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Life can be pared down to the simplest needs –
A roof over our heads, food to fill our bellies, the company of our loved ones, and a warm bed to rest.
But, out of all the above, your bed is where you probably spend most of your time.
Did you know that:
The average person spends a whopping combined total of 26 years sleeping? That’s a total of 227,760 hours of hitting the sack!
That’s why, if you think that a bed isn’t an investment – think again.
A mattress is a staple in every modern home because a bed and a place to sleep in is necessary for survival.
You may not have put too much thought into it but you always had a mattress growing up, right?
Your crib just when you were born – your parents spent some time thinking about the perfect crib mattress.
Your mattress in that junior bunk bed you shared with a sibling – you probably outgrew that in your teens but you had some great sleepover memories, for sure.
Your family pet’s first doggy bed – yes, pet mattresses are an awesome thing to give to our furry friends.
Your mattress in your first-year college dorm – ahh… the memories!
The first mattress you bought when you first moved into your new apartment or house – didn’t it feel like such a great achievement?
And, the mattress-buying cycle begins again when you have your own family.
Mattresses offer more than you think and there are lots of factors for you to consider if you’re buying one.
Our reviews and guides offer a great jump-off point for you to read about the best mattress options based on:
- Best Mattress Types
- Best Mattresses for Health & Lifestyle
- Best Mattress Brands
- Reviews by Mattress Type
- Mattress Brand Reviews & Comparisons
- Smart Mattresses & Beds Brand Reviews & Comparisons
- Inflatable Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
- Waterbed Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
- Pet Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
- How To’s
- When To’s
- 100% Cotton
- Premium Cotton Options
- Pima Cotton
- Egyptian Cotton
- Supima Cotton
- Thread Count
This is the most popular choice of fiber content for sheets as 100% cotton maintains a natural, soft feel that keeps sleepers cool and dry even during hot summer nights.
Not as comfortable as 100% cotton but it is durable, easy to wash, less prone to fade, and is more affordable than naturally-made fabrics.
Discussed below are more expensive fabric content options but may be worth the investment due to its durability and luxurious feel. These premium types of cotton are used in some of the world's best bedding arrangements. They are characterized by longer, individual cotton fibers which allow it to feel softer, silkier, and more luxurious than regular Upland Cotton, for example. However, it's good to note that many bedding manufacturers claim to include these in their products' fiber content but they actually do not. The best way to ensure you are getting authentic bedding sets is from a reputable brand that is able to show the origins of their fabric content.
This type of premium, long-fiber cotton is usually grown in the United States, Peru, Australia, and Israel. It has the same characteristics as Egyptian Cotton, the only difference is in its origins. Both Pima and Egyptian Cotton share the same scientific name: Gossypium Barbadense.
Its origins can be scientifically traced to the Nile River Valley, where it grows in abundance in the region's hot, dry climate. As mentioned, it has the same long-fiber features as Pima Cotton and feels just as luxurious.
This type of cotton is the same type of Pima Cotton mentioned above but it is grown in the U.S. only and the brand is exclusively trademarked by the Supima Association of America.
A common term in bedding lingo, thread count refers to "the number of horizontal and vertical threads per inch" of the fabric. The higher the number, the better the quality of the fabric. A good benchmark thread count when looking for sheets and bedding sets is anywhere from a 200 to 800 thread count. However, higher quality fabric can feature over-1000 thread counts.
Characterized by its closely-woven threads, Percale is described as a "plain-weave" fabric that's mostly used as bed covers. It usually has a 200-above thread count and feels firm, smooth and crisp. Unlike Sateen, it doesn't have a shiny gloss.
Made out of spun yarns instead of silk filaments, Sateen fabric feels soft and looks glossy. Sateen sheets provide a luxurious, more glamorous feel to bedroom interiors.
A type of textile weave that features a "pattern of diagonal parallel ribs", it is a fabric most often used to create strong, durable fabric. The most popular type of Twill fabric is most probably denim, however, in bedding sets, this type of fabric weave can still produce soft, comfortable sheets and linens.
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After reading each article in our expansive resource pages, you should be able to find the perfect mattress based on the following preferences:
During the summer months, you’ll also want to invest in cooling, gel memory foam mattresses to keep you from being hot and stuffy while sleeping.
And when the cold, winter months begin, you’ll want to invest in some quality mattress heaters and mattress pads to build yourself a warm, cozy winter bed.
Whatever the season, we feature the best sleep accessories to help make your mattress feel more comfortable and help you achieve great sleep every single night.
Sleeper Health Profile
Some people may suffer from certain health conditions that prevent them from sleeping well through the night. Some may have mental health problems or physical aches and pains such as back pain or joint pain. Some, still, may need to deal with allergies or maybe asthmatic.
While mattresses aren’t the sole form of therapy for some types of disorders, getting the right mattress can certainly help.
As an example, people with back pain may benefit from firmer mattresses while some can certainly sleep better with a medium-firm mattress on an adjustable bed.
Athletes may also want to invest in a smart mattress to keep track of their health, even while sleeping.
Whatever health issues you’re dealing with, our reviews can help you choose the best mattresses to give you better, healthier sleep.
Sleep Position Preference
Side sleeper, stomach sleeper, back sleeper, combination sleeper – your sleeping position matters greatly when choosing your mattress.
Research shows that medium-firm mattresses are best for back sleepers. Side sleepers, however, are known to be more comfortable on soft mattresses. While stomach sleepers are recommended to tuck into bed on a firm mattress. Combination sleepers might like hybrid mattresses as these usually offer supportive, pressure-point relief.
We’ve got complete tips and advice for mattress options that are suited to all types of sleepers.
If you’re a bargain hunter, we cover budget buying guides for each of your mattress needs – innerspring, hybrid, latex or memory foam – we’ve covered all possible options for you.
If you’re looking for more luxury options, we have articles on that, too! From this year’s latest luxe, handcrafted mattresses produced by premium mattress manufacturers, we’ve got the lowdown on high-end brands that you’ll love.
Needless to say, we’ve rounded up some great resources that should meet your needs, no matter what your price range is.
From a full-size to futon, Wyoming King- sized mattresses to child-sized mattresses for your kids’ bunk beds, size matters when it comes to choosing a mattress that suits your needs.
Aside from the size of the actual mattress, we also have some great tips on the factors you need to consider when choosing a specific mattress size.
Rest assured, we’ve filled our knowledge base with the latest reviews and buyers’ guides with the goal of helping you look for mattresses products from the best brands.
Whether you’re in the market for mattresses designed for heavier individuals or you’re looking for lightweight futon mattresses that’s easy to store and move around, we’ve covered quality mattress brands for your specific weight requirements.
You can count on us to give you the best mattress reviews for your needs – no matter what your mattress weight requirements are.
Did you know that mattresses are more than just “soft” or “firm”? There are actually lots of mattress types for you to choose from.
Here’s a basic guide:
- Spring Mattresses
- Foam Mattresses
- Hybrid Mattresses
- Envi-Friendly Mattresses
- Air Mattresses
- Smart Mattresses
The predecessor of today's foam mattresses, spring mattresses are often referred to as "traditional mattresses". That's probably because spring mattresses date back to 1871, when Heinrich Westphal invented the world's very first innerspring mattress - just a few years after the first steel coil was invented for use in car seats. Innerspring coils were also patented in 1865.
Today, however, innerspring mattresses are still a popular option. Due to several metal coils tightly suspended within the mattress material, spring mattresses offer great temperature control, good support, and a lot of bounce. And since they are sold by almost all mattress brands, spring mattresses also come in a wide range of pricing options.
Here are some basic coil types found in innerspring mattresses:
Bonnell Coil - a distinctive coil type as it is shaped like an hourglass, this type of coil is laced tightly together to create a uniform reaction. Due to the wide portions of the hourglass-shaped coils, Bonnell coils flex, provides strong support and easily allows the sleeper's body to sink into the mattress. Within seconds of laying down on a Bonnell coil innerspring mattress, comfort and support is felt immediately.
Offset Coil - similar to Bonnell coils, Offset coils are different only because it features one side that is flat (it has a square-shaped "head") which allows the coils to intertwine closely together. It is designed to offer better custom contour support compared to Bonnell coil innerspring mattresses.
Pocketed Coil - is an innerspring mattress coil system that is encased individually in fabric as it is designed, not to intertwine or lace together, but react to pressure independently from each other. This type of coil system is sometimes referred to as "pocket spring", "wrapped coils", "encased coil springs" or, named after its inventor James Marshall - "the Marshall coil". As the coils are encased in fabric sleeves, the design allows the sleeper on this type of mattress a more bouyant, floating feel while resting.
Continuous Coil - thus referred to as "continuous" as the coils are constructed and designed so that each row consists only of a single piece of S-shaped, curved metal wire. Once weight is applied, the bed contracts and binds together so that it creates continuous support all throughout.
The 20th century brought not only the most notable inventions known to mankind (the Personal Computer and antibiotics, to name a few groundbreaking stuff) it also brought to the mass market the foam mattress. More easily mass-produced than spring mattresses and at lower price points, as well, America simply loved the latex mattress that was invented by John Boyd Dunlop around the 1920s. Foam mattresses did fall out of trend in the latter part of the 20th century but it has regained a new following as people now want to achieve healthier sleep and want to purchase more eco-friendly mattress options.
Here are some basic types of foam mattresses:
Latex Foam - offering both firm and bouncy support to the sleeper, Latex foam has the tendency to push back once a person’s weight is pressed into it. This results in superior support and better sleep. Latex foam can be made both naturally or, it can also be man-made. It's also known to be produced in an extremely clean manner, hence it's friendlier to the environment.
There are two ways Latex foam can be manufactured: Dunlop and Talalay. While both manufacturing types start by adding water along with natural, vulcanizing agents, Dunlop latex is poured in one go into a mold. This results in a more dense bottom compared with its top. Talalay latex is produced in a more complex manner involving pouring partially into a mold, and then vacuuming air out which results in the foa expanding to fill the foam. It is then frozen for the purpose of preserving both uniformity and shape. That's why Talalay latex is priced more expensively than Dunlop latex. Compared with Dunlop, Talalay is also known as the more modern manufacturing method of Latex foam.
Poly Foam - short for Polyurethane Foam, this type of mattress foam is actually part of full mattress construction and was introduced to the mattress manufacturing process in the 1950s. Poly foam is actually the most common type of foam used as a mattress top for innerspring mattresses. Also, one layer of polyurethane can be integrated as part of a full, poly foam mattress. Compared with memory foam, poly foam mattresses feel bouncier and springier. As it's lightweight, poly foam mattresses are known to be one of the easiest types of mattresses to move around.
Poly Foam is divided into 3 main categories:
Regular Grade Poly Foam
High Density Poly Foam
High Resiliency Poly Foam
While Regular Grade and High Density Poly Foam are only suitable to use as layers for mattresses, all three types of poly foams are combined to produce a full, poly foam mattress that provides the best kind of comfort and support to the sleeper.
Memory Foam - is actually a type of polyurethane foam which was invented by NASA scientists in the 70's for the purpose of improving safety in aircraft cushions. The medical industry soon adopted memory foam to use as mattresses on hospital beds particularly for patients struggling with mobility, used as mattresses for operating tables, and, in addition, to use as cushions for wheelchairs, among others. Memory foam became increasingly popular as it soon made its way into the mass market - with several common household items made with memory foam popped up into the modern market including memory foam mattresses for improved sleep.
What's the difference between poly foam and memory foam?
The primary difference is actually found in the chemical composition of memory foam. Simply stated, it contains more chemicals compared to poly foam, making memory foam much denser while poly foam, less denser which then makes it feel much springier and bouncier.
This type of mattress is actually the result of the combination of both spring mattresses and foam mattresses. The hybrid mattress is the answer of mattress manufacturers to consumers who are neither satisfied with purely spring or purely foam mattresses. Manufacturers of hybrid mattresses say that purchasing this type of mattress gives sleepers "the best of both worlds".
Typical hybrid mattresses are constructed with pocketed coil (coils encased in individual fabric) and then the topmost layer of the mattress is made from either memory foam or latex foam. The result is a hybrid mattress without the bounce and noise of a spring mattress yet still has the same supported feeling. The hybrid mattress is recommended for people who aren't happy with the "sinking" feeling of some foam mattress brands.
If you want to sleep well at night in every sense of the word, buying an eco-friendly mattress might be just the thing for you. Usually hand-crafted and processed in an extremely clean and eco-friendly manner, lots of mattress manufacturers offer nature-friendly mattress options that ensure you healthier sleep while contributing positively to Mother Earth, as well. There are several top-rated mattress brands that offer sustainable options from pre-production up to disposal (should you wish to discard the mattress in a sustainable manner).
Also known as an inflatable mattress, this type of mattress option may sometimes be used for swimming (as a pool float), for outdoor activities (camping) or an extra guest bed for sleepover for visiting friends and loved ones. Easy to stow away and easy to inflate, air mattresses are a great temporary bedding option for any household. However, experts recommend not to use on a long-term basis as this might contribute to back problems.
A novelty mattress type that made its way into pop culture (Edward Scissorhands deflating a waterbed was quite iconic) and was uber-popular in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, waterbeds were actually conceptualized and created in the 19th Century as a means of medical treatment. However, once it was patented in 1971, it shot off the mattress charts and comprised a large chunk of mattress sales during that time, turning it into a billion-dollar business. However, due to high costs and impracticality, the waterbed trickled down to just around 5% of overall bed sales today. Still, waterbed manufacturers continue to produce different types (waveless/semi-waveless) of waterbeds usually related to treatment or relief of chronic back pain or as a means to prevent nasty bed sores in immobile, comatose or paralytic patients.
Literally the mattress of the future, innovative sleep technology companies have jumped into the better sleep bandwagon and developed smart mattresses that intelligently tracks the human body's sleep cycles, sleep duration, oxygen levels, heart rate, body movement, and breathing.
Some smart mattresses also feature heating & cooling climate control functions as well as smart home integration.
While pricey, it's a popular choice among the world's elite athletes as well as those that require constant health monitoring, even while at rest.
What makes a quality mattress?
This all depends on who’s using it and for what purpose it’s for.
Whatever type of sleeper (or buyer) you are, we’ve gathered together an exhaustive collection of articles geared towards giving you the information you need about America’s bestselling mattresses.
We endeavor to help you shop for quality mattresses and help you learn the ins and outs of mattress buying.
Best Mattress Types
Best Mattresses for Health & Lifestyle
Best Mattresses by Size
- California King
- Alaskan King
- Texan King
- Wyoming King
Our reviews reveal talking points that you wouldn’t most likely find out if you’re trying out a couple of mattresses at a store.
From material and construction to the overall feel of the mattress itself, we’ve gathered extensive manufacturer information, customer reviews, and scientifically-backed facts about each mattress brand we feature.
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- California King
- Alaskan King
- Texan King
- Wyoming King
Mattress Brand Reviews & Comparisons
Smart Mattresses & Beds Brand Reviews & Comparisons
Inflatable Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
Waterbed Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
Pet Mattresses Brand Reviews & Comparisons
Best Mattresses for Pet Lovers (Co-Sleeping With Dogs)
If you want it all, get the whole set.
Maybe you’ve heard that line a time or two before or maybe not. Regardless, when it comes to mattresses, we’re going to have to agree:
You’ll probably want to get something that you need to go along with it.
You simply might just need it, especially to keep you warm during winter.
Our comprehensive database is filled to the brim with information about everything you need to know about almost all types of mattress accessories from varied brands.
We’ve got the lowdown on quality mattress accessories’ price, design, size, pros and cons, material, and customer reviews all waiting for you to read through.
Best Smart Mattress & Smart Sleep Accessories
Best Winter Mattress Accessories
Best Winter Mattress Accessories
Best Summer Mattress Accessories
- Brooklyn Bedding
- Exceptional Sheets
- Nature’s Sleep
Best Hospital Mattress Accessories
Best Kids’ Mattress Accessories
- Waterproof Mattress Pads
- Crib Mattress Pads
- Toddler Mattress Pads
Best Camping & Camper Van Mattress Accessories
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Can’t be truer for mattresses!
Stay ahead of the game and use our extensive knowledge base of mattress guides and learn the nitty-gritty of mattresses from brands from all over America (and the rest of the world).
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