Sealy Posturepedic
Sealy Posturepedic

Best innerspring mattress

The Sealy Posturepedic innerspring mattress gets very good reviews from experts and owners for comfort for any sleeping position. It also gets high ratings for stability, so you don't have to worry about your partner's movements waking you up. In professional tests, Sealy Posturepedic gets excellent scores for durability, and we saw few customer complaints about premature sagging or lumpiness. Sealy mattresses are covered by a 10-year warranty.
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Sealy Posturepedic Classic Cushion Firm Euro Pillow Top Mattress Set Queen
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Best memory foam mattress

Tempur-Pedic is the leading brand of memory foam mattress, and owners enthusiastically praise the comfort and durability of its multi-product line. The brand uses a proprietary foam that conforms to each person's shape, weight and body temperature, providing individualized support while reducing motion transfer -- meaning your partner's movements won't affect you. Mattresses and flat foundations carry a 10-year warranty.
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Est. $1,700 and up Estimated Price
Best Price Mattress 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress and Bed Frame
Best Price Mattress 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress and Bed Frame

Cheap memory foam mattress

You can't find a better deal than the Best Price Mattress: For $600 you get a memory foam mattress and a bed frame with under bed storage hidden by an included dust ruffle. Beyond the value, this mattress gets stellar reviews from owners who say it's extremely comfortable and, unlike many memory foam mattresses, does not trap and hold body heat. Some reviewers who have had the bed for several years says it is holding up well.

Ikea Latex Mattress
Ikea Latex Mattress

Best latex foam mattress

One of the few latex mattress lines to garner published reviews, the Ikea latex assortment receives extremely positive feedback from multiple sources. Users widely say the mattresses are comfortable, and they also find the prices relatively low. There are four models, which include both latex and latex-over-innerspring styles. All come with a relatively generous 25-year warranty.
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Est. $200 and up Estimated Price
OrganicPedic by OMI
OrganicPedic by OMI

Organic latex mattress

No mattress gets better marks for eco-friendly design than those made by Organic Mattresses, Inc. The line includes both innerspring and latex models made entirely from natural and sustainably produced materials, including metal, organic cotton, latex and wool. Some mattresses have a separate pillow top, customizable zones or interchangeable layers, for individualized support and comfort. All have a 20-year warranty.

Est. $1,900 and up Estimated Price
Sleep Number
Sleep Number

Best adjustable air mattress

It's the most recognizable name in permanent, adjustable air beds, and experts say that Sleep Number mattresses will please most owners. In one professional test, Sleep Number brand is both "Recommended" and a "Best Buy." Owners report improved sleep quality, and these mattresses are particularly popular with sleep partners who have radically different firmness preferences. They come with a 25-year warranty.
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Est. $1,000 and up Estimated Price
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Choosing the right mattress can help assure a good night's sleep

Considering that most people spend about one-third of their lives in bed, it's hardly surprising that mattresses can have a big impact on your overall health. There are several types of mattresses, each with a particular set of advantages and disadvantages. Traditional innerspring models remain the most popular type, but newer alternatives -- including memory foam, latex foam, air mattresses with adjustable firmness "zones" and organic mattresses made of various materials -- have gained favor with owners.

One of the big issues with buying a new mattress is that it generally requires a fairly significant cash outlay -- in most cases about $500 for a twin; $1000 or more for a queen or king. Some are two or three times as much, depending upon features. And that often does not include the box spring or other foundation. However, with as much time as you spend in bed, and the average length of time you'll own the mattress, it pays to buy the best one you can afford.

Figuring out exactly how much a mattress costs can also be difficult. Most mattress companies have a specific line (or several) of a mattress (Posturepedic by Sealy and Beautyrest by Simmons are good examples of this), and then, within that line, have dozens of different models that are not detailed on the manufacturer's website. So, while several retailers may have the same model, there is little consistency from retailer to retailer. In addition, the same model may be sold under different names at different retailers. Because of that, for the purposes of this report, we don't rate specific mattresses; rather, we rate mattress lines that get the best reviews across the board. As for price, we have quoted the manufacturers retail price, which are usually much higher than the actual prices you'll find in stores. We discuss price in more detail -- as well as how to get the best deal -- on our buying guide page.

Also, if a mattress is just one of several bedroom purchases you're planning, check out our related reports on bed sheets, pillows and mattress toppers.

Type of mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have been the most popular type for decades, and countless styles, features and options are available. Models vary greatly in cost, from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Price differences may depend on the number and size of the coils, the amount and type of padding, and details such as fabric and stitching. Compared with other types, innerspring mattresses tend to retain less body heat and come in a wider range of firmness levels. But they also transfer more motion, which can be a concern if you share your bed with a partner. They're also less durable and more prone to sagging than other types of mattresses. Most experts say innerspring mattresses should be replaced after 10 years at most.

Memory foam mattresses are made from visco-elastic foam, a type of foam that molds itself to the body. While the best-known manufacturer is Tempur-Pedic, several other companies offer less expensive versions. Many owners love sleeping on memory foam, because of how well it conforms to the curves and lines of the body. Memory foam is also a good choice if you have a restless partner as it minimizes movement transfer. Going from innerspring to memory foam can take some getting used to, but most who give it time say it was well worth it. Some people find that memory foam traps heat -- a complaint that makers have addressed with the development of gel-infused memory foam, which is designed to create a cooler sleeping surface.

Latex foam mattresses, which are made from natural or synthetic rubber, are springier than memory foam mattresses and don't retain as much body heat. They are also resistant to mold and dust mites. In addition, mattresses made of natural latex are eco-friendly, since natural latex is a renewable resource. Many latex mattresses go for several thousand dollars for a queen set, although some lower-end brands that incorporate synthetic latex and a less expensive processing method can run as low as $550.

The adjustable, permanent-use air mattress is one of the newest mattress types. Don't confuse them with inflatable, temporary air mattresses, which we cover in a separate report; those aren't considered suitable for long-term use. Permanent air mattresses, the best known brand being Sleep Number Beds, have air chambers that can be adjusted to provide customized support, and are topped with padding. Some even allow each side of the mattress to be adjusted independently. Permanent air mattresses can be expensive, running at least $1,000 for a queen set. They tend to be quite durable because, while they rely on mechanical parts that can fail, those parts are replaceable.

How we found the best mattresses

Although it would seem as if the experiences of mattress owners would be the most crucial aspect of finding the best mattress; in fact, owners reviews are hard to come by for mattresses. This may be because, as noted earlier, there is little consistency between mattress models. So, while we did evaluate a few user reviews, to determine our Best Reviewed mattress picks, we primarily drew on professional testing at and the results of a detailed analysis of consumer satisfaction feedback at -- which has compiled more data about mattress satisfaction than any other site. Factors including comfort, value and durability are included in our analysis. The result of our research is the best mattresses for your best night's sleep.

Elsewhere in this report:

Best Innerspring Mattresses | Best Memory Foam Mattresses | Best Latex and Organic Mattresses | Best Permanent Adjustable Air Mattresses | Mattresses for Back Pain | Buying Guide | Our Sources

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