HOW WE DECIDED
Finding The Best Bed For Your Kids
In this review, we break down all the details that go into choosing the best mattress for small person. You want to make sure your little guy or gal is comfortable, but you also don’t want to break the bank on a bed they’ll outgrow. With that in mind, here’s our top-rated list of mattresses for your child.
There’s a lot to consider before making a mattress-sized purchase and we’re here to help you go through the list and check each box. We’ll discuss materials, feel, certifications, and anything else you can think of (plus a few things you probably haven’t thought of).
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam Value Pick!||20% Off Code: SLUMBERYARD20||Bowery is one of the top budget mattresses online today. It’s soft and comfortable, and sells for a really approachable price point.|
|Mixed Foam||$300 Off + Gift Discount In Cart||Puffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”|
|Soft Foam Popular Pick!||Check Current Offers Applied in Cart||Tuft & Needle is quite possibly the most popular budget mattress online. The bed is comfortable and accommodates all types of sleepers.|
|Latex Foam||$125 Off Code: SLUMBERYARD||Natural Escape from My Green Mattress is a natural latex mattress with organic cotton, wool, and latex foam.|
Brooklyn Bowery — Best Affordable Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding Bowery is a great option for kids who enjoy a bed that’s not firm or soft, but right in between. It has a neutral, soft-foam feel most adults and children will find supremely comfortable.
Perhaps the best part about Bowery is the price tag. The MSRP for a twin mattress is $499, while the full size mattress is $649, but after discount, the twin mattress it usually falls below the $400 mark.
Why we picked the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress
If we polled our office, over 50% of the staff would identify Bowery as the single best mattress for kids and children. It might not have any unique elements like a washable cover, but it’s so comfortable and affordable, it’s hard to beat.
Puffy Mattress — Best Easy To Clean Mattress
Puffy is a great option for parents who want a bed that can be easily cleaned. Perhaps your child is in the process of going through potty training, or has accidents during the night. While most beds are not designed to sustain washing, Puffy is one of the few mattresses with a removable, machine washable cover.
Puffy is a great choice for a variety of sleep styles. The mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel that is comfortable for kids who sleep on their back, stomach or switch between a combination of positions. It wouldn’t be our favorite bed if your son or daughter sleeps exclusively on their side, but if they rotate to their side here and there, Puffy will be just fine. This is a really nice mattress that gets a lot of things right. We think it will last many, many years for your children. You can learn more about the bed on PuffyMattress.com.
Why we picked the Puffy Mattress
This is a really nice mattress that gets a lot of things right. We think it will last many years for your children.
Tuft And Needle — Editor’s Choice
The original Tuft & Needle Mattress is the quintessential “good value.” It’s only comprised of two layers of foam, but it’s a durable and comfortable mattress for toddlers and children.
Tuft & Needle works well for all types of sleepers, although we think it’s a little better for back and stomach sleepers. And even though the mattress is made of foam, it doesn’t have a stuck-in-the-mud feeling since it uses comfortable neutral-foam instead of memory foam.
Overall, Tuft & Needle feels like a soft slab of foam. It’s one of those beds nearly everyone acknowledges as being comfortable and we think it’s a great choice for kids.
Tuft & Needle is $495 for the full size mattress, while the twin mattress is $350.
Why we picked the Tuft & Needle Mattress
We think, all things considered, (design, simplicity, price, comfort), it’s one of the best mattresses for toddlers and kids because it’s so hard for anyone to say anything negative about — even picky kids.
My Green Mattress — Best Organic Mattress
My Green Mattress is a 100% all natural, organic latex bed that feels like a traditional latex bed. It is hypo-allergenic, and comes with an organic cotton cover, so it’s great for people with allergies and asthma.
For a hybrid bed made with premium sustainable materials, My Green Mattress is incredibly affordable. Hybrid mattresses with organic Dunlop latex can cost over $2,000, but My Green Mattress costs $899 for a twin.
My Green Mattress is available in one firmness level, which we rated about medium-firm. We think it’s best for children who predominately sleep on their back or stomach.
Why we picked My Green Mattress
If you’re looking for a completely safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly mattress for your child to sleep on, we think this is one of the top choices. Plus, it’s pretty affordable for a natural and organic bed.
A Note About Our Mattress Testing Process
We have reviewed dozens and dozens of mattresses (well over 120) and have a system for conducting mattress reviews to make sure we cover all the categories for each bed we try. We consider everything from firmness and feel to motion transfer and support.
Our methods may not be technically scientific, but they are practical and intended to reflect how the average, non-sleep-scientist consumer will experience the mattress. We always consider how each variously-sized member of our Slumber Yard team feels about the bed and make sure to include disclaimers about how your experience may differ based on your body type, sleeper type and personal preferences.
For this list, specifically, we thought critically about what’s important for a child’s bed and how the requirements differ from what you’d look for in a mattress for adults.
Best Mattress Size For Kids
Not all mattress companies produce a full range of sizes, so before you get your heart set on a certain brand, make sure they actually sell twin, twin XL
, or full size mattresses. Bed frames made for kids’ bedrooms are going to be one of those three sizes. That includes bunk beds and trundles.
We recommend a twin mattress for kids under 12 years old. Most children will be just fine with the twin until they are in middle school or high school. From there, the twin XL mattress starts to make more sense. But, once your kids are in high school, the full size mattress is the best option.
Important Considerations When Looking For Children’s Mattresses
We’ve given you our list of top contenders and why each one made the list. But we thought we’d also provide you with some tools to narrow down the options or help you determine if something else you’re considering will work for your kids. Below, we’ve broken down the categories we consider when making decisions about mattresses. For the record, we considered both online and mail order mattresses for this list to determine the best beds for kids.
Like most of things you buy for your children, their mattress shouldn’t be as expensive as yours. They’re kids and are still growing and, just like their shoes, their mattress may not be the right fit for their body once they’ve hit a growth spurt or puberty. With that in mind, we wouldn’t recommend spending more than $500-$700 after discount. Be sure to check out our Mattress Deals page for coupons and discounts.
You can find a lot of great options that come in below that $500-$700 budget. And if your kiddo is still learning their multiplication tables, “below” is probably where you should be looking. The higher end of the price range is more reasonable if you’re thinking they’ll be able to use this bed right up until it’s time for them to sleep on a plastic-covered college dorm mattress for the next four or five years.
Support & Thickness
On average, an 8″ mattress will probably be fine, but if your kid is heavier, you’ll want something with a little more support. In that case, look for a bed that’s at least 10″ thick. The extra few inches of mattress will not only provide some additional support, but also help it last a bit longer.
Of course, you want the mattress to be comfortable. For a child, that means you’ll need something a little softer. A firm bed is intended for people who need back support, for example. But for a toddler or a kid, even a bigger kid, anything that’s “firm” is going to feel like the sidewalk.
However, not all mattress companies use the same language or clearly label a bed as “soft” or “firm.” In that case, look for the ILD (indentation load deflection). Here’s a breakdown of what those numbers mean:
Soft — less than 25 pounds ILD
Medium — 25 to 30 pounds ILD
Firm — over 30 pounds ILD
Aim for something around 27-pound ILD or less. Higher than that is merging into medium-firm territory.
The Best Type Of Mattress For Kids
Here’s the list of the types of the best mattresses for children (in no order):
- Memory Foam
- Poly Foam (i.e. Soft Foam)
- Latex Mattress
- Coil/Spring Mattress
With mattresses you purchase online, there are basically two construction options — an all-foam bed or a hybrid/spring bed that uses both foam and coils. For a child, you probably don’t need coils. They aren’t heavy enough to need that much support or resistance, so you’ll want to look more at mattresses with all-foam construction, especially for toddlers.
Memory foam typically has a denser feel that softens over time and cradles your body. Memory foam mattresses tend to sleep a little warmer.
Latex foam has a more sponge-like feel and is bouncier and airier. Latex mattresses generally allow more airflow. If your kid is a sweaty sleeper, you may want to look for a mattress with more latex foam.
There are poly and proprietary foam beds, which vary in feel by company, and are usually more affordable. For the most part, though, they have a neutral-foam feel that’s more responsive than memory foam and softer than latex foam.
While we said a kid probably doesn’t need coils, a spring mattress might be right for your child if the plan is to keep it for many years. Innersprings and pocketed coils are more durable over the long haul. If you have an eighth grader and this is the last time you’re buying them a bed (and what you get now is what they’ll be sleeping on when they’re home for the holidays at age 27), you might want to look into coil hybrid options.
Why Children Need An Accommodating Mattress
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, children between the ages of 1 and 18 need between eight and 14 hours of sleep a night. A full night of quality sleep is necessary for a child’s physical and mental development, especially their capacity to learn and retain information.
|Age||Hours of Sleep Recommended|
|4 months to 1 year||12-16 hours|
|1-2 years||11-14 hours|
|3-5 years||10-13 hours|
|6-12 years||9-12 hours|
|13-18 years||8-10 hours|
This makes the selection of a mattress an important decision for parents. You want to find a mattress your child will find comfortable enough to sleep through the night. If a mattress is uncomfortable, even though your child may be in bed for the recommended number of hours, they may not receive that amount of quality sleep due to an increased amount of tossing and turning.
In the mattress world, there are certifications that proclaim a product to be eco-friendly or all natural, etc.
- For memory foam, look for GreenGaurd GOLD or CertiPUR-US certified beds which ensure that the mattress will have little to no off-gassing.
- For latex foam, you’ll want to look for a GOLS certification to indicate it’s certified organic
- If you want a mattress with organic textiles like cotton, you should look for a GOTS certification
Weight Of The Mattress
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses are a perfectly manageable weight (although there are a few exceptions, like Purple 2/3/4, which comes with people to set it up so you don’t throw out your back). But in the battle of getting your kids to make their bed, it helps if their mattress isn’t overly heavy.
Kids and toddlers spill and have accidents, so a machine washable cover is ideal. Unfortunately, there are only a couple mattresses that have removable, machine washable covers (such as Yogabed and Novosbed). Others require you to spot clean. And while that’s doable, it’s not convenient. Even the best spot clean job doesn’t provide the same level of cleanliness confidence as a cycle through the washing machine.
As a work around, look into a machine washable mattress protector to go with the bed. That way, you can just pull it off and toss it in the wash when needed. You can find them all over the internet or in most stores that sell bedding products.
Most mattresses are super versatile in terms of compatible foundations or bed frames. The majority of mattresses can be put directly on the floor, on a box spring, foundation or slatted bed frame. But rather than assume it’ll be fine, look at the FAQ section of the company’s website for more details.
Returns And Trial Periods
It’s standard for the online mattress shopping industry to include free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns within that trial period and a 10-year warranty should you keep the mattress. Because all of that is standard, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. In fact, some companies will give you even longer trial periods (we’ve seen up to a whole year) and much longer warranties (we’ve seen up to forever).
The trial period is important when buying a mattress online because you don’t get to go take it for a test snooze at your neighborhood mattress store. It allows you to rest easy knowing if it’s not right, you can have it picked up for no charge and receive a full refund.
Generally, kids will have either the twin or twin XL mattress, which are both 38″ wide. The twin is 75″ long and the twin XL is 80″ long. If you have a bigger kid or teenager, you might think about upgrading to the full size, which measures 54″ W x 75″ L.
Most online mattress brands offer 100% free returns during the trial period. They often provide free shipping and a three-month test period.
Considering you’re buying a twin, twin XL or full size mattress, a budget of $700 should be enough unless you want a luxury mattress.
For kids, it really shouldn’t matter whether you get an all-foam or hybrid mattress. You just want a comfortable, affordable mattress they like.
Best mattress for kids price table.
|Brand||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King/Cal King|
|Tuft & Needle Original||$350||$395||$495||$595||$750|
|My Green Mattress Natural Escape||$899||$999||$1,199||$1,399||$1,699|
Best Mattress For Kids & Children
|Mattress||Best of Title||Firmness Level|
|Brooklyn Bowery||Best affordable mattress||Medium|
|Puffy||Best easy to clean mattress||Medium|
|Tuft & Needle Original||Editor’s choice||Medium|
|My Green Mattress Natural Escape||Best organic mattress||Medium-Firm|