Best Twin Mattresses of 2022

By Loren Bullock

May 25th, 2022

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.


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Our Top Picks for Best Twin Mattress

Why You Can Trust Mattress Advisor

At Mattress Advisor, we know how important a good mattress is to getting great sleep. We’ve tested each mattress on our list in our mattress lab using a comprehensive assessment. We use a combination of customer reviews and a proprietary testing methodology to conduct our reviews.

We test and rate factors including pressure relief, spinal alignment, edge support, responsiveness, and motion transfer. Our final Mattress Advisor score is a weighted score out of 10, taking into account the mattress’ ratings in each of these factors.


Saatva

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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

4.9/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

After careful evaluation, we chose the Saatva mattress as the best twin-size innerspring mattress. The Saatva 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. The Saatva is also an ideal mattress for hot sleepers, and it scored highly on cooling thanks to its excellent breathability.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Brooklyn Bedding Signature

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Brooklyn Signature

Best Mattress for Adults

Best for

  • 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 make a great option for adults as well. 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.


Nectar

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Nectar

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for

  • Budget-conscious shoppers
  • Couples who share a bed
  • Back, stomach, 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 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.


Nest Puffin

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Puffin

Best Mattress for Bunk Beds

Best for

  • Kids
  • Fans of memory foam
  • Shoppers who want good edge support
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

8.5/10

firmness

2.5-3 out of 10

trial period

100 days

Perfect for children of all ages, the Puffin mattress by Nest Bedding is a high-quality memory foam at a budget-friendly price. The Puffin is composed of two nontoxic foam layers: a 2” supportive Energex foam and a 5” foam base layer for edge support. Edge support is especially important to consider for young children at risk of falling off the side of the bed.

The Puffin works on any base, including bunk beds. It’s been named one of best mattresses for kids overall. This memory foam twin mattress offers excellent plushness to guarantee your child a restful night’s sleep. The Puffin guarantees comfort without breaking the bank.

Read our full Nest Puffin mattress review.


Leesa

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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.

Read our full Leesa mattress review.


Casper

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Casper

Best Mattress for Kids

Best for

  • A first bed for growing children
  • Budget-conscious shoppers
  • Shoppers who prioritize edge support
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

9.1/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

When buying a twin mattress for your child, you want to know you’re making the right choice. The Casper original can put your mind at ease and keep your child sleeping soundly.

The Casper scores 10/10 for responsiveness and 9.5/10 for edge support in our testing lab, making it a natural for kids who never stop moving, even at night. It can handle any sleeping position, although it’s best for side sleepers and combination sleepers. The Casper also features an attractive price for twin ($895) and twin XL ($995).

Only two potential drawbacks really stand out. As an all-memory foam mattress, the Casper will probably sleep hotter than innerspring or hybrid models. The 100-night sleep trial is standard, but some competitors offer a longer tryout period.

Read our full Casper mattress review.


Tuft & Needle

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Tuft & Needle

Best Mattress for Teenagers

Best for

  • The “average” sleeper
  • Budget-conscious shoppers
  • People with neck or back pain
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The Tuft & Needle mattress combines a medium-firm feel with the pressure relief and support of memory foam plus the breathability of latex. This makes it a great option for teenagers who are still figuring out what kind of mattress or firmness level they prefer.

Read More: Best Mattress for Teenagers

The Tuft & Needle mattress is made of 3 layers: a top layer of cooling foam, a bottom layer of support foam, and an airy fabric to keep you cool. Combining the best of memory comfort foam and durability, the Tuft & Needle rated highly on measures of pressure relief, spinal alignment, and edge support.

And with a 10-year warranty and CertiPUR-US certified foam, Tuft & Needle guarantees you will sleep both safe and happy for the mattress’s lifespan.

Read our full Tuft & Needle 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.


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.

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.

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
  • Firmer 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

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.


Recap: Our Top Picks for the Best Twin Mattresses

Mattress Award MA Score
Saatva Best Innerspring Mattress 9/10
Brooklyn Signature Best Mattress for Adults 8.8/10
Nectar Best Memory Foam Mattress 8.7/10
Nest Puffin Best Mattress for Bunk Beds 8.5/10
Leesa Best for Side Sleepers 9.1/10
Casper Best Mattress for Kids 9.1/10
Tuft & Needle Best Mattress for Teenagers 8.7/10
Saatva Youth Best Mattress for Toddlers 8.5/10

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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