Best for Side Sleepers
- Awesome pain relief
- Less than 3% of customers has ever returned their Nectar mattress; that’s 97% satisfaction!
- Dust mite resistant
The teenage years are a time of awkwardness, growing pains, and bad sleep. But it doesn’t have to be. If you notice that your teen is out growing their childhood bed, or it seems like they’re sleeping terribly, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. But where do you start? That’s where we come in.
In this guide, we’ll give you our top picks on the best mattresses for teenagers, tips on what to look for when you’re shopping, and ways for your teen to get better sleep.
We’ve compiled a list of the mattresses that will work best for teenagers and what they are known for (because we know each teen’s needs are different). Keep scrolling for a deeper dive of each mattress.
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1. Best for Side Sleepers
2. Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers
3. Best Hybrid
4. Best Cooling
5. Best Budget
As you comb through our list, remember that each mattress comes with at least a 100 day trial where your teen can try the mattress and decide if they like it risk-free! So, try out whatever sounds like a good fit.
Our sleep experts at Mattress Advisor have tested over 100 mattresses in our lab. Every mattress on our list has undergone this rigorous, 6-point testing method and 8-point evaluation. After spending hours in the lab, we are certain we know a great mattress when we see one.
This mattress saved my back. After a few nights when my back pain disappeared, I realized it was more than just comfort, it was a life saver."N.R.
Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
The Nectar mattress was consistently impressive in our mattress testing, especially in the areas of edge support, responsiveness, cooling, and pressure relief—something side sleepers need. Customers boast that the Nectar mattress has done wonders for their back pain with its contouring gel memory foam.
Nectar offers generous 365-night sleep trial, meaning teens’ growing bodies can try this mattress out for a year before they make a final decision; that’s two semesters of school and many sports practices.
I’ve owned quite a few different mattresses but the Casper has easily become my favorite. It’s a perfect night’s sleep, a great balance of firm and soft.”Nikki G.
Medium firm: 6/10
Casper is one of the most popular mattresses we’ve ever tested and for good reason: it’s one of those mattresses that works for every sleep position. It’s zoned support system relieves pressure from sensitive areas like the hips and shoulders. Back sleepers get that relief for their lower back and stomach sleepers get it for their hips.
Additionally, Casper is very responsive, meaning it moves as you move throughout the night; you’re teen will no longer be woken by their own tossing and turning. The open-cell foam gives airflow to the mattress, so your teen’s body heat won’t get trapped.
The Hybrid is my kind of mattress! Firm, even support under your entire body. Even sitting on the edge gives you solid support."Joey M.
The Tuft & Needle Hybrid takes various foam layers and high-quality pocketed coil springs to create a mattress that is both pressure relieving and responsive. The breathable foam is infused with graphite to keep your teen cool but also make the mattress last as long as possible.
The individually pocketed coils bring bounce, resilience, and responsiveness without making noise as springs usually do. If your teenager is a combination sleepers or tosses and turns, this mattress will move with them; they won’t get stuck.
I liked my Bear Mattress after the first night, but now I can say that I love it after one month."Jill R.
Medium firm: 6/10
The Bear mattress is made with superior pressure relieving and cooling properties, making it a great choice for side sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who experience pain. Its muscle recovery technology improves blood circulation as your teen sleeps, helping athletes heal quicker and rest easier.
Bear is cool to the touch thanks to its celliant cover that reflects infrared light and absorbs body heat. It’s not typical for a memory foam mattress to be so cool, but it allows for all of the memory foam benefits with none of the heat.
After about a week sleeping on my new Allswell, I woke up the other day and literally said out loud, ‘I love everything about my new mattress!!’”Kate
Medium - 5/10
Buying a good mattress for your teen doesn’t have to break the bank. The Allswell mattress costs a third of the price of comparable mattresses, so it is perfect for teens who will soon be leaving the nest.
Allswell offers you two different mattress firmness options: soft (the Luxe Hybrid) and firm (the Allswell). Soft mattresses are great for side sleepers because they hug the body’s curves. Firm mattresses are good for back and stomach sleepers because they are better for alignment.
Our list only had room for five, but these mattresses are also great options for teens.
You may have noticed that your teen sleeps a lot. That’s because they need an average of 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Chances are, they’re not getting it, and it’s not because they aren’t trying. As teens go through puberty, their circadian rhythm is thrown out of whack. Teens don’t get tired until 11 o’clock, but they have to be up for school early in the morning.
The combination of this plus scholastic obligations, sports, extracurricular activities, and a social life leads to sleep deprivation. When teens are sleep deprived, their grades suffer, they have severe mood swings, and they’re more susceptible to depression.
A new mattress that accommodates their growth spurts and active lifestyle is just the first step to good sleep. The best thing teens can do to improve their sleep is to have a set sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time allows for consistency in the hours of sleep they get, and the body gets used to routine.
Try to get them to set a bedtime that allows for a minimum of 8 hours of rest each night. Limit electronics and large meals right before bed to make falling asleep easier.
Still unsure of what to look for in a mattress for your teen? Here are some things to consider as you are building that perfect mattress pick.
Many teenagers play a sport as an extracurricular activity, and their mattress should accommodate this. Athletes typically have aches and pains from playing and practicing. If they sleep on a bad mattress, it could exacerbate this pain. Mattresses for athletes should have cooling and pressure relieving properties as a focus. It should also be a supportive mattress to keep up their alignment.
As we’ve mentioned, teenagers grow and change rapidly, so their mattress should reflect that. You want your teen to be comfortable in their bed, and not feel too cramped. Take advantage of sleep trials as a size trial and error for your teen.
As you are mattress shopping, you will also notice varying mattress heights and thickness. The thickness of the mattress you choose will depend on the weight of your teen. Teen on the lighter side (less than 135 pounds) should sleep on a thinner mattress of 6 to 10 inches. Teens with average weight (135 to 235 pounds) should go a bit thicker between 8 to 12 inches. Heavier teens who weigh more than average should choose a thickness of 10 inches and up to prolong the life of the mattress.
Mattresses are an investment, no matter who you are buying for. Mattresses typically last anywhere from 5 years (lower quality) to 10 years (high quality). Innerspring mattresses are on the cheaper side, but they don’t last as long as the other mattress types. This will work if you are not planning on keeping the mattress after your teen moves out.
The rest of the mattress types could range anywhere from $600-$2,000. Memory foam and some hybrids are cheaper than luxury hybrids and latex mattresses. How much you want to spend depends on the quality of sleep your teen needs and how long you plan on keeping the bed in your home.
Teenagers go through a lot when it comes to sleep health and hygiene. Their circadian rhythm changes, they are bombarded with scholastic and extracurricular time commitments, and their hormones are going crazy. So, why not gift them with a new mattress? Which one you choose depends on their size, lifestyle, and sleep position. When your teen gets a new mattress, it is the first step in improving their hours of sleep.
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