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Best Memory Foam Mattress 2019

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Andy David
Guide by Andy DavidUpdated September 2019

There are 100+ memory foam mattresses available today. The online mattress in a box industry provides you more choices than ever before.

Many of the memory foam mattress brands make bold and creative marketing claims. Most have a ‘magic’ foam infused with cooling gels, plant oils, copper or even green tea. I’ve seen it all.

Does green tea in memory foam provide you any benefits? No, absolutely not.

So lets go straight past all the ‘creative marketing’ and ‘magic foams’. Directly to the facts. And jump right into the best memory foam mattresses for 2019.

If you want some more details for each mattress, read the reviews just below.

Top Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Snuggle-Pedic is the best rated memory foam mattress
Snuggle-Pedic is a 10 inch thick memory foam mattress in a box. It comes in a medium firmness as standard.
The memory foam top layer provides a gentle cushion for your hips and shoulders. Which is perfect for people who sleep on their side or back.
What makes the Snuggle-Pedic so much better than other memory foam beds is the cooling. It’s the most breathable and coolest memory foam mattress on the market.
If you love the comfort of memory foam but hate hot spots, night sweats and overheating. Snuggle-Pedic is for you.
The mattress has a unique patented cooling system with 100 times the breathability of other mattresses. There’s no ‘magic foams’ or ‘creative marketing’ with the Snuggle-Pedic. The mattress design is a registered patent and scientific.
We could go into how the science behind it works. But to keep it brief, the mattress breathes and moves away heat much better than other mattresses. You’ll be sleeping cool and crisp with a Snuggle-Pedic.
It also comes with a 120-night risk free trial period. If you find the medium firmness is not perfect for you, the company offers 100% free firmness adjustments during the trial period too.
At just $899 for a queen, Snuggle-Pedic is affordable and ticks all the right boxes for a memory foam mattress. Easily our top pick for 2019.
Manufacturing: Made in USA
Warranty: 20 years
Trial: 120 nights (full refund)
Sleeps Cool: Yes, best in industry
Price: $899 for Queen
The Nectar mattress is our second-best choice. It’s a 11 inch thick memory foam mattress. There is a massive 4 inches of memory foam in the top layers. If you want great value, this is it.
Nectar has a 6.5 out of 10, medium firmness. So you won’t sink too far into the mattress. Instead the memory foam gently cradles your entire body. This is especially good if you’re a bit heavier.
There is 1 inch of cooling gel memory foam in the top layer. It may provide some limited cooling benefits. But because you don’t sink too far into the mattress, the Nectar has good airflow around your body and sleeps cool.
The mattress also comes with a 365 night risk free trial. Which is the best trial period you’ll find online. If you don’t love the mattress, they’ll give your money back.
At just $699 for a queen, Nectar is more affordable and cheaper than in-store brands. They even throw in 2 free memory foam pillows with your mattress. It’s a great value for the money.
Manufacturing: Made in China
Warranty: Lifetime
Trial: 365 nights (full refund)
Sleeps Cool: Yes
Price: $699 for Queen
Nest Bedding is one of the original mattress in a box brands. They make high quality and comfortable beds that many people love. Including me.
Their Nest Alexander is a premium memory foam mattress with a luxury comfort feel. It’s not cheapest at $1,299 for a queen. It’s more affordable luxury than inexpensive.
But it’s a huge 14 inches thick. This makes it perfect for people 200+ pounds that want an all-foam mattress that can keep them well supported and pain-free.
It’s also a flippable mattress with two sides. One side is a medium firmness at 5.5 out of 10. And the other is a luxury firm at out of 10. So you can choose whichever suits you best.
Sinking too far into a mattress is a real risk with memory foam. And will cause you to wake up with lower back pain and aches.
The Nest Alexander’s thickness and firmness work well to keep your entire body in alignment. You won’t sink too far into the mattress.
While the memory foam layers provide gentle body cradling and pressure relief. Which is helpful to prevent upper back pain.
It’s not the most affordable memory foam mattress. It’s affordable luxury and you do get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ with Nest. There’s also a 120 night risk free trial to make sure you love it.
Manufacturing: Made in USA
Warranty: Lifetime
Trial: 120 nights (full refund)
Sleeps Cool: For most people
Price: $1,299 for Queen
If you’re 200+ pounds, all-foam mattresses might not provide enough support. Poor support is a common cause of lower and upper back pain problems.
Enter the DreamCloud. It’s a mix of memory foam and pocket spring coils.
With a monster 15” inch thickness, DreamCloud is the perfect match for heavy people. The pocket spring coils provide excellent support and stop you sinking too far into the mattress.
To wake up pain free, you need good support and spine alignment. This is especially important for heavier people because too much sinkage causes lower back pain.
DreamCloud delivers both good support and spine alignment. It also sleeps cool and crisp.
The foam layers above the springs also work well to gently cushion your body. If you’re heavy, you will find the support and luxury comfort you need with DreamCloud.
Like the Nectar, DreamCloud comes with a 365 night risk free trial.
At just $999 for a queen and 15 inches thick, DreamCloud also gives you a lot of ‘bang for your buck’.
Manufacturing: Made in China
Warranty: Lifetime
Trial: 365 nights (full refund)
Sleeps Cool: Yes
Price: $999 for Queen
Lets get the price out of the way first. This is a luxury mattress with a luxury price tag. At $1,699 for a queen, it’s not the cheapest.
If you’ve got the money, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is seriously worth considering. It’s a 13 inch thick mattress. Packed with the latest cooling technology and high quality materials.
Like DreamCloud, the Aurora is a mix of memory foams and pocket spring coils. So you’ll get more support than the all-foam beds.
The Aurora also works well for heavier people. And can help with lower back pain.
It comes in 3 firmness choices – soft, medium and firm. The mattress has a luxury ‘soft’ feel whichever firmness you choose. Many memory foam shoppers prefer this ‘soft’ feel.
But what’s unique about the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is the TitanCool cooling gel in the cover.
Unlike some other memory foam beds on the market, the Aurora’s cooling is no ‘creative marketing’. The cooling actually works well to provide you a cool and crisp sleep.
It also comes with a 120-night risk free trial period. Definitely worth considering for luxury memory foam shoppers.
Manufacturing: Made in USA
Warranty: 10 years
Trial: 120 nights (full refund)
Sleeps Cool: For most people
Price: $1,699 for Queen

Best Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide

Top 3 Shopping Tips For Memory Foam Mattresses

Before buying a memory foam mattress, consider the firmness, mattress type, and cooling technology.

Consider Before Buying:

Mattress Firmness – Most people enjoy medium firmness. But heavy sleepers usually like firmer mattresses. Lightweight people prefer a softer firmness.

Mattress Type – Choose between an all-foam or a hybrid mattress. All-foam will contour to the body for a classic memory foam feel. Hybrids include pocket coils.

Cooling Technology – Memory foam can sleep hot. So consider cooling technology like gel or copper-infused memory foam.

Buyer’s Pro Tip

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Choose a mattress that provides good back support and pressure relief. Shoppers should consider sleeping position, body weight, and mattress type.

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Choosing The Right Mattress Firmness

Since every person is different, there is no perfect firmness. The right firmness depends on personal preferences, sleeping position, and body weight.

Most average weight sleepers find medium firmness comfortable. Lightweight sleepers usually prefer softer mattresses. Heavy sleepers need a firmer feel.

But sleeping position also plays a part. So consider these factors before buying a mattress.

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Sleeping Position

Light Body Weight

Average Body Weight

Heavy Body Weight

Side Sleeper

Soft

Medium

Medium or Medium-Firm

Back Sleeper

Soft or Medium

Medium or Medium-Firm

Medium-Firm or Firm

Stomach Sleeper

Soft or Medium

Medium-Firm

Firm

Combination Sleeper

Medium

Medium or Medium-Firm

Medium-Firm

Memory Foam For Back Pain

Memory foam is a good choice for back pain sufferers. It contours to the body to keep the spine aligned. It also provides great lumbar support.

Chronic Back Pain: People with chronic back pain often find dual firmness works well. Having 2-in-1 firmness helps with ongoing pain management.

Lower Back Pain: Customers with lower back pain need extra support in the lumbar region. Hybrid mattresses work well to keep the body afloat.

Upper Back Pain: Sleepers who suffer upper back pain need pressure relief for the shoulders and mid-back. All-foam mattresses work well for upper back pain relief.

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Back Pain Rating

 Good
 Excellent
 Excellent
A supportive mattress will keep key body areas afloat. This ensures good spinal alignment to prevent back pain.

Memory Foam For Heavy People

Heavy people can find great comfort on memory foam mattresses. But the bed must provide good support.

Best Option: A thick, supportive mattress is important. Hybrid memory foam mattresses with a firm feel often work well.

Worst Option: Pure memory foam is not recommended. There can be too much sagging and limited support. But firmer, thicker options can be okay.

Also Consider: Heavier sleepers need extra support, cooling, and durability. Many layers help. So do pocket coils and gel-infused foams.

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Heavy People Rating

 Not good
 Excellent
 Excellent
Heavy people can sink too far down on memory foam beds. This often leads to back pain.
Heavy weight sleepers often need a firm mattress. This keeps the hips and abdomen afloat to stop backache.

Memory Foam Cooling Technology

Standard memory foam can sleep hot. The material is known to trap heat.

But modern foams include cooling technology. These help keep sleepers cool on warm nights.

Gel Memory Foam: Gel-infused memory foam sleeps cooler than classic foam. It prevents trapped heat to keep sleepers cool.

Copper Memory Foam: Used in some mattresses. Copper is antimicrobial and draws heat away from the body. It also has possible health benefits.

Memory Foam Hybrids: Memory foam mattresses with a hybrid design have better airflow. When combined with gel foam, hybrids work well.

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Cooling Rating

 Not good
 Good
 Not good
 Not good
 Not good

Frequently asked questions

The best thickness depends on body weight and budget. Heavy sleepers should choose taller mattresses for extra support. Lightweight sleepers are okay with a 10-inch height.

Comfort depends on personal preferences, body weight, and sleeping position. Good all-around options for comfort are DreamCloud and Nectar.

Softer memory foam mattresses are good for most side sleepers. Medium or medium-soft is best. Hybrid beds provide better support for heavier side sleepers.

People who switch positions during the night should consider medium or medium-firm options. These give all-around support for back, side, and stomach sleeping.

Memory foam mattresses can be good for back pain. But they must provide good lumbar support and spinal alignment.

Many memory foam mattresses sleep hot. But cooling technology can help. Gel-infused foam and phase change materials work well. Try Brooklyn Bedding Aurora.

Expect to spend between $600 and $800 for a good quality memory foam mattress. Hybrid mattresses are usually more expensive.

A decent quality memory foam mattress should last around six years on average.