Best Mattresses

Best Hypoallergenic Mattress for 2024


Did you know your mattress may house up to 10 million microscopic dust mites? Dust mites are drawn to warm and humid environments — unfortunately, this includes your bed. The older your mattress and pillows are, the more creepy crawlies there are lurking beneath the covers. Pretty gross, right?

Many bed manufacturers are now making mattresses with hypoallergenic materials. Most of these mattresses are comprised of latex foam, which is naturally derived from the sap of rubber trees and free of chemicals. Generally, latex foam is durable, bouncy and responsive, springing back into shape faster than traditional memory foam. It also tends to be more temperature-neutral than memory foam. We can’t guarantee they will solve all your allergy issues, but the beds listed below can help reduce your exposure to allergens and allow you to sleep better.

After testing hundreds of mattresses, my team and I narrowed down our top picks for the best hypoallergenic beds on the market. Coming in at number one is the Natural Escape from My Green Mattress. This bed takes the crown for best overall hypoallergenic mattress as it was specifically designed with allergens in mind and offers a widely accommodating firmness profile.

At CNET, we’ve spent hundreds of hours testing mattresses. With so many beds to test and so few spots on our list, we aren’t able to showcase every quality hybrid mattress for side sleepers. However, we do want to give a few more beds the honorable mention they deserve.

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When we test mattresses, we have an established process that assesses key factors like firmness, feel and performance. We test how strong the edge of the bed is by sitting and lying on the edge. We test motion transfer by rolling across the mattress with a glass of water by the edge. These are things we do for all the beds we test. The best hypoallergenic mattresses f have a unique testing process, such as verifying all the materials are allergy safe. We dive further into the bed’s construction, paying attention to each layer contributing to the cooling process.

Firmness: We lie on each mattress and use our experience from testing over 200 different beds to determine firmness. Compared to other mattresses, we analyze how soft or hard a bed feels. It’s important to wait until the mattress is fully expanded after opening to get the real firmness perspective.

Feel: This is where we get handsy with the beds. We touch and feel the mattresses and watch what the material does. Is it light and bouncy like latex foam, or slow and dense like memory foam?

Durability: We don’t lay on the mattress every day for years, so it’s hard to tell exactly how long each bed will last. We can get an idea of a bed’s firmness by looking at its construction. Beds with steel coils are typically more durable and stronger than all-foam mattresses.

Best body type: We use construction and feel to determine how accommodating a bed will be for a heavy individual. Hybrid mattresses with steel coils are typically more supportive and longer-lasting; a plus for heavier individuals looking for a quality bed.

Best sleeping position: We get real physical and flip around the mattresses, testing each sleeping position: side, back, stomach and combination.

Motion isolation: With one or preferably two people on the mattress, we jump and bounce around to see how much movement can be detected throughout the bed. We also use the method where you place a cup of water at the edge of the bed and bounce around to see how much it moves.

Edge support: We analyze a mattress’s materials and physically lay on each edge of the mattress to get a feel for how well it’ll keep us feeling sturdy.

Temperature: We use hot sleepers to test and determine how cool a bed sleeps. We also take a look at its materials and construction — did a brand add anything to make it sleep more cool?

Smell: Some mattresses can off-gas an interesting smell. We use our trusty snouts to test this characteristic.

Read more on how we test mattresses.

Mattresses are subjective — what works for someone else might not be the best option for you. Keep the key factors below in mind to help you narrow down and choose the best match for a new mattress.

Material: The materials in hypoallergenic mattresses are naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, so they won’t trigger your allergies or asthma. Mold and mildew can’t grow on the natural latex foam in organic mattresses. These mattresses are typically constructed with materials such as Dunlop or Talalay latex, recycled steel coils and organic cotton or wool. Each material will affect the mattress’s performance, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting before you buy.

If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider looking for a bed with a removable and machine-washable cover, such as those made by Amerisleep. Disclaimer: Be sure to wash the cover in cold water and air dry — never put it in the dryer as it might shrink and no longer fit on the mattress.

Body type: Your body type matters when shopping for any mattress. Some beds are better suited for heavier bodies because they provide the support and durability needed.

Your body type will also influence how the mattress feels to you. A petite person will put less pressure on the mattress, which means it will feel firmer to them. A heavier person will sink further into the bed, making it feel softer. It’s important to keep your body type in mind when choosing a firmness level that best suits your needs and preferences.

Sleeping position: It’s important to take your sleeping preferences into consideration. Side sleepers need a softer mattress that relieves pressure points at the shoulders, hips and knees. Back and stomach sleepers should seek a firmer mattress that will keep their spine in neutral alignment throughout the night. Combination sleepers have the most flexibility but should choose firmness based on which position they spend the most time in.

Certifications: Most hypoallergenic mattresses are also organic. Third-party certifications ensure that you’re getting a bed that contains naturally and sustainably sourced organic materials. Common organic certifications include:

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