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

mc-table__imageBest ValueBest ValueSaatva
  • The Saatva is a great balance of comfort and support and overall an amazing value.
  • The Saatva is a great balance of comfort and support and overall an amazing value.
mc-table__imageBest For Heavy PeopleBest For Heavy PeopleNew Purple Mattress
  • The New Purple Mattress is very comfortable, supportive, and durable for heavy people
  • The New Purple Mattress is very comfortable, supportive, and durable for heavy people
mc-table__imageAffordable LuxuryAffordable LuxuryDreamcloud
  • Dreamcloud offers you the chance to get ultra luxury at an affordable price
  • Dreamcloud offers you the chance to get ultra luxury at an affordable price.
mc-table__imageMost ComfortableMost ComfortableLayla
  • Layla is going to be one of the most comfortable mattresses you could sleep on
  • Layla is going to be one of the most comfortable mattresses you could sleep on
mc-table__imageBest InnerspringBest InnerspringWinkbeds
  • 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.
mc-table__imageBest For Back PainBest For Back PainLevel Sleep
  • Level Sleep is designed specifically to alleviate back pain.
  • Level Sleep is designed specifically to alleviate back pain.
mc-table__imageBest SelectionsBest LatexBrooklyn Bedding
  • Brooklyn Bedding has several very high-quality mattress offerings.
  • Brooklyn Bedding has several very high-quality mattress offerings.
mc-table__imageBest Under $700Best Under $700Nectar
  • Nectar is a very comfortable memory foam mattress that is also a tremendous value.
  • Nectar is a very comfortable memory foam mattress that is also a tremendous value.
mc-table__imageBest All Natural MattressBest Under Under $2,000Zenhaven
  • 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

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

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.

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

  1. We are in the market for a new mattress. We were able to try a Tempur-Cloud Supreme Breeze in the store and we loved everything about it, except the price. In you opinion what would be the most comparable mattress? I am 5’9, 150 lbs. and my husband is 6’4, 270 lbs. We are both side sleepers and my husband sleeps hot. We currently have a pillow top mattress that we have had for 14 year, we are new to all the different technology out there, so honestly don’t know what to look for…any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Hello Joe, I’m wanting an adjustable bed frame with a Split King size bed. I have severe neck pain ( whiplash) and am constantly bothered with really bad leg and knee cramps at night. I toss and turn a lot and I’m up and down a lot all night long. My husband has crushed vertabraes and constant severe back pain and degenerative discs. We both are back and side sleepers. We are on Social security and I keep looking for clearance and sales for cost reasons. I need the correct mattress for us both. I like medium soft with a plush feel. My husband likes medium to firm in a mattress. Can you help me with the correct mattress that meets both of our comfort levels. I also have bad Gerds and need my bed elevated at night. I’ve been reading up on all mattresses and I’m tired of guessing. Price is always a necessity and I was hoping I could get one with my doctor’s medical advise and in hopes that my insurance would pay for one. I need your help and the right bed for us. We’re 68 and 70 years old with our weight ranging around 218 lbs. I can’t wait for your suggestion(s).

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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,

  20. 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.

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