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Best Reviewed Mattresses For Side Sleepers

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Side Sleeping PositionIf you sleep on your side and have the wrong mattress, it can lead to shoulder pain or hip pain.  A good mattress for side sleeping should conform to your body, taking the pressure off your hips and shoulders and aligning your spine so that your muscles can relax.

What’s hard about choosing the best mattress for side sleeping is that every mattress feels great in the store, and you won’t feel the aches and pains from misalignment until you sleep on a mattress for a few nights.  The body’s trunk (or “core”) has over 30 individual muscles, and excess tension in any of them can cause pain or soreness over time.

Thus for side sleepers specifically we recommend buying a mattress online.  Don’t get roped in by a two-minute test in a store — that will tell you nothing about ultimate feel and durability in the long run.

Online companies typically have a trial period (up to 100 nights in some cases) where you can return the mattress for a full refund if it doesn’t suit your preferences.  You should definitely do your research before buying, but at least this trial process takes away the risk of you being stuck with a mattress for years that actually isn’t a great fit.
Mattress for Side Sleeping Reviews

My Top 5 Side Sleeping Mattress Picks

I have reviewed a number of mattresses that claim to be good for side sleepers, however I’ve narrowed down my top 4 for the purpose of this review.  My top 3 are:

These mattresses are not necessarily #1 in my overall mattress reviews, but they do rate the highest when considering side sleepers.  Note these are all high-quality mattresses that I consider very durable, with GhostBed as an option for those with a little less of a budget.

Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

Why These 4 Mattresses for Side Sleepers?

  • The mattress should have great pressure relief on the hips and shoulder
  • The mattress needs to align the spine when laying on your side
  • Ideally a little softer than average while offering great support
  • Still good option for other positions in case you occasionally sleep in other positions throughout the night or sleep with a partner

Best Mattresses for Side Sleeping Compared

Why Amerisleep?

Amerisleep is very high quality memory foam and ranks at the top of my memory foam mattress list as well.  They have a few models, for side sleepers I would go with a softer option (their Liberty, Colonial, or Independence are good choices).

Amerisleep in general is very comfortable (in my opinion) and very good value (get an extra $50 off here).

They also have some unique cooling features in their foam and some very cool features in general, learn more in my full Amerisleep review.

Why Layla?

Layla is a relatively small and unknown memory foam mattress mattress company, but we need to mention them due to their great specs and price.  Layla easily compares to models that are 3x expensive in stores (see more details on their website).

The mattress is flippable, with two relatively soft options for sleepers.  Read my Layla mattress review for a full analysis of the specs.

Layla also delivers only online, passing on some of the savings of not having retail stores to buyers.  Layla stands out from the competition in my mind because the memory foam is copper infused, so it sleeps cooler than most memory foam mattresses.

Why Loom and Leaf?

Loom and Leaf is designed to be a luxury memory foam mattress at an affordable price (see more HERE).  The mattresses is sold only online, so it can compete with some of the top memory foam brands in terms of specs (think Tempur-pedic) at a fraction of the price.  They’re not marking up the product by a huge margin just to fund retail locations.

The company uses very high quality memory foam that offers side sleepers great support.  Learn more about this mattress in my full Loom & Leaf review.

Loom & Leaf is made by an online innerspring mattress company (Saatva) that has been in the game a long time. They wanted to take on the high-end of the memory foam market, and Loom & Leaf is doing just that.

The mattress comes in three firmness settings: soft, medium, and firm.  For side sleepers, we definitely recommend either the soft or the medium.  The great thing about memory foam (especially quality memory foam like you get with Loom & Leaf) is that it has the best tradeoff between comfort and support while providing great orthopedic benefits.  People often tell us their backs feel better after sleeping on these mattresses.

Why GhostBed?

GhostBed is similar to a lot of medium tier mattresses on the market (think Casper competitors), however they have made a few key changes that makes them one of my preferred mattresses in the price range, and a good fit for side sleepers.

They added an extra inch of comfort layer foam (the mattress is 11 inches total), which as discussed is good for pressure relief and spinal alignment.  They also invested in higher quality foams throughout, which gives me more confidence in the durability.

Finally, GhostBed comes out of Nature’s Sleep, a company that’s been doing large volume in the mattress game for a long time.  Nature’s Sleep appears to have leveraged their volume to edge out even the biggest online players in terms of price.  Get the full read on this mattress in my GhostBed review.

Why Nolah?

Nolah is a unique mattress because it does not use latex or memory foam in its comfort layer.  The very top layer is a new concept called Air Foam.  This mattress was designed with side sleepers specifically in mind.  Testing shows that this mattress relieves pressure than memory foam does (see more on that testing HERE).

From my personal experience, the pressure relief really stood out to me as the best quality of the mattress.  The mattress is also temperature neutral, so the pressure relief doesn’t come at the cost of sleeping hot.  If you want to take a shot on a cool, new concept, Nolah is certainly worth taking a look at.

Read our full Nolah review for more information.

More On Pressure Relief

If you sleep on your side, you are going to be naturally putting a lot of pressure on your hips, shoulders, and neck, which can cause tension throughout the spine.  To sleep comfortably, you want a mattress that is soft enough to relieve those pressure points.  Foam mattresses tend to be great at relieving pressure points and can be ideal for this aspect of sleeping on your side.  If a mattress is too firm, it will cut off a lot of the blood circulation in your body, and it will potentially cause major aches and pains because it doesn’t contour to the widest points in the hips and shoulders.  It could lead to waking up in the middle of the night a lot, as well as a significant amount of tossing and turning as your body struggles to find a supportive position.  A mattress that is too firm is something you want to avoid if you spend most of your time sleeping on your side.  As I mention in my Tempur-Contour Supreme review, not all mattresses are suited for side sleepers.

best mattress for sleeping on one's side

More On Spinal Alignment

It is critical for your health that you find a mattress that contours well to your body and supports the natural alignment of your spine.  If you sleep on your side and the mattress is too firm, your neck won’t be properly supported and your spine will be thrown off its natural alignment.  This could lead to back and neck pain fairly easily, which may compound over time.  That’s yet another reason why purchasing online from a company with a 100 night free trial can be so beneficial.  You truly get to test to see what works for you!

If the mattress is too soft, you could sink in too much and your spine will be too curved.  This could similarly lead to pain across your body.  A mattress that is too soft is not ideal either.

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Other Mattresses For Side Sleepers?

There is no one best mattress brand or type for sleeping on your side.  A spring mattress with a pillow top can be a fine solution.  Something unique like the Purple mattress can be great too.  A higher density memory foam mattress can be great, too, as it contours very well to your body and still relieves the pressure points on your hips and shoulders.  Latex mattresses also can be good options.  There is more than one way to skin a cat in this scenario.  I recommend starting with the brands I recommended, see what you like or don’t like, then use that as a starting point for making your final decision.

This post was last updated on October 16th, 2017 at 9:48 am

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Marie Watson says March 22, 2016

I didn’t realize that the wrong mattress could cause pain for your shoulders and hips. It seems like it is really important to make sure you are sleeping on the correct mattress so your spine can stay in alignment. Is purchasing a new mattress something that I could speak to a physician about to make sure I am purchasing the right material?

    Joe Auer says March 24, 2016

    Marie – in my personal experience the physicians haven’t been much help (just a few basic tips, like a pillow between the legs if you’re on your side, etc). But naturally expertise and familiarity will vary by each physician.

    The important thing that you mentioned is that a mattress can have a dramatic impact on hip and shoulder pain! Many people have this pain, but look to other parts of their life/day before sleep. How you sleep and the quality of your mattress can have a dramatic impact (both positive and negative) on pain throughout the day.

Nancy says May 7, 2016

I have scoliosis and three compressed lumber vertebrae and my chiropractor said I should get a firm mattress. But, I am concerned a firm will be too hard and create pain. I am currently sleeping on an air mattress with a foam top and do wake up in some pain. I tried Sam’s mattresses but they sink in the middle after a while. There, I am able to return the mattress though. I am fearful of buying a mattress in a store because of their no return policy. Can you recommend a mattress for my particular condition?
Also, if the mattress doesn’t work for me, what is your process for a return? Ex: How would I be able to roll up the mattress into the box and is there a shipping fee?
Thank you.

    Joe Auer says May 8, 2016

    Hi Nancy – most of the online-only companies have a trial period (ranging from 75-125 days). You can return the mattress for a full refund within this time, some will charge shipping but most will not.

    If you are interested in a foam mattress, I would look at this page (side sleepers), my memory foam recommendations, or my latex recommendations.

Mahbub says May 17, 2016

Nice blog, Great to know how to sleep well. otherwise it can lead to shoulder pain or back pain. very informative.

robert says August 16, 2016

I have an interest in the Saatva Plush Coil Spring bed. I am a side sleeper, about 280lbs. I love the Simmons Black Hybrid soft, but its totally out of my price bracket. What do you think about the Saatva, does it compare to the BLACK?

    Joe Auer says August 16, 2016

    I think the Saatva is a great lower-cost option to the Simmons Beautyrest Black series.

Sandra gold says August 20, 2016

Like your comments. u are correct mattress purchase is difficult. They have become outrageously expensive. Several years ago I purchased one of the first memory foam from Bloomingdales. It may have been tempura edit Within 24 hours Hated. It was hot woke up soaked. Had to keep for 30 days before could be returned. Slept on it once and no more. I then purchased a Stearns and Foster. no idea what it contains
A more traditional Everything now seems to be this memory foam and it looks like you sink in. Yet that seems to be the norm. Are they still Hot. I am no young Spring chicken I want a comfortable bes lounge on sit up and read and then sleep on my side. All your mentioned mattresses seem to be onliners or new non conventional manufacturera On the other hand large manufacturers I thought make more than one brand with different fabrics. And different names. Impossible to really see or feel differences in a store what to do about box spring. How do I make a decision. And prices are all over
Thanks for your column.

    Joe Auer says August 21, 2016

    Hey Sandra – yes prices went absolutely crazy, that’s one of the reasons the online market has really become popular. Most of them are foam (a few spring options in there too), and they do sleep cooler than when memory foam first came out – but they still do sleep warmer than a spring or latex mattress (generally).

    It’s hard to make a decision, that’s why I have the site! I try to break it down by categories – type, price, sleeping position, etc to try and get you heading in the right direction, but I hear you that it still feels overwhelming, especially at the start of the process. Let me know if you’re looking at any specific brands or have any strong preferences!

Jennifer says September 3, 2016

We have an old (18 years) latex mattress. We were told it was a lifetime mattress. I’ve had back problems for years now, but can’t quite convince my husband that it’s the mattress. I’ve added a thick eggshell, then a feather top. I still toss and turn.
So I’ve been searching for a new mattress. Casper seems like it might be too firm. I was leaning toward Helix until I read this. I’m grateful for your work!

    Joe Auer says September 5, 2016

    Thank you for the kind words Jennifer! Generally thick eggshell and feather top will not be good for back pain, so if those are necessary, probably time for a new mattress. 18 years is a very good lifespan! What exactly are you looking for, another latex mattress? I list my favorites here.

John says September 5, 2016

I bought a Leesa… although it is a WONDERFUL bed overall, it is just TOO firm for me as I am a side sleeper. I wake up with usually my arm asleep, in pain, or sometimes just neck/back pain. But when I do fall asleep on my back (without tossing in the middle of the night), I wake up super refreshed and ready to go.

I’m almost at the end of my 100 night trial with Leesa… and I’ve looked all over different blogs, sites, and review sites. I can’t find a good side sleeper. At the moment with my research, I saved in my shopping cart a Helix (as I personalized it with the softness level 3), I’m still wary about ordering it. It’s just tiresome ordering and having to wait to see if it works. I’ve already started my transaction on returning my Leesa.

What would you recommend that is in the same price as Leesa, a great side mattress? I looked at L&L in the past, but looking on reviews, it’s said to have a little more firmness than the Leesa, thus I didn’t order it. Do you think Helix is a good next one to test out? Or should I go with a different one? Thanks for the help in advance!

    Joe Auer says September 5, 2016

    Hi John – sorry Leesa didn’t work out! I would say L&L (the medium) is a touch firmer than Leesa, so probably not a good option for you. Helix could be a somewhat similar feel, but with the right setting will be softer, so I’d say probably a good one for you to try!

      John Moua says September 6, 2016

      Thanks a bunch Joe! I’m placing my order for Helix to try today. Keep up the great reviews!!!!

        Joe Auer says September 6, 2016

        Appreciate the kind words John!

        Elisa says October 7, 2016

        Hi John! I am in the EXACT same boat with the Leesa as you were, waking up with shoulder pain and my arms asleep. Would you mind sharing your experience so far with the Helix? Any better? I’m starting the return process tomorrow for my Leesa and am not sure what to try next.

Karen says September 18, 2016

Surprised you didn’t mention an all-latex model. Spindle has an amazing product at an affordable price.

roxane says September 23, 2016

what do you think of a Wink Bed?? – I am a side/tummy sleeper with hip/back/neck issues.

    Joe Auer says September 23, 2016

    Generally I really like it, and do think it’s a great option for people that want an innerspring/hybrid that are side sleepers. Make sure to check out my full WinkBeds review.

Stacey says September 24, 2016

I am interested in some additional thoughts for bedding for side sleepers. My husband and I have been searching for a new California King bed (due to his height). We do not like the feel of an all memory foam bed. We are heavier and my husband has back problem so we want a bed with good support. I would also like a bed with good edge support since we will be getting a California King but wish we could have the width of a King and I’ve found that some beds really compress at the edges.

While trying out beds in stores, I liked the feel of a Talalay latex bed (especially since we sleep very hot) but I did not like the motion transfer. The other bed that we have liked is Beautyrest Black Mariela Plush (tight top innerspring with foams for comfort layer). I know that Winkbeds or Saatva may be similar to this and I am considering them.

Since I liked latex, I’m wondering if an innerspring with latex comfort layer may be a good option. Have you tried any of these that you would recommend, especially for side sleepers? I appreciate any thoughts. Thank you!

    Joe Auer says September 25, 2016

    Hi Stacey – the only one I’ve tested is the Nest Alexander Hybrid Latex (haven’t even published a review, currently trying it out). Definitely a great mattress, worth checking out!

      Mark says October 19, 2016


      Thanks for all the helpful info. How would you compare the Alexander hybrid latex to the Alexander hybrid in terms of support, top softness and contour?

Eurshla Osby says September 28, 2016

So, I’m currently mattress shopping, I have gotten it down to Loom and Leaf , Purple, and Tuft & Needle. I am a side sleeper, with mild back issues, and though I’m not obese, I am overweight. All the companies offer 100 nights of sleep money back warranty…but I think I’m leaning towards the Tuft and Needle… Do you have any thoughts or feed back on these beds. I felt like your Loom and Leaf review is well done, and it started to tip my scale heavier that way… Also, I’m hearing a lot of these foam mattresses have an industrial for about the first week, did the Loom and Leaf have that as well?

    Joe Auer says September 28, 2016

    Hi Eurshla – typically I don’t recommend Tuft & Needle for side sleepers because it is on the firmer side (typically better for stomach/back sleepers). Purple and L&L (medium) are good picks for side sleepers in general. Not sure what you mean by industrial, can you clarify?

    jeff Chambers says March 7, 2017

    I am leaning towards the Tuft and needles too. Let me know how it is. Thanks,

Kathy Clark says September 30, 2016

What do you think about the Purple for someone with a very bad back, hip & shoulder pain and is a side sleeper? I’ve got to find something for relief!

    Joe Auer says October 3, 2016

    Hi Kathy – Purple is definitely a very unique feel, personally I found it to be really great for pressure relief (generally good for side sleepers with hip and shoulder pain).

Paul says October 7, 2016

I am at wits end. I have tried Saatva, , Crave and Novus. They were ALL,
too hard and I couldn’t wait to get rid of them. I tried Layla and it was great except it actually sagged in the middle. All were returned. I just can’t get a good nights sleep. Im a side sleeper. I went into NYC to try Casper, Helix and Alexander and they were all too hard. I don’t know if I should go with latex, foam or springs. My wife is upset and just wants to go to a store.

Nancy says October 18, 2016

I have a question about the Loom and Leaf (the Amerisleep and Layla). I’m considering the Loom and Leaf and if I buy it, I plan to get two (2) Twin XL. I was wondering if the edge support is good enough for those who might cuddle in the middle… same Q for the other 2 companies. Thanks.

    Joe Auer says October 18, 2016

    Of the three, I would say Amerisleep has the best edge support. L&L would be second, and Layla would be third.

Bill says October 28, 2016

Joe, I am buying an adjustable bed frame, king size to accommodate two twin xl size mattresses. I know the brand of adjustable bed I want. I am having difficulty selecting the mattress. My wife’s side should be easy. She is not tall and prefers a firm mattress. I am very heavy (over 300) and want something strong enough to support me at about medium firmness. I was trying to decide between a combo of coil spring and foam. To me it sounds long lasting and more supportive. I cheated with a rep from either Loom & Leaf or Zenhaven, I can’t remember which and she said using their spring bed on an adjustable frame would void the warranty because spring beds are not made to be bent for long periods. Yet on another site tonight I read of a mattress that is both spring and foam perfectly good for an adjustable frame. Do you have any suggestions? You should know we have a new adjustable queen size frame and foam mattress that neither of us like. We are stuck with it so we will move it to another room and get a new split king.

Jenn says October 30, 2016

Joe- very helpful article! I’m so thrilled I found your site because mattrsss salesman this weekend came close to convincing me my strange size (6’1″, 150 pounds, broad shoulders) meant I needed a crazy expensive mattress. Any thoughts re best mattress for my body type? Side sleeper

    Joe Auer says October 31, 2016

    Hi Jenn – I’d think that an especially pressure relieving mattress would be a good option (broad shoulders = more potential pain there if side sleeping). Purple and Layla come to mind off of the top of my head, let me know what you think!

dave pope says November 1, 2016

Hey Joe, can you help me out? Ive been off an on researching a mattress for a couple of months and I think it is the hardest thing in the earth to do. The mattress companies make it ridiculously hard because it seems like most mattresses are their best guesses on how to approach a market segment. Plus their lines change names from one company to another. What a maze.

My wife is a side sleeper with osteoporosis, I absolutely must find a quality mattress for her. Her parents have a mattress in their spare room and when we go to visit she sleeps well. She says just find that mattress and itll be good. This is a Sears o pedic but its 15 years old. Of course its soft. Its broken down.

Mission: To find a mattress that is medium. I think? Not medium-firm.
Do I abandon the memory foam market all together and go with a pillow top that will deteriorate but cost less?? I don’t know

Thank you sooooooo much

    Joe Auer says November 2, 2016

    Hi Dave – I haven’t tested Sears-o-pedic myself, but it looks to be a hybrid. Have you looked at Saatva or WinkBeds?

Terri says November 11, 2016

What about the Purple mattress? How does that compare?

Linda says November 24, 2016

Have you heard of or reviewed the Dromma mattress? It’s a relatively new company that I’m curious about, has 12″ thickness and 12 year warranty which is good.

ROCHELLE says December 3, 2016

I’m debating between ghostbed and Tuft and Needle. Tuft and Needle is so far the best priced, and has more 5 star reviews then Bear, Casper, purple, Yogabed. And it’s materials are certified green. And thier flame retardant is suppose to be non toxic. Wondering if you have used thier mattress yet.

Eric says December 7, 2016

Hi Joe,

I am in the middle of returning my Ghostbed right now. I’m a side sleeper and a stomach sleeper. Unfortunately the Ghostbed was just too firm for me in most cases. Not bad for stomach and back positions (8-9/10), but definitely a no go on the side (I’d give a comfort rating of 6/10 for that). I weigh 150 lbs and am 5’8″. Currently looking at the Leesa, but do you have a better recommendation? Something just a little softer than the Ghostbed? Thanks!

    Joe Auer says December 7, 2016

    If you want softer than Ghostbed, I’d check out Helix, Layla, and Brooklyn Bedding (soft).

Michael Alvarez says December 10, 2016

I weigh about 400 lbs. and I have a lot of back issues. I sleep on my side alot but believe it or not, I sleep on my stomach alot. I was wondering what you thought might be a good fit for me. I have a memory foam mattress now but it’s several years old and I definitely think it’s time for a new one. I’d appreciate your input before I make a decision, thank you

Lori Welch says December 22, 2016

Hi Joe, I am on my 4th mattress. I am an overweight (220) 56 yr. old female. I can get to sleep but wake up half way through the night with extreme back pain. My fear with a foam mattress is that it won’t be able to support my heaviness and will sag and give me more back pain. Thoughts?

    Joe Auer says December 23, 2016

    Hi Lori – what have you gone through so far, and what did you not like about them? Sorry it has been such a saga for you!

Bernardo says December 29, 2016

Hi Joe, excellent site, thanks for all this info.

Any recommendations on how to choose between the Amerisleep and the Loom and Leaf mattress? What are the differences? Both seem pretty much the same from your reviews.


    Joe Auer says January 1, 2017

    Hi Bernardo – they are quite similar! Some differences:

    Amerisleep has more firmness options, so if you really know what you want in regards to firmness, they may be a better choice.
    Amerisleep offers Celliant on some of its mattresses – personally that wouldn’t sway me, but some people are believers in the technology.

    Other than that, I’d focus mostly on the feel videos (they are similar, but slightly different) to help make your decision.

Samantha says December 30, 2016

Hi, I am a side sleeper trying to decide between memory foam (like amerisleep) and trying something new like latex (Brooklyn Bedding)… i want to sleep cool and potentially use on an adjustable base. Amerisleep has a combo deal with Legg and Plagget but will run about $3700 with the Indpependance mattress, which was their sugggestion based on my visit to a temperpedic store locally. Do you have a suggestion on which mattress for adjustable base and latex vs. memory foam. (I suppose i have been on a memory foam for so long i am not sure what the “bounce” is supposed to feel like)…. thanks!

Linda Bazar says January 7, 2017

Can you review Casper mattresses? I have 2 friends that swear by them

Sandy Futch says January 10, 2017

Mr Auer what is your opinion on beds with water baffles inside the memory foam. Example I Zone or Boyd specialty.

    Joe Auer says January 11, 2017

    Hi Sandy! I haven’t reviewed a bed with water baffles yet, I will let you know when I do!

Eric Sykes says January 12, 2017

What are your thoughts on the Helix mattress Joe?

My back is killing me and so is my neck every day. We have a 1.5″ memory foam mattress topper that my wife and I bought which helped a bit on our old mattress. We thought about moving to a sleep number but I didnt like the sinking feeling at the number the recommended. I read that I’m not heavy enough to engage the proper support of the purple as I’m only 155lbs and my wife is 125lbs. So I fear the polymer upper of the mattress would just be uncomfortable based on other reviews. However, I have yet to hear anything negative about the Helix.

Thank you

Leeann strempel says January 12, 2017

Hi, thanks for the tips..I am a side sleeper and currently in the try out phase of the Lull mattress. I wondered if you tried that one? The first week was terrible but goin on 3 weeks now and is better but cant decide what i should do. Thanks for any input you may have on the Lull.

    Joe Auer says January 15, 2017

    Hi Leann – yes I think Lull could work well for a side sleepers, check out my Lull review for my thoughts.

Marcia says January 14, 2017

Joe, Thanks for the great insight. I am a side sleeper but do not want foam due to 1. they sleep hotter and 2. hard to change position. What innerspring do you recommend? Thanks!

Andy says January 16, 2017

Hi, Joe. I have enjoyed reading your mattress reviews, and the insightful comments on your readers’ emails. I live in Canada, am a side sleeper, male, 220 lbs, 70 y.o. I have eventually selected the medium-firm Novosbed. It arrived a week ago, but I have not slept a full night on it yet, as I seem to be sensitive (airway constriction) to the VOC off-gassing (I am guessing “industrial” in one of the comments above referred to the smell the mattress emits). If I may make a suggestion regarding your mattress recommendations, I think it would be very helpful to Canadian readers if the reviews contained an indication of which mattress is available in which country. Thanks

    Joe Auer says January 16, 2017

    Thanks Andy, great insight! I will start mentioning that in my reviews. Off the top of my head, I know Endy, Casper, Leesa, Novosbed are available in Canada, though more and more companies are expanding there.

Lee says January 24, 2017

Can any of these mattress by used with adjustable foundations?

Catherine Tatham says February 16, 2017

Try an intellibed. I am in Utah, don’t know if there is a store in your location.

Steve says February 18, 2017

Hey Joe,
I love all the great matress reviews you’re providing but the more I read the more confused I get. I’m a 6’0 tall 200 pound male who sleeps on his side and has lower back issues. The firm single layer memory foam that I have now is horrible for the pressure points at the hips and shoulders but my last soft pillow top gave me bad lower back pain. I was looking at the Amerisleep Liberty but further investigation found it was best for lighter people, not someone 200 pounds. Any recommendations?

    Joe Auer says February 18, 2017

    If you’re 200+, I’d probably go with a slightly firmer option from Amerisleep (if you like that type of feel). Any others you are looking at?

mary says March 1, 2017

I can not find a mattress the makes my back feel better what can I try I am a side sleeper

KC says March 7, 2017

Hi Joe,

What are your thoughts on Purple? My husband and I are both sleepers who are mostly on our sides or backs and occasionally on our stomachs. I feel like we are all over the place, although maybe we are just tossing and turning. We do both wake up with aches and pains regularly. I also want to avoid anything that will be hot when sleeping. Right now we have a relatively new (< 1 yr) flippable inner coil mattress, with a separate (too firm?) foam topper and a simple wool topper on top of that. I like the wool topper, but I'm frustrated with everything else. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

John says March 7, 2017

Joe, thanks so much for the information that you’ve posted here. I am a side sleeper who has low back pain. What do you think would be the best mattress for me? Thank you! – John

Jc p says March 8, 2017

With fibro and OA, I have heard that Tempur-pedic is too hard, memory foam is too hot, coil will hurt and latex or foam have no edge support. I have a 3 inch latex topper….trying to come up with the best and most inexpensive solution with comfort being first but edges support an issue…thx

Jc says March 12, 2017

I know latex is good for fibro and OA but latex nor foam seem to have edge support and I sleep on side at edge. Did I choose mattress which will end up hurting me if it has individually wrapped coils and plush foam atop? I also have latex topper. Thx again.

    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi JC – pocket coils are also great for support as well! And you’re right, will almost always have better edge support than a pure foam mattress.

Bart says March 13, 2017

Hi Joe!
In past reviews you had said the Lull was a good pick for side sleepers, I was all ready to buy the Lull today until I saw this list. Now it is back to square one. One question buddy, why no mention of the Lull for side sleepers when in the past you said it was good for side sleepers (as well as all other positions)? Thanks for your time and have a great day!

    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hey Bart – I do think Lull is good for side sleepers, these are just some of my top picks 😉

Kristy says March 15, 2017

This site is really helpful! We just purchased a floor model of the tempur-pedic cloud supreme b/c our old tempur-pedic (which was really firm) was too tough on my shoulders .However, this one seems to be even firmer and my shoulders, back, and hips are really hurting after two nights (keep in mind it is a floor model so I am assuming it is pretty broken in). I am super lightweight (115 lb female) and am a side sleeper. Are any of these options good for lightweight folks? Or are any of these options going to be softer than a cloud supreme?

    Joe Auer says March 16, 2017

    Hi Kristy – being that light, finding the right mattress can be tricky (every mattress feels different to different people, weight is a big factor). If you’re feeling like mattresses are too painful, I’d try going very soft and seeing if that is a better fit for you.

Kristy says March 16, 2017

Are any of these listed “very soft”?

Alex says March 24, 2017

Hello, thanks. I’m 5’10, 250 pounds (heavy).

This site is awesome. I’m a side sleeper but live abroad so my options are limited. I’m between a tempur (they only have 3 types: original, sensation, and cloud each in a thicker vs less thick version), or a Serta iSeries Vantage Firm Formerly (Applause).
I tried both and they feell good. I tend to sleep well in hotel beds.

My own bed is firm with a 3inch memory foam pad, and I sleep ok, but tend to sleep better at hotels like westin. In my own bed I turn a lot because my hips start to feel pain.

Any advise between the options above?
I’m a side sleeper.

Really appreciate any thoughts. Thanks

Liz says March 28, 2017

I notice in the reviews that for each mattress you mention cost as a factor, but I’m curious if money was no object if a different mattress would make it to the top of your list.
I sadly do not have the imaginary infinite bank account to spend, but I wouldn’t mind seriously considering something more expensive if it turns out it could help me with my chronic back pain.

Janet B. says April 13, 2017

After reading all the info and reviews, I’m considering the Amerisleep Colonial. But concerned how it will be on an adjustable king size bed frame. I would be getting 2 twins due to I need it to split in the middle. Think this mattress would work ok for this? Thank you

    Joe Auer says April 19, 2017

    Yes that’s pretty standard for a King adjustable bed, I’d check with Amerisleep to confirm.

Anika says April 16, 2017

HI Ive been looking for a mattress for the last few weeks and came across a nice spink and edgar mattress at a mattress firm store I really like the concept of a more natural materials comfortable mattress but I can’t find any review on this mattress its the Alpaca 7000 and I want to hear from someone who actually has the mattress? It is on a super sale so if I buy it I can only exchange this mattress so its a bit stressful committing to it. Help!

    Joe Auer says April 19, 2017

    Hi Anika – I haven’t tried that brand unfortunately!

Kris says April 21, 2017

These are all foam mattresses. Are there any 100% latex or hybrid (either latex or foam with innerspring) that you would recommend for side sleepers (125 and 220)?

Michele says April 25, 2017

Hi I’m a side sleeper that likes a firm bed with good support to the edge of bed. I hate that sinking feeling of memory foam where you feel sucked into the mattress. My man is a big heavy guy and I’m 125lbs. Please help. I need keep!!!

Michelle says April 27, 2017

Hi Joe, Im trying to decide between the Amerisleep Colonial and Independence. I am a side sleeper, with hip and shoulder pain. Any suggestions?

    Joe Auer says April 30, 2017

    Hi Michelle – too close to call! I think it really varies from person to person based on their weight, body shape, preference, sleeping position, etc.

Jenn says April 30, 2017

What would you recommend for a light female and heavier male to share, side sleepers, that hate the body impressions and foam becoming dense after a year or so of use? We need something that will not have body impressions and foam breakdown. We need a quality mattress that will last for years. Thanks

    Joe Auer says May 13, 2017

    Hi Jenn – I’d go with a foam-feeling hybrid or a high density memory foam mattress. If you and your husband have very different preferences/weights, you could consider a split king as well.

May says May 3, 2017

Hello Joe,

I have chronic lower back pain and lately I have also pain in my left hip (however I sleep on my right side…) my current mattress is a soft mattress one and at this point I wake up every morning with a lot of pain and difficulty to get out of bed. I went for mattress shopping and the foam ones, which are recommended for side sleepers, were really not an option as it was very difficult to change positions or turn from one side to the other since it strained my back enormously and give me more back pain.

So I opted for a firm mattress SIMMONS Beautyrest Recharge Platinum Plus Tivoli II Firm Tight Top Set and after sleeping on night on it I feel it is waaayyyy to firm and not sure if it’s the best for me. The reason I picked this mattress is because it was firmer then what I had before and when I was turning from one side to the other it wasn’t straining my back as much.

What would you suggest ?

I need help in this matter

Teresa says May 13, 2017

Awesome info. Do any of these company’s ship to Canada? I checked into 2 of them and they do not. Rather disappointing. I got excited by the options as I am a side sleeper with spinal stenosis. Went to Amerisleep and Layla. Any suggestions?

Satish Kumar Mohan says May 26, 2017

Joe, I have a strict budget constraint and looking at Tuft&Needle. I am a side sleeper. Is is fine?

    Joe Auer says June 6, 2017

    Hi Satish – T&N offers value at that budget, but generally I think it’s a bit firm for the average side sleeper.

Emily says June 8, 2017

Hi. Thank you for the great website! I recently bought a Leesa but find it too firm. It aligns my spine well but gives me hip pain and I don’t like feeling like I’m sleeping on the surface. . I’m a side sleeper, about 175 lbs, my husband is 220 lbs and could sleep in a gravel pit. I’d like something a notch or two softer and cozier, without feeling stuck in the mattress or sacrificing spine alignment. Any suggestions?

Dan says June 15, 2017

Noticed Casper didn’t make it on this list. How would you rank it for side sleepers that weight around 140-160 lbs?

Carol says June 20, 2017

What’s out there for those of us that can’t use a memory foam mattress? I’m a masectomy patient and, be
Cause the implant is always cool, it never sinks in like the rest of me. This gets to be very painful very quickly. Thoughts?

Sarah says June 23, 2017

I’m a side sleeper and have tried the GhostBed for 2 months. My back pain is much improved, but I’ve developed pretty serious shoulder and neck pain. I’ve tried multiple pillows but it’s persisted and worsened. Any thoughts on next steps? I like that my low back pain is gone, but this neck pain…I can’t take it. Thanks!

    Joe Auer says June 29, 2017

    Hmm, I’m not a doctor, so I hesitate to give out firm advice for pain issues. In my experience neck pain is usually a pillow issue, so I would look there first rather than focusing on the mattress.

terri cummings says June 24, 2017

trying to decide between L&L memory foam and the saatva coil spring ! definitely getting linear adjustable frame. I sleep on my side with pillow between my knees. please help!

Mike says July 1, 2017

HELP – GUIDANCE NEEDED – I’m a 250 lb powerlifter and my wife weighs 135. I’m a side sleeper. We tried the Loom & Leaf medium, but it slept very hot and it wasn’t supportive enough for me – my shoulder would sink way down and I’d wake up with a numb arm. We then tried Nectar w/ an eLuxury.com bamboo topper, but after sinking through the first few layers, it was like sleeping on a board and I woke up w a sore left side and hip. I’m not sure where to look next. Considering: (1) Amerisleep – Independence (I’ve heard it actually feels firmer than the Colonial, but is still plush while providing tons of support; (2) Bear Mattress; or (3) Leesa – heard mixed things about this for heavy sleepers. Any guidance u can provide would be greatly appreciated

    Joe Auer says July 6, 2017

    Hi Mike – Amerisleep is a good option, definitely one of my favorites. You might also consider a hybrid as well – these sometimes work out better for heavier sleepers wanting better support. Check out Sapira as an example.

Becki says July 1, 2017

I have to disagree on the Amerisleep beds. I’m getting a refund from them as I write this comment. Thier mattresses are soft enough for side sleepers. I’m not speaking bad will against them. Their product is high quality and customer divide is awesome. I’m just disappointed that the mattress that we purchased was not soft enough for us as my husband and I are side sleepers. Neither of us slept well and we woke up several times a night. Both of us would wake up complaining with an arm asleep several times a week. We hated that the mattress didn’t work out for us.

Leslie says July 3, 2017

I have slept on very soft mattresses for my entire life. I’ve never even owned a coil mattress. My current bed is a talalay latex foam mattress. They gave me their softest foam, but it’s way too hard for me. So on top of the mattress, I have a softer 2″ talalay mattress topper, a 3″ memory foam topper, with a 2″ gel memory foam topper at the very top. That finally made it soft enough for me. I never wake up with back problems on an extremely soft mattress. All of these new foam mattresses have my attention, but they all look quite firm to me. Which would be the very softest mattress out there?

    Joe Auer says July 3, 2017

    The Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe is extremely soft. That’s an option, although it’s pretty expensive. You can also look at company’s with firmness options. Novosbed has a soft option that I think would be soft enough for you.

Leslie says July 3, 2017

Thank you. I will check them out.

Crystal says July 11, 2017

Not sure how the Ghostbed is on the list for side sleepers? My husband and I are both side sleepers and we could not make it more than 4 nights on the ghost bed, our limbs were falling asleep and we woke up exhausted and in pain each morning. The mattress is far too firm for side sleepers, it felt like sleeping on the floor. They also had terrible customer service, it took us over 2 months to be able to receive a refund for the mattress.

Kate says July 17, 2017

I am a side sleeper, and I have been looking at the Brooklyn Bedding medium mattress. Have you reviewed this one? Thanks!

Carla says July 18, 2017

Hello Joe!

I have been trying to find the right bed to suit me and my husbands needs. I am 120 pounds and my husband is 220. We have tried an iComfort which caused me pain and numbing. We then tried the loom of leaf which I thought was decent. My husband did not like the give in the bed on the edges and the pillow top started to buckle after 2 mo. However, I did experience occasional numbing in the arms sporadically. It was not every night. I wanted a bed to eliminate the occasional numbing so I tried the sleep number i8. The i8 caused my husband and I both back pain, shoulder and neck pain. I also experience numbing in the legs and arms. No matter what number I tried, I could not find any comfort. I am trying to nail down the right bed to alleviate my pressure points, provide the best support and comfort for both of us. We are both side sleepers and my husband sometimes sleeps on his back so I was looking at the best beds to address these concerns. Additionally, due to the difference in weight, I do not want to feel like I am rolling to him. From the options here, I am considering Amerisleep or Nolah. I am hoping to land the perfect bed with our next purchase. What do you recommend for me to try out with my next purchase?

FYI: I use the snuggle pedic pillow memory foam.

    Joe Auer says July 19, 2017

    The Nolah does relieve pressure very well. I think it’s a great choice. You can also look at Helix or Tuck, as they can customize 2 sides of the bed to you and your husband’s individual preferences.

Angie says July 26, 2017

Thank you for the great information. My husband and I are in the middle of trying to find a mattress. We bought a Sealy hybrid Silver after sleeping on for the required 30 days we both experienced stiff necks in the morning and tossing and turing all night and thought it was too hot even with a “Dri-Tec cooling mattress protector.” We a now on a Sealy Crown Prince Ultra Plush and I am waking up several times a night and having lower back pain and shoulder pain in the morning. I’m not sure why so many places are requiring you to sleep on a mattress for 30 days. I’ve traveled quit a bit and sleep on many beds, some were just miserable, 30 days wouldn’t have changed that. I am a side sleeper I weigh 120 I also had a spinal fusion lower back, as well as Sjögren’s syndrome which can cause all over pain. My husband sleeps primarily on his back but also on both sides he weighs 220. We have been purchasing twin extra long mattress because he is such a restless sleeper. Previously we were sleeping in separate rooms. I had a Serta Bellemont (cheaper bed from Big Lots) with a Serta 3″ gel memory foam topper slept great and woke without pain. We are so frustrated and i’m pretty sure the local mattress store wants nothing to do with us. Would love to here your recommendation, thank you.

    Joe Auer says July 26, 2017

    Maybe check out Helix or Tuck? They can split the mattress in two and customize the two sides to your different preferences. You sound like you’d be a good candidate for a customized mattress.

Melissa says July 26, 2017

I am about 125 lbs and my husband about 200. We are both side sleepers with occasional back sleeping. I wake up with severe shoulder pain. We are currently sleeping on a hybrid. I also sleep extremely warm. What would you suggest. We have been looking at the cariloha bamboo mattress for the cooling qualities, but are open to anything that will keep us cooler an alleviatey shoulder pain.

    Joe Auer says July 27, 2017

    I would say Nolah and Purple are two you should look at. They are great for side sleepers and are temperature neutral.

craig says July 29, 2017

hey Joe I just pulled the switch on a Nolah mattress for side sleepers. I have stenosis in the lumbar region and bought this based on your review. Good decision?

JoAnn says August 8, 2017

What do you think of the sleep number beds (for side sleeping )? The cost is significantly higher than your recommended companies- are they worth it? My husband and I are middle aged , side sleepers, with a bit of snoring and restlessness (his- that wakens me). We almost brought a sleep number home….

    Joe Auer says August 8, 2017

    I think they can be good options. My biggest concern is the price, so that’s why I list these options out on this page instead.

Laurie Herold says August 19, 2017

I have a herniated c6, am a side sleeper, and frequently wake up with shoulder and shoulder blade pain. Unfortunately, I’m also extremely sensitive to smell and have noticed that most memory foam mattresses and toppers have a strong smell/”off gassing.” Can u recommend a mattress that would meet my needs? Thank you.

Tracy Sims says August 23, 2017

I’m considering the layla in a king size. I have a headboard but no rail or box spring. Anything I should keep in mind

    Joe Auer says August 23, 2017

    It should work on just about any surface.

    Joe Auer says August 23, 2017

    Reach out to them directly to make sure of your exact situation though.

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Donald McKenna says August 29, 2017

My wife and I are both side sleepers.Your articles are very helpful. My wife tends to get hot at night and we attribute this to the older tempurpedic mattress that we have. We see most of the ones you recommend have at least some memory foam. Which ones do you feel would best meet our needs?

Lois says September 15, 2017

How does the Love & Sleep medium mattress compare with these options? My husband and I are both mostly side sleepers and sometimes back sleepers, we both have shoulder and upper back problems, and we’re both light: 118 and 135 pounds. From my reading, it sounds like our being light and being side sleepers indicate that we need a medium mattress. Love & Sleep sounds like the best one for us so far, but I’m still reading to see if I missed a more suitable option.

    Joe Auer says September 18, 2017

    Love & Sleep is a great mattress. The medium should be okay for you but possibly could still be slightly too firm.

Lois says September 18, 2017

Thanks for your help! Your website and the comments here are very informative.

Amy Andrews says September 28, 2017

We purchased a Tuft and Needle about 6 months ago. I get severe shoulder pain sleeping. I am overweight and a side sleeper. Should try adding a mattress topper to it or start over? Thanks!

    Joe Auer says September 28, 2017

    It’s not a bad idea and it’s low risk to just try a topper. It can work out just fine a lot of the times.

Jonathan H says November 6, 2017

Hi Joe, Have you ever done a review on the pac-bed original and other newer beds from that company Bed in a Box? They have been in business for a long time compared to other internet foam companies. I slept on one at my friends house he had in a guest room and slept like a baby! I loved it. He said it was 4 years old! How does Bed-in-abox stack up to the newer companies . I only sleep on my side. I’m looking for a new mattress , want something like the Pac bed original I tried or better. Thanks…

Mike says November 13, 2017

I am a side sleeper and tried the Nolah. First night I was too hot so I turned the temp down to 66 degrees. That helped but now my shoulder hurts from the pressure and a few nights I woke up with no circulation in my arm. That never happed on my old pillowtop. I am sending the Nolah back but was wondering if you had another recommendation. something with less pressure on the shoulder that sleeps cooler? Thanks

Karen says December 21, 2017

Hi Joe,

I’m a side sleeper, 5’4″ female 150 lbs, 60’s. I have issue with pressure points in my shoulders and hips.

I am currently in the process of returning my DreamFoam mattress made by Brooklyn Bedding. I ordered the firmer version of the mattress. While this mattress was okay for the pressure points, I was going to buy a 2 inch talalay topper if I liked the mattress.

The problem I had with the mattress and the reason I’m returning it, is that I started to have back aches after about 2-3 months. I recently noticed a sag where my hips are on the mattress and have used a pole to verify the difference, even waiting until it’s time for bed to check it just in case it was taking a minute to go back to it’s shape.

With that said, I am considering Purple, Casper, EightSleep, SleepOnLatex, Plush Beds (Ecobliss), IKEA (Morgongava) and even creating my own 3 layer via FoamSource. I do not like memory foam. I prefer the mattress to bounce back. Previously I had a firm coil mattress that I put a 3.5 Geo Matt topper to relieve pressure points. I decided to get a new mattress because I had to replace the topper every 1-2 years at $100 each time.

Any thoughts or recommendations you may have would be welcome. I have read your reviews, that’s why a few of those are on the short list. Maybe you can provide tips on how to pick from the short list. I

Thanks for having this site. It’s so important with all the online mattresses, although laying on a mattress in a store for 5 minutes sure doesn’t tell you anything. Although I do plan on going by West Elm to take a look at Casper. I think Purple really intrigues me although I worry about durability.

    Joe Auer says December 26, 2017

    The Purple gel layer will not sag. It is extremely durable. That could be a great fit for you.

Homero Villarreal says December 29, 2017

Let me tell you a little about myself.

I have had three replacement surgeries – shoulder, and two knees. I also sleep with oxygen every night and it is difficult to sleep because I constantly toss and turn…no telling if it is just me or the mattress.
Consequently it is hard for me to get into a deep sleep because I awake when this happen and when I wake I feel very achy in my shoulders, back and hips.

Our current mattress is a coil spring pillow top that is 25+ years old so now considering if a foam mattress makes sense or should I stick with a coil spring. So what do you think?

    Joe Auer says December 29, 2017

    I think you would do fine with the mattresses listed here. It sounds like it would be a step up in quality from your current mattress. I wouldn’t worry about coil versus foam. You just need good pressure relief and that’s exactly what the mattresses listed here provide.

Homero A Villarreal says December 29, 2017

Hi Joe: I had asked a question earlier this afternoon and have not received a reply. Did you get my message?

Homero says December 30, 2017

Thanks Joe….In the mid 90s when we bought this mattress it cost $5,000 and has been relatively comfortable given its age. What has happened now is that I am older (71) and have had a few surgeries, so its usefulness has outlasted my body.

I am considering the Loom & Leaf, but on the chance I continue to toss and turn at night. Which one of the soft or medium mattresses be better should I continue this habit. Would my current box spring be suitable to use with the L&L mattress?

    Joe Auer says January 2, 2018

    Box spring should be fine. L&L and Nolah are good for those who want good pressure relief so they don’t toss and turn.

Diana says December 31, 2017

Hi. I am looking to replace a fairly new Loom & Leaf that my cat urinated on. (Figures the mattress pad wasn’t on the bed that week.) Anyhow, the mattress was ok, but I still experienced occasional shoulder discomfort and lower back pain. I sleep entirely on my side, weigh 150 lbs and am a 50 yr old female. The Nolah sounds like it might work for relieving pressure points, but I’m concerned about the lower spine support with a softer mattress. Do you think the Nolah will offer good support along with the softer comfort or is there another brand that you would recommend? Thanks!

Joe Collins says January 19, 2018

Hi Joe,
I have 3 discs in my neck fused. 2 bulging discs in lower back. I sleep on a 2009 firm
tempur-pedic mattress. Wake up sore everyday. There are so many to choose from. What do you know about Nectar mattress? Can you give me a recommendation? I am a side sleeper.

Tiffany says January 22, 2018

Hi Joe,
So…we could use some help. We’re primarily side sleepers. We’ve tried the Bear (had some issues with arms falling asleep, and a little hip discomfort after about 6-7 hours), so we tried a Nolah thinking we needed to go a little softer, but it created lower back pain and some random other aches and pains — probably too soft. We’re looking for another side-sleeper memory foam mattress that sleeps cool that might be somewhere in firmness between the Bear and the Nolah. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks in advance!

    Joe Auer says January 23, 2018

    Loom and Leaf should be in between those two firmness levels.

Crys says January 27, 2018

I’m driving myself crazy researching these things. Needless to say I stumbled upon your reviews and certainly glad I did. We got our 19 year old daughter a zinus 12″ green tea infused mattress over the summer. She loves it and would live on it if I didn’t make her get up every day. My wife and I are in the market for a new one as ours is a completely delapitated and worn out spring. I came down with H3N2 over new years so my wife had to sleep in our daughters bed. Now she swears by the mattress as well. We are all side sleepers. My wife and I 125lbs, 250lbs. I suffer from severe lower back pain that radiates to my hip. As I mentioned, our current mattress is ancient, so my arms fall asleep and its killing our bodies in general. My wife auffers from a neck injury as well. We want a king size, she wants the zinus we got for our daughter. The product does appear to have a ton of good reviews and its super inexpensive . However, there’s no mention of sleeping positions, weight etc. And after researching these things I am slightly nervous. I was looking at the purple mattress, then I found some mixed reviews and got nervous about that one. So, I am at a loss man. Do I go with the one we got our kid and my wife says is comfy. Or do we try something else? Would you suggest 12″ or thicker. Or should it be thinner? I’m starting to go nutso here lol. Any info you have or can offer would be much appreciated. It seems like all memory foam is the same, just a dif manufacturer and various thicknesses. I also don’t want to end up with something that will smell for the next year off gassing. Looking forward to your response. Thanks so much!!

    Joe Auer says January 29, 2018

    The Zinus is a good value, but it will have a shorter lifespan. If you are both side sleepers, the Purple is a great option. The pressure relief is really good.

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