If you’re going to put time and careful research into one purchase for your home, it should probably be your mattress. Think about it: You spend more time in bed than you do nearly anywhere else in your house, and a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to your overall health, well-being, and productivity. All that to say, you deserve to sleep on a high-quality mattress that suits your needs!
There are dozens of mattress stores out there today, including both online and in-store retailers—in fact, there are so many that it can be tricky to figure out which store to go to. Luckily, if you know generally what you’re looking for—such as your preferred material and price point—you can narrow down your options quite a bit.
Here, the best places to buy a mattress, including what people love about each brand.
Memory foam mattresses have been extremely popular for several years now, and Tempur-Pedic is one of the best-known memory foam brands. In fact, we're pretty sure the brand's commercial—you know, the one where a woman is jumping on one side of a mattress without disturbing a glass of red wine on the other—is burned into our collective memory.
Two of the major selling points of Tempur-Pedic mattresses are their pressure relief and motion cancellation, and today, the brand offers several different models tailored to your needs. Whether you want a cooling mattress or a super-plush model that conforms to your body flawlessly, Tempur-Pedic has you covered.
When ordered online, Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with free standard shipping and a 90-night trial, and they’re covered by a 10-year full replacement limited warranty. The brand is also carried by a variety of mattress retailers around the country, so you can stop into a local store to test one out in person.
It may seem like most brands are focused on memory foam mattresses these days, but for anyone who still prefers innerspings, Saatva will be one of your go-to choices. They offer American-made hybrid innerspring mattresses that blend coil innersprings with layers of memory foam, and the best part is that their direct-to-consumer business model helps to keep prices reasonable.
Saatva mattresses include free white glove delivery, with the option to remove your old mattress, and they come with a 180-night sleep trial, as well as a 15-year warranty. The brand has just one physical “viewing room” in NYC, and all purchases have to be made through their website.
Casper was one of the first mattress-in-a-box companies to really take off, and it’s just as popular today thanks to its expanded selection of mattresses. In addition to its original memory foam mattress, the brand also carries hybrid mattresses with pocketed springs, and all of its beds include three ergonomic zones designed to help align your spine.
While you can still order Casper mattresses online with free shipping and returns, the brand has also opened a number of physical locations around the country. Casper mattresses are also sold in a number of other retail stores, including Target. Their mattresses are covered by a 10-year limited warranty, and they offer a 100-night risk-free trial for you to test out the bed.
Tuft and Needle
Another pioneer in the mattress-in-a-box revolution, Tuft & Needle is beloved by shoppers thanks to its affordable pricing. They currently offer just three mattress styles, including two memory foam options and one hybrid model, all of which include their proprietary open-cell foam for a more breathable sleep experience. Plus, to sweeten the deal, the brand offers a 15 percent discount to veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers.
Tuft & Needle offers free shipping and returns on its mattresses, as well as a 10-year limited warranty and a 100-night sleep trial. They have a handful of retail locations around the country, and you can also find Tuft & Needle mattresses at select Lowes and Crate & Barrel stores.
Besides its brightly colored branding, what really makes Purple stand apart from other mattress companies is its “Purple Grid.” The unique grid is made from temperature-neutral gel and features more than 1,800 air pockets to keep you cool, yet it's supportive and soft, adapting to your body as you move throughout the night.
The Purple Grid is incorporated into all the brand’s mattresses, which come with a 100-night trial, free shipping and returns, as well as a 10-year warranty. Plus, if you’re looking to save some dough, the brand offers discounts to a variety of professions, including students, teachers, truckers, first responders, and more.
You may have noticed that a lot of online mattress retailers only offer two or three mattress choices, but Helix offers 12 models across its two lines—Helix and Helix Luxe—all of which include both pocketed coils and layers of memory foam. Using information such as your body type, sleeping position, and feel preference, Helix will recommend a “ColorMATCH” to show you which mattresses are best suited to your individual needs.
When you buy from Helix, you’ll get a 100-night trial, as well as a 10-year warranty, and they offer financing and free shipping within the U.S. If you want to try the mattress for yourself, the brand has a showroom in NYC, and their mattresses are also on display at select CB2 stores.
For a mattress you can feel good about, Leesa should be near the top of your list. The brand offers several mattress-in-a-box styles, all of which are made in the U.S., but what makes them unique is their status as a Certified B Corporation, which means they adhere to high standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. Plus, they’re committed to giving back to the community, donating one mattress for every 10 they sell.
You can buy Leesa mattresses online or test them out at select Macy’s locations, and they come with free delivery, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty.
If you want to feel like you’re sleeping in the lap of luxury, Avocado, another Certified B Corporation, offers high-end latex mattresses that are both incredibly comfortable, as well as organic and eco-friendly. Their two mattress styles feature steel support coils topped with latex, and you can opt to add on a pillow top for added comfort.
Avocado mattresses come with a one-year sleep trial and an impressive 25-year warranty, with non-prorated protection for the first 10 years. You’ll also get free carbon-negative shipping, where more than 100 percent of emissions are offset. It doesn’t get more environmentally friendly than that!
Do you and your partner have wildly different mattress preferences? Sleep Number is one of the few brands that caters to this common problem, as its mattresses allow you to set each side of the bed to a different firmness level. This is possible thanks to two inner air chambers, which can be adjusted via your smartphone—is that high-tech or what?
Sleep Number mattresses are available online, but you can also visit one of their 500+ locations around the country to try the technology for yourself. Their beds come with a 100-night free trial and 15-year warranty, and free delivery and set up is included with most purchases.
If you feel like people are speaking a different language when they talk about mattresses, chances are you’d benefit from doing your mattress shopping in person. Mattress Firm is one of the largest mattress retailers in the country, with more than 2,000 retail locations in 49 states, and their staff will be able to help you figure out the best mattress for your needs—and when you shop in-store, you can test out different mattresses IRL!
Mattress Firm carries a wide range of top mattress brands, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Beautyrest, Purple, Serta, and more, and they offer a 120-night sleep trial, during which you can exchange or return the mattress if you don’t like it. Plus, unlike many online-only companies, Mattress Firm offers a variety of delivery options, including set-up and the choice to have your old mattress removed.
Wayfair is a one-stop-shop for all things home, and that includes mattresses! This online retailer carries thousands of models from brands like Sealy, Alwin Home, and Signature Design by Ashley, as well as its own line of Wayfair Sleep mattresses. The products in the brand’s own line come with a 100-night trial period, as well as a 10-year limited warranty, and the prices are quite affordable, too.
It should come as no surprise that mega-retailer Amazon carries a wide selection of mattresses. You’ll find brands like Beautyrest, Casper, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic, and more on the online marketplace, and yes, some are even available with free shipping via Prime.