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Best mattress 2024 – tested beds for better sleep

I've ranked and reviewed the best mattresses from Saatva, Nectar, Tempur, and more to suit every style of sleeper

The best mattress, the Saatva Classic, on a bed next to a nightstand against a stone wall.
(Image credit: Saatva)
Best mattress 2024: Jump Menu

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress on a bed against an orange wall.

(Image credit: Nectar)

1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Saatva Classic
3. Best for back pain: Nectar Memory Foam
4. Best for side sleepers: Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt
5. Best box: Emma Original
6. Best affordable: Nolah Original
7. Best hybrid: Bear Elite
8. Best for stomach sleepers: Naturepedic Chorus
9. Best for hot sleepers: Zinus Cooling Gel
10: Best non-toxic: PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
11. Other options
12. How we test
13. How to choose
14. FAQs

The best mattress should suit your exact sleep specifications, down to the letter. If you sleep on your side and you tend to run hot, there's a mattress for that. If you lie on your back and you're keen to shop sustainably, there's a mattress for you, too.

While the fit and feel of the best mattress will vary from person to person, some things remain the same: we're always looking for premium materials; expert craftsmanship; and value for money. When you shop with the specialist sleep stores, you get just that, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

As H&G's resident sleep writer, I've sampled some of the world's best beds from all the best places to buy a mattress. I've found the best mattress to suit every style of sleeper and size of budget, so that you can sleep better. I've ranked and reviewed each one to help you decide which mattress you should buy

For the sake of a fair fight, I've assessed each mattress against the same criteria: comfort; quality of construction; cooling properties; motion isolation; edge support; and the all-important price. Spoiler alert: the Saatva Classic Mattress excels in all areas, which is why it's our reigning champion for best mattress, four years running.

The quick list

If you've already got your eye on a particular mattress, you can skip straight to that section using our jump menu. If you'd rather take stock of your options, you can browse the best mattress for every sort of sleeper below. 

Best mattress 2024: tried and trusted

You can trust Homes & Gardens. Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing the latest products, helping you choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

The best mattress overall

Saatva Classic mattress with a gray throw against a gray wall.

(Image credit: Saatva)
However you sleep, whatever your budget, this is the world's best bed

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Depth: 11.5” or 14.5"
Type: Hybrid
Comfort: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, Firm
Sleep trial: 1 year
Warranty: Lifetime
RRP: $1,186 - $2,542

Reasons to buy

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Exceptionally comfortable
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Available in three firmness levels
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Suitable for hot sleeper

Reasons to avoid

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Insufficiently soft for some sleepers
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$99 Return fee

I'd recommend the Saatva Classic Mattress for just about anyone. Whether you sleep on your front, back, or side, and run hot or cool, this hybrid mattress should meet your sleep needs. The Saatva Classic brings together all the best bits of memory foam and steel springs in one soft, yet supportive bed. 

One of our sleep experts started testing the Saatva Classic during a long, hot summer in Atlanta, Georgia. She was seriously impressed with the breathability of the mattress, which is boosted by the compression and depression of the steel springs. Although the Saatva Classic comes in three comfort levels, our tester reckons the Luxury Firm should suit everyone but the most sensitive sleepers.

Only a few minor complaints. As a hybrid mattress, the Saatva Classic features hundreds of stainless steel springs, which gives it a lovely bounce, but leads to a little bit of motion transfer. If you're a seriously light sleeper, you might want to opt for a memory foam model to absorb more movement. On the plus side, the edge support is really remarkable. 

Best of all, it's not even that expensive. Technically, a Queen-sized Saatva Classic goes for a little more than $2,000, but it's often listed for less in the mattress sales. At any rate, I'd be happy to pay full price for this mattress, safe in the knowledge that I'm buying the best of the best. 

You can find more detail in our Saatva Classic Mattress review.

The best mattress for back pain

Nectar memory foam mattress on a bed against a dark wall.

(Image credit: Nectar)
Designed to relieve pressure and alleviate pain

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Depth: 12”
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm
Sleep trial: 1 year
Warranty: Lifetime
RRP: $699-$1798

Reasons to buy

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Relieves pressure
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Highly affordable 
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365-night sleep trial

Reasons to avoid

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Insufficiently soft for some sleepers
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Edge support leaves a little to be desired

Let's be clear: even the best mattress can't cure back pain. That's the sort of thing you should take up with a doctor, rather than a mattress manufacturer. With that said, one of our sleep experts swears by the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress for pain and pressure relief. 

Our tester, Casey, suffers from fibromyalgia, which is a chronic illness that causes musculoskeletal pain all over her body. She found that the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress was the only bed that helped her to sleep comfortably. That's because memory foam is made to cushion your body and relieve pressure from your joints. Also, as a hypoallergenic mattress, the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is suitable for sensitive sleepers and anyone who suffers from allergies: bonus.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Nectar rank their Memory Foam Mattress at a 6.5 in terms of firmness. This sort of medium-firm support is ideal for front and back sleepers to stop that sinking feeling, though it might not be soft enough for side sleepers. The edge support leaves a little to be desired, but you'd get that with even the best memory foam mattress, and it shouldn't affect your sleep. 

You can find more detail in our Nectar Memory Foam Mattress review.

The best mattress for side sleepers

A Tempur-Adapt mattress on a bed against a gray wall.

(Image credit: Tempur-Pedic)
Soft, yet supportive, with plenty of give to cushion your joints

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Depth: 12"
Type: Hybrid
Comfort: Medium
Sleep trial: 90 nights
Warranty: 10 years
RRP: $2,899 - $5,789

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding motion isolation
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Excellent pressure relief
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Highly breathable

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Shorter sleep trial

If you sleep on your side, you should look for a mattress that's soft enough to cushion your joints, yet sufficiently supportive to lift and lengthen your spine. The Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress fits the bill.

This mattress is lined with more than 1,000 premium springs and filled with specialized TEMPUR-material, originally created by NASA to cushion pilots during space flights. If TEMPUR-material can absorb all the pressure changes of intergalactic travel, it can easily absorb any pain or pressure in your hips, knees, and shoulders. 

Your average hybrid mattress falls down in the motion isolation test, since all those steel coils create an awful lot of bounce. That isn't the case with the Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress, which is topped with a thick layer of dense foam to absorb movement and promote restful sleep on either side of the bed. 

There are only two things I don't like about the Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress: the weight and the cost. This mattress is very heavy and proved awkward to maneuver around the room. If I were you, I'd opt for white glove delivery and in-room set up. Then, there's the cost to consider. A queen-sized Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress goes for $3,400 outside of sales season. I think it's worth it, but only you know whether you can afford it. 

You can find more detail in our Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress review.

The best box mattress

Emma original mattress on a bed with pillows against a gray bedroom wall.

(Image credit: Emma)
Delivered to your door in one convenient, compact package

Specifications

Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 10"
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm
Sleep Trial: 365-night
Warranty: 10-year
RRP: $659-$1,459

Reasons to buy

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Quick and convenient delivery 
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Suitable for all sleep positions
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Extensive sleep trial

Reasons to avoid

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Sleeps a little hot
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Insufficiently firm for some sleepers

The best bit of buying a mattress online is the convenience. You don't need to walk all the way around the store to assess your options. Once you've chosen your mattress, you don't need to lift it up and carry it home with you. When you buy the best box mattress, it comes conveniently delivered to your door. All you need to do is unwrap it. 

When it comes to beds in boxes, the Emma Original Mattress is as good as it gets. Our expert tester, Chiana, found that her mattress fully inflated within four hours, and any smells from the off-gassing dissipated soon after. 

Chiana didn't know quite what to expect from a box mattress, so she was seriously impressed by the plush comfort of the Emma Original. She sleeps on her side and found that the memory foam molded to her hips and shoulders and eased her neck pain. Like a lot of memory foam mattresses, the Emma Original tends to sleep a little warm, but that's nothing that a set of the best cooling sheets couldn't fix. 

If you're interested in the Emma Original, but you'd like to try before you buy, I recommend you take advantage of their 365-night mattress sleep trial. That way, you can test your mattress through warmer weather and cooler spells before you commit to your final purchase.  

You can find more detail in our Emma Original Mattress review.