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Finding the Best Mattress For You

I just got back from the CES in Vegas and am excited to update my mattress picks for 2018, now that I know about all of the new and hot items on the market!

Unlike many of the review sites out there, I sleep test every mattress that I review for about 2 weeks.  This means that I can only get to 20-25 mattresses per year, so I am pretty selective about the ones that I choose to test.  Everyone has different sleep preferences and there is no one solution for every sleeper.  If you are a side, back or the rare stomach sleeper we have solutions for you.

We have compiled a list of the best mattresses we have tested and separated them into different categories to help you choose. The prices listed are before discounts on a queen size mattress.

Best Memory Foam Mattresses 2018

Brand Type Score See Reviews Price Coupons
Purple logo on white Foam 95 Purple Review $999 Shop Purple
Foam 93 Leesa Review $940 $100 Off
Alexander Foam 93 Alexander Signature $1199 OMG100
Foam 92 Layla Review $899 $60 Off Code NONBIASED60
Foam 90 Nectar Review $795 $125 Off, + 2 Free Pillows
brooklyn bedding logo #Bestmattressever Foam 89 Brooklyn Bedding Review $750 10% Off Code Nonbiased10
Casper Foam 87 Casper Review $950 Free Shipping
Tulo Tag Foam 87 tulo Review $650 FREE FRAME
Live & Sleep Logo Foam 81 Live & Sleep Review $799 $100 NBReviews100
 Tuft & Needle  Foam 80 Tuft & Needle Review $675 Free Shipping
 Bear Mattress Logo Foam 78 Bear Review $940  $50 off
Casper Essential Foam 78 Casper Wave Review $600 Free Shipping
Casper Wave Foam 66 Casper Wave Review $1,850 Free Shipping

Best Foam Mattresses (2018)

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Purple Mattress 2018
The Purple mattress won the 2017 adjustable bed test by a landslide. This is my go to mattress when I'm not in the process of sleep testing other mattresses. Read full review
Cons
The mattress is heavy
Pros
Amazing on an adjustable frame
Perfect for side sleepers
waterbed like quality
9.5
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
2
Nest Bedding Alexander Signature
I had trouble coming up with cons for this mattress. I have tested more than 20 mattresses this year and this is the only one that had the ability to change me from a side sleeper into a side & back sleeper. With three levels of firmness, you should be able to find the one that is right for you, I highly recommend this mattress! Read full review
Cons
No zipper, I really didn't want to destroy the mattress by cutting it open
Pros
11" of Quality
Stays Cool
Soft Cover
Great Level of Support (3 Options)
Converted me from a side sleeper to a combo sleeper
9.3
Exceptional
Enter the code for $100 off your purchase
3
Leesa Mattress Review
It's hard not to root for Leesa. As a B-Corp their mission is to serve the community, and they go above and beyond their duty. In addition, the cover on this mattress is so great that I use their blanket everywhere I go. As a side sleeper I feel like the Leesa gives me the perfect hug. Living in Phoenix is hot, but the Leesa's avena foam keeps me cool.Read full review
Cons
When standing on it you feel a bit of sinkage
Pros
Amazing Cover, so amazing they used the same materials for a blanket and pillow
Avena foam layer keeps it cool
1 in 10 program is unique to the industry
9.3
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
4
Layla Sleep
The flip-able Layla Sleep offers 2 levels of firmness in one bed. It has copper infused memory foam and cooling gel for great sleep. Read full review
Cons
no handles on the mattress
Pros
Sleeps Cool
Firm side of soft side?
Copper infused memory foam
9.2
Exceptional

Best Hybrid Mattress 2018

Brand Type Score See Reviews Price Coupons
dreamcloud logo small Hybrid 95 DreamCloud Review $1,399 $200 Off
Sapira logo 95x35 Hybrid  94 Sapira Review $1,475 $200 Off
tomorrow sleep logo Hybrid 94 Tomorrow Sleep Review $980 Nonbiased125 for $125 Off
brooklyn bedding logo Aurora Hybrid  93 Aurora Review $1,699 Nonbiased10 10% Off
Alexander Signature Hybrid 90 Nest Alexander Review $1,199 $150 Off Code OMG150
Kaya Sleep logo just better Hybrid 90  KAYA Review $1,185 $200 Off
Hybrid 88 Helix Review $995 $100 Off Helix
Tuck Logo in Red Hybrid  82 Tuck Review $990 Free Shipping

Best Hybrid (Coils or Innersprings, with Foam) Mattresses

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DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress
You won't find another 15" luxury hybrid mattress of this quality for a lower price! DreamCloud offers a lease to own financing program. This coupled with their 365 night guarantee, just begs you to give the DreamCloud a try!Read full review
Cons
The 15" thickness is not ideal for adjustable mattresses
Pros
15" mattress
Unbeatable Price
The shipping bags can be reused
Edge support foam makes it so you can not feel the pocket springs
9.5
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
2
Sapira Hybrid by Leesa
A sturdy luxury hybrid mattress. It pulls from many of the things that Leesa does well to form a high end mattress. This mattress is designed to cater to people who feel that the Leesa may have too much sink for them. So if you are an athlete, or on the heavier side, this is a must try!Read full review
Cons
You can feel the pocket springs when you sit on the edge
Pros
Cover has the same feel as the Leesa
Avena foam layer keeps it cool
Independent pocket springs work well with adjustable frames
Designed for heavier people & athletes, yet soft enough for a petite side sleeper like me
The first bed in a box I have tested without an odor upon opening
9.4
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
3
Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid Mattress
I'm still shocked that I couldn't find the coil part of the hybrid construction. I'm sleeping better than I have on just about every mattress I have tested this year. Read full review
Cons
The corners didn't fill out the cover for 2 days
Pros
Can't feel the wrapped coil system
backed by serta, warranty and trial period are solid
Conforms nicely with an adjustable frame
Top 2 layers of gel memory foam keep you cool, hug you, and most importantly hide the wrapped coils from you.
9.4
Exceptional
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Best Material and Type

This is my dream category, there is a mattress that I want to test I just haven’t found it yet.  My perfect mattress will be a combination of the following characteristics:

  • Gel infused cover with a bit of spandex for a stretchy feel
  • 1″-2″ of copper infused memory foam on the top
  • 2″-3″ of Talalay latex
  • 1″ of support foam
  • Individually wrapped or pocketed coils 4″-6″
  • 1″ of support foam

So I am in search of a 9″ to 13″ mattress I can picture “Frankensteining” one out of the parts that I have laying around (like I did when I made the Casper Dream).  I plan on making one in a diy way by ordering the components, but for now I’m still in the wishing/dreaming phase.

For the cover I’m looking for the feel of a Layla cover, but mixed in a bit of cooling gel to give it a bit cooler of a feel.  I’m looking for a top layer of copper infused memory foam, but I would like it soft/not very dense like the top layer of the Casper Wave.  I want some copper to be infused into it to give me some of the antimicrobial benefits of copper infusion.

Talalay latex beds tend to preform well on my adjustable bed frame, so that would be my pick to give the bed the bounciness that I like.  The key component to this bed is going to be the individually pocketed coils.  It is important that they are flexible and individually wrapped, or else they won’t work on an adjustable base.  I also want these to be “hidden” like the Tomorrow Sleep coils.  So I would need to find a way to add a bit of support foam to the edges to help conceal the coils.

Memory Foam

You will generally find two forms of foam within a mattress.  A base layer is usually going to be constructed of polyurethane foam.  This foam is generally going to be more dense than the memory foam that you would likely find on top of it.  The top layer of many mattresses will generally have 1-2 inches of visco-elastic (or memory) foam.  This is the material where you can see your hand print right after you remove your hand.  In the picture below you can see the give that the memory foam layer has.

sitting on the casper wave up close, is it the best mattress

Notice the give of the memory foam layer in blue

Hybrid (Coils & Foam)

This category is a must for heavy sleepers.  If you are in the 250+ pound category you really need the additional support that coils or innersprings will provide to you.  There are two secrets to making a great hybrid mattress.

  1. The coils must be individually wrapped
  2. A layer of foam on the sides of the coils.

Back in the early days of mattress making

77,000 year old mattress discovered in South Africa

77,000 year old mattress, picture from national geographic

Wait not that early, more like this:

Sleeping on the best mattress for side sleeping Leesa mattress


Coils were interlocked.  Imagine trying to bend this mattress, what do you think would happen?  If you said that the coils would start to break apart and unwind you are a winner.  Now imagine putting a mattress like this on an adjustable frame and setting it to the zero gravity position.  Which do you think is more likely to give, the interlocked mattress, or the adjustable base?  My money is on the interlocked coils failing.

The other secret to making a great hybrid mattress is to make the user feel as if there aren’t any coils or springs inside the mattress.  That was my experience with Serta’s Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid mattress.  During my unboxing video I had to stop taping and search for the pocketed coils.  I was like, wait I thought this was a hybrid mattress.  After some digging around (I opened up the mattress with a knife) I realized that there were individually wrapped coils inside.  Their secret?  They use about an inch of poly foam on the 4 vertical edges of the bed to hide them from you.

showing the exposed layers of the tomorrow sleep hybrid mattress

Hint, you can find the wrapped coils on the other side of the ventilation holes.

Latex

Latex is a much more breathable substance than memory foam.  That helps keep it cooler in the summer, which for me is an incredibly important as I live in Arizona.  There are two competing ways of making latex, they are:

  • Dunlop
  • Talalay

Talalay is considered the more refined & better process.  The molded pieces of latex foam are vacuumed of air and then frozen.  The resulting talalay latex product is much more bouncy than that of a Dunlop process.  If you are looking for a bed that is more springy then talalay will be your choice.

inside the brooklyn bedding talalay pillow

#bestpillowever talalay latex pillow from brooklyn bedding

In addition to the two manufacturing methods there is a spectrum of ways that the foam can be constructed from synthetic to 100% natural.  The closer you get to 100% natural the fewer additives will be found in the mattress.  You can expect to pay more for anything approaching 100% natural talalay latex.

Latex mattresses will last much longer than foam or coil mattresses.  Some latex mattresses are designed to last up to 30 years if properly cared for.

Innerspring (Coils)

These are rapidly leaving the marketplace.  I’m not sure if they will completely disappear, but it will be much harder to find a pure innerspring mattress in the future. We have dealt with interlocked coils for far too long and judging by what I see when I walk into mattress stores I don’t think they will be here much longer.  The market has changed from interlocked coils to individually wrapped coils.  Why?

Is it because it sounds cool and helps them sell?  Perhaps, but the real reason is that interlocked coils just don’t work on adjustable beds.  If you haven’t tried an adjustable bed, it’s time to start saving.  Go to a local store, sure the experience will be difficult.  Almost every mattress you sit on will be on an adjustable frame.  Tell the salesman that you want to test out their top of the line adjustable frame.  Once you see what they do, you are going to want one.  In the mean time check out our adjustable bed section.

Waterbed

In the 1970s the world was introduced to the waterbed.   Our manufacturing technology has increased greatly since the 70’s so it is likely that puncturing a waterbed is a less frequent event.  However, insurance companies still have to figure out a way to stop their losses from claims resulting in waterbed related damages.  Imagine living on the third floor of an apartment, could your water damage both the first and second floors? If you have a waterbed it may be time to pull out your insurance policy to see if they have special riders or rules around covering that potential loss.

The waterbed was revolutionary for its time. The water was displaced by your weight and pushed up equally on all parts of your body. It’s always fun to roll around on one, but the motion transfer would certainly drive your partner crazy. If you are a toss and turner, it’s likely your partner would have difficulty sleeping next to you.

The closest mattress to a waterbed, without the water based risks is the Purple Mattress.  I know it sounds strange, and some people even talk about how great the purple mattress is with motion transfer.  Those people must not be sleeping on it, because if you tap your toe on one end your partner will feel it, just like a waterbed.  However, the way you sink in to the support of a purple is just like the way that you sink into a waterbed.  TLDR right, if you want a waterbed like feel, but don’t want the danger of a waterbed, go with a purple mattress!

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

I’m a side sleeper, so this category is my specialty.  I try to avoid mattresses that are too squishy or too firm. As a petite person I will end up with lower back pain, sometimes hip pain. My go to type of mattress would be a medium-firm / medium-soft, preferably a mattress with pocketed coils hiding between foam layers.  You can see a more detailed analysis on my best mattresses for side sleepers page.

Here are the winners for the best mattress for side sleepers category:

  1. Leesa
  2. Tomorrow Sleep
  3. Purple
  4. Layla

Best Mattress for Side Sleeping Leesa mattress

Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

I’m a side sleeper so I don’t spend as much time on my back.  However, now that I have discovered adjustable bed frames (like the one I currently have);  I am able to spend much more time sleeping on my back.

Back sleeping is considered the healthiest way to sleep; however, very few of us sleep this way.  I find that some mattresses can trick me into waking up on my back, so those beds are looking out for me.  Back sleepers need that goldilocks feel, it can’t be too soft or they will sink in too much.  They will also find themselves in an uncomfortable situation if the mattress is too firm.  Back sleepers are searching for a medium firmness level, with above average cooling tech in the mattress.  Some of the cooling tech that a back sleeper should keep an eye out for:

  • Copper infusion in the foam or latex
  • Gel infused covers
  • Tencel covers
  • Creative foam construction (like the avena foam in a Leesa Mattress)

Leesa mattress layers of foam and the cover with four stripes

A back sleeper is “using” more surface area of the mattress so they have a potential to heat up; therefore all of my picks for this category have cooling tech in them.  Another issue that Back Sleepers commonly face is SNORING.  I have suffered many sleepless nights due to my husband’s snoring, that is until recently.  Do you want to know what has cured his snoring?  Of course you do, you may even be suffering from the same situation.  Hurry up RANA!

My adjustable bed’s anti snore position!  Seriously, I hear a snore, I wake up grab the remote and with one touch the bed’s head position raises a few inches and the problem is solved.  I’m in search of an adjustable bed that is integrated with smart technology so that it will automatically adjust.  I believe that I found this solution at the CES in Las Vegas last week.  I haven’t had the chance to put it to the full test, but I’m extremely excited to try it.

Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

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Nest Bedding Alexander Signature
I had trouble coming up with cons for this mattress. I have tested more than 20 mattresses this year and this is the only one that had the ability to change me from a side sleeper into a side & back sleeper. With three levels of firmness, you should be able to find the one that is right for you, I highly recommend this mattress! Read full review
Cons
No zipper, I really didn't want to destroy the mattress by cutting it open
Pros
11" of Quality
Stays Cool
Soft Cover
Great Level of Support (3 Options)
Converted me from a side sleeper to a combo sleeper
9.3
Exceptional
Enter the code for $100 off your purchase
2
Leesa Mattress Review
It's hard not to root for Leesa. As a B-Corp their mission is to serve the community, and they go above and beyond their duty. In addition, the cover on this mattress is so great that I use their blanket everywhere I go. As a side sleeper I feel like the Leesa gives me the perfect hug. Living in Phoenix is hot, but the Leesa's avena foam keeps me cool.Read full review
Cons
When standing on it you feel a bit of sinkage
Pros
Amazing Cover, so amazing they used the same materials for a blanket and pillow
Avena foam layer keeps it cool
1 in 10 program is unique to the industry
9.3
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
3
Layla Sleep
The flip-able Layla Sleep offers 2 levels of firmness in one bed. It has copper infused memory foam and cooling gel for great sleep. Read full review
Cons
no handles on the mattress
Pros
Sleeps Cool
Firm side of soft side?
Copper infused memory foam
9.2
Exceptional

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleeping is said to be the worst sleep position for your health.  However, if that’s the way you sleep we can still help to point you in the right direction. Stomach sleeping position is the least common of them all. Personally, it’s not my thing, and if I try to sleep on my stomach it is always uncomfortable. Stomach sleepers need a specific mid-range comfort to ensure healthy, restful sleep. Which mattresses offer the perfect alignment in such a non-ordinary position?

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

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Sapira Hybrid by Leesa
A sturdy luxury hybrid mattress. It pulls from many of the things that Leesa does well to form a high end mattress. This mattress is designed to cater to people who feel that the Leesa may have too much sink for them. So if you are an athlete, or on the heavier side, this is a must try!Read full review
Cons
You can feel the pocket springs when you sit on the edge
Pros
Cover has the same feel as the Leesa
Avena foam layer keeps it cool
Independent pocket springs work well with adjustable frames
Designed for heavier people & athletes, yet soft enough for a petite side sleeper like me
The first bed in a box I have tested without an odor upon opening
9.4
Exceptional
Coupons & Discount Codes
2
Brooklyn Bedding #bestmattressever
Amazing value! When you sit on this you can feel the value. This mattress should be much more expensive than it is. Fortunately, it is made in the USA and shipped directly to the consumer. Since they don't have a middleman, this allows Brooklyn Bedding to ship out a great mattress at an amazing price.Read full review
Cons
The cover is glued to the top layers so it doesn't work on an adjustable frame
Add some handles to the boxes to make it easier on the UPS/Fedex people
Pros
You can feel the value right away. I haven't found a better value at this price.
Handles on the sides of the mattress, none on the box though.
Built to support heavier people, no chance of bottoming out unless you are really large
3
Pangeabed
If you haven't tried out talalay latex now is the time to test it. The latex combined with copper infusion keep the mattress cool at night. Made in the USA, 100 night trial, Queen priced below $1,000Read full review
Cons
No zipper, I really didn't want to destroy the mattress by cutting it open
There is a bit of a smell when you cut into the latex
Pros
Talalay latex is breathable and responsive/bouncy
Copper infusion is antimicrobial & Keeps the mattress cool
8.6
Great

Best Mattress for Combo Sleepers

My top pick for combo sleepers (people who toss and turn always searching for the best sleeping position) changed the way I sleep.  So much so that I’m only going to include one pick for this category.  I am a SIDE sleeper; however, when I tested this mattress I always woke up on my back.

How did the geniuses at Nest Bedding Convert me to a back sleeper?

Best Mattress for Combo Sleepers

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Nest Bedding Alexander Signature
I had trouble coming up with cons for this mattress. I have tested more than 20 mattresses this year and this is the only one that had the ability to change me from a side sleeper into a side & back sleeper. With three levels of firmness, you should be able to find the one that is right for you, I highly recommend this mattress! Read full review
Cons
No zipper, I really didn't want to destroy the mattress by cutting it open
Pros
11" of Quality
Stays Cool
Soft Cover
Great Level of Support (3 Options)
Converted me from a side sleeper to a combo sleeper
9.3
Exceptional
Enter the code for $100 off your purchase

One other cool thing about Nest Bedding is that they accept Bitcoin.  Why not trade some of your cryptocurrency gains for some restful sleep?

Top Budget Mattresses

On a tight budget?  You aren’t going to find great quality mattresses under $750 if you walk into a mattress retailer.  They have too many salaries and other major expenses like rent and utilities to pay to get you out the door at the $750 or below price range.  To find a mattress of the proper quality you need to think “outside the box” or rather get one that comes shipped to your door in a box.  My top pick based on the price and overall comfort is the Nectar.  However, Nectar’s amazing growth has come with a major drawback.  They, from time to time, experience more sales than they are prepared to ship.  I purchased mine in February of 2017 and it took a full month before it arrived on my doorstep.  This makes it hard to recommend as people all want their purchases now, but believe me the Nectar is well worth the wait.  Plus if you are lucky and they are all caught up on their orders you can receive one within a week.  Or faster if you are in the Northwest part of the US.

I suggest taking advantage of my additional $25 discount to stretch your budget even further.

Best Mattresses Under $750

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Nectar Sleep Mattress
If they can improve their shipping and customer service they would be a highly recommended company, as they make a great mattress.Read full review
Cons
Long shipping delays (solved, they increased production)
Poor customer service (improved, as any good company they learned from their mistakes)
Pros
Sturdy Mattress
Exceptional Value
Amazing Value (Best budget mattress available)
9
Exceptional
$125 off Nectar Sleep
2
Brooklyn Bedding #bestmattressever
Amazing value! When you sit on this you can feel the value. This mattress should be much more expensive than it is. Fortunately, it is made in the USA and shipped directly to the consumer. Since they don't have a middleman, this allows Brooklyn Bedding to ship out a great mattress at an amazing price.Read full review
Cons
The cover is glued to the top layers so it doesn't work on an adjustable frame
Add some handles to the boxes to make it easier on the UPS/Fedex people
Pros
You can feel the value right away. I haven't found a better value at this price.
Handles on the sides of the mattress, none on the box though.
Built to support heavier people, no chance of bottoming out unless you are really large
3
Tulo Mattress Review
The company, shipping and ability to test this mattress are unparalleled. Unfortunately, there are better budget options available in the market place. Read full review
Cons
Needs more Support
There are better budget options available
Pros
1-2 Day Shipping
Industry Leader Launches Direct to Your Door Product
8.7
Great
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Best Luxury Mattresses

Want a mattress delivered to your door that just screams luxury at a fraction of an in-store price?  Of course, you do!

  1. DreamCloud 15″ hybrid mattress
  2. Zenhaven a 10″ 100% talalay latex mattress
  3. Sapira by Leesa hybrid mattress
  4. Brooklyn Bedding Aurora hybrid mattress


Recommendations for People with Medical Issues

Back Pain

I was in a major car accident in 2002, every day I am reminded how lucky I am to have survived by the pain that I encounter.  Each day it is difficult to escape from bed, and I truly know the difference between sleeping on a good bed and a bad bed, by how my body reacts in the morning.  I know back pain and a few mattresses that I have tested find a way to completely block out that pain for me.  My go to mattress, when I’m not testing one, is the Purple Mattress.  My second and third picks for making sure that my back isn’t sore are my Layla (on the soft side) and my Leesa.

Scoliosis

As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have slight scoliosis.  This coupled with my life threatening car accident force me to mainly sleep on my side.  Therefore, I need to sink in a bit into a mattress.  My top picks for this are the Purple and the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid.

Neck Pain

Fortunately, I don’t currently suffer from neck pain.  I found an adjustable shredded memory foam pillow and I swear by it.  If my husband is using it, even if he is sound asleep, I will yank it out from under him.  I won’t go anywhere without my Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow.

Snoring

You can try sleep masks, or mouthguards, and they may provide you with relief from snoring at an affordable price.  However, there are two simple ways to combat snoring.  One is to upgrade your pillow to something thicker.  This will allow you to get a better angle to increase your flow of oxygen while you sleep.  The best cure to snoring is the one that worked wonders for my family.  An adjustable bed frame will tilt up the head section of the bed just enough to keep your partner from snoring.

Bed Size Table

Size Dimensions Ideal For Pros Cons
Twin 38″W x 75″L Children, Single Adults (under 6 ft.) Leaves room for activites, used in most bunk beds Children will outgrow them
Twin XL 38″W x 80″L Split Adjustable bed users, Single Adults (up to 6’4″) Used in Adjustable beds (buy 2) Likely won’t fit in bunk bed
Full (Double) 54″W x 75″L Children, Single Adults, Skinny Adult Couples Will make the room look large Too small for most adults
Queen 60″W x 80″L Single Adults, Couple (average size increased intimacy) Ideal size for normal sized couples Too small for tall and heavy people
King 76″W x 80″L Couples, Couples with Large Pets Ideal size for large couples Will take up large part of bedroom
California King 72″W x 84″L Couples, Single Adults (comfortably up to 6’8″) Ideal size for tall couples More difficult to find bedding & frames
Split King [1] [2]38″W x 80″L Adjustable Frame users (with different sleep preferences) You want firm, your partner wants soft, go split king Creates a “no mans land”

Notes:

[1] Split Kings have what I call “no mans land”.  There will be a dip between the mattress.  This means that you and your partner can’t use the middle of the bed, which otherwise is a nice meeting area for couples.
[2] You need to purchase 2 Twin XL mattresses for a split king.  This will allow you and your partner to have different angles on an adjustable bed.  Also you can choose to get two different types of mattresses, as long as they are similar in thickness.

King vs. California King

We just gave up our Queen for a King size.  My husband is 6’3″ and fits within the 80″ of length that both a Queen and a King share.  He doesn’t need the extra four inches of leg room that we would pick up if we were to change to a California king (aka “Western King).  Only about 1% of American society is taller than he, so the California King is a really small part of the market.  This, in turn, makes it more difficult, and sometimes costly to buy Cal King beds, and other bedding.

Our Rating Criteria

We use 10 categories to rate the mattresses we sleep test.  Each category is scored 1-10.  Unlike other reviewers we aren’t scared to give a mattress a low score if it is deserved.  If I spend 2 weeks sleeping on a mattress that consistently gives me back pain, you will read about it on my review!

Packaging/Shipping:

First Impressions count right?  Some of the mattresses come in boxes, and some come in over sized bags.  I prefer boxes as they are much easier to move around.  Some boxes have cute logos and some have really fun quotes, and yes I really made a video called box vs. box vs. box in a box.  Try saying it fast three times in a row.  Did you get tongue tied?

Smell

On the subject of first impressions, some of the mattresses will have a bit of an odor when they are unboxed.  Most people use the term off-gassing to describe it.  Some of the mattresses take a few days for the smell to go away and sometimes it is barely noticeable.

Comfort

When you lay on a mattress and it’s not comfortable that’s surely something that we should point out right?  If I’m having trouble sleeping on a bed, I’ll tell you that.  If I can’t sleep on a mattress I will scream to high heaven that you need to steer clear of a mattress if you have a similar sleep profile as I do (petite side sleeper).  Remember, just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you.

This is a key category to focus on when you are going through my various reviews.  The more mattress that I sleep test the larger my comparison database gets.  If you ask me about 2 mattresses that I have tested, I can instantly tell you which one was more comfortable to me.

Support

I have had a ton of mattresses which fail to give me the proper support.  There is nothing worse than falling into a deep depression that you have to climb out of.  Sometimes you can even get multiple sinking parts and huge mountains in between, clearly not ideal for restful sleep.  I test for support with:

  • weights
  • sitting on the edges and corners
  • jumping/standing/walking on the mattress

If I fall all the way through the mattress to the ground, it won’t score very high.  Conversely, if I hardly notice any sinking in the mattress it will get a high score.

Recently we added adjustable base tests to our review process.  How do different mattresses stand up to the test?

Have you ever walked into a mattress retailer?  Of course, you have!  Did you notice that almost every mattress is now on an adjustable base?  This is the wave of the future, I know that I will never sleep on a bed frame that isn’t adjustable.  Sure, I’ll test different frames and foundations, but my go to sleep set will always be adjustable.  It’s hard to explain, but once you try one you won’t go back.  I even credit my adjustable frame with curing my husband’s snoring with just a click of the anti-snore button on my remote.

Company

With the hundreds of new brands that have popped up over the last few years it is difficult to sort through them.  I’m putting in the leg work to figure out which companies are connected to each other.  In doing so I can help determine the expected longevity of each of these mattress companies.  If I don’t think a mattress company is going to make it in the long term, then I won’t expect their warranty to hold up.  A company my promote a forever warranty, but if it closes down in six months you surely won’t be able to get your bed replaced.

  • I use Fakespot to see if companies are planting fake reviews.  You will be amazed by some of the results some of these online retailers get on fakespot.
  • I research other review sites to see which ones are owned by mattress companies.  For example; Sleepopolis, mattress clarity and slubersearch are all connected to Casper.
  • Community outreach by the company: I love companies that give back to their communities.  If your company is holding an event for the community in the Phoenix area let me know and I’ll cover it.
  • Customer support:  If a company has poor communication or support, you will read about it here or hear about it on my video reviews.
  • Warranty: the companies in our top categories all score highly in the warranty field.  If we don’t think a company will be around to honor their warranty they won’t be included on our list.

Motion Transfer

When I’m standing on a bed and a wine glass doesn’t move when I walk near it, it will score high on this test.  A high number is great for when you have a partner who is tossing and turning and not disturbing you.  On our scale from 1-10, one is a waterbed, 10 is; wait what? There is someone in the same bed as me!

Sleep Quality

If I’m not able to sleep on a mattress, then it’s possible that you may have the same issues.  This is really the most important category that a buyer should be focused on.  It is nice when a bed is well constructed or made by a reputable company.  However, if you can’t sleep on it, you are going to find yourself shopping for a new bed sooner than planned.

Stays Cool

I live in Scottsdale; Arizona and I’ll tell you a little secret about the weather here…  It gets hot in the summer.  Having a breathable mattress is a must here.  There aren’t a ton of things worse than having extra heat rising up from your mattress making your back or side sweat.  I’m a huge fan of talalay latex, gel infusions, and alternative construction (like Leesa’s Avena foam).

Materials/Durability

Surely what’s inside the mattress matters right?  I also pay close attention to the covers.  Size matters; the Casper Essential is 8.5″ while the DreamCloud is a full 15“.  Almost double the thickness of the mattress, but is it double the price as well (no)?

Value

You really have to look at the prices of the mattress vs. the competition.  Not just the direct to consumer, bed in a box model, but the in store values as well.  The bed in a box model offers consumers huge cost savings vs. buying from the store.  This is because the middle man is cut out and the companies don’t have to pay electricity and rent.

We give each category a score from 1-10 with 10 being the highest.  I am using a 10 point must system.  The mattress that preformed the best in a category gets a 10 and all other mattresses are judged against that standard.


Mattress Firmness Scale

We also assess the overall firmness of a mattress from 1-10 with 10 being almost rock hard firm.  Since different people have different preferences on the firm level that works best for them, that number doesn’t go into the total ratings.  Here is our Firmness scale as of 2/11/18

Mattress firmness scale 2018
Recently, we noticed that just about every mattress you see in the store is staged on an adjustable frame.  These giant retailers must be on to something right?  So we decided that every mattress we test should also go through a few cycles of adjustments with our adjustable bed.  Currently we are using a Rize Verge.  We assume that other adjustable frames will have many of the same characteristics.  What we have found is that some mattresses don’t fare well on an adjustable frame, while others take a step up to a new level.

If you haven’t been on an adjustable frame you are really missing out, so we feel that it is crucial to our review process to add this wrinkle.  We understand that everyone doesn’t have an adjustable bed, but if you are considering one with your next mattress purchase we feel you should be prepared.  If a mattress is too thick or sturdy, it likely won’t perform well on an adjustable base.  If it has interlocked coils, forget about it.

Mattress Comparison Tool

Want to do your own comparison, to find the best mattress?  Just drag and drop the mattresses you want to put side by side, from the table below:

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  • Leesa MattressLeesa Mattress
  • Nectar MattressNectar Mattress
  • Layla Sleep MattressLayla Sleep Mattress
  • Alexander Signature SeriesAlexander Signature Series
  • Alexander Signature HybridAlexander Signature Hybrid
  • Purple MattressPurple Mattress
  • Traditional CasperTraditional Casper
  • Tuft & NeedleTuft & Needle
  • Casper WaveCasper Wave
  • Casper EssentialCasper Essential
  • #Bestmattressever#Bestmattressever
  • Tomorrow Sleep HybridTomorrow Sleep Hybrid
  • Sapira by LeesaSapira by Leesa
  • Aurora HybridAurora Hybrid
  • Kaya SleepKaya Sleep
  • TuloTulo
  • PuffyPuffy
  • DreamCloudDreamCloud
Leesa MattressFoam100 Day Trial, Made in the USA, Removeable Cover104.7 Star Rating$940None Required$100Shop LeesaNectar MattressFoam365 Night Trial, Free shipping, Comes in a large bag114.5 Star Rating$795None Required$125 & 2 Free PillowsShop NectarLayla Sleep MattressFoam120 Night Trial, Copper Infused, Flippable10.54.6 Star Rating$899Nonbiased60$60 OffShop LaylaAlexander Signature SeriesFoamLifetime Comfort Guarantee, Made in the USA, Handles12.54.6 Star Rating$1,199nonbiased200$200 OffShop Nest Bedding Alexander Signature SeriesAlexander Signature HybridHybrid Foam & CoilsLifetime Comfort Guarantee, Made in the USA, Handles144.5 Star Rating$1,199nonbiased200$200 OffShop Nest Bedding Alexander Signature HybridPurple MattressFoam & Polymer Section for Egg Catching100 Day Trial, Made in the USA, Removeable Cover104.8 Star Rating$999None RequiredBest PriceShop Purple MattressTraditional CasperFoam100 Night Trial, Free Shipping104.3 Star Rating$950None RequiredVariesShop CasperTuft & NeedleFoam100 Night Trial, Free Shipping104 Star Rating$575None RequiredBest PriceShop Tuft & NeedleCasper WaveFoam100 Night Trial, Removeable cover, Free Shipping11.53.3 Star Rating$1,850None RequiredBest PriceGet a CasperCasper EssentialFoam100 Night Trial, Removeable Cover, Free Shipping8.53.9 Star Rating$600None RequiredBest PriceGo to Casper#BestmattresseverFoam120 Night Trial, titanium gel, made in the USA104.4 Star Rating$750nonbiased1010% Off & Free Pillows and SheetsShop Brooklyn Bedding Best Mattress EverTomorrow Sleep HybridHybrid Foam & Coils100 Day Trial, Backed by Serta, add a sleeptracker104.7 Star Rating$990nonbiased125$125 OffShop Tomorrow SleepSapira by LeesaHybrid Foam & Coils100 Night Trial, Made in the USA, 1 in 10 Program114.7 Star Rating$1,475None Required$200 OffShop Sapira by LeesaAurora HybridHybrid Foam & Coils120 Night Trial, titanium gel, made in the USA13.54.6 Star Rating$1,699nonbiased1010% Off & Free Pillows and SheetsShop Brooklyn BeddingKaya SleepHybrid Foam & Coils120 Night Trial, made in the USA114.5 Star Rating$1,185None Required$200 OffShop Kaya SleepTuloFoamTry it at Mattress Firm, 120 night trial, free shipping, free returns104.4 Star Rating$650None Required$150-$250 OffShop TuloPuffyFoam101 Night Trial, free delivery104.5 Star Rating$1,150None Required$200 OffShop PuffyDreamCloudHybrid Foam & Coils365 Night Trial, free cleaning, everlong warranty,154.8 Star Rating$1,399None Required$200 OffShop DreamCloud

Why Buy a Mattress Online?

  • It will ship directly to you, most of the time for free
  • Do you really enjoy having a mattress salesman follow you around and check you out as you try out all of the mattresses? The answer is NO
  • Wouldn’t you rather take some time to test a mattress rather than just be lead around by the salesman to the highest commission bed he sells?  Most online retailers offer a trial period of 100 days or more to test out your new mattress.
  • Same quality mattress for a fraction of the cost.
  • You have more time to comparison shop from your home.

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  1. pediptonthego February 3, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for all the research! Its so had to find a great mattress!!!

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