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|Sapira is the premium hybrid mattress from Leesa, one of the largest and most popular online mattress brands.|
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|Nest Alexander Hybrid is simply one of the most comfortable beds that you can buy online. Plus, it's backed by a lifetime warranty.|
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|WinkBed is built to a higher standard than most beds. It has two layers of coils for extra support and a plush pillow top that makes this bed feel like a luxurious hotel mattress.|
|Helix is an interesting company in that, through their Sleep Quiz, they help align you with a mattress that's right for you. Helix might not be truly custom, but it's as close as you'll get for under $1,500.|
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Ah, the king size mattress. A clear indication that you’re either an adult in a relationship or you’re tall. In this post we run through our short list of the best mattresses in the king size. To date, we’ve reviewed dozens of mattresses, and it was difficult to whittle down that list to just a few beds, but we had to draw the line somewhere. Keep in mind that you can always use our Mattress Finder Quiz to find the best mattress for you.
Sapira is the hybrid version of the Leesa mattress, and, therefore, it not only costs more, but also is more supportive. In fact, for individuals weighing over 250 lb, we definitely recommend Sapira over Leesa. It still has a neutral, comfortable feel, but it mixes in pocketed coils for added durability.
While there are cheaper mattresses out there, Sapira made the list because it’s a safe pick, especially if you sleep on your back or stomach at night. In terms of firmness, Sapira comes in at about a medium to medium-firm, although softness/firmness is a subjective element and will differ from person to person.
The heavier you are, the softer a bed will feel—and, in the case of Sapira, the closer the bed will feel to being a medium on the soft/firm scale. Regardless, it responds quickly to pressure and has zero of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling.
The Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid mattress is on a short list of beds that almost always gets people to say “Wow, this is unbelievably comfortable!” Now, to be fair, most new beds are immediately comfortable, but there’s something about this particular bed that’s not normal—in a good way.
The mattress is constructed with coils, foam, and a giant pillow top. What’s nice, however, is that it’s available in three firmness levels (Plush, Medium, Luxury Firm) so that there’s an option for everyone.
While the bed does have memory foam—albeit a minor amount—it has a neutral feel, almost like an over-sized pillow. We found the Medium option (most popular) to be between a medium-soft and medium on the soft/firm scale.
We think it’s plenty soft and plenty pressure relieving enough for side sleepers. It wouldn’t be our favorite option for back and stomach sleepers, but that’s why they offer the Luxury Firm model.
All Nest Bedding mattresses are backed by a lifetime warranty and lifetime comfort guarantee. You can read more in our full review, but the short of it is that Nest stands behind their products and is so committed to making people happy that they’ll discount a new bed for you if your current Nest mattress isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. And that is in addition to offering the risk-free 100-night sleep trial.
WinkBed belongs in the home of royalty or some rich celebrity—that’s how nice it looks and feels. This is a 14.5″ thick bed that incorporates two layers of coils, proprietary foams, and a plant-based tencel cover. It might not be our favorite bed to move (it’s heavy), but it’s one of our favorites overall.
Regardless of which firmness level you select (they offer three), WinkBed has a neutral, pillow-top feel (i.e. no memory foam). It’s a bit like Nest Alexander, but more airy. It’s fluffy and comfortable, yet almost unmatched in terms of support.
WinkBed even makes a model called WinkBed Plus that’s designed for individuals weighing up to 500 lb. This very well could be the most durable mattress available online right now. So, for anyone that’s counting, they make three normal models (Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer), as well as an updated model for heavier folks.
WinkBed also backs their mattress with a lifetime warranty and a comfort replacement plan. It’s actually surprising to see this caliber of a mattress for under $1,500, and that’s before any discounts.
When we mention the Helix mattress we’re usually referencing a collection of beds, not just one. In fact, in years past, Helix used to showcase just one mattress, despite the fact that they actually made several different models. This is really the engine behind their “custom” mattress concept. As of late 2018, Helix made 15 mattress models for individuals of all shapes and sizes.
Now, that might seem confusing, but what Helix does is run consumers through a sleep quiz on their site to narrow their search to the most optimal mattress. It really is a clever concept and it’s one of the reasons that Helix is so popular.
The most popular model that Helix makes is called Midnight. It’s about a medium on the soft/firm scale and also about a medium in terms of overall support. It’s a nice bed, but Helix recognizes that it’s not for everyone, which is why they offer 14 other beds.
If you’re looking for a firm, supportive bed, they make that. If you want a super soft, pressure relieving bed, they also make that. If you want a cooling mattress with a big pillow top, they have that also. Again, the whole goal of Helix is to offer a bed for everyone.
The reason Helix had to be on this list is that we realize that people don’t typically sleep on a king size bed alone. Helix makes two special models with split firmness levels so that you can have something different from your partner. We think this is a great way to save a marriage.
A lot, actually! Here at the Slumber Yard, we’ve reviewed upwards of 90 mattresses. For every review we test feel, firmness, edge support, temperature regulation, motion isolation, and more.
We’re not interested in proving a company’s buzzy marketing claims, we just want to report accurate information. Which is why we do our best to be transparent in our testing methods and relationships with various companies.
It’s important to us that our readers know we can be trusted. We work independently of the brands we test, so even if we’re gifted a mattress, we have full control of content. We’ll never oversell a product and we’ll never sell it short either.
A king size mattress is a size up from a queen, but not as long as a California king. It’s the bed you get when your new room is extra spacious, the bed you put in your first home as a married couple, the bed you finally get to stretch out on.
Compared to a queen, a king will get you an additional 16” in width, though both sizes are 80” in length.
You can see a breakdown of standard mattress dimensions in the table below:
How do you know when it’s time to get yourself a king size mattress? Here are a few indicators:
Jokes aside, if you have the space in your room, a king size bed is a great option for tall folks who need extra sleeping area. For example, our resident tall guy, JD at 6’5”, sleeps diagonally on a king mattress.
We also suggest a king size mattress for people with wider builds. It’s easy to feel cramped on a full size or a queen, especially if you’re sharing the bed.
And a king is also really nice for couples because, as much as you love your partner, sometimes you really do just need your space to sleep well.
We touched on body type in relation to king size beds a bit in the above section, but let’s expand and talk about body type in relation to mattresses in general.
When you’re shopping for a mattress online, it’s more than likely that you won’t be able to try the bed before you buy it and have it shipped to your home. So, instead, you’ll have to rely on the descriptions and reviews.
When you’re reading up on a bed’s feel and firmness, always keep in mind that these things are relative to your body weight. The heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel for you, and the lighter you are, the firmer that same mattress will feel for you.
It’s also a good idea to consider your body type when deciding on what type of mattress construction you want. We generally suggest that heavier folks look for hybrid beds that incorporate coils for added support, durability, and airflow.
Your sleeper type plays an important role in choosing a mattress that’s right for you. There are four categories of sleepers that we talk about in our content: back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers.
Back sleepers and stomach sleepers need to look for a bed that will provide enough support for their shoulders and hips. If these heavier parts of the body aren’t properly supported, the spine can arch, causing you to wake up with aches and pains.
Side sleepers, on the other hand, need proper pressure relief for the hip, arm, and shoulder. If the bed is too firm or doesn’t have enough give in those areas, it will feel like the surface of the mattress is fighting against your body, rather than accommodating it. Again, this can cause a sore wake up in the morning.
Combo sleepers are less defined because some combos spend a lot of time on their back, others spend most of the night on their side, and some split all positions evenly. If you’re a combo sleeper, we suggest you cater to your predominate sleeping position, while considering your body type. We also suggest looking for a mattress with good responsiveness so that you don’t ever feel stuck in the mattress and turning over is easy.
There are a couple of mattress factors that we always like to highlight when it comes to couples: edge support and motion isolation.
Edge support refers to the sturdiness of the sides of a bed. Some mattresses are very soft around the sides, but others are quite stiff. We prefer the stiff edges because they allow you to sleep right on the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re going to roll off onto the floor.
For couples, this is something to think about because it’s fairly common for one partner to hog the middle and the other to end up confined to the mattress’s outside inches.
Motion isolation is another key component of getting a restful night’s sleep while sharing a bed. If a bed has good motion isolation, that means it deadens cross-bed motion. So if one partner tosses and turns all night (or is a light sleeper), or likes to sneak out of bed for a midnight snack, it won’t jostle the other person awake.