The Best Mattress Guide of 2020

When I sold mattresses in a large department store, I’d get customers daily who were frustrated with the mattress industry. They told me buying a mattress was worse than buying a car. There were four specific reasons why it was so difficult to find the best mattress when shopping in mattress showrooms and department stores.

  1. It was really difficult to find reviews about the beds you were testing in a showroom. The model names changed from company to company. So, it was nearly impossible to compare a Sealy from Mattress Firm to a Sealy from Macy’s. 
  2. The pricing structure wasn’t transparent. Some department stores would show the mattress’s original price at $8,000 and then say they were running a half-off sale, and then they’d add another 10% off. But rarely did customers actually think they were getting a mattress at half-off. 
  3. It was really difficult to know the quality of mattress materials. Mattress showrooms are given information by the vendors (so a Sealy rep will go educate the sales clerks) but the information isn’t readily available for consumers. When you’re talking to a mattress salesman, you’re often just hearing a second-hand sales pitch.
  4. The mattress warranty process left a lot to be desired. Most mattress warranties from department stores went like this: if your bed developed a sag of 1” or more, you’d get a replacement. However, there was so much fine print and confusing about how to measure a sag that some warranties were practically worthless.

Luckily, the bed in a box mattress revolution took what was bad about the mattress industry and improved it by making it more transparent.

However, now there are more mattress brands than ever before and it’s incredibly easy for non-sleep experts to make a cool mattress brand with a nice website without making a quality product.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the 10 best mattresses I’ve found in 2020, why we like them, what they offer their customers, and provide the most up to date pricing information.

Best Mattresses of 2020

1. Tempur-Pedic’s TEMPUR-ProAdapt®

Tempur-Pedic is the original memory foam mattress company. Most brands online are just companies who are trying to compete with Tempur-pedic’s technology. Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs. At the beginning (we mean, like in the 80s) their beds were heavy and had some issues with sleeping hot.

But Tempur-Pedic has been around for a long time and have used that time to incorporate cutting-edge advances in technology to keep upping their game. Not every one of their models has been a winner, but their TEMPUR-ProAdapt® is our vote for best mattress of 2020, hands down.

Here’s why:

  • The TEMPUR-ProAdapt® is a 12” mattress (available in a soft feel, as well as a medium, medium-hybrid, and firm feel) that is soft but supportive. Its foam conforms to your body, taking pressure off key areas like your shoulders, hips, and knees. Your hips don’t sink, and you feel like your floating.
  • TEMPUR-ProAdapt® uses an advanced cover (that is easy to zip off and remove) that is both cooling and antimicrobial (so it’s designed to keep dust mites out of your bed)
  • The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and a 90-night trial

As of now, this mattress has a very high customer satisfaction rating:

Having trouble picking a firmness?

  • Choose the firm feel f you like to sleep on your back or stomach.
  • Choose the soft level if you like to sleep on your side or like a plush feel.
  • Choose the medium feel if you and your partner require different feels (or go for a split-king mattress).
  • Chose the hybrid feel if you like a bed with a little more bounce.

Tempur-Pedic Certifications and Key Info:

  • Are Tempur-Pedic mattresses made in the USA? Yes
  • Are Tempur-Pedic mattresses CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does Tempur-Pedic offer free delivery? Yes 
  • Does Tempur-Pedic offer a minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes

2. The Casper Wave Hybrid

Casper was one of the first major companies to pioneer the bed in box mattress model. They started out as a start-up with one model, and now they have three major mattresses and stores across the country.

They make a good bed (you can see a break down here in where we review Casper mattresses), but if we had to pick one, it’d be The Wave Hybrid.

Casper understands that putting a mattress in a box doesn’t mean you can sacrifice quality. Or you can, but your customers will just leave bad reviews, return your bed, and your business will shut down.

The Wave Hybrid Mattress is simple in its elegance.

  • It offers zoned support (which means the mattress is designed to respond to the heavier parts of your body differently than the lighter parts).
  • Each layer of foam is made of perforated breathable foam (basically, some companies use heavy, blocks of foam that restrict airflow. Casper doesnt.).
  • The Wave, like all of Casper’s mattresses, comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night trial.

The Wave is a good mattress for side and back sleepers (might be a little too soft for stomach sleeping, that will depend on your weight and shape).

Casper Certifications and Key Info:

  • Are Casper mattresses in the United States? Yes
  • Are Casper mattresses CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does Casper offer free delivery? Yes.
  • Does Casper offer a minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes.

Interested in learning about all three Casper beds? Check our post where we review all Casper mattresses.

3. Dreamcloud

There is a lot we like about the Dreamcloud mattress. Personally, I think it’s the best looking mattress on our list, but that’s not enough reason to buy. Luckily, it’s also designed to be extremely comfortable.

The Dreamcloud mattress has:

  • A cashmere blend cover, making it one of the softest and coolest covers on our list.
  • High-density foam (higher density foam is often more supportive than low-density foam)
  • Individually wrapped coils (yes, this is a more traditional innerspring mattress. The coils being individually wrapped means you won’t feel a lot of motion transfer.).

As of today, their mattress has a review score of:

Dreamcloud Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Dreamcloud mattress made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Dreamcloud mattress CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does Dreamcloud offer free delivery? Yes.
  • Does Dreamcloud offer a minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes.

4. Tuft and Needle Mint

We weren’t always fans of Tuft and Needle. Their original mattress had no name (making it very difficult to review!), was way too firm, but was only $575, so we couldn’t be that tough on them.

But it’s been years since they first opened shop and you can tell by their new products that they’ve become better at understanding what customers want: comfort + support + a cool, breathable place to lie their head.

That’s why we like Mint mattress.

  • The Mint is softer and more conforming than its original mattress.
  • The Mint uses graphite foam to help keep body heat from building up in the foam.
  • Plus, it’s still sold at a great price point: $896 for a queen size mattress.

If you’re looking for a more detailed review of the Mint, check out our Tuft and Needle Mint mattress review.

Tuft & Needle Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Mint mattress made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Mint mattress CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does Tuft and Needle offer Free Delivery? Yes
  • Does Tuft and Needle offer a Minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes

If you’re interested in learning more about Tuft & Needle, check out our complete Tuft and Needle mattress review.

5. Saatva

Saatva brands itself a luxury euro pillow top mattress. That means it’s soft and bouncy. Out of all the beds on our list of best mattresses in 2020, the Saatva is going to feel the most like the bed you grew up with. And that isn’t necessarily a good or a bad thing.

The Saatva mattress is:

  • Sold in two different height profiles. 11.5 inches (this narrow profile works with adjustable beds) and 14.5 inches (they don’t recommend this size with adjustable beds). Note: the height difference has no impact on the feel of the mattress.
  • Sold in three different firmness levels: Plush soft, luxury firm, firm.
  • Can be paired with Saatva’s own adjustable base for a reasonable price.

Saatva Certifications and Key Info:

  • Made in the USA? Yes
  • CertiPUR-US certified? Yes
  • Free Delivery? Yes (bonus points, Saatva actually sets the mattress up while others just drop it off at the door).
  • Minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Kind of. You get 120 nights with Saatva to try the mattress but if you return or exchange it, there’s a $99 transportation fee. Not a bad trade-off for the free set up you also got.

6. Purple

Purple’s original mattress is a firm, cool mattress with a 9.5” profile. It’s a great option for stomach and back sleepers (depending on your weight it may be too firm for side sleepers).

The Purple mattress is also one of the more unique options on our list. While most beds on our list can be classified as innerspring, memory foam, or latex, Purple uses a pressure-relieving, cool-to-the-touch material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It doesn’t have the same “sinking in” feeling associated with memory foam, or the “bounce” of coils. It’s something really unique and different, which makes it hit or miss.

The Purple mattress has:

  • The thinnest profile on our list at 9.5”. (A good rule of thumb: the thinner the mattress the firmer it is).
  • Unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer material which is cool and supportive and not available at any other company.

Purple Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Purple mattress made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Purple mattress CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does the Purple mattress offer free delivery? Yes 
  • Does the Purple mattress offer a Minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes.

7. Avocado

A best mattress list wouldn’t be complete without a latex option. Latex mattresses are supportive and bouncy. Think of a latex glove, how you can pull the glove back and it’ll conform to your hand but when you let it go, the glove snaps back into position. That’s a great quality to have in a mattress: when your body is on the bed, the foam conforms. When your body is off the bed, the mattress bounces back into position.

We like the Avocado Green Mattress because it does all of this and more.

  • It uses eco-friendly GOLS organic latex (no petroleum made memory foam and no off-gassing concerns).
  • It uses wool, which we love. Wool wicks away moisture and keeps you fresh. Plus, wool is a naturally anti-microbial material and is resistant to dust minutes.
  • Finally, the Avocado mattress also has a cotton cover.  Cotten plus wool plus latex make this one of the most “light” and breathable mattresses on our list.

There isn’t really anything to dislike about the Avocado Green Mattress. If you’re not a fan of the latex feel (bouncier than memory foam) than it may not be right for you.

Avocado Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Avocado Green Mattress made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Avocado Green Mattress CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does Avocado offer free delivery? Yes
  • Does Avocado offer a minimum of a 90-night, no-risk trial? Yes.

8. Keetsa’s Tea Leaf Dream

The Keetsa Tea Leaf Dream mattress is a thick, comfy hybrid mattress. This is because it uses both supportive memory foam, individually wrapped coils, and edge support.

The Keetsta Tea Leaf Dream mattress is 14 inches thick, making it one of the softer and thicker mattresses on our list.

Keetsa Mattress Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Keetsa Tea Leaf Dream made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Keetssa Tea Leaf Dream CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes
  • Does the Keetsa Tea Leaf Dream offer free delivery? Yes
  • Does the Keetssa Tea Leaf Dream offer at least a 90-day sleep trial? Yes.

For more information: read our Keetsa mattress review post where we cover all of their models.

9. Zenhaven

The Zenhaven is a dual-comfort mattress that is made of natural latex. It’s eco-friendly, built to last, uses great materials like Talalay latex and organic New Zeland Wool to help support you and keep you cool all night.

The Zenhaven is one of my favorite mattresses. It’s unique for a few reasons. First, it’s flippable (it has a soft side and a firm side). I like flippable mattresses because when you’re shopping online it means you’re getting two different options in one bed.

Zenhaven Mattress Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Zenhaven made in the USA? Yes
  • Is the Zenhaven CertiPUR-US® certified? N/A. It’s natural latex.
  • Does the Zenhaven offer free delivery? Yes, Zenhaven offers free delivery and free set up, though if you do return your mattress there’s a $99 fee.
  • Does the Zenhaven offer at least a 90-day sleep trial? Yes.

For more information on this flippable, latex mattress check out our Zenhaven mattress review.

10. Layla Hybrid Mattress

Layla’s hybrid mattress is a 13-inch mattress that uses copper infused memory foam, breathable poly-foam with zoned support, and individually wrapped coils, to make a comfy and supportive mattress. It is one of our absolute favorites.

We like it because the copper in the memory foam actually responds to your body’s weight and shape. The more pressure you put on the foam, the more the copper forms together and supports your body.

The Layla Hybrid mattress is also flippable. It has a firm side (with just 2.5 inches of firm foam support) and a soft side (with 4.5 inches of plush foam support).

Layla Mattress Certifications and Key Info:

  • Is the Layla Hybrid mattress made in the USA? Yes.
  • Is the Layla Hybrid Mattress CertiPUR-US® certified? Yes.
  • Does Layla offer free delivery? Yes.
  • Does the Zenhaven offer at least a 90-day sleep trial? Yes.

For more information on this flippable, memory foam hybrid mattress check out our Layla mattress review.

Best mattress for each sleeping position

Okay, you’ve read our list of the top 7 best mattresses of 2020. But can you just pick any of those beds blindly and be happy?

Not necessarily! We know mattress shopping can be a headache (that’s why we made this post) and a lot of brands seem to offer similar things with different names.

One sure-fire way to narrow your search is to focus on your sleeping position.

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

The best mattresses for side sleepers will be in the medium-firm to soft/plush range.

Visualize your body on its side. It’s a curved shape full of gaps. Fewer points of contact are occurring between your body and the mattress. This means where contact does occur (such as your shoulders) is suspect to increased pressure point aggravation.

The good news? Side sleeping is the most popular sleeping position, so most mattress companies try to make at least one bed catered to side sleepers.

Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

In our experience, back sleepers like a firmer mattress. If you think about it, when you lie on your back there are fewer gaps involved. You a minimal gap to fill in your lower back but, generally, more of your body is making direct contact with the mattress.

The pressure points back sleepers need to be worried about are their shoulder blades and their hips.

For back sleepers, we’d say stick in the medium-firm to firm range. Also, don’t invest in a mattress with more than two inches of memory foam.

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

We think most mattress companies don’t make beds for stomach sleepers because stomach sleeping is:

  • Not popular, and
  • Bad for you!

But still, some of our readers are going to be stomach sleepers (could be a medical reason, could just be personal preference). If you’re a stomach sleeper, look for a firmer bed.

Here’s why: You don’t want your hips sinking into the mattress. If this happens, your spine is going the wrong way, putting increased pressure and tension on your lower back.

What are the best mattress types and materials to consider?

A mattress is actually a pretty simple product. There aren’t gears and motors. It’s just two-plus layers of technology.

But mattress layers come in great variety (and quality).

What material a mattress company uses is critical, but so is how they layer the materials. A mattress with top layer of memory foam has different benefits (and concerns) than a mattress with a top layer of latex foam.

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are more popular than ever. Memory foam mattresses used to be a niche mattress. They took up the smallest space in the mattress showroom.

This is because memory foam beds had a reputation for:

  • Sleeping hot
  • Being expensive
  • Being toxic.

But that’s old news. Mattress technology and memory foam production has come a long way. Mattress companies don’t need to make super-dense blocks of memory foam like they used to.

Now, light, lower-density foams can be made to provide you with comfort and support.

We like memory foam mattresses and think they’re great with providing support and comfort.

Still, there are some concerns, such as a bed “sinking in” too early or the “off-gassing” smell. Make sure if you buy a memory foam bed you’re doing it from a company with a fair and transparent warranty and CertiPUR-US® certified foams.

Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses really only have one flaw: they can be expensive. Very expensive.

But a good latex mattress is generally a solid investment. We’ve talked to satisfied customers who’ve owned their latex mattress for over fifteen years.

It’s because latex is such a resilient and adaptable technology.

There are two types of latex mattresses: Dunlop and Talalay, but we go into more detail about that in our post on latex mattresses.

Coil (innerspring) mattresses

Ol’ reliable. Chances are that you grew up on innerspring coil mattress. Most of the beds in the United States are innerspring mattresses, whether we’re talking about guest rooms or hotel rooms.

Why? Well, there’s tradition. These beds were the norm for the longest time that the giants of the mattress industry (Tempur-Sealy and Serta-Simmons) still make and sell a ton of coil mattresses.

And no, despite what you’ve read, innerspring mattresses aren’t’ the “worst type” of bed. In fact, they’re kind of making a come back.

Most of the brands we mentioned above started out with only an all-foam mattress model but have since increased their catalog to include either an innerspring mattress or a hybrid mattress (more on hybrids in one moment).

But there are concerns with coil mattresses, specifically:

  • Higher risk of motion transfer. If you move on the left side, your partner may move on the right.
  • Higher risk of aggravating pressure points. You’ll want a good, supportive, comfy material between your body and the coils to make sure your body’s pressure points aren’t triggered.

. . . so, what the hell are hybrid mattresses?

Defining a hybrid mattress is really difficult (and kind of annoying) because plenty of companies use it as more of a marketing, buzzword than anything.

But, generally, a hybrid mattress is mattress with an even split of coil and non-coil technology. For example, if a mattress has 80% coils and 20% foam, we’d call it an innerspring mattress. If it had 50% coils or less, we’d call it a hybrid mattress.

In our experience, hybrid mattresses are super comfortable. The mixture of soft, comfy foam, and supportive coils makes them a great solution.

Niche Mattress Types

What we listed above are the more traditional mattress types, but there are also niche markets, such as RV mattresses and air mattresses.

  • RV Mattresses.
  • Murphy Beds
  • Water Beds
  • Crib mattresses
  • Dorm room mattresses
  • Air mattresses.
  • Roll-a-way beds.

How Long Should a Mattress Warranty Be?

Mattress warranties should be a minimum of ten years long, though longer warranties don’t correlate to a higher quality mattress. In fact, how long a mattress should last is a tricky question.

Let’s dig into why.

A mattress warranty (generally) is focused on one thing: covering your investment if your mattress starts to sag too much. This is because a sagging mattress is a huge concern, leading to back pain, tossing and turning, and just a terrible sleep routine.

If you think about it, not that much else can go wrong with a mattress. (To be fair, warranties do also cover zippers but that’s not very exciting to write about, so I’m going to skip it for this post.)

Most foam mattress warranties will cover a sag that is:

  • 3/4″ or deeper and occurs within the first 10 years.

Most innerspring mattress warranties (including hybrids) will cover a sag that is:

  • 1″ to 1 1/2″ deep and occurs within the first 10 years.

So, if the mattress brand you’re choosing falls into one of those categories, then I’d consider that a fair and good warranty.

However, as I said at the beginning, don’t be overly impressed with longer warranties. If a mattress warranty is over ten years long, it’s usually pro-rated (meaning it could not be worth the trouble of filing a claim). But more than that, I think it’s safe to say if a mattress lasts eight years, it’ll last longer than ten.

Final Thoughts

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