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Of the 60+ beds I've reviewed, these are my current favorites:
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1. Saatva ClassicInnerspring$799 - $1,599
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2. Puffy LUX
Luxury Foam$1,145 – $1,695
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3. Leesa Original
Budget Foam$624-$1,049
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4. Nest Alexander HybridLuxury Hybrid$949-$1,699
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5. PlushBeds Botanical BlissLuxury Organic Latex$999 – $1,998
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6. EcoterraBudget Latex$749 - $1,249
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Mattress toppers & pads are a great way to cool your bed and extend its life.
Topper SizeMaterialFirmnessWarr.
LINENSPA
LINENSPA 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin
Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
MOLECULE AIRTEC
MOLECULE AIRTEC
Best Comfort3"Memory foamMedium-firm5 years
MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
Best pressure point relief3"FoamMedium-firm10 years
LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
Best for back pain2"Gel memory foamMedium10 years
Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Best temperature regulation-Forced Air-1 year
TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
Bed cooling/heating systems have come a long way – especially the BedJet, my favorite.
SystemTypeBest For...Temp. RangeControl
BedJet V3
BedJet V3
Air cooledBest Overall (esp. for night sweats)66°F-104°FWireless remote control/smartphone app
ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
Water cooledBest water cooling system55°F-115°FWireless remote control
Ooler Sleep System
Ooler Sleep System
Water cooledBest temperature control55°F-115°FSmartphone app via Bluetooth
The Pod by Eight Sleep
The Pod by Eight Sleep
Water cooledBest smart cooling system55°F-115°FSmartphone app/smart voice assistant
Mattress Cooler "Classic"
2020 Mattress Cooler "Classic" Chilled Water Sleep Cooling System (Now with a Spare "27x63" Cooling Pad)
Water cooledBest budget cooling systemN/AWireless remote control
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
Air cooledN/ARemote control
bFan Cooling System
bFan Cooling System
FanBest bed fanN/AWired remote control
Brookstone bed fan
Brookstone Bed Fan with Wireless Remote
FanN/AWireless remote control
These pillows excel at relieving neck and shoulder pain:
PillowWhy I Like It
PlushBeds Shredded Natural Latex Pillow
Best Cooling Mattress Pads

best shredded latex pillow for side sleepers
Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
Coop Home Goods - Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Memory Foam Fill - Lulltra Washable Cover from Bamboo Derived Rayon - CertiPUR-US/GREENGUARD Gold Certified - Queen
perennial, proven Amazon Choice with over 16,000 reviews
MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
SleepRight Splintek Side Sleeping Pillow Memory Foam Pillow – Best Pillow for Sleeping On Your Side – 24" x 5" Standard Size
full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Thickness, Kool-Flow Micro Vented Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow for Sleeping, Back, Stomach & Side Sleepers, Queen Size, Made in USA
thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
UTTU Sandwich Pillow, Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, Bamboo Pillow for Sleeping, Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain, Neck Support for Back, Stomach, Side Sleepers, Orthopedic Contour Pillow, CertiPUR-US
designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
Mediflow Fiber: The First & Original Water Pillow, clinically Proven to Reduce Neck Pain & Improve Sleep. Therapeutic, Ideal for People Looking for Proper Neck Support
clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow - Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow for Back and Side Sleepers with Neck and Spine Support - Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain
best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow - 2020 Version - British Invention of The Year Winner - Supports Your Head, Neck & Chin (Blue)
added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
Nursal Contour
NURSAL Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Wedge Contour Support Pillow for Leg, Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Relief, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Pregnancy, Hip and Joint Pain
great reviews, washable cover - and half the price
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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Today, the term ‘box spring’ doesn’t always mean what it used to mean.

Traditionally, a box spring is a type of mattress foundation consisting of a wooden box/frame with coils or springs to support a mattress.

The coils are designed to take some of the weight off the mattress to ensure it lasts longer. They also absorb motion when you turn or move on the bed.

Box springs have been around for decades. They were originally meant for use with innerspring mattresses but quickly became popular with foam mattresses as well.

A modern box spring doesn’t necessarily have coils. They are usually wooden-framed boxes with slats or a solid platform for the mattress to rest on.

A more correct name for the modern box spring is a box foundation.

In this article, when I refer to a box spring I mean the traditional type.

Do You Need a Box Spring?

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If you’ve been shopping around for a mattress and bed, you may have noticed that box springs are no longer that popular.

Most online mattress companies sell solid metal or wooden foundations. And even when they sell a ‘box spring’ it’s most likely one without springs.

The reason for this is that mattresses have changed quite a bit from decades ago.

Then, mattresses were fairly thin and usually soft. They did not have a firm supportive base since they were 2-sided.

So a box spring was used as an extension of the mattress, providing extra support and comfort.

Today’s mattresses are better in quality.

They use durable foams that provide enough support all on their own. Because they are one-sided, they spot a thick firm base that offers plenty of support for years.

So you no longer need a box spring to absorb the mattress’ weight or motion.

Several online mattress companies including Leesa specifically ask that you do not place the mattress on a box spring.

Modern mattresses are too heavy for a traditional box spring. They won’t get the sturdy support they need to last long.


Check with The Manufacturer

CompanyCushionTypesWarrantyRequired Foundation
CasperOEKO-TEX Latex, Memory10 YearsA firm raised foundation. Not on floor.
Cocoon by SealyMemory, Support foam10 YearsA flat sturdy foundation, adjustable bed or bed frame.
intelliBEDSpring, soy foam, Latex, Intelli-gel20 yearsFrames with center spine support that connect at head and foot of the frame.
LeesaMemory, Avena10 YearsA solid non-spring foundation.
LullGel-infused memory, Polyurethane10 YearsPlatform, adjustable, or slatted foundation
NovosbedUltra-dense memory15 yearsFirm, non-springy foundation or adjustable bed.
PurpleComfort, Support foam10 YearsFirm, flat solid non-spring foundation (fixed or adjustable). Queen+ must have 5 legs including center.
SaatvaWrapped coils, Memory foam15 yearsMetal frame. Queen+ needs 5-6 legs.
Tuft and NeedleHigh-density, pressure-relieving adaptive foam10 YearsFlat, adjustable or slatted foundation. Tatami Mat & boxspring also OK.
YogabedMemory, YogaGel10 yearsFoundation with center support and 5-6 legs (Queen & larger) or 4 legs (the rest).
ZenhavenTalalay latex, Wool20 yearsFoundation (adjustable or fixed) with center support and 5-6 legs (Q, K, CA-King) or 4 legs (TW, TW-XL, Full).

Before you decide to use (or not to use) a box spring with your new bed-in-a-box mattress, check the manufacturer requirements.

Some will say it’s okay to use a box spring while others warn that using a traditional box spring will void the warranty.

Box Spring Alternatives

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The best foundation for a bed-in-a-box mattress is one that is flat, solid and sturdy with no give. This essentially includes all other kinds of foundations that are not box springs.

Here are the most common ones

Solid Platform

Amerisleep vs Loom and Leaf

A solid platform is exactly that; a foundation consisting of a flat platform that is the same size as the mattress or slightly bigger.

The surface of a platform bed can sometimes be smooth or slatted.

If it is slatted, the slats should be no more than 3 inches apart. Also, check whether the manufacturer requires that you place a Bunkie board on the slats.

One of the advantages of a platform bed is that most come with storage underneath. This is handy for space-limited bedrooms.

Slatted Frame

GhostBed vs Tuft and Needle

This is a wooden or metal frame consisting of slats for support and ventilation.

These types of foundation are very popular because they provide sturdy support. Just make sure that the slats are no more than 3” apart.

If the gaps are too wide, the mattress might start sagging.

Remember to check whether there is a Bunkie board requirement.

Metal Bed Frame

Metal frames are very simple and minimalist but provide excellent support. They are great for heavy mattresses such as innerspring and hybrid ones.

Metal frames vary in design.

Some have a network of wires and thick panels for support. These can be used on their own.

Others consist of just basic perimeter and center support and are designed to work with other types of foundations such as box springs and Bunkie boards.

Some metal frames come with versatile customization options. You can use it as a full or queen size bed or split it into two single or twin sizes.

Others are foldable for easy storage and transportation.


Box Foundation

Box foundations have largely replaced traditional box springs. If you hear of a company selling a box spring, they are most likely referring to a box foundation.

Instead of springs, a box foundation consists of a simple wooden frame with wooden or metal slats or a flat solid platform.

A box foundation provides sturdier support than a traditional box spring.

Adjustable Base

Amerisleep vs Loom and Leaf

This is a powered base that can be raised in different positions. You can incline your upper body or raise your legs a bit to improve circulation or get more comfortable.

Most, but not all, bed-in-a-box mattresses can be used with an adjustable base.

Check the manufacturer specifications before buying a power base. The constant movement can affect the structure and longevity of some mattresses.

What are Bunkie Boards?

I have mentioned Bunkie boards several times, and you might be wondering what the heck they are.

Are they a type of foundation?

Well, sort of.

A Bunkie board is a thick piece of plywood that provides sturdy support to a mattress. The difference with other foundations is that you don’t use a Bunkie board on its own.

You often place it on a box spring, metal platform or a slatted frame.

Some manufacturers require the use of a Bunkie board with slatted frames and traditional box springs.

Bottom Line

If you bought your mattress in the last 5-8 years, you do not need a box spring.

Choose one of the solid foundations we have discussed above. They all provide better support and durability than a traditional box spring.


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