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Best Cooling Mattresses

Tired of waking up with a bad case of the night sweats? Sleep cool and dry on these eight mattresses great for hot sleepers.

By Katie Terrell Hanna

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 Thankfully, cooling mattresses have become popular over the last several years as out-of-date materials have been replaced.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 8 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. 

Mattress Nerd’s Top Picks For The Best Cooling Mattresses

By the end of this article, you will have all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on your next bedding purchase and be on your way to achieving a cooler, more comfortable, restful night’s sleep. Let’s get started!

Brooklyn Aurora

Brookyln Aurora

Editor's Pick

Brooklyn Aurora is a luxury hybrid mattress composed of premium materials that help regulate your temperature and keep you cool all night long. 

Type

Luxury Hybrid

Firmness

Available in plush, medium and firm

Trial Period

120 sleeps

Cooling Tech

TitanCool

Reason to Buy

Brooklyn Aurora mattresses contain TitanCool™, 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.

Who is it Good For?

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. 


GhostBed Luxe

GhostBed Luxe

The Luxe is like “being hugged by a gentle ghost” say the creators at GhostBed. This mattress sports a 2-stage cooling technology in both the core and surface materials. 

Type

Gel Memory Foam

Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Trial

101 sleeps

Cooling Tech

Ghost Ice Fabric and Cooling Gel

Reason to Buy

GhostBed Luxe is made with three advanced technologies specially designed to provide exceptional air circulation and sweat-free sleep. Gel memory foam absorbs heat as it builds up, while phase change materials help carry it away from the body. 

The 7.5-inch high-density base provides support, durability, and longevity. The “Ghost Bounce” layer is responsive like a latex mattress but contours like a memory foam mattress, leaving you feeling like you’re floating… kind of like a ghost! 

Who is it Good For?

The GhostBed Luxe is great for side sleepers who need a mattress that contours to their bodies. If you’re someone who likes your mattress somewhere in between soft and firm, or you’re a couple who has differing taste in firmness, it’s a great middle-of-the-road solution. 

For introverts who’d rather skip the store visit, GhostBed offers a 101-night trial so you can try it thoroughly before deciding whether it’s right for you. 


TEMPUR-Breeze

TEMPUR-Breeze

The TEMPUR-breeze mattress is lab-engineered to manage the climate between your mattress and your bedding to provide a cooler, deeper sleep and comes in three different firmness options to satisfy all.

Type

Memory Foam

Firmness

Medium: 6/10

Trial

90

Cooling Tech

PureCool Phase Change Material

Reason to Buy

The new TEMPUR-breeze cools the moment you lie down. In the first 20 minutes, you’ll notice the advanced PureCool+phase change material regulating your temperature. The TEMPUR-CM+breathable comfort layer will help you stay asleep by cycling out the heat and humidity that normally gets trapped under the covers. And with a 90-night trial, you can return it if you decide it’s not right, or cool enough, for you.

Who is it Good For?

With soft, medium, and firm options- this mattress is good for side, back, stomach and combination sleepers. For those extra hot sleepers that need an added boost of cooling, you’ll love the new LUXE version with ventilated TEMPUR-APR which keeps you up to 8 degrees cooler. 


Bear Hybrid

Bear Hybrid

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.

Type

Hybrid

Firmness

Medium: 6/10

Trial

100 sleeps

Cooling Tech

Celliant Fiber and Cooling Gel

Reason to Buy

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. 

Who is it Good For?

This mattress measures 6.14 on a firmness scale of 1 to 10. That makes it ideal for side and back sleepers that 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 which reduces motion transfer and provides excellent edge support so neither of you will feel as though you’re falling off the side.


Purple

Purple

Purple boasts that their mattress makes all other mattresses obsolete. They created this mattress to be soft in places that need pressure relief and firm in places that need more support.

Type

Hyper-elastic polymer

Firmness

Medium-Firm: 6.5/10

Trial

100 sleeps

Cooling Tech

Open-cell crate design that promote's airflow

Reason to Buy

The temperature-neutral, open-cell design of the Purple mattress disperses trapped heat and allows for efficient, continuous airflow so you wake up feeling cool, comforted, and rested. And because of its unique design, the Purple mattress can isolate and significantly reduce motion transfer. 

For those who need a little push to try Purple, they offer a 100-night risk-free trial, a 10-year warranty, and free shipping on returns. So if you don’t love it, they’ll come to pick it up and give you a complete product refund.

Who is it Good For?

The Purple mattress is great for anyone who is budget-conscious but needs the benefits of a premium mattress with superb cooling capabilities. And you won’t have to worry about replacing it after just a few years. Its top-quality, ultra-durable materials are non-toxic, hypoallergenic and have a long life cycle.


Freya

Freya by Brooklyn Bedding

The Freya mattress offers “elevated cooling for a deeper sleep.” They support that promise with proprietary cooling materials in both the top and secondary layers of foam, an innovative ventilation system designed for ultimate breathability, and individually wrapped coils for deep compression support.

Type

Hybrid

Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Trial

120 sleeps

Cooling Tech

TitanCool

Reason to Buy

This mattress is a multi-layer creation with each layer playing a role in the production of a perfect night’s sleep. The top layer of visco-elastic memory foam provides a cloud like comfort while the second layer of CopperGel Energex™ foam responds to the shape of the body, offering relief targeted at your pressure points. 

Who is it Good For?

The Freya is a medium firmness mattress, making it ideal for combination sleepers and couples. For those looking for a “no muss, no fuss” solution, this mattress comes in a box and setup is as easy as 1, 2, 3. In addition, they offer a 120-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. 


WinkBeds coolControl

WinkBeds

The WinkBed mattress caught my eye because of its “best sleep of your life” guarantee. The triple layer Heat Disperse™ technology wicks heat away while you sleep, ensuring a cool and comfortable night’s sleep.

Type

Hybrid

Firmness

Available at four firmness levels

Trial

120 sleeps

Cooling Tech

Heat Disperse Technology and Gel Foam

Reason to Buy

The WinkBed’s three-layer heat-wicking works by pulling heat and moisture away from your body, maximizing airflow, and cooling you down. In addition, this mattress is a hybrid that features comfort foam and triple-tempered support springs, which eliminate muscle tension and align the spine so you get cooling comfort and pain-free sleep. 

In addition, these durable materials give the mattress a long life cycle that they back up with a lifetime warranty. Yes, that’s right- a lifetime warranty! WinkBeds have earned the Duratech™ lifetime durability standard. To achieve this, they test every mattress in a third-party lab that simulates 20+ years of use and routinely receives a sagging rate of under 2%- unheard of in the market.  

Who is it Good For?

Stabilizing gel foam eliminates motion transfer and sleep disturbance, making it a great option for couples- especially when one or both of you move a lot in your sleep. In addition, they come with a variety of firmness levels including softer, luxury firm, firmer, and plus.


Muse Sleep

The Muse

The last option to make the cut for the top cooling mattresses is the Muse mattress. The Muse combines phase-changing materials with dense gel-infused memory foam to absorb and regulate temperature and provide you with cool sleep and great rest.

Type

Gel Memory Foam

Firmness

Available in soft, medium and firm

Trial

120 sleeps

Cooling Tech

Cooling Fabric Topper and Gel Foam

Reason to Buy

If you’re looking for pillow-like comfort, this is your mattress. The Diamond Breeze fabric is a light textile fabric that covers the mattress. It is smooth and cool to the touch and stays cool throughout the night. For hot sleepers, this is especially important because we need extra cooling to stay asleep at night. 

The Muse mattress sets itself apart by its unique textile materials integrated into the mattress weave. The soft, cool yarn material deflects heat and moisture, similar to performance athletic wear, moving it away from you to the mattress where it evaporates. 

Who is it Good For?

The Muse comes in three different comfort options: soft, medium, and firm- so you can find the ideal option regardless of your body size or sleep position. 

Important Factors for Hot Sleepers to Consider When Shopping for a Mattress

There are several factors you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a mattress designed to keep you cool. Let’s go over each of these considerations and the keywords to keep an eye out for. 

Materials

Latex

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.

Memory Foam 

While once considered a nightmare for hot sleepers because of how it traps heat, modern advancements in memory foam use open-cell technology or gel-infusion to offer a great deal of temperature regulation, in addition to cloud-like comfort. 

Innerspring or Hybrid

If cool sleeping is your primary concern, you are likely to choose 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. 

Airflow and Breathability

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 ole’ 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 when shopping. 

Cooling Technology

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.”

Gel

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 

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!

Bedding Accessories for Hot Sleepers

There’s no point to 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 shotty 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.

Sheets

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:

  • Supima, Egyptian, or another lightweight cotton
  • Polyester microfiber 
  • Linen
  • Bamboo 

Just make sure to check reviews and see that they hold up to quality standards.

Mattress Pads

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.

Pillows

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. 

Conclusion

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 eight best cooling mattress 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!


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