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The average person sleeps for one third of their life. One third. For every 48 hours you’re awake, you’ll sleep for 24—that’s 318 months over the course of a lifetime. If you’re going to spend one-third of your life asleep, then it’s crucial to get the right mattress. The quality of your sleep affects the quality of your life. 

The best place to start your search? Mattress reviews. Here’s everything you need to know to find the right mattress for you. We’ve considered construction, materials, firmness, trial period, price, shipping and return policy, warranty, in-home set-up, and more. In other words, the works. This is your essential guide to finding your new mattress.

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Frequently asked questions

Why is sleep so important?

Better sleep means better health

A good night’s sleep can go a long way to improve your quality of life. Good sleep facilitates enhanced decision-making skills, general happiness, and improved memory. While you’re sleeping, your brain forms new neural pathways, helping you better retain and process information. Consistently poor sleep is linked to sluggishness, depression, forgetfulness, and agitation.

Sleep is also directly linked to how well your heart functions. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.”

Studies show that lack of sleep is linked to exacerbated health problems, including high blood pressure and unhealthy weight. Sleeping on an old or low-quality mattress can keep you tossing a turning, getting fewer hours of quality sleep per night, aggravating back and joint problems and leaving you feeling fatigued and irritable the next day.

Your mattress will affect your love life

Not only does your mattress selection affect your emotional and physical health, it can also affect your love life.

When the National Sleep Foundation conducted a “Bedroom Poll” in 2013, they found that 9 out of 10 individuals say that a comfortable mattress is an important factor in successfully getting a good night’s sleep. Also, 78% of individuals say that a comfortable mattress is necessary to facilitate a “romantic environment.”

Even if you’re in the 22% minority that doesn’t need a comfortable mattress to get in the mood, you’re not in the clear—it’s likely that your partner (or potential partner) feels differently. Don’t let a bad mattress get in the way your love life.

How do I know if I need a new mattress?

There are a number of signs that you need a new mattress. Some are visible, others can be gleaned by how well or poorly you’re sleeping. Most mattresses need to be replaced every 5–10 years. You could purchase a mattress every seven years to be on the safe side, but it’s better to know why your mattress needs to be replaced.

Understanding whether your current mattress meets your needs can inform your new mattress purchase. For example, side sleepers will be better supported by softer mattresses, though back and stomach sleepers will better tolerate firmer mattresses. Whether you sleep hot or cold can also determine the type of mattress that will best suit you. 

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Here are nine indications that your mattress should be replaced:

1. You toss and turn throughout the night

If you no longer sleep through the night on your current mattress or you find yourself tossing and turning, it may be time to look for a new mattress. Obstructed sleep can cause or exacerbate a host of medical and cognitive issues. Even if you haven’t noticed much visible wear and tear on your mattress, increasingly poor sleep is the best indicator that your mattress has deteriorated or doesn’t provide the right sleeping experience for you.

2. You wake up in pain

If you are consistently waking up in pain, you mattress may be the culprit. Talk to a medical professional about your specific pain to determine the type of support and firmness that’s right for you. Not all pain is the same—some lower back pain responds better to softer mattresses even though harder mattresses tend to do a better job of supporting your spine, so seek professional medical advice.

3. Your allergies are worse than normal

Mattresses accumulate dust, mold, mildew, and other allergens at a higher rate than most surfaces in your home. If you’ve noticed that your allergies have gotten significantly worse (or that you are sneezing a lot right before bed and/or waking up with nasal issues), your mattress may be the culprit. If you are replacing a mattress due to increasing allergies, consider a hypoallergenic mattress.

4. Your needs have changed

You may need to replace your mattress as the result of your own personal needs changing. This can happen after an injury, a significant weight loss or gain, or as the result of a pregnancy. Age is also a deciding factor—a 30-year-old body rarely needs the same support as an 80-year-old body.

5. Your mattress is lumpy

A lumpy mattress is usually the result of padding that has compressed or shifted over time. Though it’s often possible to adjust the padding (particularly if you have a removable pillow-top mattress), sometimes lumps  cannot be smoothed. A lumpy mattress can interfere with the quality of your sleep.

6. Your mattress has gotten significantly firmer or less firm

Changes in firmness often happens with memory foam mattresses. Memory foam tends to get harder in cooler, dryer climates and softer in warmer, wetter climates. Moving to a new climate can affect whether you mattress is serving you well.

7. Your mattress is showing signs of surface damage

Tears, rips, holes, or other visible surface damage are excellent indicators that you need to replace your mattress. Visible surface damage makes your mattress significantly less hygienic and prone to attracting and hosting dangerous allergens. And depending on the depth of the damage, can interfere with sleep quality.

8. Your mattress is visibly sagging

The most obvious sign of a mattress needs to be replaced is visible sagging. This rule goes for all types of mattresses (innerspring, specialty foam, hybrid etc.). If you see visible sagging, it’s time for a replacement. All mattresses degrade over time, but if you tend to sleep in the same spot every night, your mattress will break down more quickly.

9. Your mattress is more than seven years old

Finally, even if your mattress doesn’t meet any of the above criteria, if it’s more than seven years old, it probably needs (or will soon need) to be replaced. Mattresses have limited lifespans, and just because you haven’t noticed any visible sagging or wear and tear doesn’t mean your mattress is in great shape. Sometimes individuals get accustomed to mattresses that are not functioning at 100%. If you get better sleep at hotels or find yourself gravitating toward napping on your couch rather than in your bed, this is an indication that your mattress has seen better days.

What types of mattresses are out there?

Before you determine exactly what you’re looking for in a new mattress, it’s important to understand your options. The Better Sleep Council has also created a guide to better mattress options for better sleep.

1. Innerspring mattresses

An innerspring mattress is composed of a steel coil system, typically with a comfort layer above the springs. They vary in quality depending on the quantity and gauge (thickness) of the coils. Typically, the more coils an innerspring mattress has, the higher the quality of the mattress. The gauge of the coils determines the firmness of the mattress. Coils with lower gauges are made of thicker wire, which makes a firmer mattress. High gauge coils result in a softer, springier feel. There are several kinds of innerspring mattresses, but most fall into one of two categories:

  • Pillow top mattresses are essentially a traditional innerspring mattress with the addition of a pillow top, which is a layer of extra padding above the springs, often made of foam, latex, or cotton. Pillow top mattresses tend to be more expensive than standard innerspring mattresses, but they’re often considered more comfortable. Keep in mind that if you’re looking for a firm mattress, a pillow top can undermine the firmness of the actual innerspring. Innerspring mattresses can offer the extra give that side sleepers need.
  • Hybrid mattresses combine innerspring systems with mitigating foam. If you’re looking for the springiness of an innerspring mattress and the sink-deep-into-the-bed comfort of memory foam, consider a hybrid. Hybrid mattresses are also an excellent way to compromise if you share your bed with a partner who may have different mattress preferences and needs.

2. Specialty foam

Speciality foam mattresses use foam, rather than coils, as their main support system. According to The Better Sleep Council, “the foam may be polyurethane, memory (viscoelastic) or latex, and can contain gel or other materials.” For those interested in specialty foam mattresses, there are two types to consider:

  • Memory foam mattresses are made of high-density viscoelastic foam made to soften with body heat. Hips, shoulders, and elbows will sink into memory foam mattresses, which make them excellent for maintaining proper alignment. Memory foam mattresses also absorb movement better than innerspring mattress, decreasing the potential for sleep disturbances. Memory foam can vary widely in price and quality
  • Latex mattresses can be very expensive, but latex mattresses can last significantly longer than other types. According to some manufacturers, latex mattresses can last as long 30 years before needing to be replaced. 

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3. Residential airbeds

Residential airbed mattresses are a far cry from inflatable camping airbeds or what you crashed on in college at a friend’s house. Residential airbeds use air-filled chambers as a support system and are typically covered in a padded upholstery. Many residential airbeds allow for different levels of support on either side of the bed, so they’re a great option if you share a bed with a partner with different sleep needs.

4. Waterbeds

Waterbed mattresses use chambers filled with water as their main support system (and they’ve come a long way since the 1970s). There are two main types of waterbed: a hardside waterbed mattress and a softside waterbed mattress. A hardside mattress comprises a water chamber inside of a wooden frame. Hardside waterbed mattresses are similar to the wavy, high-motion beds of the 1970s. Softside waterbed mattresses conceal their water chamber in thick foam. This limits the movement of the water and combines the comfort and give of a waterbed with the form and function of foam.

What should I look for in a new mattress

If you’ve decided that you need to purchase a new mattress, it’s important to know what to look for. Here are the top ten considerations to take when choosing your new mattress.

1. Overall comfort

If your mattress isn’t comfortable to you, it’s not serving you well. It’s as simple as that. Of course, “comfortable” is relative. You’ll need to consider your preferences over time as well as your current physical needs. For example, if you experience arthritis pain, a firmer mattress could be more comfortable. 

Note that it’s not recommended that you make a jump from super soft to super firm, or vice versa. The safest bet is to avoid making any drastic changes—gradual, incremental change is almost always better and is the least likely to introduce any new and unforeseen sleep issues.

2. Support

Support refers to how well a mattress keeps your spine in alignment throughout the night, and unlike comfort, it’s not subjective. If you’re experiencing fatigue, headaches, or muscle aches even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you may need to look for different support.

Improper alignment can affect your breathing, which ultimately influences the quality of your sleep. When your breathing becomes shallow (which can happen as a result of improper alignment), your body produces excess cortisol, a stress hormone. This inhibits sleep, leaves you groggy in the morning, and can ultimately affect your mental and physical health.

Search for a mattress that is firm enough to give your lower back the support it needs, yet soft enough to conform to your body. A straight spine is a healthy spine—if you tend to sleep on your side, get a mattress that has enough give to hug the curve of your shoulders and hips. This will help keep your spine properly aligned and your sleep patterns healthy and regular. If you sleep on your back or stomach, a firmer mattress will support your more evenly distributed weight.

3. Mattress size

The size of your mattress is first dictated by the amount of space you have. Smaller rooms call for smaller mattresses, just like bigger rooms can afford something larger. 

Second, consider your size. If you’re more than six feet tall, you’ll want a mattress that accommodates your extra height. Every mattress size (from twin to king) comes in standard and extra long variations, although not every mattress manufacturer offers these variations. Look for a twin XL, full XL, California queen, or California king mattress to give you a little extra foot room.

Also consider the number of people you mattress will accommodate. If you have a partner, make sure there’s enough room for two people. If you have kids, make sure there’s enough room for morning visitors. Also, don’t forget to account for pets—if they’re allowed in the bed too.

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You have nine options when it comes to mattress sizes (all sizes listed width x length).

  1. TwinTwin mattresses are typically 39 x 74 inches. They are your smallest option and are commonly used for children’s rooms, dorm rooms, and loft-style apartments. Twin mattresses are also an excellent option if you have roommates and need to have more than one bed in a single room.
  2. Short twinA short twin mattress offers a bit of extra width, but around five inches less length than a twin. Short twins are typically found in RVs, mobile homes, and dorm rooms. They are usually 34 x 75 inches.
  3. Twin XLTwin XL mattresses are typically 39 x 80 inches. These offer all the convenience of a narrow mattress, but allow for about six inches of extra legroom than a twin.
  4. FullFull mattresses are typically found in double hotel rooms and are the perfect size if you have a fairly small space but feel cramped in a twin bed. At 54 x 74 inches, full mattresses can comfortably sleep two.
  5. Full XLA full XL mattress comes in at about 54 x 80 inches and is perfect if you prefer the width of a full mattress but need a few inches of extra legroom.
  6. QueenAt 60 x 80 inches, a queen mattress offers single sleepers enough room to completely spread out without touching any edges. A queen will easily accommodate two people.
  7. California queenIf you want the width of a queen mattress, but need a few inches of extra legroom, consider a queen XL. These are typically 60 x 84 inches and should accommodate even the tallest sleeper.
  8. KingIf you’re looking for a mattress that will accommodate two adults that like to spread out, you’re going to want to consider a king. They are usually 76 x 80 inches and very comfortably sleep two (plus a pet, a child, or a pile of unfolded laundry).
  9. California kingAt 72 x 84 inches, a California king mattress is as big as it gets. It will comfortably sleep two seven-foot-tall adults who like to spread out as much as possible. 

4. Allergy needs

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, consider avoiding innerspring mattresses (though some are made with hypoallergenic materials). Because there is an abundance of open space in between the coils, innerspring mattresses are prone to collecting dust mites. Dust mites are one of the most common irritants that trigger asthma and allergies year round. If you opt to go with an innerspring bed, you can purchase dust-proof sheets, pillow covers, and mattress covers to limit access to your mattress and pillows.

Those will allergies should look at hypoallergenic specialty foam mattress. Allergens have a hard time making their way into the dense foam. When combined with hypoallergenic mattress cover and pillow covers, specialty foam is your best defense against bedtime-triggered allergies and asthma.

Also invest in a foam pillow as well and regularly wash your sheets. Even if you suffer from a latex allergy, most latex beds will not exacerbate your allergies. Latex allergies are triggered by cold-dipped latex, which is a process that does not remove the allergy-causing proteins in the latex. The mattress manufacturer should provide this information upon request.

5. Temperature needs

Temperature is one of the most important elements of a good night’s sleep. Too much cold can exacerbate conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms can be exacerbated, too much heat can trigger severe sleep disruption and insomnia.

The best way to find a mattress that suits your temperature needs is to consider whether you tend to “sleep hot” or “sleep cold” and select a mattress that has the proper airflow for your preferences.

Mattresses that offer the most cushion—innerspring mattresses with pillowtops or soft foam mattresses—tend to offer the least amount of airflow, making them great for cold sleepers.

 If you sleep hot, choose a firmer innerspring, memory foam, or latex mattress. Latex mattresses also do well with regulating temperature—most are covered in small pinholes meant to increase airflow.

6. Movement needs

Whether or not you prioritize movement isolation in a mattress has a lot to do with whether or not you will be sharing a bed with a partner, child, or pet. Innerspring mattresses fare worst in successfully isolating movement—the coils that make up the mattress’ support system are interconnected, so any motion is felt throughout the mattress. Specialty foam mattresses fare best at isolating movement. The denser the foam, the less movement will be transferred throughout the bed.

7. Other medical needs

If you’re seeking an adjustable bed to accommodate specific medical needs, purchase a mattress that’s flexible or compatible with an adjustable base. Adjustable beds allow sleepers to lift the top and the bottom of the mattress to elevate the head, shoulders, and legs. Innerspring mattresses have a more difficult time bending and acclimating to the slope of adjustable beds, whereas specialty foam mattresses do a significantly better job.

8. Price point

Before you start shopping, set your budget. There are a number of manufacturers that offer, high-quality affordable mattress options, so don’t be discouraged if you’re experiencing sticker shock. That’s the great part about buying a mattress online—because you skip the overhead of brick-and-mortar showrooms, you save on the price of your mattress. 

Note that size and materials both affect price. A king will often cost four times as much as a twin. Hybrids, specialty foam, and residential air beds tend to hover on the higher end of the price range, and innerspring mattresses and waterbeds tend to be cheaper. 

House Method’s pricing scale can assist you when shopping for a mattress within your price range.

9. Return policy

Most mattress manufacturers offer months-long trial periods and will come pick up your mattress for free should you choose to return it. Be sure to read the return policy carefully to ensure you understand the length and terms.

10. Warranty

Most mattress warranties las 10–20 years. Because mattresses should be replaced roughly every seven years, make sure any mattress you buy has a warranty of at least seven years.

Mattress warranties typically cover only manufacturing defects, but may are voided based on the type of mattress support you use. Make sure you read and understand the warranty before purchasing a mattress. Some warranties have very specific stipulations. 

11. Mattress reviews

Before investing in a new mattress, always check out reviews. Consumer and third-party reviews will give you a sense of customer satisfaction, BBB rating, industry reputation, popularity, and more. Consumer mattress reviews tend to be be more subjective, third-party reviews tend to be more objective.

What is the 10-point firmness scale?

Typically, the first thing you think about when purchasing a new mattress is the feel. While mattress marketing teams around the world have come up with about a million ways to say soft (plush, cushioned, pliant, billowy, etc.) and even more ways to say firm (supportive, hard, dense, etc.), they’re all talking about the same thing. When it comes down to it, your mattress is either soft, firm, or somewhere in between.

The 10-point firmness scale is the most objective way to measure a mattress’s firmness. One indicates softest, and ten indicates hardest feel, with most mattresses falling between three and nine on the scale.

3–5

The softest mattresses available are rated between three and five. These mattresses have the most amount of sinkage and appeal to individuals looking for a mattress that “hugs.”

5.5–7

Also listed as medium–firm. Mattresses billed as “universally comfortable” will fall around a six or seven on the firmness scale. This is the classic medium feel. 

8+

The firmest mattresses on the market are going to be rated eight and above. If you like minimal sinkage, a mattress with a firm rating is for you.

How firm should my mattress be?

How firm your mattress should be depends on your feel preferences and your physical needs. If you have back or joint pain, consult a medical professional for guidance on firmness.

Generally, the position in which you sleep—side, back, stomach, or combination—paired with your feel preferences is the best way to choose a firmness level.

Mattress firmness for side sleepers

Side sleepers will do better with softer mattresses (between 3 and 5 on the 10-point scale) because sleeping on your side puts significant pressure on your hips and shoulders. If your mattress is too firm, your hips and shoulders will sit on top of rather than sink into the mattress, disrupting the natural curve of your spine. A softer mattress allows these pressure points to sink into the mattress while supporting the rest of your body. This is the most effective way to keep your spine straight and your back and hips pain free.

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Mattress firmness for stomach sleepers

While stomach sleeping can ease snoring, it can also flattens the natural curve of your spine, which can lead to lower back problems. Also, because sleeping on your stomach requires turning you head left or right for the entire night, it can also lead to neck problems.

Stomach sleepers will do best for medium to medium–firm mattress (6–7.5 on the 10-point firmness scale). If you choose a soft mattress, your hips may sink too deep and inhibit proper spine alignment, causing lower back problems. A mattress that’s too firm can actually cause similar issues. If your hips sit too high on the mattress, you could cause spinal misalignment as well.

Mattress firmness for back sleepers

A medium mattress is best for back sleepers (5.5–7.5). Back sleepers often put pressure on the lower back and butt, so some support is necessary to keep pressure light and the spine in alignment. As long as you find a mattress with enough give to accommodate for your posterior, you’ll be in the clear.

Special circumstances

There are some special circumstances that factor into choosing mattress firmness.

1. Weight

If you weigh less than 120 pounds, your body will to sit lighter on your mattress, so you may want a softer mattress to give you adequate support. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, you will naturally sink a bit more, so consider a more firm option to cushion pressure points. 

2. Lower back pain

If you have lower back pain, some doctors recommend that you try a firmer mattress. Before you change your mattress for a back pain issue, always consult your doctor.

What are mattresses made of?

Foam mattress materials

Polyurethane foam

Polyurethane is the most basic kind of foam available. It comes in various firmness levels and is often used as a base layer. Keep in mind that low-density polyurethane foam deteriorates more quickly than high-density foam.

Memory foam

Viscoelastic foam—or memory foam—tends to sleep hotter than polyurethane foam, but lasts longer and does an excellent job of cradling the body. It reforms slowly, which is important for supporting pressure points.

Gel foam

Gel foam, like memory foam, is made from viscoelastic foam, but also includes a gel infusion. Gel is added to reduce the heat that memory foam otherwise retains. The gel works to increase airflow, resulting in a cooler sleep environment than polyurethane foam or regular viscoelastic foam provide.

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Latex mattress materials

Dunlop latex

Dunlop latex is made from a rubber sap that is whipped then poured into mold and baked. It’s firmer on the bottom than it is on the top, as sediment will settle to the bottom of the mold.

Talalay latex

Talalay latex is made from a rubber sap that similarly gets whipped and then poured into a mold. To ensure the sap is uniformly distributed, the mold is transferred to a vacuum chamber and flash frozen to hold the material in place, and then baked.

Natural latex

Natural latex can be made as Dunlop or Talalay latex. The “natural” moniker means it’s free of chemicals and synthetic materials (most notably, styrene butadiene copolymer (SBC)). Natural latex is derived from the Hevea-brasiliensis tree, commonly known as the rubber tree.

Blended latex

Blended latex is the most common type of latex, and blends synthetic latex with natural Talalay latex.

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Innerspring mattress materials

Bonnell innerspring

The Bonnell is the oldest and most traditional innerspring mattress on the market. Its coils are linked together with wire, so when the hourglass-shaped springs are activated on one side of the mattress, the springs on the other side adjust as well. Motion transfers quite easily throughout Bonnell innerspring mattresses. 

Continuous coil

The continuous coil system is made of a single piece of steel twisted to form individual coils throughout the mattress. The coils are connected and held together by helical lacing, which looks like the lacing in a shoestring.

Tied coil

A tied coil innerspring is made up of individual coils tied together by helical lacing. This is one of the most durable coil systems, but it does a very poor job of reducing motion transfer. There are very few tied coil mattresses still on the market.

Pocket spring (or Marshal coil)

A pocket spring mattress is made up of individual springs, each sewn into its own pocket. The primary benefit of a pocket spring mattress is that movement is better isolated, which dramatically reduces the potential for sleep disturbances.

How do I buy a mattress online or without trying it first?

Buying a mattress online, compared to buying one from a brick and mortar store, saves you time and money. Because of the increasing number of manufacturers offering mattresses online, your choices are far from limited. And because online mattress retailers offer sleep trial periods, you have a better chance of getting the right mattress for you.

Keep the following tips in mind when buying a mattress online.

1. Set a budget

While some brands provide mattresses at a low cost, spending a little extra may give you better quality and longevity. Because you’ll be sleeping on it for years, consider your mattress a long-term investment.

Additionally, consider shipping fees that some mattress companies charge. Though many companies offer free shipping, some charge depending on location and which mattress you order.

Also look at return policies. Thought some brands send a courier to pick up your mattress, others ask that you ship it back. If the latter is the case, most mattress companies will send prepaid packaging, but packaging a mattress is not necessarily simple. Some mattress companies ask that you donate your mattress rather than return it, and will provide a refund once you present a donation receipt. Some states will not allow you to donate used mattresses.

2. Do your research

Before buying a mattress, determine which type of mattress, firmness level, and mattress materials matter the most to you. Knowing that you want an eco-friendly, hypoallergenic mattress or firm innerspring mattress can aid your mattress search.

Also be sure to consider whether white glove service is a priority (that is, in-home setup by the mattress brand). If you’re not comfortable lifting or maneuvering a heavy mattress, this might be a top priority. Once you know what you’re looking for in a mattress, it’ll be easier to filter those that don’t meet your needs.

3. Read reviews

One of the most important tips to remember when buying mattresses online is to read reviews, both user reviews and objective reviews to get a sense of brand and product quality. Reading mattress reviews is a good way to compare your options at a glance.

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4. Read the fine print

Make sure you check the fine print when purchasing a mattress online. Sometimes, mattress companies will offer a “full refund,” but will still charge a restocking fee, and others may charge a shipping fee on returned mattresses. If a company charges for shipping the mattress back, check to see whether your original shipping costs are covered in the refund. 

Additionally, be sure to check the warranty length and terms. Most mattresses should last roughly five to seven years at a minimum, so any warranty shorter than that is a red flag.

5. Consider the sleep trial period

Most mattress companies that sell online allow a sleep trial period of 60–120 days. If you’re unsatisfied with your mattress for any reason, you can return or donate it for a refund. Keep in mind that some companies require that you give your body 30 days to adjust and will not accept returns within your first month of ownership.

6. Test your mattress in your home

Take advantage of the sleep trial period and test your mattress for 30 days to decide if it’s right for you. Take note of any pain or allergies you have and whether that changes in any way as you test your mattress. Also take note of how you feel when waking up, whether you find yourself napping on the sofa over your bed, and if you find yourself—or a partner—tossing and turning throughout the night.

How do I read a House Method mattress review?

The House Method editorial team provides objective ratings on the products and services our readers care about. We want to offer quick, digestible facts about mattress brands to help you make an informed decision when buying a mattress. In short, we aim to provide the best mattress reviews for our readers.

When you come across one of our mattress reviews, you will be provided with a summary of the mattress brand, a mattress brand comparison chart, and details about pricing, firmness, shipping and return policies, and warranty terms.

1. Summary

Within the summary, we discuss mattress materials and makeup of a brand’s mattress.

2. Mattress brand comparison chart

The mattress brand comparison chart comprises a House Method mattress rating, a House Method price rating, specific details about the mattress brand (for example, whether they offer free shipping or white glove services), and a link to the brand’s complete review page.

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3. House Method mattress rating

House Method mattress review ratings are awarded based on a weighted 10-point scale that scores mattress manufacturers on shipping and return costs, length of trial period, length of warranty, use of environmentally-responsible materials, customization availability, and number of choices available.

In our mattress reviews, we score mattress brands on these items because we believe these are most valuable to the consumer and give a clear review of the overall quality of a brand.

4. House Method price rating

A House Method price rating is a relative score that compares the price of a brand’s products or services to its peers that we’ve reviewed. The prices of products and services are based on our independent research. Each dollar sign represents an objective tiered amount of money, depending on the category of the product or service being reviewed.

5. Firmness, shipping, returns, and warranties

Also in our mattress reviews, we provide details on firmness levels, shipping and return policies, and warranty length to give the consumer a more complete mattress review of what each brand offers.

To determine a mattress’ firmness level, we use the industry-standard 10-point scale. Softer mattresses will be counted as a 3–5, while firmer mattresses will be rated as a 7–9.

Shipping and return information is provided to inform the consumer about additional costs when buying a mattress. We also include expected shipping and return times to give a clear picture of what to expect during each process.

Information about a mattress brand’s warranty term and length is provided to let the consumer decide if a particular mattress brand stands by the quality of their workmanship.

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House Method rating methodology

Because we endeavor to provide the very best mattress reviews, we base our ratings on information found through our independent research, including information found on the website of the company being reviewed as of the date of most recent review or through contacting the subject company as an anonymous prospective customer. We aim to update our ratings on a systematic and periodic basis and to disclose the date of most recent review on pages where the rating appears. Please read our rating methodology for additional information.


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Bear mattresses are ideal for athletes. The Bear Celliant mattress cover reduces inflammation, infuses infrared energy into your nightly sleep, and boosts the flow of blood to tissue throughout the body to deliver vital nutrients while increasing oxygen levels.

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Brentwood Home creates its products from natural, organic, and non-toxic materials at its factory in Los Angeles. All of their materials meet Golden State Standards for environmental responsibility.

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Brooklyn Bedding uses TitanFlex foam, created as a cooler alternative to latex, in their Best Mattress Ever that is produced in Phoenix, AZ.

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With Casper's many offerings in addition to mattresses—like bed frames, foundations, sheets, and pillows—you can essentially build your bed from the ground up.

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Cocoon by Sealy is about customer service, advertising a simple, two-minute checkout time; free, two-day shipping; and a "No fees. No Pressure. No problem." return policy.

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The Doze mattress is touted as being the perfect balance of soft and cool, while still providing enough support and bounce for every sleeper. It's also 100% American made.

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Eve mattresses contain a next-generation memory foam top layer that moulds around your body and springs back quickly.

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Helix mattresses are some of the best on the market for couples with different sleep needs or for those buyers who want a truly custom mattress.

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After three neck surgeries, GhostBed's CEO Marc Werner set out to create mattresses for those who need neck and back support.

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Hyphen offers one high-quality mattress made right here in the United States.

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iKrema


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iKrema offers two types of mattresses, each of which come with a 101-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

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Layla offers a copper-infused, double-sided mattress that provides a cooler night's sleep and kills microbes such as bacteria, fungi, molds, and viruses.

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Leesa is a Certified B Corp. For every mattress sold, Leesa plants a tree; and for every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa donates a mattress to a 501(c)(3) that serves homeless and at-risk men, women, and children.

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Loom & Leaf mattresses are produced using low-emission processes, do not use mercury or lead, and contain no PBDE flame retardants, formaldehyde, phthalates, or ozone depleters.

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Lull


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Lull makes a single mattress designed for stomach, back, side, and combination sleepers alike, and offers prices lower than the industry average, making it a great choice for those looking to save.

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Marpac Yogabed mattresses in full-size or larger come with two free Memory Foam Pillows, and all Yogabeds come with a machine-washable cover that utilizes THERMOCOOL smart fiber technology to optimize your body’s natural temperature.

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Just as popular as the MyPillow mattress is the MyPillow bed pillows, which is what launched the MyPillow company in 2003.

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If you need firmness but love that sinking-into-the-bed feeling, the Nectar mattress is a great option. And Nectar mattresses are specifically designed to keep out bed bugs and dust mites, making them ideal for urban dwellers. Nectar also offers one of the longest trial periods available—365 days.

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Nest


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Nest offers a wide array of mattress types and firmness levels, making it ideal for those looking for plenty of options. Nest is one of the first brands to offer a bed in a box made specifically for kids.

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Nolah mattresses are manufactured in the United States and their thread and yarns come from family-owned US suppliers. Nolah also partners with Defenders of Wildlife and “adopts” a wild animal of your choosing when you buy a Nolah mattress.

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Nora by Wayfair offers one of the fastest shipping times in the business: free two-day shipping on all orders.

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PlushBeds offers a variety of mattresses including latex mattresses, foam mattresses, sofa bed mattresses, and RV mattresses. Their latex mattresses contain eco-friendly, certified organic latex.

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Puffy offers hand-crafted, made-to-order mattresses that consist of a proprietary Cooling Cloud Foam made through a Variable Pressure Foaming Process.

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Purple has developed their own Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer designed to help sleepers stay cool and supported.

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The Saatva is one of the best mattresses on the market for seniors. The mattress's support of pressure points and compatibility with the Lineal Adjustable Base (that features foot-level lighting for nighttime) paired with Saatva's white glove setup and removal services, make it ideal for those over 65.

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Tango


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Tango offers a unique, two-sided mattress with a firm side and plush side for personalized comfort.

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Tuft & Needle is one of the most cost-effective mattresses on the market and is 100% made completely in the USA. Their two-layer foam mattress includes a proprietary Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam.

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Zenhaven is a great choice for seniors. Zenhaven offers a Lineal Adjustable Base with "zero-G" support and under-bed lighting, white glove delivery and setup, and will even haul away your old mattress.

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Zinus


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Zinus's proprietary BioFoam is made with natural ingredients like green tea extract, castor natural seed oil, and all-natural charcoal. Zinus mattresses are among the least expensive on the market, making them a great budget choice.

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