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Best Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Our complete list of the best-rated memory foam beds you can buy online.

Memory foam is an extremely popular bedding material, and it could be the most comfortable. It’s been around since the 60s and most people really like the feel of it. In this post, we break down our picks for the best memory foam beds (and gel memory foam) online today. And just you know, we are talking about value for the money. We might include a luxury mattress or a wallet-friendly one, but it’s all about getting the best bang for your buck.

HOW WE DECIDED

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Best Memory Foam Mattress

First, it’s important to note that we run a mattress review YouTube channel and website, so as you can imagine we’ve tested pretty much all the major online beds out there. I bring this up so you don’t think we randomly put this list together based on specs (as a lot of other mattress sites do). We actually test these beds, which gives us a large depository of experiences and knowledge to draw from. In any case, here’s the list of the best memory foam mattresses for the money:

  • Most Comfortable Mattress – Layla
  • Best Memory Foam Hybrid DreamCloud
  • Best Value Memory Foam Mattress Bear
  • Best Gel Memory Foam MattressNectar
  • Best Firm Memory Foam MattressLoom & Leaf
  • Best Responsive Design MattressAmerisleep

In terms of criteria, we obviously only included mattresses that we deem as memory foam mattresses. We define this term as any bed that has a memory foam type feel. As such, you’ll see several different types of constructions on this list. For example, you’ll see hybrid mattresses than contain both coils and layers of memory foam and you’ll see all-foam beds that contain different kinds of foam, but have a memory foam feel (most likely because that’s what its top layer is).

What Does A Memory Foam Mattress Feel Like?

For those of you who are new to researching beds or just never really paid attention to the kinds of beds you’ve slept on throughout your life, let me take a moment to explain the feel of memory foam. In general, as you lay down on memory foam, you’ll slowly sink in and the foam will contour or hug your body’s shape. Since the foam is shaping to your specific body, most sleepers will find memory foam provides ample relief for their pressure points. As for whether or not it will be comfortable, that’s up to you.

Now, obviously, that is a very generic description. As you will find out below, each memory foam bed will feel slightly different. Some are firm mattresses and others less firm, some have a dense feel, and some have more of a lighter feel. You really have to take it on a bed-by-bed basis. Lastly, we did not place any price restrictions on this list. It was hard to narrow down, but we simply tried to pick out what we thought were the seven best memory foam mattresses on the market. However, we have included “headlines” or titles for your convenience. All of our picks are available in the major sizes, including the king size mattress.

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DreamCloud is a great choice for people looking for a highly supportive and comfortable memory foam mattress. The bed totals 15" thick and combines coils with gel memory foam and a quilted cover. Overall, the bed provides a good amount of support and should work for all sleeping styles.
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Bear is a medium firm memory foam mattress that should work for all sleeping styles. Not only that, but it has gel memory foam and a special Celliant cover. All in all, it’s a really nice value for the money that sells for well under $1K for the queen mattress.
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Nectar is a (slightly) firm memory foam mattress that accommodates all sleeper types. Plus, the company often throws in two free pillows with purchase. Nectar, no doubt, is one of the best value beds on the market, particularly if you want a gel memory foam mattress.
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Loom & Leaf is a comfortable memory foam mattress from the respected online bedding brand Saatva. The mattress contains multiple, high-quality layers of memory foam in additional to an organic cotton cover. They have two comfort levels as well, including medium firm and firm.
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There is a good chance that Amerisleep offers the best gel-infused memory foam mattress. It features a new style of foam called “BioPure” that gives you the “contouring” effect you’re used to, but with faster response times. Not only that, but the company offers five different firmness levels and the option to select a hybrid mattress.

Introduction To Online Mattress Policies

Let me also quickly talk about how buying a mattress online works. In short, online bedding companies realize you won’t be able to go into a showroom and try their bed. Thus, they try to make it as easy, painless, and convenient as possible for consumers.

Most online companies offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns (if you decide you don’t like the mattress during the trial period), and a 10-year warranty. That’s the industry standard, but some companies actually offer even friendlier terms, so it’s important to research all this stuff before pulling the trigger on a new mattress. The significant majority of companies do not change their policies by size either. That means if you get a tiny bed or the king memory foam mattress you should still get the free shipping, returns, etc.

We almost always tell consumers to pay close attention to returns and warranties. Even if you’re confident that you’ll love a mattress you should protect yourself on the downside. Most retailers offer some sort of exchange/return policy, which is nice. You should confirm that with the retailer. For online brands, they will typically offer 100-night trial periods, as mentioned above, where you can test the bed for yourself. The bottom line is that you want to make sure you’ve found the most comfortable memory foam mattress for you!

Regarding warranties, you should insist on at least a 10-year warranty. If the bed has a 5-year warranty, move on to the next. You’ll probably keep the bed for at least 7 years so make sure the warranty is long enough. We’ve seen a few bed companies even offer lifetime warranties, which is pretty amazing. All this is to say that you should (a) look into the warranty and (b) don’t settle on anything with less than a 10-year warranty.

DreamCloud Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • All body types (small, medium and large)
  • People who prefer a memory foam feel
  • Folks who want a thick, durable mattress
  • All sleeping styles, though, it's not as firm as it used to be
  • Those of you who want long-term protection (everlong warranty)
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Best Hybrid Memory Foam Mattress

The DreamCloud mattress is a premium, hybrid bed that is comprised of several different layers. The bed uses an 8″ pocketed coil support system in addition to various layers of poly foam and memory foam. However, despite the thick layer of gel memory foam near the top of the bed, DreamCloud isn’t your typical memory foam bed.

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DreamCloud has 8″ coils, meaning it’s highly supportive

Instead of a sink-in type feel, the bed actually has more of a memory foam feel with a pillow topper touch (and some bounce). You sleep more on top of the bed rather than in it. Don’t get me wrong, the bed is still soft-to-the-touch and comfortable but the euro top and layer of memory foam don’t conform to your body all that much. Some people happen to really like this type of feel. Dillon on our team can vouch for that. He’s been sleeping on a DreamCloud mattress for over a year now and absolutely loves it.

That said, the bed recently got an update that took it from a firm feel to more of medium feel. This is both good and bad. It’s good in the sense that it means more people can comfortably sleep on DreamCloud. It’s bad in the sense that it’s not as firm, and therefore certain back/stomach sleepers will find it to be too cushiony.

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In terms of firmness, we’d rate DreamCloud as a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think it’s a comfortable mattress for all sleeping positions, but not overly perfect for one position in particular. Due to the coils, firmness and overall thickness of the bed, we also think DreamCloud is a great option for heavier folks (250+ lb). The bed provides more than enough support for these body types. In fact, DreamCloud even made our list for the Best Beds For Heavy People.

Lastly, let me just say that DreamCloud is actually fairly cost-effective considering all you get. You can typically purchase a queen size for around $1,200 (after discount). If you walked into your local mattress store asking for a similar mattress, the MSRP would likely be much higher.

Bear Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • People that want a medium-firm memory foam mattress
  • If you want a bed that’s made in the USA
  • Budget shoppers that want a great mattress for the money
  • Anyone that’s intrigued with Bear's Celliant cover
  • If you’re specifically after a gel memory foam mattress

Best Cheap Memory Foam Mattress

Bear is an all-foam mattress in a box that totals 10″ thick and comes with both gel memory foam and a Celliant cover. That said, the real star of the show is the price tag, which is why we consider it one of the best mattresses for the money. Last we checked, Bear was selling the queen mattress for around $800 pre-discount, which is just amazing.

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Bear is one of the best value mattresses online

In terms of firmness, we rate Bear as a medium-firm mattress, or slightly softer—it’s actually really close to the firmness of Nectar. As such, we think all sleeping styles will be just fine on this bed. It does have the dense/viscous feel that’s typically associated with memory foam.

We should point out that the original Bear Mattress is best for small and average-sized people. Given it’s an all-foam bed that is only 10″ thick, heavier folks (250 lb+) would be better off with a bed that contains coils for added support—such as Bear Hybrid.

Nectar Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • All types of sleepers that want one of the best value mattresses out there
  • Folks who prefer a firm memory foam feel (it's between a medium and medium-firm)
  • Hesitant consumers (365-night trial period)
  • Petite and medium-size individuals
  • Anyone that's looking for a gel memory foam mattress

Best Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The Nectar mattress is an 11″ thick gel memory foam mattress that contains three layers of memory foam. It has a transition layer of hi-core memory foam and then two layers of gel memory foam on top. Considering it contains multiple layers of the stuff, you’d probably think this bed has a fluffy, stereotypical memory foam feel. In actuality, though, it has a somewhat firm, dense gel memory foam feel.

At first, when you lay down on Nectar, it feels like a truly firm memory foam mattress, but after about 5-7 seconds, you slowly sink in and the top layers start to cradle your pressure points. In other words, don’t judge the bed after two seconds. Give the mattress and your body several seconds to adjust. After that, we think most people will find the bed comfortable.

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Nectar is a mattress for memory foam lovers (and those looking for the best value)

Overall, we’d rate the mattress around a medium to medium firm on the firmness scale. The gel memory foam actually provides a pretty good balance between support and pressure relief, all things considered. As such, we think the bed accommodates all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back or stomach.

Like a few of the other beds on this list, though, Nectar also comes with a nice added benefit—it’s one of the best value memory foam mattresses you can buy. But, not only is it reasonably priced, but the company is almost always running a special where they toss in two free pillows when you purchase a mattress. That’s great news for those of you who are either sleeping on 10-year pillows or just want to overhaul your entire bedroom setup. You should get the pillows regardless of the size of bed you choose, including the king size mattress.

Loom & Leaf Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who want a luxury gel memory foam mattress
  • All sleeper types
  • People who want options (they have medium firm and the firm memory foam models)
  • Eco-conscious consumers (organic cotton cover)
  • Anyone looking for a really nice foam mattress

Best Firm Memory Foam Mattress

The short story on Loom & Leaf is that it’s an attainable luxury mattress that comes with multiple added benefits. It’s definitely not a bottom-dollar bed per se, but Saatva—the company behind Loom & Leaf—has taken a value approach. In other words, no, it’s not the cheapest bed you can get, but it’s one of the nicest you can get, and the MSRP isn’t crazy. It’s one of the best-rated memory foam beds online.

There are two “Comfort Levels” with Loom & Leaf. The most popular is the Relaxed Firm, which is about a medium-firm, and is good for all sleeping positions. The Firm model is quite firm and is really only designed for back and/or stomach sleepers who typically gravitate toward firmer mattresses.

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The Relaxed Firm option will work for all sleeping positions

It also happens to be one of the thicker, heftier all-foam beds out there, which means it’s a viable option for certain larger individuals. And who could forget about the cover? It has an organic cotton cover that smells earthy, healthy, and fresh (I know that sounds odd, but it does smell nice).

Perhaps the most unique thing about Loom & Leaf, though, is that in the center third of the bed, on top of the gel memory foam, there is a special strip for temperature regulation purposes. It won’t make you cold, but it does do a nice job of preventing you from heating up excessively. In fact, as a result of that gel strip, Loom & Leaf is one of our favorite memory foam beds for temperature regulation (along with the Cocoon Chill and GhostBed Luxe).

Amerisleep

BEST FOR:

  • Shoppers that want a gel infused memory foam mattress
  • If you want the choice between all-foam and hybrid versions
  • People that want a super comfortable mattress
  • Fans of Celliant
  • If you want the option between a soft, medium, and firm mattress

Best Responsive Memory Foam Mattress

Amerisleep offers some of the most unique gel memory foam mattresses. Rather than having a dense/slow-responding foam, Amerisleep offers beds that give you pressure relief without the “stuck” sensation.

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Amerisleep offers some of the most comfortable memory foam mattresses

Interestingly, they offer five different beds that vary in firmness, thickness, and price, though all of them have gel infused memory foam (which they call “BioPure”). If you want a firm mattress, you will likely prefer AS1, whereas if you want a softer surface, AS5 is just that. If you want something in between, we recommend AS3, which is their most popular choice. All of them, we consider to be really comfortable.

It’s not just about the firmness levels, however. For a few of the beds they offer the all-foam and hybrid version, so you can choose which support system you prefer.

All in all, Amerisleep might not be offered at the same price point as Bear, Nectar, and others, but we do really like their mattresses. They have an interesting, comfortable feel that you won’t experience with many other memory foam beds.

For the queen mattress, the discounted price is usually somewhere around $1K for AS3. That’s very reasonable and we think a pretty good value for the money. As for the king mattress, we usually see AS3 for about $1,200-$1,400.

Review Team

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

How We Selected These Best Rated Memory Foam Beds

Narrowing down this list was extremely difficult. We’ve tested well over 100 different mattresses, the majority of which contain at least one layer of memory foam. Luckily, we have a whole team here at The Slumber Yard that is dedicated to researching and thoroughly testing each mattress. Having a large testing team gives us a diverse perspective on each bed since we all have different body types and sleeping preferences.

In order to put together this list, we considered a variety of different factors and specifications, including but not limited to:

Construction – we pay special attention to how each mattress is built. We obviously hold in high regard mattresses that we feel are constructed with high quality materials. All of these beds have memory foam, but if you’ve visited other parts of our site you well know that we’ve reviewed dozens of mattresses of all types.

Price – we tend to give higher grades to beds that we feel are a good value. In other words, we like mattresses that have high-quality constructions but also won’t break the bank.

Sleeper Type – this term refers to your primary sleeping position(s). We always make sure to note which beds are best for side sleepers and which beds are best for back and stomach sleepers (typically firmer ones).

Support – beds that provide proper support for sleepers move up in the rankings. This is a key factor in our selection process. Without proper support, individuals will likely wake up with back pain, aches or health related issues.

Pressure Relief – in addition to support, mattresses should also provide a decent amount of pressure relief for certain parts of your body. To be specific, pressure relief is crucial for the hips and shoulders. Having pressure relief should help to make the mattress more comfortable.

Motion Isolation – we like to test how well each mattress deadens movement. This factor is especially important for people who share a bed with a partner or a pet.

Edge Support – this is another important consideration for people who share a bed. You’ll want a mattress that provides a good amount of support even around the perimeter.

Company Policies – we pay attention to things like shipping, returns, warranties and trial periods.

Sizes – The most sought after is the queen size mattress. For the majority of people (over 50%), the queen size memory foam mattress has just become the default, whether that’s because of price, comfort, or size. Of course, all brands offer everything from the twin to king size mattress, but most people will end up with the queen size.

Comfort – Yes, comfort is subjective, but we have provided plenty of options for the most comfortable memory foam mattress. There’s no guaranty that these beds will be the most comfortable to you, but that’s why the companies have trial periods—so you can gauge comfort for yourself.

This isn’t the exhaustive list of selection criteria but it should at least give you an idea of some the aspects we consider.

Best Firm Memory Foam Mattress

As we mentioned above, memory foam beds tend to land around a S or M on the firmness scale. However, there are several memory foam mattresses on the market that we would consider medium firm to firm.

Now keep in mind, individuals who prefer firm mattresses tend to sleep on their back or belly. Generally speaking, firmness is loosely correlated with support, meaning the firmer the mattress the more support it offers. That’s not always the case but it makes sense given back/stomach sleepers require beds that provide ample lumbar support. If you’re interested in an firm mattress there are plenty of memory foam brands that have options for you. That said, the medium firm mattress is the most popular option if you’re interested in memory foam.

How Temperature Affects Memory Foam

Memory foam is very sensitive to temperature. The same bed can feel quite different depending on your surrounding environment. For brevity sake, the warmer the room, the more memory foam will sink in. Conversely, the colder the room, the firmer memory foam will feel.

We don’t want to get too far into the weeds but as temperatures rise, viscosity is reduced. For those of you who are new to the term viscosity, all it refers to is the degree of fluidity. Materials and objects with low viscosity behave more fluidly. Memory foam is engineered with visco-elastic polymers, which is why it’s so sensitive to changes in temperatures.

Now I know all this fancy scientific talk might be confusing but we simply wanted to bring it up to explain why some people might feel like their particular memory foam mattress is too pressure relieving or too firm. If you live in Arizona and never turn on your air conditioner, chances are your bed is going to feel a lot more cushioned than someone who lives in North Dakota and only uses a tiny space heater in their room.

Wallet-Friendly Options

Lucky for you there is no shortage of memory foam beds on the market. That means you’ll find options from $200 all the way up to $4,000-$5,000. With anything in life, we would like to remind you of the old adage “you get what you pay for”. If you pay too little, chances are the mattress won’t last longer than 2-5 years. Instead of taking your chances, you’d be better off looking at our list of the Best Value Mattresses, which obviously includes a couple memory foam picks. We’ve already done the legwork for you. We’ve tested all these beds and only listed the ones that we feel offer a nice balance between value and durability—and they still should be comfortable.

What Is Considered A Value Mattress

This is really a subjective question. Terms like best value for the money differ from person to person. One person might think a $250 bed is price-sensitive, while another person might think a $1,250 bed is price-sensitive. But that’s why we are here. Like I’ve mentioned several times now, we’ve researched and tested well over 100 mattresses so we have a pretty good idea of what should be considered market rate.

With that said, we’d say the average MSRP for an online mattress is around $1K. That’s based on a queen size mattress. To us, it just seems like the majority of online memory foam mattresses come in between $900-$1,100. As such, we’d say any queen size bed that you can purchase for under $700 should be considered approachable given current market dynamics. Keep in mind, a lot of online mattress companies regularly offer deals and coupon codes so just because a mattress is listed at $850 doesn’t mean you can’t actually snag it for under $700.

Different Pricing Options

If you can only spend $499, you’re definitely looking at more of the quote unquote value memory foam mattresses. That’s okay though, cost-effective doesn’t always mean poor quality. Check out our list of the Best Beds Under $500 for a list of mattresses (including memory foam beds) that we think are a solid value. For a king size memory foam mattress, we consider them reasonably-priced if they’re under $1.5K.

Now if you have a cash reserve of $1K, your options open up quite a bit. As we mentioned above, $1K is sort of the sweet spot in the online mattress space. To tell you the truth, you’ll be inundated with options. The whole process of shopping for a mattress online might even become overwhelmingly with that kind of spending reserve. That’s where we come in. Again, we’ve already done all the hard work for you. Just sit back, relax and check out our list of the Best Mattresses Under $1,000. You’re sure to find a few memory foam options on that list to satisfy your bedding desires.

Other Retail Outlets

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’ll find dozens of memory foam beds for sale at various online retailers. After all, online shopping is not only taking over the retail industry but some would argue the company is taking over the world as well (that might be a little over-dramatic). A couple of our favorite online mattress brands include Linenspa and Lucid. Both of these companies offer several different types of mattresses, including of course memory foam options. While Lucid and Linenspa beds aren’t the most premium or luxurious mattresses in the world, they’ll definitely get the job done. Plus, they’re extremely attainable in terms of price, which make them a great option for toddlers, kids, teenagers and college students.

Value Picks

We’ve referenced the term “value” a few times now in this post so we figured it was time to explain exactly what we mean by that. In our eyes, “best for the money” or “value” doesn’t necessarily mean the most cost-effective option available. We actually like to think that these terms are more related to financial concepts like return on investment or price/performance ratio. In other words, which mattresses will be supportive and durable yet also won’t cost you an arm and a leg. That’s how we approach value here at The Slumber Yard. If you’re a value shopper, you’ll definitely want to check out our list of the Best Beds For the Money. You’ll see our pick for the Best Value Memory Foam Mattress on that list. In the past we’ve chosen a pick for the king size mattress and the others, but we try to not get too specific now because all the brands make all the sizes.

The Best Memory Foam Mattress Brands

There are a lot of memory foam mattress brands out there—probably over 100. We’ve tested just about every memory foam mattress from every mattress brand that is worth your time. With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the best memory foam mattress brands:

  • Amerisleep
  • Bear Mattress
  • Cocoon by Sealy
  • DreamCloud
  • GhostBed
  • Layla Sleep
  • Loom & Leaf by Saatva
  • Nectar Sleep
  • TempurPedic

Best Foundations, Box Springs & Frames For Memory Foam Beds

To be quite honest, most memory foam beds on the market will work with all sorts of foundations, box springs and bed frames. Chances are, your existing setup will probably work just fine. You won’t need to run out and purchase a new frame or foundation.

However, there are a few tips and tricks we can recommend to make sure your sleep surface remains viable. First, if you use a slat foundation, you’ll want to make sure the slats are no more than 8” apart. Too much space in between slats can lead to sagging and body impressions. Next, if you use a platform foundation, you’ll want to make sure the wood or metal surface is firm enough to maintain proper spinal alignment but also flexible enough to withstand a little movement as well. Really, the bottom line is that you’ll want to make sure your sleep surface is solid, stable and flat. Get rid of anything that is sagging or unsupportive.

If you do need a new foundation and you’re feeling a little frisky, you may want to look into adjustable bed frames. These types of sleep surfaces are neat because you actually change the shape or position of the frame with a touch of a button. For example, if you want to watch TV, you can just elevate the head of the bed so that you’re almost in a seated position. A lot of these adjustable bed frames also come with massage functions built-in.

American Made Mattresses

Plenty of the memory foam beds out there are made abroad. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but certain people are opposed to it even if they have a CertiPUR-UR certification. As such, we specifically call out American made memory foam mattresses when we find them. For instance, Bear is an American made mattress despite being super approachable in terms of their pricing. Another option is Leesa which is technically a memory foam mattress that’s American made.

Sizing Discussion

As we noted above, the majority of shoppers end up with the queen size memory foam mattress, or whatever type of bed they’re interested in. The queen size bed is about 60″ wide and 80″ long, making it perfect for one person and semi-comfortable for two people. As a result, most of our reviews focus on the queen mattress, including when we reference price. That said, we do prefer the king size mattress and if you have the money and space we highly recommend it. The king size bed is the way to go since it allows a great deal of room to stretch out.


The Best Foam Mattress

We should clarify this first and foremost since I don’t want any confusion. When we refer to foam mattresses, we’re talking about all-foam beds that only contain foams. We’re excluding spring and hybrid mattresses as well as completely unique beds such as the Purple mattress. From what we’ve seen, however, all-foam beds tend to be the most popular online because they’re (a) generally more approachable in terms of pricing and (b) much easier to pack and ship. That said, there are plenty of great online mattresses that don’t just use foam.

Latex Foams

Some people are a bit off-put by the term latex since it sounds rubbery or artificial, but it’s actually quite the contrary. Latex foam has a number of positive elements and characteristics that people completely overlook. But before we discuss those, let’s walk through what latex foam is and its various forms. The material is made from the sap of a rubber tree primarily found in South America. It’s a biodegradable material—a lot of latex mattresses end up on our list of the best natural/organic beds. You will typically see either Talalay latex or Dunlop latex. Both are usually aerated (i.e. have holes) due to the manufacturing process.

Dunlop is usually denser and feels firmer than Talalay, which has been described as “pillowly”. In either case, you still get a number of benefits that are worth exploring. Latex tends to have better responsiveness than does memory foam. That means it returns to shape quickly and therefore makes switching positions relatively effortless. Additionally, they are airy and therefore breath more. Therefore if you’re concerned with temperature regulation, latex is definitely a viable option. In general also, you’ll find it to offer ample support and pressure relief. Just because you probably haven’t experienced many latex foam beds does not mean you should avoid them. In many cases, latex mattresses can be a wonderful, yet typically more expensive, option.

Proprietary Foams

In an effort to differentiate their products, several mattress brands have started creating and marketing proprietary foams. Generally these are still polyurethane-based, but a ‘secrete sauce’ mixed in. Tuft and Needle, for example, has their T&N Adaptive Foam and Casper Mattress has a few in-house foams. Sometimes the brand holds the patents and other times the actual manufacturer just whips up something new for the brand. In either case, there’s no hard and fast rule for evaluating them. Usually the foams are altered to increase airflow and we’ve been pleased with them, but still, you can’t say all are good or bad—you just need to judge them on a one-by-one basis.

In general, the proprietary foams make for some of the most comfortable foam mattresses on the market. They just invest more in the foam and design of the mattress. Casper is a great example. It’s a super comfortable foam mattress that uses special materials you won’t see on many other beds.

Polyurethane Foam Is In Almost Every Mattress

You will usually see a dense, thick layer of poly foam used as the support system for all-foam beds. It’s a price-conscious material, but also comes in different densities, which makes it the perfect foundation for a mattress. You will occasionally see a top layer that is poly foam (or mostly poly foam). That can be pretty common for more wallet-friendly beds. Nothing wrong with that, just make sure to form your own opinion. Also, you will see plenty of poly foam mattresses, meaning they can keep costs down without using more expensive materials. Despite the fact that the cost might be lower, you can get some really comfortable foam mattresses that purely use polyfoam.

Gel Memory Foam vs Traditional Memory Foam

So what’s the difference between gel and non-gel memory foam? When you hear “memory foam,” what comes to mind is most likely traditional memory foam, which is a dense material that cradles your body when you settle in for the night or a nap. It’s a firm material, though it softens up over time or when heat is applied. That’s what creates that sink-in feeling and what makes the mattress sort of cocoon you in the heat that comes off your body.

Gel memory foam, on the other hand, is a newer technology that incorporates – you guessed it – gel into the memory foam. While the overall feel of the material still leans heavily toward the traditional memory foam feel, the gel helps to improve temperature regulation. Basically, that added gel helps to keep you comfortable.

Gel memory foam is a great option for those who love that traditional sink-in memory foam feel, but are not so crazy about getting trapped in their own heat. Like we talked about before, the incorporated gel helps to keep you temperature down, so if you’re a warmer sleeper, but you’re just aching for that good ‘ole foamy feel – a gel memory foam bed has got your name on it.

When you’re gearing up to invest in a mattress, you of course want to know how long that investment is going to last. Generally, the lifespan of a mattress is about 10 years, give or take, and a lot of things factor into the actual number. Everything from frequency of use (is it a master bed or going in a guest bedroom or Airbnb) and weight of sleepers to the materials and construction go into determining the longevity of a bed.

About The Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress

Often times people get a gel mattress confused with a gel infused memory foam mattress. The former is a bed that incorporates some sort of gel in the foam, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a memory foam mattress. A gel infused memory foam mattress is one that has a special foam with little gel beads infused.

A few such examples are GhostBed Luxe, Layla, and Bear Mattress. These beds won’t necessarily make you cold, but they do a better job at temp. regulation than your average memory foam bed. Therefore, if you’re constantly warm in the middle of the night, you might want to try a gel infused memory foam mattress.

The Best Gel Memory Foam Mattress

In the next section we compare the gel memory foam mattress to the standard model. So if you want to learn about the material make sure to give that section a read. For everyone else, here’s our list of the best gel memory foam mattresses:

  • Amerisleep
  • GhostBed Luxe
  • Loom & Leaf
  • Layla Mattress
  • Muse Sleep
  • Nectar Lush
  • Puffy Lux

Obviously, that’s not a totally comprehensive list for gel memory foam beds, but it’s a fantastic place to start.

Advantages Of Foam Mattresses

There are a few big advantages that you get from most foam mattress. The first of which is reduced motion transfer. Again, this is in general, so keep that in mind. Motion transfer refers to how much motion travels across the mattress when we move someone or something on the other side. The real-world scenario usually involves one partner moving around and that motion disturbing the other partner. The better the mattress is at reducing motion transfer, the less likely you’ll be to constantly wake up when your partner rolls around at night. That’s obviously a good thing. On top of that, all-foam beds are lighter and therefore easier to move around and setup.

Another advantage is that a lot of people find foam mattresses to be comfortable. I am not sure if we’d consider them the most comfortable mattress, but they certainly seem to accommodate a lot of people. Some of the most comfortable foam mattresses on the market include Casper, Leesa, Puffy, and Tuft and Needle.

Disadvantages Of Foam Beds

Foam beds aren’t without their downsides, of course. For example, heavier individuals generally should err on the side of looking for more support with a bed and therefore end up preferring coil mattresses since they tend to be more durable over the long haul. So, durability is one concern with all-foam beds. To be fair though, there are several elements that affect durability, including density and thickness, but in general coil beds are more durable. Additionally, there are the downsides related to each type foam such as the heat problem with standard memory foam.

More About Sleeping Positions

The position you sleep in actually plays a significant role in choosing your mattress when it comes to feel and firmness. There are back, belly, side, and combo sleepers. No matter how you sleep, though, the goal is to keep your spine in alignment.

If you sleep on your back or belly, you’ll need a mattress that provides support around your hips and trunk area. That’s generally going to be a firmer bed.

If you sleep on your side, you’ll need a mattress that provides enough pressure relief around your shoulders and hips to prevent you from waking up with pins and needles all up and down your limbs. A good rule of thumb is to look for something cushiony enough that you don’t have a gap under your stomach when you lay on your side.

If you’re a combo sleeper, meaning you switch positions throughout the night, you’ll want a bed that’s somewhere in the middle. You still need support, while also needing pressure relief, so a bed that’s firm with a little give is probably a good option.

Caring For Your Mattress

The majority of mattresses have non-removable covers, which in turn means that very few mattresses have machine washable covers—Yogabed and Novosbed both do, however. That leaves you to spot clean whatever messes you make. If your breakfast in bed turns into a tipped tray or your dog soaks muddy paw prints through the sheets, you’ll have to spot clean.

Thankfully, spot cleaning is easy, even if it’s fairly inconvenient. All you need is warm water and a mild detergent. Use a cloth and press at the stain, but avoid getting the mattress too wet. And if you’re cleaning up a wet mess, you’ll want to use a dry cloth to sop up as much liquid as you can before going in with the soapy water. In the case of most little spills and whatnot, spot cleaning will suffice, but it probably won’t prevent staining.

Why Weight Is Important With A Mattress

A point we always like to throw in as a reminder is that the way a mattress feels will vary based on your body type. For example, a heavier individual may find a certain bed to be quite cushiony, someone who’s lighter will find that same bed to be firmer.

For reference, when we talk about “heavier individuals,” we generally mean people that are 225/250lb+, and when we talk about “petite individuals,” we mean people that are around 115lb and under.

It’s important to keep this in mind when you’re reading descriptions of mattress feel and firmness.

What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress For Back Pain?

The DreamCloud Mattress is a hybrid which combines coils and gel-infused memory foam to provide a supportive and comfortable night’s sleep. Considering sleepers receive maximum support from the pocketed coils, in addition to the bed’s slightly firmer profile, this mattress is a great choice for sleepers who suffer from back pain. 

What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress For Side Sleepers?

The Amerisleep Mattress is offered in “Soft,” “Medium,” and “Firm,” with the additional option of an all-foam or hybrid construction. Accordingly, this makes it a suitable option for side sleepers of all sizes. Petite side sleepers can choose a softer profile to ensure they receive a proper amount of pressure relief, while side sleepers who weigh more than around 230 lbs can opt for the “Medium” option if they want a mattress with a bit more support. 

What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress For Back Sleepers?

As one of the firmer memory foam mattresses we reviewed, the Loom & Leaf mattress is a great option for back sleepers. It is offered in a “Relaxed Firm” and “Firm,” and while their Relaxed Firm model is suitable for many sleeping positions, the Firm is a great option for back or stomach sleepers. Generally speaking, the firmer a mattress is, the more support it’s going to offer. 

What Is The Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattress?

Memory foam has a reputation for retaining heat, especially in traditional memory foam beds that feel viscous and slow responding. However, some brands go out of their way to design their memory foam beds with a special cooling tech like Loom & Leaf. Within the layers of the Loom & Leaf mattress is a laminated cooling gel sheet, made from the same material hospitals use to treat burn victims. Accordingly, we’d have to crown them one of the cooler memory foam mattresses we’ve seen. 

What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress For Couples?

People sleep differently and so when you are sharing the bed with someone else, it can be a challenge to find the perfect mattress for both. Amerisleep offers a range of different firmness options so couples can agree on a bed that accommodates them both. You can also choose between an all-foam or hybrid construction, which is helpful for couples who want a little added support. 

Loom & Leaf may also be a viable option for those who sleep with a partner. In addition to its cooling design and organic cotton cover, customers report superior motion transfer, which means they were not disturbed by their partner’s movement in bed.

What Is The Best Inexpensive Memory Foam Mattress?

The Bear memory foam mattress earned high reviews from our team, but in addition to its comfort, it is also one of the best-valued memory foam mattresses available. Starting at around $500 MSRP, the Bear mattress offers a comfortable 10” design, gel-infused memory foam, and a special Celliant cover to help boost performance and sleep quality. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Memory Foam Mattress?

Pros

  • Pressure point relief
  • Great at isolating motion transfer 
  • Conforming, hugging feel

Cons

  • Heat buildup
  • Off-gassing
  • Some are very heavy

Is A Memory Foam Mattress Good For Back Pain?

High-quality memory foam contours around the body, relieves pressure, and thus, helps to ease back pain. Finding the right memory foam mattress for your sleep style is key. Some memory foam mattresses are softer and airier, while others have a very firm and dense profile. What will work best for relieving our back pain will depend on your sleep style and the quality of foam. 

How Much Does A Memory Foam Mattress Cost?

Memory foam mattresses are available in a wide variety of costs, depending on quality and manufacturer. Some memory foam mattresses are available for as low as $100 while others cost well over $2,000.

FAQs

What are the best memory foam mattress brands?

There are numerous brands that make quality memory foam mattresses, but a few of our favorites are Bear, Loom & Leaf, Nectar, Amerisleep, DreamCloud, and TempurPedic. That's not an exhaustive list, but a good place to start nonetheless.

What's the difference between memory foam and gel memory foam?

Gel memory foam is newer tech that incorporates gel beads into the memory foam. It won't feel any different, but can help with temperature regulation.

Are memory foam mattresses expensive?

They don't have to be! In fact, many of the memory foam beds that we've reviewed are really affordable. Most beds online will be about $1,000 or less for the queen size.

What does memory foam feel like?

Memory foam usually has a "sink-in" sensation where it slowly contours to the shape of your body. It also remembers your shape, which is the reason it's named "memory foam." Memory foam can be firmer in a cold room and softer in a warm room.

Does memory foam sleep hot?

It can. Since you sink into the mattress it tends to "envelope" your body, thereby increasing your temperature. That said, not all memory foam beds sleep hot. In fact, there are plenty of cooling gel memory foam mattresses that will sleep on the cooler end of the spectrum. Also, the firmer the bed, the cooler it will typically sleep, but if you get a really soft memory foam bed, it can tend to trap heat.

How long will a memory foam mattress last?

The average memory foam mattress will last around eight to 10 years with proper care.

Which is the best memory foam mattress to buy?

This depends on your personal needs when it comes to sleep style, temperature regulation, quality, motion transfer, etc.

What is the best thickness for a memory foam mattress?

This will vary from person to person, depending on the weight of an individual. Ideal mattress thickness may range from 9 inches to 12 inches.

What is the best memory foam mattress on Amazon?

Amazon memory foam mattress best sellers include Lucid and Casper.

Is a memory foam mattress good?

For many people, yes. If you are seeking back pain or pressure relief, and limited motion transfer, a memory foam mattress may be the right choice for you.

Do you need a box spring for a memory foam mattress?

No, box springs are not usually needed for memory foam mattresses. They can be placed directly on a platform bed.

Can you flip a memory foam mattress?

Generally, no. Most memory foam mattresses are comprised of layers making both sides of the mattress very different. They are usually made so that flipping is not necessary, although some people do rotate the mattress periodically.

What’s the difference between polyfoam and memory foam?

Polyfoam comes in a variety of densities and is found in traditional mattresses and other furniture. It is less expensive than memory foam, but also less durable. It will not provide the same level of pressure relief as the denser memory foam with slow-release properties.

How can you make a memory foam mattress sleep cooler?

Select a gel-infused memory foam or a hybrid mattress. You can also add a mattress topper to help dissipate heat, and also moisture-wicking sheets.