Do you sleep well at night? By the numbers, there’s nearly a 33% chance you aren’t getting enough sleep to support your health 3. Mattresses play a tremendous role in our nightly sleep routines. Believe it or not, finding the best mattress involves a bit of science (just a bit, we promise!
The Science of Sleep
Scientists have discovered that mattress quality is the biggest cause of poor sleep for those complaining of chronic pain2 and the most influential factor among those sleeping well 1. Mattress temperature was the next leading cause of sleep disturbance. This study also revealed that people that sleep well at night report having a 50% better overall state of health and quality of life 1.
Nectar Sleep Memory Foam
The Nectar Sleep memory foam mattress comes in a 5-layer design with a firmness rating of 6.5/10. It comes in a neatly-packaged bed-in-a-box container, usually comes with free pillows, and can be gotten for a steal during holiday sales. This memory foam mattress is one of the best-selling of all time for good reason: it’s downright comfortable!
DreamCloud Hybrid Memoryfoam + Innerspring
The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid offers an 8-layer design to address the needs of all sleeping preferences. The top layer features a Truetufted Cashmere blend and embodies the “cloud” aspect of the Dreamcloud name. Other layers include gel-infused memory foam, microcoils, and even a natural latex for a bit of that nice “springy” feel. Among hybrids, this mattress is hard to surpass in quality and overall experience.
Agility Hybrid by Therapedic
The Agility by Therapedic is a novel design featuring Bio-Gel foam, natural latex, and mini micro-coil layers. This combination of material design helps provide contour support, heat dissipation, and robust lumbar support from natural latex. The Agility mattress is Made in the USA, comes with a 100-night trial, but only a 1-year warranty (limited 10-year.) The mini-micro-coil design of this mattress is one of the more unique features on the market.
Mend Custom Firmness Memory Foam
The Mend foam mattress comes with a multiple foam layer design that can be re-arranged to accommodate different firmness preferences. After you get this mattress home, simply unzip the cover and change the ordering of the foam layers around such that their firmness levels are to your preference. This mattress comes with a 60-day trial during which you can even exchange individual layers to allow for a more personalized firmness level.
Nature’s Novel by SweetZzz
The Nature’s Novel Hybrid Mattress by SweetZzz features an eco-friendly design that includes natural latex, wool, and is hypo-allergenic. This mattress is hand-made in the USA, has no “off-gassing” period, and is naturally flame retardant (no chemical treatment.) For those seeking a healthier, cleaner, and toxic-free sleep; this mattress may be for you. The Nature’s Novel comes with a 100 night home trial, ships for free, and has available financing.
Zoma Memory Foam
The Zoma memory foam mattress is a value-packed design featuring a cover designed to be more breathable, foam layers designed to be more flexible, and a base layer designed to be more supportive. That’s the type of novelty that makes us excited! The Zoma is billed as an athlete-centric design with restorative sleep in mind. We aren’t 100% sure all the buzz-words for the Zoma’s materials are warranted (AirCloth, Triangulex, Reactiv, Support+, et al.). For The $700 price point however—it’s worth a look.
Eco Terra Hybrid Latex Mattress
The Hybrid Latex Mattress by Eco Terra is made of natural materials like Wool, Organic Cotton, and Talalay latex. Its microcoil design offers improved airflow to complement the extra thick layer of latex’s pressure-relieving and contour supporting function. This mattress is a great choice for those seeking a more natural and toxin-free option—without having to sacrifice on overall comfort.
Puffy Lux Memory Foam
The Puffy Lux memory foam mattress is 100% American Made and has a breathability-first design. This mattress offers three top foam layers designed for improved airflow all resting atop a firm base foam layer. The “Cooling Cloud” layer design is billed as a system to both reduce pressure point discomfort as well as lower overall sleeping temperature. This mattress comes with a 101-night home trial and a lifetime warranty.
Bloom Hybrid Latex by Brooklyn Bedding
The Bloom Hybrid from Brooklyn Bedding is another standout design. It features a 3″ thick top layer of Talalay latex, Joma wool + organic cotton top layers, and as many as 1,000 individual microcoils for superior pressure relief. This mattress comes in three different firmness options, has as 120 in-home trial, and is made in America. Reviewers note the firmest option provides a firm supportive feel but still maintains a soft and contouring experience.
Saatva Luxury Plush
The Classic Luxury Plush Mattress by Saatva features a deeply padded pillow top that rests on a bed of individually-wrapped coils to provide an incredible system of weight distribution. Saatva offers a 120-night in-home trial, a 15-year warranty, and free white-glove shipping. These mattresses aren’t considered bed-in-a-box by design, and require delivery by a specialized delivery service which is arranged by Saatva.
Beautyrest Black Calista
The Serta-Simmons Beautyrest Black Calista is designed to offer a luxury sleeping experience for a more affordable price. The Calista is the entry-level mattress in the Beautyrest Black line and offers an extra firm sleep (8-9/10). This mattress is sleek, well-made. The Calista ships for free directly from Serta-Simmons and is available in several different comfort levels—including a plush pillow top.
Organic Latex Hybrid by Awara
The Awara Hybrid Mattress features organic latex imported from Sri Lanka, 100% organic wool imported from New Zealand, and an organic cotton cover. This mattress also integrates a 9″ thick layer of premium pocketed microcoils for breathability, motion isolation, and responsive spinal support. This mattress is naturally flame retardant (no extra nasty chemicals) and designed to offer a cooler sleeping experience. The 4″ thick layer of natural latex is thicker than most comparable mattresses and provides that characteristic latex “spring” raved about by so many.
Purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer Memory Foam
The Purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer mattress looks like some form of a futuristic egg carton but offers comfort like an artisan masseuse. Purple’s patented polymer material rests on two lower layers of foam to provide all-night support while still promoting adequate airflow. These mattresses come with a 10-year warranty, 100-night warranty, and free shipping. This mattress design was inspired by actual rocket science and did we mention that it’s purple?
Green Tea Memory Foam by Zinus
TheGreen Tea memory foam mattress by Zinus is one of the most affordable mattresses on the market today. It’s received a phenomenal amount of positive reviews (nearly 10K 5 Star Reviews on Amazon alone). This mattress is one of the best mattresses under $300. The Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress features a 12″ thick design consists of 4 unique layers of foam materials—the topmost being a 3″ thick layer of memory foam. This is an easy choice for upgrading your guest bedroom.
Two-Sided Natural Latex Hybrid by IDLE Sleep
The Hybrid Latex Two-Sided Mattress by IDLE Sleep may be the most unique, well-designed, and comfortable mattress we’ve yet to review. It’s hand-made in the USA, features a plush organic cotton top, comes in one of 2 varieties of latex, and features a hybrid micro coils design for better airflow. As an added bonus, this mattress is two-sided and can be flipped for different firmness levels.
Amerisleep AS3 (Liberty) Memory Foam
The Amerisleep AS3 features four layers of foam designed to maximize the benefits of memory foam while avoiding overheating. The heat-dissipating action of the AS3 is best characterized by the Celliant material which converts body heat into light to keep sleeping cool. This mattress features a no-nonsense 3-layer design with a Bio-Pur foam to guarantee a toxin-free experience.
Buying a mattress is no small endeavor. Taking the leap of faith to buy a mattress online can be even more difficult. The mattresses listed here are among the top-rated designs from all our mattress reviews. They feature battle-tested designs, come with superior warranties, and all offer free shipping and in-home trial periods. It’s impossible to know how well a mattress will sleep until you try it out first hand. These mattresses all make that process easy.
- National Sleep Foundation. 2015 Sleep in America Poll. Sleep Health, Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages e14-e375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2015.02.005
- Center for Disease Control. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. 2009. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/index.html
- Ancoli-Israel S, Roth T. Characteristics of insomnia in the United States: results of the 1991 National Sleep Foundation Survey. I. Sleep. 1999 May 1;22 Suppl 2:S347-53. PubMed PMID: 10394606.
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