Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers 2022

The best mattresses for side sleepers strike a balance between softness and support. Specifically, they should sink in enough to cradle joints while keeping your spine aligned. If you’re part of the majority of adults who prefers side sleeping, it’s helpful to know that some mattresses are better for this position than others—you just need to know what to look for.

After researching, writing and publishing dozens of mattress and sleep stories across Forbes Vetted, we’re pretty knowledgeable on the subject. We named the Helix Midnight Mattress our top pick overall with its structured support system and cushy upper layers, but there are plenty of other top-rated picks on this list.

In general, softer mattresses are preferred by side sleepers, as firm beds can cause pressure points where the mattress doesn’t give. So, if you’re a side sleeper and you regularly wake up with shoulder, hip or neck pain, your mattress could be to blame. Below, we’ve rounded up the best mattresses for side sleepers according to research, reviews and editor testing and included a buying guide at the bottom of this story.

Best Mattress For Side Sleepers Overall

Responsive Foam, Supportive Coils And A Just-Right Price


Type: Hybrid| Firmness: Medium | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 100 nights

Helix’s Midnight mattress is dubbed the “ideal solution for side sleepers.” The memory foam relief layer is specifically designed to cushion your pressure points (including your hips and shoulders) while you’re lying on your side. And if you toss and turn at night, Helix has your back—literally. The middle layers of the Midnight mattress support your body contours and react quickly to movement so you feel cradled as you change positions. The top of the bed is medium-firm, meaning you’ll gently sink into the mattress instead of floating on top, and the breathable two-cover design promotes airflow and keeps you cool throughout the night. For the ultimate in comfort, consider the Helix Midnight Luxe, which is plusher and cooler with two additional layers and targeted lumbar support.

Further, you’ll see Helix on nearly all of our mattress best lists because it’s a trusted name—we’ve done our research and testing, too. One Forbes Vetted editor, who has the Helix Dusk, says she’d recommend the brand to anyone.

What the reviews say: After trialing two other bed-in-a-box models, one sleeper found luck on the third try with the Helix Midnight, saying, “As a side sleeper, I’ve found this bed to be so much softer on my shoulder than any of the pure-foam mattresses [I’ve tried]…this is the one I’m finally keeping!” And as another customer attests, “My wife and I are ‘combination sleepers’ and the Midnight works great for side sleeping, [is] very comfortable [for] sleeping on your back and even sitting up in bed reading.”

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Most Comfortable Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Hybrid Bed That Cushions Your Pressure Points

Type: Hybrid| Firmness: Soft, medium or firm | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 12o nights

While Brooklyn Bedding lets customers choose between three levels of firmness, the soft option is highly recommended for side sleepers. This hybrid mattress features five layers: First is the “flex base” that’s topped with individually wrapped coils that provide stability and minimize motion transfer. Next is transitional foam for added softness and support. The upper two layers are types of proprietary foams that have the contouring properties of memory foam, but the quicker response time (and additional comfort) of latex. And a quilted cover at the very top provides softness and breathability throughout the night.

The end result? A supportive but comfortable hybrid mattress for single or partnered snoozers. All of this put together means it’s a great choice for side sleepers, especially if you’re looking for an affordable value.

What the reviews say: One side sleeper transitioned to the soft Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid after their previous “low cost mattress” led to back and hip pain, and they couldn’t be happier with the result: “[There’s] no pressure point pain and no back pain! [It’s] soft enough to cradle me but not so soft as to hurt my back.” Meanwhile, a couple of side sleepers who went through a pair of firmer, more expensive mattresses have finally found relief with the softer, more affordable Signature Hybrid, declaring there’s “no more sore shoulders from sleeping on our sides.”

Best Memory Foam Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Temperature-Regulating Mattress With Extra Support

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Medium | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 365 nights (one year)

With medium support and foam-contouring coziness combined, the Nectar Premier Memory Foam Mattress is an excellent choice for side sleepers. A firm bottom layer ensures a stable base, while the self-adjusting upper layers cradle your body for made-for-you comfort.

Sleep hot? The Nectar Premier Memory Foam Mattress is topped with gel-infused memory foam and an airy cooling cover to keep night sweats at bay. This combination promotes temperature regulation and head-to-toe support for better sleep all around. Plus, the company offers an impressive 365-day trial period and a forever warranty, so you have plenty of time to see if it’s a good fit for you.

What the reviews say: A consensus among side sleepers is that the Nectar Premier has the perfect amount of give so they don’t feel as if they’re sinking too deep into the mattress. According to one shopper, “I was worried that the mattress would be too soft or too hard…but I was very pleasantly surprised. The firmness is perfect…I usually wake up multiple times a night with one limb or another in a bad position and beginning to ache, but that hasn’t happened since I got the Nectar Mattress.” And as another reviewer puts it, “My wife is now counting her pet goats instead of sheep! We are both side sleepers and toss and turn much less during the night.”

Best Pillow Top Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Cashmere-Blend Topper Offers Luxurious Sink-In Softness

Best Mattress For Side Sleepers With Back Pain

Body-Contouring Memory Foam Takes The Pressure Off

Materials: Hybrid | Firmness: Medium-plush |Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 101 nights

If you’re a side sleeper with back pain, the Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress is a good option to consider. The hybrid mattress is designed with body-contouring memory foam and an adaptive coil base that conforms to the curves of your body and minimizes strain on your joints. A Firm Core Support Layer, which keeps your spine aligned and eliminates pressure points, sits in the middle of the mattress so you wake up rested and pain-free.

Also worth noting: The Puffy Lux regulates temperature, is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty. And, unlike other bed-in-a-box mattresses, it’s designed to work with any type of bed frame so you don’t have to upgrade your entire setup if you don’t want to.

What the reviews say: One reviewer, who works 12-hour night shifts at a hospital, says, “I have suffered from back and hip pain for years. We bought this mattress HOPING it wasn’t another disappointment. It is hands down the best mattress we’ve ever slept on. Hip pain gone, back pain gone and the best sleep we’ve had in years.” Another satisfied customer adds: “I had been waking up with right hip pain which immediately stopped with my new [Puffy Lux] mattress. I love the combination of both firmness and softness. Last week I was away on vacation and the pain in my hip returned. It’s gone again now that I’m back home sleeping on my Puffy.”

Best Luxury Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Pioneer In Foam Mattress Comfort

Materials: Foam | Firmness: Medium | Delivery: Free white glove delivery on select purchases | Trial: 90 nights

Tempur-Pedic is a big name in luxury sleep, and with good reason: The company delivers a consistently high-performing and long-lasting product. The Tempur-Breeze LuxeBreeze, one of the best mattresses for side sleepers thanks to its high-quality memory foam, is no exception. Like many top side-sleeper mattresses, this one comes with a multitude of layers–eight, to be exact–including foams that relieve pressure with plush softness and contouring support. (In fact, the NASA-developed materials may be the closest you come to experiencing zero gravity).

Tempur-Pedic’s Breeze line was also developed for its exceptional cooling abilities. The LuxeBreeze feels a full 8 degrees cooler than a standard mattress thanks to a combination of ventilation and heat-absorbing materials. If that seems too chilly for you, the ProBreeze (pictured), which sleeps 3 degrees cooler, should do the trick. Both are available in either all-foam or hybrid options.

What the reviews say: “I could never lay on my side in my old mattress. It caused too much pressure,” says one LuxeBreeze owner. “This bed I can sleep any way I want and I don’t feel my husband getting out of bed! It’s a game changer.” And here’s a ringing endorsement from someone in the sleep industry: “As a mattress and furniture salesperson myself, I’ve been selling Tempur products to customers for years. I finally now own one myself, and it does not disappoint…. I went with the firm model and it offers enough firmness and support while still being comfortable for my hip and shoulder when I sleep on my side.”

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Best Mattress For Heavy Side Sleepers

A Plush Pick That Won’t Buckle Or Sag

Materials: Foam | Firmness: Soft | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 100 nights

The AS5 is Amerisleep’s plushest mattress. It’s made of several layers of ultra-soft, pressure-relieving memory foam that provide enough give for your shoulders and hips—areas that can go numb when you’re sleeping on your side on a mattress that’s too firm. Underneath the memory foam lies a support layer called “Active Flex” that reinforces the foam and prevents it from sagging, including under heavier weights. This ensures that your spine stays aligned, regardless of your size.

The memory foam also has an open cell design, so it’s more breathable than traditional foam to keep you cooler during the night. With the addition of its heat-wicking “Refresh Cover,” this mattress can feel a full 7 degrees cooler than other mattresses on the market. This mattress is also available in a hybrid version.

What the reviews say: “I feel like I’m in Mattress Heaven,” beams one sleeper, “My aching lower back and arthritic left hip pain immediately diminished to almost nil the first night I slept on this mattress, plus my shoulder joint pain is completely gone. The mattress supports my heavy weight and lumbar region without putting my joints into agony like traditional mattresses.” And a couple who have owned their Amerisleep AS5 mattress for nearly five years says that “it’s still amazing.” They add, “This mattress is the perfect mix of support and softness. It did develop a little bit of a cavity on each side (one where my husband sleeps and one where I sleep), but it hasn’t changed the quality or feel of the mattress.”

Best Flippable Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Mattress That Has A Soft And A Firm Side

Materials: Memory foam | Firmness: Firm on one side, medium-soft on the other | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 120 nights

This mattress from Layla is built with copper gel-infused memory foam, which molds to your body while pulling away excess heat for a cool and comfortable sleep. Side sleepers will especially enjoy its responsive firmness, which cradles your body for customized support. Plus, it comes with a unique feature that even the most commitment-phobic will love: It’s double-sided, with a soft and a medium-firm side, which lets you flip depending on your preferences.

In addition to its memory foam mattress, Layla also has a hybrid version. Just note that in this model, both sides are a tick or two higher on the firmness scale. When in doubt, know that the memory foam mattress’ soft side is the softest of them all.

What the reviews say: Most side sleeping reviewers say the soft side suits them best. “I was previously experiencing hip pain as a side sleeper, and since purchasing the Layla mattress, I’ve had zero hip pain,” says one happy customer. “It took no time at all to transition to sleeping on [the] Layla. Since day one it’s been like a perfect, plush cloud.” Chimes another satisfied sleeper, “I am loving the softer side since I’m a side sleeper. It’s such an improvement over my worn out mattress. I really love that I can move myself around easier because I’m not sinking down into a hole.”

Best Hybrid Mattress For Side Sleepers

Supportive Gel Pods Support Your Lower Back

Materials: Hybrid| Firmness: Medium | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 100 nights

The Casper Wave mattress is a hybrid, so like many on this list, it offers the best of both worlds (specifically, structured support and contouring upper layers). However, what sets the Wave apart is its built-in gel pods, which provide gentle-yet-firm support for the waist and lower back for proper spinal alignment. Then, the uppermost layers consist of marshmallowy foam to cradle side sleepers’ joints.

The Wave will also keep night sweats at bay with proprietary technology (called Airscape 3) that directs heat away from your body and gives the mattress a cool-to-the-touch feel. Plus, its base of foam-encased springs promotes airflow; one huge plus of hybrid mattress models, in general.

What the reviews say: The Casper Wave Hybrid may come at a significant cost but the investment has been worth it for side sleepers who’ve been seeking better pressure relief. Says one customer, “I used to not be able to sleep on my right side due to my shoulder feeling like it wanted to pop out of the socket, but on the Wave Hybrid I sleep on either side comfortably… I have very little back pain from day to day now and the only thing that I changed was my mattress.” Another reviewer gets straight to the point: “I used to wake up with aches and pains in my hips and shoulders, but no more. My new Wave Hybrid gives me support and comfort.”

Best Mattress For Side Sleepers With Partners

A Mattress Made Without Springs To Minimize Motion Transfer

Materials: Memory foam | Firmness: Medium-firm | Delivery: Bed in a box; white glove delivery optional for a fee | Trial period: 100 nights

Leesa’s mattress is crafted entirely from foam for a cozy-yet-supportive feel. (That said, it’s firmer than other picks on this list, so if you’re set on getting a softer bed, you may want to consider another contender.) Although it’s all foam, the mattress made with four different layers to offer the balance of support and comfort that side sleepers crave. Further, the absence of coils means it’s less springy than traditional mattresses, so it excels at minimizing motion transfer—a huge plus for couples. On that note, if you share your bed and your partner isn’t a side sleeper, that’s okay; this pick is medium-firm and provides pressure relief for all sleeping positions.

And while it’s made of memory foam, it doesn’t trap heat. The Leesa mattress has a top layer of airy foam that stays cool while providing responsive contouring, and its gray twill cover is refreshingly breathable.

What the reviews say: Co-sleepers appreciate the low motion transfer of the Leesa Original mattress. As one review succinctly puts it, “We are both restless sleepers [and happy] that motion does not transfer.” Meanwhile, another shopper says, “For the overall price and front door delivery, you can not find a better product. The mattress is soft yet still firm to offer [the] support I needed and doesn’t transfer motion to the other side of the bed when getting up.”

Best Pressure-Relieving Mattress For Side Sleepers

A One-Of-A-Kind Design That’s Responsive And Buoyant

Editor’s Pick

Materials: Hybrid (Purple grid) | Firmness: Medium-soft | Delivery: Bed in a box | Trial: 100 nights

The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 offers the most pressure reduction of all of Purple’s mattresses. It has a 4-inch-thick Purple GelFlex Grid (the others have two or three inches) that cradles your hips and shoulders when sleeping on your side and gives a zero-gravity feel so you can leave the pressures of the day behind when you crawl into bed. The grid is set on top of support coils that respond quickly to movement, react to pressure and give this mattress a more buoyant feel than traditional memory foam.

The other benefit of the Purple’s coil-and-grid structure is that it’s designed to allow airflow. Additionally, the GelFlex material won’t retain heat so you’ll stay cool all night long. Want to take a closer look? Check out this Purple Hybrid Premier 4 review from a Forbes Vetted editor (and experienced mattress tester) who says it’s in her top three favorites.

What the reviews say: You’ll be spending quite a bit for this hybrid, but the reviews suggest it’s more than worth it. One reviewer, who describes herself as “curvy,” is a fan of the Purple Hybrid Premier 4: “Not only does Purple make me feel hugged at night, but I don’t wake up with crippling back pain! I’m a side sleeper and I no longer require sleeping with a wedge pillow on both sides of me.” Says another customer, “ I love the feel of the Purple bed. It’s floaty and soft but somehow provides perfect support for me despite being a hefty 300 pounds and a side sleeper who often rolls onto his belly. I can’t praise this bed enough.”

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How We Chose The Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

In putting together our selections for this list, each mattress had to come from a reputable brand (many of which we’ve tried ourselves), offer a trial period of at least three months with a hassle-free return policy and have a deep pool of shining customer reviews. For side sleepers in particular, pressure relief along the shoulders and hips is crucial, so we made sure to pick mattresses that excelled in doing just that.

Typically, sleepers have more than one issue they’re hoping to resolve, whether that’s overheating at night or sharing a bed with a restless partner. Thus, we also took into account side-sleeping mattresses with additional features such as advanced cooling materials and low motion transfer.

What To Consider When Buying A Mattress For Side Sleepers

When it comes to finding the best mattress for your side-sleeping self, there are a few key factors to consider.


While the level of firmness that’s most comfortable for you is ultimately a matter of preference, medium or medium-soft mattresses are usually best for frequent side sleepers. This ensures that there’s enough plushness to alleviate pressure points plus the right amount of support to keep the spine aligned.


Hybrid mattresses and foam or memory foam mattresses are generally best for side sleepers (as opposed to innerspring mattresses, which can have a stiffer feel). Below, read some pros and cons of each.

  • Foam: Usually made with memory foam and/or latex, foam mattresses are known for their responsive, body-contouring properties. This can be an excellent choice for side sleepers because the foam molds to every unique body and position. Foam also eliminates motion transfer so you won’t feel your partner moving at night. However, there are some downsides. Foam mattresses have a reputation for trapping heat, although top brands have developed proprietary materials and cooling technology to alleviate this issue. While some people love the feeling of sinking into a mattress, others feel like they’re being “swallowed” by their bed. And finally, when assembling your bed, foam mattresses are particularly heavy, so keep this in mind if you plan on hauling it into your bedroom yourself or moving in the near future.
  • Hybrid: If you don’t want a traditional innerspring mattress but you’re unsure whether an all-foam mattress is right for you, you can’t go wrong with a hybrid mattress. These combine a base of coils to offer support plus upper foam layers to provide the plush pressure relief you need—and they don’t sink in quite as much as foam mattresses do. Additionally, hybrids tend to be cooler than foam mattresses because the springs allow for more airflow. One of the few downsides is that they can be slightly bouncier than foam mattresses, but quality picks are designed to keep motion transfer to a minimum.

Delivery Method

When ordering a mattress online, it’s important to consider delivery; either you’ll be hauling your mattress indoors or you’ll have to be home for delivery and set-up. For buyers who prefer the do-it-yourself route, many top brands offer bed in a box delivery, in which the mattress is vacuum-sealed in a compact box so it’s easier to maneuver. With this, there are two things to keep in mind: One, the box will still be heavy, so enlisting help for set-up is strongly encouraged; and two, the mattress will take anywhere from a few hours to a day to fully expand once it’s released from its packaging.

Trial Period And Warranty

One of the biggest challenges of buying a mattress online is not being able to try it out first. And companies completely understand that. That’s why many offer generous trial periods—some for as long as a year—to try out your new investment and make sure it’s the right fit. When picking your mattress, be sure to review the brand’s trial period and procedure before making your purchase.

You’ll also want to make sure your mattress has a warranty that covers defects or premature wear for at least five years.

Other Features

If you share your bed with a partner, look for a bed that minimizes motion transfer. Foam mattresses are ideal for this, and many hybrids are designed with wrapped coils and movement-absorbing layers that also do the trick.

Sleeping hot is another common gripe, and top mattress companies have invented high-tech materials designed to wick away heat and moisture and feel cool to the touch. Copper fibers are a trendy mattress and pillow material thanks to their temperature-regulating and antimicrobial properties.

What Type Of Mattress Is Best For Side Sleepers?

Side sleepers need cushioning around the shoulders, hips and knees, but not so much that it throws the body out of alignment. Finding the proper firmness is key (aim for medium or medium support, as mentioned below), as well as comparing the features of foam and hybrid mattresses with your sleep preferences.

What Type Of Firmness Is Best For Side Sleepers?

While some prefer a super plush mattress, beds that are medium or medium-firm generally hit the sweet spot for softness and support when it comes to side sleeping. This is especially true if you tend to change positions or have a partner who is not a dedicated side sleeper.

Is Memory Foam Better For Side Sleepers?

Side sleepers should definitely consider memory foam when mattress shopping, whether in an all-foam mattress or the upper layers of a hybrid. The responsive material cradles joints, which is essential for comfortably sleeping on your side. It also supports the natural curvature of your spine, which helps to alleviate back pain and other aches.

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