We're starting the New Year off right by catching up on our rest. Below are our 10 favorite mattresses; we'd love to hear your preferences, too (let us know in the comments section).
Above: "The tomboy in me has always envied couples who are so similar in size that they can share clothes," Christine says. "It makes bed sharing easier too. As my husband is significantly taller and somewhat denser than I am, we have always disagreed about how firm a bed should be. The memory foam Tempurpedic means we can share our bed even if we can't share our clothes. For added comfort, we put a feather topper on top our mattress. Some claim it's the most comfortable bed they have ever slept in (just ask Julie)." Photo by Kristin Perers via Christine's House: Small Living in London.
Above: Alexa's resolution this year is to outfit her bed entirely with organic fire-retardant-free bedding. To start, she's been admiring Swedish company Carpe Diem's Exclusive Top Mattress, filled with purely natural materials (soft cotton on the summer side and New Zealand wool on the winter side). The line is Nordic Ecolabel approved; for more, visit Carpe Diem Beds.
Above: Other than Christine's mattress, Julie has been admiring the Bliss Supreme Triple Layer Natural Latex Mattress made from a mix of natural latex from the Brazilian rubber tree and organically farmed wool from Sonoma County. Made in the USA, the mattress is $3,295 and the wood foundation is $395 from Earthsake.
Above: Michelle likes the Sonno Prima Medium Mattress, a combination of visco-elastic memory foam and a CoolMax ventilating fabric. Available in firm and medium, free of metal coils, and $1,700 for a queen size from Design Within Reach.
Above: Sarah says, "I profess to loving a hard mattress, but if I had to buy a new one, I would get a king size version of the ones I bought my children several years ago. Made by a small company in Nebraska, the eco Meadow Mattress from Land and Sky is made from layered latex with a wool cover and is supremely comfortable." Contact Land and Sky for pricing and availability. Photograph via Maillard Ville Manor.
Above: Justine says, "When my ship comes in I long to sleep like the Swedish royal family on a Hastens Bed. I used to go to their showroom at ABC Carpet and Home just to take a little rest. Lying on these handmade mattresses was like getting a massage. Seriously."
Above: Meredith likes the Aireloom Luxe Top Mattress. Made from natural components (Talalaly latex, Reflex luxury bio-foams, Oeko-tex certified organic cotton, bamboo-derived viscose rayon, sustainable forest lumber), the mattress is built with pressure-relieving construction. Visit Aireloom for dealership locations. In addition to the Aireloom mattress, Meredith likes LinenSpa's Memory Foam Mattress as a budget option for $269 from Amazon.
Above: Izabella, our resident Scandinavian, loves a Duxiana Bed. "My parents sleep on these in Sweden, and when I visit home I make sure to jump in bed with my mom to gosa (cuddle). My parents love their mattress."
Above: Francesca sleuthed mattresses from European Sleep Works for all her bedding needs; they're made in the US and are chemical free, with prices ranging from $1,150 to $2,770. Read more at Bedroom: European Sleep Works.
N.B.: For more lists like this one see 163 of our 10 Easy Pieces posts in our archive.