Back Science Mattress Review

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Pressure Relief
Motion Isolation
Edge Support
Ease of Movement

Our Verdict

The Back Science Series 2 mattress excels in providing firm support and pressure relief, making it ideal for back pain sufferers. Its balanced firmness accommodates all sleep positions, while excellent motion isolation and edge support make it perfect for couples. Additionally, excellent edge support and ease of movement cater to the needs of seniors.


  • Excellent support for back pain relief
  • Suitable for all sleep positions
  • Strong edge support
  • High-quality, Greenguard Gold certified materials


  • Not the most budget-friendly option
  • May be too firm for side sleepers preferring a softer feel
  • Sleeps a bit warm despite cooling technology
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Product Details

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Medium-Firm to Firm

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30-Year Limited

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Free Standard

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Did you know that over 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), this common issue affects the majority of adults at some stage. The right mattress can make all the difference in preventing and alleviating back pain. That’s where the Back Science Series 2 mattress comes in. Designed with firm support and plush comfort, it aims to relieve pressure points and promote proper spinal alignment.

In this review, we’ll share our firsthand experience with the Back Science Series 2. We’ll explore its construction, feel, and overall suitability for various sleepers, and show you how the right mattress can significantly impact your health and well-being.

Firmness & Feel of the Back Science Mattress

We noticed its firm feel from the moment we laid down on the Back Science Series 2. We rated it a 7.5 out of 10, with 10 being the firmest. While the base provides solid support, the top comfort layers add a touch of plushness that offers just the right amount of pressure relief. This balance creates a sensation that makes the mattress feel softer than its firm support base suggests.

The combination of the Flex-Comfort, PostureFlex, and HD-Flex foams offers a perfect balance of pressure relief and support. The top layers provide a plush, contouring feel that alleviates pressure points, especially around the hips and shoulders. Meanwhile, the zoned support system, including Lumbar-Flex™ zoning, ensures proper spinal alignment, which is crucial for back pain sufferers. We found that the mattress’s firm support, complemented by the adaptive comfort layers, provided an even distribution of body weight, reducing the risk of pressure buildup and enhancing overall comfort.

Firmness Scale 1-10 highlights a 7.5 or medium firm to firm firmness.
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Medium-Firm to Firm


Best Sleep Positions

The mattress is marketed as suitable for all sleep positions, which we found accurate. We experienced the most comfort while sleeping on our backs and stomachs, with ample cushioning around the hips and lower back to prevent pressure buildup. While side sleeping was also comfortable, the mattress might be a bit too firm for those who prefer a softer feel. The Series 3 could be a better option for side sleepers seeking more plushness, as it is specifically designed with side sleepers in mind.

Mike lying on his back demonstrating the suitability of the Back Science Series 2 mattress for back sleepers.
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Our Back Science Sleeping Experience


The Back Science Series 2 mattress has advanced cooling technology, including gel-infused foams, Phase Change Material, and an Airflow Transfer System. This system incorporates pinholes and channels between foam layers to promote airflow and breathability, allowing for effective heat dissipation.

However, as hot sleepers, Mike and I found that the mattress still sleeps a bit warm. Despite the impressive cooling features, those who tend to overheat at night might need additional strategies to stay cool. For practical tips and solutions, check out our guide on how to stay cool at night, which offers several cooling strategies to enhance your sleep environment.


Check out the details of our cooling test below:


Baseline Temperature: 77.4°F

After 10 minutes lying on the mattress: 85.8F

Heat Dissipation Over Time (after leaving the bed):

  • 1 min:   84.7°F
  • 2 mins: 83.3°F
  • 3 mins: 81.9°F
  • 4 mins: 81.5°F
  • 5 mins: 80.4°F
  • 6 mins: 80.1°F


Baseline Temperature: 75.6°F

After 10 minutes lying on the mattress: 86.7F

Heat Dissipation Over Time (after leaving the bed):

  • 1 min:   82.9°F
  • 2 mins: 81.5°F
  • 3 mins: 80.8°F
  • 4 mins: 80.1°F
  • 5 mins: 79.7°F
  • 6 mins: 79.7°F

Motion Isolation

Despite being a hybrid mattress with 6″ of individually wrapped coils, the Series 2 offers excellent motion isolation. This feature is particularly beneficial for couples, as it minimizes disturbances from each other’s movements. We found that the mattress absorbed motion well even with frequent position changes, ensuring we didn’t wake each other up throughout the night.

Edge Support

The reinforced foam encasement provides outstanding edge support, which is crucial for those who share their bed or prefer sleeping near the edge. The firm foam perimeter helps prevent sagging commonly associated with thick foam comfort layers, maintaining the mattress’s structure and stability. This makes getting in and out of bed easier and provides a sense of security when sitting on the edge.

Mike, from ASL Reviews, lying on his side along the perimeter of the Back Science mattress demonstrating its exceptional edge support.

Ease of Movement

The responsive foams in the Back Science Series 2 contribute to an effortless sleep experience. The mattress quickly returns to shape, allowing for easy movement and position changes without feeling stuck. This responsive nature is particularly beneficial for combination sleepers who frequently switch positions during the night.

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Back Science Series 2 Construction

The Back Science Series 2 mattress is crafted with 9 distinct layers, standing at a height of 12 inches. It is Greenguard Gold certified, ensuring that it meets stringent standards for low emissions and contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Here’s a detailed look at its construction, broken down into comfort, transitional, and support layers for easier reading:

Layer Type



Comfort Layer

  • Kool-Flow Bamboo Cooling Cover
  • Flex-Comfort Adaptive Hypergel
  • PostureFlex Responsive Hypergel

These layers enhance airflow, provide adaptive comfort, and relieve pressure points for a plush, contouring feel.

Transition Layer

  • HD-Flex Transitional Support Foam

Acts as a transitional layer, providing a smooth transition between the softer comfort layers and the firmer support layers below.

Support Layer

  • LumbarFlex Lumbar Support Zone
  • HD-Flex Zoned Transitional Support Foam
  • ResiliFlex Edge Support Encasement
  • DuraFlex Individually Wrapped Pocketed US Steel Coils
  • Quantum Edge Support Reinforced Coils

These layers offer zoned lumbar support, enhance stability, reinforce edge support, and provide personalized support with reduced motion transfer.

Inside the Back Science Series 2 mattress: a close up of the layers.

Purchase Details

Sleep Trial

The Back Science mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial. During this period, you can modify, exchange, or return the mattress if it doesn’t meet your expectations.


A 30-year limited warranty covers the Back Science mattress. This extensive warranty covers sagging or compressions greater than 3/4 of an inch.

Shipping & Delivery

Enjoy free standard delivery. The mattress is delivered curbside, with an optional White Glove delivery service available for $99, which includes an in-home setup. Please note this is not a bed-in-a-box; the mattress comes full-sized, not compressed.

Back Science Series 2: Pricing & Bed Sizes

The Back Science Series 2 mattress is available in all standard sizes, ensuring a fit for any bedroom setup. In addition to common sizes like Twin, Full, Queen, and King, the mattress also comes in some less common options, including Split King and Split Top King. These options are ideal for couples with different firmness preferences or those needing more flexibility. For more details on these configurations, check out our guide on Split King vs. Split Top King mattresses.





38″ x 75″ x 12″


Twin XL

38″ x 80″ x 12″



54″ x 75″ x 12″



60″ x 80″ x 12″



76″ x 80″ x 12″


California King

72″ x 84″ x 12″


Split King

76″ x 80″ x 12″


Split Cal. King

72″ x 84″ x 12″


Split Top King

76″ x 80″ x 12″


Split Top Cal. King

72″ x 84″ x 12″


*Prices may be subject to change.

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Is The Back Science Series 2 Right For You?

The Back Science mattress is a robust option for those seeking firm support with a touch of plush comfort. Its chiropractor-developed design targets back pain relief, making it a top choice for those with back issues. The excellent motion isolation, edge support, and ease of movement further enhance the sleep experience, making it a great option for couples and seniors alike.

However, if you are a side sleeper who prefers a softer feel, you might find the Series 2 a bit too firm and may want to consider the Series 3 instead.

It’s also worth noting that the Back Science Series 2 is not the most budget-friendly option. Its premium features come at a higher cost. If you’re on a tighter budget, consider exploring other options. Check out our Best Cheap Mattresses for alternatives that won’t break the bank.

Searching for the perfect mattress? Let ASL Reviews help, our in-depth mattress reviews can help you decide which mattress is right for you.

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