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|Slightly firmer, dense memory foam bed that also contains phase-change material in the cover to help prevent overheating. Available in multiple firmness levels.|
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|Affordable bed-in-a-box mattress that uses copper-infused memory foam. This is a double-sided, flippable mattress.|
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|A slightly firmer, dense memory foam mattress that accommodates all sleeper types. Plus, Nectar often throws in two free pillows with purchase.|
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|In our opinion, the Nest Alexander Signature is one of the best beds online, period. It's thick, durable, and extremely comfortable.|
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|A fairly new model from industry veteran Tempur-Pedic that is available in several firmness levels. It also contains a cooling material in the cover for temperature regulation purposes.|
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|The Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid is just an all-around solid mattress. It's comfortable, contains coils, and is available in multiple firmness options.|
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Well, first, 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 just so you don’t think we randomly put this list together based off 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 terms of criteria, we obviously only included mattresses that we deem as “memory foam beds.” 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).
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 (i.e. hips and shoulders).
Now, obviously, that is a very generic description. As you will find out below, each memory foam bed will feel slightly different. Some are firmer, some are softer, 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 six best memory foam mattresses on the market. However, we have included “headlines” or titles for your convenience.
Before we jump into the list, 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 Cocoon Chill comes to us from Sealy, which for those of you living under a rock, is one of the largest bedding companies in the world. The Cocoon Chill is an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress that totals 10″ thick and is available in multiple firmness options (Soft or Firm).
Regardless of the option you choose, the bed contains a thick memory foam top layer. As I eluded to earlier, this is one of those beds that has more of a firmer, dense memory foam feel. You don’t really sink in as much or get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feel as you would with some of the other softer memory foam beds on this list.
We actually found both models (Soft and Firm) to be on the firmer side of the spectrum. We’d recommend primary back and stomach sleepers to go with the Firm option and side and combo sleepers to go with the Soft option.
Also, we think the Cocoon beds are best for small and average sized people. Given it’s an all-foam bed that is only 10″ thick, heavy folks (250 lb+) would better off with a bed that contains coils for added support. And that’s not a knock against Cocoon, that’s what we say about pretty much all 10″ all-foam mattresses.
Not only is the Cocoon Chill a solid memory foam bed, but it also has the added bonus of sleeping cool. The bed contains a phase change material in the cover that literally makes the bed cool to the touch. Plus, since both options are on the firmer side, most people will sleep more on top of the mattress rather than in it. As a result, we’ve found this bed to be an ideal option for hot sleepers.
Before we move on, I also wanted to take a moment to talk about the GhostBed Luxe, which is another cooling memory foam mattress. Honestly, it was hard for us to decide between these two beds, but we ultimately went with the Cocoon Chill purely based on price. But if you’re heavier individual that sleeps warm, the GhostBed Luxe is an excellent option.
It too is on the firmer side of the spectrum and contains special materials that make the bed cool to the touch. However, it’s 3″ thicker than the Chill, so we think it’s a more viable and durable option for folks that weigh over 250 lb.
If you watched the video above, you may have noticed we originally included Eve mattress on this list. However, it appears Eve may be pulling out of the US market. Don’t worry, though, we’ve replaced Eve with another affordable, memory foam bed-in-a-box mattress—Layla.
The Layla mattress is unique in that it’s one of the few beds on the market that is flippable. It has a Soft side and Firm side, which is great for indecisive mattress shoppers who aren’t sure exactly what they want.
Regardless of the side you choose to sleep on, the Layla mattress has a soft, memory foam feel. Overall, the Layla mattress is very comfortable and provides ample pressure relief. As such, we see it being best for side sleepers and combo sleepers, though, the Firm side is just fine for all sleeping positions.
Plus, Layla is fairly aggressive when it comes to mattress coupon codes and deals, so chances are you can snag the mattress for an affordable price. Check the box on the right to see what kind of promotion the company is currently offering.
The Nectar mattress is an 11″ thick all-foam bed 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 soft, stereotypical memory foam feel. In actuality, though, it feels more like the Cocoon Chill in that has a firmer, dense memory foam feel.
However, we do think it’s slightly softer than the Cocoon Chill. At first, when you lay down on Nectar, it feels extra firm, but after about 5-7 seconds, you slowly sink in and the top layers start to cradle your pressure points. Once the top layers sort of wrap you, you will get that stuck-in-the-mud sensation, which you may or may not like.
One issue with beds that have a lot of that stuck-in-the-mud feel is that it can require extra effort to switch between sleeping positions, which can be sort of annoying. It’s really a person by person thing. All in all, we find the Nectar mattress very comfortable. It’s a staple on several of our Best Lists.
Overall, we’d rate the mattress around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think it’s ideal for all kinds of sleepers, but again same story for heavy sleepers. If you fall into that category, just wait, we have multiple solid options for you coming up.
Like the previous two beds, Nectar also comes with a nice added benefit. 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.
The Nest Alexander Signature is a 13.5″ thick, premium, all-foam bed that looks and feels luxurious. We are big fans of this bed overall. Despite its higher price tag, we think it’s one of the best value mattresses money can buy. Also, like some of the other beds on this list, it’s available in multiple firmness options (Medium and Luxury Firm).
The Signature model contains a 1.5″ layer of visco memory foam for its transition layer and a 2.5″ layer of gel-memory foam for its top layer. The Alexander Signature has more of a soft, plush memory foam feel and we think it’s very comfortable.
Slumber Yard team member Kaite Kale likes to say it’s like laying on a soft, comfy pillow with a little bit of memory foam that you sort of nestle into. In other words, she really likes it, as do most of our team members.
Firmness will obviously depend on the model you choose, but we found the Medium option to be around a medium (as the name implies) on the firmness scale. As such, we think it’s ideal for all kinds of sleepers. It provides a good amount of support for back sleepers and stomach sleepers and is very accommodating for side sleepers.
If you’re a strict back or stomach sleeper or you’re just a heavier individual, you may think about going with the Firm option for a little extra support. On that note, considering how thick this mattress is and its high quality construction, we think this is one of the few all-foam beds that would be viable for heavy sleepers.
On the downside, we do think this mattress will sleep on the warmer side for certain types of sleepers. Specifically, heavier folks who will nestle into the bed quite a bit. To combat this, heavier people may want to think about going the Luxury Firm model so they sleep a little more on top of the bed.
In addition to constructing a top-notch mattress, Nest Bedding is one of only a few companies in the industry to offer a lifetime warranty. Basically, as long as you own the mattress, the company will repair or replace the bed if any manufacturing defects are found. That kind of protection is nothing to sneeze at considering how big of a purchase a mattress can be.
The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is a fairly new mattress model from the popular bedding company Tempur-Pedic. Let me just acknowledge up front that this is an expensive mattress. Expect to pay around $1,700-$2,00 for a queen size, but you definitely get what you pay for. This is a premium mattress manufactured by one of the largest and most trusted mattress brands on earth.
Also, just a heads up, the Tempur-Adapt is also available in an all-foam model. However, we’ve tested the hybrid model, so that’s what we’ll primarily be referring to in this post. The hybrid model has a firmer, dense memory foam feel. You get a little bit of the contouring that memory foam is known for, but not all that much due to its firmness level. We think it comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. The bed provides a ton of support.
As such, we think it’s best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. Strict side sleepers would be better off with some of the other beds that provide more pressure relief, like Nest Alexander Signature mattress.
We’d recommend the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid for heaver folks. The bed contains coils, which provide bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress, but also push-back against additional pressure). That’s something dense support foams do not do.
What’s also nice about the Tempur-Adapt is that it has special cooling materials in the cover that make the bed cool to the touch. This factor combined with the firmness level (you’ll sleep more on top of the bed) make it a great mattress for hot sleepers.
All in all, you can see why we think highly of this bed. It’s comfortable, it sleeps cool, and it has a high-quality construction that accommodates all body types.
Tomorrow Sleep is a fairly new brand in the bed-in-the-box space, but they’re not new to the mattress game. They’re actually backed by Serta Simmons, which is a well-respected bedding company, so it’s no surprise they make such a nice mattress. If fact, we like it so much, we just simply couldn’t leave it off this list.
First, it’s important to note that the hybrid model is available in two different firmness options (Medium-Soft and Medium-Firm). The Medium-Firm option is their flagship model, though. We think it comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale (as the name implies… funny how that works out sometimes) and is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers.
If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’ll most likely want to go with the Medium-Soft option, which will provide additional pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. Also, if you want, Tomorrow Sleep offers an all-foam model that is very nice, as well. Plus, it’s extremely affordable, so if you’re on a tight budget, that’s the way to go. It’s not necessarily a cheap, budget mattress, but it is a good value.
Regardless of the model you choose, these beds have a soft memory foam feel that is extremely comfortable. In fact, this bed also made our Most Comfortable Mattresses list. As you lay down on the bed, it’s hard not to let out an audible “oh yeah, that’s nice.” But you will get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feel, which means you may find it a little more difficult to switch between sleeping positions.
The Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid contains coils, which means we think it’s a viable option for heavy people in addition to small and average sized folks.
In conclusion, we view this mattress as a very safe pick. If you like the feel of memory foam, it’s hard to talk you out of going with the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid. It’s ultra-comfortable, fairly affordable, and accommodates all sleeper types and body sizes.