In this article
- Our picks
- Other mattresses we've tested
- How we test
- What to look for in a cooling mattress
- Other cooling accessories
- Frequently asked questions
- More products and sleep advice
Few things are as frustrating as tossing and turning all night because you're too hot to fall asleep. And if the falling temperatures aren't helping you stay cool, the issue may be your mattress. Sure, air conditioners and fans can help cool you off, but nothing can compete with the relief that the best cooling mattress can provide.
A cooling mattress can help prevent night sweats and unpleasant sleep by keeping your body temperature neutral. Keep in mind, there's a big difference between a bed that won't retain heat and a bed that actively tries to provide cooling relief. If you're looking for maximum temperature regulation, it's important to be wary of misleading marketing language. However, there are unicorn mattresses that physically feel cold or have breathable designs (or both), making them ideal for hot sleepers who want the best cooling mattress they can find.
I've seen all the waystry to incorporate cooling technology into their beds, and some work better than others. After testing more than 100 different mattresses, I know what's what when it comes to the best cooling mattress models and I know which beds have "cooling properties" that probably won't live up to the hype. Below I've listed my top choices for the best mattress for hot sleepers, from beds that are made of cooling material like gel-infused foam that's literally cold to the touch to ones that allow maximum airflow to minimize heat retention.
All prices are for nonsale queen-size models, and will vary with sales.
3 firmness levels | Soft: 3 or Medium-soft | Medium: 5 or Medium | Firm: Medium-firm or 7
10-year limited warranty
If you're a hot sleeper who favors your side during the night, you need to find a bed that checks two boxes: It should be soft enough to relieve pressure points, and it should contain some kind of temperature-regulating abilities. That's why the Aurora bed made my list for the best cooling mattress.
The Aurora Luxe is about 12.5 inches thick and is stacked with five different layers. The foundation is a hefty 8-inch system of pocketed coils, and the top comfort layer is made with Brooklyn Bedding's special CopperFlex foam. It's supposed to help absorb your body heat and draw it away from you. The real cooling power, I believe, comes from its cooling Euro-top cover. It's plush, fluffy and, like the one on GhostBed Luxe, it physically feels cold when you touch it.
The company says it'll bring your body temperature down to 88 degrees. I'm not sure how true and consistent that is for every sleeper, but the mattress does effectively help you sleep cooler and more comfortably during the night. The Aurora mattress is available in three different firmness profiles, two of which are plush. Petite side sleepers who want an extra soft mattress should consider the soft option; lightweight to average-weighted side sleepers will be just fine on the medium model.
This cooling bed feels pressure-relieving like memory foam, but much bouncier and more breathable. And keep in mind, the softer the mattress model, the more you'll sink into it. But you definitely don't get that deep hugging feel that the memory foam mattress type can give you.
Memory foam hybrid mattress
5 or medium
25-year limited warranty
When you sleep next to someone else, especially another hot sleeper or a big fluffy animal, you're more likely to warm up, due to the added body heat. GhostBed Luxe is a great cooling mattress for couples (or wookiee owners) because it offers a medium profile around a five on the firmness scale that accommodates all different sleeping positions. That means you and your significant other can sleep in different positions (combination and side, for example) and still be perfectly comfortable.
I typically sleep on my stomach, while my partner sleeps on his side, and GhostBed Luxe offers an ideal harmony between pressure relief and support. It has an all-foam construction, but its extra-thick 13-inch construction makes it a more supportive foam mattress than many of the other options out there, like the Nectar mattress and Casper Original.
One of the best parts about this bed cooling bed is its tech. The cover is infused with half an inch of cooling fiber, which makes the bed feel cold when you lie down. Seriously, right away you can tell GhostBed Luxe is designed to be cool.
GhostBed also added a layer of "Ghost Ice" cooling technology on top of the memory foam layer. This comfort layer is supposed to absorb your body heat and disperse it evenly throughout the bed. Memory foam beds have been called out before for retaining heat, but the GhostBed Luxe absolutely isn't guilty of that.
The brand says it's the coolest bed in the world. That's an assertion I'm not fully prepared to back, but I can say it's a seriously cooling mattress, and one of the coolest I've ever tested.
7 or medium-firm
Are you up for a mattress unlike anything you've slept on before? The people at Purple found a way to revolutionize the traditional mattress design into something much more durable, supportive and breathable. The Purple Hybrid 2 incorporates the brand's one-of-a-kind Hyper-Elastic Polymer and pocketed coils into a 12-inch mattress that naturally regulates temperature like no other mattress. It was a no-brainer pick for my best cooling mattress list.
The top layer is a squishy, soft, gridlike material that's unique to the Purple brand. The square spaces offer up a ton of airflow, while the pocketed coils also allow air to pass through for more breathability. The Purple cooling mattress won't feel cold to the touch like the GhostBed Luxe or TempurAdapt, but its temperature-regulating cooling technology abilities are almost unmatched.
I think it feels medium-firm, or around a seven out of 10 on the firmness scale. This Purple mattress is a cooling bed that's best for back and stomach sleepers, but I think it would also work for side sleepers if they weigh over 230 pounds. If you want something a tad softer, you can also check out the Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses.
Feel-wise, the Purple hybrid mattress is bouncy and springs back to its normal shape right when you release pressure. At the same time, it makes you feel weightless and takes pressure off common pain points like your hips and shoulders. The Purple Hybrid is perfect for all body types thanks to its supportive hybrid design. Read more in our full Purple Hybrid mattress review.
Cooling Memory foam mattress
Medium to medium-firm or 6
Some hot sleepers don't want to drop more than $1,500 on a new mattress. Luckily there are budget-friendly options that are effective at keeping your body temperature down while you sleep. Cocoon Chill is a cooling bed that fits perfectly on my best mattress for hot sleepers list. It comes in either a 12-inch hybrid or 10-inch all-foam model, but I recommend the hybrid, since it promotes more airflow than the foam Cocoon Chill.
Regardless of the construction you go with, these memory foam beds will come fitted with a phase-change cooling cover. Right when you lay on the top of the bed you can feel its cooling relief against your backside. It's effective, considering how much you're paying for this mattress.
I'd rate it somewhere between medium and medium-firm, or around a six out of 10 on the firmness scale. I don't get a ton of pressure relief when I sleep on my side, but the memory foam does help bring a more contouring, hugging feel. That said, this bed is best for back and stomach sleepers, combination sleepers and some side sleepers. Most people will be happy with this bed, just as long as you don't want a plush mattress.
Memory foam hybrid mattress
6 or medium to medium-firm
10-year limited warranty
We just went over the best budget cooling mattress, so it's only right I also give you a luxury-tier option. TempurPedic is a household name and one of the most popular bedding brands in the world. The TempurAdapt line includes three mattresses that are equipped with cooling covers.
My favorite is the ProAdapt, because you can choose from three foam mattress firmness levels, meaning you can properly accommodate your sleeper type, and the mattress is amazingly cool. You can also choose whether you want a hybrid or foam construction, allowing you to choose how supportive you want your TempurPedic mattress to be.
The cover feels icy and the memory foam inside doesn't retain heat like the old TempurPedic mattresses from back in the day did. The brand also offers Breeze model cooling beds, but they're super expensive. I think you can get cooling relief with this mattress while saving money by choosing this mattress type over TempurPedic's premium models.
You can even go with the base TempurAdapt model to save the most money. It offers a cooling cover with the same dense memory-foam feel as the other beds, which hug your body as you sink into the layers, but it's more affordable. Read more about this bed in our TempurPedic mattress review. The ProAdapt is the company's most popular model.
7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)
25-year limited warranty
$2,499 (with the pillow top) $1,999 without
Hybrid mattresses with a medium-firm profile are ideal for back pain because they provide ample support to keep your spine in alignment with your neck and keep your lower back from sagging into the mattress. At the same time, they aren't so firm so you don't get the pressure relief you may be looking for. The Avocado Green mattress checks a lot of boxes for back pain sufferers who want a breathable mattress, and it comes with a ton of eco-friendly benefits.
It's made with recycled steel pocketed coils which provide a bulk of the bed's support, and the comfort materials are all certified organic cotton, wool and latex. This makes it great for environmentally concerned shoppers who want a safe and sustainable place to sleep. Latex foam is designed with small holes throughout the material, and as a result, it allows for great airflow throughout the bed. Not only that, but latex foam doesn't retain heat like memory or polyfoam might. As an added plus, organic latex is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, so it will help prevent nasty household allergens from making a home out of your bed.
With the built-in pillow top, the Avocado Green mattress comes out to be around a medium-firm, or a 7 on the firmness scale. This will help promote proper spinal alignment for back, stomach and combination sleepers who suffer from back pain. It's one of the handful of beds endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Read more in our full Avocado Green mattress review.
Other mattresses we've tested
Our CNET Sleep editors have hundreds of mattress testing hours under their resume, enabling them to know the beds that shine and the beds that are a snooze. With so many to test and so few spots on our list, we aren't able to showcase every quality cooling mattress. However, we do want to give a few more beds the honorable mention they deserve.
: The original Purple mattress is very similar to the Purple Hybrid in that it uses the same Hyper-Elastic Gel Polymer grid in the comfort layer. This grid opens up a ton of air pockets, and it's one of the best materials for not retaining heat. It's just a bit more affordable than the Purple Hybrid because it's made with a foam foundation layer instead of pocketed coils. It's still very comfortable, though, and is rated around a medium or 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
: With two firmness levels that sit toward the firm end of the spectrum (medium-firm and firm) and a special cooling gel layer, Loom & Leaf is a great mattress to help with temperature regulation. You sit more on top of the mattress rather than inside, and the cooling gel is actually effective. It's also from the luxury online mattress brand Saatva, so you know you'll be getting a great, quality product.
: The WinkBeds EcoCloud is cooling like the Avocado mattress is cooling. There is no technology working to help cool you, but WinkBeds is made with a breathable, non heat-retaining latex foam material and pocketed coils. This allows for increased airflow, breathability and comfort. Not to mention, latex beds are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. The WinkBeds EcoCloud is softer than the Avocado mattress, falling around a medium instead of medium-firm/firm.
: These are Nectar's premium mattresses, made with cooling gel foam inside and a cooling cover that helps wick away moisture. The Copper model takes it a step further with added copper fibers that help absorb heat from your body and disperses it throughout the bed. They're rated around a six to seven on the firmness scale, so you don't sink into the foam as much.
: Saatva is a pillow-top mattress that contains breathable materials and offers firm profiles that help you rest more comfortably at night if you're a hot sleeper. It's a luxury mattress available in two different heights and three different firmness levels. That means it can accommodate all body types and most sleeping positions, unless you're a strict side sleeper who wants a plush and fluffy mattress.
How we test cooling mattresses
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For these picks in particular, we pay heavy attention to feel, firmness and construction. We physically touch the beds to see if they feel cold, look for any specific cooling technology features and we get real-hands on. The last test is actually sleeping on the mattress and using our experience as a guide. Did we sleep hot during the night? How good was the cooling bed at preventing heat retention? We've been known to pull out the thermometer gun, but have found that the best test is having one or two people see how hot it sleeps themselves.
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What to look for in a cooling mattress
Many brands will advertise a "cooling bed" that is really just a standard mattress with a mattress pad or cooling gel topper, which might not be enough to provide real relief for hot sleepers. It can be tricky to distinguish between these "cooling" beds and a true cooling mattress if you're not careful. Be sure to look out for misleading marketing language, and keep a lookout for these different cooling technologies that seem to actually work.
- Cooling cover: Some of the best mattresses I've tested have a cool-to-the-touch cover that relieves warmth upon contact. Some brands might call their organic cotton cover cooling, but it won't exactly do the trick. Instead, look for covers with phase-change material or icy technology.
- A cooling layer in the mattress: Rather than just copper-infused foam or gel-infused foam, look for a dedicated cooling layer in a mattress that's sole purpose is to offer relief. If a mattress has a cooling layer and a cooling cover, it's even better.
- Breathable materials: Other cooling bed models like the Purple are good at what they do because they don't retain heat in the first place. Beds with latex foam, springs and hyper-elastic polymer offer a cooler sleeping experience than typical foam mattresses, and fit the bill for the best cooling mattresses.
Other cooling accessories
Pair your cooling bed with new accessories that will work to help keep you cooler as you sleep through the night.
- are made with light and breathable materials that wick away moisture from night sweats better than other warmer-sleeping sheets like flannel, polyester and satin.
- GhostPillow incorporate a phase-change material to physically feel cool to the touch. utilize breathable materials for a cooler sleep, and some like the
- work like temperature-regulating foam in that they have materials that absorb body heat and disperse it throughout the mattress.
Cooling mattress FAQs
What mattress types sleep cool at night?
Latex foam and Purple's hyper-elastic polymer are the most breathable mattress materials. However, some beds come with cooling covers that make a bed physically cool to the touch. Memory foam, on the other hand, is known for retaining heat, so avoid that if cool sleeping is what you're after. The exception would be if it has a special temperature-regulating technology like copper or gel-infused foam, or phase-change material.
Do cooling mattresses really work?
There are a handful of cooling mattresses on the market like GhostBed Luxe, Purple Hybrid, Brooklyn Bedding Aurora and others that actually sleep as cool as they claim to. However, many beds that are marketed as "cooling" might not live up to your expectations. Keep a lookout for phase-changing materials, cooling covers and special cooling tech that goes the extra mile to keep you cool.
When is the best time to buy a cooling mattress?
The obvious answer is before the hot summer months, but it's economical to shop for mattresses around holidays such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas because of the amazing deals offered.
How can I cool down my mattress?
Before buying a cooling mattress, you can cool your mattress down yourself by adding breathable sheets, cooling pillows and cooling pillow toppers that help disperse heat better than your bed. You can put a damp towel on the top of your bed, but make sure not to saturate it too much as you can ruin your bed's foam.
Which mattress is best for people who sleep hot?
The best mattresses for hot sleepers are ones with phase-change materials, like the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora, cooling gel or other cooling technology that helps regulate temperature. Breathable mattresses made from latex foam like the Avocado Green or hyper-elastic polymer beds like the Purple are also great options for hot sleepers.
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