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Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers [Buying Guide]

by Bill Welles

For those who sleep on their side, a plush mattress will provide the pressure relief needed to sleep through the night. If you sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress will offer the support you need to prevent sinking. But what about those who sleep on their back? Finding the right mattress can be a bit tricky for back sleepers because they typically need a mattress that is equally comfortable and supportive.

With so many mattress varieties and support levels to choose from, how do you select the best mattress to support your back? In this guide, the experts at Mattress Land will help you simplify the shopping process by highlighting some of our top mattress picks for back sleepers. Get cozy and follow along with us.

The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Best Overall Mattress: TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress

  • “Specially designed coils and one-of-a-kind cooling technology make the ProAdapt series one of the most popular mattress models.”

Best Budget-Friendly Mattress: Nectar Classic 3.0 Memory Foam Mattress in a Box

  • “The high-density base layer is strong and durable, lending itself nicely to spinal alignment.”

Best Luxury Mattress: Stearns & Foster Estate Hurston Pillow Top Mattress

  • Designed for indulging comfort, IntelliCoil delivers the perfect level of support.”

What Does a Back Sleeper Need?

When shopping the best mattress types for back sleepers, proper spinal alignment is the most important consideration. To achieve this, your mattress must support your hips and shoulders without putting too much pressure on them. Back sleepers require an even sleep surface that will support and conform to their body without the mattress sagging or drooping too far.

As we mentioned in the introduction, a mattress needs the right level of firmness to support back sleepers. It will differ depending on specific body types and sleep requirements, but generally, a medium-firm to firm mattress will best suit back sleepers.

Our Favorite Mattresses for Back Sleepers

In case you’re about ready for bed, let’s explore some of the best mattresses available for back sleepers:

Best Overall Mattress: TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress (10739150)

We discussed investing in a mattress with the right level of comfort and support, and luckily, a hybrid mattress provides exactly that. The TEMPUR-ProAdapt hybrid mattress is expertly engineered with the most pressure-relieving material Tempur has ever created.

If you experience consistent back pain or toss and turn during the night, specifically designed coils will adapt, conform, and respond to your body’s unique needs so you can rest in your ideal sleeping position. Motion is fully absorbed, pressure points are alleviated, and your spine is fully supported for a deeper, restorative night’s sleep.

What makes this mattress unique?

  • One-of-a-kind cooling technology with SmartClimate Dual Cover System
  • Constructed with 1000 premium spring coils
  • TEMPUR-APR Support Layer and TEMPUR-ES Comfort Layer offer a truly personalized comfort

Tempur Pro-Adapt mattress

Best Budget-Friendly Mattress: Nectar Classic 3.0 Memory Foam Mattress in a Box (Nectar3.0-Q)

At first glance, you may be surprised to see a memory foam mattress listed for back sleepers, but most Nectar mattresses are constructed to offer a medium-firm feel, meaning their mattresses are neither too soft nor too firm. Nectar products provide cushion and stability to create the perfect balance that a back sleeper would require.

Nectar offers the same features as any quality memory foam bed, but at a much more affordable price. With a Nectar mattress, the high-density base layer is incredibly strong and durable, lending itself to exceptional spinal alignment and standing out as a top-tier value.

The comfort level of this bed is quite versatile as each layer of foam gradually increases firmness so the lightest and heaviest parts of your body are supported for a uniform feel. These ranging foam layers help contour to parts of your body that benefit from a firm surface (like your hips or back) and balance the bed to ensure the parts of your body that don’t require a firm surface (like your arms or legs) are still well supported.

What makes this mattress unique?

  • Cooling Action Cover used to wick away heat
  • Prevents sinking and distributes weight evenly
  • Full body support with a stable, breathable foundation

product shot of a Nectar mattress

Best Luxury Mattress: Stearns & Foster Estate Hurston Pillow Top Mattress (52491351)

It's true what they say—a luxury mattress provides a luxurious night’s sleep. The Sterns & Foster Estate Hurston collection features a pillow top mattress that is equipped to deliver supreme comfort. Yet again, do not be taken back by a pillow top—Sterns & Foster mattresses are made with some of the highest quality materials, including an IntelliCoil system that delivers the perfect level of support to suit any sleep type.

If you’re a back sleeper, the PrecisionEdge System provides greater lateral support and a more usable sleeping surface. The Advanced Adapt Foam combines conforming comfort with ease of movement so you can feel stable and secure in bed, and the PrimaSense Gel Foam cradles your body and regulates temperature during the night to help promote cooler sleep.

What makes this mattress unique?

  • PrimaCool Performance Fabric is made with Tencel moisture-wicking fabric
  • IntelliCoil Advanced system adapts to any body type for the perfect level of support
  • Built-in air vents promote increased breathability

product shot of a Sterns & Foster Mattress

Buying Considerations

When it comes to shopping for any kind of mattress, there are a few key elements to consider. We’ll explain:

1. Mattress firmness: For back sleepers, we want to reiterate the importance of investing in a mattress somewhere in the medium-firm range. If your bed is too soft, your hips might sink too far into the mattress and lead to lower back pain. If the bed is too firm, the mattress won’t fully contour to your body and provide the support you need.

Firmness levels will vary from person to person, but your mattress should always provide stability to your joints and keep your body in a natural, relaxed position during slumber.

2. Comfort Layers: When shopping for a new bed, be aware of the thickness of the comfort layer. While the thickest comfort layer can be beneficial for side sleepers, you don’t want it to be overly thick if you’re a back sleeper.

The comfort layer should be thick enough to contour to your shape and fill the gaps along your spine, but you don’t want to sink too far into the mattress and put unnecessary strain on your lumbar area. If you sleep on your back, look for a comfort layer between two and four inches high.

3. Your weight: With any mattress purchase, it’s important to consider the size of the bed and your weight. A mattress that is supportive for a lightweight individual might not be supportive enough for a heavy-set individual. The same rule applies for back sleepers—a firmer mattress type might not be as comfortable depending on your size. Certainly, keep your weight in mind when searching for the right balance of comfort and support.

Choose the Best Mattress for You

No matter your preferred sleeping position, be sure to choose a material that provides the level of comfort and support you need to sleep soundly. Memory foam, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses are the three most popular mattress types—let's find out why.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses offer high-level pressure relief and a conforming structure that is preferred amongst side sleepers. They can also be good for back sleepers depending on the firmness level, as the foam structure can help support your spine. Remember, avoid a comfort layer that is too thick—memory foam is beneficial as long as there isn’t too much of it.


Innerspring mattresses are the traditional mattress type known for quality support and breathability. High-grade coils are a good match for back sleepers, but the comfort layers make all the difference. If an innerspring is too firm, it can put pressure on your hips and lower back. This is why an innerspring with a pillow top (like the Sterns & Foster model) can be helpful for back sleeping. The combination of materials allows your lower body to sink just enough to contour without causing pain.


If you’re a back sleeper, it’s hard to beat a hybrid mattress. They provide the soft comfort of memory foam with the support of coils. Hybrids are often the best option for back sleepers if the foam layers are the proper thickness to keep your spine aligned.

 man lying on his back in bed sleeping

Back to Bed

Now that you know about the best mattresses for stomach, side, and back sleepers, you should look forward to getting into bed each night. If you’re ready to explore your favorite brand and find a mattress that works for your ideal sleep position, test out the high-quality, supportive mattresses available at your local Mattress Land.

We carry the best mattresses for back sleepers from a range of well-known manufactures such as Nectar, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, and Beautyrest Black. Explore these brands at any one of our 19 store locations across California, Nevada, Washington, and Idaho, or you can navigate our digital catalog and shop online.