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The Best Mattresses Of 2024, Based On Extensive Testing

To come up with this list of the best mattresses, the Forbes Vetted sleep team combined years of research with hours (and often many nights) of firsthand testing. We landed on the Helix Midnight Luxe as the best mattress overall because its medium feel, plush pillow top and zoned support balances pressure relief and spinal alignment, making it suitable for most sleepers. After collectively testing dozens of mattresses, we also crowned models for specific sleep needs, like the Nectar Premier, which offers pressure relief for side sleepers, and the Saatva Rx that’s designed to alleviate back pain.

Whether you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper—or maybe you sleep hot or with a restless partner—our recommendations can help you find the best mattress for you. Each pick was thoroughly reviewed by Forbes Vetted mattress and sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon who have tested—and continue to test—dozens of beds. And if you’re skeptical about shopping online, rest assured: All our contenders are either beds-in-a-box or include complimentary white glove delivery so you don’t have to struggle with moving the mattress yourself. Plus, they each come with generous trial periods in case the bed doesn’t work for you.

Best Mattress Overall

A Favorite With Targeted Support And Cushy Top Layers

MOST POPULAR

Helix Midnight Luxe (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium to medium-firm (5 to 6) | Height: 13.5 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 15 years

Best for:

  • Combo or side sleepers in need of targeted support.
  • Anyone seeking a balance of support and plushness.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.

Skip if:

  • You’re strictly a stomach sleeper or prefer a firmer, more supportive feel (if so, check out the Dawn Luxe).
  • You prefer deep sinkage like you’d find in a memory foam mattress.

The medium feel of the Helix Midnight Luxe provides relief for the hips and shoulders for both side and back sleepers. It tops our list of the best mattresses this year since it appeals to several different types of folks, including those who sleep hot and couples with different firmness preferences. The star of the show and a major differentiator between the Luxe and the flagship Midnight model is the Luxe’s light and airy pillow top. At 13.5 inches thick, the Helix Midnight Luxe also comes with a strong pocketed coil layer, which provides support under the hips to promote spinal alignment and around the edges for enhanced perimeter support. Its coil system also makes it easy to move around on for combination sleepers or those with mobility issues. Learn more about its standout features in our full Helix Midnight Luxe review.

What our testers say: Chapman says, “The Midnight Luxe tested well for pressure relief, ease of movement and edge support, so you can sleep or sit near the edge of the bed without a problem. I have friends and family members who sleep on the Midnight Luxe, including heavyweight sleepers, and they say it’s remained supportive and comfortable after years of use.” Dillon adds, “The Midnight Luxe’s plush pillow top was the first thing that stood out to me when I tested the mattress. It gives the bed a soft feel that cradles the joints without being too cushy. If you’re against memory foam mattresses but want a more plush feel, I think the Helix Midnight Luxe will be especially appealing for you.”

Expert tip: If you’re a hot sleeper, the extra $249 splurge on the optional cooling cover is worth it.



Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Crowd-Pleaser In Memory Foam And Hybrid Versions

Nectar Premier Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam or hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm (6.5) | Height: 13 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Back or side sleepers in need of pressure relief.
  • Fans of memory foam or hybrids—this model comes in both versions.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.

Skip if:

  • You strictly sleep on your stomach and need ample support. 
  • Getting a bed that’s made in the U.S. is important to you.

Nectar may be best known for its budget-friendly prices and impressive bundle deals, but its memory foam designs make the brand especially suited for side sleepers. The Nectar Premier Mattress is the best of the bunch in this regard, thanks to its soft memory foam feel. It’s similar to the original Nectar, but with better cooling, more sturdy support and superior pressure-relieving abilities. The Nectar Premier’s gel-infused memory foam has a marshmallowy feel that relieves pressure around the shoulder and hip. It also contains polyethylene fibers and a special phase change material that’s designed to absorb your body heat and disperses it evenly throughout the mattress, rather than trapping it in the layers. Another perk? It’s often on sale for less than $1,000 for a queen.

What our testers say: “Although I think the hybrid model has a true medium-firm feel, I found the Nectar Premier memory foam model to be a little softer than advertised. It tested really well for pressure relief—making it a great fit for side and back sleeping,” says Chapman. “The Premier also impressed me during motion isolation and edge support tests, so I think it’d be a good fit for a lot of couples.” Dillon adds, “I recommend the hybrid model since it accommodates a wider range of body types and gives the mattress a little more bounce.”

Expert tip: Choose the hybrid model if you tend to sleep extra hot.


Best Medium-Firm Mattress

A Luxury-Firm Hybrid With A Touch Of Plushness

The DreamCloud Premier Rest Hybrid (Queen)

Type: Memory foam or hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm (6.5) | Height: 14 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Combo, back and side sleepers.
  • Fans of memory foam or hybrids, as this model comes in both versions.
  • Anyone seeking a balance of support and plushness.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials.

Skip if:

  • You’re a stomach sleeper or a heavy sleeper who prefers a firmer feel (if so, check out the original DreamCloud Mattress).
  • You’re looking for a body-contouring feel as opposed to springier plushness.
  • You need ample edge support.

There are plenty of benefits to a medium-firm mattress, including its ability to promote spinal alignment and provide ample back support. The DreamCloud Premier Rest features a strong layer of pocketed coils, gel-infused memory foam, an ultra-luxurious pillow top and a cover made from a soft cashmere blend. With its firmness profile, we think it’s best suited for back, side and combination sleepers. Surprisingly, even with its premium design, the Premier Rest is also easily one of the best value mattresses. Check out our DreamCloud Premier Rest Mattress review to see how it performed after several months of sleeping on it.

What our testers say: Chapman says, “I think the Premier Rest hits that sweet spot of not being too soft nor too firm. It tested well for responsiveness, so it could be a good pick for combo sleepers or those with mobility issues.” Dillon adds, “Because memory foam is the primary comfort material, I expected a viscous and slow-responding feel. Instead, I felt the responsive pocketed coils and pillow top layers helped to counterbalance the memory foam. But for many back, stomach and heavy sleepers looking for a firmer feel, the flagship DreamCloud Mattress is a more accommodating (and more affordable) pick.”

Expert tip: If you or your partner toss and turn during the night, the DreamCloud Premier Rest is great at limiting movement and preventing sleep disturbances caused by motion. 


Best Hybrid Mattress

A Supportive Bed Packed With Cooling Features

Leesa Sapira Chill Hybrid (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Plush, medium-firm or firm | Height: 14 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Best for:

  • Most sleep positions, as it comes in three firmness levels.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.
  • Hot sleepers, thanks to cooling materials including a cool-to-the-touch cover.
  • Anyone who prefers a cushiony feel.

Skip if:

  • You want a body-contouring memory foam feel.
  • You prefer a firmer, more supportive bed.

Leesa is among the early pioneers of bed-in-a-box mattresses and created the Sapira Chill Hybrid to be a more luxurious, cooling and supportive version of its bestseller Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress. The newer Sapira Chill is the brand’s most popular cooling option and comes in three different firmnesses, so sleepers can choose the right one for their needs. It features a soft breathable cover, four layers of foam for comfort and a supportive layer of zoned pocketed coils. Leesa says these materials can especially benefit hot sleepers and those with back or hip pain.

What our testers say: “I tested the medium-firm model of the Leesa Sapira Chill Hybrid and found it to be a truly balanced mattress,” says Chapman. “I felt comfortable back, side and stomach sleeping on it, and it was easy to move around on. It did a good job isolating motion and has impressive edge support, as well. My in-laws have the Sapira Chill in their guest room and say visitors always rave about how comfortable it is.”

Expert tip: If you and your partner can’t decide on a firmness level, the medium-firm model is a good compromise that fits most positions.


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A Cooling Hybrid With Pressure Relief For Side Sleepers

Nolah Evolution 15-Inch Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Plush (4 to 5), luxury firm (6 to 7) and firm (7 to 8) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Limited lifetime

This deluxe hybrid mattress features seven layers designed to provide side sleepers with luxurious comfort and targeted support. Its zoned coils offer responsive pressure relief, microscopic foam air pockets help redistribute body weight and relieve joint tension, and the cooling cover is constructed to wick away heat while you snooze. You can choose from three firmness levels (plush, luxury firm and firm) to accommodate your individual sleep preference. Enter code FORBES100 at checkout for an additional $100 off the Evolution now through June 15.


Best Memory Foam Mattress

Responsive, Comfy And It Doesn't Make You Feel "Stuck"

GravityLux Mattress

Type: Foam | Brand firmness rating: Soft (4), medium (5.5) and firm (7) | Height: 11 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Most sleep positions—it comes in three firmness levels.
  • Anyone seeking the body-contouring feel of memory foam.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials.

Skip if:

  • You’re a heavy person who prefers a firmer feel.
  • You need ample edge support.

WinkBeds is known for its durable and supportive mattresses, as the brand says it puts each model through a simulation that mimics 20 years of wear and tear for quality assurance. The GravityLux Mattress is the brand’s memory foam offering and is stacked with three layers of different foam materials. The top memory foam layer is made from WinkBeds’ AirCell foam, which the brand says is more breathable and durable than typical memory foam. Underneath is the layer dubbed Progression Foam, with a zoned design for targeted support and pressure relief where your body needs it most. 

The WinkBeds GravityLux has three firmness levels to pick from. We recommend the soft model for side sleepers, the medium for back and combination sleepers and the firm for stomach sleepers and folks with back pain. 

What our testers say: “I found the WinkBeds GravityLux offered a comfortable, balanced feel that didn’t make me feel like I was stuck in the mattress (which is one thing I dislike about traditional memory foam),” says Dillon. “It’s the best of both worlds: pressure relieving like memory foam but without the sinkage. My favorite is the medium model because I switch between my stomach and side, and I think this bed lands right in that sweet spot between firm and soft.”

Expert tip: The GravityLux is great at deadening movement, but its edge support isn’t as strong as other beds because of its all-foam construction. If you share a bed with a partner, consider a king size for more room so you don’t have to sleep near the edge. 


Best Firm Mattress

Flippable, Firm And Perfect For Back And Stomach Sleepers

Plank Firm Mattress (Queen)

Type: Flippable foam | Brand firmness rating: Firm (8) and extra-firm (10) | Height: 10.3 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Best for:

  • Back or stomach sleepers seeking maximum support and pressure-relieving foam.
  • Those wanting firmness options; it’s flippable with a firm and extra-firm side.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials.

Skip if:

  • You’re a side sleeper in need of soft pressure relief.
  • You’re a heavy sleeper who needs the support of a hybrid or innerspring (if so, check out the Plank Firm Luxe).
  • You’re a hot sleeper, as it’s not made with cooling materials; however, you can add on a Glaciotex cooling cover.

Mattresses like the Plank Firm aren’t for everyone, but firm mattresses do have their place in certain bedrooms. In fact, the Plank Firm mattress is one of a handful of beds endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Owned by Brooklyn Bedding, a reputable brand known for its quality beds at affordable price points, the Plank is a versatile firm mattress with a flippable design. 

This gives sleepers the opportunity to pick their most suitable firmness through trial and error, or switch between the two firmness levels as they please. The Plank Firm mattress is a little over 10 inches thick and has an all-foam construction. You can also buy a cooling cover for the mattress if you’re someone who tends to heat up during the night. 

What our testers say: “As one of the firmest beds I’ve tested, I think the Plank Firm mattress offers exceptional back support and promotes neutral spinal alignment,” says Chapman. “It has a very lifted ‘on top’ feel and doesn’t really offer any sinkage. I think the all-foam model is fine for sleepers under 230 pounds, but if you’re over that weight, I’d opt for the Plank Firm Luxe because it has a more supportive pocketed coil base layer.”

Expert tip: Beds naturally soften over time. If one side of the Plank Firm Mattress becomes too soft, flip it over for a new firmness profile and extend the life of your bed.


Best Affordable Mattress

A Pressure-Relieving Mattress For Under $1,000

Cocoon Chill Mattress (Queen)

Type: Foam or hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium (6) | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Height: 1o inches (memory foam), 12 inches (hybrid) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Best for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers on a budget.
  • Fans of memory foam or hybrids, as this model comes in both versions.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials.
  • Hot sleepers, thanks to cooling materials that are impressive for the price.

Skip if:

  • You’re a side sleeper in need of soft pressure relief.
  • You’re petite and prefer a softer mattress.

Shopping for the best mattress with a limited budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. If you need a new mattress but aren’t looking to overspend, we recommend the Cocoon Chill by Sealy foam model: a 10-inch, four-layer mattress that features cooling materials reminiscent of more expensive beds. You can upgrade to a hybrid model that features more than 900 fabric-encased coils and a reinforced perimeter for more support and airflow. The best part? You can usually get a queen-size Cocoon Chill Mattress for under $700. 

What our testers say: “The Cocoon Chill provides all the features people love about memory foam, from its pressure-relieving feel to its motion isolating abilities, without retaining heat,” says Dillon. “Because of its nestling memory foam feel and balanced firmness level, I think it’s best for most sleeping positions, with the exception of strict or petite side sleepers who want a truly soft mattress.”

Expert tip: Heavier sleepers around 230 pounds and over should consider the hybrid model, a competitively priced pick compared to other hybrid beds on our list.


Best Mattress For Back Pain

Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association

Saatva Rx (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Soft | Height: 15 inches | Shipping: Free (white glove delivery) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Those with chronic back and joint conditions; this bed is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and has the Congress of Chiropractic State Association Seal of Approval.
  • Those who want non-toxic materials, including CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.
  • Hot sleepers, thanks to cooling materials.

Skip if:

  • Relieving chronic aches and pains is not your primary concern (if not, check out the Saatva Classic Mattress).
  • You don’t want to risk paying the $99 return fee.

The Saatva Rx Mattress is designed specifically for sleepers with chronic back and joint pain, such as those associated with sciatica, arthritis, herniated disc and scoliosis. There are features in almost every layer of the mattress that are meant to help promote proper spinal alignment, support and pressure relief where you need it.

Starting with the base, its primary support layer is made with triple-tempered recycled steel—or in simpler terms, extra-dense and durable coils. The coils are built with cooling foam modules to help cut motion transfer and provide cooler sleep. Next up comes a layer of micro-coils that Saatva says help contour to your body and relieve pressure. Beneath these coils lies two layers of foam; the uppermost layer contains extra thick quilting to enhance spinal support in the middle of the mattress. Last but not least, the Saatva RX comes with free white glove delivery, which means movers deliver the mattress to your house, set it up for you and remove your old mattress if needed. 

What our testers say: Forbes Vetted contributor and mattress tester Alison Barretta, who experiences back pain, says, “As someone with mild scoliosis and episodes of lower back pain, it feels like the Saatva Rx was made for me. I graduated to the Rx after sleeping on an unyielding hybrid mattress that gave me a stiff back in the morning. In as little as a week of sleeping on the Rx’s more balanced surface, I noticed a lack of discomfort in my lower back and eventually stopped waking up in pain the longer I slept on it.”

Expert tip: Sleepers who don’t have as severe of pain should check out the Saatva Classic Mattress instead, the brand’s luxury innerspring offered in three firmnesses.


Best Cooling Mattress

A Breathable Hybrid With Three Firmness Levels

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Soft (3), medium (5) and firm (7) | Height: 13.3 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Best for:

  • Most sleep positions, as it comes in three firmness levels.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.
  • Extra-hot sleepers, thanks to its hybrid construction and advanced cooling materials (including a cool-to-the-touch cover).
  • Those who prefer plushness with a “lifted” feel.

Skip if:

  • You want the heavy body contouring of an all-foam model.
  • You tend to get chilly at night.

The Aurora Luxe from Brooklyn Bedding leads the pack in terms of the best cooling mattresses we’ve tested. While the cover is cooling, it’s what lies underneath that really helps with temperature regulation. Packed with layers of gel-infused foam and a pocketed coil base, the Aurora Luxe is designed for breathability from top to bottom. The coils leave ample room for airflow, while the gel-infused foam helps break up some of the heat that can get trapped in traditional memory foam. 

The Aurora Luxe comes in three firmness levels (soft, medium and firm), so you can pick the model best suited for your sleeping position. We suggest back sleepers check out the medium or firm model, stomach sleepers go for the firm model and lightweight folks and side sleepers choose the soft model. 

What our testers say: “When I put my hand on the cover, it literally felt cool to the touch,” says Chapman. “I tested the medium model with the added pillow top. I will note after sleeping on the bed through the night (and having the addition of sheets on it), it doesn’t stay cool to the touch—but as someone who tends to sleep hot, it definitely helped me not overheat thanks to the materials inside. It also tested really well for motion isolation and edge support.” For more insights, read Chapman’s in-depth Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Mattress review.

Expert tip: For those who like an extra-plush feel, you can add the Cloud Pillow Top.


Best Mattress For Couples

Three Firmness Levels And Zoned Support

Bear Elite Hybrid (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Soft (5), medium (6) or firm (7) | Height: 14 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Most sleepers since it’s offered in three different firmnesses
  • Hot sleepers, thanks to phase change materials, copper infusions and pocketed coils
  • Those after a plush feel

Skip if:

  • You want deep sinkage like you find in memory foam

The Elite Hybrid is Bear’s most popular and most luxurious mattress. It’s available in three different firmness levels (soft, medium, firm) and can accommodate a wide range of sleepers. Phase-change materials in the cover are designed to absorb body heat and keep sleepers cool, while copper-infused memory foam adds additional cooling benefits and provides pressure relief. To minimize sinkage, individually encased coils with reinforced edges provide support from the center to the sides of the mattress. The coils are also zoned, which means they offer various levels of support for where your body needs it most. All of these features make the Bear Elite a great option for couples because you can stay cool, supported and comfortable in different sleeping positions, and you have options for a firmness level that works for both of you.

What our testers say: “I tested the medium model of the Bear Elite Hybrid and found it has a cushiony, supportive feel,” says Chapman. “Along with having some great cooling materials, it also tested well for isolating motion, ease of movement and edge support—this all makes it a nice fit for couples. I’d recommend most couples choose the medium model, but strict side sleepers may want to opt for the soft model, while stomach sleepers and those wanting an ‘on-top’ feel should choose the firm.”

Expert tip: Add the Celliant cover for an additional fee if you sleep extra hot.


Best Innerspring Mattress

Stellar Edge Support With A Plush Pillow Top

Saatva Classic (Queen)

Type: Innerspring | Brand firmness rating: Plush soft (3), luxury firm (5-7) or firm (8) | Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches | Shipping: Free white glove delivery | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Back and stomach combination sleepers
  • Those wanting a lifted, supportive feel
  • Anyone wanting to avoid the hassle of setup

Skip if:

  • You prefer an extra-soft feel
  • You’re looking for deep sinkage

Traditional innerspring mattresses have very little comfort layers, but the Saatva Classic combats that with its cushy Euro pillow top and upper memory foam layer. It comes in three firmness levels (plush soft, luxury firm, firm) and two height options (11.5 inches, 14.5 inches), so you can pick the right feel and firmness level for your needs. The 3-inch pillow top has zoned quilting for lumbar support and features an organic cotton cover. CertiPUR-US-certified high-density memory foam sits in the middle of the mattress to provide targeted pressure relief and support, while a zoned coil-on-coil system adds supreme support, contouring and responsiveness. The coils are wrapped with high-density foam as well to strengthen the edges of the mattress. One major perk? Saatva includes free white glove delivery, which means your mattress is never compressed in a box, and movers will set it up for you and remove your old mattress if needed. 

What our testers say: “The Saatva Classic is one of the best online mattresses in the market,” says Chapman. “It features high-quality, sturdy materials that are plush, supportive and comfortable. I’ve tested all three firmnesses and found they’re slightly firmer than advertised, but none of them lack cushioning. The Saatva Classic also has some of the best edge support I’ve ever tested, which can make the sleep surface feel larger.” You can learn more in our in-depth Saatva Classic Mattress review.

Expert tip: Choose the soft model if you want the most cushioning without sacrificing overall support. Choose the medium or firm model if you deal with back pain.


Best Mattress For Heavy People

A Durable Option That Supports 500 Pounds Per Side

Helix Plus (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Medium-firm (6 to 7) | Height: 11.5 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 100 nights | Warranty: 15 years

Best for:

  • People weighing over 230 pounds who need a sturdier mattress.
  • Heavier couples, thanks to motion isolation materials and edge support.
  • Anyone seeking a balance of support and plushness, plus pressure point relief.

Skip if:

  • You’re a side sleeper seeking a soft, plush mattress.
  • You’re a hot sleeper, as it’s not made with cooling materials; however, you can add on a Glaciotex cooling cover.

Helix is a brand that seemingly created a mattress for every sleeper. It offers a wide range of different mattresses, including the Helix Plus, a mattress specifically designed for people with larger bodies who want a bed that offers maximum support. Inside is an 8-inch-tall, strong pocketed coil support layer and multiple foam layers—one of which is the brand’s own latex-type foam which helps give the bed its firmer feel. You can also upgrade your Helix Plus with an optional pillow top or cooling cover, a very Helix-esque move, as the brand likes to give sleepers the power to customize a mattress in a way that suits their needs and preferences.

What our testers say: Lindsay Boyers, Forbes Vetted’s executive strategy editor, tested this mattress with her fiancé, who is a plus-sized sleeper. She reports, “It was supportive without being too firm, and it had enough give to cushion areas of deep compression while still supporting his back (he deals with chronic back pain, too).” However, Boyers adds, “As is, it’s not the most cooling mattress—there are no phase change materials or gels that actively help regulate your body temperature. Because of this, if you’re a hot sleeper, I’d recommend upgrading to the Glaciotex cooling cover.”

Expert tip: For a more luxurious look and feel, opt for the pillow top.


Best Soft Mattress

A Flippable Option That Suits Any Sleeping Position

Layla Memory Foam Mattress (Queen)

Type: Flippable foam | Brand firmness rating: Soft (4) and firm (7) | Height: 10.5 inches | Shipping: Free (in a box) | Trial: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

Best for:

  • Combination sleepers, since there’s a different firmness level on either side.
  • Anyone seeking the body-contouring feel of memory foam.
  • Couples, thanks to motion isolation materials

Skip if:

  • You prefer a bouncier and more structured innerspring or hybrid mattress.
  • You’re a heavy person who needs the support of a hybrid or innerspring.

The Layla Mattress is a flippable memory foam bed with a soft side and a firm side. Its main comfort material is copper-infused memory foam; the copper helps absorb body heat and evenly disperse it throughout the mattress. Because it features different firmnesses, it’s suitable for most sleeping positions—especially side and combination sleepers. We think it might be a little too soft in the long run for some back or stomach sleepers who need extra support. For sleepers over 230 pounds, we recommend the Layla Hybrid Mattress; it has the same plush feel with a more supportive base layer. 

What our testers say: “It feels like sleeping on a soft, fluffy pillow or marshmallow, but like typical memory foam, it still takes a few moments to bounce back to its normal full shape once weight is removed,” says Dillon. “I think the firm side of the Layla Mattress lands around a medium on the scale, while the soft side is a true soft.” Chapman adds, “I was super impressed with how well it tested for motion isolation; I don’t think you’d be disturbed by a pet or partner moving around on the other side of the bed.” Learn more in our full Layla Mattress review.

Expert tip: Combination sleepers should consider the firm side for a balanced feel that accommodates all positions.


Best Latex Mattress

An Eco-Friendly Mattress Ideal For Allergy Sufferers

Avocado Green Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Brand firmness rating: Plush (4), medium (6) and firm (7) | Height: 11 inches (firm), 13 inches (medium), 15.5 inches (plush) | Shipping: Free (in a box; optional in-home delivery for added fee) | Trial: 365 nights | Warranty: 25 years

Best for:

  • Most sleep positions, as it comes in three firmness levels.
  • Those who want organic materials, including GOTS-certified cotton and wool.
  • Couples, thanks to adequate motion isolation materials and edge support.
  • Hot sleepers, thanks to breathable materials including organic latex, which stays cooler than manufactured foams.

Skip if:

  • You’re seeking a mattress that prioritizes motion isolation and edge support.
  • You like an extra-plush feel and don’t want to pay extra for the pillow top upgrade.

Mattresses don’t get much greener than the Avocado. With a host of certifications under its belt, the Avocado Green Mattress is the best latex mattress for environmentally friendly shoppers who value natural and organic materials. Organic latex foam is made from the sap of a rubber tree and is the main comfort material in the Avocado Green Mattress. It also features GOTS-certified cotton and wool, an organic certification backing its green construction and manufacturing process, and recycled steel pocketed coils. Shoppers can choose the standard Avocado Green Mattress model or upgrade to a pillow-top or box-top bed for more softness. One of our testers slept on the box-top model for almost two months and shared her experience in this Avocado Green Mattress review.

What our testers say: Chapman says, “The Avocado Green tested okay for motion isolation, but it really shined in its responsiveness—which means you can easily move around on the bed and not feel stuck. I also found it to have pretty good edge support in my testing.” Dillon adds, “I found the standard model to be a true firm mattress, which was a bit too rigid for me. With the pillow top, its firmness profile definitely becomes softer and plusher. I think the standard model is best for back and stomach sleepers. The pillow top model is also too firm for some side sleepers in my opinion, so I’d suggest going for the box-top option if you primarily sleep on your side.”

Expert tip: Most bed-in-a-box mattresses produce an off-gassing odor, but Avocado’s natural construction prevents that from happening.


Why Trust Forbes Vetted

Thanks to our team’s collective expertise, we’ve built a robust library of sleep guides that contains everything from our top mattress and bedding picks to expert-approved tips on how to get better rest.

  • Senior mattress and sleep editor Bridget Chapman has been testing mattresses for three years. She’s tried various tools for testing in the past, including pressure maps and heat radar guns, to see what’s accurate and the best reflection of a mattress’s performance. Chapman knows what to look for in a mattress to determine its firmness, feel, pressure relief, support, cooling abilities, ease of movement and motion transfer. She uses her decade of experience as a journalist and sleep science coach certification to decipher between false advertising claims and reality in the online mattress world.
  • Mattress and sleep editor McKenzie Dillon is a certified sleep science coach and prolific mattress tester; collectively, she and Chapman have tested more than 100 mattresses over the last five years. This allows them to have an elevated set of standards when recommending different models to sleepers of different styles and body weights.
  • Additionally, executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers and senior strategy editor Katie Simpson oversee each mattress update and are sleep experts in their own right, with backgrounds in mattress testing. Boyers is also a certified sleep science coach and has personally tested more than 24 mattresses.
  • Finally, our network of contributors sleep on and test mattresses for at least 30 nights at a time to provide insights for Forbes Vetted. Alison Barretta, who contributed to this list and has experience with back pain, is one of our top mattress testing contributors and used her insights for this story.
  • We continuously monitor new developments in the industry and keep tabs on the latest mattress recalls to verify that none of our picks have been affected.
  • We routinely update this story to bring you the most current and helpful information. It was last refreshed in May 2024 by Chapman to add more selections to the list and expand upon our testing criteria.


How We Chose The Best Mattresses Of 2024

We first sought out reputable mattress brands and compared the aspects of their best-selling models.

  • We prioritized beds designed for excellent performance across key features like pressure relief, spine alignment, motion isolation, temperature control and edge support, as well as mattresses that offer convenient shipping and delivery policies.
  • We leveraged insights from our sleep team and our mattress testing expertise to narrow down our list further. Each mattress that made the cut comes personally recommended by our writers and editors, who tested them firsthand.
  • We reviewed which mattresses are the most sought-after among Forbes Vetted readers (both in this story and others) and sifted through hundreds of customer reviews to check that they’re overwhelmingly positive.


How We Test Mattresses

We aim to test every mattress the best way possible—by sleeping on them for at least 30 nights and reporting our findings. However, we can only test some mattresses for a few hours a time. Below is how we test for the following performance factors.

  • Pressure relief: Pressure relief is how well a mattress can alleviate pressure points along your hips, back and shoulders while in different sleeping positions. To test for this, we lie on the mattresses and document where any pressure or pain is building. While side sleeping, it’s essential to have strong pressure relief around the shoulder and hip. For back sleeping, it’s best to feel relief around the hips and back. And for stomach sleeping, pressure relief isn’t as troublesome—it’s more about making sure your hips are lifted and staying in line with your shoulders so you can maintain healthy sleep posture. That being said, we still pay attention to any pressure hot spots while stomach sleeping on a mattress. We compare our findings with one another to see who we can confidently recommend selections for.
  • Motion transfer: Motion transfer is how movement travels across a mattress. We test this by lying on one side of the mattress and having someone else sit, roll around and jump on the other side of the bed. If a mattress has strong motion isolation, you should only feel large movements like jumping. We also put a glass of water on one side of the mattress and move around on the other side to see how it affects it.
  • Support: To test support, we document whether the center of the mattress (or any other areas) sinks in at all in comparison to the sides. We also sit and sleep near the edges of the mattress to see whether the edges remain stabilized. Finally, we pay attention to spinal alignment in each sleeping position and whether the mattress is supportive enough to promote healthy sleep posture.
  • Ease of movement: For ease of movement, we lie on the mattress until we’re settled in a sleeping position. Then, we move around to different positions and get in and out of bed to assess the level of effort involved. We also test how bouncy a mattress is by jumping on it or dropping a large item on it. Bounciness can make a mattress more responsive, but it’s not always a necessary factor. If a mattress is responsive, you can move around effortlessly. Otherwise, you may feel stuck in the bed and as though it takes more work to move around and get up.
  • Cooling: To test for cooling abilities, we see if the mattress has a cool-to-the-touch sensation and how it feels to lie in one position for at least 15 minutes. Again, we prefer to test cooling by sleeping on a mattress for at least 30 nights and report our findings, but you can generally tell if a mattress is cooling or not by its materials and how you feel while lying on it for an allotted amount of time. Many mattresses quickly lose any cooling sensation within the first 15 minutes.


How To Choose The Best Mattress For You

It’s no secret that buying a new mattress is a big investment, both for your wallet and overall health. To find the best mattresses for you (and, if applicable, your partner), consider these important points, including sleep position, mattress type and firmness level, before making your purchase.

Sleep Position

The position you sleep in plays a part in your choice of mattress. Certain beds are structured to accommodate specific (or multiple sleeping positions), and identifying yours is a great place to start.

  • The best mattresses for side sleepers are typically on the softer side and cradle joints while still offering support. Side sleepers need pressure relief and spinal alignment the most, since their hips and shoulders bear the brunt of their weight.
  • The best mattresses for stomach sleepers tend to be on the firmer side, since this sleeping position can easily cause neck or back pain if you’re on a mattress that’s too soft.
  • The best mattresses for back sleepers keep the spine aligned without sacrificing comfort around your joints and lower back; a medium-firm bed is often the way to go.
  • The best mattresses for combo sleepers are often hybrids that blend elements of an innerspring and foam mattress to meet a variety of needs, since these sleepers switch positions throughout the night.

Mattress Type

There are several types of mattresses to choose from—the one you pick has everything to do with your sleep style and personal preferences. Here’s a breakdown on each:

  • All-foam or Memory foam mattresses contain body-contouring materials that are ideal for back pain and pressure relief. They also minimize motion transfer, a plus for couples. On the flip side, some people don’t like the feeling of sinking into the mattress.
  • Innerspring mattresses offer superior support and a firm, bouncy surface feel. They can also sleep cooler than all-foam mattresses. However, they lack the plushness preferred by some sleepers.
  • Hybrid mattresses have a supportive spring system plus foam upper layers for added comfort. They also tend to be more breathable than all-foam mattresses. If you’re unsure what kind of mattress to look for, a hybrid is generally a great in-between option.
  • Latex mattresses sport a springy, bouncy feel while excelling at deep contouring for pressure points. Latex is a natural material and tends to be more eco-friendly than manufactured foams. Temperature-wise, it’s also cooler than foam, making it a better choice for those who sleep hot.
  • Adjustable mattresses let you change the firmness or position of your mattress, which comes in handy if you and your partner have different preferences. They come in two different styles: those that allow you to manipulate the firmness and feel of the bed itself, and those that come paired with adjustable frames, which let you move the mattress to different positions.

Firmness

Mattresses come in a range of firmness levels, from soft to extra-firm. Most mattress brands rate firmness on a 10-point scale: 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest.

  • Soft mattresses (3 to 5 on the firmness scale) tend to make sleepers feel like they’re more “in” than “on top of” the bed. Because of their softer feel, plush mattresses are generally best suited for side sleepers or petite sleepers since these folks don’t sink as deeply into their beds.
  • Firm mattresses or medium-firm mattresses (5.5 to 7 on the firmness scale) are best for back sleepers, stomach sleepers or those with back pain. Generally, these beds provide a more on-top feel than soft or medium-soft options. Average-weight to heavyweight sleepers are typically best suited for this firmness level.
  • Extra-firm mattresses (7.5 to 10 on the firmness scale) feel much sturdier than soft to medium-firm mattresses. This makes them a good choice for heavyweight sleepers or heavyweight couples who need more solid support.

Cooling Features

If you sleep warm, look for a mattress made with cooling materials so as not to interrupt your sleep. For example, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe—our top pick for a cooling mattress—uses a coil base, gel-infused layers of foam and a cooling color to ward off body heat. As a rule of thumb, hybrid, latex and innerspring mattresses run cooler than all-foam beds because they’re made with coils, which allow for greater airflow.

Pain Relief

The best mattresses for back pain, hip pain and shoulder pain are ones that aren’t too soft or too firm. Generally, mattresses with a medium-firm feel hit that pain-relief sweet spot. As for materials, people with back pain are typically better off sleeping on a mattress that balances comfort and support—think an innerspring or hybrid bed. Those with shoulder or hip pain are better off with a memory foam or latex mattress that provides deep contouring and pressure relief.mIf you’re looking for a specific recommendation, we chose the we chose the Saatva Rx as our top pick for back pain sufferers because it’s specifically designed to promote proper spinal alignment.

Trial Period And Warranty

The best mattress brands offer generous risk-free trial periods that let you “test out” your mattress for anywhere from 100 nights to a full year. If you’re not satisfied, you can exchange it or get a refund. As for mattress warranties, the brands on our list each cover your bed for a minimum of 10 years. Warranties generally cover manufacturing defects, like broken coils or ripped seams, while wear and tear that occurs over time from normal use is typically not covered.

Delivery

For easy delivery, many retailers offer bed-in-a-box mattresses that are vacuum-sealed and shipped in compact boxes. Keep in mind that a compressed mattress is still heavy, but setup is simple: Just unwrap it and let it expand. (See our mattress unboxing tips story for more in-depth info on the dos and don’ts.)

Some retailers require you to schedule a home delivery, but if you’re lucky, it may be complimentary. For instance, Saatva purchases include free white glove delivery plus removal of your old mattress.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which Popular Mattress Brand Is Best?

There are several reputable brands that prioritize both quality and convenience—all of our picks ship their beds right to your door and come with generous trial periods, so you can test out the mattress from the comfort of home. Helix, whose Midnight Luxe mattress earned the top spot on this list,  is one of our favorite brands.

How Much Should I Pay For A Good Mattress?

A new mattress is a big investment, but considering that you’ll use it every night—and it can last up to 7 to 10 years—it’s a worthwhile one. That being said, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Mattress prices can range from $500 budget picks to luxury options that are $4,000 or more. The sweet spot is usually around $800 to $2,000 for a quality queen-sized mattress that still offers plenty of value. As a general rule, more expensive mattresses are made with higher-end materials that are designed to hold up over time.

When Is The Best Month To Buy A Mattress?

When you’re in the market for a new bed, it’s smart to keep tabs on mattress sales. Many of the picks on our list are regularly discounted year-round. However, if you’re itching for a good deal, holiday shopping events are often the best times to buy a mattress. You’ll find steep discounts on mattresses over Memorial Day weekend, which is Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 this year—although, many brands start their sales as early as the first week of May. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales also slash hundreds of dollars off some of our top mattress picks.

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