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|Nest Alexander Hybrid is an insanely comfortable mattress with a luxurious, soft, pillow top. It even comes in two different firmness levels. This bed could easily be a hotel mattress, it's that nice.|
Soft Foam Mattress
|Casper will work for side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and anyone that just wants a comfortable foam bed. It also has a special design that could make it a nice mattress for back pain.|
Memory Foam Mattress
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|Layla is a comfortable memory foam mattress for anyone that wants a sink-in feeling. It also is double sided with a soft mattress side and firm mattress side.|
Pillow Top Mattress
|Supremely comfortable. Brentwood Oceano is a soft mattress with a pillow top feel and eco-friendly features. It might not be an organic bed, but it does have some natural materials.|
Best For Heavy People
|WinkBed is a durable, hotel luxury style mattress. They come in a variety of firmness levels, and even have a Plus option constructed specially for individuals that weigh over 300 lb.|
Best For Hot Sleepers
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|The new Purple 2, 3, and 4 mattresses combine traditional materials like poly foam and coils with Hyper-Elastic Polymer to create comfy, supportive beds with good pressure relief and airflow.|
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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 memory 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.
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.
Having said that, 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.
You may also want to check out our How to Choose a Mattress Buyer Guide—that should be very helpful for you, as well.
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 is $1,200 and after-discount you can usually get it for around $1,100, 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 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.
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We like Layla because it feels like a softer memory foam bed, but has also has a “Firm” side if you flip it. But it doesn’t just feel like your legacy memory foam 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.
The Brentwood Oceano mattress is a very comfortable hybrid bed with the support of coils and a soft pillow top feel. It has a thick, plant-based tencel fiber cover that’s soft to the touch and smells fresh and natural, like a farmers market.
Plus, the company as a whole follows eco-friendly practices in the manufacturing process, as well as their materials (which include CertiPUR-US certified foam and New Zealand wool). The Oceano is a medium to medium-soft bed, so it’s a good option for side sleepers and combination sleepers of all body types.
Overall, while it’s a little on the expensive end, this is a thick, quality mattress that you can count as a long-term, earth-friendly investment. Brentwood is also open to offering discounts, so often times you can get this bed for below the MSRP. If you go to BrentwoodHome.com to see their deals right now.
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.
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Purple mattresses are for the adventurous. Purple 2, 3, and 4 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. And you check Purple’s website to see if they’re promoting and bundles that can save you money.
As you’re probably well aware, there are several types of mattresses. We’ve pretty much tested and reviewed all of them. Here are the major types of mattresses that you’ll see. There is no single most comfortable type of mattress. That’s up to you.
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 memory foam. 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 memory foam. You should keep in mind that sometimes memory foam beds will change their firmness based on room temperature. For example, in summer you should expect your memory foam 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.
Gel Memory Foam — This is basically memory foam with some sort of gel incorporated to allow for better airflow and to keep the sleeper cool at night. If you’re open to memory foam, but worried about how warm it will get, look for a bed that has gel memory foam.
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 affordable 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.
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.
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 memory foam, 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 memory foam and you sleep hot, probably stay away, unless it uses a lot of coils to help circulate airflow. If you see gel memory foam, however, that tends to be quite a bit cooler than standard memory foam and is a viable option for you.
There are a few areas that are important for couples that you probably overlook if you’re shopping just for yourself. 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.
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.
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. 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.