The 12 Best Mattresses for 2020

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October 2020 Update:

The Sleep Advisor team is excited to announce our updated mattress picks for 2020!

What makes a high-quality new mattress stand out from the rest? Is it the material, construction, comfort, rating, or just the price point?

A lot of people ask the question, “What is the best mattress you can buy?” The truth is the answer depends on many different factors! Teenagers will have different needs than adults and seniors, and stomach sleepers tend to have completely different preferences than, let’s say, side sleepers.

With that in mind, we came up with the a roundup of top rated mattress brands for 2020. 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. Hopefully it'll give you an idea of what you're shopping for and make things a bit easier.

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12 Best Rated Mattresses
(Updated – October 2020)

nectar product image mobileNECTAR
  • Type: Memory Foam
the winkbeds small product imageWINKBEDS
  • Type: Hybrid
Brooklyn Aurora small product imageBROOKLYN AURORA
  • Type: Hybrid
casper small product imageCASPER
  • Type: Memory Foam
dreamcloud premier mobile imageDREAMCLOUD PREMIER
  • Type: Hybrid
layla small product imageLAYLA
  • Type: Memory Foam
small product image of NolahNOLAH
  • Type: All Foam
big fig small imageBIG FIG
  • Type: Hybrid
casper wave small product imageCASPER WAVE
  • Type: All Foam
helix sleep small imageHELIX
  • Type: Hybrid
avocado bed small imageAVOCADO
  • Type: Hybrid
Sojourn bed small imageSOJOURN
  • Type: Gel Memory Foam

Nectar – Exceptional Value

If you prefer feeling like you’re slowly melting into the bed and experiencing a deeper-cradling hug, this mattress has classic features you will enjoy.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • OEKO-TEX® Certified
  • 365-Day Trial
  • Forever Warranty

Forget everything you think you know about memory foam left over from the 1970s because modern memory foam has a lot to offer folks looking for pressure relief without overheating. Nectar’s deep hug and sleek design has gotten a lot of attention since its 2017 launch. These features and more have made quite a splash in the bed-in-a-box space.

Why are we impressed? Regardless of budget, a bed is an investment, so you want to be sure you’re getting a lot of great bed for the price. Not only does Nectar offer a lot of quality features (a cooling Tencel and more), furniture company Resident also works to keep the price affordable by selling online.

Adding to the value is their industry-leading sleep trial, which allows you to keep the bed for a year until you’re certain it’s the right mattress for you, and this is matched by its Forever warranty that lasts for as long as you own the product. If you’ve been nervous about memory foam or whether you could possibly order a bed online, Nectar has taken nearly all the risk out of this important purchase.

The WinkBed – Luxury Feel

This mattress is tailor-made for heavier type of sleeper, from the foam densities to supportive construction.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • “Any Reason” Guarantee
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

WinkBeds are built in Wisconsin by a company committed to handcrafting every mattress to be comfortable and ultra-supportive. Unlike hybrid mattresses you may have seen before, this choice blends foams with two separate supportive coil systems: one to tailor to your shape, and the other to provide high-profile support.

What to love here? The company has built these beds to last, and it shows in the premium craftsmanship. The pressure-relieving Eurotop cradles the body above a 3-step support system beneath that is separated into zones meant to hold your body in a neutral position.

This company stands by their brands, and if you decide to go with this bed, your purchase is covered by a lifetime warranty and an “any-reason guarantee.” If your needs happen to change over the course of the mattresses’ lifetime, you can get a different feel (firmer? Softer?) for half the retail price.

If that wasn’t luxury enough for you, you can also elect to buy an optional foundation that has an airconditioning unit incorporated into the design so you can specify the temperature of your bed for your own best sleep.

Brooklyn Aurora – Amazing Cooling

It has gone to exceptional lengths to incorporate cooling features in multiple layers, and it is one of the coolest-sleeping mattresses we have reviewed.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

Brooklyn Bedding is based in Phoenix, Arizona so they know a thing or two about heat, and they’ve put their knowledge to the test in their line of mattresses. Their luxury model, the Aurora, pulls out all the stops to deliver a comfortable and supportive bed that shouldn’t wake you in a pool of sweat.

What stands out? This cool sleep experience starts with TitanCool, which is a proprietary material infused into the cover that is designed to keep the temperature at a steady 88 degrees, ideal for sleep. This is followed by a series of foams that incorporate copper and gel to whisk excess heat away from the body and disperse it throughout the mattress, where it can easily escape through the pocketed coils.

If you have specific firmness requirements, this model can cater to them with a Soft, Medium, and Firm model, depending on your preference. We’d recommend the Soft or Medium for side sleepers and perhaps the Firm for stomach sleepers, though you can keep the bed for 120 days to make sure it’s the best fit for you.

Casper – All Sleeping Positions

The specially-designed foams are accommodative for all sleeping positions, making this bed a good choice for couples.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 100-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Designed and Assembled in the USA

Maybe your partner and you have wildly different sleep preferences and body types or maybe you’re a combo sleeper who likes to move from side to back to stomach all night long. If this sounds like you, Casper’s famous “universal feel” might be your ticket to sleep heaven.

What’s its best feature? The foams inside Casper have been strategically designed and ordered to provide a graduated feel, meaning a wide variety of body shapes and weights should achieve the right ratio of comfort and support without bottoming out. Versatility adds a lot of value to a mattress, and this was increased with the addition of zoned support in the transitional foam layer that helps stomach sleepers, in particular, maintain good spine alignment.

Casper’s all-foam design also has a great deal to offer for those who prefer good motion isolation so their partner’s movements aren’t keeping them up at night. If you prefer a bit more bounce, you could check out the hybrid version as well.

DreamCloud Premier – Pressure Relief

It offers pressure relief and support for side and back sleepers, with the firmness necessary for most stomach sleepers.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 365-Day Trial
  • Lifetime Warranty

DreamCloud Premier is Resident’s luxury model, and it definitely cuts an impressively high silhouette at 15 inches. If you don’t believe that that much bed could possibly come packed into a box, this company aims to prove you wrong with 6 layers that mix premium foam with memory materials and individually wrapped coils.

What do we love about it? In 2019, the company introduced a new version of DreamCloud Premier (formerly DreamCloud) that made the bed just a touch softer to offer a deeper cradle for those looking for great pressure relief. Side sleepers, in particular, may prefer this newer version to the previous model for this reason.

While traditional memory beds might trap heat, the Premier model was designed to be breathable, without sacrificing body conformance or that classic deep hug feeling. Air can flow freely through the pocketed coils to keep hotter air circulating out and cooler air circulating in. The foams minimize motion transfer, while the coils supply bounce and tailored support.

If you’re unsure, the company gives you 365 days to try it at home and backs your purchase with a lifetime warranty, giving you value for a fraction of the retail price in stores.

Layla – Memory Foam

Layla is double-sided, with Soft and Firm sides. You can discover the type of support and pressure relief that suits your body best.


  • Double-sided Firmness
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

If it's a choice you want, maybe you should look into the flippable mattress from Layla, which offers two different firmnesses depending on what side of the bed is facing up. The entire construction is encased in a cooling cover that further modernizes a classic memory feel.

Why are we impressed? Layla is proof that there’s no one way to do memory foam, and they emphasize the fact by packing two different experiences into one construction. You can try out both the deeper classic sink of the Soft and the gentler cradle of the Firm to see what suits you best, and if you like both, you can flip it whenever you want.

This brand further keeps things cool by putting copper into their foams. This naturally antimicrobial substance is excellent at conducting heat, which means the heat of your body shouldn’t congregate in the foams around your shape but travel away and out the air channels.

The design of the third layer provides zoned support so that extra reinforcement around the middle of the bed can help keep the hips elevated and the spine in a neutral position.

Nolah – Side Sleepers

It excels in providing the pressure relief you need, and its proprietary foam is designed to sleep cool.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 15-Year Warranty
  • Wildlife Initiative
  • Made in the USA

Do you love penguins? Worried about the fate of the Great White Shark? What if you could help give back to wildlife conservation and buy a bed at the same time? Each year, the company donates 7% of its profits back to wildlife protection, and you get the choose the animal you’d most like to protect.

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

What makes it special? The company positions its bed as having four times less peak pressure than comparable memory foam products. If you’re a frustrated side sleeper that suffers from excessive pressure, then this product holds major appeal.

This ten-inch mattress starts with Nolah AirFoam that should be great for side sleepers. The second layer is a 1-inch transitional foam that behaves much like latex. The base layer is 7-inches thick and comprised of high-density polyurethane designed for steady support.

Big Fig – Heavy People

This hybrid was built for plus-sized sleepers needs in mind from its cooling technology, multi-layered comfort, and reinforced steel support springs.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 20-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

In the past, plus-sized people have had to be wary about their mattress choices, reading the fine print of warranties and worrying if their size will cause premature sagging. With brands like Big Fig and their hybrid, their worries can be put to rest, literally!

This mattress was built with a mix of high-density foam and high-profile individually wrapped coils. The foam and coils tailor to your shape to provide exceptional spine alignment, even for folks with larger frames. The mattress comes with a foundation, which is built to provide a sturdier support system than traditional box springs.

What’s its best feature? This company, which is exclusively based in Cleveland, Ohio, stands by its construction, which has been tested using a 350-pound weight to simulate 20 years of use. This testing was 100% objective and performed by a third-party organization.

If you’re worried about sleeping hot, Big Fig has you covered. The perforated foams were treated with gel to reduce heat retention. The edges of the bed were built with 80 ILD foam to ensure edge-to-edge support, more usable space, and ample support even when sitting on the side.

Casper Wave – Spine Alignment

Casper’s luxury model pulls out all the stops to provide advanced technology that helps align your spine and keep your body sleeping comfortable and cool.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 100-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Designed and Assembled in the USA

If you’re surfing the web because your old mattress is hurting your back, you’ll want to look at a choice that excels in spinal alignment. The Wave, made by internet-famous Casper, should be a great choice for those looking to improve their sleep posture.

What makes it special? This 13-inch mattress has five layers of foam strategically designed to cradle different body shapes evenly regardless of their position. They achieve this with targeted support from gel pods, positioned in the portions of the bed requiring extra support while maintaining softness in other areas so that you don’t build up pressure.

The result? The Wave was made to align your spine and provide comfort and support. We think the soft mix will work exceptionally well for side sleepers, hoping to keep their hips elevated while still letting their legs and shoulders sink in for a comfortable cradle.

The breathable foams and cover should work to keep you cool in this beautiful all-white design. Take their ergonomic design for a spin and see if it does the trick for you.

Helix – Customizable

By taking the guesswork out of bed shopping, Helix helps to better ensure a good fit for their customers.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 100-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

We know you. Compromise just won’t do, and the perfect bed is out there, but you just need to know what to look for, right?

The Helix brand is not only focused on advanced customization, but also on helping you decide exactly what you need to sleep better and feel great. There’s a short quiz to take (along with your partner if you co-sleep) and out will pop the color and name of a bed Helix thinks will work perfectly for you.

What stands out? Those in the market for choice in their beds can browse the 16 choices on offer from Helix. These include Luxe models that add a little extra flourish, as well as a model designed for plus-sized sleepers.

All Helix beds are hybrids, but that’s where the similarities end. Their proprietary foams were designed and layered to deliver different feels and different sinkages, and the company will work with you even after you’ve made your purchase to make sure you find the right choice.

Avocado – Organic Materials

Avocado’s top to bottom certifications help the eco-conscious mind rest easier with a cool comfortable sleep and a smaller carbon footprint.


  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified
  • Certified Organic Materials
  • Made Safe
  • 365-Day Trial
  • 25-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

With more and more attention shifting to climate change and the need for organic and sustainable products, the market is filled with all-natural options. We think Avocado is a great pick in this space, and it gives you a lot of options, including pillow-tops, EuroTops, and sizes.

What is its best feature? Avocado has gone to great lengths to secure multiple third-party certifications guaranteeing the safety of their materials for both you and the environment it’s sourced from. It is one of few mattress companies to have secured the Made Safe seal, which states that the product is free from toxic ingredients, and the factories which manufacture the bed have been certified by both GOLS and GOTS, which state that the materials are organic.

The bed is built from Dunlop latex that stands over tempered steel coils that are ergonomically zoned to provide the right mixture of support and comfort to the sleeper. This is all held together without chemical adhesives or flame retardants, opting for organic wool, instead. If you prefer a vegan option, there is another model that forgoes the use of wool.

Sojourn – Budget Choice

It provides an affordable alternative to high-end brands while maintaining the same benefits.


  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

We believe that a mattress doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive to be good. Sojourn (previously sold as Ultimate Dreams) is the product that aims to prove it. With 12” total and three layers, you get that typical memory foam “hug” and feel many of us are familiar with for a fraction of the price you’d see in retail stores and even among online brands.

What’s its best feature? Honestly, the price is hard to beat for a bed that uses this level of quality materials. Dreamfoam is committed to keeping prices down and manages to do it by manufacturing at their own factory in Phoenix.

If you’re looking to furnish a guest room or are just shopping on a tighter budget, we think Sojourn is a great choice that should be versatile enough to accommodate a variety of sleepers in whatever position they prefer. Treat yourself to the pressure relief of memory foam without the buyer’s remorse from spending more than you can afford.

Best Mattress by Material and Type

So what is the top mattress material and type? The unvarnished truth is that there is no clear winner because mattress feels and styles are so subjective and depend so much on individual body types and needs. Depending on how you are shaped, different mattress characteristics may be more or less preferable, and your preferences will likely be different than those of even the person sleeping right next to you.

Knowing a little bit more about each type of mattress, however, can help you narrow down your selection, so you can make the best possible choice for you and your family.

Memory Foam

This is an incredibly popular type for the average sleeper. Because of this, some of our top picks are from this category. It typically has a familiar hug feel and it contours to your body, providing fantastic pain and pressure point relief.

However, the biggest upside can also create 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 and less overall heat retention.

Memory Foam Construction Layers

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


  • Good Pressure Point Relief

  • Nice and Memorable Feel

  • Good Hug and Contouring

  • Motion Isolation


  • Can Sleep Hot (Mostly for traditional foam; gel and open cell solve this problem to a degree, but it’s less cool than latex and coil)

Innerspring (Coil)

Most people have slep on one of these traditional non-memory foam beds at some point. Compared to new and advanced materials, you would think that coil mattresses don’t have anything to bring to the table anymore.

However, these options still provide some of the best cooling, edge support, and durability. And most hybrids combine coils with other types of materials such as latex or foam.

Classic Spring Bed Construction Layers

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


  • Cooling

  • Edge Support

  • Durable

  • Good Bounce


  • May Not Conform That Well

  • No “Hug” Feel

  • Can Be Noisy


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

  • Natural – This is harvested from Hevea-Brasilenis tree (eco-friendly but expensive) and comes in either Dunlop or Talalay form

  • Synthetic – Materials are produced by mixing natural tree sap and synthetic polymers (cheaper but less environment-friendly)
Latex Mattress Construstion Layers

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


  • Durable

  • Great Cooling

  • Good Bounce

  • Eco-Friendly


  • Expensive (especially natural) – however, those online tend to be a much better price

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

More: Which Latex Mattress is Best?


Combining two or more material types in a single mattress creates a hybrid with what many view as a much better sleep experience. The thought is that you get all the pros with less or none of the cons, and typically there are brands that have built very high ratings off of this strategy.

Hybrid Mattress Construction Layers

Hybrid bed structure example (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. Sleepers typically get fantastic durability, bounce, and cooling from innerspring and contouring and hug from foam. See the rest of our top picks here.

Pillow Top

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 manufacturing that combines synthetic latex up top and memory foam in the second layer.


  • Great Support

  • Premium Feel


  • Usually Slightly More Expensive Than Normal Models


This is a subcategory considering organic materials can be used in many different types of construction. 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 1970s, 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 likely have to pay. The more eco-friendly materials are plant-based memory foam, non-synthetic latex, and, to a degree, coil with an organic pillow top.


  • Good for the Environment

  • Good for Your Health


  • Costs Considerably More

Example: Amerisleep (no emission production with inclusion of natural materials)

Read More: Great Organic Choices

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, and 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” can be used to improve air circulation

  • Latex Rubber – Environment friendly and durable


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 relieves pressure points, which has the potential to be useful for arthritis or back pain.


  • Pain Point and Pressure Relief

  • Distributes Weight Evenly

  • Can Be Cheaper than Foam or Coil Beds

  • Good for Allergies

  • Easy to Clean


  • Less Durable than Other Types

  • Needs to be Filled with Water

  • It’s Not for Everyone


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.

Illustration of an Air Bed


  • Portable and Easily Carried on a Trip

  • Easily Deployed (most of them come with an electric or hand pump)

  • Inexpensive


  • Not for Long-term Use

  • Cannot Replace a Proper Bed

Bed in a Box

Convenient and typically far more affordable than brands that have to deal with the overhead that comes with storefronts, bed in a box – which are mattresses ordered online – are an excellent solution for your bedding needs. You can order them from the comfort of your own home and have your new bed mailed directly to your door. Because most come with extended trial periods and standard warranties, they are a low-risk buy.

In addition, most of the top brands make them to order, so they are not sitting in warehouses for an extended time. Boxed beds are a relatively newer concept in the mattress industry, making it easier and more affordable than ever to have a great night’s rest.

Read more: Top Boxed Picks

Bunk Beds

Kids Playing on a Bunk Bed Illustration

If you know the criteria to look for, choosing the right bunk bed for your home can be easy. However, there are a few different considerations than a mattress that fits in a standard frame or that sits directly on the floor.

Things to keep in mind during your search include thickness, size, and firmness. Many frames for this style require something thinner, so make sure to get something that will provide enough support without bottoming out. Some companies also offer a range of firmnesses to fit this style, which can correspond to the preferred sleeping position.

Just think about who is using the bunk bed and what the best fit for that person looks like. We hope to make the process easier with our list of top brands and ratings.

Read more: Great Bunk Bed Picks


Buying a futon comes with many considerations, from budget to function. However, whether you are looking for an occasional sleeping space for guests or need to greatly maximize the functionality of in your personal room, there are a wealth of options out there to choose from.

Futons serve a dual purpose, meaning that it is important to purchase one that not only looks great, but something that accommodates sleeping and sitting positions. Choosing the right one can be the difference between feeling an uncomfortable frame underneath and spending the night in a deep, restful slumber.

Read more:

Comfortable Sleeper Sofa

A good sleeper sofa can make the most of your available space while hosting guests or having sleepovers. Having one piece of furniture that acts as two can help save space and add more overall value to your furniture set. There are a variety of styles out there, including many that simply fold down and others that pull out of a sturdy base.

It is imperative to pick a brand that is comfortable while functioning as a couch and a place to sleep. With a quality pick, you can get years of fantastic use out of it and it can be a worthwhile investment. With a variety of options on the market, you can have your pick of frame, style, and color.

Read more:


Illustration of a Camper in the Woods

In the market for a product that works in an RV or camper and looking for the right mix of convenience and comfort? Whether you travel frequently or take one or two trips a year, it is possible to get a lot of mileage out of a great product. While RV products aren’t always known for comfort, we have selected a handful of picks that could lead to your best night’s sleep on the road.

Many people have chosen to make RVing a lifestyle. If that is you, do not plan on sacrificing support and the adequate rest your body needs. Instead, pick the right type of material in the size you need, at the appropriate firmness level, and you may never want to go back to your bed at home!

Read more: Top-rated RV Mattresses

Smart Mattress

The internet  has made its way into nearly every corner of our lives, and it seems only natural that it would find its way to your new mattress. Those looking for cutting-edge technology, even when they sleep, have a host of new options—with more cropping up every day!

There are several new features common to what we expect from wellness wearables, such as health monitoring and sleep activity tracking. The idea behind a smart bed is that “knowledge is power” and the more you know about the way you breathe, sleep, and regulate your own body’s temperature, the more optimized your sleep experience can become.

Some smart mattresses are even moving beyond simple monitoring and are incorporating features that can adjust your bed’s temperature or even start brewing your coffee. How cool is that?

Read more: Top Smart Brands


Depending on a number of factors ranging from age to body shape to health conditions, you may find your sleep needs are highly specific, making it difficult to narrow down the correct mattress for your body without making significant compromises.

These compromises can be compounded if you sleep with a partner who has different preferences. A top customized mattress, especially one with a split feel or firmness makes it different on both sides. This may be something to consider if this sounds like you.

A number of different brands approach firmness and feel from a more individualized approach and can customize things such as firmness, responsiveness, and weight capacity to each customer. Several up and coming brands can be flipped or adjusted at home, without requiring the additional purchase of a topper or another additional layer.

Having a bed that can adjust with you is a huge advantage because so much in our life can change over the lifespan of a mattress, which can be decades long. Weight gains or losses, pregnancy (see our top picks), injuries, or the natural aging process can all change our mattress needs and if your mattress can change with you, you know you’ve made a solid investment.

Top Mattresses 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 position.

Back Sleepers

Contrary to belief, only 15% of the population are dedicated back sleepers. For some types of people this can even be a more  healthy position to rest in. When it comes to firmness, medium/medium-firm works very well here.

You can go a bit more on a firm side but going with softer feel can cause the bed to “hug” too much, which could cause pain in the long run if the spine falls out of alignment. As far as materials, foam, latex, or innerspring are great, but you may want to make sure to choose a product with good cooling properties. There is no single “best” product here, since a lot of this is up to personal preference.

Read More: Highest Rated Beds for Back Sleepers

Side Sleepers

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

If you prefer this position, try to aim for a medium or softer product as it can contour and adapt to your body, causing pressure relief where needed.

Read More: Top Side Sleeper Mattress Picks 

Stomach Sleepers

Although preferred by many, sleeping on your stomach can be considered harmful in many 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, comfortable mattress tends to be the best choice. If you choose plush products, your spine could curve, causing pain after some time.

Foam-based beds with firm feel are preferred by many, but a good innerspring or hybrid, and even latex, 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

Combination Sleepers

Very few individuals are committed to just one sleep position and prefer to switch back and forth between two or three favorites throughout the night. Whatever your preferred combination is, you’re going to need a versatile pick.

Combination sleepers should look for beds that advertise “universal” feels, especially ones that can offer a Medium-Firm feel as these typically offer the right blend of pressure-relieving comfort and support to accommodate most positions. You might also shop brands designed to help you reposition so that effort to roll over doesn’t wake you in the middle of the night.

Read more: Top Rated Beds for Combination Sleepers

Animated Gif Of a Combination Sleeper

Top Rated Mattresses 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.


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 or help it obtain a good rating? A short list includes:

  • 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 can be much better for this purpose, although picking this type can mean noise reduction. It all depends on what you value.

Read MoreThe 5 Best Beds for Sexually Active People

Heavy People

illustration of a couple with different body sizes relaxing on one bed

Larger or heavier people have slightly different needs. Due to more intense pressure caused by weight, you may 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


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 key features.

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

Heat Retention Levels

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

Traditional foams will sleep much hotter than coil or latex, and most hybrids were made to sleep cool. 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, gel, open cell, phase changing material, or something aerated.

Need Recommendations? See Our Favorite Cooling Beds for 2020


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 isolation means the other one may suffer and wake up all the time. Older steel coil construction often higher transfer but newer pocket coil designs perform much better.

  • 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.

  • It has to be good for sex – Obviously, you don’t want to grab a new bed and make love on the sofa.


woman sleeping in adjustable bed

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. The downside is that some models haven't historically looked so nice (which is definitely changing) and there are mechanisms that have the potential to break after some time. It’s still a fantastic choice for may suffering from lumbar or neck stiffness or pain.

Read More: Top Mattress Picks For Adjustable Beds

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 can opt for firmer products if you are a back or stomach sleeper or a heavier person looking for more support and less sagging.

It should help keep your spine from arching and your pelvis from sinking too deep. Mixing firm support with a pillow top or comfort layer can make the evening even more cozy.

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 generally need a firmer mattress to get the same feel as someone who is much lighter than you.

Support is absolute key for any mattress ever, but something that feels like a rock can cause unnecessary pain in the long run. Higher end soft feel beds can also provide enough support, cooling, and help with pressure points.

In most cases, side sleepers will want a softer feel, and a great example is memory foam. However, you probably will not want a softer feel if you are a strict stomach sleeper.

You can also alter the feel based on the frame. For example, a platform bed may seem a bit firmer than a more flexible base.

Illustration of a Woman Sleeping on Her Side on a Soft Mattress


For the athletes and active folks among us, those who train and want to make the most out of every minute of the day, whether awake or asleep, there are products with innovative materials and features that can help to boost recovery. And boosting recovery may even lead to an increase in overall performance.

While some brands tout specific gains for athletes, there are also other quality products that can offer everything from customization and cooling (perhaps good for some with high metabolisms!). Celliant, a material gaining popularity in this space and is currently undergoing testing, could help to turn the body’s energy back into infrared light for deeper rest and recovery.

Read more: Best Picks for Athletes

Light Sleepers

For light sleepers, sharing a bed with a restless child, partner, or pet can be misery if you don’t manage to select the right bed. Looking for the right set of features can help to ensure you are not jostled, shaken, or poked awake in the middle of the night by a stray elbow.

Brands with excellent motion isolation, such as hybrids with pocketed coils or all-foam constructions, can greatly reduce the amount of vibration that can transfer from a partner’s movement to your space. Also, brands with excellent edge support can increase the bed’s usable space so that you’re not crowded into the middle of the bed where you might feel movements more acutely.

Read more: Top Picks for Light Sleepers

Picks Based on Pricing Considerations

Budget (Affordable) Options

Not everyone has the budget for a top-of-the-line mattress. Many people think the word “budget” means they are going to get something cheap and useless. That is not always the case, especially with a boxed mattress that's shipped straight to your door.

Well priced products can be purchased during a Black Friday/Cyber Monday mattress promotion. And, historically, there are really big sales on great Amazon mattresses during that time.

When we put together our “Affordable” guide for you, we looked for the best value options we could find. We're confident you should be able to find a bed that meets your quality and pricing needs.

Read More: Our Top Cheap (Budget) Mattresses


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, giving you that premium hotel-like experience. High-end mattresses use premium materials that cheaper models cannot always 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.

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

Guest Room

Of course, you want to be able to invite guests into your home and offer them a fantastic night’s sleep, but mattresses installed in guest rooms do not face the same wear and tear as those that are occupied every night.

There are many more streamlined models and brands that can offer a terrific night for your guests while not breaking the bank. Many of the top companies offer entry-level options that should be ideal for this purpose, and several budget-conscious brands may also fit the bill nicely.

Read more: Best Bed Picks for a Guest Room

Recommendations by Sleeper Age

Babies and toddlers have different needs than adults or senior sleepers. It's a good idea to consider our loved ones so they can get a proper night’s sleep in their new bed.


Cribs or cots are the usual places where your baby can sleep. Choosing a healthy mattress 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 a slightly firmer surface.

  • Organic – You have the option of choosing products that have organic certificates. CertiPUR-US is another certification to look for (although this one is not necessarily organic).

  • Type – Any foam or coil option should be suitable.

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. Parents usually choose one of these three choices:

  • Twin – Good to start but you might need to upgrade in a few years

  • Twin XL – For taller kids

  • Full Bed – This should allow parents to not have to upgrade their child's sleeping space until their late teenage years
Kid Bed Sizes Illustration - twin, twin xl and full

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

Want More? Our Recommended Mattresses for Kids


Teen years are some of the most important for proper spine development. With that in mind, we all know the importance of a 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 doing research and investing in a good hypoallergenic pick.

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 an improper bed.

If you are around this age or if you are shopping for your parents, they might prefer that traditional innerspring feel. But, consider opting for a quality option if they are suffering from any condition or pain. Added comfort layers can be the difference between a pleasant and painful night.

Looking for specific products? See our 8 recommended beds for elderly sleepers.

Illustration of An Elderly Lady Sleeping Peacefully

Best Lists by Brand

If you have been shopping for a while or have seen advertisements, you may have a certain brand in mind.


PuraSleep is an American-made brand that offers a selection of memory foam products. The company’s focus extends to creating a hypoallergenic sleeping environment, and their foams incorporate plant-based materials that are sustainable. They claim their offering to the market has a lower carbon footprint than competitors in the same niche.

Their range of beds is CertiPUR-US® Certified and forego toxic glues for water-based adhesives. In addition, the brand prides itself on not having an off-gassing smell and products are delivered via free shipping.

We have compiled a round-up of their options, complete with summaries to help you see if there is one that could work best for you.

Read more: Top PuraSleep Picks

Serta iComfort

Well-known brand Serta has a line of iComfort mattresses in all-foam and hybrid (foam + coil mix) constructions. There are numerous beds in the line, with different firmness levels and feels. Yet, even though having a choice is amazing, you may need a bit more information to find out what works well for you.

The company has been around for a long time, and its trusted name inspires confidence in many mattress buyers. If you know you want a Serta but need guidance to make a final decision, check out the following link!

Read more: Best Serta iComfort Beds


Tempur-Pedic’s nearly instantly recognizable name has a wealth of quality products to back it up. They are a large distributor of beds and have been around for a few decades. Known for quality, the company tends to have a great reputation among consumers.

Tempur-Pedic’s quality is accompanied by an investment, and their line can take some analysis to find a good fit for each individual need and preference. With this in mind, we tried to help take the guesswork out of the process and created a guide for those interested in this brand.

Read more: Top Tempur-Pedic Options

Sizing Considerations

In this section, we break down the most common sizes you will run into on the market. We also have full articles on how they compare to each other, which you can find here:


A Twin size bed is usually a child’s next step after graduating from a traditional crib setup and this size can easily follow your kid throughout his or her life at home. If they are taller than average, a Twin XL size bed can be a good option, rather than a Twin size mattress, and this is also a popular size for frames typically found in university dorm rooms.

Adults that are pressed for space in their home may also appreciate the Twin’s ability to fit into tighter quarters, or for spaces that are super tight, you might even consider the Small Single size bed.

Find out more:


If your space is limited but you feel crowded in a Twin size, you may consider the benefits of a Full size bed. You could potentially share this space with a small child, infant, or even a partner. If you need extra legroom, a Full XL would give you approximately five extra inches at the end for you to use to stretch out.

If your room feels too cramped with a larger mattress, you may consider a Full size mattress as a possible alternative. This size, which is also commonly referred to as a “double bed,” is usually less expensive than the popular Queen Size.


A very popular size for couples and many adult singles is a Queen size bed, as it gives you a lot of surface area to spread in, plenty of legroom to stretch your feet, while not being so large that it crowds the average room space. Many mattress manufacturers are also offering a specialty size called an “Olympic Queen” that adds an extra 6 inches to the width. This may not seem like much, but if you sleep with a partner who is an active sleeper or a pet that dreams of chasing squirrels, that 6 inches added to a queen size mattress may be necessary to keep you sleeping soundly.

Find Out More: Top Rated Queen Size


This is typically the largest size available and is roughly the size of two Twin XLs placed side by side. If you sleep with a partner and want to truly maximize your space, this is probably the bed for you if the dimensions of your room allow for its size.

The King size bed is not only the largest, but it almost always is the most expensive, and you should keep in mind that any accessories you may select—sheets, mattress protectors, or toppers—will also be pricier than their smaller counterparts. If you like to share your bed with a partner, kids, and pets, however, the King size mattress may be the only route you want to go.

Find Out More: Top Rated King Size

California King

Sometimes called a “Western King,” the California King size bed got its name due to its popularity on the West Coast, and at 84 inches long, it is the longest standard size mattress currently sold on the market. If you are exceptionally tall and require a lot of space to sprawl, this size may be ideal for you and your partner.

You should know, however, that this size is four inches narrower than the regular King and you are getting the exact same amount of overall surface area. Because it takes the exact same amount of materials to produce a California King size mattress, this size is typically the exact same price as the regular.

Learn more: Highest Rated California King Picks

Mattress Research & Ratings – Our System


Illustration of Giving Money for Mattress

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 to mid-range 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 sometimes 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 can be a different vote for everyone. You 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 may feel uncomfortable even if the firmness is spot on for you. On the flip-side, if a product doesn’t provide enough support, it may not be comfortable in the long run.


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 usually need to go with a bit firmer options to get the same feel, while lighter sleepers can choose a more plush option. This is also sommewhat a subjective parameter, which is good to note.

Firmness Scale 1-10


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 may 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 2020, 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 incredibly important. It is important to be reputable and provide good customer service. This is what we look for:

  • Customer Reviews – Positive customer feedback is powerful, as well as 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.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

While sales come and go throughout the year, the best time to buy a new mattress is when you need one. Most will last up to 10 years with some longer or a lifetime warranty. We don’t ever want you to feel like you need to tough it out on an old mattress to save a few bucks, which is why we share our discounts whenever they’re available.

Read more: Best Time to Buy a Bed

What are the most important considerations?

If all of the different variables seem overwhelming, keep in mind that like dating, there probably isn’t just one unicorn mattress out there for you, and you could be happy on a variety of them. To get started, consider what you like and what you’re missing in your current bed, and go from there.

How do I compromise with my partner so we both sleep well?

With the right choice, neither you or your partner should have to compromise. We recommend choosing a bed with good motion isolation, a little bounce, and cooling features to help you both sleep soundly. Once you know what matters to you both, look for a bed with the best of both worlds.

Which Mattress Brands are Best in Canada?

While many of our favorite online mattress companies are US based, there are plenty of options for Canadian sleepers as well, and the best news is you can avoid racking up customs charges by going with a Canada-based brand. Some of our favorites are the Douglas and Endy brands, which are both all-foam models that should go easy on the budget.

Take a look at our list of highest-rated Canada mattresses and choose between 17 picks with various features.

Keep in mind that many US brands will ship to Canada, but you’ll want to watch out for those customs charges at the border.


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.

We're hoping that this guide was comprehensive enough for you to make your choice now. Research a bit more if you have to, and read our reviews and comparisons to get a clear picture. Then, let us know your vote!

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. 🙂

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