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Best Mattress For Your Guest Room
Best Mattress For Guest Rooms Overview
If you’re fortunate enough to have a guest room and likable enough to have guests, you need a guest bed. But it can be difficult to pick a mattress for a guest room because you don’t have a specific sleeper to shop for. You want Grandma to be comfortable when she’s in town for the holidays, but you also want your bodybuilder friend and his tiny wife to get a good night’s sleep when they visit.
So how do you choose a bed to accommodate all of your guests? Great question. You should start by looking for an accommodating, supportive, and durable mattress. Use the links below to easily skip to any section of this best mattress for guest rooms list.
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In this post, we’ll go over reasonable pricing, what to look for in construction and materials, how to choose a comfort level, and more. We’ve done many mattress reviews, so we’re fairly adept at zeroing in on what makes a bed right for a certain person, but to put this list together, we thought critically about what makes a bed right for various people of varying body and sleeper types.
Honest Best Guest Mattress Video Review
The video above is a condensed version of our review, and Owen walks you through the different highlights of these mattresses. Continue on to read all about our top picks, and explanations on why they made it onto our best guest bed list.
Top 5 Mattresses For Guest Room
Nectar – Best Memory Foam Mattress
Nectar makes a great mattress for people who enjoy memory foam. This bed is very comfortable for people who sleep on their back, stomach, side, or even a combination of the three. It’s also one of the few all-foam beds out there that will suffice for heavier people due to the firmness level of the mattress.
One more perk of this mattress — Nectar frequently runs a promotion on their website where they give you two free pillows with the purchase of a mattress. We think that’s a huge plus on top of the bed’s already affordable price tag.
Why we picked this mattress — Nectar is an all-around quality bed that’s suitable for all sleeper styles and body types, which makes it a perfect guest mattress. We think it offers a similar viscous memory feel as TempurPedic, without the expensive luxury price tag.
Tuft & Needle – Most Popular Mattress
Tuft & Needle makes a great budget-friendly mattress and it’s one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses online. It has a 2-layer construction and is ideal for back, stomach, and combination sleepers, but side sleepers should be fine too. It’s just a hair firmer than the Bowery mattress, but in general, lands around a medium on our firmness scale.
Although it’s made out of a soft foam, this bed won’t make your guests feel like they are “stuck in the mud” if they move around while sleeping. It’s also a good option for couples, because it offers good motion isolation and edge support.
Why we picked this mattress — It’s comfortable, accommodating, and affordable. What more could you ask for? We honestly think its simple construction is the best thing going for it, because it offers a very classic, neutral feel we think most people will enjoy.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Hybrid Bed
Brooklyn Signature is a hybrid mattress that your guests can enjoy sleeping on for years and years. But the best part is that it’s not any more expensive than the other mattresses on this list! We were shocked when we saw the retail price of the Signature. Typically, the queen size bed falls under the $850 mark when it’s all said and done after discounts.
It is the only bed on this list with a combination of coils and foam, which means it will be more comfortable for heavier sleepers, long-term.
This is the sort of mattress that you buy once and it will last for a long time, especially since a person will not be sleeping on it every night given that it’s in your guest room. We have been thrilled with the cost-to-value ratio with Brooklyn Signature. The cost is low, but the value is really high.
Why we picked this mattress — Brooklyn Bedding Signature strikes a fantastic balance between comfort and affordability, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a guest mattress. It’s also one of the more supportive beds on this list because of its hybrid construction, for those of you who expect guests that have larger and heavier body types.
Allswell – Best Firmer Mattress
Walmart’s whole brand motto is based around low prices, and that’s exactly what they deliver with the Allswell Mattress. It’s a supportive online mattress made with an innerspring base, and a layer of neutral-foam for comfort. It suits all body types, and provides a slightly firmer profile if you want your guest bed mattress to offer ample support.
On our scale from soft to firm, we rated it in between medium and medium firm. This makes it more suitable for back and stomach sleepers, but we also think side sleepers could get away with it since your guests likely won’t be sleeping on it for the long-term.
Why we picked this mattress — Most hybrid beds are more expensive than your average online mattress, but Allswell is one of the few who offer a supportive and durable innerspring/foam design for a wallet-friendly price. It’s especially good if you expect to have some heavier sleepers over to stay the night, because it’s able to handle additional pressure more-so than all-foam beds.
Casper Element – Best Soft Foam Mattress
Casper Element is the entry-level mattress from the popular Casper brand, and it lets you get a feel for their comfortable bed for a lower price.
On our scale from soft to firm, it lands right in the middle at a medium, and is suitable for all sleeper types including back, side, stomach, and combo. It has a simple 2-layer construction, and we think most people who stay over at your home will really enjoy the classic neutral feel it offers.
While it doesn’t have an innerspring base like Brooklyn Bedding Signature or Allswell Hybrid, you don’t necessarily need that if you just want a simple guest bedroom mattress.
Why We Picked Casper Element Mattress
If you want a safe pick that’ll be easy on your bank account and generally comfortable for anyone who sleepers on it, Casper Element is definitely it. There’s a reason why Casper is such a popular brand, we think it would made a fine addition to your guest bedroom.
Selecting The Best Guest Mattress
Our team (10+ people and growing) is composed of different ages, weights, heights, genders, and sleeper types, which allow us to formulate an idea of how each bed will be experienced by different people, based on their stats. For example, Matt Ross the Boss at 180 lb might think a bed is pretty soft, while our smallest team member who weighs around 100 lb soaking wet might find that same bed akin to a marble slab.
And since we’ve made beds our business, we’ve tested, reviewed, and compared over 100. For this post, we pulled from all of our previous tests to put together a list of what we think are some of the most all-around accommodating online and mail order mattresses.
We also make it a point to keep an eye on prices. When you’re gearing up to buy a mattress, you know it’s going to cost a bit, but we do our best to find deals, bundles, and discounts to help you save money. You can check out our Mattress Deals & Coupons page for daily discounts. Especially in the case of a guest bed—you’ve already furnished a whole house and you don’t want to break the bank on a mattress that only gets used now and then.
Considerations When Purchasing A Guest Bed
We’ve given our list of guest bed picks, but if you’re having trouble choosing one or if none of them seemed just right and you want to look into some other options, we thought we’d break down by category just what it is we look for in a guest room mattress.
As we said before, mattresses can get expensive and that’s really not ideal for a guest bed. We think it’s perfectly reasonable to keep the cost below $1,000 for a queen size mattress. You don’t need to splurge on a fancy, luxury mattress for a room that only gets used sometimes. Especially because mattresses that come with extravagant price tags are usually priced as such because of their specific details that are intended to cater to one specific person or couple. They don’t play well with others, you know?
Ultimately, the size of your new guest mattress depends on the size of your guest room. And in many cases, guest rooms come together based on whatever furniture was left behind when the kids went to college. You might have two twin beds, or a bunk set, or a full. There’s no wrong way—it’s a guest room. Just make sure to check what mattress sizes are available before getting your heart set on a certain mattress model. Some companies don’t make the full range of twin through Cal king. Some common omissions are twin, twin XL, and full, which are also pretty common guest bed sizes.
If you don’t already have a bed frame, you’re starting from scratch, and you’re looking for a suggestion on a good guest bed size, we’d say a full or a queen. That gives your guests enough space to fit two people in the bed, but unlike a set of twins or a bunk set-up, you only need one set of bedding. Hooray for practicality and convenience!
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses that you’ll find online are a manageable weight. You want to consider the weight of the mattress for the basic reason of making the bed. An overly heavy mattress is a pain to make. Plus, if the mattress is super heavy, that’s also an indication that it’s not the right construction for a guest bed (we’ll talk more about that later).
In terms of thickness, mattresses come in a pretty wide range. When you’re shopping for a guest mattress, you want something that offers enough support for whoever may be sleeping on it, but you don’t want something too heavy or something that requires specially-sized sheets. With that in mind, look for a bed that’s somewhere between 10″ and 12″. That will provide support to prevent even your heavier guests from bottoming out, but it’s also a really normal size that is easy to buy sheets for. It will also ensure that the mattress isn’t so heavy that it’s difficult to make. Most online mattresses are in that 10-12” range.
Because you want to keep the cost down, but also want to accommodate the possibility of a heavier guest (like your bodybuilder friend), you’re probably looking for a dense all-foam bed, as opposed to a hybrid bed that uses both foam and coils (those can get pricey). Usually, an all-foam bed raises the concern of longevity and durability, but a guest bed isn’t going to be slept on every night, so that’s not an issue in this situation.
Compared to coil beds, all-foam beds also come with the added benefit of leaving less space for dust mites. Dust mites are like guests—if there’s no space, they won’t come. Like, no one wants to spend a week with you in your basement 90-square-foot studio apartment.
We mentioned that you’ll probably want to look at all-foam constructions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have no material options. With these bed-in-a-box mattresses, you’ll be looking at memory foam, latex foam, and poly foam, and often a bed will have more than one. Here’s how the three materials differ.
- Memory Foam — Memory foam tends to be denser, though it softens over time and when exposed to heat (including body heat). Traditional memory foam actually has a reputation of retaining body heat. Though, gel memory foam and other temperature regulating technologies help new-age memory foams sleep cooler and more comfortably at night.
- Latex Foam — Latex foam has a bouncier, sort of spongy feel, and allows for more airflow. We suggest more latex foam for people who sleep hot because that extra airflow helps to keep you cool. And since some of your guests may be sweaty sleepers, you might want to consider latex foam in your guest mattress. Especially if you live in a warm region.
- Poly Foam — Poly foam is what we like to call neutral-foam and is usually very affordable and comes in various densities, all with a very classic, accommodating feel. It’s not as bouncy as latex foam, but it’s not as viscous as memory foam either. It’s a very general, pressure relieving type of foam used in many online mattresses.
- Coils — These could be in the form of innersprings, pocketed coils, or microcoils. Innerspring mattresses tend to be very bouncy and are more traditional — think the mattress in your grandma’s guest bedroom. Pocketed coils, on the other hand, are individually wrapped and work independently from one another to help with motion isolation and localized support. Coils allow for more airflow, and make a mattress a little more breathable.
In terms of comfort and feel, you want something that’s going to be accommodating for various body types and sleeper types. That means you don’t want to go too soft or too firm—it’s gotta be somewhere in the middle so that heavier individuals, and back and stomach sleepers get the support they need, while your lighter guests, and those who sleep on their side, still have some give and pressure relief.
When you’re shopping for a mattress, look for the ILD (indentation load deflection) rating. You want it to be somewhere between 25 and 30 lb ILD, which translates to somewhere between medium-soft and medium-firm, depending on the weight of the sleeper.
Edge Support For Couples
When buying a mattress for your guest bedroom, you should also evaluate its edge support. This is especially important if more than one person will be sleeping in your guest bed.
Edge support surrounds your mattress, creating a firm boundary that goes all the way around the bed. Without proper edge support, your bed is more likely to sag around the sides. As a result, guests might fall off or be unable to sit on the edge of the bed.
For more information about edge support and how we test it, check out our helpful blog post.
What Is Temperature Regulation?
As a host, you want to make sure that your guests are comfortable while they sleep. That’s why you might consider a mattress with cooling technology (or at least one that tends to sleep temperature neutral, rather than warmer).
Memory foam tends to absorb heat, which can make you heat up during the night, whereas latex foam or coils provide better airflow, as we mentioned earlier. Some mattresses even have layers that are designed to cool down the bed like the laminated cooling gel layer in Loom and Leaf.
Another incentive for buying a mattress with temperature regulation technology? It’s not easy (or fun) to clean sweat stains and smells from a mattress — so keep your guests cool and minimize the mess you have to clean up after they leave.
All five of the mattress companies we’ve highlighted are popular in the bed-in-a-box space, so it’s not surprising that they all offer free shipping and returns (in line with the industry standard).
However, their risk-free trial periods and warranty policies vary from company to company. For example, you’ll get a 30-night trial with Nest Bedding, a 100-night trial with Tuft & Needle, a 120-night trial with Nolah and Brooklyn Bedding, and a whopping 365-night trial with Nectar.
For warranties, Tuft & Needle, Brooklyn Bedding, and Nest Bedding offer the standard 10-year warranty, Nolah has a 15-year warranty, and Nectar steals the show once again with a lifetime warranty.
It’s a good idea to compare the dimensions of your guest room with the size of the mattress you want to buy for it. Here’s a quick look at standard mattress sizes in the US.
- Twin: 39″ x 75″
- Twin XL: 39″ x 80″
- Full: 54″ x 75″
- Queen: 60″ x 80″
- King: 76″ x 80″
- Cal King: 72″ x 84″
Best Guest Mattress Price Table
|Mattress||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King/Cal King|
|Tuft & Needle||$350||$395||$495||$595||$750|
|Brooklyn Bedding Signature||$599||$699||$849||$999||$1,249|
|Nest Bedding Flip||$349||$399||$489||$549||$699|
Best Mattress For Guest Room: Recap
|Mattress||Best List Title||Firmness Level|
|Nectar||Best Memory Foam Guest Mattress||Medium to Medium-Firm|
|Tuft & Needle||Best Firmer Foam Mattress For Guest Rooms||Medium|
|Nolah||Best Softer Foam Mattress For Your Guest Room||Medium-Soft to Medium|
|Brooklyn Bedding Signature (Medium)||Best Guest Hybrid Bed||Medium-Soft to Medium|
|Nest Bedding Flip||Best Flippable Mattress For Guest Room||Medium and Medium-Firm to Firm|
No need to worry. Almost all of the bed-in-a-box brands offer completely free shipping and a 100-night risk free trial period. If you don’t like the bed inside those first 100 nights, you can return the bed for a full refund!
Because your guest room mattress is used infrequently, typically you will want an affordable mattress, first and foremost. Beyond that, you just want something accommodating, but it’s best to start a little firmer because all beds soften. Our best guest bed picks are reflective of these criteria.
For a queen size mattress, we typically advise that you spend under $1,000 since it’s just going in your guest room. You will have no shortage of beds in this price range.
No! If you have the space, you should spend a little more on a real mattress that your guests will find comfortable. If you’re working with a limited budget, we have seen numerous mattresses that are quite nice and yet cost under $500.
It’s great to make your guests feel at home. But in most cases, your guest bed won’t be occupied most of the time. That’s why the best mattress for guest room Is one that is comfortable and well-suited to all kinds of sleepers — but doesn’t break the bank.
Again, your guest bed probably won’t get used regularly. The five mattresses we’ve included on this list cost between $550 – $1,200 for a queen, and they’re all excellent options. We recommend sticking somewhere in that budget range.
All of the mattress companies we’ve discussed in this article offer free returns if you decide you don’t like your mattress during your trial period. The company will generally send someone to come pick up your mattress and refund your money within a few weeks.