Buying a new mattress can be a daunting process. It’s a large investment, and it can be hard to find the right one to suit your needs. That’s why we’ve done the research to help narrow down your options. Using our unbiased, data-driven methodology, we collected and analyzed information for hundreds of mattresses on the market today, taking into account the opinions of professional reviewers and consumers like you.
For our latest rating, we researched 361 mattresses from 37 companies to arrive at our final list, which features 21 mattresses loved by customers and professional reviewers alike. In this guide, we’ll detail the top 10 mattresses of 2022 and explain how each one is designed and how much each mattress costs to help you find the best mattress for you.
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Over the past year, we’ve brought the best-rated mattresses into our 360 Reviews Lab to see what they’re like in person. In this video, we’ll show you all the details of our top five mattresses firsthand and cover everything you need to know to pick the right one for your needs.
The Casper Hybrid Mattress(USN&WR)
Casper Original Hybrid: The Casper Original Hybrid is a variation of the brand’s flagship all-foam mattress, the Casper Original. The Casper Original Hybrid combines Casper’s unique foam layers with a layer of springs. With a score of 4.2 out of 5, the Casper Original Hybrid takes first place in several of our ratings – Best Online Mattresses, Best Hybrid Mattresses, and Best Mattresses of 2022 overall.
The top layer of the mattress is made with Casper’s proprietary AirScape foam which is perforated to allow hot air to dissipate. The second layer of foam is zoned: it’s firmer in the midsection and softer at the head and foot of the mattress in order to provide strong support where you need it while allowing your shoulders to sink in comfortably. This zoning makes it a good option for side sleepers and combination sleepers. The base is a 7-inch layer of individually wrapped springs. This gives the mattress more bounce than its all-foam counterpart, but the individual encasings around each coil help to isolate motion and prevent it from spreading across the mattress.
Learn more in our Casper Original Hybrid review.
The Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress(USN&WR)
Tuft & Needle Mint: Two Tuft & Needle mattresses tie for the No. 2 spot in our overall Best Mattress rating: the Mint and the Original. In addition to our overall Best Mattresses rating, the Tuft & Needle Mint is No. 1 in our Best Lower-Priced Mattresses and Best Memory Foam Mattresses, and it’s No. 2 in Best Online Mattresses of 2022.
The Tuft & Needle Mint is an all-foam mattress composed of three different layers. The top layer is 3 inches thick and made of Tuft & Needle’s T&N Adaptive foam which features an open-cell structure to allow for more airflow. The foam is also infused with graphite and cooling gel which work to pull heat away from the body. The middle Mint layer is made of Adaptive foam infused with ceramic cooling gel for added cooling and support. Finally, the base layer is made of dense polyfoam. The mattress is wrapped in a knit cover that’s removable and machine-washable.
Learn more in our Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress review.
The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress(USN&WR)
Tuft & Needle Original: The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is made with two layers of memory foam, including the brand’s proprietary T&N Adaptive foam. The dense base layer provides support and structure while the top comfort layer contours to the body. The Adaptive foam’s open-cell structure plus the addition of graphite and gel helps to reduce heat retention, which is a common problem in all-foam mattresses.
As a medium-firm mattress, the Original is a good option for a variety of sleepers. And at $895 for a queen size at the time of our data collection, it’s affordable compared to most mattresses and tops our rating of the Best Budget Mattresses of 2022. Like other Tuft & Needle mattresses, the Original comes with free shipping and a 100-day sleep trial.
Learn more in our Tuft & Needle Original Mattress review.
The Saatva Classic Mattress(USN&WR)
Saatva Classic: The Saatva Classic places at No. 4 in our overall Best Mattresses of 2022 list but it sweeps numerous No. 1 spots in our other mattress ratings, including Best Firm Mattress, Best Cooling Mattress, and Best Mattress for Back Pain.
The Saatva Classic is the only innerspring mattress to make our ratings. It features a unique coil-on-coil design composed of a layer of individually pocketed coils on top of a layer of thicker coils without casings. A high-density foam perimeter aids in edge support while a thin layer of high-density in the midsection of the mattress provides enhanced lumbar support. The mattress is topped with a quilted Euro-style pillow top.
Saatva allows you to choose the height and feel of the mattress with two height options (11.5 inches or 14.5 inches) and three options for firmness ranging from Plush Soft at a 3 on the 1-to-10 firmness scale to Firm at an 8. These options make the Saatva Classic suitable for a variety of sleepers – side sleepers and lightweight sleepers will likely find the softer versions more comfortable while back and stomach sleepers will do best on firmer options.
Learn more in our Saatva Classic review.
Layla Hybrid Mattress(USN&WR)
Layla Hybrid: Layla mattresses are unique for their flippable design that gives sleepers the option of using a soft side or a firm side. In the case of the Layla Hybrid, the soft side is about a 4 on the 1-to-10 firmness scale, and the firm side is about a 7.
The Layla Hybrid has a core layer of individually wrapped coils. The perimeter of this layer features double rows of densely packed coils for extra edge support. The firmer side of the mattress has 2.5 inches of memory foam comprising two layers on top of the coils. If you flip the mattress to the softer side, there are two layers of foam totaling 4.5 inches. Both sides feature foam that’s made with copper gel. Copper-infused foam has antimicrobial and cooling properties.
Learn more in our Layla Hybrid Mattress review.
The Original Lull Mattress(USN&WR)
Original Lull Mattress: The Original Lull Mattress is a medium-firm memory foam mattress. It has a relatively simple construction, similar to that of the Tuft & Needle Mint, with a base layer of dense foam, a middle layer of proprietary high-resilience foam for support, and a top layer of gel-infused memory foam for cooling and comfort. A queen-sized Original Lull Mattress cost $1,099 at the time of our data collection, placing it at No. 2 in our rating of the Best Lower-Priced Mattresses of 2022.
As an all-foam mattress, the Original Lull might be a good choice for those looking for motion isolation, such as couples or those who share their bed with pets.
Learn more in our Original Lull Mattress review.
The Birch Natural Mattress(USN&WR)
Birch Natural: Made from natural latex as well as organic wool and cotton, the Birch Natural Mattress places at No. 1 in our ratings of the Best Organic Mattresses and Best Latex Mattresses of 2022. It’s one of two mattresses to make these ratings, along with the Avocado Green. It also ties with the Saatva Classic Mattress for the top spot in our ratings of the Best Cooling Mattresses and Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers.
As a hybrid mattress, it combines pocketed steel coils in its base layer with a middle layer of foam. The foam is made from natural Talalay latex to provide cushioning and support. Unlike memory foams that compress under heat and pressure, latex foams are bouncier and more responsive. Layers of organic wool pad the top of the mattress, which comes encased in an organic cotton cover. These breathable materials help wick away moisture and regulate your body temperature as you sleep.
Learn more in our Birch Natural review.
The Casper Original Foam Mattress (USN&WR)
Casper Original Foam: The second of two Casper mattresses to make our ratings, the Original is an all-foam mattress that places at No. 8 in our overall Best Mattresses of 2022 rating as well as No. 3 in Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers and No. 4 in Best Memory Foam Mattresses.
The Original Foam Mattress has a three-layer construction consisting of a thick base layer, a supportive middle layer, and a cushioning comfort layer. Like other Casper mattresses, this top layer is made of the brand’s own AirScape foam which has thousands of holes through it to allow warm air to escape. The middle layer actually consists of two different foam densities – this layer is firmer in the midsection of the mattress where the bulk of a sleeper’s weight rests and is softer at the ends. This helps keep the spine aligned in an ergonomic position. The dense base layer provides support.
Learn more in our Casper Original Foam Mattress review.
The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress(USN&WR)
Nectar Memory Foam: The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is relatively soft for a medium-firm mattress, at a 6.5 on the 1-to-10 standard firmness scale, although firmness can be subjective. This Nectar mattress is made with three layers of memory foam for a body-hugging feeling that should be suitable for a variety of sleeper types.
Nectar offers a 365-day sleep trial, so you have a full year to decide whether or not the mattress is the right choice for you. It’s also one of only a few mattress companies to offer a lifetime warranty. Each Nectar mattress also comes with a free set of bedding accessories that includes a mattress protector, a sheet set, and pillows. (Twin and twin XL mattresses come with one pillow while full through California king sizes come with two.)
Learn more in our Nectar Memory Foam Mattress review.
The Avocado Green Mattress(USN&WR)
Avocado Green Mattress: The Green Mattress from Avocado is a hybrid mattress made with organic materials. It’s a 7 on the firmness scale and its latex foam gives it more resilience and bounce than you get from traditional memory foam. This makes it a great choice for back and combination sleepers, especially those who sleep hot. Side sleepers may want to add the optional attached pillow top, which brings the firmness down to a 6 and provides a plusher feel.
The Avocado Green Mattress holds the distinction of having the most certifications of any mattress in our rating. The brand aims to create natural and sustainable products. The Green Mattress carries some of the same certifications as other mattresses, such as the GreenGuard Gold certification for low chemical emissions and the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification for textile safety, but it’s also made with certified organic latex, wool, and cotton. Additionally, Avocado has certifications for social responsibility. Its wool is certified under the Responsible Wool Standard for animal welfare, and the company is a certified B corp that’s Climate Neutral certified and a member of 1% for the Planet, among other accolades. The Avocado Green Mattress is another mattress on this list that comes with a year-long sleep trial.
Learn more in our Avocado Green Mattress review.
The best mattress for you will depend on your sleep position, body type, and budget. When looking for a mattress, you should also take into account whether you tend to sleep hot or suffer from any pain. These factors can help you determine the mattress materials, firmness level, and price that will meet your needs.
Some mattresses are better suited to certain sleeping positions than others. Knowing whether you sleep mainly on your back, side, or stomach can help you pick a mattress that’s right for you.
Sleeping on your side can place pressure on your neck, shoulders, and hips. As a result, side sleepers may prefer a softer-feeling mattress that allows for some sinkage to cushion pressure points. Mattresses made with body-contouring materials, like memory foam, are often recommended for side sleepers.
In order to keep their spines aligned, back sleepers typically need a mattress that’s firm enough to lift up their hips, as well as soft enough to relieve pressure. A medium-firm mattress could offer the right balance of comfort and support for back sleepers.
Stomach sleepers want to avoid a mattress that sags too much beneath their weight. This can cause their hips to sink lower than the rest of their body, which can throw off their spinal alignment. A mattress on the firmer side can help provide the elevation that stomach sleepers need.
To avoid waking up with aches and pains, you want a mattress that is not only comfortable, but keeps your neck, shoulders, and hips in line. A mattress that is too soft might not provide adequate support for your spine, which can lead to back pain. One that is too firm can cause pain at pressure points like the shoulders and hips. If your mattress is causing you pain or discomfort, you can adjust the feel and firmness by purchasing a mattress topper.
Your body type plays a role in how you experience a mattress’s firmness level. Sleepers who weigh more will apply more pressure to a mattress. These sleepers should avoid mattresses on the softer and thinner side that may sag beneath their weight. Instead, heavy sleepers should consider firmer beds made with thick layers and durable materials. On the other hand, an especially firm or thick mattress may not provide enough cushioning for a lighter-weight sleeper who won’t sink into its layers as much.
Feeling too hot or too cold at night can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. Overheating is a common problem, as body heat is easily trapped in soft bedding materials. That’s why experts recommend keeping your bedroom at a temperature of 60 to 67 degrees. A cooling mattress can also help you sleep comfortably throughout the night.
If you tend to sleep hot, keep in mind that certain mattress materials regulate temperature better than others. For example, support coils, which are found in hybrid and innerspring models, help increase airflow. When it comes to foam types, latex is more naturally breathable than memory foam. That said, some manufacturers have developed their own variations on memory foam using gel infusions or open-cell design to help disperse heat. A cover with moisture-wicking properties is also common in cooling mattresses.
The materials used in a mattress’s construction can impact its feel, cost, and ability to regulate temperature. Some mattresses are made entirely of foam while others contain innersprings. Hybrid mattresses feature a combination of foam and springs. There are different kinds of foam that can be used in mattresses, such as memory foam or latex. A few manufacturers aim to use mostly natural materials in their mattresses, like organic cotton and wool.
For more information about common mattress materials and their properties, see our section on the different mattress types in the FAQ below.
You can find a mattress at a wide range of price points. Our Best Cheap Mattresses page includes our rating of the Best Budget Mattresses for less than $900 for a queen size, while our Best Lower-Priced Mattresses list features options priced slightly above $1,000. If durability and high-quality materials are a priority and you’re not shopping within a budget, you might expect to pay a few thousand dollars for a luxury mattress.
Generally speaking, the more complex a mattress’s construction is, the higher the price tag. If a hybrid mattress contains multiple comfort layers and individually wrapped coils, it will likely cost more than an innerspring bed with fewer layers and a single unit of connected coils. Likewise, the process required to convert natural latex into foam makes it a pricier material than synthetic latex or memory foam. However, some memory foams contain added cooling technology that can hike up the mattress price.
Buying a Bed-in-a-Box Mattress Online vs. In-Store
When shopping for a mattress, you’ll likely come across the term “bed-in-a-box.” This refers to a mattress that has been compressed to fit into a box so it can ship to your door. You may associate bed-in-a-box mattresses with online companies, but it’s not always the case that a bed-in-a-box mattress has to be bought online or that a mattress you buy online has to be a bed-in-a-box.
Much like how many mattress stores have websites through which you can purchase a mattress for delivery, many mattress companies that started as direct-to-consumer websites have made their products available in department stores or their own storefronts. In some cases, stores have mattresses boxed and ready for you to take home. Costco, for example, stocks Novaform mattresses in boxes that you can take home. On the other hand, some brands such as Avocado have showrooms where you can try out the products, but you’ll need to place an order for the items to be delivered.
So should you shop in a store or online? There are pros and cons to each. Shopping in a store gives you the opportunity to see and feel the products in person. You also have direct access to salespeople who can answer any questions you have. On the other hand, going to a store can be time-consuming, and retail markups can eat into your budget.
Buying online can be cheaper and more convenient if you want to avoid a store altogether. You can easily browse numerous websites and research any number of mattresses from your own home. However, a lack of hands-on experience means you might end up not liking your mattress and having to go through a complicated return process. You’ll also be tasked with unboxing the mattress once it arrives unless you opt for white glove delivery.
How much should I spend on a mattress?
You can expect to spend anywhere between a few hundred dollars and several thousand dollars on a queen mattress. Of the hundreds of mattresses we analyzed to create our rating, prices ranged from about $200 to about $6,000, with an average cost of about $1,400. That said, it is possible to find a new queen-size mattress for under $100.
What you pay for a new mattress will vary depending on its type, materials, and size. If you’re looking to spend less on a mattress, consider a smaller size. Twin mattresses are the smallest standard size and the least expensive. Mattress websites often list the price of a twin-size mattress as the starting price for a particular mattress model. Keep in mind that the price of a king size can be more than double that of a twin.
You can visit our guide to the Best Cheap Mattresses of 2022 for more information about the least expensive options from our overall Best Mattresses rating.
What mattresses are most comfortable?
The mattress that’s most comfortable for you will depend on your body type and sleep style. These factors can help you determine which firmness level will feel the best.
Also known as the comfort level or mattress “feel,” firmness level refers to how much the mattress compresses underneath the weight of your body. Mattress firmness options range from soft to firm, with many mattresses available as in-between levels like medium-firm. A softer mattress tends to sink more beneath your weight, making you feel more cradled. However, a firmer mattress doesn’t yield as much, giving you the sensation that you are sleeping on top of the mattress rather than in it.
When looking at firmness levels, keep in mind that comfort is subjective. A bed that is too stiff for one sleeper might also provide the necessary amount of support for another sleeper. For example, side sleepers or lightweight sleepers who require pressure-point relief and cushioning from their mattress might feel more comfortable with a softer feel. Stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and heavier individuals who need more lift to keep their spine aligned might prefer a firmer feeling mattress. Medium-firm mattresses tend to be a popular option, combining contouring and support for average-weight individuals and a variety of sleeper types.
Mattress companies may use a scale of 1 to 10 to describe the firmness of a mattress, with lower numbers indicating softer mattresses and higher numbers indicating firmer mattresses. A medium-firm mattress tends to fall between 6.5 and 7.5 on a standard firmness scale. Some manufacturers provide their own descriptions for comfort level, using "plush" instead of "soft," for example. When possible, we've tried to lessen the confusion by translating these terms into standard firmness levels.
How often should you replace your mattress?
In general, the Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress after seven years of use. However, most of the mattresses in our rating come with warranties that will cover your mattress for at least 10 years. A few manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties. Regardless of how long you’ve owned your mattress, it may be time to find a replacement if it’s showing visible signs of wear, causing you discomfort, or no longer providing you with a restful night’s sleep.
What are the different types of mattresses?
Our ratings feature a range of mattress types containing different materials.
Memory foam mattressescontain viscoelastic foam, a slow-moving material designed to soften in response to body heat and pressure. A memory foam mattress might combine one or more layers of viscoelastic foam with layers of another kind of foam that is denser or firmer.
Innerspring mattressesfeature a core containing metal coils for support. The coil layer is often topped with a layer of soft material like cotton batting for comfort.
Hybrid mattressescombine the coil system found in innerspring mattresses with the cushioning found in all-foam models. Unlike spring mattresses, a hybrid mattress may include several comfort layers made from memory foam or latex.
Latex mattressescontain foam made from either natural or synthetic latex. Latex foam is bouncier and quicker to respond than memory foam. A latex mattress might include a combination of latex and another kind of foam or a layer of coils.
How to clean a mattress?
In order to keep your mattress clean, several of the manufacturers in our rating recommend using it with a protector that can be removed and washed by hand or in a washing machine. A mattress protector can help you avoid damage to the mattress, like stains and spills, that could void your warranty.
What mattresses are best for back pain?
Three of our Best Mattresses of 2022 are featured in our rating of the Best Mattresses for Back Pain. These mattresses are:
- Saatva Classic
- Nectar Memory Foam
- The WinkBed
Hybrid, innerspring, or foam mattresses can all help to alleviate back pain. If you’re dealing with back pain, you may want to consider a mattress with a medium-firm feel. However, the right firmness is different for each sleeper. For example, a mattress that feels medium-firm to an average-weight or heavy sleeper might be too firm for a lightweight sleeper.
Our Sleep Experts
Sarah Shelton is a senior editor and the editorial team lead for U.S. News 360 Reviews. She is a seasoned consumer advice expert, with more than 10 years of experience creating buying guides, reviews, and how-to content. Shelton specializes in sleep products such as mattresses and is a Certified Sleep Science Coach.
Chelsea Van Bloom is a 360 Reviews senior editor with a decade of experience as a writer and editor. As a category lead on the 360 Reviews team, she specializes in producing content about sleep products like mattresses, pillows, and sheets, and home goods such as refrigerators, vacuums, and other appliances. Prior to joining U.S. News, her work focused on consumer products for both major retailers and small companies. She has a bachelor's degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.
Haniya Rae is a journalist and editor with more than five years of experience writing about sleep products and sleep health. She is currently an editor and content strategist for U.S. News & World Report’s 360 Reviews Sleep segment.
The following describes our 360 approach to researching and analyzing mattresses to guide prospective consumers.
1. We researched the brands and products people care most about.
U.S. News analyzed and compared publicly available internet search data to determine which brands of mattresses consumers are most interested in. We found 37 mattress companies that stand out in terms of volume of searches and research among consumers. Once we identified these brands, we reviewed manufacturer data to determine every make and model of mattresses made by the brand at the time of publication.
We evaluated every product offered by each company. In some cases, there were certain add-on variations of the products offered. In these cases, we considered these as ancillary features of one product and not separate models. We decided given that the core product was the same, aggregating the consumer data on these products was the most useful way to evaluate mattresses.
Because product lines tend to launch or discontinue often, U.S. News made the best effort to review active and available product lines as of the date of publication.
2. We created an objective 360 Overall Ratings based on our analysis of third-party reviews.
Our scoring methodology is based on a composite analysis of the ratings and reviews published by credible third-party professional and consumer review sources. The ratings are not based on the personal opinions, tests, or experiences of U.S. News. To calculate the ratings:
(a) We compiled two types of third-party reviews and ratings:
· Professional Ratings and Reviews. Many independent mattress industry sources have published their assessments of mattresses on the web. We consider several of these third-party reviews to be reputable and well-researched. However, professional reviewers often make recommendations that contradict one another. Rather than relying on a single source, U.S. News believes consumers benefit most when these opinions and recommendations are all considered and analyzed with an objective, consensus-based methodology.
· Consumer Ratings and Reviews. U.S. News also reviewed published consumer ratings and reviews of mattresses. Sources with a sufficient number of quality consumer reviews were included in our scoring model.
***Please note that not all professional and consumer rating sources met our criteria for objectivity. Therefore, some sources were excluded from our model.
(b) We standardized the inputs to create a common scale.
The third-party review source data was collected in a variety of forms, including ratings, recommendations, and accolades. Before including each third-party data point into our scoring equation, we had to standardize it so that it could be compared on an apples-to-apples basis with data points from other review sources. We used the scoring methodology described below to convert these systems to a comparable scale.
The 360 scoring process first converted each third-party rating into a common 0 to 5 scale. To balance the distribution of scores within each source’s scale, we used a standard deviation (or Z-Score) calculation to determine how each mattress that a source rated was scored in comparison to the source’s mean score. We then used the Z-Score to create a standardized U.S. News score using the method outlined below:
- Calculating the Z-Score: The Z-Score represents a data point's relation to the mean measurement of the data set. The Z-Score is negative when the data point is below the mean and positive when it's above the mean; a Z-Score of 0 means it's equal to the mean. To determine the Z-Score for each third-party rating of a mattress, we calculated the mean of the ratings across all mattresses evaluated by that third-party source. We then subtracted the mean from the mattress’ rating and divided it by the standard deviation to produce the Z-Score.
- Calculating the T-Score: We used a T-Score calculation to convert the Z-Score to a 0-100 scale by multiplying the Z-Score by 10. To ensure that the mean was equal across all data points, we added our desired scoring mean (between 0 and 10) to the T-Score to create an adjusted T-Score.
- Calculating the common-scale rating: We divided the adjusted T-Score, which is on a 100-point scale, by 20 to convert the third-party rating to a common 0-5 point system.
(c) We calculated the 360 Overall Score based on a weighted-average model.
We assigned “source weights” to each source used in the consensus scoring model based on our assessment of how much the source is trusted and recognized by consumers and how much its published review process indicates that it is both comprehensive and editorially independent. The source weights are assigned on a 1-5 scale. Any source with an assigned weight less than 2 was excluded from the consensus scoring model.
Finally, we combined the converted third-party data points using a weighted average formula based on source weight. This formula calculated the consensus score for each mattress product line, which we call the 360 Overall Rating.
Firmness is an important factor for many consumers, but unfortunately, there is no objective standard for what is considered “firm,” “soft,” or anything in between. Where possible, we used manufacturers' assessments for firmness ratings and standardized it to a 10-point scale. Where such information was unavailable, we omitted any mention of firmness relative to a mattress and excluded that product from certain sub-categories that depend upon firmness.
Mattress type is another important factor for many consumers. We considered four options for mattress type: innerspring, foam, latex, and hybrid. “Hybrid” mattresses are growing in popularity, but there is no objective standard for what they consist of. Our standard for what counts as a hybrid mattress is when the manufacturer explicitly states that the mattress is hybrid. This could be in the actual name of the mattress or within the explanation of the mattress materials and specs.
Another important factor for some consumers is whether a mattress is cooling or not. A cooling mattress has one or more layers manufactured from a material designed to lower body temperature or wick away moisture and/or heat. The best cooling mattresses will contain a cooling top layer along with secondary layers that contain a gel or are infused with an element such as copper or graphite which have high thermal conductivity.
An organic mattress is made of natural and organic raw materials. To be considered organic the material must be grown or farmed in accordance with specific guidelines and must not contain petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, or synthetic products. The raw materials may not be explicitly certified to be organic, however, the processed raw materials may have a certification. For this subrating, we only categorized mattresses as organic if they contain materials certified to be organic by a reputable organization.
A mattress is to be considered a memory foam mattress when it contains conforming viscoelastic foam. Our memory foam rating also includes mattresses that have proprietary foam materials that perform similar to memory foam. Memory foam softens and conforms to the body in response to temperature and weight.
A mattress-in-a-box is a mattress that is delivered compressed in a box and then expands to its full size. Our subrating includes mattresses that ship free and weigh less than average for a queen-size of that mattress type.
A mattress for side sleepers is typically one with a firmness rating of soft to medium and uses foam material that conforms to the body shape, performing similarly to memory foam. For this subrating, we referenced professional reviews that highlighted our top mattresses for side sleepers.
A cooling mattress is breathable and cool to the touch. For this subrating, we referenced professional reviews that highlighted our top mattresses with cooling capabilities.
Mattresses for heavy sleepers and those with back pain are typically on the firmer side and have zoned areas for comfort. For these subratings, we referenced professional reviews that highlighted our top mattresses geared toward sleepers with back pain or for sleepers that weigh more than 250 pounds.
A mattress for stomach sleepers was determined by professional reviews that highlighted our rated mattresses as the best for side sleepers.
All of the data used in our mattress ratings were accurate as of December 20, 2021.