Best Firm Mattresses Of 2022

Sleep is vital to our overall health and well-being, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults don’t get enough rest. And when it comes to quality sleep, the firmness of your mattress can make a significant difference. In fact, research suggests medium-firm mattresses are best at reducing risk of lower back pain and improving sleep quality. 

How can you tell if you need a new mattress? On average, a mattress should be retired after seven to 10 years. If you’re waking up with body pain, you’re tossing and turning all night or you just can’t seem to get a restful night’s sleep, it’s probably time to invest in a replacement.

To find the best firm mattresses, we analyzed data on more than 650 mattress options and ranked them in terms of mattress firmness, affordability, comfort, their try-and-return policies and more. See which mattresses made the list. Note: This ranking focuses exclusively on queen-size mattresses. Prices are accurate as of the publication date, and availability of mattresses is subject to change. 

Best Firm Mattresses of 2022

Sealy Essentials Pillow Top Mattress

Price: $649 | Type: Hybrid | Sleep trial length: 100 nights

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Bear Original Mattress

Price: $749 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 100 nights

4.8

Linenspa 10-Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Price: $299.99 | Type: Hybrid | Sleep trial length: 30 nights

4.5

Dreamfoam Chill Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $419.20 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 120 nights

4.5

Helix Twilight Mattress

Price: $1,099 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 100 nights

4.3

Amerisleep AS1 Mattress

Price: $899 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 100 nights

4.3

Casper Original Foam Mattress

Price: $1,295 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 100 nights

4.3

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $949 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 120 nights

4.3

Puffy Mattress

Price: $1,249 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 101 nights

4.3

Sleep Innovations Shiloh 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $339.99 | Type: Foam | Sleep trial length: 0 nights

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Methodology 

To determine the best firm mattresses, we analyzed data on more than 650 mattress options, ranking them in terms of:

  • Price 
  • Free shipping availability
  • Free returns availability 
  • Sleep trail availability and length
  • Warranty length and details
  • Mattress thickness
  • Mattress firmness
  • Pillow top option availability 
  • The brand’s reputation in the industry

For this specific ranking, we focused exclusively on queen size mattresses. Star ratings were determined solely by our editorial team.  

What Constitutes a Firm Mattress?

Mattress firmness is ranked on a scale of one to 10, from softest to firmest. A rating of seven to nine, or firm, means the mattress has almost no sinkage and little contouring. A rating of nine or 10, or extra firm, means there is no visible sinkage or contouring at all. Mattresses rated between seven and 10 are best for individuals weighing over 230 pounds and stomach sleepers who like extra support when they sleep. 

Some brands—mainly boxed beds—sell mattresses with a universal medium-firmness to appeal to a broad range of sleepers, says Thomas Tozer, a chiropractor at Imperium Chiropractic in Wisconsin. “I think firmness and supportiveness often get confused. I always recommend a supportive mattress. Support comes from the materials used to build the product—the quality and number of springs, the quality of the foam or gel used, or the combination of these materials. I tell people to consider getting a mattress that is on the firmer side because you can always make a mattress softer by adding a mattress topper,” he says.

Benefits of a Firm Mattress

One of the biggest benefits of a firm, supportive mattress is proper posture support and spinal alignment while sleeping, says Tozer, but the mattress should be comfortable as well. 

Because we remain in our beds for hours, it’s very important to be in a sleeping position that gives our spine support, says Sheetal DeCaria, M.D., a double board-certified anesthesia and pain-management physician and owner of Revitalize Medical Center in Illinois. 

“A firmer mattress—versus a very soft one—provides needed support for our spine,” says Dr. DeCaria. “When we are in a sagging mattress, our muscles are overworking to try to support us, and it can lead to pain.” 

How to Choose the Best Firm Mattress for You

In order to make the best decision, make sure you understand the firmness level, materials used and overall feel of the mattress, says Tozer. 

Choosing the right firmness is truly a personal preference. “Different types of mattresses (air, memory foam, latex, innerspring, hybrid) offer different firmness options,” says Tozer. “By purchasing a mattress that comes with a warranty and trial period, you can feel more confident that you will be able to find the right mattress for you.”

When you lay on a mattress, it needs to support the natural curvature of your spine, says Dr. DeCaria. “If someone were to look at you from the side, your head, shoulders and heels should fall within neutral alignment. If it’s too firm, it will cause pain in the pressure points of your body. If it’s too soft, your spine will not be supported, leading to strain and pain,” she says.