Best Twin Mattresses of 2023
Jan 6th, 2023 •
We’ve tested and reviewed dozens of mattresses to determine the best twin mattresses on the market. In this guide, we’ll share our list of top-rated twin mattresses and tell you what to shop for in our buyer’s guide. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, be sure to check out our top picks for the best mattresses of 2023.
Our Top Picks for Best Twin Mattress
- Best Memory Foam Mattress – Nectar
- Best Mattress for Adults – Brooklyn Signature Hybrid
- Best Mattress for Kids – Bear Original
- Best Innerspring Mattress – Saatva Classic
- Best Mattress for Side Sleepers – Helix Midnight
- Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers – DreamCloud
- Best Mattress for Edge Support – The WinkBed
- Best Mattress for Back Pain – Nolah Natural
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Best Memory Foam Mattress
- Budget-conscious shoppers
- Works with most foundations
- Back and side sleepers
The original Nectar mattress is a solid choice for the sleeper who prefers a memory foam mattress on a budget. Nectar is compatible with most mattress foundations including solid and slatted platforms, adjustable bases, box springs and bunkie boards. The medium-firm mattress matches up with most sleeping positions.
The Nectar’s medium feel coupled with a responsive surface, breathable gel memory foam, and pressure-relieving properties make it a great option for all types of sleepers and most body types.
The Nectar also offers a generous lifetime warranty for as long as you own the mattress. Nectar ships their mattresses for free and delivers within 2-5 business days. The return policy offers free returns and a full-year trial period, giving you time to decide if it’s the best bed for you.
Read our full Nectar mattress review or check out our top picks for the best memory foam mattresses.
Brooklyn Signature Hybrid
Best Mattress for Adults
- Average-weight adults
- Hot sleepers
- Side sleepers
Choose your preference: Available in soft, medium or firm
Not only do twin mattresses make a great option for children, because of their space-saving nature and affordability they also make a great option for adults—just as long as they’re under 6-foot-3. The Brooklyn Signature is an especially great option because of its excellent edge support, pressure relief, and spinal alignment.
Because of its solid edge support, sinkage around the perimeter of the Brooklyn Signature is less likely, which is important since the surface of a twin mattress is quite small. The solid pressure relief and spinal alignment in the Signature helps to ensure that you fall asleep and wake up free of aches.
Every Brooklyn Signature, even the twin, comes with a 120-night trial and a 10-year warranty.
Read our full Brooklyn Signature mattress review.
Best Mattress for Kids
- Back and stomach sleepers
- Restless sleepers
- Young athletes
Medium firm: 6.5/10
When buying a twin mattress for your child, you want to know you’re making the right choice. The Bear Original mattress can put your mind at ease and keep your child sleeping soundly.
The Bear scores 9/10 for responsiveness and 8.5/10 for edge support in our testing lab, making it a natural for kids who never stop moving, even at night. It can handle back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combination sleepers, but young side sleepers may find it a bit too firm for their liking. The Bear also features an attractive price for twin ($748) and twin XL ($811).
We did notice a slight odor that lingered for a few minutes when we unboxed the Bear mattress. We recommend you give it plenty of time to air out before your child sleeps on it.
Read our full Bear Original mattress review.
Best Innerspring Mattress
- Fans of the “springy” coil feel
- People with back pain
- Hot sleepers
The Saatva Classic is made of a dual coil layer, which makes it a super durable choice. Thanks to its luxury materials, including a coil on coil construction, memory foam and a euro pillow-top, the Saatva is made to last a long time.
During purchase, the Saatva also offers three firmness options: plush soft, luxury firm, and firm. That way, you can choose the firmness level that best suits your sleep preferences. The durable Saatva also has been named one of our best mattresses that resist sagging.
The Saatva is also a great option for people with back pain. Its luxury design earned a near-perfect score in spinal alignment, meaning it allows for the natural curve of your spine to be maintained as you sleep, and it does so without sacrificing comfort. It’s is also an ideal mattress for hot sleepers, and it scored highly on cooling thanks to its excellent breathability.
Read our full Saatva Classic mattress review. To see more coil beds, check out our best innerspring mattresses.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
- The side sleeping position
- Fans of foam/coil hybrids
- Sleepers with back pain
A good mattress for side sleepers should have certain qualities to address the strain that this sleeping position puts on your body, especially the shoulders and hips. The Helix Midnight passes the test, thanks largely to its pressure-relieving properties. In Mattress Advisor testing, it earns an 8.5/10 pressure relief score.
The Midnight performs even better for spine alignment (9/10 score), which is important for helping side sleepers maintain a healthy, comfortable sleep posture. The key features include a pressure-relieving layer of Memory Plus Foam and a polyfoam transition layer that sit atop a supportive coil system.
Although the Helix Midnight is a bit on the firm side (about a 7/10 firmness level), the foam layers should keep your shoulders and hips gently cushioned.
Read our full Helix Midnight mattress review or check out our roundup of the best mattresses for side sleepers.
Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
- People who sleep hot
- People with back or hip pain
The DreamCloud mattress provides a luxury feel at an affordable price. Consisting of three foam layers and a support layer of pocketed coils, the construction of the DreamCloud is reminiscent of a high end hotel mattress—in other words, it impressed us with its durability, support, and pressure relieving abilities.
Comfort and support are important for sleepers or all ages, but so too is temperature regulation. The DreamCloud scored an 8.5/10 in this area thanks in large part to its breathable hybrid construction and cooling cashmere cover. So, whether you or your child are sleeping on the DreamCloud you’ll be less likely to wake up with a sheen of sweat.
The DreamCloud mattress comes with a generous lifetime warranty and a 365-night sleep trial.
Read our full DreamCloud mattress review.
WinkBeds Luxury Firm
Best Mattress for Edge Support
- Supportive surface
- Multiple firmness options
- Outstanding durability
Medium firm: 6/10
With little room to spare on a narrow twin-size mattress, support around the edges is crucial. The WinkBed hybrid has one of the best testing scores for edge support—a near-perfect 9.75/10—of any mattress we’ve reviewed. You should feel supported throughout the night, even if you toss and turn or change sleeping positions.
Edge support is only one of the WinkBed’s positive qualities, though. It also earns a 9/10 score in responsiveness (good for restless sleepers and combination sleepers) and a perfect 10/10 score for durability. The four firmness options make it easy for you to choose the feel that best suits your sleeping position.
You get a 120-night sleep trial to try out your new WinkBed, which is also backed by a lifetime warranty.
Read our full WinkBed mattress review. You can also see our sleep resources section to find out why edge support is important.
Best Mattress for Back Pain
- Back pain sufferers
- People with allergies
- Light- to average-weight sleepers
Back pain can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Thankfully, back pain can be mitigated with the right mattress. The Nolah Natural is a hybrid mattress that has a lot of great things going for it, but we think its HDMax™️ Tri-Zone™️ Support Coil System is where it really shines.
This hand-crafted layer of coils provides back support and helps to keep your spine aligned to its natural curve, two essential elements for less pain and better sleep. The Nolah Natural also does a good job of relieving pressure in other sensitive areas like the shoulders and hips, which is especially important for side sleepers.
One thing to be aware of is that the Nolah Natural doesn’t have the best edge support, so if you’re a larger individual and your aches and pains make it difficult to get in and out of bed then you might find that the Nolah’s perimeter doesn’t give you the support you need.
Read our full Nolah Natural mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for back pain.
Twin-Size Mattress Buyer’s Guide
Here at Mattress Advisor, we know that shopping for a new mattress can be confusing. With so many options on the market these days, it’s hard to know which is the best mattress to suit your needs.
In this guide, we’ll cover topics including:
- Who is a Twin Mattress Good (or Bad) for?
- Comparing Twin vs Full Size Mattresses
- What to Consider When Shopping
Who is a Twin Mattress Good (or Bad) for?
One of the first decisions you have to make when you’re buying a new mattress is which size you want. A standard twin (38 inches wide by 75 inches long) is the smallest size that most mattress companies offer. Although “kid size” might be the first thought that pops into your mind, twin mattresses are actually useful in more places than a child’s bedroom.
Here’s a look at who a twin-size mattress might be good for, and bad for:
- Children past the toddler stage, usually ages 3 and up
- Pre-teens and teenagers
- College students
- Single people in studio apartments
- Homeowners with small guest bedrooms
- People taller than 6’3″
- Couples and co-sleepers
- Single sleepers with kids or pets
For people above 6’3″, the length of a standard twin leaves little if any legroom room to spare. Taller people should consider the twin XL size, which is the same width but 5 inches longer.
Related: Twin vs Twin XL
Comparing Twin vs Full Size Mattresses
What separates a twin mattress from a full mattress? No length, but quite a bit of width. A full size is 15 inches (or 1 foot and three inches) wider than a twin.
- Twin—38″ x 75″
- Full—53″ x 75″
A full size mattress could be an opportunity to upgrade from a twin or twin XL, if you don’t have the room or the budget to get a queen size. Queen might be the classic couple size, but it’s likely that two average-size adults could sleep comfortably in a full mattress too. Full size mattresses might also be an option for larger, heavier solo sleepers under 6’3” tall.
Keep in mind that a full mattress will probably cost $200 more than a twin or twin XL, but still about $100 less than a queen size.
Related: Best Full-Size Mattresses
What to Consider When Shopping
- Side sleepers: Side sleepers will want a mattress that offers good pressure relief. If you sleep on your side, you may be prone to experiencing heightened tension in your hips and shoulders. In addition to pressure relief, side sleepers will want a mattress that offers good spinal alignment. Otherwise, you may sink too far into the mattress, causing you back pain.
- Back sleepers: Back sleeping is said to be the best sleeping position for your spine, neck, and back and is known to promote good posture. However, if you sleep on your back, it’s also important that you pick the right mattress. Back sleepers tend to be most comfortable on medium-firm mattresses. Also, you will want a bed with a contouring ability to support your body.
- Stomach sleepers: If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, you are unfortunately more prone to experiencing lower back pain. To counter this, you should look for a medium-firm mattress with a soft top layer and excellent pain-relieving properties.
- Combination sleepers: People who alternate between sleep positions (usually side and back) during the night are combination sleepers. A medium or medium-firm mattress with good responsiveness makes it easier for them to move around without exerting too much energy.
Knowing what your twin mattress is made of, and why it matters, is one of the keys to making the best decision. Here’s a breakdown of different mattress materials and their respective advantages and disadvantages:
|Pros Include:||Cons Include:|
|Memory Foam||Pressure relief, spine alignment, body contouring||Tendency to sleep hot, not ideal for heavy people|
|Innerspring||Breathability, airflow, edge support||Lack of pressure relief, poor motion isolation|
|Latex||Responsiveness, pressure relief, naturally derived||Lack of responsiveness, can be more expensive|
|Hybrid||“Best of both worlds” design, durability, cooling effects||Can be more expensive, often very heavy|
- Toddlers: When buying a bed for your toddler, safety and support should be the priority. Consider buying a softer, plush mattress for maximum comfort. Also, be sure the bed is a comfortable height from the ground so your child can climb in and out without the risk of injury.
- Kids: A kid-friendly mattress should be comfortable, safe, and affordable. While mattresses can get expensive, it’s not necessary to spend more than $500 on a child’s mattress that they’ll eventually grow out of. If your child has allergies, consider a hypoallergenic mattress such as one made with organic latex materials.
- Teenagers: Teenagers need a mattress that accommodates their growth spurts and active lifestyles. Athletes, especially, will benefit from a bed that comes with cooling and pressure relieving properties.
- Adults: Or maybe we should say adult, singular. At just 38″ wide, twin size is just too narrow for two adults to sleep comfortably, even if they’re slender. Adult solo sleepers should consider the usual factors such as materials, sleeping position, and firmness.
Ideal firmness for a twin mattress depends not just on comfort preferences but also the age and size of the sleeper and their sleeping position. Here are some general guidelines, using the 1-10 mattress firmness scale:
- Soft mattresses, between 3/10 and 4/10, are recommended mostly for toddlers (kids ages 1-3)
- Medium or medium-firm mattresses, between 5.5/10 and 6.5/10, cover a wide range of sleepers, including infants and average-weight adults who sleep on their side or back
- Firm mattresses, 7/10 or higher, are typically good for heavier people, stomach sleepers, and people with back pain
Related: How to Choose Your Mattress Firmness by Sleeping Position
A good cooling mattress for hot sleepers can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep without being disturbed by night sweats or overheating. Features to look for include gel-infused memory foam, aerated latex, and lightweight covers made with breathable materials.
You can find mattresses anywhere from 6 inches thick to 15 inches thick. As a general rule, a thickness less than 10 inches won’t provide the needed support and durability for nightly use by an adult. On the other hand, twin mattresses for pre-teens can probably be 8 or 9 inches thick with no ill effects.
Mattresses for heavier people, above 230 pounds, should probably be at least 12 inches thick in most cases.
There are many kinds of frames compatible with twin mattresses, including box springs, bunk beds, trundle beds, and day beds. Box springs are the most common and easy to find. Bunk beds are popular among children, while trundle beds and daybeds provide more sleeping space and storage.
Trial and Warranty
When you purchase an online mattress, make sure you read the fine print before placing your order. Trial periods of 100 days are the most common, but some brands offer full-year trial periods. A 10-year mattress warranty is more of less the industry standard, but some companies offer 20-year or lifetime warranties.
Related: See more details in our comprehensive Mattress Buying Guide.
Recap: Our Top Picks for the Best Twin Mattresses
|Nectar||Best Memory Foam Mattress||8.7/10|
|Brooklyn Signature Hybrid||Best Mattress for Adults||8.8/10|
|Bear Original||Best Mattress for Kids||8.6/10|
|Saatva Classic||Best Innerspring Mattress||9/10|
|Helix Midnight||Best Mattress for Side Sleepers||8.7/10|
|DreamCloud||Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers||9/10|
|The WinkBed||Best Mattress for Edge Support||8.6/10|
|Nolah Natural||Best Mattress for Back Pain||8.7/10|
Twin Mattress FAQs
How much should a good twin mattress cost?
Our best estimate is somewhere between $500 and $900, or you can meet in the middle at $700. The average price for the featured mattresses on this page is around $725, and in terms of quality, their average Mattress Advisor score is 8.8/10. So, paying around $700 for a high-quality twin mattress makes pretty good financial sense.
How big is a twin-size mattress?
A standard twin is 38″ x 75″, which translates to 3 feet 2 inches wide and 6 feet 3 inches long. Less common sizes include RV twin (28″ x 75″) and narrow twin (30″ x 75″). The longer standard twin XL (38″ x 80″) is a common size for college dorms and small apartments.
Do two twin-size mattresses make a king?
Only if you’re talking about twin XLs. A split king mattress comes in two pieces, each one the size of a twin XL, for a combined space of 76″ X 80″—the same as a one-piece standard king. The combined space of two twin-size mattresses placed side by side would be the same width but 5 inches shorter—76″ by 75″.
Is a twin mattress good for adults?
Twin mattresses are fine for average-size or smaller adults. People taller than 6’3″ will likely prefer a twin XL, since it’s 5 inches longer and offers more leg room. Twin mattresses are not ideal for couples who share a bed.
Best Twin XL Mattresses
After hundreds of hours of independent testing, we bring you the 10 best twin XL mattresses in 2021 and tips on how to choose the best mattress for you.
Twin Vs Twin XL Mattress
Deciding between a twin vs. twin xl mattress is a matter of person size and room size. Let’s walk through some considerations so you can decide which is best for you.