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Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

These queen-size innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses offer the best support for side sleepers in CR's tests

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In Consumer Reports' latest mattress survey of 61,000 members, almost 70 percent reported that they fall asleep on their sides. That means a lot of people are in search of a mattress that offers good support for side sleepers. And it's one reason that support for side sleepers is one of the primary tests in Consumer Reports' extensive mattress testing. We also test for back support.

If your bedmate isn't a side sleeper and you want a mattress that scores well for all sleeping positions, check out the options among the more than 100 models in our mattress ratings.

How We Test Mattresses for Side Support

In our support tests, we use human subjects of small and large stature. (We average the results of both to produce the score for average-sized sleepers.)

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For the side-sleeping score, we observe several points along each subject’s spine and measure how much they diverge from a straight line. For a test model to score well, the points must remain fairly parallel to the surface of the mattress.

“You might think that softer mattresses would be better for side sleepers, but the average firmness of the models on this list was right around five out of 10—or a medium-firm mattress on our firmness scale,” says Chris Regan, the Consumer Reports engineer who oversees mattress testing.

Members can read on for ratings and reviews of standout models that provide great support for side sleepers of all sizes—and perform well, overall, in our mattress tests. These innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses are from brands including Avocado, Charles P. Rogers, Sealy, and Reverie.

Best Innerspring Mattresses for Side Sleepers

These traditional mattresses, composed of steel coils, are often the least expensive—and the most widely sold.

Avocado Green
Price: $1,399
Overall Score: 85
Ranking: 1 of 59 innerspring mattresses
CR’s take: The Avocado Green scored an Excellent in side-support tests for average and large/tall side sleepers—and nearly as good for petite side sleepers. The Avocado is made of recycled steel pocket innersprings, and has latex foam padding and a certified organic cotton cover. It's more prone to bouncing than some other mattresses in our tests, something to keep in mind if you sleep with a restless partner and don't like to be jostled awake.

Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000
Price: $1,500
Overall Score: 80
Ranking: 2
CR’s take: This innerspring from Charles P. Rogers is a fantastic choice for side sleepers of all sizes. With a latex-foam topping, the mattress is among the best at supporting the curve of the spine and does a nice job keeping side sleepers’ spines horizontal. In our durability tests, this mattress showed little wear after eight to 10 years of simulated use, and it’s top-notch at muting vibrations, meaning little bouncing from across the bed. Note that the Charles P. Rogers is 14 inches high, so you’ll need deep-pocket fitted sheets.

Duxiana Dux 1001
Price: $4,950
Overall Score: 73
Ranking: 18
CR’s take: The most expensive mattress in our tests, the Duxiana Dux 1001 scored an Excellent for support for large/tall side sleepers, and earned a score of Very Good for supporting petite and average side sleepers. This mattress received an Excellent score for durability, which means it held up in a battery of tests that simulate eight to 10 years of use. However, it’s on the bouncier side, rating a Good for stability, which means you might disturb your partner when shifting positions at night.

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