I’m a sleep writer – here's where 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.