It might be time to replace your mattress: Experts share how to find the best one (2024)

A good night's sleep can be hard to come by, from day-to-day stressors keeping you up at night to those aches and pains that seem to never go away. And you've probably heard that you should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the Center for Disease Control. One thing that might be affecting your REM cycle is what you sleep on; experts tell us that a huge factor in getting much-needed rest is your actual sleep environment, which includes your mattress.

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Finding a good mattress can seem like a project, and it’s a big commitment. So, how do you know which mattress will be best for you? Harvard Medical School Associate Professor and sleep expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, tells us that there is "no one-size-fits-all" when it comes to choosing a mattress and suggests spending time trying different ones, because you will spend one-third of your life on a mattress ... yes, one-third.

"A mattress is a very personal decision, and we all have different preferences for a plush or firm surface," says Robbins. "In addition, a key consideration when purchasing a new mattress is finding a mattress that can support you in the position you prefer most for sleeping."

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The first thing you want to consider is your sleep style (i.e. if you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper). And while there’s no correct way to sleep, the Sleep Foundation says side sleeping is the most common position. If you are one of the many side sleepers, our experts say you’ll want to find a mattress that supports your head, neck and spine.

But that goes for other sleep positions, too; feeling properly supported is key. New York-based chiropractor Dr. Jan Lefkowitz says overall proper support means less strain on your spine (and less trips to your chiropractor!). “I generally recommend hybrid mattresses which are a combination of innerspring with memory foamor latex. This combination tends to be a good compromise to keep the majority of people comfortable in terms of reducing motion transfer, improving air flow, spinal support and comfort,” he says.

If you are a stomach or back sleeper, Robbins suggests opting for a firmer surface for optimal spinal support. “A surface too plush may bring your spine out of alignment,” she says.

Couple sleeping

Sleeping with a partner is something else to consider when looking for a mattress, especially if their movement wakes you up at night. “Generally I don’t recommend innerspring mattresses as they don’t contour to your body and they tend to sag and wear out. They are also much more bouncy so if you sleep with a partner and they roll over it will likely disrupt your sleep,” says Lefkowitz.

He also mentions that you’ll want to look for “reduced motion transfer,” which is a feature found in newer mattresses. Lefkowitz says this is beneficial in limited movement if your partner changes positions and wakes you up at night.

Airflow

Robbins tells us you’ll also want to take into account your “thermal neutral zone” and how hot or cold your sleep environment is, since she says your body is unable to regulate your temperature during certain sleep stages. She explains that this can ultimately lead to sleep disruptions and you’ll want to find a mattress that offers airflow.

“Ideally, you want to find a mattress that dissipates heat and promotes airflow during sleep. Springs can accomplish this, as springs provide support but also allow for air to flow, then a topper of your choice,” says Robbins.

How often should you replace your mattress?

According to Sleep Foundation, the average mattress should last for six to eight years. Whether you’re approaching that time frame or not, Robbins says if you’re experiencing neck pains from your current mattress, or notice that it has indentations or sags, it may be time to get a new one.

Lefkowitz shares similar insights and also notes that heavier bodyweight can make the mattress lose support more quickly. He also mentions that if you’re suffering from allergies and asthma, it might be an indication that your old mattress has collected dust mites and other allergens, and a new one could alleviate that.

Benefits of a new mattress

A good mattress is one of the best investments you can make for your overall health. And as Robbin’s mentioned above, you will be (and should be) spending one-third of your life on one, and you’ll want to find one “that you look forward to getting into every night.”

“Deep, uninterruptedsleep has a positive effect on your immune system, your metabolism, your level of inflammation, your ability to heal from injuries and even your mental health,” Lefkowitz adds.

Best mattresses to shop

If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress, we hand-picked bestselling and editor-approved mattresses based on expert insights below, from hybrid mattresses to memory foam bed-in-a-box.

Best mattress for stomach sleepers

Tuft & Needle Essential Original Mattress

What we like

  • Supportive for tummy sleepers
  • Cooling technology
  • Has reduce motion transfer

Something to note

  • Ships in box, needs to inflate
  • Only one firmness level

Mattress type: Memory foam | Height: 9.5-inches | Firmness level: Firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

According to the brand, this firm mattress is made for back and stomach sleepers, and commerce writer (and stomach sleeper) Danielle Murphy says it’s been really supportive for the sleep style.

“I’ve had this mattress for maybe six years, and it’s still so incredibly comfortable. It’s made with a cozy adaptive foam, which is meant to accommodate back and stomach sleepers (I fall into the latter category),” says Murphy. “I convinced my sister and her husband to order one, and they love it too.”

Best mattress for side sleepers

Helix Sunset Luxe

Helix Sunset Luxe$1,899.00$2,373.80$1,899.20$2,374.00$1,899.00

What we like

  • Good for hot sleepers
  • Support for side sleepers
  • Soft and comfortable

Something to note

  • Heavy, two person job to move
  • Only one firmness level option

Mattress type: Hybrid | Height: 16-inches | Firmness level: Soft | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King | Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 15 years

Deputy editorial director Alexandra Deabler, says that after researching “best mattresses for side sleepers” she came across this option and it lives up to the internet hype. According to the brand, the hybrid mattress features coils and memory foam to support the spine for side sleep positions.

“It has amazing lumbar support, you can feel it inflating under your back if you’re laying on your back” she says. She also notes that she purchased the thicker “luxe,” since she prefers a softer bed.

Best mattress for back sleepers

The WinkBed

The WinkBed$1,499.00$1,799.00

What we like

  • Many firmness options
  • Users say good for back pain
  • Lifetime warranty

Something to note

  • Ships in box, needs to inflate

Mattress type: Hybrid | Height: 13.5-inches | Firmness level: Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer and Plus | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King | Trial length: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime

This multi-award winning mattress comes in four different firmness levels, so there’s an option for every firmness preference. Reviewers say they felt amazing lumbar support and relief from back pain. According to the brand, it features ample airflow for hot sleepers and “reduce motion transfer” technology, so you can sleep soundly with a restless partner.

Best affordable mattress

Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

What we like

  • Easy to set up
  • "Cloud-like" feel for medium

Something to note

  • Could have a "sink" feeling

Mattress type: Memory foam | Height: 12-inches | Firmness level: Medium | Sizes available: Twin — California King | Warranty: 10 year

SEO associate editor Kamari Stewart says this memory foam mattress "is a dream to sleep in" and even though it's meant to be "slightly firm," she says it still feels like she's sinking into a cloud.

According to the brand, the mattress is designed with three layers of foam, which includes a dense support foam base for spinal alignment. It also delivers in a box, which Stewart says she was able to manage and assemble on her own.

Best bed-in-a-box mattress

Cocoon by Sealy The Chill Mattress

What we like

  • Good for partner sleeping
  • Good for hot sleepers
  • Comes in memory foam or hybrid

Something to note

  • Needs time to inflate
  • Only one firmness level

Mattress type: Memory foam and Hybrid | Height: 10 - 12 inches | Firmness level: Medium | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King | Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Reviewers are impressed with how comfortable this mattress is, which comes in memory foam or hybrid. The brand calls the firmness level "happy medium." And while it comes in a box, reviewers say it "fluffed up nicely" and didn't have a chemical smell or any odors, as some bed-in-a-box options do.

Puffy Lux Mattress

What we like

  • Ideal for all sleep types
  • Cooling technology

Something to note

  • Delivers in a box
  • One firmness level

Mattress type:Hybrid |Height: 12 inches |Firmness level: Medium |Sizes available:Twin XL — Split King |Trial length:101 nights |Warranty:Lifetime

Offered at nearly 50% off right now, commerce editor Vivien Moon has nothing but amazing things to say about her Puffy mattress. “I have been actually able to sleep comfortably every night. It was so easy to remove from the box and has been the right mix of plush and firm, so my back and neck are always in alignment.”

Best cooling mattress

Nectar Premier Hybrid Mattress

What we like

  • ActiveCool HD techonology
  • Breathable layers
  • Good for all sleep types

Something to note

  • One firmness level option

Mattress type: Hybrid, option for memory foam | Height: 13-inches | Firmness level: Medium firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — Split King | Trial length: 365 nights | Warranty: Lifetime warranty

This mattress is designed with a "breathable cooling cover" that's meant help wick away body heat. And since it's a hybrid mattress, the inner coils help provide airflow. Many reviewers say they've been able to sleep in multiple positions, and after suffering from restless nights, they've been able to sleep soundly on this option.

Serta Arctic Hybrid Mattress

What we like

  • Supports all sleep positions
  • Designed for cooling
  • Multiple firmness levels

Something to note

  • Users say pricey, but worth it

Mattress type: Hybrid | Height: 13.5 -inches | Firmness level: Medium and plush| Sizes available: Twin XL, Queen, King, Cal King | Trial length: 120 nights | Warranty: 10 years

A cooling option that's worth the splurge is the the Serta Artic. The brand offers two firmness options and multiple levels of cooling technology, including coils to promote airflow. One reviewer wrote that she was able to sleep without a fan and found it to be really supportive. "For the first time in a long time I’m able to sleep comfortably and wake up with no more back or neck pain, it’s definitely life changing," she wrote on Serta's website.

Best pillow-top mattress

Sealy Posturpedic Soft Euro Pillow Top Mattress

Sealy Posturpedic Soft Euro Pillow Top Mattress$719.95

What we like

  • Can use with adjustable frame
  • No sinking feeling

Something to note

  • Might be too soft for some
  • Delicate fabric

Mattress type: Innerspring | Height: 14-inches | Firmness level: Plush | Sizes available: Twin XL - California King | Trial length: 180 nights | Warranty: 5 years at additional cost

SEO writer Jannely Espinal says this mattress "changed her life." "I love this mattress so much! I bought an adjustable frame along with it and has improved my sleeping patterns. So, if you’re someone who can’t lay down fully, this mattress is the solution — especially for people with acid reflux," she says.

According to the brand, the mattress features heavy-duty innersprings to reduce movement, which is ideal if you sleep with a partner. Espinal likes the soft pillow top and says it has the "perfect in-between cloud-like feel and rigidness" for her body. She also notes it has maintained its shape and comfort level through the past two years.

Best hybrid mattresses

Leesa Original Hybrid Mattress

What we like

  • Supports many sleep positions
  • Designed with airflow

Something to note

  • Difficult to clean

Mattress type: Hybrid | Height: 11-inches | Firmness level: Medium - medium firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

SEO senior editor Jess Bender says she has had this mattress for five years, and her sleep has been just as comfortable from day one.

"Its biggest selling point for me, as somebody who tends to move into different positions — from the side to my back and repeat — when I sleep, is that the top layer easily conforms to and supports whatever position I’m in anywhere on the mattress (which is surprising considering how firm it is)," says Bender. "It also doesn’t absorb that much body heat, which is a huge plus during the summer when my home starts to become sauna levels of hot."

Best memory foam mattress

Casper Original Mattress

What we like

  • Good for pressure relief
  • Designed to be cooling

Something to note

  • Only one firmness level

Mattress type: Memory foam | Height: 11-inches | Firmness level: Medium firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — California King Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Memory foam mattresses have become more and more popular, and that might be because of both comfortability and ease of delivery. This option from Casper checks all the boxes for support and ease, according to reviewers.

One reviewer said they ended up repurchasing it after needing to upgrade to a king: "Great support and just firm enough, while also allowing some cushion. We sleep on our backs and also sides. This works great!," they wrote.

Best latex mattress

Nolah Natural 11-Inch Mattress

Nolah Natural 11-Inch Mattress$1,449.00$2,099.00

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What we like

  • Hypoallergenic fabrics
  • Good for side sleepers

Something to note

  • Only one firmness level
  • Ships in box, needs to inflate

Mattress type: Latex Hybrid | Height: 11-inches | Firmness level: Firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — Split King Trial length: 120 nights | Warranty: Lifetime-limited

If you're looking for a a sustainable and hypoallergenic mattress, a latex option might be for you. In addition to latex, which is meant to provide cooling pressure relief, this option from Nolah is made of organic cotton and wool, says the brand. It's also won multiple sleep awards for being a great option for those suffering from allergies.

Best innovative mattress

Purple Mattress

What we like

  • Users say grid layer is comfy
  • Hypoallergenic materials

Something to note

  • Only one firmness level

Mattress type: Memory foam | Height: 9.25-inches | Firmness level: Medium firm | Sizes available: Twin XL — Split King Trial length: 100 nights | Warranty: 10 years

Purple mattresses are known for their patented GelFlex grid technology, which (similar to memory foam) is meant to "cradle the body" with support and breathability.

Production associate Audrey Ekman says she's slept on a Purple mattress a few times and has it in her five-year plan to own one. “I am a notoriously bad sleeper — I typically struggle to fall asleep at night and tend to get overly hot and sweaty. But every night that I have slept on a Purple mattress, I’ve slept like a baby. The brand’s proprietary, cushy gel grid technology seemed strange at first, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it," she says.

Bedding deals to shop

Utopia Bedding Queen Sheets Set

This microfiber sheet set has garnered over 130,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, which is pretty impressive. Many reviewers say the sheets are soft, comfortable and don't slip, thanks to the deep-pocket design. Right now you can save up to 47% off.

Bedsure Hotel Pillows

You can save up to 45% off a twin pack of pillows from Bedsure. According to the brand, the pillow quality is made to be the same standard as those from a five-star hotel.

REST Evercool Cooling Comforter

Evercool Cooling Comforter$167.30$239.00

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239.00

Sleep hot? If so, let us introduce you to Rest.They design products to deliver a refreshing, transformative night's sleep. This game-changing cooling comforter with a moisture-wicking fabric, ensures customers a night filled with a cool, dry, and rejuvenating sleep experience, according to the brand. Sign us up ASAP!

Best Price Mattress Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper

If you're looking to upgrade your current mattress without spending big bucks, you could try adding a memory foam mattress topper. This memory foam topper comes in five different thickness sizes, and the gel infusion is designed to trap body heat, says the brand.

Queen Pillow Top Mattress Topper

If a pillow top mattress is more your style, this mattress topper might be the luxury addition you were looking for. According to the brand, it's made with alternative-down filling, making it ideal for those with allergies and other sensitives. Plus on top of the 25% off deal, Amazon is offering an additional 20% off coupon at checkout.

Purple Harmony Pillow

Production associate Camryn Privette is also obsessed with her Harmony pillow. Designed with the signature honeycombed grid technology, she promises this pillow will ensure some beauty sleep.

Original Casper Pillow (Pack of 2)

The bestselling Original Casper Pillow has over 5,000 five-star ratings with many reviewers saying it offers great neck support and has the "perfect amount of thickness." You grab it now for 20% off!

The Plufl Human Dog Bed

Plufl is allowing you to save $200 sitewide on this larger-than-life human dog bed. With 360 degree comfort, nap time has never been better — bonus points if your fur baby joins in!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Consumer Analyst at DealNews.com, Katie Roberts, says holidays such as Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day tend to be the best times of year to buy a mattress. In fact, she says Deal News listed more deals related to Mattresses in February than any other month in 2023. While the discounts may not be as high as these three holidays, she does say mattresses will go on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, too.

"Retailers tend to go all in on offering mattress sales around these holidays, and shoppers can expect to get up to $1,000 off or see discounts as high as 60% off," says Roberts.

"Buying a mattress in-store can be preferable because you can try out different models before you buy and have more freedom to negotiate a deal," Katie Roberts, consumer analyst for dealnews.com tells Shop TODAY, "That being said, online mattress brands tend to boast sales of their own as well as extensive trial periods – think 100-plus nights – so you have plenty of time to figure out if you need to send the mattress back."

Mattresses range anywhere from $200 to $4000, depending on the size, type and brand. According to our experts, you'll want to invest in a high-quality mattress that suits your sleep style and needs — and fits within your budget. That's why taking advantage of mattress sales could be a good idea when shopping for a high-quality option within your budget.

According to our experts and the Sleep Foundation, a mattress generally lasts between six to eight years. However, both experts say if you're experiencing pains or notice permanent indentations, it's time to upgrade to a new one.

According to retailers and our experts, a hybrid mattress features a combination of innerspring and memory foam, or latex. Lefkowitz says a hybrid mattress offers support for most sleep styles in terms of spinal support, airflow and comfort.

You'll want to check with the mattress manufacturer to see if it's designed to be flipped. If so, most mattress retailers suggest rotating a new memory foam, innerspring or latex mattress every six to 12 months.

Meet the experts
  • Dr. Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D.,is an assistant professor in sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School and a sleep scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • Dr. Jan Lefkowitz D.C. is a New York-based chiropractor and founder of Body in Balance.
  • Katie Roberts is a consumer analyst at Dealnews.com.
How we chose the best mattresses

We selected the best mattresses based on sleep experts' and consumer analyst insights, recommendations from a chiropractor and Shop TODAY editor tried-and-true picks. We also used these insights and chose mattresses based on brand information and shopper reviews.

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It might be time to replace your mattress: Experts share how to find the best one (2024)

FAQs

How do you know when it's time to replace your mattress? ›

When your back is sagging and springs are jabbing your hips, then waking up with aches and pains is inevitable. So if you wake up feeling beat up rather than refreshed, chances are your mattress needs to go (this is even more likely to be the case if you wake up with pain and it gets better throughout the day).

How often does the average person replace their mattress? ›

At a Glance:

65.8% of all U.S. adult survey respondents agree that they should change their mattress every six to eight years. The average age of a U.S. mattress is 3 years, 8.5 months. 75.6% of respondents own a mattress that is less than 6 years old. 19% of respondents own a mattress that is more than 6 years old.

What is the recommended change of mattress? ›

On average, the lifespan of a mattress is roughly seven years, so it's recommended you change your mattress every six to eight years to make sure it's offering the support you need to get the best shut-eye possible.

How often should you change your mattress around? ›

Your mattress should provide you with years of comfort and good support. To keep your mattress in great condition, we recommend that you rotate it at least once every three months. This means moving your mattress from the head of your bed to the foot - from top to bottom.

How to tell if a mattress is good? ›

Truth: The right choice is not about the mattress itself, but how supported you feel on it. Your spine should feel aligned, not flexed or twisted—whether the mattress is firm, soft, or something in between.

What is the average lifespan of a bed mattress? ›

The average lifespan of a mattress is seven to 10 years, but this depends on numerous factors. The quality of a mattress, how well it's been cared for, the number of sleepers and bodyweight, plus the type of mattress all influence how long or short the lifespan is.

What type of mattress will last the longest? ›

For best results, opt for a latex mattress — most latex mattresses tend to last at least 20 years. However, the only downside is that they cost more than traditional mattresses.

Is a 20 year old mattress too old? ›

If you've purchased a high quality mattress, you should only be replacing it every 10 to 20 years.

What mattresses don't need turning? ›

Hypnos no-turn mattresses are single-sided so they don't need turning over, only rotating with the seasons and therefore require less maintenance. Handcrafted in the UK from luxurious natural and sustainable British materials, each award-winning mattress is assured by Hypnos' 10-year guarantee.

Why can't you flip mattresses anymore? ›

Mattress companies make “no need to flip” or “can't flip” mattresses to save on their own costs, NOT to give you a better night's sleep or make your life easier. The profits manufacturers make on selling half a mattress are too great to go back to two-sided mattresses.

Can I put sheets on a new mattress? ›

You can then measure the mattress to ensure it is suitable for sleeping on. It is also advised to leave the sheets off your new mattress to help the mattress breath and 'air out', to ensure your new mattress recovers and any packaging smell can disperse.

How do I know if my mattress is hurting me? ›

If your mattress is starting to sag, indented, swallows you up, or is no longer responsive then it is time for you to switch it out. It is generally recommended that you change out your mattress after 7-8 years.

Is a mattress still good after 20 years? ›

Mattress Life Expectancy: Manufacturers typically recommend replacing a mattress every eight years, but well-cared-for mattresses can last a decade or more. However, individuals over 40 may need a new mattress sooner due to increased pressure tolerance.

How do you know if your mattress is wrong for you? ›

Aches and Pains: Waking up with aches and pains may be due to the comfort layers in your mattress breaking down, causing pressure points when you sink onto the firmer support core. Poor Sleep: Tossing and turning on an uncomfortable mattress may result in poor sleep quality, even if you're not consciously aware of it.

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