Where can you buy the best mattress? I'm a sleep editor and these are the stores and brands I always recommend

Whether you're looking for a plush memory foam model or a supportive innerspring, I know just where you can get it

A mattress from one of the best places to buy a mattress, PlushBeds, topped with pillows.
(Image credit: PlushBeds)

As a sleep editor and a sales hunter, I'm often asked about the best places to buy a mattress. While you could pick up a mattress in the bargain bin at your local home retailer, I'd encourage you to shop at a specialist sleep store. You might have to pay a premium, but you get water-tight warranties, no-risk sleep trials, and the luxury of choice. 

There's a store for every sort of shopper and style of sleeper. If you'd like to take stock of your options, you'll find the widest range at Mattress Firm. You might find the same mattress for sale at a range of prices across a few different retailers. It takes a lot of time and effort to find the best mattress at the right price. 

That's where I come in. As H&G's resident sleep writer. I spend my days tracking down the lowest prices on the hottest products in the mattress sales, and I spend my nights testing them out in my own home. I know what it's like to shop with all the major mattress retailers, so I can tell you exactly what you get in terms of free returns, white-glove delivery, and sustainable shopping.

The best places to buy a mattress

To save you some time and money, I've rounded up a few of my favorite mattresses from each store. These mattresses meet a variety of sleep needs and budget constraints. The majority of the mattresses are tried and tested by an H&G sleep expert (if you're interested, I'd be happy to tell you more about how we test mattresses). Where we haven't been able to get our hands on a mattress, I've scoured the specifications and read countless customer reviews to make sure I'm recommending quality products.

1. Mattress Firm

A plush mattress on a grey bed frame against a white bedroom wall.

(Image credit: Mattress Firm)

If you know you need a new mattress, but you're not quite sure what you're looking for, start with Mattress Firm. It's the number-one mattress retailer for America's top brands. You'll find the best luxury mattress, including Tempur and Sealy models, listed for less, alongside more affordable options. Each mattress comes with an extended sleep trial, as well as a low-price guarantee: if you find the same model listed for less at a reputable retailer within 120 days, Mattress Firm will refund the difference. I recommend taking the MattressMatcher quiz before you start. All you need to do is answer a few simple questions about your sleep style, and Mattress Firm will find the right fit for you.

2. Saatva

A Saatva Classic mattress in a modern bedroom

(Image credit: Saatva)

Saatva makes luxury mattresses at a price everyone can afford. When you factor in their 365-night sleep trials, lifetime warranties, and free delivery, setup, and removal system, you're actually saving money when you shop with Saatva. Each of their mattresses is handmade in the USA, cutting down on shipping costs to incorporate homegrown materials. If you like the look of Saatva, you could kit out your linen closet with their bedding, which features in our best pillow and best bed sheets buying guides.

3. Nectar

A Nectar mattress on a bed with pillows against a white bedroom wall.

(Image credit: Nectar)

There isn't much to say about Nectar that Nectar hasn't said already: their site is incredibly comprehensive. Beneath each mattress listing, you'll find thousands of verified reviews, detailed product specs, an FAQ section, and even a video guide to help you get set up. Nectar makes six mattresses − three memory foam and three hybrid models − as well as bed frames, pillows, and bedding. If you're moving house or you're renovating your entire bedroom, I recommend a Nectar Bundle. Right now, you can get an award-winning mattress, an adjustable bed frame, and all your essential bedding for less than $1,500.

4. Plushbeds

A PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress in a traditional bedroom

(Image credit: PlushBeds)

PlushBeds make the best organic mattresses. If you're keen to shop sustainably, or you'd prefer to purchase vegan products, I recommend starting your search here. The PlushBeds range includes organic latex mattresses and luxury pillowtop models, as well as kids' mattresses and even mattresses for sleeper sofas or RVs. With so much choice, it can be difficult to know where to start. I recommend clicking the link to 'compare PlushBeds mattresses', which outlines the pros and cons of each piece. 

5. Tempur-Pedic

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

(Image credit: Tempur-Pedic)

There's no getting around it: Tempur-Pedic mattresses are expensive. Take the TEMPUR LuxeBreeze Mattress, select Split California King, and you could spend five figures on a mattress. If you've got the money, though, this is one of the best places to spend it. Tempur makes mattresses in collections, so that you can choose the comfort level that works for you. Their dedicated delivery team drops your mattress to your door, sets it up in your room, and removes your old mattress for safe disposal. Each mattress is made with patented TEMPUR materials which work to relieve pressure and minimize motion, so that you can sleep easy.

6. Emma

An Emma mattress on a bed with pillows against a plain bedroom wall.

(Image credit: Emma)

To get a memory foam mattress for less, head to Emma. There always seems to be a sale on, so you could save hundreds of dollars on mattresses, bedding, and bed frames throughout the year. Whenever you shop, you can take advantage of free delivery and returns, a 10-year warranty, and a 365-night sleep trial. That means you can test your mattress through all four seasons, in heat waves and cold snaps. If you still aren't satisfied once your year is up, you could get your money back.

7. Helix

Helix mattress on a bed with a headboard next to a window.

(Image credit: Helix)

If you're the sort of person that loves smart bedroom tech, and you want to learn more about sleep science, then you'll find a lot to like at Helix. Their website is filled with references to sleep studies and endorsements from sleep scientists, explained in simple English that anyone can understand. Ordinary people love Helix, too: their mattresses boast tens of thousands of five-star reviews online. Helix are also the brains behind Birch Living, the luxury sleep store that makes natural and organic sleep products. 

8. Casper

Casper mattress on a bed with pillows against a blue bedroom wall.

(Image credit: Casper)

Casper has just come out of a branding refresh. If you're struggling to recognize your old favorites under their new names, here's your cheat sheet. The One Foam Mattress corresponds to the Casper Original: an affordable mattress with breathable, flexible foam. The Dream Hybrid is the new iteration of the Original Hybrid, combining the plush comfort of memory foam with the support of an innerspring. Hot sleepers should stick to the Snow collection. If you've got some cash to spare, and you'd like to spend it on the best cooling mattress, you could upgrade to the Snow Max.

Best places to buy a mattress FAQs

Which type of mattress is best?

There are four major mattress types: memory foam, innerspring, hybrid, and latex. Each type tackles a different sleep need. 

Memory foam mattresses are soft yet supportive. They're great for easing aches and pains, but they tend to trap heat, and I wouldn't recommend one for a hot sleeper. Innerspring mattresses are the oldest, and still the most common, mattress type. They're filled with steel coils, which boost breathability and help to maintain proper spinal alignment, but they might prove too firm for some sleepers.

Hybrid mattresses combine the plush comfort of memory foam with the support and airflow of an innerspring. Hybrid mattresses bring the best of both worlds, but they're pretty expensive. Latex mattresses are on the more expensive side, too, but they're the best option for eco-conscious shoppers.

Which mattresses last the longest?

Latex mattresses are the most durable, followed by high-density memory foam. Hybrid mattresses have a slightly shorter shelf life, and an old-fashioned innerspring shorter still: around five or six years. If you're wondering how often you should change your mattress, you'll learn a lot from our expert guide.  

Final thoughts

You might have made your way to the end of this article in window shopping mode. You know that you need a new mattress, but you just can't afford to spend thousands on a new bed. If you're working with a tight budget, I recommend narrowing your search to the best affordable mattress

Failing that, the best mattress topper could transform your sleep for a fraction of the price. You could pick up a plush layer to soften up an old bed or something firmer for enhanced support. If you just can't decide whether to buy a mattress topper vs new mattress, then you're in luck: we've outlined the pros and cons of either purchase.

Emilia Hitching
Sleep Editor

Emilia is our resident sleep writer. She spends her days tracking down the lowest prices on the best bedding and spends her nights testing it out from the comfort of her own home – it's a dream job. Her quest to learn how to sleep better has taken her all around the world, from mattress factories in Arizona to sleep retreats in Scandinavia. Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford. She also worked on the other side of the aisle, writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky.