Best twin mattress in 2022 – CNET

You have a lot to choose from if you’re in the market for the best twin mattress. Those choices include foam, innerspring, latex, spring and hybrid mattresses, and your preferred sleeping position — stomach sleeperside sleeper, back sleeper or a combo — makes a difference in what you should buy.

Other factors to consider include whether you sleep hot or cold, whether you require a certain firmness level and whether you need an adjustable base. Do you have a single bed frame or do you need two mattresses for a bunk bed? Will a box spring be necessary? That’s where we come in.

A lot of folks think that you need a queen or king mattress to be truly comfortable, but you can save money and space by opting for a twin-size bed. In fact, as we’ve been researching mattresses, we’ve learned that some of our favorite picks also come in a twin mattress size. These beds are great for people who live in smaller homes or apartments, want a new bed for their child or their child’s dorm room, and/or people with an extra guest bedroom. Whatever your reason for wanting a twin, we’re here to help you upgrade to a new bed. Whether you’re looking for a soft mattress with a comfort layer or a firm mattress for added support, we’ve got some guidance for you as you pick the best twin-size mattress.

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The Nectar Premier mattress is the replacement for their discontinued Nectar Lush bed. While these foam mattresses are a little different from the Lush model in terms of plushness, we still think it’s a comfortable memory foam mattress suited for a wide range of sleeper types and a strong contender for our best twin size mattress list. 

This Nectar mattress is 13 inches thick and this mattress type is entirely made of foam. All of the brand’s beds have a dense memory foam feel, and we weren’t surprised to see this model is no different. When you lay down on the mattress, it’ll take a few seconds for the foam to mold to your body shape. Once it does, you can feel the bed gently hug your pressure points and it provides a really nice relief to your joints. It comes topped with a nice, poly-blend cooling cover, but there isn’t a noticeable cooling sensation when you lay down. Most people, unless you sleep hot, will think it’s more temperature neutral. Read more for our full Nectar Premier review

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Another luxury hotel-worthy option, the Leesa Legend twin mattress was soft, inviting and had just the right amount of bounce (without being too bouncy). I’d rate the firmness around a 4 out of 10, or in between medium to medium-soft. It’s plush, pressure-relieving and a great option for those who sleep on their side. The twin bed mattress has four layers — two layers of springs and two layers of memory foam. The combo provided exceptional body contouring, especially when I was lying on my back. I felt like I was comfortably settling into the twin size mattress, while still feeling supported and aligned.

The organic cotton and wool cover, which is made from recycled water bottles, provided an additional layer of comfort that took it up a notch from the typical memory foam mattress. It felt more like a , but without the bulky top layer. And it had minimal motion transfer and top-notch edge-to-edge support, so even if you migrate toward the edge of the twin bed, you’ll feel comfortable and supported.

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I think the Amerisleep AS2 is the best twin mattress for stomach sleepers, back sleepers and people who suffer back pain. It has a medium-firm profile around a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which offers a good ratio of spinal support and pressure relief. Instead of traditional memory foam, it’s made of Bio-Pur — a proprietary type of memory foam that’s more responsive to movement and body weight. It’s also more airy and breathable. These two things pretty much solve all my qualms with a twin memory foam mattress.

Even when I moved around during my sleep, I never felt like I got stuck in the mattress. I could adjust positions and the AS2 responded quickly, which meant I felt comfortable, but also properly supported so I woke up (and slept) pain-free. I also felt cool all night long, even with a thick down comforter and a microfiber throw on top, so I slept comfortably through the night. If you want extra support and durability, you can also opt for the AS2 hybrid mattress. Read more at our full Amerisleep mattress review

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Buying a twin size mattress is an excellent way to get a Purple Hybrid Premier 3 into your house at a more affordable price. And trust me, you want one of these in your house. Like all mattresses from the Purple mattress brand, the Hybrid Premier 3 is constructed of the signature Purple Grid, a Hyper-Elastic Polymer foam that allows the hybrid mattress to move with — and conform to — your body. It’s great for side sleepers because of the thick and squishy top layer, but it’s even supportive enough for back and stomach sleepers. looking for the best twin size mattress. 

While memory foam does have some body-hugging abilities, the Purple mattress felt the most adaptive of all of the others on the list. It conformed to my body in all of the right places and really provided pressure relief where I needed it most. While there’s no standard twin size available, you can nab a twin XL mattress for a little extra leg room. Read more in our full Purple Hybrid mattress review.

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If the heat-trapping of traditional memory foam has steered you away from this mattress type in the past, the Ghostbed Flex Hybrid will open a whole new world for you. This twin bed mattress is constructed of seven layers — gel-infused memory foam, a high-density support layer, a bounce layer, and individually wrapped coils — that are wrapped in a cooling cover that has specialized fibers designed to disperse heat and improve airflow.

And that’s not just some fancy lingo. The gel memory foam hybrid mattress really did feel cool to the touch and felt light and fresh every time I got it in. It also gave that sought-after zero-gravity vibe, which was definitely welcome after a long day of sitting hunched over the computer. I could feel my body relax and I woke up feeling completely refreshed and pain-free every morning.

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The Helix Midnight LUXE is the perfect “I can’t decide which mattress to buy” mattress. It falls right in the middle of the mattress firmness level scale — it’s firmness level rated a four to seven out of 10 — so it’s designed to please any type of sleeper. The mattress is constructed of a layered combination of high-density memory foam, gel visco and pocketed coil layers that provide equal parts comfort and support.

The Helix Midnight LUXE twin bed mattress really shone when it came to lumbar support. It immediately took the pressure off my back and provided much needed relief from the aches and pains that are inevitable when sitting at the computer all day. While this mattress had a little more motion transfer than the Nectar Premier or Leesa Legend, it still did a great job of absorbing movement when I shifted positions. Read more at our full Helix mattress review

Brooklyn Bedding

Some people only want a twin mattress for a guest room or their youngin’ who will eventually grow out of their small mattress and desire an upgrade. If that’s the case, you may not want to spend over $1,000 on a new bed. Brooklyn Bedding Signature is a hybrid mattress that offers a comfortable and supportive sleeping space at the same cost, or less than bed-in-a-box mattresses made of foam. In other words, it’s going to be more durable and supportive than all-foam mattress competitors, but you won’t have to spend extra for it.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature has four layers including almost 1,000 pocketed coils and comfortable responsive foam. It has three different firmness options, but the medium is soft without being too plush and it’s perfect for side sleepers. The firm model will be most fitting for people who are primarily back or stomach sleepers. 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature is also suitable for a wide range of body types from petite to plus-size, so it’s a very accommodating mattress that can appeal to anyone who comes to visit. 

Frequently asked questions

How much should a good twin mattress cost?

A good twin mattress should cost around $600 if you’re looking for a basic option. For budget options, you can find a twin mattress around the $250 range or less, while premium twin mattresses can run for $1,000 or more. 

What are the dimensions of a twin mattress?

A twin size mattress measures out to 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. Or, 3.25 feet wide by 6.25 feet long.

Do two twin mattresses make a king?

No, but two twin XL mattresses will make a split king bed. Twin XL mattresses are 6 inches longer than a standard twin, and the same length as a king mattress. 

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