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There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to the best mattress for kids, since sleeping preferences, body type, allergies, and budget vary so much in each family’s choices.
With an array of options to choose from (and a ton of marketing lingo to wade through), it can be hard to find the perfect mattress for your child’s needs.
With that being said, we put together this list of best mattress options for kids to give you specific ideas as you shop.
During the mattress selection process, keep a few things at the front of your mind.
What warranties mean
While most every mattress company offers some type of warranty, not all warranties are equal. For example, some cover any and all damage to your mattress, while others only cover manufacturing defects.
And while free trials are great, not every mattress company offers pickup or covers return shipping if you decide a mattress isn’t for you. Make sure you read the fine print of a mattress before purchasing.
Where it’s made
If a transparent manufacturing process is of interest to you, check the company website and see if there is information about where and how the mattress is made.
If a mattress says it is “assembled in the USA,” chances are that the materials are made some place else before being imported stateside.
What it’s made from
Look at the materials used in the mattress. Latex, polyurethane, and polyester are popular synthetic materials used in modern mattresses. More natural materials like cotton and wool tend to be less toxic.
About materials certifications
You can also learn a lot from certain certifications that mattresses can earn.
- CertiPUR-US certified foam must be free from ozone-depleting chemicals, heavy metals, and toxic levels of formaldehyde.
- Made Safe certification indicates that a mattress is made with safe ingredients and no known carcinogens.
- Eco-INSTITUT certification checks for off-gassing and emissions from mattresses.
- GreenGuard Gold certification assesses chemical emissions as well as pollutants and exposure risk to consumers.
On top of meeting standard requirements for flammability in the United States, the mattresses we chose met the following criteria:
- high marks from online reviewers at multiple retailers, not just the company website
- third-party certifications that indicate materials are safe for families with young children
- no safety issues or concerns, and no recalls or lawsuits pending for the mattresses
All prices here are based on twin-size and twin-XL mattresses. Mattresses go on sale and have promotions all the time, so keep in mind that we ranked our mattresses according to non-sale prices.
- $ = under $500
- $$ = $500–$1000
- $$$ = over $1000
- Innerspring mattresses have wrapped coils inside to support pressure points and provide that springy, bouncy feeling in a mattress.
- All-foam mattresses are made of layers of foam, often incorporating a memory foam layer and materials to offset foam’s tendency to trap body heat and “sleep hot.”
- Hybrid mattresses are the best of both worlds: innerspring layered with foams and/or textiles (like cotton batting). These mattresses also tend to cost the most.
Loom & Leaf Twin Mattress
This memory foam Loom & Leaf mattress comes with an organic cotton quilted top that has been treated with a patented antimicrobial. It’s sustainably produced and CertiPUR-US certified. Even the flame-retardant is organic thistle pulp woven into the mesh of the mattress.
Your child probably doesn’t care whether their mattress is topped with organic cotton, but if you do, this might be worth the price. Amenities like white-glove delivery and 180-night trial are a big part of the Loom & Leaf appeal — not to mention their mattresses are made in the United States.
Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress
Casper’s Hybrid combines innerspring coils with stable foam layers and a pillow-top cushion. Casper foams are CertiPUR-US certified, so they’re safe for kids to sleep on, and 100-day trial policy will give you plenty of time to decide if it’s worth the price.
This mattress is good for anyone who loves a super-soft mattress but still needs back support. It’s also affordable compared to other hybrid mattresses. It’s a great bed that your kid can use into their teenage years and beyond. However, most kids probably won’t need some of the features (zoned lumbar support, edge support, and suppressed motion transfer).
Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
This medium-firm mattress uses five different layers of foam to give it softness, durability, and support. All foams are CertiPUR-US certified for safety. Nectar mattresses also come standard with a mattress protector, which can go a long way in making a mattress last longer.
Nectar offers a generous trial policy of 365 nights. The warranty also never expires. Even though it’s considered “medium firm,” it is a memory foam mattress. Be aware that it will give your child that feeling of “sinking in” to the mattress instead of the bounce that springs provide.
One of the common complaints that people make about memory foam beds is that they “sleep hot” and add to nighttime restlessness. The Lull mattress is a memory foam model specifically designed to address these concerns, with three layers of foam meant to be super breathable.
A 100-night free trial and 10-year limited warranty are certainly perks for potential customers to consider, but they aren’t the most generous warranty and trial options on the market. Overall, the Lull mattress is an affordable competitor to some other bed-in-a-box brands and averages 4.5 stars from reviewers on Amazon.
The Purple Kid Mattress
Purple’s Kid Mattress model is a softer, twin-sized version of the company’s signature option. And it still comes with a layer of Purple’s gel-like grid, a feature gives their mattresses their unique feel. Perhaps the most kid-friendly thing about this mattress is the washable cover that zips off and can be thrown in the washing machine. The foam is CertiPUR-US certified.
The Purple mattress isn’t for everyone — it does take a while to get used to sleeping on it. Kids with sensory-processing conditions might need extra time to adjust. Fortunately, Purple does offer a 100-day trial, just in case.
Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
The Tuft & Needle (T&N) Original Mattress is nice and simple. T&N makes three mattresses, and the Original is the most straightforward and affordable. Reviewers say it is best for restless sleepers and kids who kick in the night, and it is GreenGuard Gold and CertiPUR-US certified.
This mattress is meant to be versatile, meaning it can work with a variety of frames and foundations and go with your child from the bunk-bed stage to a trendy platform bed. Consider adding the optional antimicrobial protection layer if you purchase this bed, since memory foam does soak in sweat and germs.
Leesa Original Twin Mattress
This mattress is made with three layers of CertiPUR-US certified foam and considered medium firm. It’s also latex-free. The mattress is assembled in the United States and comes with a cover to help temperature control. The cover, especially, might be what makes all the difference when it comes to the durability of this mattress.
A 100-night trial and a 10-year limited warranty are among the perks Leesa offers customers (although some brands offer much longer trials and warranties). Leesa also has a special focus on social impact, donating one mattress for every 10 sold, which might make you feel good about your purchase.
Saatva Youth Mattress
This flippable mattress is covered in antimicrobial foam and organic cotton on both sides. It’s easy to clean and stain-resistant, which is critical for a mattress kids are going to use. It’s also made in the United States. Since the mattress has a medium-firm side for younger children and a medium-soft side for older ones, this is a longer-term investment at an affordable price.
Saatva offers white-glove delivery, a 180-night trial, and a 12-year warranty. This mattress is made from organic materials and is hypoallergenic, and the dual-sided firmness options give it a leg up on similarly priced eco-friendly alternatives.
Avocado Green Mattress
Avocado’s main selling point is natural materials. The twin version of this hybrid mattress contains no polyurethane or polyester, meets the Global Organic Textile Standard and is Made Safe certified as nontoxic. The coil system is meant to relieve pressure points, and the natural materials are good at wicking away heat.
The Avocado Green Mattress is handmade in the United States. It’s pricey, but durable. This isn’t the softest mattress on the market, and some reviewers wish it came with a bit more built-in plushness. It’s also not completely hypoallergenic because it contains (naturally sourced) latex.
Linenspa 12-Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress
Linenspa’s super-affordable hybrid option is topped with 1.5 inches of memory foam over 6.5 inch coils, which makes for a medium-firm feel. It’s not the softest mattress in the world, but it’s a durable option for kids who want both plush foam and springy support.
Linenspa foam is CertiPUR-US certified, but not every reviewer is a fan of the synthetic materials used in this mattress. While this mattress is great for your budget, it might not last as long as some of its more expensive competitors. Some reviewers note that the memory foam layer isn’t thick enough to categorize this mattress as a “true” hybrid — it’s more like a traditional innerspring with a plush, pillow-like top.
If you want to keep a mattress for as long as possible, there are things you can do to extend the durability of your purchase.
- Invest in a waterproof mattress protector. Especially if the mattress is being slept on by a young child, a waterproof cover could be the difference between holding on to your investment into the teenage years or deciding to toss the mattress after a few nighttime accidents.
- Add a mattress topper if you don’t want to splurge on a super-plush mattress for your child. Mattress toppers can be more easily replaced than a full mattress.
- Make sure to hold on to any receipts and all of your warranty information at the time of your purchase. Ask questions about how to redeem the warranty when you buy so that you’re not surprised at a complicated refund or replacement process later on.
Making a mattress choice for your child will come down to affordability, safety, and durability. Luckily, there are tons of options based on what your priorities are.