The Best Mattresses For Back Pain, According To Online Reviews

A good mattress is important enough when you don’t suffer from back pain. But, when you do, it’s vital to get a mattress that’s both comfortable and supportive to not only improve the quality of your sleep, but also help alleviate aches and pains.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), back pain is one of most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work. And while not all back pain is created equal — it can be upper or lower pain, range from a dull ache to sudden pangs or be chronic or acute — dealing with any kind of back pain or soreness is uncomfortable and, at times, debilitating.

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There are several things related to sleep you can do to try to prevent back pain, the NINDS says. One is trying to sleep on your side to open up the joints in your spine. Another is sleeping on a medium to firmer surface. “You should look for a mattress that supports the natural curve of your spine when you are lying flat and on your side,” says Neel Anand, M.D., a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles.

But there’s more that goes into picking out a new mattress than just looking for the right level of firmness. Price, mattress size and other features are important to consider, too. Whether you’re looking for pressure relief, memory foam or just a great value, these are some of the best mattresses for back pain based on reviews from people who have seen real results.


Best Mattress For Back Pain Overall

Saatva Classic Mattress

Materials: Memory foam, wrapped coils

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Saatva offers three levels of firmness to choose from: plush soft, firm and luxury firm, a blend of cushiony softness and firm support. (The latter two are recommended for people with back pain, with the luxury firm being the company’s most popular option.) The mattress is built with double-layer coils for added support, along with layers of memory foam and polyfoam to help keep you comfortable and stable while you sleep. It also has a wire Lumbar Zone in the center of the mattress to add additional support and pressure relief to the middle of the mattress.

“As someone who has back and leg pain, I’ve dreaded going to bed for the past couple years. But this new mattress is exceptional, striking a balance between softness and support,” one five-star reviewer wrote. A fellow back pain sufferer also wrote that they, “absolutely made the best choice ever” by picking this mattress.


Best Pressure Relieving Mattress For Back Pain

Helix Twilight

Materials: Memory foam, Helix dynamic foam, wrapped coils

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Helix is aimed at offering mattresses that are tailor-built to your needs — you answer a short questionnaire, and the company will build the perfect mattress for you afterward. The Helix Twilight offers a firm feel with no sink or give, but it’s not so hard that you feel like you’re sleeping on a rock. The mattress has a special Memory Foam Plus Foam layer to help cushion your pressure points, especially if you’re a side sleeper, along with a polyfoam “transition layer” for added support.

“I no longer have pains when I wake up,” one reviewer wrote, while another called it “the perfect combination of soft and firm.”


Best Plush Mattress For Back Pain

Nectar Lush Mattress

Materials: Memory foam

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Just because you — and your back — need firmness doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. The Nectar Lush meets both needs with five layers of supportive memory foam. It offers a base layer of breathable foam, on top of a supportive layer of memory foam. Next up is a layer of gel memory foam, then a layer of quilted memory foam. Last but not least, the top layer is a cooling cover. The Nectar Lush mattress offers plenty of support with a little extra softness, making it an excellent choice, especially for back pain sufferers.

One five-star reviewer wrote that the mattress has “just the right amount of everything,” adding, “it feels plush if you lean into it, yet it’s firm when you lay on it.” Another said that “it feels like a firm mattress with just enough compression to make you want to not get off the thing.”


Best Memory Foam Mattress For Back Pain

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Materials: Memory foam, support foam

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Layla’s mattress is built with four layers of foam, including a 4.5-inch layer of support foam. That layer is specifically aimed at keeping your back aligned and making sure you don’t feel like you’re sinking too far into the mattress when you sleep. The mattress is flippable, with both a soft and firm side, but back pain sufferers will likely feel the most comfortable on the firm side.

“No more tossing and turning, no more thrashing, no more back pain,” one reviewer wrote of sleeping on the mattress. “Slept the entire night without waking up even once. And absolutely no back pain!” another said.


Best Hybrid Mattress For Back Pain

Purple Hybrid Mattress

Materials: Memory foam, support coils

Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

The Purple Hybrid mattress consists of five layers to give you both support and comfort. The company’s patented Purple Grid hugs your pressure points while you sleep, while also fully supporting your back. A 7.5-inch later of responsive coils add additional support while you sleep.

One five-star reviewer who said she’s struggled with back pain for nine years says she “could immediately feel the difference when waking up the next day.” Another reviewer said the mattress is “soft where it needs to be and supportive where it needs to be.”


Best Tailored Support Mattress For Back Pain

Casper Original Mattress

Materials: Memory foam

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Casper mattress has three zones of targeted support to help align your spine — and hopefully ease your back pain in the process. Softer foam around your shoulders cushions your upper body, while firmer foam under your hips, waist, and lower back helps keep your spine in the right position. A durable foam base underneath it all allows for added firmness and support.

“It’s been 30 days and no amount of money could make us part with this mattress! Hip, back pain gone,” a five-star reviewer wrote. Another back pain sufferer wrote that they can now “understand why people look forward to getting in their beds at night” after using this mattress.


Best Cooling Mattress For Back Pain

Leesa Original Mattress

Materials: Memory foam

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Leesa’s mattress is made entirely of foam, with specific layers for cooling, contouring and taking pressure off of your body. A top layer of breathable, responsive foam helps keep you cool at night, while a sturdy foam base layer provides added support while you snooze.

“Perfect combination of soft and firm. Love this mattress!” one reviewer wrote. “After suffering from back pain for years, I finally replaced my old spring mattress. After just a few nights sleeping on the Leesa Original Mattress, the pain is gone,” another said. Chimed in another: “This is by far the best mattress we have ever owned.”

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