Best Mattresses of 2019

We rated the top mattresses of 2019. Read our reviews to find the best one for you.

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Do you remember when and how you bought the mattress you're sleeping on today? If you visited a retailer and sat on a handful of beds, perhaps stretched out on a mattress or two for a couple of minutes, there's a good chance you made a purchase without fully knowing whether the mattress was right for you.

More importantly, what was right then might not work for you now. "Think about your body and lifestyle today compared with seven years ago — for most of us, it's very different," says Mary Helen Rogers, spokeswoman for the Better Sleep Council.

If you're wondering whether now is the time to replace your mattress, consider how you slept last night. At least twice a year, think about whether the mattress is still working for you, Rogers says, relating it to a health checkup. "Sleep is the third leg on the stool of health and wellness," in addition to nutrition and exercise, she says.

Regardless of the warranty length, our bodies and needs change. "You could be married or divorced, gained or lost weight, had babies or an injury," Rogers says. "It's not necessarily that your mattress is worn out, but the idea is more that your body and physical needs change over time."

If you've decided it's time for a new mattress, check out our Top Mattresses of 2019 and find the one that's best for you.

The Top Mattresses of 2019

Best Mattresses of 2019

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The Brooklyn Bedding Signature hybrid mattress costs less than $1,000, and you can choose the comfort level you want: soft, medium or firm. It offers the conforming comfort of foam, the support and motion isolation of a spring system with individually pocketed coils, and patented cooling technology.

If allergies are a concern and/or you're conscientious about purchasing organic and eco-friendly products, the Sleep On Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress is a 100 percent natural latex product with three simple ingredients: latex from rubber trees, organic cotton and wool.

Nest Bedding's Love & Sleep foam mattress features phase-change cooling fabric, the company's Energex and SmartFlow Air Foam, transition foam and a supportive base. The result is conforming comfort and stability for proper spine alignment. Also, you can choose an adjustable "flippable" model with different firmness levels on each side.

Sealy's Posturepedic technology, with 20 percent more coils in the mattress center for support, is a hallmark of the company's Response Line. It features a quilted comfort top, edge support and Sealy's Response Pro HD Encased system of hourglass-shaped coils with a duale designed to absorb pressure and isolate motion.

Lull's three-layer foam mattress isolates movement while providing back support because of its 7-inch base layer of high-density foam. The top layer of memory foam injected with gel polymer is designed to keep you cool and delivers a resilient feel for a balance of bounce and conforming comfort.

Top Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Side sleepers are more susceptible to pain in their hips and shoulders than back sleepers. As a result, most side sleepers do best with a softer mattress that will adequately support their spines while relieving pressure. Although innerspring mattresses with thick pillow tops can work, side sleepers are best served by medium-soft to medium foam mattresses.

Three top-rated mattresses with a firmness level that side sleepers should look for include:

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Top Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Back sleepers need to strike a balance when choosing a mattress, selecting one that's firm enough to support the spine but forgiving enough not to cause aches in the lower back, hips and shoulders. For most back sleepers, these mattresses will be medium-firm.

Three top-rated mattresses with a firmness level that back sleepers should look for include:

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Best Mattresses for Back Pain

The way a mattress is constructed and its firmness level can provide relief and necessary support to alleviate back pain. According to a 2015 study of adults with musculoskeletal pain, using a medium-firm mattress resulted in a significant reduction of back pain, including faster sleep onset and latency compared with using a firm mattress. A medium-firm mattress is one that offers a balance of comfort and support. However, because mattress comfort is entirely subjective, there is no concrete way to define what a medium-firm mattress feels like. Ultimately, it's a matter of perspective.

The three Best Mattresses for Back Pain of 2019 are by Lull, Saatva, and GhostBed, all of which offer a firmness level that is beneficial for back pain sufferers.

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Top Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

Not as many people sleep on their stomachs because it can cause more aches and pains in the hips, shoulders, back and neck than the other sleeping positions. This is partly because weight is often concentrated in the middle of the body, which can cause your spine to curve unnaturally when sleeping on your stomach. To avoid these issues, most stomach sleepers need a supportive mattress that's at least medium-firm.

Three top-rated mattresses with a firmness level that stomach sleepers should look for include:

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The mattress market has expanded in the last five years, with manufacturers introducing gel-infused foams to keep you cooler, comfort layers, foams infused with plant-based ingredients – even green tea – and hybrid products that integrate coils, foams and latex. The basic mattress material types you'll find include foam, innerspring, hybrid (foam/innerspring) and latex. The following are the Best Mattresses of 2019 by material type.

Best Foam Mattresses of 2019

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Foam mattresses have evolved significantly in the last five years, with mattress manufacturers introducing proprietary foams that integrate cooling gel pods, gel swirls, latex and plant-based ingredients. Foam can be engineered with an open-cell structure to improve breathability, addressing a common concern consumers express before purchasing a foam mattress – sleeping hot.

According to the Polyurethane Foam Association, more than 1.5 billion pounds of foam per year are produced and used in the United States. It's a fast-growing mattress market, as well. "Most consumers are shocked by the research and technology that goes into today's foam," Rogers says. "When people think of a foam bed, they might imagine a block of foam, and that's not how it is. There are many different layers – a support layer, a comfort layer, some include latex or gel."

Get a feel for the cross section of a foam mattress before making a purchase. This construction "view" illustrates a foam mattress's capabilities. Foam mattresses often incorporate three layers: a top comfort layer, a transition layer of foam that might include cooling properties, and a high-density support foam base.

Foam comfort level is basically determined by density, firmness and resilience. Foam density is related to its construction and affects its ability to provide long-lasting support, with higher density related to firmness and more support. The Polyurethane Foam Association says that firmness is measured using the force in pounds required to indent a foam sample by 25% of its original height to get the indentation force deflection, or IFD. Firmness and density are not the same, though higher-density foams are often firmer. As for resilience – a springy feel – this is gauged by dropping a steel ball onto foam and measuring the rebound height. Foam resilience ranges from 20% to 80% rebound, according to the foam association.

Is a foam mattress for you? "Foam does best for people who like the hug or cradle feel vs. a floating-on-top feel," says Michael Magnuson, founder of GoodBed.com. Foam mattresses have little, if any, bounce. While cooling gel-infused foams help prevent heat entrapment, other mattress types like innerspring sleep cooler than memory foam. "Foam has the least airflow capability," he says.

Foam is a petroleum-based product, so consumers might want to seek out foams that are certified by the nonprofit organization CertiPUR-US to not contain ozone-depleting materials, phthalates, formaldehyde or heavy metals, and that are low in emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. "We have an aggressive compliance effort, and we urge consumers to use our website as a guide," says Helen Sullivan, communications counsel at CertiPUR-US. She says people's greatest concern about foam mattresses is whether they are low-VOC. All of the Best Foam Mattresses of 2019 contain certified CertiPUR-US foams.

The Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress is our No. 1 Best Foam Mattress of 2019 and offers pressure-point relief and isolation, with some bounce from foam coils. The mattress incorporates cushioning, cooling and air-flow layers on top of a 6-inch supportive base.

The Lull Mattress is No. 2 and has a top layer of viscoelastic memory foam injected with cooling gel polymer. A 1.5-inch transition layer is a high-resiliency foam blend that also helps prevent heat from staying trapped in the mattress and keeps motion transfer to a minimum. Its 7-inch base of high-density polyfoam offers support in this medium-firm mattress.

Casper's Essential mattress is a medium-firm, two-layer mattress in a box with a breathable top layer, memory foam and support foam. The zip-off cover is machine-washable, which is not the case with other foam mattresses we rated. Not only is this mattress top-rated in the foam category, but it is also one of our Best Budget Foam Mattresses of 2019.

The Casper is this company's top-selling mattress and has four layers of foam: an open-cell foam to promote air circulation tops a high-density memory foam, and those two layers are followed by a "zoned" transition foam that is softer to cushion the shoulders and firmer where the hips and core are positioned. It costs $ 995 for a queen.

The Leesa Mattress is a medium-firm, all-foam mattress that delivers pressure relief at common pain points like the shoulders, and core support with cooling technology. The company reports that its LSA200 foam has "record recovery rates in a series of extensive testing," which means you won't sink into the foam. It is one of the best moderately priced foam mattresses we tried.

Best Budget Foam Mattresses of 2019

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The Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress provides the multiple layers of foam that some higher-priced mattresses deliver. You'll pay less without sacrificing features like motion isolation, pressure-point relief, cooling layers and durable support foam. Plus, you can choose the comfort level: medium or firm.

Casper's The Essential is the company's entry-level foam mattress, but it maintains the basic construction of higher-priced product lines. The company calls The Essential "an intro to Casper comfort."

Sleep Innovations' Sage mattress is designed to accommodate any sleeping position. For a fraction of the cost of other foam mattresses, it still includes attractive features like a 2-inch layer of gel memory foam to keep you cool.

The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress provides a multilayer foam mattress and cooling technology at a low price. It features memory foam infused with swirls of cooling gel and a high-density polyfoam core for support. The least expensive top-rated foam mattress in this category is the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Pressure Relief Mattress, which is low profile at 6 inches thick yet incorporates the company's green-tea-infused memory foam on top of a 5-inch high-density base. For a low price, you get memory foam that smells refreshing and has natural antimicrobial properties.

Best Moderately Priced Foam Mattresses of 2019

Best Moderately Priced Foam Mattresses

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The Lull Mattress is our No. 1 Best Moderately Priced Foam Mattress and the least expensive in this category. It incorporates various types of foam, including memory foam injected with gel polymer for cooling, a responsive transition layer of foam that provides a bounce-back feel without coils, and a high-density polyurethane foam base for support.

The Casper medium-firm mattress is designed to provide support while alleviating pressure points. It accomplishes this with Casper's Zone Support technology, which varies the foam density in the shoulders, hips and lower back to promote proper spine alignment.

The Leesa Mattress is medium-firm with foam that "recovers" quickly, so you'll get less of a sinking-in, conforming feel. It includes a cooling/cushioning layer, contouring memory foam and a supportive foam core base for a midrange price.

The Tranquillium by BedInABox is a step above the company's lower-priced product lines because of its firmer body and Tencel cover that features moisture-wicking capabilities. The multilayer foam mattress incorporates CoolRest material with an open-cell structure to increase air flow.

The GhostBed features a top layer of aerated foam that pulls heat away from the body, gel memory foam to promote cooling, and high-density base constructed to enhance breathability.

Best Innerspring Mattresses of 2019

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Innerspring mattresses may seem old-school, but they have changed a lot in recent years. Today, they're likely to feature more sophisticated coils, various foams, fiber and even layers of smaller steel springs.

"The innerspring mattress industry has recognized the different materials that can be included in a mattress to enhance the sleeping experience," Rogers says. That includes individually pocketed coils and micro-sized springs, along with special coil systems that are strategically positioned for back support.

Innerspring mattress support is generally measured by the number of coils, with more indicating greater support and contouring capabilities. Some innerspring mattresses include coil-on-coil construction, with a base layer of interconnected coils and a top layer of individually pocketed coils. These systems work together to isolate motion, conform to the body's shape and encourage proper spine alignment.

With an innerspring mattress, you get some bounce. "You can have bounce and motion isolation in the same mattress," Magnuson says.

Innerspring mattresses off-gas less than other types because of their steel spring construction. Innersprings also promote better airflow, so many people report sleeping cooler on this type of mattress. In addition, they tend to have more defined edges than foam. Edge support allows you to utilize the entire mattress surface and prevents that falling-off feel that foam mattresses can have.

Those who want a cradling feel with innerspring construction can choose a pillow-top style that incorporates memory foam in the cover. Side sleepers might appreciate a pillow top that allows their shoulders and hips to sink in for proper spine alignment. Stomach sleepers might want to avoid a pillow top, which can cause the back to arch. Also, a pillow top can make a mattress warmer.

We rated Sealy's Response Line Premium mattress as the No. 1 Best Innerspring Mattress of 2019. It includes Posturepedic technology; air and gel foam layers; and Sealy's Response Pro HD Encased system of densely packed, hourglass-shaped coils with a duale design to absorb pressure and help isolate motion.

Sealy's Response Line Performance Collection costs less than the Premium Collection and still includes Posturepedic Technology, air and gel foam, and a system of hourglass-shaped coils with a duale design.

Best Latex Mattresses of 2019

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Latex foam can be harvested from rubber trees as a sustainable, renewable product. There is also synthetic latex, manufactured with petrochemicals to recreate the feel of natural latex. Blended latex products combine synthetic and natural latex and tend to cost less than those made with plant-based latex.

Natural and synthetic latex can be manufactured using one of two methods: Dunlop or Talalay. The Dunlop process involves injecting liquid latex into a mold, applying one layer at a time. The Talalay method requires treating liquid latex before it is transported to a lab, where it is whipped to increase air content and buoyancy. The latex is poured into molds and flash-frozen, vulcanized and vacuum suctioned, according to LatexMattress.org. Talalay latex contains more air than Dunlop latex, and some mattresses will combine a layer of each to create a base and comfort layer.

Botanical latex is naturally resistant to mold and dust mites, and it's allergen-free. Natural latex is sustainable, free of chemicals and appealing to consumers who are looking for a truly eco-friendly mattress. As for comfort, latex offers more "spring" than foams, yet also delivers pressure point relief and support. Latex mattress construction tends to be quite simple, with a layer or two of latex and a cover.

"Latex tends to be a good choice for people who like natural materials, and it has more of a floating sensation," Magnuson says. "It's hard to get a hug or cradle feel on latex." Latex provides effective motion isolation and is "fairly cooling," he adds.

If you're shopping for a true latex mattress, be sure to research the product's construction. Some mattresses billed as latex are actually foam with a latex topper.

We rated the Sleep On Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress as the No. 1 Best Latex Mattress of 2019. The mattress is made from 100 percent natural latex foam harvested from rubber trees in Sri Lanka, and it contains just three ingredients: natural foam, organic cotton and wool. So, if you're seeking a simple, eco-friendly mattress, the Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress fits the bill.

Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2019

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We define a hybrid mattress as one with at least 30% of its overall layers, measured by height, composed of nonprimary material. For example, a 12-inch deep mattress that contains 6 inches of innerspring coils and 6 inches of foam blends is a hybrid because half of the layers' height is nonprimary material. However, a 9-inch mattress that is 7 inches of innerspring coils and 2 inches of foam blends is not considered a hybrid, regardless of whether a manufacturer labels it that way.

We rated Brooklyn Bedding's Signature mattress as the No. 1 Best Hybrid Mattress of 2019. It combines foam layers with a 6-inch base of 1,024 individually encased coils. The top hyperelastic layer is a foam-latex blend that is contouring yet responsive, and it's infused with gel to promote cooling. A firmer layer of foam for compression support transitions to an innerspring core. A 1-inch high-density foam base adds durability. The Signature is a true hybrid that captures the benefits of innerspring and foam.

The Saatva Luxury Firm hybrid involves coil-on-coil construction, with an innerspring layer of 416 individually pocketed comfort coils on top of an interconnected spring system for support. Memory foam layers help isolate motion, alleviate pressure points and contour with the body.

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Mattresses range widely in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. While higher prices can indicate higher quality, that's not always the case. Mattress preferences are highly personal, and the best mattress for you might be in the middle of the price range or even on the low end. Keep that in mind as you look over the Best Mattresses of 2019 by Price.

Best Budget Mattresses of 2019

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To determine the Best Budget Mattresses of 2019, we gathered the average manufacturer's suggested retail price of all the queen mattresses researched. Mattresses in the bottom 20th percentile cost less than $700, which is generally where we set the bar for "budget." Our top-rated budget mattresses obtained high overall scores and meet the demands of consumers on a budget.

Nest Bedding's Love & Sleep mattress offers three-layer foam construction with cooling technology at an affordable price. You won't sacrifice features and benefits or break the bank.

The Essential by Casper is the company's "intro to Casper comfort" and includes the basic components you'd expect in a foam mattress: a breathable top layer, memory foam and support foam. It comes with a zip-off cover that is machine washable and has the same 10-year warranty as Casper's premium mattress for a fraction of the price.

Sealy's Response Line Performance Collection includes the same Posturepedic Technology you get in its luxury mattresses, along with gel foam cushioning and hourglass-shaped springs that are pocketed and move independently. These are the base features of its luxury line for a lot less.

Sleep Innovations' Sage mattress has a simple two-layer construction, but you get the cradling feel of pressure-relieving foam on top and a supportive base.

The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress gives you a three-layer construction, including gel-swirled foam, a comfort layer and a high-density polyfoam support base. A cover made from knitted jacquard also helps keep you cool. This mattress costs $246 MSRP for a queen.

Best Lower-Priced Mattresses of 2019

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We define a lower-priced mattress as one that generally costs less than $1,000 for a queen. This is because of all the queen mattresses we researched, those in the 40th percentile were in the $700 to $1,000 price range. (Those costing less than $700 are considered "budget.")

Brooklyn Bedding is a standout in this category with its Signature mattress, which combines a 6-inch base of individually encased innerspring coils with blended foam layers, one of which is infused with gel to promote cooling. With four total layers, it combines comfort and support with a firm feel.

The Sleep On Latex Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress is constructed from 100 percent natural latex, harvested from rubber trees in Sri Lanka. The ingredient list is simple and "green." The mattress is composed of just latex, organic cotton and wool.

The Lull Mattress incorporates open-cell foam with a vertical structure for a bouncy feel, gel-infused memory foam and a foam-latex transition layer atop a 7-inch, high-density polyfoam base. You get luxury features at a midrange price.

Best Moderately Priced Mattresses of 2019

Best Moderately Priced Mattresses

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Of all the queen mattresses we researched, we found those in the 60th percentile for MSRP cost less than $1,400 for a queen. Therefore, we define a moderately priced mattress as one that generally costs between $1,000 and $1,400.

The Saatva Luxury Firm mattress provides features typically available in luxury mattresses that can cost more, such as lumbar support, a sturdy reinforced edge and a pillow top.

The Casper includes the company's Zone Support technology with varied foam density in the shoulder and hip/back areas so you get comfort and alignment where you need it.

The BedInABox Tranquillium is a three-layer mattress with cooling material, an open-cell structure in the middle layer for airflow, and a sturdy 8-inch core that is thicker than some competing mattresses' base levels, delivering a firm feel.

Best Higher-Priced Mattresses of 2019

Best Higher-Priced Mattresses

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We define higher-priced mattresses as those costing generally between $1,400 and $2,500. Of all the mattresses we researched, we found those in the 80th percentile cost less than $2,500 for a queen.

The Sealy Response Line Premium Collection is the best in this line yet does not come with a luxury price tag. It includes Posturepedic Technology, air foam and gel memory foam layers, and Sealy's Response Pro HD Encased system of densely packed, hourglass-shaped coils. Coils have a duale design to absorb pressure where you need it and promote motion isolation. The edge is reinforced with a high-density, flexible coil border.

The Leesa Hybrid Mattress is constructed with a responsive memory foam layer and a 6-inch layer of 1,000 individually pocketed springs that give the mattress a springy feel. It offers the resiliency of an innerspring mattress, and the pressure relief memory foam provides for shoulders and hips.

Best Luxury Mattresses of 2019

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Luxury mattresses are the highest-priced products on the market, generally costing more than $2,500 for a queen. We determined this threshold by evaluating the queen MSRP of all the mattresses we reviewed. Those exceeding the high-priced mattress limit of $2,500 fall into this luxury category, with some luxury mattresses we studied costing as much as $8,999 for a queen.

We rated The Wave by Casper as our No. 1 Best Luxury Mattress of 2019. The Wave builds on Casper's most popular mattress (The Casper) with contoured foam to relieve pressure and targeted gel pods imbedded in the foam where they can support the hips and spine. The Wave's top layer is designed to be responsive so it will not lose its buoyancy. The Wave offers a hybrid version with Casper's innerspring coils, which are individually wrapped in fabric and layered with foam.

Mattress fit relates to your body type, weight and preferred sleeping position. Regardless of whether you're a side sleeper, back sleeper, or stomach sleeper, a mattress should promote neutral spine alignment and offer pressure relief, particularly in the hips and shoulders for side sleepers. If you're curvy and a side sleeper, you'll require more cushioning to attain spine alignment. If you sleep on your back, a center support that moves with your spine's curves will help.

Feel relates to mattress comfort level, which is highly subjective. "Some people love that slow-melting memory foam feel, and others feel like they're sleeping in quicksand," Magnuson says. Mattresses are generally rated soft, medium-firm and firm, with many companies presenting a 1-to-10 scale to illustrate that a mattress is a "3-4" or a "5-6." These ratings are from the manufacturer's perspective, so buyer beware. "Softness is a feel preference," Magnuson says.

Basic mattress features include motion isolation, edge support, temperature regulation, material and ease of repositioning, Magnuson says. Because of consumers' different ideas of what fits, what feels comfortable and what features matter, testing a mattress is imperative, whether that happens in-store or during an at-home sleep trial set by the company's return policy. Magnuson emphasizes that you should understand what fits, feels and features are available before trying mattresses so you can make comparisons. "If you are keyed in on what to look for and what's most important to you before you try mattresses, you will make distinctions between them that you otherwise wouldn't make," he says.

The Better Sleep Council recommends spending 10 to 15 minutes lying on a mattress in your preferred sleep position. Also, bring your pillow to the store or ask for one to use. And if you sleep with a partner, shop together.

Mattress Companies With the Longest Trial Periods

Mattress Companies with Trial Periods Over 100 Days

Company

Trial Period (In Days)

Bed In A Box 120
Brooklyn Bedding 120
GhostBed 101
Saatva 120

Serta

120

You might not agree with a partner about which mattress is most comfortable, which one allows you to most easily reposition yourself, or whether a mattress has too much or not enough bounce. Many partners appreciate motion isolation features so they can rest without feeling the other's movement. Some mattress companies offer products with dual comfort zones, and hybrid mattresses with coiled springs and memory foam can deliver benefits that different sleepers appreciate.

Because a brief test is a mere snapshot of what a full night's sleep is like on any mattress, find out about the company's return policy before you make a purchase in-store or online. How long must you keep the mattress before returning it? Some companies require a 30-day trial period before initiating a return, and some charge shipping or restocking fees. "Make sure there are no gray areas in the return policy," Rogers says.

The same goes for warranties. Understand what the company will cover under its warranty. This typically includes manufacturer defects and indentations in the mattress that are greater than 1 inch. Warranties vary from 10 years to a lifetime, with terms that can change during the life of the warranty. For example, the company might fully replace a mattress during the first two years of the warranty and repair it if you make a claim during years 3 to 10. The company might require you to submit pictures of a defect, and most (if not all) will ask for your purchase receipt and the product tags. The key is to be sure a mattress warranty is spelled out clearly and that contact information is available for you to ask questions or file a claim. Beware of warranty marketing like "no-drama returns." The fine print could tell a different story.

Mattress Companies With the Longest Warranties

Mattress Companies With Warranties Over 10 Years

Company Warranty (In Years)
Bed In A Box 20
GhostBed 20-25
Nest Bedding Lifetime
Saatva 15
Sleep Innovations 20

Mattress Types

The mattress market has expanded in the last five years, with manufacturers introducing gel-infused foams to keep you cooler, comfort layers, foams infused with plant-based ingredients – even green tea – and hybrid products that integrate coils, foams and latex.

The basic mattress types you'll find as you shop include:

  • Foam: A mattress that uses one or more types of foam layers, including polyurethane, viscoelastic (memory) and latex foam that can contain gel and other ingredients.
  • Innerspring: A mattress with steel-coil support, which can include a range of spring systems that are connected or individually wrapped and pocketed, with coils of different shapes and heights.
  • Hybrid: A mattress that combines a spring support system with one or more types of foam and/or latex.
  • Latex: A mattress made from natural, plant-based latex or petroleum-based latex.

Mattress Foundations

Before you order a new mattress, find out what type of foundation it requires. Using an improper foundation for your mattress can void the warranty. Most modern mattresses do not require a box spring. However, you will need a solid foundation – usually a flat base, slatted base or fabric-covered platform with a flat or slatted base. Pay attention to manufacturers' recommendations if you choose a slatted base. Many will suggest that slats are placed no more than 3 or 4 inches apart.

Adjustable bed frames are suitable for many mattresses. These frames can be especially helpful for people who benefit from being propped up during sleep. "Some of our patients with sleep apnea or reflux issues do well with an adjustable bed frame because the elevation can help their condition," says Dr. Michelle Drerup, Psy.D., a sleep psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center.

If you are buying a new mattress, seriously consider replacing your existing foundation as well. While you're at it, evaluate bedding and pillows. “You don't buy a new car with old tires," Rogers says.

Removing Your Old Mattress

Once you receive your new mattress, the immediate question becomes what to do with your old one. Some charities accept used mattresses in good condition, but getting one out the door and transporting it yourself is challenging unless you have a large vehicle (and a strong back). Unfortunately, most of the mattress companies we rated won't haul away your old mattress. Exceptions include Saatva, which will remove your old mattress free of charge; Leesa, which charges $150; Purple, which will do it for free if you buy a Purple Premier Hybrid and for $149 if you buy a regular Purple Hybrid; and Lull, which has partnered with 1-800-GOT-JUNK to provide a removal service for $140 in some areas. Serta and Sealy only sell and ship through retailers, whose policies on mattress removal vary. Third-party services like goloadup.com and byebyemattress.com also will take away your old mattress.

A Word About Online Reviews

Consumers often begin their buying journeys online, and shopping for a mattress is no different. In fact, plenty of the mattress companies we rated only sell their products online, and all of them have online purchase options, whether directly or through partner retailers. All mattress companies have online reviews, not to mention the so-called independent mattress review sites that ultimately point you toward purchasing a sponsored brand.

Filter reviews carefully and read them with healthy skepticism, because mattress companies naturally post positive reviews on their websites. Also watch out for "scam websites that show you mattresses that make a company the most money," Maguson says. And realize that a five-star mattress for one consumer could rate as one star for another. "Mattress fit is personal," he says. "A mattress is 4.8 stars for who?" When reading mattress reviews on social media, keep the same information in mind. Your friend's ideal mattress might not suit you.

Rather than relying solely on reviews, use them as a basis for uncovering more specific production information. For example, if a mattress earns top ratings for back pain and that's an issue for you, find out why the mattress is supportive for back pain sufferers and what materials or features deliver relief.

With any major purchase, there's generally some concern about making the wrong decision. If you read positive reviews, do your homework and purchase a mattress, you want the assurance of a sleep trial so you can confirm that you made the best choice for you. Take advantage of the sleep trials that many mattress companies offer. (Every online-only company we rated offers one.) Trial periods vary based on the manufacturer and whether you buy directly or through a third-party retailer.

Give your new mattress a chance. Most mattress companies ask you to test their product for at least 30 nights before making a decision to return it. This is not a bad policy, because you might need time to adjust to the way a new mattress feels. During this sleep trial period, evaluate how you feel when you wake up in the morning.

The trial period is critical, because as Drerup points out, "The you-don't-know-it-until-you-try-it thing really holds true for a mattress," she says.

The following describes our 360 approach to researching and analyzing mattresses to provide guidance to prospective buyers.
1. We researched the brands and products people care most about.

U.S. News analyzed and compared publicly available internet search data to determine which brands of mattresses Americans are most interested in. We found 40 companies that stand out in terms of volume of searches and research among consumers. Once we identified these brands, we reviewed manufacturer data to determine every make and model of mattresses made by the brand at the time of publication.

For mattresses, we made a decision to feature product lines, which is a step deeper than brands, but a step above individual products. The mattress market is fragmented, with several products considered part of each product line. Often, the difference among products varies slightly, whether it’s in size or with ancillary features. We felt that products within the same product line had enough in common that aggregating the collection was the most useful way to evaluate mattresses. Further, featuring product lines allows us to aggregate more data points, including hundreds of consumer reviews, than if we were to investigate individual products.

Mattresses are a fast-changing category, and product lines launch or discontinue often. U.S. News makes the best effort to review active and available product lines as of the time of publication.

2. We created objective 360 Overall Ratings based on analysis of third-party reviews.

U.S. News created the 360 Overall Ratings system for mattresses using an unbiased scoring methodology applied to the brands people care about most. We use a variety of publicly available data, including Internet search data, to measure consumer sentiment and to determine which brands matter most to consumers. Our scoring methodology is based on a composite analysis of the ratings and reviews published by credible third-party professional and consumer review sources. The ratings are not based on the personal opinions, tests or experiences of U.S. News.

Here is how the ratings are calculated:

U.S. News conducted extensive research on what types of mattresses Americans are searching most, and we break down the ratings into specific categories to help address consumers' interests.

(a) We compiled two types of third-party reviews and ratings:

  • Professional Ratings and Reviews. Many independent mattress industry sources have published their assessments of mattresses on the web. We consider several of these third-party reviews to be reputable and well-researched. However, professional reviewers often make recommendations that contradict one another. Rather than relying on a single source, U.S. News believes consumers benefit most when these opinions and recommendations are all considered and analyzed with an objective, consensus-based methodology.
  • Consumer Ratings and Reviews. U.S. News also reviewed published consumer ratings and reviews of mattresses. Sources with a sufficient number of quality consumer reviews ratings were included in our scoring model.

Please note that not all professional and consumer rating sources met our criteria for objectivity. Therefore, some sources were excluded from our model.

(b) We standardized the inputs to create a common scale.

The third-party review source data was collected in a variety of forms, including ratings, recommendations and accolades. Before including each third-party data point into our scoring equation, we had to standardize it so that it could be compared on an apples-to-apples basis with data points from other review sources. We used the scoring methodology described below to convert these systems to a comparable scale.

The 360 scoring process first converted each third-party rating into a common 0 to 5 scale. To balance the distribution of scores within each source’s scale, we used a standard deviation (or Z-Score) calculation to determine how each mattress that a source rated was scored in comparison to the source’s mean score. We then used the Z-Score to create a standardized U.S. News score using the method outlined below:

  • Calculating the Z-Score: The Z-Score represents a data point's relation to the mean measurement of the data set. The Z-Score is negative when the data point is below the mean and positive when it's above the mean; a Z-Score of 0 means it's equal to the mean. To determine the Z-Score for each third-party rating of a mattress, we calculated the mean of the ratings across all mattresses evaluated by that third-party source. We then subtracted the mean from the mattress’ rating and divided it by the standard deviation to produce the Z-Score.
  • Calculating the T-Score: We used a T-Score calculation to convert the Z-Score to a 0-100 scale by multiplying the Z-Score by 10. To ensure that the mean was equal across all data points, we added our desired scoring mean (between 0 and 10) to the T-Score to create an adjusted T-Score.
  • Calculating the common-scale rating: We divided the adjusted T-Score, which is on a 100-point scale, by 20 to convert the third-party rating to a common 0-5 point system.

(c) We calculated the 360 Overall Score based on a weighted-average model.

We assigned “source weights” to each source used in the consensus scoring model based on our assessment of how much the source is trusted and recognized by consumers and how much its published review process indicates that it is both comprehensive and editorially independent. The source weights are assigned on a 1-5 scale. Any source with an assigned weight less than 2 was excluded from the consensus scoring model.

Finally, we combined the converted third-party data points using a weighted average formula based on source weight. This formula calculated the consensus score for each mattress product line, which we call the 360 Overall Rating.

Firmness is an important factor to many consumers, but unfortunately, there is no objective standard for what is considered “firm,” “soft” or anything in between. Where possible, we used manufacturer assessments for their products’ firmness ratings, standardized to a five-point scale. Where such information was unavailable, we omitted any mention of firmness relative to a mattress and excluded that product from certain categories that depend upon firmness.

Mattress type is another important factor to many consumers. We considered four options for mattress type: innerspring, foam, latex, and hybrid. “Hybrid” mattresses are growing in popularity, but there is no objective standard for what they consist of. In some cases, manufacturers will label a mattress as a hybrid, when it is really just a standard innerspring mattress with a thin layer of extra material added to the top, which is more similar to a standard innerspring mattress with a separate foam topper than to a hybrid. Our standard for what counts as a hybrid is a mattress with more than 33% of its height composed of a non-primary material. For instance, if a mattress is 12” deep and consists of 7” innerspring and 5” foam, we would consider the foam to be a non-primary material. We then would calculate that 41.7% of the mattress depth consists of a non-primary material, which would meet our standard of a hybrid mattress.

All of the data used in our mattress ratings was accurate as of September 18, 2019.

U.S. News 360 Reviews takes an unbiased approach to our recommendations. When you use our links to buy products, we may earn a commission but that in no way affects our editorial independence.