Comfort Meets Analytics – Best Mattress Award
Awesome Night Sleep is now ready to share the results of our Awesome Night Sleep (ANS) Best Mattress Award. We objectively reviewed and rated all mattresses based on algorithms, analytics and millions of data points to come up with the winner. Using data mining and state-of-the-art methodologies, we first did a preliminary assessment and narrowed the field down to 24 of the best mattresses. We then did an in-depth analysis and mattress review for all 20 candidates to further refine the pool and finally arrive at the top mattress provider. (See Methodology)
Heavy analytics were done. Data and information was scrubbed, scoured, cultivated, assessed, refined, weighted, scaled, evaluated, standardized, normalized, categorized, rated, ranked, and scored all to find the mattress that will give the sleeper an Awesome Night Sleep. Analytics, after all, is powering important decision-making in almost every aspect of our lives. It is everywhere. To just name a few places – analytics is used for investment comparisons, business intelligence, employee hiring, marketing optimization, business profitability forecasting, and even evaluating athletes. (See About Us) We believe that analytics should be used in choosing a mattress too. That is why Awesome Night Sleep was created and why we have the ANS awards. (See Quest for An Awesome Night Sleep)
The final results for the Best Mattress Award were very close. All 20 of the finalists scored very well. This is a testament to how really fantastic many of these mattresses are. There were a lot of fantastic high scores in the essential category areas of good value, comfortable, supportive, quality, sleeping cool, warranty, and return policy. Several mattresses did incredibly well in the Company area with awesome customer service, reputation, and being socially good. Many mattresses scored tremendously high with different sleeper types including side, back, stomach, and large people. Several mattresses also did fantastic with other attributes such as motion transfer, sinkage, edge support, bounce, noise, off-gassing and being easy to maintain. (See 20 Major Categories)
But, we can only have one winner. So with no further ado, we now award the top mattress. The winner of the ANS 2018 Best Mattress Award is the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Series mattress. The Alexander Signature Series mattress scores the best overall, but specifically ranks the highest with the best support and warranty. Please see below further information on this mattress and all of the other top finishers:
#1: Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Series (95.74%) for Best Mattress – also #1 for support and warranty. In the top 3 for comfort, no motion transfer, edge support, backs, and large people. See Alexander Signature Mattress Review
Value – Nest Bedding Alexander Signature premium memory foam mattresses compare well to expensive, luxurious mattresses like Tempurpedic, but also to low-priced bed-in-a-box alternatives. The Signature mattress has great comfort, support, and premium foams like Tempurpedic, but for thousands of dollars less. And although slightly higher in price than some on-line alternatives, the quality and durability of the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature mattress, more than makes up for it. The Company uniquely provides a low-overhead business model with dedicated customer service, and unique non-toxic, natural, American made products. Also, if price is a major concern for customers, Nest Bedding has many other offerings that are priced well below the competition. . See Alexander Signature Mattress Review
Warranty – Mattresses have a lifetime warranty. Nest Bedding provides purchasers a limited warranty against particular product defects for as long as they own the mattress. See Alexander Signature Mattress Review
Value – Incredible value! Such a low price for a fantastic all around mattress. The Tomorrow Sleep premium memory foam mattress has excellent comfort, solid support, impeccable quality, and keeps a sleeper cool, all at a very good price. Their premium mattress has three layers: a top layer of cooling open-cell memory foam for breathability, a middle layer of premium gel swirl memory foam for pressure relief, and a bottom layer of high density base foam for durable support. Just launched in April of 2018, this all foam mattress complements well Tomorrow’s other mattress offering, the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid mattress, which is made out of both coils and foam.
Being passionate about improving your sleep, Tomorrow prides itself in selling its sleep bundle, made up of mattress, foundation, and protector, for under $1,000. Additionally, as part of their system, Tomorrow also has available pillows, sheets, curtains, and most notably their Sleeptracker® Monitor. At $89, the Sleeptracker analyzes sleep cycles, breathing rate, heart rate and movement to offer personalized suggestions for better sleep. Tomorrow keeps all prices lower by owning their own factories and selling directly to consumers. They can sell for hundreds of dollars less because they’ve cut out the middleman and retailer. See Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress Review
Return Policy – Tomorrow Sleep’s 365 night return policy is the best in the business. Anytime between 31 and 365 days following delivery, the mattress can be returned and either exchanged or refunded. They do ask customers to try it out for at least 30 days before returning it. See Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress Review
Amazing Value – The Layla mattress has a great combination of a reasonable price, two comfort-level options, temperature control, a lifetime warranty, and great potential health benefits. They have addressed the concerns of the customer, offering comfort, cooling, airflow, and health – all at a great price. A company that is revolutionary, creative and innovative – putting forward a quality mattress and new features – the flipping and infused-copper – at a price comparable to a lot of the other online mattresses. See Layla Sleep Mattress Review
Incredible Value – Well-rounded mattress. The finest materials and superb craftmanship of a luxury mattress that delivers excellent support combined with extreme comfort – all at a competitive price point. One of the best mattress at a much better price. Not only does this mattress cost less, it lasts longer. Unheard of year long trial period and forever warranty, at a price that can’t be beat. Surpasses many other higher priced mattresses in support and comfort. Per Nectar, fewer than 3% of Nectar sleepers return their Nectar mattress. See Nectar Sleep Mattress Review
Return Policy – Risk free for a full year. Three or four times the length of competitor’s policies. See Nectar Sleep Mattress Review
#5 Loom & Leaf (95.47%) for Best Mattress – also #1 for side sleepers, and large people. Also in the top 3 for quality, customer service, socially good, and edge support. See Loom & Leaf Mattress Review
Good for Side Sleepers – Side sleepers will also like the Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm option. While this mattress is on the firmer side, side sleepers will appreciate this mattress’s contouring, high density (4 and 5 lb/ft), and pressure point relief. See Loom & Leaf Mattress Review
Good for Larger People – The Loom & Leaf Firm mattress is a great option for larger sleepers. With greater firmness, good weight distribution, many foam layers, and 12″ thickness, heavier sleepers will not have issues bottoming out on this mattress. See Loom & Leaf Mattress Review
Socially Good – Bear Mattress ranks very high in this category. Not only is Bear environmentally friendly and safety conscious, they promote health and give back. The Company is friendly to the environment in that the Bear mattress is all natural and they utilize CertiPUR-US® certified foams and a water-based bonding solution. Whenever possible they donate returned mattresses to local charities instead of having them hauled away to a local landfill. This reduces the negative impact to the environment. Bear Mattress is also safety conscious in that their mattress is wrapped in a proprietary fire retardant sock that helps smother and dampen flames. Additionally, the use of Celliant Technology promotes health. Celliant aids in the muscle recovery process. Researchers have clinically proven that Celliant treated textiles convert the body’s natural energy into infrared light which leads to faster recovery from physical activity and an increase in a person’s endurance, stamina, energy and performance. Bear also hugely gives back. They have donated over $20 million in equipment to over 3,200 organizations. They have also donated millions of dollars in athletic products to over a thousand schools and organizations to benefit millions of children. A portion of the profits from each Company sale are sent to Good Sports to help children. See Bear Mattress Review
Good for Stomach Sleepers – Great mattress for stomach sleepers as most prefer firmer mattresses. They will also like the high density foam, combination of foams, and relief for pressure points. See GhostBed Mattress Review
Customer Service – Customer first. This is the philosophy of Saatva. Saatva has even developed 10 commitments around this philosophy. And the Company has executed well on this. Customer service is seen as one of their main strengths, they have the best reviewed customer service in the industry, and they have had very few complaints. Saatva makes it clear that their sales representatives are non-commissioned so that customers are not intimidated and feel that they are getting honest information and true guidance on what is best for them. See Saatva Mattress Review
Edge Support – Saatva does extremely well with edge support. Their mattress has an additional layer of foam around the sides that provides exceptional strength. Whether sitting or lying on the edge, there will be little if any sinkage and maximum support. See Saatva Mattress Review
Quality – Not only does Novosbed build premium, high quality mattresses with designer-grade textiles, they also make them with next generation foams. The top two layers of the mattress are contructed with these ultra-dense foams of 4 to 5 lbs per foot, making them very durable. This durability, combined with the overall thickness of the mattress gives the bed great longevity. In fact, Novosbed is so confident that their mattress will last longer than the average of 6 to 10 years for memory foam mattresses, that they back up their mattresses with a 15 year warranty. See Novosbed Mattress Review
Sleep Cool – The coolest mattress. In addition to the brilliantly knitted, breathable cover, the copper and Talalay latex in the second layer and Cloud Foam in the third layer keep the sleeper cool. Copper as an excellent thermal conductor, cools down the mattress quickly whenever there is a build up of heat. Additionally, Talalay Latex with its large open-cell structure, gives the mattress unimpeded air flow and full ventilation. (Dissimilarly, Dunlop Latex, a material many competitors use, has a smaller cell structure that causes heat retention.) Lastly, PangeaBed’s Cloud Foam also disburses heat. This newly developed foam allows maximum air flow to reduce humidity and avoid heat buildup. In fact, according to PangeaBed’s website, the Cloud Foam allows 298% more air to flow freely, giving individuals an awesome sleeping environment. See 2018 PangeaBed Mattress Review
#11 PlushBeds Botanical Bliss (95.25%) for Best Mattress – also #1 for quality and reputation. Also in the top 3 for socially good, bounce, backs, and side sleepers. See Botanical Bliss Mattress Review
Quality – Unparallelled quality in the Botanical Bliss mattress can be seen in its components. The cover is 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton and knitted. Knitted covers are almost always softer, more breathable, more elastic, offer better moisture control, and provide better pressure relief than woven covers. The top wool layer is 1″ of 100% Pure New Zealand Wool, the next layer is 100% Natural Talalay Latex, and the bottom layer is 6″ ARPICO Organic Latex. This bottom layer is made up of dunlop latex which is heavier, more dense, very supportive, and very expensive.
Fine quality can also be seen in the way the mattresses are manufactured. This includes a stringent quality-control process, using the latest technologies, comprehensive product testing, a sophisticated computer control system, and just the fact that the mattresses are handmade by skilled craftsmen. Moreover, because the manufacturing is done in-house, PlushBeds can better monitor the quality of the components and how everything is put together. Further evidence of exceptional quality and durability is the 25 year warranty. While the industry average is 10 years, PlushBeds makes clear to its customers that the Botanical Bliss will last longer. See Botanical Bliss Mattress Review
No Off-Gassing – For the most part, off-gassing was not a problem with Brooklyn’s previous all foam mattress. With the addition of coils instead of foam on the bottom layer, and no changes to the upper two layers, the mattress should continue to perform well in this area. See Brooklyn Signature Mattress Review
Others Top Performers:
Comfort – (see Most Comfortable Mattress) The Luxi 3-in-1 is the first-ever adjustable bed-in-a-box mattress. It has the customization options to let sleepers choose the firmness of the mattress. Although the mattress comes with medium firmness, sleepers can change the firmness level by simply unzipping the mattress cover and flipping the comfort layers. Additionally, the 3-in-1 has Dual Side Adjustability. This means that with the queen or king, each side can be adjusted to a different comfort level.
The Luxi One, conversely, does not have these options. It comes with soft to medium firmness and cannot be adjusted. Both the Luxi 3-in-1 and the Luxi One have shape-matching technology that provides the optimal level of softness, cooling, breathability, and comfort. The combination of foams have the unique capability to precisely match the shape of the body and deliver the perfect amount of “sink” and “hug” determined by body weight, sleep position and pressure profile. The end result is a luxury feel, pressure point relief, and a deeper, more restorative Awesome Night Sleep. See Luxi Sleep Mattress Review
Sleeping Cool – (see Best Mattress for Keeping Cool) Purple mattress ranks highest in breathability and keeping individuals from sleeping hot. Purple hyper-elastic polymer ‘Smart Grid’ technology provides air flow channels that keep the sleeper temperature-neutral – neither hot nor cold. Instead of sleeping right on the foam, the grid formation elevates the body above the foam so air can flow freely below. Additionally Purple’s original stretch cover is not only soft and stretchable, but it is breathable to promote cooling airflow. See Purple Mattress Review
Quality – The Casper Mattress is both built with innovative quality and very durable. As evidence, Casper has top-notch engineering, performs in-depth testing, uses premium foams, and has brilliantly designed products. First, Casper has over 40 researchers, scientists, and engineers with more than 50 patents, obsessed with designing the perfect mattress. They work at Casper Labs in San Francisco, a 5,000 square foot facility consisting of research space, analytical equipment, design rooms, testing areas, prototype places, and even mock bedrooms. In these labs they scour through millions of points of data, and based on customer feedback, continuously try to make improvements to their products.
Second, Casper does very in-depth testing. They run thermal imaging tests and sweat tests to ensure their mattresses sleep cool. Further they run thorough stress tests where they run heavy rollers across the mattress and dump heavy loads to simulate over a decade of use. Third, Casper employs fine quality, premium foams. They do not use fillers like some of the competition. Sleepers can count on the foams in the Casper mattress feeling like new for the entire length of the 10 year warranty.
Last, Casper has incredibly designed products. For instance, the custom designed cover is a high quality polyester/polypropylene blend that is hand-sewn, stretchy, and specifically designed to sleep cool. Moreover, Casper now features Zoned Support™. In Casper’s own words, Zoned Support is an innovative foam framework that contours specifically to each area of the body for incredible comfort, ideal anatomical support, and focused spinal alignment. Casper stands by its quality and durability with its 10-year warranty. If the mattress does not stand up for a full decade, Casper will repair or replace it. See the Casper Mattress Review
Sleeping Cool – Epically Cool!!! Many other mattress companies have one or two design features that help individuals sleep cool. Acesleep has five. Thus, many other mattress companies have customers that are overheated, while Acesleep has customers that are overjoyed. They are overjoyed because they are getting a cool, refreshing, Awesome Night Sleep. The first (1) feature that is keeping sleepers cool is the high-tech cooling fabric and ventilation design of the Luxury Ice Silk Cover. According to Acesleep’s website, because of its OEKO-TEX certified phase change silk fabric, a sleeper’s body can easily cool off 4-5℉. The high-quality breathable mesh at the edge of the mattress cover is the second (2) cool feature. It helps fresh air sufficiently and efficiently circulate through the mattress.
Thirdly (3), the open-cell memory foam of the first layer of the mattress provides added ventilation. Again, according to Acesleep’s website, a sleeper’s body heat is dispersed 25% faster with open-cell rather than ordinary memory foam. Next (4), the Bamboo Memory Foam of the second layer regulates sleeping temperature. Lastly (5), the third layer’s Gel Infused Memory Foam transmits excess heat from the top layers to keep the mattress cool. As a whole, (per the Acesleep website) the five features combine to create heat loss that is up to seven times faster than what you would get with a regular memory foam mattress. Thus, not only are you immediately cool as soon as you lie down on the Ice Silk cover, the incredible features of this mattress will keep you cool all night long. See the Acesleep Mattress Review
Socially Good – Donate 1 mattress for every 10 they sell, donate to local communities (money and volunteering), and plant one tree for every mattress sold. Keep paper / materials to a minimum. CertiPUR-US Certified (No Off-Gassing of Toxins). See Leesa Mattress Review
Good for Backs – All three layers of the Lull mattress work together to provide back pain relief. The top layer of memory foam cradles the body, providing great relief for pressure points, while the transition and core support layers ensure proper support and spinal alignment. Back sleepers will enjoy the Lull mattress. They will be pleased with the medium-firm feel, the even distribution of weight, and the proper spinal alignment. See Lull Mattress Review
No Motion Transfer – Virtually non-existent motion transfer. Thus, the motion of one sleeper does not impact the other sleeper. The foam returns to its previous state rather quickly. The medium and firmer models provide the right amount of sinkage. See Amerisleep Mattress Review
Easy to Maintain – Takes about two weeks to break-in. Lighter weight makes mattress easier to move than most, but more likely to move off base. No Side Straps to aid in moving. Rotating the mattress from head to foot should be done a couple times per year. T&Nrecommends that sleepers spot clean any stains on the cover with a mild detergent and water. See Tuft & Needle Mattress Review
Easy to Maintain – Installing the Smart Technology and setting up the bed is hassle free. All Eight mattresses can be used immediately after unboxing and decompression. Sleepers, however, should allow a full 24 hours if they want the mattress to fully form and a couple of days longer for it to adapt to their bodies. No further break-in period is needed. The mattresses should not be flipped, but should be rotated from head to toe every 3 months. Handles on the side make for easy rotation. The top layer of the cover can be unzipped and washed, but the bottom layer of the cover, where all the electronics are placed, should not be. See Eight Sleep Mattress Review
Customization – (see Best Mattress for Customization) To best help sleepers choose a mattress that will give them an Awesome Night Sleep, it is best to help them use the most relevant information possible and based on this information, design an amazing mattress for them. This is what Helix Sleep does. They find out important information in only a couple of minutes and then create a mattress based on this information. Helix does this with a quick quiz (see below) that customers can take on Helix’s website. From the answers to this quiz, Helix performs proprietary algorithms and analytics in order to determine the perfect mattress from them. This truly is customization!!! See the Helix Sleep Mattress Review
Comfortable – Very comfortable! The Serta iComfort Blue 100 Gentle Firm is slightly on the medium firm side. It comes in at 6 out of 10, with 1 being incredibly soft and 10 being incredibly firm. If this firmness is not perfect for the sleeper, there are five other Serta iComfort Memory Foam mattresses to choose from that vary in firmness. In addition to feeling medium firm, the iComfort Blue 100 Gentle Firm offers cooling, pressure-relieving comfort. Its two layers of gel memory foam give the sleeper that great memort foam feel without the heat that often comes with it. The memory foam contours well to each person’s body shape, while also evenly distributing their weight. While a sleeper will more likely feel “in” this mattress rather than “on top” of it, they will not sink down too far, as the top two layers of memory foam combined are less than three inches thick. The third comfort layer of Balanced Support Foam adds that “just right” combination of additional cushioning comfort and enhanced support. See the Serta iComfort Mattress Review
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