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Best mattresses for back pain

Best mattresses for back pain

What type of mattress is best for alleviating (or avoiding) back pain? The best mattress for you is ultimately determined by a range of factors including personal preference. As a general rule the best mattresses for managing back pain should offer a good balance of both support and comfort. For most people, this usually means a medium firm mattress, as it provides enough support for spinal alignment without being too firm. Harder mattresses can cause or contribute to back pain as they will push back on the natural curvature of the spine. 

A good mattress for back pain is one that will contour itself to the shape of your body, cradling and supporting your joints. For this reason, memory foam mattresses are often considered the gold standard for those who suffer from back pain in their daily lives. For those who prefer a more traditional ‘spring’ feel, hybrid mattresses and spring ‘zoned’ mattresses are a great alternative. High quality mattress products, like the TEMPUR® range are particularly well regarded.

Below, see some of our top picks for the best mattresses for back pain at Bedshed.  

Best foam mattress for back pain:

TEMPUR® Pro Adapt Mattress

The TEMPUR® Adapt Pro is TEMPUR’s most advanced and adaptive mattress yet. Made with all new TEMPUR® Advanced Material, the Adapt Pro is designed to relieve 20% more pressure* across your body; perfect for managing back pain. It comes complete with TEMPUR’s most luxurious mattress cover, the QuickRefresh, which features extra quilted layers for the perfect level of comfort. Paired with an adjustable base, it gets even better, easily adapting to a range of lifestyle needs. 

Construction The TEMPUR® Adapt Pro mattress is made from visco-elastic, temperature sensitive material that is designed to respond to the shape of your body, providing gentle support for your joints and spine. 

Why we love it The TEMPUR® Adapt Pro takes the unique feeling of a TEMPUR® mattress to a new level. With its amazing body conforming, pressure relieving and motion absorbing technology, a TEMPUR Adapt® Pro mattress is capable of adapting to the exact shape of your body. 

Best hybrid mattress for back pain:

SleepMaker Cocoon Black mattress

The SleepMaker Cocoon Black mattress has everything you need for a truly indulgent night of sleep. This ever-popular range of mattresses is endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. One of its standout features is that it is adjustable-friendly, so you can pair with an adjustable base to achieve the flexible support you need to combat back pain. 

Construction The Cocoon Black mattress range brings together the best of both worlds, pairing up environmentally friendly  Dreamfoam with a spring base that gives it an excellent, supportive feel and a surface that evenly distributes pressure to alleviate back pain. It also utilises Sensorzone technology to optimise comfort and a solid foam edge, to ensure you’re supported across every inch of your new mattress.

Why we love it This mattress is the perfect compromise between a memory foam and spring mattress feel. It comes in a range of feels and sizes to suit any bedroom, and you won’t find your lifestyle options are limited, since it’s compatible with adjustable bases. 

Best spring mattress for back pain:

Sealy Posturepedic Elevate mattress

If foam or hybrid mattresses aren’t your thing, then you can’t go wrong with the Sealy Posturepedic Elevate mattress collection. Engineered to support your body’s natural sleeping position, this mattress range comes in three comfort levels - firm, medium and plush. 

Construction The Sealy Posturepedic mattress features an intuitive AlignSupport® coil system, which is designed to sense your weight and respond to maintain your body’s natural alignment. It also comes equipped with an enhanced gel memory ComfortCore® layer that adapts and conforms to your lower back to alleviate back pain. 

Why we love it Sealy mattresses have always been highly regarded for the comfort and support they provide. The Posturepedic Elevate range is perfect for those who love a spring mattress and are looking for an affordable option that will provide support.

Tips for picking the perfect mattress

If you’re looking for the perfect mattress to deal with back pain, make sure you take some of the below into consideration:

Try before you buy. It’s always good to test out different mattresses in the store if you can, as mattress ‘feels’ can vary from brand to brand and even between different mattress ranges. A medium mattress from Sealy may feel very different to the medium mattress you have at home. 

Are you sharing your bed? If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll want to take this into consideration when choosing a mattress. Generally, memory foam mattresses are known to be best for limiting partner disturbance as they absorb movement. They also contour to your individual shape, providing great support for both people.

What sleeping position do you favour? Before you head out looking for a new mattress, you should think about which sleeping position you favour. Are you a side sleeper? A tummy sleeper? This can affect the type of mattress you should choose, as well as the comfort feel you should go for. 

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For help finding the perfect mattress to suit your comfort preferences, health needs and price range, why not try our handy mattress selector tool? Or visit us in-store today for advice from our friendly mattress experts.


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