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Whether you’re moving in with your partner, your pet is taking up the whole bed, or you just want some more space to sprawl out, a queen mattress is an exciting investment that promises years of quality sleep. However, it can also be overwhelming when it comes time to pick a mattress from among the myriad options. At Tuck, we’ve created a list of the best queen size mattresses based on verified owner reviews, in-house testing, and many hours of product research and analysis.
This in-depth article on the best queen size beds will go more in detail about our top 5 picks, discussing support, pressure relief, and feel for different sleeper profiles. We’ve also included some practical advice for mattress shopping including information on sleep trials, discounts, and mattress care.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding a high-quality mattress with a low price-point.
Our editor’s pick is the Nectar, an all-foam mattress with memory foam comfort and transitional layers over a high-density polyfoam core. The mattress is 11 inches tall and has a firmness level of medium firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The memory foam conforms closely to relieve pressure points, especially in people who weigh more than 130 pounds.
With not one but three layers of memory foam, the Nectar is completely silent and does an excellent job at isolating motion transfer, so each partner can get in and out of bed without worrying about disturbing the other. A breathable Tencel lyocell and cotton blend cover helps reduce the heat retention that often happens with foam mattresses.
Nectar backs the mattress with a full 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, which are both well above average.
The Bottom Line.
The Nectar features several layers of dense, conforming memory foam that form a pressure-relieving cradle and keep the spine aligned in sleepers over 130 pounds. Minimal noise and motion transfer make this bed a good option for couples.
The Casper Hybrid is fairly plush, with several layers of polyfoam and memory foam that give the mattress a medium feel, or 5.5 out of 10. Pocketed coils and a high-density polyfoam base ensure proper spinal alignment in most sleepers under 230 pounds. The Casper Hybrid also has a zoned polyfoam transitional layer, with plush foam under the shoulders and firmer foam under the hips. The mattress is 12 inches tall.
Contouring comfort layers balanced against the supportive pocketed coils give the Casper Hybrid a balanced feel between sleeping “in” and sleeping “on” the mattress. The mattress is comfortable for most sleeper types and sleep positions, with the possible exception of heavyweight stomach sleepers.
Like most hybrid mattresses, the Casper Hybrid has minimal heat retention due to airflow through the coils, and it also provides a more responsive surface than all-foam models. However, the mattress still manages to provide exceptional pressure relief suitable for lightweight and average weight sleepers.
The Casper Hybrid comes with a standard 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.
The Bottom Line.
The medium-firm Casper Hybrid provides plush pressure relief and buoyant support for most sleeper types. Strong airflow through the coils helps the mattress surface maintain a neutral temperature throughout the night.
With a quilted organic cotton cover, two layers of memory foam, and two layers of high-density polyfoam, the Loom & Leaf offers the conforming pressure relief typical of a memory foam mattress. The mattress is available in two firmness levels, medium and firm, or a 5.5 and an 8 out of 10. Sleepers in almost all weight groups and sleeping positions tend to find excellent pressure relief in the Loom & Leaf.
The top layer of memory foam is convoluted and laminated with a phase-change material designed to draw away body heat. This helps the mattress sleep much cooler than competing memory foam mattresses. The same layer also has enhanced lumbar support, helping promote spinal alignment by preventing the hips from sinking in too far.
The Loom & Leaf offers the typical benefits of a memory foam mattress, rating well on motion isolation and making no noise when bearing weight. These attributes make memory foam mattresses popular with people who share the bed, as they minimize the risk of nighttime disturbances. Couples can also make use of the entire mattress from edge to edge, as the Loom & Leaf has a stronger perimeter than most foam mattresses.
Loom & Leaf is run by Saatva, who offers free White Glove delivery and optional old mattress removal with all orders. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and 15-year warranty.
The Bottom Line.
The Loom & Leaf offers the conforming pressure relief and motion isolation of a memory foam mattress, with surprisingly good edge support compared to other models in its category. The mattress comes in two firmness options to suit most sleeper types.
This flippable mattress by Saatva features a different firmness level on each side. The Zenhaven is wrapped in an organic cotton cover with a natural wool fire barrier, Talalay latex comfort layers, and a shared latex core. The mattress measures 12 inches thick.
The first side of the mattress is medium soft, or 4 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This side conforms more closely and provides pressure relief to side sleepers and lightweight sleepers. The firm side measures a 7 out of 10 and gives extra support to heavier individuals and stomach sleepers. Average weight sleepers in all sleeping positions find the mattress very comfortable.
Though latex provides pressure relief on a level that rivals memory foam, it doesn’t conform as closely. Both sides of the Zenhaven are quite responsive, enabling sleepers to easily switch positions. Varying pincore holes in the comfort layers make the mattress feel firmer under the shoulders and hips, giving the Zenhaven additional lumbar support that is especially popular with back sleepers.
Couples shouldn’t have any problem sleeping soundly on the Zenhaven, which muffles noise and prevents most motion transfer. The quality of the Zenhaven’s materials suggests that the mattress will have an above-average lifespan. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and 20-year warranty.
The Bottom Line.
The Zenhaven is a solidly built flippable latex mattress that contours to provide pressure relief for most sleeper types thanks to its two firmness options. Above-average motion isolation and a quiet sleep surface make the bed suitable for sensitive sleepers.
The WinkBed hybrid mattress comes in four firmness options: soft (4.5), medium firm (6.5), firm (7.5), and another firm (8) version called the WinkBed Plus that features a slightly different construction.
The first three firmness levels are made with a Tencel lyocell cover, comfort layers of polyfoam and microcoils, a pocketed coil support core, and a high-density polyfoam base. The WinkBed Plus replaces the microcoils with a layer of latex. All WinkBed mattresses are 14.5 inches thick and have zoned coils as well as a cotton lumbar pad to provide extra lumbar support.
The WinkBed has fantastic edge support that allows full use of the bed. The coils also give the mattress some bounce to facilitate sex. Above all, the WinkBed is an innerspring mattress that has abundant airflow through the two layers of coils. In combination with the breathable cover, this makes the mattress a worthy option for people who sleep hot.
A 120-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty accompany each WinkBed mattress.
The Bottom Line.
Four firmness levels allow WinkBed customers to choose a feel that suits them best, with an extra firm option for sleepers over 300 pounds. The WinkBed also has good temperature regulation and a reinforced perimeter that allows full use of the bed.
Our guide to choosing the best queen size mattress discusses pros and cons of a queen mattress, which type of sleeper is best suited to a queen mattress, and other important information.
The queen size mattress as we know it was introduced in the 1940s and started gaining traction in the 1950s. Today, it is the most popular mattress size.
A standard queen size mattress measures 60 by 80 inches and is meant for two people. This is slightly bigger than a full size mattress (54 by 74 inches) and quite a lot smaller than a king (76 by 80 inches).
Couples like the queen size because it’s bigger than a full size mattress, but not as space-consuming as a king size mattress. Taller people or people who sleep with a pet may also appreciate the extra room, as might people who simply like a lot of space to sprawl out. Since they are so popular, queen size mattresses are almost always available, even in mattress models with limited sizing options.
On the other hand, queen mattresses are not the most practical choice for people who have a small bedroom. Queen mattresses also weigh more than smaller mattresses, making them more difficult to move. Couples who prefer to sleep in separate beds, people who frequently change houses, or hotel rooms and guest rooms with changing clientele may all prefer to use twin mattresses.
In the following section we’ll cover some buyer considerations when shopping for a queen size mattress, including model, firmness, and practical information.
Polyfoam and memory foam mattresses tend to offer excellent pressure relief and motion isolation, and they are virtually silent when bearing weight. This makes them a popular choice for couples. Found in all budgets, many foam mattresses offer additional advantages such as special foams that reduce heat retention. Lightweight sleepers, average weight sleepers, and side sleepers can all benefit from the close conforming of memory foam.
Average price (Queen): $1,044
Expected lifespan: 5 to 6 years
Anyone who grew up on an innerspring mattress will recall that this model offers excellent bounce, temperature neutrality, and edge support. The firm surface makes innerspring mattresses especially suitable for stomach sleepers and heavyweight individuals. Along with foam mattresses, innersprings are usually among the most affordable options.
Average price (Queen): $1,038
Expected lifespan: 4 to 6 years
Hybrid mattresses are popular with heavier individuals because the pocketed coil layer provides more support than the polyfoam base found in an all-foam mattress. Thanks to the thick foam comfort layers, many hybrids are also suitable for lighter individuals. Decent responsiveness, edge support, and temperature regulation make hybrids a good all-round choice, the only drawback being the price.
Average price (Queen): $2,077
Expected lifespan: 6 to 7 years
Latex forms a cushioning cradle that relieves pressure for most sleeper types. It’s a quiet material that limits motion transfer, just like memory foam, but is more resilient and therefore better for sex and for combination sleepers. Natural latex is breathable, durable, and eco-friendly but has a correspondingly high price-point.
Average price (Queen): $1,971
Expected lifespan: 7 to 8 years
Airbeds are expensive but offer the major advantage of being able to customize the firmness level on each side of the bed, making them much appreciated by couples with wildly different sleep profiles. These durable mattresses usually have foam comfort layers that provide good pressure relief.
Average price (Queen): $2,283
Expected lifespan: 7 to 9 years
The first thing that most people notice about a mattress is the firmness level. Mattress firmness is usually described on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being extremely plush and 10 being extremely firm. A mattress that is too plush allows sagging and eventually leads to back pain, while a mattress that is too firm causes pressure points. This is why the vast majority of people prefer mattresses that are in the 5 to 7 range.
Preferred mattress firmness is subjective and varies from person to person, although it’s generally understood that lightweight sleepers and side sleepers often choose plusher mattresses and heavier sleepers and stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses.
If you’re planning to share your queen mattress with a sleep partner, it may be difficult to agree on the firmness level. This is especially true in cases where each person has a different body type or preferred sleeping position. Couples who have trouble agreeing on their preferred firmness level may be interested to know that some mattresses have a different firmness level on each side, so each sleeper can choose a feel that works for them.
If you’re upgrading to a queen after years of using a smaller mattress, you’ll also need to invest in queen-size bedding, a queen-size bed frame or box spring, and perhaps an extra pillow. These are important decisions in their own right that will help you get the most out of your new mattress.
Unfortunately, the queen size often represents a jump in price from twin and full size mattresses. That being said, there are many things you can do to get the best price possible.
The rise of online mattress companies has made it easier to access high-quality queen size mattresses at reasonable prices. These mattresses often come with free shipping and a generous sleep trial with free returns that minimize the risk for shoppers, although it always pays to double-check these fees before buying. Sales on major holidays, coupon codes, deals for veterans, and exclusive discounts for Tuck readers further lower the price of a queen mattress.
For people who still prefer to try the mattress in a brick-and-mortar store before buying it, it helps to scout out inventory clearance sales and sales on public holidays. Many times these events are announced on the radio or in the local paper. It may also be possible to negotiate the price with the salesperson.
Queen mattress prices vary widely depending on the quality and type of the mattress. You can get a good foam or innerspring mattress for about $1,000, but latex, hybrid, and airbed models will run closer to $2,000.
It’s very rare for a mattress not to be available in a queen size. Online mattress companies and brick-and-mortar stores both stock a large selection of queen size mattresses.
Although the first answer that comes to mind is couples, queen size mattress can really be used by almost anyone. Many single adults choose queen size mattress to give themselves more room. Pet owners may choose a queen mattress so they can snuggle up with a dog or cat at night. Lastly, the extra 6 inches in length over a full-size mattress can make a queen mattress handy for a taller person.
Mattresses that have been sold online usually come with a sleep trial of at least 3 months. Customers who don’t like the mattress can send it back during this period for a refund. Sleep trials are not standard practice for mattresses sold in-store, although both online and brick-and-mortar companies alike usually offer warranties that protect consumers against manufacturing flaws.
Caring for your new queen mattress will depend on the model. Some mattress companies include a removable and washable cover, but we always recommend using a mattress protector to protect against stains. Rotating the mattress head-to-foot (for foam and hybrid mattresses) or flipping it (for some innersprings) can help delay the onset of permanent body indentations.