The best mattresses for stomach sleepers

Sleeping on your front can be a literal pain in the neck, but shopping for the right mattress needn’t be – our best mattresses for stomach sleepers are just below

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Front sleepers, or stomach sleepers, already have quite enough to contend with without having to worry about finding the right mattress. To put it another way, sleeping on your front can result in sore pressure points in the ribcage, knees, elbows and elsewhere, as well as what’s alarmingly called 'general spinal discomfort', so finding the best mattress for stomach sleepers is arguably even more important than it is for most of us. 

Luckily, we’ve had a bash at rounding up options that’ll give you the best night’s sleep. 

The name of the game when it comes to sleeping comfortably on your front is finding a mattress that offers both softness and support, which will alleviate pressure on your tenderest points but also keep your spine exactly where it should be. Our all-round best bet is the Silentnight Langley Mirapocket, a medium-firm mattress whose combination of springs and a soft foam upper make it great for sleepers of all shapes and sizes.

While all of our picks are highly rated for – and by – those who sleep on their front, each one has its individual charms, whether that’s gel-infused foam for keeping cool or extra-soft knitted covers for more snug factor. Keep reading to find the best mattress for you. 

The best mattress for stomach sleepers

1. Silentnight Langley Mirapocket Mattress Medium Firm

A best-of-both mattress for couples of all configurations

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium firm
Reasons to buy
+ Edge-to-edge support + No flipping needed 

This Silentnight Mirapocket mattress is superb for couples, even if only one of you sleeps on their front. Its 2,000 individual pocket springs cover the entirety of the mattress for edge-to-edge support, offering both a larger sleeping surface and a lessened risk of rolling together during the night, while a combination of Super Soft Foam and a cushioned box top ensure relief on painful pressure points. There’s no need to flip, either – Silentnight say to simply rotate this mattress every three months to get the most out of it, and the Purotex-infused cover is hypoallergenic to see off dust-mites and bed bugs. 

Orchard Pocket Sprung Mattress Firm

2. Orchard Pocket Sprung Mattress Firm

Just springs, but certainly no worse off for it

Specifications
Best for: Luxurious feel
Size: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Stays firm and supportive over time + No memory foam 

If you want to feel properly supported, reviews say you should look to this pocket spring mattress. Unlike many of its contemporaries, it doesn’t feature any foam, but Which? say its 1,000 pocket springs offer good body support for people of most shapes and sizes, and its lack of memory foam also sees off a common complaint: overheating in the night. Their expert reviewers also found that while, like most mattresses, this one could lose a little of its height over years of use, it wouldn’t get saggy or less supportive, making it one of our most durable mattresses. 

3. Beaumont Pocket Sprung Mattress Firm

A super soft, stomach sleeper-friendly option with springs to spare

Specifications
Best for: Couples
Size: Single, small double, double, king, super king
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Wide-reaching support, no roll-together + Deep upholstery layers for a luxury feel 

Whether you squeeze in a small double or luxuriate in a super king, the Beaumont Pocket Sprung Mattress is another of our best mattresses for couples, as it prides itself on eliminating roll-together and offering zoned support courtesy of 1,000 individual pocket springs. Dreams say this carefully considered design enables even weight distribution across the mattress, meaning no-one goes flying or ends up with sore spots from being less supported at certain pressure points, but it’s about comfort as well as practicality, and the deep layers of upholstery plus soft-touch traditional damask cover add that bit of softness that’s just right for stomach sleepers. 

Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress

4. Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress

This ortho mattress offers two sizes of spring for optimum support

Specifications
Best for: Back support
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Great zoned support + Hand-tufted, wool-filled layer 

What could be better than 1,000 individually stitched pocket springs for orthopaedic support while you snooze? Well, with this Sleepeezee mattress, you can try 2,200 on for size, where pocket springs both regular-sized and mini offer firm support across the board to ensure every bit of the spine stays exactly where it should. The quality, inside and outside, speaks for itself, with a hand-tufted sleeping surface made from a combo of polyester and British wool, and a Belgian damask cover that’s soft to the touch. 

Silentnight Chantilly Mirapocket Mattress Medium Firm

5. Silentnight Chantilly Mirapocket Mattress Medium Firm

No flipping, no flattening, just a lovely balanced sleep

Specifications
Best for: Weight distribution
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Pocket springs, memory foam
Comfort grade: Medium-firm
Reasons to buy
+ Even weight distribution + Easily rotated with included straps 

With almost 3,000 pocket springs, finished off with a top layer of memory foam, the Chantilly mattress offers the best of both worlds. While the Mirapockets keep every inch of the body supported with no odd dips, and thus ensure your weight is spread evenly across the mattress to reduce the strain on individual pressure points, the soft memory foam moulds to your body shape, an ideal feature for front sleepers. Like our first choice mattress, the Silentnight Langley, this model also doesn’t require flipping, just rotate every so often using the included handles. 

6. Dreams Rapley Pocket Sprung Mattress

A multi-talented mattress featuring thick, luxurious memory foam and thousands of springs

Specifications
Best for: Level support
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Very thick memory foam layer + Soft knitted cover 

The softest mattress on our list, the Dreams Rapley Pocket Sprung Mattress gently cradles front sleepers so as to avoid waking them with any mysterious aches and pains in the usual suspects: elbows, ribs and knees. Like our previous pick, it adds a layer of memory foam to the standard pocket springs, but this one is the deepest yet, offering a really thick, cushiony layer to sink into, great if you change position a lot during the night. For especially sensitive sleepers, the soft-touch knitted cover will also prove a snuggly bonus. 

Sealy Activ Geltex 2200 Pocket Spring Mattress

7. Sealy Activ Geltex 2200 Pocket Spring Mattress

If you frequently find yourself too warm in the night, give this gel-cushioned mattress a try

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Gel-infused foam, springs
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Gel-infused foam stays cooler + Supportive edge 

The Sealy Active Geltex mattress is the first of its kind on our list with its clever combination of comfort and breathability. Offering cooling relief to oft-overheating stomach sleepers, it features a cushioned gel-infused foam layer for the body-moulding benefits of memory foam with enhanced breathability. If you tend to get over-warm in the night but you feel your pressure points would suffer with just springs, this looks to be a great hybrid option. As well as zonal support, this mattress features what Sealy call ‘Unirail’, a supportive edge which not only increases the durability of the contained pocket springs, but also helps keep unsuspecting sleepers from rolling off the edge during the night. 

Silentnight Studio Mattress

8. Silentnight Studio

This Which? Best Buy mattress comes in three softness levels for all sleeping configurations

Specifications
Best for: Easing painful pressure points
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Type: Gel infused foam, memory foam
Comfort grade: Softer, medium, firmer
Reasons to buy
+ Beautifully soft; great for sharing with side sleepers + Cushioned, cooling Geltex layer 

If lower levels of support are less of a deal-breaker for you, and you’re all about that glorious sinking-in feeling, you might want to consider the Silentnight Studio by Softer Mattress. It comes in a choice of three firmness levels, but for sleepers who alternate between front and side, the softer comfort level should be just the thing to see off any aggravation of painful pressure points (although it’s worth noting, if you’re after a little more firmness, that the medium comfort level has been awarded a coveted Which? Best Buy). Reviewers loved the cushioning Geltex layer, and some even said it had seen off their back pain within a few weeks. 

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