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Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

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 Thankfully, cooling mattresses have become popular over the last several years as out-of-date materials have been replaced.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

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The Best Cooling Mattresses

Bear Hybrid

Editor's Pick

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

6

Trial period

100 nights

Reason to buy

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 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.

See our full Bear hybrid mattress review to learn more. 

Cocoon by Sealy

Best Memory Foam

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 ned to check out.

Type

Memory Foam

Firmness

8

Trial period

100 days

Reason to buy

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 is the perfect budget option or 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 and as it learns your sleeping patterns.

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 motion isolation, 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 to make your next mattress purchase with.

See our full Cocoon mattress review for more details. 

Helix Midnight Luxe

Best for Side Sleepers

An excellent option for side sleepers seeking pressure relief and cooling comfort, the Helix Midnight is our pick for hot side sleepers.

Type

Hybrid

Firmness

5.5

Trial period

100 nights

Reason to buy

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, has 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 luxe mattress review to learn more.

Saatva Classic

Best for Back Pain

Often referred to as “affordable luxury” the Saatva mattress combines all the best things about a mattress and delivers it straight to your doorstep.

Type

Hybrid

Firmness

Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, Firm

Trial period

120 nights

Reason to buy

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.

WinkBed

Best Cooling Gel Mattress

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 period

120 nights

Reason to buy

Four firmness options

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.

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.

See our full WinkBeds mattress review for more details. 

GhostBed Luxe

Best for Heavy Sleepers

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

Memory Foam

Firmness

Varies

Trial period

101 nights

Reason to buy

Top-of-the-line cooling technology

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! 

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. 

See our full GhostBed Luxe mattress review for more info. 

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

Best Hybrid

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

Type

Memory Foam

Firmness

5

Trial period

120 days

Reason to buy

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

Tempur-Breeze

Best Luxury Option

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

6

Trial period

90-day

Reason to buy

PureCool Phase Change Material

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.

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. 

Learn more in our full Tempur-Breeze review.

Types of Cooling Mattresses

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. See: Best latex mattresses

Memory Foam 

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 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. 

Innerspring

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

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.

What Is The Different Between 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 Mattress Materials 

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!

Popular Bedding Accessories for Hot Sleepers

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 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!

Want more recommendations? Read about our best mattress recommendations.

Recap: Best Rated Cooling Mattresses (2020)

Mattress Award Nerd Score 
Bear Hybrid Editor’s Pick 4.8/5
Cocoon by Sealy Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattress 4.8/5
Helix Midnight Luxe Best Mattress for Hot Side Sleepers 4.9/5
Saatva Best for Back Pain 4.7/5
WinkBed Best Cooling Gel Mattress 4.7/5
GhostBed Luxe Best for Heavy Sleepers 4.6/5
Brooklyn Aurora Best Cooling Hybrid Mattress 4.8/5
Tempur-Breeze Best Luxury Cooling Mattress 4.9/5

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