Most Expensive Mattresses

Mattresses are big business in the United States, catering to just about every possible need a sleeper may have.

Hypnos Beds

But there are some varieties that you won't find in the local shop or department store. These mattresses are more exclusive--and more expensive. Take a look at some of the top-of-the-line beds, found in the homes of celebrities and CEOs alike.

The Hypnos is not a household brand, but it's very popular with the rich and famous. Frequently touted as the "Most Comfortable Bed in the World," its owners include Oprah and the Queen of England.

From a family owned and operated company since the early 1900s, each Hypnos mattress is hand-sewn and assembled. All materials are completely natural, from hand-sheared and hand-spun wool to Belgian damask cloth. Instead of memory foam, you will find pure silk and cashmere and specialty woods designed to keep this bed in top shape for years to come. The total cost of a Hypnos mattress and box spring is about $10,000 to $15,000 in 2010.

VI-Spring

Even more expensive than a Hypnos is a VI-Spring mattress, which the company proclaims is life-changing. There is no one bed or selection of beds; for VI-Spring, the mattress must be as individual as the sleeper. The "VI" refers to the six coils in every spring, but beyond that, each one of these beds is made to order.

The top-quality materials include cotton, lambswool, long-stranded horsehair and mohair; the VI-Spring experience is designed for the ultimate luxury. Used in five-star hotels all over the world, these mattresses start at $2,000 and go up to $50,000 in 2010.

Duxiana

A Swedish brand, Duxiana is the up-and-comer for luxury shoppers and high end hotels in the U.S. Also designed specifically for the buyer, Duxiana boasts dual adjustable lumbar support so that each sleeper can set his own level of firmness. The Dux Axion model is fully adjustable in every way, a kind of souped-up version of the Craftmatic bed.

These beds are known for assisting in pain management and are popular with arthritis sufferers. The company claims its personalized comfort is the only way to achieve the deepest levels of sleep, and it offers a 20-year warranty. Prices range from about $5,000 to $15,000 in 2010.