Best Mattress 2017- Which Mattress Should You Get?

Best Mattress 2017- Which Mattress Should You Get?

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Every day we get emails from readers asking what the best mattress is.  We always respond that it truly depends.  There are so many subjective things about mattresses that there’s no way there’s on best mattress for every person.

We wanted to approach this question a little differently by providing different categories for the different mattress types and then different budgets.  From there, we will give some top picks and explain why we like them.

At the end of this article, you can see all the criteria we have for judging a mattress.

Best Mattress By Category

Memory Foam

There are a lot of really good memory foam mattresses out there, and there are a lot of really bad ones too.  I could list about a lot of great options for you, but I thought I’d keep the list limited.  Here’s a few that I think represent great value.

Multiple Good Options: Amerisleep

High-End: Loom & Leaf

For Side Sleepers: Layla

Budget: Addable


Amerisleep has a line of memory foam mattresses that have different firmness levels and different feels (see more HERE).  If you don’t believe there is one best mattress for everyone, then Amerisleep might be a good company to check out.  Their memory foam is faster-responding than typical memory foam.  That means you get good pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck.  They also do an excellent job of keeping their mattresses cool, maybe more so than any other memory foam mattress company.  The mattresses are well constructed and are available at great prices.

Read our Amerisleep review

Loom & Leaf

Loom & Leaf offers you the opportunity to get a luxurious memory foam mattress that would normally cost 2-3x more in a retail store for a fraction of the cost.  It uses quality components that should make the mattress an awesome value.  They have also directly addressed the issue of sleeping hot in their construction and their mattress is faster-responding than normal memory foam, meaning you don’t have the feeling of getting stuck.  Overall, it’s a great value.

Read our Loom And Leaf review


If you are worried about getting the right firmness level for you, Layla might be a good option to take a look at.  The mattress is flippable and has two firmness levels in one (see more on that HERE).  The memory foam is also infused with copper.  I can’t personally vouch for the claims made, but the copper is supposed to have certain health benefits.  Overall, it’s a very innovative mattress, and at $899 for a Queen, it’s very reasonably priced as well.

See our Layla mattress review


Addable uses very high quality, durable foams in its construction (see more HERE).  Because it spends almost no money on marketing and other overhead, it is able to price its product at an incredibly low level.  At $499 for a Queen, you would be hard pressed to find a better deal on the market.  You can pay more to get a more luxurious mattress, but at this price it’s impossible to beat the quality of Addable.

Read our Addable review


Latex is becoming an increasingly popular category because it offers some of the benefits of a foam mattress without some of the drawbacks.  There’s different subcategories within the latex category that all offer something different.

Synthetic Latex: Brooklyn Bedding

Natural Latex: Zenhaven

Latex Hybrid: Ghostbed

Brooklyn Bedding

Brooklyn Bedding has a well constructed mattress that features two inches of talalay latex over two inches of dunlop latex in the comfort layer.  The support layer is high-density polyfoam.  The mattress is durable and has great pressure relief while being resilient at the same time.  Because the latex is synthetic, the mattress is priced at a very affordable level ($750 for a Queen).  They also offer different firmness levels too.  Overall, it’s a great mattress for someone wanting a quality latex mattress at an affordable price.

Read our Brooklyn Bedding review


If you are looking for an all-natural latex mattress, Zenhaven is a great choice.  It uses natural latex throughout the mattress.  That makes it a great option for people wanting a product as close to organic as possible.  It’s also flippable, meaning you get two firmness levels in one.  All the materials are very durable, so it should be a long-lasting mattress.  At $1,899, it’s actually a great value considering how expensive natural latex mattresses usually are.

Read our Zenhaven review


Ghostbed uses a latex over memory foam construction.  That means you get pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck or getting too hot while sleeping.  They use quality materials, so the mattress should last longer than many other similar mattresses.  At just under $750 for a Queen (using a coupon), it’s a great value and one of the best choices out there at that price range.

Read our Ghostbed review


Innerspring is still the most popular mattress type and is the feel most people are familiar with.  There are a lot of good options out there, but I thought I’d list out just a few good ones to make things simple.

Side sleepers: Winkbeds

Back/Stomach sleepers: Saatva

Budget: Aviya


Winkbeds has a luxurious construction that features a coil-on-coil design that you normally only see in mattresses much more expensive.  The foam on top of the coils is pretty soft, and as a result you get good pressure relief on your shoulders and hips when you sleep on your side.  In my opinion, it’s a quality mattress that is well suited for side sleepers.  It’s only $1,299 for a Queen.

Read our Winkbeds review


Saatva also has a luxurious construction, and it has a history of great reviews over a number of years now.  The mattress is well constructed, and in my opinion it is a little bit firmer than average.  For me, that makes it an ideal mattress for most people who sleep on their back or stomach.  At $999 for a Queen, the mattress represents an opportunity to get a great value.

Read our Saatva review


Aviya is another quality spring mattress that uses great materials but doesn’t charge a ton of money for its mattress.  The foams they use are high-density and they use pocketed coils.  You can get a Queen for as low as $799, making it an awesome option for those who are on a budget.

Read our Aviya mattress review

Best Mattress By Budget

Under $500

To me, I haven’t seen anything better than the Addable mattress under $500 for a Queen.  They use materials that you see in mattresses 2.5-3x higher in price.  They don’t spend any money on marketing or overhead, and they pass all those savings onto the consumer.  It’s a gel memory foam mattress, so make sure that is the type of feel that you want.  If so, I haven’t found any better value than the Addable to date.

See our Addable review

Under $750

Ghostbed: If you use a $50 coupon (which is typically available), then it’s just under $750 for a Queen.  The Ghostbed uses quality, durable components that really make the mattress a great value.  It’s a latex over memory foam hybrid that does a good job of staying cool.  If you want a foam feel with good pressure relief and without the feeling of getting stuck, this is a good choice.  It’s an awesome value given how affordable it is.

Read our Ghostbed review

Under $1,000

Helix: If you aren’t quite sure what type of mattress you want to get, then Helix might be a good option to take a look at.  It allows you to get a mattress completely customized to your needs and preferences.  You’ll take a quiz that asks you what your height, weight, sleeping position, preferred firmness, etc. are.  Based on the answers to those questions, you’ll get a customized mattress.  The company uses good materials as well, so overall it’s a pretty intriguing option.  A Queen comes in at just under $1,000, so I think it’s a great option if you’re in this price range.

Read our Helix mattress review

Purple: Purple has a unique comfort layer.  It has a hyper-elastic polymer gel grid instead of foam.  This comfort layer is great at relieving pressure and is also much more durable than foam.  It also sleeps temperature neutral, which is a big selling point for a lot of people who are sensitive to sleeping hot.  There’s a lot to like about this mattress, and at the moment you can get a Queen for $999, which is a great deal.

Read our Purple mattress review

Under $1,500

We think a top candidate to be the best mattress under $1,500 is the Sapira mattress.  The Sapira mattress can definitely be considered a luxury mattress.  It is also a hybrid mattress that aims to combine the best aspects of foam and spring.  The comfort layer has high-density performance foam which is durable and responsive.  It also has a layer of high-density memory foam for great pressure relief.  The support system is a heavy-duty coil system that is top of the line.  It has amazing edge support and is very durable.  Overall, you get great pressure relief as well as great support.  A Queen is just under $1,500, so it’s definitely one of the best options around that price level.

Read our Sapira mattress review

Under $2,000

Zenhaven: It is very hard to find mattresses that use natural materials.  It is even harder to find mattresses that use natural materials and are still affordable.  To get a natural mattress, you need a natural latex mattress.  Sourcing natural latex is very expensive, so as a result natural latex mattresses are typically very expensive.  By cutting out the middleman in the process, Zenhaven is able to offer a natural latex mattress at a price much lower than you would find at a retail store.

Aside from using natural materials, the mattress is also flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one.  This means you have a great chance of getting a firmness level that’s right for you.  Overall, it’s a great mattress that will last a very long time and represents a great value.

Read our Zenhaven review

If you Just Aren’t Sure

If you really don’t know what you want, I would take a look at Helix.  Helix offers you the opportunity to get a fully customized mattress.  You fill out a series of questions and they will make a mattress that is customized based on your answers to those questions.  If you sleep with a partner, you can actually customize each side of the mattress.  For those reasons, this could be an interesting choice if you really just don’t know what mattress you should get.

Read our Helix mattress review

Factors We Look At

There are a number of factors that we look at when doing our reviews.  Some of the factors are objective and others are more subjective.  Here’s a quick list of what we take a look at.

  • Value– There are multiple ways to assess the value of a mattress.  If the company spends a ton on overhead and marketing, then the product is probably going to be priced higher than it could be otherwise.  If the materials are not durable, then the product won’t last long and it won’t be a good value.  We take a look at the quality of the materials and assess the company’s business model.  We then look at the price being charged and are able to make a good assessment of the overall value of the mattress.
  • Feel– Feel is a subjective thing.  Some people, for example, love memory foam while others can’t stand it.  Rather than saying one type of feel is better than another, we assess the feel, describe it in detail, show it off, and try to point you in the right direction.  Ultimately, you will have to make the assessment for the type of feel that you think is best for you.
  • Firmness– Firmness is also a subjective measure.  We’ll give our take on what we think the firmness is and we’ll demonstrate it via video.  However, take our assessment with a grain of salt because it is such a subjective measure.  One person might think a mattress is firmer than average, while someone else might think the same exact mattress is softer than average.
  • Motion Isolation– If you sleep with a partner, then motion isolation should be an important factor to consider.  This simply means, if your partner shifts around in bed, will you feel the motion?  Some mattresses are great at isolating motion, while others are not so great.
  • Company Reputation– It’s important that a company treat its customers well.  We take a look at things like the company’s trial period, return policy, and overall customer service.  We have seen some companies do things like not honor their return policy or make it as hard as possible to return their product.  We want to help you avoid companies like that, so we do a deep dive into this area to make sure you buy a product from a company you can trust.
  • Matching Marketing Claims To Reality– Mattress companies are known for making big claims about their product.  In some cases the claims are true and in others they are big exaggerations.  We try to do our best to assess how accurate the claims made by the companies are.
  • Quality Of The Materials– There are some objective things you can assess about the quality of the materials used in each mattress.  Durability, for example, is directly affected by the density of the foams used in the mattress.  We do a full analysis of the quality of the individual materials used in each mattress.
  • Sleeping Hot– This is a huge factor for a lot of people.  Lots of people are especially sensitive to sleeping hot.  We take extra time to assess this aspect of the mattress and give extra points to companies that directly address this issue.
  • Transparency– In some cases, we understand why a company might not want to be fully transparent about its products, but we do greatly favor companies who are in fact 100% transparent about their products.  Providing all the details of the mattress assures consumers that they can know exactly what’s in their mattress.
  • Return Rate– No company ever publicly discloses their return rate.  We try to prod the company, however, to privately give us this statistic so we can make sure it is at a reasonably low level.  Having a low return rate is of course a great way to know that customers are loving the product.
  • Overall Philosophy– Rather than simply saying “this mattress is great” or “this mattress is terrible,” we recognize that this is a fairly subjective process.  As a result, we simply try to point you in the right direction by categorizing each mattress and saying what type of sleeper might like it.

Detailed Best Mattress Articles

If you know which mattress type you are looking at, what your budget is, or what your sleeping style is, then you can take a look at the more detailed articles we’ve written on those subjects.

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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Vickie says March 18, 2017

Hi Joe,
I did decide on a mattress….I bought a Layla. I have had it a week and I’m really loving it. It is very comfortable and I actually turn much much less. My hip and shoulder pain has went away as well. Thank you very much for your great reviews they were very helpful!

Sam says March 24, 2017

Hey Joe, I have narrowed my bed search down to 4 beds…

The Love and Sleep
Amerisleep Liberty

I am 90%+ side sleep who’s a bit sticky and carring a couple extra pounds. Overall my body temperature is pretty hot. So I can be sweaty. Also my GF and I can get down nocturnally. I’m leaning towards the Brooklyn. I know you like the Leesa. Could you shine some light on what might be a good choice for me? I also LOVE value!

    Joe Auer says March 26, 2017

    Hi Sam – all great options you chose there, good value for each, biggest difference is feel. Amerisleep is pure memory foam, Love & Sleep has a hybrid feel, Ghostbed has more of a latex feel, and Brooklyn Bedding has even more of a latex feel (more bounce). If you’re worried about great mattress for sex, you may want to check Amerisleep off the list (memory foam is typically not great for that activity). For the rest, check out my “feel and firmness” videos and I’d say make your choice primarily on that.

Bob says March 28, 2017

Hi Joe,
My wife and I are side-sleepers. We bought our mattress many years ago at Costco. I don’t know if it’s coils or springs. I have an additional 1″ memory foam on my side because I have hip and shoulder pain. My wife has a tendency to sleep hot so something that would be cooler for her would be ideal. I’m considering the Saatva, Loom & Leaf, and Tuft and Needle mattresses but I’m open to other recommendations. What would you recommend?

Myles says March 30, 2017

We have a very old coil mattress. We put memory foam top on it & really like that feel except for being hot. We are both side sleepers. Mostly do to your reviews we are looking at Loom & Leaf, Helix, Layla, and Nectar. Have you reviewed a Nectar, I’d be interested in your thoughts. Thanks

Sam says March 31, 2017

I am fairly confidant I have narrowed my search down to The Nest Bedding ‘Love and Sleep’ and the Brooklyn ‘#BESTMATTRESSEVER’. What do you think? I guess in a nut shell… These two beds seem to check all my boxes. I suppose what I’m REALLY asking is… I have no problem paying the extra $100 for the Brooklyn. I just want to make sure I am getting $100 more worth of a better bed. Are the materials better? Will the latex of the Brooklyn last longer and perform better? Or will the ‘Love and Sleep’ pretty much be close to the same bed for over $100 less?

In a nutshell. What are the key differences between the ‘Nest’ Love and Sleep and the Brooklyn Best Mattress Ever? Besides the materials, I know ‘Love’ is a hybrid foam and BB is Latex. what are the main differences to how each surface will feel and perform?

Thanks in advance!

    Joe Auer says April 3, 2017

    Hi Sam – these are very similar in terms of value (they’re actually made in the same factory I believe), it really comes down to difference in feel and which you prefer. I’d check out my “feel and firmness” videos for each and make the decision based on that!

Marta Durham says April 1, 2017

I’ve rarely slept through the night in years due to hip pain doctors have diagnosed as bursitis. And I wake up with lower back pain if I try to sleep on my back. I figured out a different mattress might help when I began moving to the 2-cushion couch in the middle of the night, where my hip (or bottom, if on my back) fits nicely in the crack and the rest of me is supported! I had the Loom & Leaf on my radar but noticed research recommended latex, or a hybrid, to mitigate the “pudding” sensation, giving a quicker response to movement than foam. Could you comment on that and give me your overall recommendation, please?

Dwayne says April 4, 2017

Do you have an opinion of the Casper lineup?

Debra Auld says April 5, 2017

Hi Joe,
Don’t know if you can help. Trying to figure out the better brand to choose for my 24 yr old son . He is 6′ , 260lbs and a side/ back sleeper.
I am not looking to spend a lot . He doesn’t want to sink in and is concerned about edge support and being hot .
I also would like to know about bases . I want sturdy , not concerned about looks .
I hope you can help .

Warm regards,

Debra Auld

    Joe Auer says April 6, 2017

    Hi Debra,

    I’d check out my best mattress for heavy people as a starting point, you’re going to really want to focus on support and quality. Let me know if more recommendations would be useful!


Camille Jaque says April 8, 2017

Hi Joe, I just started looking for a mattress because ours is dead. We had a spring with a foam topper. I am a side sleeper and a little over weight and my husband is a back sleeper with normal weight. I am looking at a wink or purple California King. Both companies offer payment options. We are both hot sleepers. I am concerned about how purple recommends a mattress cover which they sell. I guess we are used to a bit of bounce but really I just need a good night sleep. 🙂 We look forward to your recommendation. Love your page, glad I found it.

Stephen Meyer says April 12, 2017

Based on your valuable video reviews, my wife and I chose an Aviya Luxury Firm queen size mattress and could not be happier so far. We also really liked the Wink mattress as well, but the price differential was substantive to go with the Aviya, which allowed us to purchase the foundation for less than what the Wink mattress would have cost us.

Shannon says April 13, 2017

Still in the market. Need the best mattress for 2 plus size people. He’s 6’5″ too. We both like firm mattresses. Thank you!

Patricia Martin says April 19, 2017

Yes, we bought a GhostBed. I bought it because of the latex foam layer. However, I have found it to be very firm for me. I would say an 8 or 9. My husband is happy with it, but I am having trouble getting used to it because it is so firm. I would be happier if it were as the website says, a 6 or 7. I never use to sleep on my back, but now i have to so my hips don’t hurt. I’m not giving up on it yet.

Patricia Martin says April 19, 2017

Joe, I made a comment earlier about the GhostBed we bought. Please disregard my comments. We have only slept on the bed one week, so we I am still evaluating it.

Trish says April 21, 2017

Hi Joe,
I have been researching on-line beds for over a year and I am so confused about the choices. I sleep mostly on my back and maybe about 40% of the time on my side. I have back and neck problems. I love the softness of a memory form mattress and have owned 2. Both made my lower back hurt and neck, and I slept very hot in them. I was 50 lbs. heavier then, and I am still loosing weight, so possibly a memory foam bed would support me better now. Most important to me are sleeping cool, enough support for my back and neck, yet I do like softness to the mattress top. However, I do not want to sink much into the mattress as this just makes me hot, and makes it hard to move around. I am going back and forth between Pangea Copper Mattress or the Alexander Signature Hybrid Bed. If I were to go with the Hybrid should I get the Luxury Firm or the Medium Firmness. Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!

Edward says April 25, 2017

I went with an Aviya Luxury Firm Queen mattress. I needed something that had a traditional and on the mattress feel. Very happy with my purchase, your review was great!

Thomas Bissell says April 30, 2017

I would like a recommendation on a king mattress set. i weigh 250 and wife about 170. I am back sleeper and my wife is side sleeper. We like the feel of pillow top but need support for the weight. Don’t want a “hot Mattress”. Value is important but willing to spend more if needed.

    Joe Auer says May 2, 2017

    Hi Thomas – I’d suggest a hybrid, have you looked at the Alexander Hybrid or the Brentwood Home Oceano?

Judy Harrigan says May 1, 2017

Have you tested the Purple mattress brand? I am interested in that but I also got interested in your recommendation on Lull Revere or Amerisleep. Could you compare those for me? I have a very bad back and have 3 plates in my spine. (2 in neck and 1 in lumbar area.) The LULL had the different firmness levels and that’s what I question. Would either of the 2 above be better for me than the Purple mattress?
Thank you for any assistance you can give me.


Judy Harrigan

    Joe Auer says May 1, 2017

    Hi Judy – I did review the Purple, check out my full Purple mattress review for details. I think between Lull, Amerisleep, and Purple all could be better/worse for your back depending on your own preferences. I’d suggest really looking at the “firmness and feel” videos for each to gauge what might work best for you.

sachin says May 14, 2017

Hi Joe,

I am struggling to decide between many Extra firm mattress, we are looking for something like a futon feel which doesnt contour like a memory form but not traditional springs.
I would appreciate if you could give your recommendations.( Leesa or tuft & needle are still less firm for our likes.
Is the love and sleep from nest bedding a good firm option which will not be contouring or sinking ?


    Joe Auer says May 18, 2017

    Hi Sachin – I think a hybrid like Love & Sleep will be just what you are looking for. Other similar options are the Alexander Hybrid, Sapira, and Herobed.

Nils says May 22, 2017

I took Consumers Report recommendation and bought a Caspar. Noticed you have not reviewed. Thanks

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