MATTRESS REVIEWS – OUR TOP PICKS REVEALED

Thinking about buying a new mattress? How hard can it be, right?

If you do a bit of research, you will notice that there are a myriad of companies out there and more emerging every year. Not only that, but you will get ripped off by retail companies who charge up to 500% more than if you purchased your bed online.

And then you have to take into account your sleeping preferences (firmness, position, type), buying considerations (shipping, trial, warranty). Comparing all this would take days, and we understand your time is valuable.

While extensively researching and reviewing countless beds, we created a list of the most important things to consider that will help you narrow down your search to just a couple of minutes. Would you like to see precisely what these points are? See our mattress scoring process here.

Mattress Search and Filter Tool

We created this simple search and filter tool to help you go through our list of mattress reviews and narrow it down to handful candidates that you can research in-depth. Make sure to check our top-rated mattress picks for 2018 and go through specific categories based on material and needs.

Select Your Preferred Material and Type

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Please note that this list does not contain ratings and it’s arranged by publish date. You can filter your search with more specific parameters and check individual pages for exact scores and our opinion.

our overview of winkbed

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overview of brooklyn bedding aurora

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 13.5"
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1699
Out Honest overview of Layla

Layla

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $899
overview of casper bed

Casper

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $950
overview of nolah bed

Nolah

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 Nights
  • Warranty: 15 Years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $850
our review of the Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 13"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1199
overview of casper essential

Casper Essential

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 8.5”
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed box
  • Price: $600
our overview of nectar

Nectar

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 11"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 365 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $795
overview of brooklyn bowery

Brooklyn Bowery

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10”
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed box
  • Price: $649
overview of zotto bed

Zotto

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10”
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed box
  • Price: $975
overview of casper bed

Casper

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $950
our overview of bear hybrid

Bear Hybrid

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 14.5”
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 20 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1,350
our overview of avocado green

Avocado

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 11”
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 25 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1,399
our muse bed overview

Muse

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 12”
  • Firmness: [3] Soft, [6] Medium Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $950
our overview of brooklyn signature

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 11.5”
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $949
overview of bear mattress

Bear

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $840
our Lull bed review

Lull

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $800
our overview of dreamcloud bed

DreamCloud

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 15"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 365 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1,599
Our in-depth overview of Voila bed

Voila

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1199
overview of aviya mattress

Aviya

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 12"
  • Firmness: [3] Soft, [6] Medium Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed box
  • Price: $999
our Leesa bed overview for 2018

Leesa

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $840
Our Review of myCloud Nimbus Mattress

myCloud Nimbus

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 14"
  • Firmness: [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $499.99
Our in-depth Sapira overview

Sapira

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 11"
  • Firmness: [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed box
  • Price: $1275
overview of dromma bed

Dromma

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 12"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush, [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 200 nights
  • Warranty: 12 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $899
our purple mattress review

Purple

  • Type: Custom Polymer
  • Thickness: 9.5"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Bag
  • Price: $999
our overview of hyphen bed

Hypen

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush, [6] Medium Firm, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 20 Years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $950
overview of ezobed

Ezobed

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 12"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 110 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $449.99
overview of ultimate dreams supreme

Ultimate Dreams Supreme

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 12"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $549
our overview of the winkbeds plus bed

WinkBeds Plus

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 15"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 101 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1299
overview of addable bed

Addable

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 181 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $499.99
Our Review of the PlushBeds Mattress

PlushBeds

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  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [6] Medium Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 25 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $2099
Our Review Of the Casper Wave Mattress

Casper Wave

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 11.5"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1850
overview of the Zenhaven Mattress

Zenhaven

  • Type: Latex
  • Thickness: 9"
  • Firmness: [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 20 years
  • Shipping: $99 full service delivery - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1899
Out Honest overview of Layla

Layla

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $899
Saatva bed overview for 2017

Saatva

  • Type: Coil (Pillow-Top)
  • Thickness: 11.5"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 Nights
  • Warranty: 15 Years
  • Shipping: Free - Uncompressed
  • Price: $999
luxi 3 in 1 bed overview

Luxi

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 11”
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [6] Medium Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1,299
overview of brooklyn bedding aurora

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

  • Type: Hybrid
  • Thickness: 13.5"
  • Firmness: [4] Slightly Soft, [5] Medium Plush, [7] Slightly Firm,
  • Trial Period: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $1699
our overview of nectar

Nectar

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 11"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 365 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $795
Our in depth overview of the Cocoon chill bed

Cocoon by Sealy

  • Type: Memory Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [7] Slightly Firm, [8] Firm,
  • Trial Period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $749.99
Our overview of the Yogabed mattress

Yogabed

  • Type: All Foam
  • Thickness: 10"
  • Firmness: [6] Medium Firm,
  • Trial Period: 101 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free - Compressed Box
  • Price: $949

Our Mattress Grading System

Mattress Review and Grading System

We analyze every bed and its specific features (see below) with our grading system. These individual features contribute to the overall score for each product. In the table below, you can see different variations for scoring during our overview process.


Letter Grade
1- 10 Score
Star Rating
Overall Details
A+ 10 Perfect The perfect score. Only a specific feature (ie. warranty) can reach this grade since we believe that no product is perfect overall and there is always room for improvement in the industry.
A 9.6-9.9 Exceptional Fantastic in every sense of the word when it comes to value, quality and performance. You can’t go wrong here.
A- 9.1-9.5 Amazing Amazing just begins to describe quality and value of features and products in this range. You will often see these products in our “top lists.”
B+ 8.6-9.0 Great Very good value and quality and no issues.
B- 8.1-8.5 Good The feature or product is good and doesn’t have major issues, but doesn’t perform as well compared to other products in the same category.
C+ 7.6-8.0 Decent An average grade. You won’t be crazy about the performance or quality but you can rest assured that it’s still good and it will serve you for years.
C 7.1-7.5 Fair Slight issues but still an OK buy if you are on budget.

*Keep in mind that we do not include products that scored less than grade C overall in our reviews nor top lists.

Review Categories

If you are looking for recommendations based on a specific category, here is our up to date list. Please refer to individual categories for more information.

TYPE Memory Foam ● Great pressure relief
● Body contouring
● “Hug” feel
● Slow Response
Top 9 Memory Foam Beds
Latex ● Fast Response
● Good Bounce
● Great Cooling
Recommended Latex Beds
Hybrid ● Improved Cooling
● Good Bounce
Top Hybrids of 2018
Coil ● Traditional Feel
● Great Cooling and Bounce
Recommended Coil Beds
SLEEPING POSITION Side Softer feel, mostly memory foam mattresses with better pressure relief and contouring than spring based ones. See Our Top Picks
Back Slightly firmer than usual, fantastic support and contouring. See Our Top Picks
Stomach Firmer than most beds with less sinkage to avoid excessive pressure to the stomach and chest. See Our Top Picks

Our Rating Process and Considerations

In the last year, we have tested and analyzed many different types of mattresses from over a dozen manufacturers. Before writing our reviews, we follow a simple, yet important, process so that you can easily compare different products and their features. Our final grade is based on:

  • Online ResearchOur team searches the manufacturer’s website, social media, forums, and blogs to gain more insight into the product. This gives our team preliminary information about specifications, trial period, warranty, and unique background information pertaining to the product.
  • Sleep Advisor Mattress Analysis – Our reviewers will test each mattress for five days before submitting their report. If possible, we also try to test the same product with multiple sleepers who prefer different sleeping positions and they weigh from 110 to 220 pounds.
  • User Reviews – We encourage our users who own the specific product to leave their feedback on our specific review pages. We also get submissions on our Facebook page and we use this information to formulate our last impressions, considerations, and any possible concerns.

Here are the most important features we look at during our testing phase.

Materials and Quality

This is arguably the most important thing to look for in every bed. Build material will determine longevity, comfort, cooling, and firmness. Cheap materials can cause the bed to sag quickly, and it will have more heat retention. Natural materials, without chemicals or fire retardants, are a huge plus, especially for children.

Latex, advanced foam, and hybrids are much more durable than regular coils and memory foam construction. High-end products are also much better designed with luxury look and quilting.

Positive Score Signals:

  • Luxury Look & Feel – What you see on first glance and feel when you lie on the bed. You will spot a good product when you see one, usually by the quilting quality and covers.
  • High-Quality Covers – TENCEL, organic cotton, Celliant fiber, and other breathable materials are a huge plus.
  • Eco-Friendly and/or Organic – We prefer products that use clean and eco-friendly manufacturing processes. 100% organic products fare much better in this category.

Support and Comfort

These two go hand in hand. If the bed is not supportive enough, it won’t be comfortable in the long run.

People mistake support with firmness, but it’s different. It is a general and subjective feel while support is more objective and depends on upper layer properties of your bed. A mattress with good support will keep your spine aligned properly in most sleeping positions and will not cause pressure points.

FAQ: Mattress Firmness Guide

Comfort, on the other hand, means that when you lie down, it feels relaxing and relieves pressure and pain.

Cooling

Most people prefer to sleep cool. And it’s even more important for men to sleep in a colder environment. The term “sleeps cool” or “cooling mattress” doesn’t mean that these products use active cooling technology. It merely means that the material and construction doesn’t retain heat.

You will encounter this problem with memory foam, especially lower end products. Coil and latex construction retains very little heat and covers like TENCEL and cotton provide better breathability and colder sleeping environment.

Read More: Our Recommended Cooling Mattresses

Edge Support

If you tend to sleep near the edge, you want stronger edge support, so you don’t fall off. It’s also essential if you sit on your bed often and one of the most important considerations for sex.

Motion Transfer

This feature is marginally important if you sleep alone. If you sleep with a partner, on the other hand, you don’t want to wake him/her up every time you turn. Memory foam beds have a lower transfer of kinetic energy while pure coil construction transfers the most.

Bounce

Bouncy beds are fun (for kids even more so). But some people prefer to have the slow response of foam instead of good old bounce. As a general rule of thumb, foam beds have less bounce while hybrids/springs have more.

Company

Dozens of new companies are emerging every year. If you are like most people, you won’t trust a newcomer as much as a veteran in the industry like Brooklyn Bedding or Saatva. Moreover, many companies engage in an unethical “buying” of reviews and forms of marketing.

Of course, many newer manufacturers excel in their service and quality and understand this new age we all live in. Prime examples of such companies are Nectar Sleep, Casper, and many more.

That’s why we always try to find out more about manufacturers and how they treat their customers, how they respond to complaints, and if they go “above and beyond.”

Trial Period and Refunds

Nowdays, most online mattress manufacturers offer a “comfort guarantee.” This means that if you don’t like the bed and it’s not for you, you can return it within certain timeframe (usually 100-120 nights). Reputable companies will give you 100% of your money back.

Warranty

Warranty covers an extended period of time (usually 10+ years). During this time, the company guarantees that the product will retain its usability as advertised, that it won’t lose structure, and that it won’t have any flaws that occurred during the manufacturing process. Most good warranties will cover indentations and sagging fully in the first couple years, and some will even do that for a longer period.

Value for Money

Pricing is important for most people, but there are more things to consider, as we have seen here. If you can imagine your ideal bed, but it costs 5x over your budget, it’s not really a good buy, is it? There is no doubt that many mattress companies have great products, but if we realize that they cost 500% more compared to its online rivals for the same performance and quality, we can’t say it’s a good value for money.

That’s why we have this grade, so you can see how a certain product fares when you compare its quality and performance vs. price.

Wrapping It Up

At the end of the day, you will have to find a product that suits you and your sleeping preferences and needs. We can’t say that one product is better for all types of sleepers and that it’s for everyone. There are some excellent and versatile choices, yet ultimately you are the one who decides what to buy.

We aim to review mattresses in an unbiased way and to present each bed in their true light. If that helps you make the right decision, our mission is fulfilled.

Please let us know in the comment section below if you have any particular problem or concerns and we will gladly answer.

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