Best Mattresses for Back Pain

After extensive testing, we've determined the best 5 mattresses for back pain.

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Leesa

Best Rated

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  • The Leesa was designed with foam layers to relieve pain at pressure points and keep the spine aligned to reduce back pain day and night
  • Foam contours to your body, but still bounces so you don’t get stuck

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Nerd Score
4.9 / 5
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
Firmness

Medium Firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 nights risk-free

Nectar

Best Value

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  • This medium-firm, gel memory foam mattress isolates movement, relieving pressure on hips and shoulders, and responds when you shift sleep positions
  • Each layer of the Nectar mattress is engineered to relieve pressure on the hips, back, thighs, and shoulders, making it an excellent option for folks with back pain

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Nerd Score
4.7 / 5
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
Firmness

Medium Firm: 5.5-6/10

Trial Period

365 nights risk-free

Puffy

Editor's Pick for Side Sleep

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  • Since the Puffy adapts well to all sleep positions, it’s an excellent option for side-sleepers, as well as stomach and back sleepers
  • Puffy’s ClimateComfort™ foam layer is resistant to contractions and expansions caused by temperature swings, so this mattress will cradle your pressure points through summer and winter

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Nerd Score
4.8 / 5
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

101 nights risk-free

Cocoon

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  • “Phase change” technology absorbs heat when you’re too hot and releases it when you’re too cold to help regulate your body temperature throughout the night
  • Sealy promises that their “perfect fit” memory foam will work for your body size, shape, and sleep position.

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Nerd Score
4.7 / 5
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
Firmness

Available in medium soft and medium firm

Trial Period

100 nights

Casper

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  • The Casper mattress can accommodate a range of sleeping positions and a range of different sized people
  • Casper never rests in looking for ways to refine their mattresses, relying heavily on testing and customer feedback to get the right mix of materials and performance

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Nerd Score
4.8 / 5
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 nights risk-free

What People with Back Pain Should Look for in a Mattress

Mattress Type

While some chronic pain sufferers prefer a memory foam mattress that contours to the shape of their body, others prefer the firm support of an innerspring mattress for their back pain.  There are pros and cons to both types, and now, many companies have attempted to capture what works for both develop a hybrid mattress. I advise that you try several and determine which option you prefer.

In addition, mattresses will vary in firmness. You might prefer a firmer mattress or a medium firm mattress. You may want a combination fo both. For example, a firm mattress with a softer top layer for added comfort and support. Again, if you’re not sure which is best, you can always try some before you make your final choice.

Sleep Position

The position you prefer to sleep in should definitely be.a consideration when choosing a mattress. Whether you prefer to sleep on your side, your stomach, your back, or a combination of positions, there is a mattress for you that will also provide pain relief for your back. In fact, many are engineered to support a variety of sleep positions.

Motion Transfer

If you plan to share your bed, you’ll want a mattress that minimizes motion transfer. That way, you and your partner won’t be woken up every time one of you has to get out of bed or change positions. If this aspect is important to you, you’ll want to find a mattress that has characteristics designed to eliminate motion transfer.

Temperature

Are you a hot sleeper? Many older styles and cheap mattresses tend to retain heat. If you want cooling comfort in addition to pressure relief for your back, you’ll want to invest in a mattress designed for ventilation. Many of the newer types of foam used in quality mattresses are engineered to keep you cooler.

Edge Support 

If you sleep near the edge fo your mattress or sit on the edge of the bed often, you’ll want a mattress with good edge support. If this is particularly important, you may want to opt for an innerspring mattress, as foam mattresses, by nature, don’t offer great edge support. If you’re planning to purchase an innerspring mattress, I recommend looking for a mattress with upgraded foam encasement around the edge as opposed to the old-fashioned steel rods on the side.