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|The epitome of luxury. Beautyrest Black has long been the obvious luxury pick, especially at brick and mortar mattress stores.|
|Probably the coolest mattress on earth. The Aurora is a durable, responsive, cooling mattress.|
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|A completely new type of mattress with plenty of airflow, support, and pressure relief.|
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|Wink Bed is essentially that really nice, dreamy mattress that you sleep on at the Lotte New York Palace. It’s supportive, comfy, and durable.|
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|Zenhaven could be the best latex mattress available online. It looks great and is clearly very well made.|
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So you’re trying to find a new mattress, but you’re confused by all the different brands and options out there? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a hand-selected list of the best luxury beds on the market. The following video was produced in partnership with our parent company RIZKNOWS LLC.
There’s only so much information we can fit in every video, though. Keep reading to learn more about each of these premium mattresses. Buying a new mattress (especially a luxury one) is a big deal, so you want to make sure you nail it.
Before we discuss each of our selections, let’s go over a few policy details that you’ll commonly see when shopping for a mattress online. Pretty much all online mattresses ship for free. 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.
The Beautyrest Black is the quintessential luxury mattress. If you go to virtually any mattress store (that caries Serta Simmons products), the Beautyrest Black will be that bed that everyone reveres. That doesn’t mean that it’s the best mattress outright, but it just has a really good reputation and is clearly built very well.
It comes in a number of different models, including the Katarina, Natasha, and Sonya, but the bottom line is that it’s pretty expensive and is built to last 7+ years, even for heavier folks.
We don’t have exact stats on this, but it seems that the Natasha model is their most popular and that one is available in the following feel options: Plush Pillow Top and Luxury Firm Pillow Top. The Plush Pillow Top is quite soft and has a distinct memory foam feel—we think it’s best for side and combination sleepers. The Luxury Firm version is firmer, but won’t be rock solid since it has the pillow top. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper, you’ll probably want to avoid the Plush version and try out the Luxury Firm one.
In terms of other things that you’ll want to know about the mattress, it’s about $2,500 for a queen, but you can check current pricing and offers at US-Mattress.com. If you do get the bed through US-Mattress, it comes with free delivery and a 120-night guarantee, which is nice.
As for construction, the bed is about 16” thick, making one of the tallest and thickest mattresses out there, and is constructed with coils and various layers of memory foam.
One standout point with the Beautyrest Black Natasha mattress (beyond its support and durability) is the edge support, which helps to keep you on the mattress. This is particularly important for couples on a queen size mattress where space can be limited and you want to access the entire mattress. Overall, it’s a solid, luxurious, supportive 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. Great for hot sleepers and anyone dealing with night sweats or hot flashes.
It’s 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. It’s on the softer end and feels like a super-bouncy innerspring mattress.
Purple mattresses are known for being odd, but we think they’re a good kind of odd. 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 Purple and Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but the bottom line is that some people will absolutely love it (Matt on our team) and others will find it simply too weird and distracting (Kaite on our team).
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 Purple.4 one of our favorite mattresses, though, is that it combines 4” of 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 decent chance you’ll like the bed.
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.
Saatva 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 memory foam. 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.
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.
In total, WinkBed measures in at 15” thick and is designed with larger individuals in mind. It comes in three different firmness levels and there’s even a Plus version for anyone that’s over 300 lb. There’s a lot to like with WinkBed, especially if you’re looking for a supportive, comfortable innerspring mattress.
Zenhaven is one of the best latex foam mattresses available online. It is actually made my Saatva and has a similar, vacation resort type feel (organic cotton cover, gold seams, etc.).
If you aren’t too familiar with latex foam, here’s a quick overview. It’s a natural material made from the sap of a rubber tree. You will usually find either Talalay or Dunlop latex, with Talalay being more expensive to manufacture. Zenhaven uses only Talalay latex and is actually double-sided with a medium-firm and a firm side.
As such, we do think this bed is best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers in particular. It also happens to be very bouncy and responsive, so much so that it could bother some people. That said, if you know you want a latex foam bed, it’s going to be seriously hard to beat Zenhaven.
There are three primary reasons why you should trust us. First, we know a lot (or at least like to think we do) about mattresses. We’ve slept on and tested mattresses from nearly all the big online brands out there. 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, as well as 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 that transpires in the industry and our commitment is to stay as far away from all that stuff 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.
At the end of the day, 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 think 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.
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.
When we test mattresses, there are 8-10 primary factors we evaluate. Here’s a little background information on each topic.
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.
The construction and materials used in online mattresses can vary quite a bit. There are innerspring and hybrid mattresses that contain both coils and layers of foam and then there are all-foam mattresses, which can have different feels, weights, textures, etc.. Each type of mattress has their own positives and negatives that need to be considered.
The feel of a mattress is very subjective. Each foam feels different and attracts different kinds of people. For example, memory foam is very soft and slowly conforms and sort of hugs your body. An innerspring mattress, on the other hand, will have a much more rigid, firmer feel. At the end of the day, which is best for you depends a lot on your personal preference, your weight, and your sleeping position.
This is another area that is very subjective. How soft or how firm a mattress feels is largely dependent on your weight. Lighter people will generally think mattresses are on the firmer side, while heavier people will think most mattresses are on the softer side. You’ll notice in our reviews that we like refer to a firmness scale that ranges from soft to firm. However, keep in mind, when we rate each mattress, it’s through the eyes of an average sized sleeper (about 170-180 lb).
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 will want a firmer mattress that provides a good amount of support.
It’s important that your mattress does not overheat at night. You don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night dehydrated, uncomfortable, and drenched in sweat. Instead, you’ll want one that promotes a lot of airflow and stays decently cool (or at least neutral) at night. This will help you get a more restful night of sleep. Generally, innerspring and hybrid beds perform better than all-foam mattresses in this regard, but more and more companies that offer all-foam beds are infusing special materials like graphite, cooling gel, and copper to help with temperature regulation.
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 of sleep. Generally, all-foam beds deaden movement better than beds with coils because they don’t have the same amount of bounce.
This refers to how fast the mattress pops back after releasing pressure. You’ll generally want a mattress that is on the responsive side of the spectrum. This will allow you switch between sleeping positions much easier. With mattresses that are slow to respond (i.e. memory foam beds), you’ll find it requires a little 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.
It’s imperative your bed provides the proper support. One that doesn’t won’t keep your spine properly aligned. That’s why we test sinkage. If a bed sinks too far below the heavier parts of your body, that’s usually an indication of poor support.
This is another important consideration for couples. A lot times with people who 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 extremely important that the edges have the necessary structural support. You’ll want to find a mattress that does not compress all that much near the edge. That way you won’t feel as if you’re about to roll off the mattress every time you get close to the edge.