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 – Saatva

Best Value – Nectar

Best Luxury – The New Purple

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Leesa

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – WinkBed

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – Avocado

How We Decided

 

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

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

Saatva – Editor's Pick

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 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. The mattress is also available in two thickness profiles, 11.5″ and 14.5″.

The Saatva is also highly supportive, largely due to a thick comfort system that includes layers of polyfoam, memory foam, and pocketed coils. These components conform closely and alleviate pressure points in sleepers. The 2″ organic cotton cover also 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:

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

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Nectar – Best Value

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

Nectar Sleep’s flagship mattress supports stomach sleepers with four foam layers and an 11″profile. The mattress earns our Best Value pick due to its low price-point, which is more than $250 below the average memory foam mattress model.

Comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam conform to the sleeper’s body for targeted pressure relief. However, the Nectar is ‘Medium Firm’ (6) and will not excessively sag. The support core contains two layers of polyfoam for added support, while a cover made of lyocell and cotton ensures good temperature neutrality despite the foam components.

The Nectar mattress also isolates motion well and produces no noise; both of these factors can be beneficial for couples, particularly if one or both of the sleepers awaken easily due to motion or noise. The mattress is also exceptionally lightweight and easy to move, even by memory foam bed standards.

Shipping is free for Nectar customers in the contiguous U.S., and White Glove delivery is available for an extra charge. The mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest trial periods offered among beds sold today.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers in average and heavy weight groups
  • Couples
  • Those who normally sleep hot on foam beds

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The New Purple – Best Luxury

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

The New Purple, introduced in 2018, combines the unique ‘Smart Grid’ design of the Original Purple mattress with the pocketed coil support core found on standard hybrids to create a comfortable surface for stomach sleepers.

The comfort layer consists of buckling-column gel contained in a polymer grid. This component offers conforming and pressure relief comparable to the comfort layers found in memory foam and latex mattresses, but the polymer frame is highly durable and will not deteriorate as quickly. The New Purple also provides great motion isolation and exceptional temperature neutrality.

The mattress is available in three height profiles with corresponding firmness settings. The 11″ design is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); the 12″ design is ‘Medium’ (5.5); and the 13″ design is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5). This diverse range should accommodate most stomach sleepers, regardless of their weight group.

Price-points are above-average for the New Purple, making it a suitable choice for shoppers with bigger budgets. Purple ships the mattress for free within the contiguous U.S., and the New Purple is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

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

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Leesa – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Medium (5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Sleeps cooler than other foam beds
  • Very good motion isolation

While stomach sleepers generally prefer firmer beds, those in the light weight group (less than 130 pounds) often require a balance of firmness and softness. The Leesa is a ‘Medium’ (5) firmness mixed foam mattress with a 10″ profile to support lightweight figures who sleep on their stomachs, as well as those who use other sleep positions.

The comfort layers consist of Avena foam on top and soft memory foam on the bottom for optimal support, while a high-density polyfoam base layer ensures a flat, even sleep surface. The Leesa mattress also sleeps cooler than most foam beds due to its cover made from stretch fabric. Other strengths include strong motion isolation and no noise when the bed is bearing weight.

The Leesa is one of the lightest mattresses sold, at 67 pounds a Queen-size, making it relatively easy to move and rotate as needed. The price-point is also lower than the average foam model.

Leesa ships the mattress free-of-charge to all 50 states. Customers also qualify for a 100-night sleep trial with full returns, as well as a nonprorated 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the light and average weight groups
  • Couples
  • Those who normally sleep hot on foam beds

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The WinkBed – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 6.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Good motion isolation
  • Close conforming and pressure relief

The WinkBed is an innerspring mattress available in three firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5), ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers in different weight groups, including the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds).

The mattress also features comfort layers of polyfoam, gel memory foam, and pocketed minicoils to create a supportive surface for stomach sleeping. The comfort system also contains a compressed cotton ‘lumbar pad’ that helps minimize back pain, which is a common problem for stomach sleepers.

The mattress also has strong edge support, largely due to a foam encasement around the pocketed coils that reinforces the perimeter of the bed and helps prevent sinkage in areas where owners tend to sit. The pocketed coils also allow the bed to sleep fairly cool, which can be beneficial for excessively hot sleepers.

Standard deliveries are free for WinkBed customers in the contiguous U.S., and White Glove delivery is available for an extra fee. The mattress qualifies for a 120-night sleep trial, which is longer than average, as well as a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Couples

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Avocado – Best for Heavyweight 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

Finding a comfortable mattress can be difficult for heavier stomach sleepers. The Avocado 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) and provides body-cushioning support.

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, even for a hybrid. 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 is available for an extra charge. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who sleep hot

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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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