From our experience, the best mattress is one that’s supportive, comfortable, and designed to last. There are plenty of online mattresses to pick from, but some are leaps and bounds ahead of others in terms of quality. Plenty of them make claims about delivering your best night’s sleep, but precious few actually deliver on that promise. We've been researching and testings mattresses for years, so we know what to look for in a quality one.
All memory foam
The Zinus green tea mattress only uses foam rather than a foam and spring hybrid. It features three different layers of different types of foam to give you adequate support, keep you cool, and give you comfort as you sleep. Together the foam creates a mattress designed to relieve pressure and staring throughout your body.
- No springs
- Memory foam
- Very supportive
- May not be comfortable for back sleepers
- Strong smell after unpackaging
While this mattress is very supportive, it isn’t too firm. It works well especially well for side sleepers, but may not be the best for back sleepers. The Zinus mattress comes rolled tightly in a box. Once it is unpackaged and set up on your bed base, it will take 24 hours to fluff up to its normal size and shape. Also, there will be a smell. This is common with mattresses that are delivered in tight packaging. It should go away in a day or two.
Good for allergy sufferers
The Linenspa mattress features a hybrid design with both springs and hypoallergenic memory foam. The foam contours to your body to cradle it in supportive softness. This also helps keep your back aligned as you sleep. Each of the spring coils is tempered and evenly positioned throughout the mattress to give the best support without causing sagging.
- Comfortable for all sleeper types
- Not very thick
- Brown spec upon opening packaging
- Doesn't last long
The Linenspa mattress has a medium firmness, which means it’s good for all sleeper types, including stomach and back sleepers. The mattress isn't very thick, so we suggest a box spring to help the mattress stay supportive. It doesn't last as long as more expensive mattresses. Also, the company warns that there are specs on the mattress when it is first opened from the packaging. These shouldn't stick to your mattress.
Get a good night's sleep no matter what
If you’re experiencing back or joint pain, rest easy on the Purple mattress. It has a unique hyper-elastic polymer top with 2800 open-air channels called Purple Grid technology. This grid adapts to your body to offer the comfort and support that you need and to help ease any aches and pains you may be experiencing. It is a very unique feeling that both hugs your body while supporting it.
- Comfortable and supportive
- highy breathable
- Good for couples
- Heavy and hard to move around
- Unique feel not for everyone
The polymer material helps neutralize body heat so you don’t get too hot at night. This mattress comes packaged tight and will take a couple of days once opened to reach its full height. There is an unpleasant smell because of the materials used, but it goes away after a few days. Also, this mattress is really, really heavy. We recommend not opening it until it is on the platform first.
This Leesa foam mattress is made of Avena foam, memory foam, and base foam, making it one of the softer-feeling mattresses. This is perfect for those who tend to sleep on their side. The top layer is designed to be breathable so the bed doesn’t get too hot. Also, the Leesa mattress is good for motion isolation. This means you won’t feel your partner fidgeting or getting up.
- Soft and comfortable
- Great for side sleepers
- Sits low on platform
- Can't be used with a box spring
The Leesa mattress has support all the way to the edge, so you won't feel like the center of the mattress is caving in. Even our heavier testers (300-plus pounds) the mattress support didn't change as they rolled out of bed. This mattress isn’t designed to be used with a box spring base. This means you may have a couple of nights of discomfort as you body adjusts to the new feel of this bed.
Good firm mattress
For those who like memory foam but are not ready to give up on their springs just yet, the Casper Hybrid is the perfect solution. This mattress combines springs that relieve pressure on your joints and back while providing comfort and support, especially for back sleepers.
- Cooling design
- Good edge support
- Won't be firm enough for some
The Casper Hybrid mattress is made up of four layers with three foam layers on top of a layer of 7-inch pocket springs. The edge-to-edge support is superb and a lot firmer than many rival hybrid beds meaning it’s a comfortable bed if you like to sleep on the edge or you struggle to get in and out of your bed. The mattress has small perforations that boost cool airflow and actively disperse heat so that you sleep cooler. The mattress is soft, so it isn't recommended for sleepers over 230 pounds.
How to choose the best mattress for you
According to the Sleep Council, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to an hour’s sleep per night. This adds up to a full night’s sleep over the course of a week.
We aren’t going to attempt to fool you by saying that comfort is universal. It’s not. Traditionally you'd walk into a furniture store and go and lay down on a few pocket-sprung mattresses until you find one you like. With mattresses purchased online, that’s not quite so easy, but the good news is that most online retailers realize this and offer a decent trial period and free returns should the mattress not be quite right for you.
o what should you be looking for? Do you tend to sleep on your side, stomach, or back? Do you share a bed with your partner? These factors should influence the type of mattress you buy.
This will come down to personal preference to a point, but a firm mattress is better suited to people who sleep on their front and back. Those who tend to sleep on their side will benefit from a softer mattress as this will mold to your body’s natural curve.
If you sleep with another person in bed, you’ll want something with minimum motion transfer. Spring mattresses can be pretty bad for motion transfer, while memory foam mattresses are great at limiting motion so one restless partner doesn’t keep the other awake at night.
Pocket sprung mattresses have been joined by foam and latex (and a combination of the two) in recent years.
When you lie down on a memory foam mattress, you’ll find that it hugs your body; when you move, it goes back to its original shape. The contouring provides pressure point relief, such as your hips or shoulders, which is valuable for side sleepers.
Latex mattresses on the other hand have more rigid qualities as opposed to memory foam, which is good for people who need more back support. You can also get organic latex foam that isn’t made from any unnatural processes. This is good for people who prioritize being environmentally conscious, as well as people looking for a hypoallergenic mattress.
How we tested mattresses
We were able to try out most of the mattresses in our guide. As they arrived at our lab, we opened them and allowed them to rest and fluff up to the correct size. In the lab we had several different sleepers try lying on the mattresses to get some initial feedback. We want to see how the mattresses supported people of different heights and weights. Each mattress was then moved to a tester's apartment where they slept on each one for a week and reported back on how they felt afterward. There was usually a one - or two-day adjustment period.
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