How We Choose the Best Mattresses

There is no shortage of choice when it comes to mattresses. As purchasing mattresses online has become increasingly popular, there are countless brands, materials, and types to pick from.

Having more options doesn’t always make your life easier. When you sit down to choose your next mattress, you’ll likely feel overwhelmed. How do you find one that’s right for you and your sleep style? What’s more, how do you know you’re getting a quality product and you’re not being duped by exaggerated marketing claims?

That’s where we come in. We’ve done the research and analyzed the data. We sift through the options to find the best of the best. And to ensure a consistent process, we consider the following whenever we review a mattress:

Material Quality

Top-quality mattress materials perform how they’re meant to, stand the test of time, and tend to be healthier for you and the planet. Mattresses can incorporate one material type or many, and we look at each to determine if a mattress is well-made. Qualities like foam density, coil gauge, and material sourcing all come into play, and we won’t pick a mattress from a brand that cuts corners.


Durability is important if you don’t want to have to frequently replace your mattress. It also ensures your mattress will provide the same level or comfort and support in the long-term. The average mattress lasts between six and eight years, and we choose mattresses that are built to last.


The conforming abilities of a mattress refers to how closely a mattress hugs a sleeper’s body. Different mattress types offer different levels of conforming, and this can impact how a mattress performs in terms of pressure point relief and comfort.

Edge Support

We don’t often think about the edge of our beds, but a supportive edge is still important. Think about when you roll to the edge while sleeping or sit on the edge to put on your shoes. Certain mattress types naturally have better edge support, while other intentionally reinforce edges.

Temperature Neutrality

If you tend to sleep hot, then temperature neutrality is especially vital for you. Some mattress types promote good airflow, while others tend to trap body heat. Certain mattresses also incorporate specific design strategies that help improve temperature neutrality.


Many new products have an unpleasant odor when you first remove their packaging. Mattresses are no different, and though off-gassing isn’t harmful, it can be irritating. Certain mattress materials have a higher tendency to off-gas than others.

Motion Isolation

Couples tend to prefer mattresses with good motion isolation, especially if one person is a light sleeper. Some mattress materials are better at isolating motion so that one sleeper is less likely to be disturbed if the other moves or gets up during the night.

We look at all of the features above every time we review a mattress, even as we consider special circumstances, like mattresses best suited for back pain or those that work well for side sleepers. You can rest assured that when you read a mattress guide on Family Living Today, our picks are backed hours of in-depth research, analysis, and consideration.