HOW WE DECIDED
|Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis, DPT|
|Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.|
Best Rated Beds For Allergies & Asthma
In this post, we’ve compiled a list to help you find the best mattress for allergies and asthma that can actually help us poor allergy prone souls get a better night’s sleep. We’ll breakdown the benefits of each bed and also give you some tips and tools for finding the right mattress for you. Without further adieu, here is our top rated list of the best mattress for asthma and allergy sufferers.
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Finding A Good Mattress For Allergies
One of the worst things about having allergies is that just about anywhere and anything can harbor potential allergy triggers. You ever drive past a tree and then BAM your eyes are watering and you’re sneezing so much you’ve become a road hazard? Don’t worry. It’s not your fault. It happens to the best of us. But the point is that while we can’t avoid allergy attacks out in the world at large, we can do something about those scratchy, sneezy, sleepless nights.
For this post, we went back through our mattress stacks and picked out the ones with materials and constructions that we’ve found to be especially allergy and asthma. Hopefully, there’s a bed on this list for everyone, but if you don’t see anything that’s just right for you, we suggest jumping over to our post on Best Natural & Organic Mattresses because they tend to have hypoallergenic materials, as well. This particular post will focus more on the best bed for allergies and asthma in particular.
Puffy – Best for Dust Mites
Puffy is a lot like Casper and Leesa in that it has more of a flat profile. You wouldn’t really call it a memory foam mattress nor would you call it a poly foam bed. It has elements of both, and we think the vast majority of people will like how it feels. It’s easy to switch positions on, it offers pressure relief, and it contours to the shape of your body.
The gist of it is that the top portion of the bed is removable for easy cleaning. The company suggests that you use cold water and mild detergent. The washable cover can be helpful in keeping your room truly clean and negates the need in some cases for a mattress protector.
Most of the foam beds out there are best for individuals that weigh under 230-250 lb. Puffy is in that class, along with a heck of a lot of other beds.
Why Puffy is a nice option for allergy sufferers
Puffy was a no-brainer for this list because it’s a neutral, accommodating mattress that a lot of people will enjoy. But, the biggest selling point for allergy sufferers in particular is the washable cover. Unlike the vast majority of online mattresses, Puffy has a removable cover that is machine washable. This is great for anyone that needs to clean regularly and wants to do a thorough job on their mattress as well.
Avocado – Best Natural and Organic
This mattress is ideal for any body type, especially those over 230 lbs who are looking for additional support. It’s also made with organic Talalay latex, organic cotton, and organic wool.
Latex mattresses tend to be a bit on the firmer end of the spectrum, and Avocado is no different. If you don’t buy their optional pillow-top, it will probably feel somewhere around a firm. Though, with the pillow-top, you’re looking at more of a medium-firm mattress. Accordingly, we don’t recommend it to side sleepers unless you’re over 250 lbs.
Considering Avocado is made with anti-allergy, sustainable, and high-quality materials, it’s a bit on the pricey side. A queen size mattress from Avocado retails around $1,400.
Why Avocado is suitable for people with allergies
Avocado is great for people with allergies because it utilizes organic Talalay latex, a material that’s naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. That makes it resistant against dust mites, and other nasty household allergens that cause flared up reactions.
Amerisleep — Best Memory Foam Bed
Amerisleep has a dense memory foam feel. Once you lay on the surface, it slowly starts to conform to the curves of your body. If you’re familiar with that hugging feel and love it, we think you’d enjoy the Amerisleep mattresses.
The AS2 model is their most popular mattress among back and stomach sleepers because it offers a bit more support than it does pressure relief. However, if you’re a side sleeper, you can opt for one of their softer models.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll be sleeping on a Celliant-infused cover which is designed to help boost the quality of your rest. Check out a full explanation of Celliant here.
Why Amerisleep is good for those with allergies
The Amerisleep mattresses are viable memory foam beds for those who suffer from allergies and or asthma because their special Bio-Pur foam is plant-based and Certi-PUR Certified. The cover is also infused with Celliant, and in machine washable so folks with allergies or asthma can keep it clean and dust-free.
Zenhaven — Best for Allergies
The “main” side of the bed is about a medium-firm on our soft/firm scale. It’s best for back and stomach sleepers, but we also think combo sleepers will be fine as well. The “bottom” side is pretty close to a true firm, and, as such, it’s most ideal for strict back or strict stomach sleepers.
The neat thing about the firmness levels with this bed is that to try them out, all you have to do is flip the mattress. There’s no cover to remove, etc. If it’s too soft for you, flip it. If it’s too firm for you, flip it. It’s pretty simple, but we like that it has the two firmness profiles.
To be honest, the Zenhaven mattress is so responsive, it almost feels like a coil mattress. Regardless of whether you like the feel of the bed, however, you will definitely appreciate the workmanship with Zenhaven—it’s a very nice mattress.
Why Zenhaven is a great bed for people with allergies
The main reason Zenhaven had to be on this list is that it’s a latex foam bed. It’s actually made entirely of latex, excluding the cover (which is organic cotton). Again, latex is a naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial foam, making it a good choice as the best bed for asthma and allergy sufferers. Even more, Zenhaven is a luxury mattress that’s double sided, allowing you to choose from a medium-firm side and a firm side.
Ask The Experts
While your mattress certainly plays an important role, there are other steps you can take to prevent allergens from entering your sleeping space. Check out what the experts had to say about keeping your bedroom clean and allergen-free.
What other ways can I keep allergens out of the bedroom?
Karin Sun, best sleep practices expert and founder of Crane & Canopy notes that washing your bedding is more than just preventing odor; “Dust mites, bacteria, and even mold can grow in our pillows from regular use like sweating or salivating when we sleep, eat snacks in bed, leave on makeup, or sleep with damp hair. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so proper cleaning of sheets is a pillar of bedding care.” Sun recommends washing bedding at least once a week, including your duvet cover or comforter if you don’t use a top sheet.
We also interviewed Joseph P. Urso, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ActivePure, a technology created to effectively treat air quality. Urso told us that dust is a major reason for aggravated allergies at night, because it can include pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. He suggests more of an anti-allergen lifestyle: consistently cleaning floors, properly sealing windows, avoiding harsh chemicals like perfumes and hairsprays, and adopting a no-shoes policy. As Urso explains, “Even with a door mat, shoes are responsible for tracking soil, bacteria, trace chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, fecal matter and other undesirables into a home. Removing footwear in a mud room or directly by the door is a good way to prevent potentially harmful contaminants from being tracked around your home.”
Why You Should Trust The Slumber Yard
The Slumber Yard team has posted dozens of mattress reviews, mattress comparisons, and best lists. We’re not newbies to this and we’re familiar with a lot of companies and mattress models in the bed-in-a-box and mattress industry at large.
We’re a bunch of normal people of varying body and sleeper types, so our reviews are practical and intended to reflect how you, the non-sleep scientist consumer, will experience the bed. We also make sure to include disclaimers about how some things, like feel and firmness, are subjective and may be different for you than they are for us.
Mattress Certifications For Anti-Allergy
When you start looking for a mattress, you’ll probably notice a lot of buzzwords and big claims about how healthy and great any given bed is, but it can be hard to know how true those claims are. Thankfully, there are certifications you can look for that will let you know what’s really going on with the materials in a mattress. Most of these are general well-being and allergy related, but we aren’t aware of any asthma focused certifications.
This is a foam certification, that basically means the foam is healthy for you and for the environment. You can get all the specifics on the CertiPUR-US website.
This certification means that the product is suitable for places like healthcare facilities and in schools. They certify a lot of things, not just mattresses, but in all cases, it means that the product has low VOC exposure and is made with low-emitting materials. That makes the bed safe for children, the elderly, and other sensitive individuals.
GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard)
This one is (obviously) about latex materials. A GOLS certification guarantees that the product (latex) contains at least 95% certified organic raw materials. There are requirements for the filler materials, too, to ensure that those are safe and have low emissions as well.
All of these certifications have their own websites, so you can check those out for more information on the requirements, testing methods, and the like.
Materials That Could Help With Asthma And Allergies
If your goal here is to stamp down those awful allergy symptoms, paying attention to the materials in your mattress can help you achieve that goal.
Natural Latex Foam
The first material that comes to mind is natural latex. Latex is a natural antimicrobial foam, as well as a natural insect repellent. Having natural latex in your bed’s construction can help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew and can also stop dust mites from moving into your mattress, all of which can cause allergy attacks and even respiratory related issues such as asthma.
It’s also worth noting that even if you have a latex allergy, you should still look into mattresses made with latex materials. I say this because a lot of certified 100% natural latex has gone through a rinse process that removes the natural latex proteins (they’re water soluble), making it hypoallergenic.
Certified Mattress Foams
We also suggest looking for materials that will have less off-gassing. Off-gassing is the release of chemicals that happens when a mattress that’s been sealed in plastic is opened. With some beds, it can be pretty pungent, causing headaches and sometimes nausea—we aren’t aware of any asthma concerns as a result of off-gassing. There are a lot of reviews that can help you find a mattress that doesn’t have overwhelming off-gassing, but you can also check for those CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD Gold certifications, which are generally an indication that the materials used aren’t going to make you sick during that first day or so after unpacking.
Pain Relief And Circulation
Making sure you’re comfortable enough to sleep through the night and to wake up without any aches or pains really comes down to choosing the right firmness and feel for your body and sleeper type. We’ll get into the specifics of sleeper types a little later in this post.
Basically, if you don’t have enough support from your mattress, you’ll likely end up with back pain and your overall wellbeing will decline. Similarly, if you don’t have enough pressure relief from your mattress, you’ll likely end up with back pain. Regardless of what position you sleep in, it’s ideal to keep your spine in alignment and the softness/firmness of your bed is a key player in doing so.
Insufficient pressure relief can also cause poor circulation, which is why you wake up with pins and needles all throughout your arm, for example. So if that’s a problem you tend to have, your bed is probably too firm for your body type and the way you sleep.
How Body And Sleeper Type Affect Quality of Sleep
We talk all the time about the way your body type affects the way a mattress feels. It’s important to remember (though easy to forget) that feel and firmness are subjective, so the reviews and descriptions you read ought to be considered in the context of your body.
If you’re a heavier person, say 225lb+, you may find a mattress to be pretty soft, while a petite person will find that same mattress to be firmer. Choosing a mattress that’s suitable to your body will go a long way toward sleeping well.
Back And Stomach Sleepers
The position you sleep in is also a factor to consider when choosing a bed. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers should look for something with ample support in order to keep their spine in line and prevent waking up with aches. Without proper support around the hips and trunk area, back pain is an unfortunate probability.
Side sleepers should look for a bed that has good pressure relief for the same reason—spine alignment is important no matter how you sleep. When you sleep on your side, you need the mattress to have a little bit of give around your hips and shoulders so that you don’t have a gap under your stomach. And like we mentioned earlier, that pressure relief is what prevents your limbs from succumbing to pins and needles.
If you’re a combination sleeper (you switch positions throughout the night), you’ll want something somewhere in the middle. Of course, just where on the spectrum is totally dependent on you—your body and your preferences.
Trial Periods, Free Returns, and Warranties
Some of the great things about purchasing a mattress online are the generous trial periods, the ability to return the mattress for free if you don’t like it, and the excellent warranties that cover the mattresses.
For asthma and allergy sufferers, the generous trial period might be the best feature of online mattress purchases. If you sleep on the mattress for several weeks to months and find it isn’t helping, just contact the company and return the mattress for a full refund.
How to Get Rid Of Dust Mites
Keeping your linens frequently washed and your carpets obsessively vacuumed is just a way of life for allergy sufferers. Your mattress should be no exception.
You have two ways of going about this: Either choose a mattress that has a removable, machine washable cover, or purchase a mattress protector that can serve the same purpose.
Just like your sheets and pillows, your mattress cover is made up of fibers that can trap dust mites, pollen, and other allergens. It doesn’t need to be dealt with as often as your bed sheets, but you shouldn’t forget about it either. There aren’t that many mattresses in the industry that have a cover you can take off and toss in the wash, but mattress protectors are really easy to find.
One smart additional purchase for allergy and asthma sufferers is a quality mattress protector. A mattress protector is a removable item that sits on top of your mattress, or possibly encases it, and helps offer protection from dirt and stains.
There are also mattress protectors that offer additional protection from dust mites, bed bugs, molds and other allergens. Because they are removable, they are also often washable. In addition to the extra allergy protection offered they also help keep your mattress looking new for longer.
Best Mattress For Allergies And Asthma Price Comparison
|Mattress||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King/Cal King|
Best Mattress For Allergies And Asthma Overview
|Mattress||Best Of Title||Firmness Level|
|Puffy||Best for Dust Mites||Medium|
|Avocado||Best Natural and Organic||Medium-firm w/ Pillow Top|
|Amerisleep||Best Memory Foam Bed||All firmness levels; soft, medium, and firm|
|Zenhaven||Best for Allergies||Luxury Plush – Medium-firm|
Gentle Firm – Firm
You have two ways of going about this: Either choose a mattress that has a removable, machine washable cover, or purchase a mattress protector that can serve the same purpose.
Latex is a natural antimicrobial foam that can help to prevent the growth of mold/mildew and can help to ward off dust mites.
The two main certifications that you want to look for are either (1) CertiPUR-US Certified or (2) GREENGUARD Gold. Beyond those, you might also see GOLS and GOTS, which are organic certifications.
Most of the online brands will offer completely free returns for those living in the Contiguous US. That means you can try in-home for several months and if you don’t like the bed you can still return it for a full refund.