A good queen-size mattress can provide comfortable sleep along with pressure relief, back pain prevention and proper spine alignment, which makes it one of the most popular mattresses on the market. While the mattress’s popularity offers a ton of versatility in material and style, it can be overwhelming for many shoppers when they are looking for their perfect queen mattress.
To help you navigate the queen mattress market, we’ve tested some of the most popular queen-size mattresses and rounded up our top picks. So whether you prefer a firm mattress, a hybrid mattress or maybe want a soft mattress if you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll find the best mattress for a quality night’s sleep below.
What is the best overall queen mattress?
Our team of sleep experts has tested over 200 of the top beds on the market. We’ve determined that the best queen mattress is the Brooklyn Bedding Signature. It’s the type of mattress anyone will like; it accommodates all sleeping positions with its comfortable memory foam comfort layer. Thanks to the pocketed coil construction, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is also durable enough to support any body type.
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Best queen mattresses of 2024
Mattress price scale:
$ = Budget: $799 and below
$$ = Average: $800 to $1,699
$$$ = Premium: $1,700 and up
These reflect MSRP or list prices. Sales might make a mattress less expensive, but are always changing.
Type Hybrid mattressFirmness 3 firmness levels | Soft: Medium-soft to soft or 2 | Medium: Medium to medium-soft or 4 | Firm: Medium-firm or 7Trial 120 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price $$
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is one of the best-valued bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market. Brooklyn Bedding manufactures their own mattresses in the United States, allowing them to cut out the middle-man and sell for a more affordable price. The brand also doesn’t cut corners on quality, so you’re getting a great mattress and a very fair price.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature bed is an 11.5-inch hybrid mattress made with over 1,000 pocketed coils in the support layer, making it supportive and durable for all body types. You also have three firmness levels to choose from when picking a bed. It also has a comfortable, neutral-foam feel that responds quickly to pressure. Even though the primary comfort layer is memory foam, it never makes you feel like you’re stuck in a pit within the foam thanks to the transition layer underneath it.
- 3 firmness levels
- Great for all body types
- Excellent value
- Not an ultra budget choice
Read our Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid review.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid
Type Flippable hybrid mattressFirmness Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-softTrial 120 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price $$
Thanks to its flippability, the Layla Hybrid is really like two mattresses in one. It has a soft side and a firm side, so you can customize your sleeping experience based on your needs. It’s made of a layered combination of gel memory foam, airflow support foam and an individually wrapped pocketed coil system that provides plenty of support while also allowing enough give to make the mattress feel plush and comfortable right away.
This hybrid mattress also has a middle memory foam layer that’s made from copper-infused memory foam that’s designed to disperse heat and keep you cool while you sleep. Even in the middle of the summer, the queen mattress felt cool to the touch. You know that feeling you get when you slide into a cool bed with freshly washed sheets? You get that with this mattress type almost every time. Read more in our full Layla Hybrid mattress review.
- Flippable design with two firmness options
- Airy foam feel
- Hybrid construction
- Excellent motion isolation
- Not a bouncy mattress
- Expensive for budget shoppers
Read our Layla Hybrid review.
Type Memory foam mattressFirmness 5 or mediumTrial 365 nightsWarranty Forever warranty Price $$
The Nectar Premier mattress is designed with four layers including a gel-infused memory foam comfort layer and a quilted cooling cover. The cover might not be ice-cold, but it should really help most sleepers sleep more temperature neutral and comfortable throughout the night. It offers a nice, pressure relief feel around your hips and shoulders that almost makes you feel weightless.
It’s the best memory foam queen mattress that also has really good motion isolation. I loved how this Nectar mattress limited motion transfer and didn’t bounce around when my boyfriend tossed and turned in the middle of the night. However, the edge support isn’t the greatest considering it’s designed with a foam base layer, as opposed to a sturdy layer. Read more in our full Nectar Premier mattress review.
- Great pressure relief
- Excellent motion isolation
- Temperature regulation
- Poor edge support
- Slow response time
- Not supportive enough for plus size sleepers
Type Memory foam hybrid mattressFirmness 7 or medium-firmTrial 100 nightsWarranty 15-year limited warranty Price $$
The Helix Plus is marketed toward heavier sleepers, but it’s one of the best queen size mattresses for sleepers of any body shape and size. The mattress material is a combination of memory foam and Helix dynamic foam — an adaptive memory foam that quickly reacts to your body when you move. It also has an additional layer of four-pound memory foam that supports people with higher BMIs.
The Helix Plus also had more bounce than some of the other hybrid mattresses I tried, but was still surprisingly good with isolating motion — a combo I really enjoyed. The mattress is categorized as a medium to firm feel — Helix rates it a 7 to 8 out of 10 on the mattress firmness level scale — and I would have preferred it a bit on the softer mattress end of the spectrum, but if you’re looking for a firm mattress that’s comfortable, supportive, and will stand the test of time, this is it.
Read more in our full Helix mattress review.
- Great for plus-size bodies
- Extra-large pocketed coils
- Medium firmness
- 13-inches tall
- Too firm if you weigh less than 150 pounds
I’m here to tell you that all of the good things you’ve heard about the Purple mattress are true. It’s comfortable and supportive and I felt like I was sinking in without getting stuck, something that’s harder to accomplish with memory foam. While the Purple Grid — a Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid formation with open channels — does take some getting used to (especially if you’re coming from a different mattress type like a 100% memory foam mattress), it’s beyond worth it in the end.
The grid felt more adaptive than other types of mattresses. No matter what sleeping position I was lying in, the Purple mattress hugged and cradled my body like it was designed just for me. It’s also extremely breathable, it’s one of the best cooling mattresses on the market without a cooling cover or special cooling technology in the construction. I also think it’s a suitable bed for all body types from small, to plus-size and everything in between.
- Unique feel
- Antimicrobial cover
- Soft and firm options
- You either like or hate the Purple Grid
Purple Restore Mattress
Type Latex HybridFirmness 7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)Trial 365 nightsWarranty 25-year limited warranty Price $$$
The main selling point of the Avocado Green is that it’s organic and completely free of harmful chemicals, flame retardants and toxic foams. It’s made from a combination of cotton, wool and natural latex (or they have a vegan mattress that’s wool-free) that will have you sleeping soundly and consciously.
At first, this best queen mattress felt firmer than I typically like, but after a few days, I started to settle into it and really appreciate the balance of support and plushness. I felt equally comfortable sleeping on my side and my back and appreciated how responsive the mattress was — it adjusted quickly as I switched my sleeping position and didn’t have any lag or sink that can go hand in hand with some types of memory foam.
I added the optional pillow top, which adds an extra layer of softness that I thought made a world of difference. If you like a firmer mattress, you may not need it, but I think it’s well worth the extra $500. Read more in our full Avocado mattress review.
- Organic materials
- Great edge support
- Too firm for some people
- Expensive with pillow top
Type Hybrid mattressFirmness 3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firmTrial 365 nightsWarranty Lifetime warranty Price $$
The Saatva Classic mattress is the ultimate firm, supportive bed with everything a back, stomach or heavy sleeper could want. It’s available in multiple firmness levels, height profiles and is made with memory foam and a plush, 3-inch Euro-top for additional pressure relief. Although the Saatva is made with some memory foam, it has more of a neutral-foam feel that’s responsive thanks to the multiple layers of coils.
The flagship Saatva mattress is picked as the best queen mattress for firm-bed lovers for good reason. The Luxury Firm and Firm models range from medium-firm or seven out of 10 to nine out of 10 on the firmness scale, giving you the option between more or less pressure relief. Paired with the bed’s dual-coil construction with lumbar zone reinforcements and Lumbar Zone spinal wire, it’s one heck of a supportive bed that keeps your spine in neutral alignment.
- Super supportive
- Great for plus-size body types
- Multiple firmness options
- Too firm for petite sleepers
- Not a soft mattress
- Type: Hybrid mattress
- Firmness: 3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm
- Trial: 360 nights
- Warranty: Lifetime warranty
- Price: $$
Type Hybrid MattressFirmness 6 or medium to medium-firmTrial 100 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price $
When I’m asked by friends and family for the best cheap queen mattress recommendation, the Allswell mattress is always my go-to. The queen size Allswell mattress runs around $300, and it’s constructed with pocketed coils. Hybrid mattresses, beds made with both foam and steel coils, typically run for $1,000 or more.
Made by Walmart, the Allswell mattress is 10 inches thick with a simple two-layer construction, typical of a budget mattress, with charcoal and copper-gel infused memory foam to help fight heat retention. It feels like a responsive neutral-foam mattress that’s quick to respond to pressure. It’s a little on the firm end of the spectrum, coming in around a six to seven on the firmness scale (for people who weigh under 230 pounds). That said, it’s going to be more ideal for back, stomach or combination sleepers.
See more in our full Allswell mattress review.
- Budget choice
- Anyone will like it
- Responsive and bouncy feel
- Might be too firm for petite side sleepers
- Not actively cooling
- Type: Hybrid mattress
- Firmness: 6 or medium to medium-firm
- Trial: 100 nights
- Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
- Price: $
Type Memory foam mattressFirmness 6 or medium to medium-firmTrial 100 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price $
The Bear Original mattress is an underrated bed-in-a-box that earned its spot on our best queen mattress list because of its unique features, bang-for-your-buck value and of course, comfort. It’s a dense memory foam mattress that slowly molds around the curves of your body. This bed is a hair firmer than a medium, falling around a six out of 10 in the firmness scale.
It’s a three-layer mattress made with Bear Dynamic Foam, memory foam and a Celliant-infused cover as the cherry on top. Celliant is recognized by the FDA as a medical device, and it’s woven into fabric to absorb body heat and transmit it back to the body as infrared energy. It’s meant to help boost circulation, restore energy and help with muscle tissue repair. Bear does a lot of marketing towards athletes for this reason, as it can be beneficial for people who live highly active lifestyles.
- Celliant-infused cover
- Great value for what you get
- Responsive memory foam
- Not ideal for people over 230 pounds
- Type: Memory foam mattress
- Firmness: 6 or medium to medium-firm
- Trial: 100 nights
- Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
- Price: $$
Read our Bear Original review.
Other mattresses we’ve tested
Our CNET Sleep editors have the tumultuous task of laying on beds to find the ones that are most cozy and comfortable. Just kidding, it’s a pretty great gig. Over the course of hundreds of bed testing hours, they’ve discovered the best of the best mattresses and the average Joe’s. The beds listed above were the editors’ top choices, but here are a few additional beds that deserve an honorable mention.
WinkBed mattress: WinkBed is a thick, luxurious hybrid mattress with a strong pocketed coil system, several layers of coils and a fluffy pillow top for additional comfort. It comes in three different firmness levels ranging from soft to firm, so all sleeping positions can find a comfortable fit for them.
Casper mattress: The popular Casper Original mattress is rated a medium on the firmness scale and boasts a generally comfortable, neutral-foam mattress feel. It has a zoned-support design that’s firmer under your back for support and softer under your hips and shoulders for pressure relief. It’s very accommodating for a wide range of sleeper types, as long as you weigh less than 230 pounds. The Casper Original Hybrid is going to be best for heavier sleepers.
GhostBed mattress: The GhostBed queen mattress combines memory foam, latex foam and poly foam to create a mixed foam feel that’s pressure relieving and responsive at the same time. It also uses its own special latex foam, making it more affordable than organic or natural latex foam. It’s great for all sleeping positions because it’s rated right in the middle of the firmness scale. Though, it’s not as supportive, so it’s going to be best for people who weigh under 230 pounds.
How we tested the best queen mattresses
Our team of sleep experts has years of experience rolling around on mattresses. We’ve established a testing process that assesses each bed on key factors like firmness, motion isolation, durability and edge support.
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Firmness and feel
We’ve tested hundreds of mattresses, which means we have a deep understanding of where a mattress falls on the firmness scale. We compare it to other mattresses as we analyze how hard or soft it is.
When testing the feel of a bed, we get hands-on. We press down on it and roll around, noting how the material responds. Is it bouncy and light like latex foam? Or slow responding like some memory foam?
Durability is a top concern when recommending mattresses. We hypothesize how long a mattress will last based on the construction. A bed with steel coils inside will be more durable than an all-foam mattress.
Motion isolation is how well a bed dampens movement across the surface. While this might not seem like a big deal, it matters if you share a mattress with someone who moves around a lot. To test motion isolation, we jump and bounce around on the mattress. We even place a glass of water on the edge of the bed and see if it tips over as we move across it.
You can think of edge support as how strong the perimeter of the mattress is. This is important if you need access to the entire surface or sleep along the edge. We test edge support by sitting and lying on the edge of the mattress. If we feel like we’ll fall off, the bed doesn’t have good edge support.
Things to consider when shopping for a queen mattress
What you need from a bed differs from what someone else wants. That means your shopping experience will be unique and depend on key factors like your body weight, sleeping position and budget. Let’s dig into how your preferences influence your chosen mattress.
Your sleeping position will determine how hard or soft your mattress needs to be for you to get the best sleep.
- Side sleepers need soft to medium mattresses with plenty of pressure relief that cradles the curves of your body. This ensures that pressure points don’t develop on your shoulders, hips and knees.
- Back and stomach sleepers need medium to firm mattresses that align your spine at night. That way you don’t wake up with back pain.
- Combination sleepers have the most flexibility. It’s best to choose your firmness based on the position you spent the most time in.
Your body type determines how much pressure you put on the mattress, influencing how firm it feels. Heavier people will experience mattresses to be softer, while petite body types will feel firmer. Your weight also affects what type of mattress you should get.
- People over 230 pounds need a mattress with plenty of support from coils, like hybrid mattresses.
- People under 230 pounds can choose between hybrid and all-foam mattresses.
You should also consider any medical conditions when shopping for your next mattress. For instance, if you sleep hot, you should look for beds with cooling technology or are made with breathable materials like latex foam.
If you live with joint pain or arthritis, you should seek out a soft, pressure-relieving mattress that cradles your body. People with back pain require a firmer mattress to support the spine.
Mattresses are significant investments, so you must identify your budget before shopping for a queen mattress. The average online mattress costs between $850 to $1,200. However, there are mattresses for every budget, from under $300 to hotel luxury mattresses that cost over $2,000.
Best queen mattress FAQs
Your standard queen size mattress is 80 inches long and 60 inches wide. Or 6 feet, 8 inches long by 5 feet wide.
The best queen size mattress should fit your sleeping position, body type, and budget. Back and stomach sleepers should look for a medium to firm mattress, while side sleepers should keep an eye out for medium to soft queen mattresses. Sleepers weighing over 250 pounds should consider a hybrid mattress made with steel coils for extra durability and support.
Brooklyn Bedding is a reputable brand that makes an affordable, comfortable RV queen mattress called Brooklyn Bedding Signature. It’s a quality bed-in-a-box mattress that’s versatile enough to accommodate many different sleeping and body types, great for a family with different needs and preferences.