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For most people, a queen mattress is the ideal size. They're small enough to easily fit in most bedrooms and still offer enough space for two people to sleep comfortable side by side. It's the most popular mattress size on the market today, which means you have tons of different styles and materials to choose from. To help you navigate this overstuffed market, we've tested tons of the most popular queen-size mattresses to bring you the very best options.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, here's where to start: You want a queen bed that promotes proper spine alignment, provides pressure relief, prevents back pain and makes for a comfy sleeping surface. I've also made things easier for you by testing out mattresses from each top mattress brand myself and rounding up the best queen mattresses out there. Whether you prefer a, a or a (if you're a , for instance), you'll find the best queen mattress for a good night's sleep below.
Flippable hybrid mattress
Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-soft
10-year limited warranty
Thanks to its flippability, the Layla Hybrid is really like two mattresses in one. It has a soft side and a firm side, so you can customize your sleeping experience based on how you're feeling at the time. It's made of a layered combination of gel memory foam, airflow support foam and an individually wrapped pocketed coil system that provides plenty of support while also allowing enough give to make the mattress feel plush and comfortable right away.
This hybrid mattress also has a middle memory foam layer that's made from copper-infused memory foam that's designed to disperse heat and keep you cool while you sleep. And this memory foam mattress layer works. Even in the middle of the summer, the queen mattress felt cool to the touch. You know that feeling you get when you slide into a cool bed with freshly washed sheets? You get that with this mattress type almost every time.
The Layla Hybrid also isolated motion exceptionally well. I didn't wake up at all from motion transfer when my boyfriend tossed and turned or got out of the bed to use the restroom in the middle of the night. Read more in our full Layla Hybrid mattress review.
Poly foam hybrid
Medium or 5
10-year limited warranty
The Tuft and Needle Hybrid mattress is made of stacked layers of carbon fiber foam, individually wrapped pocketed coils and ceramic cooling gel. The layers are wrapped in a tufted pillow-top mattress cover that adds an extra comfort layer and "give" that's ideal for side sleepers, but works well for any sleeping position. I felt equally comfortable on my side (my preferred sleeping position) and my back.
A standout feature is that the foam layers are constructed of T&N Adaptive foam, a proprietary blend that's designed to move with your body and give the right amount of softness without any of the sink you get from other memory foam mattresses. The mattress was highly responsive when I changed positions during the night so my body felt supported and properly cradled, rather than stuck in the memory foam.
Compared to similar mattresses, there is a little more motion transfer though. For me, this hybrid mattress was comfortable enough and the best mattress for hot sleepers. If you sleep with someone who moves around a lot, that's something worth considering.
Memory foam mattress
5 or medium
The Nectar Premier mattress is the follow-up to the discontinued Nectar Lush mattress, and it provides a similar memory foam feel that, after a few moments, contours around the curves of your body. It's not quite as soft as Nectar Lush, but it does offer a nice, pressure relief feel around your hips and shoulders that almost makes you feel weightless.
This Nectar mattress is designed with four layers including a gel-infused memory foam comfort layer and a quilted cooling cover. The cover might not be ice-cold, but it should really help most sleepers sleep more temperature neutral and comfortable throughout the night.
And these memory foam mattresses have really good motion isolation. I loved how this Nectar mattress limited motion transfer and didn't bounce around when my boyfriend tossed and turned in the middle of the night. However, the edge support isn't the greatest considering it's designed with a foam base layer, as opposed to a sturdy layer. Read more in our full Nectar Premier mattress review.
NOTE: The US Product Safety Commission recently issued a recall for Nectar Premier king and queen-sized mattresses manufactured on 9/24/21. Look for a model number CHILL and Prototype ID:ECS2003RHCH on a tag on the bottom of your mattress to find out if yours has been recalled. We have reached out to Nectar for comment and will update the story if they respond.
Memory foam hybrid mattress
7 or medium-firm
15-year limited warranty
The Helix Plus is marketed toward heavier sleepers, but it's one of the best queen size mattresses for sleepers of any body shape and size. Like all Helix mattresses, the mattress material is a combination of memory foam and Helix dynamic foam -- an adaptive memory foam that quickly reacts to your body when you move -- but it also has an additional layer of four-pound memory foam that supports people with higher BMIs. At 13 inches tall, it's thicker than most standard mattresses, so the queen size feels like a bigger mattress size without taking up extra space in your bedroom.
The Helix Plus felt supportive, while providing the right amount of "give" to offer pressure relief for my shoulders and hips and allowing me to sink into this mattress in all of the best ways. It also had more bounce than some of the other hybrid mattresses I tried, but was still surprisingly good with isolating motion -- a combo I really enjoyed.
The mattress is categorized as a medium to firm feel -- Helix rates it a 7 to 8 out of 10 on the mattress firmness level scale -- and I would have preferred it a bit on the softer mattress end of the spectrum, but if you're looking for a firm mattress that's comfortable, supportive, and will stand the test of time, this is it. Read more in our full Helix mattress review.
6 or medium to medium-firm
10-year limited warranty
I'm here to tell you that all of the good things you've heard about the Purple mattress are true. It's comfortable and supportive and I felt like I was sinking in without getting stuck, something that's harder to accomplish with memory foam. While the Purple Grid -- a Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid formation with open channels -- does take some getting used to (especially if you're coming from a different mattress type like a 100% memory foam mattress), it's beyond worth it in the end.
The grid felt more adaptive than other types of mattresses. No matter what sleeping position I was lying in, the Purple mattress hugged and cradled my body like it was designed just for me. It's also extremely breathable, it's one of the best cooling mattresses on the market without a cooling cover or special cooling technology in the construction.
While the Hybrid Premier 4 is Purple's most expensive option, I think it's worth the extra cost for the additional grid height. I've tried other Purple mattresses and the 4 really does give the most zero gravity feel.
7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)
25-year limited warranty
$2,499 (with the pillow top) $1,999 without
The main selling point of the Avocado Green is that it's organic and completely free of harmful chemicals, flame retardants and toxic foams. It's made from a combination of cotton, wool and natural latex (or they have a vegan mattress that's wool-free) that will have you sleeping soundly and consciously. And while that's a great start, it has to be comfortable too. Fortunately, it is.
At first, this queen bed felt firmer than I typically like, but after a few days, I started to settle into it and really appreciate the balance of support and plushness. I felt equally comfortable sleeping on my side and my back and appreciated how responsive the mattress was -- it adjusted quickly as I switched my sleeping position and didn't have any lag or sink that can go hand in hand with some types of memory foam.
I added the optional pillow top, which adds an extra layer of softness that I thought made a world of difference. If you like a firmer mattress, you may not need it, but I think it's well worth the extra $500. Read more in our full Avocado mattress review.
Other mattresses we've tested
Our CNET Sleep editors have the tumultuous task of laying on beds to find the ones that are most cozy and comfortable. Just kidding, it's a pretty great gig. Over the course of hundreds of bed testing hours, they've discovered the best of the best mattresses and the average Joe's. The beds listed above were the editors' top choices, but here are a few additional beds that deserve an honorable mention.
: As a huge pillar in the online mattress industry, the Casper mattress helped pave the way for online mattresses to become more mainstream. The popular Casper Original mattress is rated a medium on the firmness scale and boasts a generally comfortable, neutral-foam mattress feel. Casper also has a zoned-support design that's firmer under your back for support, and softer under your hips and shoulders for pressure relief. It's objectively comfortable like puppies are cute and pizza is delicious. It's very accommodating for a wide range of sleeper types, as long as you weigh under 230 pounds. The Casper Hybrid is going to be best for heavier sleepers.
: This bed is a hotel luxury mattress that seemingly belongs in the Four Seasons or the Californian at Disney Land. It's a thick, luxurious mattress with a strong pocketed coil system, several layers of coils and a fluffy pillow top for additional comfort. It comes in three different firmness levels ranging from soft to firm, so all sleeping positions can find a comfortable fit for them. Its also a hybrid mattress, making it accommodating for all body types from petite to heavy.
: If you didn't already know, Walmart entered the bed-in-a-box mattress game with their Allswell bed. It's a hybrid mattress that costs a fraction of most beds; even your basic and typical foam mattresses are more expensive. It's a great option for budget shoppers of any body type who want a supportive bed that won't break the bank. It's on the firmer side, though, rating around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. I think it'll be best for back, stomach and combination sleepers.
: The GhostBed queen mattress is a nice option because it provides a comfortable feel unlike most mattresses. It combines memory foam, latex foam and poly foam to create a mixed foam feel that's pressure relieving and responsive at the same time. It also uses its own special latex foam, making it more affordable than organic or natural latex foam. Though, it's not as supportive hybrid mattress, so it's going to be best for people who weigh under 230 pounds. On the other hand, it is great for all sleeping positions because it's rated right in the middle of the firmness scale. This makes it soft enough for side sleepers, but firm enough for back and stomach sleepers.
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Queen mattress FAQs
What are the dimensions of a queen size mattress?
Your standard queen size mattress is 80 inches long and 60 inches wide. Or 6 feet, 8 inches long by 5 feet wide.
What is the best queen size mattress to buy?
The best queen size mattress should fit your sleeping position, body type, and budget. Back and stomach sleepers should look for a medium to firm mattress, while side sleepers should keep an eye out for medium to soft queen mattresses. Sleepers weighing over 250 pounds should consider a hybrid mattress made with steel coils for extra durability and support.
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