If your mattress has seen better days, investing in the best luxury mattress means you'll sleep soundly knowing you've invested your money wisely. Statistics show we spend, on average, around 25 years of our life asleep. So why spend those years sleeping on an uncomfortable or cheap mattress? A luxury mattress will also mean quality and high-tech materials – which will stand the test of time and could cure any sleep problems you encounter.
While our general best mattress guide includes outstanding mattresses at a range of budgets, this guide is dedicated to the most luxurious, advanced options on the market, for those who want to push the boat out and have the budget to invest in something high-end and dreamily comfortable.
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It makes sense to spend as much as you can on your bed – a great mattress could help to give your sleep routine a healthy boost, so you wake up feeling refreshed every morning. Getting a good night's sleep is also crucial for our wellbeing – including helping to lower blood pressure, improve our mood and even increase brain performance. Bear in mind too that mattress sales are common, which means you might well be able to pick up a high-end mattress for well below the MSRP.
Best luxury mattress overall
The WinkBed is our pick for the best luxury mattress overall. It's used in luxury hotels across America, including The Time Hotel in New York City (find out more in our article on what mattresses do hotels use?). The hybrid design includes a plush pillowtop, individually wrapped pocketed coils and gel-infused foam. There's also a targeted Back Relief system geared specifically towards ensuring proper spinal support. We tested the Luxury Firm version (6.5), and found it delivered cushioned comfort and reliable support for the entire body.
While that firmness option offers a happy medium, there are four different sleep feels to choose from, depending on your sleep style and preference. Side sleepers might prefer the more cushioned feel of the Softer model (ranked at a 4.5/10), while stomach sleepers could opt for the extra support offered by the Firmer model (7.5). While a few of our luxury mattress picks have different firmness options, what's more unusual here is that there's also a dedicated option for bigger bodies, rated at an 8/10 firmness (this is one of our best mattress for heavy people picks).
In our tests, the WinkBed scored highly across the board. It offers excellent motion isolation and edge support, as well as doing a good job of regulating temperature to prevent overheating. In fact, our only real complaints were the $49 exchange fee and the slight off-gassing smell.
There's very little to separate the WinkBed from the Saatva Classic currently at #2 – both are luxurious hybrids, available in a range of firmness levels, with back support built-in, and they're usually around the same price, too. The Saatva has a longer trial period, but the fee for returns is higher. The main point of difference to consider is that the WinkBed has a thick layer of foam near the top, so you'll probably get more of a sink-in feel than you will with the Saatva, which is mainly coils.
- Read more: WinkBed mattress review
Best luxury innerspring mattress
The Saatva Classic mattress is an award-winning innerspring hybrid, and one of the very best luxury mattresses around (in fact, it was extremely close to getting the top spot in our ranking). A plush 3" pillowtop provides cushioning at the top, while two layers of coils deliver sturdy support with a little bounce. There isn't loads of foam here – a thin layer provides extra lumbar support in the middle third of the mattress, and you'll also find it around the perimeter, to bolster edge support. The lower levels of foam mean a more responsive surface, and more space for air to circulate, leading to a cooler sleep feel.
This award-winning mattress is easy to customize, with two different depths and three different firmness levels to choose from (there isn't officially a 'bigger bodies' option, there is the Saatva HD, which has a very similar design). We tested the Luxury Firm version, and found it enormously comfortable from the off. It was slightly firmer than we were expecting, but delivered plenty of cushioning as well as ample support. This is a mattress you sleep 'on top of' rather than sinking in too much – if you're looking for a full memory foam 'hug', check out the Tempur-Pedic below.
In our tests, the Saatva Classic scored highly on edge support and pressure relief, although you might experience some slight motion transfer if you opt for the softer version. This mattress should stand the test of time, too – after a full year of sleeping on it, our reviewer commented that it still held up in terms of support and pressure point relief.
The Classic is delivered flat, but free white glove delivery is included in the price, so you won't need to worry about wrangling it into place in your bedroom – the delivery people will take care of that for you. There's a year's trial period so you can test it out in all seasons before fully committing, and a lifetime warranty too. Our only slight niggle is that you'll pay a $99 fee if you do decide to return or exchange.
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Best luxury mattress for hot sleepers
If you sleep hot, the Brooklyn Aurora Luxe hybrid could be the best luxury mattress for you. Two of its six layers are dedicated to regulating temperature, with a GlacioTex top cover that's cool to the touch (albeit a touch slippery) plus a layer of phase-changing copper-infused foam designed to draw heat away from your body.
Like the Saatva Classic Mattress (at number 2 on this list), the Brooklyn Aurora Luxe comes in three firmness levels: soft (2-4), medium (4-6), or firm (6-8). We slept on the medium firmness model in our Brooklyn Aurora Luxe mattress review and found it offers a keen balance of plushness and firmness that should suit most back and side sleepers. If you feel like you'll need something softer or more firm, you'll have 120 nights to exchange it or send it back outright for a full refund.
The foam-and-coils construction of the Brooklyn Aurora Luxe makes for a supportive, comfortable night's sleep thanks to its exceptional cooling properties and superb pressure relief. The higher gauge coils on its perimeter translate to above-average edge support so there's no need to worry about sliding off if you're one to sprawl and take up every inch of space on your bed. However, we wouldn't recommend it for couples who share a bed with a restless partner, as motion isolation here is almost non-existent.
That said, we feel the Brooklyn Aurora Luxe is one of the best cooling mattresses you can buy right now. What's particularly interesting is that this mattress comes in two RV sizes (king and bunk) so you'll be able to sleep luxuriously cool on your road trips. There's also a short queen option, which isn't a typical size among luxury beds.
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Right now, you can knock 25% off MSRP via code MEMORIAL25. This is one of Brooklyn Bedding's stronger discounts (although MSRPs have risen slightly so they're not quite the lowest prices we've seen). After coupon, you can bring home a queen size Aurora for $1,698.80.
Best luxury memory foam mattress
Tempur-Pedic is often hailed as the brand to buy if you're looking for a luxurious mattress. The only purely foam mattress in our selection of luxury mattresses, the Tempur-Adapt is optimized for pressure relief, which it delivers mainly via its distinctive, slow-moving body hugging Tempur Material. The brand insists this isn't memory foam, but it certainly behaves like it (these are generally accepted to be amongst the best memory foam mattresses around).
In our tests, we were impressed with the pressure relief and all-over support offered by this mattress. It also delivers outstanding motion isolation, which is great news if you have a restless partner. Unusually amongst our picks, there's only one firmness option and that's medium firm. We found it best suited to back sleeping – side sleepers might find it too firm.
Tempur-Pedic claims that its Tempur Material foam's open-cell design makes it super breathable, and there are further cooling powers built into the cover. However, during our tests we weren't impressed with this mattress' cooling capabilities, and found it slept warmer than other beds we've tried. If you struggle with overheating at night, you should consider the Tempur-Breeze instead (or head to our best cooling mattress guide for some other options).
At time of writing, this mattress has over 5,000 5-star reviews, with many saying this bed helped their sore back or knees. However, some customers did explain that the bed takes a couple of weeks to get used to – it definitely hugs the body, which can feel odd if you're used to an innerspring model. Similarly, it won't be the best luxury mattress for you if you like to be able to move around easily – for that consider a bed with springs, like the Saatva Classic, for a more responsive feel.
These are pricey mattresses, and if we're totally honest we think you are paying a slight premium for that brand name. The Tempur feel is fairly unique though, and the people that love it, really love it. If you're sold on that, it could be worth investing. Tempur-Pedic sales do crop up around major holidays, and are worth keeping an eye out for.
- Read more: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress review
Best luxury mattress under $900
This five-layer mattress includes a cashmere blend, foam and springs. It's only available in one firmness level, but it's designed to suit any type of sleeper, whether you lie on your front or side. If you currently have back or hip pain when you wake up, this could be the luxury mattress for you, as it should help alleviate this pain. It also shines when it comes to motion isolation, a useful feature if you have a co-sleeper who likes to toss and turn a lot while asleep.
In our DreamCloud mattress review, we judged it to be 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale – meaning anyone who selects this bed should like a medium level of firmness. Our reviewer found it took a few days to get used to, but then it cushioned her hips and shoulders well. The temperature regulation was also a standout feature – keeping our reviewer cool all year round, due to the gel-infused comfort layer and breathable cashmere-blend cover.
Customers who left glowing reviews for the mattress mentioned that the bed left no visible compression points where they slept and noted after four years of sleeping on the bed that they 'woke up feeling refreshed every day'. Regular DreamCloud sales mean you shouldn't have to pay MSRP, either.
Best luxury organic mattress
If you're looking for an organic luxury mattress, our top pick is the Avocado Green. This premium mattress is made using high-quality, organic materials, with a particular emphasis on the provenance of each different element. At the top, you'll find a layer of organic wool, which provides cushioning and breathability as well as being a natural fire retardant (there's a vegan version for those avoiding animal products). For body-contouring comfort, you've got latex rather than memory foam. This sits on top of zoned, pocketed coils, which provide custom support and a little bounce. Rather than being glued, the whole thing is held together by ribbons that run through the various layers (known as 'hand tufting').
Our tester found this bed was ultra-supportive. In fact, in might be too supportive for side sleepers, who need a bit more cushioning around their shoulders and hips. However, back sleepers, stomach sleepers and heavier people should get on well with this mattress. You do also have the option of softening things up by adding a pillowtop.
The Avocado Green was another high-scorer in our tests. We were impressed with the temperature regulation here, as well as motion isolation and edge support. The extras are good, too: a full year's sleep trial and $25 year warranty. What we find harder to justify, given that this is already an investment purchase, is the hefty delivery fee – $99 for standard, going up to $249 if you want white glove delivery (Saatva, by contrast, includes white glove delivery for free). If you can get over that, this is one of the very best organic mattresses out there, and especially for those seeking a touch of luxury alongside that eco-friendliness.
There is currently a proposed class action in California against Avocado Mattress, disputing the brand’s ‘green’ credentials. Avocado intends to contest these claims.
- Read more: Avocado Green mattress review
What is a luxury mattress?
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Luxury mattresses are those which boast an elevated build quality, with an expensive look and feel to match the higher price point. Beyond that, the design will vary. Often a luxury mattress will have a complex design, with multiple layers of different materials – innersprings for bounce, body-sculpting memory foam for pressure point relief and motion isolation, and perhaps a pillow top for added plushness. As a result, they'll often be thicker than your average mattress, which adds to the feeling of extravagance again (although you might need to buy some deep sheets!).
A common factor is the use of higher quality materials, so you might find lambswool or cashmere in the cushioned top layers, and any foams should be top-quality, with temperature regulation built in. To justify the higher price point, the brands will often have invested into research, imbuing their luxury beds with technology designed to help with spine alignment, temperature regulation and motion isolation.
How much does a luxury mattress cost?
Expect to pay anything from $1000 up to around $5000 for a luxury mattress – especially if you're looking for a standard queen size mattress, small enough to fit in any apartment and big enough for two people to sleep in comfortably.
Remember, you're paying for quality and a luxury mattress is an investment, and will last you longer than a normal mattress – and certainly longer than today's best cheap mattresses. So in the long run, it should be a sound investment.
If you want to buy a luxury mattress, but without the price tag, even luxury mattress brands have semi-regular mattress sales – so make sure to check back here for the best deals. While it might be worth waiting for a big event like the Black Friday or the Cyber Monday mattress deals if you want to snag the biggest discounts – as most savvy people do.