When it comes to sleep, comfort is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. For many, finding the right mattress can be the difference between waking up well-rested and “stay out of my way, there literally isn’t enough coffee in the world.”

Sifting through the labyrinth to find the right mattress, however, can cause even the savviest of shoppers to forfeit precious sleep researching competitive brands into the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, you can rest easy; we have definitively chosen the mattresses that dreams are made of.

After compiling statistics and reviews from dozens of trusted sources, scouring sleep data and studying correlations between quality sleep and your mattress, we found that the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress ($899) is the best buy.

How We Chose the Best Mattress

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Freshome’s top pick for best mattress is the Saatva Luxury Firm.

For this review, we spent about 60 hours delving into everything there is to know about mattresses. From reports on insufficient sleep by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hundreds of customer ratings and reviews, we were extremely thorough in our research. Ironically, we did lose quite a bit of sleep over this one.

Comparing mattresses can feel like comparing apples to oranges, since everyone has a finely tuned preference for what sends them off to snoozeville. Some want to sleep like Aslan on the stone table in Narnia; others prefer to feel like they’re sinking in a vat of quicksand.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal comfort, but for this review we split the difference and searched for the best mattress at a medium firmness. For comparing prices, we looked only at queen-size mattresses, the less expensive of the regal options.

In our research, we learned a few interesting tidbits about mattresses and sleep itself. Most important, expensive doesn’t always equal comfortable. Several companies specialize in custom mattresses for a specific comfort type, but these are simply not worth the everyday shopper shelling out money for. More often than not, you’re better off going with an affordable mattress with a lenient warranty and return policy.

The Saatva Luxury Firm mattress hits all the right buttons for a great mattress. On top of being a luxury mattress with an excellent shipping and return policy, it’s also relatively affordable, preventing any financial-based late-night tossing and turning.

Our full review of the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress is below. First, let’s take a look at where the runners-up shined.

Other Mattresses to Consider

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eLuxury Supply Gel Foam Mattress

The Best Inexpensive Mattress: eLuxury Supply Gel Foam Mattress

eLuxury Supply is a veteran-owned company based in Evansville, Ind., with an amazing story and a downright comfortable mattress. The company’s gel foam mattress, an affordable $545 for a queen size, is undoubtedly the best deal on the market. For anyone searching for an affordable yet surprisingly comfortable foam mattress, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Contour Allura

The Best Luxury Mattress: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Contour Allura

Let’s be clear: This mattress isn’t for everyone. If you’re on a budget like most people, shelling out $4,299 for your mattress will cause more insomnia than rest. However, if you can comfortably afford it, the Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Contour Allura mattress is hard to beat. Combining Tempur-Pedic’s signature comfort with aligning technology to fit almost any comfort preference, the Allura is a luxury in every sense of the word.

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Novosbed Classic

The Best Mattress Warranty: Novosbed Classic

The Novosbed Classic is a memory-foam mattress comparable to the feel of a Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Prima mattress, but at $999 is nearly half the price. Where this mattress and company truly shine is in the warranty and return policy. Boasting a 120-day no-funny-business warranty and a staggering 25-year warranty, the peace of mind alone will have you sleeping like a baby.

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Casper Mattress

The Best Mattress From an Online Retailer: Casper Mattress

No, we’re not talking the friendly ghost here. Casper is an online retailer that has in ways helped paved the path to simple mattress shopping. The company is known for its ease of purchase, free UPS shipping in the U.S. and Canada, and a no-questions-asked 100-day warranty. Simply put, the $850 Casper mattress is the best you can order from the discomfort of your old bed.

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Sleep Number C4

The Best Mattress for Couples: Sleep Number c4

If your significant other is having a tough time going to sleep, that likely means that you will be having a tough time going to sleep. The $1,800 Sleep Number c4 may be just the mattress you need to quell those tosses and turns. It allows each user to set a comfort level (“sleep number”) according to his or her desired level of firmness. If you’re being kept awake by your partner’s snoring, however, we recommend some good earplugs.

Full Review of the Best Mattress: Saatva Luxury Firm

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Saatva Luxury Firm

After coming home from a long day, and feeling an eternal separation from last night’s beauty sleep, there really is nothing better than sinking into the perfect mattress. What makes a perfect mattress, though? Simply put, it’s the one that lets you rest the best. Enter the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress.

The design of the American-made Saatva Luxury Firm mattress is part of what makes it stand out from the crowd. First, it’s an innerspring mattress, but it’s far removed from your old dorm room’s innerspring. This one instead has two levels of innerspring coils (1,300 springs total).

The top level, comprising 884 individually wrapped springs, helps the mattress conform to your shape and limits the transfer of motion. The bottom level has 416 steel springs for support. The full list of specs for the mattress are listed on Saatva’s website.

This spring formation plays a crucial role in allowing air to flow through the mattress, acting as a “deterrent to germs and dust mites,” according to Saatva. Essentially, the innerspring design allows the mattress, and you, to breathe easily.

The unique spring formation topped by a lumbar-supporting memory-foam layer, cotton cover and euro pillowtop make this mattress a heavenly comfort that is neither too stiff nor too soft.

Beyond frivolous comforts, the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress is considered a haven for those whom sleep eludes. Healthbridge, a sleep clinic in the northeastern U.S., chose Saatva as the official mattress for its patients. The founder of Healthbridge, Dr. David Edelson, had this to say on Saatva’s website:

“Saatva mattresses have been shown to dramatically improve the quality of our patients’ sleep. Additionally, I have personally chosen Saatva to replace my $2,800 Tempur-Pedic. It is such a comfortable, healthy and luxurious mattress.”

In addition to its unique and comfortable design, what makes the Saatva our top choice is the company’s “green initiative,” its attention to using eco-friendly and organic materials. Beyond simply reducing harmful waste that may end up in a landfill one day, the organic materials are excellent for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to artificial materials. It also appeals to a growing group of people interested in reducing the amount of chemicals in their home.

While the mattress isn’t 100 percent natural, the cotton cover is organic, the memory-foam layer is biologically based and the springs are all recycled steel. These qualities make this mattress among the most earth-friendly comforts on the market.

One of the biggest advantages Saatva has over brands such as Tempur-Pedic is simply its affordability. Yes, you could probably find a more perfectly crafted mattress, but it’s likely going to cost you at least double. Paying $899 for the Saatva Luxury Firm will allow you to put more of your money under your mattress rather than into it.

Since Saatva is an online company, it’s crucial to offer customers a fair return policy and warranty. Saatva includes a 75-day no-risk home trial, which is, in our opinion, leaps and bounds better than simply plopping down in a mattress store for a few minutes.

To go with the trial, Saatva boasts a “Super-Friendly Return Policy,” and we must agree with our top pick’s phrasing: it’s downright neighborly. During the trial, you can return the mattress for any (or no) reason whatsoever and be charged only the original delivery fee. To top it all off, every Saatva mattress comes with an astounding 15-year warranty.

All in all, the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress proves at every turn that it deserves our top spot, and we can rest easy in that.

Who Is It Best For, and Who Should Skip It?

The Saatva Luxury Firm is best for those who want a luxury bed without breaking the bank. Internet-savvy customers will find the online sales process to be much less tedious, especially on delivery day, than the old trip to the mattress store.

People who should skip this mattress include those who lie on one extreme of the firmness spectrum; those who want customizable comfort like Sleep Number offers; or those who wish to test out their mattress before they buy it. For the most part, this mattress suits the needs of nearly every type of sleeper, and if it doesn’t suit you, stay tuned for a rundown of the other mattresses Saatva offers.

What Made Saatva Stand Out?

  • Unique dual-level innerspring design
  • Top-of-the-line memory-foam layer
  • Eco-conscious design
  • Organic cotton cover and comfortable euro pillowtop
  • Designed to improve your health
  • Considerably cheaper than competitive mattresses

Choosing the Right Mattress For You

Do you like the feel of the ground beneath you as you stare at the clouds, or would you rather sleep on the clouds themselves? We’ve said it before, but there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing the comfort level of your mattress.

In addition to Saatva’s flagship Luxury Firm mattress, the company also sells both a Firm and a Plush Soft model of its mattress. All of the models sold by Saatva are priced the same, so it comes down to personal preference.

The Firm model is more stiff than the Luxury Firm, offering a much firmer core. The cushion on top, however, still comfortably molds to your shape, preventing the Firm mattress from having a solid table-top feeling.

The Plush Soft model is, well, softer. To be specific, the foam itself is softer than the flagship model and is designed to “cradle you from the time you enter the mattress.” We’re getting sleepy just thinking about it.

The Luxury Firm mattress is the best of both the super-soft and supportive worlds, which is why it’s our top pick for the average sleeper. However, if you fall on an extreme of the comfort spectrum, Saatva’s other two mattresses are definitely worth looking into.

What to Avoid When Shopping For a Mattress

Maybe you’re still not convinced, and you want to venture out to find your perfect mattress. We know that shopping for one can be frustrating. So beyond finding the mattress that works best for you, be aware of the pitfalls that can easily ensnare even the most savvy shopper. These include:

Mattress promotions. We’ve all been there: The sales pitch is convincing, the price tag is low and it looks like a great mattress. Alas, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Discounted mattresses tend to be of a lesser quality, which isn’t always readily apparent on the first test. Worst of all, these sales tend to skimp on the warranty, meaning you could shell out cash for a cheap mattress and end up with nothing to show for it.

High-density memory foam. Unfortunately, all memory-foam mattresses are not created equal. The untrained mattress customer may purchase a mattress simply because it says “memory foam” on it. However, high-density foam (typically over five pounds) can be miserable to sleep on. The foam can trap heat and make for a restrictive sleeping experience.

Expensive mattresses. This has been stated already, but expensive doesn’t always mean better when it comes to mattresses. Although the mattress itself may be comfortable, it’s very hard to outweigh a serious case of buyer’s remorse.

While there are many more traps to keep an eye out for while mattress shopping, all of this can be avoided by thoroughly comparing prices and models before you buy.

Final Thoughts

The perfect mattress is almost impossible to find. It must suit your comfort needs, be easily accessible for purchase and, above all else, preserve the money in your wallet.

While there’s no such thing as a perfect mattress for everyone, we believe that the Saatva Luxury Firm mattress offers the best of the competition. With a comfortable design that offers both soft comfort and firm stability, a rock-solid warranty and return policy, and an extremely affordable price tag, the choice was clear.

Your preference of mattress is unique to you and you alone, however. Above all else, we advise you to find the one that suits your level of comfort and helps you rest easy and stay healthy.

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