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By Logan Foley

Given that we (ideally) spend a third of every day sleeping, it’s hard to find a luxury product with a better return on investment than a mattress. Choosing the option with the right feel and features can allow you to make the most of each day with more energy, sharper focus, and less pain.

A higher price tag by itself doesn’t necessarily translate to a better bed, however. A true luxury mattress is the one that meets your needs and delivers consistent, restorative sleep. Our top seven luxury mattresses span a range of firmness levels, components, and prices. These represent the cream of the crop for customers looking to make a splash with their new mattress purchase.

Interested in seeing which mattresses we consider to be top of their class? Our best mattress of 2024 guide includes the strongest performers across different testing categories. If you’re looking for a luxury mattress that also excels at pain relief, check out our list of the best mattresses for back pain.

What’s the Best Luxury Mattress?

The Saatva Classic blends the superior support of traditional innersprings with the enhanced comfort and sophisticated features of modern hybrid mattresses. The result is a luxurious Euro-top design that alleviated pressure points during testing without sacrificing sturdiness or temperature regulation.

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In-Depth Reviews

“The Saatva Classic remains as popular as ever more than a decade after its debut — a testament to its impressive, innovative coil-on-coil design. A luxury innerspring without the steep price tag, the mattress offers additional perks for shoppers such as free in-home setup and a generous 365-night trial.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Three firmness options to suit different body sizes and sleep styles

    2. Available in two heights

    3. Above-average responsiveness and pressure relief

  • Cons

    1. Bouncy design may produce motion transfer and disrupt sleep for couples

    2. All returns incur a $99 fee

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$995 – $2,710

Trial Period

365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

The Saatva Classic is made with a hybrid design that performs well across a range of categories and for various sleep styles and body types. The mattress is available in three firmness levels that correspond to soft (3), medium firm (6), and firm (8). Shoppers can also choose between two different heights, 11.5 inches or 14.5 inches.

All versions of the Saatva Classic feature a soft and breathable cotton cover, as well as a plush Euro-top that has polyfoam sewn directly into the cushion. The amount of polyfoam varies based on the firmness level, but all versions use fiber fill and Dacron for added plushness.

Beneath the Euro-top are thin layers of memory foam and polyfoam, which offer a nice balance of contouring and support to help encourage good sleep posture. The comfort system also includes 4 inches of 14.5-gauge microcoils that are engineered to offer targeted support to sleepers of all body types. The coils are encased in foam, which can help minimize motion transfer.

The Saatva Classic’s support core comprises sturdy 13-gauge coils that stabilize the mattress  and promote airflow. The support core is further reinforced with loft and fiber pads on the base. High-density polyfoam lines the perimeter of the entire mattress in order to minimize sagging along the edges.

The Saatva Classic comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. The mattress includes free White Glove delivery within the contiguous U.S., which includes old mattress removal upon request.

“The DreamCloud Premier Rest’s deep foam system results in a deeper contour than you’ll find with most hybrids — you can really feel these layers hugging your body as you settle into the mattress. At the same time, robust coils ensure sturdy support and limited sinkage for most sleepers.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Adaptive layers contour evenly to distribute your weight and alleviate pressure

    2. Excellent temperature control from steady airflow and moisture-wicking cover

    3. All orders include a 365-night trial period

  • Cons

    1. Too soft and lacking in support for many stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Strong off-gassing odor may occur after the mattress is unboxed

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5)

Price Range

$999 – $2,298

Trial Period

365 nights (30-night requirement)

While comfort is a subjective quality, some mattresses offer a more balanced feel than others and can accommodate a wider range of sleepers as a result. The DreamCloud Premier Rest is a prime example. A hybrid designed for a medium (5) feel, the Premier Rest contains thick layers of adaptive foam over a sturdy coil system. Most of our testers found the mattress comfortable and sufficiently supportive, though the highest ratings came from side sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds. Back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds were also impressed.

The Premier Rest begins with a memory foam comfort layer quilted into the pillow-top, followed by two polyfoam layers. Each of these layers is progressively denser, creating a plush feel when you get into bed and noticeable pushback as your body settles. The coils also deliver excellent reinforcement, as does the high-density polyfoam base. A cashmere-blend cover encases the entire mattress. Since cashmere has natural moisture-wicking properties, the Premier Rest should sleep cool any night of the year. Steady airflow through the coil system also contributes to the mattress’ excellent thermoregulation.

The Premier Rest is on the softer side. As a result, it performed well in some testing categories where firmer hybrids tend to fall short. Our body-mapping sensors indicated the mattress effectively reduces pressure in sensitive areas along the spine, such as the shoulders and hips. We also found the Premier Rest absorbs movement and reduces transfer, so you and your partner can count on a good night’s rest even if the other person frequently moves in bed.

DreamCloud offers free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. The company’s 365-night sleep trial is one of the longest in the online mattress industry, ensuring ample time to test the Premier Rest and decide whether it’s right for you. Should you decide to keep the mattress, it’s also backed by a lifetime warranty against structural and material defects.

“A luxurious design at an approachable price, the Nectar Premier Copper is something of a unicorn in today’s mattress market. We recommend this all-foam model to anyone who enjoys being hugged by their sleep surface but also appreciates some measure of temperature control.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Deep memory foam comfort layer contours closely and alleviates pressure

    2. Copper-infused cover and phase-change material reduce heat buildup near the surface

    3. 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty for all orders

  • Cons

    1. Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may sink too much

    2. Bothersome off-gassing smells for the first few nights

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$999 – $2,198

Trial Period

365 nights

The Premier Copper is Nectar Sleep’s most luxurious mattress, a 14-inch all-foam model complete with a 4-inch memory foam comfort layer. While the mattress has a medium firm (6) feel, the foam conforms closely and creates a cloud-like feel as you slowly sink into the top layer. The even contouring and weight distribution can reduce discomfort in the shoulders, lower back, and other areas along the spine that are susceptible to aches, pains, and pressure points.

People who usually find memory foam mattresses too warm should also enjoy the Premier Copper. The memory foam is infused with gel to draw heat away from your body and phase-change material that dissipates warmth from the surface. For added temperature regulation, the cover is woven with cooling copper fibers.

The Premier Copper also contains transitional and base layers of high-density polyfoam to stabilize the mattress and prevent you from sinking excessively. The medium firm feel is best suited to side sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. The all-foam design also ensures excellent motion isolation for co-sleepers who wake up easily from their partner’s movements.

Nectar Sleep’s 365-night sleep trial is one of the longest in the online mattress industry, allowing you a full year to test out the Premier Copper and decide whether it’s right for you. Should you decide to keep the mattress, you’ll receive a lifetime warranty against structural defects.

“Helix pulls out all the stops for the Midnight Elite, a sophisticated hybrid that provides a deep cradle for your entire body. Adaptive foam and microcoil layers in the comfort system deliver next-level contouring, but a medium firm feel and robust coils keep you from sinking to an excessive extent.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Memory foam and minicoil comfort layers create a luxuriously plush and adaptive surface feel

    2. Zoned base coils provides enhanced lower back support

    3. Cover composed of heat-dissipating fabric

  • Cons

    1. Not ideal for people who want a flat, even sleep surface

    2. Thick profile requires a fitted sheet with deep pockets

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,999 – $3,599

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Helix’s Elite mattress line includes six luxury hybrids, each specifically designed for certain types of people based on weight and primary sleep position. The Midnight Elite is geared toward side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds, but our hands-on tests show this is one of the lineup’s most balanced and versatile models. Six individual comfort layers make the surface invitingly plush, but zoned coil support and a medium firm (6) give the mattress great overall stability.

The Midnight Elite begins with a Euro-top that contains alternating memory foam and minicoil layers. This allows for deep cradling when you get into bed, but the minicoils also add responsiveness and prevent excessive sinkage for most people. Dense transitional foam forms a nice buffer between your body and the support core, which contains pocketed coils over base foam. Thick coils rest beneath your midsection to deliver targeted pushback around the lumbar region and hips.

Ratings from our testers were mostly positive across the board, but the most favorable responses came from side and back sleepers weighing 230 pounds or less. Our stomach sleepers under 130 pounds also found the mattress comfortable. Temperature control proved to be a major strength during these tests. Air flows freely through the minicoil layers and support core, and the cover — made from proprietary GlacioTex fabric — captures and releases heat on contact.

We also recommend the mattress to couples, especially those who have previously struggled to get a good night’s sleep on hybrid models. The deep comfort system absorbs movement and isolates motion exceptionally well. At the same time, reinforced perimeter coils provide decent edge support, and this allows you and your partner to use the entire surface for sleep or sex.

The Midnight Elite’s expensive sticker price reflects its high-end design, but Helix sweetens the deal with free shipping to all 50 states and a complimentary pair of down alternative pillows with each purchase. Your sleep trial runs for 100 nights. Full refunds are issued for returns during the trial period, and those who choose to keep their mattress receive a 15-year warranty against structural and material defects.

“A light bounce, sturdy edges, and above-average motion isolation make the Leesa Sapira Hybrid a solid choice for couples. The ventilated top layer is another standout feature — you won’t experience the uncomfortable heat buildup that often occurs on beds with foam.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Testing Manager

  • Pros

    1. Thick foam layers create a comfortable, pressure-relieving sleep surface

    2. Breathable design promotes airflow to help you stay cool

    3. Reinforced perimeter coils limit sinkage when you get in and out of bed

  • Cons

    1. Limited support for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Foam layers may emit harsh off-gassing odor at first

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,349 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30 night requirement)

If you are shopping for a luxury mattress with a romantic partner, the Leesa Sapira Hybrid checks a lot of important boxes for couples and co-sleepers. Three foam comfort layers over a pocketed coil system create a balanced medium firm (6) feel with light cushioning, sturdy overall support, and enough responsiveness for sex without generating too much motion transfer. Reinforced edges let you and your partner utilize the entire sleep surface as you see fit, and breathable materials help ensure consistent temperature control.

The Sapira Hybrid’s first layer consists of adaptive polyfoam ventilated with small holes to push air near the surface and keep you cool. Underlying polyfoam and memory foam layers provide additional cushioning to alleviate aches, pains, and sore spots along the spine, but these materials are a bit denser to keep your body on an even plane. Dense base foam beneath the coil layer rounds of the quintessential hybrid design, and a breathable knit cover encases the mattress.

Our hands-on tests show the Sapira Hybrid offers ideal contouring for side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds. People who use this position often need extra cushioning beneath their shoulders and hips to reduce pressure buildup in these areas. The hybrid is also a good match for back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds, and some back sleepers on our team weighing 130 to 230 pounds also awarded favorable ratings to the mattress. During performance-related tests, we found the Sapira Hybrid isolates motion well, sleeps cool, and feels stable along the edges. 

Competitive pricing and free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. make the mattress a solid pick for budget-conscious shoppers seeking a high-value long-term investment. You’ll also receive two pillows with your order at no extra cost. Leesa’s sleep trial allows you to test the Sapira Hybrid in your home for up to 100 nights. The company covers return shipping charges if you aren’t satisfied, but those who keep the mattress also receive a 10-year warranty against workmanship defects.

“The WinkBed’s appealing design pairs cushy comfort layers with robust, multi-zone coils. Since you can choose from four firmness levels, we’re confident most people will find at least one comfortable option regardless of their primary sleep position and body type.” – Brad Nehring, Senior Product Manager

  • Pros

    1. Available in four firmness options

    2. Breathable cover and steady airflow help the mattress sleep cool

    3. Zoned coils protect the perimeter and reinforce the midsection

  • Cons

    1. Not many options for those who prefer soft mattresses with deep cradling

    2. Foam layers prone to strong initial off-gassing odor

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,149 – $2,049

Trial Period

120 nights (30 night requirement)

The WinkBed is a hybrid mattress available in four firmness levels, corresponding to medium soft (4), medium firm (6), firm (7), and firm (8). The balanced construction should feel comfortable for many types of sleepers, but the cushioned surface makes it especially well suited for side sleepers of all body types.

The soft, medium firm, and firm (7) models begin with gel-infused foam quilted into the Euro-top surface. This top layer is reinforced with high-density polyfoam, which both adds extra cushioning and helps maintain an even sleep surface with minimal sinkage. The pocketed coil support core is divided into different zones based on gauge, or thickness, resulting in extra reinforcement for the midsection and strong perimeter support. The softest model, the Softer WinkBed, has an additional polyfoam layer for extra cushioning. For those seeking extra firmness, the WinkBed Plus features a different comfort system composed of high-density polyfoam and a thick latex layer.

The WinkBed’s balanced design should appeal to side, back, and stomach sleepers in the range of 230 pounds or less, while the Plus caters to sleepers over 230 pounds. The foam is adaptive enough to relieve pressure in the shoulders and hips – two common sore spots for side sleepers – while the zoned coils prevent back and stomach sleepers from sinking too much. The mattress also excels at temperature control thanks to its breathable Tencel cover and steady air circulation through the coil system.

WinkBeds ships the mattress for free within the contiguous U.S. and backs the bed with a 120-night sleep trial. The sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period. The mattress also comes with a lifetime warranty.

“Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Luxe sleeps cool even by hybrid standards, and this is thanks to a slew of breathable, heat-dissipating materials located throughout the comfort system and support core. You can choose from three firmness levels, further ensuring a comfortable night’s rest.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Three firmness options

    2. Comfort layer is infused with phase change material meant to keep sleepers cool

    3. Zoned pocketed coils offer targeted support to the hips and shoulders

  • Cons

    1. High odor potential for the first few days after unboxing

    2. Firmness exchanges not permitted during the sleep trial

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

Price Range

$749 – $1,699

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Luxe comes in three firmness levels – medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7) – that cater to a wide variety of sleepers. The mattress balances pressure-relieving contouring with responsiveness, with cooling features that help maintain temperature neutrality.

The three firmness levels differ slightly in their composition, but they all have a top layer made from proprietary CopperFlex foam that adapts to the body to relieve pressure while offering slight bounce. The foam is infused with copper gel and phase change material intended to enhance cooling. This is followed by a layer of polyfoam with a firmer feel to prevent excessive sinkage, though exact firmness varies depending on the model.

The medium soft and medium firm options feature a gel-infused memory foam transitional layer that adds cushioning between the comfort system and the coil support core. The firmer option uses a VariFlex foam layer that gives the bed firmer support. Pocketed coils make up the support core. This layer has a zoned configuration with thinner coils that cradle the shoulders and legs, and thicker coils to support the midsection and reinforce the edges. A GlacioTex cooling cover encases the mattress.

Our testing found the Aurora Luxe suited different sleepers depending on the firmness level you choose. The softest model’s adaptive cushioning performed best among side and back sleepers under 130 pounds. Side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds, as well as back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds enjoyed the medium firm model’s balanced feel. Back and stomach sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds enjoyed the firmest model’s even sleep surface and support. If you need deep cushioning, the optional “Cloud” pillow-top is an extra foam layer you can add to the comfort system for a fee.

We recommend the Aurora Luxe for couples who value motion isolation and responsiveness for sex. Those who prioritize the former may opt for the softer model, which absorbs slightly more motion. Couples seeking a more responsive feel may enjoy the firmest option. All models performed well in our temperature neutrality tests thanks to the use of phase change material and a breathable coil support core.

Brooklyn Bedding ships free to customers living in the contiguous U.S. It offers a 120-night sleep trial on mattress purchases, during which you can return a mattress for a full refund anytime after the 30-night break-in period. The Aurora Luxe is backed by a 10-year warranty, covering structural defects.

“The Evolution 15 from Nolah is a standout foam hybrid with breathable, open-cell comfort layers that contour evenly to distribute your weight and promote proper alignment. Robust zoned coils keep your body on an even plane, and you can further optimize your sleep surface by choosing from one of three firmness levels.” – Colin Simpson, Product Research Manager

  • Pros

    1. Euro-top hybrid design combines a plush surface feel with robust support

    2. Shoppers can choose from three firmness levels

    3. Zoned coils ensure extra reinforcement for heavier areas of the body

  • Cons

    1. Side sleepers under 130 pounds may not receive enough cushioning from any of the designs

    2. $99 fee for all returns during the trial period

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,004 – $2,143

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Those who want a mattress that feels plush on the surface without sacrificing core support should consider a Euro-top model. Unlike traditional pillow-tops that spill over the sides of a mattress surface, a Euro-top is sewn to be flush with the rest of the mattress to create a neat, uniform appearance. The Nolah Evolution 15 is a standout Euro-top hybrid thanks to its deep comfort system of three foam layers over an ultra-strength pocketed coil system. Sleepers receive plenty of cushioning from the foam-padded Euro-top but the support layers prevent them from sinking excessively.

All three foam layers are composed of proprietary materials engineered to dissipate – rather than trap – body heat, and the coils promote steady air circulation throughout the interior. As a result, the mattress regulates temperature quite well. Another cooling component is the cover made of breathable ArcticTex fabric. The coils are zoned with thicker springs supporting the area beneath your midsection. Extra coil reinforcement along the perimeter also helps you get in and out of bed more easily.

For extra customization, the Evolution 15 is available in three firmness levels. The medium (5) feel contours very closely and is best suited to side and back sleepers in the range of 230 pounds or less. The firm (8) feel provides the most support, making it a good option for back and stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Those who fall in the middle of these weight ranges will likely prefer the medium firm (6) feel.

Nolah offers free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The company’s sleep trial lasts 120 nights, but you can opt out of the trial period to reduce your up-front costs if you’re not worried about returning the mattress. All Evolution 15’s are backed by lifetime warranties against structural defects.

“The PlushBed Botanical Bliss should appeal to anyone who enjoys the strong bounce and light contour of an all-latex bed. Our tests show this mattress also sleeps exceptionally cool — each layer is ventilated to promote internal airflow, and the cover is made of breathable organic cotton.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Made from organic and sustainably sourced materials

    2. Interchangeable latex layers

    3. Three height options

  • Cons

    1. Couples may awaken due to excessive motion transfer

    2. Mattress is exceptionally heavy and difficult to lift for moving

Mattress Type

Latex

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

Price Range

$1,549 – $3,348

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

The PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress offers a number of attractive features that make it a solid option for many sleepers. It is an especially appealing choice for shoppers in the market for an eco-friendly mattress that is organic and free of harmful chemicals.

The Botanical Bliss Mattress is a latex model made up of a cotton cover and a 1-inch layer of New Zealand wool. Beneath are one layer of Talalay latex and two layers of Dunlop latex, which is typically firmer than Talalay latex. Each layer has varying degrees of firmness. The bed is offered in three heights — 9 inches, 10 inches, or 12 inches. The 10-inch option includes an extra inch of latex, which helps increase comfort and pressure relief. The 12-inch option includes an extra 3-inch layer in the support core to boost overall support and durability.

One of the most unique features of the Botanical Bliss is the interchangeable latex layers. If customers desire a firmer surface, they may replace the top layer of latex with one of the firmer layers. If a customer finds the surface too firm, they may place a softer latex layer on top.

The bed is sold in two firmness options, medium and firm. These rate 6 and 7 on our firmness scale of 1 to 10, respectively. The medium bed is an excellent option for side sleepers under 230 pounds and back sleepers under 130 pounds. Side and back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may find insufficient support in this model.

As one of PlushBeds’ most popular models, the Botanical Bliss is made with 100% organic materials. The cotton cover and wool layer are GOTS-certified to ensure they are organic. The latex is certified by GOLS and OEKO-TEX, which guarantees the latex is organic and free of harmful chemicals.

PlushBeds offers a 100-night trial. Customers may return beds for free after the initial 30 days of this trial. The company offers free shipping and returns within the contiguous United States. The bed comes with a 25-year warranty.

“Saatva’s Solaire epitomizes everything we love about adjustable airbeds, plus a few bonus features like comfort layers of latex and memory foam. You can choose from 50 different firmness levels with targeted cushioning and support for different areas of the body, and both sides of the bed can be adjusted to different settings — a major perk for couples” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Adjustable design offers 50 different firmness levels

    2. Memory foam and latex comfort layers provide above-average cushioning for an airbed

    3. Airflow through air chambers ventilates bed for excellent cooling

  • Cons

    1. Some split size options are exclusive to Saatva bed bases

    2. Expensive pricing even for a luxury mattress

Mattress Type

Airbed

Firmness Options

Soft (3), Medium Soft (4), Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7) Firm (8)

Price Range

$2,595 – $4,995

Trial Period

365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

The Solaire by Saatva is one of the most sophisticated airbeds on the market today. Using a remote control, you can customize your mattress for a feel ranging between soft (3) and firm (8). Fifty different firmness levels are available, ensuring most people can find a comfortable feel regardless of body type, sleep position, or personal preferences.

The Solaire stands out thanks to its comfort layer materials. While many competing airbeds are designed with thin polyfoam comfort layers, Saatva’s airbed features a top layer of gel-infused memory foam and a layer of zoned Talalay latex beneath. The memory foam provides precise contouring and even weight distribution, and the latex delivers enhanced support for different areas of the body. Since the memory foam and latex are encased in a pillow-top, you can swap the order of these two layers to change the bed’s overall feel.

The Solaire is also a good choice for hot sleepers. The mattress cover is composed of breathable organic cotton, and the chamber layer promotes steady airflow to help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature. Since both sides of the mattress can be programmed for different firmness levels, the Solaire is also well-suited to co-sleepers with different preferences.

Like other airbeds, the Solaire is fairly expensive compared to other mattress types. Saatva sweetens the deal for customers by offering free White Glove delivery throughout the contiguous U.S. This includes in-home assembly of the Solaire and old mattress removal. The Solaire is backed by a 365-night sleep trial – one of the longest in the industry – and a lifetime warranty.

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How We Test: Rigor, Data, and Sleeper Feedback

A luxury mattress is a considerable purchase, so we’ve done the research to help make your decision easier. Our team adheres to an objective rating system that breaks down the pros and cons of each luxury mattress in order to help people find the most suitable model for them.

Each member of our team brings years of experience and expertise to our hands-on product tests, which are conducted in our Seattle-based Test Lab. The four-part system we use to evaluate mattresses is outlined below.

Construction analysis: We study the bed’s design and note firmness, height, material composition, and other manufacturer specifications. From there, we perform a detailed analysis that measures performance across six different categories.

Product testing: During hands-on tests, our team uses various tools and technology to evaluate the bed’s performance for motion isolation, pressure relief, temperature control, ease of movement, edge support, and odor potential. We use findings during these tests to calculate a final score in each category.

Field testing: Our field testers use mattresses and other sleep products in their own bedrooms. After weeks of at-home testing, each field tester provides a detailed analysis of how the mattress performs, including what they like and dislike about the bed.

User testing: Feedback from mattress owners and users outside our team is invaluable to our research. We draw from surveys, sleep stories, and customer reviews to fine-tune our ratings and better understand how each product performs over time.

How to Shop for a Luxury Mattress

Once you’ve decided to invest in a luxury mattress, it’s time to get into the nuts-and-bolts of making your purchase. Traditionally, luxury mattresses were bought in retail stores, but a growing percentage are now sold online. In the past, it may have been unthinkable to spend big on a mattress without trying it out in person first, but the availability of no-risk, in-home sleep trials have made customers more comfortable than ever with buying online.

Whether you choose to purchase online or in-store, you’ll need to pay for your mattress before it gets delivered to your home. That said, some manufacturers and retailers offer financing that allows you to break up your total price into multiple payments.

If you decide to buy online, your best bet is to make your purchase directly with the mattress manufacturer on their website. While the same mattress may be available on Amazon, it may not come with the same level of customer support or a sleep trial of the same length.

Third-party review sites can provide critical insight about what to look for in a luxury mattress and help direct you to the most reputable brands and models. While some mattress companies are well-known nationally, this doesn’t always mean they have the best products. Our product reviews can help separate the best from the rest, and in many cases, provide you with coupon codes or promotional prices to ensure that you get the optimal mattress and value.

Important Mattress Considerations

Finding the right fit in a mattress requires taking a number of factors into account. In some cases, slick marketing campaigns can obfuscate what really matters, hyping up secondary features with an array of buzzwords. The result is that many customers wind up feeling confused or overwhelmed. To avoid this and determine which is the best luxury mattress for your bedroom, stay focused on these key considerations.

  • Price: even if you’ve settled on a significant budget for a luxury mattress, you want to make sure that you get the best mattress for the money. Consider not just the base retail price but also the final total including any discounts, promos, and/or costs for shipping.
  • Sleeping Position: side, back, and stomach sleepers have different pressure points and mattress performance needs in order to keep their spine in alignment. Side sleepers normally do best with Medium to Medium Firm beds, back sleepers with Medium Firm to Firm, and stomach sleepers with Firm options.
  • Mattress Type: the way that a mattress is built, especially its interior components, will significantly influence what it feels like and whether it provides the comfort and support you need. Identifying the type that best suits you can help narrow down your range of options as you shop.
  • Mattress Size: the larger king mattress will not only take up more space, it will also cost more than a queen mattress because of the additional materials used in its manufacture.
  • Contouring: this refers to the amount that a mattress conforms to your body and “hugs” you as you lie down on it. A mattress with more contouring can help relieve sharp pressure points and isolate motion, but it may have too much sink or retain excess heat. Mattress type and composition influences the amount of contouring.
  • Quality Materials: if you are choosing a luxury mattress, you want to make sure it is built with quality materials. When manufacturers invest in solid components and show attention-to-detail in how the mattress is built, it tends to perform better and last longer.
  • Firmness Level: how hard or soft a mattress is will help determine your comfort on it, so make sure to consider what you prefer. The optimal firmness level is subjective, but as a general rule, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and people over 230 pounds find more comfort and support on a firmer bed.
  • Motion Isolation: motion isolation helps prevent you from being bothered by the movement of a partner or a pet who is sharing your bed. Materials with more contouring, like memory foam, tend to be the best at reducing motion transfer.
  • Pressure Relief: everyone’s body has pressure points that need extra cushioning in order to be comfortable and keep their body aligned. For side sleepers, these are usually at the shoulders and hips, and in back and stomach sleepers, they are normally near the lower back. Look for materials and a mattress design that is able to offer support in the areas where you most need it.
  • Ease of Movement / Sex: when it’s hard to move on a mattress, you may feel like you’re stuck in one position. This can be uncomfortable, especially for people who change positions frequently at night. Lack of bounce can be a barrier to intimate activities on the bed as well.
  • Edge Support: if a mattress gives way at the edge, it can feel like you will roll out or fall off if you try to sleep or sit near the perimeter. Having solid edge support allows you to utilize the full surface area of your mattress, and some mattress types and models offer more edge support than others.
  • Temperature Regulation: many people find that they overheat during the night, causing them to wake up in a sweat. Some mattresses retain heat or restrict airflow around the body, exacerbating these problems. If you worry about sleeping hot, look for a mattress with a reputation for good temperature regulation.
  • Noise: a squeaky mattress can be disruptive if you move around at night and can create awkwardness when engaging in intimate activities. Most modern mattresses are quiet, but make sure to consider how noisy a mattress is if you’re especially sound-sensitive.

What Can Affect the Price of a Mattress?

The price of a mattress isn’t determined according to a simple formula; instead, a handful of factors can influence its cost.

As with most consumer products, certain materials tend to cost more, which can make some mattress types and designs pricier. Example of things that may increase the final price include:

  • Hand-made materials or hand-sewn covers
  • Organic, natural, and eco-friendly materials, especially those that have gone through an extensive certification process
  • Thicker layers or denser materials
  • Custom-designed, innovative, or proprietary components
  • Specialty features like elements to improve temperature regulation, edge support, or zoned cushioning

Other factors that can influence the total price of a mattress include:

  • The mattress brand, where it purchased (online or in-store), and the seller (the manufacturer or a third-party retailer)
  • Discounts, promotions, and mattress sales
  • Whether any other products, such as sheets or pillows, are included with the mattress

Of course, these considerations influence the initial price of a mattress. In many cases, the long-term value is often greater when purchasing a quality product with more durability and a higher level of performance.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the listed retail price (MSRP) of a mattress is often different from the actual price that most customers pay. Mattress manufacturers and retailers tend to offer significant price reductions through sales or coupons, and savvy shoppers can usually score a solid deal even for top-end, luxury mattresses.

Shipping, Returns, and Warranties

Any time you are making a big purchase, it’s natural to think about the logistics and the costs related to shipping, returns, and warranties. These topics often raise questions for people who are buying a mattress online for the first time, and the following sections go into detail about what you can expect.

Shipping

If you’re planning to buy a mattress online, you’ll usually find that shipping is done in one of two ways: standard or white-glove.

Standard Shipping

For most mattresses purchased online, standard ground shipping is free, meaning that the mattress arrives within 3-5 business days after it is sent via FedEx or UPS. In some cases, a few extra days may be added to that timeframe if the company needs time to process the order, manufacture the mattress, or have it picked up from their factory or warehouse.

To facilitate shipping, the mattress is compressed, rolled up tightly, and sealed in plastic. This allows it to be placed in a box that is delivered to your doorstep. Once it arrives, you simply remove the compressed mattress from the box, take it to your bedroom, and cut away the plastic, at which point the mattress will retake its full size, usually within a few hours.

Moving the box and setting up the mattress frequently requires two people, especially for heavier and larger (Queen and King) mattresses.

White-Glove Delivery

White-glove delivery is similar to traditional mattress installation services. It involves a team that brings the mattress (either compressed or already at full size) into your home and setting it up in your bedroom. Any packaging materials are removed once installation is complete.

White-glove delivery can involve other components, including:

  • Setup of a bed frame or base (when sold along with the mattress)
  • Removal of an old mattress
  • Removal of an old bed frame

Some luxury mattresses are offered with free white-glove delivery. In other cases, it may be available for an extra charge. Some companies only offer standard shipping. Consider the service that you need and consult with the seller to determine what’s available and any associated cost.

Shipping Outside the Contiguous United States

The prior sections about shipping describe the usual options for addresses within the contiguous 48 U.S. states.

Shipping, including white-glove delivery, may be available to customers in Alaska, Hawaii, or other locations. When offered, such shipping usually comes with an added charge.

Returns

Almost all online mattresses come with a generous return policy as part of a sleep trial. The trial lets you test out the mattress in your own home with the option to return or exchange it within a certain time period.

Many companies offer a sleep trial of around 100 nights. They may require you to keep the mattress for 2-4 weeks as a “break-in” period since it can take some time to get used to a new mattress.

If you decide to make a return, it is usually handled in one of two ways:

  • The company coordinates pickup. In some cases, you may need to bring the mattress to your front door or to the curb to facilitate pickup. The mattress is then usually donated.
  • You donate the mattress to a local organization either by taking it to a drop-off point or by coordinating pickup by that organization. Once you show the donation receipt to the mattress seller, your refund is issued.

For the majority of mattresses sold online, returns are completely free, and a full refund is issued within a few business days. A few companies charge a return shipping or restocking fee. In addition, fees for white-glove delivery or for shipping outside of the contiguous U.S. are usually not refundable.

Warranties

Warranties are regularly included as part of your mattress purchase. Standard warranties range from 10 years and up and cover defects that could arise in the materials or workmanship. These warranties almost never cover normal wear-and-tear (including mild softening of the mattress over time) or accidental damage (such as spills).

The warranty may provide for a defective mattress to be either repaired or replaced, usually at the company’s option. There may be a cost to the customer for this service, especially with prorated warranties that stipulate that customers pay a greater portion based on how long they’ve owned the mattress. Customers may also have to pay for shipping costs related to a warranty claim.

If you’re looking at a mattress warranty, consider the total length but more importantly, read the fine print. Determine if it is prorated or non-prorated, and remember that non-prorated warranties are better for customers. The fine print should give a clearer explanation of exactly what types of issues are classified as defects covered by the warranty.

Additional Mattress Costs

When outfitting your bedroom with a new mattress, there can be some additional costs on top of what you spend on the mattress itself. As you determine your budget, think through whether you’re likely to need any of the following things that may add to your total costs.

  • Foundations and Bed Frames: you may need to purchase a bed frame if you don’t already have one or if you want to upgrade to a different style (such as an adjustable frame). Prices vary significantly based on design, materials, size, and features, ranging from around $50 into the thousands.
  • Old Mattress Removal: if haul-away of an old mattress isn’t offered by the mattress seller, you may need to arrange for this with a local company or organization. Prices for this service will vary depending on your location.
  • In-Home Assembly: some third-party service providers offer in-home setup of a mattress and/or bed frame. The price will depend on your location, the number of items that need to be installed, and the time it takes to assemble them.

The Best Types of Luxury Mattresses

The way that a mattress is built is central to its performance and has direct implications for its durability and price. As outlined below, there are five main mattress types, and each carries certain benefits and downsides. Remember, though, that while there are common characteristics among mattresses of a particular type, there can still be notable variation within a category.

Hybrid

Definition: a hybrid features a support core powered by innerspring coils. Above the coils are other materials that can enhance support, comfort, and other aspects of mattress performance. The materials used in the top layers may include foam, latex, wool, cotton, polyester, and/or a micro-coils.

Dynamic Performance: hybrids make the most of multiple design elements to provide a balanced set of characteristics that usually include solid motion isolation, pressure relief, temperature regulation, and edge support.

Innerspring

Definition: like a hybrid, an innerspring is built with a coil-based support core; however, in these mattresses, the comfort system above the coils is extremely limited. Thin amounts of cotton, polyester, wool, or foam may be used in this minimal comfort system.

Effective Building Block: innersprings are rarely luxury mattresses because of their basic design; however, you can craft your own version of a hybrid-style mattress by choosing a high-end mattress topper to place on top of an innerspring.

Latex

Definition: these mattresses are made with an interior construction entirely of latex rubber. Latex can be made naturally from sap from rubber trees, or it can be made synthetically with chemicals. Most mattresses use natural latex, which can have different characteristics depending on whether it is produced using the Talalay or Dunlop process.

Robust and Bouncy: latex has more springiness than many other materials, making it easy to move on top of these mattresses, including during sex. At the same time, latex provides meaningful cushioning of pressure points through moderate contouring.

Airbed

Definition: an airbed is constructed using one or more air chambers as a support core. An attached pump system controlled by a smartphone or remote can add or remove the amount of air to adjust the firmness. A comfort system of other materials may be placed above the air chamber.

Real-Time Firmness Adjustments: With an airbed, you can modify the air pressure to rapidly change the firmness feel at any point during the night. On these mattresses, there’s no greater luxury than having full control over the way your bed feels underneath you.

Foam

Definition: these mattresses are made with all of their interior layers composed of foam, latex, or other fiber fill (including cotton, wool, or polyester). The support core is generally built with high-density polyfoam. Foam mattresses do not have any coil-based layers.

Cloud-like Contouring: customers who want a luxury mattress that offers deep levels of conforming and pressure point relief are often drawn to foam mattresses. Memory foam in particular is known for its significant hug and cloud-like feel.

Mattress TypeAverage LifespanAverage Price
Airbed8 years or longer$2,000-$2,400
Latex8 years or longer$1,600-$2,000
Hybrid6 to 7 years$1,600-$2,000
Foam6 to 7 years$900-$1,200
Innerspring6 to 7 years$900-$1,100

What is the Most Expensive Mattress You Can Buy?

The Grand Vividus mattress from Hästens is the most expensive mattress in the world with a price tag that comes in at around $189,000. This mattress offers a true lap-of-luxury design that requires 9 artisans who take 45 days to craft it slowly and meticulously by hand. The Grand Vividus uses specialty horsehair as well as other natural materials like cotton, wool, flax, pine wood.

Customers interested in learning more about the offerings and materials in Hästens mattresses can visit one of their stores in the U.S. or worldwide. Private viewing opportunities are available for those with serious interest in the Grand Vividus mattress.

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