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The Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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If you prefer to lie flat on your back as you snuggle in for a long night’s rest, you’re likely to find that a medium-firm mattress will suit you best. That’s because as a back-sleeper, you typically need a mattress that’s supportive enough to align your spine but cushioned enough to keep your shoulders, hips, and lower back comfortable. We’ve tested dozens of mattresses over the past several years for both our foam and innerspring guides, and we recommend seven specifically for back-sleepers. We also interviewed doctors and mattress experts to highlight the pros and cons of back-sleeping, so you’ll know exactly what to look for to get the best possible sleep.

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell, extra support with pressure relief

Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell

Extra support with pressure relief
This lofty, upscale-looking bed updates the strong support you might expect from a classic innerspring with memory-foam cushioning. Its prominent quilting style isn’t for everyone, though.
We recommend
Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid), super-comfortable but pricey

Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)

Super-comfortable but pricey
With a luxurious, slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt feels leagues ahead of most mattresses we tried. But it also costs two to four times as much.
We recommend
WinkBed, a good cushion atop an abundance of coils


A good cushion atop an abundance of coils
A layer of coils (including firmer ones around the perimeter) gives the WinkBed resilience and sturdy edge support. And the thick pillow top loosely cradles without feeling sticky.
We recommend
Charles P. Rogers Estate SE, super-durability in a box

Charles P. Rogers Estate SE

Super-durability in a box
This flippable, two-piece mattress is made with high-quality, durable materials—such as latex and extra-sturdy coils—that are rare even in more expensive mattresses. But it’s heavy, and if you want help setting it up, you’ll likely have to pay extra.
We recommend
Novaform ComfortGrande, best foam mattress under $1,000

Novaform ComfortGrande

Best foam mattress under $1,000
This Costco favorite is made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in many mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, but some found it too firm.
We recommend
Zenhaven, best latex-foam mattress


Best latex-foam mattress
The all-latex Zenhaven is $1,000 more than similar online options, but it should prove more durable and breathable (and thus feel cooler) than many other foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but we think this one is a good value.
We recommend
Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress, cradling foam-on-coil with mellow bounce

Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress

Cradling foam-on-coil with mellow bounce
The Leesa Sapira Hybrid combines sturdy foam layers with just enough bounce. It also offers better cooling and a thicker cover, compared with the competition.
We recommend

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