11 Of The Best Mattresses In 2021

You spend roughly one-third of your life in bed so when it comes to important purchases, a good mattress tops the list. The best mattresses not only keep you comfortable at night, they also support your joints while you sleep and alleviate pressure points, so you wake up pain-free and ready to tackle your day. If your mattress is sub-par, your body has probably already let you know it’s time to upgrade. But the market is flooded with options. There are memory foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses and cooling mattresses, and sometimes it’s difficult to know what will suit you—and where to start.

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Ultimately, the best mattress for you is the one that will meet your specific needs or solve a problem. If you struggle with back pain, for example, you need a mattress that’s specially designed to tackle that issue. Ditto for sleep specifics, like sleeping on your side or a tendency to overheat at night.

While there isn’t a lone mattress that’s a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone, there are a few that have risen to the top this year. Start your search for the best mattresses here. All prices listed are for a queen size.

Best Mattress Overall

Nectar Premier Copper Memory Foam Mattress

  • Materials: Memory foam, copper-infused cooling cover
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 365 nights (one year)

The Nectar Premier Copper Memory Foam Mattress is Nectar’s tallest, coolest and most supportive mattress. It’s constructed of 14 inches of premium materials that cradle your body to relieve pressure and provide support for your joints while you snooze. There are five specialized layers, including a 9-inch base layer of breathable foam, a dynamic layer of memory foam that gives just the right amount of bounce and a gel memory foam layer that hugs your body and adjusts to your sleeping temperature, so you never overheat.

Everything is wrapped up in a quilted cooling cover that’s infused with copper fibers, so it stays cool to the touch and helps wick away heat and moisture. And, while supplies last, you can get a new Google Nest Hub with Sleep Sensing (a $100 value) free with your purchase.

What the Reviews Say: The Nectar Premier mattress has almost 30,000 five-star reviews—proving that this mattress is a clear customer favorite. Happy sleepers call it “life changing” and say that if it’s possible to be in love with a mattress, they are. One five-star reviewer writes: “I am a side sleeper and have no problem sleeping, especially with the included memory foam pillows!” he writes. “They really hit it out of the park with this one. Highly recommend if shopping for a new mattress.”

Best Mattress For Combo Sleepers

Amerisleep AS3

  • Materials: Memory foam, ultra-breathable cover
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
  • Trial period: 100 nights

If you’re looking for a mattress that can please almost anybody in any sleep position, the AS3 from Amerisleep is it. It has a true medium feel that’s tailored to adapt to all sleeping positions and most body types. The mattress is constructed of proprietary Bio-Pur memory foam that responds faster to position changes than traditional memory foam—technology that helps eliminate the “slow sink” of most memory foam mattresses. It also has an open-cell design that wicks away heat and moisture so you sleep comfortably, even if you tend to run hot during the night.

If you’re looking for a firmer or plusher mattress, Amerisleep has you covered there, too. There are five mattress models that range from firm (AS1) to ultra soft (AS5).

What the Reviews Say: With a near-perfect (4.8-star) rating, reviewers are impressed with the AS3’s quality, price and durability. “Purchased this mattress on a friend’s recommendation and [I’m] very glad I did,” writes one five-star reviewer. “Best sleep I’ve ever had and continues holding its shape well over a year into having it.” Another says this mattress is the only reason he gets a good sleep.

Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

Helix Midnight LUXE

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Helix Midnight LUXE

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  • Materials: Memory foam, wrapped coils
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 100 nights

The highly-praised Midnight LUXE mattress is one of Helix’s most popular models. It’s medium-firm, making it comfortable for pretty much everyone, but its features are especially great for side sleepers. This 14-inch mattress offers up six layers, creating more than a foot of comfort under your body while you sleep. The memory foam maximizes pressure point relief on your hips and shoulders, while a zoned wrapped coil unit offers added support.

Plus, all of the LUXE models (there’s a standard Helix Midnight mattress, too) have added lumbar support for enhanced contouring for your back and a premium quilted pillow top with a soft, breathable cover. They’re also two inches taller than the standard mattresses.

What the Reviews Say: One fan calls this mattress “side sleeper approved,” while another writes, “I am a side sleeper and often had neck and arm pain. Not anymore, I love my mattress and going to bed and waking up are joys again! It is the perfect balance of soft and firm.”

Best Mattress For Back Pain

Saatva Classic Mattress

  • Materials: Memory foam, polyfoam, support coils
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 180 nights

Saatva’s classic mattress has three options for firmness—plush soft, firm and luxury firm—the latter of which is recommended for people with back pain. The top-rated mattress offers up plenty of support thanks to double-layer coils, memory foam and polyfoam. It also has a wire Lumbar Zone in the center of the mattress that’s designed to keep your body aligned and provide extra pressure relief in the middle of the mattress.

The Saatva Classic is finished off with a 3-inch Euro pillow top that’s constructed of plush, comfort foam layers that add extra contouring and that dreamy “sink into your bed after a long day” feeling. As an added bonus, all Saatva mattresses are handmade to order and arrive fully expanded (not rolled into a box) with free white glove delivery.

What the Reviews Say: “I just replaced my old fancy foam mattress with a Saatva and the results have been astonishing…As someone who has back and leg pain, I’ve dreaded going to bed for the past couple years. But this new mattress is exceptional, striking a balance between softness and support. If you have back, leg or hip issues, I highly recommend this mattress.,” a five-star reviewer wrote. Another back pain sufferer said they’ve “never slept better” than on this mattress.

Best Pillow Top Mattress

DreamCloud Premier Rest

A pillow top mattress is the gold standard when it comes to plushness, and this Premier Rest mattress from DreamCloud delivers on that front. Its cashmere pillow top is made from a combination of high-loft memory foam and contouring soft foam that work together to contour your body, supporting you where you need it and taking pressure off where you don’t. Everything sits on top of a sturdy base of coils that helps minimize motion transfer. And with its 16-inch profile, it’s the tallest mattress in DreamCloud’s line.

What the Reviews Say: “I’m very pleased with this mattress, it is soft but still gives good support,” writes one five-star reviewer. Another, who says this mattress is the best investment she’s ever made writes, “I have degenerative disc disease. My back hurts 24/7/365, plus the muscles in my back stay contracted all the time too. Since I got my DreamCloud, my muscles in my back have relaxed and when I get up, I actually feel refreshed and well rested.”

Best Mattress For Couples

Eight Sleep The Pod Pro

  • Materials: Memory foam
  • Sizes: Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 100 nights

Eight Sleep’s The Pod Pro is so much more than a mattress—and that’s why it’s so great for couples. The Pod Pro uses hydro-cooling technology to heat and cool each side of the bed between 55 and 110°F, allowing you each to choose your ideal temperature. Just set your preferences in the Eight Sleep app and you’re good to go. The Pod uses ambient sensors to measure the room temperature, humidity and local weather to react to your needs. It’s not just about temperature, though. The Pod offers five layers of CertiPUR-US-certified foam for a medium-firm, supportive feel.

What the Reviews Say: “This mattress is like my Tesla. It gets better the longer I own it due to the updates I get,” a satisfied sleeper wrote in the reviews. Another fan said that the temperature control “is an absolute game-changer. Full stop.”

Best Cooling Mattress

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

  • Materials: Copper-gel memory foam, support foam
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 120 nights

There’s a lot to love about the Layla memory foam mattress—especially if you tend to overheat at night. The mattress has a specially designed cover that provides reactive cooling when you start to heat up. Layla’s copper foam is also incredibly conductive, carrying heat away from your body faster for a cooler sleep experience. A cool perk: The mattress is flippable, with both a soft and firm side, so you can customize your sleeping experience.

The soft side has a 3-inch layer of copper-gel memory foam that offers a plush feel and variable support for deep compression areas. The firm side has the same copper-gel memory foam, but the layer is only 1-inch thick for a more supportive feel.

What the Reviews Say: “After extensive research, we selected the Layla for its reputation as sleeping cool and excellence in minimizing motion transfer. After about a month of use, both have proven very true,” writes one five-star reviewer. “Sleeping on the firm side, we are sleeping in a mix of positions and have been comfortable in them all.”

Best Organic Mattress

Avocado Latex Mattress

  • Materials: Organic latex foam, GOTS-certified organic wool and cotton
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split California King
  • Trial period: 365 nights (one year)

Because of its enhanced ability to cradle your body and relieve pressure where you need it most—namely, your hips and shoulders—latex is considered a gold standard of mattress materials. Not only is this mattress from Avocado made with the premium material, the latex used is 100% organic and wrapped in a GOTS-certified organic wool and cotton cover, so you can sleep comfortably and soundly knowing that you’re not being exposed to unnecessary chemicals. The mattress is also split into three zones with different levels of pressure relief, and has additional layers that help eliminate motion transfer.

Avocado’s firmest mattress, this model is ideal for back or stomach sleepers, tall/heavy sleepers and people who are really active during the day. If you like the idea of an organic mattress but need something with a little more give, you can try Avocado’s original mattress.

What the Reviews Say: Fans rave about its comfort. One five-star reviewer writes, “First big purchase since buying our house, and it’s totally worth it! Our old mattress was worn out, and neither of us slept through the night. Now, I wake up well-rested and feeling pampered! An eco-friendly option was very important to us as was a high-quality product. Avocado offers all that plus great sleep!”

Best Foam Mattress

Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress

  • Materials: T&N Adaptive Foam, antimicrobial knit cover
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 100 nights

The Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress is a luxury option at a fair price. After listening to customers’ feedback on traditional memory foam mattresses, Tuft & Needle made its Mint mattress with comfort, support and cooling capabilities in mind. It has three total layers of foam, two of which are T&N Adaptive Foam—a proprietary foam that contours your body but quickly bounces back. The adaptive foam sits on top of four inches of extra-firm foam that provides exceptional edge-to-edge support and helps isolate motion. It’s finished off with an antimicrobial cover that protects you from microbes, fights off odor and helps ensure that the mattress lasts as long as possible.

What the Reviews Say: More than 70% of happy reviewers give the Mint mattress five stars. One comfy sleeper writes, “Soft, but not so soft that my back hurts. In fact, it’s the opposite. My hips have never been happier.” Another writes that Tuft & Needle mattresses always meet expectations, and this mattress is no exception.

Best Firm Mattress

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt

  • Materials: Tempur memory foam
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
  • Trial period: 90 nights

Getting a firm mattress doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re sleeping on a board. Tempur-Pedic’s TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt—which comes in soft and firm options—allows you to get the firmness you need, while also enjoying ultra-conforming comfort. The mattress has motion cancellation, so you don’t move around in bed when your partner does, along with the world’s first removable, machine-washable cooling SmartClimate Dual Cover System.

What the Reviews Say: “It took some days to adapt to it as the instructions says, but I’m definitely sleeping more comfortable now,” writes one happy sleeper. “No more backaches when I get up in the morning. I think it is worth the investment…Also I like the mattress cover layer as it is cooler than my old one. I got a very thin mattress protector for it and it’s kept cool. No more waking up sweating…”

Best Plush Mattress

Casper Nova Hybrid

  • Materials: Memory foam, individually-wrapped coils
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Trial period: 100 nights

Casper was one of the first companies to put beds-in-a-box on the map. While the mattresses have always been well-received by consumers, the offerings have come a long way since the first model and now, this Nova Hybrid is one of the plushest mattresses in the category. It combines hundreds of resilient springs with three layers of specialized foam that are designed to let your shoulders sink into the mattress, while providing extra support for your waist, lower back and hips. The original Nova Hybrid does have some cooling technology but if you’re a really hot sleeper, you can opt for the Nova Hybrid Snow instead. It has bands that direct heat away from your body and additional layers of perforated form to allow air to pass through.

What the Reviews Say: Many reviewers say it’s one of the most comfortable mattresses they’ve ever slept on—perhaps too comfortable. “It’s like sleeping on a cloud. You feel very rested the next morning,” writes one reviewer. “In fact, it’s a little too comfortable. My husband has slept through his alarm three times.”

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Best Adjustable Mattress

Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed

  • Materials: Comfort foam, air chambers
  • Sizes: Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Flextop King, California King, Split California King, Flextop California King
  • Sleep trial: 100 nights

If budget isn’t a major factor, you can’t go wrong with the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed. Like all Sleep Number beds, you can adjust the firmness on each side independently. The mattress also responds to your movements and automatically adapts to keep your body properly aligned. The bed also has temperature-balancing technology and a breathable fabric that help you sleep cooler. All Sleep Number beds also come with a 100-night sleep trial. If you don’t like it after a few months, you can return it. But keep in mind that all adjustable bases are non-refundable, so that’s not covered by the trial.

What the Reviews Say: One thing reviewers love about this mattress is the adjustability. “Exceptional fit and comfort. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has had back pain or sleepless nights and trouble finding the correct mattress,” writes one five-star reviewer. “My wife and I really enjoy the split mattress and it allows us both to find the perfect sleep position together.”

How Much Should I Pay For A Good Mattress?

If you’ve done any mattress shopping recently, you already know there’s a huge range in prices, from a few hundred dollars for memory foam-only models to a few thousand for more luxury picks. As a general rule, you can get a good queen size mattress for around $1,000 to $1,500, but it depends on what you’re looking for.

Many more expensive mattresses are made with higher-quality materials, like latex and high-density foams, and last for years (or even decades). But just because a mattress is expensive, it doesn’t mean that you’ll like it best or that it’s the highest quality. Mattresses are really a personal preference and a budget mattress might feel better to you than one that’s $5,000.

When Is The Best Month To Buy A Mattress?

There are mattress sales all year long, but as a general rule: The best times to buy a mattress are early spring (around May), late winter (Black Friday sales, anyone?) and any holiday weekends. Mattresses are one of the most heavily discounted items during sales events like Memorial Day and Labor Day, so while you can find great deals all year, you may be able to save some additional cash and/or score freebies during these times.

Which Is Better: Memory Foam Or Spring Mattresses?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to whether memory foam or spring mattresses are better. They both have pros and cons. Memory foam is excellent at contouring your body, providing pressure relief and isolating motion. Memory foam also has a “sinking” feeling that makes you feel like you’re settling into the mattress, rather lying on top of it. Some people like that and some don’t. One downside to memory foam is that it can trap heat, so if you’re a hot sleeper, you may need additional cooling technology or a hybrid mattress.

Spring mattresses are bouncier than memory foam and don’t offer the same motion isolation, but you don’t sink into them. If you prefer the feeling of lying on top of your mattress, you’ll like a spring mattress better than memory foam. Spring mattresses also have better air circulation so they don’t trap heat as much, and they tend to offer more edge-to-edge support.

If you’re torn on which type of mattress you should get, a hybrid model—which combines memory foam with springs—is probably your best bet.

Which Mattress Is Best For Back Pain?

There are many underlying causes of back pain but if your mattress is the culprit, it’s likely because it isn’t providing the proper support for your body, which results in a misalignment of your spine. The key to correcting the issue to get a new mattress that has adequate support.

As a general rule, memory foam and latex are considered the best options for back pain since they contour your body, alleviate pressure points and keep your spine aligned. But the best mattress for back pain also depends on how you sleep. If you’re a back sleeper, you need something that’s on the firmer side. If you’re a side sleeper, a plusher mattress with a little more give is necessary for waking up pain-free and making sure you feel your best.

Looking for more mattresses specifically designed for side sleepers? Check out our picks for the best mattresses for side sleepers. If you need more support, these are the best firm mattresses and the best mattresses for back pain.