Best Twin Mattresses of 2022

By Loren Bullock

Nov 21st, 2022

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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 2022.

Our Top Picks for Best Twin Mattress

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Nectar

nectar original mattress updated
Nectar

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for

  • Budget-conscious shoppers
  • Works with most foundations
  • Back and side sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

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 Bedding Signature

brooklyn signature mattress
Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

Best Mattress for Adults

Best for

  • Average-weight adults
  • Hot sleepers
  • Side sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Choose your preference: Available in soft, medium or firm

trial period

120 days

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.


Leesa

Leesa Original mattress in emerald colored room
Leesa

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for

  • The side sleeping position
  • Fans of memory foam
  • Sleepers with back pain
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9.1/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The Leesa is an all-foam, medium-firm mattress that strikes a balance between comfort and support. The combination of contouring memory foam and thick, durable polyfoam makes it a solid match for side sleepers. You should be able to find pressure relief without feeling like you’re sinking too far into the bed.

In fact, the Leesa is one of our highest-ranking mattresses on our site, and scored exceptionally high for spinal alignment and durability. This should make it not only a long-lasting investment, but one that’s healthy for your posture.

Additionally, the Leesa is surprisingly good at keeping cool for an all-foam mattress, since it utilizes cooling features such as a cooling twill cover and breathable polyfoam. In fact, we give it an 8.5/10 cooling score.

Read our full Leesa mattress review or explore the best mattresses for side sleepers.

Saatva Classic

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Saatva Classic

Best Innerspring Mattress

Best for

  • Those who want various firmness options
  • People with back pain
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

After careful evaluation, we chose the Saatva Classic as the best twin-size innerspring mattress. 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.


DreamCloud

DreamCloud Mattress
DreamCloud

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

Best for

  • People who sleep hot
  • People with back or hip pain
  • Seniors

 

customer rating

4.7/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

365 days

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.


Saatva Youth

Saatva Youth Product
Saatva Youth

Best Mattress for Toddlers

Best for

  • Children ages 3 and up
  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Shoppers who want multiple firmness options
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.5/10

firmness

Dual-sided

trial period

365 days

The Saatva Youth is a luxury innerspring mattress specially made for younger children. It sleeps children 3 years of age and older, so your child can grow with this mattress as they go through grade school.

The mattress is composed of all eco-friendly materials, including an 100% organic cotton cover, a 5-zone support layer, a dual-side coil unit, and a high density support foam.

The Saatva Youth comes with dual-sided comfort and firmness levels, ideal for growing children whose sleep preferences are bound to change over time. The Saatva Youth is constructed with kid-safe, eco-friendly materials, including a quilted organic, water-resistant and accident-resistant cotton cover that also keeps out dust mites.

Read our full Saatva Youth mattress review.

Nolah Natural

Nolah Natural Overview
Nolah Natural

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for:

  • Back pain sufferers
  • People with allergies
  • Light- to average-weight sleepers
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Meidum-Firm: 5.5/10

trial period

120 days

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.


Bear

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Bear

Best Mattress for Kids

Best for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Restless sleepers
  • Young athletes
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium firm: 7.1/10

trial period

120 days

When buying a twin mattress for your child, you want to know you’re making the right choice. The Bear 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 mattress review.


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?

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:

Good 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

Bad for

  • 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

Sleeping Position

  • 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.

Material

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

Age

  • 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.

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

Cooling

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.

Thickness

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.

Bed Frame

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

Mattress Award MA Score
Nectar Best Memory Foam Mattress 8.7/10
Brooklyn Signature Best Mattress for Adults 8.8/10
Leesa Best for Side Sleepers 9.1/10
Saatva Classic Best Innerspring Mattress 9/10
DreamCloud Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers 9/10
Saatva Youth Best Mattress for Toddlers 8.5/10
Nolah Natural Best Mattress for Back Pain 8.7/10
Bear Best Mattress for Kids 8.6/10

Twin Mattress FAQs

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.

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.

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″.

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.

Finding the right mattress can improve not only your nights but also your days.

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