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Having a hard, long, REM sleep and wakening up stiff, sore, and unrested? It's time for a new mattress. Luckily, buying a mattress in 2021 is cheaper and more convenient than ever before. No trip to the store or awkwardly testing a mattress hundreds of other people have used to find what provides the best sleep. Difficulty of online mattress shops now offer all kinds of mattresses to suit all types of sleepers. And almost every mattress brand offers at-home sleep trials and easy return options.

That being said, it's always better to find the right mattress with your preferred mattress firmness on your first attempt than to just settle for the wrong mattress. With the right mattress, you'll notice a reduction in your comfort level and the quality of your sleep -- something you won't notice with the wrong mattress.

That's where this best mattress guide comes in. I considered all the mattress manufacturers and brands (there are about 175 in the US right now), scored mattress brand reviews, and personally tested all of the top mattress brands and mattress options to help you narrow down your choices. I've included options to suit all budgets and preferred sleeping positions.

By the way, if sleeping position is your most important consideration, check out our lists of the best mattresses for side sleepers, stomach sleeper, heavier individuals, and hot sleep users. We also have lists for the best pillow top mattress, best organic mattress and best adjustable mattress as well as the most budget-friendly mattress. If there's a certain mattress type you're after, we've got you covered.

No matter which mattress you're after, whether you want pressure relief, a firmer mattress, or softer mattresss, an adjustable mattress or motion isolation, you can be sure to find the one that suits you. Here are the ten best mattresses you can buy online right now to replace your old mattress.

Pricing is shown below for a queen mattress, but I've included the entire range of available sizes and prices in each entry. I update this list on a regular basis.

Read more. Read More. How to break in a new mattress: What to do and how long it takes

Best overall mattress for overall health

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Mattresses take a while to adjust, and that's true of the Layla Hybrid as well, but as soon as I lay down on this mattress, I knew it was going to be my favorite. It's a layered blend of gel memory foam, airflow support foam and individually wrapped pocketed coils that provide ample firmness level support while also allowing enough give to make the mattress feel luxurious and supportive right away.

The middle layer is made of copper-infused foam, which is great for a hot sleeper because it is designed to draw heat away from your body so you stay cool while you sleep, and the technology performed exceptionally well. Even in the middle of summer in a house without central AC, I kept cool throughout the night. Copper is also antimicrobial, so it assists prevent a buildup of bacteria that may result in breakdown and unpleasant smells over time. I haven't had the mattress for a long time to speak about that, but the thought of sleeping on sturdier mattresses, especially since the goal is to keep them for another decade or so, adds another layer of appeal.

This hybrid mattress motion isolation feature is a huge comfort level benefit for someone who's been considering getting slumber divorce. The Layla Hybrid had the lowest motion transfer out of any other on the list, so I didn't wake up at all when my boyfriend tore and turned. The Layla is also the only mattress on this list that you can flip. And not only that, you can flip this foam bed mattress, but also one side is soft and one is firm, allowing you to personalize your hybrid mattress sleeping experience based on how your body feels at any given moment.

The Layla Hybrid is available in twin to California king sizes and prices range from $1,099 to $1.699.

Layla's $1,499 for Laylayla.

Best firm mattress for firmness and support

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If you're searching for a firm mattress, the Casper Original is the answer. While I'm more of a soft mattress kind of gal, firmer mattresses like the Casper mattress are designed to align your spine and provide pressure relief in all of the right places so you can have sluggish nights and stiffness-free mornings. And this Casper mattress did exactly that.

When I first got into bed, I didn't have the "ahhh" moment that comes from a plush, softer mattress, but as I settled in, the mattress began to slowly adjust to my body. The longer I lay there, the more comfortable I felt. When I woke up in the morning, I didn't have any throbbing neck or back pain, which I've been dealing with since my previous spring mattress caved in. I attribute this to the Casper's Zoned Support technology.

The mattress is divided into three sections to achieve the ideal spinal alignment. The foam near the shoulders and upper body is softer to provide relief in those areas, while the firmer foam under the hips, waist, and lower back keeps your spine properly aligned. Because of this zoned system, you may have to experiment to determine the best sleeping position on the mattress, but once you do, your pain will likely diminish with time. As an added bonus, the mattress cover is made from 57 recycled bottles, to be exact, so you can help save your back and the planet at the same time.

The Casper Original is a twin to California king style, and the price ranges from $595 to $1,295.

Read our Casper Original review.

Casper, Ca., has a spending limit of $1,374.

Best mattress for side sleepers

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The Saatva Classic is everything a side sleeper could want: Thy hybrid mattress is thick and plush, providing the right amount of contouring without being too firm or sinking and sagging. While it doesn't have the cloud-like feel of standard pillow-top mattresses, it has enough firmness to relieve strain on your hips and shoulders, but not so much that your spine is thrown out of alignment.

The first few nights I put this Saatva mattress on, I thought it was too firm for me -- as a true hybrid, it's softer than memory foam-only mattresses, but as my body became used to it, my back slept well and I began to wake up without pain (or an arm that had fallen asleep during the night).

As for construction, the Saatva Classic mattress combines innerspring coils with latex foam, which is regarded as a luxurious mattress material. The mattress also features lumbar support and a special bolster in the center of the mattress, which is designed to keep your spine aligned while also allowing your shoulders and hips to sink in just. It almost felt as though there was a slight elevation in the center of the mattress that filled in my body's curves.

Each Saatva Classic mattress is also handmade to order, so unlike other online mattresses, it doesn't come compressed in a box, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. There are three firmness levels -- ultra plush, luxury firm, and firm -- and two different mattress heights -- 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. I went with a 14.5-inch ultra plush mattress and while it was the perfect firmness level for me, I wish I had gone with the shorter Saatva mattress. If you choose the 14.5-inch model, be aware that sheets specifically designed for thicker mattresses may slide off in the corners.

The Saatva Classic is available in twin XL to split California king sizes and prices range from $887 to $2,174.

Saatva's $1,595 for 1 day in Saava.

Best organic mattress for organic consumption.

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Many mattresses are spray-on with chemicals and flame retardants, and made from potentially toxic foams, which have been linked to a number of health problems. Because of this, the Environmental Working Group recommends choosing a mattress that's at least 95% cotton, wool, or natural latex. Avocado Green mattress is here to help.

The brand's original mattress, which is the one I tried, is made from a combination of all three materials -- or you can go for the vegan mattress that is produced without wool. Neither version contains polyester, polyurethane foam, or fire retardants. While that's great, it must also be comfortable in the long run, because that won't do you much good in return. The good news is that it is.

When I first laid down on the mattress, it seemed a little too firm for my personal preference, but as soon as I settled in, the foam began to form to my body, hugging me in all the right spots. I was able to sleep on my back and on the side easily, and the mattress adjusted quickly as I moved from each sleep position, unlike other memory foam mattress styles that can lag when you move. I can't tell the mattress apart from the optional (and $300 to $600 extra depending on the size) permanently attached pillow top, but I do think it adds a comfort layer of plushness that's well worth the extra cost.

The Avocado Green is available in sizes from twin to California king and prices range from $1,099 to $2,0099, without the pillow top. If you want the pillow top attached, prices range from $1,499 to $2,799.

Avocado offers $1,599 for $1.5099.

Best mattress for back pain relief beds for lower back issues

Amerisleep is an American band that performs live music.

The AS2 Hybrid mattress was created with back pain relief in mind. It's constructed of a proprietary memory foam called Bio-Pur that contours to your body, reducing pressure points in your back, hips, and shoulders. The Bio-Pur foam is also more responsive than typical memory foam, so when you move it bounces back faster, ensuring that you never feel stuck.

This increased response time was one of my favorite things about the Amerisleep AS2. Even when I changed positions throughout the night, the mattress adjusted quickly, cradling my body and giving it the weightless feel that really takes the day off. The medium-firm feel also comfortably supported my spine without the sinking or sagging that can occur with softer memory foam. After an initial adjustment period of a couple weeks, I slept -- and woke up -- pain-free and feeling refreshed and rested, rather than tired and sore.

The Bio-Pur foam is also more airy and breathable than traditional foam, so I stayed cool all night, even when I was snuggled under a heavy down comforter.

The AS2 Hybrid is available in sizes from twin to split king, and its prices range from $1,014 to $2,008.

Amerisleep: $979 at Amersleech: $879.

Best mattress for back sleepers

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The Leesa Legend was designed for all sleepers, but while it was comfortable no matter what my sleeping position, I thought it really shined when I was sleeping on my back. I shift from sleeping on my side to sleeping in my back frequently throughout the night. I start as a back sleeper; once I'm only-partly-conscious, about-to-fall-asleep, I switch to my side. But with the Leesa Legend, I actually settled in on my back and stayed there most of the night.

The Leesa Legend is made from two layers of springs and two layer of memory foam, each topped with a wool-and-100 percent cotton cover that provides an additional comfort layer. This Leesa mattress immediately felt warm and inviting (with the perfect amount of bounce) and had the most comfortable body contouring when I was lying on my back. It also had edge-to-edge support comparable to the Nectar Lush with minimal motion transfer, and it had a similar edge to edge support as the Lash.

The mattress cover, like the Casper, is partly made from recycled water bottles, so you can sleep without worrying about the environment.

The Leesa Legend is available in twin XL to California king sizes, and prices range from $1,799 to $2,599.

Leesa offers a $1,749 value for $1.799 at Lee's.

Best mattress for couples for a good night's sleep

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If you've ever gone mattress shopping with a significant other, you know how big he or she can be. If you opt for a custom Sleep Number luxury mattress with hefty prices and poor reviews, you're pretty much forced to find sturdier mattresses that will make both of you happy -- despite the fact that your tastes and sleeping preferences are on different sides of the spectrum. I've been this road before, and I wish I had found the Helix Midnight Luxe sooner.

My boyfriend and I liked all of the mattresses, but when we first settled into the Helix Midnight Luxe for the first night, we both looked at each other and simultaneously said, "Oh, this is nice." The mattress is made from a combination of high-density memory foam, gel visco, and support pocketed coils wrapped up in breathable, quiltet pillow-top cover. The Helix Midnight Luxe had the most lumbar support, which was perfect for my boyfriend's ongoing lower-back pain.

Although this particular mattress is geared toward the side sleeper, it's also extremely comfortable when you're on your back or stomach. This Helix mattress is quite firm, with a firmness rating of 4-7 out of 10, so it's designed to please most people, or at least act as 'a great compromise' if you can't agree on firmity level. There'' is little movement transfer, and the mattress sits right in the middle of the Mattress Firmness scale -- Hex rates it 5-7 out-of-10 -- so this Hel mattress may be the perfect choice for you.

The Helix Midnight Luxe is available in twin to California king sizes, and prices range from $999 to $2,149.

Helix is offering $1,749 at Hex.

Best mattress for plus-size sleepers

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The Helix Plus mattress, which is designed for people who wear plus-size clothing or anyone who's "big and tall," is intended to provide extra support for those with a higher body mass index. It's 13 inches tall and comes with an extra comfort layer of high-density foam that provides adequate support and comfort all in one. While I've named this Helix mattress the best mattress for plus-size sleepers for the purposes of this roundup, it's actually a great mattress to use for everyone, no matter your size or sleeping style.

This mattress was one of the few on the list that I felt like I sank into in all the right ways. The mattress was supportive, while also providing the appropriate amount of "give" to relieve pressure where I needed it the most. Even when my sleeping partner was tossing and turning, it was easily positioned in any position and easily handled movement. My boyfriend actually got up twice while sleeping on this mattress to go to the bathroom and I didn't feel him get up or get back into bed -- something I can'' t say for many other mattresses I've tried.

The only negative I'd give is that it's a medium firm mattress feel -- Helix gives it 7-8 out of ten on the firmness level scale -- and I wish it were softer. That being said, this mattress was built to support more weight, so the extra firmness makes sense. Also, mattresses tend to break in and soften over time, so I'm not sure if the mattress firmness would be ideal for me after several months.

The Helix Plus is available in two-to-california-king size options, and prices range from $749 to $1,849.

Helix Helicopters sell for $1,499 to $11,449 at Helvetic.

Best mattress for warm sleepers

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GhostBed's most significant claim to fame is its cooling technology, and it did deliver. I tested the hybrid mattress of this mattress firm's in the middle of July with temperatures in between the high 80s and low 90s. While I could tell we were in the middle of a heat wave -- I mean, the mattress isn't magic -- the room was surprisingly warm and humid as soon as the sun came through the windows.

The bed itself was comfortable as well. While the GhostBed didn't feel as lush and inviting as some of the others on this list, it was second most bouncey (right behind the Purple mattress), so it didnt have the slow sinking memory foam feel that's typical of these mattresses. If you're not a fan of memory foam but likes softer mattresses, this is ideally the place to start.

The GhostBed Flex Hybrid is available in sizes from twin to split king, and its prices range from $1,187 to $2,590.

Ghostbed users pay $1,491 for a $11,491.

Best mattress for stomach sleepers

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I'm not a stomach sleeper, but the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (almost) made me want to become one. When I was lying on my stomach, the Purple Grid, a hyper-elastic polymer grid structure that acts as if it were created for me to absorb and relieve pressure, suddenly disappeared all my lady lumps and bumps, almost as though it was created just for them. I know that sounds odd, but the ability of the Purple mattress to fit perfectly around my body was remarkable. When I slept on my back, it was equally comfortable. In fact, it was so comfy that, when I was lying on my back, I could snooze without pillow and still feel like my spine was perfectly aligned. Coming from someone who normally needs two pillows to hold up her oversize head and wakes up with severe neck pain because of it, this was another impressive feature.

The Purple had the most bounce out of all of the mattresses. Pure memory foam, on the other hand, tends to feel a bit stiff to me, no matter how plush the mattress claims to be, but the grid bends and moves in ways that make the bed feel soft and plushe while also providing ample support for your back and spine.

The Purple mattress grid took a while to get used to. Every time I changed or moved, I could feel gridlock for the first few nights. It wasn't an uncomfortable feeling, but it was definitely different. This mattress is also very heavy. Not as heavy as a normal king-size mattress, but more like "What the heck do they make this thing out of?" My intention was to open the mattress in the guest room downstairs to allow it to expand and then bring it up to my bedroom to try it and take pictures. But even after enlisting the help of two stronger-than-me volunteers, we gave up on moving the Purple mattress and I moved to the guest room for testing. I assume you're not planning on carrying your mattress around too frequently, but it's worth noting just in case.

The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 is available in sizes from twin XL to split king, and prices range from $2,299 to $4,598.

Read our Purple Hybrid Premier 4 review.

Purple's Purple Price: $2,699.

Not recommended.

Birch Natural Mattress Bircher Natural mattress Birches Natural.

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I wanted to like the Birch mattress, but when it was stacked against the other, it just didn't make the cut. It's got a lot of great selling points: it' is free of polyurethane foams and harsh chemicals, it is sustainable, and it comes with an organic cotton cover. But, even though I appreciate the importance of a toxic chemical-free sleeping environment, I couldn't quite get comfortable and, in the end, comfort wins.

It wasn't that the Birch was uncomfortable, but it didn' t feel as luxurious as the others I tested, and since the price is the same as Helix Midnight Luxe (the two mattresses are actually both made by Helic), I'd recommend the Mid Night Lux.

The Birch Natural Mattress is available in sizes from twin to California King mattress and prices range from $1,049 to $1799.

See it at Birch.

How I tested?

I used each mattress for a week, getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. For the last half of the week, I slept on the mattress with my boyfriend and whichever one (or several) of our five dogs wanted to join us. During these nights, I was able to assess the motion transfer and whether or not the mattresses would suit different tastes -- I like a soft mattress, while he prefers something firmer with fewer back support. For the rest of the week, I took everyone out to the guest room so I could focus on the feel of a mattress without any outside sleep disturbances.

In addition to sleeping on the mattresses during the night, I also spent some time lying on them reading or working on my laptop. (I know, I know I shouldn't be working from bed, but I wanted to give each mattress as much time as possible.) Once I felt that I had enough information to make an accurate assessment, I moved on to the next mattress.

I placed each new mattress on the same platform bed frame and used the exact same pillow and sheets, which I washed between each mattress. We all know there's nothing better than getting into bed with freshly washed sheets, so I wanted to make sure that each mattress had that initial advantage. The only exception to the test location was the Purple mattress, which I left in the guest room because it was too heavy to move up, as I mentioned earlier.

What's the best mattress to buy?

While the best mattress for you will depend on your height, weight, and comfort needs, I can say that the Layla Hybrid is the most comfortable mattress available to most people. It's gentle on most body types, has very little motion transfer, and the hybrid mattress has several features that help keep you cool while you sleep.

Foam vs. hybrid mattress

The mattresses on the list below are divided into two main categories: hybrid and all foam. Both of them have their own merits.

Foam mattresses are made of foam. Memory foam mattress options, latex foam, or gel foam mattresses are all made from layers of foam. Each foam layer has a different density, with high density foam on the bottom for support and softer foam over ice for comfort.

Hybrid mattresses are hybrid mattresses that can be fitted to hybrid beds. As a support, both foam and metal coils are used. They are a little bit closer to the innerspring mattress most of us grew up sleeping on, but with foam added for extra comfort and support.

What mattress types are the most comfortable?

Comfort is really a subjective thing. What seems like a dream to you may not be the most comfortable mattress for someone else, but there are some general guidelines you can follow when trying to narrow it down. Memory foam is constructed to conform to your body and maintains your spine and neck aligned. If you have back pain or like to feel like you're "sinking" into your mattress, a memory foam mattress is incredibly helpful. Memory foam however, since it absorbs heat more quickly than foam, isn't always the best option for hot sleepers.

Traditional spring mattresses don't relieve pressure as well as memory foam mattresses, but they're supportive and breathable. Spring mattresses are also more budget-friendly, making them ideal for hot sleepers who are looking to save some money.

Hybrid mattresses combine the best of both worlds -- memory foam and springs. The foam provides pressure relief and a contouring effect, while the springs provide some extra bounce and increase airflow. The springs in hybrid mattresses are usually smaller than those in the traditional spring mattresses, so they don't transfer as much motion. Hybrid mattresses are a great option for any type of sleeper.

How do you test before you buy?

All of the brands on this list allow you to try these mattresses out risk-free. To do this, you'll have to purchase the mattress first. Once it's shipped, you'll have a trial period of 100 days to test it out. You may return your mattress to the firm if you are unhappy with your new mattress at any time during that time.

The firm will then arrange for someone to come pick up the mattress, either to be donated or disposed of. Once the pickup has been confirmed, you'll be given your refund.

Many mattress manufacturers will encourage you to try out your mattress for at least three to four weeks before you return it, as your body may take time to adjust to a new bed. However, if you don't want to wait, you won' t have to.

What is the type of warranty you get?

Different companies offer different warranties, but most are 10 years or more, comparable to buying a mattress at e-commerce. These warranties are for any manufacturing defects, not normal wear and tear. All foam mattresses have a supportive foundation, and if you don't use sturdily enough and the mattress is damaged, the warranty won''re out of pocket.

What are the best mattresses for side sleepers?

The most comfortable mattresses for side sleepers are those that are in the middle of the firmness scale -- medium-soft to medium. You want a mattress that has enough firmness to relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips, but not so much that you sink into it. It's important to keep your spine aligned when you're sleeping on your side, as that'll ensure that you sleep comfortably and wake up pain-free.

What are the best mattresses for back pain?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but the best mattresses for back pain generally have memory foam and include lumbar support. According to some studies, a medium-firm mattress is the best for treating chronic lower back pain in most people. If you're sleeping on your mattress that's too soft for you to lie down with.

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