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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.
Because there are both regular mattresses and RV mattresses to choose from, RV owners have a lot to consider. To make your decision easier, we did the research for you. We personally tested dozens of mattresses, sourced verified customer and RV owner experiences, and performed intensive product research. The list you’ll find below are the best RV mattresses 2020 has to offer.
After you check out our RV mattress reviews, we invite you to read on to learn more about how to choose the right mattress for your RV. Our Buyer’s Guide includes special considerations for RV mattress shoppers, insider buying tips, and other helpful information.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best RV mattress.
The Tuck Editor’s Pick for the Best RV Mattress is the Brooklyn Signature. The Signature comes in three firmness options – ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to suit sleepers of all sleeping positions and weight ranges.
The soft setting provides the best contouring and pressure relief for lighter people and side sleepers. We recommend the medium setting for average weight sleepers, and the firm option for folks weighing more than 230 pounds.
The Brooklyn Signature mattress is constructed with a 2-inch layer of gel-infused TitanFlex polyfoam that sits on top of a 2-inch layer of gel-infused Energex polyfoam. Beneath that is a support core comprised of a 6-inch layer of pocketed coils and a 1-inch layer of high density base polyfoam.
The bed’s hybrid construction isolates motion well, ensuring a quieter night’s sleep for RV owners who share the bed with family. This RV mattress also sleeps cool, thanks to the layer of coils that promotes ventilation through the bed and the infusion of cooling gel in the upper layers.
Brooklyn Bedding offers this mattress in three different RV-King sizes: 70 by 74 inches, 70 by 80 inches, and 72 by 80 inches. The bed is USA-made, and backed by a 120-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.
The high-quality materials of the Brooklyn Signature, combined with its reasonable price-point, make this mattress an attractive option for RV mattress shoppers looking for a good value. And with multiple firmness settings and RV-King sizes to choose from, it’s easy to find a perfect option for your RV and sleep preferences.
Our choice for Best Value RV Mattress is the Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress from Zinus, a bed that offers better temperature neutrality and more pain and pressure relief than most other RV mattresses sold today. The bed also uses green tea extract and charcoal as natural deodorizers.
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. This is a favorite feature among RV owners who travel during the summer or to warmer climates.
Depending on the thickness profile, the Zinus mattress has a ‘Medium’ to ‘Medium Firm’ feel that is optimal for sleepers of average weight, 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 and 100-night sleep trial.
For RV owners in search of a great deal on their mattress, the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress delivers. The bed offers a cool night’s sleep, excellent pressure relief for aching travelers, and a lower-than-average price-point.
We’ve selected the Brooklyn Aurora as the Best Luxury RV Mattress. An RV-sized version of Brooklyn Bedding’s popular Aurora Hybrid mattress, this bed offers luxury features and scales them to fit in an RV-appropriate size. Brooklyn Bedding also takes care to cater to a wide range of sleep preferences, by offering the Aurora in three firmness settings – ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), and ‘Firm (7.5).
While sleeping in a smaller space in an RV, temperature regulation is an important factor. The Brooklyn Aurora sleeps exceptionally cool thanks to a number of features.
The bed’s cover is infused with a patented phase-change molecule that helps keep sleepers within a comfortable temperature range. Beneath that is a 1.5-inch layer of copper-infused Energex foam that also has a surface treatment of the phase-change molecules. Additionally, the bed’s 8-inch layer of pocketed coils allows air to circulate through the mattress.
The pocketed coils also considerably reduce motion transfer, making the Aurora an ideal bed for those who traveling couples or families who share the bed with a partner or pet.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial on this mattress and backs it with a 10-year warranty.
The advanced construction of the Aurora mattress alone earns it a spot on our list as the Best Luxury RV Mattress. But, Brooklyn Bedding further enhances the value by offering multiple firmness settings, a 120-night sleep trial, and a solid 10-year warranty.
We chose the Bear RV Mattress as our Best Cooling Mattress for RVs due to its sophisticated construction and cooling features.
The Bear RV Mattress contains a total of eight inches of three different types of foam. First off is an inch of memory foam made with a cooling graphite gel, which absorbs excess body heat to keep things cool. The second layer is an inch of a responsive memory foam for pressure relief. Lastly, the base is formed from six inches of a highly-dense support foam. The large amount of dense foam means this mattress should be more durable than the average RV mattress.
The bed’s cover is a breathable synthetic fabric made with Bear’s Celliant fiber technology. Celliant is a proprietary fabric that is clinically proven to provide some added benefits to sleepers. The fabric absorbs heat from the body and converts it into infrared waves, where it is then absorbed back into the body. These infrared waves increase circulation, oxygen, and promote bodily recovery.
The Bear RV Mattress is available in three sizes: RV bunk, RV queen, and RV king. It has a ‘Medium Firm’ feel that should support most sleepers of average weight or more. It comes with a 100-night sleep trial and is covered by a 10-year limited warranty.
The Bear RV Mattress was designed specifically to sleep cool throughout the night, with cooling materials in each layer of the mattress. Beyond its cooling capabilities, RV owners appreciate the Bear RV Mattress for its excellent pressure relief, calming aches and pains after a long drive.
Tuck’s choice for the Best Memory Foam RV Mattress is the Brooklyn Wanderlust.
This mattress is constructed with two layers of foam: a top layer of gel swirl memory foam and a base layer of high density base foam. The memory foam layer provides pressure relief and contouring, while the base layer lends the mattress support and durability. Together, both layers offer relief for RV owners after a long day of driving.
The all-foam construction allows the Wanderlust mattress to isolate motion transfer to a significant extent, reducing movement disruptions for those who share their mattress with a partner or family member while traveling. Thankfully, since the memory foam comfort layer is infused with gel and uses open cell technology, the Wanderlust should sleep cooler than comparable all-foam beds.
The Wanderlust mattress is custom made in the U.S. and is available in 10 RV-specific sizes, as well as 10 additional standard and otherwise custom sizes. Brooklyn Bedding also offers this mattress in three heights – 6, 8, and 10 inches – so customers should have no problem finding an option to fit their RV’s sleeping spaces.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial on the Wanderlust Mattress and a 10-year warranty. The mattress ships compressed and in a box, which makes it easy to move into the desired location.
The Wanderlust is a memory foam mattress made for RVs, constructed specifically to relieve the aches and pains that can occur after driving for significant periods of time. With three different profiles and ten RV-friendly sizes, including Short Queen and Short King, RV owners can easily find a model that fits just right.
RV-friendly innerspring mattresses are somewhat rare, largely due to the growing popularity of all-foam RV models. Our pick for the Best RV Innerspring Mattress 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 traveling couples, and also offers great support. In terms of firmness ‘The Explorer’ is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ which is best for those who weigh at least 130 pounds, as well as back and stomach sleepers. Great airflow through the coil layer, along with a breathable bamboo-derived cover, also allow The Explorer to sleep relatively cool, providing relief for hot sleepers.
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.
Parklane backs the mattress with a 5-year warranty, but doesn’t offer a sleep trial.
The Explorer mattress is a great option for RV owners who like that responsive, innerspring feel. Solo travelers, couples, and families alike can find just the right size, too, with a full selection of RV-friendly mattresses, from RV Twin to RV Short Queen.
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. In this guide, we’ll share everything RV owners need to consider when buying a mattress. We will look at mattress models that are commonly used in different types of RVs, and offer tips for first-time buyers.
The biggest difference between an RV mattress and a standard mattress is size. RV mattresses can be up to 5 inches shorter than their standard mattress equivalent. You’ll often see these designated as a RV Short Queen or Short Twin. Although, some RVs provide enough space for a standard mattress length to fit.
RV mattresses are also thinner than standard mattresses, to accommodate the lack of vertical space. The average RV mattress measures between 6 and 8 inches thick, though mattresses up to 10 inches 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.
The majority of RV-friendly mattresses are constructed with memory foam comfort layers and high-density foam support cores, though other types of mattresses – such as innersprings or latex beds – may meet the sizing criteria as well.
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: RV mattress, or RV mattress topper?
The term ‘topper’ refers to an individual cushioning layer that provides extra padding for sleep surfaces. Measuring 1 to 3 inches thick, they offer a more comfortable sleep experience than mattress pads or protectors, which are primarily designed to shield mattresses from stains.
Mattress 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.
Just like RV mattresses, toppers can be made from a variety of materials. These include traditional mattress materials like foam and latex, as well as wool, feathers, convoluted (egg crate) polyfoam, and synthetic fibers. To learn more about topper options, please visit our Best Mattress Toppers guide.
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.
In the following sections, we review popular mattress options for different types of RVs.
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 RV 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 mattress 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 mattress 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 Foam RV mattresses are affordable, take up little space, and provide comforting pressure relief.|
|Latex||$$||- Long lifespan - Comfortable and supportive||- High cost - Most models too heavy and thick||Fair Latex is naturally anti-microbial, which helps it last longer when exposed to the elements, but latex mattresses are too large for most RVs.|
|Innerspring||$||- Low cost - Thin profile||- Heavy - Prone to rust||Good RV innersprings are thin enough to fit in most sleeping quarters, and quite supportive, but their metal components wear out quickly when exposed to the elements.|
|Hybrid||$||- Long lifespan - Supportive and comfortable||- Heavy and thick - Limited availability||Good Hybrid mattresses are comfortable enough for most sleepers, but they are fairly expensive and RV-friendly models are quite rare (due to their thicker-than-average profiles).|
|Airbed||$$||- 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, innerspring, or hybrid models. We review each of these in detail below.
Foam mattresses are made completely from foam, with higher-density polyfoam in the support layers and memory foam and/or polyfoam in the comfort layers. Foam beds, particularly those with thicker memory foam comfort layers, are beloved for their pain and pressure relief. These beds conform closely to the body to create a “hugging” sensation that relieves the aches and pains from driving all day.
However, that hugging sensation can also trap body heat, resulting in a hotter sleep surface. Many RV foam models, like the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress, Bear RV Mattress, and Brooklyn Bedding Wanderlust, will infuse their memory foam with cooling gel or graphite to neutralize the mattress surface temperature.
Foam RV mattresses come in a range of profiles, but owners should note that thinner models may provide a firmer sleep experience. Foam mattresses are also widely available and typically quite affordable.
Innerspring mattresses have a uniform grid of innerspring coils in their support core, topped by layers of polyfoam and/or memory foam. In order to accommodate the smaller space in RVs, RV-friendly innerspring mattresses may have thinner-than-average comfort layers. As a result, they may feel firmer to sleep on, which may be ideal for stomach and back sleepers.
Over time, innerspring mattresses are prone to develop indentations and sagging, an effect which may be hastened when the mattress is exposed to the elements (as happens with a RV). They’re also noisier than other mattress types, due to the innerspring layer, which may pose a problem for traveling families with light sleepers.
Fortunately, these are one of the more affordable mattress types. Innerspring beds also sleep quite cool, thanks to their thin comfort layers and airflow-promoting coil cores.
Hybrid mattresses are a blend of the innerspring and foam types. They use individually encased pocketed coils for support, providing more enhanced contouring than a traditional innerspring while still maintaining a suitable amount of bounce.
Above, they feature comfort layers of memory foam, latex, or polyfoam. These are usually thicker than what you find with an innerspring, so they can provide more comparable pressure relief to an all-foam bed, but with reduced potential for trapping body heat.
The issue with hybrid mattresses is that they can be tougher to find in an RV-friendly size, although that’s changing as this mattress type grows in popularity. They can also be thicker, heavier, and harder to move than either innerspring or foam RV mattress models.
Because RV mattresses are usually thinner than standard mattress models, they tend to run on the firmer side. Many RV mattresses range from ‘Medium’ to ‘Medium Firm,’ as this range is most comfortable for sleepers of average weight, regardless of sleep position.
However, to accommodate different comfort preferences, many RV mattress brands make their beds available in a range of firmness sizes. Our Editor’s Pick and Top Luxury RV Mattress, the Signature and Aurora mattresses by Brooklyn Bedding, are two such examples.
If you’re considering a model with different firmness options, and are unsure which is right for you, here’s what you need to know. Generally, most people hone in on their ideal mattress firmness by using their bodyweight and sleep position.
The table below summarizes the most popular firmness preferences for sleepers, based on bodyweight and sleep position:
|Weight Group||Preferred Firmness for Most Side Sleepers||Preferred Firmness for Most Back Sleepers||Preferred Firmness for Most Stomach Sleepers|
|Below-average (Less than 130 pounds)||3 (Soft) to 5 (Medium)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)|
|Average (130 to 230 Pounds)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)||5 (Medium) to 7 or 8 (Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)|
|Above-average (More than 230 Pounds)||5 (Medium) to 6 (Medium Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)|
When shopping for a new RV mattress and comparing different brands and models, here are a few key questions to ask yourself:
RV mattresses are generally cheaper than standard mattresses — most cost less than $500 — but they can still represent a sizable investment for many buyers. Some models are available for less than $150.
Larger RVs, such as Class A and Class B motorhomes and fifth wheel trailers, may have sufficient room for a standard mattress, RV Short Queen, or RV King. In smaller vehicles, a topper or RV Bunk size may be the most suitable option.
Built-in beds with mattresses that are difficult or expensive to replace may necessitate a topper. The same goes for pull-out sofas, which often do not have enough room to fit a mattress. If your RV has a bunk bed, then it probably won’t fit anything larger than an RV Twin or RV Bunk — though larger motorhomes and fifth wheels may be an exception.
As the earlier table indicates, RV mattress shoppers can choose from 11 different sizes and nearly two dozen dimensions. Carefully measure the sleeping quarters of your RV to determine the best fit — and remember that some RV mattress sizes have variable dimensions. RV owners with bunk beds are more limited in their sizing options than those with more traditional beds.
RV mattresses typically measure five to six inches thick, and most do not measure more than 10 inches; any thicker and you may have a hard time fitting it into the RV’s sleeping quarters, regardless of the interior size.
Generally speaking, RV mattresses tend to be on the firm side. However, softer foam and innerspring options are available for those who prefer less firm surfaces.
Innersprings tend to wear out when exposed to the elements because their metal springs are susceptible to rust, whereas foam mattresses have longer lifespans when used in these rugged environments.
Whether you identify as a hot sleeper or you travel with your RV to warmer environments, you may benefit from choosing a cooler mattress type. Innerspring mattresses sleep the coolest, although foam and hybrid models can sleep cooler if they use gel or graphite in the comfort layers.
You can use your pillow from home, but you may find that it’s awkwardly wide if you’re using a smaller-size mattress in your RV, as most people do. You can select a pillow that matches the size of your mattress (e.g. a Queen pillow for a Queen mattress); alternately, you may opt for shorter Twin-size pillows.
Just make sure the pillow still offers the appropriate amount of loft for your sleep position. You can learn more about pillow selection in our Guide to the Best Pillows.
Most RV mattresses come with product warranties, but they tend to be shorter than those attached to standard mattresses (primarily due to how they are intended to be used). The average RV mattress warranty lasts five to 10 years, but some models have 20 to 25 years of warranty coverage while others do not come with any warranty coverage whatsoever.
While less common with RV mattresses, many manufacturers offer sleep trials for their standard mattresses. These typically last 90 to 120 nights, and allow you to test the mattress out at home before returning it for a full or partial refund or exchange.