Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers – Top 6 Beds and Buying Guide

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Quick Summary
Sleeping hot is a common occurrence for many adults. Our body temperatures drop when we sleep, causing us to lose heat that is then reabsorbed by the mattress, sheets, and other bedding materials. Some people naturally give off more body heat than others, which causes them to sleep hotter as a result.

Your mattress can also play a role. Certain mattress materials absorb more body heat, leading to overly warm conditions that can cause discomfort and disrupt sleep. Other materials pick up less body heat and provide better air circulation, allowing the sleep surface to feel cooler. This property is known as temperature neutrality. The best mattresses for hot sleepers will neither sleep too hot nor sleep too cold.

Read on to learn more about the best mattresses for hot sleepers, including our picks for the top beds sold today. Our picks are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

Editor’s Pick – The New Purple

Best Value – Saatva

Best Luxury – Brooklyn Aurora

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Ghostbed Original

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – Avocado Green

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – The WinkBed Plus

How We Decided

 

147 mattresses considered –– 125 hours of research –– 8 mattress executives interviewed –– 3 sleep experts consulted

Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers – Tuck's Top 6 Beds

The New Purple – Editor's Pick

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Innovative ‘Smart Grid’ construction
  • Close conforming and good pressure relief

Our Editor’s Pick is the New Purple, a hybrid mattress that debuted in 2018. The New Purple sleeps exceptionally cool, even by hybrid mattress standards. This bed also conforms closely to help align the spine, making it a good choice for sleepers who frequently experience aches and pains.

Like Purple’s flagship mattress, the New Purple has a ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer featuring buckling-column gel in an elastic polymer grid. This material alleviates pressure points throughout the body and minimizes motion transfer much like memory foam or latex, but the polymers are more durable and will not deteriorate as quickly. The Smart Grid also sleeps much cooler than foams or latex.

The pocketed coil support core provides good air flow, and also helps the bed maintain a flat, even surface for sleeping. The coils are also quieter compared to other springs, making the bed fairly quiet.

The New Purple is available in three thickness options, each with a different corresponding firmness: the 11″ model is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale); the 12″ model is ‘Medium’ (5.5); and the 13″ model is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5). Prices vary by selected thickness. Purple offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Couples

Check Price | Read Our Full New Purple Mattress Review

Saatva – Best Value

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4, 6, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 15-year warranty
  • Strong, durable support
  • Good conforming and pressure relief

The Saatva is an innerspring mattress with coil layers in the comfort system and support core that keep the mattress very cool. The bed is available in three firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers with different preferences.

In addition to memory foam and polyfoam layers, the Saatva’s comfort system includes a pocketed minicoil layer for added support; these coils also improve air flow near the top of the mattress. The bonnell coil support core also offers great circulation. Additionally, the Saatva conforms closely to sleeper’s bodies for improved spinal alignment, especially for side sleepers; most innersprings do not offer the same level of pain and pressure relief.

Saatva offers free White Glove delivery to all customers in the contiguous U.S., which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal. Most competing mattress manufacturers charge customers at least $100 for this service. The Saatva is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty, both of which are longer than average.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who prefer more responsive surfaces

Check Price | Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review

Brooklyn Aurora – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3, 6, 8)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Cooling phase-change cover
  • Strong edge support

Some mattresses come with covers that greatly improve temperature neutrality. One example is the Aurora from Brooklyn Bedding. This bed has a cover made of phase-change material (PCM), which absorbs body heat until the sleeper’s body reaches a certain temperature; as a result, the bed offers exceptional temperature neutrality. Additionally, the PCM is infused with copper to cool down the bed even more; copper also helps improve blood circulation in sleepers.

The Aurora is highly supportive, as well. A base layer of high-density polyfoam reinforces the pocketed coils to ensure an even sleep surface and minimize sinkage around the edges of the bed where people tend to sit. The mattress also isolates motion better than other hybrids and produces minimal noise, making it a good choice for couples.

The Aurora is somewhat expensive (currently $1,699 in a Queen-size) and is a good option for shoppers with bigger budgets, even though this price-point is lower than the average cost of a Queen-size hybrid. Brooklyn Bedding offers free mattress shipping in the contiguous U.S., as well as a 120-night sleep trial for the Aurora.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Couples
  • Those with poor circulation

Check Price | Read Our Full Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Review

Ghostbed Original – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6)
  • 101-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation
  • Long-lasting support

The GhostBed, GhostBed’s flagship mattress model, is a supportive, pressure-relieving bed that is sold at a below-average price-point.

Comfort layers constructed from Dunlop latex and gel-infused memory foam conform closely to the sleeper’s body and also help maintain a temperature neutral sleeping surface. These help align the spine and alleviate aches and pains in sensitive areas, such as the neck, shoulders, and hips. Bottom layers of high-density polyfoam ensure an even, supportive base.

The GhostBed also isolates motion to a significant extent. The mattress is also virtually silent when bearing weight, and off-gassing odor potential is low compared to beds with similar construction. Both of these qualities make the mattress beneficial for couples, particularly if one or both sleepers awaken easily due to motion or noise.

GhostBed, a subsidiary of Nature’s Sleep, first launched in 2015. The GhostBed is considered Medium Firm, or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale, which is one of the most popular firmness options among all sleepers.

Good for:

  • Back sleepers of all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Side sleepers (light and average)
  • Couples
  • Back pain sufferers

Check Price   |   Read Our Full GhostBed Mattress Review

Avocado Green – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation and conforming
  • Zoned coils provide strong edge support

The Avocado Green latex hybrid mattress is offered in two firmness settings – ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5) – both of which are suitable for hot sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds). The mattress is also made from natural and organic materials, making it a good pick for eco-friendly shoppers.

The primary comfort layer is made of aerated Dunlop latex, which offers good air circulation as well as close conforming and above-average pressure relief. The comfort system also includes a layer of organic wool, which provides year-round temperature neutrality and wicks away moisture from the sleeper’s body.

The pocketed coils provide exceptional support thanks to a zoned configuration: higher-gauge (thinner) coils cover the perimeter, while lower- and higher-gauge coils are dispersed throughout the center to support heavier parts of the sleeper’s body. A latex layer above the coils helps the bed maintain a comfortable sleep surface; purchasers may also select the ‘pillow-top’ option, which includes an extra two inches of latex in the comfort system.

Avocado offers free shipping for the Avocado Green Mattress to all 50 states; a White Glove delivery option is available for an additional charge. Buyers qualify for a 100-night sleep trial, as well as a 20-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Eco-friendly mattress shoppers

Check Price | Read Our Full Avocado Mattress Review

The WinkBed Plus – Best for Heavyweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty and replacement guarantee
  • Targeted pain and pressure relief
  • Strong edge support

Finding a comfortable mattress can be difficult for people in the heavy weight group (more than 230 pounds), as many beds sink excessively and lead to aches and pains for larger sleepers. The WinkBed Plus is a specialized ‘Medium Firm’ setting for the standard WinkBed mattress that is specifically designed to support heavier individuals.

The WinkBed Plus features a thick comfort system that features layers of gel polyfoam and latex. A compressed cotton ‘lumbar pad’ is also included to aid those with back and hip pain. The mattress is also highly supportive, thanks to a foam encasement around the pocketed coil layer that helps minimize sinkage around the edges.

Additionally, the WinkBed Plus sleeps very cool. The cover is made of Tencel® lyocell, a highly breathable fabric, and the coil layer has great air circulation. The latex component also helps the bed sleep cooler; and because latex is highly durable, the WinkBed Plus has a relatively long lifespan.

WinkBeds offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. The WinkBed Plus comes with a lifetime warranty, which can save owners a lot of money if a defect develops. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial, as well.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who prefer more responsive surfaces

Check Price | Read Our Full WinkBed Plus Mattress Review

Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers Buying Guide

Sleeping hot is an issue for roughly 1 in 10 adults, and excessive warmth during the night can lead to poor sleep quality and feelings of tiredness the next day. People who sleep hot require more cooling than other sleepers. Some mattresses retain very little body heat, and tend to sleep relatively cool. Others absorb and trap heat, and often sleep hot as a result. Although some mattress types are associated with sleeping hotter or cooler than others, there are other factors that affect temperature neutrality in mattresses. These include mattress firmness and comfort layer materials, as well as the sleeper’s body weight and bedroom settings.

This guide will look at the best and worst mattresses for sleeping hot, and also look at strategies and products that can help ensure you maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night.

|Firmness, Sleeper Weight and Mattress Temperature|

Arguably the two factors that have the biggest impact on sleeping hot or cool are mattress firmness and the sleeper’s bodyweight.

Firmness is normally rated on a 1-to-10 scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest, but most mattresses sold today fall between a 3 (Soft) and an 8 (Firm). Mattresses rated below a 5, or Medium, tend to sink beneath a sleeper’s body to create a cradle-shaped impression. While this type of sleep surface has noted benefits — such as motion isolation and pressure relief — the deep conforming can create a heat trap and restrict air circulation. Mattresses rated between a 6 (Medium Firm) and an 8 do not conform as deeply and, as a result, usually sleep much cooler than their less-firm counterparts.

Sleeper bodyweight is important because heavier people tend to emit more body heat and sleep warmer compared to lighter people. There are two reasons for this. One, heavier people sink further into the mattress than lighter people, often resulting in a heat trap. Secondly, heavier people must use up more energy to move in bed, and this can drive up their body temperature.

The bottom line: anyone who tends to sleep hot — especially people who weigh more than 200 pounds — will probably feel most comfortable on a mattress rated at a 6 or higher on the firmness scale.

|Components Used in Mattresses that Sleep Hot or Cool|

Various components in the comfort layer and support core of a mattress will affect how hot or cool the bed sleeps. These components include:

Steel Coils and Springs: Innersprings are generally regarded as the coolest mattress options because they absorb a small amount of body heat and usually do not sleep warm. This is largely due to their support cores, which are constructed with steel springs and coils that are evenly spaced to provide sleeper support and equal weight distribution. Air circulates in the spaces between these metal parts, which helps the mattress stay cool. Exceptions to this rule are hybrids and innersprings with thick foam comfort layers, which may sleep hotter than those with thin comfort layers.

Latex: Latex mattresses feature at least one layer of latex in the comfort layer, and may also have latex-based support cores. Unlike polyfoam or memory foam, latex does not absorb much body heat or respond to temperature changes. Latex layers are often perforated, which can promote better air circulation. However, latex that is blended or entirely synthetic may not sleep as cool as natural latex.

Gel-infused Foam: Many mattress manufacturers tout models with ‘gel-infused memory foam’ as sleeping much cooler than mattresses made from standard memory foam. This is a reasonable argument, since gel must absorb a certain amount of body heat before its temperature will change. However, owner experiences with gel-infused foam mattresses are fairly mixed, and some say they retain as much body heat as standard foams. The key distinction here is how much gel is infused into the foam; foams with a high gel concentration tend to sleep cooler than those with lower concentrations. Other foams may feature beads or other trace gel components, but these materials have little — if any — effect on the foam’s body heat retention.

Other Specialty Foams: In addition to gel foams, specialty foams may be infused with other materials like copper or graphite. And similarly, the cooling properties of these foams will depend on the concentration of copper, graphite, or other specialty materials.

Airbeds: Airbeds feature air chambers in the support core that can be adjusted to change the firmness of the mattress. The comfort layer is typically made from polyfoam or memory foam, and how hot or cool they sleep often depends on comfort layer thickness. Generally speaking, comfort layers that are more than 3″ to 4″ thick sleep significantly hotter than thinner comfort layers.

Advanced Polyfoam: Some advanced polyfoams are designed to regulate temperature more effectively than regular polyfoam, but owner experiences have been somewhat mixed and advanced polyfoam is generally not recommended for people who usually sleep hot.

Open-cell Memory Foam: While memory foam is regarded as the hottest mattress material available, open-cell memory foam may sleep somewhat cooler because of improved air circulation.

Regular Polyfoam: Polyfoam is generally cooler than memory foam due to its open-cell structure and relatively low density, but it tends to sleep warmer than materials like latex. One contributing factor to the above-average warmth is the support core, which is often made from high-density polyfoam. Mattresses that feature convoluted polyfoam in the comfort layer may sleep cooler due to air channels that form between the grooves in individual layers.

Regular Memory Foam: Memory foam can be quite problematic for people who sleep hot, and roughly 10% of mattress owners claim this material negatively affects their sleep. Memory foam responds to temperature changes by conforming to the sleeper’s body, which can create a heat trap. Additionally, many memory foam mattresses feature support cores made from high-density polyfoam, another material known to sleep hot.

The table below rates each of these materials in terms of sleeping hot.

Mattress Material‘Sleeping Hot’ Rating
Springs and CoilsVery Good to Excellent
LatexGood to Very Good
Gel-infused FoamGood
Specialty FoamGood
Advanced PolyfoamFair to Good
Open-cell memory FoamFair to Good
Regular PolyfoamFair
Regular Memory FoamPoor

|How Does the Cover Affect Mattress Cooling?|

In addition to materials found in the comfort layer and support core, the mattress cover can also affect body heat retention and temperature regulation. Let’s look at four common cover materials and how they rate in terms of sleeping hot or cool.

Non-quilted Covers: Non-quilted covers also tend to be the thinnest. The thinner the cover, the better the air circulation. As a result, non-quilted covers often sleep cooler than other cover options.

Quilted Covers: Quilted covers are thicker than non-quilted covers, which means the air circulation may not be as good. Additionally, many quilted covers feature thin layers of polyfoam or memory foam that can affect the sleep surface temperature.

Phase-change Materials: ‘Phase-change materials’, or PCMs, refers to materials that are designed to retain body heat until the sleeper’s body reaches a certain temperature, at which point it will stop absorbing heat. This allows phase-change covers to maintain a steady, moderately cool temperature regardless of how much body heat the sleeper is emitting. Phase-change material may not sleep as cool as a non-quilted cover, but many mattress owners claim these materials effectively keep the heat down throughout the night.

For more information on phase-change materials, check out the website for Outlast, the premier PCM used in mattress covers made today. 

Cooling Fabrics: Some mattress are advertised with covers made from ‘cooling fabrics’, such as:

  • Celliant® Fibers: Celliant® fibers are produced using thermoreactive minerals that help improve circulation in sleepers and regulate their body temperature throughout the night. These covers tend to sleep fairly cool, but some mattress owners still report sleeping hot.
  • Lyocell: Lyocell is a type of rayon made of cellulose, a material from wood pulp. It is relatively thin and lightweight, and may provide a suitably cool surface for hot sleepers.
  • Lycra® Spandex: This material is highly elastic and often found in athletic clothing, as well as bras and underwear. It also wicks away moisture, which can be beneficial for people who sweat due to sleeping hot.

|Additional Accessories for Sleeping Cool|

Now that we’ve discussed comfort layer, support core, and cover materials that affect mattress temperature, let’s look at a few bedding options and bedroom accessories that may help you stay cool and comfortable while you sleep.

Sheets: As many people have seen firsthand, the options for bedsheets are seemingly endless. Sheet options fall into one of two general categories: natural fibers or synthetic materials. Natural fibers used in sheets include:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Hemp
  • Silk

Natural fibers tend to be softer and more breathable than other cover fabrics, which can help regulate temperature and maintain a cool sleep surface. Long-staple cotton and linen are considered exceptionally cool. Additionally, wool naturally wicks away moisture; it also sleeps warmer or cooler depending on the room temperature, making wool sheets a good choice for year-round temperature regulation.

The most common synthetic fabrics used in sheets are polyester and rayon. These are not as breathable as natural fibers and will sleep warm by comparison, although certain synthetics — such as polyester microfibers — are able wick away moisture, which can help lower the sleeper’s body temperature.

Some sheet fabrics may be all-natural or blended natural-and-synthetic. For example, bamboo viscose is made from cellulose and bamboo fabric, and may or may not contain chemical ingredients. These fabrics often sleep cool, but in most cases natural-fiber sheets will sleep somewhat cooler.

Mattress Toppers: A mattress topper is used to provide an extra inch or two of cushioning to the comfort layer, and is usually purchased separately from the mattress itself. These are different from mattress pads, which are primarily used to protect the mattress. Not surprisingly, memory foam toppers tend to sleep the hottest. Toppers made from fabric/fibers or latex also absorb body heat to a fair extent. The coolest topper options include feather toppers (also known as featherbeds) and toppers made from wool.

Pillows: Pillows sold today are crafted from a wide range of materials, including natural fibers like buckwheat, down or feathers, cotton, wool, and silk, as well as synthetics like imitation down, memory foam, and polyester. The table below compares eight common pillow materials based on how cool they sleep.

Pillow Material‘Sleeping Cool’ Score
BuckwheatGood to Very Good
DownGood to Very Good
Down Alternative (Imitation)Good to Very Good
FeathersGood to Very Good
LatexGood to Very Good
Memory FoamPoor to Fair
Natural/Organic Fibers (Cotton, Silk, Wool, etc.)Good to Very Good
PolyesterFair to Good

Fans: Fans improve airflow throughout the bedroom and can help sleepers stay cool, particularly during hotter times of the year. Some louder models may cause sleep disruption, although some sleepers find the background noise is conducive to sleep. Ceiling fans may also be suitable, although some mattresses may be too low to the ground to have a noticeable effect.

Climate Control System: In addition to fans, some products can be used to regulate mattress temperature by releasing cool or warm air into the bed. These systems can be useful for individuals who sleep excessively hot or those who tend to get too cold during the night.

One example is the BedJet, an accessory that releases currents of convective air onto both sides of the mattress using a hose attachment. Owners can adjust the air settings to find the right temperature, and the BedJet is capable of releasing warm and cool to opposite sides of the bed for couples who have different sleep preferences.

In addition to accessories, some mattress bases also provide climate control. Take the Wink Beds coolControl™, a base equipped with four air tubes that fit into the bottom of the mattress and supply currents of air that rise to the top surface. Using a smart app, owners can adjust the settings until they reach a suitable temperature.

Climate control systems can be quite effective at helping sleepers stay cool, but there is a major downside: the price-tag. The BedJet starts at $269, while the Wink Beds coolControl™ base will add a $2,200 surcharge to the mattress price. Simply put, there are less expensive ways to help you sleep at a comfortable temperature.

|Sleep Trial and Warranty Considerations|

Many mattress manufacturers offer sleep trials, during which time the purchaser can test out their new mattress to ensure it will meet their needs and preferences. Most sleep trials span 60 to 120 nights; if the purchaser is dissatisfied with their new mattress, then they will be able to return and/or exchange it for a product refund.

If you sleep hot, then a mattress sleep trial can prevent you from committing to a mattress that will make you uncomfortable. The costs associated with most sleep trials are minimal. Some manufacturers require the mattress buyer to cover shipping and handling costs associated with returns or exchanges, while others will handle these expenses. In most cases, a full product refund will be issued to those who return their mattress before the sleep trial ends.

In terms of warranty coverage, it’s important to note that most — if not all — mattress warranties will not cover issues pertaining to owner comfort preferences, including sleeping hot. So if you purchase a mattress that sleeps hot but do not return it during the sleep trial, then there is a strong chance you will not be able to return or exchange the mattress for a full, or even partial, refund.

|Conclusion|

If you and/or your sleep partner tend to sleep hot, be sure to keep the following points in mind when shopping for a new mattress or bedding accessories:

  • Mattresses rated as ‘Medium Firm’ or ‘Firm’ tend to sleep cooler than those with lower firmness ratings because they do not conform as closely.
  • People with above-average weights tend to sleep hotter than those with average or below-average weights.
  • Innerspring and hybrid mattresses often sleep cooler because of better air circulation in their spring-/coil-based support cores.
  • Latex mattresses sleep somewhat cool, particularly if the latex layers are aerated, but blended and synthetic latex may be warmer than natural latex.
  • Memory foam infused with gel, copper, graphite, or other specialty materials will not necessarily sleep cooler, despite how it is advertised. The key factor here is concentration; higher concentrations of these materials tend to create cooler sleep surfaces.
  • How hot or cool an airbed sleeps may depend on the thickness of its comfort layer. Models with comfort systems that are more than 3″ to 4″ thick are usually much warmer than those with thinner comfort layers.
  • Polyfoams — particularly open-cell and convoluted polyfoam — often sleep cooler than memory foam because it is less dense, but these materials may be too warm for some.
  • Memory foam is considered the hottest mattress material. People who sleep hot or warm may want to avoid memory foam mattresses.
  • Thinner non-quilted covers often sleep cooler than thicker quilted covers.
  • Covers made from phase-change material or ‘cooling’ fabrics like Celliant®, lyocell, and Lycra® Spandex are generally effective at regulating mattress temperature.
  • Sheets made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool are usually cooler and more breathable than sheets made of synthetics like polyester and rayon.
  • Mattress toppers made of memory foam, fabric, and latex sleep warm compared to featherbeds and wool toppers.
  • Pillows made from memory foam and polyester tend to sleep the hottest. Pillows made of buckwheat, down and down alternative, feathers, latex, and natural fibers sleep much cooler by comparison.
  • Climate control systems can be highly effective at regulating temperature, but most have relatively high price-points.

If you would like to see how different mattress types compare in terms of body heat retention and sleeping hot, please visit our Innerspring, Memory Foam, Latex, Hybrid, and Airbed review pages.