Best Mattresses of 2020
Best Mattresses of 2020
The mattress industry has exploded in recent years, with small, intrepid start-ups and newfangled sleep technology cropping up all the time. In 2020, the market is bigger than ever, and while this gives customers plenty of models to choose from, it also makes mattress shopping a time-consuming and often confusing task. With so many options out there, it can be hard for sleepers to know where to begin. Is it better to choose a tried-and-true traditional memory foam mattress or go for a model infused with experimental materials like charcoal and green tea? How far have latex hybrids come since they first arrived on the scene? And are innerspring mattresses truly a thing of the past?
In this guide, we’ve sifted through the huge variety being sold right now to answer these questions, narrowing down your choices to 10 of the best mattresses currently available on the market. You’ll find brief reviews and need-to-know specs for each, as well as a general overview of what to look for when you’re shopping on your own.
Best Mattresses Methodology
To select our best mattresses for 2020, we extensively researched dozens of models from a range of different brands. For this guide, we took into account the development of ground-breaking sleep technologies and the proliferation of new mattress start-ups. Every mattress on our list has been thoroughly researched and vetted by our team of sleep experts, who provide readers with unbiased reviews compiled through a combination of objective specs, user feedback, and independent review. Additionally, all of our sleep advice is based on research performed by medical professionals and other trusted experts from reputable institutions.
Our Top Picks
9 inch: $2,699;
10 inch: $2,999;
12 inch: $3,399
Softer/Luxury Firm/Firmer: $1,599;
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The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
- Cooler than other foam mattresses
- 2 free premium pillows included
- Year-long trial and “forever” warranty
Nectar is a high-end memory foam mattress that costs a fraction of the price-tag attached to latex and hybrid mattresses of equal quality. From top to bottom, it’s designed to either fortify or correct traditional memory foam features. Its comfort layer starts with a quilted memory foam mattress cover for extra cushioning and plushness. Underneath sits a layer of gel memory foam, which keeps the mattress cool and free of lumps. The third layer down is made out of adaptive hi-core memory foam, preventing the center of the bed from sagging as it would in an unreinforced foam mattress. This is kept stabilized by a thick polyfoam base layer, which itself is prevented from slipping by a second mattress cover. It sets itself apart with its exceptional sleep trial and warranty policies and its freebies. Whereas most sleep trials average 3-4 months at most, Nectar’s sleep trial is a year long. Additionally, the brand boasts a “Forever Warranty” to the average 10-15 year policy. As a medium-firm memory foam mattress, the Nectar is suitable for all sleeping positions and most weights. Some stomach sleepers below 130 lbs may find it too firm.
Interested in the Nectar Mattress?
Brooklyn Signature Hybrid
- Three firmness options
- Patented specialty foams and cooling technology
- 120-night trial and 10-year warranty
The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid is a highly customizable foam-innerspring hybrid made with several specialty materials. Whereas the vast majority of mattresses come in only one firmness level, the Brooklyn Signature offers three: soft (4), medium (6), and firm (8). This makes it suitable for sleepers who may traditionally find foam mattresses too soft or foam hybrids too firm. It also offers cooling technology: because traditional memory foam tends to sleep hot, the bed is infused with TitaniumGel™ for cooling and temperature control.
Sleepers who traditionally prefer latex may also like this bed—its topmost layer is made of 2’’ of TitanFlex™ foam, a type of foam that retains the bounce of latex. Underneath is another 2’’ of Energex™ foam, which offers compression support. This is followed by a 6’’ base of individually wrapped coils to add more support and isolate motion. The bed is kept stabilized by a 1’’ high-density foam base.
As a hybrid with three different firmness levels, the Brooklyn Signature is suitable for all sleeping positions and weights.
Interested in the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid?
- Organic, natural, and chemical-free
- Sustainably sourced and eco-friendly, with 10 trees planted per mattress sold
- Year-long trial and “forever” warranty
Awara’s flagship mattress is best for eco-conscious sleepers who want organic materials and good sleep trial/warranty policies. The brand offers a year-long trial and a “forever” warranty, both of which are exceptionally long for the industry. Additionally, it promises to plant 10 trees for every mattress sold.
The Awara is a latex hybrid made of organic, natural, and chemical-free materials. For an extra layer of plushness, the top is covered by a breathable organic wool-cotton blend. The top itself consists of 4’’ of organic Dunlop latex. It sits on top of a 9’’ support layer of individually wrapped innerspring coils. Unlike other hybrid or innerspring mattresses, this layer is split into five zones, each targeting a different section of the body, for more responsive and proportionate support.
As a medium-firm (6) latex hybrid, the Awara is great for all sleeping positions and most weights. Some stomach sleepers 130 pounds and above may find it too soft for their liking.
Interested in the Awara Mattress?
- Three firmness options
- Ergonomic design, with technologies designed for back pain
- Free white glove delivery and old mattress removal
- 120-day trial and 15-year warranty
Saatva’s flagship mattress is a customizable luxury innerspring hybrid designed specifically for back pain. With three firmness options available—plush soft (3), luxury firm (5-7), and firm (8)—it’s suitable for all sleepers, regardless of preferred sleeping position or weight. For all firmness levels, each layer works together to keep pressure points relieved and the spine aligned. At the top sits a Euro pillow top, which contours to the sleeper’s shoulders, back, and hips, offering targeted support. This organic cotton cover has undergone an antimicrobial fabric treatment, making it safe for sleepers with sensitive skin or allergies, as well as those concerned about odor control and dust mites.
Unusually for an innerspring hybrid, the Saatva has two layers of innerspring coils instead of one. The first is found directly under the pillow-top. Consisting of 884 individually wrapped coils, it’s designed for hyper-responsive contouring, motion isolation, and airflow. This row of steel springs is sandwiched by two “back support enhancements”—a memory foam layer for extra pressure relief in the lower back area on the top, reinforced by Lumbar Zone technology made of active wire on the bottom. The lower coil layer contains 416 thrice-tempered steel coils for stability and sag prevention. Both are surrounded by a foam encasement for extra edge support.
Every Saatva mattress comes with free white glove delivery service/set-up and old mattress removal. Despite its luxury features, it costs less than many hybrid mattresses.
Interested in the Saatva Mattress?
The Casper Mattress
- Cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses
- Zoned support
- Hybrid add-on available
- 100-night trial and 10-year warranty
The Casper is best for sleepers who strongly prefer memory foam but want remedies for the material’s shortcomings. To stave off traditional foam’s notorious heat-trapping tendencies, Casper has made its top-most layer out of a breathable open-cell foam. Meanwhile, its base layer is made of a gradiated high-density foam that provides the hips with the support usually found lacking in traditional foam beds; the foam is softer under the shoulders and legs to keep the spine aligned. These two layers sandwich a layer of transitional foam for further proportional pressure relief. For sleepers who need even more support, Casper offers an extra hybrid option that adds a layer of individually wrapped coils at the base and a perimeter of edge support.
Despite being a medium-firm foam mattress, the Casper provides adequate support for sleepers above 230 pounds. In fact, it’s suitable for all sleeping positions at most weights. The only people it may be unsuitable for are stomach sleepers 230 lbs and below.
Interested in the Casper Mattress?
- Extremely affordable
- Cooling specialty foams
- 100-night trial and 10-year warranty
Allswell is a luxury foam hybrid sold at an exceptionally low price. Although it costs less than many all-foam mattresses, it utilizes high-end materials: at the top sits a quilted cover, which protects a layer of foam infused with charcoal and copper gel. These additions absorb heat, making the Allswell’s comfort layer cooler than traditional memory foams. This layer is reinforced by a thick base of individually wrapped pocket coils with a reinforced perimeter for edge-to-edge support.
The Allswell is a medium (4.5-6.5) foam hybrid, making it suitable for all sleeping positions and most weights. Some back and stomach sleepers above 130 pounds may find it too soft.
Interested in the Allswell Mattress?
Botanical Bliss® Organic Latex Mattress
- Three thickness options
- Organic cotton, wool, and latex
- 100-night trial and 25-year warranty
PlushBeds’ Botanical Bliss is a highly customizable, all-organic luxury mattress made of 100% natural latex. Most mattresses only have one thickness option. The Botanical Bliss, however, comes in three: 9’’, 10’’, and 12’’. Additionally, each thickness option has two firmness options: medium (5.5) and firm (7). This makes it tailorable to all sleeping positions and weights.
At the top sits a 1’’ thick cover made of GOTS-certified cotton and New Zealand wool. This encases 3-4 layers of organic Dunlop latex, each at a different firmness level. The thickness of these layers varies according to the thickness option you choose. Likewise, the composition of different firmness levels differs depending on whether you choose medium or medium-firm. The 12’’ model contains one extra 2’’ layer of latex.
The only drawback with the PlushBeds is its price. It costs considerably more than most mattresses, making it an expensive long-term investment.
Interested in the Botanical Bliss® Organic Latex Mattress?
- Four firmness options
- Cooling-gel infused Euro-pillow top
- Patented technologies
- 120-night trial and lifetime warranty
The WinkBed is a highly customizable luxury hybrid made of specialty foams and a dual innerspring support system. Each model offers four firmness options: softer (4.5), luxury firm (6.5), firmer (7.5), and Plus (8). This makes it suitable for all sleeping positions and weights, with the Plus being designed specifically for the needs of heavier individuals.
Despite its foam comfort layer, the WinkBed sleeps cool: its top three layers all work together to regulate temperature. The cover is made of eucalyptus-based, performance-grade Tencel©, a soft fabric that stays cool and wicks heat. This encases a Euro-pillow top made with gel-infused Hypersoft Foam, a specialty foam with further heat-wicking properties. Underneath sits a layer of micro airsprings for moisture-wicking and additional airflow. All three sit on top of a support system made with individually wrapped coils separated into multiple support zones for targeted pressure relief. This is further reinforced by a perimeter of sag-preventing edge support.
Interested in the WinkBeds Luxury Hybrid?
- Infused with cooling materials
- Ceramic gel beads for extra support
- 100-night trial and 10-year warranty
Tuft & Needle’s Mint is a luxury all-foam mattress made with specialty materials. All three of its layers are designed to combat the problems that traditionally plague memory foam: Its topmost comfort layer of open-cell foam is infused with plenty of graphite, a material that wicks heat away from the body. Underneath is a layer filled with ceramic gel beads. In addition to keeping the sleeper cool, these gel beads also contour to the sleeper more closely than memory foam, keeping pressure points cushioned. At the bottom sits a base layer of support polyfoam that contains a perimeter of edge support memory foam usually lacks.
As a medium-firm all-foam mattress, the Mint is surprisingly suitable for all sleeping positions and most weights. Some back and stomach sleepers above 230 pounds may find it not firm enough for adequate spinal alignment.
Interested in the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress?
Avocado Green Mattress
- Organic cotton, latex, and wool
- Euro-pillow top option available
- 1-year trial and 25-year warranty
The Avocado Green is a luxury latex-innerspring hybrid made with certified organic materials that would best suit the eco-conscious sleeper. It contains a number of certifications that guarantee it’s made with organic, non-toxic, low-emission, and formaldehyde-free ingredients.
Covered by a hand-tufted organic cotton-wool cover, the Avocado is topped by 2’’ of 100% organic Dunlop latex. Underneath this sits 8’’ of individually wrapped pocket coils segmented into 5 zones, so that each section of the body receives a proportionate amount of support. Both layers are stabilized by a 1’’ Dunlop latex base. Avocado also gives customers the option for a Euro-top add-on, which gives the mattress an extra 2’’ of plush cushioning.
As a medium-firm (7) latex hybrid, the Avocado Green is suitable for all sleeping positions and most weights, including lighter individuals, who may further benefit from adding on the pillow-top. Stomach sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds may find it provides inadequate support.
Interested in the Avocado Green Mattress?
What Mattress Types are Available?
There are five main types of mattresses: innerspring, memory foam, latex, hybrid, and airbeds. Each one has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and is suitable for a different type of sleeper.
Innerspring mattresses are defined by the thick layer of steel coils in their support core. These coils can be either interlocked or individually wrapped—interlocked innerspring coils are more rigid and noisy, while individually wrapped or pocket coils contour to the body and provide more targeted support. The comfort layers of innerspring mattresses are typically made out of soft, cushioned materials like wool, cotton, synthetic micro fibers, and other fabrics. They’re known for having great edge support and tend to be on the firmer side of the spectrum. In general, they’re suitable for back and stomach sleepers, as well as heavier individuals.
From top to bottom, memory foam mattresses are constructed out of several layers of foam at different densities and firmness levels. This foam can be either traditional memory foam, premium specialty foam (e.g. gel-infused, copper-infused, open-cell, etc.), or a combination thereof. They’re famous for their hyper-responsive, hug-like contour, which keeps sleepers’ pressure points fully cushioned and provides different sections of the body with a proportionate amount of support. Their biggest drawbacks are a lack of edge support and a tendency to trap heat, although new technologies like gel infusions and open-cell constructions are an attempt at better temperature regulation. In general, memory foam mattresses are best suited to lighter individuals and side sleepers.
Latex is a relatively new type of mattress material. It has the same hyper-responsive contour as foam, but doesn’t sink, sag, or trap heat. Latex mattresses can be made out of either natural (i.e. Talalay or Dunlop) latex, synthetic latex, or a combination of the two. Due to their durability and longevity, latex mattresses are often considered a more expensive long-term investment. In general, they tend to be suitable for all sleeping positions and individuals in most weight ranges.
Hybrid mattresses combine any of the above materials into one supportive bed. The most popular types of hybrid mattresses combine either foam and innerspring coils or latex and innerspring coils. This allows the bed to exhibit all the best, most comfortable features of foam/latex (like a responsive contour and plenty of cushioning) with the edge-to-edge support of innerspring mattresses. Because their individual materials can be customized and combined in a lot of different ways for different purposes, hybrids are suitable for all sleeping positions and weights.
Airbeds are not to be confused with air mattresses. While air mattresses, otherwise known as inflatable mattresses, are a strictly temporary measure intended for short-term use, airbeds can be used nightly for 6-8 years, or even longer. The airbed is defined by a number of sealed chambers inside its support core that are filled with air. Sleepers control the amount of air pumped into the bed—usually through a wireless remote or a smartphone app—making the airbed’s firmness levels fully customizable. The top of the mattress consists of one or more comfort layers, which can be made out of all sorts of materials including memory foam, polyfoam, latex, cotton, and wool. Because their firmness, support, and contouring properties can all be changed according to different sleepers’ needs, airbeds are suitable for all sleeping positions and weights.
What to Consider When Choosing a Mattress
There are a variety of factors you have to consider when choosing a mattress. These include your personal needs and preferences. Since everyone’s different, what works for one type of sleeper—even if they share your preferred sleep position or weight range—may not necessarily work for you. When making your selection, you should take into account things like your firmness preference, how much support you need, your preferred sleep position, and any special requirements like back and joint pain, a tendency to sleep hot, CPAP machines, and more.
Mattresses can range from super-soft to extremely firm. Most, however, fall in the medium-soft to medium-firm range, which is the same range where most sleepers find mattresses that suit their needs. Although firmness is a separate feature from support, softer mattresses do tend to provide less support for heavier individuals, while firmer mattresses may be too hard for lighter individuals. Side sleepers tend to prefer medium mattresses, as they are soft enough to cushion sharp pressure points. Meanwhile, back sleepers tend to like medium-firm mattresses, which give them the hip support they need. Finally, stomach sleepers should go for medium-firm to firm mattresses, since these sleepers require adequate chest support so they can breathe.
The support of a mattress refers to its ability to keep the sleeper’s spine naturally aligned. This means it’s independent from firmness, and a firmer mattress doesn’t necessarily lead to more support. In fact, what a sleeper finds supportive depends on preferred sleeping position and weight. For example, a side sleeper under 130 pounds will be most supported by a softer mattress that sinks enough to keep pressure points cushioned and spine aligned. This same mattress would provide inadequate support for a back sleeper over 230 pounds, who would be better served by selecting something firmer, with enough thickness not to sink under pressure.
People tend to fall into one of four categories: back sleepers, stomach sleepers, side sleepers, and a combination of any of the above. Sleep position, along with weight, dictates details like the level of support and the firmness of your mattress, which will further dictate the mattress type you choose. Side sleepers tend to prefer foam and latex mattresses with plenty of conformity, while back and stomach sleepers should look for innerspring and hybrid mattresses that give them enough hip and chest support, respectively.
In addition to all of the above, you should also take into account any special requirements or preferences. For example, hot sleepers should look for naturally cooling latex mattresses or foam mattresses made with infusions of cooling materials like gel and copper. Meanwhile, some mattresses are designed specifically to be ergonomic enough to accommodate chronic back and joint pain.
In addition to the details of the mattress itself, you’ll also want to take into account other details like price, sleep trial, and warranty policies.
A good-quality mattress can be found for anywhere between $400 and $3,500. This price range includes mattresses of all types, from more affordable all-foam mattresses to luxury latex hybrids. Prices reflect not only specific materials, but their quality and source. For example, natural Dunlop and Talalay latex will cost far more than its synthetic equivalents, while specialty foams of the gel-infused and open-cell varieties will be substantially more expensive than traditional memory foam. Design, durability, and brand-name will all factor into the final price as well, as will patented technologies like Celliant fiber.
When deciding on a mattress, it’s important to find one that comes with a good sleep trial. Properly testing a mattress is a long-term process, so make sure you select one with a trial policy that gives you plenty of time to decide while allowing you to return the mattress risk-free if you decide it’s unsuitable for your needs. In general, sleep trials range from three months to a full year. Keep in mind that some brands require you to keep the mattress for at least 30 nights before initializing a return.
Before you order your mattress, make sure you understand all the fine print of its warranty policy. These terms dictate what happens in the event of any damage or breakage that might make your mattress no longer suitable for use, including whether the company will replace or repair your mattress. Like sleep trials, warranty policies vary in length. They can be as short as 10 years and as long as “lifetime” or “forever” guarantees.