The 11 Best Mattresses of 2021

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Designed with two sleepers in mind, this three-layer foam mattress is helps regulate body temperature and minimize motion transfer.
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This mattress has a medium-firm feel and is made of memory foam, so it will offer lots of support—all at a great price.
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Its 2,000 micro-coils and layers of wool and graphite-infused latex offer a firm feel and lots of support
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Available in three different firmness levels, this luxe hybrid mattress offers great support and a notably plush pillow top.
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If being eco-friendly in your bedroom is top of mind, this luxe pick was a favorite from our tester.
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This 12-inch hybrid mattress is a mix of breathable foam and coils that are both comfortable and quiet.
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Infused with a proprietary "phase change material," this mattress will absorb and dissipate your heat to keep you cool all night.
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If you can't decide on a single material, opt for a hybrid option like this one, which supports your body and flexes to meet pressure points.
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This mattress is infused with copper gel so it will help regulate body temperature, keep you cool, and control odors.
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It has three foam layers all designed to do specific things: a comfort layer, a recovery layer, and a support layer.
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Mattresses are arguably the most critical component of a bed, playing a big role in your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and feel refreshed in the morning. "Your mattress and pillow have to be up to snuff for you to slumber well," says Mary Helen Rogers, VP of Marketing and Communications at Better Sleep Council. And if your current mattress is on its last leg, it's worth reviewing your options.

"Mattresses are not a one-size-fits-all type of item," says Logan Foley, Managing Editor at SleepFoundation.org. "You need to take into account your specific needs and sleep preferences before starting to shop around." She recommends considering your sleeping position (back, stomach, or side), which will help you figure out what material, thickness, and level of firmness to get.

Those who sweat or run hot at night should also look for a breathable design. And if you're worried about buyer's remorse, check to make sure there's a generous trial period and lenient return policy. With tips from these sleep experts in mind, we searched high and low to find the choicest mattresses for every sleep style and budget.

Here, the best mattresses currently available.

Best Overall: Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress

Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Materials: Graphite, gel beads, knit fabric, proprietary foam, poly foam, high-density poly foam | Thickness: 3 inches | Type: All foam | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium

What We Like
  • Adapts to different sleeping styles

  • Breathable

  • Edge support

  • 10-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • No handles on the cover

As Logan points out, there's 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 also 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.

What Testers Say

"I expected this foam mattress to 'give' under our weight, but it really didn’t. You don’t sink into this mattress but sleep on top of it. As a restless sleeper, that was wonderful because it took less effort to change positions. And, the foam absorbed motion, so I didn’t disrupt my husband nearly as often, nor did his restless nights wake me. That alone made the Mint worth every last penny."Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best Budget: Lucid 8 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Lucid 8 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King | Material: Foam | Thickness: 8 inches | Type: Memory foam | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Breathable

  • Multiple firmness options

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively thin

On a budget or buying for a kid's or guest room? Go with the 8-inch Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress. With three layers of foam, this ultra-comfy mattress is supportive and conforms to the body. It's infused with bamboo charcoal for extra stability and has a ventilated design that ensures all-night breathability. Plus, it's suitable for side, back, and stomach sleepers, and compatible with a wide variety of bed frames—even adjustable ones!

Best Innerspring: Boll & Branch The Mattress

Boll & Branch

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King, | Material: Coils, latex, wool/poly blend | Thickness: 13.5 inches | Type: Spring | Warranty: Lifetime | Firmness: Medium-firm

What We Like
  • Supportive

  • 2,000 micro-coils

  • Cooling technology

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

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.

"We found that the edges of the bed are quite sturdy. The coils located on the lower layers are reinforced at the edges to eliminate that roll-off feeling, which gave us comfort knowing we wouldn’t fall off whenever sitting or sleeping near the edge of the bed."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

Best Pillow-Top: Saatva Classic Mattress

Saatva Classic Mattress

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

What We Like
  • Plush pillow top

  • Multiple firmness options

  • 15-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • 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 (though, if you do decide to return they'll charge you a transportation fee for the pickup).

What Testers Say

"After a month, I was fully hooked and all in on the Saatva. It was just as soft and comfortable when I slept on my back as when I slept on my side as if it knew just how to adapt to my varying sleeping positions."—Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best GOTS Certified: Birch Luxe Natural Mattress

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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

What We Like
  • GOTS and Other Certifications

  • Cooling

  • Supportive

What We Don't Like
  • Firm

  • Expensive

If being eco-friendly is top of mind, this new luxury mattress has all of the certifications to ensure your being kind to the environment. With GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification organic and Greenguard Gold certified you can sleep easy knowing you are resting on something that isn't causing indoor air pollution.

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. The mattress had zero off-gassing smell upon delivery and the mattress filled up in 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 construction of the mattress comprises of a cashmere euro top as well as a breathable cotton cover which ensures you stay comfortable all night.

Both of our testers suffer from back and hip pain and were relieved to find that they did not have any pain ever in the morning which they had with their past mattresses.

What Testers Say

"If you suffer from back, neck, or hip pain, this mattress provides quality comfort leaving you feeling refreshed and pain-free in the morning."—Dwyer Frame, Vice President

Best Zoned Support: Casper Original Mattress

Casper Original Mattress

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 | Firmness: Medium-firm

What We Like
  • Zoned support

  • Ergonomic design

  • Cooling technology

What We Don't Like
  • 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. This relieves pressure points and claims to promote 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 has previously been using.

In terms of construction, Casper's Original Mattress is comprised of three layers of durable foam, with a durable 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, so you stay 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.

What Testers Say

"We found the Casper twin mattress to be just as advertised—a soft, cloud-like sleeping experience. As it is a memory foam mattress, the Casper is meant to conform to your body when you lie down. We found this was true for all of the testers in our household—adult and toddler alike."—Katie Begley, Product Tester

Best Cooling: Cocoon Chill Hybrid Mattress

Cocoon Chill Hybrid Mattress

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cali. King | Material: Memory foam, knit cover | Thickness: 10 inches | Type: Memory foam| Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm

What We Like
  • Breathable

  • Cool to the touch

  • Supportive

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • No handles on the cover

Our top pick for a cooling mattress 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, it's designed to encourage airflow and help you feel cooler while you snooze—extra points for the edge support.

What Testers Say

"The combination of memory foam with coils prevented me from getting 'stuck' in the memory foam. I could feel the memory foam contouring to my body, but when I moved, the foam shifted back into place so quickly that I didn’t notice it. It was awesome I didn't get stuck in a memory foam topper."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best Hybrid: Purple Hybrid 2

Purple Hybrid 2

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King, | Material: Viscose/polyester/lycra blend fabric, coils, foam | Thickness: 10.5 inches | Type: Hybrid | Warranty: 10 years | Firmness: Medium-firm

What We Like
  • Supportive

  • 2,000 micro-coils

  • Cooling technology

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

A combination of foam, coils, and sometimes 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 undoubtedly the Purple Hybrid Mattress.

Firmer than Purple's signature model, this mattress features a proprietary GelFlex Grid that supports your body while still flexing to meet pressure points. Underneath that layer is individually wrapped stainless steel coils, which provide further support without the noise that you might be used to in a traditional spring mattress.

Best Gel-Infused: Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal. King, | Material: Copper foam, copper gel | Thickness: 10.5 inches | Type: Copper foam | Warranty: Lifetime | Firmness: Dual-firmness, offers both soft and firm

What We Like
  • Cooling technology

  • Controls odors

  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Distinct smell out of the box

We're also big fans of the Layla Mattress. Unlike most conventional memory foam models, it's infused with a special copper gel that efficiently pulls heat away from your body. Copper is also naturally antimicrobial, meaning it keeps odor-causing bacteria under control—a major plus for folks who get night sweats.

Expert Buying Tip

"If you sleep hot, you should look for a mattress with cooling properties like pocketed micro-coils, cooling gel, or a Tencel cover."—Logan Foley, Managing Editor at SleepFoundation.org

Best Memory Foam: Leesa Original Mattress

Leesa

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

What We Like
  • All-foam design

  • Reasonably priced

  • Cooling top layer

What We Don't Like
  • 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 Foley. We recommend the Leesa Original Mattress, an all-foam model with a cooling top layer that offers comfy contouring, pressure relief, and a breathable sleep experience.

Best Firm: Helix Dawn Mattress

Helix Dawn Mattress

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cali. King | Material: Coils, latex foam, polyfoam | Thickness: 14 inches | Type: Hybrid | Warranty: 10-15 years | Firmness: Firm

What We Like
  • Edge support

  • Breathable

  • 10-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • 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, and is designed to perfectly contour to your body. A breathable cover on top ensures that you won't overheat in your sleep.

Expert Buying Tip

"Heavier sleepers, especially back-sleepers, will appreciate a firmer choice that better supports them and prevents them from sinking too far past the first comfort layers of the mattress."—Logan Foley, Managing Editor at SleepFoundation.org

Best Latex: Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

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 | Firmness: Available in medium-firm or pillow-top/gentle firm

What We Like
  • Naturally sourced

  • Organic

  • Supportive

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for side-sleepers

  • Expensive

Avocado's Latex Mattress 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.

Final Verdict

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. For those on a budget, we recommend Lucid's 8-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress (view at Amazon), an impressively supportive and extremely comfy model available in multiple firmness levels.

Cocoon Chill Hybrid Mattress

The Spruce / Stacey L. Nash

What to Look for in a Mattress

Material

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. 

Thickness

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. 

Boll & Branch

The Spruce / Cheyenne Elwell

Firmness

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 as though 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.

Sleep position

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.

Cocoon Mattress

The Spruce / Stacey L. Nash

Standout Features

Breathability

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.

Edge support

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.

Motion isolation

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.

Trial periods

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). Over the course of 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.

Tuft & Needle

The Spruce / Stacey L. Nash

FAQ
  • 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," Foley says. "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 like 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. Theresa 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, Theresa interviewed two sleep experts and researched the various types, materials, and firmnesses 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.

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