Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers of 2021

By Alesandra Woolley

Nov 18th, 2021

If you’re dealing with night sweats or if you’re just a hot sleeper in general, you need a mattress with great airflow and breathability. So which is the best cooling mattress for hot sleepers? We’ve tested and reviewed more than 150 mattresses to find the coolest mattresses you can buy.

Get the details on each one of our picks for best cooling mattress and learn how mattress companies use science to help you chill out and get your best night’s sleep.

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The 10 Coolest Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

Brooklyn Bedding Sedona

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Brooklyn Sedona

Best Cooling Hybrid Mattress

Best for:

  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples
  • Luxury shoppers
CUSTOMER RATING

4.9

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5

MA SCORE

9

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10

FIRMNESS

Medium

TRIAL PERIOD

120 days

Restless sleepers will appreciate the layer of comfort foam, designed to respond to the body’s movements and adjust to each sleeper. The coils prevent combination sleepers from feeling like the mattress is a sinkhole.

Like many of the hybrid mattresses on this list, the Brooklyn Bedding Sedona incorporates a combination of gel memory foam and breathable coils for a cooler sleep. The cooling begins with the cover and includes two layers of gel memory foam and the eight inches of individually encased coils for optimal airflow.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Sedona review.


Serta Arctic

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Serta Arctic

Best Luxury Cooling Mattress

Best for:

  • Side sleepers
  • Back sleepers
  • Couples
CUSTOMER RATING

4.9

/

5

MA SCORE

8.8

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-Firm

TRIAL PERIOD

120 nights

Sleepers who like their mattresses on the cool side and the luxurious side have a brand-new option to consider. The Serta Arctic aims to live up to its name with cooling technology designed to outperform other models.

Its central feature is a heat-absorbing top layer called the Reactex System. Serta claims that while the phase-change material is active, the Arctic has 15 times the cooling power of the Serta Perfect Sleeper Luminous Sleep mattress. In Mattress Advisor testing, the Serta Arctic scores 9/10 for cooling—pretty impressive for an all-foam mattress.

Superior motion transfer makes this mattress a good choice for couples and restless sleepers. It should match up well with side sleepers and back sleepers but not as well for stomach sleepers. Although it’s pricey, the Serta Arctic has a lot to offer luxury-minded shoppers who want to sleep cooler.

Read our full Serta Arctic mattress review.

Helix Midnight Luxe

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Helix Midnight LUXE

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers with Back Pain

Best for:

  • People who suffer from aches and pains
  • Hot sleepers
  • People of any body type
CUSTOMER RATING

4.5

/

5

MA SCORE

8.9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium firm: 6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

A mattress that supports proper spinal alignment, like the Helix Midnight Luxe, can help mitigate or even prevent substantial lower back pain. The Midnight Luxe scored a 9/10 on the spine alignment test, meaning it does a great job of keeping your spine positioned in such a way that supports its natural curve.

As one of the most popular Helix models, the Midnight Luxe combines the right amount of pressure-relieving foam with supportive coils to cradle the body without getting stuck in the foam.

In addition to being great for back pain, the Helix Midnight Luxe also keeps sleepers cool throughout the night. The ultra-cool pillow top absorbs and releases excess body heat, making for a more comfortable, restful night’s sleep.

Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe mattress review.

GhostBed Luxe

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GhostBed Luxe

Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattress

Best for:

  • Side sleepers
  • Those who frequently change positions
  • People who sleep with a partner
CUSTOMER RATING

4.7

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5.5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

101 days

Hot sleepers and memory foam lovers find the perfect combination in the GhostBed Luxe. It is a gel memory foam mattress made with four core layers of cooling foam and wrapped in a cooling topper.

Although traditional memory foam has been known to trap body heat, the foams used in the GhostBed Luxe are designed to promote breathability and transfer heat away from the body. The surface of the GhostBed Luxe is designed with phase-change technology that helps regulate body temperature and keeps you from overheating.

The GhostBed Luxe is also known for its extremely responsive surface that adapts to the curvatures of your body while also keeping your spine in alignment.

Read our full GhostBed Luxe mattress review.


Saatva Latex Hybrid

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Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Cooling Mattress for Pressure Relief

Best for:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Couples
  • Back sleepers
CUSTOMER RATING

4.9

/

5

MA SCORE

8.9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium firm: 6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

180 days

The combination of a hybrid construction and naturally cooling latex creates a cooling mattress that relieves pressure in the hips and shoulders. As a medium-firm mattress, the Saatva Latex Hybrid provides soft comfort in the breathable cotton and wool layers.

Not only are the Saatva Latex Hybrid’s materials great for cooling, latex is bouncy and responsive so combination sleepers can easily change positions. Talalay latex is also more breathable than natural latex.

For hot sleepers with allergies, the Saatva Latex Hybrid repels dust, mold and other indoor allergens. With free white glove delivery, the Saatva Latex Hybrid can seamlessly be added to your bedroom.

Read our full review of the Saatva Latex Hybrid.

Puffy

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Puffy Mattress

Best Cooling Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Memory foam shoppers
  • Side sleepers
  • Couples
CUSTOMER RATING

4.6

/

5

MA SCORE

9

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 7/10

TRIAL PERIOD

101 nights

The Puffy classic performed remarkably well in our mattress lab for pressure relief, which needs to be a priority for anyone who opts to sleep on their side.

This is also a great product for the couple or family with kids or pets, because we found Puffy did well when tested for motion transfer. That’s something you’ll want to care about if you don’t love the idea of being disturbed every time someone else jumps into bed.

While it’s a memory foam product, the Puffy is designed with cooling comfort in mind, so if you tend to sleep hot but you like memory foam, this might be a good choice for you.

Read our full Puffy mattress review.

Layla Hybrid

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Layla Hybrid

Best Cooling Mattress for Restless Sleepers

Best for:

  • Indecisive people
  • All sleeping positions
  • Combination sleepers
CUSTOMER RATING

5

/

5

MA SCORE

8.7

/

10

FIRMNESS

Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7/10

TRIAL PERIOD

120 days

The Layla Hybrid is a two-sided mattress featuring copper-infused foam and two firmness options in one, great for indecisive sleepers looking to feel two hybrids in one. In addition to the cooling copper-infused memory foam layer, the Layla Hybrid boasts three more layers of foam and six inches of pocketed coils.

For side sleepers and lightweight sleepers, the soft side of the Layla Hybrid delivers pressure relief while the firm side provides support for back and stomach sleepers. The firm side also works for combination sleepers and couples who are looking to move around on the mattress surface.

Read our full Layla Hybrid mattress review.

Casper Wave Hybrid

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Casper Wave Hybrid

Best Mattress for Hot Back Sleepers

Best for:

  • Couples
  • People with back pain
  • All shapes and sizes
CUSTOMER RATING

4.5

/

5

MA SCORE

9.3

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium: 5/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

Coming in at an impressive score of 9.3/10, the Casper Wave Hybrid doesn’t just stay cool all night long, it also brings fantastic spine alignment, responsiveness, and motion isolation to the party. That means less back pain, easier movement, and a peaceful night’s sleep free of disturbance.

As for why it received the award for best mattress hot back sleepers, the Casper Wave Hybrid’s medium firmness allows the hips to sink into the surface ever so slightly. If a back sleeper’s hips were to sink in too far, the spine would become unaligned. This mattress exists right in that sweet spot between too firm and not firm enough.

As for the coolness factor, the breathable latex foam and pocket-coil spring system can be thanked for that. These layers allow body heat to flow out of the mattress, rather than becoming trapped inside.

Read our full Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review.


Cocoon Chill by Sealy

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Cocoon

Best Cooling Mattress for Couples

Best for:

  • Those who sleep with pets or a partner
  • Combination sleepers
  • People with hip and back pain
CUSTOMER RATING

4.7

/

5

MA SCORE

8.7

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium-firm: 6/10

TRIAL PERIOD

100 days

The Cocoon Chill mattress takes Sealy’s popular Cocoon memory foam mattress and added cooling technology to target hot sleepers, starting with the mattress cover. Made with phase change material, the surface of the Chill mattress is cool-to-the touch while it absorbs body heat.

Sealy also lets you choose between their medium-soft model and their extra-firm bed. If you prefer a softer mattress that you can sink into, the medium-soft model is perfect; if you want something more sturdy and want to sleep on top of your bed, the extra-firm may be the way to go.

The Chill mattress is also great at relieving pressure points while isolating motion—great for couples who suffer from aches and pains.

Read our full Cocoon mattress review.


Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams

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Arctic Dreams

Best Affordable Cooling Mattress

Best for:

  • Combination sleepers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Average weight sleepers
CUSTOMER RATING

5

/

5

MA SCORE

8.5

/

10

FIRMNESS

Medium

TRIAL PERIOD

120 days

Dreamfoam is Brooklyn Bedding’s line of budget-friendly mattresses, but the Arctic Dreams has the cooling capabilities of a luxury mattress.

It earned its high cooling score by incorporating a temperature regulating panel in its top layer and a gel infusion that dissipates heat in its second layer. If you’re after a solid cooling mattress that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams.

Besides cooling, the Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams is responsive enough for combination sleepers to change positions and won’t cause a sleeper to get stuck in the foam layers.

Read our full Arctic Dreams mattress review.


The Best Types of Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

One way to quickly narrow your search as a hot sleeper is to eliminate any mattress types that are known to be heat trapping and bad for hot sleepers.

Let’s examine the materials found in most online mattresses, and find out what makes them ideal (or less than ideal) for hot sleepers.

Mattress Type Great for Hot Sleepers
Innerspring             ✅
Hybrid             ✅
Latex             ✅
Gel-infused foam             ✅
Memory foam             ❌
Polyfoam             ❌

Innerspring and Hybrid Mattresses

Since “traditional” innerspring coils are thin, there’s a lot of air that can circulate between each coil, even if those coils are wrapped with fabric. And since coils are made of steel, they’re not great at absorbing or retaining body heat—a good thing—and are great at transferring it away from you.

The best innerspring mattresses for hot sleepers are those with individually-wrapped coils.

Note: many modern mattresses, even those with inner springs, also contain a memory foam top layer. If two or more inches of memory foam are in an innerspring mattress, it’s considered a “memory foam hybrid.”

Latex Mattresses

A latex mattress will generally keep you cool thanks to aeration—the tiny air holes punched into the material. Natural latex (made from rubber-tree sap) has greater cooling properties than most synthetic products, which might not have the same breathability and aeration properties.

But even synthetic latex isn’t known to absorb heat, unless (like above) it’s combined with memory or poly foam.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Many people believe memory foam mattresses are heat trapping and bad for hot sleepers. In reality, it depends on what type of foam mattress you’re sleeping on as to how well it will circulate air and keep you cool

Gel-Infused Foam Mattresses

Infused with tiny gel beads that take a long time to rise to a body’s heat, this foam generally allows you to sleep cooler than memory foam. But if they do heat, these gel beads won’t provide enough heat transfer to make a difference.

When inserted in greater-than-usual quantities, or paired with conductive materials like copper or graphite, we find they do better.

Memory Foam and Poly Foam Mattresses

These foams are great at relieving pressure — which is why they’re so prevalent — but unfortunately, they’re famous for insulating your body, soaking up your natural heat, and trapping it close to you.

On its own, memory and poly foams ranks the lowest on our “best materials” list for hot sleepers. However, when combined with breathable top layers (like those made of latex) or coils or gel beads, these foams begin to let go some of their heat-retention properties.

Additionally, a heat-transferring fabric cover can do wonders.

Cooling Mattress Materials

You can also look out for specific cooling materials in any mattress you’re looking at to determine if it has any additional cooling materials.

There are certain mattress materials that are known to be more breathable than others. The best cooling materials for hot sleepers include:

  • Pocketed coils: Used in traditional innerspring mattresses and some of the top hybrid mattresses, pocketed coils leave a lot of room for airflow in a mattress.
  • Latex: A naturally poor conductor of heat, latex will is temperature neutral, meaning its temperature won’t change. Also, latex foam is typically aerated.
  • Gel-infused memory foam: Gel works by absorbing your body heat to help you stay cool while you sleep.
  • Copper-infused memory foam: Extremely conductive, copper helps dissipate your body heat.
  • Advanced foams: Traditionally, foam is thought to make you sleep hot. But with advanced designs, foams can actually be designed to keep you cool.
  • Cooling cover: Your mattress cover plays a big role in your bed’s cooling abilities. Mattress covers made with Celliant, Lycra, or other special fibers that are designed for aeration and moisture wicking are ideal for hot sleepers.

How Well Do Cooling Mattresses Really Work?

A cooling mattress is designed to actively cool you down. How well can such a mattress do the job? Some mattress companies use actual numbers in their marketing. Tempur-Pedic, for example, claims that its Tempur-breeze model can make you feel 3 to 8 degrees cooler.

The main factor that determines how well a mattress cools is its construction. There are two big factors to consider in material construction: breathability, and heat conductivity and retention.

The more breathable your mattress materials, the better your mattress will be at allowing air in, out, and away from your body. As for conductivity and retention, these are measurements of whether your materials absorb and keep heat, or whether they dissipate heat and help it to move on (and away from your body).

An important thing to remember is that how hot or cool you feel on your mattress can also be affected by:

  • Your mattress cover or pillow topper
  • Your sheets and pillowcases
  • Whether you use a comforter
  • Whether you have a sleep partner or a pet (more bodies = more body heat)
  • The temperature of the bedroom
  • Whatever clothing you sleep in

For example, if you buy a mattress that claims to sleep cool and then add a down pillow topper, you’ll likely negate the benefits of that mattress’s cooling technology.

Best Cooling Mattress Accessories

One of the best ways to make sure you are sleeping cool is by using cooling accessories along with your mattress.

Mattress Topper

If you’re looking for that extra boost of comfort, but don’t want to negate the cooling layers of your mattress, using a mattress topper for hot sleepers is the way to go. A cooling mattress topper is made of copper, graphite of gel-infused foam or latex foam.

Mattress Pad

Mattress pads are great for adding extra cushion and protecting your mattress. But, cooling mattress pads do this while promoting the cooling properties of your mattress. Mattress pads for hot sleepers are usually made from copper or gel-infused materials and bamboo fiber.

Sheets

Cooling sheets use a loose weave to allow for greater airflow and moisture wicking fabric to keep you from waking up drenched in sweat. Fabrics like cotton and bamboo are not only soft and cozy, but are great at keeping you cool.

Pillows

Your body isn’t the only thing that can overheat. Keeping your head cool goes a long way in keeping the rest of your body cool too. Cooling pillows are usually made from bamboo fiber, gel, latex foam, or charcoal-infused foam. They also tend to feature a breathable, cool-to-the-touch cover.


Summary

Compare our top picks for the best cooling mattresses below.

Mattress Cooling Score
Brooklyn Bedding Sedona 9
Serta Arctic 9
Helix Midnight Luxe 9.5
GhostBed Luxe 9
Saatva Latex Hybrid 8.75
Puffy 8
Layla Hybrid 8.5
Casper Wave Hybrid 9
Cocoon Chill 7.5
Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams 8.5

If you’ve spent a lifetime identifying as a “hot sleeper” and are ready to kick your night sweats, a mattress that helps you consistently sleep cooler isn’t just a game-changer, it’s a life-changer.

Imagine waking up every morning feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged—without sweaty feet, a clammy back, or a damp pillow. Bonus: longer sleep, unbroken by periods of sheet-thrashing and pillow-flipping.

Let us know which of our picks rings true as being one of the best mattresses for hot sleepers if you end up choosing it for yourself and experience cool nights of sleep. You might be helping others seeking the same relief.


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