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The Best Mattress 2020

The Best Mattress 2020

Our team hand selected the best mattresses of 2020.

Last Updated: September 14, 2020

Jeff Rizzo

There are more mattresses than ever from which you can choose. You have traditional mattress brands such as Sealy and Serta-Simmons alongside online brands such as Casper, Purple, and Nectar. In this guide, our team sifted through them all and handpicked only the best mattresses of the year. We also take the time to point you to our other “best mattress” and individual mattress reviews if you’d like more in-depth information.


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Best Mattress Reviews Outline

This is an extensive guide that compiles nearly everything there is to know about shopping for a mattress. Not only will we discuss price and value, but also comfort, firmness, materials, and temperature. Before we do that, we must go through our picks for the best mattresses of 2020.

Best Mattress:

Now that you’ve seen our list, let’s run through a general overview of the policies that apply when you purchase a new mattress. These don’t pertain exactly to all beds, but rather are a sample of what is standard across the online mattress industry.

The first thing is free shipping. Whether you’re purchasing through a brand directly, such as Tuft & Needle or Purple, or an online retailer, such as Wayfair or Amazon, shipping is almost always completely free inside the Contiguous United States. And for the record, delivery usually takes about seven business days.

Another thing to expect is a trial period. You will see this with most physical mattress retailers as well as when you shop online. In most cases, the trial period is about three months, though we have seen certain companies offer a trial period of up to 18 months, which is absurd.

Typically, if you decide that you don’t like your new mattress during the trial period, returns are completely free, or require a very modest fee. With a few mattress brands and retailers returns will be about $100, but the vast majority of mass-market online brands offer you 100% free returns during the trial period.

In regards to warranties, the industry standard is 10 years, which is more than long enough. You should be replacing your mattress every seven to nine years. For the record, 10 years is not the longest warranty we’ve seen. Some brands offer 15-year warranties, 25-year warranties, and even lifetime warranties.

Top 10 Best Mattresses Of 2020

About Our Best Mattress Review

By now you have a general sense of what each mattress is like, but we understand that this is a large purchase and that you may need even more information. As such, we’ve included mini reviews of each mattress in the sections below.

Before we do that, however, we should acknowledge that creating this list was an incredibly difficult task. We eliminated dozens of fantastic beds simply because we had to limit the size of this guide. Even so, we don’t want to completely skip over all of the brands.

Best Mattress Brands

We obviously can’t list every mattress brand out there, but we think it’s important that we point out a few of the highest rated mattress brands. Let’s start first with the best online mattress brands. Here’s a list of what our editors consider to be the best mattress brands that sell online:

  • Avocado
  • Bear Mattress
  • Brooklyn Bedding
  • Casper
  • Helix Sleep
  • Layla
  • Leesa
  • Purple
  • Resident Home
  • Saatva
  • Tuft & Needle
  • WinkBed

We have about 15 other brands that we’d like to add to the list, but between those 12 you should be good to go. As for the more traditional, brick and mortar mattress brands, our favorites are TempurPedic, Sealy, Serta-Simmons, and Stearns & Foster.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Hybrid Mattress

Why Brooklyn Signature Is Great — It is a tremendous value. Sure, it’s a really nice mattress, but the #1 reason to get Brooklyn Signature is the combination of price and quality. The bed has a lot to offer and yet the price is lower than most of the beds on this list.

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Brooklyn Signature is affordable and comfortable

Brooklyn Signature is about 10” thick and has pocket coils for support. And for comfort, it has various proprietary foams.

The bed comes in three firmness options (Soft, Medium, and Firm), allowing it to work for all sleeping positions, including side sleepers. The Brooklyn Signature is one of the best affordable mattresses and our pick for the best hybrid mattress of 2020.

WinkBeds Classic – Best Mattress For Back Pain

Why We Love WinkBed — You will be hard pressed to find many things that you don’t love with WinkBed. Yes, the price tag is more expensive than the average online mattress, but WinkBed is certainly not your average online mattress.

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WinkBed is a comfortable pillow top mattress

WinkBed measures 15” thick and has two layers of coils, not to mention a fluffy/airy pillow top. It’s even available in four models (Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, and WinkBed Plus).

The “Softer” model is designed for those that want a lot of pressure relief, namely side sleepers and individuals with neck or shoulder pain, upper back pain, etc. The “Luxury Firm” option is the most popular given that it can work for all sleeping styles. The “Firmer” model is just for back and stomach sleepers, and we think they will indeed love the mattress.

WinkBed Plus is an extra-reinforced version of WinkBed with even more durable coils. This is made specifically for heavy people and is one of our favorite beds for those weighing over 250 lbs. It is also our pick for best mattress for back pain in 2020.

Nectar – Best Memory Foam Mattress of 2020

Why You’ll Like The Nectar Mattress — The biggest reason to get Nectar is that you want an affordable memory foam mattress. It doesn’t come with all of the features of more expensive beds, but it’s not supposed to. Nectar is designed to be a good value for those that want a comfortable mattress.

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Nectar has a traditional memory foam feel

Nectar is about 11” thick and has poly foam for support and memory foam for comfort—even the cover has gel foam infused. Naturally then, Nectar has a viscous, traditional dense foam feel.

It’s firmer to start, but softens as pressure and heat are applied (i.e. you lay on the mattress). We rate it at around a 6/10 or between a “medium” and “medium-firm.” As such, we think it’s about the right firmness level for all sleeping positions, so long as you like the dense foam and want a slightly firmer feel. Nectar is truly the best mattress made of memory foam we have reviewed this year.

Saatva Classic – Top Rated Firm Bed

Why Saatva Is So Awesome — This is the Internet’s favorite innerspring mattress. It’s the closest thing to a traditional mattress that you can find online, but it still has many of the advantages of these mail order mattresses (even though Saatva does not ship in a box). The first of which is free shipping and a 180-night trial period.

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Saatva is an innerspring mattress with a Euro top cover

Saatva has two layers of coils and a fluffy Euro top cover. It even comes in three comfort profiles, as they like to say: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. The “Luxury Firm” is the most popular model, and it’s about a 7/10 on our firmness scale, which is a “medium-firm.”

Saatva just has a luxurious aesthetic and is a really supportive, comfortable mattress. It’s great for those that want a mattress that feels familiar, but has several modern advantages. It is truly the best firm mattress Slumber Yard has tested in 2020.

Layla Hybrid – Highest Rated Soft Mattress

What’s So Special About Layla Hybrid — As much as we like the Original Layla mattress, Layla Hybrid is our favorite. It has a soft memory foam feel and coils for support, in addition to being double-sided (i.e. two different firmness options on one mattress). It’s our experts’ pick for best soft mattress of 2020.

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Layla Hybrid is double sided and has coils in the center

The “Soft” side is really soft, plush even. We rate it at around a 2-3/10 on our firmness scale, which translates into a “medium-soft.” It’s just about as soft as Casper Nova Hybrid. The “Firm” side is only a little firmer at about a 5/10, or a “medium.”

As a result, Layla Hybrid is one of our favorite soft mattresses for side sleepers. It offers a great deal of compression and pressure relief. That said, you don’t feel unsupported because of the pocketed coils that are in the middle of the mattress.

Tuft And Needle – Best Budget Bed

Why We Are Big Fans Of Tuft and Needle — When the online mattress craze kicked off, Tuft & Needle was one of the original best mattress brands. They were selling a simple yet comfortable mattress at really affordable prices. They still do that today, only they make more than just one mattress.

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T&N is one of the original online mattress brands

The Original Tuft & Needle is highly affordable (around $600 for the queen) and is nearly universally accepted as comfortable. It has a soft foam feel and is around a “medium” on our scale. It’s really the best bed for a guest room, teens, kids, college students, and those on a strict budget.

Purple Mattress – Best Cooling Mattress of 2020

Why You Might Love Purple — If you’re looking for a traditional/familiar mattress, you might want to look elsewhere because Purple is totally unique (in a good way) and definitely not your average mattress. But what makes Purple so “unique?” It all has to do with Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a gel-like material that’s the main comfort layer on all of their beds.

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A look at the Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid in the Purple mattress

If you can envision a 6’ x 7’ Dr. Scholl’s insole, that’s essentially what Hyper-Elastic Polymer is. It’s not something you’d immediately think would work on a mattress, but we’re huge fans for a few reasons.

First off, it’s comfortable, albeit new. Secondly, it’s responsive so you never really get a “stuck” feeling in the mattress—you can free rotate positions at night. Thirdly, it’s fantastic for hot sleepers. It helps to circulate airflow and does not seem to retain heat.

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Here is the Purple Hybrid mattress (aka Purple 2)

Purple makes a number of different mattresses. The most popular is Purple Original, though our favorite is Purple Hybrid Premier, which costs a pretty penny, that’s for sure. All of the beds come with free returns. Purple is easily the best cooling bed of 2020.

Bear Hybrid – Best Pillow Top Mattress

Why Bear Hybrid Is So Comfy — The easiest way to describe Bear Hybrid is a pillow top innerspring mattress. It has 8” coils for support and a fluffy pillow top for comfort. It has more of a traditional feel, but is highly comfortable.

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Bear Hybrid has pocketed coils, soft foams, and a fluffy cover

Bear Hybrid is around a true “medium” or 5/10 on our firmness scale. As such, it should work for stomach, back, and side sleepers equally. If you want a firm or soft mattress, obviously, it’s not the right choice, but it tends to be a good option for those that rotate sleeping styles at night.

One interesting element about Bear Hybrid is that it features an upgraded cover that’s made with Celliant, which is a textile that’s approved by the FDA as a “general wellness device.” Celliant is supposed to, among other things, help with circulation and restful sleep. Does it work? A few of our team members swear by it, but we don’t have any hard evidence. Either way, make sure to check out the Bear Hybrid, our 2020 pick for the best pillow top mattress.

Avocado Green Mattress – Best Natural Mattress of 2020

Why Avocado Is A Great Mattress — No doubt about it, Avocado is the most popular natural and organic mattress. It’s an incredibly nice mattress that’s supportive, responsive and able to handle a variety of sleeping positions and body types.

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Avocado is really nice bed that incorporates high quality materials

The design of Avocado is fairly straightforward, but that’s the point. It has recycled steel coils coupled with organic latex foam. That’s pretty much it, though the cover is made with wool and organic cotton.

By default, Avocado measures about 11” thick, but you can pay a little more for an optional pillow top, making it 13” thick. The 11” model is truly firm, whereas the 13” model is a medium-firm. All in all, however, it’s a comfortable mattress that’s durable, resilient, and responsive. It is everything you need in a mattress, making it this year’s best natural and organic bed.

Helix Sleep – Top Rated Custom Bed

Why We Really Like Helix Sleep — They don’t just offer one mattress, they have an entire suite that ranges in feel, firmness, and price. They offer a number of soft beds and firm beds, as well as those in between.

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A look at the most popular Helix mattress (Midnight)

What’s interesting about Helix is that, while they offer about 10 different beds, they make the shopping experience easy and stress-free by offering a sleep quiz. It takes a few minutes to complete but at the end of it they make a personalized recommendation to you. They basically take all of the guesswork out of it.

But it’s not just that they make finding a mattress easy, they also make darn good beds. All of them are hybrid mattresses with a mix of various foams. They even make a bed that’s specifically designed for heavy individuals—and that is Helix Plus. There’s no way around this bed being the highest rated custom bed of 2020.

Review team

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

Best Mattress Types

Now that you’ve had plenty of time to see our top picks for the best mattress, we thought it might be helpful to do a section on the different types of mattresses and consumer preferences. Here’s a quick list of what we’ll be covering:

  • Hybrid & Innerspring
  • Memory Foam
  • Classic/Neutral Foam
  • Latex
  • Pillow Top
  • New Concepts

Excluding water and air beds, those are the main types of mattresses that you’ll see online and in-store. Beyond the type of mattress, however, we will also discuss the following:

  • Sleeping Positions & Firmness
  • People & Body Types
  • Health Conditions
  • Pricing
  • Use Case
  • Mattress Sizes

This is going to be a lengthy segment, but hopefully you get all of the details you need when considering a mattress purchase.

Hybrid & Innerspring Mattresses

When most people think of a mattress they envision an innerspring mattress, meaning a bed with coils at the base. Generally speaking, we use the term “hybrid mattress” and “innerspring mattress” interchangeably, though they are slightly different when you get down to the specifics.

The short story is that all innerspring mattresses (or coil/spring mattresses) are hybrid mattresses, but not all hybrid mattresses are innerspring mattresses. The minute difference is that hybrid mattresses are just beds that combine two dissimilar materials such as coils and foam or foam and Hyper-Elastic Polymer, just to use two examples. An innerspring mattress is just a bed with coils for support.

You can learn more by visiting our Best Hybrid & Innerspring Mattress guide.

Memory Foam Mattress

The most popular type of mattress is the memory foam mattress. And that’s the case for several reasons, not least of which is that these beds tend to be affordable to make and can be built in darn near every configuration.

Typically, memory foam has a sink-in feeling that’s viscous. It can be dense, soft, and in between. It tends to offer pressure relief, but be somewhat supportive as well.

There is also gel memory foam, which is pitched as the “cooler sleeping” alternative. In most cases, gel memory foam does in fact sleep cooler, but it’s not going to take a warm-sleeping bed and turn it cold.

You can learn more about memory foam in our Best Memory Foam Mattress buying guide.

Classic/Neutral Foam Mattresses

We described them as “classic” or “neutral” foam mattresses, however, they technically are polyurethane foam mattresses. We just use the terms “classic” or “neutral” because most people don’t know what poly foam is.

The short story here is that poly foam beds tend to be highly affordable and have a soft-to-the-touch feel—just like a standard piece of foam. They’re simple, but most people find them comfortable, and you can find them all over the place.

A great example of a poly foam mattress is Tuft & Needle, which has two layers of the foam. Most beds, however, will use some poly foam in their construction, it’s just that the budget-tier beds tend to use more of it, including in the comfort layers.

Again, these are simple beds, but the overwhelming majority of people seem to find them comfy. They’re great for kids, guest rooms, teens, and those on a tight budget. Interestingly, if you have a studio apartment or live in a really small space, these tend to be the mattresses that are easiest to move, so just keep that in mind.

Latex Mattresses

Most people aren’t aware of latex mattresses, but they’re some of our favorites. There are numerous upsides to a latex mattress, including the fact that they often contain natural and organic materials. Interestingly, latex foam itself is actually more commonly referred to as a “latex rubber pad” because it’s made from the sap of a rubber tree.

Latex foam is responsive and breathable, almost like a sponge. It sounds odd, but somehow it makes for a comfortable mattress. If you don’t like the “sink-in” feeling from memory foam and would instead prefer a bouncy/springy feeling, you will almost certainly like latex foam.

Another advantage of latex foam is that it has an open-cell construction, meaning it has thousands of tiny holes that allow for airflow circulation. This makes latex mattresses ideal for hot sleepers that want a bed that naturally remains cooler during the night.

There’s more to learn about latex mattresses and you can get that information in our Best Latex Mattress article.

Pillow Top Mattresses

A pillow top mattress is just one that has an extra comfort layer on top. You can find pillow top mattresses that have a support core made of foam, such as Loom & Leaf, and those with coils, such as Helix Luxe. They tend to be more luxurious and carry a premium price tag.

Most people think that pillow top mattresses are soft, however, that’s not always true. You can find them in just about every firmness configuration. You can learn more about these beds in our Best Pillow Top Mattress guide.

New Concepts

With the emergence of online mattress brands we are starting to see some really clever design concepts, ranging from proprietary foams to gel materials that involve no foam whatsoever.

The most famous “new concept” mattress is the Purple mattress. This bed has a gel material (aka Hyper-Elastic Polymer) as its primary comfort layer. It’s essentially a big Dr. Scholl’s insole that’s the width and length of a mattress. You will see this on the Original Purple and Purple Hybrid mattress, and a similar material on Intellibed.

Another new concept is the “zoned support” construction, which was made famous by Casper Wave. All of their premium beds include a zoned support design, which basically provides additional support for the core of your body and additional pressure relief for your shoulders.

One other thing that you’ll see are perforated foams. Casper calls this “Airscape,” but every brand has their individual name for the technology. The idea here is that the pinholes help to pull through more air to keep you cooler at night.

A type of bed that fell out of style for many years was the two sided flippable mattress. The idea is simple, but they tend to make really nice beds. Basically, you have two mattresses in one because the top and bottom are both usable. Some beds will have two of the same firmness levels, such as Idle Sleep, and others will have two different firmness levels on the same bed, such as Layla.

Sleeping Positions

There are three core sleeping positions: side, stomach, and back. We’ve found that about 60-70% of people are primary side sleepers and back and stomach sleepers are both around 15-20% of the population.

If you rotate frequently between multiple sleeping positions you are what we call a “combination sleeper” or “combo sleeper.” According to our research nearly 90% of people report sleeping in multiple positions during the night.

Side Sleepers

By far the most common sleeping position is the side. This means that there’s a great deal of variation and there is no single best type of mattress, brand, or firmness level. In general, however, side sleepers tend to prefer beds with a little extra pressure relief.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you need a soft mattress, but most people do tend to gravitate toward beds that are below about a 7 on the firmness scale (i.e. softer than a “medium-firm”). What most people are looking for is that they don’t have extra pressure points under their shoulders and hips in particular.

You can learn more about the topic in our full guide to the Best Mattress For Side Sleepers.

Stomach Sleepers

The second most popular sleeping position is the stomach, though most chiropractors would tell you it’s the worst position for spinal alignment. Even so, a lot of people love sleeping on their stomach, so it’s necessary to provide guidance on the subject. Luckily, the advice is pretty simple when it comes to stomach sleepers: get a firm mattress. How firm, that’s up to you.

There’s a lot more to learn in our full guide to the Best Mattress For Stomach Sleepers.

Back Sleepers

A minority of sleepers tend to favor their back during the night. According to our research it’s less than 20% of people—in some cases as low as 12%. Regardless, advice for back sleepers is similar to that for stomach sleepers: choose a firmer mattress. Everyone will be different and prefer a different style of bed and specific firmness level, but generally speaking, the firm mattresses appeal mostly to back and stomach sleepers.

As you might expect we also have a full guide to the Best Mattress For Back Sleepers.

Combination Sleepers

As we mentioned above, nearly 90% of people are combo sleepers, which means they rotate positions during their sleep. For the most part, combo sleepers prefer beds that fall between a “medium-soft” and “medium-firm.” If you’re more of a side sleeper, perhaps a softer bed makes more sense. Similarly, if you tend to sleep more on your stomach, maybe the firmer beds appeal to you.

There’s a lot more to be learned by reading our full guide to the Best Mattress For Combination Sleepers.

People & Body Types

Beyond sleeping position, we also recognize that certain individuals are shopping for a mattress based on body type, age, and relationship status. For instance, one of the most common questions we field is with regard to the best mattress for heavy people and advice surrounding overall support of the mattress. The short answer is that large and overweight people should be choosing extra-supportive beds, most of which have coils. There are even certain beds that are specifically made for people that weigh above 300 lbs.

We also get questions about mattresses for kids. Our full guide goes into great detail on what’s important for your children, but most of the time it comes down to finding an accommodating, affordable mattress that has the necessary certifications such as CertiPUR-US.

In regards to a mattress for teenagers and even those for college students, we provide similar advice, though we focus a little more on the support of the mattress. Obviously, with most kids, the support isn’t an issue because they weigh so little. When you start talking about college students and teenagers, weight comes into play a little more. Price is still important, but we need to pay attention also to sleeping position, material preferences, and support type.

With regard to finding a mattress for seniors, it’s difficult to offer specific advice because health conditions often drive much of the selection process. All we can say is that support is important, but you also need to balance it with cushioning. Also, the setup and delivery process is worth exploring further because you don’t really want an elderly person setting up a new mattress. This is why we tend to favor beds with white glove delivery for older folks.

When it comes to finding a mattress for couples, we have to temper expectations a little. Finding the right bed for one person is tough, but two different people is a real challenge. Oftentimes, the best mattress for couples is one that appeals to the more sensitive sleeper. In other words, if one person has back pain and the other is perfectly healthy, it makes more sense to choose a mattress to help with the back pain.

Aside from that suboptimal situation, there are a few clever ideas. First, you could get an adjustable mattress such as those from Sleep Number or Saatva that allow each partner to customize their side of the bed independently. Alternatively, you could get a “fused” mattress that has two different firmness levels, and the mattress is just split down the center. You could also choose a split king or split California mattress, which entails basically two separate mattresses pushed next to each other. This might be the best option if one person is a light sleeper or is really concerned with motion isolation.

Athletes and those with an active lifestyle will often proposition us for advice. It really comes down to the person, but we did post a full guide to the Best Mattress For Athletes.

Health Conditions

Most people don’t buy a bed just because they love spending $1,000. They do so because it (hopefully) solves a problem for them—and most of the time, that problem is a health condition.

The most common condition is back pain, whether that is sciatica pain, scoliosis, low back pain, etc., but we do also get inquiries regarding fibromyalgia and arthritis on occasion.

Our advice here is usually the same. We are not doctors, though we have consulted health experts in the making of many of our guides and articles. We do not give health advice and we urge you to consult your physician before making any life changes, such as buying a new mattress.

That applies to other issues as well, such as snoring and sleep apnea and allergies. We want to be helpful, but we request that you speak with your doctor during the process of shopping for a new mattress. We have done a great deal of research, but it won’t come close to the knowledge that your doctor has.

For issues such as hot flashes and night sweats, we feel a lot more comfortable providing advice about the type of mattress to look for. Assuming that your issue is you get really hot at night, there are a few routes you could go. First, you could get an active-cooling mattress such as Brooklyn Aurora. Second, you could get a bed that offers a lot of airflow such as Purple. Third, you could get a firm mattress because, generally speaking, most firm beds sleep cooler than their soft counterparts. Fourth, you could get a latex hybrid mattress—these usually do a good job of airflow circulation and tend to be firmer. Lastly, you could try something totally unique such as the Eight Sleep Pod that offers active cooling/heating via a water pump. There are a lot of options available.

Pricing For Highest Rated Mattresses

Almost everyone is concerned about the price of a new mattress, but fortunately with how competitive the mattress landscape is, prices have remained relatively flat over the past few years. If you want a cheap or budget mattress, they certainly are not in short supply, particularly online. If you want a mattress on Amazon, or even a mattress from Walmart, the list continues to grow. The best thing that ever happened to consumers with regard to mattresses was the bed-in-a-box revolution.

As you start looking at price points, however, the list of available beds is narrowed slightly, but there are still plenty of great options. For instance, we posted a guide to the Best Mattress Under $500, and there were about two dozen mattresses that we had to sift through to pick our favorites.

The list of mattresses under $300 was a little more difficult to create, but fortunately there are some extra-cheap beds online nowadays. Not only that, but typically when people want a bed at that price point, they are looking for the smaller sizes. No one is really expecting to get a king size mattress under the $300 threshold.

The most popular price point we’ve found is the under $1,000 price point. This encompasses that lion’s share of bed-in-a-box mattresses and even some in-store models. You would be surprised at what you can get for just $1K. Some of our favorite hybrid mattresses sell for under $1K.

If you want a luxury mattress, however, you’re probably looking for at the under $2,000 price range—or even more if you’re particularly comfortable financially. Either way, the beds selling for $1,500+ are superb in many cases. For instance, the Avocado mattress is an organic mattress with more health certifications than you could count. Also, TempurPedic starts at around the $2,000 price point. Even WinkBed, one of our favorite hotel mattresses, sells for around this price point.

Use Case

Most people are driven by the topics that we’ve already covered in this article, but some folks are buying a bed for a specific use case, such as a bunk bed or car camping. In these “use case” scenarios, the bed itself isn’t the most important thing, it’s actually the utility of the mattress that’s key.

For instance, if you want a new RV mattress, you’re making a decision more to fit the use case than to find the best mattress overall. It’s more important to find a mattress that fits your RV space than to find the world’s most comfortable mattress. We totally get that, and have tried to craft our guides accordingly.

Additionally, price becomes more important in these scenarios. No one wants to spend an arm and a leg on a new mattress for a guest room or Airbnb vacation rental property. Sure, you want a comfortable mattress, but most of all you want a bed that’s light on the wallet. Fortunately, in these situations, someone is not sleeping on the bed every night so you have a lot of flexibility in the type and price of mattress you choose.

Mattress Sizes

The size of your mattress is important, but it often doesn’t drive your purchase decision. Even so, let’s take a quick second to discuss the major sizes in the US. The most popular is the queen mattress, which measures 60” W x 80” L. The reason it’s so popular is that it’s so versatile—it can work for individuals and couples.

The second most popular size is the king mattress, which is 76” W x 80” L, making it about 25% larger than the queen. This is the best option for most couples, excluding the taller ones, which would prefer the California king size mattress since it’s a little longer.

Next in terms of popularity is the full size mattress, which is about 54” W x 75” L, which means it’s about 15% smaller than the queen. The full makes sense for teenagers and college students.

Interestingly, the twin mattress is more popular than the Cal king mattress. The twin measures 38” W x 75” L and is best for kids.

The least common size of mattress in the United States is the twin XL mattress, which is a longer version of the twin at 80” long. The twin XL is designed for taller kids and teenagers.

Common Delivery Methods

Whether you buy a bed in-store or online, there are basically only three types of delivery. The most common, historically speaking, was the “next day” or “week of” delivery. In this case, the mattress retailer has their own distribution group that delivers beds to customers. This is how RC Willey and Mattress Firm operate. It’s a fine system, but it’s a little more involved for the consumer.

If you buy a bed online, otherwise known as a mail order mattress, the two delivery options you’ll see are (1) standard shipping and (2) white glove delivery. Standard shipping means the bed is compressed and fit inside a box or a bag for delivery by a major carrier such as FedEx or UPS. White glove delivery takes longer, but means that you do not have to set up a new mattress. The delivery company will bring the mattress to your home and set it up for you—even if you live in a high rise. Companies such as TempurPedic and Saatva offer white glove delivery by default.


What is the best type of mattress?

That depends on the sleeper. Some people will prefer a traditional innerspring feel, while others will want something new and innovative like Purple. It just depends on your personal preferences and body type.

What are the policies for an online mattress?

Most online brands will offer you free shipping, a risk-free trial period, free returns, and a 10-year warranty.

How much is a new mattress?

This depends on the size of mattress you want. The most popular is the queen mattress and the average price for a queen is around $1,200.

Are bed-in-a-box mattresses good?

They certainly can be. In fact, most of the mattresses you see in a store can also be found as a bed-in-a-box mattress. At this point, there’s very little difference between a legacy in-store mattress and an online mail order mattress.

How long is the warranty for a mattress?

Most mattresses have a warranty that last for 10 years, if not longer.