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The Best Mattresses of 2022

Top mattress brands that deliver quality and comfort for every type of sleeper, reviewed by experts.

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We test and vet every mattress featured in our reviews to provide the most accurate, trusted recommendations. We updated this page in July 2022 to provide information on summer mattress sales and to make sure all of our recommendations were in stock and reflected accurate pricing.


Picking out the perfect mattress is easier said than done. Beds are so expensive — yet so important for getting a good night's rest — but the good news is that researching mattresses before you buy can help you make the right choice. With so many brands and models to choose from, it's crucial find one that meets your budget and personal preferences, while having the ability to remain comfortable, supportive and durable for years to come.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab reviews mattresses of all kinds, from traditional innerspring and hybrid mattresses to memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses and mattress-in-a-box styles that you buy online. We also evaluate mattresses for specific needs and interests, like cooling mattresses, organic mattresses, affordable mattresses, mattresses for side sleepers, mattresses for adjustable beds and more, whittling down the options to the best-performing ones to make shopping easier for you.

In addition to extensively researching the top mattress brands, materials and features, we have our in-house product testing experts as well as a diverse panel of consumer testers try out mattresses at home to evaluate how they perform for different types of sleepers. We also survey our exclusive consumer panel to get in-depth reviews from a broad range of real users. In recent years, we've surveyed more than 10,000 mattress owners and reviewed answers to more than 170,000 questions to help us pick the best mattresses you can buy. The responses from our panel include both quantitative scores and qualitative feedback, looking at all aspects from ease of ordering and set up, to comfort and support, to how well the mattresses have held up over time.

We recently updated this page based on testing for Good Housekeeping's 2022 Best Bedding Awards and have added new models, including the Bear Elite Hybrid as our most comfortable mattress, the Helix Dusk Luxe as our best mattress for couples and the Puffy Lux Hybrid as our best soft mattress. The Saatva Classic Mattress remains our best overall pick. You can find more information about how we review mattresses and tips on how to choose the perfect bed for your budget and needs at the bottom of this article, but first, here is our expert guide to the best mattresses to buy:

      Is July a good time to buy a mattress?

      Yes! Not only can you find steep discounts on mattresses during July 4th sales, you can also snag great deals on mattresses for Amazon Prime Day, which is coming up on July 12 and 13. Major shopping holidays are ideal for finding the most competitive prices across brands, so these back-to-back sales events make July one of the best times you purchase a new mattress.

      Read on for more details about the best mattresses (with prices listed in queen sizes), plus feedback from consumer testers and the experts in our Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab. And while you’re shopping for a new bed, check out our top-tested picks for sheets, pillows and comforters.

      Best Overall Mattress
      Saatva Classic Mattress
      Saatva

      • High scores for comfort and support
      • Free delivery and setup
      • Good breathability to prevent overheating

      • $99 return fee
      • Price has been regularly increasing
      • Height: 11.5" or 14.5"
      • Firmness levels: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, Firm
      • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
      • Trial period: 360 days (with a $99 return pickup fee)

      Saatva earns our top spot because it uses high-quality materials that receive excellent ratings from our consumer panel, especially from those that have owned the bed for more than five years. Unlike popular boxed mattresses that you typically see online, this one's like the traditional innerspring mattresses you find in stores, but with a direct-to-consumer platform to help keep it at a competitive price. You also get other shopping perks, like free delivery and set up, old mattress removal and a year-long trial period to make sure you love it. It comes in three firmness levels, with "Luxury Firm" being the most popular.

      What it's made of: A quilted pillowtop to create a plush surface, a layer of high density foam for support and pressure relief, individual steel coils that respond to your movements and offer breathability, a base steel coil system to prevent sagging and create more airflow and firm foam around the edges so the mattress doesn't sink when you climb in and out of bed.

        Tester notes: It's highly-rated by more than 100 reviewers on our testing panel, with top marks for comfort, support and overall sleep quality. It also earned glowing feedback on its customer service, from ease of ordering and in-home set up to quick fixes if any issues came up throughout the process. Users also highlight how it sleeps cooler, feels firmer and has better edge support than memory foam mattresses. Some even called it the "best mattress ever" and said it led to the "best sleep I've ever had." One described it as "firm, but not hard" while another said it's "comfortable and just the right amount of plush."

        Other Saatva mattresses: While the Classic Mattress is Saatva's bestseller and the most popular model from our panel of reviewers, the brand carries a full range of innerspring, memory foam, latex and adjustable options. You can compare the various models on their website and even take a quiz to help decide which model is right for you.

        Pro Tips: Don't second guess your firmness preference. Several users told us they were tempted by Luxury Firm because it's so popular, but wished they had gone with Plush or Firm from the start. Also keep in mind: We've seen Saatva prices steadily increase over the past few years, so its cost may continue to rise in the coming months.

        Best Value Mattress
        Allswell Luxe Hybrid

        • Hybrid model includes foam and coils
        • Quick delivery and easy DIY set up
        • Users say it feels like an expensive hotel bed

        • Lacks edge support
        • Height: 12"
        • Firmness level: Medium
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 90 days

        Buying an affordable mattress doesn't mean it has to be cheap. This one from Allswell is a fraction of the cost of others, but it still has excellent features and exceptionally high ratings from our testers to make it stand out. And while mattress prices have skyrocketed due to COVID-related supply chain issues, Allswell pricing has remained fairly low and consistent. It's a hybrid style with both memory foam and coils for a mix of comfort and support. Your purchase includes free shipping, and the mattress arrives in a box for you to set up on your own.

        What it's made of: A quilted top panel with plush foam, two inches of memory foam that's infused with cooling copper to prevent overheating, one inch of high density foam for support and individual coils that help you move and provide more airflow.

        Tester notes: The feedback from our survey respondents and testers was that it was absolutely worth the price, and some even said it got rid of neck and back pain. The most common complaint we got was that there was less edge support when getting in and out of bed. Still, users couldn't believe how expensive it felt. One described it to us by saying, "this mattress is supportive and plush, and it feels like a fancy hotel bed," while another raved, "It feels like sleeping on a real, plush hotel mattress, but at a fraction of the price."

        Other Allswell mattresses: If you're looking to spend even less, the brand has a lower-priced mattress that isn't as tall and doesn't have as much edge support, but was still rated as comfortable in our review. There's also a more expensive Supreme version (still under $1,000!) that has even more features like an extra layer at the top, more edge support and a layer of temperature-regulating foam. Allswell has also introduced The Brick (which is slightly firmer than the Luxe and The Cool (which has copper-infused foam and a cool-to-the-touch cover).

        Pro tip: This model's your best bet on a budget, especially for people in their 20s that are moving into their own homes for the first time. It received far better feedback than inexpensive bestsellers on Amazon.

        Best Mattress for Back Pain
        Nolah Evolution 15
        Nolah

        • Perfect comfort and support scores from reviewers
        • Designed for multiple sleep positions
        • Testers said it helped ease lower body pain

        • Heavier to set up on your own
        • Height: 15"
        • Firmness level: Plus, Luxury Firm, Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 120 nights

        Nolah received high marks from all types of sleepers, but those with back pain especially raved about its ability to alleviate their discomfort. The best type of mattress for back pain is one with a medium firmness for the ideal balance of soft and firm, and made with at least some layers of foam for pressure relief and cradling comfort. This hybrid from Nolah checks off those boxes and helps promote proper spine alignment.

        Because of these unique layers, this mattress is taller and heavier than others. It ships in a box so you may need help setting it up if you're concerned about the size and weight. If you prefer, you can have it set up for you for an extra $125. You can also opt to forego the trial period to save $100.

        What it's made of: A cover with a cool-to-the-touch feel on top, handles on the side and a non-skid bottom so the mattress doesn't shift. Inside there's a quilted topper, a two-inch "heat escape gusset" (a border that helps draw excess heat away from the mattress), another two-inch layer of foam for pressure relief and comfort infused with graphite to prevent overheating, two inches of resilience foam for support, one inch of high density foam for durability and to act as a transition layer, a supportive coil system with added edge support and a bottom layer of cotton and wool to increase stability.

        Tester notes: Our testers and survey respondents with back pain all swore it eased their aches and soreness. One back pain-sufferer told us, "I used to wake up with sciatic pain every morning, and it went away within the first week of using this mattress." Another user with pregnancy-related hip pain said the bed "saved" her and noted, "I was miserable and it helped me sleep really well." This brand isn't as well-known and has fewer consumer responses than others, but users on our panel consistently give it high scores for comfort, support and overall satisfaction.

        Other Nolah mattresses: The 15-inch Evolution hybrid is most popular, but there's also a 12-inch Signature and a 10-inch Original, which are both entirely foam on the inside. If you prefer latex over memory foam, the 11-inch Natural is a hybrid of latex and coils.

        Pro tip: It comes in three firmness levels, but we recommend Luxury Firm as the "medium" option for most people suffering from back pain.

        Most Comfortable Mattress
        Bear Elite Hybrid
        Bear

        • Ergonomic zoned sections for alignment
        • Users report improved sleep quality
        • Perfect comfort and support ratings from testers

        • We couldn't validate eco-friendly and recovery claims
        • Height: 14"
        • Firmness levels: Luxury Plush, Luxury Firm, Extra Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
        • Trial period: 120 days

        This model recently hit the market and has already turned into a tester favorite. It's made with several layers of foam and coils, including foam with five zoned sections to promote alignment. Each section has varying firmness levels depending on where you need more pressure relief or more support. Though it's fairly new and we don't have long-term feedback as with other mattresses, our testers were immediately blown away by its comfort.

        What it's made of: A foam top layer infused with copper to prevent overheating, a zoned foam layer with contoured cutouts to target specific pressure points, a layer of individual coils for support, reinforced coils around the border for edge support and a bottom layer of high density foam for durability.

        Tester notes: Our reviewers gave it perfect scores across the board, saying "it is the most comfortable mattress we have ever slept on." After several months of testing, they say they have a better, more uninterrupted sleep than any other mattress they've tried before. One also noted, "This is undoubtedly the best mattress we have ever owned. We have traveled all over and have never had the sleep experience we now have every night."

        Other Bear mattresses: The Bear Elite Hybrid is the newest and the top-of-the-line model from Bear, but other options include the Bear Original (all foam), Bear Pro (all foam with more layers) and Bear Hybrid (with less layers than the Elite Hybrid).

        Pro tip: The brand makes some claims about using "eco-friendly materials" and natural minerals that promote recovery. We couldn't verify these claims in our research, but we still stand behind the mattress for its incredible comfort.

        Best Mattress for Couples
        Helix Dusk Luxe
        Helix

        • Medium firmness for combination sleepers
        • Good compromise for partners with different preferences
        • Zoned coils for ergonomic support

        • Heavy with no side handles for maneuvering
        • On the pricier side for boxed hybrids
        • Height: 14"
        • Firmness level: Medium
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 100 days

        The goldilocks of mattresses — i.e., not to hard yet not too soft — this medium firmness is ideal for combination sleepers that change positions or sleeping partners with different needs. It's a hybrid model with layers of foam over coils and has luxurious add-ons like a moisture-wicking cover, zoned sections for ergonomic support and a built-in pillowtop for added comfort.

        What it's made of: A pillowtop, a layer of cradling foam, a layer of pressure-relieving memory foam, a layer of support foam, a zoned coil section to promote alignment and provide edge support and a dense base foam for durability.

        Tester notes: Recent testers gave it high scores in all areas — from ease of set up to comfort and support to overall sleep quality — and noted that they feel properly supported whether they're on their side, backs or stomach. Another reviewer told us, "It's a good mix for me (a side sleeper) and my partner (a back sleeper)." Users also say it has good edge support and a contouring feel against pressure points without too much sinking.

        Other Helix mattresses: This model is also available as The Dusk (without the Luxe), which has similar features but less comfort layers. The brand has a wide range of collections, with the Midnight line being its most popular variation that promotes pressure relief for side sleepers, though our testers and analysts were most impressed by this Dusk Luxe model.

        Pro tip: Because there are so many choices from Helix that can feel overwhelming, the brand offers a sleep quiz to help you sort through the options.

        Best Memory Foam Mattress-in-a-Box
        Casper Original Mattress
        Now 23% off

        • Easy ordering and DIY set up
        • Ergonomic support
        • Users say it maintains its shape over time

        • Upgrades to other models get much pricier
        • Height: 12"
        • Firmness level: Medium Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 100 days

        Casper is known for revolutionizing the way we shop for mattresses online, and its name is practically synonymous with "mattress-in-a-box." As a result, it's one of the most popular mattresses among our panel and in the bedding industry. The purchase includes free shipping and you set it up on your own, which people often prefer because it's contact-free and more convenient. Even though this model is entirely foam inside, it has some unique layers that make it stand out from others on the market because they're ergonomically designed for spine alignment.

        What it's made of: A stretchy knit cover that's made from recycled water bottles, a layer of Casper's signature AirScape (foam with thousands of small perforations throughout for increased breathability), memory foam with Zoned Support (meaning it's softer under your shoulders and firmer under your lower back and hips for proper spine alignment) and a supportive base foam to prevent sinking and sagging.

        Tester notes: The brand as a whole earned high scores across the board from more than 130 Casper mattress owners in our most recent survey, and users noted how well it keeps its shape over time. Most people told us they love this specific model and especially highlighted the ease of ordering and set up as well as the lower height that isn't too tall and fits sheets nicely. One user on our panel liked how well "it conforms to your body," while a second one pointed out, "it helps with motion transfer much more than the old innerspring mattress I had." Another reviewer told us, "it is extremely comfy — so comfy that we bought two more for other beds."

        Other Casper mattresses: Casper started off with this Original model that they called the "one perfect mattress." The Original has gone through some updates itself since it first launched, and it's still the most popular pick and the one we think offers the most bang for your buck. The company has also since introduced several hybrid variations at different price points, including the Original Hybrid, Nova Hybrid (which feels more plush) and the Wave Hybrid (with more spinal support).

        Pro tip: We found this mattress was more well-liked by our under-40-year-old crowd of testers.

        Best Mattress on Amazon
        Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
        Tuft & Needle
        Now 15% off

        • Comfortable and firm support
        • Under $1,000
        • Excellent customer service

        • Lacks edge support
        • Height: 10"
        • Firmness level: Medium Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 100 days

        If you like the speed and accessibility of shopping on Amazon, it makes sense to consider getting your mattress there, too. This popular model is affordable for under $1,000 and arrives in a box at your home within days, which is a big feat since the mattress industry is notorious for shipping delays. It has a simple, no-frills design with just two foam layers.

        The brand boasts its proprietary T&N Adaptive Foam technology that's supportive and resilient yet contours your body without feeling stiff. Plus, graphite and ceramic gel are added to the foams to help pull away body heat, which is a key feature as memory foam alone can cause overheating.

        What it's made of: A knit outer cover that feels soft and smooth, softer cushioning foam on top for cradling comfort and firmer foam on the bottom for support.

        Tester notes: Even though it's lower priced, our reviewers gave it high marks across the board – from the ordering process and set up to the comfort and support. Several commented on liking its firmness and one user that's had it for five years told us, "My Tuft & Needle mattress is so much more comfortable than any mattress I've ever had in the past. My husband and I both experience much less back pain." Our reviewers also raved about the brand's customer service, commenting that the representatives were friendly and helpful. They also highlighted the motion isolation and said they can't feel movement from sleeping partners. The only real complaint was that there wasn't much edge support, so it may sag when you sit on the sides.

        Other Tuft & Needle mattresses: This model is Tuft & Needle's most popular mattress, but it has an even more affordable option called Nod by Tuft & Needle that's available in 6- or 8-inch varieties and is exclusive to Amazon. The brand also offers two options at higher price points: The Mint Mattress, which has an additional layer of foam, added edge support and a washable cover, and the Hybrid Mattress, which combines layers of foam with coils for more bounce.

        Pro tip: If this mattress sounds appealing but you're worried it may feel too firm, you can always add a mattress topper for a plush sleeping surface.

        Best Organic Latex Mattress
        Avocado Green Mattress
        Avocado

        • Certified organic materials
        • Comfortable and firm support
        • Users say it's well worth the cost

        • Pillow-top and in-home setup cost extra
        • Height: 11" (or 13" with pillowtop)
        • Firmness level: Gentle Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 365 days

        If you prefer to skip memory foam and synthetic fabrics, this mattress is made of natural and organic materials. It's also certified by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) so you know the entire manufacturing process follows strict guidelines on the materials and ingredients used. The best part is that it doesn't skimp on quality by going green; in fact, it earned one of the highest scores for delivering quality sleep among our panel.

        The mattress is on the firmer side (the brand calls it a 7 out of 10), but you can opt for a pillow-top for an extra cost that'll make it feel a bit more plush (which the brand calls a 6 out of 10). Avocado also stands out for its generous year-long return policy, whereas most brands offer around 100 days. This mattress ships for free for you to set up on your own, or you can pay a $249 fee to have it delivered and set up for you.

        What it's made of: An organic cotton outer cover that's button-tufted on top, a layer of organic wool, which is naturally temperature-regulating, organic latex for comfort and resilience (latex is a natural foam that's sourced from the rubber tree), pocketed coils for support that are ergonomically laid out for proper alignment with added edge support so it won't sink at the sides and a bottom layer of supportive organic latex.

        Other Avocado mattresses: If you prefer an option without wool, the brand sells a vegan version of this Green Mattress. There's also a more affordable Eco Organic Mattress at 10-inches tall, plus an Organic Luxury Mattress that has a whopping 17 layers of natural materials. Finally, there's a Latex Mattress, which is the firmest option and has no coils inside.

        Tester notes: This mattress proves you don't need to sacrifice performance for an organic mattress. Users told us they love sleeping on it and said it keeps their body weight evenly distributed. As one of our reviewers put it, "I like that it's made of organic and natural materials, that it's extremely comfortable, and that it's held up even after years." Users also said the brand's customer service is top notch and they had no issues to report.

        Pro tip: Some mattress brands that claim to be natural and organic are misleading. In reality, no memory foam mattress (or one with other synthetic materials) can be natural or organic. Make sure the entire mattress is certified organic from a trusted source, like this model.

        Best Firm Mattress
        Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Cassatt Mattress
        Stearns & Foster

        • Innerspring model feels firmer than most foams
        • Available to try in stores
        • Hand-crafted design

        • Expensive
        • Height: Ranges from 13.5"-16"
        • Firmness levels: Plush, Firm, Plush Pillowtop, Firm Pillowtop
        • Sizes: Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
        • Trial period: 90 days

        If you sleep on your stomach or back and want a firm surface, this mattress from Stearns & Foster is made with a complex coil system that's unique to the brand and uses dense memory foam from its sister company, Tempur-Pedic, for even more support. This model has multiple firmness levels, with the firm labeled as a 9/10 on the firmness scale. It's available in many mattress stores to try it out in person if you prefer to feel before you buy.

        What it's made of: A knit Tencel top layer that has moisture-wicking capabilities, several layers of Tempur-Pedic memory foam for pressure relief, a one-inch layer of micro coils, which gives the conforming feel of foam yet has the durability and breathability of an innerspring and the brand's proprietary Intellicoil system, meaning there are two coils in one for increased support.

        Tester notes: The brand has a luxury price point, but more than 100 users on our tester panel agreed that they sleep well on their Stearns & Foster mattresses. Most raved it was worth the cost and love the overall quality and support. When comparing the mattress to previous ones they own, users specifically highlighted the firmness and support as the main upgrades. One noted that the mattress feels "thicker and firmer, and seems to have more support," while another told us, "I like how firm this mattress is as well as the quality of the outer material."

        Other Stearns & Foster mattresses: The brand offers three mattress tiers, with this Lux Estate as the middle price point between the value and indulgent options. The less expensive Estate Collection has less coils and less layers overall, while the more expensive Reserve Collection stands out with its high-density foam for enhanced pressure relief.

        Pro tip: If you're indecisive with all of the varieties, skip the pillowtop. You can always layer on a mattress topper later on.

        Best Soft Mattress
        Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress
        Puffy

        • Plush with contouring support
        • Users swear it improves sleep quality
        • Our reviewers notice how well it has kept its shape

        • Testers didn't seem to notice the claimed cooling effect
        • Height: 12"
        • Firmness level: Medium Plush
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 101 days

        Puffy stands out for feeling plush and indulgent, yet still supportive — i.e., it's a soft mattress that doesn't sink in or sag. It's a hybrid model that combines coils and foam layers that conform to your body, making it ideal for side sleepers, back pain sufferers or anyone that prefers a cushioning feel. The mattress ships in a box within days for DIY set up at your convenience.

        What it's made of: A stain-resistant cover, three layers of foam, a contouring coil system with foam around the base for edge support, and a grip base to help the mattress stay in place on your bed.

        Tester notes: As one tester described it, "I feel like I'm sleeping on a cloud, but I still feel supported." The two most common highlights from reviewers are that users experience less aches and pains from it (especially compared to innerspring beds), and that the mattress keeps its shape nicely without forming indents. One said, "it's not too hard and not too soft," while another noted, "I am able to sleep more deeply on it."

        Other Puffy mattresses: This Puffy Lux Hybrid is the most popular option and the one that gets the most rave reviews on our panel, but there are two other choices from the brand. The lower priced Puffy Mattress has less layers and a medium-firm feel, while the 14-inch high Puffy Royal Hybrid is even more plush and costs extra.

        Pro tip: Users told us that earlier versions of this mattress sagged at the edges, but found that newer updates provided more edge support and it's no longer an issue.

        Best Cooling Mattress
        Tempur-Pedic Tempur Luxe Breeze Mattress
        Tempur-Pedic

        • Proven cooling capabilities
        • Comfortable and luxurious
        • Superior motion isolation

        • Extremely expensive
        • Height: 13"
        • Firmness levels: Soft, Firm
        • Sizes: Twin Long, Double, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
        • Trial period: 90 days

        Ideal for hot sleepers, this mattress helps keep you cooler when you fall asleep and it stays cool throughout the night. Most cooling mattresses have materials that feel cool to the touch or marginal temperature-regulating properties, but this one uses unique phase change technology that's been tested to keep you feeling up to eight degrees cooler while you sleep. Tempur-Pedic is also famous for its high quality foam that prevents motion transfer, and this particular mattress is made up of several innovative layers.

        It's expensive, but included in the price is a white glove delivery service that sets up the mattress in your home and will haul away your old mattress if you no longer need it. There's also a less expensive ProBreeze version that gets up to three degrees cooler (instead of eight) and comes in a medium firmness level.

        What it's made of: A zip-off outer cover that's machine washable, a layer of phase-change material that absorbs heat to help you feel cooler all night, comfort foam with added phase-change material and pressure-relieving foam with ventilation for breathability, which is exclusive to this model.

        Tester notes: Our testers told us the temperature-regulating factor is obvious and it has held up well over time. As one tester put it, "I’ve had it for years and it still feels brand new." They also say the motion control is a game-changer. It's very pricey so it's not for everyone, but testers have noticed a definite improvement in sleep quality: "We have slept so well since getting it," raved one.

        Other Tempur-Pedic mattresses: If you're just looking for a basic model without the cooling features and in-home set up, the brand's Tempur-Cloud mattress uses its signature foam and ships to you in a box for DIY set up. The Tempur-Adapt mattress collection is a pricier foam option with more support than the Tempur-Cloud and white glove delivery.

        Pro tip: When shopping for cooling mattresses, look for transparent claims that reference real data instead of unrealistic promises.

        Most Innovative Mattress Material
        The Purple Mattress
        Purple

        • Elastic grid is squishy yet supportive
        • Good pressure relief
        • Comfortable in multiple sleep positions

        • Some users experienced shipping delays
        • Height: 9.25"
        • Firmness level: Medium firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
        • Trial period: 100 days

        There are a lot of similarities between most mattress materials, but Purple is unique because of its GelFlex Grid — i.e. its elastic top layer that feels squishy yet surprisingly firm. It provides both support and pressure relief, along with excellent motion isolation and breathability. This base model is coil-free and ships in a box for you to set up on your own.

        What it's made of: A soft knit cover with no fillers so you can feel the elastic layer, two inches of the GelFlex Grid for pressure relief and spine alignment and two layers of foam for the base.

        Tester notes: Users on our panel swear this feels like the perfect combination of soft and firm. As one put it, "it's 'springy' and conforms to my body while still being supportive." Others describe it as feeling like "sleeping on air" and "like floating in every sleeping position." They also told us they can't feel their partners moving throughout the night thanks to its motion isolation, and that its cooling features are noticeable. The main callout with this one is that several told us the delivery took longer than expected.

        Other Purple mattresses: The brand also carries a Purple Plus mattress, which has an extra layer of foam and a softer feel than the original, plus a hybrid variation that has individual coils for more firmness and bounce. Beyond the basic hybrid, there's the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (which have three- and four-inch layers of the elastic grid, respectively) for increased softness. Regardless of which model you choose, all of Purple's mattresses give you the pressure-relieving grid on top.

        Pro tip: Avoid using a mattress pad or topper with this bed. While you can still use a thinner mattress protector to extend its life, you don't want any excess material getting in the way of the elastic's performance features.

        Best Adjustable Mattress
        Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed
        Sleep Number

        • Dual-sided firmness control
        • Hundreds of users on our panel swear by it
        • Earned the Good Housekeeping Seal

        • Expensive, and delivery costs extra
        • Height: 11"
        • Firmness levels: Adjustable
        • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 100 days

        Perfect for couples (especially ones that don't agree on firmness), Sleep Number mattresses are filled with adjustable air chambers so each side of the bed can be customized to whatever firmness level you choose. Plus, biometric sensors in the mattress can tell if you've switched positions and it'll automatically adjust so you stay at your preferred firmness all night. The mattress also has sleep tracking capabilities to give you feedback through its app.

        While the air chambers and high-tech features are available in all Sleep Number mattresses, this model also includes a five-inch layer of foam for pressure relief and support. You can purchase the mattress with or without a coordinating base, which allows you to change the bed's position. Full service delivery costs an extra $199, but includes assembly and mattress removal, along with technicians reviewing how the bed works and answering any of your questions. Timing is also flexible so you can choose a delivery slot that works best with your schedule.

        Tester notes: It's expensive, but Sleep Number got high scores for comfort, support and sleep quality from both our testers and more than 300 users on our survey panel. Even those that had the bed for close to 10 years gave it rave reviews, showing that it's a worthy investment in the long run. One Sleep Number owner told us, “I was initially hesitant because of the cost, but as soon as I laid on it, it changed my mind,” while another said “I really feel like it gives me a custom sleep experience."

        Other Sleep Number mattresses: Sleep Number has four collections of mattresses: Classic (the lowest cost), Performance (with more pressure relief, like this p6 model), Innovation (with temperature-regulating features) and Memory Foam (with more contouring support). Within each collection, the models vary slightly by the height of foam layers on top.

        Pro tip: Sleep Number mattresses are backed by the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal so you know it's been heavily vetted by our Lab experts.

        Most Popular Mattress
        Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress
        Serta

        • Trusted mattress brand
        • Many options for layers and firmness levels
        • Rated supportive by our panel

        • Some long-term owners said it felt less comfortable over time.
        • Height: Ranges from 13"-17"
        • Firmness level: Plush, Medium, Extra Firm
        • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
        • Trial period: 120 days

        This mattress is one of the most sought-after models online, and it's also one of the most commonly purchased beds on our panel of consumer testers. It almost feels customizable because there are six options to choose from based on one, two or three layers of foam and whether or not you want a pillow top, plus there are varying firmness levels for each.

        The next-level version includes an extra "cloud-like" layer of memory foam, and the top-level model has an additional layer of foam with bubble-shaped indents for maximum cushioning. The mattress gets delivered to your home through a delivery service — i.e. not in a box like many others that you buy online. You can find Serta mattresses at retailers all over the country so you can try it before you buy.

        What it's made of: A cool-to-the-touch outer cover, gel memory foam with geometric cutouts to provide pressure relief and a supportive coil system with a foam frame for added edge support.

        Tester notes: We received responses from well over 1,000 users in our latest call for feedback. The Perfect Sleeper model in particular received high ratings for support, though some long-term owners did complain that it hasn't held up as well as they hoped. Still, most were happy and users shared feedback like "I love the comfort. It supports my body and pressure points, giving a peaceful rest so that I feel recharged in the morning."

        Other Serta mattresses: Besides the fan-favorite Perfect Sleeper line, Serta has seven other mattress collections ranging from an under-$500 mattress-in-a-box to a several thousand dollar cooling mattress.

        Be aware: Serta has recalled select models from this line that were produced from July 2021 to September 2021 for failing to meet federal flammability standards. You can find out more details from the CPSC recall announcement.

        How we test mattresses
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        Lexie Sachs

        The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab analysts start by reviewing the bed's materials, specifications, added features and any noteworthy claims. We also vet the brands to check for common complaints and make sure they're trustworthy. Sometimes mattress brands do a great job of marketing to get on your radar, but we've eliminated ones that have red flags for quality or customer service.

        Next, product experts and consumer testers get hands-on with the mattresses for setting up and sleep testing. We ask for feedback after several weeks, then again after extended periods to see how the mattresses hold up over time. We also survey Good Housekeeping readers for additional feedback on the mattresses they own. In the past few years, we've surveyed more than 10,000 mattress owners and reviewed responses to more than 170,000 questions. Between expert evaluations, consumer testing and survey responses, here's how we evaluate the mattresses:

        • Ordering & delivery: Users tell us whether the mattress was easy to order and if it arrived quickly. They also have the opportunity to share any potential problems that came up in this process and how those issues were resolved.
        • Set up: Whether DIY or delivery service, survey respondents let us know their opinion on the process and whether the mattress took proper shape in a reasonable amount of time.
        • Firmness level: Testers give the mattress a firmness rating. This is important because sometimes the brand's claimed rating doesn't match what users feel in real use.
        • Edge support: Reviewers sit on the edge of the bed and note whether it sinks under their weight or holds up to pressure.
        • Comfort and support: Our testers rate the mattresses for comfort and support, as well as how well they liked sleeping on it initially then over an extended period.
        • Temperature regulation: Regardless of cooling claims, we ask reviewers to rate how comfortable their body temperature remained while sleeping on the mattress.
        • Sleep quality: Final scores check whether the mattress affect sleep quality and whether or not users wake up feeling sore. Our respondents also give the mattress an overall satisfaction score and can compare the mattress to previous beds they've slept on.
        • Additional feedback: Reviewers let us know any specific likes, dislikes and additional comments they have about their experiences with the mattresses.

        We continue to update this page as we receive new insights and new mattresses are introduced to the market and tested.

        Which mattress material is best?
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        Memory foam and innerspring mattresses are the two most common types of mattresses on the market, but it's really a matter of personal preference. You can find mattresses at every firmness level and price for either material.

        • Memory foam mattresses adapt to your body shape so it feels like your pressure points are being cradled.
        • Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam, but latex is made from rubber trees and may be used in organic mattresses.
        • Innerspring mattresses are usually firmer and have more bounce.
        • Hybrid mattresses use a combination of memory foam or latex and innersprings so you don't have to pick just one.
        How do I pick the best mattress?
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        Choosing your best mattress is a personal decision – i.e. there isn't one model that's best for everyone. Here's what to consider as you shop:

        ✔️ Sleep position: The goal is to keep your spine in neutral alignment, so factoring how you sleep can help narrow down your search.

        • Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress.
        • Side sleepers should opt for a softer surface to avoid stress on the pressure points like your shoulders, hips and knees.
        • Back sleepers and anyone who changes positions would fall somewhere in between at a medium firmness.

        ✔️ Body type: Heavy people need a firmer bed for support, while lightweight frames are better suited with a softer mattress. Take into account both your weight and sleep position when deciding on the right firmness level.

        ✔️ Back pain: If you suffer from lower or upper back pain, look for a pressure-relieving mattress with all foam or a hybrid of foam and coils. Medical experts also advise to look for medium firmness for a balance of cushioning and support.

        ✔️ Temperature: Hot sleepers or anyone dealing with night sweats would benefit from a mattress with cooling properties. Memory foam tends to sleep hot, so look for a mattress with coils for airflow or cooling technology like copper particles, gel or phase change technology that's added to the foam.

        ✔️ Trial period: It's difficult to know whether a mattress is a good fit without actually sleeping on it. Fortunately, most mattress companies offer an any-reason return period for at least 100 nights. Before you buy, check whether there are any hidden return fees and how you go about making the return to avoid any headaches later on.

        ✔️ Certifications: It's important to know the difference between the various emblems you see when you shop since they often get mistaken for meaning the mattress is natural or organic. Here's a breakdown of the most common certifications:

        • CertiPUR-US: This certifies whether any foam in the mattress is made without certain harmful chemicals and has been tested for low VOC emissions.
        • OEKO-TEX: The Standard 100 by Oeko-TEX shows whether any fabric (like the outer cover) has been tested to ensure there are no unsafe levels of known harmful chemicals.
        • GOTS: The Global Organic Textile Standard shows that the mattress follows strict standards throughout the entire production process. This is the gold standard when it comes to picking out an organic mattress made of natural materials. Just be aware that this certification is commonly misused by brands who use just one organic component (e.g., an organic cotton outer cover), so you can always check the GOTS public database to be sure.
        • GOLS: The Global Organic Latex Standard is similar to GOTS, but it shows that any latex is certified organic. You'll often see these two organic certifications used together.
        How much should a good mattress cost?
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        Our evaluations show that a good mattress typically costs between $1,000-$2,000 for Queen-size (which is the most popular mattress size on the market). Unfortunately, we've seen mattress prices increase across brands due to supply chain issues in recent years. That being said, you can still find a good mattress for under $1,000 (and some even under $500), and there are plenty of picks over $2,000 that are certainly worth the splurge.

        When is the best time to buy a mattress?
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        You'll save the most money on your mattress purchase if you wait for a holiday weekend. Outside of July holidays, this includes President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day or Thanksgiving (i.e. Black Friday and Cyber Monday). While individual mattress sites offer discount codes and coupons throughout the year, these specific holidays and events are when you'll see the most competitive offers across brands.

        How long should a mattress last?
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        While there's no set expiration date on your bed, you should expect a good mattress to last at least 8-10 years. But instead of following a timeline, focus on warning signs that it's time to replace your mattress — like lumps or indents — and whether your mattress is causing difficulty sleeping or pain upon waking.

        If you need a quick fix or want to change the feel of your bed, a mattress topper is the easiest way to add a layer of comfort and support. It's also more affordable than buying an entirely new mattress.

        Also keep in mind: The better you take care of your mattress, the longer it'll last. Make sure to use a mattress protector to protect it from things like allergens, dust, spills and wear and tear. And it's a good idea to clean your mattress every few months to keep it fresh.

        What does a mattress warranty cover?
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        Warranties are essentially guarantees against defective mattresses. The idea behind the mattress warranty is that if something is wrong due to the manufacturer — not the consumer — then you should be covered. That being said, it may be difficult to prove that damages like sagging, idents and other signs of wear are a defect. Rather than focus on warranties for the individual mattresses in this article, we highlight the trial periods so that you know whether you are covered by an any-reason return policy.

        Why you can trust Good Housekeeping
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        Lexie Sachs is the Executive Director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University and more than 15 years experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all types of bedding —including mattresses, sheets, pillows, comforters and more — using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of testers.

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