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Best Mattress for 2023

Finding the best mattress is no easy task, especially online. So I did it for you. Here are the best mattresses that you can buy right now.

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Most people spend an entire third of their lives asleep. It's the time when we repair, recharge and dream. As such, it's paramount to our health to have a comfortable, supportive mattress that can help make the most of our eight hours. A good mattress can truly make a world of difference in your quality of sleep -- you just have to find it. 

When choosing the best mattress to make our slumber as restful as possible, we must consider several factors, including body shape, preferred sleeping position and health condition. And with so many mattress options available online, you may have to do some researching to find the right one. Still, whatever kind of sleeper you are, you're certain to find what you're looking for in our best mattress list. 

Pricing is shown below is full price for a queen mattress, but I list the full range of available sizes and prices within each entry. I update this list periodically.

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I've pored over mattress brand reviews from all corners of the internet, considered several distinct mattress material options and what they bring to the table. I also take into consideration construction, durability, comfort, special features and price. The beds in this best mattress review are the ones that stood out from over 100 different models, based on reasoning we explain below. 

It's a little difficult to dub the "best mattress" of our best mattress review when there are so many great beds to choose from, but if you gave me a million dollars to pick one, I'd name the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid for its its versatility, comfort and affordability. However, I also name other great beds in our best mattress review that suit all kinds of sleepers from side sleepers to couples who share a bed.

Brooklyn Bedding


Hybrid mattress


3 firmness levels | Soft: Medium-soft to soft or 2 | Medium: Medium to medium-soft or 4 | Firm: Medium-firm or 7


120 nights


10-year limited warranty

Brooklyn Bedding one of the only online bedding brands that manufactures its own mattresses in-house. It owns its own plants in the US, allowing it to remove the middleman and offer affordable but quality mattresses. 

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is the brand's flagship bed. It's a quality hybrid mattress (a bed made with coils and foam) that offers a neutral-foam feel that's more light and airy than memory foam. As its support layer, it has a thick system of pocketed coils with reinforced coils around the edges for improved edge support. 

It's accommodating for all body types and even suits any sleeping position. There are three firmness levels to choose from which land around: 3, 4 and 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale with 10 being the firmest. Pressure relieving enough for side sleepers and supportive options for back or stomach sleepers, too. Read more about this bed in our Brooklyn Bedding Signature review

One of the best parts about this mattress is its price. It retails for $1,249 but you can usually buy it for under $1,000 due to discounts.

TL;DR: Why we chose the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress

With three firmness levels to choose from, a strong steel coil foundation layer and a cushy feel that cradles your curves, it's a comfortable and accommodating pick for most people. When you buy a Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress, you also get a great value.

Read our Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid review.


Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid
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Flippable hybrid mattress


Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-soft


120 nights


10-year limited warranty

There are few beds like the Layla Hybrid on the mattress market for more than one reason. The major differentiator for the Layla Hybrid is its flippable construction, and each side has its own firmness level. Flippable beds used to be popular a few decades back, and Layla's helping give them a comeback. 

The primary comfort layers are made with copper-gel memory foam, but it's not dense like the memory foam inside Nectar. The memory foam is light, airy and a little more responsive than the foam's traditional slow-bouncing nature. The coils in the center of the mattress, the support layer, also help give the bed a little more spring. Above that, the Layla Hybrid is ultra plush and soft. I like to say it feels like you're lying on a big marshmallow, and it's a great contender as the best mattress for side sleepers. 

Side sleepers under 230 pounds will find the soft side to be incredibly plush, soft and pillowy. It's rated around a 3 out of 10 or a medium-soft on the firmness scale. The firm side is more supportive and falls around a 6 out of 10, making it ideal for heavier side sleepers over 230 pounds. Layla Hybrid is the best mattress for side sleepers of all shapes and sizes and well worth the money; it's like a 2-in-1 deal. Read more in our Layla Hybrid mattress review

The Layla Hybrid comes in twin to California king sizes and prices range from $1,299 to $1,899.

TL;DR: Why we chose the Layla Hybrid mattress

This bed is flippable! It offers two firmness levels in one, and two chances to find your perfect profile preference; one side is soft and pressure relieving while the other is more supportive. The star of the show is Layla's copper-infused memory foam. It helps regulate temperature, and the material feels ultralight and airy.

Read our Layla Hybrid review.


Layla Hybrid
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Hybrid mattress


3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm


360 nights


Lifetime warranty

The Saatva Classic is everything a back or stomach sleeper could want: The hybrid mattress is thick and supportive and provides just the right amount of contouring. You also have the option to choose how firm you want your firm bed to be. In a nutshell, Saatva is a luxurious mattress with a look and feel that makes firm bed lovers want to jump into bed and never leave.

The Saatva Classic mattress is one hefty, durable mattress. Unlike most hybrid beds, the Saatva combines two layers of coils, one innerspring layer and one pocketed coil layer, with memory foam and a pillow top. It's the only mattress in our best mattress review with this kind of innerspring mattress hybrid construction, and a primary reason why this bed is so supportive and firm. 

The mattress also has special lumbar technology and additional support in the center of the mattress, specifically designed to keep your spine aligned while also allowing your shoulders and hips to sink in just a little bit. It almost felt like there was a slight elevation in the center of the mattress that filled in the curves of my body.

There are three firmness levels -- plush soft, luxury firm and firm. Its luxury firm and firm mattresses both lean towards the firm side of the spectrum, with firm being a 9-10 on the firmness scale (10 being the firmest). There are also two different mattress heights -- 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. I really appreciate how many options you get when choosing your Saatva; it's almost like it's customized for you. 

Just a heads-up if you do go for the 14.5-inch model: You'll need sheets specifically designed for thicker mattresses or they'll pop off in the corners. Check out our full Saatva mattress review or the best firm mattresses to see more options.

The Saatva Classic comes in sizes twin XL to split California king and prices range from $887 to $2,296.

TL;DR: Why we chose the Saatva mattress

A true luxury mattress, the Saatva Classic offers the best of both worlds; plush and cushy comfort with optimal support. It boasts two coil layers, memory foam, Lumbar Zone Active Spinal Wire and a quilted, zoned pillow-top. The Saatva Classic is designed to promote comfort and spinal alignment and it feels like it belongs in a fancy hotel.

Saatva Classic
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* Pricing based on Queen model


Memory foam hybrid


7 or Medium-firm


100 nights


20-year prorated warranty

The AS2 Hybrid mattress was designed with back pain relief in mind. It boasts a hybrid construction that provides back support and prevents sagging, a medium-firm profile that promotes proper spinal alignment and a pressure-relieving memory foam feel that cradles your joints and back without making you feel like you're sinking. 

A team member who also dubs AS2 Hybrid the best mattress for back pain tested it and said, "The medium-firm feel properly supported my spine without any of the sinking or sagging that can come with softer memory foam. After an initial adjustment period of a couple weeks, I slept -- and woke up -- pain-free and feeling refreshed and rested, rather than tight and sore." 

Another stand-out feature of the Amerisleep AS2 is its machine washable, Celliant-infused cover. Celliant is a technology recognized by the FDA as a medical device that absorbs your body heat, and transfers it back to your body as infrared energy. It helps boost circulation and leaves you feeling more refreshed when you wake up in the morning. It's a neat addition, and only a handful of mattresses have it. And of course, I appreciate the machine-washable cover that makes cleaning the cover much easier.  

Read more in our full Amerisleep mattress review or peruse our list of the best mattresses for back pain to see more options.

The AS2 Hybrid comes in sizes twin to split king, and prices usually range from $1,049 to $1,898.

TL;DR: Why we chose the AS2 Hybrid

With a dense memory foam feel that contours around your curves and a supportive hybrid construction, the AS2 Hybrid mattress offers ample support without being too firm. Perfect for back and stomach sleepers, the foam contours around your hips and joints and promotes proper spinal alignment. It also has a fancy, sleep-boosting cover that only a few beds are fitted with. 

Amerisleep AS2 Hybrid
$450 off any mattress with promo with code:
* Pricing based on Queen model
Dillon Payne


Memory foam mattress


6 or medium to medium-firm


100 nights


10-year limited warranty

The Bear Original foam mattress is a unicorn among a sea of foam beds in the online mattress industry. It has a unique cover only found on a handful of mattresses, it's got a comfortable feel and it's the same price as competing bed-in-a-box models like fellow best mattress picks Casper Original and Nectar. In some cases, it's even cheaper. 

This bed offers a comforting, nestling memory foam feel that relieves pressure around the joints. However, it's not viscous or slow to respond to pressure like traditional memory foam. Instead, I think it has more of a neutral memory-foam feel. It isn't as hard to switch positions on, and you don't feel like you're sinking into a memory foam hole. I'd rate it around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. 

One way the Bear Original sticks out from the rest is its Celliant-infused cover. Celliant fabric, with 13 thermo-reactive materials inside, helps draw heat away from your body and transmits it back as infrared energy. Its purpose is to boost blood flow, improve circulation and result in a greater feeling of rejuvenation and energy. It's impressive. The FDA even considers it a medical device. As such, I give major props to Bear for including this tech in its mattress lineup. 

Another great thing about this mattress is its price. It retails for $998, but Bear is known to mark it down by $100 or more. 

TL;DR: Why we picked the Bear mattress

The Bear Original mattress is ideal for people under 230 pounds who like the pressure-relieving quality of memory foam, but could do without the slow, sink-in feel. Bear Original has a Celliant-infused cover meant to boost circulation, sleep quality and leave you feeling more refreshed. It's also one of the most affordable beds on this list, especially during a promo.

Read our Bear Original review.


Bear Original
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Poly foam mattress


6 out of 10 or medium


100 nights


10-year limited warranty

If you're looking for the best mattress with an all-foam design, the Casper Original is a popular, well-received bed among the bed-in-a-box industry. In fact, it's arguably one of the most popular, and there's a reason why so many people are satisfied with their Casper.  

The Casper Original mattress has a simple three-layer, 11-inch construction, and each foam slab packs a big punch. The first layer is a dense foam for proper support, while the middle layer is a zoned transition foam. It's ergonomically sectioned into three sections: softer in the zones under the shoulders and legs for pressure relief and firmer under your back and lumbar region. It promotes better spinal alignment, and is a feature only a handful of foam beds have. 

The top foam layer is called AirScape foam, and it's perforated throughout to allow air to easily pass through. Altogether, the foams provide a blended feel that's really neutral and comfortable -- kind of like a big comfy couch. It's not ultra bouncy, nor is it slow to bounce back like memory foam. 

I'd rate Casper around a 5 to 6 on the firmness scale; it's pretty neutral. It's pressure-relieving and supportive at the same time. However, I'd say it's best for people under 230 pounds. Heavier sleepers interested in Casper can instead opt for the Casper Hybrid mattress, a similar bed with a more durable and supportive construction.

And as an a bonus, the mattress cover is made from recycled bottles -- 57 of them, to be exact -- so you can help save your back and the planet at the same time. Now you can see why I had to include it in my best mattress review. See more in our full Casper Original mattress review

The Casper Original comes in twin to California king, and prices range from $895 to $1,695.

TL;DR: Why we picked the Casper mattress

As one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Casper Original is a safe pick for anyone who wants a wallet-friendly mattress that's comfortable and promotes a good night's sleep. It has a soft, neutral-foam feel and a zoned-support layer with a supportive center for enhanced back support.

Read our Casper Original review.


Casper Original
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Memory foam hybrid mattress


7 or medium-firm


100 nights


15-year limited warranty

The Helix Plus mattress, which is marketed toward people who wear plus-size clothing or anyone who's "big and tall," is designed to offer extra support for those with a higher body mass index. It's 13 inches tall with XL pocketed coils that are stronger than the coils found in other competing hybrid beds. It also has multiple foam layers with an extra comfort layer of high-density foam that helps provide adequate support and comfort all in one

The mattress is supportive, while also providing the right amount of "give" to relieve pressure where I needed it the most. It offers a cozy, neutral feel that I see most people really enjoying. It's a blended foam feel that offers the best of different materials. The layers contour around your curves without pulling you into the mattress, and it's really easy to switch positions on because you don't get a resistance like you do with memory foam. 

Plus size sleepers over 230 pounds will find the Helix Plus mattress falls around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, making it perfectly supportive with an ample amount of pressure relief. Because of its firmer profile, I think it's best for back, stomach and combination sleepers. Heavy side sleepers should consider Layla Hybrid or Saatva in the luxury plush profile. 

The Helix Plus comes in mattress size options for twin to California king, and prices range from $949 to $2,199.

TL;DR: Why we picked the Helix Plus mattress

The Helix Plus is an extra thick mattress with XL pocketed coils in the foundation layer to provide maximum support and durability. It has a blended foam feel that's cushy and comfy without making you feel like you're sinking into it. Helix Plus' medium-firm profile will also help keep the back and spine properly supported. 

Helix Plus
$200 off + 2 pillows with code:
* Pricing based on Queen model
Dillon Payne


Memory foam hybrid mattress


5 or medium


101 nights


25-year limited warranty

The GhostBed Luxe is a hefty 13 inches thick, one of the thicker all-foam beds I've tested. It's one of the only foam beds where I give the green light to heavier sleepers to try because it's more supportive than other foam mattresses. The first layer is a dense and thick layer of foam, and it's followed by GhostBed's special Ghost Bounce foam (comparable to latex foam) and gel memory foam. 

At the top of the mattress, you have a thin layer of GhostBed's Ice technology, which helps draw heat from your body and disperses it evenly throughout the bed. In the cover, there's a small layer of gel memory foam for comfort, cooling fibers and a cover featuring their Ghost Ice tech. The cover literally feels cold to the touch. It's no wonder the cooling in this bed actually works as there are three different ways GhostBed actively tries to cool you down. 

I rate the GhostBed Luxe mattress around a 5 out of 10, or medium, on the firmness scale. It's soft and pressure-relieving for side sleepers and properly supportive for back and stomach sleepers at the same time. Read more in our GhostBed Luxe mattress review

You can find the GhostBed Luxe mattress on GhostBed's site or even at Target. Target prices are cheaper unless GhostBed is running a discount -- then GhostBed goes for around $15 less. 

TL;DR: Why we chose the GhostBed Luxe mattress

A true cooling mattress, GhostBed consistently delivers on their cooling claims unlike other brands that come up short with "cooling" products. With several more cooling tech designs like a Ghost Ice layer and gel memory foam, it offers relief to hot sleepers who have difficulty sleeping comfortably through the night. It also lives up to its "luxe" name with a thick, luxurious pillow top and high quality materials. 

GhostBed Luxe
Dillon Payne


Hybrid mattress


7 or medium-firm


100 nights


10-year warranty

This best mattress pick is a bed that took a risk that ultimately paid off, as it's one of the most distinctive yet comfortable beds I've ever tested. Most beds use foam or some kind of wool and cotton blend as the primary comfort layer. The Purple Hybrid, however, utilizes a gel-like hyper-elastic polymer material that forms the bouncy, soft and supportive Purple Grid.

The Purple Grid is a bunch of little tiny purple squares lined in a grid formation that work together to keep you feeling supported and weightless at the same time. It takes the pressure off your back and joints while keeping your back in proper alignment. It's a feel you'd expect more from a Dr. Scholl's insole than a mattress, but let me tell you it works. The grid also allows for an incredibly breathable design for hot sleepers

The grid bends and moves in ways that make the mattress feel bouncy and plush, while also still providing ample support for your back and spine. You can feel the little squares shifting under your weight as you move, but it's something you get used to after a week or so on the bed. 

I rate the Purple Hybrid around a 6 or 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, but you can opt for the Purple Hybrid Premier if you want a softer feel. I've found people usually love their Purple mattress, but some are thrown off by its one-of-a-kind feel. So if you're hesitant because it's a little pricey, you're free to order a sample of the material from Purple to see what it's all about. 

The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 comes in sizes twin XL to split king, and prices range from $1,899 to $3,798.

TL;DR: Why we chose the Purple Hybrid mattress

Another great option for hot sleepers, the Purple Hybrid is unlike any bed on this list. Its main comfort material is a gel-like "foam" that bends and squishes under your bodyweight. Paired with supportive coils, the bed feels supportive and pressure relieving at the same time -- kind of like you're floating. It's a one-of-a-kind bed, but I personally know four people who sleep on (and love) their Purple.

Purple Hybrid 2


Hybrid mattress


6 or medium to medium-firm


100 nights


10-year limited warranty

Allswell is a mattress brought to you by Walmart, which defies the rule of the mattress industry by selling a hybrid mattress for a seriously low cost. Hybrid mattresses have pocketed coils in them to make them more long-lasting, durable and supportive, which usually comes with a cost. Allswell, on the other hand, is cheaper than most foam beds, and it fits the bill for price-conscious shoppers who want a simple foam bed at a low cost.

Allswell has a standard three layer construction with comfort layers that provide a neutral and balanced soft foam feel. It's not syrupy or slow-responding to pressure like memory foam is, nor is it as springy and bouncy as latex foam. It's more of a standard classic foam, like the stuff inside a comfy couch. It also has an accommodating firmness level around a 6 out of 10. 

I think it's going to be most ideal for people who want a middle-of-the-road firmness level. It suits most sleeping positions because it has ample pressure relief to contour around the curves of your body, but it's also supportive to keep your spine in neutral alignment. The only type of people I wouldn't recommend it to are strict side sleepers who want a soft mattress, especially those under 145 pounds. Read more in our full Allswell mattress review

Prices for Allswell start at $339 for a twin and go up to $539 for a California King.

TL;DR: Why we picked the Allswell mattress

The ultimate budget-friendly bed, I recommend the Allswell to anyone who needs a long-lasting and supportive bed for a low price. It's one of the only hybrid mattresses you can get for under $500, but it doesn't look or feel like a regular ol' cheap mattress. Instead, it's a simple, medium-firm mattress that suits back and stomach sleepers looking to save.


Other mattresses we've tested

The CNET Sleep editors have been laying on mattresses for a living for years, and have hundreds of mattress testing hours under the covers. There are a few beds that we love that didn't quite make it onto this list, but they still deserve an honorary mention. Here are a few other options to consider:

  • WinkBed mattress: If you want hotel luxury without paying a fortune, the WinkBed mattress is a great choice. It's a hybrid bed with a bouncy, innerspring mattress feel and a lush pillow top to make it feel more cozy. It's also offered in three firmness levels, making it appeal to all sleeping positions.
  • Loom & Leaf mattress: Memory foam is known to retain heat, but the Loom & Leaf from Saatva incorporates a layer of special cooling gel that helps you sleep more cool and comfortable. It comes in two firmness levels, both of which are on the firm side. That makes this foam mattress ideal for back pain sufferers or people who sleep primarily on their back or stomach. 
  • Tuft & Needle mattress: It's one of the most popular budget beds on the internet -- so much so that it broke through the straight-to-consumer model and is now in popular stores like Target or Crate and Barrel. It has a simple, two-layer construction with a comfortable neutral-foam feel that many people seem to love. 

How we test mattresses

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1. Firmness: We lay on each mattress and use our experience from testing over 100 different beds to determine firmness. Compared to other mattresses, we analyze how soft or hard a bed feels. It's important to wait until the mattress is fully expanded after opening to get the real firmness perspective. 

2. Feel: This is where we get handsy with the beds. We touch and feel the mattresses and watch what the material does. Is it light and bouncy like latex foam, or slow and dense like memory foam? 

3. Durability: We don't lay on the mattress every day for years, so it's hard to tell exactly how long each bed will last. However, we are able to hypothesize a bed's firmness by looking at its construction. Beds with steel coils are typically more durable and stronger than all-foam mattresses. 

4. Best body type: We use construction and feel to determine how accommodating a bed will be for a heavy individual. Hybrid mattresses with steel coils are typically more supportive and longer-lasting; a plus for heavier individuals looking for a quality bed. 

5. Best sleeping position: We get real physical and flip around the mattresses, testing each sleeping position: side, back, stomach and combination. 

6. Motion isolation: With one or preferably two people on the mattress, we jump and bounce around to see how much movement can be detected throughout the bed. We also use the method where you place a cup of water at the edge of the bed, and bounce around to see how much it moves. 

7. Edge support: We analyze a mattresses' materials and physically lay on each edge of the mattress to get a feel for how well it'll keep us feeling sturdy. 

8. Temperature: We use hot sleepers to test and determine how cool a bed sleeps. We also take a look at its materials and construction -- did a brand add anything to make it sleep more cool? 

9. Smell: Yup, once a bed is removed from its packaging it omits a new car-like smell. We use our trusty snouts to test this characteristic. 

Read more on how we test mattresses.

What to look for in a mattress

Not every mattress is perfect for every person. To help you find your new mattress, consider these key points: your primary sleeping position, body type, health conditions, ideal mattress materials and your budget. Your primary sleeping position will help you determine your ideal firmness level. Your weight should help you determine whether you need the additional support of a hybrid mattress or a foam mattress. Your budget will help you narrow down beds. Lastly, there are ways you can accommodate your health conditions and materials help you decide whether or not you think your bed is comfy. 

Sleeping position

  • For side sleepers, soft to medium mattresses tend to be the most comfortable because they cradle the pressure points and provide relief, rather than pressing into them causing pressure.
  • Back and stomach sleepers are usually better off on medium to firm beds because they promote a neutral alignment in the spine, preventing back pain.
  • Combination sleepers can either choose a firmness level that caters to their main sleeping position, or get a mattress with a medium firmness that suits any sleeping position. 

Body type

  • People under 230 pounds have the option to choose between foam and hybrid mattresses, depending on the amount of support you're looking for. 
  • For those over 230 pounds, the best options are hybrid mattresses because they offer additional durability, support and comfort. 

Health conditions

  • A cooling mattress can bring relief to anyone who sleeps hot, whether it's a regular day-to-day occurrence or you're suffering from hot flashes. 
  • Those with arthritis or joint pain may want a soft, pressure-relieving mattress on the medium to soft side that cradles the hips and shoulders for maximum comfort. 
  • Medium-firm mattresses are beneficial for people with back pain because they support your spine and prevent it from sagging into the mattress, but it's not too firm where there's no pressure relief. 


  • Memory foam is known for its motion-isolating and pressure-relieving abilities. Some people also love the hugging feel. However, people who switch positions often can sometimes run into resistance since it's so slow to respond to pressure. 
  • Latex foam can be synthetic or natural/organic. Either way, it offers airflow, is more durable and supportive than most foam mattresses. On the other side of the token, natural latex can get expensive and they tend to be on the firm side. 
  • Poly foam is a synthetic foam that bounces more than memory foam but is more soft than latex foam. Most comfy couch cushions are made with this foam. it's breathable and affordable, but may not be as durable as other foams. 
  • Coils or innersprings are made from steel and provide extra support and durability for mattresses. 


  • Budget shoppers can find a mattress that costs $300 or less. 
  • The average mattress, especially in the online market, costs between $850 and $1,200. 
  • Hotel luxury and premium mattresses typically cost over the $1,200 range. 

What are the different kinds of mattresses

There are a host of different mattress types and each have their own benefits.

Foam mattresses are made entirely of layers of foam, including memory foam mattress options, latex foam or gel foam. Typically each foam layer is a different density, with high-density foam on the bottom for support and a top layer of softer foam for comfort.

Latex foam mattresses are split into two types: natural and synthetic. Natural and organic latex foam is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and friendly to the environment. Synthetic latex foam is artificially made, but cheaper than the organic material. Either way, latex foam is durable, breathable and tends to be very bouncy. 

Memory foam mattresses are good at isolating motion and offering pressure relief to the joints. it provides a slow-responding hugging feel that people find really enjoyable. It can be difficult to switch positions in, however, and traditional memory foam is known for retaining heat. 

Poly foam mattresses are light, airy and generally very comfortable. I compare it to the comfiest couch you've ever sat on. It's a basic foam that's more responsive than memory foam and less dense. However, it is cheaper and is often used in budget beds. 

Hybrid mattresses use both foam and metal coils to provide support. They are closer in design to the innerspring mattress most of us grew up sleeping on, but with added foam for comfort and additional support like memory foam, latex foam or poly foam.

Pillow top mattresses have an extra fluffy layer on the top of the bed for added pressure relief and comfort. It's often made with wool, organic cotton or other light and airy materials.

Best mattresses of 2023 compared

Mattress Buying info Mattress type Price (queen) Sleep trial period Warranty
Layla Hybrid See at Layla Hybrid $1,699 120 nights 10-year limited
Casper Original See at Casper Foam $1,295 100 nights 10-year limited
Saatva Classic See at Saatva Hybrid $1,770 365 nights Lifetime
Bear Original See at Bear Foam $998 100 nights 10-year limited
Amerisleep AS2 See at Amerisleep Hybrid $1,299 100 nights 20-year prorated
Nectar See at Nectar Foam $799 365 nights Lifetime
GhostBed Luxe See at GhostBed Foam $972 100 nights 15-year limited
Helix Plus See at Helix Hybrid $1,749 100 nights 20-year prorated
Brooklyn Bedding Signature See at Brooklyn Bedding Hybrid $1,249 120 nights 10-year limited
Purple Hybrid 2 See at Purple Hybrid $2,399 100 nights 10-year limited
Allswell See at Allswell Hybrid $449 100 nights 10-year limited


What's the best mattress to buy?

While the best mattress for you will depend on your height, weight and comfort needs, I can say that the Layla Hybrid is the best mattress for most people. It's supportive for most body types, it has very little motion transfer and the hybrid mattress has several features that help keep you cool while you sleep.

Which mattress types are most comfortable?

Memory foam conforms to your body and keeps your spine and neck aligned. A memory foam mattress is a great option if you have back pain or like to feel like you're "sinking" into your mattress. Memory foam tends to trap heat though, so it's not always the best for hot sleepers.

Traditional spring mattresses don't alleviate pressure as well as memory foam mattresses, but they're supportive and breathable. Hybrid mattresses combine the best of both worlds -- foam and springs. The foam provides pressure relief and a contouring effect, while the springs add some extra bounce and increase air flow.

What are the best mattresses for side sleepers?

The best mattresses for side sleepers are those that fall on the soft to middle of the firmness scale -- medium-soft to medium. You need a mattress that has enough give to alleviate pressure on your shoulders and hips, but not so much that you sink into it. It's important to keep your spine aligned when you're sleeping on your side, since that's what ensures that you'll sleep comfortably and wake up pain-free.

What are the best mattresses for back pain?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but the best mattresses for back pain generally include memory foam and have some additional features, like added lumbar support. According to some studies, a medium-firm mattress is best for alleviating chronic lower back pain in most people. If you're waking up in pain, it's likely because your mattress is too soft.

How often should you replace your mattress?

Most mattresses are designed to last several years, but there are a few telltale signs that let you know it's time to replace yours. If your mattress is sagging or making it hard for you to get a good night's sleep, then it's probably time to start shopping.

How often you need to replace your mattress depends largely on what materials it's made of -- innerspring mattresses are going to last longer than an all-foam mattress. This guide on when to replace your mattress explains everything you need to know.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

There are deals throughout the year for online mattresses especially, but the biggest markdowns will come during holidays including Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, President's Day, Black Friday and Christmas. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.