Memory foam is an extremely popular bedding material. 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 an inexpensive one, but it’s all about getting the best bang for your buck.
First, it’s important to note that we run a mattress reviews 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 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 any case, here’s the list of the best memory foam mattresses for the money:
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).
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.
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.
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|The DreamCloud mattress is a great choice for people looking for a highly supportive memory foam bed. The mattress 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. It also happens to be an affordable mattress, all things considered.|
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|Nectar is a (slightly) firm memory foam mattress that's affordable and 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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|GhostBed Luxe is a gel infused memory foam mattress that's a pretty nice value for the money. It's a firm mattress, but also has plenty of temperature-regulating qualities.|
|Check Price||Loom & Leaf is an affordable luxurious 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 extra firm.|
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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.
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 trail periods, as mentioned above, where you can test the bed for yourself.
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.
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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 consumers who aren’t sure exactly what they want.
Regardless of the side you choose to sleep on, the Layla mattress has a light, airy memory foam feel. The girls in the office here like to say laying down the Layla mattress is like receiving a cushiony, airy hug. In our opinion, the “Soft” side lands around a MS on the firmness scale. As such, we think it’s an excellent option for people that want pressure relief.
The Firm side, on the other hand, lands somewhere in-between a medium and medium firm on the scale. Given it’s quite a bit firmer, we see this side being best for back and stomach sleepers who require a little extra support.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that Layla is fairly aggressive when it comes to mattress coupon codes and deals, so chances are the bed will be plenty affordable for you. We can’t guarantee a certain dollar amount, but Layla is surely in between the inexpensive and luxury tiers, meaning most people will find it affordable.
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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.
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.
In terms of firmness, we’d rate DreamCloud as a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think it’s a nice option 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 affordable considering all you get. You can typically purchase a queen size for around $1,100 (after discount). If you walked into your local mattress store asking for a similar mattress, the MSRP would likely be much higher.
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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 extra firm, 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 very comfortable.
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.
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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.
Regardless of the option you choose, the bed contains a thick memory foam top layer. As I alluded to earlier, this is one of those beds that has more of a firm, dense memory foam feel. You don’t really sink into the Cocoon Chill as much other memory foam beds on this list.
We actually found both models 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, heavier 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 better regulating temperature. The bed contains a phase change material in the cover that literally makes the bed cold 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 warmer sleepers.
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If you’re looking for a gel memory foam mattress with multiple temp-regulating properties, GhostBed Luxe should be among the first mattresses you consider. It has a cold-to-the-touch cover, layers of gel infused memory foam, and a firmer overall feel.
The first line of defense for warmer sleepers is the quilted cover on GhostBed Luxe. It’s made with special fibers that help to keep you sweat-free and draw away body heat. The cover is actually cold-to-the-touch and will actively work to regulate how warm you get throughout the night.
In addition to the cover, GhostBed Luxe has several layers of gel infused memory foam and even a strip of “Ghost Ice,” a phase-change technology meant to seriously turn up the chill factor. It’s flat-out one of our favorite gel memory foam mattresses.
GhostBed Luxe feels like a gel memory foam mattress, though, it’s on the firmer end and you do not get the true sink-in feeling that you get with other memory foam beds.
The short story on Loom & Leaf is that it’s an affordable luxury mattress that comes with multiple added benefits. It’s definitely not an inexpensive bed per se, but Saatva—the company behind Loom & Leaf—has taken a value approach. In other words, no, it’s not the most inexpensive bed you can get, but it’s one of the nicest you can get, and the MSRP isn’t crazy.
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.
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).
The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is a luxury 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 bed 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 dense memory foam feel and is indeed a firm memory foam mattress. 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.
As such, we think this bed is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. Strict side sleepers would be better off with some of the other beds on this list that provide more pressure relief, like the Layla mattress.
What’s also nice about the Tempur-Adapt is that it has special temperature-regulating materials in the cover that make the bed cold 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 warmer sleepers.
All in all, you can see why we think highly of this bed. It’s comfortable, it sleeps cold, and it has a high-quality construction that accommodates all body types.
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’re visited other parts of our site you well know that we’ve reviewed dozens of mattresses without memory foam also.
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.
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.
Company Policies – we pay attention to things like shipping, returns, warranties and trial periods.
This isn’t the exhaustive list of selection criteria but it should at least give you an idea of some the aspects we consider.
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 extra 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 extra 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.
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.
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 cheap out too much, 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 Affordable 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.
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 affordable, while another person might think a $1,250 bed is affordable. 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 affordable or inexpensive 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.
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.
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.
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 affordable, which make them a great option for toddlers, kids, teenagers and college students.
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.
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:
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.
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 affordable and (b) much easier to pack and ship. That said, there are plenty of great online mattresses that don’t just use foam.
There are multiple different types of foam mattresses, including, of course, memory foam beds. Beyond that, however, there are a few other types of foams that you might want to learn more about.
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.
In an effort to differentiate their products, several mattress brands have started creating and marketing proprietary foams, which means they make mattresses without memory foam. 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.
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You will usually see a dense, thick layer of poly foam used as the support system for all-foam beds. It’s an affordable 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 without memory foam, meaning they can keep costs down without using more expensive materials.
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.
There are a few big advantages that you get from most foam mattress, including those without memory foam. 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. And related to that, they tend to be more affordable.
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.
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.
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.
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.