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Finding The Best Bed For Your Teenager
And now for the main event! Here’s a look at our list of the best beds for teenagers:
Best Beds For Teenagers Overview
In this post, we’ll break down a list of what we think best mattresses for teenagers are. Though, keep in mind, the best mattress for your teen doesn’t have to be expensive or luxurious, but it should be accommodating enough for them to get a good night’s sleep.
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Top Mattresses For Teens
Below, we’ll go over the kinds of things you’ll want to consider when you’re shopping for the best bed for teens.
What Makes These The Best Beds For Teenagers?
To put this list of the best mattresses for teenagers 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.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature — Best Overall
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.
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.
Why We Chose The Brooklyn Bedding Signature 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.
Puffy Original — Easiest To Clean
Puffy makes a comfortable bed that feels like a blend between memory and more of a softer, neutral foam, making one of the best mattresses for teens who alternate between sleeping positions. 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 — good for all sleeping positions. That said, if you’re looking for an extra firm or extra soft bed, Puffy is not it.
For the twin size mattress, the MSRP is about $800, but they run sales often. We expect that you’ll get a twin mattress for about $500 when it’s all said and done.
Why Puffy Is A Good Bed For Teens
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.
Nolah Original 10 — Best For Side Sleepers
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.
Why We Chose The Nolah Mattress For This List
Nolah Mattress is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly mattress for your teen. If they’re lighter than ~150 lbs, then it may not be a great mattress for your teen if they prefer a firm bed, it’s a good option for side sleepers looking for a softer, memory-foam-style bed.
GhostBed Original — Best For Back and Stomach Sleepers
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.
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 GhostBed Is Suitable For Teenagers
GhostBed is great if you’re looking for a bed that has the pressure relieving qualities of a memory foam bed, and the durability factor of a latex foam mattress. The GhostBed is also ideal for teenagers who do a lot of tossing and turning at night, because it’s more responsive than a memory foam mattress. We also don’t hate the price!
Why Trust The Slumber Yard Team?
For one, this is what we do here: 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 the best bed for you or your teen.
Twin vs Twin XL Mattresses
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 your teenager is eventually 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 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-foot tall or taller.
Though twin and twin XL mattresses are often the best bed for teenagers due to their price and smaller size, sometimes the room (and the teen) call for something larger. Here are the sizes of each mattress option to help you decide which option is the best mattress for your teen:
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Things To Consider When Buying A Bed For Teen
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 specifics to keep in mind as you shop for the best mattress for your teen.
Machine Washable Cover
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 teenager 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.
The 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 the best 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 Weight And Body Type Affects Mattress Feel
It’s a simple concept. 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.
Ultimately, just make sure you always consider the size of the person who will be using the bed.
The same is true as you shop for the best bed for teens. Some teenagers have more petite body types, while others are more heavy.
Best Bed For Teens Price Comparison
To give you an idea of price points when you’re shopping for your teen’s next bed, here are the prices for each size mattress from the beds we reviewed in this article. Keep in mind that these prices are before any sale prices or discounts are added.
|Mattress||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King/Cal King|
|Brooklyn Bedding Signature||$599||$699||$849||$999||$1,249|
|Nolah Original 10||$619||$759||$879||$1,019||$1,119|
Best Mattress For Teenagers Overview
At Slumberyard, we focus on making the process of choosing mattresses for your family as easy and stress-free as possible. With that, here are our picks for the best mattresses for teens, as well as the main reason why we chose them and their firmness level.
|Mattress||Best Of Title||Firmness Level|
|Brooklyn Bedding Signature||All-Around Best Mattress For Teenagers||Offered in Soft, Medium, and Firm|
|Puffy Original||Easiest to Clean||Medium to Medium-Firm|
|Nolah Original 10||Best Mattress For Side Sleepers||Medium-Soft|
|GhostBed Original||Best Mattress For Back and Stomach Sleepers||Medium-Firm to Firm|
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.
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.
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.
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.