After 15 hours of research evaluating 80 products, we picked Tempur-pedic TEMPUR-Flex Hybrid Prima 10" Medium Firm Mattress as our top choice.
Have you ever wondered how much of an impact your mattress actually has on your life? This is a question health and science experts have sought to examine for years and years. And the conclusion they’ve all come to is that a mattress can significantly affect your sleep, health, and overall well-being.
As professor of biomechanics Bart Haex explained:
“During the day, we can [consciously] adjust our positions and change our behavior, but at night we cannot. We really depend on our mattress.”
You might be wondering:
Does that mean maxing out credit cards in order to get a high-quality mattress?
No, absolutely not.
Plus, as associate professor Michael Decker of Georgia State University, says, “Selecting a mattress is very personal.”
This is why in our research on the best mattresses we weren’t just looking at the most expensive brand names or super firm and pricey memory foam mattresses that get so much fanfare for their pain relief capabilities. We, of course, looked at those too, but it was more about finding the best mattresses to help people sleep better regardless of which position they sleep in, what ails them during the night, and so on.
What’s the bottom line?
You spend a lot of time in bed, so don’t go into this decision-making process lightly. Really think about what matters most to you (even if cost is a major factor) and then find a bed that aligns with those needs, not the other way around.
In our top picks for the best mattresses, we’ve included some names you’ll recognize (like Tempur-pedic and Serta) as well as some of the best memory foam mattresses. We also included picks for the best latex mattress, the best innerspring mattress, and even our favorite air mattress since everyone’s sleep needs are different and our goal is to help you get the best night’s sleep—however that may look or feel.