The Best Mattresses for Back Pain

The Best Mattresses for Back Pain

Our pick

Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm)

Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm)

A plush innerspring with bounce

The Saatva, which pairs a classic innerspring bounce with a cushy-but-understated Euro top, appeals to those who want to feel nestled in, as opposed to engulfed. But it doesn’t have the best motion isolation.

Buying Options

$1,300 from Saatva
(queen)

Back-pain sufferers who like some cushiness but no extra fluff on their mattress will appreciate the Saatva Classic. The Luxury Firm version is a plush, medium-firm bed, with just a little bit of cuddle. Pocketed coils, along with quilted polyfoam and a touch of memory foam, conform to your curves while supporting your spine. The bottom support coils aren’t pocketed, though, meaning motion isolation is limited, so this mattress is perhaps best for those who have the whole bed to themselves. If your back pain makes climbing into bed difficult, opt for the 11½-inch-thick version, as opposed to the 14½-inch-thick one. To avoid body impressions, rotate this mattress every six months, especially if you weigh more than 200 pounds. Saatva offers a 180-day trial; you can return the mattress for a full refund, minus the $100 transportation cost, during that time.

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Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

A cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounce

The Leesa Hybrid combines sturdy foam layers with just enough bounce. It also offers a thicker cover, compared with the competition.

Buying Options

$1600 $1356 from Leesa

Use promo code WIRECUTTER20

The Leesa Hybrid might appeal to back-pain sufferers who prefer a loose, pressure-relieving cuddle over an all-out, body-conforming hug. Dense (4 pounds per cubic foot) memory foam plus 1,000 individually pocketed coils conform to your curves to help support your achy back and relieve pressure points. We think it should hold up over the long term for people of most weights, including those who weigh more than 200 pounds. Since it’s neither too hard nor too soft, we think this mattress will support just about any sleeping position. And because it’s neither overly bouncy nor too “sticky,” we think it should satisfy backache sufferers who want that memory-foam cradle with some resilience, so they can shift positions easily as they sleep. Use the store locator to find showrooms or West Elm stores near you, so you can try the Leesa Hybrid before you buy it (depending on local social-distancing rules); Leesa allows for a 100-night trial, and returns will get you a full refund.

Our pick

Zenhaven

Zenhaven

A durable foam-and-latex mattress

The all-latex Zenhaven is $1,000 more than similar online options, but it should prove more durable and breathable (and thus feel cooler) than many foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one provides solid value.

Buying Options

$2,400* from Saatva
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,000.

If durability is your top priority, the all-latex Zenhaven is a logical choice for most sleepers, including those who weigh more than 200 pounds. Latex, a foam engineered from the milky sap of the rubber tree plant, won’t break down as easily as memory or polyurethane foams; it’s also intrinsically springy, which is helpful for back-pain sufferers who find pillowy or sinky surfaces too difficult to move in. The Zenhaven is flippable, too, which gives you two firmness options to choose from: The Gentle Firm side, designed for back- and stomach-sleepers, is almost firm, and the Luxury Plush side is a supple medium-firm. Made with Talalay latex, as opposed to the cheaper Dunlop latex, this mattress is more breathable and cushioned than other online latex mattresses. But it’s heavy, so you’ll need a platform frame or box spring. You can try it for 180 nights and return it for free if you don’t like it.

Our pick

Novaform ComfortGrande

Novaform ComfortGrande

Best foam mattress under $1,000

This Costco favorite is made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.

Buying Options

$500* from Costco

*At the time of publishing, the price was $600.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, memory-foam mattress, the Novaform ComfortGrande may be worth a try. It’s not as sturdy-feeling as our higher-end foam pick, the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid), but we found it to be surprisingly supportive for the price. There’s a cuddly memory-foam sink to it, but that sink is not as slow or conforming as what you’ll find in the Tempur-Adapt. With a memory-foam density of 3 to 3½ pounds per cubic foot (the company won’t say exactly), the mattress should prove durable in the long term for people under 200 pounds; to prevent body impressions, it’s always best to rotate the mattress every six months and sleep in the middle when you can. With Costco’s generous return policy, you can return the ComfortGrande for a full refund whenever you’d like.

Our pick

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Flippable durability in a box

This flippable, two-piece mattress is made with high-quality, durable materials—such as latex and extra-sturdy coils—that are rare even in more expensive mattresses. But it’s heavy, and you’ll likely have to pay extra if you want help setting it up.

Buying Options

$1,900 from Charles P. Rogers
(queen)

$100 off w/code WIRECUTTER20

The two-piece Charles P. Rogers Estate SE combines house-made coils and latex to provide durable, sturdy support for back-pain sufferers (and anyone else). But there’s cushioning for sore joints and muscles, too, thanks to its latex-and-cotton-quilted topper. Each side of the this mattress provides a different firmness level: Place the coil unit right-side up and the bed’s overall feel is a medium-firm, with a bit more give; turn it over, and it’s slightly firmer. Either way, the latex adds a subtle springiness to that conventional coil bounce, making it easier for achy sleepers to move around in the bed. The quality of the materials should provide durability, even for those who weigh more than 200 pounds. One possible downside: The Estate SE is heavy and thus requires a platform frame or box spring. There’s a 100-night trial, within which time you can return it for a full refund (minus the transportation costs, if you choose white-glove delivery, as opposed to Fed-Ex).

Our pick

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Super-comfortable, but pricey

With a luxurious, slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt feels leagues ahead of most foam mattresses we tried. But it also costs two to four times as much.

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
(queen)
$2,000 from Tempur-Pedic
(queen)
$2,200 from Wayfair
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,200.

The Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid) mattress is on the firm side of medium-firm, but it’s also extremely curve-conforming. This means your finicky spine is likely to feel well supported while your pressure points are gently cushioned. It offers more than 4 pounds per cubic foot of foam density, so we think the Tempur-Adapt should last for the long term, even for those who weigh more than 200 pounds. However, that foam is quite huggy, so back-pain sufferers who shift positions a lot may have a hard time moving around in it. You can try the mattress in the many showrooms and department stores that carry it. Tempur-Pedic’s site also offers a 90-night try-out (depending on local social-distancing rules), with a full refund (minus transportation costs) if you don’t like it. However, if you purchase from a third-party retailer, you’ll be subject to its return policy.

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Our pick

Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm)

Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm)

A plush innerspring with bounce

The Saatva, which pairs a classic innerspring bounce with a cushy-but-understated Euro top, appeals to those who want to feel nestled in, as opposed to engulfed. But it doesn’t have the best motion isolation.

Buying Options

$1,300 from Saatva
(queen)

Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

A cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounce

The Leesa Hybrid combines sturdy foam layers with just enough bounce. It also offers a thicker cover, compared with the competition.

Buying Options

$1600 $1356 from Leesa

Use promo code WIRECUTTER20

Our pick

Zenhaven

Zenhaven

A durable foam-and-latex mattress

The all-latex Zenhaven is $1,000 more than similar online options, but it should prove more durable and breathable (and thus feel cooler) than many foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one provides solid value.

Buying Options

$2,400* from Saatva
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,000.

Our pick

Novaform ComfortGrande

Novaform ComfortGrande

Best foam mattress under $1,000

This Costco favorite is made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.

Buying Options

$500* from Costco

*At the time of publishing, the price was $600.

Our pick

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Flippable durability in a box

This flippable, two-piece mattress is made with high-quality, durable materials—such as latex and extra-sturdy coils—that are rare even in more expensive mattresses. But it’s heavy, and you’ll likely have to pay extra if you want help setting it up.

Buying Options

$1,900 from Charles P. Rogers
(queen)

$100 off w/code WIRECUTTER20

Our pick

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Super-comfortable, but pricey

With a luxurious, slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt feels leagues ahead of most foam mattresses we tried. But it also costs two to four times as much.

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
(queen)
$2,000 from Tempur-Pedic
(queen)
$2,200 from Wayfair
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,200.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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