Best Cooling Mattresses of 2023

Ryan Fiorenzi, BS, Certified Sleep Science Coach - Updated on June 26th, 2023

If you're waking up hot, it's likely that you're not getting restful sleep because you're not signaling your brain to produce melatonin (the sleep hormone). A drop in temperature and light exposure lets your brain know that it's time to sleep. The opposite produces cortisol, which wakes you up. If your current mattress has cooling gel, cooling foam layers, and/or cooling fabrics, etc, and you're still warm, it's time for a new mattress.

Our sleep consultant and team of testers have used and researched the best cooling mattresses, and we've organized our top choices by the most common sleep needs.

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Best Cooling Mattresses

We’ve invested many hours of research to create this guide on the best cooling mattresses. In addition to relying on our sleep consultant, we've also supplemented our research with an in-depth interview with a chiropractor who frequently helps patients with their sleeping positions and sleep-related back and neck pain. You can learn more about our review process here.

Eight Sleep

Eight Sleep - Best Cooling Mattress

Best Overall

  • This is far and away the best cooling mattress because of the cooling tech that circulates cooled water through a hub into a grid of tubes in the top layer of the mattress. This is similar to the ChiliPad (now Sleepme), but their autopilot drops the temperature slightly when you go into deep sleep and raises it slightly when you go into REM (rapid eye movement). It's a far superior product compared to the ChiliPad Cube, and better than the Chilisleep Dock Pro.
  • The system will also modify the temperature based on ambient room temperature and outdoor temperature.
  • The system will learn from your preferences as it tracks your sleep to see what temperatures are best for your sleep.
  • Eight Sleep will give you the option to wake up with a warmer temperature, vibration, both, or none.
  • You can choose two different temperatures, sleep schedules, and wake-up settings for you and your partner.
  • The app gives detailed sleep reports to analyze your sleep.
  • The unit is very quiet.
  • The assembly takes a few hours, and the directions are unclear on some parts of the setup.
  • It's more expensive than most mattresses but gets glowing reviews from customers and reviewers.
  • The mattress is medium firmness, 5/10, so it's good for side and back and stomach sleepers.

Read our full review of the Eight Sleep Mattress.

Nolah Evolution 15

Nolah Evolution 15 Mattress


This mattress is among the highest-rated mattresses and has been rated best cooling mattress by Forbes. It's also received best mattress awards from Sleep Advisor, Sleep Foundation, Sleepopolis, Sleep Doctor, Mattress Clarity, Mattress Nerd, Healthline, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Good Morning America. 

  • The hybrid design includes a heat-dissipating quilted Euro Topper with graphite-infused AirFoamICE™ with HDMax™ Tri-Zone™ coils and ArticTex™ cover.
  • Includes 2" AirBreath™ heat gusset for cooling.
  • The topper does an excellent job cooling in combination with coils, allowing space in the mattress for heat to escape (which foam mattresses don't do).
  • The mattress is 15" thick, giving them much room for comfort and support.
  • We've rated this mattress as "Best Hybrid," "Best for Back Pain," "Best for Side Sleeping," and the plush version as "Best Soft Mattress."
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Includes 120-night trial and lifetime warranty.

Read our full review and see why this is one of our favorite mattresses and runner-up for best cooling mattress for back pain.

Purple Restore Plus

Purple 3 Hybrid - Best Overall

Best Overall 2nd Runner-Up

  • When it comes to cooling, it's really hard to beat a Purple mattress.
  • Its innovative grid system gives you great support and contouring but doesn't trap heat like memory foam.
  • An innovative combination of the purple polymer grid and a hybrid mattress design with coil springs
  • Purple's elastic polymer grid has been one of the few innovations in the mattress industry for many years.
  • The hybrid version of the Purple mattress makes it a great option for many types of sleepers, especially those who didn't like the original Purple.
  • Hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials.
  • Made in the USA.

Read our full review of the Purple Restore Plus (formerly called Purple Hybrid).

Amerisleep AS3

Amerisleep AS3 - Best for Side Sleepers

Best for Side Sleepers

  • We found the AS3 to sleep quite cool for a foam-based mattress, having used it in one of our writer's guest rooms for about a year.
  • Innovative Refresh Cover is designed to convert body heat into infrared energy.
  • Unique Hive design provides different firmness levels throughout the mattress to counter your body's center of gravity.
  • 12" thickness provides a plush feel typically found in much more expensive mattresses.
  • Exceptional warranty, trial, and return policy.

Read our full review of the Amerisleep AS3 mattress.

Layla Foam

Layla Foam - Best Double-Sided

Best Double-Sided

  • Copper-infused memory foam noticeably keeps you cool compared to less expensive foam mattresses.
  • A double-sided design lets you test two firmness options to see what works best.
  • The use of copper also helps fight odor-causing bacteria.
  • A long 120-night trial and lifetime warranty make it a great value-for-money option with minimal risks.
  • Currently includes two free pillows with your mattress purchase (a great deal considering the mattress price is under $1000).

Read our full review of the Layla Foam mattress.

Zoma Hybrid

Zoma - Best for Back Sleepers & Athletes

Best for Back Sleepers & Athletes

  • The Zoma mattress is an excellent mattress for back sleeping that keeps you cool thanks to an interesting combination of layers with different purposes.
  • Triangulex™ comfort layer provides zoned support for your back and hips, which enables this soft mattress to keep you still level, a characteristic missing from most soft foam-based mattresses.
  • Reactiv™ layer counters the sinking-in feeling typically associated with all-form mattresses.
  • Respectable 10-year warranty, 100-night trial, and free returns.
  • Made in the USA with CertiPUR foam.

Read our full review of the Zoma Hybrid mattress.


Nectar - Best Trial Period & Warranty

Best Trial Period & Warranty

  • The Nectar mattress is a great foam mattress that sleeps cool and is often discounted.
  • Generally, great value when compared side by side with other name-brand mattresses.
  • A 3" soft comfort layer for contouring followed by a 2" firm support layer is a good combination that works well in many foam mattresses.
  • One of our top picks for heavy sleepers.
  • It is known for its marketing, incredible 365-night trial, and Forever Warranty.
  • Thick, substantial mattress great for couples with minimal motion transfer.

Read our full review of the Nectar mattress.

Linenspa Hybrid

Linenspa Hybrid - Best Budget

Best Budget

  • Linenspa's 10" Hybrid mattress is an amazing value-for-money mattress that sleeps exceptionally cool due to its open and air coil spring base and relatively thin comfort layer.
  • Among the cheapest mattresses we recommend and stand behind is one of the most affordable mattresses with a true hybrid construction.
  • Many thickness and size options make it an excellent choice for guest rooms or kid's beds.
  • Softer than most hybrids enabling cool, budget-friendly sleeping for many positions.

Read our full review of the Linenspa Hybrid mattress.

Foam Mattresses and Heat

Foam mattresses are a great development in the mattress space because they can give you a much softer surface to sleep on; this can be especially beneficial for those with low back or hip pain. And for those who prefer a firm mattress, foam mattresses can be firm as well. The issue with the original form of foam mattresses (polyurethane), is that it compresses and there's nowhere for body heat to escape. And that's compounded by the fact that foam mattresses (especially memory foam that contours to your body) wrap you up which creates more heat. Polyurethane foam mattresses are petroleum-based, which will retain and reflect heat, creating the hottest mattresses.

If you don't need a soft surface to sleep on, a traditional innerspring mattress may be a good choice for you, although innerspring mattresses transfer motion and the springs make them louder than any other mattress.

Many people opt for a hybrid mattress, which is an innerspring mattress with a foam top. 70% to 90% of a hybrid mattress is innerspring, which gives you support, and the other 10% to 30% is foam, which gives you a soft sleeping surface. Because there's a lot less foam than in a foam mattress, it sleeps a lot cooler. Innerspring mattresses have lots of space inside for heat to escape into.

Besides sleeping cooler, hybrids come with some other advantages:

  • They tend to last longer.
  • They offer more support for larger sleepers (more than 220 lbs).
  • They are bouncier, which makes it easier to get out of bed, and are better for sex.

As mattresses evolve to sleep cooler, manufacturers are creating many combinations of different types of foam and other elements to help people sleep cooler.

Different Types of Foam

Latex Foam

Latex is a natural product, with two different types of latex foam: Dunlop and Talalay. Talalay foam is springier and softer.


This is a cheaper foam that doesn't last as long and will off-gas chemicals. This foam will heat up significantly.

Memory Foam

This foam became popular in the 1990s. It gives you pressure point support which is great for people who suffer from low back pain. But memory foam traps heat and reflects it back to the sleeper.

Open Cell Foam

Open cell foam is springier, so it won't cradle you as much as memory foam. This foam allows heat to escape, giving you the benefits of foam with less heat.

Gel Foam

The gel incorporated into gel foam mattresses absorbs heat, sleeping cooler than other memory foam or polyurethane.

Cooling Technology-Mattress Toppers

An innovative solution to sleeping cool is to run cool water through a pad with tubing, such as Eight Sleep and Chilisleep/Sleepme. These pads (in the case of Sleepme) or covers/mattress with cover (in the case of Eight Sleep) allow you to control the temperature of your current mattress. You can choose any temperature between 55° and 110°.

The problem that some sleepers face is that foam mattresses are softer but heat up. Innerspring mattresses tend not to heat up, but they're firmer. Hybrid mattresses attempt to solve this by combining a foam cover and an innerspring mattress. Cooling covers solve this issue by allowing you to have as soft a mattress as you need at any temperature.

Mattress Toppers

A mattress topper is a fitted sheet with a thick top that will give you an additional layer of several inches to make your mattress softer. These are a good option for people who aren't ready to invest in a new mattress.

Mattress toppers are often made of memory foam which will make you heat up. But some are made with copper, charcoal, gel, open cell foam, wool, or have some other method to diffuse heat, which will reduce the amount of heat that's retained.

Which Mattress is Right for You?

The best way to know what mattress is best for you is to sleep on different mattresses. Finding your own combination of support, softness, as well as coolness is unique to everyone. If you're able to travel, that's a great way to try out different mattresses. And the mattress industry has become very competitive and many companies now offer a in-home trial.

When making a decision on a cooling mattress, you will also want to consider how you sleep. Side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and back sleepers will have different needs. And though people rarely stay in one position all night, most spend more time in one position.

The Importance of Sleeping Cool

Cooler temperature and darkness are signs to your brain to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. Taking a warm bath before you go to bed can be helpful because your temperature drops by several degrees when you get out of the bath. If you regularly don't sleep well, one of the pillars of good sleep hygiene is to ensure you're not too warm.

Many sleep experts recommend your bedroom to be around 65 degrees, though each individual may prefer a little cooler or warmer. Whatever your preferred sleep temperature is, turning the temperature down before you go to bed can be part of your nightly routine that prepares your brain for sleep.

However, turning the temperature down won't prevent you from heating up during the night if your mattress makes you hot. Changing your mattress could be the key to waking up rested.

Other Ways to Sleep Cool

There are several things you can do in addition to using a cooling mattress to sleep cooler:

  • Drop the temperature - experiment with different temperatures to see what temperature works for you. A good way to do this is to document how well you slept at each temperature. Keep in mind there are many factors that can influence how you sleep, so you may want to do a few nights at each temperature to be more confident.
  • Eight Sleep Cover- though not cheap, Eight Sleep offers a mattress cover that you zip over your mattress that runs cool water through a pad, and uses an autopilot to change the temperature of your mattress as you progress through the different stages of sleep. They offer their own mattress with the cover as well, which we ranked above.
  • Use a fan - this is an easy way to keep cooler at night; it also has the benefit of adding white noise, which can help drown out exterior noise.
  • Use lighter blankets - another inexpensive way to keep your temperature cooler while you sleep.

Cooling Mattress Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions about cooling mattresses.

Many mattress manufacturers offer a bed option that offers cooling technology. It is best to find a breathable cooling mattress that matches your budget, sleep position, and warranty preferences.