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14 Best Mattresses Out There: For Every Budget and Need

We've found the most remarkable mattress models the market currently offers, and carefully tested them all. Below are the unbiased results of our findings.
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Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the ideal mattress. This is because a good mattress is like a tailor-made suit – every person has their own needs. These depend on the sleeping position, the body shape, and also on subjective taste.

From memory foam to latex, hybrid, and innerspring mattresses, the market offers a large selection. To make your choice easier, we have selected 15 models for you based on test criteria such as pressure relief, edge support, motion isolation, responsiveness, temperature regulation, among others. We have also summarized how you can find a mattress that suits you. Keep reading!

1.

Bear ProBest for Side Sleepers

Features
  • Materials: copper-infused foam; gel memory foam; responsive transition foam; high-density support foam
  • Cover: Breathable Celliant®
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: medium/medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 100-night trial

Other features: made in the USA; fiberglass-free fire barrier

The Bear Pro mattress is an all-foam mattress that has a great soft feel, which will therefore be ideal for side sleepers. Starting with the cover, the Bear Pro is made of the Breathable Celliant® fiber. The Celiant fiber is a type of synthetic fiber that is designed to take your body heat and reflect it at you as infrared energy. This helps with muscle recovery. The Celiant cover is a super cooling fabric which is nice for hot sleepers. Below that cover is a top layer of copper-infused foam. The copper infusion is going to help you sleep cool.

The mattress has a good quick response to pressure and has a soft feel which makes it a side sleeper mattress par excellence. Below this is a gel memory foam layer. The gel infusion is going to help you sleep much cooler than traditional soft memory foam. As this is sandwiched under the polyfoam, the mattress will help you sleep cooler. The mattress also has a layer of Bear’s responsive transition foam. It’s a firmer poly foam and it’s going to ease you down onto the base layer below which is made of high-density poly support foam.

What stands out?

  • We liked how complete the mattress structure is. The three top layers of the cover and the two top foams help you sleep quite cool. So this mattress is going to feel a lot cooler than a traditional soft foam mattress. Also, we were pleasantly surprised by the edge support which we think is quite strong for a foam mattress. You'd feel supported lying on the edge of the bed. It's therefore the best mattress for side sleepers.

What cons did we manage to find?

  • We think this mattress is not going to be a perfect fit for stomach sleepers. They'll need a much firmer mattress to keep their hips supported up in line with their shoulders. Also, heavier sleepers might need a more supportive mattress as well. They'll sink through soft foams such as this Bear.
2.

Casper Wave Hybrid MattressBest for Back Sleepers

Features
  • Materials: polyurethane foam; natural latex; gel pods; memory foam; coil springs
  • Cover: stretch fabric
  • Profile: 13 inches
  • Density: medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 100-night trial

Other features: cooling effect; recommended for back pain relief

The Casper Wave Hybrid mattress is a mattress made for back sleepers. It consists of various materials. These include polyurethane foam, gel pods, natural latex, memory foam, and coil springs. The original Casper is known as being an all-foam mattress but with the Wave Hybrid, there’s pocketed coil support. Those pocketed coils give this mattress a lot of nice bounce, good mobility, and you are going to be able to change positions easily.

Casper recently updated the construction of the mattress so this product is a much more different one than the ones earlier produced. The Casper Wave Hybrid is stronger. The mattress also has a medium firmness with a little bit of pressure relief. So, if you are someone who switches a lot from your back to your side throughout the night, the medium firmness and the good mobility of the Casper Hybrid could make this a good mattress for you.

What stands out?

  • The mattress has a lot of pressure relief for the shoulders. It's for back sleepers but can also be used by side sleepers, thanks to its pressure relief. Also, you're not going to have the pressure point formation that you might see on a firmer mattress.

What cons did we manage to find?

  • We think the Casper Wave Hybrid could be less expensive. It's more of a luxury purchase. It's a lot more expensive than their original all-foam Casper mattress. However, we think it's worth it if you are looking for a luxury mattress if you are someone who is on the heavier side or someone who's suffering from back pain.
3.

Sweet Night IslandBest for Stomach Sleepers

Features
  • Materials: high-density foam; gel memory foam; wrapped pocket springs
  • Cover: breathable fabric
  • Profile: 10/12 inches
  • Density: luxury firm
  • Sizes available: Full; Queen; King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 100-night trial

Other features: compatibility with all bed sizes, frames, and platforms

The Sweet Night Island is a hybrid mattress that has a luxury firm density. It’s therefore going to be a great pick for those who like to sleep on their stomach, with a low-profile pillow. We’d recommend the mattress to back sleepers who like a firmer feel. They’re going to get the balance of pressure relief and support they need.

The Sweet Night mattress composes of high-density foam, gel memory foam, and wrapped pocket springs. All these are covered by a very breathable fabric. It is designed mainly for stomach sleepers as it has a firm feel. It’s going to be perfect for you if you are a combo stomach sleeper or a lighter-weight stomach sleeper.

What makes it stand out?

  • First and foremost, we liked the versatility of this mattress. It's going to be ideal for all types of sleepers, exempting side sleepers. This mattress felt nice and responsive. If you're a combination sleeper who likes to roll around and change positions a lot, you're going to be happy on this mattress. If you're a back and stomach combo sleeper, you would fall in love with this.

Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?

  • This mattress is lacking in the aspect of pressure relief for obvious reasons. It's designed for stomach and back sleepers. If you're a side sleeper, this mattress is going to feel a bit too firm to you. You have to look for a bed that offers a little more pressure relief for side sleepers. You need some more sinkage around the shoulders and the hips or you're going to end up feeling sore after spending the night on the mattress.
4.

The Nectar Memory Foam MattressBest Memory Foam Mattress

Features
  • Materials: gel-infused memory foam; dynamically adjusting foam; standard foam
  • Cover: quilted poly-blend fabric
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: lifetime; 365-night sleep trial

Other features: shift-resistant lower cover

The Nectar Memory Foam mattress has a cover that is made of polyester with a bit of a quilted structure. Honestly, this doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress too much but it is breathable and is not going to trap too much heat though. Underneath that is the comfort layer of the mattress. It’s a thick layer of gel memory foam with a slow response to pressure. That slow response will give you that contouring feeling around your body.

The Nectar mattress has a classic memory foam feel. So, the mattress will make you sink into the top layers and you’re going to feel that contouring around your body like a nice hug as you sink into the layers. The medium firmness of the mattress makes it good for back sleepers.

What are our favorite features?

  • We liked the Nectar mattress for side sleepers for several reasons. It has a deep memory foam layer that helps you to sink further into the mattress. You're not going to get jammed up at the shoulders and are not going to feel pressure at the hips.

What could be better?

  • Something to note about the memory foam mattress is that there's not a lot of bounce to the mattress. You may have to force it a little bit to change positions. You're not going to feel more on top of the mattress but feel more sunken into the Nectar. However, it's going to be a nice fit if you are a side sleeper. Lastly, we think it's a little too soft for stomach sleepers.
5.

Layla Hybrid MattressBest Hybrid Mattress

Features
  • Materials: copper-infused memory foam, polyfoam; coil springs
  • Cover: polyester; viscose; poly lycra
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: flippable – soft/firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 120-night sleep trial

Other features: cooling effect; 2 firmness options in one mattress

First off, the Layla mattress is a hybrid product. It has a combination of copper-infused memory foam with polyfoam and coil springs. The mattress is then also covered by a hybrid of polyester, viscose, and poly lycra materials. It’s flippable – that is, it has a firm and soft side. The softer side of the Layla Hybrid comes in at about 5/10 on the firmness scale. This side has a two-and-a-half-inch layer of copper-infused memory foam and it’s quite dense.

If you are lying on the softer side and you’re a stomach sleeper, you’re going to end up with some aches and pains in your lower back. This is because your hips are going to sink deeper into the mattress. The firmer side of the Layla, however, has a 7/10 on the firmness scale. It still gives you a sinking feeling. However, it has a little bit of memory foam contouring and it’s a great choice for back sleepers.

What are our favorite features?

  • We like the softer side of the Layla. It's designed for side sleepers. You will be able to sink deeper for pressure relief. Also, you're not going to get that jammed-up feeling of the shoulders. It also helps you to avoid some pressure point formation at the hips.

What could be better?

  • The mattress could have firmer support. Therefore, we would recommend checking out the firm side if you're a stomach sleeper. We don't think the softer side provides firm enough support to keep your hips from sinking too far into the mattress and keep your spine aligned in a good position.
6.

The Latex for Less Latex MattressBest Latex Mattress

Features
  • Materials: copper-infused memory foam, polyfoam; coil springs
  • Cover: polyester; viscose; poly lycra
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: flippable – soft/firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 120-night sleep trial

Other features: cooling effect; 2 firmness options in one mattress

First off, the Layla mattress is a hybrid product. It has a combination of copper-infused memory foam with polyfoam and coil springs. The mattress is then also covered by a hybrid of polyester, viscose, and poly lycra materials. It’s flippable – that is, it has a firm and soft side. The softer side of the Layla Hybrid comes in at about 5/10 on the firmness scale. This side has a two-and-a-half-inch layer of copper-infused memory foam and it’s quite dense.

If you are lying on the softer side and you’re a stomach sleeper, you’re going to end up with some aches and pains in your lower back. This is because your hips are going to sink deeper into the mattress. The firmer side of the Layla, however, has a 7/10 on the firmness scale. It still gives you a sinking feeling. However, it has a little bit of memory foam contouring and it’s a great choice for back sleepers.

What are our favorite features?

  • We like the softer side of the Layla. It's designed for side sleepers. You will be able to sink deeper for pressure relief. Also, you're not going to get that jammed-up feeling of the shoulders. It also helps you to avoid some pressure point formation at the hips.

What could be better?

  • The mattress could have firmer support. Therefore, we would recommend checking out a different mattress if you're a stomach sleeper. We don't think it provides firm enough support to keep your hips from sinking too far into the mattress and keep your spine aligned in a good position.
7.

SpineAlign Luxury Hybrid MattressBest for Back Pain

Features
  • Materials: copper foam; ArcticPhaseTM foam; memory foam; pocketed coils; base foam
  • Cover: breathable fabric
  • Profile: 5 inches
  • Density: medium/firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 120-night sleep trial

Other features: designed by a doctor; cooling effect; suitable for heavy individuals

The SpineAlign Luxury Hybrid comes in different density levels: medium and firm density. In the cover of the mattress, SpineAllign uses a phase change material. What that means is it’s going to give you the cool-to-the-touch feeling and help draw heat away from the sleeper. It’s a good material that’s used in mattresses for cooling purposes.

Below that, we have a layer of Energex foam which is the comfort layer. It adds a softer to medium feel to it so you are going to sink into that layer a little bit. But it has that quick response to pressure. Energex is a bit of a latex alternative foam, which means it’s going to be bouncy, help you to sleep cool, and is breathable. Below that, we have a bit of a transition layer. They call it an ArcticPHASE™ foam material. However, it’s just a naming convention they’re using for what seems to be another layer of Energex foam. Again, this adds a softer to medium feel to it so you’re going to be able to sink a little bit even further into the mattress. Overall, the luxury hybrid mattress is suitable for heavy individuals.

Why are we impressed?

  • We liked the Energex layers of the mattress. It works great for motion isolation. Also, the memory foam material is good at dulling motion transfer. By putting it in between the bouncy layers of foam on top and the support layers of the pocketed coils, it's going to help to cut down on how much motion is transferred even though it's a bouncy mattress.

What negatives must you be aware of?

  • The cover does give it a little bit slick but also slippery. However, some people complain that the sheets slide around it a little differently. However, the upside is it will help you sleep a bit cooler.
8.

Idle Gel Foam MattressBest for Hot Sleepers

Features
  • Materials: gel foam; transition foam; high-density foam
  • Cover: 450GSM washable quilted fabric
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: medium
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: lifetime; 18-month sleep trial

Other features: made without viscoelastic chemicals

The Idle Gel is a 12-inch mattress built with a combination of gel foam, transition foam, and high-density foam. It’s covered with a 450GSM washable quilted fabric and has medium firmness.

The Idle Gel foam mattress is a good choice for back sleepers who often sleep hot and get sweaty. The cover has a thin breathable texture that is going to help you sleep a bit cooler. This is important because below that we have a layer of memory foam that tends to trap body heat. It has a balance of support and pressure relief that we think back sleepers will appreciate when they start to roll around and change positions.

What do we love it for?

  • If you are looking to sleep cool, some memory foam mattresses such as this one tend to trap a lot of body heat. But we were impressed with the Idle Gel foam mattress and its ability to dissipate heat.

What were we disappointed with?

  • Some of our complaints with this mattress are that we don't think it's a good choice for stomach sleepers; we didn't feel it has firm enough support. If you're someone who likes to feel more on top of the mattress, this doesn't have a lot of bounce. So, if you are looking to change positions, you may get a little bit stuck.
9.

Zoma MattressBest for Shoulder and Hip Pain

Features
  • Materials: Triangulex™ Memory Foam, Reactiv™ Foam, and Support+ Core Foam
  • Cover: 97% polyester; 3% spandex
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: medium
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King; Split King
  • Warranty: 10-year; 100-night sleep trial

Other features: three-zone foam layer; cooling channels; breathable; facilitates faster muscle recovery

The Zoma mattress is a mattress that is made for people that live an active lifestyle; in general athletes. The brand is competing with companies like Bear and Brooklyn Bedding. Zoma is an online bed in a box mattress brand and this mattress is available to be shipped for free. As for the mattress, the materials involved are all-foam. These include Triangulex™ memory foam, Reactiv™ Foam, as well as the Support+ Core Foam. The foam has 97% polyester with 3% of spandex for a little stretchiness. This is a thick high profile bed that measures 12 inches of thickness.

It’s perfect for those with shoulder and hip pains because it’s more supportive and firmer. You’ll feel quite comfortable when you’re on your stomach. So, if you’re a lighter to average-weight stomach sleeper, you’ll be quite comfortable on this bed.

What are our favorite features?

  • We like the brand behind the mattress. They offer free shipping that ensures you're not paying anything extra for delivery. And then once it shows up at your house, you will have 100 nights to test it out. So, if you don't like it inside the trial window, just call them up, get your money back totally at free returns. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.

What could be better?

  • Despite its high profile, this is not so supportive for people with heavy weight. If you're a heavier stomach sleeper, we advise that you opt for something with some innerspring support.
10.

The Pod by Eight SleepBest for Custom Temperature Settings

Features
  • Materials: polyfoam; memory foam; transitional polyfoam
  • Cover: polyester and cotton
  • Profile: 12 inches
  • Density: medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 10-year limited; 100-night sleep trial

Other features: hydro-cooling technology can heat and cool each side of the bed from 55 to 110 F

The Eight Sleep Pod Pro is advertised as a smart waterbed with custom temperature settings designed specifically to regulate your temperature. So hot sleepers should be in for a treat with this. However, a low-quality smart water mattress is a big bedroom disaster just waiting to happen. So, does this deliver as promised?

Well, the Eight Sleep Pod Pro is an all-foam mattress that’s built with Smart Temp artificial intelligence technology. You can pair it with a water pump and an app to pump water throughout the mattress and regulate your temperature, which sounds great for hot sleepers.

What do we love it for?

  • We liked the hydro-cooling technology of the mattress. It can heat and cool each side of the bed from 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The pod uses water in a hub and Smart Temp AI to regulate your body temperature throughout the night and keep you cool or warm if that's what you prefer. And then this bed also pairs with an app that lets you set your preferred temperature and offers some sleep tips.

What were we disappointed with?

  • This mattress is not the perfect fit for everybody. Some reasons it might not be great for you is if you don't want to deal with the setup or maintenance of this bed. It is important that you refill the water tank every two to three months and that you include the hydrogen peroxide in the water tank to prevent any kind of growth. Also, if you sleep on your side, this mattress might be a little bit too firm for you. Finally, if you're a heavier sleeper, we don't think this bed is going to be quite supportive enough for you. We would advise opting for something a little bit firmer that offers some innerspring support.
11.

Helix PlusBest for Heavy People

Features
  • Materials: high-density memory foam; dense latex-foam hybrid alternative; memory foam; wrapped coils
  • Cover: ultra-breathable TENCEL
  • Profile: 13 inches
  • Density: medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: 15-year limited; 100-night sleep trial

Other features: designed for plus-size sleepers’ made in the USA

Starting from the material and with the cover, it has a TENCEL cover which feels very cool to the touch and breathable. Because heavier sleepers, tend to sleep a bit hotter, you are going to be worried about breathability and cooling. But the cover is adaptable to heavy and hot sleepers. Next up is the first comfort layer – there’s a two-part comfort layer. On top, there’s an ultra-dense memory foam which is a 4-pound memory plus foam from Helix. This should provide nice pressure relief and contouring. And then there’s below that a Helix dynamic foam which has a more latex-like feel and adds some more contouring.

This is a really good mattress for heavy back sleepers. If that’s your preferred sleeping position, this might be the right mattress for you. The mattress is also super comfortable for lighter sleepers. So, we think that for couples of different weights. We wouldn’t recommend it for side sleepers. Their hips are going to dig too far into it which can eventually lead to pain over time.

Why is it special?

  • The mattress has a good support layer. It has extra-large wrapped coils designed to support heavier sleepers. In addition, there's a reinforced perimeter for edge support. We also like the density of the base layer. It is made of foam which provides some added support and durability to the mattress.

What are the flaws?

  • It's difficult to switch positions on this bed. You'd feel like you're going to get stuck in, which is something to watch out for especially if you like to move around at night. Also, this mattress doesn't have the best edge support. When you are sitting on the edge of the bed, it sinks almost halfway to its full height.
12.

Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid MattressBest Medium Firmness Mattress

Features
  • Materials: New Zealand wool; Dunlop latex; wrapped coils
  • Cover: cotton blend
  • Profile: 13 inches
  • Density: medium
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King
  • Warranty: lifetime; 365-night sleep trial

Other features: euro top; natural water-based adhesives

The Awara mattress is a natural as well as organic mattress with hybrid construction of coils and latex foam. The cover has certified natural organic cotton along with natural wool. That means the fabric is made from cotton that was grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. It’s processed in a way that is low-impact for the environment.

The mattress has 13 inches thickness and it is ideal for sleepers looking for medium firmness; that is, the back sleepers and some side sleepers. Constructed in a simple way, there are 9-inch pocketed coils inside. These are topped by organic Dunlop latex foam of 4 inches. And then, there’s a natural wool and organic cotton cover.

What makes it special?

  • We liked that it's made of natural and organic materials. These types of materials do cost a little bit more than what is standard in mattresses. This is why the price point is a little bit higher. The latex is certified as 100% organic natural Dunlop latex. Also, we liked that it comes with a 365-night trial.

What cons did we find?

  • Honestly, there's nothing significant to complain about the Awara mattress. It's natural, organic, and features certified materials. It also has a comprehensive lifetime warranty with a bumper 365-night trial.
13.

PlushBeds Natural Bliss MattressBest Firm Mattress

Features
  • Materials: 100% natural latex
  • Cover: organic cotton
  • Profile: 6/8/10 inches
  • Density: medium/medium-firm
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King, Split Cal. King
  • Warranty: 25-year; 100-night sleep trial

Other features: no chemicals or toxins; handcrafted in California; 2 firmness options

The Natural Bliss is a PlushBeds latex mattress that comes to the market in four different firmness options. Founded in 2008, the brand, PlushBeds, is a family-run company that produces organic and environmentally sustainable products. The Natural Bliss is the company’s all-natural latex mattress. Like many all-natural mattresses on the market, it’s made from materials that are organic and eco-friendly.

The Natural Bliss range of mattresses comes in three versions. The six-inch model is one single six-inch layer of organic Dunlop latex wrapped in an organic cotton cover. It’s made of Dunlop latex that is durable, sturdy, and provides excellent support. And the organic cotton cover is breathable to avoid the buildup of heat. The eight-inch model includes six inches of Dunlop latex plus an additional two inches of Talalay latex. Talalay is more responsive than Dunlop and it conforms to your body more than Dunlop. This means you can expect better pressure relief while still receiving excellent support. The 10-inch model features a base layer made from a single six-inch layer of Dunlop latex to stabilize the mattress core. Then the comfort layers are two, two-inch layers of Talalay latex. Both the eight-inch and 10-inch models are wrapped in the same organic cotton cover as the six-inch.

What do we love it for?

  • The Natural Bliss is ideal for eco-conscious consumers. The bed is also a great choice for customers looking to customize their mattress height, firmness, and thickness. And those who suffer from allergies will appreciate the hypoallergenic construction of this bed.

What were we disappointed with?

  • The Natural Bliss comes in at a higher price point than many other latex models, making this a tough sell for more budget-minded customers. The thickest option is 10 just high. And while that's about average, shopper's looking for a high-profile mattress may need to look elsewhere. And finally, we think sleepers with different body types or sleeping styles may struggle to find a one-size-fits-all option.
14.

GhostBed Luxe MattressBest Medium-Plush Mattress

Features
  • Materials: high-density foam; gel memory foam; cooling fiber
  • Cover: quilted fabric
  • Profile: 13 inches
  • Density: medium-plush
  • Sizes available: Twin; Twin XL; Full; Queen; King; Cal. King, Split King
  • Warranty: 25-year; 101-night sleep trial

Other features: made in the USA; low motion transfer

The GhostBed Luxe is an all-foam mattress totaling 13 inches in height. Here, we have a thin layer of a phase-change material that goes over the entire mattress. This phase change layer material is going to help with temperature regulation and cooling. It’s going to help dissipate some body heat so you don’t overheat while you sleep. Below that we have the comfort layer of the mattress which is two inches of gel memory foam. Gel memory foam has a slow response to pressure.

The Luxe is the second mattress offering under the GhostBed name. Like the GhostBed Classic which is made of latex and gel memory foam for cooling effect, GhostBed has also taken special care by ensuring the materials in the Luxe ensure a cool sleeping environment. However, this doesn’t have latex. Instead, it includes a hybrid of materials such as high-density foam, gel memory foam, a cooling fiber, as well as a quilted fabric cover.

What are our favorite features?

  • The mattress has a half-inch of cool fiber material as well as an inch of gel memory foam. While memory foam has a reputation for trapping a little too much body heat at times, the gel infusion is going to pull that body heat away from the sleeper and help with temperature regulation and cooling.

What could be better?

  • The mattress lets your hips sink in, which isn't great for stomach sleepers because it puts your back in a bad position. However, it's a great option for side sleepers and maybe back sleepers too.

Not Recommended

Features
  • Materials: high-density foam; gel memory foam; comfort foam; air foam; fiber padding
  • Cover: cooling fabric
  • Profile: 10/12/14 inches
  • Density: medium
  • Sizes available: Twin; Full; Queen; King
  • Warranty: 10-year

Other features: certified foams; pull bars; anti-slip bottom

The Mellow Olaf is an air foam that is advertised as a gel memory foam mattress with a comfort foam layer and an anti-slip bottom. But does it deliver all the promises? Well, first, the product manufacturer, Mellow, indicates this as a medium-density foam mattress. However, we found that the mattress appeared to be too soft. It’s not supportive at all and doesn’t deliver the cooling it’s advertised to make.

Also, the warranty is not long in comparison to others. Mellow offers just 10 years in the same market where models within its range have a warranty of at least 25 years. Some brands even offer a lifetime warranty with a sleep trial ranging from 101 days to 365 days. However, the Mellow Olaf doesn’t even come with a day of sleep trial.

The only upside is the mattress is certified by Oeko-Tex, which means it has been tested and found not to have toxic chemicals that might cause some off-gassing or be problematic to allergy sufferers.

Things to Consider

As enthusiastic mattress testers, we are constantly asked by friends and acquaintances: Which mattress is good? Which mattress is the best? Which mattress do you recommend me? These are all good questions. But no mattress review or test has the right mattress for everyone. That is why we check our mattresses according to different points of view and different people. Here in this guide, we will help you find the various types of mattresses at a glance and tell you which would be ideal for you.

How did we test the mattresses?

The mattresses in our review weren’t chosen haphazardly or based on just sales stats. They went through a rigorous test, checking each with criteria such as:

Pressure relief

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If a mattress features good pressure relief, you won’t feel any fatigue or stiffness in your hips, pelvis, and shoulders when laying on back.

Pressure relief is a measure of how evenly distributed your weight is going to be on a bed. With a good mattress with nice pressure relief, you can feel yourself sink into the comfort foam just a little bit. But it mustn’t feel like it’s enveloping you to the extent of getting stuck in the mattress. It must do a good job of supporting your hips and keep the spine in neutral alignment. So, a mattress with good pressure relief would be great for those who are worried about the formation of back pain or if you’re already a back pain sufferer.

Edge support

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Beds with good edge support allow to sleep on the edges comfortably, without any risk of sliding off.

Edge support is a measure of how supportive the sides or edges of a mattress are going to be. Essentially, great edge support can extend a mattress’s lifespan because it allows you to spread your weight out over the entire surface of the mattress and not create premature sagging in the center.

Motion isolation

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The wine bottle test is among the most popular ways to find out whether you’ll experience discomfort when sleeping with a partner who likes to toss and turn.

For couples, a mattress with motion isolation is a must, especially when at least one of you is a heavy sleeper who toss a lot. A mattress with motion isolation doesn’t disturb the other partner with noise and other imbalances if one of you toss often.

Responsiveness

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A bowling ball is used to test many parameters; responsiveness, edge support, firmness, and many more.

The responsiveness of a mattress is a term used to describe how bouncy or not a mattress is. How bouncy a bed feels is going to determine whether you’ll feel more on top of the bed or hug the inside of your mattress. A good bounciness can lead to moderate motion transfer across the surface. A mattress that is not responsive or that bouncy will make you feel stuck more often than not. You’d therefore have problems switching positions, for example, from your back to the sides.

Temperature regulation

Temperature regulation is a must for mattresses but not all models have this positive criterion. If you’re a hot sleeper, you have to choose a mattress that has cooling properties, such as a mattress with latex, gel infusion, or a breathable and soft bamboo or cotton cover. The best temperature regulating mattresses are water beds which can cool and warm you. Then comes flippable models with a side made of memory foam for winter and a latex or gel memory foam side for the hot summers.

Off-gassing

How Often Should You Flip Your Mattress?

Off-gassing is what you’ll notice right after unpacking your mattress. The effect lasts for a while, and it’s normal unless it doesn’t go away for months.

Off-gassing is an issue common with most memory foam and polyfoam mattresses. The off-gassing problem is aggravated in models that come vacuum-packed. So, if this smell irritates you, you might as well want to choose an all-natural mattress. Otherwise, you’ll need to let the mattress air out for up to 24 hours after it’s first unpacked.

Matching marketing claims to reality

It’s common for manufactures to promise one thing and when your purchase, you find a different reality. For example, the Mellow Olaf Mattress is advertised as a medium-density and cool mattress. But with our test, we found quite the opposite.

Company integrity

Company integrity should be a key aspect of the purchasing process. A brand with integrity will want to ensure the product’s promises are met. For example, some brands make warranty services almost inaccessible to customers. Brand reputation and company integrity are therefore key aspects to consider always.

Return rate

The return rate of a mattress refers to how often a product is returned to the manufacturer for not meeting the user’s needs, not being of good quality, or because the marketing claims by the brand were found to be unrealistic. According to consumer reports, beds-in-a-box have a 7 percent higher return rate than models from leading brands with specialty retail stores. For example, Casper, a bed-in-a-box brand, has an estimated 8.7 to 18 percent return rate.

Types of mattress: which is best for you?

How Often Should You Flip Your Mattress?

Above are the most popular types of mattress the market offers today. There’re also less popular airbeds and waterbeds, which are nevertheless ideal in certain situations.

The right mattress depends on your body type, your sleeping habits, and your sleeping position. Everyone also has individual needs and preferences. There can be no such thing as a single mattress for everyone. We are all – fortunately – very different and that is ultimately also reflected in our sleep needs. This is why there are as many types of mattresses as there are different types of sleepers. But what are the most common types of mattresses, material-wise?

Memory foam mattress

Memory foam mattresses are also known as Visco foams or viscoelastic mattresses. Memory foam is a material specially developed by NASA for space travel by astronauts. It has a memory effect, which was originally designed to provide astronauts with good pressure relief during take-off.

It has a high spatial density, is permanently elastic, and reacts relatively sluggishly. After the pressure has been relieved, the material returns to its original shape slowly and with a delay, hence, its name.

The mattress consists of a layer of Visco foam that rests on a poly-foam core. A sign of good quality is the fine pores of the material used. The height of the support is also decisive for the optimal effect of the memory effect. This type of mattress is particularly suitable for people who often suffer from back pain due to their excellent adaptation to the body shape and their good support.

The room temperature in the bedroom should be at least 18 ° C or 64 ° Fahrenheit so that the temperature-dependent properties of the thermoelastic Visco mattress come into their own. The Nectar Mattress is a typical example of a good memory foam mattress.

Advantages of a memory foam mattress Disadvantages of a memory foam mattress

●       Adaptability and good point elasticity

●       Optimal pressure relief

●       Ideal for back problems thanks to an ideal body position

●       Good heat storage capacity

●       Even with restless sleepers, there is no annoying noise development

●       Well suited for allergy sufferers

●       Not suitable for people with restricted mobility due to the delayed regression

●       Unsuitable for people who sweat heavily

Latex mattress

When manufacturing a latex mattress, the latex material is poured into a special mold and then heated. This process is also known as vulcanization. Natural rubber, synthetic material, or a mixture of both components are used.

During this process, numerous air bubbles are trapped in the material and, in conjunction with the air channels, promote ideal air circulation and optimal thermal insulation. This mattress is characterized by good point elasticity, high sleep resistance, and pleasant lying comfort. Due to the material used, a latex mattress has a very high density and therefore a very high weight.

Latex mattresses are generally either Dunlop or Talalay. While most models come with an option of each type of latex, like the Latex for Less Latex Mattress, some only have one material type. Choosing either one of the other is not going to make any big difference for the sleepers. However, natural latex does have some inherent benefits like being antimicrobial and insect-repellent.

Latex foams are also cooler than other foams. This mattress type is well suited for allergy sufferers as well as people who often suffer from tension. This type of mattress is also recommended for people who prefer a soft sleep feeling.

Advantages of a latex mattress Disadvantages of a latex mattress

●       Optimal sleeping climate thanks to air channels and microscopic air bubbles

●       Robust longevity with good care

●       Optimal support properties, therefore ideal for people with a higher body weight

●       High point elasticity thanks to excellent adaptation to the body shape

●       Ideal for allergy sufferers as it is not prone to mite infestation

●       Very high dead weight and difficult handling

●       Slight odor development, depending on the production method

 

Innerspring mattress

The spring mattress is the classic among the mattress types. The Zoma Mattress and the Awara Hybrid Mattress perfectly describe what these types of mattresses are.

Popular model variants are the Bonell spring core, pocket spring core, and barrel pocket spring core mattresses. These differ in the structure of the mattress core, the number and shape of the springs, and the lying properties. The mattress core is a structure of connected metal or steel springs that are padded with a layer of foam.

In addition, a protective layer made of fleece or felt protects the foam from possible damage. As a rule, the mattress cover is made of several materials (horsehair, cotton, polyester, or virgin wool) that are surrounded by a layer of cotton. In contrast to a pocket spring mattress, the spiral springs of a Bonell spring mattress have a waisted shape. Spring core mattresses are particularly ideal for those who sleep on their stomach and back.

While the simple spring core mattresses should only be used in conjunction with a fixed slatted frame, there are also more exclusive models with different lying areas that can easily be recommended for adjustable slatted frames. Since they are available in different degrees of firmness, people with a low as well as those with a higher body weight will find the right mattress.

Advantages of a spring mattress Disadvantages of a spring mattress

●       High support or spring force for an orthopedically correct posture

●       Comfortable sleeping environment thanks to good breathability

●       No risk of mold growth

●       Low thermal insulation, therefore ideal for people who sweat heavily while sleeping

●       High stability and long durability

●       Good price/performance ratio

●       Lack of point elasticity

●       Hollow formation after a long period of use with a reduction in lying comfort

●       Mites infestation possible; therefore, unsuitable for allergy sufferers

●       The cover usually cannot be removed and washed

 

Hybrid mattress

In a hybrid mattress, for example, a spring core is combined with memory foam or latex. In this way, the customer is offered the best properties of both materials.

Today, many mattresses are hybrid products – that is, they are not made of just one material. A hybrid mattress typically combines a spring-based foundation with comfort layers made of foam. For example, our best hybrid pick, the Layla Hybrid Mattress is made of a combination of memory foam, polyfoam, and coil springs.

In addition to visco-elastic foam, latex or mixed variants are often used. The spring material often offers a lot of support and springiness, while viscose is often associated with a good grip and a weightless feeling when sleeping. Both of these can be very useful when combined as the two variants complement each other perfectly.

The visco-elastic or memory foam material ensures, for example, improved movement isolation and increased pressure relief. Many manufacturers like to differentiate their products into semi-hybrid or hybrid. In the hybrid variant, springs and foam appear in every layer of the mattress. Semi-hybrid models combine, for example, a spring mattress with a foam topper.

A hybrid mattress is suitable for people who have already tried different simple mattresses (innerspring, latex, or memory foam) but always had the feeling that something was missing. It’s ideal for people who feel too warm on memory foam mattresses.

It’s for people who want a little bit of everything as these mattresses offer good bounce, support, comfort, and cooling.

Advantages of a hybrid mattress Disadvantages of a hybrid mattress

●       More efficient contouring than innerspring

●       Unique feeling when lying down.

●       Cooling capabilities

●       Better movement isolation

●       Often more expensive

 

Waterbeds

Sleeping on a waterbed mattress is a unique feeling. Many who have experienced it once do not want to be without it again. However, a waterbed mattress is not for everyone!

If you want to get yourself a waterbed, this requires some planning in advance. Among other things, your floor must be able to safely withstand the load. This is usually between 600 and 1700 pounds (300 and 800 kilograms). Also, you must refill the water tank every two to three months.

The mattress is particularly suitable for orthopedic problems and circulatory disorders. In addition, people who like to lie on a soft bed are well served with this model. Even allergy sufferers and people who sweat heavily can be satisfied with a waterbed mattress.

It is made of strong vinyl and is filled with water. The correct filling quantity is crucial – the higher the body weight of the sleeper, the more water has to be filled. How much your waterbed vibrates depends on the model and the amount of water filled in.

Advantages of a waterbed Disadvantages of a waterbed

●       Good temperature regulation

●       Strong relief for the pelvis, shoulders, and back

●       No pressure points

●       Dimensionally stable

●       Adapts well to the body

●       No slatted frame is required

●       Additional costs arise due to the heating

●       High acquisition costs

●       High weight

 

Airbeds

An airbed is simply an inflatable mattress. They are portable types of mattresses that are often used for camping or other on-the-go needs. They are mattresses that can be inflated with air when needed and deflated when not in use. They usually come with an air pump and are perhaps the cheapest of all types of mattresses. No foam materials are involved here. They are made of PVC, urethane plastics, and rubbers.

They are ideal for people who wish to spend their weekends or even entire holidays in caravans or mobile homes. Airbeds, also called air mattresses, are most ideal for outdoor use. They keep moisture out better and insulate against the cold from the ground from below.

Advantages of airbeds Disadvantages of airbeds

●       Inexpensive

●       Portable and ideal for camping

●       Waterproof and suitable for outdoor use

●       Can be easily stored and transported

●       Some models can deflate gradually while sleeping

●       Some brands don’t include air pumps

 

How do you choose the right mattress: important features

When it comes down to choosing the right mattress, some key features must be considered. These include:

Size

Mattresses are usually available in six standard sizes. These are California King, King, Queen, Full, Twin XL, and Twin sizes, according to the Sleep Foundation.

Tip: Even if there are 160 cm or 180 cm wide mattresses that can comfortably accommodate two people, in the long run, it is usually better to buy two separate mattresses that are individually tailored to the respective weight and sleeping habits of both people.

There are also custom-made products that go beyond the rectangular dimensions of a mattress of 160 × 200 cm? Are there manufacturers who make custom-made mattresses? The answer is yes. Helix for example takes orders for custom-made mattresses. There are special shops offering mattresses with a corner section or large round versions. A made-to-measure mattress for the family bed is also possible. However, you have to reckon with significantly higher costs for this.

Thickness

The thicker the mattress, the more comfortable it is to lie on. This rule of thumb should especially be observed by people with higher body weight. We recommend mattresses with a thickness of at least 8 inches, as they prevent compression. These can arise when the filling of the mattress cannot give way enough to the pressure of the sleeping person.

Some brands go the extra mile to producing mattresses measuring 12 to 14 inches in thickness.

Meanwhile, if you found a mattress that possesses other qualities you want but has a very low profile – say 8 inches – then you can consider adding a topper.

Firmness

The mattress manufacturers offer their products in different degrees of hardness. These are benchmarks for the hardness of the mattress and can be used as an indication of how soft or firm the respective mattress is. When choosing the optimal degree of hardness, it is essential to pay attention to the individual needs of the person.

The manufacturers achieve this degree of hardness through the different material compositions in the mattress core. Unfortunately, there are no standard specifications for the degrees of hardness, so the degrees of hardness can vary significantly depending on the manufacturer. This inconsistent classification leads to irritation for most consumers, so this information should be viewed with caution.

The gradations also vary somewhat, often 2 to 3 degrees of hardness are mentioned, but some producers also use 4 or 5 gradations (from H1 for soft to H5 to very firm). The most common variants available in stores are mattresses with H2 and H3 degrees of hardness.

The following information can be used as a rough guide:

Firmness class Degree of firmness Weight class Sleep position Sleeper’s weight
H1 Soft Light sleeper Side sleepers up to 130 pounds
H2 Medium Medium weight sleepers Side and back (combination) sleepers  up to 200 pounds
H3 Medium-firm Medium-heavy sleepers Back sleepers  from 200 to 260 pounds

 

H4 Firm Heavy sleepers Stomach sleepers  more than 260 pounds

Your sleeping position

Of course, the optimal mattress also depends on your sleeping position.  Side sleepers need more plushness – this is the only way to keep the spine in a healthy alignment. Back and stomach sleepers need a little more support. The optimal mattress should therefore be a little firmer to avoid the hammock effect – the spine sags – that leads to back pain.

The best mattresses for back sleepers

The best mattress for those who sleep on the back is more firm, point-elastic, and allows gentle sinking into the body’s centers of gravity. Back sleepers have a wide range of mattress options, such as poly-foam, innerspring, or memory foam. We do not recommend latex mattresses to pure back sleepers. Our best back sleeping mattress option however is the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress.

The best mattresses for side sleepers

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Note: As a side sleeper, you need a higher sinking depth than pure back and stomach sleepers.

It is important for side sleepers that both the hips and the shoulder can sink gently into the mattress. Only in this way can the spine and all cervical vertebrae assume a relaxed position while sleeping. Ideally, your mattress should also ensure that your waist is very well supported to prevent your vertebrae from bending unnaturally.

The key to the right mattress is an even distribution of pressure so that the mattress can adapt to your body in the correct places. In general, if you sleep on your side, almost any mattress is suitable for you! The optimal mattress can consist of poly-foam, memory foam, or latex foam. Spring mattresses are often too hard, so we do not advise side sleepers to choose this. Meanwhile, our best side sleeping mattress is the Bear Pro.

The best mattresses for stomach sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, avoid an unhealthy hollow back as far as possible with the help of a suitable mattress – the so-called hammock effect. To prevent this from happening, you should choose a mattress that is firmer in the pelvic area and does not allow you to sink in too deep.

For this, mattresses made of spring core, but also made of poly-foam and memory foam, are suitable.

Your body type and weight

Different body types require different mattresses. People need mattresses that fit their physique. Whether comfort foam mattress or pocket spring core mattress: If you want to buy a mattress, you should consider your body type. For example, a heavy sleeper needs a firm mattress while a light sleeper needs a soft mattress. A hot sleeper needs a mattress with cooling technologies. If you sweat a lot, choose a mattress with a breathable and removable cover. If you’re allergenic, choose a mattress made of natural organic latex with natural cotton or bamboo fiber cover.

Your partner and their sleeping style

If you toss a lot and share the bed with a partner, you need a mattress with good motion isolation. One of the questions that are often asked here is whether a full-length mattress should be bought for the double bed. If the respective body weight is in the same hardness range, a large mattress can be chosen. However, if there are significant weight differences and therefore different degrees of hardness recommendations, two individual mattresses should be purchased.

Your mattress foundation

There are different foundations for mattresses on the market. The platform mattress foundations are common, stylish, and will be fitting for most of the models offered in the review section.

How Often Should You Flip Your Mattress?

Platform beds usually have low profile. It increases their stability, plus looks stylish in modern interiors.

There are also slatted foundations that are simpler and less expensive. A good slatted frame ensures that your body remains in the correct straight alignment.

Mattress weight

This is an important quality criterion when purchasing spring, latex, or memory foam mattresses. The higher the density, the higher the quality of the mattress. The volume weight of a mattress is given in kilograms (kg) per cubic meter (m³). The higher the density, the denser, higher quality, more durable, and firmer the mattress.

For a poly-foam mattress, a density of 30 kg / m is the absolute lower limit. Models with 40 kg / m³ are already very comfortable and durable. Mattresses with over 50 kg / m³, belong to the luxury class. The value is generally higher for latex mattresses because they have a higher density.

Price

You can often find cheap mattresses in hardware stores and discounters, which in some cases cost far less than 500 dollars. However, these supposed bargains should be viewed with caution, as the low price is usually associated with poor quality. When choosing a new mattress, buyers should pay attention to the information on the volume weight.

A high density means that the mattress has significantly better stability and long life. The premium models are significantly more expensive. But a good mattress does not have to be expensive. The mid-range is around $500 to $1,500 while the luxury range of models has a price range of around $1,200 to $3,000 and more.

What problems can the right mattress help with?

Your mattress can determine your sleep quality and therefore your health. Some mattresses can help you in relieving the following:

Back and neck pain

Of course, we are not orthopedists, but sleep enthusiasts. But we know that the right orthopedic mattress can help support the spine and relax the muscles. Memory foam mattresses or poly-foam mattresses with 5 or 7 lying areas are regularly recommended for this.

Snoring

Foam mattresses are good for people who snore a lot. So, memory foam, latex, and poly-foam mattress are all good for those who snore a lot as the materials have good pressure relief and contouring properties.

Arthritis

The most common health benefits of a latex mattress are those related to reducing body pain. They help prevent and relieve chronic pain such as arthritis, thanks to their high responsiveness.

Sleeping hot

If you’re a hot sleeper, a latex mattress will be good for you. A hot sleeper can also invest in a waterbed and utilize the cooling technology of the bed.

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The Eight Sleep Pod adjusts your sleep area to your desired temperature – ideal solution for couples with different needs.

Hip pain

Foam mattresses with soft firmness are great for managing hip pain problems. They help relieve tight muscles, relieve, and relax pressure. Most typically, hybrid mattresses are quite effective.

Latex foam helps maintain proper back alignment and relieve pressure points. It even helps prevent pain in the lower lumbar region and throughout the spine. It also provides freedom of movement and relief from pressure points such as the hips and shoulders, allowing for restful and comfortable sleep.

Allergies

Allergy sufferers must generally pay attention to a low-allergen environment. In the bedroom, however, there are some real allergy traps with a bed, mattress, duvet, pillow, and bed linen. Mainly responsible for this are house dust mites, which feel comfortable in the warm environment of a bed. They feed on flakes of skin. Your leftovers contain allergenic substances.

The best mattress for allergy sufferers should therefore be easy to clean and not bring about a mite-promoting environment. Overall, a bed with a natural and organic Talalay latex material with natural cotton cover will be ideal for people suffering from allergens.

Natural latex mattresses are considered antibacterial and allow the air to circulate optimally. However, you shouldn’t be allergic to latex. You can also use special allergy-friendly mattress toppers that are washable.

Sleep apnea

Mattresses will not cure sleep apnea. However, having an adaptable mattress can help open the airways optimally. A memory foam mattress is the best for sleep apnea as it relieves pressure points.

Fibromyalgia

All-foam mattresses with good pressure relief and contouring features will be good for people with chronic pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscle.

Scoliosis and sciatica

A mattress with a softer degree of hardness should be selected for people with diseases of the spine such as scoliosis and sciatica. To be on the safe side, the attending physician should always be asked to recommend a mattress type in these cases.

FAQ

Medium-firm to firm mattresses can help support the spine and relieve back pain. Memory foam mattresses or poly-foam mattresses with 5 or 7 lying areas are regularly recommended for this.

The best mattress for side sleepers is a soft to medium density one. The optimal mattress can consist of poly-foam, memory foam, or latex foam. Spring mattresses are often too hard.

You should change your mattress at least once every 6 to 8 years, according to the Sleep Foundation. Various factors can however determine this. The sleeper’s weight, cover washability, and material quality can prolong or reduce the longevity.

In this case, it’s more advisable that you purchase two mattresses that suit each person’s style. So, if you have a Queen bed, you can purchase two Split Queens.

Our Verdict

We’ve found the best mattresses for every need. Think carefully, what you’re searching for and scroll down our selection once again. Meanwhile, here’s a quick overview of the most versatile models depending on your sleep position:

The Bear Pro is our choice of the best side sleeping mattress. This is because the mattress is an all-foam mattress that has a great soft feel, which will therefore be ideal for side sleepers. It also comes with a breathable Celliant fiber cover.

The Casper Wave Hybrid is also the best mattress for back sleepers. If you switch a lot from your back to your side throughout the night, the medium firmness and the good mobility of the Casper Hybrid could make this a good mattress for you.

Finally, the Sweet Night Island, a hard mattress, is the best type of mattress for stomach sleepers. The mattress composes of high-density foam, gel memory foam, and wrapped pocket springs. It’s one of the best firm mattresses on the market and is therefore ideal for stomach sleepers.

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