Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers of 2022

By Alesandra Woolley

May 18th, 2022

Whether you’re dealing with night sweats or you’re just a hot sleeper in general, you need a mattress with great airflow and breathability. We’ve tested more than 150 mattresses and selected 10 contenders for best cooling mattress.

Compare our selections for mattresses suited to hot sleepers, then check out our buyer’s guide to learn how mattress companies use science to help you chill out and get your best night’s sleep.

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Top Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

Brooklyn Bedding Sedona

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Brooklyn Sedona

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best for:

  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples
  • Luxury shoppers
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium

trial period

120 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 9/10

Like many hybrid mattresses, the Brooklyn Bedding Sedona incorporates a combination of gel memory foam and breathable coils for a cooler sleep. In fact, four of the Sedona’s seven layers are designed with cooling in mind. The cooling features begin with the cover and includes two layers of gel memory foam and the eight inches of individually encased coils for optimal airflow.

Restless sleepers will appreciate the Sedona’s responsiveness and its cooling capabilities, as it earns 9/10 Mattress Advisor scores in both testing categories. The layer of comfort foam is designed to respond to the body’s movements and adjust to each sleeper, while the coils help prevent the sensation of sinking too deep into the mattress.

With its medium firmness and pressure relief performance, the Brooklyn Bedding Sedona should accommodate any sleeping position comfortably.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Sedona review.

Nectar

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Nectar

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Side sleepers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Lifetime warranty
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 7.75/10

Side sleepers who want to sleep cooler—and without overheating their wallets—should consider the Nectar memory foam mattress. Although cooling and breathability are common issues with foam mattresses, the Nectar uses memory foam infused with gel. Adding semi-liquid gel to foam is a design strategy used by a number of mattress brands to prevent body heat from building up and getting trapped.

Related: Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

The Nectar scores a 7.75/10 for cooling in Mattress Advisor testing, which is respectable for an all-foam mattress. Budget-conscious shoppers looking for a quality cooling mattress are sure to be encouraged by the pricing, with a queen-size costing less than $900.

The Nectar’s 6/10 firmness and performance in pressure relief (8.5/10 MA score) should accommodate many side sleepers and even some back sleepers. Also worth noting are Nectar’s lifetime warranty and 365-night sleep trial, both of which beat industry standards.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.

Helix Midnight Luxe

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Helix Midnight Luxe

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for:

  • People who suffer from aches and pains
  • Hot sleepers
  • People of any body type
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 9.5/10

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.

WinkBeds EcoCloud

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Winkbeds EcoCloud

Best Organic Mattress

Best for:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Back sleepers
  • Responsiveness
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.5/10

firmness

medium firm- 6.5/10

trial period

120 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 7.5/10

All-natural latex is the key ingredient that helps make the WinkBeds EcoCloud an intriguing option for people who want to sleep cooler and live greener. The 4-inch latex comfort layer gets an assist in the cooling department from an innerspring zoned-coil layer that promotes breathability, as well as support.

As for its eco-friendly pedigree, this WinkBeds hybrid uses naturally breathable Talalay latex and a cover made with organic cotton and sustainable New Zealand wool. Although that same wool content might affect its overall cooling performance, a 7.5/10 Mattress Advisor score in that category is still passable for some hot sleepers.

Regular price for a queen-size approaches $2,000, so be prepared to pay for the quality of the materials and the complexity of the hybrid design. On the other hand, WinkBeds also offers a lifetime warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

Read our full WinkBeds EcoCloud mattress review.


Cocoon Chill by Sealy

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Cocoon

Best Mattress for Couples

Best for:

  • Co-sleepers
  • Combination sleepers
  • People with hip and back pain
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 7.5/10

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.


Bear Pro

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Bear Pro

Best Hypoallergenic Mattress

Best for:

  • People with allergies or skin sensitivities
  • People with aches and pains
  • Athletic and active lifestyles
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

120 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: Coming Soon

If allergies and overheating interfere with your sleep, the design and materials of the Bear Pro could turn down the temperature on both problems. This foam blend model from Bear features a top layer infused with copper, which has naturally antimicrobial and cooling properties. The gel foam and open-cell foam used in other layers help promote cooling and overall breathability.

The non-toxic, GreenGuard Gold-certified Bear Pro is free from fiberglass, formaldehyde and other substances that could act as irritants. The Celliant fabric cover is designed to help regulate your body temperature and promote restful, restorative sleep. At 6.5/10 on the firmness scale, it should be a good fit for many back sleepers and some stomach sleepers, and possibly a few side sleepers.

When it comes to warranty and sleep trial, the Bear Pro is among the industry leaders. You get a lifetime warranty and 365 nights to try out your new mattress.

Read our full Bear Pro Mattress review.


Saatva Latex Hybrid

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Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Mattress for Pressure Relief

Best for:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Couples
  • Back sleepers
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

365 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 8.5/10

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 Saatva Latex Hybrid review.

Casper Wave Hybrid

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Casper Wave Hybrid

Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

Best for:

  • Back sleepers
  • People with back pain
  • All shapes and sizes
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

9.3/10

firmness

Medium: 5/10

trial period

100 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 9/10

Coming in at an impressive overall score of 9.3/10, the Casper Wave Hybrid does more than sleep cool. 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.


Serta Arctic

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Serta Arctic

Best Luxury Mattress

Best for:

  • Luxury shoppers
  • Back sleepers
  • Couples
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Medium-Firm

trial period

120 nights

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 9/10

Sleepers who like their mattresses on the cool side and the luxurious side have a 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.

Leesa Original Hybrid

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Leesa Original Hybrid

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Best for:

  • Stomach sleeping position
  • Restless sleepers
  • Couples
customer rating

/5

our score

9.4/10

firmness

Medium firm

trial period

100 days

Mattress Advisor Cooling Score: 9.5/10

Getting a restful night’s sleep in the stomach sleeping position can be a challenge, made even more challenging if you sleep hot. We think the Leesa Original Hybrid could be the answer, as it has one of the highest cooling scores of any mattress we’ve tested.

Related: Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

This new Leesa mattress earns a downright chilly 9.5/10 cooling score in the Mattress Advisor sleep lab. With a 6.5/10 firmness rating and a foam\pocket coil design, it should be supportive enough for most average-weight stomach sleepers.

The Leesa Original Hybrid has a 9/10 score for pressure relief and an 8.5/10 score for spine alignment. Those scores bode well for stomach sleepers, who need a mattress that keeps their hips and lower back in a healthy alignment as it cushions those pressure-sensitive areas.

Read our full Leesa Original Hybrid mattress review.


Cooling Mattress Buyer’s Guide

A mattress that regulates your temperature well does more than provide comfort. It can also help you avoid sleep interruptions—getting so overheated that you wake up in the middle of the night. For people who tend to sleep hot or suffer from night sweats, the right cooling mattress can be one of the keys to getting a healthy, restorative night’s sleep on a consistent basis.

In this guide, we’ll shed some light on the role of materials and design in producing the best cooling mattresses.

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

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

Innersprings and Hybrids

With innerspring mattresses, air is able to circulate in the spaces between the coils to provide breathability. Steel coils in particular are resistant to absorbing or retaining body heat.

Likewise, a hybrid mattress that includes an innerspring layer offers more breathability than an all-foam or all-latex design since it’s not made from a solid block of material. Many modern mattresses, even those with innersprings, 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 polyfoam.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have a general reputation as being heat-trapping and bad for hot sleepers. However, a lot depends on the design. Gel-infused foam generally sleeps cooler than memory foam alone, for example, and breathable mattress toppers and fabric covers can provide greater breathability.

Related: How to Make a Memory Foam Mattress Cooler

A Closer Look at 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 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.

Related: Are Memory Foam Mattresses Hot?

Do Cooling Mattresses Really Work?

When you’re lying on a mattress, usually covered by one or more layers of bedding and whatever clothing you have on, your body heat naturally tends to build up. When your core temperature gets significantly higher than the ambient temperature around you, the body compensates with a process called thermoregulation—meaning that you start to sweat.

However, certain materials and designs can reduce the amount of heat that builds up in the mattress. The main considerations are breathability, heat conductivity, and heat 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 the materials absorb and keep heat or whether they dissipate heat and help it move on away from your body. Today’s best cooling mattresses take these factors into account with the materials and designs they use.

A Matter of Degrees

How much heat does your body generate? According to the Mayo Clinic, the normal range of body temperature runs from 97 degrees to 99 degrees. Although body temperature tends to decrease slightly in deep sleep, an overall increase of just a couple of degrees can make you feel hot, sweaty, and clammy.

Some mattress companies cite specific numbers to illustrate their effectiveness at cooling. Tempur-Pedic, for example, claims that its Tempur-breeze model can make you feel three to eight degrees cooler. Casper says its Wave Hybrid Snow mattress sleeps “six degrees cooler for at least 12 hours.”

In any case, a mattress that can keep you cooler by even a few degrees could make a huge difference in the quality of sleep for hot sleepers.

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

  • Your mattress cover
  • 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 (one sleep psychologist recommends 67-70 degrees)
  • 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.

Related: How to Sleep Better in the Summer: 13 Tips to Stay Cool

How to Make Your Mattress Cooler

One of the best ways to make sure you’re sleeping cool is by using cooling accessories along with your mattress. Effective accessories to help you lower the temperature include:

Mattress Toppers

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 Pads

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/Blankets

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. You could also choose a cooling weighted blanket designed to prevent overheating.

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.

Another Way to Face Up to Overheating

It won’t affect your mattress, but a high-quality sleep mask could offer an easy way to make you feel cooler. Some masks have removable gel inserts that you can put in the freezer before bedtime and then re-insert into the mask when it’s time to turn in.

A Closer Look at Our Selection Process

In choosing our best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers, we focused on each product’s Mattress Advisor cooling score, the cooling properties of its materials, and airflow-friendly design. Here’s a look at how our picks stack up:

Mattress AVERAGE (OUT OF 10) FOR COOLING SCORE, MATERIALS, AND DESIGN
Brooklyn Bedding Sedona 9.0
Nectar 8.1
Helix Midnight Luxe 9.2
WinkBeds EcoCloud 8.2
Cocoon Chill 8.2
Saatva Latex Hybrid 8.9
Casper Wave Hybrid 9.0
Serta Arctic 8.6
Leesa Original Hybrid 9.1

Note: Scores for the Bear Pro (Best Hypoallergenic Mattress) are coming soon.

FAQs

Although there’s no hard science to support the concept as of yet, mattress companies have invested a lot of resources into developing gel technology. Gel materials infused into mattress foam are designed to draw heat away from your body and prevent it from getting trapped inside the mattress. Liquid and semi-liquid materials are also known to make surfaces feel cooler.

When it comes to cooling, memory foam infused with semi-liquid gel beads has structural advantages over a solid block of memory foam. Scientifically speaking, liquid material is better at absorbing heat than solid material. Gel foam is also denser than memory foam, so you’re less likely to experience a “hugging” effect that can lead to feeling overheated.

Mattresses that offer features such as gel-infused memory foam and cooling covers often cost more than mattresses that don’t. The mattresses featured on this page have an average price a little over $2,000 for a queen size, not counting sales or discounts. It all depends on the value you place on comfort. Given the popularity of cooling mattresses, many hot sleepers find the extra cost worth it.


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