The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

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Our pick

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm)

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm)

Extra support with pressure relief

This lofty, upscale-looking bed updates the strong support you might expect from a classic innerspring with memory-foam cushioning. Its prominent quilting style isn’t for everyone, though.

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
$2,000 from Mattress Firm
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,800.

The Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm) is the most supportive-feeling mattress we tested. Back-sleepers will likely appreciate the extra thickness and the quilted, pressure-relieving, medium-firm feel, which evokes a five-star-hotel-bed experience (thanks to a memory-foam pillow top created by Tempur-Pedic). Some of our testers didn’t care for the “bumpy” texture created by the deep quilting on the surface, though. The Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell usually costs around $2,000 for a queen, but we’ve seen the price drop considerably during sales. Return policies depend on where you purchase the mattress.

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Our pick

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Super-comfortable but high-priced

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

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
(queen)
$2200 $2000 from Tempur-Pedic

You save $200 (9%)

$2,200 from Wayfair
(queen)

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

The features that made the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid) popular among our testers are also the ones that make it helpful for back-sleepers: This mattress’ substantive foam-on-coil construction keeps the spine aligned while also embracing every curve of your body with a slow memory-foam sink. It’s on the firm side of medium-firm, but because it’s so conforming it doesn’t feel stiff. You may be able to try it out at showrooms and department stores around the country. If you decide you don’t like it within 90 days, you can return the mattress for a full refund, minus the transportation costs.

Our pick

WinkBed (Luxury Firm)

WinkBed (Luxury Firm)

A billowy crowd-pleaser

Thanks to a combo of foam layers and micro-coils near the surface, the WinkBed is the fluffiest-feeling medium-firm mattress we’ve tested, yet it doesn’t compromise on edge support or motion isolation. But delivery can take about two weeks, significantly longer than that of our other picks.

Buying Options

$1,300* from WinkBeds
(queen)

$300 off 1st purchase w/code SLEEP300

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,600.

The 13½-inch-thick WinkBed (Luxury Firm) was one of the best-liked mattresses in our group test, winning over back-sleepers—and all other sleepers, really—with its medium-firm feel and pillowy, pressure-relieving surface (it relies on an abundance of curve-confirming micro-coils near the surface and a thick foam pillow top). Sturdy, pocketed coils give it great motion isolation and a supportive feel, including around the perimeter. Because WinkBeds are made in a single factory, it may take up to two weeks to receive your mattress. You have 120 nights to try your mattress before returning it for a full refund. (Novaform has made some updates to the ComfortGrande since we tested it, including a new cover material, gel foam, and mattress handles, but the overall construction of the new version is similar to the version we tried.)

Our pick

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Super-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 if you want help setting it up, you’ll likely have to pay extra.

Buying Options

$1700 $1450 from Charles P. Rogers

Use promo code WCLABORDAY

The 13-inch-thick Charles P. Rogers Estate SE should satisfy a wide range of back-sleepers. It consists of two pieces: The bottom is flippable (so you can choose between a medium-firm feel to something slightly firmer), and it contains strong, house-made coils as well as durable and supportive latex. The top piece—which gently cushions and conforms to the shoulders, lower back, and hips—has a touch of springiness to it and will likely appeal to those who want pressure relief but not a billowy surface. Thanks to its sturdy materials, we think this mattress (as well as the Zenhaven) should hold up better than any of the other mattresses on this list, even for people who weigh more than 200 pounds. You have 100 days to try the Estate SE. If you wish to return it within that period, you’ll receive a full refund (minus charges for the company’s white-glove delivery service).

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 many mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.

Buying Options

$500 from Costco

The Novaform ComfortGrande’s loose, cuddly sensation at the surface, along with undeniable support beneath it, should work great for most back-sleepers, including those who sometimes also sleep on their sides. Its construction keeps the spine from overarching but still offers a soft cradle for shoulders, hips, and lower back. Its foam densities suggest that it should hold up best for people who weigh less than 200 pounds. If you need to return the mattress for any reason, at any time, Costco offers a full refund.

Our pick

Zenhaven

Zenhaven

Best latex-foam 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 other foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one is a good value.

Buying Options

$2,400 from Saatva
(queen)

Saatva’s Zenhaven is flippable: One side is medium-firm, which appeals to back-sleepers who sometimes sleep on their side (or just prefer a softer feel); the other side is slightly firmer, which is helpful for aligning the spines of those who spend most of their time on their back. (This versatility may be appealing to people who aren’t sure about their firmness preferences.) The Zenhaven is made completely of latex, and although you can find less expensive all-latex mattresses, the 10-inch Zenhaven feels more supple than its cheaper latex competitors, offering curve-conforming cushioning to the shoulders, lower back, and hips. It also has an intrinsic springiness that is likely to suit people who prefer a foam cushion without stickiness. You can return the mattress within 180 days for a full refund, minus a $100 transportation cost.

Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

Cradling foam-on-coil with mellow bounce

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

Buying Options

$1600 $1356 from Leesa

Use promo code WIRECUTTER20

Back-sleepers who want a slightly softer mattress may find the Leesa Hybrid to be a good compromise. It’s on the softer end of medium-firm, but thanks to its coil layer, the mattress has more bounce than an all-foam mattress and even other hybrid mattresses (those made with coils and foam). And because it’s designed with a denser memory foam than cheaper beds (4 pounds per cubic foot, as opposed to the typical 3), it feels sturdier. You can try the mattress for 100 nights, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

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Our pick

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm)

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm)

Extra support with pressure relief

This lofty, upscale-looking bed updates the strong support you might expect from a classic innerspring with memory-foam cushioning. Its prominent quilting style isn’t for everyone, though.

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
$2,000 from Mattress Firm
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,800.

Our pick

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Super-comfortable but high-priced

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

Buying Options

$2,000* from Amazon
(queen)
$2200 $2000 from Tempur-Pedic

You save $200 (9%)

$2,200 from Wayfair
(queen)

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

Our pick

WinkBed (Luxury Firm)

WinkBed (Luxury Firm)

A billowy crowd-pleaser

Thanks to a combo of foam layers and micro-coils near the surface, the WinkBed is the fluffiest-feeling medium-firm mattress we’ve tested, yet it doesn’t compromise on edge support or motion isolation. But delivery can take about two weeks, significantly longer than that of our other picks.

Buying Options

$1,300* from WinkBeds
(queen)

$300 off 1st purchase w/code SLEEP300

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,600.

Our pick

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Super-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 if you want help setting it up, you’ll likely have to pay extra.

Buying Options

$1700 $1450 from Charles P. Rogers

Use promo code WCLABORDAY

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 many mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.

Buying Options

$500 from Costco

Our pick

Zenhaven

Zenhaven

Best latex-foam 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 other foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one is a good value.

Buying Options

$2,400 from Saatva
(queen)

Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

Cradling foam-on-coil with mellow bounce

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

Buying Options

$1600 $1356 from Leesa

Use promo code WIRECUTTER20

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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