Here at the Slumber Yard, we have invested thousands of dollars and hours into testing, researching, and producing the best mattress reviews you can find online. We actually have an entire team of people that are working year-round to bring you helpful, concise, and honest reviews. Meet our team!
BEST MATTRESSES BY TYPE
Getting a new bed is both an exciting and intimidating process. Not only are there hundreds of brands and models too choose from but it’s a larger purchase. You’re really not spending money, you’re investing money; that’s kind of how you need to look at it. It’s not like buying an ATV or boat. You don’t need those things and at most you’ll be using them on the weekends. As you know, a mattress is your home base. You’ll be on it every night (or close to every night) and you should absolutely love it. After all, the average person spends about a third of their life asleep, so why not love the mattress that you have? Well, lucky for you, we've handpicked the best beds by category to make your mattress shopping experience much more streamlined.
These are probably the most common form of mattresses out there, especially online. They also are typically more affordable than other types of beds, which often times makes them a good mattress for guest bedrooms, young professionals, children, and anyone looking for a cheap / budget mattress. Having said that, there’s no hard and fast rule with foam beds. They can be thin and cheap or ultra luxurious—it really just depends on the bed.
You also have different types of foam mattresses, for example, we’ve posted plenty of latex mattress reviews, memory foam mattress reviews, and reviews of mattresses that incorporate multiple types of foams. Typically, you’ll see a bed start with a dense layer of polyurethane foam as its foundation and then transition to a top layer, which is what affects the feel of the bed most.
If you’re dealing with a latex mattress, however, they will typically be fully latex, top to bottom, as is the case with the Spindle Mattress and Zenhaven.
SPRING & HYBRID MATTRESSES
If you’re aren’t familiar with mattress verbiage, when we refer to a bed as a hybrid mattress, we mean that it’s incorporating two or more different types of materials. For example, the New Purple 2, 3, and 4 Mattresses are hybrids because they marry the company’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer material with poly foam and pocketed coils. So that’s just an FYI. If you see the term hybrid, it just means a blend of materials. As for springs, we just mean a bed that uses innersprings or pocketed coils, with the difference being that innersprings are part of a larger chassis and pocketed coils are individually-wrapped and tend to better limit motion transfer.
Now I know I said that foam beds are the most popular (and that is true), but spring and hybrid mattresses are all over the place as well, regardless of whether you shop in-store or online. For example, Leesa Sapira and Saatva are two very popular spring mattresses that you can purchase online. In general, spring mattresses tend to be the most durable over the long haul, especially with heavier individuals. So, if you’re looking for the best mattress for heavy or obese people, you’re probably going to be leaning toward a spring mattress. They are, however, usually more expensive and heavier than foam mattresses, so keep that in mind.
A lot of people inquire specifically about mattress brands. For whatever reason they’re particularly interested in one brand—perhaps because a friend recommended it or they saw an ad on Facebook—but they just want more information on one bedding company. We totally get that. And that’s one of the reasons that we try to test as many brands as possible to have a good breadth of companies featured on the site.
We at the Slumber Yard don’t have a preference for one brand over the other (nor do we play favorites), but we will certainly interject to discuss customer service, policies, warranties, manufacturing, etc. because we think that’s all very important and something that you should know. And by the way, we are not paid to provide good or bad reviews; we are completely independent of all of these mattress companies. You can read more in our ethics statement.
One thing we will also occasionally do is mention the beds that our employees personally use. After all, those are the mattresses that we intimately know and clearly really like. That said, as you can imagine, we do happen to rotate brands and beds pretty frequently so we’re not always on the exact same bed.
TAKE OUR MATTRESS FINDER QUIZ
For a lot of people out there, they just don’t know where to start when it comes to getting a new mattress. Do they want a firm or soft bed? Is memory foam ok? Are certain brands better than others? That’s precisely why we created our Mattress Finder Quiz: to help you find the right bed for you. It’s not the most in depth quiz you’ve ever taken, but it will guide you along and help you narrow your list.
We’ve also put together a full Mattress Buying Guide that’s incredibly detailed and will walk you through a huge list of considerations with regard to mattresses. Unsure of what edge support means and why you should care? Read the guide! Don’t really know what latex foam is? Read the guide! You get the point, we think it’s very helpful.
Additionally, we’ve complied dozens of specific guides if you do have a general sense of the type of bed that you want. For example, we have a list of the best mattresses for stomach / belly sleepers where we cover what’s important if you’re a strict stomach sleeper. We go things like firmness, material preferences, pricing, and more. We do something similar for our best mattress for AirBNB and vacation rental post, which details considerations for a bed that you won’t personally be sleeping on. We’ve really tried to think through the guides that would be helpful and have so far posted dozens of them. You can see a list of all of our Best Mattress Guides here.
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Browse our favorite mattresses by type and category.
Our Testing Process
We have been reviewing products online since 2013 and craft each review to be helpful, insightful, and fair. We also like to throw in some humor and try to be as concise as we can, bearing in mind that a mattress is an expensive, important purchase. Additionally, any product that we review we actually physically have and test in-person. We don’t do spec reviews or piggyback off of other reviews online. Of course, we do extensive research on each review—including reading material from our peers—but we form our own opinions. We do, however, try to be fair in our reviews, both to the consumer and the brand. Just because you don’t like memory foam beds, doesn’t mean a particular bed is bad. Similarly, if a bed is inexpensive, we take that into account—price is obviously very important. We don’t expect that budget bed to have all of the bells and whistles that a more expensive, luxury mattress has. Point is, there’s a bed for everyone.
We try to always keep that in mind. Now, having said that, often times we tear the mattresses apart to see their construction and get a feel for the materials used. We also perform our own tests related to motion transfer, edge support, firmness, coolness, and more. We don’t have tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment to test the longevity of beds. Instead, we rely on thorough research and knowledge of different types of materials. For example, we know for certain that convoluted poly foam (egg crate poly foam) is less durable than innersprings. The fact of the matter is that we aren’t doctors, chiropractors, or mattress engineers; we are normal people that like to sleep a lot and are try to do good, solid, trustworthy work. I should add also that we have an entire office with a massive storage section simply to house all of the beds that we review. Once we’re done with our review, most of the time the bed just sits there until we need to reference it again for a mattress comparison or best list.
We are pretty frugal people here at the Slumber Yard and, therefore, we nearly always bring up pricing and mattress deals / coupons. As a benchmark, the typical online mattress in a queen size is about $1,000 (post-discount). You’ll usually pay a little more in-store, but not by that much in general. As for the beds that we would consider budget, those usually are below $700 for a queen size after discount. And, as you’d expect, above $1,300 for a queen is our luxury category. We have also tested some mattresses that are what we would consider ultra-luxury and those are around $2,000+.
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