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Article updated on May 20, 2024 at 8:00 AM PDT

Best Mattress for Guest Rooms of 2024

Need a new mattress for your guest room? This bed should be comfortable and widely accommodating. Here are the best mattresses for guest rooms, tested and chosen by our sleep experts.

Our Experts

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Owen Poole
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Owen Poole Senior Video Producer
Owen Poole, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and proclaimed mattress expert, has been producing sleep video content in the wellness space for over three years. After earning his certification from the Spencer Institute and dedicating hundreds of hours to sleep research, he has extensive knowledge on the topic and how to improve your quality of rest. Having more experience with lying on mattresses than most, Owen has reviewed over 150 beds and a variety of different sleep products including pillows, mattress toppers and sheets. Before he was writing about sleep, he graduated as a Digital Communication Arts major from Oregon State University. The current mattress Owen sleeps on is the Casper Nova Hybrid since it helps keep his spine in a comfortable, neutral position. When Owen isn't reviewing products, he loves to run, cycle and cook healthy food. Pizza is his kryptonite.
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What to consider

Firmness

A firm mattress will offer more support while a soft mattress will be more pressure relieving. Medium mattresses fall in the sweet spot right in between. The right firmness level for you depends on your sleeping position.

Sleeping position

Side sleepers should consider a medium to soft mattress that cradles the hips and shoulders. Back and stomach sleepers should consider a medium to firm mattress that keeps the spine in a straight alignment. Switch between positions? A medium firmness level can accommodate all sleeping positions.

Feel

Coils and latex foam give a bed more bounce, while memory foam and poly foam make a bed feel more cushy and pressure relieving. The feel of your mattress will depend on the types of materials it has on the inside.

Construction

There are essentially two mattress types, hybrid and all-foam. Hybrid mattresses are constructed with steel coils and foam, but all-foam mattresses are just as their name implies.

Body type

Hybrid mattresses tend to be best for people who want extra support and durability. Sleepers over 230 pounds in particular should consider a hybrid over an all-foam mattress because it’s more supportive, durable and long-lasting.

Performance

Motion isolation, edge support and temperature are important features for couples or people who sleep hot to consider. Hot sleepers should consider a mattress that boasts special cooling features. Couples want minimal motion transfer and a strong, supportive bed perimeter.

Company policies

All online brands offer a free trial, free shipping and a warranty, but some brands are more generous with their policies than others.

Our Picks

$2,399 at Puffy Mattress
Puffy Cloud mattress
Best overall mattress for guest rooms
Puffy Cloud Mattress
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$799 at DreamFoam
Dreamfoam Hybrid Mattress
Best hybrid mattress for guest rooms
DreamFoam Hybrid Mattress
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$799 at Leesa
Leesa Studio Mattress
Best memory-foam mattress for guest rooms
Leesa Studio
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$460 at SweetNight
SweetNight Tri-folding mattress
Best guest room mattress for small spaces
SweetNight Tri-Fold Mattress
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$1,599 at Brentwood Home
Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Mattress
Best all-natural mattress for guest rooms
Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Mattress
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Mattress shopping for yourself is one thing, but it's another story to shop for a bed for others to sleep on. You'll want something accommodating so your guests find it comfortable, but you also probably don't want to spend a ton of money on a mattress that might not get used too often. 

We picked a handful of beds out of the hundreds we've tested over six years that will make your guests so comfy they might not want to leave.

What is the best overall mattress for guest rooms?

The Puffy Cloud Mattress is the best option for guest rooms. It has an accommodating soft foam feel that most will find comfortable, and a medium firmness rating that should be suitable for any sleeping position. I also love that the mattress is often on sale for just under $1,050.

Plus, the cover on the Puffy Mattress is machine-washable and stain-resistant, so you can easily give the cover a deep clean after your guest departs. That's a compelling feature for a guest room mattress. 

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Best mattresses for guest rooms of 2024

Puffy Cloud Mattress

Best overall mattress for guest rooms

Our take - The Puffy Cloud mattress is a nice, accommodating choice that most people should find comfortable. It has a three-layer, all-foam construction. Although the top layer behaves quite like a memory foam, the rest of the foams add up to give it more of a soft, neutral foam feel that your guests should generally like.
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Price scale
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Type
all-foam mattress
Firmness
5 or about a medium
Trial
101 nights
Warranty
lifetime warranty
$2,399 at Puffy Mattress
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DreamFoam Hybrid Mattress

Best hybrid mattress for guest rooms

Our take - The DreamFoam Hybrid is one of the most affordable coil mattresses we've ever tested. Many sleepers prefer coil beds for their extra bounce and airflow. In general, coil hybrid beds like these are more supportive and durable over the long term, especially for heavier people over 200 pounds.
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Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
5 or about a medium
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
Price scale
$
$799 at DreamFoam
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Leesa Studio

Best memory-foam mattress for guest rooms

Our take - The Leesa Studio is the most affordable mattress in Leesa's lineup, and it shares many similarities with the ultrapopular Leesa Original. Both beds are about 10 inches thick and feature three foam layers. The most significant difference is that the top two layers of foam are essentially flipped, which means the top layer of the Leesa Studio is memory foam.
Type
memory foam
Firmness
medium to medium-firm or 6
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year warranty
Price Scale
$
$799 at Leesa
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SweetNight Tri-Fold Mattress

Best guest room mattress for small spaces

Our take - Let's face it -- not everyone lives in a space big enough for a dedicated guest room, but that doesn't mean you don't ever want to have guests stay with you. 
Price scale
$
Type
all-foam mattress
Firmness
7 medium-firm
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
3-year warranty
$460 at SweetNight
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Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Mattress

Best all-natural mattress for guest rooms

Our take - If you're looking for one of the highest quality and most versatile mattresses for your guests, look no further than the Crystal Cove mattress. 
Price scale
$$
Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
4 or medium to medium-soft (softer side) | 6 or medium to medium-firm (firmer side)
Trial
365 nights
Warranty
25-year limited warranty
$1,599 at Brentwood Home
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Other mattresses we've tested

For all of our best lists, we have to make the cutoff somewhere, but these top five are by no means the only good options for guest rooms.

  • Siena Mattress: This is a super affordable memory-foam mattress option, in the $500 range, with a relatively accommodating firmness profile that would be a solid guest room option. In our opinion, its feel isn't as universally comfortable as the beds we put on the list, so it just didn't make the cut.
  • AmazonBasics Mattress: This is probably the most affordable mattress we've ever tested, and if you're just looking to not spend much at all on a guest bed, it's hard to argue with the AmazonBasics mattress. It's comfortable enough for most people, and one of our biggest concerns with it is durability, but if it's going to be slept on only occasionally, it should last quite a while.
  • DreamCloud Mattress: This is just one of our favorite hybrid beds. It's super affordable, has a luxurious design and has an accommodating firmness profile. It doesn't share the same memory-foam feel as the other beds in the DreamCloud mattress lineup, so pretty much everyone should find it comfy enough. This bed just had a lot of overlap with the DreamFoam Hybrid and the DreamFoam is slightly more affordable.
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How we tested the best mattresses for guest rooms

Be sure to read up on how we test mattresses. For a list like this, we wanted to keep several things in mind when choosing from the hundreds of beds we've tested. 

Feel

We wanted to find beds that pretty much everyone finds generally comfortable. Some sleepers love a classic, dense memory feel, and others don't. Some folks love super responsive latex beds or even the unique feel of a Purple mattress, and others don't. The beds we chose have more of a "safe" feel that we think anyone who sleeps on them will probably like, and a guest room mattress isn't necessarily for a specific person who might want a specific feel.

Firmness

We wanted all the beds on this list to be around a medium on the firmness scale because they usually work well, or at least OK for all sleeping positions. Whether your guest is a back, stomach, side or combination sleeper, any of these beds shouldn't cause them any aches and pains.

Pricing

Buying a mattress for yourself that you spend (hopefully) eight hours a day sleeping on can already be a sizable investment, so a mattress for guests to sleep on shouldn't cost a lot. That's why we tried to select beds that were more affordable than the average online mattress. 

Durability

We can't lay on the mattress every day for years, so it's hard to tell exactly how long each bed will last. Based on several factors, like construction, we get an idea of how long we think a bed will last. The average lifespan for a mattress is seven to 10 years. For this list, though, durability was less of a concern because a guest room bed probably won't be slept on every night.

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Things to consider when choosing a guest room mattress

Room size

Not everyone has the space available for a guest room that can accommodate larger mattresses like a queen size. Consider full or twin XL mattresses for your guest room, and brands like Brooklyn Bedding and DreamFoam even sell atypical sizes like short queens and short fulls that might better suit your guest room space.

Sleeper types

You'll likely have a variety of people sleeping on this mattress, so you want to avoid beds that are extra soft or extra firm because one guest might be a back sleeper and another might be a side sleeper. Finding a mattress around medium firmness should work well enough for a variety of guests.

Construction

We often recommend hybrid mattresses for the long-term durability coils provide, especially for individuals above 220 pounds. For guest rooms, durability isn't as important, so even if you have heavier guests stay over, an all-foam mattress construction will be fine. All-foam mattresses are perfectly fine for handling medium to petite-size sleepers on a nightly basis.

Budget

The amount you're willing to spend on a guest room bed is going to be lower than your actual mattress. It might be tempting to get an equally expensive mattress for a guest room because you want guests to really enjoy their time in your home, but just make sure to set a budget and stick to it when shopping for a guest room mattress.

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Best guest room mattress FAQs

What is the best type of mattress for a guest bedroom?

A generally comfortable mattress that pretty much everyone will find comfortable, at least for a few nights.

Should a guest room mattress be soft or firm?

Ideally, a guest room mattress should be around a medium firmness rating as it should work decently well for any sleeping position.

Is memory foam good for a guest bedroom?

Memory foam mattresses aren't ideal for guest rooms because they can be divisive. Some sleepers love the feel of memory foam and others don't.