8 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 guide to the best mattresses for stomach sleepers is all you need

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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. 

Why? 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', which, arguably, makes finding the best mattress for stomach sleepers more important for stomach sleepers than it is for anyone else. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up quality options that will give you the restful night sleep required. 

Finding the best mattress for stomach sleepers

When it comes to sleeping comfortably on your front, the key 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 Sealy Activ GelTex, a medium mattress with a winning spring and latex construction, available exclusively from John Lewis and Partners, that’s great for stomach 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 right one for you.

sealy mattress for front sleepers by john lewis and partners

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1. Sealy Activ Geltex 2200

Enjoy a dreamy night’s sleep in cloud-like comfort

Specifications
Best for: All sleeping positions
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 34cm
Type: Pocket spring /foam topper
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Cushiony loveliness+Allergy relief
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

Who will the Activ Geltex 2200 suit?

Stomach sleepers who love being hugged to sleep.

What is the Activ Geltex 2200 like to sleep on?

This mattress is graded Medium, which is true in terms of overall support, but on firmness, we rated it much softer. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you are a stomach sleeper, particularly if you are female. Those lady lumps need somewhere to go, and on this mattress they are well cushioned! It’s a big beast of a mattress, and properly solid, too, which adds a reassuring feeling of luxury. The one reviewer on John Lewis’ website rated it excellent on most counts, the only negative being that its weight makes the Activ Geltex 2200 cumbersome to heft up the stairs.

Special features?

Allergy UK endorsed, thanks to Purotex fabric treatment, this mattress ensures dust mites and other allergens are not welcomed. The cover is made from Sealy’s Smart Fibres with Tencel, which is designed to keep you cool and wick away moisture.

Fillings?

A total of 2,200 pockets springs, in two sizes, provide exceptional support. The top layer includes a layer of gel-infused foam, which provides the responsiveness required for stomach sleepers. 

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee, free delivery within five weeks, and made in the UK.

See our deep review of the Sealy Activ Geltex 2200.

dreams mattress for front sleepers

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2. Dreams Orchard Pocket Sprung

This affordable beauty might be firm but it’s fair game for stomach sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Luxe for less
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 23cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Solid construction+Supportive
Reasons to avoid
-Needs turning 

Who will the Orchard Pocket Sprung suit?

Bargain-hunting belly sleepers who like to be well supported.

What is the Orchard Pocket Sprung like to sleep on?

Deep layers of upholstery provide just enough pressure relief to stop any protruding body parts (we’re talking about hips here, keep your mind out of the gutter), from digging into the mattress. The individually pocketed springs are firmly set, which will help keep your spine straight, and prevent your lower back from sagging into the mattress – the number one reason stomach sleepers wake up with aches and pains. An impressive 93 per cent of Dreams’ reviewers recommend this mattress.

Special features?

According to Which?, this mattress won’t get saggy or less supportive following years of use, and its lack of memory foam also sees off a common complaint: overheating in the night. 

Fillings?

Up to 1,000 individually wrapped pocket springs (in a king size) provide even support and minimal motion transfer. Comfort is provided by deep layers of upholstery, which are hand-tufted, a technique designed to prevent the materials from shifting and sagging over time. The cover is finish in traditional Belgian damask, chosen for its softness.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

beaumont pocket spring mattress for front sleepers by dreams

(Image: © Dreams)

3. Beaumont Pocket Sprung Mattress Firm

A softly cushioned yet firm stomach sleeper-friendly option

Specifications
Best for: Couples
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 23cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Wide-reaching support, no roll together+Value for money
Reasons to avoid
-Some find it too soft

Who will the Beaumont suit?

Stomach sleepers who favour firm support.

What is the Beaumont like to sleep on?

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. 

Special features?

Double-sided to boost longevity. Made in the UK. Traditionally hand-tufted so the cushioned layers won’t sag.

Fillings?

The 1,000 pocket springs (king-size) provide even weight distribution, while an insulator layer acts as a softening cover to prevent feeling the springs. Polyester adds a layer of cushioning and responsiveness, while the very top is soft-touch Belgian damask. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress from furniture village

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4. Sleepeezee Ortho Supreme Mattress

This ortho mattress boasts two sizes of spring for optimum support

Specifications
Best for: Spine support
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 26cm
Type: Pocket Spring
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Great zoned support+Hand tufted, wool filled layer
Reasons to avoid
-Delivery charge

Who will the Ortho Supreme suit?

Back pain suffers who are more comfortable on their tum.

What is the Ortho Supreme like to sleep on?

Made exclusively for Furniture Village by long-established British mattress company Sleepeezee, the Ortho Supreme is specially designed to ensure even spine alignment. As well as the usual full size pocket springs in the base, this mattress has an extra layer of smaller springs for extra responsiveness and support where you need it most.  

Special features?

Easy care, no turn. Hand-taped edges for superior strength and solidity. 

Fillings?

There are 2,200 pocket springs (king-size) in two sizes. The comfort layers are made from British wool and soft polyester that’s hand-tufted to prevent lumpiness. The cover is finished in high-quality Belgian woven damask that’s soft-to-touch.

What do you get for your money?

A 10-year guarantee. Delivery isn’t free (£29) but Furniture Village's delivery team will put it in the room of your choice and remove (and recycle) all packaging.

silentnight risborough pocket mattress by silentnight

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5. Silentnight Risborough Mirapocket

Fully loaded with an abundance of springs, this new entry offers precision support

Specifications
Best for: Impressive spring count
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 32cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Luxury by the bucket-load+High spring count = top quality support
Reasons to avoid
-Quite high so may require deep fitted sheets

Who will the Risborough Mirapocket suit?

Tummy sleepers looking for a safe bet on a decent night’s sleep.

What is the Risborough Mirapocket like to sleep on?

Since sleep experts agree that stomach dozers need a combination of support and softness, this spring and memory foam mash-up should prove just the ticket. Silentnight’s celebrated Mirapocket zoned spring system is at the heart of this robust mattress, but it’s the generous layer of memory foam that we think gives this mattress the edge. By hugging your lower back to relieve the pressure that sleeping on your stomach puts on the lumbar region, the memory foam topper creates the feeling of weightlessness so you can expect to wake up gloriously ache-free.

Special features?

The cover is made from hypoallergenic fabric that encourages airflow to help you sleep coolly. There are also metal vents in the sides to bring in cool air from beneath you. No need to turn. 

Fillings?

An impressive 2,800 pocket springs (king-size) are at your disposal, each working independently to achieve the right levels of support where required. The generous memory foam topper offers superior spinal alignment and a focus on air-flow promises you won’t wake up sweaty.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

dreams mattress for side sleepers

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6. Dreams Rapley Pocket Sprung Mattress

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

Specifications
Best for: Back pain
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 26cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Bonus memory foam layer+Sofa knitted cover
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Rapley suit?

People suffering back discomfort should definitely put the Rapley on their hit list.

What is the Rapley like to sleep on?

The softest mattress on our list, this 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 traditional pocket springs, but this one is a little kinder on the pocket, money-wise we mean! For especially sensitive sleepers, the soft-touch knitted cover will also prove a snuggly bonus. Dreams’ 362 reviewers rate it an impressive 4.6 out of five stars, and many claim it has kicked their back pain into touch.

Special features?

No turn. Made in the UK.

Fillings?

There are 1,000 pocket springs (in a king-size) topped in a layer of memory foam with a quilted cover. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

silentnight ostereley mattress from dreams

(Image: © Dreams)

7. Silentnight Osterley Mirapocket

A combination of springs and memory foam makes this solidly built mattress a firm contender

Specifications
Best for: Tailored support
Size: Single-Super-king
Depth: 26cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+Full surface springs (no hard edge)
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Osterley suit?

Combination mattress fans with a closer eye on the pennies.

What is the Osterley like to sleep on?

If you can’t quite stretch to the Silentnight Risborough on our list, then the new Langley is a very worthy second choice. It has a similar combination of springs and memory foam, just a few fewer of the former, and a little thinner on the latter. It’s only been in stock a little while but is already receiving glowing reviews.

Special features?

Edge-to-edge springs for maximum sleep space – especially useful on smaller size mattresses when sharing. Made from hypoallergenic materials. No turn.

Fillings?

There are 1,400 pocket springs (king-size), which is by no means shabby, and Silentnight’s clever zoning technology will ensure proper spine alignment. Meanwhile the memory foam layer is the perfect thickness to keep your lumbar region softly supported when sleeping on your stomach. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice (there’s a fee for Saturday deliveries), 40-night comfort exchange guarantee, price promise (you’ll get the difference + £10 if you find it cheaper elsewhere) and 12 months’ guarantee, plus the option to buy an extra warranty of up to eight years. 

studio by silentnight mattress for front sleepers

(Image: © Silentnight)

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-Super-king
Depth: 25cm
Type: Memory foam / comfort foam
Comfort grade: Softer, Medium, Firmer
Reasons to buy
+Cushioned, cooling Geltex layer
Reasons to avoid
-No handles for rotating 

Who will the Studio suit?

Memory foam fans who overheat for England.

What is the Studio like to sleep on?

If the lack of springs isn’t a deal-breaker for you, and you’re all about that glorious sinking-in feeling, you might want to consider Silentnight’s Studio foam 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. Reevoo’s reviewers loved the cushioning Geltex layer, and some even said it had seen off their back pain within a few weeks. Which? trialed the medium version and said it aced tests on body support and durability and is ‘one of the best mattresses we’ve tested in years’.

Special features?

Cosy touch, Allergy UK approved, anti-allergy cover. Practical bed-in-a-box packaging makes for easy delivery and positioning into place (particularly if you have a turn in your staircase) – except the super-king, which arrives flat.

Fillings?

Two thick layers of high-density foam, zoned to offer different support at key points, form the base. The next layer is memory foam and then a Geltex (gel-infused foam) layer lies closest to your body.

What do you get for your money?

A five year guarantee, 60-night sleep trial (switch to another Silentnight mattress if this one’s not for you), plus free delivery. 

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