Since the pandemic halted our ability to group-test mattresses, our sleep team members have been assessing mattresses alone in the office and at home. Our latest update includes the top-performing mattresses from our previous group tests, as well as a new budget pick and a range of additional options (from fluffy to firm) in our notable contenders section.
If you’re looking for a traditional coil mattress or for a mattress that combines springs and foam, we have a guide to the best innerspring mattresses and one for the best hybrid mattresses (which includes some of the picks in this guide). If you’re looking to limit spending and don’t mind compromising on looks, nuance, and longevity, check out our guide to the best cheap mattresses (under $400).
The 11-inch Leesa Hybrid won more votes than any other mattress in the hybrid category when we first tested it in 2018 (when it was called the Leesa Sapira), and it has remained a strong favorite through two more rounds of testing in 2019 and 2020. Hybrid mattresses feature both foam and coils, and this Leesa mattress’s memory-foam top provides good pressure relief, while its spring layer adds a gentle bounce. The high-quality, durable materials make this model a good value, and we think it would work well for stomach-, back-, and side-sleepers, as well as for those who weigh more than 200 pounds. The Leesa Hybrid comes with a 100-day trial period and a 10-year warranty.
With a luxurious slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid) feels leagues ahead of most mattresses we tried. But it’s also at the higher end of the beds we recommend.
Tempur-Pedic’s least expensive model is one of the best hybrid memory-foam mattresses we tested, and it’s a good option if you want the classic curve-conforming feel of a Tempur-Pedic bed without having to spend $3,000 to $5,000 for a queen. Like most of the brand’s mattresses, the 11-inch Tempur-Adapt has a pronounced hug, yet it feels completely supportive (including at the edges, so you don’t fall off), which is a sensation that many of our staffers loved. The line’s Medium Hybrid version also has a coil layer that keeps you from feeling completely stuck in foam (though you may not find it resilient enough if you’re accustomed to innerspring-only models). It’s suitable for a range of sleep positions and body types, including for people who weigh more than 200 pounds, and it comes with a 10-year warranty and a 90-day trial period. But if you return this mattress, you’ll have to pay steep shipping costs.
With a thick quilted top and some of the highest foam densities we’ve seen in an online mattress, the Loom & Leaf feels more substantial (and will likely last longer) than mattresses that cost less than $1,000. It arrives unboxed, so it’s also less likely to off-gas in your home.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,800.
Of the mattresses we tried that didn’t have springs, Saatva’s Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm) was the best looking and arguably the best feeling. Its thick quilted cover prevents the top from feeling simply spongy, and there’s virtually no motion transfer. Compared with cheaper all-foam mattresses, the 12-inch Loom & Leaf is made with denser foam, which may help it last longer (and also makes it good for people who weigh over 200 pounds). This mattress comes in two firmness levels, so it should work for a variety of sleep positions. The 15-year warranty and 180-day trial period are particularly generous. But if you do end up returning the Loom & Leaf, you’ll have to pay a shipping fee of nearly $100.
This Costco favorite is a great value, made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in many of the mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it to be too firm.
Wirecutter testers and online reviewers who like the 14-inch Novaform ComfortGrande, sold at Costco stores and on Costco.com, consistently note its comfortably supportive feel and good value. At less than $600 online (and often on sale for $500, or even less if you buy it in-store; non-Costco members pay a 5% fee), the Novaform has a loose-cuddly sensation without a pronounced memory-foam sink. We think it’s best for back- and stomach-sleepers, or for side-sleepers who like firmer mattresses. Its foam densities suggest it should be durable, though we don’t think it’s the best pick for people who weigh more than 200 pounds. The Novaform ComfortGrande comes with a 20-year warranty. And, thanks to Costco’s generous return policy (the best we’ve seen), if you decide at any point that you don’t like it, you can arrange for a free pickup and full refund.
The Tuft & Needle Original isn’t made with memory foam, so it doesn’t hug every contour. It has a soft top but a firm under layer, so you should feel supported yet cushioned at the same time.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $591.
Because the Tuft & Needle Original doesn’t have a memory-foam top, it’s easier to move around on than most bed-in-a-box mattresses, which is why we recommend it for people who rotate frequently throughout the night. It’s a great choice if you want the convenience and affordability of a foam bed without the sinking sensation of memory foam. However, we don’t think the 10-inch Tuft & Needle Original will prove durable enough for those who weigh more than 200 pounds (as is true of most under-$1,000 queen mattresses). It comes with a 100-day trial and a 10-year warranty.
Despite its modest price tag, this medium-firm mattress feels cushiony yet supportive. Its motion isolation and edge support aren’t stellar, but it feels surprisingly substantial for the price.
If you need a truly cheap mattress, the 12-inch foam-and-coil Zinus Cooling Copper Adaptive Hybrid should pleasantly surprise (though not necessarily delight) most sleepers. When we tested it against nine other sub-$400 mattresses, the Cooling Copper Adaptive Hybrid stood out for being neither too firm nor too plush, and cradling without feeling “sticky.” The medium-firm bed was among the most versatile cheap mattresses we tested, with a memory-foam sink and slight springiness that should appeal to back-, stomach-, and side-sleepers. But its edge support and motion isolation aren’t great, and it’s likely made from less-dense foams than our more expensive picks (and therefore probably less durable). Unusual for something in this price range, the Cooling Copper Adaptive Hybrid comes with a 100-day trial (when purchased from Zinus) and a 10-year warranty.
The all-latex Zenhaven is $1,000 more than similar online options, but it should prove more durable and breathable (and thus feel cooler) than many foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one is a decent value.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,200.
If you prefer latex mattresses, which tend to be more breathable, durable, and springier than memory-foam or polyfoam models, Saatva’s Zenhaven offers the best combination of comfort and value of those we’ve tested. The 10-inch Zenhaven feels supple but still supportive, with a springiness similar to that of a traditional coil mattress. We think it’s a good choice for back- or stomach-sleepers, or for side-sleepers who prefer a firmer mattress. The two-sided Zenhaven is flippable and has two firmness levels: The Luxury Plush side is medium-firm, and the other side is a bit firmer. Zenhaven offers a 180-day trial (though you have to pay a shipping cost of nearly $100 to return the mattress) and a 20-year warranty, which is twice as long as the warranty for most foam mattresses.