Did you know that about one third of your life will be spent asleep?
Some people have the blessing of getting an peaceful night’s sleep every night, whereas others will spend their time tossing and turning, unable to get comfortable. The easiest way to fall into a healthier sleeping pattern is to find the best mattress for your unique need.
In order to help guide you in your search for the perfect night’s rest, we’ve done extensive research on different types of mattresses and come up with 5 different ways to find the right one for anyone:
#1: Choose by type and support.
#2: Choose by your desired firmness and bounciness.
#3: Choose by sleeping position
#4: Choose by medical condition
#5: Choose by your lifestyle (and your partner's too!)
Although following one or two of these methods should be enough for you to find the right mattress, we encourage you to read through the entire guide in order to obtain a better knowledge of mattresses. This will for sure allow you to make a more informed decision when you pick your winner!
Table of Contents
- Method #1: Choose by type and support
- Method #2: Choose by your desired firmness & bounciness
- Method #3: Choose by sleeping position
- Method #4: Choose by medical condition
- Method #5: Choose by your lifestyle (& your partner's!)
- Leesa - the best mattress of 2019 that suits almost everybody!
- Top-rated mattresses (by category)
Method #1: Choose by type and support
This first method is based on choosing between the six most common types of mattress. It’s important to know what type of mattress will best help you in keeping your spine aligned, regardless of sleep position!
These are the 6 main types of mattress:
Type 1: Innerspring mattresses
The innerspring mattress is by far the most common type of mattress. These mattresses use steel coil support systems. These support systems are then covered up by thick padding to ensure you get the comfiest sleep possible! The higher the number of coils in the mattress, the better the mattress can contour around you and support you.
What to consider: It’s important to ask what type of coil system is within the mattress. There are four main types:
First of all, there’s pocketed coils, which are springs wrapped in fabric. They’re seen as the best, seeing as they provide the most support!
Then there’s Bonnell coils – these are hourglass coils connected by wires. Mattresses with this type of coil system are often cheap, but durability can be an issue.
Mattresses with continuous coils are a little more uncommon – the coils share weight, so durability isn’t an issue, but comfort certainly is!
Finally, there’s offset coils. These are flat hourglass springs connected by wires. Mattresses with this type of coil system often have problems regarding durability.
Type 2: Foam mattresses
The foam mattress is popular due to its superb performance when it comes to overall comfort. Foam mattresses use several different types of foam as the support system within the mattress. Usually they include visco-elastic foam, also known as memory foam – the original concept of which was invented by NASA in order to absorb the effects of G forces!
What to consider: You might want to ask if the mattress you are interested in has air channels incorporated into its design – otherwise your night might be full of tossing and turning due to overheating! Another thing to ask about is the density of the foam – the optimal range is between 4.0 - 5.3 lb per square foot.
If temperature is a concern, the type of foam used could be something of a concern. Standard visco foam retains heat, whereas plant-based and gel-infused foams are cooler.
Type 3: Latex mattresses (a variation of foam mattresses)
The latex mattress uses latex foam as its support system. Latex mattresses are very simple in their design and construction, and modern manufacturing has made them more than affordable. Latex mattresses have layers made up of entirely latex, cut and layered to create a bed.
What to consider: These mattresses are distinguished by both the type of latex used and the manufacturing process employed. The two processes produce very different types of mattress – first of all, there’s the Dunlop process, which is the original method for making latex mattresses. Mattresses made according to this method are durable and firm.
The other method is the Talalay process. Although more expensive, this method produces a more consistent product. The types of latex used are also a factor – most people prefer the more expensive “100% natural latex” mattresses, but synthetic latex mattresses are not very different in terms of performance.
Type 4: Air-filled mattresses
Air-filled mattresses use adjustable air chambers as their support systems! The best air beds are covered by comfortable padding. An interesting feature of most air-filled mattresses is the ability to control and adjust the firmness of the bed. Most mattresses allow each side’s firmness to be controlled separately, in order to ensure the comfort of both partners!
What to consider: Although the mattress itself may be inexpensive, keep in mind that you’ll have to buy an air pump. Also, if you prefer a softer bed, you might want to buy a larger air mattress, because the mattress only reaches its advertised size when fully inflated.
Type 5: Hybrid mattresses (combination of other types)
Hybrid mattresses usually combine the steel coil support systems seen in innerspring mattresses with different kinds of foam, in order to get the ‘best of both worlds’.
What to consider: It's very important when purchasing a hybrid mattress to know what the 'comfort' layer is made of. Most hybrid mattresses use memory foam, gel foam, or a layer of latex. However, if you find a cheap hybrid mattress, the comfort layer will most likely be utility grade foam that you might find difficult to sleep on. Look for brands that use non-toxic and durable materials!
Type 6: Pillow Top mattresses
Pillow top mattresses are unique due to their special comfort layer added to the top of the mattress. Typically, a soft upholstery layer is sewn into the top of the mattress, resulting in a comfier sleep.
Method #2: Choose by your desired firmness & bounciness
This method may prove to be a little tricky due to the fact that firmness is very subjective! Everyone has a different understanding of what ‘soft’ and ‘firm’ really means. Also, it’s important to not confuse firmness with support – the firmness of the mattress is the initial feel of the mattress, whereas the support of the mattress refers to the way in which the mattress keeps your spine aligned.
Some mattresses push back and feel stiff – these mattresses are generally considered very firm. Others yield and hug the body of the sleeper – these are generally considered soft mattresses. Most people prefer a perfect balance between the two – a ‘medium’ mattress.
Despite the subjectivity of firmness, there is a scale by which the firmness of a mattress can be measured. Apparently, there are 10 levels of firmness which mattresses can fall under:
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1. Too Soft – This rating is given only to mattresses which provide no support.
2. Extremely Soft – These mattresses provide very little support, but it is still possible to sleep on them if you prefer soft beds.
3. Very Soft – These mattresses have a high degree of sinkage and are only used by side sleepers, as they don’t provide enough support for stomach or back sleepers.
4. Soft – These mattresses provide a good balance between medium and soft.
5. Medium Soft – A very balanced mattress, though slightly on the softer side.
6. Medium – The most common type of mattress, it is neither firm nor soft. Most people consider it a perfect balance, and therefore the most comfortable.
7. Medium Firm – These mattresses provide a firm feel, while not entirely sacrificing the hug and contour of a softer mattress.
8. Firm – These mattresses have very little hug to them, and are only appropriate for back and stomach sleepers.
9. Very Firm – These mattresses have an extreme push-back quality that is only suitable for very picky back and stomach sleepers.
10. Ultra-Firm – These mattresses are usually impossible to sleep on due to their firmness.
The comfort level for most people
80% of sleepers are shown to prefer a mattress within the 5-7 range. These mattresses are most popular because they are designed to please the average person, special needs notwithstanding. Chances are, the mattress for you will fall under the ‘universal comfort’ category. These mattresses are the types found in hotels and guest rooms worldwide.
A universal comfort mattress will not only have the correct balance between softness and firmness, but will usually have specially-designed foam layers that are capable of handling the vast majority of weights and body types.
A good example of this is the Leesa mattress. It uses a top layer of Avena foam (a latex alternative), and this layer hugs sleepers who don’t sink very deep, as well as pushing back against heavier sleepers.
So, what firmness level is best for you?
When choosing your mattress by firmness, there are a few factors that should be taken into consideration! You should ask yourself these questions before deciding.
- Question 1: What position do you sleep in?
This question is important because depending on the position in which you sleep, your body is putting different amounts of pressure on the mattress.
Side sleepers create many pressure points on the mattress whilst asleep – therefore, they often choose mattresses which are slightly softer (3-6 on the firmness scale).
Stomach sleepers can have lower back pains due to their position, and therefore they prefer firm mattresses that keep their spine aligned (5-7 on the firmness scale).
Back sleepers are the most varied, and their choice will often depend on the mattress that relieves the most pressure and offers the most support (4-8 on the firmness scale).
- Question 2: How heavy are you?
The lighter you are, the softer your mattress should be – if you weigh below 120 lbs, you are below the weight of the average consumer, and therefore you should buy a slightly softer mattress than the average person. You will feel the top layers of the mattress, rather than the core.
Alternatively, if you are a heavier person, you will be putting more pressure on the mattress, and the mattress will sink slightly. You might want to consider a mattress with a higher level of firmness.
- Question 3: What is your body type?
Weight displacement can cause different pressure points, depending on the individual. This difference is particularly noticeable between males and females, since women tend to carry their weight in their midsection. Women generally need mattresses with a higher level of firmness, due to the fact that the weight around their midsection can cause sinkage in the lower back area.
Method #3: Choose by sleeping position
This method will help you find a mattress based on the position in which you sleep. In order to use this method, it might help you out to familiarize yourself with your pressure points – these are areas on the surface of the body which are sensitive to pressure. Your pressure points are determined by which parts of your body are coming into contact with the mattress as you sleep.
Your goal should be to find a mattress which strikes a balance between support and softness – a mattress that does this will help you avoid pain on your pressure points.
There are three main sleeping positions:
Position 1: Side
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When purchasing a mattress for a side sleeper, it’s important to consider support, firmness, and pelvic rotation. Side sleepers shouldn’t have any problems with air flow or snoring, but if they aren’t careful, choosing the wrong mattress could result in hip pain, back pain, or neck pain!
- Firmness: Side sleepers will want to look for a softer mattress, because the mattress will need to be able to hug the curves of your body. The waist-to-hip ratio can cause problems when sleeping on firm mattresses. A soft mattress will allow you to sink into the mattress a little more.
- Support: They also need more support in order to relieve your pressure points and keep your spine aligned. Many side sleepers prefer foam mattresses, since they are both soft and supportive.
- Pelvic rotation: This is a result of the misalignment of the lumbar spine and back muscles. It is common in side sleepers, particularly those who sleep with one leg bent (a position known as ‘the sprinter’). A good mattress will prevent pressure points that might be making you sleep in an uncomfortable position.
Overall, a side sleeper mattress should be able to:
- Provide lots of support (enough to limit pelvic rotation).
- Contour to the curves of your side.
- Breath well and keep the mattress cool.
- Have a soft feel.
Position 2: Back
When purchasing a mattress for a back sleeper, it’s important to consider support, firmness, causes of back pain, breathing, and adjustable foundations. There are many options for back sleepers, so it may be difficult to find the best mattress for you.
- Support: Lower back pain is very common in back sleepers. A good way to prevent this is by choosing a mattress that provides a high amount of support in order to keep your spine in alignment. It doesn’t matter if the mattress is firm or soft, as every back sleeper will have a different preference – what matters is the support system within the mattress.
- Firmness: Although there are some back sleepers who prefer softer mattresses, most back sleepers prefer a mattress which is slightly firm. Slightly firm mattresses provide a push-back type of support that can aid you in defeating your lower back pain.
- Cause of back pain: When your body is asleep, it’s possible that your mattress is preventing your back muscles from decompressing in order to resolve daytime tension. Any sleeping position that doesn’t preserve the natural alignment of your spine can keep the muscles from decompressing, and contributes to back pain.
- Breathing: Sleeping on your back can result in a strained airway, especially if your mattress isn’t providing you with enough support. If your back is supported, the risk of snoring and sleep apnea is lowered considerably.
- Adjustable foundation: Back sleepers may want to consider a mattress with an adjustable foundation. Although expensive, these mattresses can help back sleepers with any form of back pain they may have. You can elevate the head and foot of the mattress, and this helps reduce and relieve any forming pressure points along your back.
Overall, a back sleeper mattress should be able to:
- Provide you good support.
- Have a slightly firm feel.
- Have a slightly hug in order to provide comfort.
- Work with an adjustable foundation.
- Have an extremely high level of deep compression support.
- Have little heat retention.
- It should also be noted that memory foam mattresses are often specially-made for those with chronic back pain, so it may be worthwhile to look into medical foam mattresses like the Orthopaedic ones as they offer the best support for your lower back.
Check this video to see why sleeping in your back is the best sleeping position:
Position 3: Stomach
When purchasing a mattress for a stomach sleeper, it’s important to consider support, firmness, and pillow options. Sleeping on your stomach is widely regarded as being a very unhealthy sleeping position, so it’s important to find a mattress that will lessen the negative effects of this sleeping position.
- Support: Stomach sleepers have a high amount of pressure localized at their bodies’ midsections. Therefore, it is important to find a mattress with enough support to prevent discomfort and restless nights. Foam mattresses tend to be the winners here, seeing as they have consistent support throughout the mattress, and the foam is pressure-relieving, seeing as it conforms to your body.
- Firmness: Slightly firm mattresses are best for stomach sleepers, because they keep your back from arching. A mattress that is too soft will cause your lower half to sink, misaligning your spine. If you prefer softer mattresses, you will need a mattress with advanced foam (most advanced foams provide both softness and support), or a pillow top mattress.
- Pillow options: Pillow choice is extremely important for stomach sleepers, seeing as they require pillows that keep the body as flat as possible. Since this sleeping position makes you so flat, having a tall pillow will give you neck pain. Foam pillows are the best bet, followed by latex pillows.
Overall, a stomach sleeper mattress should be able to:
- Provide you tons of support.
- Have a firm feel but still have enough of a hug to be comfortable.
- Sleep incredibly cool.
Check this video for tips to stop neck and back pain while you're sleep in your stomach!
Method #4: Choose by medical condition
Though there isn’t enough scientific evidence to say what the best overall mattress type for sleeping is, there is certainly enough evidence to say what mattresses are best for people suffering from various medical conditions. In this method, I’ve outlined four conditions that the right mattress can help aid.
Condition 1: Joint, back and neck pain
Anyone suffering from these types of very common pain should be careful when selecting a mattress. The mattress you choose cannot be too hard or too soft. Much like Goldilocks, you should stay between the two in order to find a mattress that’s just right.
Howard Levy, MD, who is an assistant professor of orthopedics, physical medicine, and rehabilitation at Emory University, supports the theory that medium-firm mattresses are best for those suffering from muscle pain. "If you're on too soft [of] a mattress, you'll start to sink down to the bottom. But on too hard of a mattress you have too much pressure on the sacrum, and on the shoulders, and on the back of the head."
A mattress with a medium amount of firmness should provide you with a perfect balance of support and comfort, thereby helping your spine stay aligned.
People who suffer from this type of pain generally prefer mattresses made of memory foam, due to their balance of support and comfort.
Condition 2: Breathing problems & coughing
For those suffering with this sort of issue, adjustable beds are recommended. Doctors often recommend keeping the head elevated, particularly in cases of COPD (to breath more easily) and GERD (to help prevent heartburn).
Howard Levy states that adjustable beds can also help with sore joints, seeing as you can adjust your hips and knees to a 90-degree angle.
Air mattresses which are either raised or contain dual chambers are the best pick, along with beds containing adjustable foundations.
Condition 3: Allergy & asthma
If you suffer from one or both of these exceedingly common conditions, you’ve probably noticed the large amount of mattresses labeled as being ‘hypoallergenic’ and claiming to not support the growth of dust mites.
The 'hypoallergenic' label on these mattresses simply means that these mattresses will not cause an allergic reaction in most people. However, to those who are currently in an extremely sensitive situation (for example, those undergoing chemotherapy), these mattresses can still create a rash on the skin.
Also, it should be noted that no mattress is 100% resistant to accumulating allergens, seeing as allergens can be found everywhere, even in your bedroom. However, hypoallergenic mattresses will likely do a better job of preventing allergens from accumulating within and on your bed, so they are worth a try.
Latex foam mattresses are the best choice for those with asthma or allergies, due to the fact that they can keep warm moisture away, preventing molds and dust mites from breeding there.
Note: For mattresses which are not mold and mite-resistant, you can buy encasing protectors that will keep these allergens and pests from getting to you. These encasings can also prevent the mites from spreading, seeing as it robs them of their food supply.
Condition 4: Fibromyalgia
This chronic condition wherein you suffer from extreme fatigue and muscle pains can make finding a comfortable mattress difficult. The best choice for people with this condition is a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses preserve natural alignment, and therefore prevent strain. Memory foam is also made of a material which collapses and transfers weight across the surface, preventing the development of painful pressure points.
Some people with fibromyalgia don’t like memory foam mattresses due to the fact that they are difficult to get on and off of, but generally speaking, these mattresses are the best.
A memory foam mattress with an average density, a medium-firm feel, less than 1” of padding, and a quick rate of responsiveness.
Method #5: Choose by your lifestyle (& your partner's!)
Here are a few possible problems that can arise when shopping for a shared mattress.
You have a bed partner that keeps tossing and turning
Your biggest priority in this situation should be choosing a mattress with good motion isolation. The best bets in this situation are memory foam or latex mattresses, but innerspring mattresses with pocketed coils and dual-chamber air-filled mattresses tend to work just as well.
Just be sure to be wary of the comfort level of your potential mattress, seeing as these mattress types are unpopular among restless sleepers due to the fact that they’re hard to move around on.
You and your bed partner don't have the same preferences
An air-filled mattress with dual chambers may just be the mattress that solves this dispute. These types of mattresses allow you to inflate each half separately, thereby creating a bed with a different level of firmness on each side. You can also put an additional layer of foam or padding on half of the bed, if you or your partner prefer a softer sleep.
You want a mattress suitable for an active sex life
If you and your partner have an active sex life, finding a mattress suitable for both sleep and physical activity can be a challenge. There are many factors that come into play when choosing a suitable mattress for having sex on. which I will detail here:
- Responsiveness is a key factor. A mattress with a fast response time will adjust to your body very quickly as you move around upon it – but one with a slower response time may create awkward situations wherein you feel as though you’re having sex in quicksand.
- Bounce is also very important – a mattress with a good bounce can help create a good rhythm, as it has a rebound effect.
- Noise can be an issue as well. Many mattresses, particularly innerspring ones, can be very noisy during sex!
- Durability is important, seeing as though you will be using the mattress for something other than simply sleeping. It’s important to buy a mattress with a good longevity, because you may wear it down more quickly than you’d think.
- Comfort is the most important – if you’re not comfortable, your sex life will actually suffer!
You and your bed partner are overweight
In this case, it’s important to choose a mattress that is thick enough to support you and your partner. Most people are satisfied with 10” mattresses, but you may want to consider one that is at least 12” thick. Deep compression support is found in thicker mattresses, and due to your weight, you will need this additional support due to the increased amount of pressure being applied to the mattress.
You will also need a mattress that is firmer than average due to the increased amount of sinkage you will experience. Edge support can be an issue too, especially if you plan on using your bed for leisure or amorous activities.
Memory foam and Latex mattresses are the most popular options for overweight people, but if you prefer innerspring mattresses, look for one with coil-on-coil construction, because this will provide you with more deep compression support.
You are a hot sleeper
Hot sleepers should avoid mattresses topped with heat-retentive materials such as foam or latex. It’s also important to avoid mattresses with too much of a ‘hug’, as they will retain a lot more body heat. Sheets made of 100% cotton or bamboo are more breathable than other sheets, and might help your night be more peaceful. Using breathable mattress covers is important, too. Plant-based memory foam mattresses and water beds are your best pick for a new mattress.
You are a cold sleeper
You can purchase a heated mattress pad that will help warm your body and the mattress surface. Higher weight blankets offer stronger insulation, so make sure you are purchasing the correct blanket. If you have a water bed, you can purchase a waterbed heater to keep your bed at a comfortable temperature. Memory foam beds that are not plant-based retain a lot more heat, so you may want to look into purchasing one.
You are looking for your children
The most important thing about shopping for a child’s mattress is the size. Though it may be tempting to buy the smaller, cheaper size, you should keep in mind that most mattresses last about a decade. Buy a mattress that will be large enough for your child, even as they hit puberty and reach adulthood. This way, you won’t have to purchase additional mattresses as they grow. High quality sleep is very important for a child’s health, so make sure you buy a mattress that offers them the correct amount of comfort and support – don’t give them a hand-me-down or uncomfortable mattress.
You are pregnant
If you are pregnant, it’s more important than ever to get a high-quality sleep. If your current mattress is uncomfortable, consider purchasing a new one – you should be comfortable during your pregnancy! Pregnant women often prefer softer mattresses that contour to their unique body shapes – just make sure the mattress has enough support. Doctors often recommend spending several hours with your legs above your heart in order to make sure that the blood is flowing properly. With an adjustable bed, this is made very simple. Another thing to consider is the effects of morning sickness and night sweats – you may want to consider investing in a mattress protector.
You have money to spare
If you have money to spare, you may want to consider buying a combination mattress that is advertised as being ‘the best of both worlds’. Many manufacturers are now designing mattresses that combine the bounciness of innerspring mattresses with the motion isolation of memory foam. This style of mattress suits all sorts of sleeping styles and body types, so it might be a good choice, if you can afford this luxury!
Leesa - the best mattress of 2019 that suits almost everybody!
The Leesa is, in our opinion, the best mattress currently available on the market. It works well for both side-sleepers and stomach-sleepers, unlike a lot of mattresses of its kind. It boasts an impressive breathability, allowing for a cooler sleep.
Although most foam mattresses provide little edge support, the Leesa’s edges are significantly firmer than its competitors, allowing for easy entrances and exits from the bed.
According to Consumer Reports, the Leesa is the most durable foam mattress available! Even if your bed sheets are thin, the Leesa still feels great to sleep in. It’s set at a reasonable price and it is aesthetically pleasing sans bedsheets.
After reviewing testing reports from major review sites, one thing became clear: the Leesa has a great “hug” to it. Unlike other foam mattresses, which can be too firm for side-sleepers, the Leesa is soft enough to allow shoulders and hips to sink in comfortably. However, it’s important to create a balance – making a foam mattress too soft prevents stomach and back-sleepers from getting a good night’s sleep. The Leesa has done this – reviews from stomach-sleepers made it clear that the Leesa is a mattress for everyone. Your sleeping experience will remain soft, but you don’t have to worry about sinking in too much! In addition to this, the Leesa’s nice “hug” doesn’t create too much heat – it won’t envelop you and provide you with the uncomfortable warmth of its competitors, since its breathability keeps you cool!
When perusing the reviews of the Leesa on Amazon.com, it becomes apparent that the Leesa is very well-liked. A whopping 74% of customers gave it a 5-star review, while only 13% of customers gave it a 3-star review or below. It currently has 277 reviews, 239 of which are positive! Amanda, an Amazon customer, stated that although she and her husband are of wildly different sizes, they could still sleep on the Leesa very comfortably together.
Unlike other foam mattresses, the Leesa provides its users with a very cool sleep. The top layer of Avena foam done in an egg-crate style, coupled with the remarkably breathable cover, should certainly keep you cool no matter what the weather. Of all its competitors, the Leesa can also proudly claim that it is the foam mattress that provides the lowest amount of foam-insulating heat!
The Leesa’s edge support is better than most other foam mattresses of its kind, though like all foam mattresses, it is still an issue. However, its edge support does make sure that when two or more people are sharing the mattress, motion transfer isn’t something they’ll need to worry about. Nobody in the bed will feel sinking or bumping due to the movement of others!
Although the Leesa was produced by a very young company, they claim that the Avena foam layer will provide a lot more durability than standard latex, therefore giving the mattress a long lifespan. It certainly shows promise for a long life! Consumer Reports decided to test this claim by simulating 8 years’ worth of weathering, and the Leesa performed excellently under this test, showing no changes in performance! The mattress showed no signs of damage, retained its original firmness, and did not sag in the slightest! Quite an impressive feat, to say the least. In addition to this, the Leesa also claims to support 800lbs, which is more than most of its competitors!
The Leesa will also please devout aesthetes with its modern design. It is easy on the eyes, and the polyester-lycra cover is both nice to look at and nice to touch. It has a subtle texture that feels good on the fingers, and it is far less likely to rip and tear than the flimsy mattress covers seen on others.
Leesa is actually the highest-rated mattress of its kind on trusted review site Consumer Reports. It is highly ranked everywhere one can look – even notoriously critical review site Sleep Like The Dead gave it a 78%, placing it in said website’s top 5! Sleepopolis’ Derek Hales actually claimed that the Leesa was his favorite mattress.
That all being said, there are a few flaws to be found in the Leesa. First of all, the company which produces it was only founded in 2014. That means there’s no genuine long-term data on how long these mattresses will actually last. One can take the Consumer Reports test as evidence of the Leesa’s longevity, but it’ll take another decade before customers can actually verify its durability.
In addition to this, the Leesa’s 71lbs is difficult to lift and rotate due to the absence of handles. Even with a partner helping you out, flipping the mattress will definitely prove to be something of a chore. And as always, there’s the claim that foam mattresses places a damper on sexual activity. Despite being quiet and comfy, the lack of “bounce” the mattress provides may take away some of the fun. Moving and changing positions is also a bit more difficult due to the mattress’ famous give.
12% of Amazon customers claim that the Leesa is too stiff for side-sleepers, and 3% of back and stomach-sleepers say it is too soft for them. This just goes to show that there’s no pleasing everyone!
Overall, the Leesa is, in our opinion, the best mattress of its kind that is currently available on the market. It goes for a very reasonable price, and it can be delivered right to your door! The pros certainly outweigh the cons, making this mattress something we highly recommend.
Top-rated mattresses (by category)
The Ultimate Dream Latex
Support: Obviously, not all mattresses offer the same support, so of our selection of five, we like the Ultimate Dreams Latex mattress as it offers a full 10 inches of support with an additional 1.5 inches of soft reflex foam covered with a Bamboo quilted covering. It also earns our approval for the ability to choose a firmness level, even though you need to contact the manufacturer to get help with this feature.
Price: While this isn’t the cheapest mattress on the block, it certainly has a lot to offer for Amazon’s deeply discounted price, which sets it within the $600 range. This is a mattress that offers good manufacturing technology, astounding support and nice materials that are also bio-degradable.
The Good: We give the Ultimate Dreams Queen size latex mattress a thumbs up because of its outstanding manufacturer using eco-friendly materials. This is a 10″ latex mattress to offer extreme contouring of the body for side sleepers.
The Bad: To find the right comfort level you need to contact the manufacturer.
- Bottom line: A quality mattress made with eco-friendly materials.
Support: This also meets our high standards as it offers 12-inches of Gel memory which not only supports your back but also prevents odors and avoids those volatile organic compounds. The foam has
Price: This is a higher end mattress, but Amazon offers some deep discounts which place the mattress in the $500 range. This makes it a real buy, especially for shoppers looking for the Gel foam technology. The manufacturer offers a full 30 year warranty which ups this choice in our book.
The Good: This is a gel foam mattress, which offers protection against any innocuous odors that can sometimes come from memory foam. It offers cooling technology to keep body temperature from overheating the mattress. It comes with a 5-inch high foam and a support base.
The Bad: The base to this mattress can be cumbersome for some people, especially when you have a certain bed frame to use.
- Bottom line: A 5-star mattress for its comfort, quality and quarantee.
Support: When it comes to support, we shouldn’t minimize this Sleep Innovations mattress with 12-inches of SureTemp Memory Foam. This comes with a two layer 12-inch memory foam and open cell technology for easy air-flow. It offers superior comfort and has a 20 year manufacturers warranty. Comfort and practicality is nothing to sneeze at here.
Price: For a
The Good: A Queen mattress we selected because of its support and 20 year warranty. It offers maximum therapeutic support in a 12-inch premium memory mattress.
The Bad: The comfort layers are thinner compared to other mattresses we´ve listed but it does offer excellent therapeutic support.
- Bottom line: A top-rating for the price.
Support: Although purely a memory foam mattress, the 10 inches offers astounding support, and the manufacturer backs the quality with a certified 25 year warranty. The new manufacturing method is an open cell technology which allows for better air flow and keeps the mattress cool and comfortable.
Price: A fabulous find for about $300 with 10 inches of thickness and a comfort layer of about 2.5 inches. This also comes with a base and open cell technology for better air flow. For the
The Good: This is a dual layered 10 inch memory foam mattress, offering a 2.5 inch comfort layer and 7.5 inch polyurethane foam base.
The Bad: The polyurethane material can sometimes keep odors over time, especially if not cared for properly.
- Bottom line: A top pick for extreme comfort and conformity to weight and pressure.
Support: This mattress may not offer as much support as some of our other choices but it still passes our test and is available in different thicknesses; 6, 8 and 12. It also protects the sleeper from penetrating odors with the soft knit fabric cover.
Price: At just over $300 the Signature sleep mattress offers a good mattress for the price. There is no real award for support here, but customers find it a pretty nice mattress with above average quality. It is not bulky and it’s easy to move. Overall we find this to be a low cost and practical mattress for side sleepers, especially as a second or guest room option.
The Good: This mattress does a good job of relieving important pressure points on hips, back and shoulders. It offers an ideal firmness and a soft fabric cover.
The Bad: The quality of the mattress is not as excellent as those we have listed above this choice, however, when it comes to price, this is the beat all mattress.
- Bottom line: If you are on the budget, this one is the best for its money. However, you may need to replace it after few years of use.
This is our thorough analysis of the best mattresses for side sleepers. Our criteria for selecting these mattresses is the following:
- Special Features: These are any special features a mattress may come with including heat retention, air-flow, thickness, the presence of odors or any other feature that may affect the buyer.
- Composition: Different mattress brands come with different types of material. Some are made with memory foam, which is polyurethane and conforms to the body but also retains heat and can give off volatile organic compounds. Some mattresses are made with coils, which mean they are less expensive but offer different levels of support.
- Price: Mattresses come in different prices and can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Higher end mattresses tend to support and protect the spine and other pressure points in the body.