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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 2020. 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 2020

 

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. 

Score
4.7 / 5.0
Thickness

11

Trial period

365

Warranty

Lifetime

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!


 

Puffy Lux

Best Pressure Relieving

The Puffy Lux does an excellent job alleviating pressure points in any sleeping position, earning it our recommendation for combination sleepers who experience aches and pains.

Score
4.9 / 5.0
Thickness

12.5

Trial period

101 nights

Warranty

Lifetime

The Puffy Lux is Puffy’s take on a luxury mattress and features a layer of gel-infused memory foam, another layer of memory foam, a layer of transitional polyfoam, and a high-density foam base layer. The result is a mattress that conforms closely, providing a cradling feel that relieves aches and pains for all sleeping styles. The top layers of this mattress are what really shine. The Puffy Lux’s memory foam layer is fairly thin, but it gives the bed light and airy feel while still providing excellent pressure relief, and it has higher responsiveness than beds with thicker memory foam layers to improve the ease of changing sleeping positions. Underneath the top foam layer is another comfort layer for additional contouring. The Puffy Lux comes with a 101-night sleep trial, free shipping to all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and a lifetime warranty.

See our Puffy Lux Mattress Review to learn more!

The Original Bear Mattress

Best for Heavyweight 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.

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Thickness

10

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

10 year warranty

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!


 

Casper Original

Best Value Mattress

This bed-in-a-box mattress comes in at a little over $1,000 for a Queen: perfect for budget shoppers

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Thickness

12

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

10 year warranty

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 2020.

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.

Check out our full Casper Mattress Review to learn more!

Loom & Leaf

Best for Couples

Our pick for couples, the Loom & Leaf is virtually silent and motionless, making it ideal for combination sleeping couples who may wake to one another’s movements at night.

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Thickness

12

Trial period

120 nights

Warranty

15 year limited warranty

The Loom & Leaf provides very good motion isolation and does not produce any noise when bearing weight, making it a great option for couples, especially if they awaken easily due to movement or noise at night. Developed by Saatva, the Loom & Leaf is an all-foam mattress that’s 12” tall and comes in two different firmness options. It features a layer of gel memory foam, a layer of memory foam, and a support core of high-density polyfoam. Keep in mind that while the Loom & Leaf is exceptionally quiet and motion isolating, it also has a 4” layer of memory foam, which, while providing superior pressure relief in any sleeping position, may make it challenging to change positions throughout the night. The Loom & Leaf comes with a 120-night sleep trial, free shipping in the contiguous U.S., and a 15-year, non-prorated warranty.

See our full Loom & Leaf Mattress Review to learn more!


 

Amerisleep

Best Luxury

Combination sleepers in the market for a luxury mattress will love the Amerasleep’s pressure relief, durability, motion isolation, and use of high-quality materials.

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Thickness

10-14

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

20 year warranty

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 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!


 

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

Score
4.4 / 5.0
Thickness

10

Trial period

100 days

Warranty

10 year limited warranty

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 ideal firmness levels for combination sleepers by body type.

Body Type/Weight Ideal Firmness Reasoning
Lightweight Sleepers Soft to Medium Soft Petite and lightweight individuals 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.

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 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.

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 Best For… Firmness Level 
Nectar Editor’s Pick Medium-Firm
Puffy Lux Pressure Relieving Medium-Firm
Bear Mattress Heavyweight Combo Sleepers Medium-Firm
Casper Value Medium-Firm
Loom & Leaf Couples Medium-Firm
Amerisleep Luxury Varies
Cocoon Chill Cooling Firm

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