Hot mattresses equal bad sleep, and that’s just a fact.

If you’ve been sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t offer you the kind of cool sleeping you need, you’ve almost certainly been suffering in the sleep department – whether you’re having trouble getting to sleep at night, or it’s just been super low quality.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though.

Just find yourself the right mattress, and you’ll be cool and comfy as can be as long as you shall sleep.

That’s the Mattress Guides guarantee!

Why Do I Need a Cool Mattress?

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably had a couple restless nights where it was just too hot to sleep.

We all know how unpleasant hot mattresses can be, but there’s actually a little more to it than plain old discomfort.

Image: ice cubes splashing in a stream of water

You see, as your body gets ready for bed each night, your core temperature needs to cool down so you can actually feel tired.

This is an important part of your sleep cycle, and it might actually be necessary for getting a good night’s sleep.

A study by the University of Australia, for instance, found that individuals with insomnia have significantly higher core body temperatures at night.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your room at a nice 65 degrees each night – but as we all know, electric bills are a very real thing, and you probably won’t be super enthusiastic about shelling out that kind of money come the summer months.

Because of this, cool-sleeping mattresses really are the way to go!

What Kind of Mattresses Sleep Cool?

Unfortunately for us, however, there’s one pretty serious hurtle a lot of mattress companies have to pass over before you can get to that nice, cool sleep.

The problem is, a lot of the most comfortable and supportive materials to sleep on tend to be pretty bad when it comes to sleeping hot.

Memory foam is the biggest culprit, here.

Most traditional memory foams trap in air in the tiny pockets that perforate the foam, which basically amounts to your mattress slowly cooking you while you’re trying to get to sleep!

Thankfully, though, a lot of the best mattress companies have worked out a couple workarounds. 

Some companies have taken to working with latex to make their mattresses, which sleeps cool naturally. 

Others opt for open-celled memory foam that allows for greater air circulation, while still others mix in cooling gels that keep your mattress from getting too hot too quickly.

These are all perfectly viable solutions – though of course, a lot still depends on how the company pulls it off!

The Best Cooling Mattresses

Now, enough of all this chitchat – let’s get to the mattresses!

Ladies and gentlemen, here they are… the absolute best cooling mattresses out there today!

  • Zenhaven – luxury, all-natural latex construction
  • Spindle – still all-natural, just a bit less expensive
  • Purple – features unique, perfectly-ventilated polymer grid construction
  • Loom and Leaf – built with gel-swirl memory foam for maximum coolness

The Zenhaven Mattress

The Zenhaven Luxury Plush mattress is built with 100% natural latex – a naturally cool-sleeping material that comes with the added advantage of being extremely eco-friendly.

Image: a waterfall rushes down a mountain. The rocks are cool and slick, and you'd just love to dangle your feet in the water

It’s the highest-rated latex mattress we’ve ever seen, clocking in at a whopping 4.8 out of 5 stars according to our calculations.

This is somewhat unsurprising when you consider that this product comes to us from the makers of the Saatva mattress, our most highly-recommended traditional innerspring.

The Zenhaven takes an innovative five-zone approach to mattress construction, allowing for different levels of firmness at different areas of your body.

Although zoned construction tends to be a somewhat risky maneuver when it comes to mattresses, Zenhaven really knocks this product out of the park.

It’s got four layers of comfort and support, along with a cool and easily breathable sleeping surface.

Oh, and before I forget – yes, all the materials used in this thing are 100% organic.

All in all, it’s hard to find a better-feeling organic mattress.

The Spindle Mattress

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a latex mattress but are looking for something a little easier on your pocketbook than the Zenhaven, the Spindle mattress offers a solid alternative.

It’s just as natural and just as cool as the Zenhaven, and it’s made using three 3-inch layers of continuous-pour Dunlop latex.

This results in a breathable, durable product that’s sure to satisfy practically any sleeper’s needs.

One of Spindle’s biggest claims to fame, though, is its quality comfort adjustment policy.

If you find yourself wanting to swap out a layer of latex because you find it too firm or too soft, just give Spindle a call and they’ll walk you through the whole process.

You’ll typically be able to just unzip the mattress and swap around one of the latex layers until you get the firmness level you want on top!

The Purple Mattress

The Original Purple Bed, meanwhile, offers a radically different take on mattress construction that’s really taking the industry by story.

It’s our number one most popular mattress of this season, and it sleeps as cool as anything we’ve reviewed.

That’s because, underneath its topmost layer of knit fabric, the Purple mattress features a layer of hyper-elastic polymer arranged what they call a “Smart Comfort Grid.”

This allows for the same kind of comfort, support, and motion isolation people typically associate with memory foam mattresses, but without any of the old problems with breathability.

Air has no problem circulating in and out of the holes in the Purple’s mesh grid, so absolutely anyone should be able to get a cool sleep on this thing.

There’s really no mattress comparable to Purple on the market today – and while its uniqueness doesn’t necessarily make this product better than its competitors, this really is some exciting technology.

The Loom & Leaf Mattress

Finally, the Loom & Leaf mattress brings us back home with a well-played twist on traditional memory foam construction.

Image: swirl of blue

The topmost comfort layer features a smooth gel-swirl formula that immediately absorbs heat off your body as you’re trying to get to sleep.

That’s not all, though – in addition to this initial level, the Loom & Leaf also includes a unique cooling gel panel directly over top of the support core.

This additional gel layer is completely non-toxic, and it’s guaranteed not to break down over the years of repeated use.

The Loom & Leaf really goes the extra mile to make their memory foam as cool as possible!

How Much Do Cooling Mattresses Cost?

None of these mattresses are super pricey as far as mattresses go, especially when you remember that these are all some serious luxury products.

The Purple is the least expensive of the bunch, at a mere $1,149 for a queen-sized product.

The other products aren’t too far behind, though – the Loom & Leaf comes in at an easy $1,599, the Spindle is $1,400, and Zenhaven rounds us off at $2,199.

These surprisingly reasonable prices are the result of an innovative sales technique that’s becoming increasingly popular among leading mattress dealers.

Rather than hawking mattresses in brick-and-mortar stores where mattress salesmen mark up prices and sales have to go to support overhead, all the mattress companies we’ve covered here sell totally online.

This makes the entire sales process cheaper – and those savings get passed on to you, the consumer!

Warranties and Trial Periods for Cooling Mattresses

All the mattresses mentioned in this article come with robust return and warranty policies designed to make your buying experience as simple and risk-free as possible.

The Loom & Leaf and Zenhaven, for instance, come with a 120-day trial period during which you can return your mattress for a completely refund, minus only a $99 shipping fee.

The Spindle mattress, meanwhile, does them one better with a 365-day trial period that lets you return your mattress completely free of charge, with zero penalties or shipping fees.

Finally, the Purple mattress offers you 100 days of the same great deal.

As for warranties, the Loom & Leaf gives you 15 years prorated, the Zenhaven offers 20, and the Spindle and Purple are both a decade.

The Final Verdict on Cooling Mattresses

All four of the mattresses listed in this article received almost universally exceptional feedback from their reviewers, and no matter what product you settle on, you’ll almost certainly find yourself sleeping on one of the best mattresses of your life.

That said, there are a few differences between these products, so feel free to have a look at this handy chart:

Zenhaven Luxury Plush Spindle Loom & Leaf Purple
Materials Organic wool batting, Talalay latex Wool batting, organic cotton, Dunlop latex Spinal gel, eco-friendly memory foam Smart Comfort Grid
Firmness Options Luxury plush, gentle firm Extra soft, soft, medium, firm, extra firm Soft, medium, medium-firm, extra-firm Medium
Warranty 20 years 10 year (plus a 25 year Comfort Life Program) 15 years (prorated) 10 years
Trial Period 120 days 365 days 120 days 100 days
Notes #1 most-recommended latex mattress Slightly less expensive latex mattress Top-notch cooling memory foam Totally unique construction
Our Rating 4.8 4.5 4.7 4.4
Price $2,199 $1,400 $1,599 $1,149

Take your time going over this information.

Don’t let anyone pressure you into making a decision here, and always remember just how important your sleep is.

A good mattress can change your life.

Happy shopping!

Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Founder and Owner

Ted is the founder and owner of Mattress Guides and is an expert in his field. Ted believes that having the right mattress is key to getting a good night’s sleep and feeling well-rested in the morning.

Updated at March 13, 2022