What’s the Best Mattress for Back Sleepers?

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Finding the best mattress for back sleepers can help develop the habit of sleeping on your back and improve the overall quality of sleep. Sleeping on your back is a great way to prevent neck and back pain, improve acid reflux, minimize wrinkles, and maintain proper spine alignment; however, it is not everybody’s preferred sleep style.

In this article, we will cover our top choices of the best mattress for back sleepers and outline the key factors to take into consideration when investing in a new mattress.

The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers: Our Top 7 Choices

The Amerisleep AS2 Mattress

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What’s The Best Bed’s top choice for back sleepers is the Amerisleep AS2 model. Amerisleep offers five different models of mattresses; the AS5 and AS4 are part of their soft collection, the AS3 their true medium, and the AS1 and AS2 complete their firm collection. The AS2 is their medium-firm model; for those who want a firmer feel, the AS1 is your best bet while anybody looking for something softer will be deciding between the AS3, AS4, and AS5.

Amerisleep mattresses use innovative technology to offer support and comfort in each layer. Every Amerisleep mattress has a cover made from advanced Celliant fabric; which has been FDA-determined to increase your blood flow and keep you cool throughout the night. Celliant uses 13 different thermoreactive minerals to recycle your body heat into infrared energy, aiding in regulating your body temperature.

Layers

The top layer of every Amerisleep mattress is made from their Bio-Pur® material, a foam layer that is five times more breathable than traditional memory foam. This breathability also aids in keeping air flowing throughout the mattress, ensuring heat does not get trapped in the bed; which, in turn, would make anybody sleeping on it hot as well. This is one of the very few foam mattresses that can compete with innersprings when it comes to breathability.

Below the Bio-Pur® material is the Affinity layer with HIVE® technology. Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation and Energy, otherwise known as HIVE®, technology creates a targeted support system throughout the body. This technology has been shown to reduce pressure points by 49% and provide the proper support to keep your spine aligned. The AS1 model is the only model not featuring the Affinity layer between the BioPur and BioCore layers, making it the firmest option available.

Each Amerisleep base is made of their BioCore foam. Both the BioCore and the BioPur layer are made with plant-based materials; making it long-lasting, supportive and increasing its breathability.

The AS5 model Amerisleep offers sleepers with an extra layer of comfort between the BioPur and Affinity layer, the Active Flex layer. This layer is made of latex-like material when combined with the BioPur layer, make the sleeper feel as if they are laying on a cloud.

Off-gassing

A big concern when buying a memory foam mattress is the smell it will emit, as it’s common for them to have an unpleasant odor when you first take them out of the packaging. Many find this smell dissipates over time. This scent is caused by the petroleum gas used to produce the mattresses. Instead of using petroleum, Amerisleep uses plant-based materials, specifically castor-oil, to produce their mattresses. Ensuring you won’t be plagued with any “new mattress smell.”

Motion Isolation

By using highly responsive foam, Amerisleep’s AS2 mattress isolates motion very well. This is beneficial for those who are sharing their bed with a partner, as you won’t be disturbed by their tossing and turning or them getting in and out of bed.

Thickness

Amerisleep’s AS2 is 12 inches thick. A good rule of thumb when buying a memory foam mattress is to find one between 10 and 14-inches. 12 inches puts it right in the middle of the guideline, which is beneficial for a variety of reasons; it’s easier to get in and out of bed, easier to find sheets, and it can be combined with any traditional or adjustable bed frame.

Sleep Trial

Amerisleep offers a risk-free, 100-night sleep trial on all of their mattresses. This allows you to try their new mattress in the comfort of your own home, giving you a more telling feel of your new purchase. If you decide within the 100-night trial the mattress isn’t all you were hoping for, you can return or exchange it for a full refund and arranged to have your old mattress picked up and recycled. It’s important to note when switching to any new mattress, your body will undergo an adjustment period lasting up to 30 days. Some companies will require you keep the mattress through the duration of the adjustment period; however, Amerisleep allows you to return at any time (but still recommends you to try it for at least 30 days and take full advantage of the sleep trial).

Warranty Information

Amerisleep offers one of the longest warranties in the industry, 20 years. Within the first 10 years of your warranty, they will replace your mattress with a covered defect in full with no additional costs to you. In the second 10 years, they will replace the mattress at 50% off the original price. A sagging mattress is the most common defect to trigger the warranty. If you find your mattress has a visible sag greater than .75 inches, it meets the warranty guidelines and is eligible to be replaced. Sagging reduces the support of your mattress and is a complaint many memory foam owners have after years of wear and tear. Amerisleep wants to eliminate the chance of you experiencing pressure points and being left with a sagging mattress by offering you a two-decade warranty.

It’s common for back sleepers to experience occasional lower back pain. If you find you’re waking up most mornings with aches and pains in your back, read our other guide to find the best mattress for lower back pain.

The Avocado Mattress

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Avocado mattresses are made with 100% natural ingredients, leaving a very low impact on the environment. They offer a medium-firm mattress as well, which is a typical choice for back sleepers as it provides the proper support for your spine. Avocado ranks their mattress as a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. If you’re looking for a softer feel, they also offer an optional pillow top layer.

Layers

All Avocado mattresses have a cover made from organic cotton tufted with natural wool; this makes the mattress feel very soft and plush against your body. The cover will gently contour to your body providing you with extra lumbar support back sleepers need.

The top layer of their mattresses are made from 2 inches of perforated Dunlop latex; latex is known to be a naturally cooling material as it allows air to flow through the bed. Unfortunately, latex does have other downfalls such as allergy risks.

The bottom layer of the Avocado mattresses is made from 8-inch tall Marshall coils. These individually wrapped, pocketed coils are designed with a 3-zoned support system, providing the sleeper with pressure relief while still maintaining a bounce. However, customer reviews have shown innerspring coil mattresses score lower on reducing back pain than memory foam mattresses. Before you buy, make sure a coil mattress is going to be your best choice, as it may not provide the comfort and support you’re looking for.

Off-gassing

Synthetic latex typically can produce some off-gassing; however, because Avocado mattresses are made of all-natural materials, it substantially eliminates the risk of any unpleasant smells coming from your bed.

Motion Isolation

Because the top layer of the mattress is made entirely of Dunlop latex and the core is made from innerspring coils, it will be bouncier than a typical memory foam mattress. This means it may transfer quite a bit of movement throughout the bed; so if you’re somebody who has a restless partner, this may not be the best choice.

Thickness

The standard Avocado mattress is 12 inches thick, leaving it right in the middle of the 10-14 inch guideline. If you add the pillowtop, it will bump up the height another 2 inches.

Sleep Trial

Avocado offers you a 100-night risk-free sleep trial that lets you try your mattress in the comfort of your own home before committing to your new purchase. They make returning or exchanging your mattress easy; if you are unhappy with it, all you have to do is give them a call, and they will arrange to have your mattress picked up and donated with no charge to you. They don’t require you to keep your mattress for any period of time before returning it but recommend you give it a fair chance and try it for 30-60 days. The only catch to their 100-night sleep trial is if you decide to exchange your mattress, your new mattress will not qualify for another 100-night sleep trial.

Warranty Information

Starting on the date of purchase, your Avocado mattress is covered under a 25-year limited warranty. The warranty covers any defects in the material or workmanship of the mattress. If during the 25 year period your mattress becomes defected and meets Avocado’s warranty requirements, they will send you a replacement mattress. Eligible defects are fabric tearing and stitching unraveling, cracks or splits in the natural latex not caused by normal wear and tear, and any visible sag greater than 1 inch. To meet warranty requirements, your mattress must be kept on a supportive foundation that meets Avocado’s criteria.

The Winkbed Mattress

Winkbed Mattresses offer three different levels of firmness as well as an option for heavier individuals who may need more support from their mattress. With its coil-on-coil construction and foam top layers, it is a very durable choice and will leave you sleeping comfortably. Out of the three options, the editors at What’s The Best Bed recommends the luxury-firm for back sleepers.

Layers

All Winkbed Mattresses come with a cover made from a breathable TENCEL, a soft plant-based material. Every cover has memory foam sewn into it which makes it feel like a pillow-top mattress.

The top layer is made with a combination of gel and hyper-soft foams, designed to keep you cool and minimize motion transfer throughout the night. Beneath is a micro-coil layer; in conjunction with the top layer, this micro-coil layer moves heat away from your body and increases the breathability of the mattress.

Below the micro-coil layer lies an extra lumbar support layer, providing additional support for your lower back. This is ideal for somebody who sleeps mainly on their back. Below, is the core, a layer consisting of a 5-zoned Marshall coil system. The design of this coil system provides adequate support for your head, shoulders, back, hips, and feet. This layer of coils also aids in increasing the breathability of your mattress.

Off-gassing

Because the top layer of the mattress includes polyurethane foam, there is a chance your mattress may have an unpleasant smell when you first unpack it. Over time, it should dissipate; however, it is not guaranteed.

Motion Isolation

While the top layer is designed to increase motion isolation, coils are known to increase motion transfer throughout the bed. Meaning, unless you’re sleeping alone, you’re more likely to feel your partner getting in and out of bed or tossing and turning throughout the night.

Thickness

The Winkbed is a 15-inch tall giant, making it the tallest mattress on our list. While an extra inch or two may not seem like a big difference, it can be the difference of whether or not your bed fits within your bed frame. In addition, a 15-inch mattress can be a struggle to get in and out of if you’re somebody who has a taller bed frame. Finding sheets to fit a 15-inch mattress can be a hassle, as well.

Sleep Trial

Winkbeds lets you sleep on your new mattress for up to 120 nights to get a true feel of your new purchase. If you decide you don’t love it, you can exchange it or return it for a full refund. They do require you give your new mattress at least 30 days before deciding to ditch it. Should you decide you would rather exchange your mattress for a new one, they issue a $49 fee to cover another White Glove delivery; when they bring you your new mattress, they will remove and recycle your old one for you, as well.

Warranty Information

Your Winkbed mattress is covered under a limited lifetime warranty. Because the warranty lasts for life, it is only valid for the individual who purchased the mattress and cannot be transferred to anybody else; a copy of your receipt will be required where they can verify the original purchase information. Defects covered under the warranty include a split or crack in the foam not due to normal wear and tear or a visible sag greater than 1.5 inches in the bed; however, the indentation cannot be caused by an unsupportive foundation. The warranty is limited to one replacement mattress.

The Casper Mattress

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Typically, back sleepers will be looking for a firmer mattress, and Casper mattresses are just that. Their all-foam design contours to your body, providing you with the necessary support and pressure relief back sleepers need.

Layers

The cover of all Casper mattresses is removable, making them easy to clean. They are made from a thick, durable polyester mix. Beneath the cover, is the first layer made entirely of latex-like foam. This latex-like foam is engineered to feel like genuine latex, giving it a bouncier feel than some other brands. Unfortunately, one downside to this top layer is the lack of breathability. Individuals who tend to sweat while they sleep may find themselves overheating on this mattress.

The second layer consists of memory foam, contouring to your body and providing pressure relief where you need it. Below, is a zoned-support layer. This layer is made with softer polyurethane foam under your head and feet, with firmer foam in the midsection. The extra support this layer provides is what made us choose this as one of the top 7 mattresses for back sleepers, it offers excellent support for the alignment of your spine.

The core, or bottom, layer is made from high-density polyurethane foam; making it very durable and providing extra support.

Off-gassing

Because Casper mattresses produce their polyurethane foam with petroleum, there is a higher risk of off-gassing.

Motion Isolation

Casper uses a bouncy layer of foam for its top layer, therefore, there is a risk of feeling movement from your partner throughout the night.

Thickness

At 10 inches thick, this is the thinnest mattress featured on our list. Because it is on the thinner side, it will feel firmer than a 12 or 14-inch mattress and will not provide as much support back sleepers may need. Though it’s guaranteed to fit in most bed frames and adjustable beds, those with lower bed frames may find themselves having to bend down to get into bed.

Sleep Trial

Casper’s 100-night sleep trial applies to all of their products, not just the mattress. You’re able to try any of their products for up to 100 nights before deciding whether or not you’d like to keep them. They believe letting you try the whole package risk-free gives you a more genuine feel for what Casper has to offer. If you decide at day 99 it isn’t for you, they will send a return partner out to remove your mattress from your home. For smaller items, they will send you a prepaid UPS label to ship back any accessories you bought with your mattress. They then donate or recycle any returned or exchanged products. Every customer is eligible for a 100-night trial per product; should you decide to exchange, you will be eligible for another 100-night trial on any products not previously ordered.

Warranty Information

Your Casper mattress is covered under a 10-year limited warranty covering any manufacturing defects such as splits in the foam or defects in zipper assembly, as well as a visible sag in the mattress greater than 1 inch. Should you find your mattress defective within the 10-year timeframe, you are responsible for returning your mattress to Casper and providing proof of purchase. Casper will then repair or replace your mattress and ship it back to you.

The Saatva Mattress

The Saatva coil-on-coil mattress is offered in three different levels of firmness, plush, luxury-firm, and firm. What’s the Best Bed recommends the luxury-firm option for back sleepers because it provides you with plenty of support, while also being soft enough to contour to your body.

Layers

All Saatva mattresses covers are made from 100% natural cotton, making it soft and breathable, but is also quilted with foam to create a pillow top feel, providing you with extra pressure relief.

The first layer is made of a thin layer of memory foam that is soft enough to contour to your body gently. Below is a thin layer of memory foam lies a layer made of pocketed Marshall coils. These coils provide targeted support throughout the body and are designed to adapt well to your body shape. The space between the coils allows air to pass through the mattress making it very breathable, this moves heat away from your body and creates a cooling effect.

The bottom layer consists of a layer of coils encased in a high-density foam box; the foam acts as a platform for the coils to push off from. The structure of these coils is designed to be responsive and offer good bounce throughout the mattress. Combined with the layers above, this mattress provides great lumbar and spine support.

Off-gassing

Because the top layer of the mattress is made of memory foam, there is a chance for off-gassing upon first opening the mattress.

Motion Isolation

Though the top two layers consist of memory foam and pocketed coils, the bottom layer is designed for a bounce which eliminates most motion isolation. These coils do provide some benefits such as increased breathability; however, if you are somebody who shares a bed with a partner, this may not be the best choice.

Thickness

Saatva provides two different thickness levels for their mattresses, 11.5 inches, and 14.5 inches. The 14.5-inch version may not fit on all bed frames and isn’t recommended for adjustable beds, while the 11.5-inch version should fit in any bed frame or adjustable bed you may have.

Sleep Trial

Saatva has a 120-night sleep trial that allows you to return or exchange your mattress at any time for a full refund. If you decide a return or exchange is necessary, you are responsible for the $99 transportation cost associated with shipping your mattress back. Should you order the incorrect size or firmness level during your original purchase, Saatva will quickly exchange it for the proper fit with only an additional $99 cost to you.

Warranty Information

Saatva gives its customers a 15-year Non-Prorated Warranty. For the first 2 years of the 15-year timeframe, Saatva will replace your defective mattress at no charge to you. After year 2, Saatva will then repair and re-cover your mattress, only requiring a $99 transportation fee. They also allow you to opt for the “Fairness Replacement Option,” instead. If you decide to go this route, you are able to keep your original mattress and between years 3 and 5 of your warranty, Saatva will deliver and install and brand new mattress for you at 30% of the original cost. Between years 6 and 10, they will replace your mattress for 50% of the original price, and in years 11 to 15, they will replace it for 75% of the original cost. Regardless, you get to keep your original mattress and use it in another room, donate it, recycle it, or give it to a friend. There are no delivery or shipping fees associated with the “Fairness Replacement Option,” cutting any additional costs out. Saatva does not clarify in their warranty information what deems a mattress defective; before purchasing, it doesn’t hurt to ask a Saatva employee to run through the specifics of the warranty with you.

The Nectar Mattress

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The Nectar mattress is made of five layers of foam, providing sleepers with a unique memory foam feel some love. This is important for back sleepers because it contours to the body and provides the necessary lumbar support.

Layers

Every Nectar mattress is covered with a custom gel-infused, Tencel cover designed to wick away heat and regulate your body temperature throughout the night. A big concern with all-foam mattresses are sleeping hot, so they developed this cover and infused their layers with gel to combat the potential issue.

The first layer of the mattress is a quilted, gel-infused memory foam that contours your body to provides good lumbar support, a necessity for back sleepers. Below, is a layer of bouncy, cooling Lush Foam memory foam; this was designed by Nectar Sleep and is a unique feature to their mattresses.

Next, comes a layer made from dense memory foam. This layer helps maintain natural spine alignment, combined with the first layer this mattress provides support and pressure point relief; considering this, a Nectar mattress is a great choice for most back sleepers.

The base layer is a super-dense foam designed to increase durability and stability.

Off-gassing

Because Nectar is an all foam mattress, it’s expected to have some off-gassing when first unpacked. Though there are many benefits to an all foam mattress, off-gassing can be a big downfall.

Motion Isolation

Nectar uses four layers of memory foam, making the risk of motion transfer slim.

Thickness

Nectar mattresses measure at 11 inches in height; while on the shorter end of the 10 to 14-inch guideline, it is expected to be a little firmer than a taller mattress.

Sleep Trial

Nectar provides one of the most generous sleep trials in the industry, 365 days. Their philosophy is there is no way to get a genuine feel for your mattress in just a few months. They believe you should sleep on your mattress for a year, experience the changing seasons, and experience it under all circumstances.

Warranty Information

They also offer an incredible Forever Warranty, this covers the construction, materials, and quality of the mattress for the original purchaser. They make their warranty policy quite simple, for the first 10 years they will completely replace your defective mattress and from year 10 forward, they will repair, recover or if needed, replace your defective mattress. There is no additional cost to you to have your mattress replaced, repaired, or returned at any time during your warranty.

The TEMPUR-ProAdapt Mattress

The TEMPUR-ProAdapt mattress is an all-foam mattress offered in a medium firmness option, perfect for back sleepers. This mattress falls into the “luxury” category as it is the most expensive mattress on our list, with a price tag of $2699 for a queen-sized mattress.

Layers

The cover of this mattress is designed to have two layers, the outer laying being removable and cool to the touch and the inner layer providing comfort and convenience. The first layer is their TEMPUR Comfort Layer; this is a gel-infused foam designed to provide pressure point support and promote natural spine alignment when you are sleeping in any position, especially on your back.

The third layer is the TEMPUR-APR Support Layer, designed to be pressure relieving. Because it is an all-foam mattress there is a risk of sleeping hot, Tempurpedic has created their very own “Breeze” technology to counter the concern; however, it is not available for their TEMPUR Pro-Adapt mattress.

Off-gassing

Unfortunately, even luxury-priced mattresses can have some off-gassing when first unpacked.

Thickness

Coming in at a 12-inch height, Tempur-Pedic has designed this mattress to be adaptable to most bed frames and adjustable beds. This is an ideal height for just about any sleeper, bed frame, and sheet set.

Sleep Trial

Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-night sleep trial for your mattress starting on the date of your White Glove Delivery. They require you to sleep on your new bed for a minimum of 30 nights before deciding to return or exchange the mattress, solely because there is an adjustment period to take into consideration when transitioning new mattresses. If you decide after 30 days you don’t want to keep your mattress, you can ship it back for a full refund. In some circumstances, Tempur-Pedic may require you to pay a $175 shipping fee to return the mattress.

Warranty Information

Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with a 10-year Full Replacement Limited Warranty. For 10 years after you purchase, Tempur-Pedic will repair or replace your mattress should it be deemed defective. Eligible defects include a crack in the material not caused by normal wear and tear, a defect in the zipper of the mattress cover, and a visible sag at least .75 inches.

A Short Guide to Buying a Mattress

When looking for a new mattress, it’s important to take into consideration the materials used to make it, the firmness of the mattress, and the warranty and return policy. Everybody has unique needs when looking for a mattress, and there is no “one size fits all,” so be sure to do your research before you make your purchase.

Also, be sure you’re buying the best mattress for your sleep position. If you spend the majority of the time on your back, you’re a back sleeper, but if you start on your back and roll over to the side, you’re probably a side sleeper. If this sounds like you, be sure to check out our other guides to find the best mattress for side sleepers and other sleeping positions.

Materials

There are plenty of different materials used to make a mattress; however, the four main materials dominating the current market are innerspring, hybrid, latex, and memory foam.

Innerspring

Innersprings are the veterans of the mattress world, they’ve been around for hundreds of years and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. They’re known for being bouncy and because they’re made from coils, don’t come with any concern of sleeping hot. The only downside of an innerspring mattress is poor motion isolation, and many people complain of movement in the bed disrupting their sleep through the night.

There are four main types of innerspring coils:

The Bonnell coil is the original coil design from the 1800s. They’re cost-efficient to manufacture; however, they are not great in quality, and these coils tend to score the worst in motion transfer. The Offset coil is very similar to the Bonnell coil, however, it has squared-off coil heads that resemble hourglasses.

The Continuous coil is another budget-friendly option. It’s made from a single wire twisted into a coil, making it very inexpensive to manufacture. Motion transfer is still a given with this innerspring as well.

The Marshall coils, otherwise known as pocketed coils, are the most adaptive when it comes to the innerspring design. Because these coils are pocketed and not connected, they are better when it comes to motion transfer and also provide great support throughout your body.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses combine innerspring technology with latex or memory foam, combining these two provides contouring cushion while still relieving pressure points and keeping your spine aligned. A downside to hybrid mattresses is a good-quality mattress can be very expensive while offering a less competitive warranty than it’s all-foam counterparts. There are some cheaper options on the market; however, they are made from poorer quality materials and in turn lack the quality necessary for a good night’s sleep.

Latex

Latex foam comes in three different types- natural, synthetic, and blended.

Natural latex mattresses are both environmentally friendly and very durable. Their cooling properties help you stay comfortable throughout the night while it’s natural bounce provides support in all the right places. The biggest downside to natural latex is it comes with a hefty price tag because the materials required to create natural latex are relatively difficult to acquire. However, if you’re able to make this investment, your natural latex mattress may last you a very long time.

Synthetic latex is made from Styrene Butadiene Rubber, otherwise known as SBR. It is more durable than natural latex, but not as eco-friendly or hypoallergenic. The plus side for opting for synthetic latex is it comes at a much lower price than natural latex.

Blended latex is a mix of synthetic and natural and is by far the most popular type of latex used in mattresses. Combining the best of both of the previous kinds of latex results in a longer lasting, more affordable mattress.

Each type of latex can be manufactured to any desired firmness. In fact, many latex mattresses offer either flippable firmness or dual firmness. Flippable firmness means each side of your mattress will have different levels of firmness, while the latter is where the mattress is split down the middle with different levels of firmness on either side.

You can learn more about latex mattresses in our best latex mattress guide.

Memory Foam

There are four main types of memory foam: traditional memory foam, plant-based memory foam, gel-infused memory foam, and polyurethane foam (poly-foam).

Traditional memory foam, otherwise known as viscoelastic polyurethane foam, is soft and cushions to your body. It differs from standard polyurethane foam because it has viscoelastic properties, giving it it’s the ability to contour to your body and relieve pressure points. Polyurethane foam, or poly-foam, does not contain viscoelastic properties. Though it may feel soft, it does not have the ability to contour to your body as true memory foam does.

Plant-based memory foam is an eco-friendly alternative to memory foam. In the process of making memory foam, polyurethane oil is used. In the process of making plant-based memory foam, a portion of petroleum is replaced with plant-based oil, making it healthier for you and reducing the chances of off-gassing. Gel-infused memory foam is made by infusing cooling gel properties into traditional memory foam. By adding gel, it reduces your chances of feeling hot while sleeping in this bed.

Understanding the Firmness

When it comes to firmness levels, there are three main choices- soft, medium, and firm. To help you distinguish the difference, we put them on a scale. If 1 is sleeping on a cloud, and 10 sleeping on a solid rock, then the scale breaks down as follows:

  • Soft is 4 to 5
  • Medium is 5.5 to 6.5
  • Firm is 7.5 to 8.5

Any mattress softer than a 4 will be very unhealthy because it will lack support for your pressure points and your spine will lose its natural alignment. If the firmness of your mattress exceeds at 8.5 then you will more than likely experience uncomfortable pressure points and even tingling sensations in your limbs as you fall asleep.

When choosing your ideal firmness, it’s important to take into consideration your weight. Smaller people may find a soft mattress firmer because they don’t have the weight to compress the mattress while a heavier individual may find a firm mattress softer than anticipated. If you’re a heavier individual and looking for a firm mattress, the firmer the mattress, the better. You can also consult our guide on choosing the best mattress for heavy people.

Soft

For back sleepers, a soft mattress is the least advised option because it encourages your heavy mid-section to sink into the mattress. This can create a bend in your spine leading to neck and back pain as well as cause you to sleep hot. The deeper you are in the mattress, the more the mattress covers your body and creates heat pockets.

Medium

We always say people who like to sleep soft should choose a medium mattress. A medium mattress provides enough support for your spine without the worry of heat build-up while feeling soft enough for you to be comfortable.

Medium-firm or Firm

The most highly recommended for back sleepers, a firm mattress keeps your spine straight and has plenty of support and pressure relief that back sleepers need. They are also great for individuals who are suffering from lower back pain.

Understanding Warranties and Return Policies

While many manufacturers have long warranties and lengthy sleep trials, it’s still important you read the fine print, specifically looking for information regarding break-in periods and removal cost. Some companies will require you to keep and continue to try the mattress for a minimum of 30 days, or through the duration of the break-in period. When it comes to returns, many companies will pick up and remove your mattress free of cost, but be sure there are not any additional removal costs you will have to cover.

When it comes to warranties, as many can imagine, it can be tricky to return a defective mattress. Be sure to read the details about what deems a mattress defective and be sure your warranty will cover common problems, such as sagging. Read the fine print and talk to the company’s advisors so you’re prepared if it comes time to send your mattress back.

Overview of The Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

We hope this guide has made your mattress hunt easier, but if you still haven’t found “the one” take the time to do the proper research and read through our other guides to find the best mattress for you. Everybody deserves a good night sleep, and it’s certainly not a purchase you want to rush or skimp out on.