The most important component in getting a good night’s sleep is undoubtedly finding the best mattress.
A good mattress won’t only lull you into a deep sleep, it will also promote good health, reduce any aches and pains and — most importantly — simply be a place where you want to spend a lot of time.
Of course, what’s the best mattress for us probably won’t be the best mattress for you.
In the mattress world, there’s no one size fits all solution — that’s why there’s so many to choose from in the first place.
We all have different priorities. Some of us want the best affordable mattress, others want the best mattress for back pain, some people prefer memory foam when others want latex. Some crazy cats even like a hybrid of the two!
Here’s a sneak peek of the winners of the individual categories:
Live & Sleep Resort Classic
Best Memory Foam
Air Infused Foam
Polyurethane foam, TitanFlex, softer TitanFlex
Helix dynamic foam, pocketed microcoils and high grade polyfoam
Free Memory Foam Pillow
$125 Off & 2 Free Pillows
$100 Off & Free Sheet & Pillow Set
10 yr Warranty
Free US SHipping
We’ve compiled a buying guide to the absolute best mattresses of 2020, in all of the above categories, as well as a bundle more advice on what to look out for when buying a mattress this year.
While buying a mattress is an incredibly personal purchase, there are a few things to look out for which indicate your future bed is a quality product that will last a long time.
Here are a few quick check boxes that we run all our mattresses by to see if they’re up to standard:
A generous warranty — ideally, at least 10 years
A trial period — it’s tough to know if a mattress is perfect when you buy it online. Make sure there’s a generous trial period to let you test it out and return without penalty
Multiple layers — expert engineering is what ensures comfort, support and longevity
Foams are CertiPUR-US certified — this certification ensures that all foams are healthy and environmentally friendly
Smart shipping — the mattress should be rolled and compressed for easy and convenient delivery
Those 5 points above are our non-negotiables when it comes to buying a mattress.
But in order for us to say a particular product is the best mattress, it’s got to have a lot more going for it.
Before you invest in a mattress, you should write down a list of wants and needs so you know what you’re looking for and don’t get too overwhelmed with all the choice ahead of you.
Here are a few features you should be looking out for — some will be more/less important to you than others, depending on your individual circumstances.
This is so obvious we almost didn’t include it. But we did, just in case…
Comfort is the most important factor when it comes to the best mattresses. You can buy the most high-tech supportive mattress in the world, but if you don’t find it comfortable, it will have been a waste of money.
Of course, it’s hard to discern how comfortable a mattress is when you’re simply looking at a photo of it online — so you need to take note of where it falls on the comfort scale.
The three main categories are plush, medium-firm and firm, on a scale of 1-10. Most mattresses are found somewhere between 3 and 7-8.
If you know that you love that soft, floating on a cloud feeling, don’t go for a firm mattress. Similarly, if you’re looking for robust support, a plush mattress probably isn’t going to work for you.
If you’re not sure where your loyalties lie on the comfort scale, fear not — just take advantage of the trial period and see whether it works for you.
Some mattresses also come in a ‘universal comfort’ configuration so these are good ones to go for if you’re not sure what you want.
After comfort, support is the most important factor in finding the best mattress.
This is particularly important if you suffer from a bad back, or general aches and pains after sleeping.
A supportive mattress will usually be expertly engineered with multiple layers designed to correctly align your spine and neck, and ease any pressure points.
Memory foam is known for its supportive benefits and is often the main component in the best mattress for back pain.
Having a cool mattress that stays cool the whole night long is very important for some sleepers.
If you live in a hot climate, or if you tend to sweat during the night, you need a cooling mattress.
These products will usually be gel infused, and should be engineered for the most breathability and air flow possible.
Look out for cooling mattresses that come with a moisture-wicking cover — this should ensure that any sweat isn’t absorbed into the mattress, keeping it fresh for years to come.
Memory foam is known to be something of a heat trapping material while latex is lauded for its cooling benefits.
We’ve already spoken about how some mattresses are gel-infused for cooling purposes. Well, we’ve tested out enough mattresses now to know that ‘infusions’ are the new trend in mattress technology.
Many of these herbal infusions are designed to keep the mattress fresh and odor free, as well as to promote sound sleep.
Some of the infusions to look out for include green tea, lavender and charcoal.
If you or your partner suffer from sensitive skin, a hypoallergenic mattress is likely on your list of non-negotiables.
There’s nothing worse than spending a night on an expensive, comfortable mattress only to wake up itching and scratching because you’re allergic to one of the materials in it.
Most hypoallergenic mattresses are made from natural latex.
Some people love feeling their body sink deep into a mattress, but others want to feel a little resistance.
If that’s you, you should look out for mattresses that advertises ‘bounce’.
Not only is bounce good for sex, it’s also a great quality for sleepers who want to be able to get in and out of bed easily.
The Different Types of Mattress
So, now you know what to look out for in the best mattresses, you’re probably wondering what these products actually are.
Before we get into our top mattress picks, you should know a little about the different types of mattress so you can see what will work best for your sleep style, health and budget.
Also known as innerspring and coil mattresses, a spring mattress is exactly that — a mattress containing coiled steel springs.
Although they’ve recently been overtaken by memory foam and latex, spring mattresses are very common and are particularly popular with people that like a high degree of support. They’re generally also a cheaper alternative to more modern creations.
Some of the best spring mattresses will also sport a top layer of memory foam or pillow top for additional comfort.
Strong and durable
Generally not as comfortable
Less frills than more expensive mattresses
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam is the material that most often springs to mind when you think of a luxury mattress.
Unlike any other material, memory foam will conform to the curves of your body, relieving your pressure points and dispersing your weight evenly about the mattress.
It’s celebrated for both the levels of comfort and support it offers the sleeper.
The foam will vary in density — a higher density foam equals a firmer mattress, for example.
Comfortable — like sleeping on a cloud
Relieves aches and pains
Aligns the spine and neck
Can trap heat
Will often omit ‘off-gassing’ smell for a few days after being unpacked
Generally seen as a cheaper alternative to memory foam, simple foam mattresses are also a popular and common choice these days.
Many of them try to replicate the benefits of memory foam, and the best foam mattresses will have engineered themselves to incorporate some extra bounce and breathability as well. These are generally a little more expensive, however.
If you’re looking for the best affordable mattress and you don’t want a spring, a simple foam mattress could be right for you.
Some foams are superior to memory foam
Not usually as supportive
Can trap heat
Latex is becoming increasingly popular in the best mattresses, particularly for people looking for a bouncier and cooler alternative to memory foam.
While they’re often the more expensive mattress on the market, latex mattresses are generally hypoallergenic (remember to choose a natural and organic product!) and offer plenty of supportive, making them great for people with bad backs.
Lots of bounce
Keeps cool all night
Aligns the spine and neck
Hypoallergenic and eco-friendly
Not as common as memory foam and spring mattresses
The best hybrid mattress will seek to have the best of both worlds.
They’re generally available in the following configurations:
Spring and memory foam
Spring and latex
Memory foam and latex
Foam and latex
Numbers #1 and #3 are the most common.
In #1, the mattress will have the support and durability of the spring, and the comfort of the memory foam topper.
In #3, the mattress will have the weight distribution and comfort of the memory foam, paired with the cool bounce and support of the latex.
As you can imagine, hybrid mattresses are generally on the more expensive end of the price spectrum. Not only do they incorporate more materials, but also expert engineering to find the best configuration for the sleeper. There are a few great deals to be found, however.
Best Mattress Reviews 2020
Now you know about the different types of mattress and what features you should be looking out for, you’re ready for our list of the best mattresses of 2020.
We’ve divided them into a number of different categories so you can see which is best for you.
Best Affordable Mattress
Winner: Live & Sleep Resort Classic Memory Foam Mattress
Medium to Medium-Firm
30 day trial
20 year limited warranty
The Resort Sleep truly is an affordable mattress, and one of the best on the market to boot. We would have paid plenty more for it!
It boasts all the comfort and supportive benefits of memory foam while also managing to stay cool all through the night — something that even much more expensive mattresses haven’t managed to do.
Hotel style comfort
Plenty of support thanks to high density support base
The Brentwood Home Cypress Gel Mattress is a very popular memory foam mattress thanks to its low price and great reviews.
In terms of comfort, it’s almost unparalleled at this price point — we’ve heard people favorably compare it to the much more expensive TempurPedic mattresses. It’s also admirably supportive and engineered to ease aches, pains and pressure points, thanks to its quadruple layer technology.
We love the Brooklyn Bedding mattress and agree that it could well be the #BestMattressEver!
This is one of those rare foam mattresses that’s better than most memory foams — it’s been intelligently engineered to take the best features of memory foam and elevate them, while minimizing the downside.
Their TitanFlex foam is made with open cell material and thermal titanium beads, resulting in a mattress that’s comfortable, supportive, cool and equipped with some much needed bounce. It’s a unicorn mattress!
3 different firmness options
The best parts of memory foam: even weight distribution, luxe comfort and easing of pressure points
The best of latex: cool all night, no sinking and plenty of bounce
4 layers: 2″ reactive foam, 2″ contouring memory foam, 2″ supportive transition foam, 4″ high density support foam
10 year warranty
100 night trial
The Eight Pod mattress gets a lot of press because it has a ‘smart’ component to it — the Eight Sleep Tracker can be bought to pair with it, which covers the mattress, tracking your sleeping patterns, changes the temperature and measures your sleep stats.
But the mattress itself is also worth writing home about: it’s incredibly comfortable and has a ‘bounces like latex, feels like foam’ texture, which we love.
Bounces like latex, feels like foam
Super comfortable, supportive and durable
Conforms to your body, easing pressure points and evenly distributing your weight
Hybrid: Helix dynamic foam, pocketed microcoils and high grade polyfoam
100 night sleep trial
10 year warranty
In our opinion, the Helix Mattress is a likely contender for the best mattress of 2020, nevermind just the best hybrid mattress.
It’s truly expertly engineered to provide you with a personalized sleeping experience that’s perfect for your wants and needs. Before you buy, you’ll need to take the Helix sleep test, which will take account of your preferences in feel, support, temperature regulation and point elasticity.
With your answers, it will design the perfect mattress for you, deliver it within 4-8 business days and all for a very reasonable price.
Totally customized for you
Contours seamlessly to the body, removing pressure points
Supportive without being too firm
Premium, environmentally certified materials
Made in the USA
Edge support not as robust as the rest of the mattress
Hybrid: Tempur-Support Layer, Temper-ES Comfort Layer, with over 1000 premium Spring Coils
The TEMPUR-Adapt is the first TEMPURpedic mattress to grace our list, despite the fact that the company is known for its innovative and excellent mattresses. The fact is that they’re very expensive, and rarely much better than the best mattresses at more reasonable price points.
But this is an incredible hybrid mattress that we had to include: its comfort and support levels are almost unrivalled, with the Tempur-Support material making for an incredibly fast response to your body.
It also keeps cool all night thanks to the premium knit technology and stays fresh thanks to the moisture wicking material of the cover.
Dynamically responsive material that instantly contours to your body
No heat traps
Very supportive thanks to precision coils
Relieves pressure points almost instantly
Stays cool and fresh
Cover zips on and off for easy washing
Slight spring for moderate bounce
Good motion isolation
Made in the USA
Needs a little time to break in — starts off feeling very firm indeed
Hybrid: innerspring coils and 3 layers of high density foam
100 night trial
10 year warranty
The Aviya is a hybrid mattress with a slew of excellent reviews — probably thanks to the company’s marketing of, “A $2,000 mattress for less than $1,000”!
It’s another luxury mattress, handcrafted in the USA, that’s designed to hit the mark on both comfort and support. It is on the firm side, so opt for the ‘plush’ firmness option if you prefer a softer night’s sleep.
Also, unlike some of the best mattresses on this list, the Aviya has excellent support all the way to its edges. They’ve surrounded the sides with 3 inches of extra foam to ensure that you can sleep edge to edge.
Lots of customization options for comfort
Great edge support
Fantastic support and good for bad backs
Good bounce and motion isolation
No sagging — very durable
Relieves pressure points and distributes your weight evenly
The Nolah Mattress is making waves in the sleep hacking industry right now for being the best mattress for back pain.
It’s also just generally one of the best mattresses of 2020. Made from Nolah AirFoam, it’s a superior alternative to both memory foam and latex, able to provide 4x less pressure on the hips, shoulders and back, sleeps cooler, and is more durable.
Another thing we love about Nolah is that they adopt a wildlife animal for every mattress they sell — and you can actually choose the animal!
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