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鈥檚 sleep, which means a better-feeling, better-looking and better-working you. So if you鈥檙e still sleeping on that questionable Craigslist find or your older sister鈥檚 hand-me-down, it鈥檚 time for an upgrade. Since we totally agree that mattress shopping is the worst, we鈥檝e 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鈥檚 totally a risk worth taking. Here鈥檚 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鈥檒l 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鈥檙e not convinced, the mattress comes with a free full-year trial as well as a forever warranty


As the name suggests, Marpac鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檛 want to feel like they鈥檙e 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鈥檙e 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鈥檚 buoyant, supportive and custom designed to keep every sleeper鈥檚 needs in mind. There鈥檚 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鈥 seriously, go watch some unboxing videos ASAP).

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This post was originally published on April 20, 2015.

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