The Best Memory Foam Mattress For Terrible Sleepers (+ 4 Other Runner-ups)

Comfort is a priority when sleep is concerned, why would you settle for a mediocre mattress? Here is the best memory foam mattress right now.

Updated: June 8, 2020

Do you fight to get to sleep?

Are you finding it hard to get a good night’s rest because you’re in pain?

Your problem might be related to the mattress that you use. If you’ve worn a nice little dent in the bed, you’re not getting the support that you need.

That’s why we’ve been sleeping on the job. Let’s rephrase that. We’ve been conducting extensive research to find the best memory foam mattresses on the market. 

The Casper – Our Top Pick

Photo of the The Casper mattress.
This is the best memory foam mattress by far.

The original Casper comes in as our top pick. It’s a high-quality model that’ll suit most sleepers. This company is one of the pioneers in the market, and they still produce some of the best memory foam mattresses. 

Why we like it

  • Reputable brand
  • Medium firmness
  • 10-year warranty
  • You get 100 nights to try it out
  • No motion transfer
  • Comfortable/designed for pressure relief

This model is 4.5-inches deep and simple in design. You have one layer of memory foam with polyfoam surrounding it. Polyfoam combats the memory foam’s heat-retentive qualities. The polyfoam also lends support to the memory foam layer.

What you get is a more refreshing night’s sleep and deep pressure relief. It’s a good blend of comfort and support.

Consider it if

  • You sleep on your back or side – medium support is ideal
  • Retentive heat bothers you – this model retains less heat than the others
  • You’re light to average in weight
  • Your partner seems to perform acrobatics in their sleep

Keep looking if

  • You sleep on your stomach – there’s too much give here
  • You’re on the heavier side – choose something with firm support

Nectar Mattress – Best Budget Option

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Strapped for cash? This is a great money-saving memory foam mattress.

The Nectar is one of the best memory foam mattresses for the price. It’s excellent quality and backed by a lifetime warranty. They’ll even haul off your old mattress. Combine that with the 365-day trial, and Casper’s place as our top pick looks a little shaky.

Why we like it

  • Medium to firm support
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Reasonable price
  • You get a full year to try it out
  • Deep pressure relief
  • Conforms to your body shape
  • Isolates motion

Why didn’t we give the Nectar top honors? It was a tough decision. In the end, we went with the Casper because it sleeps a little cooler. It doesn’t conform to your body shape as much. If you dislike sinking into the bed, the Nectar isn’t the best option. 

Overall, though, this is a great choice. You get two layers of plain memory foam interspersed with gel memory foam. The core is made from polyfoam, providing an extra comfort layer of support. This model combines the benefits of foam and a memory gel mattress.

Consider it if

  • You’re on a limited budget – you won’t get better at this price
  • You like your comfort – it’s very squishy
  • Sinking into the mattress gives you a sense of security
  • You’re looking for the right balance between comfort and support
  • You sleep on your back or side

Keep looking if

  • You’re a stomach sleeper – it’s not firm enough 

MemoryLux – Our Dream Buy

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A foam mattress that will make you feel like a king… or queen.

The MemoryLux is one of the more expensive options, but it’s easy to see why. It’s a hybrid in that it combines foam and innerspring. You’re able to choose a mattress with your ideal level of support. Select Medium Soft, Firm, or go with the middle ground and get a Medium.

Why we like it

  • Customize the firmness of the mattress
  • Lifetime warranty
  • You get 120 nights to try it out
  • High quality
  • Plush top-layer that helps to dissipate heat

The innerspring core provides comfortable support for heavier sleepers. You get a total of seven layers in all. Combining the layering and the different firmness settings means that everyone will find the right match.

If you’re a back sleeper, stick to the medium or firm option. Stomach sleepers should opt for firm. Side sleepers will prefer medium or medium-soft options.

What we like best is Air Cell foam topper. This topper disperses heat far better than traditional foams. If you’re a hot sleeper, you’ll appreciate this touch. 

Consider it if

  • You’re a hot sleeper
  • Your partner moves a lot in their sleep
  • You like luxury

Keep looking if

  • You’re on a tight budget
  • You don’t like change – you have to live with it for 30 days before you can return it

Leesa – Our Best Mid-Range Option

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Highly regarded as one of the best value for money memory foam mattresses out there.

Leesa is another well-established brand and maker of top mattresses. This model falls under mid-range pricing. It’s a high-quality option that provides excellent support.

Why we like it

  • Medium firmness
  • 10-year warranty
  • You get to try it for 100 nights
  • Conforms to your body shape  (ideal for side sleepers)

The pad consists of four layers. The core layer of support foam provides excellent support. Over the top of that is the memory foam recovery layer to provide deep pressure relief.

A layer of heat-neutral foam comes next. The difference here is that it has more bounce. Over the top of that is a soft and plush topper.

Consider it if

  • You’re a back or side-sleeper
  • You sleep hot
  • A little bounce makes you feel more comfortable

Keep looking if

  • You’re heavier – opt for firm support instead
  • You don’t like your bed low to the ground
  • Your partner moves a lot while sleeping 

Loom and Leaf – Best For Heavy Sleepers

Photo of Loom and Leaf mattress.
Great for side sleepers or any kind of sleeping position due to the levels of memory foam available.

Loom and Leaf offer the most stylish mattress memory foam bases. Their mattresses are top quality and highly durable. You can choose between Medium and Firm support levels. If you weigh over 130 pounds, the firm option should provide ample support.

Why we like it

  • Customize your firmness level
  • 15-year warranty
  • You get 120 nights to try it out
  • Isolates motion
  • White glove delivery included in the price

The design incorporates memory foam and high-density gel memory foam for deep pressure relief. The polyfoam core support provides a firm base. With the adjustable firmness levels, everyone should be able to find the right match. 

You don’t sink into the mattress as much, and that helps keep you cooler. Unfortunately, the foam does retain some heat.

The organic cotton cover feels pleasant to the touch. Not that it matters – you’ll use a sheet anyway.

Consider it if

  • You’re a side or back sleeper – stomach sleepers should choose the firm option
  • You have chronic back pain (especially for side sleepers)
  • Comfortable support is important

Keep looking if

  • You sleep hot
  • You’re on a more limited budget

Memory Foam Vs. Gel Mattresses

Illustration of a memory foam and gel mattress.

You might have seen advertisements for gel mattresses and wondered how they’re different from the top memory foam mattresses.

Gel pads usually tip the scales in terms of price. Their primary advantage is that they’re better at dissipating heat.

Heat retention was a big problem with a top memory foam mattress a few years ago. Modern alternatives correct for this. You must keep in mind that memory foam dates back to the 1970s (actually developed by NASA). It’s not the newest technology on the block.

Where it does beat gel is that it provides better contouring and is more affordable. That said, you have to be careful which brand you buy. A low-quality foam won’t hold up well over time. Some experts have also raised concerns about off-gassing with lower-quality foams. 

If you choose a higher-quality product, though, it’ll last well. 

Gel models offer more responsiveness. If you prefer a bit of spring in your bed, the gel is a better option. Some options combine the two. The gel layer provides a little extra bounce in these cases. If you want even more, though, consider looking at a pad with a latex layer.

Some say that gel is less toxic. If you’re looking at older memory foam formulas, this might be true. Keep in mind that gel is also a blend of synthetic chemicals. With the regulations in place in the United States today, though, the difference is minimal. 

In either case, it’s best to stick with reputable manufacturers. Some less scrupulous companies substitute most of the foam layer for low-end polyfoam. 

To get the best of both worlds, most of the leading manufacturers incorporate gel into their designs. This design comes most often in the form of a gel topper or gel-infused layer. The layer allows for cooler sleeping with the comfort of memory foam.

Health Benefits Of Using A Memory Foam Mattress

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Why choose a memory foam mattress at all?

Well, there are a few health benefits to consider here.

You can get some pain relief by using a memory foam topper. That said, nothing beats a solid internal layer of the foam for comfort. 

Even body distribution

Memory foam conforms to your body’s contours. This property helps it to distribute your body weight more evenly. When you get up in the morning, the foam springs back into the original shape.

The foam responds to the heat of your body. As it warms up around you, it becomes softer. This softening, in turn, makes it possible to snuggle into the mattress. For many people, this offers a reassuring feeling of coziness.

If you’re a hot sleeper, though, look for models that have cooling features as well. 

Chronic pain relief

The primary benefit of this type of foam memory mattress is that it offers pain relief. As the foam can redistribute your weight, you get instant relief on pressure points. Foam mattresses with a deep foam layer are ideal for heavier sleepers. They combine comfort and proper support.

Non-allergenic

The foam is non-allergenic. With a standard coil mattress, there’s plenty of space between the springs. This space affords dust mites a comfortable home.

If you’ve got allergies, over time, your memory foam mattress can become a significant source of discomfort. You know what that means, a terrible night’s sleep.

With the top memory foam mattresses, the feel of the foam is very dense. There is little space for even dust mites to move around. Over time, the memory foam collects fewer allergens.

Deadens movement

Another health benefit is that the foam deadens movement. If your partner tosses and turns at night, this increases your comfort significantly. Older adverts demonstrated this quality by dropping a bowling ball on one side of the mattress. Those adverts seemed crazy but weren’t far off.

How Long Does A Memory Foam Mattress Last?

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The answer to that question depends on two factors:

  • The quality or “feel” of the foam to start with.
  • How well you look after it.

A good product, well-cared for will last for between eight and ten years. That’s similar to your innerspring options.

You can maximize the lifespan by adding a waterproof cover as a top layer. Just keep in mind that cheap covers cancel out any cooling effect that the upper layer may have.

When choosing your mattress, see if the manufacturers offer covers as well.

You’ll typically earn a discount by ordering the two together.

Using a mattress protector protects the pads from spills and stops it from being stained. If you take a closer look at the warranties that most manufacturers offer, staining voids your cover. If you want to protect your investment, a waterproof cover is the best way to go.

It also makes cleaning a breeze. Just take the cover off once in a while and scrub it down.

Warning: Steam-cleaning isn’t an option with memory foam. Heat can damage the integrity of the foam. Harming the integrity of the foam shortens its lifespan.

Some people might be concerned about the overall lifespan. Considering the higher price that you pay, it’s a valid concern. That said, you should replace any mattress that you own after ten years. 

Why?

Over time, the materials are subject to wear and tear. With innerspring mattresses, you’ll notice broken springs and supports. The foam padding will also wear thin. With memory foam, you don’t have to worry about springs. Eventually, though, the foam won’t offer the same support.

While you could probably get away with using either type of mattress for a lot longer, it’s not ideal to do so. Another thing to consider is that technology improves over time. What’s state-of-the-art today is yesterday’s news tomorrow.

Wouldn’t you rather use the latest tech?  

How To Clean A Memory Foam Mattress

Using a cover is your best choice in keeping any mattress pristine. If you can’t get one, you can still clean your bed, though. Just keep in mind that you must clean it by hand. 

Side note: Some people don’t like the feel of a mattress cover which is understandable. But there are some super high quality covers these days that don’t feel like the cheap plastic that you might be used to.

If you do spill something on it, follow these steps:

Use paper towels and blot

Clean it off as fast as possible to prevent staining. Start by blotting the spill up with paper or a towel. Remove as much of the spilled liquid as possible. Then spritz the spill with warm water. 

Illustration of a cleaning product.

Put some boric acid onto it and continue to blot up the spill. If your pets have wet the bed, you’ll have to use an enzymatic cleaner or baking soda. Do avoid harsh chemicals here because they can damage the foam. 

Vacuum the top and sides

Use an upholstery attachment or work dirt loose using a soft brush. Work slowly using a circular motion to remove the worst of the dirt. 

Use laundry detergent

If the top smells good, you can spritz on laundry detergent. Use a gentle detergent diluted with two parts of warm water. Some manufacturers provide special clearers to use with the mattress. You don’t need to worry about those too much, though. 

The key here is to spritz the surface lightly. You want to moisten it just enough to remove dirt. Don’t soak the surface with water. Blot up as much of the moisture as possible with a dry towel. Then leave the surface open to the air.

Leave it to dry

Ideally, it should air for 24 hours. If that’s not possible, leave it to dry for as long as possible. If it’s not dry before you use it, mildew can develop.

If the mattress smells a bit, follow up by sprinkling the bed with baking soda once it’s dry. Leave the baking soda to sit for at least eight hours. Overnight is better. Then vacuum away the baking soda.

Conclusion: What’s The Best Memory Foam Mattress?

We’re going to drive you nuts here. The answer depends on what your needs are. All of the options that we’ve reviewed are good choices. That said, there’s not one that’s perfect for everyone.

If you’re looking for the most affordable option, the Nectar wins hands down. It’s got more give than the Casper so it won’t work well for stomach sleepers. No other model can touch this one in terms of the warranty or trial period.

Illustration of a mattress and question mark.

If a year’s worth of sleeping on a bed isn’t enough to be sure you like it, nothing will be. 

The MemoryLux is by far the mattress that offers the best range of features. These do come with a higher price tag, and that might put some buyers off. That said, there are beds out there that come in at a lot more, so again, the price is relative. 

The Leesa is the most responsive option we reviewed. If you don’t like the deadening effect of memory foam, this option might suit you better. Those of you who toss and turn at night might find this more comfortable. 

The Loom and Leaf model provides the best firm support. The bases that you can choose to go with the bed are unique too. If you like to make a style statement, have a look. 

Overall, every one of these memory foam mattresses offers unique elements that set it apart. The quality is excellent throughout our list. The design of the pads themselves is also well thought out.

Which one appeals to you the most? Do you like absolute luxury, or will a bare-bones option work for you?