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|Memory Foam||$250 Off|
|Popular all-foam bed-in-a-box that has a memory foam feel. Overall, this mattress accommodates all sleeper types.|
|Neutral-Foam||See on Amazon||Affordable mattress-in-a-box that has a soft, neutral-foam feel. We think this bed will work for all kinds of sleepers.|
|Budget||See on Amazon||Hybrid bed-in-a-box that uses a combination of coils and latex foam. This mattress is a great option for anyone on a super tight budget.|
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The full size mattress is the middle ground of bed sizes. It’s for when you’re too old (or too big) for a twin size, but you either can’t afford a queen or it just doesn’t make sense from a size standpoint. Either way, we’ve got you covered with this list of best full size beds.
Given most people who sleep on a full size mattress are either toddlers, teens, college students, or young professionals on a budget, we tried to tailor this list specifically for those types of people and situations. We also tried to pick a variety of beds at different price points. We realize not everyone has the same budget and different people like different types of materials. As such, you’ll find cheap beds on this list, beds that have a memory foam feel, and beds that have more of a neutral or latex foam feel. The goal is for every person to be able to find a mattress that best suits their particular preferences and sleeping habits. Let’s get to the list.
Puffy is fairly new to the bed-in-a-box space, but the company has quickly made a name for itself. Their flagship mattress, the Original Puffy, was even featured on The Ellen Show in early 2018. Overall, we see Puffy as great option for young adults and professionals.
The mattress has a light, airy memory foam feel and accommodates all sleeper types. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back, or stomach. Bottom line, if you like memory foam, we think you’ll really enjoy the Puffy mattress.
In terms of firmness, we think the bed comes in around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale. In other words, it’s not too soft or too firm. The Puffy mattress just offers a nice harmony between comfort and support.
Yes, it’s a little more expensive than the other beds on this list (full size costs almost $1,000), but don’t pay much too much attention to MSRP. Puffy is very aggressive when it comes to discounts and coupon codes. You can almost always expect to receive a $200-$250 discount at checkout. Be sure to visit Puffy.com to see what the current promotion is.
All in all, we see Puffy has a great fit for anybody that likes the feel of memory foam and has a little more money to spend than the average college student or teenager.
Tuft & Needle is considered by many to be one of the top two or three budget mattress brands on the planet. Last we checked, the Original Tuft & Needle mattress had a 4-star rating on Amazon with over 7,000 reviews, which is pretty amazing.
The Tuft & Needle mattress has more of a neutral-foam feel thanks to its proprietary top foam layer. Overall, the top foam layer is soft and comfortable like memory foam, but it just doesn’t really contour to your body’s curves the way memory foam does. For a lot of people out there, this type of feel is actually preferable.
Plus, the top layer on the T&N mattress is more responsive than the top layer on the Puffy mattress. This means active and combo sleepers will likely find it very easy to switch between positions on the Tuft & Needle mattress. Additionally, sleepers won’t ever feel like they’re “stuck in the mud” on the T&N bed.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is priced well below the average bed-in-a-box, making it a great option for folks looking for a safe, affordable full size mattress.
Last up, we have an option for people who are either on a super tight budget, prefer the feel of latex foam as opposed to memory foam or proprietary foam, or weigh more than 250 lb. If you fit into one or more of those buckets, we think you’ll really like the Linenspa Latex Hybrid mattress.
Next, the bed uses 7″ pocketed coils for its primary support structure, which makes it a great option for heavy individuals. Generally speaking, beds that contain coils are more supportive than all-foam beds since coils provide resistance against pressure. This resistance is more ideal for big folks given they place more weight on a mattress than petite and average sized individuals.
Lastly, the poly foam and latex foam in the bed give it a soft, yet responsive feel. We wouldn’t say the bed feels like a true latex mattress per se, but you can definitely tell the bed does in fact incorporate latex foam. Bottom line, we’d say the bed has a bouncy, soft foam feel with a hint of latex foam.
Also, we think the Linenspa Latex Hybrid mattress lands around a medium on the firmness scale and will work for all types of sleepers.
All in all, the Linenspa Latex Hybrid mattress is an excellent option for people of all shapes and sizes that are looking for an affordable, accommodating bed.
We know mattresses here at the Slumber Yard. We literally have a storage room filled with dozens of them. They range in prices, materials, styles, and a ton of other stuff you probably didn’t even think to take into account, like edge support for couples or cooling technology for hot sleepers. And if you’re looking to invest in a mattress for 10 or more years, or if it’s going to cost around $1,000 or more, these are the things you need to take into consideration. But lucky for you, we’ve done all the research already.
And we also have a very diverse team on the Slumber Yard staff, ranging from 5-foot-nothing Kaite Kale to 6’5” JD, so we can give real and honest opinions for a wide range of people. If we don’t think you’ll like something, we’ll let you know about it, because our readers and viewers getting their best night’s sleep is what’s most important to us. It’s what we’re here for.
A full size mattress is somewhat like a mini queen size bed. It’s as long as a twin size, but about 14” wider, so you have the possibility of sleeping two to this bed (though that works best if neither of you are above average height). We think a full size mattress would be great for teenagers or college students that are tight on space, but are ready to ditch their childhood twin bed. Here’s a chart if you want to compare dimensions:
The day has finally come, you no longer sleep in the twin size bed at your parents’ house, and gone are the days of your college dorm room twin XL mattress that stands opposite from your roommate’s. You are finally going to live on your own (but probably with housemates), and you are finally upgrading to a full size mattress. You now have the ability to turn over in bed without falling out, or even comfortably share. Full size mattresses are more small space-friendly than queens, being both shorter and narrower, and they’re usually more affordable. Space and price are usually two areas of concern for college students or young adults.
As we stated, full mattresses are the cheapest option for young adults who are ready to size up from their twin size bed. On the budget end of the spectrum, you can find a quality full size around $200, like from Lucid. A middle ground mattress would be what Casper offers, which is a full size for about $900. On the most premium luxury end of the spectrum, like Zenhaven, you can expect to pay around $1,500.
Again, if you are a young adult making this purchase, consider how long you’ll actually be using this bed before you want to upgrade again. Maybe this is a mattress size you could see yourself using for 5+ years, in which case you should consider it an investment. It might be worth it to just go for a queen size right now. Either way, these factors will be important when deciding how much to spend on your new bed.
Weight and body type play an important part in how you will perceive the firmness and feel of any given mattress. Unfortunately, there is no one mattress that is perfect for everyone. Typically, the larger someone’s body type and the more they weigh, the more they’ll sink down into a mattress, causing the bed to feel softer to them. On the other hand, the smaller the body type and the less someone weighs, the less weight put into the mattress, so the firmer the bed will feel for them. Firmness is an important factor for sleeper types, which we’ll talk about next.
This is the reason why we have a Slumber Yard team with varying weights and sizes; so we can make accurate conclusions about which bed is best for what body type.
How you sleep will also be a major factor when deciding on a mattress. A majority of people fall into one of four categories of sleeper types: back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers. We tend to group back and stomach sleepers together, as they both need firmer surfaces to keep their spines in neutral position. A firm surface will support the head, shoulders, and hips. If these heavy parts of the body sink into the mattress, it can cause the spine to arch or curve, which can lead to aches and pains in the morning.
Side sleepers will need a softer surface that will be provide pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. If the bed is too firm, it can leave you with that pins-and-needles feeling from a smashed arm.
As for combo sleepers, we recommend you choose a firmness level based on what position you predominantly sleep in or according to your body type. If you have any spinal issues, these rules may not apply, so consult a doctor before getting a new bed.
Did you know that the average person spends about a third of their lifetime sleeping? If you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, then the math works out. Sleep plays an important role in our immune system, memory, cognitive learning, metabolism, and many other vital components of everyday life. So consider an investment in a mattress as an investment in your health, because if you’re going to spend a third of your life sleeping, you should do so in comfort and quality.