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The Best Mattresses of 2022

Our experts test, rate and review bed brands for every budget and sleep preference.

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Your mattress is one of the most important purchases you'll make for your home, yet picking out your best mattress is no easy feat thanks to the seemingly endless models to choose from. While there's no one-size-fits-all bed, focusing on what matters most to you can help you whittle down the options. The ultimate goal is to choose a mattress that'll be comfortable, supportive and durable for years to come.

What's the best mattress for most people? Our top-tested pick is the Saatva Classic Mattress, which is suitable for a wide range of sleepers. Good Housekeeping Institute experts appreciate that it offers quality construction and convenient delivery, but doesn't cost a fortune. Plus, it consistently earns top marks from our tester panel. You can also score a great deal on it right now, since Saatva's Black Friday sale is already underway. If you're on a tighter budget or prefer a boxed model for DIY set up, we recommend the Allswell Luxe Hybrid Mattress.

How we test mattresses

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab has been extensively testing and evaluating mattresses for years in order to provide science-backed recommendations for every type of sleeper. In addition to thoroughly researching the top mattress brands, materials and features, our in-house product testing experts and a diverse panel of consumer testers try out mattresses at home to evaluate how they perform. We also survey our exclusive consumer panel to get in-depth reviews from a broad range of real users. In recent years, we've surveyed more than 10,000 mattress owners and reviewed answers to more than 170,000 questions to help us pick the best mattresses you can buy. The responses from our panel include both quantitative scores and qualitative feedback, looking at all aspects from ease of ordering and set up, to comfort and support, to how well the mattresses have held up over time. You can find more information about how we review mattresses and tips on how to choose the perfect bed for your budget and needs at the bottom of this article.

Our top picks:


Is Black Friday a good time to buy a mattress?

Yes! Black Friday mattress sales are highly competitive among brands, so anytime around Thanksgiving (including Cyber Monday) is a great time to buy a new mattress. In fact, brands started Black Friday sales early this year, so there's more time to shop for the mattress deals.

Ahead you can find everything you need to know about the best mattresses (with prices listed for queen sizes), including feedback from consumer testers and the experts at the GH Institute Textiles Lab. While you’re shopping for a new bed, check out our top-tested picks for sheets, pillows and comforters.

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Best Overall Mattress
Saatva Classic Mattress
Saatva
Now 18% off
Mattress heights 11.5 or 14.5 inches
Firmness levels Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, Firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Trial period 365 days (with a $99 return pickup fee)
Best Value Mattress
Allswell Luxe Hybrid
Mattress height 12 inches
Firmness level Medium
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 90 days
Best Hybrid Mattress
Bear Elite Hybrid
Bear
Mattress height 14 inches
Firmness level Luxury Plush, Luxury Firm, Extra Firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Trial period 120 days
Best Mattress for Back Pain
Nolah Evolution 15
Nolah
Mattress height 15 inches
Firmness levels Plush, Luxury Firm, Firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 120 days
Best Mattress for Couples
Helix Dusk Luxe
Helix
Mattress height 14 inches
Firmness level Medium
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 100 days
Best Memory Foam Mattress-in-a-Box
Casper Original Mattress
Mattress height 12 inches
Firmness level Medium firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 100 days
Best Mattress on Amazon
Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
Tuft & Needle
Mattress height 10 inches
Firmness level Medium firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 100 days
Best Firm Mattress
Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Cassatt Mattress
Stearns & Foster
Mattress heights Ranges from 13.5-16 inches
Firmness levels Plush, Firm, Plush Pillowtop, Firm Pillowtop
Available sizes Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Trial period 90 days
Best Soft Mattress
Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress
Puffy
Mattress height 12 inches
Firmness level Medium plush
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 101 days
Best Organic Latex Mattress
Avocado Green Mattress
Avocado
Mattress height 11 inches (or 13 inches with pillowtop)
Firmness level Gentle firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 365 days
Best Cooling Mattress
Tempur-Pedic Tempur Luxe Breeze Mattress
Tempur-Pedic
Mattress height 13 inches
Firmness levels Soft, firm
Available sizes Twin Long, Double, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Trial period 90 days
Most Innovative Mattress Material
The Purple Mattress
Purple
Mattress height 9.25 inches
Firmness level Medium firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Trial period 100 days
Best Adjustable Mattress
Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed
Sleep Number
Mattress height 11 inches
Firmness level Adjustable
Available sizes Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 100 days
Most Popular Mattress
Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress
Serta
Mattress heights Ranges from 13-17 inches
Firmness levels Plush, Medium, Extra Firm
Available sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Trial period 120 days
More details on how we test and review mattresses
an allswell luxe hybrid mattress being evaluated by good housekeeping's lexie sachs
Lexie Sachs

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab analysts start by reviewing the bed's materials, specifications, added features and any noteworthy claims. We also vet the brands to check for common complaints and make sure they're trustworthy. Sometimes mattress brands do a great job of marketing to get on your radar, but we've eliminated ones that have red flags for quality or customer service.

Next, product experts and consumer testers get hands-on with the mattresses for setting up and sleep testing. We ask for feedback after several weeks, then again after extended periods to see how the mattresses hold up over time. We also survey Good Housekeeping readers for additional feedback on the mattresses they own. In the past few years, we've surveyed more than 10,000 mattress owners and reviewed responses to more than 170,000 questions. Between expert evaluations, consumer testing and survey responses, here's how we evaluate the mattresses:

  • Ordering and delivery: Users tell us whether the mattress was easy to order and if it arrived quickly. They also have the opportunity to share any potential problems that came up in this process and how those issues were resolved.
  • Set-up: Whether DIY or delivery service, survey respondents let us know their opinion on the process and whether the mattress took proper shape in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Firmness level: Testers give the mattress a firmness rating. This is important because sometimes the brand's claimed rating doesn't match what users feel in real use.
  • Edge support: Reviewers sit on the edge of the bed and note whether it sinks under their weight or holds up to pressure.
  • Comfort and support: Our testers rate the mattresses for comfort and support, as well as how well they liked sleeping on it initially then over an extended period.
  • Temperature regulation: Regardless of cooling claims, we ask reviewers to rate how comfortable their body temperature remained while sleeping on the mattress.
  • Sleep quality: Final scores check whether the mattress affect sleep quality and whether or not users wake up feeling sore. Our respondents also give the mattress an overall satisfaction score and can compare the mattress to previous beds they've slept on.
  • Additional feedback: Reviewers let us know any specific likes, dislikes and additional comments they have about their experiences with the mattresses.

We continue to update this page as we receive new insights and new mattresses are introduced to the market and tested by our experts.

Which mattress material is best?
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Memory foam and innerspring mattresses are the two most common types of mattresses on the market, but it's really a matter of personal preference. You can find mattresses at every firmness level and price for either material.

  • Memory foam mattresses adapt to your body shape so it feels like your pressure points are being cradled.
  • Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam, but latex is made from rubber trees and may be used in organic mattresses.
  • Innerspring mattresses are usually firmer and have more bounce.
  • Hybrid mattresses use a combination of memory foam or latex and innersprings so you don't have to pick just one.
How do I pick the best mattress?
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Choosing your best mattress is a personal decision – i.e. there isn't one model that's best for everyone. Here's what to consider as you shop:

✔️ Sleep position: The goal is to keep your spine in neutral alignment, so factoring how you sleep can help narrow down your search.

  • Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress.
  • Side sleepers should opt for a softer surface to avoid stress on the pressure points like your shoulders, hips and knees.
  • Back sleepers and anyone who changes positions would fall somewhere in between at a medium firmness.

✔️ Body type: Heavy people need a firmer bed for support, while lightweight frames are better suited with a softer mattress. Take into account both your weight and sleep position when deciding on the right firmness level.

✔️ Back pain: If you suffer from lower or upper back pain, look for a pressure-relieving mattress with all foam or a hybrid of foam and coils. Medical experts also advise to look for medium firmness for a balance of cushioning and support.

✔️ Temperature: Hot sleepers or anyone dealing with night sweats would benefit from a mattress with cooling properties. Memory foam tends to sleep hot, so look for a mattress with coils for airflow or cooling technology like copper particles, gel or phase change technology that's added to the foam.

✔️ Trial period: It's difficult to know whether a mattress is a good fit without actually sleeping on it. Fortunately, most mattress companies offer an any-reason return period for at least 100 nights. Before you buy, check whether there are any hidden return fees and how you go about making the return to avoid any headaches later on.

✔️ Certifications: It's important to know the difference between the various emblems you see when you shop since they often get mistaken for meaning the mattress is natural or organic. Here's a breakdown of the most common certifications:

  • CertiPUR-US: This certifies whether any foam in the mattress is made without certain harmful chemicals and has been tested for low VOC emissions.
  • OEKO-TEX: The Standard 100 by Oeko-TEX shows whether any fabric (like the outer cover) has been tested to ensure there are no unsafe levels of known harmful chemicals.
  • GOTS: The Global Organic Textile Standard shows that the mattress follows strict standards throughout the entire production process. This is the gold standard when it comes to picking out an organic mattress made of natural materials. Just be aware that this certification is commonly misused by brands who use just one organic component (e.g., an organic cotton outer cover), so you can always check the GOTS public database to be sure.
  • GOLS: The Global Organic Latex Standard is similar to GOTS, but it shows that any latex is certified organic. You'll often see these two organic certifications used together.
How much should a good mattress cost?
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Our evaluations show that a good mattress typically costs between $1,000-$2,000 for Queen-size (which is the most popular mattress size on the market). Unfortunately, we've seen mattress prices increase across brands due to supply chain issues in recent years. That being said, you can still find a good mattress for under $1,000 (and some even under $500), and there are plenty of picks over $2,000 that are certainly worth the splurge.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?
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Holiday weekends known for their sales are ideal times to buy your mattress. Brands tend to get the most competitive with their offers during these peak shopping times, so you can expect to see great deals. You can still find discount codes and coupons throughout the year, but the timing will be less predictable and consistent among companies.

Besides Black Friday, the other holidays with the best mattress sales are Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

How long should a mattress last?
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While there's no set expiration date on your bed, you should expect a good mattress to last at least 8-10 years. But instead of following a timeline, focus on warning signs that it's time to replace your mattress — like lumps or indents — and whether your mattress is causing difficulty sleeping or pain upon waking.

If you need a quick fix or want to change the feel of your bed, a mattress topper is the easiest way to add a layer of comfort and support. It's also more affordable than buying an entirely new mattress.

Also keep in mind: The better you take care of your mattress, the longer it'll last. Make sure to use a mattress protector to protect it from things like allergens, dust, spills and wear and tear. And it's a good idea to clean your mattress every few months to keep it fresh.

What's the best place to buy a mattress?
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When it comes to where to buy, you have the option to shop for mattress in stores or online, along with whether to shop from a major retailer or directly from a brand. Each option has its own pros and cons, and it's ultimately a matter of personal preference. Here's what to keep in mind as you shop:

  • Buying a mattress in stores: This biggest benefit is that going in a physical store allows you to experience the mattress firsthand to get a sense of how it feels. The downside is that it can potentially be confusing and more difficult to compare specs and pricing across models. Plus, lying on a mattress for a few minutes is not a clear indicator of how it'll perform overnight.
  • Buying a mattress online: Shopping through websites can be less overwhelming than shopping in stores, plus it's easier to compare models across various sites. Most online mattress sites offer generous trial periods so you can ensure it's a good fit (and get a refund if it's not).
  • Buying from a mattress store: Some mattress retailers are able to offer their own discounts, shipping services and return policies. For instance, you can buy mattresses on Amazon with Prime Shipping — i.e., the mattress can be at your doorstep within days and you know exactly when to expect it.
  • Buying direct from the brand: Some brands only sell through their own website, and other times it may be easier to work directly with the brand's customer service for delivery and potential returns. Just note that brands sometimes promote direct-to-consumer models as a way to save you money. This can be misleading and isn't necessarily true, so don't buy direct for this reason alone.
What does a mattress warranty cover?
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Warranties are essentially guarantees against defective mattresses. The idea behind the mattress warranty is that if something is wrong due to the manufacturer — not the consumer — then you should be covered. That being said, it may be difficult to prove that damages like sagging, idents and other signs of wear are a defect. Rather than focus on warranties for the individual mattresses in this article, we highlight the trial periods so that you know whether you are covered by an any-reason return policy.

Why you can trust Good Housekeeping
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Lexie Sachs is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees all bedding testing, including mattresses. She has been actively research, analyzing and reporting on mattresses since online bed-shopping hit the mainstream in 2014, and has extensively reviewed dozens of models by meeting with brands, surveying real mattress owners and conducting consumer tests. Lexie has a Bachelor of Science degree in fiber science from Cornell University and more than 15 years experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products.

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