Best Mattresses for Arthritis – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Although a bed can impact the sleep, comfort, and overall health of all sleepers, a quality mattress is particularly essential for those suffering from arthritis. Plagued by chronic joint pain and inflammation, sleepers with arthritis may find the type of mattress they use can directly alleviate or aggravate their symptoms.

Arthritis comes in more than 100 forms, from bone cartilage deterioration to inflammation of the knees, ankles, and feet. All varieties are characterized by similar symptoms like pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion. To ease such symptoms—rather than making them worse—there are certain characteristics and features shoppers should look for in a bed.

For more on choosing a suitable mattress for arthritis, refer to the guide below. We’ve included recommendations on the best mattresses for arthritis available in 2019, in addition to a buying guide that explains what to look for in a bed and other tips for improving sleep when you have arthritis.

Best Mattresses for Arthritis

Editor’s Choice – The WinkBed

Best Value – Layla Mattress

Best Luxury – The New Purple

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Zenhaven Mattress

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – DreamCloud

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – Saatva Mattress

How We Decided

 

147 mattresses considered –– 140 hours of research –– 5 mattress executives interviewed –– 10 sleep experts consulted

Best Mattresses for Arthritis – Tuck's Top 6 Beds

The WinkBed – Editor's Choice

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 6.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Extra support and pain relief
  • Cool and comfortable for most

A combination of gel foam and coil-on-coil, the WinkBed mattress comes with a number of features ideal for sleepers suffering from arthritis. The WinkBed is built with a Euro-top layer for added padding, followed by hypersoft foam and gel memory foam comfort layers, foam-encased minicoils, and a compressed-cotton pad for extra lumbar support. The support core features high-profile pocketed coils over a high-density foam foundation. The bed is wrapped in a breathable cover and features a foam encasement around the perimeter for added edge support.

Largely thanks to its Euro top, the WinkBed is able to offer superior pressure relief and contouring—essential for helping to ease ache and pains in sensitive joints. Fairly responsive, the WinkBed allows for a high degree of freedom of movement, which is helpful for chronic pain sufferers who tend to shift sleeping positions often throughout the night. The WinkBed also offers decent temperature neutrality, ideal for arthritis sufferers who are particularly sensitive to the heat and cold. The mattress produces minimal noise and delivers above-average motion isolation compared to other innerspring and hybrid beds—another important consideration for sleepers with arthritis, who may be especially sensitive to both noise and motion.

For what is considered to be a luxury bed, the WinkBed comes with a reasonable price point. The company offers free shipping to destinations across the contiguous U.S.

Good for:

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

Check Price | Read Our Full WinkBeds Mattress Review

Layla Mattress – Best Value

Highlights
  • Dual-sided with multiple firmness options (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Cooling copper infusion aids circulation
  • Good conforming and pressure relief

The Layla – our Best Value pick – is a flippable mattress with different firmness levels on each side. One side is ‘Medium Soft’ (4) level and the other is ‘Firm’ (7), making it suitable for most sleepers regardless of their weight or preferred position. Both sides feature memory foam infused with copper, which helps cool down the mattress and promote better bloodflow in sleepers with poor circulation. The ‘Medium Soft’ end features a layer of convoluted support foam that acts as an additional barrier between the body and the bed’s high-density polyfoam support core. The Layla includes a removable, cooling thermogel cover.

The Layla’s memory foam construction provides above-average pressure-relief throughout the body. Though memory foam mattresses are notorious for sleeping hot, the cooling copper infusion combined with the thermogel cover promotes temperature neutrality. Like other memory foam beds, the Layla also produces zero noise and provides great motion isolation.

The Layla has a below-average price point and the mattress will ship for free anywhere in the contiguous U.S. It is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Those who tend to overheat during the night
  • People with poor circulation

Check Price | Read Our Full Layla Mattress Review

New Purple Mattress – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year non-prorated warranty
  • Innovative hybrid construction
  • Sleeps exceptionally cool

The New Purple is a hybrid mattress that combines the brand’s signature ‘Smart Grid’ with a pocketed coil support core. The mattress is available in three thickness profiles to accommodate sleepers with different preferences, and each one has a different firmness setting: The 11″ model is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); the 12″ model is ‘Medium (5.5); and the 13″ model is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5).

The New Purple sleeps cooler than most beds sold today, making ideal for people with arthritis who naturally feel hot in bed. The Smart Grid layer, which consists of buckling-column gel dispersed over an elastic polymer grid, offers the same body conforming, pressure relief, and motion isolation as memory foam or latex. However, the Smart Grid is less susceptible to indentations and will not deteriorate as quickly.

Although the New Purple has a relatively high price-point, it is available with free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Those who tend to overheat during the night
  • Back pain sufferers

Check Price | Read Our Full Purple Mattress Review

Zenhaven – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Dual-sided with different firmness options (4, 7)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 20-year non-prorated warranty  
  • Excellent durability
  • Above-average pain and pressure relief

Like the Layla, the Zenhaven by Saatva is flippable with different levels of firmness on both sides: one is ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and the other is ‘Firm’ (7). The Zenhaven is built with comfort layers and a shared support core made of Talalay latex, as well as an organic cotton cover over a layer of New Zealand wool.

Although some all-latex beds can be too firm for arthritis sufferers, the Zenhaven is specially engineered to provide relief for joint pain. The Talalay latex comfort layers feature pinholes that vary in size and location, which allows the bed to deliver targeted pressure relief and support to different areas of the body. The bed also offers exceptional temperature neutrality, and carries a longer-than-average expected lifespan.

Like other mattress models from Saatva, the Zenhaven qualifies for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Eco-friendly shoppers

Check Price | Read Our Full Zenhaven Mattress Review

DreamCloud – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Thick, pressure-relieving comfort system
  • Above-average motion isolation

People weighing between 130 and 230 pounds typically prefer mattresses with moderate firmness and body conforming. Mattresses that are too soft may sink excessively, leading to poor spinal alignment and added aches and pains, while excessively firm beds do not conform closely enough to target high-pressure areas of the body. The DreamCloud, our pick for sleepers with arthritis in the average weight group, offers a ‘Medium Firm’ (6.50) feel that is suitable for all sleep positions.

DreamCloud mattresses are constructed with three memory foam comfort layers, along with a latex support layer for added responsiveness and temperature neutrality. The comfort layers offer consistent conforming that molds to the body and provides extra support to areas where weight is centered, such as the shoulders and waist. The DreamCloud also features pocketed coils encased in high-density foam for added edge support and durability. The mattress is 15″ thick, making it a good option for those who prefer high-profile beds.

DreamCloud offers free standard shipping to customers in the contiguous U.S., along with White Glove delivery – which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal – for an extra charge. The mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, one of the longest trials in the industry, as well as a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

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

Check Price | Read Our Full DreamCloud Mattress Review

Saatva Mattress – Best for Heavyweight Sleepers

 

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4, 6, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 15-year warranty
  • Above-average pain and pressure relief
  • Excellent edge support

The Saatva innerspring features a complex coil-on-coil construction designed for pressure-relief and support. The bed is topped by a Euro-top padding layer over comfort layers of polyfoam, memory foam, and pocketed minicoils. These components allow the bed to isolate more motion transfer and produce less noise than most competing innersprings. The support core features bonnell steel coils encased in foam, which reinforces the entire bed and helps prevent sinkage around the edges.

The Saatva is available in three firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5), as well as 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profiles. This firmness and thickness range should accommodate most sleepers with arthritis regardless of their weight or position. Side sleepers and those weighing less than 130 pounds tend to prefer the softest setting, which offers close conforming and alleviates pain in areas affected by arthritis. Heavier people and back/stomach sleepers may receive better support from the firmer options.

Saatva offers free White Glove Delivery with mattress removal anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People who prefer beds with thick profiles

Check Price | Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review

Buyer's Guide – Mattresses for Arthritis

What Is Arthritis?

‘Arthritis’ is a blanket term for the more than 100 conditions related to join inflammation and chronic pain. Depending on the type of arthritis, the condition may be caused by a physical injury, bacterial infection, or another underlying disease or condition. The cause is unknown for certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Genetic history: Some — but not all — forms of arthritis run in families. Nevertheless, individuals are considered at greater risk of developing arthritis is a parent or sibling also has the condition. Genetics may also predispose people to physical problems that can trigger arthritis.
  • Age: Elderly people are considered at greatest risk of severe arthritis, since most forms of the condition are degenerative and will worsen over time. Young children are at-risk for developing certain types of arthritis as well, including infectious arthritis.
  • Sex: Women are much more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men, while males are at a higher risk of developing other types of arthritis, such as gout.
  • Injury: People who injure a joint are much likelier to develop arthritis in that joint, as well as neighboring joints.
  • Weight: Obese people are considered at greater risk of developing arthritis due to the added stress of extra weight on the knees, hips, and spine.

Because there are so many different types of arthritis, it’s important to note differences in causes, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and other factors. The table below provides detailed information about five of the most commonly diagnosed forms of arthritis.

Type of Arthritis Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Infectious Arthritis Psoriatic Arthritis Gout
Overview Inflammation of the joints and deterioration of bone cartilage, but minimal risk of affecting organ systems Inflammation of joints on both sides of the body and deterioration of joint lining (synovium) Inflammation of joints brought on by a bacterial infection Joint inflammation that occurs in people with psoriasis, a skin disease characterized by red, scaly rashes throughout the body Severe joint pain usually concentrated in the knees, ankles, and toes
Risk Factors Old age Obesity
Physical trauma
Joint abnormalities

 

Females who have never been pregnant
Old age
Young or old age
Open wounds
History of intravenous drug use
Psoriasis diagnosis (10% to 30% of patients)
Age (30 to 50)
Physical injury
Smoking and/or alcohol use
High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
Causes Primary osteoarthritis is usually caused by aging
Secondary osteoarthritis may be caused by other diseases or conditions (such as obesity or diabetes)
Causes unknown Bacterial infection from medical procedure
Staphylococcus
Streptococcus
Hepatitis, HIV, herpes, mumps, and other preexisting conditions
Occurs in people with psoriasis when their immune system misidentifies and attacks healthy joints and tissue Uric acid buildup in the bloodstream
Symptoms Chronic pain
Swollen, warm, or creaking joints
Pain and stiffness after periods of inactivity

 

Joint pain and swelling
Severe stiffness after periods of inactivity (such as sleep)
Fatigue
Loss of appetite
Symmetrical joint pain (both sides of body affected equally)
Chills
Fatigue
Fever
Limited range of motion in affected joint areas
Swollen and/or warm joints
Warmth and redness at affected joints in both sides of body (polyarticular) or one side of body (oligoarticular)
Light sensitivity
Shortness of breath
Depressions (‘pits’) in fingernails and toenails
Severe joint pain in the early morning or late night
Redness or tenderness at swelling
Most Commonly Affected Joints Knees
Spine/lower back
Weight-bearing joints (i.e., hips and knees)
Both hands
Both wrists
Both knees
Both ankles
Weight-bearing joints (i.e. knees or hips) Hands
Wrists
Elbows
Shoulders
Knees
Ankles
Feet
Spine
Knees
Ankles
Toes
Elbows
Fingers
Complications Enlarged or malformed fingers and toes

 

Complete deterioration of bones and cartilage Permanent joint impairment
Death
Permanent joint damage
Chronic fatigue

 

Painful and damaged joints
Longer flare-up episodes
Pain in other areas
Lumps beneath the skin
Kidney failure
Diagnosis Procedures Arthrocentesis procedure: fluid is drawn from the affected joint using a surgical needle
Blood tests
X-ray
No specific test
Physical exam
Blood tests
Imaging tests
No specific test
Arthrocentesis procedure: fluid is drawn from the affected joint using a surgical needle
X-ray
Ultrasound
Blood test
Physical exam
Blood tests
Imaging tests
No specific test
Joint fluid test
Blood test
X-ray
Ultrasound
Number of Patients (U.S.) 27 million 3 million 16,000 4 million 8 million
Treatment Options OTC and prescription medication
Exercise
Weight loss
Dietary improvements
OTC and prescription medication
Exercise
Weight loss
Corrective surgery
Antibiotics and fluid drainage (arthroscopy) OTC and prescription medication
Dietary improvements
Corrective surgery
OTC and prescription medication
Dietary improvements

How Does Arthritis Affect Sleep?

There is a strong link between chronic joint pain and non-restorative sleep. People who have a hard time falling or staying asleep due to aches and pains may experience fatigue, trouble focusing, and mood swings during the day. They generally require a mattress that provides a flat, even surface and close conforming to alleviate pain and pressure in their sensitive areas.

People with certain types of arthritis, such as infectious arthritis, may also experience symptoms that make it harder to fall asleep. These include sensitivity to temperature, motion transfer, and noise.

Mattress Considerations for People with Arthritis

When shopping for a new mattress and comparing different brands and models, people with arthritis should take the following factors into account:

Support

Mattress ‘support’ refers to how well the bed maintains a flat, level surface beneath the sleeper’s body. Ideally a mattress should be able to provide sufficient support for people of different weights and body types, but some models sag beneath heavier areas of the body. Excessive firmness or softness can make mattresses feel less supportive,

Conforming ability

‘Conforming’ refers to the way some mattresses will mold to contours of a sleeper’s body. Closely conforming mattresses can help align the spine and alleviate pain and pressure in sensitive areas. However, some mattresses do not conform as closely to some areas as others, and this can lead to a lack of support and increased pain and pressure throughout the body.

Firmness

‘Firmness’ refers to how soft or firm the mattress feels to different sleepers. Some mattress models are available in multiple firmness options, while others are designed for one firmness only. The three general categories for mattress firmness are:

  • Soft (1-3): Most sleepers sink deeply into the mattress. This is usually the most comfortable firmness option for people who weigh less than 130 pounds. People who weigh more than 130 pounds may experience excessive sinking, which can reduce mattress support and lead to more aches and pains.
  • Medium (4-6): Some sleepers sink deeply into the mattress. This option provides sufficient support for most weight groups, but those who weigh more than 230 pounds may still sink too deeply and experience more pressure and pain.
  • Firm (7-9): Few sleepers sink deeply into the mattress. This is typically the best option for people who weigh more than 230 pounds. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds may not weigh enough to experience any conforming, and this can lead to more pain and pressure.

Durability

The average mattress (regardless of construction type) will perform for at least six years, and some perform for up to eight or nine before they should be replaced. However, some mattresses are susceptible to sagging and indentations after a few years; this can increase pain and pressure for sleepers.

Motion isolation

People with arthritis often experience chronic joint pain that makes them more sensitive to motion in bed. Some mattresses are designed to absorb and isolate motion to certain areas of the sleep surface. Other, more responsive mattress types offer little to no motion isolation.

Noise

In addition to motion, people with severe arthritis may be sensitive to noise when trying to fall asleep. Some mattresses produce little to no noise when bearing weight, but others feature coils, electrical components, and other parts that can creak, squeak, or rattle.

Temperature neutrality

Some types of arthritis (namely infectious arthritis) can make people sensitive to heat or cold. Mattresses that are temperature-neutral will not sleep excessively warm or cool, and may be beneficial to individuals who tend to sleep hot or cold. Other mattresses are associated with sleeping hot and/or cold, and may not be the best option for people who are temperature-sensitive.

Ease of movement

Chronic pain can cause people to roll over in their sleep and shift positions throughout the night. Mattresses that offer little resistance tend to be the most comfortable option, while those that cause deep sinking can make it harder to move in bed.

Sleep trial

Most mattress brands and retailers offer ‘sleep trials’ for new mattresses that allow customers to test out their mattress for a pre-agreed length of time, anywhere from 30 to 365 consecutive nights (depending on the seller).

If the customer is not satisfied with the mattress before the sleep trial ends, he or she will be able to return or exchange their mattress for a full or partial refund.

Sleep trials can be quite advantageous for people with arthritis who are not sure which mattress brand/model is best for them.

Warranty and indentation depth

Excessive sagging or indentations in the sleep surface will qualify as a mattress defect under most manufacturer’s warranties. The vast majority of today’s mattress warranties include a specific measurement that is used to determine whether sagging or indentations represent a defect or standard wear and tear.

Sagging and indentations that measure more than an inch deep are associated with significantly more pain and pressure than those that measure one inch or less. For this reason, people with arthritis should review the mattress warranty to ensure they will be able to have their mattress repaired or replaced if sagging and indentations become deeper than one inch.

What Mattress Types Are Best/Worst for People with Arthritis?

Some mattress types are more suitable than others for sleepers with arthritis. The next table lists construction details, Tuck performance ratings, and more information about the five most common mattress types that may be relevant for individuals with arthritis.

Mattress Type Innerspring Foam Latex Hybrid Airbed
Construction Foam comfort layer(s)
Steel coils and high-density foam in the support core
Polyfoam and/or memory foam comfort layer(s) High-density polyfoam layer(s) in the support core Latex comfort layer(s)
Latex or high-density polyfoam layer(s) in the support core
At least 2″ of memory foam or latex in the comfort layer, as well as other components (such as polyfoam or minicoils)
Pocketed coils in the support core
Foam comfort layers or no comfort layer
Adjustable air chambers in the support core
Support Fair to Good Fair to Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good
Conforming Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good Fair to Good
Firmness Options Fair to Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good
Durability Poor to Fair Fair to Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Poor to Fair
Light Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs) Fair to Good Fair to Good Good to Very Good Poor to Fair Fair to Good
Heavy Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs) Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Poor to Fair
Motion Isolation Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good
Noise Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Poor to Fair
Temperature Neutrality Good to Very Good Poor to Fair Fair to Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good
Ease of Movement Good to Very Good Poor to Fair Fair to Good Fair to Good Good to Very Good
Rating for Sleepers with Arthritis Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good

Innerspring

  • Minimal support and little to no conforming
  • Sleeps very cool
  • Limited firmness options
  • Fair durability, but potential for sagging to develop over time
  • Easy to move on and off
  • Below-average motion isolation and noise potential

Foam

  • Close conforming and good pressure relief
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Average durability and some sagging potential
  • Sleeps hot
  • Good motion isolation and zero noise
  • Difficult to move on and off

Latex

  • Exceptional support and good pressure relief
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Exceptional durability with no sagging potential
  • Above-average motion isolation and zero noise
  • Sleeps cool
  • May be difficult to move on and off

Hybrid

  • Better conforming and pressure relief than innersprings
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Good durability
  • Average motion isolation, more noise potential
  • Sleeps fairly cool
  • Ease of movement on and off

Airbed

  • Customizable firmness settings, but some are excessively firm
  • May not be suitable for certain weight groups
  • Above-average durability
  • Average temperature neutrality
  • Easy to move on and off

Additional Sleep Strategies for People with Arthritis

In addition to carefully researching and comparing different mattress models in order to find the best option, people with arthritis can further improve their sleep quality by choosing the right pillows and utilizing a mattress topper.

Pillows

Pillows vary in terms of thickness, or ‘loft,’ and selecting a pillow based on loft can make a significant difference for sleepers with arthritis. The right loft will help alleviate aches and pains in sensitive areas of the body, including the neck, shoulders, and head, while pillows that are too thick or too thin can have the opposite effect.

Pillows that are most popular with people who have arthritis include buckwheat, latex, and memory foam models. Other pillows types, such as down alternative and polyfoam, may not be as suitable because they provide below-average support, do not conform as closely, and may sleep excessively hot.

For more information about choosing the right pillows, visit our guide to the Best Pillows.

Using a Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is an extra layer of cushioning that is placed on top of a mattress. Most toppers are designed to make the mattress feel less firm, though there are models that increase firmness of excessively soft mattresses. Toppers can improve support, as well. For people with arthritis, a topper that measures at least three inches (3″) thick is recommended.

Toppers made of latex or memory foam conform closely to the sleeper’s body for improved spinal alignment and targeted pain and pressure relief. These models are generally most suitable for people with arthritis. Other topper types, such as convoluted polyfoam, do not provide the same levels of comfort and pressure relief. To learn more, please check out our Best Mattress Toppers guide.

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