Contents of Article
- Difference Between A Full Size And Twin Size Mattress
- Overall Best Full-Size Mattress – The DreamCloud
- Pros And Cons
- Best Full-Size Mattress Under $2000 – The Solay
- Best Full-Size Mattress Under $1000 – The Nectar
- Best Budget-Friendly Full-Size Mattress (Under $500) – Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam
- 4 More Really Good Full-Size Mattresses
Today we’re going to look at what we think are the best full-size mattresses on the market. We’ve got a lot of excellent products and interesting technologies to cover in the review sections below…
So let’s get started.
Difference Between A Full Size And Twin Size Mattress
A full sized product is slightly bigger than a twin mattress, it can accommodate 2 small adults if needs be – but it’s going to be quite a squeeze.
- Full mattresses are 54 inches wide and 74 inches long
- Twin mattresses are 38 inches wide and 75 inches long
Overall Best Full-Size Mattress – The DreamCloud
There are quite a few good full-size mattresses on the market, and we found it hard to narrow down this article to just one recommendation. So below we’ve added some “runners-up” that are the best in their respective price brackets (we’ve added a few honorable mentions too).
However, there was one product that was a clear winner for us – the DreamCloud.
It’s one of the thickest and most luxurious products on the market with its 15 inches of thickness and 8 different materials. Let’s see what you’re getting for your money as we dissect it layer by layer.
This is a super comfortable layer that has been added for pure comfort and luxury. It’s essentially a giant pillow that has been stitched on to the top of the mattress – and it’s as enjoyable as it sounds. The layer is stuffed with an extremely high-quality cashmere wool blend that will make you feel like you’re literally floating on a cloud.
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
Normal memory foam mattresses get quite hot. This is because they are made from lots of little cells on the microscopic level that contain air. The cells are enclosed, and when the air inside them heats up from body heat the air cannot ventilate – which causes hotspots.
Cooling gel works by intercepting body heat before it gets inside the cells. It’s a great thermal conductor and it quickly and evenly distributes the heat throughout the other gel in the mattress. This makes a much more even heat distribution pattern, it removes hotspots, and it results in a cooler night’s sleep for the sleeper.
Quilted Memory Foam
This is the second “pure comfort” layer in this product. It’s a super soft memory foam that provides almost no support compared to normal memory foams. This would normally be an issue, but there’s plenty of support to play with in the lower sections of the DreamCloud. This layer has been quilted which provides a bit of loft and luxury to the product that other mattresses can lack. This is where the product gets the majority of its “resort style” reputation from, and we love it.
A layer of latex has been added next, and the entire product really benefits from its inclusion. Latex is one of the best natural ventilators that can be used in mattress design. Any heat that is trapped this far down the mattress will be able to escape through this layer out into the bedroom.
The main benefit it provides, however, is responsiveness. If you’ve ever slept on a memory foam product before you’ll probably already know that it can sometimes feel like you just kind of get swallowed by the memory foam without it pushing back against you at all. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can feel unnatural.
Latex, however, has a natural springy responsiveness to it that will push back slightly when you get into bed. This mitigates the sinking feeling you get with memory foam and transforms the overall feel of the mattress into something much better.
Dream Plush Memory Foam
DreamCloud likes to talk this layer up with a fancy name like “Dream Plush Memory Foam” but pay no attention to this marketing speak. It’s a standard layer of medium firm memory foam that provides a little bit of support.
Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam
Again, this layer has a fancy title but it’s pretty normal stuff. It’s made from a very similar kind of memory foam to the layer above – it’s just a little firmer. The two layers combined create a supportive gradient of increasing firmness to make the transition to the coil layer below less sudden.
Best Rest Coils
If we had a dollar for every time someone confused independent coils with innersprings we’d be able to retire. They are entirely different things, the only thing they have in common is that they use metal coils.
Innerspring products are made up of several coils that are joined together with wire and connected to a rigid outer frame. This essentially makes the layer one big single piece, and applying pressure on one point of the innerspring will make other sections of the innerspring move too. This means that there’s not a whole lot of accuracy in the shape that the layer creates when you lie down on it – and it’s not very supportive.
As the name suggests independent coils, on the other hand, are not connected to any other coil in any way, shape, or form. You could roll a tank over one side of this mattress and the coils on the opposite side would remain completely uncompressed (don’t try this at home)
What this achieves is that the impression that is made in the layer is much more representative of your body shape, and as such it provides much more support. Try and think of it like the contouring properties of memory foam – but instead of foam, you’re using coils.
Independent coils are interesting, but they are not unique to the DreamCloud.
So why do we like this layer so much?
The clever thing DreamCloud have done with this layer is that all of the coils are not created equally. There are 5 different zones in this layer, some have thicker firmer springs, and others have thinner gentler springs. By doing this DreamCloud have been able to tailor the amount of pressure and support provided at different points of the mattress instead of a “one size fits all” approach that the vast majority of mattresses use.
By doing this, the product is now custom made for side sleepers (who have the unhealthiest sleeping position) and it will promote optimal spinal alignment.
High-Density Support Foam
The last layer in this product is made from a super high-density support foam. It’s the unsung hero of the mattress and provides a strong base for the other awesomeness above to rest securely on.
Pros And Cons
- Super comfortable
- Resort style luxury
- Zoned support section
- Great for side sleepers
- Very cool sleeping surface
- Reputable brand
- Latex responsiveness
- If we were being picky, it could be cheaper – but it’s still great value for money.
Best Full-Size Mattress Under $2000 – The Solay
The Solay isn’t a cheap mattress, but we think that it provides one of the biggest bangs for your buck in the $2,000 and below price bracket.
The covering of this product is particularly impressive, it’s made from Tencel. As you may already know Tencel is made from cellulose – which technically makes it a wood based product. Don’t let this alarm you, it’s super soft and super breathable. It’s an excellent wicking agent and will also destroy bacteria that try and make your mattress their home.
There’s a coiled section in the Solay that provides a huge amount of support and comfort – however, it’s not zoned like the DreamCloud is. The memory foam layers that rest on top of the coils are of a very high quality, and the cooling gel infusion keeps things super cool throughout the night.
If you’re looking for a premium product with premium performance, we highly recommend you check this mattress out. There are few other products that can compete with it.
Best Full-Size Mattress Under $1000 – The Nectar
You may have already heard about Nectar, they’re one of the biggest and most well-known brands in the mattress industry.
This is a hybrid product that doesn’t use any kind of coiled section, instead, it relies on various different kinds of memory foam to provide support. The most advanced and thickest memory foam layer in the Nectar is made from a material called hi core memory foam. This is a more adaptive kind of memory foam that will contour quicker to your body shape – and it provides a huge amount of support.
Above the Hi Core memory foam, you’re going to find two generous layers of cooling gel-infused memory foam which work hard to keep you cool throughout the night. One of these layers has been quilted (like the DreamCloud) and provides a similar loftiness and sense of luxury that you’re really going to appreciate.
This product isn’t one of the most reputable and famous mattresses on the market for no reason – it’s brilliant. We strongly recommend you consider adding it to your shortlist if you’re looking for a good full sized mattress that’s going to give you great value for money.
Best Budget-Friendly Full-Size Mattress (Under $500) – Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam
This is a fairly basic product compared to the other mattresses on this page (but it’s an exceptionally cheap mattress too). It provides you with a huge amount of comfort and performance without breaking the bank.
There’s a whole bunch of fairly normal comfort foams and memory foams in this product, none of which are particularly notable. The cooling gel used in the memory foam is of a decent quality, and it will keep you cool throughout the night.
Zinus have tried to add a little bit of added functionality into this product through their innovative green tea infusions. New memory foam products (in all price brackets) are well known in the industry for producing a smelly off-gassing odor. It’s not harmful, but it’s pretty unpleasant.
The green tea neutralizes this odor and keeps things smelling fresh and clean from the very first day (it also provides additional freshness throughout the lifetime of the product too). It’s a decent, well made full sized mattress that’s more than worthy of your consideration if you’ve got a limited budget.
4 More Really Good Full-Size Mattresses
To finish off this article we’re going to quickly talk about 5 other mattresses that are available in full size. They weren’t quite good enough to make the overall recommendations above, but they are still worth checking out if you want a little more choice.
The material that is used in the top layer of the Puffy is called Comfort Cloud – and it’s one of the most advanced materials that any brand has ever used in a mattress. It took them over 4 years to create, and it is one of the best “memory foam killers” on the market.
It contours like memory foam (more or less) but it doesn’t need time to fully adapt to your body shape – it’s almost an instant action. Additionally, it’s a well-ventilated material that doesn’t use a cell-based system like memory foam – so it doesn’t retain heat and it evenly spreads it out.
We really like this mattress, it’s not as well known as some of the other big name brands – but it’s quickly making a name for itself. It uses various memory foam and comfort foam layers to provide the bulk of its comfort. We really like the cover which has had metal thread woven into it to distribute heat at the point of contact – it’s super effective.
This is a super cheap product that provides a decent amount of performance. It’s got a few simple foams in a hybrid design pattern, and while it’s not going to win any awards for ingenuity – it’s a good value product.
Tuft And Needle
This is another brand that has made their own version of memory foam to try and create a product that doesn’t suffer from its weaknesses. T&N Adaptive foam is an impressive material that’s super comfortable and supportive – and it’s worth checking out.
So there you have it, that’s what we think are the best full-size mattresses on the market right now. Any of the products we have talked about today are going to provide you with a great night’s sleep for many years to come.
They’re all more than worthy of your consideration.