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Back sleeping is the second most common sleeping position behind side sleeping. When searching for the best mattresses for back sleepers, proper spine alignment is probably the most crucial factor. In order to achieve this, a mattress must provide support to the hips and shoulders without putting too much pressure on them. Thus, an even sleep surface with some conforming but no sagging is usually the best bed for back sleepers.

To provide ideal support for back sleepers, a mattress must have the right firmness — and sleepers of different body types tend to have different requirements. Average-weight back sleepers often favor a medium to medium-firm feel. Lightweight individuals may prefer a softer option, while heavyweight sleepers often appreciate a firmer model.

With so many mattresses to choose from, selecting the best mattress for your sleep needs and preferences can seem complicated. In this guide, we’ll try to simplify the shopping process by sharing our top picks for the best mattresses for back sleepers and explaining criteria that can affect a back sleeper’s comfort.

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“The WinkBed’s versatile range of firmness options make this luxury hybrid suitable for back sleepers in any weight group, as well as combination sleepers who switch between their back and other positions. Cushy comfort layers, zoned coils, and a breathable cover add to the broad appeal, and a generous return policy means you can test out additional designs if your initial choice doesn’t work out.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Euro-top hybrid design combines surface padding and strong support

    2. Reinforced midsection prevents sagging around the hips and lumbar

    3. Tencel cover and coil system help keep the mattress cool

  • Cons

    1. Strong off-gassing smells may linger for the first few nights

    2. Limited options for those seeking an exceptionally plush mattress

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,149 – $2,049

Trial Period

120 nights (30 night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Matt S.

5/5

“Love that it is firm but has a bit of softness on top. Don’t wake up with back pain at all. I can sit, practically fall into bed, on my side and my wife doesn’t feel it at all. Couldn’t be happier with our new bed.”

Mark R.

4/5

“Overall I’d recommend this bed as supportive and comfortable. The only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is it could use a little more edge support when entering and exiting the bed and it is a touch too firm for my wife.”

Kristen P.

5/5

“The inner springs don’t squeak, the foam top layer is cushioning without being enveloping, and both of us have noticed a great improvement in our back pain.”

With four firmness options, the WinkBed can closely match the needs and preferences of most back sleepers, regardless of their weight group. We’re highlighting the Luxury Firm WinkBed for back sleepers thanks to a medium firm (6) feel that delivers comfortable cushioning and a highly supportive feel. After testing the Luxury Firm, we’ve found the mattress particularly well-suited to people who primarily sleep on their backs and weigh up to 230 pounds.

The Luxury Firm is constructed with a Euro-top surface padded with plush, gel-infused foam. Another cooling component is the cover composed of breathable, moisture-wicking Tencel fabric. A reinforced midsection promotes better spinal alignment by preventing excessive sagging around the midsection. To accomplish this, the coil support core is zoned to be sturdier around the hips.

The coils are also reinforced along the perimeter to create an exceptionally stable edge, which may allow sleepers to use more of the mattress surface. Individual wrapping around the coils helps to limit motion transfer while allowing air circulation.

The Luxury Firm WinkBed is competitively priced and shipping is free for all orders within the contiguous U.S. WinkBeds provides a lifetime warranty and a 120-night sleep trial with the mattress.

“Helix builds on one of the brand’s most popular standard hybrids with the Dusk Luxe, a Euro-top design with soft yet supportive foam layers and robust multi-zone coils. Cooling features and a reinforced perimeter add to the enduringly comfortable build — back sleepers on our team weighing up to 230 pounds were particularly impressed.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Quilted pillow-top with Tencel cover

    2. Excellent balance of contouring and support

    3. Coil system is zoned to provide enhanced lumbar support

  • Cons

    1. Potentially too soft for back sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Foam layers temporarily emit an unpleasant odor after the mattress is unboxed

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,099 – $2,299

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Diane V.

4/5

“We are enjoying our new mattress, and I notice my hips and arms aren’t falling asleep. For a new mattress, it has been relatively easy to get used to.”

Tiffany M.

3/5

“The bed is very comfortable, but the cooling fabric is slippery, so the sheets do not stay on the mattress very well.”

Robert M.

5/5

“The Dawn Luxe delivers on the description of the mattress. It is medium firm, with some give and then support. For combination sleepers, back, side and stomach, it seems to be very comfortable in all these positions.”

An ideal mattress for back sleepers is one that’s supportive enough to keep the spine aligned but soft enough to prevent pressure buildup. The Helix Dusk Luxe is a hybrid bed that hits these marks. The sophisticated design makes it an excellent fit for back sleepers who are looking for a strong balance of support and cushion.

With a medium firm (6) feel, the Helix Dusk Luxe features a six-layer construction measuring 14 inches thick. The bed begins with a layer of Helix Dynamic Foam, a proprietary polyfoam with a latex-like quality that is more responsive than memory foam. This is followed by a thick layer of memory foam that offers deep contouring, and then a transitional layer of polyfoam that prevents the body from sinking too deep. Beneath the foam layers is a support core of pocketed coils, and on top of the bed is a quilted pillow-top with a Tencel cover.

While the foam layers offer excellent contouring to help prevent painful pressure buildup, the use of firmer polyfoams enables this model to provide more support than some other foam beds might offer. The coil system is also zoned to provide enhanced lumbar support to the hips and additional cushion to the shoulders, with the intention of promoting proper sleep posture. If you tend to run hot during sleep, the Tencel cover is designed to increase breathability and the coil system enables air to flow through the interior.

The mattress ships free throughout the U.S. Helix provides a 100-night sleep trial, with full refunds issued to customers who try out the mattress for at least 30 days. The bed also comes with a 15-year warranty.

“In today’s rather expensive mattress market, the Nectar Adjustable Bundle is a refreshingly affordable offer. You get one of Nectar’s all-foam or hybrid mattresses, along with the brand’s popular adjustable bed base and a full bedding set. Deals like this are really hard to beat.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Affordably priced bundle includes an all-foam mattress, adjustable bed base, and full bedding set

    2. Choose any Nectar mattress for the set

    3. All mattresses come with yearlong sleep trials

  • Cons

    1. May be overkill if you’re just looking for a new mattress

    2. Some Nectar mattresses absorb and trap body heat

Mattress Type

Foam

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price

$1,398

Trial Period

50 nights

Customer Reviews

Meri F.

5/5

“My back is so much improved after sleeping on my Nectar mattress at zero gravity setting on the adjustable frame. No more stiffness in the AM, and low back pain is nearly gone!”

Ann A.

5/5

“Assembly was straightforward, construction is solid and ease of use with the provided remotes is very good. The only recommendation I would make is to ditch all the LED lighting on the sides of the bed. It interferes with good sleep!”

Jacquel B.

4/5

“I love my Nectar adjustable base! It has helped with my quality of sleep, shoulder pain, and I love setting up to read at night. We love the vibration/message feature and use it every night.”

The Nectar Adjustable Bundle offers unparalleled value for anyone hoping to completely refurbish their sleep space. Each purchase includes a Nectar mattress of your choice, either of the brand’s adjustable bed bases, and a bedding set consisting of a pillow, mattress protector, and sheets. On top of the savings, you can test each component for at least 50 nights before deciding whether to keep the bundle or return it for a full refund.

The flagship Nectar Mattress is a true crowd-pleaser thanks to its adaptive, all-foam design and supportive medium firm (6) build. You can upgrade to add one of the company’s more luxurious mattresses, such as the Nectar Premier or Premier Copper. Our tests show all Nectar mattress models are especially well suited for side and back sleepers who need extra cushioning beneath their shoulders and hips. Superior motion isolation also makes these mattresses ideal for couples.

Standard bundles include the Nectar Classic Adjustable Bed, which offers a wide range of motion for elevating your upper and lower body. For an additional charge, you can swap out this base for the Nectar Premier Adjustable Bed. This base features all the bells and whistles of the Classic model, along with a massage mode and presets for zero gravity and snoring reduction.

Twin XL, full, and queen sizes are available. You can also opt for a split king if you and your partner have different position preferences. Nectar provides free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, ensuring ample time to test it out in your bedroom and decide whether it’s right for you. Other bundle components come with 50-night trials. A lifetime warranty covers structural and material defects in the mattress as long as you retain original ownership.

“Innovative coil-on-coil construction sets the Saatva Classic apart from traditional innersprings, and one of the reasons why this mattress has remained enduringly popular with sleepers. The zoned memory foam cushion is particularly helpful for back sleepers with frequent aches and pains in their lumbar region.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Dual-coil system and foam lumbar enhancement support proper spinal alignment

    2. Available in choice of three firmness levels

    3. Advanced hybrid design balances support and pressure relief

  • Cons

    1. Responsive design can produce motion transfer and disrupt sleep for couples

    2. All returns incur a $99 fee

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$995 – $2,710

Trial Period

365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

Customer Reviews

Chang L.

5/5

“I’m a back and occasional side sleeper, and absolutely love this bed. My husband is a stomach sleeper and would prefer his bed to be a tiny bit firmer.”

Nancy

2/5

“If you like a firm mattress, Saatva Classic may be for you. If, like me, you are used to a plush pillow top mattress and you want a soft plush mattress, you should keep looking. This is a nice mattress, but it is NOT soft.”

Sunny B.

4/5

“I love my new Saatva classic full, luxury firm matress. I went with the 14.5″ and I’m really happy with it. I didn’t give 5 stars because it is softer than I expected from a ‘firm’ mattress, but maybe it’s just a matter of getting used to it.”

The Saatva Classic is a hybrid mattress with a dual coil system, foam comfort layers and a plush-pillow top. The bed comes in three firmness options, which can accommodate back sleepers of different weights.While back sleepers usually favor a medium or medium firm feel, this varies between weight groups.

The Saatva Classic’s hybrid design balances support and pressure relief. A Euro pillow top with an organic cotton cover uses polyfoam to cushion the surface of the bed. A thin layer of memory foam near the midsection of the bed cradles and supports the sleeper’s hips.

A layer of pocketed coils within the comfort system contours to the sleeper’s body without restricting airflow. Since the coils are individually pocketed, very little motion is transferred between them, minimizing disruptions to co-sleepers. Finally, a layer of Bonnell coils acts as the mattress’s support core. These coils give the mattress bounce and stable support.

The Saatva Classic comes in three firmness options: soft (3), medium firm (6), and firm (8). It also comes in two thickness options: 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. Since back sleepers often favor firmer mattresses, the firm option may be a particularly good match for back sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds. Sleepers under 130 pounds may prefer the soft or medium firm model for extra conforming.

The Saatva Classic comes with free White Glove delivery, during which a team comes to your residence unpackage and setup the mattress. Saatva also provides a 365-night trial period and a lifetime warranty for the mattress.

“The DreamCloud’s gentle, cloud-like contour is ideal for back sleepers with persistent pain in their shoulders, lumbar region, and hips. Cushy foam layers hug the body closely, while sturdy coils push back against your weight to prevent you from sinking too much — this medium firm balance is the best of both worlds for people who weigh 230 pounds or less. – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Foam and coil design offers strong balance of cushioning and support

    2. Cashmere blend cover feels soft to the touch

    3. 365-night sleep trial

  • Cons

    1. Strong initial off-gassing can occur

    2. Foam layers may hinder movement across the surface

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$499 – $999

Trial Period

365 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Lori S.

5/5

“I wasn’t sure how the mattress was going to affect my injured neck and sensitive back. I’m very pleased to say that I could not be more comfortable.”

Steven A.

2/5

“The mattress itself is high quality and super easy to set up. It didn’t take long to take its full regular shape once unboxed and opened up. Sadly, it’s just not firm enough for me.”

Thomas G.

4/5

“We are enjoying our new mattress. The one drawback for me is the edge support.”

The DreamCloud Mattress is a hybrid model that combines foam layers on top with a supportive coil system on the bottom. The even balance of cushioning and support makes this an excellent choice for back sleepers, especially those who enjoy beds with a plush, comfortable surface.

The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel and begins with polyfoam quilted into the cover, followed by a thick layer of memory foam. The foam layers feel exceptionally plush and conform closely to your body, and the cover’s cashmere blend fabric enhances the softness. Beneath is a transitional layer of polyfoam that conforms to your body but has a firmer feel than the previous foam layers. This keeps your body from sagging too much. The support core contains a pocketed coil system designed with extra support to the midsection.

The strong contouring in the foam helps relieve pressure off heavier parts of the body, such as the hips, shoulders, and spine. This will benefit sleepers who wake up with soreness in those areas. Meanwhile the coils generate ample support to balance out the cushioning, which helps ensure healthy spinal alignment. The strong mix of support and contouring caters to a wide range of sleep positions and body types, but the bed earns especially high marks for back sleepers and side sleepers above 130 pounds.

While many hybrid beds allow motion to transfer across the surface, the DreamCloud’s plush foam isolates motion more effectively than many competing hybrids. This may appeal to sleepers who are prone to disruptions from a co-sleeper’s movements. The coils allow ample airflow through the interior, so hot sleepers should also find this bed fairly comfortable.

DreamCloud backs this mattress with a 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty. Free shipping is provided to addresses in the contiguous U.S.

“If you’re a back sleeper who also runs hot in bed, Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Luxe checks both of these boxes thanks to a wide firmness selection and slew of built-in cooling features. Our tests show the medium firm and firm models should satisfy most back sleepers across all weight groups.” – Brad Nehring, Senior Product Manager

  • Pros

    1. Phase change material captures and releases body heat from the surface

    2. Multiple firmness options for back sleepers

    3. Optional pillow-top adds extra cushioning to alleviate pain and pressure points

  • Cons

    1. Foams may produce harsh odor for up to 72 hours after the mattress is unpacked

    2. Exchanges for a different firmness aren’t allowed during the trial period

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

Price Range

$749 – $1,699

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Jill Z.

5/5

“This is our second Aurora Luxe. Bought one a year ago for the 5th Wheel. The latest one is for our winter home. Bought the medium and its great for the wife. I am some heavier and might like the firm better but the medium is a good compromise.”

Rachel C.

3/5

“The firmness, edge support, and motion transfer did not live up to my expectations. The bed is rather bouncy and I don’t get the support I need, therefore I’ve spent a lot of the nights tossing and turning to get comfortable and minimize low back discomfort.”

Luana P.

4/5

“I have a chronic pain syndrome so most beds aren’t comfortable for me, but the Aurora Luxe is more comfortable than most, and works well with my fibromyalgia condition.”

Many mattresses are designed to resist heat buildup and sleep cool, but few models we’ve tested match the exceptional temperature control of Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora Luxe. This hybrid model features a top foam layer infused with phase change fibers, which actively dissipates heat to maintain a cool feel at all times. The cover is woven with the same material and air circulates freely through the pocketed coil system. As a result, the Aurora Luxe provides excellent thermoregulation throughout the year — even during periods of hot or humid weather.

Brooklyn Bedding offers three firmness levels for the mattress. During our tests, we found the medium firm (6) and firm (7) models were best suited to back sleepers. The former is somewhat adaptive with gentle contouring from the foam layers, but still quite supportive. If you need extra reinforcement, we recommend the latter. The third option is medium soft (4), which was popular among side sleepers on our team but sank a bit too much for those who use other positions.

The Aurora Luxe’s comfort system consists of adaptive polyfoam on top, followed by responsive TitanFlex polyfoam and transitional memory foam. Although the cushioning level depends on which firmness you select, these layers contour evenly to distribute your weight and reduce pressure along the spine. The foam layers also absorb movement well, so motion transfer shouldn’t be a major issue for couples. Another key element is the zoned support system. Thicker coils rest beneath your torso and hips to deliver extra pushback to these areas, where many people carry extra weight.

For an extra charge, you can add a “Cloud” pillow-top foam layer to the mattress. This slightly softens the surface without compromising the overall support, and the foam is encased in a phase change cover to ensure optimal cooling. You can also choose from 10 different sizes. These include all standard mattress dimensions, as well as a split California king for co-sleepers with adjustable beds and three RV-friendly options.

Brooklyn Bedding offers free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. The company’s sleep trial runs for 120 nights, during which you may return the Aurora Luxe for a full refund if you aren’t satisfied. Those who choose to keep the mattress receive a 10-year warranty against material and structural defects.

“Comfortable back sleeping and proper alignment go hand in hand, so the contouring foam layers of Nolah’s Evolution 15 can be quite beneficial if you frequently wake up with pressure points along your spine. Three firmness options help ensure you’ll find a comfortable, supportive design regardless of your body type.” – Colin Simpson, Product Research Manager

  • Pros

    1. Excellent pressure relief

    2. Euro-top quilted with foam

    3. Three firmness options

  • Cons

    1. Thick profile necessitates a fitted sheet with deep pockets

    2. $99 return fee deducted from refunds

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,004 – $2,143

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Phyllis B.

5/5

“I don’t wake up with shoulder or neck pain like I did with my previous mattress (I am a side sleeper). I also don’t feel it when my husband gets in and out of bed. Recommend it!”

Christopher R.

5/5

“It is one of those Goldilocks situations where the bed is not too hard, not too soft, but just right. My wife prefers more support while I prefer more comfort, but the bed works well for the both of us.”

Joseph B.

5/5

“I very much love my new Nolah mattress. It is firm but not too firm. Just the way I like it. I especially like the firm edges.”

Nolah produces a handful of mattress in a box models, and the Nolah Evolution 15 is the brand’s leading hybrid options. While the bed offers significant support, the plush foam layers also provide generous contouring to help relieve uncomfortable pressure points during sleep.

The Nolah Evolution 15 measures 15 inches thick and contains a thick Euro-top cover quilted with foam. Beneath is a comfort layer made of Nolah’s AirFoam polyfoam, which is engineered to draw heat away from the body while offering excellent pressure relief and comfort. A firmer polyfoam layer below prevents bodies from sinking too deep into the bed. Finally, an 8-inch pocketed coil system generates strong, zoned support to target areas of the body that need more reinforcement than others.

This Nolah model is offered in three firmness options, making it a good fit for all types of sleep positions, preferences, and weight categories. The firm (8) option is well-suited for stomach sleepers, who require flat, firm beds to achieve healthy sleep posture. The plush and luxury firm options, which feel medium (5) and medium firm (6) respectively, may cater more to side and back sleepers.

Nolah offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and a 120-night sleep trial. After an initial 30 days, customers may return the bed for a full refund. The mattress is backed by a lifetime warranty.

“The Bear Elite Hybrid is a great choice for couples thanks to its above-average motion isolation, sturdy perimeter, light bounce, and next-level cooling. Whether you and your partner are back sleepers or you favor other positions, three firmness levels and a nice exchange policy should help guide you toward a design that meets both of your needs.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Zoned support layers provide extra reinforcement for heavier areas of the body

    2. Available in three firmness levels with dual-firmness option for split king sizes

    3. Cooling Celliant-blend cover releases body heat from your sleep surface

  • Cons

    1. Back sleepers seeking an exceptionally soft design may not be satisfied with any firmness options

    2. Foam layers emit a strong off-gassing odor when the mattress is new

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,231 – $2,548

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night break-in period)

Customer Reviews

Walter F.

5/5

“I weigh 220 lbs, my wife weighs 130 lbs… we both love the mattress. The hybrid gives me the support I need, while it also gives my wife the comfort she needs. It’s the best parts of a coil mattress and a memory foam mattress.”

Keith B.

4/5

“I sleep with my wife and bad edge support is a non-starter for her. On the Bear Elite Hybrid she sleeps right near the edge with no issues. Edge support is very good.”

Sheila H.

5/5

“I think for the money, the Bear Elite Hybrid felt higher-quality compared to other online mattresses, regardless of price. This is built and feels more like a quality traditional mattress compared to many others.”

If you share your bed with a partner, their needs and preferences are equally important as your own when choosing a new mattress. The Bear Elite hybrid is a versatile mattress available in three firmness levels to accommodate back sleepers in different weight groups. If you and your partner have different preferences and sleep on a king size adjustable bed, you can also opt for a split king order with a different firmness on each side.

The Elite Hybrid begins with a memory foam comfort layer. A surface-level copper infusion is intended to maintain a comfortable temperature, as copper has natural cooling properties. The transitional polyfoam layer is crosscut to promote airflow throughout the interior. The foam is also zoned to feel firmer beneath your shoulders and hips, and softer for lighter areas of the body. In the support core, pocketed coils rest over high-density base foam. The coils are reinforced along the perimeter to help you feel stable when lying or sitting along the edges.

A cover made of Celliant-blend fabric encases the mattress. Celliant is engineered to absorb and dissipate heat, so you shouldn’t sleep excessively warm. Choosing the right firmness for your weight is key to ensure consistent temperature control. Our tests show back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds may find the medium (5) or medium firm (6) designs most comfortable. Back sleepers on our team between 130 and 230 pounds awarded the best ratings to the medium firm and firm (8) designs, while those weighing more than 230 pounds received adequate support from the latter.

Bear’s sleep trial runs 120 nights in length, during which you and your partner may return the Elite Hybrid for a full refund or exchange the mattress for a softer or firmer model. Shipping is free for all orders and returns within the contiguous U.S. If you decide to keep the mattress, a lifetime warranty protects against structural defects. You can purchase an additional accident protection plan covering stains and other types of physical damage.

“The Plank Firm Luxe literally doubles down on support thanks to a flippable design with two sleep surfaces, both featuring comfort layers that keep your body on an even plane. We’ve found this mattress is a great option for side sleepers over 230 pounds, especially those who have struggled to find a mattress with enough pushback around the midsection.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Flippable hybrid design

    2. Ultra-supportive firm (7) and extra firm (9) surfaces

    3. Highly responsive surface

  • Cons

    1. Too firm for most back sleepers under 130 pounds

    2. Flipping the mattress requires two people

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Firm (7), Extra Firm (9)

Price Range

$693 – $1,299

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Robert J.

2/5

“This puppy is really HARD. I know why you named it Plank.”

Bryan M.

4/5

“Improved my back pain right away. Extra firm side was a bit too much, so really appreciated the option to flip the mattress to the slightly more forgiving side.”

Ping Z.

5/5

“I’m using the extra firm side with a mattress topper. I often had back pain due to my lower back problem. Sleeping on this mattress, I no longer feel pain in the morning.”

The Plank Firm Luxe from Brooklyn Bedding is one of the firmest all-foam models on the market. This hybrid variation of the Plank takes firmness to another level by coupling the firmness with a bouncy feel, making this a great option for back sleepers who prefer a very firm bed.

The Plank Firm Luxe has a flippable design, with one side offering a firm (7) feel and the other side an extra firm (9) feel. The firm side has a quilted cotton-microfiber layer, followed by an inch of responsive TitanFlex polyfoam and 2 inches of high-density polyfoam. The extra firm side has a thinner quilted layer followed by high-density polyfoam, with no TitanFlex layer. Both sides share a 6-inch coil system.

Regardless of the side you choose, the coil system gives the bed a bouncy, responsive feel that is easy to move around on. The Plank Firm Luxe should provide plenty of firmness for back and stomach sleepers, who require a fairly flat surface to maintain good sleep posture. However, sleepers up to 130 pounds may find that the extra firm side is too firm. The firm surface reduces the amount of “hug” from the foam, which is a typical cause of heat retention. So hot sleepers should feel comfortable on this bed. You may also purchase an optional cooling panel to help with temperature neutrality.

Brooklyn Bedding ships mattresses for free within the contiguous U.S. The bed comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

“The flagship Birch hybrid contains responsive latex that responds to movement with a light bounce. If you deal with frequent pressure points from sleeping on your back but don’t enjoy the cradling hug of foam, this mattress might be up your alley.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Durable and responsive latex hybrid design

    2. Composed of organic and natural materials

    3. 2 free Eco-Rest Pillows with each purchase

  • Cons

    1. Couples may notice extra motion transfer due to movement in bed

    2. $99 fee assessed for all returns

Mattress Type

Latex Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,099 – $1,799

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Customer Reviews

Tate O.

4/5

“Was a little firm feeling for me at first but I’ve gotten used to it. For me it’s worth it for an environmentally friendly option.”

Irene P.

3/5

“It was a bit too bouncy for me. Also I found it a bit hard on my shoulders for being a side sleeper. Even with the topper.”

Pamela F.

5/5

“I have suffered with back pain for two years, we were using a memory foam mattress. I now have no back pain. This mattress far surpassed our expectations

Latex hybrids have proven popular with back sleepers, and for good reason. These mattresses tend to be quite supportive and responsive, allowing back sleepers to lie down without sinking too much in places around the midsection where people tend to carry a disproportionate amount of weight.

The Birch Mattress is a standout latex hybrid thanks in part to its eco-friendly design. Components include an organic cotton cover, natural wool batting, and a natural Talalay latex comfort layer certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an organization that recognizes sustainable growth and harvesting of rubber trees used to produce latex. These materials also offer natural cooling and breathability, which benefits hot sleepers and people who live in warm or humid parts of the world.

The support core contains robust pocketed coils laid out in a zoned configuration to reinforce the edges without compromising comfort for sleepers. Steady air currents through the coils also contribute to the bed’s excellent temperature regulation. Since the mattress has a medium firm (6) feel, it is best suited to back sleepers in the range of 130-230 pounds.

The Birch Mattress has a sticker price that’s in line with the average latex hybrid and shipping is free for all customers in the contiguous U.S. Two Eco-Rest Pillows are included with your purchase at no extra charge. Birch’s sleep trial spans 100 nights in length, and the manufacturer’s warranty covers structural defects in the mattress for up to 25 years.

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What to Consider As a Back Sleeper

A person’s sleep position not only plays a role in whether or not you wake up with aches and pains, but can influence your health and likelihood of medical conditions.

Back sleeping isn’t the most common sleep position in the United States, but it has some distinct benefits. When sleeping on your back, your body is naturally centered over your spine, which makes it easier to maintain proper spinal alignment. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that back sleeping may also reduce the risk of developing wrinkles or breakouts on your skin and can alleviate lower back pain for some sleepers.

While back sleeping has some clear benefits, it isn’t ideal for all sleepers. Those who suffer from sleep apnea or are prone to snoring may find their conditions aggravated by sleeping on their backs. People who suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may also notice increased symptoms when sleeping on their back, especially for sleepers with stomach fat that puts extra pressure on their stomachs. Additionally, pregnant women often find that sleeping on their backs can contribute to back pain due to the extra weight in their midsections.

Spine Alignment

Spinal alignment refers to how well the spine lines up to its natural shape. When you’re standing, proper spinal alignment is synonymous to good posture. In sleepers, a well-aligned spine is harder to spot, but it’s just as important. Maintaining good spinal alignment overnight can help reduce aches and pains, contributing to a better night’s sleep. Because of this, the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that regardless of sleep position, sleepers should try to line up their ears, shoulders, and hips to maintain proper spinal alignment.

Back sleepers have an advantage when it comes to spinal alignment. A back sleeper’s body is already centered over their spine. So long as a mattress provides enough support to the shoulders and mid-section, preventing them from sinking to deepy, back sleepers should be able to maintain this healthy alignment.

Back Sleepers With Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain

Improper alignment can contribute to aches and pains. If a mattress does not balance contouring and support to help the sleeper maintain proper alignment through the night, their muscles may work overtime to try to improve the body’s alignment. Since these muscles can’t fully relax, the sleeper may awaken with more aches and pains.

If you’re not sure whether your mattress is giving you the right combination of contouring and support to promote good alignment, consider whether you are waking up with aches and pains. If you wake up with aches and pains that get better over the course of the day, your mattress may not be giving you the support and contouring you need. The right mattress can help you maintain proper spinal alignment effortlessly and awaken with fewer aches and pains.

Which Mattress Firmness is Best for Back Sleepers?

A mattress’s firmness can affect how comfortable the mattress feels to an individual, how much contouring it provides, and how supportive it is. A 10-point firmness scale is commonly used to rate mattress firmness. In this scale, 1 is the softest mattress and 10 is the firmest. Mattresses on either end of the spectrum are uncommon, with most models falling between 3 and 8. When you’re shopping for a mattress, paying attention to its firmness rating can give you a better idea of how it will feel to you.

Most individuals between 130 and 230 pounds prefer a medium or medium-firm mattress. Average-weight back sleepers usually gravitate towards the firmer end of this range since they do not require as much conforming as side sleepers.

Sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds do not apply as much force on a mattress, so any mattress is likely to feel firmer to them. Because of this, back sleepers in this range often prefer a medium-soft model.

Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds need more support than other weight groups. Too soft of a mattress may cause their hips to sink in excessively, misaligning the spine. These sleepers frequently favor a medium-firm or firm mattress to give them extra support.

Comfort preference is subjective, and it’s impossible to guess how a mattress will feel to an individual. However, understanding firmness ratings and which rating tends to work best for your weight group and sleep position can give you an excellent starting point to finding the ideal firmness for you.

Which Type of Mattress is Best for Back Sleepers?

Below, we’ll describe the major types of mattresses on the market and explain what they have to offer back sleepers. While individual models may have notable differences based on their materials, quality, and construction, there tend to be some similarities between models of the same type of mattress. Understanding the key benefits and features that are common for each type of mattress may clarify which type is best for you.

Hybrid

Definition: Hybrid models fuse components of two or more other mattress types. The comfort layer most often consists of memory foam, polyfoam, or latex, though it may also contain wool, microcoils, or other materials. A hybrid mattress’s support core uses coils, like a traditional innerspring mattress.

Highlight: A hybrid mattress’s comfort layer is generally engineered to conform to the sleeper’s body for pressure relief. The coil support core usually gives even support, which can help promote proper spinal alignment for back sleepers.

Innerspring

Definition: A substantial support core of coils serves as the main component of an innerspring mattress. Innerspring models may also have thin comfort layers. While these comfort layers may provide some cushioning, they usually are not substantial enough for contouring and pressure relief.

Highlight: High-quality innerspring mattresses usually have even support that can help keep a back sleeper’s spine straight. Thin comfort layers may cushion the sleeper’s pressure points, but they generally are not thick enough to allow a back sleeper’s midsection to sink in too deeply.

Latex

Definition: Latex mattresses are traditionally constructed of multiple layers of latex foam, which may be natural, synthetic, or a blend. Talalay latex is usually lighter and springier. It is commonly used in comfort layers. Dunlop latex is generally denser and more durable, making it a popular choice for both comfort and support layers.

Highlight: While memory foam compresses directly beneath the sleeper’s body, latex spreads the compression over a wider area. This cradles the sleeper without excessive sinkage, creating a balance between cradling and support that may make back sleepers feel like they are floating on the bed.

Airbed

Definition: Airbeds get their name from the air chambers they use to support the sleeper. Depending on the model, these air chambers can be emptied or filled using a pump, remote control, or app. Airbeds may also include comfort layers, though these are usually relatively thin. Comfort layer materials may include memory foam, polyfoam, latex, wool, and/or cotton.

Highlight: Since the air chambers can be filled or emptied to change the feel of the mattress, back sleepers can adjust an airbed to get as close as possible to their ideal firmness. Some models also allow sleepers to adjust each side of the bed independently, which may make them a good choice for partners who have different firmness preferences.

Foam

Definition: Most foam mattresses are constructed of multiple foam layers, which usually include memory foam, polyfoam, or a combination of the two. Some foam mattresses may also include other materials, including latex, wool, and/or cotton. Softer foams are traditionally used in the comfort layers to contour to the sleeper, while firmer support foams prevent them from sinking in too deeply.

Highlight: All-foam models tend to shape to the sleeper’s body, providing a close hug that relieves pressure points. Firmer models give less hug, but they still usually contour enough for pressure relief. Back sleepers who like to sink into their mattress more may appreciate this close conforming.

Accessories Important For Sleeping on Your Back

Accessories can be the finishing touch to make your sleep surface more comfortable. The right accessories can help reduce discomfort and promote quality sleep. While you might upgrade your accessories when you purchase a new mattress, sleepers on a budget may replace them as a lower-cost alternative to replacing their mattress.

Pillows

While the right mattress can keep most of the spine aligned, the sleeper’s pillow is responsible for continuing that alignment into the neck and head. Because sleepers rely on their pillow to support their necks and heads, the wrong pillow can contribute to back and neck pain.

Pillow loft refers to how thick a pillow is. A pillow with too much loft may force a back sleeper’s head towards their chest. A pillow with too little loft may hyperextend the neck. The best pillows for back sleepers are medium-loft pillows that supports the head, neck, and shoulders without lifting them up too far. Back sleepers often prefer memory foam or latex pillows that cradle the head to help them maintain proper alignment.

While many back sleepers favor a medium-loft pillow, those with medical conditions aggravated by lying flat may prefer a wedge pillow to elevate the upper body. Sleepers who suffer from sleep apnea, acid reflux, or frequent snoring may benefit from this extra lift.

Sleeping PositionPillow Loft Recommended
BackMedium
SideMedium or High
StomachLow

Many back sleepers also place a small pillow beneath their knees. The University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that this may help relieve back pain by supporting the natural curvature of the back and reducing stress on the spine.

Mattress Toppers

A mattress topper is an extra layer that rests on top of the mattress to adjust the feel of the surface. While a mattress topper won’t completely overhaul your existing mattress, it may make it more comfortable.

Because mattress toppers are usually less expensive than purchasing a new mattress, they can be a convenient and affordable way to modify the sleep surface and try out different materials. Memory foam, polyfoam, and latex toppers can give you an idea of how a mattress that uses these materials might feel without the commitment of replacing your existing mattress.

Thickness varies between toppers. Thinner toppers can offer some cushioning, slightly adjusting the feel of the mattress. Thicker toppers modify the feel more significantly and can relieve pressure to a greater extent.

While mattress toppers can add some cushioning and contouring, they do not provide all the benefits of a new mattress. Most notably, they do not usually provide significant support. If a back sleeper’s hips are sinking in too deeply in their existing mattress, a mattress topper is unlikely to resolve the issue. A mattress topper also will not make up for a mattress that is in bad condition or is sagging. However, a mattress topper may be a good choice for back sleepers who feel their mattress is a little too firm or who are experiencing pressure points.

What Mattress Features Are Important For Back Sleepers?

While many mattress companies claim their models are comfortable for all sleep positions, back sleepers have unique needs. Focusing on the most important mattress features can help you find a mattress that supports your spine while cushioning your pressure points. Below, we’ll detail key factors to consider when selecting the best mattress for back sleepers.

  • Mattress Type: The build of the mattress can influence how it feels, how much it contours to the body, and how well it supports spinal alignment. Each type of mattress has different potential benefits and drawbacks. Understanding how these constructions influence the feel of a mattress may make it easier to find a model that provides enough support and contouring for your body type.
  • Contouring: Many mattresses contour to the body, adjusting to each sleeper’s unique shape. This can help support a back sleeper’s spinal alignment while relieving pressure points. Mattresses vary in how much contouring they provide, and sleepers differ in the level of contouring they prefer.
  • Quality Materials: Quality materials may impact how comfortable a mattress feels and how well it holds up over time. Mattress sagging is often a problem for back sleepers, and high-quality materials frequently resist sagging better than lower-quality alternatives.
  • Firmness Level: A mattress’s firmness influences how much the sleeper sinks in. Back sleepers often favor slightly firmer mattresses than their side-sleeping counterparts. This is because back sleepers require enough support to maintain the natural alignment of their spines. Too soft of a mattress may cause a back sleeper’s hips to sink in too far, while too firm of a mattress may not allow their hips to sink in far enough.
  • Pressure Relief: Pressure relief is closely linked to contouring. When a mattress contours to a sleeper’s body, it distributes their weight more evenly. This can take the pressure off heavier body parts, like the hips and shoulders. While back sleepers do not usually suffer from as sharp of pressure points as side sleepers, they may still appreciate a mattress that cradles their hips.

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