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 some retail companies have been known to 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 can 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 may 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.
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 2021 and go through specific categories based on material and needs.
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.
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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
|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 major 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.|
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
|Latex||● Fast Response |
● Good Bounce
● Great Cooling
|Hybrid||● Improved Cooling |
● Good Bounce
|Coil||● Traditional Feel |
● Great Cooling and Bounce
|SLEEPING POSITION||Side||Softer feel with better pressure relief and contouring.|
|Back||Somewhat preference based, with fantastic support and contouring.|
|Stomach||Firmer than most beds with less sinkage to avoid excessive pressure to the stomach and chest.|
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Sleep Advisor is nothing without our readers, and providing you with founded research and sound advice is a central focus of our team.
We review countless products, and you might be wondering what goes into our research and testing. To provide you insight regarding how we go about this, we’ve outlined our review process below.
We maintain affiliate relationships with companies whose products we review (you can read our full disclosures page here), and these relationships are how we keep our site running and pay our staff. However, providing honest and accurate reports remains our #1 priority.
Hours of research go into every article. We look at academic findings from reputable sources, read verified consumer reviews (we have tools to help discern which are legitimate), and pore over the science and technology behind the latest products to ensure we get it all right.
We aim to test all products in-house before passing our findings to our readers. Depending on a product’s function, we’ll investigate for comfort, quality, and durability. We also consider longevity, luxury feel, safety, and eco-ratings, all of which are critical when communicating comprehensive reviews.
We analyze products from multiple angles as well. We consider the product’s direct benefits and purpose, buying experience, packaging, and the time it takes to assemble or prepare the product for use (like off-gassing). We strive to put forward only the best products, and a great product shouldn’t take an extraordinary amount of effort for the buyer.
Multiple factors go into determining the quality of a bed, and we make sure to consider each carefully.
Arguably the most important factor for many individuals, firmness impacts how people experience a mattress. We understand how a person’s sleep position, weight, and other factors play a significant role in how a product is experienced, and we address each of these aspects in our reviews. For example, a soft mattress will often be too cushy to support heavier individuals, and firmer beds are often preferred for stomach sleepers for spinal support.
Learn More: Mattress Firmness Guide
While firmness is often subjective, pressure relief and support can be assessed with greater precision. Pressure points commonly arise near the shoulders, hips, and lower back, causing pain and discomfort. We consider various factors of a product to determine its ability to support and relieve pressure. For example, memory foam often will not provide the same level of support as pocketed coils on a hybrid mattress.
In-depth Guide: Best Mattresses For Back Pain
We investigate the functionality of a mattress’ temperature control properties so you know what to expect from each model. We consider the materials, layering, structure, and more. Traditionally, coil and latex beds outperform memory foam in the cooling department. However, new technology is continually changing the game.
Edge support is particularly important when sharing a bed with a partner. If a mattress has poor edge support, it will lessen the space available to spread out comfortably without feeling like you’ll fall off.
Strong support from edge to edge maximizes the space available; this may not concern single sleepers; however, it often makes a difference for couples.
Get More Info: Top Rated Beds For Couples
If you sleep alongside a partner who often tosses and turns in the night or gets up frequently, motion transfer might play a significant role in selecting a mattress. We analyze a product’s ability to isolate motion and provide a less disruptive night of sleep.
A quality mattress won’t be useful if it leaves you with a rash or falls apart after six months. We consider the entire buying experience and the product itself, like a company's reputation, eco-friendly stance, customer service, return policy, charitable donations, and more.
At Sleep Advisor, we review much more than mattresses. Here are a few of our primary grading criteria:
From day one at Sleep Advisor, we knew we had a responsibility. Our integrity is paramount, and we take your trust seriously. Our goal is to provide our readers with carefully investigated reviews, honest findings, and offer knowledgeable assistance to help you choose the best products for quality sleep.
Our evaluation processes are continually evolving to consider the most forward-thinking data collection strategies and communication methods, but our relationship with our readers remains the most central pillar.
From the Sleep Advisor team, we thank you. And as always, happy sleeping to all and to all a good night!