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1. Saatva ClassicInnerspring$799 - $1,599
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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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A lot goes into making the best mattress. The engineers have to consider the sleeping preferences of different people, different body weights, all kinds of sleeping positions and whether they sleep alone or with a partner.

Mattress companies have mostly managed to create a universal comfort mattress either by using special materials (e.g. Purple's comfort grid) or by creating a mattress with a medium-firm feel that most people will find comfortable.

In an effort to further improve the sleeping experience for different types of sleepers some companies have come up with what is known as a multi-zone mattress.

It consists of distinct comfort and support zones across the mattress. The aim is to provide firm support exactly where it's necessary (e.g. under stomach and back) and soft contouring where you need it most (e.g. under hips and shoulders).

As you would expect, multi-zoned mattresses tend to be a bit pricier than usual. But the extra cost is usually worth it. You get a mattress that is customized to your body's comfort and support needs.

Instead of a medium firm mattress that might feel perfect under your back but feel a bit too firm under your shoulders, you get a mattress that is perfect for every area of your body from your head to your lower body.

Common Mattress Zones

Casper Wave mattress multizone

The number of zones will vary from mattress to mattress. It ranges between 3 and 5 depending on the complexity and price range of the mattress.

The uppermost part of the body – the head and neck and shoulders – will usually have its own zone consisting of softer foam. This provides contouring for your shoulders, which tend to dig into the mattress with more pressure than other areas of the body.

The softer foam creates a nice hug around your shoulders to prevent any uncomfortable pressure.

The other common comfort zone covers your midsection. This can be your stomach and chest if you sleep on your stomach or your lower and upper back if you sleep on your back.

This zone is usually firmer to provide the necessary spinal support. In other words, it ensures your spine does not bend into an unnatural shape when you sleep.

There is usually another softer zone under the hip and buttocks area. This is another high-pressure point hence needs more contouring.

Finally, there is a firm or medium-firm zone for your lower body which needs more support than contouring.

Note: The exact structure and number of zones will vary among different multi-zone mattresses.

Best Multi-zone Mattresses

Here are some of the best online mattresses with a multi-zone design.

Casper Wave – This mattress by Casper provides a soft comfort zone under the shoulders for contouring. It also includes a reinforced polymer network under the back for more support.

DreamCloud Mattress – The hybrid mattress has a five-zone layer of foam encased spring coils. Some of the coils are more flexible to provide contouring and pressure relief while others are firmer and more rigid to boost support.

Avocado mattress – This premium organic mattress uses a 3-zoned pocket coil layer. It has distinct softer zones for the shoulders and hips and a firmer zone for the back.

Zenhaven mattress by Saatva – The top Talalay latex layer has five zones to customize support and contouring for each section of your body.

Temperature-Zoned Mattresses

Eight Sleep Jupiter+
The Eight Sleep Jupiter+ has two temperature-programmable zones.

In some cases, multi-zoned mattresses may also refer to mattresses where you can control the temperature on each side of the mattress.

A good example of this is the Jupiter+ mattress by Eight Sleep which comes with a smart cover. The cover can track your heart beat, respiratory rate and sleeping time. It can also control the temperature on either side of the mattress.

It’s great for couples where one person prefers sleeping warm while the other prefers a cool mattress.

Instead of fighting over the thermostat, you can warm your side of the bed while your partner keeps theirs cool.

Conclusion

As you consider latex vs. memory foam, memory foam vs. spring or pillow top vs. normal foam top mattresses, also consider whether you should get a multi-zone mattress. It feels more comfortable, and provides better support and contouring.


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