The Best Firm Mattresses, According To Forbes Vetted Sleep Editors (2024)

Table of Contents
Best Firm Mattress Overall A Mattress That Rates 10 Out Of 10 On The Firmness Scale Plank Firm Mattress (Queen) Best Firm Mattress For Back Pain A Hybrid Mattress That Reduces Pressure On Your Lower Back Saatva Classic Mattress (Queen) Best Firm Mattress For Side Sleepers A Mattress That Combines Comfort And Stability Helix Dawn Luxe Mattress (Queen) Best Budget Firm Mattress Less than $400 For A Queen Size With Discounts Siena Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) You May Also Like A Medium-Firm Option Designed For Pressure Relief Nectar Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) Best Extra-Firm Mattress A Mattress That Offers Pressure Relief Without Too Much Sinking Allswell The Brick (Queen) Best Firm Mattress For Couples A Gel-Infused Mattress With Minimal Motion Transfer WinkBeds GravityLux Mattress (Queen) Best Firm Mattress For Back Sleepers An Extra Firm Mattress With High Quality Construction Stearns & Foster Estate Extra Firm Mattress (Queen) Best Firm Memory Foam Mattress A Supportive Mattress That’s Great For Couples, Too Tempur-Pedic Pro Adapt Mattress (Queen) Best Organic Firm Latex Mattress An Eco-Friendly Mattress With A Supportive Feel Avocado Green Mattress (Queen) Best Cooling Firm Mattress A Firm, Breathable, Cool-To-The-Touch Hybrid Mattress Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe (Queen) Best Firm Mattress For Heavy Sleepers An Extra-Firm Mattress Designed For Larger Bodies The Titan Plus Hybrid (Queen) Best Firm Bed In A Box A Customizable Mattress Made Of Organic Materials Spindle Organic Latex Mattress (Queen) Why Trust Forbes Vetted How We Chose The Best Firm Mattresses What To Consider When Choosing A Firm Mattress Types Of Firm Mattresses Sleep Style (And Preference) Body Weight Firmness Pressure Relief Back, Hip Or Shoulder Pain Price Trial Period Who Is A Firm Mattress Best For? What Is The Best Firm Mattress? Is A Firm Mattress Better For Your Back? Do Doctors Recommend A Firm Mattress? What Are The Cons Of A Firm Mattress? More Mattress And Bedding Stories To Shop

Our experts have slept on dozens of beds to bring you this list of the best firm mattresses, all of which strike the right balance of comfort and support while catering to a variety of sleep needs. Read on to see our top picks for 2024, and what our editors said when they tested them.

Best Firm Mattress Overall

A Mattress That Rates 10 Out Of 10 On The Firmness Scale

MOST POPULAR

Plank Firm Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Firm (8) and extra-firm (10) | Thickness: 9.5 inches | Trial: 120 nights

Pros:

  • Flippable; two firmness levels in one
  • Built to help ease back pain
  • Available in unique sizes like RV and short king

Cons:

  • Too firm for most side sleepers

Brooklyn Bedding’s Plank mattress definitely lives up to its name. This flippable all-foam option is firm (8 out of 10) on one side and ultra-firm (10 out of 10) on the other, according to the company. It’s also fitted with a thick layer of high-density base foam that provides plenty of support for your hips and shoulders, making it one of the best extra-firm mattresses available. In fact, the Plank mattress is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). They found that the mattress’s firm feel helps improve lumbar support, reduce spinal stress and alleviate back pain. As an added bonus, the Plank is available in less-popular mattress sizes like Olympic queen and short king.

What our editors say: Vetted contributor and previous sleep editor Lindsey Vickers tested this bed in a showroom and said, “While I haven’t slept on it for a night, I can honestly say it's one of the firmest mattresses I’ve ever felt. It has just a little give in the uppermost layer, making it ever-so-slightly more cushioning than something like the ground. I found it comfortable when lying on my stomach, too. If you want one of the firmest of firm mattresses out there, this is the way to go.”

Best Firm Mattress For Back Pain

A Hybrid Mattress That Reduces Pressure On Your Lower Back

Editor’s Pick

Saatva Classic Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Available in plush soft (3), luxury firm (5 to 7) and firm (8) | Thickness: 11.5 or 14.5 inches | Trial: 365 nights (one year)

Pros:

  • Cooling
  • Great for sleepers with back pain
  • Excellent edge support
  • Free white glove delivery

Cons:

  • Costs $99 to return

A hybrid mattress with both coils and memory foam, the Saatva Classic is designed to keep your spine properly aligned while also reducing pressure on your lower back with its extra supportive “Lumbar Zone.” It’s also built for comfort; this model is topped with a plush, 3-inch Euro pillow top that cushions joints and is made of organic cotton with an antimicrobial cover. Choose from three firmness levels, including luxury firm (a medium-firm combination of cushion and support) and firm (the most supportive option). As a purchase bonus, you’ll also get free white glove delivery, including hauling away your old bed.

What our editors say: According to one Vetted staffer, the Saatva is “bouncy, plush and offers plenty of support, including ample edge support, a feature I didn’t fully understand until I had a mattress with it.” She continues, “It took about a month to get my mattress, so keep that in mind when ordering, but otherwise I found Saatva easy to work with and communicative throughout. The company will also take your old mattress away free of charge—a major boon for anyone who’s ever dealt with mattress disposal before.”

See our full Saatva Classic mattress review for more information.

Best Firm Mattress For Side Sleepers

A Mattress That Combines Comfort And Stability

Editor’s Pick

Helix Dawn Luxe Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Firm (8 to 9) | Thickness: 13.5 inches | Trial: 100 nights

If you’re a regular side sleeper who prefers a firmer mattress, the Helix Dawn Luxe is a solid choice. With zoned lumbar support and enhanced contouring, this hybrid foam-and-coil mattress promotes comfort and ensures stability without causing pressure on side sleepers’ hips and shoulders. It also comes with a plush pillow top that makes it 2 inches taller than the standard mattresses, for a cozier feel. And thanks to its breathable Tencel cover, you’re less likely to overheat in the middle of the night. This is an optimal pick for back and stomach sleepers, as well.

What our editors say: “I love my Helix mattress and would recommend this brand to anyone,” says our updates editor. Although she has a different model (the medium-firm Dusk Luxe), she points out, “Helix mattresses are well-made and affordably-priced; there’s a reason you’ll see them on most of our ‘best’ lists.”

Pros:

  • Firm, yet comfortable feel
  • Excels at pressure relief
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • May feel too firm for petite sleepers and some side sleepers

Best Budget Firm Mattress

Less than $400 For A Queen Size With Discounts

Siena Memory Foam Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Medium-firm (6.5) | Thickness: 10 inches | Trial: 180 nights

On sale regularly for under $500, the Siena Memory Foam Mattress is a great pick if you’re mattress shopping on a budget. It’s also medium-firm, with Siena giving it a firmness rating of 6.5 out of 10. This makes it a good option for back, stomach and combination sleepers, and couples who may have differing sleep preferences. While the bottom layers of the mattress provide firmness and support, the top layer—consisting of two inches of adaptive gel memory foam—adds some softness and pressure point relief.

What our writers say: One Forbes contributor says that the Siena mattress feels “decidedly firm when sleeping on it”—much firmer than its “medium-firm” categorization. The reviewer also notes that it provides “excellent” edge support and has low motion transfer, making it great for couples.

Pros:

  • Regularly on sale for less than $500
  • Good edge support and minimal motion transfer
  • 180-night in-home trial

Cons:

  • May feel firmer than a medium-firm to some people

You May Also Like

A Medium-Firm Option Designed For Pressure Relief

PAID PLACEMENT

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Medium-firm (6.5) | Thickness: 12 inches | Trial: 365 nights

This five-layer mattress is constructed with gel-infused memory foam, responsive foam and sturdy base foam to offer comfort and support to stomach sleepers, back sleepers and side sleepers alike. The 3-inch transition layer minimizes motion transfer so you can sleep soundly even if your partner moves, while the 2 inches of contouring memory foam help relieve pressure points at the shoulders, hips and legs. Plus, while foam mattresses have a reputation for sleeping hot, this one features a breathable cooling cover to wick away heat and promote airflow while you rest. Right now, take 41% off this mattress and up to 40% off all other Nectar memory foam and hybrid models during the brand’s Memorial Day sale.

Best Extra-Firm Mattress

A Mattress That Offers Pressure Relief Without Too Much Sinking

Allswell The Brick (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Medium-firm | Thickness: 12 inches | Trial: 100 nights

The aptly named The Brick mattress from Allswell is a hybrid option that will feel firm to some sleepers and medium-firm to others. It gets its structure from 2 inches of high-density memory foam and a firm top layer that offers pressure relief without too much sinking. There’s a gel-infused middle layer that provides some cushion for your back but doesn’t feel so soft that it knocks your spine out of alignment. This gel layer also helps regulate body temperature.

What the reviews say: “It’s very supportive for my bad back,” writes one happy buyer of the Allswell Brick. “The aches after sleeping with a purely foam bed were terrible. The Brick Hybrid allows me to wake up with no additional pain.”

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Responsive, supportive feel

Cons:

  • Some side and lightweight sleepers might find it too firm

Best Firm Mattress For Couples

A Gel-Infused Mattress With Minimal Motion Transfer

WinkBeds GravityLux Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Available in soft (4), medium (5), firm (7) | Thickness: 11 inches | Trial: 120 nights

The WinkBeds GravityLux comes with an AirCell foam and gel-infused memory foam for breathability and airflow, ideal for anyone who’s not sleeping alone. Because it doesn’t have coils, it has great motion isolation (which means you won’t wake up every time your partner moves). The firm AirCell foam with a zoned poly foam layer beneath also contours to each individual’s body to stabilize the sleeper’s spine and support the shoulders and hips.

What the reviews say: One positive review says, “My husband used to keep me awake at night with all of his tossing and turning. Thanks to the technology in the Winkbed memory foam, though, we both sleep much sounder and more comfortably. It helps prevent his motion from transferring to my side of the bed. The contouring to our bodies also helps him toss and turn much less.”

Pros:

  • Supportive and pressure-relieving
  • Great motion isolation
  • Cooler than other memory foam mattresses

Cons:

  • Some reviewers found it difficult to find the right firmness level for couples with different sleeping positions

Best Firm Mattress For Back Sleepers

An Extra Firm Mattress With High Quality Construction

Stearns & Foster Estate Extra Firm Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Firm (9) | Thickness: 13.5 inches | Trial period: 90 nights

The Stearns & Foster Estate Mattress is a top pick for anyone seeking the firmest of the firm. Innerspring construction creates a base of support, and although it’s dense, an upper layer of Indulge Memory Foam ensures there’s enough plushness to get cozy. While it’s more similar to a traditional mattress than some others on this list, the Estate offers modern comfort features: A breathable design and sweat-wicking cover keep you cool at night, while the patented IntelliCoil system reduces motion transfer to ensure there isn’t too much bounce. All in all, Stearns & Foster has a reputation for quality (and if you’re searching for something slightly cushier, check out the Estate Firm Pillow Top model, instead).

What the reviews say: “This is an amazing mattress. It is very firm and so comfortable. I sleep wonderfully and don’t wake up through the night due to discomfort like before,” writes one reviewer.

Pros:

  • Firm, but still feels plush thanks to thick memory foam layer
  • Complimentary white glove delivery
  • Luxurious feel

Cons:

  • More expensive than most other beds on this list

Best Firm Memory Foam Mattress

A Supportive Mattress That’s Great For Couples, Too

Tempur-Pedic Pro Adapt Mattress (Queen)

Type: Memory foam | Firmness: Available in soft, medium and firm | Thickness: 12 inches | Trial: 90 nights

Pros:

  • Good for a variety of sleepers; available in three firmness levels
  • Free white glove delivery included
  • Additional pressure relief to reduce aches and pains

Cons:

  • Memory foam tends to sleep warm
  • Short trial period

While memory foam and plush are often synonymous, the Tempur-Pro Adapt mattress offers a firm option using its proprietary material, which specializes in pressure relief. ThisTempur-materialis designedto respond to your body temperature, weight and shape throughout the night to always offer the ideal support. Described as the company's most adaptive mattress, it features five ergonomic support layers that work together to ease pressure points and reduce aches and pains.You can also get itin soft, medium and medium hybrid versions.

What the reviews say: With over 10,000 reviews, the Tempur-Pro Adapt is a popular choice. One 5-star review says, “The first time I tried this mattress, I couldn't believe howfirmit was. My wife had the same reaction. We both like afirmmattress, and I especially need one because of lower back problems, but this was a new level offirm. Yet sleeping and watching TV on this mattress is as comfortable as I've been on a mattress. It'sfirmbut not hard, if that makes sense.”

Best Organic Firm Latex Mattress

An Eco-Friendly Mattress With A Supportive Feel

Avocado Green Mattress (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Firm (7) | Thickness: 11 inches | Trial: 365 nights (one year)

If you're looking for an eco-friendly firm mattress, the Avocado Green is one of the best organic mattresses (and the best latex mattresses) you can buy. It’s made with organic wool, organic cotton and GOLS-certified organic latex which come from the company’s own farms in India and Guatemala. It’s also Fair Trade, Greenguard Gold and Made Safe Certified, meaning that all the materials used to make the mattresses are free from ingredients that harm you or the environment. As for its firmness, the Avocado Green scores a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, thanks to its more than 1,000 individually-wrapped coils. These are arranged to provide five zones of targeted support, resulting in excellent spine alignment.

What our editors say: “I'm thrilled to report that it's still just as durable and supportive as the day we got it,” says home and kitchen editor Sholeen Damarwala, who has been sleeping on an Avocado Green mattress for two years. “After having a baby, my body has taken a real hit and I appreciate the natural cushioning and medium support it offers. I'm also a fan of the organic, natural and non-toxic materials used, especially since my husband suffers from allergies.”

Pros:

  • Eco-friendly and made with sustainable materials
  • Naturally more hypoallergenic than other mattresses; great for sleepers with allergies

Cons:

  • Pillow top costs extra

See our full Avocado Green mattress review for more info.

Best Cooling Firm Mattress

A Firm, Breathable, Cool-To-The-Touch Hybrid Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Soft (3), medium (5) or firm (7) | Thickness: 13.25 inches | Trial: 120 nights

The Aurora Luxe is engineered from top to bottom to promote cooling, and it’s available in your choice of soft, medium or firm. Brooklyn Bedding recommends their firm mattress for stomach and back sleepers and people who need additional lumbar support.

The Aurora Luxe’s hybrid construction also combines airflow-promoting inner coils with breathable, gel-infused memory foam. Both the top foam layer and the GlacioTex cover are made of temperature-regulating materials that feel cool and help draw heat away from the body.

What our tester says: Editor Bridget Chapman has tried the medium support version of this mattress. She says, thanks to its GlacioTex cover, the mattress “literally felt cool to the touch.” She adds that the mattress provides a good degree of edge support and limits motion transfer well. Still, some reviewers of the firm Aurora Luxe say it’s not as firm as they hoped it would be.

Pros:

  • Available in soft, medium or firm
  • Each layer is designed to optimize cooling
  • Ideal for back or stomach sleepers

Cons:

  • Some reviewers say the firm Aurora Luxe doesn’t feel as firm as they’d like

See our Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe mattress review for more info.

Best Firm Mattress For Heavy Sleepers

An Extra-Firm Mattress Designed For Larger Bodies

The Titan Plus Hybrid (Queen)

Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Firm (9) | Thickness: 11.25 inches | Trial: 120 nights

The Titan Plus mattress is made for people who weigh over 250 pounds, but it can support up to 1,000 pounds–one of the most heavy-duty beds on the market. The mattress is extremely firm, rated between eight and 10 (out of 10) on Titan’s firmness scale. This high degree of firmness provides maximum support for larger people and helps ensure the mattress doesn’t sag or degrade prematurely. Additionally, the one-inch quilted top infused with gel foam still provides some pressure relief and softness.

However, if you’re a larger person and you share a bed with someone who weighs less than 250 pounds (or vice versa), you can consider upgrading to the Titan Plus Luxe for the same level of support in a medium feel.

What the reviewers say: Reviewers say this mattress is comfortably firm, and supports sleep in all positions (side, stomach or back) for larger sleepers. One reviewer says, “It gives plenty of support and yet is so comfortable for big people.” However, some reviewers say they had to add a softer mattress topper because they found the mattress too firm.

Pros:

  • Ideal for back and stomach sleepers
  • Can support up to 1,000 pounds
  • Optional upgrade for a softer feel

Cons:

  • Too firm for heavy side sleepers

Best Firm Bed In A Box

A Customizable Mattress Made Of Organic Materials

Spindle Organic Latex Mattress (Queen)

Type: Latex | Firmness: Soft, medium or firm | Thickness: Adjustable | Trial: 365 nights

Pros:

  • Organic materials
  • Adjustable firmness

Cons:

  • Might take time to find your ideal firmness level

Ifyou want to try a firm mattress but are unsure if you'll love it, this is the ideal choice.It's a bed in a box, and you'll actually receive several boxes, each with a unique latex insert. The three layers include a soft, medium and firm optionso you canfeel for yourself and decide which comfort level suits you best. What's more, there are many ways to position the layers, allowing you more chances to find your ideal firmness. The company notes that the firmness level varies between 5 and 7.5.It's madeusing GOLS-certifiedorganic latex,GOTS-certifiedorganic wool andGOTS-certifiedorganic cotton to ensure it's free of harmful chemicals.

What the reviews say: "Afterfourmonths, we love this mattress even more than when we first laid down on it,” notes a customer. “The fact that you can configure the mattress by rearranging the layers is genius.It is a littlebit of work to do the rearranging, but you can get it ‘just so,’ and the payoff is amazing.We sink into it just the right amount, and then it's just nice, even support. We can't feel each other turn over, and there are no weird pressure spots."

MORE FROMFORBES VETTED

The Best Business Laptops That Power Your Workday—And Your Break TimeByJon MartindaleContributor
The Best Mosquito Repellent For Camping And Keeping Safe From DiseasesByRachael SchultzContributor

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

We know how important it is to choose the right mattress for your firmness preferences. Here at Forbes Vetted, we’ve published dozens of bedding and mattress guides backed by hours of thorough research and firsthand experience. We’ve also built relationships with some of today’s biggest bedding brands and sleep experts to help us stay in the know about the latest in the industry.

  • Sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon oversee the creation of all of our mattress content, while senior strategy editor Katie Simpson provides guidance on updates. Each editor has tested a plethora of mattresses, including several mentioned in this list.
  • For this guide, we consulted with Dr. Joe Betz, vice president of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), who lent his expertise to answer the frequently asked questions below. We also spoke to John Gallucci Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, physical therapist and CEO at JAG Physical Therapy on the benefits of the best firm mattresses.
  • This story is updated frequently to ensure it’s current and accurate. It was last refreshed in May 2024 by Forbes contributor Jessica Timmons.

How We Chose The Best Firm Mattresses

To curate this list, we sought out top-rated firm, medium-firm and extra-firm options from the most reputable brands on the market. Every bed had to have hundreds (if not thousands) of 5-star reviews and offer a generous trial period of at least 90 nights, so you can test it out in your home before totally committing to it. More importantly, though, every firm mattress we recommend needs to offer the support and durability beds in this category are known for. To check this, we leveraged our editors’ mattress-testing expertise and firsthand experience sleeping on many of these mattresses every night. You’ll find Saatva, Helix and Nectar in most of our mattress roundups as well as in our own homes.

Finally, we chose firm mattresses with different features to cater to a variety of sleep styles, preferences and budgets. And to make sure you’ve had all the information you needed to make the right decision, we spoke to Dr. Joe Betz to answer firm-mattress-buyers’ most burning questions.

What To Consider When Choosing A Firm Mattress

There are several things to think about when shopping for a firm mattress. The most important are mattress type, your body weight and primary sleeping position. We’ll break down exactly what to look for below.

Types Of Firm Mattresses

Firm mattresses come in a variety of types, each offering a different material, construction and feel. “Mattresses can be built with firm foundational support while having features of comfort within the top layers of the mattress,” says Dr. Joe Betz, vice president of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). Some are firmer than others, and some sleep cooler than others. When searching for a firm mattress, consider which construction is right for you.

  • Memory foam: Foam mattresses are the softest out of the bunch. These beds are known for their responsive body-molding capabilities and minimal motion transfer, making them a great choice for couples. They do have a reputation for being hot, but some are fitted with cooling technology to help alleviate that issue. People who don’t like the “sink-in” feeling, though, should opt for a different mattress type.
  • Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses are a traditional bed style made with a base of coils and a thin comfort layer up top, which gives this type a bouncy and supportive feel. They’re firmer and sleep cooler than all-foam mattresses, but lack the plushness that some sleepers prefer.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses offer the best of both worlds. They combine an innerspring coil system for support with upper foam layers for comfort. Because of this construction, they tend to be firmer and more breathable than all-foam mattresses. If you’re unsure what kind of mattress to buy, a hybrid is generally a good choice since this type offers a little bit of everything.
  • Latex: One of the more unique mattress types, latex beds are made from, well, latex. However, some latex mattresses are made with synthetic latex whereas others are constructed with natural latex, like Dunlop or Talalay. This mattress type excels in a number of areas, including pressure relief, cooling and support. Firm latex beds offer a nice balance of softness and sturdiness.

Sleep Style (And Preference)

The position in which you normally sleep—or perhaps, the fact that it changes every night—has a big impact on what mattress will feel most comfortable to you. Typically, back and stomach sleepers, or anyone with chronic back pain, find that firmer mattresses provide better spine alignment, which can help ease those constant aches. (For those who tend to sleep on their sides, a softer mattress is a better bet.) If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, it’s also important to consider their sleep style and preferences. If they differ from yours, a crowd-pleasing medium-firm or plush-topped luxury-firm pick can hit the sweet spot.

Body Weight

Body weight plays a major role in how firm a mattress will feel. Standard mattresses are made to support around 230 to 250 pounds per side, but if you’re heavier, you may notice some sinking and sagging. This sinking can make a firm mattress feel softer than advertised. Luckily, many retailers have developed mattresses specifically for heavier people.

While heavier people experience sinking, petite people experience the opposite. Someone who is lightweight won’t sink into the mattress as much as the average person, making it feel firmer for them. As a general rule of thumb, heavyweight sleepers should opt for firmer beds, while petite sleepers are better off with something more medium-firm.

Firmness

Yes, the mattresses on this list are all “firm,” but there are different levels of firmness including medium-firm or luxury-firm (which usually includes a soft plush top) or firm/very firm. If you’re especially particular, see where your top contenders fall on a firmness scale; most retailers rate their models from 1 to 10.

Pressure Relief

No matter what sleep position you prefer, you want to avoid feeling excessive pressure against your neck, back, shoulders, hips or stomach when you’re lying on a bed. You also want to avoid sagging.

“Firm mattresses provide support and reduce pressure while you’re sleeping,” says Gallucci. They offer the right amount of “give” to relieve pressure, while still providing support and keeping your entire body in alignment.

Larger people may find that true firm or extra firm mattresses provide the right level of pressure relief for them, while smaller people may be more comfortable with a medium or medium-firm feel.

Back, Hip Or Shoulder Pain

Although it may seem counterintuitive, a firmer mattress could also be a solution to nagging pain in the back, hips or shoulders.

“Laying on hard mattresses allows the body to lay in proper alignment,” explains Gallucci. “This can help reduce pain and enhance posture. Uniform weight distribution allows for the whole body to be supported.”

Price

Firm mattresses are available at a variety of price points, depending on size, construction and features. On this list alone, prices range from around $400 to over $2,000 for a queen sized bed.

Having a general idea of your budget before you shop can help you more easily pinpoint which mattress will be the best fit for your body and your wallet. Fortunately, there are quality, highly-rated mattresses available at most price points.

Trial Period

A mattress is a big investment to make as an online purchase, especially considering you can’t try it out beforehand. To ease customers’ concerns, many retailers offer generous trial periods so you can make sure your mattress is the right fit. (And, let’s face it, it takes more than a lie-down at a store to really tell if you’ve chosen the right one, anyway.) Be sure to check the trial periods of mattresses before making your purchase—they usually range anywhere from 90 days to a full year.

Most mattress companies also require you to sleep on the mattress for a while before you’re eligible to return it. Your dream mattress may feel uncomfortable for the first several nights while your body adjusts, so it’s standard to be ineligible for a return or refund for at least the first 30 nights.

Finally, you’ll want to consider the warranty. Most warranties cover only manufacturer defects, but several mattress companies offer extra coverage for a relatively small fee. Most mattresses are designed to last seven to 10 years, so a 10-year warranty is ideal.

Who Is A Firm Mattress Best For?

As a general rule, medium-firm and firm mattresses are good for back and stomach sleepers, while side sleepers need a little more give to properly alleviate pressure points and keep the spine aligned. “People who wake up with back problems may benefit the most from sleeping on a firm mattress,” advises Dr. Joe Betz. That’s because back pain can develop as a result of sleeping on a mattress with the wrong firmness level (including one that’s too firm) or an old bed that’s way past its prime and needs to be replaced. Ultimately, the goal is to find a mattress that keeps your hips and shoulders in line, so the muscles in your back can relax.

What Is The Best Firm Mattress?

The best firm mattress is supportive and durable without feeling stiff or uncomfortable, which is why we recommend the Saatva Classic as the best firm mattress overall. It hits the right balance of plushness and support for a wide range of people, and is available in two other firmness levels—plush soft and firm—for those who need a softer or slightly firmer mattress.

Is A Firm Mattress Better For Your Back?

As Dr. Joe Betz mentions above, back sleepers and those who experience back pain benefit most from a firm mattress. However, the key to achieving spine alignment at night is sleeping on a mattress with the right level of support. A bed that’s too firm can push up your shoulder and hips, which leads to the opposite of what you want—spinal misalignment. On the other hand, a too-soft mattress won’t provide enough support, and can lead to sinking and sagging in the middle. Generally, a medium-firm mattress like Allswell The Brick or The DreamCloud will strike the right balance of support and cushioning for your back.

Do Doctors Recommend A Firm Mattress?

Some doctors recommend a firm mattresses to patients who need maximum support for their spine to maintain proper posture while sleeping. That said, firm mattresses aren’t for everyone; it depends on your preferred sleep position and body type.

If you’re unsure, it’s important to consult with a medical professional to determine what type of mattress is necessary for your situation. You’ll also want to make sure any mattress you buy comes with a trial period so you can test it out in your own home (or return it for a refund).

What Are The Cons Of A Firm Mattress?

While a firm mattress offers several benefits, there are some potential drawbacks. “People who are sensitive to pressure will not tolerate a firm mattress,” said Dr Joe Betz. “This means people with fibromyalgia or those with bursitis in the shoulder or hip may not be able to sleep comfortably on their side on a firm mattress.”

If you experience symptoms like numbness and tingling in your arms (a.k.a. your arms fall asleep) or back pain, your mattress may be too firm. Rather than replacing a mattress that’s too firm with a softer one, you may be able to find your sweet spot by adding a mattress topper.

More Mattress And Bedding Stories To Shop

  • The Best Mattresses Of 2024, Tested By Our Sleep Experts
  • The 10 Most Comfortable Mattresses, According To Our Sleep Experts
  • The Best Cooling Mattresses To Keep Hot Sleepers Comfortable
The Best Firm Mattresses, According To Forbes Vetted Sleep Editors (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Roderick King

Last Updated:

Views: 5247

Rating: 4 / 5 (51 voted)

Reviews: 90% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Roderick King

Birthday: 1997-10-09

Address: 3782 Madge Knoll, East Dudley, MA 63913

Phone: +2521695290067

Job: Customer Sales Coordinator

Hobby: Gunsmithing, Embroidery, Parkour, Kitesurfing, Rock climbing, Sand art, Beekeeping

Introduction: My name is Roderick King, I am a cute, splendid, excited, perfect, gentle, funny, vivacious person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.