Unlike most mattress review sites, we physically try every single bed that we review. We gather information from official sources and evaluate the construction, firmness ratings, cooling factors, and more... all in all, over 2 dozen data points for comparison.
Pick a Mattress with the Right Firmness
Side sleepers often suffer from numb arms and sore shoulders. An ample amount of support and a dash of contour. A well chosen mattress should contour and support the pressure areas and create a feeling of balance and all-night-long comfort.
Side sleepers should typically choose a mattress with a firmness rating around 5 to 6.5.
Pressure points to pay attention to are the shoulders, hips, and knees. Theoretically you want them to be able to sink down enough to pull the spin into natural, neutral alignment, but no further. Memory foam is an excellent material for side sleepers, but you'll probably want something that sleeps fairly cool and has gel layers infused.
Research the Mattresses Materials (Look for Extra Support & Cooling Layers)
Materials offering extra support and cooling layers are what provide the most comfort – to ensure durability look for a high-density support core of around 7.5-inches along with a special supportive contouring foam layer – in addition, if you sleep hot, you'll want to make sure there are cooling layers that create air flow, wick away heat, and are made with specific technology to provide all-night cooling.
Check Reviews & Recommendations
Be sure to read verified reviews and expert recommendations to see how the mattress performs.
Look for a long Sleep Trial & Warranty
A sleep trial of at least 100 nights along with a long warranty of at minimum 10-15 years are generally a good signal that the mattress company stands behind the quality of their bed.
Make Sure the Return Policy is Hassle Free
Buying a mattress online, sight-unseen and untested can be a scary experience. We recommend seeking out mattresses that offer excellent hassle-free return policies and provide easy pickup without any fees within the trial period time.