The Best Cooling Mattresses For Hot Sleepers, Reviewed By Experts

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The best cooling mattresses contain breathable materials that regulate body temperature and promote airflow, but also make for a comfortable night’s rest. After reviewing dozens of beds, our top choice for hot sleepers is the Saatva Classic for its supportive yet comfortable feel, luxury materials and ample airflow. Read on for nine other worthy contenders that appeal to different sleep needs and preferences.

Here at Forbes Vetted, our mattress guides are the result of advice gleaned from our sleep experts, hands-on testing and hours of thorough research. We’ve reviewed hundreds of beds over the years, including models specially designed to keep you cool, and diligently keep tabs on the latest developments in the mattress industry to ensure we’re continuously providing the most up-to-date advice. Our senior sleep editor Bridget Chapman and sleep editor McKenzie Dillon are also both certified sleep science coaches who know exactly what mattress features and qualities best suit hot sleepers. They, alongside senior strategy editor Katie Simpson and sleep updates writer Alexandra Garrett, refresh this story regularly to reevaluate our top picks and offer the latest shopping advice.

Speaking of which, this guide was last updated in December 2023 to elaborate on our methodology for choosing these cooling mattresses and provide more tailored buying advice for those who sleep hot.

In curating this list, we first evaluated which mattresses from highly-regarded brands offer cooling features for hot sleepers. We then put many of these mattresses to the test (oftentimes in our own homes), paying special attention to the mattress’s construction and any additional cooling features (like gel-infused or ventilated foams). Beds made with a coil base took priority since this type of design tends to sleep the coolest. Each bed also had to offer a generous trial period with a seamless return policy and exceptional customer reviews, particularly from habitually hot sleepers.

Of course, cooling ability played a substantial role in making our selections. However, we also considered other essential benefits — for example, ample pressure relief, support along key areas and low motion transfer for co-sleepers who sleep with a fidgety partner.

Since waking up hot is a common issue, many top mattress brands have worked to redesign their models for increased breathability and cooling. Here’s what you should look for when buying a cooling mattress.

Mattress come in many different constructions, the four most common being: hybrid, innerspring, latex and memory foam. Each of these mattress types offer a different combination of support, comfort and cooling abilities.

Some mattresses come with additional cooling features, such as a cool-to-the-touch cover, a cooling pillow top or layers of gel- or copper-infused foams. These features can either enhance a bed’s already-breathable construction, or help a mattress that usually sleeps more warm (like a memory foam bed) sleep cooler instead. Some brands charge you extra for cooling covers and cooling pillow tops, but it can be worth it if you need additional cooling. (Materials infused with gel or copper are typically not add-on’s and are built into the construction of a mattress.)

Firmness is important whether you’re looking for a cooling mattress or not, but it also plays a big role in how warm or cool a bed feels. The softer a bed is, the more you sink into it, which means your body retains more heat. Firmer beds, by contrast, tend to sleep cooler since you sit more ‘on top’ of the mattress. Medium-firm picks generally hit the sweet spot of both, providing you with a comfortable, yet supportive feel.

Hybrid mattresses and innerspring mattresses sleep coolest at night. Because they have a layer of pocketed coils or springs, air flows through them more freely instead of getting trapped in the the layers. Some mattresses, like the Purple Hybrid, also have proprietary materials that contribute to their temperature-regulating capabilities. On the other hand, memory foam mattresses are notorious for trapping heat. If you sleep hot, you want to avoid all-foam options unless they have specialized cooling features.

Yes, it’s safe to say that cooling mattresses really work. These mattresses incorporate phase-change materials (PCM) that absorb and dissipate body heat so it doesn’t get trapped in the mattress like with traditional memory foam. They also have moisture-wicking, breathable covers that prevent night sweats and overheating.

That being said, if you get really hot at night, a cooling mattress probably won’t be all that you need to completely regulate your temperature. In that case, you’ll need cooling sheets and a way to control the ambient temperature, like a tower fan.

Generally speaking, cooling mattresses are worth the investment if you frequently overheat at night. That said, you may need more than just the mattress (a set of cooling sheets, a pillow made with a cooling fabric, and so on) — and what’s more, not all cooling mattresses are built the same. One thing to consider is the type of cooling ‘tech’ that’ll best suit your needs, whether that’s gel-infused memory foam, phase-change covers or well-ventilated coil layers. If your budget allows, you can opt for a smart mattress with a built-in thermostat to make the bed as cool as you need it.

No matter which type of cooling mattress you buy, make sure it comes with a trial period so you can test it before making a commitment. Most cooling mattresses come with at least 100 nights to try it free; however, a cooling mattress that offers a full year trial will give you the ability to sleep on it through all four seasons, which makes sense if you’re more prone to sleeping hot from late spring to early fall.

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