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Best mattresses for side sleepers: Cyber Monday deals to banish pins and needles and discomfort

Gareth Thomas
29 Nov 2021

Find the right combination of comfort and support with our pick of the best mattresses for sleeping on your side

Wondering whether your dream mattress is the best one for side sleepers? It goes without saying that the right mattress for you will largely depend on what position you tend to sleep in, whether it be your back, front, side or a combination of all three.

The mattress market is vast, and the amount of choice can be dizzying for anyone, but if you’re the type of person who likes to sleep on their side, then you might find it difficult to get the right level of comfort from your mattress. Too firm and you could put undue tension on your hips, arms and shoulders. Too soft and your body won’t get the support it needs, especially if you regularly sleep on your front and back too.

Side sleepers are in a particularly tricky situation here, but we’re here to help. We’ve put together this list of the best mattresses for sleeping on your side, as well as a short buyer’s guide, to help the side sleepers among you choose a mattress that is just right.

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Emma is offering discounts of 50% on its mattresses for Black Friday, but you can save an extra 10% when you use the discount code EXPERT at the checkout. This works out as a 55% saving, bringing a king size Emma Original down from £799 to just £360.
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Best mattress for side sleepers: At a glance

  • The best mattress for side sleepers: Brook + Wilde Elite | Buy now
  • Best mattress for a long trial period: Nectar mattress | Buy now
  • Best for couples: Emma Original | Buy now
  • A comfortable budget choice: Silentnight Studio Eco | Buy now

How to choose the best mattress for side sleepers

What level of firmness should I look out for?

As a general guideline, you’ll want to look for a medium or soft mattress if you regularly sleep on your side. As a side sleeper, you put more pressure on your hips and shoulders, and a mattress that’s too firm won’t be able to accommodate this, and you may even wake with pins and needles among other discomfort. On the other hand, a slightly softer mattress with more give will mould to the contours of your body, while keeping your spine aligned.

How should I take my build into account?

Naturally, the more weight applied to your mattress, the more it will sink. So, if you’re on the heavier side, you may be fine with a medium firm – or in some cases even a firm – mattress.

What’s most important is that there’s enough comfort layers for your build. If you have a small frame, you’ll definitely want to look for something with plenty of give in its top layers – look for deep soft foam layers as you find in the Nectar mattress – but if you’re of larger stature, then you may find that you can get away with thinner comfort layers, especially if the foundation isn’t excessively firm.

Is there anything else to consider?

If you get on well with your mattress apart from it being a bit too firm, mattress toppers offer an easy way of adding an extra layer of comfort without such a significant outlay as buying a new mattress. If that sounds like you, we suggest checking out our list of the best mattress toppers that you can buy.

Before we get on with our list, it’s also important to mention that since there’s no industry standard regarding just how soft a “soft” mattress is, there will be discrepancies between brands. With that in mind, it’s worth highlighting that the trial periods offered by most bed-in-a-box brands are a great way to try a mattress for yourself without any financial risk.

The best mattresses for side sleepers to buy

1. Brook + Wilde Elite: The best mattress for side sleepers

Price: From £899 (single) | Buy now from Brook + Wilde

One of our favourite things about Brook + Wilde is that customers get a choice of three ‘feel’ options when buying their mattress: soft, medium or firm. This is the case with all three of the brand’s mattresses and, somewhat surprisingly, Brook + Wilde is one of the few bed-in-a-box brands to offer this choice.

When we tested the Brook + Wilde Elite (in the ‘medium’ variant), we found it to be wonderfully supportive. The mattress contains a layer of ‘wave technology’ memory foam, which the brand claims aids spinal alignment. This, coupled with the mattress’ comfort layers, makes the Elite our very top recommendation when it comes to side sleeping.

It’s a level of comfort you pay a rather hefty price for, though, with the Elite costing no less than £900 (single). That said, Brook + Wilde offers a 100-night trial period, while also running regular discounts on its site.

Read our full Brook + Wilde Elite review hereBuy now from Brook + Wilde

TypeEight layer (Bottom layer non-slip base, Seventh layer support base, sixth layer 1,000 135mm pocket springs, fifth layer ‘wave technology’ support foam, fourth layer 2,500 mini pocket springs, third layer thermo regulating top layer, second layer memory foam protector, first layer removable and washable top cover)
Needs turning?No
SizesSingle to super king
Warranty100-night trial; 10 year warranty

Save 45% on Brook + Wilde mattresses this Black Friday

You can currently save 45% on the Brook + Wilde mattresses when you spend £500 or more. A king size Elite would normally cost you £1,299, but now you can get it for just £714.
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2. Nectar Mattress: Best mattress for a long trial period

Price: From £469 (single) | Buy now from Nectar

Built from three layers of foam, it’s the Nectar’s top visco memory foam layer that makes it noticeably softer than rivals the Otty Hybrid and Eve Original, and therefore better for side sleeping. It’s still got a very supportive base layer, but its top is soft enough to sink into.

Indeed, Nectar’s soft foam layer is 90mm deep, so it allows your body to sink a substantial amount before coming up against much resistance. What’s more, we found that this layer softened further as the bed warmed up, making it comfortable and cosy for sleeping on your side.

The really standout benefit of Nectar, however, is its 365 night trial. In other words, you get a full year of sleeping on it before you need to decide if it’s the right mattress for you. If you’re not happy with it for whatever reason, Nectar will take it back and give you a full refund.

Read our full Nectar review here Buy now from Nectar

TypeThree-layer (bottom layer 160mm seven-zone supportive foam; middle layer 50mm soft “visco” memory foam; top layer 40mm breathable "visco" foam)
Needs turning?No
SizesSingle to super king, available online only
Warranty356-night trial; forever warranty

Save 45% in Nectar's Cyber Monday sale

The best thing about the Nectar mattress is the very generous 365-day trial period, but Nectar has sweetened the deal even further by cutting the price by 45% for its Cyber Monday. A king size, for instance, will cost you just £450, down from £819.
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3. Emma Original: Best for couples

Price: From £449 (single) | Buy now from Emma

The Original was Emma’s first 100% memory foam mattress. Much like the Nectar, it is made from three layers of foam and we found it notably softer than hybrids from Otty and Eve.

Emma claims that it’s “perfect for all types of sleepers”, and indeed we found it notably versatile, offering comfort and support regardless of how you sleep. For this reason, the Original is a great mattress for couples who are struggling to compromise on firmness. At 200 nights, Emma’s trial isn’t quite as long as Nectar’s, but it’s still plenty long enough to make a decision as to whether it’s the right bed for both you and your partner.

Read our full Emma Original review here Buy now from Emma

TypeThree-layer (bottom layer 195mm dense support foam; middle layer 20mm memory foam; top layer 25mm open-cell foam)
Needs turning? No
SizesSingle to super king (including EU sizes), available online and at some DFS and Carpetright stores
Warranty200-night trial with money-back guarantee

Massive savings in Emma's Cyber Monday sale

Emma is currently offering discounts of 50% on its mattresses, but when you use our exclusive discount code EXPERT, this becomes a 55% discount. A king size Emma Original will cost you £799 at full price, but now you can get it for just £360.
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4. Silentnight Studio Eco mattress: A comfortable budget choice

Price: From £359 (single) | Buy now from Silentnight

Silentnight only gives you a 60-day comfort guarantee with its mattress, which is strikingly shorter than the other options on our list - and, it’s worth mentioning, that this is only valid when you order directly from Silentnight. That said, you’re not making such an investment, with the Studio Eco starting at just £279 for a single mattress.

The mattress - while not as plush as some - is a good option if you’re on a tight budget. Indeed, side sleepers will be pleased to hear that, although it contains no foam, its “eco comfort” top layer offers decent levels of comfort.

Read our full Studio Eco review here Buy now from Silentnight

TypeRecycled synthetic materials and pocket springs
Needs turning? Rotate once/month for the first few months
SizesSingle to king, arrives rolled and vacuum-packed, without a box
Warranty5-year warranty, when ordered direct from Silentnight

Save 20% on the Silentnight Studio Eco

In Argos' Black Friday sale, you can save 20% on selected Silentnight mattresses, when you use the code 'SILENT20' at the checkout. The Studio Eco featured here is down to just £348 in a king size.
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