Best Mattress 2018 – 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.

Quick Overview: The Best Mattresses of 2018

mc-table__image BEST MEMORY FOAM BEST MEMORY FOAM Amerisleep
  • Quite simply they make a mattress that I find to be the most comfortable, with a full line to accommodate sleepers with different preferences.
  • Quite simply they make a mattress that I find to be the most comfortable, with a full line to accommodate sleepers with different preferences.
mc-table__image BEST LATEX BEST LATEX Brooklyn Bedding
  • Brooklyn Bedding's TitanFlex foam is has a lot of the same qualities as latex but is more durable and will sleep cooler.
  • Brooklyn Bedding's TitanFlex foam is has a lot of the same qualities as latex but is more durable and will sleep cooler.
  • Winkbeds has a luxurious construction that features a coil-on-coil design that you normally only see in mattresses much more expensive.
  • Winkbeds has a luxurious construction that features a coil-on-coil design that you normally only see in mattresses much more expensive.
  • Nolah uses a new type of foam called Air Foam. Testing shows that this mattress relieves pressure better than memory foam does.
  • Nolah uses a new type of foam called Air Foam. Testing shows that this mattress relieves pressure better than memory foam does.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER $500 BEST UNDER $500 Addable mattress
  • Addable uses materials that you see in mattresses 2.5-3x higher in price.
  • Addable uses materials that you see in mattresses 2.5-3x higher in price.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER $600 BEST UNDER $600 Love And Sleep mattress
  • This mattress is truly factory direct and you get the best value possible. It’s really comfortable and uses quality, durable materials.
  • This mattress is truly factory direct and you get the best value possible. It’s really comfortable and uses quality, durable materials.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER $750 BEST UNDER $750 Ghostbed
  • 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.
  • 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.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER UNDER $1,000 BEST UNDER UNDER $1,000 Helix
  • Helix customizes the mattress to you based on your characteristics (age, weight, etc.) and preferences.
  • Helix customizes the mattress to you based on your characteristics (age, weight, etc.) and preferences.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER UNDER $1,500 BEST UNDER UNDER $1,500 Sapira mattress
  • Sapira is 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.
  • Sapira is 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.
mc-table__image BEST UNDER UNDER $2,000 BEST UNDER UNDER $2,000 Zenhaven
  • Zenhaven is able to offer a natural latex mattress at a price much lower than you would find at a retail store.
  • Zenhaven is able to offer a natural latex mattress at a price much lower than you would find at a retail store.

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.

Why Amerisleep?

Amerisleep LogoAmerisleep has a line of memory foam mattresses that have different firmness levels and different feels.  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

Why 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.  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

Why Layla?

layla-sleep-logoThe Layla mattress is innovative for a few reasons.  It uses copper-infused memory foam.  Copper has been shown to potentially have some health benefits.  The mattress is also two-sided, meaning you have two firmness levels in one.  For me, the soft side was especially good at relieving pressure on my shoulders and hips.  That is why I think it’s a great option for people looking for a memory foam mattress who happen to sleep on their side.

Read Our Full Layla Review

Why Bear?

The Bear mattress is very comfortable and uses quality components that you normally only see at much price points.

The Bear does perhaps the best job of any memory foam mattress in terms of sleeping cool.  This is because they use a special celliant cover and a graphite gel memory foam.  The result is a mattress with much higher airflow than any other memory foam mattress.

Read our Bear mattress 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


Picture Of Winkbeds MattressWinkbeds 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 For Side Sleepers

If you sleep on your side, I highly recommend taking a look at the Nolah mattress.  It is a unique mattress designed specifically for side sleepers.  It is unique because it is a foam mattress that doesn’t use latex or memory foam.  It uses a new type of foam called Air Foam.  Testing shows that this mattress relieves pressure better than memory foam does.

The pressure relief is what really stood out to me when testing this mattress.  I felt no pressure on my hips and shoulders at all when sleeping on my side.  If you are open to a new concept, Nolah is definitely worth taking a look at.

Read our full Nolah review for more information.

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 $600

Without a doubt, the best mattress you can get under $600 is the Love And Sleep mattress Nest Bedding.  Because the company owns the factory, this mattress is truly factory direct and you get the best value possible.  It’s really comfortable and uses quality, durable materials.  It has great pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck in your mattress.  It also has extra features that will ensure you sleep nice and cool.  At this price point, I have yet to see a better value.

Read Our Love And Sleep 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.

Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site. He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed.When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses!

Blog Comments

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!

Glad you like it so far Vickie!

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!

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.

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?

Hi Bob – I’d start with my best mattress for side sleepers page, let me know if more recommendations beyond that are useful!

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

Trying out Nectar in the next few weeks, stay tuned!

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!

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!

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?

Do you have an opinion of the Casper lineup?

Hi Dwayne – check out my Casper mattress review.

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

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!


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.

Hi Camille – both great options, just a big difference in feel. I’d look at my firmness & feel videos for each, and make your decision based on that.

We reviewed the Purple mattress protector, and did like it. Check out my best mattress protectors page for other options.

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.

Glad that Aviya is working out for you Stephen!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Thank you Edward, glad Aviya worked out for you!

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.

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

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

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.

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 ?


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.

Thanks Joe for all the info – question – I’m a side sleeper with lower back pain issues & a tight budget – would the Zinus Memory Foam 12″ Premium Ultra Plush Cloud LIke mattress be a good option? Thanks!

Hi Tracey – I think Zinus 12″ would work well for a side sleeper.

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

Would love your recommendation for as organic/natural as possible, med/firm, not fans of memory foam, side sleepers mostly, 110 lbs and 140 lbs people.

Hi Wendy – I’d go with a natural latex mattress, check out Zenhaven, PlushBeds, Spindle, and Avocado.

Hi Joe,

I’ve been on the search for a good mattress for 3 years now! (Goldilocks here) Can you recommend something firm but not hard, with a pillowy top, that sleeps cool and is ideal for one sidesleeper? I tried Tempurpedic but found it way too hard and unyielding. Ideally I’d like to buy Canadian as it will probably be cheaper. 🙂

Please help! Thanks!
Kat in Toronto

Hi Kat – first that comes to mind is the Oceano from Brentwood Home. Great support, but also a nice plush top, and sleeps very cool.

I am still searching for the “right” mattress for me and my wife. I wake up with hip pain if sleeping on my side and lower back pain if sleeping on my back. Have always had traditional innerspring but want to switch to something else. Want something more natural and am staying away from memory foam or other synthetic materials. Looked at Spindle but have never slept on latex and return policy not so good. Any other suggestions?

If you’re looking for all-natural, latex is definitely the way to go – check out Zenhaven and Plushbeds.

After watching/reading many reviews we went with the Loom and Leaf by Saatva

Great, let me know what you think!

I am looking for a mattress for my husband (240 lbs) and myself (140 lbs). We both change positions from our backs to sides, and both have back and shoulder pain. We like the feel of quality innerspring mattresses, but experience problems with the bed sagging after a couple of years. I was looking at foam mattresses because they may not be as likely to sag, but am open to any suggestions which would provide good back support yet be soft enough to sleep on our sides too. We don’t mind investing in high quality but don’t want to pay more just for the name. Thanks!

The Sapira or Intellibed sound like a good fit for you.

Hi Joe,

My wife and I are both active folks in our mid-40’s. We definitely prefer memory foam over coil spring,, but have not had the opportunity to try out latex or other options. We both loved the Tempurpedic tempur-contour elite breeze, one notch down from their firmest. She is more of a side sleeper and I sleep in every position. Sleeping cool is important to us, well at least to me! We intend to go with one of the online options, and while we are price-conscious we are willing to go $1500-$2000 if it is worth the difference. What do you recommend?


Check out Amerisleep. They have a line of 5 memory foam mattress all with different firmness levels.

We have an 8-year old Temperpedic mattress that has developed a big indentation on one side. My wife and I weight 200 and 250 pounds. I’m debating between the Loom & Leaf and the Saatva. I have two questions. (1) How do you think the mattress life would compare between the two? (2) Can the Saatva be used on our Ergo adjustable system that came with the Temperpedic mattress?

Hi Patrick – the L&L will be much more similar feel to the Tempur-pedic. In terms of longevity, both mattresses have good quality materials (in my opinion), but I haven’t tested either (or any mattress) over the long term. The Saatva 11.5 inch works with an adjustable base.

Joe, I have been sleeping on a water bed for the last 25 years.. What are going to be the major differences going to a foam mattress??
I have been reading a lot of your reviews for foam mattress and would like your opinion for going to foam over water

Hi Wes – it’s about as different as it gets with a bed! With such a big change, I would recommend trying a foam mattress for a few nights to make sure you like the general feel.

Hi – Please give any advice you have for mattress good for those with lower back pain. Is memory foam the best bet? I’m a side sleeper & I’m on a tight budget – is Zinus a good bet or is another brand better for the back pain? I’d greatly appreciate any advice you can provide. And thanks so much for the info on your website – it’s very helpful… & yes, selecting a mattress is a horrible ordeal…ugh!


First,I do not sleep well and have lower back stiffness for years

I start on my side and wake up on my back. I sometimes start on my stomach for a bit.

I bought a memory foam mattress (firm..rated over 4, if that makes sense) online from Overstock,com a couple years back. Still sleep poorly and no help for my back.

Not expecting a miracle bed anymore, but contemplating the Leesa or Lull.

Any thoughts appreciated..

Hi Cole – Leesa and Lull are both good options for people that sleep in every position (I thought they felt great in all three).

Joe, putting cost aside and considering just comfort and quality how do you rank Ghostbed against Lull, Leesa, and Loom & Leaf?

Hi Kemp – really the differences for those three comes down to the difference in feel – memory foam vs foam hybrids. I’d focus on the feel videos in the review to see which one suits your needs the best.

Hi Joe,
I am leaning toward the latex mattresses and would love an all natural but my pocketbook just can’t get there. We presently have an innerspring mattress that was made by a local mattress maker. I thought that I would get the latex for the guest bedroom since my son took his bed when he moved out. I thought that we could try it out and see how we liked sleeping on it. I am usually a side sleeper and my husband has back problems so I thought it might work and we both like it cool when we sleep. We are not small folks either so I don’t want to end up sleeping in a hole.

Yeah unfortunately natural latex mattresses are are costly to make so the price tag has to be higher.

Hi Joe,
I need mattress that support my back,neck,shoulder.yet it,s soft to cradle my body. I’m 66 120p. Which mattress Would you recommend?

Hi Emiko – so many mattresses fit those requirements! Any other preferences I can work with for a recommendation?

I did buy a mattress! Thanks for asking Joe and for recommending plushbeds. I am a petite woman aged 50 with some osteoarthritis in neck accustomed to inner spring mattresses. (went through a tempurpedic phase years ago. Liked it but about five years in it became too soft and couldn’t get comfortable on a new foam mattress after that. So went back to springs. A keetsa specifically)
This time I was looking for a matttess for a day bed. I went with the six inch all natural latex by plushbeds. Slept on it one night so far and looooove it. I will probably get a latex topper for my other bed at some point. Natural latex might be the answer for me. I don’t sink into it, it’s nice and supportive yet super soft. Thank you so much for your advice.

Glad you are enjoying it!

Hi Joe, My wife and I are in our 60’s and overdue for a new mattress. We are both side sleepers and have had some back problems and I have issues with my neck off and on. After reading your recommendations we are interested in the Loom and Leaf relaxed firm and the Amerisleep AS3 and AS4. We would like to know which of the Amerisleep beds would be closest in firmness to the Loom and Leaf relaxed firm and which you think would best fit our comfort level. We’re looking for something that gives us support but not that sinking feeling. We’re also looking for a mattress that would keep us cool. If it helps our weights are 130 to 140.
Thank you

Hi John – L&L is in my opinion right in between the AS3 and AS4 (though note firmness is very subjective). I think all three could be good options, all offering good tradeoffs between comfort and support. Since you’re a bit on the lighter side, I’d probably start with the AS3.

Hi Joe, my wife and I are looking at replacing our bed. After reading your reviews we were interested in Amerisleep AS3 or AS4, Loom and Leaf medium firm and Ghostbed. We are in our 60’s and we both have back pain. We are side sleepers and are looking for good support but not that sinking in feeling. Our weights are 130 and 145 if that helps. What are your recommendations please.

Hi John – all good options, but if you’re looking to avoid a pure memory foam feel, go with Ghostbed.

Hi Joe,
I have been trying to decide which mattress to purchase for a couple of months now and need a little help. I am 5 feet tall and weight 110 pounds. I sleep on my back and side and toss and turn at night. Also, I was wondering what your opinion on the Bear mattress was. Do you have a recommendation for me? Thank you

I think you might like the Bear mattress actually. It is a medium soft and has nice memory foam on top that I believe will mean you won’t toss and turn at night very much.

Joe, I haven’t seen anything about off gassing on your reviews on any of the mattresses. We live in a place that has absolutely no way to air out our home, so off gassing would be detrimental to our health, as well as the health of our two dogs. Please advise.

Thank you

With bed-in-a-box mattresses, you can always expect there to be some off-gassing. There are some online options that don’t come in the box. You can look at Saatva, Loom and Leaf, Winkbeds, for example. They won’t have any off-gassing.

Hello… I am in the market to get a new memory foam mattress… I have had a Tempurpedic for 15 years and it’s had it… (probably years ago)… we don’t like it because it is so hot to sleep on, which I am sure that has been addressed int eh last 15 years. Price is also a worry now since I have had my hours cut. I have been reading about a mattress called Nectar and from what I have read, it seems to be a really great mattress for the price. Have you reviewed any of those as of yet? Thanks for your informative reviews!!!

We have reviewed the Nectar mattress. Check out our review at

I am still undecided on which mattress to buy.
I’m 5′ tall 105 pounds and sleep on my back and stomach.
I wake up when sleeping on my side from shoulder pain and wake up on my back with back pain. I am not a hot sleeper. I just can’t decide.

What kind of mattress are you sleeping on now?

I haven’t purchased a new mattress yet, but hope to d so within 60 days. I might be more confused than ever, but am leaning toward a Purple.

Just go for it. They have great return policies, so the risk is low.

Hi Joe, There is a Comforpedic Queen size 14″ gel foam mattress for sale at $499.00 It retails for 2150.00 available in plush medium and firm. I realize that the company no longer manufactures this line, however the mattress is new, never used. It sounds like a pretty good cool deal and fits my budget. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

I haven’t been able to look much into that line of mattresses just yet, so I don’t think I can give a great answer just yet.

Hiya Joe!

I was gonna ask this of the Wink guy, Dan Adler, but, nice as he’s been, it’s good to also get a more neutral opinion haha.

So, I’m heavy and have back problems, an especially bad back for a year now. I’ve been losing weight and just got under the 300 lb mark, which I wanted to get to before trying a Wink, because I don’t want to be forced to get their new Plus if the Firm will end up being better for my situation.

Anyway, I’ve been trying the Sapira for the last week, and it’s not working out, it’s hurting my sides and abdomen, whenever I lay on my side, which I have to occasionally. (Sleeping exclusively on my back seems to irritate it.) I took some photos of my back, and it looks like the pelvis sinks in too much and the shoulders don’t sink in enough. It also just feels like it’s maybe too firm in general for good side sleeping? But maybe that’s a misconception on my part. I’m not a mattress expert.

So, I’m gonna return the Sapira and try a Wink, particularly because their Firm and Plus have better support I’m the middle. I’m worried about getting the Plus though. Before the Sapira, I tried out a few latex toppers and, without fail, regardless of what mattress I put them on (four different mattresses, in several combinations of firm and medium firmness), they made the side that is not against the mattress and my lower abdomen hurt. And I know the Plus has a layer of latex.

I’m also a bit worried it will be too firm, especially since I have no intention of staying at this weight, I have to keep losing weight to get this back better. I worry that, as I lose weight, the Plus will become a worse and worse mattress for me to be on. Which is…not super great logic haha. If only because at this point, I’ll take three or four months of the Plus being the best mattress for me, if at the end of those three or four months my body is feeling better and I can move on with my life.

So. I’m not even sure what I’m asking here. Maybe I’m just asking for your thoughts? Will the extra firmness of the Plus definitely make it worse for laying on my agitated side and abdomen? And are these recent issues with latex a sign to stay away from the Plus?

And I know I always have the option of trying the Plus and exchanging it for the Firm, but it’d be great to nail this on the first try, you know?

Kinda long haha, but you specifically asked for me to leave a question if I had one. You made this bed lol.


Oh, and I really appreciate your site! It’s one of the few that really helped me narrow down the mattresses I wanna try. I’ll be sure to use a referral link for the Wink, if you have one! (Ha, I just scrolled up to see if y’all did referral links, and saw you listed the Wink as great for side sleepers!)

I think you’ll be okay with the Plus. Definitely reach out to Dan too. He’ll be super honest with you.

What adjustable frame do you suggest?
Probably going to buy a Loom & Leaf mattress. They sell one for 2499. Good price? Or is there something out there better price with the same quality?

That’s actually the only one I’ve personally tried so far. It’s a solid choice, so I say go for it.

Ended up buying a foam sweet foam 4 layer latex bed. Really liked their level of knowledge and suggestions.

Joe, so I read your “Best Bed For Side Sleeper” & you had 5 there, Ironically enough, before I read your piece, I was already leaning toward the Loom & Leaf &/or The Savatta ( we know it’s the same company ) , but I read a LOT of people sending the bed back that were side sleepers, & neither comfort level worked for them, but had no problem on the returns. So, here’s my question for you : I’ve had 2 BIG neck surgeries in the last 3 years, just had a big shoulder surgery ( bad mountain bike accident ), & I was a sports junkie all of my life up until then. So, with a lot of broken bones here & there, 59 years old , but not overweight, no diabetes 2 or ANYTHING except, Ican NOT sleep unless on my side. Already have Tempurpedic pillow & leg/knee pillow & love them ( but don’t really want their bed ), $5-6K for the 1 I like, being disabled, I can’t afford that. SO, I’ve GOT to have the cooling ( REAL cooling properties ), I KNOW the stress already on my shoulders & hips, just bought 18 months ago, a brand new BeautyRest Platinum Series Pro 1000 ( the level just beneath the Black Series ), PillowTop, RELAXED FIRM ( what Loom & Leaf & Savatta are recommending me ( I’ve spoken to both & my wife & are ready to buy NOW, but our PillowTop Relaxed Firm is too firm & before that had the Beautyrest Plush too soft, felt like we needed JUST A LITTLE more support. My wife usually sleeps on her back, but the side too, where I can NOT sleep unless on my side & I can’t get comfortable, for all the reasons you mentioned in your “Side Sleeper Recommendation.” We’re both 5’10”, 170 lbs., have queen now, but are definitely going KING. So, I’ve narrowed it down to either Amerisleep thought I wanted Loom & Leaf or Saavata, but other side sleepers were the ones returning their beds. Intrigued by the Layla, DO NOT want GhostBed, because of being like Casper ( want a better bed ) & thinking Nolah might be the right 1, based on your statement, “Designed for side sleepers & the testing showed this mattress relieved pressure better than memory foam. How about the cooling on this bed, AND for 2 people, basically the same weight & height, what do you think? I assume they all have the 100 – 120 night guarantee ( I’ve only been to Savatta & Loom & Leaf’s web site’s. Also Joe, what are your thoughts on the adjustable frames, & I’m thinking both feet & head, because my wife sometimes likes her feet elevated. Now, I understand there’s no returning these frames, but my wife does not have to have this,& since I HAVE to sleep on my side ( I usually like it flat, even in the hospital, I did not want to be elevated, but they made me, you know? ) Also, for about a year, we put a BeautyRest 2” topper & that helped A LOT, BUT, was a pain & was hot, but we had the support from the mattress we liked, and like you have said, the pressure points were gone, we slept better, but again, HOT & a pain when changing the sheets. Is the Nolah great quality like the Loom & Leaf , & Savatta? If so, & you said that was the best for the pressure points, that’s the way I’m now leaning, just wanted your input before we buy. I’m going to the other websites now, but PLEASE Joe, reply back when you can with your solid advice for US, based on our facts. Side sleepers, injuries, might step up & get the adjustable frame ( do they last 10*15 years also? ) DESPERATE, Tony. THANKS Joe!!!

Yeah, I think the Nolah would be a good fit for you based on what you’ve described.

we bought a King size Brentwood Home Sierra. Have not received yet. After 30 days I’ll let you know how we like it or not.

Sounds good, Ken!

Hey Joe, your page has been helping me a lot with my choice of buy a new mattress. I lost a lot of life quality because of my current mattress and I’m looking forward to invest some money to buy a really good one!
I’m reading some of your reviews to try to figure out what is the best for me. And so far, I’m between the “Loom & Leaf” and the Amerisleep (probate AS2). What would you suggest to me?
Thank you in advance.

What is your sleeping position?

I would say back and left side. Maybe half and half.

I would go with the L&L then.

What do you know about the Beauty Rest Black Ice Nadia from Mattress Firm? How would you compare it to the Amerisleep and Loom & Leaf mattresses? The Beauty Rest Black Ice Nadia is prices at $3749.99.

I just took a look. The BR has 6 inches of memory foam, which is a LOT. You would only need that much if you weigh a LOT and sleep only on your side. I would be careful getting something with that much memory foam.

Do you think the Amerisleep or Loom & Leaf mattress would be a better option for us? Which would suggest?

Can you say more about yourself, like your weight and sleeping positions?

I am 150 pounds and a side sleeper. My wife is also a side sleeper. We both have hip issues and wake up with sore hips. We currently have a sleep number mattress and have tried adjusting the firmness but haven’t got relief. We thought we would try a foam mattress. The beautyrest Nadia felt good but they are expensive.

I think the Amerisleep AS3 could be a good fit. It will feel nice and soft when you’re sleeping on your side. It should alleviate any major hip pain issues.

I am 73 and my wife is 74. I also have Parkinsin;s

We have had our mattress for 16 years, needless to say we need a new one! I have rheumatoid arthritis and a side sleeper. My husband is a back sleeper. What do you think would be best?

If you both have different preferences, you can take a look at Helix. You can customize each side of the bed to be different. It’s pretty cool!

Joe, I didn’t see a response so I guess I didn’t post properly. I am 5’10’ and 220 lbs.and a side sleeper. I have an older spring mattress and wake up with sore shoulders. (The partially torn rotator cuff doesn’t help). I have tried to sleep on my back but I am 59 and that ain’t happening. I start on my back and end up on my side pretty quickly. So I need something on the softer side but don’t want it so soft that you get swamped by the bed (like some of the cheaper “memory foam” mattress that Sleepys used to sell). Any suggestions? Thanks for all your help in navigating this purchasing choice. The amount of choices is dizzying.

Check out Nolah or the Amerisleep AS3. They could be good matches.

I’m currently searching for a new mattress that is suitable for my spouse and I. Aside from our height only being about an inch difference, our sleeping needs couldn’t be more opposing to one another. He runs hot, hypthyroid makes me always cold. Size wise- I feel a King is a must, we’re both in agreement. As far as everything else- I have been a lifelong insomniac since early childhood. The slightest bit of light, sound or movement and I am wide awake. Our current bed is so bouncy& squeaky if he twitches a toe, It feels like someone’s jumping on the bed. Which, is a common occurrence because, although he’s a heavy sleeper, he also has severe RLS. Like, take a big fish out of water and try to sleep next to it while it flops around. Motion transfer is the biggest factor then I’d say firmness is the 2nd most important. We both wake in pain lately. For him shoulders & back, me- shoulders, ribs & hips. We have a firm mattress currently but both think maybe too firm(?). He likes a firmer mattress, I like a little less so. Is helix the only brand that is affordable and customizable for 2 very different sleepers? Sleep number is way out of our budget, plus I hear that air beds in general aren’t very quiet anyway. Any direction you could give us would be awesome!

Helix is great. You can also check out Tuck. They have the same concept with a little bit different materials. One of those two should be a good fit for you.

Trying to decide between Lull and Ghostbed. I’m a side sleeper (sometimes back sleeper) so I think Lull would be good pressure relief but I might choose Ghostbed for the bounce. I’m also considering Love and Sleep in medium. I way about 125-130 lbs.
Thank you! 🙂

If I had to choose, I’d say Lull, as I think the Ghostbed may be a little on the firm side for you for side sleeping.

I’m trying to pick a mattress, but having trouble picking one.

I’m looking at a lot of them, but looking at purple, loom and leaf, armisleep, helix.
I’m male 5′ 7″ and weight 285. I tend to sleep hot. I mostly sleep on my stomach, but I do sometimes sleep on my side or back.

I appreciate any advice or suggestions.

The Sapira is great for stomach sleepers and heavier people. I’d take a look at that. The Amerisleep AS2 could be a good fit as well.

Thank you for getting back to me. I’ll take a look at them.

I was wondering why you suggested these over loom and leaf just since I keep on seeing loom and leaf at the top most times.

Thanks again for the help.

Just personalizing the recommendation 🙂

Joe, your website has been truly helpful in narrowing my search for a mattress. After many hours online and reading your reviews, I’ve narrowed it to two choices Zenhaven and Avocado Green. I sleep on my stomach/side cradling a pillow with one knee raised to my chest as it alleviates the pressure on my lumbar region plus I am very arthritic.Just ordered a new bed frame which will require a foundation piece. Zenhaven does offer one, but Avocado does not. I must buy it elsewhere. So for convenience alone Zen is winning, but I still like Avocado I’d appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

Pretty similar choices and both are high quality, so I would just say go with your gut.

Thx, Joe. I’ll let you know the outcome and how datisfied I am with the decision

Any opinions on Nolah vs Nectar? I’m a back sleeper with chronic low back pain, my wife is a side sleeper with some neck pain occasionally. We are bigger people with me at 290 and my wife at 200, getting a king sized mattress. We have a Tuft and Needle now, but I’m still waking up with a lot of back pain, and the T&N is just too firm for me.

I would consult a doctor about the pain issues. It’s always difficult to give good pain-related recommendations.

We are considering the Lucid 16in latex/memory foam bed. We both love soft beds and are side sleepers but need extra support for larger people. I haven’t seen you do a review on lucid and wanted to see what your opinion was on the bed and company. Thanks!

Gonna be coming out with a review pretty soon!

I recently came across the Tuft & Needle that I’d never heard of before. I’m not anxious to spend a huge sum on a “name brand” if I can get the same or similar quality for less. I have a memory foam mattress that’s going on 12 years old now and I need to update/replace. When it was new I loved the way it cradled when you lay down. Now, it’s starting to just sink so I know it’s time. I’m looking for one that retails it’s support but contours well. My wife has complained since it was new that it’s hot. So, the Tuft & Needle seems to cover these aspects well but there are so many options now that were not available 12 years ago. People like you have tried so many I am relying on reviews to pick the next one. Is the Tuft & Needle really capable of contouring to your body (mostly side sleeper) well yet still keeping cool? Is there a better option like Purple or Casper that cost more? Your advice is appreciated.

It contours well but not as well as a memory foam mattress. You can take a look at Nolah or Amerisleep as good potential options for you.

Hi Joe, I’m wanting a new mattress, but even with all your great reviews, I’m not sure what to get. I’m a true back sleeper (meaning I usually wake up on my back, and I’m very comfortable in that position), but I almost always start the night out sleeping on my side. I’ve no preference for type, but I like a firmer feel. I usually can’t sleep if I’m too hot, so something cool would be nice. I would like to keep the price either just under or over $1000 for a queen, preferably including a foundation. I was looking at Ghostbed and Loom and Leaf. What is your recommendation for me? Thanks!

Without anymore information, the Ghostbed does seem like a good fit.

Hi, Joe,

I appreciate your excellent review on the Saatva mattress. Can you explain why “Consumer Reports” (Feb, 2017) lists it as #27 out of 39 rated innerspring mattresses. That is a very low rating and makes no sense to me, especially after your very positive review.

I don’t personally look at Consumer Reports, so I can’t really say. I just give my opinion. I’m not sure what their methodology is.

trying to buy a new bed to replace sleep number which we can’t stand. when looking on-line i see only mattresses, but i know we need more than that-a base/frame as well. how do we buy a mattress and a base? we went to mattress firm, but i couldn’t stand sleepy’s so i am hesitant about buying anything from them, and their set ups are over 3k. i can spend that all-in but i don’t want to spend that and regret that i got a lousy mattress. i have some neck pain issues, and i sleep either on my back or side.can you recommend a place/site/set up for me?

There are companies online that offer a mattress and a base. You can take a look at Saatva, Bear mattress, and Purple as examples.

Thanks for all of your reviews. We chose the Purple Mattress and pillows. We have slept on it for two nights. So far, so good.

Glad to hear, Karen!

if i have a sleep number bed that is 10 years old, do i need to throw away the whole thing and buy a new base and/or boxspring with a new mattress? how should i be thinking about this?

Yes, you should definitely consider doing that.

I found your website researching mattresses. There is so much information and am hesitant to buy online. I just decided to return a Sleep Number bed due to it sleeping hot and experiencing hip pain when sleeping on my side. The privilege of trying cost me $360 in delivery and pick up charges. Now I have a Legg and Platt adjustable base that is not returnable. I was looking at latex mattress but concerned about sleeping hot. There are two local companies, Original Mattress Factory and Sleep Essentials that have latex mattresses. Do you know anything about them? I don’t mind spending a little more money for a good mattress and longer warranty. This is so frustrating that I don’t want to do this frequently. And I am not totally against trying the online companies. My husband and I are in 200 lb. range, and tend to sleep on all sides. I usually wind up on my back because my leg (torn meniscus and ACL) hurts or my hip hurts. And lately I’m just hot. Any advice would be appreciated.

Latex mattresses are breathable, so you shouldn’t sleep hot. I haven’t tried the ones you mentioned, but I say give them a shot and see if you like the feel.

I purchased the Aviya, King, Luxury Firm. The deciding factor was that it could be used with my adjustable bases, although they are rarely used. The mattress is a little too firm. I’ve topped it with 1 1/2 inches of memory foam and an additional inch of latex. As a side sleeper, my arms are numb on it. The mattress was delivered with damage and therefore will have to be replaced regardless. I may request a plush in the exchange, but I’m quite concerned about getting a mattress that doesn’t deliver good support, or develops indentations. I have a condition of the spine called ankylosing spondylitus and herniations of the disk. Can you make a recommendation? I’m 5’8″ at 160 lb and my husband weighs 170, both side sleepers and seniors, 66 and 72. This is my 11th, or 12th mattress for the Master bedroom in 26 years. The last 5 were Tempurpedics. Never again. I only kept the last one for 8 months…………………………I’ve also ordered a Queen Saatva for a guest room. It has been delivered yet. I’m now considering a Queen Wink Bed for another. I appreciate any comment that you may have for me. Desperate for some measure of comfort!

How does the Casper compare to tempur pedic contour supreme in terms of firmness and cooling?

The contour supreme is the firmest model Tempur-Pedic has available. It will be firmer than the Casper for sure. I think the Casper will be more breathable.

Hi – thanks for your helpful website and for bringing real clarity to the mattress shopping experience. I bought a Bear mattress but have been waking up with neck, shoulder, and hip pain. Now I’m looking for a replacement and have narrowed down the options to the Amerisleep AS3, Winkbed, or Novosbed. I’m a side sleeper and tend to sleep quite hot. What would you recommend for my next attempt?

Was there too much pressure on your shoulders and hips when sleeping on the Bear?

Yes – I notice pain (especially in the shoulders) when sleeping on the Bear.

You might want to do the AS4 not the AS3. Sounds like you need something softer. The AS4 won’t sleep hot either.

I have owned a tempurpedic for eight years and I’m looking for a mattress with some bounce. Helix and saatva seem to be viable alternatives. Please advise

Helix and Saatva definitely have good bounce if that’s what you are looking for.

Which one of these two would you suggest for side or stomach sleepers?

Helix you can customize based on your size and preferences. I would take a look at their quiz at the very least.

Have you reviewed Puffy. I see it was ranked #1 on another site.

Not yet!

what is the best recommendation for relief for side sleepers with wide hips (talking NEEDED pressure relief!) and a spouse who is tall and liked mattresses slightly softer yet firm? we are also on a budget. TIA!

My husband likes a firm mattress. We are both side sleepers and I have had left hip pain for a couple of years, just during nighttime sleeping. Our mattress is 24 yrs old, still comfy for husband. What do you recommend?

Thank you so much for all the information and just today you wrote about Tempurpedic. We have one of the queen originals for well over 20 years. It lasted because we are away for long periods of time and it was not used daily. We would like to try something new at this point. We understand and will consider Loom and Leaf. I passed a store with a Carihola bamboo mattress and liked it. What is your opinion?
They offer 100 nights etc…..
Thank you,

Thanks for all the great info. After much research, I selected the Tuck bed. My specific needs seemed to match the Tuck. It arrived about a week after I ordered it. After 2 nights, i can say it is a very comfortable bed. Almost exactly what i was looking for. i say exactly, because one of my biggest concerns is sleeping hot. so far, i am not super impressed with the ability to stay cool. but i am sleeping much better, so that is good.

Thanks for the feedback, Mike.

Hey Joe,
Need bed-in-a-box advice. I am 6′ 0” and 180 lbs. Side sleeper. Run normal temperature. My wife is 5′ 4″ and 125 lbs. She is a side sleeper and runs hot. Both of us are quite fit and do not have any extra padding to soften our sleep. We are currently sleeping on a SleepNumber bed (home) and need another for a second residence. Wife likes the sleep number, I’m ok w/it. We swapped out the crappy foam in the SleepNumber with 3inch natural latex. both of our “numbers” are 35.

We are leaning towards a bed-in-a-box due to cost, comfort, value and ease of purchase. Recommendations?

I’ve narrowed down the search to a couple options, but what do you say? Can you recommend a few options in ranked order?

Thanks in advance.

What have you narrowed it down to? Let me know and I’ll try to pick the best for you.

Your reviews are mostly or solely for online purchase only? Could you recommend quality mattresses at national stores? I’m a larger man, seeking firm support with an inner spring mattress, that will hold up for years and also be cool.all night long. I’m seeking a very economical option.

We have focused mainly on online options. We have done a full deep dive into Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number. You can check out our content there, but we have yet to do a deep dive into the other major brands.

hey joe. Thank you for making all of your reviews accessible. My wife and I are currently sleeping on a Denver dr elite mattress. We are looking to upgrade as we are expecting and she’d like a new one. I’ve been looking into the wink, Alexander hybrid, saatva and avocado. Can you help us narrow? I am 6′ 175lbs, my wife is 5’3″ 110lbs. I sleep on my back, she mostly does too, but will switch to side once in a while.
Thank you

I would say Saatva or Winkbeds from that list.

We need help determining which mattress is best for a couple of issues plz.
We purchased a mattress that is suppose to stop me from rolling down towards spouse. We purchased a firm with separate operating coils. The mattress probably works appropriate until you put pad and sheet on it. When 260lbs spouse lays down on made bed the mattress pad and sheets will pull.
I’m 160lbs and roll down hill from my side to spouse. We have queen and I think a king would be best bc of that but our platform bed is a queen.
Next is I have back and neck and hip issues and need better body alignment and sleep on my back, stomach and side. We are not interested in memory foam and my spouse gets hot too and memory foam is restrictive to movement and I feel clostrophobic when I tried it out. Can we get body alignment and stop the gravity rolling in one mattress?

What’s your preferred sleeping position?

Any thoughts about the Reverie mattresses with the re-configurable foam coils? It sounds like an intriguing concept, but then again, that’s the point of good marketing.

Haven’t taken a look at that yet unfortunately.

what about The Puffy Mattress…what do you think of that one. Truth be told I slept on a Simmons Beauty Rest mattress and I loved it but here in Canada it’s pricey. So your opinion is valuable to me. Have to buy a queen size as my box-spring is queen-size. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

Haven’t reviewed that one yet unfortunately.

Hey Joe, I ended up deciding on the Layla mattress. Biggest sellers for me were the fact that the mattress offers a firmer/softer side by flipping, copper infused memory foam for cooler sleeping, the lifetime warranty, the 120 day trial period, the excellent price, and the benefit of relieving pressure for side-sleepers. So far, I’ve been on the bed for one week, today. I’ve noticed I’m sleeping throughout the night (on a spring mattress, I woke up 5+ times/night), I’m sleeping deeper (likely, since I’m no longer waking up so often), and feeling less pain/pressure/tension in my back, hips, neck, and shoulders. My neck and shoulders often wake me during the night due to tightness, but since my second night on the Layla mattress, I’ve not had that trouble. It sometimes still sleeps a little warmer than I’d like (I expected it to be cooling, rather than temp neutral), but I never sleep warmer on this copper infused memory foam than I did on the spring mattress, so I’d say that’s pretty impressive memory foam.

Thanks for sharing, Katie!

Hi Joe,

Thanks for all the amazing info on your site! We’re about to buy and I’d love your advice.

We want either a latex or spring mattress. I had a temper pedic foam about 10 yrs ago and hated it because it was too hot and I felt like I got stuck in it.

We are 50 yrs old, athletic, lean people. We want a firm mattress feel. He prefers extra firm – he’s a back or stomach sleeper with occasional back pain. I’m a side sleeper who gets hip and shoulder pain if the bed is extra firm.

We’re considering 2 spring: Saatva & Wink and 3 foam: Zenhaven, Brooklyn Bedding and Plushbed.

What do suggest? Thanks in advance!

Gun to my head I would say the Saatva.

This website is so informative, Joe! But I’m still hesitant to pull the trigger, b/c my husband is EXTREMELY picky. He is 5’9″ and skinny (~135lb), and has dislocated his shoulder 3 times. So joint pain is a big issue for him. Additionally, he’s an anxious person, so deep sleep is difficult to achieve, and he’s fatigued all the time. He’s especially concerned about pressure on his joints. He wants a soft bed that doesn’t sink and leave indentations, like our current bed does. We’re both mostly side sleepers, though sometimes he ends up on his stomach. Top suggestion?

I think the Nolah would be a great match.

Hey Joe, I recently purchased a Saatva Luxury Firm Queen. It has an odor to it that is noticeable in the whole room. Not a good one in my mind. Bought one for a guest room awhile back and didn’t have this problem. Very weird. Anybody else report this situation with a mattress. Leary of just having it replaced and same thing happening. I’m a side sleeper. Any recommendations for non odor producing mattress? Thanks! Louis

It shouldn’t have an odor at all. That is very unusual. I would call them up to discuss further.

Here are the layers.

We only use the finest organic cotton, stretched (not woven) to provide the softest, most welcoming sleep surface imaginable.
Our wool fire barrier exceeds safety standards without any toxic chemicals and helps keep you cool while you sleep.
3. “MEDIUM” Natural latex LAYER
Place this side on top to enjoy delightfully responsive, 100% natural latex that has a little more give.
4. “FIRM” Natural latex LAYER
Place this side on top for a mattress that offers firmer support while still molding to your body for unbeatable comfort.
According to what I could find the firmer side is made of 100% natural dunlop latex and the medium side is made of 100% natural talalaly latex.
After the last layer of latex they put the wool and the cotton cover. It suppose make the mattress two sided.
Cost is $999 for 9 inch queen. they also have a 10″ and 16″.

Hey Joe, Got your response to my posting on your site. Nope, I haven’t picked a mattress yet. I actually have no preference on what type of mattress it is except I know I don’t want memory foam and stay under $1000.

I did try DreamFoam (the firmer choice) but I’m taking advantage of their 120 day trial and returning this week after 100 days. Disappointed. It was great for the first 2-3 months then my back started to hurt. I used to sleep on a firm coil mattress with a 3.5″ Geo Matte topper. I got tired of having to buy a new topper every 18 months. So I started the search for something that would have the same feel. Originally I thought a latex. I did some research and almost built my own with a dense-firm poly base, transition medium firm dunlop latex, then a softer talalay latex topper…but that’s a bit of work and I really don’t know what I’m doing. 🙂

I’m a side-sleeper. 5’4″. 150lbs. 60+ yo I have problems with my arms going numb and have hip pressure points. The firm coil mattress with the topper was great, it just didn’t last. My recent thoughts were Purple, Casper, or SleepOnLatex. I’m leaning towards Purple. While I love that they all seem to have trial periods, it’s not what I want to be doing every 3 months.

I’ve read your reviews. With this description, what are your thoughts?

Thanks! Karen

I do think Purple is a great choice for you. It’s really good at relieving pressure for side sleepers. I’d give that a shot.

I am considering a latex mattress from Latex for Less. It has both Dunlop and Tayala latex with wool layer and a cotton cover.

Haven’t had the opportunity to review that one yet.

Wow I am overwhelmed! Bought a bed 4 yrs ago at a mattress store and spent over $3K for it. It has the biggest pit. I am a back sleeper and I elevate the head a few inches. What do you recommend that is on the firm side and will support me without creating a pit!

I would look at Sapira. It uses high-density foams, so it shouldn’t develop an impression. It is also on the firm side and is a great option for back sleepers.

Hey Joe,

I’m having a hard time deciding on a mattress. I’m a side sleeper that hates to be hot when I’m trying to fall asleep. I’m 5’10” and 160lbs. While I’ve haven’t experience any lower pack pain recently, I’ve experienced it in the past, due to the heavy lifting associated with my job. I’ve been torn between Purple, Layla and Leesa hoping one would blow me away with a deal. But I’m ready to get a new mattress now and was wondering if one of them fit my needs better than the other two or if the differences were negligible enough to just let the current price points be my deciding factor. Thanks.

I think the Purple would be a great fit. It’s temperature neutral, so no sleeping hot. It also relieves pressure very well for side sleepers, so I think it’s a great fit for you.

Joe please help! Read your re views, comments and recommendations. Looking for mattress for older side sleeping couple age 69/61. Hubby has herniated disk and chronic back pain. Weight 220. Broad shouldered 6’2″. I have mild lower back pain from a fall last year, sleep hot and weigh 155, 5’7″. We narrowed it down to loom and leaf saatva relaxed firm…baaed on your experience are we making the best choice for our concerns?

Loom and Leaf should be a good choice.

I chose the Queen Purple, with free sheets, standard base, protector & a pillow to try. Hope I like it!!

Let us know after you try it!

Since you asked…we purchased a Spindle all-natural latex mattress, the Spindle being the only natural latex mattress that could be delivered to our rural Canadian address. We previously had a Serta memory foam mattress, but after only five years, it had developed a hill down the middle and we had to fight to keep ourselves from rolling onto the floor every night (and we are not overweight). We tried to make a warrantee cliam, but our defect did not meet the 3/4″ criteria (ie the hill became apparent only when we tried to sleep on the bed) so we gave up. We will never purchase a Serta mattress again. And we are unlikely to purchase memory foam again due to lack of durability. Thanks for your informative website.

Hi Joe,

What can you tell me about Tuft & Needle mattresses?

Thank you

Hey Joe, any plans on reviewing the Pangeabed?

I left a comment a few days ago, and I am not sure how long you usually take to respond, so at the risk of sounding impatient, I will ask my questions again. I have done extensive reading and as you have said, it only adds to the confusion. I think the Nectar is probably the best choice for me for price, and the Dromma souned good also. Then I read about latex, and the Zenhaven, and although the p[rice is three times the price of the Nectar, I am wondering if it is worth it to go in that direction. My wife is a side sleeper and 100 pounds, and I am a back sleeper and 165 pounds. We presently use a water bed frame for our mattress, so the heavy weight of the latex mattresses might present a problem when trying to change the linen, because of the need to lift the mattress to get sheets under it. Your thoughts please. Thank you.

I think the Zenhaven would feel too firm for your wife. The Nectar sounds like it would be a good choice for you.

Hi there! I could use all the help I can get at this point. I am having horribly disrupted sleep due to pressure point pain – shoulders, hips & knees. I have a severely damaged neck….and because of this injury (horse accident) – I now have very limited funds. I am tiny, 5’5″ & 102 lbs. I have chronic pain PLUS other neck issues. My shoulders tend to curl under, I switch back & forth between 2 pillows at night, plus use a knee pillow. I think I need somewhat firm underneath….but super soft on top so my shoulders won’t roll under & cut off circulation. I have read much of your emails, reviews & watched your YouTube videos. Not sure Amerisleep AS4 would even be soft enough for me. For people with my type of injury, air or foam are apparently best. I am hypersensitive to smells – so can not tolerate any off-gassing period.
Can you help me? I will be purchasing in the next 4 to 6 months if I can find some $$$. My Drs. are VERY worried about my lack of sleep, as am I. It’s not healthy. Thank you for thinking about this, I hope you can help.
I appreciate what you do, via your reviews. They are super helpful.
Many thanks,

I would check out the Tomorrow Sleep Medium Soft. It is supportive yet is definitely quite soft. The pressure relief is very good.

I have a platform bed. Does that change any of your mattress recommendations?

It doesn’t.

Hi there – loved reading all the recommendations on your website. We ended up going with the Nectar mattress. Good price and great reviews and two free pillows deal. We are waiting for it to arrive and I will update you once we have slept on it. Fingers crossed!

Sounds good, Sam!

I did purchase a mattress. I chose a WinkBed. So far, so good. I chose their most firm mattress as I enjoy a very supportive bed, being a side and back sleeper.

Glad it’s working out so far!

Have you tried the Nectar sleep mattress?
I ordered one because it has a great warranty.

Hi, I bought a Nolah mattress and have been using it for about 2 weeks. I already put in a request to return it; the mattress is too firm for me. I think I’m too light (weightwise) for this mattress. I am a back and side sleeper and even before falling asleep, I find that my shoulder and hurting me (if on side) and back (if sleeping on back). I’ve woken up every morning with a sore back. The offgassing continued for a week and was really noticeable. In fact I still can smell the mattress through the sheets when I go to sleep, even though it’s been close to 2 weeks. I’m going to be looking for something softer than this. Any recommendations are welcome.

I ordered the Saatva mattress, they recommended their “relaxed firm” I felt like I had been kicked in the ribs and I still am having trouble walking due to hip pain, returned it and got the Tuft and Needle, will likely return this one as well. I feel like I’m going to roll off the edge at all times it’s too light and slips down off the wall constantly. I am 6’8″ and there is no furniture other than a bed that I can comfortably sit, eat, compute, read, watch…..on. This entire mattress search is a slow hell.

Hi Joe,

I’m a 6′ side sleeper who has been sleeping on FIRM Tempurpedics for over 15 years. I need something different as I currently wake up with my shoulder asleep. I can go locally to lay on softer tempurpedics to try it out, but was thinking of buying either loom and leaf relaxed firm or purple.3 or purple.4 unless you have other suggestions. Purples didn’t rate well for large side sleepers but hoping the .3 or .4 will fix that. I probably wound up choosing FIRM tempurpedics because before that I had pillowtops e.g. sleep number bed and wound up with back pain over time.

Thanks for your time.

I think the Purples would be a good fit for you.

I have been looking for a nice mattress for side sleeping. I am 5.6 and 185. From what I read a full foam mattress is not best. I came down to online choices of aviya, sattva, tommorow and dreamcloud. On line us mattress lydia manor pillow top plush, rooms to go, crystal springs sealy performance line,.

I don’t like squishy, I like to turn freely side to side, but i want to lie down and have the mattress conform to my body, and not feel the pressure of the springs against my side . I did try out the crystal springs and it was pretty close, could be a tad softer but a solid soft, it is supposedly the same construction of lydia 3

I would try the Tomorrow Sleep then.

Hi Joe. Your site is great. I am looking for a new bed as my current coil bed is giving me lower back strain when I wake up. I’m 160 LBS and a side and back sleeper. I was considering amerisleep as2 (or as3). Which would you recommend and are there others I should consider? Thanks in advance!

If you sleep on your side at all, then the AS3 would be a much better fit in my opinion. I think the AS2 is too firm for side sleeping.

Hi Joe,
I am purchasing a mattress for a guest room and considering the Loom and Leaf. What do you think? Will it hold up well over time? Any others I should consider given it’s just a guest room?

I think it will hold up well over time, especially if it’s just for a guest room. I think your guests will enjoy it.

I’m 65, 145lb., side and back sleeper. Have issues with lower back pain on my current mattress. Looking for recommendations on a foam mattress. Prefer to stay under $1000. Thanks for your help! Really enjoy your website and reviews.

Rick Adkins

The Casper or Tomorrow Sleep should be a good fit for you.

Well, we got the Nectar mattress in, but didn’t like it. It had memory foam which made me feel warm and as though I was sleeping ‘in’ the mattress as opposed to ‘on’ it. It also made us realize that we like spring construction, which Nectar did not have. On a learning curve here….I also noticed my husband’s movement more with the Nectar. We also decided that we want to go with a natural mattress and am considering My Green Mattress. We sleep primarily on back and stomach, although occasionally on side. My Green Mattress said their Echo would be best for us. I am open to suggestions, as we have not ordered it yet, but will this next week.

Now let me tell you Nectar’s Customer Service is the pits. I sent emails with no replies. Was in line for an agent for TWO HOURS, then 1 1/2 Hours and 1 hour! That is ridiculous! They are seriously understaffed. Getting the return set up was a nightmare and should not have been.

Hi Joe,

Thanks for contacting me. I ordered the Silk + Snow mattress, queen size. After reading/viewing reviews on several sites I felt it was a good fit for my needs. I’ll let you know how I like it after it arrives.

Rick Adkins

Hi, I’m curious what you think of Tuft and Needle? I’m interested in ordering something clean/green for my daughter’s room. No chemicals or off-gassing. I have a plushbed latex mattress and I love it, but want something more affordable for my daughter since I don’t know how long before she wants to switch her room around or who knows what. I feel bad not buying an organic latex mattress for her again but they’re spendy! Her bed is most often used for guests…grown ups. Usually her uncle who weighs about 170lbs and is a side sleeper. Thanks for suggestions!

Looking for a new mattress and this is very confusing because my husband and I are very different and we would be replacing a king size innerspring mattress which is all we have ever owned. My husband is a pretty big guy about 6 foot 2 and 240 lbs. that is a side sleeper and I am a petite 5 foot and 100 lbs and am a back sleeper. Neither of us like anything that is too hard nor too soft that you are going to sink way down in it. Any recommendations?

You could check out the Helix. You can customize two sides of the mattress based on your different preferences and height/weight.

Still trying to decide on a mattress. Needs to work on an adjustable bed frame. Have back pain and neuropathy (stemming from car accident 7 years ago) Mostly sleep on my back, but sometimes side when back pain gets bad (is both lower and upper back.) Twin XL.

I would check out the Saatva. It works with their adjustable frame.

I am a side-sleeper with spondolisthesis, causing constant and severe right leg pain. My wife is a back sleeper with no pain issues except occasional shoulder pain. What bed would be best for the 2 of us?

I think the Purple would be a good pick but make sure to speak with a doctor too.

Hey Joe, theres so much out there right now I dont want to blindly just try a bunch of test runs. Could you help narrow things down a bit for me?

I want something thatll work well on an adjustable base. Something that is good for a big guy. I know that I do not like firm mattresses, but dont mind middle of the road. Im typically a side sleeper but I toss and turn a LOT during the night. Actually hoping this new setup with help alleviate that. And as far as price range, I’m willing to spend money for something good. It doesn’t need to be a bargain.

Thanks for your help

I would check out Purple if you haven’t already.

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