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The Top Mattresses of 2020

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The difficulty of finding that “perfect” mattress is nothing new (just ask Goldilocks). What is new, however, is the proliferation of mattress companies. There are more than 175 online mattress companies right now, providing customers with so many options it makes Goldilocks’ dilemma seem like a cakewalk.

With so many different brands and models available, choosing a mattress may seem more confusing than ever. However, moving to a new home is one of the best times to replace a mattress, as lots of people don’t want to lug their old, worn-out mattresses with them to their new place.

To help you narrow down your selection, we researched more than a dozen of the best-reviewed mattress companies in the market to find the top mattress to try this year. To help you make a final decision, we’ve assigned each mattress a superlative category so you can pick the one that meets your specific needs.

The good news is that most mattresses have a lengthy risk-free trial period, so if you don’t like it right away, you can return it for free and choose a different one.

The top 10 mattresses of 2020

  • Best mattress for back sleepers: Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000
  • Best mattress for restless sleepers: Purple Hybrid
  • Best budget foam mattress: Tuft & Needle T&N Original
  • Best memory foam mattress: The Nectar Memory Foam
  • Best hybrid mattress: The Casper Wave Hybrid
  • Best budget hybrid mattress: Viscosoft React
  • Best mattress for germaphobes: Layla Memory Foam
  • Best mattress for pressure relief: Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed
  • Best mattress for side sleepers: Helix Midnight
  • Best cooling mattress: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze

Methodology: To make our selections, we compiled a list of popular mattress brands and evaluated them by price, features, and online reviews from retail sites such as Amazon (when available), as well as consumer rating agencies such as J.D. Power and Consumer Reports. We then reviewed the research and narrowed down our selections to the top 10, assigning each to a specific category based on their respective merits.

Best mattress for back sleepers: Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000

Why we chose the Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000

Charles P. Rogers has been in the mattress business since 1855, and their years of experience shows in their top-rated Powercore Estate 5000 mattress. The mattress has been a top performer on Consumer Reports’ mattress rankings for several years — a testament to the consistent quality you can expect from this product.

While this latex foam and spring mattress is a good pick for all sleepers, its medium-firm support makes it especially excellent for back sleepers of all sizes, according to Consumer Reports. It also earned high marks for stabilization, meaning it won’t transfer much motion when your sleeping partner moves around.

With the current discount from Charles P. Rogers, the Estate 5000 ranges in price from $1,399 for a Twin to $2,099 for a California King.

Powercore Estate 5000 Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 13.5”

Pros and cons of Powercore Estate 5000 Mattress

Pros Cons
  • 100-day trial period
  • Free shipping
  • Handles on all four sides for pick-up when you move
  • This mattress has a higher price tag compared to other mattresses on the market
  • Medium firmness may not be the best choice for all sleepers, even though it gets high marks for back sleepers

Best mattress for restless sleepers: Purple Hybrid Mattress

Why we chose the Purple Hybrid Mattress

Purple is known for its trademark Purple Grid, an open-air layer made of a patented hyper-elastic polymer that’s extremely adaptable to all sleeping styles and minimizes motion transfer. The open-air channels also help make this mattress sleep cooler than many of its competitors. Because of its adaptability to all sleeping positions, the Purple Hybrid is our pick for restless sleepers. The mattress is also non-toxic and hypoallergenic, so if your sensitive nose and allergies keep you from sleeping through the night, this hybrid should help you settle in more comfortably.

The Purple Hybrid is on the pricier side at $1,299 for a Twin XL and $1,899 for a King, but it’s still cheaper than the company’s Purple Hybrid Premier that adds in a thicker grid layer. The company is known for its quality, earning the title of best mattress-in-a-box by  J.D. Power in 2019.

Purple Hybrid Mattress details

  • Sizes: TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split King
  • Mattress height: 11”

Pros and cons of Purple Hybrid Mattress

Pros Cons
  • 100-night trial period
  • Free shipping
  • 10-year warranty
  • No variety of firmness levels — the Hybrid is considered medium-firm
  • On the heavier side, at 106 pounds

Best budget foam mattress: Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

Why we chose the T&N Original Mattress

When it comes to finding your best value for the money, it’s hard to beat the T&N Original Mattress. For a low price relative to other sleep brands, many customers find the T&N Mattress offering similar quality. The mattress is made of two layers of adaptive foam, with the addition of graphite and cooling gel that draws away body heat for a comfortable night’s sleep.

The T&N Original starts at just $315 for a Twin, $536 for a Queen, up to $675 for a California King. The T&N holds a 4-star rating from Amazon shoppers and is named as a Best Value pick by Consumer Reports.

T&N Original Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 10″ 

Pros and cons of T&N Original Mattress

Pros Cons
  • 100-day risk-free trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping
  • May be too soft for average-to-large back sleepers

Best memory foam mattress: The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Why we chose the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar is an all-around quality memory foam mattress at an affordable price point — just slightly more expensive than the Tuft & Needle Original. For the bump in price, you’ll enjoy five layers of high-density foam, including a soft-to-the-touch quilted mattress cover. The mattress also includes a cooling gel layer, an adaptive support layer, a stabilizing base layer, and finally, a bottom base layer. The multiple layers encourage non-stop airflow and minimize motion transfer. Nectar also offers one of the industry’s most generous trial periods, at 365 days, as well as a “Forever” warranty.

Nectar was rated third for customer satisfaction recently by J.D. Power and holds a solid 3.9-star rating from Amazon reviewers. The Nectar mattress is recommended by Consumer Reports and gets excellent marks for durability. One thing to note: Reviewers on Consumer Affairs say it’s not a great mattress for stomach sleepers, but recommend it for back sleepers.

Prices start at $499 for a Twin and range up to $999 for a California King.

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 11″

Pros and cons of Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Pros Cons

Best hybrid mattress: The Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

Why we chose the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress combines the best of both worlds — the pressure relief of memory foam combined with the sturdiness of a traditional innerspring mattress. Considering the price, quality, and features, we believe that the Casper Wave Hybrid is the one worth trying.

The Casper Wave Hybrid builds upon its original all-foam mattress by adding a layer of 7-inch pocket springs that provide a supportive and durable base underneath the top layers of foam. The Wave Hybrid also improves upon the company’s base offering by adding a velvety soft top layer and a zoned layer of gel pods that optimize spinal alignment.

The Wave Hybrid runs for $1,495 for a Twin to $2,995 for a King.

Casper customers are among the industry’s most satisfied, earning second on J.D. Power’s 2019 list of best online mattress companies. Casper has also earned an average of 4.5 stars on review site Trustpilot.

The Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 13″

Pros and cons of The Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

Pros Cons
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 100-night risk-free trial
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • High-end materials
  • Price is on the steeper side (but hybrid mattresses tend to be more expensive than all-foam mattresses)
  • Sleeps on the soft side compared to other mattresses which might not be good for all sleepers

Best budget hybrid mattress: ViscoSoft React

Why we chose the ViscoSoft React Mattress

ViscoSoft is mostly known for its mattress toppers, but it recently launched online mattresses: The React and Edge. While there’s a hybrid version of its premium Edge offering, the price point for its hybrid React line is too good to pass up. Prices range from $449 for a Twin to $749 for a California King, making it one of the most affordable mattresses we reviewed.

The React combines a top layer of foam supported by a 6-inch layer of pocket coils. Best yet, customers have the choice between two types of foam for the same price. Gel-infused memory foam is ideal for hot sleepers, while the latex foam is best for sleepers looking for more cushion. The company holds 98% positive aggregated reviews on Google, and the hybrid React mattress has a 5-star rating on Amazon so far (based on seven reviews).

The ViscoSoft React Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 12″
  • Models offered: Hybrid Foam and Hybrid Latex

Pros and cons of ViscoSoft React Mattress

Pros Cons
  • 120-day trial period
  • Free shipping
  • U.S.-made materials
  • Affordable price point for a hybrid mattress
  • Not a ton of Amazon reviews so far, so it’s hard to get a full picture of customer satisfaction with the React mattress

Best mattress for germaphobes: Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Why we chose the Layla Memory Foam Mattress

The Layla Memory Foam mattress not only stands out for its eye-catching design but its layer of copper-infused gel—a major plus for individuals seeking a mattress with built-in antimicrobial properties. Not only does the addition of copper reduce the presence of germs and odors, but it also conducts heat energy away from the body.

The mattress is also on the more affordable side of the price range, costing $449 for a Twin, $849 for a Queen, and $949 for a California King. It has a 4.2-star rating from Amazon purchasers, with many users praising its cooling power and comfort level for all types of sleep positions.

The Layla Memory Foam Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 10″
  • Models offered: Also available as a Hybrid mattress

Pros and cons of the Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Pros Cons
  • 120-night money-back guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Free shipping
  • Flippable, 2-in-1 design featuring a soft side and a firm side to work for most sleepers
  • May feel thin for heavier bodies
  • Despite having a different firmness on each side, some reviewers said neither side was quite right for them

Best mattress for pressure relief: Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed

Why we chose the Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed

Sleep Number is one of the most technologically-advanced mattress brands on the market, and it has some of the most satisfied customers as well. The adjustable airbags inside allow owners to customize the firmness to their liking, with different settings for each side of the bed. These unique mattresses also include responsive technology that adjusts to your movements through the night to help maintain proper spinal alignment. The 360 p6 Smart Bed, part of the sleep company’s Performance Series, adds an enhanced pressure relief comfort level, improving the base level Classic Series’ pain-relieving capabilities.

Higher tier models add “superior” layers and additional cooling features but run up considerably in price. We feel that the 360 p6 Smart Bed provides a good balance of price and comfort, and this particular model is recommended by Consumer Reports. Sleep Number also ranks second in customer satisfaction for retail mattresses on J.D. Power.

The 360 p6 Smart Bed ranges in price from $1,999 for a Twin XL to $3,099 for a King.

Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed details

  • Sizes: TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 11″
  • Models offered: FlexFit 1 (includes adjustable base with head support), FlexFit 2 (adjustable base with head and foot support), and Flex Fit 3 (adjustable head and foot with feet warming)

Pros and cons of Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed Mattress

Pros Cons
  • Excellent stability and durability
  • Adjustable for couples with different sleep preferences
  • Free delivery
  • 100-night trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Has a higher price tag
  • Some reviewers report technical issues with remotes and deflating airbags

Best mattress for side sleepers: Helix Midnight

Why we chose the Helix Midnight Mattress

Helix is one of few mattress companies with a wide range of offerings that are sleep position-specific. While firmer beds are great for back and stomach sleepers, the Helix Midnight offers medium firmness and is made specifically for side sleepers. The Midnight model uses different foam densities to provide optimal comfort when shifting from one side to the other. The Helix is a hybrid mattress with individually wrapped coils to minimize motion transfer.

This mattress starts at $500 for a Twin and goes to $1,149 for a Cal King. For an additional price, the Luxe version of the Midnight model adds zoned lumbar support, a quilted pillow top, and an additional 2 inches of height. User reviews on Consumer Affairs give Helix four stars overall, and CNN named Helix one of the five best online mattress companies of 2019.

 Helix Midnight Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, TwinXL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 12″–14″
  • Models offered: Original and LUXE

Pros and cons of Helix Midnight Mattress

Pros Cons
  • Designed specifically for side sleepers
  • 100-night trial period
  • American-made
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Not ideal for back or stomach sleepers
  • May take 30 days to break in completely

Best cooling mattress: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze Mattress

Why we chose the Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze Mattress

The TEMPUR-breeze line of mattresses is the sleep company’s most advanced offering yet, claiming to provide the coolest sleep on the market. Many hot sleepers struggle with memory foam mattresses —  including Tempur-Pedic’s other offerings — but the TEMPUR-breeze uses advance materials that have a heat index 8 degrees cooler through the night than the company’s ProAdapt line. This is accomplished with a series of cooling layers that cycle heat and humidity out of the mattress throughout the night.

The TEMPUR-breeze line was recognized by Popular Science 2019 Best of What’s New list of 100 most innovative products, and Tempur-Pedic is ranked number one for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power among retail mattress brands. The TEMPUR-breeze is available in four different models that fall under PRObreeze and LUXEbreeze. The base model PRObreeze ranges in price from $3,499 for a Twin to $4,699 for a Cal King.

 Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze Mattress details

  • Sizes: Twin, Twin Long, Double, Queen, King, Cal King
  • Mattress height: 12″–13″
  • Models offered: Medium PRObreeze (3 degrees cooler), Medium Hybrid PRObreeze (3 degrees cooler), Firm LUXEbreeze (8 degrees cooler), Soft LUXEbreeze (8 degrees cooler)

Pros and cons of Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze Mattress

Pros Cons
  • Advanced cooling relief for hot sleepers
  • 90-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Variety of firmness levels available
  • Has an expensive price tag
  • Reviewers say Tempur-Pedic foam tends to soften slightly as cells expand overtime

Choosing the right mattress material

Mattress companies use a variety of different materials, all of which can affect your comfort and sleep in different ways. Understanding the properties of different mattress elements can help you better select the right mattress for you.

Most mattresses include a foam element, which provides a cushiony feel. Gel-infused foams provide a cooling effect. Latex foam is a durable and conforming material that is also cooling. (It can be synthetic or naturally made.) Memory foam is a petroleum-based product originally developed by NASA that provides stability and pressure relief.

Hybrid mattresses typically combine layers of foam with a layer of pocket springs. Pocket coils are wrapped individually, which reduces motion transfer compared to traditional innerspring mattresses.

Things to consider when shopping for a mattress

With the number of mattresses available on the market, making a final decision can be quite overwhelming. The following considerations can help you narrow down your selections:

Budget

Mattresses can range drastically in price. However, that doesn’t mean an affordable mattress can’t be as comfortable as a more expensive one. Set your budget before shopping so you can find the most comfortable mattress in your price range.

Sleeping position

You will want a mattress that has a firmness suited to your predominant sleeping position. In general, stomach sleepers will benefit from a firmer mattress, while back and side sleepers may want to look for a medium or soft mattress.

Reviews

Be sure to read a range of good and negative reviews on different sites before making a decision. The best way to figure out if a mattress for you is to try it yourself.

The bottom line

Buying a mattress is a big decision since you and your sleeping partner will be spending a good deal of money on something you will use every day. Narrow your selections down to three different brands and weigh the pros and cons of each carefully. Verify the trial policy of any mattress before you purchase.

Frequently asked questions

What are the different types of mattresses? 

The most common types of mattresses sold today are memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring.

How often should I replace my mattress? 

The average consumer expects to replace their mattress every 8-9 years.

What size mattress should I get? 

Choosing a mattress size depends on your lifestyle, sleep preferences, and body size. Generally speaking, Queen and above are ideal for two people, while Full and below are ideal for one person. For couples that toss and turn or sleep hot, a King or California King can provide greater comfort.


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