Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers – Top-6 Beds and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary
Stomach sleeping is the least common position. This is due in part to the high potential for aches and pains; the stomach is a weight center for most adults, and sleeping stomach-down can place undue strain on the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Stomach sleepers may also experience discomfort when they crane their neck to one side. However, for some, stomach sleeping is the most comfortable position.

Most stomach sleepers require a mattress that will provide exceptional support, especially around the midsection where a large amount of weight is concentrated. Firmness is another important consideration; though preferences vary by factors like height and bodyweight, the majority of stomach sleepers say they feel most comfortable on mattresses that are ‘Medium’ or firmer.

Read on to learn how stomach sleepers can find the right mattress, as well as our picks for the best mattresses for stomach sleepers sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

Editor’s Pick – Nectar

Best Value – Tuft & Needle

Best Luxury – Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Saatva

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – Avocado Green

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – The WinkBed Plus

How We Decided

 

147 mattresses considered –– 125 hours of research –– 10 mattress executives interviewed –– 3 sleep experts consulted

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

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

The Nectar is our Editor’s Pick for the best mattress for stomach sleepers. It uses pressure-relieving memory foam that retains enough firmness and structural integrity to keep stomach sleepers supported without excessive sinking into the bed.

The interior design of the Nectar features four foam layers. The top layer is quilted, gel-infused memory foam. The second layer is standard memory foam. These materials excel in pressure relief, helping to make sure there are no sharp impact points for stomach sleepers. Underneath the memory foam is a transition foam layer made with Nectar’s Hi Core polyfoam and a support core of high-density polyfoam. These materials add resilience and stable base that prevent too much sinking into the mattress.

The Nectar has a Medium Firm (6) feel with more stability than many memory foam beds, making the Nectar a better fit for stomach sleepers than most comparable beds, especially for stomach sleepers under 230 pounds. The mattress works well for couples as well because of its ability to limit motion transfer.

In addition to impressive performance, the Nectar boasts a fantastic price point that is well below many beds with a similar design. Included in that price is free standard shipping, and a White Glove delivery option, including old mattress removal, is available for an extra charge.

Nectar Sleep backs the mattress with a sleep trial that lasts a full year and a lifetime warranty. These policies demonstrate Nectar’s confidence in this mattress, and that confidence is well-earned given the high rates of customer satisfaction that the Nectar mattress has received.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers in average and heavy weight groups
  • Couples
  • Sleepers who struggle with back pain

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Tuft & Needle – Best Value

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • Extremely accessible price point
  • Proven track record
  • Good pressure relief and conforming

The Original mattress from Tuft & Needle is our pick for the Best Value mattress for stomach sleepers. The combination of the price point and strong performance make the Tuft & Needle a clear favorite among value-seekers and people looking to make the most of their mattress dollar.

The Tuft & Needle mattress follows a straightforward formula with few bells and whistles. That formula is to employ a simple design and quality materials. As a result, the Tuft & Needle has two layers. The top is 3” of the company’s Adaptive Foam. The second layer is a 7” support core made with high-density polyfoam. The Adaptive Foam layer conforms to the body but without too much hug. This allows it to relieve pressure while keeping you from feeling stuck in quicksand, an especially important feature for stomach sleepers. The support core maintains the structural integrity of the bed and ensures a flat, stable sleeping surface.

The Adaptive Foam performs well when it comes to motion isolation and noise reduction, and a result, it works well for solo sleepers and for couples. Though not the coolest bed on the market, it resists excessive heat buildup and rarely poses problems related to sleeping hot.

The Original Tuft & Needle mattress comes with free standard shipping. The sleep trial is 100 nights if purchased directly from Tuft & Needle but may be different if purchased through a third-party retailer. The mattress is backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

Good for:

  • Sleepers who want moderate contouring
  • Couples
  • Value-seekers

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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora – Best Luxury

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora
Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Cool copper-infused and gel foam layers
  • 13.5-inch profile

The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is a hybrid mattress that delivers a cool sleep surface, superior contour and bounce, with robust edge support and minimal motion transfer.

Beneath a quilted cotton cover, 8 inches of individual pocket coils and a 1” high-density polyfoam comprise the support core, with comfort layers of 1.5” copper-infused phase-change material, 2” polyfoam, and 1” gel memory foam. The copper and gel foam layers cool the mattress, while enhancing the contour and comfort of the individual pocket layers. Together, these layers give the bed a luxurious profile of 13.5”, providing plenty of comfort for sleepers of all sizes to sink into.

The Brooklyn Aurora is available in three firmness levels: a soft 3.5, a medium 5.5, and a firm 7.5, so there’s something suitable for every type of sleeper, no matter your size or preferred sleep position.

At $1,699.00 for a queen, the Aurora is pricier than comparative options—earning it our luxury pick—but the quality construction makes this hybrid bed a really great deal. It should easily last at least 8 years. Brooklyn Bedding provides free shipping within the contiguous U.S. The bed comes with a generous 120-night sleep trial and is backed by a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Couples
  • Those who sleep hot

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Saatva – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

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

The Saatva is an innerspring mattress that takes our award for the best mattress for lightweight stomach sleepers. The Saatva is available in three firmness settings: ‘Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5). This selection range accommodates most stomach sleepers regardless of their weight, but the Plush Soft (4) or Luxury Firm (6)work best for most lighter weight stomach sleepers. The mattress is also available in two thickness profiles, 11.5? and 14.5?.

The Saatva is highly supportive because of its thick comfort system that includes layers of polyfoam, memory foam, and pocketed micro-coils. These components conform closely and alleviate pressure points in sleepers. The 2? organic cotton cover contains foam and dacron fibers for added cushioning. The support core is constructed with low-gauge bonnell coils that reinforce the edges to help the bed maintain a flat, even surface and minimize sinkage in places where people sit.

The Saatva outperforms most other innersprings in other key categories, including motion isolation and noise. The mattress also sleeps fairly cool and is responsive enough for sex.

Saatva offers free White Glove delivery for all mattress orders in the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal. The Saatva is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty, both of which are longer than average.

Good for:

  • Sleepers who like contouring with bounce
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who sleep hot

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Avocado Green – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 20-year warranty
  • Good motion isolation and conforming
  • Zoned coils provide strong edge support

Stomach sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) generally prefer mattresses with moderate firmness settings. The Avocado Green latex hybrid is a suitable option for these individuals because it is available in two firmness options, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); both provide good, body-cushioning support to stomach sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds.

The eco-friendly comfort system contains layers of Dunlop latex and organic wool, as well as an organic cotton cover. These components allow the mattress to sleep exceptionally cool. Customers may also choose a ‘pillow-top’ option, which adds two inches of latex to the mattress for extra cushioning and more conforming. The support core is constructed with zoned pocketed coils. Higher-gauge (thinner) coils line the perimeter, while low- and high-gauge coils are dispersed throughout the center. This configuration offers better support to heavier areas of the sleeper’s body. An additional latex layer above the coils helps the bed maintain an even surface.

Shipping is free for Avocado customers in all 50 states, and a White Glove option that includes in-home assembly is available for an extra charge. The Avocado Green is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who sleep hot

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The WinkBed Plus – Best Hybrid

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty and replacement guarantee
  • Targeted pain and pressure relief
  • Strong edge support

Stomach sleepers in any weight group often struggle to find a comfortable mattress, but this issue is particularly common among those in the above-average weight group (more than 230 pounds). These individuals typically require a mattress that will provide adequate conforming and support for the stomach-sleeping position without excessive sagging – and many beds are not built for this. The WinkBed Plus is a notable exception; it is one of the only mattresses on the market that is specifically designed to accommodate larger people.

The WinkBed Plus is a specialized ‘Medium Firm’ version of the standard WinkBed. The mattress is built with thick comfort layers of gel polyfoam, latex, and a compressed-cotton lumbar pad that targets sensitive areas in the lower back – a common source of discomfort for stomach sleepers. The pocketed coils are encased in high-density polyfoam to ensure an even, sag-free surface for any sleeper and minimal sinkage around the edges where people tend to sit. And because many larger people tend to sleep hot, the WinkBed offers good temperature neutrality; the latex layer, a breathable cover made of Tencel® lyocell, and strong air circulation through the coils all work to keep the mattress cool and comfortable for most.

WinkBed offers free standard shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The WinkBed Plus is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are considerably longer than average.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Stomach sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back and hip pain sufferers
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Check Price | Read Our Full WinkBed Plus Mattress Review

Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers Buyer's Guide

stomach sleep positionFewer than 10% of adults in the U.S. sleep on their stomachs. In most cases, these sleepers assume the ‘freefall’ position illustrated below. Both arms are bent at the elbow and placed beneath the sleeper’s pillow and head, while the legs are fully extended or slightly bent at the knee.

Although many prefer sleeping on their stomach, the freefall position is generally not recommended because of the relatively high potential for discomfort. Many stomach sleepers report pain and pressure in their shoulders, lower back, and hips, as well as neck strain. The bottom line: a supportive mattress can help alleviate aches and pains for stomach sleepers, but this position may lead to discomfort and pressure points regardless of mattress selection.

What You Need to Know about Sleeping on Your Stomach

There are some notable benefits to stomach sleeping. Like side sleeping, stomach sleeping can help reduce snoring and alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux. Sleeping on your stomach can also minimize the development of facial wrinkles. However, the freefall position is commonly associated with the following issues:

  • Shoulder, lower back, and hip pain: Most adults carry a high concentration of weight in their midsections. Gravity pulls the rest of the body toward the weight, which can result in aches and pains all over the body, particularly the shoulders, lumbar region, and hips. Sleeping on your stomach causes a similar gravitational pull; with the stomach beneath the rest of the body, pain and discomfort in these areas is likely to occur.
  • Neck strain: Most stomach sleepers do not sleep with their faces pointed directly at their pillow. Rather, they crane their head to the left or right. This might be the most comfortable position while sleeping, but many report neck strain the next day. Choosing a pillow based on the right loft for your weight, head size, and shoulder width can reduce neck strain to some extent.
  • Tossing and turning: Even for people who prefer the freefall position, nighttime discomfort is a common issue. Many toss and turn in order to find the most comfortable position at any given moment. This can affect sleep quality, leaving you feeling tired, drained of energy, and unfocused the next day.
  • Pregnancy discomfort: While most physicians say it’s perfectly safe for pregnant women to sleep on their stomach, most do not because of the high discomfort potential. The weight from an expanding belly often causes strain in the back and hips. As the pregnancy progresses, female sleepers have a harder time aligning their spine while sleeping on their stomach. According to the general consensus among sleep experts, side sleeping is the most suitable position for pregnant women during all three trimesters.

Choosing the Best Mattress for Stomach Sleeping

stomach sleeping spinal alignmentA supportive mattress can make a world of difference to a stomach sleeper. When discussing mattresses, ‘support’ refers to the flatness and evenness of the sleep surface. A supportive mattress will conform to the sleeper’s body and help align the spine without sinking too deeply, which creates an uneven surface.

The stomach sleeper’s body weight and the firmness of the mattress both play a role in supportiveness. Firmness is assigned on a 1 to 10 scale, 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’). Stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds tend to prefer a ‘5’ (‘Medium’) or ‘6’ (‘Medium Firm’). These mattresses conform to a degree but do not sink deeply and provide even, adequate support.

Firmness preferences may vary for those who weigh less than 130 pounds and those who weigh more than 230 pounds. The table below explores different firmness preferences for stomach sleepers in all three weight groups.

Stomach Sleeper Weight Most Suitable Firmness Range Explanation
Less than 130 pounds Medium Soft or softer Firmer mattresses may not be comfortable for lighter-than-average stomach sleepers because they do not conform closely enough. The result is often an uneven sleep surface and minimal (if any) pain and pressure relief. A softer mattress may be the more suitable option because it conforms more closely and helps align the spine.  
130 to 230 pounds Medium to Medium Firm Stomach sleepers in the average weight group often prefer the feel of ‘Medium’ and ‘Medium Firm’ mattresses. Conforming is noticeable but sinkage is minimal, and most report good spinal alignment and adequate levels of pain and pressure relief.
More than 230 pounds Medium Firm or firmer Stomach sleepers who are heavier than average often struggle with excessively soft mattresses — particularly if the sleeper has a high concentration of weight in his or her midsection. A firmer mattress will sink less and help align the spine better in most cases.

The diagram below illustrates the most common firmness preferences among stomach sleepers in all three weight groups.

Which Mattresses Are Best/Worst for Stomach Sleepers?

As we’ve discussed above, aches and pains are commonly associated with stomach sleeping regardless of mattress choice. However, some models are better equipped to accommodate freefall sleepers than others due to the material composition of their comfort layers and support cores. In addition to supportiveness, mattress types also vary in terms of temperature neutrality, noise, odor potential, durability, and price-point.

The table below illustrates notable pros and cons of the five most common mattress types, and explains which are most suitable for stomach sleeping.

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 Stomach Sleepers Close conforming and pain/pressure relief
Good motion isolation
No noise
Multiple firmness options and wide availability
Below-average price-point
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 for most
Multiple firmness options and wide availability
Below-average price-point
Better conforming and pain/pressure relief than innersprings
Strong edge support
Good responsiveness for sex
Sleeps cool for most
Long lifespan
Close conforming and pain/pressure relief
Adjustable firmness settings
Cons for Stomach Sleepers Sleeps hot for some
Odor potential
Some early sagging reported
Minimal edge support
Odor potential
Some early sagging reported
Minimal edge support
High price-point
Minimal conforming and pressure relief
Noise potential
Some early sagging reported
Sleeps hot for some
Noise potential
High price-point
Temperature issues for some
Noise potential
High price-point

Tips for Buying a Mattress

After deciding which mattress type is most suitable for your and your partner’s needs, the only step that remains is ordering and purchasing the mattress. Here are few tips to guide you through this last important process.

  • Calculate a realistic price range. While the average mattress costs more than $1,000, individual models may be priced anywhere from less than $100 to more than $5,000. Use your preferred mattress type as a starting point; foam and innerspring models tend to be much cheaper than latex, hybrid, and airbed models. Also keep in mind that some mattress sellers charge shipping fees; others offer free shipping exclusively to customers in the contiguous U.S. In some cases, extra shipping charges can amount to hundreds of dollars on top of the product price.
  • Read the fine print when it comes to sleep trials. Most mattress brands and retailers offer ‘sleep trials,’ which allow purchasers to test out a mattress for a certain length of time (usually 90 nights or longer); if they are dissatisfied with the mattress before the trial ends, they may return their mattress for a full or partial refund (exchanges may also be allowed). Sleep trials can be helpful, but there are some notable caveats. One is the ‘mandatory break-in period,’ as some brands require purchasers to test out the mattress for a certain length of time before they qualify for a full refund. Return charges are another consideration. Most brands offer free returns, but some will charge the purchaser a flat or variable fee that is deducted from their refund.  
  • Carefully research the product warranty. Most mattresses come with warranties against certain defects that span 10 years or longer. These defects may include indentations in the sleep surface or material flaws with mattress layers, but rarely cover normal wear and tear or physical damage. The overall warranty length is key, but the most important factor is the length of nonprorated coverage. During nonprorated coverage, owners may repair or replace a defective mattress at little (if any) charge. When prorated coverage kicks in, they must pay a percentage of the original product price to have their mattress repaired or replaced; this percentage typically increases with each successive year. When inquiring about warranty, be sure to find out how much nonprorated coverage is offered; a significant number of mattress warranties extending 10 years or longer only offer one to two years of nonprorated coverage.

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