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If you are a cautious consumer and like to make informed decisions, then you are probably going to find yourself scrolling the web for helpful information and unbiased, honest reviews. And while the information you are seeking is only a few reasonable clicks away, the question beckons of how are you going to be able to disseminate the honest reviews from the ones posted by guileful companies?

If a reviewer is shying away from stating anything negative, then be forewarned that he/she could potentially be benefiting from giving a positive review. While it can be tough to tell the real McCoy review from the faux marketing dribble, it is not impossible. Here at thesleepjudge.com you’ll find reviews that are more experiential than praiseworthy. We provide honest reviews that not only spotlight the good features, but also point out the short-comings, because let’s be honest, no matter how much you love that mattress or sleep machine, you can always find something about it that needs modification. 

Our aim for this website is to provide all the information you need to make an educated purchased whether it is, Mattress‘s, sleep machines, toppers, air mattresses, mattress encasements or protectors and more as we dig into and test more sleep products.

Our Mattress Reviews

A persons body type, weight, height, comfort preferences can make deciding on a mattress difficult. We make recommendations to address different sleepers because the “best mattress” for one might not be the “best mattress” for another. That’s why we perform a variety of tests, including heat retention or how well a mattress breathes using thermal cameras, motion transfer tests, firmness tests and more, to help each individual gauge what mattress might work for them based on their preference. 

How Do We Choose What We Recommend?

Step 1

Usually, we research highly rated sleep products or even new sleep products on the market. We will go through user reviews, company reviews, other online reviews, dig into forums and any other feedback we can find and we will then decide if it is something we want to take a closer look at. 

Step 2

We sleep on our mattresses for 1-2 weeks before passing judgement, and similar usage time periods for other sleep products. Once we’ve done our due diligence, we will then decide if the product can be recommended or not. 

Step 3

Our studies need to be consistent so we use the same methods for all of our testings, to get as accurate results as possible if they apply to the product. Then we provide our ratings and recommendations.

Our Team

Frank Apodaca

Frank Apodaca

Lead Editor

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Franks Picks

Frank has worked with a wide variety of products (from good to very, very bad) and he knows a great bed when he sees one. Now in his mid thirties, Frank resides in sunny California with his wife and dog where he enjoys his days as Senior Editor for The Sleep Judge and soaking up those sunny rays. In his free time, Frank has been known to dabble in a bit of painting, mostly focusing on abstract landscapes and capturing the beautiful scenic California which he was born and raised in.

Frank’s Sleep Profile In His Own Words

When it comes to sleep, I’m a side and back sleeper. I tend to move around a bit which drives my wife nuts. I love a nice, soft mattress, just not too soft. Support has to be there and I need to sink into the mattress without feeling like I can’t move.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Sleep Judge Expert and Product Tester

Jessicas Picks

Jessica Jones is the mattress expert around these parts. As an avid fitness guru, she understands the importance of a good night’s rest and rates it right up there with proper diet and exercise. She appreciates the support and comfort of a quality mattress and makes it her mission to point consumers to the products that will be best suited for their needs and lifestyles.

Located smack-dab in the middle of the United States, Jessica is a long-time resident of Kansas. She lives in the southeast corner along with her three helpful kids who often provide help with product testing. When she’s not busy helping kids with homework and reviewing products, she enjoys reading and is currently working independently on a science fiction novel.

Jessica’s Sleep Profile In Her Own Words

I am just not myself unless I’ve put in at least ten hours per week at the gym, and I engage in high-intensity interval training. Therefore, sleep is crucial for me in order to allow my body to rejuvenate properly. When it comes to the right mattress for me, I prefer a firmer product. While I can usually be caught sleeping on my side, I do fluctuate throughout the night, so the various specs on mattresses such as motion transfer and ILD’s are important. I have experienced numerous products on the market, and I thoroughly enjoy passing on the knowledge I acquire to consumers so they can optimize their slumber and make the most of every crucial hour.

Starlene Newcomb AKA Star

Starlene Newcomb AKA Star

Product Tester and Writer

Star’s Picks


Star is one of our Sleep Judge sleep enthusiasts and product testers. She has been in this field since 2015 using her knowledge and personal experiences to write about a variety of topics which include mattresses, crib mattresses and sleep health.

Star lives in the hilltowns of Northern New York with her husband, 4 beautiful children, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 birds, 8 chickens, and a partridge in a pear tree (no, not really the partridge). When she isn’t writing for The Sleep Judge, she can be found riding on the back of her husband’s Harley, enjoying a quiet night by a bonfire, playing games with her children, and listening to a wide range of music.

Star’s Sleep Profile In Her Own Words

As far as my sleeping habits go, I am a stomach sleeper. I cannot fall asleep unless that’s the position I am in.  I also like to sleep cool, I cannot stand to be hot, which is why I highly praise mattresses with a legitimate cooling factor.

My preferred type of mattress is something that isn’t too soft or too firm, right smack in the middle. SInce I am a stomach sleeper, you would think that I would be more comfortable on a firm mattress, but this is not the case. Mattresses that are right in the middle of the firm-soft scale and have no motion transfer are my ideal choice.

Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond

Product Tester and Writer

Candace’s Picks

Candace is one of The Sleep Judge’s experts and product testers. She has a vast selection of experiences to pull from when creating the quality information our visitors come to find. She’s adamant about sleep health and knows just how important it is to our well being.

Candace resides in the cold, wet, but oh so beautiful Eastern Shore of Canada where she always finds time to go camping. When Candace isn’t testing and reviewing sleep products, she can be found reading or traveling (often at the same time), playing with her two beautiful children, and relaxing by an open fire.

Candace’s Sleep Profile In Her Own Words

When it comes to sleep, I don’t mess around. I’m adamant about my 8 hours every night and strongly believe that proper sleep health affects everything else in your life. When I’m experiencing sleep deprivation my life suddenly becomes unmanageable and I’m not the person I like to be. I prefer a mattress that’s nice and firm for my back, as that’s the position I lay in. I don’t like my pillow to be too soft or too thick, either. I feel that when my body rests in a nice straight position, I wake feeling strong and healthy.

Interested In Having A Product Reviewed By The Sleep Judge Review Team?

If you are interested in gaining an honest review of your product, please do not hesitate to contact us! We will be more than happy to take your product into our homes, or even outside, and give them a try.