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Best mattress: 9 luxe mattresses for respite and relaxation

We review the best mattress brands to find the options that suit you, including Saatva, Avocado and Casper

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Finding the best mattress to meet your sleeping needs is vitally important for your overall wellbeing. It's no secret that when we wake up from a decent night's sleep we feel rested and refreshed. If you have the right mattress, you could even find relief from any aches and pains.

While turning your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary is one part of sleeping better, the essential first steps for preventing disturbed nights, aching joints, and general irritability are to invest in a quality mattress. We acknowledge not every mattress can be THE mattress for every sleeper; comfortable for one can be a body ache, sweat-inducing experience for another. So, how do you pick the best mattress that’s going to be your ‘Goldilocks’ bed – not too hard and not too soft but just right – especially a place where you'll spend at least a third of your time, given you get the recommended eight hours of shut-eye each night. 

Happily, our research has tackled all of these issues so you can sleep better and we highlight which of the best mattresses will suit who in each mini-review. We've been fortunate enough to try out the majority of these mattresses for ourselves, and while comfort is subjective, you can take it from us that we are providing our honest, candid thoughts about its construction and ability to provide support based on your sleep needs. 

You deserve the luxury of a fabulous night's sleep, whether that be from one of the most popular mattresses on the market, a specialty model, or an organic mattress

Now, it's imperative that you don't forget to add one of the best mattress protectors as a preventative measure against stains, spills, and accidents for the longevity of your new mattress. While you're at it, if you find yourself in need of a pillow (or two) to go with your new mattress, our guide to the best pillows is filled with our favorite buys. Take it from here, and you'll be on the path to the perfect sleep set up. 

Best mattresses of 2022

Best mattress Saatva mattressH&G gold badge

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Best mattress, overall

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 11.5” or 14"
Type: Hybrid memory foam and steel springs
Comfort: Medium, medium-firm, firm
Sleep trial: 365 days
Warranty: Lifetime
RRP: $912-$2,396

Reasons to buy

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Available in three firmness levels
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Hybrid combines memory foam and coils
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Organic cotton cover, CertiPUR-US foam
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Stays cooler than an all-foam mattress
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White-Glove Delivery

Reasons to avoid

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Not for sleepers looking for a super soft surface
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$99 Return fee

You'll experience nothing but sweet dreams and a restful wake-up with the Saatva Classic mattress. This hybrid combines traditional pocket spring coils with a memory foam layer for comfort and all-around sturdiness, and it's designed to remind you of your favorite hotel bed. 

If you're between an all-foam or coiled design, the Saatva mattress provides the best of both worlds with quality features such as an organic cotton cover, recycled steel coils, and CertiPUR-US foam. The coil construction creates good airflow, perfect for those who get hot at night, and it also offers excellent side support, so the mattress doesn’t tend to sag at the edges. While the steel spring layer adds support for aching limbs, the cozy pillow top layer is soft and comfortable.  

As the mattress comes in three options of firmness — Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm— and two thicknesses, further customizing the options available to you. Most opt for the Luxury Firm, which is actually rated as a medium-firm, and it suits side, front and back sleepers alike. There is no difference in feel between the 11" and 14" depths, rather, it's a matter of your preferred height, as some prefer to be lower to the ground, while others like thicker mattresses.

Read the full Saatva Classic Mattress review.

Dreamcloud luxury mattress lifestyleH&G gold badge

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Best mattress for luxury and value

Specifications

Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Depth: 14"
Type: Hybrid
Comfort: Medium (6.5)
Sleep Trial: 1 year
Warranty: Lifetime
RRP: $599-$1,299

Reasons to buy

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Memory foam cradles body
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Coils provide support and airflow
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Won’t be disturbed when your partner rolls out of bed
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Can be used on all bed frames

Reasons to avoid

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Will likely require deep-pocketed sheets
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Don't expect a super plush mattress, despite the depth

A luxurious mattress doesn't have to necessarily mean expensive, and the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress is the perfect example of quality and value. Not to be too cliche, but the DreamCloud is just like sleeping on a cloud, and we think every sleep position will find comfort. 

At a stately 14-inches, the sumptuous hybrid offers five layers of bliss. The cashmere topped cover stays both cozy and cool, while the quilted memory foam offers just the right amount of comfort with a layer of gel foam just beneath for pressure relief and a cooling effect. The individually wrapped coils offer necessary and customized support as it yields to the shape of your body and promotes better airflow throughout the mattress. The mattress is equipped with various features including low motion transfer foam and enhanced edge support.

It's the perfect blend of firmness and softness, with a tinge of plush. You also have an entire year to trial whether the mattress is for you, and it's backed by a lifetime warranty, making it quite a safe investment. 

Read the full DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Review (opens in new tab).

Best mattress AvocadoH&G gold badge

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Best organic mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 11"
Type: Hybrid
Comfort: Medium firm
Sleep Trial: 1 year
Warranty: 25-year limited
RRP: $1,399-$2,599

Reasons to buy

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Latex rubber is sustainably harvested 
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Good for side and back sleepers
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No harmful fire retardants
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25-year guarantee and 1-year sleep trial
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Optional plush cotton cover
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Vegan option available

Reasons to avoid

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Pillow top version is extra

Handmade in LA, the Avocado is the mattress of choice for those searching for one with top-notch eco-credentials. 

Made with a combination of GOTS-certified cotton and wool, plus latex that has been responsibly and sustainably harvested, it is certainly a quality choice. 

It is made without fire retardants, chemical adhesives — that’s achieved using wool a natural fire-retardant — or petroleum-based foam layers, so it’s a good choice for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals. A vegan option sans wool is also available and uses cotton batting instead. 

The top latex layer is gently yielding and sits on top of a layer of tempered steel coils, while five zones support different areas of the body to give overall comfort and prevent motion transfer. 

As far as sleeping goes, it’s on the firm side of medium, the company puts it at 7 out of 10 on the scale, so a good option for back and lighter side snoozers as well as front sleepers. It offers great support to your back and stomach and when you flip to the side, the mattress molds to you without that sinking feeling that makes it hard to get back out.  If you're a side sleeper, who requires a softer surface, you'll want to consider adding the soft cotton pillow top. This attached feature does add to the price, or you can see how you like the design first and add a mattress topper later. 

It's also ace at sleeping cool and offers relief from aches and pains.

Read our full Avocado Green Mattress review.

Best mattress Casper wave snow hybrid mattressH&G gold badge

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Best mattress for sleeping cool

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 13"
Type: Hybrid: memory foam, latex and steel springs
Comfort: Medium
Sleep trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
RRP: $2,295-$3,995

Reasons to buy

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Casper's Snow Technology help prevent overheating for 12+ hours and keep 6 degrees cooler
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Zoned Support + gel pods align your spine with extra support

Reasons to avoid

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In-home set up only available for King and Cal-King customers
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Edge support could be better

Anyone who suffers from hot flashes, night sweats, or generally runs warm when they sleep will want to indulge in a mattress that will keep you cool all night long. The Casper Wave Hybrid Snow uses Casper's newest cooling upgrades, dubbed Snow technology, with big claims (that have been rigorously tested) that it'll keep you cool for at least 12 hours and lower your body's sleep temperature. It's an extension of its pre-existing Wave Hybrid Mattress, which offers the most support of any Casper mattress. Support plus cooling sounds like the ultimate sleep combination. 

Now, back to the real star of the show. The Snow tech features details like a QuickCool Cover infused with Phase Change that delivers a 24% cooler to the touch feeling upon climbing in bed. Or new HeatDelete Bands featuring graphite that work to remove more heat away from the body for sustained temperature regulation for 12+ hours.  The Wave also includes three layers of Casper's AirScape layers that help ventilate heat with tiny holes in the foam that let body heat and humidity flow out and away from the mattress.

For support, Casper's Zoned Support Max utilizes 3 different zones to keep your spine aligned, with slightly softer foam toward the top to gently sink shoulders and a denser foam in the middle that cradles your waist and lower back.  It also uses gel pods under the waist and lower back that add further support. To finish off the design, individually wrapped coils add the right amount of lift, airflow, and support for the ultimate in sleep. 

Read the full Casper Wave Hybrid Snow review

Tempur-Pedic Pro Adapt mattress lifestyleH&G gold badge

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Best mattress for pressure relief

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split King, Split Cal King
Depth: 12"
Type: Hybrid: Tempur Material and coils
Comfort: Medium
Sleep trial: 90 nights
Warranty: 10 years
RRP: $2,799-$5,598

Reasons to buy

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Sleeps cool
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Cover zips off
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Decent edge support and excellent motion isolation
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In-home delivery

Reasons to avoid

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Very Expensive
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Heavy
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Shortest trial period on the list

There's a lot to love about the Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt mattress:  advanced pressure relief, superior contouring, and motion isolation. It's available in soft, medium, firm, and medium-hybrid designs according to your sleep needs. The addition of coils in the hybrid has introduced Tempur-Pedic to a whole new audience as the responsive nature of the coils adds increased mobility to change positions in bed and get out of bed, plus increased breathability. Our tester, with a preference for hybrid-style beds, loved the benefits of getting to experience both the contouring nature of the foam, with the extra support from the individually wrapped coils. 

In terms of pressure relief, the ProAdapt cradles your body in a way that it is floating, for a zero-gravity weightless feeling, with minimal pressure on the points that previously bothered you most. As your body temperature adapts to the foam, you will experience a slight sinking feeling as the foam adjusts to the contours of your body, but in no way will you ever feel stuck. We like to think of the Tempur-Pedic as
firm where you need it, and soft where you want it.

The bed is well suited to all, those with different sleep types can find comfortable alignment; couples who don't want to be bothered by others' movements, or those who are prone to overheating, thanks to a washable cooling cover. Perhaps our only gripe is it a higher price point and heavy construction makes it hard to move. To counter, Tempur-Pedic offers an in-room setup, and the mattress does not need to be rotated or flipped. 

Read the full Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid mattress review

Nectar mattressH&G gold badge

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Best mattress for back pain

Specifications

Sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, Split King
Depth: 12”
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm to firm
Sleep trial: 1 year
Warranty: Lifetime
RRP: $499-$1,338

Reasons to buy

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Lifetime guarantee
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365-day trial period
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A breathable outer layer keeps it cool
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Helps with back pain

Reasons to avoid

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On the firm side so not great for heavy side sleepers
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Edge support could be better

Nectar is so confident about the quality of its mattress, that you have a full year to trial its product. Dare we say, it gets more comfortable as you break it in? It's a highly-rated choice for those who suffer from back aches and pain with a highly responsive design that offers the comfort and support to keep you in a neutral position. 

The five-layer foam construction utilizes gel memory foam for comfort, pressure-relieving dynamic foam, and a seven-inch base layer for support— all wrapped below the outer cooling cover which is breathable and moisture-wicking ensuring that even the most feverish sleepers will stay cool all night. 

It’s slightly on the firmer side of medium-firm – with the website ranking as a 6.5 on a firmness scale of 1-10, making it a top choice for front and back sleepers but probably not best for heavy side sleepers or those that prefer a mattress you can really sink into. 

The medium-firm design also had no pesky motion transfer to speak of. As with some other memory foam mattresses, there was a faint, lingering odor. However, it wasn’t at all noticeable by day two and certainly didn’t trouble our sleep. It did however leave something to be desired when it comes to edge support, but not enough that it affected how we slept. 

Read the full Nectar Memory foam mattress review

Leesa Original mattress 2022H&G gold badge

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7. Leesa Original mattress

Best memory foam mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 10"
Type: Comfort foam/ memory foam
Comfort: Medium firm
Sleep trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
RRP: $849-$1,399

Reasons to buy

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Medium firmness, suitable for all sleepers
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Temperature regulating layers to prevent overheating
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Good for partners of restless sleepers
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Certified B-Corp 

Reasons to avoid

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Middling edge support