Best 15 Memory Foam Mattresses — The Comfort You’ve Never Felt Before
Last updated: Apr 27, 2020
61Hours of Research
When it comes to sleeping comfortably and soundly, there are few options better than a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are designed to compress around your body, providing cushioning and structure. At the same time, the conforming nature of memory foam relieves the pressure points that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
To help you find the best memory foam mattress for your sleep, we considered a number of features of these beds. First, we looked at the type of memory foam used – some styles, such as gel-infused memory foam, provide cooling throughout the night, while others offer more bounce. In addition, we considered the overall construction of the mattress, including how thick the memory foam layers are. Of course, we looked at basic mattress features as well, including the available sizes of the bed, the weight of the mattress, and the price compared to what you are getting in return.
Top 15 Memory Foam Mattress Reviews 2020
We spent tens of hours researching top memory foam mattresses, poring over technical specifications, and user reviews. The result is our list of the 15 best memory foam mattresses on the market today, highlighted in the table below. Continue reading for detailed reviews of each mattress, complete with pros and cons. Our buying guide covers everything you need to know when searching for the perfect memory foam mattress. Finally, we sum up our three overall favorite memory foam mattresses on the market today.
This copper-infused flappable memory foam mattress from Layla Sleep won our Editor’s Choice for its innovative design and spectacular comfort.
The mattress is topped with either one or three inches of copper-infused memory foam, depending on whether you are sleeping on the medium-soft or firm side of the mattress. Copper-infused foam is more expensive than gel-infused foam but offers highly superior heat dissipation. Thanks to its combination with the ThermoGel-infused fabric cover, users who frequently suffered from sweating during the night on past mattress found that not to be an issue at all with the Layla Sleep bed.
The medium-soft side of this flappable mattress is made exceptionally comfortable with a two-inch layer of convoluted memory foam. This layer is especially important for back sleepers who are looking to switch beds because of spinal pain and can even help attract side sleepers to the Layla Sleep mattress. The net effect of this foam layer is to eliminate pressure points almost entirely.
The firm side of the bed is much simpler – there is nothing beneath the thin memory foam layer. As with other two-sided mattresses, the construction of the firm side could be mimicked with a much cheaper mattress since it is essentially just memory foam on top of support foam.
Layla Sleep offers a 120-night sleep trial on this mattress, with straightforward returns – the company will arrange to have the mattress picked up from your home and delivered to a local charity. If you do opt to keep the bed, you can look forward to a 10-year warranty.
Flippable mattress for optimizing comfort
Copper-infused memory foam provides superior cooling
ThemoGel-infused fabric cover
Convoluted memory foam eliminates pressure points
120-night sleep trial with simple returns
Firm side comfort could be achieved with a much less expensive mattress
This premium memory foam mattress from Nectar may be somewhat expensive compared to the other options on offer, but anyone who has slept on a Nectar mattress will tell you it’s worth the price.
First and foremost, this mattress places an extreme emphasis on keeping you cool throughout the night. At the top of the bed, you’ll find a Tencel cooling cover that is specifically designed to keep air circulating while you sleep. Underneath that are two layers of gel-infused memory foam, which are much more effective than standard memory foam at dissipating heat throughout the night. Users found that the mattress kept them cool enough even during hot, humid summer nights and didn’t result in the feeling of being surrounded by the heat that is common among memory foam mattresses.
When it comes to comfort, this mattress offers just as much performance. The two gel memory foam layers distribute your weight across the bed to eliminate pressure points, while an adaptive foam layer above the support core provides some bounce, so you don’t sink too deeply into the bed.
Users loved that the Nectar bed comes with a lifetime warranty and a 180-night sleep trial – nearly twice as long as what most other premium mattresses offer. It’s worth noting that while users who did want to return the mattress at the end of the sleep trial were universally refunded, some were able to get Nectar to come and take the mattress away while others were responsible for disposing of the mattress on their own. The only real issue that users had with the mattress is that it is quite heavy, at nearly 85 pounds.
Excellent cooling and air circulation
Adaptive foam layer provides bounce and edge support
Tencel cover repels bed bugs
Lifetime warranty and 180-night sleep trial
Some returns required disposing of the mattress yourself
Users loved this memory foam mattress on nearly every front – including for nighttime activities with a partner.
The mattress has a unique four-layer design, which allows it to be cooling, conforming, comfortable, and supportive all at the same time. The top layer of memory foam is infused with charcoal and gel, which together help dissipate heat and prevent odors from forming in the mattress. Underneath that, a specially designed memory foam with air channels cut through it increases air circulation significantly and allows this to be one of the best cooling memory foam mattresses on the market today.
Where the mattress stands out, though, is in the support it provides. A convoluted, shaped foam layer helps distribute weight across the mattress and eliminates pressure points. Meanwhile, the bottommost layer of support foam provides a surprising amount of bounce and excellent edge support. Altogether, users found that while they sink into this mattress slightly, the bed is still good for sitting up and moving around in. In particular, users noted that this was one of the best memory foam mattresses for sex that they had experienced.
The only real downside to this mattress is that Signature Sleep doesn’t offer a sleep trial like some of the company’s competitors, like Nectar, do. That said, the mattress is also far less expensive than the Nectar bed. This mattress does come with a 10-year warranty, although users found that the four-layer memory foam construction was relatively resistant to forming divots at least over the first several years of use.
The Lux memory foam mattress from Puffy is designed to be the single best mattress on the market today, and it largely succeeds – users love it. The mattress is described as medium-firm but targets the sweet spot at which side, back, and stomach sleepers are all comfortable. It accomplishes that using a dual cloud foam construction, which is essentially specialized memory foam that does an exceptional job of conforming to your body’s contours. The underlying support layer provides a slight amount of bounce, but most importantly cushions you as it pushes back against your sinking body.
The climate comfort foam layer operates slightly differently than standard gel-infused memory foam. In the hot summer months, it will allow heat to dissipate and air to circulate. But in the winter, when you need to keep that heat, the foam actually works to help you retain it and sleep through the night without reaching for an extra blanket.
It’s worth noting that this mattress comes with an initial sticker shock – it’s by far the most expensive bed in our review. But don’t let the price fully dissuade you, since there are a lot of helpful extras included for the price. First, the mattress includes a lifetime warranty – something matched only by the similarly pricey Nectar and Layla Sleep mattresses. Second, shipping is entirely free, which in itself explains some of the up-front pricing. Third, the Lux mattress comes with a 101-night sleep trial, so you can be fully certain that this is the mattress for you before committing. Finally, this mattress is made in the USA, and Puffy donates to children’s charities with every purchase – so you can feel good about buying this bed.
Dual cloud foam construction
Comfortable for side, back, and stomach sleepers
Unique climate comfort foam cools in summer and warms in winter
Users loved the flexibility of this thick and relatively affordable memory foam mattress. While it’s constructed from top to bottom like most other multi-layer foam mattresses, it can actually be flipped over – giving you a choice between a soft memory foam sleeping surface and a firm foam surface.
When sleeping on the soft side, the two-inch breathable cover and two-inch gel-infused memory foam layers combine to create the feeling of sleeping on a cloud. Users report sinking into the mattress in a good way, with the foam serving to fill in gaps around the contours of your back and relieving pressure points. At the same time, these layers keep the bed relatively cool so that you don’t wake up sweating in the middle of the night.
The five inches of three-zoned comfort foam provides air circulation and eases heavier sleepers into the mattress, helping to make this bed comfortable for virtually anyone. Users note that the bed is easy to get out of in the morning, in large part because of the support provided by this comfort foam.
The firm side of the mattress seems like something of an afterthought – after all, you’re essentially sleeping directly on the base foam. However, back and stomach sleepers reported trying this side and finding that in many cases, they liked it as much or more than the memory foam side of the mattress.
The Sweetnight bed is somewhat expensive compared to its competitors, especially given that it doesn’t come with a sleep trial and only offers a 10-year warranty.
Flippable for varying firmness
Gel-infused memory foam and breathable cover keep the mattress cool
Three-zoned comfort foam provides excellent support
No sleep trial
The firm side is something of an afterthought with no special comfort layers involved
This budget-friendly memory foam mattress from Zinus is a huge favorite among customers. The mattress is available not only in the standard range of sizes but also in different heights ranging from six inches to 12 inches.
The six-inch thick mattress offers just one inch of memory foam, but users found that the underlying support foam is surprisingly comfortable and allows this bed to bounce in a way that most memory foam mattresses cannot. Plus, the thin memory foam layer was ideal for sleepers who want the conformity of memory foam, but not the feeling of sinking into their mattress after they lie down.
The memory foam is infused with green tea extract and castor oil, giving it a unique advantage over standard memory foam. In particular, these infusions keep bacteria from growing in the foam and allow it to retard odors from forming.
Heavyset users, in particular like this mattress, since the thick support foam layer, doesn’t form divots after a year of use like most memory foam mattresses will. Furthermore, the memory foam serves to fill in gaps while the base support foam provides tangible comfort, especially for back sleepers.
The thing to watch out for with this mattress is that Amazon in particular ships the mattress long after it has been packed in many cases. The result is that many units don’t inflate properly after arrival, which compromises the longevity of the bed and eliminates much of its comfort. This does not appear to be a problem with Zinus’s manufacturing, but rather with storage before shipping.
Available in many different sizes and thicknesses
Green tea and castor oil infused memory foam
Good for heavyset sleepers
No sleep trial
Issues with long-term storage between manufacturing and unpacking
Users love this surprisingly inexpensive gel memory foam mattress from Molblly. The mattress is constructed from two inches of gel-infused memory foam on top, four inches of adaptive foam in the center, and an additional four inches of support foam at the base. The gel-infused memory foam provides cooling and air circulation throughout the night, although the effect isn’t as pronounced as for the more expensive Nectar gel memory foam mattress.
What sets this mattress apart is the thick adaptive foam layer below the memory foam top, which provides excellent support. Combined, the two layers make this mattress neither too firm nor too soft – so the majority of sleepers, no matter whether they sleep on their side, back, or stomach, report enjoying the night on this mattress. The adaptive foam layer also gives this bed better edge support and bounce than most other memory foam mattresses.
The bed includes a knit cover, which can be easily removed for cleaning and is designed to be hypoallergenic. The mattress is certified by Certi-Pur US and meets the Oeko-Tex 100 standard, making it one of the more sustainable memory foam mattress choices we reviewed.
In addition to a 10-year warranty on the mattress as a whole, Molblly offers users a 30-night sleep trial on this bed. In addition, users remark on the excellent customer support that Molblly includes with the purchase of every mattress.
Four-inch adaptive foam layer provides support and bounce
Gel-infused memory foam for cooling
Excellent firmness for all types of sleepers
Meets Oeko-Tex 100 standard for sustainability
30-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty
Cooling effect not as pronounced as for more expensive competitors
Nest Bedding designed one of the first truly two-sided memory foam mattresses in their Alexander Series. On one side, the mattress is rated to be firm, while on the other side it is a more plush medium-firm. That allows back and stomach sleepers, in particular, to dial in the comfort level that feels right with this mattress, although side sleepers can also benefit from the bed by adding a soft mattress topper.
The bed starts out with 1.5 inches of plush quilting foam on either side, which offers a soft and comfortable surface to lie down on. Most of the construction beyond that – and all of the memory foam – is on the medium-firm side. There, you’ll find two inches of gel-infused memory foam and two inches of transitional foam that ease you down onto the firm support foam. Users found that this was similar in firmness to most standard medium-firm memory foam mattresses and that the gel-infused foam was quite effective at keeping the mattress cool during the night.
The firm side is relatively basic, so the main downside is that most sleepers who prefer this side could achieve it much more cheaply by opting for an inexpensive foam, innerspring, or hybrid mattress. That said, stomach sleepers, in particular, were happy with the firm support offered by the seven-inch thick support foam layer.
The inclusion of organic cotton in the cover of this mattress is a plus for sustainable mattress fans. Plus, the mattress is built in the USA and certified by Certi-Pur US. Nest Bedding offers a 100-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty as well.
Two-sided to help tailor support level
Gel-infused foam provides cooling
Transitional foam offers excellent support
Organic cotton cover
100-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty
The firm side could be achieved cheaply with a one-sided mattress
This mattress was beloved by users who suffer from back pain and typically find themselves tossing and turning on other mattresses. The medium-firm support (Live and Sleep rates it a 6-7 out of 10) combined with the 2.5-inch layer of conforming memory foam provides just enough cushioning and filling in of negative spaces to create the perfect back contour. While most back sleepers were able to get used to the firmness, many people opted to add a mattress topper to soften up the mattress to their liking.
The mattress is 10 inches thick in total, most of that height coming from a thick support foam layer. While support foam is normally uncomfortable for heavyset sleepers – particularly when it is covered by only a few inches of memory foam – heavier users felt that this mattress was comfortable. The only problem these sleepers reported was trouble getting out of the bed or rolling around once the memory foam had sunken in.
The main downside to this mattress is quality control by Live and Sleep. While most users who received a mattress of the advertised firmness were happy with the bed, many people received a much softer mattress from the company. These softer mattresses failed to fully inflate, leaving very unsupportive corners and edges, and did not work for relieving back pain as intended. Thankfully, Live and Sleep offers a 30-day trial period on this mattress so it’s possible to return it if you receive a poor-quality bed (although returns can be a hassle).
Excellent at relieving back pain
Comfortable for heavyset sleepers
30-day trial period
Quality control issues
May require a mattress topper to make the top of bed more comfortable
This firm memory foam mattress by Modway Aveline is ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Users found that while the three-inch gel memory foam top layer sinks quite a ways and distributed weight across the bed, the responsive foam base layer provides enough support and bounce to keep firm mattress lovers happy. The responsive base is also advantageous because it provides enough support for heavyset sleepers, as well as prevents the edges and corners of this bed from collapsing as on other memory foam beds.
At the same time, users like that this bed provides just enough conformity to fill in negative spaces around your back and to prevent pressure points from building around joints. Users with back and joint issues were quite happy with this mattress and didn’t find the firmness to be a problem at all.
The gel memory foam layer, combined with the polyester stretch fabric cover, allows this bed to dissipate heat quite well throughout the night. That makes it a favorite among users who live in relatively hot climates and who have worried about making the switch to memory foam because of heat build-up.
Unfortunately, this mattress doesn’t come with a sleep trial on top of the 10-year warranty. While it’s not the most expensive bed on the market, that can make a lot of customers wary – especially if they’re not certain that a particularly firm style of memory foam mattress is right for them. That said, most people who purchased this mattress were quite happy with it and had no intention of trying to return the bed.
Firm adaptive foam beneath memory foam
Gel-infused memory foam for cooling
Excellent edge and corner support
No sleep trial
More expensive than competitors with similar gel-infused foam design
While Classic Brands describes this gel-infused memory foam mattress as medium-firm, users are much more mixed in trying to explain how it feels. The four inches of memory foam – divided into two layers – on the top of the mattress allow you to fully sink in, while the four-inch layer of high-density support foam underneath does an excellent job of stopping you from going any further. With that in mind, many users described this as more like a traditional plush bed than a truly medium-firm memory foam mattress.
That said, users were quite happy with the comfort level of this bed. The gel foam layers are divided to optimize for cooling and air circulation during the night, and the polyester knit fabric cover helps to dissipate heat further as you sleep. On top of that, users who appreciate memory foam loved the degree to which you can sink into the bed after you lie down. However, keep in mind that all this sinking means poor edge support – some users described rolling into their partners in the middle of the night if they slept too close together.
Unfortunately, Classic Brands doesn’t provide a sleep trial on this mattress so you can feel it for yourself before committing. Furthermore, the warranty is complex since it depends on where you purchase the mattress. On Amazon, you’ll get a 10-year warranty and excellent customer service. However, warranties can range at other retailers from as little as one year to as many as 25 years.
Two gel memory foam layers provide cooling and circulation
One user described the Olee Sleep memory foam mattress as being like a well-worn, familiar mattress – in a good way. The mattress is comfortable as soon as it inflates and doesn’t require any break-in period. Side, stomach, and back sleepers all report being comfortable on this bed, although side sleepers did report back that it felt a bit on the firm side.
Part of the reason this mattress is so widely loved is that the design is simple, yet effective. The three-inch gel-infused memory foam layer provides cooling and air circulation even as you sink into the mattress, so you never wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you are surrounded by your own heat. In addition, the seven-inch high-density support foam layer underneath provides the right amount of support without being overly firm. Users also liked that while this mattress compresses, it retains support from the base layer around the edges and corners.
While Olee Sleep offers a 10-year warranty on this mattress, users noted that it does start to form cavities after about one year of use if you sleep in the same position. This isn’t surprising for gel-infused memory foam, which is less durable in general, but it does mean you’ll need to be vigilant about rotating the mattress every few months or more frequently. Keep in mind also that there is no sleep trial for this mattress, although most users reported being quite happy with it after purchase.
The only other downside to this mattress is that the cover is not washable since there is exposed fiberglass directly underneath. For this reason, most users recommend putting on a cover as soon as you get the mattress.
Comfortable for all types of sleepers
Gel-infused memory foam provides cooling and air circulation
This budget-friendly mattress by Linenspa is a popular choice for kids and guest rooms, but plenty of people find it comfortable enough to use as their primary bed. What sets this mattress apart is that it is described as firm, in large part because it offers just a one-inch layer of memory foam over a base of high-density support foam. That’s almost certain to be uncomfortable for side sleepers and many back sleepers, but it can be ideal for stomach sleepers who want the sinking feeling of memory foam but not the feeling of drowning in the bed.
The mattress is inexpensive in large part because of its simplicity. The memory foam is infused with gel to provide some cooling, although since the foam is likely to be fully compressed this doesn’t do much to dissipate heat. In addition, while the Linenspa mattress comes with a polyester cover, this cover shouldn’t be removed since there is exposed fiberglass underneath. Instead, you’ll need to purchase a separate mattress cover to put on as soon as you get the mattress.
Keep in mind also that since the mattress is only six inches thick, it’s not an ideal choice for heavyset sleepers. Heavy back sleepers, in particular, may find this mattress uncomfortable since they will put a lot of pressure directly onto the somewhat firm support foam.
Linenspa provides a 10-year warranty on this mattress, but no sleep trial.
Simple construction with the only thin memory foam layer
This plush mattress from LUCID is designed with side and back sleepers in mind. The mattress starts out with three inches of soft, low-density memory foam on top that does an excellent job of alleviating pressure on your joints as you sleep. The foam is gel-infused to keep you cool, and users found this was effective enough to prevent overheating during the night. A one-inch layer of charcoal memory foam provides more support and eases the transition onto the base layer of support foam for heavyset sleepers.
The mattress also comes with a soft Tencel-lyocell blend cover, which adds softness and moisture-wicking properties to the bed to help you keep cool.
Since this mattress is so plush, it’s extremely important to pair it with a box frame or another flat support underneath. Many users found that the mattress initially had lumps after inflating, but that with a flat support beneath the mattress. These disappeared after a few weeks. Furthermore, users who did not pair the mattress with a box spring had issues with indentations forming in the middle of the bed after two years.
The relatively short lifespan of this mattress is at odds with LUCID’s advertised 10-year warranty. However, users found that LUCID made it very difficult to make a warranty claim and that their customer service was unhelpful when indentations did form in the mattress after a few years of use.
Plush comfort for side and back sleepers
Soft Tencel-lyocell blend cover
Gel-infused memory foam for cooling
Good for heavyset sleepers
Forms indentations within a few years unless paired with a sturdy box spring
Users have mixed feelings about this mattress from Classic Brands, which is extremely soft even for a memory foam mattress.
The mattress is rated medium-plush, making it more ideal for side sleepers than for the majority of back and stomach sleepers. The upside to being so plush is that the mattress eliminates nearly all pressure points and allows sleepers to sink deeply into the memory foam. Since it uses two inches of gel-infused memory foam and three inches of airflow memory foam, heat dissipation and air circulation aren’t a problem even as you sink into the mattress.
The downside to this plushness is that the mattress doesn’t keep its shape for very long. Users noted divots are forming where they sleep after just six months of sleeping on the bed, and unlike for many firm mattresses, these divots significantly decreased the comfort of the mattress. While Classic Brands does offer a warranty, you’ll only receive a fraction of the original value of the mattress when returning it because of divots.
The main advantage of this mattress, then, is that it can be used with adjustable bed bases. So, this mattress is perfect for side sleepers who also use an adjustable bed base and who have had issues with pressure points on past mattresses. With frequent rotation, users note that the mattress can be made to last longer than a few years.
Note that Classic Brands does not have a set sleep trial or warranty period – these depend on the retailer that you purchase a mattress from. So, even though Classic Brands offers customer service, there is little the manufacturer can do to help you in case of issues with the bed.
Medium-plush feel is perfect for side sleepers
Cooling memory foam prevents overheating
Warranty up to 25 years (depending on retailer)
Works with adjustable bed bases
Classic Brands does not set the warranty or sleep trial
Forms divots within one year in many cases
Not comfortable for most back and stomach sleepers
When it comes to choosing the best memory foam mattress for your sleep, getting the right one is important. Your mattress needs to prevent pressure points and contour to the shape of your body to alleviate pain, all while keeping you cool throughout the night. While every memory foam mattress claims to achieve all of these things, not every mattress will feel comfortable for every person. With that in mind, how do you choose the memory foam mattress that’s right for you? Now that you’ve learned more about our 15 favorite beds on the market today, let’s take a closer look at what you need to consider when choosing the best memory foam mattress.
Features of the memory foam mattresses
Memory foam mattresses all have memory foam construction in common, but beyond that, they can differ widely. Different beds have different layers, cooling properties, comfort levels, and more, so it’s important to know what you need and what each mattress offers when you are making a choice.
The first thing to consider when choosing a mattress is the size of the bed. If you’re sleeping by yourself, a full- or even a twin-sized bed may be large enough for you to sleep comfortably. On the other hand, if you sleep with a partner, a queen-, king-, or even California king-sized bed may be much more comfortable for two people to lie in. It’s also important to take into account the size of the room you plan to put the mattress in – you’ll need enough room for the bed, plus dressers, other furniture, and room to walk around.
Thankfully, most memory foam mattress models are available in most standard sizes from twin all the way through California king. That means that sizing options aren’t usually a major issue when looking for a new mattress. However, there are some exceptions to this, so it’s always important to check before falling in love with a particular mattress model.
The height of memory foam mattresses can vary widely, from just six inches for the Zinus mattress to 14 inches for the Nest Bedding mattress. In addition, some mattresses, like the Zinus bed, are available in multiple heights, each with different thicknesses of memory and support foam layers. The majority of memory foam mattresses are between 10 and 12 inches thick.
Height isn’t hugely important unless you’re looking at a mattress that is either especially short or especially tall.
Short mattresses don’t leave much room for compression between the top of the mattress and the floor or box spring, and they necessarily have thinner layers of memory foam. For that reason, these mattresses tend to be very firm, and heavyset sleepers are more likely to find them to be uncomfortable. On the other hand, these mattresses are lighter in weight and often less expensive than their competitors since they require fewer materials.
Especially thick mattresses can be either firm or plush, but in either case, they are ideal for heavyset sleepers since they offer plenty of room for compression. The downsides to opting for a thicker mattress is that they are typically more expensive and can be quite heavy – nearly 100 pounds in some cases.
When it comes to comfort, firmness is one of the most important qualities of any memory foam mattress. However, firmness is also a highly subjective rating and can be especially hard to pin down for memory foam mattresses since they are designed to compress easily. The only way to really tell if a mattress is as firm or plush as you prefer is to read customer reviews and to try it out – that’s why many companies like Layla Sleep, Nectar, and Puffy offer sleep trials with their mattresses.
In general, side, back, and stomach sleepers have different preferences when it comes to firmness. Side sleepers prefer soft and plush mattresses like those from LUCID and Classic Brands because they are able to distribute their weight better without causing pressure points. Stomach sleepers tend to prefer firm mattresses that don’t allow them to sink in too much since the sinking can contort their spines and cause pain. Back sleepers have the widest range of mattress preferences, and many can be comfortable on either firm or plush mattresses.
Keep in mind when buying a memory foam mattress that firmness is often measured after compression of the top layers of memory foam. A firm mattress may still allow you to sink into the bed but will be relatively firm underneath the foam. Plush mattresses will cushion you even further as you sink.
The cover isn’t the most important feature when choosing a memory foam mattress, but a well-designed cover can add significantly to the comfort of the bed. Budget mattresses will often use just a polyester or cotton mattress cover, which is comfortable but does not provide any additional qualities to help your sleep. Meanwhile, more expensive options like the Layla Sleep mattress come with a ThermoGel-infused cover that plays an active role in keeping you cool throughout the night for better sleep. You’ll also find organic mattress covers, like the one included with the Nest Bedding mattress.
Keep in mind that the cover may or may not be removable for washing. In some cases, the cover can be removed but should not be – there may be exposed fiberglass particles (a common fire-retardant material) that can get everywhere if you take the mattress cover off. If this is the case, you’ll likely want to invest in an additional washable mattress protector.
Memory foam mattresses range widely in price, and you don’t have to break the bank to get a comfortable mattress that will last for years to come. Budget options like the mattress from Linenspa start at just $130 for a queen-sized bed, and there are numerous inexpensive memory foam mattresses on our top 15 list that cost less than $300. On the more premium end, you’ll find memory foam mattresses like those from Layla Sleep and Nest Bedding that cost upwards of $1,000.
Keep in mind that size is a major influence on price. If you are flexible on what size of mattress you want, you may be able to get a higher-quality bed in a smaller size for the same price as a lower-quality mattress in a larger size.
Other features to consider
Features like size, firmness, cover, and price are the major factors that you’ll want to consider when choosing a memory foam mattress. However, it’s important to keep in mind some peripheral factors that can help you choose between two similar beds.
Type of base or foundation to place memory foam material
The support layers included beneath the top layers of memory foam in your mattress can make all the difference in how you’ll sleep. This is especially true for heavyset sleepers, who are more likely to compress the memory foam layers fully.
Many memory foam mattresses simply transition from memory foam to high-density support foam. This is fine and saves money for the manufacturer and for you, but the high-density foam can be very firm and somewhat uncomfortable for many sleepers.
Alternatively, some mattresses include additional support foam layers to help your body transition from the soft memory foam to the firmer support foam. For example, you’ll find two inches of transitional foam within the Nest Bedding mattress and one inch of charcoal-infused foam in the LUCID mattress.
Country of origin of the mattress
The country of origin of the mattress can also be important. Although most mattresses are made overseas, some, like those from Puffy and Nest Bedding, are made in the USA. While there shouldn’t be any difference in quality between mattresses made abroad and those made in the USA, you may find slightly better workmanship on USA-made mattress, and you’ll be supporting USA manufacturing jobs.
“Flip-ability” of the mattress
Two-sided mattresses like those from Layla Sleep, Nest Bedding, and Sweetnight are popular because they allow you to choose between two different levels of firmness. Essentially, this makes it more likely that you’ll feel comfortable on the mattress, even if your preferences change over time.However, keep in mind that flip-ability adds to the cost of the mattress. And, if you use the firmer side of these mattresses, you’re likely not getting any of the benefits of the elaborate, multi-layered memory foam construction. So, you could easily replicate the feeling of the firm side of these two-sided mattresses with a much less expensive hybrid or basic foam mattress.
Weight of the mattress
The weight of the mattress isn’t a huge deal once you’ve got the mattress into place – even rotating the bed every few months doesn’t require lifting it. But a heavy mattress can be a huge burden to carry from your door to your bedroom, especially if you have an upstairs bedroom. If you live alone and order a large, thick memory foam mattress, keep in mind that you may need to call friends for help installing it or to pay for movers.
Gel-infused memory foam is memory foam that has been injected with cooling gel during the manufacturing process. This style of memory foam is increasingly popular because it compresses and conforms to your body just like regular memory foam, but it is much more effective when it comes to dissipating heat away from your body. That means that gel-infused memory foam is better at keeping you cool, so that you don’t wake up sweating during hot summer nights.
Keep in mind, though, that gel-infused memory foam is less durable than regular memory foam. Whereas regular memory foam may retain its rebound for up to 10 years, gel-infused memory foam will often form indentations from your body after only a handful of years.
The firmness that is best for relieving back pain differs from person to person and according to what is causing your back pain. Many back sleepers find that a medium-firm mattress offers the most relief since the memory foam is able to conform to your back, but doesn’t fully give out beneath you. On the other hand, some people prefer the weight distribution and pressure relief offered by a more plush mattress. Side sleepers almost universally prefer a plush mattress for relieving pressure on their backs, while stomach sleepers often prefer firmer mattresses so that their backs remain straighter while sleeping.
Memory foam is designed to conform to the shape of your body each night and return to its normal, flat shape each morning when you get out of bed. In a perfect world, memory foam would always retain its rebound and would never form indentations. But in reality, memory foam will typically start to form body indentations after four to five years of use and the indentations may become problematic within ten years. For gel-infused memory foam, the indentation process may start after just two to three years.
Memory foam is generally not considered eco-friendly because it relies on a chemical manufacturing process. That said, there are now “natural” memory foam compositions that use plant-based materials rather than synthetic chemicals. These plant-based memory foams provide all the benefits of synthetic memory foam but are significantly more expensive to produce.
More layers aren’t necessarily better or worse. They just change how the bed will feel. At a minimum, memory foam mattresses need two layers – the memory foam layer and a support foam layer to provide a base. However, many manufacturers add a third layer or more to help with cooling, with the transition from compressible memory foam to high-density support foam, or to augment how firm or plush the mattress feels. It’s important to understand what the layers in your memory foam mattress are and what they do to get a sense of how the bed will feel when you lie down in it.
When it comes to supporting, the Signature Sleep mattress‘s convoluted foam layer makes this one of the most supportive mattresses on the market and the best memory foam mattress for sex. The Nectar mattress features an adaptive foam layer to provide a supporting transition between the gel-infused memory foam and support foam. Plus, Nectar is distinguished by the company’s outstanding 180-night sleep trial and excellent customer support.
We feel the Layla Sleep mattress is the overall best memory foam mattress on the market today because of its supportive construction and two-sided design that caters to a wider variety of sleepers. Plus, it comes with a 110-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty that the company actually stands behind.