In this article
- Video: Best Mattress of 2022
- Our picks
- Other products we've tested
- How we test
- What to look for in a mattress
- Comparison chart
- Frequently asked questions
Most people spend an entire third of their lives asleep. It's the time when we repair, recharge and dream. As such, it's paramount to our health to have a comfortable, supportive mattress that can help make the most of our eight hours. A good mattress can truly make a world of difference in your quality of sleep -- you just have to find it.
When choosing the best mattress to make our slumber as restful as possible, we must consider several factors, including body shape, preferred sleeping position and health condition. And with so many mattress options available online, you may have to do some researching to find the right one. Still, whatever kind of sleeper you are, you're certain to find what you're looking for in our best mattress list.
Pricing is shown below is full price for a queen mattress, but I list the full range of available sizes and prices within each entry. I update this list periodically.
Read more: How to Break in a New Mattress: What to Do and How Long It Takes
Video: Best Mattress of 2022
Watch CNET video producer Owen Poole review the best mattresses for 2022.
10 best mattresses of 2022
I've pored over mattress brand reviews from all corners of the internet, considered several distinct mattress material options and what they bring to the table. I also take into consideration construction, durability, comfort, special features and price. The beds in this best mattress review are the ones that stood out from over 100 different models, based on reasoning we explain below.
When all is said and done, I listed Brooklyn Bedding as the best overall because of its versatility, comfort and affordability. However, I also name other great beds in our best mattress review that suit all kinds of sleepers from side sleepers to couples who share a bed.
3 firmness levels | Soft: Medium-soft to soft or 2 | Medium: Medium to medium-soft or 4 | Firm: Medium-firm or 7
10-year limited warranty
It's a little difficult to dub the "best mattress" of our best mattress review when there are so many great beds to choose from, but if you gave me a million dollars to pick one, I'd name the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid.
Let's start with the brand itself. It's one of the only online bedding brands that manufactures its own mattresses in-house. It owns its own plants in the US, allowing it to remove the middleman and offer affordable but quality mattresses.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid is the brand's flagship bed. It's a quality hybrid mattress (a bed made with coils and foam) that offers a neutral-foam feel that's more light and airy than memory foam. As its support layer, it has a thick system of pocketed coils with reinforced coils around the edges for improved edge support.
It's accommodating for all body types and even suits any sleeping position. There are three firmness levels to choose from which land around: 3, 4 and 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale with 10 being the firmest. Pressure relieving enough for side sleepers and supportive options for back or stomach sleepers, too. Read more about this bed in our Brooklyn Bedding Signature review.
One of the best parts about this mattress is its price. It retails for $1,249 but you can usually buy it for under $1,000 due to discounts.
Flippable hybrid mattress
Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-soft
10-year limited warranty
There are few beds like the Layla Hybrid on the mattress market for more than one reason. The major differentiator for the Layla Hybrid is its flippable construction, and each side has its own firmness level. Flippable beds used to be popular a few decades back, and Layla's helping give them a comeback.
The primary comfort layers are made with copper-gel memory foam, but it's not dense like the memory foam inside Nectar. The memory foam is light, airy and a little more responsive than the foam's traditional slow-bouncing nature. The coils in the center of the mattress, the support layer, also help give the bed a little more spring. Above that, the Layla Hybrid is ultra plush and soft. I like to say it feels like you're lying on a big marshmallow, and it's a great contender as the best mattress for side sleepers.
Side sleepers under 230 pounds will find the soft side to be incredibly plush, soft and pillowy. It's rated around a 3 out of 10 or a medium-soft on the firmness scale. The firm side is more supportive and falls around a 6 out of 10, making it ideal for heavier side sleepers over 230 pounds. Layla Hybrid is the best mattress for side sleepers of all shapes and sizes and well worth the money; it's like a 2-in-1 deal. Read more in our Layla Hybrid mattress review.
The Layla Hybrid comes in twin to California king sizes and prices range from $1,299 to $1,899.
3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm
The Saatva Classic is everything a back or stomach sleeper could want: The hybrid mattress is thick and supportive and provides just the right amount of contouring. You also have the option to choose how firm you want your firm bed to be. In a nutshell, Saatva is a luxurious mattress with a look and feel that makes firm bed lovers want to jump into bed and never leave.
The Saatva Classic mattress is one hefty, durable mattress. Unlike most hybrid beds, the Saatva combines two layers of coils, one innerspring layer and one pocketed coil layer, with memory foam and a pillow top. It's the only mattress in our best mattress review with this kind of innerspring mattress hybrid construction, and a primary reason why this bed is so supportive and firm.
The mattress also has special lumbar technology and additional support in the center of the mattress, specifically designed to keep your spine aligned while also allowing your shoulders and hips to sink in just a little bit. It almost felt like there was a slight elevation in the center of the mattress that filled in the curves of my body.
There are three firmness levels -- plush soft, luxury firm and firm. Its luxury firm and firm mattresses both lean towards the firm side of the spectrum, with firm being a 9-10 on the firmness scale (10 being the firmest). There are also two different mattress heights -- 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. I really appreciate how many options you get when choosing your Saatva; it's almost like it's customized for you.
Just a heads-up if you do go for the 14.5-inch model: You'll need sheets specifically designed for thicker mattresses or they'll pop off in the corners. Check out our full Saatva mattress review or the best firm mattresses to see more options.
The Saatva Classic comes in sizes twin XL to split California king and prices range from $887 to $2,296.
Memory foam hybrid
7 or Medium-firm
20-year prorated warranty
The AS2 Hybrid mattress was designed with back pain relief in mind. It boasts a hybrid construction that provides back support and prevents sagging, a medium-firm profile that promotes proper spinal alignment and a pressure-relieving memory foam feel that cradles your joints and back without making you feel like you're sinking.
A team member who also dubs AS2 Hybrid the best mattress for back pain tested it and said, "The medium-firm feel properly supported my spine without any of the sinking or sagging that can come with softer memory foam. After an initial adjustment period of a couple weeks, I slept -- and woke up -- pain-free and feeling refreshed and rested, rather than tight and sore."
Another stand-out feature of the Amerisleep AS2 is its machine washable, Celliant-infused cover. Celliant is a technology recognized by the FDA as a medical device that absorbs your body heat, and transfers it back to your body as infrared energy. It helps boost circulation and leaves you feeling more refreshed when you wake up in the morning. It's a neat addition, and only a handful of mattresses have it. And of course, I appreciate the machine-washable cover that makes cleaning the cover much easier.
Read more in our full Amerisleep mattress review or peruse our list of the best mattresses for back pain to see more options.
The AS2 Hybrid comes in sizes twin to split king, and prices usually range from $1,049 to $1,898.
Memory foam mattress
6 or medium to medium-firm
10-year limited warranty
The Bear Original foam mattress is a unicorn among a sea of foam beds in the online mattress industry. It has a unique cover only found on a handful of mattresses, it's got a comfortable feel and it's the same price as competing bed-in-a-box models like fellow best mattress picks Casper Original and Nectar. In some cases, it's even cheaper.
This bed offers a comforting, nestling memory foam feel that relieves pressure around the joints. However, it's not viscous or slow to respond to pressure like traditional memory foam. Instead, I think it has more of a neutral memory-foam feel. It isn't as hard to switch positions on, and you don't feel like you're sinking into a memory foam hole. I'd rate it around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
One way the Bear Original sticks out from the rest is its Celliant-infused cover. Celliant fabric, with 13 thermo-reactive materials inside, helps draw heat away from your body and transmits it back as infrared energy. Its purpose is to boost blood flow, improve circulation and result in a greater feeling of rejuvenation and energy. It's impressive. The FDA even considers it a medical device. As such, I give major props to Bear for including this tech in its mattress lineup.
Another great thing about this mattress is its price. It retails for $998, but Bear is known to mark it down by $100 or more.
Poly foam mattress
6 out of 10 or medium
10-year limited warranty
If you're looking for the best mattress with an all-foam design, the Casper Original is a popular, well-received bed among the bed-in-a-box industry. In fact, it's arguably one of the most popular, and there's a reason why so many people are satisfied with their Casper.
The Casper Original mattress has a simple three-layer, 11-inch construction, and each foam slab packs a big punch. The first layer is a dense foam for proper support, while the middle layer is a zoned transition foam. It's ergonomically sectioned into three sections: softer in the zones under the shoulders and legs for pressure relief and firmer under your back and lumbar region. It promotes better spinal alignment, and is a feature only a handful of foam beds have.
The top foam layer is called AirScape foam, and it's perforated throughout to allow air to easily pass through. Altogether, the foams provide a blended feel that's really neutral and comfortable -- kind of like a big comfy couch. It's not ultra bouncy, nor is it slow to bounce back like memory foam.
I'd rate Casper around a 5 to 6 on the firmness scale; it's pretty neutral. It's pressure-relieving and supportive at the same time. However, I'd say it's best for people under 230 pounds. Heavier sleepers interested in Casper can instead opt for the Casper Hybrid mattress, a similar bed with a more durable and supportive construction.
And as an a bonus, the mattress cover is made from recycled bottles -- 57 of them, to be exact -- so you can help save your back and the planet at the same time. Now you can see why I had to include it in my best mattress review. See more in our full Casper Original mattress review.
The Casper Original comes in twin to California king, and prices range from $895 to $1,695.
Memory foam hybrid mattress
7 or medium-firm
15-year limited warranty
The Helix Plus mattress, which is marketed toward people who wear plus-size clothing or anyone who's "big and tall," is designed to offer extra support for those with a higher body mass index. It's 13 inches tall with XL pocketed coils that are stronger than the coils found in other competing hybrid beds. It also has multiple foam layers with an extra comfort layer of high-density foam that helps provide adequate support and comfort all in one
The mattress is supportive, while also providing the right amount of "give" to relieve pressure where I needed it the most. It offers a cozy, neutral feel that I see most people really enjoying. It's a blended foam feel that offers the best of different materials. The layers contour around your curves without pulling you into the mattress, and it's really easy to switch positions on because you don't get a resistance like you do with memory foam.
Plus size sleepers over 230 pounds will find the Helix Plus mattress falls around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, making it perfectly supportive with an ample amount of pressure relief. Because of its firmer profile, I think it's best for back, stomach and combination sleepers. Heavy side sleepers should consider Layla Hybrid or Saatva in the luxury plush profile.
The Helix Plus comes in mattress size options for twin to California king, and prices range from $949 to $2,199.
Memory foam hybrid mattress
5 or medium
25-year limited warranty
Of all the products I've tested between beds and pillows, GhostBed consistently delivers on their cooling claims unlike other brands that come up short with "cooling" products. The GhostBed Luxe mattress combines luxurious comfort with multiple different cooling features to provide an ideal sleeping experience for hot sleepers.
The GhostBed Luxe is a hefty 13 inches thick, one of the thicker all-foam beds I've tested. It's one of the only foam beds where I give the green light to heavier sleepers to try because it's more supportive than other foam mattresses. The first layer is a dense and thick layer of foam, and it's followed by GhostBed's special Ghost Bounce foam (comparable to latex foam) and gel memory foam.
At the top of the mattress, you have a thin layer of GhostBed's Ice technology, which helps draw heat from your body and disperses it evenly throughout the bed. In the cover, there's a small layer of gel memory foam for comfort, cooling fibers and a cover featuring their Ghost Ice tech. The cover literally feels cold to the touch. It's no wonder the cooling in this bed actually works as there are three different ways GhostBed actively tries to cool you down.
I rate the GhostBed Luxe mattress around a 5 out of 10, or medium, on the firmness scale. It's soft and pressure-relieving for side sleepers and properly supportive for back and stomach sleepers at the same time. Read more in our GhostBed Luxe mattress review.
You can find the GhostBed Luxe mattress on GhostBed's site or even at Target. Target prices are cheaper unless GhostBed is running a discount -- then GhostBed goes for around $15 less.
7 or medium-firm
This best mattress pick is a bed that took a risk that ultimately paid off, as it's one of the most distinctive yet comfortable beds I've ever tested. Most beds use foam or some kind of wool and cotton blend as the primary comfort layer. The Purple Hybrid, however, utilizes a gel-like hyper-elastic polymer material that forms the bouncy, soft and supportive Purple Grid.
The Purple Grid is a bunch of little tiny purple squares lined in a grid formation that work together to keep you feeling supported and weightless at the same time. It takes the pressure off your back and joints while keeping your back in proper alignment. It's a feel you'd expect more from a Dr. Scholl's insole than a mattress, but let me tell you it works. The grid also allows for an incredibly breathable design for hot sleepers.
The grid bends and moves in ways that make the mattress feel bouncy and plush, while also still providing ample support for your back and spine. You can feel the little squares shifting under your weight as you move, but it's something you get used to after a week or so on the bed.
I rate the Purple Hybrid around a 6 or 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, but you can opt for the Purple Hybrid Premier if you want a softer feel. I've found people usually love their Purple mattress, but some are thrown off by its one-of-a-kind feel. So if you're hesitant because it's a little pricey, you're free to order a sample of the material from Purple to see what it's all about.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 comes in sizes twin XL to split king, and prices range from $1,899 to $3,798.
6 or medium to medium-firm
10-year limited warranty
Allswell is a mattress brought to you by Walmart, which defies the rule of the mattress industry by selling a hybrid mattress for a seriously low cost. Hybrid mattresses have pocketed coils in them to make them more long-lasting, durable and supportive, which usually comes with a cost. Allswell, on the other hand, is cheaper than most foam beds, and it fits the bill for price-conscious shoppers who want a simple foam bed at a low cost.
Allswell has a standard three layer construction with comfort layers that provide a neutral and balanced soft foam feel. It's not syrupy or slow-responding to pressure like memory foam is, nor is it as springy and bouncy as latex foam. It's more of a standard classic foam, like the stuff inside a comfy couch. It also has an accommodating firmness level around a 6 out of 10.
I think it's going to be most ideal for people who want a middle-of-the-road firmness level. It suits most sleeping positions because it has ample pressure relief to contour around the curves of your body, but it's also supportive to keep your spine in neutral alignment. The only type of people I wouldn't recommend it to are strict side sleepers who want a soft mattress, especially those under 145 pounds. Read more in our full Allswell mattress review.
Prices for Allswell start at $339 for a twin and go up to $539 for a California King.
Other mattresses we've tested
The CNET Sleep editors have been laying on mattresses for a living for years, and have hundreds of mattress testing hours under the covers. There are a few beds that we love that didn't quite make it onto this list, but they still deserve an honorary mention. Here are a few other options to consider:
- WinkBed mattress: If you want hotel luxury without paying a fortune, the WinkBed mattress is a great choice. It's a hybrid bed with a bouncy, innerspring mattress feel and a lush pillow top to make it feel more cozy. It's also offered in three firmness levels, making it appeal to all sleeping positions.
- Loom & Leaf mattress: Memory foam is known to retain heat, but the Loom & Leaf from Saatva incorporates a layer of special cooling gel that helps you sleep more cool and comfortable. It comes in two firmness levels, both of which are on the firm side. That makes this foam mattress ideal for back pain sufferers or people who sleep primarily on their back or stomach.
- Tuft & Needle mattress: It's one of the most popular budget beds on the internet -- so much so that it broke through the straight-to-consumer model and is now in popular stores like Target or Crate and Barrel. It has a simple, two-layer construction with a comfortable neutral-foam feel that many people seem to love.
How we test mattresses
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- Firmness: We lay on each mattress and use our experience from testing over 100 different beds to determine firmness. Compared to other mattresses, we analyze how soft or hard a bed feels. It's important to wait until the mattress is fully expanded after opening to get the real firmness perspective.
- Feel: This is where we get handsy with the beds. We touch and feel the mattresses and watch what the material does. Is it light and bouncy like latex foam, or slow and dense like memory foam?
- Durability: We don't lay on the mattress every day for years, so it's hard to tell exactly how long each bed will last. However, we are able to hypothesize a bed's firmness by looking at its construction. Beds with steel coils are typically more durable and stronger than all-foam mattresses.
- Best body type: We use construction and feel to determine how accommodating a bed will be for a heavy individual. Hybrid mattresses with steel coils are typically more supportive and longer-lasting; a plus for heavier individuals looking for a quality bed.
- Best sleeping position: We get real physical and flip around the mattresses, testing each sleeping position: side, back, stomach and combination.
- Motion isolation: With one or preferably two people on the mattress, we jump and bounce around to see how much movement can be detected throughout the bed. We also use the method where you place a cup of water at the edge of the bed, and bounce around to see how much it moves.
- Edge support: We analyze a mattresses' materials and physically lay on each edge of the mattress to get a feel for how well it'll keep us feeling sturdy.
- Temperature: We use hot sleepers to test and determine how cool a bed sleeps. We also take a look at its materials and construction -- did a brand add anything to make it sleep more cool?
- Smell: Once a bed is removed from its packaging it omits a new car-like smell. For that, we use our trusty snout to test this characteristic.
Read more on how we test mattresses.
What to look for in a mattress
Not every mattress is perfect for every person. To help you find your new mattress, consider these key points: your primary sleeping position, body type, health conditions, ideal mattress materials and your budget. Your primary sleeping position will help you determine your ideal firmness level. Your weight should help you determine whether you need the additional support of a hybrid mattress or a foam mattress. Your budget will help you narrow down beds. Lastly, there are ways you can accommodate your health conditions and materials help you decide whether or not you think your bed is comfy.
- For side sleepers, soft to medium mattresses tend to be the most comfortable because they cradle the pressure points and provide relief, rather than pressing into them causing pressure.
- Back and stomach sleepers are usually better off on medium to firm beds because they promote a neutral alignment in the spine, preventing back pain.
- Combination sleepers can either choose a firmness level that caters to their main sleeping position, or get a mattress with a medium firmness that suits any sleeping position.
- People under 230 pounds have the option to choose between foam and hybrid mattresses, depending on the amount of support you're looking for.
- For those over 230 pounds, the best options are hybrid mattresses because they offer additional durability, support and comfort.
- A cooling mattress can bring relief to anyone who sleeps hot, whether it's a regular day-to-day occurrence or you're suffering from hot flashes.
- Those with arthritis or joint pain may want a soft, pressure-relieving mattress on the medium to soft side that cradles the hips and shoulders for maximum comfort.
- Medium-firm mattresses are beneficial for people with back pain because they support your spine and prevent it from sagging into the mattress, but it's not too firm where there's no pressure relief.
- Memory foam is known for its motion-isolating and pressure-relieving abilities. Some people also love the hugging feel. However, people who switch positions often can sometimes run into resistance since it's so slow to respond to pressure.
- Latex foam can be synthetic or natural/organic. Either way, it offers airflow, is more durable and supportive than most foam mattresses. On the other side of the token, natural latex can get expensive and they tend to be on the firm side.
- Poly foam is a synthetic foam that bounces more than memory foam but is more soft than latex foam. Most comfy couch cushions are made with this foam. it's breathable and affordable, but may not be as durable as other foams.
- Coils or innersprings are made from steel and provide extra support and durability for mattresses.
- Budget shoppers can find a mattress that costs $300 or less.
- The average mattress, especially in the online market, costs between $850 and $1,200.
- Hotel luxury and premium mattresses typically cost over the $1,200 range.
What are the different kinds of mattresses
There are a host of different mattress types and each have their own benefits.
Foam mattresses are made entirely of layers of foam, including memory foam mattress options, latex foam or gel foam. Typically each foam layer is a different density, with high-density foam on the bottom for support and a top layer of softer foam for comfort.
Latex foam mattresses are split into two types: natural and synthetic. Natural and organic latex foam is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and friendly to the environment. Synthetic latex foam is artificially made, but cheaper than the organic material. Either way, latex foam is durable, breathable and tends to be very bouncy.
Memory foam mattresses are good at isolating motion and offering pressure relief to the joints. it provides a slow-responding hugging feel that people find really enjoyable. It can be difficult to switch positions in, however, and traditional memory foam is known for retaining heat.
Poly foam mattresses are light, airy and generally very comfortable. I compare it to the comfiest couch you've ever sat on. It's a basic foam that's more responsive than memory foam and less dense. However, it is cheaper and is often used in budget beds.
Hybrid mattresses use both foam and metal coils to provide support. They are closer in design to the innerspring mattress most of us grew up sleeping on, but with added foam for comfort and additional support like memory foam, latex foam or poly foam.
Pillow top mattresses have an extra fluffy layer on the top of the bed for added pressure relief and comfort. It's often made with wool, organic cotton or other light and airy materials.
Best mattresses of 2022 compared
|Mattress||Buying info||Mattress type||Price (queen)||Sleep trial period||Warranty|
|Layla Hybrid||See at Layla||Hybrid||$1,699||120 nights||10-year limited|
|Casper Original||See at Casper||Foam||$1,295||100 nights||10-year limited|
|Saatva Classic||See at Saatva||Hybrid||$1,770||365 nights||Lifetime|
|Bear Original||See at Bear||Foam||$998||100 nights||10-year limited|
|Amerisleep AS2||See at Amerisleep||Hybrid||$1,299||100 nights||20-year prorated|
|Nectar||See at Nectar||Foam||$799||365 nights||Lifetime|
|GhostBed Luxe||See at GhostBed||Foam||$972||100 nights||15-year limited|
|Helix Plus||See at Helix||Hybrid||$1,749||100 nights||20-year prorated|
|Brooklyn Bedding Signature||See at Brooklyn Bedding||Hybrid||$1,249||120 nights||10-year limited|
|Purple Hybrid 2||See at Purple||Hybrid||$2,399||100 nights||10-year limited|
|Allswell||See at Allswell||Hybrid||$449||100 nights||10-year limited|
What's the best mattress to buy?
While the best mattress for you will depend on your height, weight and comfort needs, I can say that the Layla Hybrid is the best mattress for most people. It's supportive for most body types, it has very little motion transfer and the hybrid mattress has several features that help keep you cool while you sleep.
What mattress types are most comfortable?
Memory foam conforms to your body and keeps your spine and neck aligned. A memory foam mattress is a great option if you have back pain or like to feel like you're "sinking" into your mattress. Memory foam tends to trap heat though, so it's not always the best for hot sleepers.
Traditional spring mattresses don't alleviate pressure as well as memory foam mattresses, but they're supportive and breathable. Hybrid mattresses combine the best of both worlds -- foam and springs. The foam provides pressure relief and a contouring effect, while the springs add some extra bounce and increase air flow.
What are the best mattresses for side sleepers?
The best mattresses for side sleepers are those that fall on the soft to middle of the firmness scale -- medium-soft to medium. You need a mattress that has enough give to alleviate pressure on your shoulders and hips, but not so much that you sink into it. It's important to keep your spine aligned when you're sleeping on your side, since that's what ensures that you'll sleep comfortably and wake up pain-free.
What are the best mattresses for back pain?
There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but the best mattresses for back pain generally include memory foam and have some additional features, like added lumbar support. According to some studies, a medium-firm mattress is best for alleviating chronic lower back pain in most people. If you're waking up in pain, it's likely because your mattress is too soft.
How often should you replace your mattress?
Most mattresses are designed to last several years, but there are a few telltale signs that let you know it's time to replace yours. If your mattress is sagging or making it hard for you to get a good night's sleep, then it's probably time to start shopping.
How often you need to replace your mattress depends largely on what materials it's made of -- innerspring mattresses are going to last longer than an all-foam mattress. This guide on when to replace your mattress explains everything you need to know.
When is the best time to buy a mattress?
There are deals throughout the year for online mattresses especially, but the biggest markdowns will come during holidays including Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, President's Day, Black Friday and Christmas.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
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