A mattress is the most critical component of a bed, affecting your ability to get quality sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
We researched and tested dozens of types of mattresses, evaluating comfort, firmness, construction, and overall value. Our best overall pick, the Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress, is breathable, free of harmful materials, and has a memory foam comfort layer that adapts to fit a range of different sleep styles.
Here are the best mattresses.
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
Adapts to different sleeping styles
No handles on the cover
When it comes to mattresses, there's certainly no one-size-fits-all option—but if we could only recommend one, we'd have to go with Tuft & Needle's Mint Mattress. Made of adaptable open-cell, gel-infused foam with a generous graphite top layer, it conforms to your body and pulls heat away to keep you cool while you doze. Our tester was particularly impressed with the mattress's versatility, as it was able to support both her and her husband's sleeping styles—with minimal motion transfer, to boot.
Unlike the brand's Original Mattress, this one has edge support, meaning the sides and corners don't collapse when you sit down or get in and out of bed. It has a medium firmness that's slightly softer than the Original, making it undeniably plush but plenty supportive. Plus, it's compatible with all sorts of different bed setups, from plain box springs to platform, slatted, and adjustable frames, so you won't have to worry about purchasing a new bed frame or foundation.
The Mint Mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty and has a 100-night trial period with hassle-free returns. As with any mattress, you'll want to give yourself at least 30 days to adjust.
Price at time of publish: $1,795
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Materials: Graphite, gel beads, knit fabric, proprietary foam, open-cell foam, high-density polyfoam | Thickness: 3 inches | Type: All foam | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium
Boll & Branch The Mattress
Those partial to innerspring mattresses should check out this beauty from Boll & Branch. Unlike the spring-filled mattresses of yesteryear, it boasts upwards of 2,000 teensy-tiny coils to isolate movement and provide whole-body support. On top of the coils are three more layers: latex, graphite-infused latex, and a layer of wool and polyester. This adds more breathability to the mattress, along with making it more stable.
Price at time of publish: $1,900
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King, | Material: Coils, latex, wool/poly blend | Thickness: 13.5 inches | Type: Spring | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm
Saatva Classic Mattress
Plush pillow top
Multiple firmness options
Doesn't isolate movement
Fee for returns
Prefer a pillow top? Check out Saatva's Classic Mattress. This luxury hybrid model has a durable innerspring base with hundreds of pocketed coils and firm edge support, then a layer of high-density memory foam with zoned support, and a notably plush pillow top. You can choose from three firmness levels—plush soft, luxury firm, and firm—to customize your plush.
As with many other pillow-top options, Saatva's mattress works best with platform foundations. The company offers a 180-night trial period. However, if you decide to return, they'll charge you a transportation fee for the pickup.
Price at time of publish: $1,995
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Cal. King, Split Cal. King | Material: Coils, fiber pillow-top cover, memory foam | Thickness: 11.5 or 14.5 inches | Type: Pillow-top hybrid | Warranty: 15 years | Firmness: Available in plush soft, luxury firm, or firm
Best Memory Foam
Leesa in a Box Mattress
Cooling top layer
No handles on the cover
Those who toss and turn at night will appreciate a memory foam mattress, as they do a good job isolating motion. "If you like the feeling of sleeping 'in' a mattress instead of on top of it, you should consider a memory foam bed," says Logan Foley, Managing Editor at Sleep Foundation. We recommend the Leesa Original Mattress, an all-foam model with a top cooling layer that offers comfy contouring, pressure relief, and a breathable sleep experience.
Price at time of publish: $999
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Foam, twill fabric | Thickness: 10 inches | Type: Memory foam | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm
Cocoon Chill Hybrid Mattress
Cool to the touch
No handles on the cover
With a combination of foam, coils, and occasionally latex, hybrid mattresses allow you to reap the benefits of multiple mattress materials in one single option. Because hybrid mattresses use several layers of materials, they are generally quite efficient at contouring to the body and reducing motion transfer. And in this category, the best option is the Chill Hybrid from Sealy's Cocoon line.
Featuring breathable spring coils, adaptable memory foam, and a cover infused with the brand's signature "Phase Change Material," this mattress is designed to encourage airflow and help you feel cooler while you snooze. Our tester, who sleeps hot, loved how the memory foam contoured to the body without enveloping it too much. This is due to the mattress's memory foam and coil combo, which is more firm than an innerspring but retains less heat than straight memory foam. The result? A cool, motion transfer-free night's sleep.
Price at time of publish: $1,139
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Memory foam, cooling premium cover | Thickness: 12 inches | Type: Memory foam | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm
Birch Luxe Natural Mattress
GOTS and GREENGUARD Gold Certified
If being eco-friendly is top of mind, this new luxury mattress from Helix's Birch Living has all the certifications to ensure you're kind to the environment. It's both GOTS certified organic and GREENGUARD Gold certified, so you can sleep easy knowing you are resting on something that isn't causing indoor air pollution.
The Birch Luxe Natural Mattress is described as having a medium-firm feel. While testing this mattress, we found it to be very firm at first—but after 30 days of testing, it gave in a little more. It still has a medium-firm feel which is great for back or stomach sleepers, but it could prove a little firm for our side sleepers. Upon delivery, the mattress had zero off-gassing smell and fully expanded in just a few hours, making set-up convenient and easy.
Both of our testers are hot sleepers, and neither woke up hot or sweaty after two months of testing. The mattress includes a cashmere Euro top as well as a breathable cotton cover, ensuring you stay comfortable all night.
Price at time of publish: $1,849
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Coils, organic cotton, organic cashmere, natural latex, organic wool | Thickness: 11.5 inches | Type: Latex/organic | Warranty: 25 years | Firmness: Medium-firm
Avocado Green Mattress
Not ideal for side-sleepers
Avocado's Green Mattress is a hybrid model that flaunts 9 inches of naturally-sourced organic latex, plus comfy layers of organic wool and cotton. It's incredibly supportive, not too bouncy, and does an excellent job isolating motion. Since it's on the firmer side, this mattress is ideal for back and stomach sleepers.
Price at time of publish: $1,999
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King, | Material: Coils, organic cotton, organic latex, organic wool | Thickness: 11 or 13 inches | Type: Latex/organic | Warranty: 25 years (limited) | Firmness: Available in medium-firm or pillow-top/gentle firm
Helix Dawn Mattress
Not ideal for side-sleepers
If you're in the market for a firm mattress, go with the Helix Dawn. It's got dense foam on the bottom, then a thick layer of individually wrapped coils, followed by high-grade ergonomic polyfoam, and a latex-foam hybrid on top. This mattress is breathable and sturdy but not too stiff. Plus, it's designed to perfectly contour your body. A breathable cover on top ensures that you won't overheat in your sleep.
Price at time of publish: $1,249
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Coils, latex foam, polyfoam | Thickness: 12 inches | Type: Hybrid | Warranty: 10 years (limited) | Firmness: Firm
Best Zoned Support
Casper Original Mattress
Distinct smell out of the box
Casper is one of the most well-known online mattress companies, and its Original Mattress is their most popular product. What, in part, makes it so special is its zoned support, which provides targeted support to different areas of your body—firmer support under the hips and softer support under the shoulders. The ergonomic zones relieve pressure points, and Casper claims it promotes better sleep. While our tester didn't notice a difference in how different areas of the mattress felt, she agrees that it provided more comfortable, restful sleep than the budget mattress her family was previously using.
In terms of construction, Casper's Original Mattress has three layers of durable foam, with a sturdy foam base to last you hundreds of nights of sleep. The perforated layer on top uses the company's AirScape technology to encourage airflow and breathability, keeping you cool while catching your Zs.
Like many other options on the list, Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial: if you're not happy with your purchase, they'll pick it up, do all the packing, and give you a full refund. Plus, unlike some of the other options on this list, Casper actually has a few physical stores, so you can test the mattress before you buy.
Price at time of publish: $1,295
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Polyurethane foam, memory foam | Thickness: 11 inches | Type: Available in memory foam or hybrid | Warranty: 10 years (limited) | Firmness: Medium-firm
Our top pick is the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress, an open-cell memory foam model infused with gel and graphite. It conforms to your curves, offers spinal support, relieves pressure points, and pulls heat away from your body. If you're looking for an explicitly eco-friendly option and have a bit more room in your budget, we recommend the Birch Luxe Natural Mattress. It's both GOTS-certified organic and GREENGUARD Gold certified, and has a medium-firm feel that's perfect for back or stomach sleepers.
What to Look for in a Mattress
You have a few choices when it comes to what material makes up your mattress. Memory foam is popular because it contours to your body, reduces motion transfer, and relieves pressure points while you sleep—but if you’re a hot sleeper, be sure to choose a memory foam mattress with cooling features. Latex mattresses offer similar benefits to memory foam, and they’re usually eco-friendly. For a more traditional mattress, you can opt for innerspring or pocket-coil styles or go for the best of both worlds with a hybrid mattress.
In addition to bed size (standard options range from twin to California king), you’ll also want to consider the thickness of your mattress. Thickness is sometimes associated with comfort, but a high-quality 10-inch mattress will probably be more comfortable than a thicker, lower-quality option. Mattress thickness also affects how well your sheets fit on the bed—thick mattresses usually require fitted sheets with deep pockets.
Mattresses range from soft/plush to firm, with medium-soft and medium-firm options in between. Why does firmness matter? If your mattress is too soft, it might be challenging to get in and out of bed. On the other hand, if your mattress is too firm, you may feel like you're sleeping on a rock. When deciding the proper firmness for your needs, you'll want to consider the position you sleep in (we’ll get to that in a bit), as well as your weight. Heavier people will sink deeper into a mattress, so the general rule of thumb is that the higher you are on the BMI scale, the firmer your mattress should be.
When choosing a mattress, you’ll also want to consider your sleep position so you can find the most supportive and comfortable mattress. The position you sleep in often dictates what type of mattress is best for you, as different positions exert pressure on different parts of the body. For instance, those who sleep on their sides generally need a softer mattress, while stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress. Back sleepers have the most choice, as this sleep position spreads pressure across the body more evenly.
People often run into problems when they sleep in one position and their partner sleeps in another. Several companies address this issue by either offering dual-zoned mattresses or blending various levels of firmness to minimize motion transfer and accommodate both of your needs.
Do you tend to get warm during the night? Or do you always find yourself reaching for another blanket? The mattress you choose can play a big part in your ability to regulate temperature as you sleep.
For instance, foam mattresses tend to retain a lot of heat during the night, which can be beneficial if you’re generally cold when sleeping. Innerspring mattresses are much more breathable and, as such, are often more comfortable for those who get hot while sleeping. If you're looking for a mattress that doesn’t get too hot or leave you cold, a latex option might be best—they are great at temperature regulation.
Having extra reinforcement around the edges of your mattress is important for two reasons. First, if you sleep with a partner, neither of you wants to feel like you're going to roll off the edge during the night. Second, edge support will make your mattress more stable when you sit on the side of it.
If you're buying an innerspring or foam mattress, you'll want to check whether the edges are reinforced in some way, as these materials are more prone to sagging on the sides.
If your partner gets up before you or tosses and turns in the night, you know how important it is to have a mattress that limits motion transfer. Innerspring mattresses are the worst in these situations, as you'll feel every movement your partner makes. For a product that reduces motion transfer, look into a memory foam or latex mattress instead.
It takes about 30 days for your body to adjust to a new mattress, so most online mattress companies offer a no-risk trial, which lets you test the mattress in the comfort of your own home (often for 90 days or more). During the trial period, you can evaluate the mattress to see if it's the right fit. If you decide it's not the right fit, you'll get a refund.
When should you replace a mattress?
Different mattress types have different life spans, so there's no hard and fast rule on how often you replace your particular mattress. "Typically, you should replace your mattress every six to eight years," says Logan Foley, Managing Editor at Sleep Foundation. "However, there may be some reasons to replace your mattress before this deadline. For example, if your mattress is sagging in the middle or making more noise than usual."
When is the best time to buy a mattress?
If you're looking to save money, the best time to buy a mattress is at the end of May, when brands clear out inventory for new models, and many retailers hold Memorial Day sales.
On a personal timeline, the best time to buy a mattress is when your current one begins impacting the quality of your shut-eye. "At the end of the day, if your mattress is hindering a good night's sleep in any way, it's probably a good idea to think about replacing it," says Foley.
How do you clean a mattress?
To keep your mattress clean, wash the cover regularly. If it doesn't come with a cover, you may want to get one to protect it from dust and stains. For spots and spills, you can use upholstery shampoo or a solution of mild soap and water—just make sure to avoid oversaturating it with a liquid cleaning solution or water.
Steam cleaning can also work for mattresses. But again, be mindful of getting it too wet, and let it air-dry completely before putting bedding back on. It's also a good idea to vacuum your mattress every month or so to keep dust, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens at bay.
How can you make a mattress smell fresh?
Aside from regularly vacuuming your mattress and washing the cover, there are a few ways to ensure it smells fresh. Try sprinkling baking soda over the surface, let it sit for a few hours to soak up odors, then vacuum up the powder. Another option is to spray a light layer of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar over the surface, then let your mattress air-dry.
What's the best way to dispose of a mattress?
There are a few ways to dispose of a mattress. One is to recycle it through a local recycling program, in which you may have to pay a fee. If it's in really good condition, you might be able to donate it, though Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other well-known donation centers can't accept used mattresses.
Another option is to sell it or just post it for free on an online marketplace such as Craigslist or Facebook. And if your main concern is physically transporting it out of your home, you might consider using a mattress removal service.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a seasoned commerce writer specializing in sleep, home design, wellness, and lifestyle. A contributor to The Spruce since 2019, she covers furniture, bedding, and cleaning products for us. She sleeps on a Tuft & Needle mattress and has a Lucid in her guest room. She has also tried products from Purple, Layla, Avocado, and Saatva.
For this roundup, Holland interviewed two sleep experts and researched the various types, materials, and firmness of mattresses. With expert insight in mind, she combed through reviews, considering price range and availability, and pored over the key features and specs of dozens of models before landing on her final selections.