Our Top 11 Highest Rated Mattress Brands in 2018

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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 a 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:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • OEKO-TEX®
  • 365-Night Trial
  • Forever 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 love the Nectar.

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 we believe it excels for side sleepers. 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.

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

Layla (True Memory Foam Feel)

Highlights:

  • Double-Sided (Medium-Soft and Firm)
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Night Trial
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Made in the USA

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.

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 Hybrid (Best Hybrid)

Highlights:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 100-Night Trial
  • Lifetime Comfort Guarantee
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

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 reviewed 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:

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

Casper is probably the most well known bed-in-a-box company the last few years, and for good reason. Their mattress is an extremely comfortable product.

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, whether on their back, stomach, side, or a combination; 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:

  • Dual-Sided
  • Organic Cotton Cover
  • OEKO-TEX® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 20-Year Warranty
  • Made in the USA

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:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 15-Year Warranty
  • Charity Initiatives
  • 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 great support and contouring. Saatva solved that problem by combining the two, ending up with this pillow-top hybrid. A 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:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 120-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • 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 reviewed 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 and hard-pressed to find a single mattress that feels cooler than this one to the touch. And it doesn’t stop with the cover. We can confidently say we don’t believe you will overheat.

The Brooklyn Aurora is a dream come true for 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:

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

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 much 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:

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

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:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • 101-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • 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 Supreme 12″ Gel (Best Budget Option)

Highlights:

  • CertiPUR-US® Certified
  • OEKO-TEX® Certified
  • 120-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • 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, some 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.

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.

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. See the rest of our top picks here.

Pillow Top

Coil + Pillow Top which provides more comfort and relief for pressure points caused by the firmness of coil beds. 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 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 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

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 relieves 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

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
  • Cannot replace 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 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 shipped 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

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 that fits a slimmer profile. 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.

Read more: Great Bunk Bed Picks

Futon

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: Great Futon Picks

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: Best Sleeper Sofas

RV

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 of Things, sometimes called the IoT, has made its way into every corner of our lives, and it seems only natural that it would find its way to your 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, 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: Coming soon!

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, which could cause 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 could curve, causing pain after some time.

Foam-based beds with firm feel are preferred by many, 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

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: Coming soon!

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. It all depends on what you value.

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.

Read More: 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 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 help with pressure points. In most cases, side sleepers will want a softer feel, and that’s usually memory foam. You probably will not want a softer feel if you are a strict stomach sleeper.

Athletes

For the athletes and active folks among us, for 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: Coming soon!

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 helped, or perhaps 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.

Read More: Best Choices for Back Pain Sufferers

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.

Read More: Great Choices for People with Arthritis

Neck Pain

Some of us experience 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 adapting 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 may be perfect due to increased 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) tends to be 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.

Sleep Apnea

The population of people suffering from sleep apnea is growing every day as more individuals are going to their doctor seeking relief from symptoms of snoring and overwhelming fatigue. If not properly managed, this condition can lead to much more serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.

Though only your doctor can best advise how to manage this condition, a good mattress may also help alleviate symptoms and improve your rest. Mattresses that can accommodate side or stomach sleeping while properly aligning your spine may help your airways remain clear. Options compatible with adjustable bases may also open up more effective sleep positions.

Read more: Coming soon!

Insomnia

There are many factors that can keep you awake at night and contribute to insomnia, and talking to your doctor is the best way to help examine your symptoms. However, if you suspect your mattress might be to blame, there are several features to look for to help alleviate the most common forms of night-time restlessness.

First, you may try shopping for picks that offer exceptional pressure relief as uncomfortable pressure points can inhibit good circulation and keep you awake. Also, if temperature is an underlying cause, you may look for options designed to regulate their own temperature so you don’t overheat.

Read more: Coming soon!

Allergies and Asthma

Exposure to molds, mildews, dust mites, or chemical irritants can all trigger an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. Traditional innersprings can create a haven for dust accumulation, and old-fashioned memory foams can be a hotbed for unwanted chemicals. Thankfully, more modern companies have come up with special features that can reduce exposure to unwanted triggers.

Look for foams that are certified to the CertiPUR-US® or comparable standards and more eco-friendly materials that can cut down on chemical treatments. Pocketed coils, foams infused with antimicrobial additives like copper, graphite, or green tea, and all-natural latex beds can all help reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction.

Read more: Coming soon!

Picks Based on Pricing Considerations

Budget (Affordable) Options

Not every one of us will have the budget for the top of the line mattresses. Many people think the word “budget” means they are going to get something cheap and useless. That’s simple not true, especially with a boxed mattress that’s shipped straight to your door.

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

Read More: Our Top Cheap (Budget) Mattresses

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.

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 are perfect for this purpose, and several budget-conscious brands may also fit the bill nicely.

Read more: Coming soon!

grandparents and their grandchildren

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 a slightly firmer surface
  • Organic – Choose products that have organic certificates (not mandatory but recommended). CertiPUR-US is another certification to look for (although not necessarily organic).
  • 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 an 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 layers can be the difference between a pleasant and painful night.

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

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

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

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

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. 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 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 lists.

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 a somewhat subjective parameter, which is good to note.

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

  • 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.
  • 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. We’re hoping that this guide was comprehensive enough for you to make your choice now. 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 hanging out with my wife and close friends.

I absolutely love entrepreneurship and learning how to improve yourself daily. We only get one life, and I want to make it the best one possible.

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 every day.”

18 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 🙂

  5. Reply
    Kimberly Taylor April 12, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I was wondering, which mattress has a better cooling technology, Nectar or Layla? Also,are they ok for a pregnant women? I’m in my first trimester and can’t stand all that sweating.

    • Reply
      Sharon April 19, 2018 at 11:03 am

      They’re both very good and popular. There are some differences, but if it’s only cooling technology that you are interested in, I don’t think it matters.

  6. Reply
    Brian April 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I recently bought Saatva and I would recommend it to everyone. It is pricey, indeed, but hey, a mattress isn’t something that you should economize with.

  7. Reply
    Arthur DeMarco April 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I like your tip that not all materials are created equal for mattresses. My parents always told me you should invest in anything that holds you up off the ground. A mattress is definitely in that category, so I’d recommend paying a little more. Almost all of your health is affected by your sleep after all.

  8. Reply
    James P May 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Struggling to narrow down between a Nectar, Amerisleep AS3, Leesa. Just need some direction. I’m 75% back 25% side sleeper. 5’11” 155lbs. Typically get pain in my shoulder area and lower to tail bone. SOS help meeee

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    Travis Waltz May 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    James I’ve been on a nectar for the last two months. It is EXTREMELY firm. Great support for back and stomach sleeping but if you sleep side I would go another route. I wake up with dead arms constantly. And I’m 5’11” 200lbs. At your weight you are just going laying on concrete.

  10. Reply
    Monica May 28, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I just bought Helix. I loved the fact that it can be customized to meet your needs perfectly. And so it did. I’m very happy.

    • Reply
      Ann Smith June 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      My husband says he sleeps a bit hot, but I’m in love with that mattress! I could sleep forever.

  11. Reply
    Carol June 3, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Ian a 71 year old woman with a 65 year old husband. We both have a lot of health issues along with sleeping differences that make it difficult to find a bed. A big factor is that we are both overweight…..I’m about 325 lbs. and he is about 315 I see. He is always cold and I am too warm. We both have sleep apnea and need cpap machines to sleep so we use a couple of pillows each. We both have bad lower back issues, bad knees, bad shoulders, he has bad hips, I have bad knees and neck. As you can see, we are shot.

    We purchased a Crown Jewel mattress and box spring about 15 years ago and have needed two replacement mattresses due to the stitching coming undone….but in the process, they were indented on both sides and the edges were broken down especially on my side…..I am short and needed a step to get high enough to reach the bed, and I sit on the side of the bed frequently.

    We paid almost $1300 fifteen years ago. I am not sensitive about my obesity and clearly stated that I needed something durable that could withstand my weight….which at that time was 450 lbs and at first we absolutely LOVED the bed. We didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning ! We can’t afford “top of the line” since we are both disabled with very limited income at this juncture but we have to do something. I’ve been hearing about the I-comfort bed but have no idea if it would even be worth the money IF we could scrape it up.

    I am sorry for the long winded “comment” but I have no idea who I can ask and trust. Would you have any advice/input for our dilemma ? It would be appreciated very much. Thank you for any help you could give. Carol

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings June 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Carol. You may find the information you need our Best Mattress for Heavy Sleepers by clicking that link. There’s a lot of great mattresses on that list, but feel free to check back if you have additional questions.

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