Best Flippable Mattresses – Our Picks and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

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 of 2019

Editor’s Pick – Layla Mattress

Best Value – Latex for Less Mattress

Best Luxury – Zenhaven

Best Soft Flippable Mattress – Nolah Signature 12

Best Firm Flippable Mattress – Plank by Brooklyn Bedding

How We Decided

 

22 mattresses considered –– 65 hours of research –– 6 mattress executives interviewed –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Best Flippable Mattresses – Tuck's Top 5 Beds

Layla Mattress – Editor's Pick

Highlights
  • Flippable with 2 firmness options (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Above-average pressure relief
  • Cool and comfortable for most

Our Editor’s Pick is the Layla Mattress, a flippable all-foam model with different firmness settings on each side. One side is ‘Medium Soft,’ or a 4 on the 1-10 firmness scale; the other side is ‘Firm’ (7). Both sides have comfort layers of copper-infused memory foam, a material that offers consistent body conforming and pressure relief; the copper element can also improve bloodflow in sleepers with poor circulation.

The ‘Medium Soft’ side has a layer of convoluted polyfoam for additional padding, and the shared support core is made of sturdy, high-density polyfoam. The bed is also wrapped in a removable, zippered thermogel cover designed to enhance cooling. As with most memory foam beds, the Layla offers excellent motion isolation and does not produce noise when bearing weight. These two attributes make it a great pick for couples.

The Layla’s price-point is below-average compared to other memory foam/flippable models. The company offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, both of which are much longer than average.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)/span>
  • Those Who tend to sleep hot
  • People with poor circulation

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Latex for Less Mattress – Best Value

Highlights
  • Flippable with 2 firmness options (5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Exceptional mattress durability
  • Green, eco-friendly construction

The Latex for Less Mattress is an all-latex bed with price-point that is substantially lower than that of the average latex model. The mattress has one side that is ‘Medium’ (5) and another side that is ‘Firm,’ making it ideal for sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more. The ‘Medium’ side is made from Talalay latex, which tends to be fluffier and lighter; the ‘Firm’ side is made from Dunlop latex, which is heavier and denser.

The entire mattress is wrapped in an organic cotton cover and features a natural wool fire barrier; these components also help keep the mattress cool. Longevity is another benefit of the Latex for Less Mattress, as beds made with latex layers tend to be much more durable than those constructed with foams, springs, and other materials. Other advantages include great motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight.

Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping when they order a Latex for Less mattress. The bed is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year nonprorated warranty.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Eco-friendly shoppers
  • People with back pain and/or aching joints

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Zenhaven – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Flippable with 2 firmness options (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year non-prorated warranty
  • Eco-friendly and long-lasting
  • Exceptional temperature neutrality

The Zenhaven by Saatva is a flippable luxury mattress constructed from layers of natural Talalay latex, an eco-friendly material with natural cooling properties. One side is ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and the other is ‘Firm’ (7), making it suitable for most sleepers regardless of weight or preferred position.

Each side has an individual latex comfort layer, along with a layer of natural wool, and the shared support core is made of higher-density latex. The Zenhaven is also wrapped in a breathable organic cotton cover. The latex comfort layers are aerated to promote airflow throughout the bed; the holes also differ in size to offer targeted support throughout the sleeper’s body. And because the Zenhaven is constructed almost entirely from latex, its expected lifespan is much longer-than-average.

Like other Saatva models, the Zenhaven qualifies for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal upon request. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Eco-friendly shoppers

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Nolah Signature 12 – Best Soft Flippable Mattress

Highlights
  • Flippable with 2 firmness options (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Consistent conforming and good pressure relief
  • Profits support wildlife preservation

The Nolah Signature 12 is a flippable all-polyfoam model. One side is ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and the other is ‘Firm’ (7) to accommodate most sleeper weight groups and preferred positions. Each side features comfort layers of AirFoam, a proprietary polyfoam material that conforms and alleviates pressure much like memory foam. The AirFoam also retains minimal body heat and sleeps cool as a result.

The shared support core is made from high-density foams that help reinforce the bed and prevent sagging across the sleep surface. The cover is made of breathable organic cotton, which helps aid temperature neutrality. Like other all-foam beds, the Nolah Signature 12 also offers great motion isolation and does not make any noise.

Free delivery is available to customers in the contiguous U.S. The Nolah Signature 12 is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Stomach, side, and back sleepers
  • Light and average weight groups
  • Sleepers with back pain or joint aches
  • Sleepers who want the contouring of memory foam without the associated drawback of sleeping hot

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Plank by Brooklyn Bedding – Best Firm Flippable Mattress

Highlights
  • Flippable with two firmness options
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Strong, durable support
  • Sleeps cool and responds well

The Plank by Brooklyn Bedding is a great option for sleepers who prefer firmer surfaces. One side is ‘Firm’ (7) and the other side is ‘Extra Firm’ (9), making it one of the firmest beds available today. These settings are ideal for those who weigh more than 230 pounds, as well as back or stomach sleepers who prefer minimal conforming and consistent body support.

Each side has a layer of quilted foam; the ‘Firm’ side has an additional foam layer for extra padding. The shared support core is made of high-density polyfoam and the cover is a cotton/polyester blend. The Plank isolates motion isolation very well and does not produce any noise when bearing weight, making it suitable for couples who tend to awaken easily due to movement or noise. Compared to other all-foam beds, the Plank sleeps fairly cool as well.

Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping to customers anywhere in the U.S. The Plank is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • People who prefer mattresses that conform very little
  • Those who sleep hot

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Buyer's Guide to Flippable Mattresses

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.

Flippable Mattress Designs and Functions

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.

Pros and Cons of Flippable Mattresses

Flippable mattress benefits include the following:

  • Longer lifespan: Flipping, when done frequently and properly, can prevent significant sagging and extend the lifespan of a mattress by years.
  • Versatility: Not all sleepers have one set firmness they prefer. Some enjoy sleeping on a different surface night after night. Additionally, comfort preferences may evolve over time — but most mattress warranties strictly forbid mattress replacements based on comfort preference changes.
  • Comparable costs: The cost of a flippable mattress is typically no more than the cost of a one-sided mattress constructed from the same materials.

Some notable downsides of flippable mattresses include:

  • Limited availability: Due to the low number of flippable mattresses sold today, shoppers may have a difficult time finding a model that suits all of their needs.
  • Difficult to move: As we mentioned above, flippable mattresses usually weigh 100 pounds or more — and flipping/rotating them can lead to injuries and pain unless the owner has assistance lifting them.
  • May not be suitable for some: Due to their higher-than-average profiles, some flippable mattresses may not be the best option for shorter and/or lightweight people. However, some flippable models measure seven to 10 inches thick.

Important Considerations for Flippable Mattress Shoppers

When shopping for a new flippable mattress and comparing different brands and models, here are a few factors to take into account:

  • What kind of mattress do you want? Flippable mattresses sold today include foam, latex, and hybrid models. The type of mattress is the determining factor for price-point; flippable foam models will most likely be much cheaper than latex or hybrid models. Flippable innersprings and airbeds, however, are virtually non-existent.
  • What are your firmness preferences? The majority of flippable mattresses offer two different firmness options — typically a firmer side and a softer side. If you have one set firmness preference, then a flippable mattress with the same firmness on both sides might be most suitable. Otherwise, research the specific firmness settings on both sides of different flippable models to determine which one will best meet your needs.
  • How heavy is the mattress? Keep in mind that flipping the mattress requires lifting it and turning it over, which can be a difficult task if the bed weighs more than 100 pounds. If you live alone, consider asking a friend or relative for help every time you wish to flip the mattress.
  • How tall is the mattress? Some flippable mattresses are 10 or 11 inches thick, which is comparable to a thicker-than-average one-sided mattress, but others measure as much as 15 to 16 inches thick. Generally, shorter people and those who weigh less tend to feel more comfortable on lower-profile mattresses.
  • Does the mattress manufacturer offer a sleep trial? Many mattress brands allow purchasers to test out a mattress for a certain length of time — typically 90 to 120 nights — and return the mattress if they are not satisfied with it before the trial period expires. Sleep trials are useful because they give customers an opportunity to see if a mattress will work for them without committing to a full purchase.
  • How long is the warranty coverage? The average one-sided mattress will perform for seven years, but flippable mattresses may perform for longer if they are regularly flipped. The average mattress warranty provides coverage for 10 years and some may cover the mattress for 20 years or longer, but be sure to read the fine print — some only provide nonprorated coverage for two to three years, which can lead to high repair or replacement costs down the road.

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