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The Best Online Luxury Mattresses
So you need a new mattress and you’re not constrained by a budget. Well, that can be good news and bad news. The good news is that there are a ton of durable, comfortable and luxurious beds to choose from online. The bad news is that the large selection can often become overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’ve already done all the research. We’ve tested well over 100 of the most popular beds available online and methodically selected what we think are the best high-end mattresses in the world right now.
To be clear, we did not include a price constraint when selecting this list of premium beds. We simply tried to put together what we thought are the most exceptional beds available to purchase online. We figured people looking for a high-end mattress typically aren’t too worried about price or discounts. If that describes you, great, we hope the list below is helpful. If that’s not you, though, you should check out our list of the Best Mattresses Under $1,000. Enough build-up, let’s discuss the best high end mattress brands.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Pillow Top||$300 Off Code: SLEEP300||WinkBed is a thick, durable hybrid mattress that includes a comfortable euro pillow top. In our opinion, it’s one of the best mattresses you can purchase online.|
|Unique||Free Gifts w/ Mattress Purchase||Purple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.|
|Pillow Top Value Pick!||$200 Off Orders $1,000+ Applied in Cart||Saatva Classic is the original innerspring mattress online. It comes in three firmness options, all of which have coils for support and a fluffy pillow top.|
|Memory Foam||$200 Off Discount In Cart||Loom & Leaf is one of the nicest, most luxurious memory foam mattresses online. It comes in two firmness profiles and has an organic cotton cover.|
|Soft Foam||20% Off Code: SLUMBERYARD20||Aurora is one of the best cooling hybrid mattresses online. It’s made in the USA, comes in multiple firmness options, and has a cool-to-the-touch cover.|
|Mixed Foam||$150 Off + Gift Code: SY150||Dawn Luxe is an upgraded pillow top mattress from Helix Sleep. If you want a firmer profile and a luxury mattress, Dawn Luxe is worth considering further.|
We have reviewed over 100 different mattresses, and there are six different beds that really stood out to us as being top-of-the-line. We named these mattresses the best luxury mattresses because they either offer a premium, durable design, a high-end look and extra supportive feel, a great value, or a mix of all three.
Getting A Brand New High-End Mattress
It’s important we discuss a few policy details that you’ll commonly see when shopping for a mattress online. Pretty much all online mattress brands offer free shipping. Depending on the company, the mattress will either arrive compressed in a box or protective covering or be hand-delivered and set up by an actual person (white-glove delivery).
From there, most companies offer a risk-free trial period so you can test the mattress. This is their way of competing with brick-and-mortar stores where you can actually lay on the mattress before purchasing. Most companies offer a 100-night risk-free trial, but there are quite a few companies that offer even longer trial periods. For example, DreamCloud offers consumers 365 nights (a full year) to test their mattress.
If you decide you don’t like the mattress you purchased at any point during the trial period, the return process for most companies is very simple. All you have to do is give the company a call (most companies don’t allow you to initiate a return via instant chat) and give them a little feedback.
From there, the company will schedule a third party logistics company to come pick up the mattress from your home. Once the mattress has been picked up, just email the company your pickup receipt and they will issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right? All in all, expect the return process to take 2-3 weeks.
Most online mattress companies also back their products with a 10-year limited warranty. That’s pretty standard for the industry. And considering a normal mattress should last 8-10 year before needing to be replaced, it should be good enough for most people. However, like with the trial period, some companies go above and beyond the industry standard.
WinkBed – Best Hotel Luxury Mattress
WinkBed is a self-described “Hotel Luxury” mattress. It’s basically the bed that you’d find at the Waldorf Astoria or the the Ritz London. It’s extra supportive with two layers of coils, but also has a soft, airy pillow top that makes the bed very comfortable.
While most online mattresses are made entirely of foam (like Puffy or Nectar) and aren’t suitable for people over 250 lb, WinkBed is one of the best mattresses for heavy and/or obese sleepers. In fact, WinkBed actually makes a specific mattress model for heavy people called WinkBed Plus.
WinkBed is good for side sleepers, as long as they go with a softer model. That will have more pressure relief than the other two and will do a good job of cradling your body in place. We also think WinkBed will be a great option for back and/or stomach sleepers, just make sure to look into the Luxury Firm or Firm model.
Pros And Cons Of The WinkBed
- Gives consumers best of both worlds with comfort and support
- Select one of three firmness profiles based on your preference
- Great for all sleeper types
- Durable for all body types
- Price point is higher than your average online bed
- Not ideal for those looking for memory foam
Purple Hybrid – Most Innovative Luxury Bed
Purple mattresses might just be most unique products in the bedding industry. Instead of using a foam as their top layer (like you’ll see on almost every other mattress), Purple uses a proprietary, patented gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
It’s laid out in a grid format. You can read our full review to get all the details on the Purple mattress and Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but the bottom line is that some people will absolutely love it, and others will find it simply too odd.
It’s a material that you almost have to try to fully understand, but it certainly has plenty of notable advantages, including allowing for a lot of airflow, and being supportive, yet pressure relieving at the same time.
What makes the three Purple Hybrid models among our favorite mattresses, though, is that they combine Hyper-Elastic Polymer with pocketed coils, resulting in a supportive, ultra-bouncy, buoyant mattress—it’s almost a weightless experience. Again, it’s not for everyone, but if you think Purple sounds intriguing, there’s a good chance you’ll like the bed.
Since it has such a supportive, ultra-bouncy, buoyant feel, this mattress is great for all types of sleepers (particularly back and stomach).
Pros And Cons Of The Purple Mattress
- Unique, responsive mattress with soft and supportive feel
- Great airflow
- Ideal for all types of sleepers (particularly back and stomach)
- Supportive for petite, average, and heavy sleepers
- Too pricey for shoppers with a budget under $1,000
- A bit on the cutting edge, and might be off putting for those who prefer traditional foam beds
Saatva Classic — Most Affordable High-End Mattress
For the longest time, Saatva was the luxury mattress available online. The brand was really built on the idea of providing a luxury-tier bed at an affordable price point.
The Saatva mattress comes in three different firmness levels (Plush-Soft, Luxury-Firm, and Firm) and looks like something you’d find inside Hearst Castle. It’s covered in gold patches, stitches, and an off-white, organic cotton material.
Beyond looking like it’s fit for a king, Saatva is super supportive with two levels of coils and a soft euro pillow top. It also feels more like a traditional innerspring bed, so if that’s what you’re looking for, chances are you’ll be all about Saatva.
But wait, let’s get to the best part about this mattress – its price point. The Saatva mattress is actually just as affordable as a lot of all-foam beds on the market. You can snag a queen size for around $1,400, which is pretty crazy considering the bed’s high-quality construction. Overall, we think it’s an excellent value. It even made our list of the Best Mattresses For The Money.
We Love Their Luxury Firm Mattress
It’s the most popular model offered by Saatva, but also the most versatile in the sense that it will work for back, stomach, and combination sleepers. The bed is also available in the two different height profiles.
Pros And Cons Of The Saatva Mattress
- Luxury online mattress brand at a great price point
- Great for back, stomach, and combo sleepers
- Comes in three firmness tiers, great for all preference levels
- Supports all body types
- Perhaps too flashy for some who value the basics
- Not ideal for sleepers looking for an extra plush mattress
- Not good for those who seek a traditional memory foam feel
Loom And Leaf – Best Premium Memory Foam
If you’re looking for a premium memory foam mattress, look no further than Loom & Leaf. It’s sort of known, along with TempurPedic, as the high-end memory foam mattress brand on the internet, which shouldn’t come as a huge shock considering Loom & Leaf is owned by Saatva (discussed above).
However, it’s worth noting that Loom & Leaf is generally more affordable than the high-end TempurPedic memory foam beds. As such, just like Saatva, we think Loom & Leaf is a great value considering what you get. I know this is a luxury list, and price might not be that big of a concern, but we figured most people are still interested in getting a good return on investment.
The bed has a comfortable memory foam feel and is available in multiple firmness options. You can choose between a Relaxed Firm option and a straight Firm option. The Relaxed Firm option is the most popular model and accommodates back, stomach and side sleepers. The Firm option is great for back and stomach sleepers who need/want extra support.
The mattress is noteworthy for other reasons beyond just comfort, though. The bed uses an organic cotton cover, plus a special center cooling strip that’s designed to aid in temperature regulation. The cooling gel that the center panel incorporates is often found in burn units to help treat and relieve fire victims. It’s pretty cool (pun intended).
Pros And Cons Of Loom And Leaf
- Great for back, stomach, and side sleepers
- Great variety – available in multiple firmness options
- Cooling technology can help prevent hot sleepers from overheating
- Not good for people that prefer soft/plush mattresses
- May not suit all sleepers over 230 lbs due to its all-foam construction
Brooklyn Aurora – Best Cooling Luxury Mattress
There’s a lot to like about the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora, but the biggest reason that you’d get this mattress is that it sleeps cool—very cool. It’s probably the best bed out there in terms of actively cooling you down at night. It’s great for hot sleepers and anyone dealing with night sweats or hot flashes.
The bed is constructed with 8” pocketed coils—for support, bounce, and airflow—as well as various foams, such gel memory foam and cooling Energex foam. On top of that, it has a phase-change cover that is literally cool-to-the-touch. All of this makes the bed sleep cool throughout the night, which will be a much needed refuge for especially hot or sweaty sleepers.
Beyond its cooling properties, the Aurora does come in three different firmness levels (Soft, Medium, and Firm), with Medium being the most popular feel. As such, all types of sleepers will be able to choose a firmness profile that meets their particular needs. We’d recommend side sleepers go with the Soft or Medium options (depending on your size) and back and stomach sleepers go with the Firm option.
Pros And Cons Of The Brooklyn Aurora Mattress
- Great for hot sleepers who want a mattress designed for cooling
- Ideal bed for all body types
- Great for all sleeping positions (comes in three firmness options)
- Sleepers who sleep cold at night or who live in cold environments
- People with a budget of only $1,000 are out-priced here.
Helix Luxe – Best High End Custom Mattress
Helix is a little different than most online mattress brands in that you can take a sleep quiz to figure out which of their models best suits your particular sleeping habits and preferences. It only takes a few minutes to complete but it will definitely help you narrow down which of the six Helix Luxe mattress models is right for you.
Regardless of which model you end up getting matched with, you’ll have one heck of a mattress on your hands. The Helix Luxe beds are 14″ thick and use six layers in total, including coils, memory foam and a soft pillow top. It’s worth noting that the coils in the bed are even somewhat custom. In short, the coils are split into three different zones. The section under your upper back and shoulders are designed to be slightly more forgiving, while the section under your lower back and hips are slightly firmer for added support.
In terms of feel, all the different models have an ultra-comfortable, pillow top type feel. However, when it comes to firmness, it obviously depends on which model you select. The beds range from soft and plush (Moonlight and Sunset models) to firm and extra supportive (Dawn and Twilight models).
All in all, we really like the Helix Luxe beds. We see them as a great option for consumers who often get overwhelmed with too many options. If you’re the type of person who just wants to answer a few simple questions in order to be matched with a premium, comfortable bed, then Helix is your ticket.
Pros And Cons Of The Helix Luxe
- Great if you like a firm mattresses
- Ideal for people who need a supportive bed
- Really good value
- Mattress quiz makes finding a bed much easier
- Not your match if you’re looking for traditional memory foam
About The Slumber Yard Team & Our Review Process
There are three primary reasons why you should trust us. First, we know a lot about mattresses. We’ve slept on and tested mattresses from nearly all the big online brands. That’s what we do. We literally spend all night and most of our days testing out every nook and cranny of each mattress. Further, we like to stay up on what’s going in the industry. We regularly hold calls with brand executives, other industry experts, and customers to hear their thoughts about the industry as a whole, and get their input on particular mattresses.
We are a fairly young, privately owned company that is not backed by any mattress brands or related entities. We retain full editorial control over the content we produce. We do not accept any money from brands to produce reviews. That means brands can’t pay us to provide a favorable rating or review of their bed. This is one of our guiding principles. There’s a lot of shady behavior in the industry, and our commitment is to stay as far away from all that as possible. Our ultimate goal is to produce honest, helpful, and concise content that helps consumers make purchase decisions. That’s the long term view we take.
If we recommend a bed because a brand paid us to and you then purchase the bed and end up hating it, that reflects on us. That will leave a sour taste in your mouth and you’ll most likely never come back to the Slumber Yard website or watch one of our videos again. That’s why we are so meticulous about always being honest and transparent. We love our viewers and want them to recommend us to all their friends and family, so we would never want to jeopardize the trust we have with them. Bottom line—our mattress reviews are 100% honest. There’s no funny business going on behind the scenes.
The last reason why we are a good source for mattress shoppers is the diversity of our testing team. We have several people test each mattress. It’s not just one person spouting his or her opinions. And that’s extremely important when shopping for a mattress, because the same mattress will feel quite different to a variety of people. It’s not like shopping for a washer and dryer. It’s important for you to get input from several people when researching mattresses, especially from someone that has a similar body type and weight. For that reason, we’re proud that our testing team consists of a diverse mix of people ranging from women that weigh 95 lb to men that weigh over 225 lb. All of our team members are able to voice their unique opinions and feedback.
How We Test Mattresses
There’s a lot to consider when buying a mattress. It’s not as simple as saying, “Hey, that bed seems soft, let’s go with that one.” Buying a mattress is a big deal. A good one will hopefully last you 8-10 years. That’s why we take our time testing each bed. We don’t rush into publishing our opinion until our team has truly tested every detail about each bed.
Our testing process usually begins with our team taking a deep dive into the construction of the bed. We like to get to know the science behind the mattress before we actually sleep on it, especially these days since so many online mattresses contain special materials (gel, graphite, copper, etc.). From there, we all get together and discuss what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what we think could be improved.
By setting up the testing process this way, we’re able to gather data points from a wide variety of people. As I mentioned above, our testing team is pretty diverse in terms of gender, weight, body type, sleeping position, etc.. Once everybody is done testing, we’ll also perform our final tests on th e mattress to confirm or disprove any of our testing members’ thoughts and theories. In all, the entire testing process usually takes our team 2-3 weeks from start to finish.
A List Of Major Luxury Mattress Brands
This list is about individual mattresses, however, we thought it would be a fun exercise to go over the best luxury mattress brands.
- Beautyrest by Simmons
- Brooklyn Bedding
- Helix Luxe
- Loom & Leaf
- Sealy Posturepedic
- Sleep Number
- Stearns & Foster
Primary Factors When Considering A New Mattress
We consider several primary factors when we test new mattresses. Here’s a bit more detail about our evaluation system.
- Terms And Conditions: The vast majority of online mattress companies offer free shipping and free returns. However, they can differ quite a bit when it comes to risk-free trial periods and warranties. It’s important to note these differences when shopping for a new mattress.
- Mattress Construction & Layers: Online mattresses vary greatly on the construction and materials used in production. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses contain both coils and layers of foam, while all-foam mattresses are made of just that. All mattresses have varied feels, weights, textures, etc., and each has its pros and cons to consider.
- Feel: Of course, the feel of a mattress is subjective. Each foam feels different and attracts different sleepers. Memory foam, for example, is quite soft, and it slowly conforms to and hugs the body. An innerspring mattress, though, offers a more supportive, firmer feel, which some prefer. All in all, which is best for you depends on personal preference, your weight, and your sleeping position.
- Luxury Firm Mattresses: “Luxury firm” in the mattress industry is basically synonymous with “moderate firmness.” Usually, these beds work well for all sleeping styles unless you’re more petite, though, we think they are best for stomach and back sleepers.
- Other Firmness Levels: Firmness level is also subjective, with weight being one of the key factors in perception of how soft or firm a mattress feels. In general, lighter weight people will feel as though mattresses are quite firm, while heavier people may feel that they are soft. In our reviews, we provide a firmness scale ranging from soft to firm, but it’s also important to keep in mind that we rate them on the perception of an average-sized sleeper, about 175 pounds.
- Sleeper Type: How you sleep (back, stomach, or side) makes a big difference when it comes to which mattress is right for you. Generally speaking, side sleepers will want a softer mattress that provides more pressure relief, while back sleepers and stomach sleepers gravitate toward firmer mattress that provide more support.
- Temperature Regulation: It’s important that your mattress doesn’t cause you to overheat at night — you don’t want to wake up dehydrated, uncomfortable, or drenched in sweat. Instead, look for a mattress that promotes airflow and stays cool or neutral (especially if you’re a hot sleeper). In general, innerspring and hybrid beds perform better than all-foam mattresses in this regard, but more companies are offering all-foam mattresses that infuse other materials like graphite, cooling gel, and copper to help regulate temperature.
- Motion Transfer: This is an important subject for couples who share a bed. Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement the bed disperses as one person tosses and turns or gets up. The less the movement the other person notices, the better. Basically, you’ll want your mattress to deaden as much movement as possible. This will help both people get a more restful night’s sleep. All-foam beds generally deaden movement better than beds with coils, because they don’t have the same amount of bounce.
- Responsiveness: This refers to how fast the mattress pops back after releasing pressure. Look for a mattress that is on the responsive side of the spectrum, allowing you to switch sleeping positions much easier. Mattresses that are slow to respond (i.e., memory foam beds), require extra effort to switch from your side to your back or vice versa, which can make you more restless throughout the night. Slow responding beds are also more susceptible to permanent body impressions.
- Sinkage: Your bed must provide the proper support – that’s imperative. A bed that doesn’t do its job here won’t properly align your spine. Tip: If a bed sinks too far below the heavier parts of your body, that’s usually an indication of poor support.
- Edge Support: Couples, listen up. Many times, when people share a mattress, one person will end up hogging the middle of the bed and the other person is left to sleep on the edge. That’s why it’s important that the edges have the necessary structural support. Look for a mattress that does not compress much near the edge. This will prevent that “rolling off the bed” feeling, the closer you get to the edge.
Mattress Prices Online vs In-Store
For starters, not every brand is available in store. Loom & Leaf, a Saatva brand, for one, can only be purchased online. Purple, however, can be purchased in stores and online.
One way to go about this is to find a mattress you’d like to try and see if they have a store, so you can go visit your potential new purchase. If you like what you see, ask to price match online discounts in the store, or go home and just buy online with the discount you found. Again, though, if you’d like to try a bed that’s available online, you likely have a 100-day trial period or longer with free returns, so there’s very little risk other than time spent.
Pros and Cons of Buying a Luxury Mattress
We’ve talked about the subjectivity of mattress comfort levels, and how they depend on a variety of factors, including number of people who will sleep on it, weight, firmness or softness scale, among others. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider when buying a luxury mattress.
- Find a bed you like while on vacation? You probably can buy it somewhere. Many people are committed to and loyal brand enthusiasts for beds they’ve discovered in luxury hotel stays. Make the bed your own, and buy the same bed.
- Avoid falling in the “cheap” trap, and buying a bed that is ultra-budget. Beds are an investment, and more often than not, your luxury mattress will stand the test of time.
- Expense. It may seem obvious, but these beds can be quite pricey.
- Luxury may not be what you need. Just because something is billed as “luxury,” doesn’t necessarily mean it will meet your sleep needs. The more you pay is potentially irrelevant to the why behind your investment.
There are a lot of fantastic luxury mattress brands out there, but a few of our favorites are Saatva, WinkBed, TempurPedic, Beautyrest, and Purple.
The bottom line is that you want to invest in a great bed that will serve your needs, especially since this is typically an 8-10 year investment.
Typically the luxury mattresses out there are around $2,000-$3,000.
Luxury firm is just another name for medium-firm.
Interestingly, you will not only get free shipping, but usually free returns as well.
The short answer is, some do and some don’t. Especially in summer and around federal holidays, mattress companies do tend to offer savings (like Saatva’s summer sale of $200 off any mattress), but not always. It’s always best to check before your purchase — our site or the brand you’re purchasing from.
Because online mattresses vary in construction and materials, thickness also varies. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses contain both coils and layers of foam, while all-foam mattresses are made of just that. All mattresses have varied feels, weights, textures, etc., and each has its pros and cons to consider. If you’re over ~230 lbs, you’ll probably want a mattress around 12” thick. For those who are more petite, you can get away with a bed around 8” or thicker.