Best Reviewed Memory Foam Mattresses 2017- Who's Best For You?

Best Memory Foam Mattress 2017 Reviews and Ratings

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I have slept on and reviewed over 20 memory foam mattresses at this point, from the top Tempur-pedic brands to the no-name bed-in-a-box startup.  Certain brands and models offer different benefits for people with certain preferences,and I’ve highlighted some models below that are good fit for sleepers of all types.

I don’t think there is necessarily one “best” memory foam mattress, as there are a lot of great mattresses out there and certain ones that are best for certain types of people.

I suggest you use my experience as a starting point to decide which memory foam mattress is best for you.

 

My Top 5 Reviewed Memory Foam Mattresses

Best Memory Foam Mattress

I’ve reviewed a number of memory foam mattresses, with the four below ranking at the top for value, luxury, budget, and comfort.

These mattresses rank amongst my top mattress reviews in general, as well as in specific categories like best mattress for side sleepers.

Why These Five Memory Foam Mattresses?

Certainly these aren’t the only four quality memory foam mattresses on the market, these are just a few of my favorite across a few categories.  If you’re looking at any memory foam option, you should look for a mattress that:

  • Has good comfort/support tradeoff
  • Doesn’t sleep hot (a risk especially for memory foam)
  • Has minimal motion transfer (especially for couples)
  • Has right foam density

Best Memory Foam Mattresses Compared

Why Amerisleep?

Amerisleep is one of the oldest online-only memory foam mattress brands, and the experience shows.  Quite simply they make a mattress that I find to be the most comfortable, with a full line to accommodate sleepers with different preferences.

Amerisleep is my top pick because they don’t cut any corners – I believe they deliver one of the best mattresses available.  They’re not the cheapest on the market, but they do offer great value (click here for $50 off any Amerisleep).

Amerisleep also offers models with cool features like foams that are better for cooling and mattresses with celliant for athletes.  Learn more in my full Amerisleep review.

Why Loom & Leaf?

The Loom and Leaf is the most popular and best rated memory foam mattress because it has the specs of a high-end Tempur-pedic, but at a fraction of the price.  You pay for the mattress quality, not the brand name. See why it is such a good value HERE.

The mattress has great specs, making it very comfortable and durable as well.  It comes in three settings (soft, medium, and firm), though it runs slightly firmer than average in general at each firmness level.

The mattress is made by Saatva, which is one of the first companies to start selling (quality) mattresses online.  Learn more in my Loom & Leaf review.

Why Layla?

Layla is a memory foam mattress, but has a few unique twists to make it stand out in the very crowded bed-in-a-box market.

It is flippable, offering two firmness options – though I found both to be quite soft (relatively).  This makes the mattress very comfortable for side sleepers, and a great option for people that prefer a more lush/soft mattress (see how Layla compares HERE).

Layla also has infused copper, which helped the mattress sleep cool (infused copper is used in other types of products, but very few mattresses to date).  Learn more in my full Layla mattress review.

Why Bear Mattress?

The Bear mattress is incredibly comfortable and uses high-quality materials that you only typically see at a much higher price point.

What I like the most about Bear is I think it perhaps does the best job of any memory foam mattress with sleeping cool.  This is because of the special celliant cover it uses and the fact that they use a graphite gel memory foam.  The result is a mattress that has significantly higher airflow than other memory foam mattresses.  You can see more proof of how cool the mattress sleeps and the science behind the foams HERE.

Read Our Bear Mattress Review

Why Zinus?

The previous three mattresses are some of the best memory foam mattresses that can be made – but that’s not necessarily what everyone wants.

Zinus provides a good memory foam option that is comfortable, offers good support, and is relatively durable, for a very reasonable price (<$300 for a Queen).

This mattress is popular and sold through many online outlets like Amazon, but I’d check out their line on their site for the best deals.  Learn more about their mattress in my Zinus mattress review.

Finding The Right Density Level

When reading memory foam mattress reviews, you’ll come across density level a lot.  While it can be a bit confusing, I’ll try to keep things as simple as possible, outlining general trends, but know exceptions will exist within certain brands and models. Typically, I have found (and studies show) that the higher the density, the following is true:

  • Pricier– More materials go into a higher density foam, so almost always you can expect a positive correlation of density level and price.
  • More Durable– Generally, the higher the density, the longer the mattress will last.
  • Less Motion Transfer– The higher the density of the foam, the less motion transfer you will feel. If you sleep with a partner, a higher density foam is more desirable, so you don’t get disturbed if they happen to move around.
  • More Support / Pain Relief– More density means more support. Higher density foam does a better job of contouring to your body. If you have back pain, you will want a higher density foam mattress.

Memory Foam and Sleeping Hot
Memory Foam Gel Mattress ReviewsOne of the most common complaintsI hear about memory foam mattresses (a complaint that I share personally as well) is that this type of mattress often sleeps hot.  This means that the mattress absorbs and retains heat, making the sleeping surface hot, especially later on in the night after you’ve been sleeping for several hours.

What are the ways companies try to keep memory foam sleeping cool? Using plant-based foam has been shown to be very effective, and so has laminating a layer of gel onto the foam. Some companies use “gel-infused” memory foam, but in most cases that is more marketing rather than based in reality.

When it comes to gel, mattress companies really turn on the marketing.  They will charge you thousands of dollars more for certain types of gels that aren’t actually more effective (though they do sound amazing).  This is one of my primary complaints with Tempur-pedic and similar traditional brands, and why I recommend the Tempur-pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe rather than one of their even more expensive models

Off-Gassing and Chemicals

Memory foam is made from petrochemicals.  No mattress the brand, know that your memory foam mattress will possess chemicals (no matter how eco-friendly they claim to be).

New memory foam mattresses typically give off a chemical smell when they are unboxed. This is called “off-gassing.” It’s not a concern for the long-term, but the smell can potentially last as long as a week, depending on the mattress brand. With some mattresses, the smell is very faint and completely goes away within 24 hours.

Resiliency / Getting Stuck

Higher quality memory foam mattresses have a more resilient feel to them. Lots of people complain that they feel that they “get stuck” in memory foam and have a hard time moving around or getting out of bed.

Memory foam typically takes a while to react to movement. This isn’t optimal for some people’s preferences, and if this is is a big concern for you, I would consider a latex mattress as an alternative.  Latex has many similar properties to memory foam, but has more “spring” to it.  A new popular construction is latex over memory foam, with a lot of the new startups (like Casper or Ghost Bed) trying to get the benefits of both materials in one mattress.

Getting The Best Value

The best way to get a deal on a memory foam mattress is to order online.  Since the mattress is all foam, it can be compressed and shipped from a factory to your door, cutting out the middle men and providing savings for the consumer.

There a lot of online-only brands (like Loom & Leaf), as well as mattresses sold through large online e-commerce sites like Amazon and Walmart (like Signature Sleep Memoir 12″).

If you are buying through a retail store, I suggest waiting for a sale.  Labor Day and President’s Day are big days for mattress sales, where you will see up to 70% off some of the big name brands.

Final note on getting a deal – higher quality mattresses will last much longer than lower quality ones.  If you purchase a cheap low-quality mattress, you may save money in the short term, but you may find yourself shopping for a replacement sooner than you had hoped.

Final Recommendation

Take a look at my recommendations, and understand the WHY behind the recommendation.  Whatever memory foam mattress brand you end up going with, make sure you consider the points outlined above and consider your own sleeping preferences in the process.

This post was last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 1:44 pm

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Silvia says March 18, 2016

Please have a tempur queen size but want to gt king size but not pay tempur money but suffer real bad back problem and always hot at night

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    Joe Auer says March 19, 2016

    Hi Silvia! What do you think of the options mentioned, Loom and Leaf or Novosbed are my top recommendations for your situation.

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Beth Pattan says April 9, 2016

Can you do a review on Layla? I’m really interested in seeing how this mattress does seeing as it is copper memory foam.I went to laylasleep.com and it sounds like something that I need. I use other copper products for my back and knee and they work wonders.

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Sam says April 28, 2016

How would you rate the Bear Mattress?

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    Joe Auer says April 28, 2016

    Bear is a great option. The big selling point is the celliant technology (which I personally don’t know too much about), but the quality of the mattress aside from that is great as well.

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george says May 19, 2016

I have gone through 2 foam matresses (some-Pedic and other “good” brand). I will NEVER own a foam matress again.

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    Joe Auer says May 19, 2016

    Hey George – foam definitely isn’t for everyone! What didn’t you like about the experience?

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Monica Rodriguez says July 9, 2016

I’m a back and side sleeper with chronic lower back pain and I would like a soft mattress that conforms to my body while keeping my spine aligned and eliminating pressure points. What would you recommend for me in the $500-$1000 range for a king size?

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    Joe Auer says July 10, 2016

    Hi Monica! If you want soft, I’d check out Novosbed and Layla in that price range.

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sue says August 10, 2016

70+ senior…. side/back sleeper…..loom and leaf OR eve
can you compare these 2 for me ??

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    Joe Auer says August 10, 2016

    Hi Sue – concern for some seniors is getting out of bed easily. Loom & Leaf has slow moving memory foam, which can give you a “stuck in the bed” issue, while Eve has more bounce to it (easier to move around and get out of bed). Other than that, L&L is more expensive, though I think you do get more value with the higher price.

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Karen says August 31, 2016

Do you know it Zeopedic is a good one.

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    Joe Auer says August 31, 2016

    Hi Karen – I haven’t reviewed them myself, so no comment as of now. Sorry I can’t be of more use!

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D says September 1, 2016

Hi. What do you consider to be the best memory foam mattresses that DO run hot? You see, it is easy for me to stay cool on summer nights, but very VERY difficult to stay warm during the winter (the only downside to having no body fat and wanting to save on the electric bill.)

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    Joe Auer says September 6, 2016

    D – the memory foam options all should be fine options, when I say “sleep cool”, it’s definitely a relative thing since you can only do so much to cool down memory foam. If you’re cold in the winter, memory foam should be fine – and I’d go to switch out the sheets as well to capture more warmth.

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Gayle Mutchnik says September 2, 2016

Can you review the gel infused 12″ mattress made by an Amish company in Selena Tennessee, called Dutch Craft? I am a side and stomach sleeper with mild lower back and neck issues. I am looking at a king size and want one with low vocs and plant based.
I am also looking for a mattress for my Mother who is in an assisted living facility, 91 and very mobile.
She has an adjustable hand cranked hospital bed.
Thank you

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    Joe Auer says September 5, 2016

    I will look into it! Most of the mattresses on the site work for an adjustable bed, any preference on her end?

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Jon says September 11, 2016

I see you’re in Brooklyn….can you tell me about bob-o-pedic? Are they really comparable to tempurpedic?

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    Joe Auer says September 12, 2016

    Hi Jon – I do hear good things about Bob-o-pedic, but I haven’t reviewed it myself. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

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Dan Gidcumb says September 20, 2016

Joe, my wife and I are both side sleepers with hip and shoulder hot points. During in store testing we liked the Tempur pedic Countour Rhapsody Luxe best. They are terribly expensive though. Are there less expensive but similar support, comfort, feel alternatives we should look at?

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Andrew Fazekas says September 22, 2016

I was thinking about the classic 13″ queen. What is your feeling on this company

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Steve says September 27, 2016

How does Loom and Leaf compare to the Alexander Hybrid? I am looking for more pressure relief on my shoulder as a side sleeper.

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    Joe Auer says September 28, 2016

    I’d say they are similar in quality, but slightly different feel – Alexander Hybrid has a bit more “spring” to it from the pocket coils. Both are great for pressure relief.

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      Steve says September 29, 2016

      Oops I meant Alexander Signature. How does L&L compare to signature?

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Debbie perez says October 9, 2016

What about the Lull? It seems to have gotten good reviews and seems reasonably priced. Do you have any feelings about the brand?

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jackie says October 11, 2016

We just bought a Loom and Leaf (relaxed firm) and so far, so good! It does not come with any sort of mattress cover, like the Tempurpedic we first looked at – I feel like we should be protecting it, any recommendations on a cover to buy that won’t cause us to loose the “cooling” effects of the mattress itself? And/or just a cover in general? Thanks!

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    Joe Auer says October 11, 2016

    Hi Jackie – glad it’s working out so far! A cover is a good idea, I’m about to release a comprehensive review of a lot of mattress covers (with pros/cons) so keep an eye out!

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      Jackie says October 18, 2016

      When will this be coming out?

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Joe Davis says October 13, 2016

Hi Joe,

Is there currently a discount code for the Layla mattress?
Thanks!

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Mike says October 24, 2016

Hi Joe. I’m hoping you can help me choose a new bed. Currently my wife and I havery a queen innerspring pillow top. I having been tossing and turning a lot lately keeping her up. So we’re looking at a new mattress. We definitely want a king size and our budget is under $900. I like what I’ve read about Brooklyn Bedding but since it’s latex I’m worried about motion transfer. I’ve also looked at Dreamfoam memory foam mattresses but I’ve read some not so flattering reviews. And advice?

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    Joe Auer says October 25, 2016

    Hi Mike – generally latex is pretty good for motion transfer (definitely better than the average innerspring), but if you’re looking for absolutely no motion transfer then memory foam is your best option. Let me know if you have any follow-ups or questions on specific mattresses!

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John T. says November 5, 2016

I like your articles… can you write and share purchases from PlushBeds (specific to: (1) Premier 2.0 adjustable bed; and, (2) 12″ Posture Plush memory foam mattress? Are the two good investments in comparison to their competition.

Thanks…

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Kelley says November 7, 2016

My husband and I are spoon sleepers for most of the night. Can you recommend a queen size for us that doesn’t end up with a dip after about 3 – 6 months. Our combined weight is about 360

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Marcella says November 10, 2016

Have you tested Ashley Furniture mattress. I think they said it was made for them. American classic memory foam

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    Joe Auer says November 10, 2016

    I have not – let me know if it’s worth a review!

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Eric says November 15, 2016

I have tried the Tempurpedic in stores and love the conforming, supported everywhere feel (the Rhadsody was my favorite). They seem to use a much more dense foam than others(iComfort, etc). What is the best alternative for the “fully supported” feel you get from Tempur?

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Lori says November 16, 2016

Comfort Tech 10″ Serene Foam Twin Mattress. Do you know anything about this mattress sold at Costco?

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james manuel says November 22, 2016

Any reviews on beds like Reverie Beds?

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Debbie says November 22, 2016

Joe,

Which mattresses, if any, are reversible?

Thank you,

Debbie

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Jacquelyn says November 23, 2016

We bought a Loom and Leaf Relaxed Firm mattress about 2 months ago. Tried as best as I could to love it, but I swear it actually gives me MORE discomfort than the 12 year old mattress I converted from… Do you have any other complaints like this? I am a stomach to side sleeper and more frequently than not lately, the middle top of my back and shoulders feel awful when I get up in the morning. I feel like it’s too firm for me – any recommendations on what to try from here? I only have a short window left on my 75 day trial so I need to move fast now, just kept waiting and hoping to get used to it, I love the L&L company and wanted to love this mattress as much as I expected to!! 🙁

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James manuel says November 24, 2016

I am torn between the Loom & Leaf vs Ameriasleep. I am a back and side sleeper, wife stomach and side sleeper. We both had back surgeries in the past. Any help would be helpful.

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Colin M says November 26, 2016

What About the Reverie Sleep System. Seems to be the most expensive thing out there for sure

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Michelle says December 13, 2016

Why don’t you like the Zenhaven Latex Mattress. Its not rated in the top 4?
Thanks

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    Joe Auer says December 13, 2016

    Hi Michelle, it’s because there’s no memory foam in the Zenhaven, so it wouldn’t qualify to be under consideration.

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Jenna says December 14, 2016

So overwhelmed!! So many choices! I am 5’6 135lb female, side or back sleeper, pretty bad shoulder and hip pressure problems, and terrible low back. Husband 165lb 5’10 side and stomach sleeper, gets hot easily, upper neck problems. we are a mess, love memory foam. need help deciding!

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    Joe Auer says December 14, 2016

    Hey Jenna – yes lots of options! Any brand catching your eye?

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Kristie Lewis says December 17, 2016

Hi from Charlotte, NC.
Have you tried the purple mattress?
Also, I sleep hot. Which bed is the coolest you have tried? I slide my feet for cold spots. For example, it is 27° and my heat isn’t on. Lol.

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    Joe Auer says December 19, 2016

    Hi Kristiet – check out my Purple mattress review here. Purple is very cool, other than that I’d stick with latex or spring with a thin comfort layer (to maximize coolness).

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Maggie says January 2, 2017

Hi! My husband (220lbs) and I (145 lbs) are looking to upgrade from a Queen to a king. We both have only ever slept on inner coil and currently have a postirepedic euro pillow top. We have done a lot of reading and we’re interested in the Layla or the Brooklyn Bedding mattresses. We are both side sleepers and like a more soft feel. We tried out a few in store mattresses and fell I. Love with the beautyrest black hybrid plush. So hoping to find something online as close to this as possible…any ideas for us? Thank you!!!!!!!

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    Joe Auer says January 4, 2017

    Hi Maggie – if you like the Beautyrest Black Hybrid Plush, the most similar that I’ve reviewed would be WinkBeds and Saatva (soft).

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Darling says January 4, 2017

We have gone to the Amerisleep and tested the independence mattress (loved it) — But also are considering testing the Tuft & Needle mattresses — Do you know how those two compare. There is a huge price difference. We have also seen great reviews for the Saatva beds–
We are side sleepers- husband has lower back pain, but we prefer the plush/soft style mattress. Any thoughts or suggestions either way..

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    Joe Auer says January 4, 2017

    Hi Darling – in my opinion, Amerisleep is much higher quality than T&N, though both provide a great value (thus the price difference).

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b ARB Ara says January 5, 2017

Have you ever reviewed tuft and needle

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Raechill says January 8, 2017

Do you know anything about Tuft and Needle? They sound perfect for my spouse and my situations! So many mattresses out there.

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Carter says January 10, 2017

Hey Joe,
My wife and I have been interested in getting a memory foam mattress since recently married. As a single guy I had one and it was amazing, though I can’t remember what bed it was anymore. At first, I was all aboard the loom and leaf train. Now I don’t know what to think because I’ve done more research and found so many different, “supposedly” good brands for cheaper. Could you give me any advice?
Also, explain better price vs higher-end difference? To me better quality trumps better pricing, but if we’re comparing a bed’s qualities and the “higher-end” bed scores 8.5 satisfactory to the “cheaper” bed’s 8.0 satisfactory then the higher-end bed can’t be that much better or be worth the extra $900, right?

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    Joe Auer says January 10, 2017

    Hey Carter – there can be a number of differences with memory foam mattress quality, but the big two are going to be foam densities and cooling. Generally the denser the foam, the longer the mattress will last (note: denser does not necessarily mean firmer). Then the higher end options will often have more advanced cooling in place.

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Mel says January 12, 2017

Have you reviewed any of the Beautyrest Black hybrid beds? I think only Mattressfirm sells the hybrid version. There are so many models, it gets very confusing. I’m looking for a plush mattress that feels soft for a side sleeper.

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Rosie says January 21, 2017

My husband weighs almost 500 pounds. Is there is a mattress that’s better for someone that size?

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    Joe Auer says January 22, 2017

    Hi Rosie – you definitely need a mattress made for a heavier person. At that weight, I’m not sure I can make any recommendations that I think would definitely be supportive and durable.

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betsy gilpin says January 22, 2017

It is sort of overwhelming figuring it out–I sleep on my side and am probably considered petite (4’11” 95 lbs) with hip pain-so seems i need soft to med soft foam but with support but don’t know how to tell either thing i.e. how to know how soft or firm a mattress is and what would indicate the support factor–and lower price is consideration too so any help

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Mark says January 24, 2017

HI Joe. I wonder if you have any recommendations for my situation. I am side sleeper with thoracic back pain. I tried the Alexander hybrid and that did not work. Then the soft Alexander but it seemed even less soft and was worse. How does the layla or amerisleep liberty compare to the Alexander soft? The Alexander seemed like a great matress when I first got on it but found that I quickly settled through the soft top layer and rested on a very firm layer below with no contouring leading to stiff back, pain and tossing and turning. I am 170 and fit so not a weight issue. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Joe Auer says January 25, 2017

    Hi Mark – of all those mentioned, I would put Layla (the soft side) as the softest, might be your best bet!

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Marvin sampson says January 26, 2017

My wife and myself are both side sleeper we both are on the large side. My problem is pain in my shoulder from side sleeping and hips always been a side sleeper now we are at retirement age seems the aches and pain are more frequent can you suggest a memory foam mattress . Need one I can get out of without fighting it to go to bathroom at night.

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Ed says February 1, 2017

I bought this Beautyrest black Olivia plush mattress at Raymour and Flanigan for $2,000.00. After only 6 years, I have a backache when I use this mattress. When I switched to the other side of the bed, my backache went away. Simmons would not handle any complaints and told us to deal with Raymour and Flanigan. To replace the mattress within the 10 year warranty period, the depression needs to be 1 1/2 inches. Comfort is not covered and they do not care if I have a backache. I will never buy any thing from Raymour again.

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Veda says February 1, 2017

Hi Joe,

First, I want to say thanks so much for what you do! I think I’ve watched just about every video and read every review you’ve written. I am having an incredibly difficult time choosing a new mattress. We purchased a new Serta memory foam mattress around Christmas time & when it was delivered, I was blown away by the offgassing smell. It made me feel ill, and I could not even go into my bedroom because the smell was so strong. We had 3 fans running and two windows open, 24-7 for 6 days, and the smell never dissipated. I then decided it needed to be returned.

Afterward, I did a ton of research on memory foam mattresses and realized that I do not want something so toxic in my home or bedroom. My husband and I loved the feel of the mattress, however, which was a 4 out of 10 (1 being the softest) so we know we both want a soft mattress. We are both relatively light (I am 5’1 and 100 lbs, he is 5’10 and 160 lbs) – side & back combination sleepers. I am very much into the natural and organic lifestyle and would buy a latex mattress in a heartbeat, but my husband is partial to memory foam and this is a definite source of tension between us. He has tried one latex mattress in-store, but I have a feeling it was a firm model, but this has colored his opinion of latex as a whole.

I thought I had found a compromise in the Saatva plush soft mattress, which I ordered after returning the Serta. I love the organic cotton cover and the company’s philosophy and practices. Unfortunately, after nearly two weeks, we are finding this mattress is just too firm for us. We toss and turn all night and wake with back pain. Husband thinks the problem is the coil spring base, and is interested now only in a pure foam mattress. I had considered the L&L relaxed firm originally, but after reading many reviews (yours included) I feared it would be too firm for us and thought the Saatva would be a better choice. It was not. So here we are.

I need to make another move soon- but I’m paralyzed by indecision! I was on the brink of ordering the Alexander Signature in soft, but something is holding me back. I am hoping I can find something more natural, as I don’t really know if Nest uses plant-based foams (they have been vague when I ask via chat.) I do realize that even plant-based foams are not 100% natural, but at this point I just need a compromise. I want my husband to be happy, but I also want to feel that I am not bringing something toxic into my bedroom where my children also spend a lot of their time. I have spent countless hours researching and I cannot seem to find “the one”. I should say my budget is between $1000-1500. I am mainly looking at Nest, L&L, Brentwood home, and would be interested in any other company who is somewhat eco-friendly, and makes a soft mattress. I know this is a lot to ask, and maybe I am looking for a mattress unicorn, but can you help? Maybe there is something I’m overlooking. Thank you so much for your time.

Veda

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    Joe Auer says February 1, 2017

    Hi Veda,

    Thanks for such a thorough description! It definitely makes it easier to make a recommendation.

    If you want an all-foam, kind of natural (not latex, usually plant based foams) I would definitely check out Amerisleep (similar to L&L in materials/feel, but they have some softer options), Nest Bedding (some models), and Brentwood Home (some models).

    Let me know if you have any specific questions on these brands/models!

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      V says February 2, 2017

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your quick reply. I have checked out Amerisleep and unfortunately, I think I’m priced out as their softer models are their most expensive! I was looking at the Brentwood Coronado, but I fear this one may be too firm for us. Their Mirador looks amazing, but we are trying to stay away from coils… So I guess we are left with the Alexander Signature. Would you say it’s much softer than the L&L in relaxed firm?

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        Joe Auer says February 2, 2017

        The softer Alexander Signature is definitely softer than the L&L relaxed firm.

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Kolton says February 4, 2017

Joe,

I’ve been back and forth for a while and trying to decide which mattress would be best for my wife and I. I am a side sleeper and she is a back sleeper(most of the time). I prefer soft and she doesn’t care too much as long as it isn’t a sponge. We’ve looked at the amerisleep colonial and liberty, Layla and the Nest Alexander hybrid. I’m having a hard time deciding which bed would work best for us though. I really like the feel of hybrid beds from what I’ve tested out. I read that memory foam is really good for side sleepers though as well so I’m conflicted. Any advice?

Thank you,

Kolton

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Mike says February 23, 2017

What about Perfect Cloud sold only on Amazon?

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BeBop4000 says March 2, 2017

Hey Layla- Here’s an idea ! Why don’t you make a firm version of your flippable mattress and add to your followers. Instead of a “Soft and Softer” approach (which I personally equate with Dumb and Dumber) you can appeal to those of us with back pain who rely on a firmer, higher density mattress. As of yet, there are not many flippable memory foam mattresses (I don’t know why) but being able to alternate sleeping sides seems like one of the most logical things a manufacturer could and should do. Meanwhile, anyone know of any other “flippable” mattresses they can pass along ?

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Leslie says March 6, 2017

Considering trying my first memory foam mattress. Have done some research and based on my budget, am interested in Signature Sleep Memoir. I would prefer the 12″ size but my bed frame is high and has a bookcase headboard, 12″ would significantly restrict access to bookcase headboard and not look very good. I prefer a firm mattress, not unusually hot and I sleep front, back and sides. Do you have an opinion on the Signature Sleep Memoir 8″ and 10″ or suggestion for other mattresses I should consider? Thanks for the great information on your site, very helpful.

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ed says March 8, 2017

Thank you so much for providing an education on this topic. Once one gets started evaluating foam mattresses the resulting chaos a customer has to navigate is daunting. You have provided a great service! Please continue in your efforts, the buying public needs it!

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Lincoln says March 12, 2017

Hi Joe… Have you looked at, tested, or tried MLILY mattresses? We are curious how you think they compare with the brands you have reviewed. Thanks.

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    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi Lincoln – haven’t heard of or tested, sorry I can’t be more useful!

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James says March 13, 2017

Hey Joe,
I’m a side sleeper with lower back pain. I’m very interested in buying a memory foam mattress. After everything I’ve read on various websites, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. It’s seems that, as a side sleeper, “Soft” is recommended. As an individual with lower back pain, “Firm” is recommended. What would you recommend for me in this situation? Thanks

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    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi James – when you’re on your side, you need more contouring support for your hips and shoulders, which a softer mattress can provide. That being said, a lot depends on your body shape, weight, and the brand of the mattress itself. I’d check out my best side sleeper page as a starting point.

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Liz Read says March 15, 2017

Hi
Do you have any thoughts on Mlily ? I bought a Loom and Leaf but fin it too hard. Novosbed was my next choice but I began to have second thoughts about buying without trying. So I went to a local well reputed store and really like the feel of the Mlily Serene Luxury mattress they had; it seems to be a step up from the Sere Ultra on the Mlily website. I have never heard of Mlily. Is it a reputable company with quality products?

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    Joe Auer says March 15, 2017

    Hi Liz – I have not heard of MLily, sorry I can’t be of more use with the decision!

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Adam says March 16, 2017

Hey Joe,
I have been reading about GhostBed and Purple everywhere lately. Both are relatively inexpensive and reviews on both seem to be great. My wife and I are back and side sleepers so looking for a recommendation or review with either of these.
Thanks.

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Rodney says March 23, 2017

All of the ones I’ve ever tried get hot and I sweat. Which brand memory foam mattress really doesn’t get hot?

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Monte Samuelson says March 25, 2017

What do you think about Christeli foam mattress?

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Van Quoc Mai says April 2, 2017

Hello you,
I have back problems so I can’t good sleep with my mattress. I am looking to buy a mattress from $ 300 – $ 400. Can you recommend me?
Thank you

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TD Bauer says April 20, 2017

It is amazing how much the price has come down on memory foam mattresses over the years. They are more affordable than ever. Lots of excellent choices to choose from. You really tackle a lot of different beds.

My wife and I are looking at getting something with the ‘gel’ foam feature.

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Kathryn says April 24, 2017

Hello, I love your detailed rewievs! I am from Europe and looking for a mattress, which is going to be Tempur-like – I felt in love with the Contour model. I am a young doctor and I cannot afford one. Also I have a back pain, when I lied on Tempur mattress it felt so good, the pain was gone! Can you help me with choosing the right mattress which I can buy in Europe? Most of the best companies you recommend are from US 🙁 Thank you!

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    Joe Auer says April 25, 2017

    Hi Kathryn – unfortunately I’m not very familiar with what’s available in Europe! I know that Eve, Casper, and Leesa are available in at least some countries if that helps.

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Renee says April 26, 2017

Currently trying out a Layla mattress and my hubby and I are just not liking it! It is too firm and we are waking up feeling just as stiff as we did with a non-foam mattress. Any suggestions for a softer feel yet getting a little support as well?

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    Joe Auer says May 2, 2017

    I found Layla to be one of the softer ones I reviewed, so not too many I would consider softer! Have a look at Amerisleep or some of the Brentwood Home options.

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Adelia Tolentino says May 8, 2017

hello, we are planning to buy Novaform 14″ Comfort Grande King Memory Foam Mattress from Costco, can you tell us if this is a good buy…

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    Joe Auer says May 8, 2017

    Hi Adelia – I haven’t reviewed that mattress myself, sorry I can’t be of more help!

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bill ward says May 15, 2017

I’ve just seen a rating for the Tempflow mattress, any info about this brand? thanks

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    Joe Auer says May 18, 2017

    Hi Bill – haven’t tried it myself, I’ll look into it for future reviews.

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ASHLEY P BAILEY says May 22, 2017

I’m considering memory foam, there is an offer on QVC. Is there a weight capacity or limit on memory foams?

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Ellen says May 29, 2017

What do you know about any of these mattresses producing mold? We have a highly humid home and have a tad bit of trouble with mold in our windows. We are looking for something for our 3 & 8 yr old’s new bunk/trundle beds. Thanks for your help!

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    Joe Auer says June 6, 2017

    Hi Ellen – unfortunately I don’t have much information on this, I’ll keep an eye out for future reviews!

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greg says May 31, 2017

How is lucid memory foam matress?

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D says June 3, 2017

Could you please comment on Christeli memory foam mattresses. How does it compare with Amerisleep and L&L for instance. Thanks.

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    Joe Auer says June 6, 2017

    Hi D – unfortunately I have not reviewed Christeli, so no comment as of yet!

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Yasmin says June 4, 2017

Hi,
Any preferences for brands available in Canada? We have Douglas bed by Novosbed (I think) and Endysbed as well as Essentia and Tempupedic.
I have a severe dust mite allergy and looking to replace my boxspring mattress.
I’m allergic to latex . Side sleeper. Prone to hot flashes! Looking for a reasonably priced king option.

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Nicole Mongaraz says June 12, 2017

I need your advice. Thanks for your Top 4 foam mattresses but i need a good review for a foam mattress that comes in a box to my door. There is no room in the bedroom for 2 people to fit carrying in a full cal. king mattress therefore i need to open it in the room and let it expand on the waterbed frame. please help and give me your opinion on: Lull, Leesa, Casper, Ghostbed, etc. (I believe Sealy might make one). Thanks so much Joe, I will go by what you recommend. Nikki

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    Joe Auer says July 11, 2017

    The Amerisleep mattresses will come in a box. So will the Layla.

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glynis says June 17, 2017

I have been trialing an Amerisleep liberty with a topper they sent to alleviate back discomfort and shoulder and arm numbness/tingling cause it was too firm. It has helped with that, but now the topper makes the bed sleep warmer. I tried the Loom & Leaf and found that bed after two weeks was hot and felt like I was in a well and hard to get out of. I thought I might give the Amerisleep Colonial a try. Do you think this would be a better option and not feel hot, stuck in a well, and hard to get out as the Loom & leaf, but yet give me that added softness with support that the Liberty provided in combination with the comfort topper? thanks for your advice.

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    Joe Auer says July 6, 2017

    Hi Glynis – yes the topper will ruin some of the cooling benefits unfortunately, I’d give the Colonial a try to get a softer + cooling experience.

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tom says June 24, 2017

Other sites rate the Nectar mattress very high. You don’t mention it on your site. Have you had any experience with that mattress? Another site didn’t review the Amerisleep and said that was because the company wouldn’t send them a mattress to test unless they promised a favorable review. How do you know who to trust?

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Emiko says June 28, 2017

Hi Joe, i read your comments I still don’t know what to pick, I have back,shoulder and neck problems maybe I,m old. I like soft,hug me type of mattress yet support my back I,m 120 ponds,full size mattress.any suggestions?

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    Joe Auer says June 29, 2017

    The Amerisleep AS4 might be a good fit for you, but I’d consult a doctor if you are having pain issues.

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Pete says July 1, 2017

Joe
Comments on the Vision Supreme mattress please. Thanks.

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    Joe Auer says July 3, 2017

    Haven’t heard of that one yet. I’ll have to check it out.

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Janine says July 1, 2017

Hi,
Looking at foam. Husband has a bad back, sore muscles, labors a lot…and I sleep hot. What are the foam beds you would NOT recommend – avoid? Thank you.

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    Joe Auer says July 6, 2017

    Hi Janine – generally in that case I’d say go for a very supportive mattress, so avoid a very soft mattress or a mattress with a big pillow top.

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Dominick Malchiodi says July 12, 2017

Hi. I am looking for a mattress to help my wife and I with severe sciatica issues. What mattress would you suggest? Thank you…

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    Joe Auer says July 13, 2017

    Thanks for the comment. I don’t like to make recommendations based on medical conditions. I would consult a doctor to get his/her opinion.

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Deborah Harper says July 14, 2017

Hi Joe! In the market for the best memory foam mattress, but there are so many!! Thought Ghostbed was my choice until I read your post! Help, would appreciate your input!!

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    Joe Auer says July 15, 2017

    Ghostbed is a solid choice too. Can you provide me any more info about what you are looking for?

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Doug says July 18, 2017

Have you been able to rate the Nectar mattress?

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    Joe Auer says July 18, 2017

    Yep, check out our review here, mattressclarity.com/reviews/nectar/.

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Scott Butcher says July 19, 2017

I’ve seen a brand called Leesa, lately, and it seems like it might be a good deal. What are your thoughts on that mattress? I am a side sleeper who likes a medium in softness.

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Maureen says July 26, 2017

Currently trying out 10″ memory foam/latex mattress manufactured by Brooklyn Bedding. Even with adding a 2″ memory foam topper, it seems too firm as my body aches and not comfortable lying on side. I have an adjustible bed base so I need mattress that is compatible. Considering either memory foam such as Amerisleep or a hybrid like Alexander. I am 74 years old, sleep mainly on back, 5’4″” and 185 lbs. This will probably be my last mattress purchase. My previous mattress of over 30 years was an interspring. Would appreciate your recommendations to help me choose a comfortable mattress that would fit my needs. Price is not a problem. I really find your website to be very informative, but need a more personal recommendation. Thanks.

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    Joe Auer says July 26, 2017

    I would take a look at the Amerisleep AS4. It will feel good on your side.

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