The 5 Best Queen Mattresses:

  • Best Contouring Foam Mattress: Nectar
  • Best Soft Foam Mattress: Leesa Original
  • Great for Airflow: Purple Original
  • Best Hybrid Mattress: Casper Sleep Original Hybrid Mattress
  • Best Budget Mattress: Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar

Why Nectar wins as best contouring foam mattress

Overall, we like the Nectar bed for true memory foam lovers (or people open to memory foam). For the price you pay, we think it’s an excellent value. We think so highly of the bed. Though, if you’re going to get this bed, you’ll have to like the bed’s slow responding feel. We also think it’s ideal for sleepers who weigh under 230 lbs., especially if you like a slightly firmer feel.

Nectar’s most notable features

  • When you lay on the Nectar mattress, it actually feels firmer for the first couple of seconds, but because it has so much foam, it will soften up. 
  • Nectar will feel firmer when your room is cooler and softer when your room is warmer.
  • We would place Nectar at about a medium to medium-firm on the soft/firm scale. However, this will depend on your height-to-weight ratio, so Nectar (and all beds) will usually feel softer the heavier you are. It will feel firmer the lighter you are.
  • Nectar will work for all sleeping positions (back, stomach, side, combo), though if you want a particular firmness option, it’s probably not for you. And, let’s say that you’re under 120 lbs.; it will probably be too dense for strict side sleeping.

Why we picked this bed

You have to love viscous foam to be happy with this mattress. Beyond that, price is key. Because of this, it’s an excellent option for kids, teens, guest rooms, Airbnb, college students, and anyone shopping on a limited budget.

Leesa Original

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Why Leesa wins as best soft mattress for all sleeper types

Leesa is widely recognized as the online mattress, at least according to Barstool Sports. The company has only been around since 2015 but is selling millions of dollars of beds each year. In other words, a lot of people like Leesa mattresses, including us.

While the bed does incorporate memory foam, it’s actually in the middle of the mattress, meaning there’s no “stuck” feeling. The top layer is a proprietary open-cell foam that feels more neutral and soft. Leesa ends up being about a flat medium on the soft/firm spectrum, which is about the sweet spot for anyone that’s looking for an all-foam mattress.

Leesa’s most notable features

  • Leesa will be able to accommodate back, stomach, and side sleeping. Don’t worry if you’re a combination sleeping; the Leesa original mattress will suit you just fine. 
  • Leesa is supposed to be among the nicest all-foam beds, and it certainly is that.
  • We can see why Leesa is so popular: it’s a quality bed that doesn’t over-complicate things. We like it for myriad reasons, but probably the most impressive thing is that it’s a jack of all trades. You don’t have any special bells and whistles, cooling textiles, coils and nothing to turn off the average consumer. It’s a good, reliable bed.

Why we picked this bed

We love the feel of this foam mattress, and it’s comfortable for any type of sleeper. The level of softness of this mattress will accommodate light and average-size people really well and give you a cushiony platform to sleep on. We also love the updated foam top! Leesa is always a reliable choice for a mattress.

Purple Original

Why Purple wins as best mattress for hot sleepers

Purple isn’t your typical foam mattress. It’s not really a foam mattress at all. Yes, it uses foam as the support layers, but you can’t really feel it. Instead, you feel the top layer, which is a proprietary gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This material bends and contorts itself to match the shape of your body. It essentially provides the deep pressure relief of certain foams but with the responsive nature of latex foam.

Purple’s most notable features

  • Somehow, the material ends up cradling your shoulders and hips but still providing support under your trunk and low back.
  • Hyper-Elastic Polymer is also a naturally cooler material than foams, and it allows for hundreds of little pockets of air. In other words, Purple mattresses are fantastic for temperature regulation and do not heat up at night.
  • As for the firmness rating of the bed, it’s a little hard to place, but we say that it’s hair softer than a medium. For heavy or obese individuals, we recommend checking out Purple Hybrid mattress instead. It will work for side, back, and stomach sleepers, so long as they weigh under 250 lbs.

Why we picked this bed

If you’re a hot sleeper and willing to step outside the box (the bed-in-a-box, if you will), this bed is a must. Purple mattresses are made with their proprietary foam, which we love, and it allows for so much airflow to help regulate temperature while you sleep. It’s also ideal for all sleeper types, as it provides ample support and pressure relief for your body while you rest.

Casper Hybrid

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Why Casper wins as best hybrid mattress for all body types

The Casper hybrid mattress is a reliable hybrid bed that contours your body while still giving you a nice bounce. If you weigh under ~230 lbs. and want a “safe pick” that won’t break the bank, Casper is a great option.

We’d recommend this bed to folks who want the Casper feel with some additional support and durability.

Casper’s most notable features

  • It’s suitable for any sleeper position thanks to its medium firmness level.
  • It has zoned support layers that provide support and relief to sleepers.
  • It’s a good pick for couples.

Why we picked this bed

Ultimately, we really like the Original Casper Hybrid Mattress. Simply put, there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Part of that is good advertising, true, but it’s also because it’s a quality, accommodating product. It has a feel that almost no one can stick their nose up to you, as it’s not as divisive as memory foam can be.

Zinus Green Tea

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Why Zinus Green Tea wins as best mattress for the money

The Zinus memory foam mattress is a solid bed for the money. It’s made entirely of foam, but the exact construction depends on which height you choose. The 6″ bed has only two layers — it has egg crate support foam on the bottom and memory foam on top. The 8″ and 10″ models both have three layers — they have support foam on the bottom, transition foam in the center, and memory foam on top. The 12″ model just adds a second layer of egg crate support foam on the bottom. You have a lot of flexibility for a really good price. 

Zinus Green Tea’s most notable features

  • All of the foams in this mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. An independent laboratory has been tested and certified to meet specific physical performance criteria, indoor emissions, and environmental stewardship. 
  • The Green Tea mattress is around a medium-soft on the firmness scale and has a pure memory foam feel. By this, we mean that you’re going to slowly melt into the material as it surrounds you, like a big hug or like super comfortable quicksand.
  • We also noticed that the firmness of this bed changes per season because of the temperature. This bed seemed to be firmer in colder weather and softer in warmer weather.

Why we picked this bed

The Zinus Green Tea mattress is one of the most affordable beds on the market today. To be honest, there’s nothing overly special about it beyond the shockingly low price point. That said, we actually think it will make a great mattress for kids, college students, and guest bedrooms. However, heavy people and back and stomach sleepers who want a firm bed should avoid it.

What Do We Know About Mattresses?

We’re glad you asked because we actually know a lot about and have reviewed a lot of mattresses. We know stuff about mattresses that you might not even think about, like motion transfer for light sleepers, cooling technology for those who sleep warm, or warm beds for those who don’t like to be cold.

The devil is in the details, so we make sure to account for all your needs while you sleep with each mattress that we test. And we’ve tested upwards of 75 mattresses, with the list growing monthly.

Things to Consider When Buying a Queen Bed

Body type

Body type and weight can play an essential part in how you perceive the firmness and feel of a mattress. Let me explain. If you have a larger body type or if you weigh more, you’re going to sink more deeply into the bed, and it will feel softer for you, simply because you’re putting more weight into it. The less you weigh, the less you’ll sink into the bed and, therefore, the firmer the mattress will feel to you.

For example, our smallest team member weighs around 100 lbs. and barely makes a dent in most beds, so she needs a super soft bed like Layla in order to lay on her side. Which then leads us to sleeper type.

Sleeper type

Your sleeper type will help you determine what firmness level you need from your bed. We address four different categories for sleeper type: back, stomach, side, or combination (switching between positions).

Side sleepers — Side sleepers need a softer, pressure-relieving mattress to accommodate their hips and shoulders instead of a firm surface that fights against them.

Back and stomach sleepers — We usually lump back sleepers and stomach sleepers together, as they both need the same firmer surface. Back and stomach sleepers need to keep their head, hips, and shoulders supported so that their spines stay in neutral alignment. A curving or arching spine can possibly lead to back issues or soreness.

Combination sleepers — Combo sleepers are more tricky. If you find yourself switching between positions at night, go with either what position you predominantly sleep in or according to your body type. Of course, if you suffer from back or spinal problems or anything sleep-related, consult your doctor before buying a new mattress.

Are Queen Size Beds Good for Couples?

Edge support

Edge support refers to the mattress’s ability to support weight around its perimeter. This is especially important if you and your partner aren’t the cuddle-together-in-the-middle types. While one of you is spread out starfish style in the middle of the mattress, the other one is forced to hug along the edge of the bed. If the mattress has poor edge support, you could feel like you’re falling off the bed, or worst-case scenario, you get a rude awakening from actually falling onto the floor.

Motion isolation

Motion transfer is equally important for couples, especially if one sleeps restlessly or the other is a sensitive sleeper. Most couples want deadened motion in their mattress, which means if one partner gets up frequently through the night or tends to toss and turn, the other won’t feel it because the mattress absorbs the activity, instead of the motion moving the whole bed. Remember those TempurPedic commercials from the ’90s where they put a wine glass on the bed and walked around it? Well, we do the same thing (but with a glass of water) to test our mattresses’ motion isolation. MF beds are usually better at deadening motion, while beds with springs tend to have worse motion isolation. As always, there are many exceptions to this rule, and we’ll be sure to discuss them in our reviews and mattress comparisons.

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.