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The Best Mattress in a Box for Every Kind of Sleepy Guy (And Every Budget)

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We played Goldilocks and found the mattresses that suit practically everyone.

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Despite recent conjecture otherwise, you don’t need a chemistry PhD to find a mattress that works for you. These days, you’re usually looking for the best mattress in a box. Not only can a shippable internet mattress be yours in a few clicks, but you can also avoid all the snafus that come with perusing brick-and-mortar mattress stores: high prices, scheduling deliveries, creepy sales people asking increasingly invasive questions about how you sleep, etc.

There’s just one catch: You can’t try it out first before having the thing shipped to your house and lugged up the stairs. Thankfully, most bedding companies that are truly worth their salt offer no-risk returns (more on that below), even a full calendar year after your purchase date. But it’s always nice to have a clear sense of what you’re getting into before you add an expensive, hemmed-and-hawed-over mattress to cart. 

Which is where we come in. Over the past few years, we’ve actually built our own mattress emporium exclusively from mattresses in a box. 

How we tested

We sent GQ staffers, the sleep-indifferent and sleep-obsessed alike, to put the mattresses through the same paces they would if they were buying them at a store. Everyone’s favorite activity? Testing the responsiveness and bounce by running across all of the mattresses (in clean socks, of course). 

By bringing all the mattresses in the same room, and bringing editors of all different sleeping types and mattress expertise levels, it became a lot easier to articulate differences in the small things, like, “Where is the line between feeling swaddled in memory foam and feeling like you’re drowning in it?” and “Does this mattress sleep hot, or is it just me?” 

Everyone tested for qualities like edge support, heat retention, motion transfer, bounce, and comfort, taking note of additional and unusual perks for the price point, and how well each model held up to the promises in its branding. From there, each person used their sleep preferences to choose which mattresses to test (firmer spring coil models for back sleepers, for example, or pure memory foam for stomach sleepers who prefer some pillowy cushion to sprawl out on), the way you would if you were shopping for your own mattress. 

We’ve even taken a couple home to really get a sense of how they hold up under scrutiny, because it’s hard to replicate the lived-in feel of sleeping and sweating on a mattress for months, or navigating spatial dynamics with a bedfellow. After comparing and testing upwards of 30 mattresses from the internet, we can assure you that the risk is worth the reward.

What to look for in a mattress

Despite all the differences in mattress preferences, a clear through-line emerged. Two factors came up again and again as priorities: The best mattresses in a box should be comfortable and supportive. That’s it. Everything else (the materials, the cooling and heating properties, whether or not it offers reclining opportunities so you can prop your feet up like you’re lying on a La-Z-Boy) are just icing on the cake. Things to add-on to your mattress wish list as secondary bullet points. 

Types of mattresses

Springs? Foam? A combination of both?! In your search for a mattress, you’ll come across three general types of mattresses, each with their own set of pros and cons. Here’s how each fares for different kinds of sleepers.

Foam/Memory Foam: If you want to sink into your bed like it’s a cloud, foam and memory foam is something you’d probably like. It cradles your body, offering a type of soft support that can ease achey joints, while providing excellent body contouring (so it molds to your body). Foam is notoriously bad for hot sleepers because it traps heat, but brands continue to develop new ways to give foam some sort of cooling features to relieve some of that pent-up warmth.

Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses offer harder support than memory foam mattresses, and it’s really good for back sleepers. Cheaply made innerspring mattresses will lose their springiness quickly and even cheaper mattresses will make an annoying squeaking sound. This type of mattress is also not the best for couples because they don’t do a very good job at reducing motion transfer, so if you’re a wild sleeper, your partner might easily be awoken by your movements.

Hybrid: Get the best of foam and springs with a hybrid mattress. Not all hybrid mattresses are expensive, but in general, going the hybrid route means you’ll spend a little more money than a full foam or innerspring mattress. You get a softer feel than an innerspring mattress without the quicksand-feel of foam, and it’s easier to customize a hybrid mattress (depending on what certain brands offer) to suit your preferences. 

How to measure comfort and support 

Comfort is easy to conceptualize. How comfortable does it feel to lay on this? How hot does it get? Do I like the cradling of the foam, or the bounce of a coil spring mattress—or a little bit of both?

The support part is harder, and really boils down to your body type. Hammocks and bean bags are comfortable, but let us know how supported your back feels after sleeping in them for a year. Generally, thicker mattresses and denser materials will be created with multiple layers of support to them (like layers of foam, some spongier and others harder, as you’ll find in a mattress like the Casper Original). Others, like “hybrid” models, replace the popular spring support models of yore with a combination of bouncy coils on the bottom and soft supportive foam or gel layers on the top that provide additional comfort and support.

How you interpret what’s supportive and what’s not has a lot to do with how much you weigh and your preferred sleep position. If you are an average-sized male adult, for example, you already have some options eliminated for you. A medium-soft or soft mattress likely won’t provide enough support for your frame, and you’ll probably prefer something on the firm to medium-firm side of the spectrum. Side sleepers, whose hips and shoulders dig into the bed and create uneven pressure, might lean toward soft but supportive medium options that have some give but still keep the spine aligned and pressure even.

With all that in mind, we’ve created this guide to help take the guesswork out of buying the best mattress in a box online. To make sure we bring you the best and most up-to-date mattress reviews in 2022, we’ll keep testing new ones all year round. When combined with our favorite sheet sets, pillows, and comforters, these mattresses provide what we think is the best possible sleep experience you’ll ever get. (And if you can’t pull off a new bed, you can try upgrading what you have with our favorite mattress toppers.) Without further ado, here are the best mattresses in a box for every price and every sleeping style.


Helix Midnight Luxe: The Overall Favorite

Helix Midnight Luxe mattress

$1,949$1,749

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial, 15-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium Firm
Type: Hybrid foam and innerspring coils

At its onset, Helix made fully customized mattresses, which we wrote about a couple years ago. In those days, every company had a one-size-fits-all solution, so this was a revolution. And as the one-size-fits-all brands became, okay, a-few-sizes-fit-all brands, Helix changed too. Helix offers six different versions of mattresses at two price points (a “standard” and a “luxe”), giving a solid option for just about every type of sleeper. It more recently expanded its collection to include a “Plus” mattress for big and tall sleepers, plus a smaller size for kids. In fact, even if you don’t buy a Helix, it’s worth taking this nice mattress quiz just to get a better sense of what type of mattress will work best.

The Helix Midnight Luxe, a hybrid mattress with a coil base and a luxurious memory foam top, was a runaway favorite among GQ staffers. It’s just so damn comfortable (“nice pillow top, but not too soft, with a healthy but forgiving spring,” noted one enthusiastic tester). Several staff members also praised the mattress’ coolness, which can be attributed to a breathable woven stretch knit cover that keeps it from overheating.

If you’re someone who has slept on memory foam mattresses for a few years, you might have forgotten the appeal of a coil base, which adds a little bounce and, maybe just as importantly, a little familiarity for those new to the memory foam mattress world. The mattress is medium firm and perfect for side sleepers: just enough “give” to distribute the pressure on your shoulders and hips, but not so much that you feel like you’re in sinking sand. We found all types of sleepers enjoyed it. The obvious downside is the price, but if you’re looking for the most comfortable bed, start here.

Two Other Great Hybrid Mattresses

Aviya hybrid luxury firm mattress

$1,249$1,049

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-day trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium to Medium-Firm
Type: Hybrid foam and innerspring coils

Aviya may not be a household name in the bedding market yet, but its beds are favored by a number of five-star hotels that help weary travelers get a stellar night’s sleep before rising and grinding the next day. As right of center medium-firm hybrid models, these beds use a springy foundation of innerspring steel coils covered by multiple layers of soft, but dense foam. The result is a blissfully bouncy, yet supportive sleep experience, which is made even sweeter by enhanced edge support in case your partner or relentless cat ends up pushing you right to the furthest corner. We tested the luxury firm option, though you can also opt for slightly more plush or firm alternatives, too. Our tester, who has slept on this mattress for a number of years now, has never had any problems with it sagging or losing its buoyancy, but if for some reason you do, the mattress is guaranteed for 10 years against the odd loose spring. 

Saatva classic luxury firm mattress

$1,795$1,580

Warranty/Guarantee: 365-day trial, lifetime warranty
Firmness Level: Medium Firm
Type: Hybrid foam and innerspring coils

Saatva specializes in high-end mattresses, and its luxury firm option is every bit as ritzy-feeling as the name implies. Shipping wasn’t the speediest (a week to two weeks), but the brand’s free white glove delivery service got the bed easily up to our tester’s third floor walkup without any snags or odious off-gassing upon arrival. We tested the brand’s crowd-pleasing, medium firm model—which uses a bed of pocketed innerspring coils topped off with three inches of plushy pillowtop—though there are options if you’d prefer to dial it up with a firmer foundation. Our tester appreciated that the queen size mattress provided ample space for himself, his partner, and 30-pound Goldendoodle, with little to no motion transfer upsetting their sleep in the middle of the night. Combined with the striking off-white color of the bed, he called this mattress a stylish, “dreamy combination of cushion and support,” one that didn’t trigger any back pain and allowed him to sleep comfortably on both his back and his side. Blessedly, the mattress comes with a lifetime warranty for tuneups down the line, plus a full year’s worth of testing to put it through its paces.


The Best Memory Foam Mattress: Thuma

Thuma mattress

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-day trial, lifetime warranty
Firmness Level: Medium Firm
Type: Foam and Latex

Part of the appeal of the Thuma experience is that your choices are limited. Thuma’s classic mattress is offered in only one variety: a foam slab (comprised of two layers of polyurethane foam, and one cushy latex subsection on top) all sewn up in a quilted Tencel cover. In this case, less is more. The mattress is an optimal blend of soft and supportive, and our tester reports that laying on it really does feel like sinking into a cloud—but a cloud with seriously firm underpinnings. The foam embodies all the good qualities of an innerspring/memory foam duet, except with none of the bulky heft that such mattresses typically carry. And it sits perfectly atop the Home Award-winning bed frame the brand offers while neutralizing the effects of body movement.

At around $1,000 bucks, it’s around the same price as the Leesa below, but we sense that its medium firm foundation will sit better with most combination sleepers than the slightly softer cushion of the latter. Best of all, the thing is ridiculously easy to set up. Arriving in three separate boxes, our tester notes that assembling the bed takes as little as 10 minutes and “offers the satisfying sensation of building a Lego set.” Even if, like him, you happened to miss the instruction manual that arrived in one of the boxes, assembly is so intuitive that it can still be completed in minutes without any head scratching involved. 

Another Great Foamy Option

Leesa Original mattress

$1,299$1,099

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-day trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium
Type: Foam

Like the Thuma, Leesa’s best-selling original mattress is composed of three layers of foam, but doesn’t feel anything like the cheaper bricks of memory quicksand. It provides the best parts of the material—solid support, a really comfortable give—while staying cool and keeping just a little bit of bounce. This one feels like a true medium, plushy yet supportive in a way that made our brains want to fall asleep the moment we laid on it.


The Best Mattress for Fine-Tuning Your Sleep: Eight Sleep Pod Pro

Eight Sleep Pod 3 mattress

$3,395$3,245
Eight Sleep

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-day trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium Firm
Type: Foam

As one of our Fitness Award winners this year, the five-layer foam mattress Eight Sleep Pod Pro fell into the fitness category based on the sleep tech baked into it that tracks metrics—similarly to how a smart watch would. The Pod Pro includes medical-grade sensors that chart data like your heart rate, respiratory rate, and movement, which are easy to monitor during waking hours with Eight Sleep’s app. For the person who wants to get really precise with fine-tuning their sleep preferences, the mattress also includes heating and cooling capabilities (between 55 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit) that you can adjust for each individual sleeper based on whether you tend to burn up or get the chills at night. To sweeten the deal, the mattress even includes a built-in alarm that gently wakes each person with chest-level vibrations and a gradual temperature change, which is a nice alternative to the blare of a traditional alarm. 


The Best Budget Mattress: Allswell

Allswell hybrid mattress

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial, 10-year limited warranty
Firmness Level: Medium
Type: Foam and innerspring coils hybrid

It’s easy to forget that what you’re sleeping on is just fine—or that it was just fine before it got a little old and lumpy. It might feel like your only options are to stay with your old mattress or upgrade to something that’s close to $1000. But there are a range of cheaper options that are worth considering for your starter apartment or mostly abandoned guest room. If you’re on a shoestring budget, we’d suggest the Allswell mattress. At $329, it offers the best value in mattresses that you’ll find anywhere. Allswell, a brand run by Walmart, is a hybrid consisting of an innerspring base and a memory foam top. It’s thinner and less supportive, but, surprisingly, it’s still pretty comfortable. Nearly all our testers were shocked when they discovered how affordable this mattress was. “This is the kind of bed you’d be excited to jump on if you were a kid,” said one editor who visited our mattress showroom. That a mattress this cheap comes with a limited 10-year warranty and a 100-night risk-free trial, is well, crazy.

Another Great Budget Option

Zinus cooling copper hybrid mattress

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium-Soft
Type: Foam and innerspring coils hybrid

Zinus has been a big player in the cheap sleep universe for years. Its solid foam mattresses and bed frames. Last year, the company released a bunch of new mattresses, including this hybrid. It’s constructed in a very similar way to the Allswell, with a foam top layer supported by an innerspring bottom, though the Zinus is a full two inches thicker. That thickness, which mostly comes from a thicker super soft top layer, makes the high-density mattress feel a little bit more like a traditional memory foam option. You really sink into it. It still feels supportive, but we think that most sleepers will find the Allswell more comfortable in the long term. 


The Best Mattress for Side Sleepers and Back Sleepers: Casper Wave

Casper Wave mattress

$2,695$2,156

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial, 10-year limited warranty
Firmness Level: Firm to Medium-Firm
Type: Foam

Casper is the mattress brand that first sparked the online mattress revolution. But what began as a “one size fits all” mattress has evolved into an entire line of sleep solutions offered at a lot of different price points. For your next bed upgrade, you could do a lot worse than just to pick whichever Casper mattress works with your budget and sleeping preferences. But if you’re not coming to the mattress game with a hard budget, we recommend the hybrid Casper Wave. After testing many of Casper’s mattresses, it emerged as a clear favorite. The Wave is a medium-firm mattress that’s extremely supportive. One of our testers slept on one for a few months, and, while the additional firmness was initially a little jolting, they adjusted quickly and, reportedly, “slept like a king.” For side-sleepers, the Wave, like many of the higher-end mattresses, will do a much better job cushioning your shoulders and hips, without making you feel like you’re sinking.

Sure, it costs a lot and probably makes the most sense for those with support issues or an extreme dissatisfaction with their previous $1000 mattress. It’s important to remember that at $2,600, you’re not buying a mattress because it’s twice as good as a $1000 one; you’re spending $2,600 because even marginal improvements in support and sleep are worth the extra $160 a year over its 10-year warranty. 

Another Supportive Alternative for Combination Sleepers

Dreamcloud luxury hybrid mattress

$1,598$999
Dreamcloud

Warranty/Guarantee: One-year trial period, lifetime warranty 
Firmness Level: Medium Firm 
Type: Foam and innerspring coils hybrid

Dreamcloud’s been around since 2017, and in that time they’ve released three mattresses that aim for a luxury experience at a manageable price point. The latest two are variations on the brand’s original luxury hybrid mattress, which typically runs for around $1500, but has a sale price of $999 during Black Friday.  For a mattress that’s a combination of foam and innerspring coils, it’s not surprising that this one falls in that medium-firm sweet spot of being just comfy enough to keep most average-weight people happy, and just supportive enough that your lower back won’t stage a protest in the mornings. It’s most likely a fit for someone who’s a side sleeper or a back sleeper (or both). Our tester called it a “a dreamy combo of pillowy and supportive,” with a design that’s “nice to look at even before you put the sheets on.” 

It’s taller than a lot of mattresses out there at 14 inches, which can be helpful for people who want a little more elevation (and also a disadvantage for getting your fitted sheets to slide on without a struggle, as our tester found). There’s a plushy cashmere cover to it that feels soft to the touch, but if you’re worried about overheating with that kind of material, know that there’s also a gel memory foam layer right beneath it that’s designed to keep you cool.


The Best Eco-Friendly Mattress: Avocado Green

Avocado Green mattress

Warranty/Guarantee: One-year trial period, 25-year warranty 
Firmness Level: Medium Firm 
Type: Foam and innerspring coils hybrid

The standard mattress from Avocado is a relatively simple hybrid mattress in design. It’s made with foam and contains coils arranged in five distinct zones. The effect of these zones (the contouring!) wasn’t felt as strongly by reviewers as some of the engineered support layers of mattresses like the Casper Wave or the Leesa Legend. The result is something on the firmer side. It doesn’t exactly cradle your body, but will provide enough density for back sleepers to rest comfortably.

You can get this from a lot of cheaper mattresses, including the Allswell mattress and the Leesa Original. But neither of those companies are as specific about the sourcing of their materials. The latex foam in an Avocado mattress is organically certified, as is the organic cotton and wool that covers the foam. For you, that might be worth paying a premium.


The Best Cooling Mattress: Cocoon by Seely

Cocoon by Sealy chill hybrid mattress

$1,699$1,099
Cocoon by Sealy

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial period, 10-year warranty 
Firmness Level: Medium-Firm
Type: Hybrid latex and innerspring coils

For hot sleepers who tend to wake up with the sheets and blankets piled around their ankles in the morning, a set of cooling sheets might not be enough to stay comfortable. That old mattress that traps body heat in its upper layers could use an overhaul, too. True to its name, the Cocoon by Sealy Chill Hybrid bills itself as a mattress aimed at curing your overheating woes. It bears some similarities to our favorite mattress, the cooling hybrid Helix, offering adaptive memory foam and innerspring coils that give you a supportive-yet-bouncy feel with less pain on your pressure points. Our testers felt chill as a cucumber dozing off on this bed, but for a cool $200 upgrade, there’s also an “extra chill” hybrid version that promises enhanced cooling technology and an even brisker cover. 

One tester called it the “perfect combination between squishy and firm,” noting that it had good edge support and a great foundation of fabric-encased coils for reducing motion transfer. “We used to wake each other up multiple times during the night with our tossing and turning. But this mattress allows us to sleep without being disturbed by the other person’s movement.” As an added bonus for people who like to experiment with their elevation, Sealy also sells a Tempur Pedic-like base for $949 that raises and lowers your head or feet area if you want to relieve pressure on your back.


The Best Super-Firm Choice: Brooklyn Bedding Plank Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding Plank mattress

Brooklyn Bedding

Warranty/Guarantee: 120-night trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Firm+
Type: Foam

True to its name, Brooklyn Bedding’s The Plank is for a back sleeper who wants the firmest bed possible short of laying on the cold, hard floor. While most internet options are either medium or medium-firm, Brooklyn Bedding offers plenty of truly firm options, and the Plank is billed as its firmest. You actually have two options, a .75” top layer or, when flipped over, a slightly-less-firm 1.5” top layer. It’s not for everyone, but you’ll know immediately if it’s for you.

Another Suitable Firm Choice

Novosbed firm mattress

Warranty/Guarantee: 120-night trial period, 15-year warranty 
Firmness Level: Firm 
Type: Foam

The Novosbed is a unique bed with an adjustable hardness. You order the bed in soft, medium, or firm. If you find that firmness not to your liking, the company will send you a firmness adjustment kit that allows you to change the density of the top layers. Our tester, who prefers a firmer mattress, found that the comforter did a really good job of dissipating her body heat. But she also thought that the high-density foam in the “firm” setting wasn’t quite firm enough, probably because she felt like she was sinking into its all-foam construction.  If you prefer the feeling of a memory foam bed to an innerspring mattress, you’ll likely appreciate the ability to adjust the hardness of your mattress.


5 Other Mattresses We Like, With Some Reservations

Awara Hybrid mattress

$1,898$1,198

Warranty/Guarantee: One-year trial period, lifetime warranty 
Firmness Level: Medium Firm
Type: Hybrid foam and innerspring coils 

Awara’s Hybrid mattress offers a lot of the same advantages of the Casper Wave. Like the Wave, the Awara contains a bottom layer of thick innersprings, which gives it a bit of bounce and substantial supportive. But the top layers are very different from the Wave’s. The Wave employs a lot more tech, like a layer of gel memory foam, to make the mattress feel cooler to the touch and help with pressure relief and back pain. The Awara mattress is, in contrast, much simpler—there is a thick layer of latex foam on top of the springs and a cover made with wool and cotton on top of that. That’s it.

This composition makes the Awara feel less supportive, true, but it also makes it feel much more cloud-like than a conventional hybrid mattress. Our tester called it “soft, yet sturdy.” That might be the perfect trade-off if you’re a combination side and black sleeper, who wants to be cradled to sleep by your mattress.

Birch Natural mattress

$1,699$1,299

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial period, 25-year warranty 
Firmness Level: Soft 
Type: Hybrid latex and innerspring coils

The Birch mattress is actually made and designed by the same team behind our all-around favorite mattress, Helix. But unlike the Helix mattress, the Birch comes in a fixed firmness that is not endlessly customizable. That firmness isn’t really firm…like, at all. Our tester described it as “very plush,” which makes the mattress less than ideal for any back and side sleepers. Still, it might not be a dealbreaker for stomach sleepers or a lighter person who wants something that they can literally sink into sleep with. Like Avocado’s organic mattress, the Birch is also made from certified organic latex and wool. We think more people will find the more supportive Avocado mattress to be a better choice over time, but if you value softness in your bed-in-a-box, the Birch is a good option.

Tuft & Needle “Original” mattress

Tuft & Needle

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-day trial, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium-firm
Type: Foam

At around $900 for a queen size, Tuft & Needle’s Original Mattress is a great value. Made with two layers of foam: a comfort layer of softer foam and a base layer of denser foam, it strips out all the bells and whistles and gives you a luxurious bed at a comfortable price. One of our side-sleeping testers who has suffered from shoulder pain in the past found the Tuft & Needle to be the ideal combination of give and support. The mattress’ foam contains a cooling gel to keep things from overheating (don’t worry, this does not actually feel like a waterbed of goo). 

That top layer of foam leans on the firmer side, which makes it just a hair less preferable for the way most people sleep (a combination of side and back), but not so much that you’d really notice unless you hopped between the two in one evening. Another plus: Tuft & Needle’s offerings are available at some Lowe’s stores, which might make it easier to go out and lay down on one if those 100-day trials strike you as bothersome.

Purple Original mattress

$1,299$1,199

Warranty/Guarantee: 100-night trial period, 10-year warranty
Firmness Level: Medium
Type: Polymer hybrid

The Purple mattress was the most polarizing mattress tested. It’s made out of a proprietary polymer and designed, basically, like an egg crate. A big, purple egg crate. It’s a weird mattress, but if you’ve always been dissatisfied by your traditional mattress options, it’s certainly worth checking out. As one staffer noted, “it’s comfortable, but might be better suited for a space shuttle.”

It’s billed as a medium-firm mattress, but it feels softer, probably because it’s so unlike the memory foam and spring mattresses we’ve experienced. It distributes pressure evenly while feeling nice and cushioned—like memory foam, but a little more responsive. One of our testers said laying in it made him feel “like I’d just fallen into one of those trapeze nets.” Other staffers thought it slept hot and did feel like you were sinking into it. If you’ve got the time and the curiosity, a 100-night trial makes trying out something new like this much, much easier.

AmazonBasics memory foam mattress

$252

AmazonBasics

Warranty/Guarantee: 30-day return window, one-year warranty 
Firmness Level: Medium 
Type: Foam

Say you want to go even cheaper than the Allswell. As with all things buyable, there’s an AmazonBasics offering at a jaw-dropping price. There are dozens of mattress brands that sell essentially the same options (from the same factories) on Amazon, but the AmazonBasics stands out among them for several reasons. You have an 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch options, all made of three layers of memory foam. It’s not the most comfortable mattress in the world, but it’s still made of nice-enough memory foam. The 8-inch might be a little thin in support for an adult male, so we went with the 10-inch.

The memory foam feels fairly standard, and the cover, combined with the middle section of foam, seems to do an adequate job preventing the mattress from overheating. The memory foam might not stay as responsive for years and years, but out of the gate, it’d be hard to tell the difference unless you were able to test nicer mattresses immediately after. You get a 30-day return policy and a one-year warranty, which doesn’t quite match up to the other offerings listed here. But do the other offerings even come close to this price? If you want to spend as little as possible, this is the mattress is a box for you.

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