10 Best Mattress For Side Sleepers Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

In Consumer Reports’ latest mattress survey of 61,000 members, almost 70 percent reported that they fall asleep on their sides. That means a lot of people are in search of a mattress that offers good support for side sleepers. And it’s one reason that support for side sleepers is one of the primary tests in Consumer Reports’ extensive mattress testing. We also test for back support.

If your bedmate isn’t a side sleeper and you want a mattress that scores well for all sleeping positions, check out the options among the more than 100 models in our mattress ratings.

Top 10 Mattress For Side Sleepers

Bestseller No. 1
LINENSPA 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress - Ultra Plush - Individually Encased Coils - Sleeps...
539 Reviews
LINENSPA 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress - Ultra Plush - Individually Encased Coils - Sleeps...
  • This high-profile hybrid combines the edge support of an innerspring mattress with the comfort and...
  • Heavy gauge, 8-inch coils topped with transition foam and a 2-inch layer of gel memory foam make this the...
Bestseller No. 2
Signature Sleep Mattress, 8 Inch Coil Mattress, Queen Size Mattresses
9201 Reviews
Signature Sleep Mattress, 8 Inch Coil Mattress, Queen Size Mattresses
  • The Contour 8 mattresses feature a layer of 1.6 inch high-density foam at the top and bottom of the coil...
  • This mattress is reversible, which provides extra versatility enabling you to flip and rotate the mattress to...
Bestseller No. 3
Live and Sleep Queen Mattress - Memory Foam Mattress - 10 Inch Cool Bed in a Box - Medium Firm -...
2565 Reviews
Live and Sleep Queen Mattress - Memory Foam Mattress - 10 Inch Cool Bed in a Box - Medium Firm -...
  • BEST SOLUTION: Top Rated Mattress with over 90 percent 5-star reviews on Amazon, HD core relieves pressure...
  • SOFT FABRIC COVER: Flex thread textile is easy to remove and wash, comfortable with natural cloud like feel -...
Bestseller No. 4
Queen Mattress, Sweetnight 12 Inch Queen Size Mattress Medium Firm, Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress...
323 Reviews
Queen Mattress, Sweetnight 12 Inch Queen Size Mattress Medium Firm, Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress...
  • SOLVE YOUR SLEEP PROBLEMS -Upgrade your current foam mattress. Sweetnight queen mattress designed with 3...
  • SLEEP COOLER- This queen mattress is made from gel memory foam which provides cradling support helping to...
Bestseller No. 5
LUCID 10 Inch Queen Hybrid Mattress - Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Infused Memory Foam - Moisture...
687 Reviews
LUCID 10 Inch Queen Hybrid Mattress - Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Infused Memory Foam - Moisture...
  • Bamboo charcoal infusions eliminate odors and pull moisture away from the skin for a naturally hypoallergenic...
  • High-quality transition foam infused with aloe vera creates a calming and relaxing sleep environment that...
Bestseller No. 6
Classic Brands Mercer Pillow Top Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid 12' Mattress, Twin XL,...
718 Reviews
Classic Brands Mercer Pillow Top Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid 12" Mattress, Twin XL,...
  • The newest technology in bedding, this mattress combines the traditional innerspring wrapped coils with the...
  • Beautifully detailed quilted pillowtop knit cover with a corded edge and coordinating knit sides for...
Bestseller No. 7
Signature Sleep Mattress, Full Size Mattress, 13 Inch Hybrid Coil Mattress, Soft, Full
1641 Reviews
Signature Sleep Mattress, Full Size Mattress, 13 Inch Hybrid Coil Mattress, Soft, Full
  • The rayon absorbs moisture, dries quickly, and helps the body breathe
  • The Signature mattress soft mattress cover fabric is made of a durable mattress materials ticking for...
Bestseller No. 8
LUCID 10 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress - Medium Plush Feel - CertiPUR-US Certified - 10-Year...
6991 Reviews
LUCID 10 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress - Medium Plush Feel - CertiPUR-US Certified - 10-Year...
  • Sink into 3 inches of plush gel memory foam supported by 7" of high density foam that aligns the spine for...
  • Built to relieve pressure by supporting the natural curves of your head, neck, and shoulders
Bestseller No. 9
Zinus Extra Firm iCoil 12 Inch Support Plus Mattress, Queen
1490 Reviews
Zinus Extra Firm iCoil 12 Inch Support Plus Mattress, Queen
  • 1.5" top Comfort Foam layer, 2.5" inch High Density Foam Support layer
  • 7.5" base layer of over 33% more individually wrapped coils assures no motion transfer
Bestseller No. 10
LUCID LU12QQ70LH Mattress, Queen, 12-Inch
528 Reviews
LUCID LU12QQ70LH Mattress, Queen, 12-Inch
  • 6.5-inch, high-quality steel coils are individually-wrapped to increase airflow, isolate motion, and conform...
  • Plush memory foam layer is topped with natural latex for the perfect combination of sink and spring

If you dread a trip to Mattress Firm or Macy’s, realize that you have more options than ever before—department and specialty stores are no longer the default destination for mattress shopping. Great mattresses at fair prices can be found at warehouse clubs and through online retailers—and the competition is only getting more intense.

We test queen-size mattresses (60 inches wide by 80 inches long) because they’re the most common size purchased. (For your reference, the other standard dimensions are king, 76×80 inches; California king, 72×84; full, or double, 53×75; and twin, 38×75.)

Three Mattress Myths

Common claims that haven’t held up in our tests:

The More Coils, the Better
The better innerspring models we test have 600 to 1,000 coils. But even if one mattress has more coils than another, the coils could be made of thinner-gauge metal. You’ll also hear about coil variations such as Bonnell (hourglass type), continuous wire, and individually pocketed springs. None of those is inherently superior.

Gel Provides a Cooler Sleep
More than half our innerspring mattresses (noted in our mattress ratings) have a layer of gel-infused foam that’s claimed to provide a cooling effect, though it’s worth noting that 10 percent of the mattresses with a gel-infused layer still retain warmth. Overall, our tests have shown that innerspring mattresses containing gel did tend to sleep slightly cooler, but the reverse was true with gel-infused foam beds.

Extra Lumbar Support Helps Back Sleepers
A special lumbar-support zone is one of many ways manufacturers try to differentiate their product lines. But there’s no guarantee that it makes any real difference, and it hasn’t shown significant benefits in our tests.

Shopping Tips

Lie Down
If possible, lie on any mattress that you’re considering. Wear loose clothes, and shoes you can slip off. Make yourself comfortable, and shoo away the salesperson if you’re feeling pressured. Salespeople should expect you to take your time. Spend at least 5 or 10 minutes on each side and on your back (your stomach, too, if that’s a preferred sleeping position). Panelists who took beds home for a month-long trial rarely changed the opinion they formed after the first night. Shopping online or at a warehouse club? Tryouts aren’t usually an option, so checking return policies before you buy is extra-important.

Check Return Policies
Make sure the store offers a full refund or credit toward another mattress. Return periods often called “comfort guarantees,” range from a couple of weeks to 120 days. Some retailers, including Macy’s and Sears, charge a 15 percent restocking fee. Some sellers provide free pickup if you want a refund or an exchange, but otherwise, you’ll have to pay for it—or cart the mattress to the store. Macy’s, for example, charges an $85 pickup fee. And you’ll be responsible for any damage.

Try to Haggle
Once you’ve settled on a model, try to bring the price down. Many businesses, such as warehouse clubs, have fixed prices and won’t budge. But for retailers that do negotiate—particularly specialty chains—huge markups allow them to lower prices by 50 percent or more during their frequent sales. Our recommendation: Any time of year, insist on a sale price you’ve seen for the mattress you know you want and don’t be afraid to walk out if you feel you’re getting a raw deal. While it’s a little tougher to negotiate online, there are still ways to save.

Don’t Be Bullied Into Buying a Box Spring
You might not need it. If your box spring isn’t broken and is still structurally sound, consider keeping it and saving money (roughly $150 to $300 for a queen-size). One caveat: Some brands require you to buy their box spring to receive full warranty coverage. Many foam manufacturers recommend a platform base or strong slatted wood foundations.

Understand the Warranty
It can range from 10 to 25 years and covers only manufacturing defects such as sagging and loose or broken coil wires. Coverage is frequently prorated, meaning that it decreases over time.

On Delivery Day
Never accept delivery without inspecting the mattress (and the box spring, if you buy one) for stains and other damage. Also, be sure that the mattress has a label that states “all-new material” before you send the driver on his way. If it’s not there, refuse delivery. And keep it on afterward in case you have to file a warranty claim in the future. If you bought a bed-in-a-box, inspect the mattress as soon as you unroll it. Call customer service immediately if something appears to be wrong with the mattress or if it’s dirty. Take a few photos with your smartphone in case the customer service representative asks for proof of the damage

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