The best queen mattress 2024, according to our expert sleep reviewers

Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress with Cloud Pillow Top, photographed for Tom's Guide with sleep editor lying on it
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Searching for the best queen mattress? You're certainly not alone. Queen is the most popular bed size among adults in the US. It's a luxurious upgrade for solo sleepers who want more space than a twin or full, as well as couples who don't have the floor space for a king. Our experts have tested a wide range of beds and have used their knowledge to put together a list of the best queen mattresses you can buy right now.

A queen-size mattress measures 60x80 inches, making it shorter and slimmer than a king. You can even find queen mattresses for RVs, as well as wider Olympic queens (66x80 inches) and short queens (60x75). No matter what you're looking for, this guide will point you toward the best queen mattress for your needs and budget.

Speaking of budget, we know that cost plays an important role in choosing a new mattress. We've included pricing info for all of our entries, which we anticipate will be discounted during Presidents' Day mattress sales. Of course, mattress sales happen all of the time so you'll rarely be paying the full ticket price – but you'll often find the best savings around major holidays.

After comparing our test data, we declare the Saatva Classic as this year’s best queen mattress overall. (It also tops our general best mattress guide.) However, for a more affordable bed with deeper pressure relief, we recommend the all-foam Nectar Mattress. Keep scrolling to learn more about our best queen mattress picks...

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The Saatva Classic mattress photographed outside against a deep blue sea

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The best queen size mattress overall – our highest rated bed

Specifications

Type: Innerspring hybrid
Firmness (1-10): 3, 5-7, or 8
Height: 11.5 or 14.5"
Trial length: 365 nights
Shipping: Free in-home delivery; $99 returns fee
Warranty: Lifetime
Price bracket: Premium

Reasons to buy

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Three firmness levels
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Pillowy-soft mattress top
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Sleeps cool year-round

Reasons to avoid

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$99 fee to return it
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Some minor motion transfer

The Saatva Classic is the best queen size mattress for most sleepers because it comes in three firmness levels and two heights to support a wider variety of body types. As we explain in our Saatva Classic mattress review, this luxury hybrid is made from recycled steel coils paired with CertiPUR-US certified foam to offer a superb blend of comfort and support. The use of coils also increases airflow, so you sleep cooler whether alone or sharing your bed. 

During testing, the queen size luxury firm version of this mattress relieved pressure across our hips, shoulders and back. As such we’d recommend it as a good option for people with back pain. While Saatva has added a pillow top, don’t expect the Saatva Classic to mould to your body like an all-foam bed would – the Nectar below is a marginally better choice for that.

Yes the Classic is expensive, but monthly Saatva mattress deals can lower the price of a queen size by around $200. Ultimately, if you want the best queen size mattress for every sleeper, the Saatva Classic is our top recommendation. You’ll have 365 nights to try it, with free at-home delivery and setup in your bedroom, plus free old mattress removal.

Saatva Classic Mattress $1,295$1,095 at Saatva 

Saatva Classic Mattress from $1,295 $1,095 at Saatva 
You can now save $300 on a $1,995 queen-size mattress, reducing the price to $1,696. This isn't the biggest discount we've seen on a Saatva (and we should note that Saatva has raised the MSRPs), so we recommend waiting closer to Presidents' Day. Every Saatva mattress comes with unbeatable benefits:  a 365-night sleep trial, lifetime warranty and white glove delivery, including removal of your old mattress. 

The Nectar with a couple in bed

(Image credit: Nectar)
The best affordable queen size mattress

Specifications

Type: All-foam
Firmness (1-10): 6.5-7
Height: 12"
Trial: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime
Price range: Lower mid-range
Materials: Memory foam, other foams

Reasons to buy

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Isolates motion well
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Cradles your body
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Cooler than most foam beds

Reasons to avoid

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Edge support isn’t great

Finding a good queen size bed on a budget usually means compromising on quality or comfort. However the Nectar Mattress doesn’t cut corners and is actually one of the highest-rated memory foam mattresses. It isn’t fancy to look at, and doesn’t come close to the comfort of the more expensive Saatva Classic above, but for $699 for a queen (thanks to monthly Nectar mattress deals) it’s an excellent choice for the money. 

The Nectar is made of breathable memory foam, so it sleeps cooler than the average all-foam queen bed. Don’t choose it if you sleep very hot though and need a proper cooling mattress, as the Nectar just won’t cut it. It isolates motion well, so you shouldn’t be disturbed by your partner getting in or out of bed, and contours lightly to your body. As we noted in our Nectar Mattress review this isn’t the best choice for heavier bodies, but otherwise it suits most sleepers wanting a top-rated queen size mattress with an affordable price tag.

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress:  $699 $349 at Nectar Sleep

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress: from $699 $349 at Nectar Sleep
Nectar once again cuts 40% off its flagship mattress, which is now the brand's standard discount. That knocks a queen Nectar to $659. However, bundle deals are now up to 60% off ahead of Presidents' Day. You can bring home a queen Nectar mattress with a Classic Adjustable Frame, a bedding bundle and extended coverage from accidental damage for $1,308, a total savings of $2,058. You'll get a one-year trial and a lifetime warranty, too.

DreamCloud mattress in a bedroom

(Image credit: DreamCloud)
The best queen size mattress for the money

Specifications

Type: Hybrid
Firmness (1-10): 8
Height: 14"
Trial: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime
Materials: Memory foam, other foam, springs

Reasons to buy

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Good back support
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Excellent value for money 
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Relieves pressure points

Reasons to avoid

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Firmer than advertized
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Will be too firm for some

While there’s no disputing that the Nectar is a bargain, the DreamCloud is actually the best queen size mattress for the money overall. That’s because it offers a higher level of comfort and plushness than the Nectar, yet it only costs $100 more at $799 for the queen size. Like the best-selling Saatva Classic, the DreamCloud is designed to relieve pressure across your hips, back and shoulders. It uses a combination of gel memory foam and innerspring coils to achieve this, with a quilted top adding sink-in softness.

That’s needed, as the DreamCloud feels firmer to us than the advertised medium-firm rating. Keep that in mind if you weigh under 150lb and sleep on your side, as you’ll be better off choosing a softer mattress such as the Saatva Classic (#1). During testing we found that the DreamCloud slept cool, thanks to increased airflow from the coils, but lackluster edge support lets it down. Everything else, from the design and finish to the CertiPUR foam, is hard to fault for under $800.

DreamCloud Hybrid Mattress: $839 $419 at DreamCloud

DreamCloud Hybrid Mattress: from $839 $419 at DreamCloud
The DreamCloud Hybrid is now 50% off for Presidents' Day. That knocks the price of a queen to $665 – it's regularly $799 after an evergreen 40% discount. There's no telling how long this DreamCloud mattress sale will last so if you have your eye on this popular hybrid, act fast. As always,  you’ll also get a generous 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, plus a big discount on luxury DreamCloud bedding with your mattress.

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Hybrid mattress in a bedroom

(Image credit: Cocoon by Sealy )
The best queen size mattress for hot sleepers

Specifications

Type: All foam
Firmness (1-10): 6
Height: 10"
Trial: 100 days
Warranty: 10 years
Price bracket: Lower-mid
Materials: Memory foam, other foams

Reasons to buy

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Cooling fabric tech
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Good pressure relief
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Responsive sleep surface

Reasons to avoid

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Middling edge support

While this is rated as having a medium-firm feel, the Cocoon by Sealy Chill Memory Foam Mattress is softer than most beds in this guide. We therefore recommend it to people with a lighter to medium body weight, and to side sleepers who need extra cushioning around their hips, shoulders and knees. If you weigh over 250lbs, look at the DreamCloud (#3) instead.

The Cocoon by Sealy Chill is also the best queen size mattress for hot sleepers on a budget as it uses phase change material to dissipate heat. You normally find this type of mattress technology in premium cooling beds, so to find it in a $699 offering is excellent value for money. 

When we slept on the Cocoon Chill we found the surface to be responsive, which means it’s easy to move around on. The downside is that you will feel your partner moving around more on the Cocoon compared to the Nectar – and both cost the same. 

To choose between these highest-ranking queen size mattresses, consider your biggest sleep challenges. If you overheat during sleep, pick the Cocoon. If you sleep with a very restless partner, choose the Nectar (#2).

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress:$619 $399 at Cocoon by Sealy

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress: from $619 $399 at Cocoon by Sealy
Sealy's all-foam cooling mattress is a fantastic budget buy for hot sleepers. This evergreen Cocoon by Sealy mattress sale cuts 35% off the MSRP, which brings the price of a queen-size mattress down to $699. You'll also get a free bedding bundle worth $179, including two pillows, a sheet set and a mattress protector. Plus, your purchase is protected by a 100-night trial and 10-year warranty. 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress with Cloud Pillow Top, photographed for Tom's Guide

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The best queen mattress for RV and home use

Specifications

Type: Hybrid
Firmness (1-10): 3, 5 or 7
Height: 11.5"
Trial: 120 nights
Warranty: 10 years
Price bracket: Mid / upper-mid
Materials: Memory foam, other foams, coils

Reasons to buy

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Over a dozen sizes
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Good pressure relief
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Supportive and bouncy feel

Reasons to avoid

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Can sleep warm
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No returns before 30 days

If you’re searching for a good quality queen mattress for use in your home or RV, consider the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid. This mid-range mattress is sold direct and on Amazon and comes in three firmness levels, just like the Saatva, so it’s capable of relieving pressure for a range of body types.

Brooklyn Bedding’s top-selling mattress in a box is made with a quilted cover, followed by a comfort layer of gel-infused TitanFlex polyfoam. 8-inch pocketed coils, reinforced with polyfoam, form the support core across all three versions. Stomach, back and side sleepers should each feel comfortable on the Signature Hybrid, with the soft to medium mattresses suiting side sleepers weighing up to 230lbs. If you have a heavier body or sleep on your back or stomach, choose the medium or firm.

There are three different queen sizes for the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid, including short queen (60x74) and Olympic queen (66x80), so you’ll be able to find the best size for your custom bed or RV. During our tests, we found this mattress delivered excellent pressure relief and isolated movements well, but that it did sleep slightly warm. If you're a hot sleeper, consider the Cocoon Chill (#3) instead, or if you need an unusually sized queen mattress, check the Brooklyn Aurora or Dreamfoam Essential.

Signature Hybrid mattress: $865$605.50 at Brooklyn Bedding 

Signature Hybrid mattress: from $865 $605.50 at Brooklyn Bedding 
With three different firmness options to choose from, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress sits in the middle of the Brooklyn range. For Presidents' Day, you can save 25%, which is the best discount we've seen from BB since an extended 30% off sale from Cyber Monday. A standard queen Signature Hybrid mattress is now $1,299 (was $1,732).  Buyers get a 10-year warranty and 120 nights to test the mattress (it can be returned after 30 days for a $99 fee).

How to choose the best queen mattress

Picking a good queen size mattress involves the same considerations you make when choosing any other size mattress. If you know you need a queen bed size, which measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long (see our how big is a queen bed for more), then focus on getting everything else right on your mattress.

Our mattress methodology covers all the main elements we look at when testing mattresses, and these include pressure relief, support and breathability. All of these things are important to you when choosing the best queen size mattress for your sleep needs. 

Firmness (comfort) is perhaps the most important decision you’ll make. Most queen size mattresses are sold in soft, medium-firm (also called luxury firm) and firm comfort ratings. The vast majority of people with an average body weight and no special sleep needs will rest comfortably on a medium-firm queen mattress. 

Lighter bodies and side sleepers will prefer a softer mattress, while heavier than average bodies and stomach or back sleepers will find more pressure relief and spinal alignment from firm queen size mattresses. 

What is the average price of a queen mattress?

The average price of a queen size mattress has risen in the past three years, as shipping delays and higher material costs following the pandemic led to greater manufacturing costs. Some sleep brands passed these costs on to customers, with an average price increase of around $100 per mattress.

Whereas previously you could find several great queen size mattresses for under $800, the average price of a top-rated queen mattress is now closer to $1,000. We consider these to be mid-priced mattresses, with luxury queens costing upwards of $1,500. 

That said, there are still some top-rated queen size mattresses for under $800. In this price bracket we recommend the Nectar Memory Foam and the DreamCloud, both of which are usually on sale for anywhere between $699 and $799. The best queen size mattress of 2024 is the Saatva Classic and while it’s normally on sale too (discounts of around $200 to $250 are not uncommon), it is more expensive with an MSRP of $1,995 for a queen.

When is the best time to buy a queen mattress?

If you need a new queen size mattress and you can’t wait for major sales to land, then our shopping software above will help you find the best prices for the mattress you’re considering. 

If you can wait for the next big sale, we recommend the following as the best times to buy a queen size mattress:

February – the Presidents’ Day mattress sales usually usher in good discounts, yet quite often the best price drops are on past-season queen size mattresses. These are still excellent beds – they’re just not part of the current line.

May – summer is notorious for mattress price increases, as many companies introduce new beds and reign in discounts ahead of Labor Day. That means the Memorial Day mattress sales in May contain the cheapest queen size prices before the summer price hikes hit. 

September – if you can’t wait for Black Friday, then the Labor Day mattress sales are an excellent time to buy a queen size mattress for less. We use the Labor Day sales as a good barometer of what to expect during Black Friday.

November – queen size mattress prices are at their lowest during the Black Friday mattress sales. This is without question the best time to buy a queen size mattress for the best price. Many brands offer free gifts too, such as bedding and pillows.

DecemberCyber Monday mattress deals follow directly on from Black Friday and are your last chance to get a top-rated queen mattress for a much cheaper price before Christmas.