HOW WE DECIDED
Finding The Best Bed For Your Teenager
In this post, we’ll break down a list of mattresses that we think are good options for the 13-19 year olds in your life. We want them to be comfy and we want you to be informed. We’ll go over the kinds of things you’ll want to consider when looking for a mattress, specifically one for a teen. And now for the main even, here’s a look at our list of the best beds for teenagers:
- Best Mattress For Teenager – Brooklyn Signature
- Easy To Clean – Puffy Mattress
- Best For Side Sleepers – Nolah Mattress
- Back & Stomach Sleepers – GhostBed
As far as shopping online goes, the industry has some fairly standard policies regarding shipping costs, returns, and the like. You can generally expect to get free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-15 year warranty. It’s always a good idea, though, to check out the company’s website because they each have their own fine-print details regarding warranties, trial periods, and return processes.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam Popular Pick!||25% Off Code: ANNIVERSARY25||Brooklyn Bedding Signature is one of the best mattresses for the money online. It has pocketed coils, it’s made in the USA, comes in three firmness options, and sells for far less than you’d expect.|
|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.”|
|Mixed Foam Value Pick!||25% Off + Gift Discount In Cart||The Nolah mattress has three layers and a soft, unique profile that is somewhere between poly foam and memory foam. It’s built specifically for side sleepers.|
|Mixed Foam||25% Off + Gift Discount In Cart||The GhostBed is one of the original bed-in-a-box mattresses. It has three layers of coils and a mixed foam feel.|
How We Selected This List
To put this list together, we consulted our seemingly endless archive of mattresses and reviews and picked out the ones that we consider to be appropriately priced and suitable for a teenager. We also tried to include a variety of beds in terms of feel and firmness.
Our goal here was to narrow down the options for you mattress shoppers, because frankly, it can be overwhelming. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a mattress and there are additional or different things to consider depending on who the bed is for. Not only that, but you need to think about what is the best size mattress for a teenager. In most cases, families end up getting the twin mattress.
Twin Mattress Is The Most Popular Size
Most parents end up getting their teenager a twin mattress—and if they don’t go with a twin, or twin XL, the full size is the next most popular. The twin is the just the most affordable size of mattress and it allows you more flexibility in the sense that you can easily transition to a bunk bed setup if need be.
Additionally, since the twin mattress requires less of an investment you’re actually being smart financially since eventually your teenager is going to outgrow that mattress. Most of the twin mattresses we have on this list are under about $550 post-discount. To put that in perspective, if you were to get a full mattress instead, you’re looking at an additional $100, or more, for the bed.
But, what is the size of a twin mattress? The average twin mattress for a teenager is 75″ long by 38″ wide. That’s plenty of room to fit a normal-size teenager. The only reason you’d get the twin XL mattress is if your teen is about 6-feet tall or taller.
Brooklyn Signature mattress comes in three different firmness levels (Soft, Medium, and Firm), allowing you to choose the firmness option that best suits your teen. If you’re looking for a bed for strict side sleepers, that’s the Soft model. If your teenager rotates between multiple positions at night, that’s the Medium option. And if your teenager favors their back or stomach, the Firm version is the way to go.
As for the feel of the mattress, it’s responsive and more neutral. In other words, there’s no stuck-in-the-mud feeling and it really doesn’t feel like a memory foam bed. We think teenagers will absolutely love this mattress.
Ultimately, the reason we selected this bed is that (a) it’s able to handle heavier teenagers since it has coils and (b) it’s still very affordable. We were actually surprised ourselves to see that the Signature mattress is under $1,000 for a queen size—and that’s before you layer on a discount.
And, for the twin mattress the price is about $600 before discounts. After you use a coupon code, you can usually get BB Signature for about $490. You can check their website for promotions today.
Puffy makes a comfortable bed that feels like a blend between memory and more of a softer, neutral foam. This is a 10″ mattress and overall is a bit softer, but still contours to your body nicely. We rate it at about a medium (maybe a hair firmer) on the firmness scale, and it’s going to be good for all sleeping positions. That said, if you’re looking for an extra firm or extra soft bed, Puffy is not it.
The short story with Puffy is that it’s just a safe pick. There’s nothing overly unique about this mattress (aside from its washable cover), but it is comfortable and it will be a nice mattress for a lot of teenagers.
For the twin size mattress, the MSRP is about $800, but they always run sales. We expect that you’ll get a twin mattress for about $500 when it’s all said and done.
Nolah is one of those mattresses that’s immediately comfortable. While it uses a blend of various foams, overall, Nolah feels like an airy memory foam. There’s no stuck-in-the-mud feeling, but the bed does sink in and contours to your body nicely.
This bed is around a medium-soft on our firmness scale and is preferable for side and combo sleepers. That said, if your teenager is on the lighter side (120 lb or under) and sleeps on their back or stomach, they’ll be just fine with Nolah.
As for pricing, Nolah is about $600 for the twin mattress before sales or coupons, but with a special, you’re looking at about $525, give or take. That means the twin mattress from Nolah is in line with the other beds on this list.
At a medium on our firmness scale, GhostBed is suitable for all sleeper types, including back, stomach, side, and even combination sleepers. Like Puffy, we see GhostBed as being a safe pick, especially if your teenager is under 250 lb. Essentially, if your teenager does not play O-Line or D-Line in football, you should be safe with GhostBed.
We have plenty of good things to say about GhostBed, including the fact that it uses a strip of latex foam which is something that you won’t see on a lot of sub-$1,000 mattresses. The bed offers pressure relief in the middle layers, but that top layer of latex is quicker to respond and a bit firmer. This is the reason that we say the bed has a mixed foam feel.
Why Trust The Slumber Yard Team
For one, this is what we do here. We test and review mattresses. We’ve been doing it for a while and have therefore become familiar with a lot of beds.
Also, our team is a diverse group of sleeper and body types, so we’re able to get a pretty well-rounded picture of how a mattress feels for a variety of people. And we make a point of including disclaimers and caveats when necessary. Our aim is to give you useful information so that you can make a choice that will work for you. We’re not here to sell you a mattress, we’re just here to help you choose one.
Anything we say about how a mattress performs or how it feels is going to be subjective, and we’ll remind you of that along the way. We’re not trying to trick you. And all of our opinions are entirely our own. Even if a company sends us a mattress to review, they have no say in what we say. We have complete control over our content, so you can count on it to be unbiased (and at least moderately entertaining, to boot!).
Things To Consider When Choosing A Teen’s Bed
No matter who you’re shopping for, there’s a whole long list of things to think about when picking out a new mattress. There’s edge support, sleeper type, materials, and more, but here are a few teen-specifics to keep in mind.
First of all, I think it’s a reasonably safe assumption to say that teenagers can be messy. They eat in bed, they spill their coffee, they dye their hair purple and then stain everything they touch for the next week. Spot cleaning can be annoying and isn’t really that effective, so a mattress with a removable, machine washable cover is a plus. There really aren’t that many in the industry, though. If you happen to decide on a bed that doesn’t have a washable cover, a mattress protector should be added to your Amazon cart.
Another thing to remember when you’re looking to purchase a new mattress for your teenaged kid is that they’re still growing and their body is still changing. You probably don’t want to go for the super high-end beds with all the luxury features. Those kinds of features are generally targeted at sleeper specifics, like sleeper type and support/pressure relief needs, but as a teenager grows up and their body changes, what they’ll need from a mattress is likely going to change, too. Basically, high school isn’t the right time to be investing in a luxury mattress because it’ll probably need to be replaced before too long. We’ll talk about what kind of price tag is reasonable a little later in this post.
They position you sleep in is called your “sleeper type.” There are back and stomach sleepers, side sleepers, and combo sleepers, who switch positions throughout the night.
Your sleeper type plays a part in determining what kind of mattress you should look for. If you sleep on your back or stomach, for example, you’ll want something that provides enough support in order to keep your spine in proper alignment. Without that support, you’ll wake up with a sore back in the morning.
If you sleep on your side, though, you need a certain amount of pressure relief (how much varies person by person) so that your arms and shoulders don’t get all smashed into your torso and so that your hips can sink to the right place for keeping your spine in line. If your bed doesn’t have enough pressure relief, you end up with an uncomfortable gap under your stomach, which can leave you sore and achy when it’s time to get up.
Combo sleepers should look for something relatively in the middle of the soft-firm scale. You’ll need both support and pressure relief. Ultimately, how far you lean one direction depends entirely on you personally. We can’t decide for you or give a definitive answer on that, but we can suggest looking for a mattress with a supportive construction and then a softer-feeling top layer.
So before you try to pick out a new mattress for your teen, ask them what their sleeper type is and that’ll help narrow down your options to a more manageable place.
How Much to Spend On A Teen’s Bed
Like we mentioned before, this is not the time to be breaking the bank on a mattress. A teenager’s body will change and then their adult body may need a totally different kind of bed. Or, at the very least, they’ll want to upgrade to a bigger bed. Click here for today’s best mattress deals and coupons.
What Size Mattress Should You Get For Your Teenager?
A teenager doesn’t need a giant bed. They just don’t.
A twin, twin XL, or a full will suffice just fine. Which of those is the right size depends on your kid’s room and furniture, of course. But you might also want to consider what you’ll do with the bed once your teenager leaves the nest. Chances are, their room will serve as a guest room, in which case, a full is a good option if you have the space.
It’s also worth noting that some bed-in-a-box mattress companies don’t make the full range of sizes and that if they do skip any, it’s usually twin, twin XL, and/or full. So we suggest you check on that before getting your heart set on a certain model, just in case.
Certifications And Materials
As a parent or guardian, you probably put a bit of thought into what kinds of materials and chemicals your kid is exposed to. In the case of these online mattresses, I wouldn’t say you need to be concerned about anything, but I will say that you can look for specific certifications and materials as bonuses.
For example, if a mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, that means its foam has low exposure to harsh chemicals and low emissions, as well. That’s a good thing. It means the off-gassing that happens with most beds that come in a box won’t be so bothersome.
If your teenager has bad allergies, there are materials you can look for to help combat that buildup of dust and other allergens. Natural latex, for example, is an antimicrobial and insect repellent. It can prevent the growth of mold and mildew, as well as discourage any uninvited dust mites from taking up in the mattress.
How Weight And Body Type Affects Mattress Feel
We mention this all the time. So much, that if you spend, like, an hour with our content, you’re probably sick of hearing about how your weight and body type change how a mattress feels. But it’s so important to remember and it’s really easy to forget. You start watching review videos and perusing write-ups and the fact that everything in regard to feel and firmness is subjective isn’t always at the forefront of your mind.
It’s a simple concept, though. When you weigh more, the bed will likely feel softer. When you’re very light, that same bed will feel much firmer.
Your weight also makes a big difference when it comes to support. If you’re heavier, you’ll want to look for a bed that has more support, whereas someone who is very petite will find just about any bed to have plenty of support.
Size can also affect how warm you find the bed to be. For example, if you’re a heavier person, you may find that you sink farther into a bed and that sleeping more in the mattress, rather than on the mattress, causes you to feel surrounded by heat, which isn’t a great situation for anyone who tends to sleep hot.
Ultimately, just make sure you always consider the size of the person who will be using the bed.
|What size mattress is best for a teenager?||Usually, a teenager will require a full size mattress, which measures 75″ long by 54″ wide. It is larger than the twin and smaller than the queen size mattress.|
|How does shipping work with an online mattress?||Almost every online mattress brand will offer completely free shipping. The bed shows up in a surprisingly small box. All you do is remove the packaging and let the bed inflate, which usually only takes a few minutes.|
|Can I test the mattress before I buy?||The great thing about buying an online mattress is that they typically come with a 100-night risk-free trial period, so there’s no need to have your teen test it before you buy. That means your teenager can test the bed in your own home for at least a few months to make his/her mind up. If they don’t want it during the trial period, typically returns are totally free.|
|What if we want to return the bed?||In many cases, returns will be completely free during your trial period. In fact, the brands will usually send someone to your home to pick up your bed, at no extra cost to you. So, if your teen does not like his/her new bed within the first few months, returns will likely be free.|