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If you are a hot sleeper, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Thankfully, cooling mattresses have become popular over the last several years as out-of-date materials have been replaced.
It’s vital to our health to get a good night’s rest and for those of us who sleep hot, we won’t be getting that good sleep if we don’t have a mattress that provides temperature regulation, comfort and support.
The purpose of this guide is to help all of you hot sleepers out there find a mattress that will get you cooler sleep so you can spend more time sleeping and less time sweating.
In this review, we’ll walk you through Mattress Nerd’s Top 10 picks for the best cooling mattresses on the market so you can quickly and easily find which option is the best for you. We’ll also walk you through all the factors hot sleepers should consider when shopping for a mattress, with bonus pointers on the best bedding options for hot sleepers.
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The Cocoon by Sealy offers luxury cooling features and construction at an amazing price point. If you’re a hot sleeper on a budget, the Cocoon is a great bed to check out.
Top of the line cooling technology
If staying cool at night is one of your main concerns, why not get a mattress that was specifically designed to do just that? The Cocoon is Sealy’s take on a bed-in-a-box, and it’s the perfect budget option for hot sleepers who like the feel of a memory foam mattress. It accommodates all sleeping positions, and promises to conform to your body as you move throughout the night.
If you sleep with a partner, do a little research before buying this mattress. If you are getting a larger mattress (King size or above) you should be fine. However, if you are getting a Full- or Queen-size bed, you may find it difficult to use the full surface of the bed since the edges depress quite a bit. It does excel in responsiveness, so moving around isn’t an issue. Sealy is a trusted name in the mattress world, and the Cocoon makes it an attainable and attractive brand for your next mattress purchase.
See our full Cocoon Mattress Review for more details.
An excellent option for side sleepers seeking pressure relief and cooling comfort, the Helix Midnight is our pick for hot side sleepers.
Luxury zoned support made for side sleepers
Cooling memory foam is coupled with coils that keep air moving through the mattress at night, taking heat away from your body, making the Helix Midnight Luxe a great option if you want a mattress that combines the “hugging” comfort of foam with the support and airflow of individually wrapped coils.
Helix has 13 different mattress models made specifically for all sleep positions paired with varying firmnesses. The Helix Midnight Luxe is specifically designed for side sleepers. It features memory foam that provides targeted support for the hips, shoulders and neck to keep the spine aligned and prevent stiffness.
Read our full Helix Midnight Mattress Review to learn more.
Often referred to as “affordable luxury,” the Saatva mattress combines all the best things about a mattress and delivers it straight to your doorstep.
Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, Firm
High quality and custom firmness options
The Saatva Mattress is one of our favorites here at Mattress Nerd. It is a mattress that just about everyone can get a great night’s sleep on. Each coil in the base of the mattress is individually wrapped, promoting airflow through the entire bed. Saatva also uses organic cotton in its topper, which is known for cooling properties and furthering the airflow to the sleeper’s body.
This hybrid mattress combines the coil base of a traditional innerspring mattress with a euro-pillow top sewn into the top of the mattress, for best in class comforting. Saatva is a great option for couples, due to the reinforced edge support and decent motion isolation. You will definitely have room to spread out and use the entire surface of the bed, but if you have a partner who moves a lot throughout the night you may feel a little bounce now and then.
See our full Saatva Mattress Review to learn more about this mattress.
The Bear Hybrid mattress captures all the most coveted features in a mattress and jam packs them into this state-of-the-art hybrid. The cooling gel memory foam continuously carries away heat, promising you a cooler, more restful night’s sleep.
Superior support and alignment
The Bear Hybrid’s premium foam and individually wrapped coils come together harmoniously to provide you with support and pressure-point relief while adapting to your unique shape—ensuring you get the rest you deserve. If you’re environmentally inclined, you’ll be happy to know that this company uses certified materials and a water-based bonding solution to ensure no harm to the environment and no chemical smell for you.
This mattress measures 6.14 on a firmness scale of 1 to 10. That makes it ideal for side and back sleepers who prefer a mattress that will provide optimal spinal alignment. Its five layers of support work to address each of the pressure points that normally plague these types of sleepers. It’s also a good option for couples because of its pocketed coil system that reduces motion transfer and provides excellent edge support, so neither of you will feel as though you’re falling off the side.
See our full Bear Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more.
Great for most everyone! Excellent all-around mattress.
Handcrafted and made-to-order in the USA, the Leesa Hybrid is a medium-firm luxury mattress. Its three layers of dense memory foam make this bed ideal for back, stomach and side sleepers. The foam layers provide added support and spinal alignment, and when combined with the innerspring coils, the Leesa can adapt to all sleeping styles and body types—even heavy sleepers who tend to sleep hot.
As to the feel of this mattress, the Leesa Hybrid features premium foam that’s bouncier than traditional memory foam. This new material lends a balanced foam feel, unlike slow-moving, classic memory foam, which tends to sleep hot. The Leesa’s premium foam and 6” layer of breathable, innerspring coils combine to chill the mattress down for a cool night’s sleep.
See our full Leesa Hybrid Mattress Review for more details.
The GhostBed 3D Matrix Hybrid is a seven-layer hybrid mattress that’s suited for most all sleeper types and sizes, as well as those who find themselves overheating while they sleep. We find its medium firmness level and transitional polyfoam layers relieve pressure while allowing combination sleepers to change positions easily. Engineered for back sleepers and side sleepers, the bed may not offer adequate support for heavier stomach sleepers who may need something a little firmer.
The GhostBed 3D Matrix works great for hot sleepers, thanks to its cool-to-the-touch cover, gel memory foam and individually wrapped coils (materials that make this mattress a bit pricier). Although the bed includes motion-transferring coils, the multiple foam layers help isolate movement, giving couples a healthy, undisturbed sleep experience. Overall, this cooling bed will appeal to folks who prefer a responsive mattress with a balanced foam feel, rather than the classic “sinking” embrace of memory foam.
See our full GhostBed 3D Matrix Mattress Review for more details.
To impress all of your techy friends with the latest gadgetry
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro smart mattress features a water-based cooling system, robust smartphone app and biometric data collection (think heart-rate monitoring and sleep tracking), making it one of the most technologically advanced beds on the market. Those who sleep on their back and stomach should find an even distribution of pressure on the Eight Sleep Pod Pro, and most stomach sleepers will achieve excellent spinal alignment on the mattress’s dense foams. However, we feel heavier sleepers may require a more supportive mattress than this all-foam variety.
The Eight Sleep’s main selling point is its climate-controlled cover. The cover connects to a pump that pushes water through thin channels in the Active Grid cover, heating or cooling the bed depending on the temperature a sleeper selects using an in-app dial (and all of these smart features do push the price up quite a bit). The bed can reach temperatures as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit, making for quite the chill night’s sleep.
See our full Eight Sleep Mattress Review for more details.
A lot of mattress for the money
The Nectar Lush mattress is best suited for side sleepers and sleepers who love the hug of memory foam. The medium-firm mattress has a balance of cradling for pressure relief with support for back sleepers to stay supported on top of the mattress. The Nectar Lush is an all-foam mattress, so it excels in pressure relief and minimizing motion transfer, which makes it an excellent option for couples. One consideration, if you are a heavier sleeper, a stomach sleeper, or both, the Nectar Lush will likely be too soft for you.
Read our full Nectar Lush Mattress Review to learn more!
Brooklyn Aurora is a luxury hybrid mattress composed of premium materials that help regulate your temperature and keep you cool all night long.
Cooling features and overall comfort
The Brooklyn Aurora mattress contains TitanCool™ technology, a phase change material that helps moderate temperature and keeps you cool. Gel beads react as your body heat rises to cool you down and a premium weave helps you stay cool so you can sleep through the night.
Because it’s offered at three firmness levels, the Brooklyn Aurora has an option for every type of sleeper. Side sleepers will like the soft option, which provides pressure point relief and support for the body’s contours. Back or stomach sleepers will choose the firm option for lumbar support and a flatter surface. Combination sleepers are best suited for the medium option, which offers a fantastic balance between contour and support. Medium firmness is also a great option for couples who have different sleeping preferences.
Learn more in our full Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Review.
A versatile and breathable bed available in hybrid and all-foam models.
Amerisleep’s best-selling model does everything a hot sleeper could want in a mattress. The company makes an AS1–AS5, making this mattress the middle option, meaning it accommodates the widest variety of sleepers. It was designed to be a comfortable bed for all people of all sleeping positions, weights and pain concerns, and in our experience, it gets pretty close.
The AS3’s Celliant blend cover promotes recovery and converts body heat into infrared energy and transmits it back to the body. It also helps improve tissue oxygenation, boosts blood flow and regulates body temperature. The mattress has a feel that’s comfortable and supportive, providing close conforming and spinal support. The thick memory foam comfort layer cradles the body and allows sleepers to feel like they are sleeping “in” the mattress rather than “on” it.
See our full Amerisleep AS3 Mattress Review to learn more!
Latex is one of the best materials available for keeping hot sleepers cool. It is naturally breathable and allows air to circulate far better than other types of materials like foam. Because of its open-cell construction, latex allows for proper ventilation and wicks away heat and moisture. See: Best latex mattresses.
While once considered a nightmare for hot sleepers because of how it traps heat, memory foam has come a long way as far as cooling technology goes. While you are still more likely to get a cooler night’s sleep on another mattress type, if you are set on a memory foam bed, there are some things you can look for. Several mattress companies have started infusing their foams with copper, using open-cell technology and using gel-infusion to offer a great deal of temperature regulation, in addition to cloud-like comfort.
If cool sleeping is your primary concern, you can’t go wrong with an innerspring mattress. With innerspring mattresses, air moves freely between the coils, as there is far more room for airflow than with a foam mattress.
Hybrid mattresses give hot sleepers the airflow of a traditional innerspring, combined with the comfort of (usually) a memory foam layer. Since hybrids are known as good options for hot sleepers, many of the memory foam comfort layers include cooling technology to increase the cooling from the airflow within the coils.
The key terms to keep your eyes open for are “airflow” and “breathability.” Why? It’s simple. If the material in a mattress does not allow air to circulate away from your body, hot air will stay trapped inside and cool air will stay out. Air must be able to flow freely within the mattress to regulate temperature.
One way to be sure you are getting a mattress that claims it is breathable is to read about its construction. What are the layers made of? What type of foam is used? How is cooling technology incorporated in the cover? Any ol’ mattress company can claim their memory foam mattress is breathable, but if the inside is just a solid block of foam, it’s probably not. Look for “open cell” and “gel-infused” memory foam when shopping.
Speaking of cooling technology, most of the leading mattress companies (certainly all the ones we’ve mentioned in this post) have incorporated cooling technology into their mattress designs. Many have even made new editions to previous models as they create new scientific advances in the cooling ability of their mattress.
The two terms to pay attention to are “gel” and “Celliant.”
Mattresses advertised to have cooling properties will mention proprietary gels that offer heat absorption and temperature regulation injected, infused or given their own layer in a multi-layer construction.
Celliant is a synthetic fiber often incorporated in premium mattress fabrics that reacts to heat produced by the body to create increased airflow and breathability in the material. This is super important for those of us that produce more body heat when we sleep.
Without breathable fabrics and materials that allow for airflow, our comfy beds will become a veritable sauna!
There’s no point in buying a state-of-the-art stereo system if you’re just going to hook it up to outdated or blown speakers. I can say the same for investing in a quality mattress. You don’t want to do your research and spend your hard-earned money only to top your new mattress with shoddy bedding made from materials that will work against the cooling properties of your new mattress. So for your sleep accessories, here’s what you want to look for.
When choosing sheets, both dryness and comfort are at the top of my priorities. Look for sheets that are ultra-soft and made with moisture-wicking materials that carry heat away. Some good options to keep in mind are:
Just make sure to check reviews and see that they hold up to quality standards.
Whether you are budget-conscious and aren’t ready to make the investment, you have a premium mattress and want additional cooling, or you live in an area where a cold mattress isn’t ideal all year long, mattress covers/pads/toppers are a good alternative. As with mattress shopping, if you are in the market for a mattress cover or topper, keep the same keywords we discussed in the previous sections in mind. Don’t trust labels! Do your research and make sure you’re not wasting your money.
There are many cooling pillows available today, but they aren’t all equal in quality. Dr. Christopher Winter of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center and author of The Sleep Solution says pillows with a shredded latex filling or those that have a gel construction are best.
One popular option is a bamboo pillow. Bamboo pillows contain natural fibers designed to keep you cool and comfortable all night long.
One thing is for sure—being a hot sleeper can make for restless sleep and we all know that poor sleep can have serious effects on our health.
The good news? Mattress and bedding companies have caught on and have been working feverishly over the last several years to develop new products that will improve your sleep. By regulating temperature and improving airflow between you and the mattress, these materials keep you sleeping cool and comfortable all night long.
Now you have your pick of Mattress Nerd’s Top 10 best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers. Plus, you now have a good understanding of what features to seek and what keywords to keep an eye out for when you’re reviewing your options. You also have a good idea of your best options for bedding to complete the package. We’d say you’re on your way to the best, and the coolest, sleep of your life!
Want more recommendations? Read about our best mattress recommendations.
|Cocoon Chill||Editor’s Pick|
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Best Mattress for Hot Side Sleepers|
|Saatva||Best for Back Pain|
|Bear Hybrid||Best Memory Foam Mattress with Cooling Gel|
|Leesa Hybrid||Best Mattress for Heavy Hot Sleepers|
|GhostBed 3D Matrix||Best Cooling Mattress for Couples|
|Eight Sleep||Best Mattress with Cooling Technology|
|Nectar Lush||Best Value Cooling Mattress|
|Brooklyn Aurora||Best Cooling Hybrid Mattress|
|Amerisleep AS3||Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattress|