Updated April 9, 2020 When looking for a good mattress, customers want a high-quality bed that’s both comfortable and supportive. While some budget-friendly options may appear to offer great value, the materials may lack quality, which are more likely to break down faster, increasing pressure points, misaligning the spine, and causing muscle pain. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help customers find the best, high-quality mattress. Most top mattresses on our list are made with excellent materials at a good price point. In our guide, we’ll review our top recommendations, as well as everything you need to consider before buying a new mattress. Our Top Mattress Recommendation View on AmerisleepRead AS3 customer reviews AS3 Highlights 100-night sleep trial 20-Year Warranty Designed to reduce pain points Heat reducing mattress cover Comes in King, Queen, Twin, Full, and Splits Our Runner-Up View on ZomaRead Zoma customer reviews Zoma Highlights 100-night sleep trial 10-Year Warranty Designed for faster recovery Triangulex™ technology promotes healthy posture Comes in King, Queen, Twin, Full, and Splits 12 Best Mattresses of 2020 MattressHighlightsPrice Amerisleep AS3Bio-Pur®, Affinity, and Bio-Core® provide optimal pressure relief.$1199 Zoma Sports MattressTriangulex™, Reactiv™, and Support+ layers improve muscle recovery.$750 AvocadoThe bouncy feel of latex prevents sleepers from feeling “stuck.”$1399 BearGraphite-infused memory foam pulls heat away from the body for excellent cooling.$890 Nolah Original 10"AirFoam™ creates four times fewer pressure points than traditional memory foam.$1019 Allswell LuxeEvenly supports the body and aligns the spine.$645 LaylaDual-sided structure is ideal for both side and back sleepers.$999 Original Purple®Hyper-Elastic Polymer® relieves pressure points while maintaining posture support.$1099 Aviya®High-density poly-foam and a thick foam border is great for heavy sleepers.$1099 Alexander Signature HybridCopper-infused memory foam pulls heat away from the body and kills bacteria.$1299 ParachuteAll-coil mattress with a natural wool comfort layer provides both comfort and support.$1899 Zinus Green TeaGreen tea-infused foam with ActivCharcoal absorbs moisture and keeps the mattress smelling fresh.$278 1. Amerisleep AS3 The Amerisleep AS3 is our favorite mattress because of its excellent pressure-relieving foam. It’s an excellent choice for any type of sleeper. The AS3 is 12 inches thick with 3 inches of Bio-Pur®, 2 inches of Affinity foam, and a 7-inch Bio-Core® base. The polyester blend mattress cover incorporates FDA-determined Celliant® technology. Bio-Pur® is a plant-based foam— Amerisleep replaces part of the petroleum with castor oil during the manufacturing process. As a result, the mattress produces little to no off-gassing. Pressure-relieving Bio-Pur® sleeps cooler than traditional memory foam and allows sleepers to feel like they’re sleeping on the mattress, not in it. The Affinity layer features HIVE® technology — a 5-zoned support system, providing firmer support to the head, back, and legs, with a softer give to the shoulders and hips. This enhanced support layer aligns the spine for even body distribution. The supportive Bio-Core® base is made using eco-friendly methods, and also has little to no off-gassing odor. The Bio-Core® reinforces the top layers by providing consistent support. The Amerisleep AS3 includes a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty. The mattress is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes. 2. Zoma Sports Mattress The Zoma Sports Mattress is 11 inches tall and consists of 2 inches of Triangulex™, 2 inches of Reactiv™, and 7 inches of Support+. The mattress cover is a polyester blend fabric. The zoned support of the Triangulex™ provides deeper compression to heavier parts of the body, like the hips and shoulders, making the Zoma one of the best mattresses for back pain. Reactiv™ feels like latex with a responsive bounce for easy movement. The Support+ base reinforces the top layers and prevents sagging. While the Zoma is a mattress for athletes, it’s also a great choice for hot sleepers. Cooling gel is infused in the top layers of foam to relieve pressure, align the spine, and prevent overheating. The Zoma Sports Mattress includes a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. The mattress is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes. 3. Avocado The Avocado mattress is 11 inches tall with 2 inches of Dunlop latex, 8 inches of individually-wrapped recycled steel coils, and 1 inch of Dunlop latex as a base. Organic cotton and natural wool covers the mattress. The Avocado mattress is made from organic materials sustainably sourced, so it’s a great option for those seeking an eco-friendly mattress. Dunlop latex is a dense, durable material made from the sap of rubber trees. Dunlop latex gives the Avocado mattress a responsive sleep surface— customers will feel like they’re sleeping on, not in the mattress. Pocketed coils in the base are made from recycled steel. This supportive layer provides excellent air circulation for exceptional cooling and reduces motion transfer. The organic cotton cover is GOTS-certified, while the wool lining acts as a natural flame retardant and wicks away moisture. The Avocado mattress has a medium-firm feel, but for an additional charge, customers can add a 2-inch Dunlop latex pillow top for extra plush comfort to alter the sleep surface to a medium feel. The Avocado mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty. It’s available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. 4. Bear The Bear mattress is 10 inches tall and contains 2 inches of graphite-infused memory foam, 3 inches of responsive poly-foam, and 5 inches of high-density support foam. The polyester mattress cover incorporates FDA-determined Celliant® technology. The Bear is one of the best mattresses for athletes and those with an active lifestyle. The top memory foam comfort layer is infused with graphite, pulling heat away from the body to improve muscle recovery. Responsive foam contours to the body, relieving pressure points and reducing pain. Each layer of foam is CertiPUR-US® certified, ensuring they are made without harmful chemicals. FDA-determined Celliant® is a special technology that takes body heat and transforms it into infrared light. Infrared light is then re-absorbed back into the body as energy. As a result, sleepers wake refreshed and ready for the day. The Bear mattress has a medium feel and is a good choice for back and stomach sleepers. The Bear mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. Bear does require customers to keep the mattress for 30 days before they’ll accept any returns. It’s available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. 5. Nolah Original 10″ The Nolah Original 10 mattress is 10 inches tall with 2 inches of AirFoam™, 1 inch of transitional foam, and 7 inches of high-density polyurethane foam. The mattress cover is made of viscose material for a soft, breathable sleep surface. Designed specifically for side sleepers, the medium-soft feel of the Nolah Original 10 mattress uses their exclusive AirFoam™ to reduce pressure on the hips, shoulders, and back. AirFoam™ creates four times fewer pressure points than traditional memory foam. Plus, sleepers won’t feel trapped inside the mattress. A special transitional foam layer lies between the AirFoam™ and the high-density base. This foam layer has a latex-like feel, producing a responsive bounce to align the spine and prevent excessive sinking. Sleepers will feel like they’re sleeping on the mattress instead of inside it. The Nolah Original 10 mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty. The mattress is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. 6. Allswell Luxe The Allswell Luxe mattress is 11 inches tall and contains 2 inches of copper-infused gel memory foam, 1 inch of high-density foam, 7 inches of individually-wrapped coils, and 1 inch of high-density base foam. The quilted mattress cover includes a 1-inch pillow top of Swirlfoam. With its medium-firm feel, the Allswell Luxe mattress is a good option for back and stomach sleepers— the mattress evenly supports the body and aligns the spine. Allswell infuses copper with the gel memory foam to pull heat away from the body and destroy bacteria. Both layers of high-density foam give support and reinforce the mattress structure. The pocketed coil layer minimizes motion transfer while offering good edge support. The Allswell Luxe mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. Available sizes include twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. 7. Layla The Layla mattress is 10 inches tall with 3 inches of copper gel memory foam, 2 inches of poly-foam, 4 inches of high-density foam, and 1 inch of copper gel memory foam. The polyester blend mattress cover is infused with ThermoGel™ to regulate body temperature. The unique dual-sided construction of the Layla mattress makes it a good choice for side and back sleepers. The soft side offers more contouring to the shoulders and hips for side sleepers, while the firm side prevents heavy sinking of the hips for back sleepers. Both layers of copper gel memory foam provide pressure relief by conforming to the body. The copper pulls heat away from the body while killing bacteria. The convoluted shape of the transitional poly-foam layer offers better airflow for additional cooling within the mattress. The Layla mattress includes a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. Layla does require customers to keep the mattress at least two weeks before accepting any returns. The mattress comes in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. 8. Original Purple® The Original Purple® mattress is 9.5 inches tall and contains 2 inches of Hyper-Elastic Polymer®, 3.5 inches of poly-foam, and 4 inches of high-density foam. The mattress is encased in a flexible knit Lycra® blend cover. Purple’s® exclusive Hyper-Elastic Polymer is shaped into the Smart Comfort Grid™ layer— the grid design minimizes pressure and motion transfer. This layer flexes and gives under heavier sections of the body without sacrificing support. Its grid-like structure provides maximum air circulation for better cooling. The Original Purple® mattress is a good choice for all sleepers and body types. The Original Purple® mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. Purple® does require its customers to keep the mattress for 21 days before requesting a return. The mattress comes in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes. 9. Aviya® The Aviya® mattress is 12 inches thick and has 1 inch of high-density poly-foam, 1 inch of poly-foam, 8 inches of pocket coils, 1 inch of poly-foam, and includes a 3-inch thick, high-density foam edge. The cover includes a 1-inch quilted foam topper. High-density poly-foam provides long-lasting comfort and enhances lumbar support while relieving pressure points and evenly distributing body weight. The layer of 850 steel pocketed coils offers full-body support and healthy spinal alignment. This mattress is a great option for heavy sleepers. The combination of high-density poly-foam and individually-wrapped coils prevents the mattress from bottoming out and gives the full comfort and support of a hybrid mattress. The Aviya® mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. Customers can choose from three firmness levels: plush, luxury firm, and firm. The mattress is available in the following sizes— twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. 10. Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid The Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is 13 inches tall with 3 inches of TitanChill Endurance® foam, 1 inch of transitional poly-foam, 8 inches of individually-wrapped coils, and 1-inch base support foam. The mattress cover is made of phase change fabric and encases the quilted memory foam topper. The top layer of TitanChill Endurance® foam is a copper-infused memory foam that kills bacteria and pulls heat away from the body— a nice feature for hot sleepers. Another ideal feature for hot sleepers is the transitional poly-foam. Using SmartFlow technology, the egg crate-shaped foam promotes airflow inside the mattress, cooling down both the material and the sleeper. The Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress comes in plush, medium, and luxury firm. The mattress includes a 100-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. Available sizes include twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, split king, California king, and split California king. 11. Parachute The Parachute mattress is 13 inches thick and includes a wool comfort layer, a three-tiered microcoil layer, a layer of individually-wrapped coils, and a wool pad base. The mattress cover is made with organic cotton. Unfortunately, Parachute hasn’t disclosed how thick each layer is. Natural New Zealand wool regulates body temperature, wicks away moisture, and acts as a natural flame retardant. Each tier of the microcoil comfort layer reacts differently under pressure, contouring to the body to relieve pressure and isolate motion. The zoned pocket coil layer makes the Parachute mattress a good choice for back and stomach sleepers. Two comfort coil sections are placed on either end of the mattress, and a firm coil support section is set in the middle. The pocket layer lends support to the whole body, but provides extra support to the hips, which need extra support to align the spine in back and stomach sleepers. The Parachute mattress contains recycled steel coils, organic materials, and is free of any chemicals, making it an eco-friendly option. The Parachute mattress comes with a 90-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. The mattress comes in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. 12. Zinus Green Tea The Zinus Green Tea mattress is 10 inches tall, containing 2.5 inches of green tea-infused memory foam with ActivCharcoal, 2 inches of transitional, high-density poly-foam, and 5.5 inches of high-density support foam. The mattress cover is made of jacquard knit for a soft, plush surface. The medium-firm feel of the Zinus Green Tea mattress is a good choice for all types of sleepers. The combination of green tea and ActivCharcoal absorbs moisture while keeping the mattress smelling fresh. Pressure-relieving memory foam and poly-foam contour to the body without making the sleeper feel stuck in the mattress. The high-density support foam base reinforces the top layers and prevents sagging. The Zinus Green Tea mattress is available in three other mattress heights; 6, 8, and 12 inches. The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. The Zinus Green tea mattress is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, short queen, king, and California king sizes. Read More: Mattress Size and Dimensions Guide What to Look For in the Best Mattress Before going out and purchasing a mattress, it’s important to do some research. A mattress is an investment, one you want to make sure is right for you. Making a list of preferred features and setting a budget will help you narrow down your options and find the best mattress. Types of Mattresses The type of mattress you want affects your budget and decision. Each material is different, with its own set of pros and cons. Your choice should also be based on your favored sleep position. Memory Foam Memory foam is one of the most popular mattress materials. Sleeping on memory foam gives sleepers a “hugging” sensation— the material conforms to the body’s natural curves, relieving pressure points and reducing pain and stiff joints. One major setback to memory foam mattresses used to be their heat retention; however, mattress companies have taken extra steps to rectify this problem. Now, sleepers can find different types of memory foam with some type of cooling technology. These foam types include: Plant-based: Castor oil partially replaces the petroleum during the manufacturing process. Plant-based foam produces little to no off-gassing odor and improves internal air circulation. Gel-infused: Gel beads are infused into the memory foam to absorb and disperse body heat to regulate temperature. Copper-infused: Copper is a natural heat conductor, and pulls heat away from the body. Copper may also improve blood circulation. Graphite-infused: Graphite is normally used to cool down high-heat devices like PCs. Graphite removes heat away from the body to regulate temperature. A typical memory foam mattress may have one to two memory foam comfort layers with a high-density poly-foam base. Softer, low-density memory foam contours to the body without sagging, while the poly-foam base supports the body and aligns the spine. To determine the quality of foam, customers need to look at a foam’s density and ILD rating. A foam’s density determines how well the mattress will support the body. Density is defined by pounds per cubic square foot. Memory foam and poly-foam vary in density readings. Memory Foam: Low: 2.5 to 3.9 Medium: 4.0 to 5.4 High: 5.5 and higher Poly-foam: Low: 1.8 and lower Medium: 1.8 to 2.5 High: 2.5 and higher The lower the density, the softer the foam, and in contrast, the higher the density, the firmer the foam. Customers can expect to pay more for foam with a higher density because of the larger amount of material. Be aware that low-density foam is less durable than high-density foam. ILD stands for Impression Load Deflection. ILD measures the firmness of the mattress by measuring how much pressure is required to make a 4-inch indentation on the surface of a mattress. The higher the ILD rating, the firmer the mattress. Most memory foam beds have an ILD rating between 8 to 20 in the comfort layer. Here’s what customers can expect in a memory foam layer based off the ILD rating: Extremely soft: 8 to 10 Very soft: 11 to 15 Soft: 16 to 21 When looking for a memory foam mattress, or a mattress that contains any type of foam, look into the foam’s density and ILD rating. Both will determine the quality and lifespan of a mattress. ProsCons Relieves pressure Conforms to the body Good motion isolation Retains heat Innerspring Chances are, you most likely grew up sleeping on an innerspring mattress. Innerspring mattresses contain steel coils and a pillow top as the comfort layer. An innerspring mattress has a foam comfort layer, a felt pad, a steel coil support system, and a poly-foam base. Steel coils create a firm sleeping surface, provide good edge support, and offer excellent air circulation. To determine the quality of an innerspring mattress, customers should look at the coil gauge and the coil count. The gauge measures the thickness of a steel coil. Gauge is measured in millimeters. The thicker the coil, the more durable and firmer the sleep surface. Likewise, the thinner the coil, the less durable and softer the sleep surface. Below are the measurements for both the thickest and the thinnest coil gauge— thicker numbers will be lower, while thinner measurements are higher. Thickest: 12mm Thinnest: 18mm Another way to determine the quality of an innerspring mattress is through the coil count. A coiled layer will contain between 500 to 1,000 steel coils for a good-quality mattress. An innerspring with less than 300 coils can result in a less durable mattress. While high-end mattresses may contain more than 2,000 coils, keep in mind the coil’s gauge— if a mattress has a high coil count, but the coil gauge is high, chances are the quality is poor. Always look at the gauge and coil count before committing to an innerspring mattress. ProsCons Good cooling properties Good edge support Responsive bouncePoor conforming abilities May create pressure points Noisy Latex There are two different kinds of latex— synthetic latex and natural latex. Synthetic latex mixes natural tree sap from rubber trees with synthetic polymers, and it’s less expensive than natural latex. Natural latex is made by extracting sap from rubber trees and whipping it to form latex. There are two types of natural latex— Dunlop and Talalay. Dunlop latex is denser and more durable. Talalay latex contains strategically placed holes in the material to create zoned support. Talalay is softer, less durable, and more expensive than Dunlop latex. A latex mattress typically contains a latex foam comfort layer and a high-density foam base. Some mattress companies make their mattresses with all-latex layers, but with different densities and ILD ratings to alter the firmness levels. Customers should look at the density and ILD rating of the latex layers to determine quality. As previously stated, density is how the mattress supports the body and is measured by the number of pounds in a cubic square foot. Measuring density for latex is the same for memory foam. The ILD rating determines the firmness of the mattress. Since Talalay latex is softer than Dunlop latex, Talalay latex will have a lower ILD rating. General ILD ratings for latex include: Extremely soft: 8 to 10 Very soft: 11 to 15 Soft: 16 to 21 When looking for a quality latex mattress, customers should pay attention to the latex type, (synthetic or natural latex), density, and ILD rating. ProsCons Eco-friendly Responsive bounce Good cooling propertiesExpensive Hybrid A hybrid mattress combines the best of both worlds— the conforming, pressure-relief of memory foam with the cooling coils of an innerspring. For a hybrid mattress to be a true hybrid, it must contain a comfort layer at least 2 inches thick and a layer of coils. A typical hybrid mattress contains a pillow top, a memory foam, poly-foam, or latex comfort layer, individually-wrapped coils, and a poly-foam base. The idea behind the hybrid mattress was to create the perfect bed with all the benefits of foam and coils. While this may be true, a hybrid mattress also runs the risk of drawbacks to both a memory foam mattress and an innerspring mattress, like heat retention and pressure points. To determine the quality of a hybrid mattress, customers should look at a foam’s density and ILD rating, and a coil’s gauge and coil count. ProsCons Good support Good conforming abilitiesExpensive May retain heat May create pressure points Waterbeds Waterbeds were a popular trend in the 60s and 70s. While not as common today, waterbeds are are still available for purchase. A waterbed relies on water as both the comfort layer and the support layer. A waterbed contains a thick, vinyl bag filled with water, resting on top of a sturdy base. Most waterbed manufacturers include a water cleaner. Waterbeds need to be checked regularly for leaks, cleaning, and water consistency. The firmness of a waterbed is easily adjusted by altering the amount of water inside the vinyl container. Water evenly distributes body weight and relieves pressure points through its contouring abilities, though it may not be as effective as memory foam. The surface structure of a waterbed depends on the restriction of water motion. Waterbeds have three different surface structures— free-flow, semi-waveless, and waveless. A free-flow waterbed has no restrictions, leaving the motion of the water to move around freely. Semi-waveless waterbeds partially restrict water motion using foam bolsters and baffles. A waveless waterbed has no water motion and is similar in feel to a regular mattress. If customers like a waveless waterbed, it might be better to choose a regular mattress which will last longer and requires less maintenance. ProsCons Good conforming abilities Less expensive than a regular mattressLess durable Check water regularly Airbeds Like waterbeds, airbeds use only one element for both comfort and support— air. Airbeds, like waterbeds, are also more customizable when it comes to firmness. Customers can add or remove air based on their preferences. An airbed can contain multiple air chambers. Basic airbeds contain one to two air chambers, while more high-end airbeds can contain as many as six air chambers for zoned support. Some airbeds might include a memory foam or latex comfort layer. Unlike other mattress types, airbeds may not last as long. Airbeds are meant and built for temporary use, like as a guest bed or for campouts. Breakdowns most often occur in the mechanical part of the airbed, like the electric air pumps. ProsCons Portable Easy setup and take down Less expensive than other mattress typesLess durable Short-term use Organic Materials For customers looking for a more eco-friendly option, there are some mattresses made with organic materials. These materials are made without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. The most common non-toxic mattress materials include: Plant-based memory foam Natural latex Recycled steel coils Organic cotton pillow top While sustainably sourced and eco-friendly, organic materials are also very expensive. If a customer prefers an organic mattress, they should budget accordingly. Mattress Size The mattress size you choose depends on a variety of factors: price, available space, if you are sleeping with or without a sleep partner, and body size. Twin A twin size mattress is the next step for a child after they’ve “graduated” from sleeping in a crib. Twin sizes are also popular in general due to their compact size. Twin size mattresses are an ideal choice for adults with limited living space and for kids between the ages of 1 to 12. A twin size mattress measures 38 inches by 75 inches. Twin XL Similar to a twin size, twin XL beds are about the same size, except twin XL beds are 5 inches longer— 38 inches by 80 inches. The extra length is perfect for taller individuals, both kids and adults. Full A full-size mattress measures 54 inches by 74 inches. Also known as double beds, full-size mattresses are ideal for those with limited space who prefer something bigger than a twin size. They’re also ideal for a bedroom too small for a queen size mattress. A full-size mattress is also a good choice for a child growing into their teenage years. Queen A queen size mattress is a popular choice for couples and single adults. Queen size beds measure 60 inches by 80 inches, providing plenty of legroom without crowding an average living space. King A king size mattress is 76 inches by 80 inches— about the size of two twin XL mattresses put together side by side. A king size mattress is a great choice for couples and those who want to maximize their sleeping surface area if they have the room for a bed this size. King and California king-size beds are usually the most expensive due to their size. California King California king size mattresses got their name because of their popularity on the west coast. A California king is the longest standard mattress on the market, measuring at 72 inches by 84 inches. California king beds are 4 inches narrower than a king-size and great for tall people and those who sleep with a partner. Sleeping Position A person’s preferred sleeping position can determine the type of mattress they buy. Sleeping position isn’t just about finding a comfortable position— it’s about making sure your spine is properly aligned during sleep. Side Sleeping Side sleeping is not only one of the most common sleep positions— but it’s also one of the healthiest. Side sleeping improves breathing while reducing snoring and lowering the risk of developing sleep apnea. Sleeping on the right side in particular offers side sleepers even more health benefits by removing pressure off of vital organs and improving heart health. Side sleepers will probably prefer a medium to medium-soft mattress because they offer a completely balanced feel— they aren’t so soft that you sink in, misaligning the pelvis and shoulders (which can cause pain), and they’re also not too firm. When it comes to mattress type, side sleepers should choose a bed that eliminates pressure points and isn’t too firm; we recommend memory foam, hybrids, and some latex foam (as long as it’s medium or medium-soft). Back Sleeping Back sleeping is another healthy sleep position, by setting the spine in neutral alignment. However, there is some risk to back sleepers, including snoring and developing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when gravity causes soft tissue at the back of the throat to collapse or the tongue falls back, blocking air passage through the throat. Back sleepers typically prefer a bed that won’t sink down too much since their weight is evenly supported across the surface. If they choose a bed that’s too soft, their entire body might sink down, causing them to feel “stuck” or trapped in the mattress. Most back sleepers prefer a firm to medium-firm bed, with a few enjoying medium mattresses as well. When it comes to mattress type, back sleepers can enjoy most, if not all types of beds: innersprings, hybrids, latex, or memory foam. The key is to find the most comfortable firmness and ensure it does not create pressure points. Stomach Sleeping Stomach sleeping is the least common and least recommended sleeping position due to its health risks. Stomach sleepers are more likely to experience neck pain from twisting their necks at awkward angles to breathe at night. If they’re not receiving the right support in their hips, gravity pulls weight from the midsection of the body down, straightening the natural curve of the spine, resulting in lower back pain. We do not recommend stomach sleeping because of the potential pain and injury it can cause. However, if you’re in the habit, choose a firm to medium-firm mattress that will not sink down too far, which will throw your spine out of alignment. A memory foam, latex, or hybrid is probably your best bet, though some might like an innerspring because they are often naturally firmer in feel than the other three. Combination Sleeping A combination sleeper switches between two to three sleep positions each night. While they experience the benefits of all three, like better breathing, less snoring, and healthy spinal alignment, they also face the same health risks, like neck pain and sleep apnea. Combination sleepers have the biggest advantage when it comes to choosing a bed. They could be comfortable on most mattress types and with any mattress firmness— however, the most comfortable and supportive mattress for them will depend on their dominant sleeping position. If you aren’t sure what your dominant position is, pay attention to how you’re sleeping when you wake up. This is probably your preferred position. If you’re still not sure which type or firmness of mattress is best, choose a medium-firm to medium-soft model, as these are “in-between” firmnesses and will offer a nice, balanced feel to keep you supported all night, no matter the position you’re in. Bed-in-a-Box Brands Online mattresses or beds-in-a-box are an affordable and popular option. Since these kinds of mattresses are only available online, the middleman is cut out, and companies can afford to offer high-quality materials for a lower cost. Bed-in-a-box brands are more convenient for customers who don’t want to face pressure to buy or jump from store to store searching for the best mattress. Beds-in-a-box are also a low-risk buy due to their extended sleep trials and standard warranties. Each mattress is made to order, so it may take some time, but customers can expect to receive their new mattress within 7 to 10 business days. Bunk Beds Bunk beds are a great option for utilizing living space. They’re a great choice for parents with more than one child. Bunk bed frames use thinner, smaller mattresses, usually twin sizes, and no bigger than a full size. Bunk beds can hold between 2 to 3 sleepers. Bunk bed frames are made of metal or wood. They also include a ladder or a set of stairs with some type of barrier to prevent the sleeper from rolling off the bed at night. Futons A futon has the dual purpose of acting as both a couch and a bed. The right futon should accommodate sitting and sleeping. Futons are good choices for adults on a tight budget and with limited living space like studio apartments. Before choosing a futon, decide if it will be used regularly or as a guest bed. Sleeper Sofas Similar to a futon, sleeper sofas also serve a dual purpose as both a couch and a bed. Sleeper sofas are a great option for guests and for adults with limited living space. Most customers purchase a sleeper sofa to serve as a guest bed rather than a regular bed. RV Mattresses RV mattresses are not as well known but are excellent choices for those who like to travel or for those who’ve adapted RVing as a lifestyle. As indicated in the name, RV mattresses are ideal for RVs and campers. While not necessarily known for comfort, RV mattresses are designed to provide the best sleep possible while on the road. Smart Mattresses Smart mattresses have only recently come out thanks to advancing technology. Smart mattresses use the latest tech normally found in wearable devices like those that track heart rate. The technologies in smart mattresses monitor your sleep patterns, automatically adjust the internal temperature of the bed when falling asleep, and dim the lights as you doze off. Customizable Options Some mattress companies offer beds with customizable options. This type of feature is a great option for sleepers with specific needs or couples with different sleeping preferences. A split king is one option, where two twin XL mattresses are placed side by side— each mattress with a different firmness. Another option is a dual-sided mattress with two different firmness sides. Price The price for a mattress depends on what type of materials a mattress contains and the size of the mattress. As previously stated, organic materials will cost more. Customers can expect to pay somewhere within the average price range for the following types of mattresses (all price ranges are for queen-size beds): Memory foam: $600 to $1299 Innerspring: $700 to $1200 Latex: $1500 to $2500 Hybrid: $1200 to $2000 Waterbed: $50 to $1500 Airbed: $150 or less Latex and hybrid mattresses come with a higher price tag, followed by memory foam and innerspring mattresses. Waterbeds and airbeds are the least expensive, but they’re also the least durable. Mattresses for Specific Needs Some customers may be on the lookout for a mattress to fulfill specific needs, like cooling properties for hot sleepers, or pressure relief from medical conditions. Cooling Traditional memory foam is known to retain heat, but some memory foam mattresses use cooling properties like plant-based foam, phase changing material, or gel beads that can prevent overheating. Other beds, like innersprings or hybrids, already offer good air circulation due to the open structure of the coil layer. Latex naturally sleeps cool. The best cooling mattresses are latex, hybrid, or plant-based memory foams with cooling gel beads. Couples A bed with good motion isolation helps both individuals sleep better. Too often, a person wakes in the night due to the movements of their sleep partner. By sleeping on materials made to reduce or eliminate motion transfer, like memory foam or latex, both individuals get better sleep. Couples need a bed to isolate their partner’s motion, such as memory foam or latex. Light Sleepers Light sleepers, or individuals who weigh 130 pounds or less, require a softer mattress. A soft to medium mattress allows a lightweight body to sink slightly into the bed, allowing for body contouring and pressure relief. Petite sleepers need a softer bed to offer adequate cushioning and prevent pressure points. Heavy Sleepers In contrast to light sleepers, heavy sleepers, or those weighing more than 230 pounds, need a thicker, firmer mattress. Heavy sleepers place more pressure on the mattress. A medium-firm to firm mattress with good edge support is a good choice for a heavy sleeper— the mattress shouldn’t bottom out and sleepers will receive a full level of comfort and support for a good night’s sleep. Plus-size sleepers need a firm mattress with good edge support to get healthy, comfortable sleep. Athletes Athletes and those with an active lifestyle need a mattress that can not only improve their sleep, but help their bodies recover from the day’s activities. An ideal mattress will relieve pressure points and keep body temperature regulated. Phase changing material like FDA-determined Celliant® technology is a great option. Celliant® takes body heat and transforms it into infrared light before the light is reabsorbed back into the body as energy for a rejuvenating rest. Athletes need a mattress to support proper posture and deep sleep so they can wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Adjustable Beds Adjustable beds elevate sections of the body. This type of bed can be a good source of relief for some medical conditions like back pain, snoring, and poor circulation. Not all mattress types are compatible with an adjustable base. Memory foam and latex work perfectly with innerspring beds because they are highly flexible. Some innerspring and hybrid models could work, but check with the manufacturer first before purchasing. Waterbeds and airbeds are not compatible with an adjustable base. Mattresses for adjustable beds should be flexible and conforming. Memory foam, latex, and hybrids are your best bet, while innersprings should be avoided. Medical Conditions For those seeking relief from the following medical conditions, talk with your doctor first before purchasing a new mattress. Health professionals are more in tune with your health, and can steer you towards the best mattress based on your current condition. For those seeking relief from the following medical conditions, talk with your doctor first before purchasing a new mattress. Back Pain Those with back pain need a mattress with conforming pressure-relief. A medium to medium-firm mattress would be a good option. Avoid mattresses with a deep sag to prevent escalating back pain in misaligning the spine. Also avoid firm mattresses, because many firm mattress models lack body contouring properties. Hip Pain Hip pain may occur from sleeping on the side on a firm mattress with little to no contouring. Hip pain can also result from injuries or other medical conditions like advanced stages of cancer. Neck Pain Neck pain may result from sleeping on the wrong type of pillow. The right type of pillow will cradle the head and neck, while aligning the spine. Neck pain can also come from sleeping on an old, sagging mattress. Arthritis Arthritis is the inflammation of joints from worn cartilage where the bones meet. Those who suffer from arthritis feel pain and stiffness in the affected joints. Anyone can develop arthritis, though it’s more commonly found in adults 45 and older. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea occurs when gravity causes soft tissue at the back of the throat to collapse or the tongue to fall back, blocking air passage. Many undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea are left untreated each year. If not treated, sleep apnea can lead to heart problems and high blood pressure. Snoring Snoring is the sound you make when air passes through relaxed tissue, causing the tissue to vibrate. While not a symptom of sleep apnea, snoring may lead to a higher risk of developing sleep apnea. To reduce snoring, sleepers can switch to the side sleeping position or slightly elevate the upper body with a wedge pillow or an adjustable bed frame. Allergies and Asthma Dust mites can infiltrate your mattress and irritate allergies. Dust mites are microorganisms that feed on dead skin cells. Innerspring mattresses in particular are perfect breeding grounds for dust mites and other allergens. To accommodate those with allergies and asthma, some mattress companies use hypoallergenic and antimicrobial materials in their mattress covers such as copper and green tea to destroy bacteria and keep the mattress smelling fresh. Others use CertiPUR-US® foam, which is made with the highest manufacturing standards and free of potentially harmful chemicals. Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more brittle and sensitive to pain and pressure. A mattress with excellent body contouring can be a huge relief for osteoporosis-sufferers by reducing pressure points and cradling the body. Mattresses with zoned support layers can prevent any pressure from building up in the heavier sections of the body like the hips and shoulders. Restless Leg Syndrome Sleep quality can affect restless leg syndrome. Less sleep worsens restless leg syndrome. Body contouring pressure relief and a sleep surface that aligns the spine in the neutral position can improve sleep and further reduce symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Mattress Recommendations by Age Group Your age can influence the type of mattress you buy. For example, medium to firm mattresses are good options for children, because they won’t restrict movement and potentially hinder growth and development. Babies Children 12 months and younger require 12 to 16 hours of sleep each night. Babies sleep on crib mattresses with a slightly firmer sleep surface, like a foam or coil bed. A softer surface may restrict breathing and disrupt sleep. Toddlers and Kids Once they’ve outgrown their cribs, toddlers (ages 1 to 3) and kids (ages 4 to 12) need a mattress to promote healthy spine alignment and proper support for a growing body. Toddlers and kids need between 9 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Depending on their specific needs and availability of space, twin, twin XL, and full sizes are great options for toddlers and kids. Teenagers Teenagers ages 13 to 17 need a mattress to promote spinal development. A bigger bed is a good idea to accommodate a growing body, like twin, twin XL, and full size mattresses. Teenagers need 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Seniors Seniors 55 years and older need a mattress to soothe pain and reduce medical conditions, especially joint pain. Seniors need less sleep, about 7 to 9 hours a night, but they have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. Sleep Trials, Warranties, and Return Policies Features like sleep trials, warranties, and return policies reassure the customer of their mattress purchase and protect their investment. Make sure to read through the details of each to know what to expect from a mattress company, especially online bed-in-a-box companies. Being informed can narrow down your options and steer you towards the best mattress. Sleep Trial Along with lower prices, higher quality, and convenience of beds-in-a- box, customers also receive the bonus of an extended sleep trial. Sleep trials allow the customer to try a mattress within the comfort of their own home. Most online mattress companies offer a trial period of 90 to 120 nights. Usually, if the customer is not happy with the mattress during this trial period, they can contact the mattress company and arrange to have the mattress picked up and donated for a full refund. Read through the details of each sleep trial before purchasing a new mattress— some companies require the customer to keep the mattress for 30 days before issuing a return. A 30-day trial period is the right amount of time for a body to adjust to a new mattress. Warranty Before buying a new bed, check to see if a warranty is included. Most mattress companies include a standard 10-year warranty with the purchase of a new mattress. The warranty covers manufacturing defects and flaws not caused through customer misuse, including sagging below a certain depth (usually 1 inch). Always read the finer details of any type of warranty. A warranty outlines what the manufacturer expects of customers and what customers can expect from manufacturers. A great example of one of the warranty guidelines is water damage. If any liquid spills onto the mattress and the mattress doesn’t have a mattress protector, the warranty is void. Return Policy If a mattress doesn’t include a sleep trial, the next best thing to look into is the mattress’s return policy. A return policy usually lasts 30 days— about the same time it takes for the customer to break in a new mattress. While it may not be as long as a sleep trial, a return policy should allow customers to return or exchange the mattress if they’re not satisfied. Read the details of the return policy before finalizing a mattress purchase. Other Things to Consider What’s a good mattress for hip pain? Memory foam beds with some type of cooling features are the best mattresses for hip pain relief. Layers of memory foam relieve pressure points while gel, copper, graphite, or FDA-determined Celliant® technology pulls heat away from the body, reducing inflammation. Which is the most comfortable mattress? The most comfortable mattress all depends on your personal preferences, like your favored sleep position or firmness level. A firm mattress may be a good choice for a stomach sleeper, but a side sleeper needs a softer firmness to relieve pressure points in the hips and shoulders. Can a mattress be too firm? Yes. Every mattress should provide some type of cushioning to relieve pressure points and reduce pain. If a mattress feels too hard and isn’t allowing any sinkage, it’s too firm. A good firmness range for most sleepers is medium-soft to medium-firm. Research Method To write a high-quality and credible article, we considered over 38 leading mattress brands, read several dozen reviews and articles, and spent over 32 hours researching, writing, and editing. Conclusion Now that you’re finally getting rid of your old mattress, it’s time to check out available options in mattress stores and online. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or wanting to splurge on a luxury mattress, we hope this guide helps you find that perfect mattress. This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional. Comments Cancel replyLeave a Comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name Email I agree to the Terms and Conditions of this website.