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When it comes to versatility and longevity, double-sided mattresses are hard to beat. Although they are not as common as standard mattresses, flippable mattresses are growing in popularity. Out of all of the options on the market, here is our list of the best flippable mattresses you can buy based on comfort, affordability and adaptability.
Top 6 Best Flippable Mattresses
Best Flippable Memory Foam Mattress –Layla
Best Two Sided Foam Bed –Nolah Signature 12
Best Flippable Affordable Luxury Mattress –Nest Bedding Alexander Signature
Best Double Sided Firm Latex Mattress –Zenhaven
Best Flippable Innerspring Mattress –Idle Sleep Hybrid
Amazon Favorite Flip Mattress –Nest Bedding FLIP
As we so often acknowledge on this website, shopping for a mattress is difficult, mostly because there are a lot of details to consider. It’s really a balancing act between finding comfort, support, durability, value, and a host of other factors. Often times you’ll have to test out a few mattresses and do plenty of research to ensure that the bed you select is the one that you want to sleep on for the next 7-10 years. Keep reading to learn more.
Advantages Of A Double Sided Mattress
There are two major advantages with regard to flippable beds. Firstly, if you have a two different firmness levels, you get to choose which is right for you. It’s sort of like the brand hedging their bets in the event that you don’t like their Firm side or Soft side—they just give you both. In this way, a lot of flippable beds can be more highly rated since they offer the two-in-one design.
The other advantage comes when you have a bed with two identical firmness levels. The idea here is that it extends the useful life of the bed. You’re usually advised to rotate the bed every three months and flip it every six months in order for it to outlast a typical mattress in a box. Now, it’s hard to say whether they do, in fact, outlast single-sided beds, but it’s always a good idea to rotate your bed, so why not try flipping it, as well? The advantage is there in theory, but there are too many factors to say a flippable mattress is always more durable and long lasting.
Best Flippable Memory Foam Mattress – Layla Sleep
The Layla mattress is a double sided, copper-infused, memory foam bed with a Soft side (light grey) and Firm side (dark grey). The Soft side is primarily best for side sleepers, while the Firm side can accomodate a sleeping positions.
Layla has more of a light, airy memory foam feel on both sides, but it’s less pronounced on the Firm side. What’s nice about Layla, though, is that you don’t have to pick a firmness profile until the bed arrives. Think you want a soft mattress? Try out the Soft side, and if it’s too soft just flip to the Firm side. It really is a neat concept and a very comfortable bed.
Best Two Sided Foam Bed – Nolah Signature
The Nolah Signature 12” bed is a good fit for couples who want a flippable, accommodating mattress. Not only is this bed double sided, but each side comes with its own firmness level. Having one firmer and one softer side makes the mattress more versatile and able to accommodate multiple types of sleepers.
This bed–with a height of 12”–is thicker than a lot of other all-foam mattresses, which allows it to better handle various types and sleep styles. This mattress has good edge support (so you don’t feel like you’re about to fall off the bed) and has good motion isolation (so you don’t wake up every time your partner moves). And for peace of mind, this mattress comes with a lifetime warranty, which is actually relatively rare for online mattresses.
It’s the latest mattress from Nolah, only being released in mid-2018, but we can see why it’s increasing in popularity: it checks a lot of boxes. For instance, it has an accomodating feel that will work for all sleeping styles, including side sleeping. It offers two different firmness profiles (top/bottom). It has the upgraded organic cotton cover. And, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.
Best Flippable Affordable Luxury Mattress – Nest Alexander
The Nest Alexander Signature Series mattress is universally loved in our office. Everyone that has tested this mattress finds it extremely comfortable—and that was before it got a major facelift in early 2019.
The bed went from being a luxury memory foam mattress to a two sided bed featuring a “Medium” and “Luxury Firm” side and an organic cotton cover. It has a neutral/soft foam feel that most people should enjoy.
Even more, the bed is backed by a 10-year warranty. Just kidding! All Nest Bedding mattresses come with a lifetime warranty, which is a pretty bold stance to take. Rather than warranty the bed for the typical 10-year period like most brands, Nest Bedding seems to be extra confident in the construction and durability of their beds, and is willing to warranty them for their full lifetime.
Now, despite being a luxury mattress backed by a lifetime warranty, the mattress actually retails for a fairly approachable, not scary price point. The MSRP for a queen size mattress is just $1,599, and that’s before you apply a coupon code. You can check our Mattress Coupons page to see what discounts we’ve spotted today on the Alexander Signature and other mattresses.
Best Double Sided Firm Latex Mattress – Zenhaven
Zenhaven is a double sided mattress made of latex foam that’s built in the USA. It’s luxurious and comfortable and clearly well made.
It does, however, have a bouncy, airy, spongy feel to it that some people might not like—that’s just a hallmark of latex foam. One thing that’s really nice about latex, though, is that if it’s supported properly (makes sure to read each company’s warranty) it generally outlasts poly foam beds, which tend to soften with use.
Additionally, latex foam tends to sleep cooler than its poly foam counterparts. Bottom line with Zenhaven is that it’s sort of pricey for an online mattress and you won’t ever find discounts, but it’s a solid bed and we love that it has a Firm and Soft side.
Best Flippable Innerspring Mattress – IDLE Hybrid
IDLE Sleep is a relatively new mattress brand, but we do think their line of flippable beds is quite interesting. Our favorite of the bunch so far is their hybrid bed that’s 14.5” thick and has the same feel on both the top and bottom.
The bed doesn’t sleep particularly cool nor does it have any cooling properties, though, so heavy people who sink in and just generally hot sleepers may tend to heat up throughout the night.
Amazon Favorite Flip Mattress – Nest Flip
If your budget ends at $600, the Nest Bedding Flip mattress is a no-brainer pick. We have been astounded with how much we like this bed—and the price of this bed. The MSRP for the queen size is around $550 on Amazon, which caused us to do a double take. We expected the price to be closer to $800, but no, it’s ~$550.
The “Medium” side is indeed around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale. It might start out slightly firmer, but is just fine for all sleeping styles. The “Firm” side is quite firm and sits between a medium-firm and firm.
The bed, overall, feels like a soft foam mattress with coils—which is precisely what it is. In fact, despite the price, Nest Flip even has 6″ coils, which offer you plenty of support.
Ultimately, the Flip made this list because it’s hard to find flaws with it. It’s affordable, comfortable, supportive, and is available at the world’s largest online retailer.
What Would We Know About Flippable Mattresses?
Well, first off, we do a lot of research and have an entire team of folks that spend a heck of a lot of time working on mattress reviews and comparisons. That doesn’t mean we’re experts on flippable mattresses, but it does mean that we’ve thought critically about the subject and tested a good number of dual-sided beds. On top of that, our team is pretty diverse. As an example, we have an ex-high school offensive lineman turned memory foam lover. We have a petite editor that can apparently sleep on anything. We have the most fickle average-sized man that you’ve ever met—if the bed isn’t perfect, he can’t sleep. We have a 6’5” video producer that has to sleep diagonally on a king mattress. And we have plenty of other staff members that help give us a well-rounded perspective on these beds. I say all this to demonstrate that we aren’t a team of one, testing beds in our parents’ spare bedroom. We employ several people and have extremely high expectations in terms of the material and opinions we put out.
What Is A Flippable Two Sided Bed?
There’s really two types of flippable mattresses. You usually either see a bed with two different firmness levels (e.g. soft and firm) or two of the same firmnesses. The brand will typically advise that you flip the bed every six months or so, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It’s just that you have the option if you’re so inclined.
How Often Should I Flip a Flippable Mattress?
Single Firmness Flippable Mattress
The general rule of thumb is to flip your mattress every three to six months so as not to wear it down by applying constant pressure to the same spots. This goes for single firmness flip mattresses. If the mattress seems to be wearing down faster in certain spots, it can be flipped more frequently.
Dual Firmness Flippable Mattress
Dual firmness mattresses can be flipped whenever you want to adjust the firmness or just rotated every three to six months if you want to keep the same firmness level.
Firm or Soft Mattress?
This is true for all mattresses, so we always try to cover the subject. Since we are all different, there is no single best bed for everyone. You might sleep hot and I might sleep cool. You might love memory foam and I might hate it. Not to mention your weight is a big deal. The heavier you are, the more stress you will put on your mattress. Therefore, a flippable coil mattress will typically outlast a flippable all-foam bed. So, in this scenario, even if you get a flippable mattress, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will be the most durable. Having said that, if you’re an average-sized or petite individual, you have a lot of options and don’t need to worry so much about materials, densities, etc.. All this is to say that if you’re heavy, you need to be particularly scrutinizing of the bed before you buy. And even if it’s flippable, don’t get a bed that’s less than 10” thick.
Pros And Cons Of Flippable Mattresses
- Having a flip mattress with different firmness levels on either side means if your sleeping preferences change, so can your bed.
- The versatility of flippable mattresses means your dollar goes farther.
- Double sided mattresses tend to last longer than standard mattresses because they do not wear down as quickly from constant pressure on the same spots.
- The price tag for double sided mattresses is often higher than single-sided mattresses because they cost more to produce.
- Although these mattresses are growing in popularity, the selection available is still limited compared to standard mattresses.
- Double sided mattresses can be heavier than your average mattress, which can make them a bit trickier to flip.
SEE ALSO: Zenhaven vs Saatva vs Loom & Leaf
Who Should Consider A Flippable Mattress?
This is really all about value and longevity. If you’re especially concerned with the durability of your bed, you might consider a flippable one. Also, some people think that you’re getting more bang for your buck, so to speak, when you have two sides on the bed. We don’t really think they’re an absolute necessity, but they are certainly an interesting concept.
Do You Need A Special Bed Frame?
The short answer is no. But you should always check the brand’s website for details on recommended bed frames and platforms. Typically, they just require that you have a solid frame with little or no flex. If you’re using a slatted bed frame, they will have stipulations as to the spacing of those slats (usually less than 5″ between the slats). Just make sure to consult directly with the brand before you select your bed frame and support system.
Buying A Mattress Online – Policies
Whether you buy in-store or online, you should insist that there’s some sort of trial period and return/exchange policy with your new bed. You need time to adjust to the bed and you might ultimately decide that it’s not exactly what you need. In such cases, you’ll be extra thankful that you sought out a bed with a return policy. Most of the mattresses we’ve reviewed come with a trial period of 100 nights or longer where you can sleep on the mattress, essentially risk free. If you don’t like it, they will refund you 100% of your money and dispatch someone to your house to pick it up at no extra cost to you. As for retail stores, they don’t usually have as much wiggle room, so you’ll see more exchange policies and they aren’t always free. Sometimes they’ll charge a $70+ exchange fee and only allow you one exchange. It’s one of the downsides of shopping in-store, but you are actually getting a chance to test the bed before you buy, so hopefully that will push down return rates.
Warranties Are Always Important To Look Into
We try to always bring this up because it’s very important. Most beds will come with a 10-year or longer warranty. Don’t settle for anything less than 10 years since that’s about the average length of time that you’ll be sleeping on the mattress. Regardless of the warranty length, however, make certain to read it carefully so you know what constitutes a warranty claim in the future. Typically, things like cracking of materials and sagging of the mattress are covered. Before you buy, ask about the warranty.
Best Rated Flippable Innerspring Mattresses
Oftentimes you will see two sided foam mattresses, but less frequently you’ll get a bed that has innersprings. Fortunately for you, we’ve posted countless reviews, so we have had a chance to test several flippable innerspring mattresses. We’ve only selected one or two beds for this list, but the truth is we have a handful or so of favorites. As such, let’s take a quick look at the best rated flippable innerspring mattresses:
- IDLE Hybrid
- IDLE Latex Hybrid
- Layla Hybrid
- Nest Bedding Flip
What’s good about having a list of just innerspring mattresses is that you have options. As much as we think people will like the IDLE Hybrid, we are huge fans of their latex hybrid and even Nest Bedding Flip, both of which have innersprings.
But it’s not all upside with a double sided innerspring mattress. Sure, they can be responsive and support, but they are also typically heavier. As such, if you’re swapping homes soon, you might want to purchase your new bed after you move. They aren’t “immovable” but they are somewhat heavy by comparison. Even so, we do think the advantages of a flippable innerspring mattress outweigh the disadvantages.
Best Accessories For A Double Sided Mattress
There are several kinds of accessories you can purchase to make your flippable mattress even more comfortable or suited to your sleep style. Mattress toppers add an extra layer of support and comfort. They come in a wide array of materials from down alternatives to memory foam.
If you want a barrier between your sheets and your mattress, consider getting a mattress protector, which will prevent moisture, oil, and dirt from coming into contact with your mattress.
For warm summer months, cooling mattress covers, like this one from Nest, will add airflow to keep you from getting too warm while you sleep. For all of these mattress accessories, just remove them from your double-sided mattress before flipping.
If you’re looking for a mattress with a long lifespan and versatility, a flippable mattress might be the way to go.
There are two advantages with a flippable bed. First, you can technically get two different beds in one. Second, you can theoretically get extra life out of the mattress by being able to flip it.
They are more affordable than you’d think. Many of the flippable mattresses online are under $1,500 for the queen size.
This comes down to personal preference. Mattresses with distinct firmness levels on each side are a good option for someone who wants to adjust the feel of the bed quickly and easily. There is no difference in lifespan for dual firmness mattresses versus single firmness mattresses.
The short answer is no. But you should always check the brand’s website for details on recommended bed frames and platforms. Typically, they just require that you have a solid frame with little or no flex. If you’re using a slatted bed frame, they will have stipulations as to the spacing of those slats (usually less than 5″ between the slats).
Most of the time they are! The majority of brands offer a 100-night risk-free trial period and free returns in the Contiguous US.
Yes. While the options are more limited than standard mattresses, there is an array of double sided mattresses available from a variety of brands.