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The Best Mattresses on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. We’ve gone deep on mattresses before — with guides to the best online mattresses you can buy and how to pick a mattress — but this time we turned to the people to find the best-reviewed mattresses for side sleepers, hot sleepers, sleepers with back pain, and those who just don’t know what to get on Amazon. To even the playing field a bit, we focused on queen-size mattresses, but most of these mattresses are available in other sizes as well. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best-rated mattress

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen
$279 at Amazon

“This is the best mattress I’ve ever owned, hands down. We purchased this mattress in June 2017, and it has held up surprisingly well over the past year. We even moved it from our old home to our new home with no problems … Overall, we feel like this mattress is an incredible deal, and if it does ‘go bad’ in the future, we will likely purchase another, especially taking the price into consideration. My previous mattress was a spring mattress that I paid over $800 for, and I never felt I got my money’s worth for it, even though I used it for over ten years. It was not uncommon to wake up on the spring bed with back aches. With the Zinus mattress, it’s pretty rare. I realize that everybody has different expectations for their mattress, but I personally highly recommend this one!”

Best mattress for combination sleepers

Tuft & Needle Queen Mattress
$506 at Amazon

“Most comfortable mattress I’ve owned. Firm, but not hard, and perfectly supportive. I have no complaints. I’ve owned this for ten months and haven’t noticed any sag in the mattress yet. Don’t hesitate with this mattress, and just get it. Life’s too short to waste on uncomfortable sleep.”

Best mattress for back and side sleepers

Signature Sleep Mattress, 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen
$282 at Amazon

“This seriously is an amazingly comfortable bed. I just moved, and after sleeping on an air mattress for three weeks, this was truly a godsend. I’m a side sleeper, and after having some pain in my shoulders from the air bed, this really helped cradle my joints. I can’t count how many times I would be lying in bed and just thinking of how thankful I was that I had this bed … Overall, the mattress itself (at its full size) is not heavy, so it is easy to move while changing the sheets. Can’t say how happy I am with this purchase.”

Best mattress for back pain

Live and Sleep Queen Mattress, 10-Inch
$260 at Amazon

“This was my first-ever foam-mattress purchase, and I was quite nervous that I was making the wrong choice. Two months into sleeping on it every night and I am so happy. I have two bulging discs in my lower back and am overweight, which adds to my back pain, and this bed has finally given me a comfortable night’s sleep — every night! The mattress was easy to order, delivered quickly, rolled out and came to full size in one day, with no off-gassing and no smell whatsoever. It looks great, it feels great, and it works great. And the price was great, too.”

Best gel-infused memory-foam mattress

LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Medium Feel
$181 at Amazon

“Can’t sleep comfortably on any other mattress now. I thought this might be too good to be true because of the price, but I figured it was worth a shot. Ended up loving it. Keep in mind, this mattress is pretty firm since it has the cooling-gel layer. I love it that way, though, and it really helped me with my back. I used to wake up in pain almost every day, so I really needed this. My mom tried it and loved it, too, so we got one for the guest room in her house. Anyone who sleeps in it thinks it was expensive.”

Best hybrid mattress

Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress — Queen
$156 at Amazon

“I have owned memory-foam mattresses in the past and found them too spongy. I loved the feel, initially, but later found that a firmer mattress was more to my liking. In my advancing age, I don’t want to be in a situation where I need to be ‘peeled’ from my mattress. I liked the idea of having foam over springs; that would offer firmness and softness … The Linenspa hybrid mattress completely surpassed my expectations, and I’m simply astounded that such a quality and comfortable mattress can be had for [under $200]! The Linenspa mattress is by far the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever owned. I’m now a believer in the hybrid mattress, and plan to purchase another one for my son.”

Best latex hybrid mattress

LUCID 10 Inch Queen Latex Hybrid Mattress
$304 at Amazon

“I spent many hours looking at hybrid beds and mattress reviews before deciding that spending hundreds more would probably yield a rather small return in value. So I did want coils rather than a slab of just foam, and latex as a top layer for comfort and longevity. Also a low-odor and non-toxic fire retardant would be preferred as well. This bed hit pretty much all the check boxes. Bed is very comfortable, sleeps cool, good support, good edge support, minimal motion transfer and great price. If it holds up and lasts without sagging then I’ll be completely satisfied.”

Best pillow-top hybrid mattress

Signature Sleep Mattress, Queen Mattress, 13 Inch Hybrid Coil Mattress, Soft, Queen
$354 at Amazon

“Initially I was going to go with a memory foam mattress because I like how it soft and plush it feels but after doing some research, firmer mattress is a better choice for side-sleeper like me, hence I went with this spring coil mattress … The mattress is super comfortable to lay on. The foam pillow topper is soft like memory foam yet my body doesn’t sink into it like with memory foam mattresses. The topper and the spring combined gives the right amount of support without being too firm.

It took my body a couple of nights to get used the new mattress but when it was used to it, I had the best nights sleep since then. I’m a side sleeper and I feel like this really give my back and hip proper support and alignment throughout the night so I don’t wake up feeling sore like I did with my old mattress. Overall, I’m glad I opted for this 13-inch inch with pillow top instead of the other ones; it was a great deal and it’s super comfortable! This mattress is like having the best of both worlds combined: soft plush foam topper and spring coil support. Highly recommended!”

Best standard coil mattress

Signature Sleep Mattress, 10 Inch Coil Mattress, Queen
$273 at Amazon

“Really great mattress, especially for the price. It has a perfect amount of firmness with the embedded coils and the memory foam on top provides softness and support for the contours of your body. As a side sleeper I’ve not had any pain in the shoulder/back as the mattress nicely cushions whichever side I sleep on. I’ve had great sleep for the past 10 months using this mattress. I highly recommend it.”

Best firm memory-foam mattress

Modway Aveline 6” Gel Infused Memory Foam Queen Mattress
$182 at Amazon

“It sounds crazy, I know, but this mattress is very firm. I bought one for my 7-year-old and even my husband loves it (he’s about 215 pounds). Even he doesn’t really sink down into the mattress, and it seems very supportive … I ordered a queen size for us and just ordered another twin size for my 11-year-old. If you don’t like firm mattresses, you won’t like this because it is very firm.”

Best medium-firm memory-foam mattress

Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam 10 Inch Mattress, Queen
$239 at Amazon

“This is the second Zinus Sleep Master I’ve purchased in six months. Not because anything happened to the first one, but simply because I bought another bed and loved the first one so much. Great balance of firm and soft, ultimately a perfect medium — allows enough movement to feel supported without sinking in and losing yourself.”

Best thin memory-foam mattress

LUCID 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Queen
$138 at Amazon

“I just received this mattress a week ago and completely love it! It expanded quickly and the little bit of smell faded very quickly. It is thin, true to five inches; however, it provides a good and firm cushion that I really like. It fits very well on my platform bed and does not slip. Very great purchase for the price; I’ll be purchasing another for our truck-bed camping platform.”

Best cooling mattress

Dreamfoam Bedding Arctic Dreams 10-Inch Cooling Gel Mattress, Queen
$280 at Amazon

“My boyfriend and I love our new mattress; compared to our old one, it is so much more comfortable. If you are someone who likes a harder, firmer mattress, this mattress is not for you. Neither my boyfriend nor I have ever been a fan of firm mattresses, so I’m glad this one ended up working for us. This mattress is just right. It’s not too soft where you sink in, but it feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud — and it does actually sleep a lot cooler than any other foam mattresses I have had in the past, so I think it’s safe to say the ‘cooling gel’ actually works! I highly recommend this mattress to anyone who isn’t fond of ‘firm,’ but still wants great back support.”

Best extra-thick cooling mattress

Classic Brands Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress, Queen
$419 at Amazon

“I could not be happier with this bed. I am 6’2”, 200 pounds, and I sleep like a baby. It’s soft but supportive, so you’re not sinking into the bed but enough to know you’re on a plush mattress. I wake up with no pains, and it feels so good and cool, I really don’t want to get out of the bed in the morning. It’s that nice. It keeps me very cool at night, and I’m one of those that has major heat output at night … I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.”

Best mattress with quilted cover

Sleep Innovations Shiloh 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen Size
$414 at Amazon

“Love, love, love it! This is the best mattress I’ve ever slept on — my husband also has to agree. The firmness is about medium-firm, and it takes about a day to fully expand. My husband moves a lot in bed, and with this mattress I can hardly feel him move compared to the spring mattress we had before. We’ve had this mattress for over a month now and we actually look forward to going to bed. I would definitely recommend this mattress. Great quality for a low price.”

Best mattress with zoned support

Casper Sleep Memory Foam 10-Inch Mattress, Queen
$995 at Amazon

“My wife and I have owned our Casper since April 2015, and it is probably one of the best large purchases we’ve made in the span of our marriage. I will say, it is slightly firmer than I expected, however I can’t deny that I have slept better in these past months than I had for the years prior. As a rule, I sleep more soundly and through the night without waking up, and typically wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested. Believe the hype, we love this thing.”

Best mattress for people who toss and turn

Leesa Universal Adaptive Feel Memory Foam Cooling 10” Mattress, Queen
$718 at Amazon

“My husband likes a hard mattress, and [I like] a softer one, but somehow this one suits us both perfectly. Love that there is basically zero motion transfer. I can get up to take care of our twins in the middle of the night without him even realizing I’ve left the bed. Not so with our old spring mattress. Also, the price was great compared to Leesa’s actual website. We did a ton of research before buying, and we allowed the recommendation of a dear friend to sway us to the Leesa instead of the Purple. I’m so glad we did. You will sleep like a baby.”

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The Best Mattresses, According to Amazon Reviewers