What makes the highest quality mattress stand out from the rest? Is it the material, construction, comfort or just the price point? I think you will agree with me when I say there is no perfect product that will suit everyone.
Teenagers will have different needs than adults and seniors, and stomach sleepers will have completely different preference than let’s say back sleepers.
With that in mind, we came up with the definitive roundup of the top rated mattress brands for 2017. 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.
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Our 9 Best Rated Beds Comparison
|Loom & Leaf||Memory Foam||Medium and Firm||2” Gel Foam, 2.5” memory foam, 2” polyurethane and 5.5” support foam||$$$$|
|Leesa||Custom Foam||Medium||2” Avena + 2” memory and 6” of support foam||$$$|
|Saatva||Coil (Pillow Top)||Soft, Medium and Firm||2” Pillow top (Euro Style), 4” pocketed + 7” of support coils||$$$$|
|Alexander Hybrid||Hybrid||Soft, Medium and Firm||4” of Gel, 1” of Visco, 2” of Transitional and 4” of support foam||$$$$|
|Purple||Advanced Elastic Foam||Medium-Firm||2” Elastic Polymer, 3.5” Polyurethane and 4” Support Foam||$$$|
|Layla||Memory Foam||Two Sides (Soft and Firm)||3” Copper Infused foam, 6” of support and another 1” of firmer memory foam||$$$|
|Amerisleep Liberty||Memory Foam||Medium||3” of Memory, 2” Poly and 7” of Support Foam||$$$$|
|Brooklyn Bedding||Custom Foam (similar to Latex)||Soft, Medium and Firm||2x 2” Titan Flex and 6” of Base Foam||$$$|
|DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams 12" Supreme Gel||Memory Foam||Multiple Firmness Levels||1.5” Gel, 2.5” of Memory and 8” of Support Foam||$$|
Loom & Leaf
- Luxury Materials
- High Density Foam
- 12” Thick with Four Layers
- Plant Based Organic Materials
- Made in the USA
OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10
Three years ago, Saatva launched its sister company Loom & Leaf to compete for the thriving memory foam market. And they have done such a wonderful job with this high-quality and luxury product. The L&L cover uses only the best, organic materials and custom high-density foams that provide exceptional structure, support, and comfort.
It comes with two firmness levels, medium-firm and firm, so you have two options to choose from. It doesn’t provide traditional “hug” that you would get with ordinary memory foam, but it still contours to your body nicely. It’s suitable for any sleeping position.
Obviously, we can’t call any single mattress as “best” but L&L definitely provides a balanced, luxury feel with amazing value.
- Custom “Avena” Cooling Foam
- 10” Thick with three layers
- Medium Firmness
- Exceptional Value
- USA Based Company
OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10
Leesa is a company that engages in a lot of charity work and donates one in every ten beds they sell. The product itself is considered an all-foam hybrid. At 10” thickness, you can expect it to be as supportive as a much thicker option, suitable even for heavier people. Avena is their trademark material (similar to latex). It has fantastic airflow and cooling properties, unlike cheaper foam products. On a firmness scale of 1-10, Leesa is around 6.
Overall, It’s really hard to beat the support and comfort Leesa provides at this price. You can expect to pay 3-4 times more in a store for this quality which makes this an offer that’s hard to beat.
- Premium Materials
- 11.5 – 14.5” Thick with 5 layers
- High-Quality Coils and Foam
- Multiple Firmness Levels
- Organic Cotton Cover
- Made in the USA
OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10
While everyone else is competing for foam mattress market, Saatva took a different approach. Most people are hesitant to buy an innerspring bed these days since foam offers much better support and contouring. Saatva solved that problem by combining the two, ending up with this pillow-top hybrid. Coil-on-Coil system of springs provides fantastic cooling and edge support while memory foam and Euro-style pillow top provide exceptional comfort.
It comes with multiple firmness levels (plush, medium, and firm) and two thickness variations (11.5” and 14.5”). Choosing a more thick option doesn’t provide any significant change in the way it sleeps so it’s purely aesthetic.
Overall, Saatva is one of the best beds you can buy these days. If you want a luxury mattress with great cooling properties, support, and durability, it’s just perfect for you.
Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid
- True Hybrid
- 13” Thick with four layers
- Luxury Quality and Design
- Good bounce and breathability
- Two firmness levels
- USA Made
OVERALL RATING: 9.2 out of 10
If you are looking for a true hybrid bed (coils+foam) this is the product for you. 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 comes with two firmness levels (medium and luxury firm). If you want a very cool feel (copper helps a lot with this), great comfort, hug, and support, you won’t be disappointed with Alexander hybrid.
- Innovative (hyperelastic) Material
- 9.5” with three layers
- Minimal Motion transfer
- USA Based
OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10
If you can’t make up your mind between coil and foam, consider choosing an innovative material from Purple. It’s a hyperelastic polymer similar to latex by most properties. At 9.5” you would think that it’s too thin, but it provides more than enough support, even more than some 12” beds. The cover is made of polyester and lycra, and it’s breathable and looks very nice and modern.
The top layer (hyperelastic polymer) provides fantastic support for any sleeping position. Even if you are a stomach sleeper, you won’t feel unsupported. Air pockets, designed for improved air-flow make this bed very cool. It also has low motion transfer, so both you and your partner will enjoy it.
If you want good bounce, cooling, comfort and a product that’s healthy and innovative, give Purple a go, you will be amazed.
- Copper Infused Foam
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Two Sides (Firm and Soft)
- No Odors
- Lifetime Guarantee
- Made in the US
OVERALL RATING: 8.7 out of 10
Layla is one of the most innovative memory foam based beds. With copper-infused foam and ThermoGel 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 also helps with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, and it should also improve blood flow.
Layla is 10” thick with three layers (3” of high-density, copper infused soft side, 1” of thicker foam on the other side and 6” of the convoluted base layer). They are the first “bed in a box” company that offers a lifetime guarantee for their product. They donate part of their income to homeless shelters in San Francisco area with plans to expand nationwide.
If you are not sure if you like soft or firm feel, you may just flip the mattress and enjoy a completely different feel. If you take into consideration the material and built quality, comfort and cooling properties, Layla is, for a reason, one of our top picks this year.
- Advanced Foam
- 13” Thick with three layers
- Celliant Cover
- True Medium Feel
- Good Cooling and Response
- US Company
OVERALL RATING: 8.6 out of 10
Amerisleep is a company that’s been around for over ten years. They have 5 different products in their portfolio, but we wanted to include Liberty as our #1 choice from their portfolio. The mattress itself is constructed with three layers, 13” thick in total.
The cover is made with celliant fiber technology, providing better circulation, muscle growth and recovery. It also looks modern and sleek. BioPur is an advanced memory foam, designed to provide better airflow and cooling.
On a firmness scale, it falls around 5.5-6 (out of 10) which makes it true medium, suitable for side and back sleepers. People who prefer to sleep on their stomach should consider Revere or Americana instead.
Amerisleep offers several products for different needs, and almost everyone will be able to find a suitable mattress, provided you like memory foam feel because all their options are based on this type.
- TitanFlex Foam
- 10” with three layers
- Three Firmness Options
- Better Cooling than Latex
- US Based Company
OVERALL RATING: 7.7 out of 10
After 20 years of experience in this industry, Brooklyn Bedding decided to launch a new and improved version of their bed called #BestMattressEver. It’s 10” thick, constructed with three layers of custom (TitanFlex) polyurethane foam as the first and second layer. It’s different than other types of foams and offers improved bounce, comfort, cooling and response.
If you are looking for different firmness options, you are all set with this product as you can choose between three levels (soft, medium and firm). If you are unsure, just go with the medium one.
Overall, we are impressed by the quality and comfort of TitanFlex material. It’s even more durable and sleeps cooler than latex, which is hard to beat. All this, with an impressive price tag, 3-5 times lower than you would get from competition in a store.
DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams 12″ Supreme Gel (Best Budget Option)
- Fantastic Budget Option
- Organic Bamboo and Cotton cover
- Cooling Gel
- True Medium Feel
- Made In the USA
OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10
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. As with most products of this type, bounce and response are not that great, but if you don’t care too much about this, it’s not a huge downside.
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.
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.
This is hands down the most popular type for average sleepers. Because of that, three of our top picks are from this category. It has a familiar hug feel and it contours perfectly to your body providing fantastic pain and pressure point relief. The biggest upside also creates a big downside, and that’s sleeping hot. New and advanced constructions solved this problem with gel and open cell construction, allowing more air to pass through.
- Good pressure point relief
- Nice and Memorable feel
- Good hug and contouring
- Motion isolation
- 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)
Our Top Pick: Loom & Leaf
Read More: 9 Highest Rated Memory Foam Mattress Picks
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.
- Edge Support
- Good Bounce
- Does not conform that well
- No “hug” feel
These beds are best for people who want traditional coil feel, good support, and durability that will last for years.
Example: Saatva (some would call it a pillow top hybrid)
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)
- Great Cooling
- Good Bounce
- Expensive (especially natural)
If you sleep hot and are looking for a good and durable bed that’s also good for the environment and of course if you can afford it, you won’t be sorry if you go with latex.
Our Pick: Zenhaven
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.
The most popular combinations are:
Coil + Memory or Latex foam. You get fantastic durability, bounce, and cooling from innerspring and contouring and hug from foam. Example: Nest Alexander.
Coil + Pillow Top which provides more comfort and relief for pressure points caused by the firmness of coil beds. An example would be Saatva.
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.
- Better sleep experience than with a single type
- Great support
- Premium Feel
- Usually More expensive than normal models
This is a subcategory considering most other materials can be organic. But, since many people are looking for organic and eco-friendly mattress options without chemicals, we wanted to include it on our list. Back in the 1970’s the US law stated that all beds must contain flame retardants to prevent accidental cigarette caused fires. These days, there are way fewer smokers than back then, and people are looking for clean and chemical-free products.
Mattresses are graded as 0-100% organic, meaning that if it’s 0%, it’s not natural at all. The closer you get to 100%, the more you will have to pay. The most eco-friendly materials are plant based memory foam, latex and to a degree coil with organic pillow top.
- Good for the environment
- Good for your health
- Costs considerably more
Example: Amerisleep (no emission production with natural materials)
Advanced and Custom Foam
Since the invention of memory foam, manufacturers have experimented with other types of foams, especially those based on latex and polyurethane to battle the heat retention. Apart from different base materials, they also tested different shapes and changing the manufacturing process to improve airflow, durability, bounce while keeping the hug and contouring. Here are the most common types of foam:
- Polyurethane – Usually serves as a base for most mattresses
- Convoluted Foam – Also known as “egg crate foam” used to improve air circulation
- Latex Rubber – Environment friendly and durable.
- Leesa – Avena (similar to latex but more durable)
- Purple – Hyper Elastic Polymer
This an interesting and unconventional type. The main feature is that waterbeds use water instead of foam or coils to give it structure and provide comfort and pain relief. Water distributes your weight evenly, and reliefs pressure points, which is especially useful for arthritis or back pain.
- Pain point and pressure relief
- Distributes weight evenly
- 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
We created a detailed guide about waveless water mattresses so make sure to check it out if you want to know more about this type.
Here is our #1 Pick: The InnoMax GD800
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.
- Portable and easily carried on a trip
- Easily deployed (most of them come with an electric or hand pump)
- Not for long term use
- Can not replace proper bed
Our #1 Choice: SoundAsleep Dream Series
Want to see more? See the 10 Top Rated Inflatable Air Beds and why we chose them
Contrary to belief, only 15% of the population are dedicated back sleepers. It’s also considered the healthiest one. When it comes to firmness, medium is the way to go here. You can go a bit more on a firm side but going with softer feel will cause the bed to “hug” too much, causing pain in the long run.
As far as materials, foam or latex are great but make sure to choose a product with good cooling properties. There is no single “best” product here, since most medium-firm ones fall into this category.
Read More: Highest Rated Beds for Back Sleepers
Side 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
Although preferred by many, sleeping on your stomach is considered harmful in most cases. But, if you prefer this position, you can make your sleeping experience much more pleasant by choosing the proper bedding. Support is the number one concern for you here and choosing a firmer mattress is the best choice here. If you choose plush products, your spine will curve, causing pain after some time.
Foam based beds with firm feel are preferred, but good innerspring or hybrid can also serve you well too. One thing to note is that you will most likely need a thinner pillow than normal to make your spine as straight as possible.
Read More: Top Beds For Stomach Sleepers
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.
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?
- Great Bounce
- Low Noise
- Edge Support
- Comfort (you still need to sleep on it after)
Traditionally, memory foam wasn’t considered very good for making love since it didn’t have almost any bounce and it had a slow response. Advanced and custom foams solved this issue, but latex and coil beds are much better for this purpose.
Read More: The 5 Best Beds for Sexually Active 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.
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.
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.
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 2017
With the invention of new and lighter materials, adjustable beds are now more affordable, durable and comfortable. The main feature is that you can adjust it any way you want. This is especially useful for certain conditions such as back pain and snoring. Back in the day, this type of bed was used primarily by older adults, but these days almost anyone can use it.
You can use it for an afternoon nap, relaxation time or when watching TV. “Zero gravity” body position allows for natural spine alignment for better pain relief. Of course, this is not a typical bed that you can use for a longer period, and it can not replace a standard mattress. The downside would be that it doesn’t look that nice most of the time and mechanism can break after some time. It’s still a fantastic choice for anyone suffering from lumbar or neck stiffness or pain.
Recommended Pick: Coming soon
If you have already decided which type of mattress and firmness level you would prefer and you know what kind of sleeper you are, you just need to select the right product. You should opt for firmer products if you are a back or stomach sleeper or a heavier person looking for more support and less sagging. It will keep your spine from spine from arching and your pelvis from sinking too deep. Usually, it’s better to go with firm support and soft pillow top or a 2” layer of foam for at least a bit of “hug” feel.
Your body and weight will play an important role in the overall feel. If you are a heavier person, you will need a more firm mattress to get the same feel as someone who is much lighter than you. Support is absolute key for any mattress, but you don’t want too much of it because it can cause unnecessary pain in the long run. Higher end soft feel beds can also provide enough support, cooling and it helps with pressure points. In most cases, side sleepers will want a softer feel, and that’s usually memory foam. You don’t want one if you are a stomach sleeper.
Recommended Beds for Specific Medical Conditions
Specific conditions require different bedding materials and firmness levels. We researched and selected the most common conditions that can be cured or prevented using proper mattresses.
If you are suffering from back pain, night can be one of the only time of the day that brings relief. It’s usually a secondary result of some other underlying condition or disease such as arthritis, scoliosis or kyphosis. When it comes to sleep, the most important thing is support. Note that firmer doesn’t equal more support nor does it mean that softer feel bed is less supportive. Comfort is an important factor because you want those pressure points to rest during the night and proper spine alignment is a must.
We recommend slightly firmer medium feel mattress with good air flow. Gel memory foam or hybrid type is perfect, but latex is an option too.
Generally diagnosed in teenagers, scoliosis is an abnormal spine curvature that can cause pain in the long run if left untreated. Pain usually appears in the lumbar region and can be more intense after a long walk or improper bedding surface. Side or back is much better than stomach sleeping so consider changing your habits if you are suffering from this condition.
As far as the material and feel, medium-firm innerspring or hybrid beds are very popular, but memory foam proves to provide much-needed comfort and pain relief.
Read More: Our Mattress Picks for People with Scoliosis
Arthritis 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.
Most of us experienced it at least once in our life. Waking up with neck pain once in awhile is not a cause for concern. But, if the problem persists, and if you drag this condition for months, first you need to get a doctor’s exam and if everything is ok, consider adopting or changing your bedding. Most of the time pillows are the cause, but saggy and old mattresses can also cause neck stiffness.
The most important thing is that your sleep surface supports your spine and neck. Without enough support, even firm beds will cause problems. Sleeping on your stomach with a thick pillow is also one of the major causes of this issue. In some cases, you can even consider sleeping without a pillow.
Hip pain, much like your back can indicate a series of other issues and conditions. Make sure to check everything with your doctor before purchasing a new bed. You will most likely experience this issue if you are sleeping on your side on a firm bed without a proper hug. Traditional coil beds aren’t good if you are suffering from hip pain, but hybrids and foam products are perfect due to better contouring to your body.
People suffering from this chronic autoimmune disease can experience severe fatigue, insomnia and constant feel of tiredness. Other common symptoms are sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. A combination of exercise, medications and proper sleeping surface will relieve almost all symptoms. Pressure points are very important here, and you will need a bed with enough support while providing good hug and contouring. As you all know, memory foam (or any other custom or advanced foam) is much better for this purpose.
Not only that it’s annoying for your partner, but snoring can also lead to more serious conditions. Slightly elevating your head while sleeping can reduce snoring and increase air flow. But, it’s not healthy for your spine and neck to sleep on a thick pillow. Sleep Number created a technology that allows you to adjust the height of your bed with a push of a button. Other manufacturers followed, and nowadays you have many adjustable beds to choose from. We have created a complete article with the roundup of the best anti snore beds, so make sure to check them out.
Top Picks By Budget
Not every one of us will have the budget for the top of the line mattresses. We recommend, if possible, to go at least above $500 but if you have to go below that, you can find several fantastic choices for that amount too.
With the advancement of technology and invention of new materials, it’s becoming cheaper to manufacture good mattresses at a cheaper price. Even though we recommend that you aim for $650-1000 range for a durable and comfortable bed, you can find many under $500 that will serve you well for years.
The main difference between budget and high-end products is the foam density and material quality. This means that more expensive ones will sag less and be more durable while providing more comfort and support. With that being said, in most cases, it doesn’t mean that the difference is that huge and most ordinary users will be able to find a good product around or below $500 range.
Our Top Choice: DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Supreme Gel
This is an ideal budget range where you will find most quality products online. Don’t expect to find one in a store for this price though. As far as types, you will find many foam and coil beds on the market, but if you are aiming for latex, you might need to go a bit over $1000 for that. You will find a perfect balance of value for your money, quality, warranty, and comfort. For this price range, it’s clearly the best mattress for the money.
Our #1 Choice: Leesa
$1000 to 2000 is the premium range if you are shopping online. It also means you will get the best quality mattresses from reputable companies with good customer support, warranty, and luxury materials. Natural Latex beds also fall in this range, and you will most likely have to go well above $1000 to buy one. Luxury hybrids or advanced cooling foam construction is the most common type in this price range. You are definitely getting 3-4x more value when shopping online, and I wouldn’t even consider stores these days. You can find plenty products online for every need.
#1 Pick: Loom & Leaf
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.
Cribs or Cots are the usual places where your baby can sleep. Choosing a healthy mattress without chemicals and flame retardants is paramount to ensure your baby’s safety. There is also a concern of sudden infant death syndrome caused by the soft sleeping surface. With all that in mind, here are a few things to consider:
- Dimensions – Choose standard dimensions of 28” width and 52” length
- Firmness – It’s healthy for your baby to sleep on slightly firmer surface
- Organic – Choose products that have organic certificate such as Certi-Pur (not mandatory but recommended)
- Type – Any foam or coil option will be suitable
Read more about baby beds and choose the one that suits your budget range and baby.
Toddlers and Kids
When your baby outgrows their crib, it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bed to allow more space for a growing child. You have three choices here:
- Twin – Good to start but you might need to upgrade in a few years
- Twin XL – For taller kids
- Full Bed – If you want to have peace of mind and so you don’t have to upgrade until their late teenage years
Fast growing children need proper spine alignment and support is of utmost importance during this age. If your child is old enough, you can notice how they act on different firmness beds and decide if you should go with firmer or plush options.
Want More? Our Recommended Mattresses for Kids
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).
Seniors (Elderly People)
Of course, we must not forget our senior readers here. After the age of 55, you might notice increased back ache or joint pain. Sometimes it’s caused by conditions such as arthritis or sciatica, but in some cases, it’s just improper bed. If you are around this age or if you are shopping for your parents, they might prefer that traditional innerspring feel (most of the people slept on such mattresses back in the day). But, consider opting for a hybrid if you (or they) are suffering from any condition or pain. Added foam layer can be the difference between a pleasant and painful night.
Mattress Ratings- Our System
Higher price doesn’t necessarily mean higher value and the other way around. You can buy a $400 bed that has huge value because you can compare it to a product priced at $800 with similar performance and quality. A great value mattress costs less than the competition but it can be compared to higher tier products.
Sometimes, companies invest a lot of money on marketing and inflate the prices of their products. We only grade what you get for your money. This means that our mattress rating compares each product to their competitors to determine if the increase in value is justified or just inflated through marketing.
Material Quality and Layers
Most lower-end products will have fewer layers (usually two or three) compared to higher tiers (four to six layers). Higher priced mattresses also have transitional and cooling layers for better comfort and heat distribution.
Material quality is something most people disregard. For example, you might be tempted to say “all foams are similar.” This isn’t entirely true since traditional and older technology of producing polyurethane or memory foam is completely different than modern open-cell or gel foams.
When it comes to latex, you can stumble upon a cheaper product that has great properties on paper, but the truth is that it can not compare to proper latex products.
Organic beds are very popular these days, and you must consider this when purchasing because it can increase the price. In the end, it’s up to you to decide if you need these extra features and properties and how much you want to invest in a good night’s sleep.
Comfort and Feel
These are subjective, and it’s different for everyone. I might enjoy a firmer surface while someone else will prefer a softer feel. Some people will prefer a nice “hug” and contouring of memory foam, while others prefer traditional coil feel with faster response and less sinkage. Since we can not determine your preference, it’s up to you to decide what kind of feel you prefer.
Comfort is also subjective, but it’s a bit more palpable. On a bed without proper support, you will feel uncomfortable even if the firmness is spot on for you. So, if we determine that a product doesn’t provide enough support, it can not be comfortable in the long run, and we will not include it in our top 10 list.
For this purpose, we use a scale of 1-10 (one being the softest, and ten being the firmest). Determining the mattress firmness is necessary so you can choose based on your preferred feel. Heavier people will need to go with a bit firmer options to get the same feel, while lighter sleepers can choose a more plush option. It’s somewhat subjective parameter but using this scale can be very precise, and you can easily order online without going to the store.
One of the most important selling points these days is certainly cooling. If you are a larger, heavier sleeper or you just sleep hot, this will be the determining factor. We already discussed this in the first couple paragraphs when we talked about materials and types. For the mattress roundup of 2017, 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.
The reputation of the company is a major factor for our review scale. A company must be at least eight months on the market to make it on our top 10 list. This gives us enough time to test and check consumer reviews. It’s also not too long, so we don’t miss on great emerging mattress brands. This is what we look for:
- Aggressive and Questionable Marketing – If the company is using aggressive and spammy ways of promoting their products, we will rate it lower.
- Customer Reviews – Positive customer feedback will score a company higher on our scale. We use a combination of social media and individual reports submitted to us directly. Anything else can be easily manipulated.
- Customer Support – Like with the point above, we want to make sure that only the brands with good support that make their customers happy make it on our list.
- Legal Manipulation – Any brands using lawsuits and legal loopholes to hurt competition will be excluded for good.
- Above and Beyond – We love companies which return part of the profit back to the community in terms of charity work and donations. This is what we do as well, and it’s a strong signal of company integrity.
- Warranty and Return Rate – It’s important that the company honors the warranty period and that they ship a replacement as soon as possible if needed. Companies rarely disclose return rates but sometimes we can get that information, and it will count for overall score.
As you can see, there is no such thing as the “ultimate mattress” that will suit everyone in every situation. We have to consider the age, sleeping position, medical conditions and other preferences to be able to choose a particular type, material, and ultimately the mattress brand. I’m hoping that this guide was comprehensive enough for you to make your choice now. One thing is sure, don’t buy it in a store or you will just end up getting ripped off. Research a bit more if you have to, read our reviews and comparisons to get a clear picture.
We would love to hear from you if you have any questions so don’t hesitate to drop us a message or just comment here. 🙂
Author: Mark Reddick
When I’m not learning about sleep, you can find me watching “the big game” with my friends. I absolutely love sports and have grown to follow the rest aspect in athletes. Modern technology allows us to track athletes sleep and rest, which in turn helps predict their performance.
I hope that everyone that finds our site takes a new approach to sleep. The world needs to stop thinking about it as something “we just do”, but rather something that allows us “to do everyday.”
Cheers to having the best sleep of your life!