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Last Updated: April 2017
There is nothing worse than waking up from a blissful sleep feeling completely drenched in sweat and feeling like you are suffocating. Overheating is one of the biggest causes of sleep disruption. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. If you are too hot while you are sleeping, your blood flow is reduced and you could end up hyperventilating. Not to mention that when you get hot while you are sleeping, your sleep is disrupted, which can impact your mood, lead to irritability and can affect your focus and even lead to weight gain.
What causes overheating while sleeping? Well, as you sleep, your body temperature naturally rises, and too many mattresses hold onto that body heat, which then leads the surface of the mattress to heat up, and in turn, causes you to heat up.
If you find that you are constantly waking up hot and sweaty, it may be time to consider buying a new mattress. To address the issue of sleeping hot, many mattress manufacturers have started designing products that aim to minimize heat retention and keep the surface of the mattress a consistently cool temperature so that you don’t have to worry about overheating anymore.
With that said, there are a lot of mattresses out there that claim to minimize heat retention, but too many of them do not actually stand up to the claims that they make. It’s hard to determine which mattress will actually remain cool when you are shopping; you only have a few minutes to try them out, but you will be sleeping for several hours. So, how do you know which mattresses really do deliver and remain cool throughout the night?
To help you on your quest for finding the best cooling mattress, we have scoured the market and tested out several cooling mattresses. After a thorough assessment, we have selected what we believe are the best cooling mattresses on the market today. In this handy buyer’s guide, we highlight the mattresses that we have chosen and provide a detailed look at why we think they are the best of the best.
If you are on the market for a cooling mattress, you have come to the right place! After reading this guide, you will be ready to purchase the best mattress that will keep you cool and provide you with a restful night of sleep.
*5 Star Rating: this is based on the percentage of consumers who rate the mattresses 10/10.
The Saatva mattress is regarded as one of the premier mattresses on the market for a number of reasons, and its cooling capabilities are certainly among the top reasons why people seem to love it.
Constructed of two layers of coils – pocketed innerspring coils and tempered steel coils, the Saatva mattress is exceptionally breathable. Any heat that is collected in the mattress is pulled down through the layers and is circulated out through the coils. This enhanced breathability allows the Saatva mattress to sleep exceptionally cool. To further enhance its cooling capabilities, the Saatva mattress is covered with a thin, yet durable and highly breathable cover. This cover is soft to the touch and draws heat and moisture away from the body, which means you won’t end up lying on a hot surface.
Not only does the Saatva mattress remain cool, but it is also extremely comfortable. The top layer of the bed is a Euro pillow top, which gives the mattress a luxuriously plush feeling and makes you feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud. There is also a layer of highly dense and very durable memory foam. This foam is highly responsive and reacts to the unique contours of your body, giving you support where you need it the most, no matter what position you may sleep in. This means that less strain will be placed on your body, which means less tossing and turning and less aches and pains when you wake up.
Below is our final score of the Saatva mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
Another mattress that does an excellent job of reducing heat retention is the Leesa mattress. When we tested this one out, we found that it did not heat up at all; it was as cool and comfortable when we woke up as it was when we first lied down on it.
The reason that the Leesa mattress is so effective at staying cool is thanks to the Avena foam that is used in the top layer. This foam is highly regarded for being extremely breathable on its own; however, when you add the fact that Leesa actually adds holds to the Avena foam, its breathability is further enhanced. Any heat that your body creates while you are sleeping is distributed throughout the mattress and does not build up on the top layer, which means that the surface of the mattress remains consistently cool.
The poly lycra blend cover that the mattress is covered with also helps to keep it cool. It is thin and very breathable, which further aids in the cooling capabilities of the mattress.
In regard to comfort, the Lessa mattress really does deliver in that department, too. The second layer of the mattress is made of memory foam. This foam quickly responds to the contours of your body, providing you with the support that you need, where you need it the most. This translates to less strain being placed on your body and minimizes any pressure build up. The memory foam also delivers deep compression support and keeps the spine in proper alignment in all sleeping positions. The bottom of high-density foam provides even more deep compression support, so you can be sure that you will wake up feeling well rested.
Below is our final score of the Leesa mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
Loom and Leaf Mattress
Another mattress that impressed us with its cooling capabilities was the Loom and Leaf mattress. This mattress features a top layer of cooling gel-infused foam. The cooling gel pulls heat away from the body and circulates it throughout the rest of the mattress. The gel is swirled throughout this layer, which ensures that it is evenly distributed throughout and penetrates the entire thickness of the memory foam. There is also a cooling gel spinal panel, which is placed on the outermost layer of the foam. This adds another and very powerful level of cooling power to the mattress.
The cover of the Loom and Leaf mattress also helps to improve the cooling capabilities. The cover is made of a blend of organic cotton and natural thistle. This blend of materials is highly breathable and wicks moisture away from the body, ensuring that you stay cool while you sleep.
As far as comfort goes, you will be impressed with the Loom and Leaf mattress. There is a 2.5-inch layer of Visco elastic memory foam, which provides a deep level of compression support and quickly responds to and conforms to the body. This foam creates a comfortable cradling feeling that will allow the mattress to create the perfect fit for your body.
A transition loft pad allows you to transition from the upper layers of the mattress to the base layer, which allows you to really experience the comfort and support that this mattress is designed to deliver. The high-density foundational foam on the base of this mattress further improves the comfort and support that Loom and Leaf mattress offers.
Below is our final score of the Loom & Leef mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Brentwood Home is highly regarded for their innovative sleep products. Their goal in creating a mattress that would remain cool was really met when the designed their Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress.
This mattress really does stay remarkably cool throughout the night. This is largely due to the fact that the top layer of the mattress is made of 3.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam. This gel is specially designed to absorb heat and pull it away from the body so that you aren’t stuck sleeping on a mattress that is hot. Add to that the 2-inch layer of ventilated support foam in the second layer of the mattress, which works in conjunction with the gel infused memory foam and enhances the breathability of the mattress, and you have a sleeping surface that you can be sure will keep you cool and deliver a restful night of sleep.
To take the cooling power one step further, Brentwood Home encased this mattress with a cover that is made from a blend of polyester and bamboo. Bamboo is extremely breathable and it helps to pull heat away from your body and down to the cooling gel, where it is absorbed and circulated throughout the rest of the mattress. Additionally, the cover contains New Zealand Wool, which is also highly breathable and is a natural moisture wicking material.
The comfort and support of this Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is also impressive. The memory foam is highly responsive and cradles the body. It creates the support that is needed for all of the contours of your body and prevents pressure buildup. The high-density support foam at the base of the mattress delivers deep compression support and further adds to the comfort of the mattress. In short, sleeping on the Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress from Brentwood Home is sure to deliver a cool, comfortable, supportive and restful night of sleep.
Below is our final score of the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
Lastly, we suggest the Nectar mattress if you are looking for a bed that will remain cool throughout the night. This mattress features a layer of memory foam that is infused with cooling gel. This material not only absorbs body heat, but it pulls it away to your body, which allows the mattress to remain a cool and consistent temperature throughout the night. There is an additional layer of gel infused memory foam, which further adds to the cooling power of this mattress, as it works in conjunction with the upper layer of cooling gel infused memory foam. The cover, which is made of Tencel and cotton, is also extremely breathable. The Tencel fabric actually wicks moisture away from the body so you won’t wake up sweaty and the cotton is extremely breathable, pulling your body heat away from you and down to the gel infused memory foam, where it is absorbed.
In regard to comfort, we were also very impressed by the Nectar mattress. It is a medium firmness mattress, which means that the majority of sleepers will find it comfortable. The layers of memory foam are highly responsive and contour to your body, giving you the support that you need where you need it most. It also reduces strain on your body, which means that you will end up with less aches and pains. Lastly, the Nectar mattress delivers exceptional relief for pressure points and provides wonderful deep compression support.
People of all sizes and those who sleep in any position will find that the Nectar mattress not only sleeps extremely cool but that it also is extremely comfortable and supportive; an ideal choice for a truly restful night of sleep.
Below is our final score of the Nectar mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
If you find that you sleep hot and you are tired of waking up with wet sheets and covered with sweat, then we highly suggest that you try out one of the mattresses that we have discussed in this buyer’s guide. All of these mattresses are designed to provide exceptional cooling properties and truly do help to reduce heat retention, an issue that is so common with mattress. These mattresses minimize overheating, the leading cause of sleep disruption, which means that you will be able to get a more restful night of sleep when you choose one of these options.
We were highly impressed when we tried out each of these mattresses. They truly did remain cool throughout the night and we never woke up hot or covered in sweat.
If you are looking for a mattress that will remain cool, we think that you will be as impressed with any of the mattresses that we discussed in this buyer’s guide as much as we were.