Best Reviewed Memory Foam Mattresses 2016- 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, but I’ve learned that some mattresses are just poorly made.

I don’t think there is necessarily one “best” memory foam mattress, but there are certainly a lot of BAD memory foam mattresses on the market that you should avoid.

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

My Top 4 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 Four 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

Amerisleep

Amerisleep ReviewsAmerisleep 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.

Loom & Leaf

Loom and Leaf ReviewThe 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.

Layla

Layla Mattress ReviewLayla 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.

Tempur-pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe

TempurpedicTempurpedic is the most known brand in the memory foam market, and is certainly the longest standing memory foam manufacturer in the US.

Tempur-pedic has built a strong brand name by making very high quality mattresses.  They use quality materials and are leaders in memory foam mattress design.  The Tempur-pedic Countour Rhapsody Luxe is one of my personal favorite models, but many of the Tempur-pedic models will represent the Tempur-pedic brand well.  Learn more in my Tempurpedic mattress reviews.

Zinus

Signature Sleep Memoir ReviewThe 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.

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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66 comments
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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