One of the BEST purchases you can make for your life is buying an amazing mattress. If you take one “buying tip” away from Mint Arrow, let it be this! Good sleep makes everything else in life better – so, BUY THE MATTRESS. Did you know you spend one third of your life sleeping? Because of that, I truly believe that although a good mattress is usually an investment, it is ALWAYS worth the pennies!
If you found this post because you Google-searched “best mattress,” I’m here to tell ALL. We have tried TONS of mattresses – in fact, we have a different brand of mattress in every room of our house. This post has been LONG overdue, but I am finally sharing an updated opinion on my very favorite mattresses on the market.
In this post you’ll find my “good,” “better,” “best” ranking, in hopes that it will help you decide which mattress is best for you. (And to top it all off, I have a 30% OFF code for the “best” option, so make sure to keep reading!)
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For years our favorite mattress was Tuft & Needle – if you’ve been here a while, you probably recognize that brand and remember us raving about it! But since you are supposed to change your mattress every six to eight years, in 2019 it was time for us to go on the hunt for something new.
During that year, we went on vacation to Maui. One day while we were there we were walking in one of the downtown areas, and we went inside a Cariloha store. We have been MASSIVE Cariloha fans for years because of their sheets. Honestly, they’ve made us pretty big sheet snobs…We do know of an Amazon sheet that is pretty decent, but if you can swing it, Cariloha sheets are out. of. this. world!
Anyway, while we were in the store they asked us if we needed any information on anything, and we told them we were already number one fans of their sheets. But, I saw a mattress in there, which totally shocked me because I had no idea they made mattresses.
We laid down on it, and from that moment we were AMAZED. It was heavenly. A few months later, we replaced our old mattress with a Cariloha and we are still 110% obsessed with it! But more about that later – now that you know why our fave mattress has changed, here are my top three mattress recommendations ranked from “good,” “better,” to “best!”
We got a Linenspa mattress from Amazon when my girls started sharing a bunk bed. This mattress is unbelievably cheap, and it is highly rated with over 44,000 reviews! I am not going to tell you that this is an insanely comfortable mattress, because it’s not. But is it good? Is it decent? Yeah! Anabelle sleeps on it and has never complained. When I lay down on it, I can definitely say it is no where near as comfortable as my mattress, but that being said, it’s the highest rated mattress on Amazon.
So if you’re just looking to get a good, functional, decent mattress for your kid’s room, and you don’t want to spend a ton of money, this is a very good option. We bought just the spring mattress, but they have upgraded versions you can buy as well (gel memory foam, or a hybrid of both!).
If you are looking for an affordable mattress that is still REALLY good quality, Allswell is my second favorite! This mattress is extremely comfortable. We originally got it for Lyla’s room (which is now Millie’s room), and we usually have our guests sleep there when they come into town.
The Allswell mattress has a medium-firm support – so it’s a good amount of firmness while still being comfortable. When I lay down on it to read my girls stories at night, I always end up laying there longer than I anticipated because it is so nice to lay down on after a long day! I really do love this option a lot, so if your pocketbook won’t allow for the “best” option below, you can feel super confident in buying an Allswell mattress.
This bedding collection from Allswell is also comfortable and plush! It is SUPER cozy and I love that it’s neutral enough to go with pretty much any decor.
I can only describe this mattress as (by far) the most luxurious, wonderful, perfect mattress of all time. It is the very best mattress I have ever slept on – period, end of story!
Our old favorite mattress was a little too firm on its own, so we added a really plush, cushy topper on it. After that we ended up loving it, but I don’t know that it was best for our backs. In fact, we have had my mom and sister come watch our kids while we’ve been out of town a couple of times, and we always have them sleep in our bed while we’re gone. They BOTH told me at separate times that our old bed was too soft, and that it was bad for our backs.
Enter: the CARILOHA MATTRESS. This mattress is the perfect amount of really plush (like, “you can’t wait to climb into bed every night and it becomes your happy place” plush), but it’s not so soft that it ruins your back. I used to wake up in the morning with pain in my back and neck, and I should have known better, but I just really wanted that plush feeling when I crawled into bed at night. NOW, I get the best of both worlds where I still feel like I’m crawling into my own personal cloud (seriously, my happy place), but it’s not SO soft that I regret it the next morning!
Neil feels the exact same way about the Cariloha mattress, too, which is such a win! How often do you find a mattress that both you and your S/O absolutely love in every way?! We honestly kind of have a hard time traveling now because we are so picky about our sleeping situation (thanks Cariloha), but all joking aside, it’s a pretty great problem to have if you ask me!
(Side note: the Airbnb we traveled to at Lake Arrowhead a couple of months ago had ALL Cariloha sheets and mattresses – soooo just ANOTHER reason you should totally book a getaway there if you can! Also, it would be such a great way to go try out a Cariloha mattress before you buy!)
Here’s all the general info on the Cariloha mattress that you may be wondering about:
- How is it for your back and neck? AMAZING. It adapts to your body shape, alleviating pressure off the body’s main contour points – plus the firmness is just right.
- Does it get hot? Not at all, and this is coming from someone who runs hot! This mattress comes with a Flex-Flow base foam which improves airflow to help you sleep cooler.
- Is it clean? Yes! How cool is this?…Cariloha mattresses naturally eradicate dust mites, and repel odors. *Adds to cart immediately*
- Shipping costs? Shipping is FREE!
- Do they have a trial period? They sure do. Try it out for 30-100 days and, if you’re not completely in love with it, it’s fully refundable and returnable! Only available in the contiguous U.S.
We’ve been sleeping with Cariloha sheets on our bed for YEARS now and I’ve tried soooo many (and seriously I mean SO. MANY.) other good sheets out there, but none compare to the amazingness of Cariloha. I am talking silky, soft, slide into bed and feel like you’re straight up IN HEAVEN bamboo sheet PERFECTION.
They’re also three degrees cooler than other bamboo sheets which, like I said above, is A BIG DEAL because I run HOT so I need my bed COOL!
We’ve owned both the classic and the resort and the resort are just more luxurious and definitely my fave! But I’m definitely not mad about it when we wash our resort set and use our classic sheets. I love them too and even the set we bought years ago is still soft and wonderful.
PRO TIP: don’t use fabric softener on these, it will actually ruin the softness of the bamboo!!
Cariloha discount: If you want to get my FAVORITE mattress and sheets for 30% OFF, make sure to use the code MINTARROW at checkout! This code is good site-wide. Our exact mattress is the Resort Bamboo Mattress in a California King. If you buy the same one as us with the discount, you’re getting $570 OFF! Huge savings!
I hope this post helped you decide on the best mattress for your life right now! We truly can’t recommend Cariloha more, but Allswell is a GREAT, affordable option – and Linenspa is a good, super cheap mattress – perfect for something like a kid’s room. And while you’re bed shopping, make sure to check out our favorite kids’ bedding (Beddy’s for life!), and the bedding we put on top of our Cariloha sheets that we absolutely love in our bedroom. Cheers to sweet dreams, friend!