The best mattress 2022: 9 top options for a better night's sleep

best mattress: Nectar Memory Foam Mattress on a wooden bed base in a colourful room, with a couple sat up in bed
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Taking time to find the best mattress for you can make a major difference to how well you sleep. It's not all about how much you spend, either – different beds suit different sleep styles and circumstances, so it pays to do a bit of research before you buy. This expert mattress buying guide and reviews is here to help, 

While official Cyber Monday mattress deals may be over, many brands have extended their offers. These still represent the best deals of the year, so if you want to pick up a new bed for the lowest price, get a move on while you still can. 

We've spent hundreds of hours researching and testing mattresses from the top sleep brands, focusing on a range of key areas including comfort, support, pressure relief, motion isolation and temperature regulation. In our best mattress 2022 ranking below, you'll find a list of the ones that impressed us the most, at a range of budgets and for a range of needs. We'll also fill you in on any potential drawbacks that might mean a different model is the right choice for you.

How we test mattresses

Our Best Mattress guide is editorially independent – we chose which models to review and which ones appear in our ranking. We sleep on each mattress for three weeks or more, and thoroughly test it in all the key areas. Read our mattress methodology for more info.

If it's an awesome all-rounder you're after, the best mattress for most people is the Saatva Classic. This hybrid innerspring delivers hotel-level luxury for a relatively affordable price, and in our tests it scored very highly on comfort and back support. If it doesn't look quite right for you, you'll also find superbly comfortable memory foam models, mattresses that are great for side sleepers or back pain, and great-value budget buys below.

Each of the beds in our guide comes on a trial to enable you to test it out thoroughly and make sure its right for you, so don't worry about being lumbered with an uncomfortable bed if you make the wrong decision. Now let's take a look at the best mattresses.

Saatva Classic mattress, our best mattress pick, on a sunny patio

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The best mattress overall delivers hotel-level luxury at an affordable price

Specifications

Type: traditional
Material: hybrid innerspring
Firmness: soft (3), luxury firm (5.5), firm (8)
Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches
Trial length: 365 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: $99
Warranty: lifetime
Price range: $935 - $2,450
Best for: all sleepers, hot sleepers, back pain

Reasons to buy

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Excellent back support
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Customizable firmness and height
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Superb temperature regulation
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Free white glove delivery

Reasons to avoid

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$99 fee to refund or exchange
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Some slight motion transfer

The Saatva Classic is the flagship mattress from premium sleep brand Saatva, and we think it's the best mattress you can buy. This luxury hybrid innerspring combines the superior support of traditional springs with the comfort and advanced features of the latest mattresses. In our Saatva Classic mattress review, our testers found it offered an excellent balance of pressure relief and support in all sleeping positions, as well as staying nice and cool at night. Although MSRP has crept up over the past year, it's still competitively priced for a luxury hybrid, starting from $935 for a twin. 

The mattress comes in three different comfort levels (plush soft, luxury firm and firm) and two heights (11.5 or 14.5 inches), so you can customize it to your preferences (we tested a queen size in the luxury firm feel). Whichever version you choose, you’ll benefit from Saatva’s patented spinal zone technology, which comes with approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. It makes the Saatva Classic a particularly good choice for anyone with a bad back, but also anyone who wants to avoid one. 

A combination of responsive springs and a cushiony pillow top mean the Saatva Classic has a buoyant sleep surface; you'll lie on top of this mattress rather than sinking in. The fact that bed is mostly coils means that air can flow through the it, which is good news for hot sleepers – the Classic sleeps cooler than most of the mattresses we've tested. The only foam you'll find in this design is around the perimeter, to boost edge stability and ensure you can sleep right up the sides.

If you're something that offers the 'hug' of memory foam, scroll down to the Nectar below. If we were to be picky, we'd say that the Soft option can deliver a small degree of motion transfer. We're also not wild about the $99 fee for returns, although the fact that Saatva offers white glove delivery to a room of choice, as standard, goes some way to making up for that. And if you’re looking for hotel-quality luxury without the premium price tag, we think the Saatva Classic is the best mattress you can buy.

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Saatva Classic Mattress: was $935 now from $735 at Saatva (opens in new tab)
We have an exclusive discount that knocks $400 off any purchase over $1K, which is a much bigger saving than you'll find in the general Saatva Cyber Week offer. The discount will kick in on everything but the twin size (use this link (opens in new tab) for a discount on that one), and a queen will now set you back $1,395. This is the best Saatva mattress sale (opens in new tab) we've seen in quite some time. 

Nectar memory foam mattress on a light wooden bed in a colorful room

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The best memory foam mattress, offering incredible value

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: foam
Firmness: medium firm (6.5)
Height: 12 inches
Trial length: 365 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: forever
Price range: $599 - $1,338
Best for: all sleepers, couples, tight budgets

Reasons to buy

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Great motion isolation
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Good pressure relief
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Competitively priced

Reasons to avoid

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Can sleep a bit warm
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Heavier bodies might need more support

The Nectar Memory Foam is, for our money, the best memory foam mattress for most people. It's the most popular and affordable option in Nectar's range, offering strong performance in key areas including support, pressure relief and motion isolation, while significantly undercutting many of its competitors on price. 

As we discovered during testing for our Nectar Mattress review, this is a mattress you sink into rather than lying on top of. There are five layers, including a new cooling cover made from polyethylene, a three-inch gel memory foam comfort layer and deep support layers at the base. Together, these deliver the distinctive memory foam 'hug' as the mattress contours to your body, relieving tension at pressure points.

Motion isolation is better than the Saatva Classic, as you might expect from an all-foam mattress. This makes the Nectar a great choice for anyone with a restless partner – you won't be disturbed by them tossing and turning, or getting in and out of bed. However, the slow-moving memory foam can make changing position a little harder. If you're heavier, or prefer a more responsive mattress, you'll do better with a spring-based option like the Saatva. As is common with all-foam mattresses, it can also sleep slightly warm, so if you know you're a hot sleeper consider the Saatva, Helix Midnight or DreamCloud instead if you know you're a hot sleeper. 

This is officially a mid-range mattress, but you can basically ignore those MSRPs as this mattress is always sold with a major discount, and a bundle of free sleep accessories too. There's also a year-long mattress trial and a forever warranty. You get a lot for your money here. If you love the cushioning feel of memory foam, though, and want superb value for money, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is an excellent choice. 

Nectar Memory Foam mattress:  was $544 now from  (opens in new tab)

Nectar Memory Foam mattress: was $544 now from $359 at Nectar (opens in new tab)
Nectar launched a 33% off sale in early November, and it's still running now. It takes the price of a queen Original mattress down to $669, which is $100 cheaper than the evergreen offer we usually see. It comes with a lifetime warranty and a year's risk-free trial, so you'll have plenty of time to make sure it suits you.

Helix Midnight mattress on a wooden bedframe on a block-pattern carpert

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The best mattress for side sleepers

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: hybrid pocket coils
Firmness: medium firm (5.5)
Height: 12 inches
Trial length: 100 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: 10-15 years
Price range: $849 - $1,549
Best for: side sleepers, couples

Reasons to buy

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Good pressure relief 
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Sleeps cool
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Great edge support

Reasons to avoid

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Front sleepers may need more support

The Helix Midnight is a popular hybrid that we think is the best choice for side sleepers, as well those who toss and turn at night. That's thanks to a quite soft-yet-supportive sleep surface that minimizes motion transfer. In our Helix Midnight mattress review, we were also impressed with the temperature regulation on offer here (there's the option of upgrading to a specialist cooling cover, too, although we didn't test that). 

On top, a memory foam layer relieves pressure at your hips and shoulders, while under this a supportive polyfoam layer helps prevent you from sinking in too deeply. The foam layers are followed by hundreds of eight-inch steel pocket coils, which provide extra support and improved airflow, as well as a little bounce, making the Helix Midnight easier to move around on than all-foam options like the Nectar Memory Foam.

As a result, the Helix Midnight doesn’t feel completely like a memory foam mattress or like a traditional innerspring – it falls somewhere in between, making it a good option for couples with different comfort preferences. In our tests, we judged that the softer sleep surface might not provide enough support for those who lie on their front, or for heavier people (over 250lb). If that's you, check out the firm Saatva Classic at #1 in our list. Like many of the beds in our list, the Helix Midnight has increased in price over 2022, but it still remains competitively priced, with a queen at just under $1,100. 

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Helix Midnight mattress: was $849 now from $749 at Helix (opens in new tab)
In the (very) extended Helix Black Friday sale, there's between $150 and $250 off the Midnight, and you'll get two free Dream pillows thrown in for good measure. That's a bigger discount than the evergreen Helix sale (opens in new tab) price, and well worth taking advantage of. A queen size drops to $999, which is officially $250 off but $100 less than the usual sale price. 

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress on a bed in a bedroom

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This luxurious hybrid is a cheaper alternative to the Saatva Classic

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: hybrid innerspring
Firmness: medium firm (6.5)
Height: 14 inches
Trial length: 365 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: lifetime
MSRP: $799 - $1,499
Best for: joint pain, hot sleepers, couples

Reasons to buy

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Great comfort and support 
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Sleeps cool
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Excellent value

Reasons to avoid

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Might be a bit firm for lighter bodies

The DreamCloud mattress is an excellent choice for anyone who likes the sound of a pressure-relieving memory foam, but wants something more responsive. This luxury hybrid has five layers, including gel-infused memory foam and a breathable innerspring layer to aid airflow. In our DreamCloud mattress review, we found this mattress does a superb job of regulating temperature, and if you do get a bit clammy, a quilted foam and cashmere top layer that's designed to wick away moisture.

You're getting the best of both worlds here: the coils make it more responsive, bouncier and easier to move about on than something like the Nectar Memory Foam mattress, while the thicker foam layers means it also isolates motion better than something like the Saatva Classic. Those foam layers also deliver plenty of pressure relief. We rated this bed a 7.5 out of 10 in firmness – that'll suit most people, although if you're light in weight or lie on your side, you could consider a softer option such as the Helix Midnight above.

This mattress is a generous 14 inches deep, and while that’s a benefit – giving you more luxury cushioning and supportive contouring than thinner mattresses – you may need deeper sheets. Luckily, it comes with a free luxury sheet set as part of the regular deal. Plus, like the Nectar, you get a whole year to decide whether you like it, and there's a forever warranty too. 

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DreamCloud mattress: was $799 now from $599 at DreamCloud (opens in new tab)
DreamCloud continues to knock 25% off mattresses and is throwing in up to $599 of sleep accessories, too. That includes two contour pillows, a cooling mattress protector and a set of sheets. It's a common DreamCloud sale (opens in new tab) – but still a great price for this top-rated hybrid. A queen size costs $899.

The Allswell Hybrid Mattress photographed on a light wooden bedframe in a white bedroom

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5. The Allswell mattress

The best budget mattress

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: hybrid innerspring
Firmness: Medium firm (7)
Height: 10 inches
Trial length: 100 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: $339 - $539
Best for: smaller budgets, spare rooms

Reasons to buy

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Low price for an innerspring hybrid
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Decent temperature regulation
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Extras are in line with mid-range models

Reasons to avoid

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Not that thick
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Side sleepers might like more cushioning

If you're on a tighter budget, our best budget pick is the Allswell. Hybrids typically cost more than all-foam models, but this mattress from the Walmart family manages to offer memory foam, individually-wrapped coils and a comfy quilted top for a seriously low price. We haven't been able to review this ourselves yet, but over the comments on the Allswell site, the vast majority are very happy with their purchase and say that it represents great value for money.

The coils will allow for extra breathability, and the memory foam is charcoal and copper gel-infused to promote cooling too. It seems to work pretty well; a handful of reviewers say it runs slightly warm, but most people seem to find the temperature regulation perfectly acceptable. Of course, for that lower price you'll need to make a few concessions. At 10-inches deep it's not the most luxurious bed around. That's about the minimum thickness we'd recommend for an average sized adult – heavier people should look for something thicker to provide the support they need, and side sleepers might also prefer something with more give around shoulders and hips, although the memory foam layer should offer a decent amount of softness.

We're pleased to see the extras are in line with what you'd find with mid-range beds: a 100-night trial, free delivery and returns, and a 10-year warranty. While we'd always recommend spending a bit more for your perfect every-night sleep setup, if you're looking for an occasional bed – perhaps for the spare room – the Allswell offers plenty for a very low price. Our article on should I buy the Allswell mattress has more info, if you want to dig in further. 

The Allswell mattress: shop best prices at Allswell (opens in new tab)

The Allswell mattress: shop best prices at Allswell (opens in new tab)
The Allswell Black Friday sales have finished and it's back to full price for the moment. Although it's a shame to miss out on those discounts, the Allswell is still extremely affordable – a queen comes in at $449. The extras are in line with what you can expect from a pricier model – free delivery, a 100-night sleep trial, free returns if you don't get on with it, and a 10-year warranty. 

Purple Plus Mattress

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6. Purple Plus Mattress

The best mattress for deep pressure relief

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: GelFlex, foam, knit fabric (29% Viscose, 67% Polyester, 4% Lycra)
Firmness: Medium
Height: 11 inches
Trial length: 100 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: 10-year
MSRP: $1,099 - $2,598
Best for: Side sleepers; hot sleepers; extra pressure relief

Reasons to buy

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Cooling and breathable
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Hypoallergenic mattress
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Non-toxic materials

Reasons to avoid

-
Edge support could be better
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Trial only 100 nights

If you suffer with joint pain, you want a mattress that offers strong pressure relief. Purple, with its unique 'Purple Grid' material, excels in this area, and our favorite of the bunch is the Purple Plus. As well as offering good pressure relief, this mattress is great when in comes to motion isolation – essentially, it'll absorb movements rather than letting them reverberate across the whole mattress. That makes this a good choice for couples on different sleep schedules, or which include one restless sleeper; find our more about it in our guide: Should I buy the Purple Plus mattress? 

Made in the US, the Purple Plus uses the brand’s patented GelFlex material to create a 2” grid that’s flexible, durable, cooling and cushioning. Around the edge of the mattress lie foam rails to add edge support. These are designed to make it easier to get in and out of bed, and to support you right up to the edge of the mattress, While this is a welcome addition, the edge support is average compared to the competition.

Compared to the brand's original mattress, the Purple Plus adds an extra layer of comfort foam. This adapts nicely to different areas of your body, adding cushioning where needed around your main pressure points (back and hips), while keeping your spine comfortably supported. 

The Purple Plus comes on a risk-free 100-night trial, so you have over three months to make sure this is the best mattress for your sleep. If you change your mind, contact Purple for a refund and they will also collect the mattress. Other perks include free delivery and returns, plus a 10-year warranty. The coverage period is average, but not all mattress manufacturers offer free returns so that’s a good perk. Purple regularly runs mattress sales too, so you can often find discounts averaging $100 to $150 off the Purple Plus, making it competitively priced for the tech inside.

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Purple Plus mattress: was $1,499 now from $1,299 at Purple (opens in new tab)
There are discounts across the full range at Purple right now. The Plus has $200 off all sizes, with a queen size dropping to $1,699. Annoyingly, it isn't as good as the offer we saw at the start of November, but it's still a decent price drop (Purple mattress sales (opens in new tab) aren't as regular as we see with other brands; you can't always bank on a discount). 

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress

(Image credit: Cocoon by Sealy)

6. Cocoon by Sealy Chill mattress

The best mattress for hot sleepers on a budget

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: memory foam
Firmness: 6 (out of 10)
Height: 10 inches
Trial length: 100 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: 10 years
MSRP: $769-$1,539
Best for: hot sleepers; couples

Reasons to buy

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Good temperature regulation
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Body contouring comfort
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Supports all sleep positions

Reasons to avoid

-
Perhaps too soft for heavier bodies

Cooling mattresses are normally very expensive because they use a larger array of materials and tech to regulate temperature. The Cocoon by Sealy Chill Memory Foam mattress bucks that trend by offering a decent cooling performance at a fraction of the price. The action centers around a stretch-knit cooling cover infused with phase-change material. This absorbs then dissipates body heat. The cover is also good at wicking away sweat, making this the best mattress in our guide for anyone dealing with night sweats.

The Cocoon Chill Mattress is as supportive as it is cooling and comfy, with two layers of foam and a thick support layer. Underneath the cooling cover sits a slab of memory foam, which molds itself around your body, giving you that distinctive custom cradling effect. Beneath that lies a layer of Responsive Comfort Foam. Its job is to prevent you from sinking into the mattress too much and also to reduce motion transfer. This is vital for anyone who shares a bed, especially restless sleepers who move between positions. The Essential Support Layer at the base provides bounce and durability, and keeps the entire mattress stable. 

While the phase change material technology is a massive draw here, the main star of the show is the price – with an evergreen 35% off deal plus nearly $200 worth of free bedding included, the Cocoon by Sealy Chill mattress is a real bargain.

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Cocoon by Sealy Chill mattress: was $769 now from $474 at Cocoon by Sealy (opens in new tab)
The evergreen Cocoon by Sealy mattress sale (opens in new tab) knocks 35% off all sizes of the Chill Mattress, and throws in pillows and sheets for free. But there's also a coupon – EXTRA25 – that knocks an additional $25 off. That takes the price of the queen size down to $774 (was $1,239). This is already cheaper than most specialist cooling mattresses, and offers excellent value.

Avocado Green Mattress

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7. Avocado Green Mattress

The best organic mattress made with certified and sustainably sourced materials

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: hybrid (natural latex and springs)
Firmness (1-10): 5.5
Height: 11 inches, or 13 with pillow top
Trial length: 365 days
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Availability: online
Warranty: 25 years
Best for: eco-conscious users
MSRP: $1,399 - $2,599

Reasons to buy

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Made with organic materials
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Gentle-firm and medium-firm feels
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Excellent warranty and trial period

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier option

Organic mattresses are normally more expensive than other types because they use certified, natural and organic materials that are often also sustainably sourced. The Greenguard Gold Certified Avocado Green Mattress gives you all of that but at a reasonable price compared to other organic sleep brands. Inside the mattress you’ll find certified organic latex, OEKO-TEX certified wool, GOTS certified organic, and other natural materials. 

The presence of organic latex means the Avocado Green Mattress is more durable and longer-lasting. The natural latex will also help to regulate the in-bed temperature, because it's naturally breathable. The organic wool takes on some temperature control duties too, plus it wicks away moisture (along with the organic cotton) to keep the mattress fresh. It’s also naturally dust mite-resistant and anti-microbial. 

All sleeping positions are comfy on this organic mattress because you can choose from a standard version (medium-firm feel) or a pillow top version (gentle-firm). The medium-firm feel Avocado Green Mattress is well-suited to stomach and back sleeping, plus large and tall side sleepers. 

The mattress is 11 inches thick and houses three inches of GOLS certified organic latex rubber foam to add extra support during sleeping. The Avocado Green Mattress Pillow-Top has a European style pillow-top filled with a two-inch layer of GOLS organic certified latex rubber foam. At 13 inches tall, this version is better for all side sleepers and those who switch between positions during the night (combination sleepers).

Inside the Avocado Green Mattress you'll find 1,414 individually tuned, tempered steel coils. That sounds like a weirdly specific number, but each plays a part in reducing motion transfer and keeping your spine aligned. That means less back pain for you, excellent pressure relief, and even distribution of weight across the mattress. Avocado Green is, without question, the best mattress for organic, healthy sleep that doesn’t break the bank.

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Avocado Green Mattress: was $1,399 now from $1,259 at Avocado (opens in new tab)
This extended Cyber Monday deal gets you 10% off site-wide with code SAVE10. This brand doesn't always run offers, although we have seen this particular Avocado sale (opens in new tab) price before. It takes the cost of the queen sized Avocado Green Mattress to $1,799.10 (note, Package Protection is added automatically, and you need to toggle it off if you don't want it). Medical providers, members of the military, First Responders and teachers can also get a discount (opens in new tab)

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress shown on a brown fabric bed frame in a white bedroom

(Image credit: Zinus)

8. Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

The best budget mattress under $500

Specifications

Type: mattress in a box
Material: foam
Firmness: medium firm (6.5)
Height: 6-12 inches
Trial length: 100 nights
Shipping: free
Returns: free
Warranty: 10 years
Price range: $177 - $644
Best for: tight budgets, kids, spare rooms

Reasons to buy

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Good pressure relief
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A great budget mattress

Reasons to avoid

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Hot sleepers will find warm
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Not great for heavier people

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam is the cheapest in our best mattress guide, and a top choice for anyone on a tight budget. This all-foam mattress has three layers, and comes in four different depths: 6, 8, 10 and 12 inches. The thinnest costs around $189 for a queen size on Amazon, while the thickest costs around $415. No wonder its one of the best affordable mattresses you can buy.

It's available in a few depths, but we wouldn't recommend anything thinner than the 10 inch for most adults. While it's not the best mattress in this list, it performs well for the price. The mattress has a classic memory foam feel, with good pressure relief, support and spinal alignment. There's also minimal motion transfer, making it a good choice for couples.

We probably wouldn't recommend it for stomach sleepers, who might find the Zinus Green Tea doesn't quite deliver enough support in a front-lying position. Those who sleep hot should also proceed with caution – this mattress can trap a bit of body heat. That said, plenty of other people love it: the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam is one of the most popular mattresses on Amazon, with an average score of 4.4 out of 5 from over 137K user reviews.

Don’t expect to see the same premium materials and features here as with the other mattresses in our guide. Aside from the green tea and charcoal-infused memory foam – which is designed to remove odors and help keep your mattress feeling fresh – there are no bells and whistles. But the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam does what it’s meant to do: it's comfortable, supportive and the price is great. We think it's one of the best budget mattresses you can buy.

How we test mattresses

The TechRadar mattress review process is editorially independent and controlled solely by us. We decide which products are reviewed and use a series of tests to help us generate an overall score out of 10 for each mattress. Here's what you need to know about how we test...

How long we test for – and why

During the review period, we sleep on each mattress for at least three weeks because this is how long it takes most people to get used to sleeping on a new mattress. Other sites test for shorter periods while others test for longer, but we feel three weeks provides ample time to gather testing data and to fact-check claims made by the manufacturer.

One of the most common complaints when sleeping on a new mattress is back pain. Often this is down to choosing the wrong firmness for your body weight and sleeping position, while other times it’s because you have gone from an older, less supportive mattress to something with more support. Your body will feel that change in the beginning, and this is why many leading mattress manufacturers will only accept returns once you have slept on a mattress for 21 to 30 nights and given it a fair trial.

What we test

Every mattress we review is tested and rated in the following areas:

  • Firmness, comfort and support
  • Design, build quality and materials
  • Motion transfer
  • Pressure relief in different sleep positions
  • Temperature regulation
  • Edge support
  • Durability

We also rate mattresses in terms of off-gassing (read more about what is mattress off-gassing) and how easy they are (or not) to unbox and set up for sleeping. We source mattresses directly from each manufacturer on the understanding that they have zero influence over our expert opinion of the mattress or the overall score. 

We also evaluate user reviews to see what customers think of the mattress, and to identify any issues (or praise) that keep surfacing. User reviews also help us to see if customers are having issues with the materials or build quality months or even years down the line.

Our mattress testers

Our mattress reviewers vary in terms of body weight and sleep needs, and are experienced at testing mattresses, bedding and related sleep products. We have one lead reviewer per mattress, who then forms a review panel of additional sleepers. These panel members represent different types of sleeper (back, stomach, side, combi), and have different body weights and preferences for firmness. Why do we use a panel of testers in addition to a lead reviewer? To create a balanced opinion of the mattress.

Mattress buying advice and FAQ

What is the best mattress in 2022?

In our view, the luxury innerspring Saatva Classic is the best mattress you can buy. It's approved by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and delivers hotel-style comfort and superb support for a few hundred dollars less than its luxury rivals. We really enjoyed sleeping on it.

As well as being great value for a luxury mattress, we love how customizable the Saatva Classic is: you can choose between three firmness options (plush soft, luxury firm and firm) and two heights (11.5 or 14.5 inches). It costs between $887 and $2,296, depending on the size you choose, and there's often a $200 discount at Saatva (opens in new tab) when you spend over $950.  

Alternatively, if you prefer the full 'hug' of memory foam mattress - and want to sink into your mattress while you sleep, rather than sleep on top of it - we'd recommend the Nectar Memory Foam mattress. Starting from $499 ($899 for a queen, down from $1,298) it's a competitively priced mid-range mattress that performs well. Plus, it also comes with up to $499 of free gifts at Nectar (opens in new tab) - that's phenomenal value. 

 

Image shows the Saatva Classic mattress with a black weight placed near the edge during an edge support test

We test the edge support on the Saatva Classic mattress (Image credit: Future)

What's the deal with mattress deals on Black Friday?

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There's a ton more info in our dedicated Black Friday mattress deals and Cyber Monday mattress deals pages, but here's the short version. Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Black Friday (the last Friday of November, this year 25 November) is a major day for sales. That goes for mattresses too. Pretty much all the brands and retailers will have a significant sale on. 

It used to be the time to buy, with brands offering their lowest price of the year for a short period of time. Nowadays, the deals aren't quite as unique, with some brands matching Black Friday pricing at other times of the year – although crucially, it's unusual to see prices that are lower than a brand's Black Friday deal, so it's still a great time to shop. We're expecting major price drops on all the models in our best mattress guide, with the possible exception of the Zinus Green Tea, just because it's so cheap already and sold via Amazon. 

The sales periods have gotten longer too. It's fairly common for mattress brands to drop their Black Friday pricing around mid-October. The branding of the sale will change ('Early Access', 'Black Friday deal', 'Cyber Week Deal') but the offer itself will remain consistent often until after Cyber Monday.

You'll also often see extra free gifts like pillows or sheets bundled in, to tempt you in further. Consider how much you need these when making your decision – the important thing is to get the right mattress for you. 

When is the best time to buy a new mattress?

There are mattress sales running year-round, so you’re never far from a good discount on a top-rated mattress. That said, certain times of the year are definitely the best time to buy a new mattress. The obvious two are in November and December, over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

Outside of those major shopping events, the best times to buy a new mattress include the Presidents' Day mattress sales in February, as well as the Memorial Day mattress sales in late May. Retailers often come out with the most competitive savings as they attempt to shift old season stock to make way for newer models. We've even seen accessories, such as mattress protectors, comforters and the best pillows for sleeping get discounted.

The July 4th mattress sales, followed by the Labor Day mattress sales in September, also bring a variety of offers, but mattress prices can be higher than during Black Friday. So while the actual discounts may be the same, the base price of the mattress might be higher, so your savings are smaller. 

Generally, summer is known as one of the most expensive times to buy a new mattress, so we’d recommend keeping your eye out for good deals during the other sales periods mentioned above instead. And if you don't have the budget right now for a new mattress but need more comfort from your bed, consider using one of the best mattress toppers instead.

What is the best mattress for me?

To choose the best mattress for you, think about the position you fall asleep in. Most mattresses are designed to support back, stomach and side sleepers, though we have found that some mattress types are best suited to specific sleep positions.

For example, contouring memory foam mattresses with sink-in cushioning are an excellent choice for side sleepers because they relieve pressure on the hips, knees and shoulders during side sleeping. All-foam models also provide comfort for lighter bodies.

Hybrid mattresses are usually firmer and therefore suit heavier bodies, and back and stomach sleepers who need to sleep on top of the mattress for better spinal alignment. Because they sleep cooler, they’re the best choice for hot sleepers too.

In terms of mattress firmness, a medium-firm feel works well for most people, so you’ll see this offered by a lot of mattress manufacturers. Though if you enjoy softer beds, you may find that medium-firm is too firm, so explore soft or plush-firm options instead. So to recap:

Choose a mattress that suits your sleeping position and make sure it offers enough comfort for your body type. Look for cooling materials if you sleep hot, and always opt for a mattress that comes with a risk-free trial period.

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What is the #1 rated mattress for most people?

From our research and testing, we think 2022’s #1 rated mattress is the Saatva Classic luxury innerspring hybrid. Handcrafted in America, the Saatva Classic is designed to recreate the feel of a luxury hotel mattress so that you can enjoy higher levels of comfort, cooling and support at home. 

The Saatva Classic is the best choice for nearly all sleepers because it comes in two different heights (11.5” or 14.5”) and three different firmness levels: plush soft, luxury firm and firm. We’d recommend the luxury firm option if you want that opulent hotel mattress feel at home.

It’s more expensive than most other mattresses in our guide though, but that’s because it’s handmade from premium materials – it would cost a lot more in store. Saatva has also offset the higher price by increasing the warranty from 15 years to a lifetime warranty, and by extending the trial period from 180 nights to 365 nights. 

While the brand charges $99 for returns or exchanges, it still offers free premium delivery whereby the installation team sets up the mattress for you and takes away all packaging, plus your old mattress.

What are the different types of mattress?

Largely speaking, there are four different types of mattress: memory foam, hybrid, innerspring and latex, though there are many variations within those main types too. Here’s a handy guide to the different types and how they might best suit your body, sleep needs and budget:

Hybrid mattresses
These use a combination of memory foam and either coils or springs, and generally provide a firmer feel than an all-foam mattress. Hybrids pack in more material technologies, and are more breathable because air flows freely through and around the coils or springs.

Hybrids are a good choice for heavier bodies that need firmer support to keep their spine aligned during sleep. They also suit people with back pain as hybrids can often deliver zoned support, with different levels of firmness across different parts of the mattress.

Again, the average warranty is 10 years though brands such as DreamCloud and WinkBeds offer lifetime warranties on their hybrids.

Memory foam mattresses
This type of mattress is made from memory foam and other types of foam, and while they have in the past been known to retain heat, many of them are now made with gel-infused memory foam to make them cooler. 

The main draw is that they create a body-hugging feel for a more weightless type of sleep. They also suit couples and restless sleepers who share a bed as memory foam offers more motion isolation than other materials.

A woman reads in bed next to her sleeping partner on the Nectar Memory Foam mattress

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Memory foam mattresses are best-suited to people who need deep pressure relief across their back, shoulders, hips and other impact points. They are cheaper than hybrids (see below for a description of those), and typically last around six to eight years depending on the build quality. Our feature on how long a mattress lasts goes into more detail on this. 

The average warranty is 10 years, though some memory foam mattress brands, such as Nectar Sleep and WinkBeds, offer lifetime warranties.

Innerspring mattresses
This is a more traditional type of mattress, and one you’ll find in mattress stores and from some online manufacturers. Innerspring mattresses use a coil-based support system that suits most sleeping positions, with individually housed coils sat inside fabric pockets so that they can move independently of each other. This creates a bouncier feel than other mattresses types, and a more responsive feel.

The drawback with innerspring mattresses is that they don’t last as long as other mattresses, so you will need to replace them frequently compared to more durable memory foam and hybrids. Though if you want one of the most long-lasting types of mattress, look at the latex models (see below).

Warranties vary wildly for innerspring mattresses, and range from five years to eight years on average.

Latex mattresses
These are an excellent choice for anyone who wants a durable mattress that offers cooling comfort and a bouncy feel (innersprings are bouncier). There are different types of latex mattress, including Dunlop and natural Talalay latex.

Like memory foam, latex is a great material for contouring to the body and providing a slightly huggy feel, though it’s more breathable. If you want an organic mattress for non-toxic sleep, latex mattresses are worth exploring. However they are more expensive, which is reflected in the longer warranties - 20 years is the average.

Which brand is best for mattresses overall?

This depends on what type of mattress you’re looking for and your budget. The best brand for handcrafted hybrid mattresses is Saatva, manufacturer of our top-rated luxury innerspring bed the Saatva Classic. That mattress costs $1,770 for a queen size, so if your budget is smaller, the next best brand for hybrid mattresses is DreamCloud. It sells the award-winning DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid for $999 in a queen size, making it significantly cheaper than the Saatva. 

Both brands offer a lifetime warranty and a 365-night trial, but Saatva has free premium delivery and old mattress removal yet charges $99 for returns, while DreamCloud offers free basic shipping and returns. Saatva also offers more customization options with its Classic mattress.

When declaring which brand is best for mattresses in the mid-range sector, it’s Nectar Sleep. The manufacturer makes a range of affordable and premium memory foam beds that cater to hot sleepers, restless sleepers, those with sore joints, and couples who want an affordable mattress with good motion isolation so they don’t disturb each other in bed. Nectar Sleep’s infinitely popular Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is often on sale for $799 in a queen size and it comes with up to $499 of free bedding. Like the Saatva and DreamCloud, Nectar also runs a 365-night trial and offers a lifetime warranty on its best-selling mattresses.

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