Best Mattress Reviews And Buyers Guide

by | Oct 27, 2016 | Mattress | 53 comments

Purchasing a new mattress is a serious matter. Just consider: you spend over 6 hours a day, therefore over 42 hours a week, and about a third of the years of your life in its care. Your mattress will be the place where you have your greatest dreams, and the place you crawl into after your most painful defeats. Your mattress is a comfort zone, and it needs to be of a fine and enduring quality to meet your individual need.

Since choosing the right mattress can be an aggravating task, I have taken the liberty to select some of the best mattresses on the market that I, along with another member of our team, have personally tested. Our top choice is revealed further down based on quality, lifespan, comfort, motion transfer, heat retention and so much more.

Because choosing a good mattress should be as research intensive as choosing a new car, here is our 2016 mattress buying guide to ensure that you find the best bed suited for you whether its a twin, a king or otherwise.

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Table of Contents

Comparisons

Our Review Process

  • How and What We Test

Buyers Guide

  • Types
  • How To Buy A Mattress

Our Top 5 Picks

Verdict

Comparisons Around $1000

ModelTypeWarrantyPriceOur Rating
Hyphen-Mattress
Hyphen Mattress
Memory Foam20 Year Warranty$$4.6 Stars
Review and Discount
Novos-Mattress
Novosbed Mattress
Memory Foam15 Year Warranty$$$$4.5 Stars
Review and Get $100 off
Amerisleep-Liberty-Mattress-featured-image
Amerisleep Liberty
Memory Foam20 Year Warranty$$$$$4.4 Stars
Review and Get $50 off
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Alexander Signature
Memory Foam20 Year Warranty$$$$$4.4 Stars
Review and Discount
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Layla Mattress
Dual Firmness Memory FoamLifetime Warranty$$$4.3 Stars
Review and Get $50 off
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Eve Mattress
Memory Foam10 Year Warranty$$$4.8 Stars
Review and Discount
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Serta Roswell
Innerspring / Memory Foam10 Year Warranty$$$4.6 Stars
Ameena Mattressa
Ameena Mattress
Memory Foam10 Year Warranty$$4.1 Stars
Read Our Review
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Simmons Beautyrest
Pocketed Coil / Foam25 Year Limited Warranty$$$$4.0 Stars

Comparisons Around $500

ModelTypeWarrantyPriceOur Rating
tuft-needle-mattress
Tuft and Needle Mattress
T&N Foam10 Year Warranty$$$$$4.4 Stars
lucid-12-inch-gel-memory-foam-mattress
LUCID Plush Mattress
Latex/Memory Foam25 Year Warranty$4.2 Stars
Read Our Review
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DynastyMattress 12-Inch
Gel Foam30 Year Limited Warranty$4.4 Stars
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Sleep Innovations
Memory Foam20 Year Limited Warranty$$4.4 Stars
Read Our Review
brentwood-home-mattress
Brentwood Home
Memory Foam25 Year Warranty$$$$4.4 Stars

zinus-sleep-master
Zinus Sleep Master
Pocket Spring10 Year Limited Warranty$$$4.5 Stars

Our Review Process

Anyone can buy something and write about it, but it takes real dedication and patience to test every little aspect of that product. That product, for us, are mattresses. We take two-weeks to sleep on one mattress and we do multiple tests to prove or disprove a claim that is made about it.

This detailed review helps the buyer figure out whether or not that mattress is suitable for them. We take pride in the work we do to help make the selection process easier for the buyer. So, how exactly do we do it? Keep reading to find out.

As our review inventory grows, we may adjust ratings as we progress to better reflect the actual score of the mattresses.

How And What Do We Test?

First, we take all of the facts about the mattress itself and break it down into sections:

  • Support
  • Comfort
  • Smell
  • Durability
  • Heat retention
  • Motion transfer
  • Construction & Composition
  • User Reviews
  • Customer Support

These are just a few tests that we do. So, how do we do it? It is pretty simple and we leave the scientific mumbo jumbo out of it and put our findings into readable excerpts.

  • We test the edge support by you guessed it… Sitting on the edge and seeing how much it gives. Memory foam tends to have less edge support than other types of mattresses.
  • Smell is pretty simple– We sniff the mattress and measure its “off gassing” period. We then will tell our readers how long it took for the smell to go away. Sometimes we will come across a mattress that has absolutely no smell.
  • For durability, we look at seams, fabrics, zippers, and look at the entire mattress very thoroughly. It is impossible to call something durable after only sleeping on it for 2-weeks,which is why we look it over so much.
  • As for heat retention, we take an infrared laser gun and a rice sock and use those to heat up the mattress. We heat it up and measure the time it takes for the mattress to cool down. We then use the recorded time to show how well-or unwell-the mattress holds heat.
  • Motion transfer involves some simple bounce tests with a bowling ball and glass or other variations of the same. Over the two week trial period we get a pretty good idea of the motion transfer from our partners shifting and moving throughout the night.
  • Firmness is pretty simple, we sleep on it for two weeks, give it time to break in, and we rate it on a scale from 1-10-1 being a rock and 10 being a cloud.  
  • Construction & composition involves the inspection of the entire mattress and its contents if we can get to them. We will unzip the cover, check out the foams, check for loose seams, check for defects in material, and we will make sure everything works as it should. We also scour user reviews from all over the internet and see if there is a common issue people tend to have with the mattress.

We love to take a lot of pictures of what we do! We take pictures of the boxes the mattresses are sent in to show how they look and what kind of marketing that company is doing, pictures and videos of the mattress coming to form (if its memory foam), we take pictures of how the mattress looks on the bed, closeups of the logos and fabrics.

We also like to give our mattresses some time to break in before we do our tests. Yes, a new mattress may be nice and firm when you first take it out of the box, but will you be able to say the same thing after a few weeks? Maybe yes, but most likely not. This is why we sleep on all of our mattresses for at least 2-weeks before testing.

Mattress Buying Guide and Types of Mattresses

What Is The Best Bed to Buy?

You wouldn’t believe how many different mattress types are on the market today. It makes it almost impossible to choose the best one for you. One may perform well in terms of comfort, but it may not perform well in terms of breathability. So, how would it be possible to know which one is the best? You might not know until you actually sleep on one, so the best I can do is give you a good idea as to what each one has to offer.

InnerSpring Mattress

Innerspring Mattress

This is probably one of the most traditional and common types of mattress. These mattresses are composed of springs and coils that can either be pocketed or part of a single unit. The pocket coils are usually more durable than the single units and they support better, but the single units are cheaper.

Innerspring mattresses provide you with a good balance of firmness and comfort while remaining relatively affordable and they can be made with different types of padding on top of the coils such as memory foam, pillow top, or even gel memory foam. These are a good choice for people who are looking for a mattress with a long lifespan and for those who may be heavier and need the added support.

hyphenMemory foam became huge in the mattress world in the 90’s. These mattresses contour to the shape of your body as you move in your sleep. As you shift throughout the night, the foam makes the adjustment to various pressure points in your body to help minimize pain you may be having. It’s also ideal for naturally aligning the spine and promoting proper spinal health.

Unlike traditional memory foam that slept hot, the foams that are made now have different features such as open cell, closed cell, and gel infused. The open cell types allow for better breath-ability and help to draw body heat away from the surface of the mattress. The closed cell foams aren’t as breathable and are really just a different kind of regular memory foam.

The gel infused mattresses are meant to cool you down as you sleep and they keep your body temperature regulated as well. These usually have a great cooling effect as you get into bed since it has all day to cool down. It’s the ideal solution for hot sleepers and for those who suffer from hot flashes.

Memory foam mattresses have the ability to be a top pick by just about any sleeper because of the multiple choices in firmness levels and its ability to relieve pressure points- there’s one for everybody.

Check out some of our best reviewed mattresses.

These are very similar to memory foam mattress except that they are more firm and supportive. These would be the ideal mattress for those who love to sleep on their backs or suffer from back pain. The latex helps to provide comfort and offers the same adaptive features as traditional memory foam while not being as hot as them. These mattresses are usually constructed of latex rubber and provide a uniform comfort throughout the body.

It sounds like something out of the 80’s, but waterbeds are still chugging along contrary to what some people think. Often glorified in movies and media, the waterbed has gained the reputation of being more so a “fun” mattress as opposed to a functional one. However, the modern day waterbed has evolved, with new technologies transforming it into something serviceable and functional.

Sometimes referred to as hybrids, modern day waterbeds have come to combine water chambers with innerspring like padding, thus creating a bed that is durable and supportive.

You can get these mattresses in two different forms: soft sided or hard sided. Soft sided means that the water chambers are inside of a foam frame and hard sided means that the water chambers are inside of a wooden frame.

intex-classic-downy-airbed-setNot to be confused with the air mattress that you blow up to accommodate your weekend house guest, the high-end air bed is designed and made to function as a primary residential bed.

Air beds use air chambers that are covered in padding and that velour-type material. They are made to feel like an innerspring mattress without the coils or the weight. They can be adjusted to different firmness levels and most of them have dual firmness levels. So, if you like a soft side and your partner likes firm, you won’t have to fight over the air level anymore. You can adjust it from whichever side you’re on.

adjustable-bedHave you ever seen how a hospital bed can be moved up and down and the mattress moves with it? The adjustable bed is the same concept. These beds allow you to adjust the angle of the bed to your comfort level. These are ideal for those who may be bed-ridden, have acid-reflux, for people who experience back pain, and it’s great for those who have a cold and need to sit up while they sleep so they aren’t so stuffy.

The mattresses for these bed frames can be made from latex, memory foam, innerspring, or air to better suite your needs.

futonThink “futon”. A dual-purpose bed is all about function, with ideas of comfort usually taking a relative backseat. Dual-purpose beds are your categorical sofa beds and futons, with its name coming from the ability to be used as a seat in one moment, and a bed in the next.

These are ideal for those who are living in small quarters and can’t fit both a bed and a couch, such as studio apartments or “in-law” apartments. Although these seem like the ideal resolution for living in small space, they are not meant to be used as your primary bed. They tend to have very thin layers and weak springs.

Pillow top mattresses are great for those who may have back pain and need an extra layer of cushion. These beds are usually softer than most other types of mattresses. Some types give more cushion and softness at the head of the bed while others are soft throughout the entire mattress.

signature-sleep-contour-8-inch-independently-encased-coil-mattressNow, just because it’s a cheap mattress, doesn’t mean it’s going to be terrible. You shouldn’t have to suffer just because you’re on a budget or don’t want to fork over thousands of dollars for a top of the line bed. If you are looking for something that’s a little more in your price range that will still give you the comfort and support you need without all of the bells and whistles, check out this handy guide.

How To Buy A Mattress

Figuring out how to buy a mattress isn’t difficult, but you should definitely take the time to weigh your options and figure out the best mattress for they money is. You shouldn’t just pick the one that sounds the fanciest and hand over your payment information. Your mattress is an investment, one that you’re going to have for a long time, and you need to be sure that it’s the right one for you.

Browse Online

Honestly, if you check out our reviews, you can take the time out of going all the way to the store and listening to salespeople ramble on and on about a bed that they’ve never slept on. You can go through our various mattress ratings and comparisons to get a better idea of how certain ones performed, what they cost, discounts, and you can even check out our top rated mattresses to get a better idea of what type of bed would be preferred by you.

Talk To Your Doctor

But why? Certain beds can help with certain medical conditions you may have. Some beds are great for back pain, while others are ideal for those going through menopause.

You should also consider your allergies. There are mattresses that have the ability to aggravate your sniffles while others are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial to help keep those dust mites and allergens at bay. You doctor can better point you in the direction of what kind of bed is best for your medical conditions.

Test Out Your Bed

Test Out Your Bed

If you make a decision about a mattress but really haven’t completely sold yourself on it, most online mattress companies offer sleep trials. These can be up to 120 nights, maybe more, and it allows you to test the bed before becoming fully committed to it. They usually do ask that you give it 30 days, but if at any point after that you just hate the bed, you can have them come get it for you and they will give you a full refund. You can then go on to the next mattress now that you know that comfort level doesn’t work for you.

If you decide to buy in a store, do not be afraid to take a lie down on the mattress you are considering buying, although I firmly believe 10 minutes on a bed isn’t going to tell you much.  Mattresses have break in periods and that’s one of the reasons why we test for 2 weeks before making our recommendations.

Ask About Warranties and Guarantees

Ask About Warranties and Guarantees

Warranties are crucial to a new mattress owner. If you’re going to be sleeping on it for many years, you’re going to want to be backed by some kind of promise or guarantee. I wouldn’t go for anything less than 10 years unless it’s an amazing deal that you just can’t pass up. Most beds will come with some type of money-back guarantee and again trail periods for manufacturers allow more than ample time to make a decision.

These guarantees allow you to “test” the bed with little to no penalty. Before you go all willy nilly and buy the first bed you see with a good warranty or guarantee, make sure you find out what contingencies are attached to it, such as reselling or removal fees that you need to cover, if any.

Compare, Compare, Compare

Before you pick your mattress, make sure you compare the different brands, types, and different types within brands. Just because one mattress by one brand is comfortable, doesn’t mean another one by the same brand will be.

It’s best to read our reviews about all of the other mattresses and brands before choosing one. 

Measure and Know Your Limits

Measure and Know Your Limits

It should go without saying that you should enter the mattress buying process with a firm idea on whether you want a twin or a queen, or king. Nevertheless, still take the time to measure the space limitations of your home before ordering your mattress.  Know ahead of time whether a size upgrade will fit the dimensions of your home, including figures for both frame and bed.

Top 5 Best Rated Mattress Reviews

You spend a lot of time on your mattress, so that is why you need to spend a little extra time finding just the right one. A good mattress can make sure that you are able to meet the challenges of each day and unwind when the day is over. As you consider which mattress would be best for your needs, it is always a good idea to be intimately familiar with the best mattresses on the market.

Take a look at our top 5 in no particular order:

Alexander Signature Select by Nest Bedding

Overview

  • Memory Foam
  • 3 Firmness Level Options
  • 100 Day Trial
  • 20 Year Warranty

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Alexander Signature Select mattress is a CertiPUR-US Certified bed that has different firmness levels to best suite your comfort needs. You can choose from luxury firm, medium plus, and soft. It also has 5 layers of foams that include a soft quilted foam top, memory foam, Visco foam, Smartflow foam, and a support base foam. All of these foams work together to give off the ideal level of firmness and support for back and side sleepers.

A few highlights of this mattress are the edge support, smell, and durability. The bed had great edge support, which means that you won’t fall off of the bed while you’re trying to put on your socks or shoes. There was absolutely no smell to the mattress, which to me, validates the CertiPUR-US Certification, and I was able to sleep on it right away. The other thing that I wanted to highlight was the durability. The top portion of the mattress looked strong and sewn together very tightly. The bottom portion is also more likely to stay strong and supportive as long as it is take care of properly.

Unfortunately, this mattress didn’t perform as well as others in motion transfer or heat retention. If you enjoy sleeping warm, then the fact that it holds heat slightly won’t bother you. If it does you can always add a cooling pad. If you don’t sleep with a partner, then motion transfer won’t affect you either.

Overall, it’s a good quality mattress that has a solid trial period of 100 days and a warranty of 20 years against defects in workmanship and materials.

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Pros

  • Different options for firmness level
  • Multiple comfort and support layers
  • Good edge support

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Cons

  • Heavy
  • Some motion transfer

Amerisleep Liberty

Overview

  • Memory Foam
  • 1 Firmness Level Option
  • 100 Day Trial
  • 20 Year Warranty

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

Here we have another eco-friendly mattress. The Amerisleep is one of the only mattresses that I have come across that promises to help you fall asleep 15 minutes quicker than that of the average mattress. It also promises that you’ll save 18 minutes worth of tossing and turning. Not only that, but it also promises to keep you cool with its Bio-Pur memory foam and extreme cell structure for breathability.

The Liberty is very comfortable and is suited for all different types of sleepers. At first, it felt a little firm, but it started to soften up after a week or so, leaving it at a 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, 10 being the most firm. It also has great support and definitely helped with back pain. The motion isolation of the mattress is pretty great too. There was very little being felt on my side of the bed.

Overall, the mattress had great support, seems to be durable upon investigation, there was no smell, it was comfortable, and it’s eco-friendly. Unfortunately, the edge support was lacking and I found myself sleeping a little warmer than I would like. With the purchase of the Liberty, you’ll be backed by a 100 night sleep trial and a 20 year warranty.

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Pros

  • Good motion isolation
  • Good support

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Cons

  • Edge support
  • Sleeps a little warm

Novosbed

Overview

  • Memory Foam
  • 3 Firmness Level Options
  • 120 Day Trial
  • 15 Year Warranty

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Novosbed offers its sleepers the perfect firmness and a wonderful sleeping experience. This mattress is definitely recommended for all types of sleepers and you have 3 firmnesses to choose from-soft, medium, and firm. If your firmness wasn’t right, they’ll send you their Comfort + Kit at no cost to you. This will make the right adjustments that you need whether more firm or soft.

The heat retention of the mattress is another great feature of the Novosbed. Since it has those thousands of channels that allow air to flow between you and the bed, it allows the heat to be released from the bed and cooler air is allowed in. After I had tested the heat, that statement held true. The Novosbed does not retain heat and I wasn’t finding myself overheating on it.

Overall, it’s a very comfortable and supportive mattress. No matter what way you sleep, you’ll sleep soundly. The only thing that was lacking in this mattress was the edge support, but it wasn’t terrible. It’s also quite heavy, so if you’re a tiny person with not a lot of strength, it’s going to be tough for you to maneuver this bed around. With the purchase of the Novosbed, you’ll be backed by a 120 day sleep trial and a 15 year warranty to start with the first 10 non-prorated.

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Pros

  • Good heat dissipation
  • Comfort kit is a nice option
  • Longer trial period

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Cons

  • Heavier than others
  • Edge support

Eve Mattress

Overview

  • Memory Foam
  • 1 Firmness Level Option
  • 100 Day Trial
  • 10 Year Warranty

Our Rating:  4.2 Stars

Eve is best suited for those who are looking for an even level of cooling, comfort, and firmness. The Eve is constructed well with 4 layers which include a high density base layer, breathable comfort layer, new generation memory foam, and the breathable and removable cover. The breathable cooling foam has 30% more breathability than other foams and the open air technology encourages airflow for less heat retention.

The Eve conforms to the body well and takes the pressure off of the painful areas of the body. As a stomach sleeper, I was able to sleep on it well and I wasn’t moving around as much. It is definitely supportive in the back and hip area and it was taking away the pain we had in our backs. The motion isolation is also great on the Eve. So if you or your spouse move around a lot, you/they won’t be able to feel it, leaving you deep in sleep without disruption. The Eve also doesn’t hold much heat, making your comfort even more acceptable.

Overall, this is an extremely comfortable mattress and the price is just right. It has all of the features of a luxury mattress without having the luxurious price tag. The only thing I want to warn you of is the smell. It did have a really strong odor upon unboxing, and took a little longer than I wanted to air out. If you purchase the Eve, you’ll be backed by a 100 day trial to start. This allows you to test it out and if it doesn’t work well for you, they’ll come get it at no charge. You’ll also get a 10 year warranty against defects and workmanship.

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Pros

  • Good support
  • Good heat dissipation
  • Good motion transfer

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Cons

  • Strong initial odor and took a while to fade away

Hyphen

Overview

  • Memory Foam
  • 1 Firmness Level Option
  • 100 Day Trial
  • 20 Year Warranty

Our Rating: 4.6 Stars

If you want better sleep, the Hyphen is your mattress soulmate, which is why it tops our list. The Hyphen promises to promote better sleep to help you recharge and recover after the adventure of each day. The CertiPUR-US Certified foams and anti-microbial fabric help with this idea of healthier sleep by being naturally resistant to dust mites, allergens, bacteria, and mold. Also, the anti-microbial cover is washable!

The Hyphen has a custom formulated foam that contours to your body without sucking you in like traditional memory foams. The mattress is extremely comfortable and can be recommended for all sleepers. I had no issues sleeping on my stomach on this mattress. In terms of firmness, it’s probably right between medium and firm and it gives great support and helps to relieve pressure points. This helps your body to improve circulation and supports muscle recovery.

Overall, this is one of the quickest heat dissipating mattresses I had the liberty of testing. It took a mere 15 seconds to cool down, proving that it doesn’t hold heat. The only negative thing I have to say about the Hyphen is that it lacks in edge support, but the durability, support, heat dissipation, and comfort all make up for that. If you purchase this mattress, you’ll be backed by a 100 night trial and a generous 20 year warranty.

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Pros

  • Excellent heat dissipation
  • Good support
  • Good motion transfer

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Cons

  • Edge support

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a lot of information to soak up when it comes to finding the right mattress for you. After working all day and coming home to cook, clean, take care of kids, whatever it may be, the last thing you need is to get into an uncomfortable bed. So, taking that extra time to weigh the factors and options will be 100% worth it in the end. I really hope that you found this guide and our list of top 5 mattresses to be helpful in your new mattress purchasing journey.

While our favorite may have been the Hyphen, depending on if you’re a stomach sleeper, side sleeper, back sleeper your body type, any ailments you have etc., another mattress on this list might be better for you. Read our indepth reviews and decide for yourself.

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