There are plenty of gadgets out there that help you sleep better, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the basics: a great mattress. The right mattress means a good night’s sleep, which means a better-feeling, better-looking and better-working you. So if you’re still sleeping on that questionable Craigslist find or your older sister’s hand-me-down, it’s time for an upgrade. Since we totally agree that mattress shopping is the worst, we’ve put together a list of six companies that have changed the way you buy, making it both hassle-free and inexpensive. Buying a mattress online may seem scary, but with these great trial periods and easy returns, it’s totally a risk worth taking. Here’s the lowdown on our fave companies and their awesome mattresses.


The medium-firm Nectar mattress ($699 for a Queen) is made with three layers of memory foam sandwiched between a top cooling cover and a bottom breathable base layer, so you’ll sleep comfy and cool. It works with all bed types and takes just a few minutes to set up out of the box. If you’re not convinced, the mattress comes with a free full-year trial as well as a forever warranty


As the name suggests, Marpac’s Yogabed ($949 for a Queen) was inspired by yoga and the mattress is designed to be universally comfortable and without constraints. The top two layers are Yogabed’s own designs: Yoga Instant Response Foam and Yoga Gel. The Instant Response Foam is highly reactionary, so even though you get that sinking feeling similar to memory foam, it adjusts to your position a lot faster. The Yoga Gel keeps the mattress cool, so if you tend to run hot at night this is the bed for you.


Leesa ($995+ for a Queen) is a hybrid mattress that has a memory foam core with a latex-like layer on top. Memory foam tends to overheat, so the latex layer helps you stay cool through the night. The top layer molds to your body and feels soft, but the core layer still provides support and pressure relief. Like most of the other mattresses in this list, you only have one option for firmness in the medium range. However, since the majority of people prefer this level of a firmness, it’s a mattress that will make pretty much all sleepers happy.


The Casper mattress ($995+ for a Queen) is a hybrid similar to the Leesa. It marries memory foam and latex expertly to give you the benefits of both. The result is a mattress that provides support where you need it, but also gives you a bit of cooling bounce and cloud-like softness. Because who doesn’t want to feel like they’re sleeping on a bed of clouds?


If you prefer a traditional coil mattress, Saatva ($999 for a Queen) is the way to go. The mattresses also come with different options for firmness falling in the 3-8 range on a scale of 1-10, with one being extremely soft and 10 being like sleeping on a tabletop. So if you’re not sold on the idea of a one-size-fits-all mattress, this allows you to customize for your sleeping style.

Tuft and Needle

Tuft and Needle ($595 for a Queen) uses a proprietary material that’s buoyant, supportive and custom designed to keep every sleeper’s needs in mind. There’s very little transfer of motion, so if you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns, you will barely feel a blip by your side. Like Casper, Marpac, and Leesa, the Tuft and Needle mattress is shipped to you in a box and immediately starts to expand as soon as you cut the wrapping open (which is a strangely fun thing to watch… seriously, go watch some unboxing videos ASAP).

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This post was originally published on April 20, 2015.

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