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The Best Mattress On Amazon
Alright, so there are mattresses all over the internet nowadays because those darn youths don’t want to go to actual stores anymore. Or, you know, maybe it’s because technology is very cool and has made things like shopping for home goods incredibly convenient.
And one of the forefathers of online shopping is the one, the only, Amazon. What a place, man. You can get literally anything on Amazon (have you noticed that their logo points from A to Z?), so why not a mattress? In that vein, below are the best mattresses on Amazon.
Best Amazon Mattress:
- Best Foam Mattress On Amazon – Tuft & Needle Nod
- Best Memory Foam Mattress – Lucid Hybrid
- Best Flippable Bed On Amazon – Nest Bedding Flip
- Best Cheap Mattress For Your Budget – AmazonBasics
However, before we jump into the beds, let’s just quickly cover how we selected this list. First and foremost, we disregarded the major brands (e.g. Casper, Leesa, and GhostBed) with the exception of Tuft & Needle (we’ll explain later) that also sell on Amazon.
Why? Well, we felt if people were going to buy one of these mattresses, they’d probably just buy directly through the brand’s site so they don’t have to worry about how Amazon handles trial periods, warranties, and all that stuff (more information on that down below). For this list, we wanted to focus more on the lesser known brands that tend to be more affordable.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam||See On Amazon Applied in Cart||The Tuft & Needle Nod is a budget foam mattress that is exclusively sold on Amazon.|
|Memory Foam||See on Amazon Applied in Cart||The Lucid 10″ Memory Foam Hybrid is a budget-tier coil mattress that’s comfortable despite being cheap.|
|Mixed Foam||See on Amazon Applied in Cart||FLIP by Nest Bedding is a double sided coil mattress that’s made in the USA.|
|Memory Foam||See On Amazon Applied in Cart||The AmazonBasics memory foam mattress is cheap, but surprisingly comfortable. If price is your main concern, it’s hard to find a more affordable bed than this one.|
Why Shop On Amazon For A Mattress?
You’ve already decided to go the online route in your mattress-buying endeavor. Maybe that’s because you like the bed-in-a-box concept. Maybe you want that industry-standard risk-free trial period. Maybe it all comes down to the convenience of being able to shop for a mattress from the comfort (or discomfort, more likely) of your current, soon-to-be-replaced bed.
Narrowing down the search to beds available on Amazon has the benefit of easy and familiar navigation, Amazon pricing (which can differ from the MSRP), and that nifty little “compare to similar items” button. Of course, you can check out online mattresses by visiting the company’s website, but if you want to see a variety of brands all in one place, Amazon can do that for you.
Amazon also houses reviews from verified buyers. And being a consumer review business over here, we’re pretty big proponents of doing your research and comparing mattresses. After all, if you want to find the best mattress on Amazon, you have to do a little research.
Tuft & Needle Nod – Best Foam Mattress On Amazon
One commonality found among reviewers was this bed’s unique feel. The bed scored well in comfort and sleep quality, averaging 4.1 out of 5 while in pain relief, it scored a little less with a 3.9 average.
The Nod is an Amazon exclusive mattress from the popular brand Tuft & Needle. It’s an 8″ all-foam bed that consists of just two layers. Its top layer is a proprietary foam that has a soft neutral-foam feel. We think most folks out there will like the feel. Our team members here think it’s a very comfortable bed, and is one of the best foam mattresses.
The Nod mattress is also fairly responsive. This means you won’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud type resistance you get with a lot of memory foam beds. This will make switching between sleeping positions effortless.
Speaking of sleeping positions, we think the Nod bed comfortably accommodates all types of sleepers (side, back, stomach and any combination thereof). The bed is about a medium in terms of firmness and strikes a healthy balance between comfort and support.
When it comes to body type, since this is an 8″ all-foam bed, we don’t think the T&N Nod is the best option for heavier folks. That’s the case with most all-foam beds 10″ thick or under, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Heavy people will be better off with other beds on this list that contain coils. Petite and average sized sleepers will be just fine on this bed, though.
Lastly, the T&N Nod performs decently well in terms of edge support and motion isolation. That’s good news for couples who share a smaller size bed. You won’t feel as if you’re going to roll right off as you approach the edge and you won’t be disturbed if your partner moves around a lot.
So, as you can tell, we like the Tuft & Needle Nod a lot, as do a lot of other people. After all, it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon for a reason. It’s price may have something to do with that as well. To put it simply, the Nod is extremely affordable. Prices range from about $250 to $500, depending on the size you’re looking for. There’s a good chance that T&N Nod is the single best mattress on Amazon.
Lucid Hybrid – Best Memory Foam Mattress
This mattress performed very well among reviewers who note the bed’s strength is in its feel and amazing value. Overall, the bed earned high marks (4.3 out of 5) in sleep quality and comfort.
For people who prefer hybrid or coil beds, the Lucid 10″ Memory Foam Hybrid is a solid option. The 5.5″ individually encased coils not only provide the bed with a solid support structure (great for heavy folks 250 lb+), but also give the bed a little bit of bounce.
On top, the mattress uses a 2.5″ layer of memory foam, but don’t let the name fool you—it’s actually more of a responsive memory foam that gives the bed a neutral-foam feel.
Overall, we think the bed comes in around a medium on the firmness scale. It strikes a nice balance between support and pressure relief. As such, we think this bed is ideal for all kinds of sleepers (back, stomach, side and combo) and body types, given the coils in the bed.
Bottom line, if you prefer more of a responsive or neutral-foam over traditional memory foam and you want coils for added support, it’s tough to beat this mattress considering you can sometimes snag the bed for around the $300 mark. Pricing fluctuates often so it might behoove you to see what it’s currently being offered for on Amazon.
Nest Bedding Flip – Best Flippable Bed On Amazon
Similar to other beds making this list, Amazon reviewers enjoyed the quality of this mattress and its value. The bed scored well in sleep quality and value, earning 4.3 out of 5 in each. On the comfort end, it didn’t fare as well but still performed, generating a 4.1 out of five average rating.
We’ve been pretty impressed with the Nest Bedding Flip mattress. If you want a flippable mattress, it’s hard to find a better option on Amazon.
While it has two sides, Nest Flip is also a hybrid mattress, so it contains coils, which is better for heavier people or people that just want/need extra support. In general, coils are also more durable than dense foam support structures, so this combined with the fact that it is double-sided means this mattress will likely have a long lifespan.
Overall, we’d rate the “Medium” side of Nest Flip at about a medium on the firmness scale, and the “Firm” side somewhere between a medium-firm and firm. Back and stomach sleepers will find the mattress provides more than enough support and side sleepers will find the mattress to be fairly accommodating as well, on the “Medium” side.
We also found that this mattress provides pretty solid edge support. That’s a big plus for couples with one partner who constantly finds themselves pushed towards the perimeter of the bed.
All in all, if you’re a fan of two-sided mattresses, Nest Bedding Flip has a lot to offer. It’s one of our favorite budget beds out there.
AmazonBasics – Best Cheap Mattress For Your Budget
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a mattress, then AmazonBasics is a good option to explore. Customers liked the soft texture and value the bed delivers. It’s also lightweight, scoring a 4.6 out of 5 on maneuverability and 4.4 on softness.
What would an Amazon mattress list be without a mattress from the actual company? That’s right, this mattress comes to us from the popular AmazonBasics line of products (i.e. it’s owned by Amazon, not a third party seller). However, the bed didn’t just make this list due to its name, we actually think it’s a great value.
Look, if price is your main concern and you don’t really care about thickness or longevity, the AmazonBasics mattress is an excellent option. It’s perhaps the best cheap mattress you can buy on Amazon, yet it’s still fairly comfortable and solid enough to get the job done (at least for a few years). To be clear, it’s all about the budget price, not necessarily the quality of the foam mattress.
It’s worth noting that the bed comes in three different models. You can choose between 8″, 10″ and 12″ options. As you might imagine, the thicker the model, the more expensive the price tag, but honestly, even the 12″ model is still very affordable.
Each model uses a top layer of memory foam, but like the Lucid Hybrid mentioned above, it’s more of a responsive memory foam. As such, the bed has what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel. Overall, it’s a very comfortable and accommodating mattress. In fact, we think it’s a viable option for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you primarily sleep on your back, stomach, side or a combination of the three.
However, given its simple all-foam construction, we just don’t think it’s the most ideal option for for heavy folks. If you weigh over 250 pounds, you’ll most likely want to stick with one of the hybrid options mentioned above.
In conclusion, as long as you know what you’re getting with the AmazonBasics foam mattress, we think it’s a solid value play. In our eyes, it’s best for petite and average sized individuals who just want a super cheap foam mattress on Amazon. If you don’t fall into that category, we also think this a perfect mattress to throw in your guest room. As you might expect, this is also the best selling memory foam mattress on Amazon because it’s the house brand. They just push it really hard in search results.
Our Amazon Shopping Tips
Tip One: Read everything. Seriously, read everything. Most online bed-in-a-box mattresses come with the industry-standard free shipping, risk-free trial period, free returns, and extended warranties. But if you decide to go the Amazon route, as opposed to ordering directly from the company, it’s a good idea to double-check all of those things. Sometimes, purchasing a mattress on Amazon will negate that 100-night trial period that a lot of brands offer on their website. If that’s the case, you’ll most likely be stuck with Amazon’s 30-day return policy as your “trial period.”
Also, we have heard that you might have to jump through some extra hoops in order to return a mattress via Amazon. So again, it might be a good idea to email the seller before you actually purchase a mattress to inquire about how they handle trial periods, returns, and warranties via Amazon.
Tip Two: Pay attention to the seller. Just because you’re looking at nice, pretty, studio-shot photos of a mattress, doesn’t guarantee that’s what you’ll actually get. There are heartless scammers out there, people. Don’t let yourself be a victim of their disreputable ways. Check out the seller ratings and read the comments. Be safe, not sorry. Be conscious, not conned.
Tri-Tip (get it?): Don’t be seduced by low, low prices. You can find really affordable stuff on Amazon, but you still get what you pay for. Going for a cheap mattress on Amazon can save you a lot of money, and you’ll technically have a new mattress, but don’t expect it to outperform beds in the $1K-2K range. There might be a few exceptions, but as a general rule, assume the quality will match the price. As such, if you’re after the best mattress on Amazon, you have to ignore the price, or at least be somewhat price insensitive.
Tip Four: Do your research outside of Amazon, as well. Amazon reviews are convenient and can be a good place to find red flags as we mentioned, but they’re rarely comprehensive. It’s always a good idea to look for information on products from sources other than the seller or maker. And seeing as you’re here at the Slumber Yard, you’re already doing that. Look at you go.
Tip Five: Know your mattress types. If you want the best memory foam mattress on Amazon, you should know what that material feels like. Likewise, if you just want the best foam mattress, you should recognize that most of the time you’re looking for a proprietary foam or poly foam top layer.
Tip Six: Amazon does not always have the best price for cheap mattresses. For instance, if Nectar is running a sale on their website, they won’t necessarily always run that promotion on Amazon. Therefore, it might be the same mattress, but it’s not always best on your budget to buy a mattress on Amazon.
Tip Seven: If you’re on the hunt for the best mattress to buy on Amazon, you have to pay attention to return policies. Companies that typically offer a trial period may not offer that same trial period on Amazon. In fact, it depends on who is actually selling that bed. For instance, if you’re buying the mattress from Amazon, it most likely comes with a 30-day trial period, but if the actual vendor is the brand itself, often they will still honor their trial period.
- Great selection of name brand mattresses
- Free shipping with Amazon Prime
- Many offer risk-free trials to test drive the bed
- You’re buying a bed online without feeling it first
- Returning a mattress isn’t super easy
- They won’t pick up your old mattress
The Best Mattress Brands On Amazon
In our opinion, Amazon is a great place to shop for a mattress, but it doesn’t necessarily carry all products from all mattress brands. But, since you’re interested in the best mattress brands on Amazon, here’s a look at some of our favorites:
- Nest Bedding
- Tuft & Needle
Of course, the list above is not exhaustive, but if you’re just starting your search, it’s a great place to begin. Of all of the mattress brands we’re familiar with, about 20% of them list their products on Amazon, so you will have a large pool of brands from which to choose.
Regardless of where you decide to do your mattress shopping, you’ll want to have a general idea of what kind of bed is comfortable for you. This is especially true when shopping online for a bed because you can’t actually feel the mattress, so you have to know what to look for in the description and reviews.
Here’s a breakdown of the basics, the need-to-know, the general info that all people who sleep on beds should have in regards to sleeper type:
Back and stomach sleepers should look for beds with ample support around your hips and trunk area. You want to be sure you keep your spine in alignment, which means you can’t have an uncomfortable gap under your lower back and you don’t want a bed that sinks too much all over. This generally means something on the firmer side, as opposed to a bed described as soft or medium-soft. Here are our lists of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers and best mattresses for back sleepers.
Side sleepers need to look for mattresses that provide pressure relief. When sleeping on your side, you still want to keep your spine straight to prevent waking up sore. That means you need the bed to give around your shoulder and hips and you don’t want to have a gap under your stomach. Side sleepers usually need a softer bed than back and stomach sleepers. In particular, memory foam mattresses tend to be a good option for side sleepers, but of course, that depends on firmness and densities.
Combo sleepers (those who switch positions throughout the night) will want something that caters to both the need for support and pressure relief. Look for a mattress in the middle-ground in terms of softness/firmness and pay attention to the material used for each layer of the mattress. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for combination sleepers.
The Best Memory Foam Mattress On Amazon
We have tested virtually all of the worthwhile memory foam mattresses on Amazon. Everything from the Lucid Hybrid to Nectar, and everything in between. So then, what makes a really great mattress, and can you actually find these beds on Amazon? In our opinion, the best memory foam mattress would be one that is comfortable, accommodating, and durable. Obviously, you will be balancing that out with price, but we’d still like to check as many of those boxes as possible. As for the second part of that question, yes, you can find some really nice memory foam mattresses on Amazon. For instance, we hold Nectar in high regard and that particular bed is widely available on Amazon. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at a our list of the best memory foam mattresses on Amazon:
- Bear Mattress
- Lucid Hybrid
- Nectar Sleep
- Zinus Green Tea
To be fair, above is not a fully exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start. You’ll notice that certain beds on our list are not in our larger list above. We tried to keep that extremely brief and also call out other types of beds beyond memory foam ones. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions regarding the best Amazon memory foam mattress.
How Your Weight Affects How A Mattress Feels
Say it with me: Mattresses feel different to different people. To demonstrate:
- If you’re lighter (150lbs or under), a mattress might feel firmer
- Conversely, if you have more weight (230 lbs+), the bed might feel softer
- Keep your weight in mind when examining a mattress’s material, firmness, and depth
Caring For Your Mattress
When you buy a mattress, very few of them come with a machine washable cover. The only ones that immediately come to mind are Amerisleep Mattress and Yogabed. This means if you spill wine in bed or your dog has muddy paws, you’ll have to spot clean your mattress.
To do this, all you need is warm water and mild detergent. Wet a cloth and dab at the stain. Doing so can help you remove the stain without getting the mattress too wet. Additionally, in our best RV mattress list, we actually linked to a bed that comes with a machine-washable cover.
Additionally, in our best RV mattress list, we actually linked to a bed that comes with a machine-washable cover.
What Else Should You Look At On Amazon?
Amazon’s got a lot of stuff (A to Z, remember?), so you might as well shop for some other mattress-related goods while you’re there.
- Mattress protectors: They protect your mattress from spills and stains. To clean them, simply remove the protector from your mattress and toss them in the washer.
- Pillows: You’ll want to find pillows that keep your spine in proper alignment while providing a high-level of comfort. Amazon has a great selection of top-rated pillows.
- Sheet sets: These sets include a fitted sheet, pillow shams, and more.
- Bedding: When looking for bedding, you’ll want to keep the temperature in mind as some comforters are much warmer than others.
- Bed frames: Amazon sells a variety of bed frames including wave, foldable, and platform to name a few.
Best Amazon Mattress Promotions and Offers
When buying your bed, Amazon is one of the most popular retailers for a reason. Amazon Prime allows you to receive your eligible mattress as soon as the next day (in select markets) with FREE shipping. This is a luxury that not all online retailers will offer. Furthermore, Amazon offers financing incentives with their credit card where you could qualify for zero percent interest and break up your payments into six months.
Foundations And Frames
You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing what you want to put your mattress on. Or more than likely, you already have a bed frame or foundation and are replacing or trying to find your new mattress. Either way, you’ll want to be sure whatever mattress you buy will work with your bed frame situation.
Some bed frames are slatted, some have boxsprings, some are adjustable, and sometimes you just moved out of your parents’ place and your mom kept your bed frame for the new guest room, so you’re putting your mattress on the floor in the one-bedroom apartment you share with two roommates.
And in most cases, with the majority of mattresses that we’ve reviewed, all of those options are fine. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and by that I mean it’s better to spend a few minutes checking the company’s website than to end up having to either buy a new bed frame or return your mattress.
What Are The Best Selling Mattresses On Amazon
As a quick disclaimer, there is a difference between the best selling mattress on Amazon and the best outright mattress. We largely focus on the best mattress, not necessarily the best selling because we view our job as to help consumers get the best, not just “follow the herd,” so to speak. That said, we understand that a lot of people might have questions about what is the most popular, so let’s take a look at the list of the best selling mattresses on Amazon:
- Tuft & Needle
- Signture Sleep
We do want to be extra clear that the list above is not our list of the best beds on Amazon, but rather the list of what is the best selling on Amazon. Additionally, we do not have any proprietary data to give you in terms of which is the most popular overall and why. All we can do is put a list together using our observations. We would highly suggest, however, that you do not just follow what others are doing. You need to find the best mattress for you on Amazon. That’s why we have this entire guide. Last point here: if you’re interested in the best selling memory foam mattress, that’s most likely AmazonBasics since they push their house brand a lot.
Some of them definitely are. For instance, you can find brands like Casper and Leesa on Amazon.com. But for every reputable brand, there are a few brands that you wouldn’t want to buy from.
There’s a chance you will, but keep in mind this is the most basic of basic mattresses. It’s just a comfy foam bed and nothing else. It’s really not meant to be your long-term mattress. Definitely the highlight feature is the price.
Linenspa earned the Best Seller designation on Amazon, though there are many popular brands on there that also do very well.
This depends on your weight, comfort preference, and other factors. The “standard size” mattress is eight inches, however; if you weigh more than ~230 lbs you might want a thicker mattress that offers you more comfort. In this case, a hybrid mattress around 12” or more might be a more suitable fit.
Usually Amazon is really good with returns, even when it comes to mattresses. That said, returns can vary depending on the vendor you actually ordered from. You should make sure to read the FAQs about each bed on Amazon.com to figure out whether or not returns are free.
Typically you have 30 days to initiate a return with Amazon.
Actually, yes, in most cases shipping is free whether you have Amazon Prime or not, at least when it comes to mattresses. Amazon Prime will just sometimes get you faster shipping.