If you’re shopping for a new bed, learning about the best mattresses of 2019 is a good way to make sure you choose a good one. It’s also helpful to know which ones don’t fare so well in order to avoid the duds.
New mattress models come out every year from a growing number of retailers and manufacturers. For those who are not familiar with the terminology, materials and sales tactics, we’re often told buying a mattress can be very confusing. There are many different beds out there and it can be difficult to cut through the marketing and identify the best beds for your money.
Research and Resources
In making this article, we:
- Researched dozens of mattress brands, reading about the materials they use, their manufacturing process, and what goes into making a high-quality, long-lasting mattress.
- Weighed the pros and cons of each kind of mattress you can buy, and who each kind of bed is best suited for.
- Spent 25 hours writing and revising the article to deliver the most value-driven, helpful content to our readers looking to find the best bed for their sleep needs.
Top 13 Mattresses of 2019
|Brand||Mattress||Highlights||Sleep Trial & Warranty||Price|
|Amerisleep AS3||Plant-based, pressure-relieving foam|
Clinically proven support layer
FDA-determined materials to help you fall asleep faster
|100 Nights & 20 Years||$1199
|Leesa||Innovative LSA 200 foam with bouncy responsiveness|
Pressure-relieving memory foam
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$995|
|Avocado Green||Top-rated latex hybrid|
Features 100% all-natural latex & bouncy innerspring coils
|365 Nights & 25 Years||$1399|
|Layla||Copper-infused memory foam keeps the mattress cool, clean, & supportive|
Flippable firmness makes the Layla comfortable for back, side, & stomach sleepers alike
|120 Nights & Lifetime Warranty||$999|
|Saatva||Quilted memory foam cover offers cushioning comfort |
Double-coil design gives the bed extra bounce
|120 Nights & 15 Years||$1099|
|Wave||Bouncy latex foam|
Pressure-relieving memory foam
Ergonomic support layer to align your body at 27 key points
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$2395|
|Tuft & Needle||Exclusive T&N responsive foam gives the bed a cushioning but bouncy feel|
Our recommended budget-friendly mattress
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$595|
|Nolah 10"||Features innovative Nolah AirFoam, designed to relieve pressure 4x better than traditional memory foam|
Designed specifically for side sleepers
|120 Nights & 15 Years||$1019|
|Bear||Designed to help athletes sleep better & recover quicker|
Features graphite-infused memory foam to keep you cool & comfortable
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$840|
|Brooklyn Aurora||Luxurious hybrid option with BB's advanced pressure-relieving foams and temperature-regulating technology||120 Nights & 10 Years||$1699|
|Original Purple||"No-Pressure" mattress featuring Purple's innovative Smart Comfort Grid™ to offer exceptional pain relief||100 Nights & 10 Years||$999|
|Midnight||Designed with side sleepers in mind |
Customized for your specific sleep needs
|100 Nights & 10 Years||$995|
|Loom & Leaf||Featuring eco-friendly memory foam and zoned spinal gel, this bed offers overall healthy support for your body||120 Nights & 15 Years||$1499|
1. Amerisleep AS3 – $1199
The Amerisleep AS3 is our recommendation for best bed of the year, both in the memory foam category and overall. It’s the most comfortable mattress we found, thanks to their pressure-relieving foam and clinically proven support technology.
Amerisleep features state-of-the-art materials in each of their beds to promote healthy sleep positions and help you get an all-around better, more restful night’s sleep.
After pouring over the details for every mattress we looked at, we recommend: AS3 by Amerisleep. Let’s look at its construction.
Every Amerisleep mattress has a Celliant® cover. Celliant® has been determined by the FDA to promote better sleep by keeping your temperature regulated and circulation elevated.
Inside the mattress, they use three revolutionary foams.
The first layer of every Amerisleep mattress is Bio-Pur®, a plant-based memory foam. Amerisleep designs Bio-Pur® to be breathable and cushioning, so it’ll mold to your body and relieve pressure as traditional memory foam would, but it doesn’t retain heat and keeps you sleeping cool. Their Bio-Pur® is also more responsive than traditional memory foam, making it easier to switch sleeping positions and get in and out of bed. Their Bio-Pur® shouldn’t cause you to feel “stuck” in the bed.
Next, is a layer of HIVE® technology— a zoned support system. Amerisleep’s HIVE® has been clinically proven to relieve pressure points up to 49%. This layer is designed to offer your spine healthy support. HIVE® contains five comfort and support zones. In your shoulders and hips, these zones are softer and allow for further compression in the mattress; this helps prevent pressure points. On the other hand, these zones feel firmer around your neck, torso, and feet to maintain your spine’s natural alignment.
The base of the AS3 is Amerisleep’s Bio-Core®, a supportive poly-foam. This layer gives the bed shape and structural support.
We’re fans of Amerisleep for making comfortable mattresses, but also appreciate them for using eco-friendly manufacturing processes. They produce their foams using a process called VPF, or Variable Pressure Foaming— producing virtually zero emissions. During this process, they replace as much petroleum as they can with plant-based materials— making their beds healthier for you and the environment.
Every Amerisleep mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and lengthy 20-year warranty, protecting your investment for the next two decades.
Amerisleep AS3 Highlights
- Features plant-based memory foam, making it great for eco-friendly shoppers
- Adapts to most body types to be a comfortable option for back, side, and combination sleepers
- HIVE® technology promotes healthy sleep positions and prevents pains
2. Leesa – $995
The Leesa brand, like Amerisleep, chooses to use plant-based memory foam in their mattress, making them another eco-friendly option on our list. Having donated over 32,000 mattresses, volunteered over 2,000 hours, and planted over 255,000 trees, Leesa is known for their social and environmental initiatives. Because they do their part to give back, it’s even more reason to support this brand. Leesa sells two beds, their flagship all-foam model and a hybrid version of it, formerly named the Sapira.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on their memory foam model exclusively. Let’s dissect its construction.
The cover of the Leesa is a polyester blend, so you’re met with immediate cozy comfort when you lay down on this bed. The design includes only three layers— a layer of LSA 200 foam, a layer of plant-based memory foam, and a sturdy base.
Leesa’s LSA 200 foam is designed to feel like a mix of memory foam and latex foam— so the goal is to offer the benefits of each material while eliminating the potential downfalls. For example, this material is cradling like memory foam, but more breathable to prevent the chance of trapping heat. Furthermore, though it’s cradling like memory foam, its designed to be just a bit more responsive, like latex foam, to prevent the feeling of sinking in and make it easier to get in and out of the mattress. Offering the sleeper a cradling but lifted, bouncy but cushioning top layer gives the bed a unique but comfortable feel.
Because the design of the Leesa features a layer of memory foam underneath of their LSA 200 foam, this bed allows for deep compression in the mattress. For side sleepers, this is especially important to prevent pressure points in the shoulders and hips.
Leesa sells their mattresses primarily on their website, but when you shop with them you receive a 100-night sleep trial to test your new bed out and decide if it’s a fit for you. If you’re happy with it and choose to keep it, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty. Over the years, the Leesa has earned itself over 12,500 five-star reviews, so they’re a shoo-in for the best memory foam mattress of 2019.
- Known for social initiatives, and have donated over 32,000 mattresses to date
- Best for side and back sleepers
- Features bouncy, breathable LSA 200 foam
3. Avocado – $1399
The Avocado mattress is not only the best latex mattress you can buy, but it’s also the best eco-friendly mattress option featured on our list. Combining 100% GOLS organic certified latex, GOTS organic certified cotton and wool, and a pocketed support system, this bed is one of the healthiest sleeping options. Plus, they even offer a Vegan version of their mattress made without wool!
When you buy the Avocado, you have the option to choose between their standard model, or add a pillow-top to your bed. If you prefer a plusher mattress, we recommend opting for the additional pillow-top layer.
Let’s touch on why we chose the Avocado for the best latex bed.
First and foremost, their bed has been awarded some of the highest certifications for quality and purity. The all-natural dunlop latex used in their beds is cushioning but has a noticeable bounce, so it gives the sleeper a more “lifted,” “on the mattress” feel. Avocado doesn’t overlook the importance of zoned support, either; their pocketed coil system contains five comfort and support zones strategically placed to nurture a healthy spine and promote proper sleep positions.
When you buy an Avocado mattress online, it comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, free returns, and a 25-year warranty— one of the more generous warranties offered in the mattress and bedding industry.
- Features only eco-friendly materials, and even sells a Vegan bed
- Compatible with side, back, and stomach sleepers
- Comes with a lengthy 25-year warranty
4. Layla – $999
The last mattress on our list is the Layla, recommended for back sleepers. We like the Layla mattress because it has flippable firmness; one side of the mattress is soft, but when you flip it over, the other side is firm. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re best suited on a firm or soft bed, the Layla gives you options. Essentially, it is like getting two mattresses in one! Flippable firmness isn’t the only thing that makes this bed unique, though, as they infuse copper into their beds, too. Let’s discuss the benefits of choosing this bed.
The Layla is a memory foam option, and the copper they infuse into their foam offers a number of sleep-promoting benefits. First, it’s highly conductive, so it acts like a magnet to pull body heat away from you, keeping you cool. Second, it’s naturally anti-microbial, so it helps you get germ-free sleep night after night. Lastly, it’s structurally supportive; when copper is compressed, it gets firmer to offer more support, this ensures you’ll never sink too far into their mattress, as the copper helps suspend you in the bed.
For back sleepers, either side of the Layla is suitable to use. The top layer of the soft side is 3 inches of copper-infused memory foam, so it allows for deeper body contouring— if you like a plush bed, this is certainly for you. On the other hand, the top layer of the firm side is 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam, so it molds to your body to relieve pressure and built-up tension, but it doesn’t allow you to sink as much, offering a more “on the bed” feel.
The Layla is sold exclusively online and comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a Lifetime warranty, which is pretty hard to beat!
- Flippable firmness
- Compatible with side, back, and stomach sleepers
- Features copper-infused foam
5. Saatva -$1099
Saatva is a well-known, well-established mattress brand, and chances are, you’ve seen their name or heard about them during your search for a new bed. The Saatva brand is unique— they sell three different beds, but each as its own brand; they sell a memory foam mattress called the Loom & Leaf under the Loom & Leaf brand, they also sell a latex bed called Zenhaven, and then lastly an innerspring model, called Saatva. Since we’re discussing the best innerspring mattress in this section, we’re going to focus solely on their Saatva model.
The Saatva is available as Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm— they have an option for every sleep style. Additionally, they offer free White Glove delivery, a 120-night sleep trial, and 15-year warranty with their beds. Overall, their bed has a 4.9 star rating, which is pretty hard to beat. Let’s talk about why we chose it for our list.
The Saatva features a coil-on-coil design, giving the bed quite a bit of bounce. If you prefer a more “on the bed” feeling in regards to your mattress and don’t want something too cushy, the Saatva is perfect for you. The cover is 100% cotton quilted with a thin layer of memory foam; it’s soft and offers just a bit of cushion to the sleeper. Directly below the cover lies the first layer of coils, these coils are micro-coils though, so they’re thin and short and keep you propped up on the mattress. Plus, because there’s plenty of room in between the coils, air can easily flow in and out of the mattress, ensuring no hot air is trapped within the bed. Below the layer of pocketed micro-coils lies another coil system, giving the bed a lot of lift. Saatva encases these coils in foam to give the bed better edge support, too.
- Double-coil system gives the bed a lot of bounce
- Firmness options makes it comfortable for side, back, and stomach sleepers
- Enhanced lumbar support makes it great for back pain relief
6. Casper Wave – $2395
Speaking of well-known mattress brands, the Editors at Sleep Junkie agree Casper carries the best mattress for pain relief, whether it be back pain, hip pain, muscle pain, stiffness, soreness, you name it. You’ve likely heard of the Casper brand before, as they commonly air witty commercials on TV and the internet.
When they first launched, they only sold one model, the Casper mattress; but now, they sell three different mattress models and carry two of those in hybrid versions, giving you a total of five mattresses to choose between when shopping with them. For pain relief, we recommend choosing their all-foam Wave mattress. In fact, their Wave model was recently endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association™ for offering enhanced ergonomic support.
As you may already know, Casper is a online mattress brand, and they sell their beds primarily on their website. They are available on Amazon and at stores like Target, but they aren’t out on display— so you’re not able to actually see or feel their bed before you buy it. Nevertheless, Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial with each of their beds regardless of how you buy, so you have a chance to try it out and decide for yourself if it’s right for you.
The Wave is hands-down Casper’s most advanced mattress, featuring five layers of foam, including a hyper-targeted support layer. Let’s talk about why it’s great for pain relief.
The first layer of the Wave is a thin layer of poly-foam in place to offer a little bit of cushion to the sleeper. Then, Casper includes a layer of latex foam immediately followed by a layer of memory foam; this design is featured in all of Casper’s mattresses, but is beneficial for the sleeper because it gives the bed a cushioning but lifting feel— similar to what we discussed earlier with the Leesa mattress. Latex foam is somewhat breathable, so it contributes to temperature control. Additionally, it is more responsive than memory foam so it keeps you lifted in the mattress.
The memory foam layer below offers cushioning and pressure relief, to help minimize tension in your joints. Below the layer of memory foam is the support layer, this poly-foam layer is infused with supportive gel to create a dynamic support system. The gel pods in this layer are strategically placed throughout to align your body at 27 key points, helping you get the most comfortable and reparative sleep. The base layer of this mattress is durable to give the bed structural support and prevent premature sagging or damage.
If you try the Wave and love it, it’s backed by Casper’s 10-year warranty.
- Endorsed by American Chiropractic Association™ for offering enhanced full-body support
- Best for side and back sleepers
- Aligns your body at 27 key points to promote healthy sleep styles and prevent pressure points
7. Tuft & Needle – $595
If you’re in the market for a new bed but working with a limited budget, check out the Tuft & Needle (T&N). At only $595 for a Queen, the T&N bed is, in our opinion, the best mattress you can buy for around $500. Plus, because Tuft & Needle frequently discounts their bed, you can sometimes score this mattress for even less than $500. Additionally, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty, covering your investment for the next decade.
The original Tuft & Needle mattress is an all-foam option and has a fairly simple design, featuring only two layers. The first layer is 3 inches of poly-foam designed to be cushioning but responsive, meaning, it should be easy to shift on this mattress and get in and out of bed. Next, is 7 inches of firmer poly-foam in place to act as a base, giving the bed shape and support. All in all, the T&N stands 10 inches tall. Though this bed may not sound overly exciting, we’re confident in our recommendation of it because since it debuted only a few years ago, its received over 130,000 reviews and has a 4.9-star rating on Google.
A few years ago, Serta Simmons Bedding bought out Tuft & Needle. Now, you can find the T&N beds at retailers who carry Serta Simmons. Alternatively, you can buy their mattress online on their website or through Amazon. After you buy and it is delivered to your doorstep, you have 100 nights to test it out risk-free and determine if it’s a fit.
Tuft & Needle Highlights
- Most budget-friendly option featured
- Best for side and back sleepers
- Has over 130,000 reviews & a 4.9-star rating
8. Nolah 10″ – $1019
If you’re looking for the best mattress for side sleepers, the Nolah 10″ is worth considering. We’re fans of this brand because they use their innovative Nolah AirFoam™ instead of memory or latex foam in their beds. Nolah’s AirFoam™ is designed to be a more breathable memory foam, it cradles and contours to your body when you lay down, but it also is supposed to keep you cool and prevent you from waking up too hot. This foam is also designed to be four times more pressure relieving than memory foam, so it’s great for side sleepers because it prevents pressure from building up in the shoulders and hips and helps you get pain-free sleep.
The Nolah 10″ is rated a 5 or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, meaning, it has a medium feel, another reason why it is ideal for side sleepers. At only 10 inches tall, this bed only contains three layers. Let’s break down its construction.
The first layer is 2 inches of Nolah’s AirFoam™. As we mentioned, this layer will mold to your body like memory foam and offer an instant cushion. Next, is a 1-inch layer of responsive poly-foam to give the bed a bit of bounce and keep you lifted in the mattress. The base of the mattress is 7 inches of dense poly-foam in place to give the bed shape and support.
Nolah mattresses are sold exclusively on their website, so you have to buy online. However, they come with a 120-night sleep trial to test out your new mattress. After the sleep trial, it’s protected against defects by a 15-year warranty.
- Features proprietary pressure-relieving foam for ultimate pain relief
- Designed for side sleepers
- Breathable design to keep hot sleepers cool
9. Bear – $840
Sleep specialists agree stomach sleeping is the unhealthiest way to snooze, and the Editors at Sleep Junkie agree. There are a few risks that come with stomach sleeping, and it can easily lead to chronic back pains later on down the line. Because back pain is already so prevalent, it’s best to avoid putting any extra stress on your spine by sleeping in an unhealthy position. If you’re a stomach sleeper, we recommend trying to switch up sleeping positions and try to sleep more on your back or side. However, we do know that’s easier said than done; so, if you find your stomach sleeping habit hard to break, it’s pertinent to find a mattress that’ll help you get the healthiest sleep in that position.
Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress to offer adequate support to maintain neutral spinal alignment. When you sleep on your stomach, your center of gravity shifts to your stomach, which can cause your torso to sink in the mattress, over-extending your spine. Firm beds can help hold you up in the mattress and prevent any unnatural sinkage. We recommend the Bear mattress to stomach sleepers because it is designed to help you get healthier sleep, but it’s also rated a 6.4 out of 10 on the firmness scale, so it should be firm enough to support a stomach sleeper. In fact, it says right on their website they design their bed to be compatible with stomach sleepers, as it is supposed to keep your belly lifted and maintain your spine’s natural curvature. Let’s talk about how the Bear can actually help you get healthier sleep.
Like Amerisleep, Bear utilizes Celliant® in their cover. Celliant® recycles the body heat you emit naturally while you sleep to infrared energy; your body reabsorbs this infrared energy, which helps you get better sleep because it:
- Promotes local blood flow
- Increases circulation
- Helps you wake up feeling more rejuvenated and rested
Inside the mattress are three layers of foam, the top layer is graphite-infused memory foam. It contours to your body and graphite works in conjunction with the Celliant® cover to keep your temperature regulated while you rest. Next, is a layer of transition foam for extra pressure relief; this transition foam is designed to be bouncy and responsive, which is what keeps you lifted in the mattress and prevents your midsection from sinking. The last layer is a 6.5-inch dense base layer, which is in place to give the bed structural support.
Bear sells their mattresses online only, so they offer a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, and free returns with each of their beds. Plus, their beds are backed by a 10-year warranty.
- Designed to help athletes get better sleep
- Best for side and back sleepers
- Graphite-infused gel helps keep you cool and comfortable
10. Brooklyn Aurora – $1699
The next mattress on our list is Brooklyn Bedding’s (BB) Brooklyn Aurora mattress. Brooklyn Bedding is an industry leader, having been around since the 90s. Today, they make and sell a variety of mattress models, but their Brooklyn Aurora remains the most popular.
The Aurora is a hybrid mattress featuring a pocketed coil system and layers of foam. BB designs this bed specifically to be ultra-cooling, so it’s perfect to keep hot sleepers cool and comfortable.
The Aurora is sold as “Soft,” “Medium,” “Firm,” so there’s an option for stomach, back, and side sleepers alike. Brooklyn Bedding uses their proprietary foams and gels to give their beds an edge. Let’s talk about the Aurora’s construction.
The top layer of this mattress is CopperFlex™ foam, a poly-foam infused with copper. As we mentioned when discussing the Layla, copper is antimicrobial, temperature regulating, and supportive. This foam is fashioned to mold to your body like memory foam would, but be cooling and breathable to prevent you from overheating. Within this layer, BB integreates their TitanCool™ technology. This phase-changing gel adapts to your body temperature, getting cooler or warmer to keep your body temperature at a comfortable 88 degrees.
Next, is a layer of TitanFlex™ foam. TitanFlex™ is a poly-foam that’s been engineered to feel bouncy and responsive like latex foam. This layer keeps you lifted in the mattress, making it easier to toss and turn and get out of bed. Below the layer of TitanFlex is a layer of gel-infused memory foam. This layer allows for deep compression and contouring, and the gel infused inside works in conjunction with the TitanCool™ technology to keep your temperature down.
The fourth layer of this mattress is a pocketed coil system featuring BB’s Quantum Edge™ coils, to give the bed zoned and edge support. Because these coils are pocketed, they help isolate motion, too.
You can buy a Brooklyn Bedding mattress online or at one of their locations. Every Brooklyn Bedding mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Brooklyn Aurora Highlights
- TitanCool™ technology adapts to keep your body temperature cool
- Available in multiple firmness levels so there’s an option for every sleeper
- Features copper-infused foams for extra sleep-promoting benefis
11. Purple Mattress – $999
Purple is an innovative bed-in-a-box mattress company that specializes in making the world’s first “No-Pressure” mattress. The founders of Purple set out to create a truly unique bed to offer consumers a whole new sleep experience. When they first launched they sold only one mattress that was designed for universal comfort. However, after they received feedback from customers, they expanded their line to give customers more options. Now, they sell their original Purple mattress as well as three hybrid versions of it: Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4. Plus, they sell an assortment of bedding accessories, too.
In each of their beds, they feature their Smart Comfort Grid™. Their proprietary Smart Comfort Grid™ is made with patented hyper-elastic polymer, a rubber-like material. This grid promotes airflow through the mattress, contributing to temperature regulation. Additionally, it’s non-toxic, allergen-resistant, and durable. However, the most significant sleep-promoting benefit this grid brings is it’s ability to relieve pressure points.
When you lay on the Purple, this grid will collapse beneath you ever so slightly to offer instant comfort and ease stress, but maintains its shape enough to stay supportive. Purple’s Smart Comfort Grid™ is designed to offer both spinal support and cushioning comfort. It also isolates motion quite well, which makes it great for those who share a bed with somebody who tosses and turns.
When shopping with Purple, we recommend choosing their flagship model, as it’s designed for the majority of sleepers and has over 18,000 reviews.
The Original Purple mattress has only three layers: the Smart Comfort Grid™, a transiton layer of cushioning poly-foam, and a base layer of supportive poly-foam.
You can find Purple mattresses online and at Mattress Firms across the nation. Every Purple bed comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Purple Mattress Highlights
- Pressure-relieving Smart Comfort Grid™
- Built for universal comfort, so it’s an option for all sleep styles
- Hyper-elastic polymer gives the bed unique feel and responsiveness
12. Helix Midnight – $995
Helix is one of our favorite mattress companies because their mission is to help you find the most comfortable bed for your specific sleep needs. When you visit their site, they prompt you to fill out a questionnaire regarding your sleep style and preferences. After, they pair you with your perfect mattress.
All in all, Helix sells 7 mattresses, each is tailored for specific sleep styles and firmness preferences. On their website, they mention their most popular model is their Helix Midnight, designed with a medium feel and recommended for side sleepers.
All of Helix mattresses are hybrids, featuring proprietary foams and a pocketed coil system. Plus, you have the option to buy each mattress in a “Luxe” version, which includes an additional pillow-top layer. Though the Luxe mattresses are comfortable, you can get sound sleep at a lower price point on the standard Midnight.
Inside the Midnight is two layers of foam: Helix’s Memory Plus Foam and high-grade poly-foam. Helix’s Memory Foam Plus is designed to offer the same sleep-promoting benefits of memory foam, but feel more responsive. When you lay on this bed, it’ll cushion and mold to your curves but keep you more lifted in the mattress rather than cradled. The layer of poly-foam acts as a transition layer between the memory foam layer above and the pocketed coil system below.
The Midnight’s pocketed coil system provides zoned pressure relief and gives the bed a bit of bounce. Plus, because the coils are pocketed, they help limit motion across the mattress. The base layer of the bed is a thin layer of dense poly-foam to give the mattress shape and support.
Helix sells their beds exclusively online. Each one comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Helix Midnight Highlights
- Customized for your sleep needs
- Features proprietary pressure-relieving memory foam for exceptional pain relief
- Designed for side sleepers
13. Loom and Leaf – $1499
Last on our list is the top-rated Loom and Leaf bed. Loom and Leaf, or L&L, is a branch of the popular Saatva company. Saatva makes and sells a handful of beds under different brand names, and Loom and Leaf is their memory foam mattress option. In an effort to deliver a luxurious bed at a low cost, Saatva’s beds are sold exclusively online direct-to-consumer. When you buy the Loom and Leaf online, it comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty. Plus, L&L will remove your old mattress and set the new one up for you free of charge.
L&L carries their bed in two firmness levels: Relaxed Firm and Firm, and they mention the Relaxed Firm model is their best seller. Because this brand gives you firmness options, the L&L can be comfortable side, back, and stomach sleepers alike.
The Loom and Leaf mattress has four layers and is designed to promote pain-relief and healthy sleep positions. Let’s take a look inside.
The cover of the L&L is a thin layer of foam quilted in cozy organic cotton to provide immediate soft comfort to the sleeper. It also has flame-retardant thistle, which contributes to temperature regulation in addition to acting as a fire guard.
The first layer is 2 inches of high-quality gel memory foam. This layer molds to your body and relieves pressure, and because it’s infused with cooling gel, it helps keep your body temperature comfortable. Another perk to infusing gel in memory foam is that it offers extra support, too. L&L strategically infuses this gel in the middle of their bed to offer enhanced lower back support. Next, is another layer of memory foam to allow for deep compression and pressure relief.
Below, is a transition layer of cushioning poly-foam to act as a barrier between the plush memory foam above and the firmer base of the mattress. Last but not least, is the core layer of high-density poly-foam to give the bed both shape and structural support.
Loom and Leaf Mattress Highlights
- Free mattress removal with purchase
- Different firmness levels make it comfortable for all sleep styles
- Enhanced lumbar support prevents lower back pain
What to Consider Before Purchasing a New Bed
Before you can confidently choose your next mattress, there are a handful of things to step back and take into account so you’re best prepared. The most important factor being your own personal preferences, including how you like to sleep and how firm or soft you want your bed to be. If you’re somebody who craves the feeling of sleeping on a cloud and you know that ahead of time, you’ve already narrowed down your search drastically.
Sleep style is nothing to overlook, though, as it’s critical you buy a bed that’s compatible with how you sleep.
Side sleepers are most comfortable on medium or soft mattresses. When you sleep on your side, it’s important that your bed is soft enough to allow your hips and shoulders to compress in the mattress. Firmer beds can create pressure points and pains for side sleepers.
The best mattress for back sleepers is anywhere in the medium to firm range. For back sleepers, it’s important to look for a bed that nurtures the spine’s natural alignment and keeps you lifted in the mattress. Anything too soft can cause your torso to sink too far in the mattress, creating pains.
Stomach sleeping is considered to be the unhealthiest sleep style for a number of reasons— the most significant is the strain it puts on your back. When you sleep on your stomach, your center of gravity shifts to your torso. This can cause your midsection to sink in the mattress, overextending your spine. It’s not uncommon for stomach sleepers to experience chronic lower back pain. If you do sleep on your stomach, choose a Firm mattress to offer you the necessary support.
Remember, body type is the most significant factor in the perception of firmness; so, you need to take into consideration your build. If you’re smaller or more petite, most beds will feel firmer to you; but if you’re a heavier individual, you’re going to need to look for a bed with more support to help promote healthy sleep positions.
Ultimately, the most important thing here is finding a mattress that will nurture a healthy spine, foster healthy sleep styles, and prevent aches and pains— so finding the support necessary to achieve that is the main goal.
As we mentioned, there are a variety of mattress types to choose from in your search for a new bed, including, memory foam, latex, hybrid, and innerspring beds. Like anything in life, each material has its pros and cons. In this section, we’ll highlight the benefits and downfalls of each material so you can assess what meets your needs.
Pros of Memory Foam
Memory foam is considered to be one of the best mattress materials for pressure relief. If you’re somebody who suffers from aches and stiffness, memory foam could be your solution for pain-free sleep. Memory foam contours and cradles your body unlike any other material, so it helps evenly distribute your weight across the mattress, relieve tension in your joints, and prevent pressure points. Athletes sleep on memory foam because it helps them recover more quickly by alleviating pressure points and leading to a deeper night’s rest. Plus, memory foam is superb at isolating motion. If you share your mattress with a partner who tosses and turns, memory foam can help you get undisturbed sleep.
Cons of Memory Foam
There are a few major concerns people have with memory foam, and fortunately many companies have taken strides to modify how they make their memory foam to reduce the risk of their customers experiencing any issues with their beds; however, if you buy a cheap memory foam mattress, you’re likely to experience some of these side effects. First, because a combination of chemicals are required to produce memory foam, these beds are prone to off-gassing. Off-gassing refers to the chemical-like “new mattress smell” that comes with a lot of foam beds. Even high-quality beds are likely to off-gass slightly when you first open them, but with inexpensive foam, the smell sometimes doesn’t dissipate.
Another downfall to using memory foam is its likelihood of trapping heat. Because some memory foams are dense and don’t have a lot of air pockets, they can retain the body heat you naturally emit while you sleep and cause you to overheat. Plant-based memory foams and open-cell foams are the solution to this problem, but for hot sleepers, these beds can still cause discomfort. Last, because memory foam has a cradling feel, it can sometimes create a “sinking” feeling in the mattress and make it difficult to move around or get in and out of bed.
Pros of Latex
Many people prefer latex mattresses because they’re an eco-friendly, all-natural sleep solution— that is only if you make sure to buy 100% natural latex. Latex is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mold, and bacteria, so it contributes to germ-free sleep. Though latex beds are usually on the pricier side, latex is one of the most durable mattress materials, so it’s likely to last longer than any other material. The average lifespan of a latex bed is 15 years, where memory foam is likely to last 10 years, and other beds usually hold up anywhere between 5 to 8 years. Latex is a breathable material, so it does pretty well in regards to temperature regulation, too. Lastly, like memory foam, latex is great at molding to your body and relieving pressure points, which helps you get more restful sleep to wake up feeling rejuvenated.
Cons of Latex
Latex is one of the best materials to buy if you’re looking for an eco-friendly or hypoallergenic bed, but they’re often the most expensive mattresses you can buy. Latex is also markedly heavy and difficult to move or rotate, so if your latex bed requires any periodic rotation, it won’t be an easy feat. Like memory foam, there’s also a risk of latex retaining heat, too, so it could be hit or miss for a hot sleeper. Lastly, there is a chance of off-gassing with latex, as well.
Pros of Hybrid
Hybrid beds offer the best of both worlds, combining a pocketed coil system with layers of foam— whether it be latex, memory, or poly-foam— gives the sleepers a bouncy but cushioning bed. The bounce of hybrid beds makes it easier to get in and out of bed and prevents the “stuck in the mattress” feeling other materials can create. If you’re somebody who prefers a little bounce from your mattress, you’ll likely want to invest in a hybrid bed; however, with that said, hybrids aren’t the best at isolating motion. Because hybrid beds contain a pocketed coil system, there is good air flow throughout the mattress, ensuring no hot air gets trapped in the bed; if you’re a hot sleeper, this is especially important.
Cons of Hybrid
Hybrids bring a lot of good to the table, so knowing that it is not much of a surprise that they’re quite pricey. There are budget-friendly hybrids on the market, but usually a high-quality, long-lasting hybrid is going to be relatively expensive. Most hybrid beds require you to periodically rotate them to they last longer, but hybrids are often heavy, so they’re not the easiest to maintain, either. If hybrids are poorly constructed, they’ll likely lack in their ability to isolate motion, too, because they contain a coil system.
Pros of Innerspring
Innerspring beds were the first kind of mattress invented and used, so they’ve been around for quite some time! The biggest advantage of buying an innerspring bed is the airflow throughout. Having essentially nothing but a pocketed coil system inside, there’s plenty of room for air to flow in and out of the mattress. Innerspring beds are also relatively budget-friendly and more affordable than other mattress types; so if you’re looking to buy a bed for a guest room or camper and don’t want to spend too much, innersprings are the way to go. Also, like hybrids, innersprings have a bouncy feel to them, so they’re more responsive to movement and offer a more “on the bed” feel.
Cons of Innerspring
Innerspring beds receive one of the lowest owner satisfaction ratings, according to SleepLiketheDead.com with only 64% of consumers rating their beds positively. On average, these beds have the shortest lifespan, too— with 25% of owners reporting sags in their bed within only three years. Unlike memory foam or latex foam, innerspring beds cannot contour to your body, which means they aren’t the best at pain relief or prevention. Additionally, because they’re primarily composed of springs, they don’t isolate motion well. If you share a mattress with a restless sleeper or are just looking for the best bed for couples, these aren’t the way to go.
The last thing to consider before browsing online or heading to your local retailer is your budget. Everybody knows a new mattress isn’t necessarily cheap, so it’s dire you determine what you realistically can spend on a new bed and stick within your means. Besides, nobody can sleep soundly on a new bed or even appreciate their new mattress if they know in the back of their mind they’ve spent far too much money on it.
With the popularity of online mattress brands, there are plenty of high-quality mattresses you can find priced around $1,000. Also, many mattress brands offer promotions on their beds around holidays, and waiting for a mattress sale can help save hundreds.
Top Ten Worst Mattress Types
Independent mattress review sites such as Sleep Like The Dead and a few others accumulate data from consumers. There is a lot of information out there on our sleep preferences, and what people tend to find good and bad in beds from reviews.
While we are all a bit different and comfort is subjective, there are some places we seem to agree. When you’re looking for the right mattress, these are the factors research and statistics suggest you might want to avoid.
1. Super Cheap Beds
While this may seem obvious, it needs to be stated. You may think you’re getting a steal on a very cheap bed at a discount retailer or during a big sale, but the retailer may have the last laugh.
Mattresses sold for $450-$550 or less for a queen tend to receive the lowest customer ratings overall. You may want to look in the average to mid-price range ($800-$1500 or so usually nets beds in the average to great satisfaction range).
Reviews of these beds can be deceiving. Customers may give the mattress a glowing review after only a few days or weeks of using it. Cheap beds overwhelmingly have problems with longevity and durability, however. While initially comfort can be just fine, cheaper materials break down quicker, and will need to be replaced considerably sooner. Research has also found cheaper beds are linked with more back pain.
Try to see what customers say about early sagging or impressions and consider the length of time they have been using it. A reviewer who has used a bed for several months will have a better idea of the quality.
2. Promotional Mattresses
Promotional mattresses are often advertised as “doorbusters” or with other marketing terms used to get customers interested. As with all very cheap options, the quality is often not what customers are looking for, even if the price may be a steal. You may find these beds have little to no warranty or return policies as well, so if you’re shopping during as sale, be sure to do your research. Pay close attention to the upcoming mattress sales to get the best deal.
That’s not to say there is no use for these types of beds, as they can be great for guest bedrooms or temporary situations. Make sure you know the limitations of the bed you’re buying, though. If you need a bed to last a long time with regular use, you may need to spend a bit more.
3. Motion Transferring Innersprings
If you’ve ever tried to sleep on a bed with poor motion isolation while your partner or pet tosses and turns, you understand the problem of motion transfer. Innerspring mattresses without individually-pocketed coils usually have the most issues with this.
If you are a light sleeper, a bed that transfers motion too much can be a nightmare. Memory foam and latex beds are rated as the best for motion isolation, with pocket coils and hybrid spring beds also performing reasonably well.
4. Hot Memory Foam
Around 9% of memory foam owners say they sleep hot. Manufacturers have tried to combat this in several ways. Gel was introduced in order to make memory foam feel cooler. It often does make the foam more cool to the touch, but roughly the same amount of gel memory foam owners report problems with heat retention, likely because the gel eventually acclimates to the sleeper’s body temperature.
Plant-based memory foam has a more open foam structure which allows for more breathability, as described in a study by Cargill. Air moves through the foam more freely so you sleep cooler than traditional options, which can trap heat.
“Overall, memory foam beds have a fairly high rate of heat complaints compared to springs and other non-foam mattress types, but significant differences are present across different brands and types of memory foam. For traditional temperature-sensitive memory foam, complaint rates tend to be around 8-12%, with higher density beds sleeping hotter.
Gel infused memory foam feels cooler initially, but these mattresses tend to have heat complaint rates of about 6-8%. Plant-based memory foam can sleep up to 25% cooler than other types according to some studies, and plant based mattresses have lower heat complaint rates from 2-6%. As a whole, memory foam mattresses have an owner satisfaction rating of about 81%.”–from SleepJunkie.com.
5. Thin Mattress
The thinner the mattress, the lower the comfort ratings, typically. A bed has to have some substance to it in order to provide both support and cushion for your body. Heavier people and side sleepers need a bit more padding, too. Laying on your side causes you to sink in more, as does being heavier, which means thicker comfort layers are typically needed to avoid pressure points.
People between 250-300 pounds shouldn’t buy a mattress thinner than 10 inches, according to research by Sleep Like The Dead. People over 300 pounds may find their ideal mattress in terms of comfort is closer to 14 inches thick.
6. Low Density Foams
Mattresses with lower density foams tend to receive lower satisfaction rates over time. Support foam layers and regular poly foam should generally be over 1.5 lbs to be considered decent quality. Memory foams should be more dense than their poly foam counterparts. Look for memory foam layers over 3.5 pounds
Lower density foams are typically found in cheaper mattresses, however sometimes even very expensive brands still use poor-quality materials. Low density foams are less dense, essentially because there is less material and more air in them. As a result, they are more likely to develop impressions quickly, and they also provide less support and cushioning. Try to find medium to high density foams if you are looking for bed to last a long while.
7. Brands with No Return/Exchange Policy
A great return policy doesn’t necessarily mean the mattress is going to be a great match, but it is a good sign of quality and the retailer’s confidence. Knowing you can easily exchange or return a product gives you some peace of mind. You don’t want to be stuck with something you can’t use, after all.
The showroom experience can be misleading, too, which is what makes return policies important. A study showed people are essentially left to chance when selecting a bed in a showroom. Make sure you have some time to sleep on the mattress in the comfort of your own home to see if it is a good fit. You should have at least 30 days in your return policy no matter where you purchase it.
8. Brands with Little or No Warranty
Just as a good return policy is indicative of a decent product, so it goes with warranties. A company should have no problem standing behind a quality product. A middle-range mattress should have a full-coverage warranty of around ten years against defects and deep impressions.
You have no idea if your new bed will last 10 years when you purchase it. But, a warranty will ensure you are protected in case it doesn’t. If a brand offers less than 10 years full coverage or no warranty, it may be indication of the quality and longevity you can expect.
9. Overpriced Beds
It’s the oldest trick in the retailer’s book. Take the price of a product and inflate it, then offer enticing discounts. One of the most common complaints from consumers is related to overpaying. Price is intimately related to product satisfaction. A mattress can be perfect, but if you pay too much for it, it make make those dreams a little less sweet. Misleading discounts can also be used to pressure you into a sale before you’ve had time to shop sufficiently.
Be wary of companies using mediocre materials, but spending millions on advertising. These costs have to be passed on to customers. You can find quality mattresses from places that spend much less on advertising and more on their materials. As always, do some research on what’s inside and make sure it measures up to the price compared to other options.
10. Overly Firm or Soft Mattresses
The showroom is an awful place to pick a mattress for a couple reasons – one, it’s often uncomfortable to lay on beds in a store; two, selection is fairly limited; and three, you don’t know how long the beds of have been in use and how “broken in” they are.
People often report receiving beds that are firmer or softer than the one they tried at the store, a common source of complaints in reviews. Make sure you have time to try the actual model at home to ensure it is the proper firmness. Many companies have lengthy return policies for just this reason.
Get to know your preferences if you are uncertain. Try mattresses of varying firmnesses and see what you like. Medium-firm tends to be the most popular and will suit most people well. However, descriptions of firmness are subjective – one person or one brand’s medium could be another’s soft or firm. If you can find ratings describing IFD/ILD, it is a more objective way to gauge and compare firmness (lower ILDs are soft, higher are firmer).
Did You Find Your Next Bed?
Take your time and find the perfect mattress for you and your needs. In the end, the “best” or “worst” mattress is entirely decided by the individual. You’re more likely to end up satisfied if you get to know your preferences and thoroughly compare what is available.
Ask the questions you need to in order to feel good about your purchase. Find out what it is made from and compare it to similar brands and beds. A good mattress should last you a decade or more, so do a little research — it’s worth your time.
If you feel pressured by a salesperson, walk away. There will still be mattresses for sale if you decide to return. You can avoid high-pressure sales situations by shopping online as well. At the very least, take a look at what online stores have to offer. Online mattress retailers typically have a wider selection, less overhead and longer return policies, and may be a better resource for specialty beds like memory foam and latex than local showrooms.
Of course, we recommend the Amerisleep AS3 as the best choice for most people. But if the medium-firm feel of the AS3 is not for you, you can also explore all five Amerisleep mattress options— ranging from firm to soft.
1 The FDA has determined Celliant® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products. Celliant® is designated by the FDA to temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Hologenix, LLC, the maker of Celliant®, states Celliant® safely converts body heat to infrared energy. This energy penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow and helps increase comfort and promotes restful sleep.