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Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers [Buying Guide]

by Bill Welles
  1. Best Overall Mattress
  2. Best Cost Effective Mattresss
  3. Most Comfortable Mattress
  4. Best Mattress for Back Pain
  5. Best Mattress for Pressure Relief
  6. Best Hybrid Mattress
  7. Conclusion

Our previous blog featured the best mattresses for stomach sleepers, so we decided to continue this series with the best mattresses for side sleepers. For many, sleeping on your side is the most comfortable sleeping position. Side sleeping is known to open your airway and improve breathing and digestion at night. When you can breathe clearly and rest comfortably, it’s a benefit to your sleep schedule and your overall health.

However, your sleeping position is not the only factor that affects your quality of rest. The type of mattress you rest on each night will determine the level of comfort and support you experience at bedtime. Side sleepers often experience neck, shoulder, and lower back pain if they are sleeping on an older mattress that is unsupportive and causes their body to press deep into the mattress. A well-made mattress should contour to the shape of your body and provide pressure point relief along your back and shoulders no matter which side you sleep on.

There are plenty of mattress brands and varieties to choose from, but don’t be overwhelmed by the vast selection. To make your job easy, the industry experts at Mattress Land came up with our picks for the best mattresses for side sleepers. We’ll go over the benefits and features of each mattress type and discuss what sets these products apart from other mattresses.

woman sleeping on her side with her stuffed animal

Best Overall Mattress

We spent a great deal of time highlighting Tempur-Pedic in our mattress review article. Tempur-Pedic is one of the biggest names in the industry, known for popularizing memory foam comfort layers in their beds. Since memory foam gives off a snug, pressure-relieving feel, Tempur products are popular among side sleepers.

Each mattress model has a distinctive appeal to a certain community of sleepers and selecting the best Tempur mattress ensures the right balance of contouring support and proper spinal alignment. The best-of-the-best comes by way of the TEMPUR-ProAdapt Firm Memory Foam Mattress (10736150). This mattress is expertly engineered with top-of-the-line pressure-relieving technology and advanced cooling properties. Adapting to your body's unique needs, motion is fully absorbed and pressure points are fully relieved to give your body a deeper, restorative night’s sleep.

Additional features include:

  • TEMPUR-APR—the comfort layer made for a more rejuvenating sleep
  • Tempur support layer for personalized comfort and advanced adaptability
  • SmartClimate Dual Cover System featuring a cool-to-touch cover and super-stretch inner panel for convenience and comfort
  • 10-year limited warranty

Tempur-Pedic mattress layer chart

Best Cost Effective Mattress

Nectar mattresses are constructed with high-quality materials, but you can still purchase one at an affordable price point if you’re mattress shopping on a budget. And if you’re a side sleeper, the foam construction of Nectar products relieves back pain and cushions pressure points.

Beyond pressure relief, Nectar mattresses come with a Tencel cover that wicks away heat and moisture. The gel-infused memory foam evenly distributes your weight, all while the three-inch layer of adaptive hi-core memory foam prevents the sinking sensation commonly associated with memory foam mattresses.

The Nectar Classic 3.0 Memory Foam Medium Firm Mattress in a Box (Nectar3.0-CK) comes with a polyfoam base layer that stabilizes the bed for top-notch motion isolation. The quilted Cooling Action Cover provides a cool-to-touch sensation that helps lower your body temperature during the night. Each layer of adaptive foam provides contouring comfort and the right amount of bounce needed to relieve pressure for side sleepers.

the five Nectar mattress layers

Most Comfortable Mattress

You can forget all about counting sheep when you have a mattress with a supportive, breathable foundation made from the highest quality materials. The Kingsdown Nourish 3.0 Ultra Plush Euro Top Hybrid Mattress (27249) offers a cooling fabric cover, plush quilt gel memory foam, 24 plush gel-infused memory foam layers, (800) 19-gauge micro-coils, and pressure-relief zones for optimal comfort.

This 14.5-inch mattress has a large sleep surface and quality edge support so you and your sleep partner can sleep peacefully through the night. Each layer of foam contributes to the ultra-plush comfort level that contours to the shape of side sleepers and allows them to wake up each morning free of pain or discomfort.

Best Mattress for Back Pain

If you’re a side sleeper that experiences consistent back pain, then it’s time to uncover the benefits of a Sealy mattress. Each mattress is made with durable, all-over comfort that pairs the responsive cushioning of an innerspring with Sealy's exclusive Posturepedic Technology. Sealy mattresses provide a reinforced, supportive foundation for a truly comfortable sleep.

The innovative hybrid design features the best of both worlds: conforming comfort on top with the stable deep-down support below. And you can rest assured knowing the Premium and Performance models, like the Sealy Hybrid Performance Z9 Copper II Firm Split Mattress (52333532), include the exclusive Posturepedic Technology.

Additional features include:

  • Sealy Chill: Cool-to-the-touch technologies that promote a comfortable sleeping environment
  • Sealy Immersion Advanced Memory Foam: A slower response memory foam with an open-cell structure, allowing for a more breathable sleep surface
  • Seal ComfortSense Foam: Gel memory foam designed to respond to your body's unique shape for a full night's rest
  • DuraFlex Coil Edge System: High-density, flexible coil border surrounding the mattress for better edge support, more usable sleeping surface, and improved durability
  • Zoned Support: Nearly 20% more coils for even better support where you need it most.
  • High-quality foams: Materials used are CertiPUR-US Certified

Sealy mattress in city apartment

Best Mattress for Pressure Relief

If you’re a side sleeper looking for luxurious comfort, look no further than Beautyrest Black. A mattress brand that has become synonymous with luxury, the Beautyrest Black Hybrid X-Class Medium Mattress (700810873-1050) features T3 Pocketed Coil Technology and high-quality foams for unparalleled cooling comfort.

BlackICE hybrid technology is Beautyrest’s most advanced cooling technology. You can sleep more soundly with the immediate cooling sensation from the cool-to-the-touch cover, then stay fresh and comfortable throughout the night as the RightTemp Memory Foam pulls heat away from your body. Curated Technoluxe foams reduce pressure points in your hips and shoulders, plus the ContourFit design offers superior stretch for a deeper, easier sleep.

No matter which Beautyrest Black mattress you choose, you’ll be living and sleeping in the lap of luxury.

luxury bedroom with Beautyrest Black mattress

Best Hybrid Mattress

Sometimes the best solution for side sleepers to achieve a good night’s sleep is with a hybrid mattress. This mattress type is for those who enjoy the comfort of memory foam and the construction of an innerspring. The contouring comfort and transitional layers of the TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Mattress (10739150) help ease the sharp pressure points side sleepers often experience.

The ProAdapt model is available in multiple firmness options, but we recommend the medium-firm mattress for side sleepers because it provides the right level of comfort without causing any drooping or sinking. A medium mattress would rate a five out of 10 on a firmness scale, so it’s the ideal level if you prefer a mattress that is neither too soft nor too firm.  

Just like the other ProAdapt mattress listed above, the hybrid model also includes the SmartClimate Dual Cover System that can be easily removed and cleaned in the washing machine, the TEMPUR-APR Support Layer, and the TEMPUR-ES Comfort Layer to provide a truly adaptable support system. If that’s not enough, 1000 premium spring coils are designed to work with TEMPUR material for easier movement.

Tempur mattress firmness level chart


Now that you know about the best mattresses for stomach and side sleepers, you should be ready to explore your favorite brand and find a mattress that works for your ideal sleep position.

While you’re on the hunt for the perfect mattress, consider your preferred comfort level, your sleep patterns, and your lifestyle. Once you’re aware of your sleep routine and nightly habits, it becomes much easier to find a mattress to match your needs.

If you’re ready to test out a mattress and experience high-level comfort and support, stop by your local Mattress Land today! You can shop for these mattress 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.