Top 10 Best Mattresses Buying Guide and Reviews—2017

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It takes a great deal of time searching for a new mattress whether in person at a store or online. It takes even more time when you find one that you think is right for you and find it’s only partially right. When you wake up achy or tired, or sore with back pain, your mattress is sagging or has lumps, it’s time to buy a new one. Why run around town to find a mattress when you can buy them right here on Amazon.com®?

You might have good reasons to buy new mattresses: the kids have outgrown their twin-size bed, you’re moving and this is a good chance to replace the old mattress, you recently married your partner wants a king or queen, or you’re just starting out on your own needing a new bed because your stay at your parent’s house is now a guest room minus the bed you took when you moved out.

We will do our best to answer your questions and focus on things you might not have considered yet. We will review mattresses for durability, support, and comfort. This guide will help you choose among memory foam, latex, gel memory foam, and innerspring mattresses.

1. Mattress Sizes

Mattress sizes are shown below. You can determine the height of the mattress after checking specifications. The dimensions are width by length in inches in the USA. The twin is about half the width of the king size. The most popular selling mattress today is the queen size. There are other sizes available such as the extra-long twin and the California king. Other countries and cultures might use sizes that are not listed in the USA.

Know the different materials used in the manufacturing of mattresses discussed in this guide to understand what you need to know before buying your new mattress. The materials that a mattress is made from is what helps back pain whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach.

2. Mattress Foundation Materials

The inner materials of the mattress offer owner satisfaction when looking to buy for:

Memory foam and latex can be similar in the way they feel in most ways. Both are soft but supportive, and both conform to the contours of your body resulting in greater back pain relief and reduced pain associated with pressure points.

  • Memory Foam

During the 1960s, NASA developed memory foam for the astronauts. Mattress manufacturers realized this material would benefit people on the Earth too! —and be prosperous for them. Memory foam is also used in bed pillows, cushions, and for back support.

Memory foam contours to your body’s shape. Gel memory foam provides you with a deeper and more restful sleep that alleviates painful pressure points and your joints will be comforted with the support that cuddles. It goes back to its original shape once you remove your body.

  • Latex

Mattresses made of latex have been popular for years and are ever increasing in popularity. They are environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic providing excellent support for your sleeping.

Natural latex is the sap from nature’s rubber tree. It is supportive and resilient, yet plush. It helps those with sensitive and achy backs with its strong, bouncy, and supple feel.

Latex can also be made from chemically created petroleum-based products.

Blends and fillers are also used in a blend of natural and synthetic latex.

  • Latex gives support and durability comparable to memory foam.
  • A good quality latex mattress will last you from 10 to 20 years.
  • Latex conforms less to your body than a memory foam mattress.
  • The recovery time of going back to its original shape is quicker than memory foam.
  • With latex, you will not feel as hot and it’s easier to shift body positions.
  • Latex relieves pressure points and distributes body weight evenly for good sleeping.
  • Innersprings

Innerspring mattresses arose in the 1860s. The springs became old and weak, rusted, and poked you through the flimsy design of a mattress on top that had lumps and sagged. Some padded thin mattress sat on top of the springs directly that sat on a wood or metal frame with slats. Some had no springs and the mattress sat directly on wood slats. When you turned over too quickly, the slats would fall out taking the mattress with it to the floor. Think of the Victorian brass or metal beds. Today those are trendy, but used with today’s high-end mattress and frames. Only the headboard and footboard retain the charm of the gone by era.

Innerspring mattresses made today have an inner core, coil, or spring. Initially, they were bare springs under a top fabric. About 80% of all mattresses are innerspring and almost everyone has slept on them. They are more expensive than other types but the coils provide the main support for your body. That great support is essential for sleeping well to have a properly aligned and healthy spine. The quality is dependent upon the wire gauge of the coils, not the number of coils. The heavier the coils the firmer the mattress will be. Springer mattresses are made from lighter weight coils. You will have superior comfort from coils and with gel memory foam.

  • Mattress Padding

Extreme comfort in a mattress is provided by the padding. The top padding with spring coils is superior in quality. Padding can be made from polyurethane foam, polyester that is puffed up, or 100% cotton batting. With extensive padding the mattress will cost more but is well worth it for comfort and spine alignment. The top layer is sometimes called the “ticking” and is usually a cotton-polyester blend or rayon bamboo.

  • Middle Padding

Under the top quilted layer, the middle padding layer is usually made of foam that is softer and might feel moist when you touch it. A firmer foam will not bounce back as quickly and cotton batting is usually the next layer down. Polyester, bamboo, or organic wool are often used for the batting. Most consumers favor the lofty cotton. Batting gives an additional layer of comfort and can vary in thickness within one mattress. It might be recognized in one area of the mattress feeling firmer in the middle.

  • Insulation Padding

This protection layer is on top of the coil innersprings so that that you don’t feel the coils under your body. It also prevents the top mattress layers from being damaged by the coils.

  • Quilting

Quilting is done on the outer top layer. Always check for stitching uniformity and no broken or bunched up threads due to a bad bobbin on the sewing machine. Be sure the stitches are even and uniform with a polyester or nylon thread. Cotton thread wears and tends to break over time.

  • Foundation

Murphy bed

The supporting structure for the mattress to sit on is the foundation. It can be existing box springs or new box springs, platform bed, or bed frame with slats that are at least spaced 3-inches apart. Some will even fit a Murphy bed in the wall that folds out. The life of your mattress will be extended with a good foundation. Your mattress might feel firmer with a wood frame than a frame with springs. A house needs a strong foundation to support the upper structure and so does your mattress.

  • Foam Mattresses

A good replacement for a worn out or contemporary mattress is latex and foam types. They come in different densities and are made with a foam core and some are made with many layers of foam held together being made so they won’t slip or move about. Foam mattresses are provided in many different firmness levels for many choices to select from.

Firm or Soft?

Mattresses are rated using the Comfort Scale with a number from 1 to 10, with 1 being the firmest and 10 being the softest.

Most all people can sleep on all mattresses whether firm, medium, or soft. The two most important things to consider when buying a memory foam mattress are:

  • ILD Rating and
  • Density

Try to find the density of the foam with the ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) because memory foam comfort will vary. Not all manufacturers give the ILD ratings. If in person shopping, be sure to get the number and ask for an explanation. Ratings are not provided for innerspring mattresses.

  • ILD Rating

As said above, the ILD rating will let you know how soft or firm the mattress material is. This is an important consideration for your overall comfort.

The number of pounds of pressure needed to indent 4-inches of foam by 25% using a 50-square inch of indentation is the ILD. If the foam is rated at 15-pounds ILD, it means the foam needed 15-pounds of pressure to indent it 25%. A 25-pound ILD means it needs 25-pounds of pressure to indent it by 25%. Therefore, a firmer foam will have a higher ILD.

You might see IFD (Indentation Force Deflection).  This is similar to ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) but ILD is used for measuring polyurethane foam.  Read about IFD here.

It might seem confusing that a lower ILD rating on the top layer of memory foam benefits relieving pressure point pain. The downside is if the top ILD is too soft or too thick. It might lack the best support underneath for those suffering from low back pain. Many manufacturers of memory foam use layering techniques to avoid this problem to have the surface be more pliable and flexible. This will help reduce pressure point pain by distributing foam to be supportive and sturdy over the entire mattress. This is done by increasing the firmness of the layers underneath with the final bottom layer to be the most flexible and durable. Variations in ratings occur from one foam batch to another during processing. A 10 ILD rated foam can vary from 8 to 12 ILD each time a foam is poured. This can also fluctuate depending on the environment and temperature the foam is in before testing.

When you use the ILD and density numbers of the foam you will have a better idea of the general quality and makeup of the foam for the mattress you are considering.

  • Density (Weight)

The density or weight is measured in pounds per square foot (lb/ft2 or psf). This again is governed by the amount of chemicals used in the polyurethane foam; the more chemicals, the higher the density. This contributes to how the visco-elastic finished product will be. The density does not establish the hardness of the mattress material. This is determined by knowing the ILD rating and how it is measured. Memory foam mattresses normally use a 4- and 5-pound density. However, some memory foam manufacturers state 1-, 2-, and 3-pound densities. It’s best not to consider any foam under 4-pound density.

  • How “Memory” Foam Get its Memory

With the many aspects in the process of making the foam, it’s a good idea to be familiar with a few of the factors of how foams are graded. The fabricate raw polyurethane material adds certain chemicals that will increase the density of the foam. The will create visco-elastic foam that has both viscous and elastic qualities that were designed initially for space flight. It is not toxic and is called “memory foam” or “visco-elastic memory foam.” Both names are the same foam product being identical to each other.

3. Grading Foam

Visco-elastic must have the ability to return to its original shape after being on it. It needs to be sensitive to body temperature. The quality and durability of the foam is explained below.

  • Resilience

This is the springiness, flexibility or the elasticity of the mattress. This is determined by establishing the rebound or returning to the original normal of the mattress foam when a steel ball is released from a vertical height of 36-inches from the mattress top. The high-resilient (HR) foam will give a highball rebound effect when using the Ball Rebound Tester for foam materials. The more durable foam will return to its original form after being compressed. Less resistance equals better dampening or reduction of the force with visco-elastic memory foam. The less the rebound pressure opposing the energy or force means how far your body will sink into the visco-elastic memory foam. This results in a high-quality memory foam together with a lower high-resilient layer(s) on top giving better reduction of pressure points while retaining the added support under it.

  • Tensile

Tensile is the degree the foam can be stretched and calculated in pounds per square-inch (lbf/in2 or psi). A pressure gauge measures the pound-force per square inch. It also indicates the amount of stretching in length (similar to stretching out a rubber band before it snaps and breaks). This is not very important because memory foam mattresses are typically not stretched and the only time it is compressed is when it has someone lying down on it.

  • Flipping vs Rotating Mattresses

Mattress manufacturers recommend you flip your mattress over every 3 months to prolong the life of your mattress. The market offers no-flip mattresses, and those are discussed here. They have additional padding on the top side so it will never need to be flipped over to the other side. The bottom material is different from the top material. The no-flip models cost more, so you will need to decide if the every 3-month flipping is worth the additional cost to your budget.

  • Motion Transfer

You will want to decrease or have no motion transfer sleeping with your partner who tosses and flops around all night. You and your partner will not have a restful sleep when either of you feels the others movements, so you don’t want your mattress to transfer movement to the other side of the bed. Test this out by going to a mattress store getting off and on the mattress and turning over with your partner in tow. This will let you know what to buy on Amazon.com®.

  • Neutral Temperature

Superior and innovative foam mattresses will have cooling features for when you sleep to not be hot. Bargain-basement cheap mattresses use inferior and shoddy materials making it second rate when shopping. Be sure the mattress you are thinking about shows temperature neutrality on the labels, packing, or specifications online.

  • Edge Support

When sitting on the edge of the bed to put on your socks or sit there relaxing for whatever reason, you want your mattress to support you on the edge. Many of the better foam and innerspring mattresses use an encasement usually with a ropy type material or top-grade foam inside for support. Cheaper mattresses use a steel rod for the edge being hard and uncomfortable to your body. Many people sleep right on the edge and don’t want to feel the hard surface edge. Memory foam mattresses typically will not have edge support using superior foam designed to absorb the shape of your body when you sit or sleep on the edge.

  • Flame Retardants and Fire Safety

Mattresses sold in the USA have been complying since the 1970s by using anti-flammability materials. The most current standards used are set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 CFR Part 1633, effective July 1, 2007. Fireproofing today uses a great amount of chemicals into the mattress material. Brominated and chlorinated flame-retardants “TRIS” were outlawed in the 1970s in sleepwear for children when they were known to cause mutagens. There is no government regulation preventing the use of flame retardant materials. The burden falls on the consumer. Be sure to check out the fire retardants, if used, in all mattresses.

Top 3 Memory Foam Mattresses

The good thing about memory foam mattresses is they rate at least as well as other mattresses for consumer approval and gratification. Above average are the aspects of motion isolation and conforming capability. They usually cost ±$1000 and are an excellent choice. However, when comparing memory foam with other mattress types, this mattress can retain heat, off gas, impede body movement, deficient in bounce, and take longer to break in. A memory foam mattress usually has at least 2-inches of memory foam over at least 6-inches of support foam.

1. Leesa® Memory Foam Mattress, Queen 10-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Leesa® mattress is a best seller on Amazon.com® for many great reasons. The model number M-Q-01 is made of Cooling Avena® Foam for the top layer of 2-inches that gives wonderful airflow for a cool sleep. It has sufficient bounce for your movement freedom. Then the 2-inch contouring memory foam layer works with your body’s shape to provide pressure relief. The bottom layer is 6-inches of high-density core support foam for strength, structure, and durability.

The mattress supports all sleepers on their back, side, or stomach without feeling too firm on top. It is a medium-firm feel ranking a 6.5 out of 10.

It does not matter what your height, weight, or size; it supports all sleepers for a good night’s rest. The top covering of polyester and stretchy Lycra® over the foam is a lovey 4-stripe pattern for distinctive excellence. Put a mattress protector over it then a fitted sheet. The foam is enclosed in a fire socket for your safety and is not removable. There is no latex in this mattress.

The Leesa®– the Better New Mattress, is about one-third the cost of other mattresses with its 3 layers of foam being the best of the best in consumer mattresses. It is available in twin, twin XL, full, king, and California king. It is a best seller for under $900 on Amazon.com® with good reviews.

Set your mattress flat on a rigid surface. This can be a modern box spring without coils plus frame, platform bed, slatted bed, a Murphy bed, or even right on the floor. It doesn’t matter if it’s metal or wood in any brand. You can also put it on an existing box spring. You can rotate the mattress from top to bottom but cannot flip it over.

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Try the Leesa® mattress for 30 nights free and love it or return it for a full refund.

From the top to the bottom, the Leesa® mattress is 100% proudly made in the USA.

The dimensions are 80-inches top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 10-inches thick and weighs about 76-pounds.

It ships compressed in a box, opens up fully in about an hour so you can sleep on it tonight. Even though the cover is nice and comfy, it’s always best to put sheets over it.

Leesa® has heart! For every 10 mattresses sold, 1 is donated to a shelter. Last year 10,000 were donated! I like that!

You will receive the Leesa® mattress compressed and rolled up in a box, instructions, and a 10-year Warranty. It is made in the USA.

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2. Casper Memory Foam Sleep Mattress, Queen 1-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Casper mattress, model number MTNE1E00QU02, is a best seller on Amazon.com® for under $1000 made of 4 layers of foam. The Comfort foam gives support, bounce, and coolness; the Memory foam provides more comfort and support; the Transition foam gives you deep comfort for weight distribution; and the Support foam keeps your body supported so you will not sink into the mattress completely.

The open cell hypoallergenic latex helps to keep you cool all night long. It comes in twin, twin XL, full, king, and California king. It fits all body types, height, and weight. The cover is knitted jacquard.

It comes with the white cover shown in the picture above. It’s best to put a mattress protector on it followed by fitted sheets and a down comforter for your room to look beautiful and to sleep well all night.

It is a medium-firm feel ranking 6.5 out of 10 for all sleepers on their back, sides, and stomach.

The mattress contours to your body shape to relieve pressure while retaining a healthy bounce and cool temperature. You can rotate the mattress but cannot flip over. Sit it on a solid base, slats spaced close together, adjustable bases, box spring, or the floor. It also works with a Murphy bed that hides in the wall.

All the foams used in the construction of the Casper mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are Low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million). The latex foam is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified by an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production.

Casper was named one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies in 2017, being recognized by Forbes, Time, The New York Times, Refinery29, and more.

You will be able to try the mattress for 30 nights to see how well you sleep on it. If you’re not dreaming on this mattress, your money will be fully refunded.

The dimensions are 80-inches top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 10 inches-thick and it weighs about 60-pounds.

The Casper ships to your door in a compact box that’s easy to maneuver on your own. You will receive instructions and a 10-Year Warranty.

Most of the Casper mattresses are handmade in the USA with components from Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and New York City. The edge border fabric is produced in Belgium, and some of the covers are assembled in Mexico. The mattress ships from California, Georgia, and Connecticut.

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3. Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress, Queen 12-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Zinus memory foam mattress model number AZ-BTCM-12Q is a #1 best seller on Amazon.com® for under $300. With its Green Tea 3-inches of Memory foam it conforms to your body, and with the 2-inches Comfort foam and 3.5-inches of Airflow high-density base support foam you are assured of a good night’s sleep never feeling sweaty or hot. The green tea infusion and natural castor seed oil retard odor and bacteria naturally from nature’s pure therapeutic plants. Green tea has antioxidant and antifungal properties.

Put the mattress on any flat surface such as box springs, slats, Murphy bed, or the floor.

It is a medium-firm feel ranking 6.5 out of 10 for back, stomach, and side sleepers.

The foams used in the construction of the Zinus mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are Low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).

The dimensions are 80-inches top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 12-inches thick and weighs about 65-pounds.

You will receive the compressed and rolled mattress in a box delivered to your door, instructions, and a 10-year Limited Warranty. Let the mattress return to its normal size in about 48 hours. The components of the memory foam are made in China.

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Top 2 Latex Mattresses

The good thing about latex mattresses is that they rate above average as other mattresses for consumer approval and gratification. You won’t have as many choices for latex mattresses as you will with memory foam mattresses. That is partially due to the process to manufacture latex, the white sap from rubber trees. Latex can help with many sleeping issues effectively. With the blend of resilient support and softness, latex can reduce painful pressure points and take care of sore and stiff muscles for better deep sleeping. Because of the support latex mattresses offer, orthopedic specialists and chiropractors suggest them. Latex beds are challenging to find in stores or online because of factors such as type of processing, natural or blended, and type. Stores carry limited amounts, another reason for shopping difficulty. The mattresses are all natural, synthetic, or blended latex.

1. Lucid® Latex Foam Mattress, Queen 10-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Lucid® model number LU10QQ65DL is a best-selling combination latex and foam mattress on Amazon.com® for about $300. The latex is ventilated for this 10-inch mattress to breath with its temperature control abilities to keep you cool. The latex responds to your touch and pushes back against your weight and body shape. It is also available in twin, twin XL, full, full XL, king, and California king. This is not a memory foam mattress. Latex has a quick loft recovery, meaning that it won’t lose its shape and will move and adjust to you without leaving indentations. Latex is naturally resistant to allergens and dust mites.

It offers medium-firm ranking 6.5 out of 10 for all sleepers either on their back, sides, or stomach.

The mattress cover layer is made of a unique Tencel® blend to control humidity and give you a comfy layer of air and is quilted.

The mattress is constructed of 7-inches of high density foam at its base layer for superior support at 1.5-pounds per cubic foot. The ILD (Indentation Load Deflection or compression rating) of the 3-inch top ventilated Dunlop latex layer is 3.5- to 4.0- pounds density for comfort.

You can use an electric mattress pad and an electric blanket with this mattress. Lucid® recommends using a high-rise metal platform for this mattress so it gets proper ventilation. The mattress must have air to breath or it will grow mold and void your warranty.

It does not have handles and cannot be turned over but can be rotated from top to bottom. The mattress will support any size and any height person.

The polyurethane foams used in the construction of the Lucid® mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified by an independent third-party testing the products for content of materials used, physical performance and environmental stewardship. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are Low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).

The dimensions are 80-inches top to bottom, x 60-inches wide x 10-inches thick weighing about 80-pounds.

You will receive the vacuum-packed mattress in a box delivered to your door, instructions, and a 25-year Warranty. Let the mattress return to its normal size in about 48 hours. The Lucid® mattress is made in China.

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2. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress, Full 10-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss model number BOTBLM1003 all natural organic latex is the best of the best mattress and is high-end and luxurious. It is lavish and well-appointed, plush, and comfortable. It comes in a variety of sizes from twin, twin XL, queen, split queen, king, California King, split California, and split king. It sells for under $1900 on Amazon.com® and is a top selling mattress.

A split king mattress is 2 separate twins that lets you or your partner adjust the firmness levels by unzipping the side and adjusting the filling. That mattress is not discussed here but is shown on Amazon.com®.

For a perfect sleep, all night long, let this mattress hug your body with complete support to minimize hip pain, strains, aches, and back pain. Pressure points will be decreased if not totally absent to eliminate turning and tossing sleeping on this blissful mattress.

The Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree is tapped like the maple tree is tapped for syrup to provide a pure botanical sap used in the latex for this mattress. The trees are never injured and live from 25 to 30 years continuing to yield their sap.

PlushBeds is the largest distributor of ARPICO organic latex and it is more expensive than the natural Talalay latex or the traditional Dunlop latex. The ARPICO plantation is the largest rubber plantation in Sri Lanka, and is certified organic from using the USDA Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss is made with the ARPICO botanical Dunlop core. This means the rubber trees are grown using no pesticides, fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals. This latex is heavier and denser than Talalay latex usually filled with air to make it light and fluffy. With the denser latex, the mattress will not sag over time.

You can arrange the 3 layers of organic latex for the firmness level you like best for sleeping. There are 6 potential firmness levels to have it feel the way you like it for support and softness. Simply unzip the mattress on the side and rearrange it.

The mattress will support any body size and weight. Select the firmness option you love and have a blissful sleep.

The comfort levels are either medium or medium-firm for side, stomach, and back sleepers.

The Botanical Bliss mattress is made in the USA with 10-pounds of 100% natural and pure New Zealand Joma wool and then quilted. This mattress has been voted for its merits as the #1 best latex mattress by consumers.

In summary, you will be getting the most healthful mattress for your body. What is there not to love about this wholesome mattress?

  • Organic Cotton Cover
  • 100% Natural Joma Wool
  • 2-inches 100% Natural Talalay Latex
  • 6-inches 100% ARPICO Organic Latex
  • No Glue or Glued Layers
  • No Harsh Chemicals

The dimensions for the full size are 75-inches top to bottom x 54-inches wide x 10-inches thick and weighs about 120-pounds.

This fantastic mattress has many certifications and is created in Los Angeles, California, USA!

The GREENGUARD Gold certification means it has been UL® Environment certified by the most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards with strict low emission limits for over 360 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The mattresses are valuable for sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly. It is rated with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the USA as A+ and that’s something most mattress companies only dream about achieving.

You will receive the vacuum-packed mattress in a box delivered to your door with instructions, and a 25-year Warranty. Let the mattress return to its normal size in about 48 hours. The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress is proudly made in the USA.

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Top 2 Gel Memory Foam Mattresses

Gel memory foam is indeed memory foam, but has a plusher feel to it. Identical to memory foam, it withstands transfer of motion when your partner thrashes about all night without being bothered by it meaning it has good motion isolation. Gel memory foam is comfortable and dependable as traditional memory foam. It’s different from memory foam by the way it’s made. When the foam is being made, it is infused with gel particles of beads. This gives better airflow for heat to be dissipated from your body giving a cooler surface when you sleep, a welcome benefit. The foam is balanced for firm support, yet you won’t sink too far into your mattress.

1. Brentwood Home Bamboo Mattress, Gel 13 Memory Foam, Queen 13-Inch


Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Brentwood Home collection of mattresses is outstanding and the infused Gel 13 with bamboo is just what your sore and aching body needs for a decent night’s sleep for under $600 on Amazon.com®. Brentwood Home has been creating and manufacturing mattresses for over 30 years.

The Bamboo Gel 13, model number BW-MF-13inch-QN, was designed for your body needing a little extra care around the joints, and it’s a perfect fit for sleeping partners with diverse needs. It comes in 11-inch, 11-12-inch, and 13-inch in twin, twin XL, full, king, and California king

The comfort and support level for this mattress is medium support for plush and firm at the same time. The rating of 5 out of 10 is great for side, stomach, and back sleepers alike, or for couples with different sleep preferences.

You will feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud and should have bought this years ago.

The top layer is New Zealand wool. The 3.5-inches of gel memory foam contours to your body’s shape for impressive pressure relief and correct alignment of your spine. You and your partner will stop the endless all-night tossing and turning. This mattress has movement transfer that other mattresses might not have. The ventilated layer is 2-inches of Airlux for the mattress to breath, and the therapeutic base foam is 7.5-inches thick to absorb your weight and quiet noise when moving.

The density of the foam is:

  • 5-inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Comfort Layer: 4-pounds | 16 ILD
  • 2-inch Airlux Ventilated Cool Airflow Layer Perforated High Resilience Foam: 2-pounds | 30 ILD
  • 7-inch Therapeutic Support Base: 2-pounds | 15 ILD

The bamboo cover is soft and is zippered. It is lined with natural New Zealand wool that wicks moisture away from your body. The cover is washable and easy to put back on. Wash with cold water and Woolite®  on the gentle cycle and air dry. Wool will shrink in the dryer to about half its size. With your temperature better regulated you will experience a better time sleeping. Wool is naturally antimicrobial to prevent any odors and resists fire. There is no bounce when romancing and no pain to your knees. There is no weight or body size limits for this mattress.

Rotate the mattress once a month from top to bottom. It cannot be flipped due to the order of the inner parts.

The base is adjustable to customize your comfort zone; the mattress is perfect to fit on top a classic box spring, will sit on slats with 5-inches or less space between them, and is ideal to sit on flat platform base.

The mattress is made with CertiPUR-US® foams that are free of toxic flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates.

The dimensions are 80-inches from top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 13-inches deep and weighs about 50-pounds.

You will receive the Brentwood Home mattress and easy set up instructions. The mattress arrives to you compressed and rolled in a box. Let it lay out flat for 24 hours to fully return to its original shape. You will receive a 25-year Warranty. The mattress is made in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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2. Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Queen 14-Inch

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Classic Brands model number 410167-1150 cool gel memory foam mattress is the original cool gel product. The improved design has a waterfall edge, knit cover and a contrasting border edge. It is a best seller on Amazon.com® for under $500. With the mattress, you will receive 2 free cool gel pillows with the queen, king, or California king size mattresses. Available in twin and twin XL mattress sizes, you will receive 1 free cool gel pillow.

The mattress has 4 layers of foam. The high-density foam layer supports good air flow keeping the surface cool for when you sleep, not wanting to get overheated. The top pressure-reducing memory foam 2-inch layer gets rid of those pressure points while the second 2-inch orthopedic layer provides support. The third layer below that reduces tossing and turning. The base foam is 8-inches of high density foam and is adjustable for the platform you put it on. The foam is antimicrobial resisting dust mites, mold, and allergens.

The open cell foam is porous, meaning more open cells than visco elastic foam for more breathability. Air travels throughout the foams to remove body heat for a cool sleep.

The 8-inch high-density base layer maintains the strength and effectiveness of the layers. The layers work together to bring you the relaxation you desire and the greatest sleeping experience, while lessening motion transfer.

The mattress touch is medium and feels great for all sleepers on their back, sides, and stomach.

The box spring/frame in the picture above does not come with the mattress. The mattress ends where the bottom curve flows into the back horizontal space.

The polyurethane foams used in the construction of the Classic Brands mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified by an independent third-party testing the products for content of materials used, physical performance and environmental stewardship. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The knit cover is detailed with a waterfall edge that breathes. It stretches in 4-directions to conform to your body’s shape and gives added comfort. Being knit, air flows through it easily for ventilation to sleep cooler.

The dimensions are 80-inches from top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 14-inches deep and weighs about 110-pounds.

You will receive the Classic Brands mattress and easy set up instructions. The mattress arrives to you compressed and rolled in a box. Let it lay out flat for 24 hours to fully return to its original shape. The Warranty is for 25-years: 10 years full, and 15 years pro-rated. The mattress is made in China.

Classic Brands 14-inch Memory Foam Mattress Installation video

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Top 3 Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have continued to be a popular favorite over the decades. They have an inner core, coil, or spring. They comprise 80% of the market and most of us have slept on them. In 1926, you could buy one for $40. The main support is provided by the coils and they are very comfortable mattresses aligning your spine and body for good sleep.

1. Zinus iCoil® Sleep Master Euro Box Top Spring Mattress, Queen 12-Inch


Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Zinus iCoil® will give you the ultimate comfort for the model number SM-SC-EBT-12Q, a favorite innerspring mattress on Amazon.com® as a best seller for under $300. The Euro top is the section separated from the bottom and gives the greatest comfort. You will sleep on 1.5-inches of pressure relieving foam with an added layer of high-density quality foam. There is no memory foam in this mattress. It is also available in twin, twin XL, full, short queen, and king, in 10-, 12-, 8-, and 13-inch depths.

The base layer is 8.5-inches of independent iCoil® pocketed steel springs that suppresses your partner’s movement while giving both of you support and spine alignment. There are 768 individually wrapped 12-gauge steel coils in the queen size.

For the best performance, durability, and content, the foams used in the construction of the Zinus iCoil® mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified by an independent third-party testing the products for content of materials used, physical performance and environmental stewardship. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When you sleep on this mattress you will be supported by hundreds of separately wrapped iCoil® springs in their own independent pockets including the foam. You will no longer feel pressure on your feet, hips, butt, and shoulders. You will never wake up with a sore neck or back pain ever again. You will have a small amount of bounce that is perfect when you settle into your mattress for a good night’s sleep. The weight limit for this mattress is 400 to 550 pounds combined weight of sleepers.

These mattresses with coils have the best quality feel of all mattresses with its plush ultra-firm mattress with a semi-firm pillow top that supports and feels great for all sleepers on their back, sides, and stomach. It is 7-9 on the rating scale.

Be sure to buy fitted pillow top sheets for this mattress. You cannot turn the mattress over but can flip it around top to bottom.

The mattress only requires a flat and secure foundation to include a traditional box spring, a slatted bed frame, or even the floor as long as the resting area is flat and secure.

The dimensions are 80-inches from top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 12-inches deep and weighs about 60-pounds

You will receive the Zinus iCoil® mattress and easy set up instructions. The mattress arrives to you compressed and rolled in a box to your door. Let it lay out flat for 48 hours to fully return to its original shape. The Warranty covering manufacturing defects is for 10-years with your original sales receipt. The mattress is made in China.

Zinus| Spring Mattress Unboxing video

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2. LinenSpa® Innerspring Mattress, Twin 6-Inch


Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The LinenSpa® innerspring mattress, model number LS06TTGRSP, in the twin model for your kids, guestroom, RV, or even you, is a best seller on Amazon.com® for under $80. The mattress is also available in twin XL, full, full XL, queen, king, and California king. This is a standalone mattress.

The mattress is value priced and quality made with a quilted fabric top surface with a layer of cozy foam underneath it. The heavy-duty 6-inch tempered steel coils are under that for extreme support and sleeping comfort. It has a flame-resistant barrier for your safety and security.

The cover is 100% polyester, with the inner material: 62% polyester ,18% rayon, 15% polyurethane foam, and 5% polypropylene fiber. There is no IDL (Impression Load Deflection) because that only applies to foam mattresses; this one has springs.

The dimensions are 75-inches top to bottom x 39-inches wide x 6-inches thick weighing 24.4-pounds.

The mattress can sit on a box spring, platform base, or slats no more than 3-inches apart for the appropriate support. Jersey type sheets will fit the twin mattress best.

This mattress is suggested for children or teens and can support adults. The feel is firm and supports back, side, and stomach sleepers.

The dimensions are 75-inches top to bottom x 39-inches wide x 6-inches thick weighing 24.4-pounds.

You will receive the LinenSpa® innerspring mattress and easy set up instructions. The mattress arrives to you compressed and rolled in a box to your door. Let it lay out flat fully return to its original shape in about 7-minutes. You will receive a 10-year Limited Warranty. This mattress is designed in the USA and made in China.

LinenSpa® Innerspring Mattress video

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3. Signature® Sleep Encased Coil Pillow Top Mattress, Queen 13-Inch


Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Signature® Sleep Series by Dorel®, model number 5438096, is a best seller on Amazon.com® for less than $250. It has independently encased 15-gauge steel coil springs at the edges and 13.5 gauge in the middle and a 1-inch memory foam pillow top with a soft rayon bamboo ticking cover for coolness. It is also available in full and king.

The 3-zone mattress foam is soft on top for your entire body; a firm mattress center for supporting your lower back and hips; the bottom is 10-inch individual encased 760 coils for equal weight distribution by molding to your body’s shape to relieve pressure points for a restful night’s sleep. A layer of foam cushions each coil. It will hold 750-pounds combined weight.

For the best performance, durability, and content, the polyurethane foams used in the construction of the Signature® Sleep mattress are CertiPUR-US® certified by an independent third-party testing the products for content of materials used, physical performance and environmental stewardship. These foams are made without ozone depleters, PBDE (on polybrominated diphenyl ethers) free of TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are Low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million). The latex foam is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified by an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production. This Signature® Sleep mattress meets federal flammability standard 16 CFR 1633.

The comfort and support level for this mattress is soft to low-medium support. This feel is great for side, stomach, and back sleepers alike, or for couples with different sleep preferences.

Do not turn the mattress over; turn it around from top to bottom because the springs belong on the bottom.

The mattress only requires a flat and secure foundation to include a traditional box spring, a slatted bed frame, or even the floor as long as the resting area is flat and secure. It fits a bunk bed, box spring bed, platform bed, and daybed or trundle.

The dimensions are 80-inches from top to bottom x 60-inches wide x 13-inches deep and weighs about 90-pounds.

You will receive the Signature® Sleep innerspring mattress and easy set up instructions. The mattress arrives to you compressed and rolled in a box to your door. Let it lay out flat fully return to its original shape in about 48-hours. You will receive a 1-Year Limited Warranty. This mattress is made in China.

Signature® Sleep Instructional video

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Final Thoughts

Mattresses are a huge investment. You have many compelling reasons why you need the right mattress for you and your family’s relaxing sleep. This guide attempts to demystify the searching process everyone goes through looking for the best mattress. Take some time to read about the products here, read reviews, and do some research yourself.

Bed Bugs—do not buy used mattresses from newspaper ads, on Craig’s List, Angie’s List, or in used furniture stores! Not only are you sleeping on someone else’s problems, you will probably have an infestation of bed bugs. They are costly to eradicate professionally over many months. They can make you itch and turn red. They are nasty!

Budget—say nighty-night to over-priced, over-complicated mattresses and uncover the truth in pricing and manufacturing. Read the reviews written here to help you out. The best prices for mattresses are near holidays such as Memorial Day, President’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Memorial Day—and specifically in May, since that is the month mattresses are marked down in showrooms and online. January is a good time during the ‘white sales.’ Happy shopping and peaceful dreams!

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