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.
Helps with temperature regulation
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.
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.
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.
Price (Queen): Starting at $1,199
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.