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The Best Mattress For You

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 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 some suggestions for you.

Below are my top mattresses by category

Memory Foam

You will generally find two types of foam within a mattress. A base layer is usually going to be constructed of polyurethane foam. This foam is generally going to be denser 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.

Best Mattresses

Hybrid/Innerspring Mattresses

This category is a must for heavy people. 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.

  • The coils must be individually wrapped
  • layer of foam on the sides of the coils

Best Innerspring Mattress

Back in the day 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 and the new Purple.2-.4. During my unboxing video of the Tomorrow Sleep, 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) 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.

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 is medium-soft, with a good deal of hug and pressure relief. When you sleep on your side you don’t want to sink in too much, but some give in the mattress is necessary.
I surveyed my audience in April and found out that 46% of you sleep on your sides.
Back sleeping is considered the healthiest way to sleep; however, very few of us sleep this way. 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.
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.
Our survey results show that only 4% of our audience sleeps strictly on their backs.
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?

Top Mattress for Combo Sleepers

I am a SIDE sleeper; however, when I tested the Nest Bedding Alexander I always woke up on my back.
How did the geniuses at Nest Bedding temporarily convert me to a back sleeper?
The results of my recent survey showed that 45% of you are combo sleepers. I did not anticipate that result at all, so it looks like I need to spend some more time thinking about the best mattresses for combo sleepers. I’m going to put on my thinking cap and narrow down the list to make sure that I capture all the mattresses that will work for those of you who flip and flop during the night. Expect a new video soon.

Best Mattress for Big & Tall

I get questions from people that are much larger than I am, so I decided to reach out to a friend of mine who fits into both sides of the BIG & TALL category. My friend weighs in at over 350 lbs, and at a height of 6’7”. He has been helping me test the mattresses that are marketed and manufactured for the larger folks out there. After going through over a dozen mattresses he has settled on the DreamCloud:
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 Mattress.

I can get just about any mattress I want for free.  Yet, I chose to purchase this mattress, just to see if I could squeeze it onto a sailboat. That should give you a pretty large hint as to how much of a value I believe that the Nectar is. At the queen size it is $699 (after the coupon), but it comes with 2 pillows so this is easily the best combination of quality and price that I have found.

Mattress for 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.

Mattress for 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.

Fix My 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.

My Partner Snores HELP ME!

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.

Why isn’t Casper on this List?

Surely there must be a mistake, how could the company that started this bed in a box revolution not be on this list? I have purchased and tested all three of the Casper mattresses. However, they have recently changed 2 of them and I have been too swamped with other mattresses to test that I have not gone out an purchased the new Casper nor the new Casper Wave.
Both the Casper wave and the original casper have been tweaked since I tested them in 2017. They have added a zoned comfort strategy to the original Casper and tweaked the way that works in the Wave.
I paid $1,850 for my Wave in 2017 and it was by far the worst mattress that I tested last year. Not that it was actually a bad mattress, but the zoned concept didn’t work for me and the bed brought me immense back pain. So, I’m faced with a strange decision would I really pay close to $2,300 (they raised the price) to see if it has gotten better? My answer is simply no, I was burned too badly and the sting of that purchase is still fresh in my memory.
I really liked the 2017 version of the original Casper, but they no longer sell it and I don’t know if the new version is better. How could I possibly recommend it to my readers if I haven’t tried it myself? So, I’m back to the same problem do I want to shell out over $1,000 for the 2018 version of the Casper? Again it’s the same answer, I still feel the sting from my Wave purchase, so I’m not planning on buying one of those.
So apologies to those of you who expected to see Casper on this list, I just don’t see how I can add them without testing the new versions.

Bed Size Table

Size Dimensions Ideal For
Twin 38″W x 75″L Children, Single Adults (under 6 ft.)
Twin XL 38″W x 80″L Split Adjustable bed users, Single Adults (up to 6’4″)
Full (Double) 54″W x 75″L Children, Single Adults, Skinny Adult Couples
Queen 60″W x 80″L Single Adults, Couple (increased intimacy)
King 76″W x 80″L Couples, Couples with Large Pets
California King 72″W x 84″L Couples, Single Adults (up to 6’8″)
Split King [1] [2]38″W x 80″L Adjustable Frame users

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.

Latex Mattresses

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 bouncier than that of a Dunlop process. If you are looking for a bed that is springier then talalay will be your choice.
In addition to the two manufacturing methods there are many 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.

Waterbeds

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 risk 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. Combine this with an adjustable bed’s massage feature and you will be in heaven.

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 oversized 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

About 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.

Adjustable Base Tests

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.
  • 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.
  • Shipping times: I’ll occasionally purchase a mattress without telling anyone at the company to see how quickly they can ship to me.

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 from your mattress making your back or side sweat. I’m a huge fan of talalay latex, copper infusion, and gel foam mattresses.

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 must 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.
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. 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 may not perform well on an adjustable base. If it has interlocked coils, forget about it. Thick cover that bunches up? Move along. Each of our video reviews has a test of that mattress on an adjustable frame, so that you can see if it will work on one.

How Often do you need a new Mattress?

How long should a mattress last? Do they really double in weight after 10 years of collecting your skin cells? I have a feeling that these two questions are linked. If you can get a foam mattress to last more than 7-10 years then you are doing great. Don’t expect to get more than 10 years out of a mattress unless it is made with latex, which you could get you up to 15 years of comfortable sleep.

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.

Sleep Interview Results

From time to time I survey my audience to find out more about their sleep habits.  I figure the better I understand your needs, the more I will be able to help you find the right products to improve your sleep.  Here are the percent of my viewers who:

Sleep With Pets

Sleep with a Partner

Have a King Size Bed

Have a Mattress that is 7 + years old

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