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Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers

If you do not have one designated sleeping position, it can be difficult to find a mattress suited to all your preferences. Check out our top picks and buyers guide to get your best night's sleep!

By Natalie Yerger

Combination sleepers are individuals who tend to change their sleeping position throughout the night. Not committed to a single sleeping position, these sleepers may doze off in any of the three primary sleep positions—stomach, back, or side—and wake up in a different position. Just like sleepers who have a single preferred position at night, combination sleepers must consider their unique needs when selecting a new mattress.

The best mattresses for combination sleepers should excel in a few essential qualities; responsiveness for easy shifting, the provision of comfort in any sleeping position, and adequate spinal support in any sleeping position.

In this article, we’re sharing our picks of the best mattresses for combination sleepers in 2021. We also share a buyer’s guide to mattress shopping for combo sleepers, which covers important considerations such as firmness level, mattress type, pros and cons of combination sleeping, and more.

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Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers 2021

Nectar

Editor's Pick

This balanced, medium-firm mattress provides both pressure relief and conforming for nearly all sleeping types and weight categories, and it comes with some of the best product policies in the mattress industry. 

Firmness

6

Warranty

Lifetime

Trial period

365

Price

$$$

The Nectar is a medium-firm, all-foam mattress that provides a nice balance of close conforming and pressure relief. Our Editor’s Pick, the Nectar embodies qualities that are ideal for combination sleepers, and it comes with generous policies. A 6/10 on the firmness scale, the Nectar features comfort layers of cooling gel memory foam and a high-density polyfoam support core. It’s known for providing enough conforming and spinal alignment for average and heavyweight sleepers in any sleeping position. As icing on the cake, the Nectar comes with free shipping, White Glove delivery, a 365-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty.

Read our full Nectar Mattress Review to learn more!

 

Helix Midnight Luxe

Best Hybrid Mattress for Combo Sleepers
We rank the Helix Midnight Luxe among our best mattresses for side sleepers. Zoned support provides the hips, shoulders and neck with just the right amount of cushion to keep the spine aligned and ensure you wake up pain-free. Plus, it's 2 inches thicker than the standard Midnight.
Firmness

6

Warranty

15-year warranty

Trial period

100 nights

Price

$$$$

The Helix Midnight Luxe is made to keep your spine aligned in any sleeping position with the specialized zoned support. Because combination sleepers change positions throughout the night, the award winning Helix Midnight Luxe is a hybrid mattress made for those who sleep on their back, stomach or side.

For combination sleepers that struggle to stay cool throughout the night, the Helix’s breathable construction will promote airflow through pocketed coils and while memory foam contours around the sleeper’s body. The zoned lumbar support coils can prevent back pain and keep the hips from sinking when sleeping on the stomach or back. While the Helix Midnight Luxe comes with a hefty price tag, we think it is well worth the investment.

Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress Review to learn more. 

Saatva Classic

Best for Couples
Saatva is one of the first direct-to-consumer online mattress companies. The Saatva mattress is not a “bed-in-a-box” company, because it doesn’t come in a box at all. It’s a regular innerspring mattress delivered to your door by delivery professionals.
Firmness

Varies

Warranty

15 year

Trial period

120 nights

Price

$$$

As one of the most well known online mattress brands, the Saatva Classic provides motion isolation for couples and a wide array of other benefits. Considered to be affordable luxury, the Saatva provides enough support and contour for all sleeping positions without feeling stuck in the mattress.

With the ability to choose between Firm and Luxury Firm, the Saatva Classic can accomodate heavier combination sleepers or couples looking to satisfy both sleepers. Both versions will provide lumbar support and keep the sleeper on top of the mattress, instead of feeling stuck in the layers. The hybrid construction makes it a very responsive mattress, changing shape as you change positions, and cooler than an all foam model.

Read our full Saatva Classic Mattress Review to learn more. 

The Original Bear Mattress

Best for Heavyweight Combo Sleepers

Heavyweight combination sleepers have unique needs, requiring firmer surfaces for adequate support and just enough conforming for pressure relief in any sleeping position, and the Bear Mattress checks those boxes.

Firmness

7

Warranty

10 year warranty

Trial period

100 nights

Price

$$

The firm and durable Bear Mattress is our pick for heavyweight sleepers, providing them with above-average support and gentle conforming thanks to a pressure-relieving memory foam layer and a highly supportive, high-density foam core.

The mattress is made with comfort layers of gel-infused graphite memory foam and polyfoam for added breathability, which is a major plus for heavyweight sleepers, who tend to sleep hot. Beneath the comfort layers is a polyfoam transitional layer and a high-density foam base. The mattress measures 10” thick and has a medium feel. While only a 5.5/10 on the firmness scale, the Bear Mattress works well for heavyweight sleepers who switch positions because it provides pressure relief in all sleeping positions. Keep in mind that heavyweight sleepers whose primary sleeping position is on their back or stomach may experience slight sagging. The Bear Mattress comes with a 100-night trial, free shipping to all 50 U.S. states, and a 10-year, non-prorated warranty. See Also: Best Mattresses for Heavy Sleepers  

Check out our full Bear Mattress Review to learn more!

Leesa

Best Memory Foam
The Leesa mattress adapts to all sleep positions and most body types. With its cooling foam and additional layers that both hug and support you, it's no wonder customers love sleeping on their Leesa.
Firmness

Varies

Warranty

10-year

Trial period

100 days

Price

$$$

The Leesa is a no frills, quality mattress that is likely to provide the comfortable and durability most sleepers on a budget need. As a medium-firm mattress made of mixed foams it appeals to the average sleeper and can suit all sleeping positions.

For a foam mattress, the Leesa works to keep sleepers cooler and the upper foam layers provide pressure relief without overheating around the sleeper. The Avena foam layer of the mattress provides some bounce and responsiveness, helping combination sleepers move around without getting stuck. The combination of foams help stomach, back and side sleepers adjust to the mattress while still getting the benefits of memory foam pressure relief around the shoulders and hips.

See our Leesa Mattress Review to learn more. 

WinkBed

Best Bed in a Box
WinkBeds is a family-owned operation that focuses on details to attract customers to their luxury mattresses, which are made to order in Wisconsin. The company believes so strongly in their mattress quality, that they attach a lifetime warranty to them.
Firmness

Varies

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty

Trial period

120 nights

Price

$$$

WinkBeds is known for mattresses of organic and sustainable materials and the characteristic European pillow top addition cradles around the sleepers shoulders and hips. With multiple firmness options, the WinkBed can be tailored to suit your primary sleeping position or provide the right support for multiple positions.

The WinkBed is a heavy and durable mattress with seven dense layers of foam and coils, each designed to enhance your sleeping experience. The Tencel cover and gel foam layer work to keep the sleeper cooler, with additional memory foam designed to relieve pressure and remain responsive enough to easily move around. Two layers of coil make the mattress supportive enough for couples and larger combinations sleepers, especially with the lumbar support pad in between the two coil layers.

Check out our WinkBeds Mattress Review to learn more. 

Plank

Best Firm Mattress
The first option on our list is the Plank mattress by Brooklyn Bedding. It is one of the firmest mattresses on the market. This is a flippable mattress with a ‘Firm’ side (a 7 on the firmness scale) and an ‘Extra Firm’ side (a 9 on the firmness scale). It has foam layers on both sides and a top comfort layer of quilted foam for some cushion.
Firmness

Varies

Warranty

10 year warranty

Trial period

120 nights

Price

$$$

When we think of a firm mattress, our first response is the Brooklyn Bedding Plank. As the name suggests, this mattress is designed for sleepers looking to stay on top of their mattress and with minimal cradling. Especially for those combination sleepers that may struggle from back pain, this firm mattress will evenly distribute your weight and reduce their stress on your muscles and spine.

The combination sleepers who are primarily stomach or back sleepers will especially appreciate the lower back support and hips that don’t sink into the mattress. Combination sleepers looking for a corrective mattress or one that has a little extra support, the Plank is sure to support your entire body- especially with two firmness options available.

See our Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Comparison to learn more about the brand. 

 

Cocoon by Sealy

Best Cooling Mattress

Multiple firmness levels and phase-changing cooling material in the Cocoon Chill makes for a cool and customizable night’s sleep

Firmness

8

Warranty

10 year limited warranty

Trial period

100 days

Price

$$$

The Cocoon Chill mattress, created by mattress industry leader Sealy, attempts to mitigate hot sleeping issues by including a phase-changing technology in the bed. This material adapts to your body, pulling in extra heat and releasing it later, when you’re cooler. It regulates your body temperature as it changes from a solid state to a liquid state, and vice versa.

If you need a specific firmness to sleep comfortably, the Cocoon Chill’s two firmness levels – medium soft and extra firm – should offer options that work for you. The medium-soft version of the mattress is around a 4/10 on the firmness scale and the extra firm mattress is around a 6/10, both of which are good options for combination sleepers.

Read our full Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress Review for more info!

Amerisleep AS3

Best Luxury Mattress
The Amerisleep AS3 mattress is built with a medium firmness to suit those who need an even mix of softness and cradling comfort. It's perfect for back and combination sleepers. Those who tend to sleep hot will appreciate the AS3's Bio-Pur proprietary foam, which is more responsive and breathable than traditional memory foam.
Firmness

6

Trial period

10 days

Warranty

20 years

Price

$$$

The Amerisleep is an all-foam mattress that features a stretchy cover, a 3-inch comfort layer of Bio-Pur foam, a transitional layer of high-density polyfoam, and a support core of high-density polyfoam. This mattress isolates motion exceptionally well, has a cover that is engineered to help people recover from strenuous activities, is both soft and responsive, and comes with other qualities that are perfect for combination sleepers and that you’ll only find in a luxury mattress. The Amerisleep comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping to the contiguous U.S. and a 20-year warranty.

Read our full Amerisleep Mattress Review for more info!

Casper Original

Best Value Mattress
The original mattress that made the brand famous, the Casper is known for its design that suits all sleep positions. Casper's Zoned Support feature is engineered to support the hips, shoulders and back to keep the spine aligned. At an affordable price point, too, this mattress is hard to beat.
Firmness

6

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

10 year warranty

Price

$$$

The Casper Original might just be the quintessential bed-in-a-box mattress. It’s well-known for convenience and quality, and its balance of firmness and softness makes it great for pretty much any sleeping position, so side sleepers, back sleepers, side sleepers and combination sleepers should feel right at home on this medium-firm bed. The Casper also accommodates a wide variety of body types and was named one of our best mattresses of 2021.

The memory foam construction of the Casper includes zoned support, which delivers extra cushioning for heavier parts of your body such as your shoulders and hips. Four layers of open-cell foam in the Casper mattress allow breathability and airflow to help keep you cool throughout the night. Despite its affordable price, this is still a product that we fully endorse for combination sleepers.

Check out our full Casper Mattress Review to learn more!

Mattress Buying Guide for Combination Sleepers 

The majority of sleepers are technically combination sleepers, even if they prefer one sleeping position. Combination sleeping isn’t better or worse than singular sleeping positions, but finding a mattress that provides adequate support and comfort can be tricky. This is because combination sleeping allows for more variety by its very nature, making it more difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all mattress recommendation for this sleeping type. This guide will share the most important considerations for combination sleepers and tips for finding the right mattress for this sleeping position.

Pros and Cons of Each Sleeping Position

No matter your primary sleeping position, or even if you split your night evenly between the three main sleeping positions, spinal alignment is key. Of the three main sleeping positions, some positions are more healthy for the body and improve your chances of maintaining spinal alignment throughout the night. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each primary sleeping position for combination sleepers.

  • Side sleeping is the most popular sleeping position, as it most closely mimics the fetal position that most people find comforting regardless of their age. This is also widely preferred among people with back pain and pregnant women. Side sleepers place the weight of their bodies on one shoulder and one hip, helping to alleviate pain in the back, stomach, and neck. People who experience snoring or acid reflux may also fare well on their sides. The downside of side sleeping is that it may cause premature facial aging on the sleeper’s preferred side, and can require additional pillows and sleep accessories to keep the spine in alignment. Our best mattresses for side sleepers roundup has more great information.
  • Back sleeping is the number one recommended sleeping position by doctors and sleep specialists. This is because back sleeping naturally promotes spinal alignment. Those who carry weight in their mid-section, including heavyweight individuals and pregnant women, can experience lower back pain in this position. Back sleepers may experience more snoring and acid reflux. If you’re a combination sleeper but spend the majority of your nights on your back, you might consider one of our best mattresses for back sleepers.
  • Stomach sleeping is not recommended by doctors, physical therapists, or chiropractors because it creates a high potential for pain, discomfort, and poor spinal alignment. This position can cause strain on the low back and neck and does not technically provide adequate support, regardless of the number of pillows or healthy sleeping techniques employed. Most stomach sleepers also sleep with their head to one side every night, which can cause neck pain during the day.

Related: Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

 


What Mattress Firmness is Best for Combination Sleepers?

Spinal alignment is essential for all sleeping positions, but it’s especially key for combination sleepers. The spine should be aligned from the shoulders all the way down to the pelvis whether they’re sleeping on their side, back, or stomach. A misaligned spine can lead to pressure points throughout the body. A mattress’ support, which is its ability to provide a flat sleeping surface that conforms to certain areas to properly align the spine, is largely dictated by the mattress’ firmness level.

Firmness levels fall on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. The right firmness for any sleeper is also determined by their weight and body type. Here’s an overview of the different firmness levels and which ones are ideal for combination sleepers by body type.

Body Type/Weight Ideal Firmness Reasoning
Lightweight Sleepers Soft to Medium Soft Petite and lightweight combo sleepers have less body weight to impress upon any mattress surface, so even a medium mattress will feel very firm to them. Softer mattresses conform more closely to their bodies and allow for greater hugging and increased comfort.
Average Weight Sleepers Medium to Medium Firm Combination sleepers in this weight group almost always prefer mattress firmness levels that fall in the middle range, providing a balance of contouring and support.
Heavyweight Sleepers Firm to Very Firm Heavyweight combination sleepers need firmer mattresses, as their body type will sink excessively in a soft or medium firm mattress, which can cause the spine to be thrown out of alignment.

Why Responsiveness is Key

The responsiveness of a mattress can be measured visually by pressing one’s hand into the bed and seeing now how long it takes the mattress to “refill” the indentation. A responsive mattress is oftentimes preferred by combination sleepers, as this quality makes changing positions throughout the night much easier. Memory foam mattresses, for example, tend to have low responsiveness, causing combination sleepers to feel “stuck” in the mattress as they attempt to change sleeping positions. Hybrid, innerspring, and latex mattresses, alternatively, tend to have higher responsiveness levels, making it easy to switch from back sleeping to side sleeping to stomach sleeping seamlessly throughout the night.

The Best and Worst Type of Mattress for Combination Sleepers

There are four primary mattress types in the mattress industry, and each type is known for excelling in certain performance categories. For example, some mattress types conform closely and alleviate pain exceptionally well, and others are more breathable and have better airflow for hot sleepers. 

Below we will outline a few key characteristics of each mattress type and provides notes on how they can benefit or detract from combination sleepers’ sleeping experience. 

Foam Mattress 

Pros for Combination Sleepers
  • Motion isolation
  • Excellent conforming and pressure relief
  • Widely available
  • Noiseless
  • Average price point
Cons for Combination Sleepers
  • May sleep hot
  • Minimal edge support (sagging may occur)
  • May be difficult to change positions on

Our Recommendation: Look for memory foam mattresses with a more responsive comfort layer for changing positions easily. Those with thinner comfort layers that still provide pressure relief may be ideal. Take a look at our best memory foam mattresses roundup. 

Latex 

Pros for Combination Sleepers
  • Durable
  • Close conforming and pressure relief
  • Sleep slightly cooler than foam mattresses
  • No noise
  • Motion isolation
Cons for Combination Sleepers
  • Higher price point
  • Odor potential
  • Limited availability

Our Recommendation: Look for latex mattresses with a mid-range price point. Some synthetic latex mattresses are priced lower than their natural alternatives. Our best latex mattresses article has some great options that fit the bill.

Innerspring

Pros for Combination Sleepers
  • Affordable
  • Widely available
  • Responsive for changing positions
  • Sleep cool
  • Different firmness options
Cons for Combination Sleepers
  • May be noisy
  • Longevity
  • Minimal cushioning (conforming)

Our Recommendation: Look for innerspring mattresses with a thicker-than-average foam layer for better conforming. Our list of best innerspring mattresses is sure to have something that appeals to you.

Hybrid

Pros for Combination Sleepers
  • Conforming and supportive
  • Long lifespan
  • Responsive for changing positions
  • Sleep cool
Cons for Combination Sleepers
  • May be noise
  • Higher price point
  • Longevity

Our Recommendation: Look for hybrid mattresses that combine conforming and pressure relief while maintaining higher responsiveness than a memory foam bed for ease of changing positions. Head over to our list of best hybrid mattresses for more info.

Considerations for Combination Sleepers 

Now that you understand why certain aspects of mattress construction and performance are more essential for combination sleepers, here’s a list of considerations to take into account as you decide on the best new mattress for you.

Body Type

Your body type and weight will directly influence the firmness that’s appropriate for you. As mentioned above, lightweight sleepers do best on softer mattresses, average weight sleepers do well on medium and medium-firm mattresses, and heavyweight sleepers sleep best on firmer mattresses that can support their weight. We recommend basing the firmness level you choose on both your body type and your dominant sleeping position.

Dominant Sleeping Position

Prior to shopping, we recommend taking note of what your preferred sleeping position is at night. It’s fairly rare for a sleeper to divide their time equally between each of the three primary sleeping positions. Even if you find that you split your time roughly 50/50 between two of the primary sleeping positions, this can help inform the mattress type and qualities that will be more likely to provide a healthy night’s sleep for your body.

Motion Transfer, Edge Support, and Co-Sleeping

If you sleep with a partner or a pet, motion transfer, noise reduction, and edge support should be mattress qualities on the top of your list. A mattress that minimizes motion transfer to a great extent will ensure that, as you or your partner (or pet) change positions throughout the night, you won’t wake one another, a very important factor for combination sleepers. A mattress that’s virtually silent when pressure is applied will also increase the chances that both partners achieve a good night’s sleep. For couples and individuals who are elderly, lightweight, or have disabilities, choosing a mattress that provides excellent edge support will help to make getting in and out of bed, or sitting on the edge of the bed, significantly easier. We compiled a list of the best mattresses for couples as a helpful resource.

Warranty and Sleep Trial Policies

Like we’ve mentioned, there’s no one-size-fits-all mattress for combination sleepers. This is due to the greater variety allowed by this sleeping style, which incorporates several sleeping positions in addition to the other primary factors, such as body weight, budget, and personal preferences. Most online mattress companies have a 100-night sleep trial or longer. Further, a mattress that’s backed by a warranty will ensure that your investment is protected from defects and damages. A mattress is no small purchase, so a warranty (most mattress companies offer 10-year warranty policies or longer), will ensure you’re covered if the bed is delivered damaged or reveals a defect within the warranty period.


Conclusion 

Once you’ve selected the mattress type that best suits your needs as a combination sleeper, we recommend comparing prices and taking note of any personal preferences you have with regard to style, characteristics, or brand. Also, double checking products’ sleep trial periods and warranties to make sure you’re comfortable with the coverage. Once you’ve narrowed down these factors, re-read our list of the top picks for combination sleepers above to see if there’s a mattress that suits your needs. We hope this article helps you make your new mattress purchase with confidence.

Recap of the Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers 

Mattress Award
Nectar Editor’s Pick
Helix Midnight Luxe Best Hybrid Mattress for Combo Sleepers
Saatva Best for Couples
Bear Mattress Best for Heavyweight Combo Sleepers
Leesa Best Memory Foam
WinkBeds Best Bed in a Box
Brooklyn Bedding Best Firm Mattress
Cocoon Chill Best Cooling Mattress
Amerisleep Best Luxury Mattress
Casper Best Value Mattress

Expert-Reviewed by Dr. Ravi Pandey, MD.

Dr. Ravi Pandey is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Specialist who has practiced in South Florida since 1997. With diverse experience in private practice, outpatient, and hospital settings, Dr. Pandey is on staff at Palms West Hospital, JFK Medical Center, Select Specialty Hospital, and Wellington Regional Medical Center.


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