Best Cooling Mattress – Best Mattress For Hot Sleepers

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Some people are just naturally hot sleepers and get poor rest each night because of it.  If this is you, there’s definitely some mattresses that directly address this issue of sleeping hot and provide a cool sleeping surface.

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.

If You Are Really Worried About Cooling, Get This Device

The best possible solution to sleeping at whatever temperature you want is to get a Bedjet. It is a device that is perfect climate control for your bed.  You can blow air of whatever temperature you want directly into your bed.  That means if you are cold, you can blow hot air into the bed, and if you are warm, you can blow cold air into the bed.  It’s highly effective.  You can see how the Bedjet works HERE.

A premium alternative of the Bedjet is the WinkBeds coolControl. See how coolControl works here.

6 Picks For Best Cooling Mattress

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.

Top Picks Compared

Why Nolah?

Nolah is in my opinion the most effective foam mattress for sleeping cool.  This is from personal experience and because of the design/construction of the mattress.  The mattress is actually completely temperature neutral.  The company has written a nice blog post describing exactly why this is.  I would encourage you to check it out HERE.  Long story short, you won’t sleep hot with the Nolah.

Check out our Nolah review

Why Purple?

Purple uses a different material in its comfort layer called hyper-elastic polymer.  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.

Check out our full Purple mattress review

Why Amerisleep AS4?

For memory foam mattresses, I think the Amerisleep AS4 goes the furthest in ensuring a cool sleeping surface.  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.

Read our full Amerisleep Colonial review

Why Saatva?

Saatva is an innerspring mattress with “coil on coil” construction, meaning two sets of coils sitting on top of one another.  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.

Read our full Saatva review

Why Zenhaven?

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.  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.

Read our full Zenhaven review

Why Helix?

Helix is a unique company because they customize their mattresses to each individual’s preferences.  In the case of hot sleepers, they can make a mattress that directly addresses that issue.  Overall, it’s a really solid mattress that has a very cool concept.

Check out our Helix review

How Do Different Types Perform?

  • InnerspringInnerspring mattresses generally do pretty well with sleeping cool.  That’s because the mattresses have so much space for air to flow through.  The only times where there could be an issue is when there is a lot of foam sitting on top of the coils.
  • Latex– Latex generally doesn’t have heat issues because of its chemical composition and because it usually has air holes punched in it.  Some synthetic latex mattresses can potentially be the exception and certainly mattresses that combine latex with memory or poly foam might have issues as well.
  • Memory Foam And Poly Foam– These are the mattresses where heat complaints are most common.  With these types of mattresses, you’ll want to make sure the company has done something to address this issue.  This might be done by creating a more open-celled structure in the foams, having a certain type of fabric in the cover, infusing gel into the foams, or using plant-based foams.

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 Auer

Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.

Blog Comments

What about the Active X bed from Nest Bedding?

Funny to me, how almost every website I go to, to find out about the “Best”, Coolest, or most comfortable mattress , only have the mattresses that are sold “Online”. Even though the mattresses “Online”, are a small fraction of the mattress market! Seems very fishy!

That’s because they represent the vast majority of the mattresses we review.

We bought a Nectar in May and both hate it. My husband and i are side sleepers, average weight, and both sleep hot. The Nectar has me waking up in a sweat. Prior to that, we were on an old Sterns and Foster pillowtop/coil. I’m looking at your list of cooler mattresses and they seemed to be chosen based on “type” (foam, latex, spring, etc)…..I’ve tried looked at each one and the “doesn’t sleep hot” ranking- Regardless of type, can you tell me the absolute coolest mattress , knowing that we both consider the nectar to sleep hot? I ‘m terrified of making the wrong decision again (we’ve bought the ice-tech malouf mattress cover, cooling sheets and pajamas as well!)

Try the Purple. It’s temperature neutral and is a good fit for side sleepers too.

We just purchased a Beautyrest Natasha Plush Black Lux Plush Pillow Top (Whew!)… not yet delivered and the store we purchased it from said there is NO RETURN if you are unhappy with your choice, other than the 1 1/2″ indention defect. I noticed several people said they were considering exchanging their mattress. Has the store we purchased ours from mislead us?
Thank you!

I’m not sure but it sounds like maybe they have.

Hey Joe, we bought a Sleepy Cool King size mattress and it sleeps hot, whats your best cooling mattress pick?

Any of the ones listed here should be great for cooling.

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