What are the best mattresses and where to buy them
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The law will tell you I entered adulthood at age 18. I’m not sure that’s true. It wasn’t until I was 20 and mattress shopping at Ikea that I felt like an actual grown up.
Mom wasn’t there to help me pick it out, and Dad wasn’t there to pay for it. That was probably for the best, though. My parents still sleep on a waterbed.
Thanks to several moves, a breakup and buying my first house, I have since bought a few more mattresses. Still, there are several things I wish I’d known before I bought each of them.
If you don’t have the good fortune of running into Amy Schumer — who bought an employee a mattress for letting her use the store’s bathroom — these tips may save you time and money.
Online? Where’s The Best Place To Purchase A New Bed?
So, you’ve decided that it’s time to invest in a brand new mattress. Whether you’ve been researching for hours (maybe even days) or you just started, most people end up asking this question:
Where’s the best store or place (online or otherwise) to buy a bed?
Should youbuy onlineor go with a brick and mortar option (hint: it’s an easy decision)? If you’re worried about trying the mattress first, return policies, purchasing online might scare you off at first.
But don’t let it!
Let’s just revealour opinion right now(meant for those of you who weren’t going to read the entire article anyways – hehe). Do yourself a favor andbuy your mattress ONLINE!
Most online beds ship compressed in a box (easy for delivery), come with an industry standard 100-night trial (free returns if you don’t like it) and provide HUGE cash savings when compared to a brick and mortar store.
Not sure where to start?Read our comprehensive mattress buyer’s guide(updated for 2020). It makes it easy to find the perfect bed for your needs.
Best Places to Buy a Mattress
More than 4,800 CR members shared their recent shopping experiences. Here are the retailers that came out on top.
Is it better to buy a mattress online or in-store? That’s a complicated question, without a tidy answer. What we can tell you, however, is which mattress retailers are best, according to Consumer Reports members.
The list below includes both online and in-store merchants, and our data shows that people tend to be equally happy purchasing a mattress either way. Among our members, more than 8 in 10 who bought a mattress online (88 percent) and in-store (82 percent) reported being satisfied with their experience.
These are just some of the findings from our Winter 2019 Mattress Retailers Survey, in which more than 4,800 members gave feedback about their recent shopping experiences, both online and in-store.
Members dished about retailers’ mattress selection, sales service, and customer support, as well as whether floor models were clean and delivery was on time. We also got into price: How much did they pay, how happy they were with that price, and did they haggle?
Using our data, we created ratings for 16 mattress retail chains as well as independent retailers.
One clear trend emerged: Buying a mattress online is quickly becoming the new normal. Among CR members, 40 percent who bought a mattress between January 2018 and March 2019 made their purchase online—more than a threefold increase in six years.
"It is possible that online mattress sales may overtake in-store sales within the next few years,” says Martin Lachter, a Consumer Reports survey project leader. "But the mattress market is still evolving, and many people still prefer to shop for mattresses in a brick-and-mortar store."
Below are the mattress retailers that rank highest for overall satisfaction in our mattress survey.
For each retailer, we picked a top-performing model from our mattress ratings. (CR members with digital access can read our ratings and reviews of those.) And you can read more about mattresses in our mattress buying guide.
Tuft & Needle
Founded in 2012 by two software engineers, Tuft & Needle is a bed-in-a-box company that offers two mattresses, the T&N and the Mint. It mainly sells mattresses on its website, though you can also try them out in one of its seven stores nationwide, or at Lowe’s or Crate & Barrel.
CR members seemed to be very happy with the prices they paid for a mattress at Tuft & Needle, which was a median of $758 in our 2019 survey, up from $661 in our previous survey. Tuft & Needle makes only two mattresses, which likely explains the store’s mediocre rating for mattress selection in our survey.
Sales service and customer support both received top marks, as did on-time delivery and delivery quality.
Price: $595 Shop
According to the survey, price matters a little more to online purchasers than those who buy in-store, and online purchasers on average report paying less for their mattresses. Amazon is a great example of a very low median price paid for an online mattress. As you might expect, the online retailer offers a wide selection of inexpensive mattresses from various manufacturers. Of the CR members who bought a mattress at Amazon, the median price paid was $456, compared with $1,205 for all mattresses members bought.
Amazon’s mattress selection is impressive: In addition to its own AmazonBasics brand, you’ll find brands with high-ranking mattresses in CR’s tests, such as Casper, Sleep on Latex, and Tuft & Needle. In addition to price, members gave Amazon favorable marks for selection, customer support, on-time delivery and the quality of the delivery service.
12 Best Mattresses You Can Buy in 2020
Say goodbye to back pain and hello to deep sleep.
Not to add more pressure, but buying a new mattress is one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your home. It needs to be comfortable and supportive to give you the best possible sleep, and durable so you won’t have to replace it within a few years. And because mattresses can get pricey, you want to make sure you’re investing in one that’sactuallyworth the cost.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab reviews mattresses of all kinds, from traditional innerspring mattress that you buy in stores to foam mattress-in-a-box styles that you buy online. On top of researching the brands, materials, and features, we have product experts and consumer testers try them out, and we survey our tester panel to get in-depth reviews from thousands of real users.Here are the best mattresses to buy in 2020:
Best Online Mattress:Saatva Mattress
Best Value Mattress: Allswell Luxe Hybrid Mattress
Best Firm Mattress: Stearns & Foster Cassatt Luxury Firm Mattress
Best Mattress-in-a-Box:Casper Mattress
Best In-Store Mattress-in-a-Box:tulo Mattress
Best Adjustable Mattress: Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed
Best Organic Mattress: Avocado Green Mattress
Best Cooling Mattress:Tempur-Pedic Tempur Luxe Breeze Mattress
Best Reversible Mattress:Layla Mattress
Best Mattress on Amazon:T&N Original Mattress
Most Innovative Mattress Material:Purple Mattress
Most Versatile Mattress:Bedgear M3 Mattress
Below, you’ll find more on the top mattresses that offer something for every price point, feel preference, and personal sleep needs, but first, here’s what to consider as you shop foryourbest mattress:
Which mattress material is best?
Memory foam and innerspring mattresses are the two most common types of mattresses on the market, but it’s really a matter of personal preference. You can find mattresses at every firmness level and price for either material.
- Memory foam mattressesadapt to your body shape so it feels like your pressure points are being cradled.
- Innerspring mattressesare usually firmer and have more bounce.
- Hybrid mattressesuse a combination of foam and innersprings so you don’t have to pick just one.
How do I pick the best mattress?
Consider your sleep position:stomach sleepersneed a firm mattress,side sleepersshould opt for a softer surface, andback sleepersfall somewhere in between. The goal is to keep your spine in neutral alignment, so there should be less stress on the pressure points like your shoulders, hips, and knees.
Read on for more details about the best mattresses (with prices listed for queen-size), plus feedback from consumer testers and the experts in our Textiles Lab. And while you’re shopping for a new mattress, check out our top-tested bedding picks for sheets, pillows, and comforters, along with mattress protectors to help extend the life of your new bed.
The 12 Best Mattresses for 2020
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April 2020 Update:
The Sleep Advisor team is excited to announce ourupdated mattress picks for 2020!
What makes a high-quality new mattress stand out from the rest? Is it the material, construction, comfort, rating, or just the price point?
A lot of people ask the question,“What is the best mattress you can buy?”The truth is the answer depends on many different factors! Teenagers will have different needs than adults and seniors, and stomach sleepers tend to have completely different preferences than, let’s say, side sleepers.
With that in mind, we came up with thea roundup of top rated mattress brands for 2020. We broke it down into categories by type, sleeper position, age, medical conditions, and specific needs.
It won’t take more than10 minutesof your time. You can use thequick links to the rightto navigate around the page easily. Hopefully it’ll give you an idea of what you’re shopping for and make things a bit easier.
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The 12 Best Rated Mattresses(Updated – April 2020)
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Nectar – Exceptional Value
Forget everything you think you know about memory foam left over from the 1970s because modern memory foam has a lot to offer folks looking for pressure relief without overheating. Nectar’s deep hug and sleek design has gotten a lot of attention since its 2017 launch. These features and more have made quite a splash in the bed-in-a-box space.
Why are we impressed?Regardless of budget, a bed is an investment, so you want to be sure you’re getting a lot of great bed for the price. Not only does Nectar offer a lot of quality features (a cooling Tencel and more), furniture company Resident also works to keep the price affordable by selling online.
Adding to the value is their industry-leading sleep trial, which allows you to keep the bed for a year until you’re certain it’s the right mattress for you, and this is matched by its Forever warranty that lasts for as long as you own the product. If you’ve been nervous about memory foam or whether you could possibly order a bed online, Nectar has taken nearly all the risk out of this important purchase.
Want to learn more?Check out our full review here.
The WinkBed – Luxury Feel
WinkBeds are built in Wisconsin by a company committed to handcrafting every mattress to be comfortable and ultra-supportive. Unlike hybrid mattresses you may have seen before, this choice blends foams with two separate supportive coil systems: one to tailor to your shape, and the other to provide high-profile support.
What to love here?The company has built these beds to last, and it shows in the premium craftsmanship. The pressure-relieving Eurotop cradles the body above a 3-step support system beneath that is separated into zones meant to hold your body in a neutral position.
This company stands by their brands, and if you decide to go with this bed, your purchase is covered by a lifetime warranty and an “any-reason guarantee.” If your needs happen to change over the course of the mattresses’ lifetime, you can get a different feel (firmer? Softer?) for half the retail price.
If that wasn’t luxury enough for you, you can also elect to buy an optional foundation that has an airconditioning unit incorporated into the design so you can specify the temperature of your bed for your own best sleep.
Brooklyn Aurora – Amazing Cooling
Brooklyn Bedding is based in Phoenix, Arizona so they know a thing or two about heat, and they’ve put their knowledge to the test in their line of mattresses. Their luxury model, the Aurora, pulls out all the stops to deliver a comfortable and supportive bed that shouldn’t wake you in a pool of sweat.
What stands out?This cool sleep experience starts with TitanCool™, which is a proprietary material infused into the cover that is designed to keep the temperature at a steady 88 degrees, ideal for sleep. This is followed by a series of foams that incorporate copper and gel to whisk excess heat away from the body and disperse it throughout the mattress, where it can easily escape through the pocketed coils.
If you have specific firmness requirements, this model can cater to them with a Soft, Medium, and Firm model, depending on your preference. We’d recommend the Soft or Medium for side sleepers and perhaps the Firm for stomach sleepers, though you can keep the bed for 120 days to make sure it’s the best fit for you.
Casper – All Sleeping Positions
Maybe your partner and you have wildly different sleep preferences and body types or maybe you’re a combo sleeper who likes to move from side to back to stomach all night long. If this sounds like you, Casper’s famous “universal feel” might be your ticket to sleep heaven.
What’s its best feature?The foams inside Casper have been strategically designed and ordered to provide a graduated feel, meaning a wide variety of body shapes and weights should achieve the right ratio of comfort and support without bottoming out. Versatility adds a lot of value to a mattress, and this was increased with the addition of zoned support in the transitional foam layer that helps stomach sleepers, in particular, maintain good spine alignment.
Casper’s all-foam design also has a great deal to offer for those who prefer good motion isolation so their partner’s movements aren’t keeping them up at night. If you prefer a bit more bounce, you could check out the hybrid version as well.
DreamCloud – Pressure Relief
DreamCloud is Resident’s luxury model, and it definitely cuts an impressively high silhouette at 15 inches. If you don’t believe that that much bed could possibly come packed into a box, this company aims to prove you wrong with 6 layers that mix premium foam with memory materials and individually wrapped coils.
What do we love about it?In 2019, the company introduced a new version of DreamCloud that made the bed just a touch softer to offer a deeper cradle for those looking for great pressure relief. Side sleepers, in particular, may prefer this newer version to the previous model for this reason.
While traditional memory beds might trap heat, DreamCloud was designed to be breathable, without sacrificing body conformance or that classic deep hug feeling. Air can flow freely through the pocketed coils to keep hotter air circulating out and cooler air circulating in. The foams minimize motion transfer, while the coils supply bounce and tailored support.
If you’re unsure, the company gives you 365 days to try it at home and backs your purchase with a lifetime warranty, giving you value for a fraction of the retail price in stores.
Layla – Memory Foam
If it’s a choice you want, maybe you should look into the flippable mattress from Layla, which offers two different firmnesses depending on what side of the bed is facing up. The entire construction is encased in a cooling cover that further modernizes a classic memory feel.
Why are we impressed?Layla is proof that there’s no one way to do memory foam, and they emphasize the fact by packing two different experiences into one construction. You can try out both the deeper classic sink of the Soft and the gentler cradle of the Firm to see what suits you best, and if you like both, you can flip it whenever you want.
This brand further keeps things cool by putting copper into their foams. This naturally antimicrobial substance is excellent at conducting heat, which means the heat of your body shouldn’t congregate in the foams around your shape but travel away and out the air channels.
The design of the third layer provides zoned support so that extra reinforcement around the middle of the bed can help keep the hips elevated and the spine in a neutral position.
Nolah – Side Sleepers
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Okay, now let’s talk about the bed. With 20 years of combined experience, the founders of Nolah wanted to change the memory foam and latex industry with a new feel. That led them to create the proprietary Nolah Air Foam that helps reduce pressure in the hip, shoulder, and back regions.
What makes it special?The company positions its bed as having four times less peak pressure than comparable memory foam products. If you’re a frustrated side sleeper that suffers from excessive pressure, then this product holds major appeal.
This ten-inch mattress starts with Nolah AirFoam that should be great for side sleepers. The second layer is a 1-inch transitional foam that behaves much like latex. The base layer is 7-inches thick and comprised of high-density polyurethane designed for steady support.
Big Fig – Heavy People
In the past, plus-sized people have had to be wary about their mattress choices, reading the fine print of warranties and worrying if their size will cause premature sagging. With brands like Big Fig and their hybrid, their worries can be put to rest, literally!
This mattress was built with a mix of high-density foam and high-profile individually wrapped coils. The foam and coils tailor to your shape to provide exceptional spine alignment, even for folks with larger frames. The mattress comes with a foundation, which is built to provide a sturdier support system than traditional box springs.
What’s its best feature?This company, which is exclusively based in Cleveland, Ohio, stands by its construction, which has been tested using a 350-pound weight to simulate 20 years of use. This testing was 100% objective and performed by a third-party organization.
If you’re worried about sleeping hot, Big Fig has you covered. The perforated foams were treated with gel to reduce heat retention. The edges of the bed were built with 80 ILD foam to ensure edge-to-edge support, more usable space, and ample support even when sitting on the side.
Casper Wave – Spine Alignment
If you’re surfing the web because your old mattress is hurting your back, you’ll want to look at a choice that excels in spinal alignment. The Wave, made by internet-famous Casper, should be a great choice for those looking to improve their sleep posture.
What makes it special?This 13-inch mattress has five layers of foam strategically designed to cradle different body shapes evenly regardless of their position. They achieve this with targeted support from gel pods, positioned in the portions of the bed requiring extra support while maintaining softness in other areas so that you don’t build up pressure.
The result? The Wave was made to align your spine and provide comfort and support. We think the soft mix will work exceptionally well for side sleepers, hoping to keep their hips elevated while still letting their legs and shoulders sink in for a comfortable cradle.
The breathable foams and cover should work to keep you cool in this beautiful all-white design. Take their ergonomic design for a spin and see if it does the trick for you.
Helix – Customizable
We know you. Compromise just won’t do, and the perfect bed is out there, but you just need to know what to look for, right?
The Helix brand is not only focused on advanced customization, but also on helping you decide exactly what you need to sleep better and feel great. There’s a short quiz to take (along with your partner if you co-sleep) and out will pop the color and name of a bed Helix thinks will work perfectly for you.
What stands out?Those in the market for choice in their beds can browse the 16 choices on offer from Helix. These include Luxe models that add a little extra flourish, as well as a model designed for plus-sized sleepers.
All Helix beds are hybrids, but that’s where the similarities end. Their proprietary foams were designed and layered to deliver different feels and different sinkages, and the company will work with you even after you’ve made your purchase to make sure you find the right choice.
Avocado – Organic Materials
With more and more attention shifting to climate change and the need for organic and sustainable products, the market is filled with all-natural options. We think Avocado is a great pick in this space, and it gives you a lot of options, including pillow-tops, EuroTops, and sizes.
What is its best feature?Avocado has gone to great lengths to secure multiple third-party certifications guaranteeing the safety of their materials for both you and the environment it’s sourced from. It is one of few mattress companies to have secured the Made Safe seal, which states that the product is free from toxic ingredients, and the factories which manufacture the bed have been certified by both GOLS and GOTS, which state that the materials are organic.
The bed is built from Dunlop latex that stands over tempered steel coils that are ergonomically zoned to provide the right mixture of support and comfort to the sleeper. This is all held together without chemical adhesives or flame retardants, opting for organic wool, instead. If you prefer a vegan option, there is another model that forgoes the use of wool.
Sojourn – Budget Choice
We believe that a mattress doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive to be good. Sojourn (previously sold as Ultimate Dreams) is the product that aims to prove it. With 12” total and three layers, you get that typical memory foam “hug” and feel many of us are familiar with for a fraction of the price you’d see in retail stores and even among online brands.
What’s its best feature?Honestly, the price is hard to beat for a bed that uses this level of quality materials. Dreamfoam is committed to keeping prices down and manages to do it by manufacturing at their own factory in Phoenix.
If you’re looking to furnish a guest room or are just shopping on a tighter budget, we think Sojourn is a great choice that should be versatile enough to accommodate a variety of sleepers in whatever position they prefer. Treat yourself to the pressure relief of memory foam without the buyer’s remorse from spending more than you can afford.
Best Mattress by Material and Type
So what is the top mattress material and type ? The unvarnished truth is that there is no clear winner because mattress feels and styles are so subjective and depend so much on individual body types and needs. Depending on how you are shaped, different mattress characteristics may be more or less preferable, and your preferences will likely be different than those of even the person sleeping right next to you.
Knowing a little bit more about each type of mattress, however, can help you narrow down your selection, so you can make the best possible choice for you and your family.
This is an incredibly popular type for the average sleeper. Because of this, some of our top picks are from this category. It typically has a familiar hug feel and it contours to your body, providing fantastic pain and pressure point relief.
However, the biggest upside can also create 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 and less overall heat retention.
Memory Foam bed structure example (Top to bottom: Two layers of memory foam, support foam)
Most people have slep on one of these traditional non-memory foam beds at some point. Compared to new and advanced materials, you would think that coil mattresses don’t have anything to bring to the table anymore.
However, these options still provide some of the best cooling, edge support, and durability. And most hybrids combine coils with other types of materials such as latex or foam.
Classic spring bed structure (Top to bottom: foam layer, felt pad, comfort coils, foam layer)
These beds are best for people who want traditional coil feel, good support, and sturdy edge support.
Latex became very popular in the last couple years due to exceptional cooling, comfort, and durability. On top of that, it’s one of the most “green” materials. There are two types used in the production of bedding systems:
Latex bed structure example (Top to bottom: Latex foam, high density foam)
If you sleep hot and are looking for a good and durable bed that’s also good for the environment, and if you can afford it, you very likely won’t be sorry if you go with latex.
Combining two or more material types in a single mattress creates a hybrid with what many view as a much better sleep experience. The thought is that you get all the pros with less or none of the cons, and typically there are brands that have built very high ratings off of this strategy.
Hybrid bed structure example (Top to bottom: pillow top, memory foam, individually wrapped comfort coils, support coils, memory foam and edge support foam layer)
The most popular combinations are:
Coil + Memory or Latex Foam. Sleepers typically get fantastic durability, bounce, and cooling from innerspring and contouring and hug from foam. See the rest of our top picks here.
Coil + Pillow Top should provide more comfort and relief for pressure points caused by the firmness of coil beds. If you’d like to learn more about pillow top beds be sure to read our full guide.
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 manufacturing that combines synthetic latex up top and memory foam in the second layer.
This is a subcategory considering organic materials can be used in many different types of construction. 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 1970s, 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 likely have to pay. The more eco-friendly materials are plant-based memory foam, non-synthetic latex, and, to a degree, coil with an organic pillow top.
Example: Amerisleep (no emission production with inclusion of 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, and bounce while keeping the hug and contouring. Here are the most common types of foam:
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 relieves pressure points, which has the potential to be useful for arthritis or back pain.
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 and see the ratings.
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.
One of Our Top Choices: SoundAsleep Dream Series
Want to see more?See the 10 Top Rated Inflatable Air Beds and why we chose them.
Bed in a Box
Convenient and typically far more affordable than brands that have to deal with the overhead that comes with storefronts, bed in a box – which are mattresses ordered online – are an excellent solution for your bedding needs. You can order them from the comfort of your own home and have your new bed mailed directly to your door. Because most come with extended trial periods and standard warranties, they are a low-risk buy.
In addition, most of the top brands make them to order, so they are not sitting in warehouses for an extended time. Boxed beds are a relatively newer concept in the mattress industry, making it easier and more affordable than ever to have a great night’s rest.
Read more:Top Boxed Picks
If you know the criteria to look for, choosing the right bunk bed for your home can be easy. However, there are a few different considerations than a mattress that fits in a standard frame or that sits directly on the floor.
Things to keep in mind during your search include thickness, size, and firmness. Many frames for this style require something thinner, so make sure to get something that will provide enough support without bottoming out. Some companies also offer a range of firmnesses to fit this style, which can correspond to the preferred sleeping position.
Just think about who is using the bunk bed and what the best fit for that person looks like. We hope to make the process easier with our list of top brands and ratings.
Buying a futon comes with many considerations, from budget to function. However, whether you are looking for an occasional sleeping space for guests or need to greatly maximize the functionality of in your personal room, there are a wealth of options out there to choose from.
Futons serve a dual purpose, meaning that it is important to purchase one that not only looks great, but something that accommodates sleeping and sitting positions. Choosing the right one can be the difference between feeling an uncomfortable frame underneath and spending the night in a deep, restful slumber.
Comfortable Sleeper Sofa
A good sleeper sofa can make the most of your available space while hosting guests or having sleepovers. Having one piece of furniture that acts as two can help save space and add more overall value to your furniture set. There are a variety of styles out there, including many that simply fold down and others that pull out of a sturdy base.
It is imperative to pick a brand that is comfortable while functioning as a couch and a place to sleep. With a quality pick, you can get years of fantastic use out of it and it can be a worthwhile investment. With a variety of options on the market, you can have your pick of frame, style, and color.
In the market for a product that works in an RV or camper and looking for the right mix of convenience and comfort? Whether you travel frequently or take one or two trips a year, it is possible to get a lot of mileage out of a great product. While RV products aren’t always known for comfort, we have selected a handful of picks that could lead to your best night’s sleep on the road.
Many people have chosen to make RVing a lifestyle. If that is you, do not plan on sacrificing support and the adequate rest your body needs. Instead, pick the right type of material in the size you need, at the appropriate firmness level, and you may never want to go back to your bed at home!
The internet has made its way into nearly every corner of our lives, and it seems only natural that it would find its way to your new mattress. Those looking for cutting-edge technology, even when they sleep, have a host of new options—with more cropping up every day!
There are several new features common to what we expect from wellness wearables, such as health monitoring and sleep activity tracking. The idea behind a smart bed is that “knowledge is power” and the more you know about the way you breathe, sleep, and regulate your own body’s temperature, the more optimized your sleep experience can become.
Some smart mattresses are even moving beyond simple monitoring and are incorporating features that can adjust your bed’s temperature or even start brewing your coffee. How cool is that?
Depending on a number of factors ranging from age to body shape to health conditions, you may find your sleep needs are highly specific, making it difficult to narrow down the correct mattress for your body without making significant compromises.
These compromises can be compounded if you sleep with a partner who has different preferences. A top customized mattress, especially one with a split feel or firmness makes it different on both sides. This may be something to consider if this sounds like you.
A number of different brands approach firmness and feel from a more individualized approach and can customize things such as firmness, responsiveness, and weight capacity to each customer. Several up and coming brands can be flipped or adjusted at home, without requiring the additional purchase of a topper or another additional layer.
Having a bed that can adjust with you is a huge advantage because so much in our life can change over the lifespan of a mattress, which can be decades long. Weight gains or losses, pregnancy (see our top picks), injuries, or the natural aging process can all change our mattress needs and if your mattress can change with you, you know you’ve made a solid investment.
Top Mattresses By Sleeping Position
When choosing a new bed, many people’s main consideration is the sleeping position and finding the ideal firmness and type for their preferred position. There are three main ones, so let’s see our top mattress picks for each position.
Contrary to belief, only 15% of the population are dedicated back sleepers. For some types of people this can even be a more healthy position to rest in. When it comes to firmness,medium/medium-firm works very well here.
You can go a bit more on a firm side but going with softer feel can cause the bed to “hug” too much, which could cause pain in the long run if the spine falls out of alignment. As far as materials, foam, latex, or innerspring are great, but you may want to make sure to choose a product with good cooling properties. There is no single “best” product here, since a lot of this is up to personal preference.
Side sleeping is pretty common, and it is generally considered healthy and good for your spine and back. Although you won’t likely have the problem of heat and snoring, the main problem you may face is that firmer beds can cause shoulder and hip pain due to increased pressure.
If you prefer this position, try to aim for a medium or softer product as it can contour and adapt to your body, causing pressure relief where needed.
Although preferred by many, sleeping on your stomach can be considered harmful in many 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, comfortable mattress tends to be the best choice. If you choose plush products, your spine could curve, causing pain after some time.
Foam-based beds with firm feel are preferred by many, but a good innerspring or hybrid, and even latex, 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.
Very few individuals are committed to just one sleep position and prefer to switch back and forth between two or three favorites throughout the night. Whatever your preferred combination is, you’re going to need a versatile pick.
Combination sleepers should look for beds that advertise “universal” feels, especially ones that can offer a Medium-Firm feel as these typically offer the right blend of pressure-relieving comfort and support to accommodate most positions. You might also shop brands designed to help you reposition so that effort to roll over doesn’t wake you in the middle of the night.
Top Rated Mattresses 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 or help it obtain a good rating? A short list includes:
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 can be much better for this purpose, although picking this type can mean noise reduction. It all depends on what you value.
Larger or heavier people have slightly different needs. Due to more intense pressure caused by weight, you may 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 bedis that they want to sleep cooler. Just ten years ago, this wasn’t even a consideration. Today, it’s one of the main key features.
Different materials have different heat retention properties, and some of them sleep considerably cooler than others.
Heat Retention Graphic – How cool or hot each type of mattress typically sleeps.
Traditional foams will sleep much hotter than coil or latex, and most hybrids were made to sleep cool. 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, gel, open cell, phase changing material, or something aerated.
Sleeping with your partner in the same bed can be challenging if you have different preferences. Most couples have reported the following issues:
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. The downside is that some models haven’t historically looked so nice (which is definitely changing) and there are mechanisms that have the potential to break after some time. It’s still a fantastic choice for may suffering from lumbar or neck stiffness or pain.
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 can opt for firmer products if you are a back or stomach sleeper or a heavier person looking for more support and less sagging.
It should help keep your spine from arching and your pelvis from sinking too deep. Mixing firm support with a pillow top or comfort layer can make the evening even more cozy.
Your body and weight will play an important role in the overall feel. If you are a heavier person, you will generally need a firmer mattress to get the same feel as someone who is much lighter than you.
Support is absolute key for any mattress ever, but something that feels like a rock can cause unnecessary pain in the long run. Higher end soft feel beds can also provide enough support, cooling, and help with pressure points.
In most cases,side sleepers will want a softer feel, and a great example is memory foam. However, you probably will not want a softer feel if you are a strict stomach sleeper.
You can also alter the feel based on the frame. For example, a platform bed may seem a bit firmer than a more flexible base.
For the athletes and active folks among us, those who train and want to make the most out of every minute of the day, whether awake or asleep, there are products with innovative materials and features that can help to boost recovery. And boosting recovery may even lead to an increase in overall performance.
While some brands tout specific gains for athletes, there are also other quality products that can offer everything from customization and cooling (perhaps good for some with high metabolisms!). Celliant, a material gaining popularity in this space and is currently undergoing testing, could help to turn the body’s energy back into infrared light for deeper rest and recovery.
For light sleepers, sharing a bed with a restless child, partner, or pet can be misery if you don’t manage to select the right bed. Looking for the right set of features can help to ensure you are not jostled, shaken, or poked awake in the middle of the night by a stray elbow.
Brands with excellent motion isolation, such as hybrids with pocketed coils or all-foam constructions, can greatly reduce the amount of vibration that can transfer from a partner’s movement to your space. Also, brands with excellent edge support can increase the bed’s usable space so that you’re not crowded into the middle of the bed where you might feel movements more acutely.
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 helped, or perhaps in some cases prevented, by using a proper mattresses.
If you are suffering from back pain, nighttime can be one of the only part 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 thatfirmer 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.
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:
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.
Many people experience it at least once in their lives. Waking up with neck pain once in awhile is not a cause for concern. But, if the problem persists, and if the condition drags out for months, first you need to get a doctor’s exam and if everything is okay, consider adapting 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 (you can see some of the top rated picks for those who deal with neck pain). 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 are something to look out for if you are suffering from hip pain, but hybrids and foam products may be perfect due to increased 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 a proper sleeping surface can help relieve symptoms. Pressure points are very important here, and you will need a bed with enough support while providing good cushioning and contouring.
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 in some positions.
Sleep Number created a technology that allows you to adjust the height of your bed with a push of a button, which can really help. 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.
The population of people suffering from sleep apnea is growing every day as more individuals are going to their doctor seeking relief from symptoms of snoring and overwhelming fatigue. If not properly managed, this condition can lead to much more serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.
Though only your doctor can best advise how to manage this condition, a good mattress may also help alleviate symptoms and improve your rest. Mattresses that can accommodate side or stomach sleeping while properly aligning your spine may help your airways remain clear. Options compatible with adjustable bases may also open up more effective sleep positions.
There are many factors that can keep you awake at night and contribute to insomnia, and talking to your doctor is the best way to help examine your symptoms. However, if you suspect your mattress might be to blame, there are several features to look for to help alleviate the most common forms of night-time restlessness.
First, you may try shopping for picks that offer exceptional pressure relief as uncomfortable pressure points can inhibit good circulation and keep you awake. Also, if temperature is an underlying cause, you may look for options designed to regulate their own temperature so you don’t overheat.
Allergies and Asthma
Exposure to molds, mildews, dust mites, or chemical irritants can all trigger an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. Traditional innersprings can create a haven for dust accumulation, and old-fashioned memory foams can be a hotbed for unwanted chemicals. Thankfully, more modern companies have come up with special features that can reduce exposure to unwanted triggers.
Look for foams that are certified to the CertiPUR-US® or comparable standards and more eco-friendly materials that can cut down on chemical treatments. Pocketed coils, foams infused with antimicrobial additives like copper, graphite, or green tea, and all-natural latex beds can all help reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction.
Hot Flashes and Menopause
Hot flashes may be inevitable, but a company that has gone the extra mile to develop cooling technologies for their mattress could help prevent the process from ruining your night’s sleep. You should look for beds that specifically target breathability as this can help keep the mattress cooler and drier while you sleep. When you do wake up sweaty, you will want a bed that can quickly dry out and help heat to dissipate.
Beds with coil systems allow for a lot of airflow that can help regulate temperature, and in general, these mattresses usually sleep the coolest. Latex can also be an excellent choice as it is a temperature neutral material that also allows for a lot of air to flow through.
If you’re in love with memory foam, many modernized memory beds have updated their foams to help prevent overheating. Moisture-wicking fabrics, phase change technology, or cooling gels infused through your foams could keep the heat from getting stuck in the mattress right up next to your body.
Pressure points are not ideal for any sleeper but can be absolutely agonizing for someone living with and learning to manage a condition like osteoporosis. Ongoing research shows that a light exercise program (designed by a health care provider) can help strengthen your muscles and protect deteriorating bones, but you probably won’t feel up to exercising if you aren’t able to get the proper amount and quality of rest.
You will want to look for a mattress that can mold to your shape so that pressure points melt away while still providing the amount of support you need to keep your spine in a straight line. Beds with zoning in them can help you achieve this balance by varying support depending on the weights of different parts of your body.
Mattresses that can help you stay cool can also minimize tossing and turning that can be exceptionally painful for folks with this condition. Though traditional memory foams do a great job with pressure relief, they can often sleep really hot. Newer innovations with these materials and infusions of gels and copper can help carry heat away so that your rest remains comfortable and cool.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Research has shown that improving the quality of your rest can reduce the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome. Though only a doctor can provide the proper intervention for this condition, a mattress uniquely suited to your needs may help improve your sleep and allow your muscles a greater opportunity to relax. Improving your sleep hygiene could potentially go a long way towards improving the outcomes for a number of different health conditions.
Ideally, you’ll want a bed that decreases pressure points and cradles your body so that restlessness is kept at a minimum. Memory foam or latex may be a good choice for that, as well as hybrids that include these materials in their comfort layers. As an added bonus, foams could help isolate motion that results from your moving legs and prevent it from disturbing your sleep partner.
Choosing a mattress may be up to your individual taste and what suits you best. Ideally, your back should remain comfortably aligned and you shouldn’t feel any pressure. Your individual body type will dictate a lot of what kind of bed will best be able to manage your comfort.