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Best cooling mattress for hot sleepers

Choose the right materials to stay cool through the night

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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What is the best cooling mattress?

Many people seek a cool, comfortable sleep. The rise in popularity of memory foam mattresses has also increased consumer concern over the mattresses tendency to “sleep hot,” as foam is known to trap heat. To combat this, many foam mattress brands now include a layer of cooling gel to help reduce any issue of the mattress sleeping hot and eliminate customer concern over purchasing a mattress.

MaterialHelps with temperature regulation
SpringsGreat
GelGood
LatexGood
Memory FoamFair

If you’re shopping for a mattress that keeps you cool, you have plenty of options. The best type of mattresses for hot sleepers include traditional spring mattresses, which have good air circulation and are known to sleep cooler since they don’t have a dense layer as the foam mattresses do. Aside from the advances in foam mattress technology, cooler mattresses are made of specific breathable materials, such as latex and bamboo.

Top 5 best mattresses for hot sleepers

To determine the best cooling mattresses, we looked in-depth at mattress construction and materials, comparing new technologies, air flow, breathability and advanced features to select only the best mattresses designed to keep you cool.

Best traditional mattress
The Saatva Mattress

Saatva is made of individually wrapped coils and a plush pillow top with lumbar zone technology designed for optimal support. The coil-on-coil design allows for consistent airflow, the CertiPur certified foam does not retain heat, and organic cotton cover keeps you cool. Spring mattresses tend to naturally sleep cooler than foam mattresses.

MATTRESS DETAILS
  • Type: Innerspring
  • Price (Queen): Starting at $1,099
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Test period: 120-night in-home trial

Best hybrid mattress
Alexander Signature hybrid by Nest

Nest’s hybrid series (the Alexander Signature series) brings you the best of both worlds with a pocketed coil base and memory foam top. All Nest hybrid bedding includes “Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric,” which helps to regulate body temperature as you sleep. The bedding also includes a layer of copper-infused memory foam, also designed to regulate temperature, and uses a SmartFlow air flow system that includes punched foams to maximize air flow.

MATTRESS DETAILS
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Price (Queen): Starting at $1,199
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Test period: 100-night in-home trial

Best foam alternative
Purple

Purple has a smart comfort grid, a stretch cover that’s soft and stretchable, and a dual-layer foam base. The open grid design helps to control temperature, and the brand uses temperature-neutral materials throughout their construction. The original stretch cover is also breathable to promote a cooling airflow.

MATTRESS DETAILS​
  • Type: Smart Comfort Grid (memory foam alternative)
  • Price (Queen): Starting at $899
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Test period: 100-night in-home trial

Best budget mattress
Ghost Bed

Ghost Bed has a high-tech gel memory foam, and the latex foam layer pulls out heat to keep you cool. The base is a high-density foam that allows for good spinal alignment without an uncomfortable hard mattress. The Aerated Latex Foam has small holes in this top latex layer that constantly pull heat away from the body for a cooler sleep.

MATTRESS DETAILS​
  • Type: Latex + gel memory foam
  • Price (Queen): Starting at $795
  • Warranty: 20 years
  • Test period: 101-night in-home trial

Best mattress for couples
Helix

Helix is a hybrid design with premium foam and springs. The breathable cover is designed to increase airflow and keeps the top of your mattress cooler throughout the night.

MATTRESS DETAILS
  • Type: Latex + gel memory foam
  • Price (Queen): Starting at $995
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Test period: 100-night in-home trial
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  • $1,099 for a queen
  • 15-year warranty
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  • $1,199 for a queen
  • Lifetime warranty

What causes body heat at night?

Body temperature increases and decreases on a 24-hour cycle. Typically your body temperature decreases at night, which helps to facilitate sleep. From the temperature outside and inside your home to your activity right before going to bed (hint: don’t exercise right before bed), many factors can play a role in increasing body heat at night, and an increased temperature is likely to cause disruptions in your sleeping pattern. Softer mattresses—or any that contour to your body— are more likely to retain heat. Similarly, heavier people are more likely to sink deeper into mattresses, causing that contour effect, which can cause them to sleep hotter than lighter individuals.

Bottom line: Which cooling mattress should you choose?

If it’s a cool night’s sleep you’re seeking, you have options. Whether you want a gel, memory foam, spring or hybrid mattress, the technology is advanced enough that most quality brands have a cooling feature in place to keep you comfortable throughout the night, regardless of the season. Each of the mattresses listed above was selected for their advanced cooling technology, so it’s hard to go wrong. We recommend picking the one that best fits your sleeping position and support needs.

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.