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Our Top Two Sided Flippable Mattress Picks
One of the most interesting—but less common—concept for a mattress is a double sided (a.k.a. flippable) bed. You used to see more of them in the past, but they sort of fizzled out for a little while since they do cost more to manufacture. Luckily, thanks to the growth of the online mattress industry, we’ve seen them make a comeback. Here’s our list of best rated double sided mattresses on the market.
- Memory Foam Mattress – Layla Sleep
- Two Sided Foam Bed – Nolah Signature
- Affordable Luxury – Nest Alexander
- Firm Latex Mattress – Zenhaven
- Best Flippable Innerspring Mattress – IDLE Hybrid
- Amazon Favorite – Nest 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.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Memory Foam Value Pick!||$160 Off + Gift Code: RIZSLUMBER||Layla is a memory foam mattress that’s flippable and features a “Soft” and “Firm” side.|
|Mixed Foam||25% Off + Gift Discount In Cart||Nolah Signature 12 is a premium foam mattress that’s flippable, offering two firmness profiles on the same mattress.|
|Pillow Top Popular Pick!||20% Off Code: FIREWORKS||Nest Alexander Hybrid is a pillow top mattress that comes in multiple firmness options and is backed by a lifetime warranty.|
|Soft Foam||20% Off Code: FIREWORKS||Nest Alexander Signature is a luxury foam mattress that has an organic cotton cover. It’s also double sided, allowing you to try two firmness options on the same bed.|
|Latex Foam||$200 Off Discount In Cart||Zenhaven is a two-sided, flippable mattress that is made entirely of Talalay latex foam and organic wool. Each side features a different firmness profile, both of which skew more towards back and stomach sleepers.|
|Mixed Foam||30% Off Code: 4JULY30||Idle Hybrid is a flippable mattress that offesr two different firmness options on the same bed.|
|Mixed Foam||See on Amazon Applied in Cart||FLIP by Nest Bedding is a double sided coil mattress that’s made in the USA.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Is This A Firm Mattress? Or It Soft?
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.
Downsides To A Two Sided Mattress
The biggest downside is simply price. In general, a flippable mattress will be a little more expensive than a single-sided bed. Additionally, you might find it somewhat inconvenient to flip the mattress, but if you’re worried about that, just don’t buy a double sided bed. For most people, it really shouldn’t be a big deal. The only bed that’s particularly tough to flip is Zenhaven since it bends in on itself like a taco. Even then, it’s still manageable to flip with two people and a little elbow grease. Keep in mind, you’re flipping it at most twice per year. And with Zenhaven, you likely won’t be flipping it at all since it has a different firmness level on each side.
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.
More About Flippable Innerspring Mattresses
Often times 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.
|What are the advantages of a double sided mattress?||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.|
|How much do flippable mattresses cost?||They are more affordable than you’d think. Many of the flippable mattresses online are under $1,500 for the queen size.|
|Do I need a special bed frame for a flippable mattress?||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).|
|Are returns free?||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.|