Are you in the market for a great mattress this year? You’re in luck. In recent years, mattress manufacturers have found themselves in something of an arms race. Mattress buyers have shown themselves willing to pay top dollar for innovative and unique luxury mattresses, and manufacturers have worked hard in developing new technologies to keep people buying. From waterbeds without waves to innerspring mattresses stitched by hand, these are our picks for the best mattresses of 2016.
In order of reported owner satisfaction, the four most popular mattress types are memory foam, latex, water and air mattresses. Innerspring mattresses lag behind a bit with only 64 percent owner satisfaction. However, innerspring mattresses remain popular because they’re relatively inexpensive and offer plenty of support. As we continue, we’ll discuss our pick for the best mattress of 2016 in each category.
Best Memory Foam Mattress of 2016
Price: $1,099 (Queen)
The Amerisleep Revere is an innovative mattress that takes top marks in the memory foam category. We love the Revere because its unique design eliminates many of the most common complaints that owners of memory foam mattresses have.
Are you tired of memory foam mattresses that make you feel hot while you sleep? The Amerisleep Revere has a top layer made from thermally reactive materials that draw heat out of the body. The breathable layer below encourages the absorbed heat to circulate away from the mattress.
Amerisleep also uses a proprietary memory foam base that bounces back more quickly than traditional memory foam when you change positions, eliminating the feeling of being “stuck” after sleeping in the same position for some time.
Best Latex Mattress of 2016
Savvy Rest Unity Pillowtop
Price: $4,499 (Queen)
Savvy Rest offers both Dunlop and Talalay latex, with three levels of firmness for each type. You can configure the Unity mattress with three layers spanning entire mattress. You can also configure each side of the mattress differently, giving you six total layers. In all, you can order more than 46,000 different combinations of latex types for the Unity mattress — so anyone should be able to select a suitable combination. If you don’t like your choices, Savvy Rest offers a latex exchange service.
The feature that sets the Unity mattress apart from the rest of the Savvy Rest product lineup, though, is the Harmony topper. Couples may have different firmness preferences, but the Harmony topper makes the Unity mattress feel more romance-friendly than a typical two-sided mattress.
Best Water Mattress of 2016
Boyd Lumbar Supreme
Although waterbeds are no longer as popular as they once were, waterbed technology has continued to improve over the years. The waterbed of today is definitely not what you remember from the ’80s. The Boyd Lumbar Supreme features five internal fiber layers that reduce the internal wave motion of the mattress by 98 percent. You’ll feel the floating effect of sleeping on water — but not the rocking that causes sleeplessness for some.
Best Air Mattress of 2016
The Sleep Number x12 isn’t just an ordinary air mattress. Rather, it has several layers of memory foam and other materials, making it feel more like a traditional luxury mattress — with a big twist. In the core of the mattress are two large air bladders — one for each side of the mattress — that adjust their air pressure to give you and your partner the firmness of your choice.
The x12 ships with an adjustable base that allows you to raise your head when watching television or reading. The base also monitors your vital signs while you sleep to help you choose the firmness setting that your body prefers.
Best Innerspring Mattress of 2016
Stearns & Foster Reserve Collection
Price: $3,499 (Queen)
In the world of luxury innerspring mattresses, Stearns & Foster is arguably the best brand on the market. The Reserve Collection mattress features no less than eight layers encased within a breathable shell. In addition to the coils in the base section, the Stearns & Foster Reserve Collection mattress features layers made from memory foam, gel foam, fabric and more.