How to choose the best mattress for hot sleepers

Everyone wants to be cool and a lot of people definitely want to sleep cool.

Heating up at night is an absolute nightmare and makes night time sleeping very uncomfortable. Sure, you can try to rectify the situation by facing a fan towards your bed or installing an air conditioner unit but if you’re a hot and sweaty sleeper, nothing can really fix the situation like a cooling mattress. If you’re tossing and turning throughout the night because you’re sweaty and uneasy, you might want to choose a different mattress.

Hot sleeping tends to be a major issue for people in warmer climates, sleepers who carry extra weight, and people who have a bad diet. 

Thankfully, modern mattresses understanding that cooling properties can make for an enviable mattress option for consumers and knowing which mattress to go after to keep cool can be a major factor when buying a new bed.

There are a few factors that hot sleepers might want to understand when choosing a new mattress. First, hot sleepers will want a mattress that has ventilated construction that allows for more air flow. They’ll also want to look for beds that are made out of copper coils (or other metals that conduct heat.) Mattresses that are made out of gels are great options because they absorb heat very well and beds that are made out of natural fibers are very breathable. 

Obviously as a hot sleeper, you’re going to want to find a cool mattress (in more ways than one.) There are a variety of types of cooling mattresses including innerspring, memory foam, and latex.

Here’s what type of mattresses to consider when looking for cooling mattresses:


Even though new mattresses are topped with various layers made of gel materials, innerspring mattresses can still sleep pretty hot. When choosing an innerspring mattress as a hot sleeper, you’ll want to look for layers with breathable latex, fibers that are all-natural, and gel-infused foam that ensures you can take advantage of the material’s cooling features. 

Memory foam

Memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter than other mattresses, mostly because the contouring makes the sleeper’s body feel cradled and it tends to absorb a lot of heat. In recent years though, memory foam mattresses have infused various different cooling gels and other heat conducting materials, like copper and graphite, into the make of the mattresses

Classic Brands Cool 2.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Bonus Pillow Mattress, Twin XL, White
  • 39" W x 80" L x 14" H
  • Premium pressure-relieving memory foam and high-density aerated cool gel memory foam are combined together to provide the essential support and comfort for a deeper night's sleep
Sleep Innovations Shiloh 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress, Cal King, White
  • DUAL LAYER DESIGN 12" mattress features 2. 5" premium Suretemp memory foam top layer and 9. 5" long-lasting base foam.
  • CLOUDLIKE COMFORT Our most advanced Suretemp memory foam gently conforms to your body shape, relieving pressure points for undisturbed sleep.
Ashley Furniture Signature Design - 12 Inch Chime Express Memory Foam Mattress - Bed in a Box - Queen - Firm Comfort Level - White
  • Queen size bed in a box: For deep sleep you've always dreamed of, this body contouring memory foam mattress delivers; 12 inch mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box for your convenience
  • Sleep soundly: Designed with layers of memory foam for firm support and pressure relief, all with an ultra plush feel. The support foam core reduces motion transfer for peaceful, undisturbed sleep
Sweetnight Queen Mattress in a Box - 12 Inch Plush Pillow Top Hybrid Mattress, Gel Memory Foam for Sleep Cool, Motion Isolating Individually Wrapped Coils, Queen Size, Twilight
  • Motion isolation for a peaceful undisturbed sleep- sweet night 12 inch Queen mattress constructed with 775 coils individually wrapped innerspring and Gel Memory Foam for ultimate support, pressure relief helps those with back pain, tossing & turning. It moves independently to prevent motion transfer between partners for an undisturbed night of rest. This Queen mattress Resists sagging, roll-off, and with medium-firm feel.
  • 3-Zone pocket spring contoured for optimal support- the 3 zone independent pocketed spring design ensures that your body weight is evenly absorbed and distributed comprehensively from head to toe throughout the mattress. Also provides the targeted support to your body, proper back support & alignment. The gel memory Foam layer for slowly adjusts to body weight & temperature, it provides a buffer so you never feel the coils for optimal comfort.
Zinus 12 Inch Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress / Cooling Gel Foam / Pressure Relieving / CertiPUR-US Certified / Bed-in-a-Box, Queen
  • AS COOL AS IT GETS - Settle in to a bed made with our most cooling formula yet, promising perfectly temperature-regulated sleep and a clean feeling night after night, all thanks to our enveloping memory foam packed with cooling gel and green tea
  • PRESSURE-RELIEVING FOAMS - 2 inch ultra-cooling gel and green tea infused memory foam, 3 inches soft comfort foam, and 7 total inches durable high density base support foam; ideal for side sleepers and average-weight sleepers

Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses are good choices for hot sleepers because latex is naturally a bad heat conductor. Latex is made with tiny little holes which are generally good for allowing airflow to go through, making it more breathable. 

When choosing a cool mattress, there are a few specific materials you’ll want to look for. Natural fibers and organic materials (like cotton, wool, and bamboo) are very breathable and can soak up moisture much more effectively than synthetic materials and covers. 

Copper and graphite are good options that are often woven into mattresses to help diffuse heat and usually make for big factors in the difference of temperatures. 

A lot of mattresses also feature gels and gel-infused foams which are great for absorbing big amounts of heat. 

Which type of sleeper should consider cooling mattresses?

There are many types of sleepers who may get uncomfortably hot while sleeping. People who tend to carry extra weight for example, are often prone to sleeping hot. People with back pain also have the tendency to sleep hot, which makes their nights even worse. Couples are also prone to sleeping hot because they produce twice as much body heat on the bed in general. In some cases, if one person sleeps cold and the other sleeps hot, they might want to consider looking at a ‘temperature neutral’ bed that has one side cold and one side hot. 

The good and bad of cooling mattresses

As with everything, there are pros and cons of choosing a cool mattress. And, if it’s something you’re considering, you’re going to want to get the good and the bad. 

The biggest pro is that if you indeed are a hot sleeper, you’ll get a more comfortable sleep. It can make a significant improvement to your sleep patterns which makes you feel more refreshed when you wake up and has positive ripple effects on your day-to-day life. 

Cooling mattresses also tend to last longer than other beds, mostly because they prevent sleepers from sweating a lot and sweat causes a lot of wear and tear on beds.

When it comes to cons, you might want to be weary of false advertising. Essentially, make sure you’re doing your research. A lot of bed brands these days will claim to have cooling properties even though they don’t. So, you’re best to not be fooled.

Cooling mattresses also tend to be a bit more expensive which is probably why companies use false advertising to lure hot sleepers into thinking their mattress is the right choice. 


When all is said and done, it’s important to make sure to do your research and test out as many cooling mattresses as you can before you make your final choice. There are thousands of different mattresses on the market and you’ll need to choose one that gives you the most optimal sleep, day in and day out (or night in and night out.)

The average person should be getting a minimum of six hours of proper sleep per night and if you’re not, it could have long-term effects on your life and your overall health. 

Be sure to take in as many customer reviews as you can and do research on a variety of different websites. A few extra hours of homework might end up being the reason you have a bed that fits your hot sleeping pattern perfectly.