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 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 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 2018 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.
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 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.
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, mostly memory foam mattresses with better pressure relief and contouring than spring based ones.|
|Back||Slightly firmer than usual, fantastic support and contouring.|
|Stomach||Firmer than most beds with less sinkage to avoid excessive pressure to the stomach and chest.|
We have researched 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:
We are sometimes fortunate to obtain product samples from the manufacturer and perform testing. However, our testing rarely influences our rating of a product unless the results are atypical or available information about the product is limited.
Our goal is to try to convey to our readers what we believe represents the average consumer rating/opinion based on all the consumer reviews we study, along with the information available from the manufacturer. You might notice that when we do a testing video, we try to point out how our evaluation might differ from what we believe to be the average consumer’s opinion.
For example, when testing a mattress in this video, our reviewer noted that his opinion regarding the level of firmness was likely to be different than the average person in America because he only weighed 150 pounds. It is important to remember that, even though the same general categories and features may be used when rating a product, there is a huge subjective component; common sense, along with general information alone, may not be enough to find the best mattress for you personally.
Here are the most important features we may look at during our process.
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 often hailed for their durability. Newer memory foams tend to contain gels that aid in cooling and the coil design in innerspring beds can be largely important to their support and longevity. High-end products tend to be better designed, even with a luxury look and quilting.
A few things to look for:
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 of a quality standard that depends on upper layer properties of your bed. A mattress with good support should keep your spine aligned properly in most sleeping positions and will not cause pressure points.
Comfort, on the other hand, means that when you lie down, it feels relaxing and relieves pressure and pain.
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 always mean that these products use active cooling technology. It can mean that the material and construction doesn’t retain heat.
Some foams incorporate gels to redirect heat away from bodies. Even finding ways to increase airflow, such as using springs or egg crate-shaped materials, is effective. There are even phase change materials that give an impression of being cool to the touch.
You can encounter problems with memory foam, especially lower end products without extra measures. 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
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.
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.
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.
Dozens of new companies are emerging every year. If you are like most people, you might not trust a newcomer as much as a veteran in the industry like Brooklyn Bedding or Saatva.
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.”
Nowdays, most online mattress manufacturers offer a length of time to test their product. 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.
Some go above and beyond with a “comfort guarantee,” where they switch out layers or firmness levels to ensure you get a perfect fit.
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.
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 something to consider, isn’t 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 seriously weigh whether it is a good value for the 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.
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. Although you should still do your own research, hopefully we made the process a little easier for you.