We Tried 6 Top-Rated Mattresses & Here’s How We Slept

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Many of us have reached mattress advertisement fatigue. Podcast hosts gab about the latest buzzy direct-to-consumer mattress brands. Every holiday there's a massive mattress sale to check out. The subways are plastered with photos of sleeping people who are much more comfortable than you. Celebs on Instagram even share sponsored posts about their mattresses of choice. Blame the paradox of choice, or the fact that most of us are completely exhausted in general, but choosing your own sleeping surface is tiring.
A good mattress is hard to find, but a bad one is pretty unforgettable. In reality, we all have unique bodies and quirks that contribute to our mattress preferences, but there are a few specs that can help you find a mattress that fits your needs. The "right" mattress for you is one that keeps your spine aligned while in your sleeping position of choice, and applies pressure to your body kind of like a hug. The rest is pretty variable: If you're someone who sleeps in bed with another person, or always wakes up sweaty, for example, that can alter your shopping decisions.
Ultimately, your mattress should allow you to sleep happily and soundly — like you're in a damn mattress ad. Given the number of mattress brands and styles out there, we gave six of the top models a test run for 30 days of sleep to figure out how they stack up. Each tester has a unique sleep style, lifestyle, and comfort preference. Hopefully, these honest reviews will help you find the mattress of your dreams.
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