A mattress is one of the most important purchases you’ll make every eight or ten years. And if you’re a back or side sleeper, you must understand that only certain mattresses will do.
When it comes to buying mattresses, it’s often challenging to tell how they feel simply by spending a few minutes testing them in a store. And if you purchase online, you have to trust the reviews you read. So, make sure you look for generous warranties, trials, and return policies.
“Online companies typically have a trial period (up to 100 nights in some cases) where you can return the mattress for a full refund if it doesn’t suit your preferences,” mattress industry expert Joe Auer explains. “You should definitely do your research before buying, but at least this trial process takes away the risk of you being stuck with a mattress for years that actually isn’t a great fit.”
With all of that being said, here are a few of the top rated mattresses for people who classify themselves as side or back sleepers.
One of the top online options is Loom and Leaf. This luxury memory foam mattress costs a fraction of the price of name brands like Tempur-Pedic, yet does a decent job of competing in terms of quality and comfort. Because of the high quality foam material, the Loom and Leaf mattress provides adequate support for side sleepers. It comes in three different firm settings (soft, medium, and firm). If you’re a side sleeper, go with soft or medium.
GhostBed finds itself firmly entrenched in the middle tier of mattresses. It’s considered a competitor of the popular Casper mattress and actually performs better in a number of key areas. For example, GhostBed has an extra inch of foam and uses higher quality foam throughout the manufacturing of the mattress. For side sleepers, this extra cushion provides additional pressure relief.
Sleep on your back? Looking for a deal? The uncompromising choice is the Spring Air Back Supporter Natalie. Sold at Costco, this memory foam bed has gotten impressive results for back sleepers (not so much for side sleepers). The manufacturer says it’s “ultra firm,” but reviewers tend to use the word “medium.”
While it doesn’t quite have the same brand name recognition as other mattresses on the market, WinkBeds actually makes a quality product. It costs roughly one-third the price of name brand models, yet performs just as well on many fronts. The mattress comes with two layers of coils, a memory foam topper, and excellent support. Side sleepers will fall in love with this option as it has just enough sink to let your shoulders and hips relax.
While the cheesy name makes it sound like a super duper blender or kitchen appliance, don’t let the title fool you: this is a good mattress. With innerspring technology and the perfect amount of firmness, this mattress is ideal for back sleepers. Consumer Reports actually named it their number one mattress for back support in 2015.
Find the Mattress That’s Right for You
At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to sleep on your mattress. Make sure you do your due diligence and find an option that fits your needs and preferences. If you’re a side or back sleeper, the mattresses included on this list are a great place to start. Be wary of new mattresses with little history, but feel free to take a risk if they offer a solid guarantee. Remember that a mattress is an investment and you need to be a savvy shopper.