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by Michael J. Breus, Ph.D.

Mattress Contributing Editor

Updated on 07/17/2018

While a lot of consumers are price conscious when they are mattress shopping, your main focus should be on finding the best mattress for your physical needs. Talk to a salesperson about any specific problem areas you have, such as lower back pain, when beginning your search.

Most mattress vendors allow for a trial period to make sure it is a right fit for your needs. To really get a feel for a bed you need to lie, in your starting sleep position, for about five- minutes. Then roll to a second position for another 5-7 minutes.

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    Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems
    Read 9060 Reviews

    Five sleep systems available that attach to any head or footboard with lifetime warranties, free delivery and in-home repair. Prices vary by distributor between $2,500 and $6,000 and are determined with a consultant in your home.

    Mattress Firm
    Read 2238 Reviews

    Mattress Firm, founded in 1986, has a chain of mattress stores. Headquartered in Houston, TX, the company is the largest retail bedding provider in the United States.

    Saatva Mattress
    Read 2938 Reviews

    Saatva specializes in mattress options under $1,000, catering to those looking for quality and comfort on a budget. The mattresses are eco-friendly and made in the United States, which appeals to a range of buyers.

    Select Comfort - Sleep Number
    Read 7586 Reviews

    Sleep Number has been in business for decades, and it offers a special system that allows each user to customize the mattress's settings. The company also provides financing to approved customers and has a 100-day return policy.

    Nest Bedding
    Read 340 Reviews

    Six organic luxury mattresses with 100-night trials, lifetime comfort guarantees and free delivery. Setup available for a fee. Queen mattresses range from $599 to $1,999 with the option to add a frame or adjustable base.

    Craftmatic Adjustable Beds
    Read 4361 Reviews

    Three sleep systems available with a 30-day trial, 25-year warranty, free delivery and name-your-price pricing. Returns are accepted with shipping costs. Queen-sizes cost $2,000-$4,000; price determined with a consultant by phone.

    Luma Sleep
    Read 91 Reviews

    Offers foam-style, bed-in-a-box mattresses in three comfort styles with firmness options. Includes a 100-night trial, 15-year warranty and free delivery. Queen mattresses start at $1,595 and include adjustable latex toppers.

    US-Mattress
    Read 590 Reviews

    Sells brand-name mattresses with a 120-night trial, manufacturer-based warranties and free delivery. Old mattress removal and express delivery available. Queen mattresses in innerspring, foam and gel styles start at $210.

    Brentwood Home
    Read 31 Reviews

    Based in Los Angeles, California, Brentwood Home was founded to provide consumers with mattresses made from all-natural materials. Each mattress and bedding product is made in the United States from eco-friendly materials.

    Sit 'n Sleep
    Read 198 Reviews

    Sells more than 10 brand-name mattresses with a 60-night sleep trial, competitive price guarantee and free local or next-day delivery. Warranties are manufacturer-based. Spring, foam and hybrid queen mattresses start at $299.99.

    CouchBed
    Read 60 Reviews

    A cool-gel, eco-friendly, memory foam mattress that flips into a couch. Get a 30-day trial, 10-year warranty and free delivery. Ships in a box. Comes in five colors with optional adjustable base. Queen sizes cost $499.99.

    Serta Mattress
    Read 426 Reviews

    Traditional, boxed and luxury mattresses available online or through retailers. Online purchases include 120-night trials and free delivery, setup and mattress removal. Warranties up to 20 years. Queens range from $199 to $2,799.

    Tempur-Pedic
    Read 522 Reviews

    Offers luxury memory foam cooling mattresses in three comfort feels with a 90-night trial, 10-year warranty and free white glove delivery. Queen mattresses start at $1,799. Bases, foundations and other add-ons are available.

    Sealy Mattress
    Read 462 Reviews

    Three mattresses available from in-store and online retailers. Trials, deliveries and returns vary by seller. Online-only mattress-in-a-box ships free with 100-night trial. Queens start at $499 with up to 10-year warranties.

    Simmons Mattresses
    Read 499 Reviews

    Traditional, boxed and luxury mattresses offered in-store and with online retailers. Warranties up to 10 years. Sellers determine trials, delivery and return. Queens range from $329 to $2,099. Furniture and accessories available.

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    Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., known as The Sleep Doctor, is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular contributor on the show. He is also the author of several books, including The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (Rodale Books; 2011) and Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin; 2006). Dr. Breus has been featured on several national media outlets, including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show and Psychology Today.

    What features matter most when buying a mattress?

    The best mattress type for your sleeping position

    Sleeping Positions

    Beds are not built with one sleep position in mind since everyone moves into multiple sleeping positions throughout the evening. However, some things to think about include:

    • Side sleeper: You need something that will have plenty of give for your shoulder and hips, but will raise up into your side. A pillow-top will work nicely for side sleepers.
    • Back sleeper: It is especially important for women who are back sleepers to not get something too firm. A woman’s pelvis is angled, and when the back sleeping female is on too firm of a bed, her hip will tilt up, which could cause low back pain. You would be looking for something that will keep your body even when you lie on it.
    • Stomach sleeper: Stomach sleepers should follow the same advice as back sleepers.
    • Those who sleep with a partner: This is more a question of size than type of bed. Two people cannot sleep well in anything less than a queen sized bed. Take both of your physical needs into consideration when shopping for a mattress to share.

    Physical needs

    Different mattresses provide different solutions for common physical ailments. Be sure to describe any of your physical needs to your salesperson at the beginning of your mattress search.

    • Overheating: Generally, if you have issues with temperature you will want to stay away from memory foam, unless it has the special tick over it. This advice is not to make you cool but to keep you from getting hot in the first place.
    • Cooling features: Yes, there are certain solutions that can be soaked into the ticking (material on the top of the bed), but remember it is usually covered by a mattress pad and/or sheets. Yes, the actual construction can give better airflow, but when you are hot the construction of the mattress is not going to make a tremendous difference. Whatever they are saying, ask to see data on it or it will be a false claim.
    • Body pain: If you have a pain syndrome, like fibromyalgia, then the softer the better, and this may require plusher materials.
    • Lower back pain: if you have a bad lower back and you need to have your back stabilized through out an evening, then memory foam or latex will work nicely for you. It will mold to your frame and keep you in one place.
    • Different support needs: If you are in a situation where the two people sharing a bed have vastly different support needs (more than 125 lbs. weight difference), then air may be your best bet, and this will cost more.

    Firmness

    Mattresses are frequently described in terms of their firmness, so understanding what this means and how it impacts your sleep can help you decide which mattress to buy.

    • Support versus comfort: These two words are often incorrectly interchanged. There are comfort layers and support layers in a bed. The more layers in the sandwich, the more expensive it usually ends up. The support layer is usually the bottom six inches. This is the base that usually sets the firmness (can be foam, coil or air). Then, depending upon the density, or feel, the manufacturer wants to produce, they can add more firmness or less, more plushness or less or whatever else they want to make it appealing to consumers.
    • How to compare: One of the easiest ways to compare beds is to ask for the specs. If they do not have them look on the manufacturer’s website. If they are not there, email and request them. If you do not get them, do not buy the bed.

    Testing experience

    My method to choose a bed is simple:

    • Narrow it it down ahead of time: Try to have narrowed it down to three beds by the time you’re ready to test them.
    • Show up in the evening: Wear very comfortable clothing with your pillow, a pad and pen, your phone (if it has a timer) and your bed partner.
    • Get some alone time: Tell the sales person to leave you alone for the next 30 minutes.
    • Test it out: Go to the first bed with your bedpartner, take off your shoes and get into your starting sleep position. Set the timer for seven minutes, close your eyes and relax. When the alarm goes off, with your eyes closed, move to another sleep position. Set the alarm and go for another 5-7 min.
    • Rate your experience: When the alarm goes off, pull out the pen and pad and rate the bed from 1-5. Now move to the next bed within a minute.
    • Repeat: Repeat the process for all three beds, and then compare notes at the end with your bed partner.

    Eco-friendliness

    I am aware of no data to suggest that you will sleep better on an eco-friendly bed, however you may have a clearer conscious buying a mattress from an eco-conscious brand.

    • Mattress materials: The materials used to make a mattress can have various effects on the environment. Generally, foam and latex are less eco-friendly than mattresses made from biodegradable materials such as wool.
    • Factory practices: The way a mattress is produced can have distinct levels of eco-friendliness, including what practices are used in the manufacturing facilities.
    • Trade-ins: Trading in your mattress means a company picks it up and recycles the materials so old mattresses, as much as is possible, don’t end up in landfills.

    Cost

    Your budget may direct the brand of mattress you choose. There are certain ways to save money on a mattress so you can get one that gives you the support you need without costing more than you can realistically afford.​

    • Price flexibility: Consumers don’t realize that the price of a mattress is generally flexible, by about 20 percent.
    • Sale dates: Mattresses regularly go on sale, in particular on national holidays like President’s Day and Memorial Day.
    • A higher priced mattress might be better: Certain types of mattresses are priced higher than others because of the materials used. Latex, memory foam and air mattresses all cost more than other options, and it is worth the extra cost if one of these types of mattresses will help you sleep, feel and live better.
    • Save money if you have allergies: There has been a lot of talk though out the industry about hypo allergenic materials. While they are nice, I see them as an extra cost. An alternative is to simply get a mattress encasement (this is a product that zips over and around the mattress, completely), which is designed to keep all allergens in the bed and out of the air. Consider investing that extra money in a state-of-the-art air filter.

    Warranties

    Some mattress companies offer a warranty on your purchase. This comes in handy if you have an issue with your mattress and need to return or exchange it, even if a considerable amount of time has passed. Warranties differ from company to company, and there are different ones for the retailer versus the manufacturer. Ask for a comparison before making your final purchase.​

    • Defect: Defect warranties are offered by the manufacturer and will replace your mattress if there is a factory defect.
    • Comfort exchange: Many retailers offer a comfort exchange warranty, which allows you to exchange your mattress if it doesn’t provide the support you need to sleep comfortably.
    • Prorated: Most warranties are prorated, meaning you get less money toward a replacement mattress the longer you own it.

    What are the different types of mattresses?

    Memory foam

    Memory foam mattresses help to isolate motion so you aren't disturbed by movement while you are sleeping. They are also antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites, so they stay clean over time. However, they do tend to hold heat, so they can feel uncomfortable for people who like sleeping in warm rooms or exude a lot of body heat while sleeping. It is great if you need a system that keeps the body well supported and in one place most of the night.

    Air-filled

    Air-filled mattresses typically have two chambers on either side of the bed that can be uniquely customized if two people are sleeping in the same bed. This works great if there is a significant weight difference between you and your bed partner. Many of these also come on adjustable bases, which can also be quite nice.

    Pillow top

    Pillow top beds can come in varying degrees of firmness. They are typically innerspring mattresses with a fiberfill or foam outer layer of a certain thickness. Thin pillow tops provide more support while thicker pillow tops feel extra soft and plush.

    Hypoallergenic

    Hypoallergenic mattresses are made from materials that don't cause or irritate allergies. Foam and latex are inherently hypoallergenic and keep allergens at bay while sleeping.

    Innerspring/coil

    You can’t go wrong with an innerspring/coil bed. You just want to always make sure the coils are individually pocketed, or wrapped. That way motion transfer is not a problem (when one person sits down you do not want the other to go flying). Keep in mind that coil count does not really matter (unless it is below 250), so don’t be swayed into paying more for a mattress based solely on its coil count.

    Latex

    Latex mattresses are very popular in Europe, but they are not extremely popular in the United States. They have a very unique feel to them, and I like them because they give you stability without making you stuck.

    Waterbeds

    The waterbed is an oldie but a goodie. The big issue here is weight. If you are not on a bottom floor, make sure your ceiling can handle it as these can be very heavy.

    Who would benefit from a mattress?

    Special needs

    When people suffer from injuries, medical conditions or other disabilities, they may need a specific type of mattress. Some mattresses are designed to make sure these conditions aren't exacerbated by sleep positions.

    Eco-conscious

    Some people are interested in having a green home. This means they want to buy a mattress using eco-friendly materials from a company working to reduce its impact on the environment.

    Parents

    Parents of young children want to buy mattresses that are comfortable and durable. However, they may not be concerned with how long a mattress will last or interested in purchasing an expensive mattress because the child will likely grow out of it in a few years' time.

    Professionals

    Professionals may have a high budget to spend on a mattress. They might also be looking to invest in a bigger mattress they can use for a long time. They are likely to be interested in a mattress with a good warranty.

    Young adults

    Whether they are college students or young professionals, young adults who have a low budget, little or no physical limitations and/or who are frequently moving will likely be looking for a mattress at a low price point without any special features.

    Retirees

    Retirees may have physical ailments that necessitate certain sleeping positions and/or certain types of beds. They should take their time finding a bed that gives them the support they need to sleep comfortably.

    Expert reviews for mattress companies

    Sleepy's

    Sleepy's is a mattress retailer that has been in operation since 1957. It currently has more than 1,000 retail showrooms across the country.

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    Saatva Mattress

    Saatva Mattress is a mattress company dedicated to bringing consumers luxury mattresses at affordable prices. The company only sells mattresses online. The product is a pillow top with a coil-on-coil design. They offer three designs, Plush soft, Luxury firm and firm, and two thicknesses, 11.5” and 14.5”.

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    Select Comfort - Sleep Number

    Sleep Number makes its own air beds and offers four series of mattresses for different needs and budgets. The mattresses are designed and crafted in the U.S.A., and they come in a wide variety of options.

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    Mattress Firm

    Founded in 1986, the retailer Mattress Firm is committed to providing sleep solutions that will help their customers live healthier and sleep better. Consumers can shop Mattress Firm online or at one of their 2000 locations across the United States.

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    US-Mattress

    US-Mattress was founded in 2001 and has retail stores in several Southeast Michigan cities. They have been recognized as a Google Trusted Store since 2012, and their online store promises fast delivery for consumers living anywhere in the United States.

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    Brentwood Home

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Brentwood Home is committed to providing natural, safe mattress and bedding products. Their mattresses and other products are made in the USA from eco-friendly materials.

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    Luma Sleep

    Luma Sleep is an online mattress company that manufactures and delivers high quality luxury mattresses and complete slumber systems directly to consumers’ homes.  Luma features premium American-made Talalay Latex and Hybrid Latex mattresses, which consumers can try at home for a year before returning for a full refund.

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    Nest Bedding

    Nest Bedding is a family-owned, factory-direct mattress and bedding company. Founded in 2011, its bedding is made in the U.S. and eco-friendly. It offers a 100-night, risk-free guarantee with its mattresses. Nest Bedding mattresses range from $400 to $1,500.

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    CouchBed

    More comfortable and stylish than a traditional futon, CouchBed combines two pieces of furniture in one. It is a mattress that converts into a couch. Use CouchBed in your home, apartment, guest bedroom, playroom or dorm. Prices start at $299 and come with two free bamboo pillows.

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    Zinus, Inc

    Founded in 1979, Zinus originally produced comfort-oriented outdoor products, including tents, sleeping bags and portable furniture. The company turned to indoor comfort products in 2003, and their innovative mattresses are available as memory foam, coil spring or hybrid memory foam and coil spring. Find Zinus beds online.

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    Stearns & Foster Bedding

    Stearns & Foster specializes in luxury beds made by certified craftsmen with the highest-quality materials. The mattresses can be more expensive than other brands but are very well crafted.

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    Sealy Mattress

    Sealy has been making mattresses for over 130 years. It makes a wide variety of mattresses and is well known for its Sealy Posturepedic beds.​

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    Tempur-Pedic

    Tempur-Pedic makes its own specialized brand of memory foam beds that adapt to your specific shape, weight and temperature to help you get a good night's sleep.

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    Simmons Mattresses

    Simmons has been making mattresses for over 140 years. It offers a wide range of options and has sold over 100 million mattresses. Many of the nation's top hotel chains use Simmons mattresses.​

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    Serta Mattress

    Serta has been making quality mattresses for over 80 years and has been recognized and awarded for its products. It is committed to being environmentally responsible in manufacturing and production. Serta and Simmons are now the same company.

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    Zinus, Inc
    Read 281 Reviews

    Each bed-in-a-box mattress is infused with Green Tea and other natural ingredients. Get a 100-day trial, free delivery and 10-year warranty. Queen mattresses start at $155 and can be purchased with frames and foundations.

    Casper Mattress
    Read 32 Reviews

    Specializes in premium foam, boxed mattresses with 100-night trials, 10-year warranties and free shipping and returns. In-home setup available. Queen mattresses range from $600 to $1,995. Bed frames and other products offered.

    Tuft & Needle
    Read 20 Reviews

    Tuft & Needle manufactures and sells a single type of mattress in multiple sizes. Their direct-to-consumer model helps them offer competitive prices. All mattresses come with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night trial period.

    Mattress Warehouse
    Read 446 Reviews

    Sells overstock brand mattresses with a 24-hour cancellation policy, manufacturer-based warranties and free in-store pickup where available. Shipping costs up to $199. White glove service available. Queen sizes start at $209.99.

    Stearns & Foster Bedding
    Read 332 Reviews

    Stearns & Foster is a mattress brand owned by Tempur Sealy International, Inc. It offers four luxury mattress collections, three foundation options and a crib mattress. Stearns & Foster mattresses are sold at retailers nationwide.

    Sleep Outfitter's
    Read 24 Reviews

    Sleep Outfitter's offers numerous brands, including popular ones like Sealy and Tempur-Pedic. The company provides special financing through several well-known national banks, and many of their products have limited warranties.

    Aerobed
    Read 13 Reviews

    Aerobed is a maker of high-quality airbeds. The company has been making beds since 1992 and aims to provide customers with a convenient way to host extra guests and deal with small apartment spaces.

    Metro Mattress
    Read 50 Reviews

    Metro Mattress is a discount mattress company with headquarters in Syracuse, NY. The company has more than 50 showrooms in the state of New York.

    America's Mattress
    Read 18 Reviews

    America's Mattress offers mattress from well-known brands like Serta and Dr. Greene Sleep System. The company's fully adjustable beds are especially appealing for customers with a variety of support needs.

    BlowOutBedding.com
    Read 27 Reviews

    Blowout Bedding is a vendor of high-quality bed linens and bedroom accessories. The company imports goods directly from Egypt and Italy and offers reduced prices by shortening the supply chain and selling its products online.

    Jamison Bedding
    Read 13 Reviews

    Jamison Bedding was founded in 1883 and has been providing unique handcrafted products for over 130 years. The company offers a variety of mattress types, including memory foam, polyurethane foam, gel latex and coil.

    Mattress Direct
    Read 15 Reviews

    Mattress Direct provides foam mattresses, Serta mattress sets, Tempurpedic beds and iComfort beds for low prices. The company takes orders over the phone and online and has a sizable clearance section.

    Perfect Cloud
    Read 9 Reviews

    Perfect Cloud sells four types of mattresses, and the company has a factory-to-consumer model that helps customers save money. Pillow Cloud mattresses have a 25-year limited warranty. They’re available on Amazon.

    Sleepy's
    Read 1775 Reviews
    Out of Business

    Sleepy's sells a variety of mattress brands at almost every price point. The company offers financing and guarantees to beat any competitor's price by 20% on select brands (although some restrictions do apply).

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