Best memory foam mattresses: 7 picks for comfortable sleep in any position

The best memory foam mattresses conform to your body, cradling, and supporting you for a peaceful night's sleep.

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Consider buying one of the best memory foam mattresses an investment in your health, energy levels, 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.

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.

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. 

Some memory foam mattresses allow you to choose between varying levels of firmness; one of the models we feature in this buying guide is even reversible, with a soft side and a firm side, so you get two support options in one.

A few memory foam mattresses may involve other materials, too. For example, our top pick for memory foam mattresses overall, the Casper Original, is available as an all-foam mattress or as a hybrid. The hybrid mattress combines a layer of memory foam with a layer of coil springs — intended to give you the body-cradling effect of the foam, plus a bit more bounce and support from the underlying springs.

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What is the best memory foam mattress?

We think the best memory foam mattress overall is the Casper Original mattress. 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. 

But that's not the only noteworthy memory foam mattress out there — far from it! Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best memory foam mattress 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. 

Our best memory foam mattress picks: 

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1. Casper Original Memory Foam Mattress

Best memory foam mattress overall: The ideal combination of comfort, support, and personalization for most people

Specifications
Best for: Most people
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 11"
Firmness: Medium-firm
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 10-year limited
Reasons to buy
+Zoned support for comfort in all sleep positions+Medium firmness will suit most people+Perforated, breathable foam for extra cooling+CertiPUR-US certified
Reasons to avoid
-A bit of chemical smell when unpacked-No handles

The Casper Original mattress strikes a wonderful balance of qualities to suit almost all sleepers — all at a reasonable price.

What we like about it

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.

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?

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2. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Best memory foam mattress for side sleepers: An extra-plush top layer of foam helps relieve common pressure points and align your spine

Specifications
Best for: Side sleepers
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 11"
Firmness: Medium-firm
Trial period: 365 nights
Warranty: "Forever" (for the original owner)
Reasons to buy
+Plush support is ideal for most side sleepers+Good for motion transfer+Breathable cover and gel layer+CertiPUR-US certified+Excellent value
Reasons to avoid
-No handles-Some off-gassing smell

The Nectar mattress offers an amazing amount of body-conforming give. That makes it ideal for the majority of side sleepers, although larger and heavier side sleepers may prefer a mattress that's a little firmer.

What we like about it

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 Tencel cover and a layer of gel memory foam to help keep you cool as you sleep. For an even more plush option choose the Nectar Lush, which is an inch thicker and has extra cooling technology — for about $600 more than the original. 

We also like the 365-day trial — you have a full year to decide if you like this mattress. And finally, 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.

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 74 pounds, and a king-size weighs 89 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.

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3. Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Best flippable/reversible memory foam mattress: The Layla offers two firmness options in one mattress

Specifications
Best for: Indecisive shoppers/sleepers
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 10"
Firmness: Soft/firm
Trial period: 120 nights
Warranty: Lifetime
Reasons to buy
+Two firmness options+Great for regulating motion transfer+Unusual cooling mechanism
Reasons to avoid
-No handles-Softness/firmness options may be too extreme for some

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. 

What we like about it

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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4. Loom & Leaf

Best eco-friendly memory foam mattress: Organic and eco-friendly materials help you rest easy

Specifications
Best for: Eco-conscious buyers
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 12"
Firmness: Relaxed firm, firm
Trial period: 180 days
Warranty: 15 years
Reasons to buy
+Eco-friendly materials+Two firmness options+No chemical flame retardant+CertiPUR-US certified+No off-gassing
Reasons to avoid
-May be too firm for side sleepers-Often can't be delivered outside the continental US

We haven't found any all-organic memory foam mattresses, but the Loom & Leaf comes the closest, thanks to an impressive range of eco-friendly materials and manufacturing practices.

What we like about it

This mattress delivers in the comfort department, with lots of memory foam and two firmness options to choose from. 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 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. 

Loom & Leaf's flagship factory uses all-solar power during production — and they ship their mattresses fully expanded so that any off-gassing is completed during the manufacturing process, as opposed to happening in your home.

Things to note

Loom & Leaf usually offers free shipping and setup for your mattress. But as is often the case, those who live outside the continental US can expect to pay shipping fees and do their own setup — if you can get this mattress at all. 

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, our top pick for side sleepers, instead.

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5. Tulo

Best memory foam mattress under $500: A surprising value with three firmness options

Specifications
Best for: Picky sleepers on a tight budget
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King ("soft" sizes are more limited)
Depth: 10"
Firmness: Soft, medium, firm
Trial period: 120 nights
Warranty: 10 years
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic value+Three firmness options
Reasons to avoid
-Sleeps hot-No handles 

If you're shopping for a mattress under $500 but still want memory foam, Tulo mattresses are a great choice. 

What we like about it

Tulo mattresses represent the best value we could find in this price range, with three firmness options to choose from: soft, medium, or firm. Each of those options is made from four layers of foam, including a layer of cooling memory foam and another of breathable foam. All but the king-size "firm" option typically retail for less than $500. 

In general, the medium option should be good for people who sleep on their stomach or back, or who change positions through the night. The firm option is for those who really want a firm sleeping surface — sometimes a favorite of those with sciatica or other types of low-back pain.

The soft option is usually a better choice for side sleepers, especially if you're petite. But heads up: The soft mattress is only available in twin and queen sizes.

Things to note

We see some notable complaints that in spite of its cooling/breathable foam layers, this mattress still tends to sleep quite hot. So if you're naturally hot at night, this probably isn't the best choice for you.

As noted, the "soft" option is only available in a limited size range.

And, although it's not a big deal once the mattress is in place, it's worth noting that the Tulo mattress doesn't have handles to help you move it around. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because at this price range we'd rather see manufacturing money and attention go into the mattress itself than a set of handles. 

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6. Leesa Hybrid

Best hybrid memory foam mattress: A combination of memory foam and pocket spring offer comfort and support

Specifications
Best for: If you want memory foam comfort + some bounce
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 11"
Firmness: Medium-firm
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
Reasons to buy
+Good breathability+Extra bounce+CertiPUR-US certified
Reasons to avoid
-Hybrid construction isn't for everybody-Heavy

If you love the body-conforming comfort of memory foam but crave the familiar bounce of an innerspring mattress too, the Leesa Hybrid mattress is for you.

What we like about it

This mattress draws near-universal love for its combination of body-cradling memory foam comfort and the "bounce" of pocket springs beneath. The whole thing is bolstered by a layer of hole-punched foam for extra breathability. 

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. 

Things to note

This mattress is pretty heavy. A queen size weighs 115 pounds, and a king mattress is slightly more than 140 pounds.

It's also worth noting that while many people love the extra touch of bounce that comes from adding pocket springs to a memory foam mattress, it's not for everyone. 

You do have a healthy 100-night trial period to decide if this is the mattress for you. If you like everything about it but the bounce, Leesa also offers a mattress made entirely of memory foam.

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7. Tuft & Needle Original

Best cooling foam mattress: Straightforward, comfortable construction at a great value

Specifications
Best for: Hot sleepers
Sizes: Twin - Cal. King
Depth: 10"
Firmness: Medium-firm (other options available)
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Good for most sleep positions+Sleeps cool
Reasons to avoid
-May be too firm for side sleepers

The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is a fantastic value for back and stomach sleepers, with a price that's usually only slightly more than $500. Side sleepers may prefer a slightly more expensive version (still under $1,000) that has an extra layer of foam for more give. 

What we like about it

We were undecided about whether to list this as 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. 

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 inner springs. 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. That's good because 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.

Questions to ask 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 person'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. 

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. That said, if you already have a box spring you can always put the mattress on that.

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 it. 

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 from Saatva, is a great example. 

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

If you're not sure memory foam is the right material for you, we have a buying guide that covers the whole range of mattress types. We've also compiled a guide to the best mattress toppers — including options made of memory foam — because sometimes a topper is all you need to breathe new life into a well-loved mattress.