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Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers

We've compiled a list of the top rated mattresses for combination sleepers that rotate between several positions in their sleep

Last Updated: June 4, 2020

Many people shift positions throughout the night. That means they need a bed that will be supportive, yet pressure relieving, and also able to accommodate all sleep styles. Here are the best rated mattresses we’ve reviewed for combo sleepers that lay on their side, back, and/or stomach.

HOW WE DECIDED

  • Mattresses Reviewed

    150+

  • Brands

    60+

  • Made the List

    6

  • Number of Contributors

    8

Our Top Mattress For Combo Sleepers

So, you’re trying to find a new mattress. We know there are many, many options out there and it can be overwhelming trying to pick just one bed, which is why we’ve taken the time to do some leg work for you.

In this post, we’ll cover what our team thinks are the best mattresses for combo sleepers. This means that the beds we selected will be comfortable for you even if you sleep in a variety of positions (side, back, and stomach). No need to stand on ceremony, let’s look at our list of the best mattresses for combination sleepers:

Please keep in mind that we are not physicians or chiropractors and this is not an offering of health advice. That said, we did consult with a chiropractor to help us firm up our opinions and select this list.

At the bare minimum, this should serve as a starting point for you. I won’t be offended in the slightest if you do some extra research, but I do think that you’ll get a lot out of this post. And with that out of the way, let’s talk best beds for combination sleepers.

AT A GLANCEPRICINGHEADLINE
Purple Hybrid Unique $125 Off Discount In CartPurple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.
Puffy Lux Memory Foam $300 Off + Gift Discount In CartPuffy Lux is a soft memory foam mattress that’s made in the USA and has a washable cover.
Bear Hybrid Pillow Top 20% Off + Gift Code: SY20Bear Hybrid is a pillow top mattress with a fluffy feel and pocketed coils for support. It’s backed by a 20-year warranty.
GhostBed Original Mixed Foam 25% Off + Gift Discount In CartThe GhostBed is one of the original bed-in-a-box mattresses. It has three layers of coils and a mixed foam feel.

Creating This List

We didn’t put any price restrictions in place when selecting this list, although we tried to include a variety of affordable beds. We also tried to include beds that accommodate a variety of different sleeping positions because, at the end of the day, that’s what combination sleepers need.

For example, side sleepers will want a bed that is pressure relieving. In other words, the bed should be soft, and give underneath the hips, so the body can lie flat on the bed. However, when someone is sleeping on their back or stomach, they will want a firmer, more supportive bed.

Again, we are not doctors or chiropractors, so please consult your doctor if you have any concerns, but we did consult with a professional chiropractor for some tips, which we use for all our mattress reviews.

Brooklyn Signature is a great option for people that make value-based decisions. The bed sells for under $1,000 (queen) and yet has 6″ coils and is available in multiple firmness options, allowing you to select whichever best suits your dominant sleeping position.

For instance, the Soft model is purely for side sleepers looking for max pressure relief. The Medium option is still somewhat soft, but should be good for all sleeping positions. And the Firm model is about a medium-firm, which means it’s pretty versatile as well.

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For the price, it’s hard to do better than Brooklyn Signature

Beyond the fact that it’s a good value, Brooklyn Signature is just a really comfortable and accomodating bed. It feels like what it is: a coil bed with soft comfort layers on top. What’s nice, though, is that the comfort layers are not memory foam so you get a neutral, general soft-foam feel that we think most people will love.

And since we’ve been raving about the price, here it is: the Signature mattress has an MSRP that ranges from $599 (twin) to $1,249 (king). The queen size comes in at $949 before any discounts, but most of the time you can find it for under $800! No joke. You can visit BB’s website to see their current specials, but you can safely assume that you’ll be spending well under $1,000 for a queen size Signature mattress.

Purple mattresses are great for people who want a very unique feeling bed. Purple is different than pretty much every other mattress out there right now, because their beds use a special material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer topper is constructed in a grid format that allows for an almost unreal amount of airflow, which is the reason that Purple made our list of the Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers and Best Mattresses for Night Sweats/Hot Flashes.

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It’s unlike any comfort layer you’ve seen on a bed before

Combination sleepers who sleep predominantly on their side will likely find this bed to be excellent at pressure relief. However, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 is constructed with a combination of coils, foam, and that Hyper-Elastic Polymer material, which makes it supportive enough for combination sleepers who spend a lot of the night on their back and stomach, as well. Because the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 is so supportive, yet soft, we think it should be comfortable for all sizes of sleepers, even heavier individuals.

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It’s easy to fall asleep in any position on a Purple mattress

Overall, Purple mattresses are great for combination sleepers, but they are a little more pricey and very unique, so it might not be for everyone. You can learn more about Purple and see current deals on Purple’s website.

Leesa, like the Casper mattress, has a soft, neutral-foam feel. However, in our opinion it’s just a hair firmer than Casper, which we see as a positive thing since you’d rather start with a firmer bed and allow it a chance to soften up. We think Leesa is the in the sweet spot in terms of its firmness level.

The mattress is comprised of a 6” layer of dense support foam, memory foam, and a special LSA200 proprietary foam. There’s no true signature feel of Leesa, but that’s what makes it so popular—it works for a variety of people and doesn’t tend to alienate many sleepers with a completely unique feel.

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If you’re short on time, Leesa is absolutely a safe pick for combination sleepers

Leesa is 10” thick, and does not contain any coils for support, so we think this mattress is best for medium and petite sized sleepers. Overall, this is a very accommodating, affordable bed that is great for combination sleepers, full stop.

We also really appreciate the price point of the Leesa mattress. If you look at a queen size bed, the MSRP is just shy of $1,000, however, the company is fond of promoting specials. Typically, Leesa will give discounts in the 10%-15% range.

Simply put, we see Puffy Lux as one of the most comfortable memory foam mattresses on the market today. Rather than having a deep, melting-in feeling like your standard memory foam beds, Puffy Lux has plenty of pressure relief, but makes it relatively easy for you to rotate sleeping positions.

puffy lux mattress review
It’s a comfy bed with a fluffier memory foam sensation

In general, we aren’t the biggest fan of memory foam beds for combination sleepers, but we felt that Puffy Lux was above-average in the responsiveness department. Beyond that, given that Puffy Lux is softer, we think it will serve as a nice solution for side sleepers that like to flirt with other positions, but predominantly favor their side.

People who are searching for a mattress with both coils and soft foam will likely enjoy Bear Hybrid. This bed has a comfortable, soft, neutral-foam feel, but it is very supportive given that it has pocketed coils.

It’s only available in one firmness level, but that happens to be about a medium on the soft/firm scale, which makes it perfect for combination sleepers, regardless of which position you tend to favor.

The bed starts with a base of pocketed coils, which not only provide support and bounce, but also tend to help with the longevity of a mattress—hence the reason why Bear Hybrid has a 20-year warranty.

bear hybrid mattress review construction
Bear Hybrid is a burly, yet comfortable mattress with 8″ coils

The mattress even has a special cover made with Celliant, a material alleged to help with restful sleep, circulation, and more. You can read more about Celliant on Bear’s website, but suffice it to say that we think there’s something to it. We have no data to prove that, but there are certain members of our team that swear by Celliant.

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A closer look at Bear Hybrid’s quilted Celliant cover

All in all, Bear Hybrid is just one of those beds that most people can agree on. I’m not saying it will be exactly what you had in mind, but I sincerely doubt that you will hate it. It’s just neutral, comfortable, supportive, and overall perfect for combo sleepers.

While GhostBed is technically a latex hybrid, we chose it as the best latex mattress for combination sleepers for several reasons. This mattress is very accommodating, with a 1.5” layer of latex foam, 2” of gel memory foam, and 7.5” of a dense base layer. This mix gives it a neutral-foam feel that has characteristics of both memory foam and latex foam.

Combination sleepers who spend a lot of time on their sides will likely find the GhostBed more comfortable than a lot of all-latex bed because of the pressure-relieving capabilities of memory foam. GhostBed is also significantly more affordable than most all-latex beds, including Zenhaven and the IDLE Latex Hybrid.

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The GhostBed provides qualities from both latex and memory foam

Furthermore, this will be a good mattress for couples because (among other things) GhostBed isolates motion well, meaning you won’t be jolted awake when your partner moves at night. GhostBed also has a 20-year warranty, which is about double what most bed-in-a-box companies offer. Overall, combination sleepers should find GhostBed an affordable and pressure-relieving alternative to all-latex beds.

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

How Did The Slumber Yard Come To Acquire All These Beds?

The Slumber Yard has a storage room filled to the brim with mattresses we’ve received in one of two ways: A mattress company sent us their mattress to review, or we bought the mattress ourselves so we could test it out. That means companies can’t pay or bribe us to write positive content about them and our reviews are 100% authentic. A product will get our stamp of approval if our experienced team members enjoy it, and if they can envision the general public liking it, too.

You’ll Likely Find A Combo Of These Materials If You Tore Apart Your Mattress

As you probably already noticed, there are countless mattress companies on the market right now and it seems like a new one is popping up almost every day. Each mattress uses a blend of different materials to achieve their desired result, but you can ultimately break down the different types of mattress materials into five categories. Of course there are other kinds of material, like air in an air bed or water in a water bed, but we’re talking about beds you’ll use for the long term. We aren’t writing this post to talk about mattresses to go camping with, and especially not mattresses that should stay in the ’90s. Here are the most common types of materials you’d find in your mattress if you were to cut open the cover.

Memory Foam — After conducting research from a sample size of over 1,000 people, The Slumber Yard came to find that a majority of folks either liked or didn’t mind the feel of memory foam. It’s soft and contours to the shape of your body, so it feels like your bed is giving you a hug every night before you go to sleep. The downside is that it’s often slow to respond, so we usually wouldn’t recommend memory foam beds to combination sleepers because it might be more difficult to change positions without disturbing your sleep. That’s why we only included one memory foam mattress on this list, and the one we chose incorporates coils so it bounces back much quicker than your traditional memory foam mattress.

Latex Foam — Similar to memory foam, latex foam has a soft feel to it, but it’s much bouncier and more responsive. We’d say it’s a little spongy, but in the best way possible. It doesn’t hug your body like memory foam does, so it sleeps cooler and it’s much easier for combination sleepers to switch positions on. Latex foam beds can be a little pricey because quality latex foam or organic latex is naturally derived, and all organic latex foams are hypoallergenic. There are less expensive synthetic latex foam mattresses out there, but you won’t get all the benefits you get with organic latex foam.

Polyurethane Foam — The folks in the mattress industry use fancy jargon to describe foam materials, so “polyurethane foam” is basically just a fancy term for neutral foam. It’s light, gentle, and much more responsive than traditional memory foam is. That’s why you can find several neutral foam mattresses on this list, and only one memory foam one.

Proprietary Foam — Here’s another slightly over-complicated mattress term. It really just means a type of foam made specifically by a company for their own use. It’s common for a mattress company to make their own memory foam, or neutral foam, and sometimes we see a company start from scratch and completely make their own kind of never-before-seen material like the Purple mattress you saw in this post. They came out with a mattress that uses a Hyper-Elastic Polymer along with foam or coils, and it’s one of the most unique mattresses we’ve ever tested out.

Innerspring/Coils — If you ask your grandparents or even parents what kind of bed they slept on growing up, there’s a strong chance they had a coil mattress. There’s even a good chance that the mattress up in grandma’s guest bedroom is an innerspring mattress. They’re bouncy and incredibly responsive to pressure, so they’re the best kind of mattresses for kids (or energetic adults) to jump up and down on. They’re also a good choice for combo sleepers because you’ll be able to roll around at your own leisure without struggling to switch positions.

And when you see the term “hybrid mattress” we aren’t talking about a mattress that’s half gas and half electric. When we say a bed is a hybrid, it means the mattress contains a combination of coils and foam. We really like hybrid mattresses because you get the best of both worlds; the support and responsiveness of coil mattresses, with the softness and pressure relief of a foam one. For this reason they tend to be a little more expensive, but it’ll be super accommodating for you combo sleepers. We mentioned earlier that the one memory foam mattress on our list is a hybrid—including coils into a mattress allows combination sleepers to get a memory foam feel without waking up every time they try to switch from their back to their side.

How Weight Affects The Feel Of Your Mattress

We included the mattresses’ different firmness levels throughout this post, but we generally give them their rating based on the way they feel to a medium-sized individual. If you’re under 140 lb or over 250 lb, a bed is probably going to feel a little different than how we described it. Let’s say you’re a 250 lb man laying on the 10” thick Leesa mattress we mentioned earlier. Your body is going to sink further into the mattress, making it feel softer than it would to say a 100 lb female. Vice versa, if the 100 lb female laid down on Leesa, she’d probably think it felt firmer than a medium because she isn’t sinking into the mattress enough to feel the softness of its top layers. We suggest always taking your weight into consideration so there aren’t any surprises when you finally get your online mattress delivered.

FAQs

What is a combination sleeper?About 90% of people are a combination sleeper, meaning they rotate sleeping positions at night.
How firm should the mattress be?For most combo sleepers you want a bed that’s not overly soft or firm. The goal is to match the firmness to your dominant sleeping position since people usually have just one. In many cases, this means you will get a bed that’s between a medium and medium-firm.
How do shipping and returns work?Shipping and returns are almost always free inside the Contiguous US.
What type of bed is best for combination sleepers?There is no single best “type” of mattress for combo sleepers. Rather, it will all come down to your personal preferences with regard to materials, softness/firmness, temperature, and more.