Rest Assured: The 9 Queen Mattresses of 2022

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Did you know that you spend approximately one-third of your life sleeping? And that doesn’t include the time you spend doing anything else in bed, like counting sheep, Netflix-ing or sexy time.

Basically, you spend a lot of time in bed. And you deserve to be comfy. And whether you’re sharing a bed with your partner, or just wanna splay out on your bed and live your best life, a queen mattress is the perfect size — big, but not so big that it takes over your entire room (lookin’ at y’all, California Kings).

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Our list of the best queen mattresses can help you find the right fit for you.

How we chose the best queen mattresses

There are *so* many queen mattresses on the market, with a wide range of prices and degrees of quality. We searched high and low for the best so you can rest easy.

Here’s how we narrowed down the top queen mattress picks:

  • vetting criteria approved by our medical team
  • compliance with safety regulations
  • compliance with environmental standards
  • stellar user reviews

We also aimed for a variety of price points so you can stick to your budget no matter what it is.

9 best queen mattresses for sweet dreams

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Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress

  • Price: approximately $600 to $1,400
  • Mattress type: hybrid
  • Firmness: soft, medium, or firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, split California king, short full, short queen, Olympic queen, short king, RV king
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The Brooklyn Bedding Signature queen mattress is a hybrid mattress, which means it has top layers of comfy foam and a supportive coil base. The mattress cover is made from a breathable quilted material.

The 2-inch foam layer is made from a proprietary blend of soft memory foam and responsive latex foam. This makes for an extremely supportive, durable mattress, especially if you move around a lot in your sleep.

Buyers get to choose from firm, medium, and soft — a nice touch! It’s also made in the good ol’ United States.

Best queen mattress for back sleepers

Helix Moonlight Mattress

  • Price: approximately $700 to $1,500
  • Mattress type: foam
  • Firmness: soft
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king

Like a soft mattress? This one’s for you. The plush top feels like sleeping on a cloud, especially for back and stomach sleepers. And the company’s proprietary foam is designed to contour to your body, relieving pressure on problem areas like your shoulders and back.

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Like so many other queen mattresses, this one has a breathable cover. It’s also worth noting that Helix sells a companion queen mattress topper for peeps who want to level up the plushness.

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Casper Original Mattress

  • Price: approximately $800 to $1,800
  • Mattress type: foam
  • Firmness: medium- firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king

The original Casper mattress claims to be the perfect combination of supportive and cooling.

It includes the brand’s zoned support, which pretty much means there’s softer foam under your shoulders and firmer foam under your torso. This configuration is supposed to help keep you aligned while you sleep.

The perforated, breathable top layer is designed for hot sleepers. Tiny holes encourage maximum airflow so that your body’s heat circulates up and away.

Best memory foam queen mattress

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

  • Price: approximately $800 to $1,600
  • Mattress type: foam
  • Firmness: medium- firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
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Nectar is known for its memory foam mattresses. Basically, the memory foam layers have a nice slow, deep sink response to pressure. This means that no matter how you toss and turn, you’ll sink in cozily *without* your motion transferring to your partner’s side of the bed.

Because sinking into the mattress isn’t awesome for hot sleepers, the company added a layer of cooling foam to keep the sweat at bay.

Best eco-friendly queen mattress

Zoma Hybrid Mattress

  • Price: approximately $900 to $1,800
  • Mattress type: hybrid
  • Firmness: medium- firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, split king

You won’t notice any chemical odor oozing from your Zoma hybrid mattress. That’s because this sleeper is made with an environmentally friendlier foam that’scertified eco-friendly by CertiPUR-US.

According to the company, this mattress’s cooling materials and responsive foam are designed with athletes in mind. But whether you’re a gym rat or not, this 12-inch hybrid mattress can help you stay comfy and cool.

Best hybrid queen mattress

The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

  • Price: $1,200 to $1,800
  • Mattress type: hybrid
  • Firmness: medium-firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
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This one’s great if you’re looking for a thick, luxurious mattress.

Five layers — a soft cover, memory foam, polyfoam, pocketed coils, and a base — stack up to a grand 14-inch total. The company describes the result as “luxury- firm,” which is fancy-speak for medium-firm.

This queen mattress also offers gel memory foam in all the right places, especially your shoulders and hips. Bonus points for the cozy (and also fancy) cashmere cover material.

Best firm queen mattress

Leesa Original Mattress

  • Price: approximately $900 to $1,400
  • Mattress type: memory foam
  • Firmness: medium- firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king

Leesa’s original foam mattress is great for side sleepers because it’s comfy without being super plush. It also has a sturdy mattress cover that’s a bit thicker and softer than those of similar brands.

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It’s got a solid, medium-firm feel with three supportive yet breathable layers. Maximum airflow FTW!

Bottom line: The Leesa offers great quality (and comfort for side sleepers!) for the price.

Best queen mattress in a box

Sealy Mattress-in-a-Box

  • Price: approximately $300 to $700
  • Mattress type: hybrid or memory foam
  • Firmness: medium-firm
  • Available sizes: twin, twin long, full, queen, king, California king

If you’re looking for a quick, affordable mattress upgrade, the Sealy bed-in-a- box is a good option.

Even at this price, it’s designed to give you support and pressure relief — and you can choose between hybrid or memory foam, with the assurance that both come topped with a layer of cooling memory foam. And it comes right to your door in a box that’s pretty much small enough for one person to manage.

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Basically, this is a great queen mattress if you want to refresh your bed on a smaller budget.

GhostBed RV Mattress

Avid glamper? It may be time to upgrade the mattress that came with your RV to something a little more luxurious. And what’s more luxurious than a mattress made with cool gel memory foam?

The brand says the materials used are resistant to bacteria, mold, and dust mites, which gives you some real peace of mind that your mattress will stay fresh AF when you’re not on the road.

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Who should get a queen mattress?

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Queen mattresses could be the perf size if you:

  • live alone and want extra space to sprawl out
  • share a bed with a partner and don’t have room for a king mattress

But remember that while queen-size mattresses are much comfier for two people than a full-size, they’re not big enough to accommodate two people + a bunch of pets. They might also be a little tight for two people with larger body frames.

Pros and cons of queen mattresses

Still not sure if a queen mattress is right for you? Here are the main pros and cons of owning one:

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Finding the best queen-size mattress for *you* can feel daunting, so we’re here to help. Here are some things you may want to consider while you shop:

Who it’s for

Just you? You and a partner? You and a partner, and kids who won’t stay in their own beds? All things that you’ll want to consider when getting ready to purchase. (And for the latter, we recommend a king size, TBH. Kids are bed hogs.)

Price

You can probably find a queen mattress in your budget, as they start at about $200 and go up from there. Most luxury or high end brands will clock in at the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

Just keep in mind that cheaper mattresses are usually cheaper for a reason. They might not have as high quality materials or be as durable.

Firmness level

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Everyone has that firmness level that’s juuuuuuuust right, but a 2015 research review suggested that it’s medium-firm for most people (which is also a good compromise for partners who don’t have a clue which firmness level to purchase). Beds that are too soft or too firm can cause discomfort and eventually might contribute to alignment issues.

Sleeping position

Stomach sleeper? You may not want an overly soft mattress, because that just sounds… suffocating. Plus, a too-soft mattress might misalign a stomach sleeper’s spine, leading to back or neck pain.

But if you sleep on your side, you might want to consider a mattress with a memory foam layer or a softer topper that lets your hips and shoulders sink in a bit. That should help keep your spine aligned.

If you’re a back sleeper, a medium-firm mattress should give you the right amount of give to let your booty sink in while still supporting the rest of your body.

Materials

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The key ingredients in most mattresses are foam, metal, adhesives, and flame retardants (which are legally required for mattresses sold in the United States).

Foam of varying densities are used in memory foam beds (as well as hybrid beds, or as toppers on innerspring mattresses), and metal is used to make the coils in innerspring and hybrid beds.

Adhesives are used to keep all of the different layers together, and flame retardants keep the mattress more resistant to fire.

If you’re concerned about the use of natural, organic, and sustainable materials, seek out mattresses that meet Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), OEKO-TEX, or UL GreenGuard standards.

Pressure relief

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If you sleep on your side, you put a lot of pressure on your hip and shoulder, which can be uncomfy and even painful. To alleviate that, you can opt for materials that are known for relieving pressure points — like latex and memory foam.

Edge support

We’ve all slept in a hotel bed where we always felt like we were falling off the side, and it’s the WORST. Mattresses with edge support are great for people who will be sharing the bed, because they’ll keep it more stable and allow you to sleep closer to the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re on the edge of a precipice.

Many brands will mention edge support in their product descriptions, but always look to reviews to get the real picture.

Cooling

Nobody likes the night sweats, so if they’re a problem for you, look for a mattress that features cooling materials, like gel memory foam, foam with perforations (little holes that allow airflows), copper, or phase change materials.

Motion isolation

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Easily irritated by your partner’s tossing and turning? You might want a mattress that has a high degree of motion isolation, keeping movement on the bed from moving the whole bed. Memory foam is an A+ choice for this.

Company policies

If you’re planning on dropping a fair amount of money on a mattress, you’ll want to make sure the company policies are tolerable. Is there a home trial? (It’s a must if you’re purchasing online.) What’s the return policy, and are there any associated fees? How about the warranty?

Always look to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and other reviews to get insight on whether brands actually stick to those policies, too. Are there a lot of complaints from customers that never got their money back, or instances where the brand didn’t honor the warranty? If so, steer clear.

Frequently asked questions

Are all queen mattresses the same size?

No, actually. Here’s how to decipher some of the bed size terminology you may come across as you slay the online shopping dragons to unite with your queen:

  • Standard. The standard queen size bed is roughly 80 inches (in.) long and 60 in. wide.
  • Olympic. An Olympic queen is 6 in. wider than a standard — measuring 80 in. long and 66 in. wide, giving couples a little extra space. That extra 3 in. on your side of the bed can make a world of difference, especially if you share a bed with a space hog, blanket snatcher, night kicker, etc.
  • California. OTOH, the California queen bed is extra-long — measuring in at 84 in. long and 60 in. wide. If you or your partner are tall, but a California king (84 in. long and 72 in. wide) would be too wide for your space, a California queen is the perfect compromise.
  • Split. A split queen is made of two separate mattresses that share a base. They’re great if you and your partner prefer drastically different firmness levels, as you can each get the one that’s good for you while still sharing a bed. Split queens are pretty hard to find, though — split kings are much more common.
  • RV. A “short queen” is the queen size bed you’ll find in most RVs, and it measures 74 in. long and 60 in. wide.

Which queen size mattress is best?

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We’re pretty fond of all of the selections on this list, but when shopping you should narrow it down by price, the firmness level that you like, and any other factors that you or your partner deem important.

What is the best mattress for the money in 2022?

The least expensive standard queen mattress on our list is the Sealy Mattress- in-a-Box.

It’s got great reviews and decent features for a pretty unbeatable price point, so it def provides some serious bang for the buck. You can also choose between a memory foam or hybrid mattress, so — despite the low price — you’ve still got options.

How much is a queen size mattress?

Queen mattresses can range in price A LOT. You can get one for under $300 or more than $2,000, and nearly any price point in between.

The bottom line

Ready to pick the perfect queen mattress? There are so many models on the market, but this is a great list to get you started.

We recommend first deciding what type of mattress and firmness you want. The best queen mattress for you is the one that fits your budget and your sleeping needs.

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