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Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers [Buying Guide]

by Bill Welles

At a Glance:

Choosing the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best Mattress for Side Sleep

Most Comfortable Mattress

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers with Back Pain

Best Mattress for Pressure Relief

Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers

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

Choosing the Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Here is what you will need to know when buying your new mattress.

What Mattress Comfort Level is Best for Side Sleepers?

As a general rule, side sleepers need a softer mattress than stomach or back sleepers. Side sleepers need a mattress that is soft enough to contour to their body and relieve pressure points, but also firm enough to support their spine. The exact firmness level will vary depending on the individual, but a medium-firm mattress is often the best choice for side sleepers.

What Mattress Type is Best for Side Sleepers?

All mattress types can be good for side sleepers, but some may be better than others. Innerspring and latex mattresses are usually too firm for side sleepers, while memory foam and pillow top mattresses are often too soft. The best mattress type for side sleepers is usually a hybrid mattress, which combines the best features of both foam and coil mattresses.

What Mattress Thickness is Best for Side Sleepers?

The thickness of a mattress is not as important for side sleepers as it is for other types of sleepers. However, side sleepers may want to avoid very thin mattresses, as they may not provide enough support.

What Mattress Features are Best for Side Sleepers?

Side sleepers need a mattress that contours to their body and relieves pressure points. Memory foam mattresses are often a good choice for side sleepers, as they conform to the body and provide good pressure relief. Hybrid mattresses are also a good option for side sleepers, as they combine the benefits of both foam and coil mattresses.

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

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. 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.

Features We Love:

  • 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

Most Comfortable Mattress for Side Sleepers

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.

Features We Love:

  • Kingsdown® Cool Fabric Cover
  • Plush Quilt Gel Memory Foam
  • 24 ILD Plush Gel Infused Memory Foam Layers
  • 800 19 Gauge Lumber 1" Micro Coils
  • Plush Kings Zoned Foams
  • 14.5 Plush Gauge 744 STL Zoned Wrapped Coil

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers with 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® Posturepedic® Plus Albany Hybrid Medium Queen Mattress, include the exclusive Posturepedic Technology.

Features We Love:

  • 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, this Beautyrest Black hybrid mattress 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.

Features We Love:

  • BlackICE™ with Plant-Based Cooling Technology
  • 1" AirCool™ Memory Foam
  • 1.5" HD Memory Foam
  • 1" Comfort layer made with Alpaca, Cashmere & Silk Fibers
  • .5" Self-Response™ Latex
  • 8" Zoned T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology
  • 1.5" Energy Foam

luxury bedroom with Beautyrest Black mattress

Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers

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  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.

Features We Love:

  • TEMPUR-APR® Support Layer and TEMPUR-ES Comfort Layer
  • Mattress includes over 1000 premium spring coils designed to work with TEMPUR material for easier movement.
  • SmartClimate® Dual Cover System

Tempur mattress firmness level chart

Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We’ll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone’s favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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