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Most medium-size and larger recreational vehicles (RVs) come equipped with some sort of bed that can support a mattress, but the sleeping spaces are generally smaller than standard beds and designed for mattresses with lower profiles. RV owners looking for a mattress can generally choose between specialty RV mattresses, which come in different sizes designed specifically for RV beds; or standard mattresses with lower-than-average profiles that will fit into RV bedding spaces.
The majority of RV-friendly mattresses are constructed with memory foam comfort layers and high-density support cores, though other types of mattresses – such as innersprings or latex beds – may meet the sizing criteria as well. The average RV mattress measures between 6″ and 8″ thick, though mattresses up to 10″ thick may be used in RVs. Due to their smaller dimensions, most RV mattresses have lower price-points than standard mattresses; the average model costs between $200 and $400 in a Queen size.
Read on to learn more about how to choose the right RV mattress. Our guide includes buying considerations, tips for shoppers, and other helpful information. Below you’ll find our picks for the best RV mattresses sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is the PlushBeds Cool Bliss Gel 8 inch RV Mattress. This medium-firm PlushBeds mattress has received many positive customer reviews because of its comfort, with customers opting to purchase it as a replacement for the standard mattress that came with their RV. It is also in a price range that is affordable for many people. The mattress contains a high-density memory foam support core and a gel-infused memory foam comfort layer. The 2-inch gel-infused memory foam layer helps make the mattress feel cooler, so it’s a good choice for people who tend to sleep hot and need a breathable surface to sleep on.
The PlushBeds Cool Bliss Gel 8 inch RV Mattress comes in multiple sizes: twin, RV special, full, queen short, queen, and king. The PlushBeds Cool Bliss Gel 8 inch RV Mattress is supportive due to the density of its 6-inch support core foam layer. The mattress, like many memory foam mattresses, still feels soft and “hugs” to the body, however. It has good motion isolation, so if you are sharing the mattress with someone else, their movements will be less likely to wake you up.
Our choice for best value is the Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress from Zinus, a bed that offers better temperature neutrality and more pain/pressure relief than most other RV mattresses sold today. The bed features a comfort layer of gel memory foam supported with transitional polyfoam and a high-density polyfoam base. RV owners can choose between 6 inch or 8 inch profiles; the bed is also available in 10 inch and 12 inch profiles for standard mattress shoppers.
Cool sleep is a notable benefit of the Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress, which absorbs minimal body heat and sleeps at a comfortable temperature for most. The mattress has a ‘Medium’ to ‘Medium Firm’ feel that is optimal for sleepers in the average and above-average weight groups, as well as lighter people who like a balance of conforming and support in their sleep surfaces. The Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress is offered at a relatively low price-point and backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Serenia Sleep Memory Foam RV Mattress is constructed with a 2.5 PCF memory foam comfort layer and a 6″ high-density polyfoam base. These components create a ‘Medium Firm’ feel that conforms to the body and alleviates discomfort without sinking excessively or compromising mattress support. The open-cell foams also offer great circulation that helps keep the mattress cool and comfortable for most.
The Serenia Sleep Memory Foam RV mattress is 8″ thick. It is available in Short Full and Short Queen sizes that are optimal for RV beds, as well as standard Full, Queen, and King sizes for standard beds. Its price-point is somewhat above-average, making the mattress a great pick for shoppers with bigger budgets. The Serenia Sleep Memory Foam RV Mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Staying cool is an important consideration for RV sleepers, as they tend to use their RV during the summer months when the vehicle interior can become stuffy and excessively warm. The CoolBreeze Memory Foam Mattress from DynastyMattress offers a comfortable sleeping temperature for most, due in part to its open-cell foam construction – particularly the gel-infused comfort layer. With four individual foam layers, it also conforms more closely than many of its all-foam competitors used in RVs.
The CoolBreeze Memory Foam Mattress has a 10″ profile, making it thicker-than-average compared to other RV-friendly models. It is available in a Queen RV size, as well as several standard mattress sizes for use on a primary bed. DynastyMattress backs the CoolBreeze Memory Foam Mattress with a 120-night sleep trial and 20-year warranty, both of which are significantly longer than average.
RV-friendly innersprings are somewhat rare, largely due to the growing popularity of all-foam RV models. Our pick for the Best RV Innerspring is The Explorer from Parklane Mattresses, which is built with a polyfoam comfort layer and a Bonnell coil support core. The mattress is highly responsive, making it good for sex, and also offers great support. In terms of firmness ‘The Explorer’ is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ which is ideal for those who weigh at least 130 pounds, as well as back and stomach sleepers.
Great airflow through the coil layer also allows The Explorer to sleep relatively cool. It is available in five RV sizes: RV Bunk, RV Three-Quarter, RV Full, RV Short Queen, and RV Queen. This wide selection should accommodate most RV owners regardless of their vehicle’s interior dimensions. It also weighs 62 pounds in a Queen size, making it lighter and easier to lift/rotate than most conventional innersprings.
Roughly 9 million Americans own a recreational vehicle, or RV, a broad category of motor vehicles that includes motorhomes, trailers, and pop-up campers. RVs are designed for cross-country travel, and most feature beds, bunks, fold-out sofas, and other accommodations for sleepers. Choosing a mattress for your RV strongly depends on the type of vehicle and bed, as well as other factors like size, firmness, and price-point.
This guide will look at mattress models that are commonly used in different types of RVs, as well as tips for first-time buyers and our picks for the best RV mattresses sold today.
Standard mattresses used in bedrooms are generally categorized into the following six sizes:
RV mattresses are designed for smaller sleep spaces and follow a slightly different sizing structure than standard mattress sizes. A standard King, for instance, has the same dimensions as an RV Eastern King, while an RV King is five inches shorter than a standard King. Other RV mattress sizes, such as the RV Twin and RV California King, match the dimensions of their corresponding size for standard mattresses.
The table below lists the most common sizes and dimensions for RV mattress models; please note that the dimensions are variable for some sizes:
|RV Bunk||28W” x 75L”
30W” x 75L”
30W” x 80L”
34W” x 75L”
|RV Twin||38W” x 75L”
38W” x 80L”
40W” x 80L”
|RV Full||53W” x 75L”
55W” x 75L”
|RV Three-Quarter||48W” x 75L”
48W” x 80L”
|RV Short Queen||60W” x 75L”|
|RV Queen||60W” x 80L”|
|RV Olympic Queen||66W” x 80L”|
|RV King||72W” x 75L”
72W” x 80L”
|RV Eastern King||76W” x 80L”|
|RV California King||72W” x 80L”
72W” x 84L”
RV mattresses also tend to be much thinner and lighter than standard mattresses. The average height of an RV mattress is six to eight inches, while the average standard mattress measures 10 to 11 inches thick. Most RV mattresses weigh between 50 and 75 pounds.
For many RV owners, selecting the right bedding comes down to a simple choice: mattress or topper. The term ‘topper’ refers to an individual cushioning layer that provides extra padding for sleep surfaces. They offer a more comfortable sleep experience than mattress pads or protectors, which are primarily designed to shield mattresses from stains. Toppers are suitable for RVs with pull-out sofas that do not have sufficient room for a mattress, or RVs with built-in beds featuring mattresses that are often thin, excessively firm, and difficult and/or expensive to replace.
Some RVs feature bunk beds that are too small to fit anything larger than an RV Bunk or RV Twin size mattress. In other RVs, the bed will accommodate an RV mattress of any size. Common RVs (and their bedding considerations) include the following:
The term motorhome refers to any RV that can be driven, as opposed to those that require towing, but — unlike other large vehicles — they do not require a commercial driver license (CDL). Motorhomes are typically the most expensive RVs on the market, as well as the largest. They are divided into three class categories:
Fifth wheels are the largest category of towable trailers. They are named for a coupling that attaches the towing vehicle to the trailer that provides more flexibility and easier maneuvering, particularly during turns and when the towing vehicle is moving in reverse. Most fifth wheel trailers are large enough to fit full beds with mattresses of any size, but some have bunks with a more limited size range.
Travel trailers are fairly long and feature an assortment of built-in features for more convenience, but without the fifth wheel coupling they are more difficult to maneuver when towing — and it is virtually impossible for the towing vehicle to back up. They also tend to be narrower and have less interior space, and most feature fold-out beds that can be used with toppers.
These are generally the smallest towable trailers with sleeping quarters, and are designed for occasional campouts and relatively short road trips. They do not feature many — if any — built-in features. They also tend to be fairly short; as a result, thicker mattresses are not recommended — and toppers may be the best option.
When choosing a mattress for an RV, material composition is another important factor. The next table lists the most common RV mattress types by material, as well as pros and cons for RV owners who use them.
|Mattress Type||Average Cost||Pros||Cons||RV Rating|
|Foam||$||- Thin profile and lightweight - Low cost||- Too firm for some - Short lifespan||Good They are often uncomfortable, but foam RV mattresses are low-profile and take up little space.|
|Latex||$$||- Long lifespan - Comfortable and supportive||- High cost - Most models too heavy and thick||Good Latex is naturally anti-microbial, which helps it last longer when exposed to the elements, but latex mattresses are too large for most RVs.|
|Innerspring||$||- Low cost - Thin profile||- Heavy - Prone to rust||Good RV innersprings are thin enough to fit in most sleeping quarters, but their metal components wear out quickly when exposed to the elements.|
|Hybrid||$||- Long lifespan - Supportive and comfortable||- Heavy and thick - Limited availability||Fair Hybrid mattresses are comfortable enough for most sleepers, but they are fairly expensive and RV-friendly models are quite rare (due to their thicker-than-average profiles)|
|Airbed||$$||- Adjustable thickness - Supportive and comfortable||- High cost - Not always suitable for RVs||Fair Not all airbeds can be used in RVs, and many require electric power, but suitable models can be quite comfortable.|
The vast majority of RV mattresses sold today are either foam or innerspring models. This is important to note for those who prefer latex mattresses, hybrids, or airbeds.
There are several options for toppers in terms of material composition, as well. These include mattress materials like foam and latex, as well as wool, feathers, convoluted (egg crate) polyfoam, and synthetic fibers. Most toppers measure one to four inches thick, making them suitable for pull-out sofas that don’t have enough room for mattresses or built-in beds with mattresses that are difficult to replace. To learn more about topper options, please visit our Best Mattress Toppers guide.
When shopping for a new RV mattress and comparing different brands and models, here are a few key factors to take into account: