A mattress is a major purchase — plenty of them cost well over $1,000 — yet many of us buy one that we end up not loving, research shows. One big problem: With the number of mattress reviews you find online, it can feel impossible to know which will be right for you. So we asked one of the leading mattress reviewers in America — Matthew Ross, co-founder and COO at The Slumber Yard, who has tested more than 200 mattresses — what he sleeps on personally (psst: it’s the Saatva Classic, now on sale for $1,395 for a full from Saatva.com with a 365-night free trial).
“I used to sleep on the Purple Hybrid but I made the switch to Saatva about 18 months ago,” says The Slumber Yard’s Ross. “I like that it utilizes two different layers of coils for added support and long-term durability, and I find the euro pillowtop to be more comfortable than a standard memory foam mattress.”
LEARN MORE: Saatva Classic, now on sale for $1,395 for a full from Saatva.com with a 180-day free trial
He’s not alone: Marten Carlson, a self-described “bigger guy,” and senior editor at Mattress Clarity, says he also sleeps on the Saatva Classic mattress because it can handle his extra weight. “I personally like a hybrid mattress that can give me a nice balance of comfort and support. I sleep on my side and back so I need something that can both support me and relieve pressure on my shoulders and hips,” says Carlson. Consumer Reports ranks it a 73 out of 100 with high marks for durability (though only a 3 out of 5 for stabilization), and Wirecutter concludes of Saatva: “In the crowded field of online mattresses, Saatva stands apart in fundamental ways.”
Of course, the Saatva Classic — which comes in three firmness levels and with a 180-day money back guarantee — isn’t for everyone: It may not be best for those on a budget or those looking for a memory foam mattress, so here are other well-reviewed options to consider.
For couples: WinkBed Luxury Firm, $1,199 for a full
Logan Foley, managing editor at SleepFoundation.org, says this is a great hybrid mattress. “I really like the feel of a traditional innerspring mattress over a completely memory foam bed,” says Foley. What’s more, Wirecutter selected this bed as a top pick, revealing that it beat out mattresses that cost almost twice as much. With polyfoam layers on top of the pocketed coils, Foley says Luxury Firm is the perfect compromise for him and his partner who have different sleep positions and are different weights. “I also tend to sleep hot, and the pocketed microcoils and the Tencel cover help to pull heat away from me so I don’t wake up sweaty in the summer,” says Foley.
LEARN MORE: WinkBed Luxury Firm, $1,199 for a full
For side sleepers: Leesa Hybrid, $1,199 for a full
Comprised of both premium foam and pocket springs, this firm mattress also has a hole-punched top layer of foam to keep you cool while you sleep. Wirecutter lists the Leesa Hybrid as their pick for best hybrid mattress and best mattress for side sleepers because of its overall comfort and price compared to its competition. This bed is also made without ozone depleters, flame retardants, heavy metals and phthalates, and it comes with a 100-night trial, so you can get your money back if you don’t love the mattress.
LEARN MORE: Leesa Hybrid, $1,199 for a full
For back or side sleepers, or those with lower back pain: Casper Original Mattress, $1,076 for a full
This is one of Consumer Reports top picks for best foam mattress (they give it high marks for back and side sleepers) and pros love it too. Dr. Allen Conrad, a chiropractor in North Wales, Pennsylvania says, “Finding a mattress that supports the lumbar spine is essential in preventing low back pain.” For this, he recommends the Casper Original Mattress thanks to its reinforced lumbar cushioning. In fact, that’s the bed he personally chooses to sleep on. “The Casper helps those who sleep on their side avoid spinal compression with its reinforced support zones in the shoulder and low back regions. This keeps the spinal column in anatomical position while sleeping,” says Conrad.
LEARN MORE: Casper Original MattresCasper Original Mattress, $1,076 for a full
For those who love a firm mattress: Sealy Posturepedic Plus Warrenville V 12 Inch Ultra Firm Mattress, $1,399 for a queen
NYC-area spinal and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo looks for a mattress that’s firm yet comfortable. “It’s coil is covered with Sealy Response Pro HD and the increased coil count provides more personalized support because every coil can act independently of its adjoining coils allowing it to conform perfectly to the amount of pressure being exerted,” says Okubadejo. And, GoodBed.com gives this mattress a score of 93 out of 100 based on more than 46,000 ratings.
LEARN MORE: Sealy Posturepedic Plus Warrenville V 12 Inch Ultra Firm Mattress, $1,399 for a queen
- Prices correct at the time of publication
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