The Best Mattresses Of 2024, Tested By Forbes Vetted Sleep Experts

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Start the new year by investing in your sleep quality with one of the best mattresses of 2024, all tested and hand-picked by our in-house mattress experts, senior sleep editor Bridget Chapman and sleep editor McKenzie Dillon. After testing dozens of mattresses, our sleep experts landed on the Nectar Premier Copper Mattress as the best mattress overall. It has a medium-firm feel that works well for back, combo and stomach sleepers, and its copper-infused cover can help keep hot sleepers more comfortable.

But of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so our team combined firsthand experience with extensive research to highlight more of their favorite picks, including models for sleep positions and body types across the board. Whether you snooze on your side, lie on your back or sprawl on your stomach — maybe you also sleep hot or with a restless partner — our recommendations can help you find the ideal bed. And if you’re skeptical about shopping online, rest assured: All our picks arrive bed-in-a-box style or with white-glove delivery, plus they each come with generous trial periods in case you end up changing your mind.

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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.

After we came up with an initial list, 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 — several of our winners are beds we currently sleep on (the ultimate test).

We reviewed which mattresses are the most sought-after among Vetted readers (both in this story and others) and sifted through hundreds of customer reviews to check that they’re overwhelmingly positive.

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.

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

Sleep Position

Side sleepers: Side sleepers typically prefer a softer mattress that cradles joints while still offering support. These folks need pressure relief and spine alignment the most, since their hips and shoulders bear the brunt of their weight.

Stomach sleepers: This sleeping position can easily cause neck or back pain if you’re on a mattress that’s too soft, so firmer mattresses are usually best.

Back sleepers: Back sleepers typically find a medium-firm mattress the way to go. It should keep the spine aligned without sacrificing comfort around your joints and lower back.

Combination sleepers: Combo sleepers are those who switch between multiple positions throughout the night. These sleepers usually prefer a hybrid mattress that blends elements of an innerspring and foam mattress to meet a variety of needs.

Mattress Type

All-foam/Memory foam: Body-contouring foams 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: This traditional bed style offers 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: 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: These 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: 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

Today’s best mattresses come in a variety of firmness levels, from soft to extra-firm. To help you determine where a mattress falls within that range, most mattress brands rate firmness on a 10 point scale: one being the softest and 10 being the firmest. However, your ideal firmness level depends on your specific sleep preferences.

Soft or medium-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 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 more sturdy 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 Helix Midnight Luxe — our side-sleeper pick that also sleeps cool — uses a coil base and breathable layers of foam 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. Whereas people with shoulder or hip pain are better off with a memory foam or latex mattress that provides deep contouring and pressure relief.

Size

Most mattresses typically come in all six standard sizes. The right mattress size for you depends on factors like age (kids typically sleep in twin or full-size beds), how big or small your bedroom is and whether you sleep with a partner (you’ll want room to stretch out).

Twin and twin XL: At 38 inches wide, these mattresses are the smallest and typically work best for children or those tight on space (like college students). If you’re taller, you can opt for a twin XL, which is several inches longer.

Full: A full-size mattress is wider than a twin and generally big enough to accommodate two people, although you may be a tad uncomfortable. It’s considered a solid option for singles who want more room to sprawl out, teenagers or those tight on space.

Queen: A queen measures 60 inches wide, which is enough space to fit two adults. It’s a good option for couples who live in an apartment or smaller space that can’t accommodate a larger bed.

King and California king: King and California king mattresses are the largest; they measure 80 x 76 and 84 x 72 inches, respectively. These sizes are generally best for couples with small children or pets, or heavyweight couples in need of more space and support.

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.

Because every sleeper has different needs and preferences, there’s no “best” mattress for everyone; in other words, the best mattress for you may not work for someone else. Your sleeping position, body weight, firmness preferences and more all affect what kind of mattress will work best for you. This is why we provide a variety of mattresses on our list to suit the needs of many sleepers.

Comfort varies person to person because it depends on your sleeping position, body weight and individual firmness preferences. For example, a heavier person may find a firm mattress more comfortable than a lightweight sleeper since heavier folks sink into their mattress more. However, if you stick with reputable brands like Dreamcloud, Saatva and Nectar — or any others on this list — that offer beds in universally-appealing firmness levels (and generous trial periods), you really can’t go wrong.

Just like the bed itself, there isn’t one best place to buy a mattress. The ideal place to shop will depend on your specific needs and what type of bed you’re searching for, whether that be memory foam, innerspring or hybrid. However, there are several popular brands that prioritize both quality and convenience. All of these brands 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.

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 you’re in the market for a 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. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, for example, slashed hundreds of dollars off some of our top mattress picks. Although Cyber Week is behind us, there are plenty of upcoming deals events you can shop in the new year:

To stay up to date on the latest developments in mattresses, we’re continuously testing new beds here at Forbes Vetted. As part of our process, we carefully evaluate all aspects of the mattress, from its construction and firmness to cooling properties and pressure relief, to determine what type of sleeper would benefit from it most. Below, see the mattresses that are next up to be reviewed by our sleep experts.

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