9 best mattresses for side sleepers

Choose the right mattress to cater to your sleeping position from memory foam to hybrid options

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Choosing the best mattress does not only come down to material type and price point, but perhaps more importantly, how you sleep. Side sleepers are one of the most common types of sleeper, but not all mattresses cater to this position, and this can result in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. There are certain pressure points that need to be supported, and then there’s also the consideration of personal preference – whether you like to sink into a soft mattress, or feel super-supported with a firm one. However, medium-soft is the recommended comfort grade for side sleepers. 

A good memory foam mattress is a very popular choice for side sleepers due to its ability to relieve pressure on the joints. We have found the Tempur Cloud Elite 25 Memory Foam Mattress to be one of the best mattresses for side sleepers, but if you tend to get hot in the night you may prefer to opt for a hybrid mattress such as the Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Mattress. The mixture of pocket springs and memory foam allows for better airflow which will keep you cool all year round.  

And, if you are looking to really maximise your chances of a blissful sleep, why not have a look at our pick of the best mattress toppers for side sleepers when you are done?

The best mattress for side sleepers

1. Tempur Cloud Elite 25 Memory Foam Mattress

Sink into this comfy mattress and take the weight off your joints

Specifications
Best for: Soothing
Size: Single-Super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft
Reasons to buy
+ No need to turn + Soft yet supportive 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

This Tempur mattress provides the ultimate comfort and luxury you need when getting into bed at the end of a long day. As such we rate this as the best mattress for side sleepers.

It is a thick mattress with a range of layers including 7cm of Tempur’s extra-soft material that is designed to contour your body shape so you can really sink into your bed. Ultimate body moulding means even when side-on this will keep you comfortable while offering support just where you need it.

The Cloud Elite 25 also has a firmer 7cm layer in the middle of the mattress to ensure long-lasting support and beneath that is an 11cm layer for durability. That all adds up to a decent 25cm depth in total making it reassuringly deep but small enough to turn. That said you don't need to flip this, making it ideal for anyone less strong or injured.

Talking of maintenance, the cover can be removed easily with a zip system and washed at 60 degrees centigrade so you have a super clean sleep surface.

All that and this is also covered by a whopping 10 year guarantee as standard.

Sealy Pocket Prestige 2800 Mattress

2. Sealy Pocket Prestige 2800 Mattress

A supportive and quiet pocket-sprung mattress for those who want extra support

Specifications
Best for: Uninterrupted sleep
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 38cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium soft
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic + Features layer of latex 
Reasons to avoid
-Large

If you want to stick to a traditional pocket sprung mattress, then we recommend this medium-soft mattress which is designed to relieve pressure on the joints and with a layer of latex in the middle, it will keep you cool throughout the night. In fact this is the best mattress for side sleepers that enjoy the cool of pocket-springs.

The 2,800 tiny pocket springs are nested well within the mattress to keep it super-quiet for no disturbances during the night - perfect if you tend to toss and turn in your sleep. This new design means you don’t need to flip it, simply rotate it occasionally throughout the year for maximum comfort.  

The latex filling and Sealy Smart Fibres are hypoallergenic so this is also a great mattress for those side sleepers who suffer from allergies or just want the reassurance of a super clean mattress. This also makes sure the mattress stays cool and fresh all year round.

Flaxby Natures Finest 4500 Mattress

3. Flaxby Natures Finest 4500 Mattress

A comfy pillow top mattress for a luxury night’s sleep

Specifications
Best for: Luxury comfort
Size: Single-Super king
Depth: 32cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium soft
Reasons to buy
+ 100% pure cotton + Rotate monthly - no need to flip 
Reasons to avoid
-Large for turning

Sometimes side sleepers find they feel every slight movement during their sleep, and it can be particularly painful for those with older joints. This cotton pocket sprung mattress has been designed with comfort in mind, including an added pillow top for maximum luxury that keeps it soft but doesn’t compromise on support. This is simply the best mattress for side sleepers who want it all natural.

Despite its cosy look, it is surprisingly breathable, with a moisture-wicking filling that will ensure you don’t get too hot in the night. You can expect long-lasting support from this mattress as it doesn’t require flipping, and its layers of wool have antibacterial properties to keep it feeling clean and fresh.  

This features 100 per cent pure natural cotton and wool with ventilating DNair pocket springs and a "sumptuous" pillow topper. Plus there are variable options on either side, making it ideal for couples with varying mattress needs.

Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

4. Casper Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Relieve pressure with this high-density memory foam mattress

Specifications
Best for: Even weight distribution
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 24cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Soft-medium
Reasons to buy
+ Open-cell top layer + Head to toe support 
Reasons to avoid
-Pure foam

This high-density memory foam mattress is designed to help even weight distribution, so if you’re a little heavier and find that your joints are aching during the night, then this mattress could provide the support you need. As such this is the best mattress for side sleepers that need more support.

It also features an open-cell top layer which prevents you from overheating while the other four layers of foam target pressure points and help align your spine. With sizes varying from single through to super king, there’s one for every bed.  

The mattress can be easily ordered online and comes in a compact box. As such it's easy to open and get in place. Plus you get a 100-night trail meaning if you don't like it you can simply send it back.

Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Mattress

5. Dormeo Octaspring Hybrid Mattress

The comfort of memory foam with the support of pocket springs

Specifications
Best for: Support and breathability
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 27cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium soft
Reasons to buy
+ Eight times more breathable than regular memory foam + More supportive than pure memory foam 
Reasons to avoid
-Colour

If you’ve been considering memory foam for some time now but you're not sure you’ll get on with it, then you may find that this hybrid mattress gives you the support you need with springs but combines the added comfort of memory foam for that lighter than air feeling when sleeping. It's the best mattress for side-sleepers that want a hybrid solution.

The best thing about a hybrid mattress is that it will also provide much more breathability than a full memory foam mattress, so if you are a side sleeper who gets quite hot in the night, you can expect this one to keep you cool all year round.  

While the memory foam layer is luxuriously comfortable and moulds to your spine, the three zone pocket springs offer a support like you'd expect from a classic mattress. The stretchy cover is removable so washing is also a doddle.

Simba Hybrid Mattress

6. Simba Hybrid Mattress

For all types of beds and all types of sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Versatility
Size: Bunk bed- Super king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic + Latex layer for breathability 
Reasons to avoid
-No handles

It’s not just side sleepers who will enjoy this Simba Hybrid mattress - anyone of any shape or size can expect to benefit from this mixture of memory foam, springs and latex filling. But it is the best mattress for side sleepers that want varied support.

The Simba was designed to improve airflow and a supportive surface that moulds to the shape of your sleeping pose for a personalised comfort that you may not find in other mattresses. So if you’re not sure what the best type of mattress is for you, why not get a mixture of them all? 

Simba was designed with millions of test cases to create the perfect mattress for everyone, so even if you are a side sleeper you may find yourself trying new ways to kip on this multi-support mattress.

TheraPur ActiGel Tranquil 800 Mattres

7. TheraPur ActiGel Tranquil 800 Mattress

Cooling and supersoft- this mattress with layer of gel is great for aches and pains

Specifications
Best for: Aches and pains
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 22cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ 2cm Gel Layer for added comfort + Firmer than some 
Reasons to avoid
-Requires regular rotation

If you prefer a firmer mattress, even as a side sleeper, then you may find this spring mattress with gel layer will give you the support and added comfort you need. It's the best mattress for side sleepers that want a soft layer.

Some found it to be a little too firm for their liking, but you can expect the open cell structure to keep you cool and the hypoallergenic gel to keep the mattress feeling fresh for years to come. 

The 800 pocket springs are designed to move with your every movement so that you’re always supported and aches and pains are prevented.  While the soft knitted cover keeps comfort levels set to maximum.

This does require regular rotation but won't need to be flipped.

Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

8. Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress

Comfort, on a budget

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Size: Single-super king
Depth: 18cm
Type: Memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium soft
Reasons to buy
+ Cheapest memory foam + Good for those with allergies 
Reasons to avoid
-Too cheap?

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find a mattress to support the way you sleep perfectly. This is the best mattress for side sleepers on an affordable budget.

Side sleepers will love the medium softness of this three-zone memory foam mattress. It boasts no frills but is said to mould to your body shape when sleeping and it’s exceptionally good for those with allergies as it prevents moisture and dust-mite allergens. 

A double comes in at just under £150, which we think is an absolute bargain. This makes for a great entry-level memory foam mattress that looks and feels far more premium with its 18cm depth.

Wakefield Pocket Sprung Mattress

9. Wakefield Pocket Sprung Mattress

A classic pocket sprung mattress that provides optimum support

Specifications
Best for: Reliability
Size: Single- super king
Depth: 24cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Layer of memory foam for added comfort + Quilted finish 
Reasons to avoid
-Basic pocket spring system

If you prefer to stick with the classics, then this pocket sprung mattress will provide you all the support you need, with the added bonus of a small layer of memory foam to give you an extra bit of comfort. It's the best mattress for side sleepers that want super firm support.

It has a quilted finish so it looks and feels nice, and those who have this mattress say it is soft enough to relieve pressure on joints, but firm enough that it doesn’t move and cause disturbance when getting in and out of bed.  

That memory foam should also help the bed offer you the best support for your side sleeping needs throughout the night. 

A high-quality mattress that will last you for many, many years. 

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