Our Top 11 Highest Rated Mattress Brands in 2018

Update: The Sleep Advisor team is excited to announce our updated 2018 mattress picks!

Why did our team spend so much time researching? Simple. We want you to feel confident about the bed you choose.

What makes the highest quality mattress stand out from the rest? Is it the material, construction, comfort or just the price point? I think you will agree with me when I say there is no perfect product that will suit everyone.

Teenagers will have different needs than adults and seniors, and stomach sleepers will have completely different preference than let’s say back sleepers.

With that in mind, we came up with the definitive roundup of the top rated mattress brands for 2018. We broke it down into categories by type, sleeper position, age, medical conditions and specific needs.

It won’t take more than 10 minutes of your time. You can use the quick links to the right to navigate around the page easily. I’m 100% certain that you will find the right one for you here.

Ready? Let’s dig in.

Our 11 Best Rated Beds Comparison

Nectar (Best Overall Value)

Highlights:

  • Pure Memory Foam
  • Great for Side Sleepers
  • Breathable Covers
  • Good Cooling
  • 365 Days Trial
  • Lifetime Warranty

Nectar is our top pick for “Best Overall Value” in 2018. The company took off in 2017 and customers can’t stop raving our their bed. We absolutely loved the Nectar.

Our reviewer said, “Out of all the mattresses we’ve tested, it’s the most comfortable. I’m sleeping on the Nectar moving forward. No question about it.”

The product is constructed with multiple layers of foam (total of 11” thick). On top, there is 1” of cooling foam and combined with Tencel covers you will have a very cool sleep experience. Deep layers provide good overall support for all sleeping positions, but you will have the best time with Nectar as a side sleeper. It provides excellent contouring and pressure relief.

As far as firmness, it’s medium firm (around 6.5 out of 10), which most of us prefer. The versatile firmness level makes it perfect for all sleeping positions. You will notice almost no motion transfer and the edge support is fantastic considering it’s all-foam product.

Why is it special? The Nectar provides a unique comfort experience. The specifications say it’s memory foam product, but the overall feel is quite different. You’ll feel well-supported without the “sinking” feeling typically associated with memory foam.

Still not sure? Nectar believes in their product and offers the best return policy in the industry: You can try it risk-free for 365 nights with a lifetime warranty. Do yourself a favor and give this mattress a try right now!

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Layla (True Memory Foam Feel)

Highlights:

  • Copper Infused Foam
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Two Sides (Firm and Soft)
  • No Odors
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Made in the US

Layla is one of the most innovative memory foam based beds. With copper-infused foam and a ThermaGel cover, you can expect some of the best cooling properties. The beauty of it is that it only activates if it senses heat or moisture, so it won’t additionally cool you during winter days. Copper has been known to help with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and it should also improve blood flow.

Layla is 10” thick with three layers (3” of high-density, copper infused soft side, 1” of thicker foam on the other side and 6” of the convoluted base layer). They are the first “bed in a box” company that offers a lifetime guarantee for their product. They donate part of their income to homeless shelters in San Francisco area with plans to expand nationwide.

If you are not sure if you like soft or firm feel, you may just flip the mattress and enjoy a completely different feel. If you take into consideration the material and built quality, comfort and cooling properties, Layla is, for this reason, one of our top picks this year.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Nest Bedding Alexander Signature (Best Hybrid)

Highlights:

  • True Hybrid
  • 13” Thick with four layers
  • Luxury Quality and Design
  • Good bounce and breathability
  • Two firmness levels
  • USA Made

If you are looking for a true hybrid bed (coils+foam) this is the product for you. The bed comes shipped in a box, but you won’t be able to tell as there is no sacrifice in quality construction.

What makes it so special? The quality. We’ve tested a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses, and this product is one of the best hybrids.

How is the bed constructed? Alexander features four layers of only the highest quality materials. Quilted cover is on top, followed by copper-infused memory and smart flow foam. At the bottom, pocketed coils provide the foundation, airflow, and better bounce. It combines the best of memory foam and coils into one.

It comes with two firmness levels (medium and luxury firm). If you want a very cool feel (copper helps a lot with this), great comfort, and support, you won’t be disappointed with Alexander hybrid.

You will pay a bit more than most of the competitors, but rest assured, you’re getting a fantastic bed that we’re crazy about!

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Casper (Most Versatile)

Highlights:

  • 10” Thick with four layers
  • Great Design
  • Excellent for any sleeper type
  • Breathable materials
  • 100-night trial

Casper is probably the most well known bed-in-a-box company the last few years, and for good reason. Their mattress is one of the most comfortable products we’ve tested.

It’s 10 inches thick and made up of four distinct layers. The first layer is 1.5 inches of proprietary foam and aides with cooling. The 2nd layer is made of memory foam and helps with pressure relief. The 3rd layer is transition layer that leads to the 5-inch base layer.

Why is it the “Most Versatile” option for 2018? Simply put, we believe that any type of sleeper will love it. We tested it with back, stomach, and side sleepers; it’s a rare product that all sleeping positions will love.

In addition, it performs incredibly well with light, medium, and heavier folks. Most mattresses are designed for a certain type of sleeper in mind (ie, stomach sleepers) and make it difficult for partners with different sleeping preferences. Casper solves that with this bed.

Do yourself a favor and try a Casper today (they have a 100-night trial period)!

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Zenhaven (Top Latex Pick)

Highlights:

  • 10” Thick with four layers
  • Flippable Design
  • Excellent cooling capabilities
  • Breathable materials
  • Great support and Bounce

If you’re looking for an all-natural latex option then this is the bed for you. The Zenhaven is made by a veteran mattress company named Saatva.

The Zenhaven is a flippable option that’s 10-inches thick. The top layer is made with 1.5-inches of Talalay latex that provides comfort and bounce. The next two layers are both 3-inches and are designed to provide either a support or transitional layer, depending on which side you choose. There’s another 1.5-inch Talalay latex layer on the bottom, which is the firmer side if you flip it over.

The soft side is about 5 out of 10 with regards to firmness, and the firmer side is around 7. The majority of sleepers will prefer the “firmer” side of this bed.

Why choose this bed? If you dislike memory foam and love a bed with great cooling, bounce, and support, this is the one for you. It’s priced a bit higher than its competitors, but it’s worth every penny.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Saatva (Innerspring)

Highlights:

  • Premium Materials
  • 11.5 – 14.5” Thick with 5 layers
  • High-Quality Coils and Foam
  • Multiple Firmness Levels
  • Organic Cotton Cover
  • Made in the USA

While everyone else is competing in the foam mattress market, Saatva took a different approach. Most people are hesitant to buy an innerspring bed these days since foam offers much better support and contouring. Saatva solved that problem by combining the two, ending up with this pillow-top hybrid. Coil-on-Coil system of springs provides fantastic cooling and edge support while memory foam and Euro-style pillow top provide exceptional comfort.

It comes with multiple firmness levels (plush, medium, and firm) and two thickness variations (11.5” and 14.5”). Choosing a more thick option doesn’t provide any significant change in the way it sleeps so it’s purely aesthetic.

Overall, Saatva is one of the best beds you can buy these days. If you want a luxury mattress with great cooling properties, support, and durability, it’s perfect for you.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Brooklyn Aurora (Cooling)

Highlights:

  • Premium Materials
  • 13.5” Thick with 5 layers
  • High-Quality Coils and Foam
  • 3 Firmness Levels
  • Excellent choice for hot sleepers
  • Made in the USA

Brooklyn Bedding is most known for their Signature bed, also known as #bestmattressever. But that changed in November 2017 with the launch of the premium Aurora mattress.

The mattress is one of the thickest we’ve tested at 13.5-inches. The top 1.5-inch layer is made using Energex proprietary foam with TitanCool. It’s a phase changing material that draws excessive heat from the body. The next layer is another TitanFlex foam that responds to pressure immediately. After that, it moves into a memory foam layer for deep compression support. Next, there is a 8-inches of pocketed coils which aides with cooling and provides some bounce. Lastly, there is a 1-inch layer to support the springs.

How cool is it? Just try it, you’ll be blown away. We haven’t tested a single mattress that felt cooler than this one to the touch. And it doesn’t stop with the cover. After a few nights of testing, we can confidently say you won’t overheat.

The Brooklyn Aurora is a dream come true hot sleepers. It’s a premium product that offers a 120-night trial — what are you waiting for?

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Nolah (Socially Conscious)

Highlights:

  • This brand supports animal protection
  • Nolah Air Foam reduces pressure
  • 10” Thick with Three Layers
  • Great for Side Sleepers
  • 120-night trial period

Before we jump into the bed’s performance, it’s important to note that the Nolah brand supports animal protection: When you buy the Nolah mattress, you choose an endangered animal help protect. Each year, the company donates 7% of their profits back to wildlife protection. It’s a great cause, and the reason they won our “Most Socially Conscious” mattress pick!

Okay, let’s talk about the bed now. With 20 years of combined experience, the founders of Nolah wanted to change the memory foam and latex industry with new feel. That led them to create the proprietary Nolah Air Foam that helps reduce pressure in the hip, shoulder, and back regions.

Let’s take a look at the construction. It’s a 10-inch mattress that’s made with three foam layers. The top layer is 2-inches thick and uses the Nolah AirFoam that’s great for side sleepers. The second layer is a 1-inch transitional foam that acts much like latex. The base layer is 7-inches thick and comprised of high-density polyurethane designed for study support.

What makes it special? The company positions their bed as having four times less peak pressure than comparable memory foam products. If you’re a frustrated side sleeper that suffers from too pressure then this is the mattress for you.

With Nolah’s 120-night and 15-year warranty, you have nothing to lose.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Helix (Customizable)

Highlights:

  • Fully Customizable
  • Very “cool” due to coil construction
  • Split option
  • USA Made

Helix has the most exciting approach when it comes to manufacturing mattresses. You can fully customize the feel, firmness, cooling, and elasticity by filling out a short questionnaire at their site. In essence, it’s a hybrid constructed from coils and polyfoam. Springs add a fantastic cooling effect, and the foam offers extra pressure relief and contouring.

If that’s not all, you can even choose a split solution if you are sleeping with a partner. That way, if you have different preferences, you can select different firmness or feel for each side.

If you are worried about sleeping hot, you have a partner with different preferences, and you don’t know exactly what kind of “feel” you want, Helix offers a fantastic way to craft the mattress according to your specs which you will surely enjoy. All that at very competitive prices when you think about the quality and options you get.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

WinkBeds  Plus (Heavy Folks)

Highlights:

  • Plus model created for heavy people
  • 15” thickness
  • Four Firmness Options
  • Premium Materials
  • Made in the USA

WinkBeds is the first mattress company to design a bed that’s specifically designed for overweight people. While they do offer other models –soft, luxury firm, and firmer — the Plus goes the extra mile to support heavier sleepers.

Let’s look at the construction quickly. It’s a hybrid and measures a total of 14.5-inches; that’s a very thick mattress! The comfort layer uses a gel foam foam for support and a latex layer for bounce. The largest section of the bed uses pocketed coils for deep support (amazing for heavy people).

Something that sets this product apart from the competition is the option to get the active cooling base (coolControl technology).

Who should buy the WinkBeds Plus? If you’re over 250 pounds then you’re going to love it. With a 101-night trial period, you have nothing to lose!

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams 12″ Supreme Gel (Best Budget Option)

Highlights:

  • Fantastic Budget Option
  • Organic Bamboo and Cotton cover
  • Cooling Gel
  • True Medium Feel
  • Made In the USA

We believe that a mattress doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive to be good. Ultimate Dreams is the product that proves this. With 12” total and three layers, you will get that typical memory foam “hug” and feel most of us are familiar with. Like with most products these days, the gel is applied on top to provide better heat distribution. Even with that, it tends to sleep a bit hotter compared to latex or coil options. Lastly, as with most products of this type, don’t expect a ton of bounce. Keep in mind that bounce is preference-based mattress category.

Overall, this is hands down the best budget option on the market if you are looking for good quality, true medium memory foam feel that can easily compare to more expensive options on the market.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review here.

Best by Material and Type

In this section will go over the most common types and materials with their pros and cons and who is the ideal candidate for each.

Memory Foam

This is hands down the most popular type for average sleepers. Because of that, three of our top picks are from this category. It has a familiar hug feel and it contours perfectly to your body providing fantastic pain and pressure point relief. The biggest upside also creates a big downside, and that’s sleeping hot. New and advanced constructions solved this problem with gel and open cell construction, allowing more air to pass through.

Memory foam structure (top to bottom:two layers of memory foam, support foam)

Memory Foam bed structure (Top to bottom: Two layers of memory foam, support foam)

Pros:

  • Good pressure point relief
  • Nice and Memorable feel
  • Good hug and contouring
  • Motion isolation

Cons:

  • Sleeps Hot (Only for traditional foam, gel and open cell solve this problem to a degree, but it’s still hotter than latex and coil)

Innerspring (Coil)

If you are over 25 years old, chances are you slept on one of these traditional beds. Compared to new and advanced materials, you would think that coil mattresses don’t have anything to bring to the table anymore. Well, they still provide the best cooling, edge support, and durability. This is why most hybrids combine coils with other types such as latex or foam.

Classic spring bed structure (Top to bottom: foam layer, felt pad, comfort coils, foam layer)

Classic spring bed structure (Top to bottom: foam layer, felt pad, comfort coils, foam layer)

Pros:

  • Cooling
  • Edge Support
  • Durable
  • Good Bounce

Cons:

  • Does not conform that well
  • No “hug” feel
  • Noisy

These beds are best for people who want traditional coil feel, good support, and durability that will last for years.

Example: Saatva (some would call it a pillow top hybrid)

More: Best Rated Coil Mattress Picks

Latex

Latex became very popular in the last couple years due to exceptional cooling, comfort, and durability. On top of that, it’s the most “green” material. There are two types used in the production of bedding systems:

  • Natural – Harvested from Hevea-Brasilenis tree (eco-friendly but expensive)
  • Synthetic – Produced by mixing natural tree sap and synthetic polymers (cheaper but less environment-friendly)
latex bed structure (top to bottom: latex foam, high density foam)

Latex bed structure (Top to bottom: Latex foam, high density foam)

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Great Cooling
  • Good Bounce
  • Eco-Friendly

Cons:

  • Expensive (especially natural)

If you sleep hot and are looking for a good and durable bed that’s also good for the environment and of course if you can afford it, you won’t be sorry if you go with latex.

Our Pick: Zenhaven

More: Which Latex Mattress is Best?

Hybrid

Combining two or more material types in a single mattress creates a hybrid with much better sleep experience. That way you get all the pros with less or none of the cons.

Hybrid bed structure (Top to bottom: pillow top, memory foam, individually wrapped comfort coils, support coils, memory foam and edge support foam layer)

Hybrid bed structure (Top to bottom: pillow top, memory foam, individually wrapped comfort coils, support coils, memory foam and edge support foam layer)

The most popular combinations are:

True Hybrid

Coil + Memory or Latex Foam. You get fantastic durability, bounce, and cooling from innerspring and contouring and hug from foam. Example: Nest Alexander. See the rest of our top picks here.

Semi-Hybrid

Coil + Pillow Top which provides more comfort and relief for pressure points caused by the firmness of coil beds. An example would be Saatva. If you’d like to learn more about pillow top beds be sure to read our full guide.

Foam Hybrids

These beds do not contain any springs and use a combination of different foam materials to enhance cooling or provide more comfort for the sleeper. An example would be Leesa which combines latex-like Avena foam and memory foam in the second layer.

Pros:

  • Better sleep experience than with a single type
  • Great support
  • Premium Feel

Cons:

  • Usually More expensive than normal models

Organic

This is a subcategory considering most other materials can be organic. But, since many people are looking for organic and eco-friendly mattress options without chemicals, we wanted to include it on our list. Back in the 1970’s the US law stated that all beds must contain flame retardants to prevent accidental cigarette caused fires. These days, there are way fewer smokers than back then, and people are looking for clean and chemical-free products.

Mattresses are graded as 0-100% organic, meaning that if it’s 0%, it’s not natural at all. The closer you get to 100%, the more you will have to pay. The most eco-friendly materials are plant based memory foam, latex and to a degree coil with organic pillow top.

Pros:

  • Good for the environment
  • Good for your health

Cons:

  • Costs considerably more

Example: Amerisleep (no emission production with natural materials)

Advanced and Custom Foam

Since the invention of memory foam, manufacturers have experimented with other types of foams, especially those based on latex and polyurethane to battle the heat retention. Apart from different base materials, they also tested different shapes and changing the manufacturing process to improve airflow, durability, bounce while keeping the hug and contouring. Here are the most common types of foam:

  • Polyurethane – Usually serves as a base for most mattresses
  • Convoluted Foam – Also known as “egg crate foam” used to improve air circulation
  • Latex Rubber – Environment friendly and durable.

Examples:

Waterbeds

This an interesting and unconventional type. The main feature is that waterbeds use water instead of foam or coils to give it structure and provide comfort and pain relief. Water distributes your weight evenly, and reliefs pressure points, which is especially useful for arthritis or back pain.

Pros:

  • Pain point and pressure relief
  • Distributes weight evenly
  • Cheaper than foam or coil beds
  • Good for allergies
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Less durable than other types
  • Needs to be filled with water
  • It’s not for everyone

We created a detailed guide about waveless water mattresses so make sure to check it out if you want to know more about this type.

Here is our #1 Pick: The InnoMax GD800

Airbeds

Having guests over or going camping? Then this type is for you. Of course, it’s not for everyday use, and you can’t expect to have a perfect night sleep on it, but for these occasions, it’s better than the sofa. Airbeds, as the name suggests, use air to provide support.

Pros:

  • Portable and easily carried on a trip
  • Easily deployed (most of them come with an electric or hand pump)
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Not for long term use
  • Can not replace proper bed
calm woman sleeping on the side

Our Choices By Sleeping Position

When choosing a new bed, many people’s main consideration is the sleeping position and finding the ideal firmness and type for their preferred position. There are three main ones, so let’s see our top mattress picks for each one.

Back Sleepers

Contrary to belief, only 15% of the population are dedicated back sleepers. It’s also considered the healthiest one. When it comes to firmness, medium is the way to go here. You can go a bit more on a firm side but going with softer feel will cause the bed to “hug” too much, causing pain in the long run.

As far as materials, foam or latex are great but make sure to choose a product with good cooling properties. There is no single “best” product here, since most medium-firm ones fall into this category.

Read More: Highest Rated Beds for Back Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Side sleeping is pretty common, and it is considered healthy and good for your spine and back. Although you won’t have the problem of heat and snoring, the main problem you will face is that firmer beds can cause shoulder and hip pain due to increased pressure.

If you prefer this position, try to aim for softer feel memory foam products as it can contour and adapt to your body perfectly, causing pressure relief where needed.

Read More: Top Side Sleeper Mattress Picks 

Stomach Sleepers

Although preferred by many, sleeping on your stomach is considered harmful in most cases. But, if you prefer this position, you can make your sleeping experience much more pleasant by choosing the proper bedding. Support is the number one concern for you here and choosing a firmer mattress is the best choice here. If you choose plush products, your spine will curve, causing pain after some time.

Foam based beds with firm feel are preferred, but good innerspring or hybrid can also serve you well too. One thing to note is that you will most likely need a thinner pillow than normal to make your spine as straight as possible.

Read More: Top Beds For Stomach Sleepers

couple embracing on a bed covered with rose petals

Our Picks for Specific Needs

Every one of us has specific needs, and in some cases, we are looking for a bed specially designed to meet them.

Sex

Let’s face it, one of the biggest selling points for a mattress is that it’s “good for sex.” But what does that mean? What’re the criteria that make it good?

  • Responsiveness
  • Great Bounce
  • Low Noise
  • Edge Support
  • Comfort (you still need to sleep on it after)

Traditionally, memory foam wasn’t considered very good for making love since it didn’t have almost any bounce and it had a slow response. Advanced and custom foams solved this issue, but latex and coil beds are much better for this purpose.

Read MoreThe 5 Best Beds for Sexually Active People

Heavy People

Larger or heavier people have slightly different needs. Due to more intense pressure caused by weight, you will need a thicker and slightly firmer mattress than normal. Cooling and edge support can also become an issue.

Usually, you will want to aim for 12” or thicker but advanced foam constructions can provide the same level of comfort and support at 9-10”. Just avoid lower-end products as these will usually sag under pressure.

A quality foam or innerspring/foam hybrid is considered ideal since it provides good cooling and support while it still contours and hugs the sleeper’s body, providing pressure point relief.

More: Our Top Mattress Choices for Heavy People

Cooling

For many people, the main reason for buying a new bed is that they want to sleep cooler. Just ten years ago, this wasn’t even a consideration. Today, it’s one of the main features.

Different materials have different heat retention properties, and some of them sleep considerably cooler than others.

heat retention level graphic for different bed types

Heat Retention Graphic – How cool or hot each type of mattress sleeps.

The traditional foam will sleep much hotter than coil or latex type, and most hybrids were invented for this purpose. With the invention of the gel layer, even foam products are now much better when it comes to heat distribution. A good rule of thumb is if you tend to sleep hot, don’t go with cheaper memory-foam products. Either go with a hybrid or gel.

Need Recommendations? See Our Favorite Cooling Beds for 2018

Couples

Sleeping with your partner in the same bed can be challenging if you have different preferences. Most couples have reported the following issues:

  • Motion Transfer – If one partner is a restless sleeper, a bed with lower motion means the other one will suffer and wake up all the time. Coil construction usually means higher transfer and lower isolation, which ends up with more tossing.
  • Different firmness preferences – If you enjoy a firm feel while your partner sleeps on his/her side and enjoys a softer feel, most couples will compromise for a medium firmness product. Many products can have split firmness (one side is firmer than the other), or you can opt for 2x Twin XL in a King size frame (Read more about mattress dimensions).
  • It has to be good for sex – Obviously, you don’t want to grab a new bed and make love on the sofa.

Read More: Top Rated Couple’s Beds in 2018

Adjustable

With the invention of new and lighter materials, adjustable beds are now more affordable, durable and comfortable. The main feature is that you can adjust it any way you want. This is especially useful for certain conditions such as back pain and snoring. Back in the day, this type of bed was used primarily by older adults, but these days almost anyone can use it.

You can use it for an afternoon nap, relaxation time or when watching TV. “Zero gravity” body position allows for natural spine alignment for better pain relief. Of course, this is not a typical bed that you can use for a longer period, and it can not replace a standard mattress. The downside would be that it doesn’t look that nice most of the time and mechanism can break after some time. It’s still a fantastic choice for anyone suffering from lumbar or neck stiffness or pain.

Recommended Pick: Coming soon

Firm Feel

If you have already decided which type of mattress and firmness level you would prefer and you know what kind of sleeper you are, you just need to select the right product. You should opt for firmer products if you are a back or stomach sleeper or a heavier person looking for more support and less sagging. It will keep your spine from spine from arching and your pelvis from sinking too deep. Usually, it’s better to go with firm support and soft pillow top or a 2” layer of foam for at least a bit of “hug” feel.

Read More: 5 Great Firm Mattress Options

Soft Feel

Your body and weight will play an important role in the overall feel. If you are a heavier person, you will need a more firm mattress to get the same feel as someone who is much lighter than you. Support is absolute key for any mattress, but you don’t want too much of it because it can cause unnecessary pain in the long run. Higher end soft feel beds can also provide enough support, cooling and it helps with pressure points. In most cases, side sleepers will want a softer feel, and that’s usually memory foam. You don’t want one if you are a stomach sleeper.

older woman with back pain problem at the doctor

Recommended Beds for Specific Medical Conditions

Specific conditions require different bedding materials and firmness levels. We researched and selected the most common conditions that can be cured or prevented using proper mattresses.

Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pain, night can be one of the only time of the day that brings relief. It’s usually a secondary result of some other underlying condition or disease such as arthritis, scoliosis or kyphosis. When it comes to sleep, the most important thing is support. Note that firmer doesn’t equal more support nor does it mean that softer feel bed is less supportive. Comfort is an important factor because you want those pressure points to rest during the night and proper spine alignment is a must.

We recommend slightly firmer medium feel mattress with good air flow. Gel memory foam or hybrid type is perfect, but latex is an option too.

Our Choice: Nectar (See other recommendations)

Scoliosis

Generally diagnosed in teenagers, scoliosis is an abnormal spine curvature that can cause pain in the long run if left untreated. Pain usually appears in the lumbar region and can be more intense after a long walk or improper bedding surface. Side or back is much better than stomach sleeping so consider changing your habits if you are suffering from this condition.

As far as the material and feel, medium-firm innerspring or hybrid beds are very popular, but memory foam proves to provide much-needed comfort and pain relief.

Read More: Our Mattress Picks for People with Scoliosis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a serious medical condition followed by joint swelling, stiffness, and pain. The most problems occur when you are trying to sleep. There are two types:

  • Osteoarthritis – Caused by bone friction due to breakdown of cartilage
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Inflammatory disease that causes uncomfortable swelling and fluid around the joints

If you consider different types, coil or high-end foam mattresses are recommended for back sleepers with a medium-firm feel. Side sleepers will prefer plush products with a bit more hug.

Neck Pain

Most of us experienced it at least once in our life. Waking up with neck pain once in awhile is not a cause for concern. But, if the problem persists, and if you drag this condition for months, first you need to get a doctor’s exam and if everything is ok, consider adopting or changing your bedding. Most of the time pillows are the cause, but saggy and old mattresses can also cause neck stiffness.

The most important thing is that your sleep surface supports your spine and neck. Without enough support, even firm beds will cause problems. Sleeping on your stomach with a thick pillow is also one of the major causes of this issue. In some cases, you can even consider sleeping without a pillow.

Hip Pain

Hip pain, much like your back can indicate a series of other issues and conditions. Make sure to check everything with your doctor before purchasing a new bed. You will most likely experience this issue if you are sleeping on your side on a firm bed without a proper hug. Traditional coil beds aren’t good if you are suffering from hip pain, but hybrids and foam products are perfect due to better contouring to your body.

Fibromyalgia

People suffering from this chronic autoimmune disease can experience severe fatigue, insomnia and constant feel of tiredness. Other common symptoms are sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. A combination of exercise, medications and proper sleeping surface will relieve almost all symptoms. Pressure points are very important here, and you will need a bed with enough support while providing good hug and contouring. As you all know, memory foam (or any other custom or advanced foam) is much better for this purpose.

Snoring

Not only that it’s annoying for your partner, but snoring can also lead to more serious conditions. Slightly elevating your head while sleeping can reduce snoring and increase air flow. But, it’s not healthy for your spine and neck to sleep on a thick pillow. Sleep Number created a technology that allows you to adjust the height of your bed with a push of a button. Other manufacturers followed, and nowadays you have many adjustable beds to choose from. We have created a complete article with the roundup of the best anti snore beds, so make sure to check them out.

Top Picks By Budget

Not every one of us will have the budget for the top of the line mattresses. We recommend, if possible, to go at least above $500 but if you have to go below that, you can find several fantastic choices for that amount too.

Under $500

With the advancement of technology and invention of new materials, it’s becoming cheaper to manufacture good mattresses at a cheaper price. Even though we recommend that you aim for $650-1000 range for a durable and comfortable bed, you can find many under $500 that will serve you well for years.

The main difference between budget and high-end products is the foam density and material quality. This means that more expensive ones will sag less and be more durable while providing more comfort and support. With that being said, in most cases, it doesn’t mean that the difference is that huge and most ordinary users will be able to find a good product around or below $500 range.

Our Top Choice: DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Supreme Gel

Read More: Our Top 5 Picks Under $500.

Under $1000

This is an ideal budget range where you will find most quality products online. Don’t expect to find one in a store for this price though. As far as types, you will find many foam and coil beds on the market, but if you are aiming for latex, you might need to go a bit over $1000 for that. You will find a perfect balance of value for your money, quality, warranty, and comfort. For this price range, it’s clearly the best mattress for the money.

Our #1 Choice: Nectar

Under $2000

$1000 to 2000 is the premium range if you are shopping online. It also means you will get the best quality mattresses from reputable companies with good customer support, warranty, and luxury materials. Natural Latex beds also fall in this range, and you will most likely have to go well above $1000 to buy one. Luxury hybrids or advanced cooling foam construction is the most common type in this price range. You are definitely getting 3-4x more value when shopping online, and I wouldn’t even consider stores these days. You can find plenty products online for every need.

#1 Pick: Loom & Leaf

Read More: The 5 Highest Rated Beds under $2,000.

Luxury

The luxury category doesn’t have an exact price range, however, you can rest assured that each bed selected aims to deliver the highest quality product. High-end mattresses use premium materials that cheaper models cannot incorporate.

A common misconception about high-end models is that they fall into one specific type of bed. That’s not the case at all. In our full buyer’s guide, we select memory foam, hybrids, latex, and other custom foam options.

#1 Pick: Zenhaven

Read More: Our 7 Best High-End (Premium) Beds

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Recommendations by Sleeper Age

It’s obvious that babies and toddlers will have different needs than adults or senior sleepers. But sometimes we need to consider our loved ones so they can get a proper night’s sleep in their new bed.

Babies

Cribs or Cots are the usual places where your baby can sleep. Choosing a healthy mattress without chemicals and flame retardants is paramount to ensure your baby’s safety. There is also a concern of sudden infant death syndrome caused by the soft sleeping surface. With all that in mind, here are a few things to consider:

  • Dimensions – Choose standard dimensions of 28” width and 52” length
  • Firmness – It’s healthy for your baby to sleep on slightly firmer surface
  • Organic – Choose products that have organic certificate such as Certi-Pur (not mandatory but recommended)
  • Type – Any foam or coil option will be suitable

Read more about baby beds and choose the one that suits your budget range and baby.

Toddlers and Kids

When your baby outgrows their crib, it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bed to allow more space for a growing child. You have three choices here:

  • Twin – Good to start but you might need to upgrade in a few years
  • Twin XL – For taller kids
  • Full Bed – If you want to have peace of mind and so you don’t have to upgrade until their late teenage years

Fast growing children need proper spine alignment and support is of utmost importance during this age. If your child is old enough, you can notice how they act on different firmness beds and decide if you should go with firmer or plush options.

Want More? Our Recommended Mattresses for Kids

Teenagers

Teen years are the most important for proper spine development. With that in mind, we all know the importance of sleeping surface and that it can cause various disorders such as kyphosis or scoliosis. They might not feel it right away, but if left unattended it can create serious problems in adulthood. The rapidly growing body will need enough room so consider upgrading if it doesn’t fit well. Teens also need more sleep, and that means spending more time in (and on) their bed.

If your child is suffering from allergies (which can occur at this age) consider investing in a good latex or even waterbed (which can also be fun).

More: What is the ideal mattress for teenagers?

Seniors (Elderly People)

Of course, we must not forget our senior readers here. After the age of 55, you might notice increased back ache or joint pain. Sometimes it’s caused by conditions such as arthritis or sciatica, but in some cases, it’s just improper bed. If you are around this age or if you are shopping for your parents, they might prefer that traditional innerspring feel (most of the people slept on such mattresses back in the day). But, consider opting for a hybrid if you (or they) are suffering from any condition or pain. Added foam layer can be the difference between a pleasant and painful night.

Looking for specific products? See our 6 recommended beds for elderly sleepers.

Mattress Ratings- Our System

Value

Higher price doesn’t necessarily mean higher value and the other way around. You can buy a $400 bed that has huge value because you can compare it to a product priced at $800 with similar performance and quality. A great value mattress costs less than the competition but it can be compared to higher tier products.

Sometimes, companies invest a lot of money on marketing and inflate the prices of their products. We only grade what you get for your money. This means that our mattress rating compares each product to their competitors to determine if the increase in value is justified or just inflated through marketing.

Material Quality and Layers

Most lower-end products will have fewer layers (usually two or three) compared to higher tiers (four to six layers). Higher priced mattresses also have transitional and cooling layers for better comfort and heat distribution.

Material quality is something most people disregard. For example, you might be tempted to say “all foams are similar.” This isn’t entirely true since traditional and older technology of producing polyurethane or memory foam is completely different than modern open-cell or gel foams.

When it comes to latex, you can stumble upon a cheaper product that has great properties on paper, but the truth is that it can not compare to proper latex products.

Organic beds are very popular these days, and you must consider this when purchasing because it can increase the price. In the end, it’s up to you to decide if you need these extra features and properties and how much you want to invest in a good night’s sleep.

Comfort and Feel

These are subjective, and it’s different for everyone. I might enjoy a firmer surface while someone else will prefer a softer feel. Some people will prefer a nice “hug” and contouring of memory foam, while others prefer traditional coil feel with faster response and less sinkage. Since we can not determine your preference, it’s up to you to decide what kind of feel you prefer.

Comfort is also subjective, but it’s a bit more palpable. On a bed without proper support, you will feel uncomfortable even if the firmness is spot on for you. So, if we determine that a product doesn’t provide enough support, it can not be comfortable in the long run, and we will not include it in our top 10 list.

Firmness

For this purpose, we use a scale of 1-10 (one being the softest, and ten being the firmest). Determining the mattress firmness is necessary so you can choose based on your preferred feel. Heavier people will need to go with a bit firmer options to get the same feel, while lighter sleepers can choose a more plush option. It’s somewhat subjective parameter but using this scale can be very precise, and you can easily order online without going to the store.

Cooling

One of the most important selling points these days is certainly cooling. If you are a larger, heavier sleeper or you just sleep hot, this will be the determining factor. We already discussed this in the first couple paragraphs when we talked about materials and types. For the mattress roundup of 2018, we didn’t include any products that sleep hot (especially those with traditional, low-quality foams). We just feel that there are so many great products with fantastic cooling properties that there is no reason to choose anything that doesn’t.

Company Reputation

The reputation of the company is a major factor for our review scale. A company must be at least eight months on the market to make it on our top 10 list. This gives us enough time to test and check consumer reviews. It’s also not too long, so we don’t miss on great emerging mattress brands. This is what we look for:

  • Aggressive and Questionable Marketing – If the company is using aggressive and spammy ways of promoting their products, we will rate it lower.
  • Customer Reviews – Positive customer feedback will score a company higher on our scale. We use a combination of social media and individual reports submitted to us directly. Anything else can be easily manipulated.
  • Customer Support – Like with the point above, we want to make sure that only the brands with good support that make their customers happy make it on our list.
  • Legal Manipulation – Any brands using lawsuits and legal loopholes to hurt competition will be excluded for good.
  • Above and Beyond – We love companies which return part of the profit back to the community in terms of charity work and donations. This is what we do as well, and it’s a strong signal of company integrity.
  • Warranty and Return Rate – It’s important that the company honors the warranty period and that they ship a replacement as soon as possible if needed. Companies rarely disclose return rates but sometimes we can get that information, and it will count for overall score.

Conclusion


As you can see, there is no such thing as the “ultimate mattress” that will suit everyone in every situation. We have to consider the age, sleeping position, medical conditions and other preferences to be able to choose a particular type, material, and ultimately the mattress brand. I’m hoping that this guide was comprehensive enough for you to make your choice now. One thing is sure, don’t buy it in a store or you will just end up getting ripped off. Research a bit more if you have to, read our reviews and comparisons to get a clear picture.

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions so don’t hesitate to drop us a message or just comment here. 🙂

Author: Mark Reddick

When I’m not learning about sleep, you can find me watching “the big game” with my friends. I absolutely love sports and have grown to follow the rest aspect in athletes. Modern technology allows us to track athletes sleep and rest, which in turn helps predict their performance.

I hope that everyone that finds our site takes a new approach to sleep. The world needs to stop thinking about it as something “we just do”, but rather something that allows us “to do everyday.”

Cheers to having the best sleep of your life!

8 Comments
  1. Reply
    Joy Cherry October 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Have read your website and am grateful for the information. I am a Canadian who just bought a Marshall
    inner spring Tapestry model.
    Delivered yesterday ,sleep one night and find this too hard. Widow ,back sleeper, 140 lb, Need medium soft ,prefer innerspring as allergic to latex and need a cool mattress. Am able to return mattress but unable to know what to buy. HELP
    Many Thanks Joy Cherry Toronto

    • Reply
      Mark Reddick December 13, 2017 at 1:00 am

      Hey Joe!

      Thanks for stopping by our site. 🙂

      Unfortunately, we’ve never heard of the Marshall innerspring model you referenced. But if you’re looking for a great innerspring, we highly recommend our page dedicated to that.

      Hope that helps! Don’t hesitate to comment or contact us through the form contact page as well. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Albert Smith December 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Really helpful page! Thanks for the info.

    Okay, I need a little help making my final decision. I’m mostly a stomach sleeper and want something a little firm, but not like all the traditional latex or innerspring models.

    I’ve narrowed it down to Nectar, mainly because of the price point, and the fact it looks like the memory foam might be firmer than average.

    Should I go with Nectar?

    • Reply
      Mark Reddick December 13, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Hey Albert! Thanks for commenting.

      It sounds like you’ve done your research and are pretty close to making a decision. Here are my thoughts on Nectar: It’s probably the best all-around choice (memory foam) at the sub-$700 price-point. It’s going to be perfect for your stomach sleeping position because the top layer is much firmer than most memory foam models.

      You won’t get that “sinking in” feeling, which is bad for most front sleepers (too much hip pressure and causes neck pain). I’m confident you’ll love it. 🙂

  3. Reply
    Ruth Hawkins December 23, 2017 at 4:17 am

    My husband and I didn’t realize how stressful it is to choose a bed.

    We decided to go for the Saatva, but before we bought the mattress, we had doubts ordering online (older generation). I never knew that purchasing something online would be this easy and smooth. The warranty is very acceptable and the 120-day return policy is great.

    It’s our 3rd week and we’re impressed. Thank you for the valuable information!

    • Reply
      Mark Reddick December 23, 2017 at 4:20 am

      Hey Ruth,

      We’re happy to hear that you have found the right mattress! It’s our mission to help make it easier for everyone to find the right bed! 🙂

  4. Reply
    Alex Canfora February 8, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Hi Jill

    Looking for a mattress that is comfortable and keeps you cool. My wife sleeps extremely hot (hot flashes), I was looking at Purple or Cocoon Chill. Your thoughts and recommendations? Love to hear from you!

    Alex

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings February 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Hey Alex, I know Purple has amazing cooling capabilities and breathability. We haven’t tested Cocoon Chill so I’m adding it to our list 🙂

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