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Best Firm Mattress for 2022

The best firm mattress for spinal alignment provides a perfect balance of comfort and support. Here's a list of our top picks so you can get a good night's sleep.

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If you experience pain while you sleep, then you should probably be sleeping on a firm mattress. Firm mattresses provide extra support to alleviate discomfort. They also promote proper spinal alignment. Switching to a firm mattress may be just the thing you need to finally get a good night's sleep. We are here to help you find the best firm mattress for your needs.

Getting the right support and spinal alignment is of particular importance if you're on the larger side, are one of the world's combination sleepers or you just happen to toss and turn a lot while you snooze. The firmer mattress type has been growing in not only popularity, but ingenuity. The best firm mattresses now come with support built in, like reinforced side panels, additional foam layers, an innerspring coil network or extra cushioning to help prevent sagging when you lie down to sleep on your very own firmer mattress.

So if you're searching for the best firm mattress with ample support that doesn't sacrifice comfort, the first thing you should focus on is the firmness level -- you don't want to sink into the bed like with a soft mattress, but you do want enough cushion to help alleviate pressure on your shoulders and hips to get that all-important spinal alignment. There are varying levels of mattress firmness, and what makes the best firm mattress is different for everyone. The best mattress for you will really depend on your support needs and personal sleep preference.

There are a few factors besides firmness as well. These may include motion transfer (if you share your bed) and whether you want an adjustable base to optimize your sleep position. The mattress type (foam, gel memory foam, innerspring mattress with pocketed coils, hybrid or a mattress with or without a comfort layer) is also important to take into account as you make your choice, as well as if you tend to run hot or cold when you sleep.

So, are you ready to invest in the best firm mattress for a good night's sleep? We have you covered. We put together this list of the most comfortable hybrid mattresses, innerspring mattresses, memory foam models and more to help you find the best firm mattress that meets your needs. Note that all prices quoted are the list price for a queen size, not inclusive of the frequent deals mattress-makers offer.

Read more: Best Mattress for Side Sleepers for 2022

Amazon

Type

Memory foam mattress

Firmness

5 or medium

Trial

365 nights

Warranty

Forever warranty

Price (Queen)

$1,797

Nectar is a popular online mattress brand with beds that boast a memory foam feel, similar to the expensive TempurPedic mattresses. The best part? the Nectar bed is a fraction of the cost. It has a firm feel that takes a moment to warm up to your body. Once it does, you slowly become nestled into the layers of the mattress, and the foam remembers the shape of your body for several moments after you get up. Hence the name "memory foam." The brand claims the bed has a cooling cover, but I think it's more temperature-neutral. It does help you sleep more comfortably, but it isn't cool to the touch like other cooling beds I've tested. 

I rated the firmness around a medium-firm, making it best for back, stomach or combination sleepers who are looking for a more supportive feel. Though, the original Nectar bed is only made out of foam. In that case, I think it's best for sleepers who weigh under the 230-pound range. 

Nectar Premier

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Intellibed

Type

Mixed foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

Medium or 5

Trial

90 nights

Warranty

20-year warranty

Price (queen)

$7,499

Somehow both firm and soft, the Intellibed Signature Matrix Grand is really the best of both worlds. Squeezed between latex and foam layers, this hybrid mattress features a Gel Matrix, an elastic gel that flexes and moves to contour to your shape and evenly distribute body weight. I don't know how Intellibed does it, but the firmness of the mattress provides ample support to keep your spine in proper alignment, while the softness allows the right amount of give to alleviate pressure without sagging.

As soon as I settled into the mattress, I could feel the pressure leaving my body. And after a few weeks on it, I was sleeping through the night and waking up free of pain.

Intellibed Signature Matrix Grand

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* Pricing based on Queen model
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Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm

Trial

360 nights

Warranty

lifetime warranty

Price (Queen)

$1,595

The Saatva mattress is constructed of layers of innerspring coils with luxury latex foam and a comfort layer of cushioning that's reminiscent of a pillowtop. This provides just enough cushioning to make the mattress comfortable, but not too much that you feel like you're sinking in and out of alignment. The hybrid mattress also has memory foam in the center of the mattress that provides special lumbar support, so your spine stays aligned, affording pressure relief, especially when you're sleeping on your side -- something that many other firm mattresses fall short on.

With the Saatva mattress, there are two firm options -- firm (rated an eight out of 10 on the standard-mattress firmness scale) and luxury firm (rated a five to seven out of 10) -- and two mattress heights -- 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. If you go with the deeper mattress, make sure you're also getting deep-pocket sheets. Read more in our full Saatva mattress review.

Saatva Classic

$200 off mattress orders $1,000+
* Pricing based on Queen model
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Type

Memory foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

5 or medium

Trial

101 nights

Warranty

25-year limited warranty

Price (queen)

$1,491

Rated a six to seven out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale, the GhostBed is classified as a medium-firm mattress. It's made of a combination of latex-like memory foams that have a soft, springy feel, but also provide enough support so you don't feel like you're sinking into the mattress (and then waking up in pain). It also has two rows of reinforced coils around the edge of the bed that hold the layers up and contribute to excellent edge-to-edge firmness level support.

Out of all of the firm bed options on this list, the GhostBed mattress brand felt most like a traditional spring mattress, in all of the right ways. Another thing I really liked about this mattress is that it always felt cool to the touch. The quilted cover of the foam mattress has cooling fibers that are directly woven in and help disperse body heat. Read more in our GhostBed Flex mattress review.

GhostBed Flex

25% off sitewide with code:
RV25
* Pricing based on Queen model
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Type

Memory foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

7 or medium-firm

Trial

100 nights

Warranty

15-year limited warranty

Price (queen)

$1,499

The Helix Plus hybrid mattress, rated a seven to eight out of 10 on the firmness scale, is designed to offer extra support for heavier sleepers, although it's an excellent option for sleepers of any size and shape. It's made of wrapped coils and several layers of memory foam in varying densities, but the real star of the show is a 4-inch layer of high-density foam. This extra foam held up the other layers, providing adequate support, but also adding some cushioning that provided relief for my shoulders and hips.

Because the mattress is thicker -- it's 13 inches tall -- it will feel firmer if you have a lower body mass index, but I thought it had just the right amount of give. It was comfortable in any sleeping position (even for a stomach sleeper or combination sleepers) and provided motion isolation really well, so I didn't bounce around, even when my boyfriend moved in the middle of the night. Read more in our full Helix mattress review.

Helix Plus

$200 off + 2 pillows with code:
RV200
* Pricing based on Queen model
Avocado

Type

Latex Hybrid

Firmness

7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)

Trial

365 nights

Warranty

25-year limited warranty

Price (Queen)

$2,099 (with the pillow top) $1,599 without

Like it says in the name, Avocado is a green and environmentally-friendly mattress. All the materials are either recycled or responsibly sourced from organic farms, which follow strict regulatory guidelines. The foundation is made with recycled steel coils and the comfort layers include: organic latex made from the sap of a tropical rubber tree, New Zealand wool and organic cotton. It feels a bit firm, a medium-firm with the pillow top and firm without. However, if you sleep on your back or stomach and are particularly health-conscious, I think you'll be a big fan of the bed. 

Organic latex beds are durable, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. You won't have to worry about added chemicals in the mattress or the buildup up household allergens within the foam. It has a ton of certifications to back up its eco-friendly claims, and it's one of the best firm mattress models I've tested. Read more in our full Avocado mattress review

Avocado Green

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* Pricing based on Queen model

Other mattresses we've tested

Purple Hybrid mattress: The Purple Hybrid bed took everything we love about the Purple mattress and made it firmer and more supportive. The Original Purple is around a medium while the Purple Hybrid or Purple 2 mattress is a medium-firm. Though, you can still feel the weightless pressure relief from the Purple Grid in the comfort layer. It has a unique feel that takes a moment to get used to, but it's comfortable and accommodating once you're used to it. It'll be comfortable for just about body type and it suits back, stomach and combination sleepers. 

Amerisleep AS2 mattress: The Amerisleep AS2 mattress is rated around a medium-firm or a 7 on the scale, and it has a dense memory foam feel that's slow to respond to pressure. It feels like the foam is giving you a hug as the bed wraps around your body. It'll take a moment for you to nestle into the layers, however, as dense memory foam tends to be triggered by heat. My favorite thing about this bed is that it has a machine-washable cover, so it's much easier to get out a spill or stain. 

Cocoon mattress: Cocoon by Sealy says most sleepers prefer a mattress with ample support, but which isn't too firm -- that's definitely true for me -- so in response to that, it made a specialized memory foam that's designed to provide the perfect firmer bed fit. The Perfect Fit memory foam, as it's aptly named, adapted to my body, providing pressure relief and support where I needed it most. Those are just some of the reasons that it may be the best firm mattress for you, too. This Cocoon chill memory foam sits on top of another foam layer, a responsive comfort layer, that provides a little bit of extra plushness (something many traditional memory foam mattress options are missing) and some extra support so the mattress never sank or sagged. 

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Frequently asked questions

Is a firm mattress better for sleeping?

It primarily depends on your favorite sleeping position. If you're a back or stomach sleeper, a firm mattress does a great job of keeping your neck and spine in proper alignment.

What firmness do hotel mattresses use?

Hotels tend to furnish their rooms with beds that fall in the medium to medium-firm range. That way, they can accommodate a wider range of sleeping position options because the beds aren't too firm or too soft. 

Is plush firmer than medium?

Typically when you see the term "plush" when describing a mattress, it means it's more toward the soft side of the spectrum. So, a plush mattress is softer than a medium mattress.

Which mattress types are most firm?

Latex foam mattresses are generally the firmest compared with other foam mattresses, followed by innerspring mattresses. With that being said, there are plenty of softer latex mattress and innerspring mattress options on the market, too. It's difficult to generalize about firm bed mattresses when there are so many different ones on the market.

Is a firm mattress better for your back?

If you sleep on your back or stomach, a firm mattress can keep your spine and neck in a straight alignment to prevent you from sagging into the bed and experiencing back pain. However, if you're a side sleeper, a firm mattress can push into your body and promote a curved spine.

More mattress advice

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.