Best Medium-Firm Mattresses of 2022

By Barry Bridges

Jul 25th, 2022

For many people, a great medium-firm mattress is the sleeper’s sweet spot. This firmness level lives in the comfortable space between too soft and too stiff that millions of sleepers like you prefer.

We’ve chosen our best medium-firm mattresses to help you find the one that works best for you. We’ll also share some expert tips on choosing the right mattress in our buyer’s guide.


By clicking on the product links in this article, Mattress Advisor may receive a commission fee at no cost to you, the reader. Read full disclosure statement.


Best Medium-Firm Mattress: Our Top Picks

Why You Can Trust Mattress Advisor

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity in our product reviews and other content by incorporating real customer feedback, empirical testing, and objective evaluations. Our results and recommendations are never influenced by the commission we may receive from brands, and products we receive are never guaranteed a positive review.


Casper

casper original hero
Casper

Editor's Pick

Best for:

  • Any sleep position
  • Restless sleepers
  • Edge support
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The original memory foam bed from Casper (6/10 firmness) gets the nod as our Editor’s Pick for best medium-firm mattress.

Pros

Casper’s original bed-in-a-box mattress turns in a strong performance in almost every category we test for in our sleep lab. The highlights include 10/10 for responsiveness, 9.5/10 for spine alignment, and 8.5/10 for pressure relief. Casper also has better edge support than most other memory foam beds (9.5/10).

Cons

Given its overall quality and performance, the Casper’s 7/10 cooling score is a bit of a letdown (although not uncommon for all-foam mattresses). Hot sleepers might consider adding a Casper mattress topper or one of our top-rated cooling mattress toppers to increase breathability.

Read our full Casper mattress review.


Saatva Classic

saatva mattress new e1586527946280
Saatva Classic

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Side sleepers
  • People with shoulder pain
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

With the Luxury Firm option (6/10 firmness), the pressure-relieving Saatva Classic matches up very well with the needs of side sleepers.

Pros

This luxury hybrid’s testing scores in pressure relief (9/10) and spine alignment (10/10) are great news for side sleepers, who need a mattress that cradles sensitive pressure points and promotes a healthy sleep posture. With a 9/10 cooling score, it’s also a solid choice for people who get overheated during the night.

Cons

Prices for a queen-size start at over $1,700, a potential turnoff for budget shoppers. Still, we recommend that you weigh the price tag against value-added features such as a lifetime warranty and free white-glove delivery, plus the overall quality of the mattress.

Read our full Saatva Classic mattress review.


WinkBeds Gravity Lux

WinkBeds GravityLux Overview
WinkBeds GravityLux

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for:

  • People who love the memory foam feel
  • Any sleep position
  • Couples and co-sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9.1/10

firmness

Soft, medium, and firm options

trial period

120 days

The Gravity Lux by WinkBeds is an innovative memory foam mattress with a Firm option (7/10) at the top end of the medium-firm range.

Pros

The WinkBeds Gravity Lux exemplifies many qualities of the best memory foam mattresses. Our testing finds that it’s highly responsive (9/10), excellent in providing pressure relief (9/10), and great at limiting motion transfer (9/10). The key ingredient is AirCell™ Memory Foam, designed with shock-absorbing air capsules.

Cons

The GravityLux’s 7/10 Firm option qualifies as medium-firm, but some side sleepers might want something that’s a little easier to sink into—closer to 6/10. Although WinkBeds does offer a lifetime warranty, regular price for a queen-size GravityLux is nearly $1,800.

Read our full WinkBeds GravityLux review.


Leesa Original Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid Overview
Leesa Original Hybrid

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

Best for:

  • Sleepers who get overheated
  • Couples and co-sleepers
  • Side and back sleepers
customer rating

/5

our score

9.4/10

firmness

Medium firm

trial period

100 days

The Leesa Original Hybrid (6.5/10 firmness) uses a combination of premium materials and hybrid design to deliver superior cooling.

Pros

We give this hybrid a 9.5/10 cooling score, which makes it one of the best mattresses for hot sleepers we’ve tested. Much of the credit goes to the comfort foam layer designed for high airflow and the pocket spring coil system. The Leesa Original Hybrid also earns perfect 10/10 scores in responsiveness and edge support.

Cons

If only the sleep trial and warranty matched the product… Leesa’s 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty meet the unofficial industry standards, but shoppers paying nearly $1,500 for a queen-size mattress could reasonably expect more.

Read our full Leesa Original Hybrid mattress review.  


Brooklyn Bloom Hybrid

bloom edge 1
Bloom Hybrid

Best Latex Mattress

Best for:

  • Sleepers who prefer latex foam
  • People with allergies
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Available in plush, medium and firm

trial period

120 days

The 11″ Luxe Hybrid model has 6/10 firmness and a 1.5″ layer of premium Talalay latex, a material renowned for its buoyant support.

Pros

This highly rated latex mattress is a hybrid that combines the breathability of latex, the contouring properties of foam, and the springy support of coils. It has the firmness, pressure relief (9/10), and spine alignment (8.5/10) to accommodate any sleeping position and also sleeps very cool (9/10).

Cons

Brooklyn Bedding rates the 11″ model in the 5.5-7 range on the 10-point firmness scale, while the 14″ model falls between 4 and 5.5. Our advice: choose the 11″ Luxe Hybrid and use of the 120-night sleep trial to make sure it’s firm enough for you.

Read our full Brooklyn Bloom Hybrid mattress review.


DreamCloud

DreamCloud Mattress
DreamCloud

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for:

  • People experiencing back pain
  • Hot sleepers
  • Seniors
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

365 days

The medium-firm DreamCloud (6.5/10) has a combination of properties that could add up to back pain relief.

Pros

Maintaining a healthy alignment through the lower and upper back is a critical feature of good mattresses for back pain, which makes the DreamCloud’s 9/10 spine alignment score highly relevant. A 9/10 score for pressure relief is a sign that the DreamCloud excels at gently supporting sensitive pressure points.

Cons

Although residents of the contiguous U.S. get free delivery, delivery to Hawaii and Alaska costs $150. Unpacking and setting up this heavy hybrid is a two-person job, and white-glove delivery costs $149.

Read our full DreamCloud mattress review.


Nectar

nectar original mattress updated
Nectar

Best Mattress for the Money

Best for:

  • Overall value
  • Most sleeping positions
  • Restless sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

The 6/10 medium-firm Nectar offers an intriguing combination of price and quality, resulting in a generous amount of long-term value.

Pros

At $999 regular price for a queen-size, the Nectar memory foam mattress has become a fixture on our roundup of best mattresses for the money. Backed by a lifetime warranty and 364-night sleep trial, the Nectar also earns high marks in our sleep lab for edge support (9/10), responsiveness (8.5/10), and pressure relief (8.5/10).

Cons

The Nectar’s only subpar performance scores are in the categories of spine alignment and cooling (7.5/10 scores for each). It might not be the best choice for maintaining healthy sleep posture and avoiding night sweats.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.

 


Nolah Nurture

Nolah Nurture Overview
Nolah Nurture

Best Mattress for Kids

Best for:

  • Children ages 10 and older
  • Restless sleepers
  • Children with allergies
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.4/10

firmness

Soft and Firm options

trial period

120 days

The firm side (6/10) of this flippable latex/innerspring hybrid could be the answer to helping your child sleep soundly through their growing pains.

Pros

The Nolah Nurture’s firm side is designed for kids ages 10 and up, and children of any age who suffer from allergies or skin sensitivities will appreciate the Talalay latex foam. It’s also highly responsive (9/10 score), a hallmark of a good mattress for kids since so many children go through a restless or fidgety phase.

Cons

Our testing process doesn’t give the Nolah Nurture high marks for spine alignment (7/10), worth noting if you’re concerned about your child’s sleep posture. The 7/10 motion transfer score might rule out sharing the bed with a pet.

Read our full Nolah Nurture mattress review.


Purple Hybrid

Purple Hybrid Mattress
Purple Hybrid

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best for:

  • People with joint pain
  • Side sleepers and back sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.4/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Medium firm: 7/10

trial period

100 days

The 7/10 firmness Purple Hybrid uses GelFlex material, transition foam, and innerspring coils to cover virtually all of the bases for a medium-firm hybrid.

Pros

We give the Purple Hybrid a flawless 10/10 score for pressure relief, which makes it a solid choice for most sleeping positions and people with aches and pains. Its 9.5/10 cooling score also puts it among the best mattresses for hot sleepers. Combination sleepers and people who toss and turn will appreciate its responsiveness (9/10).

Cons

Couples should note the Purple Hybrid’s 7/10 score for motion transfer—co-sleepers who toss and turn probably won’t get the most restful experience. At $2,399 regular price for a queen size, it’s also more expensive than many comparable mattresses.

Read our full Purple Hybrid mattress review.


Medium-Firm Mattress Buyer’s Guide

For most people, the firmness of their mattress probably seems like a matter of taste or comfort alone. They know what feels good, or at least what they believe feels good. They might automatically associate ultra-soft mattresses with luxury or firmer mattresses with substandard quality. It’s not always so simple.

Fortunately, we’re here to shed some light on the subject as it applies to medium-firm mattresses. We’ll help you understand how the mattress firmness scale works, what medium-firm feels like, and who it might be right for.

What is a Medium-Firm Mattress?

The mattress firmness scale runs from 1 on the softest end to 10 on the firmest end. Most mattresses rate somewhere between 3 (ultra-plush) and 9 (super-firm) on the 10-point scale. A medium-firm mattress generally falls between 6 and 7.

Not everyone will experience mattress firmness exactly the same way. To a heavier person, for example, a medium-firm mattress might feel like just a medium. To most people, however, medium-firm will feel just like it sounds: one or two notches closer to firm than the middle of the road.

Which Kinds of Mattresses are Medium-Firm?

Materials, the building blocks of mattresses, have a big effect on how soft or firm the final product feels. So does the way that the materials themselves are processed and built into the overall design. Here’s a quick look at the connection between materials, mattress design, and firmness:

Firmness by Mattress Type

  • Memory foam mattresses generally range between medium-soft and medium-firm, based on the density of the foam
  • Latex mattresses tend to have medium firmness or above, mainly determined by how dense the latex foam is
  • Innerspring mattresses are often on the firmer side, at least until the coils lose tension over time
  • Hybrid mattresses that combine springs with foam, latex, or both, are usually in the medium to medium-firm range

Firmness, Density, and ILD

One term you might encounter as you shop for a mattress is ILD, which stands for Indentation Load-Deflection. ILD is a method used to measure the firmness of memory foam or latex foam. Some mattresses list their ILD ratings, while others don’t. An ILD rating of 15-17 should translate to medium-firm.

Without getting bogged down in technical details, just remember this general guideline: the denser the foam, the firmer the mattress.

Firmness Based on Thickness

Thinner mattresses can feel firmer than thicker mattresses since they have less material to provide cushioning. At the same time, a thicker mattress that uses denser foam can offset that tendency.

Who Should Get a Medium-Firm Mattress?

Medium-firm beds, while not universal, match up well with many types of sleepers. The 6-7 firmness range is particularly good for certain sleeping positions but not necessarily exclusive to them.

People likely to see good results with a medium-firm mattress include:

  • Back sleepers, who don’t need to sink into the mattress very far to feel comfortable
  • Combination sleepers who alternate between side-sleeping and back-sleeping
  • People who weigh less than 230 lbs
  • School-age children (roughly 5-18)

People who might need something a little bit softer or firmer than medium-firm include:

Medium-soft to Medium (4/10-6/10)

  • Side sleepers, who need their hips and shoulders to sink into the surface to relieve joint pressure
  • People who weigh less than 130 lbs, so they won’t feel like they’re lying flat on a stiff surface

Firm to Very Firm (7/10-9/10)

  • Heavy people (230 lbs and up), so they don’t sink in deeply and feel trapped
  • People with back pain, since sinking too far into the mattress puts pressure on joints
  • Stomach sleepers, who need to avoid letting their hips sink in too deeply

As we said earlier, not everyone experiences firmness in the same way. For example, the listed firmness on a mattress often feels about one level softer for heavy people. A 7/10 on the firmness scale will feel more like a 6/10, a 6/10 will feel more like a 5/10, and so on.

If you buy a mattress online, be sure to take advantage of the sleep trial to determine whether the firmness feels right to you.

Related: Best Firm Mattresses and Best Soft Mattresses

What to Look for Besides Firmness

While firmness is a key part of choosing a mattress, it’s far from the only one. Here are some of the other factors to take into consideration:

Materials and Design

Most of today’s mattresses use memory foam, innerspring coils, latex, or some combination of those materials (a multi-layer hybrid). Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a general outline:

Pros Cons
Memory Foam Pressure relief                        Spine alignment Tends to sleep hot               Most foams are synthetic
Innerspring Solid firmness                        Good airflow for cooling Less pressure relief              Less motion isolation
Latex Comfortable bounce        Naturally cooling On the pricey side            Quality of latex varies
Hybrid “Best of both worlds” design Coil layers improve cooling Often more expensive    Limited firmness range

Sleep Performance

Our comprehensive review process includes testing each mattress in six performance categories:

  • Pressure Relief — How well it supports pressure-sensitive areas
  • Spine Alignment — Keeping the spine in a healthy, neutral alignment
  • Cooling — Dispersing body heat away from the mattress (and you)
  • Responsiveness — How effectively it responds to movement
  • Motion Transfer — Keeping motion isolated to one part of the mattress
  • Edge Support — Providing support throughout the mattress surface

Knowing how a mattress rates in these areas provides a fuller picture of the overall sleep experience you can expect.

Affordability and Value

In general, a quality mattress in the popular queen size can typically cost around $1,300. Whether that figure seems high or low, you will see a lot of variation in the cost of mattresses.

If a low price is your top priority, you can find plenty of mattresses under $1,000 and even mattresses under $500. You can also look for a combination of quality and affordability in the best mattresses for the money.

Ultimately, you’ll need to weigh your concerns as a shopper with your needs as a sleeper. A top-rated mattress that helps you enjoy restorative sleep for five, 10, or even 15 years could very well prove to be worth the investment.

Consumer and Customer Care

A few important questions can help you determine how trustworthy the company is.

  • Does the company offer free delivery and returns?
  • Does the mattress have a generous warranty?
  • How does the company rate in customer satisfaction?

Related: Get the full rundown on choosing the best bed for you in our Mattress Buying Guide.


Recap: Our Best Medium-Firm Mattresses

Mattress Award: Mattress Advisor Score (out of 10)
Casper Editor’s Pick 9.1
Saatva Classic Best Mattress for Side Sleepers 9.0
WinkBeds Gravity Lux Best Memory Foam Mattress 9.1
Leesa Original Hybrid Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers 9.4
Brooklyn Bloom Hybrid Best Latex Mattress 8.9
DreamCloud Best Mattress for Back Pain 9.0
Nectar Best Mattress for the Money 8.7
Nolah Nurture Best Mattress for Kids 8.4
Purple Hybrid Best Hybrid Mattress 8.9
Finding the right mattress can improve not only your nights but also your days.

Still need help finding the best mattress?

Take our mattress finder quiz and get personalized results based on your preferences and sleeping style.