Best RV Mattress -Reviews and Buyer's Guide 2019

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Reviewed by Donna Schwontkowsky, MD on April 26, 2019 

Buying an RV is a great way to live a non-traditional life; one that is full of adventure, open roads, and freedom. Of course, no RV is complete without a suitable sleeping space. You will need to buy a quality RV mattress so your home away from home can be as comfy as your actual home.

Mattresses for RVs are notorious for being subpar. Many RVs include the mattresses, which results in plenty of cheaply made and poor quality camper mattresses. By following this guide, you will have the tools to make the decision to get the best RV mattress for your particular needs.


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Best All-Purpose

Serenia Sleep 6-inch RV Mattress



Best Innerspring

Zinus 8-inch Spring Mattress

Best Budget 

 Zinus Deluxe Memory Foam Mattress


Best for Kids 

Zinus Memory Foam

5-inch Mattress


Best Eco-Friendly 

PlushBeds 8-inch Natural Latex RV Mattress

Why Do You Need a Good RV Mattress?

RV mattresses differ from typical mattresses in a couple of important ways. First, RV mattresses tend to have a different shape. This is because they are specially designed to fit the rounded, pre-installed bed frames that come standard in many RVs. Though the  60 x 74-inch (152 x 188 cm) size is the most common, different size RV mattresses are available depending on the size of your RV. There are 3 major classes of RV, from smallest to largest: Class B, Class C, and Class A RVs.

Second, RV mattresses tend to be manufactured with concerns for weight at the forefront, not comfort. This is because in an RV a heavier mattress can result in lower gas mileage. As such, many mattresses that come with RVs can be flimsy or uncomfortable for more than just a few nights on the road. If you plan to be on the road for extended periods of time, then we recommend you pick up a good mattress that will not fail on you after a month or two of use.

What Are the Benefits of a Good RV Mattress?

A good RV mattress will contribute to a healthy night’s sleep when on the road. Poor sleep and sleep deprivation can drastically decrease cognitive performance and reduce reaction times. The negative effects of poor sleep are even more dangerous if you are out on the road and will be driving a large RV for long periods each day. In fact, it is estimated that up to 6,000 fatal car accidents each year are caused by drowsy driving. Thus, if you are going to spend a prolonged amount of time on the road in your RV, a quality RV mattress is basically a necessity to make your trip go as smoothly and safely as possible.

Second, a good RV mattress can reduce the unique aches and pains that are associated with driving for long periods of time. Spending lots of time in the seat bucket can put stress on the knees, hips, back, and neck. Having a good motorhome mattress makes sure you get the extra comfort and support your frame may need after a long day of driving.

Kinds of RV Mattresses

Like regular mattresses, RV mattresses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. With respect to comfort, the most important feature is the material that the mattress is made of. Common RV mattress materials include:

  • Memory foam: Memory foam mattresses tend to be the most comfortable RV mattresses. They are made of a high-density foam designed to mold to the contours of the body. Though they normally offer superior comfort, memory foam mattresses tend to not breathe that well, especially if you do not move around much in your sleep. As such, memory foam mattresses can get hot and sticky (if you like the comfort level of memory foam, a nice bed fan is a good way to get around this issue). Even though they tend to cost more, memory foam mattresses tend to last longer and most are hypoallergenic.
  • Innerspring mattresses: Innerspring mattresses get most of their body and structure from a series of coiled metal springs covered by thick padding. Innerspring mattresses tend to be pretty durable, but they are heavier and are prone to trapping condensation.
  • Air mattresses: The single best selling point of air mattresses is that they are very light, portable, and easy to store. You can adjust how stiff an air mattress is by controlling the amount of air in it and they are relatively economical. Yet, air mattresses are prone to tearing and perforations due to handling and air pressure changes.
  • Latex foam: These mattresses really shine in their durability. Latex is a natural rubber derived from plants, known for being tough and stretchy. Although latex mattresses tend to be a bit harder and stiffer than other kinds of RV mattresses, they are extremely durable. Even though latex mattresses do not breathe incredibly well and are pretty firm, combined with a high-density foam core or mattress topper, they make a perfectly suitable RV mattress.
  • Polypropylene foam: These mattresses are fabricated from polypropylene foam, the same kind of foam that is found in many couches. Although polypropylene has the plus of being highly flame-retardant, they are the lowest quality RV mattresses and should probably be avoided.

How to Choose the Best RV Mattress: What to Look For

So now that we have covered the basics about RV mattresses, you may be wondering where to start when looking for one. While you are perusing the market for an RV mattress, make sure to take the following considerations into mind:

  • Size: First things first, even the best-constructed RV mattress is useless if it won’t fit in your RV. The typical RV mattress sizes mirror the sizes for normal mattresses (twin, full, queen, king, etc.) but are slightly modified to fit the interior of the RV. Make sure to measure your RV bed stand to find the right size
  • Comfort: The next most immediate feature to check for is comfort. A comfy mattress will contribute to a good night’s sleep on the road. Keep in mind the different kinds of RV mattresses (memory foam, innerspring, latex, etc.) usually have different levels of base comfort.
  • Durability: As with any product, you want to make sure you buy something that will last. As stated before, memory foam and latex foam mattresses tend to be the most durable while polypropylene tends to be the least.
  • Cost: Lastly, it is important to check the costs. Some high-end RV mattresses can cost quite a lot of money but there exist more mid-level options for a more manageable price. The goal is to find the best price/quality ratio.

Best RV Mattress Reviews

Our pick for the best all-purpose RV mattress is the Serenia Sleep 6-inch mattress. It features a premium 6-inch foam core integrated with an innerspring coil system to give a unique hybrid memory foam/innerspring mattress. The foam/spring combo gives a customized feel that has a good mix of comfort and firmness. It comes in a lot of different sizes (including the most popular ones for RV mattresses, Short Full and Short Queen) and styles so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your RV. The sole problem with this one is that over time the memory foam can thin out and the inner springs can become very pronounced and noticeable. One way to avoid this is to make sure you rotate the mattress periodically so it does not wear down in one particular place.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Very versatile, good for most sleep situations/needs
  • Unique foam/spring hybrid design has the best of both worlds

CONS

  • Takes some time to break in

The Zinus 8-inch Spring RV Mattress is a good choice for those who are not keen on memory foam and prefer a traditional spring-style mattress. The heavy-duty covering is also treated with green tea extract and castor seed oil to combat odor and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. It is pretty firm and may be too hard for those used to a memory foam mattress, but the thick coils are very durable and keep their springiness for a long time.

PROS

  • Springs are very durable and give great support
  • Fabric covering is treated with natural substances to prevent odor/bacteria
  • 10-year warranty available on purchase
  • 6-inch and 8-inch model available

CONS

  • Springs may be too firm for some
  • Heavy and difficult to move

Zinus is primarily known for their normal beds and furniture, and the Deluxe is their foray into the RV world. The memory foam does a great job molding to the contours of the body and gives your hips, back, and neck the extra support they need.

The Zinus memory foam mattress takes a bit of time to break in. When you take it out of the packaging you have to let it sit for a day or two to expand to its full size. As is sometimes the case with memory foam, it can get hot and muggy so it’s recommended to also get a mattress top that breathes easier. These potential downsides are outweighed by the extremely affordable price which will not cause a dent in your bank account.

PROS

  • Memory foam is comfy and supportive
  • Very affordable for a memory foam mattress
  • 10-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Memory foam can get hot
  • Takes some time to break in

The third entry on our list is aimed primarily at the little members of your RV family. The Zinus 5-inch mattress comes in both the twin and narrow twin size and is composed out of 2 layers of foam. The small design is perfect for smaller RVs and children but may not be enough for larger people. It is also a great choice mattress if you have bunk beds in your RV.

PROS

  • Perfect for kids and those with small frames
  • Great RV bunk mattress choice 
  • Small, moveable, and stores easily

CONS

  • Too small for many adults/larger kids
  • Can produce a funky smell if not washed regularly

This mattress is eco-friendly on many fronts. First, while traditional mattresses can be recycled, the process takes a lot of effort. This is not the case with natural latex mattresses, which are fabricated completely with plant derivatives and are 100% biodegradable. Second, because they are made with a natural material, they don’t have the potential problems of the chemical ingredients of memory foam mattresses. And finally, since they last at least twice as long as regular mattresses, they are simply more efficient and save landfill space.    

The PlushBeds Natural Latex RV Mattress will not lose its shape or sag, helping distribute body weight evenly, which is more effective for those who may have trouble with their backs or knees. However, this is considered a firm mattress, which isn’t to the tastes of everyone so keep that in mind.

These are hypoallergenic as well, so best suited for those with allergies or sensitive skin.

PROS

  • Naturally resistant to mold and bacteria
  • Latex is hypoallergenic
  • Ecological
  • Longevity

CONS

  • Latex mattresses are usually heavier than other mattresses
  • Cost: latex mattresses are usually a bit more expensive than their counterparts

How To Keep Your RV Mattress Comfy and Long Lasting

Here are some extra tips to extend the life of your RV mattress and facilitate better sleep:

  • Rotate your mattress periodically. Sleeping in the same spot night after night can cause your mattress to degrade quickly. Make sure to rotate it every now and then so one particular spot does not become overworn. Rotating is easy too, all you have to do is  turn the mattress 180-degrees so that the top becomes the bottom and vice versa. It is recommended to rotate at least once every 3 months.
  • Make sure to clean your mattress regularly. In general, living on the road will make your  RV mattress get dirty quicker than your home mattress; to extend its life, wash and clean it often.
  • Let your mattress air out frequently. Sometimes the best way to do this is to take it out of your RV and let it sit in the open. This will prevent moisture, dust buildup and bad smells.

Now Over to You!

What are your thoughts about RV mattresses? Leave your comments below!


DC, MS Nutrition, Master’s in Herbology

Donna is a chiropractic physician with two degrees in nutrition and a Master’s in Herbology. Besides working with patients in these fields, she has been a professional writer for over 30 years. Her highest degree is a doctorate in chiropractic medicine from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois in 1990. She has also taught hundreds of students how to reverse Type 2 diabetes and other conditions with natural healing, accelerated learning, nutrition, herbs, detoxification, dieting, and has trained children on how to read five books in a week in her own unique program. Her favorite hobby is reading hundreds of medical studies a month on science topics such as stem cells, neurobiology, natural healing, and nutrition.

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