Buffy’s eucalyptus bed sheets are cool to the touch, surprisingly silky, and worth the investment – here’s what they’re like to sleep on

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  • Buffy’s Eucalyptus Sheets ($200 for a Queen set) are made from eco-friendly and hypoallergenic eucalyptus.
  • Sheet sets range in price from $169 to $229 and come in four neutral, naturally dyed colors.
  • I slept on these sheets for weeks, and they’re silky, cool to the touch, and great at regulating temperature.

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Buffy, the startup that dominated the internet with its comforter made from recycled plastic bottles, has made bed sheets from 100% eucalyptus-based fiber – and reportedly come with the plant’s naturally temperature-regulating properties.

Sheet sets range from $169 to $229 and a Queen-size set will cost you $199. You can pick up sets for Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King mattresses and in six neutral colors: White, Dark Gray, Light Grey, Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Blush. Each set will include a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases.

Related Article Module: The 5 best bed sheets we tested in 2021

Like the rest of the product offerings, Buffy’s sheets are built upon an environmentally conscious blueprint. The Austrian eucalyptus used to make its fabric reportedly requires 10 times less water to grow than cotton. And, in the company’s first offering of colorways in bedding, all its hues were naturally created with ingredients like gardenia, pomegranate, turmeric, and walnut without using bleach or harsh chemicals.

Like many sleep startups familiar with customer concerns of buying products online, Buffy has good customer service policies in place; you’ll get free shipping, free returns, and a pay-later trial that means you’ll only be charged once the seven-day trial ends and you’ve chosen to keep the sheets. If you don’t love them after the trial, returns can be initiated within 30 days of ordering.

In terms of cost, the sheets are more expensive than other popular home startups. Brooklinen’s Luxe Sateen is $159, and Parachute’s Sateen Set is $149 (though it costs an additional $100 to add a top sheet). Obviously, Buffy’s set is unique in being made from eucalyptus fiber. The closest material equivalent would be the heavier, silkier set offered by Ettitude for $178 that’s made from bamboo lyocell.

Review of Buffy’s eucalyptus sheets

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In the weeks, I’ve been sleeping under Buffy’s sheets, they’ve become one of my all-time favorite sets.

First, the material is decadent. It’s the kind of silky fabric that threatens to slip out of a folded stack. It’s also cool to the touch. The company bills it as being softer than linen and more breathable than cotton, and I’ve found that to be true. I own both linen and cotton sets, and I prefer Buffy’s for everyday use. They’ve held up well to being washed indiscriminately with other linens at my local laundromat.

When I first started using them, I thought I would revert to linen because it feels more breathable overall but I actually prefer these because they’re so airy. Other sheet sets I own, like Ettitude’s Bamboo Lyocell Sheets, are silkier, but not as breathable. Buffy’s sheets are a good combination of next-to-skin softness and breathability.

Cons to consider

The only possible con is that the sheets themselves are relatively thin – if your pillows have loud patterns on them, you may be able to see some of it underneath the Buffy covering. Its thinness may be a boon for breathability, but it could potentially mean they don’t last as long as other thicker pairs. However, you have a seven-day trial to see if that’s a deal-breaker before being charged, and a 30-day window from when you ordered in which to decide you want to send them back.

The bottom line

Overall, if you’re looking for silky, soft, breathable sheets that are both eco-friendly and primed to keep you from sweating at night, these are worth checking out.

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The 5 best mattresses for side sleepers in 2021, according to our rigorous testing

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  • The ideal mattress for side sleepers isn’t too firm and provides good support and pressure relief.
  • We tested dozens of mattresses, and the Casper Nova Hybrid is our top pick for side sleepers.
  • Made with eco-friendly materials, it offers plush comfort, a cool feel, and good edge support.
  • If you’re looking for mattress picks for other sleep styles, check out our guide to the best mattresses.

According to the Better Sleep Council, nearly two-thirds of Americans prefer to sleep on their sides. If you’re a side sleeper, it’s crucial that you find a mattress that fits your style so that the eight plus hours you spend in bed enhance the 16 hours you spend out of it. While we have recommendations for all types of sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses, side sleepers make up such a large portion of the population that a dedicated buying guide was warranted.

Side sleepers typically benefit from mattresses that have an average firmness or a little bit softer. You’ll also want a bed that supports you while providing pressure relief, especially around the shoulders. Fortunately, manufacturers recognize that side sleepers make up a sizable portion of their customer base and design mattresses that cater to their unique needs.

For this guide, I tested more than two dozen mattresses and consulted with Rebecca Robbins, PhD, associate scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Luis Javier Peña-Hernández, MD, a lung and sleep health specialist at the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Institute of South Florida.

I have been testing mattresses professionally for four years. And, while a mattress’s suitability is subjective, I have developed several objective tests to determine which models are best for side sleepers. You can find details about how I test mattresses here. Unless noted otherwise, each mattress I tested was Queen size, which is the most popular mattress size. And, we list the Queen price for each of the mattresses in our guide.

I should note that I am a side sleeper but occasionally sleep on my stomach and my back. My wife mainly sleeps on her back. Between the two of us, we have all of the major sleeping styles covered. In addition to our top pick, we list other models we recommend, what we look forward to testing, and common FAQs and terms worth knowing at the end of the guide.

Here are the best mattresses for side sleepers in 2021

The best mattress for side sleepers overall

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The Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress is ideal for side sleepers who are looking for plush comfort, excellent heat dissipation, and good edge support.

Pros: Plush comfort is ideal for side sleepers, made with eco-friendly materials, excellent heat dissipation, good edge support, 100-night risk-free trial  

Cons: Poor motion isolation, lingering new bed odor

After testing five of Casper’s best selling mattresses, my personal favorite is the Casper Nova Hybrid. It’s the softest of the company’s mattress line, and it did the best job of cradling my body and ensuring I didn’t wake up with aches and pains.

The environmentally-friendly construction of the Nova Hybrid is designed for pressure relieving comfort and breathability. The top foam layer features small perforations to help with airflow to keep you from overheating. It was effective at keeping me cool, even though I tested the bed in the summer.

The next foam layer features ergonomic zones that are firm around the lower back, waist, and hips but soft under the shoulders. Under that is another zoned support foam layer aimed at keeping your spine aligned, a must for side sleepers. Lastly, the base features individually-wrapped coils with a firm border for added edge support. The Nova Hybrid‘s edge support was good and ideal for those who share a bed with partners. 

The Nova Hybrid comes shrink-wrapped in a box. Once unwrapped, the mattress needed significant time to air out. I still caught whiffs of the “new bed smell” two or three days after unboxing. The mattress is somewhat hefty, but it comes with handles, which make it easy to move around.

Other than the odor, the biggest negative is the Casper Nova Hybrid has poor motion isolation, and I could clearly feel it when my wife or dog were moving around on the bed.

The best budget mattress for side sleepers

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With its outstanding edge support, impressive heat dissipation, and sub-$800 price, the Nest Bedding Flip Hybrid Mattress is the best mattress for side sleepers on a budget.

Pros: Affordable, two levels of firmness to suit all sleeping styles, outstanding edge support, excellent heat dissipation, lifetime warranty, easy setup, made with CertiPUR-US certified foams

Cons: Heavy, poor motion isolation

The Nest Bedding Flip Hybrid Mattress gets its name from the different firmness levels on each side of the bed. One side is medium firm, which I found good for side sleeping. The other side of the reversible mattress is very firm — far too firm for side sleepers — so this review focuses on the medium firmness side.

The unboxing process was effortless and took about five minutes. However, the Flip Hybrid weighs close to 100 pounds and I needed help lifting it; though it fortunately doesn’t flop around much.

The pocket coil center of the Flip Hybrid is sandwiched by gel-infused support foam on the medium-firm side and high-density base foam on the firm side. All of the foams are CertiPUR-US certified. 

The Flip Hybrid is a smart solution if you’re looking for a mattress that quickly dissipates your body heat. It quickly removed the heat built up in bed when I got up, based on my temperature readings.

The mattress also had impressive edge support. When sitting on the side of the bed, I felt supported thanks to the minimal sinkage. And, laying on the edge felt comfortable. The motion isolation wasn’t as good, though. It failed the bowling ball test each time. However, the mattress does have some good bounce to it, and I found it was easy to shift from one side of my body to the other during the night.

The best mattress for side sleepers with back pain

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The combination of pocket springs and memory foam make the Leesa Hybrid Mattress ideal for side sleepers with back pain, and the excellent edge support and motion isolation make it great for couples.

Pros: Made of CertiPUR-US certified foam and pocket springs for support and breathability,  motion isolation and edge support are ideal for couples, average firmness that will appeal to a broad range of sleepers 

Cons: Heavy and hard to move around

For about a year, the Leesa Hybrid was the main mattress I slept on when I wasn’t testing other models. During the time I slept on it, I rarely experienced back pain, which is impressive considering my history of chronic lower back pain that’s regularly aggravated by unsupportive mattresses. 

The mattress is made of pocket springs and four layers of CertiPUR-US certified foam. The top layer is cooling foam, which did its job; I stayed cool while testing, even when the heat was pushing my AC to its limits. 

The next layer is contouring memory foam that offers pressure relief where your body needs it most. And, the individually-wrapped coils are sandwiched between two core foam support layers. 

The Leesa Hybrid is an ideal option for couples for several reasons. First, the average firmness caters to all sleeping styles. Second, the bed has terrific motion isolation and did well in both my objective tests and my subjective experience. Lastly, with the coils going all the way to the peripheries of the mattress, the Leesa Hybrid has excellent edge support. 

The biggest negative is its weight. I risked aggravating my back and decided to unbox the 142-pound King mattress on my own. Even the Queen weighs 115 pounds, which is more than most mattresses. When it was time to replace the Leesa Hybrid, I relied on the white glove delivery people with their young backs to remove it for me.

Read our full Leesa Hybrid Mattress review

The best foam mattress for side sleepers

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The Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress features contouring foam that cradles side sleepers of all body types while providing excellent heat dissipation and pressure relief.

Pros: Most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on, three layers of supportive and comforting  CertiPUR-US certified Tempur foam that caters to all sleeping types, outstanding motion isolation, great heat dissipation, easy to move around

Cons: No white-glove delivery, unimpressive edge support, shipping charge is deducted from your refund if you choose to return your bed 

For my body type and sleeping style, the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress is the most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on. Each night on the Cloud, I fell asleep within a few minutes, and it kept me cool through the night. I didn’t want to give it up to test the next mattress.

While firmer mattresses aren’t generally recommended for side sleepers, the Tempur-Cloud bucks the norm thanks to the outstanding pressure relief provided by the company’s patented foam. The top layer features this CertiPUR-US certified foam designed to cushion your pressure points. The next layer, also Tempur material, is firmer and adapts more slowly to your body for additional pressure relief. Finally, the base foam layer offers support and durability. 

Setup was a snap thanks to the light weight of the mattress and the easy-to-maneuver duffel bag-like packaging. While it had a bit of an initial odor, it was gone by bedtime 10 hours later.

The Tempur-Pedic Cloud does a great job of dampening motion transfer. Not only did it pass our bowling ball test, but when my wife and dog moved around in the night, I didn’t notice. 

The Cloud isn’t perfect, though. The foam sinks significantly when you sit on the edges, and when I laid close to the edge, I felt like I was going to fall off. All-foam mattresses also aren’t for everyone, especially those that like some bounce to their mattress.

Finally, Tempur-Pedic’s policies leave something to be desired: it doesn’t offer white glove delivery for the Cloud, the company deducts $175 from your refund if you decide to return your mattress, and the 90-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty are the shortest of the beds in our guide.

Read our full Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress review

The best customizable mattress for side sleepers

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The Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed is designed for couples with different comfort preferences thanks to the 20 firmness levels that are independently adjustable on each side. 

Pros: Automatic air adjustments based on sleeping position, built-in sleep tracker, white glove delivery included, good edge support, 20 firmness options make it ideal for all sleeping styles  

Cons: Poor heat dissipation, poor motion isolation, tough to move

What do you do if you and your partner have completely different firmness preferences or sleep styles? Get an adjustable airbed. The Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed is the best I’ve tested and has features you won’t find in other adjustable mattresses.

There are 20 firmness options, or “Sleep Numbers,” and each side is independently adjustable so you can have a softer experience (my Sleep Number is 35), while your partner might prefer something firmer (my back-sleeping wife prefers 80).

As someone who shifts from one side to the other with occasional pit stops on my stomach or back, I love the adjustable air option in the SleepIQ app (available for iOS and Android). When you activate this feature, the 360 i8 Smart Bed automatically adjusts the firmness as you shift positions to provide you with consistent comfort and pressure relief.

Another great feature of the app is sleep quality monitoring and recommendations. As it collects data about your habits, it gives personalized recommendations for how to improve your sleep. However, I found the SleepIQ app’s sleep data wasn’t as accurate as my Garmin Forerunner 945 smart watch, but Tempur-Pedic is constantly making tweaks to improve the app. I noticed minor improvements even during the month I tested the bed.

Sleep Number has its own team that comes into your home to set up your mattress and ensure it pairs with your phone. The white glove delivery took about 45 minutes.

While I never felt like I would fall off when lying on the edge of the bed, there was significant sinkage when I sat on the edge to put on my socks and shoes. Another negative is the motion isolation: it failed my bowling ball test on every firmness setting. 

What else we tested

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We’ve tested dozens of mattresses over the years, and there are none that we outright don’t recommend. Every mattress we’ve tested could potentially be a good fit for the right individual. However, here are a few that missed the cut for our guide but that side sleepers might want to consider.

What else we recommend and why:

DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Mattress ($1,399): We named this mattress the best overall pick in our guide to the best mattresses. So, why isn’t it a top pick in any of our side sleeper categories? The DreamCloud Premier just wasn’t as comfortable for side sleeping in my subjective opinion. If I had to rank it, it would be the fourth most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on behind the Tempur-Pedic Cloud, Leesa Hybrid, and Casper Nova Hybrid. But, when you take all factors into consideration — including the 365-night trial and lifetime warranty — this is an outstanding mattress worth your consideration.

Nectar Memory Foam ($1,198): The 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty are obvious pros of this mattress. Additionally, it was easy to set up and move around, has great motion isolation and heat dissipation, and is constructed from CertiPUR-US certified foams. The Nectar mattress just wasn’t tops in any of our categories. Subjectively, I didn’t find it particularly comfortable, and the edge support was poor.

Bear Pro Mattress ($1,295): With its breathable Celliant cover and foam layers, the Bear Pro is terrific for a cool sleep. Setup was effortless, though the mattress experienced some damage in transit. The bed has impressive motion isolation. However, the edge support was poor, and while it’s comfortable, it wasn’t noteworthy enough to earn a top spot in any of our categories. Read our full review.

Saatva Solaire Adjustable Mattress ($2,595): If our customization pick isn’t available or you just don’t want a Sleep Number mattress, the Solaire is an excellent option. It has 50 firmness options, comes with white glove delivery, and has better edge support than the Sleep Number. It’s the mattress my teenager sleeps on. I prefer the Sleep Number, though, because of the automatic adjustable air feature and sleep monitoring. Read our full review.

Birch Mattress by Helix ($1,299): If we had a best latex mattress for side sleepers category, the Birch Mattress would be our pick, provided you spring for the plush mattress topper add-on ($450). The eco-friendly latex is responsive, offering nice bounce and easy mobility on the bed while still dampening motion transfer. The biggest negatives are that the topper doesn’t attach to the mattress and is slightly smaller than the bed.

Bear Mattress ($796): In a previous version of this guide, the Bear Mattress was the pick for athletes because of its Celliant technology, which is supposed to aid in faster recovery and better temperature regulation. That may be so, but we removed the category because we didn’t find it as useful as our current categories. Also, after testing the Bear firsthand, I found it was too firm for side sleeping. We look forward to testing the Bear Hybrid, which is softer.

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress ($2,099): If you tend to overheat at night, we strongly recommend considering the Purple Hybrid Premier. It has excellent heat dissipation, comes with free white glove delivery, and the patented Purple grid offers outstanding pressure relief. The biggest negatives are it weighs 145 pounds (so don’t plan on moving it) and that it failed our motion isolation tests.

Nectar Lush Mattress ($1,499): On the other hand, if you get cold at night, the Nectar Lush may be more to your liking. Made of all CertiPUR-US certified foam, this bed held onto heat more than any other mattress we tested. It also comes with a 365-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty. 

For a full listing of the mattresses we’ve tested, check out our guide to the best mattresses.

Testing methodology

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We used an infrared thermometer to evaluate heat retention and dissipation.

I personally tested all of the mattresses featured in this guide. In addition to sleeping on each mattress for at least two weeks, I put each through a series of objective tests. The most important factors to consider when testing a mattress are comfort, edge support, and motion isolation.

Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:

Comfort: This is based on my subjective experience having tested dozens of mattresses over the years. Side sleepers typically benefit from a softer mattress than other sleeping styles. I took that into consideration when evaluating comfort for this guide. Fortunately, I’m a side sleeper myself, so my subjective comfort played a big factor here. While sleeping on each mattress, I pay close attention to how firm it is, which sleeping positions my wife and I gravitate to, and if I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed or in pain. I also measure how well it dissipates heat by using a laser thermometer to compare readings before I lay down for at least an hour, as soon as I get up, and two minutes after I get up. 

Motion isolation: If you’ve ever shared a bed with a partner who tosses and turns, you know how important motion isolation is to getting a good night’s sleep. I test this by setting a can of soda pop in the middle of the mattress. Then, I drop a 15-pound bowling ball from four feet above the bed so that it lands 12 inches from the can. If the can stays upright, the bed has good motion isolation. If the can falls over, the motion isolation could use some work. In future updates to this guide, watch out for more detailed assessments using a vibration meter.

Edge support: Edge support is important for feeling comfortable and supported on all parts of the bed. While we are developing an objective test to roll out in future updates to this guide, we currently use a helpful quasi-subjective test. First, I note how much the edge sags as I sit on it to put on my socks and shoes. Secondly, I lay on the very edge of the bed and slowly — and literally — roll off. If I can get to a 45-degree angle without falling, then the edge support is great. Otherwise, it could use some work.

Portability: I look at how heavy the mattress is, if it has handles, and if it flops around when I try to move or rotate it. Also, as a mattress tester who is constantly setting up and rearranging mattresses, I move the mattress and rotate it several times throughout the time it’s in my possession. My chronic lower back pain serves as a useful meter for how much effort I’m putting in, though we also look at objective measures like weight. 

Trial and warranty: The most foolproof way to know if a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it for an extended period, so a long trial is a must. I look at how long the trial is (100 nights was the median of the mattresses I tested) and if there are hidden costs. And, since a mattress is such a big-ticket item that should last you up to a decade, I look at the warranty length (20 years was the median of the mattresses I tested).

Setup: Unless a mattress comes with free white glove delivery, I set up each mattress by myself. I note how long it takes, how difficult it is, if it comes with special instructions and tools, if there’s an initial odor, and if the odor dissipates and the mattress expands by bedtime (always at least 10 hours after setup). I also note whether white glove delivery is available for a fee.

What we look forward to testing

We’re constantly testing new mattresses and re-testing our top picks to determine the best ones. Here’s what we’re currently testing and considering for inclusion in this guide:

Olaf by Mellow ($446.80): Our coverage of budget mattresses is admittedly limited. We are testing the Olaf by Mellow to help rectify that, though we don’t think a mattress is something you should scrimp on. 

The Botanical Bliss by PlushBeds ($3,499): This PlushBeds mattress is made of GOLS certified organic latex, a material that we like for its ecofriendliness and balance of support and responsiveness to the contours of one’s body.

Leesa Original ($949): This is perhaps the most popular online mattress that I haven’t tested yet. I’ve found that Leesa makes very comfortable mattresses for side sleepers, so I’m considering this mattress for potential inclusion in this guide.

Bear Hybrid ($1,356): We recommend two Bear mattresses and are excited to test this because it’s Bear’s softest mattress, which suggests it might be good for side sleeping.

Helix Midnight ($999): This mattress appeared in a previous iteration of this guide, but I have yet to test it personally. We look forward to rectifying that and seeing if it lives up to the hype.

FAQs

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What should side sleepers look for in a mattress?

Dr. Rebecca Robbins, PhD, associate scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, recommends shopping around before choosing a mattress and trying in person if you can. “The most important thing when it comes to buying a mattress is making sure that you can lie down on the mattress,” said Robbins. “The ability to lie down on it is key because then you can see if the mattress will support you. You won’t know until you try. So trying is key.”

Unfortunately, many folks still feel unsafe visiting showrooms and many remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, our mattress picks come with sleep trials of at least 90 nights. So, if you find the bed isn’t right for your sleeping style, you can return it.

Robbins warned about the environmental implications of this policy, though. “It is nice, of course, to be able to return the mattress if it’s not suiting your personal preferences,” she said. “But, some of the mattresses will unfortunately go into a landfill after they’re returned, which is a little bit hard on the environment, but it is good to have the ability to return the direct-to-consumer options.”


What firmness is best for side sleepers?

Dr. Luis Javier Peña-Hernández, a lung and sleep health specialist at the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Institute of South Florida, recommends mattresses that are not too firm. “Vast research exists to support side sleepers benefit from medium-firm mattresses to support pressure point relief,” said Peña-Hernández. 

Robbins agreed, “You are trying to support your spinal column as your body is on its side. So you want to think about something that’s not going to be super firm,” she said. “So, a rock-hard mattress isn’t going to be ideal for a side sleeper. If you imagine the body, all of its curves, as a side sleeper, your hips, your spinal column, your cervical spine, all of those points ideally need a little bit of support. So, if you have something that’s more cushiony supportive but has a little bit of a plush top, that might be a better option for a side sleeper.”

Only one of our picks is firmer than average, the Tempur-Pedic Cloud, but I found the mattress’ foam did an excellent job of contouring to my side-sleeping body and offering pressure relief, support, and spinal alignment.


What if I’m a side sleeper and my partner is not?

“There are mattress pads you can get if you have a mattress and one partner is not particularly comfortable and the other is,” said Robbins. “It is one stopgap measure if you’re not in the market for a new mattress.”

However, she added, “There’s actually a huge proportion of couples that sleep apart. If you think about it, it’s nice to have some time to cuddle before bedtime, but when you’re asleep, you’re not going to be able to spend quality time with your spouse. So, if it means sleeping in different bedrooms, either because one partner snores or one partner isn’t happy with the mattress, then that’s absolutely okay. Furthermore, a good night’s rest will allow you to be a better partner to that person you share your life with. So, prioritizing sleep is really critical for couples.”

If separate beds or bedrooms seems too extreme for you, we suggest an adjustable air bed that allows you to independently customize the firmness of each side of the bed. Our top pick for customization in this guide and our best mattress guide is the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed, which has 20 firmness options. 

For more answers to your mattress questions, check out our guide to the best mattresses.

Glossary

CertiPUR-US certified: CertiPUR-US is a not-for-profit certification program that evaluates the foams used in consumer products to ensure they are made without phthalates, formaldehyde, heavy metals, hazardous flame retardants, ozone depleters, and other harmful substances. Each foam must also emit less than 0.5 parts per million of volatile organic compounds to earn certification.

Edge support: Edge support is important if you like to sit on the side of your bed or tend to gravitate to the edges when sleeping. The term refers to how supportive a mattress is to its very periphery. Some mattresses will sag significantly as you get to the edge. We say these models have poor edge support. 

Hybrid: When referring to mattresses, a hybrid is one that has coils and another material, typically foam or latex. Hybrid mattresses are a lot like traditional innerspring mattresses, and “hybrid” and “innerspring” are often used interchangeably. We think the line between the two mattress types is so blurred these days that there isn’t much value in differentiating between them.

Motion isolation/motion transfer: These terms are two sides of the same coin. Motion isolation refers to the mattress’s ability to keep movement on one part of the bed from disturbing other parts of the bed. So, if your partner gets up in the night, you aren’t jostled. A bed with good motion isolation will have minimal motion transfer. A mattress with awful motion isolation will have easily noticeable motion transfer.

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Charli and Dixie D’Amelio made a mattress with Simmons, the latest brand turning to TikTok stars to target a younger audience

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  • Simmons and Charli and Dixie D’Amelio announced a mattress collaboration on Monday.
  • The mattress brand’s partnership with TikTok influencers suggests the brand is looking to target a younger audience.
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As TikTok expands, brands from Dunkin’ to Aerie are working on attracting the app’s growing user base. And now, the mattress company Simmons is partnering with two of the platform’s biggest stars: Charli and Dixie D’Amelio.

The sisters announced a partnership with Simmons on Monday.

Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, who have 113 million and 51 million followers on TikTok, respectively, are pictured on Simmons’ home page standing in front of a mattress with a jaunty turquoise-and-white print “designed by Charli & Dixie D’Amelio for creators like you.” The press release says that the D’Amelio sisters chose the mattress cover.

“Our beds are the new offices for our generation,” Charli D’Amelio said in a press release. The product page for the mattress echoes the sentiment, with language mimicking the slang popular on TikTok: a motion isolation layer on the mattress is described as “no wakey wakey.”

The Charli & Dixie x Simmons memory foam mattress starts at $499 for a twin-sized mattress and goes up to $699 for a king size. Simmons says that the mattress features gel memory foam and leans slightly more plush than firm. The mattress is subject to Simmons’ usual shipping terms – it comes in a box and has a 100-night trial period.

The mattress’ launch will be commemorated with the sisters competing against each other in “a family-friendly showdown to turn two fans’ boring bedrooms into stunning creative studios,” according to the announcement. Entrants post a video of their bedroom on TikTok using the hashtags #SimmonsDreamRoom and #Contest, then enter via the Simmons website. The contest will close in coming months when the remodeled bedrooms will be posted on social media for fans to decide a winner.

The D’Amelio sisters have partnered with other brands in the past, including a popular collaboration between Charli D’Amelio and Dunkin’, which introduced an iced coffee drink named after the 16-year-old influencer.

TikTok is particularly useful for retailers looking to target younger audiences. A Cowen report cited by Insider found that the majority of users were under 24.

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How much does a mattress cost? We break down why mattresses cost what they do and what you should expect to spend

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  • Mattress prices are influenced most by type, size, and whether it’s sold online or in a physical store.
  • Expect to pay $450 or less for a budget-friendly foam mattress, or at least $2,500 for a luxury latex mattress.
  • Mattress sales throughout the year can save you hundreds of dollars.

When it comes to buying a mattress, it doesn’t hurt to pay more for a quality model that will keep you comfortable and last for years. However, it helps to be aware of what those price ranges are so your expectations aren’t skewed and you don’t overpay for your mattress.

But how much does a mattress cost? There are several criteria to take into account. Read on to find out what determines the cost of a mattress, and learn what you can expect to pay for budget, mid-priced, and luxury models.

We’ll even explain how you can save money on a new mattress and pick up some free sleep accessories in the process.

Once you have a handle of your budget, check out our comprehensive guide to the best mattresses for every type of sleeper.

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What influences the cost of a mattress?

In determining the cost of a mattress these three criteria carry the most weight:

  • Type: What your mattress is made of (and how it’s made) influences cost in a big way. All-natural materials tend to command higher prices than synthetic materials.
  • Size: Naturally, bigger mattresses cost more. The price of a twin mattress is roughly half the cost of a king.
  • Buying online: Purchasing a mattress online is less expensive than buying from physical stores, which usually have significant markups on mattresses.

Additional factors that contribute to mattress costs:

  • Shipping costs: Although many popular bed-in-a-box brands offer free shipping.
  • White-glove setup: This extra service can also include the removal of your old mattress.
  • Returns: Some warranties may place the burden of return shipping costs onto the customer.
  • Foundations and box springs, or other necessary accessories: Some of these add-ons may be a requirement for you to enjoy for your new mattress.

Mattress costs by type

Prices vary quite a bit among mattress types, and even within the individual mattress types there are differences in costs. Here’s how it breaks down:

Type of mattress Budget Mid-priced Luxury
Foam mattress $450 or less From $1,000 From $1,300
Innerspring mattress $600 or less From $1,000 From $1,200
Hybrid mattress $1,100 or less From $1,500 From $2,200
Latex mattress $1,200 or less From $2,000 From $2,500

Foam mattress costs

Foam mattresses contain multiple layers of adaptable material that supports and contours your body. (Most bed-in-a-box brands specialize in foam mattresses.) Polyfoam, a high-density foam that degrades quickly with regular use, is typically found in budget foam mattresses. Memory foam and foam with specialty cooling materials are more durable but also more expensive.

Innerspring mattress costs

An innerspring mattress may be what comes to mind when you think of a traditional bed. While there’s little construction-wise to distinguish today’s hybrid mattresses from innerspring mattresses – both are usually made from a combination of foam and springs – many legacy mattress brands like Sleepy’s, Beautyrest, and others still sell mattresses under the innerspring category. These usually denote mattresses that are a bit firmer and have the traditional bounce of a spring mattress

Hybrid mattress costs

Hybrid is a newer term to describe mattresses that blend foam and springs. Construction-wise, they’re not all that different than today’s innerspring mattresses, but they may have more layers, thicker construction, and a softer feel than what you think of with a traditional spring mattress.

Latex mattress costs

Latex is a more eco-friendly alternative to memory foam. However, turning latex into foam is an involved and costly process – and that’s reflected in the price. Synthetic latex is less expensive than natural latex, but many latex mattresses on the market contain a blend of man-made filler and natural materials.

Air bed mattress costs

Air bed mattresses allow you to adjust the firmness via air pump, which makes it perfect for couples with different sleep preferences. This level of customization does come at a premium, however. The most expensive air beds have latex or memory foam comfort layers and include a remote control so you can make adjustments easily.

How much should I spend on a mattress?

Based on our testing, you should expect to spend between $1,000 to $2,000 for a really great quality Queen-sized mattress that is supportive and built for long-term use. Most of our top picks fall into this range. Time and time again our experts have said you should think of a mattress as an investment; you spend about a third of your life on it, and sleep quality has the ability to impact your health and well-being.

While you can spend more, in our experience, the benefits are minimal unless you’re buying a bed that is specifically engineered to solve a specific sleep problem like adjustable air beds or cooling mattresses.

Our mattress picks by budget

One of our favorite mid-priced mattresses is the DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Mattress. It’s made with CertiPUR-US certified foams and has a firmness that will appeal to most sleepers. Best of all, DreamCloud offers a generous 365-day trial, plus a lifetime warranty.

Premier Hybrid Mattress (small)

If price is no object, check out the luxury Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Hybrid Mattress. It’s designed to keep you cool all night and provides pressure relief without that dreadful sinking feeling. A 10-year Tempur-Pedic warranty applies, but there’s no trial period.

PRObreeze Mattress (Queen) (small)

As for a budget mattress, the affordable Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress starts at $198. It has excellent motion transfer and cooling properties for its price; however, the tradeoff here is poor edge support. Zinus throws in a 100-night trial plus a 10-year warranty.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) (small)

How can I save money on a mattress?

Buying a mattress online is cheaper than purchasing one at a significant markup in-store. For peace of mind, online mattress sellers include a trial period so you can try your new mattress risk-free and return it at little to no cost if it doesn’t work out.

The best mattress deals tend to come from brands such as Casper, Leesa, Tempur-Pedic, and Tuft & Needle. You can also find occasional discounts from stores like Wayfair and Overstock. These mattress sales can help you save as much as $500 on your purchase. Plus, many vendors like to throw in freebies, ranging from premium pillows to mattress covers.

Mattress sales typically crop up around major holidays, and we recently saw a parade of offers for sleep awareness week in mid-March. However, there are mattress deals to be found year-round – you can check some of those out below.

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I’ve used this $130 weighted King-sized blanket for the past two years – and I might miss it more than my family when I travel

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With the current state of the world, you can’t blame anyone for having anxiety. It’s almost become the norm. There are countless ways to deal with your anxieties, but one healthy way – or at least non-destructive way – is to wrap yourself in a weighted blanket.

Though there aren’t any conclusive scientific studies one way or the other, limited research suggests weighted blankets can alleviate anxiety symptoms so you can get a good night’s sleep. Or, you might even drape it over your body while you work from home on a cold day as I am right now.

The best blanket I’ve tested so far is the HomeSmart Products King Size Weighted Blanket. It’s large enough to cover me and my giant feet as I stretch out my six-foot, 200-pound frame, it breathes well to keep me from overheating at night, and I can just toss it in the washing machine when it’s dirty. Here are my experiences using the blanket over the past two years.

Design

The HomeSmart Products Weighted Blanket gets its weight from tiny glass beads that are sewn into the 400-thread count organic cotton fabric. The blanket is made up of several compartments that keep the beads – and thus, weight – evenly distributed. The pockets are approximately 5 inches by 5 inches.

HomeSmart offers several blanket/duvet cover bundles. Or, you can buy your blanket and duvet separately. There are also countless varieties ranging from kids’ size (40 inches by 60 inches) to King (88 inches by 104 inches). The weights also range from 10 pounds to 30 pounds.

When choosing a weighted blanket, a good place to start is with one that’s about 10% of your body weight. However, since the size of the blanket and whether you are sharing it can affect how much weight is actually on you, it may take some trial and error to find the best weight for your preferences. For instance, I weigh more than my wife, but she prefers much more weight than I do. My best advice is to try before you buy when possible or look for a solid return policy. You want a blanket that “hugs” and not crushes you.

I tested HomeSmart’s dark grey King blanket in two weights – 15 pounds and 25 pounds – along with the duvet cover in navy/grey.

Setup process

If you decide to use the weighted blanket without a cover, then there’s essentially no setup process. You simply take the blanket out of the packaging and engulf yourself.

On the other hand, putting the duvet on the blanket took me about 10 minutes. In theory, the blanket stays in place with a series of ties. Unfortunately, the ties on the blanket didn’t precisely line up with those inside the duvet. Consequently, over time, the blanket starts to bunch up inside the cover. When this happens, you need to unzip the duvet and work the blanket back into place. This is easy enough to do, but it’s an annoying extra step when you just want to relax.

What makes it stand out

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My wife suffers from anxiety and generally has trouble sleeping. And, since weighted blankets have grown in popularity, she has become a connoisseur of sorts. I asked her if the HomeSmart blanket helped with her anxiety, and she didn’t hesitate: “Yes, definitely.”

We have been testing the HomeSmart weighted blankets for almost two years now. We use the blankets in place of our regular comforters. My wife prefers the 25-pounder, and I prefer the 15-pounder. We both appreciate how breathable each blanket is on its own. However, once you add the cover, it’s easy to overheat. The blanket feels like a good quilt, but with the minky fleece cover, it’s softer and plusher.

Generally, my wife and I use separate weighted blankets when sleeping or lounging, but occasionally, we like to cuddle under one of the blankets. With its impressive dimensions, similar to those of a regular king-size comforter, the HomeSmart weighted blanket is large enough to cover both of us, even if we are not snuggling close.

I weighed both of the blankets, and they are as heavy as advertised. The duvet cover adds an extra six pounds to the weight of each, so if you plan on buying a cover, you might want to choose a lighter blanket.

I also like that the blanket is machine washable. The manufacturer recommends machine washing cold and tumble drying on low, which is what I did. The blanket dries quickly in the dryer; on low, it only takes about an hour.

A good return policy is important with any sleep products since you don’t know if it’s right for you until you actually try it. This is especially true with weighted blankets since you may not know which weight is best for your body. If possible, I recommend trying a friend’s weighted blanket before committing to buying one. When you order from Amazon, you typically have 30 days from the delivery to return items for any reason. The fine print says that the item must be new and unopened, but in my experience, they accept opened items as well.

Cons to consider

After about 18 months of use, the 25-pound blanket started to lose some glass beads here and there. I wasn’t able to pinpoint the source of the leak, but it’s likely a small one based on how few beads escaped. My guess is one of my pets inadvertently made a small hole while engaged in daily hijinks. The 15-pound blanket still hasn’t shed any beads.

As mentioned above, the duvet cover stifles airflow and didn’t do a very good job of keeping the blanket in place, and my wife and I both prefer not to use it. However, the small hole in the 25-pound blanket forced our hand. I would not recommend buying the duvet unless you don’t have easy access to a washer or you tend to get cold at night since the cover helps trap heat.

HomeSmart Products doesn’t have much of an online presence. This makes it hard to hunt down customer service if you have an issue. I reached out to the company’s founder, Bill Nagy, about the blanket’s warranty and how to contact customer service, but as of this writing, I have not heard back.

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Should you buy it?

If you are a bigger person or want to cuddle up with your partner and experience the anxiety-reducing benefits of a weighted blanket, I recommend the HomeSmart Products blanket. There are more affordable options out there, but few are big enough to fit multiple people.

What are your alternatives?

Before the HomeSmart Products weighted blanket, I’d only tested one other weighted blanket, the Quility weighted blanket. I didn’t like that it was too small to cover my body despite being a Queen size. It also didn’t breathe as well as the HomeSmart blanket. For more recommendations, check out our recently-updated guide to the best weighted blankets. You’re sure to find several excellent alternatives there.

The bottom line

Despite a few leaked beads after many months of use, I still enjoy sleeping and lounging with the HomeSmart Products Weighted Blanket. With its breathability and large size, it’s ideal for my body.

Pros: Several size and weight options, the King is an impressive 88 inches by 104 inches, glass beads are sewn into 5-by-5-inch pockets for even weight distribution, machine washable and dryable, features breathable 400-thread count organic cotton

Cons: The duvet cover sleeps hot and doesn’t hold the blanket in place well, I wasn’t able to track down customer support, the blanket started to leak beads after 18 months of use

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The 5 best cooling mattress toppers for hot sleepers in 2021

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to desperately kick off your covers and wait as the cooler air washes over you? Do you dread getting into bed in the summer, knowing that your mattress is going to be uncomfortably warm? Whether you’re someone who just sleeps hot or needs to get better sleep during warm weather, investing in a cooling mattress topper can make you more comfortable and help you to sleep through the night.

When your bed isn’t working for you, buying a mattress topper can help to correct some of the issues at a more affordable cost than you’ll see if you buy a new mattress. They can refresh an older mattress, or they can add cushion, breathability, or cooling properties to a newer mattress that you don’t want to replace. The mattress toppers in this guide all offer some sort of cooling effect.

Buying a mattress topper can be a challenge since you can’t try them out and most stores don’t carry a wide selection for you to feel and inspect in person. We researched and ranked the following toppers according to their cooling effect, their benefits (such as washable covers and reduced motion transfer), their price, and their overall performance.

Here are the best cooling mattress toppers:

Best cooling mattress topper overall

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Not only does the Therapedic Tru-Cool 3-Inch Serene Foam Performance Mattress Topper feature cooling technology, but it also reduces motion transfer.

Cooling technology can go a long way in helping you to sleep more comfortably, but it’s not the only factor in getting a good night’s sleep. The Therapedic Tru-Cool 3-Inch Serene Foam Performance Mattress Topper is our top pick because of the multiple ways it keeps you comfortable at night.

TruCool cooling technology helps to keep this topper comfortable, even on hot nights, and the Serene Foam allows heat to dissipate quickly, contributing to your cool sleep.

The Serene Foam offers other benefits too. It has billions of microscopic air capsules that help to enhance the support that the foam provides while simultaneously reducing the pressure on your body. This is a valuable quality since pressure on hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles (depending on how you sleep) can lead to pain, stiffness, and sleep disruption.

This foam also reduces motion transfer, so you’re disturbed less when your partner shifts around. The polyester blend cover is breathable and made of a double-knit performance fabric that is both soft and durable. The cover is also machine washable for convenience.

This topper is backed by a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty and is available in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. It’s a good all-around choice that offers cooling properties plus features that enhance the overall quality of your sleep. This topper is endorsed by the American Sleep Association and is made in the US.

Pros: Cooling technology, reduced motion transfer, reduced pressure points for a more comfortable sleep, 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

Cons: Foam can be spot cleaned only, 3-inch topper may add too much height to some beds

Best cooling mattress topper on a budget

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The egg crate design of the Linenspa 2-inch Convoluted Gel Swirl Mattress Topper helps improve airflow while cooling gel beads disperse heat to keep you cool.

While most of the picks on our list rely on simply gel beads to keep you cool, the Linenspa Convoluted Gel Swirl Mattress Topper also integrates an egg crate design to improve airflow. Memory foam is known for getting notoriously warm overnight, and gel beads may not be enough to overcome that if you sleep particularly hot.

The improved airflow you get with an egg crate design means your entire body won’t be firmly hugged by heat-retaining foam. But don’t worry, the memory foam is still soft enough that it will cradle you as you sleep and reduce pressure points.

The Linenspa Mattress Topper comes in both a two-inch and three-inch thickness, but the two-inch design is much more budget-friendly. It will also sleep a bit firmer since there’s not as much foam for you to sink into. If you prefer a softer feel, the three-inch design might suit you better, but it will be more of an investment.

It may actually serve you, in the long run, to opt for the three-inch topper, though. The three-inch design seems to be more durable than the two-inch topper. There are several reports of the two-inch topper tearing with repeated use simply due to how thin it is at troughs of the egg crate design.

Pros: Cooling gel-infused foam, egg crate design improves air flow, memory foam helps soften sleep surface

Cons: Two-inch topper is vulnerable to tearing

Best hypoallergenic cooling mattress topper

Lucid mattress topper

The 3-inch Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper offers temperature regulation, moisture-wicking, and odor-reducing properties.

The 3-inch Lucid Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Mattress Topper takes a unique, natural approach to enhancing your mattress. This topper is infused with StayFresh bamboo charcoal, which gives it some desirable properties.

The topper harnesses charcoal’s ability to reduce odor, which helps to keep the topper smelling fresh. Additionally, the bamboo charcoal infusion wicks away excess moisture, which helps to keep you cool and comfortable even on hot nights.

This mattress topper is also equipped with a PureFlow ventilated design, which maximizes breathability and airflow to help regulate temperature and prevent heat buildup. The moldable foam conforms to your body’s curves while also eliminating pain on pressure points like elbows, hips, and knees.

The topper is naturally hypoallergenic, reducing bacterial growth and discouraging mold. It’s backed by a 3-year warranty. The topper has CertiPUR-US certification, meaning it was made without the use of any harmful chemicals, so you can sleep well.

This mattress topper is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes.

Pros: Odor-reducing, moisture-wicking, ventilation maximizes airflow for temperature regulation, hypoallergenic, 3-year warranty

Cons: Can take a few days to fully expand after being unpacked, no cover included

Best luxury cooling mattress topper

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Handcrafted with organic wool that’s not treated with chemicals, the PlushBeds Luxury Wool Topper helps to regulate your bed’s temperature year-round.

If you’re looking for a truly deluxe mattress topper, the PlushBeds Luxury Wool Topper is a top-quality handcrafted option. The topper is filled with wool, so it’s soft and plush, and you can take advantage of wool’s natural temperature-regulating properties without relying on petroleum-based foams.

Because wool naturally regulates temperature, this mattress topper helps to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, offering just the right amount of insulation.

PlushBeds uses wool that that Global Organic Textile Standard has certified as organic. Plus, PlushBeds manufactures its wool mattress toppers with environmental and socially responsible best practices.

The wool used is never chemically treated, whereas wool toppers by other brands may be treated with harsh chemicals or detergents. It’s naturally non-allergenic and helps to minimize mold spores and mites.

While this mattress topper has a higher price point than others, it’s also of a higher quality. The cotton exterior has a 400-thread count for a luxurious feel, and the topper is hand-tufted and hand-stitched right here in the United States.

This mattress topper is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes.

Of course, this is not the pick for you if you have a wool allergy.

Pros: Made with organic wool, handcrafted here in the United States, wool offers natural temperature regulation year-round, topper is non-allergenic

Cons: Higher price point than other mattress toppers, don’t use if you have a wool allergy

Best for intense cooling

Body pad

With pressure-activated cooling, the Cool Care Technologies Cooling Pad is versatile and portable, offering cooling comfort wherever you need it.

Unlike traditional mattress toppers, the Cool Care Technologies Cooling Pad exists specifically to provide cooling properties, rather than to add padding or cushion. But it’s not going to cover your whole bed. This body pad measures 43.4 x 27.6 inches, making it ideal for personal use.

It’s activated by pressure and offers cooling relief for up to three hours – plenty of time to fall asleep, or to fall back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night. This pad doesn’t require water, electricity, or refrigeration. When it’s time to recharge the pad, simply let it sit in a cool place for 30 minutes.

This pad also has an advantage over traditional mattress toppers in that it’s easily portable. You can use it on the couch, in a recliner, or even while in a lounge chair outside for cooling relaxation.

Because the pad doesn’t use water or electricity, it’s safe to use in bed. You can lie directly on top of it, or place a sheet over it. For continuous cooling, invest in two pads so you can swap one out while the other recharges. For supercharged cooling, you can put the pad in the freezer prior to use.

Pros: No electricity, water, or refrigeration required; portable; recharges in 30 minutes

Cons: Cooling doesn’t last all night, doesn’t cover entire bed

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It’s sleep awareness week: Here’s everything we’ve written about getting great sleep, plus exclusive bedding deals for Insider Reviews readers

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  • Sleep awareness week runs from March 14 through March 20.
  • We’ve gathered all our guides on how to get a great night’s sleep in one place – from the best mattresses to the best pajamas.
  • We’ve also arranged some exclusive discounts for Insider Reviews readers on our favorite bedding brands.

We’re big on sleep at Insider Reviews. Over the years we’ve tested hundreds of products aimed at helping you get the best sleep possible: from mattresses to melatonin, and everything in between. Through expert interviews and hands-on testing, we’ve learned three key facts about sleep:

  1. Sleep is really important for your mental and physical health.
  2. Sleep preferences are individual; there is no one-size-fits-all sleep product.
  3. Investing in products that support your individual sleep needs is one of the best things you can do for your own comfort, health, and well-being.

As Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, told Insider Reviews in our guide to the best pillows: “No matter your budget, I really encourage people to splurge and invest in these products because they will help. The bed is the foundation of our sleep and if these elements aren’t supportive and not cozy to your personal preference, you put yourself at risk for sleep difficulties.”

This sleep awareness week, we’ve put all our sleep resources together in one place. Below you’ll find links to our bedding and mattress buying guides, how-tos on caring for your bedding, and even some exclusive discounts for Insider readers from our favorite bedding brands. Happy sleeping!

Here are all of our our favorite sleep resources, including discounts on our favorite bedding brands:

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Our favorite sleep products

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21 products and apps we swear by to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up well-rested

Our 40+ person team of professional product reviewers are meticulous, picky, and have a lot of opinions about sleep. Above you’ll find a list of some of our all-time favorite products for getting a good night’s sleep, including weighted blankets, essential oils, and fluffy bathrobes.

Here are some highlights:

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Insider Reviews exclusive sleep week discounts

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Most major mattress and bedding brands are offering sales for sleep awareness week. We’ve collaborated wth some our favorite brands to bring even steeper discounts just for Insider Reviews readers. 

Here are 14 discounts you can only find at Insider Reviews this sleep week:

Airweave: $115 off New Mattress, New Mattress Advanced, Luxe Mattress, or Top Mattress with code ‘BISLEEP’

Allswell: 15% off sitewide with code ‘INSIDER’

Avocado: Save $225 on any size Latex Mattress, with code ‘INSIDERSLEEP’; the best offer you’ll find on the web for this mattress

Bear: Save $500 on any size Bear Hybrid Mattress, with code ‘INSIDER’; the best offer you’ll find on the web for this mattress

Brooklinen: 15% off two of our favorite products: the Luxe Core Sheet Set or Weighted Comforter with code ‘INSIDER’

Casper: Save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on a Nova Mattress or Wave Mattress with code ‘INSIDER’

Cocoon by Sealy: 36% off sitewide with code ‘INSIDER36’

DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses and $399 of free accessories with code ‘INSIDER’

Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code ‘INSIDER’

LIVELY: $10 off your first purchase of $60 or more with code ‘SLEEP’

Nectar: $200 off mattresses and $399 of free accessories with code ‘INSIDER’

Summersalt: $10 toward your purchase of $90 or more with code ‘SLEEP10’

Tempur-Pedic: 30% off Tempur-Cloud Mattress with code ‘BI30’

Tuft & Needle: 15% off Original and Mint mattresses with code ‘INSIDER15’

All the sleep deals and discounts happening now

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20+ mattress sales happening right now — including Tuft & Needle, Leesa, and Tempur-Pedic

While our exclusive discount codes will get you some of the best deals you can find this sleep awareness week, many retailers are having special sales of their own. You’ll find discounts on startup mattress brands like Nectar and Leesa, legacy brands like Serta and Simmons, and bedding brands like Brooklinen and Coop Home Goods. Check out our rundown of mattress sales for the latest deals.

The best mattress

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The best mattress for every type of sleeper in 2021, according to our rigorous testing

Our sleep reporter has tested more than two dozen mattresses over the last four years. He even has a special testing room devoted entirely to new mattress testing. Like all things sleep, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all mattress, but we’ve outlined picks for all different bodies, preferences, and sleep habits. Here are some of our favorites.

Best mattresses for a good night’s sleep:

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The best sheets

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The 5 best bed sheets we tested in 2021

Great sheets can make your bed someplace that you’re excited to dive into after a long day. We talked to textile experts and tested 14 sheet sets (and counting) to find the best picks for sateen, flannel, linen, and more. 

Here are the best sheets you can buy:

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The best pillows

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The 7 best pillows in 2021 for side, back, and stomach sleepers

Chances are, you’ve probably struggled to find a pillow you truly love. Individual anatomy and sleep styles means we all have different needs when it comes to loft and support. Our top picks prioritize adjustability and a generous return policy so that you can find the pillow that works best for you. Our top pick by Coop Home Goods is a reader favorite because the shredded foam filling can be added or removed for the perfect custom loft (you can read our full review of this pillow here). 

Here are some of our favorite pillows:

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The best weighted blankets

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The 5 best weighted blankets we tested in 2021

While research into the effectiveness of weighted blankets is in early stages, there’s promising evidence that a weighted blanket can help lull you to sleep faster, especially if you struggle with anxiety or other mental health issues that impact sleep. The size and type of weighted blanket you should buy depends on your body size (10% off your body weight is recommended to start) and sleeping situation (you’ll need a heavier blanket if you plan to share with a partner). We’ve chosen a variety of picks that work for napping, couples, hot sleepers, and more.

The best weighted blankets:

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The best gentle alarm clocks

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The 5 best sunrise alarm clocks we tested in 2021

Waking up can be just as difficult (if not more so) than falling asleep. One of our favorite products for starting your day (coffee makers not withstanding) are sunrise alarm clocks. These innovative alarm clocks produce a gentle sunrise effect to wake you up slowly and feeling refreshed. The result is a slower and more calming start to the day. Many of these lights can also help you fall asleep, too, by producing sunset-like light effects that let your body know it’s time to wind down.

Here are some of our favorite sunrise alarm clocks:

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The best sleep supplements

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These melatonin gummies are now my go-to sleep aid — they cut my nighttime restlessness in half and help me relax

SugarBear’s melatonin gummies are the first sleep aid that consistently helped me sleep soundly through the night

While you should always consult your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen, research shows melatonin can improve sleep quality and lessen the effects of certain sleep disorders. We’ve tried several melatonin gummies and found they helped us fall asleep easier and sleep better.

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The best pajamas

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The 7 best places to shop for women’s pajamas in 2021

The best loungewear sets for women that look and feel nicer than your typical pair of sweats

The best men’s pajamas you can buy

While many of us have been living in loungewear for the past year or so, sleep researcher Rebecca Robbins told us she likes to think of pajamas as “technical gear for sleep” in the same way athletes look for performance athleticwear. A great set of pajamas should be breathable, comfortable, and free from any buttons or zippers that might be uncomfortable during sleep. 

Here are some of our favorite pajamas for men and women: 

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The best bathrobes

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The 7 best women’s bathrobes we tested in 2021

The best bathrobes for men

While not strictly sleep-related, bathrobes are another comfort item that can keep you cozy and calm in those early morning hours when you’re just getting your day started. 

Our favorite women’s, men’s, and unisex bathrobes:

Classic Bathrobe (small)Unisex Organic Waffle Robe (small)

The best slippers

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We’ve tested dozens of pairs of slippers, and these are the 13 coziest pairs our team recommends

The best men’s slippers

Like a great bathrobe, a good pair of slippers can keep you warm, cozy, and relaxed as you wind down for bed or get your day started. Our favorite picks for men and women include fluffy slippers, moccasin-style slippers, and indoor/outdoor slippers.

Here are some of our favorite slippers for men and women:

Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper (small)Tasman Slippers (small)Faux Fur Slippers (small)

Our other great sleep guides

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We’ve written tons of guides about products to help you get the best sleep. Here are some others worth checking out: 

Mattresses

Bedding

Bedroom

Travel

How to clean your bedding

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Once you have mattresses, pillows, and sheets you really love, you’ll want to care for them properly to extend their life. Here are our guides to caring for and cleaning your bedding:

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We’ve tested almost every Leesa mattress. Here’s what you can expect from each and how to save up to $380.

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  • Leesa makes some of our top-ranked mattresses for many different types of sleepers.
  • We’ve tested nearly all of its mattresses, including its most popular Hybrid (use “INSIDER” for up to $360 off).
  • Read more: The best mattresses

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Buying a mattress is a big investment, but buying one online is something anyone would lose sleep over. There’s no way to truly test a mattress without jumping on each one in a showroom or spending a ton of money and time upfront. And if you buy one and decide you don’t like it – well, that’s a logistical nightmare no one wants.

As product testers who’ve tested more than 50 mattresses from traditional and direct-to-consumer brands alike, we’ve developed criteria to objectively assess and rank mattresses on their motion isolation, breathability, edge support, and more. In each test, a Leesa mattress usually won out over the others, earning it the top spot in many of our buying guides.

What is Leesa?

Leesa launched in 2015 to a crowded direct-to-consumer mattress industry and we’ve been covering it since 2016. Each mattress is made in the US and comes with a 10-year warranty, a 100-night trial, and free contactless delivery in light of the pandemic.

Leesa is B-Corp certified, which means it meets certain environmental standards such as using recycled and natural materials, and without harmful materials like ozone depleters and flame retardants. It also means Leesa meets social standards like giving back to the community. A mattress is donated for every 10 mattresses sold, and since 2015, it’s donated more than 36,000 mattresses to people in need, and has also donated mattresses, bed frames, and more to hospitals in need.

Below, you’ll find short reviews of everything we’ve tested (so far) with links to read the full review, plus comparisons to competitive brands and any current deals. We’re currently testing the Leesa Legend and we’ll report back with our experiences soon.

And if you want to do a little extra research on the best mattresses before you shop, these guides will help you out:

Leesa Hybrid

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Read our full review here.

Leesa’s Hybrid mattress is the best mattress for back pain in our buying guide because it balances firm support with cloud-like softness and minimal motion transfer.

It combines several types of foam with spring coils for comfort and breathability. Set up takes around 15 minutes but it takes a few hours for the mattress to fully expand, so be sure to time it correctly if you want to take an afternoon nap.

To test motion transfer, our reviewer dropped a 15-pound bowling ball about three feet above the bed to see if a can of soda would move — it never even shifted. Our tester also noted that the mattress didn’t trap body heat, so it’s ideal for hot and light sleepers alike.  

If you’re interested in the Hybrid, use our exclusive discount code “INSIDER” for 20% off any size. It’s the steepest discount you’ll find on the Hybrid anywhere online, and it’s actually even better than most of Leesa’s sales. 

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Leesa Original

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Read our full review here.

In 2018, Leesa updated its all-foam Original mattress to better support joints and alleviate pressure for side sleepers. Our reviewer tested both iterations (here’s the review for the older Original) and thought that the 2018 version supported her shoulders and hips much better. 

The mattress has three layers — a breathable top layer, a memory foam middle that contours around your body, and a supportive bottom layer. These all add up to a 10-inch mattress that offers relief and support for side sleepers.

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Leesa Studio

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Read our full review here.

If you’re looking for the best balance of value, comfort, and support, Leesa’s Studio mattress might be your best option. The three layers of foam provided solid motion isolation and pressure relief, especially for our side-sleeping tester.

The Studio is a medium-firm mattress but the edge support left much to be desired — the foam sagged significantly. Solo sleepers might not mind since they’re not sharing a bed, but couples might want to get a large bed like a King to avoid falling off during the night.

In terms of price, the mattress is significantly less expensive than other Leesa mattresses and our tester didn’t think there was any compromise in terms of support or comfort. The Studio would be a great mattress for anyone on a budget, moving into their first apartment, or needing to furnish a guest room.

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Leesa Hybrid Pillow

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Read our full review here.

Fans of the Hybrid mattress would love the Hybrid Pillow, which can be customized in four different ways. 

Unlike traditional pillows that resemble a slab of memory foam or a bag of feathers, this customizable pillow has a down-like quilted pocket layer on one side and a firmer gel layer on the other. There’s also an insert between the two layers that can be removed to adjust the support level, and an always cool-to-the-touch fabric containing chilling fibers that surround the whole thing. 

It’s more complex than a pillow needs to be in terms of construction, but it’s worth it for anyone who values the coolness factor and adjustable features.

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Leesa Adjustable Base Bed Frame

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Read our full review here.

While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some other adjustable bases do (like a USB charging port or a massaging option), Leesa’s Adjustable Base Bed Frame has a whisper-quiet motor that will let you adjust your sleeping position without disturbing your partner (or your cat).

The adjustable bed frame fits any mattress — Leesa or otherwise — and comes with a remote control so you can adjust the foot and head easily. For anyone who wakes up in the middle of the night, there’s a handy button on the remote that controls a light that’s under the bed.

During our reviewer’s testing, she was able to make the most minute adjustments to alleviate pressure on her joints.

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How Leesa compares to other mattress brands

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Read our comparison between Leesa’s and Casper’s hybrid mattresses.

The direct-to-consumer online mattress space is more crowded than you’d expect. Here’s how Leesa stands up to other brands like Purple, Helix, and more, and how the brand’s top-ranked Hybrid stacks up to one from its main competitor, Casper.

The best Leesa deals

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Find the best Leesa deals here.

After you’ve done all the research to find the best Leesa mattress for your sleeping preferences, you’ll probably want to make sure you’re getting the best deal on it.

In fact, if you’re looking to buy the Leesa Hybrid or Leesa Legend, use our exclusive promo code “INSIDER” for 20% off any size of either mattress — it’s the best price you’ll find anywhere on the Internet and even better than Leesa’s current sitewide sale with savings up to $540.

If you’re looking for other Leesa mattresses, there are often deals of at least 10%, so we suggest waiting for a sale. Historically, Leesa’s biggest sales happen around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we’ve also seen great ones throughout the year. 

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These Brooklinen sheets are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made – and right now they’re 15% off

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High-quality bed sheets look great, feel even better, and can genuinely offer you a better night’s sleep for the third of your life you spend doing just that.

The only real argument to be made against them is their price.

Luxury bedding doesn’t come cheap. Even in the direct-to-consumer space – which is leaps and bounds more affordable than traditional retailers like Frette, which marks up its sheets by as much as 220% – finding genuine “deals” and “good values” still isn’t easy.

Enter Brooklinen

Launched on Kickstarter in April 2014 by husband-and-wife team Vicki and Rich Fulop, Brooklinen immediately struck a chord with shoppers who could never find high-quality products at reasonable price points.

“The outcome of the [Kickstarter] campaign was extremely successful,” Vicki Fulop told Insider Reviews. “We set our goal at $50,000, and we wound up selling $237,000 in sheets. It was surreal – we couldn’t believe it.”

The company pulled in $2.5 million in 2015, its first full year in business. In 2019, that number was close to $100 million, and in 2020, Brooklinen celebrated its 1 millionth customer and 1 millionth sheet set sale. What’s more, 40% of Brooklinen daily revenue comes from repeat customers (like ourselves).

That’s the kind of meteoric success you just can’t argue with.

Why Brooklinen is great: comfort, durability, style, and value

Customers love their sheets – how they feel and how they look – and they love the value they’re getting from them even more.

Insider Reviews executive editor Ellen Hoffman was an early fan of Brooklinen. “As someone who’s been sleeping on their sheets for six years now, I’m comfortable saying they are hands down the best sheets I’ve ever put on my bed. Perhaps more importantly, they didn’t cost me a small fortune either,” she said.

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In the bedding department, Brooklinen now offers four different kinds of sheets: percale, sateen, linen, and heathered cashmere. It also makes comforters, duvet covers, pillows, and other bedding accessories.

We’ve been impressed with the consistency of quality, comfort, and thoughtful design across all these different products, but the brand’s bestseller and original claim to fame – the Luxe Sateen sheet set- remains an all-time favorite among Insider Reviews reporters. If there’s one thing you need to get from Brooklinen, it’s these sheets.

Brooklinen Luxe Sateen Sheet Bundle review

There are a few different sets available, ranging from the basics to a full overhaul of your current bedding:

These are the technical specs:

To break down what these specifications mean and why they make Brooklinen a smart buy – 480 is a good thread count, but what matters more is that it’s combined with the use of long-staple cotton, or cotton with longer-staple fibers that result in smoother and stronger yarn. That’s why Brooklinen’s sheets are so durable and soft after years of continuous use and washes.

Ellen reports that after six years of use, “my Smoke Stripe and Window Pane sheet bundles (these are both primarily white) have yet to yellow in the wash; they’re still as crisp white as they were the day they were shipped to my door. They’ve only gotten more comfortable over time, too.”

Sateen is a kind of weave where three or four threads are woven over one thread into a looser grid pattern. It has a smooth, silky feel and a slight sheen to it. Compared to percale, which is light and crisp, it’s less breathable and may not be suitable for sleepers who run hot.

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But if you’re not prone to overheating, sateen is perfect for a luxurious sleeping experience. It’s no wonder why high-end hotels commonly outfit guest rooms with sateen bedding. When you slip into Brooklinen’s sheets, it feels like a warm and soothing escape from the world.

Lastly, the Oeko-Tex certification indicates that the final sheet product has been independently tested for more than 100 harmful chemical substances and is safe for human use. While it’s not the only certification out there, it’s widely used and known in the textiles industry.

Comfort and durability aside, it’s the look that really sold us on the brand. Along with mature and understated neutral colors, Brooklinen often releases playful, colorful limited-edition prints that look sophisticated as well. My Rust Topography sheets (no longer available) are my favorite pattern of all the sheets I’ve ever tested, and I’m often tempted by Brooklinen’s new prints. Right now, they include an abstract forest green print and colorful stripes.

The bottom line

If your bed sheets could stand to be upgraded (and they probably can), head over to Brooklinen and have a look. Your living space should complement the thoroughly grown-up achievements of your daily life, and this brand is a good value every way you look at it.

Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen) (small)Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen) (small)

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