1. Best for most people
2. Best value
3. Best affordable luxury
4. Best under $500
5. Best cooling
6. Best for side sleepers
7. Best organic
8. How we test
9. How to choose
How we test
We personally research and test the latest mattresses to provide unbiased recommendations. We rate each mattress out of 5 and use the review data to inform rankings. Read our mattress methodology for more.
Looking for the best mattress to enhance your sleep in 2023? This guide is here to help. We've meticulously tested a wide range of beds to put together this ranking, which includes our top recommendations for a range of sleep styles and budgets.
It's best to start your shopping by deciding what type of mattress you want, and how firm it should be. Broadly speaking, traditional innerspring models have a more responsive sleep surface, and are nice and breathable. Memory foam beds will mold to your body to provide custom support and cushioning, are typically cheaper than anything with springs, but can trap body heat. Hybrids can offer the best of both worlds.
The firmness should be dictated mostly by your sleep position (although personal preference does come into it). Back and stomach sleepers need a medium-firm or firm surface for proper support and spinal alignment, whereas side sleepers may want something softer, which allows their shoulders and hips space to sink in a bit.
Mattress sales happen all year round, which can make finding the best deal confusing. We monitor prices closely, and you'll find pricing information with each product entry to make things clearer and help you buy at the right time. Almost all the best in our list come with a generous trial period that you can use to make sure your choice works for you. Let's kick off our best mattress ranking for 2023...
Best mattress overall for 2023
✅ You suffer from back or joint pain: The design is geared towards keeping your back aligned, with a special section in the central third to support your lumbar. The Classic also excelled in relieving tension around our reviewers' shoulders, hips and knees.
✅ You want a luxurious mattress: With a pillowy cushion top and high-quality materials, the Classic feels like a hotel bed. The taller option is particularly luxurious.
✅ You sleep warm: Being predominantly coils rather than foam, this mattress is breathable and won't trap body heat. In our tests, we slept consistently slept cool on this mattress.
❌ You like the hug of memory foam: There's minimal foam here, so you won't get that sink-in feel. If that's your preference, check out the Nectar Original (#2).
❌ You're on a tight budget: While the Saatva Classic is great value for the quality, it's not the cheapest bed. A similar, but lower-priced alternative to consider is the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid (#3).
❌ You're a very light sleeper: The more responsive sleep surface means you might experience some slight motion transfer. Light sleepers who share a bed might want something that isolates movement better.
The Saatva Classic is an upper-mid-range mattress from luxury online brand Saatva, and it's hands-down the best mattress we've tested so far. This superb hybrid innerspring is customizable, with three firmness options and two heights to choose between (we reviewed the most-popular 11.5-inch luxury firm option). All that means it's an excellent all-rounder, suitable for a wide variety of body types and any sleep position.
What's it like to sleep on?
You lie on top of the surface of the Saatva Classic, rather than sinking into it. The surface is responsive, and has a little bounce. The foam-to-spring ratio in this mattress is heavily weighted towards springs, which means that overall the feel is more like a traditional mattress, with a relatively responsive surface that's easy to move around on.
In fact, there's not much foam in this mattress. The majority of the mattress is made up of layers of springs, with a thin layer of memory foam in the top central third, and foam rails around the perimeter, to bolster the edges. This means there's plenty of place for air to circulate, making this mattress nice and breathable.
There's almost always a Saatva sale or deal running, but the amount you'll save depends on when you buy – major holidays are a good bet for the best discounts. Rather unusually amongst our best mattress picks, the Saatva Classic is delivered flat, rather than being vacuum-packed and rolled into a box. However, white glove delivery to your room of choice is included for free. MSRP has risen a few times over the past 12 months or so, but if you can afford it, this luxurious mattress is a sound investment that will help deliver a stunning night's sleep.
- Read more: Saatva Classic mattress review
Saatva Classic mattress: from $995 at Saatva ($500 off orders over $1,000) (opens in new tab)
Head to Saavta using the link here and you'll unlock $500 off all orders over $1,000. That's the biggest discount we've seen and delivers the cheapest price of the year so far (significant because MSRP has gone up). The saving kicks in on the twin size and above, and with a queen comes in at $1,495. This is one of the best Saatva sales we've seen – don't miss it!
Best value mattress
✅ You're a side sleeper: The thick layer of memory foam at the top of this mattress allow the shoulders and hips to sink in comfortably in a side-sleeping position.
✅ You suffer from sore joints: Memory foam is great for relieving pressure, as it contours to your exact shape and cushions your joints.
✅ You share a bed with a wriggler: The Nectar excels when it comes to motion isolation, which means it's a good choice if you're a restless sleepers (or share a bed with one). Our reviewers weren't disturbed by their partners climbing in or out of bed.
❌ You sleep hot: Memory foam mattresses can sleep slightly warm. Although our reviewers didn't overheat at night, very hot sleepers could consider a hybrids like the Saatva Classic (#1), or if you want all-foam, try the Cocoon Chill (#6).
❌ You need extra support: Heavier bodies, stomach sleepers and some back sleepers will need a firmer mattress to keep their spine properly aligned. The Loom & Leaf is sturdier and available in three firmness levels.
❌ You like a responsive sleep surface: Memory foam has a slightly quicksand feel, which can make moving around more difficult. Try an innerspring or hybrid model if you want something more responsive.
The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is a lower-mid-range bed in a box that's tough to beat when it comes to sheer value for money. It's this popular sleep brand's original model and the cheapest in the current lineup, with a medium-firm, all-foam design that'll suit a wide range of sleepers.
What's it like to sleep on?
At the top of the Nectar you'll find a three-inch layer of memory foam, which gives this mattress that classic memory foam 'hug' feel. You sink gently into it and the mattress contours to your body as you sleep, providing tailored pressure relief around your shoulders, hips and back, and helping align your spine. The slow-moving sleep surface absorbs movements impressively well, which many find ultra-soothing. It might take a little getting used to if you're accustomed to innerspring models, though.
Also note that all-foam beds will almost always sleep warmer than anything with springs, and while the Nectar offers decent temperature regulation (thanks to a heat-dispersing cover and gel-infused foam), if you struggle with overheating, this might not be the best mattress for you.
This is officially a mid-range mattress, but you can ignore those MSRPs as this mattress is always sold with a major discount. As of 2023, there have been two main Nectar mattress deals on rotation every few weeks: one knocks 25% off the mattress and throws in a bedding bundle for free, and the other knocks 33% off the mattress and does away with the freebies (although you can get a discounted bundle with your mattress purchase). They roughly balance out in terms of savings, but if you don't need the bedding then it's worth hanging on for the 33% off deal. The extras – a year-long trial and a forever warranty – match the best you'll see on the market, and are incredible for the price.
- Read more: Nectar Mattress review
Nectar Memory Foam mattress: now from $359 at Nectar (opens in new tab)
Head to Nectar for 33% off the original memory foam mattress (or any other model that takes your fancy, actually). That takes the price of the queen size original down to $699. You won't get a bedding bundle that's included with this brand's other standard offer, but the mattress itself is cheaper (by around $80 on the queen size), so this is the best Nectar sale for you if you're not in need of bedding.
Best affordable luxury mattress
✅ You suffer from back pain: The sturdy support paired with soothing cushioning means our testing panel would recommend the DreamCloud for those who struggle with back pain.
✅ You're a back or stomach sleeper: We rated the mattress particularly highly for its excellent support for back and stomach sleepers.
✅ You're on the heavier side: The DreamCloud is firmer than you might expect, providing excellent support for heavier bodies. Of our testing panel, the heavier people found it ultra-comfy in all positions.
❌ You're a lightweight side sleeper: Light individuals might find this bed too firm, creating a buildup of pressure in a side lying position in particular. Consider the softer Helix Midnight (#9) if that's you.
❌ You need a sturdy edge to push up off: In our tests, we found the edge support slightly lacking, for heavier bodies especially. This can be an issue for those with mobility issues.
❌ You don't want a bulky mattress: At 14", the DreamCloud is thicker than average, which means it can be unwieldy when it comes to changing the sheets.
If you want a luxurious mattress but are on a tighter budget, check out the DreamCloud. This 14-inch tall, medium-firm hybrid delivers the look and feel of a hotel mattress, for a mid-range price. There's no option to pick your firmness or height, but it's a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Saatva and you'll usually get a bedding bundle included for free, too.
What's it like to sleep on?
DreamCloud rates its mattress as a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale, placing it in the 'medium firm' territory, but our testing panel found it much firmer – around an 8. Although firmer than you might expect, the top 4.5 inches of this mattress is made entirely from different foams, which provide plenty of pressure relief and body contouring, as well as strong motion isolation. That's balanced by a base of 8-inch wrapped coils, which add a little bounce and make the surface easier to move about on compared to an all-foam model. These springs also create space for air to circulate within the mattress – overall our testers found the DreamCloud delivered excellent temperature regulation. A quilted foam and cashmere top layer adds a touch of luxury.
Head to the brand's website and you'll see a DreamCloud mattress deal that knocks 25% off and throws in a big bedding bundle for free. That offer runs permanently and doesn't get any bigger around sales events, so you don't need to worry about missing a bargain. Based on that, this mattress is among the most affordable mattresses in its class – $899 for a queen size puts this bed firmly in the mid-range price bracket. The extras are also in line with much higher-end mattresses: you get a full year's sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. Overall, it's outstanding value – and especially if you're in need of those bedding extras.
- Read more: DreamCloud mattress review
The DreamCloud mattress: now from $599 + bedding bundle at DreamCloud (opens in new tab)
There's 25% off at DreamCloud right now, and you'll get a bedding bundle worth up to $599 for free with your mattress purchase. That's sheets, pillows and a mattress protector. This deal has been running since October last year, so it's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's still amazing value for such a high-quality bed.
Best mattress under $500
The Siena is a budget bed-in-a-box from Siena Sleep. It launched in March 2022 as a lower-price sister brand to Nectar Sleep and DreamCloud, and it's a new entry into our best mattress guide in response to the cost of living crisis. It aims to deliver better sleep comfort for a lower price, and with a queen under $500, it's one of the cheapest options in this list (the very cheapest is the Zinus Green Tea at the bottom of the list), and those MSRPs have been discounted since this mattress launched, too.
A very appealing price tag isn't the only thing this mattress has going for it. This 10-inch deep mattress combines layers of contouring memory foam and supportive polyfoam, with and a soft-touch breathable cover to top things off. It contours subtly to your body and distributes your weight evenly, making for a firmly supportive sleep surface. Officially, it's a 6.5 on the firmness scale, but we think it's more like a 9. Side sleepers will probably need a bit of time to break it in (and ultimately might find it doesn't offer enough pressure relief around their shoulders and hips), but for back or stomach sleepers, the extra support is very welcome. In our tests, this mattress also scored highly on edge support and motion isolation.
One common issue with memory foam is that it can trap body heat, and amongst the other customer reviews there are some comments about this Siena sleeping hot. During our tests we were actually pretty impressed with the Siena's temperature regulation properties, although really hot sleepers should still consider a dedicated cooling mattress – the Cocoon Chill at #6 is our top budget-friendly offering.
What we learned during testing:
"The Siena Memory Foam Mattress offers excellent temperature regulation, superb edge support, and low motion transfer for a very low price. The 5-layer Siena Mattress is built similarly to the mid-range Nectar, but the Siena is much firmer – which suited our stomach sleepers well but our side and back sleepers weren't immediately comfortable. We still think the Nectar provides the best overall value for money among top mattresses, but the super affordable Siena isn't far behind."
- Read more: Siena Memory Foam mattress review
Siena Mattress: from
$499 now from $199 at Siena Sleep (opens in new tab)
This mattress is cheap even at MSRP, but a new regular deal knocks $300 off, which means you can bring home a queen Siena mattress for only $399. It's ridiculously good value, and even more so if you happen to be after a twin, which has had an MSRP drop this year and now costs less than $200. There's a 180-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.
Best mattress for joint pain
The Purple Plus mattress delivers outstanding pressure relief as well as impressive cooling. This is an outlier in our best mattress ranking in that there are no springs and no memory foam. Instead, comfort and support comes via this brand's unique 'GelFlex grid', a responsive, stretchy elastic polymer that melds to your body shape, but bounces back immediately once you remove weight from it. The Plus model also adds extra foam layers compared to the Original.
This doesn't feel like a traditional mattress, and it's more difficult to rate on firmness, too. Purple calls it a medium, but in our tests we'd judge it as somewhere between a 6 and a 7.5 out of 10 – it felt soft under our shoulders, hips and knees, with firmer support in the lower back area. You sink slightly into this mattress, and the overall sensation is one of floating.
As well as being an excellent choice for cushioning, we think this one of the best mattresses in the US for hot sleepers. One of our reviewers described it as the most cooling mattress they've ever slept on. Edge support could be better at this price, but overall this is an excellent mattress that should suit most people.
What we discovered during testing:
"The Purple Plus is an excellent mattress for those who need zoned support (it feels soft and bouncy in certain areas yet firmer under the back). We slept cool on the Purple Plus and weren't disturbed by our partner's in-bed movements thanks to good motion isolation."
- Read more: Purple Plus mattress review
Purple Plus: was
$1,499 now from $1,299 at Purple (opens in new tab)
The current Purple Plus mattress deal knocks $200 off all sizes. It's not the cheapest we've ever seen it, but it's still a strong discount (you can't always bank on there being a Purple sale on). With this offer, a queen size drops to $1,699.
Best cooling mattress
The Cocoon by Sealy Chill Memory Foam is a 10-inch tall, medium-firm cooling mattress that punches well above its price tag when it comes to temperature regulation. This all-foam option is the closest rival to the Nectar mattress at #2, but the Chill boasts some impressive cooling tech, making it a better choice for hot sleepers. The star of the show is the stretch-knit cover infused with phase change material. This temperature-regulating fabric is usually found on more expensive mattresses, and our reviewers found it did a brilliant job of absorbing and dissipating heat – even the hot sleeper on our review panel didn't wake up feeling sweaty.
Although we were especially impressed with this temperature regulating cover, the cooling powers here are relative to the price and the fact it's all-foam (something with springs will almost always sleep cooler, because there's somewhere for air to circulate). If you're a very hot sleeper and can afford to spend a bit more, something like the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow (#7) is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to cooling.
We rated the Cocoon Chill particularly highly for pressure relief and spinal support during our three-week testing period. In terms of sleep feel, the Cocoon Chill does has some of that classic memory foam mattress feel, but it won't meld around you like some softer foam beds – you sleep closer to the top of this mattress. We'd recommend it to lighter or average-weight sleepers – the heavier members of our panel didn't feel properly supported, so look elsewhere if you weigh more than 230lb.
What we discovered during testing:
"The Cocoon Chill is a brilliant budget cooling mattress. During testing we found it comfortable and supportive, with effective temperature-regulation features for a lower price compared to premium rivals."
- Read more: Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress review
Cocoon by Sealy Chill: was
$769 now from $474 at Cocoon by Sealy (opens in new tab)
This 35% off discount is the standard Cocoon by Sealy sale, but we have a little extra sweetener for you: add code EXTRA25 and you'll knock an additional $25 off. That makes the price of a queen down to $774 (was $1,239), making it almost equal to the Nectar Mattress. Plus you'll take home up to $199 of free cooling pillows and sheets to overhaul your sleep space.
If you have a bit of cash to splash, the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow is one of the very best mattresses around. This is the most advanced bed in Casper's range, and it delivers exceptional support and motion isolation. The real star of the show is this mattress' cooling powers, though. The 'Snow' of the name refers to two bits of extra sleep tech that combine to keep you 6 degrees cooler. Inside the mattress are bands that are meant to pull excess heat from the body throughout the night. These work alongside a cool-to-the-touch cover with an extra layer of cooling gel.
Of course, plenty of brands talk the big talk when it comes to temperature regulation, but in our review, our testing panel were massively impressed with this bed's chilling skills, and all unanimously agreed that this was the mattress' standout feature. So that's a big 'tick' next to temperature regulation, but what about all the other stuff? Thankfully, the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow doesn't disappoint on the comfort front. There's plenty of intriguing tech – we've never seen gel pods under the waist and back for spinal alignment, for instance – but all seems to do the job. We found this mattress provided plenty of firm yet comfortable support, making it a great choice for back sleepers or anyone struggling with neck or back pain (although lighter weight side sleepers might find a softer bed more comfortable). It also isolated motion very well, making it a good choice if you share a bed with a restless partner.
Any issues to be aware of? The edge support is fine but not exceptional, which is something to bear in mind if you need something sturdy to press off to get up in the mornings. The trial period is also surprisingly short at 100 nights – there are budget options that come with longer sleep trials – and the 10-year warranty isn't especially generous, either. While the MSRP is steep, it's much cheaper than the likes of the Tempur LuxeBreeze (which makes similar cooling claims). For a more budget-friendly cooling mattress, check out the Cocoon By Sealy Chill (#6).
What we learned during testing:
"After testing it out for a whole month, we can confidently say the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow is one of the best cooling mattresses you can buy if you're prone to sleeping hot. Among our reviewers – especially our lead reviewer, who tends to overheat at night – the Wave Hybrid Snow did an incredible job of regulating temperature whilst providing pressure relief in all the right areas (namely our shoulders and hips)."
- Read more: Casper Wave Hybrid Snow mattress review
Best for back pain
The WinkBeds Original mattress is a favorite among luxury hotels, and has a number of cutting-edge features designed to help you sleep comfortably. Based on our review, we recommend this hybrid mattress as an excellent option for anyone with back, hip or shoulder pain. We'd consider it a rival to the Saatva Classic innerspring hybrid, our current #1 pick.
Conveniently, this mattress comes in four different firmness options, meaning you can pick the one that suits your exact sleep preferences (although note that there's a $49 fee if you need to swap to a different firmness level after purchase). The four options include one designed specifically for heavier bodies, although note the design of that diverges enough that we'd consider it a different mattress, really.
In our tests we found the WinkBed provided excellent spinal alignment and first-class pressure relief, with a moderate level of contouring and plenty of cushioning. In fact, the Winkbed Original performed well pretty much across the board, scoring highly for edge support and motion isolation too. Temperature regulation was good, although not as impressive as the dedicated cooling options in our ranking.
What we discovered during testing:
"Our reviewers highly recommend the WinkBed for those who want a step up from the typical foam bed-in-box mattress, and for anyone looking for enhanced back support during sleep."
- Read more: WinkBed mattress review
The WinkBed mattress: was
$1,149 now from $849 at WinkBeds (opens in new tab)
The current offer is the standard deal from WinkBeds. With $300 off all sizes, a queen size is reduced to $1,499 (was $1,799). You have 120 nights to trial The WinkBed, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. If you buy now, you won't be getting an especially remarkable deal, but you can also be confident you're not paying over the odds.
Best mattress for side sleepers
The Helix Midnight is a competitively priced hybrid mattress that delivers the comfort and support of a more expensive model. The USP here is that the Midnight has been specifically designed for side sleepers, and based on our tests, we'd agree that this is an excellent choice for those who prefer that position. When lying on your side, you need a mattress that'll relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips. The Midnight includes soothing foams to hug your body and cushion your joints, alongside individual coils to provide extra support, and limit motion transfer.
The coils also boost airflow through the mattress, keeping our hot sleeper cool throughout the night. And because the coils make no noise, and there's very little motion transfer, it's a good choice for anyone with a restless partner too.
While our testers also found the Midnight comfy when in a back-lying position, it's not the best choice for stomach sleepers. If that's you, consider one of the firmer options in our ranking. It also delivers adequate-but-not-excellent edge support, which is worth bearing in mind if you want to be able to sleep comfortably right up to the edges of the bed.
What we discovered during testing:
"The Helix Midnight delivers all the comfort and support of more expensive hybrids, but at a more reasonable price. It's the best choice for side sleepers as it provides pressure relief and cushioning along the hips, shoulders and knees."
- Read more: Helix Midnight mattress review
Helix Midnight mattress: was
$936 now from $702 + free pillows at Helix (opens in new tab)
Helix's current sale knocks 20% off site-wide, and throws in free pillows with your mattress purchase. This is the regular Helix mattress sale we see all the time, and it gets you a queen size for $1,099. There's a 100 night sleep trial and free shipping.
Best organic mattress
The Awara Natural Hybrid mattress is a great option for eco-conscious shoppers who want to make a more sustainable choice, without paying the premium price usually associated with organic mattresses. It's still not cheap, but it is more affordable than many of its competitors, and it still has a definite luxury feel and look.
The design is relatively pared-back: a cover made from breathable cotton and wool, followed by a layer of natural latex, followed by a layer of wrapped 8" coils. If you're unfamiliar with latex as a mattress material, it's used a natural alternative to memory foam – it contours to your body's shape in a similar way, although the sleep feel is generally firmer. Latex is more durable than foam, and often better at regulating temperature too.
In our review our testers found the Awara provided a gentle amount of give that created a comfortable floating feeling in any sleep position. As one of the firmest options in our best mattress guide, this would be a good option for heavier bodies, or anyone who knows their preference is for sturdy support. Although the coil layer is designed to absorb movements, overall we found motion isolation wasn't great in this mattress. If you have a particularly restless partner, consider a memory foam model instead.
What we discovered during testing:
"Whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach – or a combination of styles – the Awara Natural Luxury Hybrid adapts to the contours of your body, providing excellent pressure relief and spinal alignment."
- Read more: Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress review
Awara Natural Hybrid mattress: was
$1,099 now from $799 at Awara (opens in new tab)
The current Awara sale is the same one we see all the time: $300 off the retail price of the mattress itself plus up to $499 in free premium bedding. That means you can bring home a queen Awara mattress for $1,099.
How we test mattresses
The Tom's Guide mattress review process is editorially independent and not influenced by any third parties. Our expert mattress testers sleep on each mattress for at least three weeks – roughly how long it takes for your body to get used to a new mattress – before writing up their thoughts. We also run a series of tests using weights to gain an objective view of how the mattress performs compared to other models.
Mattress firmness is subjective, so each lead reviewer also forms a trusted and experienced testing panel made up of people with different sleep needs and body types. We have side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers, with lighter, average and heavier bodies, who rate each mattress using a specific set of performance criteria.
Together, these processes enable us to produce accurate, well-balanced and data-backed mattress reviews, to help you easily decide whether the mattress you’re interested in really is the best choice for you.
- Expert reviewers with substantial hands-on experience of testing a wide range of mattresses
- A diverse panel of mattress testers, with different body types, heights and sleep-position preferences
Our testing process includes:
- Testing each mattress across all key data points, including support, comfort, pressure relief, motion isolation and temperature regulation
- Analyzing user reviews to get an understanding of what real customers think of each mattress, and get a feel for any recurring themes, whether positive or negative, which we explore these further during our testing process
- Fact-checking every comfort / support claim made by a mattress brand
How to choose the best mattress
The only way to truly know whether a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it. That's why all the options in our best mattress guide come with a long risk-free trial. During this time, if you decide your purchase isn't quite right for you, you can send it back and try another. However, there are some key things to know that will help you choose the right mattress first time around.
Here, we'll answer some common questions people ask when buying a new mattress, and explain some key considerations to make. We'll also share our pro tips for choosing the best mattress for your budget, and recap the best-rated mattresses at the moment.
Which is the best type of mattress?
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There isn't a single best type of mattress. Everyone is different, so the right type for you depends on your body, health and your sleep style. Personal preference comes into it, but there are some rules of thumb that can help you narrow down your options.
Let's take a look at the main types of mattress, and the typical pros and cons of each...
Memory foam mattresses
Memory foam is a great option for anyone who likes to feel 'hugged' by their mattress. This material contours to your body, providing better pressure relief than spring-based options. It's also typically excellent at absorbing motion, which makes it a top choice for anyone who shares a bed with a restless partner.
Because foam has a relatively dense structure, all-foam mattresses typically sleep warmer at night than models with springs (which provide space for air to circulate). Older and cheaper memory foams can be particularly bad for trapping body heat, but technologies have progressed so that today's best memory foam mattresses (opens in new tab) are much better at regulating temperature.
If you overheat at night, you may prefer to avoid an all-foam mattress. But if you love the cushioning feel of memory foam, there are plenty of 'cooling' foam mattresses. These range in price from the budget-friendly Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress to the Tempur-Breeze.
- Read more: What is a memory foam mattress?
Innerspring beds use metal coils to provide comfort and structure. Originally, innerspring mattresses were made with interconnected coils, but nowadays it's much more common that the coils are individually wrapped inside their own fabric pocket (in the UK, they're called 'pocket sprung' mattresses). Because these springs can move independently, they provide better pressure relief, greater comfort and more effective motion isolation than an interconnected coil system would.
The quantity, height and design of the coils vary from model to model. Generally speaking, the more pocket springs in a mattress, the better the support. Most innerspring mattresses will have some kind of comfort layer at the top, to provide padding between the sleeper and the springs – this might be a pillow top or wool layer.
One key difference between innerspring mattresses and all-foam options is that they're buoyant: you sleep on top of them, rather than sinking in. The more responsive sleep surface means they're easier to move around on than many all-foam models, too.
Innerspring mattresses don't tend to trap heat in the same way that all-foam models can, because there's plenty of space within the mattress for air to circulate. Because you're sleeping closer to the surface of the mattress, they can feel cooler than a body-hugging memory foam model, too.
- Read more: What is an innerspring mattress?
A hybrid is any mattress that includes more than one main type of material. In practice, that usually means memory foam plus springs, but occasionally the combination might also include something like latex. It's difficult to make generalizations about hybrid mattresses because the sleep feel will depend heavily on the relative amounts of the different materials and their position in the design. However, anything with a spring layer will typically be more breathable than an all-foam mattress. Many of our best mattress picks are hybrids, simply because they can offer the best of both worlds – the pressure relief of foam, but with a little more responsiveness, for example.
- Read more: What is a hybrid mattress?
Latex mattresses use a durable latex foam made from natural materials, rather than synthetic materials (which memory foam mattresses are made from). If you're looking for an organic mattress, latex is the best mattress material for you.
It isn't as dense as memory foam, which makes latex mattresses less prone to overheating. Latex also provides good contouring and bounce. On top of that, the durability makes latex a fantastic investment if you want your mattress to really last, but it doesn't come cheap. Read our best organic mattress guide for latex options. , and learn more about this specific type of mattress in our feature answering
- Read more: What is an organic mattress?
Mattress buying advice
How long does a mattress last?
On average, a good mattress should last seven to eight years, but this depends on various factors including what type of mattress you own, what it's made of, how often it's used, and how many of you sleep on it. (We explain more in our feature answering how long does a mattress last?).
So a guest room mattress used only occasionally may last a little longer than the general guidelines, while the main mattress on your bed – unless it's a good quality mattress – will wear out in less than seven years.
The manufacturer's warranty is a good indication of how long the mattress should last, but you will need to care for it properly too. Cleaning your mattress regularly will help it last longer (see our guide on how to clean a mattress).
How to choose the right mattress size
One golden rule for choosing the right size of mattress is to make sure it's 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping on it. Width-wise, if you're sharing a bed, you and your partner should be able to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching.
If you sleep alone, you'll have the right size mattress if you can put your hands under your head without touching the edges. So measure that distance and as long as you choose a mattress wider than that, you're good.
Most options listed in our best mattress guide are available in: twin size, twin XL, full size, queen size, king size and California king. Some come in split options too, which enables you to choose a different mattress firmness to your partner.
How to choose the right mattress firmness
Medium firm is the most popular mattress choice – that's why most flagship mattresses fall within a range of 5-7 on the firmness scale (10 is the firmest).
However, sleep feel is subjective. Firmness and comfort depend on a wide range of factors including your weight, height, sleeping style and whether you experience any pain, such as in your back or hips. One person's experience of a mattress can be very different to someone else's.
That's why we use a range of different people to test our mattresses – and it's also why we look through other user reviews to get an overview of as many people's experiences as possible. Keep this in mind when noting our 1-10 firmness rating, as you may find a mattress to be slightly softer or firmer than we found it.
Nevertheless, there is some broad advice for deciding which level of mattress firmness you might be best-suited to...
1. Consider your sleeping position
Back sleepers often benefit from a medium-firm mattress. This provides neutral spine alignment while supporting the hips and shoulders. If a mattress is too soft, back sleepers may find their spine forming an uncomfortable 'U' shape, creating strain. Too firm and the natural 'S' curve of your spine won't be supported.
Side sleepers need good pressure relief on their shoulders, knees and hips. A medium to medium-soft mattress is usually a good choice. If it's too soft, the spine won't align properly with the shoulders and hips. Memory foam is often the best mattress choice for side sleepers due to its above-average contouring. For more advice, read our guide to the best mattress for side sleepers.
Front sleepers fare better with a firmer mattress. This lifts the hips up so that they're in alignment with the spine, and prevents the spine from forming a 'U' shape. If it's too firm it'll be uncomfortable - particularly for women - and won't allow the spine to curve naturally. Too soft and it can feel almost suffocating. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses can be a better choice than foam for front sleepers.
Combination sleepers should choose according to their dominant sleep position (the position you normally fall asleep in). If you don't have one, a medium firm mattress will dish out the best support and comfort across most positions.
2. Consider your body weight
Sleepers weighing 130lbs and below don't sink as far into a mattress and are often well-suited to softer options: between 2 and 4 on the firmness scale. However, a medium-firm mattress would also be a good choice.
Sleepers weighing 130-230lbs are often better-suited to medium and medium-firm mattresses, between 5-7 on the firmness scale.
Sleepers who weigh 230lbs or more can be well-suited to firmer mattresses, between an 8-10 rating, which prevent them sinking through the comfort layers.
What is the best mattress in 2023?
We think the luxury innerspring Saatva Classic offers the best balance between performance and price. It has a classic mattress feel, with a little bounce, and it aced our tests, scoring highly for pressure relief, temperature regulation and edge support. It's been approved by the American Chiropractic Association too, making it a great choice for back pain. Due to rising MSRPs, it's not as affordable as it used to be, but the Saatva Classic still undercuts many of its luxury rivals thanks to frequent discounts (opens in new tab).
Alternatively, if you have a lower budget or prefer the 'hug' of memory foam, the Nectar Memory Foam is a top choice. It's comfortable and supportive, and extremely competitively priced. Alternatively, if you have a lower budget or prefer the 'hug' of memory foam, the Nectar Memory Foam is a top choice. It's comfortable and supportive, and extremely competitively priced, with regular, generous discounts (opens in new tab) and freebie offers.
When is the best time to buy a new mattress?
There are mattress sales all year round. Some brands pretty much always have the same deal on, others mix things up with different offers on different models at different times, so you need to be more strategic about when you buy.
The lowest prices of the year tend to appear in November in the form of Black Friday mattress deals (opens in new tab) and Cyber Monday mattress deals (opens in new tab), and in February, during the Presidents' Day mattress sales (opens in new tab). The latter is when people slowly start spending again following the January lull, and retailers look to stoke interest with strong offers and prices that are often as low as Black Friday.
The Memorial Day mattress sales (opens in new tab) are another key time to buy a new mattress, as retailers look to make way for newer models launching over the summer by discounting older stock. For the sheer volume and variety of discounted mattresses, it's as good as Black Friday, but we've noticed prices don't always dip quite as low. You might see the same discount advertised – $200 off, say – but the price may have gone up, so while the mattress is cheaper than its previous full price, you'd have saved more if you bought it in the November or February.
The same can be said of the July 4th mattress sales (opens in new tab) and Labor Day mattress sales (opens in new tab): discounts typically match those offered during other major holidays, but many of the prices aren't quite the lowest. They're generally still good deals though, and worth grabbing if you need a new mattress.
Here's when you shouldn't buy a new mattress if you can help it: over the summer. This is the most expensive time of the year, with prices generally at their maximum. You might see similar discounts advertised, once again, but prices can be as much as $200 more than at other times of the year.
What is the most comfortable mattress for the money?
This depends on what type of mattress you enjoy sleeping on, as firmness and comfort are very subjective. For side sleepers, we think the most comfortable mattress for the money is the Helix Midnight. It relieves pressure all along your shoulders, hips and knees, and it's reasonably priced, too. Back sleepers might prefer the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid – our testers found it super-comfortable in this position.
Overall, the most comfortable mattress is the Saatva Classic. It comes in three different firmness levels and two heights to offer you the comfort, support and mattress depth you need for a great night's sleep.