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The Best Memory Foam Mattresses of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Lull Original
Best Overall

Lull Original

The Lull Original has a firm sleep surface, great edge support, and sleeps cool—all around, it's a great option for most. Read More

Pros

  • Firm sleep surface
  • Good edge support
  • Sleeps cool

Cons

  • May be too firm for some
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Editor's Choice Product image of Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
Best Affordable Mattress

Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

The Tuft & Needle Original is a firm foam mattress that offers a supportive sleep surface we think most people will like. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive

Cons

  • May be too firm for some
  • Some heat retention
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The Original Purple Mattress

The Purple Mattress lives up to some of the marketing hype—it's cool and supportive. The only thing it really lacks is adequate edge support. Read More

Pros

  • Firm
  • Sleeps cool
  • Limited motion transfer

Cons

  • Hard to move
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Product image of Serta Perfect Sleeper "Nestled Night" Mattress-in-a-Box

Serta Perfect Sleeper "Nestled Night" Mattress-in-a-Box

Expect good buoyancy, solid edge support, and a cool night's sleep on this all-foam mattress, which presents a good value for its price. Read More

Pros

  • Good balance of support
  • Good edge support
  • Doesn't sleep hot

Cons

  • Took a long time to expand
  • Some untidy stitching
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Editor's Choice Product image of Nectar Mattress

Nectar Mattress

The Nectar Mattress is a good quality mattress that doesn’t hold onto heat and is pleasant to sleep on, but some will find it’s too soft. Read More

Pros

  • Cradles body
  • Stays cool
  • May be good for side sleepers

Cons

  • May be too soft
  • Felt warm at times
  • Limited edge support

When you think about mattress materials, the first thing that comes to mind may be “memory foam.” Everyone remembers those cheesy mattress commercials where someone jumps on one side of a bed and a wine glass balanced on the other hardly teeters just feet away.

Memory foam's ubiquity means it's become a catchall term for various foam mattresses— ranging from latex to foam without memory. We test all types of mattresses in a box here at Reviewed. Many of them are solid foam and/or contain memory foam.

Given that foams lend a different sleep sensation than traditional innerspring or hybrid mattresses, we included all of the best foam mattresses we've tested in this roundup.

Our favorite foam mattress is the Lull Original (available at Lull). It struck an outstanding balance between being firm and cushy. It also does a great job diffusing heat. If you’re on a budget and prefer a floating-but-lightly-cushioned foam sensation, the Tuft & Needle Original (available at Tuft & Needle) is a better pick.

These are the best foam mattresses we tested:

  1. Lull Original
  2. Tuft & Needle Original
  3. Purple Mattress
  4. Serta Perfect Sleeper
  5. Nectar Mattress
  6. Cocoon Chill by Sealy
  7. PlushBeds EcoBliss
  8. Amerisleep
  9. Casper Original
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The Lull Original is surprisingly firm and provides great edge support for an all-foam mattress.

Best Overall
Lull Original

The Lull Original mattress caught us by surprise. Our tester discovered the bed advertised on TikTok, of all places, and she was floored by its performance in our home and lab tests.

From her first night on the Lull Original, our tester was impressed. The mattress slept cool, was firm for a foam offering, and had excellent edge support (foam mattresses tend not to fare as well when it comes to this metric). Lab tests confirmed that the mattress is great at diffusing heat and is a mattress with good edge support. When we rolled a heavyweight bag to the edge of the bed, it was well past its halfway point when the bed finally gave, and the bag tipped off.

But what our tester likes most about the Lull Original is its great surface sensation. The bed strikes a balance between feeling overly cushy and too firm. It’s got just enough of a sink-in factor that you feel slightly cradled—yet it was comfortable enough for our tester to sleep on her stomach and side. We think that it has something for most people—though some may find it veers on the edge of too firm. Consider others on this list if you prefer a softer surface, such as the Nectar mattress.

The company’s customer service is easy to work with and quite humorous. Our tester had a fun chat with Lull reps about mattress weights where the agent compared the queen to “or about 53 dozen large eggs. So… a pretty big omelet. A very big omelet.” (That’s 77 pounds if you’re curious)

We can’t say enough nice things about this mattress. Plus, it’s reasonably priced—the evergreen sale cost is not too far off from that of the Tuft & Needle Original, our best affordable mattress.

Materials: The Lull Original has three layers of foam. The uppermost layer is a 1.5-inch piece of gel-infused memory foam designed to have cooling properties. The second layer is another 1.5-inch piece of foam that provides support, and the base is a 7-inch layer of polyurethane.

Delivery and packaging: Front door drop-off. A queen-size mattress arrives in an 80-pound box that measures 19 by 19 by 43 inches.

Trial period: 365 nights

Return protocol: Contact the company to initiate a return. It makes “every effort possible to donate returned trial mattress[es] to charities and organizations in need of beds.”

Pros

  • Firm sleep surface

  • Good edge support

  • Sleeps cool

Cons

  • May be too firm for some

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Tuft & Needle's Original Mattress offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Best Affordable Mattress
Tuft & Needle Original

Though the Tuft & Needle Original isn't made of memory foam—it contains two types of foam specially designed by the company—it is one of the better foam mattresses we have tested.

If you're looking for a sink-in sensation, the Tuft & Needle Original isn't for you. But if you like the dense-but-buoyant feel of foam beds, it’s perfect. (Of the dozen foam mattresses we tested, this was the one our tester was sad to see toted away.)

The lack of memory foam in the Tuft & Needle Original is an intentional choice, a rep told us. The company wanted a sleep surface that lent the sensation of floating on the mattress. At first, our tester thought it felt a bit too firm, but night after night, within a few minutes of lying down, the bed softened and adjusted to her body weight, providing cushioned support regardless of her sleeping position.

It has the right amount of give-to-cushion pressure points, even while side sleeping, and she relished the sensation. Stomach and back sleepers, who have a greater propensity for spinal alignment woes than side sleepers, should also find the mattress supportive enough to allow them to sleep without noticing any strain or soreness.

The mattress’s firmness has another upshot: The edges don't collapse under weight like those of many other foam beds we’ve tested. They still compressed under pressure when our tester sat right on the corner and edge, but while lying down and scooched over to the mattress’s perimeter or wriggling around a bit, she didn’t feel like a tumble was imminent.

After our first round of testing in 2018, we dubbed the Tuft & Needle Original our “Best Value” pick because it carries an unbeatable price. It's still true: Even at discounted rates, most other mattresses we’ve tested won't ring up for less than the Tuft & Needle Original at its full retail price. T&N has sales, too, and while not as substantive as those of other brands, you can still get a 10% or 15% discount, which you’ll find out about if you sign up for the brand's marketing emails.

The Tuft & Needle Original isn’t without a couple of downsides. In lab testing, it retained some heat, a common issue with all-foam mattresses, though it was far from the worst performer in this regard. Perhaps more telling, our tester didn’t find it warm when she tested it in the dead of winter in her uncontrollably heated apartment.

Some sleepers may find the Tuft & Needle Original's non-memory surface too firm. But experts say people are better off erring on the firmer side as it’s easy to add a mattress topper or something to provide a bit of cushion—rather than a mattress that’s too soft, which is far harder (if not impossible) to remedy.

We think that Tuft & Needle Original is an incredible foam bed. It balances supportiveness with just enough surface give to work well for all sleep positions—at a price that works well for most budgets.

Materials: Two layers of foam: on top, a soft layer infused with cooling gel and graphite, and beneath, a thicker layer for support.

Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop-off. A queen-size arrives in a box measuring 44 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches and weighing about 72 pounds.

Trial period: 100 nights.

Return protocol: Tuft & Needle coordinates pickup with a local charity or nonprofit, free of charge.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Comfortable

  • Supportive

Cons

  • May be too firm for some

  • Some heat retention

How We Tested Memory Foam Mattresses

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We test mattresses for a range of criteria—from heat retention to edge support—at our labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Testers

We’ve had all sorts of folks test mattresses at Reviewed, including former staff writer Lindsey Vickers and former editors Sara Hendricks, Jessica Teich and Samantha Gordon.

Though we’ve covered different subjects, we have one thing in common: We all have an extra-special place in our hearts for naps, sleeping in on weekends, and all things sleep-related. We want to provide you with all the information you need to pick the mattress that’s right for your life and sleep style.

The Tests

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We use a barbell in lab tests to assess how well a mattress does (or doesn't) curve up under pressure.

We test mattresses the same way you might: We sleep on them for at least 30 nights to see how they hold up. Unlike you, though, we also subject mattresses to a series of standardized tests in our state-of-the-art labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Between the at-home testing and the lab results, we gather data related to the following attributes:

Mattress testing here at Reviewed is usually two-pronged, with lab tests for scientific data gathering and home tests, which are what they sound like: Someone literally sleeps on the thing for at least 30 nights.

Our mattress tests are extensive, so we didn’t feel it necessary to bog you down with every last detail. Instead, here’s a smattering of the criteria we use to determine what a good foam mattress should look like:

Comfort: This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of a mattress, though comfort is subjective. Testers consider how supported their bodies feel throughout the night in different sleep positions and are mindful of their sleep habits. They even consider whether or not they find themselves rolling around at night to find a cooler spot on the bed.

Motion transfer and bounciness: If you’re a light sleeper, you’ll benefit from a mattress that minimizes the movement of a tossing-and-turning partner. So, we ask our testers to have another person (or pet) join them and double-check their assessment. Using an accelerometer mobile app, someone bounces on the opposite side of the bed. Lower numbers mean great motion isolation. Higher numbers mean motion transfer may disturb other sleepers.

Edge support: This simply refers to whether the edges of a mattress are sturdy enough to withstand weight and pressure. Mattresses in a box lack the wire cage found in traditional innerspring beds, and many rely on foam, which can limit the edge’s ability for load-bearing. Too little support could also make it difficult to put your shoes on or complete other tasks while sitting on the mattress corners or edges. To test this in our lab, we use our handy heavyweight bag, nicknamed Mat T. Ress. We roll the bag to the edge of the mattress until it’s about to fall off and measure how much of the bag is past the periphery of the mattress.

Heat retention: If a mattress cannot disperse heat quickly enough, you might be in for a warm sleep experience. While this could work for those who sleep cold, others may end up sweaty and miserable. We take our tester’s subjective opinion but also assess this by microwaving silicone bead-filled bags and placing them on the mattress for several hours as we monitor the temperature.

Support: You know your body’s needs best, but we give a rough idea of the amount of support a mattress provides. Our testers lie on their backs, sides, and stomachs and check for gaps between their lower back and the top of the mattress. We place pressure sensors beneath either end of a foam-covered barbell and the middle to mimic the pressure points on a side sleepers’ shoulders and hips. The middle represents a lower pressure area, such as the waist or legs. From there, we measure the difference in pressure between the two and average the pressure under the center and that on either end.

Moving and unboxing: Mattresses-in-a-box are a beast to unpack and move once they’ve opened to their full size. Testers describe how difficult it is to remove the mattress from its packaging and how feasible it would be for an individual to move that mattress once it fully expands.

Odor: Foam mattresses aren’t known for smelling like daisies, especially when first sprung from their packaging. The manufacturing and packaging process can trap smelly chemicals; once the plastic is opened, these VOCs are released into the air. Testers note the smell when they first open the mattress, and again 24 hours later (the time that companies recommend letting a mattress off-gas before sleeping on it).

Customer experience: We ask testers to answer questions related to the experience of ordering and receiving the mattress, because you sleep better when you aren’t stressed.

What You Should Know About Buying Foam Mattresses

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Mattresses are a big investment. Fortunately, most companies offer a trial period so you can be sure the mattress you buy is the right fit for you.

Let’s face it: Mattresses are among the more expensive home items you’ll buy. Everyone needs a bed, so you don’t have many options other than to suck it up and fork over the cash. Fortunately, a mattress can last you a decade—as long as you find one you love to sleep on. Buying a mattress online is convenient but also challenging because you can’t touch or feel the thing before it’s at your doorstep. So, where do you even begin?

First: D your research. Seeing as you’re already here, you’re off to a great start! But also read expert and buyer reviews—and a lot of them. Given how much time you spend in bed and the impact that quality sleep has on our waking hours, it’s critical you weigh your options carefully. A bad night's sleep can be a literal pain in the neck or back that impacts your mood, memory, and productivity the next day (or even for months on end!).

As comfort is subjective and personal, we suggest researching multiple products so you get a holistic look at your options for mattresses. It’s important to keep your own preferences and set-up in mind. Our tester didn’t like Saatva’s comparatively tall height, but maybe that's exactly what you need for your ultra-low bed frame.

Virtually all bed-in-a-box companies offer a sleep trial so that you can literally sleep on it. That said, it's essential to take each company’s return policy into account. Some make it super-easy by retrieving the mattress free of cost, but others require you to coordinate the mattress's return, donation, or disposal to receive a full refund. If you’re already wavering on whether a mattress is the right fit for you, this alone might be a deal-breaker.

Types of Foam

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Some foam mattresses, like the PlushBeds EcoBliss, lack edge support.

There are a handful of foams to understand. For example, latex may appeal to you if you're environmentally conscious, as it can be sourced directly from rubber trees. But it can feel firmer and more spongy than memory foam, which has that familiar sink-in sensation. Here's what you need to know:

  • Foam that’s made without memory can still offer some of that cushy sensation, but generally without the hugging you feeling. Foams without memory can be cooler because you’re not engulfed in the material each time you lie down. Tuft & Needle is one example of a company that opts for this type of foam. One of the main ingredients in all foams (including memory foam) is polyols, which are compounds generally derived from petroleum. These mattresses may not be the best for consumers who are acutely environmentally conscientious.

  • Memory foam beds provide that classic hugging and sink-right-in sensations and the potential quicksand feeling. Some companies, like Tempur-Pedic, tout that their material's pressure relieving properties make for a stellar sleep experience, but we think it depends more on your personal preferences. Back sleepers, for example, don’t always need memory foam for pressure points, whereas side sleepers are more likely to benefit from it. Though this material contours well to your body, it may feel too enveloping to some people. Its main characteristic can also contribute to its propensity for heat retention because of the large surface area your body is in contact with after you sink in. Memory foam gets its memory from a chemical compound called methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), which makes it pricier.

  • Latex is also a type of foam. Latex is used by a couple of prominent companies that make environmental claims, namely Avocado and Awara (though we have yet to test their non-hybrid mattresses). These companies rely on naturally sourced latex, which they claim is better for the environment. The two main types of latex available are Talalay and Dunlop. Talalay is usually softer than Dunlop. But Dunlop takes less energy to make, as there are fewer steps in the production process.

  • Foam cell structure isn’t something you can see as a consumer. It refers to the final form of the bubbles created in the foam during manufacturing. However, it can dramatically change your experience when it comes to temperature. There are two types of foam cell structures: open and closed. Closed-cell foams retain the bubbles in separated chambers and, as a result, have less space for airflow. Open-cell foams, in contrast, look more like webbing as most of the bubbles pop, leaving behind an interconnected network, making it easier for air to move throughout the mattress, which can help dissipate heat. All latex foams fall into the open cell structure, which may be why companies claim they’re less prone to retaining heat. Cell structure is somewhat technical, and alone it won’t make or break a mattress. We’ve tested mattresses that use open-cell foam and still feel warmer—though it’s worth being mindful of if you’re particularly concerned about heat retention overnight.

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Foam Mattress

  • Can you try the mattress in a store before you buy? Most mattresses in a box come from online-only retailers. A few brands have more options for you to check out their beds. Casper, for example, has a handful of brick-and-mortar stores where you can feel its mattresses in person. Other companies partner with specific retailers. Take Leesa, which teamed up with West Elm and Pottery Barn, so you can buy the mattress straight from these vendors and visit some of their physical locations to test it out.

  • What level of firmness do you want? Mattress firmness options range from extra firm, almost like sleeping on a carpeted floor (or a slab of rock, depending on your preferences), to soft and squishy, like a cloud, to the oft-dreaded soft-at-first but also-kinda-firm quicksand. Finding the right firmness level for you is essential to getting a good night’s rest. Many of the foam mattresses we’ve tested (and even a handful of the hybrids) are softer than traditional innerspring mattresses would be. If you’re not sure what you want, stopping by a mattress showroom to get a sense of your preferences before buying online might help. Sleep position may also be a good place to start. If you prefer back or stomach sleeping, you’ll want a firmer mattress. By contrast, a good mattress for side sleepers is soft enough to cushion potential pressure points at their hips and shoulders, sparing them from joint pain. Combination sleepers may need something in between

  • Is foam the right fit for you? Seeing as you’re here, you may have already settled on foam. But the material has a couple of somewhat universal drawbacks, like heat retention. If you tend to run hot at night or live in an area with warmer months and no AC, it may not be your best bet. It also tends to have less inherent structure and support than hybrids (which combine foam and coils). Hybrid memory foam mattresses are one solid alternative for folks who feel hot-blooded at night, as the airflow through the springs allows for greater heat dissipation and will likely, leave you feeling less stifled. There are other options off the beaten path, such as the Purple Mattress, which has a unique polymer. Each type has benefits and drawbacks.

  • Do you want more edge support? If you’re an active sleeper, or your bed is home to a party of more than one or two, sufficient edge support can help prevent you, a partner, the kids, and even pets from rolling overboard, foam mattresses may not be your best choice. Innerspring and some hybrid mattresses have an encasement around the bed's periphery to provide support around the edges, whereas foam is, well, just foam.

  • Does the mattress require a box spring or a foundation? For most part, foam mattresses should not be used with a box spring (a fabric-covered wood frame containing springs to increase bed buoyancy and boost the mattress for additional height). So, if that’s your current setup and you’re looking to switch to an all-foam bed, there may be additional costs for a foundation, slats, platform, or frame. Specifications and setup requirements differ from brand to brand. Some foam mattresses are compatible with box springs. Just be sure to check the requirements before the mattress shows up at your door. Using the wrong type of base—or even slats that are too far apart, —can void your warranty. If you do need a new support system, many companies carry options that work with their mattresses.

  • Does the mattress require special accessories? Some mattresses are extra thick, and as such may not work well with standard sheets or bed frames. This is more of an issue with hybrids, which tend to be taller than the slimmer profile of many solid foam options. Still, better safe than sorry. Too thick of a mattress may mean you have to replace your favorite sheets with a deep-pocket set. You may even need a new bed frame, which can get expensive.

  • Do you have (or plan to get) an adjustable base? If you have or are hoping to get a motorized adjustable base, you’ll want to buy a mattress that's compatible. Some mattresses aren’t designed to fold up and using them with a motorized adjustable could not only damage the mattress, but also void your warranty, and potentially break the base.


Other Foam and Memory Foam Mattresses We Tested

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Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress impressed our tester with its ultra-comfortable sleep surface. The company heavily hypes its unique polymer, and our tester was initially skeptical. When she first got it, she wasn’t sure how much she’d like it. The bed is difficult to move, plus the surface is super squishy if you only have one or two points of contact (think: kneeling on it). But when she laid down on it for the first time, it was a different story.

The mattress had a surprisingly firm surface that was supportive but bouncy, with a little bit of cushion to it. Our tester loved sleeping on the bed, and was especially impressed by how well it diffused heat. It was one of just a handful she truly felt lived up to the company’s claims.

What’s more, despite its foam build, the mattress had reasonable edge support. In our lab test, the heavyweight bag tipped toward the edge but remained supported after it was overhanging the edge of the mattress by several inches.

The biggest downside in our book? The cost. Purple doesn’t offer many sales, and when it does, the discounts aren’t that substantial. But if it’s in your budget, it’s worth a serious look.

Materials: A 2-inch layer of Purple’s proprietary grid sits atop two layers of “high density foam.”

Delivery and packaging: Front door drop-off.

Trial period: 100 nights (21-night minimum)

Return protocol: Contact the company and it will arrange for the mattress to be picked up at no cost to you.

Pros

  • Firm

  • Sleeps cool

  • Limited motion transfer

Cons

  • Hard to move

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Serta Perfect Sleeper

Our tester thought that the Serta Perfect Sleeper was a good value for its price, and especially ideal for people who want a not-too-firm or not-too-soft option. The material felt buoyant and responsive enough that she didn’t feel mired by that sink-in sensation found in some other foam mattresses.

Its edge support also held up in the lab, tying with the Lull Original for the highest score. Plus, it performed solidly in the middle of the pack when it came to diffusing heat.

Our tester liked the mattress enough to seriously consider buying her own Serta, though she had some concerns about longevity. The mattresses’ outer layer—which felt thin and had stitching that appeared untidy—left her with a gut feeling that it wouldn’t last as long as some of the others she tried during her time at Reviewed.

Additionally, it took the mattress she received a full week to expand. Serta says that while the bulk of the mattress’ growth will happen in the first minute it is opened, it will keep growing and expanding its last few inches for up to 72 hours.

In the end, if you’re looking for a medium-firm, all-foam mattress, the Perfect Sleeper Nestled Night could be your dream bed. If you want something firmer or softer or springier, you’ll be better off considering options like the Tuft & Needle Original and the Nectar Original mattress.

Materials: The Nestled Night mattress is comprised of three layers: A top layer of Serta’s exclusive gel memory foam, followed by a layer of gel-infused foam, and finally a foam core layer.

Delivery and packaging:: Front-door drop-off, 5-14 days after placing an order. The mattress arrives in a box measuring 19 inches by 19 inches by 29 inches.

Trial period: A 120-day free trial applies to mattresses purchased on Serta.com. If you buy the mattress through another website, check its return policy.

Return protocol: Serta will arrange a front door collection of the unwanted mattress. Serta will provide a full refund if the mattress is returned with 120 days minus any upgraded delivery charges.

Pros

  • Good balance of support

  • Good edge support

  • Doesn't sleep hot

Cons

  • Took a long time to expand

  • Some untidy stitching

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The Nectar Mattress

When our recent tester tried the Nectar, it was immediately apparent to her that it was made of memory foam: The surface is ultra-soft with that sink-in sensation. For side sleepers looking for a cushy surface that eliminates strain or pain on the shoulder or hip, it could be the perfect choice. Indeed, our tester found the Nectar's uber-plush, compressive surface felt better when she slept on her side, letting her shoulder and hip sink in without any bothersome pressure points.

Still, she noted it may be too soft for some sleepers. While the Nectar was never uncomfortable it wasn’t the most supportive. She couldn’t lie or sit on the bed while awake without frequently shifting positions, and her lower back felt a little strain whenever she tried to sleep on her stomach.

The marshmallow-like texture also means that it’s a bit harder to roll around without feeling mired—as most people aren’t stationary all night, this could disrupt sleep. (But that's part of what you sign up for when you buy memory foam.)

In lab testing, the Nectar was a great mattress for dissipating heat. But it did feel warm to our tester a couple of the nights she slept on it. The mattress also lacks edge support. Though it’s got better structure than some other options on this list, it tends to cave under pressure. This makes it less than ideal for folks who sleep near the edge of the bed, especially if they thrash around, as we think it could cause them to roll off—or wake with a start if they feel like they might—in the middle of the night.

Nectar has one of the most generous trial periods of all mattresses: a full 365 days. However, it bears noting that Nectar's customer service record is not spotless. The company has a history of complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

Additionally, its parent company, Resident Home, has faced multiple FTC charges for falsely claiming it used materials made in the United States and assembled its products in the U.S.

Materials: Three layers of foam: From the top, a three-inch layer of "cushy, high-density, pressure-relieving" gel-infused memory foam, followed by a "dynamic support layer" that's two-inches thick and provides support, and finally a stable base layer that's seven-inches tall and supports the layers above.

Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop-off, two to three days after placing an order. A queen-size mattress arrives in a box measuring 44 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches and weighing about 65 pounds.

Trial period: 365 nights

Return protocol: Nectar helps you coordinate donation or local disposal.

Pros

  • Cradles body

  • Stays cool

  • May be good for side sleepers

Cons

  • May be too soft

  • Felt warm at times

  • Limited edge support

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The Chill Mattress from Cocoon by Sealy

Our tester says that the Chill is the true definition of a medium-firm mattress. In particular, it seems it would be well-suited to back sleepers who prefer an overall softer sensation. And with the company’s evergreen discounts, it usually falls to about $800 for a queen and often includes freebies.

That said, it doesn’t totally live up to the “Chill” name. Our lab tests indicated that it retains a bit of heat, though our tester never had a complaint about it running hot. In fact, many reviewers say it feels cool. It’s likely a matter of personal preference that can only be settled by actually sleeping on the bed.

If you are a side sleeper, you may want to consider another option. Our tester had discomfort in her lower back only when she slept on her side, which raised questions about whether it veered towards too soft.

Additionally, the Cocoon Chill doesn’t provide a rigid corner to perch on. Though this may not be a big deal for some consumers, it’s not great if you like to sleep near the edge of the bed.

The memory foam mattress won’t be for everyone. Someone who wants a very soft or very firm mattress may be disappointed. But in the end it comes through on its promise: It stays relatively cool and provides cozy support at a reasonable price.

Materials: (original text: Three layers of foam —“support layer,” “comfort foam,” and memory foam—and a cooling cloth cover.)
The Chill Mattress is comprised of four layers. Surrounding the mattress is a stretch-knit cover infused with a proprietary Phase Change Material that Sealy claims “absorbs and dissipates heat”. Under the cover are three layers of foam: a top layer of memory foam, a layer of “responsive comfort foam,” and a final layer of dense foam.

Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop-off. A queen arrives in a cardboard box that weighs about 75 pounds.

Trial period: 100 days

Return protocol: Contact Cocoon by Sealy to arrange for the mattress to be picked up and donated to a local agency—no need to box the bed or even break a sweat.

Pros

  • Medium-firmness will have broad appeal

  • Good for back sleepers

Cons

  • May not be suitable for side sleepers

  • Sleeps slightly warm

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PlushBeds EcoBliss

The first thing we noticed about the PlushBeds EcoBliss is that it’s heavy—about 129 pounds, This is surprising for an all-foam bed, even one that includes some latex(again, latex is a type of foam, but it doesn't generally have memory, like the Nectar). Thislikely contributes to its heavy weight.. The box was also stapled shut, making it difficult, and even potentially a bit dangerous, to open.

On the plus side, however, the mattress didn’t require any time to expand. It also didn’t release any noxious off-gassing scents (a perk that mattress companies that use latex often tout).

The EcoBliss’ layers of latex and foam help it live up to its claim of medium firmness. You don’t sink into it as much as some other foam mattresses, nor do you get the springy rebound that often accompanies mattresses with coils. Our tester found it ideal for sleeping on her back and side, because the material created a cozy supportive cocooning sensation. The foam also retained some heat, but not too much.

Our testing revealed this mattress lacks edge support. The corners and edges sink downward under weight and pressure far more than other mattresses we’ve tried. Our tester never took a tumble, but found that it was difficult to prop herself up if she wanted to read in bed because the top edge would sag dramatically as she leaned against her pillows on the wall.

Our other tester noticed this, too, when she went into the office and sat down along the foot of the bed to write an email—the mattress was so forgiving that she felt her tailbone hit the bed frame when she plunked down. It didn’t hurt, but it was funny.

The mattress holds three certifications for organic materials and components, as well as a Greenguard certification that demonstrates it won't take a significant toll on indoor air quality.

Materials: Latex, foam, and cotton

Delivery and packaging: Front-door dropoff, arrives in box that weighs 129 pounds.

Trial period: 100 nights

Return protocol: You must sleep on the mattress for 30 days. If you decide you want to return it after that, box up the mattress (along with any bonus items you received with it, which must be unopened) and PlushBeds will arrange for a curbside pickup.

Pros

  • Latex material cocoons every part of the body

  • No off-gassing scent

Cons

  • Staple-lined packaging makes unboxing dangerous

  • Poor edge support

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Amerisleep AS3

The Amerisleep AS3 mattress is firm. It has some give without losing all bounciness, but if you’re used to a soft, memory foam–like mattress, it may feel a little dense. Our tester generally prefers mattresses on the firmer side, though it took a few nights to get used to the Amerisleep’s lack of give.

In the beginning, she sometimes woke up with tension in her lower back, though this didn’t happen frequently enough for her to know whether it was due to the product itself or poor posture when hunched over her desk during the day.

But after this initial period, the mattress felt great. Its sturdy core and supple upper layer that the sleeper. It retained a minimal amount of heat in our tester’s experience and lab tests. Even so, our tester found it comfortable while snuggled up with blankets in a stuffy apartment, maybe thanks to the Bio-Pur foam topper, which according to Amerisleep has open cells that increase breathability.

Finally, its firmness means it’s really easy to make the bed. Fitted sheets easily snap over one side, then slide over to the other with very little tugging—something that isn’t quite as vital as sleeping on it every night, but an important consideration if you wash your sheets often. Overall, it’s a great mattress, especially for hot sleepers and anyone who favors firm beds.

Materials: Foam—three layers of it. The company's Bio-Pur foam sits on top of a transition layer that gives support and cushion and a "durable Bio-core."

Delivery and packaging: A queen arrives in a 45-by-19-inch box that weighs just under 95 pounds.

Trial period: 100 nights

Return protocol: Email Amerisleep’s customer service within 100 days of purchase. It will send someone to pick up the mattress and issue a refund once it’s received.

Pros

  • Sturdy core with a soft upper layer

  • Firm and supportive

  • Doesn’t sag

Cons

  • May be too firm for some sleepers

  • Slight heat retention

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Casper Original

Though the brand is beloved, the Casper Original mattress performed terribly in our testing. Many shoppers deem it a fine mattress, but our tester—who has slept on more beds in one year than most people will own in their lifetime—found it’s hyper-squishy with a surface that just collapsed beneath her. Its purportedly "zoned support" surface didn't provide any more substantial firmness in the areas of the mattress that were purportedly reinforced to make it more comfortable.

It also seemed to lack any sort of structural integrity, especially around the edges. When she rolled over to the periphery in testing, she teetered—the foam just seemed to entirely give way beneath her. It wasn't as supportive or substantial as other mattresses, especially standouts like the Tuft & Needle Original.

And when she got rid of the Casper Original to move onto the next mattress for testing, she realized she hadn’t slept well for the entirety of the month she had it. It takes a lot to throw off her sleep, which made the Casper Original even more concerning.

One last complaint: While off-gassing odor is a short-term problem with most boxed mattresses, the Casper Original had a noticeable odor for about two months after it was opened, making it the clear winner of the “stinkiest for longest” award.

Our tester wanted to like Casper Original, but she couldn’t really pinpoint a single part of her experience with the mattress that was worth complimenting. Others, including Reviewed’s editor in chief, love Casper (though he owns an older version). It just wasn’t the right fit for our tester who, at the end of her month sleeping on it, was grateful to see it go.

Materials: A 10-inch thick mattress with four foam layers : a breathable open-cell foam on top, followed by a layer of high-density foam, then a layer of "zoned transition foam" (meant to support different areas of the body appropriately), and a durable support foam on the bottom.

Delivery: Front-door drop-off. The queen-sized Casper box measures 42 inches by 17 inches by 17 inches and weighs about 90 pounds.

Trial period: 100 nights.

Return protocol: Casper arranges a pickup through a local charity or recycling partner and refunds you in full for any associated costs.

Pros

  • Offers good balance between firm and soft

  • Good edge support

  • Cool

Cons

  • No twin or twin XL option

  • Only available with Costco subscription

Meet the tester

Lindsey Vickers

Lindsey Vickers

Senior Staff Writer, Sleep

@lindseyvix

Lindsey writes about sleep, lifestyle, and more for Reviewed. In her waking hours, she likes to spend time outside, read, cook, and bake. She holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University and bachelors' degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Utah.

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