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The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online in 2022

Looking for a mattress online but feel like you’re drowning in options? We got you covered.

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should replace a mattress every eight years, or more often if you’re over the age of 40. Though that number is subjective to the sleeper, if you’re finding your quality of sleep has decreased and your body aches in the morning, you’re probably due for a new mattress.

The market for mattresses is oversaturated with brands claiming to give you the best sleep you’ve ever had. Some flaunt better materials, innovative fabrics, lower prices, etc. Independent of those brands’ marketing strategies, we took a hard look at some of the best mattresses in the game to find the ones that should suit even the most stubborn sleeper’s needs. From budget-minded mattresses to the best of the best, this definitive guide offers up the best mattresses for every kind of sleeper.

    Mattress 101


    To put it simply, mattresses can fall into three general categories: foam, innerspring or hybrid — a combination of the former. Your sleep preferences will dictate which material will best suit you.

    Foam: Foam offers excellent support and body contouring. It’s notorious for trapping heat, but recent innovations allow for better body heat dispersion for cooler sleeps.

    Innerspring, springs or coils: Think of your classic spring mattress. Typically, more springs in a mattress mean more support, but a higher price tag, too.

    Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses fold strengths and weaknesses of foam and spring mattresses into a single product — the comfort of foam and the support of springs. Brands continually come up with inventive ways to mix materials for varying sleep preferences, and hybrids are easily the most popular with modern mattress brands. Hybrid mattresses can get pricey, but for those who have specific needs for their sleeping situation, hybrids typically check off the most boxes.


    Twin-sized mattress: What you’d find typically find in a dorm room. Measures 38 inches by 75 inches, and is fit for a single sleeper at most.

    Full-sized mattress: Measures out to 54 inches by 75 inches, which adds enough width to a twin-sized mattress to comfortably sleep two people, or enough space for one person to sprawl across the surface of the bed.

    Queen-sized mattress: Clocks in at 60 inches by 80 inches — comfortable for two people to move around freely without disturbing their sleeping partner.

    King-sized mattress: Offers enough space, 76 inches by 80 inches, for two sleepers who tend to move a lot in their sleep. Also great if unexpected guests like pets or children want to hop into bed.

    California king-sized mattress: Despite sounding like it would be the biggest option, a California king offers slightly less surface area than a standard king. A California-king mattress comes in at 72 inches by 84 inches, so compared to a king-sized mattress, you lose four inches in width, but add four inches in length.

    How to Clean a Mattress

    Proper mattress maintenance will keep your valuable investment in your life for as long as possible (through the warranty, at least). Before you have your first sleep on your mattress, you should buy a mattress protector, a layer of protection between your messes and the actual mattress. Mattress protectors, which are usually machine washable, are easier to clean than a stained mattress. Should your mattress end up getting dirty, clean up isn’t all that difficult. Wash your sheets, vacuum your mattress (paying close attention to grooves and crevices) and spot-clean stains with a stain remover.

    Now that you have a clean mattress, keep in mind that you can increase your mattress’ longevity further by rotating or flipping it. How often, and which method, depends on what kind of mattress you have. For example, a pillow-top mattress would be better off rotated than flipped. Many of the mattress brands recommended here will have guidelines for how to maintain your mattress.

    How to Dispose of a Mattress

    Each state has its own procedures for people to get rid of their mattress. For example, in New York, mattresses must be sealed in a plastic bag before being put on the street for disposal. You can donate a mattress to places like The Salvation Army, but consider this first: if the mattress is no longer good for you, would you expect someone else to use it? Check out websites like LoadUp or Bye Bye Mattress to see what options you have for disposing or recycling your old mattress.

    The Best Mattresses of 2022

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    Best Overall Mattress
    Saatva Classic Mattress
    Best Splurge Mattress
    Airweave New Airweave Mattress
    Best Budget Mattress
    Allswell The Allswell Mattress
    Best Memory Foam Mattress
    The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
    Best Hybrid Mattress
    Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress
    Tuft & Needle
    Best Memory Foam-Alternative Mattress
    Amerisleep AS3 Mattress
    Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
    Casper Nova Mattress
    Best Mattress for Back Pain
    Zoma Mattress
    Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
    Helix Midnight Mattress
    Best Mattress for Couples
    Purple Hybrid Mattress
    Best Crowd-Pleasing Mattress
    Helix Dawn Luxe
    Best Organic Mattress
    Avocado Green Mattress
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