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 really no 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

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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.
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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.
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mc-table__image BEST INNERSPRING BEST INNERSPRING Winkbeds
  • 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.
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mc-table__image BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS BEST FOR SIDE SLEEPERS Nolah mattress
  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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

Zenhaven

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Luxury

Mattress Giveaway DreamcloudDreamcloud: If you have ever stayed in a really nice hotel, you may have noticed how luxurious the mattress you slept on was.  It probably had a lot of nice extras to the construction that made it feel extra nice.  That is really what you get from the Dreamcloud mattress.  It has a large number of layers that you simply don’t find in a mattress at this price level.  It features other things like a cashmere cover and nice tufting that really give it a nice, luxurious feel.  Aside from that, it should be a good fit for all three sleeping positions and it can even be a good fit for heavier sleepers (given how thick and supportive it is).

Read Our Full Dreamcloud 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.

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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. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications. 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! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

226 thoughts on “Best Mattress 2018 – Which Mattress Should You Get?

  1. 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.

  2. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ We look forward to your recommendation. Love your page, glad I found it.

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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!
    Paul

    • 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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?

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

    The Love and Sleep
    Brooklynn
    Ghostbed
    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.

  9. 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!

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