The best mattress US 2020: Memory foam, innerspring and hybrid mattresses to deliver a dreamy night's sleep

We help you find the best mattress for your budget and sleeping style

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Looking for the best mattress 2020? We've tried and tested all the leading options, from trendy new brands as well as reliable old favorites, to put together this definitive ranking. Whether you want a memory foam mattress, pocket sprung, or a clever hybrid, we've found the best mattress to deliver an excellent night's sleep. 

This guide is here to help you make sense of all the different options, and find your perfect mattress, no matter your budget or sleeping style. Almost all of our best mattress picks have generous trial periods but we've also personally tested each of them out to make sure they deliver on their promises.

What's the best mattress US?

The best mattress is the Nectar. This medium-firm memory foam mattress absurdly comfortable, delivering the perfect balance of support and softness. There's also a whopping 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty. If you'd prefer springs, we also rate the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid extremely highly: it's luxuriously thick, with a cosy, cloud-like topper, and it won't trap heat like memory foam often does.

However, the right mattress for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget. Our widgets will show you the best prices for our best mattress picks. If you've been on the fence about buying, now is the very best time to take the plunge: there are excellent Black Friday mattress deals in full swing almost everywhere. 

Best mattresses US 2020 ranking

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1. Nectar Memory Foam mattress

The best mattress available in the US

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal king
Depth: 25cm
Filling: Foam/memory foam
Firmness: Medium/firm (6.5)
Trial: 365 nights
Warranty: Forever
MSRP: Twin $898; Full $1,098; Queen $1,198; King $1,398; Cal king $1,398
Reasons to buy
+365 day trial period+'Forever' warranty+Incredibly supportive
Reasons to avoid
-Too firm for some-Questionable cooling tech

100-night trials are pretty common among the established challenger mattress brands, but Nectar goes the extra mile with not only a 365-night trial, giving you a whole year to make your mind up, but also a lifetime warranty for your new mattress. Nectar's also a climate-neutral company that offsets its emissions through various global schemes, including an Amazon forest protection program.

The Nectar mattress feels comfortable from the minute it comes out of its minimal packaging, and offers a medium-to-firm support level that suits any type of bed and all kinds of sleepers. There's a bit of give in the top layer, which neatly molds around the body, while a complex supporting base layer adds the required firmness for a peaceful sleep. The adaptive cooling cover top layer is supposed to draw heat away from the body, and while we're not sure it actually does this, it certainly feels cooler than many memory foam options.

Delivery is just as impressive. Amazingly, even the enormous Nectar Cal King model comes packaged in a very manageable box. We experienced some off-gassing when our review sample was first delivered, but this soon settled down. The Nectar is a great and comfortable mattress, and the 365-day money-back trial proves just how confident this company is that it has created one of the best mattresses you can buy. We recommend buying straight from Nectar, which promises 'the best available price' at all times (you might even be able to snap up a Nectar mattress Black Friday deal if you keep your eyes peeled).

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DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress review

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Dreamcloud Luxury Hybrid mattress - review

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2. DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress

The best hybrid mattress you can get

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 14"
Filling: Foam, coils
Firmness: Medium-firm (6.5)
Trial: 365 nights
Warranty: Forever
MSRP: Twin $799; Full $999; Queen $1,099; King $1,299; Cal king $1,299
Reasons to buy
+Cosy, cloud-like sleep surface+Won't trap heat+Forever warranty and 365-night trial+Luxuriously thick
Reasons to avoid
-Some motion transfer-Customer service maybe not the best

DreamCloud's Luxury Hybrid mattress promises to deliver the perfect night's sleep, and in our DreamCloud review we found it lived up to its lofty claim. It features five meticulously engineered layers, starting with a 'Tight Top' quilted foam and cashmere cover, followed by a layer of gel memory foam and a layer of support foam. Next come the springs, providing some bounce and allowing air to flow through the mattress, ensuring it doesn't trap heat. Finally, there's a foam base.

Unlike most of the other mattresses on this list, the DreamCloud isn't zoned as such; it's classed as medium-firm all over. However DreamCloud says its springs are more flexible than regular springs, and along with the memory foam layers they help the mattress contour to your body as well as providing support and pressure relief where needed. Despite all this there's some motion transfer, and the mattress lacks slightly in edge support, but overall you'll find just the right balance of support, bounce and firmness, with plenty of comfort thanks to the luxurious top layer.

The extras for this mattress are truly impressive. You get a Forever Warranty (the only one in our list) and a 365-night trial, which matches the best on the market. Reviews online are extremely positive – and those that aren't, focus on delivery and customer service issues, rather than problems with the mattress itself. 

This mattress has a luxury look and is deeper than many others at 14 inches, but the price, even at MSRP, is very reasonable. As usual, we recommend looking at the best DreamCloud Black Friday deals before you buy so you don't miss out on any offers.

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best mattress: Casper Original

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best mattress: Casper Original

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3. Casper Original

The best mattress for zoned support

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 11"
Filling: 'Airscape' foam; memory foam (hybrid option available)
Firmness: 7 (medium-firm)
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 year limited warranty
MSRP: Twin $595; Full $995; Queen $1,095; King $1,295; Cal king $1,295
Reasons to buy
+Extra support around hips and spine+Bouncier 'Airscape' foam top layer+Great for back sleepers

The Casper Original is the mattress that changed everything. It's Casper's first mattress, and it absolutely stormed the bed-in-a-box market when it launched back in 2014. Six years later and it still stands out in our best mattress list, for two main reasons. 

First up is its zoned support system: there's a band of extra firmness across its center, while the head and foot areas are slightly softer. The thinking behind this is that it gives you extra support on the hips and spine, and pressure relief around the shoulders (especially useful when you're lying on your side). For this reason, we think the Casper original is one of the best mattresses around for back sleepers.

Secondly, there's Casper's proprietary 'Airscape' top layer, which is bouncier and more responsive than your average memory foam. It minimizes that 'sinking' feeling you tend to get from thicker memory foams, and makes it easier to move around on. It's also perforated to promote airflow and prevent overheating. And if there's still not enough bounce for you, this mattress is also available as a hybrid with an extra layer of springs. One final nice touch is the mattress cover, which is made from recycled bottles.

As with most of the choices in our best mattress ranking, you'll likely be able to find an offer that'll reduce the price – take a look at our Casper mattress Black Friday deals page to discover the best offers now and into the festive season. And to see how it compares to our number one mattress, check out our Casper vs Nectar mattress face-off.

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best mattress: Saatva Classic mattress

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best mattress: Saatva Classic mattress

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4. Saatva Classic mattress

The best innerspring mattress

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 11.5" / 14.5"
Filling: Pillow top, springs
Firmness: 3 / 5-7 / 8
Trial: 180 nights
Warranty: 15 years
MSRP: For 11.5": Twin $799; Full $1,299; Queen $1,399; King $1,799; Cal king $1,799
Reasons to buy
+Pick your firmness and depth+Extra support around the lumbar+Eco-friendly, sustainable credentials
Reasons to avoid
-Some motion transfer

Looking for an innerspring mattress? You almost certainly want the Saatva Classic. It's made using two layers of recycled steel springs: an upper layer of small, individually-wrapped coils that contour to your body, on a base of more heavyweight springs that provide a strong and stable foundation.

Just to add to the Saatva Classic's quality sleep experience is a plush organic cotton pillow top, plenty of edge support to stop you rolling off in the night, and an extra zone of memory foam in the center to give your lower back some extra support.

If you find memory foam mattresses a bit too hot to sleep on, an innerspring mattress makes an excellent alternative because its springs don't trap heat like a thick slab of foam does. They also give you a more responsive sleep surface that has more traditional mattress bounce and is easy to move around on, however you may notice more motion transfer because of this (the smaller top layer of springs is designed to minimize this, though).

Saatva also lets you pick your depth and firmness, depending on your personal preference, which is a nice touch. Keep an eye out for a Saatva mattress deal or discount code for great savings on your purchase. 

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best mattress: Tuft & Needle Original

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5. Tuft & Needle Original

The best budget mattress

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 10"
Filling: Foam
Firmness: Medium-firm
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: Twin $350; Full $495; Queen $595; King $750; Cal king $750
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Does what it says on the label
Reasons to avoid
-No bells and whistles-Not great for heavier people

If you're on a tight budget and just need a mattress that covers the basics, the Tuft & Needle Original should do the job nicely. It features a simple but effective design with two layers of open-cell foam with added graphite and cooling gel to wick away head and moisture, giving you a good night's sleep at an attractive price.

The T&N Original is rated as medium-firm, with a design that balances pressure relief and support regardless of your sleeping position. Reviews praise it for responding instantly to the body, absorbing motion effectively and bouncing back into shape when you move, unlike memory foam.

It's very much a budget mattress, which means you won't find any of the advanced features you'll find elsewhere on this list, but it great for the price even if it has a few drawbacks: it can trap heat, and the edge support could weaken over time. It's received plenty of great reviews, though, and offers the industry-standard trial period and warranty so can buy with confidence.

In short, if you're looking for a good, cheap and basic mattress to suit a wide range of preferences and sleeping styles, this is probably it. The only people we wouldn't recommend it for is customers that weigh over 250lbs since they might need something more supportive. 

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best mattress: Zoma Hybrid mattress

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6. Zoma Hybrid mattress

Best mattress for athletes

Specifications
Sizes: Queen - Split King
Depth: 12"
Filling: Memory foam, coils
Firmness: Medium
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: Twin $849; Full $1,049; Queen $1,149; King $1,249; Cal king $1,249
Reasons to buy
+Three-zone support+Breathable and cooling+Environmentally-friendly foam
Reasons to avoid
-Cover is a little thin

A mattress for athletes? Why not. And even if you're not an athlete but still live an active or physically demanding life, the Zoma hybrid could well be the mattress for you. Designed with athletes in mind it features targeted support thanks to its Triangulex gel memory foam, with three different zones providing pressure relief where it's needed.

Backing this up is a responsive 'Rectiv' top layer that contours to your body without restricting movement or giving you that memory foam sinking feeling, plus a sturdy base with edge support and a layer of springs for added bounce. (If you're not too bothered about bounce, though, this model is also available as foam-only). 

To keep you from getting too hot at night, the gel memory foam contains cooling channels and is designed to be much more breathable than traditional foams, and the stretchy cover is ventilated, although we did find it felt a little thin. 

Check out our Zoma Hybrid mattress review for the full scoop on what we thought – in summary we were extremely impressed with this mattress. We found it extremely comfortable and supportive, with our testers sleeping more soundly than usual and noticing a significant decrease in their usual aches and pains after switching over.

Best mattress: Avocado Green

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7. Avocado Green mattress

The best eco-friendly, natural mattress

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 11"
Filling: Organic certified latex, wool and coils
Firmness: Firmer (7-8)
Trial: 1 year
Warranty: 25 years
MSRP: Twin $899; Full $1,199; Queen $1,399; King $1,799; Cal king $1,799
Reasons to buy
+All certified organic and natural materials+Especially good for side and stomach sleepers+Optional pillow top+Generous guarantee and trial period
Reasons to avoid
-Might be too firm for some

Looking for a mattress with solid ecological credentials? Check out the Avocado Green mattress: all its materials are certified organic, and every mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified for low emissions.

The Avocado Green meets federal safety standards by using 100% GOTS organic certified wool instead of the usual chemical fire retardants. It uses no chemical treatments and it comes from Avocado's own Himalayan herding collective. But if you draw the line at wool, there's even a PETA-approved wool-free vegan version. And to complete the ecological experience, Avocado is carbon negative, offsetting more carbon than it generates.

None of this means that it compromises on mattress comfort, though. The Avocado Green features a latex comfort layer on top of 1,414 tempered steel coils, with another layer of latex underneath. There's a reinforced steel perimeter to give you plenty of edge support, and also five support zones to give you extra firmness where it's needed.

This mattress is on the firmer end of the scale – though you can customize it by adding an optional pillow-top, or a plush or firm mattress topper made from organic latex. Note that you will probably have to pay a little more to go green – this mattress is at the higher end of the market. For more info, head to our article: Are Avocado Green mattresses any good?

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Purple mattress deals and discounts

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best mattress: purple

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8. Purple Original mattress

A super popular, innovative mattress brand

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Split King
Depth: 9.25"
Filling: Hyper-elastic polymer grid, polyurethane foam
Firmness: 'Universal Firmness'
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: Twin $599; Full $999; Queen $1149; King $1449; Cal king $1449
Reasons to buy
+Sleeps cool (unlike memory foam)+Long-lasting +Responds to the body instantly
Reasons to avoid
-Only one firmness option

Purple erupted into the mattress marked in 2016 and ever since then it's been a major player with a great USP. Instead of springs or memory foam, Purple uses a patented 'Purple Grid' – a hyper-elastic polymer grid – for its top layer. It's designed to flex under your body, giving you similar support to memory foam, but with the ability to respond to your movements as well as the bonus of not trapping heat. It's durable, hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

The Purple Original consists of a soft knitted cover on top of a 2-inch Purple Grid, and it's finished off with two layers of breathable comfort foam. Purple doesn't provide firmness ratings; rather it says that its mattresses are 'Universal Firmness' as the grid is designed to adapt to your body and provide just the level of support and softness that you need. For more info, head to our our article on is Purple mattress any good? Or to pick up a bargain, be sure to check out our Purple mattress Black Friday deals guide.

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9. Leesa Hybrid

An excellent ethical choice

Specifications
Sizes: Twin-Cal King
Depth: 11"
Filling: Foam, pocket springs
Firmness: Medium/Firm (5-7)
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: Twin $999; Full $1399; Queen $1699; King $1899; Cal king $1899
Reasons to buy
+Hole-punched layer to prevent overheating+Great balance of bounce and support+Strong environmental and social credentials
Reasons to avoid
-Some motion transfer-Only one firmness option

Sitting in the middle of the Leesa mattress range is the award-winning Leesa Hybrid. This excellent hybrid includes layers of premium foam with pocket springs to deliver comfort and advanced support. Leesa has come up with an innovative way to stop its memory foam from overheating: it has added a hole punched 'comfort layer' to allow heat to dissipate, while the foam beneath still hugs the sleeper's body and relieves pressure around the hips and shoulders. Beneath this, 1,000+ active response pocket springs provide stability, stability and bounce. All of this is wrapped in Leesa's signature gray-striped soft, breathable cover.

If shopping ethically is important to you, Leesa has some impressive credentials: it's B Corp certified, which means the company meets the highest environmental and social standards. For every 10 Leesa mattresses sold, one is donated to a child in need.

Looking for a discount? Head to our Leesa mattress Black Friday guide to browse the best savings.

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Best Mattress: The Allswell

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Best Mattress: The Allswell

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10. The Allswell

The cheapest mattress of the lot

Specifications
Sizes: Twin - Cal King
Depth: 10"
Filling: Coils, memory foam
Firmness: Medium-firm (4.5-6.5)
Trial: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: Twin $265; Full $345; Queen $375; King $465; Cal king $465
Reasons to buy
+Very, very cheap+Luxurious feel+Good trial period and warranty

If a low price is your absolute priority then look no further than Allswell. Its Cal King mattress will cost you under $500, and while you might quite reasonably be put off  by a price that low, it's actually a pretty good mattress with a bunch of positive reviews to prove it, and much attention given to its luxurious feel.

It's a hybrid mattress, with a layer of individually-wrapped coils topped with a layer of charcoal and copper-infused memory foam, and a quilted top layer on top of that, and there's edge support on the sides (but, it's worth pointing out, not at the ends). It comes in around the middle of the firmness scale, and if you're intrigued by this combo of decent features and a low price there's an industry-standard 100-night trial period and 10-year limited warranty. Want to know more? See our article: Is the Allswell mattress any good?

Which is the best type of mattress?

There are a few different mattress types on the market right now. When you start your search for the best mattress, you'll come across several types of mattresses. While the difference among them isn't massive, it's still helpful to understand what each one means before you hit that buy button. The three main mattress types you're going to come across are memory foam, sprung or hybrid. 

Memory foam
This type of mattress has exploded in popularity over recent years. Memory foam is a responsive material that reacts to your temperature and weight to mold gently around your body when you're laying down. Memory foam mattresses offer great support and comfort, and are probably the most popular mattress type right now, with most of the big brands offering their own takes on this material. 

One potential downside is that memory foam traps body heat more than spring mattresses. So, you'll have a warm cozy bed in the winter, you may find yourself getting a little warmer than usual in the summer. This may pose a problem if you sleep hot. Many brands have introduced cooling top layers to counteract this. You can read more in our memory foam mattress buying guide.

Innerspring
An innerspring mattress is a more traditional type of mattress. These mattresses use a steel coil system for support, and have several different subtypes – from ones with springs that are connected and work as a single unit to those with springs inside their own fabric pockets (sometimes referred to as a pocket sprung mattress). 

They can adapt to your body shape – the greater the number of coils, the better they can contour to your body. However, they're not as supportive as memory foam and may provide less movement isolation, which is a problem if you have a restless bedmate. On the upside, they do offer a bouncier surface to sleep on, which means that you won't sink into an innerspring mattress the same way you would on a memory foam one.

Hybrid
The term 'hybrid' could technically refer to any mattress that's made up of different materials, but it typically means a mattress that combines layers of pocket springs and memory foam. This makeup offers more bounce than memory foam-only mattresses, but with the added support and comfort of a memory foam upper.

There are a few more terms you might come across in your search. These mattress types are more uncommon, but still worth knowing about.

  • Latex: A breathable, springy material that's exceptionally durable and resilient. Can be expensive. 
  • Continuous and coil: Made from a single looped wire, or from single springs fixed with one wire. These are cheaper, but less likely to give a good night’s sleep.
  • Bed in a box: A delivery method in which mattresses are compressed, rolled or folded into a box for easy home delivery. They're usually foam or a memory foam and spring combination. 

One last bit of advice before you start shopping: don't put too much emphasis on the mattress type. Personal factors like your height, weight, body shape, sleeping style and temperature are far more likely to affect how comfortable you find a specific mattress. All our picks in our best mattress guide above have been designed to deliver outstanding support and comfort for the majority of people – regardless of their material. 

How to choose the best mattress for you

Before buying a mattress, make sure it’s the right size. Your mattress – like your bed – should be 10cm or about 4 inches longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. It should also be wide enough for you and a partner to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching (or without touching the edge of the mattress, if you’re not sharing). 

You should also do the hand test: lying down on your back, push your hand under the lower part of your back. If you can’t, the mattress is too soft; if the gap is too big, it’s too hard. If you have a partner, make sure they try it at the same time: what feels fine on your own may feel like a bouncy castle with someone else on board. 

Lastly, check whether a mattress needs turning. Many don't these days, but if you’re considering one that does, make sure it has handles.