Best for Side Sleepers
- Side sleepers
- Hot sleepers
- Combo sleepers
- People with back pain
Mattress comfort is subjective to your body type, sleeping position, and other environmental factors like temperature and sleeping partners. What gives one person a good night’s sleep may cause another to toss and turn until the wee hours. That’s why it’s important to find the best mattress for your comfort preferences.
In this roundup, we’re highlighting our top picks for different comfort categories. Plus, we’re giving you a quick primer on what factors make a mattress comfortable and what to look for while mattress shopping.
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The Saatva Classic is an innerspring mattress that pairs a plush euro pillow top with a two-layer coil support system. It’s available in three firmness options, including Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. We consider the Plush Soft (or medium-soft) version to be one of the best mattresses for side sleepers because it balances pressure relief with whole-body support.
The cushioning topper is made with 3″ of organic cotton that cradle your shoulders and hips. The top layer of coils are individually wrapped for an extra conforming feel, and the base layer of coils supports your spine so it stays aligned while you sleep on your side.
If you’re a lightweight or average-weight side sleeper, the Saatva should be a good fit, though heavyweight side sleepers may want a bed with thicker foam layers and a firmer feel.
Read our full Saatva Mattress Review to learn more.
The Helix Midnight Luxe is a hybrid mattress with a “universal” firmness level (aka medium-firm). This “not too soft, not too firm” feel ensures that your body’s natural curves are cradled, which helps to keep your spine aligned in a healthy, neutral position.
The Midnight Luxe is topped with a TENCEL pillow top, a soft memory foam layer, gel-infused comfort foam, and a polyfoam transition layer. In addition to these layers of foam, the coil base provides extra support under your lumbar zone (lower back). This keeps the natural inverted curve at the base of your spine supported. Softer coils under your shoulders and knees give the mattress a cloud-like feel and evenly distributes your body weight.
Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress Review to learn more.
The Casper mattress is a medium-firm, all-foam mattress with a simple three layer construction. Each layer is designed with comfort in mind. For starters, Casper uses a top memory foam layer called AirScape foam that’s perforated for improved breathability. The second layer is divided into three zones that provide more support under your lower back and more cushion under your shoulders. The support foam at the bottom of the bed keeps it from sagging.
Casper is one of the original bed-in-a-box mattress brands, and Casper mattresses ship for free within one to two business days to locations in the U.S. and Canada. New mattresses are delivered wrapped and rolled in a box, and come with easy set up instructions. Mattress customers also receive a 100-night trial period and 10-year warranty.
Read our full Casper Mattress Review to learn more.
10-year limited warranty
The Brooklyn Signature mattress by Brooklyn Bedding is a high-quality foam and coil mattress at an accessible price point. A Queen size doesn’t cost much more than $1,000, and Brooklyn Bedding often offers discounts that drop the price below $1,000.
You can choose from Soft, Medium, and Firm versions, and each includes Brooklyn Bedding‘s proprietary TitanFlex foam. This comfort layer has the contouring effect of memory foam and the responsiveness of latex foam. The coil support layer is made of up to 961 individually wrapped pocketed coils that give the mattress a buoyant, bouncy core.
Included in the price are free shipping and returns, a 120-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty.
Read our full Brooklyn Signature Mattress Review to learn more.
The Amerisleep AS5 mattress is one of the softest in the Amerisleep line. You can choose between an all-foam version and a hybrid version. Both are exceptionally plush (we rate them at 3/10 on the firmness scale), and the hybrid is even softer than the all-foam model.
The AS5 gets its plush feel from a combination of Bio-Pur plant-based comfort foam and Active Flex transition foam. Unlike memory foam, Bio-Pur quickly responds to your changes in sleeping position. At the same time, it has the cradling feel of memory foam.
This makes the AS5 a great option for side sleepers and back sleepers who like a soft mattress feel. Sleepers of all body types—lightweight, average-weight, and heavyweight—will find that their major pressure points are cushioned, which relieves strain on those sensitive areas. We wouldn’t recommend the AS5 to stomach sleepers, since they need a firm mattress that keeps their hips lifted in line with their shoulders.
Read our full Amerisleep AS5 Mattress Review to learn more.
Limited lifetime warranty
Shoppers looking for a King size mattress usually plan to share their bed (or spread out across the mattress surface), which means that the best King size mattress also needs to be a good mattress for couples and heavyweight sleepers. With those qualifications in mind, we picked the WinkBed Luxury Hybrid Mattress.
This mattress is built with comfort and durability in mind. It features a breathable TENCEL mattress cover, a cooling gel-infused euro pillow top, pocketed coils, and extra edge support coils. The gel in the pillow top absorbs excess body heat and provides a comfy layer of cushioning foam. The coil support system keeps you lifted on top of the mattress and prevents sagging across the entire mattress surface.
The WinkBed hybrid mattress is offered in four firmness levels: Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, and PLUS. Those with heavyweight body types should opt for the PLUS. It trades the pillow top with a firmer layer of latex that will resist body impressions longer than foam. Since it has a firm feel, the PLUS is best for heavyweight back or stomach sleepers.
Read our full WinkBed Mattress Review to learn more.
Soft side and firm side
Lifetime Limited Warranty
The Layla is a flippable mattress that comes with a medium-soft side and a medium-firm side. The comfort layer for both sides is gel memory foam that cradles your body. We chose it as the most comfortable memory foam mattress because it has all of the benefits of memory foam—body contouring, pressure relief, and motion isolation—plus it’s designed with hot sleepers in mind. Not to mention that it’s essentially two mattresses in one!
We recommend the medium-soft side to side sleepers and lightweight or average-weight back sleepers. The medium-firm side is better for back sleepers and lightweight stomach sleepers.
Read our full Layla Mattress Review to learn more.
20 year limited warranty
The Zenhaven is a natural latex mattress by Saatva that’s made with eco-friendly materials. The breathable cover is quilted with organic cotton and organic New Zealand wool. The comfort layer is Talalay latex, which is sustainably sourced from tropical rubber trees.
We chose it as the best organic mattress because, in addition to high-quality organic materials, it’s packed full of comfort technologies. Like the Layla mattress, the Zenhaven is flippable. It has a Luxury Plush and Gentle Firm side, so you can choose the side that works best for you.
Also, the latex comfort layer is divided into five ergonomic zones that ensure your body gets more or less support where it needs. As a result, your weight is evenly distributed and pressure is lifted off of your muscles and joints.
Included with the mattress are free white glove delivery (aka in-home setup), a 180-night trial period, and a 20-year warranty.
Read our full Zenhaven Mattress Review to learn more.
There’s no simple answer to the question of what makes a mattress comfortable. People often assume that softness or pressure relief equate to comfort, but that’s not true for all sleepers. In this section, we’re going to explain which factors contribute to mattress comfort for a diverse range of sleepers.
Mattresses are typically rated along a firmness scale from one to 10, with one being the softest and 10 being the firmest. With that said, how a mattress feels can vary depending on your body type. When you see a mattress firmness score, it’s probably based on how the mattress will feel to an average-weight sleeper (those weighing between 100–200 pounds).
Heavyweight sleepers (those over 200 pounds) sink deeper into the top layers of a mattress, which can cause the bed to feel softer or firmer, depending on the materials and depth of the mattress. Lightweight sleepers don’t sink as deeply into the mattress, so they often report mattresses as firmer than advertised.
Your sleeping position also plays a role in which firmness level is the most comfortable to you. Side sleepers need a mattress that’s soft enough to cushion their pressure points. Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress that keeps their spine aligned. Back sleepers are usually happiest with a medium or medium-firm mattress that balances comfort and support.
Mattress materials play a big role in how comfortable a mattress feels to you. Some sleepers love the slow sink and cradling hug of memory foam (also known as polyurethane foam). Others prefer the firm feel of an innerspring mattress.
In general, memory foam beds closely contour around the curves of your body. Depending on the softness of the foam, they can offer incredible pressure relief. As long as the foam used in the mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, you don’t need to worry about the effects of temporary off-gassing.
Innerspring mattresses are usually strong in the category of support, but weaker when it comes to pressure relief and motion transfer. The bulk of these mattresses is made of individual coils or connected springs, so they’re bouncy and firm. Hybrid mattresses are similar, though they have foam or latex comfort layers above the coils, which amp up the cushioning comfort of the bed.
Latex mattresses tend to be firmer, but they can range from medium-soft to firm, depending on the other layers in the mattress. Sleepers love latex foam for its responsiveness, buoyancy, and naturally cool temperature profile.
Lastly, airbeds are an underrepresented mattress type, but they can provide some of the best customizable comfort. For example, Sleep Number mattresses feature adjustable air chambers with incredibly nuanced firmness levels. Some airbeds even automatically adjust the firmness level in response to your changes in sleeping position!
A mattress can feel exceptionally comfortable, but it’s not going to give you the best night’s sleep if it causes you to overheat at night. Hot sleepers should pay extra attention to the breathability and cooling features of a mattress.
Innerspring and hybrid mattress are naturally cooler, thanks to ample airflow through the coil layers. Gel memory foam and latex foam mattresses absorb excess body heat and give the mattress a neutral temperature profile. Hot sleepers should also look for perforated (hole-punched) foam and convoluted (wavy) foam, since both features enhance airflow through the mattress layers.
For more on temperature regulation, take a look at our best cooling mattresses page.
Your sleeping position is arguably one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for the most comfortable mattress.
More than any other sleeping position, side sleeping requires lots of pressure relief. When you sleep on your side, you run the risk of resting all your weight on your shoulders and hips. A mattress that’s too firm will cause your shoulders and hips to get jammed, which can cause muscle and joint pain. Side sleepers should look for mattresses that are soft to medium-firm with a comfort layer that’s at least 3” deep.
Back sleeping is the most flexible of the sleeping positions. As long as a mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine aligned and soft enough to cushion your bumpier bits, you’ll do just fine. That means that back sleepers can choose from a wide range of mattress types and firmness levels. Take a look at our best mattresses for back sleepers for more info!
More than anything, stomach sleepers need to maintain spinal alignment. That means they need to stay lifted “on top” of their mattress so their hips are aligned with their shoulders. This posture is best achieved with medium-firm or firm mattresses. You can check out our list of best mattresses for stomach sleepers for a deeper dive on the subject.
The key to comfort for combination sleepers is responsiveness. In other words, your mattress needs to keep up with your changes in sleeping position. Latex, coils, and buoyant comfort foams are the best fits for combination sleepers, and a medium-firm feel accommodates the most sleeping positions.
Related: Best Mattress for Combo Sleepers
Since your body type affects the way a mattress feels, it’s an important consideration when choosing your mattress. Generally, heavyweight sleepers need a firmer mattress, since they compress more of the mattress materials. They also need a taller mattress. If a bed is shorter than 12”, there’s a chance a heavyweight sleeper could “bottom out” against the extra firm support layers.
Lightweight sleepers often need a softer mattress, since they don’t sink as deeply into the mattress materials. A firm mattress will feel extra firm to a lightweight sleeper, a medium-firm mattress will feel firm, and so on. Average-weight sleepers have the most flexibility, since mattress firmness levels are advertised with that body type in mind.
Do you share your mattress? If so, you’ll want to keep motion transfer in mind so you aren’t jostled by movements from sleeping partners. Memory foam does a great job of absorbing motion, while innerspring mattresses are notoriously bouncy and loud.
If you’re really concerned about motion transfer, you can also consider a Split King mattress which is essentially two Twin sized mattresses joined together in the middle. Head over to our best mattresses for couples guide for more information.
Kids’ bodies are constantly growing, so they need a mattress that provides a stable surface. Medium-firm or firm mattresses support the rapid development in kids’ changing bodies. Most kids mattresses also have a layer of cushion on top to ease the discomfort of growing pains. You can see our full roundup of best mattresses for kids, but a few of our favorites are the Saatva Youth, the Amazon Rivet, and the Purple Kids Mattress.
Just like most products on the market, mattresses come in a range of price levels. Cheaper mattresses typically don’t last as long, but are a good solution for guest bedrooms, dorm rooms, or other temporary housing situations. Luxury mattresses are often made with durable materials and specialty touches, but they cost more.
As the bed-in-a-box industry grows, more online mattress brands are able to offer lower prices for their customers, since the direct-to-consumer model cuts out middleman costs. A good mid-range online mattress brand is Nectar. You won’t pay more than $1,300 for a Queen size of their original mattress, and it comes with a 365-night sleep trial and Lifetime warranty.
Couples bring two different sets of comfort preferences to their mattress search. As such, they need to find a mattress that accommodates both of their body types, sleeping positions, and other comfort concerns (i.e. temperature, allergies, compatibility with sex).
We recommend a medium-firm mattress to most couples, since it blends support and comfort. Couples should also look for a mattress that has good motion isolation, stays relatively cool, and has a bit of bounce. You can peruse our list of best mattresses for couples, but a few of our top picks are the Leesa Hybrid, the Casper Wave Hybrid, and the Helix Midnight Luxe.
That’s totally dependent on your unique sleep needs. As we’ve discussed, consider your body type, sleeping position, and sleep situation when mattress shopping. The most comfortable mattress for you isn’t the most comfortable mattress for your neighbor, so the answer to this question is subjective to your preferences and needs.
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