After you graduate from college and before you get married, there are a handful of great milestones into adulthood. Buying your first car and signing your first lease may be the first ones that come to mind, but there’s another big one, too: buying a mattress.
Whether it’s your first or fifth, buying a mattress is a serious undertaking. For one thing, mattresses are expensive investments. And, since you’re going to be spending roughly a third of your life for the next seven to ten years on that mattress, you should make sure it’s one you like. The first consideration is size. If you’re blessed with enough room for it, a king-size mattress is a luxurious option if you share a bed (or if you’re a solo sleeper who needs as much space as possible).
Another factor to consider when shopping for a mattress is what’s inside. The most traditional option is innerspring, which has metal coils inside the mattress. Innerspring mattresses are firm and supportive. If you’re a hot sleeper, innerspring mattresses can be a good option, because they retain less heat.
Memory foam is a popular option as well, and it conforms to the body’s shape while you’re on it, returning to its normal shape once you get up. Gel memory foam is a variant of memory foam, and its cooling properties help mitigate the heat retaining properties of the foam. Because of the extra layers, a gel memory foam mattress will typically be more expensive than traditional memory foam.
One option worth considering is a hybrid mattress, which combines springs with foam, gel, or other support materials. There are also latex mattresses, which are springy and cushiony. Genuine latex is made from natural rubber, making it an environmentally friendly option. These are the best king-size mattresses to buy right now.
1. Sweetnight King Mattress in a Box
This option from Sweetnight, like many on this list, ships rolled up in a box. Once rolled out, its recommended that you give it three days to return to its full shape. This mattress has a hybrid design. It has individually-wrapped inner coils, and it’s topped with a layer of gel memory foam and a soft and comforting pillow topping. The individually-wrapped coils help ensure proper weight distribution and prevent unwanted movement. The top pillow layer has a quilted cover for added comfort and breathability.
Pros: Hybrid design combines individually-wrapped springs with gel, foam and a pillow top.
Cons: Pillow top makes it plush, and some may prefer a firmer feel.
2. Signature Design by Ashley Hybrid Innerspring
Signature Design is the affordable offshoot of Ashley Furniture, and this king-size mattress offers a variety of features for comfort and support. It’s a hybrid mattress — the bottom layer consists of coil springs, and it’s topped with gel and memory foam. There are 805 individually-wrapped coils, ensuring adequate support and comfort. You also have the option to choose between eight, 10 and 12-inch thick mattresses. The price shown here is for the 12-inch option.
Pros: Hybrid mattress with individually wrapped coils and gel memory foam. Hypoallergenic materials. Soft quilted foam top.
Cons: Doesn’t always fully expand to the stated height.
3. LUCID 12-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress – King
This unique option from Lucid is like several mattresses in one. This hybrid mattress includes latex, springs and foam, providing a good balance of support, comfort and contouring. The coils are encased, which helps to isolate motion on the mattress. On top of the springs are layers of support foam, transition foam, gel memory foam plus latex foam. The quilted, textured top creates air channels for breathability.
Pros: Combines benefits of coils, memory foam, memory gel and latex for a medium-firm yet comforting bed. Individually-wrapped coils to isolate movement on the bed.
Cons: May be too firm for some.
4. Classic Brands Cool 2.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch 2 Bonus Pillow Mattress, King, White
If you’re looking for pure memory foam, rather than hybrid mattresses with coils, then this option from Classic Brands is a reasonably priced option that is worth considering. It has a top layer of cooling gel memory foam, followed by polyfoam and high-density foam on the bottom. The bottom layer provides firm support while the top layer helps provide a plusher feeling. The entire mattress is an extra-thick 14 inches. As an added bonus, two shredded memory foam pillows are included.
Pros: Thick 14-inch mattress. Comes with two shredded memory foam pillows. Includes various kinds of foam for plushness and support.
Cons: Edge support could be better.
5. Linenspa 10 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress
Linenspa is one of the best brands for memory foam bedding products, and this 10-inch mattress features a hybrid construction that combines a bottom layer of steel coils topped with a thick, plush memory foam layer. This king mattress is also available in various heights depending on your preferences and budget; there’s an eight, 10 and 12-inch option. It’s designed to have a medium firmness to support different kinds of sleepers.
Pros: Comfortable hybrid mattress. Medium firmness with a contouring design for back support.
Cons: Springs are not individually covered.