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Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause discomfort for anyone, while the right sleep surface can benefit quality of life. Since scoliosis can cause stiffness and pain, particularly in the lower back, it makes sense to look for a comfortable bed.

For people with scoliosis, a good mattress combined with pain management treatments like hydrotherapy, massage, exercises, or medication, can make a big difference in daily activities.

Relieves pressure points

Mattress comfort is highly subjective to each of us. But in general, mattresses that provide pressure point relief, while supporting spinal alignment, may be most beneficial for people with scoliosis.

Supports your entire body

The mattress should not sag or give way underneath you in such a way that creates gaps between your body and the mattress surface.

Is medium-firm

Several studies indicate that medium-firm mattresses may be best for alleviating back pain in general, and for providing sleeping comfort for people of various ages, heights, and weights. In one 2015 study, custom-inflated or adjustable, medium-firm mattresses provided the most benefits.

Includes foam layers

Layered memory foam mattresses may be a good choice for pressure point relief. Another cushioned option is a hybrid mattress, which combine layers of memory foam, gel, latex, and/or textile with an innerspring coil system.

Comes with a trial period

New mattresses will be at their most firm and may feel too hard in the beginning. All-foam mattresses for example will need time for you to adjust and break them in from use.

Has a clear return and refund policy

Check the store’s return policies:

  • How many days do they give you to try out and return the mattress for a refund?
  • How do they expect the mattress to be transported?
    • Are you responsible for moving and transporting or shipping the mattress back?
    • Do they provide a handling service for returns, and is there an additional fee?

Keep in mind that if you’re having pain with your current mattress, its age could be a factor. Over time, older mattresses of all kinds may start to sag and lose their ability to fully support the spine. This can cause back, hip, and shoulder pain.

Mattresses can be a significant expense, but should last for 10 to 15 years.

  • Pain relief. The mattresses on this list were chosen specifically for their ability to reduce or alleviate back pain and stiffness upon waking. We looked for mattresses made from materials that can provide pressure point relief and enhance spinal alignment.
  • Transparent manufacturing. Each mattress comes from a manufacturer that provides information about material sourcing and doesn’t make unsubstantiated claims about disease prevention or cures.
  • Consumer protection policy. Every mattress comes with a warranty and has a risk-free sleep trial period of at least 90 nights. Many offer free returns.
  • Materials used. These mattresses are made from materials that are not flammable nor have they been treated for flammability. Some materials used have gotten awards or have certifications that ensure consumers of their quality, such as CertiPUR-US certified foam.
  • Consumer reviews. We read dozens of user reviews on multiple sites, to get a clear picture of the pros and cons of each mattress.
  • Cost. We kept a wide range of budgets in mind.

Pricing guide

The mattresses on this list are priced in the queen-size category. Their cost does not include the base, tax, delivery charges, or setup fees.

We’ve listed cost as follows:

  • $ = under $1,000
  • $$ = $1,000–$1,500
  • $$$ = over $1,500

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud

Price: $$$

This compressed, bed-in-the-box mattress is made from memory foam with three interior layers. It provides medium to medium-firm support.

Key features

The TEMPUR-Cloud offers deep contouring and support that both back and side sleepers find comfortable.

Reviewers, including those with mild scoliosis and other back issues, find this mattress significantly limits motion transfer from one side of the bed to the other, making it a good choice for couples, parents, and light sleepers who share the bed.

The manufacturer offers a 2-year payment plan, 90-night sleep trial period, and 10-year warranty.


Some people may find that this mattress’s deep contouring provides too snug a fit.

Memory foam produces more heat buildup than hybrid mattresses and may not be the best choice for hot sleepers.

Other sellers may offer different trial and return policies.

Shop for the TEMPUR-Cloud mattress at Tempur-Pedic.

Saatva Loom & Leaf

Price: $$$

The Saatva Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress comes with free white glove delivery and setup. You can choose between relaxed firm or firm support. The relaxed firm option may be best for sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds.

Key features

A cooling spinal zone gel layer provides lumbar support and pressure point relief. A gel foam layer with a grid of pinholes can reduce heat retention.

The mattress has CertiPUR-US certified foam and is covered in quilted, organic cotton with natural, thistle flame retardant. These materials avoid that off-gassing smell.

The manufacturer offers a 180-night trial, 15-year warranty, and 0 percent APR financing for 6 months if paid in full.


The mattress’s density and hug may feel too confining for some people.

Since it has more give, the relaxed firm option may not provide as much cooling as the firm mattress option does.

Shop for the Loom & Leaf Mattress at Saatva.

Purple Mattress

Price: $$

The Purple Mattress gives medium-firm to firm support, based on your body type and weight.

Key features

Purple mattresses are constructed with a proprietary technology called the Purple Grid. The gel-like grid provides a unique kind of cushioning and support compared to other mattresses on the market.

The mattress is designed to provide full back support, while cradling the hips and shoulders. It also reduces motion transfer, according to many customer reviews, making it a good choice if you share your bed.

The manufacturer provides a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free returns, and free shipping.


The mattress edges don’t supply much support and aren’t as strong as those found on some other mattresses.

Some users also complain that this mattress is heavy and hard to transport.

Shop for the Purple Mattress at Purple.

Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress

Price: $$

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress combines five layers of carbon fiber-infused adaptive foam with coil springs for bouncy, medium-firm support. It will arrive compressed and vacuum sealed.

Key features

This mattress is supportive yet soft, thanks to a built-in pillow top cover.

It uses CertiPUR-US certified foam and is UL GreenGuard Gold certified for safety from off-gassing.

It has significantly more bounce than all-foam mattresses. Many couples say this makes it great for sex, as well as sleeping.

It’s breathable, plus wicks away moisture and heat.

The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty and a long-term monthly payment plan.


If you’re looking for a contouring mattress that provides significant hug, you probably won’t enjoy the feel of this mattress.

Some users also mention that it is very heavy to transport.

Shop for the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress at Tuft & Needle.

Layla Hybrid Mattress

Price: $$

This flippable mattress provides medium firm to firm support on one side, and soft support with more plushness to sink in to on the other. It’s made from copper-infused foam and has individually-wrapped coils in its core.

Key features

The firmer side is designed to provide added support to the back and cushioning to the hip and shoulder areas.

The copper-infused foam gives the mattress antimicrobial properties and keeps the foam from getting as warm during the night.

The coil system is designed to provide support along the edges of the mattresses, which is a plus for people who don’t like edges the buckle.

Two free pillows are included.

The manufacturer provides a 120-night trial period and a 10-year warranty.


The soft side of the mattress has more motion transfer than the firm side, making it less viable for couples who prefer a softer mattress. Keep in mind that people with scoliosis are better off sleeping on the firmer side.

Shop for the Layla Hybrid Mattress at Layla.

Leesa Original Mattress

Price: $

The Leesa Original is an all-foam mattress that supplies medium firm support, plus pressure point relief.

Key features

This bed-in-a-box mattress has a three-layer foam design:

  • supportive base
  • memory foam core
  • and a soft pillow-top

It is CertiPUR-US certified, low VOC, and free of off-gassing chemicals. It’s breathable and provides air flow, for cool sleeping.

This mattress provides hugging back support with bounce.

The manufacturer supplies a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, and free, no contact delivery. Financing is available.


Some users mention that this mattress starts to sag within a few years.

At over 70 pounds for the queen-size mattress, it is heavy to move.

Shop for the Leesa Original Mattress at Leesa.

Casper Wave Hybrid

Price: $$$

This luxury-priced foam and spring mattress is medium-soft. It’s designed to provide significant ergonomic support and was made specifically for people who experience aches and pains upon waking.

According to the manufacturer, it is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

Key features

This mattress is composed of three ergonomic zones that target the shoulders, lower back, and hip regions. Strategically placed gel pods in these areas provide firmer support at the pressure points where it’s most needed.

A spring base provides bounce, making it great for sex as well as sleeping.

Perforated, cooling gel foam promotes air flow and helps reduce temperature spikes during the night.

The fabrics used to cover the mattress are made from 121 recycled water bottles, per mattress. This fabric is known as recycled polyester.

The manufacturer offers a 100-night risk free trial, free shipping, and a 10-year limited warranty.


The Casper Wave Hybrid is more expensive than most other mattresses.

Some users may find this mattress too soft.

Shop for the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress at Casper.

Sitting on and lying down mattresses in person may be the best way to find the most comfortable one for you. There are, however, drawbacks to this.

Keep in mind that floor model mattresses have been “broken in” by repeated testing by customers, and they reflect the comfort level a mattress can achieve after some use.

The in-store shopping experience may be a little different these days. Most retailers should have simple measures and staffing in place to help people try out mattresses.

Make sure there is a trial period — and use it!

Whether you purchase your mattress in person or online, make sure it comes with a trial period that lets you try the mattress and return it for a full refund if it doesn’t work for you. You may have to spend several nights or more on a mattress, to determine if it’s the best one for you.

Look for mattress sales and discounts

Mattresses often go on sale throughout the year. If you have your heart set on a very expensive type, it may make sense to wait a few months. Mattresses often go on sale during holidays, such as Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day, and the Fourth of July.

Some manufacturers and stores offer payment plans or financing that can help you spread out payments over the course of many months.

Some brands, such as Tempur-Pedic, may only offer discounts and sales directly, through their own shopping sites.

Mattress preferences are highly personal. Typically, medium-firm mattresses will be best for people with scoliosis. Medium-firm mattresses are also good for alleviating back pain that is not associated with scoliosis.

Foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses may provide the most cushioning, pressure point relief, and support.

Corey Whelan is a freelance writer and reproductive health professional who specializes in health and wellness content. She has spent much of the last two decades educating people about infertility and family building options. Whelan is a science nerd, and her heroes span the gamut from Temple Grandin to her wonderful mom. She shares her life in Brooklyn, NY with her all-grown-up, fascinating children and their wacky shelter dogs. Follow her on Twitter.