5 Top-Rated Mattresses of 2021

  • Best Memory Foam Mattress of 2021 — Nectar
  • Best Budget Bed of 2021 — Tuft & Needle Original
  • Best Cooling Mattress of 2021 — Purple Original
  • Best Hybrid Mattress of 2021 — LUCID Latex Hybrid
  • Best Mattress for Side Sleepers 2021 — Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam

Nectar

Why Nectar wins as best memory foam mattress 

Nectar is a popular memory foam mattress in the online mattress industry. We like to compare it to the TempurPedic mattresses as far as feel goes, but it’s much more affordable. As long as you’re a petite to average-weighted sleeper, we think it’s a great memory foam bed. 

Nectar’s best features

  • It’s about 11” thick, has a thick poly foam layer for support and memory foam for comfort with a gel-infused cover. This gives Nectar a viscous, traditional dense foam feel.
  • It’s firmer to start but softens as you lay down on it. We rate it at around a 6/10 or between a “medium” and “medium-firm.” 
  • We think it’s about the right firmness level for all sleeping positions, so long as you like the dense foam and want a slightly firmer feel. 

Why we picked this bed

Nectar is truly the best memory foam mattress we have reviewed this year and belongs in our best mattress of 2021 list. The biggest reason to get Nectar is that you want an affordable memory foam mattress. It doesn’t come with all of the features of more expensive beds, but it’s not supposed to. Nectar is designed to be a good value for memory foam lovers who want a slow-responding, conforming mattress feel.

Tuft & Needle Original

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Why Tuft & Needle wins as best budget bed 

The Tuft & Needle Original is highly affordable and is nearly universally accepted as comfortable. It isn’t slow-responding like memory foam, nor is it expensive and extra bouncy like latex foam. We think most people who try it will lay down and find it to feel very enjoyable. 

Tuft & Needle’s best features 

  • It has a soft foam feel and is around a “medium” on our scale. This makes it suitable for all sleeping positions because it provides a nice balance between pressure-relieving and supportive. 
  • Tuft & Needle is a very reputable brand, and you can rest assured that your foam mattress won’t fall apart like other cheap foam mattresses. 
  • It’s really the best bed for a guest room, teens, kids, college students and adults on a strict budget.

Why we picked this bed

When the online mattress craze kicked off, Tuft & Needle was one of the original best mattress brands. They were selling a simple yet comfortable mattress at really affordable prices. Now, it’s gained huge popularity, and for a good reason. It’s a nice and comfortable foam mattress that won’t break the bank. If you weigh under 230 lbs or are planning to use it in your guest room, we think it’s a winner.

Purple Original

Why Purple wins as best cooling mattress

Purple is totally unique (in a good way) and definitely not your average mattress. But what makes Purple so “unique?” It all has to do with Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a gel-like material that’s the main comfort layer on all of their beds. By design, it’s one of the most breathable beds we’ve tested and is accommodating to all sleeping positions. 

Purple’s best features 

  • If you can envision a 6’ x 7’ Dr. Scholl’s insole, that’s essentially what Hyper-Elastic Polymer is. It’s not something you’d immediately think would work on a mattress, but we’re huge fans for a few reasons.
  • Rated around a medium on our firmness scale, making it ideal for any sleeping position. 
  • The Hyper-Elastic Polymer forms a Purple Grid covered with air pockets. The amount of airflow in this mattress is second-to-none, and as a result, it sleeps fairly cool. 
  • If you weigh over 230 lbs, you can opt for the Purple Hybrid Premier, which is built to be more supportive than the original for heavier sleepers. 

Why we picked this bed

First off, it’s comfortable for all sleeper and body types as they offer several different models to choose from. Secondly, it’s responsive, so you never really get a “stuck” feeling in the mattress—you can freely rotate positions at night. Thirdly, it’s fantastic for hot sleepers. It helps to circulate airflow without being physically cold-to-the-touch.

LUCID Latex Hybrid

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Why LUCID wins as best hybrid mattress

There’s a lot to like about the LUCID Latex Hybrid Mattress, and it starts with the price. For a well-made bed in a box, LUCID offers a fairly budget-friendly price. You can get a queen-size bed for an affordable price and you get a comfortable night of sleep. It’s layers of comfort, including a hybrid mix of latex and foam.

LUCID’s best features

  • Available in a 10” thickness or 12” thickness that includes a hybrid mix of foam and latex for more bounce than a traditional memory foam mattress
  • It falls into the medium firmness category, which makes it pretty comfortable for all sleeper types
  • The gel layer conforms to your body without you feeling like you’re sinking in.

Why we picked this bed

LUCID’s beds across the board are well-liked by all sleeper types. We already loved the entire family of mattresses the brand offered, so it only made sense that one of the best-selling mattresses on Amazon would make this list. Plus, you’re getting a real quality mattress for an incredibly low price, plus it’s backed by a 10-year warranty from LUCID.

Zinus Green Tea

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Why Zinus wins as best mattress for side sleepers

Zinus uses multiple layers of memory foam to provide pressure relief, which is great news for side sleepers who need a supportive base to rest on. 

Zinus’ best features

  • Available in 6”, 8”, 10” or 12” thickness levels to suit a variety of bed bases and needs
  • CertiPUR US foam so you know it’s made without toxic materials
  • Extremely budget-friendly

Why we picked this bed

Zinus’ price is a great starting point for why we love this bed. You get a multi-layer memory foam mattress that suits all sleeper types but especially side sleepers and those looking for support and pressure relief throughout the night.

How We Test Mattresses

The Slumber Yard team personally tests and assesses each sleep product we review through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments, with utmost commitment to honesty and authenticity. We have personally hand-tested over 175 mattresses. Our reviews, comparisons, and buyer guides go beyond product descriptions so you can get a real-person perspective of each bed’s feel, look, and value. From our sleep science certified editors and writers to our production and business teams, everyone’s committed to helping you find the mattress of your dreams and (hopefully) the best sleep of your life.