Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers – Top 6 Beds and Buyer’s Guide
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Combination sleeping refers to using more than one of the three primary sleep positions – side, back, and stomach – on a nightly basis. Some combination sleepers favor one position, while others have preferences that regularly shift. Combination sleeping can be beneficial for people with poor circulation, as the constant movement improves blood flow. It can also be helpful for those who snore heavily (including people with sleep apnea).
Like those who prefer singular sleep positions, combination sleepers should carefully choose a mattress based on their individual preferences. Bodyweight is an important factor, as sleep surfaces will feel differently to those in the light, average, and heavy weight groups. A mattress for a combination sleeper should also feel comfortable regardless of which position they use night to night. For example, someone who shifts between side and back sleeping should select a mattress that provides adequate support and helps align the spine.
Read on to learn more about important considerations for combination sleepers. Below you will find our picks for the top six mattresses for combination sleepers sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is The Casper, a mixed-foam mattress that supports sleepers with a thick comfort system featuring a layer of dense memory foam between soft and firm polyfoam layers. The mattress conforms without sinking excessively; it is ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, or a 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale, creating a balance of bodily support and pressure point relief that is conducive to all sleep positions. The Casper should also be suitable for anyone in the average weight group, as well as lighter sleepers who prefer slightly firmer surfaces and heavier individuals with aches and pains.
Motion isolation is another key strength of The Casper. The sleep surface absorbs and minimizes motion transfer whenever someone gets into our out of bed, or switches their position. It is virtually silent when bearing weight, as well. As a result, the mattress is a good option for couples who awaken easily due to noise or movement.
The Casper has a price-point that is slightly lower than that of the average memory foam mattress. Casper offers free mattress shipping to all 50 states. The mattress is also backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
The Nectar mattress offers optimal support and pressure relief for combination sleepers, particularly those who weigh 130 pounds or more. The bed is also priced significantly lower than the average memory foam mattress.
The Nectar mattress is ‘Medium Firm’ (6). It is constructed with four individual layers. Comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam conform closely to help align the spine, while high-density polyfoam base layers help maintain proper support and minimize sagging. The bed also has a breathable cover made of cotton and lyocell, allowing the bed to sleep cooler than most competing foam models.
Motion isolation is another key strength of the Nectar mattress, which absorbs and minimizes transfer very effectively. The bed is virtually silent when bearing weight, as well, and is light and easy to move even by memory foam mattress standards.
Nectar customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping; White Glove delivery options, including in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal, are offered at an additional charge. The Nectar mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a nonprorated 10-year warranty.
Introduced in 2018, the New Purple is a hybrid mattress that combines the revolutionary construction of the Original Purple mattress and the supportive feel of pocketed coils. The result is a bed that will feel comfortable to most combination sleepers.
The comfort system of the New Purple features a ‘Smart Grid’ designed with buckling-column gel and a durable polymer grid. The materials conform closely to alleviate pressure points and isolate a significant amount of motion transfer, much like memory foam or latex, but the polymers have a longer lifespan and will not sag as quickly.
Three thickness options are available with the New Purple, each with a corresponding firmness: the 11″ bed is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); the 12″ bed is ‘Medium’ (5.5); and the 13″ bed is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5). This selection accommodates most combination sleepers regardless of their weight group. The New Purple also offers great temperature neutrality and is a suitable option for people who sleep hot.
The cost of a New Purple mattress will vary by thickness; all three price-points are above-average, making it a good choice for shoppers with bigger budgets. Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., and the New Purple comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
Most combination sleepers in the light weight group (less than 130 pounds) prefer softer sleep surfaces that conform closely and provide good pressure relief without sagging too much. The Alexander Signature from Nest Bedding is available in a ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness setting to accommodate these side sleepers, as well as a ‘Firm’ (7.5) option for those who prefer firmer beds.
The mattress has gel memory foam and standard memory foam layers for optimal spinal alignment and good motion isolation. Base layers of high-density polyfoam reinforce the rest of the bed and keep the sleep surface feeling even and supportive. The mattress also makes no noise and is light enough for most owners to lift and move without trouble.
Nest Bedding offers the lifetime comfort guarantee, which allows purchasers to return their Alexander Signature mattress at any point; a full refund is issued for returns made within 100 nights. Nest also offers a nonprorated lifetime warranty for the Alexander Signature.
Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
Also known as the #BestMattressEver, the Signature from Brooklyn Bedding is a hybrid mattress offered in three firmness options: ‘Soft’ (3), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (8). This selection makes the bed suitable for most combination sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds), regardless of their individual preferences.
The Signature has a 4″ comfort system with layers of gel-infused polyfoam and standard polyfoam, as well as an extra foam layer quilted into the cover for added cushioning. The cover, which is made of cotton, also sleeps fairly cool compared to mattress covers made from synthetic fabrics. The mattress isolates motion very well and is virtually silent when bearing weight. The supportive pocketed coils also offer good airflow, which allows the bed to sleep cool and comfortable for most.
Brooklyn Bedding offers free mattress shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S.; expedited shipping is available for an additional charge. The Signature is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
Heavier individuals often have a harder time finding suitable mattresses because most models are designed for people who weigh 230 pounds or less. A notable exception is the WinkBed Plus, a specialized ‘Medium Firm’ setting for the standard WinkBed mattress. This bed is specifically designed to support sleepers with heavier bodies and alleviate aches and pains in their lower back, hips, and other sensitive areas.
The WinkBed Plus is constructed with a complex comfort system that includes layers of gel polyfoam and latex, as well as a compressed-cotton ‘lumbar bad’ for added back support. The support core consists of pocketed coils encased in thick polyfoam, which reinforces the bed and minimizes sinkage around the edges. The mattress sleeps cool as well, due to good airflow within the coil layer and a breathable Tencel® lyocell cover.
The WinkBed Plus qualifies for free shipping in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are longer than average.
Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers Buying Guide
The term ‘combination sleeper’ refers to anyone who regularly sleeps in more than one side, back, and/or stomach position during the course of a single night. Most people are technically combination sleepers, even if they largely prefer one specific position over other options.
Combination sleeping is not technically ‘correct,’ nor is is ‘better’ than singular sleep positions. The health benefits of combination sleeping largely depend on the sleeper’s unique routine, although exercising multiple positions can improve blood circulation and minimize the risk of limb numbness.
Finding a mattress that provides adequate support regardless of sleep position can be a tricky undertaking. This guide will look at some important mattress considerations for combination sleepers.
|What You Need to Know about Combination Sleeping|
Spinal alignment is a key factor for combination sleepers. Whether they are sleeping on their side, back, or stomach, the spine should be aligned with the shoulders and pelvis. Spinal misalignment can cause pressure points to develop all over the body, particularly in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips. Here are some factors to keep in mind about spinal alignment in different sleep positions:
Side sleeping is the most popular sleep position, and is widely preferred among people with back pain and pregnant women. This is because sleeping with your hips and shoulders on a supportive sleep surface can align the spine and help alleviate pressure points. People who snore and/or experience acid reflux symptoms also tend to sleep better on their sides because this position provides the best air circulation in breathing passages. However, side sleeping can cause facial wrinkles to develop more quickly. Additionally, side sleeping may require additional pillows between the knees and under the legs in order to be sufficiently comfortable.
Back sleeping, like side sleeping, promotes natural spinal alignment. However, people with larger, heavier stomachs — including pregnant women — may develop lower back or hip pain due to uneven weight distribution on top of their midsection. Back sleeping is also associated with more snoring, and it may exacerbate acid reflux symptoms.
Stomach sleeping is generally not recommended because of the high potential for pain and discomfort. Because we tend to carry a high concentration of weight in our midsections, stomach sleeping can cause strain on the spine and lower back when this weight pulls the rest of the body toward the mattress. Additionally, most stomach sleepers crane their heads to the left or right, which can cause neck aches.
If a combination sleeper develops aches and pains during the night, this may be the result of either sleeping in a position that leads to discomfort or using a mattress that does not provide adequate support in any position. It’s important to note that some mattresses are specifically designed to accommodate sleepers in singular positions. These models may not be suitable for combination sleepers.
|Choosing the Best Mattress for Combination Sleeping|
Because spinal alignment is so important to combination sleepers, support should be one of their first considerations when selecting a new mattress. Support refers to the mattress’s ability to provide a flat, even surface that conforms in certain areas to properly align the spine. Unsupportive mattresses, either too firm or not firm enough, have uneven surfaces that lead to misalignment.
Mattress firmness is assigned on a scale of 1 to 10, with ‘1’ being the least firm and ’10’ being the firmest. Most mattresses sold today fall between a ‘3,’ or ‘Soft,’ and an ‘8,’ or ‘Extra Firm.’ The right firmness for a given sleeper will largely depend on his or her weight. Those in the average weight group — 130 to 230 pounds — tend to prefer mattresses that offer a balance of softness and firmness, but preferences differ for those weighing less than 130 pounds or more than 230 pounds.
The table below illustrates optimal firmness settings for combination sleepers in all three weight groups.
Combination Sleeper Weight
Most Suitable Firmness Range
Less than 130 pounds
People who are lighter than average often require softer sleep surfaces that conform to their bodies more closely and align the spine better. A ‘Medium Soft’ mattress conforms to a noticeable extent without sinking too deeply. Firmer mattresses provide less conforming for the below-average weight group; excessive firmness can undermine overall support, and lead to increased discomfort and pressure.
130 to 230 pounds
Medium to Medium Firm
Combination sleepers in the average weight group typically prefer mattresses that conform to some extent and align the spine without sinking too deeply. A ‘Medium’ or ‘Medium Firm’ mattress is often the most suitable option for these sleepers.
More than 230 pounds
Combination sleepers who are heavier than average often need firmer mattresses with sleep surfaces that conform a little but do not sink. Softer mattresses tend to sink excessively, which can cause major pain and discomfort.
The diagram below lists the optimal firmness settings for combination sleepers in all three weight groups.
|Which Mattresses Are Best/Worst for Combination Sleepers?|
In addition to spinal alignment and suitable firmness, combination sleepers should also take the material composition of a mattress into consideration. Some mattress types conform closer and alleviate more pain and pressure than others. Additionally, material composition can affect other factors such as odor and noise potential, durability, sleep temperature, and price-point.
The table below lists key similarities and differences between the five most common mattress types, including average prices and customer satisfaction ratings.
Polyfoam or memory foam comfort layer High-density polyfoam support core
Natural or synthetic latex comfort layer Latex or high-density polyfoam support core
Polyfoam comfort layer Evenly spaced steel springs in the support core, plus base polyfoam layers
Latex and/or memory foam comfort layer (2″ or more) Pocketed coil support core, plus base polyfoam layers
Foam comfort layer Individual, adjustable air chamber support core (manual or remote control)
Average Price (Queen)
5 to 6 years
7 to 8 years
4 to 6 years
6 to 7 years
7 to 9 years
Pros for Back Sleepers
Close conforming and pain/pressure relief Good motion isolation No noise Below-average price-point Multiple firmness options Wide availability
Long lifespan Close conforming and pain/pressure relief Good motion isolation No noise Sleeps cooler than foam
Strong edge support Good responsiveness for sex Sleeps cool Low price-point Multiple firmness options Wide availability
Better conforming than innersprings Long lifespan Strong edge support Good responsiveness for sex Sleeps cool
Close conforming and pain/pressure relief Long lifespan Adjustable firmness settings
Cons for Back Sleepers
Sleeps hot Odor potential Some early sagging reported Minimal edge support
Odor potential Some early sagging reported Minimal edge support High price-point Limited availability
Minimal conforming and pressure relief Noise potential Some early sagging reported
May sleep hot Noise potential High price-point Limited availability
Temperature neutrality issues for some Noise potential High price-point Limited availability
Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating
|Tips for Buying a Mattress|
Once you have selected the mattress type that best meets your needs, here are some tips for ordering and purchasing your new bed:
Compare prices and calculate a budget. The average mattress costs $1,000 or more, but individual models may be priced anywhere from less than $100 to more than $5,000. Use the mattress type you’ve chosen to determine a feasible price range, and then determine your personal budget. Be sure to leave some wiggle room if you live in a remote location or outside the contiguous U.S., as extra shipping charges may apply; these costs can amount to hundreds of dollars on top of the purchase price.
Research sleep trials. Most mattress brands and retailers offer a ‘sleep trial,’ which enables purchasers to test out the mattress for a certain length of time (typically 90 nights or more). If they are dissatisfied with the bed before the trial period expires, then they will be eligible for a full or partial refund. Sleep trials can be helpful, but also costly for those who don’t read the fine print. Some trials include a mandatory break-in period (usually 30 nights); buyers will not be able to return the mattress for a full refund until the break-in period has elapsed. Additionally, the sleep trial may include costly return fees.
Read the fine print on the product warranty. With few exceptions, mattresses sold today come with a 10-year warranty against excessive indentations in the sleep surface, manufacturing flaws, and other defects. However, these defects do not include normal wear and tear or physical damage (such as mold infestation or liquid stains). Also, be sure to ask about the length of nonprorated coverage. During nonprorated coverage, owners may have their defective mattress repaired or replaced at little (if no) extra charge. When prorated coverage kicks in, the owner must pay a percentage of the original price in order to have the mattress repaired or replaced — and this percentage often rises with each successive year. Read the warranty top to bottom; many mattress warranties spanning 10 years or longer only offer one to two years of nonprorated coverage.