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If you have experience in buying mattresses, then you know how easy it is to choose the wrong one. One move and you end up spending a lot of money on something you will either have to return or owning a mattress that you don’t particularly like. However, if you get it right and buy the best queen mattress both your bank account and your body will thank you for it. Also, with the many options available and at varying prices, you can easily mess it up. This happens if you don’t have enough information. As such, we need to correct that and give you the best chance of getting a quality mattress. Also, while there are spring mattresses, our focus will be solely on foam beds.
As is the case in any review, we have to consider a couple of factors before we can present you with a list of options to pick from. In our case, we considered mattress type with regards to the construction. Consequently, you will see terms like memory foam or hybrid type mattresses. The thickness of the mattress is also likely to influence how comfortable it is. Other factors that influence how good a mattress is are the layering and bed cover. If all these factors satisfy you, then you should go ahead and check the price to see if it is in the affordable range.
If you scroll down, you will see a table of all the products we thought were worth bringing to you. In addition to that, you will also find detailed reviews of all the products and even a buying guide. This is accurate information compiled from manufacturer’s sites along with customer reviews. Consequently choosing the best queen mattress will be easy once you’ve read through this article.
A third option is in the form of a hybrid mattress. For those to whom this is a new term, it means that the bed is made from both foam and springs. Most mattress manufacturers choose one raw material to run with, but if they create a hybrid, they can incorporate the best parts of both worlds. A benefit of spring mattresses is that they offer edge support. If you have a habit of falling off your bed at night, this may help to get you situated back in the middle of the mattress before this happens.
As to the layering, you get a one-inch base support foam layer which has to be very dense to support the coils that come up next. Of course, following that comes the eight-inch support coils. The spring layer is topped by a one-inch SmartFlow support foam. In previous mattresses on our list, we have explained the importance of airflow and aeration. As such, you understand why this SmartFlow support foam layer is there. The top two layers include medium endurance foam and gel-infused memory foam.
You should take note of the fact that while the top layer is small, it is infused with gel which has enhanced cooling properties. Once you purchase this mattress, the manufacturer will have it delivered to your doorstep for free, and all you have to do is be available to receive it. Also, where warranties are concerned, this mattress has the best terms so far. A lifetime warranty makes this bed a more worthwhile purchase.
In addition to the above, the mattress falls in the medium-firm range having a rating of 5.6. Being a luxury purchase, the bed is likely to cost you a lot more than foam counterparts. However, if money is not an issue, the quality of the bed is worth the extra penny.
The first thing you would notice about this mattress is its vast size. Twelve inches is pretty thick, and you have to wonder if quality materials were used to make it up. The bed features a total of four layers of different types of foam. At the bottom of the bed is the base layer. This is usually the stiffest part of the bed. For most foam mattresses this part is also often the thickest and can total up to 7 inches. However, in this case, you only get a 3.5-inch base layer.
The next layer is the airflow high-density layer. Airflow is a necessary part for any mattress manufacturer that wants to help you sleep cool. If air is circulating in your bed, temperatures are unlikely to rise to the highest levels. As a third layer, you get two inches of comfort foam which, just as the name suggests is meant to make your bed experience an enjoyable one. The last and final layer is the memory foam layer. This layer has several unique properties, such as being able to conform to your size and shape, along with slow rebound times after you get up.
If you infuse these layers with green tea extract like the manufacturer has done, then you get virtually no odor from your mattress. However, as is common with memory foam items, the product requires a few days of constant aeration after purchase so you can get rid of the manufacturing odor. To wrap it all off the bed is covered by a knitted jacquard cover. If you purchase this mattress, you have about ten years of use after which the warranty becomes void.
What do we love it for?
No odor due to green tea infusion
Ships in a small box
What were we disappointed with?
It may take a week for the mattress to expand to its full size once you remove it from the box
The Nectar queen mattress also happens to feature on our list with the perks of purchasing this bed, putting it ahead of some of the competitors. Exciting features include the foam layout, which consists of four layers in total. Once you put them together, you realize they total 11 inches. Of course, there has to be a base layer before you can get to the other three comfort layers. However, unlike other mattress counterparts, this base layer is also breathable. Above that, you find the adaptive high core memory foam. This layer helps to give support and increases the bounce of the mattress.
Gel memory foam makes up the third layer. The gel, of course, has cooling properties that make it possible for the user to have a cooler sleep. As such, it is highly unlikely that you will find out a mattress owner is sweating into this mattress. In addition to that, there is the quilted gel memory foam layer at the top of the mattress. It still retains the cooling properties of the third layer. However, with this layer, the quilting improves airflow as well.
The cover is also something to write home about. In addition to being bed bug resistant, the Tencel cover wicks away heat. Users consequently seem to have a better experience using this mattress. If you are going to compare this mattress to others, there are a few areas where it one-ups competitor models. The first is the trial period. One hundred eighty days is a significantly long time to test out a mattress after which users should have a concrete idea of how they feel about a bed.
Users get the same lifetime warranty offered by the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress. Also, according to the Certipur-US certification, this product is environment-friendly as it is made without the presence of ozone depleters.
Another 12-inch queen bed features on our list. This one, however, features fewer layers with the base being 6.5 inches of high-density foam. As such, it’s hard for you to sink past this part of the mattress even if you consider yourself heavy. You get two comfort layers when you end up purchasing this bed. The middle layer, which is pressure relief foam and the topmost layer, which is memory foam. These two layers are three inches and 2.5 inches, respectively.
Where firmness is concerned, a lot of people prefer medium-firm, which is a sweet spot between hard and soft. On the firmness meter mattresses with a medium-firm rating rank between 5.5 and 7.5. Above the 7.5 rating you get firm, and where you start getting points below five, you are in the plush zone. This mattress is of the plush kind and only people who prefer soft cushions should buy this.
Incorporated into the design of the mattress is a pressure relief system that ensures you are as comfortable as you can be while you sleep at night. Impressive to note is the Certipur Us certification. The badge for this is a mark of quality, especially in a foam product. It means that specific standards were met during the manufacturing process that makes the mattress even safer to use. Also, the middle layer is designed to increase airflow, which is necessary if you are to sleep cool.
Why did it make our list?
Certipur Us certification
Ships in a small box
What is not ideal about it?
As a result of being plush, the mattress is not everybody’s cup of tea
In fourth place, we have a mattress that is smaller in thickness than the other three predecessors. This does not necessarily mean a reduction in quality. However, this bed is purely made of foam. A 72-hour period is what the manufacturer recommends as mattress aeration period when the bed is new. Due to the fact memory foam usually has a slightly unpleasant odor when new it might be wise to follow the bedmaker’s advice and put the bed in a well-ventilated area for close to four days after you receive it. After that, you even get a few days for testing out your purchase.
As such you can use it for any bed application you might think of. If any aspects of the bed are not to satisfactory standards, you have up to the 100th day to give the product back. Of course, if you do, you’ll also get your money back.
The blend of foam used in making the adaptive middle layer is the manufacturer’s concoction and is meant to not only sleep cool but also to provide medium levels of firmness. This way, you don’t sink too much into the mattress as this may also have the added effect of trapping heat. Where motion transference is concerned, you don’t have to worry about waking your sleeping partner even if there is a lot of movement on your side of the bed.
If you look through the features, you might find the expense of buying this product to be worth it. Where spine alignment is concerned, all types of sleepers are catered to by the conforming nature of the bed. This is made possible by the four memory foam layers that were included. Also, due to the foam composition of the mattress, you can use this bed with whatever type of frame you want.
Once you make the purchase, the product should get to you within five business days via FedEx delivery. Also, you won’t have to pay out of pocket to facilitate delivery.
Included in the four layers is one with temperature regulating properties that also work in response to climate. When it is cold, the bed warms up slightly with the opposite effect achieved during summer. Seemingly, the cover also makes a good case for you to purchase the bed. It is stain resistant enabling you to wipe off spills off the mattress. Also, you can take it out regularly and clean it, so you always rest on a clean surface. Other perks of owning this bed include an extended trial period and an even longer warranty.
Another hybrid mattress makes it up on our list at number seven. The full size of the bed is 10 inches thick of which the spring components make up the bulk of the bed. This is the medium-firm option of the mattress with the smaller eight-inch bed being more firm while the 12-inch pick is the softest of them all. Despite being mostly spring coils, the bed is compressed and shipped to you in a box. Nonetheless, it will take a relatively shorter amount of time for the bed to get back to its standard size after you unpack it.
The top memory foam layer works to relieve your pressure points and align your spine. Consequently, this mattress also has orthopedic effects where you wake up rested and free of pain in your neck and your back. You may see some small brown flecks in the mattress as you unpack, but these are relatively easy to clean off. They are as a result of the packaging process and are made of plastic. Also, you get the industry-standard 10-year warranty the moment you purchase this product.
What are our favorite features?
Better spine alignment for sleepers
Ships in a box
What could be better?
You may need to get rid of small brown plastic flecks as you unpack the bed
In this position, we have a luxury bed that you would think is expensive but is not. For about 500 dollars, you can own this mattress. The bed cover is one of the most exciting parts of the mattress, and that is due to the amount of detail that was put into it. Inside the cover, you find a total of 4 foam layers. All have different composition and are thus there to fulfill different purposes. The topmost layer is memory foam that serves to conform to body shapes. The layer under that is still memory foam, but this time it is infused with gel for an added cooling effect.
As a second last layer, you find polyfoam which also acts as one of the support layers. Lastly, you have a high-density base foam layer. Of course with the 14-inch thickness comes a little bit of added weight but since you won’t be moving the mattress often, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Once you order the bed, you will probably find it in a box on your doorstep. As such, it is up to you to unpack and aerate it till it gets back its standard shape and the manufacturing odor is gone.
The Ashley-Sleep Mattress also makes it onto our list and for a good reason. You will find a few similarities in the construction of this mattress with some of its predecessors on our list. One is the 12-inch thickness, which has become a rather typical size on our list. Of these 12 inches, eight of them are the core support foam, two are memory foam, and in the middle, there is another two-inch piece of transition foam.
If you buy this bed allergens will be a thing of the past due to the hypoallergenic cover. Whether a box spring or an adjustable base, this bed is comfortable with just about all types of bed frames. It also ships in a box leaving you to unpack it and situate it as you see fit.
Also, the mattress may take up to three days to expand fully, so watch out for that.
What makes it special?
Ships in a box
What cons did we find?
Takes a while to reach its full size after unpacking
While a lot of the mattresses are certified, not many have acquired certification from two different bodies like the Live and Sleep Mattress. As such, you are all but guaranteed safety while using this 10-inch bed. You can expect this bed to not only conform to your body shape but also to isolate motion to your side of the bed. Where your sleeping partner wakes up at the slightest disturbance, this is a huge plus.
A 30-day trial period is not much, but most times, it is enough for you to decide whether you want to keep it or not. If not call up the manufacturer and talk terms of how you are going to return it and get your money back. Once you are past this stage, you are protected by the warranty for about 20 years.
Also, at less than 300 dollars, this mattress is one of the more affordable ones on offer.
What are our favorite features?
Easy to unpack
What could be better?
The mattress is not good at keeping stable temperature at night
Things to Consider
Features to consider while choosing a queen mattress
A queen mattress is a rather significant investment and one that you want to last you a while. As such, you cannot afford to make mistakes in the buying process. Consequently, you have to consider a couple of factors that we have highlighted above in regards to each bed. This is not only true to queen mattresses but instead all mattresses as well. Here are the key things to look at:
There are generally three types of mattresses. The first are spring mattresses and just like the name suggests they feature coil springs as their primary material. The cover also has to be high end to hold the springs intact. They have a reputation of ranging upwards of seven on the firmness scale, and unfortunately, there are no examples to mention on our list.
The next type of mattress is the hybrid variation. These are part spring and part foam. Often the spring components form the base layer while their foam counterparts sit on top of them. Mattresses like these feature a medium-firm feel and might also be able to incorporate edge support. The Linenspa Hybrid Mattress mentioned above is an accurate representation of such a bed.
As a third type, you find foam mattresses which form the bulk of our list. Among the benefits of such a bed is that they conform to the user’s shape, and manufacturers include cooling components to help you sleep in favorable temperatures. These offer no edge support at all and so you would be wise not to make it a habit to sit on the edge. The Live and Sleep Mattress is an example of how foam mattresses look and feel like. Also, you find that these types of beds can range from cheap to expensive, giving you a more extensive budget range to choose from.
While thickness is a crucial factor, it may not matter as much as you think it does. What you want to know is if the components that make up that thickness are good enough to keep you comfortable at night. If you are looking for a medium-feel mattress, the smallest height you should be aiming for is eight inches.
The layers of the mattress are what make up the total size of the bed. As such, they influence a lot of what the bed looks and feels like. Also, by incorporating layers with different capabilities, they make a more versatile mattress. As such, you should carefully study the properties of each included layer. If you see one with memory foam mentioned, you should instantly know that the mattress conforms to your body by reacting to heat and weight.
Where you see gel mentioned, you should know that it is present for cooling and temperature regulation reasons. Another thing to look out for is if there is a spring layer. As we mentioned before this may be crucial in ensuring your bed has edge support. As a rule of thumb, make sure your mattress has a sufficient support core as that will ensure you don’t sink too deep into the mattress.
Warranties are a common theme for almost all the mattresses we have mentioned above. Nonetheless, their coverage varies from the 10-year standard period to lifetime warranties. If you want to make your bed a one-off purchase, you are better off buying a mattress with sufficient coverage so that the manufacturer replaces it in the case of any defects.
With a higher price point, you are all but guaranteed quality. However, you can still get decent mattresses for a cost of below 500 dollars. As such, you need to carefully look at your finances and see what you can spare. Also, since you don’t need to buy mattresses often, you can save up for a while so that you get the absolute best mattress available.
If you are prone to back pain in the mornings, it could be because of your mattress. It is possible to eliminate this problem, especially for side sleepers if you have a mattress that conforms to your body shape. As such, foam mattresses of the medium-firm variety are what you should be looking for.
There is no definitive best mattress on the market as what works for one person may not necessarily fit the bill for another one. However, there are a few best in class options, and you will find some of the queen size beds mentioned above fit the bill.
The jury is still out on this matter, but there are a couple of options from which you can pick. Mattresses like the Naturepedic Verse Organic Kids Mattress and the Modway Aveline Gel Memory Foam Mattress are pretty highly regarded in this respect.
The Zinus Green Tea Mattress would be a priority pick for two reasons. The first is that it falls under the 300 dollar mark in terms of pricing. If you compare this with other mattress prices, you will see that this is one of the more affordable options. Despite this, the product ranks rather high in terms of quality, making it the go-to budget-friendly option.
If money weren’t a problem, then the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress would be our first buy. Both foam and spring mattresses have their shortcomings. However, a hybrid usually combines the best of both worlds with the spring making up for the shortfalls of the foam components and vice versa.
Where the above two are unavailable for some reason, the Nectar Mattress would make a suitable replacement. The 180-day trial period is a lucrative deal, and the fact that you get pillows with the purchase can be a deal closer. Also, the forever warranty is a bonus. With the full list of ten queen mattresses, you are bound to find one that strikes your fancy. So which is it? As you make the purchase let us know which option you pick and why. After all, that is what the comment section is for.