Top 20 Best Mattress From 9 Experts (2019 Version)

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep, but selecting a new mattress? That’s not so fun.

Whether you’ve just moved to a new house or are looking to replace that old, saggy excuse of a mattress in the guest room, we’ve got a recommendation for you.

Our top 20 mattresses for 2019 include mattresses for every sleeping position, bed size, and comfort level available. You’re going to spend 1/3 of every day on your mattress, so let’s make sure you pick the right one!

Best-selling mattresses tested: 38

Mattress lovers consulted: 60

Experts quizzed: 9

Nights spent in blissful peace: 47 (a few mattresses required an additional night’s sleep, just to make sure)

Selecting a mattress is even more important if you have a condition that impacts your sleeping patterns, whether it’s insomnia, sleep apnea or just a bad back! Scroll down to our Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Mattress to discover how to pick the perfect mattress for your sleep position and medical condition.

Before we delve into our top 20 mattress picks, make sure you know what mattress type you’re looking at…

Types of Mattresses

Mattresses, although most look identical, are actually quite varied. It’s what’s on the inside that counts! Many of the best mattresses are what we call hybrids, meaning they contain layers or segments of different mattress types. Mattress sellers will try to tell you that their hybrid is the best, but the truth is that every mattress layer has its pros and cons. These are the most common mattress types you’re going to come across:

Memory Foam

This is probably the first type that springs to mind when you think about mattresses (sorry, we can’t resist a good mattress pun). Memory foam, like the name suggests, is a foam mattress that remembers your sleeping position. Typically, it will last for 7 years. It is dense and thick, but very comfortable – like sleeping on a cloud. Since memory foam hit the market in the 1990s, several different types of foam mattresses have appeared (we’re going to cover those next) but the plain memory foam remains the most popular.

PROS:
  • Incredibly comfortable
  • Back and contour support
  • Won’t jostle you as your partner moves
CONS:
  • Retains heat
  • Poor bounce, terrible for sex
  • Prone to sagging

Polyfoam

Before we had memory foam, we had polyfoam. This is one of the oldest and cheapest foam mattresses you can find – and it’s still popular today. Polyfoam is made purely from synthetic fibers and can be adjusted during the manufacturing process to be firm, soft, or anywhere in-between. Although it is cheap and comfortable, it won’t hold shape as well as memory foam, typically lasts for 5 years, and there’s also some concern over the chemicals used to make the mattresses.

PROS:
  • Affordable and easy to find
  • Adjustable firmness
  • Fiber structure keeps you cool
CONS:
  • Concern over chemical irritants
  • Poor back support
  • Breaks down quickly

Gel Foam

Gel foam is the biggest rival to memory foam. It combines the soft comfort and support with gel beads for cooler sleeping. Usually, gel foam is a thin top layer on a foam mattress. Not only does it cool more than memory foam, but it also improves breathability and distributes your weight evenly. Typically gel foam mattresses last 7 years, the same as memory foam. A thin layer of gel foam on a normal foam mattress can be affordable.

PROS:
  • Adds a breathable layer
  • Bounces back quickly
  • Evenly distributes weight
CONS:
  • No big advantage over memory foam
  • Cooling effects won’t last all night
  • Noticeably more expensive

Copper-Infused Memory Foam

By infusing memory foam or latex with copper, mattresses have improved antimicrobial properties. From fungi to bacteria, copper inhibits micro-organisms that grow and fester in mattresses. Copper also transfers heat, which can cool down memory foam mattresses. Typically, the life of these mattresses depends on the base material, whether it’s latex or foam. Consider this a neat added extra!

PROS:
  • Light cooling effects
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • Same quality as memory foam
CONS:
  • Too soft for stomach sleepers
  • Can be pricey
  • Poor edge support

Innerspring

Innersprings are one of the most popular mattress types, they typically last for 5 years. These contain the classic metal springs, also called coils. The coils are lined up close together and will compress as you get onto the mattress. There are different types of innerspring mattresses; Bonnell coils are the cheapest with an hourglass shape and reinforced design. Offset and continuous wire coils are helical too, but these are much more resilient and therefore more expensive. The most expensive, however, is the pocket/wrapped coils. These coils are individually sewn into pockets to reduce the noise and provide extra support. Regardless of the innerspring type, the same pros and cons apply.

PROS:
  • Suitable for a range of budgets
  • Great bounciness for sex
  • Cool enough for hot sleepers
CONS:
  • Quite noisy
  • No contour support
  • Prone to sagging at the edges

Latex

Latex mattresses are made of a rubber material, either sourced naturally from rubber trees or made synthetically with polyfoams and other materials. They typically last for 8 years. A pure latex mattress will be solid from top to bottom, but very flexible! Latex mattresses offer the most contour support and will curve to the shape of your body, making it excellent for side sleepers. Natural latex is also popular with people who are eco-conscious.

PROS:
  • Contour support for side sleepers
  • Cool and hypoallergenic
  • Bouncy yet quiet
CONS:
  • Highly expensive
  • Bad odor at first
  • Awful for stomach sleepers

Water Beds

Waterbeds are, although super fun at first, inferior to other mattress types. They haven’t made the top 20 list of the best mattresses for 2019, but you might still be considering buying one. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You can choose from soft waterbeds and hard waterbeds. Both need specialized frames, but the soft waterbed is sturdy enough to hold up at the sides by itself.
  • Although they’re a foam mattress injected with water, they will still leak everywhere if pierced.
  • They’re more expensive than most mattress types but will last up to 25 years.
  • Not everyone can adjust to the feeling of floating.
  • Not suitable for anyone that likes a firm, supportive mattress.

Air Beds

Like waterbeds, airbeds did not make our top 20 list of mattresses. They are great spare mattresses however, especially if you don’t have space in your home for a permanent guest room. Keeping them topped up with air for use every day is not practical. Furthermore, unless you’re ready to empty your wallet, you won’t find a durable air mattress that can withstand long-term use

Specialized Mattress Layers

Besides the basics, you’re also going to come across specialized and unique mattress layers in our top 20 list. The New Purple Mattress, for example, has a unique grid structure layer to aid breathability and keep you cool, while still supporting your body as you sleep.

The key is to not get caught up in the technical names – we went through each unique feature to decide if it really does set it apart from the rest of the crowd, or if it is just a gimmick.

Covers and Top Layers

You can, of course, purchase mattress toppers, but the best mattresses don’t need it! Besides the layers within your mattress, you should also look at the top layer of your mattress – the fabric holding everything together. Avocado Mattress is encased in a button tufted certified organic cotton cover, for example. While that may be super soft on your skin, you also need to consider the button tufts, which might prove uncomfortable if you have thin bed sheets.

We tested each mattress for ourselves: just read through our reviews to find out how the mattress filling and cover will feel!

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Top 20 Choices 2019

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Best Mattress for 2019

  • The best mattress for all sleeping positions and medical conditions with supreme comfort
  • Built up of 5 layers of memory foam that adapts to your body shape and sleeping position
  • Nectar are extremely accommodating. The mattress works on all bed frame types and has a super lengthy trial period

Customer Quote: “After 3 nights, I can honestly say that this mattress is amazing!!!! I don’t think I have ever slept so well” -Kim M.

Our best mattress for 2019 is the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress! It ticked all the right boxes and, most importantly, was unbelievably comfortable. It hits just the right spot with a balance between firm and soft that’s ideal for all sleeping positions. On your side, you’ll find the correct contour support to keep your spine aligned, but roll over to your stomach or back and the firmness of the core mattress layers prevents you from sinking into a foamy death!

Starting from the bottom, there’s a breathable base layer so your body heat can dissipate right out from the mattress. On top of that is an adaptive memory foam that rebounds to support your body as you sleep. Next up is the thin layer of gel memory foam to keep you cool and evenly distribute your weight onto the core.

Finally, the top layer of memory foam is quilted for extra cushioning and to create channels that allow your body heat to gently roll away, for a calm, cool night’s sleep.

All of this is held together in the Tencel cooling mattress cover. This material circulates air and wicks away your body heat.

To summarize, it keeps you comfortable and cools no matter your bedtime activities!

If we haven’t already convinced you that this is perfect, check out the trial period and warranty on the Nectar memory foam mattress!

2019 Best Mattress Features

  • Best For: comfort and support for all sleep positions
  • Mattress Type: layered gel memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 1 year
  • Warranty: forever

Idle Sleep Double Sided Hybrid Mattress

Idle Sleep Double Sided Hybrid Mattress

Runner-Up Best Overall

  • Double sided mattress improves longevity – but you have an eternal warranty anyway!
  • Hybrid mattress with natural/CertiPUR-US certified foams and pocketed coils
  • To firmness options for those that like a very firm mattress

Customer Quote: “It is very heavy, but once you get it situated, it is so comfortable. And it is really high-quality materials and construction.” -Paul

Once you’ve picked up your Idle Double Sided Mattress, you could be sorted for life. Just flip it over and it’s like a whole new bed, doubling the life of your standard mattress. This hybrid is ideal for stomach and back sleepers who love a firm base to sleep on. Furthermore, the coils will really bring the bounce back to your sex life!

It’s manufactured with 7 layers and a thermocool smart fiber fabric cover to transfer your heat away from your body as you sleep.

The central layer is made of 6-inch quantum edge-to-edge pocketed coils. Besides giving you a good bounce, the coils provide excellent support right up to the very edges of your mattress. On either side of that, you’ve got 2-inches of cooling buoyancy foam – not to be confused with memory foam – to provide pressure relief on your spine.

On either side of the buoyancy foam, there’s 1-inch of air-flow foam, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Finally, before you hit the cover, you have that last 1-inch layer of quilted foam which is so comfortable! It’s like laying on a gigantic pillow all night.

It’s quite pricey, but if our all-round mattress doesn’t sing to you then you simply must try out the Idle!

The Idle Double Sided Mattress Features

  • Best For: stomach and back sleepers seeking support
  • Mattress Type: hybrid foam and pocketed coils
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king, split king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 120 days
  • Warranty: forever

The Layla Mattress

 

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

  • 4 layer foam mattress combines copper-infused foam and memory foam
  • Ideal for side sleepers with superb contour support for your body
  • Anti-microbial copper-infused layers keep you cool, comfortable and free from bacteria

Customer Quote: “It’s lovely. I could instantly feel the difference in my back, hips, and shoulders.” -Hilary J.

Our top pick for side sleepers is the Layla mattress, thanks to its excellent foam structure and unparalleled contour support for your hip, shoulder, and spine.

It holds 4 layers of memory foam, starting at the top with 3-inches of copper-infused memory foam. This layer is all about keeping you cool atop your mountain of foam. Underneath is a convoluted air-flow foam which allows air to flow through the mattress, keeping you cool throughout the night and providing a little bounce!

Below that, you’ve got a 4.5-inch base foam layer. This high-density foam is the core of Layla, it allows your body to sink in while still being supported to keep your spine straight, which is essential for side sleepers. It also prevents motion transfer when you or your partner roll around or get up in the middle of the night. Finally, you’ve got another 1-inch layer of copper-infused foam at the base for extra support to ensure the whole mattress molds to your body.

Now.

Here’s the best feature.

You can flip the mattress over! If you’re not keen on the super spongey air-flow foam feel, just flip the mattress over. That 1-inch of copper-infused memory foam on the base provides a firm feel for those that prefer a firm mattress.

Best Side Sleeper Mattress Features

  • Best For: side sleepers
  • Mattress Type: layered copper-infused memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: forever

Level Sleep Mattress

Level Sleep Mattress

Best Mattress for Back Pain

  • Recommended for back pain by doctors, chiropractors and us!
  • 3 zone design for ideal lumbar, shoulder and hip support
  • Made entirely from supportive memory foam in 2 layers

Customer Quote: It successfully supports the spine’s curves and is comfortable in all sleeping positions. I have noticed an improvement in my sleep quality too” -Caitlin S.

At first glance, this mattress doesn’t seem impressive. Just 2 memory foam layers and a premium mattress cover – nearly all mattresses on this list can boast that!

However, what this mattress boasts above all else is support for back pain. During our tests, it was simply unrivaled for supporting our backs. For side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combination sleepers, the support you need is there. It eases our back pain and lets us get a good night’s rest.

The Level Sleep mattress has a base layer of high-resilience foam. This sturdy 7-inch layer provides support regardless of your bed frame type. On top of that, you have a 3-inch top grade premium foam. This layer is comprised of 3 different density areas designed to support your shoulders, back, and hip in just the right way. It’s also open-cell and completely non-toxic for a breathable, cool sleep experience.

Finally, there’s the rich premium fabric cover. It’s woven with 4-way stretch technology so no matter which way you roll in your sleep, your mattress will accommodate you.

The Level Sleep mattress is light enough for slatted bed frames yet sturdy enough that you still feel the cushioning on platform bed frames.

Level Sleep Back Pain Mattress Features

  • Best For: back and joint pain
  • Mattress Type: layered density foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 365 nights
  • Warranty: forever

Bear Mattress

Bear Mattress

Best Mattress for Athletes

  • Made from environmentally friendly materials, the Bear Mattress is a layered memory foam mattress
  • Multi-layer foam structure with cooling graphite gel memory foam
  • Breathable Celliant cover gives you a faster recovery and increased energy when you wake

Customer Quote: “We are both active people and it is great for our bodies and our sleeping positions. Not so firm and no my so soft just the right amount of perfect.” -Christopher D.

Our top pick as the best mattress for athletes (or anyone who enjoys exercise activities), is the Bear mattress. It’s a layered memory foam mattress with cooling and energizing properties to revitalize your body and ensure you get plenty of rest. Spend a night on the Bear mattress and you’ll wake up ready to start the next day head-on.

At the base you have the standard high-density support foam – this makes up the bulk of the mattress and provides firm support for your spine. Next is the transitional performance foam that provides contour support and relieves pressure points along your back or side. Following that is the responsive comfort foam for extra bounce and cushioning. Finally, the last layer of foam is cooling graphite-gel memory foam to remove excess body heat.

The mattress itself is encased in breathable Celliant fabric that’s clinically proven to give you a faster recovery time and help you wake up energized and ready for the day. It does this by transforming your body’s natural energy into infrared light.

To be honest, we’re not entirely sure about the science behind this mattress… but we can confirm that it does the trick! If you live an active lifestyle and feel like your current mattress doesn’t leave you feeling rested and restored, try the Bear!

Bear Best Athletes Mattress Features

  • Best For: athletes, muscle pain
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

Zinus Memory Foam Mattress

Zinus Memory Foam Mattress

Best Cheap Mattress

  • Cool and comforting memory foam infused with green tea gel
  • Hypoallergenic and yet completely affordable!
  • Contains ActivCharcoal to absorb moisture away from your body and dispel odors

Customer Quote: “I bought this for my granddaughter and was not let down. The mattress is firm yet gives just enough at pressure points to not be hard.”Mechelle T.

The Zinus Memory Foam mattress seriously surprised us! For such a cheap price (one-third of the price of most mattresses on this list) you get some very unique features that highlight it from the rest of the market.

The Zinus has a firm memory foam base, followed by an air-flow density foam, 3-inch comfort foam and finally the gel layer.

It’s an impressive gel layer! It’s infused with green tea extract and castor natural seed oil which naturally inhibits bacteria and odors. It’s also very good at maintaining your body temperature while you sleep.

It’s not the most comfortable on this list in terms of softness, but for those used to a coil bed or need a firm bed for their back, it’s perfect! You also have a 100 night trial in case you just can’t get accustomed to it.

This mattress is available on Amazon, which does give you a few advantages. Firstly, it ships all over the world (although it won’t be free outside the US) and you also have more support, both from the seller and from Amazon.

A word of warning, this mattress can take up to a week to decompress after you’ve unpacked it. Ours took around 48 hours but you should definitely have a backup plan in case it takes longer!

Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress Features

  • Best For: budget conscious, hot sleepers
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, full, short queen, queen, king
  • Shipping: free via Amazon
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Big Fig Mattress

The Big Fig Mattress

Best for a Bigger Figure

  • Supreme foundation support that’s 5x the weight of standard mattress bases
  • ThermoGel cooling technology keeps you calm and cool all night long
  • Extra high-density foam hybrid with super strength innerspring coils

Customer Quote: “I’m plus-size and my boyfriend is tall. It’s great to finally see a mattress that’s made just for us!” -Natalie C.

We love this mattress! It’s designed perfectly for people with a bigger figure, longer figure, or just a beautifully curvaceous body! Your shape should never get in the way of you getting a good night’s sleep.

The Big Fig Mattress features 1600 thick gauge pocketed coil springs, which is one of the highest counts on our list. These are designed to support your back and neck, curving to your contours and straightening your spine. This mattress doesn’t give. It’s perfectly manufactured to provide support no matter your body shape or weight.

What impressed the bigger built mattress testers on our team was the level of comfort. Sometimes mattress manufacturers end up making their beds for bigger people overly firm. That’s not the case here. Big Fig has perfectly coordinated spring support with foam contouring. It hugs your body like a good mattress should.

It’s also designed to be ultra-cooling to channel away your excess body heat. The ThermoGel top layer of foam is quilted to allow the heat to be absorbed away from your body and expelled through the mattress and out the sides.

The mattress is compressed and tufted in 16 places. This does mean that your mattress layers will stay firmly in place, but it can also be a bit uncomfortable. Pair this mattress with comfy sheets and you’ll be loving your bed again!

The Big Fig Mattress Features

  • Best For: plus size and hot sleepers
  • Mattress Type: hybrid innerspring with pocketed coil springs
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 20 years

DreamCloud’s Luxury Hybrid Mattress

DreamCloud’s Luxury Hybrid Mattress

  • 15-inch mattress built of 8 premium layers
  • Hand-tufted cashmere blend cover for luxurious comfort
  • 5 distinct comfort zones with different densities for ultimate contour support

Customer Quote: “Every night it supports my spine in a way that feels like it’s not just supporting, but wrapping my back in cozy and comfortable foam.” -Patricia M.

The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress is one of the most luxurious on our list. Honesty, we were almost salivating at the thought of trying out this mattress!

All foams are CertiPUR-US certified and come with lifetime warranty. If something goes wrong, whether it’s this month or 2 decades from now, DreamCloud is at your service.

From top to bottom, this mattress has; cashmere blend cover, gel memory foam, quilted memory foam, hypoallergenic natural latex, high-density memory foam, supportive memory foam, pocketed micro-coil zoned foam, high-density base foam layer.

Those coils are buried so deep within the thick (yet breathable) layers of foam that they’re completely soundless! But you’ll still feel their benefits. The coils are zoned, so you get the support for your back, shoulders, and hips just right. They also provide pressure point relief with supportive latex.

The real standout feature is the cashmere. If you’ve ever worn a cashmere sweater, you’ll know what all the hype is about. If you thought memory foam was cloud-like, buckle up for the night of your life on a cashmere-covered mattress!

The only problem we have with this mattress is the height. It’s 15-inches tall and requires a super strong bed frame to hold it. It’s not compatible with adjustable bed frames and we’d recommend against placing it on slatted bed bases.

DreamCloud Best Hybrid Mattress Features

  • Best For: back pain, luxurious comfort
  • Mattress Type: hybrid latex, coils, high-density memory foam with a cashmere top
  • Bed Sizes: twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 365 days
  • Warranty: forever

Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

  • Made entirely from natural, certified organic, non-toxic materials
  • Lengthy 25-year warranty and 100-night trial period
  • Perfect back support for back sleepers, side sleepers, and combination sleepers

Customer Quote: “The Avocado has a fabulous feeling of being firm which is great on our backs after surfing, yoga, or mountain biking yet it is soft enough to support our spines when we are on our sides.” -Kristi K.

This is our favorite eco-friendly mattress for 2019. The Avocado Green Mattress isn’t green, smooth or have a large, uncomfortable pit in the middle… but it is loved by people all over by America! This is a hybrid latex and coil mattress that’s ideal for combination sleepers.

The comfort and core base layers are made from Dunlop tree-tapped, sustainable latex from Asia. It’s naturally anti-microbial and effective at venting away excess body heat.

Sandwiched between you’ll find up to 1414 individually wrapped, upcycled steel coils. These are arranged in different zones, for your hips and shoulders. This provides better support for side sleepers and is organized so you can rotate your mattress and still have support in the right places.

The steel coils are wrapped in food-grade polypropylene fabric to aid airflow and allow the premium springs to move independently, reducing motion transfer across the mattress.

For the extra white glove delivery service, you need to pay almost $200 extra… but they do remove your old mattress and recycle it for you. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if the delivery price is worth it!

Best Eco-Friendly Mattress Features

  • Best For: firm back support and the eco-conscious sleeper
  • Mattress Type: hybrid latex and coil springs
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for all US states, including Alaska and Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 25 years

Plushbeds Botanical Bliss

Plushbeds Botanical Bliss

  • 100% organic, natural latex mattress that can be calibrated for different firmness layers
  • Organic wool from New Zealand for cushioning comfort and breathability
  • Moisture-wicking organic cotton cover

Customer Quote: “We love our new bed. It’s very comfortable and well made. We love that it was made when we ordered it and have had great sleep since its arrival.” -Catherine O.

Plushbeds’ Botanical Bliss mattress features a range of organic, natural materials to make your sleep toxin and allergy free. You might think that organic wool would make you sweat and irritate your skin, but actually, it’s very breathable compared to synthetic materials.

The wool is the second layer, hidden underneath a soft knitted organic cotton cover. Under the wool, there are several layers of organic latex. These layers will differ depending on the firmness level you choose (medium or firm) and whether you want a split mattress for different firm levels for you and your partner. This mattress is customizable!

You also have the option of making your mattress thicker. This is something you should consider if you’re a side sleeper. You have a choice of 9 inches, 10 inches or 12 inches (includes an extra layer of latex).

Overall, we were impressed with the comfort and breathability of this mattress. You have a lot of customizable options to choose from, which does mean you’ll probably go back and forth between models during the trial period. A good mattress for hypoallergenic concerns and those that need breathable comfort!

Plushbeds Organic Latex Mattress Features

  • Best For: hypoallergenic requirements, breathable comfort
  • Mattress Type: natural latex
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, split queen, king, split king, Cal king, split Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 25 years

The New Purple Mattress

The New Purple Mattress

  • A versatile mattress that adapts to all sleeping positions and supports pressure points
  • Free in-home setup and old mattress removal
  • Unique, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic mattress layers made in the USA

Customer Quote: “Our new Purple mattress is so incredibly comfortable. My back doesn’t hurt when I wake up now. I also can’t feel when my husband changes sides or moves around.” -Kelly A.

We love The New Purple Mattress because of its superb versatility! The Purple Smart Comfort Grid is made from a hyper-elastic polymer that behaves similar to coils but with better motion isolation and adaptable support. The grid flexes to the pressure points of your body, whether you’re a side sleeper, back sleeper or stomach sleeper.

Furthermore, the grid design allows for better temperature control. It allows air to move freely through the mattress, transferring body heat away to keep you cool and comfortable all night long.

Underneath the grid, you have individually wrapped coils, for extra support. On top you have a breathable stretch fabric cover – nothing special, but just what you need to stay at the perfect temperature.

We particularly liked the side panels that prevent the grid from compressing too much and also giving you excellent support right up to the edges.

If you choose the first-class delivery option, Purple will also install your new mattress and remove the old one. It can be used on any bed frame base apart from box spring. If your bed frame has slats, they shouldn’t be more than 3-inches apart.

Best Purple Mattress Features

  • Best For: hypoallergenic requirements, hot sleepers
  • Mattress Type: hybrid coil and grid
  • Bed Sizes: twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

Nolah Original Mattress

Nolah Original Mattress

 

  • AirFoam mattress with cooling layers
  • Improved pressure relief on your shoulders and hips
  • Suitable for all bed frame types, including adjustable beds, without losing structural integrity

Customer Quote: “I have less back pain, sleep better and have lots of room. My boyfriend sleeps like a baby and so does our dog.” -Morgan F.

The key feature of the Nolah mattress is the AirFoam. Nolah is very quick to point out that their AirFoam is not memory foam. We put it to the test to see if it really is superior to a standard foam mattress.

There are 3 AirFoam layers, just like a memory foam mattress. A cooling top layer, deep and supportive middle layer and a 7-inch high-density base layer.

That’s an unusually dense base layer, yet the AirFoam structure doesn’t lock in the heat. In fact, we had some of our coolest nights of sleep on this mattress. We also noted that it contoured better to our bodies, rather than simply letting us sink in like a cloud. This extra support turns this into a combination sleeper-friendly mattress, unlike many standard foam mattresses that only suit side sleepers.

We eventually came to the conclusion that the AirFoam is indeed superior to memory foam and at an affordable price.

Overall, we recommend this mattress for combination and side sleepers who love the feel of a foam-based mattress but can’t stand getting hot overnight.

If you want to use this mattress on a slatted bed frame, make sure they’re no further than 4-inches apart.

Nolah Airfoam Mattress Features

  • Best For: hot sleepers, pressure relief, and back support
  • Mattress Type: layered foam (AirFoam)
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 15 years

Tomorrow Hybrid Mattress

Tomorrow Hybrid Mattress

  • Hybrid mattress with strong coil support and soft foam cushioning
  • Choice of medium-soft and medium-firm, plus 6 mattress sizes
  • Extra-long, 365-night trial period and a standard mattress 10-year warranty
  • Customer Quote: “Love this bed! You can sleep undisturbed all night.” -Kelly

Don’t let the foam aspect of this mattress fool you! The Tomorrow Hybrid mattress provides a surprising level of firm support. It’s one of our top choices for back support, whether you’re a back sleeper or a side sleeper. The firmness of the coils and the thick layer of foam make sex more difficult, but not impossible!

We particularly liked that you have 2 choices for mattress firmness. Usually, mattresses with adjustable firmness levels cost you an arm and a leg, but this has a mid-range price.

The mattress has a pocketed coil center wrapped up in layers of supportive foam. The two top layers are both cooling; one is a gel memory foam while the other is an open cell breathable foam (created by NASA). The pocketed coils are designed for better motion isolation – we did notice an improvement over traditional coils but not enough that we could move around without waking up our partners.

The mattress feels like foam and is even compatible with adjustable bed frames, to raise you up or lower you down. Box springs and platform bases are also fine with this mattress – you can even place it straight onto the floor.

Finally, the foam is hypoallergenic! You should definitely consider this mattress for firm back support on a foam-feel mattress.

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress Features

  • Best For: back support
  • Mattress Type: hybrid memory foam and wrapped coils
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, no shipping options for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 365 days
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Saatva Mattress

The Saatva Mattress

  • Excellent hybrid mattress for back pain and targeted pressure relief
  • Crafted from eco-responsible materials
  • Free white-glove delivery deal with installation and old mattress removal included

Customer Quote: “Best mattress we have ever owned. Has relieved ongoing back pain from sciatica.”Anne T.

The Saatva Mattress, the signature mattress from all divisions of Saatva (check out their Loom & Leaf mattress below too), is one of the best for pressure relief and back pain.

The mattress has 5 key components. The top layer is a cushioned pillow top covered in botanical, anti-microbial, organic cotton to inhibit bacteria and provide premium comfort. Under that, you’ve got a lumbar support enhancement layer of memory foam that wraps around the coils and provides additional pressure relief.

Then we get to the coils. The top coil layer is made of individually wrapped, oven baked (seriously), 3 times tempered coils that move individually to reduce motion transfer. Under that, there’s the lower coil layer made of hourglass tempered steel to provide sturdy support.

We found these support layers ideal for back sleepers. While it does have minimal motion transfer, it’s not 100% silent like memory foam. If you’re used to a standard coil mattress but need to take your back support and pressure relief to the next level, we highly recommend the Saatva!

The shipping is standard for contiguous US states and, if you’re lucky, you may even strike a deal for free white glove delivery. Scroll to our mattress guide to find key dates you should look for deals on in 2019.

Best Saatva Mattress Key Features

  • Best For: back sleepers, support, back pain, and pressure relief
  • Mattress Type: hybrid coil and memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, no shipping options for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 120 days
  • Warranty: 15 years

Loom and Leaf Mattress by Saativa

Loom and Leaf Mattress by Saativa

  • Foam mattress for supreme support wrapped up in a quilted organic cotton cover
  • Spinal zone gel foam layer provides spine support
  • Extended 120-day sleep trial and a 15-year warranty on this quality mattress

Customer Quote: “Besides being totally comfortable, the overall value of our bed is amazing. We could not find a better mattress at the price we paid.” -Michelle P.

Loom and Leaf is a product of Saativa, who already have their mattress confirmed on our list of the top 20 mattresses for 2019. The level of quality and ease of ordering are not lost!

This mattress is all about keeping you cool and safe while you sleep. From the cotton cover to the firm foam base, this mattress is allergen resistant and flame retardant. It’s also designed to flex with adjustable bed frames, so it’s perfect for those with poor mobility or sleep apnea. It can keep you upright while you sleep without losing structural integrity.

The spinal zone gel foam layer is designed to be cooling and breathable while also adding some extra structure and support. So much support, in fact, that we found the firm version of this foam mattress to be supportive enough for back sleepers!

If the firm feel isn’t to your liking, you can return the mattress in the 120-night trial and switch it up for the “relaxed firm” option. This has a medium firm feel with more cushioning from the memory foam. It’s great for combination sleepers but those that are used to deep memory foam comfort might still find it a bit too firm.

Loom and Leaf by Saativa Mattress Features

  • Best For: soft, breathable support
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam and gel foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, no shipping options for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 15 years

TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze Mattress

TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze Mattress

  • 4 layers of extremely soft, cushioning TEMPUR foam
  • Supercooling and light feel to sleep on, plus antimicrobial treatment applied to the mattress foam
  • Short 90 nights trial period but a good 10-year warranty

Customer Quote: “This mattress is fantastic, my hubby calls it the Goldilocks’s mattress, not too hard, not too soft, just right! I sleep like a baby on this mattress.” -Pat

For a super soft, 100% foam mattress, this provides a surprising amount of support! This is one of TEMPUR’s best cooling mattresses. It’s built up of 5 different foam layers, starting with 2 heat dispersing base layers. Next is the support layer to evenly distribute your weight and stop you sinking right down into the bed base!

Finally, you’ve got an extra-soft TEMPUR-ES foam layer made with PureCool™ and a top layer cooling cover made of a breathable, cooling fabric.

Prices start at $3299 for a twin long. Besides the eye-widening price tag, you’ve also got a strange selection of bed sizes. There’s no standard twin and split mattresses are only available for king and Cal king – not queen or double. It’s also only suitable for a solid base, power base or extremely sturdy bed foundations.

Overall, this is a great mattress for those that can afford it and crave the comfort of foam but get too hot and sweaty on a standard foam mattress. You need to make sure that you really want this mattress before you buy it, as you only have a 90-night trial period.

Best TEMPUR Mattress Features

  • Best For: side sleepers and hot sleepers seeking cool comfort
  • Mattress Type: layered TEMPUR foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin long, double, queen, king, split king, Cal king, split Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 90 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress

  • The Chill mattress is designed for hot sleepers at every layer
  • Soft and cushioning stretch knit cover adsorbs and dissipates heat
  • Dreamfit pillows and sheets included for free when you purchase this mattress!

Customer Quote: “It does stay cooler at night and I have found that I am not tossing and turning as much. The firm mattress is firm. No sinking into it.” -Jennifer

When this mattress rocked up at our front door, we were not expecting a 15” x 15” x 44” box. It’s super easy to move about and unpack. Watching it unfurl was surprisingly satisfying!

This mattress is designed, from top to bottom, to be cooling.

You have 2 firmness options, soft or firm. We’d recommend the soft option for hot side sleepers and the firm side for hot back sleepers or combination sleepers. You might find it a little too soft if you’re a stomach sleeper seeking support.

The base layer for the firm option is made from reinforced essential support foam, while the soft option is made from flexible essential support foam. On top of that, you’ve got a high-density memory foam for extra comfort.

It’s wrapped in a stretch knit fabric that adsorbs your heat and moves it away from your body for all night cool sleep comfort.

And that’s it.

Compared to many other mattresses on this list, the Chill mattress is quite basic.

What really sold us, however, was the overall quality of this mattress. Sealy has been making mattresses for over 150 years and has developed a robust mattress testing system for quality assurance. It really does make a difference – we slept like babies!

Chill Mattress Soft and Firm Features

  • Best For: hot sleepers
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for all US states, including Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

Leesa Foam Mattress

Leesa Foam Mattress

  • Multi-layer premium foam mattress perfect for pressure relief and contour support
  • Seamless, breathable cover and microcell foam structure
  • Free delivery to all US states

Customer Quote: “A bit more firm than expected. But I sleep great on it. There is definitely a bit of a rubbery chemical smell at first but is gone now. Love it.” -Andrew C

The Leesa Foam mattress is surprisingly firm for a foam mattress! So firm, in fact, that we’d recommend it for back sleepers as well as side sleepers. It features 3 layers of foam; a 6-inch base layer of very firm core support foam, a middle layer of 2-inch contouring memory foam to flex around your curves, and finally a 2-inch cooling foam layer that cools AND provides support.

By having the least dense, most flexible foam layer in the middle, you have a unique firm contour support. It dips well for side sleeper curves, but for back sleepers, the firm top layer will keep your spine straight.

Despite it being made without heavy metals (lead, iron…), volatile organic compounds, ozone depleters, and other harmful chemicals, it does still have a distinctive odor when you first unpack it. It takes a few days to waft away so you might want to hang onto your old mattress for a while.

One thing we did note was that the motion transfer was very minimal – great for sharing a bed with a restless sleeper, but not so great for sex.

Best Foam Mattress Leesa Features

  • Best For: back and side sleepers
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for all US states, including Alaska and Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Casper Mattress

The Casper Mattress

  • Zone support to give better support for side sleeper hips and shoulders
  • Open-cell foam for improved breathability and temperature control
  • 4 layers of CertiPUR-US certified foam

Customer Quote: “I have never slept as well as I do now. The Casper is supportive, but doesn’t cause that sinking feeling that other mattresses have.” -Ivan

The key features of the Casper mattress that we love is the zoned layer of foam. This layer has zones of high-density and low-density foam, perfectly sculpted together. This allows extra support for side sleepers, dipping down to make room for your hip and shoulder while rising to meet your torso in between.

Your other 3 layers are a durable support foam at the base, high-density memory foam, and finally a breathable open-cell foam. It doesn’t keep you as cool as a gel foam layer, but it is noticeably cooler than standard memory foam.

Casper recommends a solid platform base or slatted bed frame for this mattress, but you could get away with other bedframe types so long as they provide good support. A poor bed frame will make the mattress sag quicker than usual.

The mattress is encased in a soft material cover that zips off for easy cleaning. It also improves the durability of the foam mattress, keeping it all together and in the right shape to reduce sagging.

Overall, we highly recommend it for side sleepers with back pain and general body aches. This mattress would be unsuitable for back and stomach sleepers, however.

Best Casper Mattress Features

  • Best For: side sleepers, comfort, aches, and general body pains
  • Mattress Type: layered memory foam
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king, plus European sizes
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states and Canada, additional costs for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Allswell Signature Mattress

The Allswell Signature Mattress

  • Hybrid mattress with CertiPUR-US certified memory foam, CoolFlow foam, and pocketed coils
  • Extra support at the edges for bedtime activities and odd sleeping positions
  • Medium-firm feel with limited bounce

Customer Quote: “Every morning for the past week since we have had it set up, we have both told each other how well we slept.” -Kathleen

The Allswell Signature mattress is an affordable hybrid mattress with pocketed coils and multiple foam layers. Prices start at $245 which is one of the cheapest!

For your money, you get a solid 10-inch thick mattress. The medium-firmness makes it ideal for back and stomach sleepers. The layer of memory foam and gel foam does allow some give for side sleepers, but they’re not particularly deep. Overall, we recommend this mattress for back, stomach and combination sleepers who occasionally roll onto their sides.

The firmness extends from the center right to the edges, with strong individually pocketed coils. We thought this would be a decent mattress for sex, particularly thanks to that all-over support and the slight bounciness you get from the coils hidden under the foam.

This mattress only contains CertiPUR-US certified memory foam, so you’ve got no worries about irritant chemicals. The top layer is a gel foam with good (not excellent) cooling and all of this is assembled in the USA.

The Allswell is the more expensive luxe hybrid, which has all the features of the Signature plus a built-in mattress topper and cool top layer cover. It’s 12-inches tall and to be honest, we couldn’t see these additional features as being worth the additional price.

Allswell Mattress Features

  • Best For: edge support and firm comfort
  • Mattress Type: hybrid foam, gel foam and pocketed coils
  • Bed Sizes: twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, Cal king
  • Shipping: free for contiguous US states, no shipping options for Alaska/Hawaii
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Best All-Round Mattress Is…

The Nectar!

As you’ve probably noticed, nearly all our top mattresses contain very similar (if not identical) layers of foam. What swayed us towards the Nectar was the level of comfort for all sleeping positions. If we were asked to buy a mattress for someone, and we didn’t know anything at all about the sleeping requirements of that person, we would recommend the Nectar. In the off chance they didn’t like it, they have a whole year to return it for a full refund!

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How We Picked the Best Mattresses for 2019

Besides catching some zzzzzs, we tested each mattress thoroughly and carefully. Our reviews are unbiased and written by a team of mattress experts all with different sleeping positions and mattress requirements. Our main criteria were:

Quality of Materials

We compared the materials used to similar mattresses in the market. If it’s an innerspring mattress, we looked at the coiled metal – will it easily dent out of shape? Will the pocket materials be able to hold the springs well? Does the mattress compromise quality of materials for eco-friendly qualities?

These are all questions we asked when judging if the mattress materials used were suitable for the mattress design.

Compatibility

Not all mattresses are compatible with every sleeper and every bedframe. Before looking at mattresses, you need to find out what bedframe you have:

Panel bed frame – could be wooden or metal and has panels at the headboard and base of the bed. This might restrict your mattress height.

Canopy bed frame – could be wooden or metal and has 4 columns on each bed corner to support a canopy of fabric and curtains from above. This can make installed a new mattress tricky.

Platform bed frame – a very simple platform, usually with a headboard, with slats of wood or metal. A budget platform bed frame will not be able to support heavy mattresses, like The Big Fig.

Sleigh bed frame – to be classified as a sleigh bed frame, the headboard and footboard need to be curled at the top, like a sleigh. These generally are heavy duty frames that can withstand a sturdy mattress.

Box frame – a simple, solid box for the mattress to sit on top. Often these frames have built-in storage too!

Take a look at the slats in your bed frame – a high number of thicker slates will allow you to support a bigger mattress while making a thinner mattress feel firmer.

Comfort

Our first impressions are important, but you can’t just jump on a mattress in the store and instantly know if it will be comfortable all night long. That’s why we tested our mattresses for at least one full night – and consulted reviewers and customers that have tested the mattress out for far longer.

Importantly, we considered if mattresses were comfortable for those that were likely to buy them. Was the Big Fig comfortable for our plus-sized reviewers? Were our side sleepers comfortable on the top latex mattresses?

Support

Sleep is so important for relaxing and resetting our bodies for the next day. If your mattress doesn’t support your body, you’re going to wake up as achy and uncomfortable as the night before. We looked at how each mattress supported each sleep position – and how long that support will last. Some cheap memory foams sag in just 3 years, so in-depth research was required to find out which mattresses offered long-term support.

There’s also the issue of sagging around the edges of a mattress. If sleeping close to the edge, or even hanging one leg out, is your natural sleeping style, you need strong support from one edge to the other, not just in the center.

Movement

Honestly, no. We did not test each mattress by having sex on them. But we did give them a thorough movement test! Short of jumping up and down on them, we rolled, bounced, tossed and turned overnight to see how the mattress coped.

Would we wake up our partners by rolling over? Is it embarrassingly noisy? Is bouncing easy or hard on the knees? You’d be surprised how important movement is to find a suitable mattress.

Cooling

Even if you aren’t a hot sleeper, changing mattress to a memory foam can be a sudden heat change. We looked at how each mattress kept us cool or retained heat. A mattress that retains heat isn’t necessarily a bad thing – if you live in a cold climate, it might even be desirable. However, mattresses that are both heat retentive and make you sweat is a bad combination. For the mattresses on our list that do retain heat, we carefully analyzed how breathable they are and whether it disturbed our sleep patterns.

Durability

It might surprise you to know that some mattresses didn’t even pass the movement test without something going wrong. Durability is a key component. With several of our best mattresses for 2019 surpassing $1000, we had to make sure that they will last you a decent amount of time!

We looked at durability in the short term and long term – could we turn the mattress to extend the lifetime? Are the springs going to wear through the fabric cover? Could this handle the extra weight, for plus size people or pregnant women?

Delivery

With so many mattresses on the market using very similar materials and structures, sometimes it really does come down to the delivery policies. We took a close look at where each mattress can be delivered to, how it’s delivered and what the return policy entails.

Most mattress manufacturers will charge extra to bring the mattress into your home – others will just leave them on the curb. You also need to think about what you’re doing with your old mattress. Some companies can arrange to take it away, but your new mattress may need a day or two to unfurl from the packaging. Knowing how the delivery will take place and when you can use your new mattress is essential before you buy.

Trials and Warranty

All mattresses on our list have a trial period – during that time you can return the mattress for a full refund if you just don’t like it. Bear in mind that some mattress companies will also require you to test the mattress for a minimum number of days. This is because it takes time for your body to adjust.

Warranty is also a consideration – you want this mattress to last for at least a decade, right? Warranty is also a good indication of how confident the manufacturer is in the mattress. Our top mattress picks all have lifetime or infinite warranty.

We also consulted customers and experts for their opinion on the mattress in the long term. By pulling all this information together, we scored and ranked the best mattresses for 2019!

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Mattress

According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain affects up to 80% of the population, with half of all working Americans experience the symptoms of back pain.

Bed Times Magazine carried out a survey in which 85% of people said, “sleeping on a bad mattress will cause serious back problems in the long run.”

And, if that wasn’t enough, the Journal of American Medical Association found that lower back pain costs Americans $100billion in health care costs each year.

And despite all that, Tuck’s research shows that most Americans won’t spend more than $1000 on a mattress.

Crazy!

Choosing the right mattress is incredibly important – regardless of the price tag. Back pain is just one example. The effects of a bad night’s sleep can stretch from poor motivation at work to a weakened immune system.

So, how do you choose the right mattress? Don’t worry! We’ve got it all covered here in our ultimate guide to choosing a mattress.

Which Mattress Is Best for Me?

It all comes down to personal taste. The right mattress for you should be the one that helps you sleep best. Your sleeping position will, in most cases, be the first consideration for finding a mattress. Scroll down a bit to find out which sleep position mattress you need.

However.

If you have a medical condition that affects your sleep, you need to consider that first. These are the most common conditions that impact sleep, and the mattress type you might need as a result:

Back Pain

Most back pain comes down to spine problems, usually where it’s curving or under pressure. The best mattresses to ease your back pain are medium-firm. You need a strong, sturdy base that will keep your spine in line, with enough cushioning that if you roll over your spine will still hold straight. Choose a mattress based on your sleeping position below, then up the firmness a little!

Sleep Apnea

Sleeping flat on your back is not recommended – it can block up your airways and cause your tongue to roll back into your throat. The best position is to sleep on your side, therefore a memory foam mattress or innerspring with a good layer of cushioning will give you the support you need to sleep comfortably like that. If you must sleep on your back, you might need a custom-made mattress that elevates your back and keeps your airways open. Try a split mattress if your partner can’t sleep in the same position!

Insomnia

You don’t just need a mattress that makes falling asleep easy, but a mattress that doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Make sure that once you’re asleep you won’t be waking up before you’re ready – consider gel-infused foams and breathable mattresses with deep cushioning to support your body and keep it cool all night.

If you’ve not got a medical condition and you know exactly what mattress type your sleeping position needs, you only have a couple more things to think about: budget and suitability, e.g. is it good for your active sex life or is it easy to get on and off?

Will A Mattress Solve My Medical Issues?

In some cases, yes. In most, probably not. And did you know your back pain and aches can actually be partly psychological? Harvard Health Publishing explores this in more detail.

Easing sleep problems from back pain to insomnia might be as simple as changing your mattress, or might be a sign that you need to change your lifestyle.

What else can I do to ease my sleep problems?

Consider cotton sheets and high-quality feather pillows. Breathable, non-sweaty materials can help you sleep sounder. If you have sensitive skin or experience headaches when you try to sleep, you might want to look at hypoallergenic mattresses with organic fillings.

Other lifestyle changes could include losing weight, de-stressing before bed and changing your sleeping patterns.

Sleeping Positions

There are so many sleeping positions, from the soldier to full-blown starfish, but all can be roughly categorized into 3 segments; side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers. You might have heard that certain sleeping positions can cause you back pain or make your medical conditions worse – that’s not true!

If your back pain is getting worse, that means you’re sleeping on the wrong mattress for your sleeping position. You’re not getting the right body support when you’re asleep, and it’s causing problems.

If you notice your mattress is uncomfortable in your favorite sleeping position, you might need a different mattress type!

Side Sleepers

By sleeping on your side, whether you’re curled up (fetal position) or stretched out (log position), you’re putting a strain on your shoulder and hip.

You need a mattress that will curve to the contours of your body. A soft, flexible mattress that will dip for your shoulder and hip while meeting your torso in-between, will distribute your weight evenly. This reduces the strain you put on your shoulder and hip while keeping your back straighter, supporting your spine.

Side sleepers should try latex and foam mattresses with around 3-inches of support, avoiding very firm mattresses that won’t curve with your body.

Back Sleepers

Doctors and experts recommend this as the healthiest sleeping position… but it’s also the position many people find the most uncomfortable. Although sleeping on your back might do your spine a world of good, if it damages your sleep routine and leaves you waking up as unrested as when you went to sleep, is it worth it? With the right mattress, sleeping on your side or stomach doesn’t have to be damaging.

For those that genuinely do find it comfortable and relaxing to sleep on their backs, you can pretty much pick any mattress you like! You’ll typically find firm mattresses, like an innerspring or very thin foam top (1 inch), offer you the most support and keep your spine straight.

Back sleepers tend to snore more too so you might want to invest in some thick pillows to block the noise!

Stomach Sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach causes you to turn your head in one direction or another, so besides the mattress, you should also look for supportive, high-quality pillows.

You might think that the soft stomach side of your body should be met with a soft, comfortable mattress. It’s actually the other way around.

A firm mattress that holds its shape will give your stomach support and prevent your spine from curving inwards. Stomach sleeping can also overextend the lumbar area (lower spine) causing back pain if the stomach is not adequately supported.

Take a look at innerspring mattresses with a thin layer of foam (1-2 inches) to cushion your bones.

Combination Sleepers

Do you find yourself changing your sleeping position from one night to the next? Or do you start on your stomach but wake up on your side or back?

You need to work out what your deepest sleeping position is first. Side sleepers need around 3-inches of cushion at the deepest, back sleepers can get away with an inch or less of cushioning.

Combination sleepers will like layered foam and layered latex mattresses. These have a firm, supporting center that will keep your back or stomach straight when you apply your weight evenly, but when you roll onto your side the soft cushioning in the top layer will be able to curve to your body.

Mattress Anatomy

We’ve gone through mattress types, from memory foam to innerspring, but how are mattresses built up? Most of our mattresses are hybrids, which contain multiple layers of different materials:

Top Cover – often made from breathable fabrics, like cotton, this top layer is closest to your skin and separates you from the potentially irritating memory foam or uncomfortable coils.

Cushioning Layer – this layer is the cushioning between you and the firm structure of the mattress. A firm mattress may have a 1-inch layer of memory foam, while a soft mattress might have up to 3-inches.

Cooling Layer – gel-infused or copper-infused layers (might be combined with the cushioning layer) keep your mattress breathable and cool while you sleep.

Core Layer – this is what provides the firmness of your mattress, whether it’s a thick layer of memory foam or dense innerspring coil layer.

Base Layer – a sturdy, firm layer that can support your weight and spread it evenly across your bed frame. Some mattresses may be turn-able, meaning they have more layers here for when you flip the mattress over.

You can also find split mattresses where one half is different from the other. This is a good way to cater to both your and your partners sleeping positions if they’re different.

What is ILD?

ILD stands for indentation load deflection. It measures the firmness of a foam mattress. When you press down and indent the mattress, how long until it springs back up? A low IDL number (1 to 20) means it will be soft. A firm mattress will rate from 40 to 50 IDL.

This is a good way to compare the firmness of different mattresses, but it won’t necessarily tell you how comfortable they will feel.

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Where’s the Best Place to Buy A Mattress?

You might think that shopping for mattresses in-store is the best way to find a mattress that is comfortable – after all, you can test them out for yourselves.

But actually, shopping online is far more convenient and offers you a much wider range of choices for mattresses. It can take up to a month to get accustomed to a mattress, so spending 5 minutes on a mattress at your nearest retail park isn’t an accurate way to test comfort levels.

Don’t forget that you have a trial period and warranty when you buy online – if it isn’t comfortable, you can arrange to send it back.

Buying a mattress through third-party websites, like Amazon, has advantages and disadvantages. You might have the option to add extra warranty as sold by Amazon, but there are also fake-name brands that sell through Amazon.

Stick to the official websites and sellers we link to in our top mattresses for 2019 list and you won’t go wrong.

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When’s the Best Time to Buy a Mattress in 2019?

The best time to buy a new mattress is when your old one is worn out! If you start waking up during the night or find yourself aching, in pain or stiff more than usual (and there are no other possible causes), it usually means your mattress is no longer providing the support you need.

But you still want to grab a good deal, right?

These are important dates in 2019 when mattress sales are likely to go live:

  • Martin Luther King Day (21st January)
  • President’s Day (18th February)
  • Memorial Day (27th May)
  • Independence Day (4th July)
  • Labor Day (2nd September)
  • Columbus Day (14th October)
  • Veterans Day (11th November)
  • Cyber Monday (2nd December)

May is a good month to find mattress sales too, as June is typically the month when new mattresses are released. Mattress sellers use this month to get rid of old stock!

Furthermore, Amazon Prime day falls sometime in July, so keep an eye out for Amazon deals on mattresses. This sale typically lasts just 36 hours – make sure you check the warranty and returns policy in your rush to catch a deal!

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How Much Does A Mattress Cost?

A cheap, budget mattress can cost as little as $300, while a top of the range mattress can cost as much as $4000.

That’s a significant investment that could not only cost you a lot of money but many nights sleep too if it wears down or is damaged. That’s why we strongly recommend getting a warranty and making sure you don’t do anything to void it.

Mattress Add-Ons

Many of our top mattresses for this year come with optional add ons. Here’s what you need to know about them:

Foundation – like a bed frame, this is usually a solid box (sometimes with legs) that you can put your mattress on. If you already have a bed frame that can hold your new mattress, you don’t need this.

Mattress Protector – if they’ll chuck a mattress protector in for free, definitely take it! Protectors prevent dead skin cells, bacteria, mites and dust from settling into your mattress, causing skin allergies and irritating your lungs. You can also find waterproof protectors. You don’t need a protector, but the benefits are a nice addition.

Topper – an extra layer of foam to cushion your body, usually no more than 1-inch thick. A good choice for combination sleepers who want a removable layer of cushion for switching from side to back/stomach.

Pillows – this is where your head will lay. If you’re like us, memory foam cushions are just too much. Work out if you prefer soft or firm pillows and only opt for the add-on pillows if they’ll be genuinely comfy.

Sheets and Covers – buying covers from the mattress supplier guarantees that they’ll fit like a glove… but they might not be the highest quality. Search around before settling on the standard sheets and covers.

Are There Maintenance Costs?

Unless you damage your mattress, there aren’t any maintenance costs you need to worry about. Although we wash our bed sheets once a week, we rarely put much thought to cleaning the mattress… but actually, cleaning your mattress is something you should do!

We recommend cleaning your mattress once or twice a year. You can wash stains and spots with a damp cloth and disinfectant spray. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the mattress to dry before making the bed again.

For a general mattress cleaning to freshen up your bed, spray it lightly with white vinegar and wait for it to completely dry. Next, sprinkle on baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes, and finally vacuum that up with your vacuum cleaner (hand-held is easier).

3 Mattress Features to Avoid

  • No-Name Brands. Avoid mattresses from brands you’ve never heard of. Always check review sites like Trustpilot or stick to verified and expert-tested recommended lists like ours.
  • Wrong Size. A mattress that is too big for your bed frame will lack support at the edges and can actually damage easily. A mattress that’s too small restricts your space and can damage your spine as a result.
  • No Guarantee, Trial or Warranty. You spend 1/3 of every day in your bed. That’s over 120 days a year spent under the covers! You do not want to be stuck with a mattress that’s like sleeping on a pile of rocks.

Check the Delivery!

Unless you want to end up stuck in a staircase with your friends, hopelessly screaming “pivot” make sure you check the delivery.

Standard delivery will usually just include delivering the mattress to your front door. Not inside, not in a safe place, but quite literally out on the curb.

If you want the deliverers to come into your home, set up the new mattress and remove the old one, you need to pay extra. Most companies call this their ‘white glove service’ and will charge up to a couple hundred dollars. It’s not cheap!

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