Why are people obsessed with Casper mattresses? I slept on one for three years to find out
The best mattress is the one you stop thinking about.
Updated September 24, 2019
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If you’re shopping for a new mattress, you’ve probably had to wade through an ocean of jargon and about a million photos of people smiling as they recline on (let’s face it) identical-looking, spongy white rectangles. I’ve been there, too.
As traditional retailers like Mattress Firm and Sears disappear, online purchasing has only gotten more prevalent. And while shop-at-home convenience and money-back guarantees are a huge draw, I had a hard time distinguishing the actual differences between all the mattress-in-a-box brands like Leesa, Tuft & Needle, Purple, Nectar and others.
But after reading reviews until my eyes watered, I took the plunge and purchased a Casper mattress (available at Amazon for $995.00) . That was over three years, and here’s what I can tell you as a Casper owner: I’m satisfied.
(Note:In the interim since I bought my Casper, the team at Reviewed began in-depth mattress testing. Collectively, our favorite is Nectar, which was praised for striking an ideal firmness/softness balance. However, I still love my Casper, which only serves to further underscore the subjective nature of mattress reviewing. Comfort is king, after all, and I’m sleeping just fine.)
Shopping for a new mattress usually starts at 3 A.M., sleepless and in the dark.
I complained about our old mattress for at least two years before I did anything about it. Waking up achy after a night of tossing and turning on a squeaky old bed, throwing another “We really oughta’…” onto a pile of empty threats before heading for the shower.
How many times did I hear Marc Maron or one of the countless other podcasters extol the virtues of a Casper mattress before I finally took a chance? How many mattress reviews beyond this did I read before pulling the trigger? Too many, in retrospect.
I bought a Casper mattress over three years ago, but it took about a year before I realized just how much I liked it. How did I finally know? Because I stopped thinking about mattresses altogether—truly the hallmark of a mattress doing its job.
Mattresses are unique among the things we own. We spend more time with them than any other consumer good (except perhaps our phones), yet we really only consider them when they’re either brand-new or when they’re utterly failing.
There are undoubtedly better mattresses out there. Oprah sleeps on a $100,000 bed. I do not sleep on a $100,000 bed. I sleep on an $800 bed and I’m very happy. Here’s why.
Unboxing a Casper mattress is an event unto itself
If owning a Casper mattress is blessedly unmemorable, getting one delivered sure makes an impression. Unlike traditional mattresses, it comes rolled up like a spring-loaded burrito. At 70 pounds (for the full size), it’s about twice as heavy as the mattress we were replacing and proved comically difficult to get up the stairs.
Unboxing it was just plain fun. Casper clearly put a lot of thought into designing the experience—right down to the little letter opener-style knife to slice open the shrink wrap without damaging the mattress. We just had to make sure the mattress was in position on the bed frame before we cracked it open.
The final cutting away proved, thankfully, less explosive than anticipated. Rather, the mattress’ foam layers unfurl and expand as it takes its first deep breath in your new home. Just thinking about it makes me want to go home and crawl into bed for a quick nap. (Keep reading. I’m just resting my eyes.)
Sure it looks small, but that box is CRAZY heavy. Still worth it, though.
It’s tough to argue with a 100-day return policy.
The extended money-back guarantee—a 40-day trial period when I bought mine, and now up to 100 days—was ultimately the factor that got me to click “buy.” I figured that takes a fair amount of confidence from a manufacturer. It’s way more than enough time for back sleepers, stomach sleepers and side sleepers to figure out whether the pressure points inherent in their old mattresses have been done in by Caper.
If you pause to think about it, they can’t resell a used mattress. Plus they have to spend cash on a delivery team just to pick it up from your house—there’s no way you’re going to put this thing back in the box yourself. This is some amazing customer service.
In Casper, I saw a company putting its money where its mouth was. I was convinced.
The best mattress in the world? Probably not. But the right one for me.
I can say with certainty that Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square and Otto’s are tied for the best pizza in Cambridge, MA because I’ve had pizza from basically every joint in the city. I’m an authority.
My dog (who’s obviously intelligent) also loves hanging out on the new mattress.
I cannot say that Casper is the best mattress in the world for precisely the same reason. I haven’t slept on every mattress in the world. This is also why I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of facts about foam density or how it stacks up against Purple, Tuft & Needle, and other new-school mattress companies that have sprung up. I can read the spec chart as well as anyone, but I can’t testify to their actual differences. (Update:the rest of the Reviewed team has begun testing mattresses since this article was originally published.)
I’m speaking purely from personal experience. But in my defense, I always do my homework and I’m pretty damn opinionated about products. Also, my satisfaction with Casper seems to be in good company amongst the mattress nerds. It’s not a firm mattress. It’s not a soft mattress. It’s just the right mattress for me—and very likely, for you as well.
I purchased the full-size and only paid a little more than I did for my iPhone, and I don’t rely onthatto keep my vertebrae in their right place, do I? Some things are worth investing in.
Bottom line: I bought a Casper and then I stopped thinking about mattresses. Don’t you wish you could say the same?
What are the different kinds of Casper mattresses?
When I purchased three years ago, Casper only offered one variety of mattress, available in all the usual sizes. Since then, the line has expanded to include additional mattresses options, as well as pillows, bedding, bed frames… even a dog bed.
The original Casper mattress is still sold today and is simply calledThe Casper, and starts at $595 ($995 or less for a queen). It’s the most popular model they sell. You have the option for all-foam or a hybrid of foam and springs for an additional $100.
The Waveis the upgrade model. Starting at $1,295 ($2,395 for a queen), it costs significantly more but promises more layers, more support, and a cooler night’s rest for hot sleepers.
The Essentialis the starter model. From $395 ($600 for a queen), it’s slightly thinner and has the fewest layers.
Where to try or buy a Casper
Casper was formerly an online-only business, which was a huge part of its appeal. You got to skip the hellscape of a traditional mattress store and try out the mattress in your own home for over three months.
Now, however, there are several options for seeing a Casper in-person before you buy. There are a select number of Casper Sleep Shops (see store locator), little boutiques that focus solely on Casper products. Target, an investor in Casper, also floors them in many locations. West Elm used to carry them, but it appears that they’re now partnering with Leesa.
All retailers charge the same price for Casper mattresses, including Amazon. If you see a suspiciously low sale price, double-check that it’s not some weirdo selling you a used mattress. All legit retailers should also offer the same 100-day return policy.
How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?
Mattresses sold today range in price from $150 or less to more than $5,000, but most shoppers can find the mattress they need for under $1,000. The price-point of a mattress depends on several factors, including type, size, height, material composition, and durability.
This guide offers shopping tips for comparing mattresses based on different factors and finding the right model for you and your sleep partner at a reasonable price.
Average Mattress Prices
Mattress type impacts the price-point more than any other factor. The price range of foam mattresses, for example, varies significantly from the price ranges of latex or hybrid models. The table below features current price ranges for five common mattress types; please note that the prices listed below are for Queen-size models. Click the links in the left-hand column to read our full analyses of each mattress type.
|Mattress Type||Low Price Range||Medium Price Range||High Price Range||Average Price-Point (Queen)|
|Innerspring||Less than $700||$700 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,038|
|Foam||Less than $600||$600 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,044|
|Latex||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More than $2,500||$1,971|
|Hybrid||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,200||More than $2,200||$2,077|
|Airbed||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More than $2,500||$2,283|
Cost Factors for Different Mattress Types
Next, let’s look at some factors that influence the price of different mattress types.
Cost Factors for Innerspring Mattresses
Here are some important considerations to make when looking at innersprings:
- The price-point of an innerspring mattress is often tied to durability and lifespan. Cheaper models tend to feature polyfoam comfort layers and bonnell coils, which typically perform for three to five years. Costlier innersprings may feature memory foam or latex in the comfort layer and more durable coils — such as offset or continuous-wire coils — in the support core.
- Some innersprings are constructed with pocketed (or fabric-wrapped) coils; it’s important to note that mattresses featuring at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort layer and pocketed coils in the support core are technically considered hybrids, not innersprings.
- Gauge (or thickness) can be used to determine how durable a mattress coil is; thicker low-gauge coils are more durable than thinner high-gauge coils.
- Many mattress manufacturers list ‘coil count’ as a measure of quality and durability — and the price may reflect this — but coil count does not necessarily reflect the lifespan of an innerspring mattress.
Cost Factors for Foam Mattresses
Foam mattresses are typically priced using the following criteria:
- Foam density plays a role in mattress durability, and is a key factor for foam mattress pricing. Low-density foams are softer and tend to deteriorate quickly, and are most often used in relatively cheap mattress models. High-density foams are firmer and tend to last longer; they are usually used in models with more expensive price-points.
- Another key consideration is the type of foam used. Polyfoam (even high-density polyfoam) will degrade faster than most memory foams. As a result, the cost of an all-polyfoam mattress is usually much lower than the cost of a memory foam mattress. Likewise, mattresses with specialty memory foam (such as gel or copper-infused memory foam) are more expensive than those with standard memory foam.
- Most sleepers feel more comfortable on memory foam than polyfoam. However, price-point does not appear to be a significant factor in customer experiences with memory foam compared to performance factors like firmness and conforming/pressure-relieving abilities. For this reason, shoppers may be able to find a memory foam mattress that suits their preferences at a relatively low price.
Cost Factors for Latex Mattresses
The price of a latex mattress is often determined by the following factors:
- Latex in mattresses is produced using one of two processes. The Dunlop process produces denser and heavier latex that is most often used in support cores. The Talalay process produces lighter and less dense latex that is typically used in comfort layers. Talalay latex tends to be more expensive than Dunlop latex, but some mattresses contain both.
- The price of a latex mattress will also depend on whether natural or synthetic latex is used. Natural latex is extracted from rubber trees and produced without fillers using either the Dunlop or Talalay process. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, is entirely manmade, but is still processed using the Talalay or Dunlop method. The differences in firmness and feel between natural and synthetic latex are negotiable. However, sleepers are much more susceptible to allergic reactions on natural latex.
- An important distinction for shoppers is the difference between ‘natural latex’ and ‘100% natural latex’; the latter does not contain any fillers whatsoever, while the former may not be entirely natural. In some cases, mattresses sold as ‘natural latex’ are actually made of mostly synthetic latex.
Cost Factors for Hybrid Mattresses
Cost considerations for hybrid mattresses include the following points:
- In order to be considered a true hybrid, a mattress must have at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. Many mattresses are sold as hybrids, even though they don’t meet this criteria. For example, some models sold as hybrids feature latex and memory foam components, but the support core is made of polyfoam, not pocketed coils.
- Some hybrids feature a layer of microcoils in the comfort system for added conforming and pressure relief. Models with microcoil layers are usually more expensive than standard foam-and-coil hybrids. However, customer satisfaction ratings between microcoil and non-microcoil hybrids are comparable, suggesting that these components do not play a significant role in sleeper experiences.
Cost Factors for Airbed Mattresses
An airbed is defined as any mattress that features air chambers in the support core, rather than foam or coil layers. Airbeds have the highest average price among all mattress types. When pricing airbed mattresses, consider the following:
- Most airbeds sold today feature manual or remote controls that allow users to inflate or deflate air to match their comfort preferences; many can be toggled using online apps. Remote-control airbeds — especially ones that utilize smart-app technology — are almost always more expensive than manual-control models.
- Airbeds with memory foam, latex and/or microcoils in the comfort layer are usually priced higher than those with standard polyfoam comfort systems.
- Airbed prices somewhat correlate to mattress height, with thicker models being the more expensive option. The number of air chambers may also play a role; traditional airbeds have one to two air chambers, but some newer models have as many as six individual chambers (and cost more on average).
Cost Factors for a Bed Base
The bed base refers to the part of a bed that supports the mattress. Here are a few of the factors to consider when you’re thinking about purchasing a bed base to hold up your mattress.
- Box springs are generally cheaper than other kinds of bed bases, but may require an additional foundation or legs if you want storage space underneath. It’s worth noting that box springs can help to extend the lifespan of your mattress, preventing deterioration and sagging.
- Foundations or platforms tend to be on the less expensive side. Like box springs, they can help to add value to your mattress purchase by extending its lifespan. They are generally set up to have storage space below, so there probably won’t be a need for extra purchases like with box springs.
- There are a few factors that can make your bed base pricier. Some foundations have extra storage drawers and/or headboards, for example. These are often more expensive.
- Adjustable beds, which can be raised at the head or foot to create different angles for sleeping, are the priciest options. Still, they can be important for certain kinds of sleepers, such as people with poor circulation, sleep apnea, or other sleep problems. If you have certain sleep conditions, the price of an adjustable bed base may be well worth it for higher-quality sleep over time.
Which Mattress Type Is Best for You?
Now that we’ve explored cost factors affecting the price of a mattress, let’s look at some distinct qualities associated with different mattress types. Customers can use metrics like these to determine which mattress is best for them based on their top priorities as shoppers and sleepers.
|Average lifespan||5 to 7 years||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer|
|Conforming ability||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Good||Good to Very Good||Good|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Fair||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Fair|
|Temperature neutrality||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Noise potential||Fair||Very Good to Excellent||Very Good to Excellent||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Odor potential||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good|
|Edge support||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
Additional Mattress Costs
The original price-point is not the only cost associated with mattress ownership. Here are a few more costs that may arise for mattress owners:
- Foundations:Mattress customers usually have the option of purchasing a matching foundation to go with their new mattress; most foundations are priced at $150 or higher.
- Shipping:Many mattress manufacturers offer free delivery to customers in the continental United States; these deliveries are mostly coordinated through UPS, FedEx and other ground courier services. A few manufacturers also offer free shipping to customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and offshore U.S. territories, but most impose shipping charges of at least $100 for these locations; additional fees may also apply for customers in remote locations in the continental U.S. For companies that do not offer free mattress shipping, customers should expect to pay at least $100.
- In-Home Assembly:A large number of mattress companies offer delivery that includes in-home mattress assembly and packaging waste removal; this is often called ‘White Glove delivery’. The standard cost of White Glove delivery is $99, but some companies charge more.
- Old Mattress Removal:Mattress companies that offer White Glove delivery will often remove the customer’s old mattress for an additional charge (usually $50). However, most mattress companies that use ground couriers like UPS and FedEx for deliveries do not offer this service.
- Mattress Returns:Mattress sleep trials are common; most companies allow customers to return their mattress within 30 to 90 days of their original purchase in exchange for a refund (specific lengths vary by company). However, many sleep trials include hidden ‘shipping and handling’ fees for customers that return their mattress during the sleep trial. These details are usually included in the fine print of the company’s sleep trial and return policy.
- Mattress Exchanges:In addition to mattress returns, some companies allow customers to exchange their mattress during their sleep trial for a model of a different size and/or firmness. The same ‘shipping and handling’ fees apply. For mattress upgrades, customers will be required to pay the difference in price between the original and the replacement. Typically, one exchange is allowed per sleep trial.
A standard mattress warranty should last at least 10 years. Some span 25 years or longer. Warranty terms vary significantly between mattress manufacturers, and there are several costs associated with them.
Most mattress warranties require customers to cover shipping and handling fees associated with repairs for mattresses with defects (such as deep indentations or protruding coils). Additionally, customers should expect to pay shipping and handling fees for replacing their defective mattress with a new model.
Another important warranty consideration is whether the coverage is nonprorated or prorated; some warranties are entirely nonprorated, while others are nonprorated for a set number of years and prorated for the remainder of the warranty coverage period. Nonprorated coverage means that, with the exception of shipping and handling fees, owners do not need to pay extra costs for replacing a defective mattress. During prorated coverage periods, customers must pay extra charges for replacing their mattress; these charges are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original mattress price (typically 5% to 10%) by the number of years of ownership.
For example, let’s say a mattress costs $1,000 and is covered under a 20-year warranty with five years of nonprorated coverage and 15 years of prorated coverage with a 5% prorated charge. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the first five years, then the owner will only be required to pay shipping and handling fees. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the tenth year, then prorated charges are calculated as 10 (years) by 5%; this means that the owner will be responsible for paying half the original price (or $500) to have the mattress replaced. During the eleventh year, this charge will increase to 55% (or $550), and so on until the 20-year period ends.
Most – but not all – 10-year warranties are entirely nonprorated. Some warranties that extend 15 to 20 years or longer are fully nonprorated, but most included prorated coverage periods. In some cases, a mattress warranty will only include two to three years of nonprorated coverage. For this reason, customers should place more emphasis on the length of the nonprorated coverage period than the overall warranty length. Furthermore, most industry experts agree that a mattress should be replaced every seven to eight years; this somewhat negates the need for warranties that extend beyond 10 years.
How to Get the Best Deal on a Mattress
When you’re looking for the best possible deal on a mattress, there are a number of factors that come into play. Here are a few tricks and tips, as well as some important factors to consider when looking for a great mattress deal.
It’s important to do your homework when you’re looking for the best deal on a mattress. Conduct market research before you buy, and you’ll end up with a higher-value purchase in the end.
Mattresses vary widely in terms of durability, firmness, prices, and overall quality. Compare customer reviews and brand prices in order to get the most value for what you pay.
Date-specific deals are huge in the mattress industry. If you time your purchase correctly, you can save quite a bit on your mattress. Here are some of the most common holidays and other sales days when you might snag a mattress deal:
|President’s Day||3rd Monday in February||President’s Day is usually the first opportunity all year to celebrate with mattress savings. Virtually all online mattress sellers provide brand-new coupon codes for this holiday.|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May||Many mattress brands offer Memorial Day promotions. Brick-and-mortar stores may have some savings, but online mattress companies will usually provide ultra-steep price cuts and special deal throughout Memorial Day weekend.|
|Independence Day||July 4th||Along with fireworks and outdoor barbecues, mattress sales have become synonymous with Independence Day. Okay, maybe not quite the same, but July 4th does bring significant mattress savings every year. While many stores close on this holiday, look for sales on the 3rd or 5th.|
|Amazon Prime Day||July 15th||This midsummer sales day provides endless deals for members of Amazon Prime. Even if you’re not a Prime member, though, other mattress sellers will often publish new coupon codes on their own sites to draw customers away from Amazon, so scour various sites for deals.|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September||Labor Day has long been a major discount day for the mattress industry. Starting on the Friday before the holiday, look for new coupon codes, steep discounts, and other promotions at online mattress retailers.|
|Veterans Day||November 11th||New coupon codes and promos almost always come out on Veterans Day. This mid-November discount opportunity is an especially good time to look out for great deals before the holidays, as mattress companies try to sell as much of their inventory as possible before the approaching winter rush.|
|Black Friday||The day after Thanksgiving, or the fourth Friday in November||Black Friday is a massive sales event for both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers. Because it’s a weekend-long event, and because so many sellers are competing with one another, you can usually find a steal just after Thanksgiving with a little research and price-matching offers.|
|Cyber Monday||Monday after Thanksgiving (may fall in late November or early December)||This e-commerce sales holiday boasts a longer discount window than most other discount days, with some sales lasting the entire week or even longer. Sellers actively compete in a race to the bottom of the price barrel on this post-Thanksgiving holiday, so if you’re looking for the ultimate steal, this is a good time to find one. Be on the lookout for extra perks on Cyber Monday, too, like free bedding and shipping.|
Get a friend referral
If you have a friend who recently bought a mattress or is looking to buy one, you could save money on your own mattress purchase. Some retailers offer a referral deal on your purchase when someone who purchases a mattress (or, in some cases, other furniture or household goods) refers you to the company.
Choose a brand that offers free shipping
Buying a mattress online is often cheaper than buying one in person, and most retailers offer their products on the web in today’s market. Many companies offer free shipping, which is a major perk.
If you can dodge the shipping costs, online is often the best way to go when it comes to buying a mattress. On the web, you can almost always find a great mattress deal, with no markups from third-party retailers.
Ultimately, one of the best ways to save money in the long-term is to get a mattress that will last you a long time. When it comes to mattress value, the price point is just one small piece of the puzzle: A mattress that you can use comfortably for many years to come is key.
Do market research on the most durable mattresses. Read customer reviews to make sure the mattress will last a long time for the price you’ll be paying.
Generally speaking, the average sleeper will be able to spend $1,000 or less for a mattress that suits their comfort and support preferences. However, mattress shoppers are urged to thoroughly research different products before making a purchase. In order to find the right mattress at the lowest available price, be sure to compare different models based on factors like type, material composition, firmness, and durability, as well as company policies regarding shipping and delivery, sleep trials, and warranty coverage.
To view and compare different mattress brands based on price, please visit our Product Comparison Page.
The Purple Bed Review For 2020
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The Purple team is almost as famous for their wild commercials as they are for reinventing what it means to build a mattress. Goldilocks criticizing the 3 Bears mattress choices or a guy with eggs on his back dropping from the ceiling? That’s them.
Is it all just hype or is there something to this mattress that even eggs can sleep on comfortably.Our Purple mattress reviewwill take a look at this hyper-elastic grid and see what the fuss is about. Does it really sleep cool and relieve all your pressure?
We’ve gone into a lot of detail, so if you’re in a hurry, skip to the conclusion here.
Who Do We Think Matches With Purple?
- Versatility Seekers– People in this market are looking for great beds that match multiple sleep postures or body types, and that’s the goal behind the hyper-elastic polymer grid that Purple’s come up with. It’s made to adapt to most body shapes and sizes in whatever position the individual prefers.
- Pressure Relief Seekers– If you suffer from aches and pains, the last thing you need is pressure building up while you sleep, but this system was designed to cradle your weight (whatever that may be). It can relieve pressure where it builds up while supporting areas that need support.
- Hot Sleepers– Some old-fashioned foam really holds in the heat, but the grid system used here is designed so it is temperature neutral.
Possible Purple Complaints:
- Not a Classic Feel– Classics are classic for a reason, and many people prefer to sleep on what’s familiar. If you’re not up for a brand new technology (with a lot of modern updates), you may not be a match for Purple.
- Little Bounce– There’s some bounce, but if you’re looking for the strong push back associated with innersprings, you might want to look at New Purple, which is a hybrid.
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- Company Headquarters: Grantsville, Utah
- Website: purple.com
- Phone Number: 1-888-848-0248
The story goes that brothers Terry and Tony Pearce got to talking over an afternoon of flyfishing in the Rockies in 1989 and came up with the idea of partnering up. Terry had experience in manufacturing, and Tony was a rocket scientist. They took their ideas to innovate sneakers, medical devices, wheelchair cushions, and even golf bag straps.
In 2016, the Purple mattress was born, hailed as the “no pressure mattress.” A few years later, they introduced the New Purple (Purple 2,3,4) that varies the height of the grid and combines it with individually wrapped coils. Their claim is that their entire line of bedding products is based on the best science.
Construction: What’s In the Purple Mattress?
The bed-in-a-box brand arrives in a bag and is 9.5 inches tall. The cover, that extends around 3 layers was updated in 2019 with SoftFlex material (Polyester, viscose, and Lycra) that the company says better complements the unique feel of the comfort grid.
- The first layeris Purple’s signature 2-inch Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid that the brand calls “pressure-erasing.” It is highly durable, provides comfort, and protects the layers beneath. Its structure allows it to release and equalize pressure across the grid, which evenly distributes weight. When pressure does not need to be released, the grid holds its upright form to provide support.
- The second layeris 3.25 inches of medium-soft polyurethane foam. In addition to acting as a comfort layer, it helps to create a smooth transition from the top to base layers.
- The base layeris a 4-inch medium-firm support level made from polyurethane foam. It gives the bed shape and durability.
As of 2019, there is high-density foam around the edges to provide better edge support.
First Impression: How Does It Feel?
This bed arrives in a bag with handles that’s easy to transport to your bedroom for set up. Once released, you should give it a few hours to reach its full shape, but the layers should pop into place immediately.
When you first lay down on it, you will likely notice the feel of the grid beneath your weight conforming to your curves. Pushing on it with your hands, you’ll see how springy the grid is. Temperature should not build up beneath you while you’re lying there.
This is likely going to be an unfamiliar experience for you, so we recommend giving it a chance before you make any final decisions. Use that sleep trial to see how it works for you.
Firmness Scale: 6/10
This company makes some bold claims regarding their No Pressure® system. By collapsing more under the usual pressure points while maintaining support on the bodies contours, this is a unique approach to making sure heavier body parts do not have to bear excess pressure.
Sinkage will vary depending on your position, which is another feature unique to this bed. Areas of the body with gentler curves will not sink in as much as areas with more a more pronounced shape. Lying on your side, you can expect to sink in around the hips and shoulders much more than when lying on your back, so this ranges from a deeper hug to a gentle cradle.
The pressure relieved by the Original should work great for most folks, but those hoping for a little extra may look at the New Purple, which gives you the choice of a thicker grid system to better accommodate curvier body shapes.
Unlike slower responding materials, Purple’s grid is immediately responsive. There should be little to no trouble changing positions on this mattress.
The support system in the Original Purple starts with the comfort grid that pulls double duty supporting and soothing pressure, though this support is bolstered by two layers of polyurethane foam beneath. The edges are reinforced with denser foam, so support should be consistent edge-to-edge.
You should feel lying down on your mattress as if your spine is in the same position it is when you’re standing upright. Purple’s grid was designed to cradle your body in a neutral position regardless of position, so this should be good news for folks hoping for good spine alignment.
However, the individually wrapped coils in the hybrid version of this mattress may work a bit better for those searching for extra support, especially folks who are significantly heavier.
This bed-in-a-box is shipped in a bag with handles, which makes moving it to your bedroom a snap. The direct-to-consumer sales model also may help Purple keep prices down.
The polymer used in the comfort system is temperature neutral so body heat shouldn’t build up around your body while you’re sleeping.
Updated Edge Support
Purple’s placed denser foam around the sides to help maintain edge-to-edge support, which is perfect for folks who share their mattress and want to maximize their space.
Great Motion Isolation
Original Purple has a little bounce, but not much, especially with its foam core. Movement is mostly absorbed by the mattress and vibrations from the usual getting up and getting back into bed should be isolated so it doesn’t disturb your sleeping partner.
The Best Hybrid Mattresses – Buyer’s Guide & Top Picks
One of the newest developments in the mattress industry over the past decade has been the rapid growth of hybrid mattresses.
What characterizes a hybrid mattress? Well, it’s right there in the name: a hybrid is a mix, making use of various materials found in other popular types of mattresses. In particular, hybrids have a support core of coils like that found in an innerspring mattress along with a robust comfort system like that of a memory foam or latex bed.
The goal of the hybrid design to get the best of all worlds, offering the top features of each mattress type while minimizing the downsides of those other mattresses. For many sleepers, this gives hybrids a leg up on the competition, and it has made these extremely popular mattress models.
There is no single way to design and construct a hybrid mattress, and as a result, there is significant diversity in terms of how these mattresses feel, the features they offer, their durability, and their price. For most shoppers, trying to collect and process all the information about hybrids available online can be dizzying and can make it hard to know which are really the top options.
To make your mattress shopping a breeze, we’ve identified the top six hybrid mattresses based on our research. Each of these mattresses is described in detail in the first half of this guide. In the second half, we explain the components of a hybrid mattress, the benefits and downsides of this mattress type, and other vital information that can enable you to choose the best option for your needs.
What Are the Best Hybrid Mattresses?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to review all the mattresses that are on the market, and it can be a major challenge to figure out which are actually worthy of consideration. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and have narrowed down the options to just a handful of top picks.
|DreamCloud||Memory foam + latex||Medium Firm (6.5)||$1,199 (Queen)|
|Brooklyn Signature||Gel-infused specialty polyfoam||3 Choices: Soft (3) / Medium-Firm (6) / Firm (8)||$949 (Queen)|
|Leesa Hybrid||Hybrid||Firm (7)||$1,699 (Queen)|
|Saatva||Polyfoam + memory foam lumbar pad + micro-coils||3 choices: Plush Soft (3-3.5), Luxury Firm (5-6), Firm (8)||$1,199 (Queen)|
|WinkBed||Polyfoam + Pocketed Microcoils||3 Choices: Soft (4.5) / Luxury Firm (6.5), Firm (7.5)||$1,599 (Queen)|
Why We Like it
- A true hybrid: 8-layer design utilizes multiple high-end materials
- Luxe comfort feel that retains responsiveness
- Above-average temperature regulation
- 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty
The DreamCloud mattress truly fits the idea of a hybrid. It employs a unique design with eight layers and takes advantage of a collection of materials to create a regal and inviting feel.
The luxury feel of the mattress starts right off the bat with the cover, which is made with a soft blend of cashmere and polyester. The top is designed as a plush pillow top stuffed with gel-infused memory foam that contours to the body without collecting excess heat.
Additional components of the comfort system include three more layers of different types of memory foam as well as one layer of natural latex. These materials create a sleeping surface that has a superb ability to relieve pressure and promote spinal alignment. At the same time, the comfort system preserves enough resilience to prevent feeling stuck in the mattress.
Adding to that resilience is the DreamCloud’s support core of foam-encased innerspring coils. The coils can compress based on how much weight is applied to different parts of the bed, supplementing the responsiveness of the comfort system and adding overall bounce. A thin layer of memory foam sits beneath the coils to reduce noise and add stability.
All of these components combine to create a sleeping surface that hits all the right points for mattress shoppers – comfort, bounce, temperature neutrality, and support. The memory foam layers provide notable motion isolation, and the organization of the layers facilitates airflow so that the DreamCloud sleeps cooler than most other mattresses that include significant amounts of memory foam.
Another major benefit of the DreamCloud is the company’s sleep trial. The trial lasts for a full year, meaning that you have 365 nights to try out the bed with the option to return it for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. DreamCloud also backs the mattress with a lifetime warranty.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature
Why We Like it
- Pressure relief from specialty TitanFlex polyfoam
- Notable bounce from Energex foam and pocketed coils
- Available in three firmness options
- Proven name in online mattress industry
Once upon a time, the Signature from Brooklyn Bedding was an all-foam mattress. Determined to deliver on their bold claim of inventing the #BestMattressEver, the company continued to revise the bed’s design and features. The ultimate result of that process is the Brooklyn Bedding Signature, a sophisticated hybrid mattress.
The Signature has a comfort system that is made up of a quilted cover and a top internal layer that is 2 inches of the company’s specialty TitanFlex polyfoam. This foam is gel-infused and highly responsive, giving it the ability to relieve pressure through moderate contouring but without significant heat buildup that can occur with traditional memory foam.
Beneath the TitanFlex layer is 2 inches of Energex foam that technically serves as a transition layer although it definitely contributes to the feel of the bed. Energex is a latex-like polyfoam, meaning that it offers notable bounce with light contouring. Underneath this layer is 6 inches of pocketed innerspring coils that rest on 1 inch of high-density polyfoam to reduce noise and increase stability.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is available in three firmness levels — Soft (4 on the firmness scale), Medium Firm (6), and Firm (8) — so that customers have plenty of choices to find the model that best works for them.
Overall, the Signature balances all of the aspects of performance that are important to most sleepers including spinal support, comfort, stability, bounce, and temperature regulation. It is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty from Brooklyn Bedding, one of the best-known names in the industry.
Why We Like it
- Thick, pressure-relieving comfort layers
- Consistent temperature neutrality
- Resilient edge support
- 100-night trial
Formerly knows as the Sapira, the Leesa Hybrid is suitable for sleepers with chronic aches and pains in their neck, shoulders, back, and other sensitive areas. The mattress is designed with three foam comfort layers, including a middle memory foam layer for consistent body conforming, spinal alignment, and pressure relief. These components create a balanced, medium-firm (6.5) feel that alleviates discomfort without sagging or sinking too much.
The support core features durable pocketed coils reinforced with a base layer of high-density polyfoam. These components give the bed excellent edge support, resulting in no roll-off and minimal sinkage in areas around the perimeter where owners tend to sit. Consistent air circulation through the coils makes the bed suitable for hot sleepers, as well.
At $1,799 in a Queen-size, the Leesa Hybrid is priced much lower than the average memory foam hybrid. Leesa also offers free shipping to all 50 states and backs the mattress with a 100-night sleep trial.
Why We Like it
- Two-tiered coils create excellent resilience
- Memory foam lumbar pad for enhanced support
- Sleek euro-style pillow top
- Free white-glove installation
Saatva’s mattress can be hard to classify. Like an innerspring, its support core is made with a thick layer of coils. But its performance is taken to a new level with a second layer of micro-coils alongside layers of comfortable and supportive foam.
The base innerspring layer in the Saatva is made with steel coils and is either 4 inches or 7 inches thick depending on the model that you select. Above this is a 4-inch layer of pocketed micro-coils that provide more tailored cushioning to the body while maintaining significant bounce. Working along with the micro-coils are a memory foam lumbar pad and a euro-style pillow top with polyfoam and fiber fill.
These layers provide a sleeping surface that is able to limit motion transfer, resist heat buildup, and promote proper spinal alignment. For the comfort feel, the Saatva comes in three firmness levels that you can choose from: Plush Soft (3-3.5), Luxury Firm (5-6), and Firm (8).
A bonus for Saatva customers is free white-glove delivery. This includes setup of the Saatva in your bedroom and the haul-away of the packaging and an old mattress. This free service is just one of many reasons why Saatva consistently gets high marks for its customer support.
The Saatva comes with a 120-night sleep trial during which you can return the mattress for a refund; however, Saatva does deduct a $99 return shipping charge if you decide to make a return.
Why We Like it
- Best-in-class edge support
- Multiple firmness options to choose from
- Contouring and bounce from coil-on-coil design
- Lifetime warranty
The WinkBed is a thoughtfully constructed hybrid mattress that wins acclaim for its consistent comfort among sleepers in all positions and body weights. Anyone can find comfort from the WinkBed because it comes in three firmness settings: Soft (4.5), Luxury Firm (6.5), and Firm (7.5). The company also offers the WinkBed Plus, an option intended for sleepers over 300 pounds that has latex in the comfort layer.
The comfort system in the original WinkBed is made with two 1.5 inch layers of specialty polyfoams. These foams are gel-infused to reduce heat retention, and they have notable contouring to improve pressure relief. These foam layers are stitched into a euro-style pillow top.
Another part of the comfort system in the WinkBed is a 2.5-inch layer of pocketed micro-coils. These add stability and bounce while contributing to responsiveness as well. The support core is 7.5 inches of pocketed innerspring coils that are designed to be especially robust around the perimeter. This makes the WinkBed one of the best options on the market for people who value edge support.
All of the components in the WinkBed create a sleeping surface that can relieve pressure and isolate motion and at the same time offer plenty of bounce to make moving on the mattress, including for sex, hassle-free.
The WinkBed has a higher price tag than some other top hybrids, but customers love the performance of this mattress, making the price more than justified for most shoppers. WinkBed provides a 120-night sleep trial as well as a lifetime replacement warranty that provides coverage if a defect arises at any point in the future.
Hybrid Mattress Buying Guide
Deciding on a type of mattress to buy requires considering a broad range of factors. In the following sections, you can find the details about hybrid mattresses that can help you decide whether this mattress type is right for you.
What is a Hybrid Mattress?
Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring coil support core with a robust comfort system typically composed of latex, memory foam, and/or specialty polyfoam.
Shoppers should note that “hybrid” is occasionally used as a marketing term to refer to any bed that combines multiple types of materials. However, to be a true hybrid mattress, the bed must combine a coil support core with a thick comfort layer. If a mattress is made with a latex or foam support core or has only a very thin comfort system, it does not qualify as a true hybrid mattress.
What Are the Components of a Hybrid Mattress?
The construction of a hybrid mattress can be understood by explaining its constituent parts: the support core, transition layer, comfort layer, and cover.
A hybrid mattress must use a support core of innerspring coils. This layer of coils is usually six to eight inches tall and is located toward the bottom of the mattress.
In most hybrids, the support core is made with coils that are designed to compress with little influence from the surrounding coils. These may be referred to as pocketed, individually-wrapped, or foam-encased coils. This type of coil maintains a bouncy feel, provides a greater degree of responsiveness, and has less motion transfer compared to other types of coils.
In some mattresses, the coil support core may receive extra support from a base layer made with high-density polyfoam. When included, this layer is generally one to two inches tall. This foam layer can serve as a way to reduce the potential for noise from the coils and to add extra stability and shock absorption to the mattress.
The role of the support core in the mattress is to offer a sturdy base that helps drive the overall performance of the mattress. It is a backstop against excessive sagging and gives the mattress notable structural integrity while at the same time contributing to the bed’s comfort.
The transition layer sits between the support core and the comfort system and serves as a middle ground to augment the performance of both. Not every hybrid mattress has a transition layer, but when it is used, it commonly is composed of polyfoam that is denser and firmer than the comfort layer. This layer can be used to reduce the pressure on the support core to help extend the lifespan of the mattress.
The comfort system is what you usually first notice when you lie down on a mattress. It is made up of the top layers of materials that are arranged to promote a specific level of firmness and contouring. The comfort system can be just one layer or can be made up of multiple layers arranged together in a particular way. Most of the time, the comfort system in a hybrid will be three to four inches tall, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
In hybrids, the most common materials used in the comfort system are memory foam and latex. Some manufacturers employ specialty polyfoams that are produced to have features resembling those of memory foam or latex. More than one of these materials can be used together in a hybrid to create a particular feel and sleeping experience.
Part of the comfort system can be included in the mattress as a pillow top layer. This means that it is sewn into part of the cover just above the other layers. This can appear as a gap between the very top of the mattress and the rest of the bed, or, in the case of a eurotop, can be sewn to have a flush appearance. Various materials, including latex, memory foam, polyfoam, fiberfill, wool, and cotton may be included in a pillow top, and the choice of material will directly affect the way the pillow top feels to sleep on.
The last component of a hybrid mattress is its cover. The same cover can go over all four sides of the mattress, or a different material can be used for the top than for the sides and bottom. Materials including cotton, wool, polyester, and rayon are popular choices for a cover because of their softness and ability to wick moisture and remain cool through the night.
How Much Does a Hybrid Mattress Cost?
Because of the diversity of materials and designs for hybrid mattresses, they tend to have a wider price range than some other mattress types. On average, a quality Queen-size hybrid costs in the range of $1,000 to $1,300, which is higher than the average for innerspring or memory foam beds. Numerous hybrid options are available for below this average price, and some high-end hybrid models can be as expensive as $5,000.
How Long Does a Hybrid Mattress Last?
With an average lifespan of six to eight years, a hybrid bed lasts longer than the average innerspring bed and around the same as a memory foam mattress. The longevity of a hybrid mattress is highly dependent on the quality of the coils and materials in the comfort system. Because hybrids rely on multiple layers, the overall useful life of the mattress can be reduced if one of those layers wears out prematurely.
Because weight is placed directly on the comfort system, it is a part of the mattress at a higher risk of wearing out and dragging down the performance of your mattress. If foam is used in the comfort system, the foam density can give you an idea of its likely durability.
Foam density is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). The higher the PCF, the heavier and denser the foam, and in general, the less likely it is to give out. When possible, we advise looking for memory foams that are at least 3.5 PCF in the comfort layer. The density of polyfoam can be more variable. In the comfort layer, it is good for it to be 2 PCF or more; if used as part of the support core, 1.8 PCF is usually sufficient.
Coil Counts and Gauge
The coil count refers to the number of total coils that are in a mattress. The gauge measures the thickness of the coils. The higher the gauge, the thinner the coils.
Many mattresses have thicker coils around the exterior of the support core in order to offer more edge support. Mattresses with very thin coils can be at a greater risk of wearing out, but this will also depend on how the layers above the coils are arranged.
Coil count can be useful to review but can also be misleading. Larger mattresses will have a higher coil count, and quantity is not always better than quality. In any hybrid mattress, the performance and durability of the coils will be impacted by the way that the layers above have been set up and how pressure gets applied to the support core.
Hybrid Mattress Warranties
Every hybrid mattress should come with a long-term warranty. For most models, that warranty will be for 10 years or more. It’s worth taking a few minutes to review the warranty before you purchase a mattress. Generally, the warranty will cover defects but not normal wear-and-tear, which includes some indentations on the surface of the mattress. Reading the warranty also helps you understand your responsibilities to make sure that the warranty remains valid.
What Does it Feel Like to Sleep on a Hybrid Mattress?
The feel of a hybrid mattress is more variable than with most other mattress types because manufacturers can employ a wider range of materials and designs. While this makes it harder to generalize about the feel of a hybrid, it does mean that you usually have plenty of options, making it easier to find one that fits your preferences.
Because all hybrids have an innerspring support core, they tend to have moderate to significant bounce. Stability and edge support are both usually higher in hybrids than in all-foam mattresses.
Many hybrids have materials with at least medium contouring in the comfort system. For this reason, most hybrids provide quality pressure relief. However, because of the bounce from the coils, they tend to avoid issues of feeling trapped or stuck in the mattress.
Overall, remember that the design of the comfort system will have a major effect on the way it feels to sleep on any particular hybrid. The table below gives an idea of how — in general — some of the common hybrid comfort layer and pillow top materials compare.
|Memory foam||+Significant contouring for pressure relief +Excellent motion isolation +Very little noise||-May have excess hug / can feel stuck in the bed -Can inhibit motion and negatively affect sex -Can retain heat -More likely to have edge support problems|
|Specialty polyfoam||+Moderate contouring and bounce +Very little noise +Less heat retention compared to memory foam||-May not have as much contouring or pressure relief -Usually transfers more motion than memory foam -Durability depends on how it was formulated by manufacturer|
|Latex||+Moderate contouring and pressure point relief +Significant bounce, easy to move on the mattress +Durable +Minimal heat retention +Very little noise||-Less contouring and pressure point relief compared to memory foam -Increased motion transfer -Often heavy and hard to move -Can be expensive -Some people have allergies to latex|
|Cotton||+Soft +Breathable, promotes ventilation and cooling||-Very limited contouring -Very little motion isolation -Virtually no bounce or resilience|
|Wool||+Soft +Naturally moisture wicking with good temperature regulation||-Very limited contouring -Very little motion isolation -Virtually no bounce or resilience -Can be expensive|
|Fiberfill||+Usually soft +Generally less expensive to produce||-Not as breathable as cotton or wool -Very limited contouring -Extremely limited motion isolation -Virtually no bounce or resilience|
The firmness feel of a hybrid will depend not just on the materials but also how the mattress maker has decided to formulate and layer those materials. The most popular firmness level is Medium Firm (around a 6 on the firmness scale), but some hybrids are offered in Soft and Firm models as well.
When looking at hybrid mattresses, you may come across the term ILD, which relates to firmness. ILD stands for indentation load deflection, and it is a measurement of the amount of force, determined in a lab, required to compress material to a specific level. The higher the ILD, the firmer the material. For memory foam, an ILD of 10-12 is soft, 13-15 is medium, and 16 or higher is firm. For latex, ILD ranges from 15 to 45, reflecting a broader total range.
If you are looking at ILD, keep in mind that it only describes one layer, not the whole mattress. ILD also doesn’t tell the whole story because it is affected by the thickness of the material itself. For these reasons, while it can be useful to see the ILD when it is listed, it is hard to rely on that number alone to judge the likely firmness of a mattress.
What Are the Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Mattress?
Some hybrids are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, most of these mattresses share the same benefits and downsides. Review the list below to help figure out if a hybrid is right for you. Pros Cons Pros
How much should a mattress cost?
How much should a mattress cost?
I have no idea and I need to buy one. Queen size.
Get the best one you can afford. A good mattress is one of the best things you can buy for yourself.
Agreed. The average person spends 1/3 of their entire life in bed (more than that if you’re lucky–bow chicka wow wow). You don’t skimp on the one thing you’ll spend that much of your life depending on.
Direct answer: you can probably find a queen size innerspring mattress for $300 plus tax and delivery and whatever. You’ll probably want to put something on top like that egg crate stuff or a comforter or pillowtop, but if you’re going to get a pillowtop just get a better mattress instead.
Up to a certain point, though, you get what you pay for. My husband and I got a queen size memory foam mattress from woot.com for $300. A year later the damn thing had grooves in it where we slept and a hump in the middle which made it super annoying to snuggle. We were away for three months and the grooves were largely gone when we came back, but they reappeared very quickly. Moral of the story: don’t buy a cheap memory foam mattress.
We just bought a queen size mattress to replace the cheap one. I googled "how to buy a mattress" and related phrases and learned that above $1500 there’s no real benefit to paying more. Also learned lots of other stuff like the different kinds of mattresses and how there’s no science showing any particular material is better for everybody. It depends entirely on how it feels to you.
We were looking for a firm-ish mattress that wouldn’t cost too much but also wouldn’t jostle one partner much when the other moved around. That meant an innerspring mattress with individual coils (I don’t remember the industry term for it, but they’re wrapped individually instead of all attached to a metal lattice on the top of the bed like the cheapest innersprings). So when my husband jumped onto the bed I was lying on, I didn’t feel a thing.
We could have had a medium-firmness mattress (not including box spring since ours is still good — it was the mattress that sucked) for $800 but there was another one with a few more inches of foam or whatever padding on top of the coils, and that was more comfortable. It was also $300 more, but you spend 1/3 of your life on that mattress for ten years and, having slept on it for a few nights now, the difference was worth it. I know I would be uncomfortable if it didn’t have the additional foam, now that I remember what it’s like to sleep on a mattress with springs and how comparatively uncomfortable I was on the last spring mattress I had.
I recommend reading up a bit, then searching Yelp for mattress stores and finding one with many great reviews. Then go in and lie on beds for a while. First try the cheapest ones in each firmness (soft, medium, firm) and move up in price until you find one you like. Lie on it for 10-15 minutes (a good store expects you to do this — if they try to rush you, go to a different store). Try a few more at about that price and a little higher, because you’ll probably find that another hundred or three will be worth it.
I just bought a Sealy Tempur-Pedic that came to around $1050 (including frame/box springs/ cover etc.)
If you’re getting a Queen, pay a little extra and get split box springs. It makes the bed way easier to move in the off-chance that you have to.
Be careful with the bed warranties! Sometimes they require you to buy their box springs/frame/mattress cover. Keep all your receipts. All those extras are usually very negotiable btw.
Everybody will tell you this, but seriously: try out as many beds as possible in your price range; don’t be afraid to shop around. It took me trips to four stores over the course of three weeks before I found what I wanted, but now I sleep like a baby. Totally worth it.