Consider buying one of the best memory foam mattresses as an investment in your health, energy, and mental acuity — all of which can be profoundly affected by how long, and how well, you sleep at night. Small wonder, since most people spend about a third of their lives in bed. So, what you sleep in at night, really matters.
Memory foam is usually the material of choice for anyone who wants to feel cradled or "hugged" by their mattress. That foam might feel firm when you first lie down on it but wait a minute and it'll start to give way, conforming to the shape of your body. When you get out of bed, the foam springs back to shape. Memory foam mattresses are also regarded for their abilities to curb back pain, offer pressure relief, hypoallergenic design, and excellent motion isolation.
Aside from being tops in cushy comfort, memory foam also has a reputation for sleeping "hot" — or more accurately, making you feel hot as you sleep. But this material has come a long way in recent years, and many modern memory foam mattresses use many technologies to help keep you cool. These include cooling gels, special heat-regulating fibers woven or infused throughout the mattress, and mechanical solutions like punching holes in the foam for better breathability as you snooze.
Keep scrolling to see how some of the foam mattresses have fared in our testing. In evaluating the best mattresses, look out for support, motion transfer, materials, price, and what it is exactly that you get for your money. Nothing less than 4 stars (out of 5) has made our list so you know you're going to sleep well tonight, in more ways than one. Be sure to check out our candid reviews by selecting the product names highlighted in orange. Our picks for the best memory foam mattress span top choices for side sleepers, the best for motion transfer (so you're less likely to feel your partner tossing and turning), an eco-friendly foam mattress, a value purchase for less than $500, and more.
Best memory foam mattress of 2022
The Casper Original mattress strikes a wonderful combination of comfort, support, and personalization to suit almost all sleepers — all at a reasonable price.
What's the Casper Original like to sleep on?
The Casper Original memory foam mattress is made of CertiPUR-US certified foams and topped with an extra layer of perforated foam for extra breathability, so you won't overheat at night.
But it's the three zones of support that really make it a good fit for most sleepers, combining softer foam around the shoulders with firmer foam around the hips and lower back to keep your spine in proper alignment, whether you sleep on your stomach, back, or side.
We also like that each Casper Original mattress cover is made of up to 57 recycled bottles — although if finding an eco-friendly memory foam mattress is your top priority, we recommend taking a good look at the Loom and Leaf Mattress by Saatva or the AmeriSleep AS3 which use plant-infused foam that lessens petroleum use.
Things to note
Despite its CertiPUR-US certification, the Casper Original memory foam mattress still has some of the typical memory foam off-gassing smell when you first open it.
It also has no handles to help you move it around, so you may want a friend to help you maneuver it into place. That handle-free design is a common style choice on modern memory foam mattresses — maybe for the sake of maintaining a sleek appearance?
Real Homes rated: 5 out 5 stars | Read our full Casper memory foam mattress review.
The Nectar mattress offers an amazing amount of body-conforming give, with an extra-plush top layer of foam designed to help relieve common pressure points and align your spine making it ideal for those looking to curb back pain.
What is the Nectar Memory foam mattress like to sleep on?
Like most memory foam mattresses, the Nectar feels hard at first. But if you can wait a few minutes, its five-layer construction does a remarkable job of conforming to your body. If you sleep on your side, this level of giving is important for keeping your spine properly aligned.
The Nectar also has a soft, breathable cooling poly-blend cover and a layer of gel memory foam to help keep you cool as you sleep. For an upgraded option choose the Nectar Premier, which has extra cooling technology and a lofty feel— for about $500 more than the original.
It's excellent at reducing motion transfer, so if you share the bed with a restless sleeper, their movement is less likely to disturb you. We also like the 365-day trial — you have a full year to decide if you like this mattress — and a lifetime warranty to cover manufacturer defects (for the original owner).
Things to note
The complete lack of handles means you'll probably want a helper to get this mattress into place. At least it's on the light side of things: a queen size weighs 66 pounds, and a king-size weighs 84 pounds.
One of our testers noticed a significant off-gassing smell from this mattress. But as always, that can be avoided if you have a separate space to air out the mattress before you sleep on it.
Real Homes rated: 5 out 5 stars | Read our full Nectar mattress review.
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AmeriSleep offers a memory foam mattress for every type of sleeper. In fact, they offer five different support levels ranging from firm to luxury plush, but the Amerisleep AS3 is designed to be the "Goldilocks" of mattresses, falling right in the middle with its medium rating. It contours your body and offers great support no matter how you sleep. And if memory foam isn't for you, most are available in hybrid options too.
What is the Amerisleep AS3 like to sleep on?
The Amerisleep AS3 makes the memory foam mattress feel like a luxurious sleeping experience, mixing the right amount of plush and firmness into a mattress that cradles your body and relieves aches and pains.
The 12-inch mattress revolves around several key layers, sandwiched between Bio-Pur memory foam, an advanced-open cell design for a more breathable and responsive (i.e. bouncy) mattress made from “partially plant-based sources using a zero-emission process." For spine alignment and pressure relief, the HIVE layer, using foam hexagons, is broken up into five "comfort zones" with extra cushion depending on what part of your body would come in contact with that zone. In short, you'll be left feeling weightless and extremely comfortable.
Things to note
The risk of any memory foam mattress is that it typically runs warmer than hybrid or traditional innerspring options, and while the AS3 features open-cell BioPur foam, it still left our tester feeling overheated during the night. Despite the warmth, she loved the comfort and support from the mattress, giving it a coveted 95% in her ratings.
Real Homes rated: 4.7 out 5 stars | Read the full Amerisleep AS3 memory foam mattress review.
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If you're after the best of the best, it's time to take the plunge on Tempur-Pedic. Tempur-Pedic is renowned for its use of its proprietary pressure-relieving Tempur-material originally developed by NASA to absorb the g-force of astronauts traveling to space. Innovating that material for sleep, the TEMPUR material is sensitive to body temperature and weight as it conforms to your body contours for optimal pressure relief, so you can wake up pain-free and refresh.
What is the Tempur-Pedic Pro Adapt like to sleep on?
The mattress is available in a variety of comfort levels to suit any type of sleeper, including soft, medium, firm, and a medium hybrid option. It has an uncomplicated makeup, featuring a removable machine washable cover with an antimicrobial treatment and a cool-to-touch outer layer, with a TEMPUR Comfort Layer and TEMPUR Support Layer for the perfect combination of comfort and pressure relief. The type of Tempur material varies by the firmness you choose.
The mattress also offers unparalleled motion isolation, meaning you'll be undisturbed should your partner, children, or pets try to move about the bed. It'll also sleep cooler, thanks to the aforementioned cooling cover.
Of interest, we also love the sustainability efforts Tempur-Pedic has taken including sourcing 100% renewable energy for its manufacturing operations, and goals to be zero-landfill waste by the end of 2022 and reach carbon neutrality for its global operations by 2040.
Things to note
Starting at over $2,500, a Tempur-Pedic is surely an investment, but one that will make major changes in your sleep quality. While similar to memory foam in that it contours to your body, Tempur material is unlike any other material in its ability to spring back to its usual shape time after time, unlike traditional memory foam, which is eventually prone to sagging.
Due to the way the mattress interacts with your body temperature, it's not recommended to use a mattress pad (blocks your body heat from the mattress) or heated blankets and mattress pads (could damage your mattress and affects how your body contours to the mattress). In fact, in cold temperatures, Tempur-Pedic says its mattress may feel firmer than in warmer rooms.
The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is a fantastic value for back and stomach sleepers, with a price that's usually only slightly more than $600. Side sleepers may prefer a slightly more expensive version (still under $1,000) that has an extra layer of foam for more give.
What is the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress like to sleep on
We were undecided about whether to list this as a memory foam or memory foam alternative mattress. Although the manufacturer describes its primary materials as a proprietary T&N Adaptive foam, it feels and performs much like open-cell memory foam.
The T&N Adaptive foam is also infused with a very effective combination of graphite and cooling gel, making this mattress one of the best choices for those who want the comfort of memory foam performance without memory foam's tendency to retain body heat.
Things to note
The medium-firm Tuft & Needle Original mattress might be too firm for strict side sleepers. If you want a softer mattress consider the Tuft & Needle Mint, which uses an extra layer of foam to reach a medium firmness that is comfortable for most side sleepers.
You also have the option to add on HeiQ HyProTecht for an extra $50 which uses microsilver and vesicle technologies to protect your mattress from odor-causing bacteria.
Read our full Tuft & Needle Original Mattress review.
If you're shopping for a memory foam mattress under $500, Zinus mattresses are a great choice.
What is the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress like to sleep on
Zinus memory foam mattresses represent the best value we could find in this price range, and ship directly to your home in a box. The Green Tea version uses antioxidant-rich green tea and natural ActivCharcoal to push out odor-causing agents while working overtime to leave you cool and comfortable with its gel-infused foam that contours to your shape and resists body heat to regulate your temperature.
The design features two inches of green tea-infused memory foam, two inches of soft comfort foam, and four inches of durable high-density base support foam; ideal for back sleepers and average-weight sleepers. For a good sleep on a tight budget, it's hard to do much better.
Things to note
The mattress is available in varying depths including 8", 10", and 12" combinations that get softer with increased thickness. The 8- and 10-inch options are rated as firm, while the 12-inch is plush.
As far as to use, some buyers noted that the mattress takes a long time to inflate to full size, especially if you don't remove it from the packaging within 72 hours, and that the mattress had little to no edge support. Others mentioned that for cleaning, the mattress cover is not removable, and rather must be spot-cleaned.
Real Homes rated: 4 out of 5 stars | Read our full Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress review
Thanks to an impressive range of eco-friendly materials and manufacturing practices, Saatva's Loom & Leaf mattress is a sustainable pick for the environmentally-minded who need their memory foam fix. And without compromises, this memory foam mattress delivers in the comfort department.
What's the Loom and Leaf like to sleep on
The Loom & Leaf is made up of a number of foam layers including two cooling gel layers, a body-hugging high-density foam, a transitional layer, and a support foam base. Within the transitional layer lies the different firmness options of "relaxed firm" or "firm." Most sleepers will be comfortable with the "relaxed firm" option, but if you prefer a truly firm-feeling bed, the "firm" option will be more attractive. Both come with a layer of cooling gel foam and zoned support to help keep your spine in proper alignment.
But what we really love about this mattress is its eco-friendly features, starting with foams made of renewable oils, with made-to-order manufacturing processes that produce less greenhouse gas. Instead of chemical flame retardants, the manufacturer uses natural thistle pulp woven into a mesh; and the cover is made of quilted organic cotton with a botanical-based antimicrobial treatment. While the mattress incorporates organic materials like organic cotton, we want to specify that the mattress is not fully organic. Rather, it's made in an eco-friendly and sustainably conscious way.
Things to note
Both firmness options for this mattress may also be too firm for exclusive side sleepers. If that's you, we recommend considering something like the Nectar, which we favor for side sleepers.
Loom & Leaf's flagship factory uses all-solar power during its made-to-order production — and they deliver their mattresses fully expanded (with free white glove set up) so that any off-gassing is completed during the manufacturing process, as opposed to happening in your home.
Loom & Leam offers free shipping and setup for your mattress, but if you do decide it's not the mattress for you, $99 will be deducted from your refund to cover labor and gas.
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Our reviewer described her experience with the Leesa Original mattress as "a safe, reliable choice that won’t set your world on fire, but nor will it let you down." It was particularly beneficial at relieving pain at the hips and shoulders, perfect for side sleepers, but comfortable for all sleep types.
What is the Leesa Original like to sleep on
The mattress itself is an amazing combination of comfort and support, with a three-layer foam construction that are contouring and offers pressure relief exactly where you want it. It's also remarkably breathable and has edge support that holds up pretty well too.
The materials are also CertiPUR-US certified to be free of ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, formaldehyde, and other potentially harmful components such as mercury, lead, and other heavy metals.
Leesa is also a B-corp organization meaning they meet the highest environmental and social standards and using their business for good, as demonstrated by its 1-in-pledge that donates a bed to a child for every 10 mattresses sold.
Things to note
The Leesa Original is also available as a hybrid if you love the body-conforming comfort of memory foam but crave the familiar bounce of an innerspring mattress too.
You do have a generous 100-night trial period to decide if this is the mattress for you but you are required to adjust to your mattress for at least 30 days before Leesa will accept your return. Leesa offers a standard 10-year warranty that covers defects, but you can also purchase a 10-year protection plan that covers stains, cuts, and burns for around $100.
Real Homes rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Read our full Leesa Original mattress review.
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If you struggle with commitment, the Layla is the ideal memory foam mattress. It's soft on one side and firm on the other — so if you want a change of sleep scenery, all you have to do is flip it over. It also saves you from having to purchase another mattress if you over or underestimated your ideal feel.
What is the Layla like to sleep on
The Layla packs two firmness options in one mattress: Soft on one side (4 out of 10 on the firmness scale, according to the manufacturer) and firm on the other (7 out of 10). If you want a change, all you have to do is flip the mattress over to the other side. (And we really like that the sides are labeled. No guessing here!)
But there's more: The Layla is also one of the best memory foam mattresses we've seen for preventing motion transfer, and it uses the unusual technology of copper-infused foam to help keep you cool as you sleep.
Things to note
The Layla's lack of handles can make it challenging to maneuver around, and the manufacturer warns that damage from pinching or grabbing the foam of the mattress to flip it around is not covered under the warranty. The good news is that its weight is reasonable, given the size; a queen-size mattress weighs 80 lbs.
It's also worth noting that while this mattress gives you two firmness options to choose from, they're different enough that some sleepers may find themselves wishing for a comfortable middle ground. The 120-night trial period ensures that you'll have a reasonable interval for deciding whether the mattress is a fit for you.
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How to buy the best memory foam mattress
Like any mattress purchase, choosing the best memory foam mattress comes down to selecting the right levels of firmness, bounce, and motion transfer. In general, mattresses made of memory foam have more give and less bounce than mattresses made from latex foam or innerspring. Memory foam also tends to perform well at preventing motion transfer, so you're less likely to feel the person next to you as they move around.
But there's still a good amount of variation in all those factors. One person's "sink right in" body-cradling comfort is another person's "help, I'm stuck in this mattress and can't get out." So you do have some options to choose from — sometimes even multiple firmness options from the same manufacturer.
Finally, keep in mind that memory foam has a delayed response: It generally feels firm when you lie down, but within a few minutes it'll soften and conform to your body.
What to know before buying a memory foam mattress
Asking yourself these questions can help ensure that you get the right mattress for you — and the best deal possible.
How long is the sleep trial?
Many manufacturers offer a free in-home sleep trial period: You still pay for the mattress upfront, but if you return it within the trial period you get a refund.
Always check the fine print. Most manufacturers will simply arrange for the mattress to simply "go away," partnering with a local company to pick the mattress up and donate it elsewhere. But that's not always the case and, occasionally, some manufacturers even charge a restocking fee to take the mattress back.
About that warranty...
Always double-check the terms of your mattress warranty, too. Manufacturers often stipulate that they will charge transportation costs for repair/replacement of a mattress after a certain portion of the warranty period has passed; and some may even pro-rate the value of any replacement they offer, depending on how long the mattress has been in use.
How much is shipping?
Nowadays, many manufacturers offer free shipping — but do check to be sure that applies to you. Often, these policies only apply to the contiguous 48 states. If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, or out of the country, you'll probably have to pay a shipping fee to get the mattress to your doorstep.
Speaking of doorsteps, mattresses are, of course, big and heavy; but the delivery worker's obligation usually ends at your door. If you don't have enough help to get the mattress to its designated place inside the house, make sure you arrange for help setting the mattress up — and expect to pay a fee for that service.
What does setup entail?
To many, a prime selling point of a memory foam mattress is that many top brands conveniently ship in a box. These boxes are usually easier to handle and carry up a flight of stairs, but still bulky to do yourself. Memory foam mattresses ship easily and quickly since they are often vacuum-sealed in plastic. Once you (carefully) slice through the packaging, you can swiftly unfurl your new mattress onto your bed and watch it expand, known as off-gassing. This is also when you might notice the release of odors or chemicals in the form of gas, that doesn't smell very good, but the smell eventually dissipates. Most reach their full size within 24 hours, but some take longer, up to 72 hours. It's also not advised to sleep on the mattress until it's fully expanded, though most will reach 90% of their size within several hours. So if you're choosing a mattress that requires an inflation period, you may need to make sure alternative sleeping arrangements are available while you wait to enjoy your new bed.
Do you sleep hot?
Early memory foam mattresses really held onto your body heat and left some sleepers feeling overheated. Newer memory foam generally breathes better, but if you sleep hot you should still look for cooling gel layers or other features designed to dissipate body heat.
What kind of bed do you have?
Memory foam mattresses are meant to be used on a platform bed with supportive slats that run side to side. The slats need to be fairly close together: Most manufacturers recommend that they be no more than 3 or 4 inches apart.
Are you sensitive to chemicals or chemical smells?
When first opened, many memory foam mattresses will have a mild chemical smell that may persist for a few days. Although they're still generally considered safe, the smell may irritate people who are sensitive to them.
Airing the mattress out in a well-ventilated area helps, as does look for memory foam mattresses that are CertiPUR-US certified. This designates that they're free of unsafe levels of chemicals like formaldehyde and harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
You can also shop for memory foam mattresses that are free of chemical flame retardants. Our pick for the best eco-friendly memory foam mattress, the Loom & Leaf (opens in new tab) from Saatva, is a great example, and the Amerisleep AS3 (opens in new tab) also has a unique plant-based memory foam construction.
Signs memory foam is the right mattress material for you
- You want to feel cradled or "hugged" in bed
- You share a bed with a restless partner whose movement can disrupt your sleep
- You're a side sleeper or struggle with pressure points on other mattress types
Signs you might want to consider other mattress types
- You don't like the feel of sinking into a mattress
- You always sleep hot
What is the best memory foam mattress?
We think the best memory foam mattress overall is the Casper Original mattress (opens in new tab). For most people, it represents the perfect mix of body-cradling comfort and zoned support to keep your body aligned throughout the night — all at a reasonable price. It's even available as a hybrid for anyone who wants a touch more bounce and support.
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