The versatility of queen size beds combined with the body-conforming feel of memory foam makes queen size memory foam mattresses popular. Queen beds are an excellent option for single sleepers, allowing them to stretch out and sleep comfortably. They also have enough space to accommodate couples experiencing space or budget constraints.
Queen mattresses measure 60 inches by 80 inches. While some couples may be comfortable sharing this space, others may feel cramped in it. But if couples opt for a queen size, memory foam mattress should be their best bet because of its superior motion isolation. You can enjoy a good night’s sleep without disruptions even if your partner tosses and turns in bed while sleeping.
In this article, we discuss our top recommendations for queen size memory foam mattresses, the advantages of memory foam beds, and why they are suitable for all types of sleepers.
Best Queen Size Memory Foam Mattresses
- Amerisleep AS1 – Best Firm Mattress
- Amerisleep AS2 – Best Mattress for Back Pain
- Amerisleep AS3 – Best Overall Mattress
- Amerisleep AS4 – Best Soft Mattress
- Amerisleep AS5 – Best Mattress for Heavy Sleepers
Amerisleep AS1 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Depth: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Price of a queen size: $909
The Amerisleep AS1 is the firmest of all our beds. It’s a perfect mattress for back and stomach sleepers, though we don’t recommend stomach sleeping because it disturbs your spine’s neutral alignment. Spinal misalignment causes back pain, neck aches, and muscle stiffness. But if you like sleeping on your stomach, the AS1 reduces your chances of spinal misalignment. The firm bed prevents mattress sinkage beneath your abdomen, keeping your spine neutrally aligned.
Our AS1 contains two layers of proprietary foam. The top comfort layer is 2 inches of Bio-Pur®, used in all our Amerisleep mattresses. The base layer is 8 inches of firm Bio-Core®. All our mattresses come with a soft and breathable fabric cover. This cover wicks away moisture, keeping you cool through the night.
Beneath the breathable fabric cover lies 2 inches of Bio-Pur®. This plant-based foam conforms to your body like traditional memory foam, but it’s cooler. Traditional memory foam is made of petroleum-based products. But we make Bio-Pur® by substituting a certain amount of petroleum with castor oils. Plant-based oils have a cooling effect and make our mattresses more eco-friendly.
Our CertiPUR-US® certified plant-based foams are also free of chemicals like CFCs, phthalates, formaldehyde, PBDEs, and are low in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Low levels of VOCs minimize off-gassing odors in our mattresses.
The bottom layer is 8 inches of durable Bio-Core®. It enhances the firmness of our AS1. The firm polyurethane foam makes a strong mattress base.
All our mattresses are made in the United States. They come with a risk-free 100-night sleep trial and free shipping within the continental US. Our mattresses are backed by a 20-year warranty covering sags greater than 0.75 inches.
- 2-inch thick Bio-Pur® makes a cool comfort layer
- 8-inch thick firm Bio-Core® enhances support
Amerisleep AS2 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Depth: 12 inches (30.5 cm)
Price of a Queen Size: $979
Our Amerisleep AS2 is a medium-firm bed suitable for those with back pain. It contains three layers of foam: Bio-Pur®, Affinity with HIVE®, and Bio-Core®. The top comfort layer is 2 inches of cool, plant-based Bio-Pur®. Bio-Pur® contours to your body, providing pressure point relief. If you are a back sleeper, this top comfort layer forms to your spine’s natural curvature promoting lumbar support. Better lumbar support relieves lower back pain.
The next layer is 3 inches of the Affinity with HIVE® technology. We use this Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy (HIVE®) technology to enhance back support. This transition layer is divided into five zones, customizing comfort to the head, shoulders, back, hips, and feet. It contains hundreds of hexagon-shaped cutouts either placed close together or spaced out for extra support or cushioning.
The back, head, and feet region need firmer support, while shoulders and hips need more cushioning. Closely placed hexagons leave no room for expansion when compressed, thus offering firmer support. This prevents mattress sinkage, which misaligns your spine.
Spaced out hexagons can expand when compressed, providing cushion to your shoulders and hips. These regions need softer support to eliminate pressure points.
The base layer is 7 inches of sturdy Bio-Core®. It provides the required support and enhances mattress durability.
- 2-inch eco-friendly Bio-Pur® conforms to your body, relieving pressure points
- 3-inch Affinity with HIVE® promotes back support and customizes comfort
- 7-inch Bio-Core® boosts firm support
Amerisleep AS3 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Depth: 12 inches (30.5 cm)
Price of a Queen Size: $1049
The AS3 is our bestselling mattress with a perfect balance of cushion and support. Its medium feel appeals to the comfort levels of a vast variety of sleepers. Side sleepers, back sleepers, and even combination sleepers feel comfortable on a medium, leading to the AS3’s immense popularity. Most people weighing between 130 and 230 pounds also prefer a medium mattress.
If you are sharing the bed with a partner who prefers a medium-firm bed while you prefer a medium soft, the AS3 with its medium feel strikes a balance catering to both your needs. It includes the three layers of Bio-Pur®, Affinity with HIVE®, and Bio-Core® support layer.
The top comfort layer is 3 inches of breathable Bio-Pur® material, 1 inch thicker than AS2. This promotes cushioning in AS3. The transition layer is 2 inches of Affinity with HIVE®. It balances the cushioning effect of the softer Bio-Pur® layer, preventing mattress sinkage. This makes the AS3 a perfect “medium”, neither too soft, nor too firm.
The 7 inches thick Bio-Core® support foam promotes mattress durability.
- 3-inch breathable Bio-Pur® material provides cushioning
- 2-inch Affinity with HIVE® prevents mattress sinkage and balances cushion and support for a perfect medium feel
- 7-inch Bio-Core® promotes mattress durability
Amerisleep AS4 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Depth: 12 inches (30.5 cm)
Price of a Queen Size: $1469
Our Amerisleep AS4 has a medium-soft feel. It’s an ideal option for those who like a soft bed with some support. The AS4 also includes Bio-Pur®, Affinity with HIVE®, and Bio-Core® layers like the AS2 and AS3. But the thickness of each layer varies in the different mattresses.
Each layer has a specific purpose. The top comfort layer conforms to your body, relieving pressure points. The transition layer provides targeted cushion and support. The base layer promotes mattress firmness and durability. The varying thickness of different layers makes the mattresses medium-firm, medium, or medium-soft. But the total thickness of the AS2, AS3, and AS4 are the same. They are all 12-inch memory foam mattresses.
AS4’s top comfort is 4 inches of plant-based Bio-Pur®. It’s the thickest comfort layer of all our mattresses. The softness in this “medium-soft” bed comes from this layer.
The next layer is 1 inch of Affinity with HIVE®. This targeted support layer ensures you don’t feel stuck, despite the thick and soft comfort layer. It prevents mattress sinkage and keeps you “lifted” even when you change sleeping positions.
The last layer is 7 inches of sturdy Bio-Core® poly-foam. It supports the top two layers and reduces the chances of mattress sagging.
- 4-inch plant-based Bio-Pur® offering super plush feel
- 1-inch Affinity with HIVE® balances the softness in this medium-soft bed
- 7-inch sturdy Bio-Core® layer supports the top two layers, reducing chances of sag
Amerisleep AS5 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Depth: 14 inches (35.6 cm)
Price of a Queen Size: $1539
Our Amerisleep AS5 is the softest and tallest of all our mattresses. But it’s not as tall as some other soft mattresses on the market, which works in your favor. Usually, most soft mattresses are tall because mattress manufacturers add several layers of foam to enhance cushioning. It’s not uncommon to see 16 to 18-inch memory foam mattresses. People with joint or back pain find it difficult to get in and out of these beds. The 14-inch AS5 is the perfect height.
The AS5 includes four layers: Bio-Pur®, the Active Flex layer, Affinity layer with HIVE® technology, and Bio-Core®. It has one extra layer, compared to our other beds.
The top comfort layer is 3 inches of Bio-Pur®. It forms to your body, relieving pressure points and alleviating pain. This layer is followed by 2 inches thick Active Flex, not present in any of our other beds. The latex-like material provides a responsive bounce to the bed. It addresses a common concern of plus size sleepers on soft mattresses. They feel the mattress is “swallowing” them as their excess weight makes them sink into the foam.
Soft beds are not usually recommended for plus-size sleepers. Heavier sleepers compress the plush foam deeply, causing spinal misalignment and mattress sag. But our AS5 has been specially designed for plus size sleepers who like to sleep on a soft bed. The Active Flex layer bounces back under pressure, eliminating the usual “sinking” feeling in soft mattresses. It counters mattress sinkage despite the excess weight.
Beneath the Active Flex lies 2 inches of Affinity with HIVE®. It provides targeted comfort and reinforces back support. The base layer is 7 inches of Bio-Core®. This sturdy poly-foam prevents mattress sags and soft spots, common in soft mattresses.
- 3-inch Bio-Pur® relieves pressure points and alleviates pains
- 2-inch Active Flex layer offers responsive bounce
- 2-inch Affinity with HIVE® provides targeted comfort
- 7-inch Bio-Core® reduces chances of soft spots and sags
What is Memory Foam?
Memory foam is a temperature and pressure-sensitive foam. It softens in response to your body heat and pressure, conforming to your curves. This relieves pressure points and alleviates aches.
Memory foam’s ability to conform closely means it can contour to your spine’s natural curve. This enhances lumbar support and reduces back pain, so memory foam is often recommended for people with back pain.
Memory foam is made by treating polyurethane foam with non-toxic chemicals. This process increases the density and viscosity of the foam. Memory foam is also called viscoelastic foam. It’s more comfortable, durable, and expensive than poly-foam.
The viscoelastic foam’s dense structure is excellent at isolating motion. This makes it an ideal option if you are sharing your queen bed with a partner. Memory foam is also hypoallergenic, reducing the chances of dust mites, mold, fungi, bacteria, and other indoor allergens thriving within it.
These indoor allergens trigger sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy throat, watery eyes, skin rashes, and breathing difficulties. All these symptoms cause sleep disruptions. If you or your partner are prone to allergies, a queen memory foam mattress may be a good option.
You can save money while buying your queen size memory foam mattresses because they are widely available with bed in a box manufacturers. Compressing memory foam for packing doesn’t damage the foam. Bed in a box mattress brands offer low online prices compared to brick and mortar stores because they eliminate overhead costs. As a result, you can get high-quality mattresses at reasonable prices.
Memory foam’s flexibility makes it the most compatible mattress type for adjustable bases. Many people prefer adjustable beds, because they can elevate the head and feet region at different angles. Other mattress types, like innersprings, can become damaged when flexed at an angle.
Memory foam has many advantages but heat retention and off-gassing can be a drawback. Off-gassing is the familiar smell of a new car or upholstered furniture. Off-gassing doesn’t have any serious health impacts but it may cause nausea or minor breathing difficulties in some people. Airing out the mattress for a couple of days neutralizes any off-gassing odors.
Hot sleepers find it difficult to sleep on traditional memory foam because it often traps body heat, warming up the mattress. To tackle this concern, mattress manufacturers have developed smart technologies to cool down your memory foam bed, such as gel memory foam.
Types of Memory Foam
Several mattress manufacturers add cooling gels, plant oils, or some minerals such as copper and graphite beads to traditional memory foam mattresses. These different types of memory foam mattresses are cooler than traditional memory foam. Since the queen is a popular mattress size, you will easily find all these options in queen sizes. They are also available in multiple firmness options to suit different sleeping positions.
Gel Memory Foam
Gel memory foam sounds fancy, but it feels just like memory foam. A cooling gel is either swirled into memory foam or gel beads are added on top of the comfort layer to dissipate heat.
If you want to try out gel foam before buying the mattress, use a gel memory foam mattress topper. Mattress toppers are 2 to 4 inches thick. Place these mattress accessories on top of your bed to enhance its firmness or softness.
Plant-Based Memory Foam
In plant-based memory foam, a certain amount of petroleum-based products are replaced with plant oils. This makes plant-based memory foam cooler and more environmentally friendly than traditional memory foam, which is made with 100 percent petroleum-based products.
Plant-based foams are low in VOCs. VOCs are unstable and break down at room temperature dispersing in the air, leading to an off-gassing smell for a few days.
Memory Foam with Cooling Additives
Some memory foam mattresses are infused with cooling additives such as copper, graphite, and natural green tea extracts. They regulate the temperature in these memory foam beds. Copper and graphite are heat conductors. Both the minerals absorb heat and dissipate it away from its source. Natural green tea extracts neutralize odors and keep you cool as you sleep.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Foam
Memory foam was introduced to the mattress industry about three decades ago. Since then its popularity has increased due to many benefits. Though there are some drawbacks to this foam, new-age memory foam manufacturers are using several smart technologies to offset these drawbacks.
- Body-conforming feel relieves pressure points and alleviates pains
- Dense structure isolates motion
- Hypoallergenic foam keeps out dust mites and allergens
- Compatible with adjustable bases
- Traditional memory foam retains heat
- Some memory foam mattresses have an off-gassing odor for the first few days
- Can be more expensive than traditional innerspring beds
Other Common Queen Size Mattress Types
Queen size mattresses are the most popular of all standard sizes. They are a luxurious option for single sleepers while being a good fit for couples living in small spaces. You can accommodate a queen bed in a 10 feet by 10 feet room.
If a queen size memory foam mattress does not suit you, there are other common queen size mattress types available on the market. Though these mattress types are available in all standard sizes both online and in stores, finding them in your preferred firmness option may be easier in queen size.
Traditional Innerspring Mattress
The signature feature of an innerspring mattress is the layer of coils at the base, topped with a thin comfort layer. The comfort layer is usually made of cotton, wool, or poly-foam.
The coil layer promotes airflow, making these beds cool. But coils transfer motion, so innerspring beds are usually noisy. A thin comfort layer makes these beds firm. To enhance cushioning, modern-day innerspring mattresses come with a pillowtop. Pillowtop is an extra layer of padding sewn on top of the mattress. Innerspring mattresses usually don’t last long, maybe about 5 to 7 years. They are also the least expensive mattress type.
Latex mattresses are made using natural or synthetic latex. We do not recommend synthetic latex because it disintegrates faster. Natural latex comes from rubber tree saps and is extremely durable. Latex mattresses also contour to your body, but not as close as memory foam. Instead, they have a springy or bouncy feel to them. They are an excellent choice for sleepers who prefer using organic materials.
Hybrid mattresses combine features of innerspring with memory foam or latex beds. They include a coil layer at the base with a comfort layer thicker than 2 inches. The comfort layer usually contains memory foam or latex, but sometimes poly-foam may be used. Hybrids are usually less noisy than innerspring beds. Most hybrids include pocket coils in the base layer, which reduce motion transfer, letting you sleep peacefully even if your partner switches sleep positions.
When choosing the best memory foam mattress for yourself, consider your favored sleeping position. And if you toss and turn in sleep, you’re a combination sleeper. Your sleeping position determines the firmness level suitable for you.
When you sleep on your side, your shoulders and hips bear the weight of your body. You need adequate cushioning to avoid pressure points in these regions. Soft, medium-soft, or medium memory foam mattresses for side sleepers are usually recommended. The plush comfort layers contour to your shoulders and hips, relieving strains.
Side sleepers gain the most health benefits. Side sleeping reduces the chances of acid reflux, sleep apnea, and snoring. It’s also the most common sleeping position. Lying on your right side is healthier. It reduces pressure on your heart.
Medium-firm or firm memory foam mattresses are an ideal option for back sleepers. The viscoelastic foam contours to your spine’s natural curvature, avoiding strains. The firm base layers boost back support, preventing mattress sinkage.
The back sleeping position is ideal for maintaining the spine’s neutral alignment, but it may not be a good option for those who snore or have sleep apnea. If you snore, the soft tissues in your throat fall backward, obstructing the airways. Sleeping on the back only makes this worse.
If you sleep on your stomach, we suggest switching to side or back sleeping. However, we recommend firm memory foam mattresses for stomach sleepers until they can make the transition to a different position. Stomach sleeping can misalign your spine, causing aches and muscle stiffness. To avoid misaligning your spine it’s better to sleep on a firm bed. A firm mattress is less likely to sink beneath your abdomen, causing spinal misalignment.
Combination sleepers switch sleeping positions throughout the night. Medium memory foam mattresses are recommended for combination sleepers. Combination sleepers need more cushion while side sleeping, and increased support during back or stomach sleeping. A medium memory foam mattress balances cushion and support perfectly.
Warranties, Sleep Trials, and Return Policies
Before buying a new mattress, research its warranties, sleep trials, and return policies. Read customer reviews and check the average rating of all your shortlisted mattresses before choosing the best mattress for yourself. As part of mattress reviews, customers often share their experiences during claiming warranties. Reading reviews help you understand whether warranties and return policies of a particular company are hassle-free or complicated.
Most memory foam mattress companies offer a 10 or 20-year warranty covering manufacturing defects, and sagging greater than 1 inch. Some brands may offer a lifetime warranty. During this period they may either repair or replace your bed for free or charge you for their services.
Sleep trials give you the opportunity to try out a new mattress at home. Usually, memory foam mattresses come with a risk-free 90 to 120 nights sleep trial period. This gives you enough time to understand whether the mattress suits you or not. If the new mattress doesn’t fit your needs you can return it for a full refund within the sleep trial period.
Return policies are usually included with sleep trials. Some mattresses companies may not offer a sleep trial for their product, so their return policies usually include returning the bed within 30 days of delivery. A duration of 30 days may not be enough to adapt to a new mattress. To avoid these issues, it’s better to buy a mattress with a sleep trial period.
How much does a memory foam queen size mattress cost?
On average, memory foam queen size mattresses are priced anywhere between $1000 and $2000. But you will find mattresses priced higher or lower than this amount. The cost of a memory foam mattress depends on the quality of materials and the technologies included in it to enhance your sleeping experience, such as cooling foams.
Is memory foam good for your back?
Memory foam mattresses are often recommended for back pain sufferers because they contour to your spine’s natural curvature, enhancing lumbar support. This prevents the chances of straining your spine, which can aggravate back pain. Improved back support can reduce the intensity of your back pain.
Is a 10-inch memory foam mattress thick enough?
Yes, a 10-inch memory foam mattress is thick enough for sleepers who need a firmer bed. A firm bed has a thinner comfort layer, which conforms to your body and relieves pressure points. The sturdier base layer enhances firmness in a 10-inch mattress. If you want a plusher feel, opt for a 12 to 14-inch thick memory foam mattresses.
Can you use a box spring with a memory foam mattress?
Ideally, you should avoid placing your memory foam bed on a box spring. The slats in older box springs are more than 3 inches apart. Huge gaps don’t provide enough support to your memory foam mattress, causing sags. To avoid this, place a bunkie board on top of your box spring. Then place your memory foam bed on it. Bunkie boards are pieces of plywood placed beneath a mattress to enhance support. You can find them in any home improvement store.
What kind of a bed base is suitable for a memory foam mattress?
Use a foundation, platform bed, or adjustable base with your memory foam mattress. You can keep your memory foam mattress directly on the slatted base of your platform bed. Just make sure the slats are less than 3 inches apart, for adequate support.
If you are looking for a queen size memory foam mattress, you will find many options on the market. They are available in a wide range of prices, as well. Their price depends on the inclusion of sleep technologies and special features such as zoned support.
Depending on your budget and sleep needs, you can choose a queen size memory foam mattress of any firmness level. Give yourself and your partner some time to adapt to your new queen size memory foam mattress, and you’ll be enjoying a good night’s sleep in no time.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.