I’m a sleep writer – these are the best places to buy a mattress

I’ve spent hours researching the top mattress retailers – from big-name brands to specialist stores – so you can sleep in style

Master bedroom with a double bed and matching side tables, padded headboard and floral wallpaper.
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A good mattress is a home essential. We use it every night. Add lazy weekend lie-ins, breakfasts in bed, and precious seconds sipping morning coffee, and that’s a whole lot of time spent in bed.

That’s why it’s so important to sleep on the best mattress. A high-quality mattress can alleviate aches and pains, soothe your skin, and keep you cool while you sleep. 

But with so many mattress types and even more stores to choose from, it can be hard to know how to choose a mattress

I’m a sleep writer. I’ve spent hours scouring the top sleep stores to find the best mattresses money can buy. I’ve broken down what each store has to offer, from free delivery and assembly services to top-quality eco-credentials. 

Best places to buy a mattress

1. Mattress Firm

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

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The number one mattress retailer for America’s top brands, Mattress Firm is the one-stop shop for all things sleep. With 230 individual mattresses, including innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid models, there’s something for every sleeper. We routinely see some of our favorite mattresses at lower prices than you’ll see on their own websites. If you’re feeling spoiled for choice, specialist filters help to make selection easy. The MattressMatcher quiz asks eight simple questions about your sleep style to find the perfect match for you. If you prefer to shop in-store, you can meet a team of dedicated Sleep Experts at any one of Mattress Firm’s 2300 neighborhood stores. 

2. Saatva

A Saatva mattress on a bed against an ocean view.

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Saatva is the place to make a mattress purchase with a purpose. Each Saatva mattress is handcrafted in the US and delivered factory-fresh. On average, a Saatva mattress travels less than 100 miles from the factory to your home. Not only is this good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet, too. Their homegrown, made-to-order manufacturing process cuts out the middleman. There are no warehouse costs or international tariffs added to your charge: just a premium product, without the premium price tag. Best of all, Saatva makes our favorite mattress, the Saatva Classic. 

3. Nectar

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

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Nectar is one of the most affordable mattress retailers on the market. Not only do they sell low-cost memory foam and hybrid mattresses, they also routinely sell bundle deals. That means you can add sheets, pillows, and mattress protectors to your basket, and still stay below the one-thousand dollar mark. Nectar mattresses perform well at their price point. With five plush layers, from a breathable cooling cover down to a shift-resistant lower layer, these mattresses can keep you cool, minimize motion, and support your spine, all at once. Nectar ranks the comfort levels, supporting structures, and cooling properties of each mattress on a scale of 1-10, to help you see exactly what you’re shopping for. They also make our favorite memory foam bed, the Nectar Original. 

4. Plushbeds

A PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress in a traditional bedroom

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Plush by name and plush by nature, Plushbeds has some of the best luxury mattresses on the market, and their eco-credentials are top-notch, too. Each mattress is made from certified organic and natural materials, such as organic latex, wool and cotton. You can also customize your mattress to suit your thickness and comfort preference, thanks to an unzippable cover. While Plushbeds’ premium price point is undeniable, you really do get what you pay for. 

5. Tempur-Pedic

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

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Tempur-Pedic’s dedicated delivery team makes it easy to replace your mattress. After delivering your mattress to your door, Tempur-Pedic offers an in-room setup. They’ll also remove your existing mattress and box spring and ensure its safe disposal. Each mattress is made from TEMPUR materials which work to relieve pressure and minimize motion, helping you to sleep easy. You can even personalize your mattress to your comfort level, with soft, medium, firm, and medium-hybrid options for every model. They make incredibly good beds, but a problem we’ve found with Tempur over the years is that they’re expensive. Unlike lots of other mattress companies, they rarely have sales, and their return policies can leave a little to be desired. 

6. Emma

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

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Emma is staffed by a team of sleep experts, from neuroscientists to sleep psychologists. We've chatted to them a few times and it's not just a gimmick. Their data-driven designs promote restorative rest. Emma encourages you to test your mattress, too, offering a 200-night sleep trial. If you aren’t satisfied with your sleep by the end of the trial period, you can return your mattress and get your money back. Emma has plenty of tips for improving your personal sleep. The Emma Up sleep app even provides a personalized step-by-step program to better rest. 

7. Leesa

Leesa mattress on a bed against a white wall.

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Leesa mattresses are expertly designed and assembled in Arizona, made-to-order approximately one week after purchase. Each mattress is delivered for free, direct to your door. Their high-quality foam stays dense and springy for the duration of their 10-year warranty. Leesa recognizes that each sleeper wants something slightly different from their mattress. That’s why they sell no fewer than 10 unique mattresses, each providing a carefully calibrated balance of comfort and support. However, a word of warning - we’ve only tested the Original. We loved it, but it’s incredibly soft, so you won’t like it if you prefer a firm bed.

8. Helix

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

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Helix supports the search for the perfect mattress with their 30-second sleep quiz, My Mattress Match. Handy comparison tools set their products side by side, helping you to evaluate mattresses based on their price, supporting structures, and cooling properties. Each Helix mattress comes with free US shipping and two complimentary Dream Pillows. Choose from our top picks, or shop for yourself at one of their nationwide mattress showrooms.

9. Essentia

Essentia mattress in a clean white bedroom.

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Essentia prioritizes sustainable sleep. Each of their mattresses is made from organic, vegan materials. They’re hypoallergenic, so they’re ideal for sleepers with sensitive skin. Essentia’s bespoke Beyond Latex organic foam contains molding technology to support your body as you sleep. When you move, your mattress moves with you, minimizing disturbance and helping you stay sound asleep. However, the big issue with Essentia is that these remarkable beds are very expensive. This is a premium product at a premium price point. 

10. DreamCloud

DreamCloud mattress on a bed against a dark bedroom wall.

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Each DreamCloud Mattress is made from seven layers of top-quality cushioning. A cozy cashmere blend cover works with a shift-resistant lower layer to provide body-cradling comfort. With a lifetime warranty and 365-night home trial, not to mention free shipping and returns, DreamCloud makes it easy to find your best mattress. For added support during the selection process, you can chat with DreamCloud’s sleep specialists through their online messaging service, by phone or email, or in person at one of their 1000 outlets nationwide.

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