Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers of 2022

By Alesandra Woolley

Nov 21st, 2022

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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 products and chosen our list of best mattresses for hot sleepers so that you can find the right temperature-regulating mattress.

Compare our selections for best cooling mattress below. Also, 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.


Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers: Our Top Picks

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When we evaluate mattresses for hot sleepers, we expand our review process to put additional focus on each product’s:

  • Mattress Advisor cooling score. How it performed in testing, from 1-10
  • Materials. Whether it uses latex, gel-infused memory foam, etc.
  • Design. Whether it’s an all-foam mattress or a layered hybrid

See our recap to find out how our featured mattresses stack up against these criteria.


Cocoon Chill by Sealy

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Cocoon

Best Mattress for Couples

Best for:

  • Couples and 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

The Cocoon Chill mattress takes Sealy’s popular Cocoon memory foam mattress and adds cooling technology. Made with phase change material, the surface of the mattress is cool to the touch. In Mattress Advisor testing, the Cocoon Chill earns a 7.5/10—not bad for a memory foam bed. What makes the Cocoon Chill a great couples mattress is its 9/10 motion transfer score.

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 Chill mattress review or explore our top picks for the best mattresses for couples


Helix Midnight Luxe

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Helix Midnight Luxe

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for:

  • People feeling back pain
  • Healthy sleep posture
  • Most sleeping positions
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

A mattress that supports proper spinal alignment can do a lot to help alleviate back pain. The Helix 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.

The Midnight Luxe combines the right amount of pressure-relieving foam with supportive coils to cradle the body without letting you feel stuck in the foam layer. This hybrid also earns a near-perfect 9.5/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score, putting it in the elite class of cooling mattresses.

In addition to being great for back pain, the Helix Midnight Luxe has features designed to keep 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 or check out our other top picks for the best mattresses for back pain.


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

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.

The Nectar scores a 7.75/10 for cooling in Mattress Advisor testing, which is respectable for an all-foam mattress. To get more cooling, you can add a NectarTech Extra Cooling Cover for an additional charge.

The Nectar’s 6/10 firmness and performance in pressure relief (8.5/10 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 or review our top picks for the best mattresses for side sleepers.


Saatva Latex Hybrid

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Saatva Latex Hybrid

Best Mattress for Pressure Relief

Best for:

  • People with joint pain
  • Back sleepers
  • Free white-glove delivery
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

365 days

The combination of a hybrid construction and naturally cooling latex creates a cooling mattress that relieves pressure in the hips, lower back, and shoulders. The medium-firm Saatva Latex Hybrid scores a 9/10 for pressure relief in Mattress Advisor testing, which makes it an excellent choice for gently supporting your pressure-sensitive areas.

Related: Why Pressure Relief is Important When Choosing a Mattress

Not only are the Saatva Latex Hybrid’s materials great for cooling (we give it an 8.5/10 cooling score), latex is bouncy and responsive so combination sleepers can easily change positions. Talalay latex is also known for its breathability.

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

Read our full Saatva Latex Hybrid review.


Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe

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Brooklyn Aurora Luxe

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best for:

  • People who like a foam/coil blend
  • Easy set-up
  • Restless sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Available in soft (3/10), medium (5/10) or firm (7/10)

trial period

120 days

The Aurora Luxe hybrid from Brooklyn Bedding incorporates a combination of gel-infused memory foam and breathable coils for a cooler sleep. Three of its six layers are designed with cooling in mind, which helps explain its 9.5/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score.

Restless sleepers will appreciate the Aurora Luxe’s responsiveness, as it earns a 9.25/10 Mattress Advisor score in that testing category. The layer of TitanFlex 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.

Because it’s available in three different firmnesses (soft, medium, and firm), the Aurora Luxe should accommodate any sleeping position comfortably.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe review or check out the best hybrid mattresses reviewed by our experts.


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

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 similar 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 side sleepers, back sleepers, and some stomach 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 or check out our top picks for the best hypoallergenic mattresses.


WinkBeds GravityLux

WinkBeds GravityLux Overview
WinkBeds GravityLux

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for:

  • Fans of “hugging” memory foam
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Solid edge support
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9.1/10

firmness

Soft, medium, and firm options

trial period

120 days

All-foam mattresses can feel too doughy for some sleepers because they don’t have a coil layer that provides springy responsiveness. The WinkBeds GravityLux gets ahead of this issue with its special layer of AirCell Memory Foam, which contains billions of tiny air capsules that provide the type of shock absorption and responsiveness typical of a spring mattress.

Another area where the WinkBeds GravityLux performs better than most memory foam mattresses is in temperature regulation. Instead of trapping body heat in its thick foam layers, the GravityLux uses its AirCell foam to disperse heat, while the eucalyptus-derived mattress cover helps to wick away moisture.

The GravityLux is available in soft, medium, or firm. We tested the medium option and found that it performed well for every sleeping position.

Read our full WinkBeds GravityLux mattress review or check out our roundup of the best memory foam mattresses.


DreamCloud Premier

DreamCloud Premier
DreamCloud Premier

Best Mattress for Seniors

Best for:

  • Seniors (ages 65+)
  • Side and back sleepers
  • People with joint pain
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

365 days

Seniors shopping for a mattress that can keep them cool and help alleviate some of their aches and pains will want to take a look at the DreamCloud Premier, a luxury hybrid mattress with six layers providing support and comfort.

The DreamCloud Premier performed well in our edge support test (8.5/10) and pressure relief test (9/10). Good edge support helps ensure that you will be able to support yourself using the perimeter of the mattress, which makes getting in and out of bed much easier. Pressure relief takes some of the strain off of sensitive areas of your body like the hips and shoulders, which can help prevent or mitigate pain.

The DreamCloud’s cooling abilities can be chalked up to its hybrid construction, which helps promote breathability, and its gel memory foam, which helps disperse body heat.

Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review or check out our roundup of the best mattresses for seniors


Nolah Signature 12″

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Nolah Signature 12''

Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers

Best for:

  • Back/side sleepers
  • Restless sleepers
  • Pressure relief
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium-Soft

trial period

120 days

Combination sleepers need a mattress that allows them to move around and switch positions easily, so a high responsiveness score is essential. The Nolah Signature 12″ scored an impressive 9.5/10 on our responsiveness lab test, making this our top choice for combination sleepers looking for a cooling mattress.

The responsive feel of the Nolah Signature comes from its construction, which combines four different types of foam to create a sleep experience that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or support. The top layers of AirFoam and high-resilience foam deliver pressure relief, while the bottom to layers provide the sturdy foundation that contributes to the bed’s bounciness.

As far as cooling goes, the Nolah Signature 12″ scored an 8/10 thanks to its temperature neutral AirFoam and the organic, moisture-wicking cover.

Read our full Nolah Signature 12″ mattress review or check out our full review of the best mattresses for combination sleepers.


Leesa Original Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid Overview
Leesa Original Hybrid

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Best for:

  • Stomach sleeping position
  • Restless sleepers
  • Value-minded shoppers
customer rating

4.4/5

our score

9.4/10

firmness

Medium firm

trial period

100 days

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.

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 or check out our top picks for best mattresses for stomach sleepers


How to Find the Best Cooling Mattress for You

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 (but hopefully no heat) on the role of materials and design in producing the best cooling mattresses. We’ll also share some tips to help you chill out at night.

Who Should Get a Cooling Mattress?

While just about anybody can benefit from staying cool and comfortable at night, some types of sleepers might benefit even more.

  • People with certain medical conditions. An overactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, and other disorders can lead to increased body temperature.
  • People who are overweight. Heavier people tend to have higher body temperatures than people of average weight.
  • Menopausal women. The best mattresses for menopause can help women experiencing one of the most common symptoms, hot flashes.
  • People who live in hot, humid climates. In some regions, high temperatures and stifling humidity don’t always take the night off.
  • Athletes and people with active lifestyles. Getting regular exercise can lead to a slight increase in core body temperature.

Best Types of Mattresses for Hot Sleepers

Not all mattress types do as well at dispersing your built-up body heat. 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             ✅
Traditional 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

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 it’s combined with memory foam or polyfoam.

Traditional Memory Foam

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 traditional memory foam, for example, and breathable mattress toppers and fabric covers can help you sleep cooler.

Related: How to Make a Memory Foam Mattress Cooler

How Do Cooling Mattresses 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. If 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. Examples include:

  • Gel-infused foam: Adding semi-liquid gel beds helps counteract memory foam’s structural tendency to absorb and retain heat.
  • Perforated memory foam and latex: Some mattresses use memory foam or latex foam manufactured with tiny holes to allow air to better circulate through the material.
  • Innerspring layers: Hybrid mattresses with coil layers have a built-in cooling advantage since the empty spaces in and around the coils add breathability.

So how well do cooling mattresses work? 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 your quality of sleep.

How to Make Your Mattress Cooler

For very hot sleepers, cooling mattress technology might not be enough on its own. Here’s a list of steps you can take give your bedroom a cooling boost:

Lower the Room’s Temperature

One sleep psychologist recommends 67-70 degrees as the ideal temperature range for sleep—which could seriously crank up your summertime power bills. If sub-70 is too cool for your energy budget, you could always aim for 72-74 degrees.

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

Use Cooling Mattress Accessories

Keep Your Bedding Clean

Not to gross you out, but dirt could be one reason why you feel overheated at night. Sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers that are clogged with dead skin cells and dried sweat don’t have the best airflow. Consider washing your bed linens as often as once a week to get rid of the grime.

Use Lower Thread Count Sheets

An unfortunate side effect of bedding with high thread counts is that the more threads leave less room for air to circulate through the fabric. Looser weaves might not convey the same sense of luxuriousness, but they do provide better airflow.

Try Some Cool Sleepwear

What you wear to bed also affects temperature. Try some loose-fitting cotton or rayon fiber sleepwear instead of those beloved sweatpants. Alternatively, you could even consider forgoing clothes altogether (yes, we mean sleeping naked).

Circulate and Dehumidify the Air

Use your bedroom ceiling fan, or a plug-in fan aimed at your bed, to keep the air circulating. You could also use a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity between 30% and 50%, making your sleep environment less muggy.

Try a Cooling Sleep Mask

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
Cocoon Chill 8.2
Helix Midnight Luxe 9.2
Nectar 8.1
Saatva Latex Hybrid 8.9
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe 8.8
WinkBeds GravityLux 9.1
DreamCloud Premier 8.9
Nolah Signature 12″ 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 regular price just under $2,000 for a queen size, not counting sales or discounts, which is a few hundred dollars more than a typical mattress.

How much you’re willing to pay all depends on the value you place on comfort. Given the popularity of cooling mattresses, many hot sleepers find the extra cost worth it.