benefit greatly from a Twin XL.
Despite being commonly known as the standard size, a full (also called a double) mattress may still not provide enough space for two people to comfortably sleep in, especially if one of them is significantly taller. A full-size mattress was the standard for two adults back when bedrooms were built much smaller, but now are more commonly used for growing children or guest bedrooms.
The queen size mattress is currently the most popular size. Since it provides more width than a full size mattress, a queen is ideal for two adults. However, it is also a great option for adults that tend to spread out when they sleep.
Also known as the “eastern king,” a king size mattress offers the maximum amount of space for couples as it is almost the same size as two Twin-XL mattresses. Additionally, a king size mattress is the preferable size if children or pets share the bed.
While 4 inches narrower than a king-size mattress, the California king is 4 inches longer, and is by far the longest available mattress. It is perfect for people who are very tall or simply want additional leg space. It is also a great option for pet owners who usually let their pets sleep at the end of their beds.
Mattresses last for years, so it’s definitely good to weigh your options and check for as many details as possible. Both in-store and online purchasing hold a number of benefits, and one might be more convenient than the other depending on how much effort you are willing to exhaust in purchasing the right mattress. There’s no guarantee that a purchase from a live showroom will deliver better satisfaction than a virtual one, and the other way around. Sleep Metro helps you by comparing the benefits of both in-store and online purchasing, so that you may decide for yourself.
The main reason people prefer in-store purchasing is that they have the opportunity to try out the mattress firsthand, and evaluate the comfort level themselves. Evaluating the actual feel, softness, and overall support of the mattress is simply something you cannot experience online.
If you have a talent for negotiating, there’s even a chance that an in-store purchase can get you a good deal since many stores compete for the best price. Another good reason to buy a mattress at a physical store is the accessible customer service benefits.
If you encounter a problem, or need to exchange a product that accompanies your mattress purchase, such as a mattress protector, topper or pillows, you can head over to the store.
Pay attention to weekend and holiday sales.
This is when you’re most likely to get a great deal on a mattress
since the holidays and weekends are typically the busiest for retailers.
Arrive early, so you can purchase the best mattress
before the crowds arrive.
There are disadvantages to in-store purchasing, though. The moment you set foot into a store, salespeople immediately offer you various accessories – covers, bed frames, pillows, etc. – to go with an already expensive mattress. Retailers get paid based on commission, so naturally, their inclination is to show you the more expensive options. They may exaggerate the benefits of your choice of mattress to make it sound as if your potential purchase is the best decision of your life.
Many people consider it an intimidating experience, and some even end up going over their budget with a mattress they eventually regret purchasing. Remember, do not become intimidated or easily persuaded with seemingly generous offers of extended warranties and additional accessories. Proceed with caution and ask as many questions as you need to before making your final decision.
If you do find a mattress that’s slightly above your price range, don’t be afraid to negotiate. While some stores don’t consider haggling, many of the major mattress chains offer prices that are rather flexible.
While convenient, online purchasing may also be quite confusing. However, the biggest benefit is that there are so much more options from which you can choose. There are two main types of online retailers:
Nonetheless, the main reason for considering an online purchase is price. Some mattresses are sold at 15% less, or even half the price, compared to a brick-and-mortar showroom.
The biggest drawback of online purchasing is that you can’t try the mattress beforehand. However, more online retailers are starting to offer free trials, usually up to 90 days or more, before you decide whether you want to make the final transaction. Returns and exchanges are also a more challenging feat, but it still depends on which virtual retailer you bought the mattress from.
Sleep Metro recommends conducting thorough research before making your final decision.
The Internet is your friend. If you see your preferred mattress in a store, try it out, feel how comfortable it is, and if you think it is the right mattress, you may be able to purchase the same one from an online retailer at a discounted price.
Research shows that 15% of mattress consumers end up returning their purchase, and another 15% would act on it were it not for the unfriendly return policies of many mattress retailers.
Reports state that consumers return mattresses for 3 main reasons:
So before you purchase a mattress, it is wise to pay special attention to the return policies of the retailer.
A number of retailers require you to keep the mattress for around 30 days before you may return it. This ensures that you have time to adjust to the new mattress and give it a fair chance. Other retailers even have extended return periods that last for a hundred days, or even longer. This doesn’t hold much value to the buyers, since research suggests that the majority of consumers know whether they like their new mattress in only a span of a month. However, if you are completely set on returning the mattress earlier, some retailers charge you a certain fee to do so.
Most retailers either offer a refund or an exchange to unsatisfied customers. Some retailers allow more than one or an unlimited number of exchanges within the return policy time frame. Exchanges cost around the same as most refund fees, usually around $50 - $500, with an average of $220 including the redelivery fee. If you choose to exchange your previous purchase with a more expensive mattress, you are required to cover the additional fees to make up the difference.
Both refund or exchange policies will more likely cost you, regardless of what you choose or what is available. While there’s a certain irony in having to pay to receive your money back, most retailers don’t even offer a refund. Brick-and-mortar stores have policies that are more inclined to offer you store credit instead. It’s usually online mattress retailers that offer free refunds. However, if you are fortunate enough to receive a refund from a store, it still involves fees for transport and restocking.
To be eligible for a return, a mattress must have its law tags attached and intact as well as be free of soiling, dirt, or any stains. Until you are sure you will keep your new mattress, it is best to use a mattress protector in the meantime.
It’s interesting to note that your sleeping position should be a consideration when purchasing a mattress. Not all mattresses can fulfill sleepers’ requirements for comfort and support. Fortunately, there is a mattress for every type of sleeper. Narrowing it down, there are three common types of sleeping positions: side, back, and stomach.
People who normally sleep on their backs are more susceptible to spinal problems and backaches, so it’s best to avoid mattresses that are too firm since they have a tendency to push against spines. Mattresses that have soft to medium-firm supportive cushioning are optimal. Specialists usually recommend latex mattresses with cushioning springs or memory foam.
The main problem that side sleepers experience is pain in their hips and shoulders since these are pressure points. It might be time to throw out your traditional innerspring mattress for one that can support these specific parts of your body. The best option is to look into soft to medium-firm memory foam mattresses specifically designed to support your shoulders, hips, and spine. Additionally, a hybrid mattress, with the perfect combination of a plush memory foam topper and a supportive layer of latex underneath, is another great option.
You may be comfortable sleeping on your stomach, but because it weighs your torso down, it’s actually one of the unhealthiest ways to fall asleep. Natural stomach sleepers place a lot of stress on their spines, so they suffer from chronic lower back pains in the mornings. At this point, it’s best to consider how well your mattress is supporting you. Mattresses that are too soft will cause your spine to arch downward as you sleep, so a medium-firm to firm memory foam mattress will work the best.
The firmness of a mattress is definitely up to personal preference, but it’s good to note that there are pros and cons to the three mattress tension levels. There is a level of firmness that fits a certain body type and sleeping position as well as people with particular physical ailments such as chronic body pains. Each type of mattress feels different to every person, and mattress tension also varies across mattress sizes. It’s important to touch on this topic, because getting the right tension, or firmness, is the first thing you need to establish before purchasing a mattress.
In addition, a person’s weight can affect a mattress’ support tolerance. Ideally, soft mattresses would feel the best for people who weigh less than 140 pounds; medium mattresses feel best for people between 140 to 220 pounds; and firm mattresses are best for people over 220 pounds. Your natural sleeping position should also be something to consider when checking for a mattress tension level. Soft to medium firmness is best for back and side sleepers, while medium-firm to firm is best for stomach sleepers.
Not all mattresses are the same. Deciding on the best mattress brand is subjective and boils down to personal preference. There are certain factors that place a mattress among the top-rated mattresses of a website. Depending on where you do your research, many of the best-rated mattresses aren’t even part of what most people consider to be high-end, top mattress brands.
When you choose a mattress, remember that there are multiple factors to consider so that you can ensure the best night’s sleep. Since mattresses may generally last more than a decade, choosing a new mattress is a commitment.
Make sure you are comfortable with the brand and type of mattress you purchase. Hopefully, this extensive guide will help you on your journey to finding the perfect mattress as well as help you decide which one of the best mattress brands is for you.
Page updated by Sharon Picone on December 24, 2016