If getting a good night's sleep sounds more like a dream than a reality, you may want to think about changing up your bedding.
Luckily, Good Housekeeping wants to help you do just that. The experts at Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab have tested hundreds of items for your nighttime routine — from sheets and pillows to mattresses and blankets — for durability, fabric strength, pilling resistance, washability and more. In addition to lab equipment, the team also tapped more than 500 sleepers over the course of six months to test factors including comfort, support, fit, softness, temperature regulation and appearance.
Lexie Sachs, fiber scientist and executive director of the Textiles Lab, visited TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share a look at seven of the 2023 Bedding Awards. Temperature-regulated and pressure-relieving products were big winners this year, from an ice cube pillow to mattress pads.
Keep reading to check out all the best bedding products that will have you begging for a few more minutes in bed.
Good Housekeeping Best Bedding Awards winners 2023
Zinus Amelia Platform Bed Frame with Upholstered Headboard
Bed frames can be quite the investment. The Good Housekeeping Institute tried this 2-in-1 from Zinus, which features both a bed frame and an upholstered headboard for less than $500. They found that it not only looks great, but has an easy set up, too — GH staffers completed it in about an hour. Plus, since it utilizes wooden slats, you won't need to purchase a box spring. Use the code TODAY10 at checkout at Zinus' website to score it for 10% off.
Saatva Classic Mattress
The GH Institute surveyed more than 10,000 people to learn about the mattresses that they own and found that this mattress from Saatva earned high praise from over 100 owners and testers. Unlike most mattresses that arrive in a box, Saatva's luxury innerspring mattress includes full-service delivery and set up, according to the brand. It is available in two different heights and three different firmness levels, so you can customize your sleep setup. If you want to try it yourself, you can click the link above to exclusively save $400 on the brand’s bestselling mattress.
California Design Den Linen Sheet Set
It can be hard to find a solid set of cotton sheets for under $100 — until now. The GH Institute found that these sheets from California Design Den are not only affordable, but durable: They aced pilling resistance tests in the Lab and performed well in various tests. Sachs says testers loved the depth of the pockets and how soft the sheets felt. Plus, it is available in over 30 colors and prints.
Mellanni Queen Sheet Set
If you’re searching for even more of a budget-friendly pick, these microfiber sheets from bestselling brand Mellanni are worth considering. In fact, they're so good that they earned a GH seal of approval in 2022 and in 2021, too. Testers found that they're "buttery soft," wrinkle-resistant and come in a range of sizes, so they can fit almost any bed.
Rest Evercool Cooling Comforter
For anyone who wants an extra dose of cool, Sachs says this chilling comforter is “cool to the touch.” According to the brand, it's made with fibers that pull heat away from your body and is also moisture-wicking, which helps to manage sweat. The design is reversible and the comforter itself is machine washable for easy care.
Tuft & Needle Original Foam Pillow
Whether you’re a side sleeper, a stomach sleeper or prefer to sleep on your back, the right pillow for your sleeping needs can make all the difference in your nightly routine. Sachs says this pillow is "not too firm but not too soft" and it earned a perfect score from testers for its comfort. In the Lab, it also kept its shape during a test that mimics the weight of a head lying on it all night.
This body pillow isn't anything like the pregnancy pillows, Sachs says. It's made from a squishy latex material that is designed for all sleepers, according to the brand. Testers found that it is calming, maintains its shape well and is suitable for sleeping and lounging. They even claim it's comparable to a hug.
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2022 Good Housekeeping Best Bedding Awards winners
Nolah Airfoam Mattress Topper (Queen)
Do you wake up in pain? Add comfort and support to your existing mattress and give it a new feel with this Good Housekeeping pick. The foam is designed to cradle your pressure points, like hips and shoulders, and features temperature-controlled technology to keep you comfortable and cool all night long.
Pillow Cube Side Sleeper Ice Cube Pillow
If you're always flipping your pillow over to the lie on the cool side, then look no further than the Ice Cube Cooling Pillow. In addition to its cooling effects, Sachs says this is a total game-changer for slide sleepers because the shape is different than normal pillows and fills the gap between your head, neck and shoulders for proper sleep alignment.
Bedsure Flannel Fleece Blanket
Another option for hot sleepers is this lightweight and microfiber fleece blanket. According to the Good Housekeeping Institute lab results, testers gave it a perfect comfort score and zero complaints. Sachs says this versatile blanket is super soft and can be used on your bed or sofa — and it's under $20!
Slumber Cloud Performance Mattress Pad
Sachs says testers loved this down alternative mattress pad for its temperature-regulating benefits. Featuring temperature phase-change technology, the pad stores and releases your body heat to keep you comfortable and cool all night.
Crane & Canopy Ultimate Luxe Down Alternative Comforter (Queen)
This hypoallergenic down alternative comforter feels just as luxurious as a real down option. Featuring a 400 thread count and 100 percent cotton, Sachs says lab testers loved the coziness and lightweight feel of the comforter. It also comes in three different warmth levels for your personal preference or season.
Avocado Eco Organic Mattress (Queen)
For the ultimate bedding upgrade, you can opt for a completely new mattress. Sachs says buying sustainable and certified organic mattresses can cost several thousand dollars, but you can grab this queen mattress for $1,299. Featuring 100 percent certified organic latex, cotton and wool, testers said it led to better sleep quality.