These are the best sleep products of 2021
Reviewed's 2021 Best of Year awards
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It's never a bad time to work on your sleep. But with the holiday season and New Year's resolutions right around the corner, there's never been a better time. While the experts at Reviewed relish testing every sleep product that rolls through our doors—who doesn't enjoy sleeping on the job?—we don't love every product itself. We rounded up our top picks that answer a variety of sleep questions—from the best memory foam mattress to an amazing hybrid bed and a realistic sunrise alarm clock.
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The Tuft & Needle Original is a dream of a bed. It's made with two layers of foam that lack the traditional "memory" people often associate with foam mattresses. Instead it has a sensation that's best described as floating—it gently cradles your body's contours without that sinking-in feeling. This is a firm mattress, and as such could be too supportive for side sleepers (in which case we'd suggest checking out the Nectar mattress, below). The bed is ideal for back and stomach sleepers, who will find its supportive surface a welcome reprieve at the end of the day. Its construction and materials don't tend to retain as much heat as a number of other foam mattresses we've tested, making it a good choice even if you're prone to sleeping hot. Read the full review.
Just the name "Nectar" connotes something delightfully sweet. The Nectar Mattress is just that, a sweet choice when it comes to memory foam mattresses. The bed has three layers of foam that provide a cushioned and forgiving surface. If you're a side sleeper, you'll find the mattress's softness does a great job at cradling potential pressure points at the shoulders and hips. What's more, the Nectar largely dodges an issue that plagues many memory foam options: heat retention. In our tester's experience (and lab tests) it scarcely held any heat. With a price that's better-than-most mattresses, it's tough to see a reason not to check Nectar out. Read the full review.
We absolutely adore the Leesa Hybrid here at Reviewed. As a hybrid mattress made of foam and coils, we think it offers the perfect balance: It has a plush surface that cradles you as you doze off, paired with a supportive core to keep you comfortable all night. The Leesa Hybrid works for all sleep positions—our tester found herself falling asleep on her side and stomach, her preferred positions, and sometimes waking up well-rested on her back, a position she normally avoids at all costs. If your budget allows for its heftier price, you can't do better. Read the full review.
Our tester couldn't believe how much she enjoyed the Linenspa comforter, a cozy-warm, synthetic-fill option wrapped in a microfiber fabric. The blanket is filled with down alternative that's kept in place with a box stitch (picture: individually sewn squares that prevent the internal fluff from moving about). Its buttery soft fabric comes in four colors, so you can use it alone or encase with a duvet cover. So why was she so surprised the Linenspa came out on top? It's among the least expensive comforters we ever tested. Read the full review.
Finding the perfect pillow is a process that's often more painful than it needs to be. Our sleep writer has heard too many people say they've thrown away money on pillows that don't work well for their needs—and can't be returned. We're confident that won't be your experience with the Coop Home Goods Original pillow. It's stuffed with shredded foam that's adjustable to meet your firmness and fill preferences. Tinker with them for a few nights to get the sensation that's perfect for you, and we're convinced it will be smooth sailing, er, sleeping, from there. Read the full review.
The Slumber Cloud Core mattress protector provides a waterproof surface to keep your mattress safe from liquid spills that could damage the bed beneath. The Core mattress protector has Outlast Technology, which integrates what the company calls Thermocules into the fabric. These help the fabric to "absorb and store" heat in the fabric to provide optimal cool comfort. Our tester was skeptical, as she's had mixed experiences with this cooling technology in the past, but she was pleasantly surprised by how effectively this mattress protector regulated her temperature, while proving to be totally waterproof. Read the full review.
Brooklinen is one of our favorite sleep brands here at Reviewed, we love its pillow protector, down pillows and, of course, its sheets. After testing more than a dozen sets, the only ones our tester was truly sad to take off her bed were the Brooklinen Luxe Core sheet set. She also found them easy to wash, coming out of the dryer wrinkle-free. They're made from 100% cotton with a sateen weave, which lends them a smooth surface and slight sheen. They also weren't prone to excessive staining—a major bonus when it comes to something like sheets, which can really take a beating. Read the full review.
Weighted blankets purport to provide a deep sense of relaxation and a hugging sensation by distributing their weight over you as you sleep or lounge around. There are plenty of options out there, but our hands-down favorite is the Gravity Blanket. It comes with a micro-fleece cover that's soft and delightful to touch. Our tester loved snuggling up under the blanket, which relies on glass beads to create a gentle, soothing pressure. The blanket's weight is evenly distributed thanks to stitching throughout the internal component that prevents beads from shifting about. Read the full review.
Headspace has a great reputation—but we didn't buy in until our tester tried it and raved about it. The best meditation app we've tested has an astounding selection of content, ranging from sleep-specific sessions that help you doze off in the evening, to short wind-down and relaxation sessions you can use in the middle of the day when you catch yourself needing a break. The app's interface is easy to use and navigate, and our tester found that every session she tried left her feeling refreshed and calm. She still regularly turns to it when she's having trouble dozing off, and the app's sleep stories never fail to help her fall asleep. Read the full review.
Sunrise alarms are popular for their joint approach to gentle, effective rousing. Instead of only a blaring alarm tone, these devices emit a light that simulates dawn to lull you from a sleep state into wakefulness, punctuated by an optional sound to ensure you don't doze back off. We tested a spectrum of alarms and fell in love with the Philips SmartSleep HF3520 Wake-Up Light. It's a high-quality alarm clock with a realistic sunrise effect that mimics the real thing, in our tester's experience. The alarm comes with 20 brightness settings to customize your morning experience, as well as a built-in FM radio and five nature-inspired soundtracks. If you're looking for a more pleasant way to start your day than fumbling for your smartphone, look no further. Read the full review.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.