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Buying a new mattress can be tough, especially when it feels like you have way too many different options. Luckily, you have me to help you out! I’ve tested tons of the latest mattresses from new and seasoned brands here at Sleepopolis to help you decide which could work best for you.
Take a look below to see my picks for the most comfortable mattresses of the year. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, you can skip down to my buying guide for a few tips on how to choose the most comfortable mattress for your needs all on your own!
Most Comfortable Mattresses of 2021
Read on for more in-depth information about each mattress, or skip down to the bottom to find a handy chart that sums up each brand.
Most Comfortable Mattresses — Our Top 10 Picks!
I’ve listed my favorite comfortable mattresses below, and I’ll continue to update this list as I test and review new mattresses. Competition is fierce and mattress companies are unveiling new and improved models all the time, so don’t be surprised if your top pick gets knocked out of the number one spot!
Most Comfortable Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
The Saatva mattress in the Sleepopolis studio.
Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress to keep their hips lifted up in line with their shoulders. This will keep their spines neutrally aligned and help prevent back pain. The Saatva is a firm innerspring mattress that should work well for stomach sleepers of any weight! In addition to offering great support for stomach sleepers, the Saatva’s firm innerspring support layer provides some nice bounce for combination sleepers. You’ll feel more “on top of” than “in” this bed, which means you’ll be able to change positions easily at night.
The Saatva Classic is a luxury mattress that’s offered in three different firmness levels: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. So you should be able to find a Saatva that works for you regardless of your preferred sleeping position. The Saatva also features great edge support, which means you can really spread out over its entire surface. This is a great perk for heavier people who want to avoid premature mattress sagging. If you’re looking for a high-quality innerspring mattress I’d highly recommend a Saatva.
You can check out the full Saatva mattress review to learn more about this durable bed!
The Saatva mattress has a bouncy innerspring feel that should work well for stomach sleepers.
Most Comfortable Mattress for Back Pain
The Helix Luxe Mattress
Helix Midnight Luxe
If you struggle with back pain but enjoy a gentle memory foam feel, the Helix Midnight Luxe mattress could be a good choice for you. This medium-firm hybrid mattress combines pressure-relief and support to help alleviate pain. If you’re a back, side, or combination sleeper this mattress could be a great choice for you.
The Midnight Luxe’s hybrid construction makes it a great fit for anyone suffering from back pain because it offers the firm coil support most sleepers need to keep their spines straight at night. At the same time, its gentle memory foam layer contours to the lower back to offer some pressure relief in the lumbar region. If you’re interested in preventing or alleviating back pain, this Helix might be a big help.
Learn more in the full Helix Luxe mattress review.
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Helix Midnight Luxe
Whether you choose the standard or luxe edition, Helix mattresses have something to offer every style of sleeper!
Most Comfortable Memory Foam Mattress
The Layla Hybrid Mattress in the Sleepopolis bedroom
The Layla Hybrid is a flippable memory foam mattress with a soft and a firm side. Back sleepers should really like the firm side of the Layla, while side sleepers should get great pressure-relief from the soft side.
If you like the sinkage and body-contouring of memory foam, either side of the Layla might work for you! This mattress offers plenty of plush sinkage, but its pocketed coil layer will keep you from feeling too “stuck-in” bed. This is an especially nice feature for back/side combination sleepers, who need to feel free to move throughout the night.
I gave the Layla the top spot for memory foam mattresses because all its foams are infused with copper. This means the Layla won’t trap body heat the way a traditional memory foam mattress does. That copper infusion and the addition of breathable pocketed coils mean this Layla sleeps nice and cool. So hot sleepers looking for some sinkage should really like this Layla.
Interested? Check out the Layla Hybrid mattress review for more in-depth info on this comfortable bed.
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The Layla Hybrid uses foam and coil layers for two firmness options so you can choose the right support level for your sleep style.
Most Comfortable Mattress for Seniors
The WinkBed in the Sleepopolis Studio.
Seniors tend to prefer more traditional feeling innerspring mattresses. The WinkBed is a Euro pillow top hybrid mattress with a traditional innerspring feel. But, it’s still delivered in a box, which is a nice feature for seniors who don’t want to deal with a mattress store. (Though we recommend checking the weight of the box before trying to lift it)
The WinkBed’s classic, bouncy feel is great for seniors and combination sleepers. You’ll feel more “on top of” this bed than “in it,” which means it will be easy to move around and change positions at night. The WinkBed also sleeps really cool thanks to its pocketed coil layer, which adds some nice airflow through the mattress — another great perk.
The WinkBed is offered in a variety of firmness options, so most people should be able to find a model that feels comfortable to them. I’d recommend folks of any age looking for a long lasting coil mattress check out the WinkBed.
Find out more about this durable mattress in the full WinkBeds mattress review.
Built with a plush pillow top and a buoyant coil-on-coil structure, the WinkBeds is a great option for a wide range of sleepers!
Most Comfortable Mattress for Back Sleepers
The Leesa original in the Sleepoplis studio.
The Leesa is an all-foam mattress that should feel comfortable to most back sleepers. This mattress has a nice firm feel, and offers a balance of pressure relief and support to back sleepers. Its memory foam layer will contour to your lower back, while the firmer support foam below will keep your back straight throughout the night.
This affordable bed-in-a-box option also sleeps nice and cool, which is a perk for hot sleepers. It sandwiches its memory foam layer between breathable poly foam layers to prevent it from trapping body heat throughout the night. So back sleepers who tend to overheat should definitely take a look at the Leesa.
Learn more in the full Leesa mattress review.
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- Great for Back Sleepers
- Sleeps Cool
Most Comfortable Soft Mattress
The Bear Pro combines memory foam and cooling!
If you’re looking for a soft to medium soft mattress that relieves pressure around the hips and shoulders the Bear Pro could be for you. This soft mattress combines gel memory foam and poly foam to create a soft, pressure-relieving feel. I’d recommend it to back and side sleepers looking for a soft feel.
Couples might also like the Bear Pro. It sleeps nice and cool thanks to copper and cooling gel infusions in its comfort layers. Breathability is a nice feature when you’re sharing body heat, so couples should appreciate that about this bed. And the Bear Pro offers great motion isolation, which means movement on one side of this mattress won’t travel to the other side. So, you’re unlikely to feel disturbed by a restless partner on the Bear Pro.
Head over to the full Bear Pro mattress review for more info.
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The Bear Pro is a great all foam option for side sleepers looking for plush comfort!
Most Comfortable Mattress for Hip Pain
The Nolah Evolution in the Sleepopolis bedroom
The right mattress for relieving hip pain will have a cushioning top layer that allows you to sink in a little. This sinkage will cushion the pressure points at your hips and shoulders, which will help relieve pain in those areas. The Nolah Evolution offers great pressure relief and body contouring, so it’s one of the best mattresses for hip pain on the market right now.
The soft feel of the Evolution should work well for back and side sleepers. I’d especially recommend it to side sleepers suffering from hip or shoulder pain. Couples might also enjoy the motion-isolating abilities of this mattress.
You can learn more about this mattress in the full Nolah Evolution mattress review.
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The Nolah Evolution is a pillow top hybrid mattress that has a soft feel side sleepers will love.
Most Comfortable Mattress for Couples
The GhostBed Flex.
When shopping for a mattress to share with a partner, finding a combination of responsiveness and motion isolation is important. You want a mattress that’s responsive enough for sex, but that cuts down on motion transfer so you don’t feel overly disturbed by your bedmate tossing and turning at night. The GhostBed Flex does a great job combining these two features, so it should work for most couples!
This mattress also has a medium-firm feel, which means it should feel comfortable in most sleeping positions. Plus, it’s a very cooling mattress, which means you won’t overheat at night even though you’re sharing the bed. All in all, it checks off a lot of boxes for most couples.
Learn more in the full GhostBed Flex mattress review.
The GhostBed Flex uses a combination of soft memory foam and bouncy coils to provide nice pressure relief with the worry of feeling stuck in the mattress. The GhostBed Flex also uses great materials to help you sleep cool throughout the night.
Most Comfortable Mattress for Side Sleepers
The Nectar Lush mattress in the Sleepopolis bedroom
The Nectar Lush is a luxury memory foam mattress that most side sleepers should find really comfortable. Its thick foam layers should offer plenty of pressure relief to these sleepers. If you enjoy cradling support and a soft feel the Nectar Lush should work well for you. Back sleepers who enjoy a plush feel could also like this mattress.
The Nectar uses a cooling cover and cooling foams to help regulate temperature. The Lush sleeps cooler than most memory foam beds, so it’s a nice choice for hot sleepers who really enjoy the memory foam feel.
Think you might get a good night’s sleep on the Nectar Lush? Read the full Nectar Lush mattress review to learn more.
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Most Comfortable Mattress for Hot Sleepers
The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress.
Tuft & Needle Mint
The affordable Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is a comfortable option for hot sleepers. The Mint is made of several layers of foam treated with antimicrobial HeiQ protection to protect against harmful bacteria. It features a graphite infusion in its comfort foam layer, so it won’t trap body heat. Which means you should sleep nice and cool on this breathable mattress.
This medium-soft mattress should feel most comfortable to back and side sleepers. They’ll get a nice blend of pressure relief and support from this foam bed. This mattress is also well-priced, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you purchase a Tuft & Needle Mint.
Head over to the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress review for more info.
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How to Choose a Comfortable Mattress
How comfortable a mattress will feel to you depends on things like your body weight, preferred sleeping position, and even body temperature. Figuring out what works for you and sifting through all the different mattress types on the market can get overwhelming! So to help streamline your research I’ve made a list of things to consider when buying a new mattress.
For even more in-depth info on choosing a comfortable new mattress, you can head to Sleepopolis’s How to Choose a Mattress buying guide.
Your sleeping position will help you determine which type of mattress might feel most comfortable to you. Take a look at the list below to see what mattress types are best for your sleeping position.
- Side sleepers often do best on soft, pressure-relieving mattresses. I’d recommend these sleepers opt for memory foam or pillow top mattresses that offer some sinkage and body-contouring.
- Back sleepers can be happy on most different mattress types! If you’re not sure where to start, I’d recommend looking into medium-firm hybrid mattresses, which often feel comfortable to a wide variety of sleepers.
- Stomach sleepers normally need firm support. Without firm support, their hips will sink into their mattresses, creating a bend in the spine that can lead to pain over time. I’d recommend these sleepers look into innerspring, hybrid, or latex foam mattresses. Mattresses that feature firm polyurethane foam could also work for these folks.
- Combination Sleepers usually prefer bouncy, responsive mattresses that make it easy to change positions throughout the night. If you’re a combination sleeper unsure where to start, I’d recommend checking out latex or innerspring mattresses.
Your body type and weight play a big role in determining what type of mattress will work for you. Depending on how your weight is distributed, you may need extra support around your hips. If you’re someone who carries most of their body weight in their hips, I’d recommend checking out a mattress that offers zoned support. The original Casper mattress is a good example of a bed that could work for you.
Zoned support allows the shoulders to sink in for pressure relief, but keeps the hips supported.
Similarly, heavier people (over 250 lbs) tend to need a mattress that features a strong support system. Innerspring, hybrid, and latex mattresses tend to work best for these sleepers. Some mattress brands also offer models made specifically with heavier folks in mind. I’d recommend checking our best mattress for heavy people roundup to explore some of these options.
Lighter people (under 130 lbs) should also consider their weight when purchasing a mattress. Some beds might feel firmer to these sleepers because they don’t sink into the top foams as far as an average weight person would. I’d recommend these sleepers consider pillow top mattresses or softer beds. If you do purchase a bed that feels too firm, a mattress topper could help.
Which mattress material is going to feel most comfortable? It depends on what you like! If you’re someone who feels most comfortable on soft, pressure relieving mattresses, memory foam might be the way to go. But if you associate comfort with firm support, an innerspring mattress could work better for you.
Innerspring mattresses offer bouncy support, while memory foam mattresses offer sinkage and pressure-relief.
I’ll also note here that if you feel more peace of mind on natural or organic beds, there are a few options you can check out. Natural latex mattresses or mattresses that use CertiPUR-US® Certified foams could fit the bill for you. Our best natural organic mattress guide can help you find a mattress that meets those criteria.
Your preferred firmness level will depend a lot on your preferred sleeping position. But if you’re not sure where to start, most people find medium-firm mattresses universally comfortable. For more information on choosing a comfortable firmness level, you can head to our Mattress Firmness Guide.
If you sleep hot, you’ll want to consider that when choosing a new mattress. Materials like memory foam tend to trap heat and can exacerbate hot sleepers’ problems. If you sleep hot, I’d recommend looking for a mattress that features cooling gel infusions or pocketed coils to promote airflow. In general, hybrid and innerspring mattresses tend to sleep fairly cool.
Gel-infused foam is more cooling than traditional foam.
You may also want to consider a latex mattress. Latex mattresses can be more expensive than other mattress types, but latex is a naturally cooling material that is often a great fit for hot sleepers. If you struggle with waking up sweaty, you could find a solution in our best latex mattress roundup.
If you sleep with a partner you’ll want to consider things like motion transfer, edge support, and cooling technology when choosing a bed. You’ll also need to compromise on things like firmness level and feel to ensure both partners are happy. I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for couples article to learn more about choosing a mattress to share with a partner.
Most Comfortable Mattress: Details and Pricing
And that wraps up my list! You can review the chart below for one last look at all the coupons and information you need to choose between these beds.
What is the most comfortable type of mattress?
The most comfortable type of mattress depends on your individual needs! As a starting point, many sleepers feel comfortable on medium-firm hybrid mattresses. But I’d recommend checking out our How to Choose a Mattress Guide for more in-depth info.
What is the most comfortable mattress for people with back pain?
Most people who struggle with back pain can benefit from firm support that helps keep their spine in a straight line while they sleep. A mattress that combines pressure relief and support could also work well for these folks. I’d personally recommend the Saatva mattress or Helix Midnight Luxe mattress to sleepers struggling with back pain.
What is the #1 rated mattress?
I don’t recommend choosing a mattress solely based on a high rating. It’s important to choose a mattress that works for your individual needs. But if you’re really curious, the Saatva mattress currently holds the top spot in Sleepopolis’s best mattresses of 2021 roundup!
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Madison is the Staff Writer at Sleepopolis. She reviews new mattresses every week to help readers decide which mattress is best for their needs. When she’s not testing out a bed or trying to fit in at least nine hours of sleep you can find her exploring a new park, reading short stories, or checking out a local brewery.