Anyone who has slept on a lumpy sofa bed or a sagging old mattress can tell you the same thing: comfort matters. Not only can a comfortable mattress help provide a more restful night’s sleep, but it can also relieve pressure points, align the spine, and help you wake up feeling refreshed rather than achy.
While all sleepers can benefit from a mattress that is comfortable for them, not everyone shares the same idea of what makes a mattress comfortable. Factors like an individual’s weight and favored sleep position play a role in what feels comfortable for them, but personal preference also comes into play.
We’ll share our picks for the most comfortable mattresses. While they might not be ideal for all individuals, we think that these mattresses will feel comfortable for the majority of sleepers. We’ll also explain factors that may influence which mattress feels most comfortable to you.
The Layla Hybrid combines the pressure relief of memory foam with the support of pocketed coils, while the bed’s flippable nature gives it a great degree of versatility.
The Layla Hybrid pairs Layla’s copper-infused memory foam and high-density polyfoam with a support core of pocketed coils. The mattress is flippable, with rather different firmness ratings on each side. The resulting combination excels at pressure relief and motion isolation, while also sleeping cool and staying appropriately supportive for a wide variety of sleepers.
One side of the mattress has a medium feel that rates at a 5 on the 10-point firmness scale, while the other side has a firm (7) feel to it. The medium side has a 2.5-inch comfort layer of copper-infused memory foam. The memory foam contours to the body to a moderate extent to provide strong pressure relief, while the copper infusion helps to combat heat retention.
The memory foam rests on a transition layer of 2 inches of zoned polyfoam that provides different degrees of support to different areas of the body. By contrast, the firm side has a thinner comfort layer of 1 inch of memory foam over 1.5 inches of the zoned polyfoam. The mattress is encased in a breathable cover made of polyester, viscose, and spandex with vinyl handles on the sides for easier flippability.
The support core consists of a 6-inch layer of pocketed coils between the layers of foam. The springs reinforce the edges rather well and contribute to a bouncy feel as you move around on top of the mattress. Although the bed uses memory foam in its comfort layers, air is able to flow through the coils, helping the mattress sleep cool. The coil core is supported by the layers of foam on the side that is currently not in use.
The Layla Hybrid’s dual firmness construction captures the two ends of the preferred range of mattress firmnesses, making it a great option for nearly any kind of sleeper. The medium side is best suited to sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, while the firm side is likely a better option for sleepers in any position who weigh more than 130 pounds.
The Layla Hybrid comes with a 120-night sleep trial and is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Helix’s versatile line of six hybrid mattresses ensures side, back, and stomach sleepers of any body type will find a bed that suits them well.
In many ways, comfort lies in the sleep of the beholder, which is why Helix’s versatile line of hybrid mattresses is as close as you can get to universal comfort. Helix sells two main types of mattresses: memory foam hybrids (The Helix Sunset, Midnight and Twilight) and polyfoam hybrids (Moonlight, Dusk, and Dawn). Each of these two mattress types are available in soft, medium, and firm feels. All these mattresses are also available in a ‘Luxe’ version that adds a plush pillowtop.
The memory foam hybrids feature a layer of gel-infused memory foam that contours closely to the body in order to relieve pressure points. The polyfoam models feature their proprietary Dynamic Foam. While foam contours somewhat to the body, it’s a lot more responsive than memory foam, giving it more bounce and some extra support. All models contain a substantial pocketed coil support core, providing significant support and allowing for airflow throughout the mattress.
Due to the high degree of customization available with the Helix, sleepers of any weight or sleeping position should be able to find an optimal Helix mattress. Additionally, these beds sleep cool and come at a below-average price point for a hybrid, making them attractive options for hot sleepers and shoppers on a budget.
Helix ships free to all 50 US states. Plus, they offer a 100-night sleep trial and a 10 year warranty.
The Birch Mattress is a breathable, supportive hybrid crafted from organic and sustainable materials including a wool batting and layers of ventilated latex.
If you find responsive beds comfortable, then we recommend the Birch Natural Mattress. This hybrid model is constructed with a top layer of natural and organic wool batting, followed by a layer of ventilated Talalay latex. Latex is a naturally springy material. It conforms to the body like memory foam, but does not cradle the body or sink too deeply. The mattress also contains a support core of pocketed coils reinforced with wool batting. The coils provide exceptional stability and plenty of reinforcement along the perimeter, so you shouldn’t sink too much when moving across the surface of getting in and out of bed.
Temperature control is another highlight of this mattress. The wool offers natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties, the ventilated latex circulates air near the surface, and the coils promote airflow throughout the interior to help the mattress maintain a comfortable core temperature. Due to its medium firm (6) feel, the mattress is best suited to people who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. If you think this mattress might be too firm, Birch also offers a latex topper that creates a softer surface feel.
Birch provides free ground shipping to all 50 states, as well as a 100-night sleep trial. The mattress comes with a 25-year warranty that protects against deep body impressions and physical flaws in the bed’s assembly. For an added fee, you can also purchase accidental damage protection that covers other defects not included in the original warranty, such as stains.
The Leesa Hybrid’s coil system gives the mattress sturdy edge support and bounce, and its hole-punched comfort layer relieves pressure without trapping much heat.
The Leesa Hybrid pairs multiple layers of foam with a support core of pocketed coils. The foam layers give the Leesa Hybrid the pressure-relieving hug of memory foam, which many sleepers find comfortable. The coil layer adds additional comfort features, including edge support and bounce.
The Leesa Hybrid’s comfort system is constructed of two layers. The top layer uses high-density polyfoam, which is durable and conforming. Holes punched throughout the layer allow heat to dissipate to prevent the Leesa Hybrid from retaining excessive heat. Next, a layer of memory foam contours to relieve pressure points.
A transition layer of polyfoam prevents sleepers from sinking in against the coil system. The support core is a layer of pocketed coils. These coils contour more deeply and provide added edge support. Air flows through this layer for good temperature regulation. The coils can also move independently of each other, reducing the spread of motion between individual coils.
The Leesa Hybrid rates at a 6 on the firmness scale, giving it a medium-firm feel. While the Leesa Hybrid is supportive and should be able to give a comfortable night’s sleep for most sleepers regardless of weight, it offers the best balance of support and cradling for sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds.
Leesa has a 100-night trial and a 10-year limited warranty for the Leesa Hybrid.
The WinkBed comes in four firmness options, which should be able to give most sleepers the right combination of contouring and support for their weight group and sleep position.
The WinkBed is a hybrid model with four firmness options. When combined with the WinkBed’s solid pressure relief, temperature neutrality, edge support, and bounce, these four firmness options should be able to accommodate the comfort needs and preferences of most sleepers.
All versions of the WinkBed Mattress use a Tencel cover, which is soft to the touch and wicks heat away from the body. They also use a foam enhancement in the lumbar region to prevent the lower back from sagging and promote better spinal alignment. This reinforcement is coupled with a zoned coil layer that provides extra support around the sleeper’s midsection. The coils are pocketed, so each coil can move independently and air can flow freely between them. Added edge support in the coil layer creates a sturdy perimeter.
The medium-soft, medium-firm, and firm versions of the WinkBed have a gel-infused foam Euro-pillow top that cushions the body while pulling away excessive heat. A layer of microcoils allows airflow while responding quickly to position changes.
The Plus version of the mattress uses a high-density polyfoam top layer to contour to the body while resisting impressions. Instead of microcoils, the Plus version uses a layer of latex for additional support and durability. The coils in the support system of the Plus option are individually pocketed and then banded together in groups of four for extra support.
The WinkBed Mattress comes in four firmness settings: medium-soft (4), medium-firm (6), firm (7-8), and Plus (7-8). Sleepers under 130 pounds will likely find the medium-soft most comfortable. Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds may prefer the medium-firm or firm options. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds might appreciate the extra support of the Plus mattress.
WinkBeds provides a lifetime warranty and a 120-night sleep trial on the WinkBed Mattress.
The Casper Hybrid relieves pressure to a significant extent, while the zoned transition layer provides extra support under the sleeper’s hips to promote better spinal alignment.
The Casper Hybrid pairs four layers of foam with a layer of pocketed coils. This construction gives the Casper Hybrid many of the comfort benefits of both foam and innerspring mattresses, including contouring, bounce, motion isolation, and temperature regulation.
A two-part comfort system includes a layer of polyfoam and a layer of memory foam. The polyfoam layer forms to the sleeper’s body, while the open cell structure permits airflow, dissipating heat better than many models that contain foam. The memory foam layer contours to the body and spreads out the sleeper’s weight to relieve pressure points.
A transition layer of polyfoam acts as a buffer between the comfort and support systems. This layer is zoned with a reinforced midsection to promote better spinal alignment. Next, a layer of pocketed coils gives the mattress more bounce and airflow. A final layer of polyfoam stabilizes the mattress.
The Casper Hybrid has a medium feel, rating around 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This is on the soft end of the range most sleepers tend to prefer, so it may be a particularly good match for individuals who weigh under 230 pounds, especially those who prefer to sleep on their backs or sides.
Casper offers a 10-year limited warranty and a 100-night trial with the Casper Hybrid.
The Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid’s latex comfort layer gives the mattress a responsive feel while allowing significant airflow for exceptional temperature neutrality.
The Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid is a hybrid model constructed of cotton, wool, latex, coils, and polyfoam. With three firmness options, the Bloom Hybrid can accommodate sleepers from any weight group with any position preferences, making it a comfortable mattress for many sleepers.
A comfort layer of natural Talalay latex spreads the force of the sleeper’s body weight across a wider area than memory foam or polyfoam, relieving pressure while providing a floating feel that many sleepers find comfortable. This material is also quite responsive, making it easier to move across the surface of the bed. Latex tends to sleep cool, and this effect is heightened by the Bloom Hybrid’s breathable, moisture-wicking cover constructed of wool and organic cotton.
The Bloom Hybrid’s support core uses pocketed coils. These coils create an even, supportive surface with sturdy edges. The pocketing of the coils limits motion transfer between individual springs. This layer also allows ample air circulation to allow heat to dissipate away from the sleeper. A layer of polyfoam reinforces the coil layer.
Brooklyn Bedding produces the Bloom Hybrid in three firmness options: Medium-Soft (4), Medium-Firm (6), and Firm (7-8). Sleepers under 130 pounds are likely to find the Medium-Soft version most comfortable. Individuals who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds may prefer the medium-firm option. Those who weigh over 230 pounds might favor the Firm version.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night trial window and a 10-year warranty for the Bloom Hybrid Mattress.
The Puffy’s all-foam construction and soft comfort layers provide excellent pressure relief while limiting motion transfer.
The Puffy Mattress is the only all-foam model in our list of most comfortable mattresses. Sleepers who like the hug of memory foam may find the Puffy’s close conforming exceptionally comfortable, but its strong motion isolation and lack of noise also make it a good choice for some couples.
The Puffy is constructed of three layers of foam. The comfort layer uses gel memory foam engineered to contour to the body without trapping heat. A transition layer of temperature-regulating polyfoam prevents the sleeper from sinking into the core. The polyfoam support core stabilizes the top layers while adjusting to support the sleeper’s body, regardless of their sleep position. The Puffy Mattress is encased in a removable cover. This cover is stain-resistant and washable for easy cleaning.
With a rating of 5 on the 10-point firmness scale, the Puffy has a medium feel. Because this is slightly softer than the average firmness most sleepers prefer, the Puffy has a plusher feel than many mattresses. Side sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds are likely to find the Puffy Mattress exceptionally comfortable since it is soft enough to cradle their pressure points without letting them sink in too deeply.
Puffy is one of the few mattresses on the market with a lifetime warranty. It also comes with a 101-night sleep trial.
The GhostBed Flex Mattress combines motion isolation, temperature neutrality, pressure relief, and bounce, making it exceptionally well suited for sleepers looking for balanced features.
The GhostBed Flex uses a hybrid design that pairs several layers of foam with a layer of pocketed coils. With multiple temperature-regulating features, the GhostBed Flex sleeps cooler than many models while also relieving pressure points and isolating motion. Many sleepers will likely find the GhostBed Flex’s combination of benefits extremely comfortable.
A quilted cover is crafted to feel soft and cool to the touch. A layer of fiber and a layer of gel memory foam are quilted into the cover for contouring and cooling. Next, another layer of gel memory foam cradles the sleeper for pressure relief and proper spinal alignment, while the gel infusion wicks heat away from their body. A layer of transitional polyfoam is engineered to be responsive like latex while contouring like memory foam to balance bounce and pressure relief.
A layer of pocketed coils acts as the bed’s support core. Airflow through this layer helps keep the bed cool. The coils give the mattress more bounce, while the pocketing reduces motion transfer between coils. This layer also includes reinforced coils near the perimeter of the bed to create a strong edge. Finally, a polyfoam base supports the spring layer.
The GhostBed Flex is a medium-firm model, rating around 6 on the firmness scale. While sleepers from any weight group may find this setting comfortable, it is perhaps the best fit for sleepers over 130 pounds. Sleepers in this group should be able to sink in enough to experience contouring and pressure relief.
GhostBed provides a 25-year warranty and a 101-night sleep trial for the GhostBed Flex.
Individual mattress models vary due to differences in their materials, quality, and construction. These differences can affect how comfortable a mattress feels. Certain types of mattresses tend to share some characteristics. There is still plenty of variation between individual models, but understanding these commonalities may make it easier to decide what type of mattress will feel most comfortable to you.
Definition: As the name suggests, hybrid mattresses combine construction features from two or more types of mattresses. Most often, this includes a memory foam or polyfoam comfort layer and a coil support core. However, there are also hybrid mattresses with latex, wool, and/or microcoil comfort layers paired with coil support cores.
Blend of Multiple Benefits. Hybrid mattresses usually have comfort layers that contour to the sleeper to provide pressure relief while isolating motion well. The coil support core usually gives the mattress bounce and edge support. Because hybrid models pair aspects of two or more types of mattresses, many people find they provide the benefits of each mattress type without the associated drawbacks, making them an exceptionally comfortable choice.
Definition: Innerspring models consist primarily of a coil support system. They may also have a comfort layer to provide some cushioning, but the comfort layer is usually not substantial.
Temperature Neutrality. People who tend to sleep hot may find innerspring models quite comfortable. Air circulation through the coil layer helps cool the sleep surface, and the thin comfort layers usually do not trap a significant amount of heat.
Definition: Latex models are traditionally constructed of multiple layers of latex foam. This material may be natural, synthetic, or a blend. Talalay latex is a springier, lighter material frequently used in mattress comfort layers, while Dunlop latex is a denser, more durable material that may be used in either the comfort or support layer.
Contouring Without Hug. While memory foam and polyfoam usually compress directly under the weight of the sleeper, latex spreads out the force across a wider surface area. This provides pressure relief without the hug of memory foam. Sleepers who prefer sleeping “on” a mattress to sleeping “in” a mattress may find latex models comfortable.
Definition: Airbeds use a support system of air chambers. These chambers can be emptied or filled by using a remote, app, or manual pump depending on the mattress model. Many airbeds also have thin comfort layers, which may consist of memory foam, polyfoam, and/or latex.
Adjustability. The firmness of an airbed can be adjusted by emptying for filling the air chambers. This may be particularly comfortable for people whose firmness preferences tend to change. Additionally, some models allow each side of the mattress to be adjusted separately, which may make an airbed a comfortable option for couples with different firmness preferences.
Definition: Foam mattresses are usually constructed primarily of memory foam and/or polyfoam, though they may also contain wool, latex, and other materials. All-foam mattresses are usually constructed of multiple layers of foam to achieve the desired balance between contouring and support.
Close Conforming. Foam mattresses tend to shape closely to the sleeper’s body. This relieves pressure points while providing a hugging sensation that many sleepers find comfortable.
As you shop for mattresses, you may notice that they are frequently assigned numerical firmness ratings. These ratings make it easier to see how firm a mattress is and how it compares to other models. In the standard 10-point firmness scale, 1 is the softest mattress possible, while 10 is the firmest.
Most sleepers favor a mattress between medium and firm, ranging from around 5 to 7. However, several factors beyond the numerical rating can contribute to the mattress’s feel.
One key factor is a sleeper’s weight. Sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds do not put as much force on a mattress, so they usually favor a softer model that allows them to sink in more. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds put more force on a mattress, so they often require a firmer model to support them and prevent them from sinking in too deeply. Taking your body weight into account can help steer you towards the best mattress firmness for you.
The mattress type can also contribute to how firm it feels. Foam mattresses usually compress directly under a sleeper’s weight, which can make them feel softer than innerspring or latex models with a similar numerical rating.
A mattress that is too soft may allow a sleeper’s midsection to sink in too far, putting a strain on the spine. However, a mattress that is too firm could create pressure points and put the spine out of alignment, particularly for side sleepers.
While the ideal mattress firmness is subjective, understanding the factors at play can help you find your ideal firmness setting.
The right mattress is an important component of putting together a comfortable sleep environment, but it isn’t the only factor. Sleep accessories can help modify your sleep surface to promote a more comfortable night’s sleep. Pillows and mattress toppers may put the final touches on your sleep space.
While your mattress supports your body, your pillow supports your head and neck. The wrong pillow can put your spine out of alignment and strain your neck, leading to back and neck pain.
As is the case with mattresses, pillow comfort is subjective. However, an individual’s preferred sleep position can influence how thick of a pillow will feel best to them. A pillow should lift your head enough to straighten your neck and promote proper alignment.
Side sleepers’ heads usually lift the farthest off their mattress due to the breadth of their shoulders, so they frequently favor pillows with a medium or a high loft to fill the gap between the mattress and their heads and necks. Back sleepers have less space to fill, so they often prefer medium loft pillows. Stomach sleepers often sleep without a pillow or with a low loft pillow since a pillow could force their heads backward.
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Additional pillows may also make the sleep surface more comfortable. Some sleepers enjoy wedge pillows to prop up their legs or upper bodies. Knee pillows can help a side sleeper maintain proper spinal alignment while preventing the sleeper’s knees from rubbing together. Body pillows can allow the sleeper to prop up their body or separate their knees, providing flexible options for changing comfort preferences.
If your mattress isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, a mattress topper may help adjust the feel to better meet your needs and preferences. A mattress topper is an extra layer that you place on top of your existing mattress. Toppers are generally less expensive than replacing a mattress, making them a popular option for sleepers who want to try out a different feel.
Mattress toppers are available in a wide array of materials, including memory foam, polyfoam, latex, down, and down alternative. For sleepers who have wondered if they might like the hug of memory foam or the responsiveness of latex, a mattress topper can offer an opportunity to try the material without committing to a full mattress.
Thinner mattress toppers usually add some cushioning to the sleep surface, while thicker toppers modify the surface more significantly. A thicker mattress topper may provide similar contouring and pressure relief to that of a mattress with the same material in its comfort layer.
While a mattress topper may make a sleep surface more comfortable, it does not offer the same advantages of a new mattress and cannot fix a mattress that isn’t in good condition. Mattress toppers can give cushioning, contouring, and pressure relief, but they generally don’t provide support. If your mattress is sagging or lacks support, a mattress topper probably won’t affect the comfort significantly.
When purchasing a mattress, several factors may affect how comfortable it feels to an individual. While some mattress companies may advertise that their mattresses are comfortable for everyone, comfort is highly subject. Focusing on the most important details may make it easier to determine whether a mattress will be comfortable for you.
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