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unbiased Foam Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons [why trust]

Based on 1,021 Owner Experiences Gathered From 71 Sources

December 20, 2017

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD. Lower-than-average prices • strong return policies • limited heat retention • adequate motion isolation • some springiness • silent • fair or better conforming ability & support.

THE BAD. Firmness options limited • too firm for some, especially lighter people • edge support no better than fair • below-average thickness • availability limited usually to online.

THE MATTRESSES. A foam mattress by Sleep Like The Dead's definition consists of at least 79 percent regular (non-memory) foam.

THE COMPETITION: Low- & mid- priced mattresses especially memory foam. See how foam mattresses compare to other mattress types.


Foam Mattress Ratings – Overall As A Group
What Is (And Is Not) a Foam Mattress
Key Comparisons
owner satisfaction
prices and value
durability / longevity
off gassing odor
heat retention
motion isolation
edge support
return policies
customer service
marketing accuracy
Foam Mattress Brand Ratings

Foam Mattress Ratings: Overall As a Group

The ratings below show how foam mattresses compare against the average mattress based on consumer experiences.

Owner satisfaction b Foam mattresses overall have 79% owner satisfaction. More.
Affordable B They are often priced $350-$1200 with the average queen costing about $880. More.
Durability / longevity C+ Lifespan is estimated to be about average (6-years). More.
Support B Due mainly to foam mattresses often having above-average firmness, support tends to be adequate for the clear majority of owners.
Minimizes pressure points B Foam mattresses tend to moderately conform and contour to a person's body resulting in even weight distribution. Minimal pressure points are often the result.
Reduced (back) pain C+ Their support and conforming ability results in somewhat above-average potential for back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Easy to move on B- Foam mattresses tend to not conform to a degree that makes moving on the bed and changing positions difficult.
Easy to get on and off C- On average, the mattresses are about 10 inches thick – thinner than the average mattress (11 inches). This can make getting on and off the bed somewhat difficult for taller people. A high-profile foundation can help.
Motion isolation B Foam mattresses perform at least adequately for most people in regard to absorbing movement made by one person so as to minimize disturbance to another person. More.
Edge support D+ Support near the edges of the bed may be inadequate for sleeping or sitting, especially for larger people. More.
No sleeping hot B- Significant and bothersome heat retention is reported by about 6% of owners (1 in 17). More.
No initial off gassing odor B This problem can vary somewhat by brand and individual mattress, but on average no more than 7% of owners (1 in 14) report a significant, enduring initial off gassing odor. More.
Sex friendly C+ See mattresses and sex for analysis.
Avg-sized person friendly B+ For people who weigh 130-230 pounds, back sleepers have the highest satisfaction. About 10% of side sleepers – especially those with a body mass index under 21 or broad shoulders and / or hips – report excessive firmness.
Heavy person friendly b- While support tends to be adequate, the mattresses may lack top layer thickness to provide ideal comfort for people over 230 pounds, especially side sleepers. Also, "bottoming out" is possible when sitting due to below-average thickness.
Light person friendly c About 25% of people under 130 pounds – especially side sleepers with a body mass index under 21– report excessive firmness and or back pain. People of this size seem unable to exert the pressure needed for the mattress to comfortably conform to their bodies.
No noise a Foam mattresses are silent under all conditions.
No topper needed C About 8% of owners (1 in 12) on average need to add a topper to the mattress to improve comfort.
Short break in period C+ Break-in tends to be longest for people under 150 pounds. Most owners report the mattress breaking in within two weeks.
Easy to maintain C+ Nearly all foam mattresses are no-flip. Head-to-foot rotation one to three times yearly may help to maintain comfort and support.
Easy to handle, lift, move B- Weight for a queen foam mattress often ranges 68 to 110 pounds with the average queen weighing about 83 pounds. They can be floppy which can undermine ease of transport. More.

What Is (And Is Not) a Foam Mattress

A foam mattress consists mostly or entirely of regular foam. Specifically, by our definition, a foam mattress consists of at least 79% regular foam. In other words, a mattress is usually not considered a foam mattress if more than 21% of it consists of another material(s) besides regular foam.

Also, a foam mattress – in addition to using regular foam for support – often (but not always) uses regular foam for its top comfort layer as opposed to another material such as memory foam.

Key Comparisons: Foam Mattresses Vs Other Mattress Types

The following charts indicate what tends to be true for mattresses and / or mattress companies of each type; individual performance may vary.

Owner Satisfaction

Foam mattresses overall have 79% owner satisfaction. The various models / brands rate mostly similar.

foam mattress type satisfaction comparison
Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.

Prices and Value

The average price for a foam mattress is about $880 for a queen. This is about 40% less than the price of the average mattress.

foam mattress price comparison

The below-average price for a foam mattress combined with above-average owner satisfaction results in a solid owner opinion of value.

foam mattress value comparison

Durability / Longevity

Foam mattresses overall likely have about average durability / longevity.

foam mattress longevity comparison
* partial estimate.

Off Gassing Odor

Off gassing refers mainly to an odor that a mattress may release when it is new due to its composition and packaging. Foam mattresses tend to off gas less often and less strongly than the average mattress.

foam mattress off gassing comparison

Heat Retention

About 6% of foam mattress owners report sleeping hot – a lower-than-average rate. An additional 15% report significant warmth but not to a bothersome degree most of the time.

mattress heat retention comparison

Motion Isolation

A mattress with effective motion isolation absorbs movement and does not transfer it across the bed to disturb another person. Foam mattresses perform better than the average mattress on this issue.

foam mattress motion isolation comparison

Edge Support

Support near the edges of a foam mattress may be inadequate for sleeping / sitting, especially for larger people.

foam mattress edge support comparison


The average queen-sized foam mattress weighs about 83 pounds – about 15 pounds lighter than the average mattress. Handles or grips are almost never present.

foam mattress weight comparison

Mattress Thickness

Almost all foam mattresses are about 10-inches thick – approximately an inch thinner than the average mattress.

foam mattress thickness comparison

Return policies

Most foam mattress manufacturers offer at least a 100-day return window with no return fee. (General analysis: returning a mattress: what to know.)

foam mattress return policy comparison

Customer Service

Foam mattress companies tend to provide better customer service compared to the average mattress company.

foam mattress customer service comparison

Marketing Accuracy

On average, foam mattress companies are more likely to make questionable or exaggerated claims about their mattresses compared to other mattress companies. As a result, foam mattress shoppers should exercise healthy skepticism.

foam mattress marketing accuracy comparison

Popular Foam Mattresses: Ratings, Prices & Specifications

The table below includes many popular foam mattresses arranged alphabetically. The mattresses (and many more) can be compared in more detail at the mattress comparison.

Casper Helix Leesa Purple Tuft & Needle
Owner Satisfaction (sample size)        
80% (273) 81% (102) 78% (202) 79% (129) 79% (248)
Price Twin        
$350-$1000 $600 $425 $700 $325
Price Full        
$500-$1650 $850 $690 $900 $475
Price Queen        
$600-$1850 $995- $1145 $840 $1000 $575
Price King        
$725-$2250 $1195- $1345 $970 $1300 $700
Number of foam models        
3 custom 1 1
8.5-11.5" 10" 10" 9.5"
Comfort Layer(s)        
1-2" foam

1.5" memory foam

1.5" latex (Wave model)
2" foam

2" pocketed microcoils
2" foam

2" memory foam
2" polymer 3" foam
foam foam foam foam foam
med-soft to firm (3.5 to 8 on 1-10 scale) custom- izable; med-soft to med-firm (3.5 to 7.5 on 1-10 scale) med-firm (6.5 on 1-10 scale) med-firm (6.5 on 1-10 scale) med-firm (6.5 to 7 on 1-10 scale)
10 years non prorated 10 years non-prorated 10 year non-prorated 10 years non prorated 10 year non-prorated
Return Policy        
100 day; no fee 100 day; no fee 100 day; no fee 100 day; no fee 100 day; no fee
In Business Since        
2014 2015 2014 2016 2013
SLTD Rating of Company        
B C+ B- C+ B-
Where Sold        


limited number of Casper stores
helixsleep .com leesa.com

West Elm stores
onpurple.com tuftand needle.com

limited number of stores
Full Report        
Casper Helix Leesa Purple Tuft & Needle

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