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The Best Mattresses For Your Sleep Style, According To Certified Night Owls

We’ve reached peak mattress fatigue: blame the paradox of choice or the fact that most of us are completely exhausted in general, but choosing a bed — or even a mattress topper — is tiring. Given the overwhelming number of mattress options available, we decided to actually try out the top-rated styles from the biggest brands first hand — by sleeping on them for a full 30 days.

We all have unique bodies and quirks that contribute to our snoozing preferences — but, ultimately, a good mattress should allow us to sleep happily and soundly (like the people in those tube ads). Specific sleep styles aside, there’s one factor to look for when buying the “right” mattress: one that keeps your spine aligned while applying supportive pressure evenly to your body (kind of like a hug). The rest, like size and material preference, is pretty variable — which is why each of the R29 testers ahead has a unique set of parameters to judge their chosen foam to hybrid and cooling mattresses by.

Scroll on for their honest reviews that will hopefully help you feel a little less restless when buying the mattress of your dreams.

Emma Original Mattress

Mattress type: memory foam
Sleeper style: side and back
Pros: soft-yet-firm support, easy to carry and temperature regulating
Cons: could be considered too firm by those who like to sink into their mattress

“Perhaps one of the best things about Emma is the delivery. I was so surprised at how light this mattress is. It comes rolled up like sushi, vacuum packed, and looks incredibly flat at first; needing 2 hours to rise fully. It even has handles on the side to make it easier to move, despite it not needing to be flipped. An absolute dream as I, at 5’2, moved into a new place alone recently.

I honestly didn’t realise how much my old mattress was hurting my back until trying out this mattress. Of course, there are other issues at play — mainly, the fact that I’m hunched over a laptop much of the day (I know, I know) — but even just a few days after sleeping on this mattress, I noticed a distinct lack of aches and pains. I’m not surprised, Emma won Which’s Best Buy award in 2021 and their site is flooded with five star reviews. Personally, I found its firmness (I would say medium-firm) a little hard to get used to, but now I realise that’s probably because my old mattress is actually too soft for my usual side-sleeping habits. Here, there are three levels of pressure-relieving foam: a top layer of Emma’s Halo Memory Foam™ which adapts to your body shape and natural sleeping pattern, a layer of what the brand calls ‘Point Elastic Airgocell®’ tech helps regulate temperature by absorbing and evaporating sweat, and then Emma HRX Supreme ™ foam which structures everything. In layman’s terms, there’s a soft layer on top which your body sinks into before reaching resistance and a layer of support that cushions your body as you sleep, supposedly ‘aligning’ your spine according to the brand. So, there’s just a little bounce going on here.

At first, when I started sleeping on the Emma mattress, I thought I was falling asleep so quickly because I was just exhausted — my days juggling work and building furniture. But, a month later and I’m still falling asleep so much quicker than on my last mattress. I think that, because of the firmness, I’m not having to toss and turn to find a comfortable position, and I feel fully supported on my side, just as much as I do on my back. I can safely say that this is the best mattress I’ve tried and given the price (it’s currently £439.45, down from £799) and how easy it is to move, I would say it’s worth the five star reviews. A great choice for many sleepers, especially side sleepers like me, and those looking to buy their first ‘proper’ mattress (without breaking the bank).”

Emma Sleep Emma Original Mattress, $, available at Emma Sleep

Brook + Wilde The Ultima Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (foam and springs)
Sleeper style: side and back
Pros: choice of firmness and very supportive
Cons: very heavy to move around and not available as a single

“I’ve had chronic back pain for over 10 years, ever since I was young, and have always struggled to find a mattress that gives the support I need. I often find mattresses that are designed for ‘bad backs’ way too soft and often make things worse, so when I was offered The Ultima in the firm option, and read about it’s ‘wave option’ support (where it distributes pressure on your body for better spinal alignment whilst sleeping), I was very excited.

This mattress did not disappoint — it is quite literally the best I’ve ever slept on, and I do not say that lightly. Thanks to its top layer of memory foam it’s incredibly comfortable, but still provides a very firm support. Unsurprisingly it is a very heavy mattress, which I would say is it’s only down side, but is not so difficult for two people to manoeuvre.

The Ultima has done wonders for my back and I have been able to get full, restful sleep each night without waking up aching. I definitely recommend this mattress to anyone who loves a firm and solid mattresses. 10/10!”

Brook + Wilde The Ultima Mattress, $, available at Brook + Wilde

Parachute The Mattress

Mattress Type: Organic Cotton, Wool, & Steel Coils
Sleeper Style: Side
Pros: Pressure-Point Relief
Cons: Coil-Zone Acclimation

“For their support layers, Parachute uses coils — 6,000 of them. Right out of the box, The Mattress improved my sleep. I found myself waking up rested again and often in the same position as when I went to sleep. However, the surface still felt too hard for me initially. (God, I thought, have I suddenly turned into the princess from the Princess and the Pea?) But after three weeks, a down alternative topper, and then no down alternative topper, everything softened up and settled in. (This is probably why some mattress companies have mandatory 30-day break-in periods.)”

“My head and neck felt supported with a very light sink, and my upper back pain disappeared. The only other issue I experienced was acclimating my body to where the ‘zones’ were in the mattress to make sure my hips hit the firmer coils at just the right angle. It was a learning curve I could have done without, but a very minor one in the end.”

“Parachute’s offering gave me back a good night’s sleep — even if $1,899 for a queen is on the high end of what’s available today both online and in stores.”

Parachute Home Parachute The Mattress, $, available at Parachute

PlushBeds The Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress

 

Mattress type: organic latex, wool and cotton
Sleeper style:
side
Pros:
pressure relief
Cons:
price point”When I was asked if I wanted to review a mattress, I volunteered immediately. I’ve been sleeping on a cheap one for the past three years, and, especially in the past few months, my back has been feeling it. I’m a side sleeper, so I opted to try out PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress, which earned mattress review site Tuck’s highest rating for side sleepers of any weight. Plus, the brand was named the best luxury mattress brand of 2018, and who doesn’t love luxury?

When I think latex, I think of the rubbery material that makes condoms, clothing, and thigh-high boots — not a soft, comfortable mattress. But PlushBeds uses layers of organic Dunlop latex, each layer calibrated to a different firmness, to lend support and softness to the mattress. The latex is the bottom layer of the mattress, beneath a layer of organic wool for temperature regulation and a layer of organic cotton for moisture absorption and unrestricted airflow. All these layers mean that the mattress is very heavy — PlushBeds sent an agent to carry it to my third-floor flat for me, which was great because I could not have managed it on my own.

All this weight has a use, though: the mattress cradles the pressure points of your body, reducing aches; PlushBeds is often recommended by chiropractors and orthopaedic specialists. This checks out: my sore back is now gone. I’m also sleeping more soundly, even though it’s starting to heat up outside. It would normally be out of my budget, but if you have the cash to spend then I think it’s worth it. How’s that for luxury?”

It is important to note that if you’re ordering from PlushBeds outside of the US, you’ll need to contact them for a shipping quote
here.

PlushBeds The Botanical Bliss® Organic Latex Mattress, $, available at PlushBeds

Casper Sleep Wave Mattress

Mattress Type: Foam
Sleeper Style: Side
Pros: Breathability
Cons: Pressure Relief

“I’d never owned a foam mattress prior to this test, having only ever slept as a guest on Tempur-Pedic at my cousin’s house. SO, I was jazzed to give Casper’s newest five-layer foam style a go in my own space! The Wave is built to provide contour support and temperature regulation — two things that I (the sweaty side sleeper) desperately need.”

“When it arrived the entire process was very white-glove with the delivery guy staying to help unbox and properly set up the mattress on my bed (a feat I could not have accomplished alone, this thing is heavy AF). Once The Wave was unfurled from its compact packaging, I left it alone on my bed for a few hours to do its plump-up thing. There was no weird residual chemical smell and by bedtime, it was ready to go.”

“That first night was a little touch and go, as my body wasn’t used to the whole contouring-foam feeling (which in certain side-sleeping positions put pressure on my hips and shoulders causing them to cramp). But, aside from that, it felt like I was sleeping on a breathable cushy cloud — that was even more amplified when I threw some super soft linen sheets on top of it.”

“Although the pressure issue persisted through the 30-day trial run, it helped give me the push I needed to convert myself into a back sleeper — a position where this mattress really shines support wise. When I’m on my back, The Wave is everything you’d want in a mattress: soft-yet-firm, full-body supportive, and incredibly breathable for sweat-prone sleepers. Plus, when snoozing with a plus one, any other-side-of-the-bed movement is nearly undetectable.”

Casper Sleep Wave Mattress, $, available at Casper

Temper-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze Mattress

Mattress Type: Cooling Foam
Sleeper Style: Stomach
Pros: Temperature Regulation
Cons: Weight

“I’m convinced that Tempur-Pedic makes mattresses so that you’ll never want to move. I mean that in a couple of ways: one, once you lie down on this mattress, you’ll be so comfortable that you literally never want to get up; and two, this mattress is so heavy that it makes transporting it from one home to another essentially impossible. Obviously, this is not actually how Tempur-Pedic actually designs its mattresses, but it was my experience testing the Tempur-breeze.”

“Initially I was drawn to this mattress because the foam and fabric are supposed to have a cooling effect, which helps you sleep in higher temperatures. When I began testing, I lived in an apartment that didn’t have air-conditioning, which is exactly as miserable as it sounds. Each night in my old bed felt like an infrared sauna wrap. The Tempur-breeze promises to keep you chill thanks to cool-to-touch fabric and material that absorbs heat as you sleep and encourages airflow.”

“There’s solid scientific evidence suggesting that the ideal temperature to sleep in is between 60 and 67 degrees — not 90 degrees, which was the temperature of my room. Although a mattress couldn’t lower the temperature of my room by 30 degrees, it can cool me by three degrees. You can actually feel the chill when you feel the slippery outer fabric of the SmartClimate Dual Cover System, which made it challenging to keep a fitted sheet secure, especially if you toss and turn. With some fans on full blast and only a thin blanket on my bed, I stayed a comfy temperature throughout the night. And since the mattress is so comfortable, I had fewer middle-of-the-night wake-ups than usual, too.”

“This mattress is without a doubt the most comfortable and luxurious surface I’ve ever rested my bod on. (For context, I was using a cheap six-year-old spring mattress before making the switch.) I’m a stomach-sleeper, but the memory foam cradled all my curves and all my edges perfectly. The first night it actually made me kind of paranoid that I couldn’t feel my body on the mattress. I woke up with a lot less neck pain and fewer creaks than usual, which made me want to jump up and down like Kelly in the Tempur-Pedic commercials of the 90s. Even my dog, who sleeps on the bed with me, seemed to visibly relax when he sunk into the mattress.”

“The one and only caveat I have to mention about the Tempur-Pedic breeze is its weight. While testing, I moved apartments and made the bold decision to not hire professional movers. When Tempur-Pedic’s white glove delivery service dropped off the mattress, they made it look incredibly easy. But carrying this mattress up three flights of stairs with my partner was like trying to haul a massive, 123-pound lasagna noodle up a mountain. But, I have to say: knowing that my partner could essentially carry a dead body with me definitely helps me sleep well at night.”

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-breeze°, $, available at Tempur-Pedic

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (foam and spring)
Sleeper style: hot
Pros: cooling support
Cons: out-of-the-box smell

“My partner and I put a lot of research into finding a mattress that was supportive but doesn’t trap heat — which was our biggest qualm with our last Tempur-Pedic foam bed. We loved how it gave us back and hip support, but hated waking up in a sweat in the middle of the night.

We were hopeful the Leesa would hold up to its claims and decided to upgrade to a King. Unfortunately, our bed-frame arrived late, and the Leesa stayed in the box for two weeks. Big mistake. I didn’t realise that when you leave a foam mattress in a box, it can intensify that new mattress chemical-y smell. The Leesa smelled so strong the first night, it made me nauseous. It didn’t bother my partner as much. For this reason, the company strongly urges customers to remove the mattress from the box asap.

Thankfully, the smell dissipated quickly, because now we couldn’t love our mattress more. It provides the perfect amount of support — we both live pretty active lives and never wake up sore, achy, or like we “slept on something wrong,” which was a common occurrence before. The foam is soft enough that it’s comfortable but firm enough that one of us can move in the middle of the night and the other doesn’t feel a thing. We’ve honestly had the best sleep ever.

As for the cooling claims, it’s definitely an improvement from our last bed, but we both still run pretty hot. We ordered new cooling sheets and a comforter and if that doesn’t help, we’re just going to have to be one of those couples that cuddle for five minutes and then retreats to our sides of the bed for the rest of the night. Is this what marriage is like?”

Leesa Hybrid 11″ Mattress Memory Foam Bed-In-A-Box, Twin Size, $, available at Homeloft

Wink Beds The WinkBed Mattress

Mattress Type: Hybrid (Foam & Spring)
Sleeper Style: Restless
Pros: Sink-Into-Bed Support
Cons: Aesthetic Durability

“This mattress was a serious winner for me. It’s handmade in Wisconsin when ordered, so it takes a couple of weeks to arrive, but other than the wait I had no real complaints. Right out of the literal box, it was fluffy, supportive and odor-free. The blue-and-white trim around the top looks pretty regal, and this bed softened up to my liking within a week or two.”

“Wink’s main and original mattress is a hybrid (coils and foam) and comes in four variations: softer, luxury firm, firm, and plus. They also make a memory foam bed and an eco-friendly mattress featuring 100% natural materials. I chose the luxury firm, their most popular style, and as someone who likes to sink into their bed, I wasn’t disappointed. But it’s nice that they have so many options. Their Plus model is also great because it’s one of the only bed-in-a-box, luxury beds to accommodate heavier weights.”

“The mattress itself has a Tencel cover, which sleeps cooler than linen, wicks away heat, and is softer than silk, according to the site. Then there’s a gel-infused memory foam layer, which is what provides a lot of the immediate comfort you feel when you lie down, individually wrapped coils, and great edge support (something you’ll really come to appreciate when you share your bed with little kids).”

“My only gripe: when I change the sheets, the top of the mattress already looks very used even though it’s only a couple of months old, so that’s definitely a little disappointing. Otherwise, when I go to sleep, I stay asleep. No tossing and turning, no back pain, and no grogginess in the morning because I didn’t actually get a good night’s rest.”

WinkBeds The WinkBed, $, available at WinkBeds

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (foam and spring)
Sleeper style: side
Pros: price
Cons: initial firmness

“DreamCloud makes a ‘luxuriously’ built hybrid mattress for a fraction of the price of more established retailers. It’s 15” high, features a quilted cashmere cover, and a gel-infused memory foam top to cradle your body and keep you cool. It also has five different comfort zones to support different parts of your body in different ways. For example, the top where your head rests is softer than the middle where your lower back sits.

Out of the box, this baby pops up and has no smell. The first two weeks, it was definitely on the stiffer side which, as a side sleeper, I abhor. But as the weeks went on, it softened up substantially without losing its support. As the bed has pocketed coils in the centre, air circulated well, and I never got that clammy, stick-to-you feeling you sometimes experience with all-foam mattresses.

My partner, who’s a lot heavier than me, also really enjoyed it, and so did our two kids, who loved jumping on it. When compared to five-star hotel mattresses, I’d say this held its own. The best part, however, is that this company offers a 365-day trial. If you’re not satisfied after a year, you can return it no questions asked!”

DreamCloud Sleep Luxury Hybrid Mattress, $, available at DreamCloud Sleep

Essentia Classic 8 Mattress

Mattress type: organic latex and memory foam
Sleeper style: back
Pros: sustainability
Cons: firmness”This very expensive, hypoallergenic, natural foam, natural latex, and GOTS organic cotton covered mattress was overall pretty good — but there were definitely a few hiccups.

When this extremely heavy beauty was unrolled from the box, there was a definite smell, and I’m not sensitive to odours. For the first month, it was also pretty firm, and I do not like pretty firm. I like soft, pillowy, sink-into-ya, never wanna-leave-ya gooeyness from my beds, even if that’s not ideal for my back. So at first, I was sad. But, I know that you have to give a mattress a good 30 days before you can truly judge it. As time went on, the mattress didn’t lose its firmness, but it did soften up and start to mould to my body. The next month that I slept on it, we got along just fine, and I woke up feeling well-rested.

If you’re a hot sleeper and concerned about a latex mattress heating you up too much as you snooze, the Canadian company promises that ‘the surface is three degrees cooler than your internal body temperature over an eight-hour sleep cycle.’ Personally, it never overheated me, but I keep my bedroom pretty cool.

I would recommend this product to a friend who really, really cares about their sleep as well as the environment and buying all organic, natural, and organically certified products. I’d also recommend it to someone who has a back injury or issues — it’s definitely on the firmer side and super supportive. Otherwise, I’m not sure the price tag justifies the product. The mattress also has a very low profile — only 8 inches high — so that’s another thing to keep in mind when pairing it with an existing bed frame or if you’re swapping it for something that was way higher.”

Essentia Classic 8 Organic Mattress, $, available at Essentia

Saatva Classic Luxury Firm Matress

Mattress Type: Hybrid (Foam & Spring)
Sleeper Style: Side, Stomach, & Back
Pros: Soft-Yet-Firm Support
Cons: Mattress Pattern

“My ideal mattress is somewhat of an impossibility: My back craves something super-firm, but I need my mattress to allow me to sleep on my side and stomach without my extremities losing circulation. I despise the feeling of being trapped in a foam mattress like a bug in honey, but I also don’t want to wake up each time a partner moves on the other side of the bed. What I really want is a mattress that can read my mind and body — here’s hoping my grandchild’s grandchild will one day invent it to honor my legacy. But, as such, I’ve become resigned to the fact that I was born to doze in the wrong century. I’m like Oscar Wilde, but for sleeping.”

“But, Saatva’s Classic in Luxury Firm comes as close to the future as I’ve seen. Unlike many online mattresses, it has springs inside, which is a must for me, as all-foam mattresses give me that ‘help I’m stuck and I can’t get up’ feeling. Also, it doesn’t come in a box, which means no weird smells. The company let me review the thinner mattress for free, in order to fit my sheets, and I was pleased that it still felt substantial. Upon the first trial, I was immediately skeptical of its ‘Euro pillow top’ as too squishy and hilly, as I like a more uniform surface, but the thought fled my mind as quickly as it entered it because I fell asleep immediately. I woke up without the sore back I typically get from beds that are slightly softer than a wooden board.”

“Likewise, I thought that the bed was perhaps a little too hard when I first jumped into it and made a thunk sound. But, I quickly forgot, because — you guessed it — I fell asleep again. That pillow top cradles the curves of my body without making me feel like I was in a me-shaped cake mold.”

“And while it’s not exactly a black hole of movement, the only time I really feel jostled by my partner is when they get in or out of bed. Honestly, sleeping in this Saatva makes me feel single.”

“There are drawbacks, though. Saatva doesn’t maintain showrooms, so I couldn’t try it out before I placed an order, although customers have 120 days to change their mind (with a $100 fee). Also — and this is so nitpicky — but there are these bizarre berry designs all over the mattress that are dark enough that they show through both the mattress protector and a set of pale sheets like an infestation of shadow fruit. Are Saatvas berries? (Are they a vegetable?) It drives me nuts, but again, it’s only temporary, because I’m usually asleep before I get a chance to really notice it.”

Saatva The Saatva Classic Mattress, $, available at Saatva

Brook + Wilde The Elite Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (memory foam and spring)
Sleeper style: side, back and stomach
Pros: soft-yet-firm, thermo-regulating, non slip-base, 100 night trial, 10 year guarantee
Cons: heavy and on the pricier side

“The Elite Mattress was delivered to the room of my choice in a box much taller than me, but a box nonetheless! I couldn’t really believe something of its size and weight could fit into a box?!

Albeit a bit heavy, it was very easy to unpack and didn’t have that lingering smell some new furniture does. Transitioning from a standard spring mattress with an IKEA topper to an eight-layer hybrid mattress has made such a noticeable difference to my sleep. The Elite comes in soft, medium or firm and my partner and I opted for medium firmness. My partner struggles with lower back pain and I read online that firmer mattresses are better for side or stomach sleepers (which I predominantly am). Medium has been just perfect for us — it is soft-yet-firm, providing support in all the right places. Thankfully, if we did have any issues, Brook + Wilde have a 100 day trial wherein you can switch out or return your mattress for free.

One of the most noticeable differences to my sleep has been the thermo-regulating layer. Previously, I would often toss and turn throughout the night from overheating. This is something I have yet to experience with the Elite. It keeps me at a good temperature all night.

The mattress is also very quiet. I’m not a particularly sensitive sleeper but I often used to be awoken by my partner getting up in the morning. While the mattress does have a bit of bounce, I really only wake up to my alarm going off these days — sleeping fully throughout the night. To say that the Elite is an upgrade to our prior set up is an understatement; this is the first luxury mattress I have ever had and I can firmly say that getting into bed after a long day is one of the things I most look forward to.”

Brook + Wilde The Elite Mattress, $, available at Brook + Wilde

Simba Hybrid® Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (memory foam and spring)
Sleeper style: side and back
Pros: soft yet still supportive and cooling
Cons: can be considered too soft by those who want a firmer sleep

“Finally, a perfect mattress! I had previously bought a memory foam mattress, thinking that it would be heavenly to sleep on and far better than the basic, spring mattress that I had used before. I was completely wrong — it ended being one of the worst I’d slept on. It was far too soft and just constantly felt as though I was sinking; the lack of support just made my back feel worse. So I was skeptical trying another memory foam mattress and honestly thought they were just a pointless fad.

But this Simba mattress is absolutely phenomenal. It is amazing to wake up with no shoulder or neck pain and finally have a great night sleep. It is still memory foam, but because it’s a hybrid, is firm as well which offers great support — especially as a side and back sleeper. Unlike my other foam mattress, it’s so high quality, I can see this one lasting a long time without it sinking. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new mattress that isn’t too expensive (or at least, as mattresses go — right now it’s down £599 from £999!).”

Simba Hybrid® Mattress, $, available at Simba

TEMPUR Hybrid Elite Mattress

Mattress type: hybrid (memory foam and spring)
Sleeper style: side
Pros: removable mattress cover, soft but still supportive
Cons: considerably soft for someone who likes a firmer support and on the pricier side

“Honestly, I did not get on well with this mattress, mostly because I prefer firmer support. It’s beautifully made, but I found its top layer of TEMPUR Dynamic memory foam too soft. Instead, my housemate — who is a big fan — begged me to pass it on to her. Now, she can’t stop singing it’s praises and loves how that “sinking-in feeling” at the end of the day and how it moulds to her body. It turns out, it’s perfect for her sleeping habits (a side-sleeper who doesn’t move too much and likes being toasty in bed). I, on the other hand, tend to sleep mostly on my back, like a cool bed and toss and turn all night, which the memory foam doesn’t help with.

I do really like the removable mattress cover though. Being able to zip it off and wash easily is brilliant. In fact, I’m already eyeing up one of TEMPUR’s firmer mattresses because (as you would expect from this price!) the quality is undeniable.”

TEMPUR Hybrid Elite Mattress, $, available at TEMPUR

 


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