Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

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I am a SIDE SLEEPER, so I know a thing about how the last 100 or so mattresses sleep for me.  Find out which mattresses I loved to sleep on.

I’m a side sleeper, so this category is my specialty.  I try to avoid mattresses that are too squishy or too firm.  As a petite person I will end up with lower back pain, sometimes hip pain.  My go to type of mattress would be a medium-firm / medium-soft.  When sleeping you can almost always find me on my side.  You will notice that none of the ones below are innerspring mattresses, as I am small I don’t usually need the extra support of the pocketed coils.

Each of these 4 mattresses can be found somewhere in my house.  Let that sink in for a bit.  I couldn’t possibly keep all of the mattresses that I have tested, but I simply couldn’t live without these three.

# 1 Purple Mattress (Original)

I actually PAID for my first Purple mattress (try to find another reviewer who can say that).  Do I go back to it between testing because I want to get my money’s worth out of it?  Or is it just that I happen to love it?  I view the Purple mattress as my reset button.  After a couple of weeks testing a new mattress, there is just something I love about spending a couple of nights on the Purple.  It is difficult to explain the feeling of the Purple mattress as it is a unique blend of foam and their Hyper-elastic polymer™ Smart-Comfort Grid.  When you buy a Purple Mattress it comes with a cute squishie, so that you don’t have to cut it open like I did.

I can give you an idea of what the polymer layer looks like, but to describe the feel is difficult. As much as I’m sure the people at Purple hate the following; to me it feels kind of like sleeping on a waterbed. If you tap your toe and shake the bed a bit you can feel the vibrations being carried through the mattress. Now that sounds like a bad thing for light sleepers, but I assure you it isn’t. What makes the Purple mattress really sing is that this vibration when coupled with an adjustable base’s massage feature (available in the Purple Powerbase) is to die for. You get the entire body massage out of your adjustable bed when you use the Purple.

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Nectar made a grand entrance into the bed in the box game in 2017 with their original mattress, a game changing value oriented mattress.  Now they stepped up their game and entered into the luxury market with the new NECTAR LUSH.

I simply love this mattress, unfortunately it doesn’t come with a budget friendly price point.  Luckily, they do offer a 365 day trial period so why not try it?

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#3 Layla Mattress

For a side sleeper I suggest the soft side of the Layla, what’s that? If there is a soft side, there must be a firm side right? Sorry, let me back up a bit. One of the unique benefits of the Layla is that you can flip the mattress to either the firm side or the soft side. This allows you to experience 2 levels of comfort and increases the longevity of the mattress, as long as you are willing to flip it every few months. This feature makes it so easy to recommend as you get 2 chances to get your preferred level of firmness. This also helps keep Layla’s return rate below that of their competition.

I LOVE the cover of the Layla mattress.  They were smart enough to use the same material when they introduced the Layla Pillow.

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On those days where you really overdid it and your body aches, the Zoma can help you spring out of bed the next morning.  I enjoyed sleeping on the Zoma and found it a perfect fit for my body type.  

They market it as a “Sports Mattress” and I agree with them for people of my size.  However, I think that a LARGE athlete like a football player isn’t going to find enough support in this mattress, and may need to search for a mattress with pocketed springs inside for additional support.

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