HOW WE DECIDED
Selecting The Most Comfortable Mattress In The World
For this list, we tried to spread the love a little and pick different types of mattresses. Also, this has been a collaborative effort, so it’s not just the opinion of one person. Otherwise, our production manager would list exclusively foam mattresses and our graphics guy would say that you absolutely have to have coils. You get the point—this is what we think (not I think) are the most comfortable mattresses that money can buy.
- Best Flippable Mattress – Layla Sleep
- Best Hotel Luxury Mattress – WinkBed
- Best Hybrid Mattress – BB Aurora
- Good For Hot Sleepers – Purple
- Best Soft Foam Mattress – Casper
- Pillow Top Option – Nest Alexander
Additionally, we perform plenty of tests on these beds, including tests for motion transfer, softness/firmness, edge support, and more to really firm up our opinion of them. We literally spend hundreds of hours researching, testing, filming, and thinking about mattresses.
If you have any input or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. And if you’re just starting your mattress search, this should be a helpful guide, but even better would be our Mattress Finder Quiz, which runs you through a series of questions to help identify the right mattress for you. That is definitely worth your time to check out. We even take into account your mattress size preferences. So, for example, if you want a king size mattress, you will only get beds that actually come in that size. To be clear, the most popular is the queen size mattress.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Memory Foam Value Pick!||$160 Off + Gift Code: RIZSLUMBER||Layla is a memory foam mattress that’s flippable and features a “Soft” and “Firm” side.|
|Pillow Top||$300 Off Code: SLEEP300||WinkBed is a thick, durable hybrid mattress that includes a comfortable euro pillow top. In our opinion, it’s one of the best mattresses you can purchase online.|
|Soft Foam Popular Pick!||25% Off Code: INDEPENDENCE25||Aurora is one of the best cooling hybrid mattresses online. It’s made in the USA, comes in multiple firmness options, and has a cool-to-the-touch cover.|
|Unique||$125 Off Discount In Cart||Purple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.|
|Soft Foam||15% Off Code: KEEPCOOL15||Casper Original is the mattress that started it all. If you just want a comfortable foam mattress, it’s hard to do better than Casper.|
|Pillow Top||20% Off Code: FIREWORKS||Nest Alexander Hybrid is a pillow top mattress that comes in multiple firmness options and is backed by a lifetime warranty.|
We Love These Beds, But Let’s Discuss Returns
We make sure to write this in almost every guide, but it’s especially relevant here. Always make sure that your new bed has a return policy and a trial period. You should also pay particular attention to the warranty. As an FYI, about 10 years is standard, but we’ve seen a few beds that come with lifetime warranties.
In regards to the return policy, firstly, make sure there is one. And secondly, read the stipulations. Most online mattress brands have extremely consumer-friendly return policies, and that is whether you get a queen or king size mattress, or even the smaller options. Most of them will allow you to try out their mattress for 100 nights (or more) to see if you like it. Of course they do this because they (a) really need you to try their bed and (b) they generally have very low return rates.
In either case, you have at least three months to test out the bed. You should think critically about whether this is the bed that you want to sleep on for the next seven to 12 years. If you don’t end up loving the bed, most of these companies will dispatch someone (usually from a charity or junk removal service) to pick up the mattress, at no extra cost to you. In the case of retailers, they typically offer some sort of return or exchange policy, but it’s not usually as lax as that of online mattress brands. I won’t go into all of the return policies of these various retailers, but suffice it to say that you should check into returns, trial periods, and warranties, regardless of where you purchase your mattress.
Best Flippable Mattress
We like Layla because it feels like a softer MF bed, but has also has a “Firm” side if you flip it. But it doesn’t just feel like your legacy MF mattress—it has a new-age, fluffy feel that a lot of people seem to enjoy.
Even more, Layla has a lifetime warranty and retails at a not-scary price point. We just love that you get two options with the same mattress, and, therefore, two options to get things right. Not only that but the price is super attainable for most shoppers. For the queen mattress, Layla is below the $1.5K mark—well below in fact. You can see the current price on LaylaSleep.com.
Best Hotel Luxury Mattress
WinkBed makes thick, durable, luxury mattresses that come in three different firmness options, so you can choose the one that’s best suited for your body and sleeper type.
They even have a Plus option, specifically designed for heavy folks who are 300 lb or more. Whichever firmness option you choose will provide ample support, just be sure to keep your own body in mind. WinkBed is made with two layers of coils—a core layer of larger pocketed coils for support and to maintain alignment, and then a layer of smaller micro “airsprings” that allow for better airflow and give the bed some bounce—so you can expect a bit of that nostalgic springy feeling.
These mattress is well-made, very comfortable, and will be a good option for a lot of people. Undoubtedly, WinkBed is one of the best innerspring mattresses online right now.
Best Hybrid Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is a very comfortable hybrid mattress with the support of coils and a soft foam feel. Just between us, this could be the most comfortable mattress in the world right now, particularly if you want an active-cooling bed.
Aurora has a cool-to-the-touch cover that should help to regulate your core temperature and keep you comfortable throughout the night. The bed is also available in a Soft, Medium, and Firm, so you can choose the firmness option that best suits your sleeping style and preferences.
Overall, while it’s a little on the expensive end, this is a thick, quality mattress that’s made in the USA and has some really neat features.
Brooklyn Bedding is also open to offering discounts, so oftentimes you can get this bed for below the MSRP. For the queen mattress, we expect you’ll be paying under $1,400 when you apply a coupon code. For the king size mattress, the out-the-door cost should be closer to $1,700.
Good For Hot Sleepers
Purple mattresses are for the adventurous. New Purple Hybrid beds use a combination of poly foam, coils, and their Hyper-Elastic Polymer to provide plenty of support, as well as pressure relief, while also allowing for great airflow to keep you from sleeping too hot.
It’s difficult to describe the feel of Purple because it’s unlike any other bed. There are three mattress models to choose from that cover all sleeper types and body types, so if you’re ready for something different, there’s a Purple that will work for you (assuming you like the unique feel).
Depending on which model you go for, this can get to be a pretty pricey mattress. But if you don’t mind the price and like the idea of a nontraditional, but still very comfy bed, Purple may be exactly what you’re looking for. If you want a comfortable queen mattress, Purple is one of the most unique!
Best Soft Foam Mattress
The original Casper mattress is one of the top five most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses. You’ve probably heard their ads on your favorite podcast and they really do make some very comfortable mattresses.
Casper’s original mattress is a medium firmness bed with a soft, foam feel that’s great for all types of sleepers (i.e. back, stomach, side, and combo). It offers a nice amount of support, but also ample pressure relief as well.
Basically, if you’re looking for a simple all-foam mattress that’s comfortable, versatile, and from a trusted company, Casper’s definitely worth a look. They even now make a hybrid model, which adds coils for extra support. You can see Casper Hybrid on their website.
Last we checked, the queen size mattress for Casper was around $1,100, making it attainable for most shoppers. They do offer promotions from time to time as well.
Pillow Top Option
The Nest Alexander Hybrid is an insanely comfortable and accommodating bed. It comes in multiple firmness options, so you can choose what’s best suited for your body and sleeper type. It has a soft and pillowy feel, but the pocketed coils mean you’ll still get plenty of support.
It also happens to be an affordable mattress before- and after-discount. The MSRP for the queen size mattress is $1,500 and after-discount you can usually get it for around $1,300, but you should check NestBedding.com for their current specials.
Keep in mind that it is a thick, heavy mattress, so it may be a hassle to move around, and the weight can make it a bit of a pain to make the bed. Overall, though, it’s comfortable for all sleeper types and all body types and we think it’s unlikely we’ll find someone who can’t appreciate this bed. The lifetime warranty is a nice bonus, too.
The Most Comfortable Type Of Mattress
As you’re probably well aware, there are several types of mattresses. We’ve pretty much tested and reviewed all of them. In no special order, here’s our list of the most comfortable types of mattresses:
- Spring & Coil
- Memory Foam
- Latex Mattress
- Poly Foam Mattress
- Gel-Like Materials
- Air Beds
That’s obviously not an exhaustive list, but we do have more information about each type of mattress below.
Spring & Coil — These can be traditional innersprings or pocketed coils. They provide great support and are often the most durable, longest lasting mattresses. They also have that bounce effect that a lot of people are used to and, in fact, prefer. Keep in mind, though, that in general, the immediate comfort of a mattress will depend more on its top layers than its support system. What I’m trying to say is that a mattress having coils doesn’t define how comfortable it will be. The overall construction is important.
Memory Foam — Some people love memory foam, some people don’t. It comes in different densities and thicknesses, but in general, it provides good support and pressure relief. It also softens when exposed to pressure and heat, which is why you can sometimes feel stuck in the bed if it uses a lot of MF. It’s great for limiting motion transfer, but it can heat up quite a bit, which clearly is an element of comfort. As such, if you’re looking for the best mattress for hot sleepers, it probably won’t have much standard MF. You should keep in mind that sometimes MF beds will change their firmness based on room temperature. For example, in summer you should expect your MF mattress to feel softer than it does during the winter. It sounds weird, but it’s true for many beds.
Latex Foam — This is a slightly lesser known and lesser implemented material, but there’s a lot to love with latex foam. It’s generally airy and bouncy, with good support and pressure relief. Some people don’t love it, however, because it can feel a bit like a sponge. Natural latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree, which is nice, but can be quite pricey. Some mattresses will opt for synthetic latex to keep costs down.
Proprietary Foam — There are a lot of mattresses that are starting to incorporate their own foams. They’re hit or miss and there’s no hard and fast rule for them.
Air — These are usually adjustable mattresses that use air as opposed to coils or foam for their primary support system. Sleep Number is the largest brand that incorporates air into their mattresses.
Water — Don’t get a waterbed. There are plenty of air, foam, and coil mattresses that are more cost effective and require less maintenance.
Polyurethane Foam — You will typically see this as the support system of all-foam mattresses. However, some cheap mattresses use it as their top layer. It can be very comfortable since it comes in different densities with varying levels of softness/firmness.
Gel-Like Materials — You don’t see that many beds with a gel-like material prominently used. Purple Mattress is probably the best-known bed that uses a gel-like material. These tend to sleep especially cool at night since they get great airflow.
What Type Of Sleeper Are You?
This will heavily influence what you deem to be comfortable. For instance, if you’re a strict side sleeper, you’ll almost certainly prefer a softer mattress or at least one that offers great pressure relief. If you’re a back and/or stomach sleeper, you’ll gravitate toward firmer beds since they will help to keep proper spinal alignment. If you tend to rotate positions at night (otherwise known as a combo sleeper), you’ll be looking at something in the medium range, but it will ultimately depend on which position you find yourself in most often. For example, if you sleep most of the time on your back, but often flip to your side, you’ll need something more in the medium-firm range to accommodate both positions. Keep in mind, though, that softness/firmness is relative to your weight.
Just another piece of advice, if you’re a combination sleeper and you don’t sleep by yourself, you should buy a king size mattress. Why do we say this? Well, if you’re rolling around all night you’re going to disturb your partner. With a king size mattress, you simply have more room to do so, meaning you have a lesser chance of waking your partner.
Your Weight Makes A Difference
The heavier you are, the softer you’ll generally experience a mattress to be (though in some cases, heavier folks will sink through comfort layers and only feel the support materials). Similarly, the lighter you are, the firmer the mattress will feel. So just keep in mind that if we refer to something as a medium-firm mattress, it could be firmer or softer for you depending on your weight. Additionally, at the risk of stating the obvious, a heavier person will put a lot more stress on a mattress than lighter individual, so they’ll likely want to look for beds with more durability and support.
This is especially important for hot sleepers. You should pay attention to how well the mattress regulates heat. There are materials, like MF, that naturally warm up via conduction. And then there are materials, such as latex foam, which tend to remain cool throughout the night, simply because they allow for more airflow. In choosing a mattress, you should pay particular attention to the construction of the bed. If you see MF and you sleep hot, probably stay away, unless it uses a lot of coils to help circulate airflow. If you see gel MF, however, that tends to be quite a bit cooler than standard foam and is a viable option for you.
Get A Comfortable King Size Mattress
There are a few areas that are important for couples that you probably overlook if you’re shopping just for yourself. Before we get into that, however, our best piece of advice is to get a comfortable king mattress. If you’re sleeping with someone else, this is the easies thing that you can do to improve your sleep quality.
Other than that, the first one is motion transfer. Foam beds tend to do a good job of deadening cross-mattress motion, while coil beds are a little less efficient here. This is the primary reason we now have pocketed coils. They help to localize support and reduce motion transfer. The last thing you want is to have your partner waking you up every time they switch positions in their sleep. If you’re really concerned with motion transfer, make sure to look into an all-foam bed or one that uses pocketed coils.
The second feature to pay attention to is edge support, which is almost always overlooked. Edge support refers to how well the mattress keeps you from rolling off the side. A lot of all-foam beds compress so much along the perimeter that you get a roll-off sensation. In general, coil beds tend to be better for edge support. However, you really need to take it on a case-by-case basis. All this is to say that when you test a bed, you should see if you feel supported along the edge or feel as though you’re going to roll off. Interestingly, you typically only have issues with edge support on a full or queen size mattress. With the king size, you should have plenty of space to stretch out, which is why we largely consider the king size mattress to be the most comfortable. To be clear, the queen size mattress can be plenty comfortable, but if you have two people the space might be a little limited.
Caring For Your New Mattress
This doesn’t really have anything to do with the comfort of the bed, but it’s still something that you should look into and be aware of. Most beds do not have machine washable covers. Therefore, if you’re concerned about spills or stains, you should either look into a mattress protector on Amazon or from the brand. These will typically make the bed a little firmer, but the protectors break in over time. They will help to protect against stains and excess wear and tear on the bed. Mattress protectors aren’t necessary, but they might be worth looking into if you really want to extend the useful life of the bed. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a few mattress brands, like Novosbed and Eve, that have removable and machine washable covers.
The great new is that most online mattress brands take the same approach with regard to returns—and that is they offer 100% free returns. That’s right. In many cases, if you don’t like your online mattress (during the trial period) you can return it for a full refund. They usually even send a person to pick up the bed, at no extra cost to you.
In general, side sleepers will prefer a softer bed. How soft, that’s up to you. Some people will like an ultra-plush mattress, while others will gravitate toward a bed in the medium-firm range.
There are numerous types of beds that we find comfortable, but the most common types are: spring/coil, foam, and latex.
It sure can be, but that’s up to you. What you should know is that memory foam has viscous feel to it. That means it generally feels firmer to start, but will soften as you lay on the bed.