Updated Dec 12, 2022
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If you’re a side-sleeper, you need a cushy mattress to relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips. But it shouldn’t be too cushy because the gravitational pull will strain your spine. For most side-sleepers, that means choosing a medium-soft to medium mattress.
Loom & Leaf (Relaxed Firm)
A foam mattress with a luxe feel, no bounceWith a thick quilted top and the highest foam density we’ve found in an online mattress, the Loom & Leaf feels more substantial (and will likely last longer) than many of its cheaper counterparts.
A plush, bouncy innerspringThe Saatva, which pairs a classic innerspring bounce with a cushy-but-understated Euro top, appeals to those who want to feel nestled in rather than engulfed. But it doesn’t have the best motion isolation.
Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress
A cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounceThe Leesa Sapira Hybrid combines the best parts of memory-foam and spring mattresses. It offers better cooling and has a thicker cover than the competition, all at a great price.
Best foam mattress under $1,000This Costco favorite is made from layers of foam that are as dense (and probably as durable) as the foam in mattresses that cost twice as much. Testers loved its cuddly yet supportive feel, though some found it to be too firm.