Article updated on May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM PDT

Best Mattress of 2024: Tested and Reviewed by Our Sleep Experts

CNET's team of sleep experts tested over 200 mattresses to find the best bed. Here are our picks of the best mattreses.

Our Experts

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Taylor Leamey
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Taylor Leamey writes about all things wellness, specializing in mental health, sleep and nutrition coverage. She has invested hundreds of hours into studying and researching sleep and holds a Certified Sleep Science Coach certification from the Spencer Institute. Not to mention the years she spent studying mental health fundamentals while earning her bachelor's degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. She is also a Certified Stress Management Coach.
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With five-plus years of mattress testing experience, we use our different sleeping position and body type perspectives to offer well-rounded, honest reviews.

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Our Picks

$999 at Brooklyn Bedding
Signature mattress from Brooklyn Bedding next to a blue armchair
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Best mattress overall
Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid Mattress
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$2,095 at Saatva
Saatva Classic King Mattress on top of a white bed frame with a wooden headboard
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Best firm mattress
Saatva Classic Mattress
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$1,499 at Nectar
Nectar Premier
Best memory foam mattress
Nectar Premier Mattress
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$1,832 at DreamCloud
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Best bed-in-a-box mattress
DreamCloud Premier Hybrid
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$1,465 at Helix
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Best mattress for plus-size sleepers
Helix Plus Mattress
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$317 at Walmart
Allswell Hybrid Mattress
Best value mattress
Allswell Mattress
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$1,865 at Brooklyn Bedding
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Best cooling mattress for hot sleepers
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Mattress
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$3,295 at Saatva
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Best mattress for back pain
Saatva Rx
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$1,699 at Layla
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Best mattress for side sleepers
Layla Hybrid Mattress
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$2,399 at Purple
The Purple Hybrid mattress in a queen size on an adjustable bed frame
Best hybrid mattress
Purple Restore mattress
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If you want to get a good night's sleep, you need to make sure you have the right mattress for your sleeping position and body type. The best mattress will offer pressure relief, reduce body heat, relieve back pain and more. Shopping for a mattress can be daunting, especially if you have to visit a mattress store. To save you the hassle, we've spent hundreds of hours testing mattresses. Whether you're looking for a comfortable memory foam bed, a natural latex mattress, an innerspring one, or cooling mattress, we've got the top picks, spanning various mattress types and mattress materials.

In the past, you would simply visit your local mattress store, but you don't need to anymore. You don't even need to get out of your home, because there are lots of retailers online that will ship the mattress right to your doorstep. I’ve used my years of experience researching and testing to select the mattresses worth your money. Whether you've bought a mattress online before or are just starting the process for the first time, this guide will help you find your next mattress. I’ll also tell you about what you need from your bed, and how we test them here at CNET and we will also help you save more with best deals on Memorial Day sales on the internet right now.

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What's the best mattress overall?

While testing mattresses for this list, we found that the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is the best overall mattress you can buy. It has three firmness options -- so it's great for people who prefer a firm mattress or a softer mattress -- and a durable hybrid construction, meaning anyone can sleep on this bed. 

This bed is already priced well for the quality you get, but to make it even sweeter, Brooklyn Bedding offers generous sales that can knock a couple hundred dollars off the retail price.

Read moreHow to Break in a New Mattress: What to Do and How Long It Takes

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Best mattresses of 2024

Mattress price scale:

$ = Budget: $799 and below

$$ = Average: $800 to $1,699

$$$ = Premium: $1,700 and up

The pricing shown below is the 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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Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid Mattress

Best mattress overall

Our take - The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress is one of the best quality beds you can get for the money. 
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Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
Soft: (3) Medium: (5) Medium firm: (7)
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
25% off sitewide with code:
$999 at Brooklyn Bedding
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Saatva Classic Mattress

Best firm mattress

Our take - You get both plush comfort and superior support with the Saatva Classic. It’s a true luxury mattress with a hefty construction. 
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Type
hybrid
Firmness
Medium: (5)
Trial
365 nights
Warranty
lifetime
Up to $600 off select mattresses
$2,095 at Saatva
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Nectar Premier Mattress

Best memory foam mattress

Our take -  Memory foam lovers and critics alike will love the all-foam Nectar Premier for its comfort and affordable price tag. 
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Type
memory foam
Firmness
5 or medium
Trial
365 nights
Warranty
forever warranty
Up to 40% off mattresses
$1,499 at Nectar
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DreamCloud Premier Hybrid

Best bed-in-a-box mattress

Our take - Besides being extremely comfortable, the DreamCloud Premier Hybrid mattress is suitable for any person, regardless of their sleeping position or body type. 
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Type
memory foam hybrid mattress
Firmness
medium to medium-firm or 6
Trial
365-nights
Warranty
lifetime warranty
Up to 50% off mattresses
$1,832 at DreamCloud
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Helix Plus Mattress

Best mattress for plus-size sleepers

Our take - Plus-size sleepers need a bed that provides extra durability without compromising comfort. The Helix Plus mattress is an extra-thick bed that does just that. 
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Type
memory foam hybrid
Firmness
Medium firm: (7)
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
20-year prorated
25% off Sitewide with code:
$1,465 at Helix
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Allswell Mattress

Best value mattress

Our take -  If you need a new bed and have a tight budget, you’ll be happy to know that the Allswell mattress is affordable and long-lasting. 
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Type
hybrid
Firmness
Medium to medium firm: (6)
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year limited
$317 at Walmart
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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Mattress

Best cooling mattress for hot sleepers

Our take - When it comes to cooling mattresses, no other brand does it as well as the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe. It’s one of the most physically cool mattresses we’ve tested. 
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Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
Soft: (3) Medium: (5) Medium firm: (7)
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
25% off sitewide with code:
$1,865 at Brooklyn Bedding
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Saatva Rx

Best mattress for back pain

Our take - Saatva is a brand known for making premium mattresses that are exceptionally durable and supportive. The Rx mattress was designed to alleviate back pain from conditions like scoliosis and sciatica. 
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Type
neutral hybrid mattress
Firmness
medium or 5
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year warranty
Take $400 off $1000 or more
$3,295 at Saatva
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Layla Hybrid Mattress

Best mattress for side sleepers

Our take - Why choose one firmness when you can have two in one bed? The Layla Hybrid mattress is a flippable bed that provides both comfort and versatility to side sleepers
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Type
flippable hybrid
Firmness
Medium to medium firm: (6)
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited
$200 off + 2 free pillows
$1,699 at Layla
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Purple Restore mattress

Best hybrid mattress

Our take -  The gel-like grid of the Purple Restore hybrid mattress gives it a unique, squishy feeling that people either love or hate.  
Type
hyper-elastic polyemer hybrid
Firmness
Medium firm: (7)
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10 years
Up to $800 Off mattress + base
$2,399 at Purple
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Best mattresses of 2024 compared

Compare our top picks by price and warranty information.

Mattress typePrice (queen)Sleep trial period Warranty
Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid Hybrid $1,332120 nights10-year limited
Saatva Classic Hybrid $2,095365 nightsLifetime
Nectar Premier Memory foam $1,499365 nightsForever
DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Memory foam hybird $1,832365 nightsLifetime
Helix Plus Memory foam hybrid $1,499100 nights20-year prorated
Allswell Hybrid $317100 nights10-year limited
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Hybrid $1,865120 nights10-year limited
Saatva Rx Neutral hybrid $3,295365 nightsLifetime
Layla Hybrid Flippable hybrid $1,699120 nights10-year limited
Purple Restore Hyper-Elastic Polymer hybrid $2,399100 nights10-year limited

Other mattresses we have tested

We’ve tested many other beds outside of what was included in this best mattress list. And while many of them are great, they didn’t quite cut earning that “best” title. That said, mattresses are subjective, and there’s a chance that one of these beds might work better for you.

Tempur Pro-Adapt: If you live and die by memory foam in its truest form, you already know Tempur-Pedic. The Tempur ProAdapt was a close second for the best overall memory foam mattress, though the cost is more than what many people will want to pay. Still, if you want a dense, memory foam mattress that cradles your every curve and are willing to pay for it, you’ll like this bed. 

WinkBed mattress: I’ve said it twice and will say it a third time: I’m a pillow top gal. So when I tell you that the WinkBed mattress has one of the comfiest pillow tops, you should trust me. It’s available in three firmness levels, meaning anyone can sleep on this bed. 

Tuft & Needle: This simple, two-layer mattress has a neutral foam feel that budget shoppers will love. You can get a Tuft & Needle mattress for under $1,000. While it’s not as cheap as the Allswell, it’s another budget bed to watch.

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How we test mattresses

Our team of sleep experts has spent years researching, testing and deconstructing over 200 mattresses. Most of our testing happens in our 6,000-square-foot mattress warehouse in Reno, Nevada. In addition to the office space where our team tirelessly complies mattress data, there are also two mock bedrooms we use to test and film reviews in. A back room also serves as an overflow for the hundreds of mattresses the team has tested. 

When I say the room is stacked with mattresses (within the limits of fire safety standards, I promise), I mean it. There are about 14 stacks of five beds, totaling 68 beds in one room. Of course, that doesn’t account for the other stacks tucked into nearly every nook and cranny. Last time we counted, there were about 120 beds. 

Testing mattresses is a very hands-on process that involves analyzing the construction, feeling and rolling around on the beds from multiple points of view. Our team has a variety of genders, body types and sleeper positions, which allows us to give each bed a well-rounded view that we can compile into recommendations for the average person. 

CNET's mattress warehouse.
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How we rate mattresses

I’ve told you where our team works, and now I’ll tell you what we’re assessing each bed for. Over our years of testing, we’ve established a methodology that helps us evaluate and score each bed we test. We use that data to help us recommend the best mattresses for every type of person. 

Firmness and feel: Firmness and feel are some of the most subjective factors when testing mattresses. How firm a mattress feels will depend on how much pressure you put on the mattress, aka your body weight. To get the best picture of a mattress's true firmness and feel, we have multiple team members test and rate each bed. 

Durability and construction: We can’t sleep on every mattress we test for years to test the durability (though we have done it for some). While we note the construction of a bed, we use it to inform how durable and supportive a bed will be over time. Saatva, for example, received a 10 support score during testing because of the hefty construction and dual-coil system. 

Motion isolation: When I say motion isolation, I’m referring to how well a bed can dampen movement across the surface. We test this by having multiple teammates move around and measure how much motion they can feel. Memory foam tends to perform best in this area. For example, the Nectar Premier mattress scored higher in motion isolation because the memory foam layers are superior at dampening movement compared with innerspring mattresses.

Edge support: This one might not seem like a big deal, but edge support is important if you sleep on the edge of the bed. Think about it like how strong the bed’s perimeter is. If it caves in when we sit or lay on it, it doesn’t have good edge support and receives a score corresponding to where it falls in the data. 

Temperature: Many brands claim their mattresses are cooling, though very few actually are. While adding cooling technology or gel-infused foams can help regulate temperature, it doesn’t mean they are physically cool to the touch. We carefully assess each of the cooling features but differentiate between being temperature-neutral and actually cooling. For instance, Purple is a naturally breathable bed because of the grid construction, but we don’t consider it an actively cooling bed. 

Read more on how we test mattresses.

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How to find the best mattress for you

It’s easy to get lost in the industry terminology like Hyper-Elastic Polymer or zoned support and not know which bed is right for you. These things sound appealing, but not everyone will like or need every feature. The best mattress for you will suit your needs. So before you do anything, you need to consider three main points: your sleeping position, body type and budget. 

Sleeping position

How you sleep will help you narrow down your mattress pool by firmness. Side sleepers will need softer mattresses to ensure they get enough cushion for their joints. Stomach and back sleepers want a firmer mattress to ensure their spine stays neutral to avoid back pain. Combo sleepers have more flexibility, though they should make the call based on the position in which they spend the most time. 

Your body type

Your body type also will help you determine which mattress you should choose. We always recommend that heavier folks go with hybrid beds for longevity. 

How much pressure you put on a mattress will also influence how firm it feels. Heavy people who put the most pressure on mattresses will find mattresses to be softer. The inverse is true for petite body types who will find things feel firmer. We base our firmness rating of 1 through 10 from the perspective of someone weighing 150 to 230 pounds.

Women also have to consider breast comfort when shopping for their mattresses. Stomach sleepers need firm mattresses for spinal support, though many women find extremely firm beds painful across the chest. That’s not to say women can’t sleep on firm mattresses, though it may influence how firm of a bed you choose. Pillow tops, memory foam or padded covers can provide extra cushion to firm mattresses. 

Your budget 

Once you know what you need from your mattress, you must establish your budget. The reality is that beds are a big investment. The average online mattress costs around $1,200, though options under $500 for people on a budget. And don’t worry, just because they’re cheaper doesn’t mean they’re poor quality. 

Here’s another thing about mattresses: they’re almost always on sale. I’m serious; you should never buy a mattress for full price. From Memorial Day to Black Friday to every season in between, you’ll almost have access to some sort of discount. 

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What are the different kinds of mattresses

If you’re new to online mattress shopping, one easy way to narrow down the best mattress for you is by choosing a type of bed.  

Foam mattresses are made entirely of layers of foam, whether it be polyfoam or gel foam. Each foam layer has a different density because it serves a distinct purpose in the bed. The foams with the highest density will be on the bottom because it’s the bed's structure. 

Latex foam mattresses are divided into two types: natural and synthetic. Natural and organic latex foam is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and environmentally friendly. Synthetic latex foam is artificially made but cheaper than organic material. Either way, latex foam is durable, breathable and very bouncy. However, latex beds are almost always very heavy, so having two people to move them is best. 

Memory foam mattresses are one of the most popular types because they are comfortable and excellent at isolating motion and offering pressure relief to the joints. Memory foam is often slower to respond, making it difficult to switch positions at night.

Hybrid mattresses use both foam and metal coils. They’re closest in design to the innerspring mattress most of us grew up with, but the added layers of foam do wonders for pressure relief. We recommend hybrid mattresses for people who weigh over 230 pounds. 

Pillow-top mattresses have a padded layer on the top of the bed that’s often tufted to provide extra cushioning. They’re often made of wool, organic cotton or other light and airy materials. 

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Best mattress FAQs

What is the best mattress to buy?

The best mattress to buy will depend on your body type and personal preferences. However, we found that the best overall mattress for most people is the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress because it's accommodating and comfortable.

How much should I pay for a mattress?

How much you should spend on your next bed depends on your budget. The average online mattress retails around $800 to $1,200 for a queen-size mattress. With that said, there are beds under $500 or over $2,000 if you're looking for luxury.

What are the best mattresses for side sleepers?

Side sleepers can sleep on any type of mattress. It just has to be soft enough to cradle the joints. Firmness is a spectrum, so just because you’re a side sleeper doesn’t mean you need the softest bed out there. We recommend beds that are medium to medium-firm or softer for side sleepers. 

What are the best mattresses for back pain?

People with back pain need a firm mattress to support their back and ease pain. While testing, we found that the Saatva Rx mattress’s added features, like foam-tipped coils and additional coils, make it the best mattress for back pain. 

How often should you replace your mattress?

The average lifespan of a mattress is about seven to 10 years. How long your mattress lasts depends on how often you sleep on it, if you rotate it and what it’s made of. All-foam mattresses tend to wear out a little fast because the foam can sag. 

If you’re not ready to replace your mattress, adding a mattress topper may help you squeeze extra life out of your bed. 

What is the best time to buy a mattress?

There is always some sort of mattress sale going on. However, the type of sale will vary by the time of year. You’ll see the biggest markdowns around major holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Black Friday and Christmas.