Best Reviewed Luxury Mattresses 2017

The definition of luxury mattress is subjective.  I have yet to sleep on some of the mattresses that cost more than $5,000 that have things like horse hair in them.  However, I have slept on a number of premium mattresses that I think qualify as “luxury.”  I’ll go over a few of my favorites and explain what you should look out for if you have a higher mattress buying budget.

Top Luxury Mattress Picks

Spring/Foam Hybrid: Sapira

Natural Latex: Zenhaven

Memory Foam: Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Breeze

Top Picks Compared

Sapira

The Sapira mattress aims to combine the best parts of foam and spring mattresses (see construction HERE).  It has a heavy-duty pocketed spring system that also provides amazing edge support.  It is a highly supportive and durable coil system.  The comfort layer consists of a layer of high-density, latex-like foam that provides bounce and breathability.  Underneath that is a layer of 4 lb. memory foam for pressure relief and body contouring.  The two layers combine to have great pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck.  You can move around and change positions very easily as well.

The mattress uses all very durable components and does a great job of being a “best of both worlds” type of mattress.  It definitely qualifies as a good luxury mattress.

Check out our Sapira review

Zenhaven

Zenhaven stands out in that it uses natural latex.  Natural latex is expensive and difficult to source, so you don’t see it in a ton of mattresses.  It is definitely a “luxury” item to have natural latex in a mattress, and it’s also a way for a mattress to be truly organic.  The latex used in the Zenhaven is a very durable material, so this mattress should last a very long time.

What also makes this mattress unique is that it is flippable and has two firmness levels in one (see more HERE).  This maximizes the chances that you’ll get the right firmness level for you.  Because of its all-latex construction, the mattress has nice bounce to it where you get good pressure relief but feel like you are sleeping “on” the mattress rather than “in” it.

If you are looking for a long-lasting “green” mattress, Zenhaven could be a good choice.

See our full Zenhaven review

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Breeze

Tempur-Pedic is known for its line of luxury mattresses.  I like the Cloud Supreme Breeze because it has great pressure relief but isn’t overly soft (the Cloud Elite and Luxe are softer).  It definitely has a nice, luxurious feel to it.  At the same time, because it is a Breeze model, it sleeps cooler than typical memory foam mattresses.  That means you get all the benefits of a nice memory foam mattress without heat concerns.

The mattress uses high quality materials that should last a long time.  While the mattress is expensive, if you view it as a long-term investment it can be a good value.

See our Cloud Supreme Breeze Review

What Makes A Mattress “Luxury”?

Luxury is a subjective measure in any case, and it’s no different with mattresses.  However, I’ll try to list out a few criteria that could make a mattress more of a luxury mattress.

  • Durable Materials– Even if a mattress feels great, it’s not going to be good if it breaks down after six months.  With foam mattresses, higher density foam typically means great durability.  Whatever the case, try to find out how durable the materials of the mattress you are looking at are.
  • Additional Measures To Keep The Mattress Cool– Sleeping hot is a big concern for a lot of consumers.  Luxury mattresses will directly address this issue in the construction.  This may come from using gel foam, performance fabric covers, etc.
  • Additional Bells And Whistles– There are lots of additional bells and whistles that could be added to a mattress to make it more of a luxury item.  A mattress could be flippable, for example, and have two firmness levels in one.  The mattress could have a specialty fabric cover like celliant that could have additional health benefits.

Overall

You can definitely get a step-up in quality if you have the budget for it.  I don’t think you need to spend $10,000 on a mattress, but if you have a few thousand dollars to spend, you can definitely get a great luxury mattress.

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Best Mattresses Under $500

The mattresses I typically review are usually in the $700-$1,400 range.  However, a good number of people have asked me if I have had any experience with good mattresses under $500.  I do have a couple of suggestions, so I thought I would lay them out here.

Top Mattresses For Less Than $500

Best Quality: Addable

Great Value: Zinus Memory Foam

Top Picks Compared

Addable

Addable provides perhaps one of the best values that I’ve seen in the mattress industry.  A Queen is priced at only $499.  They are able to do this even though they use high quality materials throughout the mattress (see more on that HERE).

The gel memory foam they use is 4lb. density, which is considered high and I don’t think I’ve seen such a high-density foam used in a mattress at this price point.  Similarly, the base/support foams are high-density as well, meaning overall the mattress will last a fairly long time.  That fact makes the value that much greater.

The mattress has a nice memory foam feel that offers great pressure relief.  If you sleep with a partner, it’s great for that too because it isolates motion really well.  That means you won’t be disturbed when your partner moves around the bed.

The company spends essentially no money on advertising and overhead, and for that reason it’s able to price its product so low.  Think of other online companies that have raised money.  They have to pay extremely high advertising costs and tons for salaries and other overhead (as well as achieve a satisfactory profit for their investors).  This company has almost none of that, hence the difference in prices.

Check out our full Addable review

Zinus 12” Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

This is a highly popular mattress off of Amazon.  A quick look at their product page and you can see just how many people have purchased this mattress and have had a good experience.  It is a fairly soft firmness and has a slow-moving memory foam feel.  If you like when you slowly sink into your mattress and have it envelop you, you will probably like the fee of this mattress.

You can find better materials in a higher-priced mattress, but the materials are pretty good given the price.  It uses lower-density memory foam, so I wouldn’t expect this mattress to last forever, but it could be a good option for a guest bedroom or if you just don’t plan on having the mattress for several years.

A Queen is only $229.  The company manufactures its product in China and spends very little money on advertising and overhead.  That’s why it is able to price its product so low.

You can definitely get a better mattress by spending more money, but at $229 for a Queen, this can be a really great value.

Check out our full Zinus mattress review

How Can A Mattress <$500 Be Good?

There are definitely ways a company can make a quality mattress and sell it for less than $500.  Here are a few of them.

  • The Company Can Spend Little On Advertising/Overhead– Some companies spend almost nothing on advertising and overhead.  You can, for example, have a mattress and just sell it on Amazon without spending a dime to promote.  Some companies have done this with success.
  • Manufacture In China– Good quality can come from China.  US consumers typically are willing to spend more for a made-in-USA product, but you can make a great mattress for less by making it in China.

Overall

I’m sure I will expand the list above as time moves on, but I think the couple of options I’ve listed out will be a good fit for a lot of people.

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Mattress Protectors: Casper Vs Purple

Casper and Purple are popular mattress companies who also make their own protectors. While both mattress protectors offer protection against allergens and liquids, they have very different looks and feels. Which one reigns supreme? Read on to find out.

Key Similarities

  • Quiet materials to reduce instances of crinkling underneath sheets
  • Hypoallergenic and non-toxic
  • Waterproof
  • Come in sizes Twin to Cal King
  • Basic Care: Machine wash cold/warm, tumble dry low
  • Both mattress protectors are five-sided’
  • Both offer 1- Year limited warranties
  • Both are under $100

 

Casper Mattress Protector

Key Differences

Casper:

  • Knit Top: Polyester and Spandex (Quilted top)
  • Skirting: Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex
  • Polyethylene – used in waterproof layer of protector
  • Quilted material keeps noise levels low and adds comfort
  • Fits any mattress up to 16” deep
  • Free shipping and returns
  • $85 for a Queen

Read the full review of the Casper mattress protector here.

Purple:

  • Liquid-absorbent layer on all sides: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex (stretchy fabric)
  • Protective waterproof coating: 100% TPU Polyurethane
  • Comes in sizes Twin – Cal King (with Twin XL and Full XL)
  • Will work on any mattress up to 13” tall
  • There is no trial or return policy for the Purple™ Mattress Protector
  • $59 for a Queen (reg. $79)

Read the full review of the Purple mattress protector here.

Purple Mattress Protector Review

Purple Mattress Protector

Pros and Cons of Each Protector

You Might Choose

Casper if…

  • You want a quilted component to your mattress protector
  • You have a mattress that’s at least 16-inches thick (or you have a Casper mattress)
  • You want to be able to return it easily if you decide you don’t like it
  • A secure fit to your mattress (360-elastic provides a tight grip)

Purple if…

  • You want a thin protector
  • You have a mattress that’s at least 13-inches thick (or you have a Purple mattress)
  • You want a protector whose material can stretch

Casper Vs Purple Mattress Protector

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Overall

Both protectors provide high-quality protection. Your choice will most likely come down to whether you want a quilted feel or a thin and less noticeable feel for your protector.

It’s also worth remembering that the Purple protector fits mattresses up to 13-inches while the Casper protector can go up to 16-inches thick.

Neither protector will completely protect against bed bugs since they are both five-sided (meaning the bottom side of the mattress is still exposed).

Both are machine washable and under $100 for a Queen size.

Because I have a Casper mattress, I really enjoyed the Casper protector. I also like saving money and it felt like I was combining a mattress pad and a mattress protector in this soft and quilted product.

Casper Mattress Protector Review

No matter which protector you choose you can sleep easy knowing your mattress (and its warranty) will be safe!

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Best Tempur-Pedic Alternatives

A lot of people take a look at Tempur-Pedic when they go mattress shopping.  I’ve received a lot of emails asking me to provide some alternatives to Tempur-Pedic that may be a little cheaper in price.  I’ll go through a few options that I think have a similar feel but are a little less expensive.

Amerisleep

Amerisleep has a pretty similar approach to Tempur-Pedic in that it has a line of mattresses catered to different firmness levels.  They don’t believe in the concept of there being one best mattress for everyone.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • Has a line of mattresses with different firmness levels that are catered to specific types of sleepers
  • The memory foam used in every mattress is high-density
  • Each mattress compares well to the Breeze models in how well it addresses the issue of sleeping hot
  • The memory foam is a little faster-moving than the Tempur-Pedic models
  • Each model is roughly half the price of the Tempur-Pedic models

Layla

Layla is a fairly new company that sells online-only.  It has a few unique features that make it stand out amongst its competitors.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • The memory foam is copper-infused, which may have health benefits and helps keep the mattress cool
  • The mattress is flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one, maximizing the chances you’ll get the right firmness level for you
  • The foam has a pretty similar slower-moving feel
  • The cover is infused with gel to keep the sleeping surface cooler
  • A Queen is only $899

Novosbed

Novosbed has a cool feature called comfort+, which is a way to just about guarantee you will eventually get the right firmness level for you.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • The company has a perfect firmness guarantee, making sure you will get the right firmness level for you
  • The foams used in the mattress are high-density / durable
  • Additional measures have been taken to make sure the mattress is breathable
  • There is a 120 night sleep trial, which allows more than enough time to know if you like the mattress
  • $999 for a Queen

Loom & Leaf

Loom & Leaf comes from the Saatva company, which is well known for its customer service and high-quality products.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • Uses a 5 lb. density memory foam
  • Has a similar slow-moving feel to it
  • There are several measures taken in the construction to keep the mattress cool
  • A portion of the foams are plant-based
  • 120 day sleep trial
  • $1,099 for a Queen

Related: What is the best Tempur-Pedic mattress?

Addable

Addable aims to provide the highest value in the industry by not spending any money on marketing and overhead.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • Uses a 4 lb. density memory foam
  • Uses gel memory foam to keep the mattress cooler
  • The company spends almost no money on marketing, so it is able to price a Queen at $499, which is about as good a value as you can find

Sapira

Sapira comes from Leesa and aims to provide a luxury memory foam / springs hybrid that is the best of both worlds.

Main Features / How It Compares

  • This is a hybrid mattress that compares best to the Flex collection mattresses
  • Combines springs with memory foam and performance foam
  • Has a very responsive feel to it
  • Uses all highly durable materials

Related: best hybrid mattress

Summary / Overall Thoughts

I think all those choices are good picks that you will probably like if you are taking a look at certain Tempur-Pedic models (see our overall Tempur-Pedic review too).  There are definitely other good ones out there as well, but I wanted to keep this list of alternatives short.

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Are Vinyl Mattress Protectors Unsafe?

When searching for a new mattress protector, you may see many brands marketing their protectors as “Vinyl-free.”

Concerns over the toxicity of Polyvinyl chloride or PVC (a type of vinyl) have many manufacturers producing plastic products – like waterproof mattress protectors – with alternatives.

So what exactly is the deal with vinyl? Is it harmful and should we avoid buying vinyl products?

We’ve done the research and put together your guide to making healthiest, and safest, mattress protector choice for you and your family.

What Is Vinyl?

Vinyl is a synthetic resin or plastic material. It is one of the most common plastics available and can be found in many products, including waterproof mattress protectors, shower curtains, and even children’s toys.

What Makes Vinyl Unsafe?

Health warnings are focused around a hazardous type of vinyl called Polyvinyl chloride or (PVC). PVC is known to release toxins into the air and have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious chronic diseases.

You’ll know if something has PVC because of its #3 recycling code.

The toxins in PVC contain high levels of chlorine and exposure to such high levels can be hazardous to your health.

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PVC also contains a group of chemicals called phthalates to make the plastic flexible. Exposure to phthalates, especially in children, is discouraged as limited studies have linked the chemical to cancer.

Because of the health risks associated with the toxins released by PVC, it is recommended that you avoid purchasing or exposing yourself or a child to products made with the plastic material.

What Are Some PVC Alternatives?

Non-chlorinated types of vinyl are being used as alternatives for PVC in many products. These may include:

  • Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
  • Polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA)
  • Polyvinyl acetate (PVA)
  • Polyvinyl butyral (PVB)

Many waterproof mattress protectors that are vinyl-free use another plastic material called Polyurethane as a waterproof material.

Purple Mattress Protector Review

What Mattress Protectors Are Vinyl-Free?

The good news is that there are plenty of Vinyl (PVC) – free mattress protectors on the market. Some include the Casper Mattress Protector and the Purple Mattress Protector.

 

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4 Best Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are becoming increasingly popular these days, and for good reason.  The concept of combining the benefits of two materials into one awesome mattress is certainly intriguing.  I’ve slept on more than a few of them, so I thought I’d give some of my top picks and list out the different options that people have available.

Top Picks For Best Hybrid Mattress

Memory Foam/Springs: Sapira

Latex/Memory Foam: Ghostbed

Natural Latex/Springs: Avocado

Specialty/Memory Foam: Leesa

Top Picks Compared

Sapira

The Sapira is a luxury mattress that combines two types of foam with springs.  The top layer of foam is a high-density, latex-like foam that doesn’t retain heat.  Underneath is a layer of 4 lb. density memory foam, which provides pressure relief and body contouring.  Beneath the foam layers is a heavy duty pocket coil system for durable support.

The total product aims to provide the pressure relief of memory foam, response and cooling of performance foam, and support of pocket coils.

Check out our full Sapira review

Ghostbed

Ghostbed aims to combine the benefits of latex and memory foam in one mattress.  It puts a latex layer on top to make sure the mattress is breathable and cool.  The latex gives the mattress bounce and response so you don’t have the feeling of getting stuck.  The memory foam provides contouring and pressure relief.  When you combine everything, you get a nice, pressure-relieving mattress where you don’t sink in too much and you are able to move around the bed easily.

Check out our full Ghostbed review

Avocado

Avocado is one of the very few mattresses that I’ve seen that combines natural latex with springs.  The spring unit used in this mattress is top quality and will be durable and supportive for a long time.  The latex comfort layer gives the mattress a highly responsive sleeping surface that won’t sag over time.  Spring mattresses usually break down over time if they use low-density foams in the comfort layer / pillow top.  That is not the case here, as the latex used is a very durable material.  The end result is you get a responsive mattress that should last a long time.

Check out our full Avocado review

Leesa

Leesa combines a foam called Avena with memory foam.  Avena is latex-like and it makes for a bouncier/responsive sleeping surface that is breathable as well (more on that HERE).  The memory foam provides nice pressure relief and body contouring.  The combined effect is a mattress that has nice pressure relief and comfort with the feeling of getting stuck in the mattress or getting hot.

See our full Leesa review

What Are The Main Types Of Hybrids?

There are many different types of hybrids.  I’ll list out a few of them so you can get a sense for what they are trying to do overall.

  • Latex/Memory Foam- We are starting to see this type of hybrid pop up all over the place.  It really got started when Casper first launched their product.  It aims to have the pressure relief of memory foam with the bounce and cooling of latex.
  • Memory Foam/Springs- Spring mattresses can be highly supportive, but some people think they don’t quite have enough contouring and pressure relief.  Adding memory foam on top is a good way to get around that complaint.
  • Latex/Springs- Another issue with spring mattresses is that they often break down because they use low-density polyfoam above the coils.  Latex is a more durable material, so combining springs and latex is a way to have a longer-lasting mattress.
  • Other- There are other types of hybrids as well.  Leesa, for example, uses a latex-like foam called Avena and combines it with memory foam.  As long as the mattress combines two materials that aren’t typically combined historically, it’s considered a hybrid.

Overall

The concept of a hybrid is pretty cool. I would recommend you decide what you want most out of a mattress, and then see which mattress types might be combined to provide you the best possible match.

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Helix Vs Tempur-Pedic- Which Should You Get?

Helix and Tempur-Pedic are two very different companies that have seen success with different philosophies and business models.  As Helix has grown in popularity since it launched a couple of years ago, people are starting to wonder how it compares to Tempur-Pedic and its line of mattresses.  I’ll go over those differences here to try to help you make a more informed decision.

Key Similarities

  • Both are good choices for couples
  • Both companies believe there is no one best mattress for everyone

Key Differences

  • Helix sells online-only, while Tempur-Pedic mainly sells through retail stores
  • Helix sells one mattress, which is customizable; Tempur-Pedic has a full line of mattress catered to different feels and firmness levels
  • The key component of the Tempur-Pedic mattress comfort layers is memory foam, while Helix uses microcoils and a specialty polyfoam
  • The foam used in the Helix is faster-responding than the foam used in the Tempur-Pedic mattresses (with the possible exception of the Flex collection)
  • Helix sells its mattress for less than any of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses

Main Construction/Feel Difference

The biggest difference in feel comes from Tempur-Pedic using memory foam in its comfort layer versus Helix using a specialty “dynamic” polyfoam and microcoils in its comfort layer.  With Tempur-Pedic, you will slowly sink into the mattress.  If you move around, the foam takes a bit of time to re-adapt to your new position.  With Helix, the foam moves around immediately with you, and you have a more “on-the-mattress” feel.

Which feel is better really just comes down to your personal preference.

You Might Want To Pick Helix If:

  • You Don’t Know Exactly What You Want– If you aren’t sure the feel or firmness that you want, then the customization test Helix puts you through can take care of all the work for you.
  • You Want A Split Mattress– If you sleep with a partner who has very different preferences than you do, then the split option Helix provides can be a great choice for you.
  • You Want A More Responsive Mattress– The use of specialty “dynamic” foam makes the Helix more responsive and fast-moving than Tempur-Pedic mattresses
  • You Are On A Budget– Helix’s online-only business model allows them to price their mattress at a much lower level than any of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses.  If you are on a budget, you can probably get a little more value from Helix for this reason.

See our full Helix review

You Might Want To Pick Tempur-Pedic If:

  • You Want A Slower-Moving Memory Foam Feel– Tempur-Pedic is known for its memory foam feel, so if that is what you are looking for, it’s definitely the way to go.
  • You Want To Try The Mattress Out Ahead Of Time– It’s difficult to know what the Helix will feel like because it’s completely customized to each individual.  With Tempur-Pedic, you can go to a store and get a good sense of how you will like it.
  • You Want To Buy From A Long-Established Company– Tempur-Pedic has been around for decades.  This means you can benefit from thousands of reviews of people who have had their mattress for years.

See our full take on Tempur-Pedic

Both Options Are Good For Couples

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are good for couples because the memory foam does a great job of isolating motion.  That means when your partner moves around, you typically won’t be able to feel it.

Helix is a great option for couples because you can customize each side of the bed.  That means if you and your partner have very different preferences, you won’t have a problem because you can just customize each side of the bed to your individual needs.

Price/Value

Tempur-Pedic mainly sells its mattresses through retail stores.  Helix sells directly online, and as a result cuts out the middleman in the process and is able to price its product much lower.  For this reason, you can argue that you get more value from the Helix mattress.

Related: What is the best mattress for the money?

Overall

Both are great companies that present very different options.  The differences should be clear, so take a look through what I’ve written and hopefully you’ll be able to make a good decision.

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