10 Best Mattress Brands Reviewed (2021): Casper, Nectar, and More

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A mattress purchase is a big deal: It’s an investment, and it’s the foundation of your sleep for years—which is why familiarizing yourself with the best mattress brands should be the first step when picking out a new mattress. We’ve started the legwork for you. AD staffers have put several leading mattress brands to the test, and ahead, they’ll report on their experiences. There’s a different model out there for everyone, as these pro mattress-testing editors have noted. Find out what they loved about these mattresses, and what (if anything) they were still left wanting.

For consistency, all prices reflect the queen size of each mattress.

Nectar

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

$799.00, Nectar Sleep

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Reviewer: Katie Henwood, senior SEO manager

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

Nectar was really easy to order from and communicate with—I ordered my mattress while in the midst of a move, and they worked with me to ensure the mattress went to the correct address at the right time. I also got this mattress as part of a deal that included a free set of sheets, which are fabulous.

What mattress do you have?

I have the queen-size Nectar Memory Foam Mattress.

What do you love about this mattress?

This mattress is a dream come true for all kinds of sleepers. It offers extra support without sacrificing comfort, and getting into bed each night is like falling into a cloud. For any fellow light sleepers who share their bed with a loud partner: you won’t feel a thing when your bed mate is tossing and turning. The memory foam mattress cancels out any movement so you can sleep peacefully through the night, regardless of what is going on around you.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

Some nights the Nectar mattress can sleep a little warm, despite the heat-wicking, cooling technology on the top layer of the mattress. I think any memory foam bed will retain heat more than a regular mattress, and to me it’s worth a few warmer nights for the overall comfort this mattress offers. Using the Nectar sheet set that came (free!) with the mattress helps to keep things cool too.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

Before I upgraded to the Nectar Memory Foam mattress, I was sleeping on a cheap, first-mattress-post-college bed and it took a toll on my back. The old mattress literally aged me. After a few nights sleeping on the new Nectar mattress, my lower back pain magically disappeared. Throwing away that quilted hunk of springs was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Yes, it’s definitely one of the best mattress brands I’ve tried!

Floyd

The Mattress by Floyd

$1095.00, Floyd Home

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Reviewer: Zoë Sessums, digital design writer

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

This was one of the heaviest mattresses I’ve owned in recent years, but it turns out that is a good thing. This mattress is so supportive and comfortable, which makes it one of the best options I’ve owned.

What mattress do you have?

The Mattress by Floyd in a queen.

What do you love about this mattress?

Apparently, the supportive surface I love is made from 1,000 pocketed coils to give me “zoned support.” I like the super-soft Tencel top cover that is made from all-natural, eco-friendly wood pulp and the thorough temperature regulation. While the bottom of the mattress has a non-skid knit to keep it from sliding around the base, there are helpful handles on the side for when you do need to move things around.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

It is harder to move with the weight, but I wouldn’t want to change the integrity of the mattress.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

It feels as though this mattress will hold up for many years, which is not always the case with other sent-in-a-box mattresses.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Definitely. This mattress is very solid. It’s comfy and plush, firm and supportive, cool and soft—I am a believer in the brand.

Tuft & Needle

The Original Mattress

$591.00, Tuft & Needle

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Reviewer: Elise Portale, social media manager

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

It’s your classic “bed in a box” mattress, which is always a real treat, if you ask me. When I bought it, I remember wanting an upgrade from my previous spring mattress, but the direct-to-consumer mattresses from all of my favorite podcast ads were still pretty much out of my budget. Tuft & Needle really hit that sweet spot of being a high-quality foam mattress at a more affordable price.

What mattress do you have?

The Tuft & Needle Original.

What do you love about this mattress?

I’m the kind of person who really loves a firmer mattress, but when you deal with an old-school innerspring mattress, the bed simply won’t offer any contouring. My T&N mattress is the perfect blend of a firm foam core that gives me that strong support I prefer and a softer foam outside that does that memory foam thing that is just so delightful.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

I’m one of those hot sleepers, and the unfortunate thing about most all-foam mattresses I’ve tried is that they love to trap heat under you. Sadly, my Tuft & Needle mattress wasn’t really an exception. But these days, the T&N Original Mattress actually does come with cooling gel and graphite inside its layers, so problem solved! The brand has also since come out with a different type of mattress (the Mint) that offers three layers of foam (as opposed to the Original’s two), as well as a hybrid mattress with foam and springs.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

My Tuft & Needle Original is my first foam mattress I’ve slept on consistently, but I can say with certainty that I love it far more than any spring mattress I’ve slept on. After a certain amount of time, those spring mattresses start to get uneven as the springs wear down from sleeping in the same spot, but after nearly four years, my Tuft & Needle feels as springy and supportive as it did the first night. Also, having a mattress that doesn’t squeak or jiggle when my cat comes back from his midnight snack is a real plus for a solid, uninterrupted REM cycle.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Absolutely. Not that I will have to buy a new mattress for a very long time, given how well it has held up so far. But every night, I flop into bed with a sigh of relief. Everyone has those days that produce various aches and strains, and when I sleep in this bed, I wake up feeling renewed the next day, like magic. So my plan is to keep that going for as long as I possibly can! (Plus, I’m dying to try that cooling gel layer.)

Birch by Helix

Birch Natural Mattress by Helix

$1299.00, Birch Living

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Reviewer: Zoë Sessums, digital design writer

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

I was compelled by the eco-friendly aspects—Birch’s products are free of any polyurethane-based foams and harsh chemicals. I’m always interested in staying informed about mattress companies that have sustainably sourced materials and practices.

What mattress do you have?

Birch Natural Mattress in full.

What do you love about this mattress?

First off, this mattress looks really nice—the details in the color and materials made it stand out right out of the box. It’s firm but doesn’t feel stiff and soft without making you sink—it’s that Goldilocks perfection.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

I have no complaints!

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

I think the construction is very quality-focused—it feels like it has more durability than some other mattresses I’ve bought and slept on.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

I would. I trust the quality of its products.

Helix

Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress

$1949.00, Helix

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Reviewer: Jacqueline Wladis, director of commerce partnerships

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

Helix Sleep really takes customer feedback to heart and continues to improve on its already incredible mattresses. The latest version of the Helix Midnight Luxe is an absolute dream!

What mattress do you have?

Helix Midnight Luxe in queen size.

What do you love about this mattress?

I absolutely need a hybrid mattress. I toss and turn in my sleep, I need to stay cool, and I simply MUST have lumbar support for my back and neck! Memory foam mattresses are very trendy, but I’m picky—I don’t want anything too soft or too firm, too hot or too cold, it has to be just right. The Helix Midnight Luxe is, simply, just right.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

This question does not apply to Helix. This mattress is perfect.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

The Helix Midnight Luxe is the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to mattresses. You can get a similar effect from the Allswell Supreme or the Leesa Hybrid, but the Helix Midnight Luxe is the crème de la crème. The pièce de résistance. The mattress to end all mattresses.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Absolutely. Especially since I know how scientifically and seriously Helix takes its product building. Like a fine wine, these mattresses will only get better with time.

DreamCloud

The DreamCloud

$999.00, DreamCloud

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Reviewer: Nick Mafi, digital features editor

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

Great delivery process in that the setup was very seamless and easy. I showed a friend how easy it was to set up, as he was in the market for a new mattress. Even before he lay on it to test the quality, he was pulling up the website to place an order. And that was purely from seeing the ease of delivery and the simple setup process.

What mattress do you have?

The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid in a twin.

What do you love about this mattress?

I grew up sleeping on a twin mattress, which is to say I didn’t have the best sleeping experience as a kid. But DreamCloud takes the twin-mattress comfort to another level. It’s not just how my body feels when I lie on it, it’s also how the actual mattress feels when I touch it. It has that feel of something that’s expensive, when in fact, you’re not paying a crazy price for it.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

It wouldn’t be about the mattress itself, but in the shipment process. I don’t know if this is too big of an ask (it probably is, which is why they don’t do it), but if DreamCloud added an extra button to have someone pick up my old mattress, I would happily pay up for that.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

In terms of twin mattresses, this is the best one I’ve slept on. The only one that’s comparable is Nectar.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Absolutely. First I just need to buy a space with more bedrooms...and that may take some time.

Leesa

Leesa Studio Mattress

$699.00, Leesa

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Reviewer: Audrey Lee, commerce writer

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

Leesa is one of the original pioneers of the bed-in-box movement, and you can tell being in the mattress space for so long has allowed the brand to really hone its craft and create a genuinely great product. My Leesa mattress still feels as nice as the day I got it (I’ve been sleeping on it for a little over a year), and it’s definitely a testament to the brand’s commitment to quality. I also appreciate that the company contributes to charity and recognizes the importance of giving back, outlined in its One-Ten initiative which provides one mattress to a family in need for every 10 sold.

What mattress do you have?

Leesa Studio Mattress.

What do you love about this mattress?

The Studio is Leesa’s quote-unquote budget-friendly option, though you would never know because it certainly doesn’t feel like it. The mattress has three layers of foam that hug your body in a way that’s ultra-supportive while providing excellent pressure relief to boot. I tend to move around in my sleep, ultimately landing on my side, so in addition to solid motion isolation, the Studio’s all-foam construction supplies a nice amount of give without being too soft for my taste.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

One thing the Leesa does lack is edge support—you can’t exactly sit on any of the corners or edges without sinking down. But that being said, I’ve been able to roll comfortably from one end to the other without feeling like I was about to fall off.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

Before the Studio I slept on mainly spring mattresses, but it’s safe to say I’m a foam convert now.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Absolutely. The setup was easy and I slept incredibly well the first night on my Leesa and pretty much every night since. If you’re looking for a safe bet, go with a Leesa mattress.

WinkBed

Luxury Firm WinkBed

$1299.00, WinkBed

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Reviewer: Mark Burka, senior SEO manager of commerce

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

When looking for the right mattress, my partner and I knew we wanted a firm, luxurious model with a firmer pillow top. After hunting down mattresses for a few months, we came across the WinkBed, which seemed like a perfect balance between firm and soft due to its hybrid components, plus it offered detailed insights on which mattress is best for each type of sleeper.

What mattress do you have?

The Luxury Firm WinkBed in a California king.

What do you love about this mattress?

The mattress’s hybrid components truly give you the best of both worlds at a more affordable price. The WinkBed mattress technology provides strong edge support and wicks away heat, ensuring sleepers have a calm, peaceful night. The mattress is a more affordable hybrid option compared to others on the market, plus, for those who are hesitant about purchasing an online mattress, WinkBed provides a 120-day warranty—that’s a six-month trial period!—which is plenty of time to decide if the money was well spent (in my case, it was!).

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

I would pick the Plus mattress “for heavier people” with the firmest option, now available since I last purchased from WinkBed, knowing the pillowtop was going to be as comfy as it is. My partner and I are a same-sex, male-identifying couple and probably would not like to admit that we classify as “heavier people,” but in this case, we do.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

Because these are only available to purchase online, I really appreciate the customer journey WinkBed takes you through, comparing Soft to Luxury Firm, Firmer, and Plus.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

I would definitely buy from WinkBed again—it has the firmest option for those who love a firm bed.

Casper

Nova Hybrid Snow Mattress

$2206.00, Casper

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Reviewer: David Kaufman, global digital director

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

Casper is well known and time-tested; I know people who’ve tried (and liked) Casper mattresses and have enjoyed them myself. Casper was one of the first mattress-in-a-box brands to appear on the e-commerce scene and its longevity gives it a sense of integrity and authority.

What mattress do you have?

The Snow Mattress, which is part of Casper’s recently released cooling collection.

What do you love about this mattress?

Casper’s cooling line claims to help what the company identified as a key barrier to a good night’s sleep—overheating. So it devised a new series of layers and foams as part of what Casper calls its Airscape technology. The brand promises a mattress that feels up to six degrees cooler than conventional models. I liked this idea of cooling. It felt fun and different and made me think about my overall bed and mattress comfort.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

I think there could have been some better branding on the mattress to let folks know about the novel things associated with the cooling mattress technology—and if there are ways consumers can actively enhance the technology once it is in the home.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

The mattress was extremely comfortable—firm, body-conforming, and had a sense of evenness and stability that was very soothing and calming. Without doubt I felt cool on the mattress—or at least I did not feel overheated—though I do concede I was sleeping in a fairly cool bedroom at the time. I suspect the mattress would stand up to the test of time and I did, indeed, get the sense that heat was being propelled away as I slept.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

I would. The support was solid, the shape a winner, and it definitely felt as if my body was cooler than usual and extremely comfortable.

Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress

$1781.00, Casper

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Reviewer: Zoë Sessums, digital design writer

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

I feel like Casper was the original mattress-in-a-box brand, so I trust its authority in the space. Casper regularly launches new products and models, so it seems like it is excited about evolving.

What mattress do you have?

Casper Nova Hybrid

What do you love about this mattress?

First off, this mattress looks really nice—the details in the color and materials make it stand out right out of the box. It’s firm without feeling stiff, it’s soft without making you sink—it’s that Goldilocks perfection.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

I would firm up the mattress if I could make any changes.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

This mattress is a lot softer and squishier than other mattresses I’ve slept on in recent years. It definitely feels luxurious and is nice to lounge around on, but it’s often a tad bit soft for night after night of sleep.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

I would buy from Casper, but I would try out a different model.

Allswell

Allswell Supreme Mattress

$985.00, Allswell

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Reviewer: Jacqueline Wladis, director of commerce partnerships

What stands out about this mattress brand to you?

It provides incredible quality at a fraction of the price of other mattress brands. I love my mattress and my bed pillows from Allswell Home.

What mattress do you have?

The Allswell Supreme in full size.

What do you love about this mattress?

The combination of coils and memory foam in the Allswell Supreme mattress keeps my body cool and comfortably cradled while I sleep. I also love the additional built-in Euro-top. The entire design of the mattress makes me feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud while keeping me cool and supporting me so that I stay asleep.

If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

It’s pretty heavy. I wish it were lighter (I just switched out my bed frame) or had handles on the sides to make it easier to move around. That’s what you get when you go for a hybrid model though.

How does this mattress compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on?

The Princess and the Pea may or may not have been 100% based on my life. I am SO picky when it comes to mattresses. I get really bad backaches so I need firm support, but I also want to feel bundled up and cradled. Plus I absolutely MUST stay cool at all times or I really can’t sleep. I’ve tried about 30+ mattresses and the only others that have compared to the Allswell Supreme are the Helix Midnight Luxe and the Leesa Hybrid. If you need a supportive mattress that will also keep you cool you are very limited in your options. You really need to have a hybrid and combine it with the Slumbercloud Mattress Pad.

Would you buy from this mattress brand again?

Absolutely, and I already have. After falling in love with the Allswell Supreme mattress I had to have the Supreme pillow!

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