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CNET: Best queen mattresses for 2021


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The most popular mattress size is the queen mattress -- and for good reason. A queen mattress provides plenty of space for single sleepers, while still offering enough room for couples. A queen mattress also is easier to fit in most bedrooms, and it's typically more budget-friendly than a king size -- win-win. If you're looking for the best queen mattress, no matter your preferred mattress type or sleeping style, there are some really great options out there.

But shopping for a mattress online can be intimidating. There are so many mattresses to choose from, and finding the best queen mattress for you without trying them out in the store first can be a challenge. I've made things easier for you by testing out each top mattress brand myself and rounding up the best queen mattress options out there. Whether you prefer a firm mattress, a medium firm mattress or a softer one (if you're a stomach sleeper, for instance), there's something here for you.


Layla Hybrid

CNET TAKE: Thanks to its flippability, the Layla Hybrid is really like two mattresses in one. It has a soft side and a firm side, so you can customize your sleeping experience based on how you're feeling at the time. It's made of a layered combination of gel memory foam, airflow support foam and an individually wrapped pocketed coil system that provides plenty of support while also allowing enough give to make the mattress feel plush and comfortable right away.

This hybrid mattress also has a middle memory foam layer that's made from copper-infused memory foam that's designed to disperse heat and keep you cool while you sleep. And it works. Even in the middle of the summer, the mattress felt cool to the touch. You know that feeling you get when you slide into a cool bed with freshly washed sheets? You get that with this bed almost every time. The Layla Hybrid also isolated motion exceptionally well.


Nectar Lush

CNET TAKE: The Nectar Lush is one of my favorite mattresses across the board. It's comfortable, cooling and it really does feel like a premium luxury mattress. While it's great for anyone, it's a standout pick for back pain. This Nectar mattress has five total layers of high-density memory foam, a gel-coated memory foam layer, and a dense foam adjustable base that supports your weight while you sleep and helps with spinal alignment. These layers also provided excellent pressure relief, giving way to my pressure points and supporting my body in a way that made me feel weightless.


And it has really great edge-to-edge support and motion isolation. No matter where I was on the mattress -- in the middle or close to the edge -- I felt properly supported and didn't bounce around when my partner tossed and turned.


Purple Hybrid Premier 4

CNET TAKE: All of the good things you've heard about the Purple mattress are true. It's comfortable and supportive and I felt like I was sinking in without getting stuck, something that's harder to accomplish with memory foam. While the Purple Grid -- a hyperelastic polymer grid formation with open channels -- does take some getting used to (especially if you're coming from a different mattress type like a 100% memory foam mattress), it's beyond worth it in the end. The grid felt more adaptive than other types of mattresses. No matter what position I was lying in, the Purple mattress hugged and cradled my body like it was designed just for me.

One thing I was really impressed with is that when lying on my back, I felt like I didn't even need a pillow. I was comfortable and felt properly aligned without one -- and that's saying a lot since I'm on a never-ending quest to find the perfect pillow.

While the Hybrid Premier 4 is Purple's most expensive option, I think it's worth the extra cost for the additional grid height. I've tried other Purple mattresses and the 4 really does give the most zero gravity feel.


The following CNET staff contributed to this story: CNET Contributor Lindsay Boyers and Copy Editor Jim Hoffman. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit

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