The biggest piece of advice I could give is to make sure that you see the company you are looking at has directly addressed this issue with the construction of the mattress. Otherwise, you might be at risk of getting a mattress that sleeps hot.
There are many different types of mattresses that can be good for hot sleepers. There are definitely other mattresses that I’m going to miss with this list that are also effective, but I wanted to keep this list shorter. I also wanted to have the list span multiple categories. So without further ado, here are 5 cooling mattresses that I think are very effective.
Purple uses a different material in its comfort layer called hyper-elastic polymer (learn more HERE). One look at the grid formation of the material and you’ll quickly see why this mattress sleeps cool. The open space lets any potential heat flow right through. In my experience (and backed up by other customer reviews), the mattress is basically temperature neutral, so you won’t ever have any issues with sleeping hot.
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The Winkbeds coolControl is the most effective cooling mattress because it allows you to set the temperature that you want on both sides of the mattress (see how it works HERE). There are tubes built into the foundation that can pass warm or cool air (whatever you choose) through the mattress, making the sleeping surface temperature whatever you want it to be.
It’s a really cool innovation that completely solves the issue of sleeping hot. The only issue is that you have to pay a lot of money to get this. Right now, it’s $3,499 to get this mattress/foundation combination.
For memory foam mattresses, I think the Amerisleep Colonial goes the furthest in ensuring a cool sleeping surface (see more on their mattress HERE). This is done in a number of ways. The mattress has a celliant cover, which is a type of fabric that can potentially keep a cooler surface. The memory foam is partially plant-based, which studies show is an effective way of keeping cool. The foam also has something called surface modification technology, which is really just channels cut into the foam to allow for more airflow. The memory foam is also very open-celled, making it much more breathable than typical memory foam. When you add everything up, it makes for a pretty cool sleeping surface.
Saatva is an innerspring mattress with “coil on coil” construction, meaning two sets of coils sitting on top of one another (see more on that HERE). This really means that there is a ton of airflow in this mattress. While there is foam on top of the mattress, it isn’t so thick as to affect the sleeping surface temperature. You can see on the picture to the left that there is a ton of empty space around the steel coils at the bottom. The second layer of coils are individually wrapped, but there is still a lot of room for air to flow in between the rows.
Zenhaven is an all-natural latex mattress. Natural latex is very breathable and typically isn’t ever associated with any complaints of sleeping hot. As a result, this mattress overall is very breathable and provides a cool sleeping surface.
If you look at the latex itself, you can see that there are little pinholes across the surface of the foam (see more HERE). This is just an extra way to let air flow through the mattress and make sure that the sleeping surface temperature never gets too hot.
Note: These are pretty general statements and whether a mattress will sleep cool depends on a lot of different factors.
There are lots of ways to find a good cooling mattress, and in fact most of these mattresses are some of the best mattresses you can find anyways.. The number one thing you should look for is whether the company has explicitly tried to address the issue in the construction of the mattress. From there, reading as many reviews as possible is another good way to make sure you’re making the right decision.
Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.