Best Mattresses For Back Pain Of 2022

Having some form of back pain is fairly common among adults in the U.S.—almost a third of U.S. adults experienced lower back pain in 2018 (the most common type) according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Considering we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, selecting the right mattress is essential for overall health and wellness.

To find the best mattresses for back pain, the Dream Advisor editorial team analyzed data on more than 650 mattress options and ranked them in terms of ideal firmness, affordability, sleep trials, return policies and more. Read on to see which mattresses made the list. 

Note: This ranking focuses exclusively on queen-size mattresses. Prices are accurate as of publication date and availability of mattresses are subject to change. 

Best Mattresses for Back Pain of 2022

Sealy Essentials Pillow Top Mattress

Price: $649 | Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Soft, medium

5

Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Hybrid Mattress

Price: $749.00 | Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Medium

4.8

Linenspa 10-Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Price: $299.99 | Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Medium

4.5

Linenspa 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress

Price: $299.99 | Type: Hybrid | Firmness: Medium

4.5

Casper Element Mattress

Price: $695 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Medium

4.5

Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

Price: $895 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Medium-firm

4.5

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $895 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Medium-firm

4.5

Cocoon by Sealy Chill Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $799 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Medium

4.5

Casper Original Foam Mattress

Price: $1,295.00 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Medium-firm

4.3

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $1,099 | Type: Foam | Firmness: Soft to firm

4.3

Methodology

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

  • Mattress firmness, giving preference to medium and medium-firm mattresses
  • Price 
  • Free shipping availability
  • Free returns availability 
  • Sleep trail availability and length
  • Warranty length and details
  • Mattress thickness
  • 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 Type of Mattress Is Best for Back Pain?

Sleepers experiencing back pain need a mattress suiting their shape and individual needs in order to get a good night’s sleep. Which mattress works best to relieve your back pain will depend on a few factors, including the specific area of your back pain and your usual sleeping position. Based on these and other factors, it’s possible to find a mattress that supports back pain across a variety of types. Choosing a mattress with a trial period will also help make a difference in finding good sleep.

How to Choose a Mattress for Back Pain 

While every sleeper is unique, we’ve outlined some guidelines to help you in your search for the mattress that will help your back pain.

What Type of Mattress Is Best for Lower Back Pain?

It’s generally recommended for sleepers with any type of back pain to choose a mattress of medium to medium-firm firmness—a six or a seven on a firmness scale to 10, though one should also be aware of the degree to which companies’ metrics for gauging firmness may vary. 

Mattresses with zoned support can be particularly beneficial to sleepers with lower back pain, as support is usually increased in the lower back area, helping align the back but also keeping the middle of the body from sinking too low.

What Type of Mattress Is Best for Upper Back Pain? 

Though less common than lower back pain, upper back pain can cause equal discomfort when sleeping. Again, support is key. Mattress customers should first know themselves—do you prefer sleeping on your back, side or stomach? Are you a heavier sleeper requiring above average support or a light sleeper who needs relative softness in order to get a little sink? For those needing more support on joints while sleeping on their side, or who prefer sleeping on their backs and require spinal alignment, a medium to medium-firm mattress can be best. Stomach sleepers who experience back pain tend to benefit from a firm mattress, as do sleepers who require more support due to weight.

If experiencing upper back pain, consider your pillow firmness and placement and the alignment of your neck and head, as body positioning in these areas can contribute to upper back pain as well.