Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers – Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

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.

Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers

Editor’s Pick – Nectar

Best Value – Tuft & Needle

Best Luxury – Brooklyn Bedding Spartan

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – The Casper

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – Saatva

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – The New Purple

How We Decided

 

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

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

Nectar – Editor's Pick

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Close conforming and pressure relief
  • Sleeps cooler than most foam models

Balance is the key to comfortable sleep for many combination sleepers. Surfaces that offer a mix of body conforming and support, as well as average thickness profiles, tend to be the best option for sleepers that switch between different positions. Our Editor’s Pick, the Nectar, exemplifies this balanced mattress design. The bed is ‘Medium Firm,’ or a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale, which should be suitable for anyone weighing 130 pounds or more, as well as lighter individuals who prefer firmer beds. The Nectar’s 11″ profile is on par with the average mattress thickness too.

The Nectar features comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam that provide moderate but consistent conforming. Side and stomach sleepers experience better spinal alignment, while back sleepers enjoy even support. The bed also has a dual-layer high-density polyfoam support core for added reinforcement, especially around the edges where people tend to sit. A breathable cover made from cotton and lyocell also allows the Nectar to sleep cool, which can be helpful for hot sleepers. Other benefits include great motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight.

Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free standard delivery when they purchase a Nectar mattress, and White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly and old mattress removal – is available for an extra charge. The Nectar is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest sleep trials offered anywhere, along with a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in average and heavy weight groups
  • Couples
  • Those who normally sleep hot on foam beds
  • People who prefer beds with average thickness profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle – Best Value

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial (Tuft & Needle)
  • 10-year warranty
  • Very good motion isolation
  • Close conforming and pressure relief

Our Best Value pick, the T&N Mattress from Tuft & Needle, is sold at a price-point that is much lower than that of the average mattress. Despite the low cost, the mattress offers the same levels of sleeper support and pressure relief as many of its higher-end competitors. The T&N Mattress is an all-polyfoam bed with a 3″ comfort layer and a 7″ high-density support core. It is considered ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5), which is optimal for combination sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds; conforming is moderate but consistent, and most sleepers experience targeted relief for their aches and pains.

Motion isolation is another key strength of the T&N Mattress; the foam layers absorb and minimize transfer to a significant extent, which can help cut down on nighttime disruptions for couples. The bed is virtually silent, as well. And unlike many other all-polyfoam beds, the T&N Mattress is fairly temperature-neutral and should not sleep excessively hot.

Tuft & Needle offers free standard shipping to customers in the contiguous U.S. The T&N Mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a nonprorated 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Couples
  • Those who normally sleep hot on foam beds
  • People who prefer beds with average thickness profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Brooklyn Bedding Spartan – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Sleeps cool and comfortable for most
  • Great recovery for active people

Our Best Luxury pick is the Spartan from Brooklyn Bedding, a mixed-foam hybrid that offers exceptional support for combination sleepers. The mattress is available in three firmness settings: ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5); this range should accommodate most combination sleepers regardless of their weight. The Spartan also measures 13 1/2″ thick, which is much thicker than the average mattress and particularly well-suited for heavier back and side sleepers.

The bed is a great option for physically active people, as well. The cover is made from specialty performance fabric designed to alleviate aches and pains and promote physical recovery after long workouts, runs, and other strenuous activities. The topmost foam layer is also infused with copper, which can improve bloodflow in people with poor circulation. An 8″ pocketed coil support core reinforced with high-density foam provides exceptional support. Good air circulation through the coils also makes the Spartan a great pick for hot sleepers.

The Spartan is a good option for shoppers with bigger budgets; its current price-point in a Queen-size is $1,999. Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S., as well as a 120-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty for the mattress.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Physically active people
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People who prefer beds with thicker-than-average profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Review

The Casper – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Medium (5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Thick, pressure-relieving comfort layers
  • Great motion isolation

The Casper is 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 is considered ‘Medium’ (5), and conforms somewhat closely without sagging; this makes it optimal for combination sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. A high-density foam base offers substantial support and helps maintain a flat, even sleep surface.

Like other all-foam beds, the Casper provides very good motion isolation and does not produce any noise when bearing weight; these two factors make the mattress a great option for couples, especially if they awaken easily due to movement or noise. Its 10″ profile – on par with the average mattress thickness – is also a good compromise for lighter sleepers who often prefer lower profiles and heavier people who tend to feel most comfortable on thicker beds.

The Casper has a price-point that is lower than that of the average memory foam mattress, making it a high-value pick. Casper offers free mattress shipping to all 50 states, and the mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in the light and average weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Couples
  • People who prefer beds with average thickness profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Casper Mattress Review

Saatva – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

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

Combination sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) typically prefer mattresses in the ‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’ range that provide a balance of body conforming and strong support. The Saatva is our pick for this weight group because it is available in two moderate firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6) – as well as a ‘Firm’ (7.5) option for heavier individuals. The Saatva is also offered in 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profiles to accommodate sleepers with different thickness preferences, though both are considered thicker-than-average.

Unlike most other innersprings, the Saatva is constructed with a thick comfort system that offers pain and pressure relief for most. These include memory foam, polyfoam, and pocketed coil layers, as well as a foam-padded Euro-top for added cushioning. The support core features bonnell coils, which are more durable than other coil types and provide excellent reinforcement to the entire bed. Good air circulation through the coil layers ensures good temperature neutrality too.

Free White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly and old mattress removal – is available to all Saatva customers. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty, both of which are considered longer than average.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups.
  • Couples
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People who prefer beds with thicker-than-average profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review

The New Purple – Best for Heavyweight Sleepers

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

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 in most weight groups. Additionally, the bed’s thick profile options are highly suitable for those who weigh more than 230 pounds. 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).

The New Purple’s comfort system 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. 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.

Good for:

  • Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People who prefer beds with thicker-than-average profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full New Purple Mattress Review

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

back sleeping spine alignmentBecause 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 Explanation
Less than 130 pounds Medium Soft 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 Firm 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.

Mattress Type Foam Latex Innerspring Hybrid Airbed
Construction 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) $1,044.16 $1,970.51 $1,037.97 $2,076.70 $2,282.75
Average Lifespan 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 72.8% 75.6% 65.3% 72.8% 79.3%

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.

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