Since I started working at Sleepopolis, I’ve had the opportunity to test out hundreds of different mattresses, including all of the biggest and most popular brands on the market.
Yet new models keep popping up every day! With so many mattress companies vying for our attention (i.e. hard-earned money), it’s no wonder folks are more confused than ever when it comes to purchasing a new bed.
Now while I don’t believe there’s one perfect mattress for everyone, I do believe there’s a bed out there that’s 100% right for you. And with my help, I’ve no doubt we can find it!
So, where do we begin? After taking a look at some of my top mattress picks, feel free to read on to figure out what type of mattress will best suit your needs.
Find Your Mattress
In my experience, most people tend to approach mattress shopping motivated by some combination of the following five factors: sleep position, sleeping preference, mattress type, brand name, and value. So whether you’re a side sleeper on the prowl for an all-latex mattress or perhaps a bargain hunter with a penchant for firmness, getting specific about your needs allows us to better hone in on the model that’s going to work for you.To continue your search, click below to jump to the section that resonates most with you.
For some of you, brand recognition is going to be the most pertinent factor in your decision-making process. Perhaps you’ve seen Casper ads on the subway or watched commercials from other big names like Purple, Saatva, and Nectar on YouTube. While reputation may proceed some of the more successful bed-in-a-box companies out there, we never let brands rest on their laurels alone.
See how some of your favorites fared on our rigorous mattress tests!
One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new mattress is the position in which you primarily sleep. Though a truly fantastic bed should satisfy a wide range of sleepers, most mattresses are designed to work best for certain positions.
Softer beds, for example, tend to do wonders for side sleepers as they provide pressure relief to the shoulders and hips. Firm mattresses (such as hybrids or innersprings) usually sync up nicely with what a stomach sleeper needs, namely strong support along the spine without too much of a sinking in feeling. And of course there are also beds well-suited for back and combo sleepers as well as everyone in between.
To search for mattresses by sleeping position, check out our ultimate guides below.
So maybe you’re not one of those people who’s set on one particular position. That’s totally okay! But in all likelihood, you probably do have a preference for certain types of feels. Maybe you like the cushiony hug you get from a body contouring memory foam or relish in the bounce of a springy hybrid.
Regardless, there’s a lot of narrowing down that can be done by simply following what feels good to you.
Mattresses are expensive, full stop. While an initial search online may leave you wondering how you’ll ever be able to afford a high-quality bed, I’m here to tell you one thing: it can be done. There are a lot of mattress companies out there, and many of them make good value a top priority.
Follow the links below to see how you can make a fantastic mattress investment without breaking the bank.
Our Mattress Review and Rating Process
We want to be as honest and transparent with you as possible, so we thought it might be helpful to provide you with some insight into our mattress review process. While we definitely do our fair share of lounging around on these beds, a mattress review entails a lot more than simply stretching out on a new model.
Over the course of testing hundreds of different mattresses, we’ve developed a system that allows us to understand a bed from the inside out so that you, by proxy, can too. Below are some of the things we look for.
First and foremost, we’re concerned with the materials used. A good mattress will have a thick enough comfort layer to remain comfortable for sleepers of most sizes. In our opinion, great design and great material selection go hand-in-hand.
Speaking of comfort, we want to make sure a bed feels pleasant from the moment you lie on it, so we need to know: Does it relieve pressure? Does it reduce pain? Will a sleeper feel stuck in the layers?
We use a number of different tools to answer these questions, my favorite of which measures the pressure exerted by a sleeper while lying on a mattress.
Wanting a bed to be comfortable doesn’t mean we don’t also want it to have fantastic support. It’s important to not confuse support with firmness as a mattress can be incredibly soft and still be super supportive. After all, support really just means that a bed is keeping a sleeper’s spine in alignment while in a normal sleeping position as demonstrated in the photo below.
We also want to know how cool the bed sleeps. Though many companies tout their mattresses as “sleeping cool,” what they really mean is that they don’t get hotter than room temperature. That’s why we inspect for gel infusions in heat-absorbing memory foam (pictured below), phase change fibers in covers, and the inclusion of naturally cooling materials such as latex foam or innerspring.
These nitty gritty design details aside, we’re also committed to learning as much as we can about each company we include on our site. What kinds of trial periods do they offer? Are their warranties legit or merely smoke and mirrors? Do they give back to charitable causes? How easy is it to return a mattress you no longer want? Getting to the truth behind the claims enables us to put the power back in your hands.
After all, your mattress shopping experience should (and must) be all about you.