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Best mattress 2022: 8 supportive mattresses tested by our experts

We tried out the best mattresses to find the best options for you, including Saatva, Avocado and Casper

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Finding the best mattress according to your exact needs is vitally important for your overall well-being. 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 can even relieve aches and pains, and ultimately find yourself experiencing better quality of life.

To find the best mattress for you, you'll want to consider elements like how you sleep, body type, and materials, and as well as take into account accessories like the best pillows for that mattress and your sleep position, too.

Our team's research tackles all of these issues so you can sleep better; we've been fortunate enough to try out all these mattresses for ourselves, so we can not only highly recommend them but highlight which ones will suit who in each mini-review. While comfort is subjective, we're sure to get deep into the construction and quality materials that take a mattress from average to the best on the market. 

Fortunately, the best time to buy a mattress is during a mattress sale, and many, if not all of our top mattresses will be on discount this holiday season, so you can sleep well and save some money in the process. 

Best mattresses of 2022

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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: 1 year
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

There's a reason why we have this at the top of our best mattress list: if my experience is anything to go by, 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. 

I found that the built-in Euro-top adds immediate cushion and plushness for a luxury feel that had me drifting off to sleep very quickly. I slept most comfortably on my back and side, though a strict stomach sleeper will likely prefer something firmer.

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 edge support, some of the best of any mattresses we've reviewed, so the mattress doesn’t tend to sag at the sides. While the steel spring layer adds support for aching limbs, we like that 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 what we tried. It's a medium-firm design that 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 the added elevation. 

Our Saatva Classic Mattress review goes into more detail.

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

Our reviewer Camyrn found the mattress skewing more firm, with just a tinge of plush. 'It offers enough “give” to relieve pressure when sleeping on your side, but it’s also sufficiently supportive for back or stomach sleepers,' she said, mentioning it was well-suited to both her and her husband, who have drastically different sleeping preferences. 

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.

DreamCloud offers an entire year to trial whether the mattress is for you, and it's backed by a lifetime warranty, making it a pretty safe investment. 

Our DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Review goes into more detail.

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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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; this has been judged as one of the top organic mattresses you can buy. 

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 and made to last. 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. 

Our reviewer Antonia noted it's ace at sleeping cool and offers relief from aches and pains. She preferred the gently yielding design of adding the pillowtop. 

Our Avocado Green Mattress review goes into more detail.

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 it'll keep you cool for at least 12 hours and lower your body's sleep temperature. While I  may not be equipped to contest the claims, crawling into bed, I immediately notice the cooling sensation, and it stays stable throughout the night. The Snow technology is 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, and we're here to confirm it is. 

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  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 that keep the spine aligned, with slightly softer foam toward the top to gently sink shoulders and a denser foam in the middle that cradles the waist and lower back.  It also uses gel pods under the waist and lowers 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. 

Our Casper Wave Hybrid Snow review goes into more detail.

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 that we 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 cradled our body in a way that it is floating, for a zero-gravity weightless feeling, with minimal pressure on our pressure points. As body temperature adapts to the foam, you will likely 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 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. 

Our Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt Medium Hybrid mattress review goes into more detail.

Nectar mattressH&G gold badge

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Best memory foam mattress

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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Edge support could be better
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Easily forms impressions

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. 

Our Nectar Memory foam mattress review goes into more detail.

Plushbeds Botanical Bliss MattressH&G gold badge

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Best latex mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King, Split Queen
Depth: 9", 10" or 12"
Type: Latex
Comfort: Medium or firm
Warranty: 25 years
Sleep Trial: 100 nights
RRP: $2,599-$4,398

Reasons to buy

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Very customizable with preferred thickness and comfort level
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Made with organic materials
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The cover can be unzipped to create different levels of firmness
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Breathable
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Bouncy  

Reasons to avoid

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Mattress is heavy, making it tedious to swap around latex layers
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Does not isolate motion as well as memory foam

If you're looking for the pressure relief of memory foam, but with an environmentally friendly touch that is naturally cooling and has a bouncy, responsive feel, you'll want to consider a latex mattress. The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss offers one of the most customizable options in terms of depth and firmness, and even size, to find the best mattress for your sleep needs — and it's completely organic. 

The mattress is hand-crafted with a GOTS-certified organic cotton cover, over 10 pounds of temperature-regulating GOTs certified wool, and three layers of latex, including a Talalay latex layer for comfort, followed by two Dunlop latex layers for pressure support. The depth of each layer depends on the mattress thickness you choose, with the thickest 12" mattress also featuring an additional layer of latex. While the mattress is available in both medium and firm comfort levels, you can also unzip the cover to further customize the layers of latex. 

Now, that we've covered all the amazing non-toxic materials featured in the Botanical Bliss, how should the mattress feel? Latex offers a buoyant feeling that gently cradles the pressure points of your body for a responsive feel that won't leave you feeling like you're sinking. However, you may experience some motion transfer. Our reviewer Alex said, 'My body did not require any adjustment to the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex mattress. I fell into a deep, hard sleep and didn’t move much each night that I tested the mattress.'

The interchangeable layers make it a top pick for all sleep styles, and those unsure about which mattress firmness to choose. And if you have a partner who prefers a completely different mattress feeling, the availability of split queen, king, and California king models ensures that everyone can sleep in personalized comfort.  

Our Plushbeds Botanical Bliss Mattress review goes into more details.

Leesa Original mattress 2022

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Best mattress for side sleepers

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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Certified B-Corp 

Reasons to avoid

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Middling edge support
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Motion isolation could be better

Almost 75% of us sleep on our side, but finding a supportive, giving mattress can still feel like a daunting task. Leesa's Original Memory Foam mattress has a high 'sink in' factor, will contour around your body with lots of soft coziness, and offers lots of forgiving support beneath achy joints, as identified by our reviewer. 

The top comfort foam provides extra airflow to keep you cool, the pressure-relieving memory foam contours gently to your body and the dense 6” core adds support and durability for joints. Initially, it feels quite firm but becomes more giving as it warms to your body temperature. Some have even found it too soft, while others note the edge support does leave something to be desired. 

There’s free delivery, a 100-day sleep test, and free returns if you’re not 100% thrilled.

Also worth noting Leesa has a One-10 program, which promises that for every 10 mattresses sold, it donates one to charities that serve the homeless and those at at-risk. They also have a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress they sell, with a goal to plant one million trees globally by 2025. 

Our Leesa Original Memory Foam Mattress review goes into more detail.

How we test and review our best mattresses

Why you can trust Homes & Gardens Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Tempur-Pedic Pro Adapt medium test photos

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The Homes & Gardens' 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 two weeks. All our reviews are based on the real-life experience of using these products at home. The products are given to us free of charge. Often times we are able to keep our mattress, which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it's fared over a period of time.

All of the mattresses on this best list with rankings have been personally reviewed by members of our team, who take into account value for the money, construction, comfort, and support, with various tests in place to consider factors like edge support, and motion transfer, and spinal alignment. Now we understand that mattress firmness is subjective, so we also ask each reviewer to be transparent about their sleep habits, as well as invite others to lay on it and share their impressions.

If the mattress is unranked, we're still working to get our hands on a sample, or may even be in the midst of testing it out. For these instances, we've researched and, perused through hundreds of reviews, and deep-dive into their construction, special qualities, and who they may suit best. 

For more insight into our hands-on review process, refer to our how we test review guidelines

Our testing team includes: