Luxury mattresses offer pain relief features, soft layers, and durability you won’t find in the average mattress. Luxury mattresses are an investment to give you better sleep for years.
This buying guide will discuss why you should buy a luxury mattress and how to spot quality materials. Most importantly, we will offer guidelines on how to choose the best luxury mattress to suit your sleep needs.
Best Luxury Mattresses
|AS5||Contains pressure-relieving memory foam and zoned support technology to promote healthy sleeping positions||$1899|
|AS5 Hybrid (AS5h)||Features plant-based memory foam and responsive coils to offer pressure relief and a bit of bounce.||$2099|
The AS5 is the softest mattress Amerisleep offers—perfect for side and combination sleepers. The mattress has four foam layers to maximize its comfort.
The top layer is a 3-inch Bio-Pur® memory foam comfort layer. Bio-Pur® has more air space between foam particles, which increases the mattress’s breathability and responsiveness.
Below, a 2-inch layer of Active Flex® foam adds bounce to the bed while still providing a soft feel.
Next, a 2-inch layer of Affinity foam with HIVE® technology transitions between the top layer and the bottom support layers, keeping the sleeper from bottoming out on the mattress’s core. HIVE® technology contains hexagonal cutouts, offering extra firmness in the lower back area, preventing the hips from bowing into the mattress.
The 7-inch Bio-Core® base layer deters sagging, which is the reason Amerisleep has an extended 20-year warranty.
A soft, breathable cover helps to keep air moving throughout the mattress so you never have to worry about overheating. It is also removable and completely washable so it is easy to keep your mattress clean.
A queen-size AS5 mattress costs $1899 and includes a risk-free 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, 20-year warranty, and free return.
The sleep trial does not begin until the mattress arrives at your home. If you are not satisfied with the mattress, Amerisleep will send a local charity or recycling service to pick it up before issuing a refund.
Every Amerisleep mattress comes with a 20-year warranty. For the first 10 years, Amerisleep bears full financial responsibility for any defects, such as sagging exceeding 0.75 inches. For the next 10 years, the customer pays a prorated rate to replace their mattress.
The new AS5 hybrid (AS5h) is the softest in the Amerisleep collection and offers bounce with two foam layers and a coil support system.
The comfort layer is 3 inches of Bio-Pur® memory foam. Bio-Pur® foam is more breathable and responsive than other types of memory foam, which keeps a sleeper cool and lets them move freely about the bed.
Below, a 2-inch layer of Active Flex adds softness without sacrificing support or responsiveness. The layer prevents a sleeper from bottoming out on the coils underneath.
An 8-inch layer of coils deters sagging to extend the mattress’s longevity. Every coil reacts individually wrapped to reduce motion transfer. The space between each coil encourages air circulation and heat wicking.
The coils are grouped to provide soft support to the head, lower back, and feet and solid support to the shoulders and hips. This zoned support technology amplifies conformability and targeted pressure relief.
Lastly, a 1-inch transition foam base layer adds durability and resilience, which helps the bed keep its shape.
The AS5h’s edges are more rigid than the AS5 memory foam model due to the firm foam around the bed’s perimeter. This foam makes it easier to get out of bed and increases the mattress’s longevity.
The lightweight cover encourages air circulation so you also sleep cool and comfortable.
The AS5h is $2099 for a queen size mattress and comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty. Unsatisfied customers can exchange or return the bed for a full refund during the sleep trial period.
What Makes a Luxury Mattress?
Luxury mattresses are made without compromising on material quality or design as manufacturers use high-quality support systems and cushioning to craft a premium mattress. Many luxury beds are thicker than the average mattress—often between 11 to 17 inches thick.
Why Buy A Luxury Mattress?
High-end mattresses contain the best materials to offer greater comfort, more durability, and features to promote better health.
A luxury mattress’s thicker comfort layers increase pressure relief and conformability. Often Euro and pillow tops are added to make a softer mattress. Firmer luxury mattresses may still have padding for added comfort.
Transitional layers in luxury mattresses can also add support without compromising on feel.
The sturdy materials of a luxury mattress increases the mattress’s longevity. The thicker coils and high-density foams resist wear and tear— thicker coils are firmer and less likely to sag, while the strong, concentrated structure of high-density foam holds up better than foams less packed together.
Mattresses and materials with CertiPUR-US® and GREENGUARD Gold certifications signify the manufacturer made the bed without toxic substances.
Edge support describes the resistance a mattress’s edge offers. Luxury mattress manufacturers firm up a bed’s edges to keep a sleeper from falling out of bed.
High-density foams are used in luxury beds as a natural allergy deterrent. The foam is packed tightly together, making it difficult for allergens and pests to accumulate.
Many luxury mattresses also have organic, natural materials such as cotton and wool, which ward off allergens from settling on their surface; a wise choice for sleepers sensitive to chemicals.
Who Is a Luxury Mattress Good For?
- Sleepers who want a more comfortable mattress
- Sleepers who want a long-lasting bed
- Sleepers with chronic pain issues who find it difficult to move in and out of bed
- Sleepers with allergies
Mattress Types to Consider
Luxury mattresses are made with different materials, each offering a unique feel. What’s best for you is a matter of personal preference.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam’s popularity skyrocketed with the bed in a box mattress movement. Memory foam responds to body heat and pressure by slowly compressing and conforming to the sleeper, but it’s quick to regain its shape when the pressure is removed.
When memory foam slowly contours to the sleeper’s body, it eases pressure points and offers full-body support, preventing muscle strain.
The foam absorbs shock at the point of impact, which is great for those who share a bed.
Memory foam mattresses can retain heat, causing sleep disruptions. Gel memory foam can pull heat from the sleeper. Copper and graphite infusions, cooling technologies with cutouts, and ventilated foams can increase breathability and promote restful sleep.
There are a few different types of latex to consider when talking about latex mattresses, and which is right for you depends on your budget and environmental concerns.
Natural latex is made from rubber tree sap. The material is germ-resistant, durable, and naturally firm, which is why many manufacturers offer a pillow top for their latex beds.
There are two processes to create natural latex: Dunlop and Talalay. Talalay has a softer, more conforming feel and takes more effort to make, so it’s more expensive. Dunlop is the only 100 percent natural latex as the process for Talalay uses chemical additives.
Manufacturers create synthetic latex from a mix of chemical compounds. As the production uses no latex, it’s safe for sleepers with a latex allergy; however, synthetic latex can’t match the durability or antimicrobial properties of natural latex.
Blended latex is a mix of synthetic and natural latex, creating an affordable yet still germ-resistant material.
We recommend natural latex for its durability and eco-friendly production. If you’re considering a latex mattress with synthetic materials, look for a certification such as CertiPUR-US®.
Innerspring mattresses take their name from the metal coils of the bed’s bulk. More than a century old, this type of mattress remains a popular choice through familiarity and benefits such as the cooling effects of its coil system.
Innerspring mattresses can have one of many different coil setups, though many luxury mattresses contain pocketed coils. With pocketed coils, each spring is wrapped in foam or fabric for independent movement, which keeps the bed from squeaking and prevents motion transfer.
Other coil setups include:
- Bonnell coils: Durable, but the coils can make noise and offer little pressure relief.
- Offset coils: Hourglass-shaped coils with their tops and bottoms flattened and hinged together. The hinging effect allows the mattress to conform to a sleeper’s body.
- Continuous coils: Rows of coils formed from a single piece of wire for greater contouring.
Hybrid mattresses minimize the shortcomings of foam and innerspring mattresses. The comfort layer is usually 2 to 3 inches of memory foam or latex, while the support layer is a pocketed coil system. The thicker top layer allows a hybrid mattress to provide better motion isolation and closer contouring than the average innerspring mattress, while the coils offer bounce and air circulation.
There’s a wide variety of hybrids on the market as manufacturers can mix and match materials for different firmness levels.
Hybrid mattresses often have higher prices than the innerspring and memory foam mattresses that inspired them as they are a mix of high-quality materials.
There are three main sleeping positions: side, back, stomach. Your preferred position influences the support and pressure relief you need in your mattress.
Side sleepers need thick comfort layers (we recommend at least 3 inches thick), so the hips and shoulders can sink into the material. If the hips and shoulders do not sink, the spine may misalign and pressure points won’t alleviate.
The best mattresses for side sleepers are plush beds in the soft, medium-soft, medium feel range.
Back sleeping is the best position to alleviate lower back pain or other forms of chronic pain because your back rests in a neutral alignment.
If you have issues with snoring or sleep apnea, you might want to consider a change to side sleeping. Lying on your back can exacerbate these issues as gravity collapses the soft tissues in the back of your throat.
A medium to medium-firm mattress should contour to the spine for full support and pressure relief.
Stomach sleeping overextends the spine, causing chronic pain issues.
Soft comfort layers are detrimental to stomach sleepers as their spines are bent out of alignment by bowing into the mattress at the hips. To prevent unwanted sinkage, stomach sleepers should look for a mattress in the medium-firm to firm range.
Try sleeping without a pillow under your head. Instead, keep a pillow under your stomach to maintain alignment.
Combination sleepers or “restless sleepers” change between two or more positions during the night.
A medium feel mattress best accommodates a sleeper who changes between most sleep positions.
Mattress Shopping Considerations
When looking for your perfect mattress, you want to consider what firmness, size, and price range works best for you.
Mattress companies use a 1 to 10 firmness scale to determine how their beds feel—1 is the softest, 10 the firmest.
|Firmness Scale||Firmness Description|
|2 and 3||Soft|
|7 and 8||Firm|
|9 and 10||Extra-firm|
We’ve discussed how sleeping position affects what firmness level is best for you; similarly, your body type influences how the mattress feels.
A heavyweight person who weighs more than 230 pounds will compress a soft mattress. They need a medium-firm to firm mattress to fully take on their body weight. Conversely, a lightweight person under 130 pounds, needs a medium-soft to soft mattress as their bodies place less pressure on a bed.
When shopping for a luxury mattress, you may see terms such as “luxury firm,” “plush firm,” or “cushion firm.” Companies tend to apply these terms to firm mattresses with soft padding, ultimately creating a mattress with a medium feel.
To choose the right size mattress, consider your bedroom dimensions and desired floor space. We highly suggest leaving at least two feet of walking space around your bed.
|Twin||38 inches by 75 inches|
|Twin XL||38 inches by 80 inches|
|Full||54 inches by 75 inches|
|Full XL||54 inches by 80 inches|
|Queen||60 inches by 80 inches|
|King||76 inches by 80 inches|
|California King||72 inches by 84 inches|
Queen and king mattresses are available in split styles to provide couples with extra comfort. Each sleeper can customize a side to their ideal firmness, instead of compromising on their sleep wants and needs.
Setting a Budget
Luxury mattresses don’t come cheap, but you don’t have to spend $4000 to $5000 to get an excellent bed. Many top-quality queen-size mattresses fall into the $1500 to $2500 range.
Online mattress companies cut out the middleman of mattress stores and salespeople who have to mark up mattresses to meet overhead costs.
If you’re looking for a high-quality organic mattress, you can expect to pay more than $2000. Natural materials lacking chemical additives, such as genuine latex and organic cotton, require care to manufacture and grow, which drives up the price tag.
Extra services hike up a mattress’s price as well, such as white glove delivery. White glove delivery is where a delivery team sets up your new mattress and hauls off your old one. Sometimes white glove delivery is an optional service, while other times, it’s built into the price.
Sleep Trial and Warranty
Whenever you’re considering a mattress, we highly recommend checking out the attached sleep trial and warranty. We cannot advise buying a mattress without these two policies as that means the company doesn’t back its product.
It can take a sleeper up to a month to adjust to a new mattress, which is why many companies offer a lengthy sleep trial period. Under a sleep trial, you have a set amount of time (typically between 90 to 120 days from the date of delivery) to try out a mattress at home.You can return or exchange your mattress during the trial period.
If you exchange your mattress for another model, the sleep trial may restart. Check with the company to see how much time you have to test out an exchange.
A warranty is an agreement between the consumer and the company—the consumer takes care of the mattress, and the company replaces or repairs the mattress if any defects arise.
Defects a warranty commonly covers include sagging greater than an inch, tears or splits in the foam, burst coils, and damage to the cover.
Many mattresses come with a 10-year warranty as per industry standard. Warranties exceeding 10 years often have prorated coverage, meaning the customer pays a portion of the original price to cover any repairs or replacements.
Some mattress brands offer lifetime warranties, but we recommend perusing the fine print first. Warranties do not cover standard wear and tear, so a lifetime warranty might provide the same coverage as a 10 to 20-year warranty.
Mattress warranties may include hidden fees such as shipping or handling fees. We highly recommend a company that takes full financial responsibility for the first 10 years.
Taking Care of Your Mattress
Even the best mattresses benefit from regular maintenance. Protection measures and scheduled cleaning minimizes the buildup of germs, pests, and dead skin cells—which can cause allergic reactions and change your bed’s feel if they find their way into the mattress.
Mattress protectors are a great way to protect your bed from spills, dust mites, dead skin cells, and other germs that might otherwise turn your bed into their new home. We advise buying a mite-proof or waterproof cover as a deterrent against pests and spills. Dust mites or liquids penetrating your mattress can damage its materials, negating its support.
Changing your bedding often helps to keep your mattress clean, preventing bacteria, dust mites, and dead skin from accumulating on top of your mattress. We recommend washing all of your bedding once a week in hot water.
Choose breathable bedding to keep you cooler and limit sweating—moisture promotes the growth of mildew and mold.
Don’t make your bed first thing in the morning. Pull the covers down to the foot of the bed instead, and leave them alone for 30 minutes, so your mattress airs out.
We recommend cleaning and rotating your mattress every three months. Strip your mattress of all its bedding, then vacuum your mattress with a hose attachment. Run the vacuum over the top, sides, corners, and underneath the bed.
Next, sprinkle a thick coating of baking soda over the mattress. The baking soda absorbs smells and moisture, freshening up the bed. Leave the baking soda on for a couple of hours at least. The baking soda absorbs more the longer it’s left there.
Finally, vacuum the baking soda off of the mattress, and rotate your cleaned bed. Redress your mattress with its bedding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a luxury mattress?
Mattress manufacturers make luxury mattresses to provide a high-end, extravagant sleeping experience. Luxury mattresses are often thicker than average and made with high-quality, long-lasting materials.
What is the best time to buy a mattress?
Many of the biggest mattress sales happen on President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Black Friday.
Which mattress should I buy for back pain?
A 2015 review examined mattresses with different firmnesses and found the best mattresses for back pain have a medium-firm feel to optimize spinal alignment. When it comes to materials, most customers find memory foam and latex provide excellent pain relief.
When you’re shopping for your perfect mattress, remember luxury comes not from the price you pay but from what helps you get a good night’s sleep. Look for a cool sleeping surface and pressure-relieving, hypoallergenic materials in a mattress.
Before you start shopping, just take a moment to ask yourself the following:
- How do I want my mattress to feel?
- What mattress size works best with my living situation?
- What kind of sleeper am I?
Remember, online mattress brands tend to offer more competitive prices on high-end mattresses. You can find many luxury mattresses for under $2000.