A man with lower back painWaking up with back pain in the morning is more common than you might think; it’s the single most common complaint of musculoskeletal discomfort, and infact, over 80% of all people will suffer from either upper, middle or lower back pains at least once in their life. Experts have found that 31 million Americans suffer from backaches at any one time, and 83% of surveyed Britons said they feel stiff or ache when they get up in the morning. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimate that between 40 – 60% of the general population has trouble sleeping.

Much of this unnecessary and easily avoided discomfort is due to body aches and pains caused by poor quality uncomfortable mattresses or pillows, which can keep a person from getting a sound nights sleep. Our in-depth research into this field has made it possible to compile a detailed buying guide and unbiased mattress reviews to help you along the path to finding the best mattress for back pain relief.

Top 10 Mattresses For Back Pain In Summary

What Is The Best Mattress For Back Pain?

– Maximum Spinal Support

Backache is most common in the lower area, although it can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck down to your hips. It’s essential that when lying down your body lays flat with continuous support and full contact from the surface in a uniform manner, distributing the body weight to alleviate stress on the spine. This will help to maintain proper posture and ensure the spine stays straight so that your neck, shoulders, lower, middle and upper back stay healthy. If there are gaps between your body and the surface of the top cover, you’re not getting the full support that you need and will eventually end up with joint pains in the morning.

A woman sleeping on her side

– Firm vs. Soft

However chronic or severe your symptoms are it’s important to consider your mattress firmness. If your current one is rather soft, you may want to try a more firmer option instead. Perhaps it’s too soft or sagging thus creating an uneven surface whilst laying down. Likewise, if your mattress is too firm you may be better off with a softer one; perhaps the firmness is too much pressure on the body which is enhancing the pain (common in symptoms of fibromyalgia). There is no definitive answer as to firm or soft for pain relief as there are varying degrees of back issues and every persons requirement is different.

– Flipping and Rotating

The best sleeping position for back painFlipping and rotating can be a common preventative short term relief for back pain and problems. Every so often it’s wise to either rotate your mattress clockwise (by moving the head to the foot) or flip it upside down. This is so it maintains comfort and support, wears evenly, and doesn’t sag into one particular corner. A sagging mattress causes the body to sink into the mattress unevenly and can irritate the spinal joints and aggravate sciatica. Please note that not all mattresses are compatible for flipping so check your supplied documentation from the manufacturer.

– Longevity

There is no standard life span for a mattress; it all depends on the kind of usage it gets. However, if you’re waking up with painful symptoms, it may be time for a new mattress. For best results to maintain a healthy spine and posture, our research suggests that most mattresses should be replaced approximately 7-10 years after purchase.

– Latex

A latex mattressA latex mattress is often considered the best mattress for back pain because of its effective springy action which can provide relief throughout the night and into the morning. They rate well among people with back problems and as you can see from the comparison table above we also list a latex mattress. At least 33% of owners claim that their all-latex option provides some type of pain relief in various parts of the body including the neck, shoulders and hips. The premium, spongy material gently pushes into the body which instantly maximizes natural body contouring and ensures full body contact, which in turn provides great pressure point relief and spinal alignment. Overall this is a highly recommended option for anyone who has symptoms of back pain in the morning or generally requires an orthopedic mattress.

– Memory Foam

A memory foam mattressOur research shows that people with back problems often tend to be highly satisfied with a memory foam mattress. In fact studies show that large numbers of people who own one experience some sort of joint pain relief. This satisfaction arises due to the unique properties and behavior of memory foam. Returning to the point of firm vs. soft, one of the most important features to look out for when choosing a back pain mattress is deciding the density of the foam. Generally, high density foam (5 lbs+) provides utmost support and optimal spinal alignment; medium density foam (4 lbs) offers less contouring of the body; and low density foam (2 – 3 lbs) is considered to provide less effective pain relief of the former two.

– Spring

Pocket coil mattress internalsThere are other orthopedic mattresses which offer full body support, such as the pocket spring (also known as pocketed coil). These mattresses are made of 1000’s of unique individual springs pocketed inside fabric. Each spring acts independently to allow the contours of the body to be gently supported. As a general rule, 1000-2000 springs is fine, but consider 2000+ if you weigh more than 420 lbs. In our opinion a pocket spring can be good for orthopedic support and pain treatment, however these cannot rival the superiority of memory foam or latex.

Reviews Of The Top 10

Tuft and Needle

Tuft and NeedleThis 10″ thick mattress is a relatively new product on the market from a No.1 top-rated company which has been causing quite some hype in recent times. Their polyurethane foam mattresses are extremely highly rated and sought after but at a fraction of the cost compared to the satisfaction and popularity. In this case it has been continually crowned the best mattress for lower back pain due to it’s not too firm and not too soft trademark comfort level. This provides enough support to stop saggy pressure points building, but without being too firm leading on to worsen a bad back. If you’re after a no frills experience and on a budget, this is certainly one to watch out for in 2018.

Live and Sleep Resort Ultra Luxury Gel Memory Foam

Live and Sleep Resort Ultra Luxury Cool Gel Memory FoamWhen it comes to shortlisting the best mattress for back pain, the Live and Sleep Resort Ultra is one of those great all rounders to consider because it’s a safe bet no matter what your weight or preferred sleeping position. Whether you have lower back problems or suffer from shoulder, neck or hip issues, the medium firm feel is a great balance which works very well to support and fill in those gaps where gravity can take its toll. In simple terms, the overall height of 12″ consists of three cradling layers of various tailored foam types; 2.5″ traditional visco, above a 1″ gel layer, both resting on 8.5″ of high density base foam. Also, if compatibility with an adjustable bed is a requirement, then no need to look any further, this will work just fine, and so too with standard box springs, metal platforms and almost any other bed type. Backed with a 20 year warranty and all the above, this really is a steal.

Sleep Innovations Taylor

Sleep Innovations TaylorAnother great addition from the popular household name is the Taylor. Unlike the Alden which is on the slightly softer side, the Sleep Innovations Taylor creates a medium firm sensation. This type of feel is perfect for all sleeping positions, so if you’re uncomfortable laying on a bad back, switching to a side sleeping or stomach position will still provide a cradling and enhanced support of the spine. The Taylor consists of 3 layers designed especially to maintain an optimal body temperature throughout the night, thus keeping the memory foam cool, which in turn makes it more responsive and adept to accommodate frequent tossing and turning. This model is made in the USA and comes with a 10 year warranty, so rest assured you’ll get a great product with lengthy aftercare if ever required.

Perfect Cloud Elegance Gel-Pro

Perfect Cloud Elegance Gel-ProAfter years of sleep research and hundreds of mattress reviews we still have to give credit to the Perfect Cloud Elegance Gel-Pro 12″ memory foam model; wherever you read reviews of this beauty it’ll appear as one of the top rated. The stretch knit cover features a Mesh Gusset Air-Transfer Technology which regulates humidity and heat, providing a cool, silky sleep surface. Three unique comfort layers provide unbeatable pressure point relief and deep contouring, while the 7.5″ core provides durable full-body support. This one is definitely supportive and firm, yet is plushly soft, and expertly molds to body contours. There are no pressure points and you don’t sink into it either which means it’s a very good mattress for sciatic nerve pain, fibromyalgia and other joint related pains. Currently only available in Full, Queen, King and California King, this is an exceptional top quality product which compares to big expensive brands but at half the price.

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea MattressThe plant based design from Zinus combines a mixture of Green Tea extract and Castor Natural Seed Oil, providing great comfort, pressure relieving support, and reliable durability from this odor and bacteria-free innovation. A multi-layered design with various types and thicknesses of CertiPUR US Certified foam, the plush comfort yet supportive firmness and density has been tweaked to perfection making it especially best for bad backs, and for people who may prefer something with a little more give. The version on review here is the Queen size 12 inch and has a thickness, but is also available in the other various mattress dimensions as well as 6, 8, and 10 inch thick variants. It’s comes with a 10 year warranty and being a bed-in-a-box design, the Zinus Green Tea Mattress comes vacuum rolled and delivered straight to your door.

Classic Brands Cool Gel Ultimate

Classic Brands Cool Gel Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress with BONUS 2 PillowsThe Classic Brands Cool Gel range is an exceptional set of top rated mattresses which are very hard to rival. They belong to the household brand name which are well known for the highest quality goods and nothing less. The product on review here consists of premium pressure relieving CertiPUR-US certified memory foam and high-density aerated cool gel memory foam. This blend works very well for spine and joint conformability whilst providing inch perfect pressure point relief. Whether it’s for shoulders or lower back, the medium-plush feel with firm support means that your body shape will always be supported in all the right places whilst experiencing utmost comfort. It’s worth noting that this is also what’s known as an adjustable mattress, which means it is compatible with electric adjustable beds. Combine this with the two included bonus shredded memory foam pillows for an all-round pain relieving experience, and for the money compared to others, it is hard to resist.

Dreamfoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams EuroTop Latex Mattress

Dreamfoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams EuroTop Latex MattressOf our mattress reviews this has to be one of the best and highest rated not only within our team but also among verified buyers too. The 12″ thick naturally hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant and antimicrobial Talalay latex mattress is custom tailored to your desired firmness. After purchasing online every customer is contacted by the customer support team to discuss a firmness level for your new purchase. All buys are made to order, and with this option you can have a firm, medium or soft finish custom made for you. Once you receive your purchase after customizing it, if you’re not satisfied with the comfort level you initially chose, they allow you to re-customize the firmness by exchanging the density of the latex for something that suits you better. Considering that the key to a successful orthopedic mattress lies within the firmness characteristics, we cannot currently think of a better product or service for people who suffer from either mild to chronic joint issues. Of the top 10 shortlisted reviews this comes mighty close to topping the list as best mattress for back pain so far in 2018.

DynastyMattress Cool Breeze

DynastyMattress Cool BreezeA newly designed product boasting a whopping 4 layered gel memory foam structure, and at a bargain price too. The concept behind this design is to ensure the layers do not react adversely to body temperature like some other similar products which can reduce responsiveness and firmness-retention. The 3″ top layer of cool gel foam rests above the 2 airflow layers which have been separated incase one layer heats up, the other layer can cool it off. This innovation allows the mattress to dissipate heat and help maintain the medium firm support whilst effectively contouring to body shape which is great for sciatica, bad backs, hips and joint pains.

Sleep Innovations Alden

Sleep Innovations AldenNot everyone who has back pain prefers a firm mattress, and for those who don’t, the Sleep Innovations Alden is for you. This one is more on the medium soft feel, and is particularly best for side sleepers. This doesn’t mean there is sag and bend in the most important places, because that’s cleverly taken care of by the impressive three tier design. The luxurious top layer of visco elastic memory foam is followed by an airy middle layer which both rest upon the highly resilient and supporting base layer. Sleeping on your side is fine if there is adequate support in the form of body-to-surface contact. With the Alden, the conforming and speedily responsive traditional memory foam works just fine for those with a bad back who still love side sleeping.

Snuggle-Pedic Mattress

Snuggle-Pedic MattressThis is yet another one of those top rated mattresses from a leading manufacturer. The queen size on review totals 10″ thickness made with 3 inches of high-density memory foam on top of a 7″ base layer made from a highly resilient support foam. This is a mid-priced product which could easily be placed in the ring with expensive top end rivals. The Snuggle-Pedic possesses a superior ability of ensuring that the weight of your whole body is evenly distributed, eliminating the pressure points that cause stiffening and pain in the morning. The naturally anti-microbial and hypoallergenic viscoelastic foam helps promote healthy blood circulation and nutrient distribution, which is key in pain relief when it comes to upper, middle or lower back problems. It comes with a 20-year warranty and a very lengthy 4 month sleep trial.


Whilst there is no single “best” mattress for people with a bad back, joints or hips, there are definitely ones that do the job better than others. Even if we could spend another year researching into all the different products on the market, their key features, studying patients and their requirements, we would probably still draw the same conclusion. Every patient is different, some experience chronic and severe back pain whilst others can relieve with simple exercises. What we do know for sure is that symptoms that appear in the morning are because you’re sleeping on a bad mattress and its time to change.

Of the dozen we reviewed we documented only ten; even then if we had to recommend a single best rated mattress for the money which successfully helps reduce pain that would be too difficult, so that’s why we’re going to recommend two!

Our first choice is the DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams EuroTop latex mattress. We like this one because it allows you to change out the latex upper layer (just unzip and replace with new one) if you find that it is too hard or soft. Considering you have an option to not only choose from the outset, but also change the firmness if the original density you choose isn’t suited, this feature of changing the upper provides great confidence in the purchase. Getting the right density and firmness is the key to healthy joints and pain relief. However it’s not just the EuroTop feature that makes this one a winner, its the overall whole A-Z package ranging from the top quality materials, to rigorous tests for harmful substances, to the excellent customer services. Certainly gets an all round thumbs up from us.

Our mattress reviews concluded the second choice being the Tuft and Needle which also gets 5 out of 5. There aren’t many comfortable mattresses on the market at this price which serves as an advantage over the aforementioned EuroTop. In terms of providing posture, support and pressure point relief, Tuft and Needle’s polyurethane foam allows for impressive airflow and dissipates heat faster. Temperature-neutral properties keep firmness consistent regardless of room temperature and allow the surface to respond rapidly to movement, preventing sleepers from feeling “trapped” or “stuck” which are common complaints in reviews of owners of budget brands. If you want a healthy nights sleep without waking up to aches and pains then this is the one for you. Click here for our full review of the T&N.