Best RV Mattresses of 2022

By Loren Bullock

Sep 1st, 2022

When you get the travel bug, there’s nothing better than grabbing your significant other or family and hitting the road in a recreational vehicle (RV). They have all the amenities: kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedrooms. But what is a bedroom without a mattress, even a bedroom on wheels?

To help you sleep well on your journey, we’ve selected our best mattresses for RVs—in RV sizes and standard bedroom sizes. We’ll also share our tips for choosing the mattress that best fits you and your mobile lifestyle in our buyer’s guide.


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In the next section, we’ll do a deeper dive into each choice on our list to help you find the most comfortable mattress for your travels.


Dreamfoam Essential

Dreamfoam Essential Mattress from RVMattress.com by Brooklyn Bedding

Available in Standard and RV Sizes, including:

  • Short Full (48″ x 74″)
  • Short Queen (60″ x 74″)
  • Olympic Queen (66″ x 80″)
  • Short King (72″ x 75″)
  • RV King (72″ x 80″)

Editor’s Pick

If you’re looking for lots of options with your RV mattress, the Dreamfoam Essential is hard to beat. It’s available in more than a dozen RV sizes, including short queen and Olympic queen,  and five thickness options (6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, and 14″). Finding the right size and height for your RV sleeping area should be a breeze.

Formerly known as the Wanderlust, the Dreamfoam Essential is from Brooklyn Bedding’s RVMattress.com brand. It uses gel swirl memory foam designed to contour to the shape of your body and provide cooling. With prices for queen-size options starting at $524, the Dreamfoam Essential is also a solid choice for RV enthusiasts on a budget.

The Dreamfoam Essential has a 120-nights sleep trial and a full 10-year warranty.

Read our full Dreamfoam Essential mattress review.


Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

brooklyn signature

Available in Standard and RV Sizes, including:

  • Short Full (48″ x 74″)
  • Short Queen (60″ x 74″)
  • Olympic Queen (66″ x 80″)
  • Short King (72″ x 75″)
  • RV King (70″ x 74″, 70″ x 80″, 72″ x 80″)

Best Mattress for Any Sleeping Position

One thing that makes the Brooklyn Signature Hybrid so versatile is that you can choose your firmness level based on your sleeping position. We recommend Medium (6/10 on the mattress firmness scale) for side sleepers and combination sleepers, while back sleepers and stomach sleepers should choose the Firm option (8/10).

If you’re concerned about staying cool in the cozy confines of your RV, this hybrid features gel-infused foam layers and a breathable cover. The Signature Hybrid also gets high marks for pressure relief, spine alignment, and edge support in Mattress Advisor testing. However, the lower score for motion transfer could be a red flag for couples.

Brooklyn Bedding offers a 10-year limited warranty, and you can return your mattress at any point after 30 nights of the 120-night trial period.

Read our full Brooklyn Signature Hybrid mattress review.


Helix Midnight

midnight cover

Available in Standard Sizes

  • Twin (38″ x 75″)
  • Twin XL (38″ x 80″)
  • Full (54″ x 75″)
  • Queen (60″ x 80″)
  • King (76″ x 80″)
  • Cal King (72″ x 84″)

Best Mattress for Couples

For couples who want to sleep soundly when they set out on the road, the Helix Midnight could be a blissful addition to their RV sleeping quarters. Helix’s most popular model earns a 9/10 score for motion transfer in Mattress Advisor testing, a key indicator of a great mattress for couples.

A mattress that isolates motion well helps prevent movements from rippling across the surface and disturbing you and your partner. Also, the Helix Midnight’s strong performance in pressure relief and spine alignment makes it a good choice for people with back pain. The only possible red flag is that this mattress isn’t available in RV sizes.

The Midnight comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night sleep trial (the company asks for a 30-night minimum).

Read our full Helix Midnight mattress review.


DreamCloud

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Available in Standard Sizes

  • Twin (38″ x 75″)
  • Twin XL (38″ x 80″)
  • Full (54″ x 75″)
  • Queen (60″ x 80″)
  • King (76″ x 80″)
  • California King (72″ x 84″)

Best Luxury Mattress

If you think you have to leave luxury behind when you hit the road, DreamCloud suggests you think again. Few hybrid mattresses score higher in our review process than the original DreamCloud (9.1/10 overall), which can make sleeping in your RV feel more like sleeping at home.

The DreamCloud is designed to provide luxury-level comfort in several areas—spine alignment, responsiveness, cooling, and more. Layers of pocketed coils and foam combine to deliver a medium-firm experience good for most sleeping positions. However, keep in mind that the DreamCloud costs $1,199 for a queen (regular price, not counting sales or discounts) and that it isn’t available in RV sizes.

On the other hand, you get a 365-night sleep trial with DreamCloud, free returns for a year, and a lifetime warranty.

Read our full DreamCloud mattress review.


Bear Trek

Bear Trek RV Mattress

Available in Standard and RV Sizes, including:

  • RV Bunk (33.5″ x 74″)
  • RV Queen (60″ x 74″)
  • RV King (72″ x 80″)

Best Bunk-Size Mattress

Whether you’re traveling solo in a small camper or you have bunk beds in your family RV, a quality bunk-size mattress is important for sleeping well on the road. Whatever your situation, the Bear Trek can help you get there.

The Bear Trek is designed to provide airflow and cooling, with a breathable cover and a layer of Cooling Gel Memory Foam. It’s anchored by a layer of High-Density Support Foam. All foams used in the Bear Trek have CertiPUR-US® certification, so you don’t have to worry about formaldehyde, mercury lead, and similar substances in the enclosed space of your motor home.

Regular price for an RV bunk size is $549. The Bear Trek comes with a lifetime warranty and a 120-night sleep trial.

Bear Trek review is coming soon.


Brooklyn Aurora Luxe

brooklyn aurora mattress

Available in Standard and RV Sizes, including:

  • Short Queen (60″ x 74″)
  • RV King (72″ x 80″)
  • RV Bunk (42″ x 80″)

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

At the end of a long day on the road, the last thing many RV travelers want is to spend the night losing their cool. Fortunately for hot sleepers, the Brooklyn Aurora Luxe is designed to help keep things from getting toasty as you sleep.

The Aurora Luxe has scored a 9.5/10 for cooling in Mattress Advisor’s testing and review process. This luxury hybrid mattress has cooling technology built into every layer, starting with a top foam layer that uses TitanCool beads to help regulate body temperature. However, price could be a sticking point—regular price for a short queen size is $1,874, not counting sales or discounts.

The sleep trial is 120 nights with a 30-night minimum and the warranty lasts 10 years.

Read our full Brooklyn Aurora Luxe mattress review.


How to Buy a Mattress for Your RV or Camper

Whether this is your first time road tripping in an RV or you’re a seasoned traveler, we have tips to help you find the best mattress for the journey.

In this guide, we’ll dive into:

What Makes an RV Mattress Different?

Your sleep on the road is just as important as it is when you’re at home. Though most RVs come with generic mattresses, they tend to be lumpy, stiff, and uncomfortable. Lack of sleep or repeated nights of bad sleep can adversely affect your mood: you become irritable, sad, or angry. Travel and vacation should be a time of peace, adventure, and relaxation, so choosing a quality RV mattress is important.

RV mattresses are shaped differently than regular mattresses—they need to fit easily and comfortably in compact spaces. They are typically about 6 inches shorter than average mattresses, less thick, and have specific dimensions that cut off corners to allow for easy navigation and door opening.

RV Mattress Sizes

As mentioned, RV mattresses tend to be a bit smaller than traditional mattress sizes to fit into compact spaces. Take a look at our chart below for a summary of different RV mattresses sizes. Note that the dimensions of various RV mattresses can vary, depending on the manufacturer.

Another thing to remember is that not all RVs use RV-size mattresses. Newer RVs in particular might be more likely to use standard sizes. Our best advice is a variation on the old carpenter’s saying: measure twice, buy once.

Check your owner’s manual, and then use a tape measure or a smartphone app to measure the space yourself. Only then can you be sure whether you need an RV-size mattress or a standard-size mattress.

RV Mattress Size RV Mattress Dimensions
RV Bunk 28″ x 75″
30″ x 75″
30″ x 80″
32″ x 74″
34″ x 75″
35″ x 79″
42″ x 80″
RV Twin 28″ x 75″
28″ x 80″
Narrow Twin 30″ x 75″
Three-Quarter 48″ x 75″
48″ x 72″
RV Full 53″ x 75″
RV Queen 60″ x 80″
RV Short Queen 60″ x 75″
RV King 72″ x 80″
RV Short King 72″ x 75″
RV California King 72″ x 84″

RV Twin

Twin mattresses are the most economical for an RV because they take up little space. They can be used alone, side by side, or in a bunk. Sometimes they can double as daytime seating or fold out from a table to save even more space. Dimensions include 28″ x 75″, 40″ x 80″ and the 30″ by 75″ narrow twin.

RV Bunk

Bunk mattresses are similar to twin sizes but are more specifically made for bunk beds in campers. Bunk mattresses fit perfectly in family-friendly travel vehicles such as fifth wheel trailers. The dimensions range from 28” x 75” to 42” x 80.”

RV Full

RV full mattresses are just like regular double mattresses except they are wider. They complement pull-out or fold-out couches and sofas the best in an RV. The dimensions range from 53” x 75” to 55” x 75.”

Three Quarter Queen Size

You guessed it: three quarter queen mattresses are 75% the size of a regular queen in both width and height. These are perfect for spaces in your RV with odd dimensions or placement. The dimensions range from 48” x 75” to 48” x 80.”

RV Queen

Though most RV mattresses aren’t the same dimension as regular mattress sizes, RV queen mattresses have the same dimension as your queen mattress at home. These fit well into pop-up trailers and tend to only have one size: 60” x 80.”

RV Short Queen Size

Short queen mattresses are 5 to 6 inches shorter than regular queen mattresses. This size is perfect for couples who rented a smaller travel vehicle. The dimensions range from 60” x 74” to 60” x 75.”

Olympic Queen

Olympic queen mattresses are 6 inches wider than a regular queen mattress—perfect for RVs that are wider than they are longer. These tend to only have one size: 66” x 80.”

RV King

King sizes are slightly narrower than regular king mattresses. These are often found in pop-up trailers. The dimensions range from 72” x 75” to 72” x 80.”

Eastern King Size

Eastern kings are rather new sizes for RVs. They are four inches wider than king-size mattresses. This size is perfect for couples who love space or parents who co-sleep. These tend to only have one size: 76” x 80.”

RV Cal King

California kings are more common in regular homes than in RVs. RV Cal kings are 4″ longer than regular RV kings. These are great for tall people or those who toss and turn. The dimensions range from 72” x 80” to 72” x 84.”

Types of RV Mattresses

Just like your at-home mattress, RV mattresses are made of different materials.

Memory Foam RV Mattress

Memory foam is the most popular type of RV mattress because of the gentle contouring comfort it provides. The foam adjusts to your body’s shape, and most offer great pressure relief. Although memory foam tends to sleep hot, some memory foam mattresses have cooling gel layers or utilize open-cell technology that promotes airflow.

Innerspring RV Mattress

Innerspring mattresses are of the most inexpensive options when it comes to RV mattresses. They are composed of metal coils surrounded with padding for combined comfort and support. Springs have a tendency to squeak, however, and metal coils have the potential to rust. Regardless, some people love the feel of a traditional mattress.

Latex RV Mattress

A latex mattress includes latex foams (either natural or synthetic) that are cool and supportive. Latex is a naturally antimicrobial material and is also mildew-resistant, so latex mattresses last longer. However, they aren’t great at providing cushion-like comfort; they often come across as firm.

Hybrid RV Mattress

Hybrid mattresses combine any of the materials above to make a comfortable sleeping experience that is often customized for a specific sleep style or issue, such as cooling. Hybrid mattresses work great for every sleep style and situation; however, because they often require many layers, it is rare that RV mattresses are made as hybrids.

RV Air Mattress

RV air beds are filled with air that you often have to pump yourself. They are great if you want to customize your firmness. Air beds also allow you more room in the RV because you can deflate them and pack them away until it is time to sleep again. The only issue you will run into is that you might not have a power source to blow up the air mattress with.

Benefits of an RV Mattress

When you’re in an RV, it is especially crucial to pay attention to your sleep because driving is involved. Drowsy driving can reduce reaction time and focus. A high-quality mattress in your RV makes pulling over to catch some Zs a simple solution to travel exhaustion.

Not only that, but RV mattresses are space savers as well. They are designed to take up the least amount of room in the car as possible, so there is more wiggle and storage space. The bigger your family, the better this feature becomes.

Because of elemental proximity, many RV mattresses are made to be hypoallergenic. If you already have allergies or sensitivities, RV mattresses are perfect for your travels.

What to Consider When Shopping for an RV Mattress

Type of Vehicle

If you’re already one of the estimated 10 million RV owners, chances are you know there is more than one type of RV. Each has a different layout, which will affect the type of RV mattress compatible with the RV itself.

  • Motor homes are RVs where the driver’s seat is attached to the interior. They come in three classes that vary in size: A, B, and C. Class A motor homes have the most room and could reasonably fit any size mattress. Class B motor homes are a bit smaller and often feature bunk beds. Depending on the layout, they could fit any size bed as well. C Class motor homes are the smallest and typically feature pull-out couches or sleeper sofas rather than beds.
  • Pop-up trailers are not attached to the vehicle directly, rather, they are towed behind a car or truck. They aren’t made for long trips, and the mattresses that come with them often aren’t removable. Mattress toppers are the most compatible with these RVs.
  • Travel trailers, like pop-up trailers, are towed behind a car or truck. These are rather large in size, but often utilize pull-out couches, or beds that fold out.
  • Fifth wheel trailers are those giant towable trailers with a raised forward section. Despite their size, these are the easiest type of towable trailers to maneuver because of the fifth wheel coupling. Trailers this size can sleep up to six people and could reasonably fit any size RV mattress—from twin to king sized.

Sleep Temperature

While most RVs contain air conditioning systems, they use a great deal of energy, and air easily escapes a vehicle. The ideal sleep temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees, and if you usually sleep hot, it might need to be even lower. Be sure that whatever mattress you decide on has cooling properties to combat the heat this summer.

Off-Gassing

If you choose to get a memory foam mattress, especially one made of polyurethane foam, be aware of the off-gassing process. Off-gassing is the strong “new mattress smell” that happens when you unbox your memory foam mattress.

Some side effects of off-gassing are headaches, dizziness, and nausea. To minimize this, unbox your mattress in an open, ventilated area. It should be left alone to off-gas for at least two days in a room that gets a good amount of airflow before it gets moved into the vehicle. If it gets brought into the RV before it’s done, the fumes could be overwhelming.

Accessories

If you can’t take out the built-in mattress that comes with your RV, there are some sleep accessories you can use to make it more comfortable.

  • Mattress Topper: A time tested solution to uncomfortable mattresses, mattress toppers will add a cozy layer of foam that can be easily cut and shaped to an RV mattress size. Toppers shaped specially for RVs are also available on Amazon.
  • Mattress Pad: A mattress pad works the same as a mattress topper by adding a cushioning layer between you and an uncomfortable mattress. They even have cooling options for people who sleep hot. However, mattress pads aren’t as amenable as toppers, so you will have to buy a special RV pad.
  • Bedding: Of course, there are special sheets and comforters to complement an RV mattress. These are mostly available on Amazon.

Warranty

RV mattresses tend to last an average of 7 years, so make sure that you secure a warranty at least that length of time or longer.

Recap: Our Picks for Best RV Mattress

A lot of thought goes into picking an RV mattress. It has to be the right size, type, and temperature. But, once you get your hands on the best one, your trip elevates. RVs make for great road trips and family bonding memories, so make sure you have the perfect mattress to complement your temporary home.

As a reminder, here are our top picks:

Mattress Award MA Score (out of 10)
Dreamfoam Essential Editor’s Pick 8.5
Signature Hybrid Best for Any Sleeping Position 8.8
Helix Midnight Best Mattress for Couples 8.7
DreamCloud Best Luxury Mattress 9.1
Bear Trek Best Bunk-Size Mattress N/A
Aurora Luxe Best for Hot Sleepers 8.8

FAQs

The best RV mattress is one that fits the following criteria: it fits in your RV, camper, or trailer, it’s supportive enough to hold your weight and it’s comfortable enough to give you good sleep. The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid, Brooklyn Aurora Luxe, and Dreamfoam Essential (all made by Brooklyn Bedding) are among our top-rated mattresses available in RV sizes.

Not all mattresses in an RV have to specifically be RV mattresses. You can purchase a regular mattress with mattress measurements that complement the RV space, but be sure to measure that space before you buy.

You can make your existing RV mattress more comfortable by using any mattress accessories. Explore these RV mattress toppers which add extra pressure relief and mattress pads add extra cushion. Opt for open-cell foam or breathable material if you sleep hot.