When choosing the best mattresses for side sleepers, we checked first for beds that would provide pressure relief to your shoulder and hip but were supportive enough to keep your spine aligned. Price and value were also a big part of our decision. Keep reading to find out why we picked these beds for side sleepers.

The 5 Best Mattress for Side Sleepers:

  • Best Budget Mattress: Tuft & Needle Mint
  • Best Memory Foam Mattress: Green Tea Zinus
  • Best Hybrid Mattress: Lucid Hybrid
  • Best Supportive Mattress: Linenspa 12”
  • Best Soft Mattress: Casper Element

Tuft & Needle Mint

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Why Tuft & Needle wins as best budget mattress for side sleepers

Tuft & Needle is well-known as a budget brand, and the Mint bed is not the exception. But being cheap doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice comfort if you get this mattress. 

Tuft & Needle Mint will be a comfortable mattress for strict side sleepers who need plenty of pressure relief around the shoulders and hips. Petite sleepers might get by sleeping in any position, but anyone that weighs between 180 lbs to 250 lbs should probably sleep exclusively on their side on this bed.

 The bed also doesn’t use any memory foam, which means it has an overall neutral feel, a bit like the original Tuft & Needle mattress, only softer.

Tuft & Needle’s most notable features

  • We’d put the Mint at a medium to medium-soft on our firmness scale, so you can expect to sink in but not feel trapped in the mattress. It’s not quite the plushest mattress we’ve ever tested, but it is indeed a soft bed that many side sleepers will enjoy.
  • This is a thick all-foam mattress at 12″. It has three layers of foam instead of the two layers in the original Tuft & Needle bed. Since it doesn’t have coils, we wouldn’t recommend it to heavier people.

Why we picked this bed

This is a comfy, neutral feeling, soft mattress. At 12″, Tuft & Needle Mint is 2” thicker than most all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses, which would make it a more durable option. This, added to its affordable price, makes the Mint bed a top contender for side sleepers.

Green Tea Zinus

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Why Zinus wins as best memory foam mattress for side sleepers

The Green Tea Zinus mattress is soft enough to be comfortable for side sleepers but firm enough to offer pressure relief. It’s probably most enjoyed by side sleepers, actually, because it’s just the right thickness and firmness for their comfort. 

Zinus’s most notable features

  • Available in a variety of thicknesses, but side sleepers will enjoy a thicker mattress more than a thinner one, as it will offer better support.
  • The 12” bed has four layers of foam to provide ample pressure relief.

Why we picked this bed

We love that not only is this mattress super affordable, but it’s made from multiple layers of foam that stack up to be a reliable support system for side sleepers.

Lucid

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Why Lucid wins as best hybrid mattress for side sleepers

There’s a lot to love about the Lucid Hybrid mattress. It’s made of multiple layers of foam and coils to be soft, firm, and supportive all at once. It’s also incredibly budget-friendly, so it’s a very approachable mattress, even for those who aren’t looking to spend too much.

Lucid’s most notable features

  • Available in 10” or 12” models, both of which would suit a side sleeper looking for soft comfort and pressure relief.
  • Made from bamboo charcoal memory foam and aloe vera-infused memory foam.

Why we picked this bed

This bed sits at about a medium firmness, which makes it soft enough for side sleepers to enjoy but firm enough to still provide pressure relief. The coils in the mattress also make it slightly less dense than straight-up memory foam.

Linenspa

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A look at the Linenspa Hybrid 12″ model

Why Linenspa wins as best supportive mattress

This mattress has a comfort layer on the top that seals the deal on this being one of our picks. While many mattresses on the market have a plush top layer, this one, in particular, takes a medium-firm mattress and balances it out with that plush layer. What that means for combo sleepers is that they’ll get the pressure relief they need while still feeling cradled while sleeping.

Linenspa’s most notable features

  • Available in 8”, 10”, or 12” thickness, the last of which would be ideal for side sleepers, but the 10” or 12” would both be sufficient for back and side sleepers.
  • Made with coils and foam for comfort, support, and pressure relief.

Why we picked this bed

Not only is the Linenspa Hybrid mattress one of the cheapest mattresses, but it’s also a reliable one. Back and side combo sleepers will like that the 10” and 12” mattresses are fairly plush while still being supportive.

Casper Element

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Why Casper wins as best soft mattress for side sleepers

Casper is known for its foam mattresses, and they’re all a little bit different. The Casper Element is a budget-friendly, no-frills mattress, but it’s one that definitely works for side sleepers who are strapped for cash. It’s a medium-firm mattress, but because it’s memory foam and has a comfort layer on top, it’s actually quite soft. Not so soft that you’ll lose your support, but soft.

Casper’s most notable features

  • Made with AirScapeTM perforated breathable foam to create airflow and regulate temperature.
  • Made with a latex foam comfort layer.

Why we picked this bed

We like that this bed is pretty cheap but still offers Casper’s quality. It’s a foam mattress that you won’t completely sink into but instead be able to sleep on top — on your side — with enough support to wake up pain-free and rested.

How We Test Mattresses

The Slumber Yard team personally tests and assesses each sleep product we review through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments, with utmost commitment to honesty and authenticity. We have personally hand-tested over 175 mattresses. Our reviews, comparisons, and buyer guides go beyond product descriptions so you can get a real-person perspective of each bed’s feel, look, and value. From our sleep science certified editors and writers to our production and business teams, everyone’s committed to helping you find the mattress of your dreams and (hopefully) the best sleep of your life.