There are more mattress companies and different propositions on the market than ever before. No wonder it is so hard to make the right choice and find the one that suits you the best. There are many highly rated models, but how can you tell which one is best for your needs and preferences?
To help you make the decision, we went over hundreds of reviews of 3 popular models – Leesa, Nectar and Casper. All three have their advantages. Is there a winner? Continue reading to find out what conclusions we’ve come to.
We picked several features that play an important role in mattress purchase and compared all model with each other. Let’s see which mattress ranked highest in the categories such as edge support, temperature neutrality, firmness and ability to relieve pain. Other characteristics were also taken into consideration. Trial period, warranty and product durability will surely interest any buyer and will serve as a safeguard against picking the wrong mattress.
Last Updated: Thus, we can come to a conclusion that Nectar has more advantages over the other two models. Casper follows very closely behind Leesa. The ratings for each model are based on subjective experience of many users who have already purchased these products.
In this review:
- The Comparison Results
- Mattress Comparison Features
The Comparison Results
|Side Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Back Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good||Very Good (Casper and Wave); Good (Essential)|
|Stomach Sleepers||Good||Good||Good (Casper); Fair (Wave and Essential)|
|Lower Back Pain Sufferers||Very Good||Good||Good|
|Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers||Very Good||Good||Very Good (Casper and Wave); Good (Essential)|
|Arthritis and Fibromyalgia||Good||Good||Good|
|Heavy People||Good||Good||Good; Average for stomach sleepers|
|Allergie||Very Good||Very Good||Very Good|
|Thickness||11”||10”||8 1/2” (Essential)
11 1/2” (Wave)
|Firmness||6 Medium Firm||5 Medium||7.5 Firm (Essential)
5.5 Medium (Casper)
4.5 Medium Soft (Wave)
|Durability||7-8 years||6-7 years||6-7 years|
|Smell||Possible, dissipating in few days||Possible, dissipating in few days||Possible, dissipating in few days|
|Noise||Very Good||Very Good||Very Good|
|Warranty||Forever||10 years||10 years|
Based on our review, you will be able to tell which choice it best depending on your preferred sleeping position, your body type and other individual aspects. After all, some manufacturers recognize that there cannot be “one size fits for all” and present several different models. Others believe that their product is truly unique and can satisfy different needs and preferences.
1. Nectar – Best Overall Choice
Nectar has classic, sinking memory foam feel while still offering some bounce for ease of movement. Nectar is a medium-firm model with optimal support that is mostly unaffected by your weight or sleeping preferences.
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Although foam mattresses are usually associated with getting hot, Nectar’s Tencel cover as well as gel-infused foam do a fine job of keeping the surface cool and wicking away moisture. The gel-infused memory foam also helps to evenly distribute weight and contribute to pressure relief, while keeping your spine properly aligned.
Nectar is a good choice if you have neck, back or hip pain after a night’s rest or if you are a hot sleeper but want to experience the true memory foam feel. Finally, Nectar is one of best choices for those who want to save without sacrificing the quality of the product they purchase.
In this position, a person needs quality pressure relief. Nectar will do an excellent job of alleviating pressure that is put on your shoulders and hips in this position. At the same time, you can be sure that your body will receive enough support and will be kept naturally aligned. Side sleepers of different weights regard this mattress highly.
Nectar is a good choice for average and heavy stomach sleepers. Keep in mind that lighter individuals might be unable to apply enough pressure to activate all the pressure-relieving properties, while a very heavy person should make sure that Nectar is able to provide enough support.
On Nectar, your hips will sink in just enough to relief the pressure put on them, while the bottom layers will ensure that they do not sink in too far and your back is not curved unnaturally.
When lying on your back, you will feel just enough support in the lumbar area to prevent any back pain thanks to the adaptive hi-core foam. Your body will be comfortably contoured, and weight – evenly distributed with the help of ge- infused memory foam layers. Overall, Nectar is an excellent pick for this position no matter your weight.
Lower Back Pain Sufferers
Nectar will do a good job alleviating pain the lower back area. It will deliver enough support in the lumbar region, while relieving excess pressure. Since your body will also be kept properly aligned in any sleeping position, there is even more chance that you will no longer suffer from any discomfort.
Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers
Close conforming properties of memory foam will keep your neck aligned with the rest of the body and relieve any pressure around your shoulders. With Nectar, your problems should go away, and your nights will be peaceful and restful.
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis make it very hard to sleep comfortably. The gel-infused memory foam layer will help to reduce painful pressure points, and at the same time there will be enough support and responsiveness to allow to move around and switch positions with ease.
Nectar is one of the coolest memory foam models thanks to a breathable, cool Tencel cover and gel-infused foam layers that ensure adequate air circulation. The base layer is also breathing. However, some hot sleepers do find the mattress a little too hot for them.
Foam mattresses are often unable to deliver adequate support for heavy and overweight people. However, Nectar can distribute the weight evenly. Heavy back and side sleepers will receive enough support since Nectar is slightly firmer than average. Obese stomach sleepers, on the other hand, should make sure that their body is well-supported.
Couples can find several features that make it a good choice for them. Nectar has good motion isolation and is virtually noiseless. People with different weight, with an exception of very light individuals or those who carry a lot of weight, will find enough support and comfort for a restful night.
Couples should keep in mind that Nectar, as most foam models, is not the bounciest mattress and that its edge support is rather average, although on par or even slightly better than of other similar models. This, in turn, can make sex less enjoyable in some cases, depending on couple’s preferences.
Nectar has a bug resistant, hypoallergenic Tencel cover. Aside from bed bugs, your bed can be filled with dust mites that often become the cause behind allergies and asthma.
Since Nectar is breathable and has cool surface, you will not be sweating on it and creating a friendly environment for the dust mites. High density foam will also make it less likely that they will infest your bed.
Nectar is offered in all standard sizes. A Twin bed is 39 inches wide and 75 inches long; a King bed is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. However, if you use two Twin XLs, you can push them together and use King sized sheets. Queen is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long; the California King size is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long.
Nectar is 10 inches thick. It has a Tencel fiber cover with a cooling effect. It allows for air circulation and is bug resistant. Next, you will see 1 inch of gel-quilted memory foam. It features a cooling effect and provides immediate comfort.
The gel-quilted memory foam is followed by 3 inches of gel-infused memory foam. This layer gives contouring support and even weight distribution. Below, there is a ½ inch transition layer made of adaptive hi-core foam and then 5 ½ inches of a breathing base layer.
Nectar is a medium-firm mattress. This means that a person, including heavier people, will have adequate support and will not sink too deep into the bed. At the same time, Nectar feels soft and comfortable thanks to the memory foam in its construction.
Although Nectar is relatively new on the mattress market, looking at its materials and overall design, we can tell that it features above-average durability. Nectar should last for 6 to 7 years thanks to its high density foam and medical-grade gel memory foam.
We’d also like to mention the one-year trial period and Lifetime Warranty. Only a company that is very confident in durability of its product will offer such guarantees.
Nectar is made with the very best certified flexible foam with no ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP, mercury or lead. Although some users have experienced little off-gassing, it dissipated within few days and the high-quality materials used in the construction ensure that this smell will not come from toxic chemicals or cause allergic reactions.
Nectar has a better edge support than most foam models thanks to high-density foams used in the construction. Although when sitting on the edge or lying close to the edge it will collapse under your weight, you will not feel like falling or sliding off the bed at night.
Nectar can be used on any base or foundation, with an exception of floor or homemade bases with wide gaps. You can use it on platform, box spring, traditional frame, and divan bases as well as on an adjustable base.
Warranty and Delivery
This product is offered with free shipping and returns. Nectar has an exceptionally long trial period of 1 year, so you will have plenty of time to see if it is right for you in every condition possible.
If you do not like your new purchase, you can return it for a full refund. If you find that Nectar is a perfect fit for you, you will have the Forever Warranty covering your acquisition.
- 365-night risk free trial and Forever Warranty
- Free shipping and returns
- Good edge support for a foam model
- Good conforming and pressure relief
- Good noise and motion isolation
- Free one-time cover replacement and bed bug replacement guarantee
- Not cool enough for some hot sleepers
- Some complaints about customer service
2. Leesa – Runner Up
Leesa is a mixed foam model that is extremely comfortable no matter your preferred sleeping position. If you want a memory foam feel, but do not like feeling stuck in your bed, then Leesa is a perfect choice for you. The woven cover is soft and cool to the touch.
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A quick response foam layer at the top allows one to easily move around and provides airflow for cool rest. The memory foam layer relieves the pressure and contours the body to keep it naturally aligned in any position.
It has a supportive foam core to ensure that your body is kept supported and strengthens the structure, extending durability. Leesa is a socially conscious company. It plants one tree for every mattress sold and donates one mattress to non-profits for every 10 sold.
Thanks to the memory foam, Leesa has great pressure relieving properties. This means that you will not wake up with aching shoulders or hips and your spine will be properly aligned. Customers of all weight categories who prefer this position are very satisfied with this product.
Leesa is one of the best choices among all-foam models for people who prefer to lie on their stomach. It will keep your spine naturally aligned no matter your weight.
Although comfort and spinal support will be the best for average individuals, heavy and lightweight people also ranked these features as good. In any case, you can try it yourself and see how it meets your needs and if you need a firmer/softer surface.
Leesa will do a great job conforming and supporting your body. It will also relieve any pressure points to make sure you can relax fully. This means that your body will be properly aligned, and you will wake up pain-free and refreshed.
Leesa is an especially excellent choice for average and heavyweight back sleepers, although lightweight individuals also find it comfortable.
Lower Back Pain Sufferers
No one should suffer from pain when it can be easily eliminated or at least reduced. Thanks to amazing pressure relief properties as well as proper spine alignment, your muscles will not be strained to support your body as you rest, and your nerves will not be pinched due to improper alignment or too much pressure put on them.
Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers
Problems in this area often arise from improper spine alignment causing your neck to curve in an unnatural way, as well as from lack of pressure relief. On Leesa, your neck will be aligned with the rest of your body, and the pressure around shoulders will be alleviated. With Leesa, you will forget about pain no matter the position you sleep in.
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
If you have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, you want to have good pressure relieving properties in your mattress. At the same time, you don’t want to feel stuck in order to switch positions and get in and out of the bed easily. Leesa has the both points covered, and your aching joints will feel much better every time you lie on it.
Leesa is one of the most breathing memory foam models out there and has better reviews on temperature neutrality than other foam mattresses. Since it does not hug your body too close, there will also be more airflow.
Leesa allows for good airflow because all materials are permeable to air, which means that you will have a comfortable neutral temperature without overheating.
Overweight and obese people find it hard to get a bed that will offer sufficient support and at the same time feel comfortable. Leesa ensures adequate support to heavy individuals, who rated support and comfort as good for sleeping in side and stomach positions and very good when lying on one’s back.
Leesa is a perfect choice for couples who do not want to go for innerspring models. It will satisfy people with different weights and sleeping preferences, although heavier stomach sleeper need to make sure that it is able to support them enough.
Good motion isolation, noise reduction and some bounce offered by the top layer are pleasant bonuses of this comfortable, yet supportive bed. Couples who love to get intimate in bed should check to see if this foam bed has enough bounce. Edge support is moderate in this model, and the couples should also take it into consideration.
The Avena foam used in Leesa’s construction is hypoallergenic, so Leesa can be a good choice for people suffering from allergies and asthma or those who want to avoid these conditions. Since Leesa is dust-resistant, dust mites (a widespread cause of allergic reactions) will not have a chance to accumulate in this product.
Leesa is offered in all standard sizes. The Twin size (39″w x 75″l x 10″h) is suitable for kids who grew out of their crib as well as teens who are not very tall. Twin XL (39″w x 80″l x 10″h) is a good choice for a single adult, while two Twin XLs can be put side by side to form a King bed.
Although the Full size (53″w x 75″l x 10″h) can be used by a slim or average couple, it is more suitable for single adults, especially those who like having plenty of space or for larger individuals.
Queen (60″w x 80″l x 10″h) and King (76″w x 80″l x 10″h) are the most popular sizes among couples. Taller couples might go for Cal King (72″w x 84″l x 10″h), which is slightly narrower but 4″ longer.
Leesa is 10 inches thick. It has a soft cool woven cover. The comfort layer is made up of 2 inches of polyfoam and 2 inches of memory foam. It contours the body and relieves the pressure, while still being responsive and having some bounce.
The support layer is formed by 6 inches of high-density polyfoam. It supports the upper layers and a person’s body, while also prolonging the product’s service life.
Leesa features medium firmness (5 out of 10), which provides the perfect balance of support and pressure relief. This mattress is not too soft and not too firm and has just the right firmness to satisfy the needs and preferences of the widest range of people.
Leesa uses high-density foam in the base of its construction to strengthen the whole structure. The upper layers quickly return to the initial state after being pressed and are guaranteed not to show any sinking for 10 years.
Leesa has some off-gassing potential. According to reviews, if a customer does feel some smell, it quickly dissipates within few days. The off-gassing is not toxic or allergenic, so you have nothing to worry about.
If you are looking for strong edge support in your new bed, then you might need to look elsewhere. Leesa, like almost all foam models, has a weaker edge support than innersprings and hybrids.
Leesa will provide the same comfort and support on various foundations. You can set up Leesa on platform beds and slatted bases with no more than 3″ between slats. A box spring and even the floor are also suitable. Leesa can be set up on an adjustable base, with the maximum bending angle of 30 degrees.
Warranty and Delivery
Leesa is shipped compressed in a box without extra fees. You can try Leesa for 100 nights at home and if it does not suit your needs and preferences, you can return it for a full refund within the first 100 nights without paying for shipping it back. The product has a 10-year warranty.
- 10-year warranty
- 100-night full refund trial period
- Free shipping
- Very good motion isolation
- Very good pressure relief and spine alignment
- Avena foam for maximum airflow and coolness
- Hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and dust mite resistant
- 0% APR financing through Affirm
- Good support for all body types and sleeping preferences
- Might not offer insufficient support for heavier stomach sleepers
- Possible odor in the first few days
3. Casper – Also Good
Casper has three different models to satisfy all needs and preferences. The Essential model is a hybrid construction that has three foam layers. It is breathing and has balanced comfort and support properties with minimal motion transfer and great pressure relief. Overall, it offers a good value for the price.
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The Casper model includes 4 layers of premium foam. It boasts zoned support to give you the comfort you deserve and to allow your body to relax in a natural position. It also stays cool and can serve for all sleeping positions.
The Wave is a luxury foam model with enhanced ergonomic spinal alignment, hyper-targeted support and excellent pressure relief. It sleeps cool thanks to an additional latex layer and contours the body for complete relaxation and comfort.
The Essential has a memory foam layer that relieves any pressure around your shoulders and hips, while contouring your every curve to keep the spine aligned.
The Casper model has zoned support with softer foam under your shoulders and firmer one under your hips and in the core, so you will feel comfortable, while your back will be kept straight. It is a perfect choice for side sleepers.
The Wave model is the softest model with targeted support and enhanced spinal alignment and pressure relief. This makes it a very good choice for lightweight and average people. On the other hand, it also offers good balance of comfort and support for heavier individuals.
All-foam models are not always the best choice if you prefer to lie on your stomach. The Casper is the best choice for this position. Yet, no model will provide adequate support for heavier individuals. Wave is good only for lightweight people, while the Essential is actually not a good choice for stomach sleepers of any weight.
Users found the Essential and Wave models to offer a good balance of support and comfort for all weight ranges, with Wave being an even better choice for people with average weight.
Just like the Wave model, Casper has zoned support for better spinal alignment and pressure relief and is a good choice for lying on your back. Since it is softer than Wave, it was able to accommodate lightweight back sleepers better than the Wave model.
Lower Back Pain Sufferers
Pressure relief and spine alignment are two features people seek when their back aches. All Casper models do an excellent job of alleviating the pressure where needed.
Zoned support in Casper and Wave make them a better choice for people with back pain. If you can afford the Wave model, its enhanced ergonomic spinal alignment and excellent body contouring properties will guarantee that your back is well-cared of.
Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers
If you wake up with your neck and shoulders aching, then a new bed able to properly alleviate the pressure on your shoulders and keep your neck aligned with the rest of the spine can really render your problems non-existent.
Zoned support in Casper and targeted support along with enhanced spinal alignment in Wave will effortlessly meet these requirements, providing support and pressure relief exactly where you need it. The Essential model follows close by with its excellent pressure relief properties for keeping your body in a natural position.
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Hybrid all-foam models are a perfect choice for people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. All Casper models with allow you to relax thanks to the excellent pressure relief properties. You inflamed and aching joints will feel amazing. They also have enough support to keep your body in a natural position.
Open-cell foams in all Casper mattresses allow the air to circulate and keep the surface cool. The breathing upper layer prevents the sleeper from getting hot despite the fact that they are made of foam. Addition of a latex layer at the top of the Wave’s construction makes it the best choice for hot sleepers.
Since all Casper mattresses are hybrid foam models, they are not recommended for overweight and obese stomach sleepers because they will not deliver the support necessary to keep the spine naturally aligned. Otherwise, heavy individuals found all the three variants relatively good for resting on the side or back.
Since Casper models are all-foam sleeping surfaces, you will not feel your partner move around and get in or out of the bed. Couples with different weight and sleeping preferences should check whether the model they choose is able to provide sufficient comfort and spinal support.
Couples should also evaluate their needs and preferences to decide whether a good edge support is important for them, since this is not a strong point of these models.
According to Casper, all its models are hypoallergenic, so people with allergy and asthma can comfortably rest on them. The use of high-density foams, temperature neutrality and latex (Wave model) is a safeguard against dust mites and allergic reactions they can cause.
All Casper mattresses are offered in standard sizes, including Twin, Queen, and King. Thus, you can choose the one that fits your needs, preferences, budget and free space.
Essential is 8 1/2″ thick. The base layer is a high-density polyfoam and the comfort layer is made up of polyfoam and memory foam. The cover is a knit fabric.
Casper is 10″ thick with a 5″ high-density polyfoam base layer. The comfort layer consists of 1 1/2″ of memory foam between two layers of 1 1/2″ thick polyfoam. The top cover is 100% polyester.
The Wave is 11 1/2″ thick with 5 1/2″ of high-density polyfoam for a base. The comfort layer is made up of 1″ polyfoam, 1 1/2″ blended latex, 1 1/2″ memory foam and 1 1/2″ polyfoam. The cover is made of a cotton blend.
All three products have different firmness levels, so you can choose the one based on your body type, preferred sleeping position and other nuances. Essential is rated as 7.5 out of 10, making it a firm bed. The Casper model has medium firmness (5.5 out of 10). If you want a softer feel, the Wave might be a good fit for you. It is medium-soft, rating 4.5/10.
Since the company has not been long enough on the market, it is hard to say exactly how durable its mattresses are. The use of latex and high-density foams should make Casper products more resistant to wear. Upholstery-grade cover of the Essential model, as well as the base layer, considerably prolong service life of the product.
Some owners of the Essential and Casper models experienced moderate off-gassing during the first days. Fewer cases of off-gassing were reported by the Wave users.
Since all the models do not feature reinforced edge, edge support is moderate, which is common for all-foam mattresses. Some sinking over time is possible, especially in the Essential and Casper models.
The Casper products are designed to be used on any type of foundation. To ensure that it does not get disformed and you receive all it has to offer, use a base that can deliver optimal support. A wooden slatted or a platform base will be the best choice.
Warranty and Delivery
If you decide to purchase any mattress from Casper, it will be delivered to you without extra fees. The company offers a good 100-night risk-free trial period, and if you do not like your acquisition, the return shipping will also be free. Your Casper mattress will be covered by a 10-year warranty.
- 10-year warranty
- 100-night risk free trial period
- Free shipping and returns plus free White-Glove delivery for Wave model
- All models stay cool, make little to no noise and isolate motion transfer well
- Good prices for the Casper and Essential models
- Zoned support in the Casper and Wave models for excellent spine alignment
- Medium edge support
- Wave model is relatively pricey and heavy to move
Mattress Comparison Features
Sleep makes up a big part of our life. Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Robert Segal, M.A, talk about why sleep is so important and uncover human sleep needs. We, in turn, want to highlight the role the mattress characteristics play in getting the best rest as possible.
No matter your sleeping preferences, natural spine alignment will ensure that you wake up pain-free and do take any long-term damage to your back and overall health. Proper pressure relief and optimal body contouring will help you out here.
If the mattress can take the shape of your body, relieving pressure in areas such as shoulders and hips, while supporting your body in the lumbar area, you will be able to relax with all the comfort you deserve.
Pressure relief and contouring properties depend on the model, its firmness level and the sleeper’s weight. For example, a firm mattress will provide enough pressure relief and contour every curve of a heavier individual, while a lighter person might fail to apply enough pressure to activate all the layers.
Some might enjoy a responsive product that will have plenty of bounce. These features are great for people who have a hard time getting in and out of the bed and just moving around, as well as couples who love to get intimate and have some fun in bed.
Edge support is important for couples who need to use the whole surface as well as people who like to sit on the edge. Other sleepers, on the contrary, would rather have a model that allows them to sink in and feel “hugged”.
Since no one would want to sleep on a mattress that squeaks with every move and to feel the other person’s movements when switching positions, we also should keep noise and motion isolation in mind. The temperature neutrality factor is especially valuable for people who get hot at night.
As mentioned before, we also paid attention to trial period, warranty and durability factors because one needs to be sure that if the product is not suitable for him, he can always return it and get the money back. If durability and warranty are not the best, it might not be worth investing in a product that will fulfil one’s needs and preferences only for a short time.
There are different types of mattress designs and each has its own advantages, depending on what you are looking for in the product. Just like there are best sleeping positions for back pain, sleep apnea, etc., each type of product can fulfil some needs and preferences better than another.
Innersprings are divided into two categories:
- with an interconnected Bonnel type spring unit
- with an independent spring block – pocketed coils
The Bonnel type innersprings have interconnected coils inside. They give the construction some bounce and responsiveness. However, movement on one side of the bed can be felt on the other side.
Such innersprings are also more likely to make noise, especially after a period of time. The likelihood of dust accumulation in the space between the springs is extremely high, unless the manufacturer takes steps to prevent dust from reaching this layer.
- Affordable price
- Bounce and responsiveness
- Short service life
- Minimal comfort
- Insufficient support and pressure relief
Innersprings with pocketed coils are much better than the Bonnel type, but also more expensive. Here, each coil is wrapped in the material chosen by the manufacturer and thus sits in a “pocket.”
Such designs can offer zoned support and targeted pressure relief and are more adaptable to the body shape. Most importantly, pocket coils make little to no noise and effectively isolate motion transfer. They are also more durable and less likely to accumulate dust particles.
- Premium comfort and support
- Very conforming
- Good motion isolation and noise reduction
- Long lasting
- High cost
As the name implies, such mattresses do not have any springs/coils in their construction and instead incorporate one or more layers of foam, latex, etc. They do not transfer any noise or motion, can be rolled up for ease of transportation and are often more durable than innersprings.
Springless models do a great job of contouring the body and alleviating pressure points. However, they have less bounce and responsiveness, might be hotter than innersprings and do not provide enough support for heavier individuals.
- High comfort
- Often high environmental friendliness
- Often double sided
- Good motion isolation and little to no noise
- Great conforming and pressure relief
- Those that use natural hypoallergenic fillers are often expensive
- Durability can mostly be judged based on reviews
- Might get hot
- Many are not responsive enough
Hybrid mattresses can be both springless and with springs. In fact, most innersprings and springless mattresses are hybrids, since they combine several materials in one design. What sets hybrids apart is a perfect balance between comfort layer/s and springs / support layer.
Hybrids take the best from the other two types and unite it in one exceptional product. If they have springs in their construction, they usually have a thicker comfort layer than regular innersprings. If coils are not used, then several different materials are combined to form the base and comfort layers and to deliver necessary support and comfort.
This is usually a natural material that is hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and dust mites, good for heavier individuals, breathing and temperature neutral. It is very comfortable and has elastic support. Latex contours the body closely, creating a feeling of maximum relaxation and comfort. It is mostly used in comfort layers.
This is a man-made foam material that closely contours every curve and is able to restore shape in a matter of minutes when no pressure is applied. It is very soft, effectively alleviates pressure and absorbs any motion. It is often improved by the manufacturers to stay cooler and have less sinking. It is used both in innersprings and springless models.
Although they are not very popular, airbeds allow to adjust firmness level at any time; sometimes, separately for the two sides in larger variants. They do not sag with time and don’t produce undesired smells. Airbeds usually stay cool throughout the night. However, there is likelihood of air leakage and high risk of puncture.
What to Look For?
Rudy Mawer, MSc, CISSN offers 17 Proven Tips to Sleep Better at Night and one of them is getting a comfortable bed, mattress and pillow. Here, we would like to point out some features that you should look for depending on your special needs.
Single adults and couples
Good balance of comfort and support, temperature neutrality, pressure relief and spine alignment are major factors any person is looking for in a new mattress.
Couples should consider motion and noise isolation, edge support and firmness level that will satisfy both partners. Bounce and responsiveness will be good features for sexually active partners.
Good pressure and pain relief for comfort combined with responsiveness for ease of changing positions and getting in and out of the bed should be a priority for senior people. They should also take into account proper support, temperature neutrality, noise reduction and edge support when making their purchase decision.
Large and heavier individuals should pay close attention to the support the mattress is able to provide. Firmer models are usually a better fit for them and do not allow a person to sink too far, thus keeping the body from bending unnaturally. Ability to sleep cool is also important for larger sleepers.
People who often snore in their sleep should look for a bed that will keep their body properly aligned and supported in any position to keep the airways open. Compatibility with an adjustable base as well as zoned support and pressure relief will be a good bonus.
Since people after surgery stay in bed for longer periods of time, pressure relief and temperature neutrality are crucial for them. Ability to use the mattress with an adjustable base often also plays a decisive role. Good support and responsiveness will allow to move around easier and not sag too far.
The right size is just as important for a comfortable sleep. Choose the size based on your needs and preferences, while keeping in mind your bedroom size and budget.
Twin/Twin XL (38″x74″/38″x80″)
Twin is a good choice for a kid who grew out of a crib or toddler bed. A Twin XL can be used by a single teenager/adult. You can also use two Twin XLs with split King adjustable base.
This is a good size for a single teen/adult who love to have plenty of space. It can also be used for two kids/teens or two slim or average adults who are limited in space or budget or just love to cuddle.
Couples who do not require a lot of space or have a smaller bedroom will be comfortable on a bed this size. It is more affordable than larger sizes, does not take up too much space and gives more space to move around than Full.
King/ California King (76″x80″/72″x84″)
King size is commonly purchased by couples who want to enjoy plenty of space as they rest. Couples with a kid or pet also prefer this size. If one or both partners are tall, they should consider Cal King, which is slightly narrower but longer.
Leesa is a hybrid all-foam mattress. The memory foam and polyfoam layers help it to adapt to your curves as you switch positions in your sleep, while its high-density polyfoam will support your body and prevent spine from bending unnaturally.
Leesa is suitable for all types of sleepers, including heavy people. Its only disadvantage is the fact that it may accumulate some heat despite being one of the most breathing foam models. This, in turn, makes it not the best choice for hot sleepers.
Pressure relief, lack of noise and effective motion isolation are other strong points of this product. It has average durability and warranty. Overall, Leesa is a great choice for people who are looking for a springless bed with good comfort and support.
Casper presents three different models, which makes it easier to find what you are looking for. All models stay cool, have good motion and noise isolation, pressure relief and are very good for side sleepers.
Back sleeper will especially love Wave and Casper, although the Essential model also has good support and comfort. Wave and Casper are an excellent choice for people with neck, shoulder and lower back pain because they feature zoned support, while Wave also has targeted pressure relief and enhanced spinal alignment.
Casper (Wave and Essential models), however, might not be the best choice for stomach sleepers, especially if they are heavier individuals. All models, though, provide enough support for larger people to keep the spine properly aligned when lying on one’s back or side.
Nectar is also an all-foam model that has both great value and price. The gel memory foam layer, quilted into the cover, keeps the surface cool and also prevents a feeling of being trapped and constrained.
Side and back sleeper rated Nectar very high for its pressure relief properties, spine alignment and conforming support. It is also a good choice for resting on one’s stomach, although some heavier individual find that it lacks the support they need.
Anyone will appreciate motion and noise isolation it has to offer. Nectar also boasts a Forever warranty and long sleep trial period, which not many companies offer, including Casper and Leesa. It should last slightly longer than the other two models compared here.
If you want to know which one is the best, check out the results table. Finally, never underestimate how important a good mattress is for your overall health and wellbeing. Remember to keep in mind your specific needs when choosing the best model for yourself.