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The Best Mattress Reviews Online

Shopping online for a mattress used to be easy… if a bit limiting.

A couple of years ago, there were only a few companies selling mattresses online – so your choices were clear. But that’s all changed.

Today, we are in the midst of a genuine revolution in how mattresses are manufactured and sold.

There are more than 50 companies selling mattresses online on 100s of websites.

You can also find many popular new brands like Tuft and Needle, Purple and GhostBed on Amazon.com & Walmart.com for the same low price as on the manufacturer’s website; sometimes, even lower (if you can stomach “slightly used”).

Even hardcore store brands like Sealy and Tempurpedic sell online, today!

With so many websites to visit and so many different coupons and discounts floating around, shopping online for a mattress can eat up a lot of your time.

It can get downright frustrating – just to build a short list!

And, while it’s true that online competition has driven the price of a great mattress down by 30-50% (yay!), you still can’t ignore the fact that,

Buying a mattress is a significant investment.

That’s why my husband and I created SleepDelivered.com – a site dedicated to reviewing the best mattresses sold online.

The goal of SleepDelivered is to help you quickly:

  • create your short list
  • understand the major differences between the most popular mattresses sold online; and,
  • make a final selection based on facts – not a sales pitch.

OK, enough of all the explaining – let’s get to the reviews!


The Best Mattresses We’ve Reviewed (So Far)

Listed below are the best online mattresses my husband and I have reviewed, sorted by our overall score.

Every mattress we review is assigned an overall 5-star quality rating which ranges from 1.0 (I can’t sleep on it) to 5.0 (best of the best).  To do this, we look at 16 different criteria (keep reading to learn more).

We only publish reviews of mattresses that rate a 4.0 or higher on this scale.

How To Use Our Comparison Tables

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MattressRatingPriceDescriptionOur TakeComfort ChoicesWarrantyIn-Home TrialDeliveryAvoid IfGreat Choice IfShop Now
Saatva
Saatva mattress review
4.9$699-$1399Luxury innerspring mattress.A luxury innerspring mattress that compares with the finest retail products.Firm
Med. Firm
Soft
15 years120 nights7-15 daysyou don't like the feel of a spring mattressyou're considering a Simmons Beautyrest, Kingsdown Ashley, Sterns & Foster Ashley or Serta iSeriesSaatvaMattress.com
Plushbeds Botanical Bliss
PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress Review - cover shot
4.8$1199-$2699Luxury organic latex mattressThe best-sleeping, highest-quality 100% latex mattress sold online. All-natural materials, lots of options, and a super-long warranty.Firm,
Med. Firm,
Soft
25 years100 nights2 weeksyou're bargain-shopping. Not cheap! Still costs far less than a comparable store-bought brand, though.you are a no-compromise, environmentally-sensitive shopper. This one has it all.Plushbeds.com
Nest Alexander Hybrid

Nest Alexander Hybrid Signature Select best hybrid mattress
4.8$799-$1499Luxury hybrid foam + pocket coil mattressA super-comfy, cool-sleeping hybrid mattress that's just about perfect for loving couples. One of the best we've tested.Medium Soft
Medium Firm
20 years100 nights7 daysyou want to customize it - this is a one-size-fits-all sleeper.you - if you're partner moves around a lot at night; zero motion transfer!NestBedding.com
Sapira by Leesa
Sapira Mattress Review - hero shot
4.7$825-$1775Luxury hybrid foam + pocket coil mattressA luxury hybrid mattress with a great bounce & excellent support - at a great price.Med Firm10 years100 nights4-10 daysyou need a firmer or softer comfort level; Sapira doesn't offer a choiceyou want the comfort of foam and the support & durability of pocketed coilsSapira
Nest Alexander Signature Series
Nest Alexander Hybrid Signature Select mattress review - modern platform bed
4.7$899-$1399Luxury organic memory foam mattressA premium, natural gel-over-latex foam mattress that sleeps cool and can be customized to your comfort level.Firm
Med. Firm
Soft
20 years100 nights7 daysyou're all about the lowest priceyou're shopping for Tempurpedic - you'll save at least $1,000NestBedding.com
Helix
Helix mattress review - couple on bed
4.7$600-$995High-quality hybrid mattress. Custom-fit to sleep style & body.An excellent memory foam mattress that is custom-fit to your unique sleeping habits, body and preferences.Custom-fit10 years100 nights6-13 daysa cheap foam mattress will doyou want or need a custom-fit mattress; and couples who need different comfort levelsHelixSleep.com
Purple Mattress
Purple Mattress - uncovered in modern bedroom
4.7$699-$1299High-quality proprietary foam mattressAn incredibly comfortable and affordable foam mattress that adapts itself to your body like no other.Soft+Firm Combination10 years100 nights7-14 daysyou need a Twin or Full size mattress (they don't sell them)you're OK trying something new - their technology is truly uniqueAmazon.com
Nest Love Bed
Nest Love Bed - naked on frame
4.7$599-$899High-quality latex mattress.With a recently-updated design, The Love Bed remains one of the best mattresses you can buy for sex.Firm
Med. Firm
Soft
10 years100 nights7 daysyou don't like latex or a lot of bounceyou plan to give your bed a workout, and don't want to pay too muchNestBedding.com
Dr̦omma
Leesa vs. Dromma mattress comparison - Dromma Bed
4.7$549-$949High quality latex-memory foam mattressIf you're considering Casper, Leesa or Endy, then Dr̦omma should be on your short list. Arguably the best value in its class.Med Soft.
Med Firm
12 years200 nights3-5 daysyou don't like a lot of bounce or you're allergic to latexyou care about the environment, love a great deal and want a choice of firmnessDr̦ommaBed.com
Loom and Leaf
Loom and Leaf mattress review - mattress in luxury bedroom
4.7$699-$1499Luxury memory foam mattressA luxury organic memory foam mattress that easily matches the sleep experience of premium store brands, for far less money.Firm
Med. Firm
15 years120 nights7-15 daysyou need a soft mattress - this one's a bit firmyou want a luxurious organic foam mattress - without the high priceLoomAndLeaf.com
Leesa
Leesa vs Dromma - Leesa mattress uncovered on bed
4.6$500-$950High-quality foam mattressThe best one-size-fits-all memory foam mattress sold online. Sleeps noticeably better than Casper, for the same price.Medium10 years100 nights7-10 daysyou prefer a softer or firmer feel than normal.you want the best high quality memory foam mattress you can buy, at a bargain priceLeesa.com
Nectar4.6$500-$900High-quality foam mattressGreat mattress; best warranty in the biz.Med. FirmLifetime365 nights3-5 daysyou prefer a softer or firmer feel than normal.you want to protect your investment.Nectar
Bear Mattress
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4.6$650-$950High-quality memory foam mattress made for athletesDesigned for active athletes, this may be the coolest-sleeping memory foam mattress sold onlineMed. Firm10 years100 nights4-7 daysyou prefer a comfort level other than medium-firm. This mattress is one-size-fits-all.you need a memory foam mattress that sleeps exceptionally dry and cool.BearMattress.com
Endy Beds
Endy Mattress - on platform bed
4.6$650-$850High quality memory foam mattress made in CanadaAn excellent Canadian-made memory foam mattress that's better, cheaper and a bit softer than Casper.Med. Soft10 years100 nights3-7 daysyou prefer a firm mattress or need a less-common size (they only offer 4).you like your foam mattress a little on the soft side.EndySleep.com
YogaBed
Yogabed mattress review - hero shot
4.6$599-$949Quality memory foam mattressreview coming soon!Med. Firm10 years101 nights7-10 daysreview coming soon!review coming soon!Amazon.com
Amerisleep
Amerisleep Colonial mattress review - hero shot
4.5$749-$3,398Eco-friendly memory foam mattressesGreat support, a choice of 5 comfort levels, the latest bio-friendly foams and a cool+dry night's sleep. What more could you want from a memory foam mattress?Soft
Med. Soft
Medium
Med. Firm
Firm
20 years100 nights5-10 daysyou're shopping for a medium-firm foam mattress; Leesa is the better/cheaper choiceyou're an eco-minded buyer who needs a firmer or softer mattress than most.Amazon.com
Tuft & Needle
4.5$350-$750Budget foam mattressThe cheapest memory foam mattress sold online - that doesn't sacrifice on quality or comfort. Excellent customer service, too.Med. Firm10 years
non-prorated
100 nights1-5 daysyou need a firmer or softer mattress; everyone gets the same (medium firm).you are looking for a bargain memory foam mattress.Amazon.com
4Sleep
4Sleep mattress review - hero shot
4.5$549-$999Quality memory foam mattressreview coming soon!Med. Firm10 years100 nights7 daysreview coming soon!review coming soon!Amazon.com
Live & Sleep
Live and Sleep mattress review - hero shot
4.5$599-899Quality memory foam mattressreview coming soon!Med. Firm10 years100 nights7-10 daysreview coming soon!review coming soon!Amazon.com
Keetsa Pillow Plus
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4.5$576-$996Quality organic hybrid mattressTop-quality organic luxury for a discount price. You'll have a hard time finding a better organic mattress at this price anywhere.Med. Firm12 years90 nights
10% restock fee
5-7 daysyou aren't really sure (Keetsa's return policy isn't the best)you want a real organic mattress, but also a good dealKeetsa.com
Brooklyn Bedding
brooklyn bedding mattress review - hero shot
4.5$450-$1050High quality latex mattress made by industry veteransreview coming soon!Firm
Med. Firm
Soft
10 years120 nights6-9 daysreview coming soon!review coming soon!Amazon.com
WinkBeds
Winkbeds mattress review - hero shot
4.4$599-$1349Luxury hybrid foam + spring mattress.review coming soon!Med. Firm10 years101 nights7-10 daysreview coming soon!review coming soon!WinkBeds.com
Casper
Casper mattress review - hero shot
4.2$500-$950High-quality foam mattress. All synthetic.The original one-size-fits-all memory foam mattress. Still a great bargain, but Leesa, Dromma and Bear are better choices at this price.Med. Firm10 years100 nights2-5 daysyou don't like all-synthetic foam or need choice in comfort level.you want a simple, cheap medium-firm mattress - from a company that's been around more than a few monthsCasper

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Mattress Reviews – by Type & Need

Looking for a list of the best mattresses of a particular type, or for your sleeping style, or for some other specific need?

We’ve got you covered!

Click on the subject that interests you to reveal a hand-picked short list of mattresses in a mobile-friendly table.

For each mattress listed, we provide details on the features you should consider when buying a mattress online.

Best Memory Foam Mattresses
Best Innerspring Mattresses
Best Organic Mattresses
Best for Side-Sleepers
Best for Back Sleepers
Best for Stomach Sleepers
Best for Couples
Best Mattresses for Sex 😉
Best Mattresses for Athletes

How We Review A Mattress (Without Selling Our Soul)

Sleepdelivered mattress reviews - macbook pro on bedMy team and I have researched and reviewed more than 20 mattresses sold online, so far.

Like most other review websites, we use affiliate links to pay the bills.  That’s it.

To preserve our objectivity, we don’t “sell access” to retailers and manufacturers the way that other mattress review sites do.

For example:

  • We don’t accept free merchandise. We buy our mattresses online using our own money, just like you would. We do this under another person’s name, so they don’t know that it’s us.
  • We never contact a manufacturer until after we’ve published their review. After we go to press, we send them a link & ask them to check our facts – but not our opinions.
  • We don’t “sell access” to our readers. We don’t sell ad space, guest posts, paid email promotions, or any other form of access or “influencer marketing” B.S.
  • Our choice of mattresses is not based on whether or not we’ll get paid for reviewing it.

In contrast, most mattress review sites accept free merchandise in exchange for their review. This turns the website into a pay-for-review business, because the reviewer is free to sell those mattresses off on eBay/Amazon when they’re done.

 

How We Select A Mattress To Review

First off: we’re not trying to document the world!

I have but one husband to donate to science – and this isn’t my full time job.

So, I’ll keep buying and testing the mattresses that interest me the most.

That aside, I do look at existing ratings and verified customer reviews before selecting a mattress to review. It has to look like a winner before I’ll waste my time reviewing it.

Like you, I only want to review – and sleep on – the best of the best.

I Don’t Work Alone

Sleepdelivered - teamwork

Like every good website these days, I rely on a few good people to help me pull this thing off.

I employ fact-checkers, researchers, draft writers, web designers and graphics experts to make this site do what it does.

 

I Write Every Review Myself

See My 5-Step Mattress Review Process

On my team, I focus on writing and editing the reviews.

I like to think that my reviews are the most thorough and the most accurate mattress reviews online.

I write every one of my 10-minute mattress reviews like I’m writing a letter to my best friend to explain everything anyone could ever want to know about this mattress.

In each, I cover everything you could want to know about that mattress: the company, the sleeping experience, how it compares with its closest alternatives – plus the features that matter most when buying a mattress online.

To keep things fair and balanced, I also scrub the internet for other people’s impressions.

On top of this, I hire a fact-checker (yes, a real job) to check our reviews periodically against the manufacturer’s website, to make sure we don’t miss any important changes. For example, Nest recently updated its Love Bed, and other mattresses change their materials from time to time.

But to be honest, all I can document is what I learned and experienced.

Your experience WILL differ.

That’s why…

I Consider Other Reviews

Sleepdelivered mattress reviews - compare with other reviews

To give you the fairest picture of how a mattress performs for most people, I look at more than just my experience when assigning an overall score.

In fact, I have to, if I want to be ‘fair and balanced’, to you.

That’s because most mattresses are sold in a variety of firmness levels, configurations and versions.

Like most mattress reviewers, I only test one comfort level and one version of a given mattress in my home

I don’t test every possible combination. No one does that, to my knowledge.

In order to broaden my review to cover all variations, we research and factor-in what other reviewers have said about the mattress.

I even sometimes adjust my overall rating of a mattress based on the general consensus of other reviewers.

Finally, the ratings and reviews on this site are updated periodically, whenever new information comes in from the manufacturer or we receive important input from other reviewers and our readers.


Mattress Rating Criteria

sleepdelivered mattress reviews - rating comparison criteria

My team and I score every mattress I review with an overall 5-star rating, from 1 star (unusable) to 5 stars (perfect every night). To assign that rating, we consider the following features and criteria:

  1. The Company Behind the Mattress
  2. Social Commitment
  3. Online Order Process
  4. Price
  5. Shipping, Delivery & Setup
  6. Firmness & Comfort Choices
  7. Technology & Materials
  8. Mattress Construction
  9. Cooling Performance
  10. Motion Transfer
  11. Sinkage
  12. Edge Support
  13. Off-Gassing
  14. In-Home Trial
  15. Returns & Refund Policy
  16. Warranty

Continue reading to learn about each of these factors and how it contributes to my overall 5-star quality rating.

1. The Company Behind the Mattress

Sapira Mattress Review - company team

All things equal, we’ll score an established brand higher than new startup, because:

  1. Their products have been tested in the real world, longer
  2. Their warranties have been tested, too
  3. They likely have more cash on hand to weather market downturns, which will matter to you a lot if you ever need that warranty!

We also take into account the reputation of the company with its current customers.

2. Social Commitment

Dromma Bed - social impact made in USA

Another thing we look at is the company’s commitment to their community and to the environment.

Most mattress-in-a-box companies today have some sort of social program or work with charities to donate returned mattresses and/or provide new mattresses to their community. Some go beyond that, however, to donate a portion of their revenues to people in need.

In addition, we consider the company’s commitment to maintaining a safe and clean environment. We look at whether they use clean manufacturing processes, we look at the materials they use in their mattresses, and we look at whether they adhere to the latest environmental standards.

3. Online Order Process

Bear mattress review - order form online

It’s important to us that the company is easy to do business with. If their order process or related customer service isn’t top-notch, then we will take points off.

This is rarely the case with online mattress companies, today, except in a few instances where the website was down, prices/discounts didn’t match their marketing, and people were hard to get hold of when we needed them.

We really haven’t seen that many issues, so far.

4. Price

Saatva mattress review - price table FROM WEBSITE

We believe our readers care as much about value-for-money as anything else, so this criteria carries a very heavy weighting in our 5-star scoring system.

We try to be as fair as possible by comparing a mattress against its closest rivals to determine “relative value”.

But straight-up price is the biggest factor.

5. Shipping, Delivery & Setup

Leesa vs. Casper - Leesa delivery box

This category carries a moderate weighting, but it can be important for some mattresses due to their weight / difficulty in setting up – and if shipping costs are extra.

Some of the questions we ask here include:

  • Did the company deliver on time, as promised?
  • Is there an option to arrange for help when setting up / unpacking the mattress, especially if it is heavy?
  • Do extra shipping charges apply? In what situations / geographies?
  • Can we change shipping location or date, after we order?
  • Will the company remove our old mattress? For what fee?

6. Firmness & Comfort Choices

Nest Alexander Hybrid Signature Select - comfort level

This is more of a characteristic of a particular mattress than a comparison feature. So we don’t give it too much weight in our scores.

That said, it does matter if the company offers comfort choices that meet everyone’s needs.

And, it matters a LOT to me if the comfort level I ordered feels like it should – or doesn’t.

7. Technology & Materials

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress Review - mattress construction latext foam layers

The materials and technology of a mattress can’t be separated from how well the mattress performs. Performance always trumps technology.

That said, when we consider value-for-money, the choice of materials and technology does come into play.

In general, we assign higher scores for mattresses that incorporate new, high-performance technologies that actually make a difference in cooling, support, comfort, motion control, bounce, etc.

Re-marketing a memory foam under a fancy new name won’t get points from us.

8. Mattress Construction

Saatva mattress - coil-on-coil construction

How a mattress is constructed literally defines its support, comfort and sleeping experience – and its useful life.

This is important – but not as important as the sleeping experience it delivers – so, it carries a medium weighting in our scoring system.

We look at the materials used, the number and function of different layers, and any unique technologies used that actually make a difference in performance.

In general, we rate thicker mattresses (>12”) higher – for two reasons:

  1. a thicker mattress will usually last longer than a thin one; this is especially true for foam mattresses (because: physics)
  2. thicker mattresses can accommodate more layers and more complex support systems that can be tweaked/engineered with more precision. This is probably why thicker mattresses usually sleep better, in our experience.

We also give credit for more complex layering – when it’s done with a purpose.

9. Cooling Performance

Tuft and Needle - heat transfer

We’ll ding a mattress if it sleeps too hot or too cold, at night.

Most online mattresses we test don’t have a cooling performance problem, but a few have been flagged.

Now, I live in the Deep South (US), where it’s brutally hot 6-7 months of the year. And, my husband hates a hot mattress. So if a mattress sleeps hot, we WILL find out.

10. Motion Transfer

motion transfer

Motion transfer is important for anyone who sleeps with another creature, whether that happens to be a husband, a wife… or a dog.

A mattress gets high marks if no little-to-no motion is transferred from one point on the mattress to another. It gets a low score if all it takes is a cough to wake my husband.

11. Sinkage

casper mattress review - mattress sinkage

Sinkage is a measure of how deeply your body sinks into a mattress when you lie on it or press on it.

The amount of sinkage you want in your mattress depends on the type of sleeper you are. If you sleep on your side, then a little more sinkage is preferable. If you sleep on your back, then you probably want less.

On this criteria, we’ll remove points if the sinkage of a mattress is excessive, if it doesn’t give at least an inch, or doesn’t match the company’s claims.

12. Edge Support

Nest Alexander Signature Select mattress review - sinkage test

Edge Support is how well the mattress holds its position under pressure, along its edges.

No one wants a soft, overly-compliant edge on their bed, so we deduct points if a mattress folds under pressure too easily.

13. Smell / Off-Gassing

sleepdelivered mattress reviews - off gassing smell

Most all-foam mattresses and mattresses made with foam layers will emit volatile organic compound (VOC) vapors when new. This process is called off-gassing.

These days, the gases emitted by foam aren’t toxic or dangerous. But the smell annoys some people.

The two questions we ask here include:

  1. how noticeable and unpleasant is the “new mattress” smell? and,
  2. how long does the smell last?

14. In-Home Trial

Purple Mattress - Sleeping Experience

Most online mattress companies offer a free, no-risk in home trial lasting between 30 and 220 nights.

In truth, though, you shouldn’t ever need more than 30 to 60 days to try a mattress in your home.

For this reason, we don’t give this criteria that much weight.

If the return window falls within a 60-day window or if a company offers an extraordinarily long trial period that might change your mattress-owning strategy completely, then we’ll change its score.

15. Returns & Refunds

sleepdelivered mattress reviews - refund

Related to the in-home trial is the mattress company’s refund and return policy. This category carries a heavy weighting in our scoring system, and for good reason.

Mattress return/refund policies differ in the conditions under which they will refund your purchase price and/or accept a returned mattress.

For example, some manufacturers will only provide a refund if the mattress isn’t abused or “used improperly”.

Others require that you provide the right sort of support/foundation under your mattress throughout your use of it.

Both of these situations can be hard to prove, if you are challenged on it. Not that we’ve heard that many return horror stories – but a few of our readers have complained.

Finally, while most companies refund your entire purchase price, a few of them also charge a restocking and/or pickup fee.

So make sure you read their policy completely.

16. Warranty

sleepdelivered mattress reviews - warranty locks

The quality of a company’s product warranty is the strongest sign a mattress company has faith in its own product, so we give it a lot of weight.

Most online mattress warranties last 10 years, but some companies offer 15, 20 or even 25-year warranties.

And, contrary to what you might think, the price of a mattress doesn’t necessarily correspond to its warranty length. Some inexpensive startups carry extremely long warranties.

So, shop carefully.

Of course, comparing warranties can be tricky. They usually differ in the types of damage they cover and whether the warranty is prorated (refund amount declines with time) or not (far better)

Read the fine print on the warranty, before buying.


Learn More!

If the reviews listed above don’t solve your problem, then we do offer a few more resources on this site that should help:

  • Mattress Comparison Tables: If you are trying to buy a specific type of mattress, or have a unique need like back pain, then check out our Comparison Tables. We’ve got a table for every need and type of mattress you can think of.
  • Coupons: we’ve arranged special discount codes that will save you $100s on your purchase. You can even email them to yourself or a friend.
  • Head-to-Head Mattress Comparisons: we compare the two popular online mattresses in a given category.
  • Buying Guides: need-specific buying guides to help you find the right product for your back pain, side sleepers, back sleepers and other common situations.

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