Best Cooling Mattress For Hot Sleepers
A Buyer's Guide to finding the best cooling mattress
The Best Mattress For Hot Sleepers
When choosing the perfect mattress it is easy to focus on how soft or firm a bed is, what type of material it’s made from, and how well it helps alleviate or reduce aches and pains. But did you know that temperature plays a huge factor in how well we sleep? No matter how comfortable a bed may be, if you wake up sweating throughout the night you won’t feel rested. In this post we are going to review our top picks for the best cooling mattresses of 2021. We’ve included a wide range of mattress types from adjustable air beds, to memory foam, to hybrids and everything in between. So keep reading to learn which mattress is right for you!
In This Article
Best Cooling Mattresses 2021
- Best Overall Cooling Mattress – Pod Pro by Eight Sleep
- Best Cooling Mattress for Side Sleepers – Puffy Lux
- Best Support – Amerisleep AS3
- Best Value Cooling Mattress – Nolah Original 10″
- Best Cooling Smart Bed – ReST Performance
- Best Cooling Adjustable Air Bed – Air-Pedic
- Best Cooling Hybrid Mattress – WinkBeds
- Best Pressure Relief – Purple
Finding Your Ideal Sleep Temperature
Many things can affect your body’s internal temperature causing sleep disruption, from the temperature of the room, to the sheets and pillows you use, and you guessed it, the mattress you sleep on. Other factors, like hormonal changes, menopause, thyroid problems and more can make thermo-regulation even more difficult. So, if you suffer from sleeping hot, if you wake up sweating in the middle of the night, then it might be time for a new mattress.
Pod Pro by Eight Sleep - Overall Best Cooling Mattress
The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep is in a league of its own when it comes to cooling. This smart bed offers dual-zone climate control capabilities allowing sleepers to independently control their side of the bed. In addition to its excellent cooling capabilities, the Pod Pro also supports warming. In fact, the Pod Pro can be adjusted to temperatures ranging from 55 – 110 degrees Fahrenheit, providing year-round comfort. This makes it great for those who struggle to find their ideal sleep temperature throughout the changing of seasons. It also allows couples who have different temperature preferences to customize their sleep experience.
The Pod Pro is a true medium to medium-firm mattress making it suitable for a wide range of sleep positions. The mattress is packed full of smart technology to help you optimize your sleep such as sleep tracking and smart home automation. It is controlled via an app so a smart device is required. Through the app, you can make adjustments to your temperature settings, get details about your previous night’s sleep, and find useful tools such as meditation and breathing sessions to help you sleep better. The Pod Pro also tracks health metrics such as Heart Rate Variability, Sleeping Heart Rate, and Sleeping Respiratory Rate.
If you are looking for the Best Cooling Mattress, the Pod Pro by Eight Sleep won’t disappoint. Learn more in our full Pod Pro Mattress Review.
Puffy Mattress- Best Side Sleeper
Puffy has gained tremendous recognition for it’s “cloud-like” feel and the ability to melt away pressure points. The balance between support and pressure-relief make Puffy one of our top picks for side sleepers!
In addition to its luxuriously soft feel, the Puffy mattresses all feature excellent cooling benefits. With 3 models available to consumers, almost every layer of foam is intended to mitigate heat and improve the breathability of the mattress. Each model includes an Oeko-Tex cover that is stain-resistant, moisture-wicking, and machine washable. Puffy also uses a revolutionary Cooling Cloud™ foam said to increase airflow up to 8 times.
The Puffy Royal, the most luxurious mattress in the lineup, pulls out all the stops, with cooling beads, open-cell foams, and a unique layer of SMT cloud designed foam that improves airflow and absorbs heat. It also features sectional cloud technology for customized support through the head, shoulders, lumbar, hips, and feet, making it not only a great option for side sleepers but a suitable choice for all sleep positions.
Learn more about the Puffy Lux and the Puffy Royal in our full review.
Amerisleep Mattress - Best Support
The Amerisleep brand is sure to please a large audience, with 5 different memory foam models (3 of which include a hybrid option), Amerisleep offers something for just about everyone. Ranging from soft to firm, Amerisleep provides suitable mattress options for all sleep positions. Each of the memory foam models includes a 7″ to 8″ Bio-Core base layer that provides support and increased durability without sacrificing comfort.
As if that weren’t enough, Amerisleep performs extremely well for optimal cooling and performance recovery. Amerisleep uses open-cell, plant-based foams that increase the overall breathability of the mattress. However, what really sets Amerisleep apart from the competition is the celliant mattress cover. Celliant pulls the natural heat from our body and converts it to infrared energy. This not only helps with temperature-regulation but increases circulation and cell oxygenation to enhance performance and recovery, making it a solid choice for athletes and active individuals as well.
Nolah Original 10" Mattress - Best Value
The least expensive mattress to make our best cooling list, the Original 10” by Nolah delivers exceptional value. This popular memory foam alternative uses AirFoam™, a proprietary blend of foams that offers sleepers a cooler sleeping experience. Priced at just over $1100 (for a Queen size), Nolah frequently runs promotions allowing you to snag this mattress for less than $1,000.
Unlike some of the mattresses on our list, Nolah isn’t designed to actively cool you down. Instead, Nolah is designed to mitigate heat retention. It certainly outperforms many of its all-foam competitors, providing you with a breathable, temperature-neutral sleep surface all night long. This is surprising given the exceptional pressure-relief we experienced with Nolah. Generally, beds that allow for deep-contouring have a tendency to trap heat, causing sleep disturbances.
Along with sleeping cool, the Nolah Original 10” is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers. A particularly good choice for anyone who suffers from shoulder and/or hip pain, Nolah melts away pressure points, making it one of our top picks for chronic pain sufferers as well.
Discover the benefits of Nolah in our Original 10” mattress review.
Looking for a smart bed with excellent cooling capabilities? The ReST Performance mattress uses a Responsive Surface Technology that reads your pressure map and makes adjustments in realtime, providing the pressure relief you need, exactly when you need it. You can set the bed manually or you can choose from automatic or auto position. The automatic mode is the real gem of the ReST bed. As you move throughout the night, ReST is designed to move with you, constantly working to balance pressure relief and support.
This adjustable air bed is topped with 4″ of gel-infused memory foam to help combat heat retention and has a soft, stretchy cover that is cool to the touch. ReST has recently partnered with BedJet to provide an optional climate-controlled system that allows for both heating and cooling, as well as providing a drying option. If customization is at the top of your list then the ReST bed is a must.
For more information read our full ReST Performance review!
The Air-Pedic mattress is an adjustable air bed that delivers dual adjustability, making it a great choice for couples and those who wish for more customization and control over their sleeping experience. Air-Pedic uses gel-infused memory foam overtop of the adjustable air chambers to provide maximum comfort. Additionally, you can opt for their AirFlow Transfer System for added breathability and comfort. Like Snuggle-Pedic, this features a top layer of aerated foam that works with channels found in the foam layer underneath. The holes and channels work together to increase airflow, providing a cooler sleeping experience.
The outer cover is a Kool-Flow® micro-vented bamboo viscous covering that is luxuriously soft and cool to the touch. Bamboo, in addition to its ability to regulate temperature, can help to naturally repel odors caused by moisture buildup. To learn more, read our full Air-Pedic mattress review.
WinkBeds provides the best of both worlds – the comfort of memory foam with the support and cooling benefits of a traditional innerspring mattress. Available in multiple firmness options, including an option for plus-sized individuals, WinkBeds targets a large audience.
One of the best hybrid mattresses we have tested so far, WinkBeds is also one of the most cooling. The mattress cover is made from tencel, a textile known for breathability and moisture-absorbency. Next up, the pillow-top is made from gel-infused memory foam, designed to pull heat and moisture away from the body while providing plenty of contouring comfort. WinkBeds also uses a layer of micro-air springs on top of individually wrapped coils to create the support structure for the mattress. These micro-air springs promote additional breathability and air flow. All-in-all, WinkBeds does a lot of things really well.
Learn more in our full WinkBeds mattress review.
Purple is easily the most innovative mattress on the market today. Where most mattresses utilize air, foam, or coils to provide support, Purple’s mattresses feature a patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer™, known as the Purple Grid. Through a process called “column-buckling”, the Purple Grid was designed to provide the contouring of memory foam without the common problems of heat retention. The grid also does an excellent job of isolating motion without making you feel stuck in the mud, so it could be a good fit for couples, as well as combination sleepers who tend to move more frequently throughout the night.
The Purple Grid (as seen above) features a honeycomb structure that provides over 2500+ open-air channels where air can flow freely. Add to that a breathable, stretchy cover made from viscose, polyester, and lycra and you’ve got a truly temperature-neutral sleeping experience.
Read our full Purple mattress review for more details.
Best Mattress Materials for Hot Sleepers
In this guide we have included the best cooling options from a variety of mattress types, but it is important to note that, in general, some materials perform better than others when it comes to temperature-regulation. In this next section we will break down the mattress types and what characteristics you can expect from each to help you determine which material is most suitable for you.
Traditionally, memory foam has been known for its excellent ability to eliminate pressure and provide comfort, but it is also notorious for retaining heat. It makes sense, memory foam uses the heat from your body to soften and contour, but that heat becomes trapped inside the foams. But don’t give up on memory foam yet, to stay competitive, many popular memory foam brands use a variety of cooling features such as gel, copper, charcoal or graphite, which help to pull heat away from the body and provide a cool to the touch feel.
Some brands, like Amerisleep, use an open-cell structure that increases the breathability of the foam. While other brands opt to aerate the top layer of foam with hundreds of small holes across the surface layer, at the same time creating grooves or channels in the layers underneath to increase airflow. Without which, memory foam mattresses would not be as breathable. The best cooling memory foam mattresses will often use more than one of these techniques to help accommodate hot sleepers.
When shopping for a memory foam mattress you’ll want to pay special attention to the methods used to combat heat or you may find yourself in a bit of a sticky situation, literally. That being said, there are a plethora of benefits associated with memory foam, and we’ve included 3 of our top picks for actively keeping you cooler throughout the night.
Springs & Hybrids
Innerspring mattresses are made up of one or more layers of coils and covered with a layer of wool or padding. Hybrids, a type of innerspring mattress, share the same structural support but are topped with a layer(s) of memory foam or polyfoam to provide added comfort and relief.
Motion transfer is one of the more common concerns with innerspring mattresses, especially for couples. This is where memory foam has the advantage over, as motion transfer is almost non-existent in many models. As a result, some of the best innerspring/hybrid mattresses are often made with individually wrapped coils which help to dampen motion and provide increased airflow for a cooler sleeping experience. Hybrids combine the best of innerspring and memory foam and are a great option for those looking for a cooler, more breathable mattress that minimizes motion transfer and alleviates pressure points.
Adjustable Air Beds
We are not talking about camping beds here, adjustable air beds are a luxury option for those who wish to fully customize their sleeping experience, or for couples who prefer different settings. Some adjustable air beds, like the ReST bed, also incorporate smart technology, but all of them have one thing in common— they utilize air chambers in place of foam or coils for support. These chambers are connected to a pump and can be controlled through an app or remote.
Like hybrid mattresses, adjustable mattresses are generally covered by a layer or layers of foam/memory foam that acts as the comfort layer of the mattress and are a great option for those seeking cooler sleep. Again, look for foams that are gel-infused, have some sort of airflow system, and come with a cooling mattress cover.
How soft or firm a mattress is can also be a contributing factor in how hot or cool you sleep. In general, the more you sink into a mattress, the more likely you are to heat up as the surface layer wraps around you. The firmer the mattress, the less likely you are to sink in, therefore retaining less heat. That being said, not everyone wants a firm bed and sleeping hot isn’t a reason to give up on the soft, fluffy bed of your dreams. Regardless of which mattress material you prefer, you will want to look for a mattress with active cooling components. If you still find that is not enough it might be time to update your sleep accessories.
Best Accessories to Help You Sleep Cooler
The first thing we generally think to change when struggling with sleep is our mattress, but if great sleep is eluding you, it might be time to reassess your pillow situation. From aches and pains to overheating, your pillow can deeply affect your sleep experience, and finding the right pillow should be just as important as the right mattress.
Cooling Bed Sheets
You can have the best cooling mattress and pillow in the world, but if you don’t put the same consideration into your bedding, you won’t reap the benefits of cooler sleep. There are a plethora of bed sheets on the market, made from a wide variety of textiles all set out to solve different problems. Bamboo bedding, for example, is known for cooling and wicking away moisture, as well as helping to naturally repel odors. Other materials, such as Egyptian cotton are known for being luxuriously soft and extra-durable, but the higher the threadcount, the less breathable the sheets.
For some of us, night sweats and overheating presents a real problem when it comes to sleeping through the night. When I was single and living on my own, I’d just crank the A/C up at night to find the relief I needed. Since being married, I find I am constantly battling for control of the thermostat as my poor husband has the opposite problem, he’s always too cold. If this is you and your significant other, a climate-control system may just be the answer to your prayers! Systems like BedJet and ChiliPad provide dual sleep zones so you can independently adjust the temperature on your side of the bed.
This article is geared towards hot sleepers but it’s worth noting that both BedJet and ChiliPad offer heat settings in addition to cooling, making them a great wintertime companion as well.
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