Are you moving houses? Renovating your home? Or do you simply want to replace an old mattress? Whatever your reason for a new mattress, we understand choosing the right one can be a pretty tough task.
A comfortable mattress needs to meet an array of requirements—it needs to be the right size, compatible with your body type, and accommodating of your preferred sleeping position. Ultimately, a high-quality mattress should boost your night’s sleep, and as a result, your overall health and well-being.
After all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping—it’s our duty to ensure we have the best mattress to rejuvenate each and every night.
Best Mattresses of 2020
To narrow down the thousands of mattress options available, we’ve put together this mattress review discussing top-rated mattress models of 2020. Whether you’re looking for a firm mattress, a mattress for back pain relief, or a cloud-like, all-foam bed, we’ve got you covered.
The Amerisleep AS3 is our recommended mattress of 2020. It’s built to accommodate the majority of body types and sleeping positions; features eco-friendly, plant-based foams; and contains sleep-promoting technologies to facilitate deeper, more restorative rest.
AS3 is one of the most versatile mattresses available on the market this year. It’s designed to adapt to any type of sleeper. This is a huge bonus for individuals who like to change sleeping positions many times during the night.
Now, let’s have a look at the Amerisleep AS3 mattress and its specifications:
The AS3’s soft, breathable cover is designed to keep air flowing throughout the mattress so you don’t have to worry about overheating during the night. The cover is also removable and completely washable so it is easy to keep your mattress clean and in good condition.
The first layer of the AS3 is 3 inches of pressure-relieving Bio-Pur®, a plant-based memory foam. Bio-Pur® doesn’t have the chemical-like “memory foam smell” of many foam beds because it’s plant-based. It’s also more breathable and responsive than traditional memory foam. The thickness of this Bio-Pur® layer is perfect for alleviating pressure points in side sleepers and supporting healthy alignment in back sleepers. However, this bed may feel too soft to adequately support stomach sleeping. Combination sleepers, or those who change positions throughout the night, will also benefit from Bio-Pur®, as its responsiveness prevents you from ever feeling “stuck” in the bed.
Below the comfort layer of plant-based memory foam is the AS3’s Affinity layer with HIVE® technology. The Affinity layer buffers between the soft memory foam above and the durable core of the mattress below, preventing you from sinking through the top layer and bottoming out on a solid block of foam. The HIVE® technology within this layer offers dynamic, full-body support.
HIVE® contains hundreds of hexagonal cutouts arranged in distinct zones. These cutouts are closer together to offer firmer support under your head, lower back, and feet. They’re further apart under the shoulders and hips to allow for deeper compression and improved pressure relief. HIVE® maintains healthy spinal alignment, alleviates pressure, and prevents aches and pains.
The base layer of the AS3 is 7 inches of Bio-Core®, a sturdy, long-lasting poly-foam. Bio-Core® reinforces the two layers above it and prevents sagging, extending the bed’s lifespan.
Amerisleep makes and sells five different mattresses, each ranging in firmness. If you order the AS3 and find it isn’t a fit for you, you have the option to return for a full refund or exchange of a model with a different firmness level. You can find Amerisleep mattresses in their showrooms, on their website, and on Amazon. Every mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, and a 20-year warranty.
Next on our list is the Zoma mattress, a memory foam mattress designed to help athletes sleep deeper and recover faster. Equipped with cooling gels and Triangulex™ technology, the Zoma is built to enhance your quality of rest so you can be the best version of yourself during the day.
The Zoma mattress contains three layers and stands 11 inches tall; all in all, it is a medium in terms of firmness. We recommend the Zoma for side, back, and combination sleepers but suggest stomach sleepers choose a firmer bed.
The first layer of the Zoma is 2 inches of gel-infused memory foam. When you lay on this mattress, the memory foam layer contours to your body to offer immediate pressure relief and comfort. The cooling gels within this layer dissipate body heat out of the mattress to prevent night sweats and keep you at a comfortable temperature. Zoma also includes its Triangulex™ technology within this layer to offer zoned support.
Triangulex™ is similar to the HIVE® technology we discussed above in the fact that they both have distinct zones of support. Triangulex™ is solid and firm under your torso to prevent uncomfortable sinkage and maintain proper spinal alignment, but it features triangle-shaped cutouts under the shoulders and hips to allow for enhanced pressure relief.
Next, is a 2-inch layer of Reactiv™, a latex-like poly-foam. Reactiv™ is designed to be more responsive than most foams, so it gives the bed a bit of bounce and prevents you from feeling “stuck” in the layers of foam.
The third and final layer of the Zoma mattress is 7 inches of Support+, a sturdy poly-foam. Support+, as its name suggests, offers support for the two layers (and sleeper) above it, provides edge support, and prevents premature wear and tear.
The Zoma mattress is sold online-only, it comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 10-year warranty, and free shipping.
The Vaya is a budget-friendly foam mattress suitable for all sleepers. Its medium firmness offers enough cushioning to allow for side sleeping and adequate support to facilitate healthy alignment in the back and stomach sleeping positions. Plus, it costs $595 for a queen size, making it one of the most inexpensive quality mattresses available.
The Vaya mattress has two layers and contains a woven cover to promote breathability. Altogether, its two layers are 11 inches thick.
The cover of the Vaya is a blend of rayon, spandex, and polyester to enhance airflow through the mattress and prevent heat retention.
Below the cover is a 3-inch comfort layer of Vaya foam, a latex-like poly-foam. Vaya foam contours to the body for comfort but is still bouncy enough to keep you lifted “on top” of the mattress. Vaya foam is less dense than traditional memory foam, so it doesn’t trap heat and instead, keeps you sleeping cool.
The second layer of the Vaya is 9 inches of high-density poly-foam to give the bed shape and firm support. The core layer of the Vaya also helps with distributing your weight evenly and preventing pressure points.
Vaya is an online mattress brand that sells their products on Amazon. Every Vaya mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
4. Tuft & Needle Hybrid
If you’re looking for a bouncier bed, consider Tuft & Needle’s Hybrid. The T&N Hybrid combines all of the original T&N mattress’s sleep-promoting features with bouncy innerspring coils. It has a firm feel in comparison to most of the mattresses we’ve featured thus far, being described as medium-firm. We recommend this mattress to side, back, and stomach sleepers alike.
First, the T&N features a quilted pillow top to offer plush cushioning without feeling too sinking. Tuft & Needle even incorporates carbon fibers in this foam layer to combat body heat and improve temperature regulation.
The first layer of the mattress is 2 inches of T&N Adaptive® foam, a poly-foam designed to be more pressure-relieving than traditional memory foam. Instead of using standard memory foam in their mattresses, Tuft & Needle uses their proprietary Adaptive® foam to offer the benefits of memory foam without the drawbacks—so while T&N Adaptive® foam is contouring, it doesn’t retain heat.
The comfort layer of T&N Adaptive® foam is infused with graphite and gel beads to wick away body heat and keep you comfortable.
Next, is a thin layer of microcoils that function as a transition between the foam layers above and sturdy coils below. The inclusion of microcoils also enhances this bed’s bounciness.
The thin layer of microcoils is followed by a thin layer of foam to act as a buffer between the two coil systems. This layer also helps with weight distribution and pressure point relief.
Below the transition layer of foam lies a pocketed coil system. These 6-inch pocketed coils give the bed significant bounce while offering zoned support. Despite giving the bed a lot of bounce, these coils still isolate motion well since they’re pocketed. Tuft & Needle also includes edge support around these coils to improve the overall durability of the bed and increase its usable surface area.
Lastly, this mattress contains a thin layer of foam to give the coils a surface to rest upon.
Tuft & Needle sells their mattresses online, in Walmart, and in select mattress retailers. If you prefer your mattresses on the firm side, you can’t go wrong with their namesake all-foam model, but if you like a bed with bounce, we recommend giving their hybrid a try. Every Tuft & Needle mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
5. Original Purple® Mattress
If you’ve browsed any online mattress companies, you’ve surely heard of Purple®. Known for their catchy commercials and fun advertising, Purple® aims to deliver better sleep through their innovative Purple Grid™, featured in every one of their mattress models.
Purple® makes three different mattresses: the Original Purple®, the Purple® Hybrid, and the Purple® Hybrid Premier. The only difference between the Purple® Hybrid and Hybrid Premiere is the thickness of the Purple Grid™. The flagship Purple® mattress differs from both of the hybrid models as it lacks coils.
The Original Purple® mattress has a firm feel that some describe as a medium-firm and others feel is more luxury firm—ultimately, this mattress is firmer than medium but softer than firm. If you prefer a softer mattress, we recommend choosing one of their hybrid models, as they’re available in different firmness options.
The Purple Grid™ is designed to offer “no-pressure” support, so it molds to your body to maintain spinal alignment while alleviating any and all pressure. We recommend the Original Purple® to side, back, and stomach sleepers because of the adaptability of the Purple Grid™.
We also recommend the Purple® mattress to hot sleepers since its grid-shaped comfort layer allows for plenty of airflow and never traps body heat.
The cover of the Purple® mattress is a stretchy, airy blend of viscose, polyester, and lycra. It further contributes to the conformability and breathability of this bed.
The first layer of the Purple® is 2 inches of Purple Grid™, fashioned out of proprietary hyper-elastic polymer. Hyper-elastic polymer was patented by the founders of Purple®, it’s a rubber-like material with memory foam-like contouring abilities.
This Purple Grid™ is what gives the bed “no-pressure” support, boosts airflow, and extends the mattress’s longevity. The Purple Grid™ also isolates motion well, so if you share the bed with a partner who tosses and turns, you won’t feel their movement on your side of the bed.
Below this bed’s Purple Grid™ is a 3.5-inch layer of responsive poly-foam to buffer between the grid and base layer of the mattress. The third and final layer of the Purple® mattress is 4 inches of high-density poly-foam to support the layers above and prevent wear and tear.
The Purple® mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. It’s sold online and in select Mattress Firm locations.
6. Bear Mattress
The Bear is another memory foam mattress engineered for athletes. Bear makes and sells three mattress models, but we like their flagship bed because it contains numerous sleep-promoting technologies and costs less than $1,000 for a king size mattress.
The Bear mattress is best-suited for back and side sleepers but is likely too soft for stomach sleeping. Overall, it has medium firmness, like many of the other foam beds we’ve featured in this review.
We like the Bear brand because they engineer their mattresses to boost recovery and facilitate deeper sleep—and enhanced sleep begins with the cover of this bed. Bear includes a breathable Celliant® cover with each of their mattresses. Celliant® promotes more restful sleep by recycling your body heat to infrared energy, preventing night sweats and increasing local blood flow.
The first layer of the Bear is 2 inches of graphite-infused memory foam. While this layer contours to your body for instant comfort, the graphite infused within wicks away body heat to further regulate your temperature. This comfort layer has a slower response to pressure, making it ideal for alleviating pressure under the shoulders and hips.
Next is a 2-inch transition layer of bouncy poly-foam to keep you lifted in the mattress and prevent uncomfortable sinkage. The third and last layer of the Bear mattress is 6 inches of high-density poly-foam to distribute your weight and give the bed structural support.
Bear mattresses are sold online-only; they come with a 100-night sleep trial, a 10-year warranty, and per their return policy, free shipping and free returns, too.
7. Avocado Green Mattress
The Avocado Green mattress is the last on our list. We like this hybrid mattress for eco-friendly shoppers because it features organic materials and has earned numerous third-party safety certifications, meaning it’s safe for sleepers of all ages.
The Avocado Green mattress features organic latex, organic cotton, and organic wool—both the wool and cotton are GOTS-certified while the latex is GOLS-certified. Below this bed’s quilted cover and foam layer lies an innerspring system (made with recycled steel) to give the bed bounce and offer zoned support. Altogether, the mattress is GREENGUARD GOLD certified, meaning it’s low in emissions and will never have a “new mattress smell.”
The Avocado Green mattress is described as feeling medium-firm to firm, and it’s recommended for side, back, and stomach sleepers alike. We’re fans of this brand because they offer a 365-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty with each of their mattresses, helping you get the most for your money.
The Avocado Green contains a cover of organic cotton and wool, it feels soft to the touch and wicks away moisture to keep your temperature neutral. You can buy the Avocado Green with an optional pillow top, too, that features a thin layer of latex within.
Below the cover of the mattress is a layer of latex to contour to your body while keeping you lifted in the bed. Latex is naturally cooling, so it works in tandem with the cotton and wool to keep you at a comfortable temperature.
Next, is a layer of pocketed coils to offer zoned support and improve the bed’s responsiveness. These coils are arranged in five strategic zones to alleviate pressure under the shoulders and hips while maintaining neutral spinal alignment.
The Avocado Green lacks a transition layer between the comfort layer of foam and the tall pocketed coil system at the base of the mattress, so we expect this mattress to feel notably bouncy and firm.
While reading mattress reviews is helpful in a search for a new mattress, you also have to consider your sleep style and varying mattress types, too. In the next sections, we discuss the importance of a high-quality mattress and how to choose the right mattress to meet your needs.
Importance of a High-Quality Mattress
A healthy body and mind need three components:
- An active lifestyle
- A healthy diet
- A good night’s sleep every night.
While the first two components seem to be taken very seriously, the third one often gets forgotten. A recent study has shown that only 10% of people focus on sleep more than other aspects of daily living. Although the other 90% seem to know that bad sleep habits can have consequences, they still fail to realize how much of a negative effect they can have.
Sleep deprivation is a real concern. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, not getting quality sleep can lead to serious long-term consequences. Your overall mental health, including your decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, and overall emotional stability are impacted. As is your physical state. A lack of sleep can result in an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure.
Keep in mind that sleep is the time for your body to heal itself, restore its chemical balance, and reboot your brain. Missing out on this important period of rest has negative consequences, so it’s important to make sleep a priority.
A scientific study on the effects a mattress has on sleep shows how vital it is to have a good mattress. The results of the study show most people agreed that a new quality mattress had “improved their sleep by 55%.” They also say that “a significant increase in sleep quality and pain reduction was paralleled by a significant decrease in stress.” A connection between sleep and health is scientifically proven.
A good mattress isn’t just for comfort, it’s a vital accessory for good mental and physical health.
Different Types of Mattresses
There are a variety of mattress types you can purchase, and it can be really confusing. So how do you choose the right one out of a seemingly endless number of variations?
There are eight common types of mattresses available on the market. Each type focuses on specific pain points and has different pros and cons.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Rising in popularity due to bed in a box mattress brands and availability of adjustable bases, memory foam mattresses are comfortable for the majority of sleepers and some of the best beds for pain relief. Memory foam is known for its superior contouring and pressure-relieving abilities. When you lay on one of these mattresses, it molds to your body to offer immediate cushioning comfort, and it adapts with your every movement.
Unlike traditional innerspring mattresses (which were the most popular up until memory foam made its mattress-industry debut), memory foam mattresses respond to individual sleepers and isolate motion—making them excellent mattresses for couples.
Memory foam mattresses are described as “cradling,” with reviews of these beds mention them feeling like a “big hug.” If you are looking for a softer or more cloud-like mattress, you can’t go wrong with memory foam.
Gel Memory Foam Mattresses
The gel mattress is a relatively new creation. Only invented in 2006, it took the mattress industry by surprise. Nothing quite similar was around yet, which is what helped gel mattresses secure their spot on the market.
Gel mattresses are made from gel-infused memory foam. The synthetic gel gets absorbed by the memory foam, which then creates a more breathable material. But the exact ingredients remain a mystery. Manufacturers rarely give away their secrets.
Gel mattresses are cooler to sleep on. They also spring back quicker than ordinary memory foam. Other than that, they’re generally well-reviewed and cost a reasonable price.
Innerspring mattresses ruled the industry for many years. Their cost-efficient manufacturing process and materials ensured their popularity on the market. Then, new materials came along and started competing for the crown. Innerspring manufacturers knew they had to adjust in order to survive. Otherwise, they would be pushed out of the market. That’s why there are now four different types of coils found in innerspring mattresses.
- Bonnell coil: The Bonnell coil is the most commonly used coil today. As the very first type of coil invented, Bonnell hasn’t changed that much over the years. Its shape still resembles an hourglass with a knotted top. This design is simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
- Continuous coil: Continuous coil mattresses are made from just one continuous wire. The wire is bent into lots of S shapes and designed to go from the top to the bottom of the mattress. These shapes are then connected by one thick wire-frame. This is what provides a continuous coil mattress its shape and durability.
- Offset coil: In the slightly higher price range, offset coils provide durability, support, and silence. They have a similar design to Bonnell coils, except for having flat sides at the top and the bottom. Offset coils give more support and contour the body better than the Bonnell or continuous coils.
- Pocketed coil (Marshall coil): Standing individual and proud, pocketed coils are not joined by any wire or frame. Instead, they are encased in fabric one by one, with a small connection to each other at the top. This allows the coils to move independently, which is how they provide more support and better motion isolation.
This type of mattress has been around for a pretty long time. And its demand has not shrunk because of its affordability and reasonable comfort. The biggest cons associated with innerspring mattresses are motion transfer and poor conformability; however, if you need the basics from a bed, an innerspring can fit the bill.
Pillow Top Mattresses
Pillow top mattresses are innerspring mattresses with a thick, cushioning topper—hence the name “pillow top.” Pillow tops are usually at least two inches thick, although they can be thicker in some designs.
Pillow tops can be made from several different materials, such as cotton, latex, or memory foam. They provide a luxurious experience, making you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.
However, this luxury is priced accordingly, placing pillow top mattresses in the high price range.
There are three types of latex that can be used to manufacture a latex mattress. First is natural latex, which is made from the sap of a rubber tree. Natural latex can be manufactured in one of two ways: the Dunlop process or Talalay process.
- The Dunlop method involves pouring the latex into the mold in one go. This creates a mattress layer that feels denser at the bottom and slightly softer on the top.
- The Talalay method is a bit more complicated. It includes pouring the latex into the mold, removing any air from the mold, and then freezing it. This creates a more consistent latex foam mattress.
Dunlop latex is heavy and dense, whereas Talalay latex is soft and bouncy. Dunlop tends to have a firmer feel than Talalay latex, so you’ll commonly find Dunlop latex in the supportive layers of a mattress or in the comfort layer of a firm latex bed.
Second is synthetic latex. This is a much cheaper alternative to natural latex. However, cheaper also means poorer quality. Made from petroleum by-products, synthetic latex tends to wear out faster.
The third kind is blended latex. This type includes both natural and synthetic latex. It’s not as long-lasting as natural latex, but it holds fewer chemicals than synthetic latex. All in all, this makes it a compromise product between synthetic and natural latex.
Hybrid mattresses combine foam layers and innerspring coils to offer both cushioning comfort and bouncy responsiveness. Many beds are labeled as “hybrids” because they contain a mix of materials, but a true hybrid mattress has at least 2 inches of foam atop a layer of coils.
Hybrids can feature memory foam, latex foam, or poly-foam, in addition to pocketed coils. These beds were designed to offer the benefits of both foam and innersprings while minimizing their drawbacks. For example, innerspring mattresses are cooling but they tend to transfer motion, whereas hybrid mattresses harness the cooling properties of innersprings and because they have foam layers, they also isolate motion quite well.
The foam layers in these beds provide the pressure relief and motion isolation, while their innersprings offer breathability and bounciness; this makes hybrid mattresses great for hot sleepers and couples. Ultimately, we recommend hybrids to anybody who prefers the bounciness of an innerspring mattress but still wants or needs the cushioning of foam layers.
Known for their therapeutic properties, waterbeds have been around longer than innerspring mattresses. And with the consistent development of new designs, it looks like they’ll stay around for a while—despite their loss in popularity.
Today, there are two main types of waterbeds available.
- Soft-side Waterbed: This type of waterbed has sturdy sides and a supportive top that don’t require any extra support. It can be used by itself or be incorporated into existing bedroom furniture.
- Hard-side Waterbed: A hard-side waterbed is made from a water-filled mattress and a wooden frame. Both come as an inseparable duo, providing each other with the needed support. Although bulkier, and not as chic as a soft-side, hard-side waterbeds are a lot more affordable, making it more attainable.
Airbeds inflate with air using automated pumps or a bit of manual labor. They’re an excellent choice for comfortable camping, or as an extra sleeping arrangement for your guests. With a huge variety in height and sizing, airbeds are great to have around the house for unexpected surprises.
When deflated, airbeds take a minimal amount of space and can be packed away with ease. When inflated using an air pump, a double airbed can hold up to 450 lbs. Although an airbed should not be used as a permanent bed you sleep on, it is great to have for emergencies.
Deciding on the firmness of a mattress is usually where people feel lost in their search for a new bed; however, many people don’t know that their preferred sleep style can actually tell you how firm your new mattress should be. Different sleep positions need different levels of support, so reflecting on yours puts you one step closer to making a final purchase.
Don’t forget to factor in your body type, too. A side sleeper who weighs 230 pounds will need more support than a side sleeper weighing less than 130 pounds. We recommend plus-size sleepers choose a mattress slightly firmer than what’s typically recommended, as firmer mattresses offer adequate support to prevent uncomfortable sinkage and facilitate healthy, comfortable sleep.
The best mattresses for side sleepers are soft to medium in firmness since firmer beds can cause pressure points under the shoulders and hips. When you sleep on your side, your shoulders and hips take on the majority of your body weight, so it’s important that your mattress is soft enough to allow those joints to sink into the mattress for adequate pressure relief.
Side sleepers don’t want to choose too soft of a mattress though, as ultra-soft beds can cause you to sink too far, resulting in misalignment. Typically, side sleepers need an even balance of comfort and support and are best-suited on medium mattresses.
Back sleeping is uncommon, but healthy for the spine. In order to reap the benefits of back sleeping, your mattress must be firm enough to keep you lifted in neutral alignment. Back sleepers can be comfortable on medium-soft to medium-firm beds, and deciding on firmness ultimately comes down to body weight. Petite back sleepers will likely prefer softer beds, while heavier back sleepers will want something firmer to provide necessary support and prevent the hips from dipping.
Stomach sleeping is unhealthy due to the stress it puts on your spine. When you sleep flat on your stomach, your center of gravity shifts to your midsection, so if your mattress is soft, it’ll allow your midsection to sink, resulting in back pain. We suggest avoiding stomach sleeping altogether to prevent chronic backaches, but if you’re set on sleeping on your stomach, choose a firm mattress to keep your spine in alignment.
Combination sleepers, as their name suggests, sleep in a combination of positions. These sleepers may fall asleep on their back and roll to their side, or start as a side sleeper and wake up sleeping with their belly flat against the mattress. We recommend medium mattresses for combination sleepers since they offer both comfort and support to promote healthy sleep in a variety of sleeping positions.
Finding the right mattress for your sleep needs isn’t as tricky as one might think—as long as you keep your sleep style, preference for firmness, and any recurring aches and pains in mind as you shop, you’re bound to find a comfortable bed. Don’t forget to utilize mattress reviews and other resources while shopping, too.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.