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There was a time when virtually all mattresses were two-sided and flippable. It wasn’t until the 2000’s when the one-sided mattresses took over as the industry standard and flippable beds became a rarity. Today, while non-flippable mattresses may be the norm, you can still find quality, double-sided beds with a bit of digging. While somewhat rarer, two-sided mattresses come with several appealing perks.
Reversible mattresses tend to last longer than non-flippable beds, since periodic flipping can minimize sagging and extend their lifespan. In addition, many flippable mattresses models include different firmness levels on either sides, so the sleeper can customize their sleep experience by setting their preferred firmness on top.
Read on to learn more about flippable beds, including common characteristics, special considerations, and our picks for the best flippable mattresses available today. Our recommendations are based on verified customer and owner experiences, along with extensive product analysis.
Best Flippable Mattresses
Editor’s Choice – Layla Mattress
Best Luxury Latex– Zenhaven Mattress
Best Value Latex– Latex for Less Mattress
Best Mixed Foam– Nolah Signature 12″ Mattress
Our editor’s pick for flippable mattress, the Layla mattress is crafted from copper-infused memory foam with two firmness levels on either side. On one end, there is a “Medium Soft” (4) comfort layer of copper-infused memory foam above a convoluted support foam. On the other, there is a “Firm” (7) layer of copper-infused memory foam. The Layla’s support core is made of a sturdy, high-density polyfoam. The bed is wrapped in a removable, zippered thermogel cover designed to enhance cooling.
Aside from its dual firmness options, one of the key selling points of the Layla is its copper-infused memory foam. Copper is associated with unique benefits, including cooling, improved blood flow, and antimicrobial effects.
As with most memory foam beds, the Layla offers excellent motion isolation and zero noise. However, also like many memory foam mattresses, it offers a bit less support around the edges of the bed.
Compared to mattresses of similar caliber, the Layla boasts a below-average price. The Layla Sleep company ships mattress purchases for free to locations in the contiguous U.S. and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Crafted from five layers of pure American Talalay latex, the Zenhaven earned the title of best luxury because of its durable, all-natural construction and thoughtful design. The flippable mattress features a softer, Luxury Plush (4) side and a fimer, Gentle Firm (7) side. The Zenhaven is covered by quilted organic cotton above a layer of organic New Zealand wool.
As an all-latex mattress, the Zenhaven is naturally cooling. The bed is designed with pincores varied in size and location to deliver zoned support to different areas of the body. The organic cotton and New Zealand wool cover help wick away moisture, contributing to a cooler sleep experience. However, in terms of edge-support, reviewers report the Zenhaven performs below average.
Although the Zenhaven is more expensive than many of its bed-in-a-box competitors, direct-to-consumer availability keeps its price much lower than similar luxury beds found in retail stores. Saatva, the company behind the Zenhaven, offers free White Glove delivery with setup and old mattress removal for locations in the continental U.S. and Canada. Deliveries to Hawaii are not available, but Alaska shipment may be arranged.
As its name suggests, Latex for Less is an all-latex bed with a lower price point than many of its latex mattress competitors. As with the previous beds, Latex for Less offers a different firmness on either side: Medium (5) and Firm (7). The Medium end is made from natural Talalay latex, while the Firm side is designed with natural Dunlop latex. The Latex for Less mattress is wrapped in an organic cotton cover with an all-natural wool fire barrier.
The bed’s all-latex design suggests above-average longevity. Latex mattresses tend to be naturally cooling, but some reviewers have noted the Latex for Less sleeps relatively warm. The bed offers above-average motion isolation but below-average edge support. Latex for Less offers free shipping to locations in the contiguous U.S.
After the release of the single-sided Nolah Original 10”, the Nolah Sleep company introduced a thicker, flippable bed with two firmnesses: the Nolah Signature 12”. The upgraded mattress is constructed from four layers of mixed foam with both a Soft (4) and a Firm (7) side. Both the Soft and Firm comfort layers are made from the company’s proprietary AirFoam, engineered to provide the contouring of memory foam while keeping sleepers cool. A high-resilience foam and high-density polyfoam make up the mattress core, while an unbleached organic cotton fabric makes up the cover.
The Nolah Signature’s AirFoam, in conjunction with the organic cotton cover, is designed to help keep the sleeper cool. The Nolah offers good motion isolation, but may fail to provide adequate edge support for heavier sleepers and couples who tend to sleep on the outer parts of their mattress.
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: