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Most mattresses sold today are one-sided and should never be flipped over. This is because they are usually feature base layers made of dense foam and, in some cases, steel springs; using these surfaces for sleep can lead to aches, pains, and pressure points. However, some mattress brands offer flippable mattresses with suitable sleep surfaces on each side. Some offer the same firmness on both sides, which can extend the lifespan of the mattress, while other models have different firmnesses on each side to accommodate sleepers with preferences that vary from night to night.
This guide will look at common designs of flippable mattresses and benefits of using them, as well as tips for first-time buyers and our picks for the best flippable mattresses that are currently available for sale.
First, let’s clarify the difference between flipping and rotating. Rotating refers to the process of shifting the mattress 180 degrees while using the same sleep surface; when properly rotated, the areas that were the head and foot of the bed will be reversed. Most mattresses should be rotated in order to preserve the sleep surface. Innersprings and hybrids should be rotated twice per year, while foam and latex models usually need to be rotated once per year. Airbeds are an exception; they never need to be rotated. Flipping, on the other hand, refers to the process of turning a mattress upside down and sleeping on the inverse surface.
Another important clarification is the difference between ‘flippable’ and ‘dual-sided’ mattresses. ‘Dual-sided’ mattresses have one sleep surface with a different firmness on each side; they are a good option for couples with different firmness preferences. However, ‘dual-sided’ mattresses should never be flipped.
Historically, flippable mattresses were somewhat common — and even considered an industry standard at one point. However, as construction technology has evolved, most manufacturers have transitioned to one-sided models with stronger, more durable support cores. This measure has also been somewhat cost-effective for manufacturers, as one-sided mattresses will wear out and require replacements much sooner than two-sided models. Flippable mattresses are fairly rare today, but the available selection includes foam, latex, and hybrid models.
Common features and characteristics of flippable mattresses include:
Symmetrical construction: One-sided mattresses have two main components: the comfort layer/cover on top, and the support core on the bottom. The comfort layer cushions the body, while the support core is made of sturdier materials that help reinforce the sleeper’s weight. In order to provide a design that is both comfortable and supportive, flippable mattresses usually feature two comfort layers — one on each side — and a shared support core that provides optimal support from both ends.
However, flippable mattresses with two firmness options are never completely symmetrical. The foam/latex components in the comfort layers have different densities and/or indentation load deflections (ILDs) to ensure unique firmness on each side. Additionally, one of the sides may feature components like microcoils or extra foam layers.
Thicker and heavier than average: Due to their dual comfort layer construction, flippable mattresses tend to be thicker than one-sided models. The baseline for most is 10 to 11 inches, and some are much thicker. This may make them less suitable for certain sleepers, such as shorter people or people who weigh less than 130 pounds, as higher-profile beds can be more difficult for getting on and off. However, thicker mattresses are also more suitable for couples and heavier individuals.
For the same reason, flippable mattresses tend to be on the heavier side. Most weigh at least 100 pounds, and some weigh 120 pounds or more. This is important to note because, for many, flipping the mattress will require assistance; lifting a heavy mattress alone can cause serious back injuries, as well as lingering aches and pains.
Flipping frequency: Flippable mattresses with two different firmness options may be flipped whenever the owner wants to adjust the feel of the mattress. For flippable mattresses with the same firmness on each side, experts recommend flipping the mattress once or twice per year. This will help preserve both sleep surfaces and may extend the overall lifespan of the mattress.
Flippable mattress benefits include the following:
Some notable downsides of flippable mattresses include:
When shopping for a new flippable mattress and comparing different brands and models, here are a few factors to take into account:
Now let’s look at the top-rated flippable mattress models according to people who use them. The five models listed below have earned the highest satisfaction ratings based on verified owner and customer experiences. To read our reviews of these mattress brands, please click the links in the top row of the table.
|Brand||BedinaBox||Latex for Less||Layla||Saatva||Sleep Science (Costco)|
|Model||The Adagio||Latex for Less Mattress||Layla Mattress||Zenhaven Mattress||iFlip Sonoma|
|Mattress Type||Hybrid||Latex||Memory foam||Latex||Memory foam|
|Cost||$950 to $1,899||$599 to $2,349||$399 to $899||$1,249 to $2,499||$599.99 to $699.99|
Split Cali King
Split Cali King
|Side 1 Firmness (1-10)||Medium (5)||Medium (5)||Medium Soft (4)||Medium Soft (4)||Medium Soft (4)|
|Side 2 Firmness (1-10)||Firm (8)||Firm (7.5)||Firm (7)||Firm (7)||Medium Firm (6.5)|
|Mattress Weight (Queen)||101 lbs.||100 lbs.||80 lbs.||125 lbs.||115 lbs.|
|Sleep Trial||120 nights||120 nights||120 nights||120 nights||All returns accepted at any time (Costco members only)|
|Warranty Length||20 years||20 years||Lifetime||20 years||20 years|
|Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating||83% (1,103 customer reviews)||75% (132 customer reviews)||75% (466 customer reviews)||80% (924 customer reviews)||70% (301 customer reviews)|
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