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I test mattresses for a living and I'd buy these three on Black Friday

Saatva Classic mattress placed in front of an open fire with a snow covered mountain in the background
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As a veteran deals writer turned professional mattress reviewer, I've become highly acquainted with some of the best mattresses (opens in new tab) on the market – along with the types of promotions mattress brands tend to run year-round.

We've seen more Black Friday mattress deals (opens in new tab) than ever this year. All the major brands launched their sales ahead of Black Friday, and there are a lot of discounts around today. If the thought of combing through those offers to find a mattress bargain that's also suited to your sleep is overwhelming, you're in the right place for expert help.

Below are the three mattresses I'd personally buy today and can therefore confidently recommend to you too. While the strength of their discounts played a large role in my final decisions, I also considered what each mattress offers in regards to overall value, build quality and brand reputation – in addition to our past experiences when testing them on our team.

If none of our recommendations fit your specific criteria, then we have provided a list of other top Black Friday deals to check out. And if you're new to buying mattresses this way, we have a few expert shopping tips to share too.

The Top 3 mattresses to buy this Black Friday

1. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress placed on a light wooden bed frame and covered with a white duvet

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The Original Nectar mattress offers the best value for your money. Not only is it cheap – it often undercuts the sale prices of mid-range rivals Purple and Casper – it's also one of the most supportive mattresses we've slept on. For many side and back sleepers, the Original Nectar Mattress will have the perfect balance of firmness and softness whilst offering cushioned support around the shoulders, hips, and back.   

Thanks to the Nectar Black Friday mattress sale there are some brilliant discounts (money off and free gifts in some cases)  to be had on both the brand's all-foam and hybrid models. The biggest offer is a $499 saving on the Nectar Original (opens in new tab) all-foam mattress in the US. That means you can nab a queen size Nectar Memory Foam with free sheets, pillows and a mattress protector for only $799. With a combined value of nearly $1,700 (the mattress has a MSRP of $1,298), that's a phenomenal deal for any mid-range queen mattress.

In the UK, you save 45% on any Nectar (opens in new tab), with prices now starting from just £312.95 for a single, with a double size Nectar Memory Foam UK priced only £411.95. You won't get free gifts with your UK purchase, but the money-off discount is massive and rivalled only by Emma Sleep (opens in new tab) and Simba Sleep (opens in new tab) – both are offering 45% off mattresses too. 

Every Nectar mattress comes with an industry-leading 365-night trial – a huge leap from the 100 nights offered by other bed-in-a-box brands. And Nectar is so confident in the integrity of its mattresses that it throws in a Forever Warranty (most brands cap their warranties at 10 years.) These perks should ease your mind if you're wary of buying a bed online, as you'll have a whole year to decide if you like it – and you can return it for free if you don't.

Consider the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress if: you sleep warm, as its top layer does a very good job of regulating body temperature; or if you sleep with a restless partner, since it excels at limiting motion transfer.

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Nectar Memory Foam: Save $499 (with $399 of free gifts) at Nectar (opens in new tab)
From $499
 - Nectar has dropped the price of its flagship mattress to its lowest ever. Not only is there a money off discount on most sizes, you'll also receive up to $399 of free gifts including pillows, sheets and a mattress protector. The UK version is on sale from £312.95. As we explain in our Nectar Memory Foam Mattress review (opens in new tab), with a year-long trial and forever warranty, this is superb value for money.

2. Saatva Classic mattress

The Saatva Classic Luxury Firm mattress placed on a black bed frame and dressed with a blue bed throw

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The Saatva Classic hybrid brings hotel-quality comfort to your bedroom at a price that won't decimate your bank account. It's not affordable in the way that the Nectar is, but when put into context with other handcrafted luxury mattresses, it's very well priced – you'd pay a lot more for this in store. 

It's durable too – several of us have been sleeping on the Saatva Classic mattress for over a year now and we still find it as supportive and comfortable as we did the first night we tried it.

The Saatva Black Friday mattress sale is running two different offers right now: save 10% sitewide on orders under $2,750, or 15% off your total order value if it's over $2,750. For instance, the price of a queen-sized Saatva Classic mattress will drop in-cart from $1,595 to $1,395. While we've seen this mattress drop to as low as $1,199 in the past (blame supply chain issues for an overall increase in mattress prices across the board), this is still an excellent price for a luxury hybrid – especially considering the significant markup you'd pay for a similar model in-store. 

If you're keen on customizing your mattress to suit your sleep preferences, Saatva provides three firmness options plus two height choices. Should you decide you need something plusher or firmer, you can exchange the mattress within the 180-night trial period (but you'll be on the hook for a $99 return delivery fee). Meanwhile, if you dread setting up a new mattress on your own, Saatva will take care of that for you via free white glove delivery, a perk that typically costs extra from other brands.

Consider the Saatva Classic if: you like your mattress to have some buoyancy to it as opposed to the 'sink in' feeling of a full foam model – particularly if you're a stomach sleeper and/or have a heavier body weight and need something firm.

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Saatva Classic: save 10 to 15% on all orders (opens in new tab)
From $848: There are two offers running at Saatva right now: 10% off everything when your order comes to less than $2,750, or 15% off your total order value if your order is worth over that amount. So the saving is up to $219 on the Saatva Classic, but over $1,000 on the big ticket items. With 10% off you’ll get a queen size for $1,395 (was $1,595). 

3. Tuft & Needle Original mattress

The Tuft and Needle Original Mattress on a wooden bed frame placed on a paisley rug

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Looking for a quality mattress on a small-ish budget? Our recommendation here is the Tuft & Needle Original memory foam mattress, a no-frills entry-level model that provides a restful night's sleep at a much lower price than Purple or Casper. Our side and back sleepers who tested the Tuft & Needle Original found its adaptive foam responsive and supportive – although our warmer sleepers wish it was better at regulating temperature. 

The Tuft & Needle Black Friday mattress sale is offering a saving of up to 30% off sitewide (opens in new tab). That knocks the price of a queen size down to $626.50 (was $895). Despite a price increase in summer 2021 as a response to rising material and delivery costs, this is still one of the least expensive foam mattresses out there – and the 30% discount makes it even better value for money.

Every Tuft & Needle bed-in-a-box comes with a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. Should you find it's not the best fit for you before the trial period ends, Tuft & Needle will provide a full refund and donate your mattress to a local charity of your choice – practical and ethical. 

Fortunately, if you do need to request an exchange or return, Tuft & Needle's customer support team has a reputation for being one of the best in the business so you'll be well taken care of quickly.

Consider the Tuft & Needle Original mattress if: you and your partner have differing sleep styles or work schedules because the motion isolation here is superb. It's also a great choice for a kid's bed or a guest room (instances where there’s little heavy-duty use).

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Tuft & Needle Original mattress: save 30% ins htr Black Friday sale (opens in new tab)
From $451.50 - This is an excellent discount on a mattress that's already one of the cheapest we've tried and rated. That 30% discount lowers the price of a queen size Tuft & Needle Original to $626.50. It doesn't often drop this low, so grab it while you can.

Black Friday mattress shopping: quick tips

Before you venture into the wild world of Black Friday mattress shopping, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you're purchasing the best bed for your sleep needs – and one that's within your budget. 

Whether you're new to buying a mattress online or need a refresher, here are a few expert shopping tips to keep in mind...

  • Know what you want: the only thing that's more important than saving money is purchasing a mattress that's the correct fit for your body type and sleep style
  • Look for a clear before and after price: along with checking the price history of the mattress, this is helpful in determining whether or not you're getting a true deal
  • Don't buy without a trial period: it takes about 21 days for your body to adjust to a new mattress so look for a mattress that includes a chance to test drive it
  • Check user reviews: get a sense of how a mattress fares across various builds and sleep preferences; many top brands boast tens of thousands of customer reviews

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Alison Barretta
Freelance reviewer and writer

Freelance writer and editor Alison is an expert mattress tester for Tom's Guide, and hails from Philadelphia, USA. Alison has reviewed a wide range of mattresses, pillows and other sleep accessories for Tom's Guide, putting the latest hybrid, memory foam and cooling mattresses from Casper, Nectar, Awara, Brooklinen and other leading brands through their paces. Alison has been sharing buying advice and retail news for over a decade. When she isn't reviewing mattresses, other home products or hunting for great deals to save you money, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, fawning over skincare, and indulging in her quarantine-borne hobby: cooking.