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The most popular bed size is a queen, but does that mean it’s the one for you? Not necessarily. Don’t get us wrong, we do love a queen. Like its English counterpart, Elizabeth, a queen mattress is the face of a brand, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (see what we did there?).
If you’re thinking of buying or upgrading to a queen mattress, there are a lot of good reasons to do so. However, thinking in terms of only sleeping space may not get you the bed you need. Let’s take a look at the queen to make sure it’s the right one for you and then a few of our recommendations for best Queen mattress.
Who Should Choose A Queen Mattress?
Queen mattresses are the most popular size, as we mentioned, and the size works well whether you’re a single sleeper or part of a couple. Measurements for a queen are 60 inches in width by 80 inches in length.
Queen usurped the full bed as the most popular bed ages ago because it leaves more room for both couples to stretch out. It’s still more popular than a king because it doesn’t take up all the space in traditionally sized rooms.
If you’re part of a couple, you’ll get 30 inches of sleep space (width) per person without stumbling clumsily around a bed that’s too big (for most rooms).
Full Versus Queen
If you’re upgrading from a twin and you’re a single sleeper, a full (otherwise known as double) bed may solve your problems. Full measurements are 56 inches wide by 74 inches long. It fits into a specific area better than a queen and is lighter to move around.
Accessories for either won’t be much of an issue. Full bed accessories may be a shade cheaper than the queen, especially higher ticket items, but their availability is comparable. Both are very common bed sizes, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding things that fit.
If your room is on the small side, go with the full. For average-sized sleepers, it’s plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable. If your room can accommodate it and you’d like to be lost in your sheets, the queen is an excellent choice.
If you’re part of a couple, a full gives each person just 27 inches of sleep space in width. That’s about what you’d find in those tiny backpacking tents. If you’re cuddly sleepers – and be very honest here if you are – that might work. For most couples, an extra three inches means your knees won’t hang off the sides.
Queen Versus King
If we’re upgrading, then let’s really upgrade right? Not so fast.
King size mattresses are luxurious, sure, but can your room accommodate it? Measurements for a king are 76 inches wide by 80 inches. That’s a substantial amount of room space.
Unless you have that extra-large room, a queen is probably more comfortable and more logical for a standard bedroom size. Yes, you’re missing out on the length and width, but average-sized sleepers won’t miss it if other elements are in place, such as motion isolation and temperature regulation.
Accessories are a little more expensive as well, but you shouldn’t have any problems finding them. Couples with more than enough space and the budget to match it may see that a king is the right choice for a good night’s sleep. Couples with standard room sizes and a budget should opt for a queen.
If you’re a single sleeper, you could upgrade to a king, but that’s a whole lot of space you’re probably not going to use. Unless you’re particularly acrobatic, or you’ve accepted the bed-shelf as a permanent lifestyle choice (piles of laundry on the side?), a queen is plenty of room.
The California Queen
It’s possible to find a queen-sized mattress with 84 inches in length, but it’s going to be a huge hassle. California Queens are even less common than California kings, so you’ll be stuck ordering accessories from the internet at a premium.
If you’re unusually tall, but you can’t fit a king into the room, it may be worth it. We’ve only seen a handful of companies even offer this option, so be sure you know what you’re getting into if you go this route.
A Note About Size
Size doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep. Other factors are much more critical in our opinion.
For example, if you’re upgrading size because you’re tired of feeling your partner toss throughout the night, what you really need is better motion isolation. If your queen size mattress still has a lot of motion transfer, your partner will jostle you awake regardless of size.
If you’re upgrading because you feel hot next to your partner, a queen won’t solve that either. A mattress that offers cooling materials to return the bed to the ambient temperature of the room quickly and efficiently is what you’re looking for.
If you find yourself rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night because of a serious dip, you need a better supported, probably firmer mattress. If you buy a queen and don’t support it, you’ll be in the same boat as you were before.
Recommended Queen Mattresses
And now a few of our favorite queen mattresses.
So, the queen is your perfect size. Congratulations! DreamCloud will make that queen feel like an expensive hotel mattress.
DreamCloud uses a combination of eight different layers for a mattress that’s responsive and still contours to your body. There’s no dead foam feeling, and it has excellent temperature regulation.
DreamCloud is only available online, but you get a generous 365-day sleep trial to try things out. Their Everlong warranty protects you from mattress defects with a replacement mattress for up to ten years. After ten years, they may replace or repair defective mattresses at their discretion.
Our Top Pick
DreamCloud only has one mattress, and it’s a great one. The cover materials are a cashmere blend that’s ultra-soft, but very breathable. It stretches well with the contouring layers and feels plush.
The top two layers are contouring foams, one gel infused and one quilted. They conform to your body, allowing broader points to sink further into the mattress and filling in gaps like the area around your lower back. The gel keeps you significantly cooler while the quilted foam feels plush.
The next two layers are a dense transitional foam that eases your body to the support layer. DreamCloud uses micro coils for the support layer. They’re individually pocketed to isolate motion but provide responsive support. The final layer in another layer of foam that gives the mattress structural and edge support.
The best part of this? A queen only sets you back about $1400, which is a steal for this type of mattress.
Ever flipped through the pages of Real Simple and gushed over the aesthetic? Real Simple created a mattress that fits their mission of simple, natural living. The Real Sleep mattress is completely toxin free. There’s no harmful off-gassing, VOCs, or ozone depleters.
It’s a bed in a box, so you have 100 nights to try out the mattress while deciding if it’s the right one for you. There’s also a ten-year replacement warranty for mattress defects.
Best Queen Mattress Under $2,000
Real Sleep has only one offering, but we love that this mattress is natural and environmentally friendly. The cover material is organic cotton, a highly breathable and soft material with no harmful odors.
It uses two simple layers. The top layer contours your natural curves so there’s less stress on your pressure points. The foam is open cell, so it breathes next to your skin and prevents heat buildup. Foam is also naturally antibacterial and mite resistant.
The bottom layer is a dense support foam that responds to your weight and pushes back to keep your spine aligned. It has more of the traditional memory foam hug than hybrid mattresses, but excellent motion isolation and temperature regulation (translation peaceful night’s sleep for couples).
For budget lovers, Nectar’s mattress is a pleasant escape from the world of cheap mattresses. Nectar uses gel foams and a tencel cooling cover to give you a bed with a high level of cooling and support without spending an extra thousand dollars to get it. Your friends probably wouldn’t believe what the mattress actually cost you.
Nectar is a bed in a box company, but you get a 365-day sleep trial to figure out if it’s helping your sleep issues, plus a ten-year replacement warranty for mattress defects.
Best Queen Mattress Under $1,000
Nectar’s only offering is the one here. It’s an unbelievable $850 for a queen with four different foam layers. The first two contouring layers are gel infused and a quilted layer so that your broadest points sink into the mattress while filling in where you curve such as your torso. The next two are dense support layers, one adaptive to transition your body and one to provide support and structural integrity.
The entire mattress is focused on cooling, so if you or your partner is a sweaty sleeper, you’re good here.
Lucid’s primary focus is gel infused memory foam. Their mattresses are soft, yet very supportive with layers on contouring and dense support foam. There’s even a 14-inch depth version for extra plush. They have memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options, but all of them are simple constructions that work well.
Their mattress construction is simple with two layers, one contouring and one supporting, plus tencel covers which keep you cooler and wick away moisture better than cotton. They have plenty of accessories, so you could redo your entire sleep situation if you wanted to.
You can also choose firmness levels for better support based on your sleep style.
Best Queen Mattress Under $500
The 10-inch gel memory foam mattress is our pick. You probably never thought you’d get a Queen mattress for less than $500, but this one is just $375. It uses one layer of gel memory foam for ultimate cooling, plus a layer of dense support foam that’s designed for even heavier frames. The tencel cover material stretches with the contouring layer and wicks away moisture and heat.
Brentwood Home’s mattresses are focused on being an organic and clean option in the world of toxic memory foam. They offer activated charcoal infusions for cooling, natural latex for contouring, and individually pocketed micro-coils for structural and edge support.
The mattresses are crafted in California and conform to the state’s strict rules. The company offers a 120-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty for defective mattresses to go along with it.
Best Queen Mattress for Side Sleepers
We love the Crystal Cove model, a hybrid mattress with five zones of support. It’s flippable so you can decide to sleep on the firmer or softer side. The softer side cushions your curves a bit more while keeping your spine in alignment. If you decide the soft side isn’t quite supportive enough even as a side sleeper, you can always flip it over.
The plush side has a layer of natural latex for responsiveness while the firmer side provides activated charcoal infusions to keep you cooler.
Nuvanna’s ultra-eco-friendly mattress is another excellent option for someone sensitive to toxins and odors. The company’s mission is to improve the community as a whole by improving the sleep quality of its members.
It uses a three-layer, all-foam design to keep things cooler and still supportive. Phase changing gel particles infused in the top layer quickly return the mattress to ambient room temperature by dispersing heat away from your body.
The best part is that the mattress is just under $900 for a queen size.
Best Queen Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
Stomach sleepers will love that the mattress is medium firm while still providing some sink for shoulders and hips. Edge support is suitable, so you can still use the side of the bed to get comfortable.
The all-natural materials are excellent for side sleepers because when your nose is buried in the mattress, you won’t get odors and toxins in your airway the way you would with some synthetic foams.
DreamCloud’s system of layers is very supportive of multiple sleep positions and sleep issues. Although there’s a lot of contouring, the support is excellent. It’s just an excellent all-around mattress, especially for couples who may have different sleep preferences.
The Queen is very affordable, so you’ll get that luxury feel without killing your monthly budget.
Best Queen Mattress for Back Sleepers
The extra cushioning helps fill in your lower lumbar region, but the micro-coils and dense support foams prevent your spine from getting out of alignment. This combination of contour and support decompresses your spine and takes pressure away from the lower torso, so you’ll wake up with less pain. It also discourages frequent position changes due to temperature, so you’re less likely to wrench your back in the night.
We love Winkbeds hybrid design because it allows for two different firmness preferences, plus a mattress option specifically for heavier than average sleepers. The innovative cooling base (although a more significant investment) is lovely for couples who either sleep very hot during the night or have vastly different issues with temperature regulation. You can set either side of the base to be warmer or colder depending on your needs.
Best Queen Mattress for Heavy People
Winkbeds Plus is a welcome change from the standard mattress world. This mattress considers the needs of sleepers who are over 300 pounds, a critical consideration. Heavier sleepers often lose the benefit of support layers because the layer can’t handle the extra weight, but this bed should feel supportive and allow your curves to fit into the mattress naturally without pressure points or pain.
You can combine it with the cooling base for the most refreshing night’s sleep if you also have temperature issues. It’s a fantastic option for your unique needs but won’t cost you your first-born child. The mattress itself is $1500 for a queen, and the cool control base is $2200. Still significantly less than many showroom mattresses.
Hail the queen mattress, solver of most sleep issues, and provider of the most sleep space without crowding a standard room. If you’re upgrading as a couple, you’re going to love the extra width and if you’re improving as a single sleeper, enjoy your starfish-ing! There’s a reason this size continues to be the most popular choice. It’s a grown-up bed (finally) without being overkill and without having to invest in more expensive accessories.
If you consider the other points we made about mattresses, i.e., motion isolation, temperature control, and support, you should find your queen mattress a new era in your sleep. Good luck persuading yourself to get out of it every morning!