Updated Dec 11, 2022
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Contrary to popular belief, your aching back doesn’t need a firm-as-a-plank mattress. In fact, there is no specific mattress that’s best for back pain.
A plush innerspring with bounceThe Saatva, which pairs a classic innerspring bounce with a cushy but understated Euro top, may appeal to those who want to nestle in without feeling engulfed. But it doesn’t offer the best motion isolation.
Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress
A cradling foam-on-coil combo with mellow bounceThe Leesa Sapira Hybrid combines sturdy foam layers with just enough bounce. It also offers better cooling and a thicker cover than the competition.
A durable foam and latex mattressThe 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 foam mattresses. Good latex mattresses are expensive, but this one provides solid value.
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 too firm.
Charles P. Rogers Estate SE
Flippable durability in a boxThis flippable, two-piece mattress is made of high-quality, durable materials—including latex and extra-sturdy coils—that are rare even in pricier mattresses. But it’s heavy, and you’ll likely have to pay extra if you want help setting it up.
Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid)
Super comfortable but priceyWith luxurious, slow-sinking foam and sturdy edge support, the Tempur-Adapt feels leagues ahead of most foam mattresses we tried. But it also costs two to four times as much.