Twin XL is a popular size for taller kids, teenagers, and college students. While mattress topper pads are probably the way to go if you just need to extend the life of your current bed, in this list we’ll discuss the best mattresses if you need a brand new bed.
Twin XL mattresses are perfect for the child in your life who just won’t stop growing, or maybe they’re going off to college (congrats!). Either way, you need an extra long mattress that won’t leave their feet hanging off the edge of the bed. Twin XLs are usually affordable and lightweight, making them an easy choice. Here’s our list of the best Twin XL beds you can buy.
We’ve included a lot more information below that you’ll want to read through before making a final decision. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you’ll be able to select a bed that fits your child or teenager perfectly.
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|Nectar is a budget-tier memory foam mattress that's perfect for kids, teens, and college students.|
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|Nest Love & Sleep is an affordable mattress that's available in two firmness levels and has a neutral-foam feel. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and affordable price tag.|
|See on Amazon||Lucid Hybrid is a supportive, yet comfortable bed that won't break the bank. It has pocketed coils and gel memory foam so that it will be a nice option for bigger kids on a twin xl mattress.|
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You would want to buy a twin XL mainly for the length. A twin size mattress is only 75” long. Taller children and teens might need those extra inches with the Twin XL. Plus, your child or teen may not have the space in their bedrooms to fit a queen size or king size bed. Also, most college dorm rooms have twin XL mattresses. So if you’re a college student who isn’t too keen on sleeping on that awful, springy, plastic-covered dorm bed, you might want to find a whole new mattress. And since those bed frames already accommodate a twin XL size, that’s pretty much what you’ve got to go with. Keep in mind that this will also apply to mattress toppers and sheets.
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Nectar is a bed-in-a-box mattress brand that’s up there with Casper and Purple in terms of popularity. This is a multi-layer memory foam mattress that’s about a medium to medium-firm in terms of its day-1 firmness rating. As you can see in the chart below, however, we see firmness on a continuum, so if you’re buying for a kid the mattress will probably feel more like a medium-firm, at least for the first few months while they break it in.
If you like memory foam (or are open to it) you will likely find this to be a comfortable mattress. You sink in—particularly around your shoulders and hips—creating a little cocoon that makes you feel secure and content in the mattress. In other words, this is not your throwback memory foam mattress.
For individuals that weigh under 230 lb (maybe 250 lb), the Nectar Sleep mattress should do the trick. And, given its firmness level, this will be a nice mattress for all sleeping positions (back, stomach, and side). The bottom line with this bed is that it’s for individuals that like memory foam, are on a budget, and need an accomodating mattress.
The Love & Sleep mattress for Nest Bedding is designed to attract budget shoppers and yet, it’s still backed by a lifetime warranty. Even more, it’s available in two firmness levels (Medium and Firm) so that you can select whichever you think is best for you.
As for how the mattress feels, it’s fairly neutral (i.e. it does not have a memory foam feel). In fact, it feels like a generic slab of foam that’s either firmer or softer depending on which firmness level you select.
One interesting feature about the Love & Sleep mattress is that it has a special cover which incorporates a phase-change material to help regulate temperature. We wouldn’t consider this a proper cooling bed, but it’s not something that will cause you to drown in sweat in the middle of the night. Love & Sleep is one of very few lower priced beds that has this sort of cover.
Our experience with the mattress has been that it’s best for back and stomach sleepers, though, individuals that weigh closer to 200 lb can get by on their side. And, keep in mind that all beds soften the more that you sleep on them. The Love & Sleep mattress reminds us a lot of the Tuft & Needle mattress, although, it’s slightly thicker and more expensive. I mention this because Tuft & Needle is an alternative to Love & Sleep if you prefer to shop for an Amazon mattress.
For anyone that weighs around 200-250 lb and is on a tight budget, the Lucid Memory Foam Hybrid is hard to beat, especially if you like shopping on Amazon and want a bed that’s in the middle in terms of firmness. This will be a great option for college students and heavier kids that need a bed with a little more support.
The mattress has more of a neutral feel, though, you can tell it does use memory foam. That said, it’s still responsive and rotating sleeping positions takes hardly any effort.
In terms of firmness, we’d set this at about a medium, give or take. For petite individuals it will feel firmer, and for heavier individuals it will feel softer—that’s the case with all beds. Still, we don’t see hardly anyone saying that this is a “soft mattress” or a “firm mattress.” It really is in between, and we think that’s a good thing.
What sets this apart from a lot of cheaper mattresses is that it has a base layer of coils, not foam. This provides bounce and support, and means that the bed should be far more durable over the long run than a comparable foam bed. This is the reason that we think it will be a wonderful option for bigger kids, teens, and college students.
Here at the Slumber Yard, we’ve reviewed dozens of mattresses. We’ve got the cheapest beds on the market, to some of the most luxury mattresses, and everything in between. If you’re looking to invest at or under $1,000 on your sleep experience, you’ve come to the right place. Heck, even if you’re only looking to spend under $500 on your new bed, you’ve come to the right place. We tend to take into account the small details that the average consumer may not even think about when shopping for a new bed, such as edge support for couples that like to spread out, mattress weight for people who move frequently, or if you can still get that latex mattress if you have a latex allergy (spoiler: you probably can). We also have a very diverse set of team members here at the Slumber Yard, that vary in shape, size, and sleeping position, so that we can appeal to almost anyone.
A twin XL mattress is just like a twin mattress, but longer. A twin size is the smallest bed available on the market, and is typically used for children and teenagers. A Twin XL has about 5 more inches tacked onto the end of the bed, because sometimes our teens grow taller than us. A Twin XL is 39” wide by 80” long, which is exactly tall enough for someone who is 6’8”. Here’s a chart with the dimensions of all the most common sizes, incase you want to compare mattresses.
A twin XL mattress is typically always going to cost a tad bit more than the twin mattress. On the budget end of the spectrum, we found twin XL’s for about $120 from Linenspa, and then at a more premium level like Avocado, they’ll cost you up to $1,000. A middle ground price would be around $645, which is what Casper offers.
Now, while we do understand wanting the finer things in life, do keep in mind that twin XL mattresses are usually used for teens, college students, or guest bedrooms. Teens and college students will eventually grow out of this mattress, so just think realistically about how many years you’ll get out of this bed before needing to upgrade to a larger size. Then, after you think about that, decide how much you want to spend on your new twin XL mattress.
Body type and weight plays a big part in how you will perceive your new mattress, because unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to beds.
A basic rule of thumb is that the larger the body type and/or the heavier you are, the softer the bed will feel for you, because you’re exerting more weight onto it, and sinking in more. On the opposite side of that, the less you weigh and/or the smaller body type you have, the firmer the bed will feel to you, because you’ll be laying more on top of the bed, rather than sinking in.
For this post, we assume that most people sleeping on a twin XL are doing so because they have a tall frame, which means they might be on the heavier side. Keep this in mind when you buy a new mattress that’s on the firmer and/or thicker side.
How you sleep also has a big impact on which mattress is right for you. Most people fall within the category of side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, or combination sleepers (which means you switch positions through the night).
Side sleepers generally need a softer mattress that will provide pressure relief for their hips, neck, and shoulders. If a bed is too firm, it can leave you with a pins and needles feeling because of a lack of circulation.
Back and stomach sleepers are the exact opposite. They need a firm surface that will support the heaviest points of their body, which is the head, shoulders, and hips. If a bed is too soft, it’ll let the hips and shoulders sink too deep into the surface, which will make the spine curve or arch, which can lead to aches or soreness.
Combo sleepers are a little more difficult. We recommend either going for something with a medium firmness, or catering to the position you predominantly sleep in.