The Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

The Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Our pick

Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)

Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)

A foam mattress with a luxe feel, no bounce

With a thick quilted top and the highest foam density we’ve seen in an online mattress, the Loom & Leaf feels more substantial (and will likely last longer) than many of its cheaper online competitors.

Buying Options

$1,700 from Loom & Leaf
(queen)

For side-sleepers who like a sturdy, memory-foam bed, the Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm) delivers this better than most of its online competitors. It costs a few hundred dollars more, but it’s also one of the most plush-yet-sturdy-feeling foam mattresses we’ve tested. The quilted, padded top forms a nuanced cradle for the shoulders and hips, and the durable foam layers keep your spinal alignment in check. Compared with the foam found in cheaper memory-foam mattresses, this mattress’s foam is more dense and will likely hold its shape better over the long term.

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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)

Side-sleepers who don’t like the hugging sensation of memory foam may like the Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm). Two types of coils keep the spine suspended and allow for easy side-switching. And the padding that’s sewn underneath the cover helps to cushion the shoulders and hips without producing that assertive memory-foam embrace. It’s one of the few innerspring mattresses we’ve found that comes with a generous trial period of 180 days, so you can return it if it doesn’t work for you (although Saatva will charge you a $100 fee).

Our pick

Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush

Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush

An under-$1,000 innerspring for side-sleepers

This sink-right-in mattress is the softest under-$1,000 bed we’ve tried. It offers side-sleepers good pressure relief for shoulders and hips, and it has decent edge support.

Buying Options

$697* from Macy’s
(queen)
$800 from Serta
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $557.

The Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush caters to side-sleepers who love a soft surface but also like to be able to sit on the edge of the mattress without sliding off. Memory foam and polyfoam create a cushy top that cuddles your shoulders and hips. And although the Kleinmon has fewer coils than our more expensive picks, those coils still provide decent support (especially around the edges of the mattress), along with some bounce and good motion isolation. This mattress is too soft for side-sleepers who occasionally prefer to sleep on their stomach or back, though. And, as is common with less expensive soft innerspring models, we found some complaints online about sagging or body indentations over time.

Upgrade pick

Asteria Beth (Pillow Top)

Asteria Beth (Pillow Top)

A plush, substantial innerspring

This treat-yourself tufted mattress gets its luxe plushness from quilted foam, silk, and wool. A thousand pocketed coils provide pleasing support for all sleep positions, but wait for a sale so you don’t break the bank.

Buying Options

$4,946 from Bloomingdale’s
(queen)

Side-sleepers are likely to fall in love with the Asteria Beth Pillow Top, a plush, 13-inch mattress sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. Curve-conforming micro-coils and supple, breathable latex foam buoy you up. A damask cover, quilted foam, and a layer of cotton and wool fibers all add to this bed’s cushiness—creating a sensation that’s more smooth and nuanced on sore shoulders and hips than the fluffiness found in less expensive models. Tufting (instead of the typical glue) ties the Asteria’s layers together, which increases durability and prevents the materials from shifting over time. Occasional discounts can bring the price down to around $2,500.

Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

Cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounce

The Leesa Hybrid combines the best parts of memory-foam and spring mattresses. It offers better cooling and a thicker cover than the competition, all at a great price.

Buying Options

$1,444* from Leesa
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,500.

Side-sleepers who prefer a little bounce in their firmer, memory-foam mattresses will find that the Leesa Hybrid offers the best of both worlds. Its 1,000 individually wrapped coils make your body feel lifted, even as the memory foam loosely hugs your shoulders and hips. Side-sleepers who also sometimes sleep on their back or stomach will appreciate that the Hybrid has just enough springiness to make shifting positions easy. The Leesa Hybrid’s dense foam also makes it a good pick for people who weigh more than 200 pounds.

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

If you’re a side-sleeper who needs a pillowy cushion for your shoulders and hips but prefers a firmer mattress, the Novaform ComfortGrande is a good choice. Online this mattress is well under half the price of the Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm), our higher-end, all-foam pick; it’s even cheaper if you buy it in-store (non-Costco members pay a 5 percent fee). The two mattresses share a loose-cuddly sensation without a pronounced memory-foam sink, but the Novaform is a bit stiffer. Its foam densities suggest that it should be durable, too. People who weigh more than 200 pounds should probably consider looking at even denser memory-foam mattresses of 4 pounds per cubic foot or higher (for that, consider the Loom & Leaf, as well as firmer-feeling mattresses such as the Leesa Hybrid and the Tempur-Adapt). (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.)

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Our pick

Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)

Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)

A foam mattress with a luxe feel, no bounce

With a thick quilted top and the highest foam density we’ve seen in an online mattress, the Loom & Leaf feels more substantial (and will likely last longer) than many of its cheaper online competitors.

Buying Options

$1,700 from Loom & Leaf
(queen)

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

Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush

Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush

An under-$1,000 innerspring for side-sleepers

This sink-right-in mattress is the softest under-$1,000 bed we’ve tried. It offers side-sleepers good pressure relief for shoulders and hips, and it has decent edge support.

Buying Options

$697* from Macy’s
(queen)
$800 from Serta
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $557.

Upgrade pick

Asteria Beth (Pillow Top)

Asteria Beth (Pillow Top)

A plush, substantial innerspring

This treat-yourself tufted mattress gets its luxe plushness from quilted foam, silk, and wool. A thousand pocketed coils provide pleasing support for all sleep positions, but wait for a sale so you don’t break the bank.

Buying Options

$4,946 from Bloomingdale’s
(queen)

Our pick

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid

Cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounce

The Leesa Hybrid combines the best parts of memory-foam and spring mattresses. It offers better cooling and a thicker cover than the competition, all at a great price.

Buying Options

$1,444* from Leesa
(queen)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,500.

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

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