The 10 Best Twin Mattresses, According to Experts
Just because you're limited on space doesn't mean you can't get restful, high-quality zzz's. The best twin mattress can help you save space in your home while also improving your sleep. Many of the best mattress models on the market come in the compact twin size so you can sleep comfortably in a smaller space without sacrificing precious square footage. Whether you're looking to outfit a smaller guest bedroom or dorm room, add a daybed to an office space, or find the perfect starter bed for your child, twin beds are versatile mattresses that fit a wide variety of needs. Pro tip: It's helpful to know what you're going to be using your twin mattress for before you start browsing so you have an idea of just how thick and firm you'd like your bed to be (two common factors to keep in mind for this particular size).
To help with your search, the expert review team at Mattress Advisor put together a list of the best twin mattresses for every budget, need, and preference. They put each bed to the test based on a 14-point methodology to see how each held up in the lab on key points like durability, edge support, and more. Keep reading to learn about the best twin-size beds available and how to choose the right one for you.
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Whom is a twin mattress best for?
- Those with guest bedrooms: A twin bed is an easy way to convert a spare bedroom or home office into a guest room.
- Adults needing to save space: If you live in a loft or studio apartment, the best twin bed can help you get a good night's rest without taking up precious space in your home (meaning more room for fun accessories).
- College students: Because college students typically share their space with a roommate or two, a twin mattress is a great option. A twin-size bed is the most budget-friendly size available and easily fits in a dorm or college apartment.
- Toddlers and children: Smaller twin-size beds are the perfect size for your little ones and can fit easily into bunk beds and trundle beds to help save space if your kids share a room.
Twin vs twin XL
While you're probably already familiar with a twin-size mattress, you may be less privy to the uncommon twin-XL bed. The only difference between the two beds is the length—a twin is 38x 75 inches, and a twin XL is 38x 80 inches. The twin XL gives you 5 extra inches of legroom, making it a more comfy pick for taller sleepers who like to stretch out or adults who want a little extra space.
Choosing the best twin mattress
The first thing to consider is the type of twin-size mattress that would best suit your sleep needs and preferences. One major benefit to buying a twin-size bed? You can shop for more expensive mattress types without having to blow your budget. Since twin beds come with a less-hefty price tag than any other size, you can explore pricier mattresses without having to pay a super-high cost.
Memory foam mattresses are one of the most budget-friendly mattress types available. Memory foam beds are excellent at limiting motion transfer and providing pressure relief but tend to sleep hot and be less responsive than other mattress types. Memory foam also can feel as if you are being hugged as you lie on the surface of the bed, which may not appeal to all types of sleepers.
Innerspring mattresses are what most people consider to be the traditional mattress type. Made of a layer of metal coils sandwiched between foam layers, innerspring beds are bouncy and respond quickly to your movements so you can move around or switch positions easily on the bed. As opposed to the cradling feeling of a memory foam bed, innerspring mattresses make you feel as if you are floating on top of the mattress, rather than sinking into it, as you sleep.
Latex beds are naturally breathable, hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, and responsive to your movements while providing gentle pressure relief. Natural latex beds are on the pricier side, but synthetic latex can offer many of the same benefits with a less-hefty price tag.
Hybrid beds are made with a combination of two or more mattress types so you can enjoy the features of multiple types of mattresses in a single bed. Hybrid beds have a more complex construction, so these beds are often on the more expensive side.
Twin mattresses are typically 8 to 13 inches thick. A thicker mattress is generally more supportive and better for adults who want to feel comfortable and supported throughout the night. Teenagers and kids can usually get away with a thinner mattress (10 inches thick or less).
It's also important to consider what you're using your twin mattress for. If you're trying to fit your twin bed into a loft apartment or dorm room, you may need something thinner to accommodate the dimensions. If you're shopping for a bunk bed or trundle bed, make sure you measure to get the correct thickness for your furniture so that your mattress sits properly in the bed frame.
Mattress firmness is measured on a scale of 1–10, with 1 being the softest bed and 10 being the firmest. Although firmness levels are subjective, most people tend to prefer beds in the range of 3 to 8. A bed that is too soft will not provide enough pushback to keep your spine in a neutral, healthy position, and a bed that is too firm won't conform to your natural curves and may also cause back pain. A medium-firm mattress typically works for all sleeping positions. But back sleepers may prefer a firmer bed, while stomach or side sleepers may want a mattress on the softer side to provide pressure relief to the shoulders and hips as they press into the bed.
The 10 best twin mattresses
Best Overall: Saatva Classic
Best Affordable Luxury: The WinkBed
Best Cooling: Helix Midnight
Best Hybrid: GhostBed Flex
Best Mattress in a Box: Puffy
Best Firm: Brooklyn Bedding Plank
Best Memory Foam: Leesa
Best Value: Tuft & Needle
Best for Kids: Layla
Best for Back Pain: Casper
Mattress Advisor's Review Process
Each mattress on this list was put to the test (literally) in Mattress Advisor's lab, which is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bedding experts spent over 1,200 hours evaluating and comparing mattresses using a 14-point testing methodology to find the best twin mattresses.
While some of the factors tested are tied directly to performance, like responsiveness, edge support, and pressure relief, others are based around brand operations, such as customer service, shipping policies, and trial period. The Mattress Advisor team combines this proprietary methodology with in-depth interviews and customer experience to arrive at a weighted score out of 10.
Jillian Mueller is a health and lifestyle writer for Mattress Advisor.
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