The best mattress 2022: Top options for all budgets

Choosing the best mattress is easy once you know what to look for, and that starts with support and comfort. A good mattress supports you in all the right places while relieving pressure, and because you’ll be more comfortable, you’ll sleep more deeply. Our expert guide is designed to help you easily choose the perfect mattress for your body and budget, with options to suit all sleeping positions. 

Our reviewers continually test the latest memory foam, cooling, organic and hybrid models to ensure you only have the best mattresses to choose from. We sleep on each mattress for three weeks, and we often conduct extended reviews to give you a clearer picture of how a mattress performs over a longer period. 

How we test mattresses

Our mattress testing process is editorially independent. For each mattress we have a lead reviewer and a panel of testers, which enables us to create an informed and accurate review. We sleep on each mattress for three weeks on average, testing all key factors including comfort, support and pressure relief, scoring the mattress out of 10.

Our testing panel is made up of a wide range of sleepers, from hot sleepers and side sleepers to those with back pain, as we feel this is the best approach to giving you an informed opinion. We evaluate mattresses based on their level of support, pressure relief, comfort, motion isolation, edge support and price, and on how effectively they address the sleep issues they are designed to help with, such as overheating.

In addition to our hands-on testing, we conduct extensive research into each mattress and its manufacturer, and analyze thousands of customer reviews to bring you a wider picture of how a mattress feels and performs for different types of sleepers. You’ll find all our top picks for all budgets here in our best mattress guide 2022.

How to choose the right mattress

The best mattress in 2022 – as rated by experts

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Best mattress: The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress photographed on a wooden bed frame

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Nectar mattress review

This is the Nectar Mattress we tested (then covered in cushions) (Image credit: Future)

1. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

The best mattress overall – it’s exceptional value for money

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6.5

Material: memory foam

Height: 12 inches

Availability: online and some retailers

Trial length: 365 days

Warranty: lifetime

Best for: all sleepers

MSRP: $798 – $1,598

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable and supportive

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Great value for money

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Huge trial and forever warranty

Reasons to avoid

Not as bouncy as a spring mattress

The popular Nectar Memory Foam mattress is tough to beat when it comes to sheer value for money. We tested the Nectar Mattress for two months and enjoyed sleeping on it. During our review process, we found that this medium-firm mattress in a box delivers superb comfort and support – and for a lot less than its mid-range rivals, thanks to its competitive pricing and generous $399-worth of free gifts added to every mattress order.  

The Nectar has a classic memory foam feel: you slowly sink into it, and the mattress contours to your body while you sleep, providing excellent pressure relief around your shoulders, hips and back, while helping align your spine. 

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best mattress: Saatva classic on a low wooden frame, in a bedroom

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The Saatva Classic mattress shown on a black metal bed frame during testing

We reviewed this queen size Saatva Classic and loved sleeping on it (Image credit: Future)

2. Saatva Classic mattress

The best luxury mattress – hotel comfort for less than its rivals

Specifications

Type: traditional

Firmness (1-10): 3, 5.5, or 8

Material: hybrid (coils and foam)

Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 180 days

Best for: all sleepers; people with back pain

Warranty: 15-year limited

MSRP: $877 – $2,296

Reasons to buy

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Can customize firmness and height

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More affordable than luxury rivals 

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Free white glove delivery

Reasons to avoid

$99 fee to refund or exchange 

The flagship Saatva Classic is a premium, hotel-quality mattress from luxury online brand Saatva. On quality alone, it’s the best mattress we’ve tested so far – the only reason it doesn’t take the top spot in our guide is the $1,000-plus price tag. But if you have the budget, this high-end hybrid innerspring is a sound investment and delivers a stunning night’s sleep.

One big selling point is how customizable it is. The Saatva Classic comes in soft, medium and firm versions, and your choice of height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches. We reviewed the 11.5-inch luxury firm option and were impressed: premium, eco-friendly foams and a plush pillow top provide soft cushioning, while a super-durable, dual steel coil system delivers exceptional support for your lower back. It’s been awarded a Seal of Approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the luxury firm option is a great choice for anyone suffering from back pain. 

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Best mattress: The Tuft and Needle Original Mattress in white placed on a white bed frame

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Tuft and Needle mattress review

We found the Tuft & Needle mattress easy to set-up but edge support wasn’t great (Image credit: Future)

3. Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

The best budget mattress

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6

Material: foam

Height: 10 inches

Availability: online and retail showrooms

Trial length: 100 days

Warranty: 10-year limited

Best for: all sleepers

MSRP: $645 – $1,095

Reasons to buy

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Best for back and stomach sleepers

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Good overall pressure relief

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Quick to set up

Reasons to avoid

Edge support is lacking

The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is a very good budget mattress. It isn’t the cheapest in our guide – that’s the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress at number 10 – but, as we discovered when testing it, when it comes to balancing performance with price, this no-frills mattress has a lot to offer. 

Made from two layers of foam, the Tuft & Needle Original is a surprisingly supportive medium-firm mattress. There’s no memory foam here, so you don’t get the contouring you’d expect from the other options in our best mattress guide, but during testing we found T&N’s adaptive foam to be responsive, with good cushioning and pressure relief for back and side sleeping. 

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Best mattress: A woman with dark hair and dressed in lilac coloured pyjamas sits on the edge of the Purple Plus Mattress Purple Plus Mattress

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Image shows the Purple Plus mattress placed on a black metal bed frame, ready for review testing

We slept on a queen size Purple Plus and rate it for cooling and pressure relief (Image credit: Purple)

4. Purple Plus Mattress

The best mattress for hot sleepers

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6 (medium firm), 7.5 (firm)

Material: premium foam; GelFlex Grid

Height: 11 inches

Availability: online and some retailers

Trial length: 100 nights

Warranty: 10 years

Best for: hot sleepers; people with back pain

MSRP: $1,099 – $2,598

Reasons to buy

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Excellent cooling performance

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A magic blend of soft and firm

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Great lumbar support

Reasons to avoid

Middling edge support

The relatively new Purple Plus mattress is a luxe upgrade on the Purple Original, with two extra inches of foam, better airflow and enhanced cooling power. These features alone make it the best mattress for hot sleepers, though there’s much more to this memory foam bed to boost the quality and comfort of your sleep. It’s slightly taller than the Purple Original, at 11 inches vs 9.25 inches, and it’s made with the same Purple Grid Technology to deliver exceptional pressure relief. 

When we tested the Purple Plus we were impressed with the cooling performance, especially as we have some very hot sleepers on the team. The mattress has been designed in such a way that it moves heat away from the body quickly, so it won’t build up and overheat you in the night. We also loved the Purple Plus for proper pressure relief.

Best mattress: The WinkBed mattress shown with a Euro-pillow top

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5. The WinkBed mattress

The best mattress for back pain, including lower back pain

Specifications

Type: hybrid mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 4.5 – 8 (soft, luxury firm, firm, plus for heavier bodies)

Material: memory foam, coils

Height: 13.5 inches

Availability: online, plus eight showrooms

Trial length: 120 days

Warranty: lifetime

Best for: neck and back pain

MSRP: $1,149 – $2,049

Reasons to buy

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Back-Relief System

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Heat-wicking design

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Choice of four firmness levels

Reasons to avoid

No handles for moving

Not all side sleepers like it

The WinkBeds Original hybrid mattress is a favorite among luxury hotels and has a number of cutting-edge features designed to help you sleep comfortably. It’s held up as the best mattress for back pain because of its proprietary 3-step Back-Relief System designed to eliminate muscle tension and align your spine. A LumbaLayer is also on hand to deliver targeted support through the lumbar region of your body, and both of these features are present in all four firmness levels of The WinkBed: soft, luxury firm, firm, and plus (for people weighing 250lbs+).

If you are shopping for a mattress for back pain, ask your doctor or chiropractor which firmness they would recommend for your body, as too soft or too firm aren’t always the right choices. From the experts we have spoken to, if in doubt, go medium-firm (or luxury firm in the case of the WinkBed) as this suits most sleepers. You’ll have 120 nights to try The WinkBed for yourself, so if you don’t like the firmness you have picked, send it back for a different version. 

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best mattress: The Helix Midnight

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Helix Midnight mattress review

Our Helix Midnight Mattress had a slightly wrinkled cover (Image credit: Future)

6. The Helix Midnight mattress

The best mattress for side sleepers

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6

Material: Hybrid (foam and coils)

Height: 12 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 100 days

Warranty: 10 years

Best for: Side sleepers

MSRP: $699 – $1,449

Reasons to buy

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Super-comfy for side sleeping

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Great edge support

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Sleeps cool

Reasons to avoid

Some reviewers found it too firm

While all the top picks in our best mattress guide are well-suited to side sleepers, only one has been specifically designed for people who prefer this sleeping position: the Helix Midnight. As we have a number of side sleepers on our mattress review team, we couldn’t wait to test the Helix Midnight… and it didn’t disappoint. This medium-firm hybrid is the brand’s most popular mattress, with five layers that are designed to support your body’s contours and cushion your shoulders and hips while you’re sleeping on your side. 

Soothing memory foam and dynamic polyfoam hug your body and relieve pressure, while hundreds of individual coils cradle your body, provide extra support, and limit motion transfer. Our reviewers found sleeping on their backs and sides to be extremely comfortable – even cozy. 

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best mattress: A woman with dark curly hair sits on the Cocoon by Sealy Chill

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Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress review

We slept on this queen size Cocoon Chill Mattress and found it cooling and supportive (Image credit: Future Ltd)

7. Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress

The best budget cooling mattress

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6

Material: memory foam

Height: 10 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 100 days

Warranty: 10 years

Best for: all sleepers

MSRP: $769 – $1,539

Reasons to buy

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Great temperature-regulation

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Cozy ‘body hug’ feel

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Full-body support

Reasons to avoid

Too soft for heavy bodies

The Cocoon Chill Memory Foam is a 10-inch deep memory foam mattress made by industry giant and household name Sealy. Designed to adapt to your body to provide tailored support all over, this medium-firm mattress has three different foam layers, with luxury memory foam for deep contouring; responsive comfort foam to reduce motion transfer and prevent you sinking into the mattress; and a durable support layer. 

But where the Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress really stands out is its high-end stretch-knit cooling cover. It’s infused with phase-change material, which absorbs and dissipates heat from your body and helps you stay sweat free all night. During the entire period in which we tested the Cocoon Chill, we didn’t overheat once – even our hot-sleeping reviewer didn’t wake up in a sweat. This feature, alone, elevates this mattress above its all-foam rivals. 

best mattress: The DreamCloud

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8. The DreamCloud mattress

The best budget luxury mattress

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6.5

Material: hybrid (foam and coils)

Height: 14 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 365 days

Warranty: lifetime

Best for: all sleepers; back pain

MSRP: $1,298 – $1,898

Reasons to buy

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Breathable and cool

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Great neck and back support

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Responsive, innerspring feel

Reasons to avoid

Larger sizes are very heavy

If you liked the sound of the Nectar mattress at number one but don’t want an all-foam option, we highly recommend trying the DreamCloud. This luxury hybrid is also the best mattress for back pain at a lower-mid-range price: it isn’t quite as plush as the premium Saatva Classic (another top choice for back pain), but it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper and comes with free pillows (plus free sheets and a mattress protector in the current sale too). 

At 14 inches, this medium-firm mattress is one of the tallest in our guide, and it comes packed with five generous layers that offer firm, responsive support for your back as well as deep, soft cushioning all over your body. 

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Best mattress: the Nolah Evolution 15 Mattress on a deep brown wooden bed frame

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Nolah Evolution 15 mattress review

Here’s our Nolah Evolution 15, photographed at our reviewer Alison’s apartment (Image credit: Future)

A supportive and cooling mattress for heavy people

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 5 – 8

Material: AirFoam, coils

Height: 12 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 120 days

Warranty: Lifetime

Best for: heavy people; hot sleepers; couples

MSRP: $1,599 – $2,499

Reasons to buy

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Supports up to 700lbs of weight

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Choice of three firmness levels

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Deep and luxurious

Reasons to avoid

Weak edge support

$99 return fee

The Nolah Evolution 15 mattress is available in three different firmness options: plush, luxury firm and firm. We tested the luxury firm. For heavy people and couples, look at the luxury firm (rated 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale) or the firm (rated 8 out of 10) if you enjoy a firmer sleeping surface that puts you on top of the mattress, as opposed to sinking into it. 

This Nolah mattress has a maximum weight capacity of 700lbs total, or roughly 350lbs per sleeper. There are mattresses out there that can accommodate a higher weight, but few come in the range of firmness levels as the Nolah and fewer still can match it for cooling power too.

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Best mattress: Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress on a light wooden bed frame

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Awara Natural Hybrid mattress performance

We really enjoyed sleeping on this Awara Natural Hybrid — it’s so comfy (Image credit: Future)

The best mattress for organic, eco-friendly sleep

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 8

Material: Dunlop latex, foam and innersprings, organic cotton and New Zealand wool

Height: 10 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 365 days

Warranty: lifetime

Best for: all sleep positions

MSRP: $1,398 – $2,198

Reasons to buy

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Good edge support

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Excellent build quality

Reasons to avoid

Weak motion isolation

Too firm for lighter bodies

The Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress is well-priced compared to other organic mattresses and is a great way to dip your toes in the world of eco-friendly sleep. Yet despite the smaller price tag, the Awara has a definite luxury feel and look, with a durable build that we feel, from our extensive testing, should last for the long-term. Awara seems confident about this too as it offers a 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty with the Natural Hybrid, the same as what you’d get with the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress and the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid further up this guide.

The Awara is one of the firmest options in our best mattress guide, but the addition of a 2-inch top layer of Dunlop latex foam quickly adapts to your body’s curves, giving you an instant hit of cradling support. We on a twin-size Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress for 30 days and rate it very highly.

Best mattress: Allswell Hybrid Mattress

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11. The Allswell Mattress

A great-value budget hybrid mattress

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 5

Material: hybrid (foam and coils)

Height: 10 inches

Availability: online

Trial length: 100 days

Warranty: 10 years

Best for: lower budgets

MSRP: $265 – $475

Reasons to buy

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Good value for money 

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Great for kids’ or guest rooms

Reasons to avoid

Firmer than you think

No machine-washable cover

The Allswell is a hybrid bed-in-a-box mattress made from memory foam and coils. Backed by Walmart, it aims to deliver ‘luxury’ at a budget price – and while it doesn’t compare to mattresses that cost more, many reviewers say it does a good job for the money.

Inside, a generous layer of individually wrapped coils help reduce motion transfer, making it a good choice for couples. On top, cooling, breathable memory foam provides cushioning and extra support, while also preventing you from overheating. Allswell classifies the mattress as medium-firm.

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Best mattress: Zinus green tea memory foam mattress review

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Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress review

The Zinus Green Tea mattress photographed during our testing period (Image credit: Future)

12. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress

The best mattress under $400 – cheap and cheerful

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box

Firmness (1-10): 6

Material: foam

Height: 6-12 inches

Availability: online and retail showrooms

Trial length: 100 days

Warranty: 10 years

Best for: tight budgets

MSRP: $151 – $464

Reasons to buy

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Affordable prices

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Well-rated by customers

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Different thickness options

Reasons to avoid

Some find it too warm

Update: The 10-inch Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress has gone up in price since we reviewed it. The twin size, 6-inch version is still a great choice for an older child, but if you’re looking for a cheap mattress for an adult, we’d recommend the Allswell instead.

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam isn’t the best mattress you can buy – let’s clear that up straight away. As you’ll have seen in this guide, there are plenty of higher-end options with luxury materials and more advanced features. But if you’re on a tight budget, or looking to furnish a spare room without breaking the bank, this Amazon best-seller is very good indeed and well worth considering. 

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam is an all-foam mattress. As the name suggests, it features green tea-infused memory foam, plus purified charcoal particles, which aim to neutralize odors and absorb moisture. It comes in a range of different thickness options: 6, 8, 10 and 12 inches, and the price increases with depth. 

How we test mattresses

The Tom’s Guide mattress review process is editorially independent and not influenced by any third parties. Our expert mattress testers sleep on each featured mattress for at least three weeks (roughly the time it takes, on average, for your body to get used to a new mattress). 

Mattress firmness is subjective, so each lead reviewer also forms a trusted and experienced testing panel made up of people with different sleep needs and body types. We have side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers on our testing team, with lighter, average and heavier bodies.

Together, this enables us to produce accurate, well-balanced and data-backed mattress reviews to help you easily figure out whether the mattress you’re interested in really is the best choice for you.

Our testing team includes:

  • Expert reviewers with real hands-on experience of testing a wide range of mattresses.
  • Mattress testers who represent a wide range of body types, heights and sleep positions.

Our testing criteria includes:

  • Testing each mattress across all key points, including support, comfort, pressure relief, motion isolation and temperature regulation, rating each mattress out of 10.
  • Analyzing user reviews to get an understanding of what real customers think of each mattress too. We do this to see if any similar themes, issues or praise keeps cropping up — then we explore those further in our testing process.
  • Fact-checking every claim made by each mattress brand.

How to choose the best mattress

When to change your mattress: couple sleeping in a bed facing different directions

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The only way to truly know whether a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it. That’s why all the options in our best mattress guide come with a long risk-free trial – if you don’t like one, you can send it back and try another. However, there are some key things to know that will help you choose the right mattress. 

Here, we’ll answer some common questions people ask when buying a new mattress, and explain some key considerations to make. We’ll also share our pro tips and tricks for choosing the best mattress for your budget, and recap the best-rated mattresses at the moment. 

Which is the best type of mattress?

The short answer is that there isn’t a single best type of mattress. Why? Because everyone is different, so the right type for you depends on your body, your health and your sleep style. Secondly, it’s because the differences between each type of mattress are increasingly negligible. Materials have advanced so much over the last five years alone that it can be difficult to notice any perceptible difference when you’re sleeping on them. 

That’s good news for you: it means you should be able to pick any of the options in our best mattress guide and be extremely happy with your choice – regardless of whether it’s made from copper-infused memory foam, coils, cooling latex, or a cutting edge combination of all-natural materials.

Mattress buying advice

How long does a mattress last?

On average, a good mattress should last seven to eight years, but this depends on various factors including what type of mattress you own, what it’s made of, how often it’s used, and how many of you sleep on it. (We explain more in our feature answering how long does a mattress last?).

So a guest room mattress used only occasionally may last a little longer than the general guidelines, while the main mattress on your bed – unless it’s a good quality mattress – will wear out in less than seven years. 

The manufacturer’s warranty is a good indication of how long the mattress should last, but you will need to care for it properly too. Cleaning your mattress regularly will help it last longer – see our guide on how to clean a mattress.

How do I know the right mattress size?

One golden rule for choosing the right size of mattress is to make sure it’s 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping on it. Width-wise, if you’re sharing a bed, you and your partner should be able to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching. If you sleep alone, you’ll have the right size mattress if you can put your hands under your head without touching the edges. So measure that distance and as long as you choose a mattress wider than that, you’re good. 

Most options listed in our best mattress guide are available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and Cal king sizes. Some come in split options too, which enable you to choose a different mattress firmness to your partner. You can also find mattresses with a different level of firmness on each side.

Generally speaking, the bigger and deeper the mattress, the higher the price. Most twin mattresses cost a few hundred dollars less than the queen size, while the king and Cal king sizes average around $200 more than the queen size. Hybrid mattresses, luxury and premier versions generally cost more than the basic model.

How do I know the right mattress firmness?

Medium firm is the most popular mattress choice – that’s why most flagship mattresses fall within a range of 5-7 on the firmness scale (10 is the firmest). 

However, mattresses are subjective. Firmness and comfort depend on a wide range of factors including your weight, height, sleeping style and whether you experience any pain, such as in your back or hips. So one person’s experience of a mattress is likely to be different to that of another person.

A woman with dark curly hair sleeps on a plush mattress and pillows

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That’s why we use a range of different people to test our mattresses – and it’s also why we look through thousands of user reviews. Keep this in mind when noting our ‘firmness gauge’, which ranges from 1 to 10, as you may find a mattress to be slightly softer or firmer than we found it.

Nevertheless, there is some broad advice for deciding which level of mattress firmness you might be best-suited to…

1. Consider your sleeping position
Back sleepers often benefit from a medium-firm mattress. This provides neutral spine alignment while supporting the hips and shoulders. If a mattress is too soft, back sleepers may find their spine forming an uncomfortable ‘U’ shape, creating strain. Too firm and the natural ‘S’ curve of your spine won’t be supported. 

What are mattress trials and why are they useful?

It can take at least three weeks for your body to adjust to a new mattress. That’s especially true if your old mattress wasn’t supporting you properly, so don’t assume that if you wake up sore it’s because your new mattress is wrong – it could be your body getting used to better support. It’s similar advice to what we share in our best pillows guide.

Most mattress trials are at least 21 days long for this reason, though 100 nights is the average. Aside from how a mattress feels, there’s a quick trick you can use to check whether it’s the right firmness for you. Lie down and place your hand in the small of your back: if there’s a big gap, it’s too firm; if there’s no gap, the mattress is too soft.

Read the conditions of a brand’s mattress trial fully before buying to make sure you understand what criteria you would need to meet if you changed your mind during the trial period and what to return it. Some brands, for example, say you have to sleep on the mattress for at least three weeks and that it must be protected by a waterproof fabric covering. For help there, read our best mattress protectors guide.

A woman with dark hair sleeps on a white pillow

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How long does it take to break in a new mattress?

This depends on the type of mattress, but it can take anywhere from 30 days to three months to get used to new levels of support and comfort. If you’re choosing a very different type of mattress to your old one, you will notice the difference for a while longer.

To help you break in your new mattress, give it the time it needs to decompress. This can take anywhere from a few hours to 72 hours, so be patient. Also, relax on different parts of your new mattress and keep sleeping on it to help it ‘bed in’ faster. Try to resist sleeping in another bed or on the sofa, as the faster you break in your new mattress the sooner you’ll be sleeping better.

What is the best mattress in 2022?

When it comes to value for money, the Nectar Memory Foam is one of the best mattresses you can buy. It’s comfortable and supportive, and extremely competitively priced. A twin starts at $499, while a queen size costs $899 – and all sizes come with $399-worth of free sleep accessories added to your order. That’s fantastic value, but the Nectar Memory Foam also comes with a huge 365-night trial – you can sleep on it for up to a year to decide whether it’s right – and a forever warranty.

Alternatively, if you have a little more to spend, or prefer a mattress with a little more bounce, we highly recommend the luxury hybrid innerspring Saatva Classic mattress. It costs around $1,400 for a queen – there’s usually a $200 discount to be found – and if you’re looking for premium hotel-style comfort, this is the one. It’s also been approved by the American Chiropractic Association, making it a good choice if you have back pain.

Another perk to buying from Saatva is the brand’s free White Glove Delivery service. As part of this, Saatva’s experts will set up your new mattress in your bedroom of choice, and remove your old one if you arrange it in advance. 

So if you want the best value for money, choose the Nectar. If you want hotel luxury, and you have more to spend, try the Saatva.

What are this year’s best-rated mattresses?

Nectar and Saatva aren’t the only top-rated mattresses – the following options all excel in different areas too. You’ll find more information about each one in our guide. Hit the jump-link and it’ll take you to the right section of our guide.

A young family of four lie on a king size mattress together

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When is the best time to buy a new mattress?

There are cheap mattress deals all year round – leading mattress maker Nectar, for example, has been running its biggest ever offer for over a year now. However, certain months to tend to have bigger discounts than others.

The lowest prices of the year appear in November in the form of Black Friday mattress deals and Cyber Monday mattress deals, and in February, during the Presidents Day mattress sales. The latter is when people slowly start spending again following the January lull, and retailers look to stoke interest with strong offers and prices that are often as low as Black Friday.

The Memorial Day mattress sales are another key time to buy a new mattress, as retailers look to make way for newer models launching over the summer by discounting older stock. For the sheer volume and variety of discounted mattresses, it’s as good as Black Friday – but we’ve noticed prices don’t always dip quite as low. You might see the same discount advertised – $200 off, say – but the price may have gone up, so while the mattress is cheaper than its previous full price, you’d have saved more if you bought it in the November or February.

The same can be said of the July 4th mattress sales and Labor Day mattress sales: discounts typically match those offered during other major holidays, but many of the prices aren’t quite the lowest. They’re generally still good deals though, and worth grabbing if you need a new mattress. 

Here’s when you shouldn’t buy a new mattress if you can help it: over the summer. This is the most expensive time of the year, with prices generally at their maximum. You might see similar discounts advertised, once again, but prices can be as much as $200 more than at other times of the year.  

Recent updates to our Best Mattress 2022 guide

13 March – We added the Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress. After a thorough testing process by Alison Barretta, we felt the Awara was a worthy addition to our mattress buying guide for people who want a well-made and durable organic mattress. 

21 Feb – Updated the deals section for each mattress to reflect the latest offers; checked all mattresses to ensure information is accurate.

25 Jan – Expanded the expert buying advice at the bottom of our guide to answer more of your mattress questions; updated the latest mattress offers.

Claire Davies, Sleep Editor

Claire Davies

Claire is a Sleep Editor at Future and writes about all things mattresses and sleep. Claire is passionate about how good quality sleep can boost our wellbeing and believes that a great mattress is a vital part of that. Claire tests a range of mattresses for Tom’s Guide, and commissions our other mattress reviewers too.

Alison Barretta

Alison Barretta

Freelance writer and editor Alison is an expert mattress tester for Tom’s Guide, and hails from Philadelphia, USA. Alison has reviewed a wide range of mattresses for us, putting the latest hybrid, memory foam and cooling mattresses from Casper, Nectar, Awara and other leading brands through their paces.

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer is a freelance mattress tester for Tom’s Guide and has reviewed a number of top-rated natural, memory foam and hybrid mattresses, including the Saatva Classic innerspring hybrid, the Helix Midnight Mattress, and the Purple Plus, all of which appear in this guide. 

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