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Top 20 Best Mattress 2019

I just got back from CES 2019, so I got to see all the new sleep tech that will be released this year.  The bed system that I have been searching for is an adjustable bed that will automatically track when my husband is snoring and lift up the head unit just enough to get him to stop.  I did a demo from Sleep Number and they say that their system does that, so I’ll update this page with my test results if I get the chance to test it. 

I sleep test every mattress that I review for at least 2 weeks. After 2 years of testing over 50 mattresses I have cut down my list to the top 20 direct to consumer/bed in a box mattresses. Everyone has different sleep preferences and there is no one solution for every sleeper.

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.

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.

Top Mattress for Combo Sleepers

I’m a side sleeper, however, when I tested these 3 mattresses I always woke up on my back.  My top picks for best combo sleeping mattresses are:

Nest Bedding Signature

Brooklyn Bedding’s Spartan

Layla, which can also be flipped if you want a more firm mattress

Top Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Rana on Leesa and Sapira mattresses rated best mattresses 2019
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 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:

Top Budget Mattress

If you are on a tight budget you will struggle to find a high quality mattress for under $750 if you choose to walk into a mattress or furniture store.  Fortunately, with the rize of the bed-in-a-box model you can find some great deals under $750.  My top pick for a budget mattress is:

Nectar Mattress Best budget mattress 2019

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.  2 other budget or value options are the Tuft & Needle and the New Allswell Hybrid mattress.

Best Mattress SEX

I really can’t believe that I put together my top 3 picks for best mattress for sex, but I received too many questions asking about it so here we go. First, if you have an adjustable bed you will discover countless new positions and angles.
As for mattresses there are a few things that I look for. Bounciness, that I find in latex mattresses. A mattress that is just so sexy that looking at it can get you in the mood. One that I can curl up on my side after I’m finished.
Really any latex mattress will give you a lot of “pushback”. So, you will be happy with either the Bloom or the Zenhaven if you are looking for that bouncy feeling.
Have you seen the New Purple.3? It is just so sexy that it had to be on this list.
The Tomorrow Sleep hybrid just makes me want to sleep on my side and do a bit of spooning after sex.

Latex Mattresses

My top 3 picks for best Latex mattress are: the Zenhaven, Bloom and the less expensive option the Pangeabed. 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.

Best Cooling Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora has a stretchy mattress cover that is cool to the touch, but the best cooling tech that I have tested comes from hyper-elastic polymer (the egg catching layers found in the original purple and the New Purple Hybrid).
If those three mattresses still can’t cool you, I have a couple of other things you could try. First, Nest Bedding has a cooling mattress protector that you could add to any mattress. The second option is a bit more expensive, but it has the ability to keep you so cold that I can’t even use the coldest setting. I’m talking about the Chilipad mattress topper, which has a cold setting that goes all the way down to 55 degrees.

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.

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.

Leesa (Best for Side Sleepers)

Leesa redesigned their top layer of foam in 2018 so that they could make side sleeping even better.  With the introduction of their new LSA200 Foam Technology you won’t find a better side sleeping experience.  The same dedication to quality can bee seen in their mattress cover, which is so soft that you may be tempted to sleep on it without covering it.

Leesa donates 1 mattress for every 10 they sell, I have seen their commitment to the community in person, this is truly a company with a heart.

DreamCloud (Best Affordable Luxury Hybrid)

This 15 inch thick 8 layers of ultra premium materials is clearly the best affordable luxury hybrid mattress on the market.  You can’t find better quality anywhere near this price.  

DreamCloud offers and impossible to beat 365 night trial period and a forever warranty. 

When I put this best mattress list together I examined the return rates of the mattresses considered and was shocked to not see 1 returned DreamCloud.  I think you will understand why when you have one in your bedroom, this mattress screams luxury at an affordable price.

Purple (Side Sleepers & Cooling)

Purple is famous for having the most unusual mattress on the market.  You either love the hyper-elastic polymer (egg catching) layer or you hate it. Personally, I love it and wish that every bed had the chance to incorporate an inch or two of it.  

The Purple mattress will keep you cool and is perfect for side sleepers.  For those of you on the heavier side you may want to look into their new Purple Hybrid mattresses, especially the Purple.3.

Nectar is by far the best value mattress on the market.  This 11 inch thick mattress is made of dense materials offering a medium firm level of comfort.  

Nectar boasts a year long trial period as well as a forever warranty.  Put simply, Nectar offers a no way to lose policy as they are confident that you are going to love it.  

If you are shopping for other mattresses at or near this price, check to see if they can match the quality or the thickness of the Nectar (I haven’t found one that does).

Spartan (Best for Athletes)

Brooklyn Bedding just released the Spartan mattress which incorporates Nanobionic tech inside.  I’m not a scientist, but when I wake up on the Spartan my joints and muscles are refreshed.  I understand why they market this mattress for Athletes, even though you can tell that I wasn’t gifted with a ton of athletic talent.

Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are manufactured in Phoenix Arizona.  They are able to deliver high quality mattresses at a fraction of the cost of similar models by manufacturing and then delivering straight to you. 

Sapira (Best for Back Sleepers)

Sapira is Leesa’s luxury hybrid mattress.  It incorporates many of the great features of the Leesa mattress and then adds pocketed coils to provide increase stability.  

If you are on the heavier side you will find enough support and comfort to sleep on your back, or side while on the Sapira.

Leesa donates 1 mattress for every 10 they sell, I have seen their commitment to the community in person, this is truly a company with a heart.

Layla has a cool stretchy cover, but the real magic is inside.  Using 2 copper infused memory foam layers the Layla is a flipable mattress.  Those of you who prefer the side sleeping experience will love the soft side.  If you like to sleep on your back or stomach you will enjoy the firm side.  

The copper infusion will give you a cooling sensation as well as a keep the bugs away with copper’s natural anti-microbial protection.

Zenhaven (Best Latex Mattress)

Zenhaven, from Saatva, boasts a 5 zoned natural talalaly latex design.  Talalay latex should last longer than a typical poly foam mattress.  Are you concerned that buying one without testing it?

Zenhaven offers a flippable experience, so if one side isn’t firm enough for you, just flip it to the firm side.  Zenhaven offers a 120 in home trial period as well as a 20 year warranty.  Return rates are extremely low on this mattress, and you will know why once one is in your home.

Alexander Signature (Best For Combo Sleepers)

Nest Bedding’s Alexander Signature changed the way that I sleep.  As a side sleeper my whole life this was the first mattress that I noticed waking up on my back.

With a cool quilted cover and gel memory foam, you will find night sweating a thing of the past.  If you are on the heavier side you can upgrade to their hybrid version which includes 8 inch quantum edge pocketed support coils.

Tomorrow Sleep (Most Affordable Hybrid)

As a division of Serta, Tomorrow Sleep has been able to bring decades of mattress experience into the bed in a box world. This advantage allows them to produce an unbelievably comfortable hybrid mattress far below what most of their competition charge.
Backed by a 10-year warranty and a 365-night trial period, there is nothing to lose by trying out the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid.
Inside the mattress you will find hidden pocketed coils for support, as well as open cell memory foam and gel swirl foam to keep your mattress cool.

Best Mattresses

Brand See Reviews Materials Best For:
purple mattress logo 80x29 Purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer Side Sleepers & Cooling
dreamcloud logo small DreamCloud Cooling Memory Foam & Innersprings Hybrid & BIG and TALL & Back Sleepers
Leesa LSA200 Foam Side Sleepers & Foam

Nectar Memory Foam Foam & Value & Budget
Sapira logo 95x35 Sapira Memory Foam & Innersprings Back Sleepers
brooklyn bedding logo Spartan Pocketed Coils & Nanobionic Tech Hybrid & Combo Sleepers
Alexander Gel Memory Foam Combo Sleepers & Back Sleepers
Layla Copper Infused Foam Foam & Combo Sleepers
Tuft & Needle T & Needle Memory Foam Value & Budget
purple mattress logo 80x29 New Purple.3 Hyper-Elastic Polymer & Pocketed Coils Cooling & Sex
tomorrow sleep logo Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam & Pocketed Coils Side Sleeping & Sex
Saatva Saatva Organic Cover, Memory Foam & Pocketed Coils Hybrid Mattresses
brooklyn bedding logo Aurora Review Coper Gel, Titanflex & TitanCool Cover Cooling Mattress

Nest Alexander Gel Memory Foam & Pocketed Coils Back Sleepers
Helix Pocketed Coils & Customizable BIG & TALL
Puffy Puffy Soft Polyfoam Sleeping in a cloud
Pangeabed Pangeabed Talalay Latex Latex Mattress
brooklyn bedding logo Bloom Talalay Latex Latex Mattress
Zenhaven Zenhaven 5 Zone Talalay Latex, Organic Wool Cover Latex Mattress
Big Fig Big Fig Firm Polyfoam BIG & Tall

 

 

Mattress Comparison Chart

PhotoCompanyMattressTypeFeaturesHeightSleep Test RatingQueen PriceCoupon CodeCurrent DiscountPurchase

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  • Leesa MattressLeesa Mattress
  • Nectar MattressNectar Mattress
  • Layla MattressLayla 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
  • TuloTulo
  • DreamCloudDreamCloud
  • SpartanSpartan
  • BloomBloom
  • Purple.3Purple.3
Leesa MattressFoam100 Day Trial, Made in the USA, Removeable Cover104.7 Star Rating$995None Required$150Shop LeesaNectar MattressFoam365 Night Trial, Free shipping, Comes in a large bag114.6 Star Rating$795None Required$125 & 2 Free PillowsShop NectarLayla MattressCopper-Infused Foam120 Night Trial, Copper Infused, Flippable10.54.6 Star Rating$999None Required$100 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$1,199nonbiased2005% OffShop Nest Bedding Alexander Signature HybridPurple MattressFoam & Polymer Section for Egg Catching100 Day Trial, Made in the USA, Removeable Cover104.8 Star Rating$999None RequiredFree Seat CushionShop 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 USA104.6 Star Rating$750nonbiased2020% OffShop Brooklyn Bedding Best Mattress EverTomorrow Sleep HybridHybrid Foam & Coils100 Day Trial, Backed by Serta, add a sleeptracker104.7 Star Rating$990nonbiased100$100 OffShop Tomorrow SleepSapira by LeesaHybrid Foam & Coils100 Night Trial, Made in the USA, 1 in 10 Program114.7 Star Rating$1,495None Required$200 OffShop Sapira by LeesaAurora HybridHybrid Foam & Coils120 Night Trial, titanium gel, made in the USA13.54.5 Star Rating$1,699nonbiased2020% OffShop Brooklyn BeddingTuloFoamTry it at Mattress Firm, 120 night trial, free shipping, free returns104.4 Star Rating$650None RequiredShop TuloDreamCloudHybrid Foam & Coils365 Night Trial, free cleaning, everlong warranty,154.8 Star Rating$1,399None Required$200 OffShop DreamCloudSpartanHybrid Foam & Coils120 Night Trial13.54.8 Star Rating$1,999nonbiased2020% OffShop Brooklyn BeddingBloomLatex and Coils120 Night Trial124.6 Star Rating$1,799nonbiased2020% OffShop Brooklyn BeddingPurple.3Hyper-Elastic Polymer & Coils100 Night Trial124.6 Star Rating$2,099None RequiredFree Product with PurchaseShop Purple Mattress

Our Rating Criteria

If I spend 2 weeks sleeping on a mattress that consistently gives me back pain, you will read about it on my review! Nothing that made this list of best mattresses gave me any comfort issues. I’m hoping that you will have a similar experience.

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. However, the ones that ship in bags can fit in tight spaces.

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. 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.
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.

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 Isolation

We have all seen the mattress commercials where someone is standing on a bed near a glass of wine. I’ll sometimes shoot the same test live and if it 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. Unfortunately, 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 for me.

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)? We look at the density of the foam layers as well as the quality of the coils and materials in the cover.

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.

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.
  • You won’t pay a restocking fee to return your 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

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.

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