- 1 Cradling memory foam with great bounce
- 2 Super-comfortable but pricey
- 3 Foam mattress with luxe feel, no bounce
- 4 Best foam mattress under $1,000
- 5 Best no-memory-foam foam mattress
- 6 A decent, warm mattress
- 7 Best latex-foam mattress
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If you’re looking for a traditional coil mattress, or a mattress that combines springs and foam, we have guides to the best innerspring mattresses and the best hybrid mattresses, which includes some of the picks found in this guide.
Cradling memory foam with great bounce
The Leesa Hybrid combines the best elements of memory-foam and spring mattresses. It has better cooling and a thicker cover than the competition, all at a great price for a hybrid.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,400.
The Leesa Hybrid won more votes than any other mattress in the hybrid category when we first tested it in 2018 (at the time, it was called the Leesa Sapira), and it has remained a strong favorite through two more rounds of testing in 2019 and 2020. Hybrid mattresses feature both foam and coils, and this Leesa mattress’s memory-foam top provides good pressure relief while its spring layer adds a gentle bounce. The high-quality, durable materials make it a good value, and we think it would work well for stomach-, back-, and side-sleepers, as well as for those who weigh over 200 pounds. It comes with a 100-day trial period and a 10-year warranty.
Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)
Super-comfortable but pricey
With a luxurious slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid) feels leagues ahead of most mattresses we tried. But it also costs two to four times as much.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,000.
Tempur-Pedic’s least expensive model is one of the best hybrid memory-foam mattresses we tested, and it’s a good option if you want the classic curve-conforming feel of a Tempur bed without having to spend $3,000 to $5,000 for a queen. Like most of the brand’s mattresses, the Tempur-Adapt has a pronounced hug, yet it feels completely supportive (including at the edges, so you don’t fall off)—a sensation that many of our staffers loved. The line’s Medium Hybrid version also has a coil layer that keeps you from feeling completely stuck in foam, though you may not find it resilient enough if you’re accustomed to innerspring-only models. It’s suitable for a range of sleep positions and body types, including people who weigh over 200 pounds, and it comes with a 10-year warranty and a 90-day trial period. But if you return it, you have to pay steep shipping costs.
Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)
Foam mattress with luxe feel, no bounce
With a thick quilted top and some of the highest foam densities we’ve seen in an online mattress, the Loom & Leaf feels more substantial (and will likely last longer) than mattresses under $1,000. It arrives unboxed, so it’s also less likely to off-gas in your home.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,500.
Saatva’s Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm) was the best looking and arguably the best feeling of the mattresses we tried that don’t have springs. Its thick quilted cover prevents the top from feeling overly spongy (as many memory-foam mattresses do), and there’s virtually no motion transfer. Compared with cheaper all-foam mattresses, the Loom & Leaf is made with denser foam, which may help it last longer (and also makes it good for people who weigh over 200 pounds). It comes in two firmness levels that should work for a variety of sleep positions. The 15-year warranty and 180-day trial period are particularly generous. But if you do end up returning it, you have to pay a shipping fee of nearly $100.
Best foam mattress under $1,000
This Costco favorite is a great value, made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in many of the mattresses costing twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.
Wirecutter testers and online reviewers who like the Novaform ComfortGrande, sold at Costco stores and on Costco.com, consistently noted its comfortably supportive feel and good value. At $600 online (often on sale for $500 and even less if you buy it in-store; non-Costco members pay a 5 percent fee), it’s well under half the price of the Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm), our higher-end all-foam pick. The two mattresses share a loose-cuddly sensation without a pronounced memory-foam sink, but the Novaform is a bit stiffer than the Relaxed Firm version of the Loom & Leaf and comes in only one firmness option; we think it’s best for back- and stomach-sleepers, or side-sleepers who like firmer mattresses. It’s a lofty 14 inches thick, and its foam densities suggest that it should be durable, though we don’t think it’s the best pick for people who weigh more than 200 pounds. The Novaform arrives in a speedy three to five business days, and thanks to Costco’s generous return policy (the best we’ve seen), if at any point you decide you don’t like it, you can arrange for a free pickup and full refund.
Tuft & Needle Original
Best no-memory-foam foam mattress
The Tuft & Needle Original isn’t made with memory foam, so it doesn’t hug every contour. It has a soft top but a firm under layer, so you should feel supported but cushioned at the same time.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $595.
Because the Tuft & Needle Original doesn’t have a memory-foam top, it’s easier to move around on than most bed-in-a-box mattresses, which is why we recommend it for people who rotate frequently throughout the night. It’s a great choice if you want the convenience and affordability of a foam bed without the sinking sensation of memory foam. We don’t think the Tuft & Needle Original will prove durable enough for those who weigh more than 200 pounds, however (as is true of most under-$1,000 queen mattresses). It comes with a 100-day trial and a 10-year warranty.
Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam (12 inch)
A decent, warm mattress
This mattress is squishier on top and stiffer in the middle than more expensive mattresses, and it sleeps warmer, but it’s nice for the price. Consider it for guest rooms and kids rooms, or if you’re on a tighter budget.
If you need a truly cheap mattress, we don’t think you can do better than the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam (12 inch). Our testers preferred it to some mattresses that cost three or four times the price. It has a nice, squishy surface—which makes it good for side-sleepers—but also offers good support and motion isolation. The cover, known as a “sock” because it simply encases the mattress, feels much flimsier than that of the Novaform ComfortGrande or the Tuft & Needle Original, and we don’t think the foam is dense enough for people who weigh over 200 pounds. Some owner reviews complain that the Zinus runs warm. It comes with a 100-day trial and a 10-year warranty.
Best latex-foam mattress
The all-latex Zenhaven is $1,000 more than similar online options, but it should prove more durable and breathable (and thus feel cooler) than many foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one is a good value.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,900.
If you prefer latex mattresses, which tend to be more breathable, durable, and springier compared with memory foam or polyfoam, Saatva’s Zenhaven offers the best combination of comfort and value of those we’ve tested. The Zenhaven is made entirely of latex, and although you can find cheaper all-latex mattresses, such as our former latex pick, the Sleep On Latex Pure Green, they often feel especially firm and elasticky. By contrast, the 10-inch Zenhaven feels supple but still supportive, with a springiness similar to that of a traditional coil mattress. We think it’s a good choice for back- or stomach-sleepers, or side-sleepers who prefer a firmer mattress. The two-sided Zenhaven is flippable and has two firmness levels: The Luxury Plush side is medium firm, while the other side is a bit firmer. Zenhaven offers a 180-day trial (though you have to pay a shipping cost of nearly $100 to return the mattress) and a 20-year warranty, twice as long as the warranty for most foam mattresses. Because the Zenhaven is heavy—125 pounds for a queen—and two-sided, it doesn’t work on a slatted bed frame. You need a sturdy platform bed or a good-quality boxspring and frame.
Source: The NY Times
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