Traditionally, buying a mattress consisted of going store to store testing out and searching for the most comfortable mattress. Since online brands have become more popular, they’ve changed how consumers research and buy mattresses. Now, consumers are able to buy products directly from the mattress brand itself instead of going through a mattress retailer. By eliminating the middleman, you greatly reduce the price of the mattress and receive more transparent information about the brand and mattresses they sell. To help you navigate the high number of brands available, we will be consistently updating this page with the most recent mattress reviews. We will also discuss the main types of mattress types out there, to help you find the best mattress for you.
In this article, we will cover:
- Mattress Types
- Our Mattress Reviews
The Best Mattress Overall
The Amerisleep AS3 is our choice for the best bed of the year. While we know what may work for you may not work for someone else, feedback shows the Amerisleep AS3 was designed to cater towards the majoriy of sleepers. Plus, Amerisleep offers a 100-night sleep trial, no-hassle returns and exchanges, and a 20-year warranty.
Finding the Best Mattress for You
Please visit our article on finding the best mattress for you, where we go over different types of mattress technology (from innerspring to memory foam to latex) and break down our recommendations by sleeping position, medical conditions, brand, and more.
There is no “one size fits all” mattress in the market. Mattresses vary in materials, size, layer composition, and so on. Mattresses are often made from foam, latex, innerspring coils, or a combination of all three. Before we review specific brands, we are going to provide information on the different types of mattresses and their pros and cons.
Polyurethane foam, otherwise known as poly-foam, is commonly used in mattresses, mattress toppers, and couch cushions.
Pros: Poly-foam is often low in density, resulting in minimal risk of sleeping hot because air flows easily through the foam. Typically, poly-foam is inexpensive to produce so beds made with poly-foam are more affordable than other options.
Cons: Because poly-foam is lower in density, they typically don’t offer the best support and tend to sag and become uncomfortable in just a few years.1
Memory foam is similar to polyurethane foam; however, it has viscose and elastic properties that poly-foam does not. Viscoelastic polyurethane foam, or memory foam, is plush and contours to your body.
Pros: Memory foam has the ability to contour to and cradle your body in ways poly-foam cannot. Because memory foam allows you to sink into the mattress, while providing support, it is often the technology of choice for relieving pressure points and aches or pains. Memory foam beds are great for side sleepers, especially, because they need pressure relief in their hips and shoulders while they sleep.2
Cons: A common complaint with memory foam is that it’s toxic, expensive to produce, and can sleep hot. Because of this, companies choose to create their own comfortable and lasting poly-foam, or they decide to modify their manufacturing process of memory foam to eliminate toxic chemicals and increase its ability to reduce heat.
Gel-infused foam can be either poly-foam or memory foam, and it is made by adding cooling gel into the foam.
Pros: Adding gel into foam creates a cooling sleeping environment and reduces the chance of the bed trapping heat. Gel also provides additional support to the memory foam, ideal for someone who enjoys a firmer bed.
Cons: Beds with gel-infused foam can be more expensive than other all-foam beds, and usually, the difference in feel between the gel-infused foam and regular foam is not drastic. Also, the cooling feeling the gel produces is generally not long-lasting. When you first crawl into bed, you may feel cool as you drift off to sleep, but as the night progresses, the gel usually takes on the temperature of its surroundings— deeming it practically useless in cooling you down.3
Plant-Based Memory Foam
During the manufacturing process of plant-based memory foam, a portion of petroleum is replaced with plant-based ingredients such as soy or plant-derived oil.
Pros: Because some petroleum is replaced with plant-based oil, the chances of unpleasant off-gassing smells emitting from the mattress is significantly reduced. By replacing petroleum with plant-derived oils, it makes your mattress healthier for both you and the environment.
Cons: Because only a select few mattress brands, such as Loom & Leaf and Amerisleep, use plant-based foam in their mattresses, there is not much information online about the material. Because of this, we recommend researching the other materials in the mattress and ensuring the mattress is a good fit for you, and not just buying it because it’s an eco-friendly option.
Latex creates a bouncy, responsive feel to the surface of your mattress.
Pros: Similar to memory foam, latex contours to your body and provides pressure relief— they’re an excellent choice for those who suffer from joint pain because they offer exceptional pressure and pain relief. Positive reviews about latex beds include they’re long-lasting, odor-free, and virtually silent while you get in and out of bed or toss and turn. Despite their bounciness, latex mattresses score decently well in regards to motion isolation because of the materials resiliency. If you’re looking for an all-natural or organic bed, latex is the way to go because it is derived from the sap of rubber trees. Latex mattresses are free of toxic chemicals, allergen-free, resistant to mites and mold, and environmentally friendly.
Cons: Natural latex mattresses are some of the most expensive mattresses in the market. They’re usually only sold online, so it can be difficult to find them in mattress stores to try out. Lastly, some customer reviews of their latex mattress state the bed ended up being firmer than what they were anticipating.4
Hybrid mattresses are made from two or more different materials, whether it be foam and latex, foam and innerspring coils, or latex and innerspring coils. These mattress types aim to capture the benefits of multiple materials while masking the cons of each.
Pros: Hybrid beds are typically bouncier than all-foam or latex beds due to the coil system included in the design. The layer of memory foam or latex is added to comfort and contour to your body while you sleep, and the coil system below provides targeted support.
Cons: A complaint with low-quality hybrid mattresses is the coil systems can cause pressure points and discomfort. Additionally, a good-quality hybrid can cost a bit of money. Unless you have the budget to accommodate a good hybrid bed, we recommend choosing another type of mattress instead of opting for a cheap hybrid.
Innerspring mattresses are the oldest mattresses in the market. They’ve been around since the 18th century and envelope multiple different coil systems; the Bonnell coil, the Offset coil, the Continuous coil, and the Pocketed coil.
Pros: Pocketed coils are individually encased in fabric, allowing them to move independently of one another; this coil system provides great motion isolation throughout the bed and is the most widely used coil type. Continuous coils, Bonnell coils, and Offset coils are not as prevalent as Pocketed coils; they’re commonly found in low to mid-priced hybrids and provide a bouncy surface for the bed. Innerspring beds are usually found in hotels, campers, and college dorm rooms because they are cheap to buy.
Cons: Innerspring coils cannot contour to your body as other materials can; this can lead to poor comfort and pressure points. Aside from pocketed coils that move independently of one another, most coil systems cause motion to transfer throughout the bed while you sleep; this means if you are sharing the mattress with someone who tosses and turns, you’ll be feeling every movement they make. Innerspring mattresses have a significantly shorter lifespan than mattresses made from other materials because the coils tend to sag and become indented after only a few years of use.5
Our Mattress Reviews
For this guide, we’ve taken a detailed look at some of the biggest bed-in-a-box brands and broken down the ins and outs of the mattresses they carry, sleep trials, and warranties.
Since 2007, Amerisleep has been selling their mattresses online; but in recent years, they’ve begun opening their own showrooms in select states. They sell five different mattress models, made from both poly-foam and plant-based memory foam. Their five models range in firmness and are recommended for types of sleepers. For example, their AS1 and AS2 make up their firm collection and are recommended for back and stomach sleepers. Their AS3, AS4, and AS5 complete their soft collection and usually are recommended for side sleepers depending on their body type and preference for firmness.
Amerisleep’s AS3 is their most popular and versatile mattress model; it is medium firmness and recommended by them for back, side, stomach, and combination sleepers.
All Amerisleep mattresses contain their Celliant® cover which is FDA-determined to promote better sleep. Each mattress also uses Amerisleep’s unique Bio-Pur® foam— this plant-based foam is five times more breathable than standard memory foam. These two technologies considerably reduce your chances of sleeping hot on this mattress.
The price of the different models can range from $999 to $1,899 for a Queen. When you buy an Amerisleep bed, it comes with a 100-night sleep trial that allows you to test in your own home. If you decide the bed isn’t your best fit, you have the option to return for a full refund or exchange for a different model. Additionally, Amerisleep backs their mattresses with a 20-year warranty.6
Casper made its grand debut in the mattress market in 2014. Since then, they’ve opened locations in states all over the US and partnered with Target® to sell their products in Target® stores nationwide. They carry three different mattress models made from both memory and poly foam, and other accessory products such as dog beds, lights, and nightstands.
Their three mattresses are called the Essential, the Casper, and the Wave, each of which are CertiPUR-US® certified. Their most budget-friendly option, the Essential, has three layers and is described as “An introduction to Casper comfort.” The Casper model is their most popular model, made from four layers the Casper includes a layer of zoned support the Essential does not. The Wave is made from five layers and contains targeted support and enhanced ergonomic spinal alignment. The Wave is described as having “Luxurious comfort and targeted ergonomic support.”
The prices between these models can vary from $600 for an Essential to $2,250 for a Wave (based off queen prices). Regardless of your budget restrictions, Casper has an option for you. Casper beds also come with a 100-night sleep trial; if you decide after sleeping on a Casper mattress that it’s not the most comfortable option for yourself, you have the option to return it for a full refund. Lastly, if you buy a Casper mattress, it’s backed by their 10-year limited warranty should it develop any defects mentioned in their warranty guidelines.7
Loom & Leaf™
Loom & Leaf™, or L&L, is a subsidiary of Saatva mattresses. The L&L bed is only sold online on their Loom & Leaf™ website. When you buy online, it comes with a 120-night sleep trial that lets you test the mattress out and decide if you want to keep it. The return will cost you $99 if you decide it’s not for you.
The L&L bed includes three main layers and is constructed using gel-infused foam, poly-foam, and eco-friendly memory foam. The first layer of the mattress is their gel-infused foam; by using gel-infused memory foam as their top layer, they’ve created a plush and comfortable sleeping surface designed to keep you cool all night. Below the layer of gel-infused foam is a layer of memory foam which contours to your body shape to relieve pressure points. Next, comes the core of the mattress made from durable poly-foam; this dense foam provides sturdy support for the surface of the bed and prolongs its lifespan. The L&L is CertiPUR-US® certified and also comes with a 15-year warranty and a “Fairness Replacement Option,” in case your mattress becomes defective before it’s time for a replacement. The price for a Queen Loom & Leaf is $1,299.8
Purple® was founded in 2015 by two engineers, brothers Tony and Terry Pearce. They invented their unique mattress material which is the selling point of all Purple® mattresses— hyper-elastic polymer foam. Using this material, they made a Smart Comfort Grid™; this grid is designed to adapt to your body regardless of your sleeping position and relieve pressure points and keep your spine in alignment. Additionally, the grid design allows for air to flow through the mattress, reducing your chances of waking up hot during the night.
Purple® carries its Original Purple® mattress and three models of The New Purple® mattress, all of their products are CertiPUR-US® certified. The Original Purple® mattress has its Smart Comfort Grid™ as the first layer, and two layers of polyurethane foam below to cushion your body and provide strong support for the mattress. The New Purple® mattresses are a hybrid design, featuring a pocketed coil system in addition to the Smart Comfort Grid™ and foam layers above. You can try these mattresses in Macy’s and Mattress Firm retailers nationwide. The cost of a Queen Original Purple® mattress is $999, and the price of the New Purple® mattresses can range from $1,599 to $2,799 for a Queen. Additionally, all of Purple®’s mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.9
Tuft & Needle®
Tuft & Needle®, or T&N, was founded in 2012 by two software engineers. At first, they only sold their Original Tuft & Needle mattress, and then they introduced a second mattress model called the Mint™. Both of these mattresses are made using poly-foam, specifically, T&N’s Adaptive Foam®; this foam was designed by T&N to feel comfortable to the sleeper above while relieving pressure points. Additionally, these mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified.
The Original T&N mattress had two layers— a layer of Adaptive Foam® for comfort and a dense, supportive base layer below. The role of the base layer is to provide support for the comfort layer above as well as maintain the integrity of the bed over time. The Mint™ differs from the Original T&N mattress because it has a transition layer the Original does not. The Mint™ has three layers, the Adaptive Foam® layer, a transition layer, and a supportive base layer. This transition layer creates a barrier of cushion between the comfort and support layer, preventing you from sinking straight through the Adaptive Foam® layer onto the tough support layer below. Both of these mattresses are designed for universal comfort and are considered to be medium firmness. The covers of both T&N mattresses are integrated with heat wicking graphite and cooling gel, to prevent you from heating up during the night.
Tuft & Needle mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, they can be bought on their website and Amazon. If you’re wanting to see one in person, they have locations in select states throughout the country and are also sold at most Walmart’s, Lowe’s, and Crate & Barrels across the nation.10
For more detailed information, read our complete Tuft and Needle Review.
As we mentioned, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with reviews for various brands in the mattress industry to help you find the best mattress to meet all your sleep needs. Be sure to check back for updated review articles, and feel free to comment which brands you’d like us to cover next.