Best overall mattress for side sleepers
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Everyone has different needs when it comes to sleep. In most cases, Sleep positions vary from sleeper to sleeper, and having a specialized mattress to match your sleep habits can help your sleep comfort, quality and overall health. If you’re a side sleeper, you might not have realized that there are mattresses designed specifically for you and your sleep position. The best mattresses for side sleepers are ones that contour to the shape of your resting body, providing ample pressure relief and alleviating back pain, hip pain and shoulder pain.
With so many beds on the market, narrowing your choice down to even just a few models can be hard. Trust us, we get it. Which is why my fellow CNET mattress reviewers and I have tested over 100 different beds, giving us a feel (literally and figuratively) for the best mattresses for side sleepers. From these mattresses, we picked the ones that offered the most pressure relief; versatility; extra bells and whistles; or a great bang for your buck.
Our pick: What’s the best mattress for side sleepers?
My fellow mattress testers and I slept on more than two dozen models to find the best mattress for side sleepers, and here are our findings. We update this side sleeper mattress review list periodically as we test new products.
The beds chosen below were top-rated among the editors during testing. We analyzed everything from firmness, feel, motion isolation, edge support and temperature. We also take overall comfort, versatility and special features into account. After testing we found the Layla Hybrid mattress to be the best mattress for side sleepers, but there were plenty of other beds that also stood out as good picks.
Prices listed are for queen sizes, though they frequently change.
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Best mattresses for side sleepers in 2023
Mattress price scale:
$ = Budget: $799 and below
$$ = Average: $800 to $1,699
$$$ = Premium: $1,700 and up
These reflect MSRP or list prices. Sales might make a mattress less expensive, but are always changing.
Type Flippable hybrid mattressFirmness Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-softTrial 120 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price
Why we picked the Layla Hybrid mattress: Unlike a majority of mattresses on the market, you can sleep on either side of the Layla Hybrid mattress. It has a soft and airy memory foam feel that’s almost like cotton candy. Side sleepers will love the soft side, and the firm side accommodates all sleeping positions.
Layla Hybrid’s foam is infused with copper for enhanced temperature regulation, and has extra-strong pocketed coils for maximum support. The soft mattress side had just enough give to alleviate pressure on my shoulders and hips, but still provided the support I needed so I didn’t wake up in pain. On the days where you feel you may want a little more support, the firm mattress side of this Layla Mattress propped me right up. Read more in our Layla Hybrid mattress review.
The Layla Hybrid mattress comes in twin to California king and prices range from $1,299 to $1,899 regularly, not considering any discounts the store may be offering.
- Dual-firmness design appeals to all sleeping positions, but especially side sleepers
- Hybrid construction is good for all body types
- May be out of some people’s budgets
- Type: Flippable hybrid mattress
- Firmness: Firm: 6 or medium to medium-firm | Soft: 3 or medium-soft
- Trial: 120 nights
- Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
- Price scale: $$
Type Hybrid mattressFirmness Medium-soft or 3Trial 100 nightsWarranty 10-year warranty Price
Why we picked the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress: A soft mattress is a side sleeper’s haven and the Casper Nova Hybrid bed among the cream of the crop. It feels like a big fluffy cloud, with the additional support of pocketed coils in the foundation layer and a zoned layer in the center of the mattress for targeted support and pressure relief.
It’s ultra plush, and really nestles your body as you become engulfed in the soft foam layers. The foam is quick to respond to pressure, unlike dense memory foam which can take a few moments to morph back to its normal shape. And thanks to its supportive hybrid design, it’s accommodating for all body types.
The Casper Nova Hybrid doesn’t sleep cool, but it does help regulate temperature. The top layer is made with perforated Airscape foam to allow air to pass through, while the pocketed coils in the lower layer also promote more airflow. It is a bit expensive, but I think it’s worth it for side sleepers looking to splurge on a new mattress. The Casper Nova Hybrid comes in twin XL to California king and prices range from $1,525 to $2,461.
- Zoned-support design helps provide more support
- Thanks to its coils, this bed is ideal for all body types
- It’s one of the most expensive beds in Casper’s lineup
- Type: Hybrid mattress
- Firmness: Medium-soft or 3
- Trial: 100 nights
- Warranty: 10-year warranty
- Price scale: $$$
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