The 10 Best Memory Foam Mattresses, Based on Expert Testing

Jillian Mueller
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Memory foam mattresses contour to your body while preventing too much weight from bearing down on pressure points, so you can enjoy a cozy, cradling feeling as you doze off.

But with so many options available online, where to begin finding the best memory foam mattress for you? That's where Mattress Advisor's sleep experts come in. Their team of pros put all of these mattresses to the test at their lab in North Carolina. They've rounded up the top picks to help you determine which memory foam mattress could help you get a better night's sleep.

Why Memory Foam Is So Popular

For sleepers who enjoy the feeling of sinking into the top layer of their mattress or seek pressure relief for their hips and shoulders, traditional memory foam mattresses do just that. Memory foam typically has a more plush feel that cushions pressure points, which is why it's also a popular material for pillows. Despite the plush nature of foam, many mattress companies produce medium-firm to extra-firm options as well. Memory foam mattresses are also superb for couples because they absorb movement to prevent disturbing your partner.

What to Consider When Shopping for a Memory Foam Mattress

Sleep Position: Side sleepers need extra contouring for hips and shoulders to distribute weight off of these pressure points. Back and stomach sleepers need a firmer memory foam bed that promotes spine alignment. If the body isn't properly supported, a sleeper's hips will sink too far into the bed, resulting in lower back pain. Combination sleepers—those who change sleeping positions throughout the night—need a responsive memory foam bed to avoid feeling "stuck" in the mattress when they move around.

Pressure Relief: Memory foam mattresses come in different firmness levels that can provide a more pressure-relieving, weightless feeling while keeping your pressure points elevated.

Motion Transfer: Motion transfer is a feature that memory foam excels in, absorbing the feeling of movement and stopping it from disrupting your sleep. This is an especially important feature if you sleep with a partner or pet.

Temperature: Your bed can retain body heat as you sleep and cause you to wake up overheated at night. Memory foam beds are known to sleep hotter than other types, so look for cooling mattresses made of breathable materials that facilitate airflow.

Off-gassing: When you unbox your memory foam mattress, you may smell an unpleasant odor for a brief period of time as the bed "off-gasses." Plant-based or CertiPUR-US certified foams are made with more natural materials and have little or no off-gassing effects.

Best Overall: Loom & Leaf

Made with a combination of cooling, gel-infused memory foam layers, the Loom & Leaf performed very well in the expert review team’s testing, with outstanding scores in durability and spinal alignment. The Loom & Leaf mattress comes in two firmness levels: a relaxed firm or firm to suit every sleep position. Stomach sleepers and back sleepers could benefit from the extra support of the firm mattress, while the relaxed firmness option is a great pick for the average sleeper.