The Best Mattresses, According to Serious Sleepers
The average person spends up to one-third of their life asleep. It's time to find your mattress soulmate.
You read that right — one-third. And according to sleep researchers, it's physiologically essential for us to do so. If you're sleeping on a 20-year-old box spring, I'll venture to say you're not getting the quality of sleep you should and could be getting. Mattress shopping isn't easy though, especially if you share a bed or live in an apartment. Boxed bed companies have been around for more than a decade, but it seems we've only just discovered them over the past few years, making it even easier to upgrade your sleep situation. With so many bed-in-a-boxes to choose from, we pulled together the facts — price, quality, features and more — so you can pick the mattress online that works best for you and your sleep position.
How to Shop for a Mattress Online
Before your click that "Buy Now" button, you'll need to spend a bit of time doing some research and figuring out which mattress and company are the best fit for your needs. If you already know what sort of mattress you prefer (level of firmness, material, etc.), then you're already a step ahead. However, if you're unhappy with your current mattress and unsure of what you might like to have on your bed next, you might want to visit a local mattress store or two and get a sense of what type of mattress you prefer.
There are a variety of online companies to choose from when ordering your mattress, and many of them offer similar options. It’s worth spending time on each website to get a sense of what the company is like, what their manufacturing process is and what sort of service you might expect. Most of the sites offer online chat customer service, so you can get all of your questions answered.
One of the best perks of ordering your mattress online is that if you don’t love your mattress after the trial period, you can return it. Be sure to keep track of how long your trial period lasts, and make your final decision before the trial ends. And keep in mind that it can take your body at least 30 days to adjust to a new mattress, so be patient before deciding to return. If you use additional items on your bed, like a mattress topper, make sure you have them before your mattress arrives so you can take full advantage of the trial period. If you have a partner, make sure they're able to sleep on the mattress as much as possible, too, to make sure you both approve of it. Some of these companies will pick up and return the mattress for free within the trial period. Several of the companies may ask that you donate your mattress as part of your return process, and they'll even help you organize the donation.
When Is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?
When you’re ready to buy a new mattress, there are some important dates to consider to ensure you get the best deal. Most mattress companies offer discounts during holiday sales, which typically align with federal holidays and major shopping events, like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. These are the most important annual sale holidays to look out for: Presidents Day (February), Memorial Day (May), Independence Day (July), Labor Day (September) and Veterans Day (November). Then lookout for additional discounts around Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Plus, keep in mind that many mattress companies launch new products in mid to late spring, while offering discounts at the same time.
Ready to shop? Browse these top-rated mattress companies to get started on your mattress shopping journey. Whether you prefer a hybrid mattress or one that's organic and allergy-free, we have you covered.
The Allswell Mattress
PRICING: $339 to $539 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Allswell’s hybrid mattress combines layers of innovative memory foam with individually wrapped coils for the perfect blend of comfort, support and firmness. Wrapped coils minimize motion transfer, and the cooling charcoal and copper gel-infused memory foam absorbs and transfers heat away from the body. This dreamy combination provides that just-right medium-firm feel.
PERKS: Allswell offers a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty (limited to one return per household per year). You’ll also get free ground shipping with white glove delivery and removal of your old mattress.
The Aviya Mattress
PRICING: $849 to $1,549 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Aviya Mattress comes with customization from size to firmness — plush/soft, luxury firm and firm — with luxury firm being the most popular choice among buyers because of its just-right comfort. A quilted top layer of cotton combined with a layer of high-density comfort foam provides that “hotel feel” the moment you lay down. A support foam layer, on top of individually wrapped coils, offers essential body and back support. Each Aviya mattress is eco-friendly and handcrafted in the US without harmful chemicals or toxins so you can sleep safe and sound.
PERKS: Every Aviya mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty (with a one-inch indentation policy). If you don’t love your mattress, you’ll get a full refund. Plus, every order ships free within seven days.
The Avocado Green Mattress
PRICING: $1,099 to $2,099 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The most important thing to know about the Avocado Green Mattress is that it’s proudly certified organic — it’s good for you and the planet. The natural mattress features GOLS organic certified latex, GOTS organic certified wool, GOTS organic certified cotton and more than 1,000 pocket support coils. You won’t find any polyester, polyurethane foams or toxic fire retardants in this mattress. The hybrid bed combines natural cushioning with an internal, zoned, pressure-point support system for top-notch back support and durability. At 11 inches thick, it delivers a balanced level of firmness that’s ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Avocado even makes a new PETA-approved vegan mattress without the wool.
PERKS: Avocado offers a one-year sleep trial and a 25-year limited warranty. If the mattress isn’t a good fit for you, Avocado will have it donated for a full refund with no restocking fee. You’ll also receive free carbon-negative shipping, or they can deliver and unbox it in the room of your choice for $199 (and even haul away your old mattress).
The Bear Hybrid Mattress
PRICING: $1,298 to $2,796 (7 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Bear Hybrid Mattress, Bear’s most popular mattress, combines copper-gel memory foam and individually-encased coils for a supportive and durable mattress ideal for all body types and sleep positions. The ultra-breathable cover features Feran Ice fabric and Celliant fiber to create a cool sleep surface. A cooling copper-gel memory foam regulates temperature and increases airflow, while layers of support and comfort foam offer optimal pressure relief and support. You’ll get even more support from the edge-to-edge individually-encased coals below the two layers of foam. Plus, you’ll sleep even better knowing the mattress is environmentally friendly with no strong chemical smell.
PERKS: Bear offers a 365-night risk-free mattress trial, as well as a lifetime warranty. They also provide free shipping and free returns with returned mattresses donated to charity.
The Big Fig Mattress
PRICING: $1,399 to $2,799 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Big Fig is the creator of the first (and only!) mattress tailored for the plus-size body type. The original Big Fig Mattress is built to address bed issues specific to bigger sleepers, like mattress sag, poor support, weak foundation and lack of durability. With extra built-in support, this mattress cradles sore muscles and achy backs, allowing a more sound sleep. Plus, the mattress’s plush quilted top is made with ThermoGel technology that helps lower body temperature for an actively cool sleeping experience. You’ll also find a gel-infused latex foam for breathability and comfort, three layers of high-density polyfoam for no-sag cushioning, 1,600 individually wrapped coils, high-density edge foam for added strength and tufts in 16 places to prevent materials from shifting over time. It sounds like a lot, but that’s because it is! The hybrid construction of springs and foam provides the ultimate mix of support and comfort that is built to last for decades.
PERKS: Big Fig offers a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty that includes both free repair and free replacement for the entirety of 20 years. You’ll also receive free shipping and free returns if it’s not a good fit.
The Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid Mattress
PRICING: $999 to $2,199 (10 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Brooklyn Aurora Mattress provides advanced cooling technology in a luxury hybrid with three levels of firmness so you can pick the support you need. The CopperFlex foam top layer provides responsive contouring with targeted pressure point relief and the antimicrobial properties of copper. Infused with TitanCool, this layer also maintains skin temperature at a perfect 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The second layer of TitanFlex foam offers cloud-like comfort with hyper-elastic technology that adjusts to your body each time you move. The third transition foam layer provides enhanced contouring and deeper compression support. Below that, an eight-inch base of individually-encased coils allows for better reactivity and motion isolation. The mattress is finished with a high-density foam base for added durability and reinforcement of the coils as they compress.
PERKS: Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night risk-free comfort trial with free shipping on exchanges and returns. You’ll also receive free standard shipping with your mattress order and a 10-year limited warranty.
The Casper Original Mattress
PRICING: $695 to $1,295 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Casper’s OG mattress offers even more comfort than previous models with additional foam, bringing it to 11 inches in height. Support, pressure relief and comfort come from three durable and streamlined layers of cushy foam. Plus, an upholstery-grade zip-off cover is designed to stand up to years of use and frequent washes.
PERKS: Casper mattresses come with a 100-night risk-free trial and 10-year limited warranty — if you don't love it, they'll pick it up and you'll get a full refund. Casper also offers fast, free shipping and free returns with returned mattresses donated to charity.
The Cocoon Chill Mattress
PRICING: $769 to $1,539 (6 sizes + 2 firmness options available)
FEATURES: Cocoon’s high-quality memory foam mattress adapts to your body size, shape and sleep position to ensure a great sleep. With two firmness options to choose from, you can pick the bed that best matches your preferences. Medium-soft (a firmness level of 3 to 8) is considered their most popular model with a cushioned feel. Three layers of foam create a personalized feel with perfect-fit memory foam on top followed by your personalized comfort layer and a durable support layer on the bottom. The stretch-knit fabric cover is super soft and breathable, too.
PERKS: Cocoon provides a 100-night risk-free trial and 10-year limited warranty — if you don't love it, they'll pick it up and you’ll get a full refund or exchange. Cocoon also offers free standard shipping right to your doorstep.
The Classic 8 Organic Mattress
PRICING: $3,075 to $5,950 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Essentia has the world's only natural memory foam mattresses, which are made from Hevea milk, essential oils, like grapefruit seed, coneflower essence and jasmine essence, plant extracts and water to achieve their patented memory foam feel. Plus, the natural rubber latex-based foam sleeps three degrees cooler than your internal body temperature and provides posture support for deep, restorative sleep. Like Essentia's other mattresses, the Classic 8 is a non-toxic vegan mattress that's 100-percent certified organic with a GOTS-certified organic cotton cover that can be easily removed for quick and easy maintenance. The Classic 8 provides eight inches of support with two inches of molded high-density Beyond Latex Natural Memory Foam and six inches of natural support foam that gradually transitions to your body, offering perfect spinal alignment through the night and years.
PERKS: Essentia offers free shipping, a 120-night trial and a 20-year warranty on every mattress purchase.
The Helix Midnight Mattress
PRICING: $699 to $1,449 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Helix Midnight Mattress, one of the brand’s most popular, has a medium feel — not too soft, not too firm — with excellent pressure relief and side-sleeper support. (However, you can find your perfect mattress match based on your body type, sleep position and feel preference using their Sleep Quiz.) This foam-and-coil model provides wrapped coils that cradle your body and provide additional edge support. Memory Plus Foam and Helix’s Dynamic Foam layers create the right amount of pressure relief and personalized body contouring. Plus, each mattress comes with a two-touch design, meaning two layers for increased airflow and breathability.
PERKS: Rest easy with a 100-night risk-free sleep trial and a 10-year warranty — if you’re unhappy, you can return it and get a full refund. (You must keep the mattress for 30 nights before initiating a return.) Helix also provides free shipping within the US.
The Keetsa Cloud Memory Foam Mattress
PRICING: $690 to $1,290 (5 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Keetsa Cloud is considered their top-rated firm mattress that’s perfect for back and stomach sleepers. This coil-free mattress features several layers of comfort including a double layer of memory foam and a robust foam core that ensures minimum motion transfer and solid support. The 100-percent cotton cover is channel-quilted with fiberfill to keep it comfortable and breathable.
PERKS: Keetsa offers a 90-day return policy with a full refund (minus a 10 percent processing fee). All Keetsa mattresses include a 12-year limited warranty and fast, free shipping to 48 states.
The Layla Memory Foam Mattress
PRICING: $749 to $1,249 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Every Layla mattress comes with a genius feature: each side is a different firmness. One side is plush and cradling while the other is firm and more supportive. Simply flip the mattress to find the level of firmness that suits you. Another unique feature is Layla’s use of copper within the memory foam. The copper-gel infused memory foam pulls away excess body heat, kills bacteria and offers structural support for full-body alignment.
PERKS: Layla offers a 120-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty. If you don’t love your mattress, Layla will arrange for donation and provide a full refund. The Layla Mattress ships to the lower 48 states for free in less than a week.
The Studio by Leesa Mattress
PRICING: $499 to $899 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Studio by Leesa Mattress offers Leesa-brand quality at an incredible value. The mattress features three foam layers — a top layer of breathable memory foam, a middle layer of pressure-relieving foam and a core layer for support and durability. Leesa’s signature mattress cover comes with a new striped, heather-blue look.
PERKS: Leesa offers a 100-night mattress trial and a 10-year limited warranty — if you don’t love it, you can return it and get a full refund. You’ll also get free shipping straight to your door in three to six days. Plus, we love that Leesa donates one mattress for every 10 sold.
The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
PRICING: $873 to $2,086 (7 sizes available)
FEATURES: Nectar’s medium-firm mattress (a firmness level of 5.5 to 7.5) offers a combination of layers and materials to both contour and support your body throughout the night. Side, back and stomach sleepers will love the two layers of gel memory foam that increase airflow and provide contour support. A breathable base layer offers a stable, breathable foundation. The cooling cover wicks away heat while you sleep for an even better rest.
PERKS: Nectar's home trial is one of the best with a full 365 nights to try your mattress risk-free. If you don't love it after a year, Nectar will help donate or remove it. All Nectar mattresses come with a lifetime warranty and free shipping. They're also currently offering contact-free delivery.
The Sparrow Signature Hybrid Mattress
PRICING: $949 to $1,999 (7 sizes + 3 firmness options available)
FEATURES: Considered Nest Bedding’s most popular mattress, the Sparrow Signature Hybrid features plush foam layers over sturdy pocketed coils for both a cozy feel and durable base. The Sparrow uses a combination of specialized foams, individually wrapped coils and temperature control through Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric so you can sleep sweat-free. Plus, we love that you can unzip the top and swap out the inner layer of foam to adjust its firmness without having to buy a new mattress. This means more comfort and less waste! With three “feels” to choose from — plush, medium and lux firm — you can find the perfect level of support for both you and your partner. They even offer a dual-split option, allowing you to choose a different firmness for each side so you can create a mattress that feels perfect for each sleeper.
PERKS: Nest Bedding offers a 365-night trial and lifetime warranty. Plus, each mattress is made to order and built by hand in Phoenix, Ariz. You can even change your firmness level within your trial period to ensure you get your perfect mattress.
The Parachute Mattress
PRICING: $1,399 to $2,399 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Parachute’s signature mattress was designed and crafted to be supportive, comfortable and eco-friendly. It’s constructed to be firm in the middle for back support and soft at the head and feet for pressure point relief and spinal alignment. Layers of pure New Zealand wool, 100-percent organic cotton and pocketed steel coils are hand-tufted for a top-notch sleep experience. Medium-firm construction makes this mattress the best choice for side, back and stomach sleepers. Plus, we love that Parachute’s mattress is free of adhesives, petrochemicals, chemical flame retardants and other toxic materials.
PERKS: Rest easy with Parachute’s 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. If you don’t fall in love with your mattress, they’ll pick it up for free. At this time, white glove delivery and mattress removal have been temporarily suspended, but all mattresses will still ship for free via FedEx.
The Puffy Mattress
PRICING: $1,349 to $1,899 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The Puffy Mattress is suited for all sleepers due to its incredible spine alignment support. Three foam layers provide both comfort and support (a firmness level of 5 to 7). The Firm Core Support layer is specially designed to keep your spine aligned while eliminating pressure points. The temperature-stabilizing ClimateComfort layer creates a warming effect during the cold winter months and a cooling effect during a hot summer. On top, Cooling Cloud foam increases airflow and keeps your body at an optimal temperature for comfort. A stain-resistant zip cover allows you to easily wipe up spills or toss in the washer when you need to.
PERKS: Puffy offers a 101-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty. Puffy also comes with free standard shipping right to your doorstep in one to three business days.
The Original Purple Mattress
PRICING: $799 to $1,998 (7 sizes available)
FEATURES: Purple mattresses are both soft and firm, perfect for side, back and stomach sleepers. The Purple Smart Comfort Grid adapts to the shape of your body to relieve pressure on your joints. Plus, it stays cool. With a temperature-neutral, open-grid design, Purple disperses body heat and allows airflow, so you don't wake up overheated. Sharing your bed? Purple's technology can isolate and dramatically reduce motion transfer from whoever is in bed with you, including your pup.
PERKS: Rest easy with a 100-night risk-free trial and 10-year warranty — if you don't love it, they'll pick it up and you'll get a full refund. Purple also comes with free standard shipping right to your doorstep.
The Saatva Classic Mattress
PRICING: $887 to $2,196 (8 sizes + 2 heights + 3 comfort levels available)
FEATURES: Saatva’s Classic Luxury Firm Mattress is considered their bestseller with more than 80 percent of customers choosing this model. Why? It’s the perfect balance of firmness and support — it’s not too firm and not too soft. Premium foam cushion layers make it ideal for side, back and stomach sleepers. You can even choose between two mattress heights (11.5 or 14.5 inches) based on your need and aesthetic.
PERKS: Saatva mattresses come with a 180-night home trial and a 15-year warranty. They also provide free in-room delivery and setup, as well as the removal of your old mattress.
The TEMPUR-Cloud Mattress
PRICING: $1,899 to $2,599 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Tempur-Pedic’s new TEMPUR-Cloud compressed mattress has a perfectly blended feel — soft where you want it and firm where you need it — to help you get the most comfortable and supportive sleep. The TEMPUR-Cloud adapts to your weight, shape and body temperature for personalized comfort. It minimizes pressure points that keep you awake and reduces motion transfer throughout the night. The top TEMPUR comfort layer cushions every part of your body, while the TEMPUR support layer delivers pressure-relieving power throughout the night. The premium foam base layer offers all-night support and durability. Tempur-Pedic's moisture-wicking cover provides breathability and airflow, keeping you perfectly cool as you sleep.
PERKS: Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-night risk-free sleep trial, a 10-year limited warranty and fast, free shipping straight to your door. Plus, we love that Tempur-Pedic uses sustainable production processes in zero-landfill facilities to minimize energy consumption and waste.
The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
PRICING: $645 to $1,095 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: Tuft & Needle mattresses are soft without the sink. The medium-firm T&N Original Mattress features two quality layers of foam, including T&N Adaptive foam (a cooling memory foam) and a supportive, high-quality base layer. This makes it ideal for sleepers of any size or weight. Plus, the breathable cover will help keep you cool at night.
PERKS: Tuft & Needle mattresses come with a 100-night risk-free trial and 10-year limited warranty — if you don't love it, you'll get a full refund and they'll donate the mattress to a charity of your choice. Tuft & Needle also provides free standard shipping within five business days for most locations.
The WinkBed Mattress
PRICING: $1,149 to $2,049 (6 sizes available)
FEATURES: The WinkBed Mattress features a unique hybrid design that combines the cushioning comfort of specialty foams with the dynamic support of dual innerspring layers. Under the 100-percent natural Tencel cover is two layers of gel-infused Hypersoft Foam that pulls heat away from the body. Individually wrapped coils provide targeted back support that push back in areas with greater pressure while plying in areas with lighter pressure. With four firmness options to choose from — soft, luxury firm, firm and plus — you’ll find the perfect comfort level for you and your sleep partner.
PERKS: WinkBeds offers a 120-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty. Not happy? Winkbeds will pick up your mattress for free and give you a 100-percent refund. They also offer free delivery with your mattress arriving in about two weeks.
The Pressure-Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
PRICING: $177 to $644 (7 sizes + 4 thickness levels available)
FEATURES: Zinus’ memory foam mattress is unlike any other. The natural green tea-infused memory foam provides a cleaner sleep by neutralizing odor. The foam’s ActivCharcoal complex is made from purified charcoal that absorbs moisture and minimizes odor-causing agents. With four thickness levels to choose from — six, eight, 10 and 12 inches — you’ll get customized medium-firm support to help improve sleep efficiency and alleviate aches and pains.
PERKS: Zinus offers a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year limited warranty. You’ll also receive free shipping via FedEx.