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What's On This Page
Table of Contents
- What's On This Page
- Top Mattress Picks In 10 Categories
- Mattress Buying Guides
- Comparison Tables: Best Mattresses by Type
- Head-to-Head Mattress Comparisons
- Understanding Mattress Types
- How We Review A Mattress
- The Qualities of a Great Mattress
- My Mattress Rating Criteria
- The Future of Mattress Shopping is Online
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Here are my current #1 mattress picks in each of 10 categories – click a price to see the latest deal.
|My Top Pick||Type of Mattress||Price|
|1. Saatva Classic||Innerspring||$799 - $1,599
|2. Puffy LUX||Luxury Foam||$1,145 – $1,695
|3. Leesa Original||Budget Foam||$624-$1,049
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|4. Nest Alexander Hybrid||Luxury Hybrid||$949-$1,699
|5. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss||Luxury Organic Latex||$999 – $1,998
|6. Ecoterra||Budget Latex||$749 - $1,249
|7. Dreamcloud||Luxury PillowTop||$599-$1,099
|8. Layla||Flippable/2-Sided||$499 - $999
|9. Big Fig||For Plus-Sized People||$1,299 - $1,999
|10. Helix||Custom-Fit||$500 - $1,149
Mattress Buying Guides
Click a link below to see my top picks in a category, along with reviews of each mattress plus a custom buying guide for that type of bed.
Looking for a short list of the best mattress of a particular type, or for your sleeping position or for some other specific need?
We’ve got you covered 🙂
Listed below are the mattresses my husband Eric and I have reviewed and found worthy enough to list on this site.
Click the category below that interests you to reveal my hand-picked short list of mattresses for that particular need.
All of these tables are sorted by my 5-star rating, so the best mattresses are at the top. (To rate a mattress, we look at the 16 criteria explained at the bottom of this page.)
Head-to-Head Mattress Comparisons
Have you short-listed a couple of mattresses and need help deciding between them?
Then check out my head-to-head mattress comparisons below.
I get asked all the time to compare mattresses head-to-head. After reviewing dozens of mattresses, I have a lot of experience to pull from.
Here are the mattresses I've compared so far – each is about a 5-minute read:
- Leesa vs. Casper vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva Classic
- Leesa vs. Casper vs. Purple vs. Ghostbed
- Leesa vs. Loom and Leaf
- Leesa vs. Casper
- Leesa vs. Purple
- Leesa vs. Dromma Bed
- Leesa vs. Saatva Classic
- Leesa vs. Tuft and Needle
- Leesa vs. Ghostbed
- Leesa vs. Helix
- Casper vs. Helix
- Purple vs. Helix
- Purple vs. Casper
- Puffy vs. Leesa
- Puffy vs. Purple
- Puffy vs. Nectar
- Ghostbed vs. Casper
- Ghostbed vs. Tuft and Needle
- Ghostbed vs. Purple
- Ghostbed vs Nectar
- Nectar vs. Purple
- Amerisleep vs. Loom and Leaf
- Tuft and Needle vs. Casper
- Saatva Classic vs. Casper
- Sapira vs. Alexander Hybrid
- more on the way!
If you have a pair of mattresses you'd like to see me compare, leave me a message on the contact page.
Understanding Mattress Types
One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a mattress is the type of mattress you want: memory foam, latex foam, innerspring or hybrid.
Each type of mattress has unique characteristics in regards to comfort, support, cooling and durability.
2-5 inches of memory or poly foam
2-5 inches of latex foam
2-5 inches of latex, memory and/or poly foam
0.5-2 inches of memory foam or poly foam
Polyfoam, fibers or memory foam
4-7 inches of high-density poly foam
4-7 inches of latex foam, high-density polyfoam or pocketed coils
4-7 inches of individually encased coils
4-7 inches pocketed, bonnell, offset or continuous coils
How We Review A Mattress
My team and I have reviewed more than 50 online mattresses.
We know the other mattress review sites – and we are different in several ways.
Review sites often get a bad reputation because many promote products for a fee.
Some sites receive free mattresses in exchange for a positive review.
This effectively turns the website into a pay-for-review business.
We are not one of those.
No One Pays Us For a Review
To maintain our objectivity, we don't work with retailers and manufacturers the way other review sites do. For example:
- We often don't contact a manufacturer until after we’ve published their review. After we go to press, we ask them to check our facts but not our opinions.
- We don't sell access to you. We don't accept payment for ad space, guest posts, paid email promotions or any other form of preferred influencer marketing.
To pay the bills, we use affiliate links. See our disclosure to learn more.
That said, our decision to review a particular mattress has nothing to do with whether or not a manufacturer offers affiliate links.
Many of the products we review on this site have no affiliate program.
How I Select A Mattress To Review
Like you, I only want to sleep on the best.
But there are dozens and dozens of mattresses sold online, and I have but one husband to donate to science.
So, I only review the mattresses that interest me the most.
I look at existing reviews and ratings – especially verified owner reviews – before selecting a mattress to review.
It has to look like a winner before I'll waste my time reviewing it.
I Work On a Team
Like every good website, I rely on team members, experts and partners to help me.
I work with fact-checkers, researchers, draft writers, web designers and graphics experts to make this site do what it does.
My Mattress Review Process
On my team, I focus on writing and editing our reviews.
I like to think that my reviews are the most thorough and most accurate mattress reviews online. I write my 10-minute mattress reviews like I’m writing a letter to my best friend, to tell them everything they could ever want to know about that mattress.
In each review I try to cover everything you could want to know about each 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 my reviews periodically against the manufacturer websites, to make sure we don’t miss any important changes. For example, Nest recently updated its Love Bed, and other mattresses change their materials & construction from time to time.
But to be honest, all I can share with you is what I've learned and experienced.
Your experience WILL differ.
I Consider Other Reviewer Opinions, Too
To give you the best overall picture of how a mattress performs for most people, I rely on more than my experience when assigning an overall score.
In fact, I have to do this 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 mattress, in my home.
I don’t test every possible combination. No review site does that, to my knowledge.
So, we research and factor-in what other reviewers have said about the mattress.
I 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.
Scores may change. But never due to the influence or outrage from any manufacturer.
The Qualities of a Great Mattress
In order for a mattress to be considered “great”, it first and foremost needs to provide me with the proper support.
For example, the mattress cannot sag under my 130 lbs, nor my husband's 210 lbs.
It also doesn't develop permanent impressions that force us together.
A great mattress can't be too soft, either – it has to allow for enough movement to let me & my fidgety husband move around through the night.
Proper edge support is important, too. This ensures that the edges of my mattress keep me planted during the night, and not falling out of bed.
While every person prefers a different comfort level on top, it is always important that there is a strong, durable and firm foundation layer underneath.
Additionally, a great mattress provides a nice bounce, meaning it returns to its original shape quickly when compressed.
Finally, a great mattress will breathe and keep me cool at night.
Proper ventilation, whether from ventilated foam, gel-infused foam or pocketed coils, keeps synthetic materials from reflecting too much heat, a common issue with memory foam mattresses.
Proper ventilation also prevents the buildup of unnecessary moisture, which traps heat and can feed mildew and other bugs you don't want in your mattress.
Finally, a great mattress doesn't cost too much. Like you, I'm always looking for the lowest price in a certain category.
My Mattress Rating Criteria
My team and I assign every mattress an overall 5-star rating, from 1 star (unusable) to 5 stars (perfect every night).
To assign an overall rating, we consider the following features and criteria:
- The Company Behind the Mattress
- Social Commitment
- Online Order Process
- Shipping, Delivery & Setup
- Firmness & Comfort Choices
- Technology & Materials
- Mattress Construction
- Cooling Performance
- Motion Transfer
- Edge Support
- In-Home Trial
- Returns & Refund Policy
Continue reading to learn more about each of these criteria, and how it contributes to my overall 5-star quality rating.
1. The Company Behind the Mattress
All things equal, we’ll score an established brand higher than new startup, because:
- Their products have been tested in the real world, longer
- Their warranties have been tested, too
- 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
- a thicker mattress will usually last longer than a thin one; this is especially true for foam mattresses (because: physics)
- 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
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 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.
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
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
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:
- how noticeable and unpleasant is the “new mattress” smell? and,
- how long does the smell last?
14. In-Home Trial
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
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.
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).
TL/DR: Read the fine print on the warranty before buying!
The Future of Mattress Shopping is Online
It appears that a lot of people are figuring out that taking advantage of a fully-refundable 100-night trial to sleep on a mattress in your home is a heck of a lot better way to buy a mattress… than sitting on it in a busy store.
In response to demand, the number of quality affordable mattresses sold online is growing quickly.
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